US$80M to Reform Education Sector

first_imgMinster Werner told journalists at the dedication of the Kinston Weagba Public School in Tarjourwon District in Sinoe County on Tuesday that government needs US$80 million to successfully reform the sector.This amount, he said, will include the construction of modern schools in all parts of the country; training of teachers and their quarters; science laboratories and many other administrative initiatives.The Kinston Weagba Public School, located in the One Way Community, Tarjourwon, has everything that is required of a modern school facility.Minister Werner told reporters that MOE will need pretty close to US$80 million to implement all of the strategies for the education sector and to build schools to particularly decongest places like Monrovia.He said this will help to drastically reduce the appalling student-to-teacher ratio, which currently stands at 50, 75 or 100 students to a teacher depending on the places.“In our own strategy for the reform, we need the money to build schools across Liberia that will also help in cutting down the student population of places that are overcrowded, like Monrovia and other places. We need to reduce the ratio to at least 40:1.”The government, he said has an agreement with the Global Education Partnership and the World Bank to construct 41 modernized schools across the country. 27 of the 41 are nearing completion, with the Kinston Weagba Public School being one of them. The project is a US$40 million agreement between the three partners and comes to an end next year.The cost of construction of the Kinston Weagba Public High School, which the minister termed as the flagship project that he would want for all schools in the country, is US$500,000.“We want to build modern schools that have the facilities we want in all of our schools. For example, the bathrooms here for the females will have showers. There are also teachers’ quarters that will be well furnished, laboratories and others. All the teachers will need to do is to bring their suitcase. You will meet the furniture and you will leave the furniture when you are re-assigned.It’s great to see the future right here, he said, “When this school is fully completed, the labs and everything will be equipped. There will be desks, textbooks, library, labs, teachers’ lounge and everything that is require of a modern school.Reforming Liberia’s “Messy” education system, which seems to be the most debated public policy issue of recent, “requires the collective efforts every Liberian and commitment on the part of the government and partners, because the task is monumental and the cost is as well exorbitant,” Minister of Education, George Werner, said.Since the thought of reforming the system was brought out by Minister Werner when he called for the premature closure of schools to prepare for the commencement of the reform exercise, there have been lot of debates in the public sphere about sincerity, rationale behind this call, with many terming it as belated.This skepticism is especially apparent giving that the current administration is only left with two more years, but Minister Werner, who desires to leave a legacy on the sector, continues to stress that every long journey begins with a single step and much could be achieved in the next two years if all of the stakeholders work on a concerted and unified front.“What you see here is what we would like for our schools to look like when the reform is put on track and fully implemented,” he said.In selecting the communities that will be beneficiaries of the 41 schools under the project, the Minister said there was a demographic survey done to select the site.It is important to provide a very safe environment for students to learn like the construction exercises that are ongoing, Minister Werner noted, but there are needs for qualified teacher. Liberia currently has just 17 percent of its teachers that have first degree, while the rest do not have.“Just a minute percent of our teachers have their first degrees; the rest are high school graduates or no high school certificates at all. So we do have a monumental task,” the minister said.“We are to make sure that we train teachers. We are working with the universities, the University of Liberia and the Tubman University in Maryland County to train more teachers. At the moment we are recruiting science and mathematics teachers, but the recruitment is very slow,”He hopes that young Liberians, who have degrees in the sciences, can apply, because we aim at paying them well. If they have to relocate them we will have to give them in addition to their salaries, relocation allowances,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Gambia Should Not Dent Progress of Democracy in West Africa’ -Dr. Ibn Chambas

