900 Students’ Academic Future in Limbo

first_imgNew Hope Mission International (NHMI) in Dolo Town, Margibi County which has provided free education to more than 900 deprived children for the past eight years has itself run into financial hardship and has been forced to shut down. Last Friday during assembly, the school’s founder and CEO Rev. Louise Reeves, asked the students to stay home because the school was closing its doors due to a financial crisis. She explained that it was unfortunate that her partners who have assisted her since 2008 are now unable to continue supporting the school. Rev. Reeves further informed the students that she had received a letter from the District Education Officer, Mrs. Marcia Edwards, ordering her to suspend academic activities following complaints by teachers and confirmed by representatives of the student council government about the failure of the administration to settle teachers’ salaries. The letter was read to the students following which Rev. Reeves informed them to remain at home while she is trying to find money to reopen the school.The school which runs from nursery to the 12th grade free of charge has a faculty of 24.“I have not been able to pay my teachers for the last four months,” Rev. Reeves acknowledged in an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday in Monrovia. “Also the decision (to close the school) stemmed from the District Education Officer’s order to suspend all educational activities until an arrangement is reached with the DEO, and warned that failure would leave her office “with no option but to take a legal administrative action” against Rev. Reeves.A copy of the DEO’s letter, which is with the Daily Observer, reminded Rev. Reeves of the numerous complaints by teachers and confirmed by representatives of the student council government about the failure of the administration to settle their salaries. In a reply to the order, Rev. Reeves admitted the unfortunate situation and explained that her partners have been facing financial problems but have encouraged the teachers to stay on. She warned that suspending academic activities will not mean well for the students.“Therefore, reconsider your decision as we are trying to mitigate the tension as soon as possible,” Rev. Reeves pleaded in her response to the DEO.She said while it is unfortunate that her partners who have assisted her since 2008 are unable to do so now, she is appealing to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Ministry of Education and Margibi County Legislative Caucus to come to the school’s assistance so that the children’s academic progress would not be interrupted.Reeves also disclosed that there are 50 orphans at the school’s orphanage center, and she feared for their future if help comes too late.“We started the school to provide free education to children who were sitting at home and doing nothing,” Rev. Reeves said, “and so with God’s intervention we want to continue the school so that the children will not sit or roam about since they are from families who cannot afford to send their children to schools that charge high fees.”Rev. Reeves said she never envisioned that the school would meet such difficulties as it is encountering because she believed that there have always been well-meaning Liberians who could offer hope for children whose parents cannot send them to school.“I am not losing hope,” she said. “I believe that President Sirleaf, the MOE and the Margibi County Legislative Caucus will not let these children down.”Rev. Reeves was raised in Dolo Town and after traveling abroad decided on her return to give back to children who are less fortunate.When her non-profit organization was launched eight years ago, Rev. Reeves told neighbors that she was joyful to return home and carry out her dream to help educate some of Liberia’s unfortunate children free of charge, which she has so far accomplished until the recent financial crisis occurred.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hydro and Trade Unions agree to deal for Site C

first_imgThe BC Building Trades and BC Hydro have agreed on the importance of labour stability on the Site C Clean Energy Project, recognising that stability is best achieved with a mix of labour representation. This framework will allow the project to operate as a managed open site, that includes participation from union and non-union workers, as well as independent and First Nations contractors.“This agreement ensures workers from all labour groups can build Site C together, and paves the way for the labour stability that I believe British Columbians want, as we undertake to build the largest hydro-electric project in a generation,” said Jessica McDonald, President and CEO, BC Hydro. “It allows for a managed open site, and also takes important steps to ensure the BC Building Trades unions will take part in the construction along with all other B.C. workers.”The BC Building Trade unions have waived the practice of signing Project Labour Agreements which restrict other, non-affiliated organizations from working on site. The two parties have agreed to no strike, no lockout, no raiding provisions, and no organizing on the Main Civil Works component of the project.- Advertisement -“The agreement represents a compromise and reflects the desire of our members to work on the project at union wages and benefits, while also respecting the mixed site model of the employer,” said Tom Sigurdson, executive director of the BC Building Trades. “I am sure that we can get through the next steps and ensure this critical project will be built to the highest standards by British Columbians.”The first test of the new framework will come as companies prepare to bid on civil work, the largest section of which will be the extensive earth moving and land clearing to prepare for actual construction of the dam.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh’s new QB recruit may be younger than your YouTube account

