System-wide Improvements Planned for UL

first_imgDr. Ophelia I. Weeks, President, University of LiberiaThe president of the University of Liberia (UL) has outlined strategic plans aimed at improving operations and academic activities throughout the university system in a bid to bring it on par with top learning institutions across Africa and the world.In a speech she delivered at the 2nd Annual Convention of the University of Liberia Alumni Association in the Americas (ULIBAAA) recently, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks said the University of Liberia is in the process of establishing the Personnel Evaluation and Enhancement Program (PEEP) to help determine effectiveness and efficiency on the job.According to her, this will help determine mechanisms that need to be put in place to increase productivity, as well as to offer opportunities for staff to attain advanced degrees and participate in job-related refresher workshops, seminars, symposia and short courses.“This will allow us to retain productive personnel, to re-tool and re-train dedicated and committed staff who need enhancement, and allow us to minimize deadwood,” she said.Dr. Weeks, whose late father, Rocheforte L. Weeks, Sr., served as the third UL president from 1959-1972, and the first Liberian appointed to that post, pointed out that under the PEEP program, the school will implement its newly developed Teaching & Learning Center (TLC).Commenting on curricular issues, Dr. Weeks said it is the hope of the University to complete reviewing and revising all academic programs that have not been reviewed for the past five years. She disclosed that a new policy has been put in place that mandates a five-year review cycle.“We will also begin the process of introducing hybrid and online courses at UL before the end of 2018,” said Weeks.On program development, Dr. Weeks noted that the five undergraduate and three graduate programs will be established in the next four years.  They are the Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Information Communications Technology, Fisheries, and Honors College undergraduate programs .For graduate programs, she disclosed that the University will offer Masters in Public Health, Environmental Sciences, and a Public Financial Management & Public Procurement Program within the existing graduate Business/Public Administration program.“Some of these programs will require less than three years because the developmental process is already underway. Others will take more than three years due to the complexity of the program, and availability of funding,” Dr. Weeks said.On students’ success, she stated that the school is on the road to realizing a fully functioning Testing & Evaluation Center; one that is not limited to entrance exams.“We hope to put in place a Students Success & Service Center that will contribute to correcting the existing chaotic and defective student union financial aid program, restore discipline, and infuse good leadership training for our students,” she indicated.“The University of Liberia Student Union Financial Aid Program needs improved oversight, with the introduction of a more structured merit-based and needs-based selection system and process that is fair and transparent. And there needs to be more structured psycho-social and mind education programs for our students,” Dr. Weeks explained.On the issue of infrastructural improvement, she said the UL hopes to complete wi-fi and internet access for all of its four campuses by the end of the year.“This was already in the making, and we look forward to its realization. Our challenge continues to be lack of access to a fully-integrated network platform/system for enrollment, human resource, and financial management, which require a level of sustained finances that we do not presently have, but we are hopeful,” Dr. Weeks told the UL ALUMNI in the Americas.“We have potential local and international partners to assist our College of Agriculture and Forestry to develop a poultry program with focal involvement of youths (using the 4H model), and women in communities that surround our Fendall and Sinje campuses. Also, in partnership with the University of Liberia Alumni Chorus (ULAC), we are currently working together to construct a Performing Arts Center,” she said.“This project was initiated a little over a year ago. Additional medium-sized and big-ticket projects may require more time to raise funds, and will include putting in place a capital campaign,” Dr. Weeks concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2013: Say Goodbye To The Traditional Data Center

