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Read to Rise gets kids hooked on books

first_imgBy offering these children a chance to own books, they hope that the sense of ownership will strengthen their interest in reading. (image: Read to Rise)In a bid to address some of the harsh realities of growing up in underprivileged areas, Read to Rise offers South African youth a chance to discover new worlds through reading.As one of the country’s core focuses, education is extremely important with regards to moulding the leaders of the future and arming them with the skills and knowledge necessary for them to lead productive lives and become contributing members of society.The Read to Rise non-government organisation (NGO) was established in 2013 by couple Athol Williams and Taryn Lock, who between them boast seven academic degrees and vast business experience.Born from their shared passion for literacy, education and helping others reach the heights of their potential, the Read to Rise organisation has been working with youth from under-resourced communities such as Mitchell Plain and its surrounding areas near Cape Town.“Athol grew up in Mitchells Plain so he knows the challenges that these young children face,” says Lock.With a large number of schools lacking properly stocked libraries – some lacking libraries all-together – the Read to Rise organisation offers children suitable reading material fitting for their age groups in an attempt to instil a love of reading early on in life.“Read to Rise aims to inspire children to read in under-resourced communities. As the name indicates, we firmly believe that children need to read in order to rise in their personal development and contribution to society,” says Lock. “We believe that children who love to read will excel at school and go on to become constructive citizens. It all starts with reading.”AN EARLY STARTAccording to Read to Rise, children in their foundational phase of education should be reading around 40 books a year that are suited to their level. Their findings suggest that children in the areas they operate read one or two books, which fall far short of the recommendation.This is due to the lack of motivation to pick up a book and read. To address this, Read to Rise visits to hold interactive reading sessions with the children.The organisation has taken a different angle when it comes to encouraging a good reading ethos amongst school children. By offering these children a chance to own books, they hope that the sense of ownership will strengthen their interest in reading.Lock says that they “believe that book ownership is important so give children their own new book to take home.“In addition, we place a Mini-Library – which is a brightly painted bookshelf which contains 50 new age-appropriate story books – in every classroom so that learners have access to these books.”Since its establishment, Read to Rise has visited children in more than 350 classrooms, handing out in excess of 2 800 books to pupils in Soweto and Mitchells Plain.Read to Rise has been working with youth from under-resourced communities such as Mitchell Plain and its surrounding areas near Cape Town.BOOKS IN THE NEW AGESpeaking on the role that books have in the age of tablets and smart phones, Lock says “books play a huge part in today’s age especially in the under-resourced, crime-ridden communities that we work with.“There is something special about holding a new book in your hands, turning the pages and reading it. Book ownership is important as it creates a sense of pride, responsibility and an enjoyment of reading. That’s exactly why we give a brand new, high quality book to every child.”PLAY YOUR PARTIf you’re looking to help the Read to Rise organisation you can visit their website at www.readtorise.co.za or email them at info@readtorise.co.za.“Individuals can volunteer their time to read to children at schools, cover books in plastic at one of our “Cover & Coffee” sessions or offer their expertise to assist with our operations.” Lock explains.“Individuals or corporates can sponsor new books. It costs R45 to sponsor a new book for a learner or R3,200 to sponsor a Mini-Library for a class.”last_img read more

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Consider temperament when culling

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Over the years, as I have worked with beef cattle owners I have asked them where temperament ranks as they make culling decisions and decide which animals and genetics to keep in the herd. I have heard replies ranging from “It’s a factor, something I keep in mind” to “It’s one of the top 3 factors in my decision.” Glenn Selk, Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University, recently presented the results of a couple of studies showing that wild and/or excitable cattle negatively affect profit in the cattle operation. Here are excerpts from that article:Selk cited a Mississippi State University study published in 2006 that used a total of 210 feeder cattle consigned by 19 producers in a “farm to feedlot” program to evaluate the effect of temperament on performance and net profit. Temperament was scored on a 1 to 5 scale (1=nonaggressive, docile; 5=very aggressive, excitable). Three measurements were used: pen score, chute score, and exit velocity.Measurements were taken on the day of shipment to the feedlot. Exit velocity is an evaluation of temperament that is made electronically by measuring the speed at which the animal leaves the confinement of the chute. Exit velocity and pen scores were highly correlated. As pen scores increased, so did exit velocity. As pen score and exit velocity increased, health treatments costs and number of days treated increased, while average daily gain and final body weight decreased. As pen score increased, net profit per head tended to decline.A Colorado State University study published in 1996 examined the effects of temperament on weight gains and the incidence of dark cutting. Cattle were temperament ranked, on a 5-point system, while animals were held on a single animal scale. Their results show that there is a highly significant effect of temperament ranking on average daily gain. Animals exhibiting the highest temperament ranking also have the lowest average daily gains. Conversely, animals that were the calmest had the highest average daily gains. Those cattle that have the highest temperament ranking, those that were berserk, also have the highest incidence of dark cutters. Dark cutter carcasses will be discounted approximately $20 to $25 dollars per hundred pounds compared to carcasses with normal colored lean.How effective can culling be to improve the temperament of your herd? Temperament is considered a moderately heritable characteristic with a heritability score of 0.36 to 0.45. This indicates that progress can be made by selecting against flighty and excitable cattle.last_img read more

