Telangana HC Extends All Interim Orders Passed By It & Courts Subordinate To It Till October 01 [Read Notification]

first_imgNews UpdatesTelangana HC Extends All Interim Orders Passed By It & Courts Subordinate To It Till October 01 [Read Notification] Sparsh Upadhyay8 Sep 2020 5:47 AMShare This – xThe Telangana High Court on Monday (07th September) extended the operation of interim orders passed by this Court, as well as by the District and other Subordinate Courts till October 01, 2020.Taking suo-moto cognizance of the prevailing extraordinary circumstances, the Full bench of the Telangana High Court issued the said order dated 07th September to extend interim orders passed earlier by…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Telangana High Court on Monday (07th September) extended the operation of interim orders passed by this Court, as well as by the District and other Subordinate Courts till October 01, 2020.Taking suo-moto cognizance of the prevailing extraordinary circumstances, the Full bench of the Telangana High Court issued the said order dated 07th September to extend interim orders passed earlier by the High Court till October 01, 2020. Earlier, the bench had extended its interim orders till September 10.The full bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan, Justice M. S. Ramachandra Rao and Justice A. Rajasheker Reddy noted,”Although, this Court has re-assembled in the physical form, but the physical Courts are being run presently only on an experimental basis for a period of five days. Even now, all the Benches are not running in the physical form. In fact, only five Benches are running both in the physical and virtual forms and the remaining Benches are functioning only as virtual Courts. Since it is difficult to hear the cases fully, since it is difficult to even hear the vacate/stay applications completely, the order 08.06.2020 is extended till 01.10.2020″The Registry has been directed to list this case before the Full Bench on 30.09.2020.It may be noted that the High Court in its 1st notification (Roc.No.394/SO/2020, dated 27.03.2020) had issued certain directions, one such direction was with regard to the interim orders of the High Court passed in Suo-motu W.P. No. Urgent 1/2020 namely automatic extension of interim orders till 07.06.2020 etc., and the same were extended from time to time till 10.09.2020.Notably, A. Venkateswara Reddy (Registrar General) on Tuesday (08th September), by way of a notification, informed that the Hon’ble Full Bench in its order dated 07.09.2020 had extended the orders dated 27.03.2020, 08.06.2020, 14.07.2020 and 13.08.2020 passed in Suo-motu W.P.No. Urgent 1/2020 till 01.10.2020.It may be noted that by order dated 08.06.2020, Telangana High Court had passed the following orders:”Considering the beginning of the spread of COVID-19, considering the Nationwide Lockdown announced by the Government of India for a period of twenty-one days, with the effect from 25.03.2020, by Order dated 27.03.2020, this Full Bench had extended the stay orders passed by this Court, as well as by the District and other Subordinate Courts, and had also barred the execution of any decree by the Executing Courts. Despite the lapse of two-and-a-half-month, the Nationwide Lockdown and the State Lockdown continues, although the Lockdown has been rolled back to a certain limited extent. But, nonetheless, the Courts have not started functioning at full throttle. Therefore, there is a dire need to extend the Order dated 27.03.2020, as the Order has already expired on 07.06.2020. It is brought ‘to the notice of this Court that in many cases, the parties have given certain undertakings, but due to the Lockdown, the undertakings cannot be implemented by the party, despite its bona fide intent.ion. Meanwhile, the opposite parties are taking advantage of the party which is given the undertaking. It is also creating certain difficulties for the parties before the Courts. Therefore, this problem also needs to be addressed by this Court. Considering the present situation, and considering the fact that the Courts may not be in a position to work in the physical form totally till 15.07.2020, the Order dated 27.03.2020, is extended till 15.07.2020. This Order would also include the undertakings given before the Courts shall stand extended till 15.07.2020. This Order would not preclude con·sideration of Applications, in case the Applications are disposed of. This Order would not a bar to the disposal of the Applications. However, in case the Applications are disposed of, this Order shall cover the contingency. List this case on 14.07.2020.”For the convenience of our readers, we are providing the link of the order dated 27-03-2020 (containing directions issued by the Telangana High Court to all the subordinate courts, Tribunals, Telangana State Legal Services Authorities, Mediation and Arbitration Centre, High Court Legal Services Committee and Telangana State Judicial Academy.Also, the link of the order dated 27-03-2020 (in the matter of Suo-motu W.P. No. Urgent 1/2020) regarding the extension of Interim Orders and Abeyance of Execution Orders is also being attached.Click Here To Download Notification[Read Notification] Next Storylast_img read more

