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Industry: $10B will be bet on March Madness, most illegally

first_imgThe U.S. Supreme Court is weeks away from ruling on New Jersey’s challenge to a law limiting legal sports betting to just four states: Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon, and a ruling that legalizes sports betting nationwide could provide new revenue opportunities for cash-strapped state governments, as well as casino companies.The group found 54 million people — or about a quarter of the U.S. adult population — participated in a sports betting pool last year, spending $18 billion on entry fees. That includes 24 million who filled out basketball brackets pools and spent $2.6 billion on entry fees.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt also conducted a survey that found that roughly two-thirds of U.S. states make it illegal to participate in sports betting pools if money is involved. Enforcing those laws, however, has not been a priority for law enforcement.“Our current sports betting laws are so out of touch with reality that we’re turning tens of millions of Americans into criminals for the simple act of enjoying college basketball,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. “The failed federal ban on sports betting has created an illegal, unregulated sports betting market that offers zero consumer protections and generates zero revenue for state and tribal governments.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ “Sports betting may have more appeal to our children, it has the potential to affect the integrity of the games, and it may put many more people at risk for problem and disordered gambling,” said Neva Pryor, the group’s executive director.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Wisconsin’s Traevon Jackson dribbles past the NCAA logo during practice at the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Anaheim, California in this file photo. APATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — America’s gambling industry predicts $10 billion will be bet on the March Madness college basketball tournament — nearly all of it illegally or off-the-books.That’s one of the reasons the American Gaming Association favors the full legalization and regulation of sports betting in the United States.ADVERTISEMENT Freeman said only 3 percent of the $10 billion the group predicts will be wagered on the games will be done through legal Nevada sports books, or about $300 million.The group also counted 48 pieces of sports betting legislation active in 18 state legislatures across the country as lawmakers anticipate a favorable Supreme Court ruling and prepare for the advent of legal sports betting.Freeman predicted “a flood of new products” if sports betting is legalized, including increased opportunities for bets on events within a game and not just on its final score or statistics.“There’s a lot of money that’s going to go to innovation that’s currently sitting on the sidelines,” he said.The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey says “sports betting is a cause for concern.” While neutral on gambling, the group has been contacting New Jersey lawmakers to discuss needs that will arise if sports betting is legalized.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed 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 Dennis Rodman gets probation after DUI arrest in California Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Caricom special rapporteur wants more access for persons with disabilities

first_imgAs international observances for Persons with Disabilities take place across the world today, the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Special Rapporteur on Disability, Senator Dr Floyd Morris has reiterated his call for access for Persons with Disabilities. This year, the observance is being celebrated under the theme “The future is accessible”.University of the West Indies Centre for Disabilities Director, Senator Dr Floyd MorrisIn his message to observe this occasion, the Caricom Special Rapporteur, who is also the Director of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Centre for Disabilities, said:“If persons with disabilities are to be brought in the mainstream of Caribbean societies the various stakeholders must create greater access to all aspects of Caribbean life for these vulnerable individuals.”The Special Rapporteur cited public facilities, public transportation, educational institutions, health care facilities, community centres, sidewalks, theatres, sports complexes, workplaces and other such facilities that must be made accessible for persons with disabilities.In related news, the findings of 2019 Report of a project to establish a Regional Disability Index indicated that while “it is evident that some work is being done to advance the disability agenda, it is not sufficient and strategic enough to radically transform the lives of persons with disabilities in the region.”According to the report, countries within the region must ensure that their programme of work to realise the 2030 agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), for example, include issues relating to persons with disabilities.The report reiterated that all countries in the Caribbean need to enact legislation to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities as stipulated by the Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and amplified in the Declaration of Petion Ville of 2013.With respect to legislation, the report indicates the scorecard to be a mixed one ranging from descriptions such as “some countries having done good work implementing legislative measure” to descriptions which included “fair” or “poor.”The report noted that the 2013 Declaration of Petion Ville is an important roadmap that has been developed by policymakers, technocrats and persons with disabilities in the Caribbean to drive the disability agenda. To this end, it called for its adoption and use by all countries to guide their implementation of programmes and policies for persons with disabilities.According to the World Bank, disability is the result of the interaction between people with different levels of functioning and an environment that does not take these differences into account. In other words, people with physical, sensory or mental limitations are often disabled, not because of a diagnosable condition, but because they are denied access to education, labour markets, and public services. This exclusion leads to poverty and, in a vicious circle, poverty leads to more disability by increasing people’s vulnerability to malnutrition, disease, and unsafe living and working conditions.WHO statistics indicate that of the more than one billion persons with disabilities living in the world, more than 800 million or approximately 80 per cent reside in developing countries (WHO,2011).last_img read more

