About 320 teachers in 150 schools in Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have already received teaching and learning materials during LEAP’s pilot phaseRemote and rural schools are set to benefit from the Learn English Audio Project (LEAP) which aims to help pupils improve their English listening and speaking skills.Hand-picked schools will each receive a solar-powered MP3 player for use in a classroom or language club.The MP3 player comes loaded with over 40 hours of teaching material, teacher guides and lesson plans for Grades R to 4, a book with primary songs and stories, and a set of colourful cartoon story posters.The project, a British Council initiative, was launched by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The British Council is a global cultural exchange organisation.The minister explained that LEAP would assist with developing pupils’ literacy in any language. The children would also get used to hearing English spoken in various accents.“These [listening and speaking] skills become even more important in the acquisition of a second language such as English in the South African context, where English effectively becomes the medium of instruction from Grade 4 onwards,” said Motshekga.She added that LEAP had the potential to address these often neglected skills to help “embed the building blocks of early literacy”.Motshekga said she had personally struggled to understand English spoken by white people after completing her matric.“I relied on reading to pass my modules. I had to tune my hearing to understand the accent. Sometimes that is what accounts for the failure of many first year students at universities,” she said.About 320 teachers in 150 schools in Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have already received teaching and learning materials during LEAP’s pilot phase.PRIORITISING LITERACYMotshekga said improving literacy skills was an important priority for the government.She said, “We believe that this project will also cover the tasks outlined for education in the National Development Plan, which talks to forming partnerships to improve education quality and outcomes.”She said the ministry had signed a declaration with the British Council in January this year.THE LEAP PROJECTThe teaching and learning audio material will not deviate from the current national curriculum, as it is linked to it, Motshekga said.“To complement the training package, teachers receive a training video, lesson plans and posters, and an extra SD card containing all the materials, so that they can access the materials on their cell phones, thus facilitating lesson planning at any time and location,” she added. Teachers will be trained to use the MP3 players effectively.The British Council country director for South Africa, Colm McGivern, said the council partnered with the department to promote quality education.“This is a long-term strategic partnership with the department. We signed a five-year partnership agreement, through which we aim to improve learning of all languages in South Africa.”He said the council has already received positive feedback from the project’s many beneficiaries.McGivern said monitoring and evaluation processes would be put in place for the council to measure the tangible benefits for teachers and pupils in time.“By the end of our five-year partnership, we will ensure that we help the Department of Basic Education train all 400 000 teachers in South Africa in the better use of the material to improve the learning of all languages in the country,” he said.About 7000 solar-powered MP3 players have been distributed into nine sub-Saharan countries, including South Africa, Nigeria, Rwanda, Mozambique, Sudan, Tanzania, South Sudan, Senegal and Ethiopia.From: SAnews.gov.za
I am confident South Africa have the best chance to win the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. If I have to choose five game-changers of this World Cup, the first name will come from the South African team.Jacques KallisJacques Kallis is the world’s best all-rounder. He is fit and in fine form even though a rib injury during the India vs South Africa series nearly spoilt his World Cup dream. His role with the bat is crucial at the No. 3 position and his medium-pace bowling always works in the sub-continent.Virender SehwagIndia’s Virender Sehwag is my second pick, though he will play under loads of pressure in front of the home crowd. Sehwag knows they can turn wild if India lose a game. He has to ensure a happy ending for his team. If he is backed by others such as Sachin Tendulkar and M.S. Dhoni, the home side has an excellent chance of winning the tournament. But all do not click on a single day.Sri Lanka, winners in 1996 and finalists last time, have a real chance, if Kumar Sangakkara can lead his men all the way. If he fails, Mahela Jayawardene will have to save the day for the team. Twenty million Sri Lankans are expecting to win the title for the second time.Michael ClarkeDefending champions Australia will be competitive, but they will have to work really hard. They had four years to shape the side but did nothing. I would put my cards on Michael Clarke, the vice-captain. I still remember his superb average of 87.20 at the last World Cup in the West Indies. If he messes the show, all-rounder Shane Watson will be the saviour for the team because he is an explosive opening batsman and a very handy bowler.advertisementChris GayleLet me juggle the last slot between attacking West Indian batsman Chris Gayle and the crafty middle-order batsman Younis Khan from Pakistan. If they are in their elements, their sides will be very dangerous.- Shaun Pollock is a former captain of South Africa. He spoke to Deputy Editor Shantanu Guha Ray.
