first_img Previous Article Next Article Havetraining professionals really grasped how to make the most of online teachingopportunities? Sue Weekes investigatesWhen the new wipes out the old, people get very twitchy. And understandablyso. New methods of doing things are usually untested, they turn infrastructuresand thinking upside down and breed insecurities among the custodians of the oldways. And so it was with e-learning, which as we all know now, promisedtrainers and learners the earth, but in many cases delivered the equivalent ofa small corner of the Isle of Wight. But then came blended learning – a less shocking and threatening propositionaltogether. It didn’t wipe out the old completely because it was a combinationof traditional and online learning methods. Vendors whose clients had sent thempacking after e-learning programmes had failed to deliver, had a moreacceptable term to bandy around, training professionals no longer feared theywould be replaced by a computer, and everyone in learner land was happy. Well,not quite. While blended does offer the potential to maximise the benefits ofthe whole gamut of learning methods, its execution and interpretation aresometimes wide of the mark. “Vendors are now punting products that are ‘blended’. People like itbecause it is a conveniently less confrontational model than puree-learning,” says David Wilson, managing director of Elearnity. “Butunderneath this thinking there is often a reality gap – ask most people whatblended is exactly and they’d struggle to tell you. What many don’t realise isthat an integrated learning model also breaks the classroom part into bits.Blended does not mean chopping off the first day of a classroom-based courseand adding a bit of CBT (computer-based training).” Back to basics If we go back to basics and dissect the component parts of a blendedsolution (traditional classroom environments, books and other support material,CD-Rom, online training, telephone training, telephone or video-conferencingand so on), we see most of them have been around for decades – centuries insome cases. Even online methods have been used in training circles for nearly10 years. Had they all been allowed to merge quite naturally, the term blendedmay never have arisen. What did happen is that e-learning just happened tooearly on the evolutionary scale for many people, with providers deliveringtempting bottom line benefits and plausible solutions that made it hard fortraining buyers to refuse. What the ‘blended movement’ gives us is the chanceto get our breath, re-assess, re-think and re-engineer training processes sothat the benefits of each method can be realised and maximised for tomorrow. Re-engineering the traditional part of the blend doesn’t have to involve aradical shift in how things are done. Often it will be a case of merelymodifying an approach to suit the situation. “Maybe you have to breakapart a four-to-five day block of classroom training into one and two-dayblocks,” says Wilson, while Jan Hagen, director of e-learning sales atcontent provider Wide Learning, suggests: “Perhaps instead of following-upan IT course with a classroom-based component, the blended version features asupervisor walking the floor to observe people using the new skills.” In many cases, achieving the right blend starts by questioning whattechnology-based training is good for and what it is not. On occasions, a puree-learning solution will be the most appropriate channel, such as in the caseof just-in-time learning where, for instance, a manager who is about to give anappraisal, can go online and access a 10-minute course on doing so. In the caseof soft skills, the learning generally benefits from a face-to-face component. “E-learning won’t teach you how to be a good interviewer – you need theface-to-face for that – but it will remind you how to do an interview,”says Paul McKelvie, director of learning at Scottish Power. Similarly, when it comes to more academic study, an online environmentcannot be expected to always do it alone. ‘More and more of our corporateeducation work as an ‘e’ element to it,” says Colin Carnall, professor atHenley Management College. “But we find we have to energise the group withsome conventional face-to-face methods for the e-learning to beeffective.” Carnall has been working on an e-learning MBA programme with750 IBM executives. McKelvie believes that all learning has been blended for years and says thetrick is simply to be clear on what technology-driven training can do and whatit can’t. “You need to look at all your options and all the channels and havea clarity about the purpose of the training. There are times we have usedtechnology and times we haven’t – sometimes a single channel is fine. “Where blended has worked best for us is in bespoke material,” hesays. “Health and safety is a good example of this. We used to do it in athree-day course. Then we wrapped some e-learning around it and reduced thetime required by half. Employees now have to sit a course on the intranet firstto ensure they have a certain level of competency before doing the classroompart.” Human interaction Not only does this approach play to technology’s strengths, but it canenhance the face-to-face interaction. It is also indicative of how we can bestuse technology in life and work in general, which is summed up by David Cannon,a research fellow in organisational behaviour at the London School of Business,in the book E-people: “If you use all the technological tools we have,such as answer phones and e-mail to prepare for the interaction and to find outwhat each needs to know, the human interaction is a much richerexperience.” So while it was feared that technology erodes human interaction, usedproperly – and indeed logically – it actually adds value to it. In a similar way, Helen Tiffany, managing director of people management andtraining consultancy Bec Development, believes an informal online channel hasenhanced the service she offers as a trainer. She e-mails an electronic coursefeedback form to students after the training for them to fill in and return. “Becausethey sit down to write a quick note to accompany the form, they often commenton