Saya 888 Thu, 11 Aug 2022 08:00:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Saya 888 32 32 Australia cricket captain Lanning takes indefinite break – Sports Wed, 10 Aug 2022 09:28:19 +0000

SYDNEY: Australia’s women’s cricket captain Meg Lanning said on Wednesday she would take an indefinite break from the game to “spend some time focusing on myself”.

The record-breaking 30-year-old made the announcement just days after leading her all-conquering side to Commonwealth Games gold.

“After a busy few years, I made the decision to take a step back to allow myself time to focus on myself,” Lanning said in a statement.

“I am grateful for the support of CA (Cricket Australia) and my teammates and ask that my privacy be respected during this time.”

Gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham capped an eventful two-and-a-half-year streak of success for Australia and Lanning, including a World Cup triumph earlier this year.

“We are proud of Meg for recognizing that she needed a break and we will continue to support her during this time,” said Cricket Australia Women’s Performance Manager Shawn Flegler.

“She has been an incredible contributor to Australian cricket over the past decade, achieving remarkable feats both individually and as a team,” added Flegler.

“The well-being of our players is always our number one priority and we will continue to work with Meg to ensure she has the support and space she needs.”

Debuting at 18, Lanning’s skill with the bat broke records early on, holding the mark for most centuries in women’s one-day international cricket.

Became skipper at 21, she led the team 171 times.

Lanning’s loss comes ahead of the T20’s Australian tour of India in December and after the departure of head coach Matthew Mott, who led the team for seven years.

3,000 Australian migration points allocated to the Pacific Islands and Timor Leste Mon, 08 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 Australia will allocate 3,000 annual permanent migration sites to the Pacific Islands and Timor Leste. Candidates will be selected through a voting process.

This was briefed by Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Senator Penny Wong, reported by, Monday August 8, 2022.

In response to media inquiries, the Australian Government has announced that it will be issuing a new Pacific Engagement Visa for Pacific and East Timorese citizens in July 2023.

“Those selected by ballot will be invited to apply for permanent residency in Australia after receiving a written employment contract.”

Visa applicants must also meet English language, character and health requirements.

“Successful candidates will be able to bring their spouse and legally dependent children.

“We will continue to work with Pacific partners to understand needs and priorities to support a resilient, secure and prosperous Pacific.”

Australia’s new foreign minister, Penny Wong, announced plans to get a new visa when she visited the country earlier this year.

“With regard to multilateral cooperation, I reaffirm that the Australian Government’s commitment to supporting Timor Leste extends not only to ASEAN, but also to the WTO and Timor Leste’s candidacy for the Human Rights Council. of the United Nations for the period 2024-2026. also for,” said Senator Penny Wong. A press statement following a meeting with East Timor’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Adaljiza Magno, on Thursday, August 4 2022, in Cambodia, reported by

During the meeting, the two ministers discussed bilateral cooperation, including scholarships to support Timor Leste’s Australian human resources in areas such as diversification of Timor Leste’s economy, mobility program Pacific workforce and education sectors.

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Australian cricket fears a ‘missing generation’ after Covid Thu, 04 Aug 2022 09:38:16 +0000

Australian cricket could be suffering from a ‘missing generation’ of children returning to play after first-time attendance at youth programs fell by 15,000 last season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As club players have returned in large numbers following the Covid lockdowns, Cricket Australia’s annual survey has revealed a worrying drop in the number of children aged 12 and under trying cricket over the Australian summer 2021-22.

“It has created a challenge to ensure there is not a missing generation and increased participation among 5-12 year olds is a key part of the Australian cricket strategy which will soon be released,” said Wednesday. the governing body.

James Allsopp, who heads the community arm of Cricket Australia, told reporters cricket was a difficult sport to play if “you haven’t developed the fundamental motor skills at a young age”.

“And we have very strong data that shows that if you haven’t played cricket and learned the skills of the game before the age of 12, you’re less likely to play cricket as a teenager or a teenager. ‘adulthood.

“Some of the things we do, and what we build into the strategy, are designed to make sure we can turn the tide so we don’t miss a generation of new entrants, we’re just missing a year,” he said. he added.

“This is the problem we are determined to solve over the next 12 months.”

Despite a drop in the number of newbies getting into cricket, total registered attendance rose year-on-year by 11% to 598,931, although this was still 16% below the figures before Covid.

The increase in the number of women playing the game continued with registered female participation jumping by 12,000 year-on-year to 71,300.

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How Australian news publishers are shaping the future for younger audiences Thu, 04 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000

Australia’s news media industry is thriving. Readership is on the rise with Total News boasting a huge audience of 20.5 million Australians over the age of 14 as Australian news brands continue to lead the national agenda.

Yet a narrative about the decline of the news persists. Sam Weir, editor of the Herald Sun in Melbourne, believes it is a hangover from years past.

Speaking at ThinkNewsBrands’ Meet the Editors event, he said: “If you had asked me five or six years ago, I probably would have been a little worried about the future of the media industry. But I am not now. Our numbers are all going up, whether it’s subscription numbers or digital subscriptions. As a company, we are on the verge of reaching one million digital subscribers. Think about it. How many years ago the prevailing thought was that no one would ever pay for information online.

That time has well and truly passed, as noted by Michael Stutchbury, editor of The Australian Financial Review, at Sydney’s Meet the Editors event. He said: “There was a time when they said it was all about research. People just searched and there was no “brand”. It was one of the mantras of the time. This information wanted to be free and no one would pay for it.

“Of course, people now pay their subscriptions. It was real change that happened with fake news. People are running out of time. They want reliable information. They want credible information and they are willing to pay for it. If you can offer them that, then you can build an audience.

Similarly, Michelle Gunn, editor of The Australian, was keen to “pierce this narrative about people who are not willing to pay for news. They absolutely are. And there’s never been a more important time to have premium information products. »

Part of the problem, according to West Australian Newspapers editor Anthony De Ceglie, is that newspapers are too busy sharing the news to share their own news. De Ceglie said: “Traditionally, newspapers have failed to sell. We haven’t talked enough about how disruptive the newspaper industry is.

De Ceglie cites the example of Australian Hedley Thomas who won journalism’s most prestigious award, a Gold Walkley, for his podcast The Teacher’s Pet which investigated the disappearance of Lynette Dawson in the 1970s and saw the case reopened decades later. The idea of ​​a newspaper winning an award for a podcast takes a moment to process, but it’s a hallmark of how these companies are evolving to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s audiences.

The focus is now on tomorrow’s audiences to ensure they can interact with the news in a way that suits their lifestyle.

Readership data shows that nine out of 10 people under the age of 40 read the news each month. Of this number, 97% of 25 to 39 year olds read the news and 91% of 14 to 24 year olds consult the news monthly.