Warriors HQ Podcast: Center woes, arrested development, and Klay (maybe) finding his mojo

first_imgAfter the Christmas Day blowout loss to the Lakers, the Warriors played the Blazers twice.An overtime loss to Portland Thursday, followed by a win in Oregon on Saturday provided plenty for Dieter Kurtenbach and Logan Murdock to discuss on the latest episode of the Warriors’ HQ podcast.00:30 – Klay Thompson getting out of shooting funk05:35 – Draymond Green’s decisiveness when shooting from beyond the arc09:03 – The center position continues to be an issue17:39 – Warriors depth and …last_img

Tiger Kloof School earns a reputation for excellence

first_imgThe clock in the tower behind these Tiger Kloof pupils was a gift from the Great Khama. (Image: Mark Boobbyer)• Mark BoobbyerDirectorTiger Kloof Educational Institution+27 82 [email protected]• Helping kids shine at school – in their own language • Youth urged to get involved • South African education project wins top award • Botswana launches brand strategy • Mandela’s ‘classrooms for human beings’Sulaiman PhilipSituated on the outskirts of Vryburg, Tiger Kloof – named after a stop on Cecil John Rhodes’ mooted Cape to Cairo railway – is a school with a rich African history.It has been many things since it was first established in 1904 – a missionary school for the Batswana elite, a source of irritation to the apartheid government, a farm and a government school for the impoverished students of Vryburg. What it has done best is demand excellence from all its pupils.Over the years, Tiger Kloof developed into one of the top schools for the elite of what became Botswana. When the country gained independence in 1965, its entire first cabinet was made up of old Tigers. The first two presidents, who governed for a total of 33 years – Sir Seretse Khama and Sir Ketumile Masire – were also former students of this school in rural North West Province. Among other illustrious alumni are Dr Ruth Mompati, former South African ambassador to Switzerland and ex mayor of Vryburg, and Motsamai Mpho, a veteran of Botswana politics and one of 67 men who stood trial with Chief Albert Luthuli for treason.As Masire said recently: “One day, Botswana will build a memorial to Tiger Kloof.”Bumping over the railway tracks towards the gates of Tiger Kloof, visitors pass a foundation stone laid by its London Missionary Society founders. “No one can lay any other foundation than that already laid, which is Jesus Christ,” it reads. It is the guiding spirit that has helped the school rise, fall and resurrect itself. It is a lesson the people of Botswana understand perfectly; faith leads to action.Missionary schoolA plea by the Batswana royal house to Queen Victoria for a school to educate the elite led to the arrival of the Reverend WC Willoughby of the London Missionary Society (LMS) in Bechuanaland. Though he was Christian, the Batswana leader, Khama the Great, distrusted the intentions of Willoughby and refused him permission to build a school within the borders of what would become Botswana. Willoughby had to travel 300 kilometres south to build on an open piece of veld on a stop of the Cape to Cairo railroad. As Moeding, or “the place of running water” as the school was called in Setswana, grew it became a centre of academic excellence with a teachers training college, as well as an industrial and Bible school.Aubrey Lewis was the headmaster in 1953 when the South African government passed the Bantu Education Act. The pacifist LMS pastor believed that the Act, which wanted to keep black Africans as simple hewers of wood and drawers of water, went against his and the school’s Christian principles. For two years the missionaries tried to walk a line between the government policy and their own conscience before finally leaving. Tiger Kloof lurched along as a government school until 1962, when students rioted, burning down the original boys’ hostel. Today the school’s new media centre is built on the foundations of that building.Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoed took a personal interest in this “black spot” of a school and shut it down in 1966. The land was sold cheaply to a local white farmer in return for a promise that he would destroy all the buildings on the land. The buildings were all built using stone quarried on the land in the style of the missionary stations that dotted Africa – sturdy, beautiful buildings that were meant to celebrate the glory of God. The farmer who bought the land could not bring himself to tear them down; instead he used them to house his cattle or just neglected them.For 30 years they crumbled from neglect until David Matthews, headmaster of Maru-a-pula school in Gaborone, wondered about the history of the derelict buildings he passed as he drove along the N14 to Botswana. Discovering the rich, deep connections between Tiger Kloof and Botswana, he pushed prominent old Tigers in Botswana to help resurrect the school.Reopened by TutuIn his speech at the school’s re-opening in 1995, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, whose mother had attended Tiger Kloof, expressed the hope that the school would once again produce the next generation of leaders. “Leaders who will lead their communities while holding firmly to the values that they have learned at Tiger Kloof.”It has hardly rained in Vryburg for two years, not till today – 5 February – that is, when the sun stayed hidden behind foreboding grey clouds. The sky opened and a deluge covered the town, turning streets into streams and playing fields into ponds. It’s late in the morning and pupils at Tiger Kloof are dancing across the torrents streaming down into the quarry on the school grounds. They laugh as they race through the running water, with pants turned up to their knees. The delighted children take pictures of themselves and their friends as they jump off the planks laid over the streams and into the water.Many of the school’s students come from Vryburg’s impoverished Huhudi settlement and were unable to get to school. It has been a wasted school day says Mark Boobbyer, the school’s director. “No matter; we used the day to take the kids down to the quarry to look at the waterfall. Once the quarry has filled up we will use it as a classroom for our leadership and teambuilding classes.”Tiger Kloof’s embrace of non-traditional subjects has created a climate that allows each student to grow to their potential. Since it re-opened as a government school it has steadily improved its matric pass rate, with a 100 % success in 2010. In its first year, the school had just 25 students; today it caters to 670 students from Grade R to matric, with about 180 boarders. There are pupils from 13 countries, but most of the students are drawn from the townships of Vryburg where unemployment is about 80%. The best of those students, those willing to work diligently and hard, are given bursaries.Financing the school, which is uncommon because it is a government school on private land, is a constant challenge. Boobbyer explains that the boarders help to subsidise the day learners but, “to run the school we manage. To develop the school we need to fund raise.”What was originally the girls’ school at Tiger Kloof now houses the primary school (Image: Mark Boobbyer)Foreign fundingDecisions taken when the school re-opened have made it easier to tap into foreign funding and allowed students to travel, he says. It is a member of Round Square, a network of international schools, which allows Tiger Kloof to switch students and teachers through the network’s exchange programmes. Membership of Round Square and the Solon Education Fund also allows the school to tap into a stream of international donors.Tiger Kloof embraces three principles that guide the spirit of teaching. First, because the school sits on 1 200 hectares of farmland, they teach the children to embrace the idea of sustainable living. Second, they expect students to get involved in the school’s service projects, including feeding people in their own settlements through the soup kitchens they run. Finally, the school’s association with Round Square allows the children of rural North West to interact with international students, which helps open their eyes to the world beyond their doors.“In a few weeks I will be travelling to England with some students on a fundraising trip. We do cultural or sporting exchanges as well. It helps our kids realise how big the world is and they develop a sense that their dreams can be as big as the world,” Boobbyer explains.Pupils come from 8 countries across southern Africa, all drawn by the school’s reputation. A big part of that reputation has been earned by the dedication of the teaching staff. They are drawn from across the globe and across creeds and race. But the school, in Boobbyer’s opinion, lacks male teachers, especially black men to act as role models for the children. Ideally, he would like to see former students come back to teach.“I can’t overestimate the importance of having black male role models standing in front of a class, but teaching is not an aspirational profession for them. Tiger Kloof is such a special place, I think it would take someone who was a student here to understand and be able to pass on the values we hold dear.”There are still deserted buildings on the grounds of Tiger Kloof, old ghosts that refused to die despite the best efforts of a hateful system. Boobbyer and his staff work tirelessly to win funding to build facilities to match the reputation the school has earned. “Tiger Kloof is like the mustard tree in the parable of Jesus. It starts small but grows to be the largest garden plant and all sorts of animals come and refresh themselves in its shade and branches.”last_img read more

