Many difficult lessons learned from 2005 might get us safely through the new year

first_img 2005 failure: Saddam Hussein gets a trial in which he’s allowed to interrupt, scream and show up whenever he feels like it. Michael Jackson and Robert Blake went free, and Martha Stewart stepped out of prison and into a multimillion-dollar TV deal. What we can learn for 2006: If you’re going to murder, abuse or use inside stock information, make sure your name is a name. The news media 2005 failure: Judith Miller (The New York Times) and Bob Woodward (The Washington Post) failed to report what they knew when they knew it in the Valerie Plame story. The New York Times kept quiet for a year before spilling the National Security Agency spy story. And although he did not qualify for a congressional press pass, “reporter” Jeff Gannon was given daily passes to White House press briefings and was revealed to be a gay escort-for-hire. What can we learn for 2006: If you write, write. If you don’t write, don’t write about it later. Write doesn’t make right and not writing can make it even less right. 2005 failure: Talk-show host Armstrong Williams took government payola to push administration policy. Doug Bandow (Cato Institute) and Peter Ferrara (The Washington Times) took dirty money to write positive articles for Jack Abramoff clients. Pay-for-praise Iraqi newspapers published American propaganda from American sources under Iraqi bylines. What we can learn for 2006: Don’t believe everything you read. Taking money for work done well is the American way. Taking money for propagandizing the American way is not. 2005 failure: Fox News informed us that the most important news items of the past year were the Natalee Holloway disappearance and the War on Christmas. What we can learn for 2006: Rediscover newspapers. Politics 2005 failure: Demonstrating clearly that absolute power corrupts absolutely, a whole heap of politicians and lobbyists found themselves in trouble with the law, and almost every one of them told us that they would be vindicated. To date, none of them – DeLay, Abramoff, Scanlon, Cunningham, Frist and Libby – have, in fact, been vindicated. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, what they probably meant was that they would be “indicted,” or in the least, “investigated.” What we can learn for 2006: If you find yourself becoming more and more powerful, stop just before you are absolutely powerful and settle with being only a smidgen corrupt. 2005 failure: A rockin’ year for President George W. Bush as he had his monthlong vacation rocked by Gold Star mom Cindy Sheehan and rather nasty Gulf Coast weather; his Social Security reform rocked by lack of any public support; his warrantless spying rocked by The New York Times; his victory in Iraq rocked by an insurgency in its last throes, secret CIA prisons, torture and Rep. John Murtha; his Supreme Court nominee and bestest pal Harriet Miers rocked by really hard test questions; his close adviser and brain Karl Rove rocked by federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald; and his Homeland Security rocked by a 9-11 Commission grade of F. What we can learn for 2006: Second terms are no fun at all. 2005 failure: Despite all that went wrong for the president and the Republican Party, every time a prominent member of the Democratic Party opened his or her mouth, foot was promptly inserted. See: Dick Durbin, John Kerry, Howard Dean, Ted Kennedy and the rest of the usual suspects. What we can learn for 2006: When your enemy is committing suicide, don’t try to help him. Disasters/Homeland security (interchangeable) 2005 failure: Hurricane Katrina brought a flood of, um, inaccuracies: “You’re doing a heckuva job, Brownie,” “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees,” and the ever-popular “Things are working out pretty well for (Katrina’s homeless victims).” What we can learn for 2006: If you’re going to deceive, be sure you first expunge all expert testimony, video/audio, hard drives and personal recollection. Better yet, don’t lie. It’s easier than having a good memory. Sports 2005 failure: Philadelphia Eagles star receiver Terrell Owens and Indiana Pacers star forward Ron Artest both signed big multimillion-dollar contracts then spent the year tearing apart their teams. Ultimately, they were thrown off their teams and lost millions. What we can learn for 2006: If you’re taking the money, take the nonsense that comes with it. If you’re taking an un-freaking-believable amount of money, then pay someone to sew up your mouth and place you under lock and key until the contract runs out. 2005 failure: Under oath, baseball star Rafael Palmiero testified to Congress that he did not take performance-enhancing drugs, then later tests proved he did. What we can learn for 2006: If you’re going to testify to Congress and lie, make sure you don’t swear you won’t. Fond farewells 2005 failure: We lost Johnny Carson, Rosa Parks, Richard Pryor, Anne Bancroft, Luther Vandross, Peter Jennings, Simon Wiesenthal and hundreds more U.S. military heroes. What we can learn for 2006: Appreciate those you love while they’re still around. Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful,” www.greatfailure.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Failures, missteps and adversity filled a year that some say they couldn’t take for one more second. Too bad for the pessimists, as scientists actually added one more second than normal to 2005 to make up for the slowing down of Earth’s rotation. Maybe that’s why it seems that the last year had so much more bad news than normal. But was all that bad news a bad thing? Failures are one of the greatest learning tools available. Here’s a guide using the past year’s liabilities to your personal advantage in 2006, broken down into helpful categories., Show biz/state government (interchangeable) 2005 failure: In a year that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s popularity disappeared along with his name on an Austrian soccer stadium, the Governator couldn’t win for losing and he lost a lot (except for the $8 million he received from writing for muscle magazines). Lowest point amid the many: Arnold gave a special-election party and no one wanted to come. Unfortunately for the governor, people came anyway. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson What we can learn for 2006: Shoving anything down someone’s throat will usually result in gagging and vomiting. Muscling your agenda down the throats of voters tends to do the same thing. 2005 failure: Tom Cruise melted down any number of times, jumping all over Oprah’s couch, telling Matt Lauer and Brooke Shields that he knew more about handling postpartum depression than psychiatrists, and announcing that there was no such thing as chemical imbalance. What we can learn for 2006: No matter how talented or attractive or rich you are, the brain is a very fragile organ. 2005 failure: “Bewitched, “Dukes of Hazzard,” “Son of the Mask,” “Breakfast on Pluto,” “Lords of Dogtown,” “The Man,” “Yours, Mine and Ours,” “Alexander,” etc., etc. And for some unfathomable reason, they kept letting Rob Schneider make movies. What we can learn for 2006: Next time when you see a film trailer and think to yourself, “If these are the best scenes from this movie, then this movie must be really bad,” trust your instincts. last_img read more

