Williams, Savory and Jeffrey doing Guyana proud at Sommerville Series in the USA

first_imgLOCAL cyclists Andrew Hicks, Geron Williams, Scott Savory and Raynauth Jeffrey kept the Golden Arrowhead fluttering in the United States of America (USA). They placed among the top finishers in the Sommerville Series as well as the Bound Brook Cycling Classic and I Wilol Foundation Tuesday Night Series.According to reports from the USA, United We Stand cyclist Andrew Hicks placed third at the Bound Brook Criterium which forms part of the Tour of Sommerville Series, while Scott Savory, representing CRCA/Lupus Racing Team, won a bronze medal in the Men’s Open Prom Category ½ of the Bound Brook Cycling Classic that was held in Bound Brook, New Jersey, on May 27.Team Coco’s Hamza Eastman finished sixth while his teammate Stephano Husbands placed 14th, Paul DeNobrega of Team Evolution was 48th, Horrace Burrowes finished 51st, Paul Burrowes 57th and Shaqueel Agard 58th. There were 91 starters but only 74 completed the course.Savory also placed second in another Category 1/2/3 Circuit race on May 9, Eastman finished seventh and Paul Burrowes ended 20th of the 53 starters.On May 29, Husbands had to settle for 38th in a category 2/3 event that attracted 114 starters, while Enzo Matthews of Continental Cycle Club finished 54th. Christopher Holder of Team Evolution did not finish the race.In the Pro Category 1 event that was held on the same day, Geron Williams (Team Foundation/Continental Cycle Club) placed 19th, while Raynauth Jeffrey (Team Pharmaca Deepsouth) placed 39th. Savory, DeNobrega and Paul Burrowes did not finish that race as a result of an accident.Savory suffered injuries that resulted in his being admitted to hospital but on his facebook page, he explained what occurred during the race and thanked all those persons who have been supporting him.Savory explained, “Wednesday was a tough day, senseless crash in the straight with six laps to go. I can’t remember much other than seeing a guy literally two wheels ahead go sideways. I had no room to escape and went down hard. Got hit by a few guys and couldn’t feel much in my back and hip. I’m pretty banged up. After a few X-rays, cat scans, the doctors said I fractured three of my lumbar vertebrae.”“Walking and all else is difficult and it sucks to think this may be the end of the season and timing couldn’t be worse; but honestly nothing mattered as for about eight hours I was just worried about any spinal injuries. Happy not to be having surgery and that it wasn’t worse.“To all the other cyclists who crashed, speedy recovery also! I’ll hopefully be back sooner rather than later! Have fun for me in the meantime guys!” Savory said.last_img read more

Woman banned from Disney after attacking driver over a cigarette

first_imgA 53-year-old Florida woman has been banned from Disney for life after she reportedly attacked a cab driver who denied her a cigarette while she was at the resort.Ellen McMillion of Brandon, Florida was arrested Thursday of last week, just outside of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.According to the report, McMillion asked the taxi driver for a cigarette and when he said he did not have one, she began slapping the driver. A deputy witnessed the incident and intervened, however, McMillion began kicking him.Deputies also reported that McMillion was slurring her words, and they detected a strong odor of alcohol. She has since been arrested and is facing charges of battery on an officer and disorderly intoxication. As of Monday, McMillion did not have legal representation despite records showing she requested a public defender.last_img read more

GIANT EASTER EGG HUNT PLANNED FOR SANTA ANITA INFIELD AREA ON SUNDAY, MARCH 27; SAN GABRIEL VALLEY’S BIGGEST “HUNT” TO OFFER 10,000 CANDY-FILLED EGGS TO YOUNGSTERS

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 19, 2016)–Santa Anita Park will play host to the San Gabriel Valley’s largest Easter Egg Hunt, with 10,000 candy-filled “eggs” earmarked for distribution in the track’s spacious Infield Area on Easter Sunday, March 27.Parking is free via Santa Anita’s Gate 6, off of Colorado Place and will be available to kids ranging in age from one year to 11 years. Three different age groups will be individually served; with toddlers aged one to three years in Group One, kids four to six years in Group Two, and kids seven to 11 years of age in Group Three.Easter Egg Hunt times are as follows:–12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.–3:30 p.m.In addition to Easter Egg Hunts, families can have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny and may also enjoy Santa Anita’s regular Family Fun Activities, including Pony Rides, Face Painting, Bounce Houses and Carnival Games. (The Family Fun Zone is offered every Sunday, free of charge, in Santa Anita’s Infield).Admission and parking to the Infield Area is free each weekend. There is a two dollar “per hunt” charge for each child on March 27.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-6384.last_img read more

