Diébédo Francis Kéré describes the secondary school he has designed in his home country of Burkina Faso as “a project about architecture, people, and dealing with two different cultures.” The project won the 2012 Global Holcim Gold Award.This school project, in one of the world’s poorest countries, aims to provide further education to the inhabitants of a rural area. Gando, with a population of 3000, has no secondary education facilities and lies on the southern plains of Burkina Faso, some 200km from the capital Ouagadougou. Diverse design aspects of the project consider the challenging weather conditions where summer temperatures peak at 40°C. The natural ventilation cooling effect is enhanced by routing air through underground tubes, planting vegetation, and the use of double-skin roofs and façades to achieve a 5°C thermal reduction. The enhanced indoor comfort and conditions are far more conducive to education.Francis Kéré is principal of Kéré Architecture in Berlin, Germany. The firm is internationally recognized for its role in designing and constructing community supported sustainable education facilities.Kéré is currently the Dunlop Visiting Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is teaching a design studio called “Urban Development and Housing for Low Income Groups in the Rapidly Growing City of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.” Kéré and his students will travel to Burkina Faso in mid-October for a site visit and will present design proposals at the end of the fall 2012 semester.For more information about The Holcim Awards
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Join us for live news and analysis Saturday at 5:30 p.m. as the Warriors, winners of 17 of their last 19 games, will host the Houston Rockets at Oracle as all eyes will be on James Harden.Harden, who was suffering from a cervical neck strain that bothered him in Thursday’s 111-106 loss to the Lakers, was listed as questionable early Saturday. The defending NBA MVP scored 30 points Thursday to extend his streak of 30-plus points to 32 consecutive games — second best in NBA history. …
Janine ErasmusSouth African company Du Roi IPM is at the forefront of the commercial application of an innovative chemical-free method of controlling agricultural pests.Based in Letsitele, just east of Tzaneen in the province of Limpopo, the company breeds beneficial bugs for use in commercial farming, a method known as integrated pest management (IPM). It specialises in the control of pests in the grape and citrus industries: the red scale insect and several species of mealybug, both of which can devastate crops if left to proliferate.South Africa produces a range of top-quality agricultural produce, particularly citrus and wine for export. Du Roi MD Felix Hacker says that while IPM has been used for many years, this has mostly been on individual farms and not on a commercial basis.Established in 2000, Du Roi is the largest commercial insectary in South Africa. The insects bred there are natural enemies of red scale and mealybug: the predatory ladybird beetles Chilocorus nigritus and Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, and the parasitic wasps Aphytis lingnanensis and Coccidoxenoides perminutus.Sensitive to the environmentIPM is an ecologically sensitive approach to pest control that can significantly reduce or even eliminate the use of chemical pesticides. The process brings together a range of complementary pest-control methods that include natural predators, pest-resistant crop varieties, cultural practices such as crop rotation, and the strategic use of pesticides. The goal is to produce the best results with minimal damage to the environment.Organically grown foods – foods grown without the use of synthetic fertilisers or pesticides – are increasingly in demand by health-conscious consumers. Du Roi products, Hacker says, fit easily into an organic programme, as they are completely biological. He adds that pest control is only one facet of the crop-management process; fertilisers and fungicides would also need to be biological in nature for foods to be qualified as organic.While good for the environment, the use of beneficial insects also makes good financial sense, says Hacker.“National and international restrictions placed on certain chemicals minimise the chemical options for growers and thus open a door for the use of beneficial insects,” he says.