first_imgRavi ShastriNewly-appointed director of the Indian cricket team Ravi Shastri refuted suggestions that his role would undermine the position of beleaguered coach Duncan Fletcher.Shastri was appointed Team Director after India were defeated in the fifth and final Test against England in under three days and lost the five-Test series 1-3.”My role is to oversee everything. All of them report to me. This is for the ODI series in England,” Shastri told ‘ESPNCricinfo’.Asked if his position would affect Fletcher’s stature, Shastri said, “Absolutely not. He stays as the head coach. And these two (Sanjay Bangar and B Arun) will be his assistants.”Shastri said he took up this assignment as he wanted to contribute to the team.”It was an important time in Indian cricket. When asked I thought about it and then said, ‘fine’. The state of Indian cricket is such that I know I can contribute. I have never been scared about how tough the job is or how easy the job is.”The important thing is the contribution.”If I am here today, and at times some forget, it is because of the BCCI. The platform they gave me when I was a junior cricketer to play for my state and then the country,” he said.On whether he has had a word with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Fletcher after his appointment, Shastri said, “I spent about two hours with them (on Tuesday). We had a chat about where things are at the moment, how things have to be addressed, and how important communication will be.”advertisementAsked what he felt were the reasons for India’s failure in the Test series, Shastri said it was inexperience.”If you calculate the number of Test matches played by the XI as opposed to some of the tours where we fared worse, here we at least won a Test match.””We did not win a Test in 1974 (3-0) and were whitewashed on the last tour here with some of the biggest names (in the team). So if you calculate the number of Test caps between this unit and some of the other units that have come (in the past), it is chalk and cheese,” he explained.”On this tour I saw India’s greatest ever overseas win I have seen. I know it because I have never seen a track like that and with this kind of inexperienced side for them to pull it off. Then I also saw some spineless cricket over the last three Tests matches.”last_img read more

first_imgWith less than two days until the Australian Touch Football Teams hit the fields for the start of the 2015 World Cup in Coffs Harbour, the Australian Open and Senior teams have ventured out into the community to give the locals some world class skills, tips and strategies.Australian Teams conducted skills and drills clinics at Boambee Primary School, Coffs Harbour Public School, Karangi Public School and Orara High School.  Players and coaching staff enlightened the staff and students on what it is like to play for their country. All participants were thrilled to have the Australian Teams at their schools and be able to participate in drills and skills sessions with such talented athletes.Australian teams also conducted visits of a different kind, making an appearance at Park Beach Plaza, swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Marine Magic, visits to the Coffs Harbour Disability Support Services and Coffs Harbour Legacy Nursing Home, as well as a visit to the staff and animals at the RSPCA Animal Shelter. The patients, nurses and doctors at the Coffs Harbour Hospital’s Children’s Ward got a huge surprise when Australian Mixed players Kylie Hilder, Dean Springfield, Daniel Barton, Patricia Michaelopoulos and Manager Mat Gilbertson brought the children some special Touch Football Australia gift packs.For all the photos from this morning, check out our album on Facebook – Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 Touch World Cup:Website – – – (#TWC2015)Instagram – LinksAussie Visitslast_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_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Lucky Liverpool? Yeah – and they deserve it Leno, Mourinhoby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Bernd Leno was doing his best Jose Mourinho impersonation in the aftermath of Liverpool’s trouncing of Arsenal on Saturday…The goals – all five of ’em – were “unlucky”, claimed the Gunners goalkeeper. And the foul for Mohamed Salah’s penalty debatable. Fortune was simply with the hosts on the day.And to be fair, you can understand Leno’s reasoning. Another day. Another ref. And Sadio Mane is shown red for grabbing Stephan Lichtsteiner around the throat early doors. With Arsenal still in touching distance after halftime, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang isn’t missing from under Alisson’s crossbar. And just as Mourinho had complained a fortnight ago before losing his job at Manchester United. Liverpool’s goals in both games were full of ricochets. Deflections.But what was also common over the two games was how through sheer force of will, Liverpool managed to find those goals. Yeah, they were lucky. But they made that luck themselves. Driving forward. Attack. Attack. Attack. There’s nothing subtle about Jurgen Klopp’s team at the minute. Nothing measured. They go at it at 110%. And what tends to happen to people – to teams – who behave like that, they end up being luckier than most. The more shots. The more waves of attacks. The more chances you have of scoring.Okay, okay. Itis a bit more sophisticated than that. But Liverpool are not nine points clear at the top of the table for second guessing themselves. For holding back. Something has clicked these past 18 months. That drive. That passion we see on the pitch. It’s reflective of what has been occurring inside the boardroom – whether that be at Anfield or in Boston. And that approach is being rewarded in spades.While others held back – including Manchester City and Khaldoon al-Mubarak – Liverpool paid what was needed to ferry Virgil van Dijk away from Southampton. Another board. Another know-it-all exec. And Klopp would’ve been told to cool his jets. To make do with Joel Matip. But not FSG.When others – including an England captain – spoke against adding Xherdan Shaqiri to his squad. Klopp backed his judgment. Was supported by his transfer committee. And rolled the dice. Alisson Becker? Andrew Robertson? None were deals celebrated unanimously by those inside the game. But the manager – and the club – never hesitated.For the moment, everything they touch is turning to gold. But the differences is, this club. And these players. They’re not holding back waiting – hoping – for it to all fall in place. They’re out there. Making it happen. Yeah, fortune appears to be with Liverpool, but only because they’re willing to fight for it.So now they’re three wins clear at the summit. But there is a qualifier. There has to be at the midway stage of the season. But it’s a qualifier that is part tribute to what Klopp and Liverpool have managed to do in recent weeks.It was only a month ago and many were saying how far City? And