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Increase in bus fares looms

first_imgFoothill Transit riders could be facing steep fare hikes if a proposed increase is adopted by the bus company’s governing board next month. Officials are planning to do away with senior and disabled discounts on the company’s Silver Streak and Commuter Express lines to downtown Los Angeles, as well as implementing a roughly 20 percent, across- the-board increase in monthly pass prices. That means an adult monthly pass for local service would rise from $55 to $66, student passes would jump from $25 to $30, and senior and disabled passes would increase from $18 to $21. Regular cash fares for Silver Streak and Commuter Express buses would also go up 20 percent, to $2.50 and $4.40, respectively. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The plan, which will be discussed at several public meetings between now and Nov.1, would not affect single-trip cash fares, which would remain at $1 for adults and students and 50 cents for seniors and the disabled. Foothill Transit officials blamed escalating fuel and maintenance costs, as well as a similar fare hike by the MTA that could result in less funding for other area transit agencies, for the proposed hikes. “We don’t want to raise fares, but we are in a position where we don’t have many other options,” said Foothill Transit spokeswoman Felicia Friesema. She added that without the additional $2.7 million in annual fare revenue the increases would generate, the company could face an operating deficit by 2009. Seniors and the disabled with monthly passes on express routes like the Silver Streak and Commuter Express lines would be hardest hit, with Silver Streak passes more than doubling from $40 to $96 and Commuter Express passes climbing to $155 a month, from a current $65. “Mamma Mia,” said Jose Luis Sedano, 65, after hearing about the plan after getting off a Silver Streak bus at the El Monte Bus Depot on Friday. Sedano said he uses the service about twice a week to get to his job as a photographer in downtown Los Angeles. “It is going to be very inconvenient for me,” said the El Monte resident. “But it is not good at all for other seniors who are on a fixed income.” Friesema said ridership surveys have shown that most seniors using the downtown express lines, like Sedano, are not on fixed incomes and are using the buses to go to work. “They are not using them to go to the doctor or other necessary appointments,” she said. As for eliminating discounts on the express buses for the disabled, she said federal law only requires such discounts on local lines. Friesema said that because of the MTA’s recent move to keep local fares the same while increasing monthly passes, the agency would eventually receive more money through the state formula used to distribute operating funds to transit agencies. “That would leave a smaller part of the pie for other agencies,” she said. “If we don’t take action now, we will lose money later.” Despite the reasons, Sedano said the planned hikes have discouraged him from purchasing a monthly pass. “I don’t think I will,” he said, adding that he plans on moving back to L.A. to be closer to his work. Friesema noted the proposed hikes are not final and encouraged residents to attend the public meetings scheduled on the plans. They are set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the MTA San Gabriel Valley offices at 3449 Santa Anita Ave. in El Monte; at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pomona Library conference room, 625 S. Garey Ave.; and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at at the Foothill Transit offices, 100 S. Vincent Ave., West Covina. Those unable to attend can submit comment by e-mail at fareincrease2007@foothilltransit.org, fax at (626) 967-4608 or by mail at the Foothill Transit address listed above. fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fantasy Premier League tips: Bargain stars for your squad

