The music was blaring, the laughter was long and loud, however the outfits were pretty ordinary, the quality of the performers was questionable, and the dance moves, well, the cast from the movie “Step Up” have nothing to worry about from this lot when they sign up to screen test the sequel…The National 18 Years Youth Development Squad were ‘competing’ in a friendly “dance off” competition as a team building activity at the TFA Inaugural Youth Development Camp at the Runaway Bay Sports Centre on Queensland’s Gold Coast in January 2006.Players had to perform random routines from across a range of categories – anything from ballroom to gangster rap… anything the guest mentors and coaches thought would stretch the dance repertoire of our brightest young touch football starlets.Players who adhered to the edict made famous in the movie “Strictly Ballroom” of “using their own flashy, crowd pleasing, non federation dance steps” were scored best by the mentors and coaches. The competition was set down along traditional State of Origin enemy lines, Qld v NSW…or so the competitors thought…At the height of the intense “dance off”, a new team entered the contest…Dressed in their fashionable “Jim jams”, and sporting bright green zinc with the letters “TAS” emblazoned across their faces, youngsters Emma Haines and Emily Hudson from Tasmania entered the fray.The outgoing Tasmanians danced up a storm and took the challenge right up to the opposition and made a huge statement about who they were, the pride they felt in their home State, and their place in the fabric of the National squad.Haines and Hudson (whose footwork was infinitely better on the field than on the dance floor) impressed all at the Inaugural Youth Camp with their talent, passion, skill, and enthusiasm for the sport.Their attitude to learning and improving was exceptional, and their ability to apply new knowledge was duly noted.Twelve months on Emily Hudson 16, is progressing well and is sure to be a leading light in the Tasmanian 18 Years Girls team at the National 18 Years Championships in Coffs Harbour from 19-22 September 2007.Emma Haines, after representing Crusaders at the last two National Touch League tournaments in the Women’s Open division, continues to go from strength to strength.Emma was one of 93 of Australia’s best Youth Touch Footballers who took their first steps towards selection for the 2009 Youth World Cup during a comprehensive training camp on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from Thursday June 29 to Sunday July 1, 2007.The young talent described the opportunity to take part in the latest National Youth Camp as “awesome”. “It’s great meeting new people, getting new experiences and working with new coaches. Just to get information and to soak it all in is really good and you’re always learning something,” she said. The 19-year-old plays for local club Condors in the Southern Touch Association in Hobart and has been playing Touch Football for seven years.Emma’s Dad Stephen, and mother Janet, are both long serving Tasmanian Touch Football representatives who have been a constant support and the driving force behind Emma’s career.Stephen represented Tasmania at Men’s Open, Men’s 30s, and Men’s 35s level and was selected in the Australian Men’s 35s Merit team at the National Championships in 1992.Janet was a pivotal player in the Tasmanian Women’s Open Team for many years, and they are both immensely proud of their talented daughter’s achievements.“She absolutely loves Touch, she is so excited about being in the National squad and she just looks forward to every game she plays, at home or against the best players from Interstate. She works hard, and is very focussed on achieving her goals and we’re happy to support her in whatever direction she wants to take in the future,” Stephen said.Emma’s position as one of Australia’s leading Youth players will benefit her home state immensely. The bubbly youngster is already being promoted as a role model and a mentor to Tasmanian junior representative teams.She is sure to introduce some of the skills she picks up at events such as the National Youth Training camp to her local competition in the same way that current Australian Open stars Bo de la Cruz (Northern Territory) and Shelley Matcham and Rebecca Tavo (Western Australia) have done for their respective states. Haines said she really enjoyed witnessing the difference in play on the mainland. “It’s a lot faster and there are better skills in other states because they’ve got a lot more players to choose from and higher level coaching. It’s good, but I still love playing at home because there are lots of friendships down here. That’s where I started so I always respect everyone.” Haines said the most enjoyable thing about Touch Football is the friendships and social aspect of the game. You couldn’t half tell, very rarely will you ever see the young Tasmanian with anything other than a huge smile on her face… even during fitness testing!The young tyro revels in the big time atmosphere and gives the impression that she belongs. She is confident and believes in her own ability, but is conscious of the gaps in her learning and seizes every opportunity to improve and develop.“I just try and be myself. You look at all the names and their talent and it is a bit intimidating, but once we get started, I just figure I’m like everybody else, and it’s heaps of fun. I have heaps to learn and I have a great chance to improve, so I just go as hard as I can,” Emma said.Current Australian Women’s Open Coach Kerry Norman was involved in the recent National Youth Training Camp and has watched Haines for the past three years.Norman said, as well as being immensely talented, one of the ‘Tassie Devil’s’ best attributes was her outgoing nature. “The thing that impressed me was that she can come into a camp and probably not know anyone, but she’ll just fit in with everyone. She’s accepted really well by the others and she’s got a great personality for the sport,” Norman said. The Australian coach also said Haines’ ability to put advice to good use was impressive. “When she’s given advice at a tournament she goes away and comes back and you can see that she’s grown as a player. I see Emma as a future representative, especially at youth level,” she said. Emma’s fellow National 20 Years Youth squad members also see her immense value to the program as a player and a person. Queensland’s Alyce “The Rat” Hulbert, and NSW’s Nicole “Sero” Beck, were full of praise for the Tasmanian’s contributions at National Youth camps.“She’s great – full of energy. She talks to everyone and is always smiling, great fun to be around and she makes friends quickly. On the field, she never ever gives up and runs the whole time. I feel like she’s always got my back in defence as well, and she just seems to pick up with the squad where she left off last time. She learns quickly and she has everyone’s respect because she just competes hard always,” Hulbert said.Beck was similarly impressed with Haines’ progress.“Emma’s really outgoing and makes a real effort to get to know everyone…she loves the social things as well – she is not the least bit shy or self conscious. She definitely flies the Tassie flag! On the field, she is always asking questions and takes everything in. She is always keen and just gives everything she’s got. She always steps up and keeps going all day. She is a big asset to the program,” Beck said. Touch Football at the elite level has long been dominated by the “super powers” Queensland and New South Wales who with long established histories in the sport and strong links to the Rugby codes have been able to consolidate Touch Football as a mainstream game of choice.A plethora of skilled and experienced technical personnel in Queensland and New South Wales have also helped create an accelerated training and learning environment across their entire States to allow an elite level of competition to prosper.The sport is blessed to have Elite players and coaches in every State, but there is little doubt that the pathway to the top has a few more obstacles for talented players in the emerging States.The tyranny of distance, the reliance on Satellite coaching and correspondence, the limited quality high level week to week competition, the lack of consistent interaction and training with elite level peers, limited access to the latest developments in skills, techniques, and game play in the sport could all add up to significant roadblocks to representative participant development.These difficulties have been identified by each State, and as the sport continues to grow, more State’s are advancing High Performance Programs and camps to help improve, expand, and access representative pathways for players, coaches, and referees.Maree Tomlin, Tasmania’s Director of Elite Programs and a highly respected National Selector for the past thirteen years, is mindful of providing pathways for talented representatives in every State.