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first_imgA family who spent three days trying to register with Irish Water has now been handed a handsome bill by their phone company… for an astonishing 278 calls.Jon and Breid Champney Warrener, from Kerrykeel, discovered to their cost that they were charged handsomely for the 278 phone calls on an itemised bill that runs into three full pages of detail.And what is more outrageous is that Irish Water has charged the family for the privilege of talking to an automated answering machine!The Tirconail Tribune reports that during their three day battle they failed to make one single contact with a human being at Irish Water.The ironic contradiction is that the family was attempting, in vain to register for payment of their water charges and nobody answered their calls.However Irish Water says their contact centre was open to customer queries at all times.But the company failed to explain why, after three days and 278 attempts by the Champney Warreners, no contact could be made with Irish Water.Attempts so far by the family to get any explanation for the cockup has failed and they say that trying to contact this company is a nightmare.Last night the family said they’ve been treated in the most shocking offhand manner by Irish Water. 
“Irish Water’s handling of customer queries is a total disaster,” said the couple.The family had assumed that since they were not able to contact an operator, the calls would not have been registered or charged. Now they’ve discovered otherwise and Irish Water is refusing to foot the bill. The company flatly rejected reimbursing the family for costs saying they do not refund telephone expenses incurred by customers.As the February 2nd deadline for registration approached the couple tried in vain over three days to connect with some human being in Irish Water… but to no avail.The family tried to register for water charges after being told by their landlord that the meter bill was their responsibility as tenants of the house.Breid Champney Warrener wrote to Irish Water after getting a vastly increased phone bill.She explained they wanted to pay their water charges and in principle had no objections to about paying a reasonable amount for water.She also said that she was not prepared to pay twice for water given that on top of their quarterly bill they’d now found themselves with an even bigger demand from the phone company.In response to queries from the Tribune this week the water company said: “Irish Water received a high volume of calls from customers in and around the February 2nd 2015 registration deadline, and some customers may have experienced a waiting time. The Contact Centre was however open to customer queries at all times. Irish Water does not refund telephone expenses incurred by customers.While we cannot comment on individual cases for reasons of personal data protection, we would be happy to discuss this customer’s concerns with them to ensure that they have all the information that they require.”When we rejected this reply as inadequate, the company then said they would contact the family to deal directly with their complaints.Reacting to the response from the water company, the Champney Warrener’s said the response does not come anywhere near answering our concerns of
this couple. We made 278 phone calls over the three days leading up to the original deadline and we have been treated in the most shocking offhand manner by Irish Water. And to say that Irish Water
does not refund expenses for not being able to get in contact with you is outrageous.
 Jon Champney Warrener said “Irish Water appears to have conveniently missed the real point of the complaint in that we made many attempts before and since to comply with the regulations. We have been in touch with Irish Water seeking to have this
problem resolved and to no avail. I believe the lack of competency in Irish Water’s handling of customer queries is a total disaster,” he added.Then after further queries from the Tribune a spokesman for the company said in a single sentence reply: “Irish Water will contact this customer directly to deal with this complaint.”FAMILY’S 278 CALLS TO IRISH WATER LEAVES THEM WITH ANOTHER HEFTY BILL! was last modified: May 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BilldonegalIrish WaterKERRYKEELphonecallslast_img read more

