Light along a jagged border

first_imgHarvard researchers have combined new technology with old to better understand conditions in the war-torn border region between Sudan and South Sudan. It is thought that civilians have been targeted by armed forces in the area, which is closed to outside media and international observers.In a report released Tuesday by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, researchers combined satellite images with thousands of publicly available reports, including soldier accounts posted on the Internet — YouTube videos in which they talked about their exploits — for more insight on fighting that took place in 2011 and 2012.“You’re talking about basically an area closed off to the outside world,” said Brittany Card, the Signal Program’s coordinator of data analysis and a lead author of the report. “It’s a sad reality that conflicts like that are occurring all over the world.”The report identified specific military units involved in certain engagements and indicated that the destruction of civilian homes — more than 2,000 — was greater than earlier believed. It also corroborated the destruction of the headquarters of four humanitarian organizations that had been operating in the area.Written by Card and Ziad Al Achkar, a Signal Program analyst, with the help of interns Jody Heck, a Harvard junior, and Sam Plasmati from Tufts University, the report also shows what’s possible when modern satellite imagery is combined with new reservoirs of information available online, providing a “proof-of-concept” that could help future researchers get a fuller grasp on other conflicts in closed areas.“This study provides previously unavailable information about the conflict in Sudan, while also demonstrating how humanitarian actors can see other, future disasters in new ways,” said HHI Director Michael VanRooyen, professor of medicine and of global health and population and an emergency physician at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.The report, “Sudan: Anatomy of a Conflict,” looks at the volatile border region in the months after the January 2011 referendum that created South Sudan. Though the Sudanese government has officially accepted the referendum’s results, the actual location of the border remains disputed and fighting has continued among multiple armed groups. Roughly a million people have been displaced.“It was really a critical moment in the history of South Sudan,” Card said.The YouTube videos — shot by a Sudanese army public relations team — were particularly useful, the authors said, as were tweets and other posts from the soldiers themselves. Al Achkar, who viewed and translated the videos from Arabic, said it’s clear that the soldiers feel like they’re defending their country or tribe, rather than possibly breaking international law.“They don’t see it as potentially criminal behavior, they see it as fighting for their nation or tribal group,” Al Achkar said.By filling in blanks, the report’s methodology could change how conflicts in closed areas are monitored and provide humanitarian organizations with an important tool, Card said. The findings could also be useful should international criminal courts be convened over human rights violations in the region, as well as to policy makers from organizations negotiating with the governments or groups involved.In their analysis of fighting around the border town of Abyei, researchers realized that many more homes had been burned down than originally estimated, because the images showed that the fighting affected not just Abyei, which was razed, but numerous outlying towns.Researchers may also have shed light on extra-judicial killings in the Sudanese town of Kadugli in 2011. The report showed that cars similar to those used by the killers — white Toyota Land Cruisers — were seen at state police headquarters in Kadugli in June 2011.“When you gather all this information here in Cambridge and add satellite imagery, we’re seeing how much we know about a non-permissive conflict zone,” said Benjamin Davies, deputy director of the Signal Program. “What we found out is that you can learn quite a lot.”last_img read more

Winter is coming. Time to ready your home and your wallet

first_img 55SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details We are in the midst of the holiday season and that means the temperatures are steadily dropping. As we reach year’s end, it’s time to take a hard look at how you can prepare your home and your wallet for the winter months ahead. Here are four tips for winterizing your home and saving some extra cash.Keep it lowInstead of jacking the heat up every time you feel a chill, grab a blanket or start a fire and save some cash. Also, take a good look at your heating system and find out whether there’s a programming option. This will allow you to set times when you want the heat to click on (in the morning when you’re getting out of bed, for example) and times when it should remain low (while you’re at work).Let the sunshine inMany of us like the privacy our drapes and curtains provide us. But, when it’s cold out, open up your blinds and let the sun in. You’ll be surprised how much the natural sunlight will help heat up certain areas of your home.Freshen up your filtersIt can be very easy to forget about those air filters but keeping them clean is key to good quality air. Filthy filters not only limit the airflow, but they also up the energy demand (which means more expensive bills). So, make a note in your calendar to check on them monthly to ensure they’re in good shape.Turn the fan aroundMany people associate ceiling fans with cool air when actually with just a minor adjustment they can help warm your home as well. Most ceiling fans come with a small switch that allows you to change its direction. A clockwise rotation will push warm air back down into your living space, which can significantly cut your heating costs.last_img read more

