DOD’s Demographics Reports: What Public Documents and Data Can Tell Us | Part 2

first_imgThis MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on March 30, 2018. Written by: Christopher Plein, Ph.D. West Virginia University and MFLN Caregiving Team MemberLast month we focused on the wealth of information found in data and reports made publicly available by the Department of Defense.  We discussed how the 2016 Demographics Report provides both general information as well as more specific details that might be of use to those working with military families.  In this blog, we consider some of the information that DOD provides to Congress on an annual basis.  These reports help to shed light on priorities and efforts that have been made in such areas as family readiness and support.What Can We Learn from the DoD’s Annual Report?One very helpful resource is the DOD’s Annual Report to the Congressional Committees on the Department of Defense Policy and Plans for Military Family Readiness.  With such a long title, we’ll call it the Family Readiness report for short. A wide range of topics are covered, touching on many of the topics that we explore and share in the Military Families Learning Network.  This includes such topics as child care, education, personal finance, and individual and family life.  A review of recent reports reveals some following facts and figures:In 2016, there were about 1.1 million kids in active duty military families ranging from newborns all the way up to 22 years of age (page 3). About 75 percent of these kids were under the age of 12 (page 3). Contrary to popular perception, most families do not live on military installations. In 2014, almost 3 out of 4 families lived “outside the gate” (page 4).Just by taking these three pieces of information together, we gain a better understanding of some of the priorities in connecting families to resources and challenges in taking into account access to resources.  Those interested and engaged in family support functions are able to gain a clearer picture of how families might be dispersed across communities and that access and availability to services may vary by location.  This also helps us to understand the DOD’s priorities, outlined in the 2016 Family Readiness report, in forging links to community-based organizations and in providing more online reference and support services.The DOD recognizes the importance of providing support to families with special needs in terms of health care and/or educational accommodation.  Each year, the DOD’s Office of Special Needs (OSN) issues its Annual Report to the Congressional Defense Committees on the Activities of the Office of Special Needs.  We’ll call this the OSN Report for short and it provides important insights on trends and actions.Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Trends:In these reports, you will learn about trends and developments with the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).  Each service branch operates an EFMP with the OSN providing support and promoting the development of standardized and best practices across the branches.  The most recent OSN report notes that there are now about 120,000 EFMP family members across the services.  Recent reports illustrate the attention that is being given to various EFMP functions.  One area of emphasis is in family support.  This includes non-clinical case management for families and the development of tools to better coordinate access to care and services. We also learn that families have voice in OSN efforts through the DOD Advisory Panel on Community Support for Families with Special Needs.Knowledge is Crucial in Helping Us Understand and PlanThese and other reports offered by DOD are helpful resources providing data and facts – as well as explanatory context. I always tell my students “go to the source.”  The relative ease in accessing these documents online makes this an easy journey.last_img read more

Will deal firmly with those responsible behind Imphal blasts: Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh

first_imgManipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, who also holds the Home portfolio, has directed the police to smoke out the insurgents responsible behind the recent bomb explosions in the State. Two BSF jawans were killed and three persons, including a woman and a girl, were injured when a remote-controlled bomb exploded near a BSF camp at Koirenggei on Wednesday. On Thursday, an Assam Rifles personnel was wounded when two bombs exploded in Imphal.Mr. Singh said that no solution can be found by resorting to violence. “The government strongly condemns the senseless violence,” he said.Meanwhile an outlawed outfit, People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangliepak, has claimed responsibility for the bomb attack on the BSF camp. The outfit also expressed regret for hurting the civilians.Mr. Singh said that while doors for negotiations were open, no stones would be left unturned to deal firmly with those who resorted to violence. He added that security has been beefed up in all trouble-prone areas in the state.last_img read more

Soon, an app for Odia-medium school students to learn better

first_imgThe Ganjam district administration is developing a free mobile app to help students of Odia medium schools enhance their knowledge via tutorials in their first language.The app, a first of its kind in Odisha, is expected to become operational in the next two or three months. School students of the district will be able to use it from the start of the next academic session, said Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange. Along with Odia medium students from Ganjam, children in other parts of the State will also be able to benefit from this free app.Recording of videos of best teachers of the district explaing important chapters in Odia has already started. These videos will be uploaded to ‘YouTube’ and their links will be provided on the app. Besides the videos, the app will also provide detailed study materials and interactive practice tests. “We thought of developing this app to provide resources to Odia medium school students on par with those studying in English medium private schools,” said Mr. Kulange. Most educational apps for school students are in English or Hindi and some of them charge money for their services. The Ganjam administration is planning to utilise increasing penetration of Internet and smartphones to rural areas to help Odia medium students learn better. Materials provided in the app will also help school students of rural areas who have little or no access to tuitions or coaching classes.Help for teachersThe school education app is also expected to help teachers share their best teaching practices. Using it, parents will also able to understand and keep track of what is being taught to their children in schools, said District Education Officer Sanatan Panda.Those schools in rural Ganjam which are still out of reach of Internet connectivity will be provided tablets with materials of the app loaded to its internal memory that can be used offline. The Ganjam District Collector chaired a meeting at Chatrapur on Sunday evening to discuss the progress in development of this app. Teachers in Ganjam are enthusiastic about this app as it will help them present their best teaching practices before a larger audience throughout the State. “This app will also increase love and respect of youngsters towards Odia language. It will make them feel that modern facilities of education are also available to them in their mother tongue,” Mr. Kulange.last_img read more

