Unachukwu, Andrews win state Group titles

first_imgBY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Ada Unachukwu would not have looked at her high school track and field career any differently had she not won a state championship, but she will not have to think about that void now that she has won a New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association state Group IV championship. On May 30, Unachukwu, a Marlboro High School senior, won the triple jump title at 39-8 to claim her first Group championship gold. The Group IV meet was held in Egg Harbor Township. “I’m so happy to win my first state title,” she said. “It’s an honor. I always give my best and I’m glad that I got first place.” Unachukwu started the triple jump competitionwith a jump in the 37-foot range, but her coach Ray Sypniewski told he she was more than a foot behind the take-off board. Unachukwu adjusted her steps and was out to 38 feet in her second qualifying jump. Her third attempt was a foul, but she was aggressive in attacking the board. Everything came together on her second jump in the final (fifth jump overall) when she landed 39-feet, 8-inches from the board to beat her rival Ebony Young of Hillsborough, who jumped 39-0. In addition to her triple jump title, Unachukwu finished fourth in the 100-meter dash (12.43) and fourth in the 200-meter dash (24.98). Tonight she will compete in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions for the final time in her scholastic career. The meet will be held at Frank Jost Field in South Plainfield Unachukwu will go into the Meet of Champions as the top seed in the triple jump, having the best mark in the state this spring (40-0). “A (Meet of Champions) title would be awesome,” she said. “I’ll put my best effort into it.” Manalapan High School senior Robby Andrews already has a Meet of Champions title to his credit and will be looking to add an outdoor Meet of Champions crown to the indoor overall state title he won last year. On May 30, Andrews won the NJSIAA Group IV 800-meter title, leading from start to finish in 1:52.39. “I’m not as afraid to take the lead as I use to be,” he said. Andrews did not run the Group IV 1,600 on May 29 and he knew the athletes who ran in that event, including winner Xavier Fraction of Washington Township, would be a little tired for the 800 on May 30. He had that information from firsthand experience, having won the 1,600 last year and then struggling the next day in the 800. “I wanted to take it out of them. I knew they would be fatigued,” he pointed out. “I wanted to take it out from the start. Andrews took the field through a 54.8 first 400 meters and to his surprise he could hear footsteps approaching with 200 meters remaining. “A couple of guys came up to me and I thought, ‘what are they doing?’ I said, ‘I’ve got to go’ and I changed gears and changed my stride. I really opened it up,” he said. Which is to say Andrews dusted off the contenders and stopped the clock in 1:52.39, a personal outdoor best for the 800. “It was nice to get a quick time under my belt,” he said. Andrews will be competing in the final high school race of his career tonight at the Meet of Champions and he wants to make it memorable. “I want to make my final statement in New Jersey track,” he said. “I have a lot of good memories (at the Meet of Champions) and hopefully I’ll have one more.” The top six finishers from the NJSIAA state Group championship meets automatically advanced to tonight’s Meet of Champions. Freehold Township High School’s 4×400-meter relay team has been rewriting the Freehold Regional High School District record book all season while becoming one of the fastest quartets in the state. On May 30 at the Group IV meet the Patriots’ quartet lowered their mark to 3:18.42. Only this time, the Patriots had to be satisfied with second place behind Egg Harbor’s 3:17.79. Matt Intile, Ralph McFadden, Bobby Searby and Ryan Spadola are the members of Freehold Township’s record-setting 4×400 team. Spadola qualified for the Meet of Champions in the 400-meter dash by tying for sixth place (49.86). Searby is headed to South Plainfield for the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. He broke 55 seconds for the first time as he lowered his personal best to 54.24 in finishing fourth at the Group IV meet. Colts Neck High School’s Mark Leininger punched his ticket to the Meet of Champions with a fourth-place finish in the 3,200-meter run (9:22.26). Howell High School junior Maggie Gilbertson will be a contender for a Meet of Champions title in the high jump after raising her personal best and the Howell school record to 5-8 at the Group IV meet. Gilbertson matched the winning height of Montgomery’s Fiona Paladino, but Paladino won the gold medal on fewer misses. Gilbertson’s season best jump was 5-4 prior to the Group IV meet. Only one girl in Freehold Regional High School District history has jumped higher than Gilbertson and that is Freehold High School’s four-time Meet of Champions winner Debra Vento, who cleared 5-10½. Freehold Township High School’s 4×400 relay team of Kelly Berg, Emily Perreira, Kelly Perreira and Rhianna Zalewski broke 4:00 again and finished fourth (3:58.39) in Group IV. Howell’s Kellie Bresz did not medal in the pole vault, but she did clear 10-0 for the first time. There are six Meet of Champions wild card spots awarded in each event that go to the best six non-qualifying marks turned in at the state Group meets. As of press time, the NJSIAA had not announced the wild card qualifiers, but those with a chance to earn one included Manalapan’s Kingsley Prophete in the 800 (1:56.90); Freehold Township’s Jeff Kole in the 400 hurdles (56.28); Marlboro’s Lauren Pietrosh in the 800 (2:16.64) and 1,600 (5:03.14); Marlboro’s Brittany Pietrosh in the 800 (2:16.22); Freehold Township’s Desiree Reese (16-9¾) in the long jump; Freehold Township’s Gabby Galanti (16-6) in the long jump; Howell’s Kellie Bresz in the pole vault; and Colts Neck’s Lindsey Rappleyea in the high jump (5-2).last_img read more