Small team, big business

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New coronavirus case of unknown origin in California

first_imgThe United States will invoke a federal defense law to boost production of masks, gloves, gowns and other items to protect against the new coronavirus, the Trump administration said, as a new case of unknown origin was confirmed in California on Friday.The latest US case was reported in Santa Clara county in California, home to the Silicon Valley technology hub. County health officials said it was a case of unknown origin, the second in the state so far out of 10 cases there.Around the world, more countries are reporting new infections, companies have curtailed travel and global stock markets continued to tumble. Topics : The US State Department has issued travel advisories for several nations and on Friday it said Americans should reconsider travel to Italy, where nearly 900 coronavirus cases have been confirmed. A similar warning was issued earlier this week for South Korea, which has hundreds of infections.A government task force appointed by Trump to deal with the threat will meet at the White House on Saturday morning, according to an administration official.The number of confirmed US cases of the respiratory disease is still relatively small at 62, most of them repatriated American passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan, but there are growing fears that the country is on the cusp of wider outbreak.”In every case, people are being treated and by all accounts are doing well,” Vice President Mike Pence, who has been tapped to lead the government’s coronavirus response, said on Friday during a live-streamed news conference.Latest figures from China, where the outbreak started late last year, indicated that nearly 80,000 people have been infected, with more than 2,800 deaths. The World Health Organization reported 57 deaths in 46 other countries.Anthony Fauci, a doctor who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a closed-door briefing in the US House of Representatives that the sustained spread of the coronavirus meant there would be many more infections in the United States, according to a source.Fauci warned lawmakers the country did not have enough testing resources, the source said on condition of anonymity. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it has revised its criteria for who should be tested and is ramping up testing capabilities.”Our goal is to have every state and local health department online and doing their own testing by the end of next week,” CDC official Nancy Messonier told reporters.A vaccine may take up to 18 months to develop, health officials have said.The United States has decided to postpone a meeting with leaders of Southeast Asian countries it had planned to host on March 14 in Las Vegas because of worries about the outbreak.Markets Plummet US and global stocks plummeted as rattled investors braced for the prospect that a pandemic could further dent an already slowing world economy.The S&P 500 fell for the seventh straight day on Friday, suffering its biggest weekly drop since the 2008 global financial crisis.Stocks cut losses right at the end of the session. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell Inc, the world’s largest online retailer, said all its employees should defer non-essential travel including within the United States.In Washington, House members were advised to establish plans for alternative work arrangements in case the coronavirus becomes widespread in the country, Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving wrote to lawmakers.The White House’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, told reporters the US economy was “sound” and said the Trump administration was not planning to take any “precipitous” policy actions at this time.Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the coronavirus posed evolving risks to economic activity, adding that the US central bank was “closely monitoring” developments and would act as appropriate to support the economy.Republican Trump this week said the coronavirus risk to Americans remained “very low,” but he has been increasingly alarmed by the reaction of the US stock market, which he considers a barometer of the economy’s health.Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination to face Trump in November, said Trump and Pence had limited Americans’ access to information about the virus.”Trump and Pence decided that the public health experts cannot inform the public on their own what’s going on,” Biden said at a campaign event. “Now the president won’t let other people tell the truth.”Funding to combat the crisis has become a political issue. The White House is seeking $2.5 billion from Congress. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has called for $8.5 billion.The Democratic-controlled House could vote as soon as next week on emergency funding for the anticipated medical and economic costs of an outbreak, a congressional source said.center_img “We will use the Defense Production Act as necessary to enable that our contracts go to the front of the line,” US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a briefing at the White House. “That is an authority that we have, and we will use it to acquire anything we need to acquire.”The United States will make a decision “very soon” about whether to bar entry to travelers from the countries with the most cases of the new coronavirus, President Donald Trump said at the White House on Friday as his administration came under fire from political opponents for its response to the outbreak.At a rally in South Carolina on Friday night, Trump defended his administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and accused Democrats of politicizing the disease.“This is their new hoax,” Trump said at the event, held a day before the state’s Democratic presidential primary.last_img read more