Varanasi Sacred & Profane

first_imgMy first hour in Varanasi gave me a good taste of the city.A dozen kids were playing cricket close to the Hanuman Ghat along the Ganges. They had drawn the wickets with white chalk against a temple wall. A high ball dropped behind the temple. I was busy photographing them at the game, when the bowler casually called out for me to fetch the ball. I obeyed and found it floating on the edge of the river. As I bent to pick it up, I realized it was covered in ash. Three fires were smoldering close by. To my utter shock I realized three cremations were underway. I stood flabbergasted staring at the funeral pyre barely a foot away from me, as the ash-covered ball in my hand dripped water. A player shouted for the ball and I turned, distressed that I may have unknowingly trampled on a sacred site. The boy took the ball, thumped it on the ground a few times to shed the water and threw it back into play.Anywhere else death is treated with trepidation and reverence. In Varanasi, the city synonymous with death, where devout Hindus are cremated, I was shaken by the sight of pedestrians moving about their daily chores as plumes of smoke rose from funeral pyres all around them. The cricket game, like everything else in the city, simply carried on amidst the funeral chants and the grieving. Over the course of my stay in the city, I often found myself participating in the cricket games in the ghats, as occasionally did other tourists to the sacred river. The Ghats of Shiva’s CityFor centuries, Hindus have come to the ghats of the Ganges to spend their final days in the belief that a soul finds its way to heaven when life ends on its steps. In today’s frenetic world, few are willing to forsake worldly pleasures and live a shamanic life; but the truly devout nonetheless desire at least to be cremated there.Changing times and fading traditions often disappoint, but not in this city. Tradition is scattered all over the city as the new and the old fuse together. I frequently encountered sadhus in the scores of ashrams throughout the city. I sat among some elderly men one evening listening to music on the Jain Ghat. One sadhu told me that Varanasi brought him peace. Another claimed that he had lived in Varanasi in many previous lives and he could not see himself living anywhere else. As I listened to their stories, the music in the background, against the backdrop of an arched temple swarming with pigeons, plumes of smoke rising from the funeral pyres and boats and pilgrims floating in the Ganges, I was struck by just how simultaneously strange and normal it all seemed.Stoned Sadhus The sadhus I encountered captured the duality and dichotomies of the city. Their isolation from anything worldly seemed to be contradicted by their need for companionship with each other and for ganja. Some of them enlightened me about the heavens, Shiva’s city, and other supernatural phenomenon. Anywhere else, anytime else, I would have dismissed their superstitious rants. But it all seemed so befitting the aura of the city. The sadhus railed about the demise of the Satyug and Kalyug eras and waxed about the different worlds below the Earth and above the skies. Perhaps they smoked pot to link between these paradigms, which did not align in my reality. One sadhu close to the Hanuman Ghat kept several skulls around him along with an everlasting audience of western tourists who smoked joints with him. He was known as the khopri-baba (skull-master). There were other less popular sadhus in their respective spots around the ghat as well, many offering and accepting gifts of joints.The ghats in Varansai seemed to offer an open invitation to people from all over the world to experience weed in some incomprehensible way. The sub-legal status of marijuana in an exotic venue charms, lures and entraps hundreds of Westerners who make Varanasi their home.The Un/Holy StreetsPrayers, yoga, rituals and mystical stories consume conversation around the ghats and the temples devoted to Shiva, Ganesh, and many other deities lining the city’s narrow congested streets. The worshippers start their hymns in the early hours, marking the start of life in the city. Over the course of the day, the fragrances of incenses and sweet shops set the moods of the streets. The red dots of holy powder on the foreheads of shopkeepers and street hawkers are perpetual reminders of the enduring holiness of the city. The water of Ganga Ji is not only saturated with the divinity of history, but also pollutants. Likewise, the holiness of the city is shared with the shame of its brothels. The buildings housing the brothels are hidden deep in the clutter of bazaars and multistory houses. Varanasi is reputed to have a higher proportion of brothels than comparably sized cities in India. Ironically both the temples and the brothels have co-existed for decades. Visiting purists may be appalled, but the citizens of Varanasi take the contradiction of the sinful and the divine in stride.JuxtapositionsIn my two weeks in Varanasi, I spent a lot of time playing cricket with the kids. I became close to their families and was often invited to join them for meals. I witnessed several cremations of the old and occasionally of the not so old. Sometimes relatives would share with me memories of a departed life. I spent a few evenings among the sadhus, passively inhaling their intoxicating breaths, giving me fleeting glimpses of their visions. I listened to bhajans in the temples and on the ghats. Many times I found myself singing the mesmerizing tunes with the chorus.Almost everyday, I took a boat upstream to view Varanasi from a distance. I saw from there the buildings behind the ghats, housing godly priests, god-fearing men and women, and god-abandoned courtesans. And always, I saw the ashes and the smoke that envelops the city in smog. During my time in the city, some moments confused, shocked or startled me. The Ganges has experienced all of them and more in its passage through Varanasi. For centuries, it has stood witness as the city’s dichotomies survived and thrived. Varanasi is a complex culture of life and death within the holy and profane. The smoke rising from smoldering pyres fuses with the plumes of smoke from sadhus puffing on ganja, making Varanasi a city where the lives lived and lives hallucinated are inseparably joined at the hip.On my last sunset in Varanasi, I watched the maddening crowd of Varanasi disappear within itself like a whirlpool. With the bhajans from the numerous temples hanging in the air, I reminisced on the memories I carried. The city is so contradictory, yet so calm and soothing. Indeed, for all its deeply embedded religious traditions, Varanasi is surprisingly liberal. As my boat bobbed in the water, the oarsman who had been rowing his small boat for me every evening, seemed to sense it was my last night out. I wondered just how he knew. “Bhaiya, kub vapus aa-o-ge?” (Brother, when will you come back?) “Jaldi,” (soon), I responded.         Related Itemslast_img read more