“It’s really important that we offer experiences and programs, particularly for our Youth players. We don’t have well-established competitions and experienced coaches and a lot of Elite players, but we will be looking to improve the situation with the development of pathways with TFA and the High Performance area in the near future.We want talented players like Emma to have access to opportunities that will further her touch football career and we are very keen to help make the pathway smoother for a lot of our talented players in the future,” Mrs. Tomlin said.TFA High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant is mindful of the need to provide effective High performance programs all over the nation.“We have identified the need to assist each State towards a High Performance Program. We are working closely with the States to assist them in developing representative pathways for their members. There are key areas TFA can assist the States with, such as identifying appropriate TID events, player development programs, access to elite player mentoring, coaching development and mentoring, and administration and support structures. It is a high priority to help review and implement High Performance processes that achieve the outcomes each State targets,” Mr. Grant said. For now Emma Haines will keep working hard and looking forward to her next chance to learn.She says her position in the current Youth World Cup squad is her proudest achievement in the sport. There is no doubt she is aiming to earn a berth for Australia in the 2009 Federation of International Touch Youth World Cup. “It would be so great getting to represent your country. It would be awesome playing at the highest level, to step up and see if you can make it,” she said.If Emma is a part of the final contingent she will be the first female Tasmanian to represent Australia at Youth World Cup level, and only the second Tasmanian in history behind Mark Holloway who played in the Australian 20 Years Mixed Team at the 2005 FIT Youth World Cup. Beyond that though, the young star has one major goal. “The ultimate would be to play for the Australian Women’s Open team,” she said. The dance skills may still need some work, but if the popular Tasmanian remains dedicated to her training and improving her skill level, maintains her outstanding attitude to learning, continues her rate of development on the field, and keeps that smile going for the duration, anything is possible.
Atletico Madrid coach Simeone: Transfer news always a concernby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone admits player issues are always a concern at this time.Simeone was asked transfer window questions yesterday, but only wanted to discuss the game at Sevilla.”These are things that happen every year.”Some end their contracts, others want to sign them because they are very good, others want more minutes.”We are focused on what matters most – Sevilla.”They are a strong team who are even stronger at home and they always play positively and generate a lot of enthusiasm.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
YouTube/Speak For YourselfDak Prescott has been a revelation for the Dallas Cowboys this season after being drafted in the fourth round. FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt think that may help the stock of Deshaun Watson in next year’s NFL Draft.Every NFL team that can use a franchise quarterback today passed on Prescott in the spring. The former Mississippi State star went 135th overall. Yet, when Tony Romo went out with injury, he answered the call, and has the Cowboys at the top of the NFC East. If it wasn’t for his teammate Ezekiel Elliott’s monster year, Prescott would likely be running away with the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.Klatt went on FS1’s Speak For Yourself on Wednesday and argued that Prescott’s immediate success could help the stock of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who he sees as a similar player.“The direct comp for Deshaun Watson is a guy who’s having a lot of success, and you can tie his draft stock to his success…I’m talking about Dak Prescott from the Cowboys. As long as Dak Prescott continues to play well, and show the ability to not only throw the ball well, but improvise outside of the pocket, make great decisions in the run game, get the ball to Ezekiel Elliott, Deshaun Watson’s stock is going to go through the roof. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he ends up in the top five, maybe even the top three picks in the entire draft, and in large part, due to what Dak Prescott’s doing for the Dallas Cowboys.”Prescott will certainly impact how some scouts view quarterbacks, but we’re not sure how much of an impact it will have on Watson. The Clemson signal caller has been on the NFL radar for some time, and has been seen as a potential top pick since before Dak was even on the Cowboys roster.
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has offered his support to Neymar as the Paris Saint-Germain forward faces allegations of sexual assault – allegations that the player strenuously denies.Sao Paulo police recently confirmed to Goal that there has been a complaint made against the player from a Brazilian woman he met in Paris.The police would not discuss details of the ongoing case, which was filed by a woman on May 31. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Brazilian outlet UOL was the first to report the accusations and claim statements made to authorities are being kept confidential.Neymar’s camp maintains the 27-year-old’s innocence, stating that he was the target of a blackmail attempt.In addition, the player’s father believes WhatsApp messages sent to his son’s phone from the alleged victim will be used to help clear his name.Bolsonaro, a controversial figure, has also positioned himself on the side of Neymar, stating that he hopes to embrace the Selecao striker on Wednesday evening and offer his support.“I hope to give Neymar a hug before the match,” Bolsonaro said at a farmers’ event in Goais state, not far from where Brazil will face Qatar in a pre-Copa America friendly on Wednesday. “He’s a boy. He’s in a difficult moment but I believe him.”The president also singled out one of Brazil’s most popular news outlets, Folha de S.Paulo, for their coverage of the allegations levelled at Neymar, accusing the publication of reaching conclusions before knowing all of the facts involved.“You [Folha de S.Paulo reporter] are judging Neymar, Folha de S.Paulo is already judging Neymar as it has always judged me all this time. The woman crosses the continent, many things happen and then she came back to Brazil.“Tonight we are all together to score two goals at the Mane Garrincha [Stadium].”Neymar himself spoke ahead of the match, thanking fans for their support ahead of what he described as potentially the most difficult match of his life.“I just want to thank God, my family, my friends and all those who sent positive messages so that I could stay balanced and focused,” he wrote on Instagram. “I never felt so loved by you all, thank you. “Today I have one of the most difficult matches of my career, if not the most (given the circumstances). ‘The joy of the lord is our strength’.”Brazil’s national team set-up will be keen to move on from the allegations quickly with the Copa America starting next week.The former Barcelona star is part of a Brazil team that will be hoping to triumph in a tournament they have failed to even reach the semi-finals for since 2007, which they won under Dunga.
