If youâ€™re looking to compete in the richest Touch Football knockout in Australia, travelling to, playing in and staying at the event and location just got a whole lot easier!Touch Football Australia and Queensland Touch Football have partnered with local travel and accommodation operators making it easier and more affordable for you and your team to not only play in this yearâ€™s Bundaberg Cup, but also stay and enjoy the great tourism destination options synonymous with the Southern Great Barrier Reef region.The more streamlined process to get to and compete in the event has been made possible through the great support and collaboration of event partners, Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism, Bundaberg Regional Council and Queensland Rail. Following the success of the inaugural Bundaberg Cup in 2015, teams from around the country are registering now in pursuit of the $20,000 prize purse across menâ€™s, womenâ€™s, mixed and junior divisions. The event will be held at the Greg Duncan Touch Fields on the weekend of 19 and 20 November 2016.With less than 50 days to go, check out the top 50 things to do in location in coming weeks: see 41-50 of the best tourism experiences in the Bundaberg-North Burnett region on the event website and to continue up to the event date. We will provide you with the hottest tips on things to do and places to stay while you are participating and for all your friends and family to consider as well. Event Ambassador and ex-NRL star, Scott Prince will be in location sampling the local tourism sights and delights on Tuesday, 18 October to give you an insiderâ€™s view of the best attractions on offer. With an exciting event format planning for this second instalment of the Bundy Cup, Prince is looking forward to returning to Bundaberg to compete in the eventâ€¦and stay for a few days. â€œIâ€™m really excited to be returning to Bundaberg to not only take part in the Bundaberg Cup but also to re-visit what the Bundaberg and North Burnett Region has to offer,â€ he said. â€œit’s a great time of year as the turtles are coming to shore to lay their eggs – a moment the family and I and Iâ€™m sure others would love to see,” Prince said.â€œThe prizemoney on offer is outstanding which should see the best of the best in town but also a strong social contingent as well. â€œI am hopeful that our team can go back-to-back,â€ Prince added.The Bundaberg Cup is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with the Bundaberg Regional Council, Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism and promoted as part of the Itâ€™s Live! in Queensland event calendar.To register your team and take advantage of the many accommodation and travel offers, download the Bundaberg Cup Offers PDF here , or visit the Official Bundaberg Cup website. Hurry, registrations close soon, and this touch tournament is not one to miss! Discover 50-41 top tourist attractions in Bundaberg now!Related LinksBundaberg Cup
29Jan Rep. Pagel casts vote providing state tax relief for Michigan residents Categories: News,Pagel News State Rep. Dave Pagel, of Oronoko Township, recently joined his colleagues in the Michigan House to overwhelmingly approve legislation giving Michigan residents broader income tax relief and allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money.The proposal, in response to federal tax reforms signed into law last month, continues and increases the personal exemption ceiling for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes. Other bills in the package provide additional tax relief for senior citizens in the form of an expanded credit.“This sets Michigan residents up to receive state tax relief in the face of federal changes,” said Pagel. “It was an important, needed step and I’m happy the legislature worked together to get it done. The federal law created some unintended consequences and protections were going to go away for hard-working people.”The package’s main bill, sponsored by state Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township, ensures Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. In addition, Hauck’s bill increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 by the 2020 tax year.A bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston provides a tax credit for those 62 and older – $100 for single filers and $200 for joint filers – in addition to the personal exemption increase. A third bill from Rep. Jeff Noble of Plymouth would allow taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax to continue to claim exemptions.Essential public services will not be affected because of the changes. The House has also added a specific provision to make sure public school funding is not negatively affected.House Bills 5420-22 advance to the Senate for consideration.
Setanta Sports Eurasia has extended its deal to broadcast football from Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1 and secured rights to Scotland’s SPFL and Belgium’s Pro-League.The new three year deal, which was agreed with sports marketing agency MP & Silva, starts from the beginning of the 2015/2016 season and applies to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.The agreement will see Setanta Sports broadcast its fourth consecutive season of Italian and French football, with the firm claiming that the addition of top tier Scottish and Belgian football is a “welcome supplement” to its stable of European football leagues.“We are delighted to continue our association with MP & Silva by signing an exclusive agreement to secure the rights to broadcast Serie A, Ligue 1, SPFL and Pro-League in Eurasia,” said Setanta Sports CEO, Dwyer McCaughley.“We believe the continuation of Serie A and Ligue 1 plus the new acquisitions SPFL and Pro-League, coupled with our other premium content such as the FA Cup & Capital One Cup, Qualifiers for Euro 2016, NHL, Formula 1 and UFC, makes us the most compelling sporting channel in the region.”Setanta Sports Eurasia is a premium sports channel that began broadcasting in January 2012 and is operated in Eurasia by Setanta Sports affiliate, Eurasian Broadcasting Enterprise Limited.
TV Connect, the London TV conference and exhibition owned by Digital TV Europe’s publisher Informa, has unveiled the speaker line-up for this year’s event.Key speakers this year will include Ben Pyne, Disney Media Networks’ president, global distribution, BT Sport and BT TV chief operating officer Jamie Hindhaugh, and Rhys Beer, vice-president, sports distribution and business development at NBCUniversal International.Network operator speakers will include Joan Gillman, EVP and chief operating officer, media services, Time Warner Cable, Bob Greene, managing director of online entertainment at Liberty Global, Matthias Maurer, head of product marketing, internet and content at Deutsche Telekom, Jim Slevinsky, director of technology innovation at Telus, Brian Curtis, senior director of product management at Comcast and Fernando Garcia Calvo, head of business development, global video unit at Telefónica.TV Connect will also have a strong line up of speakers from the content and channels world, including, in addition to Pyne and Beer, Mohammed Burhan, CEO of CNBC Arabia, Maaz Sheikh, president of Starz Play Arabia, Marc Lorber, head of UK TV at Lionsgate, Hugh Westbrook, product lead at Sky News and Murray Barnett, head of commercial broadcast and marketing at World Rugby.Oneline entertainment executives speaking at the event also include Mark Melling ,director of AOL Video and Ben Forman, principal streaming architect at Sky.The event will include keynote sessions on telco, pay TV and broadcast evolution, understanding the impact of millennial and multiplatform digital natives, and multiscreen monetisation and engagement.“We’re nearly two months away and we already have an outstanding line-up of executives willing and ready to share their insights that will challenge the boundaries of next generation entertainment on a global scale,” said Jake McNulty, head of marketing at Informa Telecoms & Media.