Youth urged to get involved

first_imgYouth members from the President’s Award were involved in various service projects, including the refurbishment of desks at Meyerton High School, which is under-resourced.(Images: Romaana Naidoo) Lerato Funeka, an ex-pupil at Meyerton High School, was delighted to help restore the desks at his old school.MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122• Janine HansenOperations DirectorThe President’s Award+27 46 622 7273RELATED ARTICLES• Youth urged to build a better future• Implement NDP in everything you do• To SA youth: ‘make NDP yours’• Investing in African youthRomaana NaidooThe quality of questions and input coming from the young people at the Dialogue and Action Workshops have impressed all the partners, says Brand South Africa’s chief executive office, Miller Matola. “It shows that many of our youth are serious about understanding the NDP National Development Plan and becoming involved in its implementation. South Africa has recently improved in terms of innovation on the World Economic Forum Innovation Pillar. Young people are ideally placed to participate in a knowledge-based economy, which is the trajectory South Africa is pursuing.”Brand South Africa teamed up with the President’s Award for Youth Empowerment – which this year celebrated its 30th anniversary – to organise three Youth Dialogue and Action Workshops to acknowledge those youngsters who are playing their part in building a better South Africa. The most recent of the Brand South Africa Play Your Part – National Development Plan Outreach workshops was held at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Meyerton, in Gauteng, on 14 September.It was the third in a series in which youth have interacted with representatives from the President’s Awards, the NDP and Brand South Africa. The first two were held in East London and Cape Town on 31 August and 7 September, respectively. Speaking at the third, Leo Makgamath, the programme manager for civil society at Brand South Africa, pointed out that the youth were not leaders of tomorrow but rather leaders of today.The purpose of the workshops was to expose President’s Award participants to The National Development Plan (NDP) which was presented to Parliament last year by the Minister in the Office of The President, Trevor Manuel. The aims of the NDP, its broad objectives, and practical ways that young people can be involved in the realisation of its Vision 2030 were a common theme at each of the workshops. Voluntary community serviceAt each, delegates were also involved in service projects, which included a literacy project, a second-hand clothing distribution project and refurbishing desks for an under-resourced school. Marius Gwebu, from Barberton Correctional Services, was on hand at the third workshop to help the youngsters work on the desks for Meyerton High School, and about 150 desks were refurbished by the participants and their parents. Gwebu belongs to an initiative in Barberton that restores desks at the correctional facility for schools in Mpumalanga.Makgamath, who worked on a few desks, took the opportunity to interact with the youngsters. He spoke to them about shaping their future today and not waiting for tomorrow. Lerato Funeka helped him with some of the desks and the 22-year-old spoke with pride about restoring old desks for Meyerton High School, which he attended. “I believe that I’ve been through a lot with that school and the projects that are being done through the President’s Award will not only help with desks but will also help with books in the library, among others,” he said.An Mpumalanga project had stood out for him, Makgamath added. It involved a group of 32 children and teachers, who planted food gardens in impoverished areas that were not only used for the schools, but for the community at large. Apart from their feeding schemes, the group also cared for the elderly in the community by clothing them, feeding them and cleaning their homes for them.Another standout project, he said, was a stationery drive run by two Tshwane residents. Charl and Ella van der Merwe run the Write Project, which involves collecting stationery and distributing this to disadvantaged youth. Makgamath said it was initiatives such as these that broke the boundaries between groups and encouraged social cohesion among different races and social classes. This, he said, was laying the foundation for a cohesive nation. The National Development PlanThe NDP offers a long-term strategy of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030. South Africa can realise these goals, it says, by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment has over 15 000 active participants drawn from schools, community youth groups, residential youth facilities and correctional services. Its aim is to provide a holistic framework for purposeful self-development of young people between the ages of 14 and 24. These awards are affiliated with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Association and the patron-in-chief is President Jacob Zuma.Through these awards, Youth Dialogue and Action Workshops have been running since 2008, encouraging participants from a broad diversity of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to engage with themes relevant to their lives as young South Africans. The chief executive officer of the President’s Award, Martin Scholtz, said the programme demanded young people take responsibility for their own development and the development of those around them.“Engaging young people in their role in the realisation of Vision 2030 is critical. The award programme is about action and we are excited to make the link between what award participants are already doing on the ground and the objectives of the NDP, through these Dialogue and Action Workshops. The NDP is not a government initiative – it’s a citizen’s initiative,” said Scholtz.last_img read more

Clicker: A One-Stop Shop For Online Video (1000 Invites)

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#Video Services#web Related Posts Finding specific online videos from TV networks and independent producers can often be a daunting challenge. Some TV shows are on Hulu, some can only be found as paid downloads on iTunes or Amazon and some are only available for streaming on the network’s and producer’s own sites. Clicker wants to change this by making it easier to find shows from TV networks, music videos, and web videos from across the Internet. Clicker is currently in private beta and only available in the US. The company gave us 1000 invites for our readers. Read on to find out how you can get yours.Clicker aggregates over 300,000 episodes from over 1,200 networks, as well as 50,000 music videos and thousands of movies. Features and User InterfaceThere are, of course, already numerous video search engines like blinkx or Truveo. Few of these make it as easy as Clicker to find the videos you are looking for, however. With auto-completed searches, a smart categorization system and well designed search results page, finding the right video on Clicker is a snap. Whenever possible, Clicker uses video embeds to play videos right on its own page, though if a show can’t be embedded, Clicker will point to other sources. It’s important to point out that while most of these videos are available for free, Clicker also indexes shows that are only available for paid downloads and streams on services like iTunes or Amazon. Clicker also indexes shows from Netflix – though you need to be a Netflix subscriber to stream these.A very useful feature on Clicker is that users can subscribe to shows and build up a personal library of shows and playlists. Every episode page gives users the option to add this episode to the playlist or to subscribe to the complete series. Clicker also keeps a record of all the shows a user has watched already. All of these features are nice and useful, but the area where Clicker really shines is in how it presents the search results and how easy it is to browse the site and discover shows. Taming the Wild West of Online VideoWith its focus on indexing high-quality videos and making it easy to find them, Clicker manages to stand out from its competition. Earlier this week, Clicker added Blake Krikorian, the founder of Sling Media to its board of directors, whose experience in this market will definitely be a boon for the company.As Clicker’s CEO Jim Lanzone told us earlier today, online video is still going through its Wild West phase. Thanks to services like Clicker, it’s now getting a lot easier to find and play online videos without having to search through dozens of sites.InvitesClicker gave us 1000 invites. Simply click here, sign up, and you are ready to go. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

CES 2011: Verizon Says It Can Handle the Data

first_imgTags:#CES 2011#conferences#mobile#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology mike melanson Everywhere you look at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show there’s another company or device