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1 year ago

Good colleges in South Africa?

South Africa still has a lot to offer but we do have some challenges facing us, poverty, HIV/AIDS, corruption and crime being the ones most needing attention.

My advice will be for you to closely monitor developments and when the time arrives for you to make a decision base it on the current facts and then choose.

In terms of tertiary education SA has some great universities, Cape Town, Rhodes, Stellenbosch, Potchefstroom and Pretoria are all world class and if you choose to study via correspondence we have Unisa.

Technicons and Universities have now been integrated and there are numerous technical degrees that one can enroll for.

Specialized education and nursing colleges are also available.

South Africa has been a democracy for some years now but not all characteristics of a true democracy are visible and on the political front we are currently witnessing some interesting developments with a breakaway party from the ruling ANC being formed, COPE.

In terms of employment, affirmative action is law and preference is afforded to those previously disadvantaged and in reality only white males are really effected....currently unemployment is well over 30% and this is another factor to take into account.

South Africa remains a beautiful country.

1 year ago

The International Power 50: Fortune’s Most Powerful Women

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1 year ago

Google Wants To Make Cities Smarter With Sidewalk Labs

Google Wants To Make Cities Smarter With Sidewalk Labs  | Ubergizmo

Google Sidewalk Labs

Google is planning to invest big on improving the way cities function and is aiming to enhance cities with latest technologies. The company announced that it has come up with a new company, known as Sidewalk Labs, which will be purely focusing on the development of innovative technologies that will in turn make the cities smarter.

This new venture by Google will be taking care of the problems encompassing urbanization " it includes enhanced transportation system, less power consumption, and reduced livelihood cost. After the making the announcement, Google CEO, Larry Page, revealed more information about the Sidewalk Labs on Google+.

In a post published on Google+, Larry told,"Sidewalk will focus on improving city life for everyone by developing and incubating urban technologies to address issues like cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage. The company will be led by Dan Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York. Every time I talk with Dan I feel an amazing sense of opportunity because of all the ways technology can help transform cities to be more livable, flexible and vibrant."

The post also talked about how that the investment made in the Sidewalk Labs is co-related to the efforts put in by the company in "Google X arm", which is a likewise project by Google involving Project Loon (focused on making the internet more available worldwide) and Self-driving cars. In its initial phase, Google will be making a humble investment in the Sidewalk Labs. It would be interesting to see what developments this project brings about in the way our cities function.

1 year ago

Shade Loving Flowering Plants for a Woodland Garden or Shady Area

Plant Flowers in the Shade

The shady areas around our homes are pleasant but are often bare spots devoid of flowering plants. But there are many perennials, annuals, and shrubs that can brighten up those partially shaded to fully shaded areas near or under trees, or on the north side of the house.

Some shade loving plants offer colorful or variegated foliage to brighten up those dark areas. Others produce lovely flowers. But before you decide to purchase a plant for shade, first define the type of shade in the section of the yard you where want to introduce a new plant.

When planting shade loving plants, remember to improve and enrich the soil with compost, peat, or humus. If planting a new area, dig down 6 - 10 inches and add the compost or other enriching agents, and mix together with existing soil.

Do not dig down or into, or chop tree roots as you can cause permanent damage to the tree.

Below find a list of shade loving flowering plants.

Types of Shade

Moist and Cool Shade on the north side of the house offers an excellent environment for several shade loving plants. Ferns, while not flowering plants, present an attractive show, with their delicate leaves and arching fronds.

Partial Shade means that the area is in the shade for 4 - 5 hours during daylight hours. Many plants that prefer partial shade will do best in morning sun, as the afternoon sun in hot summer months may be too intense.

Light Shade areas are shaded for 2 - 4 hours during daylight hours. Even some sun loving plants can thrive in this type of light, especially in hot regions of the South and in the afternoon.

Filtered Shade is a sun dappled area, under or near a tree that does not provide a thick canopy or have thick foliage.

Full Shade Some spots on the north side of the house, or under or near large trees receive no sun at all.

Dry Shade is often fully shaded areas beneath large trees that do not receive a lot of moisture from rain due to the heavy foliage. But even dry shade loving plants need to be watered thoroughly when first planted in order to establish a healthy root system. Mulch to retain moisture.