AIFF Eyes Football Renaissance With ‘Baby Leagues’

first_imgNew Delhi: From the Kashmir Valley to the northeastern corner of Lunglei, ‘Baby Leagues’ are mushrooming all across India with the national football federation’s backing to catch them as young as six and lay the foundation for a “better future” for the sport.Launched in September last year, Baby Leagues have been a hit in the Kashmir Valley, Mizoram, Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. States like Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka and Punjab are also catching up with the trend. Baby Leagues are organised in seven age groups of Under-6, Under-7, Under-8, Under-9, Under-10, Under-11 and Under-12.The number of participating children reached 21,471 last year itself and it rose to 43,575 this year, according to the figures provided by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).The number of registered teams was 5,335 last year while 21,130 matches were played in all. The AIFF decided to rechristen the initiative as ‘Golden Baby League’ from this year onwards and the first edition was held in Meghalaya recently.🗣 Arki Nongrum, CEO, MFA: “Meghalaya Baby 👶🏻 League will run for a good 6⃣ months and we’re expecting 5⃣0⃣0⃣0⃣ children to participate.” 🙌🏻👍🏻#IndianFootball ⚽ #GoldenBabyLeague 💛— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) August 12, 2019 Last year, the AIFF gave a subsidy of Rs 85,000 each to Baby Leagues of 99 age groups run by 30 license holders, from the USD 250,000 fund sanctioned by world football governing body FIFA under its Forward Programme.”We need to create a competitive environment in which the players are developing their creativity, self-expression, passion of the game and discovering the value of friendship throughout the team. That was the idea of these Baby Leagues,” AIFF Technical Director Isac Doru told PTI.”The formative years of a child have always been the bedrock of a successful footballing culture. The AIFF is now stressing to popularise the sport among the kids. We aim to have every kid playing football, especially from ages U-6 to U-12. The more they play, the more Indian football will benefit,” AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said.The Kashmir Valley conducted 15 Baby Leagues last year with kids of under-11 category taking their first steps towards ‘The Beautiful Game’.These 15 leagues were run by five license-holders — International School Baby League and Presentation Convent Baby League in Srinagar, ETIHAD Baby League at Pulwama, DFA Kulgam Baby League and Sanctorum Baby League at Sopore.Two leagues — one each in Srinagar and Kulgam — were exclusively for girls.The Golden Baby League 💛👶🏻 kicks off in Meghalaya! ⚽😍#IndianFootball— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) August 8, 2019 “We have received great response not only from Srinagar but from everywhere in Jammu and Kashmir, may be because of Real Kashmir’s performance in the I-League,” J&K Development Officer Bilal Punjabi said.”A Baby League in Baramulla is in the pipeline,” he added.In Pulwama, where more than 40 CRPF personnel died in a terrorist attack in February, two Baby Leagues were run in quick succession last year with 192 kids across U-9, U-10 and U-11 age groups participating in 168 matches.”We had conducted a snow league also which was an instant hit among the kids. As per FIFA guidelines, we used red paint for line-marking and fluorescent yellow ball. Almost 200 kids poured in for the snow league as well as the regular one,” added Punjabi, who is one of the 11 development officers appointed by the AIFF across the country.”Kulgam is one of the troubled areas but when we needed (to run the Baby League) it delivered big time. 189 kids who were divided into eight teams across U-9, U-10 and U-11 age groups, played 168 matches,” he said.There is another Baby League in Ladakh in four age groups, which also got a subsidy from the AIFF.For U-6 kids, it is three-a-side match divided into four quarters of six minutes each with a two-minute break in between.For U-7 and U-8 kids, It can be 4 vs 4 or 5 vs 5 in two halves of 12 minutes each with a four-minute break in between.The number of players each side can go up to 11 in U-11 and U-12 and they play in two halves of 25 minutes each with an eight-minute break in between.Till U-9 or 7 vs 7, there is no goalkeeper and the maximum goalposts dimension is 1.82×1.22m.The recommended matches per day is three till U-9 and maximum match days per week is two. The fields are smaller, starting from 10x15m to 12x20m size for 3 vs 3 matches for U-6 kids.The Baby Leagues are registered through an app run by the AIFF. The operators are given license by the AIFF after consultation with the concerned state association which inspects the ground and capacity of the organisers.The operators have to conduct at least three age-group leagues and have at least eight teams registered to get an AIFF license. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. aiffBaby Leaguesbengalgujarat First Published: August 21, 2019, 3:20 PM ISTlast_img read more


first_imgMohali, Mar 22 (PTI) Scoreboard of the World Twenty20 Mohali, Mar 22 (PTI) Scoreboard of the World Twenty20 match between New Zealand and Pakistan here today. New Zealand: Guptill b Sami 80 Williamson c Afridi b Irfan 17 Munro c Latif b Afridi 7 Anderson c Malik b Afridi 21 Taylor not out 36 Ronchi c Malik b Sami 11 Elliott not out 1 Extras: (LB-4, W-3) 7Total: (for 5 wickets in 20 overs) 180 Fall of wickets: 1-62, 2-75, 3-127, 4-132, 5-164Bowling: Amir 4-0-41-0, Irfan 4-0-46-1, Sami 4-0-23-2, Wasim 4-0-26-0, Afridi 4-0-40-2. PTI AH AHlast_img

