World Cup Vox PopQuestion: Who has been the best player in the World Cup so far?Sheldon Mae: Cristiano Ronaldo because he is showing that he does not just perform for his club and he is world class.Jaheem Smith: Lionel Messi because he is performing well.Shaye Douglas: Cristiano Ronaldo because he has proven himself to be outstanding and he is getting better and better every time.Tyrone Morgan: Philippe Coutinho has been the best player because he has been playing very well.
The packed to capacity National Cultural Centre was on Saturday last left mesmerised as several pairs of mothers and daughters gracefully took to the stage in the 26th edition of the Mother and Daughter Pageant.The delegates competed in several categories but at the end, only a couple from each of the categories was adjudged the winners.Kenciola Craig and AshantiHeather Gonsalves and ReneeDacia Fraser and SamaciaIn the Junior Category, Dacia Fraser and Samacia took the top honours while in the Middle Category, Kenciola Craig and Ashanti were adjudged the winners and in the Senior Category, Heather Gonsalves and Renee were crowned the best of the best.This year, the theme for the pageant was ‘Rhythm of Love’. It is one of the longest pageants promoted by Supa Stylistics Productions under the directorship of Dr Sulan Fung-Browne and her mother, Mrs Ingrid Fung.
“Things come a little bit more real with the way you’re perceived,” he said. “Being followed in stores, thinking you’re going to steal, people just assuming that you can’t afford what’s in a store—things like that happened a couple of years ago during a trip to Dubai.”“It’s stuff that unfortunately you can’t escape being a person of color—anywhere in the world, really,” said Norwood, who was born to an American father and a Filipino mother.Norwood acknowledges that his worldview was afforded by his privilege. Having a grandfather who served in the military, lived through public school integration and then took an active part in the civil rights movement, he said, has helped him synthesize the intricacies of an antiquated belief.“I [lived] in Hawaii, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas. It equipped me a little bit differently in terms of being able to travel and being able to understand cultures,” he said.But when others refuse to understand, or become dismissive, it can be frustrating.ADVERTISEMENT “Whether it was in our travels, being out and about in certain countries. And this is not about being an African-American. It’s just being a person of color and we’re in a different country.”Norwood, Gilas Pilipinas’ current skipper and its longest-serving standout, has seen racism rear its ugly head in the basketball scene here. It was the reported root of the Australia-Philippines brawl last year. And it came to fore again when veteran forward Arwind Santos directed a racist taunt at TNT import Terrence Jones.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPhoto by Denison Dalupang/INQUIRERAnd he remains curious about it.“I didn’t get to sit down and have conversations with people that were rude or anything like that, so [I] don’t know if it’s just their pride in a country and their culture, or it’s just total dislike for someone,” he told the Inquirer. OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Photo by Denison Dalupang/INQUIRERGabe Norwood was 11 when he was first exposed to racism. It was in a curb in a strip mall in the United States. And he’s sure it wasn’t the last time, except that he refuses to pin precise snapshots of such moments in his memory.He just knows it happens.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ View comments “It’s hurtful to have to continue to have conversations about it,” he said, especially when “some people like to say ‘brush it off,’ ‘it’s not a big deal.’”It is. And the irony, according to Norwood, is that the Philippines’ veneration of basketball includes its embrace of the sport’s Black American culture, with fans following its leads in subcultures like sneakers and music, and the hip-hop lifestyle.“It’s a little shocking sometimes because naturally, I would think that Filipino culture loves the game of basketball so much and its characters, which [mostly] African-American,” he said. “And I feel like they have a natural, really genuine attraction to [African-American] culture—whether it’s in music, style—or anything.”“I think it’s a little different here in terms of the education of things,” he said. “I’m sure just as much in the States, we didn’t learn about Filipino history. So I’m guessing a lot of US civil rights moments aren’t touched upon in school here.”An 11-year PBA veteran, a two-time champion who has three children with Filipino-Iranian wife Lei, Norwood admitted to himself also making adjustments to understand.“The way we carry ourselves, I think it comes with a lot of responsibility,” he said.And at a time when information is basically at everyone’s fingertips, Norwood feels that doing so shouldn’t be hard.“The education is out there if you want to go and search for it—if it matters that much to you,” he said. LATEST STORIES Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ No rest day for Viernes, Batangas standout who doubles as coach of Malaysian club ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? 