More Cool Stuff Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Education Kim Kenne Elected President of the Pasadena Unified Board of Education Article and Photo courtesy of PUSD Published on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | 2:03 pm Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Community News Kimberly Kenne was elected president of the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education, Roy Boulghourjian was elected vice president and Larry Torres was elected clerk at the board’s annual organizational meeting May 2, 2016.“I’m honored to serve the students, families, community and staff in the role of board president and to work with my fellow board members and our superintendent to increase transparency, develop shared leadership with our families and staff and continue to build community trust in PUSD,” said Board President Kenne.Ms. Kenne was originally elected to the Board in 2011 and re-elected in 2013 to represent District 1. She has been actively involved as a parent leader at the school site, district, and state levels since her children started kindergarten at Burbank Elementary. A systems integration expert by profession, Ms. Kenne combines her passion for genuine parent engagement in education with a commitment to compliance with state and federal law when it comes to spending public dollars. She lives in Altadena.Following the election of Kenne as board president, Mr. Boulghourjian was elected vice president and Mr. Torres was elected clerk.Mr. Boulghourjian was elected to the Board of Education in 2015 and represents District 2. He served as Board clerk in the last year. A 30-year resident of Pasadena, he is a professor and Department Chair at Mt. Sierra College in Monrovia, California. He has served as a Board member on the Pasadena Educational Foundation and the Measure TT Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.Mr. Torres was also elected to the Board in 2015 and represents District 6. A National Board Certified Teacher, Mr. Torres grew up in nearby Eagle Rock before moving east to attend college. Mr. Torres has served on school site councils at Sierra Madre Elementary School, Sierra Madre Middle School and Pasadena High School since 1999. He lives in Sierra Madre.“I am excited to work with President Kenne and the Board to continue to move the district’s strategic directives forward,” said Superintendent Brian McDonald.Stay connected to the Pasadena Unified School District! Visit us online at www.pusd.us; follow us on Twitter @PasadenaUnified, www.twitter.com/PasadenaUnified; like PUSD on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PasadenaUnifiedSchoolDistrict; text PUSD to 888777; and subscribe to PUSD’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/klrnpasadena. Or call the Communications Office, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at (626) 396-3606.“Our Children. Learning Today. Leading Tomorrow.” faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week
CHRIS HENRY Brown, who occasionally refers to himself as “a redeemer,” was defending his decision to give troubled receiver Chris Henry yet another shot at salvaging his career. But he could have been talking about any of the dozen or so similarly bad actors to whom Brown has given second chances—or even his own rocky stewardship of the franchise he inherited nearly two decades ago and ran into the ground.“He has a chance now. He’s knows it’s his chance and he can blow it,” Brown said. “And if he does, it’s his fault.”Henry’s efforts to redeem his personal and professional lives ended tragically Thursday, a day after he fell out of the back of a pickup truck and suffered fatal head injuries during what police described as a domestic dispute with his fiancee in Charlotte, N.C.Though he had been sidelined for the remainder of the season with a broken forearm in early November, by almost every measure, Henry was making progress on both fronts—and his maturation was mirrored by the fortunes of the Bengals.A week ago, Cincinnati was poised to lock up the AFC North title and a playoff spot, something the club has managed just once since Brown took the helm from his father, the late Paul Brown, in 1991. But the Chargers beat the Bengals 27-24 on a last-second field goal Sunday, marking the second straight week they failed to clinch the division title.“Chris changed his life around when nobody thought he could,” Cincinnati tackle Andre Whitworth said afterward. “Nobody thought the Cincinnati Bengals could go from 2-14 to where we are now. We embodied that. He embodied us. He changed and we changed. That’s why he’s important to us.”Signs of how deeply Henry’s death touched his teammates were everywhere. Chad Ochocinco, a fellow receiver and close pal, carried Henry’s jersey onto the field before the game and fought back tears after. In between, early in the second quarter, he caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to give the Bengals a 10-7 lead, then dropped to his knees, put his right hand on his heart, looked up and said a few words in tribute to Henry.“Today I played with an extra set of hands, an extra set of legs and an extra heart,” Ochocinco said.