first_imgBlessed to receive my first … What were you doing when you were 13? Waiting on the front porch for the mailman to deliver your Mad Magazine? Building a Roller Derby track out of Legos? Having rip-roaring belching contests with your friends?Loser.On Tuesday Jim Harbaugh, at whose genius we marveled during his time with Stanford and the 49ers, called a seventh grader and offered the kid a football scholarship to Michigan.Of course the kid, quarterback Isaiah Marshall, tweeted yes.last_img

Evolution Conspiracy: Oxygen Photosynthesis Began Earlier Than Thought

first_img(Visited 59 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Evolutionists are putting the rise of oxygen 700 million years earlier than thought, requiring the origin of photosynthesis that much earlier, too.A co-author of a paper in Nature commented on the implications of putting oxygen back nearly a billion years earlier: “These findings imply that it took a very long time for geological and biological processes to conspire and produce the oxygen rich atmosphere we now enjoy” (press release, Univ. of British Columbia).Trouble is, it puts the rise of the complex process of photosynthesis back that far, too: “This study now suggests that the process began very early in Earth’s history, supporting a much greater antiquity for oxygen producing photosynthesis and aerobic life,” lead author Sean Crowe said – specifically, about 3 billion years ago, according to the abstract of the paper.  They claim this on the basis of some South African rocks.  Even if the oxygen was far below current levels, the amount they deduced implies that photosynthesis had already arrived.After ruling out geological methods for producing the excess oxygen, they said: “This would imply that cyanobacteria may have evolved by this time, indicating a much deeper history, by 300–400 Myr, for oxygenic photosynthesis than previously realized.”  To Crowe, though, this is not a problem, as quoted by the BBC News:“Oxygenic photosynthesis is a very complicated metabolism and it makes sense that the evolution of such a metabolism would take perhaps two billion years – that we might not see its manifestation until the Great Oxidation Event. But now that we see oxygen much earlier in the atmosphere, it tells us that even really complex metabolisms can evolve very fast,” said team-member Dr Sean Crowe from the University of British Columbia, Canada.Crowe did not elaborate on how photosynthesis evolved, nor what “makes sense” means for an unguided, mindless world.If geology and biology conspired to give us our beautiful blue skies we enjoy, did they do it by intelligent design?  That may have been just a figure of speech, but Crowe’s comment was no joke, at least to him.  First he says that photosynthesis is so complicated, it “makes sense” that it would have taken 2 billion years.  Then he turns around and claims, based on indirect theory-laden assumptions about a few samples in one location on Earth, that a rock “tells us that even really complex metabolisms can evolve very fast.”  Instead of crying in his coffee about how wrong he was to think such a thing, instead of repenting for his folly, he just turns up the evolutionary speed dial, telling the world that irreducibly complex biological machines, in a system so complex our best engineers cannot understand it fully after years of study, “can evolve very fast.”  Such reasoning is hopeless.  What will philosophers of the future think of the reasoning power of evolutionists in 2013?  And to think that Nature accepted and printed this stuff, and all the secular science sites reproduced it uncritically – that does not bode well for the reasoning power of modern culture.  It’s what you get when you rule out of bounds anything but DODO.  The integrity of science – indeed, the integrity of reason itself – needs Darwin skeptics.  Tear down this wall!last_img read more

