No to bullying, sexual violence in schools

first_img18 June 2012 A campaign to encourage South Africans, especially pupils, to take a stand against bullying and sexual violence at schools was launched in Soweto on Youth Day. The campaign will encourage pupils and teachers across the country to take the “Ubuntu Pledge” to uphold the values of South Africa’s Constitution, including human dignity, non-racism and non-sexism. By taking the pledge, South Africans will also commits to fostering “an atmosphere of mutual respect both inside and outside of the classroom,” to embrace “boldness, loyalty and honesty” – and to report any wrongdoing. A partnership between Proudly South African, the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Women, Children and People With Disabilities, the campaign was prompted by the raping of a Soweto girl by a group of youngster in April, an incident which drew nationwide condemnation. Speaking at Saturday’s launch, Proudly South African CEO Leslie Sedibe said South Africans should not accept “abhorrent crimes as a way of life in our country. “It goes against every gain of our humanity,” Sedibe said, adding that people needed to send a message to young people that abuse and violence was not acceptable and would not be tolerated. Also speaking at the launch, Deputy Basic Education Minister Enver Surty said young South Africans should take the lead of the 1976 generation, who had pride in themselves and stood up for what they believed in. Celebrities such as Yvonne Chaka Chaka, PJ Powers, Baby Jake Matlala, and Miss SA Teen Celeste Khumalo, have joined as partners in the national campaign, and will serve as role models during visits to schools around the country. Other partners of the national campaign include the National Prosecuting Authority, the Film and Publication Board, Crime Line, POWA, Princess of Africa Foundation, SHOUT, Orlando Pirates Football Club, Zinto Activation Group, and the International Federation of Christian Churches. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Artificial Intelligence: Wrangling AI to Achieve Positive ROI

first_imgDavid Kiron, executive editor at Sloan Management Review, said that “while some companies have clearly figured out how to be successful, most companies have a hard time generating value with AI.” The Sloan report suggests these tips for best aligning AI with the goal of achieving positive ROI: AI is in. Just about every company says that they see value in the technology — 90 percent according to a survey by MIT Sloan Management Review and Boston Consulting Group. AI project goals need to be grounded and aligned with overall business strategy.AI projects associated with business transformation and collaboration tend to have greater positive impact.AI frequently is the source for achieving higher revenues but less so for cost reduction. Expand the success measurement of projects to account for revenue as well as cost savings. Since the goal is higher ROI, maybe this is creative accounting and a little bit of a cheat, but doing so identifies additional positive outcomes that AI can achieve beyond just dollar savings.AI projects need to offer tools to as many users as possible rather than confining access only to AI-trained and savvy users.Avoid focusing on using the coolest AI techniques and instead look at which AI methods are best fits for your business needs. The report found that a corollary of this is that AI projects led by CEOs tend to drive greater value than those led by CIOs. Companies have jumped in to apply AI to their business, but the ROI coming out of those projects are lackluster. 70 percent say that there have been no or minimal gains achieved. Actually 30 percent say that they’ve seen no gain.last_img read more

Air Conditioner Performance In Extreme Heat

first_imgDuring the last week of June, many major U.S. news outlets sent reporters to Arizona to issue updates on the area’s extreme heat wave. Outdoor temperatures hit 119°F in Phoenix. Some airplanes were grounded because the hot air was too thin for small jets to take off. Car steering wheels were so hot that some drivers wore oven mitts. Vinyl records delivered by mail arrived warped. Emergency room physicians reported an increase in burn cases: hands were burned when people touched their cars, and children’s feet were burned when they went barefoot outdoors.The reports from Arizona conjured apocalyptic images of a science-fiction future — one in which rising outdoor temperatures make it difficult for humans to leave the safety of an air-conditioned building.The question arises: Can typical split-system air conditioners handle these conditions? Or will extended heat waves require air conditioner manufacturers to design new types of equipment? The compressors will still work To get answers to my questions, I turned to John Proctor, the president of Proctor Engineering Group in San Rafael, California. Proctor is a professional engineer and a nationally recognized expert in residential air conditioning systems.The short answer to my question is that the outdoor units (the condensers) of split-system air conditioners should have no problems handling a heat wave in Arizona. If homeowners feel hot during a heat wave, the problem is rarely due to a condenser or compressor that can’t handle high outdoor temperatures. Instead, problems typically arise from installation problems (for example, restricted air flow to the outdoor unit or poorly designed duct systems).“If you have an old compressor that is unhappy — one that is getting ready to go out — what happens is that at high temperatures, the head pressure… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Gerrard: I told Rafa that Barry couldn’t replace Alonso

first_imgTransfers I told Rafa that Barry couldn’t replace Alonso at Liverpool – Gerrard Goal Last updated 2 years ago 22:37 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Steven Gerrard Liverpool Gareth Barry Manchester City Getty Transfers Liverpool Leicester City v Liverpool Leicester City Premier League The club icon has revealed that the England midfielder was initially earmarked as the replacement to the Spain great Steven Gerrard has revealed that he had to talk former Liverpool manager out of signing Gareth Barry for the Anfield side.Alonso departed the club in 2009, when he moved to Real Madrid after five years on Merseyside, but Gerrard believes that more should have been done to keep the Spaniard, who retired in the summer after a three-year stint with Bayern Munich.Liverpool 7/1 to beat Spartak 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing He was a vital player with the Reds in the heart of the midfield alongside Gerrard, and the club icon says that Barry, who was then with Aston Villa, was originally earmarked as his replacement.“He wanted to move Xabi on and bring in Gareth,” Gerrard told BT Sport. “Now, for me that wasn’t the right move, although I’m a big fan of Gareth Barry.“I’d rather have him in to play alongside Xabi because I think they could have worked together.“I don’t think it was the right move from a Liverpool point of view to replace Xabi with Gareth. The fans love Xabi, he’s a world-class player, and for me, Rafa should have been doing everything to keep him and not have him move on.”Alberto Aquilani was eventually named as the successor to Alonso, though the Italian managed only 18 Premier League appearances in his one year at Anfield.Barry, meanwhile, went to Manchester City that summer before a spell at Everton. He is now with West Brom. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

JAKE Spedding has joined Sheffield Eagles on loan

first_imgJAKE Spedding has joined Sheffield Eagles on loan for a month.The 20-year-old has played twice for Saints in his career to date and makes the move in order to gain more game time.He has been a regular in this season’s reserves competition but moving to the Eagles will give him the chance to play every week.Naturally we wish him all the best at Sheffield.last_img