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The Graduates – Nathan Norford

first_imgIn the fourth edition of The Graduates, austouch.com.au caught up with former Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) player, Nathan Norford, who played for the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones at the 2010 X-Blades National Youth Championships. After two years playing for QSST, Nathan Norford’s final National Youth Championships was a chance to play for his permit, North Queensland, for the first time at the NYC level.And it turned out to be an impressive performance from the Tropical Cyclones 18’s Boys team, making it to the semi finals of the event. Norford hopes that his experience and leadership at this year’s NYC helps the side for years to come and hopes he can continue to help the side in other roles in the future. “Further down the track I’d love to coach these boys and mentor them. I’ve got my little brother playing in the side and he played really well and all the young boys, it’s a good chance for them to play on a bigger stage,” he said. Norford had his chance to play against QSST on day one of the NYC, and says that he was ‘a bit nervous’ but enjoyed playing against his former team.  “We played them early in the tournament, we came out and matched them for close to 10 to 15 minutes and then Queensland kept their same intensity and we couldn’t match it for the whole game I guess,” Norford said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever played for Cyclones, everyone likes to play for their region. At the same time, you’ve got a little bit of rivalry between the New South Wales and the Queensland teams. It’s a little bit of pressure on yourself to stand up to that.”Norford has plenty of fond memories of his time at the National Youth Championships over the past three years and says that he is ‘pretty disappointed’ that it has all come to an end, but knows there is plenty to look forward to in the future. “You always love coming away to these championships, and it’s a good way to test out your ability but there’s still 20’s and there’s still Open’s, so there’s a lot to look forward to.”“Probably the biggest thing I enjoy about Youth Champs is playing a good standard of Touch. Week in, week out we probably don’t get that as much in Townsville or North Queensland compared to the southern areas. (I also enjoy) meeting new people, seeing some many people, and you’re all here for the same passion.”last_img read more

Kentucky Basketball: Photo: Andrew Harrison Skies For A Dunk To Dispel The Notion That He “Lacks Athleticism”

first_imgKentucky's Andrew Harrison throws down a one handed dunk.IG/drewroc5Coming out of high school, Aaron and Andrew Harrison were known as physical, athletic guards who could dominate most of the competition at the college level. Many analysts don’t believe the twins will have the same advantages as they head to the NBA. Draft Express‘ Andrew Harrison profile says his “athleticism doesn’t leap off the page, as he lacks great quickness or explosiveness.” Apparently Harrison is taking the critique pretty seriously, and he took to Instagram to try to change that reputation. We’re not sure if this will shake up any perceptions about Harrison as an athlete, but it looks like he has pretty impressive ups. Draft Express currently has Harrison going No. 32 to the Houston Rockets.last_img

Commissioner of Mines Says Resilience Planning Necessary

first_img Speaking at a workshop on hazard resilience at the Mines and Geology Department, Hope Gardens, St. Andrew, on July 23, Mr. Williams said these approaches should be undertaken proactively. “Our challenge is to clearly mark the path that leads to the goal of reducing the impacts of hazardous events on our society and economy by enhancing the resilience of buildings and infrastructure systems in our communities. To do this, it is necessary to shift our thinking from the old way – designing and operating buildings and infrastructure as independent systems – to a new way as an integrated system,” he said. Commissioner of Mines, Leighton Williams, says resilience planning and integration are critical components to reducing the impact of hazardous events on the society and the economy. Story Highlights Commissioner of Mines, Leighton Williams, says resilience planning and integration are critical components to reducing the impact of hazardous events on the society and the economy.Speaking at a workshop on hazard resilience at the Mines and Geology Department, Hope Gardens, St. Andrew, on July 23, Mr. Williams said these approaches should be undertaken proactively.“Our challenge is to clearly mark the path that leads to the goal of reducing the impacts of hazardous events on our society and economy by enhancing the resilience of buildings and infrastructure systems in our communities. To do this, it is necessary to shift our thinking from the old way – designing and operating buildings and infrastructure as independent systems – to a new way as an integrated system,” he said.He added that resilience planning should be interwoven in a community’s social and economic systems, since they are supported by the physical infrastructure and the vital services it enables.“Providing communities with guidance to avoid disastrous consequences can make a tremendously positive difference. Helping communities to make hazard resilience an integral part of their long-term planning and development is an incredible two-for-one deal,” he said.Mr. Williams said these will not only increase resilience to disruptive events and reduce their enormous toll on people and the economy [but] it will also make communities better places to live and more desirable locations for business and industry.He pointed out that communities need actionable information and guidance to support their decision-making and their investments in resilience.“With reliable information, methods and tools, communities can assess their strengths and their vulnerabilities. They can identify their blind spots and they can develop an integrated view of what resilience looks like, so that all the key players will be involved in helping to make it a reality,” he said.In his remarks, Programme Leader, Natural Hazard Management, University of Chester, Dr. Servel Miller, said resilience to natural disasters refers to the ability to protect and save lives while reducing vulnerabilities to changes, particularly as it relates to climate change.The workshop was organised in partnership with the University of Chester and sought to bring together decision makers, community planners, policymakers and experts in making communities more hazard-resilient.last_img read more

