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first_imgShe said Jones, who has been questioned by police in 10 separate incidents since being drafted in April 2005, wasn’t doing anything wrong. “Mr. Jones was here just trying to be a normal customer, trying to bowl” with several other people, Cisco said. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman is a betting man. He thinks UNLV is “a given” to get into the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. He says there’s nothing wrong with cheering on your home town team, or with putting money down to back your convictions. “I think betting is part of the American fabric,” he says. But he’s keeping his cards close to the vest when it comes to negotiations on a proposal he plans to submit later this month to NBA commissioner David Stern about bringing a professional basketball team to Las Vegas. Stern has long said an NBA franchise could never come to the city as long as betting on the league was accepted in Nevada casinos. But his position seemed to soften during the NBA All-Star week in Las Vegas last month. Stern asked Goodman to submit a proposal to handle the betting issue before the NBA Board of Governors meets April 23. Goodman said Stern put no restrictions on the proposal. Winter sports South Koreans won all six events on the final day of the short track speedskating world championships in Milan, Italy. Five-time Olympic medalist Apolo Anton Ohno finished third in both the 1,000 and 3,000 and started off the United States’ bronze-medal performance in the 5,000-meter relay. Olympic champion Ahn Hyun-soo won the men’s 1,000 meters in 1 minute, 27.177 seconds and Song Kyung-taek took the 3,000 title with 4:52.853. In the 5,000-meter relay, Ahn and Song were joined by Sung Si-bak and Kim Hyun-kon on the victory podium after a time of 6:55.399. Marlies Schild of Austria won a World Cup slalom for the seventh time this season Sunday to claim first place in the overall standings. Julia Mancuso of the United States, second overall entering the race, finished 24th in her weakest event. Schild, who already has won the slalom season title, had the best time in both runs and totaled 1 minute, 36.67. Anna Ottosson of Sweden and Sarka Zahrobska of the Czech Republic shared second, 2.23 seconds behind. “There’s no secret,” Schild said. “It’s important that I have a good feeling early in the run.” LBCC stops two Long Beach City College swept a doubleheader on Sunday in the consolation round of the Golden West Tournament behind standout Sarah Frudakis. In the first game, the sophomore pitcher allowed one run to get the complete game win behind her solid day at the plate. With the bat she went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a three-run homer in the 10-1 win. In the second game, the Vikings got an early four-run lead in the third inning to keep Santa Ana away to pick up the 5-3 victory. Briefly David Millar won a prologue Sunday to take the early overall lead at the Paris-Nice race, which began despite threats of a boycott. The Scottish rider finished in 6 minutes, 1 second in a 2.9-mile dash around the Paris suburb of Issy-Les-Moulineaux. Roman Kreuzinger of the Czech Republic trailed by one second and Sebastien Joly of France was two seconds back. Luis Sanchez of Spain was fourth ahead of Alberto Contador, while American rider Levi Leipheimer – one of the race favorites – finished 3 seconds behind Millar in the sixth spot. Japan’s Yasuko Hashimoto won the Nagoya International Women’s Marathon, edging compatriot and defending champion Harumi Hiroyama by six seconds. Hashimoto completed the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 28 minutes and 49 seconds. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Adam “Pacman” Jones has drawn the attention of authorities again. This time police arrested a man for threatening the Tennessee Titans’ cornerback with a pocket knife. Police arrested Clayton Smith of Spring Hill on Friday night after he pulled a knife on Jones at a bowling alley. Smith “threatened to beat up Mr. Jones and to use the knife on him,” said Franklin police detective Stephanie Cisco, who was at the Franklin Family Entertainment Center when the incident occurred around 10:15 p.m. center_img Smith, 33, was charged with aggravated assault. He was being held Sunday in the Williamson County Jail on $5,000 bond. The detective said Smith previously has been arrested for stalking, unlawful weapon possession and drug offenses. Donte’ Stallworth will be catching passes from Tom Brady instead of Donovan McNabb next year. Stallworth and the New England Patriots agreed Sunday on a multiyear contract. The deal was confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. ESPN.com reported Stallworth’s contract could be worth $33.1 million over six years, including a guaranteed $3.6 million for 2007. Vegas eyeing NBA last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Wenger and Mourinho have had their fair share of run-ins in a tense rivalry © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 20 – AFP Sport picks out ten Arsene Wenger quotes after the 68-year-old Frenchman announced he would be stepping down at the end of the season after almost 22 years in charge:– On the ‘Invincibles’ “To remain unbeaten in a championship like the English championship now is really unbelievable. I want to win the Champions League but, really, this is more important. It is something amazing, something special. How can you do it?”