Faculty Council meeting — March 21, 2018

first_imgOn March 21 the members of the Faculty Council approved a proposal to establish a Ph.D. in Business Administration and discussed the Harvard Q evaluation process.The Council next meets on April 11. The next meeting of the Faculty is on April 3. The preliminary deadline for the May 1 meeting of the Faculty is April 17 at noon.last_img

The Mash Up radio host learns from listeners

first_imgPoets and musicians collaborate on The Mash Up, a weekly SAfm radio show. Between them and the audience, they teach the host and listeners about South Africa’s musical history.Naledi Moleo, host of The Mash Up, says the first show was broadcast on 13 August 2016. It was nominated for Best Music show in the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards in April. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanTo learn about South African music from the listeners and the artists in studio is one of the benefits of hosting The Mash Up radio show on SA FM Radio, says Naledi Moleo.“Songs like Jikijela by Letta Mbulu and Naughty Little Flea by Miriam Makeba are songs we would never have sourced and played had it not been for the listeners and artists who have requested real South African classics,” she adds.The Mash Up, explains Moleo, is a weekly hour-long show broadcast on Saturdays. It features live poetry and music by renowned and upcoming South African poets and musicians. “Each week, The Mash Up will bring together a poet and a musician. Through interviews, live poetry and music performances, they collaborate by ‘mashing up’ their respective crafts.”The artists may also give a selection of their favourite South African songs. “The listeners will be introduced to artists from different backgrounds, ages and genres. The show is about nation building and celebrating the extraordinary talent from South Africa.“The listeners love it. I get excited especially when listeners SMS us, giving us names of musicians and poets that we should have on the show,” says Moleo.How it startedShe realised there was a major opportunity to create a platform for South African poets, says Moleo. “Poetry has the power to either make really difficult conversations more palatable or raise our awareness of injustices. More than anything, poetry can also just uplift and renew us.“I believe that South Africans really need that in this day and age. We are bombarded with so much bad news and pressure that it is necessary to reflect. I too am in need of therapy that the live music and poetry offer at the end of every long week.”It is just magical, she says, to watch two artists who have never collaborated forced to make it work live on air — they have no prior preparation. “They always come into the studio feeling completely nervous and leave on cloud nine because they are so proud of themselves.“South Africa has always been a country that enjoys music and poetry. Think of how we sing with every major event. Think of the praise poetry and official events and even traditional weddings. The Mash Up is just a reflection of how South Africans have always expressed themselves. As a talk radio host all I really am interested in is hearing those different forms of self-expression.”The collaborationsMoleo says the musicians are usually the underdogs in the industry. “Artists like Nono Nkoane, Msaki and Tribute Birdie Mboweni are immensely talented and underrated. We think it’s important to celebrate their work.“Every now and then we will also have some of the legends of the music industry. Maestros such as Lex Futshane, Vusi Mahlasela and Pops Mohamed have also graced our studio and it’s wonderful because we get to celebrate their wonderful work and share with a younger listener who perhaps hasn’t had the opportunity to interact with their work.”One of the collaborations was Tshepo Molefe and Sabelo Mthembu.#TheMashUp with @naledimoleo brings you poet @tshepomolefe942 and musician @sabelomthembu. Expect an hour of awesome live poetry and music pic.twitter.com/YtmwB6mhL3— SAfmRadio ? (@SAfmRadio) June 24, 2017#TheMashUp thanks so much to our guests this evening the phenomenal @sabelomthembu and wordsmith @tshepomolefe942 @naledimoleo pic.twitter.com/6Fdk60HnfO— SAfmRadio ? (@SAfmRadio) June 24, 2017Molefe has been writing poetry for two years. “It began when I was still a student at [the University of the Witwatersrand] and I entered a poetry competition called DFL Lover + Another. There, I met a poet who goes by the name NoLiFE [or Nobody Lives ForEver] and he introduced me to a platform called Cuddle Sessions. This in turn introduced me to the Joburg poetry scene. I haven’t looked back.”According to Molefe his poetry ranges from social issues, such as alcohol abuse and miscarriage from a father’s perspective, to political commentary to his own struggles and the problems he has with his family.He describes his experience on The Mash Up as amazing.Molefe believes collaborations such as these build a better and more versatile network between artists. “What I mean by ‘more versatile network between artists’ is often we get caught up our own artistic spaces, for instance I would normally stay in and interact with my poetry circles, and not know of other creative spaces that are out there.“Such spaces would include soul singers and instrumentalists. The Mash Up kind of collaborations opens doors for artists in different fields to first know that they exist and if they would someday want to work on a joint project, provided that they like each other’s work.”Musician Mthembu agrees: “I truly enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure what to expect. But the vibe between the poet and I was great. It was the first time I collaborated with a poet.“There was an instant gel of styles.”He says collaborations teach him that artists need each other to grow. “Working together we have the capacity to achieve more as a people.”Mthembu has been in the music industry for about 10 years. “I did backing vocals for Louise Carver for about five years before releasing my solo project.”He says although he started singing in church when he was five years old, singing was not a first career choice growing up. “I enjoyed doing it very much though. It was only after participating on South Africa’s Idols in 2007 that I decided to pursue it more aggressively.Besides Carver, he has contributed backing vocals on various artists’ projects. He calls his music “Afrosoul with a touch of jazz and classical music”.You can listen to the podcasts of The Mash Up here.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Who’s Hiding in Your GPS Device?

