Pat’s Day Of Fun A Winner

first_imgThe Sunshine Coast Touch Association, Caboolture Touch Association, and the Banks family combined to conduct a unique 5-aside Mixed Touch Tournament and family fun day designed to commemorate the life of Pat Banks, a long time supporter of Touch Football, who sadly passed away 3 weeks ago of a grade four gliboblastoma multiform brain tumour.This was indeed, a tournament with a difference. The cause itself of course, was worthy enough; to help the family off set the considerable medical costs involved in providing the best quality of life possible for Pat, but it was the spirit, genuine good will, and generosity of the gathered throng that really struck a chord with all who were lucky enough to be present on this very special day.People came together to not only honour an exceptional person’s life, but to reach out and support a family that had ridden a roller coaster of emotions in the 50 day period of Pat’s brave but bowed battle with brain cancer.The wide grins, the warm hugs, the sincere words, and heartfelt outpouring of sympathy blanketed the Banks family all day, but most of all it was the positive and fun loving attitude participants adopted that made the day a real winner and did Pat’s optimistic and cheeky sense of humour proudest. The concept for the tournament was born shortly after Pat was diagnosed in March with the most aggressive brain tumour in existence. The idea was to conduct a fundraising day to help offset some of the considerable costs involved in meeting Pat’s medical expenses and maximizing her quality of life.Unfortunately after her brain surgery (conducted during the 2010 National Touch League) a comparative scan revealed Pat’s condition had worsened with the tumour growing back exponentially and the excessive swelling in her temporal parietal lobe skittling all plans for courses of chemotherapy and radiation to take place.Heartbreakingly, Patty’s life expectancy was reduced to just weeks.Pat accepted this shattering reality better than anyone and remained positive and strong, pushing those around her to get on with making the most of every minute, of every day. Her courage and strength was remarkable.Not once during her illness did she complain, if relatives and friends cried in her presence she was the one handing out the tissues.Her ability to laugh and maintain her sense of humour carried her family and friends through the most difficult time imaginable.She spilt hot tea on her foot during her illness and quipped,“Gee Good child (her nickname for me) I hope hell isn’t this hot when I get there!”The plucky 57 year-old mother of three never wasted a drop of life’s precious nectar, and even staged her own “Awake” Party on Easter Sunday whilst she was still alive and able to share time with those she loved, instead of having a wake when she had passed away. She was staying true to her upbeat attitude to life and her conviction that there was never going to be a party without Pat!She had nicknames for everyone, famously calling her Sri Lankan Doctor “Chucker” because he bore a striking resemblance to Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Murilitheran who has been accused of “throwing” when he bowls. His sidekick nurse was nicknamed “Catcher” – Chucker & Catcher… always Mum’s way to keep everyone laughing!Pat was famous for her down to earth advice and home spun wisdoms she has proudly ingrained in her children.Her sporting gems included messages of humility in victory: “Nobody likes a skite, don’t get too smart there is always someone better than you!”  In defeat: “Suck a lemon & try again next week,” In the art of perseverance: “Don’t be a pea heart” and her all time favourite quote to help us face the challenges life throws at us, “Puff out those cheeks and pug on!”Pat sadly passed away on the 22ndApril 2010, but with her brave and courageous life example ringing in our ears, and her wish to bring people together, Adam Stevenson GDO for Sunny Coast, and myself,  proceeded with Pat’s vision for this event.Pat was determined that this day was to survive well  into the future after the referee called time on her mortal existence… This day was to be a day when families and friends could come together annually to raise funds for a worthy charity and play touch in a social and friendly atmosphere and enjoy the spirit of competition with good food, drink, and family entertainment.Pat had an amazing positivity and courageous approach to life. Her ability to maintain her grace and dignity under the most trying of circumstances was an inspiration to many, and players participated in the tournament on Sunday with Pat’s life example fresh in their hearts and minds.   This was never going to be a sombre occasion, despite the deep sea of emotion surrounding Pat’s recent death.There was no minute’s silence or black armbands. Pat would never have allowed that. The “Good child” would have copped a clip around the ear hole for that one. Mum loved a party and this was exactly what the guest of honour smiling down from her vantage point in heaven was treated to.  Symbolically, the 17 participating teams, family, and friends opened “Pat’s Party” by releasing yellow balloons skyward (Mum’s favourite colour) on the half way line of the main field with K.D Lang’s beautiful version of “Hallelujah” providing the perfect musical accompaniment.  