first_imgATLANTA — The Giants will play their final road game of the season on Sunday, wrapping up a successful year away from Oracle Park.Yes, a club that will miss the postseason for the third straight year and is destined to post another sub-.500 record can take pride in what it accomplished on the road.In a third consecutive frustrating season, the Giants managed to secure a winning road record with a blowout victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday. Regardless of Sunday’s outcome in Atlanta, the …last_img read more

first_imgThe legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cuphas great potential to stimulate CapeTown’s tourism. The city’s infrastructure was extensivelyupgraded, thanks to World Cup-related investments.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Skye GroveCommunications managerCape Town Tourism+27 21 487 6800RELATED ARTICLES• Cape Town’s World Cup winter boost• Cape Town: most beautiful city• Tourism to cash in on 2010 boom• Gallery: Cape Town’s busy harboursBongani NkosiLeisure tourism in Cape Town is undergoing a seasonal slump, but city authorities are confident that the legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup will boost the sector in the medium and long term.Cape Town Tourism has warned that the growth rate stands to decline further if it fails to act on the problem. It blames the slump on tough economic times globally and rapidly changing travel behaviour, among other factors.The winter season, traditionally a “tough time for the tourism sector in Cape Town”, is also not doing the city any favours.The tourism agency admits that the football tournament did not immediately increase its fortunes, but has helped build a solid foundation for future growth.“The World Cup was a facilitator for long-term economic development, a powerful awareness and marketing platform and it provided an infrastructural legacy that is shaping and changing our city for the future,” Mariëtte du-Toit Helmbold, Cape Tourism CEO, said in a media statement.“Cape Town Tourism has always cautioned that the World Cup was not a short-term solution for any of Cape Town’s problems. It was never offered as the golden solution to tourism influx, although, at the time, we had hoped for more visitors to the actual event,” she added.The agency has learnt from other long-haul destinations such as Sydney, which hosted the 2000 Olympics, that such places “cannot be over-reliant on major events to bring about immediate tourism and economic development”.A large proportion of accommodation establishments in the city are currently experiencing low occupancy levels. “The increased supply, decreased demand and lingering recession add to the challenges the tourism sector faces,” said Du-Toit Helmbold.During the World Cup hotels around the environs of Cape Town stadium and the City Bowl hit occupancy rate as high as 90%.International arrivals experienced a 24% growth compared to 2009, while domestic arrivals went up by 8%.A 47% year-on-year increase in visitors was reported at Cape Town Tourism’s 18 visitor centres during the tournament.Being home to some of South Africa’s most renowned leisure tourist attractions, Cape Town is a leading destination both domestically and on the continent. The city can depend on sites like the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain and Robben Island Museum to continue generating profits.World Cup legaciesCape Town is one of the country’s cities left with quality infrastructure after the World Cup. The tourism agency talks proudly about this long-lasting legacy that will have various positive spinoffs for the public.Du Toit-Helmbold lists upgrades of road infrastructure, creation of new pedestrian and cycle routes, improvement of the Cape Town International Airport and the central railway station as direct output of the World Cup legacy.The MyCiTi buses, Cape Town’s rapid transit system linked to the World Cup, are already running to and from tourist attraction sites in the city. The buses also run between the Cape Town International Airport and city centre.“We are a better, brighter, more world-friendly city than before and we have to credit the World Cup with this legacy,” Du Toit-Helmbold said. “[We must] build upon this platform created.”Cape Town must also take advantage of advanced internet-access technology that was introduced ahead of the World Cup. The tourism agency said the focus must now shift to installation of mobile and smart-phone travel applications in the city.There are many other lessons that have been learnt from hosting diverse nationalities during the tournament. “The World Cup taught us much about communicating better with visitors, alternative source markets and about focusing on the customer when developing our brand and marketing messages,” Du Toit-Helmbold added.Cape Town also stands to benefit from the country’s “enhanced image” due to the World Cup. The agency said its representatives abroad are reporting a turnaround in the international media’s afro-pessimism.The World Cup thrust South Africa into the spotlight, and visiting journalists covered more than just the football matches. The country was largely portrayed as a developmental state that’s already started achieving its objectives.“Positive coverage of Cape Town and South Africa has enhanced our image and heightened the country’s awareness, particularly as a travel destination,” according to Cape Town Tourism.Shift to aggressive marketing The challenge for Cape Town Tourism now is marketing the sector more vibrantly.“We cannot ignore the real danger the tourism sector faces by reverting to tried, tested and out-dated marketing methods and continuously operating in silos as tourism, business, investment and government,” said Du Toit-Helmbold.“Neither should we stop investing in our traditional markets, which we depend on for the lion’s share of our visitors and revenue, to focus all our attention on growing domestic and business tourism.”Tourism is one of the Western Cape’s biggest industries and it needs continued investments, said Du Toit-Helmbold.last_img read more

