Ghana Rugby to consult stakeholders as it finalises blueprint

first_imgAll stakeholders in rugby would be consulted prior to the finalization of a blueprint for Ghana Rugby, President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), Mr. Herbert Mensah has announced.According to Mr. Mensah the new Board that was elected on 5th June 2014 has been undertaking an assessment of the state of rugby in Ghana and, as part of this assessment, has found that many stakeholders have in the past been excluded from charting a development roadmap for rugby in Ghana.“The Rugby Family in Ghana include stakeholders on various levels including players, coaching or technical staff, referees, administrators, regional associations, clubs, the educational system, sports bodies such as the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS), National Sports Authority (NSA), Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) as well as current and potential sponsors and in general everybody who regards him or herself as a ‘Friend’ of Ghana Rugby”, Mr. Mensah said.He further stated, “For Ghana to excel and perform at international level it is essential that all stakeholders are involved in and buy into the strategies and plans of the GRFU. Rugby is not about the GRFU, but about the Rugby Family that even includes the parents of the young kids who want to embrace Rugby as means of entertainment and development.”He assured that detail on the Rugby Stakeholder Forum will be announced soon on the GRFU website where stakeholders can register for the Forum.The forum is coming on the heels of a two week Rugby coaching exercise conducted by the International Rugby Board (IRB) qualified coach Mr. David Dobela that was completed successfully in Accra, Ghana on Friday 25 July 2014. The programme was organised by the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) in association with the IRB and the Olympic Solidarity Fund (OSF) to improve the quality of rugby coaching in the country.Mr. David Dobela is currently the Caretaker Head Coach of Border Academy in South Africa and has qualified as Level 2 Coaching Trainer in 2010. He has also been involved in coaching for the South African National Team, the Springboks.During the first week 23 coaches were trained on Level 1 coaching. The trainees included coaches from the 11 clubs that will take part in the 2014 /15 national league tournament, as well as Sportsmasters of 12 schools from the Greater Accra, Western and Central Regions.The Level 1 Rugby Coaching Training included modules on Understanding the Game and the principles of play, Applying the principles of play to the development of skills, Planning and demonstrating a practice and Management and will cover both 15s as 7s coaching skills.The course is designed to enable coaches to acquire basic skills so that players new to the game learn to play in safe, enjoyable competition. During the second week a Level 2 Coaching course was held that included modules on Coaching styles and coaching process, Values of the Game and principles of attack and defence, Planning and delivery, Key factor analysis and player welfare and Functional role analysis, selection and Laws.The Level 2 Coaching course is designed to provide coaches with the skills needed to coach teenage and adult players in the club or school environment (in major Unions) and to higher levels in less developed Unions such as the GRFU.last_img read more

