CHRISTIANBURG/Wismar Secondary School (CWSS) and Lodge Secondary will battle today for the prestigious MILO schools football title. The duo emerged via different methods in the semifinal stages.In the first game, eventual winners Christianburg/Wismar were made to work for their win against Annandale Secondary.In spite of Andre Mayers’ 7th-minute goal which initially proved to be the deciding factor, Annandale had several good chances.The tenacity of the Linden-based goalkeeper kept CWSS in the money, as they move closer to the grandest stage of the tournament.In the other game, Lodge’s railroading effort put President’s College to the sword. The Georgetown-based side seemed to score at will, netting seven times during the course of the game. A brace on either side of the half from Dorwin George (37th and 76th) led the line with single strikes from Rasheed Roberts (27th), Thurston Gordon (44th), Nicolas Trotman (70th), Leroy Sealey (84th) and Marcus Bamfield (90th).Today’s final will begin at 17:00hrs at the same venue.The tournament is also sponsored by the Ministry of Public Health through its ‘Stop Gender-Based Violence’ campaign.
(ESPNCricinfo) – England men’s players will move one step closer to a return to international cricket next week, when they resume training in controlled environments at arange of venues across the country.The announcement comes in the wake of official government advice, published on Wednesday, which sets out the safety protocols and social-distancing measures necessary to safeguard the players and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak.And with a possible seven weeks to go until the delayed first Test against West Indies is earmarked to get underway behind closed doors, a squad of 30 players – with a red-ball focus at this stage – will begin to assemble at seven venues across the country from Wednesday onwards, to resume individual skills-based training programmes.The move is intended to mitigate the potential of injury for England’s players, who have not set foot on a cricket field since the abandonment of the Sri Lanka tour, midway their first warm-up match in Colombo on March 12.The players’ initial focus will be on “individual field-based skills”, with full nets sessions deferred for a further two weeks, until the bowlers have reached their desired workload after having their fitness regimes interrupted by two months in lockdown.Although the venues have not yet been confirmed, it is understood that Trent Bridge, Edgbaston, Emirates Old Trafford, Kia Oval, Chester-le-Street, Taunton and Hove are among those that have been earmarked for the initial period, with four more to be utilised when batting and wicket-keeping practice resumes.At first, the players will be required to train individually on a staggered basis, with a coach, a physio and, where possible, a strength and conditioning coach in attendance. To assist with these one-on-one activities, ECB will fund the short-term appointment of several county coaches, many of whom are currently furloughed.“These are the first steps for players’ return to training ahead of international cricket potentially resuming later this summer,” said Ashley Giles, England men’s managing director.“The safety of players, staff and our community is our first priority throughout this protocol. We are committed to adhering to public health guidelines and Government directives intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19.“To be clear, we will only train and potentially play cricket behind closed doors if we know it is absolutely safe to do so and is fully supported by the Government.“We are in constant dialogue with players, coaches and counties to determine what is possible during this period and what facilities will be available to us. We are thankful that we have a united front across all of cricket’s stakeholders to prepare the players in a safe and secure environment.”To minimise the risk of infection during this period, strict social-distancing and hygiene protocols will be observed. The temperature of all participants will be taken before they are allowed to take place in training sessions; public areas such as dressing rooms and venue facilities will be closed, and the players and support staff will be asked to arrive at the venues in their training gear.In the event of injury to any player during the training sessions, medical officers will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), which will be sourced and funded by ECB. No media outlets will be permitted to attend the sessions, although ECB’s communications team will distribute imagery and video where appropriate.Giles admitted that the circumstances for England’s players remained “far from ideal”, but he acknowledged that the timing of the government guidelines had been helpful in framing the conditions for their return to action.“We are working back seven weeks from what could be the first Test match,” Giles said. “We know that isn’t confirmed at this point but we have to give our bowlers enough time to get their loads up and get some overs back in their legs.“We are going to be asking approximately 30 players to go back to training so there is no official selection process at the moment. We will need a larger group of players, given we are planning for the strictest of conditions behind closed doors.“We will need to take a bigger group of players in with us whether that be to cover injury, for net bowlers, or for practice matches.”As per the government’s protocols, all players and support staff will have to have “actively opted in” to the training programme and should not be penalised if they feel uncomfortable with the conditions. However, Giles insisted that no-one had yet come forward to express their reluctance to take part.“It may happen and that’s fine,” he said. “These are different circumstances and there will be no prejudice. It is what it is, it’s an individual choice, but I hope we can put things in place and an environment that’s safe enough for guys to trust us that they can go back and take those first tentative steps to cricket.”ECB would continue to liaise with the 18 first-class counties to ascertain when a ‘back-to-training’ protocol could be rolled out for the county game. Further updates are expected towards the end of the month, with all professional and recreational cricket remaining on hold until July 1 at the earliest.
