Top marks for IEB matrics

first_imgMost private schools in South Africa writethe IEB exams, while public schools writeexams administered by the state.(Image: Emily Visser)MEDIA CONTACTS• Teresa Settas Communications(on behalf of the IEB)+27 11 894 2767+27 82 653 [email protected]• Independent Examinations Board+27 11 483 9700RELATED ARTICLES• Education in South Africa • Rhodes opens R75m library• Youngsters to map out their future• Using theatre to educateSchool-leaving matric candidates who wrote their 2010 final exams under the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) had reason to smile on Tuesday 4 January, with more than 98% passing their exams – 1% more than last year.A 98.38% pass rate was achieved in the 2010 IEB National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams, with a total of 8 285 pupils from 172 schools writing the exams in late 2010.Most of those who passed – 81.5% – qualified for entry to degree study, 14.5% for diploma study and 2.4% qualified to study at the higher certificate level.“These performances reflect the dedication of the teachers to the very important work they do,” IEB chief executive Anne Oberholzer said in a statement. “They reflect too the amount of work that learners have done to ensure that they know and understand the important aspects of the subjects they have studied. Their education, as reflected in their results, ensures them of a successful future in their selected area of study or occupation.”Most private schools in South Africa write the IEB exams, while public schools write exams administered by the state.Oberholzer added that last year’s exams had seen an increase in the number of pupils writing the IEB Mathematics Paper 3 among the IEB pupils.“Since the inception of the NSC in 2008, participation in Mathematics Paper 3 at the IEB has increased by 68.5% from 1 414 candidates in 2008 to 2 383 candidates in 2010.”In 2010 a benchmarking study by UK Naric, a British agency which provides information and advice about vocational, academic and professional skills and qualifications from all over the world, found the NSC to be a school-leaving qualification on a par with the international best.“From that study we have been reassured that the NSC is a qualification with an underlying level that is both robust and fit for the purposes of examining senior secondary school levels,” Oberholzer said. “In terms of the qualification’s comparability, the report concludes that the National Senior Certificate at Grade 12 is broadly comparable to the GCE Advanced Subsidiary (AS-level).”Public school matric results will be released on Thursday 6 January. Students will be able to get their results from their schools, via text message or in national newspapers.The suspension of classes during the 2010 World Cup and the public servants’ strike are both expected to have a bearing on the results.On Thursday, students can get their results via text message from the SABC News Matric Results SMS Service by texting their identity number to 35935 and their examination number in the reply SMS. Alternatively, they can call 082 152, select option 6 and listen to their results after punching in the relevant digits.last_img read more

NBA players go on trial in 2015 Phoenix assault

first_imgTwo of the other co-defendants pleaded guilty Wednesday to the same charges. That leaves the Morris brothers and one other defendant standing trial this week. The third defendant is Gerald Bowman, a former University of Southern California football player.Police say Hood was leaving a high school basketball game when he was approached by a friend of the Morris brothers. Hood told Phoenix police the man was speaking to him when he was punched in the back of the head.Hood ran to his car but fell down, before the men punched and kicked him repeatedly, authorities say. All five left in a Rolls Royce Phantom as bystanders began to appear.Hood provided an account of the attack as the first prosecution witness Monday, calling it “the most terrifying moment in my life.”He said Marcus Morris kicked him “relentlessly” and Bowman “just jumped straight up and landed on me with two feet.” Hood previously told police he was attacked by Markieff Morris, but recalled on the stand Monday that he later clarified his statement and said he could not be sure whether Markieff participated in the beating.Hood told police he suffered a fractured nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head.At the time of the attack, the 6-foot-9 Morris twins were teammates on the Phoenix Suns. Tyson Fury urges UK Anti-Doping for resolution MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The Boston Celtics acquired Marcus Morris from Detroit in the offseason as part of an overhaul of their roster, while Markieff was a solid contributor for the Washington Wizards last year.The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood, who has known the twins since they were promising teenage AAU players.In youth basketball parlance, Hood was known as a “runner” — someone who connects promising young athletes with representatives and agents in hopes of getting a cut of a lucrative NBA contract, Eckstein said.He said Hood viewed the Morris twins as his “lottery ticket” after they went onto a successful career at the University of Kansas. They had a falling out while the Morris brothers were at Kansas, and they were later drafted into the NBA.Defense lawyers don’t dispute that the beating took place, but they say the Morris brothers weren’t involved and believe Hood was trying to pin blame on them for financial gain.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Prosecutor Dan Fisher said it was a coordinated mission and “orchestrated attack” after the victim sent text messages to the Morris twins’ mother that angered them.Defense lawyers insisted the twins did not participate in the attack and questioned the reliability and financial motives of the man who was beaten. The lawyer for Marcus Morris, Timothy Eckstein, said witness statements that form the basis of the case are “entirely inconsistent and incompatible with the truth.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe twin brothers face the possibility of prison time and discipline from the NBA, including a minimum 10-game suspension, if they are found guilty.The two-week trial also threatens to disrupt the start of their 2017 NBA season with training camp set to begin for both players on Sept. 26. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight FILE – In this Oct. 17, 2013, file photo, official Ron Garretson talks with Phoenix Suns forwards Marcus Morris center and his twin brother, Markieff, before the Suns’ NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)PHOENIX — NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris went on trial Monday on felony assault charges stemming from a 2015 beating that prosecutors labeled as an “orchestrated attack” and defense lawyers dismissed as a ploy to get money out of the athletes.Opening statements began with prosecutors saying the two NBA stars and three other men each had a role in a beating that left a former acquaintance with a broken nose and other injuries.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

