The Wendell Meusa Chess Foundation is continuing to push its agenda of spreading the game of chess among the younger generation; as such, the Foundation is set to host a chess camp over the next few weeks. The camp is aimed at teaching young minds the importance of problem solving, critical thinking, planning, assessing, sportsmanship, and patience.The camp will take on two courses which are formulated for beginners and advanced players.The introductory course will cater to players who are new to the sport or those who are not well versed as yet. The course is expected to cover the history of chess, the chessboard and pieces, algebraic notation (chess language) and the basic principles of play.On the other hand, the advanced course has been formulated to suit those players who are already established and aspiring chess players. As such, more intense training sessions will be offered to deepen their understanding of the game, building on game skills and techniques thus covering more advanced ideas. Additionally, they will focus on tactics, strategy, middle game planning, and endgame techniques.The camp will also provide opportunities to practise these skills in a variety of activities and workshops with classmates under the observation of the chess Instructors. The participants will be trained according to the World Chess Federation (FIDE) TRG 2018 Syllabus and Russia Training Manual.In anticipation of the upcoming camp, a ‘Kids Chess Tournament’ will be staged this weekend from 09:00h to 16:00h. The first-, second- and third-place finishers will be rewarded while the Best Under-10 and Under-14 Boys and Girls and the youngest boy and girl will receive special prizes. The tournament will also assist local junior players with improving their or attaining FIDE rankings.The camp will run from July 9 to August 3 at the American University of Peace Studies located on Sheriff Street. Interested person can contact 231 -1284 or 664 -0124 for more information or uplift forms at the University, Oasis Café or the National Sports Commission.
1 Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has emerged as a target for Fiorentina and Lazio.The 22-year-old has been on the periphery of Antonio Conte’s first team this season and has made just seven Premier League appearances so far.It has been suggested that he could move on this summer in a bid to secure more regular game time and Galatasaray are said to be keen.However, according to Turkish outlet Fanatik, Galatasaray are now wary of interest from Italy with two Serie A sides keeping tabs on his situation.It has been reported that both Fiorentina and Lazio are considering a move for the France international, who is under contract until 2019. Kurt Zouma
Sunderland had appeals for a penalty waved away in the first half of the Capital One Cup quarter-final at the Stadium of Light.The home fans wanted a spot-kick when Andrea Dossena’s cross struck the upper part of Cesar Azpilicueta’s arm, but referee Anthony Taylor was having none of it.Chelsea’s veteran keeper Mark Schwarzer, in for Petr Cech, was a virtual spectator for the opening 20 minutes as Jose Mourinho’s side passed the ball around at will and pressed their opponents effectively without managing to create a clear-cut chance.The in-form Andre Schurrle cut in from the left and fired straight at Black Cats keeper Vito Mannone before Blues skipper Frank Lampard sent a long-range shot over.Gus Poyet’s men then came into the game more but Chelsea still looked more likely to open the scoring and their best opportunity of the half came nine minutes before the interval.Having got himself into a great position, Schurrle should have shot but instead played the ball to Willian, who dragged an effort harmelessly wide.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; De Bruyne, Willian, Schurrle; Eto’oSubs: Blackman, Terry, Essien, Oscar, Hazard, Ba, Torres.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Sandile Ngcobo at work testing the digital laser at the CSIR laboratory in Pretoria. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube)Breakthrough experimental work by University of KwaZulu-Natal scientist Sandile Ngcobo as part of his PhD research has led to the development of a world-first digital laser set to open up revolutionary new technologies for medicine, communications, manufacturing, product development and more.Ngcobo was a key part of the team at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s National Laser Centre that demonstrated that, instead of resorting to expensive optics or other special mediating devices to control the shape of the light coming out of a laser, laser beams can be digitally controlled from inside the laser device itself.Watch an eNCA documentary on Ngcobo’s research: Watch Ngcobo explaining his technology at TEDxSoweto 2013: First published on Media Club South Africa – Brand South Africa’s library of quality images and articles, available for free
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Krishna Poonia, one of India’s star performers at the 2012 Olympics with a seventh place finish in the women’s discus throw event, is concerned about the future of athletics in the country.India has never won a track and field medal at the Olympics and Poonia believes the wait isn’t going to end anytime soon.”What else do you expect? An Indian has finished seventh at the Olympics,” the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist told India Today in an exclusive interview. “Unless we have good competition in India, we will never produce an Olympic medallist.”Poonia also expressed frustration and anger for the pathetic situation of athletes and the utter disregard of officials to make things better.”Where are the competitions?” she asked. “You don’t even know when the National Games will be held. They just keep getting postponed. There is not even a single good grand prix event in India. Even to practice we have to go out to Europe and America and that’s not always possible.”Considering all the hurdles along the way, Poonia said she was happy with her performance in London. “I have a worked so hard for the last two years and have hardly been home. I am happy with my show,” she said.Poonia also spoke at length about her once fierce rivalry with Australia’s Dannie Samuels, who had challenged the Indian to a straight shootout after the 2010 Commonwealth Games.The showdown never took place, of course, and Poonia said she had buried the hatchet with Samuels in London. “Danni finished way down the order here. So I went to her, hugged her and consoled her. She is a young girl and she is my friend now. Our animosity is a matter of past,” she said.advertisementLooking ahead, Poonia’s fans are hoping that she can better her seventh place finish at the next Olympics in Rio de Janerio. However, the 35-year-old is not sure what the future holds for her.”I can’t travel abroad all the time as my kids are growing up. They need me too. I have to look at my priorities,” Poonia said, perhaps indicating that we have seen the last of her.