“The more and more active I am, the easier it is to keep off my mind. On the flight home it’s going to bother me. At the funeral service it’s going to bother me. When it’s quiet and you have time to think,” he added, “it’s going to bother me.”How Henry’s death affects the Bengals from here on out remains to be seen. They had already dealt with the loss in October of Vikki Zimmer, the wife of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, and now most of the team will make an emotional trip Tuesday to attend Henry’s funeral in New Orleans. Among those expected to deliver eulogies is coach Marvin Lewis.Little more than a year ago, Lewis loudly voiced his displeasure with Brown’s decision to bring back Henry, who had been released by the team and suspended by the league after being arrested five times on a variety of charges in the preceding months.“A lot of times, Chris was very quiet and he let everybody speak for him. He turned the corner when he began to speak up himself and distance himself from the people that were dragging him down,” Lewis recalled recently. “Since last August we’ve seen pretty much a continual growth and a degree of responsibility, expanding his role here…quite an expansion of both football on the field and off the field.”Lewis had been approached in the past about doing “Hard Knocks,” but turned it down because he worried his team wasn’t mature enough to handle the distractions. What changed is that his veterans assumed a larger share of the leadership duties, and in much the same way that Henry demonstrated a willingness to put in the work that came with added responsibility, the rest of the squad began to fall in line.The change was marked enough that Brown, whose tightfisted and often-secretive front-office dealings were often lampooned in the media, approved the presence of cameras in camp. As much as anyone, he was proud of the changes that the Bengals and Henry, in particular, had made.“I don’t regret it,” Brown said late last week about giving Henry a second chance.And yes, it was challenging at times with him, but he was someone who we liked and thought could regroup, catch himself and restart his life. And to his credit, I think he did that.”Moving on without Henry won’t be easy. But as several of his teammates said about playing Sunday in San Diego, he wouldn’t have been satisfied with anything less. by Jim LitkeThere’s a moment early on in the HBO series “Hard Knocks” when reclusive Bengals owner Mike Brown goes a long way toward revealing why he gave film crews unfettered access to his team’s preseason preparations.
Ravel Morrison and Jack Robinson start for QPR, who make seven changes for tonight’s game at Loftus Road.Morrison starts a match for the first time since returning to Rangers on loan from Lazio, while the injury-plagued Robinson makes his first appearance since December.For Brighton, defenders Lewis Dunk and Sebastian Pocognoli have been passed fit to play after illness and injury respectively.QPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Hall, Lynch; Perch, Luongo, Manning, Robinson; Morrison; Washington, Smith. Subs: Ingram, Freeman, Bidwell, Goss, Wszolek, Ngbakoto, Sylla.Brighton: Stockdale, Bruno, Dunk, Huenemeier, Pocognoli; Knockaert, Stephens, Sidwell, March; Hemed, Murray.Subs: Maenpaa, Tomori, Forren, Murphy, Norwood, Skalak, Akpom. Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
8 July 2009The Vodacom Foundation is providing three state-of-the-art mobile blood collection clinics, together worth R1.27-million, to the South African National Blood Service (SANBS), to enable it to extend its services in the Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Free State provinces.The self-contained mobile clinics also serve as mobile billboards, creating awareness in remote communities that blood transfusion can be done safely and efficiently.“Blood donations save thousands of lives each year,” Vodacom Foundation CEO Mthobi Tyamzashe said at the handover of one of the mobile clinics at the Riverside Mall in Nelspruit late last month.“Through the donation of three mobile clinics, the Vodacom Foundation is delighted to support the SANBS in broadening its outreach into communities by creating awareness of its services, and encouraging people to donate blood.”Blood donation cultureAccording to the SANBS, only one percent of South Africa’s estimated 48-million population donates blood, and the culture of blood donation in some population groups is almost non-existent.The organisation says that there is a strong need for initiatives aimed at improving this situation in order to promote blood donation in South Africa.The requirements for becoming a blood donor are to weigh 50kg or more, be between the ages of 16 and 65, and lead a sexually safe lifestyle.Transfusion ‘every 48 seconds’A blood transfusion takes place every 48 seconds in South Africa, with the highest need being for Group O blood, as this blood can be given to any patient in an emergency. To meet the demand for blood in South Africa, 3&nbps;000 units need to be collected daily, or 811 828 units annually.The blood is used for medical cases (27%), childbirth and gynaecological cases (26%), surgical cases (21%), paediatric cases (10%), orthopaedic cases (6%), research/laboratory (6%) and casualty (4%).“The SANBS appreciates the Vodacom Foundation’s invaluable funding of three mobile clinics which will expedite blood collection,” said SANBS chief executive Loyiso Mpunthsa. “On many occasions, the country runs short of blood, and the vehicles will help ensure greater efficiency in the collection of blood for those in dire need of it.”A non-profit organisation, the SANBS has 87 fixed donation centres and 65 mobile clinics that operate at schools, tertiary institutions, businesses and shopping centres.