— A justifiably proud Wenger after his ‘Invincibles’, including French stars Thierry Henry and Robert Pires, went through the 2003/04 Premier League season unbeaten, only the second side after Preston North End in 1888/89 to achieve that feat.– On the British diet“What’s really dreadful is the diet in Britain. The whole day you drink tea with milk and coffee with milk and cakes. If you had a fantasy world of what you shouldn’t eat in sport, it’s what you eat here.”— Wenger, used to the healthier diet of Japan, where he coached before taking over at Arsenal, lashes out at British dietary habits.– On Mourinho’s ‘voyeur’ jibe“He’s out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent.”— Wenger has had fiery relationships with Jose Mourinho and Alex Ferguson, eschewing the tradition of having a drink with his opposite number after the match. Here he reacts furiously to Mourinho remarking in 2005 that Wenger was a “voyeur” for constantly talking about Chelsea.– On women“A football team is like a beautiful woman. When you do not tell her, she forgets she is beautiful.”— Renowned for his team’s attractive style of play, Wenger draws a parallel between his side and beautiful women.– On being a scapegoat“I’m ready to take the blame for all the problems of English football if that is what he wants.”— Wenger sarcastically hits back at Alex Ferguson’s criticism in 2007 that Arsenal had few home grown players.– On his holistic approach“We try to go a different way that, for me, is respectable. Briefly, these are the basics. I thought: We are building a stadium, so I will get young players in early so I do not find myself exposed on the transfer market without the money to compete with the others. I build a team, and we compensate by creating a style of play, by creating a culture at the club because the boy comes in at 16 or 17 and when they go out they have a supplement of soul, of love for the club, because they have been educated together. The people you meet at college from 16 to 20, often those are the relationships in life that keep going. That, I think, will give us strength that other clubs will not have.”— Wenger reveals his team-building philosophy in 2006, reluctant to splash the cash like rival clubs as the Gunners invested in the construction of the Emirates.– On ‘parking the bus’“I don’t know what you mean by parking the bus. I don’t know who created this expression but it has not a lot to do with football.”— Wenger rejects out of hand any suggestion he would ever revert to a defensive strategy.– On Nicolas Anelka“No matter how much money you earn, you can only eat three meals a day and sleep in one bed.”— Wenger on turbulent striker Nicolas Anelka, who engineered a big-money move to Real Madrid aged just 20. Anelka was to stay just one season in Spain and later said he wished he had remained at the Gunners.– On Mourinho, again“It is fear to fail.”— Wenger’s verdict on Mourinho’s unwillingness to talk up Chelsea’s title chances in February 2014.– On his gardener“I said ‘Good afternoon’ and he replied, ‘I’m your gardener at your house’. I didn’t even know him. I do have a big garden.”— Wenger talking about an incident last season when he was serving a touchline ban and ended up sitting beside his gardener at Stamford Bridge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgTHE emotions of Sept. 11, 2001, are so raw that even six years later they are still palpable: The shock, the sorrow, the fear, the anger, the helplessness; followed by the patriotism, the pride, the sense of national unity and resolve. After six years, we’ve gone through more grief cycles than the psychiatrists can name. We’re less fearful, if only because we’ve grown tired of being afraid; and we’ve long since lost our unity, if only because bickering was our default way of life. But there’s also much more at work in our complex national psyche. Six years without another major attack on American soil has made us feel safer, whether justifiably or not. We’re not convinced, as we were then, that the next attack will come at any moment, and so we spend less time thinking about it. Yet, despite having achieved temporary safety, we are also well aware that we have achieved nothing close to “victory” in the War on Terror. The situation in Iraq may have momentarily improved, but it remains a mess. Afghanistan is far from stable. And we continue to apprehend operational terrorist cells across the world – a testament to the hard work of our security forces, but also a reminder that the enemy has by no means surrendered. Six years later, it’s not any clearer how to battle the idea that has declared war on us – a militant, radical variation of Islam. Even