Man who filmed infant sex abuse sentenced to life in prison

first_imgA West Virginia man who was convicted of filming an infant being sexually abused has been sentenced to serve between 205 and 775 years behind bears.Kanawha Circuit Judge Tera Salango sentenced Richard Smith II, 41, on Wednesday.Police say, Smith and his ex-girlfriend, Roseanna Thompson, were arrested in May 2018 after a tip came in that Smith may have child pornography in his home. The two were accused of recording Thompson’s granddaughter being abused.Smith was convicted last month of 11 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, four counts of sexual assault and five counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in position of trust.Salango told Smith the videos he made that jurors had to watch “brought grown men to tears,” and according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.“I think that you are one of the most evil persons who I’ve ever encountered,” Salango said. Smith had no comment.Smith’s ex-girlfriend Roseanna Thompson will trial in April.last_img read more

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First Rumson Female Police Officer Best Candidate

first_imgBy Madelynne KislovskyRUMSON – The borough has a new police patrol officer on its staff that brings the quote from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Though she be but little, she is fierce,” back to life.Grace Maggiulli, who describes herself as standing at 5’2, 120 pounds, is the first fulltime female police officer in the Rumson Police Department. Born, raised, and still living in Middletown, 20-year-old Maggiulli is “very excited to be where I am and start my career in Rumson. It’s a great town and a great community.”Although no members of her family have a career in law enforcement, Maggiulli knew it was the job for her after entering a vocational program for law enforcement in Long Branch, the Academy of Law and Public Safety Program, during her junior and senior year of high school.“I always knew I wanted to do something where I gave myself to others that wasn’t a teacher or a doctor. Law enforcement always seemed like a great way for me to do that,” Maggiulli said.Prior to her job as a police officer, Maggiulli began working as a dispatcher for the Rumson police in August 2014. “They were all already comfortable with me, and I received the same treatment as anyone else, male or female. There were no and there are no special accommodations,” said Maggiulli.Maggiulli said that regardless of gender, being a police officer demands the same things from all of its members. “The job is what the job is. I love being on the road, I love working, I love what I do and I can only imagine how things are going to be down the line. There’s not one thing I can complain about,” Maggiulli said.“Growing up, I was always friends with a lot of boys,” Maggiulli said. “When it came to working with all men, it didn’t strike me as something that would be a challenge. I believe that women do have a place in law enforcement. Although we’re small in numbers, we’re valued for what we do.” Maggiulli advises that if being in law enforcement is something that a woman wants to do and feels strongly about, nothing should hinder them.Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl administered the oath of office to Maggiulli on Sept. 28. “First of all, it’s an honor for us to welcome our first female police officer to the force. But I think it needs to be said that this was not an exercise in hiring a new female police officer. It was an exercise in hiring the best candidate that we felt was the right person for the Rumson Police Department going forward, and it just happened to be a female, Grace Maggiulli,” Mayor Ekdahl said.According to Ekdahl, it is not uncommon to begin a career in law enforcement in dispatch. Maggiulli succeeded in this area, and after taking the necessary classes in the Monmouth County Police Academy, Freehold, moved on to a Class II Special Officer, allowing her to go out on patrol with another officer present, which she also excelled at. Maggiulli then was chosen as a patrol officer over the other 25-30 applicants, making it a highly sought after job, according to Ekdahl.“Grace is definitely on the younger side of average for someone just entering a police force. But her maturity is well beyond her years, and she exhibited that as both a dispatcher and a Special II, and continues to show that as our newest officer,” said Mayor Ekdahl.Maggiulli graduated from Middletown High School North in 2013 and from Brookdale Community College, Middletown, with an associate’s degree this past May. She is taking online classes at Farleigh Dickinson University for her bachelor’s degree in administrative science, and hopes to get her masters in the same field.last_img read more