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Thank you Madiba – your magic will forever be among us all. This was a common sentiment as people mourned the passing of a legend.South Africans lost their father and the world lost an icon when Nelson Mandela – Madiba, Tata – died at 8.50pm on 5 December at home in Houghton. It has brought tears, but also a celebration of his life not just to his family and friends, but to the world.Born 18 July 1918 in Mvezo, a small village in the Eastern Cape, Mandela was the country’s first black president. But he was more than that: he was a world statesman and a universal symbol of peace, unity, forgiveness and ubuntu. Tributes continue to pour out for the father of the Rainbow Nation.Bernard Fingwana says: “I am happy the man has finally reached the end of his journey and I thank him for all he has done, for not just us but the whole world.” He leaves a legacy that has changed the lives of many people throughout the world, but above all he has left everyone with the hope of a loving home for all.“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear,” Mandela said. His words inspired many people and changed their ways of thinking.“I feel very hurt knowing that he is gone,” says Phillipa TshabitsoPhillipa Tshibitso says: “I feel very hurt knowing that he is gone. I would like to say to all South Africans that, ‘Please we must all walk in his path.’ I would love to say to his family that we are crying with them.”Mandela’s message is universal: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite,” he said in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.“We love you Tata and you will always be a part of everyone’s life. The nation will take all that you have done for us and keep moving towards building a world filled with peace, love and happiness… we are with his family, because Nelson Mandela is our freedom. We will pray with you and not for you,” says Mpilo Masokela.Again, Mandela’s words are inspirational: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”Weeping, Caroline Nkamboyi says: “I did not want to believe that he was gone and as soon as I accepted it I became sad. What I would love to say to his family is that they must accept it because we are here for them too.”And his legacy lives on, urging ordinary people to do the extraordinary: “Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation,” he said. “We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.”“He brought freedom into every South African’s life,” says Selina Dikeledi (Images: Bhekumuzi Madakane)Bhekumuzi MadakaneSelina Dikeledi Kitsaweng says: “It all came as a sudden shock. He brought freedom into every South African’s life. I am where I am today because of him. Tata wherever you are, thank you for everything. In a way you brought me up too, so thank you.”Forever he will be missed, and the words “we love you Tata” are being heard loud and clear across the world. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead,” he said. “I am the master of my fate and the captain of my destiny.”Gone but never forgotten, Madiba will live on in our hearts, his humility and humanity something which we can all strive to emulate. “When the history of our times is written, will we be remembered as the generation that turned our backs in a moment of global crisis or will it be recorded that we did the right thing?” he asked.South Africans – indeed all people – can follow his lead, working for others through his foundation, 46664, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and giving of their time on Nelson Mandela International Day, and every day.But now, to the father of the nation, it is time to say goodbye. Hamba Kahle, Tata.
25 April 2014It is time to pause, take breath and appreciate the miracle of South Africa; twenty years into the life of the nation, it is time to praise a bold, exciting country. This is the message of a new Brand South Africa advertising campaign marking the country’s 20 Years of Freedom.The new campaign, running across digital, print, radio and TV platforms, starts on Saturday, on the eve of Freedom Day and the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections. The campaign celebrates with pride, confidence and amazement what the country has achieved over the last 20 years.“We have overcome so much and come so far, it is time to celebrate the miracle of South Africa,” Wendy Tlou, Brand South Africa’s director of strategic marketing, said at an unveiling of the new TV “spots” in Johannesburg on Friday. “We can be proud to be South Africans. We are confident in the future we are building, and are constantly amazed at what we have achieved.”Where once Brand South Africa created a vision of South Africa to aspire to, the new campaign celebrates the fact that we are living up to our capabilities and in many ways exceeding our potential.