PBA D-League Draft set

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Players can take the first step to their dreams as the PBA D-League opens the applications for the annual draft set on December 12.Fil-foreign aspirants are given until Friday, November 10, to submit the necessary papers while local-born aspirants below the age of 30 have their deadlines set on December 1.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ School-based teams which will compete in the first conference of the 2018 season are advised to submit the names of new players to determine the selection order come draft day.The PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup begins on January 18, 2018.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Lonzo Ball hasn’t spoken to brother LiAngelo amid situation in China OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View commentslast_img read more

South Africa’s new universities named

first_img25 July 2013 South Africa’s two new universities, to open in the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga province with a small student intake in 2014 before expanding quickly over the next decade, will be called Sol Plaatje University and the University of Mpumalanga. Announcing the names at a press conference in Pretoria on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma said that the government’s policy blueprint, the National Development Plan (NDP), envisaged an increase in the country’s higher education enrolments from 17.9 percent in 2012 to 25 percent by 2030. “In the last decade we have witnessed growth of over 50% in the number of enrolments,” he said. “Numbers moved from 603 000 students enrolled in 2001 to 935 000 in 2012.” South Africa currently has 23 universities. These include six universities of technology, which focus on vocationally oriented education, six comprehensive universities offering a combination of academic and vocational diplomas and degrees, and 11 traditional universities offering theoretically oriented university degrees. However, none of these is located in either Mpumalanga or the Northern Cape, making these the only provinces in the country that are not home to a university.Private sector urged to come on board Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan set aside over R2-billion for the establishment of the two new universities in his medium term (2013-2015) budget in September last year. Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande, also addressing Thursday’s press conference, said the government was in talks with the private sector, particularly with companies that do business in the two provinces, to come on board with additional funding. “In fact, a few of them have come forward and said they are willing to make some kind of contribution,” Nzimande said. He confirmed that the first intake of students would be in 2014, but that they would be operating from existing buildings, with new university buildings expected to open in 2015. Zuma said that each university would grow its institutional, academic and infrastructure capacity in a planned and gradual manner, with the aim of growing over the next decade to accommodate 15 000 students at the main campus in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga and 5 000 at the main campus in Kimberley. The planned start in 2014 will accommodate a modest initial intake 150 students at Sol Plaatjie and 140 in Mpumalanga.Catering for academic niche areas “The two universities are expected to provide additional specialist capacity to our higher education system, enabling the establishment of academic niche areas that do not exist elsewhere or are underrepresented in the country.” Given the rich heritage of Kimberley and the Northern Cape in general, Zuma said, it was envisaged that Sol Plaatje would specialise in heritage studies, including interconnected academic fields such as museum management, archaeology, indigenous languages, and restoration architecture. Mpumalanga University was expected to specialise in agriculture and biodiversity, linking into food security, natural resource management, nature conservation, plant and animal sciences, forestry and wood sciences, technology as well as wildlife management. However, “these represent only the initial ideas, which will be given greater definition as the new interim councils take up their duties,” Zuma said. He noted that preliminary academic programmes had been established for each institution and that a range of partnerships had been formed with established universities to support academic programme development and delivery at the new universities. The University of Mpumalanga will start as a multi-campus institution, with one campus in Nelspruit and one in Siyabuswa. Sol Plaatje University will be established initially on the main campus in Kimberley, but might expand to become a multi-campus university in the future. The Department of Higher Education and Training is determined to ensure that the first new institutions of higher learning to open in South Africa since 1994 become “symbols of our new order, democracy, inclusiveness, growth and opportunity”, capable of attracting “the best academics in South Africa, the continent and the world”. Intellectual, journalist, linguist, politician, translator and writer Sol Plaatje (1876-1932) was the author of Mhudi (completed in 1920, published in 1930), the first novel by a black South African. He was also a prominent campaigner for the rights of black people, and a founder member and first general secretary of the South African Native National Congress, which would become the African National Congress (ANC). SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Massive literacy campaign rolls out with billboards, radio and video

first_imgThe isiZulu-language literacy billboard, illustrated by Rico of the Madam and Eve cartoon series.A huge billboard campaign, including videos at taxi ranks and coinciding with the second season of stories broadcast on SABC public radio stations, has been launched to raise awareness of the importance of reading and storytelling to give children a better start in life.Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, working with SABC Education, has built the campaign around the belief that a well-established culture of reading can be a game changer in the lives of South African children.“Even if you can’t read, you can still tell stories to children,” says David Harrison, CEO of the DG Murray Trust, the main funder of the Nal’ibali campaign. “Stories spark those parts of their brains concerned with imagination, emotion, sensation and movement, and create the neural circuits that ultimately enable sophisticated thinking and reasoning. “As research has shown, children who read for pleasure perform better in the classroom, and not just in vocabulary and spelling, but also in maths. And stories are a great way to get children interested in books and reading, starting from birth.”The series of billboards, drawn by Madam and Eve illustrator Rico, show three scenes symbolising how helping children develop an interest in reading is not only enjoyable for adults and children alike, but can also be done with children of every age, including babies. The illustrations tap into a growing body of research indicating that reading for pleasure paves a path to educational success, irrespective of social background and circumstance.Over 500 billboards have been erected nationwide, with taglines translated into the main languages of the provinces and regions in which they are placed.STORY POWERThe rollout coincides with the second season of Nal’ibali radio stories in partnership with SABC Education, a major supporter of the “Story power. Bring it home” campaign. The stories are broadcast three times a week in all 11 official languages across SABC public radio stations. Aside from featuring in townships, rural areas and cities, the billboards have also been transformed into short animated clips that will be aired daily for the next four months in 10 taxi ranks across the country.“Reaching beyond the limitations of physical services and centre-based education, radio offers the perfect platform to interact, engage, inform and effectively educate listeners in their first languages, straight into their homes,” says Tshilidzi Davhana, commissioning editor of SABC Education. “It is still the most accessible medium for both urban and rural citizens, and with more than 28-million adults listening to these stations weekly, it can therefore assist in making change happen more quickly.”STORYTELLING IN ALL LANGUAGESIn calling for parent and caregiver involvement in children’s literacy learning, the new billboard series moves away from the idea that literacy learning can only take place at school – and only in English.“Many parents and primary caregivers don’t realise how important their teaching role is with their children – they feel it’s the responsibility of school to do all the teaching,” says Carole Bloch, director of Praesa, which is driving the Nal’ibali campaign together with partners.“Yet sharing stories, which all families can do, is an essential literacy learning building block.”In fact, according to the South African Book Development Council, only 5% of parents in South Africa read to their children.The campaign has also been designed to connect the public to the Nal’ibali website, mobisite and weekly bilingual newspaper supplement, where adults are able to access literacy tips, support and activities as well as children’s stories in a range of South African languages. Nal’ibali Literacy Mentors on the ground will also offer “Story power” workshops, information sessions and community dialogues throughout the duration of the campaign, including the provision of support to the parents of children who attend Nal’ibali’s network of more than 300 reading clubs in six provinces.last_img read more

