Spurrier again humbles Kentucky

first_imgAndre Woodson, the hero of the Wildcats’ surprising start, was pressured into several errors. He fumbled after Jonathan Williams’ sack on Kentucky’s first series, and Norwood picked it up for a 2-yard TD return that put the Gamecocks ahead, 7-0. Then with the teams tied at 10 in the second quarter, Woodson drove Kentucky to the 9, but threw his second interception of the season to end the threat. The mistakes continued after halftime. Woodson’s lateral attempt to fullback John Conner was muffed, and this time Norwood grabbed it and ran 53 yards for his second score and a 24-10 lead. Norwood’s touchdown returns matched an NCAA record accomplished three times before, the last by Southern Methodist’s Alvin Nnabuife in 2004. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLLEGE FOOTBALL: South Carolina puts end to Wildcats’ surprising start. By Pete Iacobelli THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier spoiled Kentucky’s perfect start and found himself right where he loves to be – in the thick of the Southeastern Conference race. “Our guys are starting to believe the ball can keep bouncing our way,” Spurrier said. It certainly did Thursday night in the 11th-ranked Gamecocks’ 38-23 win over previously undefeated No. 8 Kentucky. Defensive end Eric Norwood tied an NCAA record with two touchdown returns and Spurrier stayed unbeaten against the Wildcats (5-1, 1-1 SEC). The Gamecocks improved to 5-1, 3-1. This was supposed to be the Wildcats’ chance to prove themselves worthy league contenders and finally give the sharp-tongued Spurrier some long overdue payback. With both teams ranked for the first time when facing each other, Spurrier got the best of Kentucky for the 15th time. It was the poorest performance of the season for Kentucky, which was held to half its SEC-leading average of 46.6 points per game. 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

No change in PRC process, says Malik

first_imgJammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday said the government was not considering any changes to the Act governing the process of issuing Permanent Resident Certificates (PRCs). “It is an integral part of the legal structure of Jammu and Kashmir and there is no attempt whatsoever to tamper with this law,” he said.He was responding to a letter from National Conference leader Omar Abdullah which said, “You are mulling changes to the permanent resident certificate rules… this is an attempt to distort the demography of the State and is detrimental to J&K’s special status.” The People’s Democratic Party, People’s Conference and the Congress also expressed concern over moves to change the PRC process and warned of protests.last_img read more