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About John
I'm a freelance journalist and editor who has 12 years industry experience. I have worked in Australia, Singapore and the UK in print, online, radio and TV. Primarily my background is in magazines and newspapers, originally starting in business journalism and niche subjects. I was the news editor of AdNews magazine in Australia and the spent a year as editor of Marketing magazine in Singapore. Since 2009 I have been freelance, primarly covering sport. I have experience at subbing, breaking news, writing features, profiles, presentating events and using CMS. Today write regularly for FourFourTwo Australia, Inside Sport, TheRoar.com.au, League Express, Rugby League World, Rugby World and Thin White Line Magazine. I have contributed to The Blizzard, Leopold Method, Australian Football Weekly, Rugby News and other publications, and can be heard on ABC Radio Newcastle discussing football. I have my own YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/johndavidson88
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OCC Continues to Fulfill its Role as a SIFMU

12 May 2024  |  Traders Magazine Online News
In 2018, OCC cleared over 20 million contracts daily, achieving its highest annual cleared volume and enhancing its role as a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility (SIFMU). OCC made significant progress, including regulatory approval of its Financial Safeguards Framework and maintaining an AA+/Stable credit rating from Standard & Poor's. As an advocate, OCC worked with the U.S. Securities Markets Coalition to influence policy and secured the passage of the Options Markets Stability Act. The Options Industry Council continued to educate investors about exchange-listed options.

Rogic ready for Rangers return

06 May 2024  |  FTBL
Tom Rogic, who has been absent from Celtic due to participation in the Asian Cup and a knee injury, is expected to return for the upcoming derby against Rangers on March 31, as confirmed by Celtic's manager Neil Lennon. Celtic currently leads the Scottish Premiership, holding an eight-point advantage over Rangers.

Debutants dazzle for Socceroos to add vigour to Arnold’s hardened pros

26 Mar 2024  |  www.newsbreak.com
The Socceroos delivered a dominant 5-0 victory over Lebanon in Canberra, with debutants Kusini Yengi, John Iredale, and Patrick Yazbeck making significant contributions. Craig Goodwin, a seasoned player, also showcased his importance with two goals and two assists. The win provided a positive outlook for Australia's soccer team following their Asian Cup disappointment and the 'what-could-have-been' journey in Qatar. Coach Graham Arnold was praised for integrating new talent into the team, which may be crucial for future success.

By Trying To Keep Trump Off The Ballot, Democrats Are Staging A Coup In Broad Daylight

24 Dec 2023  |  Lucianne
The article argues that Democrats, including President Biden, are attempting to prevent Donald Trump from running in the 2024 election by manipulating the U.S. Constitution and undermining the republic. It claims that these actions are a blatant effort to hold onto power, despite Trump not being convicted of any crime related to January 6 or otherwise. The piece portrays Trump as a victim of political machinations and criticizes the Democratic Party and the White House for their alleged actions.

Canberra cruise to 21-0 win over Gold Coast Titans

01 Oct 2023  |  www.theroar.com.au
Canberra Raiders secured a decisive 21-0 victory over the Gold Coast Titans in heavy rain at Robina. The Raiders, led by Jarrod Croker's precise kicking, dominated the match, with key performances from Jack Wighton and debutant John Bateman. The Titans struggled with composure and execution, losing Tyrone Roberts to an Achilles injury early in the game. Canberra's defense was solid, preventing the Titans from scoring and marking their first shutout since 2013. The match highlighted Canberra's potential for the season, while the Titans faced challenges in their opening game.

Engineering Enzymes for Environmental Sustainability

01 Oct 2023  |  Wiley Online Library
The article discusses the critical role of enzyme engineering in promoting environmental sustainability amidst growing global challenges such as greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and plastic waste. It highlights the potential of biocatalysis, where natural or engineered enzymes are used for chemical transformations, to reduce environmental footprints. Key examples include the use of carbonic anhydrase for CO2 capture, synthetic pathways for carbon fixation, and the development of biocatalysts for plastic degradation and bioremediation of toxic pollutants. The article underscores the importance of directed evolution in optimizing enzyme properties and the need for further advancements and industrial-scale implementations to achieve sustainability goals.

