R70m Dutch, SA literacy project

first_img16 February 2007The Netherlands has contributed about R70-million towards a five-year research programme tackling the challenges of teaching language and numeracy in South Africa’s schools.Dutch ambassador to South Africa Frans Engering and Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) president Olive Shisana signed an agreement on the programme in Pretoria last month.“This agreement is a new and important part of the substantial contribution by the Netherlands government to promote education in South Africa, which has amounted to approximately R1.3-billion since 1994,” Engering said.The programme aims to help the Department of Education to identify and address the challenges impeding the provision of quality education to children, especially in poorer and rural areas.“To date there has not been much improvement in the quality of education, despite various efforts at improvement in the past decade,” Shisana said, referring to the 66.6% matric pass rate in 2006, down from 68% in 2005.The programme, to be led by the HSRC, will rope in JET Education Services, the Education Policy Consortium and the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in SA, the leading experts in literacy and numeracy research in the country.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Polaroid’s Worst Idea Yet: Retail Stores That Print Your Instagram Photos

first_imgRelated Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit taylor hatmaker The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Tags:#Instagram#mobile photography#Photo Sharing Services#retail Nostalgia for Polaroid’s iconic instant photos may have very well sparked the photo sharing craze that brought us Instagram, and now things have come full circle – sort of. Polaroid plans to launch 10 retail stores in 2013 that exist with the sole intent of printing your Instagram photos for you. You can print any kind of digital photo in the stores, of course, but Polaroid is mostly angling to tap into the boundless enthusiasm of the Instagram crowd. Polaroid’s (awkwardly-named) “Fotobars” will be manned by (yet-more-awkwardly-named) “Fototenders” who can presumably help you edit, crop, and tinker with your digital creations to your heart’s content. The stores look ripped right out of Apple’s retail playbook, right down to the sparse white countertops at the Genius Bar… er, Fotobar.Look familiar?The catch? Unlike the camera that made Polaroid a household name, you won’t have your photos instantly – in fact, you’ll be waiting up to a few days. According to Polaroid, “All products created by consumers at Polaroid Fotobar retail stores… are handcrafted and shipped from the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility within 72 hours.” Considering that ample alternatives for printing Instagram and other digital pics exist online already (Printstagram, CanvasPop – hell, even Walgreens) the Fotobar concept is a gimmick of beyond-pointless proportion. We’d still like to think that Polaroid has a bit of fight left in it – its retro cameras still manage to capture our imaginations this many years later – but after missing the rise of digital photography altogether and filing for bankruptcy (again) in 2008 , the company is all but estranged from its roots as a technological pioneer. (With the exception of those insane Lady Gaga camera-glasses, of course.)Still into the idea? The first Fotobar will open in Delray Beach, Florida this February, with subsequent retail locations to follow in New York, Boston and Las Vegas. We imagine the company will have a miniature version of the Fotobar at CES 2013 next week in Las Vegas, though if we’re willing to wait for our photos to print remains to be seen. The Polaroid camera, invented by the company’s co-founder Edwin Land, first went on sale in 1948. He reportedly dreamt up the notion of an instant camera in 1944 after his daughter famously asked “Why can’t I see the picture now?” after her father snapped a portrait of the three-year-old with his twin lens Rolleiflex.Our thoughts exactly. Photo courtesy of Alexander Norman via Flickr Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

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Sania-Vesnina is now world’s number two doubles pair

