No. 18 Arizona State knocks off top-ranked Kansas

first_imgUP NEXTKansas hosts Eastern Michigan next Saturday before kicking off its Big 12 schedule.Arizona State hosts Princeton next Saturday in its final nonconference game. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Arizona State (9-2) had a hard time stopping Kansas preseason All-American Dedric Lawson inside, blew numerous shots at the rim and had a rough night at the free throw line.Trialing by up to nine points, the Sun Devils rallied by double-teaming Lawson, digging in on defense and making the biggest plays down the stretch to beat a No. 1 team for the second time as a program.As it did in beating Kansas a year ago in Lawrence, Arizona State rallied late, using a 10-0 run to go up 76-74 with 90 seconds left.Kansas (10-1) turned it over twice in its final three possessions and Rob Edwards, who scored 15 points, and hit two free throws with 6.1 seconds left to start the celebration. Students poured out of the stands to join the players a center court, leaving security no chance of stopping the party.“Those are the moments we live for,” said Arizona State’s Remy Martin, who had 10 points and a big pull-up jumper with 58 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Arizona State forward Zylan Cheatham (45) celebrates with the fans after Arizona State defeated Kansas 80-76 during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Zylan Cheatham bounded down the hallway inside Wells Fargo Arena, half skipping, half jumping as he high-fived family, friends, anyone he could reach.“Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s gooooo!” the Arizona State forward shouted.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Kansas led nearly the entire game and had plenty of chances down the stretch to win its first true road game of the season, even with big man Udoka Azubuike missing his fourth straight game due to an ankle injury.The Jayhawks were unable to come up with the defensive stops during Arizona State’s run and couldn’t get off a tying shot down two in the closing seconds, finding themselves at the center of a Sun Devil celebration — and likely out of the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25.“It’s very tough one because we had the game and we let it slip right through our hands,” said Lawson, who led Kansas with 30 points and 14 rebounds.Arizona State pulled off the upset on the road last season, knocking off the No. 2 Jayhawks 95-85 on its way to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014.Even with Azubuike out in the rematch, the Jayhawks dominated Arizona State inside early, opening up the perimeter.Lawson was the focal point, repeatedly getting good position down low and throwing in a layup on a nifty spin move. The Memphis transfer had 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting by halftime.Arizona State struggled offensively, but held Kansas scoreless over the final 3:42 to stay within 39-31 at halftime.The Sun Devils tried to make runs in the second half, but kept missing shots at the rim and the Jayhawks kept answering with baskets.Arizona State started double teaming Lawson in the second half and pulled to 67-65 on Edwards’ second straight 3-pointer to start its comeback.“They were feeling it, hitting their shots,” said Kansas guard Devon Dotson, who had 14 points. “It just came down to mental mishaps we got caught up in.” After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk BIG PICTUREKansas will likely drop a few spots in the AP Top 25 after losing its first true road game.Arizona State picked up one of the biggest wins in program history with a gutty performance down the stretch.FREE-THROW STRUGGLESArizona State doubled Kansas’ free-throw attempts, but had trouble getting those free shots to fall. The Sun Devils finished 20 for 32 from the line, but were able to overcome it by hitting 17 of 32 shots from the floor in the second half.LOUD CROWDWells Fargo Arena had one of the best crowds in school history on hand for one of the program’s biggest wins.The second No. 1 team to play in Tempe drew a star-studded crowd, with Michael Phelps, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill, Eddie House and Arizona governor Doug Ducey in the stands, along with more than two dozen NBA scouts.Kansas had its share of vocal supporters, but they were washed away during the closing stretch and the court rushing.“The fans gave us an extra boost,” Martin said. “I just want to say thank you to everyone. I’ve never had a feeling like that.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Wizards’ Thomas Bryant has a game for the record books Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Let it be heard: the Sun Devils have arrived.Poised down the stretch after trailing most of the night, No. 18 Arizona State pulled off one of the biggest victories in school history by knocking off No. 1 Kansas 80-76 on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“This was a huge moment for our basketball program,” Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley said.It wasn’t easy. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