World’s largest nature area, in Africa

first_imgThe elephant population in the newconservation area is expected to numberaround 250 000 individuals.(Image: Luke Harwood) Water vapour rising into the air above themighty Victoria Falls has earned it thethe name of Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “the smokethat thunders”.(Image: Ferdinand Reus, Flickr)MEDIA CONTACTS • Arrie van WykProject manager, Peace Parks Foundation+27 21 880 5122RELATED ARTICLES• New deal to protect Mapungubwe site• A hefty boost for conservation• Ugandan eco project up for award• New Sanparks educational centre• Boundless Southern AfricaEmily van RijswijckA vast transfrontier park of almost 450 000 square kilometres, stretching over five Southern African countries and connecting 36 national parks and other managed areas, has been signed into being.The biggest conservation effort ever, it includes some of the most breathtaking protected areas on the planet, and will stretch over parts of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.Once fully operational it will be roughly the size of Sweden.The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area was legally established on the last day of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) conference held in Luanda, Angola, in August 2011. The signing followed a feasibility study initiated by the five participants in 2006.The implementation of the conservancy is overseen by the Peace Parks Foundation, with the help of integrated development plans (IDPs) to ensure that the process unfolds smoothly. Zimbabwe and Zambia have completed their IDPs, while Angola’s is nearing completion.IDPs for Namibia and Botswana will get underway before the end of 2011.“It’s the largest protected tourism zone in the world,” an official from the 15-nation SADC announced at the time of signing the deal.This conservation zone is located in the Okavango and Zambezi river basins and boasts an impressive array of natural attractions:the Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe, a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the world’s seven natural wonders;the largest inland delta on earth, Botswana’s Okavango Delta;the narrow and densely populated Itenge, commonly known as the Caprivi Strip, in Namibia;and the Chobe Nature Reserve in Zimbabwe, home to about 120 000 elephants.Once all development plans are integrated the conservancy will boast the largest contiguous population of African elephant on the continent, estimated to be about 250 000.Where the smoke thundersRated as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe on the mighty Zambezi River. It’s considered to be the largest falls in the world in terms of the size of the sheet of falling water, although it isn’t the highest or the widest.Victoria Falls was so named by Scottish explorer David Livingstone in honour of the reigning queen, but the local Kololo tribe refers to it as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning “the smoke that thunders”.The surrounding area encompasses smaller nature reserves such as the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, the Victoria Falls National Park and the Zambezi National Park.The latter two parks already allow free movement of animals between them.Oasis in a dry landBotswana’s Okavango Delta – also known as the Okavango Swamp – is the largest Ramsar site in the world.It is seasonally formed by the Okavango River as it spreads out across a 15 000 square kilometre area, creating an oasis in an otherwise bone-dry region.The Ramsar Convention was signed in the town of Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. It is an intergovernmental treaty that commits member countries to maintain the ecological character of their wetlands.The preservation of these sensitive areas is viewed as a matter of international importance. Members are encouraged to plan wisely or in a sustainable manner for any activities that may affect the wetlands in their territories.The Okavango and Zambezi River basins contain some of the world’s richest areas of plant and animal biodiversity. If managed successfully and with vision, say authorities in the country, this natural wealth could give rise to a thriving ecotourism industry.The region is home to endangered species such as cheetah, African wild dog, black sable and black rhino.About the Southern African Development CommunitySADC came about as a result of member countries’ historical and cultural similaries, which gave rise to a desire to create greater economic prosperity, freedom and social justice for their citizens.Member countries include South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The catalyst for SADC’s formation was the Southern African Development Coordination Conference held in Lusaka, Zambia, in 1980. Here the Lusaka Declaration (Southern Africa: Towards Economic Liberation) was formally adopted by the nine founding member countries.At a later summit held in August 1992, countries signed the SADC treaty and declaration that effectively transformed the Southern African Development Coordination Conference into the Southern African Development Community.SADC aims to promote sustainable and equal economic growth and socio-economic development for its members. Member nations in turn commit to the values of good political, economic and corporate governance, as they strive for democracy, transparency and the respect for the law, and full participation by civil society.Among its successes to date, the organisation created a document that details norms and standards for elections, and a model law on HIV. It has also laid down benchmarks for democratic parliaments in Southern Africa./index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2566:kavango-190911&catid=47:africanews&Itemid=116last_img read more

