Media Watch: Crime & More


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The so-called Islamic State’s presence in Africa could soon be growing again. Having gotten a pledge of allegiance from Nigeria’s Boko Haram terror group and claiming responsibility for attacks in Tunisia and Libya, Islamic State operatives could have their sights set on Somalia. Voice of America(VOA)’s National Security Correspondent Jeff Seldin reports.Courtesy:VOA

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Media Watch: Africa on Magazine Cover


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Media Watch: Crime & More


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At this year’s South by Southwest music and film festival in Austin, Texas, a group of teenage musicians from a slum in Paraguay made music and touched hearts with instruments made of trash. Their story is told in a documentary film, Landfill Harmonic, which also played at the film festival and won an audience response award. Voice of America(VOA)’s Greg Flakus has more in this report from Austin.Courtesy:VOA

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Media Watch: Crime & More


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According to the United Nations Development Program(UNDP),Wildlife trafficking,around $US23 billion annually, endangers wild life, strips national assets and ruins opportunities for sustainable development. Poaching and illegal ivory trade is rampant in African countries like Tanzania.According to WWF, wild life trade is a major illegal business.Mafias and international gangs are involved in this lucrative trade.Around 1,215 rhinos were illegally killed in 2014 in South Africa, a 21 percent increase from the 1,004 rhinos killed in 2013.Government authorities and various agencies who are working for the protection of endangered species adopt different methods to curb this illegal poaching.Recently,  A group of Spanish college students has designed a drone that can look for poachers, even in places where they hide from airborne observers.A highly recommended news video by Voice of America(VOA)’s George Putic. Courtesy:VOA

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Media watch: Crime & More


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The South Reporter,Holly Springs,Mississippi

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The documentary film “India’s Daughter,” about the brutal rape and murder of a 23-year-old in Delhi in 2012, held its U.S. premiere in New York recently. India has banned the documentary, which details how Mukesh Singh,Akshyay Thakur, Pavan Gupta and others including a juvenile gang-raped the medical student on a bus and left her for dead after she left a movie theater with a male friend. Millions have watched the film online and it is being broadcast across the world. On December 16, a 23 year old para- medical student with her fiance while returning home after watching a movie was brutally gang raped in a moving bus and thrown out of the bus along with her male companion after brutally bitten by iron rod by five young men. Angry protesters fought pitched battles with the police to vent their anger against the lawlessness and government’s failure to protect it’s own citizen, resulting the death of a police man. She succumbed to her injuries at a Singapore hospital where she fought for her life after flown from a New Delhi hospital.Candle light vigil and clashes with the police and mere banning of a film which explores the mindset of convicts to vent our anger cannot change the overall outlook about women in the Indian society. Girls are somewhat more  abused than boys. According to World Health organization (WHO),150 million girls have been subjected to sexual violence including forced sexual intercourse. Mr Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India  had rightly said that everyone in society should learn to respect women. Failure to do so is resulting in incidents like New Delhi gang rape. Apart from creating  strong criminal laws, fast track courts, strong and active police force, increasing awareness is necessary to curb  violence against women. Society should learn to respect women first. In the name of dignity of women, incidents of moral policing have been on the rise.Voice of America(VOA)’s Henry Ridgwell has this report from London.Courtesy: VOA

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Media Watch: World News


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Even more than 21 years after the end of apartheid,more than 90% of the land is still owned by the white minority in South Africa. According to the reform plans adopted by the government 33% of all arable land to be redistributed to majority black people by 2014.But Blacks grow impatient about the slow process of the land reform.Voice of America(VOA)’s VOA’s Paul Ndiho has this report. Courtesy:VOA

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Media watch:News & Views


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Homelessness is a major problem in America.According to National Coalition for Homeless, the official poverty rate was was 15.0%(2011)In Americana, there are 46.2 million people in poverty. The reasons behind increasing poverty are lack of employment,decline in available public assistance,lack of illness.U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2008 estimates that the homeless population is estimated to be 42 percent African-American, 39 percent white, 13 percent Hispanic, 4 percent Native American and 2 percent Asian, although it varies widely depending on the part of the country. An average of 26 percent of homeless people are considered mentally ill, while 13 percent of homeless individuals were physically disabled, nineteen percent of single homeless people are victims of domestic violence while 13 percent are veterans and 2 percent are HIV positive.A special report by VOA (Voice of America)’s Elizabeth Lee highlights this sensitive issue.Courtesy:VOA