first_imgDemocracy, which is government by the people, is gradually taking a stronghold in the West African region and The Gambia, which is gradually being plunged into political anarchy after the December 1 electoral process, cannot be of any exception, the most senior official of the United Nations in West Africa, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has said.The West African region has experienced successful elections as well as smooth transitions across the region in recent years, and Dr. Chambas said at a press conference in Monrovia that the situation in The Gambia cannot be a dark spot on these successes.The conference was the climax of the 30th High-Level Meeting of the heads of the UN Missions in West Africa, convened at the invitation of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas.The Special Representatives of the UN Secretary-General and heads of the UN Missions in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Ms. Achatouw Mindaoudou Souleymane; in Liberia (UNMIL), Farid Zarif; and in Mali (MINUSMA), Mahamat Saleh Annadif, attended yesterday’s meeting.The objective of the bi-annual meeting, Dr. Chambas said, was to provide insight and exchange views on the peace and security dynamics in the areas of operation of the respective missions as well as in the West African region.In the last two years, there have been ten presidential elections across the region. Opposition leaders were victorious in five of them with the rest won by incumbents. There have been smooth transfers of powers in all of the elections that the opposition won. “This is the level of progress that we have seen in recent years and this cannot be reversed in our region,” Dr. Chambas, a native of Ghana, said.On behalf of his colleagues, Dr. Chambas expressed the hope that upcoming elections in West Africa, especially in Liberia and a few other countries, will consolidate democratic progress and bring about increased participation in politics.Election successes and smooth transitions simply mean that the period of coup d’états are over and democracy, the popular will of the people, is now reigning across a region that was known to have experienced the highest number of bloody coups. Dr. Chambas indicated that The Gambia must move by the wind of democracy that is sweeping across the continent.He expressed serious concern over the rejection of the December 1 election results by incumbent President Yahya Jammeh, and called for peaceful transfer of power, noting that heads of UN Missions support the ECOWAS and the UN Security Council position on The Gambia.Upholding the election result is a must. “The will of the people of The Gambia must be respected,” he added.He also prayed that Liberia and other countries that will be going to the poll next year will have peaceful and transparent processes, and admitted that the real challenge that the region faces has to do with extremism. “This is our greatest challenge as a region and we must address it collectively,” he said.The Monrovia meeting was meant to also strengthen coordination in order to address common challenges in such areas as elections, transnational organized crime, violent extremism and terrorism, the security sector and constitutional reform processes and democratic transitions.Chambas lauded the peaceful execution of the December 7 elections in Ghana, while also commending the outgoing President John Mahama for peacefully conceding defeat. He also referenced the peaceful local and presidential elections in Cape Verde, held in September and October, respectively, this year. “We are very glad that all of these are happening in our region,” he added, and made specific reference to the upcoming Malian election which will be its first since 2009.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The XXIV CITUR Congress for tourism deemed successful

first_imgThe 24th Inter-American Ministerial Congress on Tourism today, wrapped up its two-day session at the Marriott Hotel with more fruitful discussions by ministers and high-level authorities on achieving sustainable tourism, through multi-destination travel and building resilience in the tourism sector.Following ten plenary sessions by officials, today’s all-day meeting concluded with the adoption of the ‘Declaration of Georgetown’. This document forms the basis for the development of partnerships for the growth of the tourism industry in the Americas.Minister of Business with responsibility for Tourism, Dominic Gaskin, who chaired the conference, noted that the discussions will ensure a transformed tourism sector in Guyana.“What was good about it (the Congress) were the discussions…a lot of the topics discussed were very relevant to Guyana. We have a lot to learn. We are fairly young as a tourism destination. To have all these expertise from different countries in the same room is very good exposure for us”, Minister Gaskin said.He added, “It was very valuable for us and it gave us a sense of where we are and where we need to go with tourism in Guyana.”Executive Secretary for Integral Development of the Organisation of American States, Kim Osborne highlighted some of the high points stemming out of the meeting for most of the representatives.“What we had was strong indications of support, collaboration and co-operation between and among countries, to share dialogue and experiences, to share lessons learnt and good practices; to the extent that member states have offered co-operation to each other. We are grateful for the outcome of the meeting”, Osborne said.She also commended Guyana for hosting a memorable event. She enthused, “Guyana did an amazing job at hosting and showing the product it has to offer. I think it hosting this ministerial congress really positions it as an emerging destination in the Americas with the flora and fauna, and amazing natural products. It is something people were not really aware of, and it was an opportunity to tell the rest of the Americas what Guyana has to offer.”This year’s Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism saw a total of 26 Organisation of American States (OAS) member states representatives, participating. The next Congress is expected to be held in Paraguay in 2021.last_img read more

