Ocean City Fishing Pier Open House Benefits Food Cupboard

first_imgOcean City Fishing Club member Tom Yucis lets Bode Weber, 3, (right) touch the kingfish he just caught, while his brother R.D. Weber, 4, and their grandmother Sue Lawver watch. (Photos courtesy of Ocean City Fishing Club) An open house at the Ocean City Fishing Club’s Pier means contributing to the local food cupboard and learning about the organization, as well as helping catch some fish – in any language.So, when club member Bob Dever handed his rod to Diane Charette, after he felt a fish strike, she immediately broke into French, shouting, “Viens, mon cherie! Mon cherie!” (Come on, my dear! My dear!) as she steadily cranked the reel handle and brought the fish over the railing.Charette and her husband have traveled from Montreal, Canada, to vacation in Ocean City each summer for the past 10 years, but visited the pier for the first time Thursday for an open house.During the two-hour event, 687 visitors strolled the length of 635-foot-long pier. They also donated 103 pounds of food and $140 in cash to help the Ocean City Food Cupboard feed families in need.Combined with amounts raised from the club’s first open house in July, the club collected a total of 185 pounds of food and $340 in cash for the food cupboard this year. “We do this twice a year,” said Frank Pizzutilla, club president, “and we thank the public for supporting a good cause while touring our pier at the same time. We’re happy that the good weather helped attendance, too.”Some storm clouds dispersed quickly as sun drenched the pier in early evening light, giving visitors perfect weather to enjoy their tour. A number of OCFC members were on hand to display baits that are used for different types of fish, as well as to answer questions and demonstrate casting and even some catching.At the bait refrigerators, club member Dan Moore, gave youngsters the opportunity to hold a bloodworm, and showed the crowds whole frozen mullet and bunker, commonly used to catch fish.While explaining how the various baits are used, he was stumped when one young boy asked, “What does his face look like?” when Moore showed the group a headless bunker.“Kids, you never know what they’ll come up with,” Moore chuckled, obviously enjoying his interactions with the children. “But it’s great to see their interest. They’re so curious.”Ocean City Fishing Club member Dan Moore shows visitors at the open house some of the bait that anglers use.Both Dever and Tom Yucis, another club member fishing at the tip of the pier, brought cheers and excitement whenever they landed their catch, sometimes giving youngsters brave enough a chance to hold a live fish, then release it to the ocean.Jack Thibeault, 11, of Doylestown, Pa., has some experience surf fishing already. He’s caught two kingfish from the jetties north of the Music Pier, while vacationing with his family this year, but still enjoyed showing off one that Dever just caught.Brothers Bode and R.D. Weber, 3 and 4 years old, respectively, visit their grandmother Sue Lawver here each summer, and have the fishing bug already.“They just love being on the bay fishing,” Lawver said. “R.D. already knows the types of fishing reels used here.”The two brothers came running whenever Yucis landed a fish, giving them and other youngsters a chance to touch or hold his catch“They get so excited to see the fish up close,” Yucis said, smiling broadly. “Their eyes light up and they’re just thrilled. Can’t wait to do this again next year.”And that includes the Charettes. Although this was their first time on the pier, they plan to include it in their visits from Montreal to Ocean City from now on.“And we will contribute to the food cupboard, too,” Denise Charette said.The open house is held twice yearly to coincide with Ocean City’s Family Night on the Boardwalk. Next year’s dates will be announced early next year.Founded in 1913, the OCFC has a strong commitment to community involvement besides helping the food cupboard.Next up, the club’s Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament will held Aug. 10, rain or shine, at the north end beach near the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. Registration begins at 9 a.m. for youngsters 8-16 years old. Fishing starts at 10 a.m. and ends at noon, followed by an awards presentation.last_img read more

