“That’s probably the worst road trip most … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.MILWAUKEE–Don’t give in.It’s the mentality Giants ace Madison Bumgarner took into a sixth inning battle with Brewers cleanup hitter Ryan Braun, and the approach Milwaukee took into a three-game series with San Francisco.Bumgarner refused to give in to Braun. And the Brewers refused to give into the Giants, finishing off a three-game sweep with a 6-3 win Sunday.
5 March 2007Amid debate on growing cellphone usage in schools, South Africa’s Meraka Institute is piloting a project that makes use of innovative applications to turn the handheld devices into instruments of learning.Begun 18 months ago and running for a further two years, the project – dubbed MobilED – is being conducted in collaboration with the University of Pretoria and Finland’s Helsinki University of Art and Design. Participating schools include Cornwall Hill College and Irene Middle School in Centurion, Pretoria.According to lead researcher Merryl Ford, MobilED has shown that cellphones can be very useful where students have limited access to information sources such as libraries or the internet.In a statement issued last week, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which manages the Meraka Institute, said the project “will be piloted internationally by countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, the Philippines and Finland. Interest has also been shown by New Zealand, Mexico, Colombia and Mozambique.”Audio-WikipediaThe first mobile function developed by MobilED was an “audio-Wikipedia” – Wikipedia is a popular online encyclopaedia – from which students can receive information.“Children send an SMS with a keyword to a cellphone number,” Ford explains. “In response, they receive a call and a speech synthesiser ‘reads’ an article on the subject. Both the fast forward or rewind functionalities can be used, almost like old analogue tape recordings.”The group is also developing an MMS (multimedia message service) content-addition and delivery module. All the innovations are being tested in real classroom situations with direct feedback from children and teachers.Tapping into MXitAnother MobilED innovation seeks to make educational use of MXit, a locally developed chat programme that allows mobile users to converse with each other at the fraction of the usual cost of sending text messages – an application so popular that it is causing headaches for South African teachers.One of MobilED’s researchers has started a “Doctor Maths” service offering maths support to high-school MXit users, and the Meraka Institute is working on making the service available through other chat platforms as well.“With a reported million school-going children having subscribed to MXit, one can hardly ignore this tool,” says Ford.The people’s computerAccording to the CSIR, today’s high-end mobile phones have the computing power of a mid-1990s personal computer, while consuming only one-hundredth of the energy. “Even the simplest, voice-only phones have more complex and powerful chips than the on-board computer that landed a spaceship on the moon in 1969,” the CSIR notes.“It seems a great pity that our children and teachers are not using one of the most accessible, affordable computing devices in the developing world in more positive ways,” says Ford.Asked whether the new tool would not infringe school policies on cellphone use, Ford says: “The internet has resulted in immensely powerful, positive business applications, but is also used in not-so noble applications. While the irresponsible use of cellphones by learners has caused an uproar, we should not ignore the untapped latent applications and benefits.Facing the dangers“Since we live in the new digital age, it is imperative that teenagers are taught life skills for this digital age,” Ford argues, noting that it is the role of parents and teachers to inform children of the issues that may be faced. “We warn children at a young age not to speak to strangers – this needs to be translated to the online world too.”As part of the pilot, students’ messaging costs are being covered by the CSIR. At the same time, the MobilED team is investigating ways of making the service affordable to scholars around South Africa.“I am extremely excited by the results of this pilot project,” says Ford. “It has been hugely successful.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Mercedes-Benz South Africa received theplatinum in international award, from JDPower and Associates US Initial QualityStudy. (Image: www.wallpaperramp.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Hansgeorg Niefer Mercedes-Benz South Africa+27 43 706 9111 RELATED ARTICLES • Business school to expand in Africa • SA and US to educate executives • Capitec gets nod from Swiss • SA chocolates for all Oscar starsNosimilo RamelaThe South African division of global vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has won a platinum award for producing vehicles with the fewest defects and malfunctions of any plant in the world supplying the US market.This is the second consecutive year in which Mercedes-Benz South Africa‘s (MBSA) plant in the Eastern Cape, which produces the C-Class Mercedes model for the local and US market, has been given a quality award by the JD Power and Associates US Initial Quality Study (IQS).In 2009, the plant was awarded the IQS gold quality award for manufacturing vehicles which had the fewest defects and malfunctions of any plant in Europe and Africa that serves the US market.