the training in the message as well. In some cases, they are much more openin this and give much more feedback than they do on the form – and certainlymore than they would give if they were filling out the form in front of thetrainer,” she says. But she believes it is far more than just an efficientevaluation tool and, with some learners, the e-mail correspondence hasdeveloped into an ongoing dialogue. “Many report back on how they have applied what they have learned inthe workplace, such as how they are dealing with a difficult individual whothey might have mentioned in the training. Getting real examples like this thenhelps me prepare for the next training session. You didn’t get this level offeedback and continuous dialogue before e-mail.” What Tiffany is describing is a form of blended learning since an onlinechannel is supporting and adding value to the face-to-face training but itcould also develop into full-blown networked learning as the two sides exchangeproblems and solutions. Certainly it demonstrates the value of online forumsand discussion after classroom-based training has taken place. Even if training professionals are starting to get excited about thepotential of combining several channels for learning, the pressure to linkingpeople strategies to an organisation’s bottom line means that they will have tobe able to demonstrate some measure of blended learning’s success. Impact on performance In the bad old days of e-learning, it was easy to show how it could save anorganisation money, but assessing any learning strategy’s impact on employeeperformance and productivity is more difficult. In an attempt to define asuccessful blended e-learning model for both vendors and trainers, ThomsonLearning, parent company of e-learning provider NETg, has conducted a two-yearstudy of 128 employees at all levels and across a range of industries,including aerospace, retail and manufacturing. It found that “a structuredcurriculum” of blended learning would dramatically increase employeeproductivity over single-delivery options. It also found that accuracy orperformance increases 30 per cent and speed of performance by 41 per cent. The research, which began in 1999, focused on one product, Microsoft Excel,and compared the effects of traditional learning and blended approaches inthree different groups of employees. Group 1 received a blended learning coursein Excel, Group 2 received a pure online course in the software and Group 3acted as the control group to benchmark performance with Excel spreadsheets.The groups received post-assessments and conducted real-world tasks with thesoftware. The blended option featured scenario-based exercises aligned withlearning objects, hands-on use of the software by learners, online mentoringand other support materials (the research can be accessed at Thomson has brought together three of its units – NETg, Wave Technology andCourse Technology – to form the single Thomson Learning business entity, whichit says will directly address corporate blended training needs. We can expectto see more and more companies offering ‘bundled’ blended learning solutions. Premier IT is launching exactly this for Microsoft certification training inthe shape of the MCSE FastClass, which it claims reduces typical training timesby 50 per cent. As well as combining classroom-based and e-learning, it offers the FastClassClub portal, which provides additional support through online tutors, webrecordings, mock exams, white papers and frequently asked questions (FAQs). Itsays that it reduces time spent out of the office from 30 days to 18. There isno doubt more blended approaches will be developed and offered but trainersshould still be aware that blended is still something of a bandwagon. David Wilson believes the push is still from the supply rather than thedemand side, with many companies still feeling bruised from their experienceswith e-learning the first time around. While healthy scepticism is good, itwould be wrong to go into denial over it because, in the long run, blended is acompelling proposition. “We are in for a 10-year transformation period,” says Wilson.”This may seem like a long time, but as has been shown, a gentle evolutionfrequently has the edge on full-blown revolution. Blended in action – in its manyguisesTechnology and training guru Elliot Masie shows there is moreto blended than a computer and a classroom”One of our e-learning consortium members, Michelin, askedif I would conduct a briefing on trends in learning for its senior team. Ichecked my calendar and saw that I was not only in another city that day, butthat I was going to be boarding the plane for a five-hour flight to New York,just as the meeting was to get underway. The answer was a blended model. First,an e-mail went to the participants and asked them to generate a list of issuesthat they would like me to address. Based on these answers, I videotaped a30-minute dialogue, responding to their questions and concerns. They started their meeting by viewing this tape, followed bybreaking into groups and surfacing additional clarifying questions for me. Assoon as I cleared security, I called the meeting room and we had a 35-minuteQ&A from these distilled issues. Following our chat, they proceeded intoother discussions, and are forwarding a list of follow-up questions, which Iwill respond to in a streamed video in the coming days. The result was a multi-method, multi-event blended learningexperience. It was simple and low-cost to produce and was totally flexible toboth of our calendars. And it worked.Reproduced by kind permission of theMasie Centre, www.masie.comDistance project is a successClerical Medical’s first blended learning programme included adetailed feedback process to truly assess the effectiveness of the approach.The programme was developed by Malmesbury-based Waterman’s Training anddelegates’ in-depth reactions to the first presentation skills course revealexactly how the end user rates blended learning.”The expectation at Clerical Medical has always previouslybeen that training is a face-to-face experience so we were pleased to find nonegative response to the distance learning aspect of the