The Ever-Changing Faces of PTSD

first_imgBy: Jason M. Jowers, M.S. MFT Soldier Meditating Return to article. Long DescriptionU.S. Army [Practicing Meditation by Dr. Valerie Rice, January 30, 2018, CC0]I’ve always been a fan of history; from learning about and soaking up all I can about ancient civilizations to the history that is being made day by day in our modern world. A huge part of that fascination has always been learning about major conflicts and wars that have taken place. This education goes beyond the timelines and details of how these conflicts began and took place, but what it was like for those who lived through them.With that idea in mind, I wanted to look into the history of a concept that has affected people in conflicts and wars throughout: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This article [1] from PBS breaks down what we’ve known about PTSD for the past 100 years, with the end of World War I to modern day military conflicts. I found this article to be very interesting in that it highlights a history of the past 100 plus years of how we’ve looked at and thought about PTSD. This phenomenon of PTSD related to combat showcases the intersection of two constructs that clearly physicians and researchers have been exploring for the past 100 years: military combat and mental health.However, it seems the more we know about PTSD, the symptoms themselves and how it affects people’s daily lives, the more questions come about. There are a great number of treatments and therapies out there that are helping and the military is funding new research and ways to increase quality of life for military service members. We are making progress in the understanding of PTSD and time will tell if we can make changes within the cultural views of mental health and exposure to trauma.For more MFLN resources on bouncing back for military service members, be sure to tune into our upcoming Resilience Series, a three-part webinars series that will take place starting on August 20th. Head on over to our series homepage here. Note: FREE Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and Case Manager CE credits will be available.References[1] McDonald, M., Brandt, M., & Bluhm, R. (2018). From Shell-Shock to PTSD, A Century of Invisible War Trauma. PBS.org. Retrieved from: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/from-shell-shock-to-ptsd-a-century-of-invisible-war-traumaThis post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Learn more about us at https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/family-development, and connect with us on Facebook, and on Twitter.  Subscribe to our Anchored. podcast series on iTunes and via our podcast page.last_img read more

FEU, Ateneo gain finals

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Toni Rose Basas of Far Eastern U sends the ball past Bernadette Flora during their semifinal duel on Monday. —AUGUST DELA CRUZFar Eastern University overcame a gritty Adamson side, 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-18, to barge into the finals of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Tamaraws will take on Jaja Santiago and the National U Lady Bulldogs in the best-of-three finals starting Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Bernadeth Pons, back after a UAAP beach volleyball stint, fired 15 points—including 12 kills—to lead the Lady Tamaraws’ 2-1 semifinal conquest of the Lady Falcons.Adamson labored though five sets to take the Final Four opener, 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-8, but FEU equalized with a 21-25, 27-25, 25-20,FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout23-25, 15-11 Game 2 triumph.In the men’s division, Marck Espejo returned to action to power Ateneo past University of Santo Tomas, 22-25, 25-22, 31-29, 25-13, and seal a title clash with FEU. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  PSC backs creation of unified collegiate sports body It will be the third straight championship stint in this conference for the back-to-back defending champion Eagles.Espejo, who rammed in 23 hits, missed Game 2 on Saturday when the Tigers won,25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21, as he likewise suited up in the UAAP beach volleyball tournament.The Eagles struggled in the early going, yielding the opening frame before imposing their power in the next three.“First of all, I thank the Lord for the strength, power and the guidance,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. “Marck and Karl played beach volleyball but still they managed to show their leadership.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Guiao admits he hasn’t fully gotten over departure from Rain or Shine

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Nearly a year after parting ways with Rain or Shine, Guiao still feels strange being on the opposing bench and going against most of the players he shared a couple of championships and countless playoff games with.READ: NLEX coach Guiao: I won’t help dismantle Rain or ShineFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“To beat Rain or Shine is a testament to the progress that we’ve made,” said Guiao after the Road Warriors clipped the Elasto Painters, 122-114, in double overtime. “It’s also a weird and awkward feeling beating that team because sometimes I think I’m still the coach of that team. I haven’t really gotten over that 100%.”“I feel like that’s my team, they’re my boys but like I said, we’re on different sides now and I have to get used to that,” he added. MOST READ View comments Alas quick to atone for ‘stupid foul’ with crucial bucket Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Guiao was appointed as NLEX coach in October 2016 five months after steering Rain or Shine to its second title in the Commissioner’s Cup.READ: NLEX looking forward to Governor’s Cup, says GuiaoCaloy Garcia, who was Guiao’s deputy then, was promoted to head coach and up to now, he still tries to pick up a few things from the fiery mentor.“I miss coach Yeng. He was a good mentor. Until now, I still try to watch his games as much as possible and try to learn from him still,” said Garcia, who was 2-0 against Guiao coming into the game.After finishing dead last in the standings in the first two conferences, NLEX finds itself on top this time with a franchise-best start at 3-0.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX guard Kevin Alas caromed into his coach Yeng Guiao after getting bumped by Rain or Shine swingman Gabe Norwood late in the third quarter.Norwood quickly apologized to his former coach, who nearly lost his balance after Alas crashed into him near the officials table, and the two had a good laugh.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img READ: NLEX hikes win run to 3 But Guiao opted to downplay his team’s undefeated run so far.“It feels good to win this time, it’s the opposite feeling of the losing streak, which we felt, experienced before. Now we have a winning streak,” said Guiao, whose squad has now won five in a row dating back to last conference.“But again, it doesn’t make us a contender this conference. We’re not yet a contender, we’re not yet at that level of the competing teams. Not Rain or Shine, not even Alaska, who we beat. We’re just having a good run.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