“To receive such an award despite the relentless pressure and stresses of the global recession over the past two years, points to the brilliant quality of our people and processes,” said Hansgeorg Niefer, president and chief executive officer of MBSA.The IQS study looked at problems experienced by owners and lessees of the C-Class in two categories: design-related problems, and defects and malfunctions. Plants are rewarded based on their limited defects and malfunction.The study was conducted between February and May 2010. Based on responses from 82 000 US users of the 2010 model-year vehicles surveyed after 90 days of use, MBSA’s East London plant had only 28 defects per 100 vehicles, putting it at the top of all global plants serving the US market.“Daimler’s East London plant has been a top performing plant and its achievement in 2010 is particularly impressive,” said Brian Walters, vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa operations at JD Power and Associates. MBSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG.“Daimler’s rigorous quality management processes are a key reason for why the brand has been able to assemble consistently high-quality vehicles in different regions of the world.”Best in South AfricaThe East London plant has also come out tops in the JD Power and Associates South Africa IQS, based on responses from South African users.The plant was ranked highest among South African automotive plants in initial quality in the 2007 and 2008 South Africa IQS studies.The C-Class was also rated highest in the Entry Premium Car segment, with the A-Class also managing a repeat award ranking top of the upper small car segment in quality.Four other Mercedes models have won second place in the JD Power and Associates 2010 US IQS study. They are:• E-Class in the Midsize Premium Car category• S-Class in the Large Premium Car category• E-Class Coupe in the Compact Premium Sporty Car category• GL-Class in the Large Premium Crossover/SUV category.
The Punjab government will not give any compensation to the lawbreakers killed in the Panchkula violence, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said on Sunday.He was talking to presspersons while touring some areas in the Malwa region which witnessed violence after the Dera Sacha Sauda chief was convicted in a rape case on Friday. He said it was for the Union government to decide on an investigation into the collapse of law and order that led to the violence. He reiterated that the main cause was allowing such a large crowd to gather at Panchkula ahead of the verdict. Captain Amarinder Singh said 23 FIRs were registered and 30 arrests made in connection with the violence. The police seized 62 petrol bombs and recovered a 12 bore gun with a dozen cartridges and a .22 revolver with 28 cartridges, he said.
With Jharkhand reporting one of the highest incidents of mob-lynching, the Congress manifesto for the upcoming Assembly election in the State is likely to propose an anti-lynching law on the lines of the recent law cleared by the Congress government in Rajasthan. The Rajasthan Assembly in August this year cleared “The Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019” which provides for life imprisonment and a fine up to ₹5 lakh to convicts in cases of mob lynching. The Bill proposes imprisonment of up to seven years and a fine of up to ₹1 lakh in case of the victim suffering simple injuries.The convicts will get jail terms up to 10 years and a fine of ₹25,000 to ₹3 lakh in case of an assault by mob or victim suffering serious injuries. It also defines lynching as “an act or series of acts of violence or those of aiding, abetting or attempting an act of violence, whether spontaneous or preplanned, by a mob on the grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth, language, dietary practices, sexual orientation, political affiliation or ethnicity.” Sources said the party’s manifestos for the Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Assembly polls will also be drawn on. In the farm sector, the manifesto will list ways to check the agrarian crisis and is likely to offer loan waiver like it has done in the other three States.With no clarity on which way the alliance in the State is headed or the division of seats, the manifesto, according to sources, will maintain a balance between tribal and non-tribal expectations. The AICC research department is working on the manifesto. “We are in the final stages of talks with our allies and will announce it whenever it strategically suits us,” RPN Singh, the party’s Jharkhand in-charge said. Sources said the Congress will play the junior partner to the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM).“Our focus will be on rising unemployment. Again we will be borrowing a few ideas from the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh manifestos,” a senior Congress leader said. In Madhya Pradesh the Congress had also promised unemployment allowance. The manifesto will include better implementation of the land rights laws and will also talk about upholding the CNT/SPT (Chhotanagpur and Santhal Pargana tenancy) Acts. The BJP government was forced to roll back the proposed amendments to the CNT/SPT Act following pressure from tribal groups.In the 2014 Assembly elections, the BJP won 37 seats and formed the government along with the AJSU Party which won 5. With 19 seats, the JMM was the largest Opposition party; JVM(P) won 8 and Congress 6.
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