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first_img¿Es enviado de EUA a Portugal o pro-cónsul del Imperio? El embajador Robert Sherman, hablando en Radio Renascença de Portugal hace una semana advirtió a los portugueses que EUA estaba “preocupado” por el nuevo gobierno. Preguntó si el gobierno de centro-izquierda portugués se mantendría leal a la OTAN y cumpliría con las crecientes demandas de la alianza.Si el imperialismo EUA dice que está “preocupado”, es una amenaza. Eso hace que sea importante examinar lo que ha estado sucediendo en Portugal.Durante los últimos cuatro años, mientras un gobierno de centro-derecha estaba recortando pensiones, eliminando la atención médica y disminuyendo la educación, la economía estaba estancada. Hubo una tasa de un 14 por ciento de desempleo oficial en marzo y una tasa de desempleo real – que teniendo en cuenta la emigración y los trabajos de tiempo parcial – era más como un 29 por ciento. (Algarve News, 26 de marzo)Estas condiciones llevaron a un fiasco electoral para la coalición derechista. En las elecciones del 4 de octubre, la coalición de centro-derecha perdió el 12 por ciento de los votos y 25 escaños. Ahora esta coalición derechista, odiada por las/os trabajadores, no podrá formar una mayoría.El Partido Socialista (PS) tuvo algunos logros, pero con 86 puestos no tenía lo suficiente para una mayoría. El Bloque de Izquierda (BE), cuyo programa y estructura es similar al de Syriza en Grecia, es decir, izquierda socialdemócrata, duplicó sus votos y ganó 19 escaños. La alianza del Partido Comunista Portugués–Verdes, llamada CDU, ganó un poco y obtuvo 16 escaños. Si los tres se ponen de acuerdo sobre una coalición, podrían garantizar una mayoría estable en la Asamblea Nacional (AN) .En las semanas siguientes a la elección, el derechista Presidente Cavaco da Silva, estaba violando la Constitución. Se negó a invitar al PS para tratar de formar un gobierno haciendo algún tipo de acuerdo con el PCP y BE. En vez, trató de mantener al antiguo régimen en el poder. Finalmente, el PCP hizo una moción para rechazar el gobierno derechista minoritario. El 10 de noviembre, esta moción ganó en la AN, mientras miles de trabajadoras/es se manifestaban movilizados por la federación sindical CGP-IN.El PCP y BE están apoyando al gobierno PS desde afuera. No van a participar como ministros. Según el acuerdo, el PS no atacará la clase obrera, y la coalición intentará revertir algunas medidas de austeridad impuestas anteriormente. El BE y PCP, quienes se oponen a la OTAN, no harán de esta oposición una condición para permanecer en la coalición.No hay que hacerse ilusiones sobre el PS. Este partido nació en el período revolucionario de 1974-1975 nutrido por EUA y el imperialismo alemán con el fin de sacar al PCP. Desde los 40 años transcurridos desde ese período, el PS ha alternado en el poder con los dos principales partidos de derecha, y últimamente también ha impuesto austeridad.Hasta el momento, la única victoria de las/os trabajadores es que derrocaron el gobierno de centro-derecha. Es poco probable que la coalición PS-BE-PCP, aunque permanezcan unidos en la AN, podrá obtener logros para las/os trabajadores a través de la vía parlamentaria. Es posible, sin embargo, que los partidos de izquierda utilicen su presencia en la AN para movilizar la lucha de clases en las bases de las masas populares en las calles, fábricas y recintos universitarios.De 1974 a 1978, el embajador estadounidense Frank Carlucci actuó exactamente como un pro-cónsul del Imperio. Amenazó con intervención militar por la OTAN desde el Atlántico, maniobró con los elementos de derecha que quedaban en el Ejército y con el PS. Su objetivo era evitar una revolución obrera y mantener al PCP fuera del gobierno.Por eso es un recordatorio para todas/os nosotros cuando el marxista odiario.info advierte en un editorial que Sherman está “imitando” a Carlucci. Washington está amenazando nuevamente la soberanía de Portugal. El movimiento obrero aquí tiene que estar listo para protestar y detener esta intervención.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_img October 27, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Woman journalist transferred from house arrest to prison Organisation CubaAmericas News May 6, 2020 Find out more to go further New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News News Receive email alerts RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Help by sharing this information Lamasiel Gutiérrez Romero, a journalist who had been under house arrest since August, has been transferred to prison because she continued her journalistic activities in defiance of a court order, the independent Nueva Prensa Cubana agency reported on 24 October.The report, which has been confirmed by the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), said Gutiérrez was incarcerated in the Mantonegro women’s penitentiary in Havana province on 11 October. She is the Nueva Prensa Cubana correspondent on the Isle of Youth, where she lives.Gutiérrez, who was sentenced on 9 August to seven months of house arrest for “resisting the authorities and civil disobedience,” joins the 23 other journalists currently imprisoned in Cuba.