Happy Easter to everyone!
Hope you had a great time over the holidays. Most of our staff are still on holidays until 15th April. Our office is closed for the Easter holidays.
As you can see this we have changed the layout in this eDeafNews as we are still trying to find the right colours and layouts for eDeafNews. Your feedback is welcome. We want a better system to reach everyone reading newsletter through electronic format. Hope you enjoyed reading first eDeafNews.
If you didn't get it last month, please let us know ASAP. We are still developing the new database for eDeafNews and other membership with DSRQ.
We would love more stories and articles about deaf people in Queensland and throughout Australia, even overseas. We believed that our members should know what is happening around the world related to deaf or other issues that may affect your life every day.
Deaf Light Disco: Crestmead PCYC
We have been busy before the Easter holidays as we were organising our first Deaf Light Disco at Crestmead PCYC on 22nd March. It was a great night as there were more than 50 children age range from 5 yrs to 17 yrs. Everyone had a great time trying out the drumming, Psy dancing and fun games. Please see below for the photos of Deaf Light Disco. The next one will be on 26th July at Crestmead PCYC. Hope you will bring your children along for the next one.
Swimming Clinic: Stafford State School - Stringers Swim Club
We also organised our annual Swimming clinic at Stafford State School - Stringers Swim Club where 10 participants were involved in swimming clinic to improve their swimming skills. We will organise another swimming clinics for winter (heated swimming pool) to keep up skills. The dates and venues are still being investigated to suit for the parents who lives in northside and southside. There will be two venues e.g. Northside and Southside to allow the parents to travel to swimming lessons for deaf children, CODAs and heairng siblings within 15 - 20 kms.
DSRQ AGM & Forum: 1st June
We would like to announce that we will have our annual event - AGM and Forum on 1st June at Sports House - Milton from 9 am til 4 pm.
We will have AGM in the morning at 9 am for an hour then workshops during the day. We will have special guest speakers coming to talk with all affiliated clubs and members about how to do their membership drive, public liability, Risk Management including how to organie their members to get their blue card for working with children under 18 yrs.
It is free for everyone who want to attend the forum. We will provide the morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Please let me know if you are coming for the catering purpose. Hope to see you on 1st June.
Deaf Lawn Bowls Qld - AGM & INC
Congratulations to Qld Deaf Lawn Bowls for getting their INC so that they can do many things like getting a grant for training workshop for their board management including sport equipment for the club. They had their Special meeting asking their members to support the club to get INC which went very well. Their AGM was great as well. Well done goes to the board management of Deaf Lawn Bowls Qld Assoc Inc for a great job. Congratulations to the new board members as well. It is exciting to see the club improved every year.
There will be lots of AGMs in the next few months. DSRQ Board Members will visit your club to see how your club has operated. We are there to support each club to ensure that they are on the right track to achieve their objectives what they need to do for their members. We are looking foward to vsiiting all clubs' events including AGMs.
Hope you are enjoying reading this during the Easter holidays.
See you next month.
Julie Lyons State Administrator
Deaf Light Disco at Crestmead PCYC
DSRQ Deaf Swimming Clinic
Gold Coast News
Next Deaf Cafe Gathering: 3rd June, 2013
Next Deaf Club Gathering: 13th April, 2013
Contact: Christine White 0415 952 205
Tweed Coast Deaf Group News
Next Deaf Gathering 18th April 2013.
Deaf Social Club Night: 26 April 2013.
13 April - Picnic at Chamber Island 27 April - Social Night at Duporth Travern Maroochysore 6pm
Pakistan to host 1st World Twenty20 Deaf Cricket Cup
LAHORE - Pakistan has been allocated the hosting rights of the inaugural World T20 Deaf Cricket Cup in September-October next year.
“In all, 10 countries including Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Africa and hosts Pakistan will be taking part in the grand event which will be held here in the city,” said Pakistan Deaf Cricket Association (PDCA) manager Zaheer Uddin Babar here on Thursday.
The mega event was allocated by the Deaf International Cricket Council (DICC) at its meeting held recently at Dubai. PDCA president Raza Rafi, secretary Irfan Miraj and Zaheer attended the meting which took important decisions for further development of deaf cricket across the globe. Zaheer said Pakistan faced a strong competition from India as far as getting the hosting of the event was concerned. “We gave a detailed presentation to plead our case and the successful hosting of the Deaf Asia Cricket Cup earlier this year in Lahore convinced all the stake holders that Pakistan is capable of organising the first edition of World T20 Deaf Cup. In our presentation, we pointed out that fool proof security was provided in the Asia Cup and efforts would be made to hold the World Cup in a better way.”
“The participating countries of the
Asia Cup put their weight behind Pakistan and then the house decided to
allocate it to us,” he added. The PDCA official said they were thankful
to Pakistan Cricket Board especially its chairman Chaudhary Zaka Ashraf
for supporting the cause of deaf cricket in Pakistan and
internationally. “We had the full backing of the PCB when we organised
the Asia Cup and now the PCB chief has assured us his all-out support
for holding the World Cup in a trend-setting manner in Pakistan. The
staging of Deaf World Cup will portray a better image of Pakistan
He said all the delegates of the meeting also visited the ICC headquarters as well as the ICC global academy. “We had productive meetings with ICC development programme manager ND Hobbs and ICC Global Academy manager David Jenking who assured ICC’s support for the uplift of deaf cricket,” he added. He said the ICC officials told them that the cricket’s ruling body will recognise the disabled cricket including deaf cricket by year 2015 and they have provided the documents containing the laid down criteria to get PDCA affiliated with ICC.
The PDCA manager said they would be fulfilling the necessary criteria in coming three months and would send all the necessary documents to ICC for getting its affiliation. “Soon, they will be holding a meeting with the high-ups of the PCB to discuss important matters to start their preparations for the Deaf World Cup,” he concluded.
News Flash News Flash News Flash News Flash
On 25 March the address of the National Relay Service website changed from www.relayservice.com.au to www.relayservice.gov.au
The Commonwealth, as manager of the NRS contracts, wants to reinforce the website as an important part of this government program, and as source of authoritative, reliable and trustworthy information about the NRS.
In practice this will have no effect on users of the website or users of the NRS.
It is possible that the first time users access the site after the changeover there will be a short delay of a couple of seconds. But there will be no change in the functionality and content of website, no change for users in their access to internet relay and no change to any NRS service.
There will be no need for users to do anything different from what they do now.
Use of the old website address and any bookmarked pages will still lead directly to the same pages as before.
Any links that you may have from your website to ours will continue to work as before.
Please note that NRS email addresses will not change. That is they will retain ‘com.au’ as part of the address. There is a small risk of potential confusion in the different domain name of the website in relation to email addresses such as that of the Helpdesk, but we will manage that risk reactively.
If you or any of you members have any queries concerning this changeover please contact our Helpdesk
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