Latest Boko Haram tunnels discovered in Borno State

first_imgThe Nigerian Army has announced the destruction of all Boko Haram camps and enclaves in Kerenowa and Chikun Gudu in Borno State.Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, said this was in continuation of troops’ efforts to defeat Boko Haram terrorists in the country.He said troops of the 5 Brigade Nigerian Army had been making tremendous progress and had been able to comprehensively destroy all Boko Haram camps and enclaves at the border towns of Kerenowa and Chikun Gudu as well as their contiguous villages in Borno State.During the operation which is ongoing, troops discovered and destroyed over 20 well fortified terrorist camps in the general area of Kerenowa, Usman said.The Army spokesman disclosed that the camps were at the gateway to Kerenoa, Gumada and Dogon Gida.He said the terrorists had dug twin tunnels to conceal their facilities and routes in and out of the camp to evade aerial reconnaissance and bombardment.“Among facilities  discovered were training areas equipped with instructional and training materials that include wooden guns, amongst others,” Usman added.From Abuja, CCTV’s Kelechi Emekalam was with this update.last_img read more

Pochettino points the way

first_img Last time out Southampton embarrassed reigning champions Manchester City 3-1 and before that drew at Wigan and lost narrowly at Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson said Pochettino’s men were the best team to play at Old Trafford this season and the manager is hoping for a similar performance on Sunday. “I think it is very important for the players that played those two away games to know they played really well,” he said. “I am not in it for me, I am in it for the team. The fact that the team got those two good results playing well is great. The victories are always down to the team and what is clear is that we will got to Newcastle looking for the three points.” Mauricio Pochettino wants Southampton to turn impressive away performances into three points at Newcastle. Only goal difference separates Southampton and the Magpies, who suffered a 2-0 defeat at St Mary’s in the corresponding fixture. “We have the same expectations and ambitions,” Pochettino said. “For example we want to go to Newcastle and get the three points. “We know that whatever has happened in football in the past doesn’t count for anything in the future, so we will keep moving forwards. “We are going to encounter a very attack minded team who get forward quickly. “But we go with the same set up that we have been playing with and the intention of getting the three points. “They are a dynamic team who get forward quickly, especially with their latest signings, they have grown with their speed in how rapidly they can attack.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Sick Wilkins rejects drink rumours

first_img The 57-year-old’s departure from Craven Cottage was made official on Tuesday night, with head coach Rene Meulensteen and technical director Alan Curbishley also making way for new manager Felix Magath and his backroom staff. Wilkins, who was last year banned from driving for three years after being convicted of drink-driving, remained in the dressing room after half-time in last week’s home defeat to Liverpool and admitted he can sometimes look “worse for wear” in the dug-out. Press Association Former Fulham coach Ray Wilkins has announced he is struggling with ulcerative colitis – the same condition afflicting Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher – in order to dispel rumours of a drinking problem.center_img The former England and Chelsea midfielder insists the chronic bowel condition is to blame. Wilkins told the Daily Mail: “I need to control the ulcerative colitis with strict medication, which I had not done before the Liverpool game. That is the reason I didn’t return to the dug-out after half-time, as I needed to be close to a toilet. “Unfortunately I can look the worse for wear but it is nothing to do with drink. I did have verbals with (Liverpool manager) Brendan Rodgers, but it was nothing. “I was face to face with (Fulham) chief executive Alistair Mackintosh and the owner Mr (Shahid) Khan straight before the game. And if I had been unable to carry out my duties, they had the right to sack me on the spot. “I most certainly had not been drinking on the train before the match.” Wilkins said he “didn’t want to make a fuss” about his condition. “But I desperately want to carry on in football and there’s no chance of that happening if everyone gets the wrong impression that I have a drink problem,” he added. “I was very stupid about the drink-driving and I have had trouble with depression on occasions – but not since I was back in football.” last_img read more

