AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Union High School District officials say they will postpone some construction projects, revise other building plans and try again to pass another school bond measure in the wake of voters’ rejection of the district’s $177.5 million bond measure. Had Measure E passed last week, officials planned to build two new high schools, complete construction of Eastside High, expand Quartz Hill High, and add two new science labs at Lancaster. The construction of Eastside High School’s administration building, theater/fine arts building and canopied entryway will be put on hold, as will the addition of the science labs at Lancaster. Quartz Hill High’s expansion will be done with modular buildings rather than the construction of permanent buildings. A new high school planned in southeast Palmdale will probably consist of modular buildings. “We are making adjustments as we go with our overall building program. Some projects are being put on hold, others are being modified. We will be adding modular buildings rather than permanent construction,” Deputy Superintendent Jeff Foster said. “Obviously, we will make another attempt to garner support from the community.” Measure E was supported by 52.2 percent of voters, short of the 55 percent needed to pass. The measure would have taxed property owners about $30 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. Westside Union School District’s $67.5 million bond measure also fell short, getting 52.3 percent of the vote, also short of the 55 percent required. High school district officials predict that enrollment will grow at some campuses to 4,000 students. The district is projected to grow by 1,000 students a year. “The big losers are the kids. That’s very unfortunate,” Foster said. “What we are trying to do here is serve children and provide everyone with facilities they need for their education. We are retooling and will plug forward.” Foster said existing funds from a 2002 bond issue and developer fees will pay for completing the balance of Eastside High, which includes classrooms, cafeteria, two gymnasiums, library and lab facilities. No decision has been made on when the district will try for another bond, but November 2007 might be a possible date, Foster said.
“We thought we knew all about the Big Bang – but a blip in the cosmic afterglow is threatening our ideas,” reported Marcus Chown in The Independent. The “Axis of Evil” he speaks of is not North Korea and Iran, but a newly found polarity in the cosmic background radiation that is not explainable by current Big Bang cosmologies. Independent-thinking cosmologists like Jorge Magueijo are heightening their anti-bang rhetoric with these findings: “there may be something seriously wrong with our big bang models,” Chown, the author of The Universe Next Door, reported. Others are trying to fit the data into current models.The axis isn’t evil. The cosmologies built on faulty assumptions might be, but give the universe a break; it isn’t responsible for what mankind did.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
22 November 2007Following on three years of growth, commercial WiFi hotspots now face a dim future in South Africa, at least among corporate workers, with a new study by technology research firm World Wide Worx showing a steady move toward the use of more affordable 3G technologies.Mobility 2007, World Wide Worx’s latest annual study of mobile technology, released in Johannesburg on Tuesday, shows that the corporate use of WiFi – small networks that allow wireless access to the internet – has fallen back after a steady rise, while the use of 3G – wireless broadband provided by the mobile networks – has rocketed.“We have been warning for several years that commercial WiFi hotspots, especially in hotels and conference centres, are in danger of pricing themselves out of the market,” said World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck. “And, now that a monthly subscription to a basic 3G service is cheaper than a few hours on most commercial hotspots, the chickens have come home to roost.”The study found that the proportion of South African corporations whose staff use 3G data cards rose from 58% in 2006 to 82% in 2007. In contrast, the proportion that facilitate WiFi access by their staff fell from 74% to 66%.“Technologies and old business models cannot survive in an environment where customers of the technology are informed and experienced in the use of these technologies,” said Len Pienaar, head of FNB Mobile and Transact Solutions, which partnered with World Wide Worx on the study.Another factor that is having an impact on WiFi is the promise of WiMAX, a high-speed long-distance broadband technology which is being piloted by a number of service providers in South Africa. As many as 8% of corporations say they are trying it out, which exactly matches the proportion that is dropping WiFi.Among small and medium businesses (SMEs) the picture is slightly brighter, the survey found, with WiFi deployment rising from 33% of respondents in 2006 to 36% in 2007. But the numbers are deceptive: the majority of these SMEs – 26% – are using WiFi to network their offices more efficiently, rather than enabling their staff to use it in wireless hotspots.By contrast, the use of wireless broadband services by SMEs has jumped sharply, from 16% in 2006 to 31% in 2007. As with corporates, most SMEs using 3G are doing so to remain connected when out of the office and as a back-up, rather than as a primary form of connectivity.“It only takes one or two episodes of paying R30 for 30 minutes access at a hotspot to realise that a 3G subscription costing less than R100 a month makes far more sense,” Goldstuck said. “Thanks to mobile technology, paid WiFi in hotel rooms is going the same way as phone calls from hotels – their exorbitant pricing can’t compete.”The findings make it clear that businesses are conscious of both cost and convenience, and will embrace those technologies that make business sense and are easy to use.“We experienced massive e-commerce growth at the turn of the millennium due to innovation and a surge in internet usage,” Pienaar said. “The Mobility 2007 findings illustrate that we are about to experience significant growth in the mobile market.”“As such, it’s really exciting to imagine the impact that mobile technologies will have on m-commerce in the South African market.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
