3 August 2012Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana has called for “gender-responsive” budgeting to be used as a tool for reducing inequality and advancing women’s empowerment.“We are fully aware that budgets have been instrumental in perpetuating gender biases globally,” Xingwana said during the launch of South Africa’s Women’s Month in Pretoria on Wednesday. “We also know that budgets can be instrumental in transforming and redressing existing gender inequalities.”Earlier this year, the department launched the Women and Budgeting Initiative in partnership with the Motsepe Foundation. The aim was to reflect on the budgeting process and economic frameworks and how these could constrain or promote the development and implementation of policies aimed at empowering women and vulnerable groups.South Africans will commemorate Women’s Month under the theme “56 Years of Women United against Poverty, Inequality and Unemployment”.The government declared August Women’s Month as a tribute to the thousands of women who marched, on 9 August 1956, in protest against the extension of apartheid’s hated Pass Laws to women.Xingwana said South Africa had registered significant progress in women’s empowerment and gender equality.“An array of measures, introduced since 1994 to promote women empowerment and uphold gender equality, have drastically improved the position and conditions of women in our country. Women occupy influential positions in government and play an important role in decision-making processes.”Xingwana pointed out, however, that women still bore a disproportionate burden of the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment.“Women continue to be marginalised and discriminated against in terms of economic opportunities, the labour market as well as access to land, credit and finance.”Xingwana said the process of developing the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill was at an advanced stage, and it would be tabled before Cabinet during the 2012/13 financial year.The Bill will help enforce compliance in both the government and the private sector.Source: SANews.gov.za
Musa Mkalipi Siemens at the soil turning of the Mandela School of Science and Technology The Mandela School of Science and Technology will officially open in 2014 Noxolo Xiviet, premier of the Eastern Cape; Nkosi (Chief) Zwelivelile Mandela, head of the Mvezo Traditional Council and Rita Nkuhlu, Siemens executive director and project lead.(Images: Siemens) MEDIA CONTACTS • Loyiso Pulumani Education: media liaison officer +27 83 275 0675 RELATED ARTICLES • Cross-continental collaboration kicks off • State targets youth unemployment • Obami opens up the classroom • Maths,science teaching gets boostA school in Mvezo, the small Eastern Cape village where Nelson Mandela was born, on the banks of the Mbashe River, is the place chosen by Siemens, the global electronics company, to sponsor a school.Mandela School of Science and Technology, a joint initiative between the company, the Mvezo Development Trust, and the Mvezo Traditional Council, will provide secondary education and training in science and technology. It will consist of three double storey buildings that will include a library, a computer room, a recreation hall, and a resource centre. All students interested in studying mathematics, technical and commercial subjects will be welcome to apply.“It is a huge boost for education in the Eastern Cape. It is also encouragement that indeed social investments by entities have a huge impact on the improvement of education in the Eastern Cape,” said Loyiso Pulumani, the media liaison officer for the Department of Education, Eastern Cape. It was common knowledge, he said, that the country “continues to have challenges of infrastructure, especially in Transkei”.The school will be built using environment-friendly technologies. Solar panels will be used for power and the building will have energy efficient lighting. There will be boarding facilities for pupils.During a site visit to the school in April, Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Xiviet welcomed the project. According to the provincial education department, the matric pass rate was a low 40% in the 1990s but improved to 68.3% in 2005. Although there has been a significant change, much more can be done.Dedication from the government and teachers should be the main priority to improve the quality of education in rural areas such as Mvezo. The Mandela School of Science and Technology is one step towards this, and its primary objective is to provide much-needed skills and development opportunities to Mvezo. “It is a highlight for us as a province and as a department because it supplements the billions of rands that we are already ploughing into the development of our schools,” said Pulumani.Students will undertake programmes that will help strengthen their technological skills. The school will also offer employment to the local community, such as in maintenance. It is expected to be ready for teaching at the start of the academic year in 2014.Poverty and educationPoverty is one of the biggest challenges facing South Africa, and it has a huge impact on many children. The government feeding scheme is helpful, but it only consists of one meal a day, which is not enough to feed all children properly.Schools also lack facilities such for proper sanitation. Unicef, the UN Children’s Fund, estimates that about 27% of public schools have no running water, 78% are without libraries, and 78% have no computers. Other pertinent issues are the lack of academic resources for poor children, and parental participation – parents’ participation in their children’s schooling is important for successful education, as it is believed to improve academic skills and enhance children’s social and interpersonal relations.Teacher skillsThe World Economic Forum recently ranked South Africa last in the quality of its science and maths education. Training or lack thereof of its teachers is a major factor in poor education levels. A study done by the independent non-profit organisation, Jet Education, showed that in 2011, only 53% of Grade 4 teachers answered a Grade 6 simple maths question correctly. Its study was done in 268 schools in eight provinces, excluding Gauteng.The poor performance of teachers is a major reason for the underperformance of many students, according to Open Equal, a supplier of news, resources, networking opportunities and training for teachers around the world. According to the education department for example, in KwaZulu-Natal, more than a quarter of science teachers were under-qualified to teach the subject.Research done by Servaas van der Berg and Nicholas Spaull, from the