Guiao: ‘I really thought I would retire with Rain or Shine’

first_imgMainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf there’s one who truly deserves credit for putting the Rain or Shine franchise on the PBA map, it would be none other than Yeng Guiao.Guiao was installed as the team’s head coach in 2010 and he led the Elasto Painters to two titles— the first in the 2012 Governors’ and the other during the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “Napakabait nung pamilya ni boss Raymond Yu and Terry Que, and it’s really like family,” said Guiao. “Even with the players, with their families, wives, and kids, they understand me and they know me kahit nagagalit ako naiintindihan nila.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manny hurting Freddie with stronger punches MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to virus BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise But Guiao’s six-year-stay with the team isn’t all rainbows and happiness and just before the end of the 2015-2016 PBA season the fiery-tempered coach would leave the team and join the NLEX franchise.“I really thought I would retire with Rain or Shine,” said Guiao Thursday at SportsIQ, Inquirer’s omni-platform sports talk show. “It was really, it’s the most difficult decision I’ve made in my career.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentGuiao, with his no-holds barred attitude, was the personification of the team’s rugged brand of basketball.And even though Guiao would shout and curse at his team, that brutal honesty kept his players at their places during his time at the Elasto Painters’ helm, and earning the respect of team owners Terry Que and Raymond Yu. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young EDITORS’ PICKlast_img read more