first_imgRelated Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#ARM#Big Data#Data Centers#predictions#Structured Data brian proffitt IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… In 2013, traditional data centers will begin to lose their dominant status within the data-management food chain. They will increasingly be replaced by big-data software and lower-cost, ARM-based systems-on-chips. When thinking about the future of data centers, the problem is one of scale. For the past few decades, relational databases and the attendant hardware that runs them have been able to manage pretty much anything a company could throw at them, but those days are coming to an end.When Relational Ruled The LandIn the beginning, and for the first 20 years or so, data was heavily transactional, and was managed in discrete and very secureways. Speed was less important than making sure the data was safe as houses.In the 1990s, data began to be used in a slightly different way, as comapnies placed analytical demands on the data being gathered. Instead of being retreived in discrete packages, data became as a strategic asset to be analyzed, leading to the disciplines of business intelligence. Databases grew into massive data warehouses, and parallel querying arose as the only way to effectively manage the staggering workloads placed on information technology.Through the early years of electronic data, growth in the volume of data may have been rapid, but data tools and infrastructure were pretty much able to keep pace.That’s not so true anymore. Software soon will not be able to cope with the overwhelming volume of data being generated, says Mike Hoskins, chief technology officer of Pervasive Software. What’s coming is a real break in how data is managed.Breaking The Old ModelTo give an idea of what kind of scale we’re talking about, Hoskins points to U.S. retailer Wal-Mart‘s estimated 1-petabyte data store.“That’s the accumulation of 40 years of Wal-Mart sized business,” he said. “Facebook? Facebook generates that much data in a week.”There’s always a collection of data behind each transaction. But in e-commerce today, a customer can be clicking around quite a bit before buying, which leads to useful data sets tens, hundreds or thousands of times larger than “so-and-so bought widget X with credit card Y.” Add the fact that the machines handling these activities are also recording machine-to-machine transactions, and the data workload explodes beyond the capacity of any traditional data center. “We are reaching the end of the useful life” of our data centers, Hoskins said. “The bottom line is, it’s a death march.”Even if conventional software could manage this explosion, no company could afford it. Not to mention the energy costs invovled in buying, running and cooling the hardware.Indeed, it is innovation in hardware that’s going to provide the evolutionary break that Big Data requires. Servers with ARM-based processors, which absorb something like 20 times less power than Intel-based processors, are the next wave in data center infrastructure. Lower power requirements, after all, mean less resistance and less heat. Less heat means less money wasted on cooling and the ability to compress ARM-based systems closer together.As energy and general hardware costs coem down, hardware is lined up to take care of the new data workloads of this new massive scale of data.First Hardware – Then SoftwareOn the software side, Big Data will increasingly be handled by Hadoop systems that can store data and manage and analyze Facebook-scale loads.If you’re wondering why this is supposed to be big news, think about it this way: Relational databases have been handling data of all shapes and sizes for decades, and now there will be a certain level of data that the traditional data center architecture will simply be unable to handle. It’s the first stratification of data management. On one level of data management, relational databases will still be around, supporting smaller, less complex and more tactical workloads. But on this new level, whole new architectures will be created to deal with this scale.Big Data in the form of Hadoop-based architectures is but the first step into the future. In the past, data managers had to heavily pre-process data to get it to fit within a certain schema for use in a relational database. Today, they’re foregoing the pre-processing and are shoving the unformatted data into commodity Hadoop clusters. To perform analytical work, data managers are pulling refined data back into databases and other analytical tools. What’s The Data Center Endgame?This half-way approach is not the end game, though.Eventually, Hoskins believes, tools will be built into the Hadoop framework that will enable data managers to run applications and analysis right where the data lives, inside the Hadoop clusters.It’s no accident then that the latest iteration of one of Hadoop’s core components – MapReduce 2.0, code-named YARN – includes the beginnings of a framework that will let developers build exactly those kinds of tools inside Hadoop. This is something that the VP of Apache Hadoop Arun Murthy confirmed to me early this year at the Strata Conference in Santa Clara, California. When the YARN application framework is robust enough, Hadoop will be able to let developers code those applications.This will be the new way of working with data as it gets too big for relational databases to handle: a new architecture of low-cost, low-power servers that will keep applications and data as close to each other as possible, in order to maximize efficiency and speed.“Relational database technology has had a good run,” Hoskins said. But the days of the relational database being a part of every data solution are fading fast, as a new kind of data center becomes the new sheriff in town.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Ravena comes up clutch anew, NLEX takes 1-0 lead vs Alaska

first_imgTyphoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games “The good news is we won this one. The bad news is we have to go through this again and it will be harder on Wednesday.”Guiao, though, did warn his wards against complacency.“This series is not over. Of course we have an advantage, but with Alaska, they’ve been through a lot more difficult situations and they’ve come out of those situations pretty good.”Larry Fonacier drilled 18 markers, built on four treys, including a huge four-point play from the right corner with 2:40 to play that knotted the score at 96 and set up the wild finish. He also got nine boards.Kevin Alas added 17 points, six assists, and five rebounds off the bench, while JR Quiñahan registered a double-double with 12 markers and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Chris Banchero had 20 points and five rebounds, while Abueva wound up with 18 markers, 13 boards, three assists, and two blocks for the Aces.The scores:NLEX 105 — Ravena 25, Fonacier 18, Alas 17, Quiñahan 12, Miranda 10, Baguio 8, Al-Hussaini 4, Soyud 4, Taulava 4, Tiongson 3, Gotladera 0, Mallari 0.ALASKA 99 — Banchero 20, Abueva 18, Enciso 16, Thoss 11, Casio 8, Magat 4, Racal 4, Teng 4, Baclao 1, Cruz 0, Exciminiano 0.Quarters: 24-22, 50-40, 74-72, 105-99. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Simon Enciso kept the Aces in the game with a triple with 8.8 seconds left, but Ravena iced the deal with a pair of foul shots in the last 7.8 for a 103-99 cushion.Ravena, the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, finished with 25 points and eight assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGame 2 is set on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum with No. 3 Alaska looking to force a deciding Game 3.“I’m just relieved that Game 1 is over,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao as the franchise got its first ever playoff victory. View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena weaved his magic in the endgame anew as NLEX came away with a 105-99 victory over Alaska in Game 1 of their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals series Monday at Mall of Asia Arena.The super rookie first setup Michael Miranda for the go-ahead basket with 22.7 seconds left to give the Road Warriors a 98-96 lead, before converting a layup off a jump ball to make it, 100-96, with 18.8 ticks remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Haruna regaining old form coming off season-ending injury Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuslast_img read more