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first_imgFrancois Pinault, the French billionaire, knows how to nudge things up a notch. After entrusting the renovation of the 17th century edifice, the Punta della Dogana, to Japanese starchitect Tadao Ando, the new centre for contemporary art in Venice will house a selection of outstanding, genre-defying works from the Francois Pinault Foundation. The new exhibition titled In Praise of Doubt will bring together historical pieces and new works which question the idea of uncertainty in terms of identity, and revisit the relationship between intimate and personal dimension. Drawing on emblematic works from the 1960s-and right up to the most contemporary creations-the exhibition pays homage to doubt in its most dynamic manifestations; through its strength in challenging prejudices, conventions and certainties. Twenty artists including luminaries like Adel Abdessemed, Marcel Broodthaers, Maurizio Cattelan, Subodh Gupta, David Hammons, Roni Horn, Thomas Houseago, Donald Judd, Edward Kienholz, Jeff Koons, Paul McCarthy, Julie Mehretu, Bruce Nauman, Sigmar Polke, Thomas Shutte, Elaine Sturtevant, Tatiana Trouvu and Chen Zhen will showcase their works. The exhibition will present newly commissioned works by Julie Mehretu and Tatiana Trouve, specially created for the site. Dizzy yet? We are.The exhibition will be on display from April 10 till December 31, 2012.FashionSale priceHe may have become the creative director of Paco Rabbane, but Indian designer Manish Arora hasn’t forgotten to keep fans of his eponymous label happy.Arora has launched an online store where fans of his kitschy, whimsical and fun-tastic designs can swipe off some couture with their credit cards. Of course, given his growing global clout, expect an international price range.FashionDream roleBritish designer Kim Jones has been named the new style director of Louis Vuitton. Having been named ‘Menswear Designer of the Year’ by the British Fashion Council in 2006, Jones has served as creative director for Alfred Dunhill menswear and accessories and has also designed apparel and footwear for sportswear label Umbro.In his new role at Vuitton, Jones will work closely with Marc Jacobs, who currently serves as the artistic director for the luxury label.WatchGet steamyRomaine Jerome’s Steampunk is a follow-up timepiece to the limited edition Titanic-DNA Tourbillon Steampunk A la Grande watch from a few years ago.The Steampunk is large, at 50 mm wide, and the bezel is made of oxidised metal (going by the Titanic DNA theme). The ‘X’ motif of the bezel claws are continued with screws that go deep into the dial. These screws are also meant to resemble steam engine pistons. It is pretty neat and still feels wild.Art Photo shopFormer Dior designer, Hedi Slimane, has a new book of photographs Anthology of a Decade that will showcase a selection of 175 photographs that traverse the music scene, the New York art scene, street fashion and haute couture.The volume records Slimane’s early years in the fashion industry, before, during and after his tenures at Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior and lays bare Slimane’s inspirations for the androgynous, rock look that he invented.Piece de resistanceTrunk callParisian trunk makers TT Trunks, create one-of-a-kind pieces that meet today’s lifestyle. This TT Malle Mini Bar Trunk comes with a 40 litre refrigerator and coffee maker. Coffee and champagne kits can be stored in the door frame. A large drawer divided into compartments presents a service tray case. Each drawer’s column may be replaced by a portable cigar humidor made in solid Okoume wood. Of course at a price.This mini bar trunk is priced at Rs 1.85 lakh.Jewellery Sweet mixThe new jewellery collection by H. Stern is inspired by the famous sketches of the Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer. Subtle curves combine with empty space in a homage so successful that it has the approval of the grandfather of Brazilian modernism himself.In what is the 102-yearold architect’s first foray into the world of jewellery, Niemeyer has approved- though not actually designed-a collection inspired by his sketches. For instance a sketch of a voluptuous woman becomes a pair of elegantly long earrings, the subtle lines of Sao Paulos’ Copan building become a voluminous bracelet, and the sinuous form of the San Francisco de Assis church in Pampulha becomes a wavy ring.TalkTop women artists seem to rake it inDifferent strokesEvery fortnight Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. Few weeks ago the focus was on women artists, and rightfully so. Often treated as muses or simply ignored, women artists only really managed to penetrate art history during the 20th century. Today, they form an integral part of major exhibitions and important public sales. So exactly who are the top female artists