Assam Football Association shortlisted 22 referees for CAT test

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam Football Association has shortlisted 22 referees and assistance referees including two women from the State for the forthcoming CAT-2 Referee Examination which is scheduled to be held at the later part of the year. The test would be conducted by the All India Football Federation. The Vice President (Head of Referee) of Assam Football Association Dipak Dey informed The Sentinel that although as per the criteria a candidate must have to officiate at least 30 matches in the season before appears in the examination. But due to COVID 19 it was likely that the criteria may not be fulfilled by the most of the referee. So the Assam Football Association has requested the AIFF to consider the case. The selected candidates: Nripendra Kumar Talukdar. Ashim Hazarika, Jayraj Brahma, Nirupam Dey, Brojen Timung, Kalyan Baruah, Tapan Dutta, Prem Narzary, Abdul Mazid Choudhury, Nirmal Singh, Jayanta Dutta, Shafiqul Haque, Satish Rabha, Samar Goyary, Isreal Hembrom, Ashok Kumar Rabha, Habibulla Ferdos, Sunit Kumar Borah, Paban Chandra Brahma, Soumitra Das, Moupriya Bhowmik and Banashree Borah. Also watch: Get Set Global: Assamese in UK coping with the Pandemiclast_img read more

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SA hands over new Timbuktu library

first_img‘Place of scholarship’ A total of 14 officials also received training in conservation at the Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Learning and Islamic Research. The project, adopted by the New Economic Partnership of Africa’s Development (Nepad) as its first cultural project, provided intervention measures to slow down the degradation of the manuscripts and encouraged active intellectual engagement emanating from research. the physical conservation of the manuscripts and training of the Malian conservators; The move to preserve the manuscripts was motivated by their historical value and anticipated contribution to the re-writing of the African history from an African perspective, the Presidency said in a statement. the construction of the library and archives building to house the manuscripts and all services relating to the preservation, collection and accession of the manuscripts; and South African Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane handed the new facility over to the Malian government in a ceremony held over the weekend. Nepad cultural project “The reality is that Timbuktu was the crossroad that linked sub-Saharan Africa to the cultures of the Mediterranean and the Middle East for millennia,” he said. “Timbuktu flourished as a place of scholarship with a university when Europe had only two universities.” 31 May 2010 Also present at the weekend’s ceremony were the South African ambassador to Mali, Mali Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Siby Ginette Bellegarde, the governor of the local region and the mayor of Timbuktu. Above all, Chabane said, the manuscripts of Timbuktu demonstrated conclusively that the myth propagated by colonisers, that Africans were ignorant and illiterate, was totally false. South Africa has handed over a new library and archives building to house the ancient Mali manuscripts at the Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Learning and Islamic Research in the historic city of Timbuktu. “While the script used in the manuscripts is Arabic, the languages contained therein include local languages such as Songhay, Fulfulde and others,” he said. The building was constructed, following a visit by former president Thabo Mbeki in 2001, to properly house the manuscripts in a bid to preserve Africa’s intellectual heritage. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material According to Chabane, colonial literature and discourse has always characterised Timbuktu as the world’s most remote place. South African conservators led by the National Archives worked closely with the Tunisian government and provided training both in South Africa and Mali. In South Africa, training, mostly on preventive conservation, was provided to more than 10 Malian conservators. According to Chabane, the South Africa-Mali Timbuktu project was managed through a trust that had three main objectives, including: “Africans proclaim these manuscripts as integral to their own culture, their own literary culture that records matters of faith, law, social arrangements, environment, sciences and medicine.” the creation of public awareness on the need to preserve the manuscripts and their importance as sources relating the true story of Mali and the surrounding regions.last_img read more