Ateneo escapes FEU in OT, faces La Salle in UAAP Finals rematch

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo survived Far Eastern University, 88-84, in overtime to book the last finals slot in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Blue Eagles leaned on Matt Nieto and Isaac Go in the endgame to overcome a gallant stand by the fourth-seeded Tamaraws.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort He then, unleashed a booming triple with 46.9 seconds left that put the Blue Eagles up, 85-80.Go closed things out in improbable fashion, hitting a bank shot on one knee with 22.5 seconds remaining for an 87-82 edge.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said FEU’s 7-7 record in the elimination round was never a factor and that they expected to play a give-and-take game for 40 minutes.“We were ready to play a close game and that’s what happened, of course credit to our players who never gave up and stayed focus and stuck to the game plan,” said Arespacochaga.“There were ups and downs but what a great game and we’re happy that our players experienced that. We could see their growth in the game.”ADVERTISEMENT ONE: PH’s Corminal wary of ‘new’ Lepont For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa FEU had an eight-point, 67-59, lead midway through the fourth after Prince Orizu forced his way inside for a layup but Ateneo slowly cut it down and eventually tied the game at 69 with 3:41 left in regulation after Mike Nieto drilled a three-pointer.Thirdy Ravena paced Ateneo with 17 points and seven rebounds while Chibueze Ikeh had a 16-point and 11-rebound double-double.Matt also finished with 16 points, six coming off the overtime period, while Go had 13 points and nine rebounds.Jasper Parker had a game-high 19 points to lead to the Tamaraws while Tolentino added 13 points. MOST READcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The No. 1 Blue Eagles set up a best-of-three finals rematch with the defending champions De La Salle Green Archers beginning Saturday.Go sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer, 75-all, with 8.5 seconds left in regulation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNieto followed suit in the extra session.The gritty point guard punished Arvin Tolentino for five straight points first with a short jumper that gave Ateneo an 82-80 lead with 1:30 left in overtime. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Mohinder Amarnath pays for being blunt