Video: Finger-licking African cuisine

first_imgJoin Zoopy TV on a visit to Kwanza restaurant in Maponya Mall, Soweto to discover how African cuisine is prepared and the best dishes to enjoy. Click arrow to play video.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 25 February 2009.last_img

Task team to explore university funding in South Africa

first_img7 October 2015A task team had been established to explore solutions to short-term student funding challenges, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday following a “fruitful and historical” meeting with vice-chancellors and the leadership of universities in South Africa at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.The meeting between the leadership of the country and its tertiary education institutions ties into one of the outcomes of the National Development Plan, namely, Africa’s place in the world. This is an effort to create a better South Africa, a better Africa and a better world.Meeting with university leadershipThe meeting was held at the request of Universities of South Africa and the University Council Chairs Forum – South Africa. Among other things, the request was necessitated by the recent violence on campuses countrywide.South Africa recognised and supported the right of university students to protest and to voice their opinions and grievances, Zuma said. However, he strongly condemned the violence and destruction of property that had taken place at some universities in the name of student protests over the past year or so. The most recent violent protests have been at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.“This right to protest should be exercised with utmost responsibility, ensuring that the rights of other South Africans are not violated in the process,” he said.While violent student responses had been condemned, university management must open up legitimate channels for discussion and dialogue over matters concerning students, with a view to resolving whatever issues they raised.“We believe that university management must be more proactive and not allow matters to deteriorate to such an extent that students go on a rampage, often due to lack of understanding and knowledge of the situation and spurred by poor communication,” Zuma said.TransformationIssues relating to the transformation of the higher education sector were also discussed, ahead of the second Higher Education Summit, which will take place in Durban from 15 to 17 October.“It was further noted that the current activity on many historically white university campuses by new student movements were related to concerns around the slow pace of university transformation and the demand to open access more effectively and thus change entrenched institutional cultures.“We also discussed some of the real gains in transforming the higher education sector, while acknowledging that there is still much more to be done.”Students protesting for the transformation of institutions, the president stressed, must focus on dialogue and legitimate means of negotiation and protest to bring about change.AfrikaansThe use of Afrikaans as the main medium of instruction on some campuses has been an issue leading to student protests:#SAVarsities: Zuma “the current issues in former Afrikaans Universities are pushed by the snail pace in transformation” @ANN7tv— Neria Hlakotsa (@neriahlakotsa) October 6, 2015#SAVarsities #Zuma says Afrikaans must not be used as a tool of exclusion, if you do so, you problematize it. @KayaNews— KhayelihleKhumalo (@KhayaJames) October 6, 2015#SAVarsities Zuma: Afrikaans is an African language, it must not isolate itself— POWER987 News (@POWER987News) October 6, 2015Financial aidThe focus of the meeting were the key challenges facing universities such as student financial aid, the increasing politicisation of university campuses, and transformation of higher education.“We wish to reiterate government’s commitment to funding poor students in higher education in the context of a constrained fiscal climate,” said Zuma.Funding for poor academically capable students, disbursed though the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), has increased from R441-million in 1997 to over R9.5-billion in 2015.“While funding has increased considerably, it is clearly still insufficient to support all poor and academically deserving students,” Zuma admitted. Processes for improving the disbursement of funds and concerted efforts to root out fraud, as well as sourcing additional funding to support students were being implemented.Shortfalls in financial aid, however, should not be used as a justification for hooliganism and vandalism of state property.The task teamThe task team will be made up of officials from the Department of Higher Education and Training, the Presidency, NSFAS, two vice-chancellors representing the leadership of universities, two student representatives, and other higher education stakeholders.It would make recommendations by the end of November.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Why Citizen Developers Are The Future Of Programming

