VAR to the rescue yet again as AC Milan scrape past Roma

first_imgAdvertisement 8m3NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsoysqiWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eq9( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) tWould you ever consider trying this?😱b53bmCan your students do this? 🌚2t0rsRoller skating! Powered by Firework AC Milan after a disappointing last week against Napoli, losing after taking a lead of 2-0 to 3-2 played well against AS Roma last night after they won the match, scoring at the dying minutes of the game.Advertisement Patrick Cutrone the super sub scored for the team to assure the team it’s winning goal at the 95th minute on Friday. Milan’s manager, Gennaro Gattuso feels relaxed after the clash as speculations of former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte replacing him for a bad start to the season were rumored for quite a long time.Advertisement Both the teams faced goals getting cancelled after referee Marco Guida consulted Video Assistant Referee (VAR), Higuain seeing his goal cancelled for getting trapped of off-side and Roma’s Steven Nzonzi suffered a handball for their goal dis-allowance.Determined to bounce back after a disappointment against Napoli, Milan kept on attacking the other half as Roma keeper Robin Olsen denied Higuain and Suso before Franck Kessie netted in the 40th minute. Roma equalised just before the hour as centre-back Federico Fazio unleashed a sharp volley to level the scoreline.Advertisement Olson made two more stunning saves but couldn’t keep  Cutrone’s deciding strike to make things go in favour of AC Milan. Also Read :Usain Bolt’s football debut: Will the Speed King become Football King?  Advertisementlast_img read more

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Walgren on fire at Special Olympics meet in Coquitlam

first_imgIan Walgren of Nelson improved on his season during a recent Special Olympics Speed Skating meet on the Lower Mainland.Walgren tore up the track with blistering times posting personal best in all four of his events. He opened in the 222 meter race with a second place finish in a time of 33:64 seconds. Walgren followed that up with a gold in the 333 meter race in a time of 47.95 seconds before skating another personal best in the 777 m race finishing first.The time of 1:53.11 was three quarters of a lap ahead of the his closest competitor.In the 500 m, his final race of the day Walgren took fourth in the photo finish.Walgren finished fourth only eight tenths of a second out of first with a time of 1:10:73.  Next up for Ian are the Special Olympic Regional trials in Richmond on March 10th.In other Skating News:Last weekend four West Kootenay Speed skaters made the trip to Vernon for the final meet of the year.All of the skaters skated extremely well pushing themselves to get personal best times.Unfortunately it was not their day as Mercedes Phillips earned a PB in her 1500 m race, but in her second race of the day, she crashed in the 400 m and ended up with a slight concussion and could no longer race for the day. Brother Tirstan Phillips also had a rough time of it falling in three of his four races still earning PB’s in two of the races. Oliver Ludwar had two PB’s and his younger brother Charlie earned four PB’s one for each race event he was entered in.Next up for the club is the 5 km (50 laps of a 100 m track) Skate – a – thon on Thursday, February 15, 2018 and preparation for the BC Winter Games in Kamloops.Berend Platje and Mercedes Phillips will represent the Kootenay zone on February 24th and 25th.last_img read more

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Saints Return to Castlegar for Second Half of BCIHL Season

