When the 2017 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships gets under way in March, a new event will be added to the programme as the Class 2 boys will now compete separately in the 400 metres hurdles.It was previously an open event, which meant that athletes from any class could compete, but at a special meeting yesterday involving the executive members of the planning committee for the championships, the decision was taken for this change.Several weeks ago, ISSA had sent letters to the respective school principals regarding five new proposals for the upcoming championships, with consultation with coaches and members of the organising committee of Champs also taking place at a meeting at Wolmer’s Girls’ school last month where several recommendations were made by the coaches.Field event athletes will now be able to do three events in this discipline or two field events and two relays. Track athletes will be restricted to two individual events and with a maximum involvement in two relays allowed.Unlike previous years when females used to compete in the heptathlon and up to three other individual events, this will no longer be allowed as heptathlon athletes will now only be allowed to do one other event.Class 3 girls will not be able to compete in the Steeplechase and 3000 metres anymore as this will now be restricted to Classes 1 and 2 only. At the same time the proposal to exclude Class 2 boys from the 5000 metres will not happen as both Classes 1 and 2 boys will be allowed to compete in the Steeplechase and 5000 metres.According to a reliable source, the decisions taken at the special meeting yesterday will be taken to the principals later this month for ratification.
NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX continued its dream run in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, this time stunning San Miguel with a 103-100 thriller on Sunday.That victory gave the Road Warriors their sixth win in eight games, enough to assure themselves a seat in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay But the recent string of wins put the squad in the upper half of the standings, and if the current order stands, Kia may very well secure the top selection with Blackwater getting the inside track for the second overall pick.Guiao, though, isn’t losing sleep on those draft picks. He said his focus remains on the present as he expressed elation with how the Road Warriors have been playing in the season-ending conference.“I like it very much,” he said. “Even our loss against Blackwater, they needed to shoot 17 three-pointers just to beat us by one point. That’s a great consolation for us.”As for the draft, Guiao is confident that regardless of where NLEX ends up this conference, his team can still nab at least a top three selection.ADVERTISEMENT Clutch Fonacier shoots NLEX past San Miguel LATEST STORIES Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. However, as morale boosting as the stretch is, NLEX’s wins may come at a cost in the form of their potential top pick in the upcoming 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.For coach Yeng Guiao, though, he could care less on where his team falls in the annual rookie selection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We’re no longer thinking about it. That will take care of itself,” said the veteran mentor.After finishing at the cellar in the first two conferences, the Road Warriors were poised to claim the number one pick in this year’s draft.
Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES The Philippines battles Qatar in a must-win Friday, 12 a.m. (Manila time) in Doha.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Thirdy Ravena, the lone collegiate player part of the pool, made the cut.The Ateneo superstar joins Andray Blatche, June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, Scottie Thompson, Paul Lee, Marcio Lassiter, Troy Rosario, Gabe Norwood, Mark Barroca, Poy Erram and Japeth Aguilar in the roster.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBlatche returns as Gilas’ naturalized player for the first time since the infamous game against Australia last July.Barroca is also making his first national team appearance since being part of the original Smart Gilas squad. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on Tuesday revealed the Philippines’ 12-man lineup against Qatar in the sixth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Rush of relief after Gina Iniong escapes with close win in ONE Bangkok card Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments
Pupils in the United Kingdom are learningSouth African languages on the ThrassCalendar Charts, computer softwarecreated by Thrass UK.(Image: BBC) A siSwati calendar chart teaching the basicsof the language.(Images: Thrass UK)MEDIA CONTACTS• Mike MeadeMedia Director+44 1829 741413+44 7970 151 [email protected] ARTICLES• Talk 11 languages on your phone• Windows 7 goes African• New African languages for PCs• South Africa’s languagesBongani NkosiChildren in the United Kingdom are learning isiZulu, seSotho and all the other official South African languages as part of the global Teaching Handwriting Reading and Spelling Skills (Thrass) phonics scheme.Thrass United Kingdom pioneered the Thrass Phoneme Machine, free-to-download computer software designed to boost literacy in numerous countries.The scheme has been significant in teaching the correct phonetic pronunciation of English words in the UK and other countries. A child viewing it on a computer learns the proper phoneme used in hundreds of English words. “… It is an excellent resource for teachers, assistants and parents for learning about and also teaching the fundamental building blocks of English in an entertaining and fun way,” Thrass UK media director Mike Meade said in a statement.Thrass Phoneme Machine Version 6.1 now includes the “interactive” Thrass Calendar Charts scheme, which teaches the basics of South African languages. The charts, which could be downloaded as part of the Phoneme software, make it “very easy” for children of any age to learn the local words for days, dates, months, numbers, colours and the names of the letters.The charts also articulate the click-sound pronunciations of the isiXhosa and isiZulu languages, using children’s voices. Thrass UK encourages parents and teachers to learn from the scheme as well.“The Calendar Charts are fun and easy to use and the children’s voices, bright colours and fun pictures will get everyone’s attention straight away,” said Meade. “They are an excellent introduction to the sounds of the various languages as children only need click on the word, letter or the number on the chart to hear other children’s voices pronounce it.”It can be downloaded over the internet from any of the countries where Thrass is permitted to distribute, which covers most of the world. The licensed territory includes Africa, South Africa, Europe and some parts of Asia.Three African languages, Yoruba, spoken by about 25 million people in West Africa, Shona of Zimbabwe and KiSwahili of East Africa, are also included in the Calendar Charts scheme.Universities and schools for senior pupils in the UK are also urged to download the software.The charts are ideal for the language days that UK schools organise to educate children in foreign languages and to promote inter-culturalism, said Thrass UK. They also provide an opportunity to teach the country’s children about the geography, history and culture of South Africa.Good for 2010 football spectacularLearning from the scheme will come in handy if one plans to visit South Africa for the 2010 Fifa World Cup and it will help them “get right into the spirit of the event”, Meade noted. “These are the languages spoken in the regions where the World Cup matches will be played.“Anyone following a course will be able to learn not only the key vocabulary for everyday situations but also some basic South African etiquette.”Partnerships in South AfricaThrass UK encourages people to follow the free on-line South African language courses offered by the University of South Africa (Unisa) once they have a grasp of the languages from the Calendar Charts. Unisa, a hub of distance education in South Africa and Africa, teaches basic and widely used phrases of sePedi, isiZulu, isiXhosa, seTswana and seSotho over its African languages website.“Unisa, which is Africa’s largest education provider, believes that there is no better way to break down interpersonal barriers than through communication that is understood by the listener,” Meade said.Thrass, which was pioneered by British educational psychologist Alan Davies, is already playing a significant role in South Africa.It introduced the Absa TalkTogether Project in 2007. The initiative, sponsored by Absa bank, is aimed at improving literacy in South Africa by partnering universities with primary schools and other organisations.Under the project, six tertiary education institutions partnered with primary schools in the drive to ensure children are able to write, read and speak English well. The University of the Witwatersrand is working with Roseneath Primary School in Parktown, Johannesburg , and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology is offering literacy lessons to pupils at Sunlands Primary School in Cape Town, among the partnerships.Thrass UK said the phonics scheme is used in thousands of schools and colleges in many countries and is “widely acknowledged as having the potential to more than double the rate of progress for reading and spelling in English”.The 11 official South African languages are English, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, sePedi, seSotho, seTswana, siSwati, tshiVenda and xiTsonga. The country also has numerous unofficial languages.