Scientists discover hottest planet till date and it’s hotter than many stars

first_imgKELT-9b is a newly discovered giant planet which is hotter than many stars. The 4,315 degree Celsius hot planet, which is almost three times the size of Jupiter, revolves around a giant star named KELT-9. At 300 million years, the host star is a relatively young blue A-type star expelling so much ultraviolet radiation that KELT-9b is evaporating!”This is the hottest gas giant planet that has ever been discovered,” said Scott Gaudi, astronomy professor at The Ohio State University in Columbus, who led a study on the topic published in Nature magazine, as per NASA.The previously known hottest planet was WASP-33b, glowing at 3,200 degree Celsius and located in the Andromeda constellation– 380 light years away.(Source: NASA/JPLCaltech/R.Hurt/SWNS)Here is what you should know about the hottest planet in the known universe and its blue A-type host star:1. KELT-9b is situated 650 light years away from Earth, in the constellation Cygnus.2. The planet is 2.8 times bigger than Jupiter, but only half as dense.3. Scientists thought the radius of the planet to be smaller but the temperature of its host star is causing the planet to inflate like a balloon.4. The dayside temperature of the planet KELT-9b is more than 4,315 degree Celsius. KELT-9 star sizzles at 9,897 degree Celsius while our sun’s temperature is 5,600 degree Celsius. The star is also more than twice the size of Sun.5. The planet and its star are locked tidally as the earth and moon. So, one side of the planet always faces the star and the other side remains completely dark.advertisement6. The planet might sport a giant, glowing gas tail like a comet as it is being constantly hit by extreme radiation causing planetary material to evaporate.7. All known planets move around the equator of their stars but KELT-9b orbits around the poles of its massive star.8. KELT-9B also orbits its star at a much closer distance than between Mercury and Sun.9. The orbit of the planet is perpendicular to the spin axis of the star. One “year” on this planet is less than two days.10. Almost all the elements on the planet are in atoms, not in molecules and the atmosphere of the planet is essentially too hot for molecules to exist. So, methane, water, or carbon dioxide cannot form. Scientists presume that molecules might form on the nightside of the planet, albeit temporarily.”KELT-9 radiates so much ultraviolet radiation that it may completely evaporate the planet,” said Keivan Stassun, a professor of physics and astronomy at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, who directed the study with Gaudi.Why is this discovery significant?The scientists are usually interested in studying smaller and cooler stars, as there is more chance of finding planets with Earth-like habitable conditions. Still, the discovery of the weird atmosphere of the planet is quite intriguing. It is the hottest planet to be found till date, which might provide some insight as to how planetary systems form around extremely hot stars.The discovery was made using one of the two Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope (KELT) telescopes at Arizona’s Winer Observatory trained to look at very bright stars at low resolution over broad areas of the sky. In contrast, other telescopes look at faint stars over small sections of the sky and in high resolution. Astronomers plan to look at KELT-9b using other telescopes like the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes to gather more information.KELT telescope (Source: NASA)”Thanks to this planet’s star-like heat, it is an exceptional target to observe at all wavelengths, from ultraviolet to infrared, in both transit and eclipse. Such observations will allow us to get as complete a view of its atmosphere as is possible for a planet outside our solar system,” said Knicole Colon, the paper co-author who was based at NASA Ames Research Centre in California’s Silicon Valley during the time of this study.(Main image: NASA/JPLCaltech/R.Hurt/SWNS) Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Premier League: Tottenham earn dramatic win over Leicester as Jamie Vardy misses penalty

first_imgGoals from Davinson Sanchez, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min helped Tottenham Hotspur overcome Leicester City 3-1 in an entertaining Premier League match at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.Tottenham went ahead through Sanchez who scored his first goal for the London club by meeting Eriksen’s whipped cross with a diving header in the 33rd minute, although Leicester’s players complained he was in an offside position.Leicester missed the chance to equalise on the hour mark when substitute Jamie Vardy’s penalty — his first touch after coming on — was pushed away by Hugo Lloris after Jan Vertonghen was adjudged to have fouled James Maddison in the box.”Lloris saved us a few times and we were lucky that he took out the penalty which gave us confidence. You felt that in the whole stadium, and we’re happy to have Hugo,” Eriksen said.Captain. #COYS Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 10, 2019Tottenham doubled their lead three minutes later as Eriksen collected the ball on the edge of the penalty area and unleashed a fierce shot past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.Vardy made up for his earlier miss by tapping in from close range 14 minutes from the final whistle after a well worked move allowed Ricardo Pereira to drill in a cross from the right.After a sustained period of Leicester pressure, Son settled nerves of the home supporters by slotting in Tottenham’s third with a solo run from the halfway line.v Watfordv Newcastlev LeicesterSonny’s on fire. #COYS Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 10, 2019Victory took title contenders Tottenham to 60 points from 26 matches, five points behind leaders Liverpool and two adrift of champions Manchester City who play Chelsea later on Sunday.Eriksen said Tottenham had showed plenty of character to see off a determined Leicester, a quality that could help them in Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg clash against Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.”We didn’t make life easy for ourselves,” the Dane said.”The last three games we won in the last 10 minutes, which shows the character of the team and we did that again today. It’s going to be the same on Wednesday.”Tottenham had a first-half penalty claim denied after Harry Maguire appeared to bring down Son with the referee booking the South Korean for simulation, a decision manager Mauricio Pochettino described as “unbelievable”.”When you compare the situation with the penalty for Leicester, unbelievable… I’m more relaxed because we won,” Pochettino added.”Do you think that we’re a team trying to cheat a referee? Come on, we’re one of the nicest teams on the pitch.”Leicester boss Claude Puel bemoaned his side’s finishing.”Throughout the game we had a feeling we can score… we had chances and half chances,” the Frenchman said. “It’s difficult to accept with all the good intention to go without the reward.”We need a little more conviction and a clinical edge.”Also Read | Liverpool and Arsenal register routine wins, Cardiff beat Southampton on emotional dayAlso Read | Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial fire Manchester United into top fourlast_img read more