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MAN SAYS TREE SAVED HIS FAMILY FROM CAR-BOMB BLAST

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: A man said he believes a tree in his garden saved the lives of his family after a car-bomb exploded outside their home.Alan Coyle points to the tree outside his home which was hit by a device or shrapnel from a bomb. Pic copyright Donegal Daily.Alan Coyle, 59, was left terrified after thugs targeted his home in Letterkenny, on Friday morning.Alan was with his wife Geraldine and their 13 year old daughter Katie at Manor View Park when he heard a massive explosion at about 3.40am. He noticed that two of his windows had been smashed and there was a smell of “sweet burning” all around his house.He called the Gardai immediately who evacuated homes on the normally-quiet estate.Alan noticed shrapnel in his garden and was then told by Gardai that his jeep had been severely damaged.The front of Alan’s Mitsubishi Pajero jeep was badly damaged and the two front wheels were blown outwards. At first light on Friday morning the Army Bomb Disposal team arrived in Letterkenny from Finner Camp army base in Ballyshannon.The ground on which the device exploded beneath Alan’s jeep is still scorched. Pic copyright Donegal Daily.Garda Inspector Pat O’Donnell has said he feared there may be secondary devices planted in the area.The army left the area after two hours after being satisfied there were no more viable devices in the area.Alan and other people on the estate were allowed to return to their homes at 6pm on Friday night.Speaking yesterday for the first time, Alan, a former fisheries officer, told Donegal Daily he feels the tree in his front garden may have saved his family from being badly injured. “I am almost certain of that. I think a device was thrown at the house, hit the tree and bounced back under the jeep.“I think it then exploded and caused all the damage. Only for it hit the tree it could have came into my bedroom and God knows what kind of harm it would have done,” he said.Alan pointed to a number of areas of damage including a hole in his bedroom window which was hit by debris which failed to smash the double glazing.Two of his neighbours’ houses also have holes in them from where they were hit by debris. The army bomb disposal team arrive to examine the scene of Friday’s explosion. Pic copyright Donegal Daily.Alan says his daughter Katie is too terrified to return to the family home but hopes she will in a few days time.He says he has his own theory about who is behind the attack and why but wants the message to go out that he is not involved in any criminality.“There are all sorts of rumours out there but I want to state that this has nothing to do with drugs or there is no paramilitary thing.“I have my own suspicions that it is connected to a dispute I was involved in. I just never thought it would be taken to this extreme,” he said.But despite the horrific attack, Alan, who is well known in hunting circles, says he will not be intimidated out of his family home.“I will not be moving. I will not be frightened out of my home.“I have spoken to the Gardai who I have to say have been so professional in their approach in all of this. I will be improving my personal and home security but I will not be leaving my home,” he said.MAN SAYS TREE SAVED HIS FAMILY FROM CAR-BOMB BLAST was last modified: November 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Alan Coyleblastbomb blastGardaiManor View ParkTREElast_img read more

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JOB VACANCY: DONEGAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY KELSIUS SEEKING TO RECRUIT A COST ACCOUNTANT

