GOSHH continue to provide free testing ahead of World Aids Day

first_imgPrint Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Background photo created by jannoon028 – www.freepik.comTHE theme of World AIDS Day 2020 is ‘Global solidarity, shared responsibility’.HIV was recognised as a global pandemic in the 1980s and has continued to impact the lives of those living with and affected by it.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Covid-19 pandemic has seen people living with HIV facing additional challenges,  increasing the vulnerability of this marginalised group. GOSHH, based in Limerick City but covering the Mid-West, is currently promoting community based rapid HIV testing as part of the Know Now campaign.On World AIDS Day – Tuesday December 1 – GOSHH will continue to provide free rapid testing as well as information on HIV services at their offices in Davis Street, Limerick. Email WhatsApp Linkedin Facebook TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostWorld AIDS Day Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash LimerickNewsGOSHH continue to provide free testing ahead of World Aids DayBy Staff Reporter – November 26, 2020 121 center_img Previous article#SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’Next articleA number of break-ins in Limerick City and County Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

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Fest Finds

first_imgIt’s more than a well-made reboot of the classic Aloha shirt. Beyond a stylish summer print, the shirt— hand-sewn in Santa Ana— has a secure sunglasses loop and two unique pockets: one made to hold a bottle and another with lining to keep your phone dry. The best addition, though, is the built-in towel that will soak up sweat when you’re dancing under the Southern sun. $135; californiacowboy.com  Sunski Topeka The Allman Betts Band Drop your shades in a festival crowd and they’re likely gone for good. Fortunately Sunski makes relatively inexpensive performance sunglasses that feature high-quality polarized lenses that will cut the glare when you’re trying to find a sightline of the main stage. The newly released Topeka has an extremely lightweight frame and subtle rubber grips around the nose, so you can bob your head to the groove without worry. $68; sunski.com  These lightweight American-made socks—mostly merino wool with a blend of quick-drying synthetics—are all about conforming to the contours of your feet; with gradual compression that doesn’t allow blister-inducing movement. They’re also made with extra cushioning in the heel, arch, and toe, providing much-needed padding for staying nimble on trails or the festival grounds. $19.99; fitssock.com Fans of the Allman Brothers Band should take notice of this family offshoot carrying the legacy forward of the Southern blues explorers. As the name suggests, the Allman Betts Band features the progeny of original Allman Brothers members, including Devon Allman (son of Gregg) and Duane Betts (son of Dickey). Together the guitarists will embark on a massive tour this summer, honoring the 50th anniversary of the Allman Brothers by playing classics like “Blue Sky” and “One Way Out,” while also diving into new material from the forthcoming album of originals, Down To the River. Appearing at: Back Home Festival and Lockn’ Festival  The Yawpers  Named after a line in a Walt Whitman poem and coming off a concept album (2017’s Boy in a Well) about a tragedy set in World War II-era France, the Yawpers are a Colorado-based garage-blues trio that combines distortion with thought-provoking depth. Using a bass-free, two-guitar-and-drums attack, the band delivers raw rockabilly grooves, primitive Delta callbacks, and full-throttle punk workouts, led by front man Nate Cook’s howling vocals and angst-releasing lyrics. Human Question, the band’s third effort for the insurgent country label Bloodshot Records, expands the band’s righteously ragged, roots-driven sound even further; from the juke-joint boogie of “Child of Mercy” to the gospel-fueled “Carry Me.” Appearing at:  FloydFest Hydro Flask 32 oz. Wide Mouth Cool and comfortable shorts are key when you’re hopping from stage to stage. Topo’s River Shorts—available for men