(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Thomas More has been a consistently strong NCAA Division III program, making a number of playoff appearances during its time at that level. Still, he school has announced that it will leaving the NCAA after next school year.The Saints are moving over to the NAIA. Thomas More competed there for much of its history, before joining the NCAA after the 1990 season.The small Catholic Kentucky college will compete in the Mid-South Conference. That league features a number of other Kentucky schools, as well as some in Georgia, Ohio, and Tennessee.From Thomas More’s release:Thomas More College Director of Athletics, Terry Connor, announced today (Tuesday, July 24, 2018) that Thomas More will move to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Mid-South Conference effective July 1, 2019. Thomas More was a member of the NAIA from 1947 to 1990 when it left for the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, which it will leave at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year.“In our conversations with representatives of the NAIA, their dedication to placing student development first was evident,” stated Acting Thomas More President Dr. Kathleen Jagger. “Their character focus is consistent with our institutional mission. We are delighted to have this opportunity to join a competitive conference, with common academic standards and geographic proximity that will minimize the travel time for our student-athletes.”Thomas More offers 11 men’s and 11 women’s varsity sports.At the NAIA level, it will also be able to offer junior varsity teams. As the released states, this will also cut down on travel.Still, given the success that many Saints teams have had a Division III, it is a bit surprising to those of us who aren’t super tapped in to the lower level of college sports. The football program was a relatively regular participant in the Division III playoffs, and had posted a number of undefeated regular seasons during its time in Division III.[Thomas More]
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been asked a lot of questions about his former assistant coach, Zach Smith, over the past couple of months.Those questions have died down during the regular season, with Smith long gone from the program and Meyer’s suspension ending.They’re back now, though.Smith had a diabolical Twitter rant on Sunday evening, making some major accusations against Tom Herman, and Meyer was asked about them this afternoon.His response is appropriate:“Move on.”Meyer on his approach to Zach Smith’s Twitter rant: “Move on.”— Derrick Webb (@dw1509) November 12, 2018That’s a pretty fair response at this point.Smith, meanwhile, continues to go at it on Twitter. You can follow him here.
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum believes one of the country’s top head coaches can no longer be considered an “elite” one.The ESPN analyst reacted to Michigan’s blowout loss to Florida during an appearance on WJOX.Finebaum has been critical of Jim Harbaugh’s coaching performance this season, as the Wolverines ended the year with back-to-back blowout losses on big stages.“Jim Harbaugh is not an elite coach. All the pundits on all the networks can make him out to be one,” Finebaum said. “He was, at one time. At Stanford, he was a superb coach in the NFL, but he’s no longer an elite coach. His stock is crashing to earth and what Michigan does from here on is their business, but I’m pretty bored talking about Jim Harbaugh.”Finebaum says that Michigan is a very good program, but it’s not a great one.The Wolverines have yet to reach a truly elite level during Harbaugh’s tenure. The program is 38-14 over his four seasons.“No one should really be surprised by what we saw from Michigan, that’s what we’ve come to expect,” Finebaum said. “And this is the Michigan program that the Wolverine fans want. They want a good program that will never be great. Michigan will never be great under Jim Harbaugh. Michigan will never be elite under Jim Harbaugh. Michigan will always be somewhere right below that line, which is fine. There’s nothing wrong with 10-11 wins — maybe eight or nine one year.“When you lose to your rival on an annual basis and this year, in one of the worst beatdowns in big-time college football history and then you go out again and lose to an SEC school — last year to South Carolina, this year Florida — you get what you pay for.”Michigan will enter the 2019 season with some major pressure. Will the Wolverines finally be able to live up to it?
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadiuym in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Ohio State will be without the services of star quarterback Dwayne Haskins for the 2019 season and beyond after he announced he’s entering the NFL draft. No worry for Buckeyes fans though, as the team landed former five-star quarterback recruit Justin Fields over the weekend.Fields transferred from Georgia after sitting behind starter Jake Fromm for the 2018 season. Fromm will likely hold down the starting spot again in 2019, so Fields took the opportunity to transfer to Ohio State – though a starting spot isn’t guaranteed with Tate Martell in competition.First things first, Fields is seeking immediate eligibility at Ohio State, despite transferring this year. Fields’ attorney, Tom Mars – who helped Shea Patterson gain eligibility at Michigan – expects to know whether or not Fields will be eligible by February, per the Toledo Blade.“Unlike the situation with the Ole Miss transfers, the process of obtaining a waiver for Justin isn’t going to drag on for months,” Mars told The Blade, adding he believes a decision by the NCAA will be made by February.It will be an interesting month for Ohio State fans awaiting the decision. If Fields is eligible, he’ll enter a battle with Tate Martell to earn the starting quarterback job.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)This past weekend consisted of several huge days of recruiting for some of the top programs in the country. At its conclusion, dozens of commitments to the 2020 recruiting class were announced, altering the college football recruiting landscape.247Sports has updated its 2020 recruiting class rankings to reflect the changes. While there was no movement in the top two – Clemson and Alabama still dominate the field – there was plenty of movement in the remaining top ten.Here are the current 2020 recruiting rankings, with the star rating of the committed prospects included.From 247Sports: 10. Texas A&M – One 5-star / five 4-stars / seven 3-stars9. Michigan – Seven 4-stars / 10 3-stars8. Miami (FL) – One 5-star / six 4-stars / 12 3-stars7. Ohio State – Two 5-stars / six 4-stars / five 3-stars6. Florida – Nine 4-stars / Nine 3-stars5. Notre Dame – One 5-star / eight 4-stars / five 3-stars4. Georgia – Two 5-stars / 10 4-stars / one 3-star3. LSU – Two 5-stars / 13 4-stars / five 3-stars2. Alabama – Two 5-stars / 14 4-stars / four 3-stars1. Clemson – Five 5-stars / nine 4-stars / four 3-starsUnsurprisingly, the SEC makes up the bulk of the top 10 with six teams on the list, including three of the top four. The Big Ten and ACC each had two representatives, while independent Notre Dame also made the cut.Clemson, the country’s leader, has not made much noise since securing a commitment from five-star defensive tackle Demonte Capehart earlier this month. But they are still trending for several more five-star prospects that could make their 2020 recruiting class a historic one.As always, Alabama is high on the list as Nick Saban is putting together yet another class of NFL-quality players.
