0Shares0000CAF vice president Constant Omari addresses the press at the end of CAF’s five day inspection tour on June 17 ahead of CHAN 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKINSHASA, DR Congo, Apr 18 – The head of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s football association has been taken into custody as part of a probe into embezzlement, an investigating magistrate said Wednesday.FECOFA president Constant Omari has been held along with sports ministry secretary general Barthelemy Okito and two FECOFA vice presidents — Roger Bondembe and Theobad Binamungu — since Tuesday evening, the magistrate told AFP. He said the four were “currently being heard” over the use of public funds in the organisation of matches in African competitions involving national sides as well as clubs.Alain Makengo, a lawyer for the four men, told AFP they are suspected of embezzling $1.0 million (800,000 euros) earmarked for four matches.Omari is also vice president of the African Football Confederation and a member of the executive committee of FIFA.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Pedro grabbed his second of the game as Chelsea continued to cruise towards their first home league win since Guus Hiddink’s return as manager.The Spaniard had played his part in Chelsea’s dominant first-half display, scoring the second goal as the Blues went in at the break 3-0 up.He then added a fourth on 58 minutes, as he beat a hapless Steven Taylor to Cesc Fabregas’ flighted long ball before beating Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot.Newcastle had begun the second half brightly, and Cesar Azpilicueta had to be alert to throw himself in front of a Jonjjo Shelvey shot, while Aleksandar Mitrovic fired narrowly wide.But the Magpies’ poor defending, exploited by Pedro, cost them – just as it had when they leaked three goals in 16 first-half minutes.Diego Costa, playing in a facemask to protect a broken nose, opened the scoring early on when he timed his run perfectly to guide Willian’s ball into the far corner.Then Newcastle left-back Rolando Aarons played a casual pass on halfway, allowing Pedro the chance to run to the edge of the box before firing home.The home side’s dominance was underscored by their third goal, as Costa picked up Fabregas’ lofted pass before threading the ball into the path of Willian, who was left with a simple finish.The only concern for Chelsea was when captain John Terry limped off after 36 minutes, following a tangle with Mitrovic.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (Baba 36), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Hazard, Pedro; Costa (Traore 60).Subs: Begovic, Baba, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Remy.Newcastle United: Elliot; Janmaat, Taylor, Coloccini, Aarons; Tiote, Shelvey; Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Townsend; Mitrovic.Subs: Darlow, Lascelles, Saivet, Colback, Perez, Doumbia, Riviere.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Africa is about to launch its first private satellite. It’s a unique achievement – not least because the engineers designing the satellite’s payload aren’t veteran astrophysicists, as you might expect. They’re teenage schoolgirls.South African schoolgirls taking part in an intensive one-week Medo Space Space Trek bootcamp in Worcester, Western Cape, in early 2016. (Image: Medo Space)Africa is about to launch its first private satellite.Scheduled for late 2016, the launch will make Medo – an acronym for the Meta Economic Development Organisation – the first private company in Africa to build a satellite and send it into orbit.It’s a unique achievement for two reasons. First, South Africa (where the company is based) has only ever sent three satellites into space. And second, the engineers designing the satellite’s onboard experiments aren’t veteran astrophysicists, as you might expect – they’re teenage schoolgirls.Medo Space has one aim: to equip school girls in Africa with the science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) skills they need to compete and thrive in our digital future. What better way for girls to learn that the sky is not the limit than to get them to build and launch space satellites that connect the continent?Why does Medo focus specifically on young women? The organisation discovered that while 80% of jobs are predicted to require a Stem-related education by 2020, less than 10% of young women are currently interested in studying science, tech, engineering and maths subjects in further education.Graphic: US Department of Education“Ten to eighty percent is a huge chasm to cross, and we knew we needed a compelling project,” Judi Sandrock and Carla de Klerk of Medo Space writes on the WEF Africa website. “Enter our satellite programme, designed to stir up young women’s interest in science