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Up to $500,000 Reward offered in EnCana Bombing Case

first_imgAfter consulting with the RCMP and the Crown Prosecutor assigned to the prosecution, EnCana will determine, in its sole discretion, the monetary value, if any, of any information and assistance provided to the investigation and the prosecution. EnCana’s determination of the value of information shall be final, binding and not reviewable. The total of all reward payments will not exceed CAD $500,000. Tips can be made by calling 1-866-994-7473 or online at www.dawsoncreekbombings.comEnCana has also published a copy of the reward termsTerms and Conditions of reward paymentThe obligation for EnCana Corporation (“EnCana”) to pay the reward is subject to the following conditions:Advertisement Photo:  Sgt. Tim Shields speaks to the media in Dawson Creek Tuesday afternoon – Braden Fox/Energeticcity.caEnCana Corporation has decided to offer a cash reward, of up to $500,000 in an effort to solve recent bombings of its pipeline facilities, in the South Peace.- Advertisement -Company official, Alan Boras…. [asset|aid=793|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d0894d07d17c33ec305a690864ada08c-Alan Boras_1_Pub.mp3]There have been four bomb attacks on EnCana facilities in the Tom’s Lake area, since mid-October…the latest one earlier this month, partially destroying a metering shed. The EnCana reward announcement came at a news conference in Vancouver this morning also attended by the RCMP…but, a spokeswoman in Ottawa earlier denied reports the police force itself was also offering a reward.Despite months of investigation the Mounties have no suspects and they have repeatedly complained about lack of co-operation from residents in the area.Sgt. Tim Shields continued to state the RCMP need tips from the public. [asset|aid=794|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d0894d07d17c33ec305a690864ada08c-Tim Shields – protecting safety of tipster_1_Pub.mp3]Advertisement The following words and phrases have the following meanings:“bombings” means all or any of the explosions which damaged EnCana’s wells and facilities near Dawson Creek, B.C.“cash reward” means an amount payable in accordance with the directions of the individual or individuals who provided the information and testimony fulfilling the terms and conditions described above. The reward is not available to EnCana employees or EnCana contract staff or any member of their families or extended families. To qualify for the cash reward, the information and testimony provided must be determined to be of high quality, significantly advancing the investigation of the RCMP and integral to the criminal prosecution of an individual or individuals responsible for any or all of the bombings. EnCana reserves the right to reject a claim for payment of the reward to any individual or individuals providing information if there has been collusion or criminal involvement on their part in any of the bombings.last_img read more

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700-acre wildfire in Angeles 20 percent contained