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Pensioner jailed for smuggling ganja into prison

first_imgSixty-three-year-old Ishwar Persaud, a pensioner of Leopold Street, Georgetown, was on Monday found guilty of smuggling marijuana into the Camp Street penitentiary during last year, and has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and fined $30,000 by Magistrate Faith Mc Gusty. His trial had lasted for 12 months.The charge Persaud had faced alleged that on August, 31, 2017 he had in his possession 20 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.According to facts presented by Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman, the craftsman had gone to the Camp Street Prison to take food and clothing for an inmate, but a search conducted on the items brought had unearthed narcotics that had been concealed in the soles of a shoe.last_img

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Ronaldo-less Real complete Super Cup rout of Barca

first_imgKarim Benzema then deservedly doubled Real’s lead before half-time.Barca responded with a more spirited second-half showing and were unfortunate not to at least pull a goal back as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez hit the woodwork.Victory continues Madrid’s run of success under Zinedine Zidane with the European champions now having lifted seven trophies in the 20 months since the Frenchman took charge.“We played a great match tonight,” said Zidane. “Especially in the first half it was spectacular.”Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema controls the ball during the second leg of the Spanish Supercup football match against Barcelona August 16, 2017 © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSZidane even had the luxury of leaving first-team regulars Gareth Bale, Isco and Casemiro on the bench as Real’s strength in depth was demonstrated in a dominant first 45 minutes.“This team has hunger and every time we play it shows,” added Zidane.“We have to try to continue like this. To start the season like this is very good, but we know a long season is just starting.”In similar fashion to his strike in the first leg, 21-year-old Asensio sent an unstoppable left-footed shot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen into the top corner from outside the box.“I think we were superior across the whole tie,” Asensio told Spanish TV station Telecinco.However, he rejected suggestions he is now ahead of Bale in Zidane’s pecking order.Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi gestures during the second leg of the Spanish Supercup football match against Real Madrid August 16, 2017 © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS“I am working to have as many minutes as possible on the field.“I am happy on both a collective and individual level.”– Barca ‘on the ropes’ –Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has suffered the worst possible start to his reign with back-to-back defeats against the Catalans fiercest rivals and the visitors never threatened to mount a comeback after conceding.“We have to recover quickly, the league is on the horizon,” said Valverde, ahead of Barca’s La Liga opener against Real Betis on Sunday.Shorn of Neymar after his world record breaking transfer to Paris Saint-Germain and injured captain Andres Iniesta, Barca’s star front two lacked the service needed to make a meaningful impact.“In three days we find ourselves against the ropes,” added Valverde.“Things have happened in pre-season that have affected the balance of the team and our job is to refind that balance.”Indeed, the scoreline could have been a lot more embarrassing for Barca as Marcelo dragged wide before Lucas Vazquez hit the post with a glorious chance.The hosts finally doubled their lead six minutes before the break when Benzema nipped in front of Umtiti and slotted past Ter Stegen.An 11:00 pm kick-off time meant half-time saw Wednesday turn to Thursday and Barca did at least salvage some pride in the early morning with an improved second-half display.Messi was desperately unlucky not to net a consolation goal as he hit the underside of the bar from a narrow angle.The visitors’ night was summed up when Suarez headed against the post with the goal gaping after Navas had parried Messi’s driven shot into his path.And there could be even worse news to come for Barca as Suarez ended the game visibly suffering from a knee injury that Valverde said will be assessed on Thursday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s midfielder Marco Asensio celebrates after scoring the opener during the second leg of the Spanish Supercup football match against Barcelona August 16, 2017 © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Aug 17 – Real Madrid shrugged off the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo to cruise past rivals Barcelona 2-0 in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup to cap a 5-1 aggregate win.Ronaldo was slapped with a five-game ban for pushing the referee after he was sent off in the first leg, but his replacement Marco Asensio enhanced his reputation as one of world football’s rising stars as he smashed Madrid into the lead after just four minutes.last_img read more