Cricket News India vs Australia, 4th Test day 1 highlights: Pujara ton boosts Kohli’s side, hosts toil

first_img Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Pujara and Agarwal are scoring at a decent rate. The pitch is still fresh and Australia would be wanting to take a few wickets quickly. Mayank Agarwal gets off the mark with a couple as he punches a full ball from Mitchell Starc to the long off region. One feels the duo of Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara hold the key for India in this session. 04:50 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In New Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara slammed his 18th century and his third of the series to help India reach 303/4 at stumps on day 1 of the Sydney Test. Virat Kohli won an important toss but KL Rahul’s miserable form continued as he fell cheaply for 9. Mayank Agarwal showed he was high on confidence with a brilliant 77 and his 116-run stand with Pujara steadied the ship. However, Agarwal squandered a chance to score a century as he holed out to Mitchell Starc off Nathan Lyon. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane fell cheaply but Pujara notched up his third century of the series and his partnership with Hanuma Vihari has given India a decisive advantage as they head into day 2 of the Test. (SCORECARD) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The partnership between Pujara and Vihari has gone past fifty as India near 300.  09:44 (IST) 12:23 (IST) 08:17 (IST) Australia are bowling tight lines to Rahane and Pujara but the hosts are not able to dislodge Pujara, who has now played over 1050 deliveries on tour.  11:08 (IST) Agarwal gets another boundary as he steers Pat Cummins to the third man fence. This partnership is looking solid and both are looking to repeat their heroics of Melbourne.  08:19 (IST) So, for the first time, a Karnataka duo will open the batting for India in a Test. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul, two close friends, will take on the new ball and they hopefully will give India a good start. 09:23 (IST) 11:28 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Oh Mayank Agarwal! What have you done? A century was in the offing and he has squandered it again. He miscues the flighted ball from Lyon to hole out to Starc at long on. After all the attack, he has missed the opportunity like he did in Melbourne. However, unlike here, he was undone by a good ball from Cummins at the MCG.  05:36 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In That is stumps on day 1. Cheteshwar Pujara has been simply sublime and his efforts have put India in a great position. For Australia, it was another day of toil.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 10:41 (IST) Welcome back to the second session. Agarwal and Pujara continue to make solid progress as Australia toil away for another wicket. The Australians are trying all kinds of lengths to unsettle the batsmen. 04:24 (IST) Pujara and Rahane are maintaining their composure as India make steady progress. Rahane is tackling Lyon well while Pujara moves to his hundred. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Hello and welcome to the first day of the fourth and final Test between India and Australia in Sydney. It is the New Year Test and a chance for India to create history. Virat Kohli’s side need to avoid a loss in order to become the first Indian or first side from the sub-continent to win a series in Australia. On the other hand, Australia will be desperate to avoid a loss and start 2019 on a fresh note after a disastrous 2018. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Kohli glances Pat Cummins to the fine leg fence as India are playing sensibly for the Tea break. Australia are searching for another breakthrough.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In There is some cloud cover but the team that wins the toss will want to bat first. Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav were practising in the side nets. Does that mean no Ravindra Jadeja? Agarwal finds yet another boundary to the third man fence as he nears a well-deserved fifty. Pujara, on the other hand, has been simply sensational and solid in defence.  12:18 (IST) 09:30 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In One gets a feeling this is the last chance for Shaun Marsh. A failure in Sydney could result in his omission for the next series against Sri Lanka and possibly even the Ashes. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:42 (IST) Oh close! Kohli gets into an awkward tangle as to whether he should play or leave the ball. Cummins gets a back of a length delivery to rear up outside off and Kohli is late in withdrawing the bat, in the end, the ball hits the bottom edge and goes past the gap at slip and gully.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The partnership between Agarwal and Pujara goes past 100 and it is brought up in style with Agarwal hammering Lyon over long on for the first six of the game. Mayank Agarwal is getting some treatment on his elbow in which he was hit by a bouncer from Starc. Slight hold-up in play. Pat Cummins is into the attack, replacing Mitchell Starc and Agarwal grows in confidence by creaming a full ball to the deep extra cover fence.  Pujara moves into the 80s with some magnificent shots. He gets to the pitch of a flighted delivery from Nathan Lyon by dancing down the track and and then whipping a flighted delivery to the long on fence.  Virat Kohli gets going with a brilliant cover drive off Hazlewood to the deep extra cover fence. Australia are hunting for a couple of more wickets and if they get Kohli cheaply, it will be gold dust. 07:52 (IST) The partnership between Pujara and Agarwal has gone past fifty. Australia need to break this stand quickly otherwise, they are all set for a repeat in Melbourne. Pujara enters the 90s now with a couple of boundaries off Mitchell Starc, one a whip through deep midwicket and the other a cracking cut shot past deep backward point.  