Whooping Cough Immunization Clinic in Olympia on July 19

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Department will be partnering with three local groups to provide a public Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Immunization Clinic on Thursday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Olympia Union Gospel Mission Medical Clinic.  The Union Gospel Mission is located at 413 Franklin St. N.E. in downtown Olympia.The clinic is for adults and children ages 11 and up. It is specifically targeted at those who have no health insurance, whose insurance does not cover the vaccine, or who cannot afford to be immunized. Immunizations are available at no cost on a first-come-first-served basis until supplies run out. The Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps, The Olympia Free Clinic, and Olympia Union Gospel Mission are clinic co-sponsors.“For some people the cost would be a financial hardship, so we see this as an extension of our mission in the community to provide the vaccine free of charge,” said Loren “Skip” Steffen, Executive Director of the Olympia Union Gospel Mission.For more information about the July 19 immunization clinic, call the Health Department’s Public Information Line at (360) 709-3080 or visit     No-cost Whooping Cough Immunization Clinic(Adults and children 11 and older who have no health insurance, whose insurance does not cover the vaccine, or those who cannot afford to be immunized)WHEN:     Thursday, July 19, 201211 a.m. to 7 p.m. (or until vaccine supply runs out)WHERE:  Olympia Union Gospel Mission Medical Clinic413 Franklin St. N.E. in downtown Olympia(Intersection of A Street Northeast and Franklin Street Northeast)There have been 35 confirmed cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in the county since the start of 2012, more than double the number of cases (10) in 2011. The Thurston County Health Department and co-sponsors seek to protect Thurston County residents, particularly young children who are most vulnerable to the disease, by increasing the number of people with access to vaccine.The Olympia area has additional options for adults who have no health insurance or whose insurance does not cover the vaccine to get a whooping cough shot.  The Olympia Free Clinic provides immunizations on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Olympia Free Clinic is located at 108 State Ave. N.W. in downtown Olympia. Call (360) 529-1937 for more information.Rite Aid Pharmacy at Cooper Point in west Olympia provides immunizations Mon through Fri 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Cooper Point Olympia Rite Aid is located at 305 Cooper Point Rd. N.W., Suite 103 in west Olympia. Call (360) 754-8014 for more information.The Olympia Union Gospel Mission Medical Clinic continues to provide adult whooping cough vaccine by appointment. The Olympia Union Gospel Mission Medical Clinic is located at 413 Franklin St. N.E. in downtown Olympia. Call (360) 357-6505 to make an appointment.While there is no shortage of whooping cough vaccine in Thurston County, there is a limited supply of the no-cost adult whooping cough vaccine supplied by the state. Those who can be immunized by their health care provider or who can afford to get immunized at their local pharmacies are strongly encouraged to use those resources.Whooping cough vaccine prevents the illness. The vaccine will not give you whooping cough.  Having had whooping cough in the past does not protect you from getting the disease again. Immunity becomes less over time, so children and adults who were immunized for whooping cough in the past may become ill with the disease. Please check with your health care provider to see if your whooping cough vaccination is current.For more details about where to get whooping cough vaccine in Thurston County or to learn more about the disease itself, visit or call the Health Department’s Public Information Line at (360) 709-3080.last_img read more

Henderson, Sullivan survive wild fall spectacular finishes

first_imgSubmitted to the Times-StandardIt was a wild and crazy 2018 season finale Saturday night at Redwood Acres Raceway. The 26th annual Mid-City Motor World Fall Spectacular once again concluded racing at the 3/8-mile paved oval with champions being decided in all of the Acres’ divisions. In addition, the North State Modified Series raced for the third time at RAR this year.The Thunder Roadster cars returned to race with Paul Baker setting fast time with a 17.658. Katina Baker won the trophy dash …last_img read more

Top safety plan for World Cup

first_imgNew SAPS vehicles were paraded in Sandton toshow that South Africa’s security agenciesare prepared for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.(Image: Bongani Nkosi) South Africa’s security agencies will do their utmost to ensure fans are protected and the country remains safe during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the country’s government has promised.The agencies, which include police and various emergency services, have been ready for some time now, National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele said at a parade in Sandton, Johannesburg, on 17 May. “We are ready to host the World Cup …”Local and international journalists, many of whom are already stationed here for next month’s tournament, were in Sandton to witness the display of high-tech armoured police and traffic vans, chase helicopters and ambulance fleet to be used during the June-July period.The display should give overseas reporters a good indication of the country’s security preparations, Cele said. “The international media must tell the world what they see,” he added.The nation’s expertly trained soldiers also showed off their skills during the parade, as the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the army will work together on various operations during the World Cup.Government had allocated R1.35-billion (US$179-million) to these two forces to ensure maximum security for the month-long tournament.As the country counts down the 23 days remaining until kick-off, the display was “a show of strength of all agencies”, Cele said. “Definitely, South Africa is ready. We’re ready to secure all stadiums …”Some R665-million($88. 2-million) has been spent on World Cup security equipment, which – in addition to the armoured vehicles and helicopters – include sniper rifles, surveillance cameras, advanced bomb-disabling equipment and water cannons.About 41 000 SAPS officers will be deployed during World Cup operations. The group will consist of 31 000 permanent officers and 10 000 reservists, with a combined budget of R640-million ($85-million).Joint forcesPolice and intelligence officers will also work with Interpol and the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO). Ronald Noble, Interpol’s secretary-general, announced in April that about 25 of its member countries will supply additional security personnel to South Africa for the World Cup.While Interpol will provide top-notch intelligence and surveillance equipment, SARPCCO is expected to play a critical role in helping South Africa secure its borders and ensure that people don’t enter the country illegally during June and July.The remaining 31 teams that have qualified for the World Cup will also send their own security officers to deal with any terrorism or general crime threats.International security agencies have given a “thumbs up” to South Africa’s World Cup security plans, Cele said.Lasting legacySouth African forces have received training in crowd control management from the French National Police Force. Thanks to the leadership and expertise of French General Herve Niel, among others, SAPS members are now well equipped to deal with violent outbreaks.“The resources that have been put in place and the training will be there to benefit the people South Africa long after the World Cup,” Cele said.“South Africa will never be the same again after the World Cup,” added Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.The South African Football Association is satisfied with World Cup security plans, said its CEO Lesley Sedibe. Security of all 32 participating teams will be prioritised, he added. “We’re confident that the security of all the teams is in good hands.”last_img read more