VANITY MILE STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY JUNE 4, 2016

first_imgGARY STEVENS, BEHOLDER, WINNER: “It changes every time. If someone told me before the race that we would go in twenty five for the first quarter I would say ‘no way.’ I thought we would go in sub twenty three, forty five and change for the second and I thought the final time would be under 1:34. Twenty five is legit, forty nine is legit, but I think that’s the fastest last three eighths I’ve ever run in my life and she was lovin’ every minute of it.“She’s like family to me. I don’t spend as much time with her as Richard does and everyone at the barn but she’s very special to me. She’s the best thing I ever have ridden, or I ever will ride. I’m blessed to be on her back.”             NOTES: Winning owner B. Wayne Hughes resides in Lexington, Ky. There was a minus place pool of $4,650.95, and a minus show pool of $160,051.41. Of the total show pool – $854,497, $791,272 was bet on Beholder. TRAINER QUOTES “I almost wondered if it was a mistake when I saw 25. I didn’t think you could do that. But you’ve seen her work. She’ll work really slow if we want, and she’ll work fast if we want. She’s really turned into a professional.”  B. WAYNE HUGHES, BEHOLDER, WINNER: “I’m glad Richard took my advice; to win. This means a lot to us.“It was a very nice effort and I’m glad the pressure is off. Every time everyone expects your horse to win, I think it adds pressure. No real unbelievable news will happen, unless you lose.“I’ve had a lot of great horses, but not like this. I don’t think this will ever happen to me again. I just heard Gary say she’s the best horse he’s ever ridden and she might well be. She’s definitely the best horse I’ve ever owned; maybe the best horse anyone has ever owned.“I’ll consider bringing her back at seven only if she’s perfect. She’s better this year than she was last year. She’s bigger, stronger and faster. They put the girth on her and she’s bigger and she loves it so who am I to interfere with her having a good time.“I thought the pace was going to be blazing hot at the beginning and it wasn’t and I don’t know exactly why. Once I saw that she was positioned, I wasn’t worried. She’s a difficult horse to beat.“If the boys show up, I’ll take on the boys again.“Mainly it’s the Breeders’ Cup in November as the main goal. The Pacific Classic is our intention right now but I don’t know the dates of everything, I’m just happy with her winning a race. Even though I take credit for it, Richard makes all the decisions.” RICHARD MANDELLA, BEHOLDER, WINNER: “Just another great effort. She continues to amaze us all. There was a time when we didn’t think she’d go long. She seems to adjust to what we’re doing. I’m lucky to experience something that very few people in history have – to have a great horse this long. Good horses come along, and there are a few great ones, but to be great and stay great, it really is special. There’s something very special about her.” JOCKEY QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, STELLAR WIND, SECOND: “She ran an awesome race. I expected her to run well, but not as well as she did today. This one will prove big for the next one. I’m excited for her. She came back better than before. She had a little more focus in the race, and everything went right today.”last_img read more

Ba snubs QPR and waits on Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal – report

first_imgDemba Ba has snubbed an £80,000-a-week offer from QPR, according to The Sun.It is claimed the Newcastle striker rejected a move to Loftus Road because he knows Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham want to sign him.The Sun also report that R’s defender Jose Bosingwa has been hit with a £100,000 fine after refusing to be a substitute against Fulham.Frank Lampard is ready to become David Beckham’s replacement at Los Angeles Galaxy, according to the Daily Mirror.The MLS outfit are one of several clubs to have been linked with Lampard, whose Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season.Chelsea will reportedly not offer him a new deal or allow him to leave in January – apparently ruling out a move to QPR for the 34-year-old and leaving him on course for a summer switch to the States.With Beckham leaving the Galaxy, Lampard could take advantage of the ‘designated player’ rule and not be subject to the MLS salary cap.This page is regularly updated. YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The Factor Economists Neglected in their Models: Integrity