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Former County GOP Leader Dies; Monmouth U. Poll

first_imgBy Jay Cook |Republican Stalwart William Dowd RememberedWilliam Dowd, one of Monmouth County’s most visible and influential conservative figures over the past few decades, died earlier this week at the age of 74.A Long Branch resident, Dowd was the face of the Monmouth County Republican Committee while he served as its chairman from 1986 to 2004. That political activism stretched through most of his adult life dating back to his time in law school at Seton Hall University and Rutgers University.After admittance to the New Jersey and New York State Bar associations, Dowd went on to serve as a clerk to Judge James Coleman, a former New Jersey state assemblyman, and state Sen. Richard Stout, according to his obituary. That political career even took him to Washington, D.C., where he was an assistant to U.S. Secretary of the Treasury David Kennedy. Dowd was also a speechwriter as a staff assistant in President Richard Nixon’s administration.Dowd returned to New Jersey and embarked on his own political career. He ran for U.S. Congress unsuccessfully in 1970 and 1972, then won two terms as a state assemblyman from 1978 to 1981, where he served as the Parliamentarian.“He was brilliant – published in the New York Times more than just about any Republican – and a truly independent spirit,” state Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) said in a statement to New Jersey Globe, which first reported Dowd’s death.In a statement on its public Facebook page, the Monmouth County Republic Committee said Dowd, “made enormous contributions to the quality of life in Monmouth County, both as a Party Leader and through his legal work for many towns and the County. May he rest in peace.”His influence even extended across the partisan aisle. Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna, a Democrat, said Dowd was an influential Republican force.“We shared a respect for (Winston) Churchill and (Margaret) Thatcher. He and his firm represented Red Bank during the administration of former Mayor Michael Arnone,” Menna wrote on his Facebook page. “He always maintained his office in Red Bank. Freehold may have been the county seat, but Bill was known to hold his power talks at the courtyard of the Dubliner in the afternoons.” Monmouth U Weighs In on Midterm ElectionsThe strength of New Jersey’s Republican voting base will be put to the test this upcoming election season, much in part to the effect President Donald Trump has had on Garden State voters, one local poll found earlier this month.An April 16 Monmouth University Polling Institute report shows how the so-called Trump Effect could swing many of New Jersey’s Republican seats in the House of Representative over to Democrats.Monmouth University believes Democrats have a “formidable” 19-point advantage over Republicans in a state-wide generic congressional ballot test, while also finding that 54 percent of all registered voters would lean to or vote for a Democrat over a Republican.The “poor public opinion leads the list of factors behind the New Jersey GOP’s underlying problems,” according to Monmouth University’s analysis.That could signal major changes for at least one of the Two River-area congressional districts. U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-4), a Republican, is up for re-election later this year as he seeks his 20th consecutive term in Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-6), a Democrat, is also running for re-election.“This is pretty astounding. Not only are New Jersey Democrats doing better on the generic House ballot statewide, but the shift is coming almost entirely from districts currently held by the GOP. If these results hold, we could be down to just one or two – or maybe even zero – Republican members in the state congressional delegation after November,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.New Jersey Democrats hold a 7-5 advantage in seats in the House of Representatives over their Republican colleagues. Every seat is up for re-election in 2018.This article was first published in the April 26-May 3, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Record-setting meet for Trail Winter Club swimmers

first_imgTrail Winter Swim Club (TWSC) swimmers posted some impressive performances at the 2014 Swim BC Short Course AAA Age Group Championships recently in Kamloops.Dylan Kormendy set a new Provincial AAA meet record in the 11&U boys 800 meter freestyle with his sister, Eden Kormendy also setting a AAA meet record in the 12-13 girls 800 meter freestyle.The two gold medals for the Trail Swim Club swimmers was the onlyl club to have two wins in the distance events.Dylan finished off in the Provincial swim meet with first-place finishes in the 800m Free (10:31.33) and 400m IM (5:32.97), second in the 200 meter butterfly and 200 meter Individual medley (IM) and third in the 200 meter backstroke, 200 meter breaststroke and 100 meter butterfly. Eden, preparing for the Western Canadian Championships in February where she will be defending her spot for the Provincial Prospects Spring Training opportunity, brought home Gold in the 800 meter freestyle (9:30.24) and 400 meter IM (5:10.16), silver in 200 meter IM and bronze in the 100 meter breasstroke.Thirteen-year-old Aby Elwood saw her training payoff with a bronze medal finish in the 200 m butterfly (2:34.65) and several personal best and club record times shattered.Jackson Konkin, 13, as a first time swimmer in the AAA Championships placed fifth in the 400 meter freestyle and set several new personal and club best times.Martin Gonzalez, 15, set a new club record in the boys 50 meter and 400 meter freestyle.Samuel Matthew, 14, of Nelson broke personal and club records in the 200 meter IM, 50 and 100 meter breast stroke events over the four day elite competition.Coach Bill Park has been working diligently with the TWSC swimmers since September 2013 and is very pleased with their performances at the AAA’s as British Columbia has a very high level of talent. He is currently preparing the Trail Winter Swim Club swimmers for the Western Canadians, AA’s and Long Course meets, focusing on Long Term Athlete Development in the “Home of Champions”.For anyone interested in joining the Trail Winter Swim Club please email: [email protected]last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY DECEMBER 27, 2015

