1 Mar

New face for the $10 bill

first_imgWhose face should be on the $10 bill? It’s the question Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew posed to the nation last week when he announced a makeover for the bill. The portrait will be of a woman, with its 2020 unveiling coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.The bill is due for a figurative and literal facelift, both to honor a groundbreaking woman in history and to thwart tech-savvy counterfeiters with a redesign that will introduce new security measures. New tactile features for the vision-impaired will also be added.The announcement touched off a wave of debate.Hamiltonians — including Ben Bernanke, a Harvard grad and former chairman of the Federal Reserve — balked at the notion of replacing the country’s first Treasury secretary; many women are angry at the thought of the new image having to share space with Hamilton, who will remain in some fashion; and other observers are irate that the $20 bill, with its likeness of Andrew Jackson, who resisted the creation of a U.S. central bank, opposed the printing of money, pushed a pro-slavery agenda, and authorized the Indian Removal Act of 1830, wasn’t chosen instead.Before issuing a decision, Lew and the Treasury are soliciting design suggestions from the public via thenew10.treasury.gov. The only requirements for a candidate are that she be deceased and someone “who was a champion for our inclusive democracy.”Harvard scholars have some ideas about how the conversation will unfold.“Occasionally Congress will insert their hand” in Treasury decisions, said Professor Daniel Carpenter, referring to an act of Congress in 1873, and another in the 1950s, allowing the secretary of the Treasury to include “In God We Trust” on coins and currency. But this most recent change “will almost certainly play out as an administrative decision, which does not mean it won’t be political.”Carpenter said a type of “elite politics” could emerge when it comes to the final choice, with a strong push for the status quo by a Wall Street/Washington nexus “that sees in Hamilton’s ideas and in his legacy a foundation for the modern economic policy-making state.”But, as with presidents eager to secure their place in history, Lew will be eying his own legacy, said Carpenter, and is aware that a symbolic choice for the $10 bill will have lasting resonance.“These are deeply meaningful moves. This is the kind of thing that somebody is going to see every day when they take this bill out of their wallet, and these everyday symbols shape the way people think about politics and who belongs.”There has been an American woman on an American bill before. More than 100 years ago Martha Washington appeared periodically over a period of several years on $1 silver certificates. She dropped off for good in 1896.The nonprofit Women On 20s has been pushing to get a woman on U.S. currency. Earlier this year the group held two rounds of elections in which more than 600,000 votes were cast. The winner was the African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who edged out Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.Along with Tubman and Roosevelt, suggestions at thenew10.treasury.gov include Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sally Ride, and Ella Fitzgerald.Putting the face of a woman on a U.S. banknote is a symbolic step that will have a seismic impact, said Professor Christine Desan of the Law School.Desan, who has studied money going back to the Middle Ages, said that the face on a bill “reflects the kind of sovereignty that the community recognizes.”In monarchies the likenesses of kings and queens regularly appear on currency. In the United States, aside from Hamilton and the inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin, the serious, green-tinted faces of select presidents stare back at you.For Desan, who will spend the next year at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study working on her forthcoming book, “Designing Money in Early America: Experiments in Political Economy (1680–1775),” the change announced by Lew represents a “radical step.”“It’s really interesting that the United States would take the step of using money to represent its democratic aspirations, its democratic richness, its deeper and more democratic approach to governance. I think that’s what’s so interesting about this debate.”Is she concerned that the woman will have to share the bill with Hamilton?“Whether we have to share at the beginning with Hamilton, I think, is much less important than the really striking and productive, constructive step towards using the face of the bill to reflect a broader view of democratic governance and democratic hopes.”Desan’s choice is Tubman.“We could hardly find a better symbol of somebody who worked for liberty and worked with compassion and worked without recognition. I couldn’t imagine a better candidate.”It remains to be seen what the future holds for Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Among those who would like to see him dropped are Carpenter and John Stauffer.“His Indian-removal policy, his hatred of anti-slavery groups, his pro-slavery policy — that’s not a good legacy that we want to carry forward,” said Stauffer, a professor of English and African-American studies.Of the founders, added Stauffer, Hamilton “is probably the most vigorous anti-slavery advocate.”Like Carpenter and Desan, Stauffer is partial to Tubman. She was intimately involved in the abolitionist movement, he noted, including John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, “a major spark of the Civil War,” and in numerous fugitive slave cases.“She was everywhere. She put her life on the line. … She sends a legacy that women are able, can be superb, courageous, heroic soldiers. The very fact that John Brown refers to her as General Tubman is significant. She sends a message of gender and racial equality just symbolically.”Stauffer’s ideal solution: drop Jackson, put Tubman on the $20, and leave Hamilton where he is.last_img read more