Delight as Cloughaneely Language Forum hold first ever meeting – Pic Special

first_imgOver 100 members of the community attended the first ever meeting of the Cloughaneely Language Planning Forum Halla Fionnáin, Falcarragh on Tuesday last.The forum has being established to help the language planning committee in their efforts to implement the local Irish-language plan.Under the direction of the facilitator, Páraic Mac Donncha, the forum made a number of key decisions as regards the direction the language planning process and it is hoped to put implement the recommendations made at the meeting over the next year. Representatives from many of the area’s community and voluntary groups, organisations sports clubs and businesses attended the forum.There was robust debate and many innovative opinions and recommendations were put forward.Among the actions decided on at the meeting was the implementation of a signage system in local businesses so as customers and visitors know where services in Irish are available.The creation of a forum for young people was also discussed, where they can decide on what social activities should be provided for them in Irish, and the creation of parent and toddlers groups in Irish. Committee members hard at work at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonAoife Nic an Iomaire taking notes at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonTom Feeney, Eddie Curran and John Fitzgerald at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonMicheal Mac Aoidh, Paraic Mac Donncha and Bearnai O Gallchoir at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonThe packed hall at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonCommittee members, Máire Nic Fhearraigh, Máire Ni Bhaoil, Mary Cassidy, Caitlin Uí Lafferty and Mary Nic Phadein at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonPáraic Mac Donncha, The Facilitator at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonCarmeal and Eibhlín Curran at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonCaitríona Ní Cheallaigh at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonBearnaí Ó Gallchóir, Chairperson of Cloughaneely Language Planning at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonPaul Bonnar and Manus Ó Ceallaigh in discussion at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonTommy Francis speaking at the event at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonMicheal Mac Aoidh, the Language planning officer for Cloughaneely at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonThe Facilitator, Páraic Mac Donncha who oversaw the event at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive Wasson Delight as Cloughaneely Language Forum hold first ever meeting – Pic Special was last modified: March 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CloughaneelyCloughaneely Language Planning Forumlast_img read more

Oldest Dinosaur Blood Reported

first_imgA thin section of the rib of the 195 million year old dinosaur Lufengosaurus, cut along the length of the rib showing a vascular canal with dark hematite particles. These were probably derived from the iron rich blood cells of the living dinosaur, and would have provided the internal environment for the preservation of collagen. Lacunae, where adult bone cells would reside, are also preserved with dark hematite particles inside them. Credit: Robert ReiszLacunae are channels in bone that carry blood vessels and nerves. What the caption calls lacunae appear in the photo to be intact osteocytes (bone cells), complete with delicate filopodia. The article claims original non-mineralized protein is present.They found evidence of collagen proteins within tiny canals in the rib and concluded they were “probably remnants of the blood vessels that supplied blood to the bone cells in the living dinosaur.“New techniques with synchrotron radiation-based nano-transmission X-ray microscopy (SR-TXM) used by the researchers primarily from Taiwan, with Robert Reisz from Canada, allowed intact imaging without damage. This no longer requires dissolving away the bone, like UNC researchers (Mary Schweitzer and team) had done earlier.Most previous studies had extracted organic remains by dissolving away other parts of the fossil, the team said.With the synchrotron method, this is not necessary, and even older remains may be uncovered without damaging dinosaur bones in future.The article repeats the common assumption that “finding fossilized soft tissue is very rare indeed.” But with the synchrotron method, perhaps scientists will begin seeing more of it, now that they know what to look for. The dinosaur is a Lufengosaurus, a type of long-necked sauropod first discovered in China. Here’s what the open-access paper in Nature Communications says:Various skeletal elements of the sauropodomorph dinosaur Lufengosaurus from the Lower Jurassic (Early Jurassic, Sinemurian, 190–197 Mya) of Dawa, Lufeng County, Yunnan Province, China, were studied in detail; however, surprisingly, it is the rib materials that produced the most significant results (Fig. 1a–m). Adult compact bone (including ribs) is composed of osteons with central vascular canals (Fig. 1b–h) that contain blood vessels and nerves in the living organism and lacunae, or spaces for the adult osteocytes (Fig. 1m).[After describing the imaging techniques, they report:] The results indicate that native collagen was preserved within the osteonal central vascular canals, together with haematite particles that were likely derived, at least in part, from haemoglobin of the dinosaur.Schweitzer’s team had also reported original collagen, but their dinosaur was dated at less than half the age: 80 million years instead of 195 million years. If Schweitzer’s date for preservation was incredible, how much more this far “older” specimen? (Click here for list of articles on Schweitzer’s soft-tissue research.)Update 1/31/17: Not many science sites have reported this stunning find yet, but the BBC News did. Reporter Helen Briggs offered some responses to this “‘startling’ dinosaur protein discovery.” Paleontologist Robert Reisz confirms that they found original material: “We are actually looking at the preservation of the original materials that were in the living organism rather than an impression of the soft tissues that were there.” Scottish dinosaur-hunter Stephen Brusatte was shocked:Stephen Brusatte of the University of Edinburgh, who is not connected with the research, said the discovery was “a jaw-dropper“.“To find proteins in a 195-million-year-old dinosaur fossil is a startling discovery,” he told BBC News.“It almost sounds too good to be true, but this team has used every method at their disposal to verify their discovery, and it seems to hold up.”He did not call into question the date, however, preferring to remain a moyboy and change his assumptions about how long soft material might survive.The paper in Nature Communications suggests the following explanation: “We propose that haematite cementation may have played an important role in the preservation of these organic remains, isolated within the vascular canals by haemoglobin-derived haematite aggregations.” This was the explanation first suggested by the Schweitzer team. Mark Armitage, though, who has done independent studies of intact soft tissue in dinosaur bone, does not accept the idea that iron from hemoglobin can preserve the delicate details he has seen with his electron microscope.Update 2/02/17: The press release from Reisz’s institution, the University of Toronto, includes a photo of the skeleton as found in the ground in China, and also another micrograph of the soft tissue.Think about this: if scientists were already astonished at preservation for 80 million Darwin years, how much more for 195 million? Did the 115-million-year difference even exist? Wouldn’t it be far more credible to think all these dinosaurs lived and perished around the same time?We can’t let the DOPE peddlers get away with revisionism. They’re going to try three main talking points: (1) Protein actually can survive hundreds of millions of years, and these bones prove it, because they are 195 million years old (proof by assertion). (2) Iron from blood preserves original protein. (3) Now that we have dinosaur protein, we can learn more about evolution; isn’t that wonderful?This is what they are already saying. It’s time to turn up the heat on these fake-science peddlers. We know that they were shocked with utter disbelief that any original tissue could last even one million years, let alone 80 or 195 million. It’s not possible. It’s time to wage war on the moyboy myth, armed with this powerful empirical evidence. Who has the science on their side now? (Visited 202 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Another research team finds dinosaur blood in a rib bone. This one breaks records for age, over double previous reports.A headline on Phys.org should be colored blood-red: “Dino rib yields evidence of oldest soft tissue remains.”The rib of a long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur that lived 195 million years ago has yielded what may be the oldest remains of soft tissue ever recovered, scientists said Tuesday.The first photo with the article appears to show spherical dark stains that could be the remains of blood cells and possible osteocytes:last_img read more

