Satellite education for schools

first_img15 May 2006Mindset Cabanga has installed satellite dishes, computers and television sets in 50 schools, bringing multimedia educational resources to children in four provinces.Mindset Network – the satellite television network responsible for the project – will deliver free primary school educational materials to selected schools in KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Limpopo through satellite technology.Mindset Cabanga (isiZulu for “think” ) is aimed at improving mathematics, science and technology education in under-resourced schools.The project was officially launched by education minister Naledi Pandor at Riversands Primary on Friday.Pandor said it was her intention to use technology to respond to “many gaps in the education system.”“Technology is flexible, adaptable and potentially user friendly,” she said.“Cabanga resources offer a teacher improved competence and a child opportunities for self teaching,” she said.It is broadcast at various times to suit schools and also allows for home viewing. The first channel of the Mindset Network, Activate, broadcasts on DStv channel 82.Also at the launch was the United State’s acting ambassador Don Teitelbaum, as the project was funded by the Africa Education Initiative and USAID’s Global Development Alliance.Approximately R22 million was set aside for this initiative with additional funds coming from the private sector.Teitelbaum said that the quality educational resources to learners and educators offered by the project content’s could bridge years of neglect and literally leapfrog schools from resources scarce environment to exciting technological advance centres for learning.This project will also be launched in 20 primary schools in Kenya next year with the content provided in Swahili.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Remarkable South African women hailed

first_imgRay Maota Pinky Moholi, newly appointed group chief executive of Telkom, said women should use their innate characteristics as women to make the world a better place. (Image: Telkom) Lauren Beukes is one of the women included in the book and her book,Zoo City, recently won the prestigious Arthur C Clarke Award. (Image: The British Science Fiction Association) MEDIA CONTACTS • The Mail & Guardian  +27 11 250 7300 RELATED ARTICLES • New CEO to move Telkom forward • Local author gets top sci-fi award • South African women leaders unite for change • South African women marine pilots make historyAs the nation celebrates the triumphs of South African women during August, known as Women’s Month, the Mail & Guardian newspaper has joined in with the release of its Book of South African Women.The Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women is an annual publication that celebrates the accomplishments of 100 newsworthy women. It was launched in 2008 and the selection is wholly nominated by the public but the final 100 is chosen by the editorial board.The result is a mixture of well-established industry personalities and future industry leaders.The women were chosen in categories ranging from arts, business, civil society, environment and media, to politics, science and technology, health, education and sport.Nic Dawes, editor–in-chief of the Mail & Guardian, said: “This is not a directory of the most influential women in the country, although certainly many of those represented occupy positions of considerable power. Instead it is an annual effort to discover and represent people who are doing transformative work.”He added that 80% of those featured are making their debut in the book, that many of them are young, and perhaps less well known. But this doesn’t mean that they are any less worthy of recognition, said Dawes, than the female icons who can’t be left out of any such list.The sponsor of the publication is banking group Nedbank.Abe Thebyane, group executive at Nedbank, said: “The 2011 Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women profiles some of our country’s most inspirational women. They come from dissimilar backgrounds, and the work they do is across different sectors and in disparate disciplines.”He said that one thing all those featured had in common is that they are all driving change in the country.“In this they share courage, resolve, vision and a fundamental belief that our country and our world can be transformed for good.”Women making wavesThe Book of South African Women has profiled a diverse group who are making waves in different sectors of society.The list of women include: author, director and performance artist Gcina Mhlophe; Pinky Moholi, newly appointed group chief executive of Telkom; trauma and rape councillor Morgan Anne Mitchell; Rachel Classen, headmistress at Hillwood Primary; and Dr Inga Jacobs, global president of Young Water Professionals.Others are Professor Helen Rees, executive director at the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute; journalist Redi Tlhabi; Gill Marcus, governor of South Africa’s reserve bank; Major Catherine Labuschagne, the world’s first female Gripen fighter jet pilot; and Caster Semenya,  former 800m world champion.“We have to use the characteristics that allow us women to open a door on to a more enlightened consciousness,” said Moholi, “and one that will allow humanity to invent a future that promotes the wellbeing of women.”Classen, who has taught in the violence-prone area of Lavender Hill in the Cape Flats for 35 years, said that she was a dedicated teacher, but also felt like a parent to many of her young charges, and this has kept her in the education sector for so many years.UCT well representedThe University of Cape Town can revel in pride at the inclusion of 15 of its graduates in the publication.They are:Lauren Beukes, author of Zoo City that recently won the prestigious Arthur C Clarke AwardProfessor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, author of Famous Dinosaurs of AfricaYoliswa Dwane, co-founder of Equal Education, a grassroots organisation based in the impoverished township of Khayelitsha in the Western CapeProfessor Jill Farrant, head of research in molecular physiology and plant desiccation tolerance at the University of Cape TownLara Foot, the first woman chief executive of the Baxter Theatre CentreZama Katamzi, researcher at the South African National Space AgencyTarisai Mchuchu-Ratshidi, director of the South African branch of Young in PrisonZolani Mahola, lead singer of popular afro-pop group FreshlygroundKirti Menon, registrar at Wits UniversityMorgan Ann Mitchell, of the UCT’s Law Clinic, helps rape and violence victimsNandipha Mntambo, the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual ArtPinky Muholi of TelkomJoy Olivier, co-founder and executive director of IkamvaYouthDr Samantha Peterson, senior manager at the WWF for Sustainable Fisheries ProgrammeProfessor Karen Sliwa, director of the UCT Hatter Instituteand Helen Zille, premier of the Western Cape and leader of the Democratic Alliance.last_img read more