Fatalities at South Africa’s mines drop

first_imgThe South African mining industry has reported a significant drop in the number of fatalities and injuries on mines, although official numbers from the Department of Mineral Resources are only expected at the end of the month or early next month.Zero harm is the target, with the industry’s mantra: “Every worker returning from work unharmed every day.” The unofficial number of fatalities in 2014 had been placed at a record low of 84, the industry reported last week. It was expected that the official safety achievements would be about 9% better than the 93 fatalities reported in 2013, despite the industry adding more than 100 000 workers in the past decade to well over 500 000 now.Chamber of Mines’ safety and sustainable development acting head Dr Sizwe Phakathi told Mining Weekly Online that significant progress over the past few years.He said that 2014 was the seventh consecutive year of a drop in the number fatalities. In 2013, the industry made history when it reported less than 100 mining deaths for the first time. As at November 2014, 80 fatalities were officially reported.In the past decade, fatalities have been cut, safety has been improved, exposure to dust and noise reduced, tuberculosis (TB) infection rates reduced, more effective TB/HIV infection control and treatment programmes have been implemented, and best practice to improve health and safety outcomes has been adopted, according to the Chamber of Mines.Fatalities on mines had been cut from 615 in 1993 to 270 in 2003, and to 93 in 2013, said David Msiza, the chairman of the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) and the chief inspector of mines. “It was noted that 2014 achievements are an improvement from 2013 by 8%, but [are] 85% better than 1993.”“The sector also saw a reduction of cases of noise induced hearing loss from more than 6 000 in 2003 to around 1 200 in 2013. TB rates in the gold sector have also halved.”At the Mine Health and Safety Summit in November 2014, the council said it would launch a centre of excellence in April. It will lead industry efforts to promote innovation through research and training of mine workers. The centre will go beyond health and safety to align with the National Development Plan. “We need to reclaim our space as a country that leads in mining innovation and excellence,” Mike Teke, president of the Chamber of Mines, said at the time.The centre is expected to undertake research; build capacity; facilitate research outcomes in areas such as rock engineering, human factors and occupational health and hygiene; and provide health and safety related training at all levels.Relationships with major international research centres and programmes will be built.The numbersCoal mines recorded a 93% safety improvement between 1993 and 2013, from 90 to seven fatalities, while the gold sector registered a 91% improvement from 436 fatalities in 1993 to 37 in 2013. The platinum sector had 29 fatalities in 1993 and 28 in 2013; this was down from a peak of 64 fatalities in 2004.Overall, fatality rates improved 72% to 0.09 in 2013 from 0.32 in 2003. Australia, Canada and the US recorded a combined improvement rate of 29% to a rate of 0.05 in 2013 from 0.07 in 2003, Mining Weekly Online reported.Injuries in South Africa fell from 8 515 in 1993 to 3 126 in 2013. In gold, injuries fell from 7 368 in 1993 to 1 252 in 2013; in coal, the drop was from 279 to 263 over the 20 years. In platinum, injuries went from 1 344 to 395.In the 11 months to November 2014, injuries decreased 25% from 2 799 in the comparative period the year before to 2 095.Harmony Gold had its first fatality-free quarter in the final quarter of 2014, while Lonmin had a calendar year without any deaths.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

