LAS VEGAS — It appears plausible the Warriors could go through their entire training camp without any resolution with Patrick McCaw’s free agency. Yet, Warriors general manager Bob Myers told Bay Area News Group the team has not wavered in its hopes to re-sign the third-year wing player.“I’ll update you if there’s anything new,” Myers said.The Warriors plan to finalize their regular-season roster on Saturday after huddling up following the team’s pre-season finale against the Los Angeles …
Belinda Makutya, 11, and her classmatesshare a textbook at a Unicef-supportedprimary school in Zimbabwe.(Image: Giacomo Pirozzi, Unicef)MEDIA CONTACTS• Unicef Zimbabwe+263 4 703 941/2• Kun Li Communication officerUnicef Eastern and Southern Africa+254 20 762 2218+263 4 721 692• Martin Dawes Chief of communicationsUnicef West and Central Africa+221 338 69 58 42RELATED ARTICLES• Zimbabwe’s turning point?• Ethiopian education via SA TV• Google’s SMS internet for Uganda• Science university for Botswana• New open door for ZimbabweansMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter Zimbabwe’s ailing education system, once regarded as the finest in sub-Saharan Africa, has been given a US$70-million (R526-million) shot in the arm that will see every child receive a textbook and ensure vulnerable children are able to attend school.The UN Children’s Agency (Unicef), in partnership with the Zimbabwe unity government, will be distributing funds from donor countries that include Australia, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the European Commission on behalf of the European Union.One of the largest social sector initiatives in the last five years in Zimbabwe, the funds will see school fees paid for a large number of the country’s orphaned and vulnerable children, provide textbooks and stationery, and boost skills in education.Textbooks have become a rare commodity in schools – Unicef estimates the ratio of books to pupils at about one book to every 10 children. Teachers in the capital, Harare, said up to 40 pupils were sharing one textbook at some schools.“The objective … is to reach every child in Zimbabwe with a textbook within 12 months,” said Peter Salama, the Unicef representative in Zimbabwe. “An assessment by the education advisory board has revealed that in about 20% of all primary schools there is not single textbook for English, Mathematics or an African language.“It is no surprise therefore that grade seven pass rates have declined from 53% in 1999 to 33% in 2007; almost 50% of primary school pupils are not going on to secondary schools.”Widespread food shortages, cholera outbreaks, an almost year-long strike by teachers in 2008, the country’s economic meltdown and political violence have all contributed to the near total disruption of education.The formation of the unity government in February 2009 returned some stability to the sector, with public servants, including teachers, being paid in foreign currency as a hedge against hyperinflation. But the path back to Zimbabwe’s golden age of education will be steep.“Although enrolment has risen in 2009, there are many signs that quality education is eluding most children,” Salama said. “In addition, one in four children in Zimbabwe is an orphan, struggling to survive with little or no public social safety net or systematic access to social services.”Health services have also fallen victim to the economic implosion, and in 2007 UNAids put the national HIV prevalence rate at 15.3%, but shortages of antiretroviral drugs and medicines to treat opportunistic illnesses led to many Aids-related deaths.The attempt to resuscitate the education system will take a two-pronged approach: the Basic Education Assistance Module (Beam), and the Educational Transition Fund (ETF), which will provide technical capacity to the ministry of education to disseminate textbooks.“The programmes we launch today are momentous. Beam will ensure that over 700 000 of Zimbabwe’s vulnerable children are in school, creating a huge demand for education,” said Salama. “On the other hand the ETF will boost the supply side, ensuring that every child has a textbook in all of the country’s 5 300 primary schools, within 12 months.”Education minister David Coltart said this was a major step forward, but industrial action by teachers could mar progress.“My most important task in restoring a basic education is to ensure … a body of motivated, committed and professional teachers … it does not matter how many educational materials we purchase, because children will continue to stagnate.”
