Not surprisingly Six Nations champions, Ireland were named as the team of the year. Andrew Trimble was last night named The Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year.The Ulster and Ireland winger was recognised for a series of out-standing performances during Ireland’s Six Nations victory.Former Clonmel Rugby Club member Niamh Briggs picked up the Women’s Player of the Year for a second successive season.
Share Related Articles Sportsbet.io ‘bowled over’ with Brett Lee partnership July 7, 2020 Share Cloudbet elevates UFC 250 offering with in-play markets June 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Sportsbet.io becomes main club partner of Southampton FC August 25, 2020 Richard Walsh, Managing Director of the Coingaming Group which operates Sportsbet.io, spoke to SBC News about the sportsbook’s journey, the burgeoning blockchain technology and transparency over legal issues in bitcoin betting.Richard Walsh, CoingamingSBC: Hi Richard, can you summarise for SBC readers the Sportsbet.io journey from its inception and initial planning, through to its current day-to-day operations?RW: Since launching in-time for the European Championships last year, Sportsbet.io has experienced a rapid rise to become the leading bitcoin-led sportsbook on the market, and we expect this to continue with revenues and sign-ups increasing month-on-month.Its inception came about from a very straightforward idea: to provide bitcoin users with a high-quality sportsbook offering fast withdrawals and strong security.We are pleased to be the first bitcoin sportsbook to deliver a user experience that matches tier one operators. We’d seen demand for a sportsbook from customer research within our gaming arm, and so we went about building Sportsbet.io to appeal to existing casino players but also to tap into the substantial number of sports fans with a bitcoin interest.Today, we are now capable of offering round-the-clock action with more than 350,000 pre-match events per year, a comprehensive live betting calendar, market-leading withdrawal times and are well under way with further product developments, so watch this space.SBC: From a leader’s perspective, is bitcoin betting/gambling simply a niche; can its backers really gain operational and consumer scale?RW: Bitcoin gaming has operated in a niche in recent years, but this is due to the nature of bitcoin education in the general industry as opposed to the product itself.What we can offer as a bitcoin-led sportsbook is no different to that of a traditional operator. If anything, our service is superior with security built on burgeoning blockchain technology, offering peace of mind to regulators and players alike, but also unprecedented payment times, with withdrawals occurring in seconds as opposed to days. We currently average just two minutes and 12 seconds from withdrawal request to depositing in players’ bitcoin wallets, which is unheard of at traditional operators.With bitcoin, and to an extent the broader blockchain, becoming more ingrained into day-to-day life of punters, it is only a matter of time before operators such as ourselves become mainstream and we look forward to welcoming the huge proportion of bettors who are yet to experience the ease and enjoyment that we can offer.The tide is definitely turning. We have been making a swathe of senior hires with previous experience at the likes of William Hill, GVC, Betsson, Betclic and Unibet and we expect this trend to continue as people see the enormous potential for bitcoin betting and want to become part of this exciting company and movement.SBC: When building a bitcoin wagering platform, what unique factors does your team have to consider in order to gain an effective product?RW: We have found bitcoin users are generally much savvier when it comes to how and what they bet on and we have had to ensure we offer a superior product to ensure we keep this valued custom.This has been done by ensuring our user experience is market-leading. We have created a fluid betting journey from sign-up, through deposits, to placing a bet and finally to our rapid withdrawal service.Our betting offering has also had to be focussed on the demands of bitcoin users. With a generally younger demographic and larger geographical spread, we have had to promote relevant sports and betting markets.For example, over the last year we have started offering player prop bets to our customers, where they can bet on specific statistic markets, such as which player will have more shots on target, or make the most yards. It is these progressive betting offers that we receive positive feedback from as customers increasingly look away from the traditional win-draw-win and total goal markets.SBC: From a legal perspective, Sportsbet.io wants to bring clarity to bitcoin betting. What does this necessarily entail?RW: There has been some undeserved negative press within the bitcoin industry over recent years, and so the onus has been on us to ensure we are clear and transparent in our activities. We have fully committed to working with regulators, ensuring we are operating best practice within each jurisdiction we operate.We have sought and attained licences in various countries and are developing strong relationships with regulatory bodies. For instance, we see opportunities in the UK, where the Gambling Commission has recently added digital currency to its list of accredited payment methods.Working alongside regulators also allows us to educate them on bitcoin-specific issues which previously they may have been wary of, to the detriment of the industry.Using geo-tracking technology has also allowed us to operate a transparent customer base. Tracking players’ country of origin by tracing devices digital fingerprints provides us with the information to allow or deny players access to our service – this is a huge factor in bringing clarity to bitcoin betting.SBC: How do you see your product and services developing in the coming months? RW: We are very optimistic about the growth of Sportsbet.io in the coming months. We’ve been recruiting heavily to ensure we can keep up with the expansion of the brand, increasing turnover and player numbers. This will also see improvements to the site as we aim to create the ultimate user experience and further build on our betting offering.I also expect bitcoin to carry on its trajectory into the mainstream, which will see a more diverse customer base and hopefully a more conducive regulatory framework to work within. We will continue to keep a keen eye on any developments which can help us improve our services and bring our product to more users.
