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Beaming education to the nation

first_img17 July 2003Mindset Network, a new R225-million multimedia satellite television network, has been presented as an 85th birthday “gift” to Nelson Mandela. Mindset will tackle South Africa’s key educational and healthcare challenges – issues that are closest to Mandela’s heart.It is the first time in the world that such a comprehensive, integrated multimedia approach is being taken to tackle these issues. All Mindset Network channels will provide content that can change lives, the aim being to reach as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.Speaking at the Mindset launch on Wednesday night, Mandela said the network was doubly important because it would also reach out to schools in remote rural areas. “It will make a difference to the lives of millions”, Mandela said.The first channel of the Mindset Network, Activate, is currently broadcasting on channel 82 of DStv, targeting grade 10, 11 and 12 learners and educators and focusing on maths, science and English.A time-tabled curriculum is broadcast in the mornings and late afternoons to allow for school and home viewing, and in the early afternoons for educators. Broadcasts run from 8.30am to 5.30pm on weekdays.Activate encompasses the innovative use of satellite broadcast television, print supplements in the largest national weekly newspaper, the sunday Times, and comprehensive support material on the Internet.According to Mindset’s Melanie Naidoo, the network does not just “dump” content into schools, but also provides the equipment, training and support for people to be able to access the content and use it properly. “These kits include a television, satellite dish, decoder and video recorder, and we even provide generators as a power source for rural schools”, Naidoo said.The content is provided free of charge, and hardware and teacher training is also provided for free to economically disadvantaged schools.Activate has been piloted in 300 schools and will be rolled out into 1 000 schools and 800 000 homes by the end of 2003. “Over the long term, we hope Activate will be available in every school in this country, as well as in other countries too”, Naidoo said.A health channel will be launched in October 2003, focusing on HIV/Aids, and eventually broadcasting into 7 000 clinics and hospitals around the country, with information for patients and training for healthcare workers.Next will be two more education channels, one for early high school, and another focusing on early childhood development and primary school content.Mindset also aims to launch a livelihood channel teaching entrepreneurship, life skills and vocational training.12 hours a day, seven days a weekThe Liberty and Standard Bank Foundations, lead partners in the initiative, have committed R74-million to kick-start Mindset. Founding partners include the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sunday Times, PanAmSat, Sentech and Multichoice Africa, while the SABC is a support partner.“It is testimony to the great need for what we are doing that Mindset Network has been put in place in a year, including partnerships valued at R225-million, along with support from the government departments of education, communications and health”, said Mindset chief executive Ann Lamont.Liberty Foundation executive director Hylton Appelbaum, who conceptualised the network, said: “We realised that two hours a day on TV was never going to be enough to make the necessary impact across all schooling.”According to Appelbaum, SABC TV’s “The Learning Channel” has played a vital role in support the country’s matric pupils, “but we need to address the earlier years as well as the last two years of schooling. For this reason, Mindset Network will be available at least 12 hours a day, seven days a week.”Shortage of maths and science teachers“Due to the legacy of apartheid education, our challenge in schooling is that learners’ maths and science scores are among the lowest in the world”, Lamont said.“While South Africa has many dedicated teachers, there is a desperate shortage of those that teach maths and science. So much so that almost 30% of learners are taught maths by teachers with no qualifications in maths and almost 40% of learners are taught science by teachers with no qualifications in science.”Andile Ngcaba, director-general in the department of communications, says his department will partner with Mindset Network to deliver “the most powerful learning technology that has ever been seen in Africa”.Dr Mamphela Ramphele, MD of human development at the World Bank, described Mindset Network as the “best comprehensive programme I have seen so far that addresses the key constraints to enhance the quality of education in South Africa.“The teaching of maths, science and English using multimedia approaches, and embodying in it the social reality of the pupils in South Africa, will go a long way to building strong foundations for the futures of these young people.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Zuma urges delegation to market SA in Davos