“Added to this is the overuse of certain chemicals, which has lead to pest insect populations developing resistance to these chemicals and thus not being controlled adequately. Beneficial insects on the other hand, being biological in nature, would adjust to changes in the pest insect population survival mechanisms.”The risks of chemicalsIn the citrus industry there is currently great pressure to reduce the use of chemical pesticides. While the use of toxic chemicals to control pests on many kinds of crops is well established, a January 2008 report in Business Report revealed that some citrus farmers have admitted to using pesticides merely for cosmetic reasons, in order to produce better-looking fruit.More than that, the chemicals are a risk to those working on the farm. While pesticides were once applied by hand pump, today they are dispersed by airborne crop sprayers or tractors, exposing farm workers to far larger amounts of more powerful chemicals. The Food and Allied Workers’ Union and similar organisations have lodged complaints when necessary, but have found that in general the safety of workers is not a high priority.All pesticides in South Africa are controlled by the Fertilisers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act 36 – but this dates back to 1947. Expert opinion is that the technology has outgrown the legal requirements.Professor Leslie London, the director of Cape Town University’s School of Public Health and Family Medicine, explains that it’s not only workers are at risk through direct exposure to pesticides: their families can be indirectly exposed through pesticide drift or contact with residues brought home on clothing. Pesticide drift is commonly found in areas such as the Western Cape, a centre of fruit and wine farming, which experience strong winds. Those most at risk are farm workers and people living in informal settlements, which often encroach on farmland.Pesticide poisoning can be either acute or chronic, says London. Acute effects range from liver, lung and kidney poisoning to damage to the nervous system or brain, and may be fatal. Chronic poisoning damages the immune, reproductive and nervous systems, affecting memory, cognition and thinking and causing personality change. Some pesticides may increase the risk of cancer.With this in mind, Du Roi aims to provide cost effective, integrated biocontrol to a range of agricultural and horticultural industries so that the needs of both nature and industry are met – and exposure to dangerous chemicals is minimised or even done away with altogether.A patient approach“Contact chemicals have a very different mode of action to that of the beneficial insects,” says Hacker. “Results with contact chemicals are fairly immediate and pest insect populations are knocked down quickly. The release of beneficial insects requires a bit more patience as the results only start showing one to two weeks after release.“In citrus, for example, there are many other pests for which there are no commercially available biological solutions, so the growers still have to make use of chemicals during certain parts of the season.“However, restrictions on allowable chemical residues on fruit prevent growers from using certain chemicals closer to picking time. At this stage the fruit is still vulnerable to insect damage and outbreaks can be successfully controlled by beneficial insect releases.“Beneficial insects can also be used successfully in a preventative pest control programme with early season releases and close monitoring of pest insect populations.”When an infestation of mealybug or scale breaks out, farmers buy the necessary bugs from Du Roi and release them in the affected vineyards or orchards, where the host-specific predators attack and devour the pests. They will only eat their specific prey, so if these are absent they simply die off.Breeding the bugsTo produce the beneficial insects, the scale and mealybug pests are first bred in a controlled climate, using butternut squash as a substrate. Once they are established the ladybirds and wasps are raised, in their millions, on the pests. These are then packaged and shipped according to demand.Beetles are supplied in paper packets containing 50 per packet, Aphytis wasps, which are about 2 mm long, come in tubs of 10 000, and C perminutus wasps, which are only about 3 mm long, are supplied in matchboxes containing around 3 000 pupae for citrus plantations, and 1 500 for vineyards.To stay ahead of technological developments, Du Roi works with the Citrus Growers’ Association as well as several national and international research and academic institutions such as the universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch, Citrus Research International, and the Agricultural Research Council.The company has clear-cut plans for expansion. These include going into production with various undercover crops – produce that is grown with the main crop but planted only after the main crop is established – as well as selling internationally recognised products which it will import and support technically.Hacker adds that Du Roi is also involved in a production agreement with another company to produce an insect virus for the control of a major pest that attacks various fruit crops. The virus is bred within cultures of the pest insect, from which it is then extracted and processed so that it can be applied in liquid formulation as if it were a chemical.Useful linksDu Roi IPMThe Agricultural Research Council of South AfricaThe Citrus Growers AssociationDepartment of AgricultureUniversity of StellenboschUniversity of PretoriaCitrus Research InternationalBusiness Report
