TFA National Participation Survey

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is currently implementing a comprehensive Market Research Program (MRP) through the TFA Business Development and Marketing portfolio. The purpose is to conduct research programs/projects through regular surveys and data gathering initiatives to provide critical evidence-based findings. These results will shape the vision and future direction of the sport and inform the development of the new 2015-2020 Strategic and Participation Plans.As communicated in a memorandum to our membership in June 2015 (see attached), TFA and the University of Canberra will be undertaking the first critical phase of this research program: the National Participation Survey in the coming weeks. This body of research will analyse national participation for 2014/15 with the overall intent to develop an in-depth understanding of current participation demographics, the key drivers of participation, and participant behaviour which will be tracked over time.Individuals that have registered in a TFA affiliated competition via Touch Football Online (TFO) and have opted in to communication from TFA in the last 12 months will shortly receive an email from the University of Canberra regarding this survey.TFA assures members that this research complies with the TFA Privacy Policy (2014)  and at no time will member’s personal information be used for any means other than to collect anonymous participation data about our sport.The survey is optional however we encourage all members to complete the survey as the findings/evidence from this research will help improve our competitions and product delivery.The amended table below highlights the key timings/dates of the participation survey, as follows. On behalf of Touch Football Australia, thank you for your cooperation in this critical process. If you have any questions contact Tim Wyld at: [email protected] or 02 6212 2800. Related Filesnational_participation_survey_memo-pdfRelated LinksParticipation Surveylast_img read more

a month agoChelsea youngster Gilmour full of pride for Cup win

first_imgChelsea youngster Gilmour full of pride for Cup winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youngster Billy Gilmour was full of pride after his contribution for their 7-1 Carabao Cup win over Grimsby Town.Deployed in a deep-lying central midfield role, Gilmour grew into the game, and in the second half was arguably the standout performer. “It was a really good feeling to make my full debut, and it was really good to get the win,” said Gilmour to chelseafc.com.”It was breathtaking. It was a great night to walk out in front of all the Chelsea fans. And the boys performed really well. You could see the attacking threat we had with the goals.”The gaffer has come in and wants to play the youth. It’s been really good experience for us and the we’re gaining confidence from it. I have worked hard for this so it wasn’t a shock, but I had to step up and show what I’m capable of. I think I played well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

13 days agoHull midfielder Jarrod Bowen tops Newcastle shopping list

first_imgHull midfielder Jarrod Bowen tops Newcastle shopping listby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHull City midfielder Jarrod Bowen is high on Newcastle United’s January shopping list.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle plan to support Steve Bruce in the January transfer window, with recruitment planning already under way at St James’ Park.Steve Nickson has begun the process of compiling target lists with United looking at midfield options and also potential forward additions.One name fed into summits is Bowen, who is entering the final year of his contract. But the Tigers have an option to trigger another year, which they plan to do.Bowen would tick every Newcastle box and is understood to be open to the idea of a move to St James’ Park – but whether United would extend to the reported £20million fee is another matter. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Dispose VIP complaints in speedy manner: Police

first_imgNew Delhi: A meeting to review the status of pending complaints was held between the officers of Delhi Police. Sources said that the discussion was held to ensure the timely disposal of complaints coming from VIP references and other important authorities to city police.Sources told Millennium Post that the meeting was chaired by Special Commissioner of Police rank officer. “The discussions were held on pending complaints of VIP references from Public Grievances Commission (PGC), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Centralized Public Grievance Redress And Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), NHRC, Listening Post of Lieutenant Governor,” said sources adding that the pendency of the complaints was till February 5. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsSources further learnt that for the references/complaints pending under NHRC, Special CP stressed that references over three months, six months or over one year should be disposed of on a priority basis. Meanwhile, the senior officer also found that as many as 331 PGC references were found pending with various districts/units. Special CP directed other senior officer that pendency over six months or one year should be brought down to zero. Special CP apprised not to keep the references pending without any cogent reason. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources further added that till February 5, as many as 284 references from MHA were found pending. “Special CP emphasized that these references require prompt and proper disposal,” added sources. From GNCTD as many as 365 references found pending till February 5. “The senior officer advised other police officials that utmost attention should be paid to these references and should be finalized within the due period,” sources claimed. As many as 2022 references found pending with various districts CM Public Grievance Monitoring System (PGMS). “Special CP advised that online reply on PGMS should be uploaded within the stipulated period,” sources said adding that in Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) as many as 778 references found pending. Special CP stressed that there should be no pendency over two months. “He further stressed that concerned officers should not wait for two months rather complete the enquiry before that. The quality of the report should be improved. Special CP stressed to clear the overdue pendency,” sources further added.last_img read more

