TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal midfielder Miguel Azeez signs first pro contractby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Miguel Azeez has signed his first professional contract.The 17-year-old joined at the age of five and has progressed through the academy ranks. His impressive work ethic has helped him to secure a professional contract.Azeez made eight appearances during the under-18s’ title-winning 2018/19 season, scoring twice and assisting twice. He already has one goal in five Under-18 Premier League appearances this season and made his debut for the under-23s against Derby in the Premier League 2 in August.An England international, Azeez has proven himself at under-17 level, scoring 12 goals in 14 appearances for his country.
Twitter/@DMoutonWWL Mike Thomas was a key to Ohio State’s 2014 and 2015 offenses, and the 2016 second round pick is already impressing with the New Orleans Saints. During a practice on Friday, Thomas made a phenomenal falling one-handed grab over the top of the defense, on a pass from backup quarterback Luke McCown.Mike Thomas’ tremendous catch. As shot by @sayneykid pic.twitter.com/WISeQWLTJw— Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) July 29, 2016Mike Thomas has quickly earned the trust of Saints quarterback Drew Brees.The future Hall of Famer praised him from the connection the two have developed in a very short time back in June. Brees gave an example of a practice rep, of a route the tandem had not run before, to ESPN:“In fact, I don’t think we’ve ever even talked about it,” Brees said. “But it was one of those where I’m just in the moment, and hey, he’s my guy over there at that position. So I kind of give him a look, give him a signal or whatever, and he goes and makes the play. And ran the route just like I imagined.“So that makes you feel good too. ‘Hey, we’re on the same page even though we haven’t even talked about that yet. You kind of know this offense, you have a feel for the game.’ So I like when I see that stuff out of young guys, where you kind of feel like there’s some instincts there.”Thomas came on strong for Ohio State in 2014, catching 54 passes for 799 yards and nine touchdowns en route to a Buckeye national title. He followed it up with a similar 56 catch, 781 yard, nine touchdown 2015 campaign, despite some turmoil at the quarterback position for OSU. Now, he’s charged with helping replace longtime Brees-favorite Marques Colston, who was released by the Saints this off-season after 10 years with the franchise.
United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner has spoken about the passing of Nelson Mandela.“We are all saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela, a great friend and a man of remarkable courage, compassion, and principle,” said Turner. “On behalf of the United Nations Foundation, I send my deepest condolences to Graça Machel and to Madiba’s entire family.“Madiba dedicated his life to the causes of freedom, equality and opportunity, and our world is a better place because of him. He endured unimaginable hardship, yet never wavered in his pursuit of justice and his defense of human rights. He helped bring peace to his nation and hope to the world. While he will be missed, his legacy will live on in the people he has inspired and will continue to inspire.”Turner’s sentiments were echoed in UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks about Nelson Mandela’s death.“Nelson Mandela was a singular figure on the global stage — a man of quiet dignity and towering achievement, a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration,” said Ki-moon. “I am profoundly saddened by his passing. On behalf of the United Nations, I extend my deepest condolences to the people of South Africa and especially to Nelson Mandela’s family and loved ones.“Many around the world were greatly influenced by his selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom. He touched our lives in deeply personal ways. At the same time, no one did more in our time to advance the values and aspirations of the United Nations.“Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of his people and humanity, and he did so at great personal sacrifice. His principled stance and the moral force that underpinned it were decisive in dismantling the system of apartheid.“Remarkably, he emerged from 27 years of detention without rancor, determined to build a new South Africa based on dialogue and understanding. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission established under his leadership remains a model for achieving justice in societies confronting a legacy of human rights abuses.“In the decades-long fight against apartheid, the United Nations stood side-by-side with Nelson Mandela and all those in South Africa who faced unrelenting racism and discrimination. His 1994 address to the General Assembly as the first democratically elected President of a free South Africa was a defining moment. The Assembly has declared 18 July, his birthday, “Nelson Mandela International Day”, an annual observance on which we recognize and seek to build on his contributions to promoting a culture of peace and freedom around the world.“I was privileged to meet Nelson Mandela in 2009. When I thanked him for his life’s work, he insisted the credit belonged to others. I was very moved by his selflessness and deep sense of shared purpose.“Nelson Mandela showed what is possible for our world and within each one of us — if we believe, dream and work together. Let us continue each day to be inspired by his lifelong example and his call to never cease working for a better and more just world.”
Best-selling author, philanthropist, educator and former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush will speak at the 2018 NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Mrs. Bush is a powerful advocate for literacy, education and human rights, and she will address the conference on Tuesday, May 29.As First Lady, Mrs. Bush advocated for the importance of literacy and education to advance opportunity for America’s young people and to foster healthy families and communities. She highlighted the importance of preparing children to become lifelong learners, convening in 2001 a White House Summit on Early Childhood Cognitive Development and creating the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.Today, as Chair of the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative, Mrs. Bush promotes access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity for women and girls around the world. The Women’s Initiative programs are preparing and empowering the next generation of women leaders in North Africa and the Middle East, working to ensure the expansion and protection of women’s rights in Afghanistan and engaging and supporting First Ladies from around the world to effectively use their unique platforms to advance issues for women and girls in their countries.“Through her early work as an educator, her years in the White House and now as a leader at the Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush demonstrates the impact passionate advocates can make throughout all sectors of society,” commented Esther D. Brimmer, NAFSA Executive Director and CEO. “As a strong advocate for literacy, education and human rights around the world, her contributions to the NAFSA conference will no doubt serve as a catalyst for vital discussion and engagement among our attendees.”Mrs. Bush is the author of the bestselling memoir, Spoken From the Heart, and bestselling children’s book, Our Great Big Backyard. She also wrote the forward to We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope. Born in Midland, Texas, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas.This plenary session featuring Mrs. Bush is sponsored in part by Education in Ireland. Learn more about all the plenary speakers here.
Under the new fund, child care spaces created by child development centres or Indigenous communities remain eligible for 100 percent of the cost of their projects, up to a maximum of $500,000. Not-for-profit organizations will be supported to create new child care spaces under the new fund, with these organizations remaining eligible for up to 90 percent of the total cost of their projects, up to a maximum of $500,000. Private child care providers remain eligible for 75 percent of the total cost of their project, up to a maximum of $250,000.Conroy said that the government will adopt a streamlined application process with a continuous intake, rather than fixed application dates. Boards of education will have 100 percent eligibility of the total cost of their project up to a maximum of $500,000 for child care spaces they create.“Too many parents are dealing with a lack of good options when it comes to child care, and that’s only made worse as spaces close due to financial pressures on child care operators,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. “With our Childcare BC plan, we’re letting operators and parents know that government is on their side, and investing in their future. Creating these new spaces is the latest step in making child care more available and affordable for more families.”More information on these changes will be available later in the coming months. COQUITLAM, B.C. – The provincial government announced today that it will be funding 22,000 new licensed child care spaces coming over the next three years.The new spaces will be created through a $221-million investment in the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund, which replaces the Child Care Major Capital Funding Program. Children and Family Development Minister Katrine Conroy said that the government will be looking to leverage existing facilities – such as those on school grounds, in churches, at recreation centres, and other public places – to expand child care for B.C. families. Creating new infant and toddler spaces will be a priority.“Parents are struggling to find quality, affordable child care, and it’s time we made the investments that are good for families, and for our economy,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development. “Creating more licensed, affordable child care spaces is a key part of our new Childcare BC plan, so parents can have the peace of mind they need and quality care they can rely on.”