Knighthood for SA businessman

first_img15 June 2005South African property and insurance magnate Donald Gordon has been awarded a knighthood for his service to the arts and business, reports Business Day.Gordon, who holds both UK and South African citizenship, built up two successful business empires, Liberty Life in South Africa and top UK property company Liberty International. He was named in the Queen’s birthday honours list last weekend, the paper reports.“I’m obviously very pleased about the recognition,” he told Business Day on Monday. “I have had British nationality for 21 months.”Gordon has made significant donations to British opera.Last year the Sunday Times reported that his £20-million (R248-million) sponsorship of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and the renamed Donald Gordon Opera Theatre in Cardiff could earn him a knighthood. It is believed that this is the largest single private donation ever made to the arts in the UK.Gordon, who will turn 75 next week, emphasised that he still had strong ties with South Africa, the country of his birth, according to Business Day.“I am a dual citizen of the UK and South Africa. I am a very happy South African citizen and I am a very happy British one – I am very fond of both countries.”Gordon retired from Liberty Life in 1999, but still contributes to many South African charities.The Donald Gordon Foundation, formed in the early 1970s, is the largest private charity in Southern Africa.The Sunday Times reports that its donations include R100-million to Wits University for the Donald Gordon Medical Centre.The Gordon Institute of Business Science is named in recognition of Gordon’s contribution to South African business, and Gordon’s R30-million endowment to the institute.Gordon told Business Day he would like to “resuscitate the ballet and opera world” in South Africa. “I am prepared to put in a lot of effort if I can find the right route in.”In 1957 Gordon, a chartered accountant by profession, founded Liberty Life Association of Africa with initial capital of R100 000. By the time he retired as chair of Liberty Life in 1999, the company was valued at over R40-billion.At the time Liberty Life was the largest listed life company and the third-largest life insurance company in South Africa, and was also listed on the London Stock Exchange.Gordon co-founded UK company Abbey Life Insurance, which has since become one of the largest life companies in the UK and is a major subsidiary of Lloyds Bank.In 1980 Gordon founded Liberty International, a £5-billion (R62-billion) shopping centre and commercial real estate business and the third-largest property company in the UK.Gordon will retire from Liberty International at the end of this month, Business Day reports. The company has invited him to stay on as president for life.In October 2000 Gordon received the UK Entrepreneur of the Year Special Award for Lifetime Achievement. In December 1999 he was cited as the “Achiever of the Century in South African Financial Services” by the Financial Mail, the leading South African business journal.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Technology helps to motivate pupils, say top teachers