Wilma den HartighSouth Africa’s University of Pretoria Department of Library Services will soon join the ranks of other world-renowned libraries, becoming one of only 27 institutions – and the only one in sub-Saharan Africa – to belong to the World Digital Library Project.The project, a joint initiative of the US Library of Congress and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), will be a valuable resource for students, teachers and general audiences to promote international understanding and intercultural awareness.Another aim is to expand non-English and non-Western content on the internet and to contribute to scholarly research.Robert Moropa, director of the Department of Library Services at the University of Pretoria, said the University’s inclusion in the project is a great honour. “We find it exciting that our library is ranked with other top university libraries internationally such as Yale and Brown University,” Moropa said. Only one other library in Africa – the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt – is part of the World Digital Library Project. A mockup of what the World Digital Library home page will look like when its internet site is launched. (Image: World Digital Library)To be considered for membership, the University of Pretoria library was required to submit sample material from collections it hoped to share in the project. Their submission included examples from its Pretoriana Collection, which includes articles, photographs, newspapers, brochures, architectural plans and maps of Pretoria. It also submitted material from its Woodhouse Collection, containing rock painting and art.The principal of the University of Pretoria, Professor Calie Pistorius, said the partnership makes it possible for the University to improve its digital information management, database resources management and service delivery. Digital access also means that more people can appreciate these valuable collections, which would otherwise only be accessible to a select few.The World Digital Library will be available on the internet, free of charge. It will be in a multilingual format and will include materials from cultures around the world: manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings and other cultural materials.In April Moropa will attend the World Digital Library Project launch at the Unesco headquarters in Paris.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesThe African Activist ArchiveSA heritage comes home New life for indigenous classics UCT business school tops again SA astronomer unveils the stars Useful linksUniversity of Pretoria Department of Library ServicesUnescoWorld Digital Library Project
Two models for the way HIV enters andinfects a body cell. In the global fusionmodel at top the virus forms an entryclaw, then the virus progressively fuseswith the cell across its width, merging thecontents of the viral membrane with thecellular membrane. In the local fusionmodel below, after the viral claw isformed it creates a local pore in the cellmembrane, through which the viral coreenters the cell.(Image: PLoS Pathogens)MEDIA CONTACTS• CSIR BiosciencesFanie Marais+27 12 841 [email protected] Maureen Louw+27 12 841 [email protected] enquiries+27 12 841 3260• Cape Biotech+27 21 442 [email protected] AlexanderSouth African researchers have genetically engineered a strain of bacteria to produce large and affordable quantities of a novel and highly effective treatment for HIV, the virus that causes Aids.The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recently received backing from Cape Biotech, a government-funded biotechnology investment company, to develop a bio-manufacturing process for the antiretroviral Enfuvirtide. A peptide, or amino acid molecule, Enfuvirtide helps slow down the spread of HIV in the body by blocking the virus’s entry into uninfected cells.It’s one of the most effective treatments for HIV, used in combination with other drugs, but until now so expensive it is beyond the means of most South Africans.“Clinical data have confirmed Enfuvirtide’s role in decreasing viral roads,” says Fanie Marais, CSIR research and development outcomes manager. “But the estimated R19 300 (US$2 600) treatment cost per patient, per month, is likely to forever prevent its pervasive use.”The project leader is the CSIR’s Dr Maureen Louw, a molecular biologist with extensive experience in genetically engineering bacteria.“We have genetically modified a microorganism so as to harness the organism’s natural ability for protein secretion and to channel it into over-expressing the peptide we need,” she says on the CSIR website.The current chemical process of producing Enfuvirtide requires 106 chemical steps and 44 ingredients, making it exorbitantly expensive to produce. The new bio-manufacturing process instead makes the bacteria do the work.“We will use fermentation processes to multiply the recombinant bacteria, and therefore increase the yield of peptides obtained,” Louw says.“The aim is to achieve this in a more cost effective manner than the chemical process behind the commercial product on the market.”Having developed the process, the CSIR is now looking at the cost-effectiveness of the technology. According to Louw, if producing the therapy in large quantities at low cost proves economically viable, it will be a boon for South Africa, and an enormous scientific achievement.