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Grassroots Cricket seeks US$25 000 – The Herald

Sports Reporter

GRASSROOT Cricket is seeking at least US$25 000 to allow Zimbabwean delegates and homeless children to attend the Street Child Cricket World Cup to be held in India in September this year. 

Hosted in partnership with Save the Children India and taking place before the ICC World Cup, this game-changing event will create a global platform so that street-connected young people’s voices can be heard, and their demands realised. 

Team Zimbabwe will be one of 23 teams participating, all featuring young people aged 12-14. The programme will culminate in a trip to India for eight young people who will represent Team Zimbabwe and compete in the Street Child Cricket World Cup 2023. 

Grassroots Cricket Founder and Director, Tawanda Karasa, said his organisation is seeking sponsorship of US$16 500 to cover air tickets, global travel insurance, participation fee, yellow fever vaccination and certificate for 10 team members made up of eight playing athletes and two team officials — one male and one female. 

“We are also looking for another US$5 000 sponsorship to cover visa fees, covid vaccinations, passports, communications, playing kit and equipment for the participating individuals,” he said. Karasa added that Grassroots Cricket is also internally fundraising to secure US$3 500 needed to cover allowances and transport on the days of departure and arrival for the individuals travelling to India. 

“We are urgently seeking to pay at least 20% of participation fees before the deadline day of 28th April 2023, 40% by 30th June 2023 and the remaining 40% by 25th August 2023. Those who are willing to partner with us or donate something can get in touch with our resource person,” he said. 

The second edition of the Street Child Cricket World Cup 2023 will welcome 23 teams from 17 countries in total to take part in a mixed-gender cricket tournament. The teams will play the game in the Street-20 format, designed to remove many of the barriers to participation. Each match is six-a-side, with equal numbers of girls and boys in each team.

In addition to cricket, the young people will also participate in a festival of art and a child-friendly Congress, all designed to advocate for the rights of street-connected children globally.

“Across the world, street-connected young people live on, work in or are at risk of the streets,” said Street Child United CEO, John Wroe, while announcing the teams. 

“These young people are often stigmatised, mistreated, and marginalised. Their voices are rarely heard. The Street Child Cricket World Cup uses the power of sport to provide a global platform for street children to be heard, so they can receive the protection, support, and opportunities that every child is entitled to.”

The SCCWC 2023 follows the success of the inaugural event in London/Cambridge 2019, where eight teams competed, and Team India South emerged victorious after beating hosts England in a highly competitive final. 

The winners will return in 2023 to defend their title alongside seven other teams from India who will represent organisations from across different regions of the country. They will be joined by teams from Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burundi, England, Hungary, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. In 2018 the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on Sport as an enabler of sustainable development; recognising that sport has the power to change perceptions, prejudices, and behaviours, as well as to inspire people, break down racial and political barriers, combat discrimination and defuse conflict.

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UMjabulisi The Poet pens poem on umjolo – Chronicle

UMjabulisi The Poet pens poem on umjolo

Mthabisi Tshuma, [email protected]

Fast-rising poet Zwelithini Dlamini, also known as UMjabulisi The Poet, has written a poem that examines the ever-expanding hashtag umjolo, which is short for “dating.”

 The fad has ruled social media streets and actual life for the past couple of years.

 UMjabulisi, who debuted on his digital channels last Thursday, The poet explained that the project—a poetry video—came about as a result of an online inspiration.

 “I came across a video on Facebook of a middle aged guy who was being harassed by the so called umjolo. A spark of inspiration went straight into my mind and then l decided to do a poem about Umjolo

 “I love listening, reciting and writing poems not forgetting the fact that it is a special kind of art that lives deep within my soul l write and speak what l see in my surroundings and beyond,” said UMjabulisi The Poet.

 Regarding his profession, the aspiring poet characterised himself as a modest and diligent young man who is committed, strong, and bold.

 “I view myself as someone who is unshakable as far as poetry is concerned. The passion all started in my Grade 7 final exam where l preferred to write a poem. Poetry was a magnet to me as it found me loitering in the world of art thus I was attracted during the process eventually.

 “I noticed that it was in my veins unknowingly. Growing up my love for poetry grew. Personally l can’t pin point exactly what inspired me as l was inspired by a lot of stuff, class presentations, poets and head boys in my school, Luveve High,” he said.

 UMjabulisi The Poet mentioned that he has a poetry collection called “Sisempini” that was released last year and includes work from accomplished poets including Thaluso Da Poet.

