Rajiv in as Pearl of Africa rally kicks off in Kayunga

first_imgRajiv is fresh from winning the Kayunga Autocross. (PHOTO/Courtesy)KAYUNGA – Budding rally champion Rajiv Rupareria joins a host of other drivers as the Pearl of Africa Rally 2019 5th Round kicks off in Busiika, Kayunga on Friday.The two-day championship has attracted over 50 drivers from the region, chief organiser Mr. Dusman Okee told PML Daily.“This will be the fifth round of Africa Rally Championship (ARC) as well as the fourth round of the National Rally Championship (NRC),” Mr. Okee, the President of The Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda, said.New entrant Rajiv Ruparelia, is an add on to the already exciting menu with seniors like Arthur Blick, Leon Ssenyange and Ronald Ssebuguzi as well as foreign drivers making the event.Dusman Okee, says that as Uganda hosts the rally, it will give the country more mileage.“The event has given us more mileage as a hosting nation,” he saidA statement from Rajiv Ruparelia Rally Team says that Rajiv, who is participating under his “Double Trouble” team has confirmed his participation in the Pearl of Africa rally competition after taking on former champions Posiano Rwakataka and Ronald Ssebuguzi in the recent Kayunga Autocross where he emerged victorious.“We are ready. We will be racing in the Peal of Africa Rally. This will be an immersive experience, we can’t wait,” he said.The Shell V-Power Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally (POAUR) 2019 will be the 5th Round of the Federation Internationale de I’Automobile (FIA) Africa Rally Championship.The total length of the rally will be approximately 476 Kms. It will be run on gravel roads in the private sugar cane plantations 90 Kms east of Kampala, around the town of Kayunga and Busiika.Comments Tags: Arthur blickleon ssenyangePearl of Africa Rally 2019Rajiv RupareriaRonald Ssebuguzitoplast_img read more

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SA university puts lectures online

first_imgA screenshot of one of the split-screen podcast presentations offered by the University of Florida’s Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology website.Samson MulugetaFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialStudents at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) will now be able to attend lectures any time, day and night, thanks to a new online podcasting programme – the first of its kind in South Africa.The university believes podcasting will be an important educational tool in the years to come, calling it a “significant development for both staff and students.”Announcing the programme, the university said that “lectures, including teaching aids and presentations, will be recorded and made available for download on cell phones, IPods and handhelds.”The project was launched by the UKZNInno-vation, UKZN’s School of Information Systems and Technology (IS&T), the University Research Office and the Core Group. It came at a cost of R1-million (US$125 000), the university said.“The introduction of podcasting at UKZN indicates that the faculty is at the forefront of innovative methods for improving the teaching and learning experience of all students,” said Prof Lesley Stainbank, dean of the Faculty of Management Studies, in a statement.  “Students will be able to download lectures and listen to or view them at any time to gain a better understanding of the material, or for revision.”Stainbank said Prof Manoj Maharaj, head of information and technology, deserved credit for coordinating the project’s debut at the university.Vice-Chancellor Malegapuru Makgoba said the university must adapt to new technologies. “Physical contact is an important aspect of teaching, but we need to make podcasting a normal way to communicate,” he said.UKZN was founded in 2004 out of the merger of the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal, making it among the first institutions to be consolidated in the South African Government’s effort to create fewer but stronger educational institutions in a democratic South Africa.  Before 1994, under apartheid, educational institutions in South Africa were overwhelmingly segregated by race.The university plans to expand its podcast programmes across it various campuses in the coming months.Around the globe, more and more educational institutions are making their courses available on the internet. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) outside Boston in the US, for example, plans to place all its offerings on the web for everyone to access free of charge. According to the New York Times, MIT’s plan is “a 10-year initiative, apparently the biggest of its kind, that intends to create public Web sites for almost all of its 2 000 courses and to post materials like lecture notes, problem sets, syllabuses, exams, simulations, even video lectures”.Also in the US, Florida State University recently launched its Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology, a website that provides podcasts of lectures, conference presentations and more in a split-screen format that shows both the speaker and the presentation slides.In South Africa, a foremost voice in the role of emerging technology in academia is Prof Derek Keats, the deputy vice chancellor of knowledge and information management at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Keats says the relatively slow and expensive bandwidth in South Africa now restricts the use of technology, but next year, when the country’s bandwidth is set to expand, there will be an explosion of such uses.“Fairly basic cell phones and MP3 players are the consumer technologies that have the most potential in [higher education] in South Africa,” says Keats.  “Those institutions that are best able to exploit messaging and MP3 audio capability will have an edge on this space because they will have built the educational processes that can be adapted to new consumer technologies as they become available.”A new 15 000 km fibre-optic underwater cable called Seacom, connecting France, East Africa and KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast, is expected to be fully operational next year. The R5-billion project is expected to drastically lower broadband costs and make connectivity up to 40 times faster.“Those institutions that begin to experiment with video technologies and streaming in 2009 will have a lead in 2010 when bandwidth is less of a limitation,” Keats says. “This will again be mainly because they will have developed the pedagogical and educational processes that can be adapted as the bandwidth environment improves.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesAfrican music goes digital Wacs cable gets the green light SA web users to double by 2014 Broadband in Africa set to soar Ubuntu software for schools SA items in World Digital LibraryUseful linksUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal University of the Witwatersrand Knowledge and Information Management MIT Open CourseWare Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technologylast_img read more

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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum wins Skills Challenge

first_imgCHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 16: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics celebrates during the Taco Bell Skills Challenge as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 16, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPBoston’s Jayson Tatum hit a 3-pointer from just beyond midcourt to beat Atlanta’s Trae Young in the final round of the skills competition at All-Star Saturday night.Tatum defeated Memphis’ Mike Conley in the first round, then topped Denver’s Nikola Jokic in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Tatum was slightly behind Young going into the 3-pointer, the final shot of the event, and decided he needed to try the long shot to get one in before Young could shoot for the title.Tatum says the trophy will go to his mother’s home. He says he was “just out here trying to have fun. I threw one up and it went in.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJokic defeated Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic, Young beat Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox and Dallas’ Luka Doncic topped the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma in other first-round matchups. Young beat Doncic in the semifinals. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments Joe Harris tops Stephen Curry for 3-point title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town 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 Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

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