SA lecturer awarded for innovative style

first_imgDr Damian Ruth received the Richard Buchanan Teaching Excellence Award at Massey University’s College of Business. Here he is congratulated by Jennifer, Buchanan’s wife. Photo: Massey University 4 November 2013Dr Damian Ruth, a South African who is a management lecturer at Massey University in New Zealand, has won the College of Business’ Richard Buchanan Teaching Excellence Award.The judging committee recognised Dr Ruth’s enthusiasm, energy and commitment to finding innovative ways of teaching students.Dr Ruth, who has worked at the university for seven years, described his job as a vocation and says when he teaches he wants to “ignite, provoke, enthuse and excite”.Describing his teaching as direct and forthright, he says most students want to be constructively challenged. One student told him his frame of reference had been exploded. “If I have done that then I am doing a good job,” says Dr Ruth.Dr Ruth has worked in education for more than 20 years and now teaches undergraduates and postgraduates in the School of Management on the Wellington campus as well as teaching in the MBA programme. “I don’t have a specific teaching qualification. I’m just one of a number of highly committed good teachers at Massey and I don’t see myself as particularly special,” he says.He grew up in South Africa, where he graduated with a degree in arts and humanities from the University of Cape Town. He left South Africa after the 1976 riots but returned as a teacher. “I decided to become an educator, that would be my contribution to the struggle. If you get a handle on the education system you get a handle not just on the current generation but the next one as well.”He did a Master’s in social science, followed years later by a PhD in research, education and management at the University of Sheffield. Next year, he will teach the new 300-level paper Strategy and Change, which he has co-designed.Originally published by Global South Africans: A network of extraordinary peoplelast_img read more

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Enterprise Data: Vendors move in lock-step

first_imgIDC announced marketshare figures for major database companies based on data for 2007. Vendors’ slices of the market haven’t budged a whole lot from 2006. IDC reports that the overall Database market grew to $18.6 billion in 2007, 12.1% higher than the $16.6 billion of 2006. The top five vendors are as follows:Oracle with 44.1% market share. $8.2 billion in revenues. 13% growth over 2006 revenues.IBM’s DB2 and Informix have 21.3% market share. $3.9 billion in revenues. 13.3% growth over 2006 revenues.Microsoft with 18.3% market share. $3.4 billion in revenues. 11.2% growth over 2006 revenues.TerradataSybaseOracle seems to have made a little progress in Microsoft’s home turf for databases running in a Windows OS environment. Some of the gain can be attributed to Oracle’s Express database and lower prices. Other new features of Oracle 11g have made the database popular. New features include the Data Vault feature, the ability to assign security to certain elements of a database schema. The restriction applies even to database admins, disallowing access to company sensitive data, like compensation and corporate strategy.SQL Server’s numbers fell a bit, but that was most likely attributable to Microsoft’s announced, but not year available, SQL Server 2008.IBM saw gains in databases running in Linux and UNIX environments. Terradata is expanding with companies needing data warehousing and business intelligence features. Sybase seeks to discriminate itself with a column-based DB offering which claims better performance for certain type of data operations.Overall though, the picture of vendors, especially the top three commercial vendors, has changed very little from the picture we saw in 2006. What the report didn’t investigate and which may be on many minds is what about the Open Source options out there, like MySQL and PostgreSQL and how do they stack up to their commercial counterparts. IDC may need to expand the scope of future reports to include Open Source options.last_img read more

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British PM Misses Point of Social Media, Threatens Ban

