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South African universities among the best


first_imgStellenbosch University (SU) receiveddouble honours as it was included inthe QS listing’s top 500 universities,and also came in third highest onthe African continent.(Image: Stellenbosch University) MEDIA CONTACTS • Martin ViljoenStellenbosch University media liaison+27 21 808 4921RELATED ARTICLES• Pure water in a jiffy • UCT MBA among world’s best • Can drive raises R8.5m for education• South African university gets global nodWilma den HartighSouth Africa has yet again proved that the standard of its tertiary education is comparable with the best in the world. Two local universities, the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University, have achieved top honours by being listed in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings for 2011/12.First published in 2004, the QS ranking is a respected global career and education network. Prospective students and staff from all over the world use the information to decide where to study and advance their academic careers.Stellenbosch University (SU) received double honours as it was included in the QS listing’s top 500 universities, and also came in third highest on the African continent.The University of Cape Town (UCT) was placed in 156th position, up from 161 last year. The QS system also continues to name UCT as the only university in Africa in the top 200.The QS system makes use of six indicators to determine an international ranking: academic reputation (40%); employer reputation (10%); citations per faculty (20%); faculty student ratio (20%); proportion of international students (5%); and proportion of international faculty (5%). The top universities world-wide are then selected out of 2 000 institutions.Recognising outstanding teaching and researchProf Russel Botman, SU’s rector and vice-chancellor, says that inclusion in the QS listing is a significant achievement for the university as it indicates that the international community has taken notice of the excellence of its teaching and research.Stellenbosch University has done ground-breaking work as part of its HOPE project in the areas of nano-fibre water filter technology, food security, HIV/Aids, paediatric tuberculosis and various other research initiatives.The HOPE project supports the UN’s Millennium Development Goals by focusing on world-class research aimed at improving the lives of South Africans and people elsewhere on the continent.“Although we don’t chase rankings, we are proud to be recognised by our peers in this way. It is an important feather in our cap,” Botman says, adding that the rankings also expose local academics and students to more opportunities for research collaboration and exchange.He says that SU has done a lot of work to improve its research output, and has received recognition as the university that delivers the most research output in the country per academic staff member.However, he was surprised at the ranking received for international visibility. “The university has been working very hard to improve its international presence and visibility for the past four years, but we didn’t know that our work would be noticed so quickly,” he says.Results of research conducted by Stellenbosch University in 2007 revealed that internationally the university wasn’t well known for the quality of its academic programmes. However, people were aware of the institution’s negative apartheid history.“The ranking shows that our strategy to improve visibility of the university and bring about transformation is correct,” says Botman.International recognition of this kind is beneficial for individual tertiary institutions and the country. UCT’s executive director of communications and marketing, Gerda Kruger, said in a statement that a good performance on the QS list sends the message that South Africans can get a world-class education without leaving the country.last_img read more


Music is a Great Investment for Social Cohesion and Nation Building


first_imgMusic is a great way to foster social cohesion and nation building. This is the basis upon which Music is a Great Investment (MIAGI) was established by opera singer, Robert Brooks and pianist, Ingrid Hedlund in 2001.  This is a Pretoria based Non-Profit Organisation with a vision of bringing people, particularly children and youth, together through music while creating platforms for creativity, self-expression, learning, employment, cultural exchange, social development and leadership development. The idea is that music transcends many differences and cultivates innovation.  South Africa contends with factors of racial, cultural, religious, class, gender and age differences. These factors, if not addressed in an intentional manner, can have an impact on the unity of members of society and their ability to work together towards the wellbeing of all its members; as well as the development of a common identity. MIAGI aims to address this through three main methods namely, the MIAGI Orchestra, the MIAGI Music and Community Centres and using the MIAGI international profile to attract investment for development work in South Africa.  The MIAGI Orchestra is made up of group of young South African men and women of all races. This is a classically trained orchestra that have created a unique sound by infusing elements of African Jazz into their compositions. The orchestra, in its makeup, symbolises South Africa’s diversity and through its unique sound demonstrates the country’s distinct Nation Brand to the world. The MIAGI Music and Community Centres aim to provide arts and culture education for children in informal communities. MIAGI has built, developed and managed a music centre on the premises of the Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto. The success of this Centre has inspired the development of an Arts Complex in Khayelitsha aimed at young children. Through the high level visibility of the Orchestra’s international events and the success of Music and Community Centres, MIAGI has attracted investment from the international donor community. The investment has gone a long way in propelling MIAGI’s success.  Follow MIAGI on their official website and on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to find where you can catch the orchestra performing and how you can play your part.last_img read more


SCI congratulates yield contest winners


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Seed Consultants would like to congratulate the winners of our 2015 Yield Contest. 2015 Project 300 Corn Yield ContestRankCustomerVarietyYieldCityState1Terry VissingSCS 1125AMX™270.74MarysvilleIN2Tim BishopSCS 1085AM™263.77QueenstownMD3David FisherSCS 10HR43™253.55LondonOH2015 Project 100 Soybean Yield ContestRankCustomerVarietyYieldCityState1Terry VissingSCS 9385RR™84.60MarysvilleIN2Tim BishopSCS 9434RR™82.10QueenstownMD3John NoltSCS 9314RR™77.23PlymouthOHlast_img


