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El Salvadoran sisters attending online classes up a tree

first_imgIt’s especially hard to get a strong phone signal to access the internet in the El Tigre canton, near the border with Guatemala, where the Matilde and Marlene Pimentel live.”For most of us living in rural areas it’s difficult (to study.) There’s no (internet) connection,” Matilde, 22, who’s studying mathematics in college, told AFP.She’s joined on her daily escapade by 19-year-old Marlene, who is studying statistics.The seventh and eighth of 10 children, these ladies are aiming to be the first members of their family to graduate from the state University of El Salvador. Read also: Remote learning hampered by lack of student-teacher interaction, KPAI survey finds’Positive story’ Their touching story came to light when police officer Castro Ruiz stumbled across Matilde “in the middle of nowhere” while patrolling the El Tigre mountain.Finding the young woman on a path leading to a lush olive tree, “my first impression was that something had happened to her,” Ruiz told AFP.When he asked her what had happened, her reply stunned him: “I just want to study.”Touched by such a “positive story,” the officer took a photo and published it on Facebook, where it went viral.To reach the peak of the mountain in the middle of the rainy season, the sisters walk a kilometer along a slippery path while avoiding snakes hiding in the undergrowth.They tackle the journey weighed down by a foldable table and chairs, while trying to keep the rain off their heads with an umbrella.”This is the only way to get a little bit of a signal, and sometimes even here it doesn’t work,” Marlene told AFP, speaking from her perch in the olive tree. She admits to being afraid of falling out of the tree, and scared of the “venemous animals” lurking in the grass in this lush area.When not studying, the sisters sell bread at the weekend to help out their father, who grows sweetcorn, beans and squash.Fending off mosquitos Erick Palacios, a university student in Ojo de Agua, around 20 kilometers west of the capital San Salvador, has to climb a hill strewn with rocks and waste to access the internet.”I came here because I realized it was clear … it gave me a signal,” said the 20-year-old, who is studying to get a degree in communications at the private Jose Matias Delgado university.Perched on three bricks and covered by an umbrella, Palacios admits that taking classes in this way is “uncomfortable” because of the mosquitos he must fend off.He’s decided to visit other students in Ojo de Agua to collect signatures to present to internet providers so they can see how many “people are interested in a good service.”El Salvador is divided almost in half lengthwise by volcanoes that disrupt mobile phone signals.According to Internet World Status, almost 60 percent of El Salvador’s 6.6 million resident use the internet.The coronavirus pandemic has left 463 million children worldwide unable to attend online classes, a UNICEF report out Wednesday said. Two sisters in western El Salvador are taking their love of learning to great heights: every day they climb a mountain, then scramble up an olive tree to get a signal to access their online college lessons.Thousands of El Salvadorans living in rural areas have faced the same juggling act since March, when authorities closed schools and universities to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Mesut Ozil ambushed by knife wielding scooter gang in London

first_imgDefender Sead Kolasinac was filmed taking on one of the hijackers (Picture: Twitter)Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac defended teammate Mesut Ozil with his bare hands against an armed carjacker today.German Midfielder Ozil was ambushed by a moped gang who boxed in his car as he drove through north London.He darted out of the black Mercedes G Class 4×4 and ran to a nearby restaurant to take cover.Meanwhile Bosnian Kolasinac, 26, jumped from the passenger seat and took on one of the knife wielding attackers who was wearing a crash helmet.ADVERTISEMENTA witness of the attack near Golders Green Road, north London told MailOnline: ‘Ozil looked absolutely terrified, as anybody would after being chased by men with knives.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He looked like he was running for his life. And I suppose he was. Comment James HockadayThursday 25 Jul 2019 10:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link716Shares Police are investigating the terrifying attack (Picture: Twitter) Provider: TwitterThe pair had only just returned to London the day before the attack after a pre-season tour in the US.A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Police were called to Platts Lane, NW3, shortly before 17.00hrs on Thursday, 25 July to reports of an attempted robbery.‘It was reported that suspects on motorbikes had attempted to rob a man who was driving a car.‘The driver, along with his passenger, managed to get away unharmed and travelled to a restaurant in Golders Green, where they were spoken to by officers. There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.’A statement from Arsenal said: ‘We have been in contact with both players and they are fine.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Sign Up for News UpdatesGet your need-to-know latest news, feel-good stories, analysis and moreSign upNot convinced? Find out more » Advertisement Got a story for Metro.co.uk? Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at webnews@metro.co.uk. For more stories like this, check our news page. Advertisement Mesut Ozil’s car attacked by men wielding knives in LondonTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:18FullscreenMesut Ozil’s car attacked by men wielding knives in Londonhttps://metro.co.uk/video/mesut-ozils-car-attacked-men-wielding-knives-london-1973730/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘They didn’t take off their helmets and were all in black, wearing long sleeved tops in this hot weather. They stood out.‘God knows what would have happened if they’d caught him. It looked to me like he’d have been hacked to shreds and he clearly thought so too.’The gang reportedly turned around and fled as soon as staff at Turkish restaurant Likya came to the window.Police blocked off the road while officers scoured the area for the attackers.Neither of the Premier League players were harmed and they did not need to go to hospital. Mesut Ozil ambushed by knife wielding scooter gang in London The Bosnian squared up with the attacker while Ozil ran into a restaurant (Picture: Twitter)last_img read more