first_imgACTON – A 700-acre wildfire in the Angeles National Forest east of Santa Clarita that threatened some rural homes was 20 percent contained today, fire officials said. Meantime, a second fire, possibly started by lightning near Lancaster on Sunday, was nearly 80 percent contained after having scorched about 310 acres. The fire near Acton, which may also have been started by lightning on Sunday, flared up around 4 p.m. yesterday, suddenly jumping from 350 acres to 700 acres when the heat and wind picked up, said Bruce Quintelier of the U.S. Forest Service. The blaze was about 20 percent contained, he said. It was unknown if the fire was caused by lightning, but “it’s obviously something we’re looking at,” said Stanton Florea of the United States Forest Service. The other fire, reported about 5 p.m. Sunday near 60th Street West and West Avenue H in the Lancaster area had burned about 310 acres, but no structures were damaged, said Andrea Hawkins of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. That fire was about 80 percent contained and no injuries had been reported, Hawkins said. No major injuries had been reported in either fire.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Residents of about 25 homes voluntarily evacuated yesterday afternoon in the 7000 block of Soledad Canyon Road, Quintelier said. “If that fire grows and kicks up again, more homes will have to be evacuated. There is the potential for that to happen,” he said. Voluntary evacuations were recommended for residents living in the area of Soledad between Aqua Dulce Canyon Road and Crown Valley Road. An evacuation shelter was set up at High Desert Middle School at 3620 Antelope Wood Road, Quintelier said. The fire started around 2:30 p.m. Sunday and grew quickly south of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, about 11 miles east of Santa Clarita. last_img read more

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49ers look to tame the Tigers

first_img UC Davis’ Gary Stewart is just one of a multitude of UOP opponents’ coaches who will second Reynolds’ opinion. “He’s immensely talented, inside and outside,” Stewart said, using as a frame of reference the Tigers’ 33-point victory over his team a couple of weeks ago in Davis. “There is no question that he is as good as there is in the league and that he will play (professionally) beyond the Big West. But there is a real danger (for opponents) of focusing too much defensive attention on him. You spend a lot of time focusing on their inside game and their perimeter guys (Gray and Webb) can get away from you.” The 49ers came home with an overall record of 6-7 after splitting Big West games at UC Santa Barbara (losing 77-74 on Saturday afternoon) and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (winning 79-66 Monday evening). As has been the case of late, other than in the loss at UCSB, when it was erratic before and after intermission, Reynolds’ team played much better in the second half Monday night while outscoring the Mustangs by 22 points. Five 49ers have scoring averages of at least 10.7 points per game, led by senior guard Jibril Hodges’ 13.8 ppg. Hodges is just two points shy of becoming the 15th Long Beach player to score 1,000 points for his career. Lucious Harris tops the Long Beach career list with 2,312 points while Craig Hodges Jibril’s father is No. 5 with 1,476. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A men’s basketball program that has pretty much had its way with Big West Conference competition over the past couple of seasons rolls into the Walter Pyramid tonight. The University of the Pacific Tigers, who’ve won 36 of 38 regular-season conference games over the past two-plus seasons, take on the Long Beach State 49ers at 7:30. The Tigers were stunned (83-71) in their conference opener at home last week by a UC Riverside team that was picked to finish last in the Big West. But they bounced back two nights later to beat (83-74) the Cal State Fullerton squad that was the consensus preseason choice to dethrone the Tigers as the regular-season champion. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Coach Bob Thomason lost seven seniors, including four starters, from last season’s 27-4 team that beat Pittsburgh in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Despite the personnel losses, the Tigers are 10-5 overall with most of the conference’s significant non-Big West victories, at USF and Western Kentucky, and at home to Fresno State and Texas A&M, on their ledger. They’ve got nine newcomers on their roster but their three top scorers are returnees Christian Maraker (18.0 points and 9.1 rebounds per game), Johnny Gray (14.7 ppg) and Mike Webb (9.1 ppg). The 6-foot-9 Maraker is a two-time All-Big West selection and the primary reason that at least four NBA franchises, the Lakers, Dallas, Detroit and San Antonio, are expected to have employees in the Walter Pyramid stands tonight. “He’s been one of the top players in the league for a couple of years,” Long Beach coach Larry Reynolds said. “He’s a tall, long and athletic kid who can hit the 3 or post you up. He’s going to be a very tough matchup for us.” last_img read more

