Largest ever TFS recruit course graduates Jacquie Petrusma,Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency ManagementTasmania’s firefighting capabilities have been boosted with another 30 Trainee Firefighters graduating today from course 1 of the 2021 Firefighting Development Program at Cambridge.I would like to congratulate the new firefighters who make up the largest ever recruit course in the Tasmania Fire Service’s history.They now join what is regarded as one of the most respected careers, and will make a real difference in the Tasmanian community.The newly graduated firefighters will be posted around the State, with 18 to the Southern Region, five to the North West and seven to the Northern Region.I wish today’s graduates all the best for a very rewarding career with the TFS as they work to keep Tasmanians safe. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Cambridge, career, community, Emergency, Emergency Management, fire, firefighters, Government, Minister, police, southern, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie
James Armstrong (pictured) has been appointed Managing Director (MD) of Scania Great Britain. He will take over the role on 1 July from Martin Hay, who is to leave the business at the end of June.James will return to Britain after serving in his current role is as MD of Scania Central Europe Region, where he oversees operations in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary from Prague. Previous roles saw him as MD for Scania in South East Asia and as Services Director for Scania (Great Britain).“I am pleased to be coming back to the UK to take up the role of MD,” he says. “The UK business is one of the largest Scania operations and is very successful, and I intend to continue to lead this operation to further success, working closely to support our customers, our colleagues and our Independent network.“I spent several years in the UK as Services Director, so I look forward to connecting with former colleagues and observing how the business has continued to transform. Scania (Great Britain) has an important agenda ahead with a key focus on sustainability, investing in electrification and driving the shift towards offering more sustainable transport solutions.”
Hundreds of thousands of angry music lovers have already made their voices heard in a petition for a cause that is clearly important to many: getting Kanye West off the Glastonbury bill. Now, festival organizer Emily Eavis is coming forward saying that she actually received death threats over the controversial booking.“It was not a pleasant world we unwrapped,” she said. “I had death threats and stuff. It was just horrible. It was just crazy. It was getting out of control. We had Time magazine, all the American news channels saying they were going to come down. This incredible onslaught worldwide.“It was quite upsetting because we were talking about something that was so exciting and interesting and fresh and brilliant for the festival,” she continued. “Kanye West is making the most exciting music at the moment. He is an amazing force as a performer. For us, getting the biggest star in the world was an amazing coup.”In addition to Kanye, the festival will see headlining sets from the Foo Fighters and Florence and the Machine. Check out the full lineup here.[Via The Guardian]
Senior leaving mark on programTwo-year captain Mikey Kantar is well respected by his peers, as well as his new coach. Tyler RushmeyerApril 5, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintSenior Mikey Kantar took up tennis in South Minneapolis at a young age. Over a decade later, his tenure of competitive play is coming to a close in the very same city.In the midst of his final semester of eligibility for the Minnesota men’s tennis team, Kantar said his route to a starting singles spot with the Gophers has been a unique one.“Tennis is not the normal sport you pick up in the city,” he said. “Most guys on my high school team grew up playing in public parks through the Urban Tennis Program.”The high school team Kantar refers to, Minneapolis South, made history during his junior season when it took home the Minnesota State AA Championship, the first city team to accomplish such a feat in 43 years.Three members of that team, including Kantar and seniors D.J. Geatz and Sion Wilkins, all find themselves starting for the Gophers six years later.Kantar said the championship run was easily one of the highlights of his playing career.“It was unbelievable,” he said. “We had a really unique group of guys that came together and did something that seemed impossible to many.”Along with three Minneapolis South alums, the Gophers’ starting lineup as of last weekend included three other natives before senior Brian Lipinski went down with an ankle injury.Senior Andres Osorio said the senior leadership headed by two-year team captain Kantar is vital to the Gophers’ success not only in this season, but for the future. “We as seniors try to improve and lead the entire squad to ensure that there is no drop off next year,” he said. “And Mikey is at the forefront of that.”His leadership will likely be needed as the team’s goal of a run to the NCAA tournament has been briefly sidetracked in the past two weeks with the Gophers falling nearly 15 spots in the national rankings in that span.Kantar said his confidence in the team has not been shaken and the goals have not changed, despite the rough stretch.He added that his individual aspirations give way to the good of the team, especially battling in what will be at most his final two months of collegiate tennis.“I’m not going to be a pro tennis player. The important thing is what this team does,” he said. “Our goal is the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament and maybe further. Nothing has changed.”Coach Geoff Young, in his first season coaching Minnesota, said it didn’t take long to figure out who the leader of his team was after his arrival, and that Kantar’s efforts will be needed if the team’s lofty goals are to be recognized.“He’s the heart and soul of this team, and he expects so much of himself,” he said. “Before he leaves here, I want him to believe in himself as much as he believes in this team.”Kantar, who has already graduated with a Bachelor of Science in applied plant science, said it’s important to teach as much as he can to his teammates before his time at the University ends in May.“I want to leave a mark on this program in any way possible,” he said. “Hopefully that will be through my contributions to a tough team in the NCAAs on my way out.”