THE GRADE I, $400,000 SHOEMAKER MILE IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTSRace 6 (of 11) Heart to Heart – Julien Leparoux – 121Twentytwentyvision – Flavien Prat – 121Tourist – Jose Lezcano – 121Home Run Kitten – Joe Talamo – 121Cape Wolfe – Mike Smith – 121Midnight Storm – Rafael Bejarano – 121For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit http://www.santaanita.com/horse-racing/live-racing/.Released on 6/1/16For more information, please contact Alexis Garske at [email protected] or call 626-574-6418. SHOEMAKER MILE FIRST BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE OF THE YEAR OFFERED AT GREAT RACE PLACE ARCADIA, Calif. (June 1, 2016)–East Coast invader Heart to Heart will hope to take home a trophy to his New York base as the 5-year-old English-bred horse, trained by Brian Lynch heads a field of six in Saturday’s 73rd running of the Grade I, $400,000 Shoemaker Mile on turf for 3-year-olds and up.The Shoemaker Mile is the first of what will be eight total ‘Win & You’re In’ Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races leading up to the World Championships on Nov. 4 & 5 here at The Great Race Place. The Shoemaker Mile winner will be an automatic qualifier, with entry fees waived, into the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Mile.HEART TO HEART: A six-time overall graded stakes winner on the grass, Heart to Heart won the Grade III River City Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 26, the Grade II Ft. Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Jan. 9 and the Grade III Canadian Turf Stakes also at Gulfstream Feb. 27 before running second to Miss Temple City in his last outing, the Grade I, Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes at Keeneland on April 15. The 5-year-old English Channel horse earned a 105 Beyer speed figure for the Maker’s Mile effort, his fourth straight 100-plus rating.Owned by Terry Hamilton, Heart to Heart will again be ridden by East Coast based jockey Julien Leparoux and is 21-9-3-2 overall with $786,030 in earnings.TOURIST: The other East Coast invader, Tourist ships in for trainer Bill Mott and owners WinStar Farm, LLC, Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber and will be seeking his first graded stakes win. The 5-year-old horse by Tiznow last ran at Santa Anita in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Mile where he finished 13th behind Karakonite. Off for much of the early part of 2015, Tourist returned to the Winner’s Circle in his first race back, the More Than Ready Mile Stakes at Kentucky Downs Sept. 5 and followed that with solid third place finishes in the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile Oct. 3 and the Maker’s 46 Mile behind Miss Temple City and Heart to Heart April 15. He is 14-4-2-3 overall with $590,340 in earnings. MIDNIGHT STORM: Second in last year’s edition of the Shoemaker Mile, Midnight Storm, the speedy 5-year-old horse by Pioneerof the Nile, trained by Phil D’Amato will hope to return to earlier form and will most likely find himself on the lead once again Saturday.A winner of the mile and a sixteenth Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar on Nov. 27, Midnight Storm has since run fourth in the Grade I, Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita and a disappointing seventh in the Grade I, mile and an eighth Turf Classic at Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby Day. He is 15-5-3-0 overall with earnings of $591,110.TWENTYTWENTYVISION: The 5-year-old gelding by Pollard’s Vision trained by Richard Mandella will seek his first added money victory Saturday but is well on his way to making a name for himself. The least experienced in the field with only 10 lifetime starts but continually improving, Twentytwentyvision has never run out of the money, whether on dirt or grass and will be reunited with Flavien Prat Saturday. He is 10-4-3-3 overall with $289,480 in earnings.
