7 Nov

QLD JUNIOR READY FOR SCHOOL SPORT CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgPETE’S PLAYGROUND Football commentators used to say that Wally Lewis knew every blade of grass on Lang Park. His consistent knack of terrorising opposition defences with uncanny kicks that would take outrageous bounces and turns confirmed the belief that only a ‘King’ knowing every inch of his kingdom could conjure such magic. Just as Lang Park was the `King’s’ backyard, thirteen-year-old Surfers Paradise student Peter Norman has a similar affinity with Owen Park Southport, the home of Gold Coast touch. When Peter Norman runs out as a member of the Queensland U 15 Schoolboys team next Tuesday in the opening round of fixtures in the School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament, The Southport School (TSS) Year Eight student will be relying on more than just a little knowledge of the hometown surface. The son of former Australian Open Touch Representative Greg, and ATA Hall of Fame member and current Australian Open Women’s Coach, Kerry Norman, Peter has spent more night’s at Owen Park than most of us have had hot dinners. For the Touch community, the familiar sight of the baby blonde tyro riding his tricycle around Owen Park, resplendent in a fluorescent yellow Tigers Touch club jersey was confirmation you were at the home of Touch on the Coast in the early `90’s. Greg and Kerry, who have always been heavily involved in playing, coaching, refereeing, and administration, would dress Peter in the fluoro shirt, so he’d be easy to keep an eye on. Wednesday night touch at the Coast wasn’t the same until you heard Gold Coast Administrator Henry Lesniewski over the PA system making his weekly impassioned plea for “Peter Norman to please come to the canteen, your parents want to go home.” Everyone would laugh and Pete would amble in eventually, usually with a sheepish grin, mostly with his shirt now fluoro dirt and minus the shoes, often with the remains of a banana paddle pop on his face, and always with a thousand stories to share about his adventures in `Pete’s Playground’, the biggest backyard in the world that seemed to belong to him. Peter was inspired by the speed, fun, and skills on display and took up the challenge of playing by beginning in the Gold Coast junior competition with a bunch of friends when he was five years old. He has grown quickly from a small boy climbing trees and playing with his `brother’ (his Bart Simpson doll, who incidentally, still covets the top bunk in Pete’s room) riding skateboards and clocking the asteroids machine in the Gold Coast club house, to a young man who is considered by many to be one of the brightest young talents in our sport. In a short time, Peter impressed his early coaches as a player with great vision, good basics, and excellent commitment in defence. With those sorts of credentials it wasn’t long before representative touch would call his name. Firstly at South Coast schoolboy level, and for Gold Coast in the QTA Junior State Cup team. Peter represented Qld at Primary school level for three successive years from 2001-2003, firstly as a ten year old, then captaining the team last year in his final year at Primary school. Previously, only one Queensland Schoolboy Touch player, former Qld Rugby League State of Origin star, PJ Marsh has been successful in gaining selection in the Qld U 15 Schoolboys Touch team straight out of Primary school… That was until Peter Norman came along. He produced such a mature and outstanding display at the Qld U15 Secondary championships in Ipswich in June that Coach Danny Parker and selectors had no choice but to pitch the Gold Coast Falcons Division One player into the State U 15 Schoolboys team for the Schools Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament. The hard working middle has no reservation in saying his selection in the U 15 State team is the best moment of his short career “It’s pretty awesome, no way was I expecting to be selected. There are so many good players in the Qld team, I’m just happy to be there” the typically modest Norman added. “The PJ Marsh thing is pretty special, but it won’t mean much if I don’t get out there and do my job for the team.” Norman believes a training camp in the recent September holidays went a long way to bonding the team and sorting out a running style of touch that will prove to be fun to play and execute. He believes the calibre of players in the Qld side under the shrewd coaching of Dan Parker will allow the Queenslanders to mount a strong charge for the National crown against arch enemies and defending champions NSW. Both his parents have coached Peter at various stages of his career and in various teams, though they try to avoid the scenario as much as possible to allow Peter to experience other coaching ideas and skills and to enable him to make his own pathway in the sport. “Occasionally, we’d have a few bumps, more so when he was younger, he would think that that’s Mum or Dad talking, not the coach, and he’d react like a son, not a player, and we had to bring him into line a few times…maybe you are harder on your own kids as well, and that’s probably been tough for him on occasion,” Greg said. Greg recalls refereeing Pete in his early days, when both Kerry and himself would send their son for substitutions because he would argue with their calls. Kerry believes Pete is a good student of the game and has been impressed with his willingness to listen and apply new knowledge from his coaches and mentors of late. “He’s learnt plenty from Danny already and Corey Foster has been fantastic for him at Falcons, taking him under his wing and helping bring him along – Pete just respect him so much.” “It’s good because he can play with the Division One players at the Coast Wednesday, then still go up and play with his mates in the BMTA junior competition Thursday night and really have fun still.” Peter is also very appreciative of the guidance his parents have given him and reckons he inherited his Mum’s talk on the field and good defensive skills, and his Dad’s flamboyance in attack. “They’ve been good, not pushy or anything – they just say try your hardest, listen to the coach, have fun and be a good team man.” Greg jokingly offered that each parent contributed the following to Peter’s development, “Peter received good looks from his Dad and his temper from his Mum…” “Kerry’s brain and speed, and from me – creativeness in attack,” he was quick to add. Both parents have been fully supportive of Peter’s Touch career, but not to the exclusion of anything else. Greg believes giving Peter the opportunity to experience a wide variety of activities has been a big factor in the balanced approach Peter has towards life. He is a budding beach flags champion and trains on the sand to help his speed and technique. At school this year he performed with distinction in Cross Country, Athletics, and Swimming, and was awarded Best Back for Rugby in the U13 age division. Being a Coast kid, `Normo’ as his mates call him, loves body boarding and spends a lot of time with the boys from Touch and school at the beach or kicking back at the movies. Oh, and did I mention that he made the Dean’s list at TSS for academic excellence? Typically modest, I had to dig deeper than Damian Martyn on a dodgy pitch at Chennai, to get that piece of information out of him. So next Tuesday, when the Queenslanders run out onto the Owen Park fields in the U 15 Boys, look for Peter Norman- he’s not wearing fluoro yellow anymore, but he’ll be sporting the # 3 on his Maroon back, a tribute to his Touch hero Corey Foster, and hopefully he’ll keep his shoes on long enough to have his name over the PA system for giving defenders the slip in the race to the scoreline, not his parents. Games at the School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament will be played in two age divisions U 12 and U 15 Girls and Boys respectively, featuring State teams from all over Australia from Tuesday 26th October at Owen Park through to finals day on Saturday 30th October. Written by Karley Banks, SQBD Development Officer, 19th October 2004last_img
28 Oct

