Seton Catholic Central to go remote following 2 positive tests at its facility

first_imgStudents will return to in-person learning on Oct. 14. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — 7 through 12th grade students at Seton Catholic Central will move to remote learning after the Broome County Health Department notified the school that it has two positive cases of COVID-19 in its facility. The school says it will notify the community if any more changes to the school calendar occurs. The school says the decision to switch to remote learning was based on several factors. Including: Broome County Executive Jason Garnar’s request for people to stay home and the rising number of cases in Broome County. In a news release, the school said the decision was not easy but administrators feel the decision was made for the best.last_img read more

A first for Africa: graduating with an indigenous knowledge degree

first_imgIt’s Africa Month so we take a look at the degree in indigenous knowledge systems offered at North West University. The first batch of students graduated in April.From left to right, Baatile Mamabolo, Morapedi Mohohlo, Vinolia Setshego, Nkhumisang Kekana, Thelma Molokwa, Monica Bhuda, Kgothatso Mafiri, Tshepiso Ndhlovu, Olefile Mogotsi and Lesley Mashego graduate on 24 April 2017 with degrees in indigenous knowledge systems (IKS), a first qualification of its kind, from North West University. (Image supplied)Priya PitamberKgothatso Mafiri and Peter Tshepiso Ndhlovu are two of the 12 graduates from the first cohort of students studying for a degree in indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) at North West University (NWU).“I have learnt that IKS is everywhere and it is not stagnant,” says Mafiri, who attended the graduation ceremony on 24 April 2017.“IKS can help with the many problems that humankind is faced with in recent times, such as sicknesses, climate change, poverty, and many other things.”During her studies, Mafiri says, she learnt a lot about who she was, both as a South African and as an Africa. “I have learnt to appreciate all the different cultures of the world and understand that none is more important than the other.”Ndhlovu has decided to continue his studies and will do a Masters degree. He says it is an opportunity to study something relevant to his identity. “Indigenous knowledge is one of the most undermined disciplines across the community and among other students so I [took the chance] to be one of the few to make a difference in studying the concept of livelihoods in the context of Africa.”#Indigenous knowledge systems could be a model for #ClimateChange mitigation:— UN Environment (@UNEP) January 22, 2016What is indigenous knowledge systems?The IKS course is interdisciplinary in nature and takes four years to complete, says lecturer Dr George Sedupane, a phytotherapist by profession. The modules cover four areas: arts and culture, health, science and technology, and agriculture. The students are guided by academics and knowledgeable members of the community.In its simplest terms, the course streamlines local knowledge as a curriculum.Watch:Sedupane uses the example of food indigenous to South Africa, of which many crops grow easily with minimal maintenance.“There is no reason for so many people to be having anaemia when indigenous greens such as amaranth thepe has 12 times the iron found in cabbage,” he says. “Pumpkin leaves have more than 22 times the iron found in cabbage.”But cabbage is associated with modernity and so is more likely to be consumed. “We are now buying Chinese cabbage and goji berries for their touted health benefits, as if we do not have our own God given greens and berries.“The indigenous knowledge qualification seeks to help us take pride in what we have and to use it. It makes economic, agronomic and nutritional sense.”He says IKS “will aid Africans in using the vast cultural, scientific and natural resources to address the pressing economic, health and food security challenges facing the continent, as well as aesthetic needs”.There are more than 50,000 flowering plants in sub-Saharan Africa, which many people don’t realise, Sedupane says.“Some of these plants have been used for various purposes, including medicine. In my own practice I have used certain indigenous plants to treat recalcitrant conditions that had not responded to conventional treatment. I believe that we have only scratched the surface.”Watch this to learn more about indigenous knowledge:Importance of indigenous knowledge systemsFollowing the establishment of the IKS Centre at the NWU, other countries have shown an interest in setting up similar initiatives. The university is providing advice, says Sedupane.The knowledge held by African people, he says, has either been denied, denounced and ignored or siphoned, exported and repackaged as other people’s expertise.“Thus the IKS qualifications were initiated to recognise and celebrate the value, validity and utility of African knowledge. Indigenous knowledge is a very important driving force for sustainable living and economic development.”Such a course is the perfect antidote to recent discussions on decolonising education, he says. “It is essential for propelling Africa into the 21st century, not merely as a consumer but as a producer of knowledge.”Starting outSedupane has always loved an indigenous lifestyle. Despite growing up in Montshiwa, in the city of Mahikeng, his family would visit his parents’ villages, Mareetsane and Khunwana, every year.“I loved the sights, sounds and activities of rural African life. The bellowing of beasts, their pasturing and milking, decorating with their dung — all had an enigmatic charm on my mind.”Qualifying as a phytotherapist allowed him to combine his interests in agriculture, nutrition and medicine. He lectured in phytotherapy for eight years at the University of the Western Cape. When he returned to his home town he was approached to become involved in the IKS centre.Africa’s history and knowledge“Much of Africa’s story has been told by people who saw it through a Eurocentric lens and thus it has been distorted to a large degree,” says Sedupane.As tools of cultural change, the media and education have a role to play in updating mindsets. “So indigenous knowledge needs to be embedded in curriculums from Grade 0 all the way to matric. Programmes that highlight, celebrate and teach indigenous knowledge need to be produced. Just as strenuous efforts have been made to make people gender sensitive, similar efforts can be made to make people indigenous knowledge or Afro sensitive.A student noted in his final year research project that South African museums had an opportunity to portray a full picture of African life. “So in his Masters research he is exploring how Afrocentricity can be infused in South African museology. This is just one of the ways we can promote our culture,” says Sedupane.Going forwardNdhlovu would like to share the knowledge he has gained with others, including the government, and people living in urban areas. “[I’d like] to show people from the cities that it is possible to know your livelihoods,” he says.Community upliftment and education are close to Mafiri’s heart and is already taking part in projects that “educate the African about who she truly is and the worth of her knowledge”.Ideally, she’d like to return to her home town in Limpopo to empower people because, she says, there is a high rate of unemployment. “I would like to implement projects that will teach people to be financially stable and be able to sustain themselves and their families on a long term basis.”She’s also thinking about furthering her studies.For his part, Sedupane would like to expand the course to include ethno-economics, ethno-politics and ethno-botany.The programme, he says, would be greatly enriched by students from other countries. “So our arms are open to students from Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia, Angola, Mauritius, Seychelles, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This, however, does not exclude any other students from anywhere in the world.”Revolutionising education“It would be great if many of the mainstream universities could actually consider offering the course as we are being faced with a youth that is concerned with the African renaissance and revolutionising the education system,” Mafiri says.“We are the first of our kind and it is only a matter of time before we are recognised and start making a difference in our little corners.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Changing it Up: An Invitation to Explore Change