White House officials don’t seem to believe in the Bush Doctrine anymore, and no one in either party has offered anything approaching a coherent replacement. All of which makes for a strange 9-11 anniversary. No one wants to relive the agony and the pain. No one wants to be reminded, for the zillionth time, that “it’s not a matter of if, but when” the next attack will come. And least of all, no one wants to endure the politicians’ crass attempts to manipulate those memories for partisan purposes. So perhaps when remembering 9-11, it’s best not to focus on the horror, which would be emotionally exhausting; nor to speculate about future, which is ambiguous as ever; nor to engage in political fights – we’ve had plenty of those already . Instead, maybe the best way to use this day is to remember the heroes. Think of the police, medics and firefighters who stormed those towers, looking to save others’ lives while knowing that they were sacrificing their own. Think of those passengers on Flight 93, ordinary people who fought terrorists with their bare hands, saving hundreds, if not thousands, of their fellow Americans in the process. Think about the soldiers who, ever since, have done whatever their confused nation has asked of them. On 9-11, in the form of 19 hijackers, we saw humanity at its worst. But then, and ever since, we have seen it at its best in countless others. The heroes around us have given an example of how to live and love that transcends both the uncertainties and the divisions of these times. It’s their example – their selflessness, their bravery, their generosity – that we would all do well to emulate as the country continues to come to terms with the day that radically changed life for us all.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgConte admitted during the conference that his English wasn’t quite up to scratch and is still learning the language, but, in truth, he spoke well in his first official appearance at Stamford Bridge.This is the former Italy and Juventus boss’ first experience of English football, and he expressed his pride and excitement at what awaits him in the Premier League with Chelsea.He also acknowledged the challenge ahead at a club which won the 2014-15 Premier League title, but finished a lowly 10th last term, but insisted the pressure does not faze him.“The pressure for me is not important,” Conte added. “I was born with pressure. It’s normal.“When you are a player, a footballer, or a manager of a great club like Chelsea you must play to win the title or to fight at the end to compete with the other teams, to win the title, to reach your targets.“I know this league is very, very difficult, because there are six, seven teams that can win the title.“We know that this year it won’t be easy for us because if we think the last season 10th position, last season was a bad season. We know. Me, the players, the club.“But I think we must think to the present, to work very hard every day, every week, every month, to build something important for the club.“The fans need to find a team ready to fight until the end to compete with the other teams.“There is only one team to win the title, but we must stay there till the end of the season.“Chelsea belongs to Champions League and we must stay there.” Antonio Conte was unveiled as the new Chelsea manager on Thursday New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte began his reign at the club by insisting John Terry will remain the club’s captain – whether or not the defender plays.The 35-year-old signed a one-year contract extension – his third such deal – in May, despite having declared in January that he expected to leave the club this summer.Terry, who has made more than 700 appearances for the Blues, endured a frustrating bit-part role at times during Jose Mourinho’s second spell at the club, but has been reassured about his position at Stamford Bridge.And, speaking at a press conference for the first time since becoming the Chelsea manager back in April, Conte insisted he values the former England international’s influence and experience.“Yes, John Terry is the captain of Chelsea when he plays, when he doesn’t play. You are always the captain,” Conte said as he was unveiled as the Blues’ new head coach on Thursday.“He’s captain of this team, he’s a great player, with a great personality, with great charisma.“I like to speak to him because he knows the club, the right spirit to play in this club and for me he’s an important player.“When a player deserves to play, with me, they play.” Welcome to Chelsea, Antonio Conte! pic.twitter.com/8SFTyjPU1T— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 14, 2016 1last_img read more