10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho loses rag in post-match interview

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Mourinho loses rag in post-match interviewby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho took aim at a reporter after their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.In truth United were second best all over the pitch and the defeat kept them eight points behind Arsenal in fifth place. Mourinho’s side have now conceded 29 goals this season in the league, one more than they did across the whole of last season. Asked if he believed the players are playing for him, Mourinho snapped: “What is that? Are you calling the players dishonest? You are asking me if they are dishonest.”I believe they are honest and you believe they are dishonest. A footballer has to give the maximum every day, every match, every minute, it doesn’t matter the manager, it doesn’t matter anything.”The club that pays him, the fans that are 24 hours per day in love with our club. It’s about respect for the club and the fans. The players that don’t do the maximum you are calling them dishonest. I don’t call them dishonest at all.” last_img read more

24 Oct

Growth in Mining and Quarrying Industry

first_img Director General, Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), Carol Coy, has reported that Jamaica’s mining and quarrying industry grew by 30.8 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2018, mainly due to the reopening of the Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO)/Alpart bauxite company in Nain, St. Elizabeth.She was speaking at STATIN’s press conference regarding the release of the March 2019 Consumer Price Index and January 2019 Labour Force Survey, at their offices on Cecelio Avenue in St. Andrew on April 16.Ms. Coy also announced that during the fourth quarter of 2018, the Jamaican economy grew by two per cent when compared to the same quarter of 2017.“This resulted from a 4.9 per cent growth in the goods-producing industries and one per cent increase in the services industries,” she said.The different sectors in the goods-producing industries grew during the fourth quarter with a 3.1 per cent increase in agriculture, forestry and fishing; 25 per cent in mining and quarrying; two per cent in manufacturing and 3.7 per cent in construction.“The agriculture, forestry and fishing industry was impacted by favourable weather conditions, which resulted in higher crop yields. The other agricultural crops subindustry, which includes animal farming, forestry and fishing, grew by 5.3 per cent. This was largely attributed to growth in root crops by 6.6 per cent; vegetables, 9.2 per cent; and animal farming, 4.1 per cent, due mainly to an increase in broiler production,” Ms. Coy noted.With regards to the manufacturing industry, she pointed out that the higher output was due largely to increases in subindustries food, beverages, tobacco and other manufactured goods.“Food, beverages and tobacco grew by two per cent, mainly influenced by increased production in meat and meat products, processing and preservation of fruits and vegetables, dairy products, bakery products and beverages,” Ms. Coy said.“Other manufacturing grew by two per cent, largely due to increased production in chemicals and chemical products, refined petroleum products and non-metallic mineral products,” she added. Director General, Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), Carol Coy, has reported that Jamaica’s mining and quarrying industry grew by 30.8 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2018, mainly due to the reopening of the Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO)/Alpart bauxite company in Nain, St. Elizabeth. She was speaking at STATIN’s press conference regarding the release of the March 2019 Consumer Price Index and January 2019 Labour Force Survey, at their offices on Cecelio Avenue in St. Andrew on April 16. Ms. Coy also announced that during the fourth quarter of 2018, the Jamaican economy grew by two per cent when compared to the same quarter of 2017. Story Highlightslast_img read more

