The Melbourne Storm are a rugby league team based in Melbourne, Victoria in Australia, that participate in the National Rugby League. The first professional rugby league team based in the state, the Storm entered the competition in 1998; the Storm were a Super League initiative, created in 1997 during the Super League war, following the Super League collapse, the team became a part of the newly formed, united competition. The club play their home games at AAMI Park; the Storm have won three premierships since their inception, in 1999, 2012 and 2017, have contested several more grand finals and were stripped of the 2007 and 2009 premierships, following salary cap breaches. The Storm have built a loyal supporter base through the years. A record membership figure was set in 2019 with the club having 25,208 people signed up as season ticket holders; the Storm competed in the NRL's Under-20s competition from 2008 until its demise in 2017 and in 2018 they entered the in the Hastings Deering Colts u20s QLD competition.
In addition, the club has expanded into netball with a joint venture with University of the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast Lightning commenced playing in the National Netball League in 2017. Following record attendances at State of Origin fixtures in Melbourne of 87,161 in 1994 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Australian Rugby League had planned to establish a Melbourne-based team in the Premiership by 1998. However, the disruption caused by the Super League war caused great change to the game in Australia. By May 1997, Super League boss John Ribot pushed for a Melbourne-based club for his competition, the rival of the ARL. Former Brisbane Broncos centre Chris Johns became the CEO of the club and Ribot stepped down from the head of Super League to set up the club. In September 1997, Melbourne announced that Chris Anderson would be their foundation coach, Super League announced that the new team would be named the Melbourne Storm; the Melbourne club went forward with signing players from folding Super League clubs Perth Reds and Hunter Mariners.
These players included Glenn Lazarus, Brett Kimmorley and Scott Hill. With the Super League and ARL joining into one competition for the 1998 season, the Melbourne team became part of the National Rugby League; the Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club was unveiled at a function at the Hyatt Hotel – Melbourne in February 1998. In their first game, they defeated the Illawarra Steelers, with Glenn Lazarus as their inaugural captain. Melbourne, in a complete shock to the rest of the competition, won their first four games, before losing to the Auckland Warriors, they were defeated by the eventual premiers, the Brisbane Broncos. In January 1999, CEO John Ribot negotiated a deal that saw Melbourne Storm games televised in China every weekend; the club won eight of their first eleven games of the 1999 NRL season, went on to make the finals in third position on the Premiership ladder. The team was beaten convincingly 34–10 in the quarter final by St. George Illawarra. After narrow victories against the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Parramatta Eels.
Melbourne's Premiership defence began slowly losing their first four games of the 2000 NRL season, the club went on to make the finals, but were knocked out by Newcastle Knights in the quarter-finals. Between 2001 and 2002, the club's on field performances waned, resulting in a 10th-placed finish in 2002. Cracks were starting to appear between John Ribot and Anderson throughout the period, with Anderson quitting as coach after round 7, 2001, he was replaced by Mark Murray. The Melbourne club failed to make the finals in 2001. Johns left the club as CEO at the end of 2002 and coach Murray was sacked due to Melbourne's poor form, with the club missing the finals for the second year in a row. Wayne Bennett's assistant coach at the Brisbane Broncos, Craig Bellamy was announced as the new coach of Melbourne for 2003. In addition to a new captain in Kiwi international skipper Stephen Kearney, Bellamy's strict coaching would see the Melbourne Storm get back on track from the previous lean years. Between 2003 and 2005, Melbourne made the finals, but lost games in the semi-finals that prevented them from reaching the grand final.
On 17 July 2004, during round 19 of the 2004 NRL season, Danny Williams king-hit Wests Tigers' player Mark O'Neill. Williams defended the incident, using four medical experts to argue on his behalf that he was suffering post-traumatic amnesia when the incident occurred, which he claims was the result of a high tackle by O'Neill just prior to the incident. Despite Williams' claim, he was suspended for 18 weeks by the NRL judiciary. After the decision, Williams stated that he was "obviously disappointed with the outcome", it was the longest suspension in Australian rugby league since Steve Linnane was suspended for twenty weeks for eye-gouging in 1987. In 2005, Storm coach Craig Bellamy, in his third season as an NRL coach, gained representative honours when he was selected to start coaching the Country Origin team. Season 2006 saw the retirement of captain Robbie Kearns, the emergence of talented rookie halfback Cooper Cronk, taking the reins from Matt Orford, the recruitment of hard-man Michael Crocker.