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first_imgMe with Frank and those two trophiesInexperienced Donegal Mauled by Monaghan by Cathal MacSuibhne, donegaldaily.com.A first home game of the year for the All-Ireland Champions but its safe to say we’re all waiting for the homecoming proper in May after watching the mauling handed out by Monaghan today.It was a similar story to Wednesday night with an inexperienced Donegal being well beaten by a superior conditioned side but it was a useful exercise nonetheless with some of the new lads doing their bid for a permanent squad place no harm at all. The McGuinness ‘system’ is well known to the players, and everyone else really at this stage, and as such it makes it a bit easier for players to slot in when required; however it is certainly less troublesome for defenders to take up the baton. A mobile, pacey defender can answer most of the questions asked of him and with numbers behind the ball he has help by his side (even though the questions came a bit too quick for the back unit today). It’s a different story up front where a lot of Donegal’s forward play is built upon physical presence and ball winning ability. When the usual suspects aren’t available it can be very difficult for the forward line to play with any kind of cohesion and so much more work goes into each score. Today was a case in point when it took 28 minutes for the first score to arrive, that being Adrian Hanlon’s goal.Daniel McLaughlin going off early after shipping a heavy knock to his knee while taking a shot at goal didn’t help matters up front; the St Michael’s man was very effective on Wednesday night and his pace and piercing runs were missed.The Naomh Conaill duo of Dermot Molloy and Marty Boyle were unavailable from the off today with each suffering from a bout of the vomiting bug and this further depleted the options available to Maxi Curran.Gary McFadden was again prominent and looked Donegal’s most dangerous player. He played in midfield today but still got forward whenever he could and got his name on the score sheet, adding to the four points he registered in Brewster Park. His leadership is vital on days like this when there are so many newcomers on the field and of course he’s no stranger to that type of role having captained his club to county glory in 2011. He’s one who could well have his eye on a starting spot in Croke Park in three weeks time. Shane McGowan was another who put impressive back-to-back displays together and indeed was the standout performer in green and gold today. Playing what could be termed the ‘McHugh role’ he looked good on the ball and showed great anticipation – just like the Kilcar man did all last year.A goal for the visitors almost straight from the restart killed the game and it was a second half procession for the Farney men. Monaghan have traditionally always had strong, tough footballers who bring great physicality to games and this was evident again today. They also moved the ball extremely well at times and regardless of the nature of the teams, wracking up 3-16 against Donegal is good going.They had many excellent performances today but Kieran Hughes stood tallest and his afternoon was peppered with fine score taking, good build up work and some sumptuous assist play. One particular highlight came in the second half when he hit an overhead reverse pass with his weaker right foot to set up a point for substitute Dermot Malone.Willie Gillespie came into the game more in the second half for the hosts and scored a wonderful point off his right following clever use of his body to shield the incoming ball from the defender before grasping it and slotting it over. He did something similar in the first half and was unlucky not to get a penalty when striking for goal on that occasion.Malachy O’Rourke’s men appear to motoring along nicely and they will face Fermanagh on Wednesday night in a shoot-out for top spot. Of course Monaghan could easily have been our opponents in last year’s Ulster Final, their second half collapse in the semi against Down is no doubt still a sore point. They have a good manager in place in the shape of O’Rourke who had a good stint as Fermanagh boss and indeed the Ernemen were only a good free-taker away from an Ulster Championship in 2008. Monaghan could certainly be in the mix again this Summer, they are on the weaker side of the draw and will fancy themselves as dark horses for the Anglo Celt.There’ll be nothing dark about Donegal’s quest for three-in-a-row of course and depending on the decision from the Ulster Council over whether MacCumhaill Park is fit to the host eagerly awaited clash with Tyrone, that bid could begin on home turf. The old ground was quiet and hushed today but hopefully, with the correct call from Ulster HQ, the place will be rocking come the end of May.CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S DONEGAL DIARY – INEXPERIENCED DONEGAL MAULED BY MONAGHAN was last modified: January 13th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S DONEGAL DIARY – INEXPERIENCED DONEGAL MAULED BY MONAGHANDonegal GAAlast_img read more