Tidal developer Orbital Marine Power appoints EMEC's Oliver Wragg as commercial director

01 Oct 2023  |  www.inverness-courier.co.uk
Oliver Wragg, former director at Orkney's European Marine Energy Centre, has been appointed as the commercial director of Orbital Marine Power. Wragg, who has extensive experience in marine energy, believes Orbital's tidal solution is key to achieving affordable and reliable net-zero electricity. Orbital CEO Andrew Scott praised Wragg's global marine energy network and expects him to play a crucial role in the company's commercial growth.

Your life in stars: What does 2024 have in store for you?

01 Oct 2023  |  Grampian Online
Astrological predictions for 2024 by Patrick Arundell provide detailed horoscopes for each zodiac sign. Key themes include new beginnings, personal growth, relationship dynamics, and professional opportunities. The horoscopes emphasize the influence of planetary movements such as Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter, and Mercury retrogrades, offering insights into potential challenges and opportunities for each sign throughout the year.

Search continues for missing climber after avalanche on Aonach Mor

28 Feb 2023  |  inverness-courier.co.uk
Mountain rescue teams continue to search for Andrew Vine, a 41-year-old climber missing since an avalanche on Aonach Mor on February 28. Despite the high avalanche risk complicating efforts, teams from Lochaber, Glencoe, and Cairngorm have dedicated over 120 man days to the operation, with helicopters from Inverness and Stornoway also involved. Vine is described as a white male with ginger/brown hair and beard, last seen wearing a red jacket and yellow La Sportiva boots. Concerns grow as time passes without locating him. In a separate incident, the Cairngorm team rescued five lost walkers over the weekend.

The Fried Egg Model

05 Jan 2021  |  medium.com
Discusses the importance of having a curriculum in place to avoid wasting training budgets, using a personal anecdote involving the author's niece from Hong Kong to illustrate the point.

Eight Munros on a backpacking weekend taking in the Cairngorms 4000ers

26 Jun 2020  |  inverness-courier.co.uk
John Davidson recounts his challenging backpacking trip in the Cairngorms, where he climbed eight Munros, including the Cairngorms 4000ers, over a weekend. Despite poor visibility and difficult weather conditions, he successfully navigated the terrain using his mountaineering skills. The journey was both mentally and physically demanding, culminating in a rewarding view from the summit of Braeriach. Davidson reflects on the satisfaction of completing the trip after being away from the hills during lockdown.

Outdoor activity instructors in Highlands must wait for safe return to mountains and water

11 May 2020  |  www.inverness-courier.co.uk
Outdoor activity instructors in the Scottish Highlands are facing economic challenges due to the COVID-19 lockdown, with restrictions on outdoor exercise impacting their ability to work. Sandy Paterson, a mountain guiding company owner and officer for AMI and MTS, highlights the delicate balance needed for a safe return to business. An AMI survey indicates significant potential revenue losses for instructors. Donald Macpherson of Explore Highland and Mike Dunthorne of In Your Element discuss the administrative burdens and financial strains caused by the lockdown. The outdoor sector is preparing to resume activities with safety measures, but the timing of the return remains uncertain.

US oil price drop signals blow for North Sea industry, warns OGUK

21 Apr 2020  |  www.inverness-courier.co.uk
The UK oil and gas industry is seeking further support following an unprecedented drop in US crude oil prices, which fell below zero dollars due to oversupply and lack of storage. Brent crude oil, the benchmark for North Sea oil, also saw significant price drops, raising concerns about the industry's ability to recover and contribute to the energy transition. Oil and Gas UK warned that the low prices could lead to job losses and uncertainty in public services. The article includes analysis by Andrew Bradshaw, who suggests that further production cuts by OPEC+ and G20 countries could help in the short term, but long-term solutions may require companies to rethink their business models.