EC sets up panel to probe whether PM’s address to nation violated poll code

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission Wednesday set up a committee under a deputy election commissioner to examine the matter related to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation “in the light of the Model Code of Conduct” which is in force for Lok Sabha polls.An Election Commission spokesperson said the poll panel has directed a committee of officers to “examine the matter immediately in the light of the model code of conduct”. However, sources in the poll panel said issues related to national security and disaster management do not fall under the ambit of the model code which came into force on March 10 when the ok Sabha election schedule was announced. The seven-phased polls will begin on April 11 and end on May 19. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The sources said the decision was taken after the opposition claimed that the PM’s address violated the model code as he highlighted an “achievement” of the government and the issue was not necessarily related to national security. “The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) had met. Decisions taken by it and issues such as disaster management do not fall under the (ambit of)model code of conduct and require no prior nod,” a functionary had said earlier in the day. Though there was no official word on the deadline given to the committee to submit its report, sources said the task will be completed at the earliest. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe panel would go through the video and the transcript of the address. The PM addressed the nation after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security Wednesday morning which was apparently apprised of the development. “The matter related to the address of the Prime Minister to the Nation on electronic media today afternoon has been brought to the notice of the Election Commission of India. The Commission has directed a Committee of Officers to examine the matter immediately in the light of Model Code of Conduct,” the EC spokesperson tweeted Wednesday night. Deputy Election Commissioner in charge of the Model Code of Conduct Division Sandeep Saxena will head the panel. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Commission Wednesday afternoon. In his address, Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday announced that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite, describing it as a rare achievement that puts the country in an exclusive club of space superpowers. Opposition parties alleged that the PM’s address was a violation of the model code of conduct and demanded that EC take action in this regard.last_img read more

Priyanka accuses Irani of distributing shoes to insult Rahul; Union minister hits back

first_imgAmethi (UP): Dubbing the BJP’s Amethi candidate Smriti Irani as an “outsider”, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday accused her of distributing shoes in order to insult Rahul Gandhi and said the people in the Congress chief’s Lok Sabha constituency are not beggars.Interacting with the voters in this key parliamentary constituency, the Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh said the people of Amethi and Rae Bareli have self-respect and they do not beg from anyone. “…if anyone has to beg, it is them (BJP), who will beg for your votes,” a visibly agitated Priyanka told the voters in the presence of reporters at a “nukkad sabha”. She also slammed “outsider” Irani for distributing shoes in Amethi. “She (Irani) thinks she can insult Rahul Gandhi by doing this,” Priyanka said, adding that the Union minister was in fact insulting the people of Amethi. “The people of Amethi are very sensible. You all know who was going to open a food park in Amethi and the fact that it has not been opened till now. The food park would have benefitted five lakh farmers in Amethi and Rae Bareli,” she said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Reacting to the Congress leader’s remarks, actor-turned-politician Irani said, “I have been an actor and it would be better if Priyanka Gandhi does not stage a drama.” Irani, who had lost to Rahul Gandhi in Amethi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, is again hoping to breach the Gandhi family bastion five years later. Talking about the condition of the people of Amethi, she said there were those who could not even afford a pair of shoes. “If she (Priyanka) has even an iota of shame and humanity, she should visit Hariharpur and see the truth for herself. But for going to Hariharpur, she has to first ask the missing MP (Rahul) about its location,” the Union textiles minister added. Lashing out at the BJP, Priyanka also said, “You (public) must have seen that former PM Rajiv Gandhi had gone to various villages of Amethi. You should ask your elders and perhaps there was none whom he had not met.last_img read more

