After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The program will continue next year, and more Chinese youth will come to Argentina, Diaz said.“Gradually, we learn what the kids need, what they want to eat and how to accommodate them in ways to make them feel comfortable,” he said. “We will replicate the Banfield experience with more clubs in Argentina. Now we have a set of procedures on how to work with the Chinese kids, and how best to develop their day-by-day training program.”For the second step, Diaz is considering selecting Argentine coaches to go to China to offer guidance to Chinese coaches on how to train the next generation of Chinese soccer players.The third step is to have both Chinese super leagues play each other to boost their competitiveness, he said, adding that Argentina is ready to receive qualified Chinese talent to play in the Argentine super league in the future.“Soccer is something that unites people. It symbolizes friendship and cultural exchange, so we believe this is a small step toward greater friendship between our two countries,” Diaz said.Calling soccer “a religion in Argentina”, Diaz said that when a massive population of youngsters takes to playing soccer in China, it’s only a matter of time before the next Messi is identified.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Banfield is not the largest club in the country, but was carefully selected from among 10 candidates, Diaz said.“We want these kids to be treated like family. Because of the cultural differences, mostly in food and climate, it is good for the group of kids to experience a welcoming environment so they can live, train and play together,” he added.The boys will spend their first month at the Argentine Football Association’s training facilities — where the country’s national soccer team is trained — before moving to Banfield Club.Fourteen-year-old Yu Runze was excited to learn that he would be staying in the same room that Messi uses during training.“I’m a real fan of Messi and I’m so lucky to be here. I cherish the opportunity to be here for training, and the Argentine coaches are very nice to us. I really hope I can take advantage of the training to improve myself,” Yu said.ADVERTISEMENT An Argentine soccer coach trains young Chinese players, affiliated with Beijing Sport University, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sunday. China Daily/Asia News Network/XU JINGXINGBEIJING – The China-Argentina Football Cooperation Program, which has been gaining steam since the two countries signed an agreement in May last year, aims to seek out a Chinese version of Lionel Messi, the Argentine soccer superstar, according to an Argentine official with the program.Pablo Diaz, executive secretary of the program, said in an interview with China Daily that Argentina is willing to share its soccer assets to help China realize its goal of becoming a world soccer power before 2050.ADVERTISEMENT ONE: Mei Yamaguchi eyeing statement win over Jomary Torres to spark title hopes A group of 28 Chinese boys ranging in age from 14 to 16, along with three Chinese coaches, arrived in Buenos Aires last month, shortly before President Xi Jinping’s visit to attend the G20 Leaders’ Summit in the Argentine capital and his state visit to the South American country, which concluded over the weekend.The promising young athletes will stay in Argentina for 10 months, during which time they will compete in approximately 30 friendly matches against Banfield Club and other Argentine youth teams. They will also receive specific training under the supervision of Banfield’s coaching and physical conditioning staff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe youth program is the result of the deal signed by the two countries during Argentine President Mauricio Macri’s visit to China last year, Diaz said.This is the first time that Argentina and China have cooperated in this way. 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As Guyana advances towards becoming an oil-producing nation, lecturers and instructors from the Linden community in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) were beneficiaries of a two- day oil and gas sector training, conducted by the Centre for Local Business Development and the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training.The interactive training sessions, which were hosted at the Linden Technical Institute (LTI) on Thursday and Friday last, targeted mainly lecturers of the institution, with the aim of promoting an understanding of the process and importance of offshore oil and gas production.Participants received an introduction to offshore oil and gas, health, safety and environmental-related topics under the three courses which were launched.Speaking at one of the sessions, Senior Business Specialist attached to the Centre for Local Business Development, Dr Natasha Gaskin-Peters noted that the Centre aimed to build local companies through funding by ExxonMobil.She said the Centre would have met with the Institution last year, and the technical and vocational schools were assessed to ascertain what was available here in Guyana.“Linden was one of the schools that we have met with and we will continue to work with the technical and vocational schools, as we move along because we know that you guys want to be engaged and want to ensure that your students have the requisite skills for the industry and so this is just the starting process,” Gaskin-Peters said.Additionally, she pointed out that while the workshop was being piloted in Linden, other communities will soon benefit from the initiative.Apart from raising awareness on the process and importance of offshore oil and gas production in Guyana, the workshop also sought to enable participants to understand the implementation of strategies to upgrade health and safety.Participants were engaged by Health and Safety Specialist attached to the Centre for Local Business Development, Allan Lambert. Other topics discussed included value chains, technologies, local content and opportunities in the new oil and gas industry in Guyana.