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… British Prime Minister David Cameron joins the long line of powerful men who totally miss the point of social media. In the wake of the London riots, he has threatened to ban people convicted of rioting from social networks. Oh, David. Banning those convicted of crimes from accessing social networks (the idea being that they used such access to organize criminal activities) is no different than banning the same criminals from accessing goose quills and ink pots! It will have zero effect on crime, aside from criminalizing social media itself. Additionally, Cameron told Parliament he is going to hold meetings with representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry’s parent company Research in Motion, “to discuss their responsibilities in this area.” He added that broadcasters have a “responsibility” to hand in their footage of the riots. Mr. Cameron seems very concerned about responsibility. Well, other people’s responsibility anyway.The most egregious flaw in Cameron’s latest misfire is his clear lack of understanding that social media, regardless of the froth-flecked eructations of both its detractors and its partisans, is nothing more than another communications tool. Each such tool has its specific shape and distinct implications but in the end it allows people to speak to other people. What Cameron is pursuing is, in effect, a ban on free speech. What makes it worse, however, is the way Cameron has proposed the move to the British parliament. This is how the Guardian characterized his announcement. (The italics are mine.)“David Cameron has told parliament that in the wake of this week’s riots the government is looking at banning people from using social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook if they are thought to be plotting criminal activity.”What Cameron appears to be proposing is the creation of a thought crime. (I forget. Where was Orwell from?)Additionally, Cameron told Parliament he is going to hold meetings with representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry’s parent company Research in Motion “to discuss their responsibilities in this area.” He added that broadcasters have a “responsibility” to hand in their footage of the riots. Mr. Cameron seems very concerned about responsibility. Well, other people’s responsibility anyway.This sort of news is bad enough when it comes out of Zimbabwe or China, but you rather expect it. To see it issuing from the yap of the British prime minister is just depressing. The Riots and How to Misunderstand ThemMisunderstanding the role of social media in the London riots is par for the course. An intelligent, credible argument may exist out there somewhere, but I haven’t seen it. And if I haven’t seen it, chances are, neither have most people. (If you have, give it.)Instead, our public discourse on the riots consists of two equally preposterous narratives, fighting like dogs over the carcass of British civic life. The riots are a political expression of economic and racial dissatisfaction, a function of justice denied. It’s the immigrants. London Riots 2011 – Raw Footage of Mob Attacking…by mediafreaks3dThese are both ridiculous oversimplifications and provide an unfortunate object lesson in how social media is as capable of disappointing us in our time of need as any corporate news behemoth. The reason is the very one that Cameron appears unable to understand: people power social media. In many cases, social media is capable of leveraging the best we have to offer, but sometimes it craps in the yard. Why? Again, it is powered by people, and people, though often magnificent, are sometimes dumb as posts. Among the privileged, white, well-healed members of the digerati, the riots – because some of the rioters are dark-skinned – must be sociological equations. The very notion that people can’t be simple thugs because they’re black or Arabic is as asinine – and much more patronizing – as the notion that they must be because they are. If you throw a brick, you may be making a political statement. If you do so to break a window and get your mitts on a handful of iPhones, you’re a crook. It would take a bona fide Prisoner of Sociology to argue otherwise. On the other hand, the notion that the riots were caused by the presence of immigrants is equally untenable. Neither is it born out by the country’s history. One of the earliest recorded riots, the “St. Scholastica” riot of 1315 was a booze-fueled fight of townies versus students; the Bawdy House riots (1668) centered on whorehouses; you can probably figure out what the London Gin riots of 1743 were about on your own and Spitalfields (1769) was a labor riot. In fact, when foreigners and minorities were involved in riots it was almost always as victims, as on Evil May Day (1517), in the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots (1780), in the anti-Dissenter Priestly Riots (1791) and the Notting Hill riots (1958). It wasn’t until the Brixton riots of 1981 that anyone dark-complected was as likely to be seen throwing a brick than getting hit by one. If you are unable, or unwilling, to allow your immigrants to become – and insist they do become – integral parts of the society in which they live, that lack of investment, in time, will tell. Stupid Ideas Are ContagiousMy point is simple: the riots are not. You can neither explain away the actions of criminal rioters with a psalter of half-understood free-university concepts, nor can you reduce their actions to congenital deficiencies in their race or culture. (In case I wasn’t being clear, the former means you’re a bourgie twat; the latter, you’re a hen-witted bigot.)This “folk sociology” has also infected the attitude of the British government, and its leader, toward the tools the rioters (not to mention everyone else in the United Kingdom) use to talk to one another: social networks. Prime Minister Cameron’s proposal is as lunkheaded as any of the cartoonish explanations for the riots you can find on those selfsame networks. Now, genius I may be, but I’m not beyond learning something new or even changing my mind. So, if you have a different point of view – on Cameron’s actions, on the use and abuse of social media or even on the riots as a whole – have at it. Of course, I don’t have to remind you, of all people, to be a mensch, now do I? Naturally, I don’t.Cameron graphic by Donkey Hotey Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#politics#web curt hopkinslast_img read more

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Optometrist Sees More Clearly with a Hardware Refresh

first_imgPaperless EfficienciesIn 2011, Dr. Testa went paper-free. Today her staff of eight employees uses Intel-powered desktop PCs for electronic medical records (EMR), scheduling and inventory, ordering glasses and lenses online, billing, and reporting.“If you want to know anything about a patient, you just pull up the information and go,” says Dr. Testa. In an industry notorious for mountains of paper records, Testa’s practice demonstrates the many ways going paperless can improve the patient experience.Other solutions that have helped to reduce paper use include an automated calling service to remind patients of appointments or orders that have come in, as well as a service that lets the doctor send prescriptions electronically to the patient’s pharmacy. These solutions have helped support a completely paper-free environment.In addition the doctor brings her Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with an Intel Core i5 processor into exam rooms, where she uses the voice-recognition software to dictate and transcribe exam notes into Filopto and the patient’s EMR.Growing a Modern BusinessAs a small business owner, Dr. Testa knows her time is best spent working with her patients and expanding her practice — not doing data entry. The technology upgrades delivered an increase from 2,100 office exams a year in 2012 to 3,100 exams in 2015. “It saves time at the front desk, too,” she says, “because they don’t have to pull and re-file charts. We are so busy now. If I hadn’t gone paper-free, I would either have stacks of paper everywhere or I would have had to hire someone part time just to do the filing, which is really nonproductive time.”And if there’s one thing a growing optometry practice can’t handle, it’s wasted time.Read the full case study here, and visit Intel’s Small Business hub for more small business technology resources. Dr. Lisa Testa’s vision was clear, and not just because she’s an optometrist. Faced with an old system and aging hardware, the Akron, Ohio doctor knew she needed to adopt new technology in order to accept more patients, expand to a new location, and grow her business.To handle recent growth and get ready for more, Testa upgraded to new software backed by Intel processors to help her manage inventory and patient records. And grow she did. Her business experienced a 47 percent increase in the number of exams within two years — without adding office hours or staff.Testa’s technology upgrades resulted in improved patient care, paperless efficiency and inventory control, and a growing client base.Improving Patient CareDr. Testa started by researching hardware options, and then in consultation with her trusted channel partner, ACCRA, decided on a few upgrades:A new server powered by the Intel Xeon Processor E5 familyMicrosoft Surface Pro 3 with an Intel Core i5 processorACCRA Med’s Filopto Practice Management Software“We have the technology in our office for one reason: If I can catch a vision issue early, I can fix it. These technologies let us take better care of our patients and become more proactive, not reactive, in their care,” says Dr. Testa.last_img read more

