Gallic farce amidst golf’s gender battle

first_imgThe Royal and Ancient Golf Club’s decision to allow women to enter the Open Championship will provide the likes of Michelle Wie, teeing off in her first professional tournament as the announcement was made, with the chance to challenge their male counterparts directly.The move is progressive and open-minded, in fact the very nature of an ‘Open’ Championship dictates that gender should be a side issue, but was always likely to ruffle a few feathers.Frenchman Jean Van de Velde, last witnessed wading through Carnoustie’s Barry Burn on the final hole of the 1999 Open Chamionship, offered the most absurd reaction The piqued 39 year old claimed, in protest, that he would attempt to qualify for next year’s Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale: “I am definitely going to approach them to get an application and if they let me play in the qualifying event then I will. I’ll even wear a kilt and shave my legs.”We thought we’d seen the last of his legs in Barry Burn, but Van de Velde, it seems, is serious. despite the fact that no female professionals except Wie have expressed even a long-term thought of competing with men, he insists that a line must be drawn in the sand trap.”Those guys playing in The Open a hundred and fifty years ago and who won it three or four times must be spinning in their graves. My whole point is where do we draw the line?” Van de Velde asked after hacking his way through a seven-over 78 at the Volvo Masters in Spain (a men’s tournament). “If we accept that women can enter our tournaments, then it applies that men can play with women.”Maybe the Frenchman is willing to play the fool to provoke discussion of wider issues about the separation of women’s and men’s events and the spirit of competition, but we simply can’t take his suggestions seriously. Someone of the calibre of Tiger Woods, for instance, would never consider such an absurd or unsporting suggestion as entering a women’s event, and the prospect of Van de Velde doing so is uninspiring. It smacks of a cheap publicity stunt by an out-of-form player who feels threatened by the emergence of women with the ability to humiliate him yet further, this time on a golf course.Besides, Van de Velde is overlooking the Ladies’ Golf Union “gender policy”: “It shall be a condition of any competition organised by the Ladies’ Golf Union that players must be of the female gender.” Looks like the Philips Ladyshave can be put away for a rainy day, then. There is also the clause: “If there is uncertainty as to a player’s gender then, in order to ensure fair competition, a member of the committee may ask a player to provide proof of gender to a medical expert” – and Van de Velde certainly wouldn’t make the cut on this front.The crux of the matter is this; an influx of dominant men into women’s events would damage the game irreparably, whereas the likes of Wie or Annika Sorenstam would have to play “up” to the standard of the field in order to compete. The argument simply cannot be made in the opposite direction. What is more, players like Wie and Sorenstam competing with men would surely help to dissolve misogynistic condescension and inspire young girls with the confidence and ambition to follow in their footsteps.  ARCHIVE: 5th week MT 2005last_img read more

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Coffee Republic signs Irish deals

first_imgCoffee Republic has signed a franchise deal that will see it launch in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.The company has reached an agreement with CR Coffee Houses to develop its coffee and deli bar concept in the two countries.The group said a first site was set to open in the Abbeycentre, Belfast, in the coming weeks.Steven Bartlett, Coffee Republic’s chief executive, said: “Ireland is a crucial market for Coffee Republic and we look forward to introducing the brand in this dynamic economy.”The company has also signed a regional development franchise with East Coast Traders, covering Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.last_img read more

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Common Core Adjustments Do Not Go Far Enough, Blast Opponents