programme, or as oneof our attendees put it ‘the distance learning didn’t get in the way’,”says Peter Cornelius, learning resources manager at Clerical Medical. “One hundred per cent of the attendees were completelysatisfied with the course and would recommend it to others, and when wecompared results, we found that the achievement of learning outcomes wasequivalent to that achieved in traditional instructor-led training “We realise that not everyone will respond well todistance learning, it will not suit some people’s learning styles – one of ourdelegates admitted it did not suit his learning style because he found itdifficult to motivate himself to learn alone. But given the overall results, weare now very happy to use the approach in other appropriate areas. “Distance learning does work well in a blended approachand we will reap the benefits in terms of reduced cost and time out of theoffice.” All mixed up by blended learning?On 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_img Published on September 16, 2016 at 12:51 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds How Syracuse beats USF: The Orange has to figure out a way to stop Mack and Flowers. Last week against now-No. 10 Louisville, SU repeatedly got beat on read-option plays and the Bulls’ offense features similar elements. After the Louisville loss, Babers said Syracuse’s defenders were often in the right spots, they just couldn’t keep up with their opponents’ speed. South Florida isn’t the caliber of UofL, but it will still pose problems. With a likely depleted secondary following injuries to safety Antwan Cordy and cornerback Juwan Dowels, Syracuse’s defense has its back against the wall. How the Orange responds could determine the outcome of the game. Stat to know: 551South Florida is averaging 551 yards of total offense through two games. That’s good for 17th in the country.Player to watch: Marlon Mack, RB, No. 5Mack has the potential to be the most electrifying player on the field on Saturday but that could depend on his status. All signs point to him being full-go, which makes USF even tougher for the Orange. After running circles around the SU defense last year, Mack is the player to keep an eye on throughout the game. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) enters its Week 3 matchup on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome against South Florida (2-0) after a 34-point defeat at the hands of Louisville. The Orange is averaging 30.5 points per game this season, but the Bulls are averaging a whopping 52 points. Here’s everything you need to know about South Florida.All-time series: The Bulls lead the series, 7-2, which dates back to 2005. USF won the first five matchups between the two schools, but Syracuse has won two of the last four. SU won, 13-9, in 2010 and pulled off a thrilling 37-36 win on the road in 2012.Last time they played: South Florida took down the Orange, 45-24, on Oct. 10, 2015. After starting off the year with three wins and a home loss to then-No. 8 LSU, Syracuse’s loss to South Florida was the first indication that SU was headed toward another season without bowl eligibility. Flowers went 15-for-22 through the air for 259 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Marlon Mack torched the Orange defense with two touchdowns and 184 rushing yards on 20 attempts. Ryeshene Bronson had 81 yards on three catches, including a 42-yard touchdown. The South Florida report: Albeit against less talented teams — Towson and Northern Illinois — South Florida’s 104 points in two games is the first thing that stands out about the Bulls. USF has returned nearly all of its key players on both sides of the ball from last season and has gotten off to a hot start in 2016. Mack missed last week’s game due to a concussion but is expected to be near 100 percent. The junior is considered one of, if not the best, running backs in South Florida history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThrough two games, Flowers is 29-of-51 for 528 passing yards. But what makes him dangerous is his dual-threat abilities. He’s rushed for 99 yards on 20 attempts and has two touchdowns on the ground. Babers said Flowers reminds him of Louisville’s Jackson, who shredded SU’s defense last week.“Exceptional player,” Babers said of Flowers. “Somebody who makes their entire offense go.”On the other side of the ball, cornerback Deatrick Nichols and linebackers Nigel Harris and Auggie Sanchez are the key playmakers to look for. Harris has 11 tackles, 3.5 for loss, as well as a sack and an interception through two games. Sanchez, however, is the defender who Babers had the most praise for this week. He has 20 tackles this year and his 117 last year, tied for second in USF history.“The key to their defense for sure,” Babers said of Sanchez. “The guy that makes most of thoseplays when those plays need to be made.”last_img read more

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *WASHINGTON D.C. – Unlike past seasons, DeMarcus Cousins has not charted out any individual benchmarks. After spending nearly the past year rehabbing his left Achilles tendon, Cousins simply wanted to prove he could return to the court and play effectively.“My main goal is to get my minutes up per game,” Cousins said, “and find my rhythm in the game.” T …last_img read more