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Thrilling Emilia-Romagna Derby

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Dejan Kulusevski scored a great goal and hit the woodwork for Parma, but Bologna grabbed a 2-2 Emilia-Romagna Derby draw with the last kick of the game. Click here for the full match report. OR See how all today’s Serie A games unfolded on the LIVEBLOG.last_img

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Greg Chappell opens old wounds

first_imgFormer India coach Greg Chappell has opened old wounds, claiming that some players did not give their best when Rahul Dravid was leading the national team. Had Dravid been given “wholehearted support” by all the players, he could have gone on to become India’s most successful captain ever, says the former Australia captain.Chappell also claimed that all the team members did not enjoy the success achieved under Dravid. He made these startling revelations in an article written for the book Rahul Dravid – Timeless Steel, which was launched in Mumbai on Wednesday.”He was an excellent deputy, in that he gave wholehearted support without ever thinking he might be better than the incumbent, and when he got the job he was a much better captain than he will ever be credited with,” Chappell wrote, referring to the period when Dravid was deputy to Sourav Ganguly.”Had he been given the same wholehearted support in the role that he had given others [read Sourav Ganguly], I think the recent history of Indian cricket may have been very different and he could have gone on to become the most successful Indian captain ever,” he said.Dravid was vice-captain to Ganguly for a long time, except for once in mid-2005, when the latter was suspended by the ICC for a few ODIs for the team’s slow over rate in previous matches.Incidentally, Dravid’s assuming captaincy in Ganguly’s absence, on the tour of Sri Lanka, coincided with Chappell’s first assignment as coach.Later, when Ganguly was dropped from the team due to a lack of form, Dravid took over the reins.advertisementChappell and Ganguly shared a frosty relationship and they made no bones about their dislike for each other, leading to one of the most controversial phases in Indian cricket.The Australian quit in the aftermath of India’s early elimination from the 2007 World Cup.Chappell cites a remarkable world record winning streak by the Indian team under Dravid. He led India to 17 consecutive wins while batting second.”To learn how to get better at chasing a target, Rahul kept asking the opposition to bat first, no matter the conditions. Under his leadership, India won nine ODIs in a row against Pakistan and England, and went on to complete a world record of 17 consecutive wins batting second,” wrote Chappell.”A similar approach to Test cricket brought about India’s first overseas victory in the West Indies for 35 years and a first ever Test victory in South Africa, which could have been turned into a series win if the team had batted better in the second innings in the final Test in Cape Town.”Chappell was referring to India’s 1-0 Test series victory in the Caribbean in 2006 followed by their maiden win in the first Test in Johannesburg in 2006-07. India lost the next two matches and the series to South Africa.Chappell unashamedly admits that he liked Dravid.”Men don’t say these things, but I have a genuine affection for Rahul Dravid,” he wrote in the article.last_img read more

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10 months agoDONE DEAL: Real Madrid swoop for Melilla youngster Mohamed Mizzian

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Real Madrid swoop for Melilla youngster Mohamed Mizzianby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have swooped for Melilla youngster Mohamed Mizzian.The 18 year-old has already passed a Real medical and will formally sign from January 1.His play had dazzled Real Madrid’s coaches and as a reward he’s signed a three-year contract, reports Marca.It’s a transfer that has ben difficult owing to the player’s change of representatives, who were not interested in allowing Mizzian a change of scenery, at least not so suddenly.Mizzian had been tracked by Barcelona and others, but the youngster will officially be unveiled in Madrid during January, and will start off in the youth categories of the club. last_img read more

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Photo: Cardale Jones’ Customized IPhone Features His Initials, Nickname

first_imgCardale Jones celebrates scoring a rushing touchdown.ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 12: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after scoring a one yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Oregon Ducks during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)When you go from being a third-string quarterback to leading your team to a national championship like Ohio State’s Cardale Jones did, you get plenty of notoriety. You can also get a pretty slick IPhone that’s customized with your initials and distinctive nickname. The IPhone was fixed up by Fredo Neucase, whose service is based out of California. The script is a nice look, as is the addition of the “12 Gauge” nickname on the bottom right. Jones still has to win the starting quarterback job for this season, but it’s doubtful that J.T. Barrett or Braxton Miller’s phones look as cool as this.last_img read more

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