Contrary to expectation, 2006 was a standout year for the Melbourne team, winning their first Minor Premiership. Melbourne only lost four games in the season, they went on to win their two finals matches, were favourites in the 2006 NRL Grand Final, but lost 15–8 to the Brisbane Broncos, in a
Morinda known as Tahitian Noni International and Morinda Bioactives, a subsidiary of Morinda Holdings, Inc. is a multi-level marketing company that markets products made from the noni plant. Founded in 1996 and based in Provo, Morinda has 700 employees around the world, with about 350 in the United States, they claim total yearly sales in the range of $500 million yet do not publish any of the earnings publicly. Morinda has manufacturing factories in Tahiti, China and the United States. Morinda's main product is noni juice; the company markets various personal care products and dietary supplements. On August 26, 1998, the Attorneys General of Arizona, New Jersey, Texas announced a multi-state settlement with Morinda, Inc. the charges stating that Morinda had made "unsubstantiated claims in consumer testimonials and other promotional material that its Tahitian Noni juice could treat, cure or prevent numerous diseases, including diabetes, clinical depression and arthritis." Such claims rendered the beverage an unapproved new drug under state and federal food and drug laws and should not have been sold until it received approval.
Under the terms of the agreement, Morinda agreed to: No longer make drug claims, or claims that the product can cure, treat, or prevent any disease until "Tahitian Noni" is approved and cleared for those uses by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration. Not make any other claims, whether health claims or others, regarding the benefits of Tahitian Noni unless such claims are true and the company can substantiate the claim by reliable scientific evidence. Not use testimonials which imply that the advertised claimed results are the typical or ordinary experience of consumers in actual conditions of use, unless Morinda possesses and relies upon adequate substantiation that the results are typical or ordinary. In addition, Morinda agreed to refund to any consumer who requests a refund in writing, the full purchase price paid for the product; the agreement called for Morinda to pay $100,000 for investigative costs. Tahitian Noni sued XanGo and several of its top executives in February 2003 in 4th District Court in Provo, alleging that executives stole Tahitian Noni's concept for a mangosteen-based supplement while they were employed by TNI's parent-company, to which XanGo counter-sued.
In a joint statement, Tahitian Noni and XanGo did not disclose particulars regarding the settlement, only stating that they have "agreed to resolve their disputes and the litigation between them and their founders." Residents of Spain were alerted in February 2007 to avoid consuming certain improperly labeled bottles of Tahitian Noni Juice while the health department there awaited toxicology reports for a man who died after drinking the juice. According to reports in Spain, a 40-year-old man from Ogijares drank some noni juice for breakfast and began to experience strange sensations in his mouth and blurred vision, he died shortly thereafter, another family member, who drank some juice, reported similar symptoms. Reports stated that there were large amounts of cocaine found in the bottles and the body of the deceased man; the bottles recovered from the deceased man's home were submitted to the Spanish Institute of Toxicology, where it was confirmed the bottles were contaminated with cocaine.
The bottles in question bore labels from Mexico, the lot number and expiration dates were illegible. Spanish authorities urged consumers to check the labels on their bottles of juice and report any irregularities. Consumers were asked not to purchase bottles of juice outside the company’s normal distribution channels
Cat'n' Mouse is a studio album by guitarist John Abercrombie with violinist Mark Feldman, bassist Marc Johnson, drummer Joey Baron. The album was released by ECM in 2002; the Allmusic review gave the album three stars, stating, "John Abercombie makes it clear on Cat'n' Mouse why he continues to be regarded as one of jazz's most creative and progressive guitarist... On the album's numerous contemplative tunes, it's a pleasure to hear Abercombie and Feldman's lines cris-crossing, creating spontaneous tone poems that bear beauty and invention in equal measure"; the Penguin Guide to Jazz gave the album four stars, stating, "John sounds in great form but it's often the fiddle that cuts through the mix to make the most empathic statements". All compositions by John Abercrombie except as indicated "A Nice Idea" – 10:57 "Convolution" – 5:34 "String Thing" – 4:02 "Soundtrack" – 8:06 "Third Stream Samba" – 8:45 "On the Loose" – 6:00 "Stop and Go" – 7:04 "Show of Hands" – 9:18 John Abercrombie – guitar Mark Feldman – violin Marc Johnson – double bass Joey Baron – drums
Bewitched Bunny is a 1954 Looney Tunes cartoon featuring Bugs Bunny directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. Jones created the character Witch Hazel. Witch Hazel appeared in Broom-Stick Bunny, A Witch's Tangled Hare, in A-Haunting We Will Go, she has a brief cameo appearance in Transylvania 6-5000. The story begins with Bugs Bunny reading Gretel. Witch Hazel plays the witch who tries to eat the children. Bugs witnesses Witch Hazel coaxing the children inside and goes in her house, disguised as a truant officer, saves the youths from her clutches; the children both turn to Hazel as they leave and say in a thick German accent: "Ach - your mother rides a vacuum cleaner!" However, once Hazel realizes that Bugs is a rabbit, she tries to cook him instead, using a carrot as a lure. Bugs eats the carrot and falls asleep and Witch Hazel puts him into a roasting pan to make rabbit stew. After the witch goes down into the basement to get something else, a character resembling Prince Charming enters the house and kisses Bugs' hand.