The second new ball has been taken and Cheteshwar Pujara continues his great form. India are nearing 300 and Australia will be hoping to strike gold with this new nut.  05:29 (IST) 10:08 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 11:52 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:32 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Pujara and Rahane are ending the day on the ultimate high as they look to weather this period of the new ball. 07:06 (IST) 12:34 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 06:49 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 06:41 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Cheteshwar Pujara, what consistency. Reaches his 21st fifty with a pull shot of Labuschagne. It has been a splendid and career-defining tour of Pujara and his exploits might go a long way in India clinching this series.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 04:23 (IST) Australia opt for the review against a catch for Cheteshwar Pujara. The ball darted back in off the seam and Pujara played slightly outside the line of the delivery, the ball misses the inside edge and the original NOT OUT decision stays. 12:06 (IST) India have crossed 300 on the first day. With two overs to go, Pujara will be hoping to get through the day without any hassles. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 06:20 (IST) 10:59 (IST) Here are the playing XIs of both the sides. Australia have included Peter Handscomb and Marnus Labuschagne in the side. Playing XIsAustralia: Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh HazlewoodIndia: Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah 09:07 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 05:58 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In CENTURY! What a player. What a performer. Cheteshwar Pujara, take a bow. Slams his 18th century and his third in the series with a flick. Raises his bat and acknowledges the applause. Another match-winning ton in progress, one feels.  Pujara and Agarwal are growing in confidence, especially Agarwal. He pounces on a full ball from Mitchell Starc as he slams the cover drive to the boundary, his third so far. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 05:49 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 09:44 (IST) All the Indian players are wearing a black armband after Ramakant Achrekar, the individual who gave Indian cricket Sachin Tendulkar along with a host of other cricket stars, died at the age of 86 on January 2. Achrekar indeed was the coach who redefined the art of coaching.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 06:12 (IST) The plan for Australia is simple. They must make full use of the first hour when the grass and wicket are fresh. After that, the Sydney pitch will be an absolute belter. Maybe, it might be a good idea to open the bowling with Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood rather than Mitchell Starc, who has struggled for rhythm and consistency. 04:32 (IST) 10:46 (IST) 06:35 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 04:25 (IST) 11:19 (IST) 05:05 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rahul gets off the mark with a streaky boundary to the third man fence. Starc angles a full ball just outside off and Rahul is tentative as he edges the ball between third slip and gully. 05:01 (IST) 04:53 (IST) WICKET! What a massive blow but a soft dismissal. Short ball down the leg side from Hazlewood, Kohli looks to glance it but the ball touches the glove and Tim Paine dives to his left to take the catch. Superb stuff from Australia and the captain goes for 23.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Brute of a delivery from Starc. A bouncer bowled from round the wicket and it climbs on Rahane, he tries to drop his wrists but the ball brushes the glove and Paine leaps to take the catch. Fantastic stuff and Australia have another opening. Hanuma Vihari gets off the mark with a boundary. Australia will be gunning for one more wicket. Kohli and Pujara are making steady progress but the scoring rate has dropped ever since the departure of Mayank Agarwal. Australia are bowling tight lines. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In That is lunch on day 1 of the Sydney Test. Both Pujara and Agarwal are batting well and both batsmen survived a short pitched barrage by the Australian bowlers. India have reached 69/1 and are in a good position to reach a solid total Agarwal is holoding on firmly against the short-pitched barrage dished out by Mitchell Starc. One hit him on the forearm while the other leapt off the pitch and hit him on the glove to go over the slips to third man. WICKET! KL Rahul falls cheaply again. Fourth time Josh Hazlewood has gotten his wicket. Full ball and a hint of shape away outside off, Rahul pokes at it and the edge is taken by Shaun Marsh at first slip. India opt to bat against Australia. Virat Kohli reckons it will become difficult as the game progresses. Rohit Sharma is back home. KL Rahul will open the batting and Hanuma Vihari will go back to No.6. Kuldeep Yadav replaces Ishant Sharma. 04:52 (IST) That is tea and India are in a strong position at 177/2. Pujara the star yet again. The national anthems are done. Mitchell Starc will open the bowling with three slips and a gully in place. All set for the first Test of 2019. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 05:14 (IST) 05:16 (IST) While this is the first Test of 2019, the first ODI of 2019 will take place between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Mount Maunganui. Kane Williamson’s side have won the toss and elected to bat. You can follow live updates here 05:12 (IST) 04:45 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Mayank Agarwal, take a bow. Hits his second fifty as India make great progress in the second session. The pressure is on Australia at this moment. 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Associations receive trophies for GFF/NAMILCO U-17 tournament