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first_img Tags: paidah black angelsSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premier League Villa have not lost any of their last 5 league games (Photo by Villa media)Paidha Black Angels Vs SC VillaVenue: Green Light Stadium, AruaDate: 29th December 2018Kickoff: 4pmARUA – Top flight debutants Paidha Black Angels will host SC Villa on match day 13 at the Green Light Stadium in Arua.Paidha comes into the game with many constraints after failing to honour their Uganda cup tie against Express FC and a 3-0 loss to KCCA FC in their previous league game.Out of the 12 matches played so far this season, Paidha has only managed 1 victory, 1 draw and 10 losses while SC Villa stand with 2 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses.SC Villa will have a slight advantage of not losing in any of their last 5 games and on form players including league top scorer Bashir Mutanda.Bamweyana’s side will be without Edgar Luzige, Joseph Nsubuga and Brian Bwete due to injuries while Paidha Black Angels is ready with full squad for selection.SC Villa sit in the 12th position and a win pulls them slightly below Police FC while a win for Paidha pulls them to level matters with relegation zone-mate Nyamityobora FC.Other Games to be played on Saturday (4pm):-Vipers SC vs Tooro United-Bul FC vs KCCA FC-Ndejje University vs Maroons FC-Mbarara City vs Bright StarsComments last_img read more

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first_imgA claim of vast reservoirs of water deep in the earth is based on indirect evidence, and likely has little or nothing to do with surface water or floods.Science Daily reported, “New evidence for ‘oceans’ of water deep in Earth: Water bound in mantle rock alters view of Earth’s composition.”  The amount of water may be triple the volume of all the earth’s oceans and lakes combined, the article says.Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico report evidence for potentially oceans worth of water deep beneath the United States. Though not in the familiar liquid form — the ingredients for water are bound up in rock deep in the Earth’s mantle — the discovery may represent the planet’s largest water reservoir.The water is inferred to exist indirectly through echoes of seismic waves.  Scientists believe it became entrapped in mantle rock during subduction of continental plates.  The findings were published in Science Magazine.A key point about this water is that it is bound up in mantle rock; it does not exist in a liquid form.  Indeed, it cannot be liquid, because it is under extreme pressure and heat in the transition zone between the upper and lower mantle.  Being 250 to 410 miles deep, it has no way to reach the surface and influence the oceans except through plate tectonics.  The “ingredients” for water are bound up in minerals like ringwoodite and wadsleyite that can contain 1-3% water by weight.A number of people sent links to this story as if it supported a global Flood.  They must have pictured an ocean of liquid water under the crust, ready to burst forth.  Unfortunately, this “water” is bound to minerals, like it is on the dry moon.  Certain minerals can bind H2O in their chemical composition.  Even though the sheer volume of the minerals could contain a sizeable quantity of water (if it were at normal surface temperature and pressure), that does not mean that this water is available to the surface.It’s important not to read headlines and jump to conclusions.  Headlines are often more flamboyant than the data.  Unless a creation geologist can explain how the water could have become available to the surface in liquid form, it likely has nothing to do with a global flood. The article states that “water may be cycling between Earth’s surface and interior reservoirs through plate tectonics,” but the actual paper says nothing about this.  In the evolutionary timeline such cycling would take millions of years.  Creation geologists would have to present a plausible model for cycling it much faster.  This water is much deeper than allowed in certain flood models such as the hydroplate theory, which postulates water chambers 10 miles beneath the crust.  The mantle water is over 250 miles down.  One needs to have a plausible mechanism for bringing it up from that depth and releasing it from its mineral cage if it is to play any role in surface conditions.The deep “water” does create a problem for secular geologists and planetologists, though, because it increases the amount of volatile material that “Theia” (the hypothetical planet that smashed into earth and formed the moon—see 6/12/14) had to bring from elsewhere.There are bodies in the solar system that do have oceans of liquid water under their surfaces: among them Europa, Enceladus, maybe Ganymede and Callisto, and now Pluto (Science Daily).  Pluto may have had a subsurface liquid ocean in the past, the article says.  The presence of liquid water in small bodies in the outer solar system poses a severe challenge for the belief these bodies are billions of years old. (Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_imgNelson Mandela’s love for children and unending passion for quality education is well documented. Before the NMI stepped in, this school was dingy and dilapidated – not an atmosphere conducive to learning. The same school afterwards, where pupils can learn in a cheerful, encouraging environment.