Mid way through last year the ATA went through a Management Audit of it’s structure and Touch around Australia. The Shilbury Report was the outcome of this audit and has lead to some major changes taking place in the coming months. THE SHILBURY REPORT As part of the Management Audit and Restructure several committees have been formed to help all areas of the Touch organisations come together smoothly. One group, the Business Principles Group, has been in Canberra with representatives from all around Australia, including speakers from outside organisations such as Michael McLaughlin from McLaughlin Sports Consultancy, have been meeting together at the ATA office. The meeting has encompassed a wide variety of topics and issues, with ATA CEO Kevin Thompson kicking off the four-day meeting with discussion on where the ATA is heading. Day two saw the introduction of a Human Resources consultant to help implement the Unitary Model of Management and to asses the needs of the organisation. Another crucial part of day two was the presentations given by each member of the group analysing areas of other organisations, how they operate and cope with various management issues. Examples of the organizations the group members looked at include the Sydney Swans, Tennis Australia and Surf Life Saving WA amongst others. Day three saw Michael McLaughlin fly into Canberra to facilitate the Internal Analysis sessions. He encouraged discussion on the various organisations regarding several aspects of each including: * Communication * IT Infrastructure, Management and Policy * Operating Rules and Procedures * Customer Service Principles The goal of examining the organisations and their structures is to establish a framework or current practice that can easily be adopted by the ATA. The final day (tomorrow) will enable the Chair and key stakeholders in each of the Management Audit Committees to look at the impact of one committee on another. All delegates have commented that the discussion has not only raised issues that the ATA are facing with the management restructure but also how there have been many positive discussions on solutions and ideas to help deal with the issues that the ATA may face over the coming months.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal manager Emery refused recalls for Nelson & Chambersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has been blocked from recalling Reiss Nelson and Calum Chambers.As injuries have begun to pile-up at the Emirates, Emery is desperate for reinforcements this month.However, BBC claims Nelson and Chambers will not be recalled from their successful loan spells.18-year-old Nelson has excelled for Hoffenheim this season, while Chambers has also impressed with Arsenal’s Premier League rivals, Fulham.Emery has seen defenders Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Saed Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny all to succumb to injuries in recent weeks.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva: Winning most important thing in FA Cupby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton did enough to see off FA Cup opponents Lincoln City 2-1 on Saturday.Ademola Lookman, with his first goal in 394 days, and Bernard put the hosts ahead inside 14 minutes but they struggled once Michael Bostwick pulled one back.”First, we achieved the main thing which was to play the next round in the competition,” Everton manager Marco Silva said.”It looks in some moments that we didn’t like to have a quiet afternoon. But for 20 minutes we did well, we started with intensity, with some good moments, the second goal was a good finish.”After that we lost focus completely and gave them hope and is something that has happened with our team during the last few games and is something we have to stop as quick as we can.”He added: “The game is always open until we score the third goal, we didn’t score the third goal but we achieved the main thing to be in the next round.”
Lokonga walks back Barcelona, Man City rumoursby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlbert Sambi Lokonga has denied he’s angling to leave Anderlecht.The 19 year-old attacker has been offered to Barcelona, Manchester City and Sevilla by agents with his contract due to expire in June.However, Lokonga insists his priority is to stay with the Belgian giants.”My priority is to stay two more years in Anderlecht,” said the midfielder.Anderlecht are eager to tie down Lokonga to new terms. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rafael Garcia thrilled with first pro Everton dealby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRafael Garcia has signed a first pro Everton deal until the end of June 2022 after turning 17 earlier this month.A first pro deal is a reward for the youngster despite confirmation that he will miss the rest of this season, having suffered an ACL injury while in pre-season.”Signing a first pro contract is a huge thing and hopefully it will be the start of something big,” Garcia told evertonfc.com.”I’ve had so much help since I’ve joined Everton, from my teammates, my coaches and the staff.”The people at Everton are very nice and very kind. The transition has been easy.”It is a great club to be at, with a brilliant history.”Getting the injury was a blow but the aim is to get back for pre-season next year and be stronger and fitter than I was.”
