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15 January 2016Five matriculants from the small rural town of Carnarvon who did particularly well in maths and science in their final National Senior Certificate exams at the end of 2015 are setting off for university in the coming days, armed with full bursaries from the Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA).Carnarvon, in Northern Cape, is a remote town. It is the closest inhabited place to where the SKA SA radio telescope is being built. The global technology project, with operations in South Africa and Australia, is tasked with mapping the universe. It is an important addition to the town’s economy. Most of the construction is being done on-site and it is providing employment for the area’s citizens and a much- needed economic boost for the town.The project has always strived to give back to the community for allowing the operation and its people to become part of the community, says Lorenzo Raynard, SKA SA communications manager. The bursary initiative, part of the SKA SA Human Capital Development Programme, was started in 2005 and already has helped more than 730 pupils to study in the science and engineering fields at tertiary institutions.#SKAnews Local high school students to receive full university bursary from @SKA_Africa! https://t.co/sgWvHy1Qch pic.twitter.com/dGP2X6DMV2— SquareKilometreArray (@SKA_telescope) January 12, 2016This year, five 2015 matriculants from the local Carnarvon High School have the opportunity to continue their studies in science-related fields thanks to bursaries offered through the programme.The students – Anver Adams, Janethon de Klerk, Kyle Henderson, Cedwill Abdol and Bradley Bosman – all performed well in mathematics and physical science in their final exams, and want to study for Bachelor’s degrees in computer and data science, electrical engineering and physics at various universities around South Africa.“Our goal is to ensure sustainability for the SKA and that site engineers be drawn from the local community,” SKA SA project director Dr Rob Adam said in a statement released on 8 January. “In turn (we want to) provide a way for local young people to achieve their dreams of greatness through science. (This is) the first time learners from the school with support from SKA SA, have obtained matric results with exemptions to further their studies in science related fields.”Itumeleng Molefi, the physical science teacher at the school, cannot be more proud of his students’ achievements. He said some of the learners came from severely challenging backgrounds. “It is only through their own perseverance and determination that they have succeeded.”The students, together with their teachers, as well as with some knowledge and assistance from SKA SA employees, made the effort and worked hard to pass their final exams in November and December 2015 and are now looking forward to starting their new learning [email protected]_Africa gives bursaries 2 five Carnarvon matric learners who obtained exemption. #MatricResults #Matric2015 pic.twitter.com/IsFWh3SrCP— lebotshangela (@lebotshangela) January 9, 2016Bosman has applied to study for a Bachelor’s degree at the University of the Free State. He said he was glad he made the effort to persevere during the year. “It was very difficult at times because we did not have a science teacher in Grade 10. From Grade 11 onwards it was much easier after Mr Molefi joined the school.”Abdol wants to excel in computer science, starting at the University of the Free State. “It is a great privilege for me to have this opportunity,” he said of his achievement. “I am thankful for all the support that I had. I would like to improve my circumstances and will do anything to achieve my dreams.”Henderson was the 2015 head boy at Carnarvon High School, and will be a first year student at North West University this year, studying physics and mathematics. He made special mention of SKA SA in inspiring him to perform well, saying that “my matric year was made easier knowing that I had the support of SKA. (The reward of getting the bursary) motivated me to study harder and put in more effort. I am looking forward to my future because I know that I have excellent privileges and opportunities.”De Klerk, the 2015 Carnarvon head girl, said she was incredibly motivated by the presence of SKA in the town, with its bursary opportunity inspiring her to work even harder for her university degree. “What you put in is what you will gain and I want to work much harder because I do not want to disappoint my sponsors and support team.” She hoped to start her Bachelor’s degree at the University of the Free State. She plans to study science, specialising in astronomy, which might mean she may find herself working with her bursary sponsor sometime in the future.In addition to being a star player in the school’s first rugby team, Adams aced his final exams and now looks forward to going to the University of the Western Cape to start his science degree. “I knew that I had to put in all my effort and pass and the rest will be taken care of (by SKA SA). I am proud of my achievements and look forward to the future,” he said.SKA SA is proud of the Carnarvon five’s success and determination, says Sam Rametse, the professional officer: schools and outreach for the SKA SA Human Capital Development Programme.“We are reaping the benefits of appointing a science educator at Carnarvon High School who took the learners from Carnarvon and surrounding areas under his wing. It is due to his hard work that we see this success and we look forward to supporting the students in their further studies.”Source: News24Wire