THE DEMOLITION OF BANARAS

first_imgVaranasi, the bastion of BJP supremos that has been wrapped in claims and controversy, will be heading to polls on May 19. Current MP and prime minister, Narendra Modi, filed his nomination for the second on April 26, following a massive 7 km roadshow through Kashi’s famed narrow lanes that were brimming with enthusiastic supporters. Unsurprisingly, BJP is blazing all guns to secure a commendable win here. But, unlike 2014, the sailing hasn’t been remarkably smooth. The saffron corridor is visibly fretted for a number of reasons which its MP must tackle face on. Unlike most towns of India, Varanasi (earlier Banaras) isn’t only contoured in political hues. Its cultural richness has attracted global attention. In fact, American author Mark Twain had said, “Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.” This overflowing pitcher of culture that differentiated Varanasi from the rest is sadly at stake now. It is believed here that nothing should obstruct Lord Shiva and the sacred river Ganga – the sun’s first rays should reflect off the surface of the river and shine on the summit of the temple. This city of overwhelming historicity is also marked by its labyrinthine lanes that today are witnessing the painful brunt of forced development. Their essence is quickly dissipating as large-scale demolition projects bring down houses and multi-storeyed buildings (about 300) situated at the heart of the city to allow for the construction of the prime minister’s dream Kashi-Vishwanath Corridor. Varanasi, probably, needs no topography. The city has been rising and setting to its stone-slabbed pavements, crude structures and traditional mohallas. More than its current geography, it is imagination and history that make this city so very picturesque. And, once legendary director Satyajit Ray captured Kashi in his classics {Aparajito (1956) and Joi Baba Felunath (1979)}, there was no turning away from the magnetic aura of this ancient city. When these aeons-old buildings were being brought down last year to make way for the corridor, a large number of old temples were found covered in the debris of these houses. Perhaps, the idea of ‘new Varanasi’ created resentment among people. These temples were built in the late-18th and 19th centuries when Varanasi witnessed an unprecedented temple-building spree following the disintegration of the Mughal Empire. The buildings that were brought down belong to the same period. The 45,000 sq. m. area of the religious corridor project has been estimated to cost Rs 600 crore and seeks to create a wide pathway connecting three prominent ghats on Ganga to the Kashi Vishwanath temple, easing access for devotees. Significantly, PM Modi, once an RSS pracharak and propagator of Hindutva, has not even spared the ancient properties of ‘Nirvani Akhara’ and ‘Juna Akhara’, which the priests have refused to allow for demolition. While several ministers have tried to convince them, their resolve has dragged this resistance into a legal battle. A local shopkeeper (desired anonymity) and member of the ‘Dharohar Bachao Samiti, Kashi’ who refused to destroy his house, has been intimidated by project managers; they threaten that they will truncate his access to electricity and water. He took us to a scheduled caste colony near Manikarnika Ghat, where people are frightened to talk. Locals said (refusing to mention their names) that they have been harassed and forced to vacate their ancestral lands. The owners of these demolished houses and shops have of course received some monetary compensation. But Ramakant Misra (70), another owner, explained, “We have received only Rs 23 lakh; with that, we bought land for Rs 14 lakh and the registration cost is Rs. 1.5 lakh. How will we construct our house with the remaining meagre amount?” The land spread between Manikarnika Ghat and Lalita Ghat is being supervised by Ahmedabad-based HCP Design Planning and Management Pvt Ltd. Reportedly, Kashi Vishwanath Mandir Trust is restoring and integrating 43 old temples with the milieu surrounding the ancient Shiva temple. The ethos here, characterised by labyrinthine lanes, flower shops, tea and sweetmeat stalls, shops selling saris, wooden toys and items of religious use, has helped Varanasi acquire its distinctive identity. Incidentally, Modi’s religious corridor project has forsaken communal harmony. In a bid to valorise Vishwanath, the minority community here claims that the administration is conspiring to demolish the centuries-old Gyanvapi Masjid which shares a boundary wall with the famed Kashi Vishwanath temple. Modi’s dream project has not even spared Ved Vyas Peeth. Until August 2017, this was an institute of research. Although the administration claims that enough compensation was paid to the Vyas family – Kedarnath Vyas, the patron of Vyas Peeth, did not get a single paisa as compensation from the government, or even a place to stay. Further, he is now being forced to live in a small four-room rented tenement with his son, Jitendra Vyas, and his family of four. Incidentally, the Vyas progenitors also happen to be owners of both the land of Kashi Viswanath temple and Gyanvapi Masjid. Further, rustic Kashi is also known for its vibrant Banarasi sarees and artisans, besides its religious zeal and tourism. All is not smooth for the saree weavers. The industry is still being buffeted by headwinds: small weavers say their margins have dropped drastically since demonetisation and work has shrunk because of GST, which has increased costs for traders who buy from the weavers. “GST has become a hurdle for us, small traders and bunkars (weavers). Earlier, there was not a single tax in the saree industry. The demand of sarees has dropped by 50 per cent in the last five years,” Sameer, owner of four power looms and a master weaver of Sonarpura said. He also lamented on the lack of education as a big reason for endless suffering. “No government representative ever comes to us. We are not educated enough and it is easy to dupe us. No doubt the government has introduced schemes for us, but we are hardly aware of them,” he mentioned. Some Muslim weavers though are game to give Modi another chance. Sonu Akbar (33), another young Banarasi master weaver and owner of two power looms, feels that five years is not enough to fully implement developmental works, adding, “Modiji should get a second term. I believe the situation will improve.” Wahid Ali, a veteran master weaver, summed up the situation, saying “Work has been undertaken in Varanasi and elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh too – that’s a fact. It is also true that no one can defeat Modi in Varanasi. Who else is there? But when other BJP leaders talk about religious discrimination, it leaves us very worried.” In election speeches or rallies though, the struggling economy of Varanasi doesn’t figure, despite its gnawing problems. If weavers can’t deliver, then the entire trade, which follows an age-old symbiotic structure, suffers. A survey conducted last year shows the decline of Banarasi saree weavers as migration to other cities continues.last_img read more

