All set for African Open Powerlifting Championship in Accra

Accra, The finest powerlifters from Africa would compete for major honours at the maiden African open powerlifting championship set to take place in Accra on July 29, 2023.

Powerlifters across various weight categories would converge in the capital of Ghana, Accra, for the bragging rights to be named among the continent’s strongest.

A cash prize of more than $2000 has been set aside for the winners of the competition, among the medals and certificates to be received.

Speaking ahead of the championship, Van Calebs, the lead organiser for the championship, said the show would be the first of its kind in Africa.

He noted that competition seeks to pave the way for African powerlifters to compete with their peers from other countries while improving their skills in the sport.

‘We want to take bodybuilding to the next level. I believe that the sport has a lot to offer the country, and it is the responsibility of people like me to take the initiative and introduce programmes that would develop.

‘This is our first major event of the year, and I promise you that it will be epic, and I will use this opportunity to appeal to corporate agencies to come on board and help grow the sport,’ he said.

He further noted that the competition was open to all categories of bodybuilders, regardless of their association with other competition bodies.

The upcoming competition would see competitors battle in events including squats, bench presses, and deadlifts, with seasoned African umpires overseeing the event.

Source: Ghana News Agency

China Matters’ Feature: Future Tech at World Intelligence Congress

What are the cutting-edge technologies for artificial intelligence (AI)? How can they benefit our daily life?These questions might be enlightened at a recent meeting for international collaboration and advancement in AI technology.

he 7th World Intelligence Congress (WIC), an international event that focused on AI and related technologies, was held this month in Tianjin. The event aimed to promote global cooperation and exchange in the field of AI, smart manufacturing, smart vehicles, 5G-plus internet, etc. The congress provides a platform for AI researchers, industry leaders, policymakers, and experts from various disciplines to share knowledge, discuss innovations, and explore the impact of AI and related technologies on society.

In this video featuring the display of technologies at WIC, China Matters’ vloggers Evy and Jack head to Tianjin to explore new cutting-edge technologies and dive into the coolest exhibits. They challenge each other to see who can find the most interesting tech.

Evy enjoys handcrafted coffee from a robot barista who specializes in making pour-over brews. Jack gets the ultimate Grammy-style photo shoot from a high-speed robotic cameraman. He also shows off his new ‘power suit’ by using it to lift up Evy as if she were as light as a feather. Aimed at more hi-tech exhibits, Evy challenges Jack to a head-to-head battle on a ‘5G racetrack.’ So how is this event revealing the latest advancements and trends in AI?

Source: Ghana News Agency

Seychelles’ Rovers football team to represent country at Madewis Cup Super Final in France

The Rovers Football Club under 10 selection will represent Seychelles at the Madewis Cup Super Final football competition in Bastia, France, the club said on Saturday.

The Seychelles’ side, which left on Monday, is made up of talented young Seychellois players chosen from schools all throughout the nation based on their technical football skills.

The team is led by head coach Rupert Pool and academy director Lucas Panayi, and has trained three to four times a week prior to their departure.

The Madewis Cup Super Final, a prominent football competition in France, attracts more than 12,000 amateur children ages 6 to 13.

The head coach said, “We are thrilled to be competing in an international tournament of such prestige with some of the best teams in Europe.”

He added that this “will be a huge challenge but one the players have been working hard to prepare for. We are excited to see how they will perform but most importantly we are excited to provide them with this opportunity and valuable experience for their continued football development.”

At last year’s tournament, Seychelles fielded two teams, competing in the under 10 and under 12 categories.

According to the Rovers management, the Seychelles Football Federation (SFF) did not have the budget to send teams to the tournament, so the team sought funding from their local sponsors.

The Rovers left Seychelles on Monday heading to Marseille for a training camp, before playing at the tournament from June 1-4 at the Stade Armand Cesari.

The Seychelles’ side has been drawn in Pool A, together with Olympique Lyonnais, AC Ajaccio, ES Trinite Lyon, Marignane Gignac, and Rosieres OS.

Pool B comrpises of Marseille, Bastia, Metz, US Creteil Lusitanos, Merignac Arlac and Boulogne Billancourt.

The young players are expected to play short 12-minute matches on half of the regular pitch, with each team fielding eight players.

Some of the professional players involved in the Madewis Cup in the past include Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte.