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Recent adjustments by the New York State Education Department to the Obama administration’s controversial Common Core education reform are viewed as both concessions by proponents of the program and further causes for protest among opponents.Among other alterations, the state education department announced Feb. 10 that full implementation of the Common Core program—which has been panned by parents, teachers and students across the country and on Long Island for being too tough, flawed and detrimental to students’ academic and physiological well-being, among other concerns—would be delayed until 2022 instead of its previously planned 2017 deadline. That means students and teachers will not be held to the stricter standards of Common Core, under which instructors face more stringent accountability and risk termination for under-performing pupils who do not reach specific academic benchmarks set by the program, for an additional five years later than originally expected.The new measures were adopted, according to the education department, as a direct result of a state Board of Regents report from a work group recommending such changes, titled “Adjustment Options to Common Core Implementation,” detailing the flawed roll-out of Common Core and members’ reasoning for such a drastic shift.“We have listened to the concerns of parents and teachers,” stated NYS Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch the day the adjustments were announced. “We’ve heard the concerns expressed at the hearings and forums, and we regret that the urgency of our work, and the unevenness of implementation, have caused frustration and anxiety for some of our educators, students, and their families.”CLICK HERE TO READ THE PRESS COVER STORY ABOUT LONG ISLAND PARENTS AND TEACHERS’ OPPOSITION TO COMMON CORE AND HERE TO READ ABOUT STANDARDIZED, A NEW DOCUMENTARY WHICH TAKES THE BATTLE OVER THE PROGRAM TO THE BIG SCREENBesides a reduction in local testing used to rate teacher performance, the new plan also calls for the elimination of standardized tests for grades K through second that are tied to teacher evaluations, caps the instructional time that can be used for local assessments used to inform teacher evaluations at 1 percent, and creates an “expedited review process” for teachers to use.Mainstream media has exploded with excited headlines proclaiming the news.Yet, what’s not getting as much ink is that detractors are far from satisfied with the postponement, citing continued privacy concerns regarding the sharing of student records with inBloom—an Atlanta, Georgia-based technology nonprofit which stores and consolidates students’ information from school districts across the country—and a continuation of standardized testing tied to teacher evaluations for third grade and up. In summary, they contend, the new changes are inadequate—they do not go far enough.MAD AS HELL: NYS Assemb. Al Graf (R,C,I-Holbrook), a self-described “vessel of the mothers,” authored a petition opposing Common Core that garnered more than 18,000 Long Islanders’ signatures. He’s recently also teamed up with other state lawmakers and co-authored a bill that would rein in some of Common Core’s most controversial elements.Marla Kilfoyle, a social studies teacher at Oceanside High School, outspoken critic of Common Core and co-founder of the anti-Common Core coalition Badass Teachers Association, aka BAT, is just one educator who finds the recent adjustments lacking.“The adjustments are a sham,” she tells the Long Island Press. “First off, they don’t address the absolute flaws in the Common Core, the amount of testing that goes on in the state, which is too high, and the sharing of children’s data. They should have cancelled their contract with InBloom but instead refuse to listen to parents’ concerns regarding the sharing of their children’s data.“They insult both parents, children and teachers by phasing in standards that have flaws and inappropriate tests that are used to evaluate teachers, as well as hold high stakes consequences for kids,” she continues. “Parents, students, teachers, and communities have made their voices heard—they don’t want Common Core, they want the amount of testing reduced, and they don’t want their children’s data shared.”Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre and 2013’s New York State Principal of the Year, took the argument even further in a Feb. 12 op-ed published on The Washington Post education blog “The Answer Sheet.”“Like Lucy holding the football for poor Charlie Brown, the Regents and Commissioner King have repeatedly set up parents and educators,” blasted Burris, calling the recent adjustments “a set of recommendations that appear to address concerns, when they hardly make a dent at all.”Kilfoyle agrees.