4 Jun

FCC ignores protests, begins next mmWave sale

first_img FCCmmWavespectrum auction FCC approves $7 billion for emergency connectivity AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 14 MAR 2019 Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pressed ahead with plans to auction 24GHz spectrum, despite a request from politicians to delay the proceeding.In a letter, two senior members of the House of Representatives’ Science, Space and Technology Committee accused the FCC of dismissing concerns expressed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA that use of the spectrum could interfere with sensors in adjacent bands used for weather and climate forecasting.The committee members sought a delay until the FCC addressed the issue with NOAA, NASA and the US Department of Defence.“Our concern is not with 5G technology….However, advancements in telecommunications should not come at the expense of the safety and security of the American people.”FCC representative Brian Hart told The Washington Post the agency will move ahead with the auction as scheduled and said it was “perplexing to be asked to postpone this auction the day before it is going to start” given planning had been underway for more than a decade.Bidding for 24GHz licences is scheduled to begin at 10:00 ET today (14 March). A total of 38 companies have qualified to take part, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile US, US Cellular and Sprint (through subsidiary ATI Sub).The auction is the FCC’s second mmWave proceeding following a 28GHz auction which concluded in January. Winners from that sale will be announced at the end of the latest proceeding. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Home FCC ignores protests, begins next mmWave sale Author Optus lights first mmWave sites Related FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans Diana Goovaerts Previous ArticleSKT tests the limits of 4G/5G comboNext ArticleWirecard updates mobile pay SDK Tags last_img read more

16 Dec

LGE: Cling Manufacturing Headquarters Construction Complete

first_imgLGE Design Build recently completed construction on a newly remodeled office, manufacturing and warehouse facility located in Tempe, AZ for Cling’s. This 39,963 SF facility includes a new 6,175 SF office area, and a fully air conditioned 27,688 SF manufacturing area with an ancillary 6,100 SF evap-cooled storage area. The original office area was updated with all new exterior, including an entrance plaza, steel canopies, lighting and landscaping. The interiors are contemporary, with carpet tile, accented walls and epoxy floors in those areas with heavy employee traffic. The air conditioned manufacturing area insures the exceptional standards and tolerances of their manufacturing can be maintained consistently. Cling’s Aerospace was established in 1972. They are established as a high quality contract manufacturer for the aerospace, defense and medical industries. Their specialties are in complex, 4 and 5 axis machined parts, fabricated tubes, weldments and assemblies.last_img read more

19 Sep

District helps Simbai Kasper pursue his training

first_imgAthletics BY ISAAC LIRI One of Chimbu’s very own local talents in long distance running has received the backing from his district to pursue with training in preparation for upcoming events in the country and abroad. Simbai Kasper, the 2019 Pacific Games gold medalist in the 3000m steeplechase and 10,000m, was given financial support of K600 from the United Sinasina Yongomugl (USSY) to help him train at the National Sports Institute in Goroka, Eastern Highlands. Kasper, 27, from Konkana village when receiving the support, described it as a first of its kind for USSY to come out and support him with his training as an athlete who carries the pride of Chimbu and PNG, and probably the best long distance runner in the country today. “I have never received this kind of support before and I am so humbled to know that my district in my home province is proud to support me,” Kasper said. “I would like to make a special mention to USSY president Samuel Mitnadua, vice-president Yauma Mond, secretary Berry Kale and treasurer Elijah Gigimai. “Receiving this kind of support from my district motivates me to give my best as I prepare for the Oceania Athletics events coming up this year. Kasper told the Post-Courier that he has already begun his personal training and is looking forward to continue in carrying the PNG flag on foreign soil. He also thanked his family members and coaches for their continuous advice and guidance that has kept him going since he entered the Athletics PNG radar a decade ago.last_img read more