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TOKYO – Toyota’s global production last year surged 10 percent to more than 9 million vehicles, narrowing the gap with General Motors, the world’s No. 1 automaker. Toyota Motor Corp., riding on its reputation for fuel-efficient cars like the Prius hybrid, said Friday that it produced 9.018 million vehicles, including its Japanese subsidiaries that make trucks and smaller models. It was its fifth straight year of growth. Detroit-based General Motors Corp. and its group automakers produced 9.18 million vehicles worldwide in 2006 – about 162,000 vehicles more than its Japanese rival. That gap has narrowed from about 819,000 vehicles at the end of 2005, when Toyota and its Japanese units made 8.232 million vehicles worldwide and GM’s production totaled 9.051 million. Late last year, Toyota set a global production target of 9.42 million vehicles for this year, which is likely to put it ahead of GM. GM does not announce production targets for the year ahead. “Things are going very well with Toyota, and it’s likely to achieve its target for this year,” said Shotaro Noguchi, auto analyst for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Co. in Tokyo. Toyota has already long beat GM in profitability, reporting robust earnings, while GM has sunk into the red on massive restructuring costs. GM lost $3 billion through the first nine months of last year but says it will report a profit in the fourth quarter; it lost $10.6 billion in 2005. Also Friday, data from automakers showed Honda Motor Co. had surpassed Nissan Motor Co. to become Japan’s No. 2 automaker in annual global vehicle production. Solid demand for the Civic model boosted Honda’s production in North America and China, said company spokeswoman Yu Kimoto, as Honda achieved an all-time calendar year record for worldwide production in 2006. Honda had been ranked second among Japanese automakers in 2003, but fell to No. 3 after that. Global production at Nissan fell 7.7 percent in 2006 to 3.24 million vehicles, while Honda’s worldwide production last year rose 6.6 percent to 3.63 million vehicles. In December, Toyota’s global output totaled 624,219 vehicles, up 4.7 percent from the same month a year earlier. It was the 26th consecutive month of growth. Nissan, which has an alliance with Renault SA of France, said global production in December fell 3.2 percent to 238,332 vehicle. Honda said its global output rose 6.4 percent to 283,245 vehicles in December.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Is Rafa Benitez set for a Premier League return? Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT Newcastle United will have a greater chance of avoiding Premier League relegation with Rafael Benitez in charge than with Steve McClaren.McClaren has come under increasing pressure in the St James’ Park hotseat with the Magpies currently sitting 19th in the table.Reports this week have claimed that the former England manager’s job hangs in the balance following three consecutive defeats, while rumours in Spain claim Ex-Liverpool and Chelsea boss Benitez could be appointed as his replacement even before their next league outing – away to league leaders Leicester City on Monday.Murphy had a prickly relationship with Benitez, with the Spaniard deciding he was not right for his Liverpool side and the midfielder ultimately left the club he loved since a child.But the Anfield favourite still hails Benitez’s managerial credentials and says he is the ideal man to save Newcastle’s season.Speaking on the Colin Murray show, Murphy said: “I think Newcastle would have a hell of a chance [of avoiding the drop] with Benitez.“Don’t get me wrong, I still am and always will be frustrated at leaving the club I loved. But Rafa was always straight an honest with me, he didn’t mess about, and that’s not a bad trait in anybody.“The time I spent with him, I realised quite quickly that he loves football. He studies the game, he knew everything, everyone, every tactic and every player.“He is on the training pitch, organising and doing the sessions and a lot of what he did in the couple of months I was at Liverpool with him still sticks in my mind, because he knows how to set up a team to win football matches.“He’s very accomplishes with coaching, and of course what Newcastle need right now is to try and stop losing games and conceding goals.“Could he do it? Could he get enough out of those players? I do worry for Newcastle, but Rafa has so much experience and if they get him I think they’d have a better chance of staying up than under Steve McClaren.” 1
By Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – Though several UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield players had high scoring games, it wasn’t enough to claim the win against UWP-Baraboo in the Feb. 6 game at Marshfield.The Pointers lost to the Fighting Spirits 76-68, with Nick Malovrh claiming 20 points. Jack Bezlyk added 19 and Jared Seemann had 16, while Darren Kieffer added 10.
