Stone Hard, a smart bumper performer himself, won on his hurdling bow at Gowran but made several mistakes before eventually unseating Paul Townend at Navan three weeks ago. The pair form a formidable twin assault for Willie Mullins, who is bidding to win this prize for a sixth time in the last 11 years. While Bellshill currently heads the betting for the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, the champion trainer is not ruling out a return to two miles. Mullins said: “Bellshill was very good the last day at Navan. His bumper form has worked out very well with Barters Hill unbeaten. I ‘m open-minded about his trip. I’d have no problem bringing him back, he has plenty of gears and I love the way he jumps. With the cruising speed he has, two miles wouldn’t be a problem. “Stone Hard also takes his chance. I think he’s more a three-miler, so it will be interesting to see what he can do. The race will answer a few questions.” Formerly known as the Slaney Novice Hurdle, the two-and-a-half-mile contest will be run at Grade One level for just the second time. Bellshill, winner of the Champion INH Flat Race at last season’s Punchestown Festival, has made a flying start to his hurdling career with victories at Cork and in the Grade Two Navan Novice Hurdle. Press Association Stable companions Bellshill and Stone Hard will lock horns for a second time this season in the Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle at Naas.
RORY Gallagher has named a top class side for this Saturday’s game against Derry at Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny.Michael Murphy will captain the team with a host of regular stars in the line-up and some new exciting faces set to make an appearance.Mark, Eoin and Ryan McHugh are named in the starting line-up along with Neil McGee, Odhran Mac Naillais, Frank McGlynn and Paddy McGrath. St Eunan’s Rory Carr and Moville’s Tony McClenaghan are named among the substitutes.Throw-in is at 1pm – with all proceeds from the €10 entry fee going to the Irish language college. DONEGAL NAME TOP CLASS TEAM FOR THIS SATURDAY’S CLASH WITH DERRY was last modified: December 2nd, 2015 by John2Share 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:Colaiste AilighDerrydonegal read more
David Kramer, centre, with the executivedirector of the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement, Beverley Damonse (left) and Minister ofScience and Technology Naledi Pandor.(Image: NSTF) The bustling Sci-Bono Discovery Centrein Newtown, Johannesburg, has helped children to find their passion for science.(Image: Sci-Bono) MEDIA CONTACTS • David Kramer CEO, Sci-Bono Discovery Centre +27 11 639 8436 or +27 82 558 3971 RELATED ARTICLES • SA students tops at science awards • SA women lead the way in science • SA scientists win AU awards • Space science thriving in SA • New centre to foster science careersShamin ChibbaA bit of enthusiasm, mixed with passion and a dash of perseverance – these are the attributes that have earned David Kramer, the CEO of Johannesburg’s Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, his knighthood from the French government.Kramer became a Knight of the French National Order of Merit at a ceremony held at the French Embassy in Pretoria on 21 July, because of his contribution to maths and science education in South Africa as well as France. The award is given to French nationals and foreigners for distinguished military and civil service.Kramer, who is not to be confused with the popular local musician of the same name, has been instrumental in establishing and increasing communication between French and South African science centres, a feat for which he was awarded the blue, six-armed Maltese Cross.However, his contribution extends further than the mere opening of portals between two countries. As the CEO of Sci-Bono, he has stirred pupils’ enthusiasm for science, which is an accomplishment on its own.Sci-Bono, the largest facility of its kind in Africa, breaks away from the conventional museum model whereby visitors are merely onlookers. The emphasis is on interactivity, and tentre provides many tangible exhibits.Passion for science and technologyIt is evident by the way Kramer speaks, with clear-cut confidence and buoyancy, that he has a great zest for science and technology.The former economist’s foray into education began when he taught at a Sowetan night school.After a stint overseas, he returned to South Africa in 1984 and took up a post at Protec (Programme for Technological Careers), an NGO that encourages black youngsters to take up careers in science and technology, and helps them assimilate their education into the working world.It was here that Kramer became intrigued by the disciplines of maths and science, and it was with this newfound fascination that he ran Protec for 20 years.Now at the helm of Sci-Bono (“bono” is Tshivenda, meaning “vision”), Kramer’s task is to awaken that nthusiasm for science and technology in pupils, and take their knowledge from the centre to the classroom.He stresses the importance of maths and science for schoolchildren, saying that no matter what you may study in the future, the two subjects are crucial.“The scary thing is if you study art or religion, you will still compete with students who would have taken maths and science at school.”He speaks of how, 60 years ago, learning to read and write were essential for surviving in the working world, but added that today, those skills are not enough.“If you are unable to use screen-based technology you are considered illiterate. It is critical for kids to learn to think in a technological environment.”Kramer believes the way the two subjects are taught in schools make it difficult for pupils to grasp them. He added that many teachers are not comfortable with maths and science and have not been trained sufficiently to teach them.