Man United reject loan move for full-back but will sell him in the summer

first_imgRoma have been told Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian will not be leaving until the summer after having a loan offer rejected.The Italian club have set their sights on signing the full-back this month as left-back Emerson Palmieri looks set to join Chelsea.But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, United have rejected Roma’s proposal to land Darmian on loan this month.The Premier League giants are unwilling to let the defender leave as they have limited time to bring in a replacement.Manchester United will, however, consider offers for the Italy international in the summer.Roma are expected to return for Darmian then, but they will most likely be joined by Serie A champions Juventus too. Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian in action 1last_img read more

Here are the full results from Donegal Primary Schools Cross-Country Championships

first_imgA total 49 schools and 374 children attended the Donegal Primary Schools XC Championships, hosted by Inishowen AC at Buncrana Shore Front, on Tuesday.The children had qualified for the finals from the six regional events held in Inishowen, Letterkenny, Finn Valley, Milford, the Rosses and South Donegal back in September.The standard of competition was most impressive with medals heading back to all regions in the large, medium and small schools categories.  This was the fifth annual County Championships and the event continues to go from strength to strength.This year’s event was blessed with good weather and a very sporting atmosphere where all participating children did their schools proud.Bernie O’Callaghan, the Chairman of the County Athletics Board, was present and presented medals to the winning athletes. All children received a certificate of participation and we are looking forward to building on this success next year. Donegal Primary Schools Cross Country Championships 2019U9 Girls 2011/2012Lucy Campbell   Glenswilly N.S.Lucy Sweeney  Gaelscoil Leitir CeanainnBriana Doherty  Scoil ÍosagáinNiamh McGrenfa  Glenswilly N.S.Grainne Sweeney  Scoil Mhuire, RameltonEmma Naughton   Scoil Mhuire, RameltonKayla Toner  Scoil Bhríde, Convoy   Aileen Logue  Loch an Iúir  Teams  Large Schools    1. Glenswilly N.S.  2. Scoil Íosagáin, Buncrana  3. Woodlands N.S. Medium Schools   1. Scoil Mhuire, Ramelton  2. Tooban N.S.    3. Creevey N.S.Small Schools    1. St. Joseph’s N.S., Rathmullan   U9 Boys 2011/2012Evan Ward  Scoil Mhuire, BelcruitEoghan Callaghan  Lurgybrack N.S.   Sheá McBriarty Sarsfield  Scoil ÍosagáinManus Conlon  Creevey N.S.  Zack Coll   Scoil Mhuire, na Doirí BeagaPatrik Zadivigy  Illistrin N.S.Michael Breatnach   S.N. Anagaire  Danny Friel  Scoil ÍosagáinTeams  Large Schools   1. Scoil Íosagáin, Buncrana  2. Lurgybrack N.S.  3. Glenswilly N.S.Medium Schools   1. Creevey N.S.  2. Tooban N.S.  3. Scoil Mhuire, na Doirí BeagaSmall Schools  1. Belcruit N.S.  2. St. Joseph’s N.S., Rathmullan  3. St. Naul’s N.S., InverU11 Girls 2009/2010Cliona McBride   S.N. Bríd, Downings Sophie McLaughlin   Illistrin N.S.Niamh McGlinchey   St. Mary’s N.S., Castlefinn  Foladh Houston   Acres N.S.   Nia Byrne  Sessiaghoneill N.S. Emily Kelly  Strabane Primary  Síofra McHugh   St. Joseph’s N.S., RathmullanEimear May Doherty   Scoil Íosagáin, Buncrana Teams  Large Schools   1. Woodlands N.S.  2. Lurgybrack N.S.  3. Scoil Íosagáin, BuncranaMedium Schools   1. St. Mary’s N.S., Castlefinn  2. Sessiaghoneill N.S.  3. St. Oran’s N.S., CockhillSmall Schools  1. St. Joseph’s N.S., Rathmullan  2. Drumman N.S.  3. Acres N.S.U11 Boys 2009/2010Darragh Naughton   Scoil Mhuire, Ramelton   Bradley Boyle  Woodlands N.S.Sam Sweeney  Scoil Mhuire, RameltonPatrick Gallagher  Frosses N.S.Olan Dougan Belec  Scoil Phádraig, RashennyFinn Nolan   Gaelscoil Leitir Ceanainn  Jack McElroy   Acres N.S. Sean Gallagher  Scoil Cholmcille, Letterkenny  Teams  Large Schools   1. Scoil Íosagáin, Buncrana  2. Lurgybrack N.S.  3. Woodlands N.S.Medium Schools   1. Scoil Mhuire, Ramelton  2. Sessiaghoneill N.S.  3. St. Oran’s N.S., CockhillSmall Schools  1. Frosses N.S.  2. Drumman N.S.  3. Belcruit N.S.U13 Girls 2007/2008Anna Russell  Glenswilly N.S.Emma Bonner  Woodlands N.S.Sophie Ellis   Woodlands N.S.Orlaith McCrory  Murlog N.S.Lucy McGarvey  Kilmacrennan N.S.Orla Malseed   Lurgybrack N.S.Jamie McGinley  St. Columba’s N.S., BallylastEmer McFadden   S.N. Bríd, MuffTeams  Large Schools   1. Woodlands N.S.  2.Scoil Íosagáin, Buncrana  3.Gaelscoil Leitir CeanainnMedium Schools  1. S.N. Bríd, Muff  2. Tooban N.S.Small Schools   1. Tiernasligo N.S.  2. Drumman N.S.  3. St. Naul’s N.S., InverU13 Boys 2007/2008Keelan McFadden  Scoil Mhuire, CreesloughLuke O’Donnell   St. Oran’s N.S., CockhillMark Galum  Lurgybrack N.S.Ewan McDowell  Lurgybrack N.S.Oran McBrearty  St. Mary’s N.S., StranorlarPauric McGettigan   Sessiaghoneill N.S.Darragh Donaghy   S.N. Aonghusa, Bridgend  Andrew Shaw  Scoil Íosagáin, BuncranaTeams  Large Schools   1. Lurgybrack N.S.  2.Scoil Íosagáin, Buncrana  3.Gaelscoil Leitir CeanainnMedium Schools   1. Scoil Mhuire, Ramelton  2. Tooban N.S.  3. S.N. AnagaireSmall Schools  1. St. Naul’s N.S., Inver  2. Acres N.S.  3. Tiernasligo N.S.Here are the full results from Donegal Primary Schools Cross-Country Championships was last modified: October 24th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