first_imgJOB VACANCY: One of Donegal’s fastest growing technology companies KELSIUS are seeking to recruit more staff to join their innovative and dynamic team. Just a few weeks ago it was announced that KELSIUS secured a €2 million contract with Musgraves.That deal will ensure that KELSIUS’S wireless Food-Check technology will be rolled out in SuperValu and Centra stores all over Ireland. Now management at the company based in Falcarragh are seeking to recruit new staff.The company which provides real-time temperature monitoring solutions for the Food and Health Care sectors are seeking to recruit a part or fully qualified Accountant whose responsibilities will include:Setting, monitoring and revising product standard costsPreparation and analysis of monthly purchase price and usage variance reports and validate the cost of goods sold as part of the month-end closePutting in place a system for measuring, monitoring and reporting on all customer services related costs.Preparation and analysis of Stock obsolescence reportsThe candidate will be working alongside the Financial Controller and other heads of department to ensure adequate and detailed information and data analysis is available.Understanding the manufacturing process and customer services and linking the transactions in those areas to the financial statements is a critical function of this role.The candidate will also be required to gain an understanding of the company’s existing financial reporting and payroll systems in order to provide assistance to the company’s Accountant on an occasional basis during busy periods and to cover leave periods.The ideal candidate will have experience in a similar role in a manufacturing environment.Good communication skills required as is the need to work on one’s own initiative.Experience in Accounting Software is an essential requirement whilst knowledge of stock systems would be an advantage.Strong Excel knowledge required also.Remuneration will be commensurate with experience.Please forward CV and covering letter to john.burke@kelsius.com. JOB VACANCY: DONEGAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY KELSIUS SEEKING TO RECRUIT A COST ACCOUNTANT was last modified: September 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jobsnewslast_img read more

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Outsourcing to South Africa

first_imgAs companies worldwide respond to increasing cost and efficiency pressures, South Africa is becoming a favoured international location for business process outsourcing and offshoring.A massive banking call centre in Johannesburg. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterBusiness process outsourcing (BPO) and offshoring is a major global trend and the industry, worth an estimated US$130-billion a year, has an expected annual growth rate of about 50% for the next five years.BPO involves relocating business processes that a company usually performs in-house to a third-party service provider, such as a customer care or call centre, to carry out on behalf of the company. Outsourcing becomes offshoring when the third-party service provider is located overseas.The BPO industry’s focus sectors include financial services, insurance and telecommunications, with outsourced processes including after-sales services, data capture and conversion, accounting, benefits administration, human resource functions, and website design and development.Identified as a key sector in the government’s strategy to boost the country’s economy and create employment, business process outsourcing and offshoring is forecast to create 25 000 direct and 75 000 indirect jobs in South Africa and contribute up to R7.95-billion to the national economy by 2009.Information technology (IT) outsourcing is also a growing business in South Africa, with the diversity of the local market, first world know-how and a developing country environment making it an ideal test lab for new innovations.IT outsourcing makes up more than a third of the R30-billion IT services market, according to a study in 2008 by research and advisory firm IDC, taking up the largest share of all IT service categories.Gartner, the international research group, rates South Africa as one of its top 30 software development outsourcing destinations, with 2007 research putting it on par with Israel in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, and next to Australia and India globally.Calling .ZAAccording to Business Day, the local call-centre industry has grown by about 8% a year since 2003. It directly employs about 54 000 people and contributes 0.92% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP).A government-backed BPO support programme, launched in 2007, aims to enhance South Africa’s competitiveness and includes a budgeted R1.1-billion in investment incentives. The plan focuses on:A broad-based marketing strategy.A government support programme which includes an investment grant and training subsidies.A developmental pricing framework for telecommunications.Competitive advantagesFor international firms, South Africa slots in between near-shore locations such as Canada, Mexico or Eastern Europe, which offer close proximity as well as cultural affinity to domestic markets, and more traditional offshore locations, such as India and the Philippines, that offer cheap labour.South Africa has many factors working in its favour, including:World-class service levels of call centre staff.A broad base of management and service provider expertise, coupled with extensive financial services expertise, particularly in insurance, mortgage and loan processing and collection.Time-zone compatibility with Europe.High rates of fluency in English, coupled with neutral English accents that are easily understood in Western markets.A favourable exchange rate.Strong government support.State-backed incentives, such as start-up and expansion grants and discounted telecommunications prices.An advanced and growing telecommunications industry.The government is taking steps to ensure cheaper and more widely available bandwidth capacity, which will allow cheaper international phone calls. Major projects are also under way to lay submarine fibre-optic cables along both the east and west coasts of Africa to boost the continent’s connection with the rest of the world.World in one countryInternational companies that have already chosen South Africa as a BPO destination include IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, Lufthansa, Virgin, Sykes, Avis and the Car Phone Warehouse.South Africa’s commitment to the BPO industry was underscored in 2007 by the decision to build a R125-million, 1 500-seat call centre at the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.The BPO Park covers five hectares in Coega’s business service precinct and includes training facilities and recreational space. The managing company said the space was designed to cater for various scenarios and could accommodate numerous different investors.Other recent investments include:In May 2008, oil multinational Royal Dutch Shell opened a call centre in Cape Town. The centre will service Shell’s customers in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, with native Afrikaans-speaking operators trained to converse in Dutch and Flemish.In November 2007, US-based business process outsourcing giant TeleTech started  construction on its first facility on the African continent, at the Old Match Factory in Salt River, Cape TownBusiness Process Enabling South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustryCoega Development CorporationBusiness DayWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Five journalists in Bijnor booked for circulating fake news reports