New Food and Farm Facts Book released by AFBF

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The new Food and Farm Facts book, map and pocket guide, produced by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, are now available.“Food and Farm Facts provides the opportunity to learn about the many ways modern farmers produce food to meet the needs of today’s consumers. I hope it also puts into perspective how blessed we are to be Americans,” said Foundation Chairman Zippy Duvall, who also serves as president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.Food and Farm Facts helps answer the questions “Where does our food come from and who grows it?” by exploring topics about agriculture in the U.S. The 32-page, full-color book features updated facts and easy-to-read infographics that can be used in a variety of ways to help increase agricultural literacy. The book would be a valuable resource in the classroom, at fairs and events, for student leadership organizations and on social media.Check out What’s Inside for a sneak peek at page titles of the book organized by section (Consumers, Modern Farmers, Trade & Economics, Environment and Production).Related Food and Farm Facts products created by the Foundation will be available in the fall. These include classroom activity cards (for grades 4-6 and 7-12) developed using national learning standards and state “common core” standards that reflect the knowledge and skills young people need for success in college and careers.Copies of Food and Farm Facts may be purchased for $4.25 each (up to 49 copies). Price breaks are available for multi-copy purchases starting at 50: 50-99 copies, $3.50 each; 100 or more copies, $2.50 each. Each copy of the book includes a color “America the Bountiful” map poster depicting top agricultural products produced in every state. A pocket guide version of Food and Farm Facts is also available (100 copies for $10) and features several popular infographics from the book. Purchase Food and Farm Facts books and related resources online at; visit the Food and Farm Facts resource page for tips on using the publication.last_img read more

Seesmic Web Gets Lists and Geolocation

first_imgSeesmic just announced the launch of Twitter lists in its browser-based Seesmic Web Twitter client. Earlier this week, Seesmic released the first desktop Twitter client with support for lists. Despite Seesmic’s best efforts, Brizzly managed to become the first company to release a web client with support for lists earlier today. Seesmic Web offers another first for web-based Twitter clients, however: support for Twitter’s geolocation API.Lists With Auto-Updates In Seesmic’s web interface, users can now simply hover their cursor over profile pictures and a menu will appear. This menu, among other things, allows Seesmic’s users to add others to lists. One nice aspect of the web interface is that it auto-updates lists when new tweets come in. The desktop app – at least in the current version – doesn’t do this and forces users to manually refresh lists to see updates.GeolocationIn addition to supporting lists, the new version of the web client also supports Twitter’s geolocation API. Seesmic users can’t share their locations, but whenever a Twitter user broadcasts location data, a little pin will appear underneath the profile picture, and hovering over this pin will bring up a map. Only a few users actually have the ability to broadcast their locations at this point. Twitter is only giving platform developers access to this feature for now, but it should soon become a standard feature in mobile clients like Tweetie 2 and Twitterrific. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#news#twitter#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img frederic lardinois Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Youth Congress begins campaign to ‘wake up Maharashtra’