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Media Watch:Journalism with a Human Touch


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Over the last 16 months, the Ebola epidemic killed around 10,000 people in African countries like Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.The virus spread from Meliandou in south-eastern part of Guinea into other areas of Guinea and Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal. According to experts,it is the largest ever-recorded Ebola outbreak that killed and affected so many people across Africa.A heartwarming tale of a village boy who returned to his native village that was terribly affected by deadly Ebola.A Voice of America(VOA) special report. Courtesy: VOA

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Media watch:News & Views


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New York’s taxi cab popular enough  for it’s bright yellow color. According to a survey around 13,000 taxicab ply across the city. Though run by various private companies, the whole system is controlled by New York city Taxi & Limousine Commission, a government regulatory body. Yellow taxis provide an average of 485,000 trips per day. Cab drivers come from different states of America and more than 175 countries around the world. The highest numbers of cab drivers are originated from Bangladesh and Pakistan with nearly 10,250 and 5,850 respectively.We recommend a Voice of America(VOA) special report highlighting the unique taxi ride.Courtesy:VOA.

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Media Watch: Crime against Humanity


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As the war in Syria enters its fifth year, half the population has been displaced and four million people have left the country. With no end to the conflict in sight, however, it’s not just Syria that is reeling. Resources in neighboring countries are stretched to the limit and in the Jordanian capital, workers say prices and tensions are rising quickly as international aid becomes harder to come by. Voice of America(VOA)’s Heather Murdock reports from Amman.Courtesy:VOA

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Media Watch:Crime & More


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In India, as smartphones and other handheld devices are becoming more affordable, doctors say children who spend long hours playing video games are increasingly showing signs of postural deformities. Physical therapists warn that long-term consequences may be severe. Voice of America’s (VOA)’s George Putic reports

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Media Watch: Crime and More


newsnews1A quick round up of African news headlines hosted by Mariama Diallo share glimpses of latest African news headlines ‘VOA 60 Africa.Courtesy:Voice of America(VOA)

Media Watch:News & Views


news2news1Kurdish fighters including People’s Protection Units (YPG) recaptured the village of Tal Hamis in northern Syria(February 27))  from ISIS fighters. Zana Omer reports for VOA,Voice Over by Elizabeth Arrott. News Courtesy: VOA News

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Media Watch: International News


greecegreece1The United States has charged three men with conspiring to support Islamic State militants in Syria and wage war against the United States. Charges against two Uzbeks and one Kazakh were filed in federal court in New York Wednesday. Zlatica Hoke of Voice of America(VOA) reports (Courtesy:VOA NEWS)

Media Watch: World News


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Media Watch: Crime & War


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Media Watch: News Reports


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Here a episode of On Assignment hosted by  Imran Siddiqui and Alex Villarreal.

Behind the scene shows are quite popular now a days. Russian State Television’s International News  Channel regularly telecast their behind the camera show News Team. Voice of America’s weekly show On Assignment is quite popular among viewers.

Video Courtesy:VOA

Media Watch:Mix & Match


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Media Watch: War at Large


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Media Watch:Local News of America


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Women at work


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Picture:Tania Maria Cabrera

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Picture: Anna Langova

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Picture: Aaron Hicklin

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picture: George Hodan

Media watch: Crime against Women


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Media Watch: Crime against Women


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Media Watch: Crime against women


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Any help or assistance regarding personal safety tips for women


End Male Violence Against WomenHelp Desk:Women Safety:provides any help or assistance regarding personal safety tips for women while in distress and self defense measures. It is created by Calcutta based not-for-profit media organization Peacock Media Communication. Women often abused, beaten,stripped,molested,assaulted or raped in a park, in a crowded places, on public transport, or even in police custody.Remember, Personal safety has become an issue of importance for everyone,especially for women.Awareness is necessary to curb this type of violence against women.Always Use your sixth sense while traveling alone. Here, we provide useful tips/ assistance/help for women in distress.