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police booked five journalists in Bijnor on Friday for circulating fake news reports. In an FIR filed by the Bijnor police, two journalists, one working with a local daily and another engaged with an electronic news channel, have been named, along with three unidentified reporters.The FIR said that Ashish Tomar and Shakil Ahmed tried to vitiate social amity by circulating fake news about a Valmiki family from Titarwala Basi village under Mandwar police station putting ‘house on sale’ on their house after not being allowed to collect water from the village hand pump by an influential Dalit family from the same village.The police said the issue had been resolved by the police and the village ‘pradhan’ and alleged that it was one of the journalists who had put the ‘exodus’ threat on the wall to present the local administration in a bad light. The FIR quotes Lokesh Devi, wife of Gopal Valmiki, that the journalists asked her to put the house on sale on the wall. When she said she was illiterate one of them wrote it on the wall with a wooden stick and coal powder. However, the news report mentions Premchand Valmiki as the head of the family.The journalists have been booked under Sections 153 A (promoting enmity), 268 (nuisance) and 503 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and Section 66 A of the IT Act.The journalists stand by their story and on Saturday several local mediapersons held a meeting against the police action alleging that the journalists were being targeted for factual reporting. “The said journalists have recorded versions of the person quoted in the story and the police applied pressure on the Valmiki family to create a false case. Late night, senior district officials promised us to drop the charges,” said a senior journalist with a local paper on condition of anonymity.On being pointed out that the name that appears in the news report and the FIR did not match, Bijnor SP Sanjeev Tyagi told The Hindu that the house on which the statement was written belonged to Lokesh Devi. She had given us a complaint which we have added to the FIR.”He admitted that there was a clash between two groups over collection of water from the hand pump after another hand pump stopped working, and some people were booked. “A team of circle officer and sub-divisional magistrate inspected the area and resolved the issue. The news of ‘exodus’ and ‘house on sale’ was fabricated.”Mr. Tyagi added that the investigation was on. “The local mediapersons met us and we apprised them of the facts of the case.”last_img read more

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ISL 2019-20: David Williams, Edu Garcia Brace Leads ATK to Crushing Win Over Hyderabad FC