Senator wants to clean up Florida Constitution

first_img Senator wants to clean up Florida Constitution Gary Blankenship Senior Editor The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee is launching a two-year program aimed at streamlining the Florida Constitution, although the panel has been warned that will be a difficult task and could have unintended consequences.Sen. Daniel Webster, R-Winter Garden, discussed his plans with other committee members at a January 12 meeting. He said he wanted to get statutory-type provisions out of the state’s basic charter, but otherwise not make any significant changes to the document.The panel also heard from former Florida State University Law Dean and President Sandy D’Alemberte, who cautioned there are likely several obstacles to such an effort.Committee members questioned Webster about his plans after they finished other business before D’Alemberte was scheduled to appear at Webster’s invitation. Webster did say the job would be too big to accomplish in one year and it likely would be the 2006 session before any recommendations make it to the full House and Senate.In response to a question from Sen. Steven Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, Webster said he wants to have an article-by-article review of the constitution with a look at when, how, and why each provision was added.“If it did not meet the criteria of belonging in a basic document, we would get rid of it,” he said. “What we’re talking about are things that belong in statutes. There are things that clearly belong in statute and things you and I could agree on [that should not be in the constitution].”Webster added while he thinks there are some legitimate basic constitutional issues that need to be changed, that will not be included in the streamlining review.“I think I have a pure heart in what I’m asking to do, which is give the people the opportunity to vote on a constitution that would be like a constitution — instead of a collection of statutes,” he said.Geller said he would work with Webster on the issue but questioned whether the legislature could adequately grapple with such a large issue.“I’m concerned there’s a certain degree of hubris in having us do it,” he said. “I hope we would not be enacting changes that would bitterly divide this legislature and the people of the state of Florida but might pass by a narrow margin.”Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, asked if Webster’s rewrite would include changes in the initiative process for proposing constitutional amendments, something lawmakers have discussed both this and last year.Webster replied while he expects the committee to look at that issue, it would be in a separate bill from the constitutional rewrite. He noted that any change would have to pass committee scrutiny in both the House and Senate, pass both chambers by a three-fifths vote, and then be approved by voters.D’Alemberte, a state and federal constitutional expert, said it could be difficult to make any changes for several reasons, and that alterations could have unintended consequences. Noting his service in the House, D’Alemberte said he backed constitutional changes that made the amendment initiative process easier, an action he now regrets.(Lawmakers have been concerned that special interests are using the initiative process to bypass the legislature and enact provisions not suitable for the constitution. Recent votes have included protections for pregnant pigs, a vote ordering — and then rescinding — a high-speed rail system, and a battle between doctors and lawyers over medical malpractice issues.)And while people have a reverence for and are reluctant to change the U.S. Constitution, those same feelings don’t apply to state charters, D’Alemberte said.“I’m really skeptical about your ability to do it,” he said. “The length of the constitution comes out of one emotion that we are not going to be able to get over any time soon, and that emotion is distrust.”That distrust is evident in provisions dividing executive powers between the governor and a Cabinet, D’Alemberte said, and in setting up independent agencies outside of executive oversight.Nor is the urge to amend anything new. He noted that in the 85 years after the 1885 constitution was adopted, 211 amendments were proposed and around 145 were approved — an average of more than three per election.“The nature of the distrust seems to be shifting a bit,” D’Alemberte said. “The initiative process seems to be used to give explicit instructions to the legislature — the limitations of class size, the details of pre-K [class instruction]. That’s something that’s fairly new.”He offered three suggestions to the committee:• They should look at the proposal from the League of Women Voters — which D’Alemberte has reservations about — to allow citizens to propose statutory changes by initiative instead of just constitutional changes. “It invites people to put statutory language in the statutes, not the constitution,” he said.• The legislature could build on the requirement that each amendment be accompanied by a fiscal disclosure and provide forums for education and debate on proposed amendments.• The legislature could provide more information to existing institutions concerned with constitutional issues. Those include the Constitution Revision Commission, (which D’Alemberte chaired in 1978) a citizens’ panel that reviews the constitution every 20 years, and the Tax and Budget Reform Commission, which looks at fiscal issues and meets 10 years after the CRC. D’Alemberte said the citizens who serve on those panels could be given more thorough background about the constitution and related issues before they begin their work.Sen. Carey Baker, R-Eustis, asked what principles the committee should follow in carrying out Webster’s quest.D’Alemberte replied they should bear in mind that “unless something is denied in the constitution, it’s permitted.”He also said lawmakers should avoid meaningless affirmative statements.“We can put language in the constitution that says we’ll have a healthy environment, but it really doesn’t do anything,” he said.Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, said he would oppose a statutory initiative procedure, saying bills in the legislature get an extensive fiscal and staff analysis as well as debate, which might not happen in a referendum. “I think we’d be acquiescing our constitutional mandate as a bargaining chip [for reform],” he said.D’Alemberte said he was also dubious about that and said the legislature should look at other states with statutory initiative referendums, including California. Some observers feel the California system works poorly and burdens the state with unnecessary, unrealistic, and, sometimes, conflicting mandates.D’Alemberte closed with a warning that any attempt to streamline the constitution would be a challenge.“It’s fraught with a lot of danger and could become its own evil,” he said.After the meeting, Webster, a former House speaker and longtime member of both the House and Senate judiciary committees, noted that some might think it odd that a nonlawyer Judiciary Committee chair (he is an engineer and air-conditioning contractor) would undertake the project, but he’s seen a need for several years.“This is a document that does not need to be filled with a lot of detail about how things work,” he said. “My idea is to give the people a chance to vote on a pure document.”Webster acknowledged it might be a difficult project. “I don’t know if we could even get it out of this committee.”Webster said he welcomes input from The Florida Bar’s newly formed Special Board Committee to Study the Florida Constitutional Amendment Process, which was created at the request of President-elect Alan Bookman. That came after board members expressed concerns the state’s charter was becoming cluttered with unnecessary provisions. February 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Senator wants to clean up Florida Constitutionlast_img read more