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Lira to usher in Obama term

first_imgLira performs at the Standard Bank Jazz Festival.(Image: Sizwe Ndingane ) Cover girl Lira graces the front of the September 2012 issue of Women’s Health SA.(Image: Women’s Health SA) MEDIA CONTACTS • Robin Kohl  Lira’s manager  +27 11 792 2132 or +27 83 675 4739 RELATED ARTICLES • Musos pitch in to save rhinos • Homegrown artistic talent honoured • SA songbird wins top opera prize • Summer concerts at Kirstenbosch • World Cup begins on a high noteMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterAward-winning songbird Lira is set to wow the world – she’s received a request to perform at President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration ball on 21 January 2013.Lira, who was born Lerato Molapo in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg, is no one-hit wonder – the singer was discovered in 2000 and since then has been raking in the awards.For the past three years the Afro-soul diva has been working hard to break into the US market through a distributor and publicist in Los Angeles, and her first US-aimed album, Rise Again, was released there in June 2012. Rise Again contains popular songs from her previous South African releases and was preceded by a five-track EP to whet the appetites of American fans.“It’s incredible,” she enthused in a radio interview. “I can’t absorb the reality. I’ve been getting so much support on Facebook and Twitter, and I feel like the luckiest girl I know.”This is not the first time Lira has sung before a presidential audience – she’s performed for former president Nelson Mandela, and incumbent Jacob Zuma.Lira’s manager, her husband Robin Kohl, said that she’ll sing at an African themed ball – one of several events planned to mark Obama’s second term of office. He was as excited as Lira, describing the gig as “massive”, and saying that the international exposure will do wonders for her career.“This is an amazing opportunity. The ball will be televised by networks from all over the world,” said Kohl in an interview.Lira confirmed that she had been approached three weeks ago by the US embassy in South Africa, and since then the two parties have been working out the logistics of the performance. Until she received the green light from Washington, however, she was unable to mention her big news but has now been given permission to spill the beans.“I don’t have words,” she said.Homegrown talent to wow the USLira is not the only South African who will grace the stage on the big night.She’s jetting off to the US in the company of acclaimed three-menber house band MiCasa, and the veteran Hugh Masekela, who needs no introduction as he’s known and loved all over the world.The Grammy-nominated trumpeter will perform at a separate event also held to mark the swearing-in of Obama for his second term.MiCasa comprises frontman and guitarist João “JSomething” Fonseca, trumpeter Mo-T and Dr Duda, an experienced producer and club DJ.The band has been nominated numerous times at both the Metro FM Music Awards and the local equivalent of the Grammys, the South African Music Awards. At the 2012 edition of the latter, they walked off with three big accolades, including dance album of the year, group of the year and record of the year.“You are worthy ambassadors of our local music, and you’re living proof that South African music and South African musicians are among the best in the world,” said arts and culture minister Paul Mashatile at a farewell ceremony held in Johannesburg for the artists.“Go out there and make us proud. You leave with the best wishes of a South African nation, proud to claim you as their own.”Well-earned successThe classy Lira, who is signed to Sony Music Entertainment – Africa, is famous for having displaced none other than American superstar Beyoncé at the top of the local singles charts with the title track from her 2003 debut album All My Love. Her subsequent albums have all been best-sellers – Feel Good (2006), Soul in Mind (2008) and Return to Love (2011) – and have achieved platinum status.She’s released two DVDs – The Captured Tour and Live in Concert, which is available for Blu-ray as well. It’s reported that Live in Concert, which has also been certified platinum, was Africa’s first music Blu-ray disc.Lira is a popular choice for magazine covers including Women’s Health SA, and has been named a brand ambassador for Blackberry, Mac Cosmetics and Audi, among others. She’s known for favouring South African couture and is often seen in creations from Stoned Cherrie, Errol Arendz, Kluk CGDT and others.She performed at the 2010 Fifa World Cup kickoff concert in June of that year, and the following month she serenaded Mandela for his 92nd birthday.In June 2012 she was nominated for a Black Entertainment Television award in the Africa category, but lost out to Sarkodie, the Ghanaian musician dubbed the King of Rap. A few months later, in September, Lira was interviewed by National Geographic and appeared on the scientific and cultural institution’s website in its world music section.As a young trailblazing African, an interview and clips of her performances were featured in the stereotype-busting film Africa Straight Up, produced and released in October 2012 by Africa.comlast_img read more

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Fall herbicide application is part of the plan for 2016 soybean weed control

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are just compiling the Extension fall soybean weed surveys; it is bad again with marestail and giant ragweed leading the list of problem weeds. OSU Weed Specialist Mark Loux says to better manage resistant marestail:Spray a fall treatment for next year’s no-till soybeans.Keep it simple. Don’t bother with a residual in the fall, save those dollars for the spring application.Timing that generally works well is late October into early November. Although I like to wait until after we have had a rain to settle the corn stalks and spruce up the weeds a little.As for corn weed control, yes, it may not have been that great either. I saw many weeds, especially grasses, as we harvested our corn. Giant ragweed was also in more fields than I expected. It might have been bad timing or the excess water, but do make sure you use a pre-emergent residual herbicide for corn in 2016 (as well as for soybeans) and plan on an early post application, too.last_img read more