The parade with over 60 colourful floats, had its interesting characters. A man dressed like Mahatma Gandhi and a look-alike of Prime Minister Modi walking together attracted public attention. A float on the controversial Traffic Sentinel Scheme of Goa police urged people to obey traffic rules. There was also a scene on the Pulwama attack with a terrorist and Army Jawans, one on Goa’s formalin-in-fish controversy and a float by people from Kerala thanking Goans for assisting during Kerala floods. The Carnival parade will now move on to other cities for the next three days. The Carnival, the four-day annual pre-Lent festival of fun and frolic began with festive fervour in Panaji on Saturday.This year, it was a carnival with a difference, as more than 60 people with disabilities, either on modified two-wheelers, wheelchairs or with white canes, participated in the float parade. They used a special float organised by the Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG) along with Enable Travel and Ezy Mov to promote Goa as an accessible and inclusive tourist destination for people with disability. The highlights of the parade were live music by wheel-chair-bound music-teacher and singer Jolene Dias and DRAG president Avelino de Sa on a floating wheelchair.Rustom Irani and Shama Noorani from Enable Travel dressed as a King Momo and Queen Momo and participated in the parade in their wheel-chairs.“I thank Goans for inviting me for participating in this marvellous carnival. I am coming to Goa for the third time, but this is the first time I am participating in the carnival and I love it so much,” an excited Mr. Irani told The Hindu. While it was also Ms. Noorani’s first time to the Carnival, she was participating because it was made accessible. “I am really excited,” she said. Mr. de Sa said that participation in this carnival parade for many people with a disability, especially wheel-chair-bound people who had an accessible pandal to sit and watch the parade from, was a “dream come true.” He thanked Goa Tourism and his partners Enable Travel and Ezy Mov for “making it a reality.”DRAG had also made special arrangements for a wheelchair accessible pandal for people with disability and the elderly to view the Miramar-Panaji Carnival parade.As the crowd cheered , King Momo, mythical king of the Carnival and his entourage led a colourful parade of floats from Miramar near here to Dona Paula. King Momo declared the mock decree of “Eat, Drink and Make Merry” during his “4-day reign”, to the chants of “Viva Carnival” from the huge crowd that had lined up for the Miramar parade route. The parade showcased diverse participants under various categories, displaying different themes and messages, including group walkers for visually impaired from National Association for the Blind. The floats highlighted various social, environmental, and wildlife issues.
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Liverpool youngster Hoever aiming for big U17 World Cupby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool youngster Ki-Jana Hoever is preparing for a big FIFA U17 World Cup.The talented defender will miss several weeks of action for the Reds as he seeks glory with the Netherlands in Brazil.”I’m really looking forward to it,” Hoever told Liverpoolfc.com.”It’s a big experience to go all the way to Brazil and play games over there in decent stadiums. I hope a lot of people will come to watch and we’ll have a crowd.”It’s a big thing in Holland, a lot of people watch it. It’s on one of the biggest television [networks] in Holland, it’s watched and it’s quite big.”Of course, if you win it or make it far, there’s a lot of attention.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
MONTREAL — Kanesatake’s grand chief says his people are not heading towards a second Oka crisis despite tensions over a land dispute and a highly publicized war of words with the mayor of the nearby Quebec town.In an open letter published this morning, Serge Simon says that as far as he’s concerned, the current dispute over a developer’s intention to donate a parcel of land to the Mohawk community will not lead to a repeat of the 78-day confrontation that shook the region in 1990.But he says that still doesn’t excuse what he calls the neglect of the federal and provincial governments to settle the questions surrounding land rights, nor the inflammatory comments of Oka Mayor Pascal Quevillon.Quevillon has previously raised concerns that the land donation would lead to his community being encircled by Kanesatake, and voiced fears of illegal dumping and an expansion of cannabis and cigarette merchants.Simon said the mayor’s words are an example of a widespread lack of knowledge that exists about Indigenous history, realities and rights.He called on Quevillon to stop using what he called colonialist language and to instead turn to the future and understand that the interest of his community is in social peace rather than confrontation.The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsThe Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students say the Harper government’s Fair Elections Act will actually suppress voting in Canada.The two groups were in a Toronto court today asking an Ontario judge to strike parts of the law that deals with voter identification.APTN’s Delaney Windigo reports.