Tree helps to grow well-rounded adults

first_imgNot only does ECD help children to build cognitive skills such as language and a basic understanding of mathematics, it also challenges them to grow emotionally and adapt to a number of social situations. (Image: TREE)Early childhood development (ECD) is critical to equip young children and growing minds with the skills and information they need to develop as best they can on a number of levels.Much of an individual’s brain development takes place before the age of six, making early childhood one of the most important stages of mental growth.Not only does ECD help children to build cognitive skills such as language and a basic understanding of mathematics, it also challenges them to grow emotionally and adapt to a number of social situations, easing their growth into teenagers and eventually into adulthood.It is for these reasons that Tree (Training and Resources in Early Education) strives to make suitable ECD programmes available to children in underprivileged communities in KwaZulu-Natal. The main goal at Tree is to ensure that young children develop to their full potential.It works closely with communities to build knowledge of and skills in childcare and development. It has more than three decades worth of experience in capacity building and project management of ECD projects. TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENTBy training caregivers in various communities and developing the skills of more practitioners, the organisation expands the reach of the ECD programmes it has developed. More children benefit.This also allows the organisation to improve the standard of its programmes continuously, through the feedback received from the trainees.Continuous support of the practitioners it has trained and the ECD centres they establish by Tree underpins the sustainability and growth of these centres so that more and more children can continue to benefit from them.In addition, as more practitioners are trained, they are able to run home-based programmes and bring their skills to areas without established ECD centres. This means children from such areas can benefit without having to travel great distances.The efforts of Tree and the practitioners it trains go a long way to reducing the ever-growing gap between South Africa’s middle and upper classes and their less-privileged counterparts by providing these children with a similar educational head-start.GET INVOLVEDTo find out more about Tree or to get involved in its activities, visit the Tree website. If you want to join Tree and take part in its training courses, download the application form from the website.Tree has four established training centres – in Durban, Richard’s Bay, Port Shepstone and Ladysmith, all in KwaZulu-Natal.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Brand South Africa calls on citizens to stand up for human rights as the world commemorates International Human Rights day

