UJ Soweto university open for learning

first_imgUJ Soweto campus inspires creativethinking, Minister Naledi Pandor said. UJ is home to some of South Africa’sforemost intellectuals. Struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela(left) attended the new campus openingceremony.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Herman EsterhuizenMedia RelationsUniversity of Johannesburg+27 559 36653 or +27 72 129 0777RELATED ARTICLES• SA university gets global nod• New centre to foster science careers• Science university for Botswana• First university for MpumalangaBongani NkosiThe community of Soweto now has access to a state-of-the-art higher learning facility, following the multimillion-rand upgrading of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) campus in the township.Formerly known as Vista University, the UJ campus is now of the same stature as universities in South Africa’s more affluent towns. It sports a more exciting look than Vista, which was built by the apartheid government to prolong racial segregation in tertiary education.The university was transformed at a cost of R450-million (US$62-million), a sum allocated by the government in 2005. Science and Technology minister Naledi Pandor commented that the design “inspires creative thinking”.The sparkling Pimville campus was unveiled on 4 February at a ceremony that also marked the opening of UJ’s academic year. South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and UJ’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof Ihron Rensburg were on hand to do the honours.“I am confident that the expansion of this campus will play a key role in addressing developmental needs of the broader Soweto community,” said Motlanthe.The facelift included the construction of new lecture halls, a students’ residence, an ICT facility and law and health clinics. A new student centre and a sports ground are also part of the package.The residence on campus is named after Hector Pieterson, the 12-year-old who was slain by apartheid police during the 1976 students’ protest against the compulsory use of Afrikaans in schools. It accommodates more than 300 students, while others will stay in two leased residences in the nearby Soweto suburbs of Orlando and Dube.Community members will also have access to the facilities. The law clinic will provide legal advice to residents and pupils at surrounding schools will benefit from extra academic lessons on weekends.The Centre for Small and Medium Enterprises Development, part of the campus, has been reaching out to Soweto’s entrepreneurs since 2008. It’s headed by accomplished Soweto businessman Dr Thami Mazwai and offers leadership lectures to the public each month.“It is important to bear in mind that this Soweto campus has been designed with a clear intention of being an asset to the local community,” Rensburg said.Soweto-based construction businesses also scored big from the renovation process. Contracts worth about R37-million ($5.1-million) were awarded to the local contractors.Top academic studiesThe campus offers full-time courses in management, economic and financial sciences, education and humanities. UJ’s campuses around Johannesburg offer other industry-related courses such as engineering.Soweto is currently offering five undergraduate degree courses, seven undergraduate diploma programmes, two doctoral and three masters’ courses, and one honours course. UJ is planning to enrol 7 000 students at the campus by 2013.Students from Soweto and neighbouring areas such as Sebokeng, Orange Farm and the East Rand will be close enough to take full advantage of opportunities offered by this latest addition to Gauteng’s academic sector.As South African students are known to travel very far for their education, the campus can also expect to draw students from provinces like Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, neither of which has its own university.“Our vision for the Soweto campus is that it will become the campus of choice for most students,” said Rensburg.UJ is one of the country’s leading universities, attracting 65 000 new students for the 2011 academic year. Many were disappointed as the university can only take in 13 000 first-year students.“Our students come from all parts of South Africa, and we also have close to 2 500 international students from 52 countries,” Rensburg said.Honouring stalwartsBuildings in the campus are named after stalwarts in the struggle against apartheid. The naming committee opted for icons who had a direct impact on Soweto.They include the late Pan Africanist leader Robert Sobukwe, who lived in the township between the 1970s and 1980s. The late Dr Nthato Motlana, a Soweto activist and businessman who was also Nelson Mandela’s physician, has a lecture building named after him.Preacher and composer of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika Enoch Sontonga, Afrikaans struggle hero Bram Fischer, author and activist Ellen Khuzwayo, activist Anton Lembede, youth leader Tsietsi Mashinini, and prominent teacher TW Khambule are also honoured.“These great South Africans all lived selfless lives so that others can prosper,” Rensburg said. “It is fitting, then, that these heroes should posthumously be honoured for the rich legacy they have left behind.”last_img read more