within the auction sphere? With three seven-figure auction results in 2010, Cindy Sherman has returned to the forefront. In fact, at the Carte Blanche for Phillippe Segalot sale organised by Phillips de Pury in November 2010, her diptych Untitled #420 sold for $1.2m (Rs 5.41 crore) and her Untitled #153 fetched $2.4m (Rs 1.08 crore, her new record). The year was fruitful for the Ethiopian artist Julie Mehretu who generated three new personal records including one for The Seven Acts of Mercy that fetched $2m (Rs 9.02 Crore) at Sotheby’s, New York. In 2010, Bharti Kher posted a new record with The Skin speaks a Language not its own at $1.2m(Rs 5.41 Crore) at Sotheby’s London. The British artist Cecily Brown’s Suddenly Last Summer fetched $900,000 (Rs 4.06 Crore) at Sotheby’s New York. The Swedish artist Cecilia Edefalk’s oil on canvas entitled Baby fetched $853,730 (Rs 3.85 Crore) at Bukowskis in Stockholm. Much appreciated in her country of origin where all her sales are generated, Edefalk is the highest-valued female Swedish artist on the market.Speed RacerBentley has created its most potent and radically styled convertible ever-the 202 mph (325 km/h) Supersports ‘Ice Speed Record’ convertible. This new model, limited to just 100 cars worldwide, is a celebration of the company’s world ice speed record by Finland’s four-time world rally champion, Juha Kankkunen, in a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible. The 6-litre, twin turbo-charged W12 engine, produces 640 PS (631 bhp / 471 kW)-the most powerful Bentley ever-and 800Nm (590lb ft) of torque. Paired with a Quickshift six-speed automatic transmission, it launches the convertible ‘Ice Speed Record’ model from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.0s) and reaches 100 mph from a standing start in only 9.5 seconds (0-160 km/h in 9.4s). Va va vroom.Watch outThe Watch Bar in Mumbai promises some good times ahead. Watch connoisseurs can head to this sleek boutique and enjoy a selection of exquisite watches from brands that include Backes and Strauss, Bvlgari, Cartier, Franck Muller, Girard Perregaux, Graham, Hublot, Jaeger Le-Coultre, Parmigiani and TAG Heuer. Stop by. After all, it is the experience that counts.Store HouseStudio Voltaire is a leading independent contemporary arts organisation in London that supports artistic practices and creates a space for thinking, experimentation and reflection; its main activities are the provision of affordable studios, a renowned programme of exhibitions, performances and commissions, and a pioneering education programme.If you can’t make it in person, a selection of special works and editions are available to buy online and can be delivered internationally.Chef TrailTo mark the 10th anniversary of his three-Michelin-star restaurant at the Plaza Athenee hotel in Paris, chef Alain Ducasse decided it was time for a change. He implemented his new Essentiel concept, which eschews flamboyance and fussiness in favour of purity, quality, and authenticity. Ingredients are carefully sourced from Ducasse’s handpicked suppliers and served at the peak of seasonal freshness. Dig in.Operatic FeatThe 70,000 sqm Guangzhou Opera House, designed by top architect, Zaha Hadid, is a unique exploration of contextual urban relationships. The design, taking over seven years to complete, has evolved from the concept of natural landscape and the fascinating interplay between architecture and nature; engaging with the principles of erosion, geology and topography.The Opera House has 1,800 seat theatre plus a 400-seat multi functional hall.THE SPICE CELLARThe sweetest thingBy Magandeep SinghThe most common stereotype (or misconception) that exists about wines is that if you drink a sweet one, you are not sophisticated. That is ridiculous. It’s like saying that if one goes out with blondes, one doesn’t value intelligence in women.The Moscato is in between a sweet and dry wine, especially when done in the Italian style which is low on alcohol and slightly fizzy.A dessert wine can be the sweetest form of expression, no pun intended. But sometimes people find that too syrupy. And dry wines can be too offputting for someone who has never tried wine. The Moscato is a great in-between then, especially when done in the Italian style. This style is usually low on alcohol and slightly fizzy. The grape is very aromatic and to find the aromas of lychees and roses is normal. But always bear in mind that wine is still made from nothing but grapes so all these resulting aromas are nothing but the mystic joys of nature’s many ploys. Even the sugar in a sweet (or semi-sweet) wine is natural, coming from the grapes. No cane sugar is added to sweeten a wine. In short, if you can drink orange juice, you can drink this, without fearing diabetes.It can go very well with light desserts fruits and cream too perhaps. The greatest thing however, to