department of economics at the University of Stellenbosch, indicated that rural South African schools performed worse than those from other low income African countries. When ranked by the performance of the poorest, South Africa came 14th out of the 15 sub-Saharan countries for reading and 12th for maths.The way forwardThe university’s economics department drew up a number of factors to be considered to improve the quality of education, from a report for the National Planning Commission 2011:Developing capacity within the teaching forceTo achieve the best results, South Africa needs an institutional structure encompassing teacher pay, bursary programmes and promoting good teaching that attracts the best teachers.School management for institutional leadershipSchools need to select teachers together with management to fulfil roles as leaders of curricula. This is to ensure that students have a learning environment that is conducive.The use of technology in classrooms will help to develop and improve pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills. The Department of Basic Education has also come up with ways to improve pupil achievement by 2014 by means of the Annual National Assessments. These tests will verify that every child in every school is developing academically in his or her specific grade.Regarding higher education, Minister Blade Nzimande said that the department came up with a strategy to improve the quality of teaching in the further education and training (FET) sector. It included short term interventions such as appointing qualified chartered accountants as chief financial officers at 43 of the 50 FET colleges. The government has also committed itself to establishing three new universities that will help expand educational capacity in South Africa.
Nozinja, the creator of Shangaan electro. Photo: Warp Records By Anne Taylor5 April 2014One of the boasts South Africans are fond of repeating is about the richness of our multicultural country. A veritable melting pot. And here’s proof: South African artist and DJ Richard “Nozinja” Mthetwa, who has taken the icons of his culture and blended it with South African rave culture to create what he’s termed “Shangaan electro”.This week, independent British record label Warp announced this week that they’d signed Nozinga, who is just about to embark on a European tour. They say:Nozinja is the South African artist famous for creating the revolutionary dance movement dubbed “Shangaan electro”. A 21st century reboot of local folk tradition, Tsonga disco, kwaito and South African house, Nozinja has transcended these reference points to dream up an innovative and iconic Afro-futurist strain of electronic dance music. There is nothing quite like a Nozinja production: it is home-grown rave music in its purest form. Nozinja grew up in a small village in Limpopo, home of Shangaan culture. He later moved to Soweto, where he ran cellphone repair shops. According to a compelling profile on the Guardian, Nozinja “vowed to take Shangaan music and dancing worldwide – all from the confines of a soundproofed shed in his back yard. Nozinja is now a producer, artist, video director and promoter, and over the last decade he’s made around 25 albums in the Shangaan style”.Nozinja two-month European tour kicks off in the UK at the end of April. Paris, Berlin and Utrecht are also on the itinerary. He’ll be in Poland at the Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival at the end of August.What I love best, to be honest, are the jawdropping, heartbeating visuals: see Mr Nozinja’s channel on YouTube. That’s what I’m talking about!
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I looked at the soybean prices on Sunday – all were still less than $10/Bushel. This price combined with yield losses due to late planting, extra expenses for additional late weed control, and flood injury really put the kibosh on all but the most guaranteed return on investment for the remainder of 2015. Here are a few guidelines, results from our studies in Ohio that point to the best return on investment.Foliar pathogens have the most impact on soybeans at the later growth stages (R3 to R6) by reducing the photosynthetic area of the leaves that contribute to pod development and seed growth (http://www.oardc.osu.edu/soyrust/2007edition/10-SoybeanGrowthandDevelopment.pdf). Soybeans also have an uncanny ability to compensate for missing neighbors. The profitability measure for the 2015 season will be to scout for the occurrence of diseases after flowering R3 and choose the best fungicide if necessary.Septoria brown spot. This is a lower canopy disease, which surprisingly, we have not been getting too many reports of this year. Where we are, it is from fields that are planted into continuous soybean and have heavy residue. Even in these situations, the yield loss for this is still on average 2 to 3 bu/A.Frogeye leaf spot. This disease we are monitoring, not only because there are a few highly susceptible varieties but also because there are reports from Illinois, Indiana, and up and down the Mississippi of populations that are no longer managed by the strobilurin class of fungicides. If you see it, please send this to the lab ASAP, so we can run some tests. We have seen yield differences with low levels of disease (5 to 12% leaf area affected) of 5 to 10 bu/Acre. This is the one to keep an eye out for but the timing for sprays is between R3 and early R4.Sclerotinia stem rot or white mold. For those fields with a long history of this disease, this can cause problems when we have cool nights (a.k.a no air conditioning turned on in your house) and heavy dews. We have started our scouting for this pathogen as fields begin to get closer to flowering. However, for those historic areas where white mold is always present AND a susceptible to moderately susceptible variety was planted, a fungicide may be necessary this year. The key is the timing, and coverage of the fungicide in the field. The target area is the lower part of the stem.Approach – we have measured significant reductions in white mold when we applied this fungicide at Western branch right before flowering followed by a second application 10 days later.Endura – we have measured significant reductions in white mold with this fungicide with one application timing (R1 – a few plants are beginning to flower in the field).Phoenix and Cadet Herbicides – both have reduced the incidence of white mold in trials in northeast Ohio. If you are also going after weed escapes, this may also be a tool to consider.Topsin M – this has been the stand by white mold fungicide, but for the past 3 years, we have not been able to measure reductions in disease.Some cautions, we have not been able to reduce white mold with a fungicide nor with a herbicide if the field is planted to a highly susceptible variety and the crop is in full flower and infections have already occurred. These materials mainly work as protectants and have to be on the plant at those lower nodes to protect it prior to the arrival of the pathogen.In summary, for foliar pathogens there is time to let the plants recover and take a look later in the growing season to determine if the pathogens are present. This is the year to focus those scouting efforts on highly susceptible varieties. For historic white mold areas, this will be another year to implement measures on those highly to moderately susceptible varieties.