It with great sadness that the NSWTA advises of the passing of one of the games originals, both a pioneer and a stalwart of our game, Ron Hanson.Ron has been fighting Parkinsonâ€™s disease for the past number of years and today, he succumbs to the disease but is now in comfortably resting in peace.Ron was an original, a pioneer of the game who began playing in the very first Touch Football competition at Pioneer Park in 1968 with his beloved Bronte mates. He was coming off his days as a leading 1st Grade footballer for the Eastern Suburbs Roosters wanting to continue with playing a game similar and Touch Football provided the perfect avenue. He was good at it too. He was named as the first NSW Captain when the team he lead played Queensland at Erskineville Oval on 4th of August 1973 and defeated the old enemy 15-1. Three years later in 1976 he was named the first Australian Captain of the team that successfully toured New Zealand. From all reports Ron was an inspirational captain on the field and the life of the party off it.Ron however was not content with just playing, he was involved in every aspect of the game. He coached at high levels, was a selector from park football through to national level, became an administrator of the sport and even refereed a few games here and there. Although if you talk to those who played with Ronnie, they will tell you he refereed most games in which he played.Whilst playing was his passion, he left an indelible mark on the sport through his time as an administrator and selector. As an Administrator he was Regional Director for the old Region 4 going back as far as 1994 and also took a stint at the helm of the Northern Eagles after the amalgamation of the three northern regions. As a selector he selected club, regional, state and national teams. He didnâ€™t just restrict himself to one region either, he made himself available to all. He would often assist other regions around the state where he could and also helped out at the Defence Force nationals for many years as well.Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire, expressed his admiration, gratitude and condolences for Ron and his family. â€œRon has an incredible legacy in our sport which will not be forgotten. It is not just what he did on the field as a leader but as a volunteer, Coach and Administrator that will also be remembered. Ron and indeed his family have touched so many lives including mine personally.”Our deepest condolences and love are with Fran, Samantha and Brad. We are truly blessed to have spent time with Ron and we will be there to support all of you through this time.”His legacy is not only left as a member of our sporting community based on his achievements but will endure through the friendships and lives he has been deeply engaged in. We will all miss you Ron,” Maguire said. In 2004 the NSWTA recognised Ronâ€™s immense contribution to the game at many levels with the awarding of Life Membership to the NSWTA. In 2010 Touch Football Australia bestowed on Ron, a medal named in his honour. Each member of an Australian contingent to be honoured as the parties Flag Bearer is awarded and announced as the Ron Hanson Medallist, again a testament to his standing in the game and the character of the man. For those who have received that medal, we are sure they will be just a little bit prouder today.Our thoughts are with his wife of 44 years, Fran and his children Samantha and Brad as well as his grandchildren and extended family members.He is a gentleman who will be missed but certainly not forgotten by the Touch Footballing family across Australia.Credit: NSW Hornets Touch Association Related LinksVale Ron Hanson
zoom The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Ports and Harbours Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) will helm a working group to conduct a feasibility study on LNG bunkering for car carriers plying between Japan and Singapore. The working group will include Japan’s big three shippers – Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL).MPA said that the study will focus on the technical details such as fuel tank capacities and refueling requirements to assess the feasibility of running LNG-fuelled car carriers between Japan and Singapore.The joint feasibility study was announced at the inaugural Singapore and Japan Port Seminar 2017 held in Singapore today.The study will be one of the activities jointly undertaken by MPA and MLIT under the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed in April 2017 that aims to bolster cooperation between the duo in areas such as port planning, port management and technological development in the port sector.“Shipping can be less pollutive and the International Maritime Organization has introduced a 0.5% global sulfur cap by 2020. This is an opportunity for Singapore and Japan to co-lead in a global search for solutions to make shipping greener. In particular, the joint study on the feasibility of LNG bunkering for car carriers between Japan and Singapore offers great promise. It extends bilateral cooperation to shipping and raises bilateral cooperation to a new level,” Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for Transport of Singapore, said. “I believe that Singapore, the world’s top bunkering port, and Japan, the world’s top LNG importer, have the responsibility to contribute to the development of global shipping through jointly promoting the use of LNG as marine fuel,” Keiichi Ishii, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan, added.Today, both countries are ready to provide LNG bunkering operations using trucks and are now looking into the next phase of LNG bunkering for ocean-going vessels.In October 2016, MPA and MLIT signed a multilateral Memorandum of Understanding, concluded in Singapore, to widen the network of LNG bunker-ready ports in Europe, the US, and Asia.