first_imgSome of the biggest questions in the universe remain completely baffling to astronomers, a leading journal admitted.Science Magazine (1 June 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6085 p. 1090, DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6085.1090-a) included a special feature this week: “Mysteries of Astronomy.”  Robert Coontz introduced the feature:Endless mysteries lurk in the depths of space. To pare the list down to eight—now, there’s a challenge….  From the outset, the team decided that true mysteries must have staying power (as opposed to mere “questions” that researchers might resolve in the near future). Some of the finalists are obvious shoo-ins; others have received less of the popular limelight. The final selection spans the entire history of the universe on scales ranging from our sun and its planetary system to the entire cosmos. Each mystery is sure to be solved largely through astronomical observations—if it is solved: In at least one case, experts aren’t sure that a seemingly simple question will ever be answered.The top eight mysteries selected by Science are:What is dark energy?  Adrian Cho began, “The nature of the “dark energy” that is causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate is now perhaps the most profound mystery in cosmology and astrophysics. And it may remain forever so.”  (This is the “seemingly simple question” Coontz worried would never be answered.)How hot is dark matter?  Adrian Cho described the decades-old controversy about whether dark matter is hot (ordinary matter) or cold (unknown stuff).  They still don’t know what it is, but Cho believes “that could soon change.”Where are the missing baryons?  For laymen, baryons are atoms and ions, or “ordinary matter.”  But where the missing baryons are is no ordinary matter; astronomers can only account for less than half of what they expected to find.How do stars explode?  Supernova explosions have been animated by artists for years.  That doesn’t mean they are understood.  Yudhijit Bhattacharjee lamented, “Many details of what goes on inside a star when its fuel has been spent and it explodes into a giant fireball known as a supernova, as well as how that explosion unfolds, remain a mystery.”What re-ionized the universe?  According to consensus theory, a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, the universe became transparent when matter re-ionized.  TV programs explain this as just a matter of fact, but as for what caused it, Edwin Cartlidge admitted, “No one is sure.”What’s the source of the most energetic cosmic rays?  Daniel Clery wrote, “After a century of cosmic-ray research, the most energetic visitors from space remain stubbornly enigmatic and look set on keeping their secrets for years to come.”Why is the solar system so bizarre?  Richard A. Kerr described how each planet, when visited by spacecraft, turned out to be more puzzling than expected.  “As exoplanet hunters get beyond stamp-collecting planets solely by orbit and mass, they will have a far larger number of planetary outcomes to consider, beyond what our local neighborhood can offer,” he concluded his tour.  “Perhaps patterns will emerge from inchoate diversity.”Why is the sun’s corona so hot?  Every once in awhile, a new theory claims this mystery has been explained.  Apparently not; Richard A. Kerr surveyed leading theories, but it still made Science‘s Top 8 Mystery List.See article for layman’s summary of these mysteries, and another entry in countdown format.Entry #7, “Why is the solar system so bizarre?” deserves a closer look.  Kerr said that Pluto has been partially explained as a member of a previously undiscovered population of trans-Neptunian objects.  “The mysteries of the remaining eight planets,” i.e., all of them – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune – “are proving more recalcitrant,” he said.  Before space probes, planetary scientists expected to find patterns that would support a general theory of planetary origins.  That hope has evaporated:Looming over all the attempts to explain planetary diversity, however, is the chilling specter of random chance. Computer simulations show that the chaos of caroming planetesimals in our still-forming planetary system could just as easily have led to three or five terrestrial planets instead of four. Mercury may have largely formed with a thick rocky shell only to have it blown away by a chance collision with a still-forming planet nearly its own size. A rare big hit to Uranus might have not only knocked it on its side, where it spins to this day, but also shaken up its rocky core. If so, the more organized churnings of a shallow fluid shell could be generating its magnetic field, producing the observed tilt.Ferreting out rare random events in the early days of the nascent solar system could be problematic, scientists concede. They may have to settle for working out many of the rules of the planet-making game without pinning down exactly how a particular planetary quirk came to be.Thus the “inchoate diversity” of which he spoke (inchoate meaning unorganized, disordered).  Kerr left it to future astronomers to find a way out of that chilling specter of random chance.  “As exoplanet hunters get beyond stamp-collecting planets solely by orbit and mass, they will have a far larger number of planetary outcomes to consider, beyond what our local neighborhood can offer,” Kerr ended as optimistically as possible.  “Perhaps patterns will emerge from inchoate diversity.”What?  Science doesn’t have the answers?  These are BIG mysteries.  Some of them are the very questions for which TV animators for the Science Channel, NOVA and National Geographic offer solutions that are neat, simple, and wrong.  We deceive students by teaching simplistic, wrong answers without revealing that scientists have only partial answers, if any.  What distinguishes science, whose root means “knowledge,” from other methods of human inquiry that also have more questions than answers?Batters get three strikes and are out.  Planetary scientists are zero for 8 as far as observations meeting predictions (even worse when moons like Io, Enceladus and Titan are included).  Astronomers and cosmologists are not batting any better.  In any other human endeavor, a zero score would be called utter incompetence.  Astronomers and planetologists are very good at describing  what is (i.e., stamp collecting), but NOT how it came to be.  Those two skills are completely different.  They can remain on as stamp collectors, but not as prophets.Notice that planetary science is stuck with the Stuff Happens Law (the opposite of scientific explanation).   That’s what Kerr meant by the “chilling specter of random chance.”  If materialists are stuck with throwing up their hands and saying, “stuff happens” when asked why human beings won the cosmic lottery, they need to step off the pedestal of Knowledge and yield the platform to those who can state a positive case for design (reference: The Privileged Planet documentary).   