Touch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the captains of the All Stars teams that will play next Friday, 13 February at Cbus Stadium on the Gold Coast. Touch Football will feature prominently in the overall event program for the first time in 2015; featuring some of Australia’s best players comprising a TFA All Stars Mixed team set to play an Indigenous All Stars Mixed team as a curtain-raiser to the Rugby League match.Australian Mixed Open captain, Kylie Hilder will captain the TFA All Stars team, while Australian representatives, Trent Touma (Mixed) and Marikki Watego (Women’s) will co-captain the Indigenous All Stars team. TFA All Star coach, Micheal Lovett said that Hilder was an easy selection based on the work they’ve done together at an Australian level over the past cycle as coach and captain of the Australian Mixed Open team respectively. “She is a very good leader of males and females and younger up-and-coming players, as well as the more experienced players,” Lovett said. “She is getting towards the twilight of her career but doesn’t leave anything to chance. She is well prepared fitness-wise, she works on always improving and sets a good on-field example like at last year’s National Touch League where she guided the young New South Wales Scorpions team to the Elite Eight Women’s title.”“She is very passionate about where she has come from in her Touch Football career and always remembers who has helped her get to where she is. She is proud of the Australian crest she wears and instils that into her fellow athletes.”Hilder says that being named captain of the All Stars team is a great honour and that she cannot wait until next week’s game. “To be part of this inaugural Touch Football All Stars game is amazing. Just to be selected to play with some of the best talent currently in the game is overwhelming but then to get named as captain and lead this talent has made me speechless,” Hilder said.“Being named as a captain of any team is one of the greatest honours any athlete can receive and for me being named as the first captain of the NRL All Stars Touch Football side means so much to me and will be something I will never ever forget and a highlight of my career.”Indigenous All Stars coach, Phil Gyemore said that Touma and Watego were ‘both proud indigenous players who have progressed through the Touch Football High Performance program and into the Open teams’. “They are both really strong chances of playing in the 2015 World Cup in Coffs Harbour and all players, not just Indigenous players, should be trying to follow in the footsteps of these young aspiring Touch Football players that would like to represent their country on home soil. They will be great leaders for the Indigenous All Stars team and are fully aware of the honour and what it means to lead this young but exciting Touch Football team on the Gold Coast.”Watego says she is ‘extremely excited’ to be named in the side and ‘truly humbled’ to be named co-captain. “Being fortunate enough to hold a position in this highly coveted team is something that I will never forget. It’s such a great honour and privilege to be selected to represent the Indigenous community whilst playing the sport I love. I really hope that this initiative will inspire both young Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Touch Footy players to get involved and pursue Touch be it socially or competitively.”“To me, there is no higher honour than representing your family and your people in the wider community and I know my co-captain Trent, my team mates and I will cherish this opportunity.”“It would be great to see this game become a permanent fixture in the Touch Football and NRL calendar! I just can’t wait to go into camp next week and prepare for what should be an exciting game of Touch Footy!”Touma says that the game will be one of the biggest honours of his sporting career. “To be noticed by selectors to represent the Indigenous All Star team and also my people is one of the biggest honours in my sporting career. The day I received a phone call from I could not answer with a big yes quick enough,” Touma said. “On top of being selected in this great team I was this week announced as captain alongside Marikki, a great talent in the game today. Being proud enough to represent my people but also captain this team will stay with me for a lifetime.” The game will be played at 3.00pm on Friday, 13 February. Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au in the coming days to find out how you can watch the live stream of the game! Related LinksAll Stars Captains
