Foreign football coaches assist Dominica with strategic training

first_img Share 48 Views   no discussions LocalNewsSports Foreign football coaches assist Dominica with strategic training by: – February 1, 2014 The coaches are Gary St Rose of St. Lucia, Milkon Hyke of Holland and Eric of Belgium.The Dominica Football Coaches Association has received strategic training to assist its membership to improve their training skills through a three-day visit of three foreign coaches.The Dominica Football Coaches Association in collaboration with the St. Lucia Football Association and the Dominica Football Association hosted the coaches, Gary St Rose of St. Lucia, Milkon Hyke of Holland and Eric of Belgium from Thursday, January 30, 2014 to today, Saturday February, 2014.The purpose of the visit is to help in the formation of a youth development plan for football and to give youth coaches strategies to improve their coaching skills,” public relations officer of the Association, Albert Titre said in an interview with Dominica Vibes.public relations officer of the Dominica Football Coaches Association, Albert TitreOn Friday, the coaches met with secondary school teachers “to help them understand how to deal with the students and how to organize football within the school system”.They also met with different academy and club coaches around the island on Friday.“This is going to be our main session where we organize strategic plans for coaches for the youth in Dominica,” Titre explained.Today, Saturday, February 1, 2014, the coaches met with local academy coaches where they engaged them in on-field sessions aimed at teaching the local coaches drills they can engage their players in.He said this visit by the foreign coaches will “go a long way for Dominica”.“Hopefully, as long as we can get into contact with them, we’re going to make it an ongoing thing in Dominica”.The goal of the Association, according to Titre, is to organizing programs and festivals in different districts across the island.“We want to go on a coaching drive to recruit coaches in Dominica, we really need coaches for the number of active kids we have playing the game, both women and men, we really want to go on a membership drive,” Titre said. Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

Everything you need to know about France’s new president

first_img Related FRANCOIS MORI/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) — When Emmanuel Macron is sworn in as the president of France on Sunday, he will be the youngest person ever to hold that position.In his resounding electoral victory Sunday, Macron, 39, showed that France wants an alternative to established politics. But although he was relatively unknown in French politics three years ago and only founded his independent party, En Marche!, last year, Macron is not the outsider he may appear to be.“This image of fresh, youthful energy has carried him to election, even if in truth Macron is no outsider but an archetypal insider as a graduate of France’s most privileged educational establishment, a former banker turned technocrat and government minister,” Jim Shields, professor of French politics at Aston University in Birmingham, England, told ABC News.Born in the city of Amiens in northern France, Macron is the son of doctors and was raised in a well-off home. He went to a private Jesuit college in his hometown, then the elite Henri-IV school in Paris. He later studied philosophy at the University of Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense, before completing his post-graduate studies at the prestigious Sciences Po and the prominent École nationale d’administration, which France’s current president, François Hollande, also attended.Ahead, here is what you need to know about France’s next president.Hollande’s former protegeMacron was Hollande’s protege for years — and after working as an investment banker for Rothschild & Cie Banque for four years, he became part of Hollande’s senior staff as deputy secretary general at the Élysée Palace.In 2014, he was appointed economy minister. But in April of last year, Macron founded En Marche! in a move that was seen as a betrayal of his former mentor. Macron resigned in August. A few months later, he formally announced his bid for the presidency –- running on messages of hope, globalization and “democratic revolution.”Macron has described En Marche! as “neither left nor right,” but rather an attempt to transform the political system, which he criticizes for being dominated by large interest groups.The former banker has promoted both pro-business and socially liberal policies, giving him a centrist appeal that other candidates lack. However, opponents have criticized him for being a political novice while pointing to unpopular measures he backed during his tenure in government. Among those measures was a law dubbed the “Macron Law,” which allowed businesses to open on Sundays.In 2007, Macron sparked controversy when he married his former drama teacher, Brigitte Trogneux, who is 24 years his senior. When the two met, Macron was a teenager and Trogneux was married with three children.“At 17, Emmanuel told me: ‘Whatever you do, I will marry you’!” Trogneux told Paris Match magazine last year.European reliefSunday’s victory over far-right, anti-EU candidate Marine Le Pen has not only been celebrated by Macron’s supporters but also by members of the European establishment. They had been watching the election carefully, fearing that a Le Pen victory would have been a blow to the EU, which is already dealing with the UK’s planned departure.“His program is very much embedded in the European project. He is one of the few European leaders who has been campaigning on a pro-European platform,” Françoise Boucek, a lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London, told ABC News. “In terms of the European stage, people can settle down a little. Now, it’s going to be business as usual.”Shields described Macron as a “committed Europeanist” who believes not only in preserving the EU but in deepening it.“He argues, for example, that the eurozone should have its own budget and finance minister,” Shields said. “In terms of France’s wider international role, for example in NATO, Macron’s approach will be one of continuity as opposed to the more isolationist proposals put forward by Marine Le Pen.”Challenges aheadMacron does not have much time to celebrate his victory — many challenges lie ahead.Some people voted for him because they didn’t like the alternative –- others didn’t vote at all. At 74 percent, the voter turnout was the lowest since 1969.“Macron as President will have to deal not just with the 1 in 3 who voted against him by supporting Marine Le Pen; he will also have to deal with the 1 in 3 who either abstained or wasted their vote as a protest against the choice on offer,” said Shields.He also needs to prepare for parliamentary elections in June, which could have a crucial impact on his success as president. One of his most important tasks will be to improve the economy and create more jobs which he says he wants to do through reform. But that might be difficult if his party doesn’t win a majority in June.“If he fails to win a majority there, his ambitions to reform France may need to be scaled back with the consequence that he could become yet another President elected on a promise of reform only to end up managing the status quo,” said Shields.Rebooting the French economy is his most important task, said Boucek. But it is likely that he will not win a majority in June’s election and will have to form a coalition government – for example with left-wing parties that might not support his hopes for labor reforms.“He says he is going ahead with this labor reform by decree if he has to,” said Boucek. ”But that’s sure to get people on the street.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more