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Fil-Am Robbie Herndon out to make noise in PBA D-League

first_imgMOST READ “I’ve always had a dream to come here and continue my basketball career,” he said. “That’s what I’m trying to do. I just work hard and I want to help my team win. I don’t care too much about my stats and how many times I scored, but I just want to do what it takes to win.”Unfortunately, as promising as his numbers have been, they haven’t been translated into win shares yet for newcomer Victoria, as he finds himself near the cellar of the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup standings.Still, Herndon thinks that his team still has time to make a turnaround, the same way he believes he can adapt to the style of play and take the leadership role for the squad wholeheartedly.“I feel that I need to step up every game,” he said. “I’m still trying to get used to the calls. But it’s a different kind of ball game here than it is in the United States. And I got to get used to that. I would say I’m pretty much getting the feel for it and I’m starting to fit in.”Herndon continued: “We’re a young team and some say we’re inexperienced. It’s the first time a lot of these players played here, including myself. But the coaches look up to me to be the leader on and off the court. I feel I need to bring my A-game every game. I love to win and I love to compete. And one thing’s for sure: I will do whatever it takes to win.”ADVERTISEMENT China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing LATEST STORIES View comments Victoria suffered another defeat on Thursday, with its 95-84 loss to Cafe France on Thursday, dropping its record to 1-5.But that didn’t stop Herndon from unleashing another standout performance with his 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThat has been the norm in this conference for the 22-year-old San Francisco State alumnus, averaging 18.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.8 steals through six games for Victoria.Herndon’s stupendous play has allowed him to turn the heads of some scouts, which bodes well as he hopes to make some noise in anticipation of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Robbie Herndon (Photo from his Facebook page)Fil-Am guard Robbie Herndon believes Victoria Sports-MLQU is better than what its team record shows.“I feel like we should have gotten more wins,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 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 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Keys to victory: San Miguel-Ginebra Finals series Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Victoria Sports returns to action on Tuesday against Cignal-San Beda. /atmSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal tieslast_img read more

Cazorla treble lifts Arsenal gloom in Reading rout

first_img0Shares0000READING, United Kingdom, December 18 – Santi Cazorla scored a hat-trick to lift Arsenal’s spirits as the Gunners bounced back from their League Cup humiliation with an emphatic 5-2 victory at Reading on Monday.Spanish midfielder Cazorla struck twice in the first half after Lukas Podolski’s opener and completed his treble after the break to shatter Reading’s hopes of inflicting more misery on Arsene Wenger’s spluttering side. Adam Le Fondre and Jimmy Kebe reduced the deficit for Reading, but Theo Walcott’s late strike confirmed Arsenal’s rise to fifth place, two points behind Chelsea and Tottenham, and left the hosts bottom of the table and six points adrift of safety.It also gave Wenger and his players some much needed breathing space after heavy criticism following last week’s shock League Cup quarter-final defeat at League Two minnows Bradford.“It was important to stay strong and play football,” Wenger said. “Success comes with playing (good) football. And it was a very convincing win tonight.”Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere hailed Cazorla’s contribution, saying: “His all-round play is great. It’s tough for anyone to come from Spain into the Premier League, but he makes it look so easy.”Inevitably Wenger made changes from the side that had flopped so badly against Bradford.Ivory Coast forward Gervinho was dropped to the bench as Wenger opted for an attacking formation featuring Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Podolski.Walcott’s return to fitness following a calf injury was particularly well-timed as the England international had scored a hat-trick at Reading in October in the League Cup when the Gunners recovered from being 4-0 down to win 7-5 in extra time.Walcott began as the central attacker, the position he insists he prefers, with Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right and Podolski on the left.Oxlade-Chamberlain was quickly into the action, exchanging passes with Cazorla before forcing Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici into a diving parry.Reading’s Noel Hunt headed over from a corner but Arsenal’s reply was a 14th-minute opener from Podolski, who took Kieran Gibbs’ cross from the left down with one touch and rammed the ball past Federici with his next.Reading were rocking and Podolski created the next Arsenal chance with a cut back from the left and although Gibbs’ initial effort was blocked Wilshere’s follow-up forced Federici into another save.Arsenal doubled their lead when Podolski’s cross from the left was nodded in by the smallest man on the pitch, Cazorla, in the 32nd minute.And the Gunners needed only two minutes and 41 seconds to extend their lead, with Cazorla again the man on target.Gibbs headed down Walcott’s cross from the right and the Spaniard swivelled to beat Federici from eight yards.Walcott fired wide from outside the box early in the second-half as the away fans chanted ‘Wenger, sign him up’ – a reference to the fact his contract is due to expire in the summer.But Cazorla completed his hat-trick on the hour mark with a tap-in after Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere and Podolski exchanged passes to leave Reading’s defenders chasing shadows.Le Fondre pulled one back for Reading after Wilshere stumbled as Gibbs passed to him, allowing Jay Tabb to intercept and send the substitute away to round Wojciech Szczesny and find the net.Reading scored again five minutes later through Kebe after another substitute, Hal Robson-Kanu, had put him through.But Walcott made sure of an Arsenal victory in the 80th minute when he accepted a pass from Cazorla, skipped past Kaspars Gorkss and slotted calmly past Federici.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FIFA to probe Pogba’s world-record transfer