Janine ErasmusThe Games and Learning Indaba, organised by the Shuttleworth Foundation and held in August 2008, explored the potential that digital game-based learning holds for formal education and informal learning in South Africa, especially in improving communication and analytical thinking skills. A number of game developers, teachers, gamers, academics and other experts attended the event.In his presentation titled Social constructivism in games-based learning in the South African context, Alan Amory, an educational ICT professor in Johannesburg University’s Faculty of Education, maintained that games are useful social construction tools, and any game has an inherent educational value that is there to be exploited.“No technology is value-free,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if a game is gender-biased because we can use it to explore gender. It doesn’t matter if it is violent because we can use it to explore violence. It is not the tool itself that is important, but what you do with it. The process of deconstruction, where the game is used as a discussion starter about violence, gender bias, male dominance, etcetera, is where the real learning with games occurs.”Amory has found that games in the learning context are most effective when players are required to work together to construct solutions. He particularly noted that tertiary students, while playing a game designed for better understanding of the biological functions of photosynthesis and respiration, achieved significant results when paired, rather than playing on their own.This was because a team situation always gives rise to discussion and collaboration, and pupils developed better visualisation, logic, mathematical, reading and writing skills as well. Solo players, meanwhile, often learned to solve problems by rote – an unfortunate learning method that is far too prevalent in South African schools, said Amory.Maths on a mobileWhile online safety especially for children is a complex and important issue, according to Steve Vosloo, communication and analytical skills fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation, the opportunities outweigh the risks although safety for pupils has to be the primary concern.One of the advances made by South African educators is the use of popular mobile communication platform Mxit for maths education. Dr Math is a pioneering educational programme developed by Laurie Butgereit of the Meraka Institute, a division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. Meraka investigates the role of information and communications technology in addressing South Africa’s developmental challenges.Dr Math provides maths pupils from grade 3 to grade 12 with an instant online tutor between 2pm and 8pm on weekdays, and the occasional Sunday night. There are 20 teachers available to answer maths-related queries and to date some 3 200 pupils have used the service. Pupils will readily seek assistance because of the convenience of being able to turn to a teacher whether on the bus or the sports field, or in one case, in the bath.“If you want to reach kids you have to do it using their own medium,” says Butgeriet, “and Mxit does that.”According to a January 2008 report on Moneyweb, Mxit has over 6-million users, over 90% of them in South Africa, who send a mind-boggling estimated 200-million messages every day. While the application has been known primarily as a platform for entertainment and cheap communication, and has had its share of critics and controversy because children spend so much time using it, its new-found educational function may open up the way for a series of similar initiatives. Reports say that pupils who use Dr Math are also interested in science tutoring. The service is also far more affordable than a personal tutor, with a session costing the pupil up to R1 ($0.12).However, teachers are often not as technically proficient as their pupils in this arena, a fact agreed on by Indaba delegates. In this case teachers can learn along with their pupils, and here the gaming environment may be a useful vehicle.Vosloo, an expert in the use of communication technology for socio-economic development, says that learning through a mobile platform has huge potential for South Africa, as less than 10% of the population has internet access but a whopping 70% has access to a mobile phone.The instant messaging applications developed by MTN and Vodacom, South Africa’s two major mobile service providers, hold similar educational potential. MTN’s NokNok and Vodacom’s Meep, both of which allow users to chat in real time, share picture files, and other useful functions, are touted as competitors for Mxit.Educational gamesWhile the educational game sector in South Africa still has a way to go to catch up to the international standard, developers are not sitting back.There are several interesting locally developed applications already available, among them Mathstermind, a mobile puzzle game developed to teach