Australia Isaias Sanchez ineligible to represent Socceroos at the World Cup Kieran Francis Last updated 1 year ago 07:59 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Australia Norway v Australia Colombia v Australia Adelaide United A-League Friendlies Adelaide United v Perth Glory The Spanish midfielder will not be able to represent the green and gold in Russia Adelaide United’s Spanish captain Isaias Sanchez won’t be available for Australian World Cup selection after it was revealed he fails to meet the eligibility criteria.Isaias, who is due to receive his Australian visa imminently, was hoping to represent the green and gold in Russia once eligible. But according to former Asian Football Confederation head of legal James Kitching, the defensive midfielder will not be allowed by FIFA to represent the Socceroos until after the World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Unfortunately, he will miss out by a matter of months, if not weeks. Because Isaías doesn’t qualify through heritage, he would need to have lived continuously in Australia for five years after turning 18,” Kitching told The World Game.”His five years arrives in July 2018, during or after World Cup. But he will be eligible for the 2019 Asian Cup.”Isaias has been one of the in-form central midfielders in the A-League – leading to calls for his national team selection.The 30-year-old admitted as recently as December that representing Australia would be a ‘dream’.”Being a Socceroo is in the back of my mind,” Isaias told The Advertiser following the Reds’ 1-0 loss to Sydney FC.”It will be a dream for me but I know it will be difficult because Australia has very good midfielders and very good players to choose from.”But of course I always dream big and one of these challenges is to represent Australia.”The Socceroos will face France, Peru and Denmark at June’s World Cup in Russia.
Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says the computer tablets to be issued to students will have security features to prevent criminals from stealing them. Under the Schools Tablet Computer Programme, some 30,000 devices will be distributed to students and teachers from 30 institutions across the island, through phase II of the E-Learning Programme. Speaking at a post-budget press briefing at Jamaica House, on Thursday, April 25, Mr. Paulwell said he is aware of the security concerns and very serious considerations have been given to ensure the security of the computers. “[We know] the attractiveness of these devices for people who would want to acquire them without paying for them…but we believe that we can overcome the dangers that could befall the programme,” he assured. He noted that, as such, each tablet computer has been fitted with a number of security features, which ensures that the device can be tracked if stolen. “Every one of these devices will have a feature that can track them wherever they are, anywhere in the world. So, if for example, a child is missing from school, we can tell their parents where the child has been,” he said. The Minister, therefore, had a message for criminals. “For those people who think that they will be able to steal them, you will probably be able to steal one, but you won’t be able to use it, and we will find you long before you know it,” he warned. Mr. Paulwell said efforts have been made to block access to harmful content, such as pornographic websites. In the meantime, the Minister announced that more schools will be added to the programme. “When we checked the number of students and teachers [in the 30 schools selected] we are now at 25,000, so we are about 5,000 less than the 30,000 that we want,” he explained. Mr. Paulwell said, in light of this, the Ministry of Education will be asked to recommend a few more schools for the project. So far, some five early childhood institutions, 10 primary schools, five junior high schools and 10 high schools across the country have been selected. He said the schools selected to participate in the pilot are among those that have been assessed and found to be under-performing academically by the Education Ministry. Under the programme, each school will be made into a wireless hotspot, offering free access to broadband Internet for students and the wider community.By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter