Gauteng starts year with 17 new schools

first_img15 January 2014Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy was on hand on Wednesday to open the newly built Palm Ridge Secondary School – one of 17 new schools to open on the first day of schooling for the year in South Africa’s most populous province.“This school is hot off the press,” Creecy said. “I think the constructor is still applying finishing touches to the outer perimeter. We have already got over 500 Grade 8 and Grade 9 learners in the school. Textbooks have been delivered, teachers and learners are here, and teaching has already started.”The school has 25 classrooms, two laboratories, two multi-purpose rooms and a computer room. The school’s acting principal, Charles van Zyl, said the school was offering Grade 8 and 9 to start with, and aimed to be offering Grades 10, 11 and 12 by 2017.“We are very pleased that although it was tight, we were able to occupy the building today and that learning and teaching has started,” Creecy said.She added that the school was needed in the area, east of Johannesburg, because other schools in the vicinity were battling to accommodate with growing learner numbers.She said it was important because it was in an area that was plagued by social challenges such as drug abuse, crime and child-headed homes.‘Put partying on hold for a year’After the opening of Palm Ridge Secondary, Creecy paid a visit to nearby Eden Park Secondary School, where she told a Grade 12 Life Sciences class to work hard and abstain from partying because their matric certificate was a very important document.“Just remember that you are going to feel stressed, and what’s important is that even now, start to get your study buddies, people that you can work with in the evenings and on weekends.“But also, if your study buddy is partying too much, you need to remind them: ‘Not this year, not this year’. That little piece of paper at the end of the year matters. So start early, cut down on the partying now,” Creecy said.While South Africa’s overall matric pass rate for 2013 was 78.2%, its highest in 19 years, Gauteng province achieved an 87% pass rate, up from 83.9% in 2012 – while Eden Park Secondary’s matrics recorded a pass rate of 94.9%.Eden Park Secondary principal principal Bennie Louw attributed this success to tracking learner performances from the lower grades.He said teachers were asked to focus on a specific number of learners at a time, mentoring them from Grade 11, with quarterly meetings being held with both learners and parents to discuss their performance.The school, a no-fee school with about 1 400 learners, also has to deal with teen pregnancies, child-headed homes and drug abuse. It gets in tackling drug abuse from the Gauteng Community Safety Department, which conducts regular searches with the consent of the parents.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

New Competitions Recognised In Local Sporting Champions Grants Program

first_imgThe Local Sporting Champions program was recently expanded to provide more young Australians opportunities to receive funding to attend sporting events.New championships which young athletes, coaches or officials can now apply for funding to help attend include international competitions as well as state school championships.The grants are available under the Local Sporting Champions program, an Australian Government initiative aimed at helping sportspeople aged 12–18 to attend recognised sporting championships.Successful applicants will receive a one-off individual grant of $500 or team grant of $3000 to help fund the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching, umpiring or refereeing.With the inclusion of these competitions, the Local Sporting Champions program will recognise some of Australia’s most talented young athletes and provide them with financial assistance to participate in sport and represent their country at an international level.Criteria for fundingTo be eligible for a Local Sporting Champions grant, individuals aged 12–18 years (inclusive) must be competing in an Australian Sports Commission-recognised national sporting organisation (NSO) state or national sporting championships, a national or state school sport championships or be a member of an official Australian team endorsed by an ASC-recognised NSO or School Sport Australia travelling to an international competition. Please note that eligible sportspeople can only receive one Local Sporting Champions grant per year.Candidates can complete the Local Sporting Champions application form online before their championship event. More information on eligibility for a grant is available at www.ausport.gov.au/champions.Applications are open all year. Round 1 of the 2012–13 Local Sporting Champions grant allocation closes on Saturday, 30 June.last_img read more