Who Posts to Facebook From Under the Sea? SpongeBob SquarePants!

first_imgTags:#Analysis#Multimedia#New Media#NYT#web Is a post-TV future becoming easier to imagine, because of the Internet? That’s one question raised by the news that SpongeBob SquarePants, the undersea mega-star of stage and screen, will premier his newest show first to his 16 million fans on Facebook and then only later on the old-fashioned boob-tube.On Thursday January 27th, SpongeBob (or his people) will post a five episode anthology of episodes to his Facebook page, facebook.com/spongebob. The content will be simulcast on Nickelodeon’s mobile platform. Facebook is the perfect place to broadcast new content to a large audience, considering its combination of market penetration, dizzying time-on-site, the newsfeed subscription model and the social notifications upon each subscription.It may, however, be premature to see friending SpongeBob as a blow against the old media TV world of the past. Another part of the launch campaign is a series of six online games, where players navigate Bob and his friends through a series of adventures in search of clues that will allow them to proceed from one to the next. To access the sixth and final game, players must enter a code available only on-air during an hour-long TV special Jan. 28. That, and the differences in content to be posted online vs. TV, indicate that for all its bluster, the online efforts are still really about promoting TV viewership. That is, after all, where the advertising money is still found – despite (or perhaps because of?) the rich demographic information that would show exactly who is watching SpongeBob on Facebook.Right: SpongeBob on Twitter doesn’t even own his own name, has a mere 70k followers and hasn’t mentioned this silly old Facebook thing at all yet.More likely than post-TV, the short term future seems to be one in which the Internet can breath new life into TV. An even better example may the show Glee, which is not only hotly discussed on Twitter during broadcast but even includes characters Tweeting from inside the show itself. We wrote earlier this week that such trans-media efforts could help save TV, and its advertisers, from the time-shifting and ad-skipping they have grown so worried about.Numbers-savvy readers will note that Bob is now less than 1 million fans behind singing starlet Katy Perry, who visited Facebook headquarters for a photo-op and some biz dev yesterday. May the Facebook staff be so lucky as to get a visit from SpongeBob soon, too. If Facebook got a Katy Perry visit this week and Twitter got a visit from Snoop Dogg, perhaps it will be MySpace that gets the SpongeBob visit. I think that would be my preference if I could choose one of these people to meet. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Almadro credits ‘heart, resiliency’ in Ateneo’s finals return: ‘Sometimes it’s not about stats’

