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South African pupils win World Literary Quiz

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first_imgThe Manor Gardens Primary School quizteam scored 51 points to win the 2011International Kids Literary Quiz, 16points clear of their runners up, SummitHeights Public School from Canada with 35.(Image: Manor Gardens Primary School)MEDIA CONTACTS• Carol Lottering+27 31 261 1401RELATED ARTICLES• SA whizz-kid in line for Google award• SA students tops at science awards• Education in South Africa• Student boffin is top programmerNosimilo RamelaPupils and teachers from Manor Gardens Primary School in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, are celebrating after the school’s team won the 2011 International Kids Literary Quiz in New Zealand on 19 July.Grade seven pupils Alexandra Breckenridge, Matthew Robbins, Emily Spencer and Sarah Herrington represented South Africa in the event, taking on teams from the UK, US, Canada and New Zealand. The annual event tests the literary knowledge of children between 10 and 13.Wayne Mills, a New Zealand quizmaster and senior lecturer at the University of Auckland, founded the quiz in 1991 to motivate youngsters to read more and see the activity as a type of sport. Mills wanted good readers to be rewarded and be celebrated by their schools, just like sporty children are.Over the past 20 years the competition has grown into a popular annual event among youngsters in the different participating countries, with hundreds of teams vying for a chance to represent their nation in the final. Some 400 teams in the UK alone took part in the regional finals this year.Manor Gardens Primary School beat 150 teams from schools around South Africa in their regional finals held in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.Teams have to get through 10 rounds of 10 questions in the regional finals. The questions cover a range of topics in children’s books, including weapons in literature and witches.Bookstore Exclusive Books sponsored the competition in South Africa, offering cash prizes and book vouchers to each of the winning teams.Manor Gardens principal Carol Lottering said the school’s teachers, pupils and parents were proud of the team.“They have shown that there is some good in our education. You often hear negative things about education in this country, but here is a public school that has competed internationally and won.”‘Emphatic win’Competition organisers Kids Lit Quiz congratulated the young South Africans for their outstanding win.“The South African team from Manor Gardens in Durban was comprehensively strong in all the categories and won this year’s final emphatically,” it said in a statement.The Durban school team won the contest with 51 points – which is 16 points clear of runners up Summit Heights Public School from Canada, with 35; and last year’s winners Cockermouth School from the UK, with 27 points.Lottering said that the team which helped prepare the pupils for the competition as well as the school’s media centre teacher, Isobel Sobey, had a big role to play in their success.“It was a joint effort by the teachers and parents, who worked together to assist the children. The teachers emphasise the importance of reading in the same way the parents do at home.”The school’s Facebook page has been flooded with congratulatory messages since news broke of their triumph. South Africa’s Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga was among the many who posted celebratory messages on the page. “You make the country proud,” she wrote.The school has also written a message on Facebook on behalf of the team to thank all their supporters for the encouraging words.“We are truly overwhelmed with the support and the lovely messages. Alex, Emily, Matthew and Sarah are absolutely thrilled with the response and thank their school friends, teachers and everyone who has followed the team on this momentous journey.”last_img read more

The 50 Most-Blogged Albums of 2009, Streaming Free: HypeMachine Zeitgeist Out Now

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first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img Hype Machine, the smart, long-running MP3 blog aggregator, has posted its annual collection of the most-blogged-about albums, songs and musical artists of the year. Once again, the project is a pleasure to consume and will unfold throughout the month of January. Top albums 50 through 41, Mumford and Sons through Monsters of Folk, are available now in full for streaming.The album collection combines weighted rankings – based on submitted top 10 lists from 550 MP3 blogs – with a widget from Grooveshark to listen to the album, and a Creative Commons photo of each band. It’s quite nice. The newest addition to the project is unusually low-tech; it’s artist renditions of the top 50 musical artists of the year.Last year’s Zeitgeist combined different technology to present the top albums and is still available as a list. It’s not as easy to listen to, though, perhaps because it was powered by Imeem, which MySpace bought and made a tragic mess of last month.This year’s Hype Machine Zeitgeist is another example of the awesome potential of free online music combined with smart technology and excellent design. Check it out and be inspired. Is this era the end of the music industry? It sure doesn’t need to be. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#music#news#web last_img read more