It’s the planetary scientists – not the planets – that are being recalcitrant.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgSouth African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan speaking at the Financial Times Future and Legacy Dinner hosted by BrandSouth Africa at Soccer City in Johannesburg on 22 July. (Image: Nosimilo Ramela) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jabulani Sikhakhane Treasury Communications Unit +27 12 315 5944 or +27 72 625 7283 [email protected] • Kershia Singh Treasury Communications Unit +27 12 315 5819 or +27 72 623 4608 [email protected] • Brand South Africa +27 11 483-0122 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • From Football Fridays to Fly the Flag • Top marks for South Africa’s World Cup • Out of Africa, something new • A legacy of harmony and pride • World Cup: 97% of SA ‘more proud’“Our hosting of the World Cup was, and has been, about the creation of new realities and the destruction of old myths and pessimism about South Africa,” Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said at the Financial Times Future and Legacy Dinner hosted by Brand South Africa on 22 July. Read the full speech.We gather this evening less than two weeks after the final match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. We also meet four days after Nelson Mandela celebrated his 92nd year on this planet, 67 of which he has selflessly dedicated to bringing about a free South Africa, and since 1994, the creation of a better life for the majority of South Africans.Both the life of Mr Mandela and the hosting of the World Cup share one a common thread: the destruction of old myths and the creation of new realities and possibilities.A careful reading of Mandela’s life story shows him to be a destroyer of myths and a creator of new realities. When Mandela was sent to jail 48 years ago, he arrived on Robben Island a man who posed a serious threat to the political powers of the time. Prison guards treated Madiba and his fellow prisoners as enemies of the state. Over time, Mandela and his colleagues managed to destroy this myth and helped some of the prison guards to see a new reality, a reality that their prisoners were just as human as themselves and that they were fighting for a just cause.Because he is not bound to old myths and he is not blind to new realities, Madiba saw – much earlier than most activists – an opportunity to bring an end to apartheid through talks, which he initiated from the confines of his prison cell in 1985 when he wrote to the then Justice Minister Kobie Coetsee.Mandela would later explain, “I chose to tell no one what I was about to do. There are times when a leader must move ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people in the right direction.”And since his release from prison 20 years ago, Madiba has vanquished many more myths and created many more new realities and possibilities, including that of the World Cup.In essence, our hosting of the World Cup was, and has been, about the creation of new realities and the destruction of old myths and pessimism about South Africa, and indeed, the rest of Africa.The euphoria we experienced in the past month isn’t going to last forever, but the momentum that it created, I believe, will last for many years to come. There existed a big gap between the old myth of a backward continent where lions roamed freely, and the reality of a country that is as capable as Germany in hosting a World Cup tournament.One economist was quoted recently as saying that the benefits to South Africa, and the rest of Africa of the World Cup, weren’t so much about the new infrastructure, the tourist and credit-card spending, but more about changing perceptions about South Africa and, indeed, the rest Africa.One would certainly hope that our success in hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup has helped our sceptics catch-up with reality – the reality that we, as a nation, can rise to any challenge, if we so decide.The narrative about South Africa in the international media during the tournament suggests that we did close that gap. Reporting on South Africa has been the most positive since our successful transition to democracy in 1994. Importantly, for once, South Africans were more optimistic than anyone else in the world, more confident about their abilities than anyone else in the world, and more united about the experience they were creating for both the world and themselves.Just to recap – it took six years of meticulous planning, commitment, and the use of appropriate delivery models to build the required infrastructure: from stadiums, rail, buses and rapid-transport systems, the upgrading of existing airports, the construction of a new airport, the Gautrain, to the improvements to our roads, freeways, and broadcast and telecommunication systems.We must acknowledge the role of the tens of thousands of people who participated, directly and indirectly, in this construction and enabled, at very different levels from high-level technologically skilled people to lower skilled workers, who worked together to create this “miracle” we’ve just experienced.National government put in some R33-billion (US$4.5-billion) into preparations for the World Cup, investment that we saw as part of the long-term development plan for the country, rather than funding a once-off event. We must also remind ourselves that what government was able to put into this project came from the taxpayers of this country, both in the business sector and as individuals, and it is to them also that the credit must go. Hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup acted as a catalyst for expanding our infrastructure base, skills development, employment creation and economic growth.More than 3-million soccer fans, both local and foreign, attended the 64 games and enjoyed the experience in our stadiums. There were over 3 000 hours of broadcast feed that included images of our extraordinary country in all its diversity. This was transmitted through fibre-optic cables and satellites to television sets in 217 countries and territories and with live content, for