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Kolkata: ATK got off to a fiery start at home in ISL 2019-20 as they produced a a dominant 5-0 win against Hyderabad FC at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium in Kolkata on Friday.Debutants Hyderabad FC were no match to the ATK side, that showed slick passing and found spaces at will. Hyderabad FC’s defence had a horrible night as they struggled to contain the ATK attack consisting of Roy Krishna and David Williams who opened their accounts for the season. Williams opened the scoring in the 25th minute with a neat finish before Krishna doubled the lead two minutes later with a long-range effort. The Australian forward notched his second goal in the 44th minute to make it 3-0 and to late strikes from Edu Garcia (88′, 90+4′) completed an emphatic win. The 5-0 result is also ATK’s biggest win at home.5⃣⭐ display by the home side!#ISLMoments #KOLHYD #HeroISL #LetsFootball #TrueLove pic.twitter.com/nufs58b2yS— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 25, 2019 ATK’s gameplan was evident right from the start. They were quick to get on the ball and build attacks. The wave of pressure from the hosts pinned the visitors into their own half and it soon paid dividends.Hyderabad, who had to replace an injured Rafael Lopez with Marko Stankovic midway through the first half, succumbed to the brilliance of the ATK duo of Roy Krishna and David Williams. In the 25th minute, Javier Hernandez fed Williams in behind the defence and the forward, who beat the offside trap, executed a fine finish.Two minutes later, Williams found Krishna in plenty of space outside the box and the Fijian striker’s firm low shot took a slight touch off goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh’s gloves before rolling into the net.Hyderabad’s front line of Robin Singh, Giles Barnes and Marcelinho were monitored and kept in check by ATK’s astute three-man defence throughout the first half.At the stroke of half-time, Williams once again broke free from the offside trap to latch onto Jayesh Rane’s through-ball and finished well past the goalkeeper to make it 3-0 at the half-time whistle.Michael Soosairaj, who looked threatening from the left wing-back role, embarked on a mazy run from his own box following a Hyderabad corner-kick after the break. The former Jamshedpur winger beat two players on his way up the field, but failed in his attempt to set up Roy Krishna and a dangerous attack came to an abrupt end.Soosairaj had another shot at the goal after the hour-mark as ATK continued to cruise. Hyderabad were all at sea against an intelligent ATK side.Substitute Edu Garcia added two more goals to complete Hyderabad’s humiliation. Prabir Das dribbled into the box from the right flank and drilled a ball across the face of the goal in the 88th minute for Garcia to tap in. The duo combined again as the Spaniard headed in Das’ incisive cross in added time to seal the demolition job. atkDavid WilliamsEdu Garciafootball First Published: October 25, 2019, 10:37 PM ISTlast_img read more

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SPORT-WATSON 2 LAST

first_img(REOPENS DEL 20) (REOPENS DEL 20) “I really enjoyed my time being back in the Australian squad but, it is quite different,” Watson said. “None of the other guys that I played with growing up are here anymore. I know how privileged Ive been to be in the position to start out so young with so many incredible players. “Thats part of what Ive always seen myself being the filter to pass on that knowledge to the guys that Im involved with. I know how incredibly fortunate Ive been…my first tour was with Steve Waugh as the captain of the Test squad. A lot of these guys have seen Steve Waugh play but never had the fortune to actually be able to play with him. Thats just one guy, let alone all the other legends I was fortunate enough to play with.” One of low points in his distinguished career also came in India. He was suspended after the infamous Homework-gate during the teams disastrous Test tour of India in 2013 for which he was axed from the team. “That was a time I certainly was considering my future within the Australian team because at that point in time I certainly wasnt enjoying the environment at all, I was enjoying playing in that regard,” Watson recalled. “And thats what the game of cricket and sport in general is there for ? to be thoroughly enjoyed. The thing that really shone through at that point in time was how much I do love the game and realising that was absolutely living the dream. “I just had to get through that period of time having faith that there was light at the end of the tunnel and there certainly was. It changed within two or three months with Darren (Lehmann) coming in (as coach) and changing things around.” PTI BS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Super Netball: Magpies stun Firebirds as Swifts hold off Thunderbirds

