Congratulations to the Class of 2018


first_imgBrand South Africa congratulates all the Class of 2018 for successfully concluding their formal school careers. We wish the matriculants well as they pursue opportunities beyond schools, and urge them to play their part to positively contribute towards building our country.South Africa has produced sterling examples of how dynamic, tenacious and inspiring young people can play their part to fly our national flag beyond our shores including, amongst others, Phiwayinkosi Mhlongo from Bona Comprehensive School in Gauteng obtained the highest marks nationwide in Technical Mathematics, followed by Lungiswa Sibisi from Tetelo Comprehensive School, also in Gauteng. Mihlali Fipaza, from Bashee Senior Secondary School in the Western Cape, came in third.These young South Africans show us why it is critical that the National Development Plan (NDP) be implemented with haste, since all young people in our country must be empowered to achieve their full potential which will contribute to our country’s global competitiveness and reputation. The NDP has adopted a “youth lens” in preparing its proposals to ensure young people become active, contributing citizens and will see young people receiving quality education – particularly around maths and science programmes, skills transfer and training.South Africa’s matric class of 2018 achieved a total of 156,885 distinctions – a slight decline compared to the 161,081 distinctions obtained in 2017. The main provinces which contributed towards the distinctions obtained were KwaZulu-Natal with 41,734, Gauteng with 36,113, Western Cape with 24,822, Eastern Cape with 16,109 and Limpopo with 15,748. The three “rural” provinces – the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo – produced a combined total of 75,591 distinctions, equivalent to 46.9% of the total distinctions for the country.The number of distinctions attained specifically in the gateway subjects were:5,169 distinctions in Accounting, compared to 5,040 in 2017;5,828 distinctions in Mathematics, compared to 6 726 in 2017; and8,135 distinctions in Physical Science, compared to 7,861 in 2017.To the class of 2019, Brand South Africa encourages you to take up the challenge to improve upon the 2018 matric results and to grow our national skills base. We wish you luck in the year ahead and urge to seize all the opportunities this county has to offer.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, February 18, 2019


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Happy President’s Day! Light snow lingers across parts of Ohio this morning, and it may take a while to get out of all parts of the state. We expect 60% coverage of at least some on and off light snow today, but do not expect any noteworthy accumulations. The rest of the state will be just cloudy and chilly, as north winds continue to flow across the eastern corn belt. High pressure will try to move over the Great Lakes and the northern parts of the state overnight into tomorrow morning, so we do have a chance at seeing a little bit of sunshine early in the day tomorrow, but clouds quickly return and then increase through the balance of the day. We have a significant weather system on the way for midweek. Cold air will be sufficiently far enough south to allow for a large part of the state to see precipitation start as snow on Wednesday morning. In fact, we see the potential for some significant accumulations out of this event. From US 20 northward, we can see a coating to 3 inches Wednesday. From US 20 southward we have concern about 3”-8” snow totals piling up. Perhaps down in far southern Ohio, we can see a rain-snow mix, or even predominantly rain for the even, but that area will be relatively small. . This will be very wet snow in areas that see snow, with the heaviest accumulations running from SW Ohio to central parts of the state.  The snow is likely done by early afternoon, but in ending, we expect a changeover to rain. We can see an additional few .25″-.75” of liquid before everything is done Wednesday night. There is big potential for this to be an absolute mess. The maps below show the potential liquid equivalent totals and system snow totals the way we see them this morning.  Clouds do give way to some sun on Thursday, and we see partly sunny skies hold for most areas through Friday. The only exception may end up being in far southern and southeastern parts of the state Friday afternoon and evening, where we may end up with a few scattered light rain showers. Temps for Thursday and Friday will end up near normal…temps chilly, but not bitter cold. Another big batch of moisture remains on track for the weekend. We are putting rain in the forecast for both Saturday and Sunday, although we will grant that Saturday will have most of the rain focus south of I-70. Sunday will feature the heaviest rains and full state coverage. For the two days combined, we expect .5”-1.5” rain totals with coverage at 100%. Rivers and creeks will continue to run full, and localized flooding is likely. Sunday will also feature very gusty winds, averaging 20-40 mph statewide. We turn colder for the first couple of days next week, but we still are not that far below normal. Partly sunny skies are expected. We can’t rule out a chance of some light snow in northern Ohio next Wednesday, especially NW Ohio, but even that does not look to be nearly as impressive as our next two systems this week and weekend. The extended 11-16 day forecast suggests a significant move colder as we start off the month of March. Next Thursday through the following Monday we see much colder, well below normal temps across the entire state. That air mass, along with good strong north winds, will produce some lake effect snow chances for the first weekend in March, the 2nd and 3rd. A much broader coverage snow event is showing up for the 5th bringing a coating to 2 inches, with nearly full state coverage.last_img read more

