[Breaking] Barring Only 65-Yr-Old Actors/Film Crew On Movie/TV Set Is Discriminatory; Bombay HC Quashes State Govt’s GR [Read Judgment]

first_imgTop Stories[Breaking] Barring Only 65-Yr-Old Actors/Film Crew On Movie/TV Set Is Discriminatory; Bombay HC Quashes State Govt’s GR [Read Judgment] Nitish Kashyap7 Aug 2020 4:32 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Friday quashed and set aside a condition in two government resolutions issued by the State of Maharashtra barring actors above the age of 65 years from remaining present on Film/TV sets calling it discriminatory. The GRs were issued after a nationwide lockdown was imposed to combat the threat of Covdi-19.Division bench of Justice SJ Kathawalla and Justice RI Chagla…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Friday quashed and set aside a condition in two government resolutions issued by the State of Maharashtra barring actors above the age of 65 years from remaining present on Film/TV sets calling it discriminatory. The GRs were issued after a nationwide lockdown was imposed to combat the threat of Covdi-19.Division bench of Justice SJ Kathawalla and Justice RI Chagla were hearing writ petitions filed by actor Pramod Pandey who has been acting in TV and films for the last 40 years and Indian Motion Pictures’ Producers’ Association challenging the said condition in Government Resolution issued by the State on May 30, 2020 and the said condition continued in GR dated June 23, 2020.Previously, Court had directed the State to reply to specific questions posed by the bench and submit an affidavit accordingly. Court had said-“The learned Advocate for the State had to be reminded that the actors performing small roles are required to go to the studios and request for work to enable them to have their two meals, and no Producer/Director is going to shoot their role via Facetime, Zoom, Skype etc.”The GR dated May 30, 2020 as explained or clarified by the GR of June 23, 2020, has been issued to permit the reopening of the film and television industry pursuant to representations made to the Government of Maharashtra from various organizations in this field. The Impugned Condition is one of the several conditions contained in the said GRs, subject to which the Government of Maharashtra has permitted such shootings as well as pre-production and post-production works.Advocate Ashok Saraogi appeared on behalf of the petitioners and argued that the GRs are discriminatory, arbitrary and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution of India, because at the time the GRs were issued, the Central Government as well as the Government of Maharashtra had relaxed the general prohibition on movement of persons above the age of 65 years, and made it advisory in nature and the prohibition under general restrictions was no longer in force. As against this, a prohibition on the movement of persons above the age of 65 years continued to operate in the film and television industry.The Impugned Condition is an unreasonable restriction on the petitioners’ right to carry on their trade and occupation, it also deprives the petitioner of his right to earn a livelihood with dignity., Saraogi contended.Saraogi also submitted that the general prohibition on movement of persons above the age of 65 years is now relaxed and is only advisory in nature. There is no justification for the said prohibition by way of the impugned condition being applied only in respect of the petitioners (actors/film crew) persons whose occupation and trade is in relation to the film or television industry.Government Pleader Poornima Kantharia submitted that the Government of Maharashtra’s resolutions are based on Central Government orders passed under the Disaster Management Act. The impugned condition is reasonable and is subject to future relaxation. It was imposed in the interest of health and safety of vulnerable classes of persons. The restrictions are in the interest of persons with low or weak immunity as the disease is easily communicable, Kantharia said.Moreover, the restriction on persons who are 65 years of age and above is consistent across various Central and State Government orders restricting businesses and movement during lockdown. The restriction is not absolute as persons above the age of 65 years may work from home, over video conferencing, email, video sharing etc, Kantharia told the Court.Amicus Curiae and Senior Advocate Sharan Jagtiani stated that if the State of Maharashtra was to expressly clarify that the impugned condition is to be read as an advisory and not an obligatory requirement, it would undoubtedly resolve the challenge in these petitions.However, if one is to go by the language of the Impugned Condition, it appears that the same is mandatory or obligatory and is not worded as an advisory. In