10 Feb

‘I can’t get out’: Farmers feel the pressure as Ecuador’s palm oil sector grows

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Agriculture, Colonization, Deforestation, Environment, Farming, Featured, Forest People, Forests, Habitat Destruction, Industrial Agriculture, Oil Palm, Palm Oil, Plantations, Rainforests, Supply Chain, Tropical Forests Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis Banner image: Land recently cleared for an oil palm plantation in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. Photo by Jonatan RosasFeedback: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. The first commercial oil palm trees were planted in 1953. Since then, Ecuador has become Latin America’s second largest producer of oil palm, and the world’s sixth largest.The region comprising the canton of La Concordia is one of the country’s primary centers of production. Here, oil palm plantations were cultivated on land already degraded as small farmers sought a more profitable crop.But a volatile market and a deadly disease are cutting deep into the pockets of oil palm farmers in La Concordia who, because of oil palm’s long harvest cycle, worry they’re locked into a doomed investment.Meanwhile, conservationists are racing to protect rainforest as oil palm plantations expand in other parts of Ecuador. LA CONCORDIA, Ecuador — Jorge Jurado has been farming oil palm on Ecuador’s coast for almost 20 years, and has seen the industry go through many changes. But over the last few years, he and hundreds of other small-scale farmers have been hit by two major plagues: abnormally low market prices for palm oil over the past five years, and a deadly disease that has killed thousands of hectares of oil palm crops in the country.“Those who carry all the weight is the farmer,” said Jurado, who in addition to farming oil palm also works another a full-time job in a neighboring city as an English tutor in order to provide for his family.Palm oil is one of the most common vegetable oils in the world, found in everything from cosmetics, certain fabrics, and almost 50 percent of everything in your local grocery store. Ecuador is the second-largest producer of palm oil in Latin America (only behind Colombia), and sixth largest in the world – although its output doesn’t reach anywhere near that of top producers Indonesia and Malaysia, which together produce around 85 percent of the world’s palm oil supply.Palm oil is produced by pressing the fruit of oil palm trees, which grow in bunches.Oil palm is an important part of Ecuador’s agricultural economy, particularly in the La Concordia portion of the province of Santo Domingo de Los Tsáchilas, where Jurado lives. The region has long been known as the heart of Ecuador’s palm industry, since it was here that the first seeds were planted over 60 years ago.Today in La Concordia, for miles around in all directions, all you can see are oil palm trees. Recently, external factors have made it hard for small farmers in the region to make a living, but it continues to be an important hub for Ecuadorean palm oil production, and much of the local economy is involved either directly or indirectly in the industry.The heart of Ecuador’s palm oil industryAlthough palm oil production contributes a relatively small portion to Ecuador’s overall GDP, it is an important part of the country’s agricultural sector. In 2013, palm oil represented some 15 percent of the country’s agricultural GDP, and generated more than 165,000 jobs in both the agriculture and industry sectors that same year, according to research cited by labor advocacy organization Verite.The swath of land from the city of Santo Domingo to La Concordia up to Quininde was always one of the most productive oil palm production regions of Ecuador. The areas comprising La Concordia, Santo Domingo, Puerto Quito and Quininde comprise 46 percent of all oil palm cropland in the country – a combined 118,562 hectares out of a total 257,120 hectares, according to the last major census released in March 2018. The census indicates there has been a significant reduction in oil palm cropland in La Concordia and Santo Domingo compared to the previous census published in 2005. However, it continues to be a central hub for the industry.An established oil palm plantation in Ecuador’s province of Esmeraldas. Photo by Jonatan RosasOne reason behind this development can be explained by the region’s climate, which is highly suitable for oil palms trees, with stable temperatures between 25-28 degrees Celsius, regular rainfall and abundant sunlight, But government policies in place since the 1950s that have promoted colonization of the region has also played a major role. This includes the Pilot Plan for the Colonization of Santo Domingo adopted in 1958, which offered credit and low-interest loans for land in wild, primary