maths to grade 10 pupils; Fashion Empire, a mobile game designed to teach business skills and maths to grade 10 pupils; OpenSpell, which addresses spelling skills and is available in all 11 official South African languages; and Cartesian Chaos, which helps pupils to understand the Cartesian plane.Elsewhere in the world, many games are being developed with a specific social or educational purpose in mind. America’s Army was created by the US Army, which spent R49-million ($6-million) on its development before it handed the game over to specialists for adaptation to consoles, as a recruitment tool. The game gives players a realistic taste of life in the army, but it has been widely criticised because it targets children under 17.The conclusion reached at the 2008 Games and Learning Indaba was that there is still a lot of work to be done in researching the potential of educational gaming. “Most educators need to be convinced that you can learn from playing video games,” said Vosloo. He added that the Shuttleworth Foundation supports the concept of game-based learning working alongside more conventional forms of learning – not supplanting them.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at email@example.com.Related articlesA toast to educational successMozilla funds translate.org.zaSoweto through a high-tech lensAfrican inventions site honoured Education in South AfricaUseful linksMerakaGames and Learning Google GroupSteve Vosloo’s blogShuttleworth Foundation
1 October 2009Standing on the newly laid pitch, with the signature arch soaring overhead and the 56 000 permanent seats all in place, one can almost see the crowds taking their seats and feel the excitement growing in Durban’s dramatic new multi-purpose stadium.It’s just weeks to go now until completion of the city’s Moses Mabhida Stadium, which will seat 69 000 people during the 2010 Fifa World Cup and host seven matches, including a semi-final, during the tournament.At the height of construction of the stadium, there were over 2 500 workers on site, but on a quiet Sunday morning only a handful of workers are left, erecting balustrades, putting the last touches to the venue offices, and cleaning up walkways and access areas.“We are just weeks away from a complete stadium now,” says head of Durban/eThekwini municipality’s 2010 programme, Julie May Ellingson. “Then it’s over to Fifa and the Organising Committee to get it operationally ready for a World Cup; but the plan is to open it up to Durban citizens long before.”Finalists in a local schools World Cup competition will be the lucky teams to be the first to step out onto the new turf to mark the stadium’s opening in front of the city’s residents on 28 November 2009.This will be followed the day after with a match between two yet-to-be-announced Premier Soccer League (PSL) sides. A number of concerts and further PSL matches are planned from January to May 2010 to give the stadium the “stress tests” it needs to ensure it is operationally ready for football’s greatest showpiece in June 2010.Stadium precinctThe focus now shifts to the stadium precinct projects and ensuring that fans, players and the media can easily access the stadium on match day.Durbanites are renowned for making the most of a sporting match day. When residents of the city attend a football, cricket or rugby match, they get to the venue hours before, parking in adjacent fields and setting up braais (barbeques) alongside their cars for pre-and post-match festivities which often go into the early hours of the next morning.To ensure this spirit is maintained, numerous park-and-ride and park-and-walk facilities are planned, and some R250-million is being spent on upgrading the beach promenade and extending the walkway from the beach all the way to the stadium.Fans will also be conveniently transported to the stadium by rail, with a new train station adjacent to the stadium currently under construction.“For us as a city it was always very important that the stadium is financially viable after 2010,” says Ellingson. “For this reason we have built a multi-functional stadium that can serve the needs of football, rugby and athletics.People’s ParkA “People’s Park” is also being developed adjacent to the stadium, which will be one of the hubs of spectator festivities during the tournament.“We have worked hard to ensure that the entire precinct becomes an area used by the residents of the city,” says Ellingson. “The People’s Park is an important legacy project for us. This park is a green space next to the stadium which includes two training fields, a running and cycling track, a children’s playground and a tea garden.“Residents and visitors can also ride a cable car to the top of the arch, or climb the 550 steps, for spectacular 365-degree views of the adjacent Indian Ocean and the city.“For the adventure junkies, there will also be a bungee swing from the stadium’s arch.”The stadium will also feature 72 000m² of retail space and a gym, to help ensure that it is used for more than just sporting events and becomes a constantly bustling asset of the city.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