“To put a highly effective antiretroviral treatment within the reach of our HIV-positive population would be a career highlight for all of the scientists on the project,” she says.“Every scientist wants his/her work to move from the laboratory into a real life application. This investment by Cape Biotech brings us one step closer to this ideal.”South Africa has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world. According to Statistics South Africa’s mid-year population estimates for 2009 (PDF), some 10.6% of the population, or 5.21-million people, is HIV positive.According to the CSIR, if all these people received treatment, South Africa would likely make up almost 40% of the global antiretroviral market. A cheap, abundant and locally produced source of highly effective HIV therapy would be a huge help in reining in the country’s infection rate.The initiative also has the promise of developing South Africa’s pharmaceutical industry. Fred van der Post of Cape Biotech says that if the project’s concept is successfully proven, the technology will be licensed to either an existing local enterprise or a new public-private partnership.Developed at North Carolina’s Duke University in 1996, Enfuvirtide was the first of a new class of antiretroviral drugs known as entry or fusion inhibitors – inhibiting the HI virus’s fusion with or entry into healthy cells. It is currently used in combination therapy to treat HIV-positive people who have developed resistance to other drugs.A peptide, or polymer formed by linked amino acids, Enfuvirtide mimics the machinery the virus uses to attach itself to a cell, effectively preventing the virus from creating an entry pore through the cell’s membrane.It is considered to be effective only against HIV-1, the most globally widespread and virulent form of HIV.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers are facing a tough agricultural economy. Grain, livestock, and dairy producers are all coping with prices that result in slim to breakeven profit margins. For a number of farms, operating in the red is their reality. Unfortunately, the price outlook for most agricultural commodities does not offer much hope in the near future. Farming under these financial conditions is causing stress among farm families and within farm operations. Some farmers are wondering how much longer they can continue to operate their farm, or if they should continue.Recognizing the level of stress that exists in the farm community, a program entitled “Managing Farm Financial Stress” has been scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16 at Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Avenue on the OARDC campus in Wooster. The program will provide participants with tools and information that can help them manage through the current financial situation and make sound decisions regarding their farm operation. Registration begins at 9:30 am. The program begins at 10:00 am and will conclude at 3:15 pm. There is no charge for this meeting and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Program and lunch expenses are being covered by sponsorships from Farmers National Bank, WG Dairy, Commodity Blenders, Gerber Feed, and the Wayne-Ashland Dairy Service Unit.The program features a general session in the morning with afternoon break-out sessions offering participants their choice of three different tracks. Morning topics and speakers include:Mental Wellness: Recognizing and managing/coping with the stress of financial hardship; Jim Foley, Director of Community Education and Prevention; Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes CountiesGathering and Using Farm Financial Information; Dianne Shoemaker, OSU Extension Field Specialist, Dairy Production EconomicsDairy Price and Market Outlook; Cam Thraen, OSU (Emeritus) Dairy Market SpecialistAfternoon breakout tracks feature multiple presentations focusing on Financial Management, Legal Considerations, and Healthy Family, Healthy Farm. Participants will have the opportunity to attend three presentations/discussions and can mix and match between themes. Specific presentation topics and presenters include:Calculating your Cost of Production and Using Cost of Production Benchmarks; Dianne Shoemaker, OSU Extension Field Specialist, Dairy Production EconomicsWorking with Your Lender to Re-structure Debt; Lender Panel with representatives from Farmers National Bank, Farm Credit Mid-America, and Wayne Savings Community BankExiting the Farm Business, Tax Implications for Exiting the Farm Business, and Moving Ahead with Helpful Business Structures; Robert Moore and Ryan Conklin, Wright and Moore Law Co. LPAMoving Towards Mental Health; Jim Foley, Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes CountiesMoving Forward with a Farm Advisory Team; Mark Thomas, Stark County Dairy FarmerHealthy Family Communication; Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator, Wayne CountyThe meeting is open to farmers and anyone working with farmers and farm families. As mentioned previously, there is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is requested by calling the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722 by Friday, Dec. 9 to ensure enough meals are prepared.
