Pacquiao landed more power punches than Matthysse’s total—stats

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West KUALA LUMPUR—Manny Pacquiao literally pulled no punches, especially in the power shots department, against Lucas Matthysse in their welterweight title bout on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ginebra trumps Rain or Shine for 1-0 semis lead Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:35Manny Pacquiao compares ‘heavy-handed’ Keith Thurman to Antonio Margarito00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:14Carpio 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 Pacquiao connected on more power punches than Matthysse’s total punches landed, as per Compubox.Proving that he is still going strong at 39 years old, Pacquiao tagged Matthysse with 79 power punches while the Argentine only landed 57 total punches out of his 246 thrown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Pacquiao threw a total of 344 punches, 181 of which were power punches.The eight-division champion knocked down Matthysse three times. First in the third round then, fifth and finally in the seventh where referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight at the 2:43 mark. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao (R) fights Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANPacquiao was aggressive from the get-go and kept Matthysse busy throughout the bout with his constant attack.It was like the Pacquiao of old with his punches coming from all angles but still nowhere near his prime when the newly-minted WBA titleholder would let his hands go at will.Pacquiao threw more than a thousand punches twice in his career. He kept Joshua Clottey in his shell, bombarding him with 1,231 thrown in March of 2010 before throwing 1069 punches against Antonio Margarito eight months later to win the vacant WBA light middleweight belt.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

Defensive blips a huge concern for Muluya

first_imgThey went on to score a third, but no sooner had that happened than they conceded a second. The manner in which they conceded their first goal was a replica of the goal they conceded against Asante Kotoko in Accra in the CAF Confederations Cup.The team has also been conceding late goals due to concentration blips and this, Muluya says is a huge concern for him.“When the match is almost over, and you are leading 2-0, you should manage the game better especially as a defender,” Muluya pointed out.Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya during a training session at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 23, 2019.“It is also something that the whole team should know; a match is 90 minutes and you don’t let your guard down until it is over. The defense should also know that it is not easy to score two goals and when they slacken, then it becomes bad for us,”“It is something that I can fix and we will talk as a team because we need maximum concentration throughout the game,” Muluya stated.The defensive blips notwithstanding, Muluya says he was pleased that his charges booked a semi-final slot in the tournament having failed to progress past last year’s first round match in Nakuru where they lost on penalties.The tactician says the victory was a result of the team’s preparations which included a deep analysis of Yanga’s last league game against Stand United which they lost 1-0, their first defeat in over 20 games.Kariobangi Sharks winger Harrison Mwenda closes down on Yanga captain Ibrahim Ajib during their SportPesa Super Cup match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 22, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We sat together and watched that game and we knew we were coming to face a tough team. They are doing well in Tanzania, leading the standings and they have a good crop of players. Despite the fact that we saw most of their string sides, we concentrated on improving our strengths to counter them,” Muluya stated.He added; “I am happy for the victory and more so the players because they played for the team, they played for the badge and they played for the country because we are representing Kenya here.”Sharks who are unbeaten back home in the Kenyan Premier League will take on the winner between defending champions Gor Mahia and Mbao FC who play in the early kick off on Wednesday in the third first round match.If they will play against Gor, then Sharks will whet their appetite as they have beaten the champions in all their past three meetings.Sharks dumped Gor out of the Football Kenya Federation Shield in the quarters last year on penalties and went on to beat them by identical 1-0 margins in the season opening KPL Super Cup as well as a league match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya shouts out instructions to his players during a training session at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 23, 2019.DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Jan 23 – Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya says he will give his defensive line some heavy talking to, after conceding two late goals in their 3-2 win over Tanzania Premier League leaders Yanga in the SportPesa Super Cup on Tuesday evening.Sharks were comfortably leading 2-0 with three minutes of regulation time but conceded a cheap goal when Geoffrey Shiveka gave the ball away in a dangerous position for Amisi Tambwe to halve the deficit.last_img read more