fact, the reply filed by the State of Maharashtra proceeds on this basis as well, but states that if there is a relaxation in the generally applicable guidelines by the MHA or the State of Maharashtra, then a relaxation of the Impugned Condition would also be considered, Jagtiani said.Importantly, Jagtiani clarified that while the order issued by the MHA and State of Maharashtra on May 30, 2020 and May 31, 2020 respectively, the general guideline pertaining to restriction/ prohibition on the movement of persons above 65 years of age that operated from about 4th May 2020 to 31st May 2020, was relaxed and made an advisory.In contrast, the impugned condition issued on May 30, 2020 and clarified on June 23, 2020 reads as an obligatory requirement, prohibiting all persons above 65 years of age from working on a film set as cast or crew. In other words, in respect of the film industry, the stipulation restraining persons from working as cast or crew at a film set based on age above 65 years, is mandatory whereas persons above 65 years of age who are engaged or occupied or working in other essential and non-essential business activities and sectors that are allowed to operate, may attend their workplace, since the general guideline or Order applicable to them now reads only as an advisory, Jagtiani told the bench.He relied on following decisions of the Supreme Court in support of his arguments:(i) Sube Singh & Ors. vs. State of Haryana & Ors(ii) Kailash Chand Sharma vs. State of Rajasthan & Ors(iii) Om Kumar & Ors. vs. Union of India(iv) Indian Express Newspapers vs. Union of IndiaThus, after examining all submissions and phases of lockdown and conditions imposed therein, the bench observed-“In our view, the Impugned Condition is not based on any intelligible differentia between the two identical classes of persons above the age of 65 years as set out above. Whilst there may be a nexus with the object sought to be achieved, i.e. to protect vulnerable people from the Covid-19 pandemic, there is no intelligible differentia between persons who are 65 years of age or above in the cast/crew of films and TV shootings on the one hand and persons who are 65 years of age or above in other sectors and services, permitted under prevailing lockdown orders.”Also, the bench noted-“There is discrimination in the disparate treatment of persons who are 65 years of age or above in the film or television industry and in the other permitted sectors and permitted activities. The same is not based on any intelligible differentia and no explanation to this effect is to be found in the Reply of the State Government. The Impugned Condition therefore cannot be sustained in view of the well settled principles enunciated under Article 14 of the Constitution of India.We are of the view that the Impugned Condition that seeks to apply to persons above the age of 65 who are engaged in only one occupation or trade but not to others of the same class, cannot be said to be a reasonable restriction.”Thus, the impugned condition in the two GRs were quashed and set aside. However, Court clarified that the advisory applicable to all persons above the age of 65 years, would also apply to persons associated with the film/television/OTT industry and the same must be taken note of by the persons to whom it applies.Click here to download the Judgment Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Tame Impala To Headline Treasure Island Music Festival

first_imgTame Impala will headline Treasure Island Music Festival when the gathering returns on October 13th and 14th. This year’s event will herald the festival’s move to a new home at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland, California, following a one-year hiatus.Other artists on the bill for Treasure Island include A$AP Rocky, Silk City (Diplo + Mark Ronson), Lord Huron, Santigold, Courtney Barnett, Jungle, Hiatus Kaiyote, and the Tame Impala-affiliated psych-rock outfit Pond. Treasure Island announced a hiatus last year after a decade at its namesake location, San Francisco’s Treasure Island. Organized by Noise Pop Industries and Another Planet, the festival has historically showcased a variety of acts on two adjacent stages. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the 2018 edition of Treasure Island will keep things more or less the same, with interactive art installations, food trucks, and a 60′ Ferris wheel.“It was never a question of whether or not the festival would come back,” Noise Pop Industries co-owner and festival co-founder Jordan Kurland told the publication. “It was taking a year off to make sure when we returned we did it right.”Tickets for the revived Treasure Island Music Festival will go on sale Friday, May 18th.last_img read more

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Sweet Sales.

