60% pass rate for class of ’09


first_img7 January 2010The government is to take “urgent steps” to improve South Africa’s National Senior Certificate system, Education Minister Angie Motshekga said following Thursday’s announcement of a 60.6% pass rate for the matric students of 2009 – down from 62.5% in 2008.While the government’s aim was to focus on quality rather than quantity, the 2009 matric pass rate was still “disappointing”, Motshekga said.She noted that quality assurance council Umalusi had approved the quality and credibility of South Africa’s matric exams. “Umalusi found that the exams are comparable to the best in the world and that most question papers were of the highest standard.”These standards could not be compromised on, Motshekga said. “Indeed, it is through maintaining the standards of our examinations that we are able to assess the shortcomings in the quality of learning and teaching.“We must acknowledge that there is poor teaching in many of our schools. Management in our schools is often weak and lacks leadership and commitment. Our systems are also often inefficient.”More focus on teaching, learningA recent report on the implementation of South Africa’s school curriculum had indicated an urgent need to improve the quality of teaching in the country’s schools, the minister said.Steps had been taken to implement some of these recommendations, in particular to ensure that teachers and student would be able to focus more on actual teaching and learning in the classroom.All nine provincial education ministers would meet in February to discuss a technical report on the results, the minister said, as well as a number of proposed interventions to support the implementation of the National Curriculum Statement in Grades 10, 11 and 12.“Our provincial education department officials must support our schools by ensuring that textbooks and other teaching and learning materials are provided on time, and that real teaching and learning are taking place in all our schools from the beginning of the school year.”Among the positive gains made by the class of 2009, the minister said a greater number of matrics had passed well enough to gain access to tertiary education, and that more students had registered for maths and maths literacy.“We have set our focus on quality rather than quantity; that is the thrust of the new administration,” she said.Paper leaking in MpumalangaFollowing an exam paper leaking saga in Mpumalanga, Motshekga said that additional steps would be taken to improve exam processes in that province.Quality assurance council Umalusi had delayed the release of results for Mpumalanga after mathematics, physical science and accounting exam papers were leaked in the province.On Thursday, Motshekga said she was able to release the province’s results along with all the others after Umalusi informed her that it had found no evidence of a systemic problem in Mpumalanga.At the same time, Motshekga and the province’s premier and education minister had agreed that the examination structures in Mpumalanga’s education department would “immediately be re-constituted,” and that the national Department of Education would take over the running of exams in the province “until the necessary systems were in place.”The police’s special investigating unit, the Hawks, was busy investigating the exam leaks, Motshekga said, adding: “Those found guilty of stealing and selling question papers are criminals and will be punished to the full extent of the law.”Mpumalanga was South Africa’s worst-performing province in 2009, with a matric pass rate of 47.9%. While the Western Cape performed best overall (75.7%), KwaZulu-Natal was the only province to improve on its 2008 pass rate, registering 61.1% compared to 57.6% the previous year.In total, 581 573 full-time candidates and 38 595 repeat candidates wrote their matric final exams in 2009.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SA MTB stage race granted UCI status


first_img“It’s essentially a badge of prestige that attracts a higher level of international riders at the competitive end of the race,” Rademeyer added. Prize moneyBy being granted UCI status, a race is obliged to offer a minimum amount of prize money in Euros and pay prize money down to at least 10th position in the men’s and women’s Elite categories on each stage and in the General Classification rankings at the end of the event. Graded events also offer UCI rankings points to top performing riders. The fifth edition of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek, which takes place from 20 to 26 October, has attracted some of the biggest names in the world of women’s marathon mountain bike racing. The UCI grading will ensure even more top women and a strong international men’s field in 2014 too. ‘Very pleased’“We are very pleased with this news,” Cape Pioneer Trek Race director Henco Rademeyer, said in a statement on Friday. 6 September 2013 ‘The world’s best racers’“That’s not to say we’ll take any focus off the enjoyment factor for the majority of the entrants, who will, from next year, be competing alongside a number of the world’s best racers.” “It’s been on our list of goals for some time. With not many other international stage races taking place in October, we felt that the combination of the Cape Pioneer Trek’s quality race route, high organisational standards and its calendar position, would all work in our favour. The Absa Cape Epic is the only other South African stage race that holds a UCI grading. The seven-day stage race, which takes place each year in late October in the Western Cape province, has shown appropriate compliance to the UCI’s grading criteria. It will begin as a UCI S2 level status event, the first tier of three for international stage races and can improve its grading over time. Bridge CEO Emile Aldum commented: “The UCI status echoes the level of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek as a world class race and it yet again strengthens our pride in being the title sponsor of such an esteemed event.” The Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race has been granted International Cycling Union (UCI) race status for 2014, making it only the second South African stage race to be awarded the prestigious classification. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