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BLACK WINS INAUGURAL 5 MILE LETTERKENNY ROAD RACE

first_imgMichael Black stormed to victory in the inaugural 5miles New Year run in Letterkenny on Sunday.The local sporting fitness businessman and chairman of LAC clocked a superb time of 26.48 to take the honours, a minute ahead of club colleague, Ivan Toner (2nd – 27.36) and 24/7 Triathlon club member and well known local coach, Adam Speer (27.44).A total of 108 athletes put their toes to the line for the race and despite a stiff head win in the first section of the race the route produced very good times. The ever improving, Noreen McGettigan of LAC, won the senior womens race finishing 28th overall in a time of 32.25. The Kilmacrennan based athlete was ahead of club colleague Margaret Kelly (36th overall) in a time of 33.18 while Maria Boyle took third place in the women’s race with a time of 33.50.Elsewhere, the evergreen and inspirational Kevin Toner was first Over-60 finishing 27th overall in a time of 32.13 while Marty Gormley (17th overall in a time of 30.08) ahead of well known local financial consultant, Garvan McCloskey (31st- 32..38).Popular John Daly (12th overall- 29.46) was the first man home in the Over-40 category ahead of the improving Ciaran O’Donnell (23rd- 31.35).It was a very pleasing result for Ciaran on two fronts as he was one of the key organisers and brainchild behind staging the event. “We’re delighted with the turnout. It goes to show the appetite for good quality racing and there are more and more people getting into the sport which is great to see,” he said.Special mention must be made of husband and wife team, Seamus and Marjorie Morrison who along with their young son, Darragh, competed. Roll on a promising year ahead for all three.The full list of results is as follows:LAC – NEW YEAR 5Mile 2012Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club 1 204 26.48 Michael Black SM Letterkenny A C2 213 27.36 Ivan Toner SM Letterkenny A C3 306 27.44 Adam Speer SM 24/7 Triathlon4 262 27.58 Gavin Crawford SM Letterkenny A C 5 270 28.09 Sean Mc Shane SM Individual6 297 28.24 Garvan Walker SM Letterkenny A C7 227 29.11 Paul Cullen SM 24/7 Triathlon8 205 29.31 Kevin Ferry SM Letterkenny A C9 253 29.34 James Crossan SM Lifford A C10 206 29.41 Daniel Hannigan SM Lifford A C11 217 29.44 Marcus Mc Clintock SM Letterkenny A C12 201 29.46 John Daly M40 Letterkenny A C13 207 29.51 Jimmy Renfrew M50 Enniskillen14 272 29.53 Joe English M50 Letterkenny A C15 208 29.56 Kevin Donnelly SM Lifford A C16 242 30.02 Pauraic O’ Donnell SM Individual17 235 30.08 Martin Gormley M45 Letterkenny A C18 277 30.28 Declan Caldwell SM Inishowen A C19 252 30.46 Paul Mc Intyre SM 24/7 Triathlon20 282 31.03 Michael Duffy SM Cranford A C21 225 31.24 Paul Doherty SM 24/7 Triathlon22 261 31.33 Pádraig Friel SM Letterkenny A C23 220 31.35 Ciaran O’Donnell M40 Letterkenny A C24 305 31.37 Michael Logue SM Rosses A.C.25 230 32.08 Drew Doherty M50 Finn Valley A C26 234 32.12 Ben George SM Letterkenny A C27 214 32.13 Kevin Toner M60 Letterkenny A C28 263 32.25 Noreen Mc Gettigan SW Letterkenny A C29 224 32.26 Paudraig Kelly SM Letterkenny A C30 264 32.30 Ciaran Hegarty SM Individual31 260 32.38 Garvan Mc Closkey M45 Letterkenny A C32 289 32.41 Gareth Mc Laughlin SM Inishowen A C33 254 32.48 Martin Devenny SM Lifford A C34 278 33.13 