Ravena vows ‘composed’ Ateneo come Finals against La Salle

first_imgKris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Ateneo faltered against La Salle in their return to the Finals in the Season 79, absorbing a sweep against the dominant Green Archers.“Hopefully we learned from our mistakes last year,” said Ravena. “We have to more composed this year because La Salle is not going to play us any softer.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhat made things more painful for Ravena last year was he practically disappeared in Game 2, missing all of his 10 shots to finish with just three points and seven rebounds.But Ravena assured that sorry version of him won’t be making an appearance this time around. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Hopefully that won’t happen this year,” said Ravena, who finished second in MVP voting behind back-to-back winner Ben Mbala this season.Ravena added there’s pressure on the team to bounce back especially after taking the top seed in the elimination before losing to La Salle in their final game.“Sometimes you’ll think what if we lost again, we’ve done so much this season just to lose again,” said Ravena. “So we have to learn that we should be composed when we go into the Finals.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 justice Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Oscar Pistorius’ sentence increased to 13 years, 5 months Thirdy Ravena promised there would be a better Ateneo team in the title round of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament after losing in the Finals the year before.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Polished performance from the Aussie Women’s

first_imgAustralian veterans Bo De La Cruz, Kelly Woods and Stacey Lapham led their team to a polished 9-2 victory. Australian Stacey Lapham scored first and followed it up with almost an Action Replay with another touchdown through the link channel.Australian Flag Bearer Kristy Judd threw a dummy and went straight threw the New Zealand defence for a touchdown and 3-0 half-time lead.Louise Winchester continued the form of the Australians prior to the break with a touchdown and with Bo De La Cruz putting Emily Hopkin over on her debut, it gave Australia a formidable 5-0 lead.Carla Hohepa got the visitors on the board but Kelly Woods hit straight back with good lead-up work from De La Cruz.A juggling effort from Conal Grant gave New Zealand some hope at 6-2 but Australia lifted again to score a further three touchdowns. A long ball from Woods put local Nicole Beck in to the rapturous applause of the Wollongong crowd.Silky smooth moves from Bo De La Cruz made it 8-2 and Kelly Woods capped off a fine game to score the final touchdown of the night.Australia continued their impressive record against New Zealand with the team making few errors for the first game of the series which will be the last for captain Sharyn “Billy” Williams.New Zealand’s hopes of crashing the party were dealt a big blow with captain Leana Hoani succumbing to a hamstring injury.last_img read more