Does Your Startup Really Need Those Game Mechanics?


first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#start I’m a fairly competitive person. I like to win. And thanks to many hours spent in front of the screen, I find myself pretty motivated when I see an opportunity to “level up.” But that being said, I still question the rush lately to add “game mechanics” to every new product and experience.As we’ve writtenbefore, the arguments for doing so are compelling. Game mechanics can be fun and rewarding. They can increase user engagement and can aid user adoption, referral, and retention. But does the addition of levels, leader-boards, and virtual trophies necessarily lead to a better user experience? Of course not.In a recent blog post titled, “Why You Should NOT Integrate Game Mechanics Into Your Service,” Gaurav Mishra, CEO of 2020Social points to the ways in which the pressure to add points and badges can obscure some of the other important considerations when developing an application or service. Mishra quotes Pascal Rettig who argues that we are confusing game mechanics – which are really about gameplay – with mechanics meant to change user behavior surrounding the product. “Where you should focus your efforts to avoid launching a dud as we roll through the game mechanics hype cycle,” says Rettig, “is on making the core of whatever system you are building more game-like (put simply, fun) and not just toss a thin-veneer of simple game mechanics around the outside.” You don’t want any game mechanics you implement to distract your users away from your core service. And you don’t want to just bow to the pressure to include badges and mayorships simply because others have incorporated them successfully. And you don’t want to assume that just because you’ve incorporated game mechanics that somehow you’ve made your app playful and fun.White label game mechanics service Bunchball respond in the comments on Mishra’s post with these insights:Have good core content. If users have no reason to come back to your site without game mechanics, they’re going to have no reason to come back with game mechanics.Have clear business objectives that you’re using game mechanics to drive.Apply game mechanics in a contextually appropriate manner for your community. Farmville and Stack Overflow both use game mechanics, but different ones, and in very different ways, that are appropriate for their respective communities.Iterate & Evolve. You’re not going to get it right the first time, and you’re going to learn from your users.What do you think? Do you find game mechanics engaging? And if so, which products do you think are the most effective and innovative when it comes to integrating game mechanics into their design? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

London Olympics: Li Xiaoxia beat Ding Ning to win gold in women’s table tennis


first_imgLi Xiaoxia of China beat teammate Ding Ning in a controversial Olympic women’s singles table tennis final on Wednesday.[blurb} Li, 24, won 11-8, 14-12, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4.The fourth game saw controversy that reduced Ding Ning, the top-ranked world champion, to tears and effectively ended her challenge.With Li 8-2 up, Ding was shown a red card for dissent after approaching the umpire about a serve fault.Ding did not appear to be protesting, and seemed to have merely made a polite inquiry.Visibly distraught, Ding was unable to maintain the fight and capitulated 4-11 in the final game.Earlier on Wednesday, Feng Tianwei of Singapore won the bronze medal match, destroying Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa four games to nil.It was Singapore’s third medal in Olympic history, a feat that left Feng, who won team silver in Beijing, visibly moved as she left the arena.last_img read more