Alabama, which finished the regular season undefeated, knocked off Georgia in the SEC title game and dispatched Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, ultimately fell to Clemson in the national title game, 44-16.Clemson supporters, fair or not, believe that their team has not been given enough credit for the win.This year, the two programs are favored to reach the College Football Playoff yet again. If they meet in the event, it’ll be for the fifth year in a row. NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)A few months back, during an interview with Greg McElroy of the SEC Network, Alabama head coach Nick Saban offered up an explanation as to why the Crimson Tide were blown out against Clemson in the national title game. In short, Saban blamed it on“internal distractions” for both his players and coaches.Wednesday, at SEC Media Days, Saban doubled down. Saban noted that his players learned from the experience of losing. He also said that “personal numbers” may have been a contributing factor as to what went wrong against the Tigers.Clemson fans will likely roll their eyes at Saban’s words.Saban said the team will learn and get better after the Clemson game. He feels the team had too many distractions at the end of the year. Players need to focus on the team and not personal numbers. #SECMD2019 #ALABAMA #WBRC pic.twitter.com/bp5AMGHvpy— Russell Jones (@russellwbrc) July 17, 2019
Rohan Sen NapierJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 11:02 IST India vs New Zealand 1st ODI in Napier: Kuldeep Yadav picked four wickets. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKuldeep Yadav picked four wickets in his 1st match in New ZealandKuldeep also got the big wicket of New Zealand captain Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand were bowled out for 157 in the first ODIBrief scores – New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) vs India in Napier. Kane Williamson (64), Kuldeep Yadav (4/39), Mohammed Shami (3/19). Full ScorecardKuldeep Yadav has made an early impression in his maiden one-day international series in New Zealand as he bagged a four-wicket haul in the ongoing first match in Napier on Wednesday.Kuldeep finished with figures of 4 for 39 as India bowled out New Zealand for 157 after Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat.Kuldeep got the wickets of the skipper Williamson (64), Doug Bracewell (7), Lockig Ferguson (0) and Trent Boult (1) to rip through the Kiwi batting lineup.”It’s my first tour in New Zealand. The grounds are small here. And the wicket is very flat. We just stuck to our basics. Me and (Yuzvendra) Chahal. That’s it. This total is chaseable. It’s very easy. I’m sure we should win it.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 1ST ODI LIVE SCORE”Looking forward to the World Cup, these games are important, in all three departments, especially fielding. When we play in Australia also, there was a lot of home support. Coming here, to New Zealand, we’re getting the same support. It’s really amazing,” Kuldeep said at the mid-innings break.The spin twins – Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal – made the most of the situation after fast bowler Mohammed Shami gave India the perfect start by removing openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro inside within four deliveries inside the first five overs.The spinners then came to play as they chocked the run-flow by picking up wickets at regular intervals.advertisementShami finished with three wickets for 19 runs from just 6 overs while Chahal got two wickets. Even part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav managed to get a wicket.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Kuldeep YadavFollow Mohammad ShamiFollow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow New Zealand vs IndiaFollow India vs New ZealandFollow India vs New Zealand 1st ODI India vs New Zealand: Sticking to basics works for Kuldeep Yadav in NapierBrief scores – New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) vs India in Napier. Williamson (64), Kuldeep (4/39), Shami (3/19). Kuldeep Yadav starred in his very first match in New Zealand as he bagged four wickets to help India bowl the hosts out for 157 in the Napier ODI on Wednesday.advertisement
India Today Web Desk BengaluruMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 22:34 IST ISL 2018-19: Bengaluru FC’s second leg-win over NorthEast United took them to the final. (ISL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBengaluru FC finished as runners-up of last season’s ISLBengaluru FC lost the 1st leg but beat NorthEast United in the second to reach the finalNorthEast United had scored two goals at home but failed to score any in BengaluruBengaluru FC made it to the final of the Indian Super League for the second season in a row after they defeated NorthEast United FC at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday. Bengaluru FC beat NorthEast United FC 3-0 in the second leg to make it to the final 3-2 on aggregate.Bengaluru FC had lost the first leg in Guwahati 2-1 but they roared in front of a massive home support on Monday to win the match and get to the final stage of the competition.Miku (72′), Dimas Delgado (87′) and Sunil Chhetri (90+2′) scored for Bengaluru to take them to victory.Earlier, Bengaluru FC had finished on top of the table after the league stage of the competition.Bengaluru FC had finished as the runners-up of the ISL last season after they lost to Chennaiyin FC in the final at home.After a dominant first few minutes by Bengaluru, it were NorthEast who threatened first against the run of play. Federico Gallego nicked the ball off Dimas’s feet and charged at the Bengaluru defence. The Uruguayan fed Juan Mascia into the box who, with just Gurpreet Singh to beat, shot straight at the goalkeeper from a narrow angle. With NorthEast posing a threat from counter-attacks, Miku missed two glorious chances to score in the space of two minutes. In the 23rd minute, Nishu Kumar delivered a delightful cross into the centre of the box from the left flank but Miku headed it over the bar. Two minutes later, Udanta Singh was released down the right flank and the winger’s cut-back from the byline was sent wide from close-range by the Venezuelan striker. Miku nearly made amends for his misses with a terrific solo run after the half an hour mark. The striker shimmied past multiple NorthEast players on his way into the box, but sent a weak effort straight into the gloves of Pawan Kumar. The visitors rang the alarm bell again before the break as Mascia’s thunderous strike from outside the box swerved towards goal but Gurpreet kept his eyes on the ball to make a good save.advertisementBengaluru got off the blocks quickly after the restart and put pressure on NorthEast United