forest areas, with the specific goal of expanding Ecuador’s agricultural sector. Some 109 plots were sold when this plan was introduced, most destined for small-scale cultivation.Small farmers continue to be numerous in the region today, as 40 percent (101,589 hectares total) of all land cultivated with oil palm in Ecuador consists of small properties 50 hectares in size or less. This represents some 89 percent of all farmers in the country, according to the 2017 census.The colonial policies put in place in the 1950s didn’t simply promote agricultural development, they also required that colonizers chop down 60 percent of the forest on their properties in order to receive land titles. By 1970, the area had been transformed from primary rainforest with ecosystems similar to the Amazon, to pastureland and plantations.“Back in those days, there was no concept of ‘conservation’,” said Jason Crespo, a local agricultural engineer, who currently lives on the only tract of primary forest still left in La Concordia – a 250-hectare nature reserve known as La Perla Protective Forest.Crespo’s grandparents moved to the region in 1947 from the United States, when La Concordia was still “100 percent forest,” he told Mongabay. He said they were seemingly the only ones who cut down only the required 60 percent of forest on their property, while everyone else cleared their entire plots. Crespo is now among the third generation fighting to conserve La Perla and its wildlife from agricultural encroachment.The canton of La Concordia is located on the northern end of Santo Domingo de Los Tsáchilas province and directly to the south of the province of Esmeraldas. Satellite imagery from Google Earth shows nearly all of the canton is used for agriculture.Oil palm, or “African palm” as it was known at the time, wasn’t introduced into the region until 1953, when seeds were brought over from Honduras. Two brothers from the U.S., Roscoe and Leal Scott, were the first to plant the seeds, and to this day are revered by locals for introducing the industry. But oil palm didn’t really take off until 1967, when the government started to focus its agricultural policies on developing the sector. Farmers were offered low-interest loans with a 10- to 12-year payback period, which they could begin repaying after the first five years. This was ideal for oil palm, since the trees don’t produce their first fruit harvest until three or four years after being planted.Oil palm cultivation expanded rapidly in the area in the 1960s and 1970s. Today, roughly 70 percent of the economic activity in the region of La Concordia is related to this specific crop, according to Cesar Loaiza Granda, Executive Director of the Foundation for the Promotion of Export of Palm Oil and its Derivatives of National Origin (FEDAPAL). This includes farmers, truck drivers, equipment vendors, manufacturers, and people employed at oil processing plants, among others.Because plantations were largely established on land that had already been degraded for agriculture during the 1950s, oil palm in La Concordia hasn’t had the environmental impacts for which it has been criticized in other parts of the tropical world. The crop is also more productive than many other vegetable oils, and often requires less pesticide and fertilizer than other regional crops like cacao, bananas and pineapples.“If you’re destined to have the area for some kind of agriculture activity, actually palm is not as bad as many others … given that there isn’t any more forest you are taking down to plant more palm, at least in this area,” Crespo said.A monocrop economyWhile oil palm has played a big role in La Concordia’s economy, it has also turned that economy into one reliant on monocrop agriculture. Small farmers in the region say this has left their crops – and their livelihoods – more vulnerable to disease and shifting prices.Jurado moved to La Concordia in 2000 to take over his family’s 25-hectare farm. He said that for years he saw high returns – an average of $180 to $220 per metric ton of fruit – and was able to live comfortably and even hire farmhands. These high prices were attractive to many farmers in the region, convincing them to switch their operations to oil palm cultivation.But in 2012 the price of palm oil began to fall and by 2015 farmers report getting only around $80-90 per ton of fruit. They say this drop has left many of them in debt and unable to pay back their startup loans. The market didn’t begin to stabilize again until recently, reaching $130 per ton in the last months of 2017 – but for many it was too late.