Bugs says: "You're looking for Snow White. This here's the story of HAHHN-sel and Gretel", the Prince takes his leave, confused about how Hansel is pronounced. Hazel emerges from the basement and Bugs races down a nearby hallway to escape, but is trapped by Hazel; as she approaches, Bugs finds a grenade full of her magic powder and uses it to transform her into a gorgeous female rabbit who has a feminine voice but still has Hazel's laugh. As he gets ready to leave with the bunny beauty, Bugs looks at the audience, breaking the fourth wall, comments: "Ah sure, I know, but aren't they all witches inside?". Mel Blanc as Bugs Bunny and Prince Charming Bea Benaderet as Witch Hazel and Gretel This cartoon caused some controversy in Canada due to Bugs' ending line about Witch Hazel being turned into a rabbit being perceived as misogynistic, and Bugs' closing line, "Ah sure, I know. But aren't they all witches inside?" was edited out of commercial broadcasts in the 1980s, was replaced in versions with "Sure uh, I know.
But after all, who wants to be alone on Halloween?" This controversy was mentioned by Eric Goldberg on the DVD commentary of the fifth volume of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD set. However, the original version has been aired in Canada on the Canadian cable channel Teletoon Retro. Bewitched Bunny is available on the second disc of Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 5, the first disc of Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection: Volume 5. Bewitched Bunny on IMDb
Brooklands is a suburb of New Plymouth, in the Taranaki region of the western North Island of New Zealand. It is located on east of Vogeltown; the area is named after Brooklands farm, established in 1842. A large part of Brooklands is parkland, with Brooklands Park adjoining the New Plymouth racecourse and Pukekura Park. In 1957, its natural amphitheatre and lake were converted into the Bowl of Brooklands, recognised as one of New Zealand's finest outdoor concert venues; the Bowl plays host to many international acts and is the venue for the New Zealand edition of the WOMAD festival. The park includes a children's zoo, operated by the District Council. A former colonial hospital building built in 1847 was moved to the Brooklands estate in 1904. Named "The Gables" it is New Zealand's oldest surviving hospital building, functions as a gallery for the Taranaki Arts Society; the world's only Lawn Bowls Museum is located in Brooklands. It has more than 8000 exhibits. New Plymouth's main electricity distribution substation is in the Brooklands area.
Captain Henry King established Brooklands farm in 1842, as a model farm for the New Zealand Company, promoters of the New Plymouth settlement. The farmhouse was razed by fire in 1861 at the end of the First Taranaki War, but its chimney still stands in Brooklands park today. Between 1875 and 1880 there was an attempt to establish a vineyard in part of the Pukekura stream valley, but it was unsuccessful. An area of 53 acres became the property of prominent Taranaki businessman Newton King, a mansion named Brooklands was built there in the first decade of the 20th century; when King died in 1927, he left the sum of £ 10,000 to the New Plymouth reserves board. However, due to some failed business ventures prior to his death, the money was unavailable, in 1934 the trustees of his estate gifted the property to the New Plymouth borough instead. Unable to find a use for the house, it was demolished in 1936; the suburb expanded south to its current limits in the 1950s. St Pius X School is a coeducational contributing primary school with a roll of 129 St Pius X is a state integrated Catholic school.
And has a decile rating of 8. Highlands Intermediate School is a coeducational intermediate school with a roll of 684, it has a decile rating of 7 and was founded in 1955. Facilities include a hockey turf; the uniform consists of a polo shirt and for girls a choice of culottes or a skirt and boys wear shorts
Edmond Maire was a French labor union leader. He was the secretary general of the French Democratic Confederation of Labour from 1971 to 1988, he supported a more equal division of labour. Edmond Maire was born on 24 January 1931 in Épinay-sur-Seine near Paris, his father was a railroad employee for the SNCF at the Gare du Nord, his mother was a housewife. He was raised as a devout Roman Catholic alongside six siblings. Maire did not go to university, he began working at 18 and took evening classes in chemistry at the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers. He subsequently did his military service. Maire began his career as a chemist for Pechiney in Aubervilliers near Paris, he quit his job to focus on activism. After he retired from the CFDT, he became the chief executive of Villages Vacances Familles, a chain of affordable holiday villages known as Belambra Clubs. Maire first joined the French Confederation of Christian Workers in 1954. In 1964, he was a co-founder of a secular splinter group, the French Democratic Confederation of Labour.
Maire succeeded Eugène Descamps as the secretary general of the CFDT from 1971 to 1988. He took on a more centrist approach, which led more left-wing labour leaders like Jacques Julliard to criticize him. For example, Maire dismissed strike actions as "old labour mythology." Instead, he was a proponent of a more equal division of labour. In 1981, he complained that French public intellectuals were not sufficiently supportive of his efforts, he was succeeded by Jean Kaspar. Maire joined the Socialist Party in 1974, he was close to Michel Rocard and Jacques Delors. He was a supporter of the 35-hour workweek passed by the Socialist government under Prime Minister Lionel Jospin in 2000. Maire died on 1 October 2017. One of his sons, Jacques Maire, is a member of the National Assembly for En Marche! Upon his death, Muriel Pénicaud, the French Minister of Labour, tweeted that Maire "transformed and inspired industrial relations."