Manchester United target Kevin Strootman is not for sale, according to Roma’s sporting director Walter Sabatini.The Netherlands international has been heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford, in a move that would see him reunited with his former national team boss Louis van Gaal.However, Sabatini has rubbished such speculation and ruled out any chance of Strootman leaving Roma in the January transfer window.“I have found that all of the lavish things that are coming out are stories that are all from England,” Sabatini told Tuttosport.“There is no issue with Strootman, who is one of our important players and who we miss very much. There have been months now without him and around him we had built a style of play.“He will return soon and he is not on the market – we will give him the time needed to recover to being the same as before.” 1 Kevin Strootman
Chris Wood in action for Leicester City Leicester City striker Chris Wood has joined Ipswich Town on loan until the end of the season.The New Zealand international is immediately available for selection and could make his debut this Sunday in the derby with Norwich.The 23-year-old has made nine appearances for Leicester in all competitions this season, scoring once.The loan switch is expected to provide Wood with greater first-team experience as he looks to help Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich back into the Premier League.Leicester have also inserted a recall option of 28 days into the loan agreement. 1
Chelsea are weighing up a sensational swoop for Lionel Messi, according to reports.Messi and his father, Jorge, were convicted of tax fraud on Wednesday and ordered to pay close to £3million in fines.They were also handed 21-month prison sentences but will not serve any time in jail as Spanish law dictates that a sentence under two years can be served under probation.Messi, who is appealing the verdict, is said to be unhappy with the support shown to him during the court case by Barcelona and feels victimised by the Spanish authorities.There are rumours he could now look to leave Spain – and Chelsea are set to be at the front of the queue to sign the five-time world footballer of the year if he does become available.According to The Sun, Messi’s father, who represents his superstar son, has already met with the Premier League side’s owner Roman Abramovich to discuss a potential move to Stamford Bridge.The meeting is claimed to have taken place in the last ten days on Abramovich’s superyacht, the Eclipse [below]. Lionel Messi celebrates scoring for Barcelona Any fee for the 29-year-old would smash the £100million mark but that would not deter mega-rich Abramovich, who has spent well over £1bn on the club during his time at the helm.Chelsea are now waiting to see whether Messi will push to leave Barcelona and, if so, will be in pole position to land the Argentina legend.Manchester City have also been linked with a move for Messi but Pep Guardiola said last week he fully expects him to remain at the Nou Camp for the rest of his career. 2 2
Gaeil Fhánada GAA News:Lotto ResultsNumbers drawn were 06, 09, 11, 16, 20. Bonus 16. No jackpot winner. €100 winner Cara McNulty. €50 Peggy McAteer, Kerrykeel.Next week’s jackpot €1450. Fiona and Bridie on duty.Seniors & Reserves Intermediate ChampionshipCarndonagh 1:06 v Gaeil Fhánada 1:08Foireann Gaeil Fhánada:Paul O’Connor, Fergal Friel, Paddy Heraghty, Frankie Sweeney, Ryan McGonigle 1:01, Cathal Martin, Conor McGonigle, Kevin McElwaine, Shaun McElwaine, Ronan McAteer, Seimi Coshia Friel 0:03, Johnny Friel, Marty McAteer 0:01, Michael Sweeney 0:02, Mark Friel 0:01, Paul Coyle, Odhran Shiels, Oisin Blaney, Shaun McGovern, Aidan McAteer.Reserve ChampionshipCarndonagh 3:08 v Gaeil Fhánada 1: 16 Eoghan Walsh 0:05, Mark McConigley 0:02, Aidan McAteer 1:03, Brendan Friel 0:01, Shaun McGovern 0:01, Ciaran Carr 0:03, Eamon Sweeney 0:01.No games this weekend.Saturday12th /Sunday 13th SeptemberChampionship Quarter Final Draw Gaeil Fhánada V Naomh ColumbaChampionship Reserve Quarter Final DrawGaeil Fhánada V CarndonaghMna Gaeil FhánadaGaeil Fhánada 5-05 An Tearmainn 2-04The Ladies where back in action this weekend in the non county league against Termon B.The first half started well for the home side with Orlaigh Carr scoring a goal in the first minute followed by points from Siobhan Coyle and Aoife Mcdevitt. Deirdre Friel was to get the next two scores a goal in the 6th minute and a point in the 9th. Hannah Shiels got Fanad’s next point in the 10th minute before Termon got their first score, a goal in the 15th minute followed by a quick point a minute later. Natasha Mc Elwaine got Fanad’s 4th goal in the 19th. Termon made a small come back with a goal in the 20th and a point two minutes later to finish the half Fanad Gaels 4.03 Termon 2-02The second half with a quick point from Termon. Fanad where awarded a penalty which Siobhan Coyle scored to give Fanad their 5th goal of the game. In what was to be a low scoring second half Fanad only put up two more points from Aoife Mcdevitt and Deirde Friel and with Termon only able to get one more point. the game finished Fanad Gaels 5-05 Termon 2.