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Foursquare Adds Photos and Comments

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Location-based check in service Foursquare has just announced the addition of photos and commenting features, due to arrive within hours to users of its iPhone application. The features have already gone live on the Foursquare.com website.According to Foursquare, these two features were among the most requested from its users for months, a signal that, perhaps, folks are beginning to demand more social elements from check-in apps: rewards, either virtual or tangible, are just not enough.A post on the official Foursquare company blog says that the added features make Foursquare “more useful and social,” a statement that addresses the negative sentiments spouted by those who claim they don’t see the point of check-in apps and call them useless.What’s New?Now, you can comment on your friends’ check-ins, a feature that serves as an additional form of communication for the service’s users. Previously, communication was limited to shouts, tips and comments on your own check-ins, the latter which could be syndicated to Twitter and Facebook. You can even add comments while browsing the Foursquare.com website itself too, allowing for a second opportunity to interact with other users.Perhaps even more anticipated than comments, however, is photos. The addition of photo posting “changes everything,” reads the Foursquare blog. You can “see dishes before ordering them, figure out if a venue looks fun, or easily identify a hard-to-find spot.”Photos will be syndicated to your history page on Foursquare.com, transforming it into more a interesting life-stream of sorts, where photos and comments will be preserved alongside your check ins. Tags:#Features#Location#news#NYT#web sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting ?The new comments feature is also integrated with iPhone’s push notifications system and there are privacy settings that can apply to photos.Pics, Please!With this update, Foursquare is clearly responding to user feedback – even its most-engaged users are beginning to tire of the check in for check in’s sake, it seems. They want more than the occasional coupon or reward, badge or crown. Innovative photo-sharing startups like Instagram have been able to capitalize on users’ desire to share comments and photos along with their location. However, on Instagram, the roles are reversed – photos come first, location second. With Foursquare, it’s the other way around.Foursquare even makes mention of Instagram in its post, noting that, as a Foursquare partner, photos taken with the app can be syndicated over to Instagram. With this comment, it almost sounds as if Foursquare thinks of Instagram as just another third-party application built on top of Foursquare’s API (application programming interface), as opposed to its own standalone community.Photos from Foodspotting and another location-sharing app picplz will now flow into Foursquare, too.Although today’s update is only for users of the iPhone app, Foursquare says that Android users will get a new app later this week, Palm and BlackBerry users will see an update in January and other major platforms will be addressed in early 2011.  In the near future, additional features will be added, says Foursquare: photos shared with Foursquare users will be able to be posted to Facebook and Flickr, comment tracking will be improved and photos will be archived in a “more useful place.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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ReadWrite’s Mission: To Map The Programmable World

first_imgowen thomas Tags:#ReadWrite Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Howdy. I’m new around here, as you may have heard. And as the site’s editor-in-chief, I’m delighted to join the community of readers, writers, thinkers, tinkerers, and creators who have flocked to ReadWrite over the past decade.It’s a natural reflex to ask, “Who’s this new guy, and what’s he going to do with the place?” Since Richard MacManus founded the site 10 years ago, ReadWrite has been telling the story of the makers of the modern Web. The way I see it, my first job is to tell ReadWrite’s story, every day — its past, its present, and its glorious future. Last year, ReadWrite dropped the “Web” from its name. That made perfect sense to me, because the two-way communication medium that MacManus wrote about has grown beyond the boundaries of the Web to take over not just the Internet but the physical world as well.Every aspect of the world we inhabit is becoming readable and writable — not just as text, but as code as well. Ubiquitous connectivity and computing power is hitting an inflection point of ever more rapid change. Just as media has become a business driven by conversation, not broadcasting, we now can all be contributors to the open-source project called Earth.We just need a map to where we’re going. And a guide. That’s ReadWrite.So what’s coming next? There will be new technologies, and ReadWrite will be here to explain them and grapple with their implications. There are a host of hardcore technical resources out there. We don’t aim to become one of them. But we won’t be afraid to geek out when a story calls for it — and break things down so everyone can take part.Mapping this newly programmable world, and everyone who’s helping to make it, is the chief project of ReadWrite, as it has been since its inception. That mission still guides us. Let’s read. Let’s write. And let’s execute.Photo via Flickr user eridony, CC 2.0center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Recognizing Similarities, Differences, & Challenges within Military Family Caregivers