first_img 16 Victor Valdes (Middlesbrough) – £4.5m – Given Aitor Karanka now has four goalkeepers to choose from, this is a little risky at the moment but the ex-Barcelona man could be a huge hit at the Riverside. 16 16 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) – £6.0m – It could just be another false dawn, but the English star – still only 22 – has been in good form in pre-season. If he can stay injury free he could make a big impact at the Emirates. Andre Gray (Burnley) – £6.5m – If there is one word to describe Gray, it’s prolific. His last four season have seen him rattle 88 goals into the back of the net for Luton, Brentford and the Clarets. He’s already bagging goals in pre-season with a hat-trick coming against Rangers, but can he do it in the Premier League? Wes Morgan (Leicester City) – £5.0m – He’s not as cheap as he was last season, but Morgan is still a snip. It will be hard for the Foxes to defend their title but given they kept 10 clean sheets when they managed to beat relegation, we reckon the Jamaican is nailed on for another quality campaign. The new Premier League season is tantalisingly close, and that means fantasy football is just around the corner.Any manager worth their weight has already picked a provisional squad but there is plenty of time for tinkering to get the balance just right.And if you are going to be able to stability, in terms of finance, you’re going to need a few cheap stars in your squad.So, this season, who are the bargain superstars you should be looking to get into your squad?Click the right arrow above for more of our Fantasy Premier League tips… 16 Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) – £6.5m – The Spaniard has already been among the goals and assists in pre-season. A decent first season back at Goodison Park could be followed by a brilliant one this year. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) – £6.0m – In patches, the England Under-21 international was a real star for Norwich City. In a dismal season for the Canaries, he got six goals and four assist and in better team he could do even more damage. Steve Mandanda (Crystal Palace) – £4.5m – A signing who could make a real difference at Selhurst Park this year, the France international was a steal on a free transfer. Last season he was captain at Marseille and managed to keep nine clean sheets, despite a tough campaign which saw them finish 13th. 16 Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) – £7.0m – Okay, so Sergio Aguero is unlikely to be ousted as their No.1 striker but the youngster managed to bag eight goals in just 766 minutes of action last year. He should get more time than Wilfried Bony under Pep Guardiola and could impress again. 16 Saido Berahino (West Brom) – £6.5m – It’s likely the Baggies forward will sign for another Premier League club before the end of the transfer window. If he does, you may want to get him into your team. He’s hungry for goals and provides a cheap, first-choice option – especially if he joins Stoke City. 16 16 16 Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) – £5.0m – If he continues last season’s form into this year, the Dutchman could be a real hit. He got six goals and four assists in the Premier League, along with 11 bonus points and as part of a sterner defence could get a lot more than the six clean sheets he got last year. 16 Tom Heaton (Burnley) – £4.5m – England’s third choice goalkeeper at Euro 2016, Heaton is likely to be No.1 all season at Turf Moor and he’s also likely to make plenty of saves. Last time in the top-flight he kept 10 clean sheets, saved two penalties and grabbed 11 bonus points. 16 Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) – £5.5m – A shock £15m signing from Liverpool, the winger is likely to provide plenty of assists from the flanks. If he can provide ammunition for Callum Wilson and Benik Afobe, the Cherries will avoid relegation again. 16 Alvaro Negredo (Middlesbrough) – £6.5m – Back in 2013/14 with Manchester City, the Spaniard hit nine goals and five assists and now at Boro, as one of their main men, he could get similar figures. 16 Ashley Williams (Swansea City) – £5.0m – The Welsh captain was superb at Euro 2016 for his country and is consistently one of the most underrated defenders in the Premier League. Under the stewardship of Francesco Guidolin for a full campaign he could improve on the nine clean sheets he got last term. Shane Long (Southampton) – £6.5m – Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane are gone, but Long remains. Leading the line for the Saints he should get more than the 10 goals he scored last year, while his ability to assist shouldn’t be underestimated either. 16 16 Andy Robertson (Hull City) – £4.5m – An impressive signing from Dundee United in 2014, the Scottish international star has done well at the KC Stadium. In the Championship last year he got some goals and assists and could provide a similar output in the Premier League. 16last_img read more