first_imgOut on the farm this spring, the bottom fell out of the market for Vidalia onions, the one money crop John McDonald grows. In the city, many school students were looking forwardto a summer camp they couldn’t afford.Both hardships, though, were softened because the two groups, rural and urban, got together beforehand on a solution to each other’s challenge. Photo:  Shirley Williamson Photo: Shirley Williamson Lauren Jolly cuts shipping netting from around 25-pound bags of Vidalia onions for her 4-H club’s fund-raiser. Volunteer Charlie Griffin and some Columbia County 4-H’ers wait for the next customer to drive through the fund-raiser distribution space donated by a local bank.center_img Camp Discounts,’Six Flags’ TicketsWilliamson goes all-out to promote the sale.”We focus on how special Vidalia onions are and how the kids can earn money for a discounted or even free trip to camp (normally $160),” she said. “Other prizes include a Columbia County 4-H T-shirt and free Six Flags tickets.”The 4-H’ers sell Vidalia onion cookbooks, too — this year more than 400 of them. Every 4-H’er who sells anything gets a 4-H cup, pencil and sticker. Everyone who buys onions or a cookbook gets a letter of appreciation, storage tips and a few recipes. 4-H Fund-raiser”Each year our 4-H’ers sell Vidalia onions as a fund-raiser,” said Shirley Williamson, a University of Georgia Extension Service agent in suburban Columbia County.For Williamson, the annual sale funds her 4-H program and gets kids to camp who might otherwise be unable to go. For McDonald, the Columbia 4-H’ers and other clubs lock in profits.It’s a sweet deal for shoppers, too, though the cost is almost always higher than in stores. For the extra money, buyers: Help a youngster, most likely a relative or neighbor, learn about working, the value of money and striving toward goals. Help a worthy organization earn operating funds. Help themselves, because club-sale onions are the sweetest there are. Club-sale Onions a Sweet Success”We strive to do a perfect job with these onions,” McDonald said. “I know 100 percent is hard to achieve, but we shoot for it.”And it’s not just McDonald.”Probably half of our growers have some club sales,” said Reid Torrance, a Tattnall County Extension Service agent. Tattnall farmers grow more Vidalia onions than inany other Georgia county, and fund-raisers take about 10 percent of their crop.”They usually try to do a better job with club sales,” Torrance said. “They want to be sure they get the very best quality. Some of our growers pack fund-raiser onions in a different packing line.”McDonald typically overfills each bag, too. “We always give good weights,” he said. So the price per pound is always lower than it seems.Loyal CustomersGrowers say their fund-raiser partners are their most loyal customers. “I added one Alabama club this year,” McDonald said. “All of the others are long-term relationships.”McDonald grows 30 acres of onions in Treutlen County, a dozen or so miles from Vidalia. He sells less than a third of his crop through club sales. “I wish I could sell more through clubs,” he said.More than a dozen Georgia 4-H clubs have onion-sale fund-raisers. Columbia County 4-H’ers have sold McDonald Farm onions for eight years. The sale is successful every year.This year they sold nearly 11 tons of Vidalia onions.Vidalia Onion ClassesTo make sure their fund-raisers succeed, Williamson and 4-H program assistant Paula Poss teach agriculture-related classes in club meetings.In one of three such classes this year, they showed students three containers of soil. One held soil from McDonald Farm. Another had heavy-clay soil from their own county. The third contained a commercial topsoil mix.Asked to pick the best soil for Vidalia onions, the students almost always pick the rich-looking commercial soil. From there, the teachers go on to explain how this sweet Georgia crop grows.All that education is necessary, Williamson said. “Think about it,” she said. “You’re a 5th grader, and 4-H wants you to sell onions. Yuck! They don’t usually eat onions. They want to sell candy or cookies.”last_img read more

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Education in South Africa