do with this wine is to have it chilled, as an aperitif. The lightness of this wine with the aromas and the sweetness make it quite un-put-down-able.The Moscato, which will be launched in the market, comes from the house of Kimaya. Yes, the brand known for its fashion forays is now stepping into a new realm of aspirations and luxury- bottled wine. Kimaya has quite a few variants from Australia, among which is this prickly off-dry white wine. For now it has launched Kimaya Chardonnay 2010 and Kimaya Shiraz 2010. The label will be available across most major metros and not just in hotels. However, it will not be available at Kimaya stores.The philosophy behind the wines chosen by the brand is rather simple: easy-to-drink with a decent varietal character and a consistent quality that is great for the price.A neat little trick I have learned with off-dry wines is to serve them as an aperitif. Not too much, just a thimbleful. A little sweet start to an evening or a meal. I chill it and serve it in shot glasses. Another trick is to use it in a spritzer with some soda to top, served in a high-ball glass. As a dessert wine, the pairings are best limited to: fruits and cream, white desserts or anything that doesn’t involve cocoa, coffee or dark berry fruits.However, this wine doesn’t store very well; nothing wrong with the wine- it’s a style thing. For a wine that is resplendent in floral aromas and fruity flavours, it is normal that ageing would strip it of this charm. Hence, it’s best to buy these wines fresh and consume. When uncorked, finish.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement CalendarDates that mean something.London’s vibrant art scene comes alive at Chelsea art show. On display will be a selection of work from 45 galleries, representing over 500 individual artists. Prices for original art range from as little a Rs 3,632 to Rs 14.5 lakh. April 1-3.Head to the city of love, Paris, for the Banlieue Blues Jazz Festival. The northern suburbs of Paris are enlivened with exciting jazz and blues performances. April 8Sports fans can head to the World Ski and Snowboard Championship held in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. For 10 ten days, t his northern ski resort sparkles with a joyous celebration of sport, music and art. April 15- 24.last_img read more

Ranji Trophy: Mayank Agarwal’s triple ton lights up Karnataka’s chances vs Maharashtra

first_imgKarnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal’s maiden First Class triple century was the lone highlight of the third day’s action of the Ranji Trophy round four as the tourists found them in a commanding position against Maharashtra on Friday.Agarwal, who was unbeaten on 219 on Thursday, notched up an unbeaten 304 off 494 balls that included 28 fours and four sixes to guide Karnataka to 628/5 declared at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here.The 26-year-old Agarwal had put on 259 for the opening wicket with R Samarth (129) on the second day before joining forces with Karun Nair to add 279. Nair, who was not out on 56 overnight, struck a century of his own, finishing with 116.Maharashtra, in reply, ended the day on 135/4 with Ruturaj Dasharath Gaikwad and Rahul Tripathi on the crease.In another Group A fixure, Uttar Pradesh piled up 224 runs in their second innings at stumps after bowling Delhi out for 269.With a crucial first innings lead in the bag, UP need to keep their composure and end up on the winning side eventually, unlike their first and third matches this season.Akshdeep Nath, unbeaten on 110, and Rinku Singh (64) played two crucial knocks for their team after the first three wickets had fallen with just two runs on the board. Skipper Suresh Raina, though, failed yet again and fell for a personal score of 16.In Group B, Saurashtra rode on India star Cheteshwar Pujara’s double century to score a mammoth 553 runs in their first innings before bowling out Jharkhand for 270.Ishank Jaggi high scored with 114 runs and Ishan Kishan smashed a half-century (59), but none of their fellow batsmen held on to help the team avoid following on.advertisementAfter being asked to follow-on, Jharkhand’s opener Md Nazim Siddiqui, with nothing to lose, started explosively and completed his half-century at a strike rate of over 150.However, with only one day of the play left, it’s highly unlikely that Saurashtra will let this one slip away and will hope to bowl Jharkhand out as soon as possible.In Group C, Mumbai had gained a healthy first innings lead against Odisha, thanks to Prithvi Shaw’s century and then a brilliant team effort to dismiss the hosts for 145.Subsequently, in their second innings, Siddharth Lad’s century ensured Mumbai give Odisha a mammoth total of 413 to chase. Ajinkya Rahane, though, fell for a duck in the second innings.In reply, Odisha had added 93 runs by the end of day’s play for the loss of four wickets. They still need 320 more runs on the final day to win the match.In Group D, pacer Ashoke Dinda’s five-wicket haul helped hosts Bengal bundle Himachal Pradesh for 206 in their first innings in reply to Bengal’s 419.In their second essay, HP are 207/2 at the end of the day’s play as the match looks to be heading for a tame draw.last_img read more

