ArcelorMittal SA to build 10 schools

first_img18 February 2009ArcelorMittal South Africa is to build 10 new schools over seven years at a cost of R250-million, the first being a new primary school in the township of Mamelodi outside Pretoria.Mamelodi Primary is scheduled for completion by the end of the year, and the remaining nine schools, two in the Eastern Cape and one each in the rest of the provinces, will be built to guidelines provided by the Department of Education.South African firstIn a first for South Africa, Mamelodi Primary School will be built using insulated panels technology, which relies heavily on steel as a building material. It can withstand extreme weather conditions, is fire-resistant and 10 times faster to erect than using conventional building technologies.“The role and participation of the private sector is critical to the success of our quest to provide resources to our schools,” Education Minister Naledi Pandor said at the sod-turning ceremony in Mamelodi earlier this month.“Public-private partnerships are important in order that basic services reach all communities.”She voiced her department’s support for such initiatives, saying that they improved the quality of the education system, while also being an investment in the country’s future.“This donation clearly illustrates the commitment of our business community to education,” she said.Investing in education, training and skillsFor ArcelorMittal, the Mamelodi project is part of its strategy of investing heavily in education, training and skills development. This includes promoting maths and science at high schools, an extensive bursary programme for artisans, engineers and other technical skills, and upgrading the skills of its own employees.The investment not only ensures that the company has a pool of skilled resources for its own operations, but also towards addressing the country’s skills shortage in general.ArcelorMittal is one of the companies that have committed themselves to producing more artisans than they needs for its own businesses, as part of the government’s Jipsa programme.“ArcelorMittal is focused on developing a strong mathematics, science and technology culture amongst schools,” said ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita.“The company’s array of education initiatives is geared towards improving education within targeted communities, promoting scientific literacy and enhancing performance at secondary school level in order to benefit the wider economy.”Centres of science, excellenceOver the past three years, ArcelorMittal has invested some R22-million in a Science Centre and a Centre of Excellence in a renovated teacher’s college in Sebokeng township near Vanderbijlpark in the Vaal Triangle.The centre offers facilities for both learners and educators to upgrade their knowledge of science, mathematics and information technology (IT), and is offered to 43 secondary schools in Gauteng province’s Sedibeng West District.In December last year, the steel maker signed a memorandum of understanding with the Western Cape Department of Education for the development of a science centre in the Vredenburg and Saldanha Bay area at an estimated cost of R6-million, to be operational by the second half of 2009.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Sex slur: HI begins probe; videographer suspended

first_imgOne of the 5 e-mailed pictures, purportedly of videographer Basavraj with sex workers, sent to Hockey India by an anonymous source.A committee of Hockey India (HI) on Wednesday began a probe into allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct made by a woman player against coach M.K. Kaushik and other team officials.Kaushik would not be part of the women’s team heading for the Asia Cup. A team videographer, whose photos with sex workers has emerged, has been suspended until the probe is over.Hockey India acting president Vidya Stokes promised an impartial probe into the allegations.”There is nothing to hide. We will separately listen to the player as well as Kaushik. We will do a thorough inquiry as the truth must come out,” Stokes said.Stokes and other representatives of Hockey India met in Delhi to look into the allegations.Stokes said Kaushik had requested to be kept out of the team until his name was cleared. “The assistant coach will lead the team for the Asia Cup. The players are fully equipped and ready for the tournament,” she said.Indian hockey hit a new low on Tuesday after a member of the women’s team sent a written complaint alleging that Kaushik had asked for sexual favours and used vulgar language during the team’s recent Canada and China tours. There was more controversy as photos of the team’s videographer with sex workers emerged.Hockey India general secretary Narinder Batra told Headlines Today that the versions of Kaushik, the player as well as the videographer would be heard. “Stokes will also talk to all the other players for complaints, if any,” he said.advertisementThe allegations against Kaushik have shocked the hockey fraternity as he is seen as a man with an impeccable record.Former men’s hockey captain M.D. Shahid told Headlines Today that he was shocked by the allegations against Kaushik. “I have played with him and have great respect for him. A full inquiry should be done and anyone found guilty punished,” he said.last_img read more