PARIS, (Reuters) – Serena Williams breezed into the third round of the French Open yesterday with a routine 6-3 6-2 win against Japanese Kurumi Nara, wasting little energy in her quest for a record-equalling Grand Slam singles title. The 10th seed, chasing a first major since the 2017 Australian Open, survived a first-set fright in her opening match, but there was no hiccup this time.She will take on fellow American Sofia Kenin in the next round, with world number one Naomi Osaka a potential opponent in the quarter-finals.The 37-year-old was given a decent workout by world number 238 Nara, who was playing her only second match in the main draw of a tour-level tournament this year. “I think she was playing tennis the whole time, really good tennis the whole time,” Williams told reporters.“She was just playing really tactical tennis, and I just had to play a little bit better.”Nara stood her ground in the first seven games but derailed in the eighth as Williams broke for 5-3 with a booming forehand winner down the line. The Japanese cracked earlier in the second set, dropping serve in the third game, and never recovered as Williams snatched her 801st victory on the tour.Although an ankle injury disrupted her early season, Williams believes she still has what it takes to match Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.“I generally come to a Grand Slam to win it,” she said. “I have had a tough year since I twisted my ankle in Australia. It’s just been really tough after that.“So everything definitely feels a little bit harder than normal, but at the same time, I know that it’s going to get better.”
Manchester United completed a club record 19th successive home league win – but few have been as unconvincing as this bloodless triumph over plucky Norwich which was the Barclays Premiership live match of the week on MultiTV.The visitors carved out virtually all the best chances, with Anthony Pilkington hitting a post and rolling a shot wide after finding himself clean through.Norwich were made to pay when Anderson powered home a close-range header midway through the second period before Danny Welbeck scored his third goal in a week, sliding in to finish off Park Ji-sung’s cut-back.United boss Sir Alex Ferguson spent a good proportion of the build-up extolling the virtues of his Norwich counterpart Paul Lambert, and explaining why Scots are such a significant presence in the top flight.Attention to detail clearly plays a huge part and Lambert had done his homework.Norwich did attack when they could and they were the better team for the first 20 minutes, although their best work was done around their own penalty area – and it did not involve the ball.Correctly assuming their opponents would dominate possession for long spells, the Canaries remained rock-solid in retaining two banks of four, which United found impossible to penetrate.The hosts were repeatedly frustrated, the unexplained absence of Ashley Young denying them a slippery customer on both flanks on a day when Nani was not at his best.Jones has already caught the eye this season but the 19-year-old needed to show maturity way beyond his years after Morison had given Evans the slip. Knowing Pilkington was completely on his own behind him, the teenager held his ground, denying an early cross, before lunging in on Morison and coming away with the ball.It was a textbook piece of defending, and a further evidence of why Ferguson felt so comfortable leaving Rio Ferdinand on the bench.A minute later though, Jones was beaten by Pilkington, who stepped inside the former Blackburn man only for his shot to strike Evans, allowing goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard to make the save.Having passed up so many chances, Norwich must have feared what was about to follow.Substitute Ryan Giggs floated over a corner, which was met by Jones and flicked on by Rooney, to Anderson, who powered home a header from close range.Still, Norwich refused to let their heads drop and came agonisingly close to a leveller as Pilkington’s shot deflected off Anderson, onto the post and back into the grateful arms of Lindegaard, who had been helpless.Norwich continued to threaten but after Morison’s goalbound effort was turned away by Ferdinand, Welbeck sealed the win with his third goal in a week before Rooney chipped narrowly over.In other Barclays Premiership matches, Mario Balotelli grabbed his chance to wipe out the memory of Manchester City’s Munich misery as Roberto Mancini’s men eased to victory at ailing Blackburn.Balotelli drilled home City’s second just before the hour and ran the home defence ragged in what was City’s perfect riposte to the midweek controversy involving Carlos Tevez.Adam Johnson’s wonder-goal and late strikes from Samir Nasri and Stefan Savic wrapped up City’s second half master-class leading furious Rovers fans to chant for the dismissal of boss Steve Kean.Despite accepting Edin Dzeko’s apology for his outburst at being substituted in midweek, Mancini had dropped the Bosnian to the bench and opted to give Balotelli his chance.It was an inspired decision with Balotelli looking by far the liveliest of City’s attacking options, particularly when Sergio Aguero limped off injured on the half-hour.Striker Gabriel Agbonlahor inspired Aston Villa to their first ever home Barclays Premier League win over Wigan.Agbonlahor scored his fourth league goal of the campaign to break the deadlock before the break and created the second for Darren Bent.Only a series of fine saves by Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi prevented Villa – still unbeaten in the league this season – from winning by a more emphatic margin.Villa boss Alex McLeish had called for his side’s creative players to step up to the mark – and they answered his call with Agbonlahor in particular back to his best and demonstrating the form which earned him his breakthrough at England level.Ahmed Elmohamady’s first goal for Sunderland spared manager Steve Bruce a mauling as the Black Cats pulled off a timely rescue job at the end of a difficult week.The 50-year-old was firmly in the firing line after his side conceded twice within a catastrophic opening five minutes as James Morrison and then Shane Long got West Brom off to a dream start.But as a chorus of “Bruce out” rang around the Stadium of Light, his players responded to drag themselves back from the brink of disaster.Nicklas Bendtner gave them hope with a 24th-minute strike, his first for the club, and Elmohamady followed suit within two minutes in a chaotic first half.A rejuvenated Sunderland enjoyed the better of the game from that point on, but were unable to make the pressure tell and had to make do with a point on a day when three were perhaps what was required.Both sides have now won just one of their seven Barclays Premier League games to date this season, and while there was a certain degree of relief among the home sections of a crowd of 34,815, there was a realisation too that things must improve markedly if they are to achieve their ambitions.Newcastle made it their best start to a season in 17 years with victory over Wolves at Molineux. Demba Ba scored his fourth goal in two games when he headed in Yohan Cabaye’s corner at the near post.Argentine midfielder Jonas Gutierrez added a superb second when he surged past four challenges to fire in low.Steven Fletcher headed in for Wolves late on, who were denied a penalty and what appeared to be a legitimate equaliser in stoppage time.Catch the full highlights including exclusive interviews in the English Premier League on the Football Show on Joy Sports on MultiTV this and every Monday from 7.00pm.
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