The rumours that Chelsea are going to be selling of Hazard to Real Madrid soon have been going around for a while now. The confirmation of the rumours did not come recently, but it did come with a big impact on the club and their fans. Many have been feeling rather despondent, some even fearing that the fact that Hazard is being sold off to Real Madrid might have a terrible result on the future of the club. The predictions are all over the place and the fears are really shaking the paranoia of the fans awake, with some mighty tips being dropped that the future of the Europa final might be under hazard if the deal goes through soon. The deal is officialRecent announcements by the club officials have made it clear that the sale deal will be made official and the details will be made public on May 12th, which is coming much sooner than everyone expected. There were fears going around for a while that the team will be losing, or getting rid of, their best player before the Europa semi-finals and the finals are over, but these fears were dispelled yesterday The leaders of the club mentioned that the only way that the deal will be going through sooner, rather than later, is if the Blues do not end up making it to the Finals. According to them, Hazard will be staying on with the team in case the team makes it to the finals.The transfer, resulting from Zinedine Zidane wanting Hazard on his team, was under suspicion for a long time. Fans were not willing to believe the transfer was going to happen, and with Zizou leaving and coming back a number of times, some were excited to not have Hazard leave. But the choice has been made, both by Zidane and by Hazard and now the club has to comply with the choice of their best player as well.The good and the bad news and predictionsOne thing is guaranteed at least – Hazard will be finishing the championship with Chelsea, which is what the fans and the club were hoping for. Otherwise, there would be too much danger to the club, as many fans doubted the ability of the team to hold their own in the finals without their best player. Still, there are some that believe even the simple news of Hazard leaving might have an adverse effect on the performance of the team. Some are expecting the news to harm the morale of the team and cause them to surrender even before finishing the semi-finals, a tragic end to an interesting run this year around. While the fears seem to be justified, at least sort of, hopes remain high that the team will be able to rally and give their best and one of the fan favorite players a chance to have a successful and impressive end to the end of his Chelsea run. While the hopes remain high, the final result of the deal is yet to be seen. The final announcement will be made on May 12th. But Chelsea fans should be prepared to say goodbye to one of the favourite Blue players of the past few years, as the deal is now unavoidable. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoRome Hotels | Search AdsRome Hotels Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkRome Hotels | Search AdsUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndo
Exclusive Stromatolites have been Exhibit A for stories of the rise of life on the early earth. These column-shaped rocks found in Precambrian strata are usually assumed to be evidence of microbial mats that grew upward as sediment slowly accumulated on top of them. Scene 1 is usually Shark’s Bay in Australia, where stromatolites form in shallow coastal lagoons. Scene 2 might be a place like Transvaal Supergroup in South Africa, where fossil stromatolites are assumed to preserve a record of the earliest life on earth. Scientists at Caltech decided to investigate the origin of stromatolites. Dr. John Grotzinger1 gave a presentation at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on March 21 in which he shared some surprising findings. When the Opportunity rover on Mars found a structure resembling a stromatolite, he was not ready to jump to the conclusion it was evidence for life. He and his colleagues decided to take a neutral stance on whether they are biogenic, and find mechanisms that might produce these structures under inorganic conditions. (A number of Mars rover scientists were present in the audience.) The problem with the biogenic theory, he said, is that there is no way to demonstrate it. Plus, in the classic field cases that compare Shark’s Bay with Transvaal, the cross-sections of these structures are completely different. Grotzinger and his team used both theory and experiment to show how stromatolites can arise by chemical and geological processes alone. Crystals growing upward from regularly-spaced starting points, for instance, will eventually interfere and form convex tops. As sediments become entrained between the fronds of the crystal, new lenses of crystal and sediment will continue to grow upward, resulting in side-by-side columns. Occasionally, higher fluxes of sediment will flatten the upper surface, and the process can begin again. This is apparently what happened at the Transvaal site. Employing an original mathematical model, Grotzinger showed how stromatolites can originate on a flat surface. If crystals begin growing upward, any points slightly higher will attract more sediment, while the sides will interfere with nearby crystals. The growing points will amplify the column height. There are probably many circumstances where this can happen – life or no life. In his opinion, the type sections for stromatolites are not microbial mats, but travertine springs or playa lakes. By contrast, he showed areas where current microbial mats possessing what would seem ideal conditions for stromatolite growth are not producing stromatolites. He said a researcher is in a “fool’s paradise” to just observe the morphology of these structures to understand