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President Obama’s visit to India


President Barack Obama participates in a traditional greeting with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi following a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India. January 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama participates in a traditional greeting with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi following a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India. January 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama participates in a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India. January 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama participates in a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India. January 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama toasts Prime Minister Naredra Modi during a State Dinner hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India. January 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama toasts Prime Minister Naredra Modi during a State Dinner hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India. January 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama view the Republic Day Parade with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Rajpath saluting base in New Delhi, India. January 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama view the Republic Day Parade with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Rajpath saluting base in New Delhi, India. January 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama speaks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Republic Day Parade at the Rajpath saluting base in New Delhi, India. January 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama speaks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Republic Day Parade at the Rajpath saluting base in New Delhi, India. January 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama view the Republic Day Parade with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Rajpath saluting base in New Delhi, India. January 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama view the Republic Day Parade with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Rajpath saluting base in New Delhi, India. January 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama participates in a traditional greeting with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi following a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India. January 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama participates in a traditional greeting with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi following a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India. January 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave to the crowd at the Rajpath saluting base following the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi, India. January 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave to the crowd at the Rajpath saluting base following the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi, India. January 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Pictures courtesy: The White House

Netaji Subhas:pictures that speak a thousand words


Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 118th birth anniversary on Friday.You can also watch this wonderful documentary on Subhas Chandra Bose on You Tube.

Subhas Chandra Bose with his Ajad Hind Bahini(Force).

Subhas Chandra Bose with his Ajad Hind Bahini(Force).

Subhas Chandra Bose inspected his army platoons.

Subhas Chandra Bose inspected his army platoons.

Subhas Chandra Bose with Mahatma Gandhi during Indian National Congress 51st season.

Subhas Chandra Bose with Mahatma Gandhi during Indian National Congress 51st season.

Subhas Chandra Bose and Wife Emilie Shenkl(1937)

Subhas Chandra Bose with his German Wife Emilie Shenkl (1937)

The ‘Death’ of a writer


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Perumal Murugan
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Like our western counterparts, we also condemn the horrific massacre of Charlie Hebdo journalists. But why we are mum about the ‘death’ of a prominent South Indian writer named Perumal Murugan? Recently he has announced his ‘death’ as a writer after he was hounded by extremists who play caste based  politics in South Indian states specially in Tamil Nadu.He has been critical of caste based politics of Tamil Nadu specially in Kongu region. Actually, his much acclaimed novel Mathorupaagan angered the right wing extremists and campaign against his works intensified so much that he compelled to announce his ‘death’ as a writer.It is an absolute violation of freedom of expression.

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Freedom of Press!


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Today’s pick


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The year’s best photos


The White House
All year long, official White House photographers are hard at work capturing Presidential moments for the history books.

And at the end of every year, Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza chooses the very best — from tens of thousands of images — for his Year in Photographs. The collection is full of deeply moving moments — from the serious and official, to the funny and behind-the-scenes.

You don’t want to miss this one: Check out the best images of 2014 and the stories behind them.

See this year's best photos.

Text and Photos Courtesy: The White House

2014 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Media watch: Ferguson Update


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An Ebola update from President Obama


President Obama spoke to the nation about Ebola — how the Administration is responding, and what you should know.

The Ebola virus is a public health and national security priority, and the President has directed the Administration to continue to take aggressive measures at every level of government.

President Obama reiterated that, while Ebola is a serious disease, Americans need to understand the facts and be guided by the science: Ebola is not easily transmitted. And we know how to fight it.

Watch President Obama, then find out what you need to know about the Ebola virus, and how the Administration is responding.

Watch President Obama and get the facts on Ebola here.

Have more questions? Here’s what public health officials want you to know.