OCA sets membership record


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) membership has reached an all-time high thanks to the dedication of past members renewing as well as the 468 farm families that joined for the first time in 2016. The new record passes the all-time membership record by 115 members to total 2,131 families represented by OCA.“OCA is proud to represent the best interests of cattlemen across the state, no matter the size or scope of their operation,” said Joe Foster, OCA president. “I am proud that fellow cattlemen in Ohio recognize the importance of belonging to OCA as it’s an organization that works to be member focused and issue driven.”In addition to promoting the economic, political and social needs of Ohio’s cattle producers, OCA offers numerous member benefits including discounts on products and services, and opportunities to participate in industry and educational events. The membership committee is working on securing additional member benefits and incentives for 2017 and a complete list will be available on the OCA website in November.For more information about joining OCA or full membership benefits, please call the OCA office at 614-873-6736, email beef@ohiobeef.org or visit www.ohiocattle.org.last_img read more

Microsoft’s Mobile Ambition: Not Dead Yet


first_imgTags:#Android#Appcelerator#Apple#CIO#enterprise#Evans Data#Google#iOS#Microsoft#mobile#Windows 8 Matt Asay Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement You can be forgiven for writing off Microsoft’s mobile future. Given that Apple’s operating income for its iPhone and iPad devices nearly surpasses Microsoft’s total revenue, or that Google’s Android market share makes Windows Mobile’s share look like a rounding error, it’s easy to disregard Microsoft’s chances in mobile. That is, unless you’re a CIO. Within the enterprise, CIOs continue to rate Microsoft above all other vendors, giving Microsoft some breathing room.The question is, how much?The CIO’s PickMicrosoft’s Windows Mobile doesn’t show up in IDC’s latest numbers.  While IDC declares that Windows Phone/Windows Mobile made “market-beating” progress in the fourth quarter of 2012, with sales of Windows-based smartphones up 400% year over year, Android and iOS still combined to claim 87% of the 722 million smartphones shipped globally in 2012. Microsoft’s share? Just 3%, according to Gartner.Yet in Piper Jaffray’s quarterly CIO Survey released last week, a full 45% of CIOs picked Microsoft as their most indispensable “mega-vendor.” This may not sound like much, but the second-place vendor, Oracle, got half as many CIO votes. The next few vendors include SAP, Cisco, IBM, EMC, Hewlett-Packard and Apple, which got a mere 4%. The reports authors note:CIOs state that ‘there are really no alternatives to Microsoft. [Others said] ‘MS services are getting better and will allow us to move more to the cloud,’ and ‘we are highly invested in their technologies and dependent on them extending their platforms.’We believe Microsoft’s dominance in the enterprise is underappreciated, and some of the threats against Microsoft, such as alternatives to the Windows desktop OS in the enterprise or productivity software, may be over-hyped in the near term. That said, keep in mind that our CIO survey does not address the large consumer business for Microsoft, which faces much more intense competitive pressures than its enterprise business.In other words, whatever CIOs may want to buy, their employees are purchasing iOS and Android devices in droves. Even so, developer interest in the Windows platform may yet save Microsoft.Sexiest Nun In The Mega-Vendor ConventDespite its stumbles in mobile, developers continue to hold out hope. At least, developers of a certain age and vocation. According to a new Evans Data developer survey, Microsoft was picked as having “top relevance” among two-thirds of the 450 surveyed, and claimed the top spot among 90% of developers aged 46-50. Google came in second, and was listed as the mobile company set to dominate within three years. Apple? It came in fifth.Yes, fifth.Which, frankly, hardly seems credible. Commenting on the results, Creative Strategies analyst Tim Bajarin suggests:I’m not surprised Microsoft is big with an older generation of developers, but what does that tell you? They’re sticking with a platform they’re comfortable with and hoping Microsoft hits it big. I’d be surprised if any of these developers who say they’re big on Microsoft or Android are not also supporting Apple. They have to be if they want to make any money.Such results start to make sense if we separate developer interest from enterprise imperatives. According to Appcelerator’s quarterly mobile developer survey, iOS and Android interest dwarfs that of Windows:Source: Appcelerator, 2013But among the enterprise mega-vendors, the few companies that control the vast majority of enterprise IT budgets, Microsoft tops the field as showing the most leadership in mobile among these same survey respondents:Source: Appcelerator, 2013This may not seem like a big deal (“Sexiest nun in the convent”), but given that 73% of enterprises have developed and deployed fewer than five applications, the mobile enterprise is still wide open. Keeping in mind Microsoft’s clout with CIOs, even Microsoft’s anemic 28% “leadership” rating could be enough to pave its way to significant traction within the enterprise.Redmond’s Fighting ChanceAll that said, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon has largely rendered CIO edicts as to device preferences futile. IT has become an order-taker, rather than an order-giver, with regard to mobile devices. Microsoft may be cool with the suits, but it has yet to demonstrate that it can turn the heads of mobile developers.Even so, it’s too soon to count out Microsoft’s mobile hopes. Not while it retains such fealty from enterprise CIOs and developers. With Microsoft CFO Peter Klein suggesting that Microsoft is closing in on “write once, run anywhere” cross-platform capability for Windows 8 to run across a wide array of form factors, which would allow the enterprise to have its cake (Windows desktop development) and eat it, too (Windows mobile devices), Microsoft’s enterprise value proposition may be too tempting to ignore. Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Achieving a Super 16mm Film Look When Shooting Digitally