Brutus Buckeye’s Response To The Jim Harbaugh “Views From The 6” Cover Is Tremendous


first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Shut it down, everyone. The informal contest to see who would come up with the best college football-themed take on Drake’s Views From The 6 cover might be over just a few days in. After Jay Harbaugh put together a pretty good effort featuring his father, Ohio State mascot Brutus Buckeye posted his own version…and yeah, this is pretty mean if you’re a Michigan fan..@BleacherReport ** #VIEWS fro TSUN. **#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/u91EmgEIg0— Brutus Buckeye (@Brutus_Buckeye) April 26, 2016 Considering the score of last year’s game at Michigan Stadium, he probably could’ve left the Parental Advisory sticker in place. It was pretty appropriate.[Bleacher Report]last_img read more


Update Strike at Damens Galati Shipyard Over


first_imgzoom The workers’ strike at Damen’s Galati shipyard in Romania has ended, it has been confirmed to World Maritime News by a Damen spokesperson.The strike was staged on August 29, when a number of workers held a spontaneous demonstration in front of the company’s headquarters. The workers were dissatisfied with their wages and were reportedly asking for a pay increase.The protest resulted in a work stoppage at the yard for almost three days.The strike was ended on Thursday, August 31, and work operations are said to have been resumed.Local media informed that the strike was concluded as the company’s management agreed to the proposed wage increase terms.Talks between the company and the union are set to continue until September 15 when a final deal is expected.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


Top Quebec court overturns naturopaths acquittal and convicts her of manslaughter


first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s top court has overturned a 2015 acquittal of a Montreal-area naturopath in the death of a patient 10 years ago and convicted her of manslaughter.Mitra Javanmardi has also been ordered to stand trial on a charge of criminal negligence causing death, for which she had been acquitted.Roger Matern, 79, died after Javanmardi injected him with a contaminated substance.Javanmardi is scheduled to appear in Quebec court for sentencing on the manslaughter conviction.Matern visited Javanmardi’s clinic in June 2008 following heart surgery that reportedly did not improve his health.According to court documents, Matern wanted quick results and insisted that Javanmardi inject him with nutrients despite her telling him the procedure was not done on a first visit.She eventually acquiesced.During the injection he complained of being hot and then started shivering. His condition deteriorated rapidly while at the clinic and Javanmardi recommended he get a good night sleep.Matern’s condition worsened at home and he only went to hospital the following day, when it was too late.Police who raided Javanmardi’s office following Matern’s death seized vials containing the substance with which she injected him.Analysis discovered one of the vials contained 9.7 million bacteria when the norm for an injectable product is zero.The appeals court ruled the lower court did not properly apply the law to the facts of the case.It highlight several critical elements: the naturopath injected the medication as opposed to delivering it orally; she used the single-dose vial on two previous patients; she derogated from protocol by complying with the demands of a patient; and she didn’t send her patient to hospital despite witnessing symptoms unknown to her.“The (trial) judge therefore erred by not retaining, from the uncontested facts, that the conduct of the accused is blamable … and meets the criteria of criminal negligence,” the appeals court wrote in its ruling Thursday.last_img read more


Environment Canada Issues Cold Weather Alert for tonight and into Friday


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada says a period of very cold wind chills is expected tonight and into Friday.A brisk north wind combined with overnight temperatures near -28C will create extreme wind chill values near -40 overnight and Friday morning.Wind chill values will moderate to the mid -30s Friday afternoon. Watch for cold-related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.Remember to dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant.Remember to cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with the wind chill.last_img


Apple will support media literacy in US Europe


first_imgSan Francisco: Apple has announced a new initiative in support of non-profit organisations in the US and Europe that offer un-biased, independent media literacy programmes. To advance their efforts in empowering young minds, Apple will support the US-based News Literacy Project (NLP) and Common Sense organisations, along with the Italy-based Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori, the company said in a blog-post on Wednesday. “News literacy is vital to sustaining a free press and thriving democracy, and we are proud to be collaborating with organisations on the front lines of this effort,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Cook acknowledged the work being done by these organisations in empowering young people to be active and engaged citizens. “Apple News is committed to presenting quality journalism from trusted sources,” said Lauren Kern, Editor-In-Chief of Apple News. “We’re thrilled that Apple is supporting these important organizations to train the next generation on how to seek out accurate and reliable information amid an increasingly complicated news landscape.”last_img read more