Home lender settles lawsuit

first_imgThe parent of Ameriquest Mortgage Co. will pay up to $50 million in restitution for California borrowers as part of a settlement brokered with state attorneys general over claims of deceptive lending practices, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Some 725,000 borrowers in 49 states will be eligible to recover part of their losses through the $325 million settlement agreement. “California is getting by far the largest share,” said Tom Papageorge, a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles County. “We had about 22 percent of all Ameriquest loans by volume of dollars.” A judge finalized the settlement amount on Tuesday, he said. The settlement applies to Ameriquest customers who took out loans between 1999 and 2005. It covers ACC Capital Holdings Corp., Ameriquest Mortgage Co.’s holding company, and also applies to subsidiaries Town & Country Credit Corp. and AMC Mortgage Services Inc., formerly Bedford Home Loans. Borrowers who decide not to opt for the settlement or who have already pursued separate litigation will not be eligible for restitution under the state agreement, Papageorge said. Ameriquest is expected to split its payments to the states into four installments. As a result, qualified borrowers in California aren’t expected to see any money before next year. Ameriquest customers who took out loans between Jan. 1, 1999, and April 1, 2003, could get a minimum of around $600. The state hasn’t determined how much money borrowers who fall outside that period will get. The state will hire an outside firm to handle the payments, Papageorge said. Ameriquest, the nation’s largest sub-prime mortgage lender, did not admit to any wrongdoing as part of its settlement but agreed to reform several of its business practices. The changes include providing borrowers with full disclosures on the terms of their loans, ceasing to give its lending agents financial incentives to include higher fees or other penalties on loans, and changing how it handles appraisals. The company also agreed to submit to independent monitoring for five years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘Fudged’ crime stats hide domestic abuse

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsCouncilman Bernard Parks, a former LAPD chief, took the department to task for reclassifying domestic-violence assaults without first consulting the City Council. The city was sued in the 1970s over its handling of domestic-violence cases. As a result, the council decided to treat all spousal- and child-abuse cases as violent crimes. Park also chastised the department for touting a dramatic drop in crime without explaining how the reclassification of domestic-violence cases impacted the figures. “For a year we heard that violent crime is down 28 percent because of good police work. Nobody has ever said there’s an asterisk and we changed how we report crimes,” Parks said. However, LAPD officials said the reclassification was disclosed in reports about crime statistics, and Chief William Bratton also brought up the change in press conferences. Cmdr. Charlie Beck told the panel the LAPD reclassified its domestic assaults in order to comply with federal guidelines. “There’s no change in the way the department handles domestic-violence calls. The only change has been the way we report the statistics to the FBI,” said Beck, adding that the less-serious domestic-violence incidents can still be prosecuted as a felony in California. In addition, the LAPD is debating whether to include all domestic-violence assaults – minor and serious – in the weekly crime statistics distributed to the City Council, the media and posted on the department’s Web site. Still, some council members and domestic-violence watchdogs said they were concerned that the statistics could impact officials’ ability to prevent domestic abuse, which can escalate to more violent incidents. “These are serious crimes and we wanted to count them and categorize them as serious,” Councilwoman Janice Hahn said. “If Los Angeles is not safer for women and it’s not safer for children then we need to make sure our statistics reflect that.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Last year’s dramatic 28 percent drop in violent crime is skewed because the LAPD downgraded many domestic-abuse cases, raising concerns that funds could be cut for battered women and children, advocates said Monday. The City Council’s Public Safety Committee ordered an analysis of domestic assaults reported in 2005 – the year the Los Angeles Police Department reclassified domestic assaults in which the victim suffered minor injuries or had no injuries. Because those incidents are considered battery rather than aggravated assault, they are not included in the violent-crime statistics generated by the department and widely used by other government agencies. The LAPD reported a 40 percent drop in aggravated-assault cases in 2005, but there was no breakdown for domestic-violence crimes. “There is a direct relationship between the number of victims and the amount of funding programs receive,” said Karen Earl, executive director of the Jenesse Center, an abuse-intervention program. “These numbers trickle down and are reported to every funding source.” last_img read more