first_imgAlmost a quarter of a century after he immortalised himself and the Indian selectors with a pithy observation that has stood the test of time, Mohinder Amarnath finds that the joke is still on him.Sidelined as a player in 1989 – which is when he called the selectors “a bunch of jokers” – on Thursday Amarnath found to his chagrin that a change in status was not much improvement: he was now dumped as a selector and left to mull his standing in Indian cricket. By all reckoning, it is still that of an outsider.The precise reasons for Mohinder’s ouster are mired in conjecture. One school of thought says that he ran foul of the BCCI by donating his father’s bat to James Sutherland, chief executive of Cricket Australia, instead of the BCCI. I find this reason batty even if Mohinder, as this story goes, had not-so-kind words to say about his own Board. Fact is, the BCCI has been exceptionally tardy in caring for the legacy of Indian cricket.There is no museum yet, for instance, so what does a player do when he receives a request for this from somewhere else? Mohinder’s father Lala Amarnath, it might be remembered, had toured Australia, captaining independent India’s first-ever team, so there is historical significance attached to his bat.This event – if indeed it is true – only enhanced the friction between Mohinder and the BCCI which arose for the bigger – and more plausible – reason that he was not enamoured of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy: more so after the 0-4 whitewash by Australia on the last tour.From all accounts, Mohinder believed that a change in captaincy – Sehwag reportedly was his choice – is what Indian cricket needed to resurrect itself from the despairing incompetence that had gripped the team after the World Cup triumph.There can be pros and cons to this argument, but none whatsoever that a selector should not have a contrarian view to the rest of the committee.That said, I am not sure of the truth value to the speculation that Dhoni enjoys some kind of immunity because he also captains Chennai Super Kings, the franchise owned by BCCI president N Srinivasan.The BCCI is too large, diverse – and fragmented – a body to accommodate such blatant power-play I would imagine.Perhaps it is the art of negotiation (or lack of it) that cost Mohinder dear. A former selector – and his former colleague in the Indian team – I spoke to after Thursday’s dramatic developments said that Mohinder could be extremely stodgy in his opinions and hence gets easily isolated.It seems that Mohinder also did not quite enjoy the support from his own zone – North, which considerably weakened his position.Suddenly he was fighting on several fronts and without anything to prop him up.When the new selection committee was to be formed, the BCCI could simply use a technicality that selectors are appointed every year up to a maximum period of four years – to eliminate him.So here we are, with a new selection committee. It’s an interesting choice of personnel, though Sandeep Patil as chairman was a rabbit out of the hat.Nevertheless, he has a good track record as coach and selector in domestic cricket. What is significant, however, is the BCCI president’s statement that the Board is now not bound to choosing selectors on a zonal basis. “The best people will be given the job,” he said, though the current committee has still been drawn from the five zones.With the fee for selectors going up from Rs 40 lakh to Rs 60 lakh per annum, the level of expectations and accountability will rise too.The task for the new committee is cut out: find the team that can help India rise to number 1 in the Test rankings again.Else, Mohinder Amarnath might have good reason to raise his old refrain again. And this time the joke won’t be on him.(The writer is a seasoned journalist)advertisementlast_img read more

Pioneers raise a toast to womanhood

first_imgWoman power was the underlying theme of the India Today Woman Summit and Awards 2014, where Union Minister Smriti Irani recalled her journey from a humble beginning in the Capital to becoming India’s first woman HRD minister.”I did sell cosmetics for Rs. 200 at Janpath. But my message is that a girl selling cosmetics can become a Cabinet minister in this country. You don’t have to do this job with humility, but with pride. Women, whether from a big city or a small town or village, have the potential to outshine everybody,” Irani said at the session ‘A World of Change – Why women need to speak up, be heard’ at the ITC Maurya Hotel on Saturday. The India Today Woman Summit and Awards 2014 was held at the ITC Maurya Hotel on Saturday in New Delhi”It was an overwhelming moment when PM Narendra Modi called me Chhoti Behen. It was very touching,” Irani said, adding that she did not expect Modi to By Mail Today Bureau in New Delhi be emotionally expressive.In her welcome address, India Today Group Synergy and Creative Officer Kalli Purie spoke about the challenges women face in their day-to-day life. “This is an event created by women, for women and featuring many inspirational women. All stars in their defined their stardom on their own terms. Recently, there has been a lot of talk on how women can’t have it all.Role model after role model has confessed that women can’t have it all. The superwoman, the successful corporate honcho at the top of her work and a loving mother, a loving wife by night…thin, blowdried, always waxed, is a myth,” she said. Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal spoke about how the society needs to have faith in politicians. “Kids, at a very young age, are exposed to textbooks that show politicians as bad people. We have a generation which does not like politicians. My kids hate politicians. We need to tell them about both kinds; the good and bad,” she said.advertisementActor Manisha Koirala, a cancer survivor, said it is only when people see their mortality that they start questioning the way they have been living. “My coping mechanism was my family’s support and love. Also, the spiritual journey I had taken a few years back helped me,” she said.Actor-politicians Gul Panag and Kirron Kher, and Vedanta Vision founder Jaya Row, acid attack survivor Laxmi,and mountaineer Arunima Sinha were among the other speakers at the event.INDIATODAYAWARDS – THE BESTWOMAN OF THE YEAR: Manisha Koirala, actorWOMAN AS STORYTELLER: Gitanjali Rao, filmmaker and animatorWOMAN IN SCIENCE: J. Manjula, director, Defence Avionics Research EstablishmentWOMAN IN SPORT: P.V. Sindhu, badminton playerCORPORATE WOMAN: Roopa Kudva, MD, CrisilWOMAN INNOVATOR: Anusha Yadav, founder, Indian Memory ProjectINSPIRATIONAL WOMEN: Arunima Sinha, mountaineer; Laxmi, acid attack survivorWOMAN OF SUBSTANCE: Tabu, actorWOMAN OF STYLE: Shilpa Shetty, actorlast_img read more

