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First United Methodist Church: Reconciliation and Forgiveness

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Almost a year ago, our congregation affirmed, by over 80%, that we would become a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network. This meant that we would openly express, in an outward and visible way, that all are welcome in our congregation, including persons that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. All meant all. Although that vote was inclusive of members of the LGBT community, it was not meant to be exclusively for them.As Christians, we are in constant need to reconcile with God, other Christians, people of faith that are non-Christian, and our brothers and sisters in the secular world. Although I have been told recently I should not use the word reconcile because it is too “loaded,” I intend to use it more frequently. Now, more than ever, we all need to give true reconciliation a chance  in a very deliberate way.The past year has been very troubling for many in our congregation. There are still some that remain deeply hurt and distrustful of others. Many want to affix guilt or innocence to those involved, but the truth is, there were none guilty or guiltless, winners or losers. I surely made mistakes during the past year in my leadership role and in the years leading up to, what I will call, “the troubles”. I ask for your forgiveness, just as I forgive those who felt the need to say and do hurtful things.On October 7, Paul Audley gave our church a wonderful sermon about stewardship, giving and forgiveness. He provided some keen insight to how hurtful and destructive bullying can be when conducted via anonymous letter writing.For those that are unaware, our clergy were recently the victims of a personal attack via an anonymous letter. Even though the person(s) who wrote this anonymous letter are forgiven for their hurtful acts, they still are accountable for their actions and must understand how unacceptable and un-Christian their conduct was.Because no one knows the author of an anonymous letter, it cannot be assumed they were in church to hear Paul’s outstanding stewardship message or his message of forgiveness. Therefore, I am including an excerpt of Paul’s message here in the hope that the author of that inappropriate and hurtful letter will take Paul’s message to heart.We are human. We harbor grudges, anger, hurt and hold it  within. We refuse to let go and we might even lash out hoping to hurt the person for whom we hold hatred. We put darkness around our hearts, our mood and even our health as we hold on to anger. We separate ourselves from love and God. Meanwhile the person we are angry with may be going about his or her life with great joy. And we get more angry. Is that how we want to live? Is there anything Christian in living in that state?There is a wonderful quote attributed to Buddha which says; ‘holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.’ It’s true that when we wallow in anger and hurt we make ourselves sick and separate ourselves from the kind of forgiveness and love God shares with us.“Let’s be clear about this – forgiveness of another is not a release from responsibility or accountability. It is releasing the anger and hate that make it impossible to approach reconciliation, resolution and a return to a state of peace.Forgiveness is a gift to you, as well as to the one being forgiven. “It is national anti-bullying month. And in this month I am reminded of my most difficult challenge to the teachings of God about the gift of forgiveness. My son and my family suffered terribly at the horrible impacts of sustained bullying. We were abandoned by the schools and fearful of losing our son. I am forever indebted and grateful to wonderful people who helped him and the rest of our family heal. Yesterday, I asked [my son] Stuart what he thought about forgiveness. He said, ‘Forgiving them was a gift to myself.’ It doesn’t let the bullies off the hook for their actions. But it removes the poison of anger and hate from the heart that prevents joy and love in your life.“The issues of bullying and anger are not secular. Even in congregations of God and among followers of Jesus there are those who are living in darkness and seeking to exact revenge on others. This past week, one of the blogs for United Methodist Clergy was full of exchanges about how to deal with church members who seem bent on destroying their pastors. The common response was to follow the path Jesus showed by forgiving, and in the state of love that could only come with that forgiveness, pursuing a way to help the congregant heal the anger and hatred that created destructive behavior. These Christian bloggers were being defined by the extraordinary generosity of forgiveness.“I struggled this week with this next part of the message. After many hours of prayer and consultation with wonderful and loving people – including my pastor when I was a youth– I changed part of the prepared sermon. I knew I would be talking about our church’s need to renew its commitment to forgiving ourselves and each other for our shortcomings and grievances. And that I would talk about the powerful change it could bring. We know our church has been through some tough times in recent months. And some natural feelings of anger and confusion had risen up for many members of our congregation.Some knew the lesson of forgiveness and passed through the time with grace and trust in God.First United Methodist Church, 500 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 796-0157 or visit www.fumcpasadena.org. Business News Make a comment Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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LUH Gynae report may be available next week – MacMahon

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Previous articleArds Friary consultation meetings cancelledNext articleMore logic needed in Covid-19 policy – MacLochlainn News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Twitter Facebook By News Highland – August 19, 2020 Pinterest Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter LUH Gynae report may be available next week – MacMahoncenter_img Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A Bristol based consultant whose sister died in Letterkenny University Hospital says she understands the report of a review of Gynaecological Clinical Services at the hospital will be available next week.Dr Margaret MacMahon, a native of Letterkenny, had led calls for a review of the diagnosis and treatment of gynaecological cancers at the hospital, amidst concerns that a number of cancers may have been missed.Dr MacMahon says she understands some patients and relatives have now been invited to meetings at the hospital, and says if that is the case, there are some points they should consider……….Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/wedsmcmahon1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