“I put myself in this business in 2000 when it was going well, but now with these palms I can’t get out,” Jurado said. Oil palm trees are cultivated on a 30-year cycle, at which point they get too tall to harvest. Jurado said he has at least 12 years left on his crop cycle.It will take at least three years before these young oil palm trees start producing fruit. Photo taken in Esmeraldas, Ecuador,  by Jonatan RosasFarmers have also been affected by a deadly, fast-spreading plague caused by a fungus-like organism called Phytophthora palmivora. Known as “PC,” short for “Pudrición del Cogollo,” the Spanish term for bud rot, the disease was first encountered in Colombia where it killed thousands of hectares of oil palm trees before spreading south to Ecuador’s northern province of Esmeraldas.But PC has also recently been found in La Concordia, according to Angela Alvarez, a specialist in oil palm with the Ministry of Agriculture and Cattle Raising, leaving many worried about Ecuador’s palm oil industry and the people who depend on it for their livelihoods.So far there is no known cure for PC, except to destroy entire crops – and farmers’ 30-year investments. Producers say this loss is devastating since the average price of re-planting is between $4,000 and $5,000 per hectare for a crop that takes three or four years to produce its first harvest.This has turned into a “real social issue,” according to Alvarez, who said many farmers have asked the government to forgive the debt or to implement price protections. But since Ecuador exports over 62 percent of its palm oil – mainly to neighboring Colombia and Venezuela – price protection mechanisms for farmers aren’t viable options, Alvarez said.To try to offset the disease, many farmers have turned to planting hybrids that have shown limited resistance to PC. But this has turned out to be more labor intensive, as these trees require manual pollination since they produce fewer male flowers and little to no pollen and are thus more expensive to grow. It’s also riskier for farmers since if the pollination is done poorly it could lead to very minimal production. The fruit from these hybrid trees also produce less oil than conventional oil palm.But Loiza has hope for these hybrids, saying he expects them to continue to develop and eventually become the standard of oil palm in Ecuador. He said there is little cause for concern for the future if farmers also learn to be more productive.Restoration unlikelyLa Concordia developed as an agricultural center and the livelihoods of many in the region depend on it staying that way. But scientists and conservationists debate whether using already degraded land for oil palm is actually the best choice for the environment, or whether it’s preventing the area from being reforested.Studies have shown that once-forested areas that have been degraded due to agricultural activity can be restored to its natural state, and researchers at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Ecuador say it’s not too late for La Concordia.“Despite the long period of occupation of these areas, the act of reforestation and restoration of the landscape is possible, yes,” Jorge Rivas, National Coordinator of the Forest and freshwater program WWF-Ecuador, told Mongabay via email. Rivas added that the longer the land is worked, the longer and more costly the restoration process would be.Because of habitat loss, many species such as jaguars (Panthera onca) no longer live in La Concordia and the surrounding region.A 2015 study published in the journal Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics found that reforestation is an important tool for mitigating climate change and reducing biodiversity loss. But some researchers say that since oil palms are trees, they also contribute to carbon sequestration in the atmosphere, making the industry much less harmful than other types of agriculture. Another study conducted in Indonesia and released earlier this year found that oil palm is capable of absorbing 161 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare, making it more ecologically friendly than cattle ranching or most alternative crops.However, this number doesn’t compare to the carbon capturing potential of natural forests. Research indicates tropical rainforest, which would be naturally found in the La Concordia region, can store up to 250 tons of carbon per hectare.But while reforestation in La Concordia may be possible, critics say there’s no accounting for the thousands of agricultural jobs that would be lost, or pushed into primary forest areas, if that were done. And as palm oil is already considered a product with “high growth potential” and an important export for Ecuador’s economy, according to the national statistics institute INEC, its production is unlikely to stop. Because of this, many forest conservationists are instead focusing their efforts on preventing agricultural frontiers from pushing further into the Chocó and Ecuadorian Amazon in the hopes of saving rainforests there from the same fate that has befallen La Concordia.last_img read more

21 Dec

COMPETITION: Win VIP experiences at Pulse Venue’s Birthday Bash!

first_imgThe PULSE VENUE in Letterkenny is celebrating 29 years in business this weekend with two unmissable nights of celebrations – and we have an amazing prize for you to join the party!For the 29th birthday celebrations on Saturday 25th August, PULSE are going back to the night where it all started 29 years ago and as a thank you to all customers all drinks, yes all drinks, will be the same price as it was back 29 years ago in August 1989. Entertainment on Friday night (24th August) in association with Red Hot Country is Michael English followed by the Saturday Night Live Experience (25th August) with Johnny Brady. In the main club, Today FM’s Fergal D’Arcy, in the Living Room we have DJ Tubsy and there is champagne reception on arrival each night.COMPETITIONCompetition: Donegal Daily and Derry Daily have TWO sets of VIP entry packages to give away for Friday and Saturday night at Pulse Venue.Prize One: Win 6 VIP entries to Friday 24th August Red Hot Country night with live music from Michael English and €100 Bar Tab to spend in Pulse Venue Prize Two: Win 6 VIP entries to Pulse on Saturday 25th August for the Pulse 29th Birthday Bash and €100 Bar Tab to spend in Pulse VenueAll you have to do to enter is visit Donegal Daily on Facebook at this link: www.facebook.com/donegaldailySince opening in August 1989, the Letterkenny club has blazed a trail of commercial success, establishing itself as the Northwest’s No.1 Entertainment Venue.Pulse has undergone five major refurbishments over the years, with three name-changes from Neros to Pulse to today’s name ‘Pulse Venue’.A look back at the history of Pulse VenueA look back at the history of Neros / Pulse VenueEmphasis within the venue has always been to provide the very best in modern design and the latest hi tech sound and lighting systems, currently featuring Donegal’s largest function 1 dance stack system, and Ireland’s biggest 3d led matrix display.A one-price admission to Pulse Venue, which comprises of 6 rooms, 9 bars under one roof-the living room which features local talent DJs playing country & party music, Pulse live experience which plays host to Ireland’s top bands.A look back at the history of Pulse VenueOn the ground floor we have our main club playing the very best in national and international DJs and a reserved lounge just off the main club where you can book your party whether it be a hen party, stag party, birthday party we cater for all. Plus we have the Secret Garden which you can access from all areas. All 6 rooms combine to give you choice, comfort and value. Saturday nights have a strict age policy and dress code that has always been firmly enforced guaranteeing a level of sophistication and style befitting a mature clubber.We have some very exciting acts confirmed for our student nights where the exuberance of youth, high energy music and casual fashion combine to create a pulsating atmosphere.Pulse Venue has seen some world class DJs and music acts over the last 26 years, including JLS, Calvin Harris, Pete Tong, Eddie Halliwell, Chuckie, Marko V, Laid Back Luke, Bingo Players + Many Many More.“Management and staff would like to say a big thank you to everyone (past and present) who contributed in any way to the success of the club over the last 29 years. We appreciate and value your continued support.” Visit our Facebook: Pulse LetterkennyWebsite www.pulsevenue.ieSponsored PostCOMPETITION: Win VIP experiences at Pulse Venue’s Birthday Bash! was last modified: August 22nd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:competitiongiveawayPulse Venuelast_img read more

18 Dec

South African business schools get top rating

first_imgRay Maota The University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business is rated the best business school in Africa and the Middle East. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) Professor Walter Baets, director of UCT’s GSB, believes the rating is testimony to the quality of the programme and the impact it has on the students. (Image: UCT GSB) MEDIA CONTACTS • University of Cape Town Graduate    School of Business  +27 21 406 1922 • University of Stellenbosch Business School  +27 21 918 4114 • Wits University Business School  +27 11 717 3600 RELATED ARTICLES • UCT MBA among world’s best • SA women lead the way in science • HIV vaccine breaks new ground • UCT business school tops again South Africa’s business schools have been rated tops in the Africa and the Middle East category in a recent global survey, with Cape Town’s institution taking first place and another two placed in the top five.The University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) took the title of best business school in Africa and the Middle East in the latest Quacquarelli-Symonds Global 200 Business Schools Report, which rates institutions across the globe according to MBA employers’ and recruiters’ views.The University of Stellenbosch’s Business School came third in the ratings and the University of the Witwatersrand Business School was placed fifth.The American University in Cairo was in second place and the Suliman S Olayan School of Business in Beirut came fourth.UCT GSB among the best in worldThe MBA programme offered by UCT’s GSB is also ranked 60th in the world, according to the Financial Times’ Global MBA Top 100 Ranking, and is the only institution in Africa to make the list.The Financial Times is an international daily newspaper circulated in 24 countries across the globe. It was launched in 1888.Professor Walter Baets, director of the GSB, said: “The UCT GSB is delighted about this ranking. Once again it testifies to the high quality of our programmes, the remarkable impact we have on students and the exceptional quality of our MBA in particular.”Baets said the rating also shows the quality of students the institution produces, while also taking into consideration that it is in an emerging economy characterised by complexities and diversity.UCT’s MBA programme is offered as a one-year, full-time course or in modules which can be done over two years.Nineteen percent of participants are local females, 48% local males and 33% are international students.Most of those who embark on the programme earn an average salary of R50 000 (US$6000) per month.Cherry Burchell, marketing manager at UCT’s GSB, said: “This ranking will go a long way towards expanding the belief that the GSB is the most desirable business school in South Africa as well as on the continent, particularly when put together with the school’s National Research Foundation ratings, Financial Times rankings and Equis accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development.”Burchell also feels that the positive ratings of the three South African schools’ MBA programmes will see an influx of international students coming to do the course in the country.Growing in stature year on yearThe University of Stellenbosch’s Business School has shown year-on-year improvements in the ratings, being placed fifth in 2010 and third this year.The MBA offered by this school also offers the programme in one-year, full-time and two-year module formats.It consists of 26% local females, 62% local males and 12% international students.Those in the programme earn an average salary of R50 000 ($6000) per month and have about 11-years’ working experience.Professor John Powell, director of Stellenbosch’s Business School, said: “We are very proud to have been selected in a report that rates business schools worldwide focusing solely on MBA employers’ and recruiters’ views of MBA graduates, as it benchmarks us against the best in the world.”The business school started with just 14 MBA students in 1964. Some of its distinguished alumni include Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys and Ras Myburgh, CEO of Kumba Iron Ore.Former students of the University of Stellenbosch’s Business School have praised the programme.Lucas Kondowe, manager at Deloitte and Touche in the US, said: “The US is the most competitive country in the world. My MBA prepared me to excel in such an environment.” Kondowe received his MBA in 2003.Dr Marise Heyns, a teaching fellow at Queens University in the UK, added: “My MBA empowered me with the knowledge to expand my instinctive approach to management. It enabled me to develop strategic vision not only for various types of organisations, but also for me personally.”She received her MBA in 2000.last_img read more

