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New South Wales Rugby League

The New South Wales Rugby League is the governing body of rugby league in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory and is a member of the Australian Rugby League Commission. It was formed in Sydney on 8 August 1907 and was known as the New South Wales Rugby Football League until 1984. From 1908 to 1994, the NSWRL ran Sydney's New South Wales', Australia's top-level rugby league club competition from their headquarters on Phillip Street, Sydney; the organisation is responsible for administering the New South Wales rugby league team. The following clubs are the member clubs of the NSWRL; the New South Wales Rugby Football League was responsible for the introduction of rugby league into New South Wales in 1907. Since that time the NSWRFL has built a rich tradition at all levels of the game. Great names and great games illuminate the League's growth since 1907 up to the present day; the NSWRFL was formed in August 1907, when player discontent with the administration of the New South Wales Rugby Union, over rejection of compensation payments for injuries and lost wages, led to a breakaway movement.

Key figures in the new movement were James Joseph Giltinan, legendary cricketer Victor Trumper, Alex Burdon, Peter Moir, Labor politician Henry Hoyle, George Brackenreg and Jack Feneley. The first rugby league game in New South Wales was played on 17 August 1907, in which New Zealand defeated New South Wales Rugby League team 12–8; the Sydney premiership was started on 20 April 1908. Nine teams contested the initial season, they were: Balmain Tigers Cumberland Fruitpickers Eastern Suburbs Roosters Glebe Dirty Reds Newcastle Rebels Newtown Jets North Sydney Bears Western Suburbs Magpies South Sydney RabbitohsThe NSWRFL premiership was continued on the successful basis of the first competition in 1908. In 1929 Jersey Flegg was appointed to the position of president of the NSWRFL and in 1941 he became chairman of the Australian Rugby League Board of Control. At the time of his death in 1960, aged 82, he was still serving in these roles; when NSWRFL president Flegg died in 1960, Bill Buckley replaced him and became boss of the Australian Rugby League, a position he remained in from 1960 until his death in 1973.

In 1973 Kevin Humphreys was appointed President of New South Wales Rugby League and Chairman of Australian Rugby League. Under him State of Origin was introduced. In 1983 Humphreys was succeeded in these positions by Ken Arthurson. Under Arthurson the clubs in the NSWRL expanded outside the borders of the state and the country until in 1994, after administering its 87th consecutive premiership season, the NSWRL was replaced by the Australian Rugby League as club football's peak administrative body. Notwithstanding the hand over of control of the game at the elite level across Australia to the Commission, the NSWRL did retain responsibility for both the administration of the New South Wales rugby league team in State of Origin series, as well as day-to-day management of the state-based New South Wales Cup second-tier premiership, as well as junior representative competitions and divisional leagues throughout NSW and the ACT, it does so in conjunction with the NSW Country Rugby League. In a similar way, the rival Queensland Rugby League retained responsibility for that state's Origin team and lower tier competitions.

The Royal Agricultural Society Shield, or RAS Shield was the New South Wales Rugby League's first premiership trophy. It was presented to each year's premiership winning rugby league team; the Eastern Suburbs club achieved this feat winning premierships in 1911, 1912 and 1913. The hand crafted silver and oak designed shield was donated to the NSWRL by the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales in its first year of competition. Leading journalist Claude Corbett wrote in Sydney, newspaper on, 1 May 1914, "The Royal Agricultural Society Shield, presented at the inception of the League's first grade competition has been won outright by Eastern Suburbs, who upset all calculations by winning the premiership three years in succession; the club has presented the shield to their captain, Dally Messenger,'as a token of appreciation of his captaincy." In 1929 Jersey Flegg was appointed to the position of president of the NSWRFL. Midway through the 1909 season, Edward Larkin was appointed full-time secretary of the NSWRFL.