Jackson County Inmate Roster – 11.28.16

first_imgBooking #:95911 Charges:3 Out of County Hold Booking #:95913 Booking Date:11-27-2016 – 1:57 pm Charges:7.1-5-1-3 Public Intoxication View Profile >>> Bond:$355 Booking Date:11-27-2016 – 1:47 pm Inmates released from the Jail within the last 24 hours. Booking Date:11-27-2016 – 3:46 am Booking #:95907 Release Date:11-27-2016 – 2:19 pm Booking #:95910 Booking Date:11-27-2016 – 1:40 pm Release Date:11-27-2016 – 10:49 am Frady, Austin T Waggoner, Robert L Booking #:95912 View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Gomez, Israel S View Profile >>> Booking #:95910 View Profile >>> Release Date:11-27-2016 – 2:34 pm Booking #:95915 Charges:0 Serve Time Superior Court Booking Date:11-27-2016 – 12:50 pm Release Date:11-27-2016 – 7:49 am Release Date:11-27-2016 – 2:34 pm Charges:9-21-8-52 (A1) Reckless Driving-High Speed View Profile >>> Penrose, Tony A Bond:$355 Booking #:95888 Booking Date:11-24-2016 – 10:33 pm Release Date:11-27-2016 – 1:04 pm Charges:9-24-18-1 Never Receiving Driver License Bryant, Skyler D Charges:9-30-10-16 Habit Traffic Violater View Profile >>> Booking #:95912 Booking #:95898 Booking Date:11-26-2016 – 12:31 pm Booking Date:11-27-2016 – 1:35 pm View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Bond:$355 View Profile >>> Charges:7.1-5-7-7 (2) Minor-Consumption of Alcohol Booking Date:11-27-2016 – 3:45 am Booking Date:11-27-2016 – 12:12 pm Shepherd, Carson M Inmates booked into the Jail within the last 24 hours. Bond:$355 Charges:35-46-1-8 Contributing Delinquenc (OLD) Booking Date:11-27-2016 – 12:12 pm Release Date:11-27-2016 – 1:04 pm Gomez, Israel S Garrett, Nicholas R Acton, Garrett W Booking #:95914 Booking #:95908 Bond:$705 Booking Date:11-27-2016 – 1:35 pm Lockhard, Christopher D Bautista, Rene Charges:9-24-19-3 DWS- Prior Conviction(offense) View Profile >>> Charges:9-24-18-1 Never Receiving Driver License Release Date:11-27-2016 – 7:49 am Charges:34-47-2 Direct Contempt Waggoner, Robert L Charges:0 Serve Time Superior Court View Profile >>>last_img read more