10 months agoSchalke coach Tedesco: We could surprise Man City

first_imgSchalke coach Tedesco: We could surprise Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSchalke coach Dominico Tedesco recognises they’re “outsiders” against Champions League opponents Manchester City.The two teams will meet in the round of 16.Tedesco, 33, stated: “We are looking forward to the games against Manchester City. “A really attractive opponent for us and our fans. We are outsiders, but will go into the duel without fear. “Anyway, we’ll cut everything out, maybe to bring a surprise.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Budget Makes Life Better for Colchester Families

first_imgSupport for important local infrastructure projects, changes to student assistance to make attending the Nova Scotia Agricultural College more affordable, and help for local farmers are some of the highlights for Colchester County in the provincial budget today, April 5th. “This budget invests in health care, growing the economy, helping people make ends meet, all while ensuring government lives within its means,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Finance. “We still have a difficult financial situation to address, but this budget shows that we are on target to balance in 2013, as promised.” Highlights for Colchester County in today’s budget include: investing $42.5 million to help make post-secondary education more affordable opening at least four new Collaborative Emergency Centres this year providing tax breaks, such as an increase in the basic personal amount by $250 reducing departmental spending by $170 million investing $28 million to improve business productivity providing $7.9 million to low-income families to help make ends meet. changes to student assistance that will make attending Nova Scotia Agricultural College, and Nova Scotia universities, more affordable for families continued support for building the $184.6-million Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro funding for an MRI at the new health centre continued and stable funding support for Colchester-East Hants Regional Library helping Colchester County entrepreneurs by reducing the small business tax to four per cent from 4.5 per cent, the second consecutive year it has declined an enhanced soil amendment program for local farmers implementing the Homegrown Success agricultural plan funding improvements at the Atlantic Centre for Agricultural Innovation Building and the Nova Scotia Agricultural College Poultry Facilities repaving sections of Highway 101 and 102, replacing Shubenacadie River Bridge and other road upgrade and paving projects; and funding to build the new Bible Hill Elementary School and improvements to Ecole Acadienne de Truro and other area schools. For more information on the 2011-12 provincial budget, visit Total revenues for 2011-12, including net income from government business enterprises, are estimated at $8.5 billion, a decrease of $133 million over the 2010-11 estimates. The 2011 budget projects a deficit of $389.6 million. This is in line with the $370-million deficit anticipated in the province’s four-year fiscal plan. Total expenses for fiscal 2011-12 are budgeted at $9.3 billion, up $323.0 million from 2010-11, entirely because of reinstating university funding. Today’s budget also includes: last_img read more

Morocco to Takes Part in IndonesiaAfrica Forum

By Hajare El KhaldiRabat- Morocco is taking part in the first-annual Indonesia-Africa Forum (IAF), which is ongoing in Bali, April 10-11. The forum offers a platform to boost cooperation between Indonesia and Africa, as the former hosts delegations of government officials and entrepreneurs from 53 African countries. IAF also opens dialogue between Indonesian and African companies and enhances their chances of concluding partnership and cooperation agreements. The two-day forum will focus on ways to strengthen the partnership between the private sectors in Morocco and Indonesia, with a vision to foster technical cooperation and promote opportunities for triangular cooperation.The Moroccan delegation is led by Mounia Boucetta, the Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Panelists will include representatives from international organizations, such as the African Union, the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the World Bank, as well as Indonesian ministers and the Indonesian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), IAF was established under the leadership of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla, as an attempt to shift their country’s political relationship with Africa, which was established at the Asia-Africa Conference in 1955, into an economic partnership that emphasizes the improved investment, technical partnership, and the elimination trade barriers. During his speech at the G20 leader meeting in Hamburg, in 2017, Widodo affirmed his support for the development of an equal partnership between the G20 countries and Africa, categorizing Indonesia as “ with Africa since the beginning in the struggle for independence and equality.” read more