first_imgSuper 16mm film offers a distinct and beautiful look that can be hard to replicate digitally. Here’s what you need to know in order to achieve the S16 look when shooting on a digital cinema camera.Top image: ARRIFLEX 416 Super 16 via Slow Motion Film & DigitalAlthough the majority of film and television productions now shoot digitally, there are many filmmakers who continue to work with the Super 16mm format, and for good reason. Super 16mm film generates images with a lot of dynamic range, gorgeous colors, and a beautiful grain structure. For these reasons and so many more, even large-scale film products have turned to Super 16mm — including this year’s critically acclaimed film, Carol. Check out the trailer…While there will never be a digital substitute for shooting on real film, you can certainly come close to emulating the look of S16 with the right approach. For those of you seeking the 16mm look, but still want to make use of your digital gear, here are some simple, practical tips to follow that will certainly enhance your final product.1. Shoot Cleanly in CameraImage via Blackmagic DesignMany filmmakers make the mistake of bumping up their ISO very high in camera when attempting to create a filmic look. The idea is that the added noise will appear like film grain — but in reality, digital noise looks nothing like film grain, at least to my eye.Be sure to shoot as cleanly in camera as possible, and save the grain for the editing room (more on that later). Focus on capturing the best possible source image, with the least amount of digital artifacts, as it’s always easier to degrade your footage after the fact, as opposed to having to salvage it in the editing room.2. Avoid Full FrameImage: Blackmagic Pocket Camera via B&HA Super 16mm frame size is very small — roughly the equivalent of the Blackmagic Pocket Camera in digital terms. This means that there’s a very large crop factor, equating to less depth of field. So, when possible, aim to shoot on a Micro Four Thirds camera, or even a smaller sensor camera like previously mentioned Blackmagic Pocket Camera to emulate that look. If you only have access to a full frame DSLR, you can make that work too, but you’ll need to stop down your lenses and be more acutely aware of the DOF.3. Go HandheldImage: shooting handheld with the URSA Mini via Blackmagic DesignShooting handheld is, of course, a creative choice, but many Super 16mm films are shot handheld since lighter camera bodies are easier to keep on the operator’s shoulder. If you’re a fan of the S16 look, chances are you’re also into the handheld look, so consider ditching the sticks for your shoot if a run-and-gun style suits your mood and story.4. Aim for Tighter ShotsAs mentioned above, the Super 16mm format is fairly cropped, so (in many cases) tighter shots and longer lenses are more conducive to emulating the look of S16 authentically. That’s not to say you can’t go wide on S16, but a wide-angle lens on a full frame camera will look different than a wide lens on a true Super 16mm camera. If you don’t want to give yourself away (and you’re shooting on a large sensor), choose close-ups and medium shots.5. Add Grain in PostThere are many options for emulating film grain in post, including FilmConvert — a personal favorite tool of mine. You can’t have the Super 16mm look without some film grain, so always use film emulation software to add grain