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RESIDENTS WARN OF DANGER AFTER 22ND CRASH AT ACCIDENT BLACKSPOT

first_imgThe scene of the crash at Glencar just minutes after it flipped onto its roof.Residents in the Glencar area of Letterkenny have said it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt or killed in the area.Their claims follow yet another crash on the dangerous stretch of road in which a car flipped onto its roof.Our dramatic picture shows the scene just a couple of minutes after the crash. It is understood the driver is being treated at Letterkenny General Hospital but his injuries are not understood to be serious.Residents living close to the scene say it is the 22nd crash on the road in the last four years.They have lobbied Letterkenny Town Council but say they are not satisfied with the lack of action.One local resident said: “The council told us they would paint 60kph signs on the road but you might as well paint Mickey Mouse on the road. “That is not going to slow cars down. What we need are good ramps which will force cars to slow down.“If that is not done soon, someone is going to be killed and the council cannot say they have not been warned.”  RESIDENTS WARN OF DANGER AFTER 22ND CRASH AT ACCIDENT BLACKSPOT was last modified: January 15th, 2013 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:accident blackspotAMBULANCEScrashGardaiglencarlast_img read more

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Collegiate Relay Competitors Enjoy Success at NCAA Championships

first_img Helene Ingvaldsen Kansas State FR Hammer Alexis Woods North Dakota State JR 4×400 Relay Matt Dorsey Air Force SR 1500 Meters Dylan Lafond Illinois SR Steeplechase Maggie Barrie Ohio State JR 4×400 Relay 4×100 Relay Emmanuel Ogwo Iowa FR 4×400 Relay Aaron Mallett Iowa SR 110 Meter Hurdles 4×400 Relay Maya Cody Missouri SO 4×100 Relay USTFCCCA WOMEN’S HONORABLE MENTION ALL AMERICANS – 2017 NCAA DIVISION I OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD Christian Brissett Iowa SO 4×100 Relay Danielle Waldner South Dakota SR Shot Put Asa Burke Ohio State FR 4×400 Relay Nick Gray Ohio State SO 4×400 Relay Janee’ Kassanavoid Kansas State JR Hammer Brittany Brown Iowa JR 200 Meters Kaylee Dodd Oklahoma State JR 800 Meters Brett Neelly Kansas State SO Shot Put Emily Grove South Dakota SR Pole Vault Rachel Weber Ohio State SR 800 Meters Reed Fischer Drake SR 10,000 Meters USTFCCCA MEN’S HONORABLE MENTION ALL AMERICANS – 2017 NCAA DIVISION I OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD Malachy Schrobilgen Wisconsin SR 10,000 Meters Valerie Thames Missouri JR 400 Meter Hurdles Laulauga Tausaga Iowa FR Discus Jhoanmy Luque Iowa State JR Long Jump 4×400 Relay Aaron Mallett Iowa SR 4×100 Relay Terrell Bradford Air Force FR 4×100 Relay Antwon James Iowa SR Triple Jump Brandon Carnes Northern Iowa SR 100 Meters Brady Grunder Kansas State SR Hammer Chloe Abbott Purdue FR 4×400 Relay Gabi Jacobs Missouri SO Discus USTFCCCA WOMEN’S SECOND-TEAM ALL AMERICANS – 2017 NCAA DIVISION I OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD Akia Guerrier Kansas State FR 4×100 Relay Beatrice Hannan Ohio State JR 4×400 Relay DeJuan Frye Iowa SO 4×400 Relay Shardia Lawrence Kansas State SO Triple Jump Carmiesha Cox Purdue 4×100 Relay Jonathan Wells Illinois JR High Jump Nick Gray Ohio State SO 200 Meters Jamiel Trimble Air Force JR 4×400 Relay Jamie Kempfer Missouri SO 10,000 Meters Marcus Neely Indiana State SR 110 Meter Hurdles Collin Hofacker Iowa SO 4×400 Relay Danniel Thomas Kent State SR Shot Put Jamiel Trimble Air Force JR 4×100 Relay Wurrie Njadoe Kansas State FR Long Jump Symone Black Purdue JR 4×400 Relay Taylor Janssen North Dakota State SR Steeplechase Jonathan Davis Illinois FR 5000 Meters Daniel Gagne Bradley JR 1500 Meters Mitch Dixon Kansas State JR