and women—are made with breathable, water-repellent nylon that offers two-way stretch to keep you mobile. Another essential feature: the zippered back pocket that keeps your keys, cash, and cards secure when you’re busting a move. $79; topodesigns.com  FITS Light Hiker Mini-Crew Socks Don’t waste your money on an overpriced plastic bottle of water at a concession stand. Most festivals these days have free water filling stations, so be ready with Hydro Flask’s Wide Mouth. The bottle’s pro-grade stainless steel is a healthier way to hydrate, and the 32-ounce size option is extremely durable, with double-wall insulation, so it will keep your liquid of choice cold for 24 hours. You also get additional insulation from the savvy lid, and a rubber handle that makes transport easy. $39.95; hydroflask.com   With drum circles and that drunk dude howling at the moon, getting a good night’s sleep in Tent City isn’t always easy. Sierra Designs comes to the rescue with the Frontcountry Bed, a zipper-free sleeping bag that provides some of the comforts of home, including an integrated comforter and foot vents when you need a little circulation. Earplugs not included. $199.95; sierradesigns.com  Festival Gear California Cowboy High Water Shirt Forsake Men’s Maddox and Women’s Maya Della Maecenter_img Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed 35 Duo Topo Designs River Short Speaking of the Allman Brothers, the Grammy-nominated bluegrass quartet Della Mae crush an acoustic version of “Whipping Post” on the new Butcher Shoppe EP. Lead singer Celia Woodsmith brings a throaty intensity to match the original’s vocals but Kimber Ludiker’s sweet fiddle lines give the staple a pastoral reimagining. Another standout, “Bourbon Hound,” is a ragtime romp with fiery solos that land between lyrics celebrating brown-water-fueled fun. Following the departure of guitarist Courtney Hartman, the group gets some help on the new effort from Molly Tuttle and Alison Brown. As this band of quick pickers finds new footing, they’re heading in a promising direction. Appearing at: Red Wing Roots Music Festival UCO Gear Beta Headlamp  The Soul Rebels Music Finds & Festival Gear Finds The Soul Rebels No need to stumble in the darkness on the way back to your tent. The Beta is a nicely priced headlamp that features four brightness settings and an impressively long battery life—70 hours on three AAAs. Plus the trippy strap patterns will give you some festival flair. $24.99; ucogear.com  If you appreciate a proper blast of New Orleans brass, this eight-piece ensemble always delivers. Well versed in traditional Crescent City sounds, the Soul Rebels also like to branch out from their roots, using powerful horn lines to play brass-band-style covers of beloved pop, rock, and hip-hop songs. At the big band’s energetic live shows, crowds can be dancing to a funky second-line groove one minute, then singing along to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” or the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” the next. The group’s ability to incorporate a wide breadth of musical styles has led to collaborations with a diverse range of artists—from Nas and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to Pretty Lights and Marilyn Manson. When home, the band plays a weekly residency at New Orleans’ Le Bon Temps Roule, but they’ve been traveling around the world to play festivals, including some notable events this summer in the South. Appearing at: Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and Lockn’ Festival Sonic adventures require the right equipment. Let BRO tune you in to the best gear for multi-day festivals.  A mix of support and breathability—just what you want for a festival shoe. The Forsake Men’s Maddox and Women’s Maya are both made with nylon knit that’s all about airflow, while the ridged rubber soles are gritty enough for both day hikes or stomping along to your favorite bluegrass band. $114.95; forsake.com  Part of the fun of festivals is finding new favorite bands. Check out these four acts playing music bashes in the region.   last_img read more

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The UNWTO expects a faster recovery of domestic tourism than international travel