In 1951, the NSWRFL originated the J. J. Giltinan Shield, following his death in 1950; this trophy was awarded to the premiers of the NSWRFL competition, being named after one of the founding fathers of the NSWRFL and rugby league in Australia. The trophy remains today, being awarded to the minor premiers of the National Rugby League competition. Following Jersey Flegg's death in 1960, Bill Buckley was made the NSWRFL's new president. In 1967 the NSWRFL grand final became the first football grand final of any code to be televised live in Australia; the Nine Network had paid $5,000 for the broadcasting rights. In 1973 NSWRFL boss Kevin Humphreys negotiated rugby league's first television deal with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; the NSWRFL had commenced a popular and successful mid-week competition in 1974 known as the Amco Cup, but as the Tooth Cup and the National Panasonic Cup. The success of this competition, which included teams from both Brisbane and New Zealand created pressure for further expansion in the NSWRFL competition.

In 1980, the NSWRFL President Kevin Humphries, chairman of the League since 1973, was instrumental in the establishment of the State of Origin series between teams representing the NSWRFL and Queensland Rugby League. The immediate success o

Ninja Warrior UK (series 3)

Series Three of Ninja Warrior UK, a British physical obstacle assault course game show, was aired on ITV from 31 December 2016 to 18 February 2017. Of the 250 contestant who took part, this series' competition was won by Jonny Urszuly. During its broadcast, the series averaged around 3.81 million viewers. In the course of the five qualifier rounds, the contestants faced a variety of different obstacles in each round, alongside Quintuple Steps and Warped Wall; the most common featured included Jump Hang - this series saw a few new variations on the obstacle - Floating Tiles, Log Runner - this obstacle was new for this series. This series saw the introduction of new obstacles used on the course - Silk Drop, Beam Cross, Pipe Climber, Log Grip - as well as the use of UFO, Swing Circle, Swinging Frames, Double Tilt Ladder, Pole Rider, Silk Slider. Qualifier 1 ResultsQualifier 2 ResultsQualifier 3 ResultsQualifier 4 ResultsQualifier 5 Results For the semi-finals of this series, the semi-finalists had to complete Stage 1 of the course within three minutes.

Alongside the Quintuple Steps and Warped Wall, they had to contend with Ring Swing, Spinning Logs, A new variation of Jump Hang and Ring Slider. Upon completing the stage, they faced the obstacles of Stage 2, consisting of Big Dipper, Pole Grasper, Chimney Climb. Semi-Finals Results For the finals of this series, all three stages of obstacles were conducted. Stage 1 required the finalists to complete nine obstacles - Quadruple Steps, Rolling Log, Coin Flip, Ring Jump, Wind Chimes, Warped Wall, Big Dipper With Tassels, Three Logs, Chimney Climb - within six minutes. Of the finalists that took on this stage, only six completed it - Jacob Peregrine – Wheller, Ali Hay, Fred Dorrington, Bruce Winfield, Cain Clarke, Jonny Urszuly. Stage 2 required the remaining finalists to take on five obstacles - Spider Jump, Spin Cycle, Salmon Ladder, Monkey Pegs, Wall Lift - and complete them within two minutes. Of the remaining finalists, only Clarke and Urszuly managed to complete it successfully. For Stage 3, the remaining two finalists had to complete three obstacles, but with no time limit - Crazy Cliff Hanger, Floating Boards, Flying Bars.

Neither contestant managed to complete the stage, thus the winner was determined by progress, resulting in Urszuly being declared the winner

The Black Box Revelation

Black Box Revelation is a Belgian garage rock band. It was formed in 2005 by guitarist Jan Paternoster and drummer Dries Van Dijck; the band achieved great reviews with their debut Set Your Head on Fire and second album Silver Threats. In 2011, the band released their third album My Perception, including the hit singles "Rattle My Heart" and "My Perception". Jan Paternoster and Dries Van Dijck, two friends from Dilbeek, started playing together as “The Mighty Generators”, at the respective ages of 12 and 14 years old, it was during this period. These jam sessions would lay the foundation to their new group: Black Box Revelation. In 2006 they arrived second, while The Hickey Underworld took the first spot, in Belgium's influential Humo's Rock Rally contest; the Mighty Generators made it to the quarter-finals. The New York Times wrote: "Every so they strip the music down to something slow and bluesy, but the Black Box Revelation isn't purely retro. They are just as happy with a drum-machine beat and a heap of overdubbed percussion, as long as the music makes its happy, trashy crash."In Europe they toured with dEUS, General Fiasco, The Raveonettes, Eagles Of Death Metal, Iggy Pop and others.