Two months after tsunami only some UN agencies have received full funding

Overall aid pledged so far from or through governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), business and private sources totals $6.28 billion, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which has overall responsibility for supervising relief for the disaster. The deadly waves killed more than 200,000 people and left up to 5 million more in need of basic services.As far as the UN’s own Flash Appeal for the first six months after the 26 December tsunami, governments have paid or committed themselves to pay $721 million out of the $979 million sought.But while the World Food Programme (WFP) has received all it sought in the appeal and is now feeding 455,000 people in the Aceh region of Indonesia, the worst-hit area, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which is distributing 10,000 tents in Aceh, remains under-funded.Likewise, while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), facing an unprecedented devastation in Aceh’s education system where one in 10 staff is dead or missing, has received all it sought, the same is not so for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which is seeking to bring hospitals back on line and provide work, among other tasks.As overall funding now stands according to a list complied by OCHA, Germany is the largest contributor of humanitarian assistance with $683 million, followed by the Asian Development Bank ($600 million), private donations ($576 million), Japan (about $500 million), European Commission ($494 million), France ($443 million), Australia ($431 million), United States ($354 million) and Canada ($351 million). read more

Microsoft pitches smart chats with computers

Microsoft pitches smart chats with computers SAN FRANCISCO – Microsoft wants you to talk more with your computer — and have more useful conversations.The giant software company is promoting new uses for Cortana — its voice-activated answer to Apple’s Siri digital assistant — including the ability to interact with software “bots” that can have limited conversations with users and help with tasks like booking a hotel room, ordering a meal or arranging a delivery.Voice-activated services like Siri, “OK Google,” or Amazon’s Alexa can already perform tasks for users like playing a song at a request or answering a question. Bots are smarter than traditional software apps, though, using artificial intelligence to respond to a wider range of commands and in a convenient, conversational way.Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, at the opening Wednesday of the company’s annual conference for software developers, touted the power of “conversational intelligence” as he outlined a long-term vision in which Cortana, a central feature of Windows 10, becomes a digital concierge for other online interactions.“Bots are the new apps,” Nadella told developers.Lilian Rincon, a program manager for Microsoft’s Skype service, demonstrated how this might work. After receiving a video message from her boss that mentioned an upcoming conference in Dublin, Rincon used Cortana to mark the dates on her calendar. Cortana then used Skype to contact a hotel chain’s bot, which suggested a room and helped Rincon make a reservation for those dates.Integrating Cortana with other companies’ bots could increase the use of Microsoft’s services, and make them more valuable, said analyst Ross MacMillan, who follows tech companies for RBC Capital Markets, in an email on Wednesday.Bots are not perfect, however. Microsoft recently shut down an experimental Internet bot called “Tay” after some Twitter users taught it to make offensive statements.Nadella acknowledged the episode Wednesday, saying it shows the importance of designing technology to be “inclusive and respectful.”Cortana isn’t as well-known as Siri or OK Google. But unlike those services, which are mostly found on smartphones and tablets, Microsoft has made Cortana available on desktop and laptop PCs, via Windows 10.But Microsoft, after seeing its business suffer because fewer people buy new PCs, has also released Cortana as an app for smartphones and tablets that run Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android operating software. Similarly, Skype also works on those platforms.Microsoft is now releasing programming tools for developers to build bots that will interact with Cortana. Not surprisingly, Microsoft would be glad to see people use these services on Skype, the Internet video and voice-calling service that it owns. But some of its tools for creating bots will work with other messaging services: Microsoft listed Slack and standard text messaging, among others.Microsoft Corp. also on Wednesday announced a free upgrade this summer to Windows 10 that adds some new features and expands others. The company has touted Windows 10 as the operating system for a wide range of devices, from personal computers to hand-held gadgets, Xbox game consoles and even the company’s HoloLens augmented-reality headset.Microsoft says Windows 10 is now running on 270 million devices, up from 200 million in January. Analysts say that’s a respectable figure, considering it was released last July, although Microsoft is aiming for 1 billion devices in a few years.The Windows 10 upgrade will include expanded abilities for Cortana, which will be able to provide reminders or answer questions even if it’s on a device, such as a tablet or smartphone, where the user hasn’t unlocked the screen.Another new feature will extend Microsoft’s biometric software, Windows Hello, so users can log into more apps and online accounts through fingerprint or facial recognition. The upgrade also expands the ways in which uses can write their own notes or draw lines and sketches with a digital pen on websites, maps and other images that are displayed on their screens. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers the keynote address at the Microsoft Build Conference, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Mar 30, 2016 1:31 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2016 at 5:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

