first_imgALAMEDA — Raiders running back Josh Jacobs spoke to the media Friday for the first time since revealing he was playing with a shoulder fracture and addressed his absence last week as well as his intention to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars.“It’s all right,” Jacobs said. “My plan is to go.”Coach Jon Gruden was guardedly optimistic his leading rusher would be available when the Raiders host the Jaguars Sunday in the last game for the franchise at the Coliseum. Jacobs was officially …last_img

first_imgThe Indian hockey team is on the last leg of its Olympic preparation. After a two-match test series in France, the squad is now in Spain, where they have faced the hosts and South Africa.With little over a fortnight left for the London Games, these matches assume added significance as they help the coaching staff ascertain the players’ form and also hasten the acclimatisation process.After two comprehensive victories against France at Lille, the team travelled to Spain and the matches against the hosts and South Africa were tougher, as expected.India drew 3-3 with Spain in the first match and then went down 1-2 to them in the next game. In the next match against the South Africans, India prevailed 6-5 in a thriller.Chief coach Michael Nobbs is happy that the team is getting some tough competition in the lead-up to the Olympics.”The matches are tougher but we are improving all the time. We have adapted well to the better game styles,” Nobbs told Mail Today from La Albericia in Cantabria on Tuesday.The experience of playing against Spain and South Africa will hold India in good stead when they take on the tougher teams in London.”They’re both good teams but I feel that teams in this Olympics are all extremely well prepared and of a very high standard,” the Aussie said.India find themselves in a pool with defending champions Germany, the Netherlands, South Korea, Belgium and New Zealand.The large number of goals India conceded and the relative lack of success with penalty corners reflected the tough time India had against Spain and South Africa. But Nobbs did not seem too perturbed.advertisement”We are still experimenting with combinations and patterns that we will use at the Olympics and will finalise this before the last games against Great Britain and Spain,” he said.In the three matches in Spain, India have scored just one goal via a penalty corner, which is considered their strength.”It is just adjusting to different conditions here and we have been concentrating on field goal conversions as getting them has been a problem. We have been missing too many chances,” the coach said.With only a handful of matches left before the Olympics, the players are keen to impress the coaching staff. It is quite a task to give all of them enough game time to stake their claim.The squad for the France and Spain tour has 22 members, four of whom will return home before the team checks into the Games Village in London.”We started by giving all 22 players a chance, but gradually have been reducing the players to the core Olympic squad,” Nobbs said.The Olympic matches at London’s Riverbank Arena will be played on a blue turf with yellow Kookaburra balls. The upcoming tri-series with Spain and Great Britain will give India another opportunity to get used to them.”The players are happy with the yellow balls and the blue turfs we have played on so far, but the turf in London is different from all of these,” Nobbs said.But the weather has not made things easy for the Indians.”They say it is summer but with the weather we have been experiencing, I am confused about what constitutes summer. It’s wet and cool here all the time and looking at the weather in London. It’s even colder and wetter,” the Australian said.last_img read more

first_imgIn order to create a holistic approach in striving towards these strategic targets, the 2016/17 Targeted Growth Program (TGP) funding will focus on providing affiliates with the financial resources to grow or start up junior competitions.The TGP provides affiliates with the opportunity to put forward their ideas for growth and development within the Touch Football community with a specific focus on junior participation.The TGP also aims to provide TFA with the opportunity to work closely with affiliates in assisting them to achieve their goals for growth and development. For further information on the TGP please read the attached documents below. Please contact for further information. Targeted Growth Program WebinarsTargeted Growth Program Webinar 1Date: Wednesday 20th JulyStart time: 7pm, AESTFinish time: 8pm, AESTAccess link; Growth Program Webinar 2Date: Thursday 21st JulyStart time: 7pm, AESTFinish time: 8pm, AESTAccess link; note that both webinars will contain the same content. Attendance at both webinars is not required. Instructions:1) Click on the access link to register for the webinar. This is FREE and the main purpose is so TFA can have an understanding of who participated in the webinar. Registration can be done at any time prior to the webinar commencing.2) Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email. Please read this carefully to see how you can add this webinar to your calendar, how to check your computer systems compatibility to the webinar and importantly how to join the webinar.       