They played multiple times at festivals such as Rock Werchter, Pinkpop, Sziget Festival and Rock en Seine. In June 2008, the Black Box Revelation started their first tour in the United States, they performed gigs in West Hollywood and New York City. Since they played a couple of times at SXSW and they toured through the United States in June 2011 with the Meat Puppets, played at Bonnaroo Music Festival, on tour with The Morning After Girls and on tour with Meat Puppets from 6–13 November 2011. In 2007 the duo released their debut EP; the EP was supported by a music videp for "Kill for Peace". The Belgian press was unanimously enthusiastic and this resulted in lots of club-gigs. During the summer of 2007 the band played at the big open-air festivals Pukkelpop; the Black Box Revelation began recording their album Set Your Head on Fire in mid-2007. The album was produced by Triggerfinger drummer Mario Goossens, mixed in Los Angeles by Greg Gordon, mastered in New York by Fred Kevorkian. Over 30,000 copies were downloaded in Belgium alone.

Their single "I Think I Like You" rose to the top of the radio charts. Peter Afterman and the Major League Baseball club Pittsburgh Pirates bought the rights to "I Think I Like You". Plug in Music wrote: "A rock party that seems unwilling to end. Like the 60s garage bands they were influenced by, Black Box Revelation know that sometimes rock is most effective when it is simple. With this philosophy in mind, the band keeps their riffs repeating and their lyrics from being over analytical. Black Box Revelation's debut seem strategically constructed while still retaining a reckless and raw sound." In February 2010 they released their second album Silver Threats, with the singles "High on a Wire", "Sleep While Moving", "Do I Know You" and "Love Licks". This album was produced by Triggerfinger drummer Mario Goossens, mixed in Los Angeles by Greg Gordon (who had worked with, mastered in New York by Fred Kevorkian. Contact Music wrote, "There's scuzzy, full throttle blues romps sitting comfortably next to more quiet moments.

Silver Threats is an album that sits just on the edge of chaos, providing a brilliant musical thrill ride from start to finish." Silver Threats reached number one on the Flemish Ultratop albums chart in February 2010. In January 2011 the Black Box Revelation won two Music Industry Awards in Flanders, for best Live Act and best Rock/Alternative music; the single "Lust or Love" was released on 14 February 2011, whilst the band was working on their third album with Alain Johannes in Hollywood, LA. Black Box Revelation released a single on 1 June 2011 titled "Rattle My Heart", it was the lead single from their third album, My Perception, released worldwide on 30 September 2011. They released "My Perception" as the follow-up single. Black Box Revelation received support from its American label Merovee Records owned by talk show star David Letterman; the band toured several months in the United States to promote their third album and played as opening act for different major acts such as Jane's Addiction and Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye.

HardrockHaven stated about the band: "The Black Box Revelation got the crowd on their feet and dancing with their growling, bluesy riffs and intense drums. Watching this duo play brings to mind, The White Stripes, The Black Keys and Middle Class Rut; each song was a different adventure of sounds that took the listener into a world surrounded by nothing but tearing guitar and deep percussion, you could do nothing but listen and be impressed. This is a band whose star will continue to rise and the climb will be fun to watch". On 23 August 2009, the song "Cold Cold Hands" was featured on FX in episode 7 of the 6th season of Entourage. On 4 October 2011, the song "I Think I Like You" was featured on FX in episode 5 of the 4th season of Sons of Anarchy, "Brick" On 25 October 2011, the song "Where Has All This Mess Begun" was featured on FX in episode 8 of the 4th season of Sons of Anarchy, "Family Recipe" On June 12, 2012, the Black Box Revelation played their song "High on a Wire" in the Late Show with David Letterman.