15 Oct

Blake Lively Pokes Fun at Husband Ryan Reynolds in the Cutest Way

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Blake Lively loves her husband, Ryan Reynolds, but she also loves poking fun at him.The 29-year-old actress took to Instagram on Thursday to pay special tribute to “the most influential person in my life,” John Legend.last_img

9 Aug

Three Macomb County representatives lead Michigan House plan to help Kiwanis fundraising

first_img30May Three Macomb County representatives lead Michigan House plan to help Kiwanis fundraising The state House today approved plans from three Macomb County state representatives to expand fundraising options for Kiwanis organizations in Michigan.Bills sponsored by Reps. Diana Farrington and Steve Marino would allow Michigan residents to voluntarily donate to the Kiwanis when they file their state income taxes. Legislation from Rep. Peter Lucido would create a fundraising license plate for the charitable organization.“I’ve been with the Kiwanis for several years, now as a member of the Golden K, which helps seniors,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “It’s been a privilege to see what a positive difference the group makes for kids, families and especially our seniors in our neighborhoods.”Lucido’s bill would allow motorists to buy and display a fundraising license plate with the accompanying donation going to a new Kiwanis International Michigan District Fund.The legislation from Marino and Farrington would add the Kiwanis to the list of charities Michigan residents can voluntarily contribute to through an income tax form checkoff.“In our part of Macomb County alone, Kiwanis raise money for college scholarships, put together backpacks with school supplies, help feed the hungry and improve the community in many other ways,” said Farrington, of Utica, who has worked on Kiwanis holiday food drives. “It’s a fantastic mission.”Marino noted thousands of Michigan residents use similar checkoff options to make charitable donations while filing their taxes each year.“The Kiwanis are focused on helping children and families while encouraging community service – exactly the kind of effort we should support,” said Marino, of Harrison Township. “This is a great addition to the lineup of worthy charities on our list.”The legislation – House Bills 4495, 5739 and 5740 – advance to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Marino News,Newslast_img read more

18 Jul

Foxconn wants to tap 7 million gallons of water a day

Foxconn Technology Group wants to tap 7 million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan to meet its needs. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Foxconn wants to tap 7 million gallons of water a day (2018, January 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-foxconn-million-gallons-day.html © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Foxconn to announce location of Wisconsin plant Wednesday The city of Racine asked the state Department of Natural Resources for permission Monday to divert water from the lake primarily to serve the planned display panel factory and campus.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the permission is needed under an interstate agreement that guides water use in eight states that border the Great Lakes.Under the compact, all water shipped out must be returned to Lake Michigan minus what’s lost to evaporation or what’s incorporated into Foxconn’s manufacturing process.The Taiwanese company says it could invest up to $10 billion on the display panel factory that could employ up to 13,000 people. read more

18 Jul

UK Canada seek to question Facebooks Zuckerberg on fake news

first_imgMark Zuckerberg has testified to the U.S. Congress. Could a visit before U.K. and Canadian lawmakers be next? UK MPs pressure Zuckerberg to testify on Facebook data breach That’s what parliamentary committees in Britain and Canada want, and they are urging Zuckerberg to show up and testify before a joint hearing of international lawmakers that are investigating fake news and how it is spread on the internet.In a letter sent to Zuckerberg Wednesday, Damian Collins, chairman of the United Kingdom’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, and Bob Zimmer, chairman of the Canadian Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, said they plan a joint parliamentary hearing Nov. 7 to form an “‘international grand committee’ on disinformation and fake news.”Collins said the nature of the hearing is such that other nations’ parliaments will also be represented at the meeting.Last week, the U.K’s national privacy regulator fined Facebook $645,000 for what it called “serious” violations of data protection rules that helped lead to the Cambridge Analytica scandal at Facebook. Citation: UK, Canada seek to question Facebook’s Zuckerberg on fake news (2018, October 31) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-uk-canada-facebook-zuckerberg-fake.html Explore further ©2018 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