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 10 December 2018 –  Today South Africa joins the international community to commemorate International Human Rights Day which is observed annually on 10 December and marks the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.This year, Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being — regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.On 10 December 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and on the same day in 1996, the Constitution of South Africa was signed into law by former South African President Nelson Mandela.Ms Thoko Modise, GM for Communications for Brand South Africa said: “Premised on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, South Africa has included amalgamated human rights in our own Bill of Rights, Chapter 2 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. The Bill of Rights widely addresses South Africa’s history of oppression, colonialism, slavery, racism and sexism and other forms of human violations. It embeds the rights of all people in our country as an enduring affirmation of the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all. The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We need to stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.”As the world marks 70 years of the adoption of the UDHR, the UN’s year-long campaign #StandUp4HumanRights draws to a close. Through this campaign, the UN to ‘called on people to take action for greater freedoms, stronger respect and more compassion for the rights of others’.Today also marks the end of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, a campaign that is steered towards the elimination of violence against women and girls.“As Brand South Africa – we encourage citizens and leaders everywhere to heed the call and stand up for all human rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural – and for the values that underpin our hopes for a fairer, safer and better world for all,” concluded Modise.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Zeta Opens a Factory, Continues Prefab Quest

first_imgWhen we last focused on Zeta Communities’ push into prefab construction, back in June, the company was leasing and operating the space it would need to make modules for its projects, which included a 30-unit building of student efficiency housing, some planned commercial projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, and, most prominently, two net-zero-energy demonstration townhomes in nearby Oakland.On Monday, however, Zeta opened a 91,000-sq.-ft. factory of its very own in Sacramento County, in north-central California, further anchoring its commitment to – and financial investment in – prefab design and construction. At least part of the justification for the move, a New York Times Green Inc. blog noted last week, is that interest in the demo townhomes has left Zeta “flush with orders.”Plans for growthWhat’s more, the company has ambitions to open factories throughout the country to more efficiently service developers interested in the Zeta product, which is designed to be built, delivered, and installed for less money, and with a more tightly sealed envelope, than comparable onsite construction. The two-bedroom Oakland townhouses, at about 1,540 sq. ft. apiece, priced out at about $165 a square foot, or $258,000, not including land, foundation, and other site work costs, according to Zeta CEO Naomi Porat, who added that the overall price is about 10% to 15% under those for comparable site-built urban infill projects.Once it’s running at full capacity, the factory, which was an Air Force hangar before it was converted for prefab construction, could employ as many as 200 people and produce as many as 400 prefab homes a year. Zeta wants to be the country’s first large-scale builder of net-zero-energy homes and, if interest in its product holds up, would like to open as many as 15 other factories over the next five to seven years, notes Greentech Media.last_img read more

