In the sixth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Women’s Open player, Kristy Judd, speaks about what it means to her to be representing her country at the 2011 World Cup and her career highlights to date. Name: Kristy JuddNickname: KJAge: 34Affiliate: Eastern SuburbsOccupation: Recreation OfficerPosition: MiddleDebut for Australia: 1995 Career highlights so far: Gee I’m lucky, there is actually quite a few of them and I don’t want to bore people. Obviously every time I get to wear the green and gold it’s such an honour. I also love playing for New South Wales, Sydney Mets and the Roosters and most importantly I have made many great friends through Touch. How you got involved in Touch Football: I grew up in Woolloomooloo and Dom Squadrito coached all the kids there so AJ (twin sister Amanda) and I joined a team and have been playing ever since.Favourite player: Amanda Judd, Giselle Martin, and the Winchester sisters, Louise and Claire.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It’s come around so quick and I’m just honoured to still be a part of it all, it’s hard to beat playing for your country I think. It’s the highest level of competition so to be involved makes all the training and sacrifices worthwhile. It’s also pretty cool being over in Scotland because of the opportunity to play countries who previously haven’t played before and that’s pretty exciting too.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Hard to say just one person, definitely Dom Squadrito, Peter Bell, Jason Hunt and John Ryan.Favourite sporting moment: Cathy Freeman 400 Metres Sydney Olympics, actually Sydney 2000 Olympics were unreal.What do you know about Scotland: Not a lot other than its cold, I am trying to do a bit more research before we go. Any superstitions: Not really I guess, actually I like to wear compression gear when I play but I don’t know if it’s a superstition thing.Funniest Australian teammate: Hmm that’s a hard one, Dobbo’s pretty funny, actually Dobbo it is, Ash Dobbins.Favourite quote: There are heaps of good quotes, so it’s too hard to name just one favourite. I really, really like this one of Michael Jordan’s though:“I’ve missed more than 900 shots in my career, I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”Any travel plans for after World Cup: Yeah can’t wait. Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Croatia, Malta, Sicily and Dubai, I don’t know where I’m going to get the cash from but that’s where I’m going.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 48 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus
On Saturday, 10 December a group of people started the 466 kilometre run, which will take place over nine days, raising money for two charities, the Australian Heart and Lung Transplant Association (AHLTA) and The McGrath Foundation. The idea came from Dillon, a personal trainer from Caringbah and originally from Wagga Wagga. Greg decided to embark on this journey to raise some funds for these two great causes, inspired by a client of his, Kimberley Livingstone. Kimberley was born with cystic fibrosis, and at age 28, didn’t have the energy to get out of bed. She had to be in a wheelchair to go anywhere, or do anything with her oxygen bottle by her side and in 2008 her condition deteriorated and she was put on the organ donation waiting list. After 13 months, Kimberley got the call she had been desperately been waiting for, an organ donor had been found.Two years on, Kim met Greg whilst training for this year’s City to Surf, which she completed and beat her time from last year and this gave Greg the motivation and the idea to raise some money for AHLTA to help people like Kim. The McGrath Foundation was also chosen after breast cancer recently touched Greg’s family.Greg is running the whole distance and after three days was just short of the Hume Highway. Kim is aiming for 10 kilometres a day. Kim’s husband is driving the support vehicle and doing some running too, along with Greg’s sister Claire who is along for the ride and the run to support her big brother on his enormous journey.For more information on the run, to donate, and to keep up with Dillon’s progress, please visit the website – www.cronulla2wagga.com. There is also an auction of a Kangaroos framed jersey signed by the Australian Four Nations squad, with further information on the website. Dillon was a member of the Australian 20’s Boys team that defeated New Zealand in the 2009 Youth Trans Tasman Series, while more recently he was a member of the New South Wales Country Mavericks side that competed in the 2011 Elite Eight series. Touch Football Australia would like to wish Greg all the best for the rest of the journey.