first_imgConfirmation of the investigation came after French media reports said FIFA had opened an inquiry.It is not yet clear what aspect of the transfer FIFA is investigating.Pogba, 24, started his career with the English club but made just three appearances in the Premier League before heading to Italy, after an apparent falling out with then manager Alex Ferguson.He flourished in Serie A, winning four league titles with Juventus between 2012 and 2016.Pogba also appeared in the 2015 Champions League final, which Juventus lost 3-1 to Barcelona.At the same time, the powerful midfielder made himself a mainstay of the French national team.He made his debut in March 2013, just a week after his 20th birthday, in a World Cup qualifier against Georgia.He also featured as part of the 2014 French World Cup squad and was named the tournament’s best young player.Pogba’s performances at the 2016 European Championship helped attract the attention of his former club Manchester United, under new manager Jose Mourinho.After a protracted transfer saga, lasting several weeks, Pogba eventually signed for United last August and has so far appeared in almost 50 league and cup games this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba was transferred for more than £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) in August 2016 from Italian club Juventus © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANAMA, Bahrain, May 9 – FIFA are to investigate the world-record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United, a source at world football’s governing body told AFP on Tuesday.French midfielder Pogba was transferred for more than £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) in August 2016 from Italian club Juventus.last_img read more

What an ironic fate for Sen. Craig

first_imgWell, that didn’t take long. A mere five days from the Roll Call revelations to the presumed resignation. Thirty-three years of public service down the toilet, and that is the last bathroom joke I’ll make. When Larry Craig got caught in a sex sting in a Minneapolis airport restroom, Republican stalwarts broke the speed record turning him from the distinguished senator into the disgusting senator. Gay rights groups did not rise to the defense of their public enemy. The only politician expressing actual empathy for Craig was Jim McGreevey, the “outed” former governor of New Jersey who is now – you cannot make this stuff up – in divinity school. By Tuesday, even Idahoans thought it was all over. The most popular news on the Idaho Statesman Web site was about a woman rock climber who got her long hair caught in the ropes while rappelling. Now what’s happening? It looks like Craig’s “intention to resign” left a loophole as wide as his stance. If he can fight off the charges to which he pleaded guilty, his spokesman and his lawyer now say, he may not resign. I have no desire to throw myself between Craig and the madding crowd. He was never my kind of senator. I don’t want to send my grandson into a public restroom used for assignations. Nor do I enjoy watching another humiliated wife standing by her husband. But I have to agree with Sen. Arlen Specter in separating the law from the lewd, the criminal from the yucky. What law did this sad sack of a 62-year-old senator with his ludicrous explanations actually break? Craig was charged with violating privacy under what is essentially a Peeping Tom law. The charge was dropped because it would never have held up. He then pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. But what exactly was the disorder or the conduct? Soliciting sex in a public place? In fact, all he actually did was tap his feet and put his hand under a stall. As Dale Carpenter at the University of Minnesota Law School notes, there was no