18 Dec

#Nextchat: How Workplace Violence Creates HR Nightmares

first_imgTO SEE THE RECAP POST WITH ALL THE TWEETS FROM THIS CHAT PLEASE CLICK HERE. It’s important for HR professionals to know and understand the ramifications of workplace violence to reference not only on the human level, but also concerning employer’s workers compensation and liability coverage for such acts. Other legal issues loom large, too,As an example, let’s say an employee, Jane, has a boyfriend, John, who the employer discovers has violent tendencies. Jane and John break up, and that ensues in domestic drama via a volley of phone calls during work hours. Jane’s co-worker, Karen, overhears a phone call whereby John threatens to come to the workplace and take revenge upon Jane and another employee of the company—Jack, who he suspects has been giving Jane relationship advice.What’s HR to do, having received this information from Karen? Karen later does her own investigation via a public records search and finds that John has been convicted of numerous violent acts. Does this now change how you would address the situation?Later, John comes into the workplace and, while chasing after Jane, accidentally shoots a customer of the employer. In his haste to leave the workplace, he knocks over a copy machine repairman and causes him debilitating injuries. Susan is a bystander. At first you see her visibly shaken. Then you see her talking to the wall about her artwork that she has just sold to Carol. What’s going on?These scenarios, which are hypotheticals here but can play out in real life, show the many ways that human, legal and insurance nightmares may flow from workplace violence. How do we minimize it? How do we respond to it?Please join @shrmnextchat for #Nextchat with special guest Jonathan Segal (@jonathan_hr_law). We’ll talk about what people often avoid talking about: workplace violence. Q1.        What policies do you suggest implementing to help minimize the potential for violence in the workplace?Q2.        How have you trained supervisors to respond to actual or potential cases of workplace violence?Q3.        What are the risks of removing an employee who is the potential object of workplace violence? What are the risks of retaining? Q4.        What are pros/cons of requiring an employee to take a fitness-for-duty evaluation if you question their mental state? Q5.        How will workers’ compensation protect you from the financial costs of workplace violence?Q6.        How do you protect yourself from violence against nonemployees where workers’ comp will not apply?Q7.        When and how do you consider the criminal record of an employee when assessing the violence risk he or she may pose?Q8.        Why is it a mistake for managers to assume a violent person in the workplace will react rationally to reason?   last_img read more