to your footage, while also pushing the colors in a more filmic direction. This final step is arguably the most crucial, since the grain structure of 16mm film is very distinct.That said, if you haven’t followed the other steps on this list, the grain alone won’t be able to match the difference in aesthetic and perspective from footage that wasn’t shot in a true S16 fashion.For some S16 inspiration, here’s a trailer for one of my personal favorite Super 16mm films – Black Swan:Got any tips/tricks/techniques for capturing a film look on digital? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

Photo: NFL-Bound Florida DL Dante Fowler Took Out An Ad In The Gainesville Sun Thanking #GatorNation


first_imgDante Fowler interacting with Florida Gators fans.KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 4: Dante Fowler Jr. #6 of the Florida Gators gestures toward fans in the closing seconds of the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Florida defeated Tennessee 10-9. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Dante Fowler’s time as a Florida football player is over, as the junior defensive lineman is headed to the NFL. Fowler, a potential first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, won’t be leaving Florida without saying “thank you” to all the fans who supported him during his time in Gainesville, Fla. The 6-foot-3, 261-pound defensive end took out an ad in Friday’s Gainesville Sun expressing gratitude to all of Gator Nation. Very cool from @TheDanteFowler6, thanking the #GatorNation with an ad in today’s @GainesvilleSun @Gator_sports pic.twitter.com/G3RwAjHPtB— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) January 30, 2015Well done, Dante. Fowler, a possible outside linebacker at the next level, is projected to go 13th overall to New Orleans in NFL.com’s latest mock draft.last_img read more

Video: A Jameis Winston Overthrow At FSU’s Pro Day Resulted In Some People Getting Knocked Out On The Sideline


first_imgJameis Winston participates in Florida State's pro day.Jameis Winston, the probable No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, is currently showing off his abilities at Florida State’s pro day in Tallahassee. He’s reportedly going to throw between 90-110 passes. One of those passes really got away from him, leading to a pretty big collision on the sideline at the Semionles’ indoor facility. Check it out: Keep your head on a swivel, camera guy.last_img

Video: Watch The Scoreboard At OU’s Memorial Stadium Come Crashing Down


first_imgScoreboard at memorial Stadium as the sun goes down.scoreboard at memorial stadium comes downDon’t worry, Oklahoma fans. What you’ll see in the below video was planned.Thursday night, Oklahoma purposely knocked down the skeleton of its scoreboard at Memorial Stadium, making way for a new video board that will span 8,750 feet. According to Tulsa World, the panels that accompanied the skeleton were removed and will be sold off.The new board will be up before the 2016 season.It’s gonna be Sweet #Brackets #OUDNA #BGB #SoonerMagic #Big12Champs pic.twitter.com/TUvnWf2h6E— Coach Drew Hill (@OU_CoachHill) December 3, 2015Video of the board coming down pic.twitter.com/0JP9oMRMmc— Siandhara Bonnet (@SiandharaB) December 3, 2015Despite the construction, Oklahoma’s 2015 campaign isn’t over. The Sooners are likely headed to the College Football Playoff.last_img read more

