first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the successful applicants for the 2014/15 Targeted Growth Program. All of the successful applicants will look to implement growth initiatives in areas of junior, school and female participation growth during the summer season. The following affiliates were successful in receiving funding in the 2014/15 Targeted Growth program:Lower Blue Mountains Touch Association – Junior Affiliate GrowthThe Lower Blue Mountains will aim to provide a number of junior development clinics targeted at primary aged school children in the Mid to Upper Blue Mountains region. Port Lincoln Touch Association – School to Affiliate LinkagesPort Lincoln will promote the sport through local schools, as well as provide in-school clinics to entice school children to play at their affiliate. At the end of the junior season, they will also host a family day to stimulate interest in the families of participants.Dubbo Touch Association – Female Participation GrowthThe Dubbo Touch Association will look to establish relationships with the local League Tag, Netball, Soccer and Hockey clubs to cross-promote alternate team activity for female participants. Milton/Ulladulla Touch Association – Junior Affiliate GrowthMilton/Ulladulla will utilise their funding to provide a number of junior clinics at their venue to attract new junior participants to their affiliate. Tamworth Touch Association – School Competition and Affiliate LinkagesTamworth will look to develop an interschool competition with all of the local high schools, while also promoting the community pathway. This initiative will complete the pathway between their primary school competition and adult participation. The following affiliates were also successful in receiving $300 Advertising Assistance grants to promote competitions for this coming season:·         Doyalson Touch Association·         Ryde Eastwood Touch Association·         Wallsend Touch Association·         Whyalla Touch AssociationRelated LinksTargeted Growth Programlast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Foden won’t leave – not even for €500Mby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has made it clear that Phil Foden will not be sold.Guardiola says the midfielder will not be allowed to leave.”We did not accidentally sign a new contract with Foden,” he said. “He’s the only player who will not be sold under any circumstances – the only one. Not even for 500 million euros.”Phil is City. We will not sign anyone else for his position.” last_img read more

first_imgThe Ministry of Education has devised several strategies aimed at strengthening the early childhood sector, in light of the fact that the formative years are critical to the development of children.Some of the strategies include: the merging of uneconomical and ineffective basic schools into primary institutions; teacher training; the development of nutrition programmes; and forging partnerships with stakeholders, which will result in the advancement of the sector.[RELATED: Gov’t Adds $1 Billion to Budget for Early Childhood and Special Education]This was noted by Senior Advisor to the Minister of Education, Radley Reid, at the opening of an early childhood development conference, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, on March 25.Mr. Reid said the Ministry intends to absorb basic schools, where possible, into infant departments of primary schools, which have space and teachers.“The Ministry is working fervently to provide high quality student places equivalent to 1,600 basic schools that are now too small to be economically viable within the next four years. The Ministry hopes to do so by merging them into primary schools and create infant departments,” he said.Mr. Reid said the Ministry will be interfacing with trained teachers continuously to place them in early childhood institutions.“The Ministry will address the quality of early childhood education through nutrition and teacher training,” he said, and noted that there is a shortage of approximately 4,500 early childhood trained teachers in the sector.He pointed out that parents play a critical role in the advancement of their children, and as such, the Ministry will provide, through ‘Parent Places’, information to support this effort.‘Parent Places’ are identifiable locations within the communities where parents can access parenting information, courses and workshops, mentoring support from other parents, and income-support training activities.The Senior Advisor also said the Ministry is expected to upgrade several resource centres islandwide to make them available to the basic schools.He emphasised that improving existing infrastructure and building new infant schools, through partnerships, are vital to strengthening the early childhood sector, which will ensure that children are prepared for learning at higher levels of the educational system.“If we get it right at the early childhood level, the primary level will increase; we will get better results at the Grade Four Numeracy and Literacy tests and we will get better and improved grades at the GSAT, and ultimately at the CSEC and CAPE levels,” he said.He thanked the thousands of persons who have contributed to the sector over the years, especially the early pioneers, such as Dudley Ransford Grant.“D. R. B Grant was a visionary. He was the father of early childhood education in Jamaica. He understood the importance of this level of education to the vast majority of children between ages three to six. He knew too well that the formative years are critical to the development of children,” he said.Of the more than 2,600 early childhood institutions in the island, 1,909 are basic schools; 134 are infant departments; 460 are privately operated institutions, such as kindergartens, and the others are nursery and day-care centres.The conference, which is being staged by the Dudley Grant Memorial Trust, is slated to end on Tuesday, March 26. It is being held under the theme: ‘Early Childhood Development for Nation Building in Jamaica: Retrospective and Prospective’.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsGreen Party leader Elizabeth May says she wants to see the Indian Act reviewed when a brand new Parliament reconvenes after the Oct. 19 federal election.May said the Indian Act is at the root of many of the historical injustices faced by First Nation people.“A lot of the failures of Canada in achieving justice and fairness and respect with First Nation communities stems from the Indian Act and fixing that is a high priority,” said May during APTN’s first virtual town hall held Tuesday.The virtual town hall with May, hosted by APTN anchor Cheryl McKenzie, is the first of three with federal party leaders which will air this week.A virtual town hall featuring Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will be broadcast Wednesday followed by an appearance by NDP leader Thomas Mulcair on Thursday.All the town halls will be livestreamed on APTN’s news website.The Conservative campaign did not respond to APTN’s invitation to take part in the event.The town hall covered a wide range of issues, from the need for a public inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women, to the Arctic and pipelines.May said she doesn’t expect to become prime minister, but she expects the election will produce a minority government and she hopes enough Green candidates gain sets to hold the balance of power.May said her party supports an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women, but she also wants to see more cultural and gender sensitivity training for RCMP officers who investigate these cases.“We don’t want to just make this an inquiry into people we’ve lost, we need to stop the violence,” said May.May also called the Supreme Court’s landmark Tsilhqot’in decision “the most exciting thing that has happened in Canadians’ history living on Turtle Island.” In particular, May said the part of the decision—which stems from a long-running battle launched by the Tsilhqot’in Nation in British Columbia’s interior—that discussed the impact on future generations rings true to her.“Whatever is important to this generation needs to be available to future generations,” said May. “What does this look like generations from now and are we in our generation taking away chances that people in our generation have a right to expect.”May repeated her previous stated stands against the shipping of raw resources, like bitumen or logs, out of the country.“We shouldn’t be shipping any bitumen and all the pipelines being proposed they are all about shipping raw bitumen out of Canada,” said May.May said her party would also push for the re-establishment for a Canadian ambassador for the Circumpolar North to push Canada’s interests in the region which is under acute threat from climate change.“Stephen Harper got rid of the position of ambassador for the Circumpolar North,” said May.The May-led Green party will also push for the application of the principles contained in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the next Parliament.“It is a stain on Canada’s reputation that we were dragging our feet and not accepting it and not implementing it,” said May.When it comes to treaty rights, May said the next prime minister needs to be the one on point when it comes to ensuring Ottawa is living up to the honour of the Crown.“This is the sort of thing that should rest on the desk of a prime minister to make sure treaty rights are observed and taken as a priority,” said May.The Green Party will also push for the next Parliament to address all the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations that fall within federal jurisdiction, said May. The Green Party will also continue to push for First Nations, Inuit and Metis to have a seat at the Council of the Federation along with the provinces and municipalities.May said all it takes is for politicians to take these issues seriously and place them at the top of their priority lists to push these issues forward.“I think it’s political will,” said May. “I don’t think it’s a money question, I don’t think it’s a legal question.”news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more