first_img17 January 2014The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos provides an excellent platform to network and market South Africa to potential investors, President Jacob Zuma told a delegation of business people on Thursday ahead of their departure for Switzerland.“Each year, we do all we can as South Africa to put our best foot forward and present our country to the world,” Zuma said at a sending-off event in Johannesburg, adding: “South Africa is easy to sell. Our country is successful, with lots of potential.“Although some challenges still remain given our history, these are being attended to,” Zuma said. “We remain a nation at work for a better life, striving each day to do better. Our founding president, Tata Nelson Mandela, and the first democratic administration laid a firm foundation, and we continue to build on that foundation to take the country forward.”Zuma said that while South Africa’s economy had taken a knock after the 2008 global meltdown, shedding a million jobs by the time the recession peaked in 2009, the country had recovered well and created many jobs.He said he National Development Plan (NDP), the country’s policy framework for reducing unemployment, inequality and poverty by 2030, identified the main drivers for economic growth: agriculture, mining, tourism, the green economy, manufacturing and infrastructure development.“As you engage the world, you will be able to say: We know exactly where we want to be by 2030 and we are working very hard to get there as South Africans. We are busy factoring the NDP into the draft Medium Term Strategic Framework that will be discussed by the Cabinet that will be appointed after elections in its first lekgotla.“In a few months, the plan will have been mainstreamed in the work of every government department,” Zuma said, adding: “We do trust that the private sector will also factor the NDP into its own strategic plans in every company so that we move seamlessly together.”The 44th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum takes place from 22 to 25 January.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Gronk unleashed: Rob Gronkowski sets course for retirement fun