After the tournament, the team will spend a day in the famous academy of Zinedine Zidane, where they will train and play together with their French counterparts before returning to Seychelles on June 8.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Seychelles’ government assessing buildings for solar power panel installation

The Seychelles’ Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) and the Department of Energy are currently assessing prospective government buildings to install photovoltaic panels, said a top official.

These are the latest steps Seychelles is taking towards achieving 15 percent renewable penetration by 2030 and the greater vision of hitting net-zero emissions by 2050.

“We are assessing whether the earmarked institutions’ roofs can sustain having the panels,” the Principal Secretary for Energy and Climate Change, Tony Imaduwa, told SNA.

Among the buildings being assessed are health centres, police stations and other government offices to see if their roofs can hold the PV systems first of all. The assessment is on energy consumption and whether the grid can integrate them as well as if there are plans to carry out renovation work on the buildings.

“It will not make sense to install the panel on a building such as a police station that will be undergoing renovations soon,” explained Imaduwa.

Seychelles has received funding from an Indian government grant to support a programme to install PV systems on government buildings. Additional funding has been added to next year’s budget to ensure the completion of the second phase.

The first phase of the installation of PV panels on certain government buildings is completed and the Department of Energy has started work for the second phase.

The Barbarbarons emergency housing estate in the west of Mahe, the main island, and the National Assembly building at Ile du Port are some of the buildings included in the first phase.

“We started this programme some years back under the PV democratisation project. Through the ongoing project, more government buildings will be identified,” said Imaduwa.

Meanwhile, to complement this program, the Department is also running one for schools under the Solar School Project partly funded by the Chinese government.

“So far we have covered schools on La Digue and Praslin and some on Mahe,” explained Imaduwa.

Currently, the largest PV panel is on the roof of the Central Bank building in Victoria.

Seychelles — a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean — relies heavily on imported fossil fuel for power generation and transportation. Currently, only 2.5 percent of the island nation’s electrical energy is from renewable sources.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Seychelles’ President congratulates re-elected President of Turkey

The President of Seychelles, Wavel Ramkalawan, has sent a congratulatory message to his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, on his successful re-election, State House said on Monday.

“The people of Turkey have yet again given you a strong mandate as a reaffirmation of their confidence in your leadership,” said Ramkalawan in his message.

In acknowledging the long history of cooperation and excellent diplomatic relations between the two countries, Ramkalwan expressed his hope for further collaboration between Seychelles and Turkey for the benefit of both countries.

Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, established diplomatic relations with Turkey in 1995.

Ramkalwan wished President Erdogan continued good health as well as every success in his task ahead.

According to CNN, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won Turkey’s presidential election, defeating opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu in Sunday’s runoff vote and stretching his rule into a third decade.

Erdogan won 52.14 percent of the votes in the 99.43 percent of the votes counted.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Accomplishing menstrual hygiene in Cameroon, huge task

Much still has to be done in Cameroon to ensure that women and girls are able to overcome period poverty as well as understand how to manage their menstrual cycles.

The world celebrated menstrual hygiene day on May 28, with a focus on ways to stop discrimination towards girls and women.

According to Bihnwi Pamela in Douala, many women are still facing stigma and deprivation, as a result of menstruation.

“The knowledge of menstrual hygiene is still very far from most girls as they aren’t taught at home by their parents” Pamela points out.

“They don’t know what it means, how to manage the situation, or even how to communicate it. They don’t know about sanitary pads let alone having access to them.”

Besides creating awareness on World Menstrual Hygiene Day, Pamela highlights that knowledge on menstrual hygiene needs to be given wider attention.

“Parents should be encouraged to discuss it with their girl children at tender ages so that they know these things and have their minds ready, so that when the changes finally come they can better manage the situation and also talk about it freely.”

During this year’s celebration of the menstrual hygiene day on Sunday, May 28, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Natalia Kanem said “A girl’s first period should be a happy fact of life, a sign of coming of age with dignity.”

She added that “The girl should have access to everything necessary to understand and care for her body and attend school without stigma or shame.”

According to the Word Bank, at least 500 million women and girls across the world lack access to the facilities they need during their periods.

UN Women adds that more than 2.25 billion women and girls worldwide have no safe private toilet to go to.

Source: Cameroon News Agency