Great Wilderness Challenge event cancelled due to coronavirus

02 Apr 2020  |  inverness-courier.co.uk
The 2020 Great Wilderness Challenge, scheduled for August 15, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, which includes a 25-mile run or walk and shorter routes, prioritizes the safety of participants, organizers, and volunteers. Registered participants can transfer their entry to 2021, get a refund, or donate to Highland Hospice. The next event is planned for August 14, 2021.

Highland News and Media commits to £70k support package to help keep local businesses trading during coronavirus outbreak

26 Mar 2020  |  johnogroat-journal.co.uk
Highland News and Media is offering a £70,000 support package to local businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic, including 50 free websites with e-commerce capabilities and free advertising on their news websites. The initiative, aimed at helping businesses transition to online trading, will be provided by HNM's digital marketing services team with a turnaround time of five days. Steve Barron, HNM's group advertising director, emphasizes the company's commitment to supporting local businesses during the crisis.

Highland News and Media commits to £70k support package to help keep local businesses trading during coronavirus outbreak

26 Mar 2020  |  northern-times.co.uk
Highland News and Media has announced a £70,000 support package to assist local businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The package includes 50 free websites with e-commerce capabilities and free advertising on HNM's news websites. The initiative, aimed at helping businesses transition to online trading, will be provided by HNM's digital marketing services team. Steve Barron, HNM's group advertising director, emphasized the company's commitment to supporting local businesses during the crisis.

Highland News and Media commits to £70k support package to help keep local businesses trading during coronavirus outbreak

25 Mar 2020  |  Northern Scot
Highland News and Media is offering a £70,000 support package to help local businesses transition to e-commerce during the coronavirus pandemic. The package includes 50 free websites, each with up to 10 pages and e-commerce capabilities, hosted for a minimum of three months. The initiative aims to support businesses forced to close physical stores by enabling them to sell products online. Additionally, free advertising on HNM's websites will drive traffic to these new digital platforms. Steve Barron, HNM's group advertising director, emphasized the company's commitment to aiding local businesses during this crisis.

Highland News and Media commits to £70k support package to help keep local businesses trading during coronavirus outbreak

25 Mar 2020  |  Forres Gazette
Highland News and Media is offering a £70,000 support package to help local businesses transition to e-commerce during the coronavirus pandemic. The package includes building 50 free websites for local firms, each with up to 10 pages and e-commerce capabilities, hosted for a minimum of three months. The initiative aims to assist businesses forced to close physical stores by enabling them to sell products online. Additionally, free advertising on HNM's websites will be provided to drive traffic to these new digital platforms. Steve Barron, HNM's group advertising director, emphasized the company's commitment to supporting local businesses during this crisis.

Highland News and Media commits to £70k support package to help keep local businesses trading during coronavirus outbreak

25 Mar 2020  |  RossShire Journal
Highland News and Media is offering a £70,000 support package to help local businesses transition to e-commerce during the coronavirus pandemic. The package includes 50 free websites, each with up to 10 pages and e-commerce capabilities, to be built within five days. Additionally, businesses will receive free advertising on HNM's websites to drive traffic to their new digital platforms. Steve Barron, HNM's group advertising director, emphasized the company's commitment to supporting local businesses through this crisis.

Book review – The Munros: The Complete Collection of Maps

04 Mar 2020  |  inverness-courier.co.uk
The Munros: The Complete Collection of Maps, published by Harvey Maps and priced at £30, is a coffee-table book that offers a comprehensive collection of maps for outdoor enthusiasts without accompanying mountain vistas. It includes all the Munros, printed at various scales, and provides insights into the history of the company and its map-making process. The book is praised for its beauty and as a source of inspiration and route planning for mountain expeditions.

Five top bothy trips from the Active Outdoors archive

02 Mar 2020  |  www.inverness-courier.co.uk
A new book on bothy adventures inspired a retrospective look at five memorable bothy trips in the Highlands. Highlights include a visit to Lochivraon bothy en route to Corbett of Creag Rainich, a two-day mountain-bike trip from Inverness to Ullapool with a stop at Glenbeag bothy, a circular run from Dundonnell to Shenavall bothy, a mountain-biking adventure to Glenuaig bothy, and a stay at A'Chuil bothy in Knoydart. The article also mentions the release of 'Scottish Bothy Walks' by Geoff Allan.

