Athandiwe Sikade’s entry was an animated retelling of uMboleki, a humorous children’s story with a deeper message about how to behave appropriately in society. (Image: Nal’ibali)A seven-year-old has become South Africa’s Story Bosso after winning the Nal’ibali storytelling competition.Athandiwe Sikade of Khayelitsha in Cape Town, who is only seven, is the winner of the competition. Itis a nationwide talent search to get people of all ages excited about reading and telling stories.The competition invited members of the public to send in audio or video clips of themselves reading or telling their favourite stories.“We collected more than 2 000 submissions from across the country,” said Jade Jacobsohn, the managing director of the Nali’bali reading-for-enjoyment campaign.”Stories came in from all age groups and in all languages.“They ranged from those that made us laugh, to those that made us cry, but best of all, they showed us that a spirit of storytelling – oral, written and in many languages is alive and well, which we can use to inspire children to want to read and write.”Athandiwe is joined by two runners-up: 12-year-old Atang Makgata, who was selected for her original story, A Dream About the Enchanted Forest, and Kerrin Kokot and Jayne Batzofin who entered their bilingual story, The Lonely Frog, in English and Sign Language.The finalists each receive cash prizes, Ackermans vouchers as well as a home library with books courtesy of Exclusive Books, Bargain Books, Cambridge University Press, Jacana Media and the Save Our Seas Foundation.Jacobsohn added that while they were delighted to have discovered so many promising storytellers, Story Bosso was ultimately about helping to root a culture of reading in South Africa.“Sharing stories builds children’s knowledge, concepts, language ability and imagination. So, growing the storytelling and reading habit at home, is a perfect way to help children become motivated and curious learners with greater capacity to succeed at school,” said Jacobsohn.A STORY ON BEHAVING APPROPRIATELYAccording to Nal’ibali, competing against 14 other finalists for the title of South Africa’s first Story Bosso, Athandiwe was chosen for her spirited storytelling style and skill relative to her young age.Her entry was an animated retelling of uMboleki, a humorous children’s story with a deeper message about how to behave appropriately in society.Athandiwe received a surprise visit from renowned local author and Story Bosso celebrity judge, Sindiwe Magona, who treated her and her class to a special storytelling of her own.“In books and stories you will find all the dreams you will ever need,” said Magona.”You will find all the truth the world can give and all the fun there is for each and every boy or girl, little, or big, or somewhere in between.”Athandiwe is from Chumisa Primary in Khayelitsha, where Nal’ibali hosted one of 30 Story Bosso pop-up auditions to source stories directly from the campaign’s network of reading clubs and communities across the country.Along with its partners, Times Media, National Book Week, Jozi Book Fair, Soweto Theatre, Vodacom Teacher Centres, Mad About Art and Africa Unite, auditions were held which served as an opportunity for Nal’ibali to provide caregivers and children across the country with books and literacy materials in their home languages.Over 13 000 books and 26 500 story cards in a range of South African languages were distributed over the duration of the competition.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The trade was surprised by the USDA reducing corn yield estimates, but at the same time raising bean yield estimates. What does this mean?CornCarryout for the 2015/16 crop was reduced to under 1.6 billion bushels. Many think this is bullish and corn won’t trade below $3.50. The top end of the trading range could be $4.10 in the near term. Currently, there is 1.77 billion bushels of carryout from the 2014 crop and the market is trading below $4. Assuming no large issues, it’s hard to believe prices could change much from this yield estimate adjustment.Potential issues that could cause price swingsExports are a wildcard. The U.S. dollar is very strong. If interest rates increase, it won’t be bullish for grain exports.Early reports of lower than expected yield in the south seem bullish. However, the amount is minor compared to the corn in the upper Midwest, where yield estimates are largely expected to be good and harvest will start in 10 to 14 days.China announced they will import less sorghum. Combine this with farmers raising an additional million acres this year and we could see 100 to 200 million extra bushels in need of a home. With fewer export opportunities, this extra sorghum will likely go to feed at the expense of corn domestically.Worldwide wheat stocks are burdensome on the market. Estimating just an addition 5% of the domestic wheat crop going to feed due to quality would mean 100 million bushels of corn displaced in the feed ration.While ethanol margins are positive, some estimate crude oil prices will continue to slide. This could cause a reduction in the ethanol grind later in the year. Just a 2% reduction means 100 million bushels added to carryout.Yield is still the biggest driver and question market in this market. Continued yield reductions will be needed to keep the market pointed higher.BeansMany think the bean yield estimate increase is premature. There have been some heat waves and dryness reported throughout the Midwest recently, which may mean aborted pods.Similar to corn, increased interest rates would strengthen the dollar and reduce export demand for U.S. beans. The current value of the Brazillian Real is making the value of soybeans there the highest farmers have seen in the last three years. Additionally, Brazillian farmers are projected to increase soybean planting by 5% this winter, which may keep a lid on soybean futures.The current price ratio favors U.S. farmers planting more corn than soybeans next year. So, the shift in soybean acres from North to South America becomes a zero-sum game and may just shift exports from one continent to another.Plan aheadI strongly urge farmers to put some price goals in place before harvest. 