first_imgGiven the value of domestic tourism and current trends, an increasing number of countries are taking steps to grow their markets, the UNWTO reports. This new note provides case study initiatives designed for stimulating domestic demand. Includes initiatives aimed at marketing and promotion, as well as financial incentives. Examples of countries taking targeted steps to increase the number of domestic tourists include: Domestic tourism to encourage recovery The report also shows how in most destinations, domestic tourism generates higher revenues than international. In OECD countries (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), domestic tourism accounts for 75% of total tourism expenditure, while in the European Union, domestic tourism consumption is 1,8 times higher than foreign consumption. Globally, the largest domestic tourism markets in terms of expenditure are the United States with nearly $ 1 trillion, Germany with $ 249 billion, Japan $ 201 billion, the United Kingdom with $ 154 billion, and Mexico with $ 139 billion. Recognizing the importance of domestic tourism, the specialized agency of the United Nations announced Third in a rowu information notes for tourism called “Understanding domestic tourism and exploiting its opportunities”. Namely, UNWTO data show that in 2018 the eye was realized 9 billion domestic tourist trips worldwide which is six times more than international tourist arrivals (1,4 billion in 2018). The publication identifies the ways in which destinations around the world are taking proactive steps to grow domestic tourism, from offering bonus vacations to workers to providing vouchers and other incentives to people traveling to their own countries. According to UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, the UNWTO expects a faster recovery of domestic tourism than international travel, and given the size of domestic tourism, this will help many destinations recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic while protecting jobs, livelihoods and enable the return of social benefits offered by the tourism offer. Initiatives to strengthen domestic tourism Source: UPhoto: Facebook UNWTO U Italy the Bonus Vacanze initiative offers families with incomes up to € 40.000 a contribution up to € 500 to be spent in accommodation for domestic tourism.Malaysia awarded $ 113 million in travel discount vouchers for domestic tourism expenditures, as well as tax breaks of up to $ 227.Costa Rica is everything holidays 2020 and 2021 moved to Monday to make Costa Ricans enjoy long weekends and to extend their stay on trips around the country.Francuska je launched the #CetÉtéJeVisiteLaFrance campaign (“Visit France this summer”) highlighting the diversity of destinations across the country.Argentina she announced creation of a scientific institution for domestic tourism to get a better profile of Argentine tourists.Thailand will subsidize 5 million hotel accommodation nights at 40% of the usual room rates for up to five nights. How do travel restrictions are starting to ease Globally, destinations around the world are focused on growing domestic tourism, and many offer coco incentives to encourage people to explore their own country. As expected World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), domestic tourism will recover faster than international travel, which is an opportunity for both developed and developing countries to recover from social and economic impacts pandemic COVID-19.last_img read more

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But What About Medicinal Marijuana?

