The Regional Program Officer of the Right To Play (RTP) based in Accra, Ghana has described education as the single most important investment that any nation can make for the wellbeing of its citizens.George Boakye-Yiadom noted that “education is a catalyst for sustainable change” and helps to stimulate economic growth, improve maternal, newborn and child health.He also observed that education deepens the foundation for good governance, stability and democracy and empowers women and girls.Boakye -Yiadom made the statements last Thursday at a one-day national consultation with officials of the Ministry of Education and partners for the RTP for the Advancement of Quality Education (PAQE) held in Monrovia.The program sought to address the educational needs of over two million vulnerable and marginalized children and youth.He indicated that the PAQE Program is a two-year pilot quality education program that is expected to kick off in October in eight countries – Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Pakistan.He explained that the purpose of the consultations is to provide the platform for partners to contribute to the development of a robust and realistic program implementation plan for PAQE.In remarks, Assistant Education Minister Felicia Doe- Somah expressed gratitude that Liberia has been selected to participate in the two-year pilot PAQE program to buttress government’s efforts to improve Liberia’s educational sector.Minister Doe-Somah said the Education Ministry will collaborate with RTP Liberia to successfully implement the program to enhance the learning capacity of Liberian children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Western Stima head coach Henry Omino when being named the Fidelity Insuarance Coach of the Month for July.KISUMU, Kenya, Aug 9 – Western Stima head coach Henry Omino has been voted the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the month for July.The veteran coach steered his side for a bullish run that saw his side storm into the top five of Kenyan Premier League standings. Drawn alongside other remarkably performing coaches over that period, Omino amassed 17 points to become the fifth recipient of the monthly gong.Francis Kimanzi, Ivan Minnaert, Zedekiah Otieno and Salim Babu won the preceding four awards following its inception in February.The July vote drew Omino against Chemelil Sugar’s Francis Baraza and Mike Mururi of Kakamega Homeboyz after James Nandwa of Thika failed to make the shortlist.Omino however, garnered six points more than Mururi with Baraza finishing third on eight points.Western Stima stayed unbeaten in July and collected eight points from their four league matches same as Homeboyz.Omino’s side, despite losing their erstwhile target man Baron Oketch in the June transfer window, beat bottom placed Sofapaka and off-color Mathare United then drew stubborn Posta Rangers and a reinvigorated Thika United to round their points tally to eight.The veteran is now focused on lifting the title as top placed sides dither with nine matches left to the close of season.“Our target was to finish in the top five and we are happy to be right about there although the season is not due. A lot can still change but we want to stay positive and mount a title challenge.” Said the elated coach“The difference between us and top teams is not that big and if they continue dropping points we can catch up and steal the title. Nobody is thinking of us as title favourites but any team can win it this year. After the midseason we have emerged strongly and look to keep the tempo in the remaining matches so that we finish at the highest position that we can.” He addedThe tactician whose stay in the top tier can only be rivaled by Ulinzi Stars’ Robert Matano believes he can build an unbeatable side if he had resources similar to some of his contemporaries.“Our recruitment policy and budget restricts us to young and upcoming players who we cannot hold onto after they are developed but if the playing field was fair, Stima could have an unbeatable side.” He concluded.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Brighton star Anthony Knockaert and Leeds striker Chris Wood have been two of the Championship’s outstanding players this season 1 Promoted Brighton and Hove Albion have four players included in this season’s PFA Championship Team of the Year.French midfielder Anthony Knockaert, already named Championship Player of the Year, is joined by goalkeeper David Stockdale and defenders Bruno and Lewis Dunk for the Seagulls, who celebrated promotion to the Premier League for the first time on Monday.Brighton’s title rivals Newcastle have three stars in the line-up, with midfeidler Jonjo Shelvey, defender Jamaal Lascelles and striker Dwight Gayle all included.Meanwhile, on-fire Leeds striker Chris Wood – the league’s top scorer with 25 goals – is named up front.Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield and Fulham duo Tom Cairney and 16-year-old full-back Ryan Sessegnon complete the side.PFA Championship Team of the Year IN FULL:Goalkeeper: David Stockdale (Brighton)Defender: Bruno Saltor (Brighton)Defender: Lewis Dunk (Brighton)Defender: Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle)Defender: Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)Midfielder: Tom Cairney (Fulham)Midfielder: Anthony Knockaert (Brighton)Midfielder: Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield)Midfielder: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle)Forward: Dwight Gayle (Newcastle)Forward: Chris Wood (Leeds)