first_img‘CHROME,’ DORTMUND SHOWDOWN LOOMS IN SAN PASQUALUnder regular rider Victor Espinoza, California Chrome worked seven furlongs at his Los Alamitos headquarters Sunday in 1:25.40 as he prepares for the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 9, his first race since running second last March in the Dubai World Cup.The San Pasqual, at a mile and a sixteenth with a $200,000 purse, also is likely to attract Kaleem Shah’s Dortmund, meaning it would showcase the last two Santa Anita Derby winners, California Chrome (2014) and Dortmund (2015).“He’s right on schedule,” trainer Art Sherman said of California Chrome. “The workout was perfect. He’ll have one more breeze before the race, this one at Santa Anita, but we’ll play it by ear depending on the weather and track conditions.”The over-sized chestnut Dortmund, now at 1,333 pounds according to trainer Bob Baffert, galloped Sunday morning at Santa Anita, as did top Triple Crown prospect and Los Alamitos Futurity winner Mor Spirit. NYQUIST ‘CRUISES’ IN WORK FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUTUndefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and odds-on favorite to be named champion two-year-old male of 2015, Nyquist worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Sunday morning in preparation for his three-year-old debut in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb.15.“He worked great today,” said Doug O’Neill, who conditions the son of Uncle Mo for Paul and Zillah Reddam. “He went 48 and change (48.40), just cruising. As long as he stays injury-free and El Nino doesn’t come blasting through the door, we’re on for the Feb. 15 race.“His regular exercise rider, Johnny Garcia, was on him and he was all smiles.“Timing-wise, after the San Vicente, the Florida Derby would be perfect, because it would be five weeks out before the Big Dance (the Kentucky Derby on May 7). In an ideal world, it would be the San Vicente, the Florida Derby and the Kentucky Derby.” R&R IN STORE FOR MALIBU KING RUNHAPPYBreeders’ Cup Sprint winner and likely Eclipse Award winner as champion sprinter of 2105 Runhappy was in good shape Sunday morning after his smashing 3 ½-length victory in the Grade I Malibu Stakes Saturday.“He came out great,” said Jonathan “Finn” Green, consultant for deWaal Thoroughbreds, LLC, who accompanied trainer Laura Wohlers to Santa Anita for the Malibu.“I had my hand on his rib cage in the winner’s circle and it wasn’t even moving,” Green said. “By the time we got to the test barn, he was dry. He was great this morning.“I think the horse will leave Santa Anita Monday night to a farm in Texas. He’ll get some time off now with the Met Mile (June 11) on his agenda. We might get a prep race for him or we might train him into the Met Mile.” UNBEATEN NYQUIST DRILLS FOR SAN VICENTE‘CHROME’ WORKS FOR SAN PASQUAL STAKESRUNHAPPY IN GREAT SHAPE AFTER MALIBU ROMPLIVE RACING THIS WEDNESDAY AT SANTA ANITA SANTA ANITA HAS BLOCKBUSTER OPENING DAY THREE BAFFERTS COULD ENTER GRADE II SANTA YNEZBob Baffert could have three entered in next Saturday’s Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs: One Last Shot, Pretty Cool, and Treasuring.The Hall of Fame trainer, who has won the Santa Ynez three times, with Queen of Money (1997), Yearly Report (2004), and Indian Blessing (2008), has five of the 15 nominated to the Santa Ynez. LIVE RACING AT SANTA ANITA WEDNESDAY; DOLLAR DAY JAN. 1Santa Anita will offer a five-day racing week beginning this Wednesday, Dec. 30, through Sunday, Jan. 3. First post time throughout the week will be 12:30 p.m.Santa Anita will be dark Monday, Dec. 28, and Tuesday, Dec. 29. New Year’s Day, Santa Anita offers Dollar Day, with draft beer, hot dogs and sodas available for a buck apiece.CASSIDY EXPECTS IMPROVEMENT IN EDDIE LOGANJames Cassidy expects dramatic improvement from Mr Notorious when the French-bred colt runs in Thursday’s $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes for two-year-olds at one mile on turf.“The distance is not a problem,” said Cassidy, who conditions Mr Notorious for principal owner Deron Pearson of Valencia, campaigning as DP Racing, LLC. “My owner told me I made a bad purchase,” Cassidy said with a laugh.Mr Notorious has not raced since Sept 5, when ninth of 11 by 16 ¼ lengths in his U.S. debut at Del Mar, but he has been working steadily for the Eddie Logan, named for the charismatic shoe shine man who was at Santa Anita when it opened Christmas Day 1934 and was on hand at the start of every meet hence until his death at the age of 98 on Jan. 31, 2009. FINISH LINES: Trainer Doug O’Neill on the 44,873 who attended Opening Day at Santa Anita, the largest crowd since 1994 when 46,904 were on hand: “Offer good racing, good weather, good marketing and good promotions and people will come out.” . . . Undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Songbird has the Grade II Las Virgenes on her schedule for her three-year-old debut on Feb. 6, but “everything would have to go right with the weather; we can’t miss anything,” Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, said Sunday, a day after Songbird worked three furlongs in 36.40, her first breeze since winning the Juvenile Fillies on Oct. 30 . . . Multiple stakes winner Salutos Amigos, prepping for the Midnight Lute Stakes next Saturday, worked four furlongs for David Jacobson Sunday in 50 flat . . . Citing illness, apprentice David C. Lopez took off his four scheduled mounts Sunday . . . Apprentice rider Brayan Pena, who has 25 career wins, will lose his seven-pound weight advantage when he reaches 40 victories, or on Oct. 16, whichever occurs later. If he reaches 40 by Oct. 16, he will lose two pounds on his weight edge, from seven pounds to five.last_img read more