World Book Day new UN report spotlights potential of mobile technology to

‹ › Mr. West noted that many people expressed doubt that small screen, monochrome devices can be used to access full-length books and stories. “But we have strong evidence that people throughout the developing world are doing just that. And these are often people who have limited access to other educational opportunities.”The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) estimates that of the 7 billion people on Earth, 6 billion have access to a working mobile phone – this is larger than the number of people who have access to a working toilet.UNESCO’s study of mobile reading was conducted in seven developing countries – Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Drawing on the analysis of over 4,000 surveys and corresponding qualitative interviews, the study found that large numbers of people (one third of study participants) read stories to children from mobile phones.Also, females read far more on mobile devices than males (almost six times as much according to the study); both men and women read more cumulatively when they start reading on a mobile device; and many neo- and semi-literate people use their mobile phones to search for text that is appropriate to their reading ability.The study is intended as a roadmap for Governments, organizations and individuals who wish to use mobile technology to help spread reading and literacy. It recommends improving the diversity of mobile reading content to appeal to specific target groups such as parents and teachers; initiating outreach and trainings to help people transform mobile phones into portals to reading material; and lowering costs and technology barriers to mobile reading.On the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day, observed annually on 23 April, UNESCO invites all women and men to rally around books and all those who write and produce books. “This is a day to celebrate books as the embodiment of human creativity and the desire to share ideas and knowledge, to inspire understanding and tolerance,” the agency’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, said in her message for the Day.“Books are not immune from a world of change, embodied in the advent of digital formats and the transition to open licensing for knowledge-sharing.”By championing copyright and open access, she said UNESCO stands up for creativity, diversity and equal access to knowledge. “We work across the board – from the Creative Cities of Literature network to promoting literacy and mobile learning and advancing Open Access to scientific knowledge and educational resources.”As part of the celebration, Port Harcourt in Nigeria has been named as the 2014 World Book Capital, on account of the quality of its programme, in particular, its focus on youth and the impact it will have on improving Nigeria’s culture of books, reading, writing and publishing to improve literacy rates. “In all of this, our goal is clear – to encourage authors and artists and to ensure that more women and men benefit from literacy and accessible formats, because books are our most powerful forces of poverty eradication and peace building,” said Ms. Bokova. UNESCO’s study of mobile reading, conducted in seven developing countries, can serve as a guide for Governments, organizations and individuals on how mobile technology can help spread reading and literacy. World Bank/Simone McCourtie People with limited access to educational opportunities are discovering the usefulness of small-screen devices as a low-cost portal to reading materials. Here, a woman helps a young girl read on a cell phone as other children look on. Worldreader Mobile technology is increasingly available, even in areas of extreme poverty – 6 billion now have access to a working mobile phone, according to the International Telecommunication Union. Pictured, a child on a cell phone in Niger. World Bank/ Arne Hoel Females read far more on mobile devices than males, says the study, while both men and women read more when they read on a mobile device. Here, a young woman reads from her cell phone at a community meeting in India. World Bank/Simone McCourtie Mobile technology can advance literacy and learning in underserved communities around the world, according to a new report published today by the United Nations education agency on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day.The report, Reading in the Mobile Era, highlights that hundreds of thousands of people currently use mobile technology as a portal to text. Findings show that in countries where illiteracy rates are high and physical text is scarce, large numbers of people read full-length books and stories on rudimentary small screen devices.The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says that 774 million people worldwide, including 123 million youth, cannot read or write, and illiteracy can often be traced to the lack of books. Most people in Sub-Saharan Africa do not own a single book, and schools in this region rarely provide textbooks to learners. Yet the report – the first ever study of mobile readers in developing countries – cites data showing that where books are scarce, mobile technology is increasingly common, even in areas of extreme poverty. “This report calls attention to what is currently an underutilized potential – this is a cost-effective vehicle to improve education,” said Mark West, Section for Teacher Development and Education Policies at UNESCO and one of the authors of the report. On the occasion of the annual World Book and Copyright Day (23 April), UNESCO issued a call to rally around books and all those who write and produce books. Above, students read at a primary school in Morocco. World Bank/Dana Smillie read more

Emiliano Sala tragedy Two people appear in court over mortuary photo of

Christopher Ashford, 62, of Calne, was summonsed in relation to six counts of computer misuse.The pair are accused of illegally accessing CCTV at Bournemouth Mortuary and replaying a post-mortem of the Cardiff City striker – and Dorset grandfather Andrew Latchford.Ashford is said to have watched Emiliano Sala’s post-mortem six times over a 48 hour period.Bray is accused of watching the post-mortem live on February 7 and distributing an image of Sala from the investigation.Prosecutors allege she perverted the course of justice by deleting pictures of the football player from her phone and instructing Ashford to “delete the pics”. Show more “We have carried out a wide-ranging investigation into the circumstances of the death of Mr Sala and continue to work with partner agencies including the Civil Aviation Authority,” said Detective Inspector Simon Huxter at the time. “As part of this investigation we have to consider whether there is any evidence of any suspected criminality and as a result of our inquiries we have today, Wednesday June 19 2019, arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act.”He is assisting with our inquiries and has been released from custody under investigation.” Voice messages of the Argentinian football player were also released after his death, revealing that he was reluctant to join Cardiff City but felt pressured by his agent at the time.  “Why was it so hard for them to find something safe?” he said. “Why couldn’t they?”“They left him alone. They left him alone like a dog. They abandoned him.” The revelations caused the ethics of sports agents to be called into question, with claims that Sala felt “abandoned” by those who were supposed to be looking out for his welfare. His father, Horacio Sala, passed away from a heart attack just three months after his son was killed with his final thoughts on the tragedy captured in a BBC documentary. Show more Two people have appeared in court following an investigation into a mortuary photograph of footballer Emiliano Sala.Sala, 28, had just signed for Cardiff City when a plane carrying him crashed into the English Channel, north of Guernsey on January 21.His body was recovered on February 6 after an extensive search, but pilot David Ibbotson, 59, of Crowle, Lincolnshire, has not yet been located.Last month, Wiltshire Police said two people had been summonsed to court after an image emerged showing the striker’s remains.Sherry Bray, 48, of Corsham, was summonsed for three counts of computer misuse, perverting the course of justice and sending an indecent/offensive message. It’s just the latest in a series of tragic developments surrounding the untimely death of the star striker.Last month, a 64-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by Dorset Police in connection with the doomed flight.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Hassan Moustafa about France 2017 Exceptional attendance – 540000 tickets sold