Adityanath will have to leave UP if NRC is implemented Akhilesh


first_imgLucknow: Terming the National Register of Citizens (NRC) a medium to instil fear, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Friday said if it is implemented in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath would have to leave the state.Yadav was speaking to reporters here on the chief minister’s statement regarding implementation of the NRC in Uttar Pradesh if needed. “If NRC is implemented in UP, then he (Yogi Adityanath) would have to return. He is a ‘mool niwaasi’ (resident) of Uttarakhand,” he said. “NRC is only a medium to indulge in politics of instilling fear. Earlier, it was divide and rule, now it is the politics of fear,” Yadav said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”We have kicked out the divisive forces. Now, we will make the people understand, and these people instilling fear will be out of the government,” he added. Referring to the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Yadav said the question is whether people falling ill are getting treatment and whether the children are going to schools. “The government claims that the situation is normal there. If it is really normal, then why are there so many restrictions,” the SP chief questioned. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”The BJP is seeking votes in the name of Pakistan, but it has not allowed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fly in its airspace. Danger from China is more than Pakistan, and hence, it is necessary to secure the borders,” he said. Yadav also termed the cases registered against senior party leader and Rampur MP Azam Khan unjust. “Why were people on whose complaints cases were registered against Azam Khan silent for nine years? Who suddenly exerted pressure on them? This government is in power for two-and-half years. Why were the cases not lodged earlier? Action is being initiated against Azam Khan since he has built the university,” the SP chief said.last_img read more

San Francisco Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has pr


first_imgSan Francisco: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has promised his employees to “fight and win” if Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren wins the 2020 election and moves forward with her stated plan to break up the big US tech firms. Adopting a more aggressive style than he habitually uses in his public appearances, Zuckerberg directed his remarks at his employees last July to address questions about the firm’s present and future, an interview that was recorded and made public on Tuesday on the Web page The Verge, Efe news reported. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “I mean, if she gets elected president, then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge. And does that still suck for us? Yeah. I mean, I don’t want to have a major lawsuit against our own government. … We care about our country and want to work with our government and do good things. But look … if someone’s going to try to threaten something that existential, you go to the mat and you fight,” he said. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Zuckerberg was referring to the Massachusetts senator’s proposal to split up the biggest tech firms – if she wins the Democratic presidential nomination and is ultimately elected in 2020 – given that she feels that they have “excessive” power both as market entities and in relation to their users or customers. On Tuesday, after the audio recording of Zuckerberg was released, Warren doubled down on her proposal and said on Twitter that “What would really ‘suck’ is if we don’t fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices, stomp on consumer privacy rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy.” “I’m not afraid to hold Big Tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon accountable. It’s time to #BreakUpBigTech,” the senator said in another tweet. In the recordings provided by The Verge, Zuckerberg justified his opposition to Warren’s plan by – among other things – saying that dividing big companies will not make interference in elections less likely, rather the reverse, given that in his judgment “the companies can’t coordinate and work together.” The tech giant based in Menlo Park, California, in recent years has been mired in a multitude of scandals that have significantly strained its public image, the biggest of these being the one involving British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which used an app to gather personal data on millions of Facebook users without their consent and then used that info for political ends. The consulting firm prepared psychological profiles on voters that it allegedly sold to the campaign of President Donald Trump during the runup to the 2016 election, among other things. Facebook is being investigated for potential monopolistic practices by the Federal Trade Commission, which earlier this year levied a $5 billion fine on the firm for failing to properly maintain user privacy.last_img read more