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first_imgWith hundreds of thousands of soccer fans flocking to Brazil for the World Cup, Harvard students and alumni are quietly working in some of the nation’s most underserved communities to use the sport to help change children’s lives.Melanie Baskind ’12 enters Harvard Medical School this fall, and will no doubt return full of ideas about the ways soccer can make a difference to young people.As part of Coaches Across Continents (CAC), Baskind is spending three weeks in Brazilian favelas showing coaches and community leaders how to teach students important life lessons with help from a soccer ball.“It is a true example of sport for development,” she said.The nonprofit is the brainchild of Nick Gates ’91, a former England youth national team player, Harvard soccer standout, and executive for Middlesbrough Football Club. Trekking around the globe in 2001, Gates was struck by the idea of using the sport he loved to help change the world.“I started traveling, and realized that if I bounced a soccer ball in the worst places … I could engage with young people,” said Gates, who ran the soccer camp company Play Soccer in the United States for several years after college before hitting the road.Those impromptu interactions “planted a seed,” he said, and got him thinking about soccer as a vehicle for “social development and social impact.” In 2008, he launched CAC. Last year, the organization worked with 20 countries in South America, North America, Asia, and Africa, reaching more than 170,000 children.CAC targets communities struggling with violence, poverty, and disease, and uses a “soccer as education” curriculum that addresses issues such as female empowerment, conflict resolution, life skills, and HIV prevention. There is no role for conventional matches, however.“Our model has almost nothing to do with soccer in the sense that we’ve never played a game where two teams score goals,” said Gates. “It’s just that soccer is our vehicle for education.”One conflict-resolution game positions two groups of players on either end of a line of plastic cones. The players have a relay race, dribbling a ball through the cones, often colliding with and blaming the other person as they go.The game helps teach players “when something has gone wrong, we should not always blame the other person or try to find someone else at fault,” notes the coaching materials provided by CAC. “We each need to take responsibility for our own actions and concentrate on what we can do better or improve on the soccer field and in life.”From the beginning, Harvard was central to the organization’s plan. “It is all based on the fact that the starting point was a wonderful relationship with Harvard,” said Gates, who counts as friends the University’s associate athletic director, Tim Wheaton, and Seamus Malin, a former Harvard administrator who is now a soccer commentator and CAC board member.Perhaps Gates’ most important Harvard connection is to its soccer teams. He regularly recruits volunteers from the men’s and women’s rosters. (More than 35 Harvard students and alumni have been involved with CAC since 2009, many of them soccer players.)And while the Harvard players have an advantage when applying to the program, “they still have to be good,” said Gates. “They don’t just get a job because they come to Harvard. … What we want are the right people, the people who can make change.”One of those people is Tim Linden ’12, a star defender who fell in love with Brazil and moved to São Paolo after graduation to work as an analyst in the Brazil office of Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.Linden, who heard about the program from Harvard teammates, started volunteering with CAC last year, identifying potential partner organizations in Brazil and training coaches. Last Wednesday he was on hand as Prince Harry, in town for the World Cup, visited a CAC affiliate in Sao Paulo and observed local coaches implement its curriculum.“However you are able to positively bring vulnerable kids together and have constructive conversations and health activities — I am all for,” said Linden. “It’s a really good avenue for reaching people that you otherwise may not.”Baskind, Harvard’s 2012 female athlete of the year, signed up for CAC fresh off graduation and has trained coaches in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, and Tanzania. In the coming weeks, she will work with the program in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paolo.In an email from Brazil, she said she loves being a “role model for young girls in countries where it is not common for females to play football.” The program does a “fantastic job keeping things local, encouraging critical thinking, and supporting self-directed learning,” Baskind said, as well as developing leaders “who can build critical thinking skills among their kids; training them to be good people and not just good footballers.”last_img read more

first_img58 Carnarvon Av, Springfield Lakes.After more than eight years at their Springfield Lakes home Ajay and Shweta Jain are looking for a bigger property.The couple who have two children, aged 11 and 9, have loved living at 58 Carnarvon Ave. Mr Jain said he hoped to find a bigger home close to where they already live but with a swimming pool for their children.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home on a 448sq m block has been repainted inside, new kitchen appliances and new grass in the backyard. 58 Carnarvon Av, Springfield Lakes.The Jains had been looking for the perfect property for a long time and said they liked this home in particular because the bedrooms were towards the back of the home providing plenty of privacy.Mr Jain said the home would best suit a young family.“We chose to live here because it’s a nicely developed area, and because of the schools,” he said.“There’s walkways, parks and tennis courts all around here.” 58 Carnarvon Av, Springfield Lakes.Electricity bills could be kept low with gas hot water and gas cooking.Mrs Jain said her two children loved the backyard and spent plenty of time outside.“It’s a private area,” she said.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Mrs Jain’s favourite part of her home is the kitchen where she does a lot of baking for her home-based cake business.center_img The kitchen area at 58 Carnarvon Av, Springfield Lakes.The property is at the top of a hill on the highest position of the street.Ray White – Waterford selling agent Ash Chawla said there was plenty of space in the backyard to add a large trampoline for kids to play.Mr Chawla said the patio looked out on to the low maintenance lawn.The property is close to Regatta Lake, and Springfield Lakes Boulevard oval. The Carnarvon St home is being sold with offers over $479,000.last_img read more