OUT IN STYLE: Hatten celebrates years as a mail carrier

first_img OUT IN STYLE: Hatten celebrates years as a mail carrier Sponsored Content Email the author The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By Jaine Treadwell Skip Latest Stories Gallery: Charles Henderson holds annual Fall Banquet Charles Henderson High School held its annual Fall Sports Banquet at the Troy Recreation Center on Wednesday evening. Charles Henderson… read more By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like Published 4:00 am Thursday, December 14, 2017 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Allen E. Hatten is not in the habit of going around wearing a tuxedo all willy nilly.And, perhaps not many rural mail carriers don a tuxedo for their retirement party from the USPS. But, for Hatten it was the appropriate attire.He had planned to wear a tux on his last mail route and, if his mail car had not “clunked out” on him, that’s exactly what he would have done. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Over the years, Hatten has gotten longer and better paying routes.“My first routes were about 80 miles but during the last five years, my route was 128 miles and five days a week,” he said. “A lot of that time, I was just riding but at every stop I had an opportunity to speak to the friends I made on the route.”Often, the residents would be waiting at or around the mailbox to get any news that Hatten could relay.“Sometimes, they might need a little help and I’d take a minute to lend a hand,” he said. “One day, I pulled up to the mailbox and saw this dear, sweet lady out in the hot sun, slumped over in her wheelchair. I jumped out and ran to her, praying that she wasn’t dead. She looked up at me and said, ‘Will you help me?’ She had been out there in the sun for three hours.“Another day, I pulled up and saw her waving for help. This time, she was just stuck.”The one day that stands clear in Hatten’s mind is 9/11/2001.“That was the most somber day,” he said. “People met me at every mailbox. It was like a dark cloud was hanging over us but still something was pulling us together. I’ll never forget that day.”Hatten said he will miss the many friendly faces that met him at the mailboxes along his Goshen route. He will miss the rides down the bumpy roads that he knows like the back of his hand. He will miss the solitude that sometimes affords a rural mail carrier and the friendships that he has forged with his co-workers.“My postal family is made up of good people and I will miss them all,” he said. “I thank them and all of those on my routes.”Hatten walked away from 36 years, with the USPS, not looking back but looking forward to hopping on his motorcycle with his wife and riding west to Yellowstone and places unknown. “High-ho, Harley!” “I was going to work another year but, I had to furnish my own vehicle and gas and keep the car up, so when I started to have car troubles, I decided not to buy another car, just go ahead and retire.”On Tuesday, Allen’s retirement was honored by his co-workers at the Troy Post Offfice. He stood proud and tall at that junction of his life in a traditional tuxedo with his wife, Teresa, at his side.“He cleans up good,” Teresa Hatten said with a teasing smile. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article If there were any reservations about retirement, Hatten hid them behind a schoolboy smile.“I’m looking forward to doing things on the spur of the moment,” he said. “If Teresa and I want to get up one morning and ride to the mountains or go to the beach for seafood, we can do that. If I want to spend the day spoiling the grandchildren, I can do that. This next part of my life will be another adventure.”Working for the USPS has been a 36-year adventure for Hatten, with 22 of those years fulltime. Over those years, Hatten owned 22 cars, replaced eight transmissions and three motors, had 22 full brake jobs and fixed 367 flats.“Two deer have hit me and I’ve gotten 92 wasp stings,” he said. “But, I’ve only gotten stuck twice. For rural mail carriers, every day is an adventure. You never know what each day will bring.” Allen E. Hatten was honored by his co-workers at the Troy Post Office Tuesday morning. Hatten retired after 36 years with the USPS. He fulfilled his desire to wear a tux on his last day as a rural mail carrier. His is pictured with his wife, Teresa, left, and Linda Smith, office supervisor. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. 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Homes more affordable but the price of land has risen

first_imgAmong the premium land sales currently on the market is the North Shore development where land prices are listed for $146,500 for 429sq m to $215,000 for 1,000sq m at present.Homes have become more affordable in Townsville, latest median price figures show, but if you want residential land, prepare to start paying more.COVID-19 may has not dampened the appetite for residential land in Townsville, according to the latest figures from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, which show a rise in median prices in the past quarter as well as the past year. Number sold 1,987 Median sales price $315,000 Change -1.6% Units/Townhouses Clive Palmer snaps up RSL prize home for $200k discount The price of vacant land rose 1.1 per cent over the year, a mean feat considering depressed economic circumstances across the country in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.In the past quarter alone, prices rose 0.6 per cent for vacant land, which should provide much needed confidence for struggling residential construction firms and tradies. Houses How Townsville tracked in the past year: MORE: Lifestyle leads home price growthcenter_img *MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS Number sold 485 Median sales price $240,000 Change -1.8% More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 Land Number sold 289 Median sales price $164,000 Change 1.1% (Source: REIQ Market Monitor) North Shore has a range of land, house and land and terrace options available, from the low maintenance 336sq m home site up to 700sq m.The rise in land prices comes despite a 1.6 per cent drop in annual median sale prices for houses, which shrank -1.6 per cent to $315,000, while units and townhouses fell -1.8 per cent to $240,000 through the past year.The figures showed that 1,987 houses were sold through the year, 485 units and townhouses and 289 blocks of land. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:56Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: Spring property predictions 202002:57last_img read more

