Top award for Rhodes scientist

first_imgProfessor Tebello Nyokong is the firstblack South African woman to win theL’Oreal Unesco Award for Women inScience.(Image: Rhodes University) Tamara O’ReillyWith prestigious awards dedicated to honouring the role of women in science, it won’t be too long before female scientists are noted alongside the likes of Einstein and Isaac Newton.Rhodes University professor Tebello Nyokong has been announced as the latest recipient of the L’Oreal Unesco Awards for Women in Science in the Africa and Arab states region for her research into the early detection and alternate cures for cancer. She joins four other women from as many continents who will accept the prize of R1-million ($100 000) each in March 2009, which will go towards funding their respective area of research.The L’Oreal Unesco Awards for Women in Science was established in 1998 with the mission to change the face of science and to turn around the glaring under representation of women in the this field. Since its establishment, 57 laureates from 26 countries have been recognised for their careers and 120 international fellows from 67 countries have been encouraged to pursue their scientific vocations through the organisation’s fellowship programme.Each year the programme identifies five leading women researchers, and grants 15 fellowships to promising young women scientists around the world at doctoral or post-doctoral level. L’Oréal augments its mission of female empowerment by ensuring that more than half of its 2 000 researchers are women.The 2009 laureates were selected through nominations by a network of nearly 1 000 members of the international scientific community and are judged by a panel of 17 science experts, two of whom are previous Nobel Prize winners for medicine.Although Nyokong was born in Lesotho in 1951, she spent much of her life away from her country of birth. Her childhood was far from privileged – her family were too poor to afford shoes and she spent alternate days tending sheep, a task she says made her believe that she could do anything that a boy could.During high school she chose art subjects but switched to sciences just two years before matric (grade 12) and managed to catch up on the work she missed. Here she cultivated her love for chemistry and pursued this field at tertiary level.After graduating in 1977, she earned a Canadian International Development Agency Scholarship to undertake postgraduate studies. According to her online profile, four years later she graduated with an MSc in chemistry, which was followed by a PhD from the University of Western Ontario in 1987.She joined Rhodes University in 1992 as lecturer where she set up a research laboratory and, as a result of her work and research, worked her way through several positions and finally that of professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Nanotechnology.For a long while she has been working on a cancer treatment called photo-dynamic therapy – an alternative to the taxing chemotherapy. According to the US National Cancer Institute, the therapy combines the administering of a drug called a photosensitiser, which is absorbed into cells. When absorbed by cancer cells and exposed to a specific kind of light, the drug becomes active releasing a form of oxygen that kills the cancerous cells.Other awardsNyokong has earned several accolades during the course of her research, among them the SABC2 Shoprite/Checkers Women of the Year Award for Science in 2004 as well as the National Order bestowed by former President Thabo Mbeki in 2005.Nyokong follows in the footsteps of two other South African women who have previously received the award – Valerie Mizrahi in 2000 for her work in molecular biology and Jennifer Thompson for her work in developing genetically modified plants to alleviate food shortages in desperate countries and improving agricultural productivity.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at tamarao@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesScience on the up in MozambiqueUK honours top SA nurseSA biologist wins thesis awardUseful linksRhodes UniversityFamous scientistsUnescoL’Oreal Women in Science Cancer Association of South Africalast_img read more