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Unseeded Filipina Alex Eala rules tennis tilt in France

first_imgBeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Noskova, the seventh seed who took out top seeded Russian Diana Schnaider in the quarterfinals, seized the tight first set before Eala, the top singles player in the under-14 age bracket based on the Asian Tennis Federation rankings, struck back and evened up matters.With match going down the wire, the 12-year-old Eala cashed in on a Noskova error to close out her rival and write history as the 36th girls champion of the celebrated tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingEala, a wildcard recipient and part of 2017 Tennis Europe Junior Tour Doubles Team of the year, defeated Belgian qualifier Sofia Costoulas in the preliminaries before beating unseeded Japanese Kyoka Kubo and Hungarian 13th seed Katerina Dimitrova to set up the finale against Noskova.Eala said she would be ready in time for the grand slam juniors in May.“I need to build my ITF ranking to qualify for the grand slams,” said Eala. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais LATEST STORIES Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck PLAY LIST 01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck02:37Even in death, Uighurs feel long reach of Chinese state00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Pumaren gets the win over former player Pasaol in PBA D-League Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Playing fantastic form, Alex Eala has made a name in the international tennis scene.The unseeded Filipina ruled the Les Petits As-Le Mondial Lacoste in Tarbes, France by capturing the girls singles title at the expense of Czech tennis wonder Linda Noskova in a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (5) cliffhanger.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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2013 New South Wales Country Championships results

first_img57 teams took to the fields at Bob Dowling Oval in Dubbo over the weekend to compete in the 2013 New South Wales Country Championships. Congratulations to the teams who won their respective divisions:Men’s OpenWollongong Devils 4 defeated Central Coast Dolphins 3Women’s OpenWagga Wagga 8 defeated Tuggeranong Vikings 2Women’s 20’sTamworth Thunder 4 defeated Wagga Wagga 3Mixed Open Port Macquarie 8 defeated Taree Flames 3Men’s 40’s – Final OneWallsend Wolves 5 defeated Doyalson Devils 0Men’s 40’s – Final TwoNelson Bay Neptunes 4 defeated Jerrabomberra Storm 3Women’s 40’sCentral Coast Dolphins 3 defeated Woden Eagles 2Men’s 50’sNewcastle City 8 defeated Beresfield 0Senior MixedPeninsula Piranhas 5 defeated Forster Tuncurry 2For all of the results from the weekend, please visit the NSWTA events website – www.nswtaevents.sportingpulse.net. Related LinksCountry Champs resultslast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea, Liverpool buoyed as PSG boss Tuchel confirms possible Rabiot exit

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea, Liverpool buoyed as PSG boss Tuchel confirms possible Rabiot exitby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG manager Thomas Tuchel says he “cannot guarantee” whether Adrien Rabiot will be at the club beyond January.The Frenchman has yet to sign a new contract with PSG and will be a free agent in the summer.Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Barcelona have expressed an interest in the midfielder. And their chances of signing the 23-year-old have seemingly increased with Tuchel’s comments.”I cannot guarantee that Adrien (Rabiot) will finish the season with us because it is still the same thing. He did not say yes to PSG. And as a result of that, everything is possible,” he told reporters.”Like you say, it was necessary and important for me, for us, to sign a number 6 for our team this summer. Now we are in winter and it is the same thing. It depends on the situations of Adrien Rabiot and Lassana Diarra. Maybe we will need them now.” last_img read more

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IDB Official Emphasises Importance of Technology to Move Economy Forward