first_imgWho’s in your GPS device? Your GPS device is hiding a cast of tens of thousands. Every time your GPS device blinks to life, pioneers, innovators and at least one Chinese explorer blink back.  The journey to help you walk out your front door and find a geocache begins way back in 1400.There were clearly no GPS devices then. Magnetized needles were used to find direction for more than a thousand years. But it wasn’t until the 14th century that an admiral in China put the innovation to another use.  Zheng He is reported to be the first person to use the compass as a navigational aid. The Chinese explorer and diplomat employed the compass to direct ocean expeditions to the South and West of China beginning in 1405.Chinese magnetic compass (pbs.org)Over the next two hundred years others, including Galileo and Amerigo Vespucci, the namesake of America, further researched navigating by latitude and longitude. But there was still far to go.It wasn’t until the 1884 the International Meridian Conference adopted a universal Prime Meridian – or zero point of longitude.Less than a hundred years later, in the 1970’s, a constellation of GPS satellites was launched into orbit.  They provided never-before-realized navigation accuracy to the U.S. military.  The rest of us began enjoying that accuracy on May 2nd, 2000 when the order was issued to stop intentionally degrading the GPS signal available to the public. GPS accuracy instantly improved tenfold.One day later the first geocache was placed.Think of the scientists, politicians and navigational crusaders behind the ideas of navigating by latitude and longitude.  Every time you power up your GPS their ideas boot up too. There’s a lot going on inside your GPS.In addition to all those innovators, don’t forget the 40-some Lackeys at Groundspeak, 200-some volunteer Reviewers and four to five million other geocachers who drive this activity.   Each of these people and events make your geocaching adventure a reality.Now don’t you want to put them all to the test and go grab a geocache?Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedHelp Save Our GPS! Geocachers Rally to Stop Potential GPS Signal InterferenceJuly 26, 2011In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”Before GPS and Geocaching Existed: Three Navigation SystemsNovember 18, 2014In “Geocaching Info”Motorcycle Geocaching – Two Wheels, One Mission to ExploreJanuary 31, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

Complexity and Contradiction at the NAHB

first_imgThe National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is actively fighting the American Clean Energy Security Act, arguing that additional energy savings beyond 30% will be impossible.The NAHB has just announced a dual certification partnership with the Department of Energy’s Builders Challenge, which certifies buildings that perform in excess of 30% better than code.I’m trying to work this out. Is 30% improvement impossible, or is it just part of our program?I’m joking, of course; 30% to 50% improvement in energy performance is proven, practical, and affordable.And I think I understand the NAHB’s thinking, too. It’s hoping to use its program to encourage green building through education and market development while holding off mandated improvements to the building code,etc. that would negatively affect NAHB members who don’t get on the green building train. Does this make them “pro-choice”?This weekend, in Charleston, S.C., for the Atlantic Green Conference, I stayed with a builder who does historic preservation in the area. He has restored some old beach houses to create a delightful bed-and-breakfast. He told me, “In this town, green building means you have two Dumpsters in the front yard, one for wood and one for trash.” He was hopping mad at rampant “greenwashing” and ready to do something about it. But at the same time, he’s driving a Hummer with peace sign decals stuck to it. I know we all pull tool trailers and trash trailers on a daily basis, so a big truck is just part of the deal but…it’s a complicated world.The NAHB is seeking comment for the next iteration of the National Green Building Standard. Let them know what you think about duct blaster and blower door testing and PLEASE, PLEASE run your renovation projects through the online scoring tool and give feedback on how to make it more user-friendly.last_img read more