JUDGE WANTS HSE TO REVIEW CASE OF TEENAGER WHO WENT ON CRIME SPREE

first_imgA young man went on a nine month rampage of deception and theft, robbing an old lady, seven petrol stations and even stealing a car from a man visiting his dying brother in hospital.Dean Wells, 19, began carrying out the crimes just after celebrating his 18th birthday.During that time he robbed seven petrol stations after driving off without paying for fuel. The petrol stations included Tobins Filling Station, Glencar Filling Station, Kelly’s Centra, Mountain Top, Maxol station on Main Street, Muff, Dry Arch Service Station, Kernan’s Centra, Moorfield, Ramelton and Kernan’s Newtowncunningham.On another occasion he called to the home of an 86 year old pensioner at Ballymacool, Letterkenny and claimed to be from the ESB.He deceived her into handing over her bank cards and her social security card.He tried to use the cards in a number of different outlets in Letterkenny before withdrawing €600 using the woman’s AIB banklink card at a local cash machine.He later revealed he came up with the plan after seeing a similar plotline on a television soap opera the night before.On April 1st last, Wells, with an address at 1 Cill A Oire, Killylastin, Letterkenny, was a patient at Sligo General Hospital.Wells managed to confuse a motorist who had arrived to see his dying brother who died just a few minutes later.He got the keys to the man’s green BMW and drove towards Letterkenny but was spotted by Gardai at Ballintra outside Donegal Town.A pursuit took place and Gardai in Ballybofey eventually managed to stop Wells using a stinger device in Ballybofey.A dog belonging to the owner of the stolen car was found in the passenger seat.When apprehended by Gardai, Wells suffered an epileptic fit.Barrister for Wells, Mr Damien Crawford, said many people had been working tirelessly to help the accused.He said his client suffered from a number of conditions including Aspergers Syndrome and has a child’s view of the world.He says he can take no responsibility for his actions and that his mother had done trojan work in trying to help him.He gave an example of one occasion when he used a stolen cheque to buy four lambs at a mart.“His grandfather was at the mart and he was mortified. What nineteen year old goes and buys four lambs at a mart?’ asked Mr Crawford.He said his client got the idea of robbing the pensioner posing as an ESB official from watching a soap opera the night before.He said his client, who is on remand in prison, cries when he has to go back after court appearances.He also revealed that on one occasion he had an eyebrow shaved off in his sleep while in prison.Mr Crawford said that with the help of his solicitor, Mr Gordon Curley, a place had been found in a live-in facility in Stranorlar.However, the HSE had dropped out of the plan at the last minute saying Wells was not entitled to it.Mr Crawford suggested that a representative from the HSE could come into court to explain the reasons why Wells had been precluded from the plan.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until Thursday to see if a representative from the HSE could come to court to progress the matter.“I would be very open to dealing with it in a creative way if we can find a place which would be appropriate. I share your view but it appears to be a bureaucratic issue,” said Judge Kelly.JUDGE WANTS HSE TO REVIEW CASE OF TEENAGER WHO WENT ON CRIME SPREE was last modified: November 5th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtDean WellsdonegalJudge Paul Kellypetrol stationsrobberytheftlast_img read more

‘Smells like a publicity stunt!’ – Arsenal fans try keep cool after £87m link

first_imgArsenal have reportedly bid £87m for Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe and fans cannot quite believe it.The French forward has had an impressive breakthrough season with the Ligue 1 club, which has attracted interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.The 18-year-old has even been dubbed the ‘new Thierry Henry’ and following the Arsenal legend’s path from the principality to north London would only add to those comparisons.He helped Leonardo Jardim’s side to a shock Ligue 1 title triumph, as well as the last four of the Champions League, scoring 26 goals and assisting 14 in 44 appearances.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who signed a new two-year deal at the Emirates this week, reportedly visited the youngster at his home last summer before his ground-breaking campaign.And now Wenger has reportedly had the £87m bid – just short of Paul Pogba’s world-record transfer fee in 2016 – rejected by the French champions and Mbappe is said to be prepared to stay put as part of his development.The Gunners’ transfer record currently stands at around £42m, which they paid Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013, and fans cannot believe they would bid so much for a star.See below… Kylian Mbappe: The 18-year-old has had a stunning breakthrough season at Monaco 1last_img read more