Japan vs Scotland: Rugby World Cup match result

13 Oct 2019  |  www.theroar.com.au
Japan triumphed over Scotland with a score of 28-21, securing their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals for the first time. The match was held at the International Stadium Yokohama. Despite Scotland's historical advantage in past meetings, Japan's strong performance and local support led them to victory. Key players for Japan included Michael Leitch and Shota Horie, while Scotland's lineup featured Fraser Brown and Darcy Graham.

Five things we learned from the Wallabies' win over Georgia

12 Oct 2019  |  www.theroar.com.au
Australia's win over Georgia was unconvincing, highlighting the Wallabies' ongoing issues with discipline, ball-handling, and execution. Key takeaways include the need for improved tackling to avoid penalties, Matt To’omua's unsuitability as a fly half, Jack Dempsey's growing impact, Marika Korobiete's standout performance, and the team's inconsistency, which casts doubt on their World Cup-winning potential.

Wales vs Fiji: Rugby World Cup live scores, blog

09 Oct 2019  |  www.theroar.com.au
Wales aims to secure a spot in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals and top Pool D with a win over Fiji. Wales has made strategic changes to their lineup, including James Davies and Ross Moriarty, while Fiji has made one change with Viliame Mata replacing Peceli Yato. The match is expected to be open and entertaining, with Wales predicted to win by 16 points. Key players and their positions are highlighted, and the game will take place in Oita, Japan.

Melbourne Storm vs North Queensland Cowboys: NRL live scores, blog

06 Sep 2019  |  www.theroar.com.au
North Queensland Cowboys head south to face the top NRL team, Melbourne Storm, in the last round of the regular season. Melbourne, easing into the finals, have been dominant, losing only four of their 23 matches. The Cowboys, sitting in 12th spot, have had a disappointing season, putting coach Paul Green under pressure. Key players for Melbourne, including Cameron Munster and Josh Addo-Carr, are out due to injuries, while the Cowboys make a single change with Josh McGuire returning. Despite recent improvements, the Cowboys face a tough challenge against a formidable Melbourne lineup.

Searching for fairies on Reelig Glen forest walk

27 Aug 2019  |  www.inverness-courier.co.uk
Exploring Reelig Glen, a historic woodland between Inverness and Beauly, the article highlights a family walk featuring Britain's tallest trees, new interpretation posts, and a family-friendly quiz. The narrative includes personal experiences of wildlife sightings, historical anecdotes about the glen, and the enjoyment of various trails, including the Tall Trees Trail and Upper Reelig Trail. The article emphasizes the educational and recreational value of the woodland, enhanced by recent updates from Forestry and Land Scotland.

St George Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters: NRL live scores, blog

24 Aug 2019  |  www.theroar.com.au
The Sydney Roosters are set to face the St George Illawarra Dragons at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah, with the Roosters favored to win. The Roosters are in second place and have won their last five games, while the Dragons are near the bottom of the table and have struggled this season. The Roosters are nearly at full strength, and the Dragons have made some lineup changes in hopes of an upset. The prediction is for the Roosters to win by 18 points.

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury Bulldogs: NRL match result, highlights

17 Aug 2019  |  www.theroar.com.au
The Canterbury Bulldogs secured an eight-point victory over the South Sydney Rabbitohs, marking their third consecutive win. Despite South Sydney's strong start to the season, recent performances have been mixed, with only three wins out of their last nine games. The return of key players Sam Burgess and Adam Reynolds was expected to boost the Rabbitohs, but the Bulldogs' recent form and resolve proved decisive. The match highlighted the Bulldogs' improvement and the challenges faced by the Rabbitohs.