specific sexual allegation, no indecent exposure, no money, no abuse, and the other man – the policeman – tapped back: “Can’t you send ambiguous signals in Minnesota without it being a crime?” asks Carpenter. The stinger, lest you forget, was a 29-year-old police officer with a master’s degree. He must have been trained in gay codes before being assigned to sit in bathrooms waiting for a flirtatious shoe. Isn’t there a murder to be solved in Minneapolis? Sex stings to catch gays have been around for more than a century. Sodomy itself was illegal in Minnesota until 2001. It was a “crime against nature” in Idaho, punishable by five years to life in prison. Then in 2003, the Supreme Court finally overturned all the laws against sodomy. Today, the same people who couldn’t legally have sex can get legally married in Massachusetts, and form civil unions or partnerships in six other states. In the midst of the Craig debacle, an Iowa court briefly allowed gay marriage. But last fall, Idaho joined the vast majority of states in voting to ban it. What a time of duality. Leading Democratic candidates for president flocked to a gay forum and pledged allegiance to civil unions – but not marriage. Many Republican pols split between private acceptance and public hostility, welcoming Mary Cheney’s baby and rousing the religious right. Even Craig’s son, while supporting his father’s denial, added, “Gay or straight, that part doesn’t matter.” Yet the stings go on. Craig was only one of 40 arrested since May in Minneapolis. There were 45 arrested in the Atlanta airport this year. How many elsewhere? There must be saner ways to keep a restroom from becoming a meeting ground, better than using a dubious law that shames men into pleading guilty for the same reason Craig did: humiliation and the fear of exposure. “I don’t call media,” said the policeman. But exposure often follows. So too, the loss of a license or a lifetime of registering as a sex offender. Craig is trapped in the time warp of same-sex relationships that now run from anonymity to marriage, from the closet to the altar. How much does it – “gay or straight” – matter to the man who grew up on a cattle ranch, studied in a one-room school, became student body president at the University of Idaho, and then a senator? Whether he resigns or not, I hope Craig does fight the charge against him. “I am not gay,” he insists. Indeed, he’s fought gay rights at every turn. How perfect if his last public service is taking the anti-gay venom out of the sting? Ellen Goodman’s e-mail address is ellengoodman@globe.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chelsea and Man United target hailed as ‘a young Zlatan Ibrahimovic’

first_img 16-year-old Pellegri has scored twice for Genoa this season 1 Pietro Pellegri’s agent has likened his client to ‘a young Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ amid speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea or Manchester United.The 16-year-old has just burst onto the scene in Italy with Genoa and has already struck twice this season.Europe’s biggest clubs are now tracking the striker, including Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.And with the queue of sides trying to sign Pellegri growing all the time his agent, Giuseppe Riso, has now added fuel to the fire by comparing his client to Ibrahimovic.“I am not in contact with anyone at the moment,” Riso told Foot Mercato.“We are talking about a very powerful striker. Let’s just say he has the characteristics of a young Zlatan Ibrahimovic.“He’s not just a revelation in Italy, but one of the best young European players.“Don’t forget, at the age of 16, he bagged a brace against Lazio. It’s not surprising he has been linked with PSG, as many big European clubs are tracking him.”last_img read more

