Grand Marshal For Pasadena Doo Dah Announced

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe More Cool Stuff Juli Crockett. Photo credit Juli CrockettThe Pasadena Doo Dah Parade has selected renaissance woman, Juli Crockett, to lead this year’s 38th Occasional Parade. Consider the fact she’s a singer, songwriter, playwright, theater director, undefeated professional boxer and amateur champion, and leader of an alt-country/Americana genre-defying band and you’ll get the picture. Don’t forget to add Doctor of Philosophy in Media and Communications to her resume. Doo Dah organizers say “Juli is a fierce and brilliant artist who embodies the spirit of our event!”Before turning pro, Juli was a Blue and Gold National boxing champion. Writer Jerry Boyd (aka F.X. Toole) became convinced she was the real-life incarnation of Maggie Fitzgerald, the character he turned into a “Million Dollar Baby,” which in turn swept four Academy Awards under the film direction of Clint Eastwood.As a playwright/director, Crockett is best known for her adaptations of classic works of literature and philosophy. Her work has been presented on multiple stages across the country, including the REDCAT in Los Angeles. She has also directed her own production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, one of the most prestigious art festivals in the world.Her music career centers on writing songs and performing with The Evangenitals, who have produced four albums and frequently tour the U.S. This month, Juli performed in Pasadena with folk music legend Jim Kweskin, who has shared stages with Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and the Doors, among other iconic figures. True to her eclectic spirit, Juli will be directing and performing in Some Cars at the MorYork space in the NELA arts district this coming Thursday through Sunday.Juli Crockett joins Doo Dah’s recently crowned Queen Veronika MeowMeowz at the 38th Pasadena Doo Dah Parade on Sunday, November 22nd, stepping off at 11:00 a.m. in East Pasadena. Known as the twisted sister of the conventional Rose Parade, the Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade began as a grassroots event in 1978 to gain national attention for its eccentric and, often, irreverent satire. The parade which has spawned numerous off-beat replicants across the country and was named by Readers Digest as “America’s Best Parade,” and was recently featured in the book 50 Places You Must Visit Before You Die. To recount the fascinating and confusing history of Pasadena Doo Dah Parade since 1978, please visit Pasadena Doo Dah’s website’s Archives page.The 38th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will be held on Sunday, November 22nd, stepping off at 11:00 a.m. at Colorado Boulevard (between Altadena and San Gabriel Boulevards) in East Pasadena. Always free-of-charge! Call the Public Info Line at (626) 590-7596 for more information.Plenty of street parking is available ~ Parade route is also just west of the Sierra Madre Villa Gold Line Station (at Colorado Blvd. and Sierra Madre Villa). City busses go directly to the area. Call Lyft or a cab.Come early! Bring a lawn chair! Visit the local eateries, popular food trucks along the parade route, and buy a new Doo Dah t-shirt. Stick around for the after parties all within close walking distance.Entry Forms and further information to be found on the EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Business Newscenter_img People Grand Marshal For Pasadena Doo Dah Announced Doo Dah Parade Dubs Playwright/Director, Musician and “Million Dollar Baby” as its Grand Marshal From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | 11:20 am Community News HerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Marine Energy Wales Releases State of Sector Report

first_imgMarine Energy Wales has released a new report at its annual conference, revealing that £96.2 million has been invested into the Welsh economy.The new ‘State of the Sector’ report outlines findings from a survey carried out by the Welsh industry body, and provides an update on a previous report published in 2017, outlining developments taking place in Welsh waters.The report covers wave, tidal stream and tidal range sectors across Wales and demonstrates that marine energy is fast becoming a dynamic and exciting part of the Welsh economy.The report finds that there has been an increase of £27.9 million worth of investment in Wales over the last 2 years, a £50.8 million increase