(Images: Nelson Mandela Institute for Rural Development and Education) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kimberley Porteus  Executive director  Nelson Mandela Institute for Rural  Development and Education at the  University of Fort Hare  Office 414  4th Floor, Gasson Centre  50 Church Street  East London 5200  South Africa  +27 43 704 7235RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela around the world • Renovated Mandela archive • Schools to benefit for Mandela Day • Education rights affirmed • One step closer to better education Source: Vodacom Digital ClassroomHe is a statesman, an icon of peace and one of the greatest humanist thinkers of our time. Yet Nelson Mandela, Nobel prizewinner and South Africa’s first democratically elected president, is the child of illiterate parents. It is no wonder that education is one of his great passions, both as a tool for personal development and a powerful driver of social change.Mandela’s view, often repeated, is that education is not only “the great engine of human development” through which “the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor”, but also “the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”.Mandela grew up in the deeply rural Transkei region of today’s Eastern Cape, where education was rudimentary, bordering on non-existent. He was the first member of his family to graduate from high school.“I grew up in an area where education for blacks was very rare indeed,” he said during an address to the London School of Economics in 2000. “My parents had never been to school. They were completely illiterate.”A major part of the legacy Mandela will leave the world are the four organisations he has founded over the past two decades: the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, and the Nelson Mandela Institute for Rural Development and Education. All of these, directly or indirectly, work to improve people’s access to, and the quality of, education in Africa.But it is the Nelson Mandela Institute for Rural Development and Education (NMI) that, in a hands-on way, addresses Mandela’s formative experience of education: its scarcity in the rural, tribal regions on the country, particularly the Eastern Cape.“The Eastern Cape [is] an area of South Africa much like the one so well described to you by Thomas Hardy,” Mandela said in his London speech. “It was a world of oral tradition, healing properties were herbal, an abscess would be treated with poultices, clean water was simply not available. Gastrointestinal infections, malaria, cholera were rampant. Life was brutish and short.”Infrastructure is not enoughMandela established the NMI in 2007, based at the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape, as a world-renowned centre for rural teacher development rooted in solid applied research. Today it is a small but dedicated organisation working with rural teachers, pupils and their parents to to create classrooms that work for children living in some of the poorest regions of the country.One of the problems of rural education is that many educational tools – policy, curriculum, teacher support materials – are developed for confident, middle-class English-speaking teachers and pupils in urban areas. That is where they are tested. When they are given to rural teachers to educate rural children, they fall flat.Through the 1990s and 2000s, Mandela worked with the private sector to build schools in rural areas, resulting in an extraordinary 140 new schools with first-class infrastructure. But after five years or so, these schools were found to have become as dysfunctional and ineffective as most other poor and rural public schools. The teaching and learning project had collapsed.“While the school children still benefited from sounder infrastructure, the educational project of teaching and learning was still not alive,” says Basetsana Khumalo, who works on the NMI’s investment and finance committee. “Sound infrastructure is a necessity for quality education but, on its own, does not cause quality education.”Mandela and his team realised that a longer-term, more hands-on approach was needed, one that properly understood rural education, was able to rectify its problems, and put rural teachers and learners at the heart of the solution. They saw that there were few institutes working directly with the needs and realities of rural learners, teachers and parents, to build a sustainable system of quality education over time.The breakthrough moment“Teachers across the globe stay in the classroom mainly for one reason,” Khumalo says. “Beyond the pay cheque, teachers stay in the classroom because of the energy they get when they see a child ‘break through’. It is extremely beautiful, and very rewarding – when a child startles herself with a breakthrough moment.