first_imgSitting in the middle of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) pack, the Selkirk College Saints have embarked on the second half of the season with one goal in mind.“We need to get ourselves prepared for a playoff run,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “There is only so much we control and that is how we play the game. We can’t worry about what other teams are doing and simply play the game that we have designed for this group. We need to get ourselves in a spot where we can compete in the playoffs and you never know what can happen when you get there.”Over the last few campaigns, the Saints have entered the Winter Semester side of the season as one of the favoured teams to end the year with a championship. With the departure of more than half of last year’s team to transfer schools and careers, this year’s edition of Saints is packed with BCIHL freshmen.With ten games left in the regular season, the stretch drive to the early-March playoffs promises to be more dramatic than ever.The Saints opened the second half of the season in the Lower Mainland on Friday night and were clobbered 9-2 by league leading Trinity Western University. The Selkirk College club rebounded on Saturday with a gritty 2-1 victory that featured 37 saves by second-year goaltender Patrick Zubick. “We were still in holiday-mode and forgot how the Saints play hockey, but we bounced back and played well against Simon Fraser,” says Heaven. “We are now looking to build on that moving forward for the rest of the second half. It all comes down to work ethic and desire to compete, if you want to be successful then you have to work hard for it.”The next test will be this weekend when the University of Victoria Vikes arrive to the West Kootenay for a two-game set on Friday and Saturday night at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre. Though the Vikes currently sit last in the league with only two wins, a pair of victories is essential if the third place Saints want to establish a comfortable playoff position.“It’s a huge weekend, we want to stay in the middle of the pack and push for home-ice in the playoffs,” says Heaven, who has watched his team put together a 6-5-0-3 record to this point. “Our home record [5-1-0-2] has been strong over the year and we have comfort zone at the Castlegar arena, a lot of that has to do with the great support we get from the crowd. We have to make these home games count.”The Saints will have to strive for success without the team’s first half leading scorer. Lethbridge native Andrew Thompson headed back to Alberta for the holiday break where the Electrical Program student was offered a job that helped further his career and decided to stay. “These young men are here because they are looking to start their careers,” says Heaven. “That’s why they come to school and they need to do what is best for them in terms of taking opportunities when they come up. He was a great player for us, but we are happy that he is getting this opportunity.”Helping fill the offensive void will be former Nelson Leafs forward Sawyer Hunt who returned to the West Kootenay after spending a semester at Calgary’s Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). The leading scorer for the Leafs last season, Hunt now joins a Saints roster that includes two other forwards who also led their teams in scoring during the 2017-2018 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) regular season with Edward Lindsey (Castlegar Rebels) and Dylan Heppler (Beaver Valley Nitehawks).“It’s a great opportunity to bring in another local player and we are happy to have Sawyer on the roster for the second half,” says Heaven. “He has not played at a competitive level for a few months, but we’re confident that it won’t take long for him to regain his scoring touch.”The Saints host the University of Victoria Vikes on Friday and Saturday (January 11/12) at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre with the puck dropping at 7 p.m. both nights. This will be one of only two home weekends of the second half of the season.last_img read more

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Kuchar speculates Tiger could be final Ryder Cup pick

first_imgDavis Love III announced three of his four Ryder Cup picks on Monday, as Rickie Fowler, Kuchar and J.B. Holmes heard their names called during the news conference.But one spot remains up for grabs and Kuchar thinks he has the answer.Speaking in an interview on Golf Channel, Kuchar said he has “heard” Woods may receive the final captain’s pick despite his status as a vice-captain.”I heard even possibly, this is hearsay, but heard maybe even Tiger Woods could potentially be a pick,” he said following the news conference.”And that would be legen … dary. Legendary. That’s just hearsay, it could strictly be rumour.”But I know he’s playing Safeway. Imagine Tiger Woods being a playing [assistant] captain. Absolutely incredible.”Many wondered why Love was leaving one pick so late — it will be revealed after the Tour Championship, which is five days before the tournament starts — but it would make sense if he was waiting to confirm whether or not Woods was healthy enough to compete.Woods has not played a competitive round since finishing in the top 10 at last season’s Wyndham Championship, but he announced last week that he will compete in the Safeway Open on October 13-16.last_img read more

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Barclays Golf Circuit adds pro action

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, July 18 – Two-legs for professional golfers have been included in the 2014/15 Barclays Amateur Golf Circuit roster for the first time with the seven-month long tournament set to tee-off at Nakuru Country Club on August 16.The pros will be using the tournament to prepare for next year’s Kenya Open that is part of the European Challenge Tour and will compete over four days during the Nairobi and Kitale legs of the series where Sh500, 000 (USD 5,695) is up for grabs for the winner. The third edition of the event, has attracted 35 clubs with over 2, 800 amateur golfers expected to battle it out for the top prize in addition to the top 20 finishers securing slots in the 2015 Kenya Open ProAm that will be held at Karen Country Club.“We are going to get more participants in this tournament because we have many clubs and the prize money is fantastic, this is the way forward where winners will get a chance to participate in the pro-am at next year’s Kenya Open,” Kenya Golf Union (KGU) chairman Francis Okwara said when launching the event Friday.“For the professionals, there is nothing good as using a competition as part of their practice, so this is a nice platform for,” he added.The series that will be hosted in 14 clubs among them Machakos, Nyanza, Nyali and most of those in Nairobi is open to golfers with valid Council of National Golf Unions handicaps and junior golfers ranging from 13 to 18 years.Organisers will conduct golf clinics as part of the circuit in Nairobi under the guidance of professionals before each tee-off.“Our main focus is to help the beginners grow in the sport and that’s the reason we are conducting the clinics that we have already started. We expect youths to participate and learn the sport or for those who want to improve their handicap this coaching will really help them,” Director of Consumer Banking, Barclays Bank of Kenya, Zahid Mustafa, stated.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Cupid’s tip: Banish Boring Be-Mines