Ray Maota Thousands of Springbok fans filledMandela Square, in Sandton Citymall, to give the Boks anoverwhelming send-off for the2011 Rugby World Cup in NewZealand. Bok supporters start at an earlyage, as evident from this baby Bok. Minister of Sport and Recreation, FikileMbalula, said that as fans stood there asa rainbow nation in support of the nationalteam, the Boks should go to New Zealandand make them proud.(Images: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS•Shelley ViljoenPrimedia Broadcasting PR manager+27 11 506 3000RELATED ARTICLES• Pumping up Bok support for World Cup• New campaign to power South Africa’s Proteas• New campaign for a better South Africa• New drive to spark local sports frenzyThe Springboks and thousands of fans brought Sandton to a standstill on 1 September 2011 during a spirited send-off ahead of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.With the farewell coinciding with the start of the new season, the event was fittingly dubbed SpringBok Day.South Africa’s national rugby team left the country last night to defend the Webb-Ellis trophy, which they first won in 1995 and again in 2007. This year’s tournament starts on 9 September and ends on 23 October.Mandela Square at Sandton City mall, northern Johannesburg, was a sea of green and yellow as masses of supporters, many wearing Bok shirts, filled the area.An estimated 65 000 people filled the square to give the team an overwhelming send-off, said Lead SA’s CEO Yusuf Abramjee.Lead SA encourages citizens to make a difference in the country in whichever way they can.The diversity of fans united as one brought back memories of the 2010 Fifa World Cup and the euphoria following the Bok’s 1995 Rugby World Cup win when, just a year after the first democratic elections, sport was able to transcend racial boundaries and bind the nation.With the nation already in full Bok Friday mode, thousands of supporters turned up at the square, hoisting placards that read: “Moer hulle Boks”, Afrikaans for “beat them Boks”; “Viva Boks Viva” and “Go Bokke, 110% behind you, make us proud”.The Bok Friday campaign calls on South Africans to show their support for the national team by wearing Springbok jerseys at the end of every working week.United for victoryLead SA along with the Boks’ official sponsor, Absa, and the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) initiated the send-off to show the team the country was behind them.Abramjee said: “We are here to show our team that we as citizens of this beautiful country are united in rallying for their triumph.”The IMC stirred up national pride at the event by handing out flags, t-shirts and copies of the national anthem to supporters.The IMC’s Play Your Part campaign also calls on citizens to do what they can, big or small, to make the country a better place to live in.Many high-profile individuals made it to the send-off, including Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula, President of the South African Football Association Kirsten Nematandani, South African Rugby Union CE Jurie Roux and Absa’s Happy Ntshingila.Musicians as well as media personalities turned out in their numbers. Danny K, Khanyi Mbau, Freshlyground, Tumisho Masha, La Vuvuzela and the top 10 contestants from Mnet’s Idols were among them.Children from Ikageng School in nearby Alexandra were also there to cheer the team.Mpho Santho, one of the school’s pupils, said: “I’m happy to be here, to see my favourite player, Brian Habana, and to wish the Boks good luck.”Bafana Bafana, the national soccer team, and the Proteas, the cricket national team, sent their televised messages of good luck to the Boks.Bok arrival and send-offAs the Boks walked along the red carpet towards the stage, the crowd cheered and shouted their favourite players’ names.“We stand here, black and white, red, yellow and purple … as a rainbow nation. Go to New Zealand and make us proud,” Mbalula said.The minister’s stirring words made the crowd erupt in song with a rendition of Shosholoza.Bok skipper John Smit was handed a booklet with good luck wishes from other high-profile South Africans and ordinary citizens.Bok coach Peter de Villiers said: “I was always nervous of having a public send-off as we have not won anything to celebrate, but when you see how South Africa is rallying behind the Springboks, you cannot but be humbled and grateful.”Smit added: “I’m sure as Nelson Mandela stands looking at us (pointing at his statue in the centre of the square), he’s with us in spirit and appreciates what is happening.”After the singing of the national anthem, the Boks walked to the nearby Gautrain station to ride on the train to OR Tambo International airport, where they caught their flight to New Zealand.The Boks’ first game will be played on 11 September against Wales in Wellington.