first_imgStacey Brewer is adopting America’s charter school model for the new private schools she is establishing. Ryan Harrison is co-founder of EAdvance as well as director of technology. (Images: EAdvance) MEDIA CONTACTS • Stacey Brewer  CEO, EAdvance RELATED ARTICLES • Schools to benefit for Mandela Day • Three SA schools among world’s best • Educated Africans teach SA children • South Africa prioritises quality education • Teacher laptops to enhance educationShamin ChibbaPrivate schooling in South Africa has always been expensive and therefore inaccessible to the majority of the population.However, two MBA graduates from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria have come up with an innovative way of providing quality private education to pupils from lower and middle income households.Stacey Brewer and Ryan Harrison have established EAdvance, a chain of schools that will look to combine traditional face-to-face teaching with technology in the classroom, while cutting operational costs in the process.A pilot school is expected to open in Johannesburg’s Cosmo City in 2013, which will allow 256 pupils from grades R to two to benefit from high quality education at reduced fees. At full capacity and at an estimated construction cost of R4.9-million (US$584 830), the eight-classroom school will accommodate up to 768 children.While doing her MBA thesis on sustainable financial models for low fee private schools in South Africa, Brewer, who is also the CEO, came up with the model that is now EAdvance.She believes that as a young South African who wants to live in the country for the rest of her life, she needs to use her knowledge to tackle the poor state of education.“It’s a simple case of not waiting for others to take action,” she said. “If we do not do it, who will?”It was during her research that she discovered that private schooling was either too expensive or the quality left room for improvement. In search of an answer, she spent time in India and the US exploring different education models.It was in the US that Brewer identified the blended learning model of the charter schools, which combines the use of technology with teaching.Adopting the US charter school systemCharter schools are publicly funded and privately run institutions. According to Brewer, they are known to be innovative in that they integrate technology in the classroom instead of merely adding it on, like South African schools tend to do.She added that the schools accelerate the learning process and allow for individualised learning.A typical pupil in this school may spend 75% of the day in a traditional classroom followed by a further 25% in computer aided learning.“This allows for real-time feedback and swift teacher intervention,” said Brewer.Cutting out the middle manBefore establishing EAdvance, Brewer worked as a project manager at the Fifa headquarters during both the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 Football World Cup. It was her thesis, however, that compelled her to shift her focus to improving education in South Africa.She believes that in order to live in a prosperous country, South Africans need to improve the quality of education for children from low income communities. This will subsequently transform the low esteem the country has of its education system.Asked how EAdvance would tackle the affordability aspect, Brewer said the integrated technology will mean that one less teacher and classroom per grade is needed.“This is a saving of R360 000 (US$43 000) per grade, based on conservative figures,” she said.“We also have light administration at a schooling level and the way the company is structured allows for heavy cost burdens to be taken away from the school level.”According to Brewer, the model has taken out middle management so that there would only be a principal, an assistant principal, an academic dean and teachers.Getting parents involvedIn an interview with radio personality Bruce Whitfield on the GIBS website, Brewer said that the model is simple, and cuts the management of the school to its bare minimum.“A big focus is on parent involvement where we highly encourage parents to come 30 hours a year and take the administration away from the teachers in terms of tasks such as photocopying and just checking that homework is done,” said Brewer.Teach South Africa (Teach SA), an initiative that recruits and trains recent university graduates to teach in some of the country’s most disadvantaged schools, will also play a part in the growth of EAdvance.Brewer said the school will go through Teach SA to ensure that their schools have a strong pool of teachers.At the same time, constant professional development and coaching will ensure that teachers are uplifted and motivated.Part of the plan is to bring teachers from the US to help set up the institution and instil their culture of teaching as well.Accelerating the learning processThe point of EAdvance is not to change the curriculum, explained Brewer, and pupils would receive the same education as those attending schools within the traditional system. The difference is their innovative use of technology in the classroom.“We have just put the exercise book online to allow for individualised learning to accelerate the learning process for the pupil,” she said.Each class will have as many as 32 pupils and the institution will charge school fees of R1 000 ($120) per month for all grades, which translates into R12 000 ($1 440) annually. This is to make the school self-sufficient with no donations or government subsidies needed.Brewer would like to establish a high school for EAdvance at a later stage, but is, for now, focusing on creating a strong foundation level that works.