first_imgThe semi-finals appearance in the women’s doubles event at the just concluded Wimbledon Championships on Monday catapulted Sania Mirza and Russia’s Elena Vesnina to number two slot in the WTA rankings.Sania-Elena pair has 4506 points in the list which is headed by Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik with 6865 points.”The partnership with Elena has been great in the last four months, specially the Slams.When we started playing together last year at Dubai, and had somebody said that we will be number two after Wimbledon, we would have laughed,” Sania told PTI from Dubai.Sania has taken a three-week break from the circuit to recover from her left knee injury.”It’s (knee) sore since I am off the pain killers. I am recovering.Hopefully it will be okay after 10 days rest.”Sania’s first tournament after the break will be the WTA event in Washington from July 25.The good show at the Wimbledon also resulted in Sania achieving the career-best doubles rank of 11, an improvement of three slots.In the singles though Sania slid to 63, a loss of three position, after a first round exit.Meanwhile in the ATP rankings, Somdev Devvarman rose to career-best 63 in the men’s singles.Leander Paes also improved his doubles rankings by getting back into the top-10.He is placed eighth while his partner Mahesh Bhupathi is highest ranked Indian in the list at number five.Rohan Bopanna is at number 10, just behind his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi.Wozniacki Stays On TopDenmark’s Caroline Wozniacki remains on top of the women’s singles rankings in spite of her failure to win a Grand Slam title.advertisementThe 20-year-old has now spent 38 weeks in the number one position but has only ever reached one Grand Slam final – the US Open in 2009 – and was knocked out in the fourth round at Wimbledon. Petra Kvitova’s reward for winning Wimbledon was a move up one place to seven in the world while Maria Sharapova edges up one place to number five. French Open champion Li Na slips two places to number six.The biggest mover in the women’s rankings was the German Sabine Lisicki, a wildcard entry at Wimbledon where she went on to lose to Sharapova in the semi- finals.Lisicki, who had reached 22 in the world before an ankle injury interrupted her progress last year, moved up from number 62 to 27.Somdev rises to career-best 63 in men’s singlesWith inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Cat Island to honour one of its native sons

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:annual cat island regatta, emancipation day, herbert king Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, 17 Apr 2015 – (Bahamas Information Services) – When the 2015 Cat Island Regatta is held later this year, it will be a very special event for the King family as the Cat Island Association has selected the family’s patriarch and one of that island’s boat building and sailing legends, the late Herbert King. During a meeting with and courtesy call on the Deputy Prime Minister and area MP, the Hon. Philip Brave Davis at the Ministry of Works, the Deputy Prime Minister who also hails from Cat Island reflected on the contributions of Herbert King and the significance of his work in developing the Cat Island Regatta in addition to building up the cultural, civic and economic life of Cat Island for more than one half century.“Herbert King was one of our prolific boat builders and sailors in the ‘C’ class of the Cat Island Regatta. He was instrumental in organizing the annual Cat Island Regatta from its inception. He hails from Knowles and there is a particular location called “King Yard” where most of the regatta spectators gathered during this annual event. Mr. King was a legend and made significant contributions to the economic and cultural development of Cat Island.“It is a great privilege for the Cat Island Association under the leadership of Mr. Patrick Strachan to identify and to take this time to honour him during the course of this regatta” The annual Cat Island Regatta will take place during the Emancipation Day holiday weekend. This holiday is celebrated on the first Monday in August, popularly known as “August Monday.” The meeting and courtesy call took place on Monday, 27th April 2015. Recommended for you Eye on the Tropics; two systems not expected to growlast_img read more

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Physicist applies statistical mechanics theories to explain how children learn a language

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Award for exposing poor quality food

first_imgKolkata: Determined to put a leash on the sale of inferior and adulterated food by a section of unscrupulous businessmen, the South Dum Dum Municipality has decided to award people who would come up with evidence of such unfair practices in the area of the municipality, thereby helping the civic body to take action against them.”We have been conducting regular drives against bad quality food to ensure that it is not compromised by any means. However, we have to admit that it is impossible for the municipality alone to keep an eye on every nook and corner of the 35 wards. Hence, we want to involve the citizens in this social cause. People, who will lodge complaints of such unfair practices with the municipality with evidence, will be awarded by us,” Debasish Banerjee, Chairman-in-Council (public health) said. Complaints can be lodged through calls, text messages or WhatsApp messages on 9831221665. It may be mentioned that a team from the municipality led by its chairman Panchu Gopal Roy raided a prawn processing unit at ward 21 on Friday and found that some sort of reddish colour was being added to prawns. The team from the municipality also conducted a drive at a multi-shopping complex which has a food court. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSamples were collected from as many as 12 restaurants and the officials have come across several irregularities in the way they deal with the food. French fries were found stored in refrigerators.The meat at some of the restaurants emitted a foul smell. Leftover food, stored in the refrigerator, was sent for tests. The hotel authorities, when asked about these irregularities, failed to provide any satisfactory answer. “We are sure that most of these businessmen associated with food business are using inferior quality food, posing serious health hazards to the consumers. We are waiting for the test reports of the samples that we have collected. They have been sent for examination at the state food laboratory in Entally. We will take strong action against the offenders as per law,” a senior municipality official said.last_img read more

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Vivendi has confirmed that it has been approached

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