since 2015. The sector is playing a vital role in attracting inward investment for Wales, and is spurring low carbon, economic growth in coastal regions across the country.There are currently 16 marine energy developers actively progressing projects in Wales and strategic developments are taking place across the country to ensure that infrastructure, testing and demonstration facilities are in place to support the sector.Wales has the potential to establish an early mover advantage in an export market worth an estimated £76 billion by 2050, exporting marine energy technologies, skills, knowledge and intellectual property across the globe. The Welsh supply chain has the capability and ambition to deliver marine energy projects, and the sector is providing diversification opportunities to encourage supply chain resilience, Marine Energy Wales wrote.First Minister, Mark Drakeford, said: “Wales’ natural resources place us in a unique position to harness the significant potential of marine energy. This report clearly demonstrates how the sector is already bringing wide-ranging economic and environmental benefits.“I’m pleased Welsh Government support has resulted in international inward investment for marine energy projects, ensuring sustainable economic opportunities in coastal areas of Wales.“Wales has the potential to achieve even more and I am frustrated at the missed opportunities caused by the UK Government’s wilful disinterest in the development of marine energy projects in Wales. We continue to press it to rethink its energy policy to allow Wales to provide the mix of renewable energy required to benefit our communities.”David Jones, project director of Marine Energy Wales added: “This report clearly demonstrates the positive impacts marine energy is having in Wales, particularly in coastal regions such as Anglesey and Pembrokeshire that are most in need of economic regeneration. It is pleasing to see that Wales is playing an important role in keeping the UK at the forefront of this global low carbon innovative sector.”last_img read more

Young Engineer Award: A look at the nominees

first_imgThe event offers not only a culinary dinner and live entertainment, but also celebrates the successes within the industry by presenting three awards. The nominees were recently announced. These are the nominees for the Young Engineer Award.Jesper Elzinga, Van OordElzinga actively strives to introduce environmental and sustainability initiatives within the offshore energy sector. Elzinga was a core member in the development of ideas for oyster rehabilitation in the North Sea which was executed at Luchterduinen and currently being developed for Borssele 5.To protect marine fauna from the potential impacts of windfarm installation Elzinga also spends a significant amount his resources in assessing and mitigating the underwater sound produced constructing upcoming offshore wind projects. In doing so, Elzinga aims to make use of the cutting-edge models and innovate noise mitigations strategies which are developed within Van Oord/ with partners.He was actively involved in the Luchterduinen pilot through which native flat oysters were re-introduced to the North Sea. Now involved in the upscaling of these processes for Borssele 5 in a quest to make further use of offshore wind parks as ecological rehabilitation hubs.Elzinga was also stationed offshore to execute the first full-scale field testing of an underwater noise mitigation system which aims to better protect marine fauna. He was involved in all the different stages of the project (design, testing, implementation and up to end of execution). Elzinga now actively shares the knowledge gained throughout the offshore energy industry.Tom Ashley, Royal IHCAshley was involved in the design of the first Loading Arm system, which was a complex multi-disciplinary technical challenge. He had to develop innovative engineering solutions while leading a team of varying skills and experience.He has filled many functions at Royal IHC, from Lead Design Engineer to the primary on-site Mechanical Engineering support and the Royal IHC engineering lead.During the J-Lay system installation and commissioning Ashley took pride in the support provided to the construction team. The time pressure had to be balanced with maintaining safety and design integrity. Ashley aims to complete any job to specification, on budget and in time and on developing his team to deliver results and grow as engineers.Travis Anthony, ShellAnthony