← Previous Story Thierry Omeyer with fifth gold: Enjoy this moment! Next Story → PHOTO OF FRANCE 2017: Family – The best of Handball On Sunday 29 January at the 25th IHF Men’s Handball World Championship the closing press conference in the AccorHotels Arena France 2017 brought the event ceremonially to a close ahead of the final between France and Norway at 17:30.IHF President Dr. Hassan Moustafa positively looked back at the event and spoke of the “excellent organisation of the event in terms of the organising committee and their work with the French federation and the volunteers; we couldn’t have organised such an event without these extremely professional volunteers.” The level of attendance and exposure of handball in the media were two areas, which President Dr. Hassan Moustafa emphasised particularly positively: “Normally at a World Championship the games of the host country are always the ties which are sold out. However, here we had exceptional attendance at a huge amount of games – it was truly a phenomenal event. Seeing handball on the front page of newspapers here in France is almost like a form of revolution.”Joël Delplanque, President of France Handball Federation and President of the Organising Committee echoed President Moustafa’s enthusiasm stating “this event was a form of handball celebration and this way most evident in the fantastic games in Lille.” Looking ahead President Delplanque spoke of how he viewed the event as a huge learning experience, which will help shape the future of French handball. He predicted 2017 and 2018 to be monumental years for handball in France with “increased numbers of attendance at handball games,” alongside the goal of bringing the amount of registered handball players in France to 600,000.  “France has become the place for handball events and its reputation will only be further solidified when we host the Women’s EHF EURO 2018,” concluded Delplanque.Managing director of the Organising Committee, Edward Donnelly, closed the press conference by sharing some impressive statistics regarding the event in terms of media, attendance the online presence. “A total of 539,943 handball fans attended the France 2017 games that was a total of 23 sold-out games. On social media there was a strong following of 176 countries with the top three being France, Spain and the USA. In total, 465 million fans were reached through the various social media platforms since their launch. We have also had 20,000 accredited members of staff and members of the press, and we want to thank them all for making this event such a success.”PHOTO: JOZO CABRAJA read more

Ryanair donates to autism charity after boarding pass controversy

first_imgRYANAIR HAS MADE a donation to Irish Autism Action in support of their Tour De Force charity cycle, after two volunteers were charged €140 to print out their boarding passes in Dublin Airport.The two passengers, part of the group of 55 travelling to Croatia for the charity cycle, were forced to pay an extra €70 each after forgetting to print their passes.Yesterday, the airline told its Twitter followers, on its new account, that it had made a donation to support the cycle:A spokesperson for the airline would not disclose the amount of the donation but told that the airline regrets that “these two passengers had to pay our boarding card reissue fee”.However they said that the passengers did agree to check in online when they originally booked and “also received three emails reminding them of the need to print off their boarding card before departing for the airport”.Read: Ryanair promises to refund Dr Sattar for Leicester flight fees>Read: Ryanair hits back at survey that says it has the worst customer service>last_img read more

SUSI set up special unit to urgently reassess 65 students

first_imgUpdated 11.28amSUSI HAS ASSIGNED a dedicated unit to handle postgraduate students who must have their grant applications reassessed or else face the possibility of the authority ‘recovering’ the funds.However, just six of the 65 who received a letter have reapplied.The remainder were sent another letter from the grant authority on Friday to ask them again if they wanted to be reassessed.These reassessments are being given top priority within the existing SUSI team.The students involved received a letter earlier this month inviting them to be reassessed as dependent students.The letter stated that if the student don’t do this, SUSI “will have to implement a recovery process in order to recoup the cost of fees from you that were paid to your institution in respect of the 2012/13 academic year.”The error arose from students applying and being classed as “independent”, where the income of the applicant and their spouses’/cohabitants’ are assessed, when they should have applied and been assessed as “dependent”, where the income of parents or guardians is taken into account.Background: SUSI may ‘seek to recover’ 65 postgraduate grants > Read: SUSI restores grant funding for 39 dental nursing and hygiene students >last_img read more