On Saturday 2nd June, tree surgeon Ben Trevor will scale the tallest tree in his home county of Surrey, serenading his audience and entertaining music enthusiasts all over the world by performing a mini-concert at the top.His Tree Top Troubadour charity campaign, which has already attracted the attention of local media and celebrities and raised over £1000 in sponsorship for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, will be filmed and turned into a documentary with the help of fellow climbers and local filmmakers.Saturday’s event is the first in a series of three climbs which Ben hopes will continue to raise awareness and funds for the cause – chosen after his mother was successfully treated for breast cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital.‘We were all so relieved when my mum got the all clear, and obviously very thankful for the amazing care she’d received,’ explains Ben.‘After her recovery, mum did the Marsden March and a few other events to raise money. Seeing what she had achieved inspired me to do something myself to continue our support of this wonderful charity.’Following Saturday’s performance at the top of a 140ft Douglas Fir just off the A24 in Surrey, the intrepid tree surgeon’s sights are firmly set on the tallest trees in the UK and the World respectively. He is already working with top tree expert Iain Duncan towards a second performance atop the 210ft Grand Fir in Scotland before the end of Summer 2012.For his third and final concert, he will travel to the Redwood National Park in California, where Hyperion, the tallest tree on earth, stands at over 379ft. Almost three times the height of the Surrey tree, this is the ideal venue for a third and final Tree Top Troubadour gig, after which Ben willauction his own guitars to raise further money for the charity.The unusual method of fundraising has already grabbed the attention of former motor-cycle world champion James Toseland, who has pledged his support; and actors Andy Beckwith and Brian Blessed, who have agreed to record video messages of encouragement and inspiration.Rock star John Parr has agreed to perform a version of his classic hit St Elmo’s Fire at the start of the Scotland tree, and is currently assisting Ben in rewriting the lyrics for the Tree Top campaign.The Tree Top Troubadour in his natural environmentBen, a father of two, also plays in his own band, Bommerillo. It was his combined love of music and climbing which led to the idea for this unique charity stunt: ‘I was planning on climbing the Surrey tree at some point anyway, just for the achievement. There is a tradition among tree surgeons to leave a souvenir at the top, so I was going to leave my band’s CD. Then I realised it would be a good way to raise money, and before I knew it I’d committed myself to playing at the top of the tallest tree in the world!’Ben is well-qualified for his task in every respect, having been a tree surgeon for 8 years and played music since childhood. For him, the two activities complement one another perfectly: ‘the physical challenge and mental discipline of tree work balance the creative processes of songwriting andperformance.’More information about the Tree Top Troubadour campaign can be found on their Facebook page.Information about the Royal Marsden Hospital and Cancer Charity can be found at www.royalmarsden.org.Donations are welcome at www.justgiving.com/treetoptrobadour or you can show your support by following @treetoptroub on twitter.
Antoine Griezmann has said that his decision to stay with Atletico Madrid has been justified after their SuperCup triumph over Real Madrid.The Frenchman insists the win over rivals Real Madrid on Wednesday evening has justified his decision to turn down a move to Barcelona. Griezmann was reportedly a target of the Catalan club but opted to remain with the Los Colcheneros.The forward was instrumental in France’s World Cup glory scoring three times whilst also winning the Bronze Ball award (third best player of the tournament) as Les Bleus picked up their second World Cup trophy in their history.Griezmann struggles to have any form of positive impact on the game on Wednesday night, as he was taken off after 57 minutes due to his fitness levels.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Goals from Diego Costa (2), Saul and Koke secured the SuperCup trophy for Diego Simeone’s side.The Argentine manager is now the most successful coach in the history of Atletico Madrid with seven major honors and Griezmann’s faith in the former player has been rewarded.“I stayed because there was a good project,” Griezmann said to Movistar, according to Goal.“I have confidence in this club, in Cholo [Simeone]… Today I saw that I was not wrong.”
Sergio Aguero and Gareth Bale are among the first names selected for this year’s men’s Ballon d’Or awardBale is joined by fellow Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema in the shortlist, while Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker is also among the first five names.Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani made the cut after playing a starring role for both club and country last season.French magazine France Football will announce a shortlist of 30 names for this year’s Ballon d’Or award throughout the day.Kylian Mbappe could return to PSG training next week Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Paris Saint-Germain confirmed that Kylian Mbappe could make a return to training to next week as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.The Ballon d’Or is a prestigious individual award that was first presented to Sir Stanley Matthews in 1956 and has since been awarded to the best player of the year ever since.Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the prize for the past decade, although Luka Modric is considered the strong favourite for this year’s Ballon d’Or after claiming the FIFA and UEFA Player of the Year awards.But, as France Football releases the names in alphabetical order, there will be no spot for PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon or Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Ed MayberryMayor Sylvester Turner appeals to the public information about the murder of 11-year old Josue Flores.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is making an appeal for anyone with information about the murder of 11-year-old Josue Flores to come forward.“I want to make a personal appeal,” Turner said in a press conference on Monday. “If you have any information of any of the person who may have committed this crime, I am personally asking for people in this city or people with that information, to make that information readily available to the police.” Sixth-grader Josue Flores was stabbed to death while walking home from his school north of downtown Houston last Tuesday.“I don’t want this particular crime to continue to linger, and I don’t want it to destroy communities or destroy our city,” Turner said. “I just believe that there is somebody out there that knows something about the person that committed this crime. I’m asking you to think about this family and to think about this community and to think about this city.” Houston police dropped a murder charge against Che Calhoun after investigators were able to confirm he was in Pearland when the crime was committed.Residents in North Houston say they’re upset the killer is still at large.Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. The reward has been increased to $15,000. Share
Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesPeople gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last week, some opposing the controversial citizenship question the Trump administration tried to add to the 2020 census.The Trump administration has decided to print the 2020 census forms without a citizenship question and the printer has been told to start the printing process, Justice Department spokesperson Kelly Laco confirms to NPR.The move comes shortly after the Supreme Court ruled to keep the question off census forms for now and just a day after printing was scheduled to begin for 1.5 billion paper forms, letters and other mailings.In recent days, President Trump had said he wanted to delay the constitutionally mandated head count to give the Supreme Court a chance to issue a more “decisive” ruling on whether the administration could add the question, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?”It’s unclear whether the decision to start printing forms without the question means that the administration has dropped all plans to continue pushing for its addition.Justice Department attorneys are expected to provide more details about the administration’s plans at a hearing later with a federal judge who is presiding over recently reopened lawsuits in Maryland regarding the question.Here is a draft census form that does not include the citizenship question:Advocates worried including the question would suppress participation in the census, especially among immigrant households and communities of color. The bureau’s own research in 2018 found the question to be a “major barrier” to participation in the head count by every household in the country. Test forms that include the citizenship question have already been sent to a quarter million households.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. Share
On Jan. 19 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. David Petr, president and CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, will discuss resources available for small business and entrepreneurship. The event will take place at Montgomery Community Media, 7548 Standish Place, Rockville, Md. 20855. For more information call 301-424-1730.
08Oct Rep. Potvin, Mecosta-Osceola ISD official speak to committee about jobs training LANSING – Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, offered testimony before the House Committee on Workforce and Talent Development today regarding his legislation to support job training programs at intermediate school districts.Rep. Potvin is the sponsor of House Bills 4750 and 4751, which seek to expand current programs that allow community college-based employment programs to receive funding from income tax revenue. Steve Locke, Director of Career and Technical Education at the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District’s Career Center, joined Rep. Potvin in giving testimony and answering the committee’s questions.“This legislation is about expanding opportunities for local job skill training and growing our local business,” Rep. Potvin said. “Our local businesses need access to specialized skilled training as they continue to grow, and our area career tech centers can help fill that need.”Rep. Potvin referenced the Cadillac area’s strong base of manufacturing jobs, and highlighted a number of businesses from Big Rapids, Reed City and Cadillac that could have their employees trained at the local career tech centers instead of having them drive to Traverse City or Grand Rapids.“It’s very important to be able to offer job specific training at local career centers,” Locke said. “In visiting with area manufacturers, there is certainly a growing and continuing demand for skilled workers. It’s inefficient to send employees 50 to 60 miles away to get training when we have the facilities and the certified instructors at the Mecosta-Osceola career center.”The House committee is expected to vote on the legislation in the near future. Categories: News
Teleste (Stand E19) is to deliver optical node products to UPC Broadband, a division of Liberty Global.According to Teleste, the new optical node platform allows cable operators to reduce network upgrade costs and improve subscriber service availability as the installation time can be minimised due to intelligence embedded in the product.The deal is understood to be valued in excess of €10 million and runs until 2018.
Kevin Spacey in House of CardsThe House of Cards model pioneered by Netflix offers the TV business the best way to combat content piracy and prevent it sharing the fate of the music industry, according to actor Kevin Spacey, delivering the annual MacTaggart lecture at the Guardian Edinburgh Television Festival yesterday. The commissioning of House of Cards by Netflix showed that TV could be made cost-effectively outside the pilot-testing model of mainstream US TV and its success demonstrated that audiences want control, freedom and the ability to “binge” view shows, said Spacey, who starred in the show.“Clearly the success of the Netflix model – releasing the entire season of House of Cards at once has proved one thing – the audience wants control,” said Spacey. “They want freedom. If they want to binge – as they’ve been doing on House of Cards – then we should let them binge. Many people have stopped me on the street to say, ‘Thanks – you sucked three days out of my life’. And through this new form of distribution, I think we have demonstrated that we have learned the lesson that the music industry didn’t learn. Give people what they want – when they want it – in the form they want it in – at a reasonable price – and they’ll more likely pay for it rather than steal it, well, some will still steal it, but I believe this new model can take a bit out of piracy.”Spacey said it was important to create an environment where executives are “willing to take risks” and “be prepared to fail by aiming higher rather than playing it safe”.Spacey also warned that TV was in danger of being left behind by the “warp-speed of technological advancement” in the form of the internet, streaming and multiplatform distribution. Content providers need to stay ahead of their audiences, he said. “Netflix and other similar services have succeeded because they have married good content with a forward-thinking approach to viewer habits and appetites,” he said.He said that distinctions between film, TV, mini-series and webisodes was likely to melt away over the coming decade or two. “The device and length are irrelevant. The labels are useless – except perhaps to agents and managers and lawyers who use these labels to conduct business deals,” he said.