Om Prakash Rajbhar denies his party MLAs are set to join BJP

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first_imgTwo days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath sacked him from the Ministry, Om Prakash Rajbhar on Wednesday put up a brave face, saying his party’s legislators stood united with him.Rubbishing reports that three Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) MLAs were planning to shift to the BJP, Mr. Rajbhar dismissed them as “rumours”. He said Triveni Ram, Ramanand Baudh and Kailash Nath Sonkar were standing “like a rock” with the party. “We are comrades of a common struggle. The BJP can try all it wants but its schemes won’t succeed,” Mr. Rajbhar tweeted.Mr. Baudh came out in the support of his leader. Mr. Rajbhar is a “great man” who fights for the rights of Dalits, backwards and the poor, he said. “We reject slavery. BJP wanted us to be slaves. We are standing with the SBSP with full force. I will never leave the party,” he said.Mr. Adityanath sacked Mr. Rajbhar for his open rebellion against the BJP during the Lok Sabha election, with the SBSP not only fielding more than 40 candidates to hurt the BJP but also openly campaigning for candidates of the Opposition Congress and SP-BSP alliance. Mr. Rajbhar has regularly targeted the BJP for not implementing the recommendations of a social justice committee calling for sub-categorisation of the OBC quota that would benefit the most-backward castes including his own, Rajbhars.Mr. Rajbhar had been on the warpath against the BJP after it denied him ticket on his own symbol. The BJP wanted him to contest from the Ghosi seat in Purvanchal on its symbol.last_img read more

Clippers clinch playoff spot with win over Timberwolves

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first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES Clippers: At the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.Timberwolves: Host the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Towns led Minnesota with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins scored 22 and Dario Saric added 18.Montrezl Harrell helped the Clippers pull away after the Timberwolves got within single digits late in the game. Ten of his 18 points came after Minnesota made it a six-point game in the fourth quarter.“It’s going to be a different guy every night,” Williams said. “Trez was having a slow game, and then the last 5 minutes he made all the big plays that we needed to keep some distance there. I think that’s just a testament to how we’re built.”Los Angeles, which entered as the second-most accurate 3-point shooting team in the NBA, thrived from deep. The Clippers shot 16 for 32 from downtown. Gallinari hit a team-high six 3s, which matched his season high.“They might be playing the best basketball out of anybody in the league right now,” Timberwolves interim coach Ryan Saunders said.Minnesota was once again short-handed, as several key players — including Derrick Rose, Robert Covington and Jeff Teague — have been shut down for the remainder of the season.TIP-INSClippers: G Landry Shamet did not play due to an ankle injury. Shamet is averaging 11.2 points per game since he was traded to the Clippers in early February. Rivers said Shamet would’ve played if it were a playoff game. … Garrett Temple scored 15 points, his highest total since he was acquired by the Clippers in early February.Timberwolves: F Taj Gibson missed his third straight game with a calf injury. … Towns didn’t convert his first field goal until there was 4:53 remaining in the third quarter. Before that, he was 0 for 7 from the floor. … Towns’ double-double was his 50th of the season. … Minnesota was 20 of 33 from the free throw line.UP NEXT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Lou Williams added 20 points off the bench for the Clippers, who outscored Minnesota’s reserves 53-25. Williams had 45 points the last time Los Angeles played at Target Center.The Clippers have won six in a row, the longest active streak in the NBA, and are 11-1 in March.“It’s so hard to make the playoffs in the West,” said guard Patrick Beverley, who said he was fine after exiting the game with a hip pointer. “To be in the category with some of the teams that we’re in the category with, it’s truly a blessing.”Los Angeles led by 25 before Minnesota trimmed the deficit to 104-98 in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by Karl-Anthony Towns. It was the closest the Wolves had been since the first quarter.“Something that I think has failed us in a lot of our losses is just our execution,” Towns said. “It hasn’t been the effort, and it hasn’t been the determination. It has just been the execution.”ADVERTISEMENT Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points and Los Angeles clinched a postseason spot Tuesday night with a 122-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.Rivers’ club is back in the postseason after falling short a year ago. The Clippers finished 42-40 last season, missing the playoffs after making it six straight years — four under Rivers.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“I’m just really happy for our guys,” Rivers said. “Before the year, we went through all the articles about us and how bad we were going to be. . I just told them, they don’t know us.”The Clippers (45-30) became the fifth Western Conference team to secure a postseason berth. With seven regular-season games to play, Los Angeles still has a shot at earning home-court advantage in the first round. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, left, eyes the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Dario Saric defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Minneapolis. Gallinari led the Clippers with 25 points in their 122-111 win. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — Doc Rivers read the preseason predictions that said his team might win 35 games, at best. Neither the Clippers coach nor his players took much stock in all that.Now, they’re playoff-bound.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View comments MOST READ 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 Column: Cleaning up the mess in boxing’s heavyweight class Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