"High on a Wire" played during an episode of MTV's Teen Wolf Jan Paternoster is known to play a Gibson CS-

Sirimevan Ranasinghe

Admiral Sirimevan Sarathchandra Ranasinghe, WWV, RWP, USP, ndc, AOWC is a senior Sri Lankan naval officer and the former Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy. Ranasinghe received his education from St. Joseph's College and the Anuradhapura Central College, he enlisted in the Sri Lanka Navy as an Officer Cadet in its 11th Intake on 15 November 1982, undergoing basic training at Trincomalee, where he was adjudged the best cadet and selected for an international midshipmen course at Dartmouth, which he attended between 1984 and 1985. He is an anti submarine warfare specialist, did his Naval Staff Course in 1999 at the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, India, he has attended the Allied Officers’ War Course at the National Defence University in Islamabad in 2007, a National Defence Course in 2012 at the National Defence College, New Delhi. Ranasinghe holds an MPhil in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras and a Msc in War Studies and Defence Management from the National Defence University, Pakistan.

President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Ranasinghe the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy with effect from 11 July 2015. Prior to this appointment, he served as the 4th Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard. Other commands he has held include the Western Naval Command, Southern Naval Command and Deputy to the Southern Naval Command. Staff commands he has held include those as Commandant of the Naval and Maritime Academy, Director Naval Operations, Director Naval Weapons, Director Marine Special Forces and Director Naval Projects and Plans. Ranasinghe has held the command of various ships and craft during his career in the navy, including SLNS Samudura, the Fast Attack Squadron between 2002 and 2004. Ranasinghe was appointed Commander of the Navy effective 26 October 2017, he was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 31 December 2018 and retired on 1 January 2019. Sirimevan is a keen sportsman, has received Britannia Royal Naval College Colours for Badminton, a Triple Crown in Badminton in the Inter-command Navy Tournament 1997

Cesare Federici

Cesare Federici was an Italian merchant and traveler. Federici was born at Erbanno, in what is now the province of Brescia under the rule of the Republic of Venice. In 1563, he visited India, spent eighteen years in commercial pursuits and travels on the southern coasts and islands of Asia, he started from Cyprus and made his way to Aleppo and by caravan with Armenians and Moors to Bir on Euphrates Feluchia, Babylon. He went down river to Basra and the island of Hormuz, where a Portuguese fort existed, he describes the election of a Muslim king. The fort and market was bustling with people from all parts of the world, included the export of horses to India. At Hormuz and wood were supplied from Persia, he subsequently travelled throughout India, visiting coastal forts and towns, on the west and east coast. Most of these were owned, friendly, or trading with the Portuguese, including Goa, Cambaia, Basain, Chiaul, Bezeneger Vijayanagara, Mangalor, Canannore. Crangenor, Cochin. Of Kannur, he noted it as being ruled by a gentle king, serving as a hub of the cardamon trade.

He noted the population's habit of chewing Betel. He wrote about pearl diving off the coasts from Cao Comeri to Ceylon, he discusses the politics of Ceylon and the limited control that the Portuguese had over only the town of Colombo. He went to San Tome. Travelling on a Portuguese galleon he passed the Andaman islands, inhabited by "people of the jungle". In northeastern India, he visited Orifa, the city of Satagan in Bengal on Gulf of Martavan, Sion, a city conquered by the king of Pegu, he passed the channel of Nicobar to the island of Sumatra. He returned through Baghdad and Aleppo to Europe, landed again at Venice in November, 1581, he wrote in Italian an account of his voyages, published at Venice in 1587. While Marco Polo's travels were centuries old by Federici's time, the latter explorer is contemporary with travels by the fellow-Venetian Niccolò de' Conti and Gasparo Balbi; the Genoese Hieronymo di San Stefano and Varthema of Bologna, occurred at the beginning of the 16th century. The more eloquent tale of Gemelli Careri in Giro del Mondo would be over a century later.

The voyage and travaile into the East India: London 1588 Theatrum Orbis Terrarum New York: Da Capo, 1971

Agnete Hoy

Agnete Hoy known as Anita Hoy, is an English artist potter who managed to create a bridge between industrial ceramics and work of the studio potters. Having studied in Copenhagen she went on to work for the Holbæk and Saxbo potteries in the late-1930s before returning to England. Agnete's Danish experience helped her creativity within the English ceramic industry during the war years and following period, her technical expertise related to glazes and firing was gained on the factory floor and used to produce her distinctive designs for production at both Buller's in Stoke-on-Trent and Royal Doulton Lambeth Wares. Agnete Hoy was born in Southall, England on 3 November 1914 to her Danish parents and Anna Blichfeldt, living in England since 1906. Soren, a research bacteriologist from Copenhagen, had been invited to set up a new scientific laboratory for the Maypole Margarine Works in Southall. Being born into a reasonably well-off, middle-class family, Agnete had a peaceful childhood. In common with other families of the same social standing she and her two elder brothers and Eric, were looked after by a nanny and the household supported a cook and maid.