6 Aug

Raise for Rowyn Founders to Appear on Dr. Phil October 15

first_imgSubmitted by Raise for Rowyn Rowyn Johnson’s short, blessed life has touched so many families across our region.Raise for Rowyn is a public charity that has risen in the wake of the tragic accident that took the life of Rowyn Leea Johnson on 9/16/2014. The mission of Raise for Rowyn is to provide financial assistance for funeral and mortuary expenses, to families struggling with the loss of a child.After being contacted by a journalist in LA, the story caught the attention of the Dr. Phil producers. September 15th, the night before the dreaded anniversary of their accident, the two women found themselves working out details with the Dr. Phil crew. They flew to LA and filmed for two days. The air date is October 15, 2015 in a shared episode with the one and only Oprah Winfrey. Oprah will be promoting her new documentary featuring stories of tragedy, healing, and belief.To date, Raise for Rowyn has assisted 24 families in and out of Washington State, spending a total of $32,516.04 in funeral and mortuary expenses.We have hosted fundraising events, sold merchandise, and already have several events lined up for 2016. For more information on our story, please visit http://www.raiseforrowyn.org We also have a dedicated following on Facebook, Instagram #raise4rowyn, and linkedin.For further information regarding the public charity and this story, please get in contact with us.Cassie Miller 360-878-2695Brynn Johnson 360-870-1156Email us at [email protected] Facebook285Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

2 Aug

STEVENS GUIDES PAULINA’S LOVE TO CLEVER NECK WIN OVER STORMY LUCY IN GRADE II, $200,000 BUENA VISTA STAKES; BALTAS FILLY GETS MILE ON GRASS IN 1:36.06

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2016)–Consistent Paulina’s Love registered her first stakes win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita as she held off the late charge of Stormy Lucy to prevail by a neck under Gary Stevens while covering a flat mile on turf in 1:36.06.A comfortable second to longshot Moanin going to the far turn, Paulina’s Love, with Theatre Star to her outside, took command five sixteenths from home and was all-out to hold off the late charge of Stormy Lucy, a Grade I winner.Trained by Richard Baltas, Paulina’s Love, a Louisiana-bred daughter of Mizzen Mast, was the third choice in a field of 11 older fillies and mares at 7-2 and paid $9.60, $4.80 and $3.80.“I’ve fallen in love with her,” said Stevens, who is now three for five with “Pauline” in the afternoon. “These (owners) have been so patient with her and have allowed Richard to do what he wants with her. She just keeps developing and getting better and better. She exploded at the eighth pole just like the last time…“I rode her with a lot of confidence, like she was the favorite. She minds, she lets me do what I want, whatever the pace scenario is. When she’s done, I’d like to take her home and put her in my backyard.”Owned by KM Racing Enterprise, Inc. and Head of Plains Partners, LLC, Paulina’s Love, who came off a big allowance win over the course on Dec. 30, improved her overall mark to 13-4-3-3. With the winner’s share of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $304,990.“She’s special at this distance and even better when she gets a little time between races like we did here,” said David Meah, assistant to Baltas, who was at Fairgrounds, in New Orleans on Saturday. “She had a perfect trip. I didn’t expect Flavien (Prat, aboard pacesetting Moanin) to go out like that, but it’s okay. We came home in front and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Stormy Lucy, as is her custom, was far back early and came with a rush late, but just fell short. The second choice at 7-2, she paid $4.60 and $3.20.“There wasn’t a straw in her path,” said Desormeaux. “She gave me a dream ride. She absolutely flew to the wire. The winner was a nose better today, that’s all. They were too good today.”Ridden by Alex Solis, Kerri Belle rallied three-wide turning for home and proved third best, finishing 1 ¾ lengths behind Stormy Lucy. Off at 6-1, she paid $5.00 to show.“I had a perfect trip,” said Solis. “She ran hard, she just didn’t get there.”Fractions on the race were 22.84, 46.36, 1:10.90 and 1:23.45.First post time on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