Badgers steal close contest with Golden Eagles

first_imgAs Wisconsin women’s basketball head coach Bobbie Kelsey’s glasses slipped out of her hand and flew into the stands, the lead and the game were almost lost along with them. Luckily, after Kelsey received a technical foul on that play with a little more than a minute remaining – the Badgers recovered and were able to stave off a last second three-point attempt to defeat their in-state rivals Marquette 71-68.Wisconsin (5-3) found itself up by 15 early in the game, but Marquette (4-3) utilized gritty defensive play and hot shooting to diminish the Badger’s lead. However, Arlesia Morse’s 30-foot three-point attempt fell well short at the buzzer, and Wisconsin held on for a hard-earned win – and an important one according to Kelsey.“This is so important for our team because we can build on this,” Kelsey said. “You got to win some of these games to build on them; it’s not good to say we tried hard, we lost. You got to win them.”The big story in the game for the Badgers was the absence of senior guard Taylor Wurtz and freshman guard Dakota Whyte, forcing Wisconsin to go with a six person rotation for almost the entire game. Wurtz was out for the third straight game with a back injury, and Whyte sat out as a precautionary measure because of a sore knee. All five starters logged more than 34 minutes in the game, with sophomore forward AnnMarie Brown the only other playing seeing significant time at 17 minutes of total play.Despite their lack of depth, Wisconsin started the game fast and looked ready to run away with the game early. After Marquette scored the first basket of the game, the Badgers went off on a 15-0 run and proceeded to sink five threes to hold their biggest lead at 21-6.After the game Golden Eagle head coach Terri Mitchell commented on the Badgers’ fast start, along with the atmosphere of the game when Marquette made the game close again.“I give Wisconsin a lot of credit for the way they jumped all over us to start the game. The eight threes they had in the first half, they got in a rhythm, and once we settled and responded it was a chess match,” Terri Mitchell. It was a lot of fun to coach; it’s a lot more fun when you win, but I don’t walk out of here wondering about the hearts of my team.”Allowing the Golden Eagles back into the game was some sloppy play by the Badgers, and a scary moment for Wisconsin. On a fast break, Wisconsin junior forward Cassie Rochel went up for a layup, and following a miss, she landed awkwardly on one of her knees. After a made basket by Marquette, Rochel was tended to by the medical staff and made her way gingerly off the court.Rochel returned to the bench following several minutes in the locker room, and she then appeared back in the game, but in her time gone, the damage was done. Marquette’s 18-2 run came at this point, and Marquette took the lead 24-23. But Wisconsin kept Marquette at bay and promptly took the lead back, with the help of a Nicole Bauman, who came up big for the Badgers, totaling a career high 16 points.Even though Marquette took the lead briefly, as Rochel left the court with her injury, she had confidence in her teammates’ ability.“I think it was more of just shock than anything. My knee buckled when I went up for a layup but walking out of the gym I had no worries,” Rochel said. “The freshmen [and bench players] are ready to step up at any time, and they know that whether I go down or any of the guards go down, the players on the bench are ready to step up whenever they are called upon.”There were few players on the bench to call on in this game, but the players that were called on stepped up to the task. Rochel recorded 10 points, sophomore forward Jacki Gulczynski had 14 and junior guard Morgan Paige had 19 to pace the Badgers.When the Badgers needed it the most up only three with 1:38 remaining, Gulczynski hit a cold-blooded three pointer from the top of the arc, to give the Badgers some breathing room. Following two technical foul free-throws and subsequent three-pointer by Marquette, Wisconsin’s lead was cut to one, but Bauman sank two free-throws with 14 seconds left to secure the Badger win.“Even us being young and inexperienced, it was really, really encouraging to see us being together and really fighting through to get this win,” Paige said.last_img read more

Brand South Africa and The Odd Number winners at the Loerie Awards

first_imgBrand South Africa in partnership with its agency, The Odd Number are proud to be recipients of four Loerie Awards at the Loeries awards ceremony held in Durban over the weekend.The Loeries are Africa and the Middle East’s premier initiative that recognises, rewards, inspires and fosters creative excellence in the brand communication industry.Brand South Africa’s creative work won on multi-media platforms – Radio Station Commercials, Newspaper Advertising as well as TV and Cinema Advertising for various campaigns namely; the Play Your Part, Constitutional Awareness and Days of national significance.The Awards are as follows:Bronze Radio Station Commercial for Play Your Part for the “Babakhe” commercial, the message is anchored on promoting road safetyBronze SA Non-English Radio Station Commercial for Play Your Part for the “BVD” commercial, the message is anchored on promoting road safetyBronze TV & Cinema Commercials – above 90s for Constitutional Awareness for the “Dala what you must” web film.Bronze Newspaper Advertising South Africa for Days of national significance campaign (Freedom Day) for the “Amandla” campaign.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela said “We are really proud of the work produced by our agency and these awards reaffirm that the work we do, does not go unnoticed. I am confident that a number of opportunities will arise from this achievement, which will help showcase how South Africa inspires in new and innovate ways domestically and internationally”.Another special moment for the organisation was the winners of the Brand South Africa’s young creatives category award, which proved to be a tough judging process for the team. The young winners were announced by General Manager for Communication Ms Thoko Modise.“Our young creatives are David Franciscus from Protagonist Films and Kirstin Uken from Sunshinegun, these young people will go far, we are really proud of the high quality of work produced. The Nation Brand is guided by innovative work especially from the young people, well done to both”, said Ms ModiseWatch the award winning “Dala what you must” web film herelast_img read more

