UNICEF hails transformation through mobile

first_img AfricamobileTigoUnicef 5G tipped to drive $860B mobile content market by 2025 Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Apps Tags Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 MAR 2016 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Mobile technology has “transformed” the way UNICEF tackles poverty among children in disadvantaged parts of the world, claimed the charity’s executive director, Anthony Lake.In the past few years, UNICEF has rolled out a number of initiatives centred on mobile services to serve disadvantaged children, mainly in Africa, with a focus on improving health, education and living conditions.Lake told Mobile World Live that “mobile technology is now helping us reach children in a way we never could have imagined”, with the industry proving very receptive to working with the charity.“We find the industry is coming to us, as much as we are going to them to work together,” he said. “We are all humans and everyone believes children deserve a fair chance in life – humans are hardwired to care for their children, and at the same time it is also good for the industry.”Lake said operators were particularly interested in tackling the problem of “information poverty”, with some of the poorest children lacking the basic data that is readily accessible to people in more developed regions.Among other developments, Lake also opened up on some new mobile-based initiatives designed to improve the lives of those in underdeveloped communities. Click here to watch.center_img Ericsson on mission to tackle Africa spectrum gaps Nokia, Togocom claim 5G pioneer move Kavit Majithia Home UNICEF hails transformation through mobile Previous ArticleUS component suppliers feel sting of ZTE sanctionsNext ArticleNigerian comms tax bill under fire Relatedlast_img read more