3) To join the webinar click ‘Join Now’ on your confirmation email.4) You will then need to enter the email address you used in the registration process to join the webinar.Should you have difficulties with this process please email or call 02 6212 2820 Should you miss one of these webinars, are unable to join for a certain reason, or the registration process means you miss part of the webinar (remember that the registration process can be completed at any time prior the webinar commencing) please email as there may be opportunities to arrange further webinars. Related Files2016-17_tfa_-_targeted_growth_program_funding_application_form-docx2016-2017_target_growth_program_summary_document-pdftargeted_growth_program-_faqs_and_tfa_clarifications_v2-0-pdfRelated LinksTargeted Growth Program Touch Football Australia (TFA) has entered a new strategic cycle in 2016-2020 with three of the key strategic targets being 1,000,000 participants, 15 percent penetration into the school and junior market and 400 affiliate locations around Australia.Touch Football Australia and its Board has made significant investment into the school and junior space for this cycle, focussing on the following programs:·         Field Officer WorkforceEnabling state bodies and their affiliate’s access to a workforce who are able to promote and deliver Touch Football programs in schools across Australia.·         Ambassador ProgramEncouraging growth and unity within the TFA workforce in a collaborative effort to promote and deliver the sport of Touch Football.·         Improve Resources and MarketingDeveloping resources that facilitate the delivery of Touch Football within school and affiliates as well as create targeted marketing material for more efficient promotion. ·         Targeted Growth ProgramOutlined below last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Federal New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh pulled back the curtain on his closely guarded private life, letting Canadians know Tuesday night that he is engaged.Singh, 38, proposed to girlfriend Gurkiran Kaur, 27, at a private party Tuesday night just blocks away from the Ontario legislature in Toronto where he served as a provincial legislator for six years.Singh surprised Kaur, an entrepreneur and fashion designer, with the proposal in front of several dozen friends and family members at a vegetarian restaurant where they had their first date.Singh was elected federal NDP leader last fall and had been guarded about his personal life, but social media posts in December made headlines after it was reported he and Kaur were engaged.The couple shot down the rumours, saying it was instead a “rokha” — a traditional Punjabi ceremony held ahead of a wedding and usually attended by close family.Until December, Singh had declined to confirm or deny that he was in a relationship.Along with friends and family, Singh invited several members of the media, including The Canadian Press, to witness the surprise proposal Tuesday night.Friends cheered as Singh and Kaur arrived. Singh pulled a ring out of his jacket pocket and got down on one knee to propose to Kaur, who accepted.A few moments later, the couple waded into the crowd and Kaur shouted, raising one hand in the air, “Every one, I’m engaged!”Asked why he decided to make this news public and what he wants Canadians to know about it, Singh said he was excited about the engagement.“I’m super excited to take this step forward — to have a life and future together with my partner,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Carly Rae Jepsen Dedicated TourWhen: Aug. 28, 29, 8 p.m.Where: Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville Facebook Advertisement Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Carly Rae Jepsen celebrates her =album, Dedicated, with her biggest fans on May 11, 2019 in Marina del Rey, California. Jepsen will perform at the Commodore Ballroom on Aug. 28 and 29. (Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images ~ RICH FURY / PNG) Tickets and info: From $112 at ticketmaster.caCarly Rae Jepsen can’t ever escape Call Me Maybe. Why would she want to? Most musicians will never see a song take top spot on singles charts in 47 countries and sell over 20 million copies. Her 2012 tune co-written with guitarist Tavish Crowe and produced by Josh Ramsay did all that.That all but guarantees Jepsen is known as a one-hit wonder. But the tag is both unfair and inaccurate when discussing the Mission singer’s career.“Look, it definitely was somewhat paralyzing at first to know what to do after a song like that,” said Jepsen. “But Tavish, my guitarist, said it best when he said it gave me the chance to show what he knew I could do and you can’t be anything but thankful for that. As things continue, I get to keep on working toward what I want to give to pop music and, to date, Dedicated is the best thing I’ve done in my mind.”last_img read more