We cannot take Leicester lightly – boss

first_imgInterim boss Roberto Di Matteo says Chelsea cannot afford to take Leicester City lightly in this weekend’s FA Cup clash.Chelsea were taken to a replay by Birmingham in the previous round and Di Matteo insists another encounter with Championship opposition will provide his players with a real test.He said: “We’ve got the players to focus on Leicester. We’ve seen how difficult our path has been so far – with Birmingham we had a replay.“The players are aware that we need to perform to a very high level to go through again. In the FA Cup you have always got to expect the unexpected.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path

first_imgNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN OUTCOME 5In 2030, higher education and vocational training in South Africa produces highly skilled graduates, ready to meet both the present and future needs of economy and society.   •  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  A skilled workforce – 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 5: A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path• New Growth Path: National Skills Accord• Infographic: Improving education, training and innovationA skilled workforce – The visionThe National Development Plan’s vision is that, in 2030, South Africa’s education, training and innovation system caters for different needs and produces highly skilled individuals. Graduates of universities and technical and vocational colleges have the skills and knowledge to meet both the present and future needs of economy and society.Innovation introduces new products to the market and ensures goods and services are produced more efficiently. Research and development is significantly expanded. Collaboration across the South African education system and with internationally accredited institutions leads to higher levels of innovation.The different parts of the education system work together, allowing learners to take different pathways to high-quality learning opportunities. There are clear linkages between schools, further education and training colleges, universities of technology, universities and other education providers. There are also clear linkages between education and training and the world of work.Lifelong learning and continuous professional development build the capabilities of both citizens and society.By 2030:• The college system has been expanded with a focus on improving quality. Better quality will build confidence in the college sector and attract more learners. The recommended participation rate of 25% would accommodate about 1.25-million enrolments.• Provide 1-million learning opportunities through Community Education and Training Centres.• Improve the throughput rate to 80% by 2030.• Produce 30 000 artisans per year.• Increase enrolment at universities by at least 70% by 2030 so that enrolments increase to 1.62-million from 950 000 in 2010.• Increase the number of students eligible to study towards maths- and science-based degrees to 450 000 by 2030.• Increase the percentage of PhD-qualified staff in the higher education sector from the current 34% to over 75% by 2030.• Produce more than 100 doctoral graduates per million per year by 2030 – an increase from 1420 in 2010 to well over 5 000 a year.• Expand science, technology and innovation outputs by increasing research and development spending by government and through encouraging industry to do so.A skilled workforce – The challengesCurrent participation in post-school education and training is limited, insufficient for the skills needs of the economy and society. It is also skewed towards university education, which few students that can attend. Three times as many students enter universities as enrol in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges. This is not sustainable if South Africa’s skills needs are to be met.About 1-million young people leave school every year, many without completing matric. Half leave school with only a Grade 11 qualification. But only a small number of those leaving school enrol in TVET colleges or have any post-school education.The university sector is not an alternative for these students, and those who do make it to universities face challenges forcing them to drop out.Few of those who do get post-school education are properly prepared for the workplace, often because of the poor quality of their training.The poor quality of the public schools system has transferred the problem to an ill-equipped university system that is failing to cope with the increased number of students and demands for academic support. The net effect is a system that is not able to produce the number and quality of graduates needed by the economy.A skilled workforce – Action requiredThe TVET system has to grow substantially to be responsive to changing labour-market and individual needs, and yet be flexible enough to address skills imbalances and shortages. This requires a responsive properly planned and effective technical and vocational education and training system.The priority should first be to stabilise the system, while providing clarity about its vision and role in the post-school education and training system. This should be supported by the availability of qualified lecturers, a suitable legal framework, strong partnerships with industry and social partners.Specific action includes:• Support the development of specialised programmes in universities focusing on training college lecturers and provide funding for universities to conduct research on the vocational education sector.• Build the capacity of FET and TVET colleges to become preferred institutions for vocational education and training. Learners should be able to choose the vocational pathway before completing Grade 12. Expand the geographical spread of vocational training institutions.• Build a strong relationship between the college sector and industry. Setas – Sector Education and Training Authorities – have a crucial role in building relationships between education institutions and employers.A skilled workforce – Key medium-term goals for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following sub-outcomes to achieve a skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path.• A credible institutional mechanism for labour market and skills planning• Increase access and success in programmes leading to intermediate and high level learning• Increase access to high-level occupationally directed programmes in needed areas• Increase access to occupationally-directed programmes in needed areas and thereby expand the availability of intermediate level skills with a special focus on artisan skillsA skilled workforce – Key medium-term targets for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following targets to achieve a skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path.GRAPHIC: MARY ALEXANDERResearched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderUpdated December 2015last_img read more