first_imgStory Highlights General Manager of the Country Department, Caribbean Group, at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Therese Turner-Jones, has underscored the importance of technology in creating sustainable and vibrant economies in the region. Addressing a plenary session at the recent Jamaica Investment Forum at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Mrs. Turner-Jones pointed out that adaptation of technology could put the Caribbean on a more efficient and prosperous path. “The IDB is set at improving lives in the Caribbean by creating resilient, sustainable, vibrant economies where people are safe, productive and happy, because we are addressing some of the challenges,” the General Manager said. General Manager of the Country Department, Caribbean Group, at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Therese Turner-Jones, has underscored the importance of technology in creating sustainable and vibrant economies in the region.Addressing a plenary session at the recent Jamaica Investment Forum at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Mrs. Turner-Jones pointed out that adaptation of technology could put the Caribbean on a more efficient and prosperous path.“The IDB is set at improving lives in the Caribbean by creating resilient, sustainable, vibrant economies where people are safe, productive and happy, because we are addressing some of the challenges,” the General Manager said.Mrs. Turner-Jones argued that technology is a key factor to accomplish those objectives.“When we look at a country that is moving really slowly and those that are really on the cutting edge and moving very fast, the big difference is technology use and adaptation. We are living in a world where things are moving at an exponential rate, and to get to that exponential path, it takes some big decisions and we have to take them early and right now,” Mrs. Turner-Jones reasoned.She said the emergence of systems and services, such as e-taxes, e-trade and e-voting are steps toward a digital economy.The General Manager cited Estonia as a country that has gone the digital economy route, where all of its major services with the government can be done from a smartphone, laptop, kiosk or any mobile device in the country.“A project which we believe will be a big game changer in Jamaica is the national identification system (NIDS), as we think it is going to bring more Jamaicans into the mainstream…. so the 40 per cent of informality that currently exists within the economy will be brought into the mainstream and more people will have access to services and education,” she said.She said that Jamaica should consider effective ways of utilising the talents, young people, natural resources and other assets that do not exist elsewhere towards its thrust of becoming a digital society.“The use of technology in the private sector is below where it ought to be, and we know, based on research, that 50 per cent of the jobs that exist today won’t exist in a couple of decades, which means that artificial intelligence, robotics and other technologies should be considered in order to modernise how they do business,” she added.Mrs. Turner-Jones pointed out that there are many opportunities in the digital sphere that companies such as Uber and Airbnb are utilising.“These companies are making money by connecting information and people, not by actually owning hard assets. Uber is the biggest transportation company and it doesn’t own one taxi, and the same with Airbnb; it doesn’t own one hotel. So, we have to figure out what are those services that can be offered and how the Caribbean governments can re-engineer processes and tap into the many opportunities that exist,” she said.last_img read more

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CASA of LA Evening to Foster Dreams Gala to Honor Kathy Hilton

first_imgCourt Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Los Angeles will honor its first-ever CASA of LA Ambassador: actress, philanthropist, entrepreneur and designer Kathy Hilton, at the 6th Annual “Evening to Foster Dreams Gala”, April 18th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.Mrs. Hilton, the notable matriarch of the Hilton Family, will join CASA/LA at the glamorous event, which features the comedy of host Al Madrigal (The Daily Show), a silent auction and gourmet fare all to support the thousands of children in foster care served by the organization.The million-dollar fundraising event brings together volunteers and dedicated community members to honor Los Angeles leaders who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to children, including children who have been abused or neglected and are living in foster care. Previous honorees include actor Mario Lopez, the Honorable Judge Michael Nash and Freeform Network’s “The Fosters.”This year’s event will honor Kathy Hilton with the Robert Morrison Community Service Award for her role as CASA of LA’s first official Ambassador. In the role of Ambassador, Mrs. Hilton will speak out as a voice for the organization and its children, as well as for her ongoing dedication to children in need around the world. Mrs. Hilton’s passion for philanthropy is widespread amongst many worthy causes including The Make a Wish Foundation, and The Starlight Children’s Foundation for which she received an award in 2011. Kathy is married to Rick Hilton the Chairman of Hilton & Hyland Real Estate and together they are parents to four children: Paris, Barron and Conrad Hilton, and Nicky Hilton Rothschild. Mrs. Hilton began her early career as an actress, and in the 1980’s opened an antique store on Sunset Plaza. In 2002 she debuted a line of home décor items on QVC and later a beauty line on HSN. Mrs. Hilton hosted the NBC show, I Want To Be a Hilton, and also appeared on The World According to Paris. In 2012, she designed a line of evening dresses.“I’m honored to join CASA/LA as its first Ambassador and to support the mission of this vital organization,” said Kathy Hilton. “Helping the literally tens-of-thousands of children in Los Angeles foster care is a massive task. CASA volunteers are our best hope for changing tragic outcomes, letting children know they aren’t forgotten, and delivering a voice to the voiceless.”“Kathy Hilton will act as a powerful voice for our organization and inspire others to do the same,” said CASA of Los Angeles CEO Wende Nichols-Julien. “I want to thank and commend Mrs. Hilton for taking on a mantle of leadership in helping CASA broaden its presence in the minds of Angelenos, and in the courtrooms where our volunteers change, and save, the lives of future generations every day.”CASA of LA will also fete longtime volunteer and philanthropist Judy Beckmen with the Bob Frandzel Memorial for her decades of service to CASA of Los Angeles as a CASA volunteer, Board Member, donor and Court Assistant. Judy has fiercely advocated for children in foster care and humbly led the organization with her philanthropic vision and generosity. “It is my great pleasure to be able to put the spotlight on Judy this year to thank her for her extraordinary service over many decades to CASA and the children we serve,” said Wende Nichols-Julien.The April 18th Evening to Foster Dreams Gala includes a red carpet cocktail reception and silent auction. Proceeds from the event benefit CASA’s advocacy programs that support children in Los Angeles County’s foster care system who have experienced abuse and neglect. The event’s red carpet reception begins at 5:30pm.Additional information, tickets and sponsorship packages for the Evening to Foster Dreams Gala are available through CASA of LA’s website at casala.org.last_img read more