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Xiaomi-backed brand Huami has made its India debut with the launch of two very aggressively priced and competently specced smartwatches, the Amazfit Bip and the Amazfit Stratos. While the Amazfit Bip is what you can call an entry-level offering, the Amazfit Stratos is a more premium affair that will also let users to switch bands. While the Amazfit Bip has been launched for Rs 5,499, the Amazfit Stratos will be available for buying for Rs 15,999. Both the smarwatches will be sold by Huami’s distribution partner PR Innovations Pvt. Ltd exclusively through online retail website Flipkart.The Amazfit Bip looks a lot like the Apple Watch in design, and sports a 1.28-inch always-on colour display with a resolution of 176×176 pixels and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top. It ships with 3-axis acceleration sensor, a barometer, an electronic compass, GPS, geomagnetic sensor, and optical (PPG) heart rate sensor. The smartwatch is also IP68-certified and can apparently last nearly a month on a single charge. Huami says that this can also be extended by fifteen days further using the device’s low-power mode.The Amazfit Bip will be available in as many as four colours: Onyx Black, Cinnabar Red, White Cloud and Kokoda Green.”We are excited to associate with Huami, and introduce two globally popular smartwatches to the India market. Huami’s Amazfit Stratos and Bip are equipped with superior technological capabilities and premium designs; these smartwatches provide consumers great value at a highly accessible price point. They are designed to enable consumers to understand their physiological data better and live more healthy, active and connected lives,” CP Khandelwal, who is founder of PR Innovations said.advertisementThe premier Amazfit Stratos meanwhile has a 1.34-inch always-on colour display with a resolution of 320×300 pixels. It ships with an air pressure sensor, ambient light sensor, barometer, geomagnetic sensor, gyroscope, an optical (PPG) heart rate sensor, and a 3-axis accelerometer. The 290mAh battery inside the Amazfit Stratos is claimed to offer 5 days of usage on single charge. It further boasts of 5ATM water resistance, which means that it is swim-proof and it will be available for buying in the colours Black.”The launch of the new range of Huami Amazfit Bip will address a key market and selection gap for smartwatches in the price range between Rs 3,000 and Rs. 15,000, where currently no major brands play. It’s competitive products at a customer-friendly prices with features like 45-day battery life is sure to bring in a brand-new proposition to consumers. We are sure this will be received well in the market,” Hari Kumar, senior director, Flipkart said.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi A2 India variant to support Quick Charge 4.0, will come in 4 colours
Rishabh Pant introduced the world to his girlfriend Isha Negi late on Wednesday as he posted a photograph of himself with her, captioning it – “I just want to make you happy because you are the reason I am so happy.” Isha also shared the same photo on her Instagram and captioned it, “My man, my soulmate, my best friend, the love of my life.”The fans went into a tizzy after Pant shared the photograph, giving a glimpse of his personal life. Suresh Raina was quick to react to the photo with a set of emoticons ranging from approval to happy to laughing.Soon after Pant posted the photograph and tagged Isha in the photo, her followers on Instagram increased with people curious to know who is the girl in Pant’s life. At the time this article was published, she had 37.2k followers on Instagram.So who is Isha Negi? For starters, she is an entrepreneur and a interior decor designer. She is a confident individual as is evident by her innumerous pictures on her account.Isha is an alumni of Convent of Jesus and Mary in New Delhi and has also studied from Amity University, according to her bio on Instagram. She has been a literature student as well.Pant has not yet spoken publicly or in any interview about Isha but he is definitely one of the very few unmarried cricketers to give his fans a close insight into his love life.advertisementThe suspended duo of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been rumoured to be dating several actresses but have never publicly spoken about their relationships. Virat Kohli also openly talked about Anushka Sharma only a year or so before their wedding.Pant has definitely broken the norm and has gone public with his love life.Rishabh Pant has been the centre of attraction ever since the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Down Under. Even though Pant had announced himself well in England with his maiden Test century at the Oval in London, he well and truly arrived in Australia.From his banter and sledging behind the stumps to his second Test century at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Pant was one of the biggest talking points for India from the Australia series.Pant is currently back home in Delhi on break and revealed to the Times of India that his mother and sister loved his sledging in Australia.”That is how I am. If someone provokes me, I’ll give it back. I had a duty to do for my team. But I know the code of conduct. I remember my values. I have sledged and people have actually loved it.”That my mother and sister enjoyed it makes me happy,” Pant said.Not only did he score a century in the final Test vs Australia in Sydney, he showed improvements in his glovework from how he was in England. The 