La, a football loving suburb of Accra came to a virtual standstill as Ghana’s novel education/recreation soccer tour made the much anticipated event stop at the La Traditional Courtyard park.Following the week one opening in Nima on the 1st of June, Books and Boots stormed La for the week 2 activation.Parading the youngest player Prince Allotey aged nine, and youngest coach James Tetteh aged 17, Red Lions FC showed intellectual zeal during the reading sessions under canopies and then followed up with raw brilliance on the pitch.Cheered on by a massive crowd, each team had a unique style of play that won the hearts of local fans from all over the La Township, but it was ultimately the dazzling Red Lions team exhibiting a brand of azonto football that saw them overcome each opponent to lift the champions trophy via a penalty shootout over Court All Stars FC.The day started with reading sessions as each of the eight teams were grouped into classes and supervised by reading coaches led by Mariam Aminu and Sally Green. The other groups were handled by Suneetha Musah, Nii Laaye Bonne and Frederick Peprah.The event saw high level delegation of elders from the La Traditional Council led by the Chief Priest who presented a signed jersey from Chelsea’s Brazilian star Ramires to the best player of the tournament, eleven year old Francis Obi. The Books and Boots tour is an Oxigen creation driving the corporate social responsibility vehicle in socially challenged communities. It is held every every two weeks with education and recreation as the joint springboards.
21 June 2011 South Africa is committed to ensuring that legitimate asylum seekers have their hopes, humanity and dignity restored when they seek protection in the country, says Deputy Home Affairs Minister Fatima Chohan. Speaking ahead of World Refugee Day in Soweto on Sunday, Chohan said proposed amendments to South Africa’s Refugee and Immigration Acts were aimed at achieving this. At the same time, the amendments would also make it more difficult for those who tried to abuse the asylum seeker processes or the country’s immigration laws. Chohan noted that South Africa has been a receiving country for refugees from the region, the continent and as far away as Bangladesh and Pakistan.‘More asylum seekers than whole EU’ “As a developing middle-income country, South Africa now has more asylum seekers to deal with than all 27 countries of the European Union combined,” Chohan said. She acknowledged, however, that one of the reasons South Africa had such a high level of applicants was partly due to the country’s asylum management process lacking in many respects. “We are alive to the weaknesses in the system and are concerned that the huge influx of applications from individuals intent on abusing the relatively simple process of regularisation that the asylum management process presents, ultimately serve to disadvantage genuine refugees, as our resources are diverted away from offering them the level of service and protection that we strive to achieve.”Amendments to the Refugee Act Amendments to the Refugee Act recently promulgated in Parliament are intended to streamline the processes of application for asylum by making it more efficient and credible. “Amongst others, we are now proposing committees that will decide on the status of applications,” Chohan said. “Members of these committees will have different expertise required to adjudicate such matters and are expected to make decisions efficiently while restoring the integrity of the process.” An Appeals Authority has also been proposed. This authority will be able to meet in groups at different centres to consider applications, thereby expediting the process. The amendment also provides for the registration of newborn children of refugees who, like South African citizens, will be registered at any Home Affairs office. Parents would then have to present the birth certificate at a Refugee Reception office in order to have that child included as the refugee’s dependent, Chohan added. The department is also initiating a process to completely review the asylum seeker management process.Economic migrants Turning to the issue of economic migrants, Chohan noted that the country would continue to experience the phenomenon of economic migrants as long as development on the continent remained uneven. People in various African countries were subjected to social and economic underdevelopment, and experienced deprivation relating to food, education, healthcare and financial stability. “It is in recognition of this reality that we will be reviewing the policy and regulatory framework to manage this kind of migration to ensure we become more responsive to current conditions,” she said. The department will be implementing an integrated immigration management system, which will include an Amendment to the Immigration Act of 2002. This will ensure that the department is aligned to national priorities of government, which includes job creation. “Our visa regime for business people and investors will therefore be simplified, while we will also facilitate the recruitment of critical skills through the introduction of a critical skills work visa. We have also simplified requirements for the issuing of our student visas,” Chohan said. World Refugee Day is commemorated globally on 20 June. Source: BuaNews
Difficulty/Terrain Rating:3/2.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:As the first Geocache of the Week for 2015, this geocache sets the bar pretty high for the rest of the year. While it’s located in a nearby park, this multi-cache takes you on a journey that requires a few specific tools of the trade. It begins with a 9V battery to power the Arduino computer inside. From there, you need to either raise or lower the temperature of the probe on the geocache. Once you’re at the right temp, you’ll get the coordinates to the next location. If your geocaching New Year’s resolution is to hide a geocache, consider creating something as innovative and fun as this one. Good luck and Happy New Year! What geocachers are saying:“This was super fun with all the different stations and i would love to hunt for this one again!! Girl Scout Troop #55492 LOVED IT!” – laurakwik“The best cache I had encountered yet. I brought some friends along that are not big on caching, but they both absolutely