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Cartoon: Annotating the World

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App rob cottingham This past week’s buzz phrase (so much so that it was a trending topic on Twitter) was “augmented reality” (or AR), which is what you get when you mix your perception of the world around you with computer-generated information. While still in its infancy, the technology holds the promise that you might one day be able to point your iPhone’s camera at a Starbucks and see a little notice pop up that says, “There’s a Starbucks here.”Okay, there’s more to it than that. The “power of the crowd” (cue thunderbolts) could turn AR into something genuinely transformative. Already, apps promise to show us Flickr photos and other social media related to places we’re looking at. It shouldn’t be long before nearly every square inch of our cities is thoroughly annotated: “Great scones, Wi-Fi only so-so.” “Threw up here after a bar crawl.” “Lost my virginity on the 14th floor.”There will be an awkward interim phase when we’ll have to get used to the word “First!” popping up every time we look at something. But that should pass, and soon we’ll reach the new exciting future long dreamed of by our ancestors, when we’ll finally be able to discover the name of any piece of Ikea furniture just by staring at it. (“Spugnubb! I should have known.”)Then again, we live in a world of climate change, poverty, the pandemic flu, peak oil, collapsing ocean eco-systems, Glenn Beck, and an impending sequel to Twilight. Maybe the next killer app will be diminished reality. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts More Noise to Signal. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Cartoons#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Obama Calls for Federal Internet Privacy Policy Office

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The Obama administration today issued its official call for the creation of a new Privacy Policy Office that would focus on facilitating discussions among stakeholders in order to protect and inform consumers about the privacy risks, costs and opportunities created by the growth in personal data online.In a corresponding Department of Commerce report (PDF), the effort was said to be focused on many steps that could be taken short of legislation. It also repeated extensive calls to preserve the incredible opportunities for innovation that online data use enable, something you’re unlikely to see focused on by media coverage from places like the Wall Street Journal, where anything with a hint of privacy foul has been subject of single-minded attack for months.In text that reads very much like the Federal Trade Commission’s call for a “Do Not Track” list, issued two weeks ago, this newest report from the Department of Commerce is introduced thusly:Strong commercial data privacy protections are critical to ensuring that the Internet fulfills its social and economic potential. Our increasing use of the Internet generates voluminous and detailed flows of personal information from an expanding array of devices. Some uses of personal information are essential to delivering services and applications over the Internet. Others support the digital economy, as is the case with personalized advertising. Some commercial data practices, however, may fail to meet consumers’ expectations of privacy; and there is evidence that consumers may lack adequate information about these practices to make informed choices. This misalignment can undermine consumer trust and inhibit the adoption of new services. It can also create legal and practical uncertainty for companies. Strengthening the commercial data privacy framework is thus a widely shared interest. However, it is important that we examine whether the existing policy framework has resulted in rules that are clear and sufficient to protect personal data in the commercial context. The government can coordinate this process, not necessarily by acting as a regulator, but rather as a convener of the many stakeholders–industry, civil society, academia–that share our interest in strengthening commercial data privacy protections. The Department of Commerce has successfully convened multi-stakeholder groups to develop and implement other aspects of Internet policy. Domain Name System (DNS) governance provides a prominent example of the Department’s ability to implement policy using this model.This conversation is unfolding at the same time that interest in leveraging data is growing among companies and among people interested in analyzing bulk user data for social good is as well. We’ve said for some time that online user data is going to be a key resource in the near-term future. Do you agree that more consumer protection is needed in order for the Internet to take advantage of all this data effectively and sustainably? Do you want the Federal government getting involved with it? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Mozilla Passwords Leaked, No Reason to Panic