“As a parent, educator, and taxpayer none of the concerns I have were addressed: Data sharing, Common Core, over-testing, and rating teachers based on test scores,” she says. “I do not want my tax dollars wasted on this stuff because at the end of the day the money they spend on this will cause already strapped districts to cut out of school the things that kids love—art, music, gym, language.”Almost immediately after the state education department announced the adjustments, state Sen. Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley), Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson), Assemblyman Al Graf (R,C,I-Holbrook) and Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) proposed a legislative solution more in tune with the what Common Core protestors seek—in the form of a bill—while Gov. Andrew Cuomo eviscerated the Board of Regents.“Today’s recommendations are another in a series of missteps by the Board of Regents that suggests the time has come to seriously reexamine its capacity and performance,” slammed Cuomo in a statement. “These recommendations are simply too little, too late for our parents and students.“Common Core is the right goal and direction as it is vital that we have a real set of standards for our students and a meaningful teacher evaluation system,” he continued. “However, Common Core’s implementation in New York has been flawed and mismanaged from the start. As far as today’s recommendations are concerned, there is a difference between remedying the system for students and parents and using this situation as yet another excuse to stop the teacher evaluation process.”The lawmakers’ bill, known as S. 6604, seeks a halt to the Common Core curriculum for three years.BRINGING THE BIG GUNS: Dr. Mark Naison, of BAT (aka Badass Teachers) joined anti-testing advocates at South Side High School in Rockville Centre on Jan. 13 to view the anti-Common Core documentary Standardized.Dr. Mark Naison, chair of African and African-American Studies at Fordham University and BAT co-founder with Kilfoyle, still isn’t satisfied.“As long as APPR [Annual Professional Performance Review, teacher evaluations informed by student test scores] is preserved, teachers will teach to the test and the stress they feel will inevitably be felt by students and families,” he says. “However, Cuomo is committed to preserving APPR and those trying to end state alignment of tests with Common Core have decided not to challenge him on this. I think that all legislative actions that are in response to public pressure are a positive sign, but do not think that this bill will significantly ease pressure on teachers, students and families in New York State.“Before anyone in NY State even heard of Common Core,” Naison continues, “schools in the Bronx had become a nightmare because the Bloomberg DOE had started to give letter grades to schools based on test scores and close those with allegedly failing grades, and then follow that up by rating teachers on the basis of student test scores and publishing those scores.“You can get rid of Common Core and if policies like those are in place, the stress levels will remain enormous,” he adds. “There are several concurrent catastrophes in New York State: forced imposition of Common Core is one; rating teachers and schools on student test scores is another; excessive and intrusive testing in all grades and all subjects is a third.”Naison maintains that the Zeldin-Graf bill marks “two steps forward when you need to go five,” yet admits it’s better than taking no steps at all.Kilfoyle concurs, calling the continuation of tying teacher evaluations to test scores at all “absurd,” but that the legislators’ bill is “more palatable because it halts Common Core but it doesn’t address APPR.“People have to realize that evaluating teachers based on test scores does not make effective teaching!” she says. “This has been proven by research since the 1970s. You now have a set of standards that are flawed, that come with tests that are flawed, that are used to evaluate people for their jobs!”Burris, the South Side High School principal, views the Zeldin-Graf bill as step forward, praising it in a written statement as “the closest thing to a true moratorium that I have seen.” She cites several reasons to support it, including the reduction of test times and the cutting of scores back to 2010 levels, an amendment to make the tests public, and the banning of the use of state tests “for retention, placement, gifted programs.” She concludes that the legislation will offer protection for students, making it easier for them to opt-out of the state tests. Burris also scores it as a win for teachers, because the provisions give teachers more local control of their negotiation contracts. The bill also drops the scores whereby teachers could be rated “ineffective” and have their employment threatened.“Would I love for [Common Core] to go away?” asks Burris. “You bet. [But the Zeldin-Graf bill] is a big improvement.”last_img read more

