Take a look inside Jason Taumalolo’s Townsville home

first_imgSome of Jason’s biggest achievements are on display in his Townsville home. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: I love being in the sun and in water, so getting outdoors on my days off is a favourite. A good afternoon watching movies, or a good TV series is also a go to after a busy week. Jason: Play PlayStation for sure. Q: Do you have any holidays/trips planned this year that you are looking forward to? When not training, playing or sleeping — there’s nothing like a game on the PlayStation to relax. Liana: Just over a year and a bit now. We built a duplex with Martin Locke Homes. We both had never built a home before however Martin and his team took us under their wings and made the process a very smooth one. Jason: It was the first time we had both built a home and were initially quite nervous. Martin Locke Homes made it so simple, we didn’t know it could be such an easy process. Q: How would you describe you style? A family photograph of Jason and his brother. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: Photos of family, friends and the best of memories make anywhere feel like home. Hand me down recipes and home cooked dinners. Oh, and our dog Theo! Jason: My PlayStation and a roast on Sunday Q: Who does the cooking and household chores? More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Keeping it simple. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: I wouldn’t say we are very “stylish” people but I guess you could say modern would describe our style best. Jason: What she said (laughs) Q: Do you have a favourite space around you home? The couple love nothing more than quality time spend with each other, as well as family and friends. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: We are both quite busy with Jason always playing here or away and I work shift work, so our schedules can make it difficult to always entertain. Normally when Jason is away, I always have my friends visit or stay for the weekend which I always look forward too. Jason: Normally close friends and mum and dad At Home With Jason Taumalolo and partner Liana. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: Super friendly and always keeping an eye out for each other. We have been lucky enough to meet and make good friends with a lot of our neighbours at our local dog park. Jason: Everyone has been super welcoming of us into their community and everyone is willing to lend a hand. Q: How long have you lived there and who build your dream home? Bedroom bliss. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: Outside with my dog! Or the lounge room with my favourite TV series. Jason: Our bedroom for all the mornings I am able to sleep in. Q: Name five items that makes your home, feel like home. center_img At Home With Jason Taumalolo and partner Liana. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: Convenience definitely was a stand out for myself. It takes just over five minutes to get to work. Willows and Canon Park is minutes away, and all our friends and family livewithin 5 minute drives. Jason: Location was also a big one for myself. It only takes me five minutes to get to training in the morning; so I am able to always have a sneaky sleep in. Q: What do you love about your local community? There’s no place like home for Jason Taumalolo and partner Liana. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Q: Why did you choose Brookstone on the Park to build your fist home? Modern and functional. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: I do all the cooking, however Jason does help prepare. I am a neat freak, so I naturally do a lot of household chores whenever I have a spare minute. Jason is always ready to help(sometimes with lots of prompting). Jason: Me! (laughs) Q: What do you both like to do to relax? At Home With Jason Taumalolo and partner Liana. PICTURE CREDIT: Josephine Carter PhotographyJASON Taumalolo is living life in the fast lane following his $10 million signing with the North Queensland Cowboys, making time to spend at home with partner Liana and fur-child Theo even more precious. The couple recently celebrated their one-year anniversary at Brookstone on the Park in Condon, where they built their first dream home together. Their three-bedroom, two bathroom home, is one of two duplexes on the 718sq m block. The Townsville Bulletin caught up with Jason and Liana this week for a quick Q & A and an exclusive look at their modern, yet modest home. Here is what they had to say. A home is not a home without a dog. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: Potentially heading to Tonga with Jason and his family and possibly a stop in Fiji at the end of the year. Jason: Going back to the Kingdom of Tonga for a family reunion. Q: Do you like to entertain at home and who would you normally spend time with? last_img read more