There was some awesome touch with an innovative format played in near perfect weather conditions, outstanding shows of mateship and sportsmanship, sideline interviews, face painting and hair spraying for the kids, plenty of food and drink, music for a carnival atmosphere, a relay race with a difference, a super sports raffle featuring  personal  and rare items donated by some of the best athletes in Australia, and an atmosphere of pure goodwill that scythed seamlessly through black clouds of gloom to bring bright sunshine and renewed  hope to the human spirit of everyone present.Players participated with smiles on their faces all day and whether it was the wall to wall superstars treating the large crowd to some of the finest array of skills and abilities in the game today, or novices just puffing out the cheeks and pugging on, the day held so much value for everyone.The on field action was fast and furious – self officiated,  5 touches, 5 a-side, 15 minute games that provided players with a unique and fun environment in which to showcase their talents.There was some high level Tippy Tap from the 17 teams involved in the Inaugural event who sported some “cracker” names including “WTFs, Boys & Bitches” “The Ron Burgundies”, and “The Whitest Dogs” (as opposed to the Blackest Cats) to name a few.Enterprising play was the order of the day from some of the legends of our sport and some of the brightest young stars in the game, some spirited efforts from beginners, and even a few referees donned the playing gear to show their support for a wonderful cause.Players of the ilk of 4 time Australian Women’s Open World Cup winner, Sharyn Williams, current Australian Men’s Open maestro Nathan Jones, Sunny Coast’s Men’s Open NTL Captain and long time Australian Men’s Open representative Chris Farrow, Lebanon’s 2007 World Cup hero Sebe Ray, Sunshine Coast’s Australian Women’s Open champion Peta Rogerson, new National Women’s Open squad member Kirsty Quince, Australian Mixed Open superstars Amy Hope, Ben Mc Cullen, Damien Moar and Kurt Nowotny, and experienced representative stars Luke Parker and Tom Quinlivan, were some of the big name players who made the trek to “Cabo” in the name of a worthy cause.Some of the sports outstanding young players were also strutting their stuff with National Youth players such as Justin Otto, Ben “Alphabet” Wieczorek, Ryan Jacks, Oscar Sanft, Belinda Hammett, Kate McCarthy, Alyce Hulbert, Vani Pelite, Nick Pelgrave, Hayley Maddick, and Savannah Pratten taking the field to show that respect and compassion is a trait alive and well in the youth ranks of our sport.Some of the sports’ most respected veteran players also took to the field, names like Brent Madders, Nat Wilkinson, Jason Campbell,  Graham Whyte, Leasha Thouard,  Emma Beattie, Craig Searston and Hayleen Grogan all pulled on the boots to remind us all of their sublime playing abilities.But today was all about participating and having fun and many of the teams featured families and friends coming together. The “Ippy Mixed” team, a social combination featuring many first time players, participated because they wanted to support a worthy cause, and had travelled from Ipswich to Caboolture to play, not knowing a soul. When the Ippy Mixed team were down on numbers, members of the “Whitest Dogs” team showed the way with the sprit that this tournament is built around by helping out and playing with the Ipswich team to support them. The Ippy Mixed team learnt a lot about our sport and made a whole host of new friends into the bargain.Yep, Nathan Jones, Sharyn Williams, and Damian Moar would double as pretty handy substitutions!The play of the day belonged to Sunshine Coast Men’s Open star Ben “Maddog” Maddick of the Ron Burgundies who pulled a backwards somersault in the lead up play to a touchdown in his team’s quarter final plate victory.Players participated in sideline interviews with “The bench” (a series of little chairs lining the sidelines for resting players) becoming the port of call for the relaxed tongue in cheek interviews with a difference.Kate McCarthy’s claim that she had personally home sewed all uniforms for the Magic team and Chris Farrow’s contention that flick pass touchdowns should be worth extra points were hard to beat. WTF’s Graham Hewitt’s commented that his team’s best chance of victory was keeping him off the field, and Alyce Hulbert and boyfriend Ryan Jacks had a running battle to see who could score the most touchdowns for the day, the sight of one the nicest couples in touch pushing each other out of the way to support an acting half runner in the in goal area providing much merriment to all.We asked Ben “Boozer” Mc Cullen from “The Whitest Dogs” (the little big man of touch) to stand up for his interview, then realized he was, and hastily asked for volunteers to lend their shoulders for “Booster” to stand on.Ty Gilchrist, a recently crowned National Boxing champion, pulled on the Bribie Warrigals jersey and showed some impressive form, but gave many kudos to his coaching partner in the Warrigals Women’s Rugby League team, Pete Shefford, also an Australian Youth Assistant Coach who pulled the boots out for this very special occasion. Pete even managed an impressive sidestep, there is no truth to the rumour he was just trying to get to the side of the field that housed the canteen.  Quote of the day though went to Belinda “Bindoss” Hammett from QUT…Question: “So Bindoss, are you getting your face painted?”“Sure am, just as long as they don’t make me look like a dragon queen”… Ahhh that would be drag queen, but no problem Bindi!The extended Banks family manned the canteen and kept the troops fed and watered all day, and cousin Raeleigh Goodwin had the face painting and hair colouring booth doing a roaring trade.Alyce ‘The Rat Hulbert” with her tiger face, just shaded Ryan Hartwig, sporting a pretty impressive “Spiderman” for face paint of the day.Lily and Ella Searston (aged 5 and 4) stepped up as face painting artists with the “Uncos” Vani Pelite and Paige Parker following Bindi Hammett’s lead in allowing the “little people” to paint their faces!A dump/scoop 5 a-side team relay over 20 metres was conducted with the Sunshine Coast young guns “Uncos” stealing a close victory over the highly fancied “Neptune” combination.There were many highlights, but players all agreed that the best part of the day was the self officiating.Former National representative Brent Madders from the “Renegades” team claimed self-officiating was a masterstroke.