Brand South Africa has congratulated award-winning designer David Tlale, who this week became the first South African to showcase a collection at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.“I want to tell a beautiful story about South Africa because I believe as South African designers we have so much to offer to the world.” (Image: Design Indaba)Brand South Africa reporter“New York Fashion Week is a significant platform in the global world of fashion, on which designers profile their collections for the forthcoming season,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said in a statement on Thursday.“Brand South Africa congratulates David Tlale on his successful showing at the 2013 New York Fashion Week, and we are proud of him for flying our national flag in New York.”‘Knack for showmanship’Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week describes Tlale’s work in glowing terms: “Renowned for his undeniable knack for showmanship and elaborate designs, Tlale’s work is both daring and dramatic – a brand that defies convention and a brand that impenitently employs unpredictable use and understanding of fabric, colour and texture.”Describing his 28-piece women’s 2014 Winter Collection, Tlale told Brand South Africa before departing for New York: “The inspiration comes from the 1950s, and although it is not hardcore African, it has new-age Ndebele geometrics.“It is epitomised by a line of lightning. Colours range from bubble gummy, mint and coral to grey and lemon, capturing a ‘midday sun ray’.“There is a lot of craftsmanship, with beadwork,” Tlale said. “The silhouette is for the office, but also the red carpet with pencil skirts, beautiful shorts, and box-pleat, knee-length skirts, with layers. There’ll be black couture dresses, with beadwork. It will make women feel sexy.”David Tlale brandTlale first launched his brand in 2003 when he won the Elle New Talent competition.His numerous career highlights since then include being named the most stylish designer at the South African Style Awards, South Africa’s Star Designer of the Year, and Designer of the Year at the Africa Fashion Week Awards. The Arise African Fashion Awards also named him Fashion Designer of the Year in 2010.The following year he closed the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg when he presented his Made in the City Collection in celebration of the elder statesman’s 92nd birthday. In 2012, he presented a collection at New York Fashion Week for the first time.Play Your Part AmbassadorBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola praised Tlale for his contribution to making South Africa a better place. “In addition to being an inspirational South African, David is part of new a South African movement as a Play Your Part ambassador.“The campaign encourages South Africans to actively participate in creating the country we would all like to live in, a country of which we can be proud,” Matola said.“We invite other outstanding South Africans who do ordinary things, extraordinarily, to join this movement for social change.”David Tlale “Plays his Part” for the South African economy by using only South African materials in his designs. All his creations are made in South Africa – creating jobs and opportunities in the process.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ross Homan of the Fort Recovery FFA Chapter was selected this past year as a national finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award in Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance — Placement.Homan has worked for his father from a very young age. At their tractor sales operation, he has learned all about agricultural equipment maintenance and repair. He’s been charged handling tasks ranging from dock work to lot organization, from assembly to maintenance.He placed 2nd in the nation at the National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis this past month.Each of the top four finalists received a plaque and $500 courtesy of Tractor Supply Company.
I have a stack of Evernote notebooks called Library. In that stack, I maintain notebooks for a bunch of general topics that are broad enough that every article I want to keep fits in one. Evernote says it wants to last 100 years, and, perhaps at my peril, I take that promise seriously. I pay the service to have enough bandwidth and file types that I can stick just about anything in there, and I can read it all in Evernote long after the links break. Even if I lose access to the Internet, those notes will still be on my devices until those break, too.I send articles to Evernote to archive in various ways. Sometimes I want to preserve the Web formatting, so I highlight it and use the Web Clipper on Chrome. If I’ve cleaned up the article with Clearly, clicking the elephant button sends the clean version to Evernote.On iOS, I use a great app called EverClip that runs in the background, letting you copy text and images from any app and send them to Evernote. On the Nexus 7, I usually read in Pocket. Pocket’s Evernote sharing is also excellent, so I do that directly on iOS and Android alike.What’s Wrong With This Picture?Before you tell me this Jenga tower of reading services is insane, let me say: I know that. But I think there’s a kernel of