SoundHound: A Music App That Could Change Mobile Search

first_imgLarry Marcus is one investor with the ability to turn good core technology into consumer success. Five years ago he helped change the mathematical algorithm of the Music Genome Project into music sensation Pandora. Today, Marcus’ work with Melodis’ Sound2Sound Search Science is already celebrating market success with music identifying application SoundHound. ReadWriteWeb caught up with Marcus to hear about his latest project. At first glance, Melodis’ SoundHound is a Shazam Encore competitor with faster search functionality. Both services are among the top paid iPhone applications, both cost $5 dollars and both allow users to find songs, scan lyrics and read artist bios. Nevertheless, in addition to allowing users to identify songs from ambient background music, sung lyrics, spoken word and text-based search, SoundHound also lets you listen to music through your own iTunes library or Pandora account. With SoundHound you can capture FM radio, identify a song and create a Pandora internet radio station within seconds. And while each of these features are impressive, what we’re really excited about is SoundHound’s plans for the future. Tags:#NYT#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshiro The Underlying TechnologyExplains Marcus, “Most sound recognition technology converts speech to text in order to identify similarities. Sound2Sound (SoundHound’s core technology) converts text and speech to phonic representations and cross references those. ”The same underlying sound recognition technology that powers SoundHound also makes Melodis’ Voice Dialer application possible. What’s more, Marcus suggests that the technology can have even broader applications. “Music is just one way we’re bringing this core technology to a mass market. It’s a passion project that brings joy to users, but we can expand even further. To start, we believe that the best user interface ever is search.” Meanwhile, Shazam’s core technology is no longer its own. The company sold its search assets to BMI more than 4 years ago to track audio files and enforce royalties for rights owners. While both Shazam and Melodis’ SoundHound remain some of the App Store’s most downloaded products, Shazam’s product expansion is limited by BMI’s control. Marcus believes that SoundHound may just be the tip of the iceberg for Melodis. From bird call recognition, to driver assistance, to voice-activated emergency response, Sound2Sound can expand as far as its engineers can carry it. Given the attention to voice recognition in yesterday’s Bing iPhone application release and the fact that mobile search has become increasingly competitive, we may find Sound2Sound integrated in some unlikely places. To check out SoundHound, download it here.last_img read more

Aussies rule the pool as SA join the party too

first_imgThe swimming quartet of Virdhawal Khade, Anshul Kothari, Arjun Jayaprakash and Aaron D’Souza made history on Monday by becoming the first Indian men’s team to qualify for the 4x100m relay final at the Commonwealth Games.But the team failed to improve on its performance in the final and finished in sixth- place while the Australian swimmers stamped their authority to grab three of the five gold medals at stake.The Indian quartet clocked 3.27.14 seconds in the 4x100m final, which was won by the Australian team with a Commonwealth Games record.Khade, who will shoulder the burden of a majority of India’s hopes, said he was satisfied with the performance but pointed out that he did not exert himself entirely. ” It was good to be become the first Indian team to qualify for the finals and we qualified sixth which is reasonably well,” said the Kolhapur swimmer after the final.”I didn’t give my 100 per cent because our aim was to qualify and we did that,” he added.A reasonable decision considering Khade will be in action again on Tuesday in the 50m butterfly and will compete in four other categories in the following days.But the Olympian expects to come up with better performances in the 100m freestyle and the 100m butterfly which he believes would be his best opportunities for glory.”I am feeling better although I have five more events left in the competition. I will do all that I can but I believe the 100m butterfly and the 100m freestyle are the two events in which I can do better.” Most of the other Indians in the fray found the going really tough against a star- studded field. Badrinath Melkote (27.26 sec) and Subha Chittranjan ( 30.00 sec) managed to reach the semi- finals of the men’s 50m backstroke and the women’s 50m butterfly respectively, but lacked the experience and the expertise to push ahead.advertisementAustralian Olympic champion Kylie Palmer started the flurry of medals as she eclipsed both the Games record and her personal best to tough home in 1.57.50 sec in the 200m freestyle to grab the first gold medal for her team.Palmer finished ahead of Wales’ Jazz Carlin ( 1.58.29 sec) and England’s Rebecca Adlington whose late surge helped her clock in at 1.58.47 sec.In the men’s 400m freestyle, it turned out to be a thrilling finish with Australian Ryan Napolean just falling short of the pole position as Canadian Ryan Cochrane’s late charge saw him move ahead – a lead he maintained to finish first with a timing of 3.48.48 sec.Napolean ( 3.48.59 sec), who was slapped with a three- month ban for testing positive for a banned substance earlier this year, had to remain content with a secondplace finish ahead of Scotland’s Darry Carry ( 3.50.06sec).Alicia Couts brought home the second gold for Australia in the record time of 2.09.7 sec in the women’s 200m individual medley.Emily Seebohm, 18, of Australia grabbed the silver medal while Canadian Julia Wilkinson ( 2.12.09sec) came in third.South African Chad Guy Detrand Le Clos made the most of the absence of Australian Nick D’Arcy, who failed to qualify for the 200m butterfly final, and broke the Games record clocking in at 1.56.48sec to win the gold, while Englishman Michael Rock ( 1.57.15sec) and Canadian Stefan Hirniak ( 1.57.26sec) followed him in the second and third place respectively. In the 4x100m final for men’s relay, Australia clinched the gold, while England came in second.last_img read more