the first time, using 3D technology. The hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup has opened the eyes of the world to who we are as South Africa and what we are capable of.We had forecast that the 2010 Fifa World Cup would add 0.5 percentage points to annual growth this year. When we take account of the spending on stadiums and infrastructure since 2006, we find that the level of GDP is about one percent higher than it would have otherwise been.The hosting of the World Cup had other benefits which are not easily quantifiable and that will be realised over time. These include a boost to our national pride that comes with the realisation that “We can do it”.The tournament undoubtedly boosted our country’s standing internationally, showcasing its capabilities in delivering world-class infrastructure on time and without imposing a financial burden on the national fiscus.Now that the event is over, having been delivered with distinction, it is time look at the lessons learnt and our future infrastructure investments.There are three key lessons we have learnt from the delivery of 2010 Fifa World Cup projects.Firstly, complex challenges should be disaggregated into a number of clearly defined undertakings with budgets and cash flow. The complex 2010 Fifa World Cup project was disaggregated into a mere 24 projects. This enabled all institutions involved to focus on what was required to deliver on time and ultimately ensure a successful event.Secondly, using clearly defined projects, we need to develop a “roles and responsibility matrix” that indicates which organisation does what work, and by when. The roles and responsibility matrix apportioned accountability and responsibility in delivering the 2010 Fifa World Cup projects. This was a highly effective instrument for delivering the infrastructure on schedule.Thirdly, the 2010 Fifa World Cup had an immovable deadline that all parties had to work towards and therefore an overall program with individual project schedules, targets and deadlines was prepared. This kept the overall project tight with little room to manoeuvre and miss deadlines.These lessons will be taken forward in our public sector infrastructure program, where R846-billion ($115-billion) has been committed over the next three years.We have budgeted that R261-billion ($35-billion) will be spent this financial year, increasing to R300-billion ($40.7-billion) in financial year 2013.More than 45% of these funds are committed to the electricity, freight rail and ports sectors. Investing significant resources in these sectors will ensure security of supply of electricity, improved quality of freight and shipping services and therefore growth in our exports, specifically mining and the manufacturing base.The transport sector plays an important role in connecting our economic nodes to markets and households. As the economy grows, the capacity on the primary road network, the rail network and the container terminals at Ngqura, Cape Town and Durban Harbours will be increased. Along with this investment, operational efficiency must improve.There is intensive work taking place presently to formulate a long-term infrastructure investment plan. Similarly, we are working at different funding options for both social and economic infrastructure. Once completed, this plan will ensure that South Africa has a sustained and sustainable infrastructure delivery plan.President John F Kennedy once said, “It is not the wealth of the nation that builds roads, but the roads that build the wealth of a nation”. This applies particularly to rural areas, where improved transport infrastructure often makes a big improvement.Well-developed and maintained infrastructure is essential for a nation’s productivity and, ultimately for economic growth and job creation. The infrastructure development process itself leads to job creation and boosts demand for certain goods.But the indirect benefits of infrastructure improvements on economic activity are probably more important: ensuring that the lights remain on, that there is clean drinking water in the taps, and that people and goods can move around the country efficiently and be shipped abroad quickly and at reasonable cost are crucial to support new investment, raise the productivity of workers and increase exports.All of society benefits when goods and services can be accessed more easily and are more widely distributed throughout the country; something that is not possible if facilitating infrastructure is absent or not functioning properly.It is for this reason that infrastructure development is a key priority, not only in South Africa but in most emerging market countries today. It is for this reason also that the developed world is taking a second look at emerging markets, because there are many more new possibilities in these markets that don’t exist in the developed world itself today, or for the foreseeable future.The significant resources we committed before the World Cup to strengthen our regional and international integration, by improving infrastructure at our air and land ports of entry and increasing the flow of visitors through our borders will stand the country in good stead for attracting investors and tourists.But the most important legacy of the World Cup is the renewed confidence in us as a nation that the hosting of the tournament has brought about. The conversation in South Africa today is how to build on this to tackle our most pressing social challenges: public education, health, and unemployment.Confidence is a key ingredient in any successful endeavour. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School, wrote that confidence is made up of positive expectations for favourable outcomes.“Confidence influences the willingness to invest – to commit money, time, reputation, emotional energy, or other resources – or to withhold or hedge investment. This investment, or its absence, shapes the ability to perform. In that sense, confidence lies at the heart of civilization. Everything about an economy, a society, an organisation, or a team depends on it.