West Metro Detroit WordPress: Share Your Latest Project, August 20, 2019

first_imgYou’re invited! Join us at our West Metro Detroit WordPress meetup on Tuesday, August, 20, 2019 for a member-led share your latest project meetup.Members will showcase their own WordPress site, latest creative work, or a recently updated/launched client project. We love to celebrate the successes of our members as they learn something new about WordPress or publish their web projects. Share Your Latest ProjectWhether you’re a designer, blogger, business owner, developer, project manager, photographer, or digital marketer, we all have WordPress success stories to share.And you know how it is. We get focused on issues that aren’t going well with our WordPress web projects that we fail to celebrate and share our successes Instead, let’s share our success stories with each other!Share your latest project meetups are one of my favorite types of events because they:Give everyone a chance to talk about their workInformal talk in casual settingOnly five to 10 minutesGreat opportunity to get to know each other betterHelp us learn more about WordPressHere’s an opportunity to show off an elegant tool you built, that plugin that solved a frustrating issue, or simply take a few minutes to share lessons learned in a WordPress-related story.No formal presentation required. If any of member wants to create a quick slide deck, they’re welcome to.As of July 31, 2019, we have one speaker: me! I’ll be talking about a recent project where I moved a site that was originally hosted on Amazon Web Services. And my client didn’t have access to the server credentials. We’re still looking for two other people to speak. Is that you? If yes, email me or comment on this blog post what you’d like to talk about, and I’ll add you to the agenda. Meetup Information and RegistrationThe meetup is Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm; pre-registration is required.We’ll meet at the Grand Traverse Pie in Plymouth, Michigan (directions and map).The meetup is free, but pre-registration is required. (It’s the only way you’ll get follow-up messages and notes. Plus, if we need to cancel, we want to reach you.)As always, we’ll have networking and time for WordPress help and troubleshooting. See You There!Bring your laptop or paper and pencil to take notes. I’m looking forward to the meetup and I hope you’ll join us for sharing, learning, and networking. See you August 20th!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Relatedlast_img read more

SA banks must ‘know their clients’

first_img30 June 2004The Financial Intelligence Centre Act requires South Africa’s banks to comply with “know your client” provisions aimed at preventing money laundering and maintaining the integrity of the country’s financial systems.The original 30 June 2004 deadline for banks to verify the identities of their clients has been deferred to an array of new cut-off points starting on 31 December 2004.The provisions require all financial institutions to verify the personal details of their customers.While the the onus is on banks to verify this information, banking customers risk having their accounts frozen if they do not provide their banks with the necessary proof of identity and residence – and banks are encouraging their clients come forward with this in good time.Existing and potential account holders should provide their banks with the following documentation:Proof of identity (by means of a green bar-coded ID document).Proof of residential address (by means of a municipal rates bill, Telkom bill or valid TV licence displaying the account holder’s name and residential address).New deadlinesAnnouncing the deferral of the 30 June 2004 deadline, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said banks would have to confirm the identities of their “highest-risk clients” by year-end 2004. The profile of this category of client would have to be determined by the banks themselves.By 31 May 2005, banks would have had to verify the details of at least 50% of their clients, Manuel said.The deadline for reporting on “lowest-risk clients” – people with a monthly turnover of less than R5 000 and a balance ceiling not higher than R25 000 – was delayed to 30 September 2006.The requirement for clients’ residential addresses to be verified alongside their identity documents would not be dropped, Manuel said.“Mere reliance on ID numbers is clearly inadequate, partly because the issue of ID numbers itself has been the subject of dispute because of theft of blank ID books and so on”, the minister said.While it was true that many South Africans had no permanent addresses, “we identify that as a challenge that we have to respond to in a variety of ways rather than an obstacle that will see us walking away from compliance”.With up to 22 million bank accounts in the country, it is not yet known how many people the Act will affect.Blocking money launderersThe regulations, Manuel said, were aimed at ensuring “that those who earn their keep by foul means are prevented from using the facilities of the financial services institutions”.Financial Intelligence Centre acting director Murray Mitchell says the Act, passed in 2001, aims to prevent money launderers from using bank accounts to defraud South Africa’s economy, so breaking the cycle used by organised criminal groups to benefit from illegitimate profits.The Act, the result of five years of investigation and development, complements the Prevention of Organised Crime Act of 1998, which details the money laundering offences.The new legislation “has brought South Africa into line with top international standards of financial crime fighting”, says Kim Jenkins, head of strategic delivery at First National Bank.Record-keeping, reporting obligationsBesides the “know your client” obligations, the Act also imposes record-keeping and reporting obligations on South Africa’s banks.By 31 July 2004, banks have to supply the Reserve Bank with a complete risk framework, and to report on progress quarterly. By 31 October 2004 they have to identify all trusts, partnerships and the top 20% of private and corporate clients – those responsible for the bulk of transactions.Brokers and investment managers have to report by 31 October 2004 on the verification of partnerships and trusts and the top 20%, by transaction value, of their clients.Financial Intelligence CentreThe Act also requires financial institutions to compile reports on any unusual transactions – such as unusually large deposits or withdrawals – and to forward these to the appropriate law enforcement agencies if any transgressions are found.The Financial Intelligence Centre, established to identify the proceeds of unlawful activities and to combat money laundering, started receiving suspicious and unusual transaction reports from businesses in February 2003.Its objectives will expand to include combating of terrorist financing offences when the Anti-terrorism Bill is enacted.The Centre makes its information available to the country’s investigating authorities: the SA Police Service; the National Prosecuting Authority through the Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions) and the Asset Forfeiture Unit; the intelligence services; and the SA Revenue Service.The Centre also exchanges information with similar bodies in other countries.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

