Vale Ron Hanson

first_imgIt 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 Parkinson’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 didn’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 Ron’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 Hansonlast_img read more

Singapore Japan Looking into LNG Bunkering for Car Carriers

first_imgzoom 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.last_img read more

Stars Give Tree Top Troubadour A Boost

first_imgOn 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 are welcome at or you can show your support by following @treetoptroub on twitter.last_img read more

Griezmann discusses Atletico stay

first_imgAntoine 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.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa 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.”last_img read more

First 5 Ballon dOr nominees announced

first_imgSergio 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, Paris Saint-GermainKylian 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.last_img read more

Mayor Pleads With Public To Come Forward With Information On Death Of

first_imgEd 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. Sharelast_img read more

Trump Administration To Print 2020 Census Without Citizenship Question

first_imgMark 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 Sharelast_img read more

Small Business Networking in Montgomery County

first_imgOn 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.last_img

Young engineers imagine the Royal Marines of 2050

first_img Distant fish relatives share looks Ekranoplan with hatches open We recommend “The Marines form over 40 per cent of Britain’s special forces and are seen as the tip of the spear,” says Major General Matt Holmes, Commandant General Royal Marines. “Our objective has been to envisage radical capabilities to make us more agile and lethal, while being able to operate in a complex digital and networked future environment. We can’t say how much or how quickly the reality of these visions will come to fruition. But what we can say is that if only 20 percent of these ideas come to reality, then we will be at the cutting edge of tomorrow’s technology.”The predictions of the Royal Marines of 2050 were made into the short video below and some of the technology will be on display next month at the 2019 DSEi defense and security show in London. Even the gloves and boots will be high tech. The footwear will have piezoelectric devices embedded in them to convert and store energy as the Marines walk. When climbing cliffs, the gloves and boots can be electrically charged to make them sticky with extra-wide palms and soles for better contact with surfaces.If electric sticky pads are too slow and the cliff is small enough, the Marines will be able to opt for using silent micro-turbine jets to fly short distances or hop over obstacles and minefields.For going on the mission, the Marines will use Ekranoplan flying wings instead of landing craft. These are ground-effect vehicles that look like airplanes, but actually fly at extremely low altitude on a cushion of air trapped between the aircraft and the ground, allowing it to fly under the radar at 300 knots (345 mph, 560 km/h) even with heavy loads before switching to low speed for a silent landing using advanced stealth and camouflage technology. The Ekranplans will be protected by heavily armed escort drones connected by a neural network and “grunt” drones that use ion engines to maneuver and can both act as transports and laser gun platforms for covering fire. If the Marines need resupply or reinforcements, both gear and troops can be sent at supersonic speed using “sycamore” pods that are large enough to hold one person and kit. These can be fired from electromagnetic rail guns at a range of 100 mi (160 km), then descend safely using two sets of contra-rotating vanes that act like a parachute and recapture energy with a built-in dynamo.If food and water runs low, the Marines will have a 3D printer unit that can both distill water and turn the local flora and fauna into edible meals. It will even be able to print out simple replacement parts and tools. The sleeping mats are also a bit sci fi as they do triple duty with their solar panels and 80-in (200 -cm) tactical display screens.As to weapons, aside from having instant call on their ship’s rail guns and a variety of armed drones, the Marines will have rifles and pistols that incorporate both conventional rounds and lasers – both targeted through the visor display using target motion analysis algorithms for much faster and accurate fire. Live fast die young: Updating signal detection theory, 2011 Powered by, 2017 Britain’s armed forces has taken a look into the future through a team of young engineering graduates from the UK Naval Engineering Science and Technology forum (UKNEST) who have offered their predictions of what the Royal Marines will look like in 2050. Drawing on extrapolations of present technological trends, they foresee the elite combat arm of the Royal Navy using a suite of exotic gear, including bionic exoskeletons and chameleon-like camouflage that makes commandos “invisible.”Making predictions about the super soldier of tomorrow may seem like a bit of self-indulgent science fiction writing, but it does have a number of very serious goals. For one thing, it has the obvious one of sparking development of new military systems that will be needed in the years to come.But it can also give planners and politicians a heads up about what may be coming, so they can prepare beforehand, even if they have no plans to develop such things themselves. In addition, it can be a powerful recruiting tool for not only future Marines, but also engineers by showing them that their job won’t all be designing USB plugs and hair dryers. 2050 briefing aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth Prospectus addresses most pressing marine science questions, 2012 Exoskelton infographic, 2018 For the Royal Marines of 2050, a group of young engineers from various leading defense, technology, and engineering firms was taken to the Commandos’ Training Centre at Lympstone near Exeter to learn how the Royal Marines train and operate. They were then told to come up with new commando kit based around the scenario of a Royal Marine assault on an enemy clifftop missile site from a support ship well over the horizon. And from what they came up with, it’s clear that they took the bit between the teeth and ran with it.Operating from the supercarrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Marine unit of 2050 will be equipped with special combat exoskeleton suits that will not only allow them to carry heavy loads and perform superhuman feats, but will also have built-in bio-monitors and an active chameleon skin that makes them seamlessly blend into the background – effectively, making them invisible. If that isn’t enough, the Marines will also be able to project holographic decoys to confuse the enemy.Meanwhile, their Bergen rucksacks will be lighter and stronger with incorporated motion dampers to make them less unwieldy, and they’ll be attached to the exoskeleton by magnetic links, so they’ll be easy to don and remove. Each Marine will also have his or her own personal drone to provide intelligence direct to their helmet, which is equipped with artificial intelligence and special visors or contact lenses that can display data or use heat signatures to distinguish combatants from civilians. New rocketplane ‘could fly Paris-Tokyo in 2.5 hours’ Source: Royal Navy Yes No Scientists discover new species of ancient marine lizard Google Analytics settings I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more Motor-boat noise makes fish bad parents, leading to the death of their babies Privacy policy Cliff climbing, 2050 Royal Marines 2050last_img read more

Rep Potvin MecostaOsceola ISD official speak to committee about jobs training

first_img08Oct 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: Newslast_img read more

Teleste Stand E19 is to deliver optical node pro

first_imgTeleste (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.last_img

Kevin Spacey in House of Cards The House of Cards

first_imgKevin 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.last_img read more