“It’s been a brilliant day. Not having the referees has made the game flow really well. Everyone has entered into the spirit of it all and has had a ball. Lots of fun out there, and the sportsmanship and good will have been fantastic,” Brent said.The four pools progressed during the morning, then after the relay and lunch; teams were divided into Cup and Plate sections for the finals series.In the semi finals of the Pat Banks Memorial Cup “Neptune” and “The Whitest Dogs” battled hard in what was arguably the match of the day, with Neptune winning a cracker 8-6.In the other semi-final “Magic” got up 5-3 over one of our favourite named teams, “Boys & Bitches” who were worthy, if surprise semi-finalists.The Pat Banks Memorial Charity Day Grand Final provided a great platform for many of our superstars to showcase their talents with Sebe Ray, Tommy “fastest kid alive” Quinlivan, and the peerless Peta Rogerson starring, along with Neptune Captain Benny “Alphabet” Wieczorek, the touchdown king,  who nabbed 6 touchdowns in his teams 10-5 triumph over a plucky Magic team.The Neptune team incredibly fielded just 6 players all day and were deserved winners of the Inaugural event.Ryan Jacks, Alyce Hulbert, Liam Bauer, and Kate McCarthy gave their all for their team and provided great entertainment for the crowd and proved themselves worthy finalists of the event that will only grow stronger in future years.In the Plate section semi-finals “On the Gas” won through to the Grand Final with a 6-2 victory against “WTFs” who fielded a veteran team that played well all day.  Special mention to “WTFs’” Delene Hewitt who “carried” her husband Graham during the day, for some reason he loved to attack in the middle and defend on the wing. Behind every great man, is an even better woman! “PBs” the team featuring Pat’s 3 children, Karley, Sharon, and Todd and son in law Craig Searston, defeated the “Ron Burgundies” 4-3 in a desperately close drop off to progress to the final.Justin Williams, Kirsty Quince, Oscar Sanft and Mel Fainges were the best performed players for “On the Gas” in their 3-2 Plate Final win over “PBs” who were best served by Justin “Blotto” Otto, Joel Keune, Jill Bean, and Sharon Searston.  Presentation of trophies, medallions, and prize money were conducted at the conclusion of the final with all Winners and Runners up in both the Open and Social divisions magnanimously donating their prize money back to the charity.Neptune Captain Ben Wieczorek, accepting the beautiful Pat Banks Memorial Cup that was generously donated by the McCarthy family, from Pat’s husband Alec Banks, made a heartfelt acceptance speech.“Today has been a wonderful day. We’re all just really pleased to be here to support you Karls and the rest of the family at this time. You’ve done a lot for so many people mate and never asked for anything in return. The Touch community has a lot of love for you all and it’s a real privilege to be here today to celebrate your Mum’s life with you. We’d also like to donate our prize money back like the rest of the teams and say we’ll be back again next year to defend our title and support your family in such a worthwhile cause, we’re all here for you,” Ben said.Peta Rogerson (female) and Ryan Jacks (Male) received the Player of the Day awards from Pat’s granddaughters Lily and Ella, who to the delight of the crowd, announced the winners over the PA system.“Peta Wogerson” said Lily, and “Wat’s Wyan” said Ella. (“Rat’s Ryan” through the interpreter folks)Both “Jacksy” and “Skeet” were outstanding for their respective teams all day and played the tournament in the best spirit possible, and thoroughly deserved their awards.Deb Hammett, playing in her first ever touch tournament received the Pat Banks “Puff out those cheeks and pug on” Award for the spirit, sportsmanship, and positive way she approached the tournament. Pat would have been proud of Deb’s efforts with the mother of two playing her heart out, and giving her all for her team.Appreciation awards were presented to the Sunshine Coast Touch Association, the Caboolture Touch Association, and Sunshine Coast GDO Adam Stevenson for his hard work, passion for the concept, and assistance in making the tournament the success that it was.The Queensland Touch Association also showed their support for the day with QTA Operations Manager Glen Richardson in attendance and pledging QTA’s support for the Pat Banks Charity Day Super Sports Raffle. Tickets in the super sports raffle will continue to be sold in the lead up and during the QTA Qld Junior State Cup and the winners will be drawn on the final day of the premier event on the Junior calendar conducted at the Caboolture Touch Fields on the 9th, 10th & 11th of July 2010.Among the 10 sensational signed items of memorabilia are: Two fully signed 2010 NRL Kangaroo Jerseys from the recent Test against New Zealand, one from Parramatta superstar Jarryd Hayne, A Newcastle Knights dress shirt owned by Knights icon Robbie O’Davis, and signed by Knights legends O’Davis, Andrew “Joey” Johns, and Kurt Gidley, Andrew Mc McCullough’s #14 Broncos jersey from the Round 6 2010 game against Cronulla (fully signed by the Broncos team), two signed volleyballs from Olympic Gold Medallist Natalie Cook, A signed Australian Team Athletics dress shirt belonging to 2008 World Indoor 800m champion Tamsyn Lewis, a fully signed Gold Coast Titans shirt, and a football signed by Brisbane Lions legends Michael Voss and Jonathan Brown.Many players stayed behind at the end of the day to have a few quiet beers to toast Pat’s day and reflect on a magic day where there were many more smiles than cries.Final fundraising figures for the 2010 Pat Banks Charity Day will be announced after the drawing of the Super Sports Raffle on the 11th July 2010.In exciting news, the Sunshine Coast Touch Association and the Caboolture Touch Association have pledged their support already for next year’s tournament where the Pat Banks Memorial Charity Day will form a community partnership with Cancer Council Queensland to raise money for Brain Tumour Support Services. Next year’s Pat Banks Memorial Charity Day will be conducted on Sunday 12th June 2011 during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.We thank everyone sincerely for their patronage of the 2010 event and the incredible levels of love friendship, and support Pat received during her battle and we, as a family have received during this most difficult and challenging of times.We look forward to your continued support in the years to come of a wonderful initiative commemorating the life of an exceptional person whose courage, commitment, sense of humour, good sportsmanship, generosity, and life example burns brightly in all those who take the field in honour of her name.Pat would be nodding her head appreciatively from her grandstand seat in heaven, and would be urging you all to continue to “Puff out those cheeks and pug on” in the game of life.Written by Karley Bankslast_img read more