DONEGAL POOL TEAM MISS OUT ON PRESTIGIOUS TITLE – BUT SHARKEY WINS SPORTS STAR AWARD

first_imgOwenies Bar, Dungloe, were recently beaten in the final of the Westmeath Open Pub/Club Challenge.With over €2k of prizemoney on offer, two teams from Donegal travelled to Mullingar to compete in the five-man competition; the other team being Teac Jacks from Gweedore. Both teams made it out of the group stages but Teac Jacks were beaten by the eventual winners, Balreask from Meath, in their quarter final.Owenies, on the other hand, had some fine victories en route to the final; none more so than their win over a strong Tyrone team that had three members of the team that were All-Ireland A-Team champions in 2014.They followed that up with a comfortable 11-5 victory over a local Mullingar team in the semi final.It was expected that the final would be a tight affair as Owenies had actually beaten Balreask in the group stages. Indeed, the scoreline was nip and tuck for much of the early stages. Balreask established an 8-6 advantage and then went on to play some imperious pool, eventually running out 13-6 winners.Best for the Donegal lads were Shaun Sharkey and Niall McDaid.The players also received sponsored tops from C&C Windows and Doors, Delvin.In other news, the final qualifying competition for the Donegal Pool Teams takes place this Saturday in Jameson’s Bar, Drumkeen. It promises to be an exciting event as many of the places on the A and B teams are still undecided and a good result could still propel quite a few players into automatic qualification.Congratulations also to Shaun Sharkey who picked up a Donegal Sports Star Award for an incredible year at a function in The Mount Errigal Hotel last night. DONEGAL POOL TEAM MISS OUT ON PRESTIGIOUS TITLE – BUT SHARKEY WINS SPORTS STAR AWARD was last modified: January 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalnewspoolSportlast_img read more

49ers 3 & Out: Don’t blame Kyle Shanahan’s overtime play calling for loss to Seattle

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The 49ers had the ball on their own 20-yard line with 1:50 remaining in a sudden-death overtime period.A field goal would have won them the game.But only 25 seconds, zero gained yards, and no timeouts later, the Niners punted and the Seahawks had the ball at their own 36. They drove 40 yards and kicked a game-winning 42-yard field goal as time expired.The hot take is so easy to write: Kyle Shanahan — the Niners’ head coach and offensive coordinator — did it again. Just like in …last_img

Dinosaur Graveyards and Arctic Tortoises: Who’s Got the Context?

first_imgScience articles often go beyond the data.  A jumble of bones found on an island is boring; people want a story of what they were, and how they got that way.  Many scientists and reporters are only happy to fulfill that curiosity.  But are the stories they tell, usually presented as fact, the only way to interpret the context?Wight wash:  The Isle of Wight is “one of the most important dinosaur sites in the world,” reported PhysOrg.  On this British isle, a great variety of dinosaur bones and other species are found in a “chaotic jumble” showing signs of fire and drowning.  Something dramatic happened here, and two UK paleontologists are quick to tell their tale:“Rainfall occurred all year round but during the summer months, when temperatures soared to between 36-40°C, evaporation exceeded rainfall causing drought conditions.  At these times vegetation became parched leaving it vulnerable to fires caused by lightning strike.    “Occasionally very heavy rain would follow electrical storms and wild fires causing flash floods.  These swept up all loose objects in their path, swallowed complete dinosaur skeletons and eroded floodplain sediments.  The more debris and sediment the water collected the thicker and thicker it became until eventually it was like mixed concrete.”Can this tale be untangled from the data?  According to one of the paleontologists, “On the Isle of Wight you get a complete muddle of the smallest fossils blended with the biggest, nothing quite like it has been seen anywhere else in the world.”  The article claims that the Isle of Wight once lay farther south at the latitude of Gibraltar.  The new study, it claims, “revealed” that “the island’s once violent weather explains why thousands of tiny dinosaur teeth and bones lie buried alongside the huge bones of their gigantic relatives.”  Why the violent weather, lightning fires, floods and concrete muddle did not happen on the mainland simultaneously was not explained.Arctic reptiles:  One does not normally envision alligators and tortoises roaming on Arctic ice, but according to Science Daily, these cold-blooded animals “thrived” there on Ellesmere Island 50 million years ago, despite being relegated to very little sunlight six months of the year.  University of Colorado scientists are certain they have figured it out.  Back in the Eocene, they surmise, it never got below freezing on Ellesmere.  It was a balmy forested swamp back then, like Louisiana.  It’s still a bit north, Dr. Jaelyn Eberle admitted: “the existence of large land tortoises in the Eocene High Arctic is still somewhat puzzling, said Eberle, since today’s large tortoises inhabit places like the Galapagos….”  Interesting that bowfin fish were also found mixed in with the fossils, which including a surprising assortment of animals like “giant tortoises, aquatic turtles, large snakes, alligators, flying lemurs, tapirs, and hippo-like and rhino-like mammals” in a “lush landscape.”  Interesting, also, that the paleontologists are concerned about coal miners disrupting the fossil beds.  Coal – in the Arctic?  Eberle managed to make her research politically relevant by describing the Eocene as a “a deep time analogue” to modern concerns about global warming.The early sponge:  In an attempt to show that animals started their emergence long before the Cambrian Explosion, some Princeton scientists have described traces in Australian rocks said to be 650 million years old as the first sponges – among the simplest of multicellular animals.  The BBC News shows the squiggly lines in rock from the Flinders Ranges as a kind of Rorschach test for visualizing animal life.  After all, based on Darwin’s tree, the Geologic Column and molecular phylogeny, sponges should have appeared about that time.  Problem is, we have no idea what they would have looked like.  Are they really animals?  A skeptical Aussie scientist described the traces as “coco-pop breakfast-cereal-like forms” that anyone could use to claim were the “oldest sponge-grade fossils.”It’s doubtful many readers would be attracted to a story about a chaotic jumble of dinosaur bones, a chaotic jumble of reptile and mammal bones, and a chaotic array of lines in rock from the Aussie Outback.  Seeing into the bones, using them as a crystal ball to envision deep time, provides more satisfaction for scientist and reader alike.  Whether the data will bear such phantasmagorical scenarios is another question.Try our interpretation: a global flood.  Why not?  If storytelling is the thing, that one has a lot going for it, including adequate mechanisms, eyewitnesses and a lot less special pleading.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South African women break coding gender stereotypes