Linda S. Witkemper, 65

first_imgLinda S. Witkemper, 65, Millhousen, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Born, December 7, 1951 in Shelbyville, Indiana, she was the daughter of James and Ruby (Turner) Stephens. Linda graduated from South Decatur High School and she was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg. She was married to Robert “Bob” Witkemper on September 2, 1972 and he survives. She is also survived by two sons, Joe (Holly) Witkemper, Greensburg, Andy Witkemper and his fiancé, Brooke Wampler, Millhousen; one daughter, Christina (Jeremy) Lipps, Millhousen; one brother, Larry Stephens, Westport; two sisters, Delores McCreary, Greensburg, Carol Menefee, Westport; eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Earl Stephens. Family and friends will gather at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home to pray the rosary.  Visitation will follow the rosary until 8:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.  The family will also receive friends from 8:00 a.m. until the funeral mass at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg. Interment will be held in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Millhousen. Memorials may be made to the Marion Township (Millhousen Fire Department).  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Blues complete swoop for Nathan

first_imgChelsea have signed Brazilian midfielder Nathan from Atletico Paranaense for an undisclosed fee. The 19-year-old will move to Stamford Bridge on July 1. Nathan bolsters the ranks of Brazilians at Chelsea, joining Ramires, Willian, Oscar and Filipe Luis. The Blues also have young Brazilians Wallace and Lucas Piazon out on loan. Nathan said on chelseafc.com: “I am very happy to be joining Chelsea, the champions of England, and I hope I will be able to learn a lot and develop my game.” The Brazilian’s full name is Nathan Allan de Souza. He has impressed while representing Brazil at under-17 and under-20 level and scored five goals in five games at the Under-17 World Cup in 2013. Nathan announced the deal on Monday on his Instagram page. He wrote: “A dream is coming true! Thank you Chelsea for trusting in me, I will do my best to support my team on reaching new achievements.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