South Africa, China sign trade and industry deals

first_imgSouth African President Jacob Zuma hosted his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping, who is in South Africa on a State Visit, during which the two will host the Forum for China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) summit.The heads of state evaluated the progress achieved by the bilateral relationship following the conclusion of the Five to Ten Year Strategic Programme for Co- operation adopted at the end of 2014, during Zuma’s visit to the People’s Republic of China.A progress report outlined the goals achieved in the implementation of the strategic programme with specific reference to the six priority areas identified for 2015, including:Alignment of industries to accelerate South Africa’s industrialisation processEnhancement of co-operation in special economic zones (SEZs)Enhancement of marine co-operationInfrastructure developmentHuman resources co-operationFinancial co-operationFollowing the progress made in these areas, a number of new and renewed agreements were signed today, including:Action Plan on the Strengthening of the Joint Working Group between China and South AfricaTo accelerate bilateral co-operation on major projects, both sides agreed to further strengthen the Joint Working Group through the action plan to emphasise the following aspects: locomotive procurement, civilian nuclear energy project, investment in renewable energy, investment co-operation in industrial parks, trade promotion, specifically focused on South African product expos and Chinese trade missions, promoting the export of South African products to China and co-operation in Black Industrialists Programmes; visa facilitation, financial cooperation and the upgrading of national electricity transmission and distribution system.Memorandum of Understanding on Jointly Building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk RoadSouth Africa and China are committed to jointly promote the building of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (the Belt and Road) through this memorandum of understanding (MOU). China proposed the Belt and Road Initiative in an endeavour to uphold the spirit of the Silk Road, which includes peace, co-operation, openness, inclusiveness, mutual learning, mutual benefit and win-win results and to enrich its meaning with the characteristics of the new era.The memorandum also aims at creating opportunities for mutual learning, realising better exchange and integration of goods, technology, capital and personnel and promoting the co-ordinated development and common progress of countries concerned in the fields of economy, society, environment and culture, thereby facilitating dialogues and integration of different civilisations. South Africa and China have agreed to jointly explore the converging points between the Belt and Road Initiative and national development of South Africa, to enhance policy co- ordination and pragmatic co-operation, promote win-win co-operation and mutual learning so as to realise peaceful development and common prosperity for both countries.Pres Zuma & HE Pres Xi Jinping addressed a joint press conference. Pres Xi Jinping on a state visit to SA pic.twitter.com/jN8T870jW5— ANC Info Feed (@MyANC_) December 2, 2015Agreement between the Department of Environmental Affairs and the NDRC on Strengthening Co-operation in the Oceans EconomyThe objective of the Agreement on Strengthening Co-operation in the Oceans Economy is to create co-operation and a consultation platform and to promote co- operation on the oceans economy between the two countries and related organisations and enterprises.The agreement outlines broad areas of co-operation in the following areas: maritime transport; offshore petroleum resources development; ocean drilling platform building; aquaculture and processing of fish products; port development/construction and operation; port industrial park development; skills development and capacity building; research, technology innovation and technology transfer; oceans environment conservation and management; and other areas of mutual interest as agreed by the parties.Agreement on the Waiver of Visa Requirements for Diplomatic and Official Passport HoldersThe Agreement on the Waiver of Visa Requirements for Diplomatic and Official Passport Holders allows for those citizens from South Africa and China, who hold valid diplomatic or service passports, to enter into, exit from, transit through, or stay in the country of the other party for a period not exceeding 30 days to be exempt from the requirement of having to obtain a visa for the duration of that period. Accredited diplomatic and consular staff, as well as members of their families, shall not be required to obtain a visa for the duration of their accreditation. The agreement shall replace the existing agreement regarding the Waiver of Visa Requirements for Holders of Diplomatic Passports, signed on 24 August 2010.Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation in Health and Medical Sciences between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South AfricaThe objective of the MOU in health and medical sciences between South Africa and China is to expand exchanges in the fields of public health, health care delivery systems and biomedical sciences, as well as establish regular co-operation between health institutions.Areas of co-operation include: public health services and biomedical research, medical research; primary health care, including family medicine; quality assurance in health care and standards practice; education and training in, and research of, traditional medicine; healthy lifestyles; regulation of medicine, including traditional medicine; pre-hospital emergency medicine; HIV and Aids and TB and MDR-TB treatment; recruitment of health professionals; and human resource development.“We are pleased to Host President Xi Jinping and his delegation,” South African President Jacob Zuma pic.twitter.com/hWekCLy9gq— CCTV Africa (@cctvnewsafrica) December 2, 2015Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation and Development of Science ParksFollowing the Agreement on Science and Technology Co-operation concluded between South Africa and China on 30 March 1999, the Five to Ten Year Strategic Framework for Co-operation between South Africa and China (2015-2024) signed on 4 December 2014; and the China-Africa Science and Technology Partnership Programme that was launched in November 2011, the two countries have committed to continue to expand co-operation in the field of science parks on the basis of equality and mutual benefit in order to enhance bilateral research and development partnerships and innovation activities.The MOU on science park co-operation highlights cooperation between the two countries in business incubation, high-end skills development and ICT research and development investment.Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of South Africa on the Establishment of a China Cultural Centre in the Republic of South AfricaThe government of the People’s Republic of China and the government of the Republic of South Africa wish to promote the cultural and exchanges expertise and co-operation between the two countries and strengthen the mutual understanding and friendship.China will establish a China Cultural Centre in South Africa that will provide quality and publicly accessible cultural programmes through friendly collaboration with its partners.Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Public Enterprises, Republic of South Africa, and the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, the People’s Republic of ChinaThe MOU between South Africa’s Department of Public Enterprises and China’s State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission intends to facilitate strengthening co-operation in terms of infrastructure construction projects; information communications, as well as co-operation between Chinese and South African energy related companies.The agreement will create a legal framework for South African and Chinese state-owned enterprises within their oversight control to conduct exchanges and co- operation in the areas of common interests, and as well as to share information and expertise in their respective enterprises.“President Zuma and I look forward to renewing our friendships with all other FOCAC leaders,” President Xi Jinping pic.twitter.com/3WefpVObTr— CCTV Africa (@cctvnewsafrica) December 2, 2015Memorandum of Understanding on Anti-Monopoly Co-operation between the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and the Economic Development Department of South AfricaThe purpose of the MOU is to enhance the partnership of Chinese Ministry of Commerce and South Africa’s Economic Development Department by providing a sound mechanism for their communication and co-operation in the fields of competition law and policy, including enforcement.It will allow exchanging information regarding developments in their respective competition legislation, enforcement and policy; providing comments on drafts of each other’s competition law, regulations and other legal or guidance documents; exchanging information on issues including, but not limited to, definition of relevant markets, theories of harm, the competitive impact assessment and the design of remedies; sharing competition law enforcement experience; sharing practice and experience with respect to law enforcement capacity building; and exchanging views on issues relating to international co-operation on competition law and policy.Memorandum of Co-operation between the South African Revenue Service of the Republic of South Africa and the Great Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of ChinaThe memorandum of co-operation between the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and China’s Great Administration of Customs (GAC) intends to strengthen co-operation in the field of administrative assistance in customs matters with the focus on improving mutual understanding of the participants’ custom practices.The agreement will create a legal framework for SARS and the GAC to promote communication and co-operation in customs administration; technology application, the formulation and implementation of laws and regulations; capacity building; and trade statistics.The memorandum will also pave the way for the participants to enhance co- operation by developing their capabilities through particular activities, projects and arrangements as well as facilitate co-operation in specific areas, namely the exchange of trade statistics; trade facilitation and identifying and controlling trade risks; improving the existing collaboration in terms of anti-smuggling; exchanging customs valuation methodologies; capacity building as well as exchanging views in areas applicable to multilateral contexts.#ChinaInSA President Jacob Zuma accompanied by President Xi Jinping greets Chinese dignitaries pic.twitter.com/FE6ICflMOv— POWER987 News (@POWER987News) December 2, 2015Action Plan on Co-operation in Human Resource Development between the Department of Higher Education and Training of the Republic of South Africa and the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of ChinaThe government of China is offering 2 000 training opportunities to South Africa for the period of 2015 to 2020. South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training and China’s Ministry of Commerce drafted an action plan on co- operation in human resource development as part of the implementation programme for these training offers.The action plan will also assist in strengthening the promotion of personnel exchanges, as well as in enhancing mutual friendship between the two countries. It is part of the Five to Ten Year Strategic Programme for Co-operation between the Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of China 2015-2024.Report on the Statistical Discrepancies of Merchandise Trade between the Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of ChinaIn recent years, the bilateral merchandise trade between South Africa and China has grown rapidly. From 2004 to 2014, the total bilateral trade value increased 28.4% (compound annual growth) according to Chinese statistics and 20.4% according to South African statistics.The discrepancies between the trade data of the two countries have been a concern and have had an effect on the objective of understanding and evaluating bilateral trade. Consequently, a joint working group on trade statistics analysis between South Africa and China was established in November 2010, comprised of the Department of Trade and Industry, SARS and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.The working group conducted a co-operative study on the cause of the statistical discrepancy in the 2004 to 2009 bilateral merchandise trade data and focused on critically analysing the trade data of 2007 and 2009.State owned enterprises agreementsMemorandum of Understanding on Strategic Co-Operation entered into between Eskom Holdings and State Corporation of ChinaThe MOU between Eskom and State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) intends facilitating the strengthening of co-operation between South Africa and China in the field of energy.The agreement will create a legal framework for Eskom and the SGCC to establish a strategic relationship in order to deepen their co-operation in international business and to exchange experience in technical, managerial and financial fields.The MOU will also allow the parties to pursue commercial opportunities and exchange information on projects in geographic regions of mutual interest in the fields of transmission and distribution projects, renewable energy projects, off-grid rural electrification programmes.Loan Agreement between the China Development Bank Corporation and EskomEskom and the China Development Bank will conclude a loan agreement to facilitate South Africa-China investment and trade co-operation and to further support Eskom’s infrastructure construction. The