them. “Don’t start with biology,” he said; “start with the rock.” Understand its diagenetic history, then reconstruct the primary texture, then evaluate the sediment accretion process, and consider the biological contribution last. In the rock record, therefore, do radical changes in morphology of the rock necessarily indicate radical changes in biology? No; he preferred to call these unusual structures “environmental dipsticks” rather than “evolutionary mileposts.”1See an earlier publication of this work at:Grotzinger, J.P., and Knoll, A.H., 1999, Stromatolites in Precambrian carbonates: Evolutionary mileposts or environmental dipsticks?: Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Science, v. 27, p. 313-358.One of the lessons from this talk was how assumptions can subtly influence the scientist’s approach. Dr. Grotzinger showed conflicting definitions of stromatolites, one that began, “organogenic structures….” – in other words, there was a biological bias built into the very definition of the word. Interestingly, the NASA Astrobiology Student Focus website says that stromatolites were formerly defined as “laminated organo-sedimentary structures formed by the trapping and binding, and/or precipitation of minerals by microorganisms,” but then does not provide a more neutral definition, and goes on to portray stromatolites as evidences for life. Biased definitions like these could send a graduate student off in a prejudiced direction to assume they were made biologically, and just as easily influence a TV producer working on a script about the early earth. Dr. Grotzinger and his team are to be commended for shaking off this bias and trying to look at the data objectively. Unfortunately, in other parts of his talk, he accepted other aspects of the geo-biological evolution story without question: the geological column, Milankovich cycles, dating methods, etc. At least this talk indicated progress away from one evolutionary assumption. Now, how do we clean up the textbooks, museums and documentaries?(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology owen thomas Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Hill Ferguson#in-store payments#mobile apps#Mobile Payments#Payments#PayPal Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What is PayPal? A new update to its mobile apps, set to be unveiled today, had me thinking about that question. If PayPal executes well on the opportunities it’s exploring, it may have many millions of its users rethinking the money-moving service, too.The brief version is that the old PayPal, born on the Web and raised on e-commerce, is making way for the new PayPal, a service that lets you pay in stores and restaurants as easily as you pay online. Actually, perhaps more easily than you do online.A Brief History Of PayPalI opened my PayPal account on June 25, 2000. PayPal actually stores my complete account history, and wading through it was a treasure trove of financial nostalgia.There was a $17.50 payment to my brother, which earned us both a sign-up bonus. A transfer to my skeptical editor, who was so loathe to embrace online finance that he refused to set up an account and returned the money. Recurring monthly payments to a friend who once hosted my website—a sad reminder that he passed away years ago. eBay auctions, of course, and countless other online stores that earned my custom over the years. But it was all transactional, either. It seems I’ve never used PayPal in a physical store, a service it has offered for years. There just wasn’t a reason to.That’s because PayPal solved many problems in e-commerce—chiefly, the notion of handing your credit card over to a no-name store or an individual seller. When PayPal came along, online payments were genuinely broken, because of a lack of consumer trust and the difficulty of accepting payments online. (Remember when Amazon let wary consumers phone in their credit-card number, or mail a check to establish an account balance?)That was exciting 13 years ago, when PayPal was a startup. Now, as the most important arm of eBay, PayPal is looking for other problems to solve.Payments Aren’t Broken—So Stop Trying To Fix Them!Those problems, it turns out, aren’t payments. For years, payment startups have been telling us that our system of payments is “broken,” and that they have the fix. Pay by touch! Face recognition! NFC (whatever that is)!The truth is that payments aren’t broken. Most consumers are pretty happy with cash or credit and debit cards. And merchants, though they complain about fees, don’t see an alternative that saves them enough time and money. Square, often cited as a payments innovator, succeeded because it rode on top of the existing credit-card infrastructure. (It counts Visa and JP Morgan Chase as investors.)PayPal’s new mobile app lets you order ahead and pick up in a store.So let’s set aside the notion that payments—moving money from point A to point B—are somehow a problem in need of fixing.Paying, however, is sometimes a problem. It’s awkward to hand a credit card to a taxi driver, wait for a receipt, and sign it. It’s frustrating to wait in a restaurant for a waiter to pick up your bill. Coupons and loyalty cards are just annoying.Hill Ferguson, PayPal’s vice president of global product, recently gave me a tour of the new app in actual PayPal-taking locations in San Francisco. He bought me tea at T-Wea, a tea shop, and I paid him back (with PayPal). He ordered lunch for a colleague at Ironside, a San Francisco restaurant near ReadWrite headquarters, and it was ready within minutes of our arrival.In short, PayPal’s in-store future is here. And it’s already working.At Last, PayPal Has An AlibiThe first thing I noticed about PayPal’s new mobile app as Ferguson demonstrated it is that it’s actually decent-looking, with a clean blue-text-on-white-background