Grain handler pleads guilty to stealing more than $3 million from farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels announced today that a Huron County man has pleaded guilty to multiple charges related to the theft of more than $3 million in grain from 35 farmers in Ohio.Richard J. Schwan, 79, of Monroeville, pleaded guilty today to two felony counts of aggravated theft, and one felony count each of attempted aggravated theft, falsification in a theft offense, insolvent handler, and delayed price agreement.As part of the plea agreement, Schwan must pay $3,222,209.70 in restitution prior to his sentencing hearing in August. The money will be used to reimburse the farmers, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and the Ohio Grain Indemnity Fund.“Ohio’s farmers work hard to produce their crops, and this defendant callously took the profits of their labor,” DeWine said. “Our priority in this case has always been to recover the money that rightfully belonged to these farmers, and a condition of this plea agreement requires the defendant to promptly repay the money he stole.”Schwan operated Schwan Grain Inc., which transported and sold grain on behalf of the 35 farmers from Erie, Huron, Lorain, Richland, and Seneca counties. He was arrested in November after an investigation by the Ohio Department of Agriculture found that between 2012 and 2014, he sold more than $3 million in grain for the farmers, but deliberately failed to pay the victims their shares of the profits.The investigation also found that Schwan filed several financial reports and other documents with the Ohio Department of Agriculture that falsely reported and concealed his liabilities and the money he owed the victims.Of the more than $3.2 million dollars that Schwan must repay, approximately $2.5 million will be used to reimburse the Ohio Grain Indemnity Fund, which previously reimbursed the farmers for the majority of their losses. The fund, which is paid for by Ohio farmers through a half-cent per bushel fee, reimburses farmers when a grain handler becomes insolvent.“All of Ohio’s grain farmers pay into the Grain Indemnity Fund and we’re pleased it will be reimbursed for their ultimate benefit,” Daniels said. “We appreciate the work of all parties to resolve this matter, making sure Ohio farmers are protected for years to come.”The remaining restitution will reimburse the balance of the funds still owed to the farmers and will pay for investigative costs incurred by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.Farm equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars was also seized as part of the investigation.The case was prosecuted by attorneys with Attorney General DeWine’s Special Prosecutions Section.Schwan will be sentenced before Huron County Common Pleas Court Judge James W. Conway on August 23, 2018.last_img read more

ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, 16 January 2010

first_img27 – 28 January 2010: Amsterdam, The NetherlandsEnterprise Social 2.0: Rip or ROI?This senior executive event will bring together decision makers from the Top Fortune companies to discuss innovative strategies on how to maximise business performance through social media engagement. The event will include keynote speeches, best-practice presentations as well as interactive discussion sessions.The summit will provide excellent opportunities for you to hear international experts discuss best practices on how to drive business performance using Web 2.0 and social media. Key issues to be discussed include: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The Online Community Unconference East is a gathering of online community professionals – managers, developers, business people, tool providers, investors – to discuss experience and strategies in the development and growth of online communities. As we have found with our past events, the best source of information on all of these challenges is other knowledgeable practitioners. The event runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Digital Sandbox.11 February 2010: New York CityNYC Venture Capital and Angel ShowcaseFundingPost is hosting a VC showcase where 20-plus VC funds and angel groups will be exhibiting their firms during a great cocktail party setting. Each fund will have their own table setup for the sole purpose of meeting great new companies.Additionally, there will be an optional pitching workshop from 2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The cost to participate in the workshop will be $400. This workshop includes the $125 ticket to the event, and a 1/4 page listing in the Venture Guide Magazine. This event is sponsored by Credit Suisse, and takes place at One Madison Avenue, from 6-9:15 p.m.18 February 2010: Silicon Valley, CaliforniaFuture of FundingActive limited partners, top rated venture capitalists, and successful entrepreneurs are invited to Silicon Valley on February 18, 2010 to discuss the Future of Funding. The venture capital bubble has burst, and change is coming. Now is the time to have a constructive dialog about the future with all of the stakeholders at the table.Don’t miss the opportunity to partake in this exclusive event hosted by TheFunded. Please visit www.futureoffunding.com to see speaker and event details.ReadWriteWeb readers use the code “RWW” and get 10% off.15 – 16 March 2010: London, England2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams: Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only7 – 9 April 2010: Sydney, AustraliaConnectNowConnectNow brings together international specialists and thought leaders in social media, emerging technologies and their intersection with business. Learn how the realtime web, location based services, augmented reality, ubiquitous computing and personalised services are changing marketing and communications. Understand the importance of trust in relationship marketing and what is “social currency”. For more info email [email protected] January is half over but there’s still plenty of events to catch. In the next two weeks, London, San Francisco and Amsterdam will be home to a variety of tech-related seminars and conferences. Keep up to date with ReadWriteWeb’s weekly events guide by downloading the entire calendar in iCal format or importing it into your Google Calendar. You can also import individual events using the link beside each entry.Know of an event taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.20 January 2010: LondonNew Digital Revenue Streams SeminarMadgex and Abacus e-Media are hosting a free seminar that will offer advice and case studies from media organisations that have successfully created a direct impact on profit margins. The event is supported by the Association of Online Publishers (AOP) and Haymarket-owned Brand Republic, and will feature speakers, including David Archer, CEO of Scottish Television.The breakfast seminar takes place at the Council Chambers, Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London from 8.30-11 a.m. (registration and breakfast from 8.15 a.m.). To register, book here or email [email protected] January 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaCatalyst ConferenceVator.tv, a leading platform for entrepreneurs and innovators to broadcast themselves, and provider of news and information through VatorNews, and Girls in Tech, a social network enterprise focused on education and empowerment of influential women in technology, are seeking five women-led startups across any stage to present at the Catalyst Conference on January 26, 2010 at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. To be one of the five, join the Catalyst competition today and win the chance to present. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 11 May 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaFinovateSpringFinovateSpring 2010 will again showcase the most cutting-edge financial and banking technology innovations to Silicon Valley and the world. With Finovate’s signature mix of short, fast-paced onstage demos (no slides are allowed) from handpicked companies and intimate networking time with their executives, this conference packs a ton of unique value into a single day.Come see the cutting edge of banking and financial technology and network with hundreds of the leading financial executives, venture capitalists, press, industry analysts, bloggers and fintech entrepreneurs. Early bird registration rates are available.5 October 2010: New York CityFinovateFallFinovateFall will return to Manhattan on Tuesday, October 5 to showcase dozens of the biggest and most innovative new ideas in financial and banking technology from established leaders and hot young companies. The Fall event is the original and largest Finovate and features a single day packed with our special blend of short, fast-paced onstage demos (no slides are allowed) and intimate networking time with top executives from the innovative demoing companies.FinovateFall is a unique chance to see the future of finance and banking before your competition and find the edge you need in today’s market. Early bird registration rates are available.Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. Tags:#Events Guide#web center_img How to integrate social media programs successfully into business strategies?Building business momentum, visibility and market growth through social mediaMeasuring success and influence using metrics and analytics: what are the tools and techniquesIntegrating viral marketing and social media into traditional marketing mixDeveloping and activating audiences using social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts ReadWrite Sponsors 1 – 5, February 2010: New York City, Berlin, London, San Francisco, Toronto, São PauloSocial Media Week The second annual Social Media Week conference will explore the profound impact that social media has on culture, business communications and society at large.The conference is designed as a series of localized events, which city partners are responsible for organizing. Programs will span a variety of formats, ranging from talks and panel discussions, to interactive workshops, seminars and networking events. Registration will open in January 2010 and the majority of events will be free thanks to the global sponsors and event partners.You can find more information at http://socialmediaweekny.com.4 February 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaVator SplashVator.tv, a leading platform for innovators and entrepreneurs to broadcast themselves, is holding its inaugural Vator Splash event on February 4, 2010 at the Cafe du Nord in San Francisco. Catch onstage presenters: Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, Smule CEO Jeff Smith, August Capital VC Howard Hartenbaum and Google Ventures VC Bill Maris. Ten promising startups will also get to present onstage. Enter the Vator Splash competition if you want to present.ReadWriteWeb readers get a 25% discount on their tickets using the code VatorReadWriteWeb.8 February 2010: Tampa, FloridaSocial Fresh TampaThis is the social media conference that comes to you. Social Fresh is a one-day, case-study-rich conference targeted for marketers. Social Fresh Tampa will have 30+ speakers, including Chris Barger of GM, Maggie Fox of Social Media Group and John Andrews of Collective Bias (formerly of Walmart).ReadWriteWeb readers get a 15% discount with the code “RWW15”.10 February 2010: New York CityOnline Community Unconference East 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