Gigot hosts ‘Idea Challenge’ at ND

first_imgIdeas ranged from the high tech to the socially and environmentally conscious to the bizarre at the third annual Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies’ Idea Challenge, held yesterday in the Mendoza College of Business. Ideas included everything from laser pointers to automated urinal carnival games. Each student is given one minute to present their idea in front of an audience, which then votes on the best. The objective is to simulate an “elevator pitch” — the opportunity to present potential investors or partners with an original idea. “The goal of the Gigot Center is to really look at the idea of venture development as a spectrum from idea to enterprise,” Laura Hollis, director of the Gigot Center, said. The event is meant to kick off the rounds of competitions that come later, such as the main McClosky Competition, which gives students the opportunity to present their business plans in the hopes of the $15,000 grand prize, according to Gigot’s website. Students can be intimidated by the prospect of presenting their ideas, so this event is supposed to help ease that anxiety, Hollis said. Both the Idea Challenge and McClosky Competition are open to all Notre Dame students, no matter the major. “The best projects are usually interdisciplinary,” Hollis said. After all of the students have presented, the audience votes. There are two overall winners in two categories, Best Social Venture and Best Health care Venture. The Best Social Venture award went to a plan to set up medical kiosks around the world so that doctors in developing nations could learn about medical procedures while providing data for the study of disease, Hollis said. A plan to apply mobile technology to fighting diabetes in developing nations won the Best Health care Venture category. Casey Cockerham and Joe Miller won the general competition, both garnering new iPads for their ideas. Cockerham’s idea was to put bar codes on posters in order to instantly obtain digital information about the event in question. “It was one of those back of the envelope sketches,” he said. Now that it appears to have earned a certain amount of attention, he plans on developing it further, Cockerham said. Miller’s idea consisted of putting a Bluetooth connection in digital cameras, to allow for instant sharing of pictures.last_img read more

COVID-19: Confusion in Jakarta on first workday under partial lockdown

first_imgThe first work day of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) period in Jakarta was marked by confusion and chaos, with people unsure of the government’s regulations on public transportation.Commuter train stations in Greater Jakarta were packed with people on Monday morning after the Jakarta administration enforced restrictions on passenger numbers on public transportation.Many offices still required workers to come in for work despite the PSBB requirement that all nonessential workplaces be closed and implement work-from-home policies.Read also: Residents told to stay at home for 2 weeks as Jakarta goes into partial lockdown Commuter line operator PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) reported that the buildup of passengers occurred mainly in two of Jakarta’s satellite cities, Depok and Bogor in West Java, which have been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak but have yet to impose PSBB status.More than 4,000 KCI service and security officers, assisted by Marine Corps personnel, were deployed to 80 stations to provide commuters with information on the passenger restrictions, PT KCI said.PT KCI also operated additional trains, adding five extra train schedules at Bogor, Bojonggede and Manggarai stations and arranged queues to comply with physical distancing guidelines.The railway operator appealed to both regional administrations and businesses to comply with the PSBB status and to help limit people’s mobility.“We hope the PSBB status will be accompanied by control and supervision from the local administrations, especially in controlling the mobility of community members,” KCI external relations manager Adli Hakim said in a media statement on Monday.Adli said he hoped all businesses would adopt work-from-home policies.“Otherwise, they should allow for flexible working hours to account for the limited operational hours and passenger capacity of all modes of public transportation,” he added.Meanwhile, a lack of coordination among ministries has created confusion among users and drivers of app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) services.On April 9, the Transportation Ministry issued Ministerial Regulation No.18/2020 on transportation controls to slow the spread of COVID-19. Among other things, it allows app-based ojek drivers to serve passengers, so long as they wear masks and gloves, disinfect vehicles before and after use, and do not drive when they do not feel well.Civil groups and politicians were quick to lambast the regulation, signed by acting Transportation Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, as it clashes with Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto’s regulation on PSBB guidelines, meaning enforcement will be challenging.“According to Health Ministerial Regulation No.9/2020 on PSBB guidelines, app-based ojek drivers can only transport goods, not passengers,” said Djoko Setijowarno, a transportation observer from the Indonesia Transportation Society (MTI) on Sunday.Previously, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan request to allow ojek drivers to take passengers was denied by the Health Ministry.Ride-hailing service companies Gojek and Grab disabled their ojek services in Jakarta on Friday, the first day of PSBB implementation in the capital. However, ojek services resumed on Monday. Read also: COVID-19: Jakarta’s partial lockdown deals a heavy blow to ‘ojek’ drivers Experts have criticized the government for not implementing PSBB status across the entirety of Greater Jakarta, pointing out that Jakarta’s satellite cities were part of the same urban area.“The satellite cities are home to people who work in Jakarta and are inseparable from the urban economy. The coronavirus does not respect jurisdictional boundaries,” MTI secretary-general Harya S. Dillon told The Jakarta Post on Monday.Experts have argued that PSBB status should be implemented across the entirety of Greater Jakarta.Five areas in West Java, namely the cities of Depok, Bekasi and Bogor as well as Bekasi and Bogor regencies received approval Saturday to implement PSBB status from Wednesday.On Sunday, the Health Ministry approved the implementation of PSBB status for Tangerang and South Tangerang cities and Tangerang regency in Banten, meaning all of Jakarta’s satellite areas will be covered. The PSBB status in Tangerang regions will begin Saturday.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said his administration was reviewing a PSBB request for Greater Bandung, which includes Bandung and Cimahi cities, as well as Bandung, West Bandung, and Sumedang regencies.Ridwan has requested regency and city administrations to carry out large-scale inspections of factories and conduct studies to determine which industries should be given strategic status.“If no positive cases are found, regents and mayors may allow such industries to operate with physical distancing and health protocols in place,” Ridwan said.Jakarta Legal Aid Institute director Asfinawati said the buildup of commuters on Monday had exposed the economic inequality in Jakarta, where housing remains insufficient, forcing many who work in the city center to live on the outskirts.“The [government’s] programs must be calculated by considering people’s needs. People must be provided with social aid immediately, so that the physical distancing policy can actually be implemented,” Asfinawati said.The central government has prepared several social aid programs for low-income citizens with assistance provided through, among other programs, the Family Hope Program (PKH), basic food cards, preemployment cards, village fund assistance and staple food distribution.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces 17 Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants for Pennsylvania Schools, Businesses, and Municipalities