Carl Tundo off the ramp first in Kilifi rally

first_img0Shares0000Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo Iin action during a past rally .PHOTO/FILEKILIFI, Kenya, Aug 10 – Carl “Flash” Tundo navigated by Tim Jessop in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X will be the first one off the ramp as the sixth leg of the 2018 Kenya National Rally Championship zooms off in Kilifi County on Saturday.Tundo will be attempting to kill two birds with one stone as he seeks to win his fourth successive rally of the season at sea level. He leads the KNRC log on 100points against ‘Flying Singh’ Baldev Chager who despite retiring on the belated third round at Lisa Farm retained the second spot on 71 points.The rally, cosponsored by KCB and Mombasa Cement Limited, will be flagged off at Mombasa Cement Limited farm in Vipingo after which drivers will try out the coast terrain in remote parts of Kilifi.The cars will traverse Bamba and Ganze regions which have from time immemorial been synonymous with the Mombasa Motor Club (MMC) Rally.Second off the ramp will be Onkar Singh Rai who will be navigated by Gavin Laurence in a Skoda Fabia R5. Sadly, coast fans will not witness the second R5 Skoda after reigning African champion Manvir Baryan decided to give the coast tour a wide berth.Manvir is away in London attending to a family function.“I’m not very keen on the KNRC title this season as I will be missing out on two events. We are committed to recapturing the continental title at the moment and we shall be driving on the forthcoming Rally of Tanzania,” said Manvir.Chager who retired on the KMSC leg last month with a 1.30-minute lead has been seeded third ahead of Subaru’s Eric Bengi, Tejveer Rai, Jasmeet Ghana and Farhaaz Khan. Bengi currently tops Group N infont of Farhaaz.Home driver Izhar Mirza is seeded eighth ahead of veteran Frank Tundo and other two home boys- Ammar Haq and  Piero Canobbio.Action during a past Kilifi Rally. PHOTO/CourtesyAmmar currently leads the KNRC Division log ahead of club-mate Sohanjeet S. Puee who incidentally tops the S Class category in a Subaru N10.The N10s which have won several rallies worldwide are running the local series on expired homologation and as such scoring towards Group S championship.Sohanjeet will have his pace-notes called by Adnan Din who is a more experienced navigator on the KNRC front having previouslyco-driven the likes of Navid Khalid, Naushad Kara Lota and Imran Mogul.“Adnan and I have gotten a lot better together and he is a great guy and we are good friends too outside the cockpit so it makes it a lot easier on events. I did my first event when I sat with Kaif Bagha but sometimes sat with Ahmed Musa when Gurveer Pandhal wasn’t available.”Prodded to explain his good run on the Kajiado KMSC Rally where he savored a maiden top 10, Sohan went on:“I really had to push the car to get the result in Kajiado and I’m overly glad we are slowly getting faster and faster. I’m quite pleased with the top 10 result. The car was perfect apart from some power steering issues which we managed to fix,”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Stars on a mission to disarm Brave Warriors