NADA conducts surprise raid at NIS Patiala, took dope samples

first_imgThe National Anti Doping Agency on Saturday conducted a surprise raid at the National Institute of Sports, Patiala and took samples from the campers in the backdrop of the doping scandal in athletics.A four-member NADA team, headed by doctor Ankush Gupta, raided the premises of NIS and searched rooms of the campers, besides taking urine samples. The raid started around 1300hrs.The raid and taking of samples was not directed to track and field athletes only but to all the campers at the NIS.”A four-member team raided NIS, searched the rooms of the campers there and took urine samples also for dope testing. Dr Ankush Gupta was the team leader and there was one lady officer of NADA also,” NADA Director General Rahul Bhatnagar told PTI.Bhatnagar, however, said that the raid was a part of the routine drive of NADA to increase monitoring of athletes from using performance-enhancing drugs.”It was not directed to track and field athletes. The team raided the rooms of other non track and field campers also and took samples from them. It was part of our routine drive under our increased vigilance to tackle doping,” he said.Eight track and field athletes tested positive for anbolic steroids in one of the worst doping scandals in the country and six of them trained at the NIS Patiala.Mandeep Kaur, Sini Jose and Ashwini Akkunji, who were part of the 4x400m relay quartet that won gold in the Commonwealth and Asian Games last year, and three other quartermilers Jauna Murmu, Tiana Mary Thomas and Priyanka Panwar were training at NIS when they were caught for doping.– With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues travel advisory for Miami and South Florida