first_img“Women have high bragging rights. You’ve got to have a good story to bring back to your girlfriends,” said Helen Malani, chief shopping expert at Los Angeles-based price comparison Web site Shopzilla.com. “You see women comparing the size of flower bouquets, almost like a measure of (his) love.” Play it safe, go exotic That competition is leading to more exotic gifts, like cooking classes or hot-air balloon rides, as men feel pressured to outdo themselves, Malani said. According to results from separate surveys by Shopzilla and the National Retail Federation released last week, romance on Valentine’s Day is more important to men than women, and men are planning to spend more this February than they did last year. That means moving beyond flowers and candy. “Men want to spend quality time with women, and that comes across in what they want as an experience. We’ve seen a big upswing in personalized gifts … there are sushi-making classes with personalized fortune cookies, dance lessons.” The theme this year, Malani said, is “experiential.” “Experiences (more so than objects) create romance and bonding,” she said. It’s hard to know what is prompting men to be more open-minded in the quest for romance. But Malani attributes a lot of it to women’s disappointment with Valentine’s Day gifts from years past. “Fifty-five percent of women say they have been let down in previous holidays. Over time, messages do resonate.” Luckily, party planners and attractions across Southern California have already come up with plenty of very romantic, unusual experiences sure to impress the pickiest of Valentines. Here are a few: Beyond dark chocolate Dining in the dark a trend that started in Europe has come to Los Angeles. Opaque, a restaurant located in the Hyatt West Hollywood on the Sunset Strip, seats guests in a pitch-black dining room to be guided and served by blind or visually impaired individuals who have been specially trained to serve meals in the dark. The idea is to create the sensation of temporary blindness to concentrate all the senses on the food. Three-course meals (around $100) feature unusual dishes such as pancetta-wrapped filet mignon, truffled mac and cheese and Thai curry with forbidden rice & baby bok choy. Be warned: Diners will need to let their tastebuds confirm just what it is they’re eating. For reservations, see www.darkdining.com, or call (800) 710-1270. Chocolate spa You’re not actually bathing in liquid chocolate, but it’s about as close as you can get. For $125, the Gauthier Total Image Spa in Sherman Oaks will wrap your body in chocolate sauce, to “detoxify and balance excess body fluids.” Other Chocolate Spa treatments include the Hot Chocolate Melt Away, in which hands are dipped in warm chocolate paraffin, body is massaged with a Chocolate Cake scrub, and warm stones are massaged on the neck and shoulders, all while taking hot chocolate and biscotti. For spa and chocolate lovers who prefer to indulge at home, Gauthier is selling gift baskets filled with an aromatic Chocolate Candle, Chocolate Mint Body Scrub, Chocolate Body Mask, Chocolate Shower Gel, Chocolate Liquid Soap, Chocolate Bar (hand soap) and Chocolate Body Moisturizer ($120). Love is in the air When roses and chocolate just won’t do, treat a loved one to a hang-gliding lesson. The husband-and-wife team at High Adventure will take you into the skies above San Bernardino, with views of Crestline and Marshall Peak. Tandem lessons are $140. Call (909) 883-8488 or go to http://www.flytandem.com. Wine, dine and dance Watch tango and salsa preformed by professional dancers while you enjoy a romantic dinner of Spanish tapas and wine at Wiens Family Cellars in Temecula. The sampling event, on Feb. 11, the Sunday before Valentine’s Day, will include four wines paired to each of the tapas on the menu. Join the dancers after dinner for salsa and tango lessons. $65 for wine club members; $75 for nonmembers. Call (888) 989-4367 for reservations. Moonlight serenade Hire a mini-mariachi band to serenade your sweetie at a restaurant, at the beach, on a balcony or just at home. Party Time Entertainment will send three or four mariachis to the location of choice for $300 to $500. Gary Valentine, manager, says he gets a lot of requests for house calls to help patch up lovers’ quarrels, and demand is always high for romantic proposals of marriage. For reservations and more information, call (310) 393-8353. Going stag Who says Valentine’s Day is a strictly couples-only holiday? Each year, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, one of Southern California’s most romantic spots, celebrates Singles Night Out, a Valentine’s Day party in its Grand Exhibit Hall. This year, original Saturday Night Live cast member Garret Morris hosts and The Knack performs live ($20). Go to www.lasinglesnightout.com for tickets, or call (310) 722-5612. A birthday for Elmo Kids can celebrate Valentine’s Day, too. Mrs. Nelson’s Book and Toy Shop in the city of La Verne is throwing a birthday party for Elmo on Feb. 14. A special visit from Walkaround Elmo celebrates the popular character’s big day. Advance reservations are required; meet and greet sessions are scheduled hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presentations include a story and a craft. And best of all, it’s free. For reservations, call (909) 599-4558. barbara.correa@dailynews.com (818)713-3662160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Need a surefire way to tell your sweetheart you’re bored with the relationship? Send her flowers and chocolate this Valentine’s Day. That’s this year’s warning from the experts. The competition for romantic Valentine’s Day gifts has become heated in recent years, raising the stakes in the game of love. last_img read more