Messi fires Barcelona into Champions League semis after 3-0 win vs Manchester United

first_imgLionel Messi produced another masterful Champions League performance to knock out Manchester United and fire Barcelona into the semi-finals for the first time in four years, scoring twice in a 3-0 home win on Tuesday.Barca, who toyed with United for the majority of the encounter, sealed a 4-0 aggregate victory and will meet either Porto or Liverpool in the last four.Messi had failed to score in his last 12 quarter-final appearances, but he settled his side’s nerves after a bright start from United, collecting a misplaced pass from Ashley Young and curling into the bottom corner in the 16th minute.The Argentine then pounced on another lapse from United’s defence four minutes later to win back possession high up the pitch and fire a shot from outside the box, which squirmed under visiting keeper David de Gea.Philippe Coutinho finished off a therapeutic win for the Catalans, after three quarter-final failures in a row, by curling into the top corner in the second half.”This was a spectacular performance, this is what we are all about,” Messi told reporters.”The first five minutes we were a little shy and nervous, perhaps the scoreline gave us a strange feeling, but then we took control of the game.”United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s greatest night as a player came at the Nou Camp, but after losing the first leg at Old Trafford 1-0, his team needed to become the first side to win a European game there in 31 matches in order to progress.advertisementThey clung to the hope of another famous European escape act after last month’s miraculous 3-1 win at Paris St Germain and made a strong start as Marcus Rashford hit the crossbar in the opening stages.They also survived a scare when a penalty awarded to Barca for an apparent foul by Fred on Ivan Rakitic was overturned after a VAR review.Yet their hopes were soon extinguished when Young was caught in possession on the left wing and Messi seized the ball, scurrying across the pitch and holding off more United defenders before bending a superb shot past the outstretched De Gea.DE GEA EMBARRASSEDThe Spanish goalkeeper was left embarrassed for Messi’s second goal as the Argentine’s tame shot crept under his body.”We did well to get here but we could see the difference between the two teams. We started well, in the first 15 minutes we thought we could get something here and then they got the two goals,” said Solskjaer.”You know that at this level you cannot slip up and make mistakes and you have to take your chances when you get them. We didn’t capitalise on our great start, then they have their first two shots on target, they get two goals then it’s game over.”United looked down and out and Messi nearly dealt them further pain before halftime by sparking another quick break, but this time De Gea thwarted the Catalans, pushing away Sergi Roberto’s shot on the goalline.De Gea was taunted by Barca fans in the second half, which turned into a procession for the home side and the out-of-form Coutinho turned up the party atmosphere with his sensational strike.The nearest United came to finding the target after the break was when Barca keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen turned an Alexis Sanchez header around the post late on.Also Watch:last_img read more

SOUTH AFRICA ARE BUILDING

first_imgSouth Africa Touch are here with four teams and they’re improving continually and dramatically. It was a privilege to be at the Opening Ceremony where the South Africans march and singing was not only emotional but the highlight of the ceremony for me. So I sat down yesterday and chatted with Richard Mullins (Under 20 Mens Coach) and Labeeb Levy (Under 18 Mens Coach) about the state of Touch in their Nation and where it’s heading. Back in 1995 Touch was virtually non-existent in South Africa, and what little interest there was focused on the one-touch game. (Similar to the traditional six touch game but with one Touch before a turnover rather than six.) Arriving at the 1995 World Cup in Hawaii was a shock introduction for the South African Touchies, confronted with a completely different set of rules and style of play. It is estimated that in 1996 South Africa had about 600-700 players and just three leagues, one each in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. By 1999 South Africa had developed to a level where they brought together three National sides; Mens, Womens and Mixed for the 1999 World Cup and results began to pick up. In 2001 they sent a Womens 20’s side to the first Youth World Cup and in 2003 they sent, Mens, Womens, Mixed and Mens 35’s to the World Cup in Japan. Today there are about 60 teams in 12 leagues, with between 6000-7000 players. There are many social and economic factors that are helping and hindering the sport of Touch in South Africa. The growth of Touch in schools has been vital to the development of the young Touchies we’re seeing this week on the Sunshine Coast. In the last 2 years they have helped three school leagues develop, bringing many talented kids through their Touch programmes. Visits and tours from groups such as the Australian Masters sides is also helping to develop Touch, as they make South Africans more aware of the sport and it’s positive aspects. “One opportunity for us is that it’s a new sport that doesn’t require anything more than an open field and a football, we can play it on the street and it’s not as rough as Rugby,” said Richard. “But on the other side it does cost a lot of money to attend tournaments like this and we have a number of players that can afford it and a number that simply can’t.” “Many of our kids spent much time selling raffles and fundraising in order to make this trip,” said Labeeb. “Also if this trip had been just three days later than we would have saved $600 per person in travel and visa costs because of the change of travel season,” he added. As they grow in depth they are discovering an increasing number of incredibly talented players in some of the small towns scattered around their Nation. “Unfortunately no money goes into developing sport in our country,” said Labeeb. “We need so much development and money for our housing and other social areas, so unfortunately sport suffers a little, there is so much talent in these areas and we need to tap into that and develop it,” he said. Both Richard and Labeeb have no doubt that there kids have the talent and the potential to be world leaders in Touch Football. “We love it just as much as you guys,” said Richard. “We just have to continue to work with the social and economic problems confronting our nation and then keep developing our coaches, referees and administrators so we can develop our players and competitions,” he said. The experience of International competition such as this is no doubt invaluable for the South African sides. “We want to not only become more competitive every time we play, but to create our own brand and style of Touch Football,” said Labeeb. “You have the Australian style and the New Zealand style, we want to create the South African style.” And if anyone wants any more evidence pf the South African commitment to being here and playing Touch, then look no further than the South African Mens 18’s player who addressed his team mates at half time in a match against New Zealand: “We could be walking down the streets of Johannesburg and get shot and die, but here let us die for our country.” By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.au LINKS: Stories will be on the homepage, www.austouch.com.au as well as archived under the link `Tournaments’ then `International Events’ on the left hand side of the homepage. Simply follow the links to the 2005 Youth World Cup stories. For other Youth World Cup stories check out the Federation of International Touch site using the following link: FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL TOUCH For all the latest results check out the SportingPulse site using the following link:SPORTINGPULSE RESULTS/DRAW HOMEPAGElast_img