Child and Youth Programs

first_imgThe Child Development Center provides full-time and part-time care for military and DOD family members from six weeks of age up through kindergarten.The programs include breakfast, hot lunch, and two snacks. These are nutritionally balanced meals and are provided to children in full-time and part-time care. The children and staff take walking excursions and field trips on a regular basis.Family Child Care (FCC)With FCC, children receive their care in the private home of a certified provider living in government-owned or leased housing or in state-licensed homes in the community. Family child care provides accommodating child care arrangements, including night, weekend, and flexible hourly care for shift work.In-home childcare programs offer comparable care to a CDC. Providers must be certified by the DoD, and some seek additional accreditation from the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC). Regulations limit the number of children that may be cared for at one time: no more than six children under age eight, and no more than two children under two years old.The Child Development Homes Program offers child care in a home environment. The program includes approximately 10 homes with 60 available spaces (includes provider’s children). The goals of this Navy-wide program are as follows:To increase the availability of quality, affordable childcare for military families.To establish standards of child care for the protection and well being of children while away from their homes.To encourage and assist Child Development Homes Providers to operate a quality, nurturing program for children.To provide an opportunity for spouses of military and DOD personnel to operate a business in their homes within Navy guidelines.To allow parents to perform their duties of work without undue concern about the care their children are receiving.Each provider sets their own fees and hours within broad guidelines. For more information, contact our Family Child Care Director at 760-939-6683.School Age Care (SAC)DoD SAC programs are offered for children, kindergarten through 12 years of age before and/or after school, during holidays, and summer vacations. Emphasis is placed on SAC programs which meet community needs, reinforce family values, and promote the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of children. SAC may be provided in DoD Youth Centers, Child Development Centers or other suitable facilities. To expand school-age care program spaces, DoD policy encourages use of youth centers; on-and off-base schools, and other suitable facilities such as community centers. Accreditation of DoD SAC programs is a requirement. Accreditation sets the professional standards for after school programs and helps families identify high-quality programs.School Age Program (SAP)School Age Care offers a complete before and after school care program, as well as drop-in and hourly care. Transportation is provided to each school for an extra charge. The children get two snacks a day and participate in projects such as art, games, reading and field trips. Fees are determined by total family income and vary depending upon required services. Summer camps are offered when school is not in session.KinderoozKinderooz (Kindergarten Program) offers complete before and after school care for children who are attending Kindergarten. The program focuses on helping children adjust to school life by offering a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere for children in their first year of school. The children get two snacks a day and participate in games, reading and field trips. Fees are determined by total family income. Transportation is provided to each school for an extra charge. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department’s Youth Center offers before and after school care for school aged children. For more information, call them at 760-939-2909.Waiting ListDue to a high demand for care, you may be placed on a wait list. Your position on the wait list depends on many factors that are at the discretion of the installation and may include your spouse’s military status, the date you apply, deployment and your employment. If these factors change while you are on the wait list, your position will be changed accordingly, so it is important that you keep your information up-to-date.Childcare is not an entitlement, and fees are income-based. Fees throughout the child development system of care fall into fee ranges set by DoD.To apply for child care, fill out DD Form 2606, the Department of Defense Child Development Program Request for Care Record and return the paperwork to Parent Central Services at your installation.The Department of Defense has a long history of providing positive youth programs that focus on alternative activities for youth during out-of-school hours. Today, DoD continues to be committed to youth by providing consistent guidance and stable and dynamic programs in more than 350 youth programs worldwide. DoD promotes positive youth development by designing programs to recognize the achievements of youth and by developing partnerships with other youth-serving organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H that offer a variety of resources. Programs for teens and pre-teens vary from one base to another, but are governed by a consistent DoD instruction. Programs prepare young people to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through a coordinated, progressive series of activities and experiences that help them become socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively competent. Programs usually include physical fitness and sports, arts and recreation, training in leadership, life skills and career/volunteer opportunities, mentoring, intervention and support services.Youth ServicesThe Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department at China Lake is an active, on going program that keeps the military children busy and involved. Be sure to check on all the activities for your children after arriving at China Lake.Castle X offers the Leaders in Training Program. This program is offered during the summer months and allows children to work at the various MWR facilities and earn points towards free activities like bowling, swimming, etc.On the station there are three great swimming pools, an inline hockey rink, a gymnasium, and a fitness center (16 years old and up), an auto hobby shop, racquetball courts, tennis courts, a jogging track, a bowling center, a golf course, a library, McDonald’s, a skate park, and plenty of other activities for your youth to enjoy.Why Child & Youth Programs?Promotes positive relationships between children, teens, and adults.Implements a curriculum that fosters all areas of child development.Provides ongoing assessment of each individual child’s or teen’s needs.Employs qualified staff required to attend several trainings.Establishes positive, ongoing relationships with parentsProvides a safe, nurturing, and healthy physical environmentImplements quality customer service by following company policies and guidelines.Promotes nutrition and health for staff and children.Maintains a relationship with the community and utilizes resources.NAEYC Accredited CDCNAA Accredited SACAbout Child & Youth ProgramsChild & Youth Programs encompasses the Child Development Center (six weeks through pre-school), School Age Care (Kindergarten through Fifth grade), Teen Center, and Child Development Homes (CDH).  The facilities are located on China Lake Base and are here to accommodate military families.  We also provide care to DOD and Contractors who need Child Care.Each Program has highly trained employees that understand the different developmentalstages of children.  The program is designed to accommodate the needs of children depending on their age and personal development.  Staff is trained monthly and required to always have up-to-date CPR and First Aid training.The CDC follows the Creative Curriculum which provides guidance to teachers as to how to set up their environment to fully engage a child and pull them into exploration and learning.StaffOur staff observes the children in attempt to understand where they are developmentally and help lead your child to the next steps in the learning process, by individualizing the curriculum.School Age Care (SAC)School Age Care accommodates Kindergarten through Fifth grade.  They make sure the children are dropped off and picked up from school safely.  The staff help’s to individualize the program by planning a monthly calendar of age-appropriate activities for each grade level in the center.  There is a Homework room for the children who come in from school to have a quiet place to do their work and receive help if they need it.  The staff evaluates children individually and helps one another to accommodate the appropriate action as to how to lead children in the right direction, or encourage them to continue the way they are.Teen CenterThe Teen Center is another MWR program and is open to children in the 7th through 12th grades. It is a great program that offers teens a place to spend time with their peers in a supervised area. The Teen Center has computers, pool tables, cable TV, video games, dances, and field trips, and can be rented for private parties. The Teen Center is a place for the teens to attend after they get out of school and want a place to go to hang out with their friends, do homework, play sports, etc. The staff implements activities for the teens, assist them with homework, and help lead them in the right direction by mentoring them. AboutThe Department of Defense (DoD) and the Military Services take great pride in the variety and quality of services provided to children and youth on installations worldwide. While the services provided depend on the size of the location, the standards and quality of services are consistent and meet established regulations. The network has hundreds of locations worldwide serving over 1.3 million children.Child Development Centers (CDC)These facilities generally offer child care for children ages six weeks to 5 years old. Care is typically available weekdays. CDCs vary in size; the average CDC cares for about 200 children. All programs must be certified by the DoD and accredited by a national accrediting body such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children.The China Lake Child Development Center (CDC) has the distinction of being the first Nationally Accredited Center in the Department of Defense. The CDC offers programs that supplement the home by providing experiences to help the child in his/her total growth and development: intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. While the program is developmental, the goal is to make the CDC atmosphere a home away from home.Child Development Services has received DoD certification in October 2008. Child and Youth Programs provide Child Development and recreational services for children 6 weeks to 18 years of age. The Child Development Center, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, provides full and part day care for children 6 weeks to Kindergarten. The School Age Center, accredited by the National Afterschool Association, provides before and after school care and Day Camp experiences for children Kindergarten thru Fifth grade. Castle X, the teen center, provides activities and special events for teen’s sixth grade to age 18.  The Child Development Home program provides care for children in homes by providers certified by the Navy CYP and Captain of the base. Each home can provide care for all ages. All programs are vendorized and provide care for children with special needs.EligibilityEligible patrons include dependents of military, Department of Defense employees and NAWS contractors.In order to enroll for the CDC or SAC programs, you may put in a waiting list in either building (bldg. 2688 for CDC and bldg. 880 for SAC) or you could go online to www.mwr.navy.mil, then go to the Child and Youth Programs link on the left and then go to the link with the single child on the left.  Wait lists are downloaded daily.  Military have first priority placement, then DoD and then contractor.FeesFees are set according to Total Family Income by DoD instruction.  Fees typically change annually. Fees are figured according to all family leave and earning statements.  If LES’s are not provided, the highest fee will be charged. Military and DoD families who elect to use CDH program will pay the same subsidized fees for children under 3 that they would pay at the CDC.Hourly care is only available on space available basis, but is easier to accommodate in the CDH program. Hourly care for military that use CDH care for doctor appointments can be paid for by the CDH subsidy program, thereby costing nothing to the military.Programs Offeredlast_img read more