Katherine Webb Will Apparently Be At ESPN’s College GameDay Tomorrow

first_imgUpdate: Webb has deleted the post from her Instagram page. Perhaps she jumped the gun on the news.Earlier: Katherine Webb will be returning to your television screens, college football fans – even if just for a brief moment. Friday, Webb, on Instagram, announced that on behalf of Pizza Hut, she’ll be making a “special appearance” at College GameDay tomorrow. She’ll apparently be holding a sign – and fans can win free pizza if they enter the code on it.Webb, now a model, was the talk of the 2013 BCS National Championship Game after announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit commented on her looks during the broadcast. She was then the girlfriend of Crimson Tide QB AJ McCarron – they’re now married.Katherine Webb Pizza Hut College GameDayWill it actually be Webb in the flesh tomorrow? We’ll find out.last_img read more

Canada Post says normal delivery times restored for most of the country

first_imgOTTAWA — Three weeks after striking postal workers were forced back to work, Canada Post says it’s caught up on most parcel delivery backlogs that had been created by rotating walkouts.The Crown corporation says its normal holiday delivery service guarantees have been restored across most of the country, except Vancouver.The federal government legislated an end to job action by postal workers on Nov. 27 after Canada Post complained that a backlog of parcels was reaching historic levels ahead of the crucial holiday shopping period.At the time, Canada Post warned the backlog could take until the end of January to clear up.Canada Post said it delivered about four million packages between last Friday and yesterday, and will likely be able to deliver items ordered online in time for Christmas.But it also depends on where the parcels are coming from as Canada Post expects some shipments from outside Canada might only be delivered in early January.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

FSJ for LNG hosting a Truck Rally ahead of next weekends event

first_imgThe rally will start with a vehicle convoy in cooperation with the Peace Region Truck Enthusiasts. Vehicles will cue behind the LNG or BUST bus at 9:45 a.m. The convoy will flag off at the frontage road near the UFA card lock at 10:00 and convoy along the Alaska Highway. The convoy will break up on the return to Fort St. John and proceed to the main rally area at around 10:45.More information about the rally can be found on the Vehicle Rally Facebook event page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with local grassroots organization Fort St. John for LNG will be hosting a truck rally ahead of next weekend’s rally in the Energetic City supporting the development of a liquified natural gas export industry in B.C.FSJ for LNG founder Alan Yu says that the rally is planned for April 21st, a day over two years since its last rally which saw then-Premier Christy Clark make an appearance. The rally will take place at the corner of 100th St. and 96th Ave., in the parking lot of the old Visitor Information Centre. Vivian Krause is set to deliver a keynote address at this year’s rally. Krause is a controversial Vancouver-based blogger and researcher who has received both praise and condemnation for her research into environmental charities in Canada, particularly their source of funding. In addition to hosting her Fair Questions blog, Krause also writes for The Financial Post.last_img read more