first_imgBy: Caitlyn BrownPixabay[Change Arrows by geralt May 1, 2006, CC0]Change is one of the hardest things we experience in life. We are constantly riddled with situations that require a response from us. From an early age, we learn to adapt, to grow and hopefully, to thrive. These situations can be as small as adjusting to a change in schedule, to as large as going through a huge loss or life adjustment. However, these changes are significant regardless of the relative size.Adaptation and flexibility are cornerstones for growth and progress. Our personal ability to adapt to difficult or new situations allows us to learn and further develop. Situations that are uncomfortable provide us an opportunity to grow personally and professionally. When faced with difficult situations, we have the chance to make decisions that will push us towards the person we are meant to be. Oftentimes, there is a heavy overlap between our adaptive abilities and our resiliency.Growth is unavoidable physically and in most situations, developmentally. Understandably, we often view progress and growth as parallel processes, two things that exist simultaneously. Growth and Progress are not necessarily linear, nor are they concepts that can always be tracked. Our personal growth and progress may occur in response to difficulties and challenges, however, sometimes the changes within one’s self may not always be noticeable until we are faced with an even harder situation that we manage to handle in stride.Thriving in difficulty requires adaptation and personal growth. Every difficult situation requires a response- we can adapt to the situation, grow in our ability to cope and learn, resulting in our ability to thrive and handle it successfully. Rigidity can cost us growth and an inability to grow prevents us from thriving and experiencing the most out of life.Join the Military Families Learning Network as we further explore how to THRIVE, GROW, and ADAPT to change at our Virtual Conference Learning through Change.  Check out our speakers, topics, and schedules and get registered here:  /2017virtualconference/.This post was written by  Caitlyn Brown of the  MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

