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Assessing South Africa’s strategic options of soft power application through civic interest groups
YF April
African Journal on Conflict Resolution , 2009,
Abstract: South African foreign policy is premised on the African Renaissance concept of good governance. The country’s good governance objectives are to strive for world peace and the settlement of all international disputes by negotiation – not war. Furthermore, South Africa's foreign policy is informed by its domestic policy which is guided by the vision of a democratic South Africa that promotes best practices with regard to good governance regionally and globally. Given its vision of effective global governance, South African foreign policy faces many challenges due to the various continental demands that include global food shortages, low intensity conflict, and low employment levels. This article argues that South Africa cannot accomplish its foreign policy objectives by itself and advocates the use of civic interest groups as a strategic tool of implementing soft power. In demonstrating the impact of civic interest groups as a foreign policy instrument, the article illustrates how globalisation has changed the world of international diplomacy, requiring non-state actors to become more active in transforming the economic and political playing field. Throughout the discussion, the South African Dialogue for Women is used as a case study that demonstrates how South Africa could further achieve its objectives of African Renaissance by supporting civil society initiatives in promoting good governance on the ground.
Multiperspective Representation of Internal Controls in Business Processes  [PDF]
Iheb Abdellatif, Alain April
Journal of Software Engineering and Applications (JSEA) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/jsea.2012.512112
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The internal control process, which is designed to help an organization accomplish specific control objectives, is one of the most important processes, as it can determine whether or not the organization is in compliance with its internal or external requirements. Internal controls emerge from different perspectives. Currently, experts view and act on one control perspective at a time, which creates inefficiencies and duplication. This software engineering research is aimed at proposing a multiperspective framework for representing internal controls, in order to obtain a centralized and comprehensive view of all internal control mechanisms. To carry out this research, we also needed to represent the many different stakeholder perspectives of internal controls. Based on a literature review of mathematical and psychological analysis, we searched for the most suitable multiperspective representation of internal controls, and assessed the many representation options using the AHP (analytical hierarchical process) sensitivity analysis approach. This approach has been applied to a study group which has been called to answer to a questionnaire.

Protective effect of nitric oxide against arsenic-induced oxidative damage in tall fescue leaves
JW Jin, YF Xu, YF Huang
African Journal of Biotechnology , 2010,
Abstract: Nitric oxide (NO) is a key molecule involved in many physiology processes. The effects of NO on alleviating arsenic-induced oxidative damage in tall fescue leaves were investigated. Arsenic (25 M) treatment induced significantly accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and led to serious lipid peroxidation in tall fescue leaves and the application of 100 M SNP before arsenic stress resulted in alleviated arsenic-induced electrolyte leakage and malondiadehyde (MDA) content in tall fescue leaves, the levels of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and superoxide radical (O2 ) were reduced as well. Moreover, the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and ascorbate peroxidase (APX) increased in tall fescue leaves in presence of SNP under arsenic stress. This pattern was reversed by application of NO scavenger, 2-(4-carboxy-2-phenyl)-4,4,5,5-tetramethy-limidazoline-1-oxyl-3-oxide (PTIO) before arsenic treatment. Pronounced increases in endogenous NO production was found in plants after exposure to arsenic stress. The results suggested that arsenic stress elevated endogenous NO level and that NO might act as a signaling molecule to enhance antioxidant enzyme activities, further protecting against injuries caused by arsenic toxicity.
Problems and Counselling Needs of Corps Members in Nigeria
YF Adeoti, OO Olaewe
African Research Review , 2009,
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to find out the problems and counseling needs of corps members. The main instrument that was used to collect relevant data was a questionnaire titled “Problems and Counseling Needs of Corps Members Questionnaire” (PCNCMQ). A total number of one hundred Corps members were selected using simple random sampling. It was found that the major problems and counseling needs of Corps Members were psychological in nature. It was then specifically recommended that National Youth Service Corps Scheme should established functional and dynamic Counseling Units in all the state Secretariats and the Federal Capital Territory.
Profile: April Colosimo
April Colosimo
Partnership : the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research , 2009,
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Longing for the Mongrel
April Munson
Revista Electronica Interuniversitaria de Formación del Profesorado , 2009,
Abstract: Throughout the United States, there is a strong push for development and implementation of hybrid (blended) and online courses in higher education. Campuses attach themselves to a variety of programs to assist this occurrence, and training for faculty on how to use the programs happen regularly. However, despite the call to do it, and the offering of the tools, many are still left uncertain on how to move an imagined online course beyond repositories of data. Knowing how to use tools of technology is not enough. The first step is to revisit what it means to teach and learn. This article describes the reconceptualization of teaching and learning that is ongoing in the implementation of a hybrid seminar course in art education by a technology trainee.
Writing the irogonomi: Sexual politics, Heian-style
April Sprague
New Voices : A Journal for Emerging Scholars of Japanese Studies in Australia and New Zealand , 2011,
Abstract: Promiscuous “connoisseurs of love” (irogonomi) such as the fictional Genji and the semi-legendary Ariwara no Narihira have come to define popular perception of Heian period sexual politics; that is, their names have become shorthand for male privilege over women. In this article I will complicate established ideas regarding male promiscuity and privilege in the Heian period through an examination of Tales of Ise, Tale of Lady Ochikubo and Tale of Genji. I argue that, although women’s status as linchpins in the practice of “marriage politics” rarely translated into women’s individual empowerment, men’s reliance on marriage politics placed restrictions on men’s sexuality in ways that are rarely acknowledged by modern scholarship.
Air in the kidney: between emphysematous pyelitis and pyelonephritis
CH Kua,YF Abdul Aziz
Biomedical Imaging and Intervention Journal , 2008, DOI: 10.2349/biij.4.4.e24
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Design of a Performance Measurement Framework for Cloud Computing  [PDF]
Luis Bautista, Alain Abran, Alain April
Journal of Software Engineering and Applications (JSEA) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/jsea.2012.52011
Abstract: Cloud Computing is an emerging technology for processing and storing very large amounts of data. Sometimes anomalies and defects affect part of the cloud infrastructure, resulting in a performance degradation of the cloud. This paper proposes a performance measurement framework for Cloud Computing systems, which integrates software quality concepts from ISO 25010.
Health Outcome Measures in Atopic Dermatitis: A Systematic Review of Trends in Disease Severity and Quality-of-Life Instruments 1985–2010
Balvinder Rehal,April Armstrong
PLOS ONE , 2012, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017520
Abstract: A number of disease-severity and quality-of-life (QoL) instruments have emerged in atopic dermatitis (AD) in the last decade.
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