More talk than action on increasing caribou protection federal report

first_img“Additional efforts, including those noted in this report, are needed to reverse the loss of critical habitat and declines in boreal caribou populations.”The department is required under the Species At Risk Act to assess provincial and territorial efforts to assist the recovery of caribou populations.In April, Environment Canada found significant problems. In every province, agencies that issue permits for forestry or energy development aren’t required to conform to the federal Species At Risk Act.That earlier report also noted that little conservation is taking place on the ground. Measures in almost every case are still being planned or drafted.That situation continues. The new report lists dozens of ongoing negotiations, draft plans and provincial promises to restore caribou populations to sustainable levels, but there are few fully implemented protected areas.Planning is good, said Florence Daviet of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Action would be better. OTTAWA, O.N. – An Environment Canada report says that despite much talk on preserving caribou habitat, little progress has been made to close gaps in the protection of the threatened species.The agency says not much has changed since a coast-to-coast survey in April.“Despite the progress being made, the gaps in protection, as described in the first progress report, remain,” says the report issued Friday. “They were supposed to be doing this planning and talking since 2012,” she said. “They’ve had a lot of time to talk.”Barry Robinson, a lawyer with the group Ecojustice, pointed out that Friday’s report was itself almost two months overdue. So are many of the protection measures that should be in place by now, he said.“We still don’t have any range plans in Alberta, which were to have been done by October 2017.”Many governments, including Alberta, have announced ambitious plans for new protected areas. But almost all remain in draft form or remain unimplemented, he said.center_img “The big gaps are still there.”Caroline Theriault, an Environment Canada spokeswoman, said the report shows many steps have been taken across the country to support caribou recovery.“Since the last report was published in April, provinces and territories have made some progress on protection plans and on the ground recovery efforts,” she said in an emailed statement. “We recognize that more needs to be done, and we are already taking action.”The latest assessment of woodland caribou suggest that 81 percent of Canada’s herds are in decline. Loss of another one-third of the population is expected “in the near term.”The main threat to their numbers is alteration of habitat, which reduces a herd’s productivity and allows access by predators.Caribou conservation is often seen to be in direct conflict with forestry and energy and the jobs they generate. In late March, Alberta delayed its own caribou range plans over economic concerns.Robinson said that sooner or later, legislation will oblige federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to step in and override provincial regulations with an emergency protection order.“The minister has not done the one thing she is legally required to do, which is to recommend a protection order when the province hasn’t protected the required habitat.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Kakoli’s road show garners stellar response in Barasat

first_imgKolkata: Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, the outgoing Trinamool Congress MP from Barasat who is contesting the elections from the same seat for the third time, took out a massive road show in Barasat on Sunday morning in a bid to woo the voters.The road show, which was started from the Lokenath Temple on Barasat-Barrackpore Road, saw a huge surge of people as it went past various important places under her constituency. As the road show advanced, hundreds of Trinamool Congress supporters joined the rally, thereby contributing to the length of it. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMany youths and girls clad in colourful dresses were seen marching down the lanes and by-lanes of Barasat. A dance troupe also participated in the campaign. People congregated in large numbers on both sides of the road to catch a glimpse of Ghosh and the beautifully decorated tableaus that took part in the election rally. Ghosh was seen making her vote appeal to the people gathered on the road and also to those found standing on the balconies of their houses situated on the road. Ghosh waved her hands at the voters who readily reciprocated the gesture. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayGetting swayed by the response of the people, Ghosh later got down from the jeep and joined the dance group before the road show finally ended near Moyna area on Krishnanagar Road. In response to media questions, Ghosh said that Trinamool Congress candidates nominated by her party Supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will win in all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. “Mamata Banerjee is a great source of inspiration for me. She is doing very hard work while moving from place to place, setting examples for all of us. We should also toil hard taking lessons from her. Bengal has seen an unprecedented surge in development works ever since Banerjee became the Chief Minister,” Ghosh said. “All the 42 TMC candidates who are in the fray having the blessings of Mamata Banerjee, will come out victorious. We are getting tremendous response from the people who are extending their support to carry out the development works in the state,” Ghosh maintained. Reacting sharply to the comment of Special Observer Ajay V Nayak, she said: “It was a dark age for Bengal when the Left Front government used to rule the state. After becoming the Chief Minister, Banerjee restored the rule of law. Law and order situation is properly maintained here now and hence women can safely move from one place to another, even during late night.”last_img read more