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? lauren orsini Tags:#Citizen Developer#education#programming Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes If you ever wondered what would scare the bejeezus out of a university’s computer science department, try this: In June, Google revealed that it no longer considers GPA scores as a hiring criteria. “One of the things we’ve seen from all our data crunching is that GPA’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring,” Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google, told the New York Times. To students who have been told their university grades are paramount, that’s a big shock. But to anybody watching the tech industry, such a statement was inevitable. It’s a reaction to the quickly evolving definition of what it means to be a professional programmer.The “Citizen Developer”When Google executives look at prospective hires’ portfolios instead of test scores, it expands the playing field beyond “anyone with a degree” to “anyone with skills.” Google no longer cares whether you picked up coding in school or just by teaching yourself, so long as you have the work and talent to back it up. It’s a phenomenon that the tech world is calling the rise of the “citizen developer.” A phrase coined by technology research firm Gartner, the citizen developer is “an end user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT.” Or, in less of a mouthful, a non-traditionally educated programmer who uses the same skills as the formally trained pros. Back in 2011, Gartner predicted that by 2014, citizen developers would build at least 25 percent of new business applications. Two years later, we associate programming success with college dropouts like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, or with people like Tumblr CEO David Karp, who didn’t even enroll in college. See also Don’t Look Now, But We Might Be In A Developer DroughtThe sort of creativity and problem solving that allows star programmers to succeed isn’t exactly encouraged in the artificial and conforming environment of a college classroom. So it makes sense that Google would look outside the GPA for the best talent. Tons of Jobs, Few DevelopersImagine if you could learn a skill that would practically guarantee you a high-paying job within months. Increasingly, that’s exactly the narrative that surrounds non-traditional programming education. At Code Fellows, if you don’t have a job offer that pays $60K a year within six months of completing their four-week boot camp, you get a full refund. A 2012 Living Social effort called Hungry Academy actually paid people to attend their five-month boot camp and learn to program for Living Social. Boot camps and other forms of non-traditional programming education can afford to be cocky for the very reason that the job market supports such bravado. In 2010, there were 913,000 U.S. jobs for software developers and that number is expected to grow by 30% from 2012 to 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, the predicted rise for all occupational growth over that same period is just 14%. As our dependence on technology only grows, our demand for developers is increasing. At a time where the average developer gets four to five job offers in her career, that means some companies are going without. The Self-Taught Coding MovementIt certainly helps that opportunities for teaching yourself to code are more numerous, convenient and accessible than ever. Combine that with widespread alarm about student loan debt, and you can instantly see the appeal of self-teaching. See also There’s A Boom In Teaching People To CodeRyan Carson, CEO of Treehouse, said that the coding education company has reached the milestone of 37,000 active, paying students—about the size of a large university. Not surprisingly, he thinks companies like Treehouse offer a better education than traditional degrees would. “A computer science degree is a rip off,” he told me. “I know because I have one.”The difference? Carson says Treehouse has the data to prove whether students are ready for the workforce, something colleges can’t do. It does this through a point system that awards students for completing assignments on Treehouse.“We’ve placed thousands of students in programming jobs, and the companies who hire them report back to us,” he said. “So we can say with authority that if you get 1500 points on Treehouse, we can place you in a job where you’ll have an 80% chance of success. And you just can’t do that now in universities.”What About Traditional Education?Not surprisingly, college professors believe as much in the longevity of the computer science degree as entrepreneurs like Carton believe in non-traditional learning. See also: Why Programming Is The Core Skill Of The 21st CenturyHowever, Francois Pitt, a senior lecturer at the University of Toronto, told me that learn-to-code boot camps aren’t even competition to a computer science degree because they have completely different end goals. “It’s not so much competition with us as a complement,” he said. “Programming is just the starting point of what computer science is about. We don’t just teach students how to code. We study programs and the problems they solve.”Pitt compares the difference between having a computer science degree and knowing how to program as the difference between being a professional writer and knowing how to write. The important thing isn’t so much that you know English, but that you have interesting ideas and know how to structure them well, he said. There’s something romantic about Pitt’s description of computer science’s in-depth theories. The difference students are going to have to look for? Whether they want the whole story or just a job ASAP. “People getting into these programs need to realize that you’re not getting the same education as you would out of a degree,” he said. “Computer science is about so much more than just programming.”Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.last_img read more