Local telecommunications company GTT on Friday celebrated World Telecommunication and Information Society Day by hosting 20 tech students from the Bishops’ High School (BHS).Throughout the day, the students were engaged in several activities, which included a presentation by Customer Experience Vice President Orson Ferguson and a tour of the communication hub through which mobile, landline and Blaze services interface; Senior Engineer Floyd Rodney and Network Technician Carl De Souza facilitated this.GTT Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justin Nedd said that “it is important to inspire future generations and mould their technical skills to contribute to the development of Guyana; it is our expectation that hosting students like you would kindle your interest in the technology sector”.The aspiring engineers lauded the company for the opportunity to engage in the walkthrough, citing how informative it was. Michelle Shivcharran was given special recognition by the company for being the only young lady in the tech stream at the Bishops’ High School. The students were quizzed on what they would have learnt, and Omkar Persaud won for himself a cellular phone.Accompanying the students were Ms Williams, a Maths teacher, and Sir Blyden, the Technical Drawing teacher. They noted how educational the walkthrough was and thanked GTT for allowing the students to have such an experience.GTT, over the years, has contributed to bridging the standardisation gap through the deployment of many new and improved services.The company earlier this year ventured into several new initiatives including a paperless billing system, which supports the green initiative, as well as the enhanced use of technology through the use of electronic payment systems like Mobile Money Guyana (MMG) and the MyGTT App.World Telecommunication and Information Society Day marks the founding of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on May 17, 1865, when the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris. This year, it is being celebrated under the theme, “Bridging the standardisation gap.”Two staff members of the telecommunications giant giving the students a tour of GTT’s switching area
OTT TV technology specialist Nangu.TV has named Jakub Kabourek as its new CEO. Kabourek was previously CEO of Visual Unity and he has also served as CEO at KIT Digital Czech and Visual Connection.“I’m delighted to join nangu.TV as CEO at this exciting time. Technology in the OTT and IPTV markets has gathered tremendous pace over the last 12 months and nangu.TV’s dedication to providing technology solutions will continue to drive the company forwards. nangu.TV has a strong team and my background will further help the development of future projects and will continue to build new and existing customer relationships,” said Kabourek.
Ex-Channel 5, ITV and RTL executive Dawn Airey has joined internet firm Yahoo! as senior, VP, EMEA.Airey will run Yahoo!’s business in the region filling a role that was being occupied on an interim basis by Christophe Parcot, who will take a new business development role at the company.The seasoned TV executive will report to Yahoo! COO Henrique de Castro.“Dawn is well known for her visionary thinking, operational discipline and leadership skills, and I can’t wait to work with her as we position Yahoo! for growth throughout the EMEA region,” said de Castro. “I’d like to thank Christophe for his leadership of the past one and a half years.”Airey said: “To be part of the Yahoo! renaissance was simply irresistible for me and I am very much looking forward to driving change, innovation and growth for the EMEA region.”Airey’s last media role was at RTL, which she vacated in April.Prior to RTL she ran Channel 5 and was managing director of global content at ITV. She has also worked at commercial broadcaster Channel 4 and pay TV platform BSkyB.
Orange set out its ‘inclusive innovation’ strategy at its Show Hello event in Paris yesterday, highlighting connected home innovations like its forthcoming Djingo smart speaker and detailing its 5G rollout plans.Orange said that 5G is gradually being deployed on existing 4G sites and will be installed in 17 European cities in 2019 and ready for commercial release in 2020 – as long as 5G smartphones are available at this point.On the device front, Orange said its Djingo smart speaker will be available in all Orange stores by spring 2019. Developed with Deutsche Telekom as part of the European AI Alliance, the speaker is voice-controlled and will be able to interact with Orange TV and the company’s Connected Home services.The Djingo speaker will comes with both Orange’s Djingo voice assistant technology and Amazon Alexa built in. Orange said that it shares a common vision with Amazon where multiple AIs complement each other and said it looks forward to expanding their multi-assistant integration in future products.Orange also announced that in spring 2019, in its home market of France, its Connected Home customers will be able to link connected objects to the home’s Livebox to manage them remotely, control their use and analyse their consumption through a single app accessible via a smartphone or, in the future, a TV.“To fight digital exclusion, Orange chooses inclusive innovation: useful and simple innovations that are accessible to the greatest possible number of people,” said Orange Group chairman and CEO, Stéphane Richard.“To do so, we deploy the best fixed and mobile networks across the country. We secure and facilitate our customers’ digital lives thanks to our expertise in cybersecurity and in digital identity. We help all our customers enter the eras of artificial intelligence and of the internet of things. All of this, to enable them to participate in a new form of digital society. A progressive, free and enlightened society.”