Casablanca Celebrates International Women’s Day

first_imgRabat – In the frame of partnership signed between the  Anfaplace Shopping Center in Casablanca and SOS children’s village organization,  International Women’s Day on March 8th is going to be celebrated through a traditional exhibition. The International Women’s Day is a two days away and women all over the world will seize the occasion to celebrate their achievements while others start a fresh, new journey of womanhood.In an attempt to value and encourage the efforts of women who decide to blossom and conquer the world with their ideas and plans, Anfaplace Shopping Center is working hard to prepare  the floor for these women to celebrate the International Women’s Day on March 8th. “The center will host an exhibition of artisanal products handmade by Moroccan women in difficult conditions and who will benefit from the family strengthening program by SOS village d’Enfants Organization.Additionally, the center will provide an information booth on the association and the different ways for child sponsorship,” Le Matin reported.SOS village d’Enfants is an international organization that helps children at risk around the world. It makes it possible to sponsor  children all over the world, which allows them to have a happy live  and caring families.“Taking into consideration the important role that family plays in the child’s life, Anfaplace Shopping Center has chosen to support SOS village d’Enfants with its citizenship-action,”  the center reported to Le Matin.last_img read more

Why The Most Efficient Scorer In NBA History Is Stuck On The

Charles Barkley1985-20001.52 The most efficient players in modern NBA historyLeaders in career points per shot attempt, 1974-2018 Adrian Dantley1977-19911.53 Boban Marjanovic2016-20181.62 PlayerYearsPoints per shot attempt Marjanovic, the undrafted 29-year-old Serb, has accomplished this in relative anonymity. While he might be a favorite among basketball die-hards and members of the Reddit community devoted to him, Boban will not be at the NBA All-Star game next month, and no throngs of teenagers are lining up to buy his jersey at the NBA store. And he’s only played in 13 games so far this season, a clear sign that his scoring touch doesn’t mask his other shortcomings, which are on display each time he steps on the court. Because he lacks foot speed on defense and is largely tethered to the paint on that end, opponents — particularly those with sharpshooting stretch bigs — can exploit him with the high pick-and-roll.Both sides of the double-edged sword were on display during the Pistons’ loss in Miami Wednesday night, a game in which Marjanovic got his fifth career start while one-time All-Star Andre Drummond sat out with a rib injury. Marjanovic displayed his usual soft touch around the basket, finishing with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting and nine rebounds in just 22 minutes. That production is in line with his career 1.62 points per shot attempt.Still, even with that sort of offensive firepower, the Heat — who drilled 17 threes, tied for the most Detroit’s allowed all season — were able to chase Boban off the floor whenever they downsized by playing Kelly Olynyk at center. In fact, Olynyk reeled off eight consecutive points to put Miami on an 8-0 run within two minutes of that shift; the run prompted Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy to call time and subsequently limit Marjanovic’s minutes to whenever Olynyk wasn’t playing at the 5.Watch here as Miami finds a way to exploit Marjanovic’s presence, or lack thereof, on these three plays. On the first, Miami’s Tyler Johnson comes off a screen, but Marjanovic doesn’t hedge far enough, which forces Pistons guard Reggie Bullock to defend both Johnson and Olynyk on the same play (though he’s too late to do anything about Olynyk’s open shot). During the second play, Marjanovic contains Johnson after a switch, but Olynyk capitalizes on the miss by grabbing the board over the Detroit wings, who are left to fend for themselves in the paint. On the most glaring of the three plays, Olynyk gets a wide-open look in transition after Marjanovic fails to pick him up as a trailer.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/bobanstruggles.mp400:0000:0000:38Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That sequence explains how Marjanovic has become one of the bigger chess pieces in basketball the past few seasons — one who can trigger an immediate substitution from one side or the other based on his sheer size and skill set. But his situation as a historically efficient scorer who still doesn’t see consistent playing time also speaks to how the abundance of perimeter shooting in today’s NBA has made life nearly impossible for rim-protecting 7-footers who lack the mobility to come out and defend past the free-throw line.