first_img Energy,  Environment,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded grants to 17 alternative fuel projects that will save an estimated 650 million gallons of fuel in Pennsylvania. These Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) will be used to develop and promote the use of alternative fuels and develop supporting infrastructure, improving air quality through alternative fuel use.“The AFIG program has made tremendous strides in reducing air pollution, improving the quality of the air we breathe, and paying economic dividends through a reduction in the use of gasoline,” said Governor Wolf. “These grants are awarded to a wide range of projects, both large and small. From purchasing two alternative fuel vehicles to converting entire fleets, these projects show a commitment to make changes that will benefit all Pennsylvanians.”Nearly $2 million in grants were awarded across the two categories. The awards for vehicles will save approximately 650 thousand gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel annually. A full list of awardees is below. This is the final awarding of AFIG funding for applications submitted in 2016. Nearly $5.5 million was awarded to 43 projects for the calendar year. DEP expects to reopen the AFIG program with next the application submission date due early this summer.“Places like Lycoming County and the River Valley Transit system will save money on fuel costs and cut down on air pollution, and the Philadelphia Airport will be able to serve customers with electric vehicles with new charging stations,” said Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.The primary goals of the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program are to improve Pennsylvania’s air quality and reduce consumption of imported oil through the use of alternative fuels that will help the commonwealth’s economy and environment. DEP accepts applications for innovative, advanced fuel and vehicle technology projects resulting in a cleaner and greener transportation sector within the Commonwealth. The AFIG Fund was established under Act 166 of 1992 and is administered by the DEP through the Office of Policy.In addition to the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants just awarded, DEP is offering a limited number of free technical assistance opportunities to municipalities, school districts, municipal authorities, and non-profit organizations to assist them in developing plans for building or expanding an alternative energy vehicle fleet. Applications for the Alternative Fuels Technical Assistance Program will be accepted through June 1, 2017.Vehicle Projects:Allegheny CountyAwardee: City of PittsburghProject: Second Avenue Electric Vehicle ProjectAward Total: $80,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 3,973Project Description: The City of Pittsburgh is requesting $80,000, 50% of the incremental cost for 10 Nissan Leaf EVs as part of their goal to operate a fossil fuel free fleet by 2030. This project is the first part in the conversion of the Bureau of Permits, Licensing and Inspections fleet, currently made up of 50 Ford Focus sedans.Armstrong CountyAwardee: Sheeren Insurance Group Inc.Project: Teach green to our teens, our futureAward Total: $16,000Number of Vehicles: 2Estimated GGE saved per year: 666Project Description: Sheeren Insurance group is requesting funding of $16,000 to purchase 2 Nissan Leaf Battery Electric Vehicles.Blair CountyAwardee: A&M Transit CompanyProject: Claysburg Propane Bus PurchaseAward Total: $19,982Number of Vehicles: 6Estimated GGE saved per year: 21,135Project Description: A&M Transit is requesting $19,982 for the conversion of 6 72-passenger diesel school buses to propane.Bucks CountyAwardee: Centennial School DistrictProject: The Centennial School District Propane School Bus Conversion ProjectAward Total: $44,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 11,250Project Description: The Centennial School District Propane School Bus Conversion Project is seeking $40,000 in AFIG funding to convert 10 buses to propane fuel. This is first part of their effort to convert their 76 school buses to run on propane. The 10 buses in this project range from 72 passenger to 30 passenger buses.Delaware CountyAwardee: School District of Haverford TownshipProject: The Haverford School District Propane School Bus Conversion ProjectAward Total: $40,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 23,354Project Description: The Haverford School District is requesting $40,000 in AFIG funding to convert 10 diesel buses, 7 72-passenger and 3 48-passenger buses, to utilizing propane as fuel.Awardee: Wilson of Wallingford, Inc.Project: Fleet expansionAward Total: $7,350Number of Vehicles: 2Estimated GGE saved per year: 3,077Project Description: Wilson of Wallingford is requesting $7,350 in AFIG funds to purchase two bi-fuel propane Ford Transit trucks. The applicant’s in house vehicles are wrapped in an advertisement that promotes Alternative Fuel.Lycoming CountyAwardee: River Valley