Manly Sea Eagles vs Wests Tigers; NRL live scores, blog

15 Aug 2019  |  www.theroar.com.au
Old rivals Manly Sea Eagles and Wests Tigers face off at Brookvale Oval, both aiming to recover from recent defeats. Manly, surprising many with their strong 2019 performance, need a win to stay in the top four. The Tigers, reeling from a close loss to the Bulldogs, must win to keep their semi-final hopes alive but face challenges without key players Robbie Farah and Moses Mbye. Manly's formidable forward pack is expected to overpower the Tigers, potentially ending their season. Key players and team changes are highlighted, with Manly predicted to win by 12 points.

Canterbury Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers: NRL match result, highlights

10 Aug 2019  |  www.theroar.com.au
Robbie Farah and Moses Mbye added to the Wests Tigers' injury woes in their 18-16 loss to Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, causing the Tigers to drop out of the NRL top eight. The Bulldogs, despite a tough season, have shown signs of improvement, while the Tigers, aiming for a semi-final berth, need to maintain their winning streak. Key players for the Tigers include Esan Marsters and Corey Thompson, while the Bulldogs have been boosted by Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. The match was crucial for the Tigers' hopes of making the finals.

Springboks vs Wallabies: Rugby Championship match result, highlights

20 Jul 2019  |  www.theroar.com.au
The Wallabies suffered another defeat, losing 35-17 to South Africa in the Rugby Championship. Despite missing key players, the Springboks dominated the error-prone Australian team. Both teams are in transition phases, with South Africa resting many key players and Australia introducing several debutants. The match highlighted the ongoing struggles of the Wallabies under coach Michael Cheika and the strategic decisions by South Africa's coach Rassie Erasmus. Key players for South Africa included Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, and Elton Jantjies, while Australia was led by Michael Hooper.

St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canberra Raiders: NRL live scores, blog

07 Jul 2019  |  www.theroar.com.au
The St George Illawarra Dragons face the Canberra Raiders at WIN Stadium in Round 17 of the NRL. Both teams are eager for a win, with the Dragons needing a victory to stay in contention for the finals and the Raiders aiming to move up the standings. Key players for the Dragons include Tyson Frizell, Paul Vaughan, and Ben Hunt, while the Raiders see the return of Nick Cotric and Josh Papalii. The prediction favors the Raiders to win by 10 points.

Super Rugby team of the week: Round 18

17 Jun 2019  |  www.theroar.com.au
The final round of the Super Rugby regular season featured standout performances from various players. The Chiefs dominated the Rebels, the Jaguares secured second place, and the Brumbies defeated the Reds. Key players included Tom Banks, Shaun Stevenson, Anton Lienert-Brown, and Handre Pollard, who were praised for their exceptional performances. The article highlights the contributions of each player in their respective matches, emphasizing their skills and potential impact on future games.

Super Rugby Team of the Week: Round 16

03 Jun 2019  |  www.theroar.com.au
The article presents the Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round 16, highlighting the standout performances of players such as Tom Banks, Shaun Stevenson, and Jack Goodhue. It praises the efforts of Anton Lienert-Brown, Marika Koroibete, and Beauden Barrett, among others, for their contributions to their respective teams' successes. The piece also acknowledges the impressive displays of Brad Weber, Kwagga Smith, Sam Cane, Ardie Savea, Scott Barrett, Marcos Kremer, Ofa Tuungafasi, and Samisoni Taukei'aho, while noting Connal Mcinerney as an unfortunate omission despite his hat-trick.

Monster loop as cyclists tackle Etape Loch Ness 2019

29 Apr 2019  |  www.inverness-courier.co.uk
Thousands of cyclists participated in the Etape Loch Ness 2019, with many raising funds for Macmillan, the official charity partner. The event, known for its closed-road route around Loch Ness, attracted both competitive and recreational cyclists. The scenic 66-mile loop offered stunning views and community support, with participants pushing their limits and enjoying the atmosphere. The event highlighted the growing popularity of cycling and its potential benefits for tourism and health. The author shared personal experiences, including achieving a personal best time and enjoying a beer from sponsor Cromarty Brewery.