“We are allowed to boast now,” Tlou said. “We have the Gautrain – the first high- speed rail link in Africa. We have world-class infrastructure. We scan the skies [with the Southern African Large Telescope, and soon with the Square Kilometre Array and its precursor, the MeerKAT radio telescope], and a South African has even been into space.”Filled with uplifting images of the country’s successes, the new TV spot opens with scenes of rural voters standing in the sun waiting to cast their first ever ballot. Images of Sandton’s growing and changing skyline celebrates South Africa’s growing economy and the country’s role as the economic engine of Africa.There are no big names in the new ad; it is a celebration of everyday South Africa, the people who have built the country from the ground up. The visuals continue, covering infrastructure – construction workers on site showing 20 years of new opportunities – and the Coega industrial development zone in the Eastern Cape.Tlou explained that choosing the visuals, especially showing construction, was the most satisfying. “For me it’s not just about houses built. Instead, each of those houses is a home for a family.”Building to the final image, a classroom of grade 1 kids, the class of 2030, the ad celebrates the “old man” who embodied all the values that South Africans aspire to – Nelson Mandela. By force of character, he brought peace and unity to a country fractured by a brutal past.It was important, Tlou stressed, that the soundtrack to the ad was a local composition. “We are after all a country with its own rhythm and beat.” The music is powerful, driving and ties in with the ad’s theme of looking back in celebration while looking forward to a promising future.So, “thank you South Africa”. “Rea leboga Afrikaborwa”. “Dankie Suid Afrika”. “Siyabonga iningizimu Afrika”.SAinfo reporter
By Alexandra Dodd27 February 2015Quick quick. Tick tock. The time has come. It is 8:25 pm. Wine must be gulped and put aside at the door as we file in to the hall and take our seats in rows of old metal-framed, fold-down chairs with wooden armrests. The dress rehearsal for the South African debut of William Kentridge’s immersive multimedia chamber opera, Refuse the Hour, is about to begin.The faded Edwardian grandeur of Cape Town’s City Hall forms an ideal backdrop for the Constructivist stage set with its archival hues and didactic slogans: “argument against authority”; “give us back our sun”; “talking against thinking”. The giant pipes of the old organ rise up over an assembly of musical contraptions, bicycle wheels and megaphones, mechanised drums and other mysterious paraphernalia. We have entered the laboratory of the mad professor in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and we are about to witness an unorthodox experiment.It begins with drumbeats from above – a theatrical flourish, the primal heartbeat, relentless knocking on an unopened door. It begins with a story inside a story; an eight- year-old boy is travelling on a train with his father. His father tells him a tale. It is the myth of Perseus and it has a cruel ending. It is unjust, but inevitable, irreversible. It sets in motion a lifetime of fevered questioning – interrogations concerning the nature of being in time and the inescapable pressure that time exerts on the living. The boy is William – the man we know as Kentridge. And so begins 80 minutes of ecstatic journeying inside the frenetic mind of a creative titan.Sonic and visual languageThe project grew out of a series of ongoing conversations with Peter Galison, a Harvard professor in the history of science and physics, and wrestles with the idea of time moving in a single direction. For physics it can go both ways. The production explores these ideas about the reversal, compression and repetition of time in sonic and visual language.The auditory aspect is a revelation – transporting the archival bent in Kentridge’s oeuvre into the realm of the futuristic. The ether is abuzz with strange sonic glitches and blips, as echoes are compressed, words reversed, emitted sounds sucked back in on themselves. We are caught somewhere between frequencies on an old transistor radio, picking up the spatial feedback of the universal archive.Of course, the stars and cosmos have always been there in Kentridge’s work, but now an electrifying outward-bound sense of the Russian space station accompanies his backward gaze at the failed utopian thrust of the Constructivists. There is this sense of moving both back and forward – no risk of nostalgia.Each scene introduces a new thought, a fresh philosophical proposition, and each deserves its own chapter. One such goosebump-inducing moment is the dialectical duet between opera singer and member of the Soweto Gospel choir Ann Masina and sonic glitch artist Joanna Dudley, who is from the Berlin contemporary modernist music scene. There is nothing to prepare one for this strange, alluring dialogue about the birth and death of sound and other things.Gifted shapeshifterRefuse the Hour is a deeply collaborative, multi-vocal production with many layers, many actions and images colliding on the stage at once. It includes dance, performed and choreographed by gifted shapeshifter Dada Masilo, an original score by Philip Miller (who takes to the stage in one hauntingly tender scene, blowing into a plaintive melodica or mouth organ), video by wizard cutter Catherine Meyburgh, mechanical sculptures made in collaboration with Sabine Theunissen, vocal performance and narration.If you returned to see it several times, each time you’d emerge having resonated with different aspects of the performances, previously unseen shards of the action. Its themes are timeless and also, somehow, pressingly of this moment, triggering a panoply of associations.Some of the connections it called to mind were Achille Mbembe’s meditations on the postcolony as an “interlocking of . multiple durees made up of discontinuities, reversals, inertias and swings that overlay one another”; photographer Cedric Nunn’s current exhibition, Unsettled: One Hundred Years War of Resistance by Xhosa Against Boer and British; the time catastrophe, tidal-wave scene in the film, Interstellar (2014); the brilliant androgynous vision of linked lives across time in the filmic adaptation (2012) of David Mitchell’s novel, Cloud Atlas (2004) – but, most presciently, the paradoxically generative idea of the all-consuming force of the black hole which is also at the centre of The Theory of Everything, the Stephen Hawking biopic for which Eddie Redmayne has just taken home an Oscar.From cropped Soviet haircuts to screenprinted aprons, overalls, workerist denim dresses, Cape minstrel fezzes, and the bold black-and-white lines of Xhosa dress design, the costumes by Greta Goris are a swoon-worthy evocation of this mesmerising postcolonial account of time.