Toledo takes reins as No. 1 singles player

first_imgThis season, he needs to.Toledo has taken the reins as the Gophers’ No. 1 singles player this year after the team graduated former No. 1 singles player Rok Bonin.Toledo said he assumed the spot was his after Bonin left, but he said it’s something he’s been working toward since he got to Minnesota.“I felt the pressure, of course,” Toledo said. “It’s always nice to have a challenge, and I’m really looking forward … to making a name for myself.”Bonin, who’s still around the team this season as a student assistant coach, said he’s tried to serve as a mentor for Toledo this season.“We all knew this was going to be his spot this year,” Bonin said. “It was kind of expected.”Bonin said he stressed to Toledo before the season that competing at No. 1 singles for the Gophers is not all about on-court success.“It’s not just about winning the match,” Bonin said. “It’s also about being a leader on the team and being an example.”Toledo has apparently taken that advice this season, and the German import has driven his team on and off the court.He has lost only one match in the spring season, but Young said he’s been just as impressed with Toledo’s leadership skills.Still, Young said he thinks Toledo is far from his ceiling as a tennis player.“If it’s a really big match, or if the team really needs him, he will win,” Young said. “It’s the everyday [grind] … that he needs to improve.“And if he can do that, I think he can be an All-American. He has the skills.”That wall in his hometown wouldn’t stand a chance now. Toledo takes reins as No. 1 singles playerLeandro Toledo has lost only one match to start the spring season.Minnesota’s Leandro Toledo sits on the courts at the Baseline Tennis Center on Monday morning. Toledo has assumed he No. 1 singles position for the Gophers this season. Dane MizutaniFebruary 4, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintA tennis racket, a tennis ball and a wall — that’s all it took for Leandro Toledo.He was hooked.As a 7-year-old growing up in Hamburg, Germany, his mother used to take him along to his older sister’s tennis practices.Toledo remembers passing the time by hitting a ball against a wall off in the distance.“That’s how it all started,” he said with a laugh. “It was just playing against a wall, but I liked it.”It’s safe to assume that head coach Geoff Young is thankful for that wall.Now, almost 15 years after he first picked up a racket, Toledo is a junior holding down the No. 1 singles spot for the Gophers men’s tennis team.Young said the first time he saw Toledo, he knew he had the skillset to become a special player for Minnesota.“He had a great serve and was solid off both sides on the ground,” Young said. “I saw his potential right away.”That potential has developed in Toledo’s three years with the Gophers.He arrived on campus as a raw talent from Karthause Gymnasium, a boarding school in Koblenz, Germany. Toledo said he knew about Minnesota because of his longtime friendship with former Gophers tennis players Julian Dehn and Tobias Wernet.“I talked to a few other schools, but the [possibility] of me going to Minnesota was already pretty high,” Toledo said. “It was mostly Minnesota from the start.”Toledo pretty much cemented himself in the No. 2 singles spot as soon as he stepped foot on the courts at the Baseline Tennis Center.It was clear he was ahead of the curve in terms of talent but needed to work on his on-court consistency.“His freshman year, he used to go through swings in the match,” Young said. “Now he’s able to sustain it throughout the whole match.”last_img read more