first_imgAccording to a post on the Mozilla security blog, a security researcher reported the issue via Mozilla’s Web bounty program, a program that encourages external, non-employee security professionals to find and submit bugs to Mozilla. In return, Mozilla pays cash ($500 to $3,000 for valid bugs) for the submissions. Although Mozilla isn’t saying, this is probably one of those $3,000 rewards.This news comes on the heels of another high-profile password breach – the mid-December hacker attack on Gawker Media’s servers, which ended up exposing the usernames and passwords of 1.3 million user accounts, created for commenting purposes on popular weblogs like Gawker, Gizmodo, LifeHacker, Kotaku, io9, Jezebel and others.How Were the Passwords Protected?Like Gawker’s passwords, which were poorly encrypted using DES encryption, an older, less secure technology, Mozilla’s passwords in this instance were protected with MD5 hashes, another older method of protection. These passwords can be cracked, explains Chester Wisniewski on the Sophos security blog. “MD5 has cryptographic weaknesses that permit creation of the same hash from multiple strings,” he says. “This permits security experts to compute all the possible hashes and determine either your password or another string that will work even if it is not your password.”Mozilla hasn’t used MD5 since April 9, 2009 – it now uses SHA-512, a significantly stronger encryption method. The database in question, however, housed older, inactive accounts using the MD5-hashed passwords.What’s Being DoneTo address the issue, Mozilla says it erased all the MD5 passwords, effectively disabling the accounts.Chris Lyon, Director of Infrastructure Security for Mozilla says “the issue posed minimal risk to users,” because the only person, according to Mozilla’s logs, who accessed the database was the security researcher who reported the problem. Lyon also reassured users that the incident did not impact any of Mozilla’s infrastructure.While the risk may be minimal,? Wisniewski suggests that anyone contacted by Mozilla as having been one of the unfortunate users whose account information was exposed should make sure they are not using that same password at other websites, just in case. If so, change those passwords immediately. “If [Mozilla is] wrong or if the discloser is not trustworthy, your other accounts may be at risk,” he says. sarah perez Tags:#news#NYT#security#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A database containing 44,000 usernames and password hashes associated with accounts registered on the Mozilla add-ons website was accidentally made public, the organization and makers of the Firefox Web browser said on Monday. The partial database of user accounts was mistakenly left on a Mozilla public server, which would have allowed anyone to access the account usernames and the password hashes.The good news? Says Mozilla: no one did. Well, no one except for the one security researcher who found them. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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What You Asked Our Australian Representatives