first_imgThe State unit of the Youth Congress on Thursday launched its ‘Wake-Up Maharashtra: Today for Tomorrow’ campaign in Mumbai. “The Maharashtra Youth Congress has decided to come out with a manifesto especially aimed at the youth by engaging with them and listening to their concerns and inputs through this campaign. We will be engaging with four to five crore youngsters in the 18 to 25 years age group from across all tehsils and districts,” said Satyajeet Tambe-Patil, president of the Maharashtra Youth Congress.He said the youth would be involved in discussions, meetings, seminars, live dialogues, and other programs, in both online and offline formats so that their views could be heard and included in the Congress manifesto to be released ahead of the Assembly elections.The Youth Congress campaign is likely to add to the charged political scene in the State with almost all leading parties — Shiv Sena, Bharatiya Janata Party and Nationalist Congress Party — launching their peoples contact programmes. “India is a country of youth and the government had promised to provide 2 crore jobs every year. This did not happen even as the unemployment rate has reached a peak. We need to tell the youngsters that it is only the Congress which can deliver on jobs and attain economic growth,” said Mr. Tambe-Patil.last_img read more

Gareth Southgate praises unselfish Kane and England’s attacking intent

first_img“It’s down to us to execute it in the tournament, but the first half today was an excellent performance with the ball, with really good movement and interchanges between the front four. We overloaded midfield and, whenever Raheem or Harry came short, our midfielders made some fantastic runs in behind. There was a lot of unselfish one- and two-touch play. Our play from the back had good composure. It was as good a half as we’ve had. We give the players a structure and ask them to make the type of runs we think can cause opposition problems, but it will come down to their awareness and touch. With a bit better decision-making, we’d have had more than two goals.”Kane, captaining the side for the first time since officially being appointed for the tournament, took his tally to six goals in five games while wearing the armband. “He has great standing in the world game now,” said Southgate. “His belief in what’s possible, his belief in being able to score every time he plays … but he’s an unselfish player. It wasn’t a case of him taking a shot every time he got the ball. He dropped deep to link, played one fabulous pass through to Dele in the first half, and his link play was very good. He played in an unselfish manner. That’s the best possible impact you can see, if your centre-forward is playing in that way.” Friendlies Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Gareth Southgate praised his team’s slick approach play and the unselfish contribution from the captain, Harry Kane, as England offered indications they are finding some attacking bite going into the World Cup in the friendly success over Nigeria.Although England have managed only 25 goals in 17 fixtures under Southgate, and scored from a set piece and a goalkeeping error against the Nigerians, there was promise in the combination play mustered by Kane and Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli. Those glimpses have left the manager optimistic this team can unsettle opponents at the tournament in Russia.“There will be teams with incredibly experienced defenders and different structures which will cause us to find different solutions to the way we play when we get to Russia,” said Southgate. “But what I liked about the interchanges and the unselfish running was, wherever the spaces were, they seemed to smell them and find them. The guys are intelligent enough to work those solutions out, and have the technique to do that. I was pleased with that. We’ve had defensive solidity. A big focus in training has been how we create more goalscoring opportunities, and make more runs like the ones we did today. Read more Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Raheem Sterling makes his point on and off the pitch for England Share via Email Of more concern was the brief period immediately after the interval when England’s defensive jitters seemed to grip again. Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi scored in that passage of play, though the hosts recovered their composure to stave off an equaliser with Jordan Pickford, expected to be the team’s first-choice in Russia, offering some much-needed reassurance.“We were a bit slow to react to their tactical change at half-time, and it ended up as a really good test for us,” added Southgate. “We had to manage a game which could have gone against us for a brief spell. We got our composure back after that, still caused them problems with the ball, and didn’t really concede any clear chances after that. We can improve on what we did. That five- or six-minute spell we have to learn from because, in a tournament, that could be enough to put you out.“We’ll give consideration to who plays in goal against Costa Rica over the next 24 or 36 hours, but I was really pleased with what Jordan did. Normally, when you play for England, there’s not an awful lot of opportunity to produce a lot of saves. But his decision‑making on crosses, the punch he made, his distribution and calmness to slide passes into midfield … that was really important to the way we want to play. He can be very pleased with his performance. The game was a good exercise and another step in the right direction in terms of building belief in these players.”center_img Share on LinkedIn news Nigeria football team England blow hot and cold against Nigeria after Gary Cahill’s quick start The Observer Dominic Fifield Topics England Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more