Super Rugby team of the week: Round 11

29 Apr 2019  |  www.theroar.com.au
This article highlights the standout players from Round 11 of the Super Rugby season, featuring performances from teams such as the Brumbies, Bulls, Chiefs, and Sunwolves. Key players like Jordie Barrett, Sevu Reece, and Anton Lienert-Brown are praised for their exceptional contributions, while teams like the Hurricanes, Crusaders, and Jaguares are noted for their strong performances. The article provides a detailed account of individual achievements and team dynamics, emphasizing the skill and impact of various players across different matches.

Corbett of Creag Rainich offers views into last great wilderness

15 Apr 2019  |  www.inverness-courier.co.uk
The article describes a hiking journey to the Corbett of Creag Rainich, located near the Fisherfield and Letterewe Forests in Scotland, often referred to as the 'last great wilderness.' The narrative details the challenging terrain, wildlife encounters, and the historical significance of Destitution Road, built during the mid-19th century potato famine. The hike offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and glens, emphasizing the remote and wild nature of the area.

Super Rugby team of the week: Round 8

08 Apr 2019  |  www.theroar.com.au
The article presents a selection of standout players from Round 8 of Super Rugby, highlighting their individual performances and contributions to their respective teams. Reece Hodge, Makazole Mapimpi, and Domingo Miotti are among those praised for their exceptional play, with Miotti's debut being particularly notable. The Sharks' strong performance against the Lions is emphasized through multiple player mentions, and Ardie Savea's impressive season is acknowledged. The article also touches on the difficult selection decisions for the Wallabies squad.

Super Rugby team of the week: Round 6

25 Mar 2019  |  The Roar
The Super Rugby team of the week for Round 6 features standout players such as Damian McKenzie, Rieko Ioane, and Bernard Foley. The Waratahs achieved an upset victory over the Crusaders, while the Reds defeated the Brumbies. The Chiefs scored heavily, and the article also notes the sad news regarding the Sunwolves' future departure. Players from various teams are highlighted for their impressive performances in their respective positions.

Super Rugby Team of the Week: Round 3

04 Mar 2019  |  www.theroar.com.au
Round 3 of Super Rugby featured notable performances with the Crusaders continuing their winning streak, the Rebels ending a four-year drought against New Zealand teams, the Jaguares defeating the Blues, and the Sunwolves securing a historic win over the Chiefs. The team of the week highlights players like Will Jordan, Jack Maddocks, and Ngani Laumape for their exceptional play, with veterans like Will Genia and Duane Vermeulen also delivering strong performances. The article provides a detailed account of individual contributions to their respective teams' successes.

Super Rugby team of the week: Round 1

18 Feb 2019  |  theroar.com.au
The first round of the 2019 Super Rugby season featured notable performances with the Highlanders, Rebels, Crusaders, Hurricanes, Sharks, Bulls, and Lions each securing victories. Players such as David Havili, Rosco Specman, and Quade Cooper stood out for their contributions to their respective teams. The article lists the top players of the week, highlighting their achievements and impact on the games.

Wigan Warriors vs Sydney Roosters highlights: World Club Challenge live scores, blog

17 Feb 2019  |  www.theroar.com.au
The Sydney Roosters triumphed over the Wigan Warriors with a 20-8 victory in the 2019 World Club Challenge at DW Stadium, marking their fourth championship win. Brett Morris's first-half hat-trick was pivotal in securing the win. The match preview highlighted the competitive history and preparations of both teams, with the Roosters fielding a strong squad despite the absence of Latrell Mitchell. The Roosters' experience and firepower were emphasized as key factors in their predicted and eventual victory.

Socceroo goalkeeper Mat Ryan talks to the media after Ausralia's 2-0 win against China in the 2015 Asian Cup quarter-finals.

Dragons coach Paul McGregor and captain Ben Creagh speak to the media after their team's 18-12 victory over Warrington in the World Club Series

Warriors coach Shaun Wane speaks to the media after Wigan fell to Hull KR.

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