Dutch metal industry schemes inch closer to benefit cuts

first_imgThe declining coverage ratio makes it harder for pension funds to avoid benefit cuts, which must be applied when they have been underfunded for five consecutive years. Members of metal industry schemes PME and PMT could face benefit cuts in 2020To PMT and PME, their funding at the end of 2019 will be crucial to avoid cuts. At the end of October, their coverage ratios stood at 102.5% and 101.7%, respectively, compared to the required 104.3%.Although any cuts can be spread out over a 10-year period, they are unconditional and cannot be reversed.PMT said it was already looking at the procedure for reducing payments, adding that a dedicated page on its website would be set up as one of the ways of preparing its participants for such a scenario early next year.PME said it had already been communicating to members the risk of cuts through all its information channels during the past year.“We are trying to find a balance between warning and unnecessarily worrying our participants,” it said.PFZW and ABPABP and healthcare scheme PFZW have more leeway for improvement than the metal industry schemes, as their recovery plans started one year later. This means that any cuts would not have to be implemented before 2021.However, if funding were to suddenly plummet below the “critical coverage” level, reductions would have to be applied sooner. For ABP this level is 89%.Exceeding the minimum required funding level at the end of 2018 would be important to ABP, as any it would reset the recovery plan and take benefit reductions off the table for another five years.ABP has yet to factor in the slowdown in life expectancy improvements, as announced by the Actuarial Society (AG) last September. When it does, this would slightly increase its funding ratio at the end of 2018. The funding levels of the four largest Dutch pension funds dropped significantly in October due to falling equity markets and decreasing interest rates.Figures published by the schemes last week showed that their funding ratios declined by roughly 3 percentage points to approximately 101%, meaning metal industry schemes PMT and PME are closer to imposing benefit cuts in 2020.Last month, pension funds were hit by equity falls – the MSCI World index declined by 6.7% during the month – while interest rates, crucial for discounting liabilities also decreased, with the 30-year swap rate dropping almost 3 basis points to 1.5%.Civil service scheme ABP saw the value of its assets drop by 2.8% to €407bn, while its liabilities rose by 0.1% to €399bn, limiting its chances to recover to the required minimum funding ratio of approximately 105% by the end of the year.last_img read more

Reserve cable of Spain-Morocco link fixed

first_imgThe cable laying ship EDT Hercules carried out the sealing operations. Red Electrica also mobilised all the necessary technical and human resources, taking into account the depth where the damage was. The leak incident took place in Moroccan waters 21.6 kilometres off Spain at a depth of 208 metres. Nevertheless, the security of the electricity supply through the interconnection was not compromised at any time thanks to its double circuit and the fact that the cable affected was not in service. There are also talks for a third link between the countries. The seven cables, which cross the Strait of Gibraltar, run from Tarifa, Spain, to Fardioua, Morocco. Spanish grid operator Red Electrica and its Moroccan counterpart ONEE have completed the works to seal the leak in the reserve cable of the link between Spain and Morocco.center_img The electricity interconnection between Spain and Morocco consists of two 400 kV lines. One came into service in 1997 and the other in 2006. The companies advised the Spanish maritime authorities and all the authorities and groups concerned on 31 July. After a brief interruption of just a few hours in the use of the link during the works to seal the leak, which was necessary for safety reasons, the two circuits that make up the interconnection between the two countries were brought back into service following the completion of the repair works. Specifically, the interconnection comprises a total of seven cables: three per circuit, plus one reserve cable. last_img read more