defence but brilliant saves from Pawan Kumar kept NorthEast in the game. As Bengaluru chased a goal, NorthEast were pushed further back into their own half as the second half wore on. A cross from the right flank by Xisco Hernandez was flicked into the path of Juanan by Harmanjot Khabra but the defender blasted the ball over the bar from close-range. Bengaluru finally found the net in the 72nd minute when Khabra found Xisco on the right flank. The Spaniard passed to Udanta who whipped a brilliant cross into the box for Miku who guided the ball into the net with a faint left-footed finish and broke NorthEast United hearts.NorthEast desperately sought an equaliser and were caught out on the break by Udanta in the 87th minute. He charged into space from his own half and attempted a chip that ricocheted off the post into the path of an onrushing Dimas who slotted home.A desperate NorthEast were punished again in added time. Chhetri played a one-two with Udanta and dribbled into the box. With just Pawan Kumar to beat, the Indian international skipped past the goalkeeper and caressed the ball into the net to spark jubilant scenes in Bengaluru.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Bengaluru FCFollow NorthEast United FCFollow ISL 2018-19Follow Indian Super LeagueFollow MikuFollow Dimas DelgadoFollow Sunil Chhetri Next ISL: Bengaluru FC beat NorthEast 3-0 in 2nd leg to reach second consecutive finalIndian Super League: Bengaluru FC scored three goals against NorthEast United FC in the second leg of the semi-final at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru to advance to the final 4-2 on aggregate.advertisement
Oppo Reno to have 93.1 per cent screen-to-body ratio, no punch-hole displayThe Oppo VP has confirmed that the upcoming Oppo Reno phone will bring a high screen-to-body ratio, thin bezels and no punch-hole display. The Oppo Reno is set to go official on April 10 in China.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 18, 2019UPDATED: March 19, 2019 09:58 IST HIGHLIGHTSOppo VP has confirmed a 93.1 per cent screen-to-body ratio for Oppo Reno.The Oppo Reno will not come with a punch-hole display.The Oppo Reno is expected to come with a 10x lossless zoom technology.Oppo Reno is gearing up to be a highly anticipated smartphone from the Oppo. This is the first phone to launch under the Reno brand and Oppo will unveil the device on April 10 in China. Ahead of its launch, some leaks and teasers have told us that the Oppo Reno will offer a 10x lossless zoom camera and a Dynamic AMOLED display courtesy Samsung. Now, the company’s VP Shen Yiren Brian has revealed that the phone will offer a high screen-to-body ratio and no holes.In addition to sporting Samsung’s new display panel, the Oppo Reno is confirmed to come with a 91.3 per cent screen-to-body ratio, which sounds quite impressive. The VP adds that the width of the bezel around the display is thin, allowing for more screen real estate. He also confirms that there will be no holes in the display, which pretty much confirms that the Oppo Reno will not sport a hole-punch display like the Galaxy S10.This could mean that the Oppo Reno will either sport a waterdrop-style notch display or a notch-less display with a pop-up selfie camera like the Oppo Find X. The renders so far have only revealed the back of the Oppo Reno, so it’s hard to say what kind of display we are looking at right now. Speaking of the back, the Oppo VP also mentions that there will be no holes on the back, but it’s unclear what he means by this.The Based on the renders we have seen, the rear panel of the Oppo Reno is likely made up of glass and will be offered in a few attractive colours that includes an Aurora Green colour. The Oppo Reno will sport a triple camera setup vertically placed on the centre of the panel with a LED flash just below. The triple camera setup will include a 10x zoom technology with a possible periscope design that was shown off at MWC 2019.advertisementRecent renders also seem to confirm an in-display fingerprint sensor for the Oppo Reno. This is said to be a flagship smartphone from Oppo, so you can expect a Snapdragon 855 chipset running the show along with a 4,065mAh battery.ALSO READ | Oppo Reno leaked render suggests Aurora Green colour, triple camerasALSO READ | Oppo announces new sub-brand Reno, first Reno phone to launch on April 10Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow OppoFollow Reno
India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 10:31 IST Rohit Sharma has hit 5 hundreds so far in World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOne of the greatest one-day players: Ravi Shastri on Rohit SharmaRavi Shastri said Hardik Pandya’s ability to contribute with the ball big plus for IndiaShastri on England defeat: Thought god was in their dressing room that dayIndia head coach Ravi Shastri heaped rich praise on Rohit Sharma, saying the opening batsman is among the greatest players in white-ball cricket. Shastri said Rohit’s form in World Cup 2019 was no surprise.Rohit Sharma is leading the batting charts in World Cup 2019 with 647 runs from 8 matches so far. The India opener has shouldered the burden of scoring the bulk of runs at the top wonderfully well after his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out with an injury early in the tournament.Rohit has become the first batsman to hit 5 hundreds in a single edition of the World Cup. The vice-captain of Team India is just 27 runs away from breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s 16-year-old record for the most runs scored in a World Cup.”[Rohit] One of the greatest one-day players. Whether he would have scored runs in this competition or not, just seeing his record over the years… 3 double hundreds in ODIs. No one has done that. He has been really consistent for India at the top. His form was no surprise. If he chooses a tournament like the World Cup to get that form in, as a coach, I will take it,” Ravi Shastri told the Cricket World Cup.India finished the group stages on top of the 10-team points table with 15 points from 9 matches. They will take on 4th-placed New Zealand in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 in Manchester on Tuesday.Rohit’s form and consistency has been one of the main reasons for India’s dominant displays so far in England. The India opener is heading into the semi-finals on the back of 3 back-to-back hundreds.advertisementIt all started in the opening game vs South Africa in Southampton as Rohit Sharma helped India gun down a 228-run target on a two-paced wicket. Rohit remained unbeaten on 122 from 144 balls as India sealed 2 points in their opening fixture.Stressing Rohit’s hundred vs South Africa was one of his best batting performances, Ravi Shastri said: “It was a tough wicket. It was two-paced [against