first_imgTo view, please click on the links below, or read the transcripts provided.Louise WinchesterAustralian Women’s Open captain and New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges 18’s Girls coach, Louise Winchester, was kind enough to answer some of your questions on day three of the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships at Stockland Park.To view the video, please click on the link, while the transcript is also included below:http://www.youtube.com/user/TouchFootballAus?feature=mhee#p/u/4/sWqRCLNH4Ss How have you past couple of days been?LW: They’ve been great, I’ve absolutely loved it with my CCC girls, they are a fantastic bunch of girls, they make it all the more enjoyable. They play good footy but they are special young ladies so I’ve enjoyed it. You had your quarter final earlier against North Queensland, can you tell us a bit about that game?LW: It was tough, to the Cyclones’ credit they came out and really gave it to us early. I was very proud of my girls in that they absorbed that pressure and then in the second half they came out and ran over the top of them with simple footy and that’s a big part of our game plan, just that simple footy, big defence and hold onto that ball and drive it out and they did that well. You have NSWCHS in the morning now, how much are the girls looking forward to that game?LW: Very much so. We’ve been talking about this one and I know that they are very excited about it and they are very much ready for it. CHS are an awesome side, they really are, they’ve got some great individual talent, they put it together well. We’ll have to be on our game, as I said the girls are really excited and are ready for it but we’ll have to play for a full 40 minutes and play some good footy which I believe the girls can and will do. How much do you enjoy coaching these girls?LW: I absolutely love it. I’m a big Touch-head and I get accused a lot of being a big Touch-head but I can’t help it, I just can’t say no to something like this. Just the coaching experience is a great one and it’s so good to give back but I get a lot from it as well through my playing but the most important thing is these young women, to coach them and give them some guidance and help them out with their Touch Footy. But as I said I absolutely love it because of the people they are, they’re just gorgeous young ladies and I love being part of their experience I guess. You were a CCC player yourself back in the day, what are your memories of playing for them?LW: Friends, that’s my main memory. When I played CCC, we used to get pumped all the time by Queensland. I guess that’s something I always remind the girls of, the friendships you can build from it, that’s something that I got out, just as well, having coaches like Gab Maher, who were my idols back in the day. To be coached by someone like her meant a lot to me so if I can give back in the way that people like Gab Maher and others give back I think I’m doing the right thing by the kids and by the sport that I love. Just moving back to Scotland (the 2011 World Cup), how exciting was it and how special was it to be the captain of the team that won the World Cup?LW: So special, it actually blew me away. Being captain is something that I’m so proud of, it’s a massive achievement for me personally. To win the game with the girls and go through undefeated and keep that special tradition of Women’s Open’s and the success that players in the past have had and to carry that on is something very special to me and to the girls. But being captain, as I said, it was above and beyond what I expected, just everything that I received from that on a personal level, I’ll never, ever forget, it was very special. We’ve had a couple of questions that have been sent through for you, one from Peter Bell, which is what do you remember most about your first experience playing Women’s Open for Australia?LW: My first experience was being absolutely so nervous. It was such a good experience and something that I’ll never forget but it was a negative experience because in our second game we lost to the Kiwis and it was the first time that Australia had lost and for me that remained and still remains a big part of me and what drives me for playing for Australia and having that negative and not taking anything for granted I guess and use that as motivation for myself and for the teams that I play with. I guess the experience in playing as well with some really amazing people, being coached by Belly, just having an absolute ball with some good friends that are still very special friends. His answer said something about a confrontation with a referee at a bar would you like to say anything about that?LW: No, I won’t, I’ll keep that classified, that’s between Belly, the girls and I. As I said, a special referee, we had some words and that’s all I’ll say, but it helped in the end. We’ve got another question, from Stacey, who says she wasn’t able to watch the Vawdon Cup games last Sunday, and she’d like to know the score from the Women’s Premier League game between Canterbury and Manly. LW: Good work Stace, it was a draw and it still hurts but it was better than a loss and I was happy with a draw Stace. The girls played very well and I was proud of the CCC girls that represented that, I was very proud of them, I had moments in that game where I was like ‘damn you girls for being so good’ but I was very proud at the same time, it was a positive/negative thing but it was a great game of footy and it was an awesome challenge and that’s what I loved, young girls stepping up and that’s what it’s about, it was very good. Nathan JonesAustralian Men’s Open captain and South Queensland Border Districts (SQBD) Sharks 18’s Boys coach, Nathan Jones, took time out to answer some of your questions on day four of the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships at Stockland Park.In the interview, Nathan speaks about his first experience coaching the Sharks 18’s Boys side, how it felt to captain the Australian Men’s Open side at the 2011 World Cup, and how his swimming is