“Every step we take, every investment we make, is based on whether we feel we can count on ourselves and others to accomplish what has been promised. Confidence determines whether our steps – individually or collectively – are tiny and tentative or big and bold.”We took one big, bold step in 1994; we took another one in 2010. The question for us as South Africans is when will we take the next big one? It is big and bold steps that we, as a country, must take if we are to put an end to poverty and unemployment.President Zuma said earlier today, when briefing the media on the outcomes of the Cabinet Lekgotla, that government will soon meet business and labour to discuss how best to improve the quality of life of our people. Those meetings should lay the basis for an agenda that all South Africans should rally around, as they did for the World Cup – an agenda of how best to position South Africa to benefit from the new reality and new possibilities – the new reality of a world with multiple poles of growth.Developing countries such as South Africa have abundant, profitable investment opportunities for industrial development and projects that can improve the efficiency of their infrastructure. South Africa and the rest of Africa can be another source of global growth.Through the delivery of the infrastructure and successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, we have created a new reality and opened up new possibilities for South African and the African continent, as a destination for long-term investment.The challenge for us, as it was for the soccer teams in the final match, is how to operate well as a team. The group of players that operated as the better team came out as victors at the end, and I am sure we will be able to do the same as we take on our next set of challenges as South Africans.last_img read more

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Another quality which people believe puts Harden in a league of his own is his ability to adjust to any defense and figure out ways to play around it. The Jazz tried several tactics to try and corral Harden in their first round series with Houston, but he still averaged 27.8 points as the Rockets won in five games.“He’s like artificial intelligence,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said during the series. “His ability to dissect and recognize different situations, particularly spacing, and they do a great job with him.”Though Harden led Houston in scoring in every game in the first round, he didn’t shoot particularly well in the series, especially in Game 3 when he set an NBA playoff record by missing his first 15 shots. If the Rockets hope to finally knock off the Warriors in the postseason this year they know that Harden will need to continue that improvement D’Antoni raved about. Houston has been eliminated in the playoffs by Golden State in three of the last four seasons including last year in the Western Conference finals.“You’re never satisfied, you never get too comfortable,” Harden said. “I watch film, I’m in the gym. I work on my conditioning. I study moves. I try new moves I just don’t do the normal.”Harden isn’t simply trying to be the best player in the game today. He’s focused on leaving his mark as one of the best the league has ever seen.“That’s one of the things you dream of when you’re a little kid on the playground outside, to be one of the best basketball players ever,” he said. “So that’s what I strive for and that’s what I’ll continue to go (after) until I retire.”A boost to that legacy would be to help Houston win its first title since 1995. Though Harden won’t look too far ahead, he knows that great players are often judged on how they perform in the playoffs and he’s determined to do all he can to get the Rockets past the Warriors and give them a shot at that elusive championship.“It’s very important,” he said. “Obviously, championships are important. But I’m just taking it one game at a time. That’s all I worry about. I let everything fall in place where it needs to be.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Chiefs owner ‘deeply disturbed’ by Tyreek Hill allegations MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts in front of Mike D’Antoni as he fouls out during a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — Houston coach Mike D’Antoni thinks James Harden should win a second straight MVP award.The veteran coach also believes the Beard should take home another award, too.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “I don’t know if he’ll get MVP, he should in my opinion,” D’Antoni said. “But he definitely should get most improved player because he’s improved his game.”It’s daunting to think: Harden is actually getting better. And there are plenty of numbers to back it up as the Rockets prepare to play the Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals starting Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA year after Harden became the first Rocket to win MVP since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1994 when he led the team to the first of two titles, Harden has improved in almost every statistical category.He raised his scoring average from 30.4 to 36.1 points lead the NBA, upped his rebounds from 5.4 to 6.6, improved his steals from 1.8 to 2.0, raised his free throw percentage from 85.8 to 87.9 and made 4.8 3-pointers a game after averaging 3.7 a year ago. And those numbers don’t even take into account how much he’s improved on defense and the skill with which he uses his step back 3-pointer.Never lacking in confidence, Harden wasn’t surprised that D’Antoni’s thought he could be called the league’s most improved player a year after winning MVP.“It’s true,” he said. “Every year I try to come back better. I try to come back and find ways to be more impactful than I was the year before and I think I was this year. And hopefully next year it will be the same thing. To try to go up as high as I can until I’m done.”Some criticize Harden’s game because they believe he relies too heavily on drawing fouls and piling up chunks of his points at the free throw line. The Rockets scoff at that notion and even one of the Warriors disputed that theory.