Strong final surge carries CEU to D-League quarters

first_imgRod Ebondo. PBA IMAGESCentro Escolar University used a strong finishing kick to down Racal Motors, 88-77, and advance to the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.With Racal closing in, 70-68 with seven minutes to play, the Scorpions staged a killer 18-4 blast powered by Rod Ebondo, JK Casiño, and Orlan Wamar to pull away and take the decisive 88-72 lead with 1:29 remaining to book their sixth win and clinch a spot in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m very thankful for my players that they followed our game plan. I just told them to take this as their chance to experience the pressure of being in the playoffs,” said coach Yong Garcia.CEU can still rise up to as high as the fourth-seed and enjoy a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals if Batangas loses to league leading Flying V, which is still being played as of posting time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Congolese Ebondo poured 22 points and 19 rebounds, Wamar added 12 markers, five of which coming in the payoff period, while Casiño got 11 points and two boards.Art Aquino also chimed in 12 markers and three rebounds to close the Scorpions’ elimination campaign with a 6-4 record. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nambatac shines late as Letran topples Arellano FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Rian Ayonayon wrapped up the disappointing campaign for Racal (3-7) with 12 points and six rebounds, while Allan Mangahas got 10 markers and three assists in the loss.The Scores:CEU 88 – Ebondo 22, Aquino 12, Wamar 12, Casiño 11, Guinitaran 9, Jeruta 8, Uri 6, Cruz 4, Arim 2, Manlangit 2, Baconcon 0, Intic 0.RACAL MOTORS 77 – Ayonayon 12, Mangahas 10, Apreku 9, Cabrera 9, Cortes 9, Ortuoste 8, Pontejos 6, Tallo 5, Capacio 4, Lozada 3, Faundo 2, Gomez 0, Grimaldo 0.Quarters: 21-23, 41-44, 63-58, 88-77.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Assam baby league to kick off next month

first_imgGuwahati, Oct 9 (PTI) Assam will soon get its first ever structured football league for children in the age group of 6 to 13 years to promote football culture in the state. Sports management company Sportscraft Management and Guwahati City Football Club (GCFC) on Tuesday announced the Greater Guwahati Baby League (GGBL) which will be organised with support from the Assam Football Association (AFA). The league, to kick off from next month, will be organised under the rules and regulations of AIFF’s Baby League project, Sportscraft and GCFC’s co-founder Darick Ranjan Deka told a press conference. The GGBL has already got the green signal from the AIFF, he said. The 6 to 13-year-old children will be divided into four age categories (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13) and they will play every weekend, Deka said. “The objective is to bring these children to the field regularly, create football culture, give these young footballers experience of professional football, give them enough competitive time every season and bring out the best when they reach the age of 13 as this is the age when kids become ready to be professional footballers,” Deka said. “We want to provide those seven crucial years to our children which is often missed out because of lack of such youth leagues,” Deka added. Schools, clubs, societies, companies, individuals of greater Guwahati area can participate in the league by forming teams of the given age categories under rules and regulations laid down by AIFF. Baby League is a player development initiative by the AIFF, ratified by its Executive Committee in March last year. PTI DG NN PDSPDSadvertisementlast_img read more