California Chrome Wins World Cup

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates — California Chrome proved in emphatic fashion he was back at his best when he won the Dubai World Cup by five lengths on March 26.Second on his debut last year in the world’s richest horse race, the Art Sherman-trained Chrome went one better under jockey Victor Espinoza, despite the saddle slipping way down his back near the end.By then, the five-year-old U.S. stallion was way out front, having come round wide on the final turn and accelerating with 400 meters to go in the 2,000-meter race on dirt.“I wasn’t that concerned about (the saddle),” Espinoza, who rode American Pharaoh to the U.S. Triple Crown last year, said, “I just kept looking forward and thinking, ‘Where’s the wire?’ It was not coming fast enough.“Today, it proves how he can run when he’s 100 percent. He felt strong during the prep. He won easy.”Chrome, the heavy favorite for the second straight year, started from an unfavorable Stall 11 but was quickly in stride and, even though he ran wide the whole time, placed himself next to Msawish, who took the early lead under Frankie Dettori.“He likes to be on the outside,” Sherman said. “I just told Victor to get him in a position to win, if you have to lose ground, so be it.“It’s the dream of a lifetime for me, it doesn’t get better. The Chromies (fans) will be going crazy (back home).”The Mike de Kock-trained Mubtaahij of Ireland was second, followed by Hopportunity of the U.S.California Chrome was the 2014 American horse of the year for winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, but didn’t race for 10 months last year because of a bruised bone.He began his comeback at Santa Anita in January, when he also arrived in the Emirates to acclimate. This was his third straight win, worth $10 million.Sherman said Chrome would be heading home, unlike last year when he was taken to England.“I don’t think he’ll go to England,” he said. “We’ll give him 30 days at the farm to let him unwind, and the ultimate goal is the Breeders’ Cup (in November at Santa Anita).”Earlier, in the Group 1 Dubai Turf, a $6 million turf race over 1,800 meters, Japan’s Real Steel produced a burst over the last 150 meters to rein and pass British leader Euro Charline, ridden by Frankie Dettori. Pre-race favourite, Godolphin’s Tryster, finished third.“He’s got lots of quality,” Real Steel jockey Ryan Moore said. “It was a big effort from him, he had a tough trip, and was out wide but has toughed it out. He never runs a bad race.”American horse Postponed won the Dubai Sheema Classic, the Group 1 turf race over 2,410 meters.Postponed was in the middle of the pack, trailing leaders Duramente and Last Impact, when jockey Andrea Atzeni unleashed Postponed to finish in style, winning by nearly two lengths over his Japanese rival Duramente.Champion trainer Doug Watson finally tasted glory in the Dubai World Cup when the American completed a clean sweep of the podium in the Godolphin Mile, a 1,600-meter Group 2 race. Irish horse One Man Band won the race, followed by Cool Boy and Faulkner.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Arsenal apathy worse than ‘Wenger Out’ displays – Carragher

first_imgArsène Wenger Arsenal apathy worse than ‘Wenger Out’ displays – Carragher Goal 17:32 3/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Arsène Wenger Arsenal Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Premier League The empty seats at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday were more damning than the marches of a year ago, according to the ex-England man Arsene Wenger should be more embarrassed by the apathy coming from the Arsenal support than the demonstrations to get him sacked last year, according to former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.It was evident how many empty seats there were at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night as the Gunners tackled champions elect Manchester City, and while some of these were doubtless caused by the inclement weather conditions, the Sky Sports pundit argued that it was indicative of the situation at the club.Arsenal, who lost the fixture 3-0, find themselves sixth in the Premier League standings, eight points from a Champions League spot next season, and having just been beaten by City in the League Cup final. The Europa League stands as their last chance of glory this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player While fans called for the head of Wenger this time last year, now they are voting with their feet, which Carragher finds even more damning.