 He has taken part in poetry slams like the Larfage event.


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In lucky break for NASA’s Psyche asteroid probe, thruster problem discovered and quick fix found – CBS News

Just two weeks before launch, in what amounts to a lucky break, engineers discovered a potentially-crippling problem with thrusters in NASA’s Psyche asteroid probe. Equally fortuitous, the fix was relatively straightforward and launch of the $1.2 billion mission only slipped a week.

“We really found out by weird chance that the data that had come from the subcontractor about these cold gas thrusters was incorrect, and that we had to change our parameters for how we’re going to operate the mission,” Principal Investigator Lindy Elkins-Tanton said Saturday.

“Nobody likes to slip, and it always looks like ‘oh my God, you’re in trouble.’ But oh, we are so lucky!”

An artist’s impression of the Psyche probe, its solar arrays extended, in orbit around its quarry of the same name, one of only a handful of metallic asteroids yet discovered. It may be core-like material from a planetary building block that was ripped apart in the distant past when two larger bodies collided


Launch from the Kennedy Space Center atop a powerful SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is now targeted for 10:16 a.m. EDT on Oct. 12. If all goes well, the spacecraft will reach its quarry in the summer of 2029 after a 2.2-billion-mile voyage, kicking off two years of close-range observations.

Psyche’s target is an unusual asteroid of the same name, one of just seven or eight metal-rich bodies in the rocky belt of debris between Mars and Jupiter. It orbits the sun three times farther out than Earth.

Scientists don’t know what they will find when the spacecraft gets there, but long-range observations indicate the potato-shaped body, measuring 173 miles across at its widest, could be a remnant of core material from a planetary building block known as a planetesimal.

Studying Psyche is expected to shed light on how the solar system’s rocky planets — Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars — formed and evolved in the distant past.

The high-profile mission suffered a major delay last year when software development and testing fell behind schedule, in part because of earlier COVID-related policies and work slowdowns. An independent review board also found multiple contributing factors, including poor communications at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and insufficient planning and oversight.

After resolving those issues, the team was back on track for launch on Oct. 5.

But on Sept. 22, two weeks before takeoff, Elkins-Tanton heard about the thruster issue and six days later, after Spaceflight Now reported a one-week slip, NASA confirmed the flight had been delayed to Oct. 12 “to complete verifications of the parameters used to control the Psyche spacecraft’s nitrogen cold gas thrusters.”

The blog post said operating parameters were being adjusted “in response to updated, warmer temperature predictions for these thrusters.” No other details were provided.

The Psyche spacecraft in a clean room near the Kennedy Space Center during final processing for launch.

William Harwood/CBS News

Elkins-Tanton discussed the problem Saturday during a presentation at the Sands Space History Center just outside the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. As far as she’s concerned, the Psyche mission dodged a bullet by discovering the thruster issue before launch, even if it meant a delay.

Quoting Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Laurie Leshin, Elkins-Tanton said “a successful mission is dodging 1,000 bullets, and an unsuccessful one is dodging 999.”

“Thank God, we’ve got this great team and that we found (this problem). And so I have … total gratitude that they found this before we launched. And it was just fortuitous. It’s a good story.”

The issue was discovered during pre-flight tests that showed the settings used to operate the thrusters were incorrect. At the planned 80 percent power level, analysis indicated higher-than-expected temperatures could cause damage.

As it turned out, the fix did not require any hardware or software changes. Just an updated table of parameters used by the probe’s flight computer, instructing it to fire the thrusters at what amounts to a lower power level. Maneuvers will take longer to complete, but that will not affect the mission.

“Right after separation from the rocket, one of the things we need to do after we extend the solar arrays is turn to face Earth,” Elkins-Tanton said. “And that turning is accomplished by firing the cold gas thrusters, of which we have 12.

“In order to keep the temperature low enough … we have to do it at 30 percent duty cycle instead,” she said. “The reason we need that extra week is just to make certain that that doesn’t have some downstream effect that we would need to take care of.”

Asked what might have happened had Psyche been launched “as is,” Elkins-Tanton said the higher temperatures “would probably damage the thruster. It could have had a real mission impact. Thank God, we’ve got 12 of them.”

By catching the problem before launch, the team could “analyze it so that we really understand everything about it and what all the nearby thermal sensors will be measuring and how they relate to the temperature in the thruster and everything else.”

“If this happened during initial checkout, there’s a lot on people’s minds, it’d be much harder to understand it to this level. So (the delay is) really good.”

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