CALGARY – A second coal-mining company in four months is being hit with a seven-figure penalty for polluting incidents that impacted fish in tributaries of the Athabasca River east of Jasper National Park in Alberta.On Tuesday, Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S) agreed to pay a fine of $1 million after pleading guilty in provincial court to three counts under the federal Fisheries Act.The Toronto-based company was charged five years ago due to incidents where wastewater considered toxic to fish was allowed to flow from its open pit Coal Valley Mine about 120 kilometres east of Jasper National Park into ecologically significant habitat for rainbow trout.In June, Prairie Mines & Royalty Ltd. — formerly known as Coal Valley Resources — was handed almost $4.5 million in federal and provincial penalties after it also pleaded guilty to polluting tributaries of the Athabasca River.Prairie Mines was charged after a catastrophic break in an earthen berm at its Obed Mountain coal mine about 50 kilometres east of the park allowed an estimated 670 million litres of wastewater to escape into the river system in October 2013.Environment and Climate Change Canada said Tuesday the Sherritt charges were laid following an inspection in August 2012 at the coal mine located about 90 kilometres south of the town of Edson.The company was ordered to stop its practice and the ministry subsequently discovered that two other discharges had occurred in 2011.The severity of the fine reflects the size of the offence as half a million litres of poorly treated effluent was estimated to have escaped into the environment, said Daniel Smith, regional director for environmental enforcement for Environment Canada in Edmonton.“In this case, in addition to the significant volumes deposited in the river, the toxicity level was quite high in the tests that we performed … (It) resulted in 100 per cent mortality in our lab samples,” he said.“These rivers and creeks in the foothills contain sensitive habitat for some protected species so it is quite an important watershed.”He said the Coal Valley Mine was treating collected surface water with a chemical to remove suspended fine sediment but it wasn’t properly monitoring the dosage, resulting in discharges that were just as toxic to fish.Sherritt investor relations director Joe Racanelli said the company installed new sediment control systems and initiated better management practices after the charges were laid.He said the company is taking responsibility even though it sold the coal mine in 2014.“We do not own the Coal Valley Mine but we were operators and owners at the time so we are responsible because there was a non-compliance issue. Sherritt takes these kinds of issues very seriously,” he said.He wouldn’t comment when asked if the amount of the fine was negotiated in return for the guilty plea.Most of the $1-million fine is to be assigned to Environment Canada’s environmental damages fund to be directed to programs intended to benefit the natural environment.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had the incorrect number of figures in the fines in the lede.
BAGHDAD – For more than three years after graduation, Karar Alaa Abdul-Wahid tried to get a stable job in the Iraqi government and in the private sector — to no avail.He once was offered a job with the Oil Ministry in his energy-rich hometown of Basra, but it came with a hefty price: he would have to pay a bribe of $5,000, which he couldn’t afford.“Every place has a copy of my resume attached with a request for job,” Abdul-Wahid, a graduate of the Basra Technical Institution, told The Associated Press by phone from the southern city.“If you are well-connected mainly among political parties and have money, you will get any job you dream of,” Abdul-Wahid said. “If not, you will get nothing.”Mismanagement since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein has increased joblessness nationwide. In more recent years, idle young men were lured into the ranks of militant extremists, and now unemployment is fueling violent protests in the capital of Baghdad and the Shiite heartland in the south.Demonstrations involving thousands of people broke out this month in Basra province, protesting the lack of jobs and poor public services, including frequent power outages.According to the World Bank, the overall unemployment rate in Iraq stands at 11.2 per cent and is nearly twice that, 21.6 per cent, in areas that once were under Islamic State control and endured heavy destruction from military operations that officially ended late last year.As of 2014, the poverty rate increased from 19.8 per cent in 2012 to an estimated 22.5 per cent, it added.In Basra, a city of more than 4 million, the unemployment rate shot up sharply to at least 30 per cent, according to deputy Gov. Dhirgham al-Ajwadi.Between 30,000 and 35,000 students graduate from the city’s private and government universities and institutions, and most of them end up without jobs, he said, blaming federal officials for not focusing on what the labour market needs.The Basra protests have spread to other cities and threatened to paralyze the oil industry, the lifeline of Iraq’s economy. They have derailed traffic at main ports on the Persian Gulf and neighbouring Iran and Kuwait.To contain the unrest, the federal government promised an urgent allocation of 3.5 trillion Iraqi dinars ($3 billion) for electricity and water projects, as well as 10,000 jobs.But the requests for jobs exceed that number, with more than 85,000 people applying so far, al-Ajwadi said. “Till now, there is no plan on how and when this will be implemented.”Unemployment has been one of the thorniest issues for the government, with 70 per cent of Iraqis under age 40 looking for work.The eldest of six children, the 26-year-old Abdul-Wahid has taken a series of unstable jobs since 2015 to help his family. But he recently got an idea he saw while surfing the internet: selling hot and iced drinks around the city from a vehicle.