Adrian Toye SM Individual35 210 33.15 Gerard Mullen SM Letterkenny A C36 223 33.18 Margaret Kelly W40 Letterkenny A C37 216 33.30 Hugh Gallagher M50 Letterkenny A C38 269 33.31 Brendan Mc Cole M45 Rosses A.C.39 202 33.34 Paddy Ward M50 Letterkenny A C40 211 33.50 Marie Boyle SW Individual41 298 34.05 Gavin Hunter SM Individual42 250 34.25 Richard Raymond M50 Letterkenny A C43 293 34.42 Garvin Mulligan SM Individual44 292 34.44 Derek Gillespie SM Rosses A.C.45 280 34.54 Jerome Burke SM Individual46 284 35.04 Brendan Mc Dyre SM Individual47 209 35.05 Kieran Bovard M40 Individual48 288 35.14 Paul Harris M40 Letterkenny A C49 255 35.15 Noel Lynch M40 Letterkenny A C50 222 35.15 Hugh O’ Donnell M50 Individual51 283 35.19 Paul O’ Gara M40 24/7 Triathlon52 281 35.33 Annraoi Cheevers SM Letterkenny A C53 307 35.36 Paul Dillon SM 24/7 Triathlon54 279 35.45 Deirdre Diver SW Rosses A.C.55 203 35.48 Lester Dobson M40 Letterkenny A C56 276 35.51 Mark Bolton SM Letterkenny A C57 258 35.52 Irene Mc Fadden SW Letterkenny A C58 245 35.53 Colly O’ Donnell M40 Letterkenny A C59 246 35.55 Daniel Cullen SM Letterkenny A C60 241 36.00 Gabriel Mc Crossan M45 Letterkenny A C61 268 36.06 John Grant SM Finn Valley A C62 239 36.16 Colin Mooney SM Individual63 229 36.21 Steven Shiels SM Letterkenny A C64 259 36.27 Billy Gallagher SM Lifford A C65 299 36.33 Basil Malone SM Individual66 221 36.37 Lee Gildea SM Letterkenny A C67 267 36.45 Helen Mc Cready SW Rosses A.C.68 287 36.55 Phil Boyle M40 Letterkenny A C69 265 37.04 Eunan Mc Bride M45 Letterkenny A C70 212 37.05 Monica Mc Granaghan SW Letterkenny A C71 219 37.11 Bill Vaughan M45 Individual72 294 37.26 Darren Mc Elwaine SM Individual73 237 37.38 Eddie Duffy SM Individual74 256 37.41 Paul Mc Guckan M40 Tír Chonaill A C75 247 37.46 Patrick Mc Namee SM Individual76 231 37.50 Margaret Shiels W40 Letterkenny A C77 308 38.07 Kieran Coyle SM Individual78 244 38.28 Simon Stephens SM Individual79 218 38.33 Kathleen Mc Kinley SW Individual80 266 38.36 Sean Bonner SM Individual81 286 38.40 Pauric Hilferty SM Individual82 285 38.43 Thomas Cullen SM Individual83 251 38.45 Siobhan Gallagher SW Individual84 257 38.53 Billy Bennett M40 Unattached85 296 39.11 Charlie Joe Mc Ginley M40 Letterkenny A C86 236 39.21 Seamus Mc Daid M40 Inishowen A C87 291 39.29 Graham Parker SM 24/7 Triathlon88 273 39.45 John Coleman M45 Letterkenny A C89 238 39.49 Diarmuid Doherty SM Letterkenny A C90 240 39.53 Mairead Mc Ginty SW Letterkenny A C91 248 40.01 Terry Mc Devitt SM Individual92 300 40.42 Aine Malone SW Individual93 232 40.47 Amanda Mc Nulty SW Letterkenny A C94 233 41.52 Ann Doherty SW Individual95 249 42.10 Ryan Dorrian SM Individual96 274 42.52 Dympna Barrett W40 Individual97 243 44.12 Mary Higgins SW Individual98 290 45.34 Ruth Mc Crudden W45 Individual99 275 46.03 James Mc Ginley SM Individual100 228 46.03 Sara Doherty SW Individual101 295 48.10 Alan Cunningham M40 Individual102 304 51.14 Darragh Morrisson JM Letterkenny A C103 215 52.32 Ann Gallagher SW Individual104 302 58.55 Seamus Morrison M40 Letterkenny A C105 303 58.55 Marjorie Morrisson W40 Letterkenny A CBLACK WINS INAUGURAL 5 MILE LETTERKENNY ROAD RACE was last modified: January 9th, 2012 by StephenShare 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 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JAIL FOR DONEGAL MAN WHO BIT OFF VICTIM’S NOSE

