View post tag: Tartus Training & Education Russian Navy’s Flotilla Visits Syrian port Tartus View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Navy’s Flotilla Visits Syrian port Tartus View post tag: Flotilla Russian Navy’s flotilla headed by aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has already moored at Syrian port Tartus, report news agencies of Damascus. According to local media, the call of Russian carrier group is carried out in solidarity with Syria which is Moscow’s close ally.The 6-day visit of the Russian naval flotilla is called to strengthen stance of Syrian government which is currently under pressure of the Western and Arab countries as a result of sanguinary repression of protest actions.“The port call is aimed at bringing the two countries closer together and strengthening their ties of friendship“, reports SANA citing the Russian Navy’s spokesman Vladimir A. Yakushev. According to the news agency, Russian warships will call at Tartus by rotation to demonstrate solidarity with Syrian people.The governor of Tartus province, Atef al-Nadaf, paid tribute to the “honourable position adopted by Russia which has stood by the Syrian people”. Private but para-governmental Syrian newspaper Al-Watan reported last week that aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov with an escort group including submarines was heading for Syria.In Oct 2011, Moscow and Beijing put a veto on draft resolution of the UN Security Council drawn by Western countries; allegedly, the document could threaten the regime of Bashar Assad by “targeted measures” unless he was able to temperate his security forces murderously repressing protest actions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 10, 2012; View post tag: port View post tag: visits View post tag: Navy’s January 10, 2012 View post tag: Russian View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Syrian View post tag: Naval Share this article
The 20th annual School Sport Australia Touch Football Tournament is just around the corner and players from across the country are getting ready for the key event.Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria, will be the host of the 2007 Tournament, which will take place from the 22nd – 26th of October. School-aged participants from every State and Territory in Australia will converge to battle in a Touch Football extravaganza. More than 400 players, officials and spectators are expected at the event. School Sport Australia allocated this year’s Tournament to Victoria.Touch Football Victoria is hosting the event on behalf of the Victorian Primary School Sports Association (VPSSA) and the Victorian Secondary School Sport Association (VSSSA). Boys and girls will compete in under-12 and under-15 age categories. 28 teams have been nominated for the event overall in the four divisions.The players have each qualified to represent their state through school selection processes in their local area. One person that will not have to travel far for the event is Hamish McLean, coach of the Victorian Under-15 Boys team. McLean has been the coach of the Victorian side for four years. He said while his team didn’t get to experience a tour for this year’s tournament the home-ground advantage would mean they could field a full-strength squad. McLean said the Victorian Under-15s would be aiming for a top-four finish, but that it would be difficult in an elite field. “If it’s anything like previous years it will be a bloody high standard. New South Wales and Queensland have a few kids that are in the National Youth Squad for Under-18s for the next Youth World Cup so you’re talking about the best players in their age group in the world,” he said. With a strong team on the park and some local support a result in the top half of the draw is realistic for the Victorian boys. “For our kids the main thing is it’s the first opportunity to play at a representative level. For them it’s about understanding what they have to do and what sort of level of commitment they need to meet to be successful in their chosen sport. Also it’s just about the friendships they make. It’s really great to see kids four or five years after coaching them and they’re still mates,” McLean said. The development of skills and forming of friendships is not only something that is valuable to the players travelling to the tournament. It is also integral for the 25 referees that will be lending their time to make the event possible.One such referee that will be making the trip south is ACT whistleblower Jack Gibson. Gibson, 14, has only been refereeing for about 12 months but has developed remarkably in his time. He officiated his first adult competition in the recently completed 2007 winter season. It will be the first time the ACT sends a student referee to the event. Jack’s sister Ashleigh will also be involved in the event, as part of the ACT Under-12 Girls’ team. The School Sport Australia Touch Football Championships will be a fantastic opportunity for Jack to put his skills into practice while gaining precious experience. Jack said he got into refereeing because he used to give the whistleblowers a hard time as a player. “I questioned some of the decisions and gave it to them if they made the wrong decision. So I sort of got into to because I wanted to see the other side of the coin. It’s made me a better player. I’ve learnt more of the rules and I don’t question the referee’s decision anymore. I let him do what he’s got to do because I know how hard it is,” Gibson said. The talented youngster said the opportunity to travel to Melbourne would be the highlight of his refereeing career so far.“Just the opportunity to ref with some of the elite referees will be the best thing. And hopefully to experience that feeling of refereeing a national game where it’s not park Touch anymore, it actually means something,” he said. Jack has shown an enthusiasm to improve and passion for the game that is sure to see him fulfil his potential. Touch Football Australia would like to wish all the players, coaches, referees and everyone else involved in next week’s event the best of luck. The 2007 School Sport Australia Touch Football Tournament is sure to provide some outstanding Touch Football and be plenty of fun for everyone.