first_img Four killed in plane en route to Provo; not natives South Florida records first cases of Zika virus Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIn light of the reports of robberies of Bahamians in Miami and the south Florida area, the general public is again advised to exercise caution and care when travelling to South Florida.Bahamians visiting that area are advised to always travel around in groups and avoid remote and dimly lit areas.Do not leave valuables in your car at all as the reported break ins have been of valuables left in the trunks of cars. Additionally, travelers are advised to leave all travel documents including airline tickets, Police Certificates and passports in a secured place such as a safety deposit box at the hotel.Bahamians in need of assistance while in South Florida can contact the Miami office of The Bahamas Consulate General at the following address: Ingraham Building Suite 81825 South East Second AvenueMiami, Florida 33131Tel: 305-373-6295Fax: 305-373-6312END Related Items:bahamas consulate, bahamians, south florida Haitians gearing up for May Celebration in South Florida Recommended for youlast_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:DDME urges residence to be prepared, one death reported in St. Vincent due to TS Matthew Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 28, 2016 – One death reported from St. Vincent and the Grenadines as strong TS Matthew lashes the islands of the South Western Caribbean.   DDME Director Dr. Virginia Clerveaux is being briefed regularly by her counterparts in the strike zone.The damage already being caused by the 13th named system for the 2016 season is further evidence that it only takes one, that one does not have to be a severe hurricane and proof that preparedness is key.  TCI has fortunately missed a direct impact so far this year, and this is a blessing.  Though there is a tendency for some to feel cheated when a storm dissipates or changes trajectory; it is undeniable that the spending on preparation is far less expensive and painful than paying for a direct hit.Storms in recent years caused mainly flood damage and have cost TCI hundreds of millions in direct spending and lost revenue, combined.  Matthew is forecast to become a hurricane and will make a northern turn which will send it in our general direction.  Brace for it by being prepared and recognize that here is still one more month left in the hurricane peak season.DDME has already had meetings with District Commissioners ahead of TS Matthew and tomorrow, Shelter Managers will run a simulation of setting up a storm shelter….. it will happen at the Gus Lightbourne Gym.last_img read more


first_imgIanthe Pratt PrimaryProvidencialesGrades 4 and 5 to join Grade 6 Clement Howell HighProvidencialesForms 4 and 5 Eliza Simons Primary Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 10, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Education appreciates the understanding that parents and the general public demonstrated over the past few weeks as we worked out the logistics for the resumption of school since the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria.   As previously mentioned, our priority was to get the senior students at both the primary and high school levels back to school as quickly as possible.   While this is so, the Ministry is keen to ensure that students resume classes in conditions that are safe and healthy –  free from mold and other hazards.   To this end, the Ministry of Education has partnered with the Public Works Department and the Environmental Health Department and we are pleased to announce the reopening of the following schools and for the following students with effect from, Tuesday, 10th October 2017: Long Bay HighProvidencialesForms 1 and 2 H. J. Robinson HighGrand TurkForms 1 to 5 Grand TurkInfant 1 to Grade 6 at the Ona Glinton Primary SchoolIsland/locationForms or Grades Enid Capron PrimaryProvidencialesGrades 4, 5 and 6center_img Ona Glinton PrimaryGrand TurkInfant 1 to Grade 6 The Ministry of Education commits to continue updating you via further announcements in the coming days, as we work together to return our students to a state of normalcy. The Public is hereby reminded of the reopening of the following schools: SchoolIsland/locationForms or Grades Oseta Jolly PrimaryProvidencialesGrades 4 to 6 at the Gustavus Lightbourne Sports ComplexGrades 2 and 3 at the Edward Gartland Youth Centre Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Pellegrinis agent denies United links

first_imgAccording to the agent of AS Roma star Lorenzo Pellegrini, “only thinking about Roma” and not interested in a move to Manchester United.Pellegrini has a £27m release clause in his contract and Jose Mourinho is reportedly interested in signing the 22-year-old Italy international after an impressive start to the season.However, his agent Giampiero Pocetta was quick to rubbish reports linking Pellegrini to the Red Devils in the January transfer window.“I’m sorry that rumors have spread about financial aspects relating to him and his team-mates, that for Lorenzo have never been important,” Pocetta told Corriere Dello Sport.“He doesn’t live for meetings, especially financial ones.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He’s getting what he deserves on the pitch, and the rumors about the transfer market have never distracted him nor disturbed him.“Pellegrini is only thinking about improving with, and for, Roma.“These issues don’t count, for now, it’s normal that Pellegrini is liked. Lorenzo is happy though, he’s already chosen Roma once.“Then, when it’s time, we’ll sit down with Monchi [Roma sporting director] again.”last_img read more