first_imgFILE – In this Feb. 3, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates with teammates after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. Gronkowski says he is retiring from the NFL after nine seasons. Gronkowski announced his decision via a post on Instagram Sunday, March 24, 2019, saying that a few months shy of this 30th birthday “its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)Rob Gronkowski the football player is finished.Yeah, but what about Gronk?ADVERTISEMENT Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go PLAY LIST 02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go00:54Gordon: Albayalde may still face charges even after retirement00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 The final image of Gronkowski in a Patriots uniform, greatness.The final image of Gronk out of uniform, hilarious.He celebrated the Super Bowl title on the parade route by stripping off his shirt , chugging beers, flipping his hat backward and acting like a frat boy on a float. A hurled beer from the crowd that ricocheted off his hulking chest was the final hit in his career.Gronk seemed to make as many TMZ clips as NFL Films highlights.Earlier this month, TMZ reported, ”Gronk and his bikini model girlfriend have taken their hotness to sea … “cause the couple put on one hell of a twerk fest on a boat in Mexico.” Peter King prose, this was not.Who knows where Gronk will end up in retirement.Or do we?Gronkowski has a standing offer from WWE to move from the gridiron to the squared circle and become a professional wrestler like his childhood friend, Mojo Rawley. Gronkowski stormed over the barricade at WrestleMania in 2017 and bro-hugged Rawley after he won the Andre the Giant battle royal.Gronk vs. The Rock?Gronk vs. Brock? “Cheers to all who have been part of the journey,” he wrote, “cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertainty of what’s next.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MOST READ LATEST STORIES Well, the party is about to go bazooka.Look out for Gronk gone wild, Gronk unhinged, Gronk unleashed. Without football strings attached, Gronkowski is suddenly a hot free agent year-round, his talents pitched to far more than 32 suitors, from Hollywood to endorsements to, well, whatever Gronk wants.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, logisticsHe was fun-loving and fearless, a dominant tight end whose Super Bowls were won with New England and whose playful personality won over even the most casual fans. Gronkowski, who announced Sunday that he is retiring from the NFL after nine mostly dominant, title-filled seasons, set scores of records for the Patriots at his position and could light up the scoreboard like his smile can light up a room.The numbers only tell a speck of the story. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Super Bowl wins were great.Boy, was it so much more fun just being Gronk.He stood tall at the Super Bowl and WrestleMania ; won big games and took on gamers; starred on the field and in film; and did it all with a goofy charm that belied a gritty tight end who seemingly always played through pain. The Patriots are going to miss Gronkowski as they try for yet another Super Bowl championship.But Gronk’s not going anywhere.So let’s take a look at what made Gronk so great, and what could be ahead:ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess GRONK THE GOATGronkowski never would have had a sustained run as a popular pitchman , hosted kids shows or popped up in movies had he not been one of the greatest tight ends — yeah, probably the greatest — in NFL history.Gronkowski was hobbled by injuries last season and played just 13 games, and each ache raised constant questions about possible retirement. Gronkowski had plenty left in the Super Bowl and still had clutch catches in the tank on New England’s final drive. He had two catches on the Patriots’ go-ahead touchdown drive, the second catch set up Sony Michel’s 2-yard score in the win over the Rams.Tom Brady to Gronk, one more time for a title.“I like making big catches like that,” Gronkowski said.Gronkowski went out a champion — and he may be headed to Canton.He had 10 catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns in New England’s win at Denver in an AFC Divisional playoff win in 2011. Gronkowski might have been more impressive in the 2015 AFC championship game, when he converted two fourth-down attempts on the game’s final drive and had eight receptions for 144 yards and one touchdown, perhaps his best effort in a crushing defeat.Gronkowski is the only NFL tight end with more than 500 career receptions who averaged more than 15 yards per reception.He averaged nearly 69 yards per game and cracked juvenile jokes about setting a record 69 TDs for a tight end, thanking his mom when he reached the mark. He finished with 79 TDs receiving and one rushing.GRONK GONE WILD With WrestleMania just weeks away, the goofy Gronkowski could crash the show again and get mixed up in more shenanigans. Heck, “Gronk” doesn’t even need to make up a ring name.GRONK THE ENTERTAINERGronkowski might find his NFL bio condensed on a Hall of Fame plaque down the road but there’s almost no way it could fit in his offseason activities. Gronkowski was a hit with the average fan — from kids to grandparents — because of his endearing persona that made him about as A-list as any athlete. He had a personal ”Talk with Gronk ” that poked fun at any idiot who wanted to eat a Tide Pod. He hosted “Crashletes” on Nickelodeon , was a fed a beer bong by Patriots teammate Julian Edelman in the “Entourage” movie, and played a heightened, animated version of Gronk on “Family Guy.”Late night TV host Conan O’Brien once invited Gronkowski and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch to play a stirring game of “Mortal Kombat.”Gronkowski found victory lane just as fun as the end zone when he partied with Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch and team owner Tony Stewart in 2017. He had Monster Energy drinks and Monster girls all around him, a winning combo in an offseason pit stop for Gronk.“I’m just having a blast,” he said. “I never really got to tailgate. I never really got to run-around (on Sundays). It’s cool to run around and meet people, enjoy the atmosphere, see what really goes down on this side of the stadium.”GRONK SAID IT“Yo soy fiesta.”Always the life of the party, Gronkowski quipped he was the party in an interview with ESPN Deportes after one of New England’s Super Bowl wins. He was a hit in any language, especially compared to the milquetoast Brady. Among his best just-for-laughs takes, reading erotic Gronk fiction to Jimmy Kimmel such as, “I would have the pleasure to spike a football between butt cheeks,” he told a Boston talk radio station that he was a virgin and said Patriots fans were “going bazooka” at Gillette Stadium.But he went from whimsical to warm on the Insta post where he called it a career. Steph Curry returns, Warriors beat Pistons View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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‘Clever’ Sterling gives Man City balance – Guardiola

first_imgPep Guardiola praised Raheem Sterling for an intelligent display in Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Newcastle United after another of his star wingers was left on the outside looking in.Sterling netted his second goal in three Premier League appearances this season, cutting inside to dispatch a clinical finish in the eighth minute at the Etihad Stadium.City needed a superb long-range strike from Sterling’s England team-mate Kyle Walker to seal victory after DeAndre Yedlin sent Newcastle in level at the break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Guardiola left Leroy Sane out of his matchday 18, with the Germany star having underwhelmed in three substitute cameos so far this term.The City boss denied Sane’s attitude was the reason for his omission, despite speculation to the contrary, but went on to outline the value of Sterling’s all-round game to his team.”He made a fantastic goal and he fought a lot,” he said.”Especially in the second half he played so clever. He moves the way we need him to move to help the team to be stable.”The wingers are so important to make stability in our team and he did it quite well.”Sane’s brief appearance in the 1-1 draw at Wolves was error strewn, although Guardiola pointedly stated he would continue to judge his players primarily on work rate.”He played 10 or 12 minutes, he tried. He was not precise but he tried,” the former Barcelona head coach added.”They [the players] know me. They convince me [and] I am satisfied the moment they run and do everything.”The mistakes without the ball [and when] taking decisions – it is part of the process. So, it’s no problem.”last_img read more