Consultants criticise liability extension in PPF levy consultation [amended]

first_imgThe use of these structures can potential reduce the liability burden of a scheme entering the PPF, thus reducing the levy.In October, the PPF launched its final consultation on changes to the PPF levy formula, as new insolvency-risk score provider Experian takes over from 2015.The Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA) said it was concerned by the consultation and surprised by the lifeboat fund’s attempt to extend the legal duty of care.“We would prefer to maintain the existing chain of accountability through the trustees,” the organisation said.“As a minimum, the maximum extent of any liability would need to be made clear. Typically, there is a liability cap in the agreement between advisers and trustees. It would not seem appropriate for advisers to have an uncapped liability to the PPF.”Towers Watson, a consultancy, also raised concerns about the PPF’s move. Joanne Shepard, senior consultant at the firm, said it could potentially undo a lot of good work.“Extending each adviser’s liability is unnecessary – there is already a duty of care and liability to the trustees [whose role the PPF assumes on insolvency] or sponsor,” she said.“Subject to legal opinion, extending each adviser’s duty of care to the PPF may not always be unachievable – in which case, perfectly good assets would not be recognised for levy purposes.”Aon Hewitt called on the PPF to clarify its stance on the extension.“Will the accounts value of an ABC be subject to scrutiny by the PPF, with any attaching advice needing to be explicitly relied on by the PPF Board, despite this being an audited figure?” it asked.The ACA also raised concerns over new provider Experian’s ability to interpret a sponsor company’s annual accounts.It said where companies had not clearly defined ‘capital employed’ or ‘current liabilities’, Experian could not calculate figures, and thus set them as zero and skew the scoring.The ACA called for Experian to be allowed to use its judgement to approximate data items set by the PPF’s criteria.This is the lifeboat fund’s final consultation before Experian takes over from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) for the 2015-16 levy calculation.The move to Experian has been beset by delays, as the lifeboat fund wanted to create a bespoke insolvency risk score after significant complications with D&B in its eight-year relationship.This article originally and mistakenly said the PPF could provide transitional arrangements for levy-payers buyt his has since been ruled out by the fund. Apologies for any inconvenience. Consultants have dismissed attempts by the UK’s lifeboat fund to extend a duty of care on services provided to schemes operating asset-backed contribution (ABC) products.Wording in the latest Pension Protection Fund (PPF) consultation caused concern among advisers as ABC structures would require independent valuation recognising a legal duty of care to the PPF.This would have to be provided by the advisory community and places additional legal strain on those providing services to schemes.ABC structures involve sponsors giving schemes legal claim over an asset that provides income streams in return for a reduction in deficit contributions.last_img read more