Bottrop toping in inter schools athletics

first_imgBy Sulayman BahBottrop is on the brink of usurping holders Gambia Senior Secondary School in the senior category of the on-going inter-Schools championship.Provisional results show Bottrop topping the chart amassing two hundred and twenty-eight points as we went to press yesterday.Champions Gambia Senior Secondary School had been sitting second in the senior category but slipped little further after Essau closed in on them garnering one hundred and seventy-six points with Maahad Senior collecting one hundred and thirty-six points (136).Day Two of the event shows Muslim pocket one hundred fourteen (114) points and Bansang at ninety-five (95).Nusrat Senior Secondary School who’d been at eighth on Day One with a mere twenty-nine points moved up on seventy-one, above Miingdaw who were on fifty-three (53) points.In the Upper Basic School category Latrikunda Sabiji who’d led on opening day maintain their lead scoring one hundred and seventy-eight points on Day Two with Barra Essau sitting second on one hundred and nine (109) points and Kabafita third on one hundred and twenty-two (122).Brikama Upper Basic sat at fourth with provisional results pegging them at 109 points above Kabafita at fifth on 122.Greater Banjul secured fifty-one points with Pakalinding sixth on 47 and Kitty seventh on 31 points.There were twelve events left in the senior and 10 in the Upper Basic categories as we went to press yesterday.last_img read more

Norwegian outfit signs Gambian youngster

first_imgBy Sulayman BahGambian prospect Jibril Bojang is on the path to playing professional football this year after inking a contract with Start of the Norwegian Premier League.Start are languishing at bottom of the 16-team championship with their striking force on a torturous run of profligacy on goal, a glaring testament of the side’s shocking standing in the league.And looking to refresh a department that promised much at start of the season and yet delivered little, the club stepped in to recruit Jibril Bojang to help ease off the scoring worries dogging the team.The 21-year-old who impressed the club on trial prior to putting pen-to-paper on a two-year contract will add dimension to the squad with his speed and power.‘I’m big and strong and have good speed and can challenge well,’ the erstwhile Valarenga youth playmaker says in the aftermath of his unveiling.‘Now I’m finally in the right place (at Start). Steinar seems like a very good coach and I’ve heard many good things about him from my buddy Ohi Omoijuanfo,’ he says on what convinced him to ink the 2-year contract.Born in Norway but ardent on switching his commitment to Gambia, Bojang can play a striker at right wing and midfield.His recruitment it is being hoped helps wriggle Start out of the dungeon they found themselves in to avoid demotion.last_img read more

Flow Customers Get Anytime Anywhere Access To The Worlds Best Football League

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, August 14, 2017 – Miami, FL – The Premier League – the world’s most popular and most watched football league – will once again dominate screens across the Caribbean, as diehard football fans get ready for another season of exclusive, must-watch live action kicking off on August 11.Recognizing that for many sports fans in the Caribbean, “football is life,” Flow is giving customers the ultimate viewing experience with access to ten (10) action-packed live Premier League games every single week when they sign up for the Flow Sports Pack – meaning they can always follow their team.   This special package also gives Flow customers exclusive access to hours of nail-biting live coverage and commentary, as well as rare behind-the-scenes footage.   Customers who sign up for the Flow Sports Pack will also enjoy exclusive Premier League content that’s only available on the Flow Sports Premier network; riveting goal-by-goal coverage on Flow Sports Goal Rush; and fan favourites like the official club channels for Chelsea and Manchester United.   Basically, with the Flow Sports Pack, customers will never have to worry about missing out on the action.What’s more, with the Flow Sports App customers can take the game with them wherever they go and watch the matches live on any device, literally putting the best football league in the world right in the palm of their hands.“It’s set to be another exciting football season and we’re proud to again give our customers exclusive access to every single Premier League match, which they can watch anytime and anywhere,” said Garry Sinclair, Flow’s President, Caribbean. “Can Chelsea do it again?  Will Arsenal or Liverpool be resurgent, or will Mourinho and Guardiola bring the trophy back to Manchester?   Whoever our customers support, with the Flow Sports Pack they won’t miss a minute of the action.   To many of our customers football is life and, as the Home of Sports and Football in the Caribbean, we’re delighted to bring them every minute of the best football league in the world.”The 2017/2018 season kicks off on August 11 with Arsenal playing Leicester City, and Flow TV customers will benefit from an exclusive freeview of the Flow Sports pack for the first two weekends of the season (August 11 through August 21) to get a taste of all the action that the Flow Sports pack offers!Flow customers can head over to to signup for this exciting bundle today. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

NCAA hits Penn State with 60M fine sanctions

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties Monday, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno’s victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.Other sanctions include a four-year ban on bowl games, the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years and five years’ probation. The NCAA also said that any current or incoming football players are free to immediately transfer and compete at another school.NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the staggering sanctions at a news conference in Indianapolis. Though the NCAA stopped short of imposing the “death penalty” — shutting down the Nittany Lions’ program completely — the punishment is still crippling for a team that is trying to start over with a new coach and a new outlook.Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator, was found guilty in June of sexually abusing young boys, sometimes on campus. An investigation commissioned by the school and released July 12 found that Paterno, who died in January, and several other top officials at Penn State stayed quiet for years about accusations against Sandusky.Emmert fast-tracked penalties rather than go through the usual circuitous series of investigations and hearings. The NCAA said the $60 million is equivalent to the annual gross revenue of the football program. The money must be paid into an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims and may not be used to fund such programs at Penn State.last_img read more