Deadly Dorian pounds relentlessly at desperate Bahamas Deadly

first_imgFreeport (Bahamas): Hurricane Dorian came to a catastrophic daylong halt over the northwest Bahamas, flooding the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama with walls of water that lapped into the second floors of buildings, trapped people in attics and drowned the Grand Bahama airport under 6 feet of water. At least five people died and 21 injured people were airlifted to the capital by the US Coast Guard, Bahamas officials said. “We are in the midst of a historic tragedy,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “The devastation is unprecedented and extensive.” Winds and rain continued to pound the northwest islands, sending people fleeing the floodwaters from one shelter to another. By Tuesday morning, the storm’s top sustained winds had dipped to 120 mph (193 kph), making it a Category 3 hurricane, but it remained almost stationary. It was centered 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Freeport roughly the same distance from the city as at 9 am. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Hurricane-force winds extended out as far as 45 mph (75 kilometers) in some directions. Hundreds of thousands of people in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina were ordered to evacuate before the storm rolls up the Eastern Seaboard, bringing the possibility of life-threatening storm-surge flooding even if the storm’s heart stays offshore, as forecast. Several large airports announced closures and many flights were cancelled for Monday and Tuesday. The US Coast Guard airlifted at least 21 people injured on Abaco Island, which Dorian hit on Sunday with sustained winds of 185 mph (295 kph) and gusts up to 220 mph (355 kph), a strength matched only by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, before storms were named. Scientists say climate change generally has been fuelling more powerful and wetter storms and the only recorded storm more powerful than Dorian was Hurricane Allen in 1980, with 190 mph (305 kph) winds, though it did not make landfall at that strength. Abaco and Grand Bahama, neither much more than 40 feet (12 meters) above sea level at their highest points, are home to some 70,000 people. Bahamian officials said they received a “tremendous” number of calls from people in flooded homes. One radio station said it received more than 2,000 distress messages, including reports of a 5-month-old baby stranded on a roof and a woman with six grandchildren who cut a hole in a roof to escape rising floodwaters. At least two designated storm shelters flooded. Dorian killed one person in Puerto Rico, at the start of its path through the Caribbean. Minnis said many homes and buildings were severely damaged or destroyed, but it was too early to say how much the rebuilding effort would cost. Choppy brown floodwaters reached roofs and the top of palm trees on Monday. Parliament member Iram Lewis told The Associated Press his greatest fear was that waters would keep rising overnight and that stranded people would lose contact with officials as cellphone batteries died. “It is scary,” he said, adding that Grand Bahama’s airport was 6 feet (almost 2 meters) underwater and that people were moving shelters as floodwaters kept surging. “We’re definitely in dire straits.” The US National Hurricane Center said Dorian was expected to start moving slowly to the west-northwest Tuesday while continuing to pound Grand Bahama Island into the morning. The Center said the track would carry the storm “dangerously close to the Florida east coast late Tuesday through Wednesday evening and then move dangerously close to the Georgia and South Carolina coasts on Wednesday night and Thursday.” While it was expected to stay offshore, meteorologist Daniel Brown cautioned that “only a small deviation” could draw the storm’s dangerous core toward land. A mandatory evacuation of entire South Carolina coast took effect Monday covering about 830,000 people, and transportation officials reversed all lanes of Interstate 26 from Charleston to head inland earlier than planned after noticing traffic jams from evacuees and vacationers heading home on Labor Day, Gov. Henry McMaster said. A few hours later, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp ordered mandatory evacuations for that state’s Atlantic coast, also starting at midday Monday. Authorities in Florida also ordered some mandatory evacuations. FlightAware.com reported that that airlines had cancelled 1,361 flights within, into or out of the US by Monday afternoon vastly above an average day with Fort Lauderdale International the most affected, and airlines had already cancelled 1,057 flights for Tuesday, many involving Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami airports. A hurricane watch was in effect for Florida’s East Coast from Deerfield Beach north to South Santee River in South Carolina. A storm surge watch was extended northward to South Santee River in South Carolina. Lake Okeechobee was under a tropical storm watch. A National Guard official, John Anderson, said many people were complying with the evacuation orders. “We have not seen much resistance at all,” he said.last_img read more