6 steps to organize a Cache In Trash Out® (CITO) event

first_imgSave the Earth while geocaching?Yes, please! We call it CITO (Cache In Trash Out®).In 2018, geocachers around the globe will gather together during the weeks of April 21-29 and September 15-23 to pick up trash, remove invasive species, repair trails and earn a  prized CITO souvenir. If you’ve never hosted a CITO and you don’t know where to begin, read on! Here are 6 steps to get you started.GC70P66 Cache In Trash Out (CITO)1. Choose a location and a date.Since your CITO event will result in an improvement to a public space, pick an area that’s important to you and/or that needs special attention. Make sure you have permission to host the CITO from the local land manager. If you are unsure about which location is best, call a local park manager or geocaching organization. They can provide assistance and support in selecting the best location.GC71MNJ CITO litter-al logbook2. Pick an activity.A CITO event should involve geocachers taking part in an activity that produces an environmental improvement to a park or another cache-friendly place. CITO activities have included trash pickups, tree plantings, invasive species removals, and trail maintenance. Need inspiration and direction? Talk to the land manager to find out where volunteers are most needed. See if there are any local environmental organizations already doing volunteer work, with whom you can partner. Call your city’s Parks and Recreation department to find out if any city volunteer initiatives are planned.GC5Q30H beach CITO3. Fill out the Event Cache submission form.Your CITO event must be submitted at least two weeks before the date of the event. Get your event submitted early and give yourself time to square away any details.Type & Location: Select Cache In Trash Out Event as the event type and enter the coordinates where your event will take place.Waypoints (Optional): Is there parking near your event? A trailhead you need to find to get to the right spot? Let folks know.Event Details and Description: Where is the event, what time does it start and end, and what will folks be doing? Is any special type of clothing or gear required? Will there be activities suitable for young children, or do you have to be a spring chicken to partake? Will there be a lunch break? Any safety concerns? The more details you can supply, the better.CITO in the forest4. Wait for the event to be published.Once you’ve reviewed and submitted your event listing, your local Reviewer will likely publish the event or request changes to it within a week. If you don’t hear from your Reviewer, check to make sure the event listing is actually submitted and enabled. Check to see if the Reviewer has posted any Reviewer notes in the cache logs section. Once you’ve made any necessary changes, review and submit the listing once more. Feel free to ask your Reviewer for advice if you’re struggling with the event listing.Planting trees for CITO5. Once the event is published, let people know about it!Is there a local geocaching organization you can reach out to, to let them know about your CITO? Maybe there are even some non-geocacher volunteer organizations you could recruit… the more the merrier!GC19C0T CITO in Hawaii 6. On the day of the event…Show up early.Watch the cache page and your e-mail for last minute questions.See to it that every person knows what the activity is, and how to do it.Agree on a time and location to meet up and debrief at the close of the event.After the event is over, keep the event listed long enough to allow people to log the event.Then write a thank you note, and archive it. Voila!That’s all, folks! Remember: the CITO 2018 souvenir will be available for events during the weeks of April 21-29 and September 15-23, so if you’re planning to host an event that weekend make sure you submit the cache listing at least two weeks in advance, preferably more.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related6 Steps to organize a Cache In, Trash Out (CITO) eventMarch 18, 2015In “Cache In Trash Out”Add CITO to Your Geocaching VocabularySeptember 29, 2014In “Community”CITO 2019 Season 1 RecapJune 11, 2019In “Community”last_img read more

Rafael Nadal donates 1 million euros to Mallorca flood victims

first_img(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 10, 2018 Spain’s Rafael Nadal kisses the Mousquetaires Cup (The Musketeers) after his victory in the men’s singles final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem, on day fifteen of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)Rafael Nadal has given one million euros ($1.14 million) to the victims of floods in his native Mallorca, the mayor of the affected town Mateu Puigros said on Thursday.The incidents claimed 13 lives in October in the town that neighbors Nadal’s home of Manacor.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening 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 MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Band of brothers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The 17-time Grand Slam winner had also made his tennis academy available for those impacted by the sudden downpour.“In the name of the municipality and the residents especially those effected by the flood in October, we want to thank him for the sensitivity he has shown since the beginning and after what happened here in Sant Llorenc,” Puigros said in a video.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more