10 months agoReal Madrid chief Butragueno: Our players are stupendous

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid chief Butragueno: Our players are stupendousby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno has defended the players after defeat to Real Sociedad.La Real shocked Madrid 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.Butragueno was asked about additions this month given their poor start to the year.But he insisted, “This squad has players with loads of talent and I think that it is a good day to reinforce that message. “They have won many titles. The Club World Cup isn’t nothing, three consecutive Champions Leagues. These players are stupendous.” last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal appointing first loans manager

first_imgArsenal appointing first loans managerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are appointing a first loans manager.The Sun says Arsenal will make football data analyst Ben Knapper their first loans manager from next month – in charge of starlets like Reiss Nelson.The Gunners are following a rising trend in the Premier League of appointing a supremo to oversee the rising number of players out on loan.Knapper is being promoted from his role as lead analyst after joining the Gunners from sports data and technology company Prozone in 2010.His main roles will be to decide which players to loan out and where. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Giveaway: Columbia’s ‘Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker Echo Base Jacket

first_img 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read 10 Best History Books You Will Ever Read 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Say, do you know the call sign of the pilot who found Han and Luke out in the frigid wastelands of ice planet Hoth? Do you know where Obi-Wan told Luke to find Yoda after the young commander escaped from the wampa? Do you know what Leia called Han after Chewie’s little snickering episode? Then guess what, friend? You’re a genuine Star Wars fan.Now, for the rest of you … do you hate being cold? Okay, that’s good enough.Diehard Star Wars fans and people who hate being cold, unite! Why? Because on December 8, 2017, Columbia Sportswear released a limited edition run of jackets inspired by the clothing worn by Luke, Leia, and Han in  film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The three jackets in the Echo Base Collection — which are the Luke Skywalker Echo Base Jacket, the Leia Organa Echo Base Jacket, and the Han Solo Echo Base Parka, by the way — are superlative reproductions of the garments worn by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford in the classic 1980 movie and will be a prized possession of anyone whose heart beats a bit faster when thinking about the epic battle of Hoth. They’re also going to be a bit hard to come by: true limited edition items, only 1,980 of each jacket were sold. (Get it? 1980? Like …  like the year The Empire Strikes Back was released?)And now they are all gone. The coats sold out in something like ten minutes. No surprise there.Especially since these are genuine, high-performance coats that you could wear while patrolling Hoth via tauntaun or while skiing a mountain here on our planet (and in our time). You could also wear an Echo Base jacket (the Luke and Leia editions are actually jacket and vest combos, by the way) while walking your dog, bar hopping, or any of the other things you do other than skiing and/or battling the Empire and look pretty damn good.They have a style that is both retro, being inspired by the late 1970s and early ’80s, and current thanks to the cuts and fabrics. The exteriors are water-resistant; on the inside, the jackets feature Columbia’s proprietary Omni-Heat lining, which reflects your own heat back to you without compromising the breathability of the garment. This stuff works, people. It has kept me warm on mountains in multiple states, several countries, and two continents so far. (No extra-planetary use yet, because science.) The zippers, snaps, and other hardware are built to last even in harsh conditions.And now, you have your chance to get one of the least remaining unsold Luke Skywalker Echo Base Jacket’s. Just enter the giveaway below and hope the Force is with you. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Highway 103 Overpass Exit 1A

first_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Overpass, Exit 1A The Highway 103 overpass at Exit 1A, towards Bedford, will beclosed to all traffic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22. Motorists wishing to take Highway 102 towards Bedford fromHighway 103, are asked to take the Halifax exit and follow amarked detour via Dunbrack Street. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Traffic Advisory, Highway 103Overpass, Exit 1A Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116center_img -30-last_img read more

