THE round of sixteen action in the Petra organised under-11 COURTS Pee Wee Football tournament commenced yesterday at the Banks DIH Thirst Park ground. Playing in game-five of the day and registering the highest goal count of the round so far, St Angela’s seemed to signal their intentions early in the tournament with a 5-0 win over Mae’s Primary schoolSeon Cato’s hat trick i (8th, 16th and 24th) coupled with Antwoine Vincent’s brace (18th and 28th) were the highlights of a day when many close games were played.In the first game of the day, Marian Academy won 1-0 against Winfer Gardens,thanks to Nicholas Alphonso in the 20,th while game two saw the same score line as St Stephens beat Tucville 1-0 through Jequan Cole in the 10th.Games three, four, six and seven each ended one nil as well, with F.E. Pollard beating Stella Marris through Jonathan Dos Santos (32nd) and St. Pius scoring in the 9th minute through Tyler Lyle to beat Redeemer.Shilo Adams 31st minute strike helped North Georgetown to register a win against St Margaret’s while St Agnes also had David Xavier on target in the 19th minute as they beat South Ruimveldt.West Ruimveldt had another good outing against St Gabriel,as Tyrese Payne (6th), Tyrese Jeffrey (19th) and Trevor Bendt (21st),each netted once for West’s victory.Teams for the Round of 16 were chosen based on the points accumulated during the round robin places, with the first and second places gaining automatic entries. The final four spots were awarded based on the four best third place finishers.The various winners of yesterday’s matches will move on to play for positions 1-8 while the losers will vie for positions 9 to 16.
While the name Omran Daqneesh may not sound familiar, his face is impossible to forget. In August he was brought to a hospital after an airstrike in Aleppo. A photo was taken of the 5-year-old staring blankly, covered in dust and blood. The picture immediately struck a chord with people worldwide. It was retweeted thousands of times, redistributed in various forms to raise awareness and was widely understood as a shocking symbol of Syria’s overlooked suffering. Despite this widespread attention, however, the plight of Syrian children and refugees is still too often overlooked. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential nominee, was asked what he would do to address the refugee crisis in Aleppo. He, now infamously, responded, “What is Aleppo?” However, in their reporting of Johnson’s embarrassing answer, The New York Times itself had to issue two corrections after misidentifying Aleppo as the de facto capital of ISIS and the capital of Syria. In the first presidential debate, despite addressing several issues of foreign policy and national security, Syria was hardly mentioned at all. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 426 civilians, including 78 children, have been killed from Sept. 19 through to Oct. 4. So, when the election mostly ignores Syria even in the face of this rising death toll, we must ask ourselves: How do we make sure people care? Various social media campaigns have tried tackling this question. The UN created a virtual reality video, “Clouds Over Sidra,” in which viewers follow a young Syrian girl through a refugee camp. However, even without cutting edge VR technology, Syrians have been able to raise awareness about the plight of Syrian children through Twitter hashtags. One in particular capitalized on the Pokemon Go trend. Children in Syria were photographed holding up pictures of Pokemon, or in some cases, Pokemon were digitally photoshopped onto the photos of children amongst the rubble of war. The juxtaposition of the war-torn buildings and the Pokemon characters is unsettling and forces the audience to reevaluate their own priorities. However, not all awareness campaigns are created equal. Save the Children, a London-based NGO, created a PSA that imagined London as a country in the midst of a brutal war. The video and its sequel follow a young girl through the traumas of life as a child in a war-torn country and, subsequently, as a refugee. Though the campaign intended to solve the very problem we must confront — how to ensure that people know and care about the conflict in Syria — it builds empathy by placing a white child as the protagonist. This only serves to reinforce the racism that has caused such backlash against Syrian refugees and apathy toward the plight of Syrian civilians. Social media and all its awareness campaigns can also have the exact opposite effect of generating empathy. Seeing a photo of a child who drowned while escaping Syria shared on someone’s Facebook timeline ad nauseum may generate some level of awareness; however, it also has the potential to desensitize and dehumanize. While videos of children in hospitals may move us more than statistics, it is important to remember that feeling bad is not enough. The empathy generated by viral videos and awareness campaigns must be channeled into organizing, donation and political pressure. Lena Melillo is a senior majoring in philosophy, politics and law and gender studies. Her column, “’Pop Politics,” runs every Thursday.
The ditching of forward Iheanacho came after Germany-born Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr questioned the attitude of the Leicester City forward.“I think he needs to be more professional. We were not satisfied with his recent performances for the national team,” said Rohr.“It is not good enough to be funny all the time. You must show that you are serious by working hard every day during training sessions.”Once hailed as a star in the making by then club manager, Pep Guardiola, at Manchester City, Iheanacho has faded dramatically after a bright start to his international career.After netting seven times in his first 11 appearances for the Super Eagles, his last goal for the national team came 19 months ago.Iheanacho was transferred in 2017 from Manchester City to Leicester, where he has struggled to command a regular first-team place.Meanwhile, Asamoah Gyan was included in the Ghana squad just a few weeks after announcing his international retirement when stripped of the Black Stars’ captaincy.State president Nana Akufo-Addo persuaded the 33-year-old forward to change his mind and he will go to Egypt as part of a squad skippered by long-serving midfielder Andre Ayew.“My desire to help Ghana win the Cup of Nations still burns strongly,” stressed Gyan. “I remain committed to serving this great nation and the people of Ghana.”Ghana are the third most successful country in the Cup of Nations with four titles, but the last came 37 years ago.Share on: WhatsApp Gervinho, Iheanacho lose out in Africa Cup of Nations selections.Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Ivorian Gervinho and Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho were significant casualties as 11 coaches named 23-man squads for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, which kicks off on June 21.A 32-year-old veteran of five Cup of Nations, winger Gervinho was hopeful his impressive Serie A form with Parma would earn him a call-up.The dreadlocked former Arsenal and Roma star — real name Gervais Yao Kouassi — scored 11 goals and was credited with four assists in 30 Italian league matches last season.Among those Ivory Coast coach Ibrahim Kamara will look to for goals in Egypt is Nicolas Pepe, runner-up to French star Kylian Mbappe in the 2018/2019 Ligue 1 Golden Boot race.Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha and clubless Wilfried Bony, who bagged a brace in a 3-1 warm-up win over the Comoros at the weekend, are among the other Ivorian attacking options.Gervinho reacted calmly to his exclusion while some Ivorian supporters were disappointed at his exclusion as the team prepares to tackle South Africa, Namibia and Morocco.Group D is considered the toughest of the six sections with only the top two finishers guaranteed places in the second round, the first of four knockout stages.“Dear Ivorians, I don’t know how to thank you for all the messages of support and affection I’ve received (since) my first call up,” he posted on social media.“Receiving your videos, photos and comments lately warm my heart.“All this has helped reduce my disappointment not to be part of the team that will defend our colours at the next Afcon (Cup of Nations) in Egypt.”– ‘Not satisfied’ –