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COPPER BANDITS STEAL 1,000 METRES OF CABLE IN BIGGEST HEIST YET

first_imgA highly-oranised gang of roaming copper bandits has stolen one thousand metres of high grade Eircom phone lines.More than €10,000 of cabling has been stolen in biggest raid to date.The raid, which took place at four different locations, happened last weekend.In what is one of the most serious attack ever on the communications system in Donegal, cable worth more than €10,000 was taken on the Milford to Carrigart road at four different locations. The robbery is the latest but most serious incident which has seen copper cabling stolen on at least a DOZEN different occasions over the past four years.Eircom engineers told the Tirconail Tribune that sophisticated cutting equipment would have taken hours to cut down the cabling.In one instance close to Cranford some 500 metres was taken: further down the road 250 metres were cut out and a stay across the road to stabilise the system was also slashed to pieces in what is described as a highly dangerous operation for any passing motorists.Elsewhere near Sweeney’s Filling Station at Devlinreagh a further 100 metres was removed while close to the junction with the road into the Harry Blaney Bridge a further 150 metres was taken. Eircom officials say this is the most serious incident yet and phone subscribers are struggling in many isolated areas to keep in touch with their families.There had been a noted decline in cable theft but this returned in July with another spate of robberies.A total of 1,500 metres of cable was taken during different raids at a number of locations including, Fanad, Drumbarnett,  Glenveagh, Drumkeen, Mongorry Hill and Rahan on the outskirts of Letterkenny.Only a year earlier the copper bandits struck three times in four daysin the community in Fanad.While it is claimed there is an active Garda operation ongoing, thepublic seems not to be aware of this and the thefts continue unabated. Some now are questioning the extent of the investigation as more and more people continue to find themselves cut off for periods of time because of the thefts.COPPER BANDITS STEAL 1,000 METRES OF CABLE IN BIGGEST HEIST YET was last modified: September 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CarrigartcopperGardaiMilfordtelephone cable stolenthieveslast_img read more

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Human error made oceanliner tilt dangerously

first_imgThe ship returned immediately after the incident to Port Canaveral, on Florida’s east coast, but departed again for New York two days later and picked up a new load of passengers for a similar, shortened cruise. “We express our sincerest apologies for this regrettable event, and fully understand that this was a distressing experience for all who were on board,” Buckelow wrote in the letter. A Coast Guard spokesman declined to comment on the cruise line’s statement except to say the agency’s joint investigation with the National Transportation Safety Board wasn’t yet complete. At the time of the incident, seas were calm. The ship was on autopilot, with its captain, Andrew Proctor, away from the bridge. The company earlier said Proctor has worked for them nearly 35 years and has an “exemplary record.” Princess is one of 12 brands operated by Miami-based Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise operator. The Crown Princess was christened just last month before embarking on its maiden voyage to the Caribbean from its home terminal in New York’s Brooklyn borough. A similar tilt occurred in February on a ship also operated by Princess. Soon after leaving the Port of Galveston, Texas, the 2,600-passenger Grand Princess made an emergency turnaround because a passenger suffered a heart attack. The ship tipped sharply to its side, injuring 37. The cause of that incident, too, was determined to be human error.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ORLANDO, Fla. – Human error caused a Princess Cruises oceanliner to abruptly tilt at sea last week, sending furniture and debris flying about the boat and injuring 240 passengers, a cruise line official said. Though federal investigations continue, Alan Buckelow, president of Valencia-based Princess Cruises, wrote in a letter to passengers that “the incident was due to human error and the appropriate personnel changes have been made.” No further specifics were given in the letter, which was dated Monday and posted on the company’s Web site. Company spokeswoman Julie Benson said in a telephone interview Tuesday that some crew members had been reassigned, but she declined to give further details. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“The captain remains in command of the ship. We have the utmost confidence in him,” she said. “It was an isolated situation and I think passengers generally understand that.” The Crown Princess unexpectedly heeled to its side last week shortly after departing Port Canaveral, where it had stopped before a scheduled return to New York to complete a nine-day Caribbean cruise. The ship, carrying 3,100 passengers and 1,200 crew, tilted an estimated 16 to 18 degrees, tumbling passengers, chairs, tables and other objects, and seriously injuring at least 20 people. Those aboard described a terrifying interlude in which they were certain the entire 113,000-ton ship would tip over, and customers received a full refund for the journey. More than 90 people were taken to hospitals, two with critical wounds. By Monday, all but one had been released. last_img read more