21-year-old broke the record for the most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series with 20 catches in the four Tests.Pant eventually finished as the second highest run-scorer in the series from either side, behind Cheteshwar Pujara (521), amassing 350 runs at an average of over 58 with 159 not out being his highest score which he managed in the final Test.He also became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a hundred in Australia. He is now only one of four Indian wicketkeepers – Budhi Kunderan, Nayan Mongia and MS Dhoni – with a 150-plus score in Test cricket.Also Read | Rishabh Pant for World Cup 2019? Sachin Tendulkar weighs in with his thoughtsAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh bats for Rishabh Pant’s inclusion in India ODI squadAlso Read | Rishabh Pant danced, laughed and applauded as Bharat Army sang him a song
8 Billing (s 77′) BRI68HUD32% David Wagner was unhappy with Michael Oliver: “We have to accept the referee’s decision and he thought it was a red card,” the Huddersfield manager said. “The next big decision was a clear penalty on Alex Pritchard and a red card because it was a clear chance. “All the big ones against us he got wrong. This is why at the moment football is no fun. Absolutely no fun. The referee has a big part to play and I don’t think he did his best. Even if he didn’t mean to.”Chris Hughton said: “It is difficult when you are the team with 11 men but we made the extra man show and Florin Andone’s goal was excellent. It is an important three points away from home.”The hosts charged out of the blocks and went 1-0 up after 55 seconds – the quickest goal in the Premier League this season. Brighton’s Spanish defender Bruno made a hash of his attempted clearance and after the ball looped back into the penalty area, Jørgensen headed in off the crossbar. Facebook 14 Sobhi Pinterest 9 Kachunga Brighton 18 Mbenza 10 12 26 Schindler Brighton equalised just before the interval. Solly March curled over an enticing cross and Duffy rose highest to power home his header.Lössl dived low to keep out Bissouma’s shot early in the second period and then held Davy Pröpper’s follow-up.Huddersfield added some beef up front by sending on Laurent Depoitre for Pritchard, but the big Belgian ploughed a lonely furrow.Huddersfield sat deep in numbers but were only able to contain Brighton until the 69th minute. Not for the first time March delivered an excellent cross and Andone got in front of his marker to head home at the near post. He was replaced by Glenn Murray with 11 minutes remaining and Brighton saw the game out with few scares for their fifth league win of the season. Substitutes 68 32 Premier League Share on Messenger 33 Hadergjonaj Florin Andone’s first goal in English football earned Brighton the victory and their first in four Premier League matches. The Romanian striker, signed from Deportivo La Coruña in the summer and making his first Premier League start, headed home the second-half winner.Huddersfield, who played the last hour with 10 men following the controversial dismissal of Steve Mounié, had stormed into a first-minute lead through Mathias Jørgensen.Brighton equalised in first-half stoppage time through Shane Duffy’s towering header and made their numerical advantage tell in the second period. Javier Hernández double helps West Ham end Newcastle’s winning run 2 6 Fouls Reuse this content 11 Knockaert 1 Lossl 2 Saltor 21 Pritchard Corners 25 Jorgensen Share via Email 6 Hogg match reports 24 Propper 37 Durm The visitors went close to an equaliser in the 15th minute. Duffy’s header was saved by Jonas Lössl and Andone fired the rebound straight at Jonathan Hogg on the goal-line. Alex Pritchard then threatened for Huddersfield, pulling a low shot wide from 18 yards after his initial effort had been blocked.Huddersfield were dealt a major blow in the 32nd minute when Mounié was shown a red card for his challenge on Yves Bissouma. It appeared to be a harsh decision. Mounié caught Bissouma high on the shin but there looked to be little intent.Terence Kongolo’s header was scrambled clear and after Oliver had waved away penalty appeals from the hosts when Pritchard went down, Aaron Mooy’s free-kick from 20 yards out forced Mathew Ryan into a smart low save. Read more Share on Pinterest 2 Smith BRI HUD 3 Bong 8 Bissouma Leicester’s James Maddison cuts down Watford with sublime volley Share on Twitter 19 Williams Match stats 20 Depoitre Huddersfield Huddersfield took the lead after less than a minute but ultimately slipped to defeat. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images The Observer Substitutes 4 Duffy 5 Dunk 30 Bernardo 17 Murray Goal attempts Possession Share on LinkedIn 19 Izquierdo 10 Andone 12 Hamer 10 Mooy 7 Kayal Huddersfield 20 March (s 90′) 24 Mounie Topics 5 Huddersfield Off target 8 Brighton 2 Huddersfield On target 6 Brighton (s 79′) (s 63′) 14 Balogun Lineups (s 78′) Twitter 5 Kongolo 13 Gross Share on Facebook Brighton & Hove Albion (s 49′) 1 Ryan 9 Locadia Share on WhatsApp Read more 23 Steele
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Ramallah – Israeli occupation forces arrested, on Monday, 16 Palestinians from various West Bank cities.The Israeli forces stormed the cities of Nablus, Bethlehem, Hebron, Qalqilya and arrested the citizens, including 2 journalists and 4 members from the same family, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Club.The Israeli army launches arrest campaigns on a daily basis against dozens of Palestinians in various cities and villages of the West Bank.