Football Ohio State defense works to correct allowing big plays

Ohio State sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor (12) takes to the field in the first half of the game against Rutgers on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorRedshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones remembers how the Ohio State defense lined up on what ended up being a historic play for the group in the second quarter against TCU. Originally a base call for the group, Jones said he was in his gap and a blitz was not called. He said junior defensive tackle Robert Landers moved over and, when the ball was snapped, he tried to do what he always does: get around the offensive lineman in front of him and get into the backfield. After starting the drive with an incomplete pass, TCU sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson handed the ball off to junior running back Darius Anderson. Finding a hole through the A-gap on the left side of the line, Anderson was off, flying past junior linebacker Malik Harrison in the middle to get out into open space.The only player with an opportunity to get to the Horned Frogs running back was sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor. After the ball was snapped, Pryor began to move toward the right side of the field, forcing him to turn around at a bad angle to chase Anderson in the open field. Pryor almost got to the running back, attempting a shoelace tackle when Anderson ran down the sideline. Instead, the safety missed the tackle and Anderson scored on a 93-yard run, the longest touchdown any Ohio State defense has allowed in school history. For the secondary, this has been a problem before. In the season opener against Oregon State, Ohio State allowed two touchdown runs of at least 75 yards to junior running back Artavis Pierce. In his first Big Ten Coaches Teleconference on Tuesday, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said plays like this need to be addressed and corrected. “On defense, too many big plays, and that’s just obvious,” Meyer said. “Get aligned and get the guy down if he makes the second level.”For junior safety Jordan Fuller, a team captain in the Ohio State secondary, these types of plays have never been the expectation of a group of this caliber. “I’ll say that’s definitely not our standard,” Fuller said. “We are doing everything we can to erase those.”He said, as an aggressive defense, some plays are going to be misread, especially in the passing game. He also said the big plays by opposing offenses are a combination of many little things that need to be improved — schematically and experience-wise. However, that does not mean that Fuller is placing blame on any particular member of the secondary. “I definitely don’t like people saying that ‘Isaiah should have gotten it, [redshirt sophomore safety Jahsen Wint] should have gotten it right there.’ There’s still 11 guys on the defense too,” Fuller said. “Sometimes it’s that narrative. I don’t like that.” Fuller said both Pryor and Wint played solid, with each player getting more comfortable by the game. But there are always things to work on. However, after a play of that magnitude, a 93-yard touchdown run, the longest touchdown run in TCU history, Fuller said he did what the defensive back unit does as a whole: pick up the player who is down. “Obviously, you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t competitive, didn’t get upset when you had bad plays and stuff,” Fuller said. “But we all rally around each other and pick each other up.”  Fuller said Pryor handled the aftermath well. The sophomore safety ended the game with four tackles, including three solo tackles. Even with the encouragement from other members of the defense, Jones said this is a glaring issue that needs to be fixed soon before a touchdown like this costs them more than just a place in the history books. “We just got to work. We got to find a better way to fix those little issues because eventually those little issues become bigger and we end up losing,” Jones said. “We have to find a way. I don’t know exactly what the point of emphasis to change that, but we have to work together as a unit.” read more

Gracia geared up for tough Bournemouth test

first_imgAhead of their trip to Bournemouth on Wednesday, Watford boss Javi Gracia says his side needs no extra motivation to beat Eddie Howe’s side at the Vitality Stadium.Gracia saw his side lose 4-0 at home to Bournemouth in their first meeting in the Premier League in October.As they prepare to travel to Bournemouth on Wednesday, Gracia wants his side focused on the tactical and technical aspects of the game, and not on revenging their 4-0 defeat.“I don’t think my players need the motivation to do our best,” he told the club’s official website.“I know my players and I know in all the games without exception they give their best. They don’t need extra motivation to play against Bournemouth.”In the October clash between the two teams, Watford had a player sent off after Bournemouth took the lead.Joshua King then scored a brace after Christian Kabasele was shown red and the first half ended 3-0.Callum Wilson completed the scoring two minutes into the second half to make it a humiliating 4-0 home defeat for Javi Gracia’s side.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“It was a very, very tough game for us,” Gracia said, recalling the events of the game.“After the sending off, it was difficult to play with ten players and losing 2-0. It was tough for us. I saw the game many times, not only the period against ten men.“I saw when we played with 11 and that was for around 30 minutes. In that moment, I think we conceded one goal and I think we didn’t play badly.“We could have done many things better but we kept a good level in that 30 minutes. After that it was a bad game, maybe I made some decisions, like playing Capoue as a center-back to see if able to have more options.“There were different situations, decisions like that. But I am sure it will be different. We know it will be demanding against a good team, but I am sure we compete in the same way as in other games, we have options.”last_img read more