look that’s eerily similar to iOS 7, the forthcoming version of Apple’s new operating system.Lest you think “decent looking” is damning with faint praise, PayPal’s old apps were shockingly ugly—so unbecoming that they simply lacked a valid explanation for their homeliness, save that PayPal used to be run by a guy who majored in accounting. (Ferguson’s boss, PayPal CEO David Marcus, seems far more focused on PayPal’s product and users.)The new focus is on local shopping, not e-commerce.The next thing you notice is that you’re not confronted by a “log in or die” screen demanding your mobile PIN. Instead, PayPal shows nearby businesses that accept the payment service, based on your current location. The point of the app is no longer to complete payment for an eBay auction on the go: It’s to get you to walk into a store. When you get closer to paying, that’s when you log in.Once you’re in a store you can get ready to pay with a left-to-right arced swipe that’s a signature gesture throughout the app. Ordering ahead for takeout or delivery, checking into a store to pay just by giving them your name and checking your bill at a restaurant all involve the same swipe. That’s a thoughtful consistency missing in PayPal’s earlier mobile efforts.In every case, the payment, authorized by your touch, happens online, processed by PayPal and billed to your stored balance, bank account, or credit or debit card, depending on how you’ve set up your account. If there’s a special offer or you have a coupon, it’s taken off the total immediately.Those are all reasons to use the app in the physical world—ones that PayPal certainly hopes are compelling. While PayPal offered some of these services before, they were buried in a “Local” tab of the app and presented confusingly. PayPal, in short, now has an alibi, an excuse, a reason for taking up valuable icon space on your smartphone’s screen.Paying The BillsI’m excited about the potential for PayPal to replace the annoying dance with check holders and credit cards that currently takes place at the end of a restaurant meal. But PayPal’s current setup for paying at restaurants isn’t as elegant as other in-store payments. It relies on a kludgy partnership with NCR, which makes restaurant point-of-sale systems. And as a result, suddenly the easy app swipe no longer suffices.Instead, paying the bill requires your server to print up a special code on the restaurant’s NCR hardware and bring it to you so you can then enter it into your PayPal app. You can’t just give the server your name, as you would at a store—which seems silly, considering that restaurants do this thing called taking reservations, using your name. Why not make your reservation and take care of payment details in one fell swoop? Ah, but that would involve reprogramming restaurant systems, and that’s not as easy as updating an app.Where PayPal has the most promise, though, is where it essentially works as it did on the Web—as a cloud-based service that takes care of payments behind the scenes, without requiring you to take out a credit card. Restaurant bills aside, that’s the experience it’s now offering. Being able to skip cash-register lines and pick up a Jamba Juice smoothie or a Caesar salad actually saves you time. And that’s worth more than cash. (PayPal handles takeout orders through a partnership with Eat24, which powers a similar function in Yelp’s app.)More Mobile FrontiersWhere the new PayPal still seems weak is in the emerging world of services apps. That same skip-the-credit-card ease is being powered by other companies. Despite years of effort by PayPal, lesser-known payments companies like Braintree and Stripe seem to have a lock on the affections of app developers like Uber and Postmates. PayPal says it’s improved customer service by lowering the number of accounts it freezes on suspicion of fraud, but that’s only one of the complaints developers have. New, simpler ways to access PayPal as a back-end payments service are still in beta.At the very least, by having an app that doesn’t look hideous and is reasonably functional, PayPal can communicate to developers that it speaks their language and gets their concerns. PayPal has fixed its mobile app, and handed consumers a reason to give it a fresh look. Now it needs to get PayPal embedded in the rest of the mobile world.Photos by Kim White
Wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi, who played limited-overs cricket for New Zealand and Australia, has announced his retirement from the international game aged 36.Ronchi was born in New Zealand but raised in Australia, breaking into international cricket as a stand-in for Brad Haddin on Australia’s tour to the West Indies in 2008, where he played four one-day internationals and one Twenty20.He showed the first signs on that tour of the big-hitting style which became his hallmark when he hit a one-day half century from 22 balls, the equal third-fastest 50 by an Australian in ODIs.Ronchi played only one more Twenty20 international for Australia after that tour and returned to his birth nation in 2012, winning selection in the New Zealand one-day team to play England a year later. He was the first player since Kepler Wessels 20 years earlier to represent two ICC member nations.Ronchi went on to play four Tests, 85 one-dayers and 32 Twenty20 internationals for New Zealand. His most memorable one-day innings was his 170 from 99 balls against Sri Lanka in Dunedin in 2015.Ronchi said he felt privileged to have represented New Zealand at a time in which it was competitive in all three formats.”It was a dream come true,” he said. “I can’t think of a better time to have been involved with New Zealand cricket.”From the 2015 World Cup campaign through to the overseas tours of that time and some amazing games and series, it’s been a genuine highlight for me.”
