Maths literacy vital: Manuel

first_imgBy 28 April, information relating to three areas – namely personal, household and school information – will be collected from the various selected schools. A preliminary report is expected by the end of July. Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has highlighted the importance of maths literacy among school children, especially under the current economic climate. Responding to a question from a learner about how well he had done in mathematics at school, Manuel said he had battled and did not have high marks until he came across a teacher who helped him. The census will be conducted on a sample of 10% of South African schools between April 14 and 24, and the data will thereafter be evaluated. The objective of the project, which targets learners between grades 3 and 12, is to enhance the statistical and numerical literacy of learners as well as raise awareness of the national population census. The Census@School project, first launched in 2001, was initiated by Statistics SA in collaboration with the Department of Education after a similar initiative in the United Kingdom. “I think that we understand that the complexities in the economy will require higher mathematical skills,” Manuel said on Monday at the launch of the Census@School project at the Pro Arte Alphen Park High School in Pretoria.center_img 25 March 2009 Manuel said it was important for learners to be involved in the project because the outcomes of the questionnaires would help the government take certain decisions. The project will also teach pupils how to gather information about themselves. They will have to fill in a questionnaire as part of a schools census, answering questions about their shoe size, height and favourite sport and subject. While mathematics was a “tough” subject to learn and teach, he said it was an important proficiency to have. “So much of what we do in life needs some unit of measurement,” he told learners. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Pandor gets SA’s first smart ID card

first_img4 June 2013 Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor has become the first person to receive one of South Africa’s new smart ID cards, containing biometric data embedded in a microchip and designed to cut down on fraud while enabling faster delivery of government services. The minister’s state-of-the-art new ID was delivered to her office in Pretoria on Tuesday. South Africa will begin rolling out the new smart card IDs from next month, issuing them to to all first-time and re-issue applicants. The Department of Home Affairs plans to issue the smart card ID to all South Africans over the next eight years as it phases out the current green bar-coded ID book. To begin with, 27 Home Affairs regional offices, three in each province, will process smart card IDs, with more offices to follow suit over the next three years. Containing microchips embedded with biometric data unique to each individual, and with the information laser-engraved on the chip to prevent tampering, the new IDs will be near impossible to forge, according to the department. Besides cutting down on identity theft and fraud, the smart IDs will speed up the process of establishing a modern, reliable population register. The cost of the new IDs will be the same as the amount paid for the green bar-coded IDs, which currently cost R140. IDs are free for first-time applicants. According to Pandor, the new ID will take about three days for applicants to receive – compared to a 54-day turnaround time for the green bar-coded ID. Altech Card Solutions and Gemalto Southern Africa, the successful bidders for the production of the smart ID cards, were announced last month. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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OSX Mavericks Compatibility for Video Editing Apps and Adobe Creative Cloud