CEU shocks Flying V, advances to D-League Finals

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CEU 72 – Wamar 19, Aquino 13, Casiño 12, Ebondo 11, Manlangit 11, Jeruta 4, Arim 2, Uri 2, Cruz 2, Fuentes 0.FLYING V 67 – Teng 19, Thiele 13, Torres 8, Banal 7, Paredes 6, Salamat 6, Austria 3, Tampus 3, Cañada 2, Dionisio 0.Quarters: 12-18, 32-39, 51-54, 72-67.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIEScenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Orlan Wamar. PBA IMAGESCentro Escolar University dug deep and stunned Flying V, 72-67, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig to oust the top seed and move on to the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals.Orlan Wamar kept the Scorpions afloat with 17 points built of four treys, on top of two rebounds, while Art Aquino emerged as the biggest thorn in the side of the Thunder with his 13-point, 10-rebound performance.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hans Thiele had a chance to tie the game for Flying V at in the final minute, but he botched his shot from up-close, allowing Ebondo to seal the game with three freebies in the waning seconds of the game.“I just told my players to stay focused and stick to our gameplan,” said Garcia.The Scorpions will now prepare for Cignal HD in the best-of-three Finals, starting on Tuesday.Leading Conference MVP candidate Jeron Teng bowed out with 19 points, six assists, and five rebounds, while Thiele got 13 markers and four boards in the exit.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT JK Casiño also added 12 markers and five boards, JJ Manlangit had 11 points and nine rebounds, as Rod Ebondo took care of the dirty work with his 11 markers and 18 boards.“I’m so proud of my players because they gave their best. That’s how we’re able to make it here,” said coach Yong Garcia, who made the Finals in his first conference at the helm for CEU.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Scorpions became only the second fourth-seed to advance to the championship series, following the footsteps of Tanduay in the 2016 Foundation Cup.CEU crawled back from a 13-point deficit, 25-12, and slowly chipped away the lead before finally zooming ahead 58-57, thanks to a Manlangit jumper at the 7:18 mark of the fourth quarter. Korea downs China for AVC bronze Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View commentslast_img read more

Virat Kohli congratulates ‘sword master’ Ravindra Jadeja for topping the charts

first_imgVirat Kohli has congratulated close friend and Test cricket’s number one bowler Ravindra Jadeja for edging past Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan to claim the top spot in the ICC’s Test rankings for all-rounders. Kohli and Jadeja go back a long way. They were part of the Indian under-19 team which won the World Cup in Malaysia in 2008. The two went on to debut for India soon after and have been inseparable on the field and are known to constantly banter with each other in the dressing-room.Big Congratulations to our sword master Mr Jadeja for becoming the Number 1 test all rounder with @ashwinravi99. Well done Jaddu! @imjadeja- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 8, 2017Jadeja made his Test debut in 2013 against Australia and made an immediate mark. Over the next four years, he emerged from R Ashwin’s shadow to finally claim the top spot in the ICC’s rankings for Test bowlers.The spunky left-arm all-rounder was particularly impressive against England and Australia and is now in the habit of making important contributions with the bat.In the famous Lord’s Test win in 2014, it was Jadeja’s aggressive fifty in the second innings that once again turned the momentum in India’s favour.India are currently 2-0 up in the three-Test series against Sri Lanka and it was yet again Jadeja’s all-round performance which helped the team seal its first innings win Sri Lanka. After smashing an unbeaten 70, Jadeja returned to take a five-wicket haul in the face of a gutsy resistance by the hosts in their second gig.advertisementJadeja also gained nine places to reach 51st rank among batsmen while India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has attained a career-best 44th position after moving up four places.Meanwhile, India batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have made notable movements after their centuries in the Colombo Test helped India take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series with an innings and 53 runs win over Sri Lanka. Pujara’s knock of 133 in his 50th Test has helped him to a career-high 888 points and third position while Rahane has moved from 11th to fifth position with a score of 132.However, it was a bitter-sweet experience for Jadeja, who was banned for the third and final Test in Pallekele for breaching the ICC’s Code of Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) August 7, 2017last_img read more

Police may need help in search for body of Tanya Nepinak

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg Police stated that they will go ahead with the search of a local landfill site for the body of Tanya Nepinak.Because of the size of the area it will take a considerable amount of man-power.They have yet to issue an official call for volunteers but they’ve hinted that some may be needed.So how vital will volunteers be to this search?APTN’s Matt Thordarson explains.last_img

NBA Superstar in Five Cays Community Center

first_img Related Items:beaches resort and spa, Deayne wade, five cays community center, nba Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Sept. 20,2014 – NBA SUPERSTAR Dwayne Wade in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos at Five Cays Community Center courtesy of Beaches Resort Villages and Spa.Two foundations connect for this up close and personal training experiences for scores of young basketballers in Provo.Wade’s World Foundation and the Sandals Foundation scoring big with the surprise event.Dwayne Wade, his sister T Wade and his two sons not only giving basketball lessons but advice on volunteerism. Buddy high on NBA best Rookie list Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pierlast_img read more