first_imgA number of supporters have said that while they are in total agreement with us about opposing the legalisation of marijuana for recreational use, they are wanting to know our position on medicinal marijuana.WHAT GROUPS LIKE THE GREENS, NORML AND THE DRUG FOUNDATION ACTUALLY WANTBy negotiating a referendum on marijuana, the Green party have done us all a favour by declaring the true intention of many marijuana campaigners – full legalisation for personal use. Groups like NORML and the Drug Foundation have used medicinal marijuana and decriminalisation as a smokescreen.And our MPs will soon be voting on a private members bill from Green MP Julie Anne Genter (shown above). While disguised as ‘medicinal marijuana’, it is effectively a subtle legalisation of marijuana – a grow-your-own-dope bill with very little control or safeguards. Even the media has labelled it that! An individual can become a dope grower/dealer for a relative or friend. And the qualifying medical condition criteria is very wide and subjective.WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH ACTUALLY SHOW?Two research reviews just published find only low-quality evidence that cannabis may help nerve pain and this wasn’t for smoking pot –  it was for oral mixtures sprayed into the mouth. No other realm of medicine considers “smoking” therapeutic. For example, we don’t smoke opium to get the benefits of morphine.Another recent report which reviewed findings from 79 different studies concluded that there was low-quality evidence suggesting that cannabinoids were associated with improvements in nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, weight gain in HIV infection, sleep disorders, and Tourette syndrome. There was moderate-quality evidence to support the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of chronic pain and spasticity. But cannabinoids were associated with an increased risk of short-term adverse events.In an editorial accompanying this study, Dr. Deepak Cyril D’Souza, a psychiatrist with Yale University’s School of Medicine, says that legalising marijuana for medical use may be jumping the gun before good quality evidence is in, and that if a pharmaceutical company, for example, wanted to get a drug approved for a medical condition and they only submitted anecdotal data, there’s absolutely no chance that that drug would be approved. And the big question, he says, is how routine daily use – the way one might use marijuana to treat a medical condition – affects the body and the brain over the long term. Concerns have been raised about memory loss, panic, paranoia and other severe disorders.Professor John Whitehall is Foundation Chair and Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Sydney, and Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University. He spoke at our Forum on the Family this year.He warns (in this superb article):Can marijuana prevent fits? Despite the rare but exciting anecdotes, no one knows, because no reliable trials have been published anywhere in the world, according to the reputable Cochrane system of review. The drug has been available for medical purposes, including epilepsy, in California for almost twenty years and is now available in twenty-two US states, but there is nothing to report! Despite repeated claims of “potential” for the drug, there is silence, though all humanity is crying out for better anti-epileptic drugs. This silence could mean there is no convincing effect, or that the doctors who prescribe it have no idea of what is happening to their so-called patients. If it were a miracle drug, it could be expected that the purveyors of marijuana would trumpet statistical success.”Dr Whitehall argues that “anecdotes should not be the basis for medical policy” and says that a similar Queensland bill “subordinates medical standards to an anecdote-wielding lobby.”WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MEDICINAL MARIJUANA IS ALLOWED?A just-released study in the US published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry found that marijuana use and marijuana use disorders – in which people use the drug in unhealthy or abusive ways – increased at a “significantly greater rate” in states with medical marijuana laws than in states without the laws. The lead researcher from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health said that these laws seem to send a message that use of this drug is safe and acceptable in some way. They said that possible adverse consequences of illicit cannabis use due to more permissive state cannabis laws should receive consideration by voters, legislators, and policy and health care professionals.Dr Gregory Pike is a Bioethicist and the Director of the Adelaide Centre for Bioethics and Culture (ACBC) who spoke at our Forum on the Family in 2015. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Australian Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Programme, and a member of The Institute on Global Drug Policy.He warns that:“changing the image of cannabis by promoting it as medicine is powerful.  There doesn’t need to be much nuance in the idea that medicines are good and abstracted from that nasty business of “illicit drugs”.  The latter wreck lives whereas the former heal people. The image change gets into the collective consciousness and people start to think differently, gradually allowing a medical paradigm to overtake even strong contrary evidence of harm.”SO WHERE SHOULD WE GO FROM HERE?Family First is supporting further quality research into the components of the marijuana plant for delivery via non-smoked forms, and the establishment of a programme that allows seriously ill patients to obtain other non-smoked components of marijuana approved and listed by the Ministry of Health via their doctor.We support the NZ government’s cautious and researched approach around this issue, and we also support a compassionate response to those in real need.But the Green’s private members bill fails the test in terms of public health, public safety, and protecting our young people.Here’s our official policy….The rapid expansion of research into the components of the marijuana plant for delivery via non-smoked forms. (Supported by NZMA)The establishment of an emergency or research program that allows seriously ill patients to obtain non-smoked components of marijuana before final Ministry of Health approval, and at appropriate / realistic pricing.the Government instruct the Ministry of Health to update the prescribing guidelines for pharmaceutically based THC derivative medicines to include Sativex (and Elixinol) as a medicine under the Medicines Act 1981 and to continue to make pharmaceutically based THC derivative medicines available to treat serious medical conditions when traditional methods have failed.Prevent “designated agents” and so-called “dispensaries” that are fronts for marijuana stores and do not follow appropriate standards of medical care e.g. CaliforniaSAY NOPE TO DOPEBut we definitely oppose the legalisation of marijuana for recreational use. Hopes and lives go up in (marijuana) smoke.The grass is not always greener!We hope this clarifies the issue. 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Hertha Berlin Coach in no Hurry Play Tousart