10 months agoSarri declares Fabregas should leave Chelsea

first_imgSarri declares Fabregas should leave Chelseaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has backed Cesc Fabregas’ departure from the club. The 31-year-old is on the verge of joining Monaco, managed by his former teammate Thierry Henry.Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham, Sarri said: “I can say only my opinion, I don’t know the decision of the club. [And] in my opinion he needs to go.”At this club there’s a rule, the renewal of players over 30 is for one year. I don’t want a player as important as Cesc unhappy.”I don’t know, yesterday he had a free day for the injury, so I don’t know.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

MEET DANNY MCIVOR

first_img Facebook “I sat on a small hill overlooking the set, skipping school for three days only going home at the end of the school day to check in then running back down to the set until dinner time. It was only when the school Principal called to find out if I was sick that my absence was discovered by my parents who were not pleased. But it was worth it because then and there I knew for sure what I wanted to do with my life”.How long have you been directing?I started Directing right out of the gate, when I began making movies as a kid. Back then I had to do it all, out of necessity- Writing, Directing, Cinematography & Editing. But when I started telling stories with a camera professionally working for CBC it was one job at a time and I concentrated on the Cinematography and Post Production. But when I left CBC and headed to South America as a Freelancer in the 1990’s I again found myself doing all three jobs, although rarely on the same project. It wasn’t until I was hired by CNN to open their South America News Bureau in Rio de Janeiro that I was once again Directing as well as Shooting and Editing- what turned out to be over 100 documentaries during my 10 year career with the network. But, my first love has always been fiction movies and I have spent the last twelve years Directing many projects, from feature films to shorts, music videos and advertising videos.Who inspired you to pursue your goals?My older brother Mike, upon seeing my nascent interest in making movies as a kid bought me a new state-of-the-art (for the time) Super 8mm camera. I no longer had to borrow the neighbour’s camera to make movies with the neighbourhood kids. Needless to say, I was hooked.What challenges have you faced in the entertainment industry? The challenge for every Indie movie maker, especially in Canada, where there is little to no government support for up and coming filmmakers, is raising money. I have attempted to raise money many different ways over the years from crowd funding to private investment to taking out personal bank loans. After 29 movies it is still very difficult to fund movie projects, not just for me but for every Indie movie Producer and Director I know. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Danny McIvor is a Director, Cinematographer and Writer. He is one busy man in the industry!We chatted with Danny recently … Check out our Q and A below:As a child, did you always want to make movies and work in film and TV?Born into a family of Writers and Artists Danny, age 12, one day came across a movie company on location in the small village of Caulfeild on Canada’s west coast, where he grew up. He watched in fascination as the magic of making a motion picture was unveiled before him. Written By:  Darlene MorrisonIf you are an aspiring talent and would like to be featured in our Aspiring Talent SeriesContact Darlene via email at morrisonmediasocial@gmail.comOpen to all (e.g. Actors, Models, Singers, Dancers, Producers, Directors, etc.) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter What has been your most rewarding experience?My most rewarding experience was the production of my feature film THE TIME BETWEEN. A project I wrote, Directed and, to save money, also acted as Cinematographer and Editor. The old saying “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” was never more pertinent than when I made this movie.What is your favourite type of film to direct?I have worked in many genres but it seems I have a special flair for light comedy, especially physical comedy. As a Screenwriter black comedy and satire are my favorite genres.What market do you currently work in? I work in Toronto one of the world’s most saturated motion picture markets as far as production and technical people go. It was saturated even when I arrived from Vancouver in the early 80’s which is why after 10 years working in television for the CBC my real goal, to make fiction movies, still seemed nothing but a dream as I found getting in and getting the experience I needed was all but impossible. This is why, when I quit CBC to go freelance with my own equipment. I packed up and moved to Rio de Janiero Brazil, a huge movie market but still in need of new blood. It was there I began to work professionally on movies, documentaries. television shows and advertising getting the experience I needed to build a career more easily when I returned to Toronto after 10 years.Are there other areas you would like to work?I am primarily a Director and Cinematographer and I often edit the movies I shoot. So I get work in all these jobs which I find extremely rewarding. One skill informs the other making me better at all three.What advice would you give to someone new trying to make it in the filming industry?No matter what you want to do in movies, from Producing to Directing to Cinematography, knowing how to edit movies is a fundamental skill that informs all those other jobs and makes location shooting much easier and more streamlined. Editing is truly the heart and soul of making movies.What fuels your passion?I need to be creative. And seeing a story go from script to screen is, for me, the best thing in life.What is something about you that most people would never guess?I’ll never tell. Besides, if I did no one would believe it.If you were to do it all over again, would you do things exactly the same? Do you have any regrets? No. On the day I left high school I should have hopped on a bus to Los Angeles and done anything, any job to get my foot in the door of the motion picture business there. That’s the world capital of movie making and that’s where you want to be if you are in your late teens or early 20’s and serious about making this your career.Successes that make you proud?I grew up poor and being able to make a good living doing what I love is my proudest achievement.Tell me about your current projects.I have four scripts “on the launch pad” and as usual I am searching for funding. In the meantime I am shooting 4 short films in the Spring of 2018 as well doing a music video and a number of scenes for Actors through my new side business SCENE IT. My Production Company Miramac Productions also produces advertising videos. I also host a monthly networking event in Toronto for Indie movie makers and Actors which is connected to my Facebook group “THE TORONTO INDIE MOVIE SUPPORT GROUP.”Check out what Danny is up to:Website: http://www.dannymakesmovies.com/Dannys_Homepage.htmlIMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4503569/Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/dannymcivorFacebook pages are:– https://www.facebook.com/danny.mcivor.9– https://www.facebook.com/groups/398651220312496/last_img read more