played a crucial role in the development of the water intake riser (WIR) for Prelude FLNG. The WIR is a large, novel and highly complex bundle of steel pipes providing 50,000 m3/hr of cooling water to the FLNG from 150m water depth.He developed the flexible connection between the WIR and FLNG together with Technip and Trelleborg. He pushed the engineering capacities of both contractors to the limit, and sometimes beyond.A key achievement is when analyses became too complex, Anthony proposed to perform tests. He led these tests performed by Trelleborg and demonstrated that the connection works for Prelude. Anthony was rewarded for his excellent engineering work on the WIR and became Shell’s only representative at the construction yard in France.His main tasks were to ensure safety and quality on site, which he performed outstanding. He raised quality issues early, intervened on safety aspects and improved the safety culture on site. A key intervention by Anthony was the observation of a weld at the wrong location having detrimental effect on the fatigue life of the structure. The mistake was corrected and the WIR was successfully delivered to Prelude FLNG, where it was safely installed ahead of schedule. On October 7, the Offshore Energy Opening Gala Dinner and Awards show will be taking place at the Amsterdome in Amsterdam. Let’s take a closer look at the nominees for the Young Engineer Award.last_img read more

Bantam Reps sweep series from Spokane

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsColton Dachwitz had three points to lead the short-handed Nelson Bantam Reps to a 6-1 victory over Spokane during minor hockey action Friday at the Civic Centre Arena.Nelson made it two straight Saturday over the visiting Lilac City squad posting a 6-3 win.Friday, Nelson led 2-1 after one frame before exploding for three goals in the second period.Brandon Sookro, with two goals and Sawyer Hunt, converting a penalty shot, also scored for the Reps.”We had two Bantam affiliate players, Liam Butterfield and Cole Sutherland, play with us in light of the fact that we had several sick or injured players,” said Nelson coach Jeff Hunt, pleased with the play of the two call ups.Saturday, Sookro led the Nelson charge with a pair of goals. Nelson once again broke open a close game with a three-goal explosion in the third period.Dashwitz and Sam Weber also scored for Nelson.
Adam Maida was outstanding between the pipes, registering wins in both games. Brayden Pompu, Nelson’s other goalie, missed the weekend due to injury.The Reps are back on the ice this weekend with a pair of games, Friday, 6 p.m. at the NDCC Arena, and Saturday 11 a.m. in the Civic Centre, against rival [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgFESTIVE DERBY DAY ACTIVITIES AT SANTA ANITASanta Anita will host the “Biggest Derby Party West of Kentucky,” the KROQ Kentucky Derby Beer Festival, in the track’s spacious Infield Area on Saturday.In addition to the Run for the Roses from, Santa Anita will offer fans a full card of live Thoroughbred action, with first post time at 12 noon. Admission to the KROQ Beer Festival starts at 12 noon. Approximate post time for the Kentucky Derby is 3:40 p.m. PDT.            Santa Anita in partnership with KROQ will offer a Kentucky Derby Trackside Package that includes Club House admission, a drink voucher (must be 21 or over), a racing program and tip sheet, access to Trackside and reserved Grandstand seating areas and an American Pharoah Tote Bag.            For more information on the Derby Day KROQ Beer Festival or to purchase tickets online, please visit BEHOLDER ‘STRETCHES HER LEGS’ FOR 2016 DEBUTNYQUIST GETS DERBY NOD FROM TRAINER SHERLOCKD’AMATO SEEKS FAST START IN SANTA ANITA STAKESBARRY ABRAMS ‘SUSPENDS CAREER’ DUE TO HEALTHUNBEATEN CHAMPION SONGBIRD BACK ON THE TRACKFREE SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR FANS AT SANTA ANITA SHERLOCK FANCIES NYQUIST IN KENTUCKY DERBYGary Sherlock, trainer of California Chrome Stakes winner Uncle Lino, has seen the best of Exaggerator, having been beaten by the Santa Anita Derby winner twice. Not so for Nyquist, the undefeated male two-year-old champion of 2015 who is favored to win Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Nyquist and Uncle Lino, both sons of Uncle Mo, have never raced against each other.That could change should Nyquist run in the May 21 Preakness, a race Sherlock has ticketed for Uncle Lino.But all that speculative data didn’t prevent Sherlock from having an opinion on the 142nd Run for the Roses, which fans can watch and wager on at Santa Anita.