loan facility is to the value of $500-million (R7.2-trillion at today’s exchange rate).Framework Co-operation Agreement between the China Export Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure) and TransnetTransnet and Sinosure will conclude a framework agreement of co-operation. Sinosure is willing to provide insurance support to Transnet with respect to the financing activities with a total amount of no more than $2.5-billion (the “quota”) in the first phase of co-operation with Transnet, in relation to the procurement by Transnet of mechanical and electrical products and whole-set equipment from Chinese enterprises, and projects contracted by Chinese enterprises in South Africa, as well as operation, maintenance and other related services.The quota will be preferably used for projects in South Africa, for example railway, ports and pipeline,, and other projects recognised by both parties.Strategic Co-operation Agreement to Fund Infrastructure and Industrial Development Projects in South Africa and the Rest of Africa between China Construction Bank Corporation and Industrial Corporation of South Africa LimitedThe parties will fund infrastructure and industrial development projects, directly and indirectly in South Africa and the rest of Africa, subject to their internal funding processes. The parties will, inter alia, fund project opportunities in South Africa and the rest of Africa, with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) taking underlying project risk and China Construction Bank taking project risk at the IDC level.This would involve debt funding. Sectors to be considered for funding include industrial infrastructure, which encompasses energy renewable and conventional; agro-processing; manufacturing and mining beneficiation; among others.Memorandum of Understanding between the Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) and the IDCIt is the mutual intention of the parties to co-operate with each other by establishing motor vehicle manufacturing facilities in South Africa at a coastal city – either Durban or East London. The manufacturing facility is intended to create jobs and sell motor vehicles in South Africa and the rest of the African continent in accordance with the terms of reference referred to in this MOU to make reasonable profit.Co-operation Framework Agreement between the Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) and the China Communications Construction CompanyThe purpose of this agreement is to assist in establishing and developing a long-term friendly co-operation relationship between the parties in order to fund and implement new projects in the water and sanitation sector in South Africa.Agreement on the Final Acceptance for CBERS-04 Satellite Ground System in South Africa between the South African National Space Agency and the China Aerospace, Science and Technology CorporationWith the support of the China-Africa Science and Technology Partnership Program (Castep) launched by Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology in 2009, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has appointed the China Center for Earth Resource Satellite Data & Application (Cresda) to execute the task of CBERS-04 Satellite Ground System in South Africa for the South Africa National Space Agency (Sansa).In October, 2015, Cresda completed installation, integration, and training of the CBERS-04 Satellite Ground System in South Africa. From 17 October to 31 November 2015, Sansa successfully completed a test run of the CBERS-04 Satellite Ground System in South Africa.On 2 December 2015, Cresda and Sansa signed a final acceptance agreement for the CBERS-04 Satellite Ground System in South Africa to certify that the CBERS- 04 Satellite Ground System in South Africa is accepted by Sansa and is formally handed over to it.Project Management Co-operation Agreement for CAP1400 Project between State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation and the South Africa Nuclear CorporationThe agreement will allow for State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC )and the South Africa Nuclear Corporation to enhance bilateral co-operation in the field of nuclear power. China and South Africa have enormous potential in the peaceful use of nuclear energy.The SNPTC owns the CAP1400 Project, a nuclear power plant, operated by its subsidiary, State Nuclear Power Demonstration Plant Company. Through this agreement, SNPTC agrees to provide an opportunity for Necsa’s personnel to participate in the construction management of the CAP1400 Project Site. Private sector agreementsCollaboration and Framework Agreement between Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Standard Bank-South AfricaThe agreement between Standard Bank South Africa and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China will facilitate the raising of rand-denominated funding for the Chinese bank, which will be made available to strengthen the various sectors of the South African economy, with a particular focus on power and infrastructure. The agreement is worth up to R10-billion over the next five years.Co-operation Agreement between Investec and the Export-Import Bank of ChinaOn 2 December 2015, South Africa’s Investec Bank and the China Export-Import Bank concluded a strategic co-operation agreement aimed at strengthening and enhancing trade and economic co-operation between the two countries and industrial development.The agreement establishes a framework for developing a long-term business relationship between the two banks aimed at promoting co-operation in the areas of export finance, project finance, the internationalisation of the Chinese yuan renminbi and its use as a settlement currency in trade, and other finance fields. The two banks will further place special emphasis on co-operation in projects to enhance trade between China and South Africa in mechanical and electronic products, complete sets of equipment, high and new-technology products, energy, raw materials, agricultural products and other products consistent with the economic and industrial development goals of the governments of China and South Africa; energy and infrastructure projects located in China, South Africa or third countries in sub-Saharan Africa to be invested or developed by Chinese and/or South African enterprises, among other fields.Co-operation Agreement between the China State Council Information Office and the Naspers Group SAThe cooperation agreement between the China State Council Information Office and the Naspers Group SA will promote and create a legal framework to improve co-operation between South Africa and China to actively promote communication between their media practitioners through mutual visits and exposure to local media operations as well as co-produce or promote the co-production of media products, exchange or promote the exchange of content of media products based on a variety of media.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Can We Live Happily Underground?