“Last season there was anger from supporters and marches against Arsene Wenger, which I thought were a disgrace,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “But I think tonight was worse. The Arsenal fans are not actually interested. They didn’t turn up.“There were a few boos at the end but it wasn’t the anger of last season. Now it’s almost like resignation, just waiting for the manager to go.“How sad is that? That very few, if any, Arsenal fans want Arsene Wenger as the manager next season.“This man is a legend in the English game. But they have to change it, it has to be done.“There’s no way the end of this season should be about this man being hounded out and going through that in empty stadiums.”Indeed, Carragher believes that an announcement should be made imminently to allow the veteran Frenchman to bow out in style.“Make the decision now and give this man the send-off he deserves for what he’s done over 20 years, not what he’s done over the last five, six, 10 years,” he said of the former Monaco boss, who has not lifted a Premier League title since 2003-04.On Thursday, Arsenal looked well off City’s pace, conceding three times in the first half then having a second-period penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saved.last_img read more

Mourinho has run out of excuses at Man Utd

first_imgManchester United No more excuses, Mourinho needs to prove himself worthy of Man Utd in 2018-19 Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 18:30 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Jose Mourinho, Old Trafford monochrome Getty Manchester United Premier League Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup José Mourinho Performances like Saturday’s won’t be forgiven much longer and United fans will soon turn on their manager if next season follows the same script It has been a 2017-18 campaign in which Manchester United have undoubtedly progressed under Jose Mourinho.Their second place finish in the Premier League says much about their increased durability, and as they look to make that next step and truly compete for a league title again they head into the new season in far better shape than they were 12 months ago.Yet Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea was just the latest reminder that all is not well at Old Trafford, and if Mourinho doesn’t hit the ground running in 2018-19 then sympathy among the United fan base will be in very short supply. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Most fans have been accepting of Mourinho’s need to do things his way despite the obvious drawbacks. The football is far from easy on the eye, and the cup final defeat was just another example of a game in which supremely talented players were either stymied due to tactics, given almost no time to impress because of selection, or, worse still, not called upon at all.Without the returning Romelu Lukaku among their starters, United had no direction in attack. But rather than change his plan tactically to play to Marcus Rashford’s attributes, Mourinho simply threw his hands in the air afterwards and cursed Lukaku’s refusal to put his body on the line for longer than the final 20 minutes.He told reporters afterwards: “When a player tells you he is not ready to play, when a player tells you that he’s not ready to start the game, then the question is ‘How many minutes do you think you can play?’ But how can I convince a player who tells me that he’s not ready to play. That’s nonsense.”It is far from the first time he has decried the lack of commitment of a player who would not commit to playing through an injury, and from the look of Lukaku’s movement when he did enter in the 73rd minute the Belgian was barely mobile enough to have made an appearance at all.The perception of disharmony this type of behaviour presents does nothing to help him in his task to buy credit with United fans.The vast majority of those who had made the trip to Wembley on Saturday headed for the exits within seconds of the final whistle, so distressed were they with their team’s inability to put together anything resembling a fight in the first half. By the time the United players went up for their medals you could practically count the number of Reds watching on.Jose Mourinho Antonio Conte Chelsea Manchester United FA Cup final 19052018While it’s normal for supporters to be downbeat about a cup final loss, the biggest frustration for United fans right now is that their team are not playing to their potential and that is due in large part to the decisions made by their manager.Mourinho blasted Chelsea’s long-ball football afterwards, insisting: “They only played long balls for Giroud to flick and then Hazard to get second balls in individual actions, but when you play against a team so