first_imgJust days later, both the Champions League and French league ground to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic.Hertha paid around €25 million for the France under-21 defensive midfielder.The 23-year-old is technically under contract with Lyon until the end of June, but the French league have abandoned their campaign, due to the coronavirus pandemic.Tousart, who has not played competitive football since early March, underwent a fitness test in Berlin on Saturday.Labbadia implied that Hertha will not rush him into action with only three rounds of matches remaining in the Bundesliga, which is due to finish in a fortnight’s time.The German league became the first top European league to resume in mid-May after a two-months hiatus.Hertha were hammered 4-1 at home behind closed doors by Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday which keeps them in mid-table.According to Labbadia, it could be that Tousart will not play “for up to four months in a row”, with the 2020/21 German league season now due to start in mid-September, rather than August, because of the coronavirus crisis.“This is almost equivalent to a major, serious injury. We won’t underestimate that,” added Labbadia, who was appointed Hertha boss in April when Jurgen Klinsmann quit after just a few months in charge.Tousart, who was reportedly also being courted by Tottenham Hotspur, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, was one of four signings Hertha made when they spent around €80 million in January.Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek, who scored in Saturday’s defeat to Frankfurt, came from AC Milan, Brazil under-23 striker Matheus Cunha from Leipzig and Argentina midfielder Santiago Ascacibar from Stuttgart.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Hertha Berlin coach Bruno Labbadia has said that they are in no hurry to give a Bundesliga debut to new recruit Lucas Tousart, who has barely played since scoring for Lyon against Juventus in the Champions League in February.“We must not forget that he hasn’t played a game for well over two and a half months,” said Labbadia, who met with Tousart in Berlin on Sunday.Tousart, who joined Hertha from Lyon in January and was loaned back to the French club, scored the winner in a shock 1-0 win over Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus in the last 16, first-leg of the Champions Leaguelast_img read more

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South African designer at London fashion week

first_imgRay Maota A shirt designed by Lesego Malatsi beingshowcased at the London Fashion Week. Malatsi is congratulated by Sir RichardBranson at a show in Johannesburgearlier this year.(Images: Virgin Unite)MEDIA CONTACTS• Lesego MalatsiMzansi Designers Emporium+27 11 336 8935RELATED ARTICLES• Conquering the NY fashion world• Local Xhosa heritage goes global• Zim teen new face of Louis Vuitton• Madiba more fashionable than everThe UK was treated to an array of Afrocentric designs when South Africa’s Lesego Malatsi showcased his collection at the London Fashion Week, which ran from 16 to 21 September 2011 at different venues across the city.Malatsi’s collection appeared at the Fashion’s Finest Show on 17 September, among work from US, UK, Nigerian and Ghanaian designers.“I don’t think any words can explain my feelings of showcasing at such an occasion, especially when it’s considered such a high privilege by my peers in the industry,” he said.The designer added that it was only when he landed in London that he realised what was happening – this made him anxious and he subsequently suffered a bout of flu.However, the nervousness subsided when he got down to doing the job, which was to show African creations in the heart of the UK.“I really tried to remain calm and as the outfits were being completed, I felt a sense of belonging. I realised that I’m actually ready to compete globally,” he said.London Fashion Week is one of four major events of its kind which take place twice a year. The others are in New York, Paris and Milan.Malatsi described his participation in the fashion week as “conquering one of his greatest challenges” and achieving one of his main goals.Speaking about the racial ratio of his models at the show, Malatsi said: “I don’t know the ratio, I didn’t think that way. I just think about people wearing beautiful clothes.” He doesn’t see his clothing as being just for catwalk models, but for everyone.Humble beginningsMalatsi was born and raised in Soweto, a sprawling township in south-western Johannesburg, and his journey to becoming a recognised designer wasn’t without its setbacks.He dreamed of studying design after school, but Malatsi couldn’t afford a tertiary education.When his father passed away, his mother used the money she received from his pension payout to send him to college.“It was difficult to study because fashion is one career that requires a lot of money, it can be elite. I didn’t realise that until I was midway through my studies, so it was not easy, but I wanted a good education,” said Malatsi.When he finished college be battled to get funding from banks because they were unwilling to invest in an unknown designer.His breakthrough came when his quest for funding led him to Virgin Unite, Richard Branson’s business mentoring foundation.Branson is the founder of the Virgin conglomerate of businesses.With guidance and funding, Malatsi was able to start Mzansi Designers Emporium.From unemployed to job-creatorMalatsi is one of a growing number of entrepreneurs in South Africa and already has 17 people working for him.“There is a lot of talent in Africa. It made me realise how important my success was – to not just me and my family, but for empowering other people,” he said.Malatsi never set out to become an entrepreneur, but now he’s working on a five-year-plan that will enable him to employ at least 850 people.He said that the extensive use of colour in his designs is a celebration of South Africa being known as the rainbow nation throughout the world.“I tried to transcend what is seen as European and what is seen as African, forget the racial lines and also change the perception of how clothes should be worn,” said Malatsi.last_img read more