This happy childhood was to end abruptly with the early death of her father in 1921, when Agnete was only 7 years old. This had a profound effect on her for the whole of her life; the family's income was now drastically reduced and her mother took the young family back to Denmark, where she knew the boys would receive an excellent free state education. The family had strong artistic traditions both in the visual arts and music and she was encouraged to take up her interest in painting on pre-formed ceramics. At age 19, she applied to the Copenhagen College of Art and Crafts and was accepted, studying there for 3 years. After this she worked with Gerhard Nielsen at the Holbaek Pottery for a year and moved on to working at Saxbo for Natalie Krebs. In 1938, Agnete married Askel Hoy, an architect, 7 years her senior and it was this surname she would use for the rest of her career. Within a few months the marriage failed, Agnete applied for a formal separation and left Denmark, accompanied by her mother in 1939.

She planned to visit her two brothers. It was during this visit that war broke out and they were unable to return to Denmark. Needing work, Agnete went to stay with her brother Svend, who lived in the centre of the pottery manufacturing industry at Stoke-on-Trent and secured work with Bullers Ltd, who produced electrical insulators, she became head of their small art studio and continued in this position until the studio was closed in 1952. After this, she moved down to London to be with her second husband, Harry Bohrer, whom she married in 1943. Once in London, Agnete applied to the Doulton Lambeth studio, was appointed head of the studio until its closure in 1956; the next year, Agnete set up her own studio in her home at Acton, West London, in the early 1960s began lecturing and teaching at various art colleges, including Hammersmith and Richmond. Her husband Harry died in 1986. From the early-1990s onwards Agnete suffered from a disabling illness. In 1939, Agnete and her mother left Denmark on holiday to visit her brothers who had returned to England a few years earlier to work.

With the onset of war, they were unexpectedly exiled in England and Agnete went to Liverpool to be near her younger brother, working in the food canning industry. Unable to find suitable employment there, she decided to join her other brother Svend, who lived and worked in the heart of the pottery manufacturing area of Stoke-on-Trent and look for a pottery based job there, she gained a job with Bullers Ltd. in Milton as head of the studio. This factory produced porcelain insulators for the electricity industry and had run a small design studio. Agnete set about consolidating and expanding this unique industrial studio and began by producing ideas for'oven to tableware', something, unheard of at that time. Many of her pots were experimental in nature and with no specific brief or restraint on her ideas, some one-off ceramics were produced, as well as designs for mass production, it was Bullers' intention to sell these wares to Heals in London and so when there were enough prototypes ready, Agnete herself went to see the Heals buyers.

They liked the pots but asked her to produce a range of porcelain animal models in similar colours, explaining that there was a market for such items in the USA. As the confidence of the directors at Bullers increased she was allowed to choose assistants for the studio; the first one to arrive on the recommendation of Gordon Forsyth in 1943 was James Rushton, 15 years old, employed in the first place to be modeller and caster. They were joined by Elsie Forrester and Hilda Hind, both described as decorators; the team grew to 10 and included Harold Thomas whom Agnete considered to be the best'thrower' in Stoke-on-Trent. As soon as the workers had'proved' their ability, she encouraged them to develop their own styles. Over the years Agnete invited influential studio potters such as Bernard Leach and his son and Rosemary Wren to visit; the input of visitors added to the general intellectual atmosphere within the studio. In 1952, Agnete returned to London to be with her husband Harry Bohrer where she took a job with the Royal Doulton Lambeth Studio.

The Lambeth Studio had been in existence for over 80 years, though output had been minimal since the advent of WW2. In the aftermath of the 1951 Festival of Britain, managers at Doulton's had decided to revive the production of decorative wares, under Hoy's directi