Urban Meyer Buckeye offensive line one of the best in the country


Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort blocks a defender during a game against Penn State at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorJunior quarterback Braxton Miller and senior running back Carlos Hyde were the offensive stars for Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) once again in the Buckeyes’ 63-14 win against Penn State (4-3, 1-2). However, five players who, on paper, appear to have made less of a dent in the win, also played a crucial role in OSU’s 686-yard offensive performance against the Nittany Lions. So well, in fact, that even a former Buckeye was impressed.Miller (252 passing yards, 68 rushing yards) and Hyde (147 rushing yards) accounted for 467 yards, or 68.1 percent, of OSU’s total offense in the victory.But in order to achieve that success, they needed effective blocking from the offensive line.The starting five offensive linemen — redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, senior left guard Andrew Norwell, redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley, redshirt-senior right guard Marcus Hall and sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker — were praised by their coaches and teammates following Saturday’s win.“I see an offensive line that’s one of the best in the country,” coach Urban Meyer said during a post-game press conference. “I’ll take my offensive line anywhere. Those guys are playing very well.”That offensive line led an effort that amassed 32 first downs, averaged 8.9 yard gains per offensive play and converted seven of 10 third downs.“Offensive line did a hell of a job,” Miller said of the unit’s performance Saturday.Miller said the offensive line was “aggressive throughout the week of practice,” and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said the way OSU’s offensive linemen have practiced has led to their success this season.“When you practice the same way — high level — your fundamentals get better, your technique, your understanding and just the whole cohesiveness up front,” Warinner said.Through its first eight games, the OSU offense ranks eighth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total offense with an average of 517.3 yards per game and fifth nationally with a average 47.3 points scored per game.That offensive success has been a team effort, Warinner said.“(The offense) has the ability to horizontally stretch the field in the run game, and we do it in the pass game, and then vertically stretch you and so we’re putting defenses in a bind,” Warinner said. “They don’t know exactly where to try to load their defense. When you have good players at a lot of positions playing at a high level, which we do right now at receiver, quarterback, running back, O-line, tight end … we can be explosive. We are an explosive outfit right now.”The OSU rushing offense ranks ninth nationally with an average of 295.6 rushing yards per game. Miller said the offensive line’s ability to block on the perimeter has played a key role in OSU’s success running the ball, much like Hall did on a Miller scramble early in the game where he leveled a Penn State defender.“Getting guys the ball on the outside frees up the inside,” Miller said.Warinner said OSU’s success as a rushing offense has been a “credit to a lot of people.”“Running the football is important to us as a program, as a team,” Warinner said. “So that makes it important to the running backs, the O-line and all perimeter guys as well. And then we have the ability to run the ball outside as well as inside and we’re throwing the ball well so we’re just keeping people off-balance.”Norwell said the offensive linemen have “great chemistry” with one another.“We’re all on the same page,” Norwell said. “Coach Meyer knows how many reps we need to get in practice, and we just went hard every play.”One reason for that chemistry might be the experience the offensive linemen have with playing with one another. Mewhort and Norwell are both third-year starters on the offensive line. Hall came into the season with 18 career starts, while Linsley is also a second-year starter.Warinner said he thinks the experience of the offensive line has helped that unit play as well as they have this season.“That it’s helped us a lot, because we can lean on those guys when we need to and they can be productive when they need to,” Warinner said.Warinner said Decker, the only new starter on the offensive line, has fit in well.“His talent level is really high,” Warinner said. “Experience and confidence were the two things he lacked. Now that he’s played eight games and played well these last three or four games, his confidence level is high along with talent level.”Mewhort, Norwell, Linsley, Hall and Decker have each started all eight games for the Buckeyes this season, but with the result of Saturday’s game well in hand by the middle of the third quarter, OSU was able to get playing time for many of its backups, including the offensive line. Warinner said there were 11 offensive linemen in total who received playing time for the OSU offense Saturday.Current OSU coaches and players are not the only Buckeyes impressed by the play of OSU’s offensive line this season. Orlando Pace, who played left tackle at OSU from 1994-96 and was honored on the field during Saturday’s game for being selected to the College Football Hall of Fame, said the OSU offensive line plays “really well together as a unit.”“Those guys, they do a great job in protecting Braxton, and they run the ball well,” Pace said at halftime Saturday.Pace said he expects Mewhort to follow in his footsteps from being an OSU left tackle to playing in the NFL, in which Pace played for 13 seasons.“You’re definitely going to see him play on Sundays,” Pace said. “He moves well, footwork and hand placement and all those things, I think he’ll be fine.”OSU will be looking for another impressive effort from its offensive line when it plays Purdue (1-6, 0-3) Saturday at noon in West Lafayette, Ind. read more


Marco Silva is happy at Everton but wants more


first_imgThe English Premier League manager wants his team to get out of the 11th position and start climbing in the 2018-2019 seasonEverton Football Club is currently sitting in the 11th position with 12 points.The club has been able to beat three English Premier League rivals while drawing with other three and losing twice.And its manager Marco Silva believes his team can do more, although he also admitted being enjoying time at the club.“Am I enjoying it? Of course. I am really happy. Believe me!” he told The Liverpool Echo.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Normally I can adapt fast and easy to the position wherever I am. But I am really happy, here. I know what I want, I know what the club wants but I don’t like to lose my focus if we win 3-0 or if the result wasn’t the best.”“It’s not easy to see big differences between the two. It’s my way and the players know that as well,” he added.“Inside Finch Farm, I am a little bit different with them. In some moments they can see a little bit more from the coach.”“I am happier with them sometimes, but I am really enjoying it here at the club,” he concluded.last_img read more