first_imgOn the contrary, Lady Eagles were actually the best team in terms of blocks, second-best in spikes, and the no. 5 team in service success.Ateneo averaged a league-best 2.6 blocks per set after the eliminations and posted a 27.9 success rate in terms of spiking.Despite the numbers to back up Ateneo’s performance, there is no shortage of doubters of one of the league’s most popular teams and the Lady Eagles are eager to prove them wrong.“We’re here to prove to everybody that we’re capable of reaching the finals, as Maddie [Madayag] said when we get to the finals then it would be a different story,” said Almadro.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Ateneo, which had a twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four, recovered from its five-set loss to the Lady Tamaraws in a game which gave the Lady Eagles’ critics plenty to talk about.But Almadro and his girls were not one to give up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Many people, expert people will count us out because of statistics, but sometimes it’s not about statistics, it’s about heart and resiliency,” said Almadro after the Lady Eagles sealed their entry to the finals.“Most of the time they counted us out.” Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Never count Ateneo out.That was the message of Lady Eagles head coach Oliver Almadro after his team sent feisty Far Eastern University packing with a 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 25-14 win for a spot in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball finals.ADVERTISEMENT Nothing Hotshots could do to stop June Mar Fajardo’s near-perfect night Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Virat Kohli slams England’s mid-tour break for Christmas

first_imgIndia skipper Virat Kohli welcomed week-long break between third and fourth Test which he feels benefitted the squad but also made it clear that the foot is firmly on the pedal as they are inching towards a much-deserved series victory.”We did not ask for the gap. It was part of the schedule, so we make sure when we go there (England) that we have eight days’ gap after three Tests, and a 25-day gap between One- Day and Test series,” said Kohli, when asked about the mid-series break. (Also read: Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara approach key milestones in Test cricket)”With a long season ahead, it (break) did us no harm. It actually helped us rest a bit, reflect on what we have done in the two games that we have won and just visualise again and come back even more fresh compared to last two Test matches. It was good thing that happened and we certainly benefited from it.”But, when asked about if the mid-series break will help England in any way, a not-so-happy Kohli said, “Absolutely (England should not go home for the break). Or we should come back for a month as well from England. No point we play there for three-and-a-half months and everything we do is in the media’s eyes, even our off time is scanned. I don’t have any news of them enjoying their holiday in Dubai at all. I would like to see the same thing happen. Either they stay the whole tour or we come back for 25 days as well.” (Also read: Pitched battles: India may have learnt lessons from Mumbai 2012)advertisementAsked how necessary was it to meet friends, family in the game, Virat said: “It is much needed, because when you go home in the break, honestly between the series, you cannot switch off because there is this thing in the mind you keep visualising in the day what to do in the match.”As a captain, you ponder on what combinations to play, how will be the wicket, but not too much. It is also necessary that you move away from your profession and enjoy life and this is a very important thing.”Kohli also spoke about popular perceptions.”A lot of time this thing is seen from a different perspective in our country. No you have to think about cricket. But as an individual, I have to take a decision as to how much of mental stress is on me, how much time I move away from the game and at what time I have to come back and focus on my game. Because your performance is in your hands.”At this level, everyone is a professional cricketer, they understand this thing very well. So when they came back (to Mumbai), they were looking forward to the practise. That is necessary thing, this can only happen when one comes back mentally refreshed and then you are again excited to practise those skills. I think, as I have said this a good that, that we got a few days break,” the skipper explained. (Also read: No similarities in playing style between me and Virat Kohli: Sachin Tendulkar)Asked if the break will rob India’s momentum, Kohli quipped, “No”. Asked whether India should also have a break in between a series, Kohli said, “Absolutely, or we should come back for a month as well from England. No point we play there for three and half months and everything we do is in the media’s eyes, even our off time is scanned.”I don’t have any news of them enjoying their holiday in Dubai at all. I would like to see the same thing happen, either they stay the whole tour or we come back for 25 days as well.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Bicycle Advisory Board pushes for more protected bike lanes