“High schools will be launched once the need arises for the pupils within our system,” she said.Besides the Cosmo City project, EAdvance is planning to open more schools in Johannesburg. This, Brewer said, allows teachers within the same region to more easily collaborate with each other.However, she is looking to add a further 63 schools throughout the country and to educate as many as 49 000 students through the project.Learning based on individual needsEAdvance has designed an online program that provides students with a learning experience based on their individual needs.As the company’s director of technology, Harrison said that the tools will be used to gather data which can be used to individualise the student’s learning. Before joining EAdvance, he was a business information analyst at the British Columbia Transmission Corporation in Canada.Brewer is of the opinion that all teachers must do is teach without having to be divert their attention from the their pupils to unnecessary admin tasks.“It is all about maximising the utilisation of our resources,” she said.EAdvance already has the support of former deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. The feedback from the government so far has been positive, as both sides believe in sharing the best practices for the benefit of pupils.“We do not want to keep anything to ourselves. It is about the upliftment of all the schools,” Brewer said.* Slideshow image from Wikimedialast_img read more

first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… The introduction of self-driving vehicles will not automatically solve all congestion problems and some studies say traffic levels could rise as young teens, elderly, and disabled swap public transport for their own autonomous vehicle.Anthony Barrs and Baiyu Chen, two research students from the University of California, Berkeley, have published a system that could reduce the level of traffic and give drivers added incentive to switch to a safer mode of transport.See Also: I’m riding here! New York City prepares for autonomous carsIt is called the Hyperlane, a super-fast lane exclusively for self-driving cars.Similar to dedicated toll lane, Hyperlane allows riders to exceed the normal speed limits, reaching potentially as high as 120 mph, according to The Guardian. In return, they must cede control of the vehicle to a centralized computer that connects with all of the autonomous vehicles.The duo sees this as a potential solution to the traffic problems plaguing the Los Angeles to San Francisco route. They claim that the cost per mile would be $127 million cheaper than the already exuberant California bullet rail project.Speeds will ramp upSpeeds would be slower than the bullet train, at least initially, although once 5G networks are in place and the centralized system becomes more sophisticated, it could theoretically run cars at much higher speeds than 120 mph.The Hyperlane model could be adopted by other metropolitan areas that fit the framework, according to the researchers. Dallas to Ft Worth and Baltimore to Washington were two suggested routes, though New York City to Philadelphia wouldn’t work as it requires enough space to create a new lane.It is not the first concept proposed as a counter to California’s expensive rail project, currently estimated to cost $64.2 billion. Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, proposed an entirely new system of transportation called the Hyperloop, theoretically capable of reaching speeds faster than commercial airliners. IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… David Curry 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…center_img Tags:#Autonomous#Berkeley#California#congestion#driverless#Hyperlane#Internet of Things#IoT#roads#Self-Driving#traffic#University of California Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…last_img read more

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s been a while since we played together as a team. This is the core of Seasons 76 and 77 and we’re really just happy,” Valdez said. “We no longer knew what was happening on the floor, but we just played for all. When you see us, we’re just enjoying the game and it boosts our morale.”Valdez, though, made it clear that as great of an experience it was for them, the main purpose of the exhibition game will always be for the benefit of the scholars of both schools.“We really enjoyed the game and it’s been a while since we played Ateneo-La Salle and we’re glad that La Salle gave us a good fight, not only for the scholars, but also for pride and the fans who came here to watch,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES Gilas rebounds mightily with ripping of Taipei “All this time, we’re just laughing,” a beaming Valdez shared.With the Lady Eagles feeling the pressure early on after going down 0-2, Valdez said the team opted to take things lightly and eventually settled down, joking with each other and just enjoyed their time on the floor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We told ourselves that it’s humiliating [if we lose in straight sets], so we calmed down and tried to get a set. Honestly speaking, we just told each other to fight because there’s a lot who came out to support us. Coach Tai (Bundit) also said the same, that the score doesn’t matter and we really just have to enjoy,” she said.And they did enjoy as Valdez and company relished the rare chance to play with their former teammates. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentscenter_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ateneo Lady Eagles share a laugh after winning over La Salle Lady Spikers in Battle of the Rivals. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLaughter is indeed the best medicine.And Alyssa Valdez believes Ateneo’s laid-back mentality on Sunday propelled itself to a thrilling five-set victory over La Salle in Battle of the Rivals.