first_imgMilitary family caregivers are unique in that many are caring for individuals with complex injuries such as posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, amputations, blindness, burns and other conditions unlike nonmilitary family caregivers. In a two-part article series on Helping Military Family Caregivers, the author identifies similarities and differences among caregivers of service members and veterans and identifies challenges within their caregiving journey.Part I: Recognizing their Similarities and DifferencesWhile little research exists on military family caregivers, Part I, illustrates similarities and differences among caregivers of service members and veterans. For example, women most often serve as primary caregivers of service members/veterans. Of those caring for service members involved in Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts, 79 percent are women, and nearly all caregivers of veterans (96 percent) are women (Griffin, J.M., et al., 2012; NAC and AARP, 2009; NAC, 2010).  Among caregivers of service members who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, 62 percent are parents, and 84 percent are younger than 60. On the other hand, 70 percent of caregivers of veterans are spouses older than 50.To continue to read about similarities and differences among caregivers of service members and veterans go to, Helping Military Family Caregivers, Part I: Recognizing Their Similarities and Differences.Part II: Recognizing their ChallengesMany military families struggle to grasp their “new normal” as caregivers to their wounded, ill, or injured service members. Part II of the Helping Military Family Caregivers series identifies challenges caregivers commonly face, along with some important rewards they reap along the way. Challenges the article describes include:A bumpy start to the caregiving journeyThe potential length of the caregiving journeyComplex medical tasksFeelings of exclusion from the care teamStress and apathyMental and emotional distressSecondary PTSDLack of supportLoss of incomeNavigation through multiple bureaucraciesMilitary cultureThe challenges that family caregivers experience as they care for their service members and veterans are significant. However, many feel that the role as caregiver has benefited them. To learn more about the challenges and rewards to giving care go to Helping Military Family Caregivers, Part II: Recognizing Their Challenges.As a military professional, one of the most important things you can do is let family caregivers know that they’re not alone. Letting a caregiver know that he or she is not alone will help that individual realize that others are in similar situations and are coping with many of the same challenges.ReferencesGriffin, J. M.; Friedemann-Sanchez, G.; Jensen, A. C.; Taylor, B. C.; Gravely, A .; Clothier, B.; Simon, A. B.; Bangerter, A.; Pickett, T.; Thors, C.; Ceperich, S.; Poole, J.; & van Ryn, M. (2012). The Invisible Side of War: Families Caring for US Service Members with Traumatic Brain Injuries and Polytrauma. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 27(1):3-13.National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) (2010). Caregivers of Veterans—Serving on the Homefront. Bethesda, MD: National Alliance for Caregiving. Retrieved January 1, 2011.National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP (2009). Caregiving in the United States. Bethesda, MD: National Alliance for Caregiving. Retrieved January 10, 2010.last_img read more

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World Cup: Appropriate security for Pakistan in Mohali

first_imgThe security for the India-Pakistan World Cup semi-final in Mohali will have a changed security arrangement with Shahid Afridi’s team being provided ‘appropriate’ security cover, tournament director Ratnakar Shetty said here on Friday.Asked if the India-Pakistan game was the biggest challenge of the tournament, Shetty told Mail Today: “I don’t think it is the biggest challenge. Yes, it is a challenge because the security issues changed slightly as compared to earlier matches. Each country has its own security perceptions which the government decides; we don’t decide.” Shetty said that the home ministry of India has been monitoring the security aspect of the World Cup that is being hosted in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well.When asked if the Pakistani team is being provided additional security, Shetty said: “I don’t know what the meaning of extra security is. But whatever is appropriate and what is needed, that is what the government provides.”I am extremely happy that home ministry has been proactive on a day-to-day basis and has been guiding the security arrangements. Indian venues gave full support to the advice that was given to them by security agencies,” he said.Shetty disclosed that the World Cup organising committee wanted to have a common visa for easy criss-crossing of the teams, the media and the others involved with the tournament.”We tried that. But all three countries had different issues. One must accept the fact that the ground realities in Asian countries are not the same as people would like it and, therefore, it is the governments that decide the course of action,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

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