Cup derby with Hibs provides incentive for Jamie Walker’s return

first_imgHe said: “I don’t think the bragging rights are there. The bragging rights were we got promoted, which was the objective at the start of the season.“There’s been quite a change around in our team, a few players moving on and a few players coming in.It’s going to be a new experience for these guys and they’ll understand how big a game it is and how important it is for the club. It’s a great draw, I’m really pleased with it.” “For the other guys it’s a case of trying to stay in the team or try to get into the team.”Neilson admitted being paired with their city rivals was the talk of Riccarton this morning and he is looking forward to another sell-out in Gorgie after knocking out Aberdeen in the last round.In last season’s Scottish Championship Hearts gained one win and two draws against Alan Stubbs’ men before the Easter Road side won the final meeting of the campaign.Despite that result the Hearts coach doesn’t believe Hibs hold the bragging rights in the capital. Robbie Neilson believes Hearts’ Scottish Cup derby with Hibernian provides the perfect incentive for Jamie Walker to return to fitness and the Tynecastle first-team.The 22-year-old has returned to light training and is set to be back in action towards the end of the month, weeks before the cup clash on February 6 or 7.Winger Walker has been out of action since the end of October after knee surgery and Neilson expects every member of his squad to be desperate for a place in the starting eleven.He said: “We’ve had Jamie Walker out for a wee priod now but this is a huge incentive to get himself fit again and back in the team.last_img read more

Cape Town pupils reap a healthy meal

first_imgThe garden includes 40 different varietals of vegetables and herbs – aubergine, tomato, spinach, leeks, cabbage, broccoli, beetroot, rosemary, thyme, basil and many more.In 2013 a study by the African Food Security Urban Network found that 12 million South Africans are food insecure. This in a country that is generally food secure.FOOD SECURITYSouth Africa’s Vision 2030, better known as the National Development Plan, identified food security as an important target in meeting the objectives of the NDP.A project in Cape Town funded by Woolworths MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fund is creating food security for a group of pupils in Observatory and Salt River. The edible garden planted at Observatory Junior School will produce 10 kg’s of fresh vegetables daily, allowing the 1 500 pupils at Dryden Primary School, Mary-Kihn Primary and Observatory Junior School to enjoy a healthy fresh meal.Helene Brand, MySchool’s CSI Manager, explained that the Salt River/ Observatory area was home to many households unable to provide a packed lunch. A secondary benefit she pointed out, “The edible garden at Observatory Junior School is our contribution towards giving more learners access to fresh food and a living garden where they can learn how to grow food and take responsibility for the upkeep of the garden.”THE GARDENThe garden at Observatory Primary is 400 square meters and includes 40 different varietals of vegetables and herbs – aubergine, tomato, spinach, leeks, cabbage, broccoli, beetroot, rosemary, thyme, basil and many more.Harvested produce is shared between all three schools, and is the base for the healthy lunch provided to learners every day. All three schools will also use the garden as an educational resource centre, actively involving learners in managing the garden. They will plant and harvest what they’ve grown, giving them a lifelong skill.Andy Clark, head of transformation at Woolworths Financial Services, said: “We’ve worked with all three schools through our participation in the Community of Learning Principals and the Partners for Possibility initiative and wanted to continue supporting them, so they can continue on their journey to be more sustainable and independent. They are run by highly committed staff and are motivated to participate in initiatives that will benefit their learners.“We are hoping to roll out more gardens at schools in the area, contributing to the communities in which we operate.”YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOWMore than half of Urban Harvest, the company that established the garden, 250 edible garden projects are based at schools in the greater Cape Town area. They seed gardens and help maintain and train people until they are self-sustainable.Explaining their philosophy Urban Harvest’s Ben Getz said: “The edible garden teaches learners that ‘you reap what you sow’. In the garden hard work pays off in many ways and the learners gain a greater sense of responsibility.“They also gain a sensitivity to and an appreciation for quiet, meditative, slow time when weeding or feeding the garden. They learn about keeping space neat and organised and a respect for nature and its lessons.”FETSA TLALAIn 2013 the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson launched Fetsa Tlala – an initiative aimed at improving household food security and stimulating sustainable job creation in the poorest districts of the country.This initiative ensures that underutilised agricultural land is put under production to increase local access to food.Fetsa Tlala will be financed through, amongst others, the Comprehensive Agriculture Support Programme (CASP). Allocations to provinces will be dedicated to food production, either crop or livestock production. More inclination, however, is towards the production of staple food such as maize, beans, wheat, sunflower, ground nuts and potatoes.CASP is the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries’ premier support programme and is funded through the Division of Revenue Act.last_img read more