Air Canada union files human rights complaint over flight attendant treatment

first_imgTORONTO – The union representing Air Canada flight attendants says it has filed a human rights complaint alleging “systemic discrimination and harassment” of its members.The Canadian Union of Public Employees says the airline’s policies on uniforms and makeup are discriminatory towards female flight attendants on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and race.It adds the company’s new onboard service managers, who perform in-flight assessments of flight attendants, have made sexist, racist and homophobic remarks and have engaged in “inappropriate behaviour” towards flight attendants of both sexes.The union that represents 8,500 flight attendants at Air Canada and Rouge is turning to the Canadian Human Rights Commission because the employer has failed to deal with members’ complaints, says CUPE section vice-president Beth Mahan.It is asking the commission to order a review of Air Canada policies and eliminate the onboard service managers program.A spokeswoman for Air Canada says that it has policies related to grooming and presentation, which she says is the standard for major international carriers.But she says that because the matter is before the human rights tribunal, the company won’t comment further.Last month, WestJet Airlines Ltd. filed an appeal after the Supreme Court of British Columbia refused to throw out a proposed class-action lawsuit that accuses the company of fostering a corporate culture that tolerates harassment against female employees.Former flight attendant Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination, accusing her former employer of breaking its promise to provide a harassment-free workplace for women.Companies in this story include: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)last_img read more

Fed Chair Powell highlights importance of independent Fed

first_imgWASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says the Fed’s independence from political pressure plays a key role in enabling the central bank to fight inflation, stabilize the economy, and regulate the financial system.His remarks Friday come after Kevin Warsh, a former Fed official who President Donald Trump interviewed for the chairman post, said in an interview with Politico that Trump did not appear to view the Fed as an independent body. He said Trump was direct about how he thought interest rates should be managed.Powell warned against taking that independence for granted given its recent success in keeping inflation low.Powell warned, “We must not forget the lessons of the past, when a lack of central bank independence led to episodes of runaway inflation and subsequent economic contractions.”last_img read more

Fraser Institute report argues most minimum wage earners arent low income

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – As Alberta prepares to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour on Monday, October 1, a Fraser Institute study is criticizing the move. The report argues 92 per cent of minimum wage earners in the province do not live in low income households. Senior Policy Analyst Steve Lafleur said the province needs to target more specific anti-poverty measures, instead of putting these blanket policies in place.“You’ll create winners and losers by doing this, so, there will be some people who instead of making $13.60 an hour will make $15 and that’s great for them. The challenge is there are some people who might not get hired at all, because an employer might not be able to pay the extra little bit,” he said. Lafleur said there are likely some people not getting enough help, and others who are that don’t need it as much. The Fraser Institute based its 92 per cent figure off Statistics Canada’s low-income cut-offs: anyone making below these amounts of money is considered to dedicate larger shares of income to food, clothing and housing than the average family. In 2016, in a place with the population of Calgary, a family of four would have to live off less than $39,092 a year to fall under the cut-off. The Alberta government based the hike on the idea of a living wage: an estimate of what workers need to earn to cover the actual costs of living in a specific community.Some organizations say it still falls short and should actually be $18 an hour, or more. In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford has pressed pause on a planned minimum wage hike to $15 an hour and plans to hold more consultations.last_img read more