All you need to know about Nirmohi Akhara and its role in

first_imgHindu militants storm a disputed mosque-temple site December 6, 1992, climbing atop the building’s dome as they demolish it to clear the site for a Hindu temple. [Representational Image]ReutersA group of Hindu ascetics, Nirmohi Akhara, who are one of the original litigants in the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case on Tuesday, April 9, moved the Supreme Court, pleading against the Centre’s decision to return the non-disputed land around the disputed site of Ayodhya to its rightful owners.The akhara or religious denomination filed the plea stating that the release of the 67.390 acres of land could lead to the construction of smaller temples. It went on to say that the acquisition of the land by the government led to the destruction of many temples which the organisation managed.The Nirmohi Akhara is one of the original plaintiffs in the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid case. Back in 2010, the Allahabad High Court has decided that the disputed 2 acres of land will be divided equally between the Sunni Waqf board, Ram Lalla and the Nirmohi Akhara.What are the Nirmohi Akhara? Nirmohi Akhara Mahant Dharam Dass clicked after the Ram Janmabhoomi case hearing at Supreme Court in New Delhi.Qamar Sibtain/India Today Group/Getty ImagesThe Nirmohi Akhara, roughly translated to “Group without Attachment” is a group of Hindu sadhus who are devotees of Lord Ram. They are set to receive one-third of the Babri Masjid land. According to a blog by Washington Post Journal, they claimed that no Babri Masjid every existed on the disputed land. They added that the Mughal emperor Babur, who is said to have constructed the Babri Masjid, did not conquer India. Another claim by the Akhara is that Babur and his army did not occupy any land during the said conquest.In 2011, shortly after the Allahabad High Court’s order in 2010 regarding the division of the land into three equal parts, the Nirmohi Akhara split ties with its long-standing partner, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. The two groups were allies for 21 years since 1989.The Nirmohi Akhara said, according to Economic Times, that one of the main reasons for the split was that the VHP was trying to assert its dominance over the Ayodhya dispute.”VHP does not have any claim over Ram Janmabhoomi. It just created communal riots and disturbed the peaceful atmosphere of country. It is responsible for whatever has happened in its so-called Ram temple movement’,” Mahant Jagannath Das, the chief priest of the Akhara was quoted as saying by ET. Close PM Modi’s tenure is ‘undeclared Emergency’: Asaduddin Owaisicenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:40Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:38?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