by having them literally reach for the stars.”In the past three years, small-format satellites have come into their own as a means of collecting data about the planet quickly, cheaply and effectively. Medo Space aims to give young women a hand in the process, by having them design the payloads of private satellites.Watch Judi Sandrock and Carla de Klerk of Medo Space discuss their Girls in Space initiative at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda on 13 May 2016:“Our motto, ‘Building the economy one job at a time’, is normally aimed at start-ups and entrepreneurs, but we soon realised we should be starting earlier than that,” say Sandrock and De Klerk. “To have any real effect on the economy, we found, we would need to engage with people at school level.”The aim is to inspire young women with a passion and excitement for Stem subjects. Medo wants them to go back to their schools as ambassadors for science and tech, and spread their enthusiasm to other students.Nwabisa Sitole, a Medo Space graduate and future electrical engineer, says: “I feel inspired. I never imagined a girl from a township doing these big and amazing things, learning from world-renowned astronomers.”Sometimes big things can start from something as small as a confidence boost, which in the long run will enable young women to take paths that have traditionally been dominated by men. Medo’s goal is to have every young woman leave their programme with confidence, passion and a sense of power.The Medo Space Programme is put together in three phases:First, Space Prep, is a series of one-day workshops at local high schools.Second, called Space Trek, is a one-week intensive bootcamp at which up to 30 young women build and launch their own small CricketSat satellites using high-altitude weather balloons.Third, the phase where Space Trek graduates and students design and implement payloads for satellites.Watch a Medo Space Trek satellite launch in January 2016:“We have found that participants at our workshops and bootcamps often return to school with renewed energy for their subjects and new goals for the future,” say the Medo team. “Most go on to enter Stem-related fields of study after high school.”While the ultimate goal is to produce a raft of female engineers, there is much work to do first, in both Africa and South Africa – especially when it seems the statistics are squared against progress.“We need to raise the pass rate of national exams, so we can start setting up young people for success, regardless of the subjects they pursue,” say Sandrock and De Klerk.“Our aim for the year is to help as many individuals as possible, so that we can create a generation of passionate young minds that contribute to the economy – not only with skills, but with solutions. We are definitely up to the challenge. This is our private-sector solution.”Edited and compiled by Mary Alexander
This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Last weekend I reluctantly undertook the unpleasant task of buying a new television. The task was unpleasant for several reasons: I have a countercultural aversion to updating electronic devices; I hate shopping; and I especially hate shopping at the only area retailer that sells televisions, a particularly repellent megastore headquartered in Arkansas.The purchase was prompted by the fact that at least two of Vermont’s leading television stations — Vermont Public Television and WCAX in Burlington — switched from analog to digital broadcasting on February 17. (Surprisingly, the law passed by the U.S. Congress to delay the digital switchover to June 12 had no effect on Vermont broadcasters. Since the law merely permitted but did not mandate the delay, it was ignored by Vermont Public Television and WCAX.)Like many rural residents, we discovered that the new digital signals don’t travel as far as the old analog signals. Once WCAX made the switch to digital, we got no signal at all from the broadcast tower on Mount Mansfield, even when we connected a new digital converter box to a rotating rooftop antenna.For years, my two kids have lived with three English-language television stations: Vermont Public Television, WCAX from Burlington, and Channel 11 from Montreal — a station that still uses analog broadcasting. We all soon got tired of unplugging the antenna wire from the back of the set — where the antenna needed to be connected to receive the Canadian analog broadcast — and plugging it into the converter box to get the digital broadcast from Vermont Public Television. Hence the trip to Wal-Mart.Our 14-year-old television is a Panasonic with a 12-by-17-inch screen. According to my portable watt meter, the television generally draws between 60 and 69 watts.I didn’t want a bigger TV, but I did want a TV that could process both… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.
