OAKLAND — There’s no point in guessing how long Sean Manaea might be out. The fact of the matter is, there’s not enough info out on this type of surgery to make a fair estimation. But the A’s have hope.Manaea underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder with Dr. Neal ElAttrache Wednesday in Los Angeles. Along with repairing his labrum, ElAttrache also cut down part of the bone in Manaea’s shoulder in order to give him more joint space.Scraping of the bone might sound like …
Learners at Zandspruit Primary School during the launch of Ducere’s African Children’s Stories Program. (Images and e-book: Ducere)Reading can be boring if the stories do not resonate with the lives of readers. The Ducere Foundation knows this, and aims to provide an African alternative in children’s literature.All too often, library shelves and school bags are filled with Western stories that have little or no relevance to the reality of primary schoolchildren in Africa. But the foundation’s African Children’s Stories Program is leading the way with an innovative initiative that aims to one day publish and distribute African children’s stories from each and every African nation.Julia Gillard, the former prime minister of Australia and its former minister of education, is the chancellor of Ducere and chair of the board of directors of its Global Partnership for Education. She was in South Africa earlier this month to celebrate the foundation’s African Children’s Stories Program roll-out.Julia Gillard, the chancellor of Ducere and chair of the board of directors of its Global Partnership for Education, emphasised how the grassroots are important for children to excel in basic education and literacy.Ducere has partnered with Monash South Africa (MSA), a leading private higher education provider founded by Monash University (Australia) and a member of Laureate International Universities, for the roll-out of the latest collection of stories. They were written by local South African pupils.EDUCATIONAL VISITWhile she was in Johannesburg, Gillard visited Zandspruit Primary School, where she encouraged the children to keep writing and to make their education a priority.“Education, employability and entrepreneurship begin at grassroots level, from the support of basic education and literacy to the preparation of students for today’s global economy,” she said.The MSA and Ducere collaboration is made possible through the MSA student-led programme, This is Me, which promotes children’s creative thinking, storytelling and literacy skills to support their academic and personal growth.“We will continue publishing stories written by African children, for African children to be shared across the globe,” said Di Fleming, the chief executive of the Ducere Foundation. “We encourage and celebrate literacy from a young age, and empower the young learners to embrace their African culture.”MSA distributed hundreds of these stories to schools through its campus community engagement programmes.STUDENT DEVELOPMENTEsther Benjamin, the chief executive of MSA and of Africa operations for Laureate International Universities, believes this project, one of many MSA outreach programmes, strengthens students’ passion for volunteering as part of their personal development, gives them an opportunity to make important contributions to the community, and equips them with valuable skills for leadership and entrepreneurial thinking.An example of African Children Stories from Rwanda (Collection 22).“By facilitating important conversations on education’s link to building robust economies and skilled marketplaces, we strive to be a leading change agent in South Africa and beyond,” she said.“We pride ourselves on local relevancy as well as a global perspective. We work with an extensive global network of thought leaders to ensure that our graduates are equipped for the global business environment as well as for entrepreneurial initiatives relevant to the marketplace.”Gillard’s visit culminated in a panel discussion that included prominent business, NGO, and community leaders.At the discussion, Gillard and Benjamin spoke about the challenges and opportunities for students in the global marketplace. It was emphasised that students needed to pursue academic excellence along with cultivating essential life and personal skills for employability and entrepreneurship.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
Five CRPF jawans and two local Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants were killed in a pre-dawn fidayeen (suicide) attack on the central force’s training-cum-induction centre in Pulwama’s Lethpora area on Sunday.One soldier was killed in a ceasefire violation on the Line of Control (LoC) in the Pir Panchal Valley.Indiscriminate fireThe militant squad of at least three was carrying under-barrel grenade launchers and a cache of ammunition, as they arrived at the gates of the 185 battalion headquarters in Lethpora around 2 a.m.“The militants opened indiscriminate fire and launched grenades in their attempt to enter the premises,” said CRPF spokesman Rajesh Yadav. Three CRPF jawans were injured in the first round of fire and grenade explosions of the militants. “All the three injured jawans later died at the Army hospital,” said a police official.Five more CRPF jawans were injured in the day-long gunfight. “Two more CRPF jawans succumbed to their injuries, sustained while flushing the militants out,” said the official. The militants managed to enter the Group Training Centre, housing multi-storey buildings for the residential quarters, commando training and induction units.Director General of Police (DGP), J&K, S.P. Vaid said there had been intelligence alerts about the attack. According to the police, two local JeM militants, identified as Mazoor Ahmad Baba from Drubgam and Fardeen Ahmad Khanday from Tral, were killed in the operations.“Security forces will remain on standby at the encounter site. We have called off the operation for the night but one more militant is suspected to be hiding,” said the police official.Referring to JeM militants recently killed in the Valley, including commander Noor Muhammad Tantray, the outfit’s spokesman said they will not be deterred but continue the attacks.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah condemned the attack.Sepoy Jagsir Singh was killed when Pakistan violated the ceasefire in Rajouri in the Pir Panchal Valley on Sunday.A police official said Pakistan resorted to firing and shelling on the forward posts in Nowshehra sector, Rajouri district, according to reports reaching Srinagar.
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