PREVIEW DAY TWO ACTION 2007 SENIOR NTL

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first_imgDay Two action of the 2007 Senior NTL will feature an exciting schedule of games that is sure to separate the pretenders from the contenders.After a keenly contested first day in humid conditions, competitors across the seven Senior divisions will be looking to cement good form leading into the final days of competition.Showcase games for the day include Field One action in both the Men’s and Women’s 30 years divisions. In the Women’s 30s division, competition heavyweights Suns and Cyclones will battle for the top spot.Suns, led by current Australian World Cup Men’s Open representative Matt Curran, and Rustlers, spearheaded by 2007 Australian Men’s Open Captain Gavin Shuker, will meet in a high quality encounter on the premier field late in the day.Scorpions and Sharks will tangle for control of the leaderboard in the Men’s 35s division, whilst in the Women’s 40s division Sharks and warm favourites Scorpions will test each other out in an entertaining match up. For all the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITE8.30amWomen’s 30s:               Scorpions v ACTWomen’s 30s:               Suns v EaglesMen’s 45s:                   Rustlers v ACTMen’s 45s:                   Eagles v HornetsMen’s 45s:                   Suns v Sharks9.20amWomen’s 30s:               Rustlers v SharksWomen’s 30s:               Cyclones v HornetsMen’s 50s:                   ACT v SharksMen’s 35s:                   Sharks v ScorpionsMen’s 35s:                   Suns v CobrasMen’s 40s:                   Scorpions v Rustlers10.10amMen’s 40s:                   Barbarians v EaglesMen’s 40s:                   Cyclones v MetsMen’s 50s:                   Rustlers v CyclonesMen’s 50s:                   Eagles v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Warriors v SunsMen’s 40s:                   Hornets v Sharks11.00amMen’s 30s:                   Warriors v HornetsMen’s 30s:                   Cobras v CyclonesMen’s 50s:                   Hornets v SunsWomen’s 40s:               Scorpions v SharksWomen’s 40s:               Suns v HornetsMen’s 30s:                   Rustlers v Barbarians11.50amMen’s 45s:                   Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 40s:               Cobras v CyclonesMen’s 50s:                   Scorpions v CobrasWomen’s 30s:               Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 30s:               Cyclones v ACT12.40pmMen’s 45s:                   Rustlers v HornetsMen’s 45s:                   ACT v SharksMen’s 40s:                   Suns v HornetsWomen’s 30s:               Rustlers v EaglesWomen’s 30s:               Hornets v SharksMen’s 40s:                   Scorpions v Sharks1.30pmMen’s 30s:                   Suns v WarriorsMen’s 35s:                   Sharks v CobrasMen’s 35s:                   Scorpions v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Mets v WarriorsMen’s 40s:                   Eagles v CyclonesMen’s 40s:                   Rustlers v Barbarians2.20pmWomen’s 40s:               Scorpions v SunsWomen’s 40s:               Cobras v SharksWomen’s 40s:               Cyclones v HornetsMen’s 30s:                   Rustlers v HornetsMen’s 50s:                   Cyclones v CobrasMen’s 30s:                   Barbarians v Cyclones3.10pmWomen’s 30s:               Suns v CyclonesWomen’s 30s:               Hornets v RustlersMen’s 50s:                   Mets v SunsMen’s 50s:                   ACT v HornetsMen’s 50s:                   Eagles v ScorpionsMen’s 50s:                   Rustlers v Sharks4.00pmWomen’s 30s:               Sharks v ScorpionsWomen’s 30s:               ACT v EaglesMen’s 45s:                   ACT v SunsMen’s 45s:                   Sharks v EaglesMen’s 45s:                   Hornets v Scorpions4.50pmMen’s 30s:                   Suns v RustlersMen’s 30s:                   Cyclones v WarriorsMen’s 40s:                   Rustlers v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Barbarians v SunsMen’s 40s:                   Scorpions v Eagles5.40pmMen’s 30s:                   Barbarians v CobrasMen’s 35s:                   Sharks v SunsMen’s 35s:                   Cobras v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Cyclones v SharksMen’s 40s:                   Warriors v Hornetslast_img read more