One of the more spirited consumer movements in the energy-management realm has been the stop-smart-meters trend. In fact, there is a nonprofit group called Stop Smart Meters!Based in California, Stop Smart Meters! is one of more than 50 groups and individuals nationwide advocating against utility-installed, wirelessly connected “smart meters.” These citizens have been tirelessly calling into question the accuracy and safety of the devices, and have voiced concerns about their vulnerability to security breaches.Use of the meters, which are designed to allow utilities to monitor energy usage, manage power allocations, and pinpoint outages in real time, has been promoted by the U.S. Department of Energy as one of the key features of the smart grid. As GBA noted in February of last year, however, some utility customers say their rates have increased dramatically since smart meters were installed in their homes.Others cite privacy concerns. “Do you value civil liberties and the right to privacy?” asks Stop Smart Meters! on one of its web pages. “When a ‘smart’ meter is installed, your utility has access to a treasure trove of information about you – when you wake up in the morning, when you go on vacation, what kinds of appliances you are using, etc. They will be able to sell this information to a series of corporations and the government.”Health risks?Other smart-meter resisters worry that the meters’ wireless transmissions can be hazardous to people with electromagnetic sensitivity and/or hacked to reveal details about utility customers’ habits and whereabouts.A recent story posted by SurreyLeader.com, which serves British Columbia, noted that several thousand customers of the approximately 1.8 million served regional utility BC Hydro are resisting smart meter installation, and about 1,000 have called with concerns about exposure to wireless radiation.The story points out, however, that the smart meters used by BC Hydro send out their data in brief pulses a few times a day, with daily transmission exposure totaling just under a minute at power levels several times lower than that of a cell phone. Nonetheless, whatever the specific concerns of the resisters, BC Hydro has, for the time being, decided to deploy smart meters in areas where customers don’t object.Regulators proceed cautiouslyEven if the number of smart-meter objections is relatively small, customer resistance can seriously slow or delay meter rollouts. The Michigan Public Service Commission, for example, announced on January 12 that it is launching an investigation into the deployment of smart meters by regulated utilities, according to the Detroit Free Press.And on January 9 opponents of smart meters in central Maine appealed to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in Portland to overturn a Public Utility Commission’s decision not to investigate claims that the wireless meters pose health, safety and privacy risks, and are an invasion of privacy, according to a story posted by The Forecaster. The regional utility, Central Maine Power, is scheduled to complete the installation of 620,000 meters throughout the state in the first quarter of this year, the story noted.A hacker risk?In the long run, smart-meter security vulnerabilities may end up giving meter opponents a bit more traction than health concerns, a recent MSNBC.com story suggested. The article focuses on the research results of Dario Carluccio and Stephan Brinkhaus, who signed up as customers of a German-based smart-meter firm, Discovergy, and were then able to tap into Discovergy meters’ unencrypted transmission data, which allowed them to tell whether homeowners were “home, away or even sleeping, but also what movie they were watching on TV.”The two men presented their findings on December 30 at the Chaos Computing Congress in Berlin, where Discovergy’s CEO, Nikolaus Starzacher, came on stage and vowed to resolve the security glitches “as quickly as possible.”
PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES “We knew how much of a fighter (Mike Cofer) was and we kind of wanted to embody that and play just like he would out there,” Mann said.The Seminoles could not have done much better.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, logisticsMann had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Mfiondu Kabengele scored 22 points and fourth-seeded Florida State ran Ja Morant and 12th-seeded Murray State out of the tournament, 90-62 Saturday to advance to the West regional semifinal.After Florida State’s first-round victory Thursday, Phil Cofer received a call in the locker room, alerting him that his father, a longtime NFL linebacker with the Detroit Lions, had died at age 58. Phil Cofer chose to stay with the team, but he did not play Saturday. He was already nursing a sore foot that kept him out against Vermont. “And when you see the way Phil play, the way he acts, the way he responds to challenges, you see Mike Cofer,” Hamilton said. “And I thought that our kids tonight decided that’s what we wanted to play for, something bigger than ourselves and bigger than the game.”Kabengele credited the coaching staff for allowing the players to grieve and comfort their friend, while still getting them to maintain focus on game preparation. And having Phil Cofer there with the team helped a lot, too.