first_imgNot sure if you should upgrade to Mavericks? Learn which video editing apps are effected and when to make the jump to the new OSX.Adobe Creative Cloud 12.1 is a big update for video professionals, with over 150 new features. Apple has also recently updated OS X to Mavericks (free update) and there have been some issues reported for video professionals (with a a variety of apps, not just CC).In this post, we’ll tackle some some compatibility issues you may encounter with your video editing applications and the OSX Mavericks upgrade. Then we’ll wrap it up with a few videos that highlight the best new features for the video apps in Adobe CC.OSX Mavericks Compatibility IssuesAfter upgrading your OSX to Mavericks you may need to make consequent upgrades to your video editing apps (and plugins) to be fully compatible with the new operating system.The initial Adobe Creative Cloud 12.1 update did not support Mavericks for After Effects, but this is no longer the case. Simply install a recent version of the update for full compatibility.Video editors using Red Giant plugins will want to hold off upgrading to OSX Mavericks. As of October 22, 2013, the Red Giant blog had the following to say about an OSX Mavericks upgrade:Some of our licensing code is not compatible with Mavericks. We’re working on a fix, but not quite there yet. (If you upgrade, you’re probably OK, but we’re seeing some issues and wouldn’t want you to have to deal with non-working software!)The majority of our products are plugins, and we simply haven’t had access to working builds of all the applications our products plug into on Mavericks yet to test with. As soon as we have access, testing starts, and we’ll do our best to ensure you wont run into any problems.There are ongoing discussions on the Mavericks forum on Creative Cow about different video editing and motion graphics applications and their compatibility with Mavericks. That is a great place to look if you’re seeking trouble with a particular issue – or create a new post if you’re the first to recognize a compatibility error.Toolfarm goes in-depth to look at most of the major video editing applications and any known compatibility issues with OSX Mavericks:As of the last update to this post, Avid was not yet providing OSX Mavericks support.Final Cut Pro 7 is running in OSX Mavericks, but because of its end of life status we can bet that this may be the last major OSX upgrade that supports legacy FCP.For a ton more info on OSX Mavericks compatibility, also covering Telestream and DaVinci Resolve, check out the full post over at ToolFarm.Background rendering in your video editing app may appear to be disabled in OSX Mavericks. There is a simple fix for this, which is outlined in our previous tutorial on rendering issues with Mavericks.If you have any OSX Mavericks compatibility tips or known issues to add, please do so in the comments below!New Features in Creative Cloud 12.1As for the new Creative Cloud 12.1…Adobe marked the announcement with a series of videos that cover each pro video application in that suite. If you’re wondering what a 12.1 update will do for you check out the new features in After Effects, Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade…After Effects new features include: detail-preserving upscale effect, mask tracking, improved Cinema 4D integration, and improved snapping behavior:Premiere Pro new features include:  more native file format support (Cinema DNG, Sony RAW, RED Dragon 6K ), monitor overlays feature and drag-drop support for third-party After Effects transitions:Speedgrade new features include:  direct Link integration with Adobe Premiere Pro, Premiere Pro timeline for projects opened via Direct Link and support for all file formats supported in Premiere Pro.As we posted previously, Josh from Retooled has a few videos that demonstrates some of these new features in Premiere Pro, SpeedGrade and After Effects. Here’s his favorite Premiere updates…but you can check out all the demo vids over on the Retooled blog:last_img read more

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Arsenio Hall Emcees Visionary Ball

first_imgThe UCLA Department of Neurosurgery held their annual “The Visionary Ball” on Thursday, October 30th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.Arsenio Hall at The Visionary BallCredit/Copyright: Vince BucciTalk show host Arsenio Hall emceed the event and Wilson Phillips headlined the entertainment.Kelsey Grammer Honored at Visionary BallCredit/Copyright: Vince BucciThe event, which raised close to three million dollars for UCLA’s Department of Neurosurgery, was hosted by Dr. Neil Martin, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at UCLA, with co chairs Edie Baskin Bronson, three-time Emmy Award nominee and former Saturday Night Live photographer, and Richard “Skip” Bronson, CEO of Beverly Hills based The Bronson Companies.This year’s honorees included world renowned physician, surgeon and scientist Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, who received the Medical Visionary Award: Philanthropist Elizabeth Goldhirsh-Yellin received the Visionary Leadership Award: Entertainment Industry icon Jonathan Dolgen and his wife Susan received the Courage Award: and multi-award winning actor/producer/director Kelsey Grammer received The Rodney Respect Award.Rodney Dangerfield was a patient at UCLA Medical Center. He left a legacy that will benefit our community for generations to come. Rodney’s greatness is now celebrated with this “Rodney Respect” Award – from his comic genius to his devotion to making a difference in the lives of others. This honor is presented to a member of the entertainment industry who Rodney admired and whose accomplishments pay tribute to Rodney’s remarkable legacy. The past recipients of the “Rodney Respect” Award are Jay Leno, Chelsea Handler, Tim Allen, Jim Carrey, Chuck Lorre, and Bob Saget.last_img read more

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Magazine Banned by Chinese Government Before Olympics

first_imgYesterday, we published an update to a story that broke last week. It hasn’t received nearly enough attention, so I thought it’d be helpful to point to it again:As China prepares to host the 2008 summer Olympics, a government agency has banned this month’s English-language version of Time Out Beijing … Editor Tom Pattinson [said] the reason was that the magazine lacks a required printing permit. He pointed, however, to the suspicious timing of the ban—two months before the Summer Games this August.You catch that? The government of China is banning an English-language magazine as it prepares to host the Summer Olympics in the city the magazine covers. I don’t care that the magazine is licensed by a marketing company. Can you imagine if this happened in the U.K. or U.S. or … Iraq?Granted, that the Chinese government has banned a magazine is nothing new—they did it to Rolling Stone a couple years ago. But the timing is completely suspect.Lack of press freedom. Another reason to boycott the Olympics this year.last_img read more