2 Aug

REFORMED CLAIMER CUDDLE ALERT SPRINGS SURPRISE IN $100,000 SPRING FEVER HANDICAP, WINNING BY A HEAD UNDER DELGADILLO WHILE GETTING SIX FURLONGS IN 1:09.86; MARE GIVES SALDANA HER FIRST STAKES WINNER

first_imgRACE IS PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED FILLIES & MARES ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2017)–Longshot Cuddle Alert, claimed for $10,000 this past August, rallied late to take Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap at Santa Anita by a head under Agapito Delgadillo while getting six furlongs in 1:09.86.  Trained by Melissa Saldana, the 6-year-old California-bred mare by Bedford Falls registered her first stakes win in her 21st career start.Breaking from the rail in a field of five California-bred or sired fillies and mares, Cuddle Alert was a close fourth while under restraint at the half mile pole, rallied three-wide turning for home and overhauled both heavily favored Sunday Rules and pacesetter Late ‘n Left well inside the sixteenth pole to win.“I’m a little sore,” said Delgadillo, who was unseated during the running of Sunday’s second race.  “My collarbone is a little sore, the same one that I’ve broken twice already but it’s nothing big…She always finishes well.  I knew she likes to run in the stretch, so I waited for it.”A close fourth down the hillside turf course in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint here on Jan. 28, Cuddle Alert was dispatched at 8-1 and paid $18.40, $6.60 and $2.60.Owned by Reed Saldana and Leopoldo Urbina, she collected $60,000 for the win, boosting her career earnings to $229,000.  Her overall mark now stands at 21-6-1-7.“I can’t put it into words, to be honest,” said Melissa Saldana, who, along with her horse, collected her first career stakes win.  “She’s special.  She’s very, very special.  The stretch run was awesome.  She had to sit much closer than she usually does so she ended up going quicker than what she’s used to.  She still had that final kick though and just got up…“We’ll probably give her about 30 days before we run her again because I think she does better with a little more time…She gives her all every time that we ask her to come out here.”Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Late ‘n Left set fractions of 21.93, 45.01 and 57.19.  Off at 9-1, she paid $7.60 and $3.00.Sunday Rules, who had been idle since July 4, tried to rally while between the winner and runner-up, but was third best under Tyler Baze.  Off at 2-5, she paid $2.10 to show.The Spring Fever Handicap is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California bred or sired horses.last_img read more

18 Jan

Thank you, Agriculture Ministry, for Revisiting the Du Port Road Rice Project

first_imgIt was several months ago that this newspaper, the Daily Observer, raised the alarm that the Community of Hope Agricultural Project (CHAP) at Du Port Road had been abandoned by the Agriculture Ministry which had initially given the farmers there great encouragement.But last year the farmers began to complain that they had been “abandoned” by the Ministry, creating great fear that this exemplary urban farm project would be allowed to die a painful natural death.Our story, written by our faithful and indefatigable Farm Correspondent Judoemue Kollie, reechoed the Du Port Road farmers’ fear that the project was at the point of death unless the Ministry returned and continued to lend it support.  The story was followed by an editorial reprimanding the Agriculture Ministry for abandoning theproject and its failure to follow through with was clearly a GOOD THING.As usual, many government officials–or people in general who ascend to power–soon forget their sense of responsibility to the people and behave unaccountably as though they are laws unto themselves.  They resent the slightest criticism and mistake it for “negative press” and the turning of a blind eye to what the government is doing.But surely, we have often praised many government officials and projects that have been constructive and good. But how can we keep silent when things go wrong–we cannot and MUST not!  For the poet reminds, “To sin by silence when we should protest, makes cowards out of men . . .”Alas! Even though belatedly, the Ministry of Agriculture has returned to the Du Port Road farm project and given the farmers some hope. Their grateful response was so overwhelming that Agriculture Minister Florence Chenoweth gladly escorted the President of Liberia to the site where she, too, became highly impressed with the people’s work. Working under the auspices of CHAP and with the help of the AgMinistry, the Du Port Road farmers have introduced a new rice planting method which they call a “system of rice intensification–SRI.” According to Reporter Kollie, it consists of producing rice with less seed, less water, less fertilizer on soil rich in organic matter.President Sirleaf seized the opportunity to reecho her constant appeal to inhabitants of cities around the country to “engage in agriculture” in our struggle to become self-sufficient in food.The time has long past when we should engage in rice production on a massive scale, for Liberia indeed has the capacity to become a rice exporter, for we have what it takes–extensive tracks of fertile acreage including, as we said in Monday’s editorial,  unlimited mileage of swampland that can produce three harvests of rice per year.We pray that the Agriculture Ministry will heed our suggestion to develop a strategy to achieve self-sufficiency in our staple, rice. Beyond that, we hope that international capital could be raised to encourage people abroad, especially from Asia, come and invest in large scale rice production.These strategies, if conscientiously pursued, will soon make importation of rice in Liberia a thing of the distant past.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