The NRL Rookie

first_imgMissed our appearance on the NRL Rookie last week? You can watch the episode on the NRL Rookie website! Six of our Australian athletes travelled to New Zealand late last year to battle it out against the NRL Rookie contestants in a game of Beach Touch. Touch Football Australia and BLK Ambassadors Sam Brisby, Samantha Rodgers, husband and wife team of Dylan and Emily Hennessey, Peter Norman and Kylie Hilder all featured on the episode, showcasing their skills against the remaining NRL Rookie contestants. The NRL Rookie is the new reality show on Channel Nine/Gem offering a guaranteed NRL contract to the lucky amateur player who can prove to the respective judges he has what it takes to perform at the highest level and secure a lucrative contract.After starting with 28 players in late-May, the team was then halved to 14 in Episode One, with just a handful of players remaining in episode five. After a big game against the Warriors under 20’s Academy earlier in the episode, the Rookies head to Piha Beach for what they think is recovery. Enter the Australian athletes, for a recovery session with a difference! To watch the episode, please click here – http://nrlrookie.com/episodes/season-1-episode-5last_img read more

10 months agoNapoli defender Koulibaly: I’m proud of the colour of my skin

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli defender Koulibaly: I’m proud of the colour of my skinby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly says he won’t be cowed after racist barracking during defeat at Inter Milan.Koulibaly was subjected to racist abuse throughout the 1-0 defeat to Inter and this inevitably contributed to his lack of control in the final minutes as he was sent off.“I’m disappointed by the defeat, but above all at leaving my brothers!” Koulibaly wrote on Twitter.“But I am proud of the colour of my skin. Proud to be French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: A Man.”Mi dispiace la sconfitta e sopratutto avere lasciato i miei fratelli!Però sono orgoglioso del colore della mia pelle. Di essere francese, senegalese, napoletano: uomo. #InterNapoli 1-0#KK26#famiglia#ForzaNapoliSempre#DifendoLaCittàpic.twitter.com/f9q0KYggcw— Koulibaly Kalidou (@kkoulibaly26) December 26, 2018 last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal jump into mix for Chelsea target Nicolo Barella

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Arsenal jump into mix for Chelsea target Nicolo Barellaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are in the mix for Cagliari attacker Nicolo Barella.Barella is a target for Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, while it’s claimed Manchester United have tabled an offer.Sky Italia says Arsenal are also in contact with Cagliari for the youngster.Cagliari are seeking €50m to sell this month.The 21-year-old has said in the past that his style of football is suited to the Premier League, particularly an approach to tackling that is more rugged than many Serie A referees are happy with. last_img

a month agoEx-Chelsea striker Marko Mitrovic: I was ready to sign for ‘big club’ Bury

first_imgEx-Chelsea striker Marko Mitrovic: I was ready to sign for ‘big club’ Buryby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea striker Marko Mitrovic has revealed he was set to sign for Bury before they were kicked out of the Football League.Mitrovic, a former Sweden youth international, was signed by Chelsea as a 16 year-old from Malmo FF.The attacking talent spent three years inside the Chelsea academy before being promoted to the Blues first team for the 2011–2012 season. Mitrovic never managed a senior appearance for the club – but his English ties drew him back this summer with the prospect of joining Bury. The striker’s last club was Serbia’s Radnicki Nis and by his own admission, he was convinced Bury would be financially saved and he’d be able to sign for the then League Two club.He revealed to Fotbollskanalen: “I was 100 per cent positive that everything would be okay. We had already agreed on everything and I was just waiting to get to sign. I was ready at the start of the season.”I thought the club would be saved and it also seemed that EFL wanted to save the club. I never thought it was not going to work out.”At Chelsea, Mitrovic won the FA Youth Cup and was part of a generation inside Cobham who included the likes of Michael Mancienne, Jeffrey Bruma, Gökhan Töre and Nathaniel Chalobah. On Bury, outwith their financial problems, Mitrovic insists the club was set up for success. He added: “It was really a big club. They had the old Manchester City facilities and the training facility is located near Manchester United’s and Manchester City’s training facilities in Carrington. It would have been a really good move, but this is how it sometimes is.”- updated September 30 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Country Embarks on Next Phase of Economic Reforms