Mississippi Couple Arrested in Clark State Forest with Drugs, Child

first_imgThe couple was arrested on charges including neglect of a dependent, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of paraphernalia. The young girl was placed in temporary custody with the Indiana Department of Child Services.Conservation officers will routinely patrol the state’s parks and properties to ensure safety, but encourage citizens to also report suspicious activity to Indiana DNR’s central dispatch at 812-837-9536. A Mississippi couple is facing charges after conservation officers found them smoking meth with a child in their vehicle.Bradley Gordon, 52, and 31-year-old Sheila Gordon of Gulfport, Mississippi were found in a vehicle parked near a shelter house at the Clark State Forest. Indiana conservation officers say the Gordons’ 5-year-old daughter was asleep in the backseat.Investigators later found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle and say the couple had been smoking the drug with the girl inside the vehicle.last_img read more

Designing the future at LYIT

first_imgConor Smyth is a 27-year-old Monaghan native who arrived at LYIT by chance – but, after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual Communication and Graphic Design, is now working with the V7 web agency in Dublin as well as boasting a host of freelance clients.Conor’s journey to LYIT came through a chance session with a guidance counsellor which he says ‘helped shape my future’.“I was originally in Dublin studying product design, but I dropped out and then reached out to a guidance counsellor, who really knew her business and she pointed me in the direction of graphic design,” Conor told Donegal Daily. “I never looked back. It was a leap of faith and it paid off, so I guess you could say my career path was also a stroke of luck. LYIT had the best course in the country on paper that didn’t require a portfolio (I had completed LC Art), so that’s how I ended up there. I firmly believe the course is as good as any in the country.”Conor explained how he ‘struggled’ initially with ‘thinking outside the box’, but he soon found his feet.He said: “At LYIT we were challenged every day with briefs that forced you to think a little differently. You were rewarded by handing in an assignment that pushed boundaries, not necessarily the most technically sound projects all the time, but the ones that made people go: ‘that’s pretty smart or different’. As students the lectures all made this clear to us, so from the get go we were being grooved unknowingly.”“Every brand, every illustration, every logo and so on, should tell a story, and it’s our job to tell that story, to visualise it in an artistic form.” Conor graduated from LYIT with a distinction and won an award for Best Student in the Department of Design and Creative Media.He said: “Considering I never thought of myself as a creative person and as I hadn’t really accomplished much of value in life up until that, it was a huge deal for me. I felt excited about the future for the first time in my life.“I never expected much from myself, so I never stressed too much. It wasn’t until year 3 that I realised I could do this and do it well, so I put the head down and worked as hard as I could with a little play and it paid off.”The course has opened many doors for Conor. After graduating from LYIT, he worked with Ph7 in Monaghan for eight months and moved onto Neworld Associates.He said: “I learned an awful lot about the industry and design in general, I met some great designers and it was a great place to get start. I can’t put into words how much I learned. “I worked on quite a bit of branding. I kept myself going with some freelance work on the side and that’s what led me to my current position with V7. It was a bit of a risk considering I had only been in the industry two years. “Once I changed studios the owner started his own distillery, so for most of the last 9 months I’ve been working on branding, packaging, illustration and web for his new gin and whiskey products. “It’s not often one person gets full control over jobs like that and especially with such little experience, so I consider myself very lucky. Once I left Neworld I was thrown into the deep end but it was the best thing for me.”Conor has illustrated book covers and privately commissioned posters as well as working on branding and packaging for US-based clients. He holds his time at LYIT in high regard for the opportunities it has given him – and recommends it for any budding designers.Conor indicated “If you are any way creative I would recommend it and it’s so good I would recommend it even if you’re not creative. I always thought of myself as more technical, a perfectionist, and that’s why I feel I produce good design; I obsess over it. “There are many specialised areas of design. The ability to think differently more than anything is important in this industry and the course was focused on that more than teaching you the technical programmes.”The closing date for CAO applications is on 1st February, 2017, at 5.15pm. For information about all LYIT courses and admissions, visit www.lyit.ie, email admissions@lyit.ie or telephone 074 918 6000Designing the future at LYIT was last modified: January 26th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:conor smytheducationLetterkenny Institute of TechnologyLYITlast_img read more

Last chance for World Cup tickets

first_img27 May 2010 Football fans hoping to watch a 2010 Fifa World Cup™ match live have been given a “last chance for glory”. From 9am South African time on 28 May, around 90 000 additional tickets across all 64 matches – including the final, the opening game and the two semi-finals – will become available for public sale. In total, there are still about 160 000 tickets still available for the public via:The official tournament website www.fifa.com.The World Cup call centre hotline, open seven days a week from 8am to 10pm: 083 123 2010 (from within South Africa) or 0041445832010 (international).11 ticketing centres across South Africa’s nine host cities, open seven days a week from 9am to 6pm. Fans will have to show an ID document. Check the ticketing centre locations.18 Shoprite/Checkers sales points, open seven days a week. Fans will have to show an ID document. Check the sales point locations.About 600 FNB branches across South Africa, open five days a week. Here, fans can order tickets, make payment and get ticket confirmation immediately. However, the actual tickets will need to be collected either from one of the 11 Fifa ticketing centres or from one of the 18 Shoprite/Checkers sales points. Of the total tickets still available, 34 000 are in category 4 (the most affordable, reserved for South African residents only), 28 000 in category 3, 23 000 in category 2, and 75 000 in category 1. Fans can check up on Fifa.com’s constantly updating ticket availability chart “For the final there are only about 800 tickets left, but for other matches it’s up to a few thousands”, Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said in a statement on Thursday. So far, 96% of the total of 2.88-million purchasable tickets for the World Cup have been sold. “The target is to reach about 97% or 98%, which would correspond with the figures from the past Fifa World Cups, and this would make us very happy,” Valcke said. According to Fifa, the additional 90 000 tickets become available for public sale following the finalisation of seating arrangements at the 10 match venues, and after adjustments to the various ticket allocations. “One thing is clear,” said Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa: “This is the last big inventory [of tickets] available for the public.” SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa’s biggest horse race a huge drawcard