The Outcomes of Groups A And B Will Be Decided Today

Monday marks the end of the beginning of the World Cup: the simultaneous matches phase. At 4 p.m. EDT, all teams from Group A will kick off: Brazil will play Cameroon in Brasilia, Brazil, while Mexico will play Croatia in Recife. FIFA schedules these matches simultaneously so that no team might benefit from knowing the score of the other match ahead of time, which could potentially impact strategy.These are the final matches of the group phase and therefore will determine who advances. Sometimes, working through the permutations is easy — as it is in Group B, where the Netherlands and Chile have already guaranteed advancement and are playing only to determine who finishes first in the group. But other cases, like the United States’ Group G, are more complicated.FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup forecasts project the results in a probabilistic fashion, showing each team’s odds of winning and advancing from its group. But we’ll also be working through the possibilities in a more detailed way with matrices, such as the one you see below:That was the simple case I mentioned before: Group B, which will play its matches at noon Monday. The Netherlands will advance first in the group if it beats Chile or draws with it; Chile will do so if it beats the Netherlands by any margin. Australia and Spain are already mathematically eliminated from the tournament, and their game won’t make any difference.But the Chile-Netherlands game matters more than you might think: Up for grabs is the right not to have to face Brazil in the Round of 16, which the second-place team from Group B will probably have to do.Brazil’s Group A is more complicated, even though most scenarios result in Brazil finishing in first place. Cameroon has been eliminated. Brazil is almost certain to advance, but there are wild-card scenarios where it might not. Mexico can guarantee advancement with a win or draw against Croatia. A Croatia win means that it advances while Mexico almost certainly does not. This is what that group looks like:I’m assuming, as a default, that all wins come by a 2-1 scoreline while all draws are 1-1. Cases where the exact score matters are highlighted in yellow.Brazil and Mexico, for instance, are tied atop Group A with four points, but Brazil is ahead on the goal-differential tiebreaker. If both teams win their matches Monday, both will advance with seven points. Will Brazil advance as the first-place team? Yes, if both wins come by our default 2-1 scoreline or under most other realistic scenarios. But it’s theoretically possible that Mexico could surpass Brazil — for example, if it beats Croatia 3-0 while Brazil beats Cameroon 1-0.The more treacherous case for Brazil — albeit extremely unlikely because it’s so heavily favored to beat Cameroon — is if Brazil and Mexico lose. In that case, Croatia will qualify first in the group. Brazil and Mexico will be stuck on four points and tied for second. If Brazil lost by a wider margin than Mexico, it could fail to advance.There’s also one case where Brazil would be denied advancement outright. That comes if it loses to Cameroon, and Mexico and Croatia draw. Then the group standings would be: Mexico 5 points, Croatia 4, Brazil 4, Cameroon 3. Mexico qualifies first and Croatia and Brazil are tied for second. But Brazil would be guaranteed to lose the goal-differential tiebreaker because it and Croatia currently have the same goal differential (+2) and Brazil’s would worsen with its loss while Croatia’s would stay the same with its draw. Fortunately for Brazil, the probability of this happening is only about 0.5 percent. read more

Buckeyes hold at No 2 in latest AP poll

OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard and OSU junior defensive end Jayln Holmes (11) celebrate after Hubbard’s sack during the first quarter against Tulsa on Sept.10. The Buckeyes won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Ohio State football team enjoyed a bye week after defeating Oklahoma 45-24 last Saturday, and remained second in the weekly Associated Press Top 25 Poll. OSU trails only Alabama, who topped Kent State 48-0 on Saturday.Louisville remained at No. 3 following another impressive day from quarterback Lamar Jackson, while Michigan easily handled Penn State 49-10. Clemson rounds out the top five.Michigan State dropped to No. 17 after a 30-6 loss at home at the hands of now-No. 8 Wisconsin. Quarterback Tyler O’Connor struggled for the Spartans, throwing three interceptions and failing to find the endzone.Five Big Ten teams are ranked within the top 25 this week, an identical mark from the last AP poll. Nebraska moved up to No. 15 after dispatching Northwestern 24-13.The Buckeyes received four first-place votes. Alabama had 50 first-place votes, Louisville had six and Michigan had one. read more

