ZURICH (AP):Gianni Infantino is the new president of football’s corruption-scarred world governing body, winning the election after promising national leaders of the sport that he would share the wealth from FIFA’s $5 billion World Cup revenues.Infantino was chosen on the second-ballot yesterday to fill the unexpired term of longtime FIFA leader Sepp Blatter, who was forced out by the pressure of US and Swiss investigations of bribery and corruption that emerged two days before the previous vote in May 2015.The stunning outcome seemed to catch the 45-year-old Infantino off guard. He had to compose himself before starting his acceptance speech and saluted voters by patting his heart with his right hand.”We will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA, and everyone in the world will applaud us,” said Infantino, who only became a candidate when a case of financial wrongdoing removed his own boss, Michel Platini, at Europe’s soccer body UEFA.”I am convinced a new era is starting,” said the Swiss-born former lawyer. Blatter headed FIFA for more than 17 years.Infantino pledged to meet quickly with World Cup broadcasters and sponsors, saying they “they need to regain trust and confidence in football and in FIFA”.There were only four candidates on the ballot after Tokyo Sexwale withdrew during his campaign speech to voters. The four were Infantino, UEFA’s general secretary; Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, the Asian confederation president; Prince Ali of Jordan; and Jerome Champagne of France.WORLD LEADERInfantino, who had waged a globe-trotting campaign in the four months leading up to the election, gave an impressive 15-minute speech only 20 minutes before the first-round vote. The Swiss-Italian spoke in several languages without notes and portrayed himself as a leader for the world, not just Europe’s wealthy confederation.His campaign promised to spread the World Cup largesse to more federations, including additional guaranteed funds. He also pledged to expand the World Cup from a 32-team tournament to 40 teams, and give more opportunities to countries to stage the World Cup with multinational regional hosting.”The money of FIFA is your money,” he said, jabbing his left index finger to the 207 members of soccer federations from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe before the election.”It is not the money of the FIFA president. It’s your money,” added Infantino, sounding more like a CEO promising a dividend to shareholders.A rare burst of spontaneous applause followed, signaling a shift in momentum towards Infantino, who since his 30s managed the billion-dollar Champions League revenues for the UEFA.
Infantino wins FIFA presidential election
‘Gabigol’ finally delivers
ROME (AP):Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa began repaying his US$32-million transfer fee by scoring his first goal for Inter Milan in a 1-0 win at Bologna yesterday.Barbosa tapped in a cross from Danilo D’Ambrosio in the 81st minute to secure fourth-placed Inter their ninth win in 10 Serie A matches.Barbosa had been hailed as the next great Brazil striker when he signed a five-year deal after transferring from Santos in August. But he struggled in his first five months at Inter.”I’m happy for him. He had a bit of a tough time at the start. But now he’s starting to click,” Inter coach Stefano Pioli said.Garbosa was preparing to offer his teammates and coaches a Brazilian dinner to celebrate his goal.WASTED CHANCE”The dinner is more than welcome,” Pioli said.With captain Mauro Icardi serving the second game of a two-match ban for dissent, Inter laboured for long stretches.Inter forward Rodrigo Palacio wasted a great chance directly in front of the goal 12 minutes in following a cross from Ivan Perisic.But substitutions proved decisive – Barbosa scored seven minutes after coming on – and Inter have now scored 13 goals in the last 15 minutes of play this season, the most in Serie A.”It’s always a good sign for a coach when you have a squad that believes until the end,” Pioli said. “We struggled between the lines and were slow manoeuvring, but we still worked hard. The team believed until the end and that perseverance paid off.”Roma’s Edin Dzeko joined Gonzalo Higuain atop the Serie A scoring chart with the opener against Torino.Dzeko scored with a low, long-range shot that Torino and England goalkeeper Joe Hart arguably should have saved. It was Dzeko’s 19th in Serie A and 29th in all competitions this season, three days after scoring a hat-trick against Villarreal in the Europa League.Mohamed Salah doubled the lead shortly after the quarter-hour mark with a powerful effort inside the near post, then hit the post three minutes later.Leandro Paredes added another in the second half with a well-struck shot that gave Hart no chance.Maxi Lopez pulled one back for Torino in the 85th, but Radja Nainggolan restored Roma’s three-goal lead after being set up by Francesco Totti, who came on for the final 10 minutes.Roma maintained their perfect home record with a 12th win in 12 matches, putting the Giallorossi back in second place, two points ahead of Napoli, which won 3-1 away to Chievo Verona earlier.