“I think Nyquist is the best horse,” Sherlock said. “He’s an athlete and so far he’s done nothing wrong. If he doesn’t win, then I think it’s wide open. Exaggerator freaked in the mud (winning the Santa Anita Derby by 6 ¼ lengths on a sloppy track), and also, the pace was ridiculous (45.20, 1:10, 1:36.20 with a final time of 1:49.60 for a mile and an eighth).“We set it up for him by osmosis. Danzing Candy went too fast and I went too fast. I took the lead from Danzing Candy but Exaggerator just ran by us.”Sherlock concedes that Nyquist has a more favorable style for the mile and a quarter Derby, while Exaggerator, although in attendance to the pace in the Delta Jackpot and the San Vicente, has run his best coming from behind.“Exaggerator has to come from out of it, as do several others,” Sherlock said, “so I’m looking for a mid-pack horse that’s going to get the trip and lay fourth or fifth.” HEALTHY SONGBIRD ‘HAPPY TO BE BACK’             Undefeated female two-year-old champion of 2015 Songbird is back doing her thing after a fever forced her to miss Friday’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.“She was back on the track Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday,” said Dan Ward, assistant o Jerry Hollendorfer.“Each horse is different in dealing with a fever,” Ward said. “She got over it in quick fashion. There was nothing abnormal. Her blood was always good, so it was easy to get over.“She’s just happy to be back in training.” BEHOLDER DRILLS FOR ADORATION STAKES ON SUNDAY            Three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder blew out three furlongs Wednesday morning in 37.60 as she prepares for her 2016 debut at age six in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/16 miles.“It was just to stretch her legs,” trainer Richard Mandella said by phone from Kentucky Wednesday morning. “She’s had her serious works. We’re excited to have her back.”Beholder worked a mile in company Friday under Janeen Painter in 1:40 flat, with fractions of 26, 38.60, 51, 1:28.40. Stablemate Atypique got a seven furlong time of 1:29.40.Painter was also up for Wednesday’s blowout.Among those expected to face Beholder in the Adoration is Sheer Pleasure, a California-bred daughter of Birdonthewire who won the restricted Dream of Summer Stakes last out on March 27 for Little Red Feather Racing or RM Racing.“We’ve gotten her ready little by little,” said Rudy Cruz, assistant to Phil D’Amato, who, like Mandella, was in Kentucky Wednesday. “She’s better than she’s ever been, so we have to give Beholder a try. It’s the first time back for Beholder (since last Sept. 26), so if we’re ever going to get her, this is the time.” SANTA ANITA OFFERS FREE SHUTTLE SERVICESanta Anita will offer complimentary shuttle service every racing day during the Spring Meet that runs through July 10.The operating times will be from 12 noon to 8 p.m.  Regular first post time during the spring is 2 p.m.On Kentucky Derby Day Saturday with a first post of 12 noon, two shuttles will be available from 7a.m. to 8 p.m.On Sunday, May 8, Mother’s Day, the shuttle service will be available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Service will be offered from the Metro Arcadia train station to the Infield Admission Gates, Club House Admission Gates, and the South Battery.The shuttle will be picking up/dropping off every 25 minutes from all locations (subject to traffic delays). FINISH LINES: For Thursday’s second and fifth races on turf, the rail will be set at 20 feet, while it will be set at zero for the eighth race on grass . . . Owner Arnold Zetcher reports that 2015 Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line is scheduled to have his first breeze next week since running in last May’s Preakness . . . Santa Anita offers a $300,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool every weekend during the Summer Meet, and a $500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 6 every Saturday and Sunday. D’AMATO BACK IN ACTION AT SANTA ANITAPhil D’Amato, who won his first-ever training title by finishing with a flourish to take Santa Anita’s Winter Meet crown, 41-34, over Doug O’Neill, hopes to continue his winning ways with Havanna Belle and Fanticola in Thursday’s opening day feature, the $200,000, Grade II Royal Heroine Stakes at a mile on turf, and Cape Wolfe in Friday’s Grade III