No. 4 Albany, Tehoka Nanticoke to make season debut at No. 7 Syracuse

first_imgNanticoke’s ability to back defenders down and play around the crease is a credit to his size. Both Porter and Bomberry, who grew up playing with Nanticoke in Six Nations, said it’s something that often deceives opponents.Nanticoke is listed at 6-foot-1, 235 pounds, which would make him the second-heaviest player on SU behind redshirt-freshman midfielder Jack Fiorini, who has four inches on Nanticoke. With All-American senior attack Fields still in the fold for Albany, it’s likely Nanticoke won’t see SU’s top lock-off defender in Nick Mellen. Instead, Nanticoke will likely be challenged by physical, 225-pound Tyson Bomberry, who has also played with Nanticoke during the offseason for the Six Nations Arrows.“He’s very physical,” said attack Brendan Bomberry. “He’s done a lot of work in the gym…I think he looks a lot bigger than people think and a lot stronger than people think, and also a lot faster than people think, so I think he’s going to catch a lot of people by surprise.”Slow startWhile Syracuse lost much of its fall season due to the mumps outbreak before playing a scrimmage, the Orange found ways to make up for lost time. Syracuse practiced briefly before Thanksgiving break and onward. Preseason camp picked up in early January for SU, which has a full-size indoor-turf facility, while Albany depends on good weather to practice outside, Great Danes head coach Scott Marr said.“They should be ahead of us at this point as far as conditioning and their level of play I would think,” Marr said. “They’ve had a couple more scrimmages already and a game under their belts before they play us.”Binghamton was SU’s fifth opponent, including scrimmages, in the last month. Albany has played two opponents, Colgate and Princeton, both in scrimmages. Prior to his team’s scrimmage against Princeton, Marr said his team is still “a ways away from where we want to be,” citing pace of play and the transition game as points of emphasis following his team’s first scrimmage.“There’s nothing better than starting out with a team like (SU) because it really gives you a sense of who you are, where you are and what you have to do to improve to play at that level at the end of the season,” Marr said.Saving faceIn the last three regular season matchups between Syracuse and Albany, the Orange has owned the faceoff-X. With all-time faceoff leader Ben Williams taking most of the draws, SU beat Albany on 63 of 81 total faceoffs. That’s a 77.7 percent success rate, more than 10 percentage points higher than Williams was on his career.Anna Henderson| Digital designer editorAgainst Binghamton, SU displayed what dominant faceoff play can do: limit opponent possessions and control the pace of play. Against Albany, Varello faces a more daunting opponent in TD Ierlan, a sophomore faceoff specialist who won more than 70 percent of his faceoffs last season, ranking second in Division I. Ierlan, a product of Victor (New York) High School, where he played alongside SU attack Jamie Trimboli, won 323 faceoffs in his freshman season at Albany, the most ever by a Great Dane in a single season.Syracuse lost or tied its opponent in faceoffs in all three of its losses last season. No matter what the result is Saturday, it’ll likely be determined, at least partially, by success at the faceoff X. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 14, 2018 at 10:22 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44center_img No. 7 Syracuse (1-0) opened its season with a 21-4 trouncing of Binghamton. SU had goals from 12 players, including five from senior attack Brendan Bomberry and three from sophomore attack Stephen Rehfuss.In the cage, goalkeeper Dom Madonna saved four shots while allowing four goals. SU dominated the faceoff X, going 24-for-29 as a team, with new starting faceoff specialist Danny Varello winning 15 of the 17 draws he took.On Saturday, No. 4 Albany, one of the few teams in the nation not to play yet, faces off with Syracuse at 2 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Great Danes have only beaten SU once in 16 attempts. In that 2013 Albany win, the trio of Thompson relatives combined for 10 of their team’s 16 goals. On Saturday, SU will be tasked with shutting down Tehoka Nanticoke, a Six Nations, Ontario, native who is anticipated to bring a similar electric play style to the Albany attack, which already features All-American Connor Fields.Tehoka timeThe wait is almost over. Nanticoke has been hyped up since his time at IMG Academy (Florida), where he was tabbed Inside Lacrosse Magazine’s No. 1 recruit and an Under Armour High School All-American following his senior season.While in high school, Nanticoke played for the Iroquois Nationals at the 2016 U19 World Championships in Vancouver. There, he earned All-World Team and MVP honors while burying 22 goals to accompany nine assists and a bronze medal finish for his team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn that same calendar year, Nanticoke played with SU sophomore goalie Drake Porter at IMG. Nanticoke impressed Porter immediately. On the pairs’ second day of practice together, Nanticoke wound up from the crease, and Porter prepared for what he anticipated would be more than a 90-mph close-range rocket. As the goalie stepped toward the ball, Nanticoke released the ball earlier and slower than Porter planned for, and the ball softly floated over Porter’s head. The goalkeeper compared the shot to a knuckleball.“He’d go through the legs when you thought he had no angle, and he’d somehow put it in on you,” Porter said. “He’d throw nine fakes and then do a changeup shot on the crease somehow. He was creative, and he wasn’t afraid to try anything.”Throughout his career at IMG and during the preseason leading up to his freshman year with Albany, Nanticoke has been known for his highlight-reel goals. In a fall-ball scrimmage against Johns Hopkins, Nanticoke backed his defender down to the ground. With the Hopkins defender on the turf, the freshman dashed toward the crease and flung a shot with his left hand from between his legs.last_img read more