How A MultipleChoice Test Became A Fixture Of The NFL Draft

But before we get there, let’s first look at what the Wonderlic purportedly tests. “What we’re measuring is not what you know — that’s what’s being measured on the ACT or the SAT,” said Charles Wonderlic, president and CEO of Wonderlic Inc. “This is really saying, ‘How quickly does your brain gather and analyze information?’” The 12-minute Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT) features 50 questions arranged by difficulty, lowest to highest. Here’s a sample:Jose’s monthly parking fee for April was $150; for May it was $10 more than April; and for June $40 more than May. His average monthly parking fee was ___ for these 3 months?J) $66K) $160L) $166M) $170N) $2002The answer: M) $170A player’s Wonderlic score is always a number between 1 and 50, and across all professions, the average score is approximately 21. (Systems analysts and Chemists top the scale 32 at 31, respectively.) For pro football players, the oft-cited number is about 20. Tracking down the average scores by position is tricky, mainly because the buttoned-up NFL isn’t interested in sharing any broad Wonderlic data. In an email, Charles Wonderlic said that while his company has published “norms” for other industries, “we maintain the confidentiality of test scores for single organizations. Since the NFL is the only client by which we can produce a quarterback average, we would need their permission to provide this information. Traditionally, the NFL prefers to keep any information about tests scores internal to their own organization.”Like Wonderlic, Inc., the NFL declined to provide any historical data related to NFL players’ test scores for this piece.For his 19843The first edition of the book was published in 1970. classic “The New Thinking Man’s Guide to Pro Football,” Sports Illustrated writer Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman did get one anonymous staffer to spill some then-current averages. Offensive tackles led the way at 26, then came centers (25), quarterbacks (24), offensive guards (23), tight ends (22), safeties and middle linebackers (21), defensive linemen and outside linebackers (19), cornerbacks (18), wide receivers and fullbacks (17), and halfbacks (16). And what about place kickers and punters? “Who cares?” the source said.On its own, a solid Wonderlic score means little. Like a 40-yard dash time, it provides one tiny, standardized data point to employers who presumably take a holistic approach to hiring. But because teams have decades of data on file, they can compare the Wonderlic scores of current college players entering the draft to those of past prospects. “They simply use it to find the extremes,” Foster said. A very low score or a very high score, he added, could lead teams to conduct more testing or look into the prospect more closely.“Wonderlic gives you an area to investigate,” the late New York Giants general manager George Young told the Philadelphia Daily News in 1997. “If a guy doesn’t have a good score on the test, you don’t say he’s not smart. But you go in and investigate and find out [why he scored low]. You go in and talk to his coach. You find out how he did in school. You find out how he retains. If you think he’s a poor reader and did poorly because it was a verbal test, you give him a non-verbal test.”The most famous extreme occurred in 1975, when Harvard receiver and punter Pat McInally4McInally’s post-NFL life has been much more interesting than his football career. He’s the guy who invented Starting Lineup action figures. reportedly scored a perfect 50 on the Wonderlic. The Cincinnati Bengals picked him in the fifth round of that year’s draft, but not before his reputed intelligence reportedly scared some teams away. In 2011, McInally told the Los Angeles Times that Young informed him that acing the Wonderlic “may have cost you a few rounds in the draft because we don’t like extremes. We don’t want them too dumb and we sure as hell don’t want them too smart.”That slightly paleolithic line of thinking, however, wasn’t shared by everyone. “I don’t care about that stuff,” the late Raiders owner Al Davis said in “The New Thinking Man’s Guide to Pro Football.” “If a kid is street smart, that’s enough. Our coaches’ job is to make a kid smarter. I just wonder if they checked some of the coaches’ IQs around the league, how high they’d score.”By now, the value of the Wonderlic has been debated so vigorously, especially among NFL executives, that it’s easy to forget that the test wasn’t designed for football. But the Wonderlic is not without its detractors. Charles Wonderlic estimated that since the test’s inception nearly 80 years ago, it has faced legal scrutiny hundreds of times.In the summer of 1965, when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began operations a year after it was established by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Duke Power Company in Draper, North Carolina, began allowing its black employees to work in its higher-paying divisions. Until that point, black employees had only been permitted to work in the low-paying Labor department. Duke Power also instituted a policy that required all new applicants6Duke Power started permitting current employees without a high school degree to transfer to higher-paying departments in September of 1965, but to do so they still had to pass two aptitude tests. to have a high school diploma and pass two aptitude exams: the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test and the Wonderlic Personnel Test.These measures crippled the efforts of black workers to advance. At the time, the percentage of white men who both possessed a high school diploma and were able to pass the two aptitude tests was significantly higher7According to the 1960 North Carolina census, 34 percent of white men had a high school diploma while only 12 percent of black men had the same level of education. The newly formed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that in this case, 58 percent of white people and only 6 percent of black people who took the Wonderlic and the Bennett tests passed. than the percentage of black men who met the same criteria.Griggs v. Duke Power Co., a U.S. Supreme Court case argued in 1970, condemned the company’s requirements. Not only did they disproportionately affect black workers, but they also failed to show “a demonstrable relationship” to job performance, Chief Justice Warren Burger wrote in the majority opinion. He also noted that nothing in the Civil Rights Act “precludes the use of testing or measuring procedures; obviously they are useful.”While the Wonderlic test has shown itself to be a useful tool for workplace assessment, it has also faced longstanding criticism from those who argue that it is racially and culturally biased. It’s unclear whether the NFL, a league in which more than 67 percent of players are African-American, agrees with those accusations or if the league actually uses the Wonderlic to make personnel decisions.