“I liked it because it’s something new and no one did it before in Basra,” he said.He borrowed money from relatives and friends to buy and modify a small car. Then approached a coffee-machine supplier, which helped him with a free machine and discounts on supplies.He now roams Basra’s streets, offering various types of coffee, tea and other hot and cold beverages. He makes around 900,000 Iraqi dinar (about $750) a month.Abdul-Wahid considers himself lucky, because his peers are forced to take menial jobs despite their education.“There are graduates who work as accountants in small business or construction workers or cleaners in hospitals or security guards in malls because they want feed their families,” he said. “The situation of youth in Basra is miserable.”He lamented that Basra is seen as “the mother of wealth” because it has about 70 per cent of Iraq’s proven oil reserves of 153.1 billion barrels, along with its ports.“When we think of all the wealth we have, we feel sad and upset. We deserve to live a better life, not only compared to other Iraqis but compared to the world,” he said.Iraq suffered a double shock in 2014, when militants from the Islamic State group swept through areas in the north and west and the price of oil plummeted on international markets. Oil revenues make up nearly 95 per cent of the federal budget.That forced the government to stop hiring and to divert much of its resources to the costly campaign to battle the militants, severely affecting job creation, the private sector and investor confidence. As a result, growth has been stunted, with poverty and unemployment on the rise.Among Iraq’s many unemployed is Ali Fadhil Kadhim, a 25-year-old graduate with a degree in science and physical education who has taken part in the Basra protests.Like others, he has applied for jobs but is not optimistic.“These promises are just anesthetization for the people and to keep them silent,” said Kadhim, who has worked as a security guard, construction worker and taxi driver. “We started a revolution and we will not give up.”___Follow Sinan Salaheddin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sinansm .
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Gigi Hadid took a dramatic twirl on the runway and Cardi B took a seat on Tom Ford’s front row as he kicked off New York Fashion Week with a ready-to-wear collection that was both romantic and hard-edged.The spring-summer looks for all genders had the designer looking back on his long career to the simplest reason he got into the business in the first place: “I wanted to make men and women feel more beautiful and to empower them with a feeling of confidence,” he said in show notes.“I feel that fashion has somehow lost its way a bit,” Ford explained. “I did not want to make clothes that were ironic or clever, but simply clothes that were beautiful.”Ford made use of flesh tones, warm whites, powder blue, blush pink and the palest lilac with touches of lace and chiffon to achieve the soft and sensuous part of Wednesday night’s equation. He offered the structure of hard leather and the sheen of fake crocodile for toughness.There was an abundance of black, including a dreamy caped dress worn by his closer, Hadid. Kaia Gerber wore a head scarf of soft taupe, while other models swished in silk fringe paired with printed crocodile bodices, tailored animal print corsets and halters with matching biker jackets.For the men, tuxedo jackets came in metallics, a Ford signature. For the women, skirts hovered just below the knee, some in an asymmetrical design. A few loose dresses included leather corset detailing. And their shoes? Beautiful with the edge he was going for in metal caps at the toes and heels.Henry Golding, who plays hunky Nick in the summer smash “Crazy Rich Asians,” wore a white tuxedo jacket. He and Tom Hanks flanked Vogue’s Anna Wintour, with Cardi nearby, her hair down but swept back, statement earrings in place as she showed off a form-fitting black gown to the ground after giving birth to Kulture Kiari in July. Paris Jackson, Hailee Steinfeld and Hanks’ wife, Rita Wilson, also attended.Golding was celebrating the success of his rom-com: “It’s three weeks at the top. It’s pretty amazing so we’re blessed,” he told The Associated Press.Cardi was happy to be out, but missing her Kulture.“It feels good and it feels like, oh I want to go to my baby now. … I wish I could take her everywhere,” she told the AP.She said “little by little” she’s getting back into the swing of music, fashion and life in general, but it’s been tough.“I’m struggling with it,” she said of the postpartum blues she’s been experiencing. “I miss her even when I’m, like, in another room away from her.”Of her own fashion line, soon to be launched by Fashion Nova, she said look out.“It’s gonna be amazing,” Cardi promised.___Associated Press writer Alicia Rancilio in New York contributed to this report.