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Related Posts Google just made its Picasa Web Albumsa lot more social. While you could always share albums with others, you can now also invite other users to contribute photos to an album themselves. Currently, as Google rightly points out, if you go to an event and a number of people take pictures, they will end up on various different photo sharing services afterward. Now, you can just set up one album and everybody can contribute their photos to this one album.To contribute to an album, users have to be signed in with their Google Accounts. After that, they can just click on “Add Photos” and start uploading images through the browser interface. Photos from contributors will show the users’ names, and they can rotate, delete, and add captions to images. In order to choose contributors, Picasa lets you access your Google contacts, and you can invite individual contacts or groups that you have already set up in Google Contacts (think: co-workers, family, etc.).Sadly, you won’t be able to use the Picasa desktop software to upload images to these albums if you are an invited contributor – only the actual owner of the album can. Also, if you use Internet Explorer, you can only upload five photos at a time. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#Photo Sharing Services#Product Reviews#web
Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Success comes from doing the things that most people don’t want to do–when they need to be done. You repel success when you procrastinate. Here’s how to beat procrastination once and for all.From To Do to Why DoA to-do list looks like an endless list of tasks waiting to be completed. It can feel like an uninspiring list of work demanding both your time and attention. But doing what needs done–when it needs done–is what you must do to be successful.A list of tasks divorced from some big, compelling mission can be uninspiring. You can make the tasks you need to complete more compelling by attaching them to a bigger reason “why.” Instead of looking at a mind-numbing list of to-do’s, create an inspiring list of “why-do’s.” Attach the task to your greater mission, your goals, and your identity.I have a half a dozen tasks I have to complete regularly, all of which take time and require me to be creative. I have very little interest in these tasks, but they are important to my marketing goals. These tasks are attached to my goals around my personal brand, my income, and my financial goals. Because they outcomes are important, I do the tasks.Being productive has a technical component, like making task lists. But all the action is on wrapped up in the emotional aspects of being productive. You can hate the task and still be compelled to get it done when you are in love with your mission and the meaning it creates for your life.Look at a couple of the tasks that you’ve been putting off for far too long. Why are these tasks important to you and your success? How do they move you closer to your goals? When you think about who you are at your core, how does avoiding these task jeopardize your identity? Would the best version of yourself avoid these tasks, or would they get them done?Make RoutinesMany of the tasks you complete are boring, mindless, and mundane. But they are also necessary. Some of the things that you need to do are unpleasant, but critical to your success. You can avoid procrastinating by making these tasks routine. Here is an example of the morning routine that I follow each and every day.5:00 AM – 5:10 AM: Meditation and affirmations5:10 AM – 5:30 AM: Update personal journal (each day I start with an entry on what I am grateful for that day)5:30 AM – 6:00 AM: Write blog post for TSB6:00 AM – 7:00 AM: Complete daily training and exerciseMost days I don’t want to do my meditations and affirmations. That’s why I do them first. I never want to make a journal entry, but if I don’t write the entry, I will not have a record of the things that were most important to me at this time later, and I am compelled to examine my life. I am a writer, so that one is easy. If I exercise in the morning, it gets done. The later it gets in the day, the greater the likelihood that I miss my workout.I have also made it routine to tackle the most difficult or unpleasant task first thing every day. Problems don’t age well, particularly not problems that require difficult conversations with other human beings.Look at your list of tasks. What tasks do you need to bundle together and create a routine to follow with a frightening level of devotion and consistency?Do Three Things Each DayYou are constrained by time and energy. When you invest these resources in one area, you eliminate your ability to invest them elsewhere. You can’t do everything that needs to be done. Looking at the entire list creates resistance because it’s overwhelming (my task list today has 153 tasks, an impossible feat in a month, let alone a day).It’s easy to stop procrastinating when you stop looking at the massive list you have in front of you and focus on only the three most important outcomes you need to achieve each day.Choose three major outcomes for each day. What are the tasks that must be done that contribute the most to your major outcomes or goals? Block time for the three most important tasks each day, and focus on completing those three tasks. If nothing else gets done, you will have still made progress towards your mission and your goals.By devoting 90 minutes to each of your three tasks without procrastinating, you will be doing more work than most of the distracted, urgency-addicted, reactive people you know. You will be intentional and proactive instead.Right now look at your task list. What are the three things that, if completed today, would have the biggest impact on your results and move you closer to your goals? Put those on the calendar and get them done.Follow this recipe to stop procrastinating and take the actions that move you closer to your goals now.