How to Buy a Cellphone in South Africa

first_imgA new guide to cellular phones and contracts promises to guide South African consumers through the traps and tricks of the industry.A new booklet guides consumers looking for the right phone and service provider. (Image: Ken Banks)Brand South Africa reporterEveryone knows a free is not really free, but it has always seemed impossible to figure out what you are really paying. Until now, that is. A new guide to cellular phones and contracts promises to guide South African consumers through the traps and tricks of the industry.How to Buy a Cellphone in South Africa, by Arthur Goldstuck and Steven Ambrose, was released in December by publishers Double Storey and is available at most major book stores.Sub-titled “The Essential practical Guide,” the booklet tells readers how to work out their own “airtime profile,” which is the starting point for understanding what type of phone or contract is right for what type of user.It then guides users in choosing the right package, how to understand their contracts, how to select a phone with the features they really need, when to use a cellphone instead of a landline, how loyalty is not rewarded, how to choose a phone for children, and the cost of the “broken minute” when users are charged for airtime they do not use. It also explains the real cost of a free phone.The phone is never free, and you may in fact pay more than the retail price for a phone as its value is never disclosed up front. (Image: Erik (HASH) Hersman)The real cost of a free phone“The phone is never free, and you may in fact pay more than the retail price for a phone as its value is never disclosed up front,” says Ambrose, who heads the strategy division of World Wide Worx, a leading South African researcher on cellular and mobile trends.“Even before you have paid for a single extra call, the network is making its profits, and every call outside the bundle adds enormously to network profits.”“We are not recommending specific models or contracts, as these change all the time,” says co-author Goldstuck, managing director of World Wide Worx. “If you’re uncertain of the packages on offer, confused by the contracts and concerned to buy the phone that will best suit your needs and your pocket, the booklet will guide you in your choice.”More choice, more confusionThe authors point out that the multitude of bundles on offer from the networks may offer extensive choice, but are also responsible for confusion and misinformation.“You cannot compare one bundle from one network with any bundle from any other network,” says Ambrose. “The result is that we often end up paying too much for a service we really don’t understand, or we only partly use some of the features for which we almost certainly have paid.”The interconnect feeThe booklet also calls for lowering of the interconnect fee, an amount of up to R1.27 paid by the caller for every call to a network other than the one to which they are subscribed.This fee, which was originally below 30c, is now the single biggest contributor to the cost of calls between networks. The booklet provides readers with the addresses of the relevant authorities and urges them to put their protests in writing.The booklet is available in most major book stores at a cost of R50.The authors counsel that comparing contracts between service providers is not a good idea. (Image: Robert Schrader)Seven questions you have to askAn excerpt from: How to Buy a Cellphone in South Africa:The seven big cellphone questions show you why it is so complicated to buy a phone.1. Prepaid or contract? This sounds simple, but the charges for prepaid are very different to contract – often twice the price, despite the user not getting the free phone into the deal! The reason for apparently lower cost of contract calls is that the cellular companies are guaranteed a steady income and they can spread the cost of the phone over a long term contracted period – neither of which they can do on pay-as-you-go.2. Which contract? Once the pre-paid or contract choice is made, you now have to choose which contract to take out, if you choose to go that route. The various options boil down to bundled minutes and the type or level of phone that comes with the contract. That brings up the next question:3. Which contract type? Are you likely to talk more off-peak (weekends and evenings) or on-peak (business hours)? This has a major impact on the price. If your likely use is a combination of the two, this makes the choice even more difficult.4. Once a contract type is chosen, the decisions don’t stop. You now have to decide between per second billing or per-minute billing. The typical user goes for per-minute, as it looks cheaper, but that may not be the case, as you will discover in this guide.5. You may be offered the choice of “extras”, which may not be a choice at all. Most contracts have the “option” of “mandatory” services like Caller Line ID (CLI) and Itemised billing. Of course, these are not options at all, and are quoted separately to make the cost of the phone contract appear lower.6. The added extras that really are optional are data and SMS bundles, and these complicate the choice only if they are options you are likely to use.7. You finally have selected your contract, your phone, and your extras. Do you stop to check how this all adds up? Probably not because, in the heat of the buying moment, you just want to switch on your shiny new phone, and barely pause to think what you have just signed . Only later does buyer’s remorse set in, as you discover that the advert for the new phone and 120 free minutes for only R99 per month has turned into R499 a month in reality.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Three South African schools among world’s best