first_img“We must get all the points in Namibia to get our campaign in the group stage back on track and keep our chances of appearing at the World Cup alive. “I said earlier that it is disappointing not to get maximum points at home but now we have a chance to see if we can disappoint our opponents in their own ground,” Kimanzi said at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport ahead of departure.Stars were held to a dispiriting barren home draw by The Flames in their opening tie of the CAF 2014 World Cup qualifiers last Saturday at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani and the coach promised changes in the team’s approach.“A lot has changed in terms of preparation for the forthcoming match. When you have to plan a game away, you plan it differently in terms of mental preparations.“I believe we are very ready since we had our last session last evening (Wednesday) that was very motivating and to see smiles in training is an important reflection of the team believing in what they have to do. “To get at least a point there, we have worked on our game especially the mental aspect and this will help us to achieve what we have set out to do,” Kimanzi added.He assured his players had recovered from the jolting start of their road to Brazil 2014 stating they were fired up to make an impression on their pool on Saturday when they face the Brave Warriors who are smarting from a 1-0 defeat to Nigeria. “They are professionals and in most cases when you have disappointing result you always have to think about the next match that one is already behind us. “You always have to aim higher because this is the group stage. We are stepping in Namibia to see if we can equalise the opportunity we lost at home, if not we can aim for the minimal which is gaining a point.”Kimanzi kept his cards close to his chest regarding whether he would give returning Norway based custodian, Arnold Origi the start following the commendable performance of Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions, Tusker FC keeper, Boniface Oluoch against The Flames.“Boniface did a marvellous job to get point against Malawi and in big games you need a winning keeper and he did so but the return of Arnold who has been among our top players has made the environment in the team to get more settled“His return has been very positive for the team since we have such a tough campaign, and mentally it is very good you have the best players in the team available and he has given us a huge boost since the depth of goal keeping is stronger.”Having seen his team fail to shine against a well organised Malawi side, the head coach conceded Stars lacked coherence and he has spent most of the past week working on drilling his side on ensuring seamless transition from defence to attack.“The corporation between our lines of play was not sufficient and we were very nervous at home since we could not settle down after failing to get an early goal. The game we played in the last ten minutes was not our game; it was not a good show.“We have tried to work on that and also there are some changes in the team that might bring better flow in our game,” the tactician explained.Football Kenya Federation national executive member, Hussein Terry, who accompanied the side to Namibia via Johannesburg, disclosed the team had been paid their allowances for the game until Monday.Stars are scheduled to depart from Namibia on Tuesday for Ghana where they will train for three days before leaving for Lome, Togo for their return leg of the 2013 Africa Nations Cup qualifier on June 16.Kimanzi will be leading the team to Namibia for a World Cup qualifier for the second time in successive campaigns having lost 2-1 in Windhoek in May 2008 during his first spell at the helm of the side.Stars then beat the Brave Warriors 1-0 that September in the return leg of the South Africa 2010 qualifiers where Kenya sailed through to the third and final phase of the CAF qualifiers before the head coach was axed in February 2009. “The mood is very good. I was talking to captain (Dennis) Oliech and he promised Kenyans will be happy on Saturday. We were expecting a win against Malawi but in football you can get any result. “A draw result at home is not bad and we are expecting to win in Namibia since the players are not under pressure,” Terry summed.Assistant coach, Yusuf Chippo and goal keeping trainer, Haggai Azande were scheduled to depart later Thursday in an evening flight.SQUADKeepers: Arnold Origi (Ull/Kisa/Norway), Boniface Otieno (Tusker FC), Duncan Ochieng (Sofapaka)Defenders: Mulinge Ndetto (Ulinzi Stars), Brian Mandela (Tusker FC), James Situma (Sofapaka FC), Jockins Atudo (Tusker FC), Joseph Shikokoti (Tusker FC), Eugene Asike (Sofapaka FC), Dennis Nzomo (Mathare United)Midfielders: Titus Mulama (St Eloi Lupopo/DRC), Victor Mugube (Glasgow Celtic/Scotland), Kevin Ochieng (Gor Mahia), Humphrey Mieno (Sofapaka FC), Clifford Miheso (Thika United), Jamal Mohammed (Mathare United), Collins Okoth (Gor Mahia), Kevin Kimani (unattached), Patrick Osiako (Petrolul Ploiești/Romania)Forwards: Dennis Oliech (AJ Auxerre/France), Kepha Aswani (Thika United), Paul Were (AFC Leopards), Patrick Oboya (MFK Ružomberok/Slovakia).Technical Bench: Francis Kimanzi (Head Coach), Francis Baraza, Joseph Kyenzi (assistant coaches), Haggai Azande (Goalkeeper coach), Wycliffe Makanga (team doctor).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, June 7- After being scarred by the home draw against Malawi, Harambee Stars departed for Namibia on Thursday determined to restore their Brazil 2014 World Cup hopes by overcoming the Brave Warriors in Windhoek on Saturday.The contingent of 23 players and officials led by head coach, Francis Kimanzi, left the country with the mission of winning all three points in their second Group F qualifier but they will also be content with holding the hosts as minimal return.last_img read more

Ad jingles gone way of Model T

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When Bob Garfield talks about old advertising jingles, it’s not long before he breaks into song. “Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener,” he sings, not entirely out of tune. “I remember that stupid jingle,” he says. “But I don’t remember what I had for breakfast, where my car keys are and what my kids’ names are.” That’s the power of the jingle, says Garfield, editor-at-large for Advertising Age magazine. Just mention Oscar Mayer or McDonald’s and suddenly there’s a relentless tune – at once pleasing and irritating – crossing the lips, if only silently. Despite that potency, though, ad jingles are on the wane, overtaken by pleasingly familiar commercial standbys such as the Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up,” which Microsoft enlisted to sell Windows. Advertisers say they’re totally out, gone the way of Atari 2600s, indoor smoking and Libyan bellicosity. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarksonlast_img read more

Pedro’s ex-Barca team-mate: ‘I still don’t know if he’s left or right footed!’

first_img 2 2 Thierry Henry was full of praise for Pedro following the Chelsea forward’s spectacular goal against Everton.The Spain international’s long range effort opened the scoring in the 3-0 win at Goodison Park with a thunderous left foot shot which flew into Maarten Stekelenburg’s top corner.Henry knows Pedro well from their time at Barcelona and, when Chelsea signed him in 2015, called him the ‘perfect team-mate’, but is still unsure about the player’s preferred foot. Pedro scores against Everton “I played and trained with him and I still don’t know if he is right or left footed,” he told Sky Sports when asked about Pedro’s goal at Goodison, explaining he has seen him use both to great effect.Like the rest of us, he was left pretty speechless by the goal of the season contender.last_img read more

