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Improving Africa’s public service

Improving Africa’s public service

first_img16 August 2005Public servants throughout Africa are to get a skills boost when a new pan-African management institute is launched in Johannesburg on Thursday. The institute aims to improve the ability of the continent’s public servants to deal effectively with management problems.Called the African Management Development Institute Network (Amdin), the initiative is to be launched by the Department of Public Service and Administration in partnership with SA Management Development Institute and management development institutes from other African states, under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).According to the Department of Public Services, Amdin will work to build the capacity of the continent’s management development institutes so as to improve public service.The need for Amdin was first discussed at the Nepad Management Development and Public Administration Institutes Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2000.At the conference it was decided to work towards the establishment of an African network of management development institutes that would provide a platform for collective efforts in solving management problems facing governments on the continent.African ministers have expressed their full support of the establishment and operations of Amdin, saying the new body will play a significant role in the development of Africa and its people.Amdin’s executive management committee, to be elected at the launch, will be presented to the conference of the Pan African Ministers of Public Service and Administration scheduled for 30 August.Among those attending the launch will be Public Service Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Nepad officials and directors of management development institutes from Botswana, Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Spore Destined to Be a Complete Flop?

Spore Destined to Be a Complete Flop?

first_imgcorvida 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Electronic Arts (EA) is the leading developer and publisher of some of the most popular games. EA has an impressive track record of releasing hit after hit with 27 titles that have sold over 1 million units. They company has a history of great franchises like the Madden NFL series, The Sims, and Need for Speed. Their streak may now be slowing down. It seems the giant has hit a snag with the recent release of its highly anticipated Spore game. Complaints are rolling in from consumers and Spore fans are beyond disappointed.All HypeFor those that don’t know, Spore is a game that tracks a world of creatures and the evolution of these creatures. The amount of hype that Spore has amassed is astounding. With a great story line and a ton of publicity, expectations are riding high. EA expects to sell over 2 million copies of Spore before the end of the year. To give users a taste of where things were headed, EA released SporeCreator. This could be viewed as a prequel for Spore. It allowed those who were impatiently waiting for Spore’s debut to tinker with one of the game’s main focuses: creating creatures. SporeCreator turned out to be a huge hit. Creator Will Wright only expected to get about 100,000 creations or so, yet over 2 million creatures have been created to-date. With such a successful beginning EA was seemed to have a guaranteed hit on their hands. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Bad Ratings, Worse IssuesWill Wright hoped that Spore would “change the way people look at games forever and change hopefully the perception people have of their own creativity.” Yet this doesn’t seem to be happening if recent reviews are any indication. Currently on Amazon, Spore has a rating of one and a half stars based on the reviews of over 500 people. Taking a closer look at these reviews explains that the biggest problem with Spore is that it isn’t evolutionary in any way.From a technical standpoint, a lot of fans have issues with EA’s DRM system in Spore. The system requires users to activate the game over the internet with a limit of 3 activations. Any more than that and you’ll have to call EA for help. The problem with this method is that EA requires proof of purchase of the Spore game in order to give you another activation code. This doesn’t seem very evolutionary to us in any way. Microsoft anyone?As for playing the game, we feel we hit the nail on the head when we stated that Spore is a “hugely ambitious follow up to The Sims game series.” It was ambitious and a great try. However, we didn’t find anything very appealing about the gameplay. Sure we can watch our creatures grow, but you can also do that with The Sims but with people instead of creatures. The graphics and visual effects may have been the closest EA came to “evolutionary” with Spore. Overall, the game itself suffers from being too simple Sims like. Spore is a serious lackluster.What Needs to ChangeThere’s a lot about Spore that needs to change. First off, DRM has to go. That’s so old school EA. We understand you want your product to sell and not be pirated. However when issues such as the one in Europe pop-up, you need to rethink your strategy. Scrap the DRM.Lastly, the game-play needs to change. Everything was going great with Spore creature creation tools. However interacting within the game is a drab. There isn’t a challenge in Spore and it’s far from evolutionary. Don’t sand-box us. Give us something to work for. In the end, we feel Spore appeals to those who liked the Sims. It’s too easy, too repetitive, and not complex enough for the rest of the world. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

IPL 8: Narine still available for selection, says Gautam Gambhir

IPL 8: Narine still available for selection, says Gautam Gambhir

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Gautam Gambhir on Saturday confirmed that West Indies spinner Sunil Narine, reported for suspected bowling action, will be up for selection against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here on Sunday.Narine’s action was reported by the match officials after the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Visakhapatnam. His action was initially cleared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) during the start of the ongoing IPL.He underwent bowling action corrective tests in Chennai on Saturday.”Sunil is available for the game tomorrow, he is undergoing tests in Chennai, and the results will be out in about 48 hours, but he is available just that the management did not want to take risk and he was thus sent,” Gambhir said at the pre-match conference here.The skipper though said it is “disturbing” and “unsettling” to deal with such an issue again as Narine has played a pivotal role in winning them the IPL trophy twice.”It is unsettling and disturbing, but we do not have a choice, we have to deal with the issue,” he said.Asked if the team management would not risk the West Indies spinner, then who would his spinning options be for such a tough game, the skipper said, “If we decide to rest Sunil, someone like a (Brad) Hogg, he can turn it both ways, (Johan) Botha, (KC) Cariappa might get a look in for the game.””The attack has always revolved around him, but if we do not play him, we will have to wait and see what can be done.”advertisementThe skipper further added that the management was satisfied with Narine before the start of the IPL and hence had allowed him to feature in all the five games.”The management was satisfied after he got through the last tests successfully, and hence we were playing him, the umpires have only reported certain deliveries, and I hope it comes out well for us,” he said.last_img read more