first_imgTeachers across South Africa are turning away from the traditional blackboard and are plugging into technology in their attempts to become better educators. Along the way, they have found that learning is more fun, and that children are keener to get to grips with their education. Top teachers use technology in classrooms to enhance learning. (Image: Mediaclubsouthafrica.com)• Teachers are ‘our nation’s pride’• South Africa turns on digital classrooms • Wits to offer free online courses for Africans • SKA will drive growth of Africa’s human capital • Join the 2015 South African Competitiveness Forum Melissa JavanAlthough she struggled to use her own cellphone, a Limpopo teacher said, she still used iPads to teach her class rather than the traditional blackboard.Malale Reshoketswe Leshilo, a teacher at Selale Primary School, was speaking at the 15th annual National Teaching Awards (NTA), hosted by the Department of Basic Education and held at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg on 7 March.Leshilo was nominated for the NTAs. Speaking to news agency eNCA on the sidelines of the awards, she said that she was one of those teachers who valued technology when it came to motivating her Grade 3 pupils. Enrolment at her school had skyrocketed since it had started to use iPads in the classroom.“You can look at me now. I’m 43 this year. I still struggle in using a mere cellphone,” she said. “Yet I’m teaching learners through technology. It will make their learning even faster. They are also having fun! And they start to get these technological skills at a very young age.”Morne Smit, a teacher at Hoër Volkskool in North West, won the award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (further education and training). He also uses technology to get his message across to his pupils, who were particularly keen on videos. “When they go online, use their username and password, they have a timeline of mathematical content.”PrizesWinners at this event recieved gifts like Blackberry cellphones, Samsung tablets and Chevrolet Spark cars. Some hot cars to be awarded tonight. National Teaching Awards #nta15 pic.twitter.com/PD8QrEbgvI— Chuma Kave (@chumakave) March 7, 2015CategoriesThere are NTAs in 17 categories, including Excellence in Primary School Teaching, Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Prof Kader Asmal Excellence Award. In handing out the awards, the department says it “wishes to salute all schools and teachers who have entered the National Teaching Awards since 2000. It acknowledges their extraordinary efforts, which have been achieved often under very difficult conditions and in service to our children, many of whom come from poor communities.”The Prof Kader Asmal Excellence Award seeks to recognise teachers who demonstrate the key values that were a hallmark of Asmal’s leadership; like its namesake, the winner must be a demanding educational activist who leads by example. It was won by Thembisile Mavis Mdlalose of Thembimfundo Special School in KwaZulu-Natal.Ganasen Reddy of Glenhaven Secondary School in KwaZulu-Natal received the Lifetime Achievement Award, with Albert Dill of Transorania School for the Deaf in Gauteng second placed, followed by Leepile Ishmael Mompati of Albert Morkoka Secondary School in Free State.Keynote SpeakerIn his keynote address at the awards ceremony, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the winning teachers were shining examples of teaching excellence, which all teachers should strive to emulate.Without incredible teachers, he added, he would not be the man he was today. We would not have had the calibre of great people that we have had, such as Nelson Mandela, and we would not have developed as a country like we had over the last 20 years if it was not for the hard work and dedication of our teachers.RecognitionThe UN marks World Teacher Day on October 5; it is one of many ways teachers and their profession are honoured. South Africa hosts a number of events to acknowledge and encourage dedicated and caring teachers in their efforts to develop each pupil. The NTAs are just one of those ways. Their objectives are to:Focus public attention on the positive aspects of education, thereby raising the public image of the teaching profession;Recognise and promote excellence in teaching performance;Honour dedicated, creative and effective teachers and schools;Encourage best practice in schools; and,Afford South Africans the opportunity to publicly say thank you to outstanding teams or individual teachers in schools.MotivationBuzzfeed, the social interaction and news portal, recently asked teachers to list on Instagram what makes their day. They listed:That “oooooh” look on a student’s face when they finally get a concept.The knowledge that I’m playing a little part in shaping a (hopefully) better future.Seeing a child blossom right before your eyes.When the worst student in class finally has a break and behaves well for the whole day.All the ridiculous things my kids say.The priceless stories I get to share with my friends.When a student identifies your class as a place they feel safe. That might mean it’s a place where they can escape tumultuous home lives or is place where they aren’t afraid to take risks, but either way it is a great feeling.Seeing the kids helping one another, both academically and socially, is so gratifying.Seeing a kid smile because you made them feel special.That moment when a wonderful idea comes to your mind and you expand on a topic with great discussions and they can’t wait to learn more.The NTA categories are:Excellence in Primary School TeachingExcellence in Secondary School TeachingExcellence in Primary School LeadershipExcellence in Secondary School LeadershipExcellence in Grade R TeachingExcellence in Special Needs and Inclusive TeachingExcellence in Technology-Enhanced Teaching and LearningExcellence in Teaching Mathematics (FET)Excellence in Teaching Physical Science (FET)Prof Kader Asmal Excellence AwardLifetime Achievement AwardKha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Volunteer EducatorKha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Volunteer SupervisorKha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Volunteer CoordinatorKha Ri Gude Inclusive Education Volunteer EducatorKha Ri Gude Inclusive Education Volunteer SupervisorKha Ri Gude Inclusive Education Volunteer Coordinatorlast_img read more