“In the 1980s, students would first come across calculus in university. Now, pupils in grade 12 are starting to learn it, but their teachers are not equipped to teach them.”He also notes that the perception of maths and science as difficult subjects may be a deterrent for some pupils.While he admitts the subjects may be challenging, they are no more demanding than maths and science in other countries. The problem, Kramer says, is not with the aptitude of South African learners but with the way the education curriculum is structured.“We in South Africa are not getting the basics right. We have not yet got grades one, two and three right.”Changing attitudes towards science and mathsIn a 2008 interview, Kramer said that his and the centre’s purpose was to change pupils’ and teachers’ attitudes towards maths and science.“We still have a long way because everyone has their own attitude,” he said at the time.Another one of his aims was to educate children about the opportunities maths and science can offer them in the future.According to Kramer, Sci-Bono has been making headway, and creating a good impression on the children who enter the centre.“We get 180 000 kids coming through Sci-Bono and they leave excited. But then they return to the schools that teach them in the old boring way. Maintaining that excitement is hard.”To boost pupils’ enthusiasm, Sci-Bono runs a number of hands-on courses that prompts the children to design, build and experiment in teams.Two of the more intense courses include rocket and robot construction. With the former, children are taught by professional rocket scientists to design and build a rocket in five days.“It is not a trivial exercise. These are real rockets,” says Kramer. “The course culminates in them watching their own rockets shooting up into the sky.”The robot course allows children to build robots that serve particular functions.“This goes on for two months and there’s a lot of sweat that goes into it. It is harder than anything kids do at school, yet they get stuck in and enjoy themselves. It becomes a life changing activity,” says Kramer.However, he laments the fact that Sci-Bono is serving the needs of hundreds of children instead of hundreds of thousands. “We need to have a nationwide impact,” he says.Career education needs more attentionKramer does maintain that learning is not always about excitement. He says that youngsters should learn from an early age that the higher they go, the harder learning becomes. More important, he says, is that children need to have a vision and know what they want out of learning.He feels the education system has seriously failed pupils in this regard, citing the fact that career education is not taken seriously.However, Kramer has not completely given up on career education. Mining conglomerate BHP Billiton partnered with Sci-Bono in 2004 to kick start a career centre worth R13.5-million within the science centre.It is a public service that offers career advice, counselling and career education activities to both teachers and pupils.Kramer is currently busy on a number of projects with the Gauteng provincial government that involves improving the state of schools and teaching.However, he is unable to disclose the details of the projects.“I would like to see an increase in the number of teachers who have a passion for maths and science. I also want to see children take advantage of the opportunities that are afforded to them,” he says. read more
A tribal man was lynched to death on the suspicion of theft by an irate mob in a remote village in Tripura’s Dhalai district on Tuesday night, police confirmed on Thursday.Police have registered a case following a complaint from the family of the deceased, Budhiram Tripura (36). However, they were yet to make any arrests.The incident occurred around 11.30pm on Tuesday at Noarampara, a tribal hamlet in Rasyabari police station limit, near the Bangladesh border. Police said the victim was beaten to death by fellow tribal villagers after being caught entering a house with the intention to commit theft.Some reports say Budhiram was earlier held responsible for stealing cattle in the village. There has been no word of confirmation from police if the lynching was related to cattle theft. read more
Grealish: Smith and I big Aston Villa fansby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa captain Jack Grealish enjoys playing for manager Dean Smith.The manager and captain are both lifelong fans.Grealish told The Sun: “It’s massive. The manager sees what it means because he is a Villa fan.“Everything I have done in my life, coming up, watching every game, going as a kid — he’s done all that as well.“With Dean, all you have to do is watch after the game and see how much family he has there.“He has about 40 of them at every single game!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has seen its newbuilding orders surge during the January-May period as it scored new 62 ship orders worth USD 3.8 billion.The orders jumped by 500% when compared to 12 contracts worth USD 1 billion secured over the five-month period in 2016.In May alone, HHI secured 20 ships worth USD 1.3 billion. If all options are exercised, the total number and value of ships won in May would be increased to 29 vessels and USD 1.9 billion.With 62 new ships on order, the company has already reached 51% of its annual order target of USD 7.5 billion.Citing Clarksons Research data, HHI informed that as much as 67% of these orders were for 100,000 dwt or bigger tankers, and 50% of VLCCs that are ordered globally this year to date.“Considering an array of inquiries for VLCC and LNG carriers we have been receiving lately, we expect to surpass our annual order target this year,” an HHI group official said.“Bearing that in mind, we are redoubling our marketing efforts to meet clients’ needs on the back of our stronger fiscal soundness and differentiated shipbuilding expertise,” the official added. read more