Manchester City team news: Predicted XI to play Everton in the Premier League

first_img 11 5. John Stones (centre-back) 33. Gabriel Jesus (striker) – POSSIBLE EVERTON SIDE TO PLAY CITY 3. Danilo (left wing-back) 21. David Silva (centre-midfield) 11 11 10: Sergio Aguero (striker) 11 11 25. Fernandinho (defensive midfield) Manchester City face a tricky task on Monday night as they face Ronald Koeman’s Everton at the Etihad Stadium.After an opening day win against Premier League newcomers Brighton, Pep Guardiola’s men will hope to show more of what they are capable of.While the Citizens dominated play against the Seagulls they would have liked to have created more clear-cut opportunities.So will Guardiola pick the same 3-1-4-2 formation team that gave him victory at the Amex?With no new injury concerns, and Ilkay Gundogan in line for a return, check out talkSPORT’s predicted Manchester City line-up in squad number order above.POSSIBLE EVERTON SIDE TO PLAY CITY 11 17. Kevin De Bruyne (centre-midfield) 11 11 11 2. Kyle Walker (right wing-back) – click the arrow above, right, to check out the full line up 30. Nicolas Otamendi (centre-back) 11 31. Ederson (goalkeeper) 4. Vincent Kompany (centre-back) 11last_img read more

‘Liverpool should SELL Coutinho in January and revamp their defence’ – Saunders

first_img Philippe Coutinho came off the bench against Sevilla to make his first Liverpool appearance of the season Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders has told the club to cash in on Philippe Coutinho in January and use the funds to give their defence a much-needed makeover.The Reds’ defensive frailties were in the spotlight once again on Wednesday as they let another lead slip to draw 2-2 with Sevilla in the Champions League.Jurgen Klopp, whose side has conceded eight goals in their opening four Premier League games this season, failed to address his side’s glaring defensive issues in the summer and was criticised for missing out on top target Virgil van Dijk.“Dejan Lovren will be shouting ‘you’re going to put me in the Championship’ to Alberto Moreno”, says former Liverpool starOne of Liverpool’s main battles over the transfer window was to keep hold of Coutinho, who came off the bench on 75 minutes against Sevilla to make his first Liverpool appearance this season.The Brazilian was the subject of three big-money offers from Barca, with the last believed to be in the region of £114million, but the Reds refused to sell.And Saunders believes it would be more beneficial to sell the playmaker and use the funds to strengthen where they need it most – at the back.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, the former Reds striker said: “If Liverpool want to win trophies, if they want to get to that next level, they need to improve their defence.“One way around that would be to sell Coutinho next summer for £130million and buy three new defenders and a defensive midfield player…and maybe a goalkeeper as well.“Liverpool’s front three are already brilliant, so I’d take the money for Coutinho and that’s one way you can get the back-four better.“I wonder if the manager is sitting there this morning thinking, ‘is my back-four good enough to go where I want to go with this team?’“Would Loris Karius get in Manchester United’s team? Would Joe Gomez? Would Alberto Moreno? Would Joel Matip or Dejan Lovren or Ragnar Klaven?“Go through the seven best teams in Europe, none of those players are getting in those teams, so as a manager you sit there and think, ‘are they good enough, and if not what can I do about it?’ He could change the way they play to protect them a little bit more, or change the personnel.“They are not far away, Liverpool. But again, great teams can win games 1-0, and at the moment Liverpool can’t do that against the top teams.” 1last_img read more

Wrong way Phil

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe Supreme Court has ruled that on matters of national defense, the president, and not the governor, has authority over a state’s National Guard units. In making the president the country’s commander-in-chief, the nation’s founders clearly intended for foreign policy to be made in Washington, and not in 50 state capitals. Someone needs to remind Angelides that his opponent isn’t George W. Bush. Instead of trying to solve the world’s problems, he ought to focus on California’s. Trailing badly in the polls, gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides is trying to resurrect his campaign by taking a tough stand … against the war in Iraq. Um, wrong race, Phil. While the war and President Bush’s handling of it are easy political targets, the governor of California has little power to affect either. And would-be governors of California have little to gain by harping on them. Angelides claims that as governor, he would order all California National Guard troops in Iraq to return home. He seems to be suffering from delusions of grandeur. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Police briefs: Teen charged with stunt driving