Argentina and Messi not getting any sympathy from Brazil

first_imgNBA: LeBron supports new All Star Game format: ‘Not a bad idea’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brazil is unbeaten in its 11 World Cup qualifiers under Tite. Nine were victories. If Chile can end Brazil’s unbeaten string, the reigning Copa America champion will advance to its third straight World Cup.“We think we have the weapons to do it,” Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo said.Bravo ruled out any collusion to hurt Argentina’s chances.“We don’t think of an agreement not to attack,” Bravo said. “Brazil is a team that presses and plays well. They are at home, which favors them. But we improved in the last match. We’ll play our game and try to makehistory.”After Monday’s training at Allianz Parque, Tite confirmed Brazil will test goalkeeper Ederson as a starter. He confirmed that defender Marquinhos, who will replace the injured Thiago Silva, will be the captain forthe clash against the desperate Chileans in Sao Paulo.Chile will be without key midfielder Arturo Vidal, who is suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards.Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has called up Esteban Pavez, who plays for Brazil’s Atletico Paranaense.“We qualified for the World Cup three matches ago and this has not changed the seriousness and the behavior of our team,” Gabriel Jesus said. “And it won’t change now.”In social media many Brazilian fans have jokingly said Chile should get a hand to advance and put the Argentines at an even bigger risk of humiliation. “Entrega Brasil”, which means “Give it away Brazil” in Portuguese, has been one of the most mentioned lines by Brazilians on Twitter since last week. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In other matches, which all start at the same time, its Brazil-Chile, Peru-Colombia, Paraguay-Venezuela, and Uruguay-Bolivia.Argentina needs a victory to get at least a playoff spot. Any other result puts it in jeopardy of missing the World Cup for the first time since 1970.Leader Brazil has 38 points. Uruguay is next with 28 and is a cinch to qualify. That leaves five teams separated by two points: Chile (26), Colombia (26), Peru (25), Argentina (25), and Paraguay (24).A World Cup without Argentina and Messi would hurt the TV networks, Russian ticket sales, and FIFA, which needs an exciting tournament to distract from any problems off the pitch.“It’s natural that a World Cup without Brazil, Argentina, or Germany would lose a little of its charm,” Brazil defender Miranda said. “But our goal is to qualify to the World Cup and our opponents should deal with their own situations.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments “Qualification to the World Cup is not about one game, it is about a full campaign”, Brazil coach Tite said on Monday after being questioned about Argentina’s possible absence in Russia. “Yesterday, we thanked each other because we are already qualified. I can’t imagine what it is like for others; they must be having trouble sleeping. (In the end), others will reap what their work sowed.”Striker Gabriel Jesus said: “Everybody knows the skills of Messi and the importance of Argentina. If they are where they are, it’s because of what they have done. Of course, you talk about Messi, one of the best players football has ever had. But we have to think only about ourselves.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSouth America wraps up regional qualifying on Tuesday. Only Brazil is in. Three other teams will gain automatic berths, and one more qualifies for a playoff next month against New Zealand.Most eyes are on Argentina’s match in Ecuador, played at 2,850 meters (9,350 feet) in the thin air of Quito. Argentina’s Lionel Messi gestures at the end of the goalless 2018 World Cup qualifier football match against Peru in Buenos Aires on October 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Eitan ABRAMOVICHSAO PAULO — With Argentina and Lionel Messi on the brink of missing the World Cup, they are not receiving any sympathy from archrival Brazil.Five-time champion Brazil qualified six months ago for the finals in Russia, and have been fascinated watching their archrival struggle to join them. Not even an entreaty from Argentina’s main sports newspaper Ole saying “I need you” in Portuguese seemed to move the leader of South American World Cup qualifying.ADVERTISEMENT Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Stowe Attends 2011 Captains’ Forum

first_imgThe leaders came together to consider their role as leaders and highlight how leadership on and off the field can be a factor in making sport inclusive for all Australians, in particular Indigenous Australians. The event included a dinner at Darling Harbour on Wednesday night, before the forum was conducted last Thursday. Stowe says that it was a great opportunity to be involved in the Forum and found it very beneficial.“It was great to experience sharing thoughts on leadership and diversity in sporting groups with other people at the elite level,” Stowe said. “The Australian Sports Commission grabbed 35 of their elite sportspeople and leaders to get together and discuss basically ways that captains and leaders influence their sport and to determine what sort of aspects we can have and influences we have on our sport. It was also used to see which ways we are best off in bridging the gap in getting indigenous kids into our sport and ways to get them in and keep them in.”“The Australian Sports Commission is trying to obviously find the ways we can influence as role models and as leaders to keep these kids in the sport, which they seem to be striving to do through different pathways. It was also an opportunity to get together with all of the leaders to be able to share ideas on leadership qualities and to bounce ideas off each other as to how to improve our skills and attributes.”A long list of sports and their leaders took part in the event, including Swimmer Brenton Rickard, Surfer Sally Fitzgibbons, Rugby Union player Dean Mumm and the Kookaburra’s leadership group. “It was great to have the input of so many different sports, from Snowboarding to Surfing, Tennis, Shooting, there were so many different sports that you could get ideas from and a lot of leadership qualities, from motivation right through to preparation and into handling your teams whilst competing through to training and all of the aspects of their sports. It was very beneficial.”Stowe says that is was ‘exciting’ to see Touch Football represented at the Captains’ Forum, and that it was great to see that many of the people involved at the event had some form of connection to the sport. “We had the chance to interact with some of the indigenous kids there and they were quite excited to see that the sport that they played was there. Out of the 20 kids there, there was probably 10 or a dozen that actually played Touch, it was good to see someone there from Touch, so it was quite amazing.”“Just talking to the other captains, a lot of them do a lot of cross training and it was amazing to see that if they hadn’t played Touch growing up they were playing it at the moment, they all facilitated in Touch which was great to see. It was really important I think that we represented the sport there and continue in doing so.”last_img read more