“He can do everything,” said Golden State’s Kevin Durant said, a former teammate in Oklahoma City. “If you’re not focused, he can drive past you, hit you with the shoulder because he’s strong, finish with either hand. He’s shooting floaters now. Obviously the step back 3-pointer is one of his staples, but I never really believed he was just a free throw guy. He can score in a variety of ways.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgJakarta, Aug 28 (PTI) Indian table tennis men’s team settled for a historic bronze medal after losing 0-3 to South Korea in a lop-sided semifinal at the 18th Asian Games here today. The team comprising G Sathiyan, Achanta Sharath Kamal and A Amalraj couldn’t put up a fight against the mighty Koreans, who set up a summit clash against defending champions China in a repeat of 2014 edition. Rising star G Sathiyan, ranked 39, suffered a 11-9 9-11 3-11 3-11 loss to Lee Sangsu in the opening game as India lagged 0-1.Experienced Sharath Kamal, word No 33, was then entrusted with the responsibility to bring India back in the game and he did put up a fight before going down 9-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 8-11 to Young Sik Jeoung in the second match as South Korea lead the tie 2-0.In the deciding third game, Amalraj was beaten 5-11 7-11 11-4 7-11 by 22-year-old Woojin Jang as South Korea clinched the tie 3-0.India had yesterday defeated fancied Japan 3-1 in the quarterfinals to assure the country its first-ever Asian Games medal in table tennis.India did not have a single medal in the sport which was introduced in the Games program in 1958. The likes of China (61 gold), Japan (20) and South Korea (10) swept the medals for long time. PTI ATK ATK KHSKHSlast_img read more

first_imgPosted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Seth Cochran, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Seth Cochran, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. He will be blogging about his experience every month, and you can learn more about him, the other Young Champions, and the program here.December promised to be an eventful month with the activities planned at EHAS, the International Obstetric Fistula Working Group (IOFWG) meeting in Senegal and the holidays. But fate intervened when the Spanish air traffic controllers decided to strike on the day of my flight, effectively cancelling my trip to Africa. While extremely disappointed to miss the IOFWG meeting, I realized how valuable a surprise week of focus could be in terms of moving things forward.At EHAS, we are working on an exhibit of the system here in the lab. What is an exhibit? Think science fair on steroids. If a picture is worth a thousands words, then setting up a little working model of the EHAS product set in the lab is worth a thousand pictures. We know this because every week or so, a small group of people crowd around one of the engineers in our lab and vocally marvel at how cool this stuff is. Setting up an area of the lab with dedicated and functional examples and a program of how to show them off will pique the imagination of anyone in the viewing audience. We also plan to increase the size of that audience by making videos of the EHAS team presenting the technology and put those videos online. Construction will likely start in January or February and the university’s film students have agreed to help us in video production.On my way back across the pond for the holidays, I had the opportunity to stop into Washington, DC and meet with John Townsend and Joanne Gleason of the Population Council. I studied Operations Research at Cornell and have applied that education in the private sector, but I hoped the Population Council might help me understand how I could more effectively focus this training on maternal health research. I have tons of ideas, but really need some coaching on structure and approach in terms of most effectively studying how to improve performance in the space. John and Joanne were beyond helpful, advising me on high-level research strategy and providing me a several tactical resources, including a handbook that directly addressed my needs. Their openness and desire to help and inspire really impressed me.Joanne had to leave the meeting early and John spent the better part of an hour explaining everything from the Population Council’s evolution to emerging technologies in contraception. To say I learned a great deal is an understatement – my brain was stretched. I know that because I left the meeting feeling dizzy and enthusiastic. Having access to inspirational and mind stretching leaders like this is probably one of the best parts of being a Young Champion of Maternal Health.On December 24th, the government of Madrid gave the world an amazing gift by fully funding an EHAS program in Peru. They approved the project some time ago, but with the dreadful state of the economy, getting the money out has proved challenging. It is a huge win for EHAS and the mothers of Peru and could not have come at a more opportune time.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Gabbiadini not suited to my systemby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says the sale of Manolo Gabbiadini to Sampdoria was good for all parties.With Saints looking to trim the squad and Gabbiadini a player that has constantly attracted some interest from Serie A clubs, the decision was made to cash in now, free up some space on the wage bill and bring in extra funds.Hasenhuttl said: “If you are a new manager at a new club you get the first experience, first impressions of the player and it seems to me he is a good player with fantastic technique but with this intensive pressing system we try to play, to be honest, it’s not his way of playing.“It was better to find a solution that is better for both sides.“We can’t show him what he wants to see from us and he can’t bring what we want to see from him so it’s better to find a different solution.“I think it’s a good step for him to go back to Italy and I wish him all the best.“He’s a fantastic player and I am sure he can score goals at every club in the world and we go in different ways.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more