first_imgA 17-year-old Orford Township teen will be without a vehicle for a week after he was charged with stunt driving just before 3 a.m. Friday.Chatham-Kent police said an officer on general patrol clocked a vehicle travelling 155 km/h on Ridge Line.Officers caught up to the vehicle on Allison Line and pulled the driver over.The stunt driving charge resulted in the teen having his licence seized and suspended for seven days while the vehicle he was driving was towed and impounded for seven days, police said.Suspended from drivingChatham-Kent police caught up to a 41-year-old Chatham man who was prohibited from driving a motor vehicle anywhere in Canada.Police said the man was seen leaving a business in Dresden last Sunday and driving away.Police learned of his nationwide driving suspension through investigation.The accused was located Thursday afternoon, and he was arrested and charged with two counts of driving while disqualified, driving with an expired validation tag and operating a motor vehicle with no insurance.Police said the accused was transported to the courthouse pending a bail hearing and his vehicle was also impounded under the Vehicle Impoundment Program.Disobeying probation orderA 21-year-old Chatham man was arrested for failing to comply with his probation order fewer than two weeks after the order being imposed.Chatham-Kent police said the probation order included several conditions, including he not communicate with a specific Chatham woman.Police said Wednesday night, the accused confronted the woman as she walked to her car in a parking lot. The woman was able to drive away safely and contact police.Police said the accused was located Thursday morning and arrested. He was transported to the courthouse pending a bail hearing.Warrants executedOn Thursday, Chatham-Kent police were able to round up four individuals wanted for various offences, who were all taken into custody pending a bail hearing.A 41-year-old man was arrested after police stopped his vehicle on Gillard Street in Wallaceburg.Police said investigation revealed he was currently suspended from driving and wanted for mischief and failing to attend court.A 40-year-old Chatham man, wanted for theft under $5,000, mischief, being in possession of property obtained by a crime, failing to attend for fingerprints and failing to attend court, was arrested.A 21-year-old man of no fixed address, wanted for failing to comply with his release conditions, was arrested.A 26-year-old Port Lambton man, wanted for failing to attend court, was also arrested.last_img read more