____________________________________________________10.08.05 – Journalist sentenced to seven months of “house arrest”Reporters Without Borders today condemned the Cuban government’s latest attempt to silence an independent journalist after Lamasiel Gutiérrez Romero of the Nueva Prensa Cubana news agency was sentenced yesterday to seven months of “house arrest” for “resisting the authorities and civil disobedience.” The charges brought against her were just a way of disguising their political motivation, the organisation said.For the duration of her sentence, Gutiérrez will be unable to work as an independent journalist and will need special permission from the police every time she wants to leave the western Isle of Youth where she lives. Any breach of these conditions will result in her going to prison. Gutiérrez also fears she may be sent to a state work centre for “reeducation.” She intends to hire a lawyer in order to appeal.________________________________________________________09.08.05 – Isle of Youth journalist faces trial on trumped-up chargesReporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today on learning that independent journalist Lamasiel Gutiérrez Romero of the Nueva Prensa Cubana news agency is to be tried tomorrow for civil disobedience and resisting the authorities before a municipal court in Nueva Gerona, on the western Isle of Youth.”The Cuban government is once again trying to gag journalists who dare to say the truth about its dictatorial practices,” the press freedom organisation said. “After Gutiérrez’s sinister experience on 14 July, no one should be fooled by the trumped-up charge of civil disobedience.”Reporters Without Borders learned about Gutiérrez’s trial when she contacted the organisation today. The charges relate to the events of 14 July, when she was detained arbitrarily for seven hours by three state security agents. She was hit and she offered some resistence when the agents began to photograph and film her and take her fingerprints. When she refused on 14 July to sign a charge sheet, the police officer who will be the main prosecution witness at her trial, Eliaves Hernández, said: “It does not matter, you will be tried all the same.”While detained, Gutiérrez received a visit from the head of the intelligence services, who told that, as he could not try her for political reasons, he would find any other pretext for bringing her to trial.When Gutiérrez tried to find a lawyer, the state legal aid lawyer on duty that day told her that, since the main prosecution witness was a member of the National Revolutionary Police, she had no chance of finding a lawyer to defend her and that there would be no point anyway.Gutiérrez faces a sentence ranging from a fine to one or two years of house arrest. “If I get house arrest, I will not be able to continue my journalistic activities, as my hands will be completely tied,” she told Reporters Without Borders. RSF_en October 15, 2020 Find out more CubaAmericas Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Follow the news on Cuba News Lamasiel Gutiérrez Romero of the Nueva Prensa Cubana agency, who had been under house arrest since 9 August, was transferred to prison on 11 October for continuing to work as a journalist. Her transfer bring the number of journalists imprisoned in Cuba to 24. October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgTechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! NewsCommunityChildren’s Grief Centre Limerick named as National Lottery Good Cause of the YearBy Staff Reporter – November 5, 2018 1625 TAGSawardCommunityLimerick City and CountyNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Print Linkedin Twitter Facebookcenter_img The Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick was announced as the National Lottery Good Cause of the Year 2018 at a glittering Awards ceremony in Dublin. Minister for Arts, Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltachtis Josepha Madigan (3rd from left) is pictured here at the presentation with from left: Ita Hannon; Sister Helen Culhane, Director of the Centre; Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive of the National Lottery; Theresa Kavanagh; Helen McEnerney and Anne English. Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyAn inspiring Limerick charity which supports children who suffer loss from bereavement, divorce or separation has been named the National Lottery Good Cause of the Year 2018.The Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick scooped the overall National Lottery Good Causes Award 2018 and the Youth Category at a gala event in Dublin on Saturday. The new Awards are aimed at honouring the extraordinary work impacting on communities all over Ireland thanks to National Lottery Good Causes funding.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up As overall and category winners the Centre receives €35,000 in prize money which will go towards supporting its services.36 finalists from all over Ireland gathered for the glittering Awards dinner in the Clayton/Burlington Hotel in Dublin which was hosted by TV presenter Karen Koster. The Awards was filmed for broadcast on Virgin Media One on November, 11 at 9.30 p.m.The Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick was announced as the National Lottery Good Cause of the Year 2018 at a glittering Awards ceremony in Dublin. Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan pictured presenting the award to the overall winners to Children’s Grief Centre director Sr. Helen Culhane (centre) and Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive, National Lottery. The awards are aimed at honouring the extraordinary work that is being done all over Ireland thanks to National Lottery Good Causes funding. The Awards programme will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Sunday, November 11th at 9.30 p.m. Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyPresenting the Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick with their prize for winning the overall National Lottery Good Cause of the Year, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan said: “Loss, whether through death, separation or divorce, can be devastating, especially for the young. This award goes to the Children’s Grief Centre for its extraordinary work providing comfort and support to grieving children. Its committed volunteers work tirelessly all year round to provide an oasis of calm for those who have lost loved ones, helping them find their voice.For almost a decade the volunteer-led Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick has been giving children who have suffered loss a voice. The only such service in the country the Centre has grown in demand since it set up in 2009 offering unique one-to-one support sessions. To date it has given a voice to around 1,200 grieving young people.The children who visit the centre are given the opportunity to work through their feelings and are empowered to find their voice using play, art, clay, workbooks stories and much more. In working with children and young people, the centre is also supporting parents and guardians.National Lottery Good Causes funding allowed the Children’s Grief Centre to meet the growing demand for its service in Limerick City and County, and in the neighbouring Counties of Clare and Tipperary.Funding enabled it to develop a sophisticated database ensuring children and young people’s information is kept securely and appointments are set promptly. The Centre also used funding to buy materials for the ‘Teen’ and ‘Art” rooms, precious spaces for children and young people who attend for support.Sr Helen Culhane of the Children’s Grief Centre said: “We are overjoyed to receive this reward. Children often find it difficult to express their feelings through language so by providing them with clay and paint, sand and crayons, we allow them to choose their own form of expression. The impact of this work with children is incredible. As a result of attending the Children’s Grief Centre it has been shown that children are happier, more calm, and have less feelings of anger, guilt and sadness.”More than 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of Health, Sport, Youth, Community, Arts & Culture, Heritage and the Irish Language. Last year alone €226 million was raised for Good Causes by players of National Lottery games – or an incredible €620,000 a day.Since the National Lottery was established over 30 years ago players in Ireland have helped raise more than €5.3 billion for Good Causes, funding which has shaped the development of modern Ireland.National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin congratulated the Children’s Grief Centre on winning the overal prize: “It is fitting that Ireland’s unsung heroes who work quietly under the radar to improve lives and make a difference are honoured in these inaugural National Lottery Good Awards. Their work often goes unrecognised – but it is so valued.” Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? 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first_imgLocated 90km north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, construction has just kicked off at Caloundra Cay. When complete, the resort will comprise 270 single and double-storey homes, with 13 different home designs, all named after island locations. The first residents will be welcomed in September 2018.Ms Baldwin said tropical-themed resorts could be found everywhere but there was nothing quite like Caloundra Cay. CARIBBEAN DREAM: Located 90km north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, construction has just kicked off at Caloundra Cay.Construction has started on the Sunshine Coast’s latest retirement living offering for the over 50s.Palm Lake Resort’s latest offering, Caloundra Cay, will be a high-end, Caribbean-themed resort. Think tropical island resort pools complete with swim-up cocktail bar and sunken fire pit.This is not the tropical experience you might think. Palm Lake Resort regional sales manager Brittany Baldwin said instead of Balinese and Asian influences, Palm Lake Resort looked further afield for unique inspiration – all the way to the cool Caribbean. “Think colonial plantation homes, British imperialism and island textures,” Ms Baldwin said. The proposed Caloundra Clay club house.