TransitProject: Purchase of Ten (10) CNG Transit VehiclesAward Total: $200,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 155,131Project Description: River Valley Transit has requested $200,000 in AFIG funds to purchase 10 CNG 35′ and 40′ passenger buses as part of their conversion of their fleet of 29 fixed route transit vehicles from diesel fuel to CNG.Montgomery CountyAwardee: Lower Merion School DistrictProject: Maintaining a Green Fleet Legacy-Acquisition of Ten Compressed Natural Gas BusesAward Total: $121,752Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 22,908Project Description: Lower Merion School District is requesting $121,752 in AFIG funds for the purchase of 10 72-passenger CNG buses.Northampton, Lancaster CountiesAwardee: UGI Utilities, Inc.Project: UGI Utilities CNG Vehicle AcquisitionAward Total: $196,040Number of Vehicles: 31Estimated GGE saved per year: 20,447Project Description: UGI Utilities, Inc. is requesting $196,040 in AFIG funds to acquire 31 CNG vehicles, including freightliner tractors, light duty Chevrolet trucks, and light duty Ford trucks and Transit vans, to be used out of their Lancaster and Bethlehem facilities. These acquisitions will be a mixture of CNG Dedicated and CNG Dual Fuel vehicles. CNG Fueling will take place at existing public accessible stations in both regions.Philadelphia CountyAwardee: Philadelphia Parking AuthorityProject: Purchase Alternative Fuel Vehicles for the Philadelphia Parking AuthorityAward Total: $10,000Number of Vehicles: 2Estimated GGE saved per year: 2,000Project Description: The Philadelphia Parking Authority is requesting $10,000, 50% of the incremental cost for 2 Nissan Leaf EVs for use in their Off Street Division’s Downtown / Center City Garages in Philadelphia. This is the first part in the purchase of a fleet of new, dedicated, alternative fuel (all electric) vehicles and was submitted in conjunction with a second vehicle application and two refueling infrastructure applications.Awardee: Philadelphia Parking AuthorityProject: Purchase Alternative Fuel Vehicles at the Philadelphia International AirportAward Total: $10,000Number of Vehicles: 2Estimated GGE saved per year: 914Project Description: The Philadelphia Parking Authority is requesting $10,000, 50% of the incremental cost for 2 Nissan Leaf EVs for use in their Airport Operations Division at the Philadelphia International Airport. This is the first part in the purchase of a fleet of new, dedicated, alternative fuel (all electric) vehicles and was submitted in conjunction with a second vehicle application and two refueling infrastructure applications.Susquehanna CountyAwardee: Xpress Natural Gas, LLCProject: Forest Lake CNG CenterAward Total: $200,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 384,610Project Description: Xpress Natural Gas LLC is requesting $200,000 in AFIG funding for the purchase of 10 CNG Freightliner tractors which will collect stranded gas from gathering systems in Susquehanna County and will compress and transport that gas out to market.Refueling Infrastructure Projects:Allegheny CountyAwardee: City of PittsburghProject: Second Avenue Charging Infrastructure ProjectAward Total: $175,000Project Description: The City of Pittsburgh is requesting $175,000 in funding to purchasing a five dual-hose, mobile, solar powered charging units with battery storage to be housed at the Second Avenue Parking Lot and power the City’s fleet at night. The chargers will be open to the public during the day and available to deploy to communities in times of extended grid failure.Bucks CountyAwardee: Centennial School DistrictProject: The Centennial School District Propane Refueling ProjectAward Total: $292,338Project Description: The Centennial School District Propane Refueling Project seeks funding of $292,338 to build a propane refueling stations to fuel their first 10 propane school buses. The project will continue to supply fuel for the remainder of District’s 66 buses as they are converted.Montgomery and Philadelphia CountiesAwardee: Mobile Fueling SolutionsProject: Mobile Fueling Solutions for CNGAward Total: $500,000Project Description: Mobile Fueling Solutions for CNG seeks funding on $500,000 for the construction of 2 “Virtual Pipeline” mobile CNG fueling units.Philadelphia CountyAwardee: Philadelphia Parking AuthorityProject: Proposed EV Charging Stations at Four Center City GaragesAward Total: $43,332Project Description: The Philadelphia Parking Authority is requesting funding of $43,332for the installation of four new electric vehicle charging stations at four center city garages in Philadelphia.Awardee: Philadelphia Parking AuthorityProject: Proposed EV Charging Stations at the Philadelphia International AirportAward Total: $43,332Project Description: The Philadelphia Parking Authority is requesting funding of $43,332 for the installation of four new electric vehicle charging stations at Philadelphia International Airport. 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Top Fuelers place at Gateway wrestling tournament