9 months agoMan City boss Guardiola says Danilo deserves his place

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola says Danilo deserves his placeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Danilo deserves his place at right-back.The manager has started Kyle Walker on the bench for City’s last two league games as he went with Danilo.“I think they know that already, but maybe you realise more on the bench,” said the Catalan. “They know it.“From the beginning of the season, we spoke about that. We can imagine a different starting XI and not everyone can play.“When we don’t win, it’s always ‘Why didn’t we play this guy?’ When we win, people don’t think about the players who don’t play. But the players who don’t play know they have to be at a high level, because the other ones, if they’re injured, they can play.”Guardiola claimed Brazilian Danilo earned his chance.“There’s no doubt about how important Kyle is for us, so we need him,” he said. “We need the best Kyle.“But one day I decided to put Danilo in and he played top, so I gave him more minutes because he also said he’d arrived here from Real Madrid and I’d never given him four or five games in a row.“You can’t judge a player when he plays once and then has three or four games beside me [on the bench]. The players need time.“The winter time was so demanding, I decided to put Danilo in for a game and he played well. So I said I wanted him for one or two more games.” last_img read more

Industry Minister Welcomes Lumber Treatment Plant

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first_imgMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the newly opened ARC Lumber Treatment Plant, is a welcome investment that will help to further grow the country’s economy. “The launch of this facility is a clear indication of the owner’s confidence in the country and its evolving business environment. The launch of the lumber treatment plant certainly represents the kind of innovative response from businesses needed to drive our economy and country to the next stage of its development,” he said. Mr. Hylton was speaking at the official opening of the state-of-the-art facility at its Bell Road location in Kingston, on Wednesday, March 13. The Minister further noted that innovations of this type contribute to strengthening the country’s export capacity and is consistent with advancing the national export strategy, which seeks to improve the country’s export performance by advancing the competitiveness of firms and sectors, while enhancing the business and trade environment. “ARC Manufacturing, with its innovative plant, represents the next wave of value-added manufacturing that we expect will benefit directly from the implementation of the Global Logistics Hub, which will serve as a global supply chain platform to support the country’s export sector,” he said. Mr. Hylton further noted that the launch also signifies the company’s efforts to improve the competitiveness of the lumber supply sector in Jamaica. “Management’s efforts to push the company further up the value chain will inevitably position it to take advantage of export opportunities and to generate export earnings, while creating employment and increasing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of our country,” he said. The Minister praised Osmose Inc., a wood preserving company which collaborated with ARC to establish the facility, for the “strategic partnership in allowing the technology to come not simply to ARC but to Jamaica.” General Manager for Osmose Inc. in Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. Javier Romero, said the facility, which is the first of its kind in Jamaica, “is the most modern and advanced plant I know in the Caribbean and the Latin-American region.”While the plant, which is fully automated, has the capacity to treat approximately 500,000 board feet (BF) of lumber per 40-hour week, Dr. Romero noted that it has the potential to treat 50 million BF per year, “allowing ARC to cover the domestic demand and also export markets.”He further noted that he is pleased that the company will be using the most environmentally friendly preservative in its treatment operations. The plant, which occupies approximately 11,000 square feet of space, is equipped with a pressure tank; four holding tanks; and a control room. It utilises a process called Pressure Treatment for its lumber and wood products. The type of treatment used is a form of micronized copper preservative, which is widely used in the construction industry in the United States.ARC is one of Jamaica’s leading manufacturers and distributors of building materials. The company locally manufactures construction wires and mesh, nails, fencing and roofing products. It also distributes lumber, cement, steel and steel products.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