18 Dec

Children roar to save white lions

first_imgThere are just 12 white lions remaining in the wild. This is the reason the Global White Lion Protection Trust is enlisting the help of children to be the voice of the big cats and ensure their survival. (Images: Varuna Jina) If you want to know what it’s like to be a lion in today’s world, don’t conjure feelings of predatory awesomeness or regal might. Instead, picture yourself being held captive or hunted for sport. Imagine being forced to breed and have your babies taken away from you, never to be seen again.These are the concerns driving the The Global White Lion Protection Trust’s StarLion Programme, which educates the Shangaan community in the Timbavati region about protecting the famed white lions found in the area.The trust, which is situated about 20 kilometres from Hoedspruit in Limpopo, also launched the One United Roar campaign that is getting youth and adults from the commnity to be the voice for the lions, especially when speaking to policymakers.The white lions of the Timbavati are of great significance to the Shangaan. They believe the kings and queens of the past were reborn as the felines.One United Roar is set against the backdrop of the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES CoP17) that will be held in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October. South Africa is looking to change the status of the African lion from endangered to a species not under threat.Africa lions, Panthera leo, are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Animals classified as vulnerable means they are considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild and are likely to become endangered unless the circumstances threatening their survival and reproduction improve.They are split listed on the CITES appendices, at Appendix I and II, which means some populations of a species are on one appendix, while some are on another. Appendix I means the species is threatened with extinction and may be affected by trade; trade in wild-caught species is illegal. Appendix II means the species is not necessarily threatened with extinction, but may become so unless trade in them is restricted. An export permit is required for trade in these species.There are just 12 white lions remaining in the wild, while hundreds are in captivity. They would be deemed critically endangered if they were classified as a subspecies of lion. But CITES groups them among the tawny African lion population.Children from the StartLion Programme tell the audience why they feel lions should be protected.Linda Tucker, the founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, said the campaign recognised that all the policies governing wildlife did not represent the animals’ perspective. “We thought ‘how do we get lions as the silent stakeholders in human policies, to have a voice and a vote?’ We thought the only way to do that was for people to go into the position of the lion. And the best way to do that was through kids because they were much less indoctrinated than we were and they could feel from a lion’s perspective what it was like.”The campaign is aimed at children from as young as five years old to young adults aged 21. It asks them to speak from the position of the lion and to tell policymakers what they need to hear. “It’s a heart activation,” said Tucker. “It’s not intended to rationalise and get into the detail of the policy. It’s intentionally emotive so that people get emotional about their heritage.”One United Roar is inspired by indigenous knowledge systems as well as the ecological crisis of our day, explained Tucker. “In an indigenous environment, if there’s a council or a policymaker sitting to decide an aspect of nature, you’ll always have an empty chair because… who will speak for the wolf or who will speak for the lion? You actually invite nature into the discussion. So we’re saying to the policymakers, ‘Shut up and listen for the first time. What are the lions saying about your decisions?’”Girls from the StarLion Programme prepare for a traditional Shangaan ceremony that honours the white lions.MESSAGES THROUGH VIDEOPart of the campaign was to get children from the community to create a video that could be uploaded on to the trust’s website, said Berry Gargan, one of the facilitators of One United Roar.Audiences around the world would then be able to review and like the videos.Out of these, 24 videos with the most likes would be assessed by an international panel of judges who would then choose six winners that most embodied what the lions wanted to say. “We will bring them from wherever they are to the white lion territory and give them the opportunity to really make a difference and have the policymakers hear them,” said Gargan.TACKLING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES FROM THE HEARTOver the 14 years that Tucker has been running the trust, she has had to influence policy, which she said could make one battle weary.She has presented her case on behalf of lions in South Africa’s Parliament and even at Westminster Abbey. But with One United Roar, she wants to take the cause out of politics. “We want to step out of that whole forum and just hear nature calling to us and the best way we can do that is [through] kids representing nature from the heart.“The most dangerous thing about the times we live in is that people are totally detached from the issues. Hearts are shut down. They’re working overtime here (points to her head) but their hearts not really connected to nature any longer.”Children from the StarLion Programme told the story of the white lion through song and dance. White lions are sacred to the Shangaan in Timbavati. The lions played a big part in determining the health of the ecosystem, said Daréll Lourens, a filmmaker involved in marketing the campaign. “If the lions are flourishing, everything else below them falls into place. By focusing on lions it tells us that that we are screwing up nature by not giving it the place it deserves.”Changing the lions’ status to species not under threat means that the captive breeding industry can be regulated. But for Tucker, the risk will be higher as it would make it acceptable to industrialise lions, or in other words, captive breed them purely for hunting. “Once that happens from a legislation point of view, it’s really the end of everything, the end of ecosystems.”last_img read more