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Seraphs Lift Mater Dei Prep

first_imgThe Save the Seraphs campaign announced Thursday it has exceeded its $1 million fundraising milestone, three weeks before schedule, which will be used to keep the doors open at Mater Dei Prep in Middletown. The followings story was published before the announcement. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Mater Dei Prep is expected to make their financial goal of raising a million dollars this week, hoping to keep the doors open at the Roman Catholic School.Thanks to multiple efforts by Save The Seraphs, a strong mix of supporters who care about Mater Dei Prep High School, the committee can now approach the Diocese of Trenton to find what are the next steps for the school will be. That fate is still unclear but the fundraising began on Feb. 12 and may meet goal before the April 15 deadline.It was more like an all-class alumni reunion at the Shore Casino Saturday night as more than 450 turned out to raise $95,000 at an event that drew both the famous and the hardworking, alumni, parents, and friends to save Mater Dei Prep from closing in June. The evening was made more spectacular when NBC newsman Brian Williams, a member of the Class of ‘77, chose to make this fundraiser for his former high school his first public appearance since being suspended from NBC News six weeks ago.“This is a celebration of the last 50 years, and a kickoff for the next 50,” a jubilant Jim Shaw said. Shaw heads up The Seraph’s Fund and has been tireless in raising the $1 million within two months with the team of volunteers and students who have staged numerous events to meet their goal. Shaw also announced last week’s confirmation of the approval of the 501(c)(3) status required by the Diocese of Trenton before final consideration of continuing the school as a private Catholic school in the future. Ever working towards his goal, he took the opportunity to point out “if everyone in this room tonight reached out to three people for donations, we could reach $2.4 million just tonight.”Joseph Buzzanco, Class of ‘78, whose wife Maria is the Fund’s fundraising committee chair and chairperson of the gala, was among the hundreds overwhelmed by the guests at the gala as well as the amount of funds raised.Both Buzzanco daughters are Seraphs, he said, one now a sophomore at St. Michael’s in Vermont, the other a junior at Mater Dei. “I just wanted my girls to experience what I did,” he said about his days at Mater Dei. “I’ve been successful enough that I could have sent them to private academies or prep schools anyplace in the country,” he continued, “and I thought Mater Dei was best.” Proudly, he added, “I still do, and they agree with me as well.”Maria Buzzanco thought the event was “a fantastic success. We were overwhelmed by the support from the entire Mater Dei Prep community. So many alumni returned to show their support for Mater Dei Prep, including one of our most famous graduates, Brian Williams, Class of ‘77. The atmosphere of the evening was like a giant reunion; the event rekindled the Seraph spirit and made it obvious how special and important Mater Dei Prep is to its alumni and the Bayshore area.” She said the current $992,000 consists of more than $350,000 in donations and another $610,000 in binding pledges. This week the fund will be contacting those who have made pledges to turn their monetary guarantees into donations.Ticket sales, an online auction and gift raffle raised $95,000 for the Save the Seraphs Fund at the event. That amount exceeded the $70,000 to $80,000 the sponsors and volunteers were hoping to raise to keep the school open.The event was sponsored by Ed “Skip” McLauglin, Joe Rapolla, the Mater Dei Alumni Association, the Mater Dei Prep PTA and the Harper Family, seven of whom attended Mater Dei, and long time friends of the Roman Catholic high school.Music throughout the evening was provided by Rapolla, Class of ‘79, Chairman of the Music & Theater Arts Department at Monmouth University, and his band Joe Rapolla and the Perfect Square.The Rev. Jeff Kegley was also in awe at the crowd, and said he was overwhelmed at “this wonderful show of support; I’m speechless. I know the diocese Office of Education is aware of everything that is going on here. The office knows that Mater Dei has always been very special to the people here.”Shore Casino owners Bernie Sweeney, who with his wife Kathleen, both long time supporters of the Catholic high school, declined to discuss anything about the financial arrangements for the full course dinner and open bar. Nor would Fund volunteers release any figures, other than to say “Mr. Sweeney has always been a friend of Mater Dei; we have always had very successful events here, whether they were proms or parties or fund raisers. I am sure the Sweeneys are pleased with our success here this evening.”The next fundraising event for the Save the Seraphs campaign is a benefit concert at Count Basie Theater on Thursday, April 30, featuring “Brian Kirk & the Jirks” with special guests “The Magic Taxis.” Tickets go on sale Friday, at noon through the Count Basie Theatre box office. A limited number of VIP seats with a pre-show cocktail party sponsored by Buona Sera are available.Mater Dei Prep hopes to open in September as a private, Catholic institution, financially and operationally separate from St. Mary’s parish. The Seraph’s Fund will operate as an endowment fund for the school with a separate Board of Trustees overseeing budgeting and development. Board members and volunteers are currently completing the steps necessary to realize this new business model for approval from the Bishop.For more information about The Seraph’s Fund and upcoming fundraising events or to make a donation to the Save the Seraphs campaign, visit www.seraphfund.org.— By Muriel J. Smithlast_img read more

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Rough start for Smokies at Showcase tournament

first_imgShane Poulsen scored the only goal for Trail.Braden Krogfoss took the loss in goal for the Smokies.Saturday, Cowichan Valley scored five third period markers to blast Trail 8-1.Leading 3-1 after two periods, Cowichan Valley scored four special teams goals — three on the power play and one shorthanded — to dump Trail.Team captain Garrett McMullen scored the lone goal for Trail.Lyndon Stanwood was in goal for Trail.Trail travels to the B.C. Interior for games Friday in Prince George and Saturday in Merritt.The first home game is Friday, September 21, against West Kelowna Warriors. It’s a been a slow start to the B.C. Hockey League season for the Trail Smoke Eaters.The Silver City squad was outscored 12-2 in dropping a pair of games to Merritt and Cowichan Valley during the BCHL’s Showcase tournament this weekend in Chilliwack.The Centennials scored twice in the first and third periods en route to the 4-1 victory Sunday.Penalty trouble did the Smokies in as power play goals by Sean Maktaak and another by Sebastien Pare did Trail in.last_img read more

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SANTA ANITA TO OFFER FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE TO AND FROM ARCADIA’S NEW METRO GOLD LINE STATION