first_imgHigher costs and more concreteA big problem with PAHS construction, Holladay replies, is higher construction costs. Because it’s underground, lots of concrete will be required, he says, and that will require waterproofing in order to keep the house dry. Because a large amount of soil around the structure must be insulated, rather than just the building envelope, insulation costs also are higher. Finally, all that extra excavation will mean more spending.“If you have a fat enough budget to cover these expenses, and you trust the veracity of the anecdotes you’ve heard about PAHS comfort, go right ahead,” Holladay says. “Readers of GBA who are thinking about different approaches to energy-efficient construction, however, deserve an analysis that considers whether these added expenses yield any energy savings. In my opinion, they don’t.”You’re generalizing, Lepper replies.“You are wrong with your sweeping statement about PAHS houses being ‘much more expensive than other forms of construction,’” Lepper says. “That’s like saying that rammed earth houses are expensive. They are if you have them built by a professional in California.“You are wrong about PAHS houses needing lots of concrete because they are underground, for similar reasons. PAHS houses can be bermed, they don’t have to be underground. Mine is on a south-facing slope, and digging out the hole for it was certainly no more expensive than pouring lots of concrete to make the foundations for an above-ground house on a slope.”Earth-bermed houses need no more waterproofing than the typical basement or underground garage, Lepper says, and the earth surrounding a PAHS house is protected by a waterproof, insulated umbrella.“Your next assertion, that ‘you’ll need more rigid foam because you’re trying to heat the whole neighborhood’ makes me wonder if you are really interested in a serious discussion about PAHS (which is what Laurel was asking for),” Lepper addis. “This remark, and your vague reference to ‘physics,’ seem to indicate that, despite the evidence from homeowners, you think heat cannot be stored in the vicinity of the house and is just going to dissipate around town.“If that was the case those homeowners would be shivering for six months of the year. Why do they say their house is the most comfortable one they’ve ever owned?“Is Hait a crackpot, or could he be the genius of the insulated umbrella?” Lepper asks. Other considerationsDavison is looking for specific recommendations in key areas: the specs of the insulating and waterproofing membrane over the soil surrounding the house, and the ventilation the house will require. But GBA reader Brendan Albano suggests she is looking for answers in the wrong place.For advice on the membrane, Albano says, go to the company supplying the components for the shell. For ventilation advice, consult someone who’s familiar with PAHS construction rather than the third-year civil engineering student Davison has been speaking with. Read Malcolm Wells’ book on earth-sheltered construction, Albano advises.“And just to be clear, I’m not trying to discourage you from posting here, just pointing out to be cautious about the information you receive if you are asking for experts in one subject (standard above-ground energy efficient building, and off-grid living in these sorts of buildings) for advice about a related but different subject (below-ground PAHS energy efficient building and off-grid living in those sorts of buildlings),” he says.“And just to be clear, my biases would be to build a standard insulated home for efficiency purposes. And if you want to have it be underground for aesthetic purposes, just put it underground! Even if it’s just a big pile of dirt, PAHS is still a complex system. I would argue that if you’re after simplicity, a well insulated wall and a wood stove is much simpler than PAHS. But if you want to build a PAHS home, definitely seek out advice from people with the expertise!”Stephen Sheehy has one additional thought: recouping costs through the sale of a PAHS house might not be very easy.“One thing about PAHS is that I suspect such houses, once complete, are probably not salable at a price that would recoup much of the significant cost of construction,” Sheehy says. “So long as one is either rich enough not to care or old enough to be sure this is the last house, resale isn’t important.”Malcolm Taylor adds that PAHS construction is likely to remain a niche building technique, if only because it requires at least a large suburban lot and is unsuited to urban or multifamily construction, which makes up the bulk of the housing market.“They also use techniques outside the established construction used by builders, and the end product isn’t one familiar to the tastes marketers and culture have instilled in home buyers over time,” Taylor says. “That doesn’t mean individuals shouldn’t build one if they want to. There are all sorts of alternate types of construction, like log houses, rammed-earth, straw bale, etc., that are easy to dismiss because of their lack of general adaptability which make their individual occupants very happy.” Earth-bermed houses built with the Passive Annual Heat Storage (PAHS) approach are a little off the beaten track for most builders and prospective homeowners. These houses go back a bit: John N. Hait described the construction of an early “umbrella house” in the 1980s.As unusual as they may be, PAHS houses have their advocates. One of them is Laurel Davison, who is planning to build one in Missouri on a gently sloped lot with an unimpeded southern exposure.In a Q&A post at Green Building Advisor, Davison outlines the basics of her proposed new house: a shell made by Terra-Dome Corporation, heated mostly with passive solar with a minisplit air-source heat pump for backup heating and cooling, and a variety of energy saving electrical appliances.Davison sees several advantages to this approach, including little to no required exterior maintenance — not something she’d get with an above-ground house — and protection from tornados, always a threat in this region. No data to back up claims“I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings,” writes GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, “but I am going to give it to you straight: You have decided to adopt a discredited approach to residential construction. The design approach you are discussing (the passive annual heat storage approach) has passionate advocates but little data to back up its claims. In those respects, it resembles the earthship approach.”Elements of energy-efficient construction are already well known, Holladay adds: a compact house shape, not too many windows, a tight building envelope, and lots of insulation in the ceiling, walls, and floors.“That’s basically it,” he says. “You don’t need many cubic meters of soil around your house, nor do you need to install buried insulation to isolate this soil from other soil. Sorry, but it’s true. The PAHS approach requires large investments in measures that are irrelevant to your home’s energy performance — expensive measures with no energy yield.”While it’s true that underground houses eliminate most exterior maintenance, the cost of waterproofing details are likely to be higher than maintaining siding in conventional construction. Insulation should be located in the shell of the building, not located some distance away from the house as is the case with a PAHS house, Holladay adds. And if tornado protection is a concern, an option worth considering is building above ground with insulated concrete forms (ICFs).“There are so many aspects of the PAHS approach that make no sense that it’s hard to list them,” he says. “However, it’s probably worth warning you that many homes with earth tubes [a feature of the underground house shown in the illustration above] have abandoned and sealed the earth tubes because of problems with air quality and mold.” Do Earth Tubes Make Any Sense?Earthship Hype and Earthship RealityAll About Thermal MassSolar Versus Superinsulation: A 30-Year-Old DebateNostalgia for the Hippie Building Heyday Another PAHS advocate respondsBruce Lepper says he is building his own half-buried PAHS house with rammed-earth walls in Toulouse, France, a process he describes in his own construction blog.Lepper was convinced to try the building approach by someone who’s lived comfortably in one for years. “He says it’s the most comfortable house he’s ever lived in, and his neighbor, who ordered a copy from him, says the same,” Lepper writes.He mentions other PAHS success stories, including that of Tom Beaudette, founder of Beaudette Consulting Engineers in Montana, who built one for himself. Lepper also cites the experience of Joe LaCour, who he says converted a 1970s era house in the Pacific Northwest into a PAHS structure (see comment #13 in this GBA post).“There are many other isolated examples, but as Martin would point out it tends to be anecdotal,” Lepper says. “I’m hoping to add a little data with the buried temperature and humidity probes around our house, but that will be in the future.” “Please review my plans… and pick holes in them,” Davison writes. “I don’t guarantee to change my mind, but I do promise to research varying opinions thoroughly and supporting data would be appreciated … I have an interested builder, land, money, and a quiet winter to get all the details addressed.”The merits and pitfalls of this type of construction are the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. RELATED ARTICLES Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost had to add:Having toured the Terra-Dome website, I have to admit that some of their homes in the photo gallery are pretty intriguing. That’s the Hobbit in me, and I don’t say that sarcastically; there is something comforting and cozy about any earth-bermed home. And in some ways, depending on the specific design of the home, you are essentially building a walk-out basement home.But the builder and building scientist in me cringes, based on these points:Ground-coupling. This approach — inherently cooler in summer and warmer in winter — just sort of rolls off the tongue. But it’s damn near impossible to accurately model this to get insulation levels well-tuned. Overheating and underheating when diurnal cycles and the sun and clouds don’t cooperate may well end up being the rule and not the exception. And whether or not we can accurately model ground-coupling, installing a radiant floor heating system that is ground-coupled (with no insulation underneath the coils) will heat the ground below more efficiently than the living space above.The need to be mistake-proof. With so many complex waterproofing details buried underground, you pretty much get just one chance to get it right. Any home benefits from quality of design and construction, but this approach seems to me to require it.Durable but inflexible design. Depending on the design — just how much of the roof is actually underground and how many interior walls are structural concrete — you had better get the size of your home and family perfectly matched, and you had better anticipate all the intended uses. Retrofit and addition options will be more than just limited.Cost. I took a quick look at the pricing sheet for Terra-Dome. It does not start off well: “…Insulation, waterproofing, drainage, and backfill are not included in the construction costs.” It scares me that while other per-component costs are included in the price sheet, something as essential to the design as moisture management is not included, even in a per-square-foot range of cost.Warranty. With this type of design and construction I would expect a warranty to be front and center on the website. I searched around quite a bit and found no discussion at all of system warranties.Here is the good news: This GBA Q&A Spotlight blog and the Q&A thread that inspired the blog mean that Laurel Davison has a ton of information and insights to make her eventual design and construction much more successful.last_img read more