Middlesex Sheriffs Office Receives State Grant For Popular Youth Summer Camp

first_imgCHELMSFORD, MA — The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) will be able to expand its capacity by as many as 100 cadets this summer thanks to a $23,000 grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian announced on Wednesday.“Nearly 1,200 youngsters have applied to YPSA this year, and the continuing success of the camp comes from our terrific partnerships with our fellow law enforcement and government agencies,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Thanks to the Baker Administration and EOPSS, we will be able to hire two extra counselors and purchase the additional equipment necessary to accept 100 more cadets over the course of the summer. This grant will make a real difference in the lives of these youngsters who may not otherwise be able to attend YPSA.”This marks the second consecutive year the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) has been awarded the grant through the Commonwealth’s Law Enforcement and Youth Partnerships Summer Day Program. The initiative, administered by EOPSS, is designed to support summer recreational and educational learning opportunities with local law enforcement.“We are honored to partner with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to allow more young people to take part in this valuable program,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Thomas Turco. “Creating strong, positive relationships between law enforcement and the community is a priority for us and one that is clearly shared by Sheriff Koutoujian and his team.”YPSA is a week-long camp designed for children ages 8-12 who live in Middlesex County. Cadets spend the week with MSO staff as well as police officers and firefighters from their hometown, forming important bonds with their local law enforcement officials. Cadets also participate in classroom and practical activities designed to teach them important public safety skills including a simulated fire safety trailer offered by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, a challenge course held at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica, and demonstrations offered by the MSO and partner agencies.The Academy is run at the MSO Training Academy in Chelmsford, with transportation, breakfast and lunch provided for each cadet. YPSA runs for six, one-week sessions each summer. Spots remain available for cadets in several communities including, but not limited to, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Cambridge, Hudson, Maynard, Natick, Newton, Waltham and Watertown. Families can register their children by going to The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAttorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”51 Wilmington Students Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Awarded State Grant To Help Support Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Police Log”last_img read more

CES 2019 I just bent a smartphone in half without breaking it

first_img The idea of a bending, foldable smartphone display has been something the tech industry has been chasing for years, but none of the prototypes or wild concepts created in the pursuit of the flexible phone have made it to market.  At least not until now. Shortly after Samsung showed off its latest bendable display prototype, Royole revealed the FlexPai, telling CNET in November that it wasn’t a concept. It wasn’t a prototype. It was a real phone that was already for sale in China. Now, that same device is making the rounds at CES 2019 — and while it wasn’t the first time the bendable phone has graced the pages of CNET, it was the first time our most destructive prone editor got their hands on it. So, after years of resisting the urge to snap my favorite tablet in half just to see if I could make it bend, I finally lived the dream. I folded the FlexPai in half. Quickly. Violently. It was immensely satisfying — and when I was done, the tablet was perfectly fine.019-royole-flexpai-phone-ces-2019 Sarah Tew/CNET That, it seems, is half of the phone’s selling point. Yes, the FlexPai’s foldable display allows it to transform between phone and tablet form factors, but it also means that the device is less susceptible to screen damage. The flexible, plastic screen won’t crack or shatter in the way a glass display would, to the point that Royole calls it “virtually unbreakable.” That kind of durability is certainly appealing. Unfortunately, the phone experience isn’t.The Flexpai is technically an Android 9 device, but to make Google’s OS play nice with the phone’s unique display, Royole had bake in a some heavy tweaks. The resulting experience is called “Water OS,” named for the way icons seem to flow across the screen as it’s unfolded. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work — in practice, the phone often glitched out and changed apps as I unfolded it, the result of the screen reading my fingers on the opposite side of the fold as I bent the device. On the other hand, there’s a true delight in the FlexPai’s namesake feature. The plastic that encases the phone feels a little cheap, but the gimmick itself doesn’t. The bright AMOLED display looks stunning no matter which way you bend it. All told, the world’s first flexible phone is a very mixed experience. There’s a cathartic joy in being able to bend the device any which way, but it feels like an incomplete experience. It’s not a prototype, but it doesn’t feel like a device that’s fully ready for market, either. That’s probably why Royole is only releasing it internationally as a $1,318 developer kit — hoping to attract developers interested in what might be the future of flagship smartphones. Tags All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 See it Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET Every time I pick up a new smartphone, tablet or gadget, I suddenly develop a mild case of sadism. “I bet I could snap this thing in half,” I think to myself. I never do, but that overwhelming urge to bend expensive technology in on itself never goes away. At CES 2019, I finally encountered a gadget that could bend to my destructive will: The Royole FlexPai. The world’s first foldable phone. 85 Photos CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Google Samsung CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: $1,318 Royole FlexPai 0 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment Mentioned Above Royole FlexPai Phones Tablets 3:00 Preview • Royole FlexPai: First foldable phone beats Samsung to the punch Royole FlexPai, the world’s first foldable phone, bends…last_img read more