Hammer Danniel Thomas Kent State SR Discus Kaela Edwards Oklahoma State SR 1500 Meters Duan Asemota Ohio State Kyle Smith Kansas State SR Hammer Amy Andrushko North Dakota State SR 4×400 Relay Reno Tuufuli Iowa SO Discus Samory Fraga Kent State SO Long Jump Deshawn Marshall Ohio State SR 4×400 Relay Karissa Schweizer Missouri JR 5000 Meters Donovan Robertson Ohio State SR 110 Meter Hurdles Shadae Lawrence Kansas State SO Discuscenter_img Tyler Koss Air Force JR 4×400 Relay Print Friendly Version USTFCCCA WOMEN’S FIRST-TEAM ALL AMERICANS – 2017 NCAA DIVISION I OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD Emma Haugen Wisconsin SO High Jump Jhoanmy Luque Iowa State JR Triple Jump Claudette Allen Kansas State JR 4×100 Relay Joshua Thompson Oklahoma State SR 1500 Meters Brenna Detra Wisconsin SR 400 Meter Hurdles Sedacy Walden Air Force SO 4×400 Relay David Timlin Indiana State SR 1500 Meters Savannah Roberson Purdue JR 4×100 Relay Aaliyah Barnes Ohio State SR 4×400 Relay A’Keyla Mitchell Kansas State Sarah Disanza Wisconsin JR 5000 Meters Jamiel Trimble Air Force JR 200 Meters University Division student-athletes that competed at the 2017 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee went on to receive a total of 94 All-America honors at the recent NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. Of those 94 honorees, 37 were Drake Relays champions and two Drake Relays athletes went on to win NCAA titles as Shadae Lawrence from Kansas State won the women’s discus and Karissa Schweizer from Missouri claimed the women’s 5,000 meter title.The following student-athletes that competed at the 2017 Drake Relays received either first team, second team or honorable mention All-America awards. 2017 Drake Relays Championship are in bold italics.USTFCCCA MEN’S FIRST-TEAM ALL AMERICANS – 2017 NCAA DIVISION I OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD 4×100 Relay Luca Wieland Minnesota SR Decathlon Jasmine Staebler Iowa State SO 800 Meters Champ Page Ohio State Katelyn Weimerskirch North Dakota State SR Hammer Avery Meyers Iowa SR Discus TJ Lawson Kent State FR Decathlon Savannah Carson Purdue SR 4×100 Relay Reinhard Van Zyl Missouri SR Javelin AJ Stevens Kent State SO Triple Jump Rashid Coulibaly Wisconsin FR Pole Vault Ranae McKenzie Kansas State SO 4×100 Relay Devynne Charlton Purdue JR 100 Meter Hurdles Zach Johnson Air Force SR 4×100 Relay Carmiesha Cox Purdue 4×100 Relay Kyle Burdick South Dakota State  SO 1500 Meters Jalen Ford Iowa State JR High Jump David Kendziera Illinois JR 400 Meter Hurdles Nina Schultz Kansas State FR Heptathlon Ranae McKenzie Kansas State SO 400 Meter Hurdles O’Shea Wilson Iowa SO 4×100 Relay James Clark Ohio State Alex Pascal Missouri JR Javelin Craig Nowak Oklahoma State  SR 1500 Meters Champ Page Ohio State SR 400 Meters Tsai-Anne Joseph Missouri SO 4×100 Relay O’Shea Wilson Iowa JR Long Jump USTFCCCA MEN’S SECOND-TEAM ALL AMERICANS – 2017 NCAA DIVISION I OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD Karrington Winters Ohio State SO 4×400 Relay Sedacy Walden Air Force SO 400 Meters Morgan Milbrath North Dakota State SR 4×400 Relay Robbie Anderson Air Force JR 4×100 Relay Symone Black Purdue JR 400 Meter Hurdles LaQuisha Jackson Missouri SR 4×100 Relay Devynne Charlton Purdue JR 4×100 Relay Maggie Barrie Ohio State JR 400 Meters Deshawn Marshall Ohio State SR 200 Meters Rose Jackson North Dakota State SR 4×400 Relay Joe Hardy Wisconsin JR 5000 Meters Mar’yea Harris Iowa SO 400 Meters Katelyn Weimerskirch North Dakota State SR Discus Nick Gray Ohio State SO 4×100 Relay Josh McDonald Wisconsin JR Shot Put Mar’yea Harris Iowa SO 4×400 Relay Deshawn Marshall Ohio State SR 4×100 Relay Savannah Carson Purdue JR Long Jump Ieva Zarankaite Oklahoma State SR Discus David Kendziera Illinois JR 110 Meter Hurdleslast_img read more