North Korea expecting visit from Dennis Rodman

first_imgIn 2014, he arranged a basketball game with other former NBA players and North Koreans and regaled leader Kim Jong Un with a rendition of “Happy Birthday.” On the same trip, he suggested an American missionary was at fault for his own imprisonment in North Korea, remarks for which he later apologized.A foreign ministry official who spoke to the AP in Pyongyang confirmed Rodman was expected to arrive Tuesday but could not provide details. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the ministry had not issued a formal statement. CNN reported Rodman was in Beijing, his expected departure point for a flight to the North Korean capital.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAny visit by a high-profile American is a political minefield and Rodman has been criticized for failing to use his influence on leaders who are otherwise isolated diplomatically from the rest of the world.Americans are regarded as enemies in North Korea since the two countries never signed a peace treaty to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War. Thousands of U.S. troops are based in South Korea, and the Demilitarized Zone between the North and South is one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage This combination of file photos shows former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman in Pyongyang, North Korea on Dec. 20, 2013, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017. North Korea on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, is expecting another visit by Rodman, who has made several trips to the country but has been criticized for insensitive comments and for regaling leader Kim Jong Un with “Happy Birthday” in 2014. It would be his first visit to the country since President Donald Trump took office (AP Photos/David Guttenfelder, Wong Maye-E, Files)BEIJING — North Korea is expecting another visit by former NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman on Tuesday in what would be his first to the country since President Donald Trump took office.Rodman has received the red-carpet treatment on each of his past visits but has been roundly criticized for doing so during a time of high tensions between the U.S. and North Korea over its weapons programs.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SMB levels up MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

“SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH”

first_img* The Australian Touch Association’s monthly newsletter for July 2004 has been uploaded onto the homepage. Go to ‘Newsletters’ and then follow the links. These newsletters will be uploaded regularly. * Local touch associations should check out Wallsend Touch’s website www.wallsend.touch.asn.au …a great example of a local association working to develop touch information and news for their region. Have a look at the `Wolves Web’ for ideas on pushing your own sites for interest, information and sponsorship possibilities. * The Australian Government and the Australian Sports Commission provide travel and accommodation assistance for elite indigenous athletes, have a look at the full story if you think they might be able to provide assistance for you! * Work is continuing on re-designing the My ClubTouch website, from all examples passed my way it’s looking good, we’ll let you know when it replaces the current version! * The Austouch program may be up and in some states but be prepared for the National launch of the junior touch program. It will be taking place at the 18 years Nationals on September 15 in Coffs Harbour. * Semester 2 touch has begun for Eastern Uni Games champs Uni of Canberra, check out their website www.ucotters.com for more info. Also, the UC Otters are seeking financial sponsorship for their trip to the Australian Games, as no doubt many other Uni’s are, why not consider sponsorship? Contact them for more information. * WA are working on a brand new SuB boX, the forum on their website. Should be available for use sometime this week. * Scott Mitchell is dominating in the NSWTA Sydney Championships Best and Fairest voting for the Mens Open. The Western Suburbs star has scored nine votes after just three matches. Not a bad effort really. Cronulla are leading the Womens Open division and after four rounds in the Womens U/23’s Cronulla, Wallsend and Wollongong all remain undefeated. See NSW touch for more results and statistics. * Round 1 of South Australia’s State League was scheduled to be played on Friday the 6th of August; unfortunately downpours of rain and flash flooding throughout the state were a slight hindrance. The round was postponed but the competition will continue this weekend. While it may have frustrated touch organisers and players, the rain was no doubt welcomed! * The Victorian Touch Association is pleased to announce the following appointments for the 2004 Australia Cup tournaments: Men’s 30’s Coach – Simon Stuart Men’s 30’s Assistant Coach – David Regenspurger Women’s 23s Co-Coaches – Brendan Pollock/Dwain Lindsay Men’s 23s Coach – Rei Eder Women’s 30s Manager – Steve Merchant * State of Origin just four days away! The 20 Years Youth World Cup selection day just six days away! Keep an eye on ATA’s homepage for all the upcoming information and stories. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img