Brighton, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham’s calamitous week went from bad to worse as Mauricio Pochettino’s men were outclassed in a 3-0 defeat at Brighton on Saturday.Nineteen-year-old Aaron Connolly scored twice for the Seagulls on his first Premier League start after Neal Maupay had headed Brighton into an early lead.Four days on from a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Pochettino was looking for a reaction.Instead, Spurs looked like a side devoid of confidence after getting off to the worst possible start when Hugo Lloris gifted Brighton the opener and injured himself in the process.The France captain dropped a simple cross into the box and as he fell backwards and landed awkwardly, Maupay stooped to head into an empty net.Lloris was stretchered off with what looked like an elbow injury and replaced by Paolo Gazzaniga.Connolly took advantage of more generous Spurs defending and goalkeeping to double Brighton’s lead before half-time and curled in his second of the day in style 25 minutes from time.Last season’s Champions League finalists have now won just three of their opening 11 games of the campaign and five of their last 19 dating back to when these sides last met in April.And while Pochettino could justifiably claim Bayern’s ruthlessness in midweek meant the scoreline was not a true reflection of his side’s performance, there was no excuse for being thoroughly outplayed by a Brighton side that had not won in six league games. The visitors’ were on the back foot from the off when injury was added to insult for Lloris.The Spurs skipper was given oxygen and morphine before being taken to hospital and now seems certain to miss France’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey.After a lengthy delay for Lloris to be stretchered off, Brighton pushed on rather than trying to protect their lead and were rewarded just after the half hour mark.Connolly was twice the quickest to react as he turned Dan Burn’s cross goalwards and, after Gazzaniga spilled his first effort, the Irishman followed up for his first Premier League goal.Tottenham have made a bad habit of letting leads slip in recent weeks against Arsenal, Olympiakos, Leicester and Bayern, but when forced to mount a fightback themselves were found wanting.Pochettino sacrificed club record signing Tanguy Ndombele at half-time for Harry Winks and changed system to a 3-5-2.However, rather than turning the tide, it was Brighton who got the third goal to kill the game off.Connolly jinked inside onto his right foot and curled brilliantly into the far corner to round off an afternoon that he and the Seagulls will long remember.Son Heung-min and Harry Kane then missed huge chances to pull a goal back that summed up Spurs’ dire week and leaves Pochettino with plenty to ponder over the upcoming two-week international break.Share on: WhatsApp
26 March 2010During the final week of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, 32 teams from across the globe will converge on Alexandra township in Johannesburg for a very different festival of football. On Thursday, the 2010 Football for Hope Festival site was officially inaugurated.From 4 to 10 July, in a specially built stadium in the heart of Alexandra, mixed teams of boys and girls aged 15 to 18 will compete in a fast-paced tournament – part of a broader festival of education, culture and football – to be crowned 2010 Football for Hope world champions.“For the first time, the social dimension of the game will be celebrated as an official element of the Fifa World Cup,” Fifa president Sepp Blatter said in a message read out at Thursday’s ceremony. “We hope that the eyes of the world will be on Alexandra and we will create new heroes for this community.”The young people who take part in the festival will be drawn from disadvantaged communities worldwide, and selected for their contribution to building a better future in their communities.The names of the boys and girls who will be representing Alexandra were announced at Thursday’s inauguration. Among them is 15-year-old Thumeka Mabayi, who is relishing the chance to meet other young people from different countries during the festival.Despite her disadvantaged background, Mabayi aspires to play a vital role in changing her community. “I’m extremely excited to be part of this,” she said. “For me, it is an opportunity to empower myself and learn more about other cultures.”Among the guests attending Thursday’s site inauguration were 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa CEO Danny Jordaan, streetfootballworld managing director Jurgen Griesbeck, and Johannesburg’s mayoral committee member for community development, Bafana Sithole.Jordaan said that South Africans, more than most people, “understand the importance of social development and the power of sport to influence positive social change, so the Football for Hope Festival is a key initiative for us.