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Prominent Democratic Activist Community Leader Marie Sweeney Endorses

first_imgDear Editor,As a nearly fifty year resident of the town and a very concerned and active citizen, I write today to express my endorsement and support of Mark Kratman in his bid for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex District.His commitment to the Town of Tewksbury is clear as seen through his unfailing and unflagging presence at meetings, hearings, citizen gatherings, and all manner of community activities and events. He has listened and he cares. As a member of the board of Selectmen, he has been available 24-7. As a State Representative, Mark would continue his advocacy for the community. Seniors, veterans, working families along with health care, housing, education, small businesses are among his concerns. As a longtime legislative liaison, he knows how the legislature works and he understands the challenges. Mark won’t need to get up to speed rather he’ll be ready – as they say – “on day one.”Constituents and colleagues respect his work ethic and his civic ethics. Mark’s breadth of experience, knowledge of the district and understanding of the needs and priorities make him the best choice on your Primary ballot. Please vote for Mark Kratman for the Democratic nomination for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex District.Sincerely,Marie SweeneyTewksburyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Wilmington & Tewksbury Will Be Well Served With Kratman As State RepIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tewksbury Selectmen Chair Jay Kelly Endorses Mark Kratman For State RepIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No One Works Harder For Tewksbury Residents Than Kratman, Ready To Do The Same For WilmingtonIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

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Nach Baliye 9 Anita Hassanandani splits into two for her next magical

first_imgInstagramActress Anita Hassanandani and husband Rohit Reddy, who are currently performing on the ninth season of Nach Baliye, have been teasing us with their upcoming performance on their respective social media.Fans are already aware that their upcoming performance is a spooky vampire act. Anita had to spend two hours on the makeup chair to get into the look of a vampire with face painting, vampire fangs, and elaborate costume to compliment the act.If you thought a dance reality show was just about dance, you were mistaken. There is a lot that goes on before an act that is performed on stage. Since the conception of the act, there is a lot of thought, technical and creative details that are looked into until the final performance by contestants.We have also been informed that the couple had to take a two-day magic workshop specifically for the act. The act supposedly has three magic tricks and going by Anita’s recent Instagram post, one of them comprises of her body being split into halves. To get the stunts right Anita & Rohit had to spend hours learning stage magic and taking a workshop.The dedication and perseverance with which the couple is performing week-after-week has totally impressed us. Even Rohit, who is a non-dancer, is surprising everyone with his power-packed dance moves.During the first episode, when it was revealed to the judges that Rohit didn’t dance even at his own wedding, a shocked and surprised Raveena had said, “I am flabbergasted, I couldn’t take my eyes off Rohit, he completely owned the performance, Rohit was like an atom bomb that burst on stage.” She ended with telling Anita, “Aapke ghar mai hi competition hai’ (The competition is in your house).”Anita, popular for her roles in Yeh Hai Mohabbatein and Naagin, was offered the show previously as well. “Anita was approached even in the earlier seasons, however, it didn’t materialise. This year, the makers have offered her a good amount to participate in the show, which she couldn’t refuse,” BollywoodLife quoted her as saying.last_img read more

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Cholera toll rises to 28 in Zimbabwe