first_imgA DONEGAL man who bit the nose off an Algerian man during an unprovoked drunken attack has been jailed for four and a half years.Savage attack – Carrigans man Barry Fitzgerald.Barry Fitzgerald, 23 and from Carrigans, pleaded guilty to the attack on 35-year-old Ali Halimi outside a chip shop in Derry’s Waterloo Street on April 14 last year. Mr Halimi was sitting in his car outside the takeaway when crazed Fitzgerald, who was in the Irish Army at the time, grabbed him, bit off the tip of his nose and spat it out onto the floor of the car.The Donegal man then continued his attack, biting his victim on the back before dragging him from the car and beating him with his fists.Fitzgerald was based at Finner Camp at the time, having joined the Defence Forces five years earlier. He had resigned from the service after the case.A defence barrister said the Carrigans man apologised to his victim.He alos said Fitzgerald had “a deep sense of shame” at having let down his family and his former colleagues in the Irish Army.Judge Brian Sherrard said people who were socialising or working in the city centre needed to be protected from this kind of “barbaric violence”.He jailed Fitzgerald for four and a half years, with half of that to be spent on licence.JAIL FOR DONEGAL MAN WHO BIT OFF VICTIM’S NOSE was last modified: September 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

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Residents want better Orange Line safety

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Let us know we’re somewhere special,” he said. “I, a perfectly sober, 60-year-old alert driver – with my wife, on a clear day – almost turned into the busway.” West Hills resident John Koerner suggests painting the limit lines at each crossing bright orange – or even embedding them with flashing lights. “My impression has been that the limit lines do need to be bolder,” he said. “Make them orange.” Today, the City Council’s Transportation Committee will hear from city Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Transportation Authority and law enforcement officials about safety changes for the busway. There has been only the single collision involving the busway, although bus drivers report having several “close calls” with motorists, said the MTA’s Valley general manager, Richard Hunt. After nearly turning his Saturn wagon onto the Orange Line route, resident Jeffrey Sandler suggests painting bold zebra stripes on the pavement to make the busway safer. North Hollywood resident Eric Diehl wants traffic signals made brighter, saying he mistakenly ran a red light near the Orange Line last week because he couldn’t see it until it was too late. San Fernando Valley residents have offered a range of suggestions for improving Orange Line safety – from more flashing red lights to orange “Busway” signs instead of standard blue ones – after an elderly driver, who may have been on a cell phone, ran a red light and crashed into a bus last week. “Paint the roadway as if it was the yellow brick road,” said Sandler, a 29-year resident of the Valley. One problem motorists have repeatedly complained about is the way many of the new traffic lights cannot be seen until drivers are beneath them. “It looks like it’s turned off,” Diehl said. “Go back to the normal lights.” The city says some lights are purposefully dimmed so motorists will concentrate on the first signal at the cross street before proceeding to the busway. Such lights are used citywide. Still, the city is considering dismantling traffic lights at six other intersections where the busway runs very close to the parallel streets – such as De Soto, Corbin and Tampa avenues – and replacing them with flashing “Bus” signs. Already, the city has made changes since last week’s crash by timing red lights so all cars have cleared an intersection, and relocating signs at eye level. MTA officials are looking at photo enforcement cameras for intersections, and are putting strobe lights on two buses in a pilot project, as they investigate other measures like crossing gates. The MTA said ridership was robust over the weekend with 8,500 to 9,500 boardings Saturday, typically a slower commute day. Monday’s ridership was 9,000, below the previous Monday’s estimate of 10,000 to 11,000. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 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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Rathmullan woman appointed Garda Superintendent

first_imgA well-known Donegal-based Garda has been promoted to the rank of Superintendent.Garda Goretti Sheridan has risen to the rank of Superintendent from her previous position of Inspector based in Letterkenny.Superintendent Sheridan will begin her new posting in Castlerea in the coming weeks. Ms Sheridan, who is from Rathmullan, has been stationed in Letterkenny since 2013.Tributes were paid to Superintendent Sheridan at this week’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court.Among those who paid tribute was Judge Paul Kelly and solicitor Frank Dorrian.Rathmullan woman appointed Garda Superintendent was last modified: April 30th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:GardaGoretti SheridanSuperintendentlast_img read more