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday rejected bail pleas of DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case.A bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and B.S. Chauhan pronounced its verdict after hearing arguments of the accused and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for one-and-a-half hours.The apex court asked the duo to approach the CBI special court once again for bail after framing of charges. It observed that under Section 437 of the CrPC, the accused could re-apply for bail before the lower court.During the arguments, Kanimozhi’s counsel submitted that she would abide by any condition that might be imposed by the court while granting bail to her and insisted that she should not be deprived of her son’s company.Opposing her plea, the CBI said original documents regarding the illegal financial transaction of Rs 200 crore to DMK chief’s family-run Kalaignar TV was yet to be recovered and the accused might tamper with evidence if released on bail.The bail pleas of the 43-year-old daughter of DMK chief M. Karunanidhi and the chief of Kalaignar TV were earlier rejected by the special CBI court and thereafter by the Delhi High Court. They have been lodged in Tihar Jail since May 20.The CBI has named Kanimozhi as a co-conspirator along with former telecom minister A. Raja in the case. It has been alleged that the kickbacks from 2G scam were routed through a maze of companies, but rested finally with Kalaignar TV channel.advertisementKanimozhi and Kumar have been accused by the CBI to be involved in the illegal transaction of Rs 200 crore to Kalaignar TV which was alleged to be a bribe given by a telecom operator which had benefited in the scam.The apex court had on June 13 agreed to hear the bail pleas and asked the CBI to explain where the Rs 200 crore has gone and also to file a response on their bail pleas in a week’s time. It had also asked the CBI to come out with a status report on the loss to the state exchequer due to the award of 13 licences to one of the telecom operators and trial proceedings in the special court.Kanimozhi and Kumar had moved the Supreme Court seeking bail on June 10 challenging the Delhi High Court verdict that rejected their bail on the ground that they have strong political connections and the possibility of them influencing witnesses could not be ruled out.Earlier, two judges – P. Sathasivam and A.K. Patnaik – before whom the matter was listed had recused themselves from the high-profile case.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

first_imgSouth AustraliaNominations are now open for the 2010 Colley Reserve five-a-side tournament to be played at Colley Reserve, Glenelg on Saturday, 20 February. The event is one of the annual highlights on the local calendar for Touch Football in South Australia. Nominations close on Thursday, 4 February, but be quick – the event is strictly limited to the first 24 teams that nominate.The third TFA-South Australia State Executive Council (SEC) Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, 17 January 2010. Nominations are to be lodged by Wednesday, 13 January 2010. For more information, please visit the Touch Football South Australia competitions in Victoria are some of the earliest to commence for 2010 following the Christmas break, with the Elwood competition returning this week, while Albert Park, Fawkner Park and Box Hill recommence next week. Victoria will also conduct a Level One referee course on Saturday, 16 January 2010, as well as a Level Two referee course planned for Saturday, 30 January 2010. For more information, please visit the following are now open for the 2010 Queensland State Cup, which will be held on Saturday, 1 May and Sunday, 2 May 2010 in Bundaberg. For more information, please visit the Queensland Touch ACT Men’s Open squad for the 2010 National Touch League in Caloundra has been announced. The team has been listed on the ACT website. ACT Touch is also looking for representative players to play in their Men’s and Women’s 20’s sides as well as their Senior Mixed team for the NTL. Please visit the ACT Touch website to find out more South WalesThe first tournament of the year will be played in Cootamundra this weekend.  The 26th Annual Cootamundra Knockout will be held at Fisher Park on Saturday, 9 January and Sunday, 10 January 2010.Nominations for the Yass Knockout are also being taken. The knockout will be held on Saturday, 23 and Sunday, 24 January 2010 at Walker Park in Yass. Over $12 000 worth of prize money is being offered, with Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions to be contested. The Sydney Mets region will be hosting a Junior development day on Saturday, 17 January at Blacktown Touch Association. New South Wales and Australian Coaches and Players will be in attendance, while there will also be a barbeque and giveaways throughout the day. For more information, please visit the NSW Touch TerritoryIn the Northern Territory, the local Darwin competition is set to commence again on Monday, 1 February 2010. Team nominations close on Friday, 8 January 2010 and are available from the website and the Touch office. The NT Players selected in the National Indigenous team are all training hard in preparation for the World Indigenous Touch Tournament in New Zealand at the end of January.One of the players competing at the tournament, Jaylene Bonson, is the cover girl of the latest edition of the Northern Territory Sports magazine ‘Intensity’. For more information, please visit the NT Touch website: AustraliaAlbany had a taste of Trans Tasman Touch Football recently, when the Australians took on their New Zealand counterparts from the local community.Touchwest will also be holding a High Performance weekend later in the month. For more information, please visit the Touchwest website:www.touchwest.comTasmaniaRound 13 of the Southern Touch Premier League will be played this week, with several other competitions in Tasmania not far from recommencing. The Mixed competition in Devonport started back this week, while the Seniors commence on Wednesday, 13 January. Launceston Touch is also back following the Christmas break, with the Men’s round 14 and Women’s round 15 division one games to be played on Sunday, 10 January 2010. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Tasmania read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: No disaster if I don’t win Champions League hereby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists it’ll be no “disaster” if he fails to bring the Champions League trophy to the club.Guardiola has so far failed to deliver the trophy at City, despite winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups and one FA Cup. Asked if European success was the next step for City, having dominated English football for the past two seasons, Guardiola said: “Yeah, definitely, but sometimes it cannot be possible.”Sometimes you take a few years and sometimes you take one year. Barcelona is my club in my heart and 1992 was the first one [European Cup] and Barcelona was born a long time ago.”The important games, the decisions, many games, the influence. But I’m sorry, I’m not going to live the next 10 months thinking if I don’t win the Champions League it would be a disaster, because my life is quite good.” last_img read more

first_imgNo significant increase in the size of the legislature.No region of the province having fewer MLAs than it currently has.No political party being eligible to receive a seat if they receive less than 5 percent of the overall vote in the province or region.In his report, Eby recommends that the referendum campaign period should begin July 1st and end by November 30th. The referendum voting period (by mail-in ballot) would run October 22nd, to November 30th. “British Columbians made their voices and their values heard, and it was important we gave them the opportunity to direct how this referendum should work,” said Eby. “This input has provided us a firm footing for the recommendations I am putting forward to cabinet. While the engagement marked a first step in involving the public more meaningfully in our democratic process, ultimately, British Columbians, through the referendum, will determine how we vote in B.C.”The attorney general’s recommendations to cabinet cover all aspects of the referendum taking place this fall, which will decide whether B.C. keeps its current First Past the Post voting system or moves to a system of proportional representation.The report recommends that the referendum ballot include two questions:1. Which should British Columbia use for elections to the Legislative Assembly (Vote for only one.):The current First Past the Post voting systemA proportional representation voting system2. If British Columbia adopts a proportional representation voting system, which of the following voting systems do you prefer? (Vote for the voting systems you wish to support by ranking them in order of preference. You may choose to support one, two or all three of the systems.):Dual-Member ProportionalMixed-Member ProportionalRural-Urban ProportionalIf a majority of responses to the first question vote to adopt a proportional representation voting system, then responses to the second question would determine which system is implemented in British Columbia. He said that if voters decide to adopt a proportional representation system, a second referendum be held following two general elections, where voters would decide to keep the new system or return to First Past the Post.The report describes the three proportional representation systems to be included on the ballot, which correspond to the engagement with British Columbians. If a proportional system is adopted, it must include a set of features, including: VICTORIA, B.C. — B.C.’s Attorney General David Eby has released a report detailing the results of the government’s public engagement on electoral reform, which informed his 18 recommendations to cabinet for how the fall 2018 referendum should be structured.Eby said that the public engagement drew 180,000 visits to the “How We Vote” website, with a record 91,725 questionnaires completed over the 14-week span of the campaign, which ended on February 28th. Another 1,101 questionnaires were completed by a panel selected to represent B.C.’s demographic mix to provide a base for comparison to the website respondents. Substantive written submissions were received by 46 organizations and 208 individuals.Eby says that his report, which was released today, contains a comprehensive breakdown of results, and analysis of the recommendations by the attorney general.last_img read more

first_imgBarcelona: French striker Ousmane Dembele is close to shaking off a thigh strain and was named in Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona squad on Monday for the Champions League quarter-finals first-leg at Manchester United. The 21-year-old World Cup winner has excelled on both flanks this season after a slow bedding in process at Barcelona, but has been on the sidelines since March 16 with a thigh muscle problem. Valverde said he had chosen the still-struggling winger in his squad for Wednesday’s game because he needed all hands on deck. “Dembele is on the list despite not yet being fully fit,” said Valverde, who added that Dembele had taken part in full training on Monday. Dembele, who scored in Barcelona’s 5-1 victory over Lyon in his last Champions League outing, had originally been expected to miss four weeks. The former Dortmund and Rennes forward missed Barca’s 2-0 win at Atletico Madrid on Saturday as the club target a La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble they achieved in both 2009 and 2015.last_img read more