Caricom meeting to zero-in on violence in schools
As it seeks to equip young people to function effectively in a 21st century economy and society, the Caribbean Community (Caricom) is rolling out its Human Resource Development (HRD) 2030 strategy and is currently examining a number of issues relating to the regional education system.CARICOMThis is being done at the 38th meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) on Education hosted at the Caricom Headquarter, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.Over the two days, Education Ministers and other stakeholders from across the region will be focusing on measures to ensure the successful implementation of the HRD 2030 Strategy, which is a long-term regional policy framework endorsed by Heads of Government in 2017 to lead the development of human resources in Member States.High on the agenda of issues is re-conceptualising schooling and learning, with a focus on establishing safe and healthy learning communities in the region.Caricom’s Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque pointed out at the opening ceremony of the COHSOD meeting on Wednesday that establishing safe and healthy schools is being advanced as a means to address violence in schools.He noted that safe schools promote the protection of students from violence, exposure to weapons and threats, theft and bullying, as well as the sale and use of illegal substances on school grounds.“Data on school-based violence in the Caribbean have revealed increasing incidences of violence in both primary and secondary schools. School-based violence has been associated with poor attendance, decline in performance, high drop-out levels and decreased academic achievement. Low educational attainment is associated with poor employment opportunities and crime and violence, which ultimately impacts on sustainable development of the region,” he stated.To this end, Ambassador LaRoque said the COHSOD meeting will look at results from three complementary strategies which are being implemented to address this challenge.“These are aimed at improving the schools’ environment, as well as strengthening social and life skills among students, their peers and families,” he added.Meanwhile, Education Minister Nicolette Henry underscored the importance of having an enabling environment for young people. She explained that their experiences in the school system is also impactful since such exposure provides specific support in making individual behaviour choices, such as how to handle anger, when to become sexually active and what to eat.On this note, Minister Henry posited that it is critical for the discussions at the two-day COHSOD meeting to be centred on how to better prepare students, and even parents, to be able to contribute to that “enabling environment”.“This not only addresses the importance of parent education programmes but brings a wider cross-section of society into play as it requires a community-based participatory approach that challenges many sections of our community to step up, including the mass media and entertainment industry to be more responsible in their contribution to socialisation of our young people. We have continually reinforced the importance of all stakeholders in the education of our children. It does takes a village to raise a child,” the Education Minister contended.Additionally, she noted that the Council needs to also examine recreation and positive outlets for youthful energies, as well as appropriate public policies to help provide an environment which facilitates positive behaviour.The regional officials’ examination of school-based violence comes on the heels of two female students of the Tagore Memorial Secondary School on the Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) being involved in a violent fight last week.The incident has left a 15-year-old traumatised and embarrassed after she was badly beaten and her hijab ripped off by her fellow schoolmate, while others watched on.This is not the first time such an incident occurred. Back in March, also in Berbice, a video had surfaced with a student of the New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI) beating three of his schoolmates with a belt in a classroom.In the past, such violence in schools have ended fatally or with serious injuries. Only in February this year, a 15-year-old student of Covent Garden Secondary School, East Bank Demerara, was stabbed during an altercation with his classmates.Meanwhile, between 2017 and 2018, at least three other students ended up in the hospital with stab wounds sustained during fights steaming from schools.