originally published on The Tim Sackett Project blog Q1. What are the reasons you’re currently NOT using (or fully using) a new talent acquisition software platform at your organization?Q2. What are some of the bad or broken habits that HR and recruiters need to unlearn to be able to use new technology effectively? Q3. What are some of the keys to creating an effective talent acquisition platform change management plan?Q4. What are some of the challenges you’ve encountered when training your employees on a new talent acquisition platform?Q5. What are some of the common mistakes made when working with HR technology vendors to adopt a new talent acquisition platform? Q6. Once a talent acquisition platform goes live, how can HR ensure that adoption rates meet project goals?Q7. What tools and metrics can help to evaluate your new talent acquisition platform’s success?Q8. If you are fully using your talent acquisition software with success, what advice do you have for others struggling to adopt? If you’re a talent acquisition (TA) leader for a big shop, I’m guessing my life is better than yours! Why do I know this? Because the technology you’re being asked to use has completely passed you by on the side of the highway!Remember that first time when your Mom or Dad asked you to fix the clock on the VCR? It was simple, but they had no idea on how to set the VCR clock, so it would blink “12:00” for weeks until you decided to fix it. Most TA leaders, right now today, are looking at that clock on the VCR blinking!The reality of using a full-fledged modern day talent acquisition platform is:You’re not ready for it.It’s like you’ll be taught how to walk all over again.It’s like you’ll be learning a new language.It will be the single most valuable thing you’ll ever do in your TA career.You’ll be forced to teach your entire leadership something completely new.Most vendors selling these solutions don’t have the capability to actually teach you and your team how to effectively use them.You and your team aren’t ready to unlearn all your broken, bad habits to use it effectively.You’re going to have to admit to yourself and others, you really don’t know what you’re doing.That last one is hard. Because we do know what we’re doing, damn it! But, this is where you have to remember the blinking VCR clock. You don’t, but you can learn!A full end-to-end talent acquisition platform will change the way you, your team and your organization actually attract, recruit, and onboard talent. Gone, completely, will be “post and pray.” So will be those employees who think this is what recruiting is.It’s not overly difficult to learn these new skills. It is uncomfortable because it’s a BIG change from what you’re actually doing today and calling it recruiting. You’re not recruiting. You’re administering a recruiting process. Those are different things. Your organization actually needs you, desperately, to attract, retain and develop great talent.The really, really cool part about this is you’ll completely change your career path by doing this! Once you implement and transform your organization’s recruiting practices using technology, you’ll have other organizations lined up at your door begging you to do the same for them!The real reality is you have a choice to make. Fix the blinking clock, or keep ignoring it. What kind of TA leader are you?Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on April 19 for #Nextchat with special guest Tim Sackett (@TimSackett). We’ll chat about how you can transform your organization’s recruiting practices with technology.