first_imgTHE nine representatives of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Regional Member Associations (RMAs) received trophies for the GFF-NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power National U-17 Intra-Association Tournament even as the tournament wraps up in some associations.This was done in the boardroom of the GFF by Federation president Wayne Forde and Marketing Consultant of the National Milling Company of Guyana (NAMILCO) Hafeez Khan.In brief remarks, while Forde acknowledged some of the challenges experienced by the Member Associations during the tournament especially relative to the inclement weather, he pointed out that the construction of the GFF’s National Training Centre will help to address those concerns.Forde, however, emphasised the importance of the Associations executing the tournament in the established timeframe, adding “everything is connected to something. For example, the U-17 NAMILCO tournament connects to the CONCACAF U17 … it simply means that if you execute within the timeframe, your players will not be left out of the selection process. We want each and every one of you to not be left out.”Khan, while noting NAMILCO’s contribution, encouraged the Associations to seek regional sponsorship to offset beverage and other minor expenses related to the tournament, stating, “when a community gives you money, you have to show what you did with the money, so that they can give you more. If you account for the money received from the community, your chances of getting more will increase. We, at NAMILCO, are looking for results. It is time you look at yourselves and what you can do in your community.”During the meeting, the representatives shared their feedback, including positives, about the tournament’s execution and generally expressed that they have seen significant improvement in the quality of football over the duration of the tournament. They expressed that the Intra-Association league model is a great feeder for the national programme.The GFF-NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power National U-17 Intra-Association Tournament is an on-going tournament, which seeks to, among other things, develop youth players as part of the player development pathway to the senior national team.last_img read more