After quick start, offensive complacency ruins Orange

first_imgSEATTLE — Two drives, two scores. Now breathe. After scoring on its first two possessions and protecting a narrow 10-0 lead early on the road, the Syracuse offense began to exhale. All that talk of being a 13-point underdog was just nonsense. But instead of going for the jugular, the Orange took its foot off the gas. The lead was comfortable, so it seemed.  Complacency set in. All of a sudden, SU’s bubble began to burst. And just like that, the game’s momentum began to shift, leading to an eventual 41-20 Washington win on Saturday. ‘We made a lot of mistakes,’ SU running back Delone Carter said. ‘And I feel like we got comfortable, and that’s when the mistakes started to come.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text It was after those two drives, and two scores, that Carter said the complacency set in. ‘When we saw the 10 up on the board,’ Carter said. Every player knew the statistics coming in. SU was just 1-11-1 on the West Coast since 1964. The Huskies were 23-2 at home against East Coast teams since 1970. Those numbers didn’t lie. Yet, despite jumping out to an early lead, SU failed to take advantage of an opportunity to go for the kill early. Minor mistakes turned into a tidal wave of momentum that left the Orange as just another statistic. Just another West Coast loss to add to the numbers. ‘We knew our backs were against the wall,’ said Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant, who finished the game with four tackles. ‘The sense of urgency was there.’ Once the Washington offense got on the board late in the first quarter, Trufant and the Husky defense started to rally. The Washington defense had heard all week how good SU’s defense was, Trufant said. After allowing a quick 10 points, the group got the wake-up call it needed. After Washington quarterback Jake Locker marched the Huskies on an 11-play, 49-yard scoring drive, the Husky defense, huddled together on the sidelines, figured this was the time to pounce. ‘I just wanted us to settle down,’ UW head coach Steve Sarkisian said. ‘Once we settled down, I knew we would be OK. I was proud of our guys for not panicking.’ From that point on, Washington didn’t allow an Orange drive that lasted more than three and a half minutes. On the other side, Locker and the Huskies offense grinded out drive after drive, keeping the SU defense on the field for long stretches. Meanwhile, the UW defense stayed well rested. The results were evident. After allowing SU to score on its first two drives, Washington only allowed points on two of the Orange’s remaining 13 drives. ‘Once we got that first score,’ said UW receiver Jermaine Kearse, who tied a single-game program record with three touchdown catches, ‘we knew our defense wasn’t going to let (Syracuse) score again. That was it.’ The Orange had its opportunities to pull the game within reach, but it couldn’t capitalize. For the second straight week, turnovers prevented SU’s offense from maximizing its full potential. Against the Huskies Saturday, dropped passes also contributed. And each time SU failed to turn drives into points, the Husky offense took advantage of the energy created by its defense. ‘Our offense and our defense, they just feed off each other,’ Trufant said. ‘Once we saw our guys start scoring, we knew we needed to do our part. We knew they couldn’t do it by themselves.’ As Syracuse became unraveled, the sea of purple and gold continued to fuel the fire. Eventually, there was little SU could do to distinguish it. By the time all was said and done, UW had turned an early 10-point deficit into a 21-point victory. And it all came back to that swing of momentum. ‘Syracuse came out strong,’ Kearse said. ‘But we are the ones who finished.’ aljohn@syr.edu   Published on September 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lassiter brings a ‘handful’ to SU offense

first_img Published on August 31, 2016 at 3:08 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ Chris Nanco broke free and forced the Ohio State goalie to make a save. But there was Kenny Lassiter, who had anticipated where the ball might go. He collected the rebound and passed it to Jonathan Hagman, who found the net in the 88th minute for the game-winning goal in the Orange’s final exhibition game against OSU.Lassiter’s been around the ball in the early part of the 2016 season. As he did in the Ohio State game, he’s anticipating gaps and filling them. He gives slight but effective shoves to set up teammates on set pieces. He leads the team in shots, with six, and is third in shots on goal with three. The redshirt junior forward may not start, but he’s emerged as a vital part of No. 6 Syracuse’s (2-0) offensive attack ahead of its game with Colgate (2-0) Thursday at 7 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium.“He’s been provided an opportunity and he’s grabbing it with both hands,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said. “He’s come in fit, he’s healthy, he’s ready to go. I think Kenny has a big season ahead of him.”Lassiter, who was recruited as a defender, has taken steps every year. As a redshirt freshman in 2014, he played in just one game. Last year, he tallied five shots on goal and nine shots overall. He started in only one game last season — the lone start of his career — and didn’t even see action in six matches. But as a reserve, he came in and played extended minutes, giving the Orange more versatility on both sides of the ball.Two games into this season, Lassiter’s creating opportunities. He had an “outstanding spring,” McIntyre said, which has boosted his confidence. As a result, he’s more aggressive, apt to take more risks and attack defenders when he previously may not have.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s a handful,” McIntyre said. “He’s got technique, he’s got power, he’s got strength and he’s adding goals to that as well.”On Friday night, the Massachusetts defensive pressure frustrated Syracuse. The Orange controlled possession during the first half, got some good looks — Lassiter included — but did not capitalize.Four minutes before halftime, the ball found Lassiter near the net. He paused slightly and his shot missed wide. But when he put himself in a similar situation near goal in the 80th minute, he did not hesitate. He scored, burying UMass in a three-goal deficit and helping Syracuse coast to a shutout win.Even though he doesn’t start — he entered Sunday’s game vs. Loyola Marymount in the 29th minute — the 6-foot-2, 180-pound forward poses a threat to opponents, especially considering that SU has a variety of playmakers who complement one another. Lassiter is among the mix of offensive weapons that opposing coaches fear most, McIntyre and Colgate head coach Erik Ronning said.“Last year he was more off the bench and provided a tremendous spark,” Ronning said.Lassiter’s aggressiveness isn’t blatantly obvious. He stands calmly on set pieces and quietly bumbles around the field. But he is lean, strong and fast. When the time comes, he subtly shoves players around him to create space, finds openings and converts on the increased chances provided to him.“I’m going to get my opportunity and just pounce on it,” Lassiter said. Commentslast_img read more