TORONTO — One of Canada’s largest distributors of vinyl records has shut down with little notice — leaving some retailers scrambling to find alternate suppliers and raising questions about higher prices.RPM Distribution, based in Concord, Ont., notified its clients by email on Monday that it would be “closing all operations effective immediately.”The move instantly put a stop to vinyl shipments for many smaller music shops, including Revolution Records in Hamilton.Owner Scott Bell says he’s relied on RPM to supply about 70 per cent of his new inventory, most which came from major label Universal, home of Bruce Springsteen, Imagine Dragons and an extensive hip hop catalogue.Other retailers leaned on RPM for an even larger chunk of their supply, Bell says, and some are worried about the fallout, which could include higher prices or a shortage of new titles.“I’ve not stopped talking about it,” he said of many calls he’s received from his friends in the retail industry.“Nobody knows. Everybody’s wondering what everybody else is doing.”Bryan Munn of Royal Cat Records in Guelph, Ont., says he first realized something was amiss when his post-Christmas restock order didn’t show up last week.“I’m already finding it a little bit difficult to get some regularly stocked items,” Munn says.He suggests customers keep a close eye on vinyl prices in the coming weeks, as the lack of supply drive them higher at some stores.The resurgence of vinyl has seen its share of casualties in recent years, despite the steady upswing in sales.Two years ago Calgary-based player Canada Boy Vinyl, one of the country’s only pressing plants, closed down little more than year after it opened.Despite the industry hurdles, vinyl sales rose over 21 per cent last year according to Nielsen Music Canada, selling more than 975,000 units. David Friend, The Canadian Press Follow @dfriend on Twitter.
Lionel Messi and Argentina hit the training ground on Saturday with renewed hope of qualifying for the World Cup last 16, reports The Nation.Argentina were almost eliminated after a shameful 3-0 loss to Croatia, but Nigeria´s 2-0 win over Iceland on Friday offered the two-time world champions a lifeline. A win over Nigeria in their final Group D match in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday would send Argentina up as runners-up if group leaders Croatia avoid defeat against Iceland.Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi and midfielder Lucas Biglia trained separately from the rest of the squad in the gym as they recover from minor knocks. Defensive pair Mercado and Otamendi suffered ankle injuries in the loss to Croatia but are expected to be fit to face Nigeria.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).Coach Jorge Sampaoli was roundly criticised for his approach against Croatia, sparking rumours the 58-year-old would be sacked during the tournament. It had been suggested that 1986 World Cup winner Jorge Burruchaga, the team´s technical director, would replace Sampaoli, but the claims were strongly denied by the Argentina Football Association (AFA).Messi was kept quiet as Argentina suffered their heaviest first-round group stage defeat since 1958, but the Barcelona forward could yet have his say at what is likely his fourth and final World Cup.Goalkeeper Willy Caballero could be dropped following his mistake for the opening goal against Croatia, with River Plate´s Franco Armani possibly in line to make his international debut.