American Agri-Women Partners with Ohio Corn & Wheat on ‘Drive Across America’

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest American Agri-Women, the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women, is celebrating 40 years of advocating for agriculture with its “Drive Across America,” a five-month educational and advocacy tour. Ohio Corn & Wheat, a market development, education and political advocacy group for the state’s grain farmers, is a sponsor of the Drive.Ohio Corn & Wheat works to create opportunities for long-term Ohio corn and small grain grower profitability through two checkoff based organizations and one legislative entity, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. The Ohio Corn Checkoff and Ohio Small Grains Checkoff work to develop and expand markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and wheat, respectively. Working with its national counterparts, the National Corn Growers Assn. and the National Assn. of Wheat Growers, the state group works to advocate for supportive public policy and engage with consumer audiences at a grassroots level to ensure a climate for grower success.“Grassroots advocacy is among the best ways to influence change because it focuses on personal connections and shared experiences. We appreciate the work of Ohio Corn & Wheat in influencing policies that promote the future of agriculture. We are so pleased to have them as a sponsor of our Drive Across America,” says AAW President Sue McCrum.“Ohio Corn & Wheat is proud to support the American Agri-Women as they continue to advocate for agriculture and help lead our nation’s agricultural industry,” said John Hoffman, chairman of the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff. “We congratulate them on their 40th anniversary and look forward to their visit to Ohio for this weekend’s Preble County Pork Festival.”McCrum and other AAW leaders and members are driving in a specially wrapped pick-up truck, participating in educational, network and advocacy events hosted by AAW’s more than 50 affiliates. The Drive will finish at the 2015 annual convention in Portland, Maine.last_img read more

Facebook’s EdgeRank Changes: A U.K. Company Claims They’re Killing Small Businesses

first_imgA U.K. company that makes an app to help charities raise money says it may need some charity of its own, after nearly being run out of business because of changes to how Facebook lets it connect with its fans.The makers of Charity Engine grabbed the vanity Facebook URL https://www.facebook.com/CharityEngine as soon as it became available in January 2010, even though its product was still far from being launched. The company used Facebook to explain the product, which offers computer users prizes to use idle time to raise money for causes, to prospect for users and to alert those fans as soon as it was launched.Through most of 2010 the company placed advertisements in Facebook and its fan base quickly grew.“By November we had over 100,000 fans from all over the world and we’d never even posted to the page,” CEO Mark McAndrew said. “As Charity Engine needed just 10K users to be viable, and cost nothing to download, this was hugely exciting.”Now, however, Charity Engine is claiming rapid changes to how Facebook’s EdgeRank promotes posts are threatening its very existence. Charity Engine can’t contact its Facebook fans with any degree of certainty to let them know the product has launched unless it pays for a promoted post, something it says it can no longer afford to do because its Facebook marketing strategy backfired.Facebook has yet to respond to requests for comment, but last month, when similar allegations were raised, Facebook defended how it presents brands’ posts to their Facebook page. At the time, the company essentially blamed brands for not creating engaging content, which is ultimately seen by fewer users.“If a brand is continually putting up low-quality content that no one is engaging with, that content is going to be optimized out of the Newsfeed,” a company employee said at the time.Sinking Engagement LevelsCharity Engine’s excitement over the initial response to its Facebook page was short-lived. As the company started making wall posts, the engagement was about one-in-500 responses from fans. On its long-anticipated launch day, Charity Engine found that Facebook had ditched group messaging, meaning, on average, just 12% of their fans would even see any post on its wall (including posts promoting the launch). And, in reality, McAndrew said, the number was closer to 5%.“Facebook actively prevents sharing with the argument that EdgeRank is a useful and friendly filter, only letting the most-wanted content get through,” McAndrew said. “With fans worldwide, we knew our wall post wouldn’t be seen by everyone, but now we knew it hadn’t even been sent to everyone. How many had never received it?”In those days, before Facebook started offering paid, promoted posts, the company’s answer was simple: create more engaging content and EdgeRank would score that content more highly, meaning more people would see Charity Engine’s posts. Charity Engine started producing non-commercial content designed to engage fans. But McAndrew said no matter what they posted, engagement continued to plummet.McAndrew said his team started talking with Facebook directly. They took solace in the fact that, at the very least, they could send messages directly to followers, although the process was more tedious than simply posting it on the fan page. Then last year Facebook said it was suspending the ability for brands to directly message fans. At the same time, McAndrew said there were other problems, including an analysis of the brand’s followers that found about one in five of Charity Engine’s likes were from dead or fake accounts. Conversion and click-through rates were “terrible.”McAndrew said in hindsight, his firm probably should not have invested its entire marketing budget in Facebook. But the early successes led the team to believe the giant social network was the best method for reaching potential users. By January, when it was set to award its first prize, Charity Engine had just 1,300 users, well below the 10,000 the firm needed to remain viable.False Hope In Promoted Posts“We cancelled our advertising and complained to Facebook customer services, an experience not unlike writing several letters to Santa Claus and throwing them down a well,” McAndrew said. “But, eventually, our prayers were answered – fan pages would be given the ability to ‘promote’ their posts (for a fee, of course) to fully 75% of their fans! The page wasn’t a write-off at all, we would still be able to contact them.”McAndrew said that sounded like a bait-and-switch marketing ploy, but he also felt stuck: The company had spent more than two years building up its Facebook page and followers. The relief promoted posts brought was short-lived: by the time the service was rolled out to Charity Engine, McAndrew was told it would cost up to $4,500 per post. Had he known how much promoted posts would have cost ahead of time, McAndfrew said, he would have spent the money on a half-page ad in the New York Times, which is what he estimates his company has spent on Facebook advertising to date.Meanwhile, the number of fans seeing posts on Charity Engine’s Facebook page has continued to drop to less than 1%.“Tried demanding a refund, threatening to go public or delete the page, even pleaded with them to not basically put us under – and offered to share a software patent they could have used,” McAndrew said. “Nada.”Charity Engine’s solution? It’s giving up on Facebook. On Friday it posted a message to its fans saying just 0.3% of its followers were now seeing its posts because it wouldn’t pay as much as $4,500 to promote each post.“Have we shown you our Google+ profile…? ;)” the post concluded. Tags:#advertising#Charity Engine#Edgerank#Facebook#promoted posts#social media The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img dave copeland Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Game Of Clones: The War Over Your Compute Cycles