3 October 2012President Jacob Zuma opened 49 new schools in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday as the government moved to improve education in the province with a multi-million rand programme to replace “mud schools” with proper facilities.A total of 12 450 learners in the districts of Libode, Lusikisiki and Mthatha are expected to benefit from South Africa’s Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (Asidi), which aims to eradicate inappropriate schools, as well as refurbish dilapidated and ill-equipped schools.At Mphathiswa Senior Primary School, Zuma marked the programme’s implementation “by replacing 49 inappropriate schools with new schools, providing 190 schools with electricity, providing 237 schools with sanitation and providing 173 schools with water,” the Presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.The 49 school sites, located in the Libode, Lusikisiki and Mthatha Districts, were handed over to 16 contractors in January. The construction value is approximately R675-million.Small primary schools would be provided with seven classrooms and medium primary schools with 14 classrooms, while each school would be provided with a Grade R classroom, administration block, science laboratory, multi-media centre (library and computer lab), multipurpose class room, nutrition centre, ablution facilities, water infrastructure and electricity, the Presidency said.Countrywide, the programme had so far seen 155 schools in seven provinces being provided with sanitation facilities, 187 with water and 99 with electricity.In the 2012/13 to 2013/14 financial years, the programme aims to replace 100 inappropriate or “mud schools” with new schools while providing 714 schools with electricity, 514 schools with sanitation and 1 069 schools with water.In the 2013/14 to 2014/15 financial years, it aims to replace 346 inappropriate schools with new schools.Opening the new Mphathiswa Senior Primary School, Zuma reiterated his call for teachers to be in school, in class, on time, teaching for at least seven hours a day. “We cannot meet our target of 100 percent enrolment for 2014 while we do not have proper schools and qualified teachers,” he said.“The challenge remaining on the part of this school and the other schools we are providing with new facilities is to ensure that these facilities are maintained in good form and that every attempt should be made to preserve this investment for the benefit of future generations.“Our learners, educators and our parents need to know that new facilities are not all that is needed for quality education,” Zuma said.The President said that quality education also depended on the enthusiasm and dedication of learners and the skills and commitment of educators.“We would also like to invite communities to make more use of our schools. Remember, they are public schools, not state schools! Use them after hours for social, cultural, religious or sporting activities. Make them the centre of your community – a place where children feel at home.“School sport events, or music festivals, create a wonderful sense of community spirit, and help also to seal some of the gashes that remain in the fabric of our society,” he said.Source: SANews.gov.za
The Play Your Part television series, hosted by Kabelo Mabalane, has been well received, encouraging conversations on active citizenship, and has seen a rise of citizens going the extra mile to change people’s lives for the better across the country.Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela meets Gift of the Givers Foundation founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman before joining Play Your Part television series host and Play Your Part ambassador Kabelo Mabalane to engage on Nation Brand building through active citizenship, amongst other pressing topics. (Image Brian Mthembu)The Play Your Part television series has been on the air for two months every Saturday evening on SABC 2 at 6pm. The television series hosted by Play Your Part ambassador Kabelo Mabalane has been well received, encouraging conversations on active citizenship, and has seen a rise of citizens going the extra mile to change people’s lives for the better across the country.“The country is filled with citizens who are extraordinary, every shoot has been one that has left me reassured that we, as South Africans, truly care. It takes a village to raise a child and the village of active citizens in South Africa is astonishing. I have learnt amazing things and seen selfless acts from people #gettinginvolved and playing their part,” says Mabalane.The Play Your Part television series was created firstly to align with Brand South Africa’s strategic vision of improving the country’s image and reputation amongst South Africans and secondly to showcase the collective impact of nation-building actions taken by citizens, which contribute to positively projecting South Africa to the world.Brand South Africa’s GM: Marketing Sithembile Ntombela reflects on the series: “Throughout the series we have seen truly inspirational stories by the diverse citizens of the country. The young and old, private and public sectors, all getting involved in their local communities to change people’s lives for the better. Active citizenship has paved the way to positive development within communities.”“Throughout the series we have seen truly inspirational stories by the diverse citizens of the country,” said Brand South Africa’s GM: Marketing Sithembile Ntombela. (far-left alongside Gift of the Givers Foundation founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Brand South Africa CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela, and Brand South Africa GM: Communications Thoko Modise)The series has 16 episodes still to be aired and a sneak peek of one of the episodes serves as a reminder of the amazing authentic stories still to be heard. The episode will include Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela, Gift of the Givers Foundation founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman and host Mabalane as they engage on:• Being a Global South African through active citizenship;• The journey of becoming the largest disaster relief organisation of African origin on the African continent – “Serve the people with kindness, be the best. It took five years to achieve what we have today,” says Dr Sooliman; and• Nation Brand building through active citizenship – “The challenges we have today rely on us to play our part, beyond government intervention, as business and civil society,” says Dr Makhubela.“We are immensely proud of the citizens who have and still will be showcased in the series as they continuously help to fly the country’s flag high – domestically and internationally – through their initiatives, adds Ntombela.Catch these and other stories at 6pm on Saturdays on SABC 2 and be inspired to play your part in creating a better South Africa.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved;Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; andLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.
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