3-year-old perishes in early morning fire
A three-year-old girl was on Friday morning burnt to death after a fire suspected to be electrical in origin, completely razed her parents’ home at Vigilance Squatting Area, East Coast Demerara (ECD).The parents, siblings and residents burst into tears as detectives removed the charred remains of Bianca Sanko from the gutted building at about 09:00h.Reports are the mother and her four children, including Bianca, were asleep in separate bedrooms of the two-storey wooden structure when the mother was awoken at about 07:00h by the smell of smoke and saw the house partially engulfed in flames.Bianca Sanko in happier timesUpon seeing this, she hurriedly rushed three of the children out of the home and was returning for the fourth when the upper flat caved thereby preventing her from entering. Within moments, the building was completely engulfed in flames with the child trapped.A relative who realised the child was trapped in the inferno, explained that he attempted to save her but the heat was too intense and he had to retreat. He also noted that he stumbled in the process and hurt himself.In tears the young man stated that it was heart rendering to see the flames knowing that a child was being burnt to death.Detectives removing the charred remains of the childIn addition, an aunt who resides in close proximity told Guyana Times that she was preparing breakfast when she saw smoke bellowing from her sister’s house and immediately raised an alarm.She noted that within minutes, the flames were seen emanating from the building. As she rushed to the house, she saw her sister and three of the children but no sign of little Bianca. In tears, she explained that upon enquiring, she found out that the girl was trapped in the inferno.“I try to run in the house to see for Bianca but a beam come down on me and I had to run out… other people in the area also try to go in the house but it was too late,” the woman cried.The mother of the child was devastated and had to be taken to a nearby health centre since she had sustained minor burns about the body.An official of the Guyana Fire Service explained that after the report was received, several tenders from Campbellville, Georgetown and Mahaica, ECD, stations responded, but by the time they arrived, the house was already engulfed and there was nothing they could have done to save the child.The firefighters however, managed to contain the blaze and a few hours later found the charred remains of the toddler. The remains were placed into a bag and taken to the Lyken’s Funeral Home.On the other hand, the Guyana Power and Light has launched an investigation to determine whether the electricity supply to the building was legal.In addition, the Child Care and Protection Agency is expected to probe the condition under which the children lived as a result of information provided to them during their visit to the scene.The Police are investigating the unfortunate incident. (Bhisham Mohamed)
Wildlife rehabilitated through woman’s efforts
“Our concern is to see that wildlife gets the best care possible,” said Harry Morse, a department spokesman. “Our key is to make sure that these animals get to people who are licensed to care for them and have the facilities these animals need for whatever type of care they need.” Nicole Carion, associate wildlife biologist with Fish and Game, said there are 110 facilities for wildlife rehabilitation in California, with some operated by a single person and others by hundreds of volunteers. email@example.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Now 45, she is launching a new effort to provide information for people who find injured animals on the beach, on roads or in their own yards. This spring she set up a toll-free hotline for WildRescue, (866) WILD-911, and she is in the process of setting up the WildRescue Web site at www.wildrescue.org. “Based on a caller’s area code, we will provide the number to the nearest rescue organization or wildlife rehabilitator that specializes in the type of animal found,” she said. The telephone service and the Web site include information on initial things people can do to help animals, and how to stay safe. The hotline made its debut in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in April, but Dmytryk hopes to eventually provide the service to all of California. She already has extended it to the entire California coast for marine animal emergencies because of the domoic acid outbreak. While they could not comment specifically on Dmytryk’s new service, California Department of Fish and Game officials said it is important to find proper care for injured animals, and wildlife rehabilitation centers play an important role. MALIBU – When she was 9, Rebecca Dmytryk found her pet hamster seemingly lifeless on a cold day. She thought the animal was dead. But her mother, who had made a habit of trying to rescue sick animals, put the little creature in an open, barely warm oven. “It came back to life,” said Dmytryk, who eventually embarked on a career of saving hundreds of animals, from pelicans to peregrine falcons to skunks to sea lions to coyotes. She got involved with the cause when she was 20, then opened her own animal rescue center in Thousand Oaks in the 1980s, she said. She founded the California Wildlife Center in Malibu Canyon in 1996, and in 2000 formed WildRescue.