Gearing up for the coming Gujarat Assembly elections, the Congress on Thursday announced the constitution of a screening committee for selecting candidates.The panel will be headed by Balasaheb Thorat, former Maharashtra Minister, and it will also have three members. “Congress president Sonia Gandhi has constituted the screening committee for the Gujarat Assembly elections, with Mr. Thorat as its chairman. Former MP Meenakshi Natarajan, Congress Legislature Party leader in U.P. Ajay Lallu and AICC Secretary Girish Chodankar will be its members,” AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said in a statement. The party has already set up various committees, including the State election committee headed by PCC chief Bharatsinh Solanki, for the polls.The Congress, which has been out of power in Gujarat for the past two decades, is very keen to wrest power from the BJP.Though the party is buoyed by the recent Rajya Sabha election results, it has suffered a blow recently when Shankarsinh Vaghela quit the Congress along with some MLAs.The Congress would soon launch campaign and vice-president Rahul Gandhi will attend a workers’ conference in Ahmedabad on September 4.
Real Madrid Real Madrid president Perez denies ‘disloyalty’ over Lopetegui appointment Jamie Smith 03:52 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Real Madrid Portugal v Spain Spain World Cup Primera División The club president says his team did not show any disloyalty towards Spain when it appointed the ex-national team boss as manager Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says the club did not show disloyalty to Spain in naming Julen Lopetegui their new coach directly before the World Cup.Lopetegui’s appointment as the successor to Zinedine Zidane was announced on Tuesday, much to the fury of Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales.The 51-year-old was then sensationally sacked by Spain on the eve of the World Cup, with Rubiales claiming he had only been given the courtesy of a “20-second” conversation with Perez to discuss the move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Lopetegui, who was tearful at his Madrid presentation on Thursday, was replaced by Fernando Hierro as Spain’s coach for the tournament, having been unbeaten in his 20 games in charge during a two-year spell.Perez, though, hit out at Rubiales and insisted Madrid did nothing wrong in their approach for Lopetegui, comparing his arrival to Louis van Gaal and Antonio Conte being appointed by clubs despite leading national teams to major tournaments.”We made an agreement in just a few hours,” Perez told the media. “An agreement to work together after the World Cup, respecting the clauses of his contract. We wanted to make this agreement quickly before the World Cup to make it transparent to avoid any speculation and rumours.”There is no precedence that a manager agrees to become manager of a team after a competition and that agreement has somehow been interpreted as disloyal. If you think that this agreement is disloyal, well, that’s not how we do things in the 21st century in Spain. It’s not true at all.”We had an agreement in a few hours and we wanted to make it transparent and clear in just a few hours time to prevent leaks that could damage the national team.@julenlopetegui#WelcomeLopetegui | #RealMadrid pic.twitter.com/5eYmFEh6Ua— #CHAMP13NS (@realmadriden) June 12, 2018″I told the president of the federation, which both parts had to agree. We had the legitimate freedom to make this agreement, it seemed all normal, and we thought there was going to be a press conference between the president of the federation and Julen Lopetegui, but it turned out to be a reaction of pride from the president who disrespected Real Madrid.”The president of Spanish football gave a response that is unprecedented. Conte, Van Gaal and dozens of managers have decided to move on before or during competitions, but Real Madrid are proud to have been able to contribute to the success of the national team.”That’s why it’s very important to be unified and to be able to grow and be the most respected and loved club in the world. We need to work together against those who love to destroy our image. I don’t want to be the victim but we need to come together against this wave of anti-Madridismo, especially when we’re having one of the best moments in our history.”61 – Spain scored at least one goal in every game they played under Julen Lopetegui, netting 61 goals in total (an average of 3.05 per game, 20 games played). Fired. pic.twitter.com/DrHCtq2lVX— OptaJose (@OptaJose) June 13, 2018Perez reiterated his confusion at Rubiales sacking Lopetegui and not allowing the coach to lead Spain into the World Cup, with senior players having reportedly lobbied for him to remain in post.”We are hugely surprised and we still can’t believe or understand why this agreement would affect players who are totally committed to being world champions again,” Perez added. “They are hugely professional players and this agreement would not affect their effectiveness – there is nothing that justifies Julen Lopetegui not being on bench for tomorrow’s game [against Portugal]. We are sorry he couldn’t fight for this huge desire to make Spain world champions.”We have the satisfaction of having a great manager, we want to continue making history together. He is a man fulfilling one of his dreams and it’s a huge challenge that not many people get to face.”