Canadian transit network sending maps to California boy with autism

first_imgThis is a bit outdated but here’s a map of Belgrade that you can save as PDF (that tiny button at the top) and then print it out for him:https://t.co/QKtgTjbcsZ— Matija Pa (@LushkiTrp) August 16, 2019 Here is a glimpse of the beautiful Montréal, Québec, Canada!https://t.co/Kt6lrD5CRkThank you @maxdenoncourt!— STM (@stminfo) August 16, 2019 VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A transit enthusiast in the U.S. is receiving a special package from Metro Vancouver’s transportation network.Jada Natalie Stevens, a designer for TransLink, posted to Twitter on Aug. 15 saying a California family had reached out to the organization asking for one of its transit maps. Their son, who has autism, loves memorizing them.The family of an autistic boy in Cali wrote to my team @TransLink requesting one of our transit maps as he loves memorizing them.But we can do better than that! We’re sending him transit maps that we’ve collected from all over the world, to inspire his young, curious mind. pic.twitter.com/ZLpVJkyvNt— Jada Natalie Stevens (@cityjada) August 15, 2019Stevens said in a tweet that TransLink has collected maps from other systems all over the world, and decided to send them all to the boy to inspire his “young curious mind.”She said: “There is little else that pulls my heartstrings more than a kid who loves transit maps.”In the Twitter comments, other transit companies jumped in to offer additional maps and commenters posted links to transit blogs.Maty from https://t.co/izqVHXiSHy is a similar case here in the Czech Republic. See what he and his family can do with all the maps: https://t.co/9WIvcaLhaK— Roman Meliška (@happy_roman) August 16, 2019last_img read more

Roger Moore Finances Christmas Campaign Against Foie Gras

first_imgA furious Sir Roger Moore has independently financed the production of hundreds of thousands of new leaflets condemning Fortnum & Mason for still selling foie gras – the diseased livers of abused birds – despite massive public outcry.The new leaflet, which volunteers will distribute to shoppers outside Fortnum & Mason every day in the lead-up to Christmas, features Moore, Ralph Fiennes and Joanna Lumley above the words “Why Have These People Spoken Out Against Fortnum & Mason?”The back of the leaflet cites undercover video footage from Fortnum & Mason’s foie gras suppliers exposing how birds have pipes shoved down their throats and huge amounts of grain pumped into their stomachs to sicken and enlarge their livers. The leaflet also features quotes from actors, MPs, chefs, Royalty and other celebrities, including Moore, who says, “The callous treatment of geese filmed by investigators at the very farms in France from which Fortnum & Mason’s distributor sources foie gras, was far more violent and cowardly than anything James Bond ever faced at the hands of villains”.“I want shoppers to hear the simple fact that foie gras is so cruel that it is illegal to produce in the UK and to know that Fortnum and Mason keeps selling this bird-abusing foodstuff although the British public is up in arms about it”, says Moore.“James Bond always took a stand against bullies and stood up for British values, so it’s fitting that Sir Roger would pay for a campaign against Fortnum & Mason’s sale of unBritish foie gras”, says PETA UK Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. “His leaflets will help remind Christmas shoppers that the biggest tradition in Fortnum & Mason’s foie gras hampers is cruelty to animals.”For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,082.09, down 23.26 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up 12 cents, or 3.06 per cent, to $4.04 on 12.2 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down 34 cents, or 1.73 per cent, to $19.35 on 9.8 million shares.NexGen Energy Ltd. (TSX:NXE). Miner. Up 59 cents, or 24.08 per cent, to $3.04 on 8.5 million shares.Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd. (TSX:WM). Miner. Up five cents, or 66.67 per cent, to 12.5 cents on 7.1 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up $1.09, or 4.13 per cent, to $27.47 on 6.6 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 19 cents, 3.56 per cent, to $5.53 on 6.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Cameco Corp. (TSX:CCO). Miner. Up 34 cents, or 2.96 per cent, to $11.84 on 4.4 million shares. The Saskatchewan-based company said on Wednesday that it will temporarily suspend operations at its McArthur River mine and Key Lake milling operation by the end of January because of low uranium prices. About 845 workers are getting layoff notices.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. up six cents, or 3.87 per cent, to $1.61 on 3.2 million shares. The Toronto-based miner is suspending work at its Skouries development project amid its ongoing dispute with the Greek government. The company says Greece’s Ministry of Energy and Environment has not issued the required permits for the project. Eldorado also says the company also initiated legal action.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP). Oil and gas. Down 18 cents, or 0.29 per cent, to $61.75 on 1.4 million shares. The pipeline giant reported a third-quarter profit of $612 million (70 cents per share), compared with a loss of $135 million (17 cents per share) in the same quarter last year. Revenue fell to $3.24 billion compared with $3.63 billion in the same quarter last year. TransCanada said Thursday it received broad interest for space on its Keystone XL pipeline, with a final investment decision on the project possibly weeks away.last_img read more