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Pushing the science envelope

first_imgRay Maota Martin Sweet, Primestars MD; Adele La Grange, head of sponsorships and CSI at 8ta; and, Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, at the launch of the 2012 revision programme. Amith Maharaj, senior managing executive at 8ta, said that Maths and Science education is the foundation for many of the jobs needed to develop the country’s infrastructure and therefore our economy’s growth.(Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Karen Bekker  Primestars  + 27 11 562 6353 / +27 82 058 8957 RELATED ARTICLES • Education at the movies • Grooming future leaders: priceless • Young people: own your destiny! • All aboard the Youth ExpressZanele Khumalo (18) of Meadowlands in Soweto is to start studying medicine in Cuba in 2013, thanks to the help and support of the EduC8 maths and science revision programme. Khumalo completed her grade 12 at Letsibogo Girls High School.She spent her weekends at the township’s trendy Maponya Mall, not to hang out with her peers, but as part of the one-year-old programme that aims to boost the performance of science and maths pupils at disadvantaged schools across the country.The vision of Educ8EduC8 was started in July 2011 and has the backing of corporate partners like mobile operator 8ta; BHP Billiton; Primestars and Samsung. The national Department of Education is also involved, and at the launch of this year’s campaign in Sandton on 12 July, basic education minister Angie Motshekga urged more corporates to join in the efforts to encourage better results in the two subjects.“Poor maths and science results stunt our growth in medical and engineering fields,” she said. “Without the help of civil society the poor African child would be in trouble as government can only do so much.”She added that despite her department’s challenges, it is still committed to providing the quality of education promised to a democratic South Africa.Improved results in grade 12 maths and science are central to the objectives of EduC8. The two subjects were singled out as the top priority of a departmental initiative titled Action plan 2014: towards the realisation of schooling 2025, which aims to grow the number of pupils who pass them in grade 12.How it worksMotshekga’s department publishes an annual list of under-achieving public schools, and it is from this list that the participating schools of the EduC8 programme are chosen each year.Each revision session is filmed at a Ster-Kinekor movie theatre and simultaneously broadcast to a network of 15 other theatres across the country, and this year will run every Sunday from 22 July to 23 September 2012.Pupils will interact with subject experts who will be available at each session to assist with questions and answers.This year, EduC8 will reach three additional areas – Witbank in Mpumalanga; Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal; and Kuruman in the Northern Cape – as part of its commitment to being as widely accessible as possible, and giving equal opportunities to all disadvantaged pupils.Pupils who are unable to attend sessions because of distance will be able to access information shared at these sessions online http://edusynergy.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&.An incentive for participating pupils is a bursary package that will be given to five qualifying recipients, courtesy of the Sasol Inzalo Foundation (SaIF) and Studietrust. The main criteria for selection are academic potential and financial need.Each EduC8 workbook made available to participants during the programme contains a SaIF Bursary Programme application form. The closing date for 2013 applications is 30 September 2012.Samsung CSI head Ntutule Tshenye said his company is committed to developing young skilled leaders in Africa.“One of our goals is to develop at least 10 000 electronic engineers across Africa by 2015, and a strong maths and science foundation is critical for this,” he said.Martin Sweet, MD of Primestars, said: “Past interaction with pupils at these sessions has indicated that they find this learning environment very stimulating and as a result, concentration and message retention are improved.”A shortage of professionalsAccording to the Global Competitiveness Report for 2011 and 2012, South Africa currently ranks at 138 out of 142 countries in terms of academic performance in maths and science.It is not surprising that the country has an acute shortage of professionals in maths and science-related fields such as actuarial science, engineering, medicine, and accounting.By helping pupils perform better in these subjects, initiatives like EduC8 give them a better chance of gaining admission to tertiary institutions, and improve the numbers who enrol in the subjects.“We all acknowledge that maths and science education is the foundation for many of the jobs needed to develop the country’s infrastructure and therefore our economy’s growth,” said Amith Maharaj, senior managing executive at 8ta.“Increasingly these subjects are a critical component of getting ahead and 8ta is proud to be part of this an initiative which sees government and the private sector working closely towards a common goal.”“The best way of developing the country is to start at grassroots level with skills development and education,” said BHP Billiton chairman Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi.If Khumalo’s near future is anything to go by, EduC8 is on the right track.“The programme helped me obtain the marks that I needed to be able to qualify for a scholarship and realise my dream of becoming a medical doctor,” she said.According to Sweet, seven of the programme’s past participants are enrolled in the first year of a variety of engineering courses at universities across the country.“It is therefore not surprising that participating schools from last year have again requested to be included this year.”last_img read more