first_imgSeveral South African women have made it their mission to change the perception that the tech industry is a place only for men. They started initiatives to teach girls about coding and inspire them to become innovators.Thembiso Magajana, founder of Social Coding, says if you teach one girl to code she will teach 22 more because women are, by nature, change agents. “By doing so, we’ll solidify the economy of our nation for years to come.” (Images supplied)Melissa JavanHer journey to teach girls about computer programming languages started with four girls, one laptop and a whole lot of faith, said Thembiso Magajana, who founded Social Coding ZA in May 2016.Magajana started this initiative with the daughters of her older friends. “I’d teach them Scratch 2.0 on the verandah and sometimes it would take the entire day to teach them because we only had one laptop between us.” Scratch is a free educational programming language developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group.“Those times were frustrating because we didn’t have wifi, so when we ran out of data, we’d be stuck and could not continue learning because a lot of the tools I used to teach them were online.“One Saturday, one of the girls was so frustrated with having to wait till I was done teaching one girl with the laptop before I got to her, that she decided she’d ‘build’ a computer interface using cardboard and magazine cut outs,” explained Magajana, who has an accounting background.“That was the proudest moment of my life because it showed that they were learning how to make the best out of exhausted resources. That’s when I knew that innovation was something that could be taught.”Magajana’s initiative, Social Coding, is one of several in the country that focuses on teaching girls computer programming. Together, they upend the stereotype that tech is for geeky boys, encouraging girls to get into the IT industry.According to online news platform MyBroadband, software developers have been in high demand for the past year. Top of CareerJunction’s “most wanted skills” list were developers in the programming languages Java, C#, and .Net.MyBroadband also reported that Philip Joubert, co-founder of OfferZen, which specialises in matching developers with companies, said there were significant skills shortages for languages such as Ruby, Go and Scala.“We’ve also seen that companies are struggling to find front-end developers. Front-end development has become a much more important aspect of software development in the past few years,” Joubert told MyBroadband.“Frameworks such as React and Angular allow you to build interfaces which weren’t possible before, and companies are eager to find developers who can do that. The shortage is probably also linked to the fact that most universities and colleges focus on back-end technologies.”Melissa Javan spoke to Magajana and several other women who have set up coding initiatives for girls in South Africa.Social CodingSocial Coding was at the premiere of the movie, Hidden Figures. Founder Thembiso Magajana says the free screening for 118 girls is a partnership between Social Coding and Cinema Nouveau in Brooklyn. “We had some of our girls in the programme speak to the audience about how coding has changed their lives.” Magajana (middle) is pictured with two Social Coding volunteers, Oria Kopa (left) and Kele Shole (right).Melissa Javan: Why did you start Social Coding?Thembiso Magajana: I started this for my niece, Leano (now seven years old). I wanted her to have a safe place to nurture her interest in technology and entrepreneurship. Three months into running Social Coding, I realised that this was bigger than just my niece and our backyard. I wanted every young girl to have this space – an incubator that encouraged and grew their curiosity.MJ: What does Social Coding do?TM: Our technical workshops cover six modules such as software development fundamentals, design thinking, business models and fundraising over the course of the year. Social Coding workshops are designed to teach girls to be initiators, conceptualists, shapers and drivers of innovative and strategic problem-solving.MJ: How old are the girls who are part of your initiative?TM: We generally have girls between 14 and 18 years old but we have one who is eight years old. I believe we can go even younger.MJ: Where do they come from?TM: Mostly Gauteng — we work with girls from the Pretoria CBD and Mamelodi. We’re looking into expanding into Johannesburg next year.MJ: How do you explain to young girls that coding is cool or important?TM: In every introductory workshop we emphasise the importance of being at the forefront of real change and what their role is. Even if not all of them end up as computer engineers, we encourage them, giving them the space, tools and equal chance to create innovative solutions that will have a significant impact on people’s lives.GirlCode ZAZandile Keebine and two of her friends, Jeanette Theu and Tinyiko Simbine, all work at tech companies. Speaking on a GirlCode ZA podcast, Keebine said she had been to many hackathons where she was either the only female or one of a few to attend. This prompted her to approach her employer to organise a women-only hackathon. GirlCode ZA was born in 2014. It was registered as a nonprofit organisation in 2015, and hosts the GirlCode Hackathon annually.Its mission, according to its website, is to create a network of women who are highly skilled in computer literacy, coding and design, and who can leverage those skills to develop innovative and sustainable solutions in their communities.Girl Code ZA is (from left) Jeanette Theu, Tinyiko Simbine and Zandile Keebine. (Images supplied)Melissa Javan: How did you grow a network of mentors that is now available for women who want to go into the tech industry?Zandile Keebine: We realised that there were, in fact, a lot of women in tech and that the underlining issue was visibility. We provide a platform where women who are already in the space can volunteer their time and knowledge.MJ: You said in a radio interview that it was vital for people to learn a programming language. Why?ZK: It is an undeniable fact that programming is the language of the future and if you want to be part of the economy then it is important to have the right skills that will allow you to be employable.MJ: How do you provide opportunities for women?ZK: Besides workshops, we have an annual hackathon at which women and girls can showcase their coding skills and get job or internship opportunities from our