Unisa stands proud at 140 years

first_imgLucille DavieUnisa has a proud list of illustrious alumni.(Image: Unisa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Nancy-Anne AndersonManaging Editor, department of corporate communication and marketing, Unisa+27 12 441 5631.RELATED ARTICLES• Mandela’s ‘classrooms for human beings’• A winning open education system• SA prioritises quality education• Education in South Africa Unisa – the University of South Africa – has seven graduates in the Constitutional Court, six current and former presidents of the High Courts and heads of special courts, and a significant number on the boards of JSE listed companies.The university celebrates its 140th birthday this year, and can proudly notch up an illustrious list of alumni – with Nobel Peace Prize laureates Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu leading them, as well as Judge Dikgang Moseneke, deputy chief judge of the Constitutional Court; the late Professor Kader Asmal, one of the country’s most respected cabinet ministers; Ahmed Kathrada, former Robben Island prisoner and human rights activist; singer and humanitarian Yvonne Chaka Chaka; and Transnet chief executive Brian Molefe, among others.The theme for the anniversary is “140 years of shaping futures to highlight how the university has helped ordinary South Africans achieve their dreams of obtaining quality education”.Its alumni work around the world, and since 1951 it has conferred over 400 000 degrees and diplomas. Today, it has 400 000 students from 130 countries and accounts for 12,8% of all degrees conferred in South Africa. Its black African student numbers are close to 70%. Its enrolment comprises 91,3% South Africans, 8,2% other Africans, and 0,5% from the rest of the world. It has close to 60% black African staff, 55% of whom are women.Significantly, it has always been a non-racial institution, providing a means of study for thousands of South Africans who would have struggled otherwise to get tertiary education.“Unisa students are typically people who in their studies have succeeded against many odds, improved their place in society, enhanced their chances of success in securing employment if they were not already holding down jobs, continued their career development if they were already employed, and pursued a process of lifelong learning,” says Nancy-Anne Anderson, the managing editor in the department of corporate communication and marketing at Unisa, which is based in Tshwane, South Africa’s executive capital city.Vice-chancellor Mandla Makhanya believes Unisa sets itself apart. “In a country of opposites, disparity and diversity, Unisa has perhaps been the single constant. Unisa and those who have worked for her have served South Africa and its people as well as our continent, irrespective of their circumstance, faithfully for 140 years. I can think of no other institution that can make that claim.”Of his studies at Unisa, Moseneke says: “Two numbers [his Robben Island prison number and Unisa student number] were vital for my continued survival and yet they served divergent and often paradoxical ends. The one was the ultimate symbol of deprivation of liberty, repression and human futility. In sharp contrast, the student number served as an icon of goodness. It represented a fountain of knowledge that was life-giving and liberating.” He spent 10 years on Robben Island as a political prisoner of the apartheid government.His feelings are echoed by Kathrada: “Unisa and I both have a strong belief in opening doors, especially to people who have been disadvantaged in the past. Other universities have had a limited access in terms of what they can offer. Unisa has made a big difference in this in that it appeals to students not only of South Africa, but also to those outside the country.”HistoryUnisa was founded in 1873 in Cape Town as the University of Good Hope, and operated as an examining body for the Oxford and Cambridge universities, receiving its Royal Charter in 1877. In 1916, it changed its name to the University of South Africa, and in 1946 it became the first public university in the world to teach exclusively through distance education, using study guides, cassette tapes and limited face-to-face tuition. In 1918, it moved to Pretoria, and in 1972 it moved to its present campus on Muckleneuk ridge.Ten years into democracy, in 2004, it merged with another distance learning institution, Technikon Southern Africa, and also incorporated the former Vista University’s Distance Education Campus to become the largest university in South Africa and Africa, making it one of the world’s mega universities. It has seven regional offices, including one in Ethiopia, and 28 learning centres countrywide.It offers a range of study choices, from short courses and certificate programmes to three- and four-year degrees and diplomas, and doctorates, in the humanities, business and management, law and criminal justice, agriculture and environmental sciences, and science, engineering and technology.Unisa’s mission is to be a “comprehensive, open distance learning institution that produces excellent scholarship and research, provides quality tuition and fosters active community engagement”. It is guided by the principles of “life-long learning, student centeredness, innovation and creativity”, and hopes to “contribute to the knowledge and information society, advance development, nurture a critical citizenry and ensure global sustainability”.Various initiativesIn 2005, Unisa launched an integrated learning management platform called My Unisa, an open distance learning initiative. It introduced its first signature courses, fully online modules to ease learning, in 2013. Other initiatives include the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, which is dedicated to investing in new thought leaders for Africa’s renewal. It is supported by the Brigalia Bam/Wiphold Chair in Electoral Democracy in Africa, which facilitates the training of electoral officers and commissioners from selected countries in Africa in democratic election procedures.In addition, in 