TORY ISLAND STUDENT WINS FIRST IN IRELAND

first_imgLaurenA student from Tory Island has scooped a first in Ireland.Lauren Ní Bhaoill, who is a final-year student at Colaiste Phobaiol Cholmcille has won first place in the Juventes Translatores translation competition run by the European Commission.The Juvenes Translatores (Latin for ‘young translators’) contest has been organised every year since 2007 by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation. Its aim is to promote language learning in schools and give young people a taste of what it is like to be a translator.It is open to 17-year old secondary school pupils (for those born in 1998, for this year’s contest) and takes place at the same time in all selected schools across the EU, including in its outermost regions.The contest has inspired and encouraged some of the participants to pursue their languages at university level and to become translators.Eleven schools in Ireland took part in the competition where students, who are seventeen years old, translate a piece of writing from one European language to another. Lauren chose to translate the article about a person doing voluntary work in Sierra Leone, from English to her native Irish, and a result of her efforts she has won a trip to Brussels for herself and a parent.A prize will be presented to all 28 European winners at a ceremony in Brussels in April. And Karen Ní Dhuibhir, another leaving cert student, came second in the competition.It seems that the Tory islanders have excellent translating abilities because eight years ago another student from the College won the same competition.TORY ISLAND STUDENT WINS FIRST IN IRELAND was last modified: February 5th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

South African chemistry kit to inspire young scientists

first_imgA locally created chemistry experiment kit was created to ignite a love of science in learners. Developed by social entrepreneur Bathabile Mpofu, ChemStart is a fun and practical learning aid for high school science.Launched in 2016, the ChemStart chemistry kit offers high school learners the chance to gain much-needed hands-on experience with practical science experiments and enhance their STEM education. (Image: Nkazimulo Applied Sciences)CD AndersonInspired by her own experiences of struggling with science and chemistry at high school and university, Bathabile Mpofu set about developing a locally manufactured chemistry kit, ChemStart.ChemStart is a product of Nkazimulo Applied Sciences, a company founded by creator Mpofu. It is packed with hands-on chemistry and applied science experiments that learners can use to enhance their understanding of the high school science syllabus.Consisting of 52 individual exercises, ChemStart is aimed at helping learners grasp various scientific concepts through self-motivation rather than traditional instruction alone.(Image: Nkazimulo Applied Sciences)(Image: Nkazimulo Applied Sciences)The idea is doing its part to develop much-needed skillsets for economic growth in South Africa and the rest of the continent.According to research by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the demand for specialised skills in fields such as mining, engineering and agriculture is increasing. The building blocks for success begin with a dynamic and modern approach to developing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at high school level.Mpofu says South Africa needs to boost STEM education to empower future generations, adding that while “the curriculum is fantastic… its implementation is facing challenges because most schools do not have adequate infrastructure in place. Learners watch their teachers demonstrate, but they usually don’t have an opportunity to be hands on.”In making chemistry and science fun and interesting rather than dull and intimidating, Mpofu says “science concepts [can] be linked to student’s daily lives to make it [more] relatable… everyone can be a scientist; it doesn’t matter what your economic background is.”Since launching in June 2016, more than 2,000 learners have been using the ChemStart kit in their science studies. The product is also sold commercially, with proceeds from sales used to subsidise learners in disadvantaged communities.The concept won Nkazimulo Applied Sciences a 2016 Total Startupper of the Year award sponsored by LifeCo Unlimited.Mpofu, however, has bigger plans to take the ChemStart idea nationwide, working closely with the Department of Basic Education, private science- and technology-related companies and communities to invest in making the concept a success. She says, though, that communicating the benefits of the idea remains a challenge.“Since we work with schools, it requires meticulous co-ordination because there are several stakeholders involved. Understanding the culture of the school you are dealing with is important. Sometimes when people are faced with a challenge, they are unwilling to see the value in the solution you are offering, so we have to go the extra mile,” says Mpofu.Ideas such as ChemStart are gradually beginning to inspire a new energy in science learning, making it fun, practical and a worthy investment in the future of the country.For more information on ChemStart and Bathabile Mpofu’s continued efforts to develop science education in South Africa, visit the Nkazimulo Applied Sciences website.Source: News24, Destiny MagazineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Twitter buzz: The world reacts to Tiger Woods’ fifth Masters win

first_imgTiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods won the Masters and nearly stopped the Twitterverse in its tracks.There were shout-outs from two presidents who have played with the five-time champion, congrats from a cavalcade of actors and musicians and most fitting, perhaps, were the celebratory toasts from a parade of A-list athletes including Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant and Serena Williams.ADVERTISEMENT ___“Congratulations, Tiger!” former President Barack Obama tweeted. “To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.”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___President Donald Trump, who’s visited his branded golf courses more 150 times since taking office, watched Woods cruise toward victory from his course in Virginia. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid ___Actor Hugh Jackman sent his congrats from a less-exotic locale. He took a selfie in front of a TV screen, apparently at home, showing Woods in the background walking up the fairway en route to his win . “What a comeback!!!” he gushed. “Congrats @GCTigerTracker on winning @TheMasters”___It wasn’t just Americans enthralled with Tiger’s comeback story. The BBC led its evening news broadcast with news of his fifth green jacket. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Watching final hole of @TheMasters. @TigerWoods is looking GREAT!”A moment later, after Woods’ final putt dropped on 18, Trump added from the presidential limousine : “Love people who are great under pressure. What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy!”___New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who won a record sixth Super Bowl this past February, joked that he was plotting how to match the number of major golf championships Woods has now accumulated .“Running the numbers on how long it’ll take me to get to 15…”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Home-court advantage? Warriors had it, now 76ers need it Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brady explained his non-stop tweeting, saying the final round of the Masters was his only “couch day of the year.”___In the NBA, LeBron James said he was “inspired” by Tiger’s win.Portland coach Terry Stotts was into the action even though his team was preparing for a playoff game.Golden State’s Stephen Curry, who played last night, called it the “greatest comeback story in sports.”___Even Serena Williams took a break from partying at tennis player Caroline Wozniacki’s bachelorette party in the Bahamas to congratulate Woods.“I am literally in tears watching @TigerWoods this is Greatness like no other. Knowing all you have been through physically to come back and do what you just did today? Wow Congrats a million times! I am so inspired thank you buddy.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue 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 View commentslast_img read more

Canadian golfers on LPGA PGA Tours show support for victims of Humboldt

first_imgCanadian golfers and their caddies are wearing green and gold ribbons at the LPGA’s Lotte Championship this week to honour the victims of the deadly bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team.Hamilton’s Alena Sharp posted a picture on Twitter of one of the ribbons pinned to the side of her hat.She says all the other Canadians at the Hawaiian tournament were similarly showing support.Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., Anne-Catherine Tanguay of Quebec City and Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., are the other Canadians at the Lotte Championship, which began Wednesday at Ko Olina Golf Club.Canadians on other golf tours also showed their support, with PGA golfer Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., offering to donate money for every hole under par at this week’s RBC Heritage in South Carolina, while the Canadian golfers at last week’s Symetra Tour event pinned green ribbons on their hats.Sixteen people were killed when the Broncos’ bus collided with a semi truck Friday in northern Saskatchewan. Thirteen other people were injured.last_img read more