“This is Hemingway meets Ralph Lauren and India Hicks.“Even the name is exotic.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago“Caloundra Cay (pronounced key) conjures visions of impossibly white coral reefs and sand islands of the Caribbean, speckled like jewels in the azure ocean, with palm-fronded interiors.” >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< center_img When complete, the resort will comprise 270 single- and double-storey homes, with 13 different home designs, all named after island locations.“Our combined design teams spent months researching and defining the right influences,” she said.“The heart of our resort will be our world-class country club, in the grand tradition of colonial West Indies architecture.“A mix of island stone, heavy timber, rich leather and rattan, this club will be unlike anything seen before in an over-50s resort.”As well as a swim-up pool bar and firepit, the resort would feature indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tenpin bowling alley, luxury cinema, tennis courts, Milon gym, an eight-rink undercover lawn bowls green, library, arts and craft room, dance floor, virtual golf simulator and woodworking room.last_img read more

first_imgShip classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has secured a five-year contract from India’s largest shipping company, The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), to undertake emergency response service (ERS) for 33 vessels.The contract, effective from the end of February 2019, will cover oil tankers, bulk carriers and containerships.According to IRClass, the ERS is aimed at providing technical support by way of an assessment of the damage stability as well as longitudinal strength of any vessel involved in a major incident such as grounding, collision or fire.Issues potentially arising from such incidents include excessive trim/heel, loss of stability, progressive flooding, structural impairment, etc.On alerting the relevant communication channel, IRClass team starts to recreate the status of the vessel, by using a pre-developed 3D hull model and applying the data received from the vessel.As explained by the classification society, the reliability of the service is established by way of mock drills conducted periodically.SCI currently has a fleet of 63 vessels comprising tankers, bulkers, boxships and offshore supply vessels, according to the company’s website. The fleet has a total market value of more than USD 1 billion, VesselsValue’s data shows.last_img read more

first_img“I felt good,” Mickelson said. “You know, I hit some good shots, and I was able to shoot a good round. But it’s a little humbling to shoot what I thought was a good round and then get lapped by three (shots).” It was even more humbling to know that Harrington had never played in the Nissan Open and played the course only once before this week. Harrington played Riviera with friends while he was in Los Angeles for the Target World Challenge. “Obviously, someday it will catch up to me, the fact I don’t know the golf course,” Harrington said. “Today it didn’t. And whenever I did miss a shot, it seemed to be OK. There are a lot of pitfalls on this course, the catches, but they didn’t today.” Tiger Woods skipped the tournament this year, but eight of the top-10 ranked players in the world are in it and they’re playing like the best. Four of those players – Harrington, Mickelson, Jim Furyk, and Vijay Singh – are in the top 10 on the leaderboard. Furyk shot a 4-under 67 and Singh a 68. Sergio Garcia and Kevin Stadler – a USC product – are tied with Furyk and others at 67. They’re three shots behind leader Padraig Harrington, who made 10 birdies and shot an opening-round 63. This isn’t Mickelson’s hometown tournament, it just seemed like it Thursday. Mickelson and playing partners Ernie Els and Vaughn Taylor had the biggest and best gallery, with the majority of fans pulling for Mickelson. PACIFIC PALISADES – Phil Mickelson missed the Nissan Open the last five years, but he didn’t miss a beat in his return. Mickelson shot a 5-under par 66 in Thursday’s first round at Riviera Country Club and is tied for second with Briny Baird and Pat Perez. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgLetterkenny University Hospital has won Saolta Staff Recognition Awards in two categories at a ceremony in Mayo recently.The Donegal Clinical Research Academy won the ‘Education and Training Award’ for their emergency abdominal surgery course for students and the ‘Outstanding Employee Award’ was presented to Dolores Devenney who works in phlebotomy services at the hospital.More than 160 nominations from across the Saolta Group of hospitals were received for the six award categories which included: Innovation in a Clinical Area Award; Innovation in a Non Clinical Area Award; Research Award; Quality Improvement and Patient Experience Award; in addition to the categories won by LUH – Education and Training Award; and Outstanding Employee Award. The event was hosted by Mayo Senior Football Manager James Horan and the awards were presented by Saolta CEO Tony Canavan and Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Jean Kelly.Seán Murphy, General Manager, Letterkenny University Hospital said, “The student emergency abdominal surgery course is a unique multidisciplinary educational event. It exposes medical students to a reality that they haven’t previously experienced and provides valuable inter-disciplinary learning to our future doctors. The Donegal Clinical Research Academy at the hospital is a deserved winner of the Education and Training Award.Dolores Devenney, Phlebotomoy Services, LUH accepting her ‘Outstanding Employee Award’ from Saolta Group CEO Tony Canavan and Jean Kelly, Saolta Group Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery.“I am delighted that Dolores Devenney was presented with the ‘Outstanding Employee Award’ for demonstrating exceptional service to her patients and colleagues over the last 40 years.“The warmth and empathy she shows patients makes their hospital visit less daunting and she is patient and supportive with new staff and students who are still developing their skills. Dolores is a worthy recipient of the Outstanding Employee Award.” In addition to winning two categories, the Metabolic Multidisciplinary Team at LUH was shortlisted for the ‘Innovation in a Clinical Area Award’.The Saolta University Health Care Group Staff Recognition Awards take place every 2 years and aim to recognise the important role that staff play in delivering services to patients cared for in all six hospitals in the Group. All applications are judged by an independent panel and the event is self-funded through sponsorship.At the Saolta Staff Achievement Award presentation for ‘Education and Training’, from left: Jean Kelly, Saolta Group Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery; Seán Murphy, General Manager, Letterkenny University Hospital; Mr Zsolt Bodnar, Consultant Surgeon; Ms Louise Flanagan, Research Nurse; and Tony Canavan, Saolta Group CEO.Letterkenny Hospital staff recognised at Saolta Awards was last modified: November 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardsluhSaoltalast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The October 2015 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Zach Zowalak. He is the son of Mark and Gretchen Kowalak. He is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.Zach recently participated in the district urban soils Career Development Event. He also attended the State Greenhand Conference, Covington FFA Children’s Hospital Fundraiser Dodge Ball Tournament, and Emergency Responders Farm Safety Training program. Furthermore, Zach participated in the chapter’s trapshooting event and FFA Freshman Family Welcome NightEvery month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  The officer team will nominate one student that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities.  If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Ag Room, and will receive a special accolade in celebration of their accomplishment.last_img read more

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market It’s easy to construct an “us” versus “them” mentality between startups and investors, especially when there are so many disgruntled founders who’ve had the door slammed in their face. But I’d hardly make the generalization that investors avoid innovation. While it’s true that proven returns are required in the majority of portfolio companies, it’s these revenue generating deals that tend to lift up the longer term innovation-based investments. Andy Singleton’s recent article for On Startups suggests that VCs avoid innovation whenever possible. Writes Singleton, “If you ask VCs what they look for, they use words like ‘traction’, ‘proven business model’, ‘reference customers’, and ‘invest in marketing’ or ‘sales and marketing’… It doesn’t take a genius to understand what they are saying.  As much as possible, they want to avoid all innovation (stuff that’s not proven).  It’s risky and unprofitable.” I know this isn’t going to be easy to hear, but the above statement isn’t entirely true. It’s not that investors want to avoid ALL innovation or even all risk. It’s that most want to avoid YOUR innovation. There’s no plot to crush the inspiration of the “animal spirit”, no interest in thwarting civil society, the issue isn’t that investors are short-sighted jerks, it’s that they need more cash cows (especially in this garbage heap of a global economy) to balance out the big audacious paradigm shifters. VC’s don’t print money. Cash cows allow VC’s to continue raising funds and these funds are then dispersed across the portfolio to others who are pre-revenue. In other words, we can’t all be whimsical geniuses with a three year launch plan. If VC’s started doling out money to every starry-eyed pre-revenue entrepreneur and ignored those cash cows that pick up the slack, funds would implode on themselves. It should come as no surprise that you can’t pay for office space and servers with sweet dreams and pixie dust. You may not realize it, but if you’re funded and you aren’t generating revenue, someone else’s profit is likely paying for your existence. This isn’t to discourage you from innovating or building something you believe in, it’s just a reminder that if you aren’t