Nelson Senior Leafs sweep past competition at Castlegar Novice Tournament

first_imgFresh off a successful performance in the Heritage City, the Nelson Senior Leafs took the show on the road to capture the Castlegar Novice tournament Sunday in the Sunflower City.The Senior Leafs won all three games by a combined 25-4 scored.Nelson opened the tournament by stopping Greater Trail Snipers 12-0 on goals by Max Jean, Cash Linnen, Griffen Wanhella, Miller Tedesco, two from Larson Proctor and a hatrick from both Jack Boyes and Wyatt Groenhuysen. Shea Anderson registered the shutout.Nelson kept on rolling, blasting Cranbrook Key City Drywall 8-2 Saturday.Jack Boyes had another hat trick with singles going to Kale Gehrmann, Cohen Wolbaum, Sawan Bhabra and Larson Proctor.Goalie Shea Anderson stopped a lot of great shots and pretty much stood on his head.Sunday Nelson completed the sweep edging Creston Valley Chiefs 5-2.Wyatt and Grady Groenhuysen scored along with Miller Tedesco.last_img read more

Alexander shines in Owls’ win against Villanova

first_imgThe key for the Owls is to not drop their levels of focus and intensity when shots aren’t falling, Cardoza said. They shot 53.1 percent from the field in the first half and 70 percent from three.  Alexander shot 7-12 from field, going 2-2 from beyond the arc. She also was 3-4 from the free throw line.  Freshman guard Asonah Alexander, who has replaced injured redshirt-sophomore Ashley Jones since Dec. 7, played a big role in the win.  Alexander said this game was a confidence boost for her.  Cardoza acknowledged Alexander’s ability to be a consistent third or fourth scorer for the team.  Cardoza had wanted Alexander to be more aggressive in the last two games, and she got that from the freshman guard against the Wildcats, she said.  “I had to put my team back up,” Alexander said. “Shots weren’t falling and we weren’t doing that well on defense, so I felt I had to attack more and be more aggressive.”  “Down the stretch, we got a little lax because we weren’t scoring,” Cardoza said, “But like I said, we got stops when we needed.” “We need [Alexander] to score more,” Cardoza said. “So she can still be a facilitator, but we need [Alexander] to be aggressive and look to score, because she can.” In the second half, they shot just 28.6 percent from the field just when Villanova started to make shots in an attempt to make a comeback in the match. center_img Sophomore guard Marissa Mackins said that missing shots used to affect her a lot, but she is learning to move past her misses.  The Owls’ defense struggled again when they started missing shots on offense, a trend Cardoza has noticed all year.  Freshman guard Asonah Alexander dribbles the ball down the court during the Owls’ game against Villanova at McGonigle Hall on Dec. 10. | JEREMY ELVAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple University women’s basketball (6-5, 0-1, The American Athletic Conference) held off a late comeback from Villanova (4-5) Tuesday to win 74-69 at McGonigle Hall.  Alexander came close to the first triple-double in program history, finishing with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists.  “The past few games I haven’t been hitting shots and it brought me down,” Mackins said,  “But coach told me to always stay in the game no matter what.”  The Owls’ next game is on Dec. 22 at 12 p.m. against Florida Gulf Coast (10-1) at McGonigle Hall. Mackins has also discovered her shooting stroke as of late. She shot 3-6 from three and finished with 15 points of her own. last_img read more