Ban on grizzly bear hunt regulatory changes takes effect April 1

first_imgVICTORIA – A ban on hunting grizzly bears in British Columbia comes into effect next month, along with a number of regulatory changes.The NDP government says taxidermists and tanners will be required to report information about any grizzly bears or parts brought to them as of April 1 to help enforce the hunting ban or face a $230 fine.The province announced the ban in December to protect the roughly 15,000 grizzlies in the province — a move that was welcome by environmental groups.The government previously said roughly 250 grizzlies were killed annually by non-First Nations hunters.Hunters will now be required to carry all their species licences during hunting trips, including cancelled licences, and show them to conservation officers as requested.The province says the changes to the Wildlife Act also increases the amount of edible meat hunters can collect from big game by including neck and rib meat.Requirements to remove edible portions of an animal, which previously pertained to types of deer, moose, elk, sheep and goat, has been expanded to include cougars as well.last_img read more

Zimmer and Kent visits North Peace Seniors Housing Society

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local M.P. Bob Zimmer and the Honourable Peter Kent, M.P. for Thornhill, Ontario, made a visit to tenants of the North Peace Seniors Housing Society on May 3.Kent discussed the ethics or lack thereof that many companies have when it comes to using personal information.According to Kent, many companies use the personal information that they have found through online purchases, social media and even Google/Gmail emails and sell this information to the highest bidder in hopes to sell users things they want them to buy and, unfortunately, some may even use this information to try to sway personal views on important political matters. Kent says the Ethics Committee’s goal is to curb and reprimand these companies that use personal information in an unethical manner.Along with Kent, Zimmer talked about LNG, Site C, gas pricing and other issues concerning the local, provincial and federal government.last_img read more