predictable it’s quite easy to adapt to it.” That assessment failed to address the fact that he had in part allowed the west Londoners to play exactly that way by handing them the initiative with his negative approach to the opening stages.It’s the same old story. Jose never accepts responsibility and was looking in every other direction for a potential fall guy. He was attempting to pick fights with the media, moaning at Antonio Conte’s tactics and even blaming his striker for being injured.Lukaku injuryBut if he chooses to adapt the same approach next season then the United fans will not stick with him unless he delivers in a big way. They need to push all the way in the title race, and arguably win it, for him to keep justifying his tactics and his attitude. There can be no more days like Saturday, no more nights like Sevilla.Mourinho’s insistence on doing everything his own way with complete disregard for the consequences and firing broadsides left, right and centre when it all goes wrong is not in keeping with the United way. He may have been given the backing of the board to keep doing what he’s doing, with executive vice-chair Ed Woodward admitting last week that results matter little to the club’s commercial entity, but as soon as he loses the fans he will need to go a long way to win them back and make his continued position at the club tenable.While it should be appreciated that he has moved the club in the right direction, now is the time for him deliver on the greatest stages. United need actions now, because all the words are becoming predictable, tedious and damaging. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

TOUCH FOOTBALL VICTORIA AWARDED $40,000 GRANT

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s Victorian Branch has been awarded the Supporting Grassroots Sport Grant, worth $40,000 over two years from the Victorian State Government.The grant will benefit the development of Touch Football in Victorian regional areas. $1.5 million has been allocated by the Victorian Government from the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Budget for regional and rural sport. TFA Victoria will use the funds from its grant to employ a part-time regional Game Development Officer to manage a specific area. The new position will be responsible for the development of Touch Football in the region through schools, current affiliates, establishing new affiliates, encouraging the development of referees and coaches, and maintaining facilities. TFAVictoria State Branch Manager David Brady said two regions are currently being considered. “Both have good potential for growth for two years. We’re just finalising partnership arrangements,” Mr. Brady said.Game Development Officer Carly Goodrich played a pivotal role in securing the grant.Ms. Goodrich believes that the grant will be of great benefit to Touch Football throughout regional Victoria and outer-metropolitan Melbourne. “It will be a big support because at the moment we’ve got a lot of volunteers doing work in that location. The volunteers will now be able to access resources from the State Branch office to assist them,” she said. The new TFA Victoria Regional Game Development Officer will be based in the specified area and employed locally, which will support the community. The level of service to the developing regions of the State is sure to be improved by the location of the GDO in the rural locality.“If our staff live in metropolitan Melbourne, it is difficult to get to a country affiliate so we might go out there only three or four times a year. But if we’ve got someone centred there in that area for the whole time then we would expect to get a lot of growth participant wise,” Goodrich said. The opportunity for the promotion of Touch Football to country areas is one of the key reasons that the grant was awarded.Sport and Recreation Victoria Project Officer Tom Forsell said the more regional participation, the better. “Currently Touch Football is predominantly Melbourne-based but having someone that can go and deliver sessions in the country, whether it’s school-based stuff or club-school links, will really improve the ability of the organisation to start getting more country kids playing. All the projects that we fund are looking at increasing the participation rate and giving people more of a choice,” Forsell said.TFA Victoria has been extremely proactive in seeking funding in numerous areas, and Branch Manager David Brady is confident that two more key project grants will be awarded soon.