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Lighting for Video: Fluorescents Tutorial

first_imgLearn what makes fluorescent lighting unique and how to best use it in your film and video productions.We recently covered incandescent lighting in our ongoing Lighting for Video series (see those posts here and here). In this tutorial we’re switching gears, going in-depth on fluorescents.Learn what makes fluorescents unique and how they compare to incandescent lighting. We cover a few standard lighting setup examples and I share a few must-know fluorescent lighting tips for video pros (ie, only buy professional grade bulbs!)Fluorescents have a relatively soft throw, so they’re great for adding an overall punch to your image. They are typically lightweight, have great power efficiency and don’t get as hot as other types of lighting instruments.What type of lighting are you using for your film and video projects? Share your suggestions in the comments below (brands, setups or tips that work best for you). Thanks for watching!last_img read more

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Two arrested for attacking dogs at shelter in Punjab

first_imgTwo people have been arrested in connection with the attack on 30 dogs at a private shelter in Punjab’s Mohali in which one canine was killed and several others were injured, animal rights body PETA on Thursday said.The Punjab Police have arrested the duo for allegedly attacking the dogs with sticks and acid on Tuesday, while their third associate is still at large, it said.“The attack resulted in death of one dog, 19 missing, probably killed, and 11 with grievous injuries.“Following the complaint by PETA, Punjab police arrested two of the three attackers and filed an FIR. The third attacker is on the run and police expect to nab him soon,” the animal rights body said in a statement.People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India had shot off a letter to Punjab Director of General of Police (DGP) demanding immediate action against the attackers.PETA had come to know about the incident through news reports besides calls and emails from various concerned citizens.In the letter, PETA India pointed out that causing animals to suffer in this manner is a punishable offence under law and attracts imprisonment for a term of five to seven years, and the guilty is also liable for fine.It had urged the DGP to take steps to help ensure that the strongest police action is taken by registering an FIR against the attackers of the dogs under the IPC.PETA had also asked the Punjab police to ensure that the attackers undergo psychiatric counselling and evaluation.“PETA commends and thanks Punjab police for devoting the serious attention to this case that it deserves. The attackers may now be prevented from harming more animals and humans thanks to the police.“PETA encourage everyone to stop and speak up for animals who are subjected to pain or suffering, because if you don’t, maybe no one else will,” said Meet Ashar, PETA India’s Emergency Response Coordinator.Currently, the penalty for cruelty to animals under the PCA Act, 1960, is between Rs 10 and 50 for the first offence, which may go up to a mere Rs 100 or up to three months in prison for a subsequent offence.Lately, numerous extreme cruelty to animals cases have come to light —— including one from Bangalore where a woman killed eight puppies, Chennai where medical students threw a puppy from a roof, and Vellore where medical students killed a monkey —— proving the need for stronger penalties.last_img read more

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Cross-border motor rally to reach Agartala

first_imgA cross-border motor rally to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is arriving in Agartala from Bangladesh on Tuesday afternoon. The rally, which got underway at Rajghat in New Delhi on February 4, will culminate on February 24 at Yangon in Myanmar.The Border Security Force (BSF) has made arrangements to support the itinerary of the motorists on the border. The rally entered Bangladesh from Kolkata on Monday, sources in BSF said.“We will facilitate the rally to the Agartala Check Post from Bangladesh. The Ministry of Transport and Highways has organised the rally,” senior BSF official of the Tripura Frontier Arun Kumar Verma told The Hindu.Government officials said the rally would travel 7,250 km before it reaches Yangon. It will cover places historically associated with Mahatma Gandhi, both in India as well as in Bangladesh and Myanmar.Officials said the ultimate aim of the rally is to spread the values of Mahatma Gandhi throughout route of the rally. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is supporting the event.last_img read more

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