2015 NSWTA Blues Awards Winners

first_imgCongratulations to all of the winners at the 2015 New South Wales Touch Association Blues Awards Night at Bankstown Sports Club on Saturday night. Rod Wise MedalBrad Mitchell – Hills Hornets Touch AssociationAffiliate of the Year Southern SunsWollongong Touch Association Sydney RebelsBankstown Jets Touch Association Sydney MetsWestern Suburbs Touch Association Sydney ScorpionsHills Hornets Touch AssociationManly Warringah Touch Association Hunter Western HornetsCentral Coast Touch Association Northern EaglesMacksville Touch Association 2014/15 NSWTA Affiliate of the Year Hills Hornets Touch Association Manly Warringah Touch Association Administrator of the YearSouthern SunsSteve Dunn – Goulburn Touch Association Sydney RebelsMette Kitona – Bankstown Jets Touch Association Sydney MetsJoe Dougal – Balmain Juniors Touch Association Sydney ScorpionsBrad Mitchell – Hills Hornets Touch Association Hunter Western HornetsKathy Lang – Mudgee Touch Association Northern EaglesCraig Englert – Macksville Touch Association 2014/15 NSWTA Administrator of the YearBrad Mitchell – Hills Hornets Touch Association Kathy Lang – Mudgee Touch Association Region of the YearHunter Western HornetsNSWTA Team of the YearCanterbury Women’s Premier LeagueNSWTA Male Player of the YearSam Brisby – Manly Warringah Sea EaglesNSWTA Female Player of the YearClaire Tandek – Canterbury Bulldogs NSWTA Junior Male Player of the YearKai Simbolon – Parramatta Eels NSWTA Junior Female Player of the YearHannah Dyball – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles NSWTA Senior Male Player of the YearMark Hearnden NSWTA Senior Female Player of the YearKirsty Wakely – Eastern Suburbs Roosters NSWTA Selector of the YearTim Kitchingham – Sydney ScorpionsNSWTA Coach of the YearPeter Forrester – Canterbury Touch Association NSWTA Junior Coach of the Year  Janine Hinds – Eastern Suburbs Touch Association Blues AwardsRob Barakat Debbie Maxwell Jenny Swain Craig Egginton Anthony Jack Satoru Ozawa Wendy Osborne Luke  Lawrence Julie Robinson Linda Simbolon Peter Goodwin Adam Cooper Brent Streep Melinda Cotter  Colin Crampton John Lochrin Lauren Campbell Nev Gear Annie Tolhurst Paul Murphy Tanya Murphy Kaylene Price Cath Salmon Steve Dunn Corrine May John May Greg SmithKath Swanson Marina Pappas Nathan Richardson Paul Cini Tracey Honeyman Wayne Goodchild Boland Medal WinnerBen MoylanSmith Medal WinnerTara MohiMitchell stars at NSW Blues Dinner – http://www.nswtouch.com.au/mitchell-stars-at-nswta-blues-dinner/ Stay tuned to the NSW Touch Association website and social media pages for further coverage of the NSWTA Blues Awards night and the 2015 State Conference:Website – www.nswtouch.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/nswtouch Twitter – www.twitter.com/nsw_touch #nswtabluesnightInstagram – www.instagram.com/nswtouch Related LinksNSWTA Blues Awardslast_img read more