“How determinative it is depends on the club,” former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi told ESPN.com in 2013, “but it’s usually not ‘the’ determinative factor.”When it comes to football, is the test a demonstrably reasonable measure of job performance? Because official NFL Wonderlic scores aren’t publicly available, it’s difficult to know for sure, but that hasn’t stopped researchers from attempting to find out. Brian D. Lyons, Brian J. Hoffman, and John W. Michel8At the time, Lyons, Hoffman and Michel were working at University of California, Fresno, the University of Georgia and Towson University, respectively co-authored a 2009 study examining the reported9They found the scores on NFLDraftScout.com and CBS.Sportsline.com. Wonderlic scores of 762 NFL players from three draft classes. They found that there was little correlation between Wonderlic scores and on-field performance, except for two positions: Tight ends and defensive backs with low scores actually played better than those with high scores. The researchers surmised that this “could be explained by the notion that performance for these positions entails more of an emphasis on physical ability and instinct” than general mental ability.Today, the NFL continues to ask potential draftees to take the Wonderlic, although the test now has company. In 2013, the league introduced the Player Assessment Tool, which was developed by attorney Cyrus Mehri, whose report led to the implementation of the NFL’s Rooney Rule, and psychology professor Harold Goldstein. Louis Bien of SB Nation recently reported that the PAT is a 50-minute exam that examines a player’s football smarts, psychological attributes, learning style and motivational cues. “Players are not given a numeric score, unlike on the Wonderlic, so technically there is no way to do poorly on it,” Bien wrote.Mehri’s hope is that the new test can measure what the Wonderlic can’t. “This kind of levels the playing field from a socio-economic point of view,” he told USA Today. “A lot of guys may be very intelligent, but are not as book-smart as others. Someone may not be the best reader, but they can still be very smart in picking up things.”As long as the Wonderlic is administered at the NFL Scouting Combine, Foster, the Combine director, will be fielding questions about it — and shaking his head at leaked scores. “It has some value,” he said of the test. “It does not have near the value of what we spend talking about it between February and May.”After all, a high or low score won’t automatically doom or anoint a prospect. Just ask Greg McElroy. After doing exceptionally well on the Wonderlic in 2011, the New York Jets picked the quarterback in the seventh round of the draft. Before announcing his retirement in 2014, he played in a total of two NFL games. What it was designed for was something more basic. In the 1930s, Eldon “E.F.” Wonderlic — friends called him Al — was working as the director of personnel at consumer loan provider Household Finance Corporation.5It’s now called HSBC Finance. His employer was looking for a more efficient way to hire entry-level workers at its branches, so it sent Wonderlic to graduate school at Northwestern in hopes that his research would yield a solution to the problem.E.F. Wonderlic acknowledged that the single best predictor of job performance was previous work experience. But as Charles Wonderlic put it: “How do you predict someone’s performance if they have never done that job before?” The second-best predictor of job performance, E.F. Wonderlic reasoned, was cognitive ability.“What he found was that different jobs had different cognitive demands ranging from very low to very high,” said Charles Wonderlic, E.F.’s grandson. “And there were really distinct IQs around each job. And the further away you got from that distribution, that’s when you started to experience problems.”The original Wonderlic Personnel Test was born out of that theory. The first copyrighted version of the test appeared in 1937. Its brevity and simple scoring system, Charles Wonderlic said, allowed virtually any manager to both administer the test and interpret scores. (This is also the likely reason for modern pundits’ love of Wonderlic scores: They’re easy talking points.)After a stretch at Douglas Aircraft Corporation during World War II, E.F. Wonderlic worked in finance and sold copies of his test. He didn’t advertise, but eventually big companies like Spiegel and AT&T started calling. In 1961, E.F. Wonderlic left his job as president of General Finance Corporation and founded E.F. Wonderlic & Associates. By then, Charles Wonderlic said, an estimated 4 million people a year were taking the WPT.In the early 1960s, Gil Brandt was a young scout with the expansion Dallas Cowboys. “We were not a very good team,” he told me. His bosses, general manager Tex Schramm and coach Tom Landry, were looking for ways to change that. After doing some research, Brandt said that the trio determined that successful businesses used the Wonderlic and the team should, too. It’s unclear exactly when the Cowboys began testing players. Brandt did say that at some point during the ’60s, he remembers watching spring practice at Northwestern and then stopping by the Wonderlic headquarters to learn more about the company.By the late ’60s, George Young was an ambitious personnel assistant for the Baltimore Colts. He’d been a public school teacher before transitioning to football full time, and he asked the head of the guidance department in Baltimore for a handful of different tests to peruse. Of the 10 he reportedly looked at, the Wonderlic stuck out, and soon the Colts began using it.Other teams followed suit by the 1970s, and the NFL eventually began to use it to assess college players en masse. Since 2007, Wonderlic, Inc. staff members have traveled annually to Indianapolis to administer the test at the Scouting Combine. Eldon Wonderlic. Wonderlic Inc. As Charles Wonderlic drove from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to his company’s headquarters near Chicago on February 27, 2011, he made the mistake of turning on a sports radio show. The host, as Wonderlic remembers, was talking about Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy’s near-perfect Wonderlic score. Each winter, hundreds of football prospects take the multiple-choice test that claims to measure their intelligence. Results are supposed to be kept confidential, yet they always seem to become media fodder.In reality, there’s no way anyone could’ve known McElroy’s score. On that day four years ago, as reports of McElroy’s supposed feat trickled out, sealed boxes containing every single Wonderlic answer sheet were sitting in Charles Wonderlic’s car, still unscanned. Wonderlic, Inc. didn’t send an encrypted file of the players’ results to the NFL until March 1. Unsurprisingly, a variety of news outlets ran with the story anyway.1For example: purveyor of NFL rumors and gossip ProFootballTalk — which, has since mostly ended its coverage of Wonderlic scores — published three conflicting blog posts about McElroy’s alleged score. The first named McElroy’s alleged score, the second quoted an anonymous scout saying there was “no chance” McElroy’s score could’ve leaked that quickly, and the third claimed that McElroy didn’t score as high as initially reported. The third report was closest to the mark, as it turned out. The months leading up to the NFL Draft feel like election season: Everybody’s trying to dig up dirt on candidates.“Are we just so starved for information this time of year that we search for anything?” wondered NFL Scouting Combine director Jeff Foster, who only agreed to be interviewed for this article after I assured him that I wouldn’t be reporting individual Wonderlic scores.In an era when the NFL schedule release is treated like the premiere of the new “Star Wars,” the answer to Foster’s question is a resounding “yes.” We crave even the smallest bits of information about players entering the NFL Draft, even if it’s not meant for our consumption. Forget Foster’s estimate that half the Wonderlic scores he sees in news stories are incorrect. As long as the test is administered at the Combine, media and fans will fixate on it.“The only person it impacts is the player,” Foster said of a leaked Wonderlic score. “How would you like to be branded unintelligent because you scored a 5 on an intelligence test?”The story of the Wonderlic, however, is more than just a range of easily regurgitated numbers. It’s the story of how one guy’s American Dream helped shape a new American pastime. read more