The Family ties are strong for many competitors at the X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships, but QSST’s Peter Norman has a greater family affinity with the game than most.Peter’s parents Greg and Kerry Norman are former National Open World Cup representatives.Greg is a former Australian Men’s and Mixed Open representative, and Kerry is Australia’s most capped National representative having played, coached, or managed Australia a record 78 times.She is in the Hall of Fame and is the current coach of the Australian Women’s Open team who won the FIT World Cup in Stellenbosch South Africa in 2007.Peter 16, is no slouch himself and is racking up some very impressive statistics in terms of his young career.Peter is the only player to have represented Queensland at every available schools age division since he was 10 years old and has an unbroken seven-year tenure in the maroon and white.Peter took the Queensland representative record away from National Rugby League star PJ Marsh, who held the record of six consecutive years representing Queensland at schools level before Peter snared the mark in 2007.Kerry, ironically was the manager in one of PJ’s early representative teams and she and Peter had a chance meeting with PJ last year on a visit to Sydney, and the Eels hooker joked that Peter deserved the record because “I had to repeat grade 12”.Peter is proud of his record wearing the Queensland colours and also of his parents.“Mum and Dad have done heaps for me and I am very proud of what they’ve achieved. It’s awesome to think that I’ve done ok and achieved some good stuff, but I still have a long way to go,” Norman said.Peter has enjoyed an exceptional 2007, starring for Sharks at the NTL in March, leading South Coast at the QSST Open Championships in April, performing well at the National Youth Camp in July, and winning a South East Queensland Touch League Premiership with the Southern Storm Men’s Open team just last week.The only downside for Peter, was a bout of pneumonia that laid him low for 4 weeks, and included a week’s stint in hospital in August.Pete is back fighting fit now, in fact when the talented youngster completes his duties with Queensland tomorrow afternoon (hopefully with a winning grand final appearance) he will be making his way to Port Maquarie to contest the 2007 National Body boarding Championships Sunday morning.Pete finished 5th in the 2006 National Body boarding Championships and will be looking to go better in 2007, despite backing up from his week of Touch in Coffs Harbour.“I’m looking forward to it, it’ll be tough to back up, but I like challenging myself and it’ll all be good. Mum’s coming, she reckons Bodyboarding is like watching paint dry compared to Touch, but she is really supportive. Dad’s in Europe at the Rugby World Cup, but he is checking in with me to see how we’re going, so hopefully we’ll have some good news for him tomorrow afternoon,” Peter said.Peter has played a starring role for QSST with his intelligent ball play, robust defence, and mature talk on the line being a feature of an improved showing from the QSST team in 2007.
He’s not quite the caliber of NBA Dunk Contest champion Zach LaVine, but former Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess is a pretty incredible dunker. Funchess, who played for the Wolverines from 2012-14, declared for the NFL Draft following his junior campaign that included 733 receiving yards and four touchdowns. NFL scouts will certainly love the 6-foot-5, 230-pound pass catcher’s athleticism. Check out this video of Funchess on the court: Former #Michigan WR Devin Funchess (@D_FUNCH) has avatar-like bounce. When NFL teams see his head above the rim?! pic.twitter.com/uLWbbxBQeQ— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) February 15, 2015Funchess is projected by many to be a tight end at the next level. Jimmy Graham, one of the NFL’s best tight ends, has similar skills on the basketball court. If Funchess can be half the player Graham is, he’ll have a very long career.