Safta nominees named: best in South Africa film and TV

first_img23 February 2016See 2016 SAFTAs nominations list: https://t.co/BIJkOHSEEL pic.twitter.com/aCrZ6o2lYG— SundayWorld (@SundayWorldZA) February 18, 2016The Safta celebration, run by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is in its tenth year, and this year the event’s theme is a call for a “commitment to growth and development of the industry”.NFVF chief executive Zama Nkosi said at the announcement of the nominees that the tenth Saftas would be the best yet. “It is a great honour (for) the NFVF to have been the custodians of these awards from the very beginning. We have seen how much it has grown, we have seen it grow from 50 entries to over 400 entries.”Winners will be announced during two star-studded events on 18 and 20 March 2016, at Gallagher Estate and broadcast live on SABC 2. Strictly Come Dancingand Expresso presenter Katlego Maboe will be the ceremony host, along with TV personality Minnie Dlamini. Maboe is also nominated for Best TV Presenter.Nataniel was at the #SONA last week to suss what what matters: what everyone was wearing. https://t.co/SHyiaRa3Lz pic.twitter.com/FUaAs5bqHc— ZANEWS (@zanews) February 15, 2016The Emmy-nominated satirical comedy show, ZA News: Puppet Nation, leads the list with 11 nominations, while acclaimed SABC 3 sitcom Those Who Can’t received nine nominations.Puppet Nation director Alex Fynn, who earned a Best Director nomination, calls the nominations the fruits of a team effort. “I think most people don’t really know what it takes to produce this kind of show. (and) 11 nominations is exactly what this team needs to just keep on pushing and doing what we do.” The show is broadcast on the StarSat network, as well as through its online platforms.Other highlights include nominations for the SABC 1 soap opera, Generations: The Legacy, which missed out on recognition at the 2015 awards, and a Best TV Drama nomination – one of seven nominations – for the innovative interactive series Saints and Sinners, which begins its second season this year. The unique narrative of the show uses viewer polling to determine the outcome of each episode.The local television institution, Isidingo, and e-tv’s popular funeral business drama, Ashes to Ashes, each earned six nominations for acting and production.Ayanda, a movie produced by @TerryPheto has received five nominations at South African Film and Television Awards. pic.twitter.com/Pr7DQrzRWd— TransAfricaRadio (@TransAfrica872) February 19, 2016This year’s Safta film nominations feature some quality productions vying for top honours during a year in which a host of local films were released to critical acclaim and box office success.Nominations for Best Film include indie festival darling Ayanda, which got five nominations; Afrikaans drama Dis Ek, Anna; and the Mzansi Magic channel’s township drama, For Love and Broken Bones.The film, While You Weren’t Looking, that deals with the everyday lives of South Africa gay and lesbian society, features heavily in the acting categories with nominations for veterans Lionel Newton and Tina Jaxa.For a full list of TV and film nominations, visit the NFVF website’s Saftas page.Source: News24last_img read more

Army porter killed in Pakistan firing in Uri

first_imgAn army porter was killed in a fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla’s Uri sector.A police official said the porter Mohd. Abbas (22), resident of Kamalkot, lost his life in an unprovoked firing at around 11:30 a.m on Saturday.The incident sparked a “major exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops”.last_img

Tripura police arrests suspected member of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen

first_imgPolice arrested a suspected member of extremist outfit of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen in Tripura on Tuesday. Director General of Police Akhil Kumar Shukla claimed that detainee Nazir Sheikh, a resident of Murshidabad district in West Bengal, was involved in ‘terror activities’ in India.Mr. Shukla stated that Tripura police had received information on Nazir Sheikhi’s presence in the State. “Based on intelligence inputs we have arrested him,” the DGP added but refused to disclose the location of his arrest.In a hastily convened press briefing at his office, the DGP said the detainee was trained to deal with Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He said that police and intelligence officials were questioning Mr. Sheikh to extract information on various security related aspects.DGP Shukla did not rule out the link between terror organisation and drug mafias. He asserted security agencies were on alert ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

Congress gearing up for municipal polls in Rajasthan

first_imgWith an eye on municipal elections due in November, the ruling Congress in Rajasthan is planning to conduct a survey before distribution of tickets to candidates. The party has asked its block committees to identify the local issues which will be raised in the run-up to the polls.Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot has asked Ministers to visit the district Congress committee offices during their tours and address the grievances of people, besides getting feedback from the local party workers. “Local polls are fought strictly on the issues of the neighbourhood. It is our duty to resolve the problems related to municipal bodies,” he said.In its first Cabinet meeting after being elected in December 2018, the Congress government had reversed the previous BJP regime’s decision of 2014 on the mode of election of Mayors of municipal corporations from indirect to direct polling. The government’s latest decision to increase the number of municipal wards and delimit their boundaries may also help the Congress. Mr. Pilot said at a preparatory meeting held here on Wednesday that the Congress was willing to fulfil people’s aspirations for development after being elected to the State Assembly. The local Congress workers should help the party in selecting suitable candidates without any prejudices and carry the message of the government’s welfare policies to the voters, he said.Manifesto planningMr. Pilot, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, said the district committees would prepare manifestos, incorporating the local issues, for the towns where municipal corporations and municipal councils are functioning. The office-bearers of the party’s front organisations will also be involved in the works such as corrections in the electoral rolls.Local Self Government Minister Shanti Dhariwal said the party would present a road map for completing the works of local bodies to win people’s confidence and field candidates with a background of working among the residents. Former PCC president Girija Vyas, Energy Minister B.D. Kalla, Transport Minister P.S. Khachariawas and office-bearers of the party’s local units attended the meeting.last_img read more