first_img Speaking at the opening of the two-day XXII Workshop in International Economics and Finance, at the Bank of Jamaica, downtown Kingston, on Monday (March 18), Dr. Clarke pointed out that this “inflation targeting” regime is gradually being incorporated by the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) “as the cornerstone of monetary policy”. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the country is now embarking on the next phase of economic reforms, which will ensure that monetary policy delivers low, stable and predictable inflation. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the country is now embarking on the next phase of economic reforms, which will ensure that monetary policy delivers low, stable and predictable inflation.This strategy, referred to as “inflation targeting”, is a monetary policy regime in which a central bank has an explicit target inflation rate for the medium term and informs the public. An inflation-targeting central bank will raise or lower interest rates based on above-target or below-target inflation, respectively.Speaking at the opening of the two-day XXII Workshop in International Economics and Finance, at the Bank of Jamaica, downtown Kingston, on Monday (March 18), Dr. Clarke pointed out that this “inflation targeting” regime is gradually being incorporated by the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) “as the cornerstone of monetary policy”.“Full-fledged inflation targeting will only become a reality when we complete our next phase of central bank reforms or modernisation to make the Central Bank independent and to upgrade its governance framework, putting inflation targeting as the centrepiece of its monetary policy objective,” he said.Dr. Clarke noted that the country has been able to reach this milestone, having engaged in an “unprecedented period of fiscal consolidation” over the past several years.“During this period, Jamaica has had the remarkable accomplishment of reducing its public debt by a half of its gross domestic product (GDP) in a very short time, without handout, without bailout or without debt relief from friends, and that’s an achievement that we are very proud of,” he said.In the meantime, Governor of the Central Bank of Paraguay, Carlos Fernandez Valdovinos, said that given the macroeconomic stability the country now enjoys, the environment is ideal for Jamaica to start adopting an inflation targeting regime.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke (left), is greeted by Governor of the Central Bank of Paraguay, Carlos Fernandez Valdovinos, upon his arrival at the Bank of Jamaica in downtown Kingston, on Monday (March 18) to attend the opening session for the two-day XXII Workshop in International Economics and Finance. Story Highlightscenter_img This strategy, referred to as “inflation targeting”, is a monetary policy regime in which a central bank has an explicit target inflation rate for the medium term and informs the public. An inflation-targeting central bank will raise or lower interest rates based on above-target or below-target inflation, respectively. “This is the right time to start doing all the necessary reforms. It is very bad to try to do the reform during a crisis,” he said.Mr. Valdovinos presented on the topic ‘Inflation Targeting in an Emerging Market Economy. Why, When, How’, giving an insight into the experiences of Paraguay regarding inflation targeting.The workshop, which is being hosted by the BOJ, brings together top researchers and policymakers within the Western Hemisphere to discuss recent theoretical and empirical advances in international economics and finance.Organised by the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, (UTDT) of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the World Bank, the Inter‐American Development Bank (IDB) and Latin American and Caribbean Economics Association (LACEA), the purpose of the workshop is to gain a better understanding of the macroeconomic problems faced by Latin American countries and to encourage research on those subjects.Eleven papers on a wide range of economic issues will be presented and discussed, with a major focus on inflation targeting and monetary policy in emerging economies.last_img read more

Rockfort Gets Internet Café

first_img Residents of Rockfort in Kingston now have easier access to Internet and other computer-related services with the establishment of a community access point (CAP) in the community by the Universal Service Fund (USF) at a cost of $2.6 million.The Rockfort Internet Café, located at Glasspole Avenue, is equipped with 13 desktop computers, two printers, one server unit with supporting network capability, a projector and screen, as well as desks and chairs.The 258th CAP site to be established, it is a homework and research centre for residents, serving several districts, including Pleasant Heights, Johnson Town, Rennock Lodge, Shanty and Norman Gardens, and Springfield.Solar panels are to be installed at the location at a cost of $3.5 million, in keeping with the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology’s thrust for all CAP sites to be equipped with solar solutions in order to cut down on operating costs.At the commissioning ceremony on Friday (November 24), Director of Projects at the USF, Everold Simms, noted that the café will “serve as a gateway to self-improvement”, and encouraged the residents to take care of the facility.“This centre belongs to you. You are the custodians, and I expect that you will protect and care it,” he said.Member of Parliament for East Kingston and Port Royal, Phillip Paulwell, welcomed the opening of the centre and commended the work of the USF in providing access to technology for all persons.“The fund has been used to create centres like this. This is a world-class facility… and we want to make sure that the little boy in basic school right up to the senior has access to this facility,” he said.The opening of the centre was endorsed by representatives from several entities, including the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Community Empowerment and Transformation (COMET II) Project; Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP); and the Social Development Commission (SDC). The 258th CAP site to be established, it is a homework and research centre for residents, serving several districts including Pleasant Heights, Johnson Town, Rennock Lodge, Shanty and Norman Gardens and Springfield. Residents of Rockfort in Kingston now have easier access to internet and other computer-related services with the establishment of a community access point (CAP) in the community by the Universal Service Fund (USF) at a cost of $2.6 million. At the commissioning ceremony on Friday (Nov. 24), Director of Projects at the USF, Everold Simms, noted that the cafe will “serve as a gateway to self-improvement” and encouraged the residents to care the facility. Story Highlightslast_img read more