ATF price increased by 1 nonsubsidised LPG by 5

first_imgNew Delhi: Jet fuel price was on Monday hiked by over one per cent, the second straight monthly increase in rate coming on the back of firming global prices.The price of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) was hiked by Rs 677.1 per kilolitre, or 1.07 per cent, to Rs 63,472.22 per kl in the national capital, according to price notification issued by state-owned oil firms. The increase comes on the back of a steep 8.1 per cent (Rs 4,734.15 per kl) hike in rates effected on March 1. Simultaneously, the price of non-subsidised cooking gas (LPG) was increased by Rs 5 per 14.2-kg cylinder. It now costs Rs 706.50 in the national capital. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThis is the second straight increase in LPG rate. Price was hiked by Rs 42.5 per cylinder on March 1. The hike will add to the burden of cash strapped airlines that are already reeling under pressure from cut-throat competition in the sector. Non-subsidised LPG is the gas that consumer buys after exhausting their quota of 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg at sub-market or subsidised rates. Price of subsidised LPG was almost unchanged at Rs 495.86. LPG, as well as ATF prices, are revised on 1st of every month based on the average international rate for benchmark fuel and foreign exchange rate in the preceding month. Also, the price of kerosene sold through the public distribution system (PDS) was increased to Rs 32.54 per litre from Rs 32.24. This is in accordance with the 2016 decision to raise rates by 25 paise a litre every month till subsidy on the fuel is eliminated. Non-subsidised kerosene costs Rs 64,460.83 per kl (Rs 64.46 per litre) in the national capital.last_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Premiers meeting: Canada’s premiers will get together beginning Monday in Edmonton for their annual meeting, where there is no shortage of topics to discuss. NAFTA renegotiations, the softwood lumber dispute and pipelines are just a few of the issues on the minds of the provincial and territorial leaders — and they can make for some difficult conversations.Speaking of premiers: John Horgan and his cabinet will be sworn in on Tuesday in Victoria. British Columbia’s premier-designate has so far not laid out specifically how he would stop Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion, one of many issues the business community will be watching for.What the Sears? The national retailer rolled that slogan out late last year, but now that could serve as a rallying call for laid off workers angry that they lost severance payments as the company undergoes restructuring. Sears Canada returns to court Tuesday in Toronto, where it’s expected to argue its case to begin liquidation sales by Friday.Inflated importance: Statistics Canada releases the latest inflation figures Friday. The data will be scrutinized, particularly after the Bank of Canada, in justifying its decision to raise the interest rate, said last week it believes the softness in inflation is temporary. The central bank’s inflation target is two per cent, and in May it was 1.3 per cent.The bottom line: There are a few corporate notables on the earnings front this, including Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP), Encana (TSX:ECA) and Husky Energy (TSX:HSE). read more

California pot regulators struggling with job audit says

LOS ANGELES — California auditors have found that the agency overseeing the state’s vast legal marijuana market is understaffed and struggling to do the job.A state Finance Department audit shows that about two-thirds of the Bureau of Cannabis Control’s authorized positions remain unfilled.Auditors say the status and location of agency personnel “is not sustainable” and will not provide effective oversight of the legal pot market.They also concluded earlier this month that the agency lacks an overall management strategy.The problems outlined in the audit shed light on the uneven rollout of the state’s legal pot market, which is still competing with thriving underground sales.The agency disputed some findings and argued that it met or exceeded its responsibilities despite the challenges.Legal pot sales kicked off in California last year.Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press read more

UN set to launch yearlong reconstruction stage after Pakistani quake

Five months after Pakistan was devastated by an earthquake which killed more than 73,000 people, injured nearly 70,000 and left millions homeless, the emergency aid phase is nearing its end and the United Nations is set to formally launch a year-long recovery and reconstruction stage, humanitarian officials said today. Plans are underway with UN Special Envoy for the South Asian Earthquake Disaster, former United States President George H. W. Bush, for a high level launch of ‘The Action Plan from Relief to Recovery’ in New York, which will also be locally launched at field hubs in Pakistan.It will cover a one year period starting in April 2006 and has been prepared in close collaboration with Pakistani military and civil authorities. UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick praised the role of the Pakistani Government and the disciplined efforts of the humanitarian community, especially civil society, for the success of the relief phase. “There has been no second wave of deaths, no massive population movement down the mountains, no severe malnutrition, and no outbreak of epidemics,” Mr. McGoldrick said.The major challenges were keeping relief operations going until the end of this month, improving sanitation especially in the smaller camps and preparing for the return of Internally Displaced People (IDP) on the basis of a voluntary and informed consent.Mr. McGoldrick warned that there will be a continued risk of landslides as the snow starts to melt in the spring and even more so later in the year when the monsoon season sets in. “Road accessibility will remain a major challenge, and it is expected that there will be a continued need for a minimum of five to six helicopters until at least September,” he said. Issues such as food assistance beyond March, camp closures, provision of health care, utilities, education, land ownership, rubble removal, urban/rural planning, special support to vulnerable groups and consistent provision of information about the returns process are being discussed with Pakistani authorities and partner organizations. read more