first_imgThe main admin block at Hilton Collegein KwaZulu-Natal.(Image: Hilton College) The Benoni High School pipe band hasgarnered many accolades.(Image: Looklocal)MEDIA CONTACTS • Hayden BuchholzQueen’s College marketing director+27 72 572 5039• Charles PhahlaneCommunications, Gauteng education dept+27 11 355 1530 or +27 71 860 4496RELATED ARTICLES• Education boost for Gauteng• SA business schools gets top rating• SA businesses urged to adopt schools• Tackling SA’s education challenges• New lab tools to help school soarEmily van RijswijckThree of South Africa’s top schools have made it into the 2011 Global Education and Skills: An Oxbridge Guide publication, according to a report.The guide is a collaborative effort between those old rivals, the student unions of Oxford and Cambridge universities in the UK.Its aim is to give a broad perspective of schooling around the world, from nursery right up to college level. It shows the quality of schooling available, not just at private, exclusive institutions but also at outstanding government-funded schools.About 55 000 copies will be distributed around the globe, to embassies and decision-makers in the public and private sector.Queen’s College in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape, Hilton College in KwaZulu-Natal and Benoni High School in Gauteng were included for their innovative approach to the development of their pupils.Queen’s and Hilton are boys-only colleges sharing more than 300 years of excellent schooling. Benoni High School is a mixed-gender school which first opened its doors in 1922.Of the three, only the iconic Hilton College, opened in 1872 and later revamped to reflect its current Cape-Dutch architectural style, is an independent school.The pride of QueenstownQueen’s College, one of the oldest schools in the country, started in 1858. The honour of being listed as one of the 150 exemplary learning centres featured is all the more remarkable if one considers that Queen’s is a normal government school.Hayden Buchholz, the college’s marketing director, says the selection process started in 2010 when the college was first approached by representatives from the two British universities.“It was quite a lengthy process,” recalls Buchholz, adding that inclusion is by invitation only.The accolade will do much to attract positive local and international interest to the school – already noted in the increased number of applications for 2012, some from as far afield as Dubai.“Schools are starting to run themselves as businesses,” said Buchholz. “It is very competitive out there, and it is not just necessary to be good in terms of academia and sport, but also in cultural and social areas.”Queen’s is a fully representative school, reflecting the diversity of the area in which it is located, with most of its students hailing from the province. The school has a 70:30 black-white ratio.The college is likewise popular with Johannesburg parents who wish to send their boys to Queen’s to grow up in the wholesome, rural environment of the Eastern Cape, adds Buchholz.Basically, the guide looked at the school’s diverse offerings, and how well it equips its pupils going into adulthood, says Buchholz.A number of Queen’s old boys have become successful and highly regarded adults in their respective fields, among them former Proteasbatsman Daryll Cullinan and Neville Koopowitz, CEO of major health insurance company Discovery.Tradition and prideIn many respects Hilton College, located in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, reflects the diversity of the modern world. Here pupils come together from as far as Europe and the Middle East, as well as the African continent.While the manicured grounds and immaculate buildings speak of decades of tradition and pride, it is the quality of schooling that goes on inside these buildings which has built the foundation for over 130 years.“Hilton is an all-boarding school,” says Paul Guthrie, director of marketing at the college. “There is a strong camaraderie and bond between the boys, and good manners and gentlemanly behaviour still hold strong.”Guthrie believes the school stands out because of its emphasis not only on typical school based activities, but also on the development of its pupils into well-balanced individuals. The school has a leadership system that requires each Grade 12 pupil to take on leadership roles and respinsibilities.“The idea is that Hilton boys learn early that they are part of a greater whole, that they live within a multicultural society and that they share a common humanity.”Top achieversBenoni High School was established in 1922 and, with its motto of Quam Optime (Latin, meaning “better than the best), has proven itself to be a leader in academic, sporting and cultural activities.While academic achievement is unquestioned, and matric pupils pass with consistently high marks, the school’s teachers are also recognised by the Gauteng Department of Education as some of the country’s best.Since the early 1990s the school band has held national drumming and band champion titles without a break, and in 2006 it took the world title for Grade 4A at the Drum Corps world championships. Pupils also excel at public speaking, art and drama, especially at eisteddfods.On the sporting front, the swimming and water polo teams are known for their success and competitiveness, as are the cricket, football and rugby teams.last_img read more