“However, if we have the wrong educational tools and conditions, children do not break through. And when no one is winning, we get frustrated … There is a war of frustration in our classrooms that most dangerously is most often turned inwards on children and teachers themselves.”The NMI team is highly skilled, with the energy to live in rural schools and communities, working side by side with teachers and pupils to find solutions that work. In this way they create tools and methods to build child-friendly text-rich primary school classrooms that promote reading, writing, expression and critical thinking.Importantly, these solutions are field-tested to work specifically in the context of the rural school. They are then used to create teacher training and professional development coursework that allows them to properly teach the rural child. Foundation phase is keyThe core work of the NMI is to re-engineer the foundation phase classroom in line with the social and linguistic needs of children and teachers. The team focuses on physical ergonomics, learning and teaching tools, curriculum and pedagogy.Bilingual education gets careful attention. The children’s home language must be strengthened to ensure cognitive development, while at the same time English is systematically introduced to prepare them for instruction in that language further into their schooling years.“While we call the work bilingual, interactive, differentiated foundation phase classrooms, teachers, learners and parents have called them simply, ‘Magic Classrooms’,” Khumalo says.“They are magic because they are places where teachers and learners can see, for themselves, the magical process of learning breaking through. One elderly man said to me simply, ‘This is a classroom for a human being.’” Teaching without fearBefore working with the institute, classrooms carry the heavy burden of long-term neglect. Teachers have little ability to systematically support the children’s conceptual progress. There is no reading breakthrough up to Grade 3.After working with the NMI, classrooms are busy with the energy of children learning and teachers teaching. The classrooms are conducive to learning and teaching without fear. Children love books. The classrooms are “magic” because they produce the magical explosive learning moments that, taken together, make up the joy of learning.“There can be no contentment for any of us when there are children, millions of children, who do not receive an education that provides them with dignity and honour and allows them to live their lives to the full,” Mandela said at the launch of the institute in 2007.“The establishment of the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development is the realisation of a long dream for me. It will carry my name and embody my commitment to a world where all children are afforded the opportunity to fulfil their dreams.”The institute runs a number of programmes, including the community-named Magic Classrooms, as well as Ilima Lokufunda and the Grounding Programme at the University of Fort Hare.The NMI also has a strong partnership with Unicef through the Schools for Africa Partnership, ensuring the work informs and is informed by developments in education across Africa.last_img read more

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first_imgRelated Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#apps#mobile#Trends It’s none-too-shocking news, but well worth noting: a new study of over 10,000 smartphone users has indicated that mobile Web and mobile application usage increases during the evening and nighttime hours. Meanwhile, more traditional types of communications attract increased attention during the day.The data comes from mobile analytics firm Zokem, which found that voice and messaging dominate in the day time, but apps, and to a lesser extent, mobile Web browsing really take off after the workday is over.The results of the study, seen here in the charts below, show the usage patterns among smartphone owners during a typical working day.Voice drops quicker than messaging, says Zokem, because it’s a more business-oriented service. (So true! No one actually calls each other anymore, do they?) sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … While this data may just serve to reconfirm suspicions you already had, it’s important information for mobile advertisers, as it indicates the most important, and therefore, the most lucrative, times of day to target ads.For what it’s worth, the data represented here comes from a fairly good-sized dataset: over 10,000 smartphone users, including 6.5 million distinct smartphone application usage sessions in 16 countries during 2009 and 2010. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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first_imgThis is the only big site which makes all of its data freely available as a bulk download, without requiring a crawler or API to access, so unsurprisingly its robots.txt is a bit unusual. It’s chock-full of comments and is even editable on the main site. There’s lots of user agents that are disallowed, usually with descriptive comments about why they’ve been banned. Particularly interesting is the commentary on WebReaper, banned because it “downloads gazillions of pages with no public benefit.” This reveals the implicit deal between site owners and crawlers: the publishers put up with automated access as long as they can see the value that’s returned. In Wikipedia’s case that’s about the benefit for the general public, but for most sites it’s about their self-interest. Google sends them traffic, and other crawlers are tolerated in the hope they’ll do the same.FacebookAfter experimenting with auxiliary terms of service outside of their robots.txt, the social network eventually settled on a whitelist policy. This means they disallow access to everyone, except a select group of search engines who’ve agreed to their terms. Interestingly, there are some smaller players like Seznam included, showing how keen Facebook are on competing in overseas markets. There’s also a password-protected site map that presumably makes it easy for those search engines to find and index everyone’s public profiles. Wikipedia Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes Are there any other secrets buried in robots.txt? I’m sure there’s a lot of surprises out there, so if you’ve discovered a site with funky policies, let me know in the comments.Photo by Splenetic …the catch-all policy for all other crawlers has a comment that its target is “every bot that might possibly read and respect this file.” This highlights the reliance of publishers on crawlers’ good manners, and the need to spot and block the IP addresses of any that are being badly behaved.GoogleAppropriately for a company founded on Web crawling, Google’s robots.txt is very open. The main restrictions are on service entry points like search pages or analytics. This led me to discover some tools I didn’t know about before, like its Uncle Sam U.S. government search engine, as well as some mysterious entries like the compressiontest folder whose function nobody’s quite certain of. Tags:#hack#tips pete warden Probably the biggest difference between Google and Facebook is in their treatment of users’ public profiles. Whereas Facebook is very picky about who it gives access, Google not only explicitly calls out the profiles folder as accessible to all robots, it even provides a site map listing all user’s ids to make it easier to grab their information. Last year I released an open-source project demonstrating how to access these profiles, and it looks like there’s now around 9 million available, thanks to Buzz and other efforts to persuade users to open up their information to the world.EbayI was surprised to see that Ebay’s robots.txt takes a similar approach to the one abandoned by Facebook, where they have a file that encourages crawling of the whole site, but includes a comment attempting to impose legal restrictions on what can be done with the information that’s gathered. This is a problem for the open Web because if it’s accepted as valid, it would require a lawyer to read and understand every single site’s terms before anyone could write a general-purpose crawler like Google’s. I believe the real answer is making some of these common restrictions machine-readable in an extended robots.txt standard, so that startups can continue to innovate without the risk of legal action from unhappy publishers.AmazonUnusually, Amazon’s robots.txt imposes more restrictions on Google’s crawler than other spiders, the only one I’ve found that does. It singles out Google to prevent it accessing product reviews, which makes me wonder if there was some dispute over the search engine’s re-use of the information on its own sites? It certainly seems like strategic information that adds a lot of value to Amazon, so I can understand why it might not want to share it with a rival. Otherwise Amazon displays a remarkably open policy towards Web crawlers. They obviously believe they get a lot of value from other people indexing the site, because its whole product catalog seems to be available for download, including prices, ratings and related product information. Their site maps even list categories like brands and authors to make it simple to access all their products.TwitterLike Wikipedia, Twitter’s data is more easily available through other channels like the API, and its robots.txt reflects this focus. There’s also a plaintive note of despair at the bad behavior of Web crawlers that’s reminiscent of Wikipedia’s complaints. Apparently Google’s crawler doesn’t respect the crawl-delay directive, and the catch-all policy for all other crawlers has a comment that its target is “every bot that might possibly read and respect this file.” This highlights the reliance of publishers on crawlers’ good manners, and the need to spot and block the IP addresses of any that are being badly behaved. Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Despite companies like Google making tens of billions of dollars from Web crawling, the rules governing so-called robots indexing the Web are surprisingly vague. As somebody who ran afoul of Facebook with my own crawler, I’ve taken a keen interest in other sites’ attitudes to external access. There’s some interesting stories buried in the robots.txt files that define their policies, so let me take you on a tour.last_img read more