first_img4 July 2014 With more than 50 000 fans on course and millions worldwide watching South Africa’s Vodacom Durban July on Saturday, the biggest winner will be the KwaZulu-Natal economy, which is set to receive massive exposure along with a cash injection of around R425-million. The 118-year-old event has become enshrined as a national sporting icon and is recognised worldwide as Africa’s greatest horseracing event. Attendance has been sold out for the last five years, but in recent times there has been marked shift in the support base for the event.Visitors to KwaZulu-Natal “The July”, as it is known, has become hugely popular with socialites from Gauteng province, who for the last two years have made up more than 50 percent of the crowd at Greyville Racecourse for the race day, compared to the 2012 Durban July where the Gauteng contingent made up just over 20 percent of the visitors to the event. The effect on the regional economy is a massive surge in spend on airfares, transport, accommodation and hospitality in the greater Durban area over the entire weekend. Significantly, data from Durban July fans surveyed showed a marked trend towards using the trip to the race day as the basis for a longer stay in the province, with 25 percent of the out-of-province visitors spending three nights in KwaZulu-Natal, seven percent holidaying for four nights, and 17 percent spending five nights or more in the region over the Durban July weekend. With each out-of-province visitor spending an average R5 296 on travel, accommodation and entertainment, the regional hospitality industry banked R133 750 000 from the Durban July last year.Pre-race day record Ticket sales have reached a pre-race day record for this year’s event, with another sell-out event assured, meaning the province’s regional economy can look forward to an even bigger windfall this weekend. Betting accounts for over R200-million, with around R100-million being wagered on the totes nationally, and bookmakers turning over a comparable figure from their customers. Wagers on the R3.5-million Durban July race normally account for about half of that betting spend. Hot on the heels of another successful Top Gear festival, and with surfing fans taking in the Mr Price Pro in Ballito, the region’s reliance on key sporting events has been clearly underscored.‘Rewarding’ Ndabo Khoza, the CEO of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, said in a statement on Thursday: “It is always rewarding to see the influx of tourists for the Vodacom Durban July, and this year we will again welcome tens of thousands of people to the city and province, and I believe that a number of accommodation facilities are already fully booked. “Events such as these form the cornerstone of our strategy to drive tourists into the province, and Durban is fast becoming entrenched as the events capital of South Africa,” Khoza said. “But more than that, it also provides an ideal platform for us to host the international tourism trade. “This year, we are bringing travel agents from surrounding SADC regions to experience our province and the Vodacom Durban July, so that they are able to return to their countries and promote KwaZulu-Natal as an ideal holiday destination. This is further enhanced with the direct flights from Harare and Lusaka, straight into Durban, and we look forward to more routes being added in the future.” Andrew Layman, chief executive of the Durban Chamber of Commerce, feels that the region should build on a strategy that uses key sporting and social events to attract visitors throughout the year.‘Mammoth significance’ “The Vodacom Durban July is an event of such mammoth significance that it stands head and shoulders above other events, particularly as it draws so many high-profile political, business and social personalities from Gauteng,” Layman said, “but in the broader scheme of things, all these events tend to hang together as contributing towards, and benefiting from, momentum. “Events, especially, if they carry high status, exploit people’s willingness to spend and, in the case of the Vodacom Durban July, their desire to be seen in places that raise their levels of public exposure,” Layman said. “The Vodacom Durban July is no longer just a premier horse race. It is the nucleus of a social event which includes a variety of associated functions and gatherings, all of which, in some way, have significant economic spin-off. The opportunities presented for the fashion industry are prime examples of this.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Johnson Controls Enhances User Experience, Functionality of Flagship Video Solutions

first_imgJohnson Controls’ newest version of its victor Unified Video Management Systems and VideoEdge Network Video Recorders from American Dynamics, provides a transformed, contemporary user interface and new detection and analytics features for increased visibility of the security environment. With victor/VideoEdge 5.0, the updated feature set includes license plate-recognition, perimeter detection, edge-based SD-card failover redundancy and several other advanced surveillance features, delivering greater and faster command and control capabilities.The newly enhanced user interface of the victor video management system (VMS), simplifies day-to-day activities for security operators with both dark and light theme options well suited for dimly lit command center environments. The interface offers a reimagined “home” view that remembers frequently used features, simplifying forensic investigating and live viewing. Workflow functions have also been redesigned to be more intuitive and a new navigation bar and a variety of menu filters puts usability at the center of the victor VMS experience.“victor’s transformed graphical user interface makes the security operator’s experience more comfortable and efficient, significantly reducing the number of clicks, while uniquely leveraging Illustra cameras for an additional level of seamless system redundancy,” said Jammy DeSousa, senior product manager, Building Technologies and Solutions, Johnson Controls. “The newest version of victor/VideoEdge enables new levels of awareness with sophisticated video analytic capabilities for vehicle number plate recognition as well as perimeter detection with increased visibility for both exterior and interior environments.”- Sponsor – VideoEdge’s new TrickleStor feature has select Illustra cameras and VideoEdge working together to form a cost-effective redundancy and seamless failover solution. If communications between the NVR and cameras are interrupted or stop, the camera automatically detects the anomaly and begins recording video to its SD card. With VideoEdge TrickleStor, once connections are restored, the recorded video is then transferred back to the NVR’s hard drive. When the video is viewed later, operators will not be able to sense there was any outage, thereby capturing line of sight activity and providing a seamless experience.Powerful License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology sends security operators real-time alarm notifications for arriving VIPs or when blacklisted vehicles are detected. Operators use “fuzzy match” with Smart Search, victor/VideoEdge’s forensic search engine, to identify commonly confused characters, such as 8 and B, to generate a list of possible matches. Smart Search can also place asterisks (*) and question marks (?) to correlate recorded video and searches when only a portion of a license plate number is known.For more information about the victor Unified Video Management Systems and VideoEdge Network Video Recorders, visit www.americandynamics.net. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Building a robot is one of many skills these students have mastered