MipTV Quiet Canneseries Divides Opinions

first_imgSTXsurreal’s answer is to try and bring film talent to the party. It showed Robert and Racer Rodriguez’s “The Limit,” a high-octane action project with Michelle Rodriguez, to MipTV delegates. Rodriguez told Variety that he is already lining up his next VR projects with STX. “It will be either a sequel to this or a thriller we are working on. We could be shooting it as early as the summer.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 CANNES —  MipTV closed Thursday its quietest edition in years, wracked by French air and rail strikes, dreary weather and most important market change and larger competition from February’s BBC Showcase and May’s L.A. Screenings.2018 MipTV attendance came in around 10,000, said Laurine Garaude, director of Reed Midem’s Television Division, which organizes the content trade fair. That compares to official estimates of 11,000 for 2016 and 10,500 for 2017. Some “hundreds” of participants were no-shows because of the strikes, addedJerome Delhaye, Reed Midem director of the entertainment division.In a bigger picture, however, as broadcast networks restructure as content creator-owners, not passive broadcasters of acquired product, MipTV is having to reinvent itself, launching “major strategic developments,” said Garaude, Its traditional role as a sales market less required, it is becoming ever more a production forum. The biggest structural development affecting MipTV has come from Cannes mayor David Lisnard, however: Drama series festival Canneseries, which ran parallel to MipTV.Won by Israel’s “When Heroes Fly,” Canneseries also wrapped Wednesday night after a first edition which sparked a hugely divisive range of reactions.The TV drama series industry, especially companies with titles in competition, warmed to the event.“Canneseries proved to be a great launchpad for “When Heroes Fly,” because people from around the world discovered the series for the first time on a big screen with top conditions and gave it a large ovation,” said Alon Shtruzman, CEO of Keshet Intl, which is selling the series. He added that “buyers were motivated by positive word of mouth, Keshet recently selling the series in several markets.In large contrast, however, an excoriating article in influential French newspaper Liberation slammed the new festival.“Canneseries: the first edition of a festival where one’s n0t waiting for the second,” the headline ran of an article which slammed Cannes titles as “mothballed.”Variety’s reviews of the two highest-profile titles at Canneseries, Sandra Oh’s “Killing Eve,” and Harlen Coban’s out of competition “Safe” starring “Dexter’s Michael C. Hall, were both thumbs up. Canneseries did well to score for competition the biggest new title coming out of Latin America: Gael Garcia Bernal’s Fox-backed “Here on Earth,” and “Where Heroes Fly,” a novel Israel/Colombia anti-war action thriller from one of Israeli on-the-rise showrunners Omri Given (“Hostages“).What Canneseries lacked was a huge coup of the stature of Series Mania’s last year when it world premiered the opening episodes of the third and final season of HBO’s “The Leftovers,” with Damon Lindelof in attendance as Series Mania’s jury president.Absent too at Cannes Series was the mass glamor night after night of Hollywood stars and “A”-list creators that flock to the Mays’ Cannes Festival, or the ultimate affidavit of a big new drama series festival: Huge billboards dominating the Croisette of series from the two companies which started or now drive the global drama series revolution: HBO and Netflix. HBO has chosen to support Canneseries French government backed rival, Lille’s Series Mania, where it will world premiere “Succession” in two weeks time: Netflix did indeed two series at Canneseries: “Safe” and “Undercover,” which it announced as its first Dutch-language series. Lacking French first-window rights to either, it did not advertise its involvement in either, nor have execs at In Development, where top execs at largely European companies such as Studiocanal and Federation Ent. fired off questions at producers/creators pitching projects or pr peopled (often excellent) panels.Featuring projects from often new talent rather than big TV players, Canneseries’ main industry event, In Development, drew mixed reactions. One U.S executive called it “a valiant effort and “useful” for newer producers getting into development and/or co-productions. They added, however, that they had hoped for “more buyers/decisions makers” attendance being “mainly producers and more local (i.e., EU and lots of France). “It’s definitely not Content London or Series Mania,” the executive added.It has taken Series Mania eight years of huge effort to build to  position where it enjoys the confidence if at least some elite U.S. companies. Backed by France’s Canal Plus, Cannes Series set out at least in its first edition to highlight drama series from largely outside the U.S.Launched by Cannes mayor David Lisnard, the future of Canneseries which was enthusiastically embraced by Cannes’ townsfolk, will most probably be determined by macro political decision.The future of MipTV revolves, ever more around premium drama and MipFormats mini-market and high-end drama events. Notably on Wednesday, when MipTV was winding down, In Development, which was housed at Cannes’ Gare Maritime, remained packed.Marking the biggest production news of the market, “The Wire’s” David Simon and Spain’s Mediapro announced they are in co-development on a new Simon series project, “A Dry Run,” about Abraham Lincoln Battalion members fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War. In the highest-profile sales deal, France’s Canal Plus announced it had acquired Phoebe Waller Bridge’s Canneseries’ competition favorite “Killing Eve.”MipFormats was abuzz with talk of how the SVOD players are starting to reinvent unscripted in the way they have already done in scripted. “The Biggest Loser” creator David Broome said he designed his Netflix series, “Ultimate Beastmaster,” with binge-viewing in mind.  “As a format creator you think about ‘how am I going to get these people to move down to the next episode?’ because it’s all about bingeing.”Several big talent shows were in evidence at MipFormats – “The Four,” “All Together Now” – as the search for the next big format continues. NBCU Alternative Studios was also shopping formats out as the U.S. becomes an exporter.But content creation in general faces challenges, Facebook and STX’s virtual reality arms both told MipTV goers.In the case of Facebook, it is that with major consolidation underway “there is more money for content than ever before but the problem is the biggest checkbook wins,” said Matthew Henick, the company’s head of content strategy and planning. at  a MipTV keynote.“It is very hard for new entrants and distribution to come up and compete.” One way through the clutter is what Henick dubbed “social entertainment” – programming that engages with consumers in real-time and is distributed globally.“You will have two types of scripts when creating: One we all know about is what the actors are doing; the next one is what your audience is doing with your content.”STXsurreal said the following day the virtual reality market has not yet had its breakthrough moment.“The big question to be answered is despite the billions of dollars invested in the technology behind VR, and despite massive enthusiasm from early adopters, why hasn’t the medium broken through?” noted Rick Rey, co-president, VR & immersive entertainment, at STXsurreal, the VR arm of film-TV studio STX. 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Cheap flights carrier Wizz Air is launching new fl

