Andriy Shevchenko named as new Ukraine coach (AFP)

Andriy Shevchenko named as new Ukraine coach (AFP)

AFPon July 15, 2016, 11:46 pm Andriy Shevchenko named as new Ukraine coach Kiev (AFP) – Former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko was on Friday appointed coach of Ukraine, the 2004 Ballon d’Or winner’s first job as a manager. The 39-year-old replaces Mykhaylo Fomenko who resigned after Ukraine were knocked out of Euro 2016 without scoring a single goal. The former Soviet republic’s side was the first to be knocked out of the European championships after losing to Germany, Northern Ireland and Poland. At his peak Shevchenko was renowned for…

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Outdoor learning 'boosts children's development'

Outdoor learning 'boosts children's development'

Image caption Pressures on teaching time and resources often means the benefits of outdoor learning are overlooked, a report saysOutdoor learning can have a positive impact on children’s development but it needs to be formally adopted, a report suggests. Childhoods were dramatically changing, with fewer opportunities to spend time outdoors, researchers observed. The loss of exposure to the natural environment would have negative long-term consequences, they warned. Establishing an “outdoor learning hub” would help teachers, and help shape policies and strategy, they suggested. Long-term risks The report highlighted previous studies…

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Bangladesh mosques urged to give sermon against extremism

Bangladesh mosques urged to give sermon against extremism

Image copyrightAkbar Hossain/BBC Image caption The national Baitul Mukarram mosque was one of the first to give the special sermonAll 300,000 mosques in Bangladesh have been asked give a sermon against terrorism and extremism in their Friday prayers this week. The sermon, written by the state-run Islamic Foundation, condemns the “unjust killing of any human being”. It also urges parents to protect their children from “brainwashing”. The move comes after two deadly Islamist attacks in Bangladesh in recent weeks, including a siege on a Dhaka cafe that left 20 people…

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to play with circus acrobats soaring over them

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to play with circus acrobats soaring over them

Updated July 15, 2016 15:48:59 Photo: Russian circus performers rehearse with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra ahead of their show. (ABC News: Margaret Burin) An international circus troupe will be soaring above the violins and trombones of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) this weekend in a fusion of the two art forms. Audio: Listen to Rachael Brown’s story (The World Today) The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s classics will reach new heights this weekend, with the orchestra enveloped by Cirque de la Symphonie. Above and around the musicians will be a host of…

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Wimbledon runner-up Raonic out of Olympics over Zika fears

Wimbledon runner-up Raonic out of Olympics over Zika fears

Updated July 16, 2016 09:25:10 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic has withdrawn from the Olympics because of fears over the Zika virus, dealing another blow to the tennis tournament in Rio. The world number seven from Canada, who was defeated by Andy Murray in Monday’s Wimbledon final, said Saturday he had taken the decision “with a heavy heart”. “It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my withdrawal from participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” the 25-year-old announced on his Facebook page. “After much deliberation with my family…

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