Distributed Development: You’re Still Doing It Wrong

first_imgRelated Posts In an email conversation, former MySQL and ZenDesk executive Zack Urlocker pushed the advantages of distributed development. Not only is it “much easier to hire when you have distributed teams,” he told me, but it turns remote locations into real offices and “not just sales outposts,” which is good for both productivity and morale beyond the engineering team. But set aside the costs for a moment. Can distributed development actually work?What Open Source Teaches UsFor those in the open source world, this is almost a silly question. Some of the world’s greatest software, from Linux to Hadoop, gets written by disparate engineers huddled over their laptops in far-flung locations. By its very nature, open-source development favors online collaboration on code, with all communication happening on mailing lists, chat channels and more. In the open source world, you can collaborate with your colleague sitting next to you, but any relevant communication needs to happen online, or the model falls apart. If anyone is privileged by sitting next to their peers in the office, the model breaks. See also: GitHub For Beginners: Don’t Get Scared, Get StartedGitHub can help. Increasingly, development happens on GitHub, brilliantly explained in non-geek speak by Lauren Orsini. GitHub works so well because it allows developers to work on their own time, forking and merging code asynchronously, either collaboratively or competitively. Your Mileage May VaryOf course, the subtext here is that distributed development works better when the software architecture allows it, not to mention company culture. As Charles Wise posits, “Tightly integrated apps are much tougher” to pull off than systems that involve modular architectures. Given the increasing prevalence of open-source code emerging from tech titans like Facebook and Google, perhaps the default should be modular architectures that are a natural fit for distributed development?Even with tightly integrated systems, companies have shown that it can work, and well. Marten Mickos, a veteran of MySQL, which had a very distributed workforce, and current CEO of open-source cloud company, Eucalyptus, emailed me some thoughts on how Eucalyptus works:We have software developers in China, Bangladesh, India and all over the US. A third are located in Santa Barbara where we have an office. The rest work from their homes or collaborative workspaces.Everything we do is online. We use Jira, Confluence, Github, wiki pages, email, IRC and so on.Our developers have small private (and personal) clouds in order to be more productive.We do regular online meetings for specific teams, specific features and specific releases. We follow an agile model, shipping major feature releases twice a year and maintenance releases every second month.A lot of discussions happen on email. We have an alias for fun@ and one for life@ and discuss@ and biz.intel@. On these lists, people can exchange information and debate various topics. And if they are busy, they can of course ignore those emails.Because of our model and our commitment to openness, we have been able to recruit some of the absolutely best engineers in the field of distributed systems. The fact that they don’t have to move to wherever the HQ are is a huge plus from them.This has been my experience as well, having worked at highly distributed teams at Canonical and Nodeable and more tightly coupled teams at Alfresco and MongoDB. Both work, though in different ways. What Works For YouUltimately, though, whether distributed development can work for your company comes down to—surprise!—the particular nuances of your company, as Twitter’s open source guru, Chris Aniszczyk suggests:And:All true. But my modest proposal is that many companies haven’t even tried to experimented with distributed development, and they should. As Urlocker insists, co-located development is “good but it’s limiting. Over time there is tremendous advantage to having multiple Dev teams in multiple cities.”Better, more diverse talent at less cost. That sounds like a winning formula. Distributed computing is the future of technology, but you’d never know it from how many tech organizations continue to operate. While our systems run across multiple servers and even data centers, our development teams too often sit within the same office. While there are real benefits to a co-located development team, the costs of competing for local talent may well outweigh them.Ironically, open source has taught us how to effectively work in a distributed fashion, but far too few organizations have heeded its lessons. The Costs Of HomogeneityFacebook is the world’s largest open source company, as I wrote recently. If any company groks open source, it’s Facebook. See also: How Facebook Will Fuel The Next Wave Of Open-Source BusinessAnd yet Facebook has a very 20th century approach to development. When my company was acqui-hired by Facebook a few years back, Facebook had little interest in any engineer that wasn’t located within Silicon Valley. Move to the Valley or move on, was the mantra.There are good reasons for this mindset. Studies have found that co-located engineering teams can be more productive, with less time needed to coordinate resources, make decisions, etc. Embedded in that decision, however, is a tradeoff, which Jeff Waugh uncovers in reference to why companies elect the co-located or distributed development approach:Not only does distributed development yield a greater range of people, but it also provides access to talent at far lower cost. This is a big deal given the escalating cost of recruiting and hiring engineers. Seen the price of an engineer in Silicon Valley these days? Matt Asay 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#developers#distributed computing#Facebook#Open Source How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more