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‘Man City will win the Champions League’

first_imgPremier League Man City will dominate the Premier League and win the Champions League – Sagna Chris Burton 23:42 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Pep Guardiola Manchester City Getty Images Premier League Manchester City UEFA Champions League The former Blues defender believes Pep Guardiola’s side are considerably better than their domestic rivals, with European glory now a matter of time Manchester City are set to dominate Premier League competition for years to come, says Bacary Sagna, with Champions League success also only a matter of time.The Blues captured the English top-flight crown in record-breaking style during the 2017-18 campaign , becoming the first side to hit the fabled 100-point mark.Pep Guardiola’s side also lifted the Carabao Cup, with domestic rivals left trailing in their wake as major silverware returned to the Etihad Stadium . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Sagna believes there will be plenty more honours to come, at home and abroad, with City comfortably clear of the chasing pack in the league and ready to stake a serious claim for continental glory.The former Blues defender told Sky Sports : “Yeah, they will [dominate] – and for a long time because they are based on young players.“Most of them are 22, 23 and they are building a team to last for the five years coming. I think they are going to achieve well.“To me, they’re going to be champions for a few years in a row. I think they are even going to win the Champions League.“It’s going to be a big statement from the club because 10 years ago it was very small and it has changed a lot.“This season I was amazed by the way they played against big teams, how they played in every single competition and by the way they reached 100 points.“It’s not done by every single team but they did and they have no limits and a manager who will push them.“He wants them to give the maximum and he wants to get the best out of every single player. To me, they are going to be flying.”That is an ominous message for those hoping to chase down City heading into 2018-19.Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal will all harbour aspirations of being in the title mix next season, with the summer transfer window presenting them with an opportunity to strengthen their respective ranks.Guardiola is, however, likely to dip into the market himself and further enhance a side which finished 19 points clear of their closest challengers in 2017-18. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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The Graduates – Stevie-Lee Thompson

first_imgIn the seventh edition of The Graduates, austouch.com.au caught up with former Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) player, Stevie Lee Thompson, who played for the Brisbane City Cobras at the 2010 NYC.  After being a part of the Brisbane City Cobras Women’s Open side that came second at the 2010 X-Blades National Touch League, Stevie-Lee Thompson returned to the Cobras to play in her last National Youth Championships at the 2010 event. The Cobras finished fifth last year and impressed at the 2010 NYC, finishing third after defeating New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges in the play-off for third and fourth. Thompson enjoyed playing for the Cobras in her final year, but admits it was a different feeling than playing for QSST. “Normally you’d think you’d be going out there to play for Queensland but it’s not, you are playing for a different permit, so it’s heaps different compared to playing for QSST,” Thompson said. After a long involvement playing for Queensland over the years while at school, Thompson has fond memories of being involved in the schools system, and learnt lots from her time in the Queensland uniform. “It was very team-based and everyone worked for each other. Fitness-wise it helped heaps, playing through the schools system.”Thompson had the chance to play against her former team on day three of the 2010 NYC, and while the Cobras weren’t able to beat the eventual runners-up of the tournament, they were competitive, losing 4-2. “They (QSST) are all the players I’m used to playing with, so it was always going to be a tough game. Basically half the team I had played with before.”Thompson says that it is disappointing that she can no longer play at the National Youth Championships, but knows there is much more ahead in the future. “It is sad that we can’t actually play at this event anymore, we have to go back to the real world.”last_img read more