17 Dec

Precision Planting deal between Deere and Monsanto terminated

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Deere & Company announced it was informed by Monsanto Company that it has chosen to terminate a 2015 agreement for Deere to acquire the Precision Planting LLC business.“We are deeply disappointed in this outcome as we remain confident the acquisition would have benefited customers,” said John May, President, Agricultural Solutions and Chief Information Officer.In 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice brought legal action in an attempt to block the transaction. Deere and Monsanto were prepared to present their case for approval of the acquisition later this year. May said, “With an opportunity to see this to conclusion, we believe it would have been clear the challenge to the transaction was based on flawed assessments of the marketplace.”Two agreements related to Deere’s purchase of Precision Planting will also be terminated, including the digital collaboration agreement between Deere and The Climate Corporation, a division of Monsanto. Also ending is an agreement that would have allowed Ag Leader to expand access to and distribution of certain Precision Planting products and technologies.“As a world leader in precision agriculture, John Deere will continue developing technology-based products and services to help customers improve the productivity and profitability of their operations,” May said.He added that Deere will remain focused on enabling customers to efficiently leverage their data to drive better decisions on their farms through the John Deere Operations Center, which includes nearly 75 connected software tools with the total continuing to increase.last_img read more

12 Dec

Personal Finance Year in Review – An Annual Wrap Up

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonOn Tuesday, Dec. 5 Dr. Barbara O’Neill will once again take the stage to discuss the financial stories and changes that have made an impact on our finances this year.This 90-minute review is the third annual review of the year’s financial stories presented by Dr. O’Neil:2015 Personal Finance Year in Review2016 Personal Finance Year in Review2017 Personal Finance Year in ReviewThese webinars are an interactive look back at the past year as well as a look ahead as Dr. O’Neill discussed projections and economic forecasts for the coming year.So join us for our last Personal Finance webinar of 2017. Registration is required. 1.5 CEUs will be available to AFC-credentialed and CPFC-credentialed participants through AFCPE and FinCert. Register and find more information here.last_img read more

30 Nov

Ginebra nears top four, beats Rain or Shine

first_imgMOST READ WATCH: Nike unveils new ‘Statement Jerseys’ for 30 NBA teams LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra regained its winning ways after scraping past Rain or Shine, 89-82, to inch closer to a top four finish in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena.The Gin Kings, again, claimed solo leadership at 8-2 but not after withstanding a fight from the Elasto Painters, who rallied from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Justin Brownlee led Ginebra with 28 points and 10 rebounds while LA Tenorio hit timely baskets late to finish with 16 points.Scottie Thompson did a little bit of everything with 12 points, nine rebounds, five assists and one block for the Kings, who redeemed themselves after a loss to the San Miguel Beermen on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRaymond Almazan nearly had a double-double with 20 points and eight rebounds for the Painters three nights after posting 25 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Phoenix in Antipolo.Rain or Shine missed a chance to secure a playoff berth and fell to 5-4. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next View commentslast_img read more