first_imgIs economics a science?  It’s on that borderland that has many things in common with the sciences; it is highly law-governed (law of supply and demand, for instance); it uses mathematical models; it uses experimental methods; it develops theories.  Granted for the time being that it is a kind of science (albeit a “soft science” or “social science”), some economists are recognizing that they have been failing to include an important factor in their models – morality.  PhysOrg mentioned that factor in a surprising headline today: “Researcher considers the role of morality in modern economic theory.”  The first paragraph elaborated with an even stronger word –The worldwide financial crisis in 2008, which led to what many in the United States now call the “Great Recession,” has caused researchers to rethink traditional economic theories of financial markets and the corporate world.  Even renowned financial theorist Michael Jensen, whose widely cited work has laid the foundation for the broad use of stock options as an executive compensation tool, has called on his fellow researchers to incorporate “integrity” into their economic models.The economists are not just taking a moralizing stance here, as if they need to preach to stockholders and traders, telling them they had better play fair.  No – they are realizing that partakers of contracts and financial arrangements really do have moral sensibilities that affect their behaviors.    The article highlights the theories of Douglas Stevens, an associate professor of accounting at Florida State University, who has for years incorporated morality into his models.  Now, inspired by Jensen’s call, he has co-authored a peer-reviewed paper in Accounting, Organizations and Society called “A Moral Solution to the Moral Hazard Problem.”  When did you ever hear the phrase “Moral Solution” in a peer-reviewed paper?    Stevens has incorporated a radical new idea in his thesis.  It’s not enough, he says, to attract a principal (like an employee or contract partner) with financial incentives.  Previous models have neglected moral content.  They focused on more and riskier incentives – some of which led to the financial collapse of 2008.  Instead, Stevens broke with the traditional “principal-agent” model of incentives, which assumed a moral sensitivity of zero, and factored in the moral sensitivities of the agents.  “Thus, their model answers Jensen’s call to incorporate integrity into economic theory,” the article said; “This is significant because principal-agent theory, the most mathematically formal economic theory of the firm, has previously been closed to moral content.”    The new model explains things that the old model found baffling – like why people often do more than incentives provide:“We know from simple observation that the traditional principal-agent model is not fully descriptive of real-world behavior,” Stevens said.  “A majority of people are paid a fixed salary in their jobs and yet provide sufficient effort for their pay.  This is particularly true in professions and nonprofit firms where the financial incentives required by the traditional model are difficult if not impossible to arrange.  The traditional principal-agent model can’t explain this behavior.  Our model, however, demonstrates that a principal can pay a morally sensitive agent a fixed salary that is increasing in the productivity of the agent’s effort.”    Their model also demonstrates the value of moral sensitivity to the firm and society.    “Our model suggests that moral sensitivity increases the efficiency of principal-agent relationships within the firm – which makes more of these relationships possible – and allows the agent to receive a fixed salary that is increasing in his or her productivity or skill,” Stevens said.  “Thus, moral sensitivity increases the general welfare of society by decreasing unemployment and increasing the productivity and pay of those who are employed.  This explains the emphasis placed on moral training within the firm and society at large.  This also provides a warning against letting moral sensitivity diminish.”Who would have thought that morality is a factor in reducing unemployment, as well as increasing productivity – regardless of incentives?  That is actually a principle taught in the Bible – that work should be done “as unto the Lord,” not with “eye-service” just to please men (Colossians 3:23, Ephesians 6:5-6).  The renowned “Protestant work ethic” taught individuals to believe that a job well done has intrinsic value, regardless of incentives or compensation.    In closing, the article (actually a press release from Florida State University), emphasized the importance of professional ethics training as, if you will, a “moral” of the story.  “Every financial crisis and scandal is a wake-up call – for both practitioners and academics,” Stevens said.  “Hopefully, we won’t waste yet another financial crisis.”Where does ethics come from?  To find the source, don’t walk across campus to the science lab, where the Dawk is telling impressionable frosh that they are evolved slimeballs.  Don’t go to the auditorium where Shermer is telling them intelligent design is a myth and a pseudoscience, and we must use Reason, but he can’t for the life of him tell us a reason why.  Don’t walk over to the Humanities, where the profs want to divide everybody into groups of the aggrieved who want to hold placards with upraised fists dripping in blood and chant, with foaming mouths, “End the Hate!”  Don’t go to the Astronomy department, where they say universes just happen from time to time, and ours is just one of an infinity that popped into existence out of a quantum fluctuation, and is on the way to a heat death.  Don’t go to the music department where they tell you hip-hop is the equivalent of Bach.  Don’t go to the History department, where the profs have no idea why functionally modern humans spent 800,000 years grunting in caves, then decided in the blink of an eye to build cities, ships, trade, agriculture, writing, economics, warfare, manufacturing, mathematics, law, religion, morality and philosophy.    No, to find morality, use your head.  You have a conscience.  Where did that come from?  It didn’t evolve.  You know innately that certain things are good and certain things are evil.  Good and evil refer to eternal standards.  Conscience, in a sense, is a law of nature.  Paul, a “scientist” of that inner law, explained, “For when the Gentiles [i.e., non-Jews] who do not have the law [the Jewish Scriptures], by nature do what the law requires [i.e., knowing that murder, theft and adultery are wrong], they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.  They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them….” (Romans 2:14-15).  We all know that is true by experience.  Steal something, and even if you get away with it and nobody knows about it but you, the proverbial devil and angel on your shoulders start having their argument in your ears.  People have moral sensibilities, and economic theorists have been amiss to ignore those factors in their models.  By treating people as mere Pavlovian dogs responding only to incentives, they have been missing out on how the real world operates.  Could that have led to bad forecasts that blindsided the world to one of the worst financial collapses in modern times?  Well, it’s about time to add the words morality and integrity back into economics theory – for practical reasons if for nothing else.    To find integrity, leave the campus, cross the street, and go into that building with the steeple.  There you will get to the source.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1).  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets. ((Matthew 22:34-40).    It’s nice to see that some economists are finding out that integrity matters.  The other sciences could use some integrity training.  There was a short-lived call for integrity in Science and Nature after the Hwang scandal in 2006 (02/05/2006).  Not much happened.  It was followed by shameless arrogance in Darwinist response to the movie Expelled in 2008, and then a half-hearted admission of fallibility after Climategate in late 2009.    This month there was a rare mention of the I-word in Science Daily that showed that the IQ (Integrity Quotient) in science needs improvement: “Ethics Experts Call for Refocus of Scientific Review to Ensure Integrity of Research Process.”  The article began, “In a paper published this week in the journal Science, experts caution that important ethical issues in the testing of new therapies like stem cells may not be receiving the attention they deserve.”  So here we are, four years after the Hwang scandal; has no improvement been made?  McGill University ethicist Jonathan Kimmerman, co-author of a study on how clinical trials are designed, said, “What is often overlooked is that allowing studies of poor scientific quality to proceed potentially undermines the entire scientific enterprise, because they undermine trust, consume scarce research resources, and weaken incentives for medical scientists to perform the best research they can.”    Scientists apparently don’t have the innate incentives to make progress on their own, so we may have to provide incentives for them.  Do your duty; take a scientist to church.  Tell him it’s an experience that’s out of this world, or it will bring true riches, or tell them it’s a science project – whatever incentive appeals to his or her maturity level.  Take someone who needs it, like the Dawk.  He’s already admitted that he prefers living in a Christian society instead of one that acts out Darwinian principles, so he is already inconsistent and needs to learn integrity.  If he kicks and screams, give him a pacifier so he doesn’t disrupt the hymn.  You may have to use childish incentives on him until he gains the maturity to exercise his conscience, but real progress will only be possible when he can explain and defend the source and ultimate reference of integrity.  That, of course, will only be the beginning of knowledge, but getting on the right path is a victory.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Tools Are Amplifiers