Antonio Conte wants this midfielder as his first signing as Chelsea manager
Antonio Conte wants to make Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan his first signing when he takes over at Chelsea, claim reports in Italy.Conte is expected to be announced as the new Chelsea boss before the end of the season and is in line to take over at Stamford Bridge when his contract with Italian national team expires after Euro 2016.The 46-year-old is known to be a big admirer of the Nainggolan, having watched him regularly in Serie A, and is keen for him to link up with compatriot Eden Hazard at Chelsea.According to Sky Italia, Chelsea have already made contact with Roma about Nainggolan’s availability this summer but may face competition from Juventus.Chelsea remain confident of landing the 27-year-old but Juventus will be prepared to enter a bidding war with the Blues should Paul Pogba depart in the summer. 1 Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan
D’FHÁG FREASÚRA AN DÁIL AN T-AIRE DINNY MCGINLEY CHUN LABHAIRT LEIS FÉIN TAR ÉIS SIÚIL AMACH – TÓIBÍN
Dúirt an t-urlabhraí Gaeltachta Shinn Féin Peadar Tóibín go raibh díomá uafásach ar mhuintir an Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachtaí.“Tá fadhbanna ollmhór ag baint leis an reachtaíocht seo. Fadhbanna a déanfaidh damáiste don Gaeltacht. Ta a lán rudaí in easnamh anseo freisin. Déanann an bille seo neamhaird ar na deiseanna atá ann chun fuinneamh nua a anáil isteach sa Gaeltacht.Bheadh sé furasta na heasnaimh seo a réitigh da mbeadh and rialtas dáiríre faoin Gaeilge, da mbeadh an Aire dáiríre faoi an próiseas comhairliúcháin leis na eagrais Gaeilge agus dá mbeadh an Aire dáiríre faoi an próiseas daonlathas san Oireachtas. “Ta an Gaeilge in áit an leathphingin sá stáit seo. I rith an díospóireacht gairid chualamar beagáinín níos mó ná platitudes agus uaireanta focal nimhneach chomh súil le Language Imperialists ar thug an Teachta Creed ar Gaeilgeoirí. Fiú amháin i gcoiste inné dúirt an Teachta Flanagan go raibh sé in éadain airgead a caitheamh ar eolas sláinte a foilsiú i nGaeilge sa Gaeltacht.“Táimid ag teacht chuig deireadh na bliana, bliain inar dhearna an rialtas seo dochar do Gaeilge. Dochar don Coimisinéir Teanga, dochair do Gaelscoileanna, dochair do Scéim labhairt na Gaeilge. Bhí sé déistineach a fheiceáil an rialtas ag bagairt Dónall Ó Cnáimhsí a bhí ag labhairt ar son muintir na Gaeltachtaí.“Is léir nach bhfuil suim dá laghad ag an Roinn no ag an rialtas plé oscailte daonlathas a chuir ar siúil anseo inniu. Mar sin diúltaím leis an próiseas in a iomlán. Nílimid sásta fanacht agus táim chun siúil amach chun mo déistin a thaispeáint ar an córas seo.”Shiúil an freasúra ina iomláin amach tar éis na óráid gairid. D’fhág siad an t-Aire McGinley chun labhairt leis féin. D’FHÁG FREASÚRA AN DÁIL AN T-AIRE DINNY MCGINLEY CHUN LABHAIRT LEIS FÉIN TAR ÉIS SIÚIL AMACH – TÓIBÍN was last modified: July 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:D’FHÁG FREASÚRA AN DÁIL AN T-AIRE DINNY MCGINLEY CHUN LABHAIRT LEIS FÉIN TAR ÉIS SIÚIL AMACH – TÓIBÍN
DDTV: MICHAEL MURPHY TALKS OF HIS HOPES FOR THE ULSTER SENIOR CLUB FINAL
GLENSWILLY forward Michael Murphy has spoken of the pride in his parish ahead of tomorrow’s senior club Ulster championship final with Ballinderry in Omagh.“It’s going to be tough,” says Murphy in this AIB Club Championship video.Click Play to Watch DDTV: MICHAEL MURPHY TALKS OF HIS HOPES FOR THE ULSTER SENIOR CLUB FINAL was last modified: November 30th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Michael Murphyvideo
Latest: Tottenham 4 Chelsea 2 – Hazard gives Blues hope
Eden Hazard’s second-half strike threw Chelsea a lifeline but their Premier League lead remained under threat from a thriller at White Hart Lane.Harry Kane, whose equaliser sparked a dramatic first-half collapse by Jose Mourinho’s side, piled more misery on the Blues by adding a fourth goal on 52 minutes.The livewire striker rolled away from Nemanja Matic and then threaded a low shot between John Terry’s legs and across goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.But on the hour mark, Hazard’s brilliance pulled it back to 4-2 and gave Chelsea hope of a stunning comeback.The Belgian won the ball on halfway, exchanged passes with Cesc Fabregas before exposing an opening in the Spurs defence to slot past the helpless Hugo Lloris.Both sides looked lively on the counter in an end-to-end second half, but barring the two goals neither keeper was stretched.Hazard had struck a fierce drive just over shortly after the break, while Spurs flashes dangerous balls across the Chelsea box but without being able to apply a touch.Diego Costa had put the Blues ahead in the 19th minute, turning in Oscar’s shot, which came after Eden Hazard had hit the post.Kane equalised on the half hour mark, holding off the challenge of Oscar and firing in a low shot beyond Courtois.Chelsea then imploded by conceding twice in the dying minutes of the first half, as Danny Rose followed up a Nacer Chadli shot that hit the post, and Andros Townsend converted a penalty. Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Mason (Dembele 14); Chadli, Eriksen, Townsend; Kane.Subs: Vorm, Chiriches, Davies, Dembele, Paulinho, Stambouli, Soldado. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian (Salah 72), Oscar (Ramires 46), Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Mikel, Ramires, Salah, Remy, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