first_imgThe University of Cape Town is aworld-class institution, with its GraduateSchool of Business ranked among the topin the world – and the best in Africa – inthe Financial Times’ Global Top 100 MBAlist.(Image: Jeffrey Barbee,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library)All South Africans have the right to a basic education, including adult basic education and further education. According to the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act 108 of 1996), the state has an obligation, through reasonable measures, to progressively make this education available and accessible.At about 5.3% of gross domestic product, South Africa has one of the highest rates of government investment in education in the world.Sections in this article:Three bands of educationGeneral and Further Education and TrainingTertiary educationSouth Africa’s universities Spending and challenges Useful links Three bands of education South Africa’s National Qualifications Framework (NQF) recognises three broad bands of education:General Education and TrainingFurther Education and TrainingHigher Education and TrainingSchool life spans 13 years or grades, from grade 0, otherwise known as grade R or “reception year”, through to grade 12 or “matric” – the year of matriculation. General Education and Training runs from grade 0 to grade 9. Under the South African Schools Act of 1996, education is compulsory for all South Africans from the age of seven (grade 1) to age 15, or the completion of grade 9. General Education and Training also includes Adult Basic Education and Training. TABLE 1: LEVELS OF EDUCATION IN SOUTH AFRICA BAND SCHOOL GRADE NQF LEVEL QUALIFICATIONS HIGHER8Doctors Degree7Masters DegreeHonours DegreePostgraduate Diploma6General first degreeProfessional first degree postgraduateBachelor’s degree5First diplomaHigher certificateCertificateFURTHER124Diploma113Certificate102CertificateGENERAL91Grade 9Adult Basic Education and Training level 487654321RSource: Department of Education Further Education and Training takes place from grades 10 to 12, and also includes career-oriented education and training offered in other Further Education and Training institutions – technical colleges, community colleges and private colleges. Diplomas and certificates are qualifications recognised at this level.The matric pass rate, which was as low as 40% in the late 1990s, has improved considerably. A total of 581 573 full-time students and 38 595 repeat students sat the matriculation exams in 2009, 60.6% of whom passed.General and Further Education and Training Newly-elected president Jacob Zuma announced in May 2009 that the national Department of Education would be split into two ministries – Basic Education, and Higher Education and Training.South African Communist Party secretary-general, Dr Blade Nzimande, is the new minister of Higher Education and Training, while former Gauteng Education MEC, Angie Motshekga, now oversees the Ministry of Basic Education.Each ministry is responsible for its level of education across the country as a whole, while each of the nine provinces has its own education department.The Ministry of Basic Education focuses on adult basic education and training in addition to primary and secondary education. The Ministry of Higher Education and Training is responsible for tertiary education up to doctorate level, and technical and vocational training. It also oversees the numerous sector education and training authorities.The central government provides a national framework for school policy, but administrative responsibility lies with the provinces. Power is further devolved to grassroots level via elected school governing bodies, which have a significant say in the running of their schools.Private schools and higher education institutions have a fair amount of autonomy, but are expected to fall in line with certain government non-negotiables – no child may be excluded from a school on grounds of his or her race or religion, for example.The Further Education and Training (FET) branch is responsible for the development of policy for grades 10 to 12 in public and independent schools, as well as in public and private FET colleges.It monitors the integrity of assessment in schools and colleges, and offers an academic curriculum as well as a range of vocational subjects. FET colleges cater for out-of-school youth and adults.The branch oversees, coordinates and monitors the system’s response to improved learner participation and performance in maths, science and technology. It also devises strategies aimed at the use of information and communication technology (ICT), and supports curriculum implementation through the national educational portal, Thutong (Setswana, meaning “place of learning”).The latest available statistics show that in 2007 South Africa had 14 167 086 pupils enrolled in all sectors of the education system, attending 35 231 educational institutions and served by 452 971 teachers and lecturers.The breakdown of schools includes 26 065 ordinary schools and 9 166 other education institutions – namely, special schools, early childhood development (ECD) sites, public adult basic education and training (ABET) centres, public further education and training (FET) institutions and public higher education (HE) institutions.Of the total enrolled pupils, 12 048 821 (85.0%) were in public schools and 352 396 (2.5%) were in independent schools. Of the pupils in other institutions, 761 087 (5.4%) were in public HE institutions, 320 679 (2.3%) were in public FET institutions, 292 734 (2.1%) were in public ABET centres, 289 312 (2.0%) were in ECD centres, and 102 057 (0.7%) were in special schools.The total of 26 065 ordinary schools comprised 15 358 primary schools, with 6 316 064 pupils and 191 199 teachers; 5 670 secondary schools, with 3 831 937 pupils and 128 183 teachers; and 5 037 combined and intermediate schools, with 2 253 216 pupils and 74 843 teachers.Other educational facilities included 2 278 ABET centres, 50 public FET institutions, 4 800 ECD centres and 23 HE institutions.In state-funded public schools, the average ratio of pupils (also known as learners) to teachers (educators) is 31.5 to one, while private schools generally have one teacher for every 17.5 scholars.Tertiary education Higher Education and Training, or tertiary education, includes education for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, certificates and diplomas, up to the level of the doctoral degree.A matric endorsement is required for the study of university degrees, with a minimum of three subjects passed at the higher, rather than standard, grade, although some universities set additional academic requirements. A standard school-leaving South African senior certificate is sufficient for technical qualifications and diplomas.South Africa has a vibrant higher education sector, with more than a million students enrolled in the country’s 24 state-funded tertiary institutions: 11 universities, five universities of technology, and six comprehensive institutions.These have recently been integrated, with the country’s former 36 universities and “technikons” being amalgamated into larger tertiary institutions. Higher education is also offered at hundreds of private institutions, which are registered with the Department of Education to confer specific degrees and diplomas.Many of South Africa’s universities are world-class academic institutions, at the cutting edge of research in certain spheres. Although subsidised by the state, the universities are autonomous, reporting to their own councils rather than government.South Africa’s universities Recently restructured, South Africa’s 21 public higher education institutions offer a range of study and research options for both local and international students.The restructuring focused, and in some cases reconfigured, the educational programmes on offer – which previously still reflected the structure and priorities of the old apartheid-based system.The restructuring also brought in comprehensive universities, a new type of institution designed to cater for the merger of some universities with former “technikons”. Comprehensive universities offer a broad range of degrees, diplomas and certificates, and will help widen access to tertiary education in the country.Here’s a quick rundown of South Africa’s 21 universities, in alphabetical order.Cape Peninsula University of Technology Incorporating the former Cape and Peninsula technikons, the university is the largest in the Western Cape, with over 25 000 students on two main campuses, in Bellville and Cape Town.Cape Peninsula University of Technology website Central University of Technology Incorporating the former Technikon Free State and Vista University’s Welkom campus, the university is based in Bloemfontein. Over 100 courses are offered in three faculties: management; engineering, information and communication sciences; and health and environmental sciences.Central University of Technology website Durban University of Technology Incorporating the former ML Sultan, Natal and Mangosuthu technikons, as well as the former University of Zululand’s Umlazi campus, the university has major campuses in Durban and Pietermaritzburg as well as satellite campuses in Umlazi.Durban University of Technology website Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University The university has more than 20 000 students and about 2 000 staff members spread across eight campuses in the Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and George in the Western Cape. It incorporates the former PE Technikon, University of Port Elizabeth and Vista University’s Port Elizabeth campus.Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University website North West University North West University has more than 45 000 students spread over four campuses. It offers parallel instruction in Afrikaans, English and Setswana, and is experimenting with simultaneous instruction on its Potchefstroom campus.North West University website Rhodes University Based in the Eastern Cape town of Grahamstown, Rhodes University is over a century old and is best known for its journalism department. The university has some 500 academic staff and 7 000 students.Rhodes University website Stellenbosch University Situated in the wine-growing region of Stellenbosch, 60km from Cape Town, Stellenbosch University has four campuses: the main campus at Stellenbosch, the health sciences faculty at Tygerberg Hospital, the business school in Bellville, and military sciences faculty in Saldanha.Stellenbosch