Barcelona natives full force on field hockey team

The No. 6-ranked Ohio State field hockey team (11-3, 3-1) is riding a five-game winning streak and is poised to make a run at the Big Ten championship. One of the reasons for the Buckeyes’ recent success is the key performances of sophomore forward Berta Queralt and freshman forward Paula Pastor-Pitarque. Queralt has scored six goals and Pastor-Pitarque has added three goals during the current winning streak. The two are from Barcelona, Spain, and have been playing together long before they teamed up at OSU. “We’ve played together for the last seven years, since I was 13 and she was 12,” Pastor-Pitarque said. The two first played on the same national team before Pastor-Pitarque decided to join Queralt on the same club team. The highlight of the pair’s Spanish careers was when they beat Germany for the bronze medal in the Under-21 European Field Hockey Championship. “We beat Germany in overtime and I’ve never beat Germany before,” Queralt said. After knowing each other for so long, the duo developed a solid chemistry both on and off the field. As a freshman in 2009, Queralt led OSU’s team in scoring with 46 points and started in every game. This year, Pastor-Pitarque came to OSU because she wanted to study abroad and continue her field hockey career. Knowing the transition from Spain would be hard, Pastor-Pitarque felt more comfortable with her decision because Queralt was already on the team. “We are really used to each other and it helps us on the field,” Queralt said. Pastor-Pitarque added, “We have played for the same coaches for so long, so we’ve been taught the same things.” OSU coach Anne Wilkinson has noticed the special bond between the two forwards. “They have a sixth sense for each other as far as where they are on the field,” Wilkinson said. OSU looks to continue its winning streak playing Michigan (10-5, 4-0) as 3 p.m. Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

Indians outfielder Sizemore to rehab against Ohio State

Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore will participate in an exhibition game with the Columbus Clippers against Ohio State on Tuesday, according to a press release. Sizemore is rehabbing a left-knee injury he suffered during the 2010 season. He had microfracture surgery on June 6, 2010, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday (retroactive to March 29), before the start of the 2011 regular season. During spring training, Sizemore played in four games, going 1-10 with two walks. He played in just 33 games during the 2010 season, hitting .211 with no home runs, 13 RBIs and 35 strikeouts. Sizemore also missed 56 games during the 2009 season because of injuries to his left elbow and lower left abdomen. Before injuries derailed both seasons, he played in at least 157 games in each of his previous four seasons. In 2006 and 2007, he played in all 162 regular-season games and all 11 of the Indians’ games in the 2007 playoffs. From 2005 to 2008, Sizemore played in 382 straight games. Indians reliever Joe Smith also will suit up for the Clippers, rehabbing an abdominal strain. Smith went 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA in 40 innings pitched in 2010 for the Indians. The Clippers play the Buckeyes at 6:35 p.m. at Huntington Park. read more

Kostas Manolas I thought we were superior to Juve in second

first_imgAS Roma center-back Kostas Manolas claims Roma were superior to Juventus during the second half of their clash yesterday.He also talked about transfer rumours that have linked him for a move in January.“We held the initiative in the second half and were always up there, but didn’t create many real chances,” the Greek international told Sky Sport Italia as reported by Football Italia.“The lads gave 100 percent, we need to keep working and start winning games. We must learn to defend as a solid unit. Juve have this mentality and have been working with the same Coach for many years, so they are well-drilled.“I thought we were superior to Juve in the second half, but we leave empty-handed.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.This weekend, the Giallorossi secured the ninth place to be on the same level with Atalanta,  but behind Fiorentina, Sassuolo and Sampdoria.“I’m a little worried by the table, as we are not where we should be, but I remain convinced Roma will finish in the top four.”“I am a Roma player, I have three years left on my contract and I want to continue doing well for Roma.”last_img read more

Pochettino Spurs needs to be more consistent for title bid

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes consistency is key if they are to mount a challenge for the Premier League titleFollowing Sunday’s 6-2 thrashing of Everton, Spurs are now just two points shy of second-placed Manchester City with leaders Liverpool a further four points ahead.Pochettino’s side have won seven of their last eight league games and will be keen to extend that run in today’s showdown against Bournemouth.But Pochettino admits they must keep up this form for the second half of the season in order to challenge for top spot.“Two seasons ago when we were fighting with Leicester we went to the end but the gap was so big” said Pochettino, according to Belfast Telegraph.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Now we are close but we need to be cautious, go step-by-step, game-by-game.“We need to be conscious about that, we need to fight a lot, and there is still a long way for work and to be consistent.“Being involved in four competitions will be tough but are going to try.”The Spurs-Bournemouth game will begin at 16:00 (CET) at Wembley.last_img read more