American Stakes.Havanna Belle, an Irish-bred daughter of Teofilo, won the Astra Stakes at a mile and a half on a “good’ course Jan. 17, and captured an overnight race in hand by 6 ½ lengths April 7.Fanticola, a committed front runner in races at a mile or longer, was third in the Grade III Las Cienegas at about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf closing day of the Winter Meet, AprilThe six-year-old mare won the Royal Heroine last year.Cape Wolfe, an English-bred gelding, was second in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf April 2, his best finish in three U.S. starts.The field for the Royal Heroine: Her Emmynency, Tyler Baze, 6-1; Smoove It, Fernando Perez, 15-1; Nancy From Nairobi, Abel Lezcano, 6-1; Prize Exhibit, Santiago Gonzalez, 12-1; La Berma, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; Elektrum, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; Keri Belle, Alex Solis, 15-1; Living The Life, Martin Garcia, 15-1; Sharla Rae, Tiago Pereira, 15-1; Havanna Belle, Flavien Part, 5-1; Glory, Mike Smith, 8-1; Fasnacloich, Brice Blanc, 15-1; Faufiler, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; and Fanticola, Joe Talamo, 8-1.The field for the American, race six of nine with a first post time of 2 p.m.: Si Sage, Santiago Gonzalez, 12-1; Southern Freedom, Martin Garcia, 8-1; Little Curlin, Martin Pedroza, 8-1; Ohio, Brice Blanc, 3-1; Patentar, Alonso Quinonez, 12-1; Cape Wolfe, Edwin Maldonado, 3-1; Producer, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Twentytwentyvision, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; and Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 12-1. CANCER VICTIM BARRY ABRAMS SOLDIERS ONLike Ted Cruz a day earlier, Barry Abrams has suspended his campaign.The 62-year-old trainer has turned in his license and is taking a leave of absence due to health problems.“I might go back to training, I might not. At this point, I’m officially not training any horses,” said Abrams, who has battled cancer for the past 11 years.Wednesday morning, back at his usual table at Clockers’ Corner, Abrams was barely audible as he explained his dire circumstances, resulting from inoperable throat cancer that first surfaced in 2005.“I had to turn in my license,” Abrams said. “Otherwise I can’t run horses that I own, even though I only own pieces of horses now. I turned over my four horses to Tim Yakteen.”Abrams also is minority owner of the remarkable 26-year-old stallion Unusual Heat, who stands for $20,000 at the Harris Ranch in Coalinga.Surgery in 2005 cost Abrams half of his voice box. He has no taste buds, can’t swallow, uses a feeding tube, can’t eat, and can’t run. “I’m just happy to be alive,” he said.“After my initial throat cancer, six years later cancer came back on my jugular and carotid arteries, and I had to go through surgery with only a 10 percent chance of survival. No doctor wanted to touch me, because one wrong move operating on the jugular and it’s over.“I found one brave cancer surgeon, Dr. Poomima Rao of Huntington Memorial Hospital, who agreed to perform the surgery. After a five-hour operation, she was able to scrape the cancer off the carotid and jugular. I then had to undergo chemo and radiation in the throat area twice a day for 40 days.“It was a miracle that I survived.”Abrams, who started as a groom in 1971 and began training in 1975, has been to hell and back. Right now, hell has the upper hand.It is difficult to understand Abrams, even when a listener puts his ear close to his lips. “I can’t communicate to my owners,” Abrams said, “but I’ll be back. The horses will be here forever but it’s not fair to my owners when I can’t communicate. It’s hard to train when you can’t yell at the jockeys or your help.“I’ll be at Santa Anita every morning until I’m dead. Right now, I’m just worried about waking up every morning.”last_img read more

Yes, We Can