6 December 2011The European Investment Bank (EIB) is to provide €35-million (R385-million) in long-term funding to South African water board Umgeni Water, enabling it to continue providing clean water to about five-million people in Durban and surrounding areas, as well as to provide new water connections to unserved areas.The projects are part of Umgeni Water’s capital expenditure infrastructure programme, and will also involve the installation of new bulk water pipelines and expansion of water treatment plants, pumping stations and service reservoirs.The initiative will involve upgrading water supply networks and treatment facilities to enable increased provision of water.“The Umgeni Water projects will assure and improve access to water for over a million households across KwaZulu-Natal,” EIB vice-president Plutarchos Sakellaris said in a statement this week.“At a time when the world’s leaders are gathering in Durban to address the challenges posed by a changing climate, acknowledging the importance of ensuring the availability of clean water in dry regions is essential.”First loan to a water boardThe granting of the loan to Umgeni Water is historic, as it is the first loan to be made to a South African water board by the EIB.“The European Investment Bank has an in-depth understanding of the pressing service delivery needs of our country and the importance of ensuring water supply in the region,” said Umgeni Water GM Nica Gevers. “We are delighted that the negotiations have been successfully concluded, which will now enable us to move ahead with the projects with vigour.”The loan will complement the financial support provided to the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority and funding for the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality (Greater Durban) for the construction of the Spring Grove Dam and the replacement of water mains and installation of new pipelines in the eThekwini region.Investment in African water projectsThe EIB is working with key partners across South Africa to enable increased investment across the country’s entire water system and contributed towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goals in the country.Previous South African water projects funded by the European Investment Bank include the Berg Water dam supplying Cape Town, Vaal Dam reservoir and pipeline supplying Johannesburg and the South African component of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.Since 2000, the EIB has provided over €531-million of funding for water projects across in Africa. In southern Africa this has included projects in Lesotho, Mozambique, Tanzania, Swaziland, Botswana and South Africa.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
As the Congress party aims at wresting power from the BJP, dissidents in two of the four Assembly constituencies in Haryana’s northern district of Ambala are determined to play spoilsport.The district has four Assembly constituencies — Nariangarh, Ambala Cantt, Ambala City and Mullana (SC) — which the BJP had won in 2014.In Ambala Cantt., Health Minister Anil Vij is again in the fray and the Congress has fielded Venu Singla Aggarwal against him. Mr. Vij had won from the constituency in 1996, 2000, 2009 and 2014. As the Congress prepares to take on the BJP candidate in his stronghold, the decision of rebel Chitra Sarwara, who was a municipal councillor, to contest as an independent could dent its electoral prospects.Ms. Sarwara is the daughter of former Minister and four-time former Congress MLA Nirmal Singh and both had revolted against the party after being denied the ticket. Mr. Singh is contesting from the neighbouring Ambala (City) seat as an independent candidate.Rajesh Kapoor, who runs a tyre repair shop, feels that while the BJP candidate is already a strong contestant, the Congress will suffer on account of the infighting.“Anil Vij is easily accessible. Also, during the last five years the condition of the roads has improved, the civil hospital has better facilities than before. To give him a fight, the Congress should be united. With a rebel candidate, it’s going to be difficult for the BJP candidate to win,” said Mr. Kapoor.Shyam Sundar, a tailor, believes that the BJP candidate will easily sail through as he has delivered on development work. “Roads are better now, street lights are there… moreover he is available whenever needed, that’s the best part,” he said.In the Ambala seat, BJP MLA Aseem Goyal is seeking re-election. The Congress has fielded Jasbir Malour who is having a tough time as Mr. Nirmal Singh is contesting as the rebel candidate. Mr. Singh and Ms. Chitra Sarwara were recently expelled from the Congress for violating the provisions of the party constitution and contesting the elections as rebels. ‘Changed scenario’Ashok Kumar, who works at a meat shop, said: “The Congress was in fight but after Nirmal Singh announced he would contest, the scenario has changed a bit. He will cut into the Congress vote which will benefit the BJP.”The Naraingarh constituency sees a direct fight between BJP’s Surender Rana and Congress party’s Shalley Chaudhary. However, Gulshan Kumar, candidate of the Loktantra Suraksha Party floated by former BJP MP Raj Kumar Saini, is capable of changing the equations.
Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting University of Santo Tomas’ superstar will lead the Golden Tigresses to a head-on collision with defending champion De La Salle in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament carrying the memories of Season 79.Rondina was in her third year with the Golden Tigresses when bowed out of the final four with a four-set loss to Lady Spikers and she vowed that she would give it her all in the rematch that eluded her for more than a year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I will do everything I can to get to our goal. There’s no turning back, we’re going all out,” said Rondina in Filipino after UST trumped National University, 27-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16, Saturday at Filiol Flying V Center.Rondina, who finished with 21 points against the Lady Bulldogs, said she will be her usual self in the semifinals. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Golden Tigresses finished their elimination round as the third seed with a 10-4 record while the Lady Spikers will still have to play Far Eastern University to see if they will improve on their 10-3 slate and lock up the no.2 spot of the tournament.“I won’t change, this is still me and how I play,” said Rondina who’s in her final UAAP season. “I made a promise and I want UST to win and it’s through my actions that I will show coach and the UST community especially to the people who believe in us.”“We want to win badly for UST and I hope all our hard work pays off.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Isa Molde still unsure whether she’ll return to UP for another year Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MANILA, Philippines—Cherry Rondina will head into her second and final Final Four with retribution in mind.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments
Manchester United Man Utd keeper De Gea credits ‘instinct’ for stunning Matip stop Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 22:37 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images Manchester United David de Gea Liverpool v Manchester United Liverpool Premier League For the second year running, the Red Devils had to rely on their Spanish shot-stopper to leave Liverpool with a point from a goalless draw Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has attributed his stunning save in Saturday’s goalless draw against Liverpool to pure instinct.The Spain international brilliantly kept out Joel Matip’s close-range effort with his foot in the first half to ensure that Jose Mourinho’s side left Anfield with a point.Giroud 7/2 First Goalscorer v Watford Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. De Gea kept a clean sheet in the same fixture last season by virtue of spectacularly pawing away Philippe Coutinho’s curling effort, but would not be drawn on whether he thought the stop from Matip was better.”I tried to react quickly and sometimes football is so quick,” he told Sky Sports. “At the end I put my foot out and I saved the ball.”It’s instinct to react quickly and try to save the ball.”I don’t know if it’s as good as the one from Coutinho last year. Every save is important, especially at Anfield. It feels good.”FT: Liverpool 0 #MUFC 0. Our unbeaten start to the @PremierLeague campaign continues with a hard-earned point at Anfield. #LIVMUN pic.twitter.com/166M8LtW2J — Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 14, 2017 Manchester United were some distance from their best against the hosts and De Gea admits that Jurgen Klopp’s side were the more dominant side.He added: “We always try to win the game but today I think Liverpool played better than us.”It’s a point away from home so we’re happy.”