Why Ian Holloway would be perfect for the Swansea job

first_imgThere’s no doubt in my mind that Ian Holloway would be the right man to take over from Brendan Rodgers at Swansea.The likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have been linked with the job and while they are big names who achieved a lot as players, I think Ollie has the edge in terms of experience. He’s also an excellent man-manager.Most importantly, he would continue the brand of football Rodgers and Roberto Martinez introduced at Swansea.I certainly wouldn’t have been able to say that about him a few years ago and I know he’d be the first to admit that.But the great thing about Ollie is that he’s developed so much as a manager and has embraced new ideas.During his time out of the game after he left Leicester, I went to see him at his house in Bristol and we spoke for ages about how his ideas had changed.OLLIE’S MANAGERIAL PATH1996-2001: Bristol Rovers2001-2006: QPR2006-2007: Plymouth2007-2008: LeicesterSince 2009: BlackpoolWhen I played under him at QPR he had a certain way of doing things, but since his experience at Leicester he’s taken stock.He’s studied the game and looked at new ways of doing things, and that’s been highlighted by what he’s done at Blackpool.When I visited him he said that he’d be a much better manager when he got back into the game. He realised what he’d been doing wrong and spoke passionately about the need to play a more open, expansive game.He wanted to get away from the old way of doing things, with 4-4-2 and balls into the channels. He’d studied forward-thinking coaches and talked about the 4-3-3 system he now favoured – a similar style to the one Rodgers has since used at Swansea.He was saying to me ‘Imagine how good you’d be in a system like that’ – this from the man who’d previously wanted Dan Shittu to bang the ball forward as early as possible and favoured the kind of anti-football a lot of managers focus on these days.When he got the job at Blackpool, I spent pre-season training with them and saw at first hand the immediate impact he had there.It was a surprise to many people how well they did in his first season, but I’d seen straightaway that he really meant business and had come back a much more complete manager.One of his great strengths is his excellent man-management skills– and that’s really important. He’s down-to-earth and deals with players in the right way.Yes, someone like Bergkamp, who was brought up on total football at Ajax, would have a lot of gravitas. But would he be able to man-manage at a club where there are no obvious stars?Ollie definitely would be able to get the best out of that group of players. He’d be ideal in that respect.I also know from my time as a Cardiff player that there’s an intensity in Wales that any manager of Swansea will need to understand.Again, I think Ollie is well equipped. He has the personality to manage in that environment and also has experience from his years in Bristol, where there’s something similar with City and Rovers.Ollie’s done a brilliant job at Blackpool with the resources he’s had there and definitely deserves another crack at the Premier League.I also think having someone continue the Rodgers-Martinez way is really important – not only for Swansea, but for football in this country.We need more managers who play football the way it should be played.Modern-day managers seem to be moving in the opposite direction, but the modern-day Ian Holloway is a refreshing alternative.He’d be great for Swansea and Swansea would be great for him. It’s the perfect fit. Follow Richard Langley on Twitterlast_img read more