2013 the Thabo Mbeki Foundation at the university hosted some of Africa’s intellectuals at the Thabo Mbeki@70 Colloquium, which discussed 50 years of the Organisation of African Unity, and key concepts for Africa’s future. “Unisa is an African university and its identity informs its core business areas of teaching and learning, research and innovation, and community engagement. For example, in its curriculum policy, Unisa undertakes ‘to promote African thought, philosophies, interests and epistemologies through inquiry, scholarship and partnership,’” explains Anderson.Regarding community engagement, it has 157 projects that are “aligned with the socio-economic imperatives of the country and continent”. One such initiative is the Bright Site Project, set up in 2009 by the department of social work. A project of “mutual service” in the Pretoria suburb of Sunnyside, here students are encouraged to serve the community. Other departments are also involved in the project, through community-based research and applied research responses.As part of its 140th celebration, in July this year Unisa hosted the world premiere of Credo: a Musical Testament to the Freedom Charter, a multimedia oratorio to honour Mandela and other struggle veterans.In August, Dr Mo Ibrahim, the mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire, and founder of the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, delivered the 11th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at Unisa. Other lectures to be given as part of the celebrations include African Intellectuals and Knowledge Systems, Africa Day Lecture, Nelson Mandela Memorial Lecture, Steve Biko Memorial Lecture, Es’kia Mphahlele Memorial Lecture, and Founders Lecture.Also this year, in July, Unisa launched its Science Campus in Johannesburg. A green campus, it is built on energy-efficient design principles with a focus on sustainability. “It is an environment that meets the educational and training needs of its distance learning science students, something not usually associated with open distance and elearning institutions,” says Anderson.High-end equipment and facilities give researchers and students in molecular biology, engineering, physics and chemistry the chance to match theory and practice. And the Horticulture Centre, which was opened recently, gives students the opportunity to undertake a range of programmes including agriculture, ornamental horticulture and nature conservation.Chairs and institutesThere are several:•    The Archie Mafeje Research Institute aims to promote indigenous and pan-African research in resolving Africa’s social challenges.•    The South African Research Chairs Initiative Research Chair in Development Education seeks to bring indigenous knowledge systems into university curricula.•    The Unesco-Unisa Africa Chair in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology operates within the framework of the Nano-Sciences African Network and endeavours to harness these key multidisciplinary driving forces in the interests of developing emerging economies. In December 2012, Unisa filed its first patent, involving a novel method for the use of magnetic nanoparticles to remove contaminants from water.•    Unisa also funds research chairs in the key areas of high-performance scientific computing, ecotoxicology, macroeconomic policy analysis, superconductivity energy technology and topology.Unisa has a healthy and growing community of researchers comprising more than 10 000 master’s and doctoral students, and 1 850 academic staff, which includes close on 130 researchers with National Research Foundation ratings, including a significant number of young academics and two A-rated researchers.Flagship projectsUnisa has identified research priority areas that involve all colleges of the university community:•    In the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences the focus is on research into the environment, health and sustainable livelihoods. One study is the Fog Harvesting Project, where ongoing research provides a lifeline to rural communities with little or no access to clean and pure water.•    In the College of Economic and Management Sciences, the Micro- and Macroeconomic Modelling Project provides methods to research current trends and predict important future trends.•    In the College of Education is the Unisa Centre for Childhood Education which acts as a major research site for improving early childhood education in South Africa and the rest of the continent.•    In the College of Law, the Biotechnology and Medical Law flagship project provides expertise and undertakes research on medical law issues.Makhanya is concerned that future goals are important to Unisa. “It is Unisa’s performance as a graduator of quality graduates that will ensure its continued excellent reputation. Let us not falter in ensuring that we build on the wonderful legacy that has been left to us. Let us make our contributions to shaping futures.”last_img read more

5 Business & HR Videos on Innovation Worth Watching

first_imgThe emergence of the four-generation workforce has changed the way we interact and do business on a daily basis. While new technologies have changed when and where we work best, the adoption of social media has changed the way we communicate and recruit top talent. To say that innovation is an important component for companies to succeed today is an understatement. Innovation is a business imperative for today’s executives if they want their organizations to remain competitive, drive bottom-line results and ensure success. We’ve gathered some of the best business- and HR-related videos that highlight the importance of innovation in today’s changing business climate. Let us know what strikes a chord, what you agree or disagree with, or if there are any videos we missed. Shannon Deegan: How Google’s 20 Percent Time Fosters Innovation  Mark Zuckerberg on Innovation  G. BrintRyan: HR’s Role in an Innovative Environment  Guy Kawasaki: Identifying Opportunities for Innovation  How can I be an inspiration to my staff?last_img read more