FROM the Wonderful World of Sport Department: It’s been proposed (seriously) that cheer-leaders (a la those for footie games) be added to the offerings at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Yes, cheer-leaders.
Laughable? Without doubt. Likely to get up? Hopefully not, but you never can tell – remember synchronised swimming?.
If it’s cheer-leaders, then why not darts, lawn bowls or advanced tiddlewinks? And of course there’s ballroom dancing, which is trotted out (wince) every so often. The list is endless.
Boss Cockey of retail giant Harvey Norman, multi-billionaire Gerry Harvey, is working himself into a lather
BOSS Cockey of retail giant Harvey Norman, multi-billionaire Gerry Harvey, is working himself into a lather over the arrival of online giant Amazon on these shores, set to open later this year.
According to his rants, the end of the retail world as we know it is nigh – ‘Now they’re coming here to send us all broke’ and so on from good old Gerry.
So is that the case, or simply more of the usual outbursts from him?
Judging from the Amazon website here, it seems likely that spectacle frames and sunglasses will be available online sooner rather than later (and at ridiculously-low prices), but what will save the day for ophthalmic practitioners is the obvious need for one-to-one contact between each one of them and each patient/client/customer. It’s difficult to change that.
So stand by for plenty of ‘own-frame’ dispensing of the prescriptions generated by practitioners.
Ah well, there will at least be room for better (higher) lens prices – perhaps.
TAFE NSW, which, among many other things, provides optical dispensing courses at its Sydney Institute at Randwick in the eastern suburbs and Western Sydney Institute at Kingswood in the western suburbs, has bungled its financial affairs by understating its revenue for skills training to the tune of $138 million for the 2014-15 year, according to the NSW auditor-general.
That’s on top of its disastrous IT system, which is said to have cost NSW TAFE as much as $1 billion and now is to cost a further $10 million, which the NSW TAFE brains trust has decided to pay for consultants to fix the mess.
The failed IT system resulted in enrolment chaos, with enrolments said to be down by about 150,000 students in 2015 versus 2012 – and millions were spent trying to find lost enrolments and missing course fees.
To make matters worse, NSW TAFE made hundreds of teaching jobs redundant, maintaining it did not have the funds to pay them.
So how did such a mess come to be? Because the British developer of the IT program had developed it for schools there, before offering it to a gullible Australia for its schools, with the offer to NSW TAFE following rejection of the offer for schools here per se.
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THERE’S been much going on about introduction of a pink cricket ball during this summer season, particularly for day-night Tests.
Comments from various players include: “It’s difficult to see; once you’re used to it, there’s no difference to when a red ball is used; at times it takes a little longer to work out the depth of where it’s coming; I’m confident I can make a contribution to the team [with it]; in the end, when you’re out there and things aren’t going so well, you’ve got to work it out for yourself.” And so on.
Ah, the thwack of willow on leather will never be the same as when the ball is red.
But wait, there could soon be a plethora of research papers produced by optometry graduates going for a PhD, who may discover all sorts of things re the pink ball.
It would beat them producing yet another paper on dry eye, a topic whose study seems to be going nowhere.
RECENTLY, I read with interest a newspaper columnist taking aim at a corporate big shot whose interests at one stage embraced some optical companies.
It was all to do with said gentleman’s involvement in a curious, recent move concerning a listed company he now chairs.
Paragraph one of the column suggested he must be in La La Land, and then went on to discuss why that was so.
It all led up to the final paragraph, which suggested the possibility of him coming out of the matter not exactly smelling of roses (or similar words).
Ah, the joys of corporate life!
IT was a fitting gesture that Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club’s surfboat crew raised oars in salute to the late former ABC media personality Norman ‘Nugget’ May as his ashes were scattered into the sea.
His career in media started at ‘Freshie’ when, as a knowledgeable member, he began commentating on surf carnivals there. The rest, as the saying goes, is history.
He had a connection with the ophthalmic industry in the form of being an ambassador for the Better Vision Institute, spreading the good word. And he did it well.
A word on the Trump fiasco in the United States: Donald Trump’s biggest lie was convincing so many America isn’t great.
America has always been great; most likely always will be. Despite whatever Donald Trump will do to it.