first_imgSERVICE AVAILABLE EACH RACING DAY BEGINNING SATURDAY, MARCH 5 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 2, 2016)–Santa Anita Park has announced it will offer fans free shuttle service to and from the new Metro Gold Line Arcadia Station, beginning with the Gold Line’s Arcadia launch this Saturday, March 5.Beginning Saturday, the Metro Gold Line will, for the first time, provide service to Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and as far east as the Azusa/Glendora border near Citrus Community College.The Santa Anita Shuttle will run on all race days and will operate in addition to Arcadia’s Transit Shuttle Service, providing fans with a non-stop trip to and from The Great Race Place, which is located a mile from the Arcadia Station. The Santa Anita Shuttle will be offered through closing day of the track’s Spring Meet on July 10.“Along with many thousands of others, we are very excited about the Metro Gold Line launch on Saturday and we believe our free shuttle is going to be a great way for fans throughout metro L.A. to connect with us,” said Nate Newby, Santa Anita’s Vice President, Marketing. “This is a welcome development and a great alternative for many of our fans and employees who regularly commute on the crowded 210 Freeway.”Beginning Saturday, the Santa Anita Shuttle will operate on a 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. basis with pickup and drop off service available every 20 minutes. Santa Anita Ambassadors will staff each shuttle and be available to assist fans who may have questions regarding racetrack seating, dining, etc.The Arcadia Transit Shuttle, which features stops at Santa Anita, Methodist Hospital, the Westfield Santa Anita Mall and the L.A. County Arboretum, will operate seven days a week from 7:10 a.m. to 6:36 p.m. and be offered free of charge through June 15.last_img read more

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Letterkenny is the place to be for spooktacular Halloween Fest

first_imgA huge number of children and families will be taking to the streets of Letterkenny this October 31st for a fun-filled fancy dress festival.The annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest returns this October 31st with a spooktacular day of events, games, competitions and treats! Each year, ShopLK and Letterkenny CDP join forces to create a fantastic festival filled with amazing costumes, scary creatures, storytelling, prizes and more!The festival attracts huge numbers each year from Letterkenny and beyond. Halloween Festival Parade in LetterkennyThe Letterkenny Halloween Fest will kick off on Halloween Day from 12.30pm at the Market Centre.At the Halloween Fest hub, young ghouls, goblins, witches and other scary creatures, can sign up for fancy-dress competitions, get their Trick or Treat Trail list and hear about all the other exciting events taking place during the day.This year, the festival will include new events, such as the Scary Trail of Tales by Elusive, alongside annual favourites such as the storytelling sessions, Halloween Fest parade and the Trick or Treat Trail. Lots of shops will take part in the Trick or Treat Trail with treats for everyone.Halloween Fest in LetterkennyThe President of Letterkenny Chamber, Leonard Watson, said, “We’re very excited to be working with Letterkenny CDP this year in organising this fantastic annual festival. We saw huge crowds travel from near and far last year to attend the Halloween Fest so we would love to see everyone return and bring their friends and families. We are very grateful to all the businesses that are taking part in our trick or treat trail and that are donating prizes for the festival. This year we have added some new exciting activities to the festival. We’re looking forward to seeing all the fabulous costumes on the day and we’ll be here to join in the fun.” Children and their families can also register (for a small fee) to take part in the Fancy Dress Competitions. From 1.00pm to 3.30pm the judges will be out and about to pick out the best costumes for all age groups.To round off the afternoon before the prizes are announced, everyone is invited to take part in the Halloween Parade at 4pm from McGettigan’s Hotel. Dancers from Pinehill Studios will lead the parade again this year and everyone is invited to join in and showcase their scary costumes.ShopLK are running a ghost story competition again this year and are inviting children to write a story (max 150 words) starting off with “It was Halloween night…”. Entries can be emailed to [email protected] or they can be put into the competition box on the day.Check out the ShopLK Facebook page for more updates on the fest.ShopLK is funded by Donegal County Council and Halloween Fest 2019 is being delivered in partnership with Letterkenny CDP. Letterkenny is the place to be for spooktacular Halloween Fest was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:childreneventsfamiliesHALLOWEEN FESTletterkennyLetterkenny ChamberShopLKThings to dolast_img read more