first_imgA cholera patient waits for treatment during an action, organised by Zimbabwe minister of health, at the cholera treatment centre of the Beatrice Infectious Diseases Hospital, in Harare, on 11 September, 2018. Photo: AFPThe death toll in Zimbabwe’s cholera outbreak has risen to 28, state media said Sunday, as the health minister announced new antibiotics were being used after the disease strain was found to be resistant to some drugs.The cholera outbreak, first detected in a township outside the capital Harare earlier this month, prompted the government to declare an emergency in the city after at least 3,000 cases were reported.”Although I cannot say we have contained the disease as yet, we are moving swiftly in all provinces of the country,” health minister Obadiah Moyo told the state-owned Sunday Mail.”We have moved into the second line of antibiotics, which is azithromycin, after the first line of antibiotics — ciprofloxacin and ceftriaxone — have become resistant to the disease.”Moyo said rubbish dumps would be removed from high-risk areas of Harare, sewer pipes would be repaired and street food vendors had been ordered to halt work.Authorities have banned public gatherings in the city as a health measure, forcing the opposition MDC party to call off a major rally on Saturday.Newly-appointed Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube last week launched a crowd-funding effort to raise money to fight the outbreak, publicising bank details on Twitter and appealing for donations.Cholera outbreaks have occurred regularly in Zimbabwe as authorities struggle to provide potable water and sanitation facilities.The cash-strapped country, which was ruled by Robert Mugabe from independence in 1980 until his ousting last year, suffered its worst cholera outbreak in 2008.A total of 4,000 people died and at least 100,000 people fell ill.UNICEF advised Zimbabweans to prevent cholera spreading by regular hand-washing, drinking only safe water, washing food, cooking it throughly and avoiding shaking hands.last_img read more

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All of eight this Khan rocks

The capital was witness to the parampara tradition when sitar maestro Imrat Khan, introduced his youngest son, Azmat Ali Khan, as the next prodigy of the Khan brood at the ongoing five-day Delhi Classical Music Festival.Eight-year-old Azmat is the son of the Imrat Khan’s American wife Melinda and the youngest of his five sons – the others being Nishat, Irshad, Wajahat and Shafaatullah – all of whom are accomplished international musicians in the family Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’gharana.‘It is my duty to teach my sons the music we have played for generations and have given to the world. I devote all my time to teach them despite my failing health. Like all his brothers, Azmat shows promise. I cannot abandon my responsibility as a father,’ Imrat Khan said.Azmat played raga Jhinjhoti, a deviation of the Khamaja family of ragas, to a packed hall at the Kamani theatre in the capital. The playful child who drawls on his ‘r’ and ‘s’, tackled a sitar that towered way above his two-foot frame with ease, plucking the same melliflous notes as his father’s despite a few nervous misses. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAfter the recital, Azmat spoke to the media. He said he had been learning the sitar and surbahar – two instruments that his father commands at will – since the age of three.‘I practise for a couple of hours everyday under my father’s tutelage. I just love doing it. I don’t have fixed hours for taalim,’ the third-grader said.The little ‘ustaad, however, prefers the complicated surbahar and its basic sound to that of the sitar. He plays both the instruments. ‘But it is a hard choice to say which one I like better…Preferably the surbahar,’ he drawled.His fingers hurt after long hours of strumming the strings. ‘But I have to do it,’ Azmat said.‘Most of my friends in school are musicians. My best friend is a pianist,’ Azmat told. read more

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Striking the right chords

first_img‘Sa ma pa is a cultural movement rather than a festival,’ points out Abhay Rustum Sopori. The santoor player along with his grandfather — Pandit Bhajan Sopori — organises the SaMaPa Sangeet Sammelan.’The festival has stepped in its eighth year now. SaMaPa has made special efforts to preserve the rich cultural heritage of our country and has come up as a cultural movement with the motto ‘Music to the masses, Jan Jan Tak Sangeet,’ said Abhay.The musician says that the festival acts as a cultural bridge for Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This year the festival features more than 50 performers, including  both young and master musicians. Artistes like Ragini Rainu, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan,  Pandit Manilal Nag, Pandit Brij Narayan, Geeta Chandran along with others will be participating in the festival.’Music today faces serious concerns. The foremost among them is rising groupism and lobbyism. I have known artistes who have more than three decades of experience and have still not been able to carve their niche. That’s the musician’s plight,’ said Abhay. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAbhay will be playing santoor at the festival. ‘I have not really made any prior preparation. Whatever I will perform will be impromptu and like always I will experiment with all the difficult ragas and talas,’ he says on his performance. How has the Delhi circuit taken to these music festivals? ‘Initially grabbing attention was difficult but eventually our initiative paid off. Sa Ma Pa as a festival has its niche segment for all music lovers,’ said Abhay.’The festival represents the ethos and diversity of our country. It’s a platform for all talented and veteran musicians who are still finding their place under the sun,’ Abhay concluded.DETAILAt: Kamani Auditorium  When: 24-25 November Timings: 6.30 pm onwardslast_img read more

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