sponsors. With the high unemployment rate it is important for women to realise that they need to up-skill themselves and put their current skills into practice. This is why we have volunteering opportunities for any women whether they are in tech or not.MJ: What can you tell us about your workshops?ZK: The workshop series is designed to offer participants the opportunity to improve their craft before competing in the hackathon later in the year. The idea to introduce workshops was conceived following feedback from participants in previous years. We know that women and girls enter the GirlCode Hackathon for fun, but we also know they do so to improve their skills. So we wanted to offer them more opportunities to do so earlier in the process.The workshops started in February 2017; various corporate sponsors in and around Johannesburg have run half-day workshops on a variety of topics such as HTML and CSS, Design Thinking, WordPress, Business Model Canvas. The topics were carefully designed to give participants the best chance to compete and win at the Hackathon 2017 in August.Besides holding the annual GirlCode Hackathon, Girl Code ZA gives computer literacy courses and has a GirlCoder Accelerated Learning Programme, which teaches students to become full stack ASP.NET developers.MJ: What is a hackathon?ZK: A hackathon is a competition where you have 48 hours or less to build a working prototype of a web or mobile app — maybe even hardware if you are driven to accept that challenge. While it sounds impossible, it’s not.MJ: How many women have taken part so far in these hackathons?ZK: When we first started the hackathon, there were about 17 females. As the years went by, we saw an increase in the number of participants and over the past three years we’ve had just more than 100 females from beginners to advanced developers.MJ: From what age are these women who you help?ZK: We have been focusing on university students and recent graduates. In the upcoming years we plan on expanding to reach girls in high school, from as young as 13.MJ: Are there free tools or websites available for anyone who is interested in learning a programming language?ZK: There are a lot of free online websites such as www.w3schools.com where anyone can start learning. Also, the community is bigger than just GirlCode; there are other initiatives such as www.geekulcha.co.za that offer opportunities for anyone keen to learn programming.Africa Teen GeeksLindiwe Matlali started Africa Teen Geeks after winning a grant of $35,000 (R462,007) from Google Rise. This enabled her to hold a Computer Science Week and start a school programme whereby teachers were trained so they could introduce coding into their schools, she said on the Girl Code ZA blog.Africa Teen Geeks was founded in May 2014, and since then has reached more than 38,000 children. Matlali said the initiative had partnered with Unisa to enable children from disadvantaged communities without computer access to also have an opportunity to learn to code.Lindiwe Matlali, named Innov8tiv’s Top 50 Visionary Women in #Tech To Watch in 2017, is the founder of Africa Teen Geeks. She is pictured with Ndaba Mandela, an ambassador for Africa Teen Geeks. (Images supplied)Melissa Javan: What does Africa Teen Geeks do?Lindiwe Matlali: We teach children aged from five to 18 how to code. We also train teachers from disadvantaged schools so they can teach coding in their schools. There are township schools with donated computer labs that are sitting as white elephants because of a lack of qualified teachers.MJ: Children from what ages benefit from your initiative?LM: We teach children from Grade 1 to matric (grade 12).MJ: Where are they from?LM: Most of our students are from townships.MJ: How do you explain to children that coding is important?LM: We are motivating them to be creators of technologies and not just consumers. Our focus is to raise their aspirations to not only be content about knowing how to use technology, but to create it.Lindiwe Matlali has a BCom in economics and a statistics qualification. “The fact that only 5% of schools teach IT and also only from Grade 10 and in mainly model C schools, led me to start Africa Teen Geeks,” she says. Her intiativeinitiative exposes disadvantaged children to computer science.MJ: Why is it important to be a creator or innovator?LM: South Africa has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the world. In fact, according to Statistics South Africa, 58% of unemployed people are aged between 15 and 34. This means that youth stand the highest risk of being unemployed. If they are innovative they will not join the unemployment lines and will create employment for themselves and their communities. We want to inspire a generation that doesn’t aspire to be employed but rather to be game changers and trailblazers.MJ: You said on Girl Code ZA that parents often taught their children that coding was for boys, not girls. How do you address this and other negative stereotypes?LM: We have programmes that remove that masculinity of coding. We focus on highlighting female role models who have created technology solutions.MJ: You’ve held hackathon events for children — how do they work?LM: A hackathon is a 48-hour event at which the children create a working prototype of the challenge. This month, the hackathon is on UNODC, the Education for Justice initiative. The children will create apps, games or interactive platforms to solve crime.MJ: On Power FM radio you said that Python was an easier language to learn. Where is this available? Can anyone access it?LM: Python is easier to learn because it uses plain language. Anyone can learn and can access the curriculum on the Python website python.org/about/gettingstarted/.MJ: Are there any there any free tools available online or offline to start learning about programming?LM: There are many free tools available from code.org, Scratch.com for kids and for adults at coursera.org, edx.org and the Khan Academy, to name a few. These are all free tools one can use to learn how to code.We have already created a platform called Knit2Code, on which we teach young girls Python using knitting. They learn to write a Python code for the South Africa flag and a scarf. This is what we call computing without a computer to remove the barriers for disadvantaged children who do not have access to a computer or the internet.Sources: MyBroadband, Girl Code ZA, African Teen Geeks, and Social Coding.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launches new BS-IV grade fuel