Text and Video courtesy: The White House

Extensive use of steady cams in news


boomI really like the extensive use of steady cams in the news of RT ( Russia Today), an international news channel of Russian State Television, specially Boom Bust a business based program hosted by Erin Ade and In the Now, a news based program hosted by Anissa Naouai.

intheI also like News team, a behind the scene program which highlights the professional hazards of RT correspondents across the world while filming day to day news events. Local TV stations of Calcutta may also use camerasteady cams instead of handheld cameras when anchors roam from their desk to newsroom, to make it less formal and more interactive in nature.

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The Autumn Festival ( Durga Puja) 2014


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Why journalists !


isis5On 20 August, 2014, US journalist James Foley beheaded by the militant armed group known as Islamic State or ISIS.A masked man dressed in black is seen in the video cutting the throat of a man wearing a orange jumpsuit as detainees in Guantanamo. The man said that  Foley was being executed in revenge for the recent US air strikes on Islamic State positions in Iraq.
On September 3, 2014, another US journalist Steven Sotloff was beheaded in the same manner.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, the ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. Obama are you listening?

According to Reporters without Border (RSF), 50 journalists were killed, 179 journalists imprisoned in Syria till now in 2014. Last year (2013), 77 journalists were killed.journalists arrested 826, Journalists kidnapped: 87.

Just a rumor !


danielWe heard it through the grapevine that Daniel Weber, husband and manager of  adult film actress turn Hindi film actress Sunny Leon is going to appear in Big Boss season 8. An  accomplished musician in his own right, Daniel said,” It is just a rumor.”

Andy Serkis, the great motion capture actor


 

Andy Serkis in motion capture suit, plays the role of Caeser the ape in the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Photo Courtesy: The American Cinematographer

Andy Serkis in motion capture suit, plays the role of Caeser the ape in the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Photo Courtesy: The American Cinematographer.

Very few cine goers may recall the name of the British actor Andy Serkis but this excellent actor who enacted in the lead roles of King Kong, Gollum in Lord of the Rings, Caeser the ape in the recently released Dawn of the Planet of the Apes among others, created these super natural creatures with perfect emoting and expression. You may not feel the presence of these ‘motion capture’ actors like serkis on screen because motion-capture is a digital technology where animation and special effects play major roles. For instance, Andy Serkis played the roles of King Kong or ape wearing specially created suits ( motion capture suits) which covered in numerous dot like sensors with multiple cameras normally in front of a green screen (croma).

Andy Serkis as Caeser the ape. Photo courtesy:The American Cinematographer

Andy Serkis as Caeser the ape. Photo courtesy:The American Cinematographer

These cameras capture movements of actors and feed them to computer software. After the shooting, VFX artists and animators convert the human actors with these creatures in real locations according to scripts matching their anatomy and psychology onto the faces and bodies of motion-capture factors.Now-a-days more and more film makers from Hollywood adopt these digital enhanced technology to create real and true characters with perfect soul and emotion. As industry experts believe that in these cases human actors recreate the super natural screen characters with perfect facial expressions and emotions. We may hope that in near future  these talented actors like Serkis who recreate memorable and immensely popular characters on screen would be nominated for prestigious awards like Oscar for their contributor.

The Autumn Festival 2014


Even though Durga Puja is nearly three months away, the preparation is in full swing to face the festival. Durga puja is celebrated with joy all over India especially in West Bengal.People send Durja Puja gifts to dear ones and express good wishes to them. Durga Puja is celebrated in the autumn months of September-October. Calcutta and other parts of Bengal, where the festivals are most grandly celebrated and it is considered utmost important to worship Goddess Durga on this day. Devotees line up from the early hours to offer flowers(anjali). After the prayers, the Prasad (sacred food) is distributed. Priests perform rituals by chanting religious

File Picture: Arun Lodh

File Picture: Arun Lodh

verses.Bengalies prefer non-vegetarian foods in this day. Local TV news channels air special programs during the festive time. The special Puja editions of Bengali magazines normally hit the stands by the auspicious day of Mahalaya.Kumartuli’s artisans were originally from Krisnanagar and other parts of Nadia district of Bengal.Initially,during the season,they rented houses in Kumartuli aarea of North Calcutta and left after the festive season.After the population of Calcutta increases, they also live permanently in the area.This year Bagbazar Sarbojanin,Ekdalia Evergreen,Chalta Bagan,College Square,Md.Ali park,Santosh Mitra Square,Madoxx Square,Surachi Sangha,Park Circus,Barisha Club,Sri Bhumi Sporting Club,Salt Lake FD Block,Garia Metali Sangha,Babu Bagan,Badamtala Asar Sangha get full marks for arranging such pujas.