Virtual vocal tract can lead to speech via brain signals

first_imgLos Angeles: Scientists have created a virtual vocal tract — completes with lips, jaw and tongue — that can generate natural-sounding synthetic speech by using brain signals. The brain-machine interface created by neuroscientists at University of California, San Francisco in the US could one day restore the voices of people who have lost the ability to speak due to paralysis and other forms of neurological damage. Stroke, traumatic brain injury, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) often result in an irreversible loss of the ability to speak. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSome people with severe speech disabilities learn to spell out their thoughts letter-by-letter using assistive devices that track very small eye or facial muscle movements. However, producing text or synthesised speech with such devices is laborious, error-prone, and painfully slow, typically permitting a maximum of 10 words per minute, compared to the 100-150 words per minute of natural speech. The system, described in the journal Nature, demonstrates that it is possible to create a synthesised version of a person’s voice that can be controlled by the activity of their brain’s speech centres. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn the future, this approach could not only restore fluent communication to individuals with severe speech disability, researchers said, but could also reproduce some of the musicality of the human voice that conveys the speaker’s emotions and personality. “For the first time, this study demonstrates that we can generate entire spoken sentences based on an individual’s brain activity,” said Edward Chang, a professor at University of California, San Francisco. “The relationship between the movements of the vocal tract and the speech sounds that are produced is a complicated one,” said Gopala Anumanchipalli, a speech scientist who led the study. “We reasoned that if these speech centers in the brain are encoding movements rather than sounds, we should try to do the same in decoding those signals,” Anumanchipalli said. Researchers asked five volunteers with intact speech who had electrodes temporarily implanted in their brains to map the source of their seizures in preparation for neurosurgery to treat epilepsy — to read several hundred sentences aloud while the researchers recorded activity from a brain region known to be involved in language production. Based on the audio recordings of participants’ voices, the researchers used linguistic principles to reverse engineer the vocal tract movements needed to produce those sounds: pressing the lips together here, tightening vocal cords there, shifting the tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth, then relaxing it, and so on. This detailed mapping of sound to anatomy allowed the scientists to create a realistic virtual vocal tract for each participant that could be controlled by their brain activity. This comprised two “neural network” machine learning algorithms: a decoder that transforms brain activity patterns produced during speech into movements of the virtual vocal tract, and a synthesiser that converts these vocal tract movements into a synthetic approximation of the participant’s voice. The synthetic speech produced by these algorithms was significantly better than synthetic speech directly decoded from participants’ brain activity without the inclusion of simulations of the speakers’ vocal tracts, the researchers found. The algorithms produced sentences that were understandable to hundreds of human listeners in crowdsourced transcription tests.last_img read more

SP going soft on Cong PM

first_imgPratapgarh (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday accused the Samajwadi Party of going soft on the Congress, implying a rift in the SP-BSP opposition alliance against the BJP in Uttar Pradesh.Addressing a BJP rally here, Modi said while the Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati is attacking the Congress, a Congress leader is sharing the stage with the SP. The apparent reference was to Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s presence at a Samajwadi Party meeting in Rae Bareli on Thursday. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”The SP is going soft on the Congress, but its alliance partner BSP chief Mayawati is attacking the Congress,” he said. Modi said the Congress has been reduced to the status of ‘vote katwa’ party for cutting the votes of other parties and it will soon witness its downfall. Attempting to draw a wedge in the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, Modi claimed that BSP chief Mayawati has understood that the SP and the Congress are playing a “big game” with her. “Now, this is clear that the SP has derived mileage from Mayawati through the gathbandhan. She was kept in dark. There were talks about respect. It was said that you (Mayawati) will be made the prime minister, but now Behenji has understood that the SP and the Congress are playing a big game with her,” he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadModi said there are dangers of corruption, opportunism, casteism, dynastic politics and non-governance from this alliance. “The panja (hand) of mahamilaawat is very dangerous,” he added. Accusing the Congress and its president of attempting to tarnish his image over the Rafale issue, he took a jibe at former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. “Your father was termed ‘Mr Clean’ by his courtiers, but his life ended as ‘Bhrastachari number 1’ (corrupt number 1),” Modi said. He claimed that the Congress chief had admitted in a interview that his only aim is to tarnish the image of Modi. “By hurling abuses, you cannot dissolve the 50-long year of Modi’s tapasya (struggle) in dust,” the prime minister said. “By tarnishing my image and by making me small, these people want to make an unstable and a weak government in the country,” he added. Modi said “only the BJP can give a stable government ” as he led the gathering chanting “phir ek baar…Modi sarkar (once again, Modi government)”.last_img read more