first_imgUnion Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday launched a supply of BS-IV grade fuel in 12 towns through video-conferencing from here.“We begin a new era of clean transportation fuels that would benefit 1.25 billion citizens of our country by substantially reducing pollution levels in our cities,” Mr. Pradhan said complementing three oil marketing companies for working in unison for launching the BS-IV grade fuels as per schedule.“Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not made commitment under any external pressure in Paris summit. Even though India is not a polluting country, it has shown commitment for reducing vehicular emission,” said the minister.Mr. Pradhan asked oil companies to expedite their efforts to introduce BS-VI standards by April1, 2020“We had started oil upgradation programme in 1991. Oil companies have achieved emission standards by continuously introducing advance technology and making huge capital expenditure. The oil industry has spent over Rs. 28,000 crore after 2010 for supplying BS-IV grade fuel. It was in addition to Rs. 35,000 crore already spent before 2010,” said Petroleum Secretary K. D. Tripathi.Mr. Tripathi said oil companies would further spend ₹28,000 crore to supply BS-VI specification oil by 2020. As of now total investment made to upgrade oil comes to around ₹90,000 crore, he pointed out.The Supreme Court has banned the sale of BS-III vehicles from April 1. “On and from April 1, 2017, such vehicles that are not BS-IV compliant shall not be sold in India by any manufacturer or dealer, that is to say that such vehicles, whether two-wheeler, three- wheeler, four-wheeler or commercial vehicles will not be sold,” a Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta had ordered.According to Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry, India has reduced its diesel content from 10,000 ppm in the most of the country in 1996 to a maximum of 50 ppm in 2017. The proposed BS-VI regulation will reduce diesel sulphur content to a maximum 10 ppm, enabling the introduction of advanced emission control technologies, including diesel particulate filters and selective catalyst reduction systems, which will be needed to meet BS-VI emission standards. As the technology for BS-V is not very different, it was decided to go straight to BS-VI grade fuels from BS-IV.last_img read more