University website Tshwane University of Technology Incorporating the former Northern Gauteng, North West and Pretoria technikons, Tshwane University of Technology offers masters and doctoral programmes in addition to degrees, certificates and diplomas.Tshwane University of Technology website University of Cape Town South Africa’s oldest university, founded in 1829, has one of the most picturesque campuses in the world, situated on the slopes of Table Mountain’s Devil’s Peak and overlooking Rondebosch in Cape Town. The university is regarded as one of the top research institutions on the continent, with more “A” rated scientists than any other South African university. The university is home to Groote Schuur Hospital, where the world’s first heart transplant took place in 1967.University of Cape Town website University of Fort Hare Fort Hare, dating back to 1916, is the oldest historically black university in the country. It has been the academic home of many of South Africa’s most prominent leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Govan Mbeki, and Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Fort Hare has three Eastern Cape campuses, in Alice, Bhisho and East London. The university offers a range of degrees and diplomas in its faculties of education, science and agriculture, social sciences and humanities, management and commerce, and at the Nelson Mandela School of Law.Iniversity of Fort Hare website University of Johannesburg Incorporating the former Rand Afrikaans University, Technikon Witwatersrand and Vista University’s Johannesburg campuses, the university offers both technical and academic programmes for around 45 000 students.University of Johannesburg website University of KwaZulu-Natal Incorporating the former Durban-Westville and Natal universities, the university covers five campuses in Durban and Pietermaritzburg.University of KwaZulu-Natal website University of Limpopo Formerly the University of the North, and based in South Africa’s northern Limpopo province, the university provides training in three faculties: humanities; management sciences and law; and sciences, health and agriculture.University of Limpopo website University of Pretoria Established in 1930, the university is one of South Africa’s largest, with almost 40 000 students, including over 2 000 international students from 60 countries. The university’s Gordon Institute of Business Science, established in Johannesburg in 2000, has already earned an international reputation, while its faculty of veterinary science at Onderstepoort is the only one of its kind in South Africa.University of Pretoria website University of South Africa Unisa is one of the largest distance-learning universities in the world, made larger by the recent incorporation of the former Technikon SA and Vista University’s distance education division. Based in Pretoria, it offers distance education programmes – both academic and technical – to students across the country, the region and the world.University of South Africa website University of the Free State Established in 1904, the university is home to around 20 000 students, 16 000 on the main Bloemfontein campus and 3 000 enrolled in the university’s distance and internet learning programmes.University of the Free State website University of the Western Cape Originally established in 1959 as an ethnic college for coloured students, the university provides facilities for over 12 000 students across 68 departments and 16 institutes, schools and research centres.University of the Western Cape website University of the Witwatersrand Based in Johannesburg, Wits University is one of the country’s leading research institutions, attracting students from across Africa. Since full university status was granted in 1922, Wits has produced more than 100 000 graduates across a range of disciplines. The university offers degrees in the faculties of engineering and the built environment, humanities, health sciences, science and commerce.University of the Witwatersrand website University of Venda The University of Venda for Science and Technology, situated in Thohoyandou in Limpopo, offers career-focussed programmes in the fields of health, agriculture and rural development; humanities, management sciences and law; and natural and applied sciences.University of Venda website Vaal University of Technology The university has around 15 000 students spread across its main campus in Vanderbijlpark, 60km south-west of Johannesburg, and four satellite campuses, which include the Sebokeng campus of the former Vista University.Vaal University of Technology website Walter Sisulu University Incorporating the former Border and Eastern Cape technikons and the University of the Transkei, the university has around 20 000 students spread across its campuses in East London, Butterworth, Queenstown and Mthatha. It offers a range of degrees, certificates and diplomas in 11 