Geoscience BC releases report on the effects of melting permafrost

first_img“Permafrost thaw ultimately results in drying of wetlands in this region. Understanding the water balance in this region of B.C. is critical to making decisions about water management by communities and industry. This research provides unbiased earth science information to inform responsible natural resource management in this fragile, changing landscape.”Geoscience B.C. funded the Cold Regions Research Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, as part of the Consortium for Permafrost Ecosystems in Transition.For more information, you can visit Geoscience B.C.’s website. This is when once frozen or trapped water in isolated wetlands begins to drain away.William L. Quinton, Director of Wilfred Laurier University’s Cold Regions Research Centre, says this thawing of permafrost will change the ecosystem.“Northeastern BC is the front lines of permafrost thaw. It is a place where permafrost thaw means permafrost disappears, and the ecosystems that were supported by permafrost change.”Quinton also says these changes to the ecosystem also brings changes to the way water moves and is stored in the landscape.“Permafrost-induced changes to ecosystems and land-covers bring about changes in the way that water moves and is stored on the landscape. We have found that permafrost can impound water like a dam, so when permafrost thaws, the landscape upslope can start to drain and generate runoff which can raise the flow in streams and rivers.”Carlos Salas, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer for GeoScience B.C., says permafrost thawing will lead to the drying of wetlands and says this research provides information to better manage the fragile landscape in a responsible way. VANCOUVER, B.C. – Geoscience B.C. has released a new report that shows the effects melting permafrost has on the landscape and hydrology.The research within this report examined how thawing permafrost affects the hydrology and land cover of sensitive environments.In the report, the findings show that Northeastern B.C. is to experience what is called ‘Thaw-induced land-cover change’.last_img read more

Congress fields Urmila in Mumbai TV anchor Supriya Shrinate in UP

first_imgMumbai/ New Delhi: Bollywood actor Urmila Matondkar, who joined the Congress this week, is the latest Bollywood figure fielded by the party from the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency, a BJP stronghold. Matondkar is pitted against BJP MP Gopal Shetty, who defeated former Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll.The Congress also changed its candidate in Uttar Pradesh’s Maharajganj by now fielding Supriya Shrinate in place of Tanushree Tripathi, the daughter of jailed politician Amarmani Tripathi, after facing widespread criticism. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsMatondkar, who has appeared in popular Hindi films like “Rangeela” and “Satya” and in the critically-acclaimed “Masoom” as a child artiste, will make her electoral debut with the April 29 poll in that constituency. In the past, the Congress had fielded Bollywood actor Govinda from the Mumbai North seat, which he won. According to sources in the Congress, the party was looking for a known face to take on Shetty, perceived as being a strong candidate. The search ended with Matondkar, the source added. “Some celebrities recently got associated with the party. Matondkar happens to be the most popular name among them,” the source said. BJP leader Ram Naik, currently the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, had represented the constituency between 1989 and 1999.last_img read more

India sees little scope for Jet Airways revival say sources

first_imgNEW DELHI: India’s government sees little hope of a bidder emerging for debt-laden Jet Airways Ltd, two senior finance ministry officials said, even as thousands of employees plead with the government for a rescue. Parties that had initially expressed interest in Jet, which is saddled with roughly $1.2 billion of debt, have so far failed to make firm bids to bail it out, increasing the odds that it could soon face bankruptcy proceedings. “There is little scope in the revival of Jet,” said one official, adding that if a bidder emerged, the government was still willing to return slots to the private airline which have temporarily been given to rivals. A second senior finance ministry official said it was only a matter of time before someone dragged Jet to the National Company Law Tribunal – India’s bankruptcy court – for recovery of dues from Jet. It will most likely be one of Jet’s creditors and not its lenders that do so, said both the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. Unions have been pleading with the government to ensure the airline is rescued. Last week, in a letter to the prime minister seen by Reuters, its pilots union urged the government to intervene and speed up the bid process for the airline and stop the deregistration of its aircraft by its lessors. Jet had a fleet of more than 120 aircraft but more than half have been deregistered and repossessed by lessors. India’s aviation authorities have also been temporarily farming out Jet’s slots to rival carriers as airfares have soared in the wake of Jet’s shutdown. Rival low-cost carriers have also been scooping up aircraft that were formerly operated by Jet from its lessors, and poaching hundreds of its pilots, cabin crew and other staffers. The airline halted operations on April 17 after its lenders refused to provide further funds to keep it afloat. Once India’s largest private carrier, it had more than 16,000 employees and flights to dozens of international destinations. State Bank of India (SBI) said last month that it expected bidders to submit binding bids by April 30, and to complete the sale process this month. However, bankers involved in the process told Reuters last week that no binding bids had emerged. “The banks have been advised to wait for the formation of the next government … before taking any decision on Jet’s fate,” the official told Reuters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently seeking re-election. His government has come under fire from critics and opposition parties for rising unemployment. Despite this, senior government officials have opposed any bailout package for the airline arguing it would increase pressure to support other failed private companies. The government is satisfied with the handling of the Jet crisis by banks and other institutions as it has thus far not become a major election issue, the second ministry official said. Jet’s borrowings are small compared to those of other big defaulters such as Videocon and some steel companies, so lenders likely can wait for some more time before commencing bankruptcy proceedings, the official said. An official at ICICI Bank, which has to recover over 5.4 billion rupees ($78.17 million) from Jet, said the bank sees little chance of any recovery without the government coming up with a rescue plan. “We largely think our money in Jet is gone,” he said.last_img read more