progressing. How have your past couple of days been, have you been enjoying coaching?NJ: It’s been different not playing, but I’ve really enjoyed it, they boys have been good and have had a good time and the weather’s been good.How did you get involved in this coaching job?NJ: I coached a couple of years ago in the 16’s with a lot of the same boys and then got asked at NTL this year if I’d be interested in coaching and I said yes straight away without thinking but I’ve enjoyed the training and the coaching. Is it something you’ll look to do a bit more in the future do you reckon?NJ: I’d say, I like coaching the younger kids, the 16-18 year olds, so I might stay involved with them, it’s always good to help out.You’ve got QSST in the semi final this morning, how much are the boys looking forward to that?NJ: The boys are really excited to play Queensland, they are the number one team, they won it last year. I watched them play on Thursday and they looked pretty good, the boys are pretty confident and I think we can do it. You’ve got a few Australian 18’s representatives in your side with Adam Pryde, Kade Bonner and Kevin Huggett, how much have they helped the team?NJ: Prydey’s been good, Prydey’s our captain, so he’s lead the boys, Kadeo’s been working on his singlet tan, that’s probably about it and Kevvie’s just been Kevvie. What do you enjoy about coaching?NJ: I’m learning as well, that’s what I said to the boys last night, it’s my first year coaching so I’m learning as I go. Just sort of talking to them and seeing them go out there and do things that we’ve talked about and be successful. How exciting was it to be the captain of the Australian Men’s team at the World Cup?NJ: The World Cup was a highlight, I’m still pretty happy about it. We worked hard and it was a tough tournament and a long build up and a very tough final.Do you have a favourite World Cup final, 2007 or 2011?NJ: Probably 2011, being captain is a bit different and I was more a leader in the team and a senior player. We had a good bunch of guys that got along really well this year, but they were both great to be a part of. We’ve got one question that was sent in from Beeso on Twitter, he’s asked how much time do you spend swimming in the pool and has your swimming improved?NJ: My swimming has always been excellent, it’s my swimming buddy who struggles a little bit, I won’t name his name, Ryan Pollock, he still struggles I think. I think when he gets back from overseas he’ll need a few more laps. Steve RobertsAustralian Men’s Open player and New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges 18’ Boys coach, Steve Roberts, took time out to answer some of your questions on day four of the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships at Stockland Park.In the interview, Steve talks about his team’s rivalry with QSST, the 2011 World Cup and the importance of wearing shoes in the sub box. To view the interview, please click on the link, or view the transcript below:http://www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus#p/u/6/iDlL4oPuvcI Can you tell us a bit about your semi final win over NSWCHS?SR: It was a very tough win, we won by three in the end but we had to work right until the end for it. It’s very hot outside, the boys are really feeling it. I know Queensland had a bit of an easier win, so hopefully we’ve got enough legs in us this afternoon to beat them.How excited are the boys for the final?SR: They are very pumped. I had one boy come up to me and say ‘I’m not going to lie Steve, I’m very pumped, I’m very excited for it’, he just likes the centre stage though. What can you expect from the Queensland team?SR: Plenty of running, any Queensland team I’ve played or coached against, they are full of running so I expect them to be the same, and very quick. How much have you enjoyed this week?SR: Very good, the boys are staying with us for the first time, and the whole team has been getting along very well. There are a few antics with Dominic Field and Wes Sefuiva off the field which has brought the side closer together, it’s been great. You’ve played Queensland in the final in the past couple of years, what are your memories from the past two finals?SR: Fond memories of 09 when we beat them just by one, and then last year I actually wasn’t here for the last one but I heard that the boys fought back well and hopefully this time we get our noses in front and hold the lead. How exciting was it to win another World Cup title?SR: Very good, it was very exciting. To be able to do it with a great bunch of blokes and mates and to have my brother alongside me as well was excellent, I really enjoyed it. We’ve got a couple of questions that have been sent through, you might know who this one is from, the email is titled ‘Copyright Laws’ and it said ‘how many of my plays have you stolen this week and how much do you owe me?’ SR: That’s definitely from my brother. Little does he know that I plan the season, I actually come up with them, I just make him believe that he’s actually come up with the plays. It’s ok, I’m his younger brother so he looks after me and I look after him.We’ve also got a couple more contributed ones, which are anonymous at this stage, but you’ll probably know who they are from, but it says ‘firstly and most importantly, what are some things that coaching staff and managers need to be aware of in the sub box? I’ve heard thongs are a big issue in terms of rogue coaches not wearing enclosed shoes, is this something that you endorse?’SR: Being at the Sunshine Coast, it’s very hot, so I like to wear my thongs or jandals, depending on what side of the world you come from. I sort of like to test the event staff and make sure that they are doing their job, and making sure the OH&S is followed and that the shoes are on in the box. Have they been following up on this?They’ve been very good, I’ve gotten away with it a couple of times but other than that they’ve been very good. TFA would like to thank everyone that sent in questions for Louise, Nathan and Steve.last_img read more

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