first_imgCheap flights carrier Wizz Air is launching new flights to Dortmund and London Luton from Belgrade this summer.Central and eastern Europe’s largest low-cost airline will commence services to the German city on June 12th from the Serbian capital, while flights to London will begin on July 24th. Both routes will operate three times a week.Wizz Air’s chief commercial officer Gyorgy Abran said the carrier is “delighted” to be in a position to offer cheap flights to Serbian passengers.”The Serbian market has a good development potential and we are looking forward to exploiting it,” he explained.”We look forward working together with all parties to address the regulatory constraints and cost of logistics in order to unleash the full growth potential Wizz could deliver.”News of the new routes has been welcomed by Velimir Radosavljevic, general manager of Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport, who said he hoped the flights will attract “as many foreign tourists as possible”.Elsewhere, Wizz Air will introduce flights to Cuneo (Turin), Weeze (Dusseldorf) and Zaragoza from Bucharest on June 26th.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWizz Air plans to launch flights to Brno from London LutonWizz Air will launch new cheap flights to Brno from London LutonWizz Air to introduce extra flights from PragueWizz Air to introduce extra flights from PragueWizz Air to introduce flights to Milan and Eindhoven from GdanskWizz Air to introduce flights to Milan and Eindhoven from Gdansklast_img read more

Rep Kelly announces three area recreational grant recommendations

first_img19Dec Rep. Kelly announces three area recreational grant recommendations State Rep. Tim Kelly today said the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board has recommended funding for three Saginaw County park projects.Kelly, of Saginaw Township, said the proposed grants totaling $881,200 will pay for two trail improvements and one land acquisition. Funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.“This is an excellent use of money generated from land leases in concert with local governments that provides recreational opportunities for families across the state,” Kelly said. “Projects like this enable families to go outside and play among our abundant natural resources.”Recommended projects are:Purchase of three acres in Thomas Township to expand the township nature preserve. The land will become the main entrance to the park with parking and a building for the nature center. The cost is $372,000.A $209,200 grant to develop a trailhead with a parking lot and amenities, providing access to the south of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail.Development of an observation trail at Riverfront Park in Saginaw, that includes a universally accessible trail from the parking lot to the top of the large hill located in the center of the property. This project will offer people the chance to observe seasonal colors at the park as well as the abundant wildlife in the area. The development will cost $300,000.Kelly said the Legislature will consider the recommendations in 2018.##### Categories: Kelly News,Newslast_img read more

Settop vendor AirTies has promoted Karl TempestM

first_imgSet-top vendor AirTies has promoted Karl Tempest-Mitchell to executive vice-president sales and marketing, and appointed Ian Challinor as vice-president sales and business development.In his new roll, Tempest-Mitchell will be responsible for AirTies’ commercial growth, strategic direction and marketing communications.Challinor, who joins from ADB’s IPTV unit, will be responsible for delivering AirTies ambitious plan to increase global sales and customers.Bulent Celebi, chairman and CEO of AirTies, said, “Having experienced industry veterans forming the core of our commercial team is vital to our growth, strategy and development. Karl & Ian’s abilities, combined with their excellent reputations, will allow AirTies to target major opportunities within our market sector.”last_img read more

The US National Football League NFL has agreed a

first_imgThe US National Football League (NFL) has agreed a partnership with YouTube to deliver NFL content to fans around the world. The deal, which was agreed ahead of this Sunday’s Super Bowl final between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, will see the NFL post content on an official NFL YouTube channel.This content will include game previews, in-game highlights, post-game recaps as well as clips featuring news, analysis, fantasy football advice, and other select content from NFL Network and NFL.com.Viewers will be able to access this content through YouTube on PCs, tablets, and mobile phones. The official NFL game highlights and content will also be available through Google Search.“Partnering with YouTube and Google provides the NFL unique access to millions of highly engaged fans through the global leader in video and search,” said Hans Schroeder, senior vice-president, media strategy, business development and sales for the NFL.“We continue to see an insatiable appetite for digital video content, and this partnership further expands fans’ ability to discover and access NFL content throughout the year.”Separately, Level 3 Communications announced that it will provide TV broadcast video services to the NFL and NBC Sports for the Super Bowl final on February 1, as well as additional Super Bowl-related programming, using its Vyvx VenueNet+ technology.This is the 26th consecutive year that Level 3 has provided such services for the Super Bowl, with the firm claiming that a total of more than 3,000 hours of video content will be acquired, encoded and transported across Level 3’s Vyvx VenueNet+ platform as part of the Super Bowl coverage.last_img read more