15 Dec

Apple’s App Store Really Doesn’t Seem To Like Pebble Apps

first_imgDo apps that work with Pebble’s smartwatch violate Apple’s App Store guidelines? Apple reportedly says no. But for some reason, the App Store keeps rejecting them anyway.In late April, the App Store rejected a Pebble app called SeaNav US for mentioning Pebble in its metadata. Not long after that story broke, an Apple spokesperson told Business Insider that the company had no policy against Pebble apps. Now another developer’s experience suggests otherwise.Rejections Going OverboardThe latest app to be hit with a rejection is the Swim.com Pebble Uploader, which is like “Strava for swimming,” according to the app’s developer, Davis Wuolle. The app logs how many strokes a Pebble-wearing swimmer takes, plus lap times, pace and distance. The app uses the Pebble Data Logging API to store swim workout files, and wearers can use the Pebble Uploader to beam that data to their Swim.com accounts.Wuolle and his team got the app approved back in October, despite a few problems at first.“They spit it back out several times,” says Wuolle, who believes the App Store’s resolution center didn’t fully understand what the app was supposed to do:They were giving us a hard time about the metadata, so we ended up cleaning all that up, fixed some small bugs that we had, and we got into the submission process probably three or four times before it actually went through.Once he explained the uploader’s sole function to the resolution center, something finally clicked at Apple and the app was approved. “From there we really had no issues submitting updates for it under the same name: Swim.com Pebble Uploader,” Wuolle says.That is, until the app’s most recent update, which added a pop-up notification to tell users that the Uploader would soon be discontinued in favor of a new Swim.com iOS app that supports multiple wearable devices such as the Pebble, Garmin wearables, and the Poolmate Watch.Wuolle submitted the update on April 27, only a few days after Apple stated it wasn’t rejecting apps connected to Pebble. It didn’t take long to get a rejection notice dinging the app for mentioning “irrelevant platform information in its App Name”:The rejection notice from Apple over the Swim.com Pebble Uploader update“We submitted a response in the resolution center saying the app name literally describes exactly what the app does,” says Wuolle, noting that the name—“Swim.com Pebble Uploader”—has remained the same since the app was approved back in October.“Literally nothing changed except for adding this one pop-up,” he says.For now, Wuolle is waiting to hear back from Apple about what—if anything—he can do next. The good news is that the fully featured Swim.com iOS app, for which the Pebble Uploader was just a stopgap solution anyway, is available for his users.“Luckily for us, the app update didn’t contain anything that was critical to users to fix,” he says. “It just contained information about our new app, so they can download our new app.”I’ve reached out to Apple for comment. In the meantime, Wuolle is still optimistic about Swim.com’s future with Apple, and perhaps its presence on an Apple-made wearable someday.“We’re really happy that Apple has launched a wearable,” he says. “Obviously the Apple Watch isn’t waterproof enough to swim with officially, and there are some other constraints regarding that. But our goal for Swim.com is to support every wearable possible, and we really don’t want to be exclusive to anyone. We want Swim.com to be available to swimmers no matter which wearable they choose.”Lead image by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite; other images courtesy of Swim.com You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi… Related Posts brian p rubin The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearablescenter_img Tags:#App Store#Apple#Davis Wuolle#Pebble#Swim.com#Swim.com Pebble Uploader#wearables How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi…last_img read more

28 Oct

10 months agoSneijder unsurprised Real Madrid struggling without Ronaldo

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sneijder unsurprised Real Madrid struggling without Ronaldoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWesley Sneijder isn’t surprised seeing Real Madrid struggle without Cristiano Ronaldo.Sneijder believes Ajax can upset Real in their Champions League round 16 clash.Sneijder told Marca: “I knew that Real Madrid depended a lot on Ronaldo, as he always made the difference. So it hasn’t been a surprise for me. Ronaldo always carried the team on his back and it seems, from what we’ve seen up until now, that Real Madrid depended on him a lot. “If Real Madrid did have him then Ajax’s chances of going through would be significantly reduced.” last_img read more

28 Oct

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Man City still world’s best

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Man City still world’s bestby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City are still the best team in the world.Klopp’s Liverpool are seven points ahead of City at the top of the Premier League table ahead of their encounter at the Etihad on Thursday night.But the German insists City are still the top team in world football.”It’s a normal game against Manchester City, a very difficult one, one of the most difficult games you can play in the modern football world, away at City. It’s a really strong football team with an outstanding manager and that’s how it is when you play them,” Klopp told a media conference.”You have to prepare as good as possible, we have to be brave, we have to be full of desire, angry again, like in all the other games. We have to be that, but with the knowledge that the opponent is, for me, still the best team in the world.”That’s how it is. I said it weeks ago because it’s 100 per cent my opinion because of how they play, all the things they achieved, they will achieve and all that stuff, so nothing changed. Only the points changed but not the preparation for the game.” last_img read more