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The Bicycle Advisory Board held a press conference Wednesday morning, celebrating the location where the first protective bike lane opened up in downtown San Diego last month. They also called for more action and more bike lanes in the near future, so cars and bikes can safely share the roads.“We have to design streets, not just for cars, but for people,” said Nicole Capretz, Executive Director of the Climate Action Campaign.It’s no secret. A drive in your car around downtown San Diego is enough to make your blood boil.“It’s expensive to park,” said Andy Hanshaw, Executive Director of the San Diego Bicycle Coalition. “There’s very little parking, so let’s start giving people choices, like riding your bike downtown.”Nicole Capretz told KUSI Reporter Dani Ruberti she likes to ride her bike every day, to work, to the grocery store, to run errands, but sometimes it can be scary.“To do that, I have to feel safe,” said Capretz. “Right now, unfortunately, because our streets are designed for cars, because we don’t have protective bike lanes in so many places, I don’t feel safe.”The folks with the Bicycle Advisory Board want to the change the mindset, redesign some of the streets and make San Diego a place where people want to ride their bikes.“It will change the quality of life in our city,” said Capretz. “It will make us more of a world class city where people have options with where they move around.”Hanshaw said the city implemented the first protective bike lane in downtown San Diego along J Street between First Ave and Park Blvd last month. It’s like a sidewalk for a bike. There’s also separate bicycle signals along the path to make the busy intersection safer.“You give them the places to ride to make it easy for them to choose to ride,” said Hanshaw. “If you live in downtown and you now have this access to this safe network, why wouldn’t you consider bike riding?”The Bicycle Advisory Board celebrated accomplishments. They said they’re thankful the city redesigned J Street with a bike friendly route, but Capretz said promises have been made and more needs to be done.“We are never going to give up and we are going to continue to pressure and advocate and hopefully persuade the mayor and the council to use our taxpayer dollars to create safe streets, so families have the opportunity to ride their bike if they choose to when they want to move around San Diego,” said Capretz.Hanshaw said the goal is to have a 9-mile network of protected bike lanes connecting streets throughout downtown San Diego in the next year and a half. Bicycle Advisory Board pushes for more protected bike lanes Posted: February 6, 2019 February 6, 2019center_img Updated: 10:50 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

DCBased Business Reaching Wine Lovers Nationwide

first_imgJustin Harrison is the owner of Vino Lovers. (Photo courtesy of Justin Harrison)While many people dream of becoming true wine connoisseurs, it does not happen overnight. With over 36 billion bottles of wine produced worldwide each year, many people do not even know where to begin. Imagine, then, if there was a club where you could experience a wide variety of wines, beginning with those you would love most, based on everyday preferences, from how you take your coffee, to the smell of your favorite flower or most tantalizing aroma. What’s more, once your perfect wines are selected, they’re shipped right to your doorstep.E-commerce site, Vinolovers.com makes this possible. Launched in Washington, D.C., in 2014, the platform was created by Justin Harrison who gained inspiration from his mother. “She had an interest in wine and she’d do events that brought people together around wine, and have them learn about it with friends and family [while] eating good food,” Harrison, told the AFRO in a recent interview.These intimate occasions began in 2005 and continued for five years. Harrison attended to assist his mother until he caught the wine bug himself. “Realizing there weren’t a lot of African Americans in the wine space, I was intrigued and I thought it would be a differentiation if I decided to get into it,” he said.Harrison began his journey to expand the family business in California. He took courses at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena where he learned about the wine industry from production and distribution standpoints. He then went to Boston to attend Babson College, where he received his MBA in 2011. Finally, he became a sommelier with a certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers.While it’s difficult to choose a favorite, Harrison’s most memorable experience with wine occurred while at the Shafer Vineyards in Napa Valley, California. “The founder of the winery opened up his private cellar and gave us one of his reserved cabernets, and that was something that really made everything click for me,” he said.Professionally, Harrison has worked in the retail and restaurant industries helping others learn about wine, before getting back to the family business. Witnessing the trend in e-commerce startups, he conceptualized the Vino Lovers model that exists today. After about a year of logistics, cases of wine began their distribution to homes across the country.During the summer of 2014, another element was added to the model as a way to bring D.C. residents together and more customers to the business that was still in its bootstrap stage. “We started doing the Vino Fest festival as a means to bring a diverse group of people together around wine, food, music and culture and to give people a very unique experience that they don’t find at other wine festivals,” said Harrison.African-American soul artist Jesse Boykins III headlined the inaugural event last year, which drew in 1,800 people. A few months after the success of Vino Fest, the company was one of eight recipients of the Digital DC Tech Fund, presented by then-mayor Vincent Gray.“That funding gave us an opportunity to retool our business model in a way that was more efficient,” said Harrison, who re-launched the platform in December 2014. It now has nearly 200 subscribers.The second annual Vino Fest will commence in D.C. this May, and a spring festival in Columbus, Ohio, is also in the works.While the road has been long, “you try to do the best you can and make a good business,” said Harrison.And like fine wine, it only gets better with time.To learn more about VinoLovers and VinoFest, visit www.vinofest.com.last_img read more