first_imgRed Bluff’s Top Fueler wrestlers placed at February’s Gateway Classic Tournament at Central Valley High School in Shasta Lake City. Pictured are Gunner Bonner 1st, Uriah Hale 1st, Bainan Dion 1st, Dakota Bunn 2nd, Tyler Peterson 2nd, Hunter Bonner 2nd, Jennifer Soto 2nd, Corbin Domoe 2nd, Blake Miller 3rd, Adam Peterson 3rd, Seth Miller 3rd and Sayla Blanchard 3rd.last_img

San Francisco Giants start brutal stretch of schedule with another fill-in coach

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Antoan Richardson’s major league career wasn’t exactly storybook, but the former outfielder is a footnote in one of the greatest chapters Derek Jeter authored.In Jeter’s final at-bat at Yankee Stadium, the future Hall of Famer hit a walk-off single to help the Yankees beat the Orioles in memorable fashion. Richardson was the baserunner who scored on the hit.Richardson appeared in just 22 major league games and his professional career ended in 2016 after he was released from …last_img

Here’s who Terrell Owens will join in 49ers’ Hall of Fame

first_imgTerrell Owens won’t miss his next Hall of Fame moment come Sunday afternoon.The former 49ers great, who famously boycotted his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame a year ago, will be on hand to join an elite club at Levi’s Stadium when he enters the team’s Hall of Fame.Some won rings. Some won many games. Some won many hearts. But those 27 men, and now Owens, will be forever united in 49ers lore in the form of statues in the stadium’s Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame.“I …last_img