“The world’s best footballers will be in South Africa for the Fifa World Cup, but we believe the equally deserving footballers and incredible stories from around the world also warrant global recognition, and we encourage people to come and attend the festival in Alexandra.”Griesbeck said the festival would be “a celebration of the people who dedicate their lives to helping others in their community, using the game we all love.”Alexandra is one of the oldest townships in South Africa, and was one of the key areas where apartheid was fought and defeated.While it does not enjoy the same international prestige as its Soweto, it is home to some of the country’s top leaders, and has produced some celebrated footballers, including Maimane Alfred Phiri, who played for South Africa in their first ever World Cup appearance in France in 1998.Phiri was on hand on Thursday, along with other football celebrities such as former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Brian Baloyi, to take part in an “All Stars” football match, with 2010 World Cup mascot Zakumi a keen spectator.An official World Cup event, the 2010 Football for Hope Festival is being organised by Fifa, streetfootballworld, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa, and the City of Johannesburg.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
Been wondering lately what you’re meant to do when you realise your coaching accreditation has reached the expiry date or is soon to expire? The ATA has updated the criteria and forms used for renewing your coaching accreditations (level 1, level 2 and level 3). These can be accessed by the links provided or through the My ClubTouch site. Use the Touch Coach link and then enter Coach Information, then Level 1 or Level 2 Update. LEVEL 1 COACH UPDATE LEVEL 2 COACH UPDATE LEVEL 3 COACH UPDATE In the top left hand corner of each page you will see a ‘download file’. This is the file you will need to download, print, fill in and return to your State office and ATA. All coaches will also need to sign and return the Code of Ethics form to the ATA with payment of $16.20, this can also be found on the My ClubTouch site or by using this link. CODE OF ETHICS FORM Payment can be made by cheque or money order, as well as by credit card. Simply ring Dave McMurray at the ATA office on (02) 6285 2703 to pay by credit card over the phone. These links will provide you with information on the re-accreditation procedure, as well as forms to download, print, fill in and return to the ATA office. Feel free to contact ATA if you have any queries about this process. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hazard insists Chelsea still in the title raceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace Eden Hazard insists they’re still in the title race.Hazard struck in victory at Brighton yesterday.He said, “I like scoring, but it’s not important to me, the most important thing is winning the games. “That’s why I’m on the field, we knew before the match that we had to score a third goal, when you’re 3-0 it’s harder for the teams to come back, but we did not concede the goal and the pressure came up. “We managed the game well. We want to be at the top of the standings at the end of the season, we know that Man City and Liverpool are good teams but we do not want the gap to be big.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville excited to see Rashford at top of his gameby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville is delighted seeing Marcus Rashford at the top of his game for victory at Newcastle.Rashford, 21, took his tally to three goals in four games with Solskjaer in charge against Newcastle and Neville said his improvement comes from replicating United teammate Anthony Martial in front of goal.Rashford has held his position as United’s first-choice striker since Jose Mourinho’s dismissal and Neville says watching the forward is a delight.”Rashford playing up front has been fantastic,” he told Sky Sports. “I love him to bits.”150 games nearly at the age of 21; the potential is enormous.”It’s actually now stepping up beyond potential, to where he will be a top-class player.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Celtic midfielder James Forrest being watched by Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCeltic midfielder James Forrest is being watched by Liverpool.The Scottish Sun says Liverpool are interested in signing Celtic midfielder Forrest.It’s reported that Jurgen Klopp has been keeping tabs on the winger for a number of months.Forrest has impressed for the Bhoys this term, scoring 17 times.The 27-year-old has a deal at Parkhead until 2022, but could be available for around £8million.