7 Nov

NEW SOUTH WALES TOUCH ASSOCIATION BLUES AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

first_imgThe New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) has announced finalists in all categories for the Annual NSWTA Awards to be held at Bankstown Sports Club on Saturday 21 July 2007.The prestigious awards will be presented at the 2007 Blues Dinner that will also commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the New South Wales Touch Association.The evening will celebrate the achievements of the last twelve months for affiliates, participants, and volunteers of the NSWTA. In a boon for the Blues Dinner, Former elite swimmer and multiple Commonwealth, Olympic, and World championship medallist Elka Graham will be the special guest speaker for the gala evening.The Blues dinner will also pay homage to Southern Suns and NSWTA legend Rod Wise, and bestow Life Membership, and Hall of Fame status to exceptional contributors to the sport in New South Wales. 140 guests have already signaled their intentions to attend the evening that promises to be a memorable occasion for both the foundation members of the NSWTA and the young guns of the sport who will celebrate the rich tradition and history of Australia’s foundation State Association.New South Wales General Manager Dean Russell is excited about the response to the Blues Dinner and is looking forward to a night of celebration and recognition for the many people in the NSWTA fraternity who help to make the sport the success it is across the State.“It should be a fantastic evening. Primarily it’s about recognizing our volunteers and the people who work so hard to make our affiliates and the sport so strong. Elka Graham’s involvement as guest speaker for the evening is tremendous, and the response from members wishing to attend so far has been overwhelming. It will be an historic occasion being the 35th Anniversary, but it will also be lots of fun and a chance for everyone to celebrate a great 12 months for the State,” Mr. Russell said.Tickets for the evening are $45- per person and are available from the NSWTA office.If you wish to attend either please contact Jarrat Wood or Kylie Russell on 1800 640 668.The Blues Dinner will be held in conjunction with the 2007 State Conference that will be conducted from Saturday 21-Sunday 22 July.The conference will be attended by 80 plus delegates from affiliates from all over the State.The State Conference offers theory and practical sessions with up to date strategic and operational tools for Administrators and affiliates, as well as technical arm development in refereeing, selecting, and coaching for affiliated members, as well as the opportunity to network with affiliate representatives and some of the sport’s leading administrators and technical personnel from all over the State.The Conference Program is available by following this link: http://www.nswtouch.com.au/uimages/419.xlsThe Finalists in the Blues Awards for 2006 are:AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR(Will be awarded from one of the six regional winners)Southern Suns:JerrabomberraWaggaMoruyaSydney Rebels:CampbelltownEastern SuburbsUNSWSydney Mets:PenrithLower Blue MountainsBlacktownSydney Scorpions:ManlyParramattaHornsbyHunter Western Hornets:ParkesNewcastle CityWallsendNorthern Eagles:Inverell JuniorsBallinaTamworthREGION OF THE YEARSouthern SunsSydney MetsHunter Western HornetsVOLUNTEER OF THE YEARCathy Moylan- PenrithLuke McKenzie- WaggaLeo Driscoll- The RockADMINSTRATOR OF THE YEARJenny Thomas- Inverell JuniorsAnnette Thomas-Schumacher- JerrabomberraJohn Ryan- Eastern SuburbsLyn Eason- Forster TuncurryCOACH OF THE YEARPeter Forrester- CanterburyWade Jenkins- CanterburyJason Hunt- Eastern SuburbsMick McDonald- Western SuburbsSELECTOR OF THE YEAR(Will be announced on the evening)MALE PLAYER OF THE YEARGarry Sonda- CanterburyDaniel Rushworth- Western SuburbsJoel Willoughby- CanterburyJason Stanton- Western SuburbsFEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEARKristy Judd- Eastern SuburbsAmanda Judd- Eastern SuburbsClare Winchester- CanterburyLouise Winchester- CanterburyJUNIOR MALE PLAYER OF THE YEARDean Springfield- PenrithMaurice Kennedy- HornsbyScott Naughton- YassJUNIOR FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEARAmy Regal- WollongongNicole Beck- WollongongSophie Broadhead- Goulburnlast_img read more