South Africa leads African data storing project
Ray Maota Data sharing allows countries to better anticipate natural disasters such as earthquakes. (Image: National Geographic) Chinese minister of science and technology Xu Guanhua, says China will establish 40 data centres by the end of 2010. (Image: Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Tim O’Connor South African Environmental Observation Network +27 33 343 3491 RELATED ARTICLES • Blast-off for space weather centre • Research centre for African oceans • South African model for African maths centres • New centre to foster science careersSouth Africa is at the forefront of an endeavour to beef up the African continent’s data collecting and storing capabilities. This was announced at the annual conference of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (Codata) in Cape Town towards the end of 2010.At the conference delegates were treated to a preview of the prototype of the World Data Centre on Biodiversity and Human Health in Africa, set to be opened in 2011 in South Africa.The importance of the centreThe centre will focus on topics such as geomagnetism (the earth’s magnetism), astronomy, and solar activity. It will allow researchers to understand how environmental trends relate to one another, such as climate change and malaria for example, by compiling data on such topics.Scientific data on Africa is currently dispersed mainly in countries off the continent, but the new centre aims to bring all this data together into a single resource that will be accessible online.Because data collection and management is still under-developed on the continent, policies to protect information have not yet been conceived and implemented.Daisy Selematsela, executive director of the Knowledge Management and Evaluation Directorate at the National Research Foundation in Pretoria, said that the lack of such policies has resulted in a fear of how the data will be used.“This is one of the things we need to look into,” she said. “There is a tendency to control access to data, perhaps because of concerns over its mis-interpretation or because data is power.”The centre will be on par with over 50 other data centres around the world, most of which are located in East Asia, Europe and the US.Data expert Wim Hugo of the South African Environmental Observation Network is confident that the centre will help researchers identify gaps in existing data, and give them historical data to compare to new findings. Hugo is an advocate of the new centre.With South Africa spearheading this initiative, there has already been collaboration between SA and Nasa in the US. The space agency sent more than 30 terabytes of free earth science satellite data to local researchers for them to use in environmental applications, and to support sustainable development.However, Unesco’s head of science policy Lidia Brito, speaking at the conference, cautioned that Africa’s challenge lies in being able to manage and interpret these increasing amounts of data.“We need to have the eyes to look beyond the data,” added Brito.The centre’s operations will initially depend on data sets currently hosted in South Africa and the US, while African organisations will be encouraged to contribute their own data as it becomes available.The Committee on Data for Science and Technology Part of the International Council for Science, Codata was established in 1966 in an effort to improve the accessibility of scientifically important data, as well as its quality, reliability and management.This resource provides scientists and engineers with access to international data activities, keeps them abreast of new international knowledge, and allows for direct cooperation.A major driving force in the establishment of Codata was the fact that the efficient management of scientific data was beyond the scope of a few dedicated individuals.Data sharing in the worldChina will provide over 80% of its data relating to research into pure science such as theoretical mathematics, physics and chemistry, making the knowledge freely available on the internet.Chinese minister of science and technology Xu Guanhua, said that to achieve this goal, China will establish 40 data centres by the end of 2010.”They will cover 300 databases relating to the environment, agriculture, human health, pure science, engineering and regional scientific and technology information,” he said.“All of them will be openly accessed through a public portal initiated by the Ministry of Science and Technology in China,” Xu added.Preventing disasters through data sharingA UN and World Bank report released in November 2010 has revealed that humanitarian disasters caused by natural forces such as earthquakes and floods could in some cases be averted through global collection and sharing of hazard data.This would help to build up an international picture of risks to help make more sophisticated predictions on a local level, it reported.“Few countries collect data on hazards. Data on where past hazards have struck, frequency, intensity, and even data that is collected is not made accessible,” said Apurva Sanghi, a senior economist at the World Bank.“A lack of basic information means donor agencies that want to lessen the impact of, say, drought can’t make optimal decisions,” he said.