-04Gaeil FhánadaLisa McConigley, Eimear Mc Conigley, Maggie Friel, Shona Rogers, Orla Sweeney, Shauna Howe, Mariosa Friel, Rachel Sweeney, Aoife Mcdevitt, Hannah Shiels, Siobhan Coyle, Niamh McDevitt, Natasha Mc Elwaine.Mary Sweeney, Deirdre Friel, Aoife Sweeney, Orlaigh Carr, Eimear Gibbons, Maria DoughertyBord na nÓgU6s & U8sTraining will run in October & November to get ready for next year. It will be held in Rossnakill Resource Centre. More info later.Friday evening saw Gaeil Fhánada hosting U9s and U10 boys teams with Termon in a blitz played in Tria Lough. Our U10 girls team also played Termon. It was a lovely evening for the games. All games were played in great sporting spirit and all teams from both clubs playing very well, showing plenty skill and determination. Thanks to David and all the coaches from the Termon club for coming to Trialough.A special word of thanks to our young referees Tiernan Cushnan, Odhran Shiels, and Liam Mc Grenaghan. Also Martin McAteer, Tracey Coll and Sean Carr for coaching the 3 teams on the evening.Our U8s have a blitz up in the Letterkenny Gaels club next Wednesday 9th of September. All the boys and girls to be up at the Letterkenny Gaels club grounds at the glebe @ 6.30p.m. for a 6.45p.m. start. Martin will be in contact via text message regarding blitz and more information plus directions to the pitch.U17 McGuigan CupCongratulations to our 2 club players Odhran Shiels from Ranny, Kerrykeel and Eoghan Carr Ballywhoriskey who were part of the Donegal U17 panel who won the McGuigan cup in Maghera on Saturday last 22nd August. Odhran played at half back in both the semi-final v Tyrone and the final v Monaghan. Eoghan was unlucky to miss out as he picked up an injury in training in the weeks leading up to the tournament. These are 2 very dedicated players who work very hard both on and off the field and can often be seen like many other young players from the club, coach our U6s, U8s and U10 teams in the club. As the saying goes – ‘you always get rewarded for hard work’.BEST WISHES: To all students from the club who are heading off to College in the coming weeks, exciting times ahead for you all. Always remember the Gaeil Fhánada door is always open.U13s league is starting up in the next week and as many of the players are involved with the U14s in their great championship run, management will be in contact towards the end of the week with more info.GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA EARN EXCELLENT CHAMPIONSHIP WIN OVER CARNDONAGH was last modified: September 1st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Sport
The African continent at night, showingdeveloped urban areas.(Image: Nasa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Thabisile KhumaloBrand South Africa project manager+27 11 483 0122The inaugural Brand Africa Forum is a one-day summit of pan-African decision-makers in the fields of media, business, nation branding and civil society. The gathering is hosted by Brand South Africa, and takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 16 September.According to Brand South Africa, the forum aims to “leverage and extract sustainable learnings from the successful 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa to shape the image of Africa, and to set an agenda to drive the reputation, image and competitiveness of Africa – for Africa, by Africa.”Speakers include Dambiso Moyo, a former Goldman Sachs economist and author of the New York Times bestseller Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How there is a Better Way for Africa; and Santie Botha, Chief Marketing Officer for the MTN group.Others taking the podium include Gary Alfonso, MD of CNBC Africa, Simon Anholt, author of Brand New Justice, Brand America and Competitive Identity – The New Brand Management for Nations, Cities and Regions, and more.Speaking of Africa’s brand in the global marketplace, Anholt has said: “Brand Africa, with its simple message of ongoing catastrophe, is promoted by aid agencies, international organisations, donor governments and aid celebrities like Bob Geldof and Bono … not as 53 countries in various stages of development and struggle for independent existence and identity, but as a uniform, hopeless basket-case”.It is this image of Africa – which fails to reflect the continent’s economic diversity, and the optimism that goes with rising investment, growth and stability – that the Brand Africa Forum will seek to address, through keynote speeches and discussions.The latter are centred on the three concepts of media, business and economy, and nation branding, and will feature Africans and African diasporans, as well as other global leaders who feel strongly about the continent’s future. The key media address is delivered by Anton Harber, Caxton Professor of Journalism at Wits University, while the business address is given by Moyo and the nation branding address by Anholt.The forum will be broadcast to 41 sub-Saharan countries on CNBC Africa, a DSTV channel that reports on business in Africa from an African perspective.
11 October 2012State company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has enrolled 700 high school pupils in its cadet scheme in a bid to grow the number of technicians and engineers in South Africa.Speaking to SAnews this week at the My Tomorrow Technical Careers Expo at the Nasrec expo centre in Johannesburg, TFR executive manager for talent management, Ogotlhe Sathekge, said the programme developed by TFR was aimed at building capacity in terms of youth employment.The government’s major infrastructure plan, announced in President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address earlier this year, aims to turn the country into a construction site, with particular emphasis on developing rural areas.Building green energy supply, infrastructureAs a result, government has planned 18 Strategic Integrated Projects which focus on building the country’s green energy supply and bulk infrastructure, among others.The successful execution of this ambitious development plan will need a major boost in the country skills base, a gap that the Rail Cadet Scheme is now aiming to help fill.Through the scheme, TFR is sponsoring learners from Grade 10 to 12 who are performing well in school, particularly in maths and science. The students must have an average of 60% and above.TFR has committed to provide the pupils with school uniforms, as well as to pay for tuition fees for both high school and tertiary education.The scheme, launched in May this year, today has a total of 700 students and matriculants participating in it.Exposing learners to the working environmentLearners are mentored and exposed to the working environment in the technical and engineering fields at TFR. The scheme in the future aims to take on 2 000 students annually.Additionally, learners also have to obtain a motivation letter from their respective schools as part of the selection criteria.“During the school holidays, they’ll come to us, and be exposed to different career opportunities available in Transnet but only in the technical and engineering environments,” said Sathekge.Once learners have completed their matric, they will go on to study at the University of Johannesburg through a partnership between the university and TFR.“We have a partnership with the university to further their studies in the technical and engineering fields. So we have a rail operations programme that we have with the University of Johannesburg, partnered with Glasgow University. Once they complete their studies, we employ them full time,” she said.Assisting out-of-school youthSathekge said the career expo, which TFR was a co-sponsor of – alongside the SABC and other stakeholders – was very important to the company as it was technically focused.Other than expos and visiting schools, the scheme is also looking at assisting out-of- school youth through the help of NGOs and information handed over by local municipalities.“We have had interesting reaction to the programme as people assume that Transnet is only about trains, but they realise that there is more to the industry,” she said.Girl pupils had also shown interest in the scheme, which has a total budget of R11- million this year.The scheme is predominantly aimed at girl children and people with disabilities.It will also offer financial assistance to learners who require it, Sathekge said. For example, if a first-year student lacks funds to continue with their second year of study, the scheme will look into assisting that student, provided that they perform well.“I think the programme will do good, seeing that our country faces critical skill shortages. What we are doing is not only for Transnet but for the country,” she said.Providing a ‘pipeline of youngsters to grow’General Manager at TFR, Cleo Shiceka, said education was critical.“We need a lot of technical skills. It’s vital for Transnet that we get a pipeline of youngsters to grow in our business,” she told learners at the expo.Education and training was vital for the development of the country, and that technical and engineering skills were necessary to ensure the growth of the country, said Deputy Director General at the Higher Education and Training Department, Firoz Patel.Sphiwe Madiba from The Hill High School said the expo was of interest to him, as he wanted to study chemical engineering. His friend Mbuso Tshabalala said he was keen on studying mechanical engineering and the expo would give him more insight into the technical field.The expo will end today.Source: SANews.gov.za
21 July 2015A teaching and learning programme to create paperless classrooms in 375 high schools would start rolling out today, said the Gauteng department of education.The programme is about combining and using a range of technology like interactive boards and mobile devices such as tablets and laptops with internet connectivity, to conduct teaching and learning. There will be unlimited data usage from 5am to 9pm.Empowerment and responsibility“A child of a domestic worker or a child of a gardener or a child of an unemployed parent will have a tablet in their hands,” Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi told Grade 12 pupils at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto. “Gone are the days where only those that are rich will have a quality education.”The top three students in their schools would also be given a four-year bursary, he said.“We are empowering you that when you finish your education and are given a form in a bank, and they ask you how much you earn, you will cancel that and say I don’t earn a salary, I pay salaries.”He warned that social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp would not be allowed on the devices. Pornography sites would also be blocked. “With every tablet, we will get an activity report which will show us which sites you visited,” he told the pupils.In numbers“The department has also purchased over 17 000 tablets for Grade 12 learners and 1 800 3D LED interactive boards that are currently being installed in matric classrooms at the targeted schools,” said the department.Over 4 000 classrooms were also re-furbished with new ceilings and specialised lights and blinds to cater for the lighting requirements of the interactive boards. The boards are integrated with the tablets to increase interaction between teachers and students during class.Security riskEarlier this year, tablets were recalled from schools. They needed to have additional security measures installed to stop theft of the devices.“The devices have been fitted with trackers to ensure that they are traceable should they get lost,” said the department. All schools were also linked to police stations to ensure rapid response.Lesufi said if a pupil’s device was being stolen, the student should not act like Rambo and fight the criminals. “Your life comes first.” In addition, if a matriculant did not return the device after the exams, the school would withhold the pupil’s results until it was returned.“This tablet belongs to government. not you. But you are allowed to take pictures with your friends and family.”The deadline for the completion of the renovations to the classrooms, mainly in schools in townships and rural areas, is the end of August.SAinfo reporter
Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Ryan Matthew Pierson Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Your IoT devices may soon have a new network to connect to in order to transmit data directly to the cloud. AT&T has completed its nationwide rollout of its LTE-M Internet of Things (IoT) network.This rollout, which involved a software update to AT&T’s existing LTE network, enables IoT devices to connect from more places, and with better reliability than before.See also: How to feed and care for your wireless sensor networksThe LTE-M IoT network incorporates globally standardized 3GPP technology that makes use of licensed spectrum that affords carrier-grade security and reliability.The network is designed for large-scale rollouts, and plans are set to bring the network to nearby regions including Mexico and Canada.LTE-M Vs. LTEThere are some significant differences between the LTE network your smartphone uses and the one your IoT device(s) connect to.For one, the price AT&T is charging per connection is significantly smaller. Current pricing plans show a $1.50 annual charge per month per device. Additional discounts and bulk pricing plans will be available.LTE-M also does a better job at holding a strong signal through barriers such as walls and floors. It boasts a greater range and longer battery life for connected devices. This improved connectivity comes at the cost of bandwidth.LTE-M supports bandwidth of up to 384 kbps or 1 Mbps, depending on whether it is used in full-duplex or half-duplex mode. That’s quite a bit less than your smartphone, but IoT devices themselves don’t consume a lot of bandwidth at all. Generally, they are transmitting data to the cloud and receiving simple commands. Both of which are accomplished with very little bandwidth overhead.What are the advantages?In the world of IoT, size matters. The smaller the modules, the more versatile their uses can be. LTE-M enables manufacturers to work with modules that are 1/6 the size of the ones currently being used to connect to wireless networks.Battery life is better on LTE-M. LTE-M devices can enjoy a battery life of up to ten years.Connectivity is maintained through dense buildings and even underground. Maintaining a constant connection is imperative for many IoT applications. LTE-M especially useful for devices that travel in areas where maintaining a connection is an issue.“Our nationwide LTE-M deployment is another example of AT&T’s continued investment and leadership in IoT,” said Chris Penrose, President, IoT Solutions, AT&T. “We can now reach new places and connect new things at a price that’s more affordable than ever before. Our LTE-M starter kit will also spur developers to open the doors to IoT innovation.” Tags:#AT&T#Internet of Things#IoT#LTE-M#networks#wireless Follow the Puck
Three girls of Class VIII were injured and hospitalised in Odisha’s Kandhamal district on Friday after allegedly being beaten up by their headmaster for not sweeping the floor of their classroom.HospitalisedThe incident occurred at Mahasingh Nodal Upper Primary School in K. Nuagaon block. The injured students were admitted to Baliguda hospital.According to sources, the headmaster, Harish Chandra Sahoo, thrashed the three girls in a fit of rage. Two of the girls fainted in the classroom.
APHOUSTON — Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined on a three-hitter, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Houston Astros reached the World Series, blanking the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.Just four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the Astros shut down the Yankees for two straight games after dropping three in a row in the Bronx.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Morton bounced back from a loss in Game 3 to allow two hits over five scoreless innings. Starter-turned-postseason reliever McCullers limited the Yankees to just one hit while fanning six over the next four.Combined, they throttled the Yankees one last time in Houston. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and their New York teammates totaled just three runs in the four road games.CC Sabathia entered the game 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts this season after a Yankees loss. But he struggled with command and was gone with one out in the fourth inning.Houston was up 2-0 in fifth when former Yankees star Brian McCann came through for the second straight game by hitting a two-run double after snapping an 0-for-20 skid with an ground-rule RBI double to give Houston its first run on Friday night.The Yankees, trying to reach the World Series for the first time since 2009, lost an elimination game for the first time this season after winning their first four in these playoffs. New York struggled on the road this postseason, with this loss dropping the team to 1-6.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Cavs’ Derrick Rose out with sprained ankle Next up for the Astros: Game 1 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Houston aces Dallas Keuchel and ALCS MVP Justin Verlander will have plenty of rest, too, before the matchup begins at Dodger Stadium.Houston has never won even a single World Series game. The only previous time the Astros made it this far, they were a National League team when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox in 2005.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNow, manager A.J. Hinch’s club has a chance to win that elusive first title, while trying to boost a region still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.Houston improved to 6-0 at Minute Maid Park in these playoffs and became the fifth team in major league history to win a seven-game postseason series by winning all four of its home games. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games