loved. Once we had seen and had been trying Stage 2 we all kept saying, “This is so cool.” TFTC” – TheAdamBomb98“Took a couple of trips but we got ‘er done. When will I learn … read the instructions … always read the instructions first. Exceptionally well done cache. Will send a fave point once I get my account back up to par. Thanks.” – surfnturfnskyWhat the geocache owner, bflentje, has to say:What inspired you to build this geocache?One of the things that keeps me deeply interested in geocaching is finding the higher profile geocaches; oldies, caches with high favorites, caches that are interesting or out of the ordinary, and challenges. Gadget caches particularly standout as my all time favorites. One of the ways I give back to the community is to hide caches that I like to find on the notion that I might inspire others to find geocaches that I like to find, I can’t say that my mission has been successful or not but in my home area, there has recently been an increase in the amount of those more interesting geocaches.Do you have an engineering/programming background?I do have a background in science and technology. I acquired my BS in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1995 but have worked in the IT field for the last 20 years. Within the the IT field it is safe to say that the majority of my skillset revolves around software, databases, and computer programming. Though to not scare others away from building gadget caches, the knowledge required to build Fire and Ice was the simplest form of the C programming language and how to apply fundamental logic to code.How long did it take to create?The construction of multiple iterations of the device took about a month but to be fair, I also had to balance my family, my job, and my need to find other geocaches. I went through three different models before I was able to construct what I thought would be the best way to apply my high level idea for the cache. Though by far more time was spent finding the perfect location for the device which required the perfect location, safety from muggles, and land owner involvement,What has been your reaction to all of the positive logs and favorite points?Watching the positive reactions to the cache by my fellow geocachers is probably one of the most rewarding things in geocaching for me. And knowing that someone may have walked away following their find with the idea that “maybe I could build a cache like that” is even better.Is there anything you’d like to say to the geocaching community?I just wanted to say that by and large, geocaching has been a tremendous part of my life for about 10 years now. It still amazes me the wonderful friends that I’ve made, the places I’ve discovered, and the other related activities I’ve attempted along the way that I wouldn’t have otherwise given much thought to (biking, paddling, exploration etc). Photos:A glimpse of the geocache before it was placed in the wild.The geocache in the wild, attached, with permission, to a pole that was already there.Lovely view from the final. Photo by geocacher berresfamilyWhat’s your geocaching New Year’s resolution? Tell us and post photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More And a good one at that.Geocache Name:Fire and Ice (GC4TXB2) SharePrint RelatedA photo is worth 1000 finds? – The Mountain of Moonlit Rocks (GC1CB) – Geocache of the WeekJune 18, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”I hope you packed your paddle. — Amsterdam Urban 2 – Under the Bridge (GC921) — Geocache of the Week Video EditionNovember 13, 2013In “Community”Between a rock and…more rocks. — Pit Stop (GC5RM5D) — Geocache of the WeekMay 7, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”
New Delhi, Sep 16 (PTI) The Centre has approved projects worth Rs 500 crore for integrated development of tourism in Jammu and Kashmir under Swadesh Darshan scheme.”The Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee, chaired by Union Tourism Secretary Vinod Zutshi, for Swadesh Darshan Scheme has approved projects to the tune of Rs 500 crore as part of Development Package of Prime Minister Reconstruction Plan for integrated development of tourism in Jammu and Kashmir,” an official release said.Highlights of the project include setting up convention centres in Gulmarg and Patnitop and development of ethnic villages and water sports centre at Baghliyar Dam – Pool Doda, it said.Other major proposed interventions include last mile connectivity, tourist facilitation/interpretation centre, base camps for trekking, facilitation centre for Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, illumination of heritage structures, provision of eco-friendly vehicles, it added.Under Swadesh Darshan, 13 thematic circuits have been identified for development, namely North-East India Circuit, Buddhist Circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Desert Circuit, Tribal Circuit, Eco Circuit, Wildlife Circuit, Rural Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Ramayana Circuit and Heritage Circuit. PTI MP NSD NSD
Spanish cable operator R, which is based in the Galicia region, has signed a deal with technology provider Arris for Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) technology to to improve bandwidth provisioning, increase efficiency across its network and ensure legacy infrastructure can be expanded with fiber-to-the-premises RFoG extensions.The technology will be implemented from November 2014 by Arris reseller bcSistemas, which was selected as the systems integrator following a trial earlier this year. R has selected a range of Arris solutions including optical network units, optical transmitters, optical receivers for RFoG, optical amplifiers, multiplexers and passives to build their offering.RFoG enables cable operators to deploy fibre to new areas while reusing legacy DOCSIS equipment in the headend and in subscribers’ homes.“Arris’s RFoG technology will enable us to deliver fibre to more of our network. This means our commercial and residential customers will see a dramatic improvement in service and overall experience,” said Julio Sánchez Agrelo, director of the network division at R.“We are excited about this technology and its potential to reduce our operating costs and maximize our HFC infrastructure investment over the coming years, even as technology advances.”