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img After Henry Ford perfected the automobile assembly line, U.S. industry experienced several decades of explosive growth. Although industrial expansion was interrupted for a decade during the 1930s, it roared back during the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. Historians have proposed several explanations for these decades of growing productivity, including the country’s high rate of immigration and access to cheap energy and natural resources.Another possible factor is especially intriguing: Our large farming population produced several generations of skilled tinkerers who excelled at mechanical innovation. According to this theory, rural American teenagers in the 20s, ’30s, and ’40s spent hours in the barn tinkering with tractors, hay balers, and wind generators. These farm mechanics could make and fix just about anything using a variety of parts from broken-down equipment and the local dump. Many of these self-taught tinkerers later became engineers and industrial innovators.“Our industry will be crippled”The decades of increasing U.S. productivity might be called the “Can Do” era. Sometime around 1970, however, the tide shifted. At the risk of oversimplification, it’s tempting to say that U.S. industry made a transition to a new era — the “It’s Impossible” era.Among the leaders of the “it’s impossible” camp are U.S. automakers. For decades, automakers sent an army of lobbyists to testify before Congress that auto safety, efficiency, and clean-air mandates would cripple the industry and make cars unaffordable. Among the innovations that these lobbyists resisted were mandatory airbags, catalytic converters, and improved gas- mileage standards.Once Congress finally got the courage to increase safety, mileage, and clean-air standards, guess what happened? The cost of the innovations quickly dropped.Appliance manufacturers imitated automakers by hiring lobbyists who claimed that proposed refrigerator-efficiency standards were burdensome and unaffordable. Once new efficiency standards were enacted, however, manufacturers… last_img read more


first_imgThe Annual NSW Blues Dinner was held on Saturday 22 July 2007 at the Bankstown Sports Club with over 230 people attending the State Awards night.New South Wales Touch Association celebrated their 35th Anniversary in style with the gala evening attended by 235 guests who gathered to play homage to the efforts of affiliates, administrators, volunteers, technical personnel, and representative teams, coaches, referees and players from across the State.Multiple Olympic, Commonwealth, and World Championship Medallist Elka Graham, and the founding fathers of the New South Wales Touch Association Bob Dyke and Ray Vawdon were on hand with dignitaries from Touch Football Australia and the New South Wales Touch Association and its affiliates to share in the night of celebration.Highlights included the awarding of Life membership to Mark “Bus” Boland, the induction of 13 members into the Inaugural NSWTA Hall of Fame, the presentation of Blues awards to 14 worthy volunteer recipients, a special presentation to outgoing Southern Suns boss Rod Wise, and presentations to outstanding achievers across several categories. New Parkes Touch Association President Alan Gersbach was nearly lost for words when NSWTA Vice President Aileen May announced his affiliate as the 2006 NSWTA Affiliate of the Year at the Gala event.He later commenting he wanted to cry but didn’t know if he should! He paid tribute to his predecessor Chris Martin for all his drive and effort. “This will be an enormous thing out our way, its incredible I can’t explain what this means to us and it really is a testament to Chris for his tireless efforts over the years,” Gersbach said.Parkes has been a prime mover in affiliate development in 2006 and thoroughly deserved the prestigious award.The Southern Suns were named Region of the Year. Wade Jenkins was named Coach of the Year, with Dave Baggio from Wagga being named Referee of the Year. Annette Thomas Schumacher of Jerrabomberra collected the Administrator of the Year, an award she shared jointly with John Ryan of Eastern Suburbs.Nicole “Serro” Beck form Wollongong won the Female Junior Player of the Year, and the gifted Maurice Kennedy collected the Male Junior Player of the Year.2007 Australian Open World Cup heroes Jason Stanton (Male) and Louise “Squeeze” Winchester capped outstanding years by claiming the Player of the Year in the open category.The incredible Elka Graham, proved she was just a big a star out of the water as in it, by delighting the crowd with her down to earth and engaging speech on her life and the dedication it took to be successful in the punishing world of swimming.Her interaction with the audience and humour left a lasting impression with many in attendance. Many in the crowd were impressed with her professional, yet approachable attitude and demeanor. For the majority of delegates, she was not only the hit of the night, but of the whole State Conference.When Mark Boland