Quality basic education

first_imgThe National Development Plan’s vision is that by 2030, South Africans will have universal early childhood education, high-quality schooling, further education and training.NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN OUTCOME 1Researched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderIn 2030, South Africans will be enriched by universal early childhood education, high-quality schooling, further education and training that allows them to fulfill their potential, and expanding higher education that accelerates the shift to a knowledge economy.•  Overview•  Document downloads•  Quality basic education•  Health care for all•  Safety & freedom from fear•  Economy & employment•  A skilled workforce•  Economic infrastructure•  Vibrant rural communities•  Sustainable human settlements•  Accountable local government•  Natural environment•  South Africa in the world•  Efficient public service•  Inclusive social protection•  Nation building, social cohesion Basic education – DownloadsFind out more about the National Development Plan:• National Development Plan – full text• National Development Plan – Chapter 9: Improving education, training and innovation• Medium-Term Strategic Framework 2014 to 2019 – Outcome 1: Quality basic education• Department of Basic Education Action Plan to 2019• Infographic: Improving education, training and innovationBasic education – The visionIn the year 2030, South Africans have education of the highest quality, giving them life-changing skills and knowledge. Education make people’s life chances more equal. It is the door to success: South Africans now earn more than their parents and grandparents.A better educated population has boosted economic growth. This larger economy has space for more jobs, and has lifted more people out of poverty. Equality in education has also levelled out income inequality.In 2030, South Africa enjoys an education system with:• High-quality, universal early childhood education• Quality school education, with globally competitive literacy and numeracy standards• Further and higher education and training that allows people to fulfil their potential• An expanding higher-education sector that boosts incomes and productivity, and shifts South Africa towards a knowledge-based economy• A wider system of innovation that links universities, science councils and independent research and development institutions with priority areas of the economyBasic education – The challengesThe quality of education for most black children is poor. After 12 years of schooling, many can’t find jobs. Poor education also reduces the earning potential and career mobility of those who do get jobs – and limits the competitiveness of South African businesses.In poorer communities, schools are still substandard, textbooks are not delivered and teachers are not motivated and well-supported. Poor communities cannot support their schools and school governing bodies to the same extent as wealthier communities. Weak management and accountability leads to poor use of taxpayer resources.While socioeconomic conditions of learners constrain learning achievement it is clear that in South Africa unequal schooling aggravates socioeconomic disadvantage, rather than mitigating it.Basic education – Action requiredThe work of improving education in South Africa starts at home, moves on to basic schooling and ends only in the laboratories and seminars of advanced research and development.Action is needed in the following areas:• Households and communities• Management of the education system• Competence and capacity of school principals• Teacher performance• Further education and training• Higher education• Research and developmentHouseholds and communitiesProper nutrition and diet, especially for children under three, are essential for sound physical and mental development. The NDP makes recommendations on child nutrition, helping parents and families to break the cycle of poverty, and providing the best preparation for young children – including a proposal that every child should have at least two years of preschool education.Management of the education systemReducing layers of bureaucracy would make more resources available to support schools and teachers. The general rule of thumb is that interventions, both supportive and corrective, need to be inversely proportional to school performance.In this way, better-performing schools can be given the freedom to get on with the job, as long as there is measurable improvement. The National Development Plan makes specific recommendations focused on better support to schools, delivering the basic necessities for a good education and measuring the right things.It also proposes a campaign to improve infrastructure in poor schools, especially in rural areas.Competence and capacity of school principalsThe common feature of all well-run schools is leadership. The Department of Basic Education has recently launched a programme to measure the competencies of principals and deputy principals.This survey will also help identify weak performers, based on learner scores, and allow for appropriate support for principals and teachers. Principals should be selected purely on merit, be given greater powers over school management and be held accountable for performance.Teacher performanceThe NDP’s proposals cover training, remuneration, incentives, time on task, performance measurement, and content and pedagogical support. Professionalism and the conditions that enhance professional conduct must be rebuilt, and accountability for performance needs to be enhanced. This means that professional development, peer review, school infrastructure, the provision of learner support materials and teacher support systems need to be strengthened.Teachers, both individually and at school level, should be held accountable for learner performance, with due recognition of the learning environment.Further education and trainingAccording to the NDP, the further education and training system is not effective. It is too small and the output quality is poor. Continuous quality improvement is needed as the system expands.The quality and relevance of courses needs urgent attention. When quality starts to improve and the employability of graduates begins to increase, demand for FET services will rise automatically.Simply growing the sector without focusing on quality is likely to be expensive and demoralising for young people, further stigmatising the system. By 2030, the FET sector should cover about 25% of the age-relevant cohort, implying an increase from about 300 000 today to 1.25-million by 2030.Higher educationThe performance of existing institutions ranges from world-class to mediocre. Continuous quality improvement is needed as the system expands at a moderate pace.A major challenge is that poor school education increases the cost of producing graduates, and a relatively small number of black students graduate from universities. Increasing participation and graduation rates, with the option of a four-year university degree, combined with bridging courses and more support for universities to help black students from disadvantaged backgrounds, is likely to yield higher returns.Research and developmentA simultaneous focus on R&D and on the calibre of teaching would improve the quality of higher education, but without attention, inadequate human capacity will constrain knowledge production and innovation. Universities need to become centres of excellence at the cutting edge of technology. By attracting students from abroad, universities can generate revenue and increase the skills pool. Students from abroad who graduate from South African universities should qualify for a seven-year work permit to encourage them to stay and work here. While South Africa needs to spend more on R&D in general, the institutional setup also needs to improve the link between innovation and business requirements. Government should partner with the private sector to raise the level of R&D, with resources targeted towards building the research infrastructure required by a modern economy.Basic education – Key medium-term goals for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following sub-outcomes to achieve quality basic education.• Improve quality of teaching and learning through development, supply and effective utilisation of teachers• Improve quality of teaching and learning by providing infrastructure and learning materials• Regular annual national assessments to track improvement in the quality of teaching and learning• Improved Grade R and planning for extension of early childhood development• A credible, outcomes-focused planning and accountability system – building state capacity to intervene and support quality education• Partnerships for a strong education systemBasic education – Key medium-term targets for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following targets to achieve quality basic education.GRAPHIC: MARY ALEXANDERWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Bosh parts ways with Miami Heat