Adepoju, Okunowo Laud Nigeria, La Liga Partnership

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaEx-internationals, Mutiu Adepoju and Gbenga Okunowo have described the working relationship between Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and Spanish La Liga as an exercise in the interest of Nigeria.League Management Company (LMC) President, Shehu Dikko, on Tuesday signed a five-year strategic technical agreement with La Liga President, Javier Tesba in Abuja that will pave the way for the tour of Nigeria by some of the Spanish clubs.Adepoju, who featured for Real Madrid nursery team, Castella in 1989 before heading to Racing Santander, Real Sociedad and Salamanca in a 20-year sojourn in Spain, gave a thumb up to the deal, saying that Spanish teams for decades have consistently ranked as the world’s top football brands. “I am very excited by this deal. Let me say it clearly, Spain has the best league in the world. The UEFA Champions League is a case study of two Spanish teams that have consistently berthed the semi-final and final. So what else are we talking about? Nigeria will benefit from this arrangement,” Adepoju submitted.Adepoju, who represented the Super Eagles at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, said beyond his professional stint, he gathered an immeasurable knowledge in Spain where he acquired coaching certificate in addition to knowledge in football administration.“Their philosophy will serve our interest in long time,’’ Adepoju said. “The only thing here is that we have to be patient and do things in right way and not expect immediate results. We should have a long term plan. That is what the Spanish did and you can see the result as they have won the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Champions Cup and European Cup. I believe we can do it too because we have the talent in Nigeria.’’Okunowo, who briefly played for Barcelona in year 1999, before he went on loan to Benfica of Portugal, reasoned Nigerians will have no regret entering into the technical agreement with La Liga.The former Housing Corporation of Abeokuta midfielder noted that the promotion of the Spanish genre in the country will present Nigerians an alternative platform to the English Premier League which is more ingrained in the consciousness of the public.“I have been to Spain before and I am sure we won’t regret this partnership. Their culture is similar to ours where respect is reciprocal. We see the future and the Spanish will be happy because Nigerians mainly watch English Premiership but now they can watch Spanish teams when they come for here for pre-season. I don’t think everything should be about the Premiership,’’ Okunowo submitted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

UKGC wants operators to get tough on customer ID checks

first_imgShare UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Issuing an industry update, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has reminded operators that if they only request identity documents when a customer withdraws their funds, they could be putting their business at risk of failing to meet anti-money laundering (AML) and social responsibility standards thus breaching the conditions of their licence.The UKGC details that it is concerned following a where they have found operators to only request IDs at the point of customer withdrawals. The commission states that operators need to engage further on security and compliance matters with their customer base, in order to minimise money laundering risks and improve social responsibility measures.Sharon McNair, Programme Director at the Gambling Commission commented on the matter: “Gambling firms must ensure customers are not disadvantaged by the operator’s approach to requesting customer information.“Different consumers have different levels of risk, and this must be managed by the operator. It is this level of risk that should drive engagement with the customer for both social responsibility and AML purposes.“We urge operators to review their risk assessments and processes to ensure they are meeting their AML and social responsibility obligations. This means assessing the ongoing risks as the relationship progresses with the customer, not just at withdrawal stage.”last_img read more