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File Picture: Arun Lodh

The four days of Puja (Autumn Festival)  start from September 30, the sixth day of the full moon  that follows the Mahalaya and ends up with the Bijaya Dashami. According to Hindu scriptures, Durga is the wife of God Shiva, the Hindu Goddess emerged when evil forces threatened the very existence of the Gods.Durga killed the powerful demon Mahishasur.

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 Peacock Media Communication offers foreign tourists who want to visit Calcutta during festive season, an unique tour in various puja pandals(makeshift temples) in and around Calcutta, the cultural capital of India.

 

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File Picture: Arun Lodh

 

Media Watch: Germany World Cup winner


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Media Watch: Soccer World Cup 2014


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Media Watch: Salute to World Cup Super Hero


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Maths Olympiad Launched


Pretoria (South Africa): – Cape Town will be abuzz next month as the country welcomes students from over 100 countries, who will participate in the 55th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

matBasic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Tuesday launched the Olympiad – the first to be held in Africa. The IMO is a problem solving contest for high school students held in different countries each year in July. This year, 582 students from 109 countries in five continents will participate in the IMO.

Each participating country enters a team of up to six high school students, who will sit for 4.5 hours solving three challenging problems per day, for two consecutive days. Each problem has a maximum of seven points and covers areas of maths that are not covered in schools.

The participants will be accompanied by a team leader, who is the country’s representative on the jury and a deputy leader, who is responsible for the well-being of the team. Teams may also be accompanied by observers.

Their solutions are assessed by the team leaders and their marks are approved in consultation with a team of coordinators, appointed by the host country.

The top half of the contestants are awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals. All contestants, who do not win a medal, but have solved at least one problem correctly, earn an honourable mention.

Speaking at the IMO launch, Minister Motshekga said it was an honour to host the prestigious contest.

She acknowledged her colleagues from the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF), whose passion and dedication to the subject of mathematics has grown local talent in the Olympiad by record numbers across South African schools.

“We do believe that it is important for learners to enjoy mathematics and this Olympiad gives participants a unique opportunity to broaden their mathematics horizon and compete against the very best in the world. These competitions are usually the privilege of developed countries and awaken mathematical talent in many learners,” said Minister Motshekga.

Sparking a love for maths

The IMO is perceived by some as the World Cup of Mathematics. South Africa hopes that hosting this event will create enthusiasm around mathematics and inspire the country’s future engineers, accountants, doctors, teachers and inventors.

“The department has prioritised mathematics, as we recognize the importance of excellence in this particular subject. It has a major impact on the developmental objectives of the country and the economy.

“We are working to improve not only the enrolment of learners in mathematics in South Africa, but also learner outcomes in this crucial subject. Events like this help to create enthusiasm around mathematics,” said Minister Motshekga.

Executive Director at SAMF, Professor Johann Engelbrecht, said that hosting this year’s IMO is an opportunity to show the world that the country is able to host world class events and it has top class mathematicians.

Director of the IMO2014 and a lecturer at the University of Cape Town – which will host the IMO– said: “Holding a high profile event such as the IMO in South Africa will bring mathematics into the public eye and highlight the importance of mathematics education in South Africa’s economic and technological development.”

The main sponsors for the IMO2014 are the Basic Education Department, Google, SABC Education, South African National Roads Agency Ltd and Sasol.

The Pre-Olympiad camp will start on 30 June. Team leaders will arrive on 2 and 3 July to set the papers and teams are expected to start arriving around 6 July.

A big opening ceremony will be held on 7 July, and participants will start writing papers on 8 and 9 July. After that, the marking of papers will start.

The closing ceremony will be on 12 July and participants will leave on 13 July 2013.

Courtesy: SAnews.gov.za

 

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