A False Sense of Security in Your Pipeline

first_imgYou need to keep a clean pipeline. There is no benefit to cluttered pipeline full of junk.You might let your pipeline get messy because you are too lazy to invest a half hour cleaning it up, but that’s not probably true. The real reason you don’t clean it up is that you would lose the sense of security that comes with having a nice, full pipeline of opportunities. But unless your pipeline is clean, the sense of security it provides is a false sense of security.You’ll Have Something to Talk AboutIt’s embarrassing to work in sales and not have deals to talk about. There are pipeline review meetings, forecast meetings, and opportunity reviews. You can’t show up with nothing. You need something to talk about. You need to show you are working on something, even if it is really a non-opportunity. Without opportunities, you are exposed.A pipeline full of non-opportunities is usually the sign of a prospecting problem. The clutter is normally a list of receptive contacts or leads with little potential to buy. Their receptivity means that they are willing to talk to you about their business and what you sell, but it doesn’t mean that you have a real opportunity. It’s not enough.If you talk about the same prospects over and over again without any real movement to speak of, these non-opportunities are really just providing you with a false sense of security. They don’t belong in your pipeline.I Don’t Want to Miss OutSome of what is in your pipeline may be companies that used to use a lot of what you sell. They used to be your dream client. But their business changed, and now they no longer use as much of what you sell—or maybe they don’t use any at all.When you visit with these former dream clients, they share an optimistic vision of their future. Someday soon, they tell you, they will come roaring back from their downturn. They are full of hope and confidence. Just like they’ve been over the last three years. But, no movement.You hope they do come back from their downturn. And you want to be there when they do. So you spend a lot of time with them so you know you are first in line to get orders when they come back to life. You don’t want to miss out.The uncomfortable truth is, you aren’t missing out on anything. Past users, regardless of how much they spent, aren’t opportunities. Their past isn’t always an indication of their future. And keeping clients that fit this description in your pipeline is about you having a full pipeline, not about you having a real pipeline.QuestionsHow old are some of the opportunities in your pipeline?How many conversations have you had about opportunities that still haven’t moved?Do you have what used to be good prospects in your pipeline? Prospects that haven’t spent in your category in years and no longer have a need to?How do these non-opportunities provide you with a false sense of security?What do you have to do to have real confidence?last_img read more

Farmers oppose bullet train project

first_imgA group of farmers in Boisar in Palghar district of Maharashtra staged a protest against the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project, expressing apprehension that they would lose their land on account of it.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe launched the project in Ahmedabad on Thursday.Also Read Japanese Industrial Townships will come up in 4 states, says Modi  The farmers waved black flags and raised slogans against the project outside Boisar railway station. They alleged that the BJP-led government was going ahead with the project without taking farmers into account. Kaluram Dodhade of Bhoomi Sena, who took part in the protest, said, “Palghar has mostly small farmers, and if their land is acquired for the project, they will be ruined.”The demonstration was organised by Shetkari Sangarsha Samiti and Advasi Ekta Parishad.Palghar DSP Majunath Shinge said, “It was a symbolic protest and there was no law-and-order situation.”District Collector Prashant Narnavre said the agitation was carried out peacefully.last_img read more