something good here. I’ve gathered all the necessary pieces, they’re just spread out among too many different services. Reading online without losing your mind should be easy enough that anyone can do it.Here’s what app makers might do to make my life, and that of dedicated readers across the globe, simpler:Evernote would offer a standalone Clearly app for all platforms that syncs to an Evernote notebook and shares to Twitter, Facebook et al. Sorry, Pocket.Apps that offer ‘Save to Pocket/Instapaper/Readability’ options would also add Clearly.Reading.am would trigger automatically when Evernote Clearly is activated or when an article is saved to it.If that happened, my entire reading flow would work like this:Start readingClick Reading or ClearlyReadShare if desiredMove to an archive notebook in Evernote or deleteLooking at those five simple steps, reading online seems less insane and even more exciting. If they could all be accomplished in one place, without having to jump around between various tools, reading would be more fun, and that would be for the betterment of humanity. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… One problem that people who live online do not have is a dearth of reading material at their fingertips. This should be the most exciting era in the history of reading, yet humankind’s favorite leisure activity is mired in an ever-expanding swamp of unread links, forgotten URLs, buttons and bookmarklets. So I’ve hacked together a half dozen tools into a method for managing reading madness. Here it is, in three easy steps. Step 1. Browsing The number-one problem I didn’t know I had with online reading was keeping track of everything I started to read, whether or not I finished it. Once I started tracking every article I opened, I realized that I would never again have to endure that agonizing, fruitless search of memory for “this thing I saw online the other day.”I track this using Reading.am. I installed the Chrome extension, and I added the bookmarklet to my mobile Safari and Chrome bookmarks. I fire off Reading.am every time I start reading something. I use Reading.am’s built-in hooks to send links to my @AblazeReads Twitter account and to Evernote. That gives me two redundant logs of my readings that are easy to find at all times via local search, browser, or Twitter client.I don’t post everything. Like anybody, I occasionally read articles I’d be embarrassed to share (or maybe even remember), which is why those “frictionless” social reading apps on Facebook are dumb. But if I think I might possibly want to look at an article again, I click ‘Reading.’ And in case anyone else wants to sip from my reading firehose, they can do so on RSS, Twitter or Kippt, which is kind of neat.Step 2. ReadingWhen and where I actually do the reading depends on what device I’m using and what time of day it is. This is where the madness starts.Reading ImmediatelyUnlike every other nerd, apparently, I’m still a big RSS user. There are 100 or so sites that I read religiously, so I use the Reeder app for Google Reader whenever possible. It clears out my Google Reader queue on desktop and mobile, so things don’t slip down the list and into oblivion. Almost always, these are long stories that I send immediately to Pocket, which saves them to read later. If they’re very short, I read them inside Reeder, but these days I have to remember to open them in the browser as well and hit the Reading.am button, too. Kind of a pain.If I’m reading something immediately on the desktop, my preference is to read the article directly in the browser. Isn’t that quaint? Most websites are so horrible that the idea of reading a Web article au naturale is a funny joke. But for those cherished few publications that celebrate design, as well as most respectable personal blogs, I like to see the words displayed as their author intended them to be seen.But more often than not, Web layouts are crazy looking, so I use a browser extension to read them. I’m a Chrome and Evernote user, so I use Evernote Clearly to clean up pages for reading. It’s nice looking, and it gives you the easy option to save an article to Evernote with one click (more on that later). Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#How To#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Reading is usually a bit easier on mobile, where articles tend to be more legible. If they’re not, I either use Safari Reader mode or the Readability mobilizer in Tweetbot, my Twitter client of choice, to clean them up.Reading Later Nonetheless, I do the vast majority of my reading in Pocket. It’s attractive, it has excellent sharing options, and it lets me see the material it stores without an Internet connection. I also like having that red badge on my iOS home screens nagging me to read more because I’m a masochist.Lately, I’ve been enjoying Pocket on a Nexus 7, but I also read heavily on the iPad and iPhone. I prefer the Nexus’ screen size, but I dearly love the Apple devices’ retina text and superior scrolling. It’s an unfortunate tradeoff.In rare cases, I have time to clear out my Pocket queue while I’m at my Mac, so I open the Pocket views of the articles in a bunch of tabs, read them, then delete or archive them and close the tab.For me, saving something