Dubai Current Affairs - 2019

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India’s G.S. Lakshmi becomes 1st Female ICC Match Referee

India’s G.S. Lakshmi ha becomes first woman to be appointed to International Cricket Council’s (ICC) International Panel of Match Referee. She will be eligible to take charge in international games with immediate effect.

Key Facts

  • Women Officials on ICC Development Panel of Umpires: now includes eight women, namely Eloise Sheridan, Claire Polosak, Shivani Mishra, Lauren Agenbag, Mary Waldron, Kim Cotton, Jacqueline Williams and Sue Redfern.
  • Earlier in May 2019, Claire Polosak became first ever woman umpire to stand in a men’s ODI.
  • Kathy Cross was the first woman on development panel of umpires retired in 2018.

About G.S. Lakshmi

Lakshmi, (now aged 51) was first appointed as a match referee in domestic women’s cricket in 2008-09. As a referee she has overseen three women’s ODI matches and three women’s T20I matches.

About ICC

  • It is the global governing body of cricket and was earlier named as ‘Imperial Cricket Conference’.
  • It was founded in 1909 by representatives from South Africa, Australia and England
  • It is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Peter Tabichi wins Global Teacher Prize 2019

A science teacher from rural Kenya, Peter Tabichi has won the prestigious Global Teacher Prize 2019 which honours the world’s best teacher. He was honoured for his achievements in a deprived school with crowded classes and a few textbooks.

Peter Tabichi is a maths and physics teacher at Keriko secondary school in Pwani Village, in a remote part of Kenya’s Rift Valley. He gives away 80% of his income to help the poorest students at the poorly-equipped and overcrowded school who could not afford uniforms and books.

Tabichi started a “talent nurturing club” and expanded the school’s science club, helping pupils design research projects of such quality that many now qualify for national and international competitions.

His students have taken part in international science competitions and won an award from the Royal Society of Chemistry after harnessing local plant life to generate electricity.

Swaroop Rawal, an Indian teacher at Lavad Primary School, Gujarat and various other schools,  was also there in contention for the award.

Global Teacher Prize

The Global Teacher Prize underlines the importance of educators and seeks to acknowledge the impacts of the very best teachers not only on their students but on the communities around them.

The award was constituted in the year 2015 by the Varkey Foundation and the winners are awarded a US $1 million award. The prize is awarded by the Varkey Foundation under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

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