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” ―Cersei LannisterIf you are in the IT infrastructure game, it feels like the old alliances have fallen apart, while the forces of virtualization and cloud have breached all the great walls. It’s the tech industry version of a global war, one rooted both in reality and fantasy.The “Iron Throne” of the computing industry is the compute cycle, the amount of time and resource used across servers, networking and storage for an application to complete a task. For the vendor world, there is a pitched battle for all the software, services, and miscellaneous technologies that go with it.What’s different this time around: All the large entrants’ armies are marching up and down the computing stack (e.g., servers, storage and networking), as startups have initiated guerilla actions aimed at staking out a larger territory. The downfall of client-server computing is the technology industry’s version of the murders of Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark and the chaotic war in which many viewers—er, customers—are now immersed.Just change the great brands HP, IBM, Dell, Cisco, Oracle, EMC/VMware, Intel, and Microsoft for the great houses of Lannister, Stark, Tagaryen, Tyrell, Baratheon, etc., and all you need is a weekly mini-series.Slay The Masters, Strike The Slaves’ ChainsThis is a game of clones war, however. The magical weapon category owners now use against the other is their version of the Unsullied, a commodity proxy army of their enemy’s hardware or software. Effectively, that is, an army of clones.We saw this first in the server industry in the 1990s, where the x86 server market took off, allowing generic boxes based on PC technology to stomp all over RISC minicomputers. Things didn’t get really interesting until the early 2000s when the magic of server virtualization—led by a new dragon called VMware—leveled the server playing field and decimated the great houses of Sun, DEC, SGI and many others.“When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who wronged me!” —Daenerys TargaryenThis is not to say the current computing powerhouses are sulking in their castles.  Most have hot actions as well as furtive plans to either shore up their existing territory or claim the market share of others through acquisitions or headlong jumps into open source movements. These strategies fall into three broad camps:White box hardware models driven by proprietary softwareProprietary hardware and software that compete on performanceOpen software models (e.g., OpenCompute/Facebook, OpenStack, OpenFlow) across a range of hardware modelsThis is an epic free-for-all where all the major players are involved in one way or another. Each week, a new episode of intrigue and border crossing looms as the giants vie for position.Revenge Of The Smallfolk“Surely there must be ways of having me killed that would be less detrimental to the war effort!” —Tyrion LannisterUnlike businesses in the client-server revolution, IT buyers in this epic—the traditional smallfolk, if you will—have a range of compute-cycle options that extend well beyond the traditional great houses. To whit, they can:Embrace the open model like Facebook and Google and join the bare metal ecosystem—i.e., buy hardware directly from the original manufacturer and tie it together with open-source software such as the Linux network OS offered by Cumulus NetworksBuy it all as a single plug-and-play hyperconvergence package from vendors like Nutanix or Scale ComputingRent it from the cloud (Amazon)Rent pieces like storage and file sharing/collaboration from fast-rising upstarts such as BoxSkip the infrastructure and just rent the application (Workday)While little is certain in the new world of computing, one thing is certain. Any forced wedding between customers and vendors is likely to be, well, bloody.Lead image via screen capture at HBO.com IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… alan s cohencenter_img Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#cloud computing#enterprise#Open Source#Virtualization last_img read more