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City union seeks wide labor backing for strike

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Longshoremen walked off the job one morning at the city’s deep-water port, and some Teamsters and Operating Engineers refused to cross the picket line at Los Angeles International Airport. But most other municipal employees ignored the demonstrations and continued to work on city business. Individual unions still decide whether to support a walkout. The Service Employees International Union is among groups that have a no-strike clause in their contract, but others can choose to honor another union’s picket line. The strike sanction would also require the Federation of Labor to attempt to mediate the union’s issues with the city in the hope of pressuring Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to reconsider the EAA’s demands for higher wages. Villaraigosa has refused the EAA’s demand for parity in wages with employees of the Department of Water and Power. In a letter sent to Maria Elena Durazo, the federation’s head, Aquino wrote: After a two-day strike last month had little impact on City Hall, the Engineers & Architects Association asked on Tuesday for the support of county labor leaders in an attempt to ensure that other unions would honor the picket line if the EAA strikes again. EAA leaders hope an official strike sanction from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, an umbrella organization overseeing 350 unions, would reinvigorate the EAA’s campaign for higher wages and also pressure other unions to stay off the job if the EAA mounts another job action. “Next time … it will be more serious than the last time, and we probably won’t come back until we get (an agreement),” said Robert Aquino, EAA executive director. During the Aug. 22-23 strike, an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 EAA members _ including engineers, land surveyors and veterinarians _ demonstrated at venues around the city, and several thousand more of the union’s 7,400 members failed to show up for work. “It seemed you were implying that EAA members’ struggle to obtain a fair (cost-of-living increase) might not be as important as maintaining a good relationship with L.A.’s mayor. I understood you to mean that the mayor’s role in assisting noncity employees was so important that the federation might have to sacrifice the needs of my members. “To choose one union over another is like choosing to love one child more than another.” Federation spokeswoman Mary Gutierrez said her group had not received Aquino’s letter and could not comment on his request for a strike sanction. The City Council voted last month to impose a contract on the EAA that gives members no raise the first year, but subsequent increases totaling 6.25 percent _ an agreement accepted by 17,000 other city workers. By comparison, the DWP workers received a five-year contract with increases of 3.25 annually. Villaraigosa has said the EAA’s contract demands would add $17.5 million to the budget, and the city cannot afford it. Spokesman Matt Szabo said the City Council has already enacted raises for EAA members, so future work actions would be senseless. “We do not expect any future work action but the city will be prepared to protect critical services under any circumstances.” Also Tuesday, Villaraigosa directed City Administrative Officer Bill Fujioka and City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo to evaluate the lessons learned during the two-day strike in August and see how to improve response. For instance, court orders barring some critical workers from striking were not served to several hundred of those affected. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want 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

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Pan-African maths event in SA