In The Spotlight – Kirsty Quince

first_imgIn the twenty-fourth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Women’s Open player, Kirsty Quince, speaks about how she got involved in Touch Football and what it means to her to be representing Australia at her first World Cup. Name: Kirsty QuinceNickname: QuincyAge: 19Affiliate: Brisbane CityOccupation: Physio StudentPosition: MiddleDebut for Australia: Under 18’s 2009, Women’s Open World Cup 2011Career highlights so far: Australian Youth Teams 2009/2011 and making the NTL final in 2010How you got involved in Touch Football: I helped make up numbers at a training session for my older sister’s school team when I was seven, fell in love with it and been playing ever since. Favourite player: Sharyn Williams and Angela Barr.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It means everything. It is something I have dreamed of since I was young and there is nothing better than playing for your country. Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: My Dad, Karley Banks, Greg Jones and Peter Bell. Favourite sporting moment: When the Australian Men’s inline speed skating team won the world championship in the relay against the perceived unbeatable Americans. Growing up watching the boys train with Dad and seeing how much blood, sweat and tears went into that one moment is something I will never forget.  What do you know about Scotland: Very beautiful. Any superstitions: None at all.Funniest Australian teammate: Sam Hammond.Favourite quote: “Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.”Any travel plans for after World Cup: Taking a road trip from Scotland to London visiting all the places along the way and then on to Paris. Looking forward to a day at Wimbledon and seeing a leg of the Tour de France. Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup.  With just over a month until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

13 days agoEx-Leicester winger Piper: Rodgers not making most of Maddison

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Leicester winger Piper: Rodgers not making most of Maddisonby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Leicester City winger Matt Piper says manager Brendan Rodgers isn’t making the most of James Maddison.Piper, who turned out 16 times for boyhood club Leicester between 2000 and 2002, has been disappointed not to see England boss Gareth Southgate give Maddison a regular role in the Three Lions midfield, but has criticised Rodgers’ decision to force the ex-Norwich man out wide.”Maddison has been Leicester’s main man this season,” he told Love Sport Radio.”He’s got a big future ahead of him, Maddison. He can become a top, top player.”He’s at his best as a number ten. He’s been played out on the left this season, but that isn’t how to use him.”He’s two footed, he’s incredibly creative, and he’s super talented. People ask whether he’s arrogant, but I think it’s just ultimate confidence in his ability, and he makes things happen.” last_img read more

2 days agoLiverpool veteran Milner hopeful of settling new contract

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool veteran Milner hopeful of settling new contractby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner is hopeful of settling his contract situation.The experienced utility man, 33, revealed he is in talks with the Reds over an extension of his current contract.But he is yet to put pen to paper to renew his deal which expires in the summer, meaning he will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with European clubs from January.Asked about his future, Milner said: “Who knows, you know?“There have been talks so hopefully it gets resolved sooner rather than later.“But at this moment I will just keep playing football as well as I can.” last_img read more

Face to Face with Clint Davis

first_imgAPTN National NewsClint Davis is well known in the business community and he recently won an Indspire award for those accomplishments.An Inuk originally from Happy Valley Goose Bay in Labrador, Davis went on to study business at Acadia, Dalhousie and Harvard universities.Davis is now the Vice President of Aboriginal Affairs for TD Bank, and prior was the President and CEO for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.Face to Face sat down with him to find out how Indigenous communities can take what few resources they have and potentially become a hub for economic development.He also has some advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.last_img read more