‘Perceptive by feeling’Refuse the Hour has aptly been described as “an aesthetic and philosophical stage dream”. The word “aesthetic” was appropriated into German in the 18th century and adopted into English in the early 19th, from the Greek aisthētikos, which means “perceptive by feeling”. But the term has had a contested history in Western philosophy, coming, ironically, to be applied to the disinterested, distanced, rational act of good judgment about art and the beauties of nature. Phansi to that!Refuse the Hour is a profoundly “aesthetic” production in the original sense of the word in that it gives audiences an immediate, pulsing physical sense of what it feels like to perceive – to know by feeling, to understand through and by the senses. It hijacks the term back from its aloof Kantian deployment and gives it back its social, economic and political potency – its potential for human awakening. Every idea, no matter how complex, is explained, transmitted, made real through the beating, flickering, thumping and soaring effects of sound and light. It is a work made by bodies to be felt and understood in the body – both in the intimacy of our own bodies and in the charged political spaces between them.This review originally appeared on the Design Indaba website. It is republished here with kind permission.Refuse the Hour is a theatrical accompaniment to a five-channel video installation, The Refusal of Time (made in collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison), presented by the Goodman Gallery at the Iziko National Gallery in Cape Town from February to June 2015.
28 April 2015Oracle Raspberry Pi Weather Station for Schools is an ambitious project to join thousands of schools in Africa and around the world in a global science experiment.Organisers Oracle Academy and the Raspberry Pi Foundation said participating schools would receive a Raspberry Pi hardware kit for students to build and operate their own weather station. The aim is to gain valuable skills spanning computing, meteorology and geography. Interested schools must register on Raspberry Pi’s website.The first 1 000 kits have been funded by a grant from Oracle Giving, which along with Oracle Academy, is part of Oracle’s philanthropic efforts. The kits will be provided to schools free of charge while supplies last. Half of the free kits have been set aside for Oracle Academy schools.In addition to building a weather station, the kits teach students to write application code that logs a range of weather data, including wind speed, direction, temperature, pressure, and humidity. Supplemental teaching materials for classroom use will be made available on the Oracle Academy website.Teaching computer scienceThe Oracle Raspberry Pi Weather Station project, officially launched on 23 April, is targeted at students aged 11 to 16 years old. They will be asked to write applications to operate their weather station and record data in a cloud-hosted Oracle database, which they can then query through SQL (Structured Query Language) elements developed in collaboration with Oracle Academy. They will also develop a website on Raspberry Pi to display local weather conditions that can be accessed by other participating schools.Additionally, students will be able to access a Weather Station for Schools microsite to blog about their experiences, interact with other participating schools around the globe, and receive online technical support.“From application programming to database management, computer science skills can lead to rewarding and fulfilling careers,” said Jane Richardson, the director of Oracle Academy EMEA.“Our goal with the Oracle Raspberry Pi Weather Station project is not only to show students how computer science can help them measure, interrogate and understand the world better, but also to give them hands-on opportunities to develop these skills. We believe this is one of the best ways to inspire the next generation to take up the computer science roles that economies around the world need filled.”Data management and SQLEben Upton, the chief executive of Raspberry Pi, said the “ambitious project” added another string to the Raspberry Pi bow, using the Raspberry Pi to introduce children to the art of data management and SQL.“The kits themselves are really exciting, containing everything you would expect from a fully-functioning weather station. We’re confident that students will find the project a very engaging way of learning new and useful skills, and that they’ll have a lot of fun in the process.”It was exciting to support this global learning initiative, which aimed to generate awareness and interest in computer science and the natural world, said Colleen Cassity, the executive director of the Oracle Education Foundation, and Oracle Giving and Volunteers. “The project will help to ensure that the next generation is well-prepared to lead and create value, not only in the digital economy, but also in the global community.”Following the distribution of the 1 000 free weather station kits, they will be made available for schools to purchase at a later date.Oracle Academy provides a complete portfolio of software, curriculum, hosted technology, faculty training, support, and certification resources to education institutions for teaching use. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity set up in 2009 to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, and to put the fun back into learning computing. The charity makes the Raspberry Pi computer, which is used all over the world by teachers, learners and makers.Source: APO