Liverpool legend Fowler keen on Bristol Rovers jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Robbie Fowler is keen on the Bristol Rovers job.Fowler has moved to declare his interest in the post at the Memorial Stadium which became available when Darrell Clarke left earlier this week.Clarke had been at the club for four and a half years but left with them 21st in League One and four points from safety.“I’ve thrown in a few [CVs] over the years, still waiting for a call,” Fowler told Soccer AM.“Bristol Rovers has obviously come up; would I be interested? Of course I would!“I went over to Thailand and loved being a manager.”People in this country think I’m inexperienced but I’ve done it before.“I came home, did all my badges, I’m properly, properly qualified, so I think it’s just a case of watch this space.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Atletico Madrid fullback Santiago Arias: I spoke to James about moveby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid fullback Santiago Arias admits he spoke to James Rodriguez about a possibly joining him this season.James was tipped to leave Real Madrid this summer, with Atletico being touted as a possible destination, but he ended up staying at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.”We talked about Atleti,” Arias, who plays with James in the Colombian national team, told Onda Madrid.”I asked him if the rumours were true and I explained how things were here, but not much else.”There were options, but we didn’t speak about it much more because it was down to the clubs.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
BLOOMINGTON, IN – OCTOBER 14: Jim Harbaugh the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines watches the action during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) YouTube/Jim HarbaughWe knew that Jim Harbaugh would respond to the recent NCAA vote to ban satellite camps. That was a certainty. Even with the Michigan head coach’s history of lashing out, we wouldn’t have predicted just how hard Harbaugh swung back in response. In an interview with Sports Illustrated‘s Michael Rosenberg, Harbaugh slams the NCAA, and even the term “student-athlete” in light of the vote.As Harbaugh tells SI : “The incompetence of the NCAA has reared its ugly head yet again.” …Harbaugh says the ruling was “knee-jerk … like somebody was shaving in the morning, cut themselves when they were shaving and said, ‘Let’s just ban satellite camps.’“I mean, what’s it based on? A survey? There wasn’t a lot of discussion or study. What are the facts? What are the perils and merits of making that decision? It just seemed lacking in that regard.”Satellite camps are no new concept, but Harbaugh put a special emphasis on them after taking over at Michigan, with a specific target on the Southeast, home of many ACC and SEC power programs.“During the NCAA basketball tournament we discuss the term ‘student-athlete’ ad nauseam in promoting our governing institution and our member institutions. Then, when we have an opportunity to truly promote the ‘student-athlete’ with a concept shared by educators and football men from all backgrounds, our leadership goes into hiding.“I suggest we drop the term ‘student-athlete’ for consistency.”Harbaugh wasn’t afraid to take targeted swipes at rival coaches either, specifically Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze who recently defended the decision.“It seems to be outrage by the SEC and ACC,” Harbaugh says. “They power-brokered that out … the image that comes to my mind is guys in a back room smoking cigars, doing what they perceive is best for them. It certainly isn’t the best thing for the youngsters. It’s not the best thing for the student-athletes.”Harbaugh saw Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze say, “I’m away from my family enough, and I just did not want to go,” and it did not sit well with him.Says Harbaugh: “You’ve got a guy sitting in a big house, making $5 million a year, saying he does not want to sacrifice his time. That is not a kindred spirit to me. What most of these coaches are saying is they don’t want to work harder.” While some may assume Harbaugh is the coach affected most, he’s done a great job at Michigan so far, and that program rarely needs help on the recruiting trail. He’ll get his players. This really hurts small schools that aren’t in talent-rich areas this most, and players who aren’t in position to receive the exposure that those in places like Florida, Georgia, and Texas receive. We’ll see if Harbaugh’s complaints hold real weight, or if they will just fall on deaf ears.[Campus Rush]
Alabama head coach Nick Saban got a little heated during somewhat of a rant about satellite football camps and the need for a college football commissioner. Simply against the idea of satellite football camps, and with little belief in the positive narrative surrounding them, Saban let loose Tuesday afternoon in front of the media at the SEC Spring Meetings. As usual, AL.com was on the scene and posted the video to YouTube. AL.com did a terrific job describing the scene as Saban went off, and you can watch their video in its entirety here.