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BRIMSON: From Touch Footy to NRL

first_imgScott Prince and Benji Marshall are among a number of NRL stars to have waxed lyrical about how the touch football skills honed in their youth enabled them to maximise their talents as professional league players.In his autobiography, Marshall went as far as to say that “everything I would eventually do when I played rugby league came because of what I learnt on the touch football field”.The 19-year-old Brimson played alongside rising NRL star Kalyn Ponga in the Queensland under 15 touch side that swept all before it in 2013 before joining powerhouse Gold Coast league school Keebra Park High.“Touch was my life back then,” Brimson told NRL.com.“When I went to Keebra Park when I was 15 I didn’t really know how to play rugby league.“I knew how to step and run around people but I didn’t know how to play as a halfback, but I reckon touch helped me with my ball skills, agility and with defensive movements.“In touch it is all about trusting inside defenders. That all comes together in league especially as a halfback defending on an edge.”It has all come together for Brimson since his move to Keebra Park and then his development in the Titans system.He was the Titans’ Mal Meninga Cup player of the year in 2016 and the club’s joint NYC player of the year in 2017, while also making that competition’s team of the season at five-eighth.He set himself the goal in 2017 of making the Queensland under 20s side and did so.Brimson, who is contracted to the Titans until the end of 2020, paid tribute to the systems that have been vital in his development.“It was just so professional at Keebra Park and with previous students like Benji Marshall, Corey Norman and Te Maire Martin all coming through there it gave me great belief in the programs they had set.“A lot of really good halves have come through there.“I really like it here now at the Gold Coast Titans. I have a lot of respect for the club and I am stoked to be in the rookie squad.“I am still in and around the first graders and I am getting a lot out of it.“I am learning as much as I can from Ash Taylor and asking him questions every time we train.”Greg Lenton, Brimson’s former schoolboy coach at Keebra Park, has no doubt his former pupil will carve out an NRL career like so many naturally gifted players who have come to the game relatively late.“AJ definitely can go all the way,” he said.“There are a few kids who have come through the program and gone on who didn’t come out of the coaching manual.“Benji had virtually never played rugby league and Te Maire Martin was the same. Greg Eastwood and Bodene Thompson were both soccer players.“They don’t come to you as robots because they haven’t had rugby league jammed into them since they were five-years-old.“AJ Brimson had these outstanding skills that you could see had come from touch football, like Benji and Te Maire.“I have always believed that what makes players special is their unique gifts and not the actual coaching they’ve had.”Lenton said Brimson’s off-field qualities would also assist his rise to the top.“AJ took a while to learn the complexities of the game but slowly and surely he has climbed the rungs and is now getting everything he deserves,” he said.“He is a very mature young guy who always tries to do the right thing. He was always first to training and last to leave. He never missed sessions and did all his gym work.“He is a very focussed kid.“I reckon he could be a good foil for Ash Taylor, who I think is a great footballer, because everyone will be zeroing in on him.”This article first appeared on NRL.com The path from touch football to the NRL has been trodden by some of the leading halves of the modern game, and Gold Coast Titans teenager AJ Brimson is determined to follow in those footsteps.last_img read more

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