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Economic growth tops SONA

first_imgSONA 2017: “The Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo: Unity in Action Together Moving South Africa Forward”. Economic growth and transformation as well as education were priorities in President Zuma’s speech.Corrupt South African president Jacob Zuma participates in The New Age SABC Business briefing held in Cape Town on 10 February 2017, unpacking some of the key messages and actions from the previous evening’s State of the Nation Address. (Photo: GCIS)CD AndersonEconomic growth reaching 1.7%, the government using its buying power to grow SMMEs, expanding tertiary access to the “forgotten middle” and a renewed emphasis on maths and science teaching were the core of President Jacob Zuma’s 2017 State of the Nation Address.At the heart of true reconciliation was the reform of ownership of land and control of the economy, he said. The lag in appropriation of land for landless black African rural populations had resulted in a decline in the number of households involved in agriculture – there had been a 19% drop from 2.9-million in 2011 to 2.6-million in 2016. The Expropriation Act has been referred back to parliament because the president believes it will not pass constitutional muster.The government would encourage land claimants to hold on to their land instead of accepting payments. This, President Zuma said, perpetuated landlessness among black Africans especially. “Over 90% of claims are currently settled through financial compensation which does not help the process at all. It perpetuates dispossession. It also undermines economic empowerment.“Government has committed itself to support black smallholder farmers. I received a memorandum from the African Farmers Association of South Africa who say the year 2017 must be the year of the commercialisation of the black smallholder farmers. Indeed, government will implement a commercialisation support programme for 450 black smallholder farmers.”Radical socio-economic transformationThe State of the Nation Address marked the beginning of a new chapter of radical socio-economic transformation, said the president, who highlighted the gap between the earnings of white households and black – a differential of five. It mirrored ownership of the nation’s economy.“The skewed nature of ownership and leadership patterns needs to be corrected. There can be no sustainability in any economy if the majority is excluded in this manner. In my discussions with the business community, they accepted these transformation imperatives.”Beyond legislation, the government would be using its purchasing power to drive transformation and economic growth. “The state spends R500-billion a year buying goods and services. Added to this is the R900-billion infrastructure budget. Those budgets must be used to achieve economic transformation.”New regulations have been gazetted compelling big contractors to share at least 30% of work with black-owned businesses. The aim is to grow small enterprises, build township and rural economies and promote local industrial development.EducationThe coming year had been dedicated to OR Tambo, the late ANC president and maths and science teacher. Inspired by his example, South Africans should work together to build the united, democratic, non-sexist, non-racial and prosperous South Africa of which he had dreamed. The cornerstone of that dream was education.“This gives our children dignity. A total of 173 inappropriate structures have been eradicated since 2011. In total, 895 new schools now provide a conducive learning environment for our children.”The most disruption over the last two years had occurred at tertiary institutions as students demanded access to affordable education. The government had heard their demands and had listened to the multitude of solutions offered.It had covered the increases in 2016 tuition fees, settled outstanding debts of students in the NSFAS programme and would now expand the threshold for funding students, raising it from household incomes of R122,000. This new funding threshold would cover the “missing middle” of students – those whose parents earned too much to qualify for government aid, but not enough to afford tertiary study.“Honourable members and fellow South Africans, students and their parents should understand that the needs for services like water, sanitation, early childhood development and good public transport have to also be addressed, alongside access to quality higher education and training. But our commitment to finding sustainable solutions to the funding of the social wage in general, and education, in particular, is unwavering.”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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#KicksStalker: WWE superstar Finn Balor receives exclusive sneakers

first_imgFinn Balor is arguably one of the most iconic wrestlers right now in the WWE with his dual in-ring persona and undoubted good looks.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 shutoutThe first WWE Universal Champion is currently without a championship in the promotion, but he has something no one else in the entire planet has.ADVERTISEMENT Balor received a one of one pair of Nike Prestos with photos of the sneakers the WWE Superstar posted on his Twitter and Instagram account. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next ‘Like peanut butter and jelly’: Wade excited to be reunited with James The shoe is a mixture of black and white in the upper with numerous Swoosh markings and the words “Balor Club” emblazoned in the side panels and the toe.Unlike normal pairs of Prestos that have a small Swoosh on the midsole, and an even smaller one in the toe, the Demon King’s pair has a huge black Swoosh on the side panel that a translucent cage partially hides. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img MOST READ View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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2015 Metro Cup Grand Final Results

first_imgCongratulations to all of the winners of the 2015 Metro Cup grand finals on Saturday. Men’s PremierDodgers 7 defeated Country Club Colts 6Player of the Final – Ethan TaylorWomen’s PremierCountry Club Colts 5 defeated Southern Storm 4Player of the Final – Hayley MaddickMen’s Division OneDodgers 8 defeated Uni Rebels 2Player of the Final – Scott PrinceWomen’s Division OneSouthern Storm 9 defeated Country Club Colts 4Player of the Final – Bec GouldingMen’s Division TwoCountry Club Colts Senior 5 defeated Uni Rebels Junior 4Player of the Final – Jason CampbellWomen’s Division TwoUni Rebels Junior Gold 7 defeated Uni Rebels Senior Blue 3Player of the Final – Tegan Phillips To see highlights from finals day, please visit the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus.Related LinksMetro Cup Finalslast_img read more

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