Story Highlights The country has been designated the sub-regional hub for relief operations in the event of disasters. The designation of Jamaica as the sub-regional hub was made by head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. This move will allow for fast and effective delivery of assistance in disaster situations. As Jamaica prepares to position itself as the fourth node in the global logistics chain, the country has been designated the sub-regional hub for relief operations in the event of disasters.Making the announcement, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said this move will allow for greater efficiency and management of regional and international humanitarian supplies and for fast and effective delivery of assistance in disaster situations.“This designation will mean a strengthening of the logistics link between Jamaica and Panama, which has been designated the Regional Logistics Centre for Humanitarian Assistance for the Americas in the provision of post disaster humanitarian relief,” he said.The Minister was speaking on Wednesday, November 13, at the TechConnect 2013 conference and exposition at the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) headquarters in Kingston.He noted that the designation of Jamaica as the sub-regional hub, was made by head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Baroness Amos, and is in keeping with efforts to enhance regional co-operation in disaster preparedness and humanitarian response.“Relief operations….that’s a major logistics exercise and it means therefore that…they see the build out of Jamaica’s existing facility, the promise of the logistics hub as a major part of, and a major reason for making Jamaica the sub-regional operations centre,” he said.The Minister contented that in the future, it is likely that Jamaica’s global logistics hub operation will be seen “as a sort of magnet for multinational corporations whose products and services are directly or indirectly involved in the logistics associated with disaster management and disaster relief”.“This is a major feather in Jamaica’s cap and strengthens our resolve in expediting the establishment of Jamaica’s global logistics hub. More importantly, it sends a clear signal that the global community understands the geo-strategic importance of Jamaica to global logistics,” he said.The Government’s Logistics Hub Initiative aims to take advantage of the anticipated increase in maritime activities from the expansion of the Panama Canal, scheduled for completion by 2016.Jamaica is deemed ideally positioned for this undertaking, based on the country’s location, midway between North and South America, and in close proximity to the canal.Forming part of the Government’s strategic priorities for 2013/14, in the area of job creation and economic growth, the initiative will see Jamaica becoming the fourth node in the global logistics chain, along with facilities at Rotterdam, Netherlands; Singapore; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.Key elements of the initiative include: development of the Caymanas Economic Zone; dredging of the Kingston Harbour; establishing a Dry Dock facility at Jackson Bay, Clarendon and a trans-shipment commodity port facility near Yallahs, St. Thomas; and developing an air cargo and passenger facility at Vernamfield in Clarendon.The conference and expo formed part of activities for the first annual TechConnect Week, organised by Advantum, from November 13 to 15.The week, themed: ‘Securing the Logistics Chain: People, Equipment, Technology’, will feature presentations and discussions about securing the key aspects of the logistics chain whilst highlighting the need to view security from a holistic perspective.Formerly Port Computer Services, Advantum is a subsidiary of the SAJ, which provides technological infrastructure and systems support to the Caribbean maritime sector.
SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has urged people of all ages to collectively practice and encourage safer internet usage. He was commenting amid public outcry for social media giants who own the likes of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to tackle harmful content negatively influencing the mental health of young people.Said the Foyle MLA: “Social media can be a wonderful tool when used with care, however harmful and at times graphic content which often slips through the net, can have a devastating impact on those already suffering from poor mental health. “We must make a conscientious effort, as online users, to report harmful material, to practice safer online usage and remove this scourge from social platforms. “We must also invest in public information campaigns to educate school children on how to safely navigate social media.“It is clear we need to deliver a realistic approach to what is a labyrinthine task. “By taking small steps to change how we use social media and by informing our young people on safe usage, together we can create safer online communities,” added Mr Durkan.Durkan urges social media vigilance over mental health fears to young people was last modified: January 30th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Durkan urges social media vigilance over mental health fears to young peopleFacebookFOYLE MLAINSTAGRAMMark H DurkanSDLPSOCIAL MEDIATwitter “Due to algorithms, the ‘bread and butter’ of these social platforms, negative content is pushed towards those individuals already experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts, essentially those most likely to engage with the content.“It would be myopic to suggest that the onus falls on social media companies. “Of course, they have a duty to implement tighter restrictions and review enforcement policies- yet the reality remains that some material will inevitably filter through. “This is a global issue and as such is extremely difficult to police- perhaps an even greater task for parents of teenagers who want to afford them some degree of privacy. ShareTweet