Morelos must respect the dressing room – McAllister

first_imgRangers assistant manager Gary McAllister says Alfredo Morelos must respect the team’s dressing room following his red card against Aberdeen.The Scottish club have had issues regarding their discipline on the pitch, having picked up eight red cards so far this season, with three of those for Morelos.“Alfredo has got the respect of the dressing room but he has got to stay on the pitch,” said McAllister, according to Daily Mail.“He is young enough and we are experienced enough, there are enough experienced people on the management team, to help him to get it right.”“The facts are that he is paying the biggest price because he loves scoring goals and when you get red cards you miss games.”Lingman believes Morelos can play for a bigger club than Rangers Manuel R. Medina – July 16, 2019 The former Scottish Premier League midfielder believes the Colombian is one of the competition’s best players.“That is the biggest penalty any striker can receive because he is not on the pitch and able to do what he does best.”Morelos picked up a soft yellow card in the first half against Aberdeen but could have been shown a straight red for lashing out at Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie in the second half.A veteran of the British game, McAllister has played alongside some of British football’s most notorious hard men and seen it all before.“Obviously, I played alongside Vinnie Jones for a short period of time.”“There are players that others will try to provoke. That’s part of the game, it’s a compliment.”last_img read more

Ministers meet to discuss new civil aviation policy 520 rule may be

first_imgUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh met Thursday ministers to discuss the new civil aviation policy, which may be finalised soon. According to officials who attended the meeting, abolishing the 5/20 rule was also discussed.The meeting was attended by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey, official sources told Hindu BusinessLine.Under the 5/20 rule, an airline that has had five years of domestic industry experience and a fleet of 20 aircraft can operate on international routes. Abolishing the rule would benefit new airlines such as AirAsia India and Vistara.”The 5/20 norm is likely to go and will be replaced by a rule that will ensure domestic connectivity is not compromised after airlines are allowed to go international,” an official, who requested anonymity, told the Economic Times.The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) has reportedly opposed abolishing the policy. The FIA, along with member airlines such as GoAir, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and IndiGo, have demanded that the matter of “effective control of carriers” be solved before the government changes international operation rules.The draft civil aviation policy also proposes launch of “regional flights” at a minimum fare of Rs 2,500, ET added.The InterGlobe Aviation (which owns IndiGo) stock closed at Rs 839.50 Friday, down 1.21 percent from its previous close, while the Jet Airways scrip gained 2.82 percent and settled at Rs 557.50.SpiceJet rose 4.11 percent to close at Rs 68.40 on the BSE.last_img read more

Partnership Pushes For 3 Billion From Texas Rainy Day Fund For Harvey

first_imgREUTERS/Adrees LatifA man walks through floodwaters after surveying his property in Rockport, which was hit by Hurricane Harvey, on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.Governor Greg Abbott has declared disaster recovery one of five emergency items for the 2019 legislative session. While there are dozens of Hurricane Harvey-related bills in circulation, there are two of prime importance to Houston’s business community. The bills would tap nearly a quarter of the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund, better known as the Rainy Day Fund.“One has, on the Senate side, been introduced by Senator Brandon Creighton out of Conroe. He has introduced a bill calling for $3 billion to address both recovery and mitigation, and we’re really encouraged by that,” said Taylor Landin, senior vice president for public policy at the Greater Houston Partnership. “On the House side, Chairman Dade Phelan out of Beaumont has introduced a bill [that’s] very similar.” Like Abbott, the Greater Houston Partnership also named disaster recovery as one of its top priorities for the 2019 Texas Legislature. And Landin said the business community wants a bill with as broad an impact as possible in order to attract statewide support.“There’s the recovery aspect, which is everything looking backward – so unanticipated matching needs of local communities, City of Houston and Harris County included of course, but across the 55 counties that were impacted by the storm. And then we also think about it in terms of future mitigation,” he said. The state is in an unusually strong fiscal position, but Landin said it will still be a challenge to get that much money, given competing priorities such as school finance reform and Medicaid. Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:43 Sharelast_img read more