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Manager Bruce Bochy can make Giants history in unfamiliar setting

first_imgBALTIMORE — As Bruce Bochy’s farewell tour takes him to various stadiums around the country, the Giants manager typically shares his favorite memory in each ballpark.In Cincinnati, he reminisced about Buster Posey’s grand slam in the 2012 NLDS. In Pittsburgh, he discussed Madison Bumgarner’s shutout and Brandon Crawford’s grand slam in the 2014 National League Wild Card Game. Even at Marlins Park in Miami, a stadium that opened in 2012, Bochy recalled Crawford’s seven-hit game in August, …last_img

SKA will boost Africa’s presence in science fields

first_imgSouth Africa has spent more than R29-million on bursaries in engineering, astrophysics and astronomy in the past nine years, riding on the back of the SKA project. Young scientists from across the continent have benefited. One day, they may win Nobel prizes for their innovations. There is a need for scientists and engineers to be trained on astronomy data, said the director of the SKA project. (Images: Mediaclubsouthafrica.com) • Design for SKA telescope ‘has been agreed’ • Fifteen amazing facts about MeerKAT and the Square Kilometre Array • SKA: answering the big questions about the universe • Time-travelling SKA to look back at the birth of stars • Sir Stuart Ntlathi: an inspiring passion for science Melissa JavanOnce you invest in astronomy, opportunities and investments in other fields, such as engineering, also grow, according to Naledi Pandor, the minister of science and technology.She was speaking on the last day of the ministerial forum gathering of the SKA African Partner Countries, and was referring to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the major portion of which is being built in South Africa and its Africa Partner Countries. The gathering ran from 23 to 25 March, in Pretoria. The SKA was the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope, Pandor said. It would be hosted in South Africa.Dr Bernie Fanaroff, the director of the SKA Africa, said the SKA is an array telescope. In layman’s terms, he explained: “We want to build a big telescope to view faint objects that are very far away in the universe. We can’t build that big a dish, so we’re planning to build smaller ones. That way we can connect them and feed their signals together.”The SKA was vital for Africa, said Pandor. “It will raise the profile of science and technology on the continent.”South Africa’s contribution to human capital development around the SKA included bursaries for undergraduate and postgraduate studies, and the funding of research chairs, including five in the area of radio astronomy. “These positions have attracted some of the world’s leading astronomers to South Africa. Since 2006, we have spent… over R29-million on bursaries in engineering, astrophysics and astronomy for students from our African Partner Countries.” The phase 1 of the SKA project will be constructed by 2023. Ghana had made progress in radio astronomy, making the participants “really proud”.Prof Dickson Adomako, the director of the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute, said several of its students were in South Africa during 2013 and 2014 for SKA-related training. “They manufactured a miniature radio telescope and great interest was shown in it. It was then transported to Ghana for an outreach programme.”Much electrical and chemical work was still being done. “We hope to use the facility by September for research work.”A Royal Society Fund was started last year, Adomako said. “We are able to train 60 young scientists in astrophysics and astronomy. The fund will expand over a three-year period.”Speaking of training young scientists, Fanaroff said big data was going to become a trillion-dollar industry by 2020. “We want to train our scientists and engineers to work on astronomy data [analysing data from astronomy]. Big data will affect everyone.”Every country in the world was short of data scientists. “Even if we train them in data and they leave the field, they will be able to be part of innovation.”Thus far, he said, the bursaries given included 133 to African nationals and 513 to South Africans. “We want to be able to take the most promising students to become scientists.”Through the SKA, Fanaroff hoped, Africans would win Nobel prizes for their innovations.last_img read more

Play Your Part episode 13: get involved

first_imgEpisode 13 of Play Your Part features Maimane Alfred Phiri, Kass Naidoo and Pamela K Bess. Here’s how you can get involved with them and their initiatives.Maimane Alfred Phiri represented South Africa at the football World Cup in France in 1998. The former football star is the founder of the Maimane Alfred Phiri Games. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterBorn and bred in Alexandra in Johannesburg, Maimane Phiri started a social responsibility project in 2001 to involve youngsters in sports such as football.The former football star is one of the guests featured on episode 13 of the Play Your Part TV series, which airs on Saturday, 9 December 2017 at 18:00 on SABC2.Here’s how you can get involved with Phiri’s initiative, as well as with the other guests on this week’s episode:Maimane PhiriPhiri is the founder of the Maimane Alfred Phiri Games, or MAP Games, as well as the Maimane Alex Development Foundation which hosts the games, an annual winter football tournament. For Women’s Month, the foundation also focused on other sport codes such as netball, athletics and basketball.Contact detailsWebsite: mapgames.co.zaTwitter: @MAP_gamesalexKass NaidooNaidoo publishes news of women in sport and in South Africa. Her online initiative, gsport4girls, celebrates women in sport by hosting an annual awards.Contact detailsWebsite: kassnaidoo.co.za and gsport.co.zaTwitter: @KassNaidoo and @gsport4girlsPamela K BessSocial entrepreneur Bess has a passion for media development and entrepreneurship. She is the founder of Abesu Media and Communications, DoTV Africa and Positive Vibez NPC. Through these initiatives she provides training and development opportunities that promote entrepreneurship.Contact detailsWebsite: dotvafrica.co.za and FacebookTwitter: @PamelaKBess and @DoTVAfricaPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more