“To see him be there just to support us, it gives you no choice but to play hard for him,” Kabengele said. “I am hopeful that the way we played today just helped him go through this tough time.”Florida State (29-7) is in the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year, the first time FSU has pulled that off since 1992-93, where they will face top-seeded Gonzaga in Anaheim, California.Morant was the story of the first round, posting a triple-double against Marquette that had NBA stars Steph Curry and Luka Doncic marveling at the sure-fire lottery pick. Morant again had the Murray State fans on their feet early against Florida State. The sophomore was 5 for 5 from 3-point range in the first half, flashing his step-back and cross-over jumpers. Florida State was winning everywhere else on the court, forcing turnovers, getting out in transition and knocking down 3s.The Seminoles came into the game shooting 33.4 percent from 3, 223rd in the nation — and then hit eight of their first 11 from behind the arc. Known for their defense, the Seminoles were playing fast and getting good shots. Florida State had a 16-point lead at the half and it didn’t get much better after the break.Christ Koumadje had two easy slams off lobs, Mann tipped in his own miss and Kabengele slammed home another rebound to make it 68-46 with 13 minutes left.BIG PICTUREMurray State: Morant scored 28 points but had only four assists, one in the second half, after getting 16 against Marquette. The Seminoles forced the other Racers to make plays and they couldn’t deliver.“Our game plan was to take away his options of passing,” Mann said. Florida State: The Seminoles have won eight of nine and are 16-2 since late January.UP NEXTMurray State: The Racers will face life without Morant.Florida State: The Seminoles eliminated the Zags in the regional semifinal last year. MOST READ During the playing of the national anthem before Saturday’s game, Cofer lined up with his teammates, next to fellow senior Mann. Cofer stood with his head down and wiped his eyes with the sweat shirt he had pulled up to his chin. When “The Star Spangled Banner” ended, Mann put an arm around Cofer’s shoulder and patted his chest.“He’s doing a lot better,” Mann said of Cofer. “We’re there for him, trying to pick up his spirits, but he’s doing a lot better.”Cofer took a seat on the sideline for the game, his right foot in a plastic boot to stabilize it.He had a great view of one of Florida State’s best performances of the season. The Seminoles overwhelmed the Racers (28-5) with their size, speed and depth — plus whatever little extra something they got from trying to honor their friend’s late father.Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said Mike Cofer was a man of toughness, character and courage.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Getting closer Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Google Philippines names new country director Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Florida State’s Mfiondu Kabengele (25) dunks over Murray State’s Ja Morant (12) during the second half of a second round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Hartford, Conn. Florida State won 90-62. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)HARTFORD, Conn. — Scribbled in black marker on Terrance Mann’s left shoe was all the inspiration he needed: Mike Cofer, 3-21-19.Just a couple of days ago, Mann’s close friend and Florida State teammate, Phil Cofer, found out his father had died after a long illness. Mann and the rest of the Seminoles vowed to play this game, this NCAA Tournament, for “something bigger.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments
There was plenty of media coverage on Touch Football in the month of June, with several features about up-and-coming junior talent and local competitions taking place across the country.To view the stories, please click on the links belowVandals damage Maitland Sports FieldsTyre tracks gouged in the surface of the Maitland Park sporting fields have sidelined more than 1000 participants across various sporting codes.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/story/1562790/vandals-damage-maitland-sports-fields/?cs=171All Schoolers touch football team claims back to back finalsAll Schoolers claimed back to back premierships in a narrow victory over Wolf Pack 4-3 during the Touch Grand Final in Charleville on Tuesday night.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/all-schoolers-touch-football-team-claims-back-back/1914802/Bribie Teen In National SquadBribie Island teenager Kimberley Sue See has been named by Touch Football Australia (TFA) in the Australian women’s open training squad ahead of the 2014 Trans-Tasman Series.http://www.noosanews.com.au/news/bribie-teen-on-national-squad/1923988/ Rocky’s Neaton a player to watch at state titlesAll eyes will be on Rockhampton’s Riley Neaton next month, when the talented touch player joins players from 14 other Rockhampton teams at the 2013 Queensland Touch Junior State Cup in Hervey Bay.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/rockys-neaton-a-player-to-watch-at-state-titles-in/1923616/ In good touch at carnivalSouth Burnett Times, 4 June 2013As part of the interschool winter sports carnival, 100 children from across the region played touch football at St John’s Lutheran School.Georgie Hall, from Kumbia State School, organised the touch football component of the winter sports carnival. “We had 11 teams from five schools,” Miss Hall said. “It was a fantastic turn out with Kingaroy State School, small schools cluster, St Mary’s, St John’s and Taabinga taking part in the touch football.”The touch football was refereed by student volunteers on the day.“We had students from Kingaroy State High School volunteer for the day to be referees,” Miss Hall said. “They really must be commended on the fantastic effort they put in as well as guidance they provided the younger students.”Students from Years 4 to 7 participated in a number of sportsmanship-based games throughout the day. “Students were encouraged to try their best, but it was really focused on the love of the game and getting out there and exercising,” Miss Hall said. Despite this, Miss Hall said there were overall winners awarded for the day. “Taabinga A were the overall winners of the A grade competition,” Miss Hall said.“However Kingaroy State School and St Mary’s also contested the finals.”Top stars touch down in RomaWestern Star, 4 June 2013Touch football took over Roma at the weekend with a three day carnival featuring teams from across the state The under-15s competition saw girls from across the region hit the fields in hopes of taking home the title.Girls from Roma, Chinchilla, Miles, St George and Charleville made up the South West team, taking on players from as far as the Sunshine Coast. The competition also included teams from the Darling Downs, South Coast, Wide Bay, Met East, Peninsula, North West, Met North, Met West and Capricornia.Across the event, the girls competed in five rounds each, from which the three top teams were selected into the trophy series while the bottom three teams played in the plate series.The South West girls were unfortunately knocked out in the Plate Series by Met North going down 4-2 in the match.With good performances across the three days from all participating teams, the competition remained tight, coming to an end on the Sunday with Sunshine Coast facing off against Met East.Sunny Coast dominated Met East, taking home the trophy with a 9-1 win.Taree Flames young guns finish runner upManning River Times, 5 June 2013Taree Flames young guns finished runners up in the mixed opens NSW Touch Football Country Championships held in Dubbo.The tournament boasted some of the best players in Australia and competition in the mixed was fierce.This did not deter this group of talented individuals. The youngest player in the team was only 15.Coached by Darren Rowsell, with each game they grew more and more confident, defeating last year’s champions in the semi final.Unfortunately they went down to Port Macquarie, who contained both current and past Australian players, in the grand final.The captain of Port Macquarie noted how impressed he was with the young Taree side’s performance, stating that the Northern Eagles were in an outstanding future position, given the amount of talent within the Taree side.The more senior Flames side made it to the quarter finals where they were eventually defeated by Orange.Both teams thanked Warren and Tom Steedman and Charlie Andrews for accompanying the teams as referees.Bay girls show a touch of class to take bronze at school titlesFraser Coast Chronicle, 6 June 2013A massive road-trip and tough opposition were not enough to slow down the Wide Bay 15 year girls’ touch team from claiming third place at the Queensland schools championships in Roma at the weekend.With three Hervey Bay girls, Wide Bay swept aside the competition in the preliminary rounds only to meet a skilful Sunshine Coast in the semi-final, earning a place in the play-off for third and fourth.The team’s last game was entertaining against South Coast with attack and defence meeting head on, the game went down to the wire and Wide Bay won 2-1.Wide Bay coach Peter Robinson was proud of his team and said praise could not go to the players only for the result.“I was extremely happy with all the girls in the team,” Robinson said.“The parents were outstanding – they helped out in the preparation.“The people in Roma were great country people and it was a well run championship.”The members of the team from Hervey Bay were Xavier Catholic College students Georgia Moore, Bree Fraser and Cree Forster.Sunshine Coast defeated Met East 9-1 in the finalCaitlin stars in state touch football eventSunshine Coast Daily, 6 June 2013Noosa District SHS Year 10 student Caitlin Wark has just returned from the Queensland 15 Years Girls Touch Football Carnival in Roma as a member of the winning Sunshine Coast Regional team. The Coast girls convincingly won the state final 9-1 against a more-fancied Brisbane Metropolitan East team. This was Caitlin’s first state carnival and she certainly rose to the challenge by scoring six tries over the three-day, eight-game carnival, with two of these coming in the grand final. NDSHS Touch co-ordinator Murray Gordon said that during her time with the Sunshine Coast girls’ team, Caitlin was lucky to be guided by Queensland coach Paul Cobham. Caitlin said that she had learnt a lot about the game during their 45 hours of training in the three-month lead-up to the carnival. She is a valued member of the Noosa District SHS girls’ team and regularly plays in the Noosa Touch Association A-grade competition.Roosters claim titleSouth Burnett Times, 7 June 2013Kingaroy’s touch football champions were decided on a big Monday night of grand final action at Lyle Vidler Oval, Kingaroy.The Roosters won the open grand final 5-3 against the defending champion Gumps.Roosters player Mitch Cush said his side was able to claim the touch title due to an outstanding defensive effort against the talented young side.“We defended really well and to hold them to only three points was a great effort,” he said.“I think we nullified their strike players in Sam Johnston, Peter Hourn, Belinda Johnston and Lane Ferling, and defence definitely won it for us.”Cush said the pace of Monday night’s decider was a big factor in the Roosters victory.“I think the game suited us to a point when the refs slowed it down and it didn’t suit them because they needed a more high tempo game,“We didn’t play spectacular touch football, but we played a good solid game.”Cush said his Roosters side had to play well to defeat a Gumps side which had beaten them 7-1 in their last meeting.“We had good rolling rucks and we dragged their defence in and then threw it on the outside,” he said.“Anthony Eden controlled the game from dummy half and Steve Moore scored a couple of tries, and to hold the line like we did and not let them score many was a great effort.”Cush said the Roosters side was formed to give the Gumps a run for their money.“It was to give them some competition and we ended up victorious,” he said. Touch football is a key participation sportBayside Bulletin, 11 June 2013Touch football is a key participation sport in the Redlands and in July many local players past and present will be part of the celebration to mark the sport’s 40th anniversary as an organised sport in South East Queensland.Touch football, which now caters for participants of both sexes and all ages, began as an organised sport in Brisbane with an initial fixture list of just eight teams. Several players in that initial competition were from the Redlands.While the sport has now grown to the stage where the Redlands has its own association, which organises hundreds of games each week, many Redlands players still compete in Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association competitions at White Hill Reserve.To mark the 40th anniversary of the organisation of touch football the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association has organised a commemorative dinner on Saturday, July 20, at the Eastern Suburbs Rugby League Club in Stones Corner.Tickets are limited and are $85 each, which includes a three-course dinner and three hours of free soft drinks, beer and wine.Tickets are available from the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association office at Whites Hill Reserve, Boundary Road, Camp Hill; phone 3397 5133 or email [email protected] to compete at NationalsNorthern Daily Leader, 12 June 2013Calrossy student Jasmine Mihell is going from strength to strength with her touch football performances. Jassmine has just been selected in the CIS Opens team to contest the National Titles in September this year at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. She was also part of the Tamworth touch team that won the recent Country Championships and is a member of the Under 18 National Squad. Top Touch players descend on BayThe Newcastle Herald, 18 June 2013The state’s leading schoolboy touch football players have descended on Nelson Bay this week for the NSW Combined High Schools championships.Tomaree Sporting Complex is the venue for the three-day round robin tournament with 10 teams taking part.Hunter have four matches today, coming up against Riverina, Sydney South West, Western and North Coast.PCYC sporting hall of fame for EmileeWestern Star, 18 June 2013Emilee Cherry has achieved more in 21 years than many people will in a lifetime having represented Australia in both rugby and touch football. Although she now lives in Brisbane, she’s a Roma born and bred girl through and through and she has now been chosen to be one of the three new faces on the PCYC sporting wall of fame.But she might not get to see her photo up there for a while, as next week she is off to Russia to represent Australia in the Rugby 7s world cup.“Rugby 7s has definitely taken my priority, the IRB (Sevens) World Series has five different stops around the world which keeps us very busy and I’m travelling a lot,” Cherry said.As well as representing the country in rugby, Ms Cherry also plays in the Australian Women’s touch football team and will be competing in the Trans-Tasman touch football series in Mudgee early next year. “I played touch all my life all throughout school at a rep level and then through playing they scouted me and said they said would you like to have a try at Rugby 7s,” Cherry said. She played her first international game in Dubai at the end of 2011.Cherry is studying PE teaching at the University of Queensland. If you see a story from your local area that you’d like to see on the Touch Football Australia website, please email [email protected] LinksTalking Touch – June