Creative Commons Scores One of Its Biggest Wins Ever: Democracy Now!

first_imgThe Creative Commons Foundation announced today that award winning TV and radio news show Democracy Now! will now be distributed under a CC license. Democracy Now! is broadcast daily on more than 700 television and radio stations around the US and as a podcast online.Whether you agree with the show’s political perspective or not, Democracy Now! is undeniably one of the best produced and distributed independent media projects in the world right now. If there are more high profile collections of media distributed under the innovative Creative Commons License, we don’t know what they are. Creative Commons is a variation on traditional copyright that switches permission to republish content to opt-out with publisher applied conditions.How CC WorksTraditional copyright, as currently defined in the United States and increasingly around the world, requires by default explicit permission before any reuse of content is legally allowed. There are a variety of variations of Creative Commons, but Democracy Now for example is being distributed under a license that allows any reuse without further permission as long as that reuse includes attribution of credit to the original source, the reuse is in a noncommercial context and the original content is used in whole with no derivative works are made. It’s one of the most conservative variations there is – but it’s still Creative Commons.About Democracy Now!Founded in 1996, Democracy Now! is a daily morning news show that brings together a skilled investigative staff and some of the most high-profile guests in the world. Its editorial perspective is clearly leftist as are its roster of guests. It’s already proven itself skeptical of the Obama administration, though.The show and its primary host Amy Goodman regularly win press awards for their investigative journalism around the world. Sympathetic viewers will find the show’s content deeply informative, inspiring and emotionally moving. This author hasn’t discussed the show with unsympathetic viewers before but would welcome their thoughts as well.This is a very big win for this new copyright paradigm and we hope to see a good write up of Democracy Now’s experience soon in the Creative Commons Case Studies Collection. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#New Media#news#NYT#politics#web last_img read more