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl happy with ‘Klopp of Alps’ nicknameby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says he is fine being called the ‘Jurgen Klopp of the Alps’ after his excessive celebrations against Arsenal on Sunday.The Austrian was criticised after celebrating the win rather than shaking Unai Emery’s hand.”I ran on the pitch, and when I returned my colleague Unai Emery was gone already,” Hasenhuttl told kicker. “This was an issue over here, and also that I left the technical area twice following our goals. They don’t like it here.”Although Hasenhuttl has been compared to Klopp’s style of football, he admits his celebration style is also similar to the Liverpool boss.Asked about the nickname, he added: “I don’t have a problem with it at all,” Hasenhuttl said. “I guess they draw the comparisons with Jurgen because, just like him, I tend to live the technical area and I am as emotional when celebrating.”But I must control my emotions better here, otherwise those fines will be damn expensive.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tuesday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban went on a bit of a rant about satellite camps, recruiting rules and the need for a college football commissioner. While he specifically mentioned that his words weren’t meant as a shot at Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, his point didn’t get through. Harbaugh took to Twitter a few hours later, blasting Saban for both his rant and the fact that Alabama’s staff broke recruiting rules.Well, now Saban has responded to Harbaugh. In a quote to ESPN, Saban said that he doesn’t “really care” what Harbaugh thinks or tweets. It’s a strong response.Nick Saban tells @ClowESPN about Harbaugh: “I don’t really care what he thinks or tweets. I say what I think is best for CFB & the players”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) June 1, 2016Harbaugh and Saban are two of the most hard-headed in the profession, so it’s no surprise that neither wants to back down here. We’ll keep you updated.
Annette FrancisAPTN NewsThe world’s second-largest freshwater beach is at the centre of a dispute between a First Nation and an Ontario municipality.Sauble Beach runs along the eastern shores of Lake Huron, on the northern edge of Saugeen First Nation and through the Town of South Bruce Peninsula.Saugeen Chief Lester Anoquot says the beach is “not a land claim issue — it’s a boundary issue.”“It’s very specific in our treaty that the boundary starts here at our border of Saugeen, and ends at nine and a half miles north, which would be 6th Street North, Sauble,” he says.Anoquot says the disputed boundary has been unresolved for too long.“We’ve attempted mediation for the past six years,” he says, adding South Bruce Peninsula Mayor Janice Jackson has not agreed to settle the dispute out of court.“So we’ve put a summary judgement motion forward and presented to the courts,” he explains. “We expect to be in court to address the issue of boundary within six to nine months.”Jackson declined to speak with APTN News.But in a recent Facebook post she stated her disappointment over the matter.“This Summary Judgement asks the Court to rule in their favour without going to trial,” she explains to her constituents.Jackson also writes: “We have spent nearly 150 years building a vibrant community around our beach. Simply because he claims the beach belongs to his Band, doesn’t mean we should hand over the keys.”Anoquot said that’s not exactly what he has in mind.“Not a lot will change with the landscape,” he said, explaining the two businesses operating in the disputed area could lease the land from Saugeen. “Or we could do it ourselves.”Anoquot said public access to the beach would remain the same, but that the band would move to prohibit vehicles from the beach, calling the common practice in South Bruce “an issue of environmental hazard and safety.”The new motion is scheduled to be heard next [email protected]