“With the extra funding from the State Government, and with several other grants in the pipeline, we will be in a position to access extra staffing support from the parent body. What we’re trying to do is to pool our resources in the right direction. We have experienced quite a substantial growth, as evidenced by our Schools Championships, and the number of affiliates that come on board. We’ve had two new affiliates in the last financial year, which is fantastic. We have had a lot of new enquiries about the sport and the game so we are on our way to establishing our niche in the Victorian sporting landscape for the future,” Brady said.The first grant Touch Victoria is awaiting notification on is a Participation In Community Sport and Active Recreation (PICSAR), State and Regional grant, funded by VicHealth.  VicHealth’s charter is to ‘build opportunities for people to be informed, learn new skills, have greater access to activities that promote good health, and share healthier environments’.The sport of Touch Football seems a perfect fit for this criteria.The second grant is part of the Victorian Government’s Future Directions Project, which is also funded through the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Budget. These two grants would help TFA Victoria fund Touch Football in the other identified regional area as well as continue the expansion of the sport in metropolitan Melbourne. Nick Mooney, TFA Victoria Operations Manager is in the process of formalising the strategic and development plans to drive the game forward amongst juniors and in new affiliates in Victoria. The grants are a sign of the increasing recognition of Touch Football as a sport of choice for Victorians.Australian football is still the dominant code in Australia’s south east corner, with 300,000 Victorians currently playing the game, however Touch Football is promoted as a complement to the game, rather than a competition. Touch Football is predominantly a summer sport in Victoria and affiliates are establishing strong links with Australian football clubs. “We find that it’s a good cross-training sport for a lot of football players to keep fit in summer,” David Brady said. With the increased support from the Government and continued partnerships with other sports, Touch Football in Victoria is going from strength to strength.last_img read more

JDF Lauded for Commitment to Training

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has hailed the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) commitment to fostering training through its long-standing partnership with the education sector.He notes that, through this collaboration, the JDF has sought to enhance the opportunities for training and certification for its personnel by means of its various programmes, to ensure they attain and operate at the highest established international standards.The Prime Minister was speaking at the official opening of the JDF’s Directorate of Training and Doctrine at the army’s Up Park Camp headquarters in Kingston on June 14.Mr. Holness said partnerships have been established with institutions such as HEART Trust/NTA to certify JDF skills to National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET) standards.He said this process has been enhanced with the development of the JDF’s five Centres of Excellence through a partnership with the Government of Canada.These institutions include the Caribbean Military Aviation School, located at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston; Caribbean Military Maritime Training Centre, situated at the JDF Coast Guard base in Port Royal; Technical Training Institute at Up Park Camp; Military Training Wing in Newcastle, St. Andrew; and Caribbean Junior Command and Staff College in Moneague, St. Ann.Their training programmes are also utilised by military personnel from the wider Caribbean and Latin America.“These Centres of Excellence have seen not only the ongoing certification and standardisation of Jamaica Defence Force, regional and international military personnel, but also the police, fire and correctional officers and other civil organisations,” Mr. Holness added.The Prime Minister, who is also Minister of Defence, said since the JDF’s inception, it has endeavoured to enhance the lives of not only its enlisted members but also their families.Additionally, he said the JDF has sought to impact the wider society by administering its programmes through schools, youth groups and other organisations.“The Jamaica Defence Force stands as one of Jamaica’s most robust institutions, not only for its traditions, facilities and structures but also its professionalism and positive impact on the society at large,” Mr. Holness said.Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Rocky Meade, noted that the Centres of Excellence were established “staples” across the Caribbean, pointing out that “there are many of our partner forces that do not promote their personnel unless they have been through our Caribbean Junior Command and Staff College”.