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Ethiopian education via SA TV

first_imgFaced with the daunting task of reaching millions of students scattered in a mostly rural nation twice the size of France, the Ethiopian government turned to two South African companies for help.The education of rural Ethiopian children has been greatly improved by the introduction of television-based teaching. (Image: The Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University Flickr)Brand South Africa ReporterFaced with the daunting task of reaching millions of students scattered in a mostly rural nation twice the size of France, the Ethiopian government turned to two South African companies for help.The assignment for Kagiso Educational TV and Sasani? Create extensive television-based curriculums to be taped in Johannesburg, and cobble together a distance-learning network linking 450 schools in the country, no matter how remote, in one of the least developed countries in the world.Part one of the assignment included producing the educational television programmes, for grades nine to 12. A second part included creating supporting material for both teachers and students to accompany all programmes, known as the Ethiopian Satellite Education Project.The initiative was supported by a US$80-million (R640-million) World Bank loan.The scope of what was required was enormous – and the fate of the educational future of third-largest country in Africa stood in the balance.  When the project began in 2004 Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education was requesting 2 978 individual programmes to be produced in 12 months.In response, Kagiso and Sesani created what they called “a television factory” in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg, naming it “Memar TV” or “to learn,” in Amharic, Ethiopia’s main language.“It was a huge project and quite a feat to accomplish,” said Eileen Sandrock, managing director of Memar TV.The weekly requirements included 70 half-our programmes of educational television programming, accompanied by teacher and student guides. It required 60 researchers, scriptwriters and subject experts, and 80 full-time technical staff.  The programmes included graphics, studio presentations and visuals taped in both South Africa and Ethiopia.The project was aimed at alleviating the lack of enough skilled teachers, inadequate infrastructure and overcrowded classrooms in Ethiopia’s educational system.In the end, 450 schools were equipped with 8 000 plasma screens.The developers grappled with issues such as the possible marginalisation of teachers, the lack of understanding of English in a nation where teaching is in a local language until high school, and the passive nature of learning from a television screen.In the end, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education decided the advantages outweighed the minuses.English journalist Andrew Heavens recalls visiting the southern regions of Ethiopia in 2005 and coming upon a school“As we walked up to one of the outdoor classrooms, we heard the voice of a math teacher going into great detail about the angles of a parallelogram,” Heavens wrote.  “When we went in, we found the 60 or so students were all taking their lesson from a professor speaking through a state-of-the-art Samsung plasma video screen that would be way beyond the budget of many schools in the UK. The lesson was being beamed in from Addis via a huge satellite dish outside through a rack of Digital Video Broadcasting receivers.”The head teacher at the school told Heavens that there had been start-up problems that were later sorted.“Students had found it hard to keep up with the English used by the Addis-based teachers. But they soon got used to it and grades had improved by up to 45% over the period,” Heavens was told by the teacher.According to the Ethiopian Government, the new education system is “an important element of sweeping educational reform in Ethiopia, which has seen the construction of more schools in the past decade, a revision of curriculums incorporating more practical and relevant education, and improvements in teacher training.”Because of the new system, “greater numbers of teachers now receive additional English language training, and earn a higher wage in order to make the profession more attractive,” the country’s Ministry of Education says. “As a result, there has been a leap in child enrolments, from 3- to 9-million, and greater numbers of females attending classes in urban centres than ever before.”Rick Grantham, who created the educational programme for Memar as its managing director, wrote an assessment of the venture before departing to launch a new company.“The Ethiopian example has shown the benefit of developing solutions to meet base line requirements first, instead of concentrating on ICT/ multimedia solutions that cannot be sustained,” he said. “It is hoped that – as skills develop – Ethiopia’s video solution will be complemented by on-line computer interactivity, especially since the satellite link now in place can also be used for computers and on-line networks. As such, the Ethiopian experience should be seen as the first step in a more integrated education development plan.”Grantham believes that although distance learning cannot replace teachers, that “it does offer an ideal opportunity to access large numbers of learners, in different locations, at different times, with customised training solutions, quickly and cost-effectively.”The developers of the programme hope that similar projects would able to fill the gaping hole of educational needs in many other African countries.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Gallery: The top tourist attractions in tiny Gauteng