first_imgOffshore WIND Conference is proud to announce a first for the event: the final speaker of the conference will be two distinguished guests from the European Space Agency. They will be discussing where space technology meets offshore wind and how these two industries can work together to improve future offshore wind farms and applications in the session titled: ‘Space meets wind’. During the session, Davide Coppela and Rita Rinaldo, both from the Downstream Business Applications Department of ESA will be speaking.More information on the Offshore WIND Conference can be found on the website www.offshorewindconference.biz. You can also book your delegate  seats via the website.Offshore WIND Conference 2017Themed Leading the way, the Offshore WIND Conference 2017 will focus on the opportunities for the offshore wind sector over the next ten years and beyond. What will upcoming tenders offer the supply chain (short term)? What are the trends and opportunities after 2023? While also tackling subtopics such as cost reduction, innovations, subsidy and cooperation with the oil and gas industries.last_img read more

first_imgSunman, In. — The Ripley County Community Foundation will present the 2019 Annual Report to the Community on Tuesday, June 18 at the Sunman American Legion. The free-will donation event begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.During the first quarter of this year, the foundation awarded a total of $3,000 in $500 grants to the Batesville FFA, Batesville Fire Department, Ripley County Tourism Bureau, Southeastern Career Center, Summer Food for Kids of Batesville and the Tyson Community Foundation.For catering purposes, please RSVP by June 10 by calling 812-933-1098 or 877-233-5220 or email [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgGhana’s fairytale story would continue to unfold later today at Galatasaray’s Turk Telekom Arena when the Black Satellites take on 2007 Semi-finalists Chile at the quarter final stage of the competition.The Satellites were literally on the verge of exiting the group phase of the competition after losing her first two games to Spain and France respectively but a result against the United States of America coupled with other results going their way saw the side advance to the Round of 16 stage of the competition.As if by design, the side were trailing 2-1 the Quinta A Seleccao by 2-1 with only eleven minutes of play before substitutes Michael Anaba and Richmond Boakye Yiadom turned the game on its head with two late goals to win the game. Such was the dominance of the Portuguese in the group phase that they were highly tipped to crash a wandering Satellites side that had only gate crushed the knock out phase. Divine intervention if you like. It is no wonder that they have the ever religious and Charismatic Sellas Tetteh as their manager.Chile on the other hand mastered the required 4 points from the group stages against England and Egypt before losing out to the talented Iraqi side who have surprised all and sundry with their sublime skills and their approach to the game to qualify for the knock out phase.Their Round of 16 clash against Croatia saw the Chileans put up their best performance of the competition with two clinical strikes against the European side. That has clearly got the huge Chilean Media presence here buzzing with belief that they could replicate their form of Canada 2007 where they made it to the semi-final stage only to be thrashed 3-0 by Argentina.In player Nicolas Castillo, La Rojita do have a player whose presence makes it extremely improbable that the net will remain untroubled in Istanbul’s Ali Sami Yen Stadium. With a goal in each of his three appearances thus far, Castillo is thriving in the centre of Chile’s three-man attack and will be out to maintain his 100 per cent record against a Ghana defence that has conceded seven times in four matches. Star midfield player Sebastian Martinez is suspended for this game but the Ghanaian defence, notorious for conceding goals in all four games should be extremely. Two teams out to prove a point take to the Turk Telekom Arena with only a win on their mind.Probable Starting X1:Ghana-Antwi,Nketiah,Baba Rahman,Lartey,Larweh,Seidu Salifu,Odjer,Aboagye,Assifuah,Boakye-Yiadom,Acheampong.Chile-Melo,Campos,Lichnovsky,Robles,Laremas,Baeza,Fuentes,Henrique,Rabello,Cuevas,Castillo.last_img read more

first_img…call for wage increasesHundreds of sugar workers employed at the Albion Sugar Estate, Berbice, downed their tools since Thursday as they call for a pay increase.This action has severely affected operations at the sugar estate, and those who are on strike action are calling on the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to address the matter before they resume duties.According to the Guyana Agriculture and General Workers Union (GAWU), since 2015, the wages of sugar workers have been “frozen” and there has been no increase allotted to those workers for the past four years.In a statement to the media on Friday, GAWU said that “the naked discrimination against this hardworking group of the State’s employees manifested through denials of pay increases and attacks on other longstanding benefits and conditions coupled with an ever-rising tax burden, among the other hardships of contemporary Guyanese life, have severely eroded the workers and their families purchasing power and by extension, their standard of living”.The Union argued that the protesting workers at the Albion Sugar Estate are “peeved over the arbitrary hiking” of the Estate’s weekly production targets, as they contended that the increase in the Estate’s targets from 2,100 tonnes of sugar to 2,140 would be disadvantageous.As such, it will prevent the Estate from reaching the target and, thereby, affect incentives arising on the attainment of the target.“The workers argue, quite correctly, that the inability to achieve target through the arbitrary increase could well daunt their commitment and belie the notion of the incentive in the first place. Additionally, workers engaged in the mechanical loading of canes are upset regarding what they believe is an unnecessary change in their hours of work”.According to the GAWU, another issues is that the “bell loader operators” would usually commence duties daily from 06:00h and cease work at 18:00h during the cropping period. However, GuySuCo now requires these workers to work from 10:00h to 22:00h.Another issue, the Union said, regards the workers engaged in the mechanical tillage tasks, who have rightly disagreed with the arbitrary downward adjustments of their pay rates pertaining to certain tasks. The Union is awaiting a meeting with the Industrial Relations Department of GuySuCo to address the matter.In light of the series of complaints by the sugar workers, GAWU is urging GuySuCo to address the matters as soon as possible. According to the Union, only then will the workers resume their duties.The Skeldon, Rose Hall and East Coast Demerara (Enmore) estates were closed in December 2017, leaving thousands of workers jobless. The Wales Sugar Estate was the first to shut down in 2016. Only three estates are currently in operation – Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt.Some of the protesting workerslast_img read more