South Africa]. So I thought it was a special innings from Rohit because among all the ODI hundreds he has got, I thought that was one of his best.”Hardik Pandya’s reading of the game is good: Ravi ShastriThe India head coach also lauded Hardik Pandya for the way the all-rounder has been able to chip in with his bowling. Known for his explosive batting, Hardik’s evolution as a 10-over bowler has been one of the major highlights of India’s campaign at World Cup 2019.”He [Hardik] has come along as a bowler. You’re getting full 10 overs out of him. He reads the conditions well. He knows where to use the slow bouncers and off-cutters. His reading of the game is good. It’s a massive help for the side when you have a batsman as flamboyant as him who can also bowl you the overs,” Shastri said.God was in England’s dressing room during Edgbaston defeat: ShastriTalking about the only defeat that India have suffered so far in World Cup 2019, Ravi Shastri added: “I just thought god was in their dressing room that day. If we play England next, hope he sits in our dressing room. Nothing else to worry about.”India lost to England by 31 runs at Edgbaston on June 30 but the Asian giants have managed to avoid the in-form hosts in the semi-finals. England take on Australia in the 2nd semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday.Also Read | World Cup 2019: My respect for MS Dhoni will always be sky high, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Hope Rohit Sharma scores 2 more hundreds: Virat KohliAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ravi ShastriFollow India cricket teamFollow World Cup 2019Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Hardik PandyaFollow India vs England Rohit Sharma’s form in World Cup 2019 no surprise, says Ravi ShastriICC Cricket Word Cup 2019: Recapping India’s performances in the group stages, head coach Ravi Shastri lauded Rohit Sharma for his consistency with the bat. Shastri also spoke about the impact of Hardik Pandya with the ball to Team India’s showings in England so far.advertisement Next
Next Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube power India A to unassailable 3-0 lead against South AfricaIn a rain-reduced match, Shivam Dube hit an unbeaten 45 off 28 balls while captain Manish Pandey smashed 81 off 59 balls as India A sealed the unofficial 5-match ODI series against South Africa A.advertisement Press Trust of India ThiruvananthapuramSeptember 2, 2019UPDATED: September 2, 2019 19:25 IST Manish Pandey helped India A win the third ODI and seal the series against South Africa. (Reuters Photo)Captain Manish Pandey and Shivam Dube produced power-packed knocks to pave the way for India A’s four-wicket win over South Africa A in the third unofficial ODI here on Monday, giving the hosts an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.Dube smashed an unbeaten 45 off 28 balls while Pandey plundered 81 off 59 balls as India A overcame a poor start to win the rain affected match rather comfortably in the end. Chasing 208 in 30 overs, India A reached the target in 27.5 overs.India A were in a spot of bother at 25 for 3 in the 7th over, having lost Ruturaj Gaikwad (1), Ricky Bhui (0) and Krunal Pandya (13) before Ishan Kishan (40 off 41 balls) and Pandey steadied the ship.The aggressive Jharkhand southpaw Kishan, who starred in the second match, again underlined his talent with a fluent knock.He was not afraid to go for the big shots and helped the team keep up with the climbing run-rate with some splendid shots.Pandey, who started rather slowly, opened up after Kishan fell to left-arm spinner George Linde. The Karnataka right-hander smashed five sixes and powered the team’s chase.Dube, who walked in at the fall of Nitish Rana (13), added 41 runs with Pandey.The skipper fell to a catch by Lutho Sipamla off left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin.India A needed 32 runs from as many deliveries at this stage but Dube’s pyrotechnics helped the team romp home with 13 balls remaining.Linde and the pacy Anrich Nortje took two wickets each for South Africa A.Earlier, keeper Heinrich Klaasen hit a 21-ball 44 to set up South Africa A’s total.advertisementThere were also useful contributions from Janneman Malan (37), Matthew Breetzke (36) and captain Temba Bavuma (27).Deepak Chahar and Krunal Pandya took two wickets each.The visiting team looked set for a much bigger total before the India A bowlers pulled things back in the the last few overs. Deepak Chahar bowled a superb final over, giving away just three runs.Pandey was named man of the match.Brief scores: South Africa A 207 for 8 in 30 overs (H Klaasen 44, J Malan 37, M Breetzke 36, Krunal Pandya 2/23, D Chahar 2/42) lost to India A 208 for 6 in 27.5 overs (M Pandey 81, Shivam Dube 45 not out, Ishan Kishan 40, A Nortje 2/41, G Linde 2/41).Also Read | Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha to share India A captaincy against South Africa AAlso Read | Ishan Kishan quick fire fifty helps India A take 2-0 lead over South Africa AAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow India A vs South Africa AFollow Manish PandeyFollow Shivam Dube
Next Mary Kom, Sai Praneeth, Yashaswini Deswal added to TOPSSports Authority of India’s Mission Olympic Cell has included 10 boxers as a part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) for Olympics 2020.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 11, 2019UPDATED: September 11, 2019 20:18 IST Mary Kom was among 10 boxers included in TOPS scheme by SAI. (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOlympic bronze medallist Mary Kom was among 10 boxers who were brought into the TOPS schemeSai Praneeth was also among 12 top sportspersons who were included in the Target Olympic Podium SchemeThe committee also included Deswal who won a gold medal in the women’s 10m air pistol eventThe celebrated MC Mary Kom, young shooter Yashaswini Singh Deswal and shuttler Sai Praneeth were among 12 top sportspersons who were included in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) of the government on Wednesday.The six-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom was among 10 boxers who were brought into the TOPS scheme for 2020 Olympics by the Sports Authority of India’s Mission Olympic Cell which met here.Amit Panghal (men’s 52 kg), Sonia Chahal (women’s 57 kg), Neeraj (women’s 57 kg), Nikhat Zareen (women’s 51 kg), Kavinder Singh Bisht (men’s 57 kg), Lovlina Borgohain (women’s 69 kg), Vikas Krishan (men’s 75 kg), Shiva Thapa (men’s 63 kg) and Manish Kaushik (men’s 63 kg) were the other nine boxers added to the TOPS list.The committee also included 22-year-old shooter Deswal who won a gold medal in the women’s 10m air pistol event in the ISSF World Cup in Rio De Janeiro earlier this month. Her gold earned India an