first_imgThe diversity in South Africa’s Gauteng province belies its small size. Known for its work-hard mentality, it also offers a wealth of things to do and see for fun. Local and international travellers will be more than spoilt for choice. The Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein has become an iconic landmark of Johannesburg’s skyline. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr)Compiled by Mary Alexander and Priya PitamberIt’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”. To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.Travel is also about exploring your own back yard. Through its Sho’t Left initiative, South African Tourism encourages local holiday travel. It helps to make planning a holiday easier with choosing, budgeting for, booking and paying for a trip, and more.Gauteng confirms that dynamite comes in small packages. The tiniest province of the country, taking up only 1.4% of land area, it is home to the country’s eclectic economic hub, Johannesburg, and the capital city, Pretoria. But it also offers a range of unforgettable leisure experiences for any traveller.Between Johannesburg and Pretoria in Midrand, the Nizamiye Turkish Masjid is a majestic structure. It is the first Ottoman-styled mosque in the southern hemisphere. Its large dome rises 32 metres and it is flanked on each corner by 55-metre minarets. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) The Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg is one of the richest hominid fossil sites in the world. Maropeng, meaning “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, is the fun visitor centre in the Cradle of Humankind. It’ll change the way you see the world. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) Vilakazi Street in Soweto is one of the most famous streets in South Africa. It housed two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) Huge, colourfully painted cooling towers dominate Orlando in Soweto. Once part of a power station, they now add another tourist attraction to the township: adventure. Thrill-seekers are able to bungee jump off the two 100-metre-high towers. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) “It was the opposite of grand, but it was my first true home of my own and I was mightily proud. A man is not a man until he has a house of his own.” This was how Nelson Mandela described his first home, on Vilakazi Street, in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. Today the humble Soweto abode, Mandela House, has become a must-see for travellers. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) Maropeng, the visitor centre in the Cradle of Humankind, is housed in the Tumulus Building. It is shaped to be “evocative of a giant burial mound”. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) The Food Market Shed, popularly referred to as The Sheds at the Fox Precinct in downtown Johannesburg, has become a popular place to sample arts, crafts and artisan foods. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) Located in the heart of Braamfontein on Juta Street, the Neighbourgoods Market offers a range of lovingly hand-crafted food and beverages. People can enjoy their meals outdoors, watching the hustle and bustle of city life. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) South Africa’s Union Buildings is the official seat of the government. The classic building was designed by Sir Herbert Baker in 1908 and completed in 1913. The gardens around it hold monuments of historical figures, including a 9-metre-tall bronze statue of Nelson Mandela. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr)The city of Johannesburg is constantly changing to the pulse of its people. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr)last_img read more

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SCN sampling can be done in the spring

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest These fluctuating temperatures that we have had this spring where we go from snow days to short days provides some opportunities to get the crews out and enjoy some nice weather. Sampling for Soybean Cyst Nematode is fine to do in the spring, especially in years where the ground thaws early.It is becoming increasingly important in Ohio to know your numbers. Sounds like a cholesterol warning doesn’t it? In the case of SCN, less than 500 eggs per cup of soil and keeping it under 1,000 is what we need to shoot for on some fields. Non-detectable levels are like gold.If you haven’t tested in a while, here are some guidelines of fields to be sure to target:1. Fields which are consistently low yielding, always below the county average2. Continuous soybean fields3. Fields with a healthy crop of purple dead nettle, shepherds purse, or planted to a legume cover crop. These can all serve as additional hosts to SCN and especially with a warm winter there will be some increase in nematode numbers.If you have yield maps, especially for no-till farmers, target the low yielding pockets. SCN will stay in that one pocket, but the pocket will get larger over time with no-till. With cultivation, the pocket will get larger in the same direction that you till.For a quick video on sampling for SCN check out OSU Department of Plant Pathology Ph.D. Student Horacio Lopez Nicora’s take on “How to properly sample for Soybean Cyst Nematode” at http://plantpath.osu.edu/about-us/multimedia.Only two labs in Ohio will accept samples:Spectrum Analytic Inc1087 Jamison Rd NWWashington Court House, OH 43160800-321-1562740-335-1562740-335-1104 faxwww.spectrumanalytic.comandOSU C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest DiagnosticClinic ($15/sample)8995 E Main St, Bldg 23Reynoldsburg, OH 43068614-292-5006http://ppdc.osu.edulast_img read more

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