first_imgMOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES The six-foot-11 Bosh was an all-star in each of his six seasons with the Heat, helping Miami advance to four straight NBA finals and win back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013.In 13 NBA seasons, seven with the Toronto Raptors, Bosh has averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds in 893 career NBA games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Feb. 3, 2016, file photo, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh (1) reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, in Dallas. Bosh was dealing with more than one blood clot earlier this year, and said Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, that he felt written off when Miami Heat team doctors advised him that the situation would likely be career-ending.(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)Miami, United States — The Miami Heat officially waived forward Chris Bosh on Tuesday, the same day the NBA club announced that they would eventually retire his jersey.The 11-time all-star missed the 2016-17 season after he failed a preseason physical due to a blood clot issue.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend ‘Govs’ cup just another title chase’ View comments “He is, without a doubt, one of the greatest players in the history of the franchise. The number ‘1’ will never be worn by another player and we can’t wait to someday hang his jersey in the rafters,” said Miami president Pat Riley.The decision to waive Bosh was a formality after the two sides agreed to resolution on his contract six weeks ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsUnder terms of the agreement, the Heat will pay the 33-year-old Bosh $52 million over the next two years.Bosh’s salary will not count against the team’s salary cap, meaning they will be able use that money to sign players. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

The app-ortunities in connected lighting

first_imgThis is a compelling time to be in the lighting industry for people who like to be on the cutting edge of technology—and I’m not referring to the advancements made in the transition from conventional technologies (incandescent, fluorescent) to light-emitting diodes (LEDs), although those are certainly significant. Lighting is now being equipped with wireless connectivity, enabling a building-wide wireless network infrastructure to be built with lighting fixtures. This new chapter in connectivity could revolutionize how people use and interact with their immediate environment. Imagine being able to book an impromptu meeting in an empty conference room or find the location of equipment carts that are often moved, without having to hunt for them. Connected lighting can make the built environment an active participant in achieving the goals of a space and supporting the people inside them. The key will be the apps that are developed to unlock the potential of this new connected reality.Figure 1. Connected lighting systems create a building-wide wireless network infrastructure and the sensors in the fixtures detect data-rich details about the environment that can be used by apps to transform how people interact with their surroundings. (Source: Eaton) The Connected Infrastructure In the continued transformation of the built environment, equipping spaces with a connectivity infrastructure seems to be the next logical step in the trend of our ever-increasing need to connect people, connect devices, and transfer data. It started with telephone systems that became more and more elaborate as people realized they needed telephone jacks in more places. Then Ethernet networks took over, and, today, almost every wall features not just one, but four or more Ethernet ports, most of which are on PoE. With Wi-Fi and cellular service, people expect to be connected wherever they are and now demand greater access to information and the ability to control their immediate environment.Introducing Connected Lighting The term connected lighting refers to a lighting fixture that features an embedded technology, often a sensor, that detects important system and environmental details and shares that data with systems and people in real time. Connected lighting is the ideal medium to serve as a connected backbone in a building, because of the prevalence of lighting fixtures throughout the interior and exterior space and the fact that the lighting system is constantly powered. People spend most of their day inside a building or a home, standing directly under or nearby a lighting fixture. With connected lighting, even if the light is off, the fixture is connected.The Value of Connected Lighting The goal, however, is not to have a building full of technology. The goal is to have a building that delivers incredible value to the owners and occupants of the space through the use and application of the technology with which it is equipped.The information that can be produced by these connected lighting systems assists in the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the lighting system, and provides insights that advance and inform conversations about things outside of the lighting system.  Data gleaned from connected lighting systems enable facilities managers and owners to make better decisions about how the building is being used, create more accurate forecasts about upcoming operational expenses, and identify opportunities for improvements. Building occupants will get information that will help them to make better use of building resources or improve productivity.A recent survey, conducted by the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), identified the most attractive advantages of incorporating connectivity into a building as the ability to improve financial planning and to further reduce energy consumption. Connected lighting systems support financial planning activities by providing building data that can be used to create more accurate financial projections and cost analysis. The data generated through connected lighting systems can also provide a better snapshot of how the system is performing and identify opportunities to optimize it, saving energy. But that value description seems to just scratch the surface of what these connected lighting systems can ultimately provide. As we saw with the smartphones, it will be the apps that unlock the real potential of a connected environment.Make Way for the Apps Through connected lighting systems, apps will have access to incredible data about the built environment provided in real time. The powerful, and constantly powered, sensors in the lighting fixtures are equipped with a wireless radio that enables them to communicate over the system’s wireless network without interruption. The type of information that can be detected through the advanced sensing technology in the light fixtures is almost limitless: occupancy, air temperature, traffic patterns, and a whole host of other sensory inputs.Figure 2. Apps to maintain a lighting system, optimize space usage, and track equipment in real time have already been developed using data provided by connected lighting systems. (Source: Eaton) Some connected lighting sensors also feature advanced embedded systems such as Bluetooth chipsets.  With BLE on board, the system offers personal area networks that support real-time location services (RTLS) used for asset tracking and wayfinding. With the right apps, this information can be transformed into powerful tools that will support the financial planning and energy savings needs already identified and enable people to use building resources better, improve productivity and even create customized experiences.Some apps have already been created to use the data from a connected lighting system to provide information and insight that improves the way people live and work. The focus of these existing apps ranges from lighting system management to space utilization and asset tracking.Energy Manager App The energy management app includes the tools to configure, manage and maintain the lighting system.  Most lighting systems have this down pat, so the value of a connected system lies in the ability to manage and maintain entire buildings, campuses, and even a global property portfolio.  Expected features, like sending text messages when maintenance is needed or creating reports of the energy savings generated by the system need to be there, but having the ability to review that data, and make tweaks to save even more energy over time are compelling reasons to have a connected lighting system.Space Utilization App This app leverages the standard occupancy data to analyze patterns and presents it in a simple floorplan graphic. Facility managers can identify interior and exterior space that is being overused or underutilized and adjust as needed. The continued monitoring of the space will enable them to see the success of the reorganizing efforts and inform them when spaces could be used more effectively in the future.Asset Tracking App The BLE beacons in the sensors combined with indoor positioning system (IPS) apps recognize and track the movement of data tags attached to objects. The asset tracking app uses the locational data provided by the sensors in the lighting system to pinpoint the whereabouts of any tagged item, making it easy to find, regardless of where it has been left. This type of app has tremendous value in a number of spaces, especially healthcare, where nurses spend a considerable amount of time locating misplaced carts and equipment.  Used another way, a user’s mobile device with an IPS app can help guide the way through busy airports, maze-like museums, and even help make brick and mortar shopping easier.At this point in time, connected lighting is offering unprecedented access to and data-rich detail about the built environment. The apps that designers and developers will create to use this information in meaningful and valuable ways will change the way that people interact with and manage buildings and places. The app-ortunities are endless.Joe Bokelman is a self-professed tech geek who has worked in the lighting industry for over three decades. Once Joe bought his own Commodore VIC20 and Datasette tape drive in 1980, he was hooked on having the latest and greatest technology. He is currently experimenting on a Raspberry Pi system with his 8-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter. In the lighting world, his diverse experience includes lighting design, sales, product development and marketing roles, offering him a unique perspective on today’s industry trends. As a marketing manager in Eaton’s Lighting Division, Joe is focused on embedded wireless and sensing technology and unique applications for cutting-edge lighting systems.  Joe is an active member of many professional organizations, including the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), where he is the chairperson of the Control Protocols committee, and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).  Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. 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Super Clinic for the Blue Care Crew