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: K Line Japanese shipping major K Line is to launch a significant structural reform in order to improve its profitability from fiscal year 2019.Namely, the company plans to cancel charter contracts for containerships and small and medium sized dry bulkers worth around JPY 50 billion (USD 447 million) and reduce its market exposure.As part of its next medium-term management plan, the company intends to improve profitability by concentrating on four business pillars, namely the Dry Bulk, Car Carrier, Energy Resource Transport, and Logistics and Affiliated businesses.With this implementation of the business structural reforms and changes of other extraordinary income or losses, the company now expects to record a net loss of JPY 100 billion (USD 895 million) for the year ended March 31, 2019, compared to a previously expected loss of JPY 20 billion (USD 179 million) for the period.K Line revised the forecast of consolidated financial results ending March 2019 because of provision for losses regarding chartering in operating loss, reflection of impact by dry bulker’s weaken market conditions, extraordinary losses related to cancellation of chartering contracts, as well as the change of the timing implementation for extraordinary profit by assets’ sale such as fleets to subsequent period, which results in expansion of net loss attributable to owners of parent.As to the cost of the business structural reforms, K Line estimated around JPY 65 billion followed with provision for loss related to containerships chartering to Ocean Network Express (ONE), as well as chartering cancellation of containerships and dry bulkers.K Line determined to record the provision for losses of around JPY 15 billion, as rationally estimable amount, regarding loss related to containerships chartering as well as to carry out cancelling chartering contracts for some of uneconomical containerships and small and medium sized dry bulkers to reduce the exposure to risks from market fluctuation.
OTTAWA – The federal Finance Department has shaved several years of projected deficits from Canada’s long-term financial future following better-than-expected economic growth in 2017 — though many more years of deficits remain.Finance officials predicted in a report released Friday that barring any policy changes, the federal government could be on track to run annual shortfalls until 2045-46, compared to projections last year that deficits would run to 2050-51.If such a scenario played out, the deficit would reach an annual high of $24.8 billion around 2030-31 before beginning to fall.By 2040-41, the federal debt would top out at around $1.08 trillion before starting to fall, as compared to last year’s prediction that it would reach $1.55 trillion by 2050-51.The improvement is attributed to an overall boost in the fiscal outlook, particularly in the medium term, which comes after the Canadian economy mounted a surprise resurgence over the past 12 months.While long-term predictions contain considerable uncertainty, Finance Minister Bill Morneau nonetheless said the projections prove the Liberal government’s plan is bearing fruit.“We have an ambitious plan to grow Canada’s economy by investing in people, growing the middle class and helping those working hard to join it,” Morneau said in a statement Friday. “Our plan is working.”The Liberals won the 2015 election on a plan to spur economic growth by running annual deficits of no more than $10 billion over the first couple years to pay for infrastructure investments before balancing the books in 2019-20.But they abandoned those so-called “fiscal anchors” as the economy took a beating from collapsing oil prices in 2016, and have instead focused on lowering the debt-to-GDP ratio, which is a measure of Ottawa’s debt burden.The Liberals have not set a timeline for a return to balance.The Opposition Conservatives wasted no time latching onto Friday’s report to further their argument that the Liberals are leaving a legacy of debt.“Justin Trudeau will be a 74-year-old man relaxing on a private island before the budget is balanced,” Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre said in a statement.“He is leaving the next generation with the bill for his reckless spending and the only way he can pay that bill is by raising taxes.”The Finance report emphasized investments in skills and technology as it warned that Canada’s aging population will contribute less to the economy and instead become a drain on public finances in the coming years.That warning largely explained why the GDP was projected to see slower growth between 2023-2055 than in previous decades, going back to 1950.“It is therefore imperative to continue to grow the economy by investing in the middle class and in the skills and technology that will make Canada more productive, competitive and fair,” the report read.“In particular, improving the economic participation of groups traditionally under-represented in the labour market, including women, Indigenous people, older workers, newcomers and persons with disabilities, is key to Canada’s long-term fiscal and economic performance.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.