OAKLAND — Kevin Durant’s future with the Warriors may not hinge on if they win another NBA championship in June. Or how alluring he finds it to play at the new Chase Center. Or that well-chronicled episode of Draymond Green yelling at him at the end of the Clippers game two months ago.It might end because the New York Knicks now have space for two max contracts after trading Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks. Officially, the Knicks received DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and two …
Maths Centre targets its programmes at teachers and students in some of the most poorly resourced primary and high schools in the country.(Image: Maths Centre)Sharanjeet Shan of Maths Centre, a South African NPO, has been named 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation.Shan is one of 33 social entrepreneurs around the world who have been recognised by the foundation for designing and applying practical solutions to social challenges.Maths Centre targets its programmes at teachers and students in some of the most poorly resourced primary and high schools in the country. The Schwab Foundation, an NPO, was founded in 1998 to foster social entrepreneurs who find innovative solutions that are able to help society progress.Indian by birth, Shan was educated in India and England, although she has lived in South Africa for over 20 years and considers herself a citizen of the world.An educationist at heart, she said: “Once you get to know who you really are and why you wake up every morning, then that’s the path you want to follow. For me that path was as a teacher and ultimately as a director at Maths Centre.”Under Shan’s leadership, Maths Centre develops programmes to enhance teacher qualifications and professionalism in teaching mathematics, science, and technology subjects, while systematically monitoring learners’ progress.As part of the award, Shan will represent Maths Centre at World Economic Forum (WEF) meetings in Shanghai, Cape Town and Davos.“Social entrepreneurs are visionaries but are also realists, and are ultimately concerned with the practical implementation of scalable solutions,” explained Hilde Schwab, the co-founder and chairperson of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. “The 33 outstanding social entrepreneurs we have selected into the Schwab Foundation community this year are designing transformative models in collaboration with government and business partners to generate truly inclusive growth. As such, social entrepreneurs represent an integral and dynamic community of the WEF.”David Aikman, the managing director of the WEF, said: “We are seeing greater appetite among other stakeholder groups of the Forum to learn from social innovation models and collaborate with social entrepreneurs in innovative ways.”He was confident this trend would continue to grow in the future. The WEF was proud to be among the stakeholder groups for social and environmental change.The 33 will join the broader Schwab Foundation community of social entrepreneurs, which includes more than 300 outstanding people from 60 countries. The foundation says they are fully integrated into the events and initiatives of the WEF. They contribute actively to and benefit from peer-to-peer exchanges with other social entrepreneurs, as well as interactions with top leaders in business, the government, civil society and the media.MATHS CENTREMaths Centre’s 2014 projects supported 520 schools, reaching 174 695 learners and 4 268 teachers in maths and science. Children affected by Maths Centre programmes achieved pass rates of 81.3% in mathematics and 85.5% in physical science. In addition, 146 pupils got bursaries to further their studies in industries that are dependent on maths and science competency, such as engineering and financial services.According to the centre, a recent project rolled out in Eastern Cape resulted in an increase of 86% in pupils’ average maths marks. A similar project in Limpopo led to an increase of 53% in average pupil maths marks. As a result of this strong track record, Maths Centre has received support from leading local and international funders including Shell, Absa and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. It has also partnered with provincial departments of basic education in all nine provinces.The contribution from a variety of funders and volunteers is indicative of Maths Centre’s aim to include all role players in ensuring a successful education for South African children. Shan said: “For true transformation to occur, we need to tackle all facets that are hindering disadvantaged schools from catching up to higher standards of education.”All doesn’t end in the classroom for the centre. Its programmes go beyond the school and include parents and communities in its solution to the education crisis. “Let every teacher champion their classroom, every parent their children, every grandparent their grandchildren with love, strong discipline and care, no matter what it takes,” she added.