first_imgThe 49th International Mathematical Olympiad, held in Madrid, Spain, in 2008. (Image: 49th IMO) Intense concentration as a participant solves her maths problem. (Image: 49th IMO)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa is hosting the 19th Pan-African Mathematics Olympiad, an annual event organised by the African Mathematical Union (AMU) that brings together the brightest minds on the continent. The event takes place in Pretoria from 19 to 26 April 2009.Entry into the prestigious competition, which is supported by the national Department of Science and Technology and organised by the South African Mathematics Foundation, is by invitation only. The event is held in both French and English, and the objective is to nurture talent and share information on teaching methods and mathematics curricula across the African continent.In 2009 there will be 13 countries taking part – Niger, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Kenya, Benin, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Algeria, Uganda, Mali, Mozambique, the Ivory Coast and the hosts, South Africa. Each team consists of a leader who is a mathematics teacher at secondary or tertiary level, and four pupils, all of whom must be younger than 20 years old on the day of the second examination paper, and must not be enrolled in any post-secondary institution.At the end of the event an international jury will award the gold, silver and bronze individual medals as well as the medals for the top three countries. There will also be special prizes and honourable mentions, and every participant will receive a certificate.Encouraging creative thinkingAccording to the Department of Science and Technology, the event will create an environment that will provide opportunities for creative thinking for mathematically inclined minds in the technological environment. The South African government, in partnership with the private sector, is actively looking to boost the country’s international competitiveness in all spheres of technology.South African has participated in the Pan-African Olympiad for a number of years. The country took top honours in 2000 – its début year of participation – as well as in 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008, and is hoping to repeat this notable achievement in 2009 with its two teams.These are made up of some of the brightest young mathematical minds in the country. The official team comprises Arlton Gilbert (Star College, Durban), Dessi Nikolov (Eunice High School, Bloemfontein), Greg Jackson (Diocesan College, Cape Town) and Hlanganani Shibambo (Wordsworth High School, Benoni).In the unofficial team are Sean Wentzel (Westerford High School), Kira Düsterwald (Springfield Convent), Charl du Plessis (Stellenberg High School), Ashraf Moolla (Rondebosch Boys’ High School) and Rofhiwa Mauda (Mbilwi Secondary School). With the exception of Mbilwi School in Sibasa, Limpopo province, all pupils in the unofficial team come from schools in Cape Town.In 2008 Thomas Weighill of Paarl Boys’ High School was the top participant overall, and Dessi Nikolov of Eunice High School in Bloemfontein came third, and was also the top girl.The country has fared less spectacularly in the international version of the event, coming in 44th in 2008 and 68th in 2007. South Africa has participated in the International Mathematical Olympiad since 1992 and its best performance came in 2000 when it took 27th place.The origins of mathsEvidence exists to show that mathematics was born in Africa, and mathematicians from the continent are in agreement that Africa has every right to reclaim its place at the global forefront of the discipline.A notched calendar stick over 35 000 years old, discovered recently in the Border cave in the Lebombo mountains in the eastern part of the Southern Africa, is the oldest mathematical artefact known. The stick, known as the Lebombo bone, is a tally stick – a tool on which cuts were made to keep a count or a score – with 29 distinct notches that were deliberately cut into a baboon’s fibula. The ancient artefact resembles the calendar sticks still used by Bushmen in Namibia.The written form of the science also originated in Africa, when the pyramid-builders of ancient Egypt used papyrus to notate their calculations and formulae around 5 000 years ago. And 2 000 years ago in the great Egyptian city of Alexandria, mathematics developed fully into a rigorous axiomatic subject, notably through the efforts of great scholars such as Ptolemy and the Greek mathematician Euclid.Developing maths in AfricaThe African Mathematical Union is the continent’s equivalent of the International Mathematical Union, and is dedicated to the development of mathematics in Africa. Founded in 1976 at the first Pan-African Conference of Mathematicians held in Rabat, Morocco, the AMU was presided over by renowned Cameroonian mathematician and politician Henri Hogbe Nlend until 1986.The AMU’s second president was Nigerian academic Aderemi Kuku who at the time was head of the Department of Mathematics at Ibadan University. The Union set up four commissions in 1986 – the Commission on the History of Mathematics in Africa; the Commission on Women in Mathematics in Africa; the Commission Mathematics Education; and the Commission on Mathematics Olympiad.The third Pan-African Congress of Mathematicians was held in 1991 in Nairobi, Kenya, where Kuku was re-elected and served another presidential term of office. At the fourth congress held in 1995 in Ifrane, Morocco, Ahmed Kerkour, president of the Moroccan Mathematical Society and also of the Al Akhawayn University, was elected AMU president.During the same year the newly democratic South Africa joined the AMU, and the 2000 congress was held in Cape Town. Here South Africa participated for the first time in the Pan-African Mathematics Olympiad.Professor Jan Persens of the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, took over the presidency of the AMU from Kerkour in 2000.Since 1978 the AMU has published the journal Afrika Matematika.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesTeam SA to debate at model UN Education in South AfricaUseful linksAfrican Mathematical UnionSouth African Mathematics FoundationDepartment of Science and TechnologySouth African Agency for Science and Technology AdvancementAfrika MatematicaMathematicians of the African Diaspora49th International Mathematical Olympiad (Spain)International Mathematical Olympiadlast_img read more

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