faculties, and hosts an MBChB programme in Mthatha.Walter Sisulu University website Spending and challenges Compared with most other countries, education gets a really big slice of the pie – usually around 20% of total government expenditure. In the 2008/9 national Budget education received R140.4-billion, amounting to 18.5% of total spending.More money is always needed to address the huge backlogs left by 40 years of apartheid education. Under that system, white South African children received a quality schooling virtually for free, while their black counterparts had only “Bantu education”.Education was viewed as a part of the overall apartheid system, which included the “homelands”, urban restrictions, pass laws and job reservation. The role of black Africans was as labourers or servants only. As HF Verwoerd, the architect of the Bantu Education Act of 1953, conceived it: “There is no place for [the African] in the European community above the level of certain forms of labour. It is of no avail for him to receive a training which has as its aim, absorption in the European community.”Although today’s government is working to rectify the imbalances in education, the apartheid legacy remains. The greatest challenges lie in the poorer, rural provinces like the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Schools are generally better resourced in the more affluent provinces such as Gauteng and the Western Cape.Illiteracy rates currently stand at around 18% of adults over 15 years old (about 9-million adults are not functionally literate), teachers in township schools are poorly trained, and the matric pass rate remains low.While 65% of whites over 20 years old and 40% of Indians have a high school or higher qualification, this figure is only 14% among blacks and 17% among the coloured population.The government is in particular targeting education for the poorest of the poor, with two notable programmes. One is fee-free schools, institutions that receive all their required funding from the state and so do not have to charge school fees. These have been carefully identified in the country’s most poverty-stricken areas, and will make up 40% of all schools in 2007.The other is the National Schools Nutrition Programme, which feeds about 7-million schoolchildren every day, including all those attending primary schools in 13 rural and eight urban poverty nodes. The programme was extended in 2009 to 1 500 secondary schools around the country, feeding 1-million secondary school pupils from grades 8 to 12.Under the programme, the Department of Education has also established almost 2 100 school gardens with the support of the Department of Agriculture, local government structures and a number of NGOs.Other priorities include early childhood development, HIV-Aids awareness programmes in schools, and adult basic education and training.Useful links Department of Education Thuthong national education portal South African Qualifications Authority National Qualifications Framework Education Association of South Africa General and Further Education and Training SA Schools SchoolNet SA Independent Schools Association of South Africa SchoolGuide Learning Channel Online SABC Education The Teacher Tertiary education Higher Education South Africa Council on Higher Education South Africa’s universities Cape Peninsula University of Technology Central University of Technology Durban University of Technology Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University North West University Rhodes University Stellenbosch University Tshwane University of Technology University of Cape Town  University of Johannesburg University of KwaZulu-Natal University of Limpopo University of Pretoria University of South Africa University of the Free State University of the Western Cape University of the Witwatersrand University of Fort HareUniversity of Venda Vaal University of Technology Walter Sisulu Universitylast_img read more

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Weather outlook for the last week of October

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The second half of September will continue to experience above normal temperatures and close to normal rainfall.Second half of September RISK:Temperatures – Above Normal (+3-5F) – Normal highs are in the 70s and lows in the 50s.Rainfall – Near Normal (0.5-1.5 inches) – Normal is about 0.6 inches per week.Freeze – Below normal – Little if any expected.The NOAA/NWS/Ohio River Forecast Center 16-day rainfall outlook suggests the wettest areas will remain west of Ohio. This trend will continue into October where wet conditions could hamper harvest especially west of Ohio. http://www.erh.noaa.gov/ohrfc/HAS/images/NAEFS16day.pdfOctober is shaping up to be above normal temperatures and near or slightly wetter than normal. Based on historic El Nino events, freeze conditions typically arrive a little later than normal so expect a week maybe two weeks of delay to freeze this fall.October RISK:Temperatures – Above Normal (0-+3F)Rainfall – Near or slightly above normal.Freeze – Below normal – Expect a later than normal freeze. Normally Oct. 10-20 across much of the state.With a significant El Nino expected this fall and winter, everything suggests warmer conditions with below normal precipitation western Ohio and normal precipitation in eastern Ohio.last_img read more