generating profit, there are no guaranteed rewards for hard work or good ideas. If you really are “an irrational animal spirit” then you’ll continue to take risks regardless of the outcome. Tags:#start#startups dana oshirocenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgREFEREES REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS Next Tuesday 368 Junior Touch players will have the honour of proudly pulling on the jersey of their home state when they do battle in the School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament. But this year’s tournament will not only showcase the cream of the nation’s best 12 Years and Under and 15 Years and Under players, it will also feature a record number of up and coming junior referees who will represent their State in the event. The 16 junior girls and boys, aged between twelve and seventeen, will be Level 1 and Level 2 ATA accredited referees. They have been selected to represent their States at this event after various State junior and school events in 2004, impressing their respective State Refereeing Panels with their potential and performances. Nine junior referees from Queensland, six from NSW and 1 from South Australia will be working over four days of intense competition featuring round games, finals and special lightning 15 minute Mix and Match Mixed games for the 12 years and Under division. The junior referees, who also will be vying for upgrades and finals appointments, will be mentored by experienced and more qualified referees. The mentor referees will include Level 5 and 6 referees who will lend their advice, expertise, encouragement and leg speed to help aid in the progression and development of the junior referees at this tournament. Referee coaching by members of the Queensland Referee Management Team and qualified Referee Coaches will also aid the junior officials in the acquisition of skills, confidence, knowledge, and practice through evaluation, review, reflection and action. School Sport Australia National Secretary for Touch and QTA State Director of Referees Ray Grieshaber (or `Griesy’ as he’s known to the touch community), has been the driving force behind the School Sport Australia initiative, which is being promoted in all Schools Sport Australia events to increase opportunities for junior officials. “It’s very important that we provide pathways for young people, and it’s not just refereeing, future initiatives will try and encompass other technical areas such as Selecting, Coaching and Event management,” he said. Ray, a member of the ATA National Referee Panel, has inspired many referees to progress through his passion, dedication, encouragement and expertise and it is with a great deal of pride that `Griesy’ reflects upon the swelling number of junior participants who will don the white shirt and put the whistle to their lips early next week. “We’ve been encouraging junior officials to attend these tournaments for around seven years, but in the last four years we’ve been able to put in place a lot of development policies which are starting to bear fruit,” he said. “The most Junior Referees we’ve fielded in the past has been six, so to get sixteen is just brilliant, but a big wrap must go to a development and support structure, which has enabled students to access these opportunities.” The combined efforts of the Australian Touch Association, Qld Primary Schools and Qld Secondary Schools Touch to assist in helping with travel and accommodation costs for student referees has allowed many the chance to attend this tournament over the last four to five years. It is hoped that the positive experiences gained from participation at this level will encourage junior officials to continue a progressive pathway in the sport for the future. “From Qld we’ve got student referees from as far away as North Queensland, Wide Bay, and Kingaroy attending as well as students from the South and Sunshine Coasts and Brisbane Metropolitan areas who’ll be refereeing after being identified as future refereeing talents.” “NSW have also gotten behind this and are sending a strong contingent of junior referees and a couple of senior referees to assist with refereeing and development, and the fact South Australia have nominated a referee augers well for them in the future…it’s great to see, but we’ll need more of it,” he said. Next week people will talk of tremendous touchdowns, brilliant ball skills and desperate defence. Wonderful whistle tones, superlative signals, and fantastic fives won’t get much of a run, I’d imagine. The’ warrior in white’ won’t have crowds endlessly chanting their name or be lifted onto anyone’s shoulders, but if at game’s end you can raise a cheer and recognise the wonderful talent, dedication, and skill these young referees have displayed, it will go a long way to encouraging and building their growth in the future. Our sport exists because of the collaborative efforts of all arms of the sport, and in particular our volunteer officials. It is up to us all to encourage the future of the game by recognising and appreciating the efforts of these young people in their chosen area of endeavour. Written by Karley Banks 21st October 2004.last_img