UNCOVERED: Juventus mega offer to Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramseyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus’ offer to Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been revealed.The Wales international is in demand with his contract at the Emirates Stadium up in the summer and Gunners’ chiefs having pulled their renewal offer earlier this season.Juventus chief Fabio Paratici has already confirmed the Serie A leaders’ interest.And according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Turin giants have already made their offer known to Ramsey.It’s claimed that Ramsey has been offered a five-year deal worth up to £6.3million per year AFTER tax.The Welshman would be handed a base salary of £5million, topped up with another £1.35million if he plays 70 per cent of the club’s matches. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
MONTREAL — Bombardier Inc. was on the defensive Monday after chief executive Alain Bellemare steered clear of a special meeting, hastily arranged to deal with the imminent layoff of 2,500 of the company’s Quebec workers.The province’s economy minister called the early-morning sit-down in downtown Montreal between Bombardier representatives, union and aerospace leaders and the government, with a view to finding a path back to employment for the workers.Bombardier, which announced last week it will cut 5,000 workers worldwide and sell off key assets, including the Q400 propeller plane program, dispatched two representatives to the rendezvous, including vice president of external relations Olivier Marcil.“Bombardier is not hiding, Bombardier is here,” he said during a scrum with reporters. “Mr. Bellemare has a very, very busy schedule and supports the initiative.”The plane-and-train maker has just under 70,000 employees across 30 countries, Marcil noted.Bellemare, whose total compensation was about $14 million in 2017, has avoided interviews since Bombardier gave word of the job cuts last week alongside third-quarter results.Bellemare said in a statement Thursday he was “very proud” of what had been achieved so far as part of his recovery plan, which is set to culminate in 2020.Bellemare has already admitted that Bombardier was close to bankruptcy in 2015 before the Quebec government jumped to its aid by injecting $1 billion of public money into the C Series. The aircraft program was renamed A220 in July when Airbus took control without paying a dime.“He lives in Quebec and is fully aware of what is happening,” said Marcil, when asked if his boss should take the time to explain his recent decisions. “But he manages a rail and aviation giant and could not be here today.”Quebec Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon deflected questions around Bellemare’s absence Monday, noting that two Bombardier representatives were present at the meeting in downtown Montreal.However, he said he had talked with the leader of the Quebec multinational in recent days.“We have agreed to meet soon to talk about the industry to avoid future surprises,” Fitzgibbon said.Following the 7:30 a.m. meeting, the minister sought to reassure Quebeckers that the province’s aerospace sector is healthy and growing, despite restructuring at the company. He said he is hopeful an ongoing labour shortage means all affected Bombardier employees will be able to find new work within the next 12 to 18 months.Representatives from Aero Montreal, Bell Helicopter and CAE Inc. were present, among other companies.Bombardier is expected to provide details surrounding the layoffs, such as the trades affected, to the province in the coming days, which would allow the industry to respond, Fitzgibbon said.“You have to understand which employees are going to be targeted,” he said. “There is a risk that there will be training issues and that is where the Ministry of Employment will be present.”David Chartrand, the Quebec co-ordinator of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, was optimistic about industry prospects, despite having criticized last week the way Bombardier opted to announce the layoffs.“It’s a good message to send to the public if some people think it’s not going well,” he said Monday. “That’s wrong. There is job creation. It’s good that people know about it.”– – –The aerospace industry in numbers:– 40,000 jobs.– Nearly 31,700 positions to be filled over the next decade.– Approximately 22,900 jobs to replace due to promotions, retirements and voluntary departures.– Most in-demand trades: aerospace engineer, mechanical engineering technician and interior finishing worker.(Source: Aero Montreal) Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B, TSX:CAE)Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press
Council passed a resolution to write a letter to the provincial government outlining their concerns, and to also have the issues brought up at the NCLGA Annual General Meeting in Fort Nelson next month. North Peace Drug Awareness Society acknowledgedThe North Peace Drug Awareness Society was also given an acknowledgement by city council for their nearly 20 years of work in the Fort St. John area. Mayor Lori Ackerman spoke about the Society’s work in running the D.A.R.E. Program in Fort St. John, as well as other various drug awareness and education initiatives. In 2004, the Society was approached to take on the contract of the RCMP’s Police-Based Victim Services Program. Since then, the Society was responsible for 1 – 2 employees who ran the program. Society Chair Rick Ekkel thanked the City for its years of support and partnership in their work with the program.City concerned about cost of new employer health taxFort St. John City Council is going to be collaborating with the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the North Central Local Government Association on sending a message to the provincial government that the new Employer Health Tax won’t be cheap to implement. According to a report to Council from Human Resources Rashid Hasan, the City will pay $127,800 in MSP premiums of its employees covered under a collective agreement each for year in 2018 and 2019. For 2019, it is estimated employer health tax of 1.95% will cost the City $396,566 in addition to the estimated MSP premiums of $127,800 – a total cost of $524,366 and a 4.44% increase in the tax rate. In 2020, MSP premiums will be phased out, and the employer health tax is estimated to cost $406,480.75 – a 3.44% increase in the tax rate compared to the rate set for the 2018 budget. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Mayor Lori Ackerman proclaimed May to be MS Awareness Month at Monday’s City Council meeting.Sherri Mytopher, who serves as a board member with the MS Society of Canada’s Northern Regional Chapter, gave a brief presentation about the struggles of her and 100,000 other Canadians who live with Multiple Sclerosis every day. According to Mytopher, Canada has one of the highest incidents of MS among developed nations. The MS Society will also be hosting an MS Walk in Fort St. John on Sunday, May 27th at Centennial Park.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Two people are in police custody after allegedly leading police on a pursuit near Grande Prairie yesterday.On Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at approximately 11:00 a.m., RCMP were called to a report of a suspicious man whose vehicle was stuck in a ditch near the community of Webster.The caller reported the man was behaving erratically and left on foot with a female passenger. A 35-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl were arrested and remain in police custody.Police say that charges are pending and an update will be provided when more information is available. Witnesses then saw the suspects flee the area on a quad. Police attempted to intercept the quad but were unsuccessful.Police say they learned that the truck in the ditch was previously stolen, while the quad was reported stolen soon after police encountered the suspects.Moments later, a third report of a stolen truck was relayed to police.Police quickly located the vehicle and repeatedly attempted to arrest the suspects, one of police learned was a dangerous offender.The suspects continued to evade police and RCMP enlisted air support and members of the Emergency Response Team in Edmonton, along with officers from the Spirit River and Dawson Creek detachments.The vehicle was located from the air and collided with two police vehicles before coming to a stop near Bonanza.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has given an update on its geotechnical survey of the Old Fort landslide, which has grown to 8 million cubic metres in size.Ministry spokesperson Lisanne Bowness said that the main slide that began on September 30th and was previously estimated at 5 million cubic metres has now grown to around 7 million cubic metres.Another slide that is developing to the west of the main slide is approximately 1 million cubic meters, bringing the grand total of material that has moved in the past 12 days to approximately 8 million cubic metres. To put that into perspective, it took BC Hydro’s Site C main civil works contractor nearly three years to remove the same amount of material from the north bank of the Peace River Valley to stabilize that slope.By comparison, the 2014 mudslide that killed 43 people in Snohomish County, Washington was around 10 million cubic metres, while the largest landslide in Canadian history saw over 48 million cubic metres of rock race down the slopes of Mount Meager near Pemberton in 2010.In an email, Bowness said that alternate routes to access the community are currently being explored, and the ministry has mobilized road construction equipment to the area and is currently on standby.She added that while the equipment is ready to go, geotechnical engineers say that it is currently not safe to start construction on any of the options.The Peace River Regional District is providing frequent updates about the landslide situation on its website and Facebook page, and the Ministry said that it is advising residents to check there for further details on the evacuation order and on Emergency Social Services that are being offered.
Kolkata: A polling personnel in South Dinajpur was found hanging at his home on Tuesday morning. His family members claimed that he committed suicide because he was tensed due to poll-related violence.According to sources, Babulal Murmu of Buniadpur in South Dinajpur was selected as a polling personnel for the third phase of Lok Sabha elections. He was kept on reserve, which means in case of any polling personnel gets ill or removed, Murmu will be replaced by him. Murmu, a teacher by profession reportedly expressed his fear over the election duty as incidents of violence were being reported from several areas. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn Monday night, he went to the Dispersal-Cum-Reception Centre (DCRC) from where other polling personnel were issued Electronic Voting Machines and other poll related documents. Later, he went back home without informing DCRC officials. On Tuesday morning, his wife found him hanging from ceiling. Immediately police were informed. His wife and other family members claimed that Murmu was nervous seeing the violence during the polls and had expressed his fear. He committed suicide as he was afraid to take part in election duty. During a press conference at the Chief Election Commissioner’s office, Additional Director General, Law and Order, Sidh Nath Gupta narrated the incident and said that Murmu went home without any intimation.