first_imgThe National Youth Championships had some very special guests today, with the guys from Blue Care coming down to Sunshine Coast Stadium to participate in a Super Clinic with the TFA Staff and a number of representatives from the ACT, Tasmanian and Victorian NYC sides. With plenty of games, skills and drills, the guys from Blue Care had a great time, learning plenty about the game of Touch Football and loved the chance to meet some of the stars of the NYC.The group made up of adults and young adults with intellectual disabilities, were looking forward to seeing some games of Touch Football over the weekend, particularly the State of Origin series. The state pride started early with a couple of the group being from NSW, the cross border rivalry brought out the competitive instincts throughout the clinic.Clinic Participants Grant and Leigh were particularly patriotic which was great to see, both said how much the loved the games and wanted to play more and more, whilst carer Coral was extremely grateful to TFA for the holding of the clinic and the inclusive nature of the sport.Alissa, sister of former NRL Star, Chris Flannery, had plenty of previous experience with Touch Football and loved the chance to show off her skills, and to take on some of the NYC players.With the clinic drawing plenty of interest from spectators and teams preparing for games later in the day, it was particularly special to see the joy the event brought to not only the participants, carers and players but also those who were watching on.Leaving with a couple of special gifts from TFA, the guys are sure to continue to working on the skills, and are looking forward to next year’s event already.Related LinksNYC Special Guestslast_img read more