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Vice-Chancellor of University of Calcutta,Professor Suranjan Das, with students on campus.University of Calcutta isn’t the kind to rest on its laurels. Last year’s runner-up in the India Today-Nielsen Best Universities Survey, it has not only held on to its second spot this year but also added more feathers to its,Vice-Chancellor of University of Calcutta,Professor Suranjan Das, with students on campus.University of Calcutta isn’t the kind to rest on its laurels. Last year’s runner-up in the India Today-Nielsen Best Universities Survey, it has not only held on to its second spot this year but also added more feathers to its cap. It’s the first non-IIT university to appear in the QS World University Rankings, 2013, beating even the fancied Delhi and Mumbai universities to secure eighth place among top varsities from India.In 2013, it was the only university from eastern India to be selected by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and UGC for its ‘Connect to India’ programme. “The programme will see a tie-up between Indian and US universities and American students will be attending classes in our institutes for six to nine months, says Suranjan Das, vice-chancellor, University of Calcutta.A series of similar international collaborations and interdisciplinary programmes have contributed further to the university’s growth curve. University of Calcutta was acknowledged as a “lead institute by the World Bank for technical education. Its Institute of Foreign Policy Studies has been earmarked as a Centre for Excellence by the Ministry of External Affairs. The university is also one among 12 Indian universities chosen to participate in a new project called the Interdisciplinary Bridges for Indo-European Studies which will see collaboration between them and six European universities.The strength of the University of Calcutta lies in its meritorious faculty, many of whom have received international recognition. “You’ll see that our achievements aren’t just restricted to one specific discipline but are spread across almost all disciplines be it the arts, science, law or commerce, points out Pro-VC Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay. Be it in modern scientific disciplines like Biotechnology where department head Koustubh Panda received the Indo-US Khorana Technology Transfer Fellowship or a more classical science like zoology, where department head and Director of Centre for Pollination Studies, Parthiba Basu, was honoured with a membership of the British Ecological Society and given a grant for his centre, University of Calcutta professors have been getting international acclaim consistently. In the field of arts too, linguist and scholar Professor Chinmoy Guha received a Knighthood of Arts and Letters from the French government.Among all the universities from BRICS countries, under QS World Rankings, the University of Calcutta was ranked 16 for its PhD studies and 71 for publishing the most number of papers per faculty in 2013. But even though academic achievements are important, the university also stresses on the all-round development of students. “Our students, who have participated in the National Service Scheme (NSS), have received the Indira Gandhi NSS Award two years in a row,says Chatterjee. “In sports, we have won the all-India inter-university water polo championship and have been runners-up in the all-India inter-university table tennis tournament for men in 2013, says Chatterjee.advertisementOften viewed as an archaic and old school, University of Calcutta is taking steps to modernise itself and make its curriculum more relevant to the present-day job market. The Calcutta Stock Exchange has tied up with the university to hold seminars and spread awareness about the financial market. “Practical application of what we are studying is always very important. We need to move beyond bookish knowledge, says Anisha Banerjee, a postgraduate student of commerce in the university.The university also plans to make education accessible to all. The VC has the right to waive off all fees, including examination and even hostel fees, for students who have a BPL card. “We have to realise that the students coming to University of Calcutta are very different from those flocking to Jadavpur or Presidency Universities. Making higher education accessible to all sections of society is our aim, says Das.A plaque in honour of Rabindranath Tagore, who had delivered a lecture to the students in 1937, is one of the prized possession of the university. “Drive away that which enslaves your minds, that which leaves you helpless before your fate, it reads. The University of Calcutta is trying to do just that.Follow the writer on Twitter @Startingtoblue