accepted his Life Membership and spoke the audience reaction was a true measure of the respect that the Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame member is held in. He took time to thank both his mother and father, noting that Michael (father) was at the dinner, and whilst he knew that his parents were proud of his efforts, he was equally proud of them. Mark made special mention of his wife Kerry and her role in his success and gratitude to her for allowing him the time he needed to achieve high-level goals in the sport.Another highlight of the showcase evening was the induction of 13 of the state’s all time great players to the Inaugural NSWTA Hall of Fame. The names were a virtual who’s who of the sport’s history, with all leaving an indelible impression on the game at all levels of endeavour.Those inducted were:Karen SmithLisa NealRay LawrenceRon WallMark BolandMick McCallKatrina Toohey (nee Maher)Dean RussellStacey GregoryStephen PikeOwen LanePaula VassalloAndy YiangouThe night also recognised the work and efforts of the Volunteers with the announcement of the 2006 Blues Awards.14 recipients from different arms of the sport were recognised.Les Bouveng’s acceptance caused many a tear to flow and summed up what it means to many volunteers to be involved in the sport and receive a small token of all of thanks.ROD WISE TRIBUTEThe NSWTA farewelled long serving volunteer and Southern Suns Regional Director, Rod Wise, with a fitting tribute at the Blues Dinner and 35th Anniversary. “Wisey” as he is affectionately known received accolades from both John Howard, President of the NSWTA and Dean Russell, the General Manager, for his commitment both to the sport and the Southern Suns. Both officials made mention of his honest approach to debate and counsel and the legacy he has built and left, not only for the Southern Suns over the last 25 years, but also for the NSWTA and the sport in general.The NSWTA paid homage to Rod Wise with a moving video tribute to the strains of John Williamson’s True Blue, and with the presentation of framed NSW and Country shirts, as well as announcing that the prestigious Volunteer of the Year award will be known as the Rod Wise Medal.Luke McKenzie picked up the Inaugural Rod Wise Medal for the prestigious Volunteer of the Year.Rod himself made a stirring speech following a three-minute standing ovation where he took time to remember all the friendships that he had made over the years, the joy he has gained from the sport, and the journey he has taken. He also delighted the crowd with his thanks to his wife Janelle for all of her support and finally agreed with her he `may’ have been a little obsessed over the years.For a full wrap from the evening visit the NSW Touch website.last_img

a month agoJuventus defender De Ligt: I can’t split Van Dijk and Ronaldo

first_imgJuventus defender De Ligt: I can’t split Van Dijk and Ronaldoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus defender Matthijs de Ligt says Holland teammate Virgil van Dijk deserves his individual success.The Liverpool defender ultimately lost out to Barcelona star Lionel Messi for FIFA’s The Best gong.De Ligt told TMW: “It is a great honour to be here. “I was fortunate to have played with both Van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo, but frankly I can’t choose between the two.” While De Ligt attended the awards last night, Ronaldo stayed at home. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

13 days agoJuventus demand Mandzukic fee from Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus demand Mandzukic fee from Man Utdby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have told Manchester United they must cough up a fee for Marko Mandzukic.The Daily Express says United will have to spend £10million if they want to sign Mandzukic from Juventus in the January transfer window but the player has reached a verbal agreement with the Red Devils.Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Croatian star Mandzukic to beef up his misfiring front line.He failed with a summer move for the former Bayern Munich star who will be 34 next May but is understood to have now reached a verbal agreement.Juve want to offload Mandzukic who has has been told that he won’t be featuring in Maurizio Sarri’s plans for the season.He has rejected a lucrative move to Qatar and has been offered the chance to play in the MLS with LAFC but still feels that he can play at the highest level in Europe. last_img read more