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Mayor Offers a Home to “Team Boston” House

first_imgIt’s a big deal – a prestige gig – to have your proposal for a solar energy home included among the 19 others chosen to compete in the Department of Energy’s biennial Solar Decathlon, an educational contest that challenges the best brains in academia to design build, and operate houses that are completely solar-powered.The next Solar Decathlon is scheduled for October 8-19, when each of the competition’s teams – a group of students and faculty representing one or maybe two universities – constructs its house on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. But for the Solar Decathlon house that will be built by Team Boston, a student-run collaboration between Tufts University and Boston Architectural College, Washington might not be the last stop.The Mayor of Medford, Massachusetts, home to Tufts, told Team Boston this week that he would like its Solar Decathlon entry to eventually be reconstructed on city property.“I want to create a clean-energy park on the 47 acres next to the McGlynn and Andrews (middle) schools,” Mayor Michael McGlynn said at a groundbreaking ceremony last week, according to a story published on Wednesday by the Medford Transcript. “And I would like to give a home to that solar house that you’re putting together.”The 800 sq. ft. structure, called Curio, is being built first on the Tufts campus. It will be powered by a 25-panel solar array and include a highly accurate system for tracking energy output and usage, Team Boston says. The DOE has provided a grant of $100,000 toward the team’s expenses, although the house alone is expected to cost about $225,000 to construct and the overall cost of the project, including the trip to Washington and back, will likely approach $700,000.As the BAC website notes, the team is actively fundraising to make up the difference.last_img read more

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A new phase in the Ebola war

