Education

  • Children 'exercise less as they get older'

    The number of children doing an hour of exercise a day falls by nearly 40% between the ages of five and 12.

    Figures suggest that by the final year of primary school, just 17% of pupils are doing the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

    A spokesman for Public Health England described the drop in activity levels as "concerning".

    More than a third of children in England are overweight by the time they leave primary school.

    A new survey from Public Health England and Disney looked at the effects of physical activity on children's emotional wellbeing.

    More than 1,000 children aged five to 11 were questioned, with their parents acknowledging that being active made their children feel happier (79%), more confident (72%), and more sociable (74%).

    But the survey also found that children's overall happiness declined with age, with 64% of five-and six-year-olds saying they always felt happy, compared with just 48% of 11-year-olds.

    "Children's physical activity levels in England are alarmingly low, and the drop in activity from the ages of five to 12 is concerning," said Public Health England's Eustace de Sousa.

    "Children who get enough physical activity are mentally and physically healthier, and have all-round better development into adulthood - getting into the habit of doing short bursts of activity early can deliver lifelong benefits."

    Currently, just 23% of boys and 20% of girls, between the ages of five and 15, meet the national recommended level of activity, according to an NHS report published last December.

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  • Spectacular Ethiopian student offered 6 mln USD in scholarships

     

    Believe it or not, Ethiopian Ezra Yosef, 18, has secured a scholarship of 24 top universities of the United States of America, amounting six million dollars.

    Later this month, thousands of the U.S. high school students will graduate and move on to college, including one spectacularly successful student who has been offered more than 6 million U.S dollar in scholarships.

    Ezra has 24 college acceptance letters that he keeps them in a suitcase to carry.

    “I wrote about a lot of things in my essay but mostly I wrote about something I’m really passionate about [which is] social liberation in Africa, and specifically I talked about literacy rates among Ethiopian women where my family came from; I spoke about basketball, I tied so many things I like and enjoy and passionate about,” says Ezra Yoseph.

    He is the first person in his immediate family to go to college and has a 4.73 Grade Point Average.

    But, choosing the right school wasn’t easy and he visited several of them after narrowing it down to an impressive final four of Stanford, Yale, Princeton and Columbia Universities.

    Ezra finally felt more comfortable with Stanford University and plans to attend in the fall of 2017, according to the report of 8 News Now, a broadcast media.

    Lonie Lim, his High School Counsellor dubbed him as a “Remarkable student”. “It’s amazing to watch him grow into such a fine young man.”

    Ezara Yoseph, who grew up in a single parent household, has his sights set on becoming a Clinical Neurosurgeon. He says, “I want to focus on studying Parkinson’s disease that really stems from my grandmother who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease six years ago.”

    “He is a remarkable kid and I’m telling you, in four years when he graduates, he’s going to do even bigger and better things,” Lonie told 8 News reporter.

     

     

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  • Twins in sub-Saharan Africa 'more likely to die' in early childhood

    Twins in sub-Saharan Africa 'more likely to die' in early childhood

    One in five children born as a twin in sub-Saharan Africa dies before their fifth birthday, according to new research in the Lancet.

    The study is the first to analyze death rates among twins in the region.

    The report suggests improvements in survival for twins is lagging far behind other children.

    The death rate among single-born children aged under-five halved between 1995 and 2014. For twins, the rate came down by a third.

    'Poor fate'         

    Giving birth to twins is riskier than delivering just one baby - no matter which country a mother delivers in.

    There is an increased risk of early delivery, low birth weight and mothers suffering severe blood loss.

    But researchers say these risks are "compounded" by higher overall birth rates and poor maternal and newborn care in sub-Saharan Africa, where many mothers give birth at home.

    In Finland for example - which has some of the best maternity care in the world - researchers say for every 1,000 twins born, 11 die before their first birthday.

    According to the study, the equivalent figure for sub-Saharan Africa is 137 per 1,000 twins who die before they turn one.

    And 213 in 1,000 die before their fifth birthday.

    'Special attention'

    Researchers are calling for better health services to help these more vulnerable women and children.

    Co-author, Prof Christiaan Monden from Oxford University, said: "So far, the poor fate of twins has gone largely unnoticed."

    He said twin pregnancies needed to be detected earlier and mothers should give birth in a hospital with staff trained in twin deliveries.

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  • Surprise for a Mother Who Helped Her Paralyzed Son in Every Class

    Judy O’Connor had no idea a surprise awaited her when she pushed her son, who uses a wheelchair, onto a stage at the commencement at Chapman University on Saturday.

    As she stepped back to let her son, Marty, have his moment — he was receiving his M.B.A. — a dean kept her on stage. It was then announced that she had been awarded an honorary M.B.A. degree. An emotional Ms. O’Connor blew a kiss, and the crowd was on its feet.

    “I was totally blown away,” Ms. O’Connor, a retired elementary schoolteacher, said on Wednesday. “I had no idea what was happening.”

    “Then I heard my name on the loud speaker,” she said. “It was a total surprise.”

    Ms. O’Connor, who has a business degree from Notre Dame, has been by her son’s side, literally, throughout every one of his classes at Chapman, a Los Angeles-area private school. She took all of his notes and typed for him when necessary, Ms. O’Connor said. But their collaboration extended to their home as well.

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  • Gebeya Graduates First Batch of Developers

    Press Release |  Gebeya Graduates First Batch of Developers

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |  May 20, 2017

    Gebeya has been grooming its trainees for the past 6 months since the launch of  its IT training academy in Addis Ababa last September. The academy accepted  seventy candidates after a thorough and competitive round of interviews and  applications. On May 20th 2017, after months of intensive hands-on training,  Gebeya celebrated the graduation of its first batch of highly skilled software
    developers.

    After the professional training, Gebeya places its graduate professionals onto its  developer platform. This online marketplace for African IT talent matches  certified and multilingual developers with clients to develop and implement  innovative and cost-effective technology solutions. Gebeya also incubates tech  entrepreneurs; supporting them as they develop their own ideas or solutions.

    Furthermore, Gebeya acts as a gateway to clients and high-quality practical  training to be used in accord with current technologies and platforms that  currently dominate the global software industry. Mikias Amdu, a full stack  developer and one of the top talents at Gebeya, was able to work for an  international client from France, before even graduating. In his particular case,  he happened to already have exceptional experience in the specific technology  framework that the client needed. For Abnet Shimeles, another top talent,
    Gebeya was the level-up she needed to boost her software-developing company.

    The experience provided her with the platforms she needed to scale her  business. Gebeya’s youngest talent, 15-year-old Ismael Kedir, was able to build a  website for a local Ethiopian restaurant www.opiumaddis.com in just one week.

    Dawit Abraham a mobile game developer and another top talent, founded  “Kukulu,” a 3D mobile gaming APP that Gebeya is currently incubating and is set  to launch in August 2017.

    Gebeya believes that every qualified individual deserves a chance at a better  education and so works hard to make financial aid available to those that need it.  In order to encourage more women enrollment, Gebeya offers them partial and  full scholarships upon acceptance. Gebeya’s founders, Amadou Daffe and Hiruy  Amanuel, who met in Silicon Valley, launched the venture with the aim of  shaping a robust African IT industry on the continent.

    The long-term objective  being, to develop affordable and efficient software solutions that will contribute  to world markets. Concurrently, Gebeya and its growing capacity are enabling  Africa to participate in the global digital economy by providing competitive  solutions within the sector.

    Gebeya Inc. is building a self-sustainable ecosystem that trains, hires, and incubates the best of African talent. These three cornerstones of Gebeya fuel one another. While Gebeya’s HQ is in Ethiopia, it has recently launched a new training center in Kenya with future plans to expand into other African countries. The overall training objective regardless of curriculum is to produce a client-facing IT workforce.

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  • Do sea monsters exist? Yes, but they go by another name … Jules Howard

    I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I guess I’ll have to. It was a whale that washed up on the Indonesian island of Seram late last week. It was never a sea monster, no matter how hard we all tried to believe or hope it might be.

    Although the species of whale remains unknown (DNA analysis should solve that problem in time), the big giveaways were the presence of whale jaw-bone, the baleen plates, the vertebrae, the fins, the throat pleats, the whale shape and the fact that whales live close by and have skeletons that look exactly the same as this one did. Still, why let a bit of science get in the way of a good monster story, right?

    And so, within hours, a familiar narrative was playing out in the world’s media as the whale became a dead sea monster that no one could identify, a Scooby Doo mystery that could be maintained by journalists for days as long as nobody checked Twitter, where 10,000 scientists were screaming

    “That is clearly a whale” at each other. As such, in the news reports, the whale’s decomposing skin became “fur” and its blood became “mysterious red fluid” floating in the water. Nothing APART from spiders and wasps) brings out the worst in journalism like a decomposing whale, it seems.

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