first_imgWhy do the fundamentals of good selling come before social tools and social selling? Because the new tools are amplifiers. They amplify what you already are.If you’re a pitch machine, always pushing how wonderful your product, your service, or your solution is, the new tools will amplify the fact that you are all about you. It takes something negative and amplifies it, making it even more negative than it already is.If you lack the business acumen and situational knowledge necessary to helping your prospective clients produce the results they need, the new tools amplify your lack of ability. The social tools make this lacking louder and more visible.The last thing you need is a toolkit that amplifies what prevents you from succeeding in sales.But if you do have the ability to share information that helps your prospective clients better understand their needs, better understand their options, and make better buying decisions, the tools amplify your ability to create value. The tools allow you to broadcast your strengths.If you have already the possess the business acumen, the insights, and the situational knowledge to really know how to help other people improve their results, the tools amplify what is one of your greatest attributes, broadcasting it wider and further than would otherwise be possible.Make sure you know what it is you are amplifying. Know that the tools that amplify only make louder and more visible what you already are. Don’t believe they’re a substitute for becoming what you must become to succeed. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Punjab CM announces ₹100 cr for relief measures in flood-hit areas

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on August 19 announced ₹100 crore for emergency relief and rehabilitation measures in flood-hit areas of the State. He also announced that as soon as the water level recedes, a special ‘girdawari’ (crop loss assessment) would be conducted to ensure adequate compensation for the affected farmers. The Chief Minister made the announcements during a tour of the flood-affected areas of Rupnagar district to access the damage due to torrential rains in the past 72 hours.Mr. Singh also met with the people who suffered damage to their properties due to the flooding.He was accompanied by his chief principal secretary Suresh Kumar, Cabinet minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Anandpur Sahib MP and former Union minister Manish Tewari, among others. A flood-like situation prevailed in many parts of Punjab and Haryana after heavy rains over the past few days. While the Meteorological department said no heavy rainfall was reported in most parts of Punjab and Haryana on August 19 morning, the two States had received heavy rains during the past three days.last_img read more