Olympic quota in this event. She had also won a silver in the mixed team event.Badminton star Sai Praneeth had won a bronze in the World Championships last month to become the first Indian men’s singles player in 36 years to win a medal. Praneeth has risen to world number 15 and is currently India’s number two player. A country is eligible to send two shuttlers per singles event in the Olympics.The athletes were chosen on the basis of these parameters: global performance trends from most recent Olympic Games, World Championships, Asian Games and Asian Championships, performance of competing international counterparts in the last three years, high performance age of a typical Olympic medallist specific to each event, performance of Indian athletes in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and their progression chart, feedback from NSF, high performance managers, project officers and coaches.advertisementBesides the selection of athletes, financial proposals worth Rs 1.4 crore were also cleared in 11 sporting disciplines — weightlifting, wrestling, shooting, archery, table tennis, athletics, badminton, tennis, para-badminton, para-archery and para-shooting, a release from the SAI said.The MOC also decided on the salient features of the long-term developmental plan for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics.”Scientific testing for 21 athletes selected under the developmental group is going to take place in two batches on 15th September and 30th September. Discussions were held about the high-level committee for the Tokyo Olympics that is already in place and is headed by Union Minister of Youth and Sports, Kiren Rijiju,” the SAI release said.”The committee will look into arrangements for the Olympics, addressing issues such as facilities for support staff, creation of India House, pre-games training venues and other logistical arrangements.Also Read | National Shooting Trials: Mehuli Ghosh wins senior and junior women’s 10m air rifle titleAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Mary KomFollow Sai PraneethFollow Sports Authority of India
India Today Web Desk LondonSeptember 17, 2019UPDATED: September 17, 2019 14:00 IST America’s Sarah Thomas swam the English Channel for a record 4th time. (Twitter: Sally Bundock)HIGHLIGHTSSarah Thomas, 37, swam the English channel for the 4th timeSarah achieved the milestone after undergoing breast cancer treatment a year agoThe American achieved the 84-mile challenge in 54 hours and 13 minutesAmerica’s Sarah Thomas has become the first person to swim the English Channel four times non-stop. The ultra-marathon runner achieved the feat by finishing the 84-mile challenge in 54 hours and 13 minutes.Sarah Thomas’ milestone achievement comes a year after she completed her breast cancer treatment after having diagnosed with an aggressive form of disease in November 2017.After resgistering her name in the record books, the American celebrated her success with champagne and chocolates.Sarah began her challenge in the wee hours of Sunday and finished it about 06:30 BST on Tuesday as she dedicated her success to all the cancer survivors.Extraordinary, amazing, super-human!!! Just when we think we’ve reached the limit of human endurance, someone shatters the records. Huge congratulations to Sarah Thomas on swimming the English Channel 4x continuously!!! pic.twitter.com/kOa9QlereH— Lewis Pugh (@LewisPugh) September 17, 2019″I just can’t believe we did it.” Sarah was quoted as saying by BBC.”I’m pretty tired right now,” she said and added that she has planned to sleep for the day.”Every length had something that was really hard about it. Coming back from France the last time was definitely hard. It took forever and the current pushed me all over.”I got stung in the face by a jellyfish and it wasn’t as cold as I thought it might be but it was still chilly.”Only four swimmers had previously crossed the English Channel three times without stopping. Before Ms Thomas no-one had ever completed a fourth leg.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow English Channel Next Cancer survivor becomes first person to swim English Channel four times non-stopSarah Thomas’ milestone achievement comes a year after she completed her breast cancer treatment having diagnosed with an aggressive form of disease in November 2017.advertisement
Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Editors’ Recommendations Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made The Best Labor Day Deals on Outdoor Gear from REI, Backcountry, and More The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now There are 100s of reasons to be crazy about summer. From the beach to ballgames, the list of things to do is never-ending. And if you appreciate live music as much as us, you know it’s also the season for free shows across the country. Which is why we’re super excited the Vans House Parties have started once again.If you’re in the NYC-area and have never been to Vans’ annual concert series, this is the year to go. Presented by FYF, all shows are held at the House of Vans in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. Along with an indoor concrete bowl and outdoor skate plaza, the massive warehouse space will turn into a live music venue for six Thursdays this summer, and the lineups are killer. With acts like Chrome Sparks, The Black Lips, The Bouncing Souls, Future Islands and Holy Ghost!, these shows are definitely not ones to miss.We attended the kickoff last Thursday featuring Charles Bradley, Mac DeMarco and Benjamin Booker, and it was a fantastic night of music. Sound filled the indoor space as people watched the show while others gathered with their drinks in the huge outdoor courtyard. Mac DeMarco even crowd surfed because he’s amazing like that.All shows are free with RSVP and open to the public of all ages. Doors open at 7, but admission is first come first serve, so we suggest arriving early. To learn more about the Vans House Parties and to RSVP for the next show, visit vans.com. How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath, Smell, and Smoke
Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) The Best Natural Tattoo Aftercare Tips and Suggestions When was the last time you walked around your city and didn’t see someone with at least one tattoo? It’s probably been a while. Ink has become ubiquitous in our society as people strive to find new and creative ways to express themselves. Bulleit Bourbon, in its latest edition of Frontier Works, is tapping into that with limited-edition “tattooed” bottles.Bulleit Frontier Works is a series of art pieces across that country that highlight makers that are at the frontier of their craft. Previous projects have included neon signs and using the Bulleit bottle to emboss colored images on paper (which were then enhanced by the individual artists’ talents and touches). Most recently, 24 tattoo artists worked together to create the world’s largest tattoo billboard.This time around, Bulleit is again working with tattoo artists, but they’re bringing the ink to drinkers (dr-ink-ers, if you will) by releasing Bulleit Bourbon Tattoo Edition.This is the first time the brand’s bottles have undergone any sort of cosmetic change/ Bulleit chose four artists for this project: Shawn Barber of Los Angeles, Jess Mascetti of New York, Thomas Hooper of Austin, and Jason Kundell of Portland. Each artist was tasked with channeling the frontier feel of Bulleit into a piece of art that was emblematic of their city.“I’ve always thought the Bulleit bottle was badass because of its unique shape and iconic design,” Barber (of Memoir Tattoo in LA) said in a statement. “Putting my own unique spin on it was a fun challenge because I didn’t want to mess with the style too much, but did want to share what LA means to me through my art. Bulleit gave me a lot of creative liberty and I’m proud of how it turned out.” If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Editors’ Recommendations The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America Highland Park Releases 2 New Limited-Release Bottles 1. Portland. 2. New York City. 3. Los Angeles. 4. Austin. If you don’t give a damn about tattoos, the question you probably have at this point is: What about the juice? Is the whiskey different somehow?Answer: No, it’s still the same Bulleit on the inside of the bottle. Sorry to all of you out there looking for a new special-edition whiskey to hoard away.In addition to the artwork, each bottle comes with a scannable QR code, giving access to an augmented reality experience that brings the artist’s work to life.The Bulleit Bourbon Tattoo edition bottles will be available for purchase in each artist’s respective state beginning in August and select bottles will be available nationwide, retailing for around $25.
The ongoing efforts by state agencies to curb antisocial behavior in schools, especially through the behavior modification therapy and violence prevention programme, financed by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), has helped a significant number of students in St. James, to rededicate themselves to learning and reduce violent behaviours. The initiative is funded by the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF), and seeks to modify disruptive behavior of young people in inner-city communities, while also helping parents to develop skills that can help the growth of children, and strengthening the capacity of guidance counsellors and deans of discipline. “I used to be angry with myself all the time; at school if students say anything to me I was ready to fight. My guidance counsellor told me about this camp, I never wanted to come…when I came I never socialized, I sat in a corner by myself, after I started to grow and talking with the others, and socializing,” St. James High School, Sade McIntosh revealed, while speaking at a recent closing out ceremony held at the Family and Parenting Centre, in the parish where the programme is administered. “When I went back to school, I was not angry anymore. I was not ready to fight anybody anymore. I was just calm and gentle,” she added. The programme ran for some 12 months and catered for 360 students. It saw 216 youth from the cohort partially taken from the formal school system for five hours per week and given behavior modification therapy for two weeks. The participants were those who may have been suspended from schools, and those who were exhibiting behaviors indicating that suspension from school would be the next course of disciplinary action. The sessions included life skills development and pro-social behavior development. The project also incorporated training of 300 parents and caregivers in non-violent alternative disciplinary skills, and provided them with handbooks for future and long-term use. Mother of four, Miss Trivonnie Ajoe, said the programme taught her how to talk with her children, and “how to share and keep a relationship with them-we are encouraging people to come to this meeting (the Centre), don’t feel that life is done as you see it; there is much more ahead of you,” she said. Head of the Centre, Dr. Beverley Scott, reported that most of the participants had displayed variant normal behaviors, but after the modification intervention, screening revealed that most of them could return to the regular school system on a permanent basis, while three students were referred to other agencies for further intervention. “St. James High School was plagued by fights and violence. A number of my students that were giving problems I referred them there (the Centre), some of them I deliberately took them out of school for up to two weeks, had them attend the Centre before they came back to school. The Centre worked wonders for them,” stated Guidance Counsellor at St. James High, Radcliffe Virgo. For his part, Dean of Discipline at the Green Pond High School Donald Webley, said the intervention initiative allowed him to send students to the Centre, and also to have Dr. Scott conduct parent conferences and workshops at the school. Project Manager at JSIF for the JSDF, Ayanna Demetrius, said the programme administered for parents who are challenged and their offspring, was timely and “very much in line with the Ministry of Education’s thrust to incorporate parents with students and teachers as a means to promote good parenting and force parents to take equal responsibility for their children’s education. “The pull-out component was the other element which was specially designed for youth in crisis, who had been temporally removed from formal school system. These students, some had been expelled from the formal school system, some were at home…had been suspended for an extended period and required the completion of therapy before being admitted back into the school system,” Mrs. Demetrius explained. The projected cost some $ 25million, and had participation of 24 guidance counsellors from the 12 participating primary and high schools in the parish. Mrs. Demetrius said after the successful “meeting of the programme goals,” every effort was made to reintegrate participants into the formal school system. “For some students who had been expelled, after the completion of the therapy, they are returned to school, referred to other schools, the Family Court, or in some cases, the hospital for mental health problems,” she said. Parents and guardians were trained to use non-violent discipline, and guidance counselors and deans of discipline were trained to detect and refer children for therapy in a timely manner. The project also included the provision of handbooks to both students and parents.