Wozniacki beats Halep to win 1st major at Australian Open

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki kisses her trophy after defeating Romania’s Simona Halep during the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo by DITA ALANGKARA / AP)MELBOURNE, Australia — It took Caroline Wozniacki 43 majors and two failed attempts in finals before finally claiming her first Grand Slam singles title.One of the first things she did as a champion was apologize to top-seeded Simona Halep following her 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4 win in the Australian Open final on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City She returned and broke for a 5-3 lead before leveling the match.The players had a 10-minute break between the second and third sets with the temperature at 30.5 Celsius (87 Fahrenheit) and 60 percent humidity.Wozniacki appeared to sense Halep’s fatigue and attacked hard, getting a break in the second game.Halep converted her sixth breakpoint chance when Wozniacki double-faulted for the first time in the set. It was 2-1.There was a total of four straight service breaks until Halep held and got on level terms. She broke Wozniacki for a 4-3 lead, but lost momentum after Wozniacki’s medical time out.“I can still smile. It’s fine. I cried, but now I’m smiling,” Halep said. “Is just a tennis match in the end. But, yeah, I’m really sad I couldn’t win it. I was close again, but the gas was over in the end.”Serena Williams didn’t watch the game, saying she gets too nervous, but tweeted to congratulate her good friend Wozniacki.“New number one and aussie open champ. So awesome. So happy. Are those tears? Yup they are. From a year ago to today I’m so proud my friend so proud.” Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Wozniacki saved match points in her second-round win over Jana Fett and later said she was relaxed because for the rest of the tournament she was “playing with the house money.”So both players rolled the dice in the 2-hour, 49-minute final, which featured some long, absorbing rallies and 10 service breaks – including six in an eight-game run in the third set.“I know that today is a tough day,” Wozniacki said to Halep. “I’m sorry I had to win today but I’m sure we’ll have many matches in the future. Incredible match, incredible fight. And again, I’m sorry.”Halep was playing with an injured left ankle, needed treatment for dizziness in the second set and had rallied from a break down in the third set to lead 4-3 when Wozniacki took a medical time out to have her left knee taped. In the end, she just ran out of steam.“It’s not easy to talk now,” Halep said at the presentation. “It’s been a great tournament for me. I started not very well with the ankle injury. I just wanted to give my best every match, which I did. Of course I’m sad I couldn’t win today but Caroline was better than me. Sad that I couldn’t make it the third time, maybe the fourth time will be with luck.”Wozniacki is the third first-time major winner in the four Grand Slam tournaments since Serena Williams won the 2017 Australian Open for her record 23rd Grand Slam title.Serena Williams, who beat her older sister, Venus, in last year’s final, took time out for her pregnancy and the birth of her first child in September, and is preparing to return to competition next month.Wozniaki was ranked No. 1 for 67 weeks, including 49 straight from Feb. 21, 2011 until Victoria Azarenka replaced her on Jan. 30, 2012.Wozniacki got a break in Halep’s first service game and had a chance to serve for the first set at 5-3, but the Romanian rallied to break back and to force a tiebreaker. After getting an early jump in the tiebreaker, Wozniacki won the last three points to win a set for the first time in a Grand Slam final.Halep fended off four break points to hold early in the second set, and called for the trainer after holding in the fifth to get her blood pressure and pulse taken. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” played over the stadium speakers as the 27-year-old Danish player carried the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup around Rod Laver Arena.Wozniacki lost two US Open finals – in ’09 and 2014 – and Halep lost two French Open finals before their meeting at Melbourne Park.It was the first time in the Open era that players ranked No. 1 and 2 were meeting in a major final without either having won a Grand Slam title.So the pressure was on.It was the first time in the Open era that both Australian Open finalists had saved match points before reaching the final, also, so in some ways the pressure was off.In Halep’s case, she was the first player who had saved match points in multiple matches to have reached the final. She saved triple match point and rallied in the third set to beat Laura Davis 15-13 in the third set of her third-round match, and also needed to save match points in her semifinal against Angelique Kerber.ADVERTISEMENT Church wedding serves as an inspiration for Barroca John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I’m sorry, I’m just taking a second to hug Daphne,” Wozniacki said, pausing as she clutched the winner’s trophy in the on-court ceremony. “I dreamt of this moment so many years, to be here now it’s a dream come true.”More than seven years after appearing in her first Grand Slam final at the 2009 US Open – a straight sets loss to Serena Williams – Wozniacki can finally erase the “but never won a major” footnote that has long been attached to her resume.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m never going to get the question again about being a world No. 1 without a Slam,” she said after leaving the court.Wozniacki will regain the top ranking next week for the first time in six years – beating Serena Williams’ record of 5 years, 29 days between stints at No. 1 on the women’s tour – in another benefit of beating the top-seeded Halep. 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World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle and Andre Russell fit to play against Australia

first_imgWest Indies captain Jason Holder have put concerns over fitness of Chris Gayle and Andre Russell to rest, saying the star players will fully recover from their niggles before the team’s second World Cup game against Australia on Thursday.Gayle scored a trademark fifty off just 33 balls as West Indies secured a seven-wicket win over Pakistan in their World Cup opener at Trent Bridge on Friday.Three massive sixes gave took him to 40 in his career at the tournament, more than any other player, but also took its toll as he struggled with running between the wickets and hobbled towards the pavilion after his eventual dismissal.But captain Jason Holder is confident the five-day rest between this win and the match with Australia will be enough. Russell, who turned the match with a barrage of short-pitched deliveries, taking two wickets from his 18 balls, also insists he will be okay despite seeming to aggravate a knee injury.”I’ve more than enough time to get my knee back to normal and get it settled,” he said.All which is great news for Holder, who couldn’t have been happier with the way his team started their World Cup campaign.This is Gayle’s last international tournament but Nicholas Pooran gave a glimpse to the future with a 34 run contribution as the Windies knocked off Pakistan’s 105 runs in 13.4 overs.Pooran faced just 19 balls for his score and unleashed six boundaries, including two massive sixes.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Oshane Thomas and Chris Gayle star as West Indies hammer PakistanAlso Read | Want to be aggressive: Holder sends warning to West Indies’ World Cup rivals after Pakistan demolitionAlso Seeadvertisementlast_img read more