to Pocket is part of starting to read it, so I click the Reading.am button at the same time as I save to Pocket. This is an annoying extra step, but hopefully the services will learn to speak to each other and make that action simultaneous. By posting to Reading.am at the outset, I don’t have to think about whether or not I’ve done it when I delve into Pocket.Step 3: Sharing & ArchivingSharingBy posting to Reading.am, I automatically share everything I read at the outset. I figure anyone who wants the firehose will subscribe, and the rest of the Internet doesn’t want to know.But I want to share the more remarkable reads on my personal feeds. Twitter is the main place for that, because I figure people who follow me on Twitter generally share my interests. My preferred tweet format for sharing an article is a money quote followed by the link. If there’s no quote short enough, I’ll come up with a brief summary or simply post the title.I prefer to tweet the natural URL, so people can see what site the story is on, but if I’m sharing from Pocket, there will be a pocket.co URL.I usually tweet great quotes I come across as I’m reading. I try to keep the noise down, but sometimes an article is so mind-blowing that I have to keep tweeting out the genius. I’ve learned to do so at a pace my followers don’t seem to mind, and I find this increases the likelihood that someone will click, read, and talk with me about it.I only use Facebook for actual, real-life friends, so I’m much more discriminating about what I share there. Facebook article previews are pretty informative, so I try to make those posts worthwhile by adding a couple of sentences explaining why I think people should read this thing.ArchivingIf I read something particularly beautiful, funny, informative or terrifying, I want to keep it. Even if the site goes away, or the whole Web explodes and all the links break, I want to keep the treasures I’ve found. That’s where Evernote comes in. jon mitchell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Photo from Fiba.comThe Fiba Asia Cup campaign that started in the most promising way for Gilas Pilipinas took another wicked turn for the worse on Saturday after the Filipinos were blown off the floor by host Lebanon, 106-87, at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Beirut.Fadi El Khatib, one of the finest scorers the region has produced, torched the dumbfounded Filipinos with 36 points and helped the Lebanese bury the Philippines early in a hole so deep to cruise to the win.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Australia, ranked 10th in the world and a newcomer in the tournament together with New Zealand, advanced to the gold medal game against 2013 champion Iran and Hamed Haddadi on Sunday.Gilas’ next big tournament will be the World Cup Qualifying that starts in November.The Filipinos will play games in Chinese Taipei, Japan and Australia in the first round. The games are scheduled on a home-and-away basis and will be played in November, February and July.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Lebanon thus advanced to a clash with China for fifth place even as the Filipinos dropped into a game versus Jordan for seventh (ongoing at press time), which would mean the worst finish for the country in the last eight years.It was the second blowout loss that the Filipinos took as their bid, which started with a 97-86 upset of the defending champion Chinese, will be remembered more for the ripping they suffered at the hands of old nemesis South Korea in the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTeam Philippines, because of that win over China, swept its preliminary round assignments to top Group B but just couldn’t get anything going when they faced the Koreans in the first round of the knockout stages.The result was a 118-86 bamboozling on Friday as the Koreans drained a total of 16 triples to carve out the victory that added to another of those heart-rending defeats the Philippines has been taking from way back. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC South Korea pulls off twin kill over Gilas View comments SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games
Solskjaer: Trophies not most important factor landing fulltime Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he can land the job long-term without winning a trophy this season.Solskjaer believes playing with pace and flair, in the club’s traditional way, will determine whether he gets the job full-time, rather than delivering Champions League qualification or silverware.Asked what it will take for him to be a genuine candidate for the job full-time, the 46-year-old said: “Get to summer and people are talking about the way United are playing, the style we’re playing, that it reminds us of Sir Alex Ferguson’s team, it reminds us of the successful times.“It has to start with the way we play, because results you cannot control. You can control how you approach the game and how you play.“And, of course, trophies — if you can get to the final of the FA Cup and get a trophy.“That was my last game for United, we lost an FA Cup Final [to Chelsea in 2006]. That was a tough last year. Let’s see in May if it’s a success or not.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say