Talking Horses: Hoping that fiery tearaway Yorkhill follows Gold trail

first_img Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn All is set fair for a proper burn-up, so what we want is something that can cruise along behind and then pick up the pieces when those three have done each other in. I’m looking at you, Red Invader (3.15), not least because you’ve won on your last two trips to Lingfield and have now dropped back to the same mark you had for the most recent of those. The 12-1 looks pretty good. I also like the 3-1 about Kyllachy Gala (1.35), a Marco Botti production who has yet to win since joining him from Italy last winter. His best effort was his only previous attempt over this course and distance, back in January, when he was beaten a head off a mark 9lb higher than the one he has today. I saw renewed promise in his Wolverhampton effort last time, when he stayed on into fourth after trouble in running on only his second start after being gelded. This might be where we see the best of him. The meeting Wolverhampton was cancelled just before 10.30am. The track is raceable, but other areas of the course were too icy to allow racing to go ahead.Tips for all Monday races Lingfield 11.30 Mother Of Dragons 12.00 Wild Flower 12.30 Chip Or Pellet 1.00 Pretty Bubbles 1.35 Kyllachy Gala 2.10 Alsvinder 2.45 Little Boy Blue 3.15 Red Invader (nb) Wolverhampton ABANDONED (parts of course frozen)Ayr ABANDONED (frozen) Share via Email Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Talking Horses Share on Twitter Read more Topics The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Support The Guardian Cheltenham Gold Cup Horse racing tips Share on Facebook features Horse racing Cue Card may head for restaged Peterborough rather than King George Willie Mullins Now, there is no excuse for getting carried away with what Mullins has to say about long-term targets. He doesn’t make decisions until he has to and reserves the right to change his mind at the last minute, as we are all aware. I’m certainly not going to place any actual bets on the strength of this latest scrap of news. But I’ll take it as encouraging news that the trainer is facing in the right direction and is not seriously thinking about returning his hot-headed chestnut to hurdles. This wimpish course of action was being touted as a live possibility after Yorkhill got himself beat at Fairyhouse in April but that right-handed track was all against him. Just keep him turning left and he can still be a world-beater over fences. Even on a left-handed track, he’s still a bit of a loon, of course. He’s a tearaway whose talent is hard to contain. Can you imagine if him and Might Bite both ended up in the Gold Cup? We’d need an equine psychiatrist on the panel at every Festival preview night. I’m worrying again, looking at his form and noticing how Mullins hasn’t once tried him at three miles. It’s only a couple of years since I was wishing this same trainer would tilt at the Gold Cup with another of his JLT winners but that didn’t end particularly well. On the other hand, Yorkhill’s pedigree is rather more suggestive of stamina than was Vautour’s. Yorkhill is by Presenting (sire of Denman, War Of Attrition and On His Own) and out of a half-sister to The Listener. Really, it’s amazing he’s done what he has at distances short of three miles. To business. The betting market for the last at Lingfield is all about Entertaining Ben and Don’t Blame Me, having seemingly failed to notice that both are front-runners who might detonate each others’ chances with a pace battle. Let’s add Shackled N Drawn into that mix, since he can take a fierce hold and now wears blinkers for the first time. Today’s best bets, by Chris CookThose of us who want to see Yorkhill in a Gold Cup got some encouragement from an Irish Times piece yesterday, predicting he may make his return to action at Leopardstown over Christmas in the race formerly known as the Lexus (or the Ericsson if you go back a bit further). “Leopardstown at Christmas looks a good possibility,” Willie Mullins was quoted as saying. Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY

first_imgTouch is without a doubt one of the most family friendly sports. You can play mixed, you can play with your friends and you can even play with your kids. But this isn’t only restricted to the players of our great game. Today, at the 2005 Seniors National Touch League, Sharon and Garry `Bear’ Foster got to run out onto field four not only as fellow referees but as husband and wife. Sharon, a former player, got involved in the refereeing side of Touch when she met Garry in a bank. “He saw me in the bank, you could say he stalked me,” laughed Sharon. And as they say…the rest is history, they will be married for 18 years on Monday. They’re used to spending their wedding anniversary in Coffs Harbour at the NTL as they have for the last six years. Their kids Lachlan, 15 and Larissa, 11 don’t share their parent’s passion for refereeing however. “They hate it,” said Sharon simply. “Probably from spending so many years at Touch, you could say they were Touch orphans,” said Garry. The Foster’s enjoyed the chance to referee together at this year’s NTL as Garry is a level four and Sharon is a level 6 referee so it’s not something they get to do often. “It was good today, I enjoyed it, I made him look good,” teased Sharon. No doubt their experience and passion will encourage the other referees at the 2005 NTL and will continue to help with their growth and development for many years to come. By Lisa Plummerlast_img