first_imgMichael Davies Sergbeh, left, and Gregline Kumba Natt hold the Liberian flag.  Hamood and Ali Nasser Al-Saadi prepare their robot for competition at the FIRST Global Competition. By Zahra AhmadJul. 20, 2017 , 5:15 PM The model for this week’s global event is a U.S.-based robotics competition begun a quarter-century ago by serial entrepreneur and inventor Dean Kamen. “These students are living proof of what can be achieved if you get an idea, a task, and dream, and combine them all together,” Kamen says. “This competition is meant to reach students in areas that need STEM the most, developing countries, those who face adversity every day and [who also] are their countries’ future leaders.”Liberia was one of 60 countries whose teams had no prior experience building robots. The competition was designed to be an opportunity for students like Sergbeh to showcase their abilities.“The selection process varied by country for this inaugural year,” says FIRST Global President Joe Sestak in Manchester, New Hampshire, who is a retired U.S. Navy admiral and former Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania. “We had some teams that held a regional type of selection process with robots; others could only afford proctor testing to determine who would represent their country.” Sestak began calling STEM organizations around the world last fall to spread the word about the competition. Those organizations were asked to find mentors who spoke English and had a background in technology and software programming. Mentors then identified students interested in building a basic robot. More than 600 people eventually lent a hand. FIRST Global’s theme was access to clean water, one of the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering identified by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Two three-team alliances worked to see whose robots could clear a hypothetical river of contaminants. The contaminants were represented by blue and orange balls. The robots were expected to sort the balls into the appropriate bins and then hang from a beam before a virtual river flooded and swept them away.Reaching out to AfricaLiberia was one of 40 African countries that fielded teams. And Sestek says the organization deliberately sought students who had traditionally had little exposure to high-quality STEM education. “We didn’t want just the top schools from Africa to participate, we wanted those who needed it most,” Sestak says. “Only four of the schools from Africa were in the top 1% of their socioeconomic class.” The great majority of students were from the lower end of the socioeconomic class, he notes. Another explicit goal of the competition was to provide opportunities for women. “It’s really hard for girls to pursue a career in science in Rwanda, and in Africa in general, because it’s expected of woman to get married and have kids when you graduate high school,” says Ikirezedi Poala, one of seven members—four boys, three girls—from Rwanda.Poala says competitions like this show young girls there are opportunities if they stay focused. “I think people are beginning to become more open minded towards the idea of women pursuing a career before settling down, because they see us succeeding in things like FIRST Global,” she says. The Rwandan team placed 68th. For Hamood and Ali Nasser Al-Saadi, opportunity came in the form of a dedicated mentor who saw they were skilled in mathematics and science. Growing up on a farm in a valley between the mountains in Sharqiyah, in northern Oman, the twin boys have been deaf and mute since birth and didn’t attend school until age 9.“Their father didn’t know about the resources that were available to them,” says their mentor and teacher, Ghalib Alharthy. “When I started teaching a class at the Abdullah bin Zeid for Basic Education for deaf and mute students, they stood out to me because they’re very clever and can stay focused on a topic for hours.” Unlike those on the Liberian team, the Omani twins had considerable previous experience with robotics competitions. They took top honors 3 years running in the FIRST Lego League in Oman, an international competition in which elementary and middle school students build a LEGO Mindstorm robot.Asked what they enjoy most about the competition, in which they finished 39th, the boys turned to each other and smiled before Hamood signed, “Ali is the hands-on guy, and he loves building the robots. I like programming the robot to do whatever we need it to do, and driving it.” And they weren’t fazed by all the hoopla surrounding this week’s event. “I was nervous and excited when I walked into the arena, it was so big and there were so many people,” Ali signed. “But as soon as the competition started, I knew exactly what to do and when our robot hung, I was so happy.” In addition to the obstacles that most of the individual students had to overcome, FIRST Global officials faced the challenge of obtaining visas for each team. Both the Gambian and Afghan teams were initially denied visas—the Afghan team’s plight became a media sensation—but in the end all were able to attend.“It’s been a blessing to receive the amount of support and attention we’ve gotten,” Lida Azizi, a student from Herat, Afghanistan, said through a translator. “We’re hoping it encourages other young girls in Afghanistan to pursue higher education without fear. It feels great to bring a medal back home.” The all-girls Afghan team finished 114th overall, but joined with the Omani twins in receiving the Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli Award for Courageous Achievement.Fresh off their initial success, Kamen and Sestack have already begun planning regional competitions as a prelude to next year’s FIRST Global competition in Mexico City. Many students said they hoped to use the event as a springboard for their STEM advocacy work back home. “In my free time I teach at a community center in Pleebo, [Liberia],” Sergbeh says. “I teach primary education like simple math, science, and English. It’s great practice for me, and it helps the younger kids. I can’t wait to go back and share this experience with them. Hopefully it will show them they can do great things, too.” Zahra Ahmad Building a robot is one of many skills these students have mastered Ghalib Alharthy Michael Davies Sergbeh has never let obstacles stand in the way of acquiring an education that could serve as his ticket to a world beyond his small village in Liberia. As a child he worked at his stepfather’s garage to afford private school, a necessity because of the sorry state of most public schools in his native country. Earlier this year, when he was chosen to represent Liberia in a robotics competition for high school students from 157 countries, he wasn’t discouraged by his relative inexperience in the field and by his school’s bare-bones science facilities.  “I had never really worked on a computer before, but I learned from my mentor so that I could teach my teammates,” he says, referring to six other students attending nearby schools. At times, the only light in their workroom came from a cellphone. But Team Liberia persisted. This week the students were rewarded with a 12th place finish in the FIRST Global Challenge held in Washington, D.C.“I never thought I would be able to build a robot that can move, pick things up, and lift itself up,” says Sergbeh, the team’s captain, “so ranking this high is amazing. 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IPL 2019- SRH vs CSK Review: Sunrisers return back to winning ways

