President Sirleaf Off to Nigeria, Chad on ‘Official Visit’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf departed the country on Wednesday, February 26, for official visits to Nigeria and Chad.According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader’s visit to Abuja is in response to an invitation from Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to attend that country’s Centenary on its amalgamation, scheduled to take place in Abuja on February 27.Immediately thereafter, President Sirleaf will be travel to N’Djamena, Chad, to chair the Heads of State Committee of the African Union Authority on the African Common Position of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.It may be recalled that last year the Liberian leader was privileged to have been chosen by the United Nations Secretary-General to co-chair a development agenda that would succeed the Millennium Development Goals. Upon the completion of that task, in May 2013, at the Assembly of Heads of State of the African Union, she was again selected to the chair a Committee that would draw up a Common African Position to be adopted into the final Post-2015 Development Agenda.While President Sirleaf is away from the country, the Honorable Morris Dukuly, Minister of Internal Affairs, will serve as Chairman of the Cabinet in consultation with the Vice President, Dr. Joseph N. Boakai, Sr. She is expected back at the weekend.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Blizzards break out record times at Cactus

first_imgPhoto – Gary Hilderman riding on a fast night at the Cactus Circuit.  Submitted photo. -Sunday Cecil lake road race at 7 pm from the ‘Gravel Pit’www.ferrisfastcycles.com It was a Cactus showdown with record fast times, Wednesday night.All the fast off roaders were there under ideal conditions. Four time Club mountain bike champ Pat Ferris came out on top with a record busting time of 22:59 minutes. Richard Howes was second at 23:41 and Gary Hilderman third at 23:57. All three times beat the existing course record of 24:31 set last week.- Advertisement -2009 Champ Trevor McDonnell was 4th at 25:05, George Gamble 25:57, Adam Currie 33:34, Ken Nix 39:35 and Larry Joice 42:13. ‘LT’ McDonnell did 3:38 minutes for the little loop.Thanks Ryan for timing!Coming up-Thursday Baldonnel time trial at 7 pm.Advertisementlast_img read more

World record for SA football fan

first_img30 June 2010Thulani Ngcobo’s passion for football has scored him a place in sporting history, after he set a new Guinness World Record for the most Fifa World Cup matches attended by an individual at a single finals tournament.The 29-year-old Ngcobo claimed the record after watching his 21st full match on Friday, 25 June in Pretoria, where Spain beat Chile 2-1. Guinness World Records adjudicator Jason Curran presented Ngcobo with a certificate after the match confirming he’d broken the record.“I’m very excited. There’s nothing like being a world champion, especially with something that involves soccer,” Ngcobo said. “I love soccer.”MediaClubSouthAfricaFree high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.Ngcobo, who comes from Pretoria’s Soshanguve township, has in fact attended 28 matches in all 10 host stadiums. The Spain-Chile match was the 21st full 90-minutes he’s attended, as he’s been late to others because of his hectic travel schedule.As there was no previous record for World Cup match attendance, Guinness World Records determined that Ngcobo would have to attend more than 20 matches to hold the record. It is yet to be determined if his achievement will be published in the annual Guinness World Records.Competition winnerNgcobo got his chance at world record glory in 2009 by winning won a competition organised by mobile-phone operator MTN, an official sponsor of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Dubbed the Last Fan Standing competition, Ngcobo won 38 tickets to watch the 2010 Fifa World Cup matches live at stadiums.The Kaizer Chiefs’ fan has been attending at least two matches a day since the tournament started on 11 June, having to travel long distances to get from stadium to stadium, often by plane.According to MTN, Ngcobo has so far travelled more than 7 500 kilometres by car and over 7 000 kilometres by plane.“I’ve not had much sleep,” he said. “It’s been hectic, but I’m proud of myself.”And he hasn’t been home since the tournament kicked off. “I’ll only be home after the World Cup.”But it’s all been worth it, as he’d had the opportunity of a lifetime to watch some of the world’s greatest football players in his home country. It’s been fantastic, he said, to see the likes of Wayne Rooney, Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.‘I am always at the stadium’Before he won the MTN competition, Ngcobo had budgeted to buy tickets for at least 10 World Cup matches. “I’m always at the stadium,” he said. He’s a serious fan of both Soweto club Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana, the national squad, attending matches whenever either team plays.The match where Portugal thumbed North Korea 7-0 remains his favourite of the 2010 tournament. “There was a time it felt like I was watching highlights of a match, with a goal coming in after a goal,” he said.Despite already bagging the record, Ngcobo is far from finished. “I aim to attend at least 30 games, so that a new challenger would struggle to break that record,” he reckoned.So Ngcobo has a lot more great football to enjoy, all the way to Soccer City in Johannesburg on 11 July for the 2010 Fifa World Cup final.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

How to Avert a Data Center Staffing Crisis

first_imgEarlier this month we coveredGartner analyst David J. Cappuccio‘s concerns that a data center crisis is looming. This week we’re seeing increased data center hiring. We talked to SunGard Availability Services‘s Managing Principal of Consulting Services Dr. Mickey Zandi, who says that although data center hiring isn’t in crisis yet, it’s already difficult to find qualified people. He shares some advice for data center managers and workers on how to prepare to for the future. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Data Center Knowledge reports a boom in data center hiring in the first three weeks of 2011. It also notes a steady rise in data center related job postings over the past few years on Indeed.com.“There is a trend I’ve been observing for the past year or year and a half – managers are challenged to find operational staffing for data centers,” says Zandi. “Many data center workers are retiring, but have never been involved in knowledge transfer to the younger generation.”Zandi also says that consolidation is resulting in more complex resources. Storage, network and computing are becoming integrated, which saves data centers money but makes staffing more difficult. Training for these skills is extensive and expensive.Companies should continue the path of virtualization and consolidation but not forget training, Zandi says. “Start having your existing staff cross-train in other domains.” He also recommends that companies invest in certifications and trainings for employees. He suggests building lab-environments where employees can test new technologies and do hands-on training.Zandi also says that managers are going to have to lower the barrier of entry in terms of the experience in cross-domains. Workers with deep knowledge in one area should be valued even if they don’t have broad cross-domain experience. These are the sort of workers you need to have cross-training each other.According to Zandi, certifications are going to play a greater role in data center staffing decisions. He suggests that workers that want to stay viable focus on getting cloud-related certifications. He says certifications from Cisco, EMC and VMWare are most important and notes that Cisco’s Nexus platform is particularly hot.The most important thing for workers to do now, he says, is research and learn other domains. He suggests getting your hands dirty with technologies you wouldn’t ordinarily work with, and to take advantage of any online training you can.He also recommends that both managers and workers follow the relevant discussions – both in-person events and on the Web – regarding technology and keep abreast of trends.We’ve emphasized the importance of investing in IT staff in the past, particularly in our “How to Improve IT Worker Morale.” Even in this jobless recovery, certain types of workers are particularly hard to find.Photo by The Planet Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#Trends klint finleylast_img read more