Ohio Wildlife Council Passes Rule to Help Monitor CWD

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Wildlife Council passed a rule change that will allow the creation of disease surveillance areas to monitor chronic wasting disease (CWD) at its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, Oct. 21, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).The rule permits the ODNR Division of Wildlife to establish a disease surveillance area when CWD has been detected. This designation, when enacted, will include all areas within a minimum of 6 miles surrounding a location where the disease has been detected. The designation will remain in effect for a minimum of three years and will be posted at wildohio.gov.These regulations would apply within any CWD designated surveillance area:Required submission of harvested deer carcasses to ODNR Division of Wildlife inspection stations for sampling during the deer-gun and deer-muzzleloading seasons;Prohibit the placement of or use of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables or other feed to attract or feed deer;Prohibit the hunting of deer by the aid of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables or other feed; andProhibit the removal of a deer carcass killed by a motor vehicle, unless the carcass complies with the deer carcass regulations.Normal agricultural activities, including feeding of domestic animals would not be affected. Hunting deer over food plots, naturally occurring or cultivated plants and agriculture crops would still be allowed.Also on Wednesday, the council passed a rule to include the Eurasian collared-dove in the definition of migratory game birds and game birds. The council also amended a rule to permit the possession of Eurasian collared-doves in the field, consistent with the exemption for mourning doves. The Eurasian collared-dove is a non-native species that has spread rapidly across North America. In flight, it is very similar in appearance to mourning doves.The council also voted to amend rules to require trotlines used in the inland fishing district, and all float lines used statewide, be tagged by the user with their name and address or their unique ODNR Division of Wildlife customer identification number.In addition, rules were amended to update the list of areas owned by American Electric Power that require a special permit to fish under an agreement with the ODNR Division of Wildlife, and amend the language for possession of fish and fish fillets at Pymatuning Lake.The council voted to establish a daily bag limit of 30 fish, combined for striped bass, hybrid-striped bass or white bass from waters other than in the Lake Erie sport fishing district. Of these 30 fish, a daily limit of four fish longer than 15 inches in length was approved. The location specific daily bag limits for hybrid-striped bass taken from East Fork Lake, and striped bass from Senecaville Lake and Kiser Lake were removed.The northern long-eared bat is now listed as threatened in Ohio because of a change in its federal status to threatened.The next Ohio Wildlife Council meeting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Council meetings are open to the public. Individuals who want to provide comments to the council should preregister at least two days prior to the meeting by calling 614-265-6304. All comments must be three minutes or less. The next ODNR Division of Wildlife public open house will be Saturday, March 5, 2016. ODNR Division of Wildlife staff will be available to answer questions and listen to concerns. For more information, visit wildohio.gov or call 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. Appointed by the Governor, no more than four members may be of the same political party, and two of the council members must represent agriculture. Each term of office is four years.last_img read more

How Big The Internet Of Things Could Become

first_imgbrian proffitt Tags:#Cisco#Internet of Things 75 billion.That’s the [email protected]$#! number of devices that Morgan Stanley has extrapolated from a Cisco report that details how many devices will be connected to the Internet of Things by 2020. That’s 9.4 devices for every one of the 8 billion people that’s expected to be around in seven years.To help put that into more perspective, back in Cisco also came out with the number of devices it thinks were connected to the Internet in 2012, a number Cisco’s Rob Soderbery placed at 8.7 billion. Most of the devices at the time, he acknowledged were the PCs, laptops, tablets and phones in the world. But other types of devices will soon dominate the collection of the Internet of Things, such as sensors and actuators. By the end of the decade, a nearly nine-fold increase in the volume of devices on the Internet of Things will mean a lot of infrastructure investment and market opportunities will available in this sector. And by “a lot,” I mean ginourmous. In an interview with Barron’s, Cisco CEO John Chambers figures that will translate to a $14-trillion industry.See also: Cisco Hearts Internet Of ThingsGranted, Cisco has a lot of reasons to be bullish about the prospect of the Internet of Things: with product offerings in the router and switch space and a recent keen interest on building intelligent routing and application platforms right inside those devices, Cisco stands to gain a lot of business if it can get itself out in front of this newfangled Internet of Things.It’s not just Cisco talking up the Internet of Things: late last week, Morgan Stanley published a big 29-page research note on the topic that sought to at once define the Internet of Things and also quantify its size, growth and potential to make money.In her blog, Cisco VP of Corporate Communications Karen Tillman actually put Cisco’s estimate at 50 billion devices by the end of the decade. Morgan Stanley took Cisco’s data and predicted an even higher 75 billion figure.“Cisco estimates that only 200 million things were connected in 2000. Extrapolating the same growth rate up until 2020, this could mean that 75 billion things could be connected by then,” Morgan Stanley’s report said.Morgan Stanley’s brief was bullish as a whole, though it did deliver expectations from other companies that weren’t quite so high as Cisco’s: “Intel (INTC) forecasts that the Internet of Things will represent a 3.8-billion device opportunity by 2015 (including mobile computing i.e., tablets, smartphones…) and ABI research forecasts that number will reach 30 billion by 2020.”See also: How The Internet Of Things Will ThinkWho wins if any of these scenarios takes place? Semiconductor, network, remote sensor and big data vendors will be the lottery winners of such Internet of Things growth, to name a very few. Big data especially: 75 billion devices all generating signals of data to be analyzed and measured, many of which in real- or near-realtime? That’s got big data written all over it.And the ceiling is nowhere near being approached. Right now, the Morgan Stanley note estimates that there are potentially 200 devices for each person in the world that could be connected to Internet of Things. Economics and consolidation will most likely keep us from ever seeing that many devices connected to the Internet of Things, but the room for growth is still massive in these early days.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts last_img read more