Florin Andone enjoying life at Brighton

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion striker Florin Andone was buzzing after scoring his third goal for the club in their 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday.Andone scored Brighton’s third goal in their 3-1 victory at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday as the Seagulls advanced to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.“It’s my style and I live for those moments, I’m very happy because it will give me confidence as a striker to score,” he told the club’s website.“I feel a real connection with the fans, I think they love me, that’s the feeling I get, and I want to thank them for all their support and encouragement to the team.“The win is good for us and it was important for a lot of the squad to get good game time this afternoon.Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.“We played very well and deserved the victory, the feeling when I scored was crazy – sometimes you lose yourself in the moment after getting a goal and that’s what happened.“We’re in good form in the league and won today, this is the way to continue.“For me personally, I work hard every day in training in a very competitive squad – both I and Glenn [Murray] push one another and get on really well.“Our relationship is great – he’s a really good guy, this is the way we must continue – the group is very close and strong. It doesn’t matter who is playing and who isn’t, because the team is very competitive.”last_img read more

Join The Local Stream Watch Group For Trashercise Tuesdays

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Stream Watch volunteers will be kicking off the first day of the beach clean-up and fitness series ‘trash-ercise’, on Tuesday, July 10. Stream Watch Started in 1994 by a group of concerned citizens and the Chugach National Forest, this volunteer driven program has grown from a grassroots collective of 10 to a volunteer movement of 180+ volunteers who are making a difference for rivers on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Volunteers receive all of the training and supplies, including volunteer campsites, to share information on river protection while completing hands-on projects on the Kasilof, Kenai and Russian Rivers. According to Stream Watch it’s “a *shore* way to keep our community clean and hearts healthy.” Stream Watch will provide trash bags to volunteers. The ‘trash-ercise’ series will take place on every Tuesday through July and August. The series is open to runners, walkers, or fat bikers who volunteer their time to pick up beach litter. Volunteers will meet each week at the North Kasilof Beach. From Soldotna, head south on Sterling Highway for 13.5 miles. Take a right onto K-Beach Road, and in 4.8 miles turn left onto Kasilof Beach Stub. For any questions, please call (907) 260-5449 x 1205. Photo courtesy of Stream Watchlast_img read more

Deadly Fire At Crosby Chemical Plant Raises Legal And Safety Questions

first_imgHarris County Sheriff Ed GonzalezA smoke plume is seen in Crosby where a fire broke out at a chemical facility on April 2, 2019. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Tuesday’s explosion at a KMCO chemical plant in Crosby, Texas killed one and injured two. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a petition against KMCO alleging violations of the Clean Air Act, but KMCO’s legal issues won’t end there.Separate from Tuesday’s explosion and fire, KMCO is currently in violation of the Clean Water Act, and has had a host of other recent offenses, including violations of the Clean Air Act and a hazardous waste statute, the Houston Chronicle reported.Tracey Hester of the University of Houston Law Center told Houston Matters that a facility’s record plays into the potential liability it may face in the wake of a disaster.“Just speaking generally, absolutely — a facility that has a record of prior violations, particularly the same kind of violations, escalates its legal exposure,” Hester said. “At the very least, most statutes provide that repeat violations have bigger potential penalties associated with them.”Facilities with a history of violations have a harder time renewing the permits they need to operate and must face more inspections from regulators, according to Hester. That history could also play into potential criminal charges against decision-makers at KMCO.“At the end of the day, it is very clearly — on both the federal and state levels — a major factor in deciding whether to bring a criminal action,” Hester said.Safety concernsTuesday’s explosion also raised questions regarding safety protocols. “Major chemical incidents like this can be prevented by applying process safety management principles,” said Rachel Meidl, a fellow in Energy and Environment at Rice’s Baker Institute.She said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the main entity tasked with protecting workers.OSHA outlines 14 principles in total. Some of those principles include documented operating procedures, adequate training for both employees and contractors, and process hazard analysis — when engineers predict what might happen during a failure.KMCO worker Randy Villalobos told ABC13 that he didn’t hear any announcements or alarms. Instead, an operator told him to get out. And when he finally got to the fence, he had to crawl underneath. The gate was locked.According to Meidl, that shouldn’t happen.“There are elements of the process safety management system that would catch that, so clearly there was a breakdown,” Meidl said.The US Chemical Safety Board is investigating the incident. After an investigation, they issue recommendations for the industry as a whole to help prevent similar disasters. center_img Share X 00:00 /07:00last_img read more