GENEVA (AP):The fastest goal in World Cup history capped a night of 6-0 routs and The Netherlands’ further fall in European qualifying yesterday.Seven seconds ticked by when Belgium forward Christian Benteke’s shot finished his surging run through the Gibraltar defence, which kicked off but coughed up the ball.Benteke beat the 8.3 seconds that FIFA timed Davide Gaultieri taking to score for San Marino against England in 1993 and set the tone for the visiting Belgians’ 6-0 win.Portugal also won 6-0, but needed only a single excellent goal from Cristiano Ronaldo to dominate the Faeroe Islands.Instead, 20-year-old Andre Silva stepped up with a first-half hat-trick in just his fourth international match perhaps finally pairing Ronaldo with a true penalty-area predator for the freshly crowned European champion.Dutch decline has been steep since it followed runner-up and third-place finishes at the last two World Cups with failure to qualify for an expanded Euro 2016.A 1-0 loss at home to France was the latest setback, sealed by Paul Pogba’s powerful shot from 30 yards in the first half.Belgium and France top their groups, though Portugal trail Switzerland, which won their third straight qualifier, 2-1 at lowly Andorra.Only the nine European group winners advance directly to play in Russia and four runners-up will qualify through a play-off round.
Elderly residents learned how to surf the web and use and understand digital applications and devices on Nov. 9 at the FH Faunteroy Enrichment Center, in the Deanwood neighborhood in Northeast, Washington, D.C. The free event was sponsored by AT&T.About 25 residents attended the class at the center. There are plans for the two entities to hold another class for seniors in 2018, according to a company representative. The class was part of AT&T’s Digital You initiative, which is designed to help wireless users of all ages use their devices safely and responsibly.Senior residents in D.C. attended an event at the FH Faunteroy Enrichment Center in Ward 7, to learn about technology. (Courtesy photo)The Pew Research Center reports that 34 percent of older internet users have little to no confidence using devices to perform tasks online, and many more of them agree they usually need help setting up and figuring out the new applications or devices.That’s why employees from AT&T locations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia along with other organizations joined together to show seniors how to use smartphones and tablets and also ways to safely navigate the web.“As technology has become more integral to how we live, it is important that our seniors have the skills and tools to access it. Whether it is staying connected with their children and families, or accessing opportunities, partnerships like this one with AT&T will help our seniors successfully navigate a more technologically connected world,” D.C. Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowden said in a statement.During the program seniors were given tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of online fraud and scamsSenior residents in D.C. attended an event at the FH Faunteroy Enrichment Center in Ward 7, to learn about technology. (Courtesy photo)Tony Dixon, president of the Washington, D.C. chapter of The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) said learning the proper way to use devices cuts down on the chances of being scammed.“Wireless phones, tablets, and related technology give people access to more helpful information than ever before. However, when exploited, such technology can also expose individuals to harmful online scams,” Dixon said. “Events like the one organized by the Faunteroy Center and AT&T empower people with the tools and information they need to avoid these scams while educating them on how to protect themselves against becoming unwary victims of such crimes.”