first_imgMONROVIA—When Kevin De Cock flew home from this city of 1 million in August, he was leaving behind an apocalyptic scene. More than 100 people were coming down with Ebola daily. Patients were dying outside of treatment units filled to capacity, and bodies lay rotting in the streets. Some mathematical models projected that Liberia would face thousands of new cases weekly by December. “There was really no way of knowing how much worse this might get,” says De Cock, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.But when he returned to Monrovia on 9 November, the situation was very different. The grim projections had been wrong. Although the Ebola epidemic is still growing in Sierra Leone, and Guinea’s numbers are swinging up and down, Liberia is now reporting only about 20 new patients a day. Treatment units have hundreds of empty beds, and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lifted the state of emergency put in place in August. 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Safe burials may be a big factor, says Katri Jalava, a Finnish veterinarian and an epidemiological consultant to the World Health Organization. It’s a local custom to wash the corpse and then use the same water to wash the hands of the bereaved, she says. “In terms of a disease like Ebola that is absolutely mad.” Most agree that people’s everyday behavior has changed as well. Ubiquitous street signs warn that “Ebola is real” and tell Monrovians “Don’t be the next case.” Outside many homes are small hand-washing stations with bleach, and Liberians have stopped hugging and shaking hands.Yet “this is still a catastrophe,” De Cock says. Even 20 daily Ebola cases would have been unimaginable a year ago. And Guinea has shown that success in fighting Ebola can be short-lived: Twice, that country was on the cusp of ending the outbreak, and twice the virus came roaring back.Some have even questioned whether Liberia’s recent drop in cases is real. At a meeting at the Liberian ministry of health last week, a U.S. Agency for International Development representative said he had been sent specifically to find out if the numbers can be trusted. “Yes,” answered Swedish statistician Hans Rosling, who has spent the past month in Monrovia helping the Liberian government interpret epidemiological data. CDC researchers, for instance, have used mouth swabs to test dead bodies in Monrovia for Ebola; about 20% to 30% are now positive, down from close to 90% during the height of the epidemic. The real number of cases may be twice the reported number, but not much more, Rosling says. “We’re in a new phase now.”The international response has been slow to adapt. Although the Pentagon has said it will build fewer new Ebola treatment centers, their construction is ongoing. “That doesn’t make sense at all,” says Thierry Goffeau, head of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) mission in Liberia. “It’s clearly a waste of human and financial resources.” Rosling, too, says tactics have to change. In September, the main job was building clinics, removing the dead, and keeping as many patients as possible isolated. Now, it’s about setting up a flexible system to respond to new outbreaks, identifying patients quickly, and tracing their contacts to prevent more infections. “What we needed to do in the first phase was rugby,” Rosling says. “Now it is chess.”Liberia’s medical system, which collapsed under the weight of Ebola, is gearing up again. Doctors are returning to work, clinics are reopening. Goffeau says that is sorely needed: “People are dying at home of many other diseases than Ebola, because they have no access to health care.” But medical staff still face an important risk. One in every hundred or thousand patients may carry the Ebola virus—which could start new cycles of infection. There are reports that doctors at some clinics are now doing surgery and delivering babies in Ebola protection suits.At Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, whose inpatient department was closed this summer after several doctors died from Ebola, MSF is trying to protect staff with a new triage unit, which opened on 19 November. Patients with Ebola-like symptoms are interviewed; if they meet the criteria for a suspect case, they stay in one of 10 small rooms while their blood is tested. Those who test negative can enter the inpatient ward, while an ambulance takes Ebola patients to a treatment unit. MSF has also started distributing malaria drugs to hundreds of thousands of people, not just to lower the burden of that disease, which was neglected for months, but also to reduce the number of people visiting hospitals with a fever.Reopening Monrovia’s schools poses similar quandaries. One idea is to screen pupils’ temperature as they enter the school. “But what do you do if a 10-year-old kid has a high temperature and the other kids start pointing at him and shouting ‘Ebola’?” Rosling says. In a meeting with President Sirleaf, he has argued for a cautious approach: Opening some schools and carefully studying what happens.The capital region still serves as a reservoir from which patients travel to rural areas and spark fresh outbreaks, De Cock says—and now that the rainy season has ended, travel may pick up. In Bong County, for instance, a few hours northwest of Monrovia, two big outbreaks are spreading, at least one seeded from the capital. The treatment unit in the district of Suakoko, run by the International Medical Corps, is full, and new patients are brought in daily. Sambhavi Cheemalapati, the unit’s program coordinator, says she is seeing far more patients than are accounted for in the official numbers. Aid should focus on spreading prevention messages in these remote locales, Goffeau says. “If the people really understand what Ebola is and how to avoid infection, we might stop this epidemic,” he says.Such regional flare-ups make it unlikely that the Liberian epidemic will be over anytime soon, Rosling says. Still, he believes it’s possible that the country may see its first day without a single case as early as December. 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