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Topics Earlier, the NSW Swifts scored two late goals to scrape past Adelaide 51-49 on Sunday and leave the Thunderbirds still without a Super Netball win this season.In an unexpectedly tense finish, the Thunderbirds levelled the scores with two minutes to go at Quay Centre in Sydney.But timely intercepts from Swifts pair Paige Hadley and Abbey McCulloch ended their late run as the home side recorded their fourth victory from six games.The upside for Adelaide was they banked their first competition points of the season with two bonus points for winning the third and fourth quarters.Swifts coach Briony Akle made an uncharacteristic number of changes as she attempted to avoid an upset loss – including swapping out star goal shooter Sam Wallace (30 goals from 34 attempts) at the final break.Adelaide’s defence provided some hustle but the Swifts were helped by the contributions of shooters Helen Housby (15/20) and Sophie Garbin (6/9).Adelaide goal shooter Shimona Nelson finished with healthier figures (33/39) after dropping below 80 per cent at one stage, her rebounding efforts making up for her at-times wayward shooting.NSW led 31-25 at halftime and despite the Thunderbirds cutting the deficit to three goals heading into the final quarter, the Swifts continued to make a raft of substitutions. Share via Email ‘Exciting’ scoring changes to spice up new Super Netball season In a surprise move, the Magpies handed 19-year-old defender Matilda Garrett her first Super Netball start ahead of Diamonds goal keeper Sharni Layton.The line-up change appeared to be a masterstroke with the Magpies bursting out to an early five-goal advantage and extending the lead to seven in the third quarter before the Firebirds fought back to tie the game.But the Magpies steadied after subbing in the experience of Layton and centre Kim Ravaillion to help withstand Queensland’s late charge.Collingwood won three quarters to finish with seven competition points in the win and move within striking distance of the top four heading into the bye round.With leading scorer Caitlin Thwaites locked in a tough battle with Firebirds veteran Laura Geitz, Bell played her best game in Collingwood colours with her string of eight straight goals sparking the Magpies’ four-goal break at halftime.Thwaites imposed herself on the game in the second half to finish with 34 goals with 85 per cent accuracy while midcourter Madi Robinson compiled 37 circle feeds and 22 goal assists.Romelda Aiken bagged 42 goals from 51 attempts in her 150th game for the Queensland Firebirds while Gretel Tippett made 20 of her 21 shots to go with 18 assists.Behind their new-look defensive pairing, the Magpies cashed in on some errant Queensland turnovers to build a 6-2 lead, forcing Firebirds coach Roselee Jencke to use an early time out.The Firebirds regrouped with Aiken and Tippett starting to break down Collingwood’s defence but the Magpies held on to take a lead 17-16 at the first change.The second quarter turned into an arm-wrestle with both teams trading goals until the Magpies broke away in the final minutes with five goals in a row to establish at 35-31 lead at halftime.Bell was on song early in the second half as the Magpies’ lead grew to seven goals but Aiken poured in 15 third-quarter goals as the Firebirds levelled the scores at 50-all before the Magpies took control in the final quarter.The Magpies will travel to Sydney after the bye to play the Giants while the Firebirds will face the Adelaide Thunderbirds. Sam Wallace was swapped out at the last break despite 30 goals from 34 attempts. Photograph: Craig Golding/AAP Support The Guardian Impassioned rallying cry strikes chord with netball followers Read more Read more Twitter Since you’re here… Super Netball The Collingwood Magpies have broken through for just their second Super Netball win of the season by defeating Queensland Firebirds 67-62 in Launceston.Collingwood headed into Sunday’s match stranded in seventh spot on the ladder but stunned the in-form Firebirds as goal attack Erin Bell (33 goals) powered the Magpies to a morale-boosting victory.center_img Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Facebook Australia sport Share on Facebook news Share on Twitter Netball Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Akle was relieved after admitting her side felt the pressure as the Thunderbirds threatened the upset. “Everyone knew that the T-Birds hadn’t won a point – everyone’s talking about it and I think that’s where the youth comes in,” Akle said. “If we had a few older heads, we’d just play our game and we’d be okay but I think the pressure got to them.”The introduction of the bonus-point system has brought a new level of intensity to Super Netball and Sunday’s result highlighted the way it can extend the meaning of games.By not banking all bonus points, the fourth-placed Swifts (26 points) missed the chance to draw level on the table with the Giants and Sunshine Coast Lightning (both 28 points). 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