first_imgMcKINLEYVILLE >> Knowing what’s on the horizon, it was all about taking care of business for the Eureka High football team this week.After Friday night’s trip to Northern Humboldt, consider business taken care of in full.Getting first-half touchdowns from six different players, Eureka was able to build a five-possession lead heading into the break en route to a 68-14 win over McKinleyville as the Loggers picked up their second straight victory over Big 5 opposition in as many weeks.“We …last_img

first_imgApparently the pain suffered by 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Sunday wasn’t confined to his left knee.Garoppolo is “heartbroken,” 49ers’ general manager John Lynch told Pro Football Talk’s Peter King. “His family’s heartbroken. You can see it in his eyes, in their eyes. It’s tough. Jimmy needs to play, and he wants to play.”The 49ers were waiting Monday morning for an MRI to see if the organization’s worst fears have come true: a torn ACL. “All indications are that it’s …last_img

first_imgRay Maota The Treverton College post-matricsused non-motorised forms of transportduring their expedition. The post-matrics cycled, canoed andhiked to follow the course of the LesothoHighlands Water Transfer Scheme fromits source in Lesotho right through tothe Vaal Dam.(Images: Treverton College)MEDIA CONTACTS• Athol DaviesTreverton College: Director of post-matrics+27 33 263 1927In early October a group of post-matric students from Treverton College spent eight days combining adventure with environmental activism by hiking, cycling and kayaking along the route of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, stopping along the way to educate rural schools about water conservation.The Clover Lesotho Water Wise Expedition, which ran from 10 to 17 October, began with the students paddling the Katse Dam in Lesotho, then cycling and hiking through Lesotho along the Katse water pipeline into South Africa, where they followed the course of rivers to finally end at the Vaal Dam.The expedition was made up of 14 post-matrics – eight men and six women – as well as two teachers and a support team. Treverton’s post-matric programme provides 11 months of adventure and life-skills training for its students, known as “posties”, in the year between the end of school and the first year of university.“This is the best experience of my entire life,” said Ross Marshall, one of the posties on the expedition. “It felt so surreal when we got to the Vaal Dam.”“Although my peers will be a year ahead of me when I get to varsity next year, I will have had more life-changing experiences than them and I’ll be better equipped to handle whatever life throws at me,” said Marshall. Marshall already has experience handling what is thrown at him: his name is in the Guinness Book of Records as part of a team that played basketball non-stop for 82 hours – that’s three-and-a-half days.Along the Lesotho route the students met with communities, teachers and school children, the people who are directly reliant on the river, to discuss and share ideas about water issues. The thinking was that these communities have the most influence on Lesotho’s water systems, and are the most affected by bad water management.This is Treverton’s third environmental expedition, after the 2009 Tugela Water Wise Expedition and a climate change-focused outing in 2010. The posties organised the trip themselves, with the director of the post-matric programme, Athol Davies. They also developed water-awareness activities and games to share at the primary schools they visited along the way.“The post-matric course is a life changing course which includes adventure activities, learning for life components and preparation for career entry,” said Davies. “This allows students to mature, develop and learn essential skills.”An adventure in conservationThe eight-day journey began at Ha Lejone, a village on the banks of the Katse Dam, a key component of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project and the second-largest dam in Africa. From there the students hiked and cycled across Lesotho, following the project’s water pipeline, until they crossed into South Africa at Joel’s Drift. Where the pipeline ended at the town of Clarens they again took to their kayaks, paddling and cycling the As and Wilge Rivers all the way to the Vaal Dam.The trip was physically demanding, with the students facing long days of strenuous exercise, almost impassable mountain roads in Lesotho and daunting white-water rapids in South Africa. On one day alone they cycled for 90 kilometres before paddling a further 28.A total of four schools were visited in Lesotho, and two in Treverton’s home province of KwaZulu-Natal before the trip began, where the posties got to use their specially developed water conservation education material.“Clean water is a rare and precious commodity in South Africa which many people take for granted,” said Mikey O’Connor, one of the post-matrics. “We believe that awareness of our expedition could, in the long term, greatly benefit those living near the river by promoting the conservation of water in South Africa.“The main objective was to provide children of the rural schools with a fun learning experience about the environment and water usage in their area. Our intention was to encourage them to take what they have learned and put it into action so that they can do their part in saving water and the environment.”Water and powerThe Lesotho Highlands Water Project is massive water and hydroelectricity supply project between Lesotho and South Africa. It provides a substantial amount of water to South Africa’s highly industrialised Gauteng province, as well as almost 100% of Lesotho’s power supply.The highest country in the world, Lesotho is both very mountainous and very poor, and so faces huge problems with the development of infrastructure. The water project has allowed vast improvement in this infrastructure, particularly the construction of roads, leading to better communication, accessibility and economic activity.last_img read more

first_imgA few years have passed since Infoworld declared 2004 to be the year of the enterprise wiki.  While still not yet commonplace, wikis are becoming an ever more popular collaborative tool used in the workplace. What are wikis?  Unlike static web pages that are created to be one-way read-only web documents, wikis are designed to allow users to contribute to the content of the web document.Users contribute to the wiki by being able to modify the text and relational hyperlinks on the page.  Many wiki tools provide built-in visual WYSIWIG editing tools so that users need not understand wikitext syntax.  Wikitext syntax is not standardized and varies across the different wiki engines. Any edits made to the document are captured and recorded as part of the document history.  The information captured as part of the history can be very detailed, including the author, a timestamp and a detailed description of the exact lines of the document text that have been modified.  The history can be used as an audit log of all activities associated with the wiki page.Using the wiki ‘Revision History’ feature, it is possible to roll back a wiki page to a previous version.  And a diff feature allows you to visually compare changes that have been made to the page.Wikis are particularly useful in a collaborative environment and can be used as a sort of bi-directional portal for tracking projects. Project status and updates, requirements, plans, schedules and reports can all be easily aggregated at a single point for everyone on the team to access.  A project wiki can also reduce the need for many project-related emails.  The wiki becomes the authorative location to look for finding the most up-to-date information.Clearly there is a lot of overlap in what a wiki does and features of a traditional enterprise content management system.  What’s the difference?  Wikis, in their emphasis of ease of use, tend to be more light weight.  The data model also tends to not be as robust as that of an ECM system.  Wikis also typically lack tools for effectively specifying granular security. When a wiki page is ‘completed’, there may be a desire to archive the document.  Capturing a wiki document composed of many hyperlinks for archival is not necessarily straight forward, but some, or part of the document could be captured and archived as a single entity within an ECM system.  But once archived, if the document can’t be easily viewed within the wiki framework, it may not be of much use.A loose level of integration between the ECM and wiki systems is not totally satisfying.   Some vendors, like Stellent (to be acquired by Oracle), have tried to more tightly merge the two worlds of ECM and wikis, but, in general, it seems that most vendors have yet to address wiki information in their product strategies.last_img read more