“So, we are making a difference. We are not just saying that we are maintaining international standards. You can see (that) from the evidence of the people who are graduates of our schools… persons who have become chiefs of their forces (including) our own Commissioner of Police (George Quallo). We would like to build on that and ensure that we are playing our part in delivering high training standards locally, regionally and internationally,” he said.The JDF’s Directorate of Training and Doctrine, which was developed with support from the Canadian Government’s Military Training and Cooperation Programme (MTCP), will further boost the army’s training capabilities by streamlining programmes delivered through the Centres of Excellence.The facility, which is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and a lecture theatre, will provide the underpinning central command and management framework and mechanisms that enhance the Centres’ operations and elevate the quality of their outputs.Additionally, the Directorate will serve as the receptacle of information, as also standards, across the JDF and, eventually, for regional militaries.This will eventually lead to the formal process of codifying Doctrine for the JDF that will be apt for dynamic operations and strategies that are employed regionally and globally. He notes that, through this collaboration, the JDF has sought to enhance the opportunities for training and certification for its personnel by means of its various programmes, to ensure they attain and operate at the highest established international standards. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has hailed the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) commitment to fostering training through its long-standing partnership with the education sector. The Prime Minister, who is also Minister of Defence, said since the JDF’s inception, it has endeavoured to enhance the lives of not only its enlisted members but also their families.last_img read more

Ban lays out options for prosecuting pirates operating off Somali coast

An international tribunal set up by the Security Council under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter authorizing the use of force is among several options to prosecute pirates operating off the Somali coast laid out by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a new report made public today.Piracy attacks have escalated worldwide in recent years owing almost entirely to increasing numbers of incidents off of the coast of Somalia since the overthrow of Siad Barre’s regime in 1991, he wrote.In 2008, 111 vessels were attacked, and that number nearly doubled to 217 in 2009.“Bearing in mind that each incident involves a number of individuals, it is clear that there are large numbers of persons involved,” the Secretary-General said in the report, which will be discussed by the Council on Wednesday. Although the number of incidents continues to be high, increased naval patrols off the Horn of Africa and in the Gulf of Aden have helped reduce the success rate of these attacks.In spite of this positive development, as of May, 450 people continue to be held hostage on ships captured by pirates off the Somali coast.One of the seven options put forward by Mr. Ban in the new report – enhancing UN assistance to bolster regional States’ capacities to prosecute and imprison those behind acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea – has already been going forward.In June, Kenya opened a new high-security courtroom, built by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in the port town of Mombasa, which is intended to increase trial efficiency in the system and provide a secure, modern environment suitable for piracy cases.Other options listed in the new report include creating a Somali court in the territory of another State in the region and setting up an international tribunal agreed upon by regional country and the UN.The Secretary-General stressed that arrangements for imprisonment are just as important as the prosecution of pirates, given the large numbers of suspects apprehended by countries’ navies.Acknowledging the difficult current economic climate, he underlined the need for political and financial commitment from the international community to not only create a new judicial body, but also to sustain it.“A new judicial mechanism to address piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia would be addressing a different situation to that addressed by the existing United Nations and United Nations-assisted tribunals,” Mr. Ban pointed out. “Such a mechanism would face ongoing criminal activity and potentially a large caseload, with no predictable completion date.” 20 August 2010An international tribunal set up by the Security Council under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter authorizing the use of force is among several options to prosecute pirates operating off the Somali coast laid out by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a new report made public today. read more