first_imgImage Courtesy: NDTV SportsAdvertisementSunrisers Hyderabad cruised to win against a Super Kings side which played without MS Dhoni. The SRH bowling unit rose to the occasion to restrict the men in yellow before chasing the total with more than 3 overs to spare.Image Courtesy: NDTV SportsSuresh Raina led the yellow army with MS Dhoni being rested for the fixture. The stand-in captain opted to bat first at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. The table leaders named 2 changes with Sam Billings replacing MS Dhoni while Karn Sharma took place of Mitchell Santner in the playing XI.Rashid Khan was the architect in chief after breaking CSK’s middle order. The leg spinner was well supported by economical spells from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed. Barring Faf du Plessis, no batsman looked comfortable on the Hyderabad wicket.Chasing a total of just 133, the in-form SRH openers laid the foundation well with orange cap holder David Warner taking initiative. The left-handed explosive opener scored a swift fifty.Despite losing some wickets in quick succession, the hosts were able to recover to end the chase well in time. This marks SRH’s first victory over the defending champions in 5 attempts.Brief ScorecardCSK 132-5 (20 overs) (F.du.Plessis 45; R.Khan 2-17)SRH 137-4 (16.5 overs) (J.Bairstow 61; I.Tahir 2-20)Read Also:India’s World Cup 2019 Squad: Is it good enough to get the job done?R Ashwin says the race is heating up after 5th win of KXIP Advertisementlast_img read more