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Google just announced that it will beginning to build and test an ultra high-speed broadband network in a small number of locations in the United States. The company wants to offer fiber-to-the-home connections that will reach 1 gigabit per second. For now, Google plans to first roll out these connections to around 50,000 people, with the potential to reach over 500,000 people at a later stage.According to Google, this will be an experiment. The company hasn’t decided on where to build this network yet, but you can nominate your own neighborhood here. The nomination process will end on March 26 and Google plans to announce where it will deploy this network by the end of the year. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… According to today’s announcement, Google plans to offer these connections at “competitive prices” and wants the networks to be open to competitors. Google current operates a free WiFi network in its hometown of Mountain View. Finding Killer AppsAccording to Google, this effort will help the company to experiment with “new ways to help make Internet access better and faster for everyone.” Specifically, Google wants to see what the “killer apps” for these kind of connections are and test how to build better fiber networks.U.S. is Lagging Behind – Will this Help?The U.S. has been lagging behind with regards too broadband speeds and adoption. Just last year, the average broadband speed in the U.S. actually declined. With Chrome and the Chrome OS, Google has recently tackled a number of problems where it feels like the company is more interested in pushing technology forward than becoming a market leader. Nobody has really pushed broadband speeds in the U.S. forward and given that there are a lot of places where the incumbent cable providers don’t even have competition, there has been relatively little incentive for these ISPs to provide higher speeds. frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Remember phone books? If not, your parents might. Try tapping their name on your touch-enabled smart phone and asking them to tell you some stories. Apparently, back before the Internet, people used to get these gigantic, printed books delivered to their house that contained the address and phone number of every individual and businesses within a certain location. If you needed to get in touch with a neighbor or order a pizza, you’d crack open this massive volume and page through it to find the number. As crazy as it seems, many households still get these books delivered to their door, even as most people turn to the Internet for information like this. Nearly 70% of adults in the U.S. “rarely or never” use the phone book, according to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive. Instead, most of them (60%) use the Internet to find contact information, a number that’s certain to continue to rise, especially as smart phone adoption and location-based services both grow.The research was conducted on behalf of the online phone directory site WhitePages.com, which runs an online campaign called Ban the Phone Book designed to educate the public about the waste created by the continued production of phone books, 165,000 tons of which they say end up in landfills every year. While not at all surprising, the fact that most people are moving away from the old-fashioned phone book is significant for many small, local businesses, some of which still advertise in the phone book. For consumers, however, the act of pulling out a laptop, tablet or smart phone and searching for whatever you need at that moment is naturally easier and more instananeous than paging through a giant book. With services like Yelp, Google Local, 411.com and a host of other directory sites, it’s only a matter of time before the paper-based phone book disappears. What do you think? Is the phone book as good as dead? Let us know in the comments whether or not you’ve used one in the last year.Photo by Flickr user Jamiesrabbits john paul titlow A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#biz
Tags:#cloud#cloud computing A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market OpenStack continues to gain momentum with a code release today called Bexar, which includes a number of new features that are making it a serious, viable alternative to proprietary virtualization platforms.Of significant note is OpenStacks’s continued acceptance by large vendors. As part of the Bexar release, names for the Texas county, Cisco has joined OpenStack along with Canonical, Extreme Networks and Grid Dynamics.Most significant, though, is the support for networking and virtualization platform with automatic configuration and portability between OpenStack cloud environments. The additions allow for streamlining of the installation process and the ability for users to pre-install and create their own application environments. The full list of features in OpenStack Compute include support for:IPv6Hyper-ViSCSI with XenAPIXenServer snapshots and raw disk imagesAccording to the OpenStack blog, the object storage release includes:Large objects (greater than 5 GB) can now be stored using OpenStack Object Storage. Introducing the concepts of client-side chunking and segmentation now allows virtually unlimited object sizes, limited only by the size of the cluster it is being stored into. An experimental S3 compatibility middleware has been added to OpenStack Object Storage.Swauth is a Swift compatible authentication and authorization service implemented on top of Swift. This allows the authorization system to scale as well as the underlying storage system and will replace the existing dev_auth service in a future release. alex williams There is also a sub-project code-named Glance, an image discoveryand delivery service that enables portability of workloads between OpenStack clouds. The new release shows the impact cloud management technologies are having on the development of OpenStack. It is providing the automation capabilities for scaling open cloud environments. With that capability and open virtualization, OpenStack is becoming an alternative to proprietary environmentsBut will the momentum continue? There is a long way to go but this latest release shows that OpenStack is now a viable cloud platform, said George Reese, founder of enStratus in an interview today.It also shows that OpenStack could be a viable alternative to VMware’s vCloud Director, Reese said. He said he is seeing customers who are looking for alternatives to vCloud Director. OpenStack may fit the bill. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts