Governor Wolf Signs School Code, Fiscal Code, Tax Code, and Non-preferred Appropriations Bills

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 14, 2016 Bill Signing,  Budget News,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Yesterday, Governor Wolf today signed the school code, fiscal code, tax code and the non-preferred appropriations.Act 84 – HB 1198 – Amends the Tax Reform Code, in tax for education, further providing for crimes; and, in corporate net income tax, providing for amended reports.Act 85 – HB 1605– sponsored by Rep. James – Amends Fiscal Code, in cigarette sales, for defs., records & penalties; in oil & gas wells, for Fund & heritage areas; in special funds, State Workers’ Insurance Board; Race Horse Development Fund; budget implementation; PLCB, DHS.Act 86 – HB 1606 – sponsored by Rep. Christiana – Amends Public School Code, in prelim. provisions, providing for duties of Advisory Committee; in districts, for data collection; for finances; payroll tax; teachers; diabetes care; grants; community college; allocating appropriation.Act 17A – HB 2137 – sponsored by Rep. Adolph – Supplement to act to accept grant of Public Lands, by the U.S., to several states, for endowment of Agricultural Colleges making appropriations for carrying the same into effect; & providing for basis for payments of appropriation.Act 18A – HB 2138 – sponsored by Rep. Adolph – Supplement to the University of Pittsburgh–Commonwealth Act making appropriations for carrying the same into effect; & providing for a basis for payments, for method of accounting & for certain fiscal information disclosure.Act 19A – HB 2139 – sponsored by Rep. Adolph – Supplement to the Temple University–Commonwealth Act making an appropriation for carrying the same into effect; providing for a basis for payments; for method of accounting & for certain fiscal information disclosure.Act 20A – HB 2140 – sponsored by Rep. Adolph – Supplement to the Lincoln University–Commonwealth Act making an appropriation for carrying the same into effect; & providing for a basis for payments, for method of accounting & for certain fiscal information disclosure.Act 21A – HB 2141 – sponsored by Rep. Adolph – Act making appropriations to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img Governor Wolf Signs School Code, Fiscal Code, Tax Code, and Non-preferred Appropriations Billslast_img read more

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Kindred ups operating costs to accommodate for licensed realities

first_img Share Kindred: Spelinspektionen has failed in its management of Swedish marketplace June 11, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Publishing its unaudited 2019 interim report (January-June), Stockholm-listed Kindred Group Plc has detailed confidence in its long-term prospects, as the company continues to adjust to new regulated market demands across its operating territories.Despite competing against a tough comparative period featuring World Cup 2018 trading, Kindred continued its positive revenue momentum by recording year-to-date group gross winnings of £450 million – up 5% on YTD 2018’s £426 million.Updating investors, Kindred governance underlined the group’s commitment to ‘focused growth within locally licensed markets’, which has resulted in the company adjusting to ‘margin pressures from higher betting duties’.Maintaining confidence in its long-term corporate strategy, Kindred has supported its position undertaking a period of high marketing activity which has contributed to H1 2019 operating costs of £212 million (2018: £182m).“During the first quarter of 2019, the new licensing regulation in Sweden has resulted in significant short-term margin pressure driven by higher betting duties but also higher marketing as we are investing for the longer term,” detailed Henrik Tjärnström, Chief Executive of Kindred Group.Regulated market adjustments and higher operating costs resulted in Kindred posting an H1 2019 period EBITDA of £61 million, down 31% on YTD 2018’s £89 million.Closing H1 2019 trading, Kindred governance declared group profits of £27.5 million, down 50% on YTD 2018’s £55 million.“Total marketing for the Group, as a percentage of Gross winnings revenue, came in at 29 per cent and was at its highest level since 2013 when compared to other second quarters in non-major football tournament years,” added Tjärnström.“We also continue to invest heavily in technology and other operating expenditure in order to drive our future growth. Whilst this may reduce profitability in the short term, we are confident that, as we have previously proven, this will drive future growth in Gross winnings revenue and profits, particularly in locally licensed markets.“Other significant items affecting the quarter were the planned investments in the USA, both in marketing and operating expenses, that contributed GBP 1.6 million of negative EBITDA in the quarter.”Kindred Group Plc – Unaudited H1 2019 Overview StumbleUpon Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020last_img read more

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Hamilton racing the record book for motivation after title celebrations

first_imgDutchman Verstappen, linked with both Mercedes and Ferrari, said this week: “I am happy where I am and I want to win with Red Bull. It’s the team that allowed me to enter F1 and there is a sense of loyalty to them. I feel at home here.”He added that he and Hamilton may have appeared to be involved in verbal jousting recently, but that it was nothing serious.“We never quarrelled –- we have talked to teach other and I respect him.”With Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas having finished first and second in the drivers’ championship, Sunday’s race will be more about the ‘best of the rest’ as Verstappen, Leclerc and his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel bid to finish third.For drivers and teams, prize money running into millions of dollars is at stake as Leclerc, third, defends a 14-point advantage on Verstappen, who is five clear of Vettel.Leclerc is expected to take a 10-place grid penalty for taking a new engine, but even that news has not encouraged Verstappen.“I still think it’s going to be hard,” he said.For Hamilton, it will be a battle with the record book as he continues his quest to overhaul Michael Schumacher who won seven world titles and 91 Grands Prix. The Briton now has six titles and 83 career victories.Share on: WhatsApp Champ HamiltonSao Paulo, Brazil | AFP | Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will dig deep for true motivation at this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix when they return to action for the first time since celebrating a unique sixth drivers’ and constructors’ double this year.A week after shaking off their hangovers following Hamilton’s sixth title success, the team has to stay focused for two more rounds of the 2019 championship, starting in Sao Paulo and finishing in Abu Dhabi on December 1.Unexpectedly and, perhaps, significantly, the Silver Arrows will race at the atmospheric and famous Interlagos circuit, where Hamilton won his first title with McLaren in 2008, without team boss Toto Wolff in charge.Amid a swirl of speculation about his and the team’s futures, he has decided to miss a race for the first time in six years with many observers suggesting his focus is less intense and others saying that Mercedes may be preparing to leave F1 for other challenge, including Formula E.Wolff rejected the idea that any decision to leave was taken when he said “everything indicates that we will stay, but it’s not given” and raised concerns about the future for motorsport.“In which direction is the automotive world developing?” he asked ESPN. “In what form is F1 relevant as an entertainment and technology platform? And, as a brand, whose first car was a racing car, do we want to stay on this platform in the long term?”Predictably, with the major issues settled, much focus in Brazil will be on the future of the sport in 2020 and beyond –- which makes it inevitable that the top drivers and their teams will be watched and analysed closely.– Men of the future –Hamilton, 35 in January, has been linked consistently with a career-ending move to Ferrari if he loses enthusiasm at Mercedes and needs a final new challenge, but he is likely to banish the rumours with a committed showing.The men of the future –- Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc –- will both also be scrutinised for signs that they are ready to be future champions in F1’s new age, from 2021, when the sport ushers in a new formula.last_img read more

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4th of July Fireworks in Rochester

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0It’s time for hot dogs, cotton candy, flags and fireworks! Celebrate 4th of July in Rochester with fast cars and fireworks at the South Sound Speedway. You don’t have to wait for the sun to set for the fun to start though! Fourth of July in Rochester is not to be missed!Head to the South Sound Speedway July 3 for a high-octane night of fun and fireworks. Photo courtesy: South Sound SpeedwayThe roar of engines pairs wonderfully with the boom of fireworks and South Sound Speedway has both this Fourth of July! Head out to Rochester for adrenaline-fueled racing and then a firework show following.  The show starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes Wes Rhodes super late model 126, Hinkle Homes hobby stocks, Cut Rate Auto Parts baby grands, and Olympia Overhead Doors tuner cars.Admission is $22 for adults, $20 for teens (13- to 17-years-old) and active military, $10 for children (6- to 12-years-old), and free for children 5-years-old and under. Follow them on Facebook for details, and directions.South Sound Speedway FireworksWednesday, July 36:30 p.m.3730 183rd Avenue SW, Rochesterlast_img read more

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Something New: Senior Hours at the Grocery Store

first_imgBy Mia Glass Sickles Market of Little SilverSickles is not offering senior hours, but is operating on shorter hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in order to maximize cleaning. The store is also doing deliveries and curbside pickups. Deliveries for Little Silver, Fair Haven, Rumson and Red Bank will be free until March 31. Many grocery stores have recently implemented “senior hours” and special services to respond to the needs of their older shoppers and the immunocompromised. Here is a list: Stop & Shop of Keyport and Middletown Shoppers 60 and older and immunocompromised shoppers are allowed to enter the store an hour and a half early, 6 to 7:30 a.m. daily. The rest of the day, 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., will be for any shoppers. Dean’s Natural Market, ShrewsburyAlthough Dean’s is not offering senior hours, it is doing curb- side pickup and Instacart for anyone who does not want to go inside the store. Orders can be placed by phone or online and an employee (with gloves) will bring the package to the curb. Target of MiddletownEvery Wednesday, the first hour of shopping, 8 to 9 a.m., will be for the elderly and other vulnerable shoppers. The store is keeping its usual hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Shoppers lined up around the side of Costco in Hazlet. Grocery stores limited the number of shoppers to respect social distancing guidelines, and some imposed limits on how much shoppers could purchase of in-demand items. Photo by Fred Yah / Eagle Drone Solutions Trader Joe’s of ShrewsburyThe first hour, 9 to 10 a.m., is set aside for senior shoppers. Store hours are have been shortened from the usual 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Foodtown of Atlantic Highlands and Middletown Foodtown is not currently allocating time slots for seniors, but is offering curbside pickup for a fee of $4.99. They have reduced store hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The article originally appeared in the March 26- April 1, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Walgreens of Little Silver and Red BankEight to 9 a.m. every Tuesday will be reserved for cus- tomers age 55 and older. The store operates from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Whole Foods of Middletown Whole Foods stores across the nation are allowing those age 60 and older to enter the store an hour earlier than its usual start time every day. For the Middletown location, seniors may start shopping at 8 a.m. daily. Acme of Little Silver, Fair HavenThis supermarket is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The first two hours, 7 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday are set aside for those 60 and older and other at-risk members of the community.last_img read more

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Bulldog Top 10 of 2015-16: No. 10 – McCann Wins Drake Relays Title

first_imgThe 2015-16 season featured many thrilling moments and accomplishments for Drake athletics. From conference titles, outstanding team and individual accomplishments, postseason appearances and significant regular season victories, the Bulldogs had plenty to celebrate as they look forward to the upcoming season. Before embarking on 2016-17, www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com will take a look back at the top 10 moments of the 2015-16 throughout the month of July.The No. 10 moment of 2015-16 comes from the Blue Oval on April 30 when Robert McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) outlasted a tough field and conditions to become a Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee Champion with an 8:49.14 finish in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.McCann became the first Bulldog to win a Drake Relays title since 2013 and the first to win the steeplechase since 1981.”My freshman year [2013] Brogan Austin won the 5k here and just seeing him win it was pretty inspirational,” McCann said upon claiming the title. “Now we’ve got some good momentum, first him and now me. I don’t think Drake champions will be unusual in the future.”McCann pulled away and held his lead down the stretch over Eastern Michigan’s Willy Fink to add to his already impressive career as a Bulldog.”I’m trying to keep myself in check right now because it [winning at the Drake Relays] hasn’t sunk in yet and I have a long season ahead,” McCann added. “It is a nice bonus midway through the season, so I’m pretty happy for that.”McCann would go on to win the Missouri Valley Conference title in the event with a personal best of 8:43.00 and advance to the NCAA West Preliminary round. Check back on July 8 as the No. 9 moment of 2015-16 is unveiled.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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New ‘Missing Link’ Claim Imagines Human Face on a Fish

first_img(Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The Darwin-drenched phrase “missing link” popped up again, this time in a story that claims humans got their faces from a fish.“Extraordinary ‘missing link’ fossil fish found in China” (PhysOrg).“Scientist hails ‘jaw-dropping’ fish fossil discovery” (BBC News).“Fish fossil suggests our skeleton evolved face first” (New Scientist).OK, what’s up with that?  It needs to be “spectacular” to be “news,” so reporters tend to make everything eye-grabbing with words like “extraordinary” and “jaw-dropping,” but this one by John Long (The Conversation) got a little over the top:A spectacular new “missing link” fossil has been unearthed in China. The 419 million year old armoured fish, called Entelognathus, meaning “complete jaw” solves an age-old debate in science. For palaeontologists this fish is as big as finding the Higgs-Boson particle because of its immense significance to our understanding of early vertebrate evolution.This is arguably one of the most exciting fossil discoveries in the past century since Archaeopteryx, the first fossil to bridge the gap between dinosaurs and birds.After soaking the articles in an acid bath to dissolve away the hype, what is left?  John Long’s Conversation piece seems largely a screed against creationists (“those minority groups within society who for some or other reason do not believe in evolution”), so we must look elsewhere for the data.They’re calling it Entelognathus (“complete jaw”), and claiming it resolves an old debate whether placoderms were the ancestors of bony fish and cartilaginous fish.  Its evolutionary value, though, is tempered with some upset: “This is an unexpected discovery that inverts schoolbook teaching on the evolution of bony skulls,” the BBC News said.“Up until now it had been thought that the anatomical peculiarities of bony fishes – the group that would eventually give rise to human beings – are specialisations that arose later in vertebrate evolutionary history in our own bony fish lineage.”“But now that narrative has been turned on its head.“Under their own admission, they are talking about a narrative – not necessarily a fact of science.  The value of an upside-down narrative looks dubious.  John Long presented the impression of a virtually seamless fossil transitional sequence that makes the term “missing link” a misnomer.  Why, then, did the BBC say this?Scientists say that the evolution of jaws is one of the key episodes in the evolution of vertebrates, but the gap between jawed and jawless vertebrates is so large that it is hard to work out the individual evolutionary steps in the transition.It appears that all Entelognathus shows is that some bony fish traits appeared in this placoderm, making their appearance earlier than expected.  It does not say how an unguided process of mutations produced things as complex as multi-boned jaws, semicircular canals in the ears, and copulatory organs.  Moreover, this fossil cannot explain the cartilaginous fish:Dr Friedman says that the fossil adds weight to the theory that many classic bony fish features were evolved “very deep in our family tree, before bony fish split from sharks”.“This means that we – as in bony fishes – are the ones who have held on to more ancient structures, while it is the sharks that have gone off and done something new and interesting in an evolutionary sense.In other words, the expectation that placoderms were “primitive” has been deflated (see New Scientist).  In addition, sharks and rays can not be considered primitive, either.  So now, evolutionists have two problems when there were one: (1) how Entelognathus got “many classic bony fish features” by mutations and selection, and (2) how sharks did something “new and interesting in an evolutionary sense” (if one pardons the oxymoron).  “It challenges the way we think about the evolution of modern skeletons,” New Scientist says.“The work further reshuffles the deep identities of living groups, revising the deep tree of modern vertebrate groups – including our own remote ancestry,” says Michael Coates at the University of Chicago.So despite John Long’s over-the-top rhetoric which he banged on the heads of evolution skeptics, other scientists appear to see this fossil as a kind of good-news, bad-news joke for Darwinism.  Nature News calls it a “piscine mash-up,” i.e., an unexpected mosaic of traits.  Earlier evolutionists got it all wrong; now it’s time to overcome inertia, clean up and start over:This inversion of a classic scenario in vertebrate evolution raises an obvious question: how did we get it so wrong? The status of sharks as surrogate ancestors seems well established, but this is an illusion of dogmatic repetition combined with spurious portrayals of present-day cartilaginous fishes as unchanged ‘living fossils’. The popular model of a shark-like ancestor is, in the end, more a hangover of the ‘great chain of being’ of ancient philosophy and pre-Darwinian archetypes than a product of modern comparative biology and phylogenetic ‘tree thinking’. Added to this conceptual inertia is a historically compartmentalized approach to studying early vertebrate groups that made it too easy to dismiss shared similarities — the head and shoulder exoskeleton of placoderms and bony fishes, for example — as independent innovations without adequate evidence.Over the past decade or so, new fossilsand re-examinations of old ones have forced palaeontologists to look beyond the confines of traditional classifications and reconsider the coherence of textbook assemblages such as placoderms and acanthodians, and their relationships to extant gnathostomes. Perhaps more than any of these discoveries, Entelognathus demands a major rethink of where fossils fit relative to modern lineages, and how these living groups came to acquire their characteristic traits. It will take time to fully digest the implications of such a remarkable fossil, but it is clear that a major reframing of our understanding of early gnathostome evolution is now in full swing.Any major reframing of understanding presupposes what passed for understanding in the past was very poorly framed.  Mr. Long, though, ended his article celebrating his new hero:For me the really exciting thing about Entelognathus is that even in the 21st century palaeontologists are still making really big discoveries that fill in major missing gaps in our knowledge about the evolution of the modern fauna.All fossils touted as “missing links” are contentious to some, those minority groups within society who for some or other reason do not believe in evolution. For these people news of Entelognathus will be challenging, but most will simply ignore it as it doesn’t abide with their world view.Yet all of these disbelievers still rely on evolution in their daily lives, as new vaccines and antibiotics or new crops bred to withstand environmental extremes to feed us, are all advances in science underpinned by evolutionary principals [sic].So believe it or not, evolution is helping everyone one of us on the planet, every day to live better lives. Thanks Entelognathus, you’re a real hero.The paper by Min Zhu et al., published by Nature, was significantly more cautious in its interpretation: e.g., “A phylogenetic analysis places the new form near the top of the gnathostome stem group but does not fully resolve its relationships to other placoderms.”  The authors did not explicitly state where the fossil was found, who found it, what condition it was in, or how it was dated.Isn’t it uncanny how all the Darwin-imprimatur outlets get the artwork simultaneously?  The artist renditions are drawn to favor the evolutionary story.  This time they gave the fish a practically human face.  All it needs is a caption, saying, “Me fish obeying Charlie, evolving human num-nums.”  Good grief.Coming from China, this fossil needs a good looking over by independent authorities, to ensure some peasant didn’t glue a bony fish head onto a placoderm body.  Even assuming it is fully authentic, nothing about this specimen looks primitive.  It doesn’t help evolutionists, either, despite Mr. Long’s rush to judgment.  Who is ignoring it?  Who is finding this fossil at odds with his world view?  Darwine does strange things to the mind, especially in the upside-down position.last_img read more

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COP 17 solar legacy for rural areas

first_img9 December 2011South African President Jacob Zuma has launched a UN Climate Change Conference legacy project that uses solar energy to power geysers and lighting at schools and clinics in rural KwaZulu-Natal.The project, launched in the community of Groutville outside Durban on Thursday, is part of a pilot project for tackling energy access in South Africa’s rural areas. The project is powering 19 clinics in KwaZulu-Natal province, including the clinic in Groutville, with solar water heaters.In addition to the installation of the solar water heaters at the Groutville clinic, solar water heaters have also been installed at the two primary schools, Dr Vilakazi Primary and Aldinville Primary, as well as boundary lighting at Dr Vilakazi Primary.A selected number of households in close proximity to the clinic have also been given renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. “These households have now received energy-efficient cooking stoves, together with solar-powered torches, lanterns and energy-efficient indoor lighting,” Zuma said.“The impact of this intervention will be the reduced use of carbon-intensive electricity from the grid as well as reduced timber and coal for heating and cooking.”Access to electricity in rural areasOne of South Africa’s major challenges for poverty eradication, particularly in rural communities, is access to electricity. People have to burn wood and coal to get some sort of energy, which causes health-related problems such as pneumonia and asthma.Collecting and using wood is time-consuming and expensive, while the environment is suffering due to deforestation and air pollution.Zuma said he hoped that the project will scale up the use of solar-powered energy while easing the burden on communities. “The interventions announced today will ease energy poverty while addressing the country’s development goals without compromising the environment,” he said.He said he hoped the people of Groutville and surrounds would always remember COP 17 as an event that made a practical difference to their lives.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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QUEENSLAND JUNIOR STATE CUP SET FOR ACTION

first_imgA record 129 teams will converge on the Sunshine Coast for the 2006 Queensland Junior State Cup.The biggest tournament on the Touch Football Queensland calendar will be held at the Glasshouse Mountains Sports Club, Tourist Drive, Glasshouse Mountains from 7 – 9 July.The three-day tournament will showcase the State’s best junior teams and will feature over 1500 players, 200 officials, and 80 referees.The Junior State Cup contested in school holiday time at the idyllic Coastal location creates a great carnival atmosphere and is a regular pilgrimage for the Queensland Touch community.In its eleventh year of existence, the tournament continues to increase in participant numbers and popularity, with over 5000 spectators expected tohead to the top of the mountain to view the non-stop action from the 313 tournament games. Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association, winner of six out of eight divisions in 2005, are again expected to dominate the tournament.Gold Coast, Redlands, and Toowoomba Touch Associations have tuned up for the TFA Queensland Junior State Cup by contesting the Delfin Junior Tri-Series and will provide stiff opposition to the reigning champions.Nominations have been received from all over Queensland with Caboolture, Chinchilla, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Noosa, Hervey Bay, and Dalby providing the most teams across divisions in the Boys and Girls competition in age groups from Under 11 through to Under 17.An amazing 34 teams have nominated for the respective Boys (18) and Girls (16) 11Years divisions, highlighting the popularity of the sport with our youngest age group of representative players across the State.A deserving junior champion in the respective Boys and Girls17 years divisions will receive the prestigious Scott Notley (Boys) or Kerry Norman (Girls) medal for outstanding performance, service, sportsmanship, and dedication to their affiliate and the sport.Touch Football Queensland has organized some great promotions and activities for participants during the 3 days including an All Star Mixed game featuring Australian Youth Development squad members against a selection of players from the State Cup Under 17 Girls and Boys divisions. A trade display, skill challenges, sporting pulse workshops, and other development resources will be available for affiliate education during the tournament. The Touch Football Queensland Coaching Management Team (CMT) and Referee Management Team (RMT) will provide coaching and assessments for interested technical personnel and some great new merchandise will be available for the event.The Junior Elite Talent Squad (JETS) under the watchful eye of RMT Youth Portfolio Manager Rob Ward and JETS Portfolio Director Glen Richardson will also be in action, showing Queensland’s junior talent also extends to the refereeing ranks.Among the ten elite junior referees participating are three North Queenslanders making the flight down to gain valuable advice and experience from some of Queensland’s best referees.TFA and TFQ staff will be on hand to deliver all aspects of tournament Administration and to assist in the delivery of a very successful and enjoyable 2006 Junior State Cup for all.All information about the tournament, including relevant FORMS, DRAWS and the MANAGER’S KIT can be obtained in the next 24 hours by going to www.sportingpulse.com.au selecting “Touch” and “Queensland.”Keep an eye on the Junior State Cup tournament web site for further news, stories, and information in the lead-up and throughout the event, including up to date results and all the latest news fresh from the fields.Tournament control AKA the “Glass Elevator” will keep you posted on all you need to know about the 2006 Touch Football Australia Queensland Junior State Cup.last_img read more

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