“It’s tough, because you’re dealing with a lot of guys who can really stretch the floor, and you’ve got to be able to defend out to 25 feet,” Van Gundy said of Marjanovic, who just broke the 100-minute mark for the season Wednesday and has yet to play 1,000 career minutes in three seasons. “He’s worked hard at [improving his lateral footwork], so I’m confident in him being able to play against a lot of people. But when you get really far away from the basket, it’s a little tough on him.”A few numbers highlight how much Marjanovic struggles with perimeter-oriented bigs. So far this season, he is defending 14 midrange and 3-point tries per 100 shot attempts, the most in the NBA among the 365 players who’ve contested at least 30 such shots so far, according to Second Spectrum. Exacerbating the issue even more: Players are shooting about 15 effective field-goal percentage points better than expected against him from that range, according to Second Spectrum data, the worst gap of any center in the league to this point.None of this is to suggest that Marjanovic, who signed with the Spurs as a free agent back in 2015, has no skill on defense. Coming into this season, he held opposing players to far less than their usual averages when shooting within six feet of the rim, likely the result of his disruptive 7-foot-8 wingspan and 9-foot-7 standing reach that make him one of the largest players in NBA history. And if he had played enough minutes to qualify for the leaderboard, Marjanovic’s career total rebound percentage (21.9 percent) would put him right behind former Piston Dennis Rodman, who holds the best rate of all time (23.4 percent).But above all else, Marjanovic is a scorer. He’s very good at establishing position near the basket.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/boban.mp400:0000:0000:08Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.And once he catches the ball, either off an entry pass or after a teammate has lofted it to where only he can catch it, he has an array of moves that make him even more difficult to guard.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/boban2.mp400:0000:0000:41Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Van Gundy said that part of the challenge in playing Marjanovic is timing, adding that he believes Boban matches up fairly well with a number of traditional centers around the league. But if the opposing club starts a traditional big man, then replaces him with a floor-spacer off the bench, that makes it difficult for Van Gundy to find a scenario where he can sub Marjanovic into the action. Doing so would require pulling Drummond, Detroit’s best player, or likely compromising the Pistons’ perimeter defense against a stretch big, as was the case Wednesday with Olynyk.Marjanovic has long known that developing quicker feet on defense is the key to seeing more minutes. “You can’t make someone tall like me, and you can’t make someone quick like [Pistons guard] Ish Smith,3Who, according to Second Spectrum data, is currently the NBA’s fastest player on average.” said Marjanovich, a gym rat who referenced the time he spent working with future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan in an effort to improve defensively. “But you can make small improvements that help, and you can use your mind to study, so you know what play is coming sometimes.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/bobanslow.mp400:0000:0000:55Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who coached Boban when the center first came into the league and eventually talked him into taking the Pistons’ far richer contract offer in restricted free agency, acknowledged that someone like Marjanovic probably could have had a lot more success in an earlier era of basketball — when slow-footed big men like Rik Smits, Kevin Duckworth and Bill Cartwright were averaging big minutes each night and seldom drifting from the paint. But Popovich said he respects all the work his former pupil has put in, despite the fact that there’s only so much he can do to fix his weaknesses.“You am what you am,” Popovich told me. “It’s our job to figure out who these guys are. People talk about players changing. Some some guys add skill, but they don’t change their DNA and their physical abilities and gifts that they have. Some have more than others. And you deal with that.” For players with a mininmum of 30 points per 100 possessions in 100 regular-season games.Source: Basketball-Reference Shaquille O’Neal1993-20111.47 James Harden2010-20181.51 DETROIT — What if I told you that in today’s stats-obsessed league — where everything, including the arc of a shooter’s jump shot and the length of a player’s stride, can be spliced and measured — perhaps the most efficient scorer in modern NBA history couldn’t get off the bench most nights?That’s the reality for 7-foot-3 Pistons center Boban Marjanovic, who scores with unprecedented efficiency when he is on the court.1Since the 1973-74 season, which predates the ABA-NBA merger. Among players who’ve averaged 30 points per 100 possessions and played in at least 100 regular-season games, no player has been able to match Marjanovic in points per shot attempt, and those who have come closest are either already in the Hall of Fame or likely will be one day. He also currently leads the NBA2Among those who’ve played 10 games or more so far this season. by a wide margin in points per touch, according to data from Second Spectrum. read more