Sfaxien claim third CAF Confed Cup title

first_imgTunisian side, CS Sfaxien has won the 2013 Orange CAF Confederation Cup title despite a 2-1 loss to TP Mazembe of DR Congo on Saturday in Lubumbashi.Sfaxien annexed the title 3-2 on aggregate thanks to a 2-0 win from the final first leg last week in Rades. The Tunisian outfit this confirmed their status as the most successful in the second-tier continental club championship after successes in 2007 and 2008.Mazembe led by two goals at half time with strikes from Cheibane Traore and Mbwana Samatta before pacy winger Fakheridine Ben Youssef scored in the dying embers to take game beyond the hosts.The Congolese got off to a perfect start but paid the price for their failure to bury the several chances that came their way. It took just 10 minutes to break the deadlock as Traore tapped in a rebound after Sfaxien goalie Rami Jeridi had spilled Given Singuluma’s shot unto his path.Mazembe coach, Patrice Carteron handed starting roles to Ghanaian duo, Yaw Frimpong and Solomon Asante and they made their presence felt with surging runs upfront. Asante in particular remained a constant threat to the Sfaxien backline, and was often fouled by his markers. On 20 minutes, captain Tresor Mputu set up Traore to double the lead but the Malian blasted wide from close range. Three minutes later, Samatta scored the second goal from a three-man move with Asante and Mputu as the actors. Mputu fetched Asante, who lobbed for the Tanzanian to blast past Jeridi to set the stadium into ecstasy.At that point, Mazembe needed a third to kill it and they pressed their opponents further. Sfaxien resorted to long balls relying on the pace of Fakheridine, who was a danger to the Mazambe defence anytime he moved upfront. Their first attempt at goal was on 25 minutes but Fakheridine headed wide from Didier Lebri’s cross.Two minutes before half time, Jeridi was to his side’s rescue with a pointblank save from a Traore shot after Mputu had put him through.Mazembe resumed strongly with Asante tormenting the Sfaxien defence, but lacked the cutting edge upfront. On 55 minutes, Asante weaved his way past his marker and squared Mputu, but the latter volleyed wide. Carteron then varied his tactics with Rainford Kalaba and Boubacar Diarra replacing Siguluma and Samatta. On 72 minutes, the homers were dealt a major after Asante pulled out after an injury and his replacement Thomas Ulimwengu, announced his presence with a thunderbolt that was spilled out by Jeridi minutes later.Sfaxien also had their turn with Gabon-import Didier Ibrahim Ndong and Ferdjani Sassi fouling the attacks of the Congolese.Ten minutes from time, Mazembe kept the visitors defence boiling but Sfaxien survived after Maman Issoufou headed out an Mputu header from a goalmouth action.Sfaxien returned it in style and in the 88th minute, Fakhreddine stunned the home crowd with a header that beat goalkeeper Muteba Kidiaba for the first and only time in the game. A throw-in effected by Issoufou was flicked by Ferdjani to Fakhreddine, who headed in to make matters worse for Mazembe.The goal meant Mazembe had to score two more goals to turn the tide their favour but the Tunisians defended gallantly and cruised to victory.Sfaxien are 660,000 US Dollars richer by the feat and will face Al-Ahly of Egypt in next year’s Orange CAF Super Cup.last_img read more

Over 52% of area’s COVID-19 cases have been identified since July 1st

first_imgWinnebago2 Hospitalized as of July 25 Wright4294 RecoveredNew Recovered Mitchell Confirmed CasesNew Cases Area Total81189552.46 Winnebago Mitchell763 Kossuth324055.56 Franklin0 Wright3705912.94 Area Total170691 Franklin779451.57 Mitchell1 Winnebago29242.65 Floyd2 Wright370486.25 Kossuth Wright1 Mitchell294760.27 July case countCases before July 1New since July 1% since July 1 Cerro Gordo10243979.48 Mitchell62781.58 Hancock10610 Floyd0 Worth13125.49 Butler2 Cerro Gordo5 Franklin3 Hancock1 DES MOINES — 91 more cases of COVID-19 were reported in our listening area in the time period between midday Friday and midday today.According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, 44 more cases during that time period were identified in Cerro Gordo; 12 in Franklin; 10 in Hancock; nine in Butler; five in Winnebago; four each in Worth and Wright; and three in Mitchell.That now brings the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 1706: 541 in Cerro Gordo; 429 in Wright; 171 in Franklin; 106 in Hancock; 97 in Butler; 95 in Floyd; 76 in Mitchell; 72 in Kossuth; 68 in Winnebago; and 51 in Worth. Of those 1706 cases in the area, 895 have been identified since July 1st, or 52.4%.No new deaths were reported in the area since midday Friday.36 more people have fully recovered during the weekend time period — eight in Butler; seven in Mitchell; six in Cerro Gordo; five in Hancock; four in Wright; three in Franklin; two in Winnebago; and one in Worth — to bring the area total to 939, or just under 55% recovered.As of Saturday, 12 people were hospitalized in the area, compared to 16 last Wednesday.center_img Butler979 Franklin17112 Cerro Gordo16 Worth1 Cerro Gordo137625.32 Total % Recovered Area Total12 Cerro Gordo54144 Floyd95 Floyd6871.58 Deaths Area Total26 Floyd662931.25 Winnebago685 Hancock67563.21 Butler78880.41 Franklin83348.54 Winnebago264258.73 Worth Worth153668.08 Wright2 Kossuth3244.44 Worth514 Kossuth72 Kossuth0 Hancock2 Area Total9393654.97 Butler475046.59 Butler0 Hancock475951.04last_img read more