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PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathlon

first_imgLATEST STORIES LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games She clocked 2:11:14, while Adorna, the 2015 champion, finished in 2:18:58. Adorna is reportedly nursing a injury but her time was enough to beat out Irene Chong of Malaysia who timed 2:25:44.It was the third gold by the Philippines so far in the biennial meet and one bolstered the dominating performance by its triathletes who ruled both the men’s and women’s categories.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout View comments PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Marion Kim Mangrobang snatched the Philippines’ third gold medal after winning women’s triathlon in a powerful 1-2 finish with former champ Ma. Claire Adorna Monday in the Southeast Asian Games.Trained in Portugal, the 25-year-old Mangrobang won the event after placing second to Adorna during the 2015 SEAG in Singapore in a similar 1-2 fashion.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Philippines claims gold, silver in men’s triathlon Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Never did I feel we were going to lose: Yusuf

first_imgA daunting target of 316 did not fluster Yusuf Pathan a bit and the swashbuckling batsman said that he never thought during his match-winning knock of 123 that India would lose the fourth ODI against New Zealand in Bangalore.”Never at any stage did I feel we were going to lose the game. With Rohit Sharma and Saurabh Tiwary, I rotated the strike well. We spoke to each other throughout to maintain the run rate and stay in the chase,” said Yusuf, who hit a 96-ball 123 not out to set a memorable win for India at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday night.”I am very happy for my first century in ODI and even happier because we won the match. The fact that we are leading 4-0 in the series gives me great pleasure,” he said. Yusuf, who came in at the fall of Parthiv Patel in the 20th over when India were 108 for four, said he grabbed the chance to score big with both hands.”There were a lot of overs for me to bat and fortunately I proved myself. I sensed an opportunity this time that I can play a long innings,” he said.He dedicated his century to his parents and to his step brother Irfan who watched the match.”I dedicate this century to my parents. I am also very happy Irfan was watching the match,” said Yusuf.Yusuf said that he did not change his natural attacking game but took some time to settle down first before opening up his arms.advertisement”I don’t change my natural game. It’s just that of late I am trying to spend some time in the middle before going for my strokes. But it’s not that if there is an opportunity to hit the ball, I will hesitate to do so,” Yusuf said.He said that during the rain break, captain Gautam Gambhir told him not to throw his wicket and he did just that.”Gautam was telling me to utilise the power play to good effect. He advised me not to throw my wicket away at any stage. He told me that if I stayed in the middle till the end, I would win the match for India and I am glad I proved him right,” he said.On his valuable effort of 3/49 in New Zealand innings, Yusuf said that he had worked hard on his bowling.”I worked a lot on my bowling. Whenever I have got an opportunity to bowl, I have tried to be as economical as possible and I am happy it is coming through and that I am also getting wickets now. I am very happy with my efforts,” he said.last_img read more

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Olympiakos Wins Season Opener

first_imgATHENS — Defending champion Olympiakos scored three times in the opening 32 minutes to open its Greek league sseason with a 3-1 victory against newcomer Niki Volos.Pajtim Kasami opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a 30-meter drive, Dimitris Diamantakos made it 2-0 in the 28th with a point-blank shot and Ibrahim Afellay added a third in the 32nd after avoiding two defenders in the area.Niki was lucky to be only three goals behind at halftime but had the better chances in the second half. Vasil Shkurti scored on the break with a low drive in the 56th, dribbling past Eric Abidal on the way.Also, OFI beat Panetolikos 1-0 and Kerkyra scored twice early before holding on for a 2-1 win over Panthrakikos.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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