Sister Act

first_imgThese sisters are not only doing it for themselves and their country but someone very special as well. By Julian Buckmaster – @JulianTFAAh, siblings. Everyone knows the blood-line connection and the love that flows and the loathing and conflict that grows that only a family best knows and delivers. And all usually under the same roof and the same protagonists looking for a different result doing the same thing. Sound familiar?Domestic bliss, hey? The competitions, the agreements the disagreements, the indiscretions. The bonds and ties that bind. The fights and frights and shared highs and lows. The equal part harmony and hegemony that makes up the fabric of the modern household. The rivalry.And in the middle of it all you have the parents. You have to love the lot of a parent – referee, judge, jury, provider, decider and pacifier. Somehow seemingly keeping it all together and with a referees whistle always on the ready and the smile behind gritted teeth to keep the peace.Now, for the purposes of this piece let’s quietly ask the boys to slip outside and perhaps, go climb a tree, hit the back shed or better still, run amok with the Touch Football in the backyard as we focus on the important ones. The girls.History is seemingly littered with successful Australian female siblings.In the literary world you have the famous Bronte sisters; in music, the Minogue’s and the Veronicas’ sisters have it sussed and before all them the Andrews sisters from another time and age. In modelling it’s the Hart’s captivating the world’s catwalks and gaze. Even the tourism landmarks/landforms get a gig with the famous three sisters in the Blue Mountains…but that’s another story entirely.However, it’s in the Australian sporting world that something particularly curious is emerging and warrants examination. The Campbell sisters are probably the most prominent from the Australian public’s view; certainly capturing the imagination and most of the headlines in their quest for gold in Rio later this year. Cate Campbell said it best in a recent SMH report: “So special. So special. To compete in a relay with Bronte; that was always our dream, because it’s the only time we can swim together instead of against each other.”But at the elite Touch Football level, there is, as they say in our sport’s vernacular, certainly a pattern developing here.What it is exactly that runs through the Touch Football family tree that is breeding success in the female format, we can’t be sure – nurture? Nature? Combination of both?Something we do know is that a very rich and rare commodity seems to run in the veins of those successful siblings representing their country; which probably needs bottling and a good deal of explaining.As opposed to other sporting codes, for the Australian Women’s Open team, this would require a major enquiry to get to the bottom and foundation of this gene pool genius.Consider the conga line of sisters doing it not only for themselves but their younger/older siblings on the current stage, seeking International titles and Test honours.In the 2016 set-up we turn to the Davis sisters of Manly in Sydney; Danni and Shellie that currently carry the family flame and a burning desire to succeed together. With Danni establishing herself in the side and now regarded as a senior team member competing at several Australian campaigns, it is Shellie who is making her debut alongside her elder sis in the green and gold this week and revelling in the team alongside sister, Danni. “Having Danni at every step and watching her pathway has made me feel inspired and made my Touch career more exciting. Being able to learn and watch her has really assisted me and I hope the both of us,” she said with Danni not for the first time, by her side at the team hotel in Auckland, on the eve of the tournament.Naturally this all brings a knowing smile and perhaps a glint of a tear to older sister Danni.“Playing for Australian women’s has always been a tremendous honour and goal for me and always amazing. But once Shellie started making her way through state and youth national teams I knew she wouldn’t be far away from cracking the women’s team.“We train a lot together and do a lot of one-on-ones. We always talk about the little things like winning the rucks and talk; but now it’s actually happening [representing together] it’s just…unbelievable.“We play in a local competition as well with a lot of younger girls coming through; so we spend a fair bit of time together with reps across the board and wouldn’t want it any other way. When quizzed on her knowledge of the sisterhood preceding her in the national team, she was as quick in response as one of her snipes on the field careering towards the tryline.“We look at and are inspired by those before us: the Judds, the Winchesters and Hopkin girls and it is something really special to be a part of this special group of sisters competing at the highest level.“I consider everyone from Touch Football as special and family so it just all goes with the territory I guess.”The Davis girls’ teammate, Sammy Hopkin continues her great form of late but is doing so without her older sister and wife of superstar, Dylan Hennessey, Emily Hennessey (nee Hopkin) this week in Auckland. A superstar duo this pair. The sisters that is.And, not to be outdone and also from the Peninsula, only one half of the Peattie sisters feature this week with Laura representing her national colours and family crest. Sister, Sarah meanwhile is on the comeback from injury but already has a decorated career and we look forward to seeing her back in the green and gold soon. Now, cast your mind back further as we reflect back on this roll-call of Touch royalty that spans the generations past and carried through to the present.The Winchester sisters, Captain Louise and Canterbury colleague, Claire who represented Australia together on numerous occasions, dating back to the 2007 World Cup, were two of the most recognisable sisters in the game. Before them came the Judd twins who marched triumphantly across the globe up until recently – Kristy and Amanda. And, before them it was the Maher’s of Cronulla – Gaby, Kitty and Dom Maher who dominated proceedings in the late-80s and early 90’s (with Fiona an honourable mention making State Mixed teams) and setting the bar at a lofty height with a near team of sisters.Shifting focus to the millennium past, perhaps very fittingly, it was the wife of recently retired Australian Women’s Coach, Peter Bell, Catherine Bell (nee Barr and her sister Angela), who represented their country with aplomb and along with the McWhirter sisters (Susan and Maria), who set the tone as forbearers of things to come.And long may their reign in the green and gold continue and we can only hope for many sequels of these ‘Sisters Acts’, long into in the future.  We’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the series on our website and social media channels, so you won’t miss any of the action:Website: www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube: www.youtube.com/touchfootballausSnapchat – search for ‘TFAofficial’Be sure to use the hashtags #transtasman2016, #oneteam and #teamaustralia across all of our social media platforms.To watch Touch New Zealand’s live streaming, please click here.Related LinksSister Actlast_img read more

Provincial police investigating possible sighting of BC suspects in northern Ontario

first_imgKAPUSKASING, ONT. — Ontario Provincial Police say they are investigating a possible sighting in the northeastern community of Kapuskasing of two teenagers suspected in the deaths of three people in northern B.C.Police say someone reported seeing two men who looked similar to Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod.RELATED: Manitoba RCMP scaling back search for accused killers from B.C.The report comes as RCMP announce they are scaling back their search for the pair in the northern Manitoba community of Gillam.The Mounties say they have searched more than 11-hundred square kilometres of wilderness, canvassed every home and searched every abandoned building in the area where the two were last seen a week ago.last_img