Still politically outspoken, CSNY brings its message to L.A.

first_imgAge is supposed to make you more accepting. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young apparently didn’t get the memo. The foursome is on the road this summer railing against what they believe is an immoral administration that went to war in Iraq under false pretenses. It’s a frequently voiced view, but David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young (combined age: 250) have some extra muscle in the form of five decades’ worth of songs, many of which deal with the very topics they’re bringing to audiences across the country in the “Freedom of Speech ’06” trek. A sense of outrage is evident on stage — where the individual faces of some of the more than 2,500 American soldiers killed in Iraq are shown on a screen during “Find the Cost of Freedom” — and off. “Bush and his gang were brilliant at scaring everyone to death with the war on terrorism, to the point all everyone wants is a blanket and a cup of warm milk,” says Nash. “We’re out to touch people and present them with an idea that’s 230 years old — that you have the right to speak your mind, to dissent, to address your government. It’s patriotic to speak out — not unpatriotic, as they would have you believe.” Adds Stills: “Everyone’s pretty much had it — Iraq, Katrina, the economy, the price of oil, the stem-cell veto — and we as a nation keep rolling over and taking it. It’s time to rise up as one.” The evening with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young that comes to Irvine Meadows/Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Sunday and the Hollywood Bowl the next night covers a marathon three-dozen songs with no opening act. The set list is built from classic albums like 1969’s “Crosby, Stills and Nash” and 1970’s “D?j? Vu” (which signaled the addition of Young), as well as love songs and politically charged numbers from each member’s individual career. But the centerpiece of the show is the first concert airing of Young’s current album, “Living With War,” which questions, comments upon and skewers the Bush presidency. Young’s previous album, the country-tinged “Heart of Gold,” was the subject of a widely acclaimed concert documentary by Jonathan Demme earlier this year. ‘There’s a conscience in the country, and I don’t think it’s being spoken,” Young said in a TV interview recently. “Everyone deserves a chance to be heard. We don’t have to believe what our president believes to be patriotic.” The current “Freedom of Speech ’06” show represents CSNY’s third tour of the new millennium (and only its fourth in 36 years), following the 2000 reunion — the quartet’s first since Young left the group in 1974 — and its sequel two years later. The group first came together as a trio in 1969 — at the insistence of Cass Elliot of the Mamas and the Papas —debuting at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Young joined the next year. Each member brought a pedigree and sensibility from other formidable bands: Crosby from the Byrds, Nash from the Hollies, and Stills and Young from the Buffalo Springfield. The group, whose lush harmonies and strong guitar work helped move untold millions of copies around the world, became the benchmark for socially aware folk-rock with and without Young. “They were the ultimate Los Angeles band, coming together in Laurel Canyon from all points and becoming deeply entrenched in the city’s culture,” said Michael Walker, author of the recent “Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood” (Faber & Faber; $25). “That first album really started things rolling. It sold like a Beatles record, and it was the first shot across the bow that the record industry was changing and America could produce a band to compete with the British bands. CSNY started the shift of the industry from being focused on London to being focused on L.A.” Reviews of CSNY’s current dates mention shimmering renditions of the airy ballad “Guinnevere” by Crosby and Nash; “Long Time Gone” (highlighted by dueling solos from guitarists Stills and Young); the 40-year-old “For What It’s Worth,” recorded by Buffalo Springfield; and the still-relevant “Ohio,” about the government’s tragic attempt to stifle student protest at Kent State. The audiences at the shows span multiple generations. “This tour isn’t about playing it safe,” says Nash, who lives in Encino. “It’s about involving people in the process of rediscovering their power, to awaken people (to the knowledge) that they have the ability to put pressure on their elected officials to start impeachment proceedings. They have to realize it could happen.” Aside from politics, the CSNY dates are also a celebration of some ageless music as well as a famously gnarly four-way collaboration that has somehow withstood the years. “We recognize our strengths and we’re amplifying them,” Nash says. “We know what happens when we get weak. This is unifying the four of us in a way that hasn’t happened before.” CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. When: 7:30 p.m. Monday. (Also 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Irvine Meadows/Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.) Tickets: $48.25 to $259.50. (213) 480-3232; ticketmaster.com. — Fred Shuster, (818) 713-3676 and fred.shuster@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chelsea fans love the prospect of this transfer happening