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How A Data Scientist Whod Never Heard Of Basketball Mastered March Madness

A 13-year-old in Illinois. A 47-year-old English woman. A 70-year-old Vegas oddsmaker. At first blush, there isn’t much linking them. But last year, all three were among the most successful March Madness prognosticators. That’s where the similarities end.With methods ranging from gut instinct to computational learning theory, these three characters demonstrate just how wide and varied the spectrum of strategies can be. But which strategy will you employ for your own bracket? Watch this video collaboration between FiveThirtyEight and Fictionless and decide for yourself. read more

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LeBron James May Go Down As The Greatest Loser Ever

LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers might be trailing the Golden State Warriors 3-2 in the NBA Finals. The Cavs might, as their Vegas odds suggest, have a mere 12 percent chance of winning the NBA championship. But according to just about every statistical measurement available, the self-proclaimed “best player in the world” is having a series for the ages.Build a bare-bones performance metric that simply adds a player’s points, rebounds and assists and then divides by the number of games the team played,1Using team games penalizes players who missed games — you can’t add value if you don’t play. and James’s 2015 finals ranks as the best of the past 30 years.Get more complex — using, say, a points above replacement (PAR) estimator based on the single-game version of Daniel Myers’s Box Plus/Minus2Which takes into account the location and strength of opponent for each game. — and James ranks sixth among all NBA Finals participants since 1985.3Despite not ranking in the top 25 in our bare-bones metric (and so not making the chart above), Magic Johnson’s 1988 finals performance places second in PAR per team game.So at either pole of the complexity spectrum, James has been the top player of these finals. (Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post and ESPN Insider’s Kevin Pelton came to similar conclusions using a few more metrics of varying intricacy.) And from a historical perspective, output of this level usually leads to winning the NBA Finals and the NBA Finals MVP: Every player near James’s combined total of points, rebounds and assists ended up garnering MVP honors.In a vacuum, then, James’s performance has been so historically strong that it would be a shame for him not to win the award.But on the other hand, if the Warriors win the series and the MVP goes to James, it will be the first time that a member of the losing team has received the honor since 1969, when Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers won in spite of the Boston Celtics’ championship. And, as Pelton notes, the culture of denying MVP honors to a nonchampion has grown in the intervening years, across all sports.In the NBA alone, nine players since 1985 have been the best player in their series by PAR through five games yet failed to win the MVP after their teams lost. (To a certain extent, this also speaks to what can happen between Games 5 and 7 of a series between closely matched teams.) In 2011, Dwyane Wade — then James’s teammate on the Miami Heat — outplayed Dirk Nowitzki to a greater extent than James has outplayed presumptive Warriors MVP candidate Stephen Curry4Andre Iguodala actually leads Golden State in PAR during the series. thus far yet still lost the award to the Dallas Mavericks star. So as great as James has been, it might not be enough to justify the award if Cleveland loses the series.There’s one more angle to think about, though, when it comes to James’s 2015 finals performance. It may be that all our stats and metrics simply break down when forced to consider the unparalleled burden that James has been forced to carry on this undermanned, undertalented Cavaliers squad. James’s 41.1 percent usage rate in this series is the largest of any finalist since 1985, breaking Michael Jordan’s mark of 39.6 percent for the Chicago Bulls against the Phoenix Suns in 1993. James is also logging an incredible 45.6 minutes per game, the eighth-most of any qualified5Minimum 140 minutes played in the series. finalist since 1985.As Tom Haberstroh wrote over the weekend, James’s physical workload during these finals has been termed “unfathomable” (among other things) by sports science experts. At the limits of human endurance and on-court influence — through his shooting and passing, James was involved in 70 of Cleveland’s 91 points in Game 5 — there may be no numbers that can do justice to how irreplaceable James has been for the Cavaliers in this series.They don’t necessarily give out awards for being completely and utterly essential to your team, of course. And, as always, “value” is in the eye of the beholder. But whether the Cavs win or lose, it’s not hard to imagine this series going down as a testament to James’s singular talent, stamina and durability. And if that doesn’t constitute “value,” I’m not sure what does. read more

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