18 Jul

Over 60 malaria cases in Delhi 27 of dengue

first_imgOver 60 malaria cases in Delhi, 27 of dengueAt least 66 malaria cases have been reported in Delhi this year, more than double the number of people affected by dengue, a municipal report released on Monday showed.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 23:05 IST Representative image (PTI)At least 66 malaria cases have been reported in Delhi this year, more than double the number of people affected by dengue, a municipal report released on Monday showed.As many as 57 of these malaria cases were recorded in June.Last year, 2,798 dengue cases and four deaths were recorded by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which tabulates the data on vector-borne diseases in the city.According to the report, till July 13 this year, 27 cases of dengue have been reported — 16 in June, three in May, two in April, four in March and one each in February and January.Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between July and November, but the period may stretch to mid-December.Also, of the 66 cases of malaria eight were recorded in May and one in April — and 14 cases of chikungunya — nine in June, two in February and one each in March, April and May — have been recorded.The dengue victims last year included a minor boy. Three of the victims were identified as Aman Tiwari (13), Sanskriti (21) and Gagan (23).Doctors have advised people to take precautions to ensure that there is no breeding of mosquito larvae around them and urged them to wear full-sleeves and use mosquito nets.Water coolers should be dried up when not in use as mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus usually breed there, a doctor said.Civic bodies had also organised a workshop recently on prevention of vector-borne diseases.Mosquito-breeding has been reported in at least 38,512 households and 38,294 legal notices have been issued this year.Meanwhile, East Delhi Mayor Anju, Monday said from July 17-19, a public awareness campaign on dengue, malaria and chikungunya will be launched in all wards of east Delhi, which will be led by councillors.Of the total number of dengue cases last year, 141 were recorded in December, while 1,062 were reported in November, 1,114 in October, 374 in September, 58 in August, 19 in July, eight in June, 10 in May, two in April, one in March, three in February and six in January.The rest of the cases were reported from areas outside the jurisdiction of the three municipal corporations of Delhi.Also, 473 cases of malaria and 165 cases of chikungunya were reported last year.According to the SDMC, 10 people had died due to dengue in Delhi in 2017, of whom five were not residents of the national capital.Overall, the vector-borne disease had affected 9,271 people in the city in 2017.ALSO READ | 21 deaths reported in Assam due to Japanese EncephalitisALSO WATCH | Bihar encephalitis outbreak: Suspended doctor denies allegations, says name was not in duty rosterFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnupriya Thakur Tags :Follow MalariaFollow dengue Nextlast_img read more

17 Jul

Amritsar train accident Russian President Putin UN chief Guterres Canadian PM Trudeau

first_img COMMENT Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL October 20, 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday offered condolences to India on a train accident near Amritsar in Punjab, which claimed 61 lives, the Russian Embassy said. According to the Russian embassy, Putin offered condolences to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the train accident.He conveyed his support to families of the victims of the train accident. “I offer my deepest sympathies over tragic consequences of an accident on railways in the Punjab state. I ask to convey my words of sympathy and support to families and friends of the killed people and to wish the soonest recovery to those injured,” Putin said, according to the Russian embassy.UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed his deepest condolences to the families and friends of over 60 people who died in a train accident in Amritsar, terming the incident as “tragic”.“My heart goes to all in Amritsar following Friday’s tragic accident. Earlier this month, I was honoured to visit the Golden Temple and witnessed the warmth and generosity of the people. My deepest condolences to those who have lost family and loved ones,” Guterres said in a tweet. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also condoled the accident in which 39 of the total 61 people killed have been identified so far. “My thoughts are with everyone who has lost a loved one in the tragic train crash in Amritsar, India. Canadians are keeping you in our hearts tonight & wishing all those injured a full recovery,” Trudeau said in a tweet.The incident has sent shock waves across the country. There was an outpouring of grief with President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore and several other leaders condoling the loss of lives.center_img railway accident COMMENTS SHARElast_img read more