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Highlanders FC wins Neymar Jr’s 5, ready for Global Final in Brazil

Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral’s first versatile sports club, Highlanders FC, has clinched Neymar Jr’s 5 title by beating Lahore’s Fantastic Five by 3-0 in the national final.

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Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral’s first versatile sports club, Highlanders FC, has clinched Neymar Jr’s 5 title by beating Lahore’s Fantastic Five by 3-0 in the national final.

Sponsored by Red Bull, the national final of Neymar Jr’s 5 was played at Total Football ground on late Sunday night in Islamabad.

Highlanders FC took home ground advantage and managed to lift the national cup in a suspense-filled final match. Highlanders FC proved through their gameplay that they have a better skill-set compared to the opposition to play at the upcoming global event.

Neymar Jr’s 5 Global Final will be played in Brazil this year in the month of July. Highlanders FC will represent Pakistan at the global event where teams from across the globe will compete at Neymar’s Five Global Final 2017. The event is scheduled to be held at Neymar Jr’s Instituto Projeto in Praia Grande, Brazil.

In its first year, Neymar Jr’s Five had over 65.000 players take part from 47 countries… But now, in 2017, the tournament is bigger and better than ever. More than 50 countries, spread over 6 continents will host tournament qualifiers in a bid to have their National Finalists take home the trophy! In a contest this competitive, do you and your team have what it takes to outplay them all?

Neymar Jr’s Five is fun, fast and technical – the ultimate kick about with your best mates, and just how I learnt the skills I play with today.

Last year, Highlanders FC was not able to reach the final, however, this time they have put together a great combination to bring their dreams into reality. In a press release, the PR Manager said:

This year there were a total of 74 teams from only Islamabad-Rawalpindi region double of what we saw last year and a total of 400 teams from all over Pakistan. A winner from each city qualified to fight it out in an a knockout stage of 4 teams. Atlético De Jwani from Karachi, Fantastic 5 from Lahore , Jinnah FC from Islamabad and Highlanders FC from Islamabad made it to the knockout stage. Atlético De Jwani faced Fantastic 5 in the first semifinal and Highlanders faced Jinnah FC in the second semi. Fantastic 5 won by a single goal margin, while Highlanders won comfortably with a margin of 3 goals.

Highlanders FC team members who will tour Brazil include Murtaza Hussain, Abdullah Shah, Hassam Shah, Baqir Ali, Manzoor Ali Shah and Ruhullah Hussain. Murtaza Hussain also plays for Pakistan National Football Team.

Highlanders Football Club was founded by Safdar Ali Balawar who is currently serving as the club’s CEO. Highlanders have also started an academy and teams in different age groups for males and females. Highlanders also have a polo team. The clubs is supported by local sponsors.

Imran Hunzai is a Digital Media Consultant and activist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. When free, he likes to travel, do photography and play Rabab. He also runs a HONY inspired blog called Humans of Hunza. Follow him of Twitter @ihunzai.

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Campaigning in schools for better hygiene on Global Handwashing Day

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Kids perform at Global Handwashing Day 2019 in Gilgit

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), in collaboration with other agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), government agencies and voluntary bodies, facilitated events in schools across Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan to celebrate Global Handwashing Day. These activities aimed at raising awareness about healthy and hygienic practices including the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. 

The theme for Global Handwashing Day 2019 is “Clean Hands for All,” reminding us that the simple message of proper handwashing for better health has yet to be spread to all. In local schools and communities awareness-raising sessions, handwashing demonstrations and school plays have reached around 5,000 students, parents, and school faculty.

Children and schools play a key role in spreading greater awareness about health and hygiene. In over 600 communities in Pakistan, AKAH has implemented health and hygiene education through its School Health Improvement Programme, benefitting over half a million people.

Nawab Ali Khan, AKAH CEO stated:

“AKAH has reached over half a million people through its health and hygiene education programme focusing on personal, domestic and environmental hygiene and the numbers increase every year. Handwashing is a key component of our health and hygiene programme and this year we are celebrating it as a complement to the prime minister’s vision of clean and green Pakistan.”

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Chitral as part of their Royal Tour in Pakistan

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Chitral, Pakistan
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew from Islamabad to Chitral on their third day of Royal tour in Pakistan. This is the first royal tour of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton to Pakistan.

The two were welcomed with traditional Chitrali Pakol, a traditional Chitrali cap, and Chitrali Chogha, a traditional long coat in often presented to dignitaries, at the Chitral Airport.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Chitral Airport
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Chitral Airport where they were presented with traditional Chitrali cap and Chitrali Chogha. Photo: WireImage

The royal couple had landed in Islamabad on Monday evening as part of a 5-day long royal tour in Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a busy first day in the capital where they had a meeting with Prime  Minister Imran Khan. Earlier, the royal couple visited Islamabad Model College for Girls, a government-run school in the capital city.

Later, the British High Commissioner for Pakistan Thomas Drew hosted a reception for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Pakistan Monument in Islamabad. The royal couple arrived at Pakistan Monument in an auto-rickshaw.

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The Duchess of Cambridge at Chitral Airport wearing a traditional Chitrali cap and Chitrali Chogha.

The Duke had spoken of the challenges Pakistan faces from climate change at a reception at Pakistan Monument in Islamabad.

“Tomorrow we will be seeing some of these impacts first hand and meeting some of the communities adjusting to the new realities and new challenges that climate change has brought to their towns and villages,” he said.

He further added:

“I hope to learn what more we all can do to help prevent and mitigate this impending global catastrophe.”

William and Kate are also expected to visit Gilgit-Baltistan and the historic city of Lahore as part of their royal tour.

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