1 Riyad Mahrez is back in the Leicester team to play Man City – the club he wanted to join in January Riyad Mahrez has been named on the bench for Leicester’s Premier League clash at Manchester City on Saturday.The Algeria forward returned to training on Friday and declared himself available after more than a week in self-imposed exile following the collapse of a move to City.Premier League leaders City enquired about Mahrez’s availability on transfer deadline day last month but would not meet Leicester’s £95million valuation, refusing to pay more than £60million.Foxes manager Claude Puel ruled Mahrez out of the game on Thursday with the player, at that point, still not having returned to training.Developments since have changed the picture, however, with Leicester now appearing to welcome Mahrez back into the fold.Mahrez submitted a transfer request last summer and reissued it in January in an attempt to force a move but he stated on Friday he will “continue to give his all” for Leicester.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Here is a summary of the week’s Web Tech action on Read/WriteWeb. Note that you can subscribe to the Weekly Wrapups, either via the special RSS feed or by email.Product Reviews This week’s Web Product of the Week is Iceberg, which Phil Butler profiled for Read/WriteWeb. Iceberg is a private beta startup that provides a Web based platform for building, sharing and selling powerful business applications, without the need to do coding. Phil called it “potentially a powerful service for business and personal applications”. This week Alex Iskold wrote about Wine.com’s new RSS-based API. Until recently, Alex wrote, Wine.com was just a basic wine catalog. It was well designed and easy to navigate, but it was definitely a web 1.0 kind of site. Not only did Wine.com open up its catalog, the company did it with elegance worthy of modern APIs like del.icio.us and Flickr. The API is implemented via RSS, where each query returns a feed. Josh Catone checked out Operator11, a new entry into the growing field of live online video companies. It touts itself as an online television network that offers anyone the chance to host their own live television show. Where Operator11 differs from its competitors is that its software allows viewers to actually become guests on the show and participate in more than just text or voice chat.Other startups we profiled this weekPostful: Email Meets Snail MailTangler Launches Embedded Forums and ChatJayCut: Online Video Editing with ExportCreate Photo Books with PanravenFacebook App, Lending Club, Passes Half a Million Dollars in LoansAdjustables Debuts Video Ad Service at ad:tech ChicagorollSense: Your Blogroll on SteroidsNewser: Human Edited News AggregationRead/WriteWeb Files This week we introduced a new feature, the Read/WriteWeb Files. Every week we’ll investigate a current issue or topic in Web technology. On Monday we opened a file on Yahoo entitled 100 Days For Yahoo. The title referred to a statement made by new Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang during an earnings conference call on Tuesday 17 July, in which he said that “the next 100 days or so” will be spent mapping out Yahoo’s strategic plan. Josh Catone wrote a couple of excellent analysis posts about yahoo’s future: How to Fix Yahoo!: Building a Yahoo! Platform and A Yahoo!-eBay Merger Makes Sense. The first article suggests that My Yahoo becomes an open platform. The second article makes the case for a combined Yahoo-eBay, which Josh thinks will be a viable threat to Google.As for what assets Yahoo has now that it can build on, I wrote a post detailing the top 10 Yahoo! Properties. I also looked at how Yahoo’s new advertising system is performing: Panama, 6 Months On.Also check out Andy Pipe’s comparison between Yahoo! Buzzlist and Google Trends.Finally, this week we covered two new developments at Yahoo: Yahoo! Plans a Run at YouTube and New Yahoo! Search Features: Search Assist, Shortcuts.AnalysisHere are the analysis posts we published this week:Towards the Attention Economy: Will Attention Silos Ever Open Up?Microsoft Works to be Offered as Free, Ad-Supported Desktop Suite – No Browser Version?Google Mashup EditorVCs: Startups Are Too Reliant on the M&A MarketThe Emerging Global Innovation GraphSocial Networking Goes Global – Especially in North American RegionIM Most Valuable Web 2.0 Tool for EnterpriseR/WW Network Blogs Our Digital Lifestyle blog last100 looked at Amazon’s invasion into the living room. And in a post titled ‘Old technology creates meaningful connections‘, Josh Catone argued that some older technology — particularly physical media – has a more tangible connection with the user. Over on AltSearchEngines, our network blog devoted to new search engines, the August Top 100 Alt Search Engine list was released. This week AltSearchEngines also published a 3 part series defining a) What is a Search Engine? (an article by Nitin Karandikar), b) What is Not a Search Engine? (by Kaila Colbin) and finally c) What is an Alternative Search Engine? (by ASE editor Charles Knight). The third article by Charles explains his motives behind the Top 100 List.PollOur poll this week asked: Will Jerry Yang turn around Yahoo’s fortunes in 100 days? Here are the results:—Yes, Yang will sort Yahoo out and have them challenging Google and MS again 46% (111 votes)It will stay much the same; Yang won’t make that much difference 33% (81 votes)No, Yahoo has failed to adapt – Yang can’t stop the rot and Yahoo’s decline will continue 21% (51 votes)—Nearly half of respondants think that Jerry Yang will turn around the fortunes of the company he co-founded.That’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups
Increasingly fewer decisions about IT are being made directly by IT departments. The cloud is a primary area where IT is losing its grip. A study by CapGemini found that 45 percent of decisions to use the cloud are made by business units, not the central IT group.Ron Tolido, senior vice president for Continental Europe at Capgemini, said that “The real cloud evangelists these days seem to be on the business side and not the IT side. Until now cloud was often considered a more technology-driven topic.”Gartner reports that another change is increasingly occurring in the making of IT decisions. Enterprise Architects have become major influencers on budget decisions. Gartner found that 50 percent of IT budgets and decisions have been significantly influenced by Enterprise Architects (EAs). Considering that global IT budgets surpass $1.1 trillion, that’s a lot of influence. Gartner breaks that down into ‘final decision-making’ influence on $331 billion and ‘great deal of influence’ on $774 billion in IT spending.Philip Allega, managing vice-president at Gartner, said that “Overwhelmingly we find EA practitioners focused on delivering on business value and strategic transformation. Gone are the days of just ‘doing EA’ with little value or impact.”In a survey of 60 large government and financial service organizations, Booz & Company found that 60 percent of them were investing in Enterprise Architects as a one of top-five priorities for their organizations.But just what or who are these Enterprise Architect practitioners? Isn’t an Enterprise Architect just another geek in central IT? Not always. Enterprise Architecture encompasses three elements: people, processes and technology. Leonard Fehskens of the Open Group wrote that “An IT-centric concept of Enterprise Architecture… will include just enough about business and people to enable practitioners to address the goal of ‘aligning IT with the business.’… A concept of Enterprise Architecture based on the idea of enterprise as business … will include just enough about information technology and people to enable practitioners to address the goal of making IT a strategic asset for businesses… A concept of Enterprise Architecture based on the idea of enterprise as human endeavor will emphasize the role of people, and be built around the sociology and psychology of individuals, groups and organizations, especially leadership and management as means to achieving organizational goals… over 90% of most organizations is ‘not-IT’, and the IT-centric perspective is simply so imbalanced that it can’t ultimately prevail.”The style of the Enterprise Architect will depend on how they weight these three components in developing the their overall perspective. And that ultimate blend has a big impact on how budgets are being and businesses are run.
audrey watters Photo credits: Flickr user Francisco Diaz Tags:#start#tips The New York tech scene is hot right now. Business Insider argued last week that “if your startup can’t get money in New York right now, there’s something wrong with it.” And just as investors are ready to inject cash into local startups, a group of local startups are looking to inject some more hackers into the scene.Their plan: Adopt a Hacker.Adopt a Hacker is a not-for-profit organization that hopes to bring hackers from outside the metropolitan New York area into the city. Hacker Hosts open their homes to visitors, giving them a place to crash for a few days. But it’s more than just a way to save money while checking out New York City. By staying with someone connected to the startup community, it’s a great way to get an introduction into it. The program is free and is the idea of Jonathan Wegener, Ben Fisher, Aaron Knight, Michael DeFranco, Nick Khuu, Heather John, and Ariel Zavala. Adopt a Hacker simply offers a way to match hackers to hosts. The application asks that you demonstrate not just the “cool products you’ve built,” but “your interest in the NYC tech community.” “Impress us enough,” organizers say, “and you might be surprised who reaches out.”If the program proves to be a success, it wouldn’t be surprising to see other communities extend a similar invitation, opening up their couches to hackers. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Yuvraj Singh didn’t find a place in the 30 probables list for World Cup. (Reuters Photo)The disappointments of being dropped from the World Cup probables, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s team and BCCI’s contract list has not affected Yuvraj Singh and in the current Ranji Trophy season, the left-handed batsman is out to make a statement.Yuvraj has scored three centuries from three matches and on Monday playing against Saurashtra in Rajkot scored 182. Punjab so far in this season have won both their previous matches against Haryana and Maharashtra.The southpaw presently leads the run-getters chart with scores of 59, 130, 136, 13 and 182 followed by Tamil Nadu’s Abhinav Mukund with 414 runs.Yuvraj last played an international match in April this year after selectors lost faith in his potential after a string of poor performances during the Twenty20 World Cup being held in Bangladesh.
Mumbai, Jan 20 (PTI) West Indian swashbucklers, Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, along with England discard Kevin Pietersen and retired Sri Lankan ace Kumar Sangakkara are some of the top international cricketers who will be seen in action in next months inaugural Pakistan Super League. Some of the other top players, along with Pakistan cricketers who would be playing in the February 4-23 T20 League to be held in the UAE, are Darren Sammy, Andre Russell (West Indies), Shane Watson, Brad Haddin (Australia), Luke Wright, Ravi Bopara (England), Tilakkaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka), Shakib al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mustafizur Rahman, (Bangladesh), said a media release. Former England head coach and ex-Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower, Paddy Upton (mental conditioning coach of India when they won the 2011 World Cup), Mickey Arthur (former South Africa and Australia coach), Dean Jones (former Australian batsman) have joined the PSL as coaches. The PSL, an annual city-based T20 franchise tournament organized by the Pakistan Cricket Board for which five teams were sold for USD 93 million, is the single largest investment in any kind of sport in Pakistan. The five regional teams are Quetta Gladiators, Peshawar Zalmi, Lahore Qalandars, Karachi Kings, and Islamabad United with each team playing the other twice in the preliminary phase, said the release. Matches would be played in Dubai and Sharjah, the release added. PTI SSR DK BS ATK RDS