not just this season. But in terms of an era. A Blue dynasty. They appeared unstoppable. Untouchable. Yet now, Pep Guardiola’s lot are more concerned about second place and Tottenham than keeping in touch with the runaway Reds.City haven’t suddenly turned from champions to chumps. But it’s a tribute to the work of Liverpool that a team some were declaring the greatest seen in English football are now eating their dust.Liverpool haven’t benefitted from City being dragged back down. They’ve taken their standards to a new level – and City are now having to find it within them to catch up. And they surelywill come again. A returning Fernandinho, Kevin de Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy will make sure of that. And then the onus will be thrown back on Liverpool to find another gear – something which Klopp has always insisted is well within them.Guardiola threw it out there last week. ‘It’s far easier being the hunter than the hunted’, he declared. A warning which fell flat on it’s face after Saturday’s Anfield performance.The City manager must know, it’s going to take much more than a generic throwaway line to force this Liverpool team off their stride. There justis something about them this season.Witness Mo Salah’s gesture. On a day when Aboubakar Kamara is being slated by his manager and fans for his behaviour around a Fulham spotkick. Salah does the opposite. A Golden Boot. A goals bonus. He sacrificed it all. And won praise from Klopp after giving up his penalty for Roberto Firmino to complete his hat-trick. That’s something no amount of spending can buy.Leno. Mourinho. Yeah, they can point to lucky moments in games. But you don’t haul in today’s Manchester City team on good fortune. Liverpool have made their own luck. And the standard to beat. It’s now up to the rest in 2019 to catch up.last_img read more

first_img The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), an initiative of the Ministry of National Security, has been playing a major role in positively changing the lives of thousands of citizens in St. James and Westmoreland. Ms. Stephenson says well over 2,000 youth from the targeted communities have benefited from the interventions of the CSJP, which has resulted in a major increase in the number of young people who are gainfully occupied in school, skills training or in a steady job. Regional Case Management Coordinator with the CSJP, Adenike Stephenson, tells JIS News that under the CSJP, there have been many success stories of changed lives through interventions. The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), an initiative of the Ministry of National Security, has been playing a major role in positively changing the lives of thousands of citizens in St. James and Westmoreland.The Programme, which is currently in its third phase (CSJP-3), operates in 12 communities in St. James and two in Westmoreland.Regional Case Management Coordinator with the CSJP, Adenike Stephenson, tells JIS News that under the CSJP, there have been many success stories of changed lives through interventions.Ms. Stephenson says this has resulted in better parents, skills training, job placements and scholarships.“We have been working on the ground throughout the life of the CSJP, and we have been very successful in implementing programmes directed at at-risk youth. We intervene at various levels, which include ensuring that the target group is properly trained in life and other skills, and ensure that we place them in jobs after training; and in instances where we have students expressing a willingness to continue their education at the secondary and tertiary levels, we assist them through the provision of scholarships,” she tells JIS News.“Our programmes have been working, and we are very optimistic that the results are contributing to the development of those involved as well as the communities where they live,” she adds.The CSJP officers are now assigned to Mount Salem, Salt Spring, North Gully, Rose Heights, Green Pond, Flanker, Granville, Glendevon, Canterbury, Farm Heights and Anchovy in St. James, while in Westmoreland the communities in which interventions are being made are Russia and White Hall.Ms. Stephenson says well over 2,000 youth from the targeted communities have benefited from the interventions of the CSJP, which has resulted in a major increase in the number of young people who are gainfully occupied in school, skills training or in a steady job.“CSJP and its programme form a major plank of our at-risk youth intervention activities. We ensure that proper evaluation of everyone takes place to determine their status in terms of their level of education, training and social needs. We are involved in case management, with our team working with persons who have special needs,” she notes.“Youth from our communities in St. James and Westmoreland who would normally be dropouts or easy prey for recruitment into gangs are given counselling and encouraged to stay on the straight and narrow. We have had many and varied levels of successes. For instance, youngsters who, for many reasons, including financial, would not be able to complete their high school education are assisted by CSJP, and they would have gone on to graduate with enough subjects to matriculate into college or university,” Ms. Stephenson informs.“We have persons who would have undergone training, courtesy of assistance from CSJP, and [are] now operating their own businesses and turning around to employ residents of their communities,” she notes.Ms. Stephenson also points to the success of CSJP initiatives in encouraging young ladies to participate in parenting programmes, as well as skills training, and today they are productive citizens across all the communities in which the Programme operates.“The issue of teenage pregnancy is real, not only in St. James and Westmoreland, but across Jamaica, and through the intervention of CSJP, young women have been prevented from becoming early mothers. This forms part of our life skills and parenting programme,” she explains.Ms. Stephenson also notes that those who become pregnant are assisted, paving the way for them to be proud mothers, living exemplary lives and taking care of their children, and using the skill learnt to make a decent living.Meanwhile, with CSJP 3 coming to an end in 2018, plans are already being formulated to ensure that its programmes continue in a sustainable manner.“The objective is to ensure that these programmes continue even after 2018. Entities such as the Social Development Commission (SDC) and others are set to play a role in the continuation of the Programme. I am confident that the aims and objectives of CSJP will continue to be met, while being handled by State agencies,” she tells JIS News.The CSJP has received funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), Canada.The Programme provides crime- and violence-prevention services to 50 vulnerable and volatile communities, spanning eight parishes. Story Highlightslast_img read more