JT Barrett cited for driving while intoxicated suspended

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OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) prepares to throw the ball during a game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 20-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett was arrested by Columbus police early Saturday morning near campus for operating a motor vehicle while impaired.The 20-year-old was cited with a misdemeanor OVI and released Saturday morning. Shortly after, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Barrett would be banned from OSU’s next game, a Nov. 7 meeting at home against Minnesota.The arrest came a week after Barrett made his first start of the season in a 49-7 win at Rutgers. Against Minnesota, the keys to the offense will be handed back to redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones.According to multiple reports, Barrett’s suspension is for one game — not the mandatory two outlined in OSU’s student-athlete drug and alcohol policy when the student is underage — because the citation was for a misdemeanor.OSU athletic director Gene Smith told various outlets that the one-game suspension was fully at Meyer’s discretion.Kickoff is scheduled for the Buckeyes’ meeting against Minnesota for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Football Fourstar 2020 safety Lejond Cavazos recommits to Ohio State

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After decommitting from the program on Dec. 4, 2020 four-star safety Lejond Cavazos announced that he would recommit to the Buckeyes. Cavazos originally committed to the Buckeyes in June 2018, but officially became the eighth member of the 2020 class on Friday. When announcing his decommittment, he said Ohio State would remain “a top choice.” A native of Bradenton, Florida, Cavazos was the No. 290 player in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He was also ranked as the No. 22 safety and the No. 42 prospect from the state of Florida. With the commitment, Ohio State now has the No. 6 class in the country and the No. 1 recruiting class in the Big Ten. read more

Klopp on Dortmund defeat We didnt create chances

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first_imgJurgen Klopp was left feeling that Liverpool ultimately paid a big price for failing to convert their early dominance into goalscoring opportunities as they fell to a 3-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on SundayLast season’s Champions League runners-up got off to a promising start at the Bank of America stadium in their United States tour with defender Virgil van Dijk’s first-half header setting the side on course for their fourth win in five pre-season games.However, the players began to fatigue as the game progressed before American forward Christian Pulisic equalised for Dortmund with a penalty.The highly-rated youngster then added a second before Danish winger Jacob Bruun Larsen sealed a 3-1 win for Dortmund.“The beginning of Dortmund was good, then we controlled the game kind of but we didn’t create chances,” Klopp told the club website.“But we scored the goal after a nice set-piece. Set-pieces were probably the most positive thing today. In the second half we played much better against a completely different Dortmund side. Our pressing was much better. Dortmund tried to play football and played our cards, if you want, which helps us a little bit to do this. We won the balls but we didn’t do very good things with the balls we won.”He continued: “The surprise is that we scored the goal in the first half and not in the second half. We had two big chances after set-pieces again with Dom Solanke and Joe Gomez. We had a big, big chance with Ojo. Daniel was in a few good moments. We had these moments and I liked the football we played there.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.The German coach lamented the penalty they gave away that enabled Pulisic to equalise for Dortmund.“We had two drinks breaks that were not drinks breaks deep in our own half, around our box. We lost the ball again, had it back and lost it again; Pulisic can go in the box and it’s a penalty. Dortmund scored a similar goal against City. That can happen, I don’t like it but it can happen and it’s easy to explain. On a day like this, you have to stay strong and show desire still or kind of greed that you at least want to keep the result at 1-1,” said Klopp.But overall Liverpool’s inability to create enough chances were what ultimately sealed their fate against Klopp’s former club.“At one moment we could have scored again and had this very tight offside situation. I watched it back and they were both onside but we cannot change that anymore. It felt like that in the game. It would have been two big chances, James Milner alone in front of the goal,” he said.“It doesn’t help really and I don’t want to excuse the result but we had these situations and didn’t, or couldn’t, use them. Then Dortmund scored a second and the third was really too much. The fourth would have been possible after we lost the ball again, you could see morale was really down. We have to learn from it, that’s how it is, and then we have to go again.”Liverpool will next face Manchester City on Thursday morning at 02:05 (GMT +2).last_img read more