first_img Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with a move to Chelsea Chelsea want to bolster their attack in the January transfer window and one player linked with a move is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The 28-year-old currently plays for Borussia Dortmund, who are fifth in the Bundesliga and out of the Champions League group stage.On his day, he is one of the most devastating strikers in football. He is entertaining, prolific and so fast.This season he has scored 11 league goals in 12 games, which isn’t bad considering he went five games without a goal this term.A look at his Instagram reveals a man who certainly likes the luxuries his job offers, so maybe the idea of playing for Antonio Conte’s title challengers and living among the wealthy in west London will appeal to him.Below is how a selection of Chelsea fans reacted to news of the rumour. 1last_img read more

Fire captain’s bail hearing delayed

first_imgDel Toro, a 23-year veteran, is on unpaid leave from the Fire Department. On Sept. 1, he applied for retirement, which is pending. A hearing to increase bail from $1 million to $5 million for a Los Angeles fire captain charged with murdering a woman was postponed Thursday to allow the defense more time to review the prosecutor’s motion. David Jaime Del Toro, 50, who is accused of strangling Jennifer Teresa Flores, 42, of San Gabriel, remained free on $1 million bail. Flores’ nude body was found Aug. 16 in Eagle Rock, and a trail of tire tracks and blood led investigators to Del Toro’s home less than a mile away. Prosecutor Bobby Grace previously sought to increase Del Toro’s bail to $5 million, calling him a danger to the public and a flight risk. The request was denied, although Del Toro was ordered to surrender his passport and wear an electronic tracking device. Grace renewed his request, citing Del Toro’s record of domestic violence and calling him “a threat to the community at large.” The bail hearing was rescheduled for Sept. 21. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Vosloorus school gets ICT Math Lab

first_imgNeotel and NIIT launched an ICT enabled Mathematics laboratory at Khayelihle Primary School in Vosloorus, to the south of Johannesburg, as a means to contribute towards improving maths skills at the primary schools in South Africa.This state of the art laboratory, which will enable primary school students to learn and explore mathematical concepts and verify mathematical facts and theorems using technology tools, was officially opened by Basic Education Deputy Minister Enver Surty on 8 October.“We are very excited about the launch of our first Math Lab in Gauteng,” said Neotel CEO Sunil Joshi. “This lab will help learners to improve their academic performance, build numeracy skills and analytical thinking.“There is a huge math and science skills gap in schools across South Africa, and corporates need to start working together with the government to deploy similar initiatives that will ensure a brighter future for our children.”EXCITING TIMEThe Math Lab provides an opportunity to students to understand, discover and verify the basic mathematical and geometrical concepts through concrete objects and situations (Image: Neotel)This ICT enabled lab uses a unique methodology of teaching mathematics, which teaches the learners to reason, connect ideas and think logically by gaining an in-depth understanding of the subject. The Math Lab provides an opportunity to students to understand, discover and verify the basic mathematical and geometrical concepts through concrete objects and situations, thus building interest and confidence in students learning the subject.Khayelihle Primary School was also presented with multiple teaching and learning aids comprising of technology applications, videos, manipulative, measuring instruments, tables and charts. The teachers will also be provided with training to ensure that the learners derive maximum benefits from the lab.“This is truly an exciting time for our school. The Math Lab will play a huge role in helping our learners to improve their numeracy skills and understanding of numbers,” said Khayelihle Primary School principal Willie Mohlabai. “Mathematics is one of the subjects that most learners struggle with from primary to secondary school.“It is essential for our students to acquire an interest and understanding of this subject at a young age to help them prepare for future learning.”Since 2011, NIIT has provided over 353 schools, across the country with ICT enabled math labs.  Neotel and NIIT recently announced the formation of a joint alliance – the N2 Education Hub – to build on that solid foundation and enable growth through Neotel’s network.last_img read more