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Ranieri hails Fulham win as a step in the right direction

first_imgClaudio Ranieri admits Fulham’s 3-2 victory over Southampton is a step in the right direction and went on to hail Aleksandar Mitrovic as one of the best strikers in the world.Ranieri’s took over from Slavisa Jokanovic as Fulham manager with the west Londoners rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, having lost their last six matches in a row in all competitions.However, the Cottagers were resilient in their hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Saints thanks Mitrovic’s double.“It is a little step, but an important step for the players, for everybody, for the fans,” Ranieri told Sky Sports. “We had to work hard. The match was 3-2 but could have been many more for us, for them, but I am happy.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“When we were one down, I wanted to see how we reacted and it was very good, amazing. At 2-2 we again had to react, and this is the spirit that I like.“The players arrive together this week, and I only had two days with them. It is not easy to work in this condition, but it is okay. Of course, we have to work more, more, more.“I asked the players to fight until the end. We played a good match but we conceded too many chances to the opponent. We have to improve a lot, to work hard, to improve tactically.last_img read more

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Quadcore Snapdragon S4 is firing up for laptop wars

first_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Google is moving toward social; Facebook is moving to search; and now the chip kings are doing a similar dance into different territory. Intel is muscling in on smartphones and Qualcomm wants a big bite out of the laptop market. The news is that Qualcomm intends to place its quad-core Snapdragon S4 chips for Windows 8 laptops on the market later this year. Expectations are that, as Windows 8 launches in October, the Qualcomm chip laptops will be on board by the year’s end. News of the Qualcomm plan to make a dent in the laptop market was presented in PC World’s exchange with Qualcomm senior vice president, Rob Chandhok. Citation: Quad-core Snapdragon S4 is firing up for laptop wars (2012, April 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-quad-core-snapdragon-s4-laptop-wars.html Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset heads for tablets, TVs © 2012 PhysOrg.com In pacing this PC market push, Qualcomm already started shipping prototype Snapdragon-based Windows 8 machines to developers. The program combines a pre-release version of Windows on ARM with Snapdragon S4 test PCs. Qualcomm has become part of Microsoft’s Windows on ARM developer seeding program. The two companies are working on putting test PCs, SoC-loaded computers, in the hands of select developers, in an invitation-only program. The developers can test and optimize applications for Snapdragon-powered Windows on ARM PCs. Qualcomm’s Windows move will serve its intention to bite into Intel market share in the PC and tablet category. The Qualcomm selling point is that the Snapdragon S4 chip, with its 28nm architecture, will pave the way for vendors to issue skinny, light, powerful, yet power-efficient, laptops, head to head with Intel “ultrabooks.”Chandhok is also playing on the advantages of Snapdragon-based Windows 8 machines as very light. He seemed to be suggesting they will be surprisingly light. “We think much lighter than what Intel calls an ultrabook,” Chandhok said in the report. He noted that having a powerful Snapdragon chip with four CPU cores and multiple graphics cores will really enhance Windows 8 devices for applications such as games. Those outside Qualcomm are prepared to wait and see to what extent Snapdragon on Windows 8 will boost the company’s standing in ultrabook PCs, especially as to if and how Snapdragon S4 chips for Windows 8 laptops will outperform competing products with Intel on board.Until now, Qualcomm has been known as a manufacturer of chips for smartphones and tablets. They will be going up against competition not only from Intel but also from Nvidia and Texas Instruments. As several observers note, consumers can expect to have interesting choices in ultra-thin laptops as a result. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more