Rabat – The US Department of Defense has announced that Morocco concluded a new contract to supply its Royal Armed Forces with M4 carbine rifles and navy systems.Colt’s Manufacturing, an American firearms manufacturer, signed a US military procurement contract to supply Morocco, Jordan, Afghanistan, Senegal, Tunisia, and Pakistan with up to 10,000 additional M4 and M4A1 5.56mm carbine rifles, the US Department of Defense announced Thursday, September 20.Colt’s Manufacturing has won more than $57.72 million for the deal. According to the US Department of Defense, the deal is estimated to be complete by September 20, 2019. The work will be performed in West Hartford, Connecticut.The Colt M4 carbine is a lightweight assault rifle. The M4 carbine’s caliber is 5.56 millimeters. It is air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed, and equipped with a shorter barrel and a collapsing stock.The M4 carbine is a standard firearm for most units in the US military.Morocco also signed a contract to purchase navy-related systems.Alliant Techsystems Operations, a supplier of aerospace and defense products, will supply Morocco with the equipment.The company won more than $12 million for selling “up to 60 Common Munitions Built-In Test Reprogramming Equipment test sets; up to 22 ADU-891(V)1/E adaptor units; up to one lot of spares; and up to two ADU-891(V)3/E adaptor units in support of the Navy, Air Force, and the governments of Morocco, Belgium, Australia, Japan, and Oman,” reads the statement.CMBREThe equipment will be produced in Northridge, California, and is expected to be completed in May 2020. The Common Munitions Bit/Reprogramming Equipment, also known as the CMBRE system, is a munition support-equipment piece used to interface with weapon systems to initiate munitions built-in-tests (BIT), report BIT results, and upload/download flight software. CMBRE is composed of adapter units (ADU) and connected cables.
Mary Robinson, in a statement issued by her Office last evening, welcomed that the talks “are about to resume soon” in Kampala, the Ugandan capital after which they are named, under the auspices of the Chairperson of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.”She urges both sides to engage in earnest in their discussions in order to resolve all outstanding issues in the negotiations and to move toward the normalization of the situation in the eastern DRC,” the statement said.“The Special Envoy underscored the importance of political efforts to achieve peace and security for the people the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region,” it added.Last November the M23 – made up of former members of the FARDC who mutinied in April 2012 – occupied Goma in eastern DRC. Clashes between the Government and rebels displaced more than 130,000 people in and around the city and sent another 47,000 fleeing to neighbouring South Kivu province. Amidst widespread condemnation and calls for their withdrawal, the M23 fighters pulled out after 11 days.In the wake of those events, the Security Council in March authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within MONUSCO to carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without the Congolese national army, against armed groups that threaten peace in eastern DRC. A contingent of Tanzanian soldiers arrived Goma last month as part of the brigade.Tensions have been heightened in the region recently as the M23 publicly decried the deployment of the intervention brigade and broke off the so-called Kampala peace talks with the DRC Government.A little more than two weeks ago, fighting again broke out in Goma between the FARDC and M23, but the hostilities ebbed somewhat ahead of an unprecedented visit to the region by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, along with Mrs. Robinson.The three visited the DRC, Rwanda, Uganda and other concerned countries to bolster support for the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region, or as Mrs. Robinson describes it, a “framework for hope.”The UN-brokered accord, signed in February by 11 African leaders, aims to end the cycles of conflict and violence in eastern DRC and to build peace in the wider region. Mrs. Robinson also travelled to the region in late April and early May to push for implementation of the framework.On 21 May, she proposed a set of principles for peace, which seek to guide immediate efforts to tackle the crisis in the region, while maintaining a focus on long-term solutions. They recognize the importance of ending the suffering of the mostly women and children who have been displaced by the violence, and call for the acceleration of the voluntary return of all refugees in the region. They also call for the demobilization of all armed groups active in eastern DRC, and urge all parties to comply with all their obligations under international law.