The Home Ministry said on Monday that it had “no business” to interfere in the police investigations regarding a “local case” in Chandigarh.“The Home Ministry has no business to get into [interfere with] a local case,” Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said denying allegations made by the Congress.New SSP appointedAmid the controversy around the stalking incident, the Ministry appointed a woman Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Jagdalek Nilambari Vijay, as Senior Superintendent of Police, Chandigarh, a post lying vacant for months. Ms. Vijay, a 2008-batch officer of the Punjab cadre, was sent on deputation to Chandigarh on Monday.Chandigarh is a Union Territory, which is administered by the Home Ministry, in accordance with the provisions of Article 239 to 241 of the Constitution. “Since my response is strictly according to media coverage, my assessment is that the accused should not have been allowed to be let out on bail immediately. His custody ought to have been sought to verify the complaint,” Puducherry Lieutenant-Governor Kiran Bedi told The Hindu.
India will undertake the flight test of its indigenous cryogenic stage onboard homegrown rocket GSLV-D5 which will launch GSAT-14 by the middle of 2012, a top ISRO official has said.A facility for static testing of the cryogenic engine would be ready in another two months at ISRO’s Liquid Propulsions Systems centre (LPSC) at Mahendragiri in Tirunelveli district, Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K Radhakrishnan said.The new thrust chamber facility for static testing would be a big boon for the LPSC, Radhakrishnan told reporters at the LPSC on Friday after inagurating a two-day National Conference on “Expanding Frontiers in Propulsion Technology”.The maiden flight test of the indigenous cryogenic stage by ISRO onboard Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-D3 ended in a failure in May, 2010 after the stage developed some snag and the rocket plunged into sea minutes after liftoff.Radhakrishnan said India’s advanced communication satellite GSAT-8, launched from Kourou in French Guiana on May 21, would become operational by June end.He also said ISRO would launch another communication satellite GSAT-12, equipped with 12 c-band transponders, onboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSVL-C17 on July 2.PSLV- C18 would be launched in September from Sriharikota carrying Mega Tropiques satellite, an Indo-French joint venture.On December 11, microwave remote sensing satellite Risat 1 would be launched. It would be able to take clear pictures of sky even if they were covered by clouds.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisement
Actress Sonakshi Sinha, mostly seen as the traditional Indian girl on the screen, will be seen as a boxer in a sequence in A.R. Murugadoss’ forthcoming directorial Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty. She says “personality wise, the role is closest to me as possible”.There are not many leading actresses in the Hindi film industry who shed their “girly” look to play a strong sportsperson on the big screen. But Sonakshi, who has also studied fashion designing, has no qualms about essaying such roles.”I was interested in it immediately because I played sports in school and college. Personality wise, the role is closest to me as possible. It was like being myself on screen and doing what I love to do,” Sonakshi told IANS here. Sonakshi Sinha plays a boxer in Holiday”I would love to do a film in the future where I can explore this facet a little bit more where I can play sports probably longer,” added the actress, known for serenading the big screen in saris-backless blouse or bright coloured traditional attires with her curls left loose in movies.For the scene, in which she is seen as a boxer participating in an inter-college championship, she took some training from Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh and her co-star Akshay Kuma too gave her tips to prepare for the role.”Yes, I did (take training) but I’ve always been a sportsperson. The basic body language has always been there. I play a lot of sports like tennis, basketball and volleyball but boxing is something that I’ve never done before and I needed help on it,” said the 26-year-old.advertisementShe said that the Ghajini director wanted her to look as realistic as possible, so be it her co-star Akshay or Vijender, who will soon make his acting debut with Akshay’s production Fugly, all forces got together to help her get into the skin of the character.”He (Murugadoss) didn’t want me to look girly or stylised or fake. Akshay showed me a little bit about boxing and made me meet boxer Vijender Singh who told me about the body language of a boxer and that helped in making it more convincing on the screen,” said Sonakshi.While the men made sure that she got the boxing moves right, the women helped her to achieve the sporty look.”The sporty look was styled by Sakshi Mehra, who is my stylist. Rest of the film has been done by Ami Patel,” she said.While she is yet to get an offer that would let her step into shoes of a sportsperson, she is thrilled about being chosen for the role in Holiday.”Akshay has worked with me before and he knew I am into sports. We’ve played sports on many of our film sets. He knew that I would be capable of pulling off the character and would be able to do what the role requires me to do physically,” said the actress, who acted with the 46-year-old in movies like Rowdy Rathore and Joker.Produced by Vipul Shah and presented by Reliance Entertainment, Holiday will hit theatres June 6.