Colombo: Nine suicide bombers, including a woman, were involved in the massive Easter Sunday bombings and 60 people have been arrested so far for their suspected links to Sri Lanka’s worst terror attack that killed at least 359 people, a top police officer said Wednesday. Suicide bombers, believed to be members of local Islamist extremist group, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardena said the multiple bomb attacks were carried out not by the National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ) but by its splinter group. Sri Lanka’s government had earlier blamed the blasts on the NTJ. Wijewardena told reporters that the members of the group had differences and the final attack was carried out by a group that left the main NTJ. The Islamic State terror group has claimed the attack, although it did not provide direct evidence of its involvement. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Wijewardena said there was no evidence at present whether the splinter group had any foreign connections. Out of the nine suicide bombers, eight have been identified by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said. The ninth bomber was confirmed as the wife of one of the suicide bombers, he said. He said the death toll has jumped to 359 on Wednesday, up from a previous count of 321 people. Nearly 500 people have been injured in the attack. Ten Indian nationals have been confirmed dead. Sixty people have been arrested for possible links to the multiple attacks carried out on Easter Sunday. Of them, 32 are in custody with the CID. All of those arrested are of Sri Lankan nationality, Gunasekara said. State defense minister Wijewardene said the majority of Sunday’s suicide bombers were from well-heeled families. They were also well-educated, including at least university graduate who had studied abroad. “Most of them are well-educated, and come from maybe middle- or upper-middle-class. So they are financially quite independent and their families are quite stable financially,” he said. Wijewardene said, “We believe that one of the suicide bombers studied in the UK and maybe later on did his post-graduate in Australia, before coming back to settle in Sri Lanka.” The number of foreign nationals who have been identified as killed is 34. Additionally, 14 foreign nationals are unaccounted for at present, and could be among the unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary, officials said. Sixteen foreign nationals injured in the attacks are receiving treatment at the Colombo National Hospital and private hospitals in Colombo while others have been treated and discharged. An attack on a fourth hotel on Sunday was foiled, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Tuesday. He also warned that more militants and explosives could still be “out there” following the attack. The country remains tense with police still looking for suspects and possible further explosives. But Wickremesinghe said the attacks “could not have been done just locally”. “There had been training given and a coordination which we are not seeing earlier,” he said. A state of emergency remains in effect to prevent further attacks. The emergency powers allow the security forces to crackdown in law and order breaches by sudden searches of property, arrests and detention of people indefinitely. Speaking in parliament the former commander of the Army, Field Martial Sarath Fonseka said removing the police chief Pujith Jayasundera was not answer to the security lapse which had led to the attacks. The government had demanded Jayasundera’s resignation. President Maithripala Sirisena in an address to the nation on Tuesday said that he would effect a shuffle in the security establishment within 24 hours. It was expected that he would call for the resignation of Jayasundera.
New Delhi: Irked over non-cooperation of embattled realtor Unitech Ltd in the forensic audit, the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered withdrawal of all the facilities given to its promoters, Sanjay Chandra and his brother Ajay Chandra, who are in Tihar jail for allegedly siphoning off home buyers’ money.The top court said the Chandra brothers should be treated like ordinary prisoners as per the prison manual of Tihar jail here where they have been lodged since 2017. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIn 2017, the apex court had directed the jail authorities to facilitate Chandras’ meeting with their company officials and lawyers so that they are able to arrange the money for refunding home buyers as well as for completing the ongoing housing projects. It had also said that visit to the jail should be made within the normal visiting hours as per the rules and Chandras’ counsel could go there to meet him. On Thursday, after the forensic auditors told the court that Unitech has not cooperated with them, the top court said it is left with no other option but to order CBI investigation in the affairs of Unitech. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadA bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah did not order CBI probe in express terms, but said that it would like to have assistance of Attorney General K K Venugopal on the issue on next date of hearing. The court said it would also like to hear from the Attorney General on whether the government can take over the management of Unitech Group and its subsidiaries to protect the interest of home buyers. It said the court would also like to have assistance of the Attorney General on the point whether government would like to complete the stalled projects of Unitech with the help of central construction agencies to provide relief to home buyers, who have invested their hard earned money. During the hearing, the forensic auditors told the bench that officials of Unitech were not cooperating in the investigation or providing details and data of transactions which could enable them to track the diversion of home buyers money to other projects. Advocate Pawan Shree Agrawal, who was appointed as amicus curiae in the matter, told the court that Gurgaon municipal corporation has initiated auction proceedings for selling a property worth hundred of crores of rupees of Unitech. The bench then said that it was staying the auction proceedings for now till the disposal of petition pending before it. The apex court had on January 23, refused to grant bail to Chandra brothers. It said they have not complied with the October 30, 2017 order which asked them to deposit Rs 750 crore with the apex court registry by December 31, 2017. The court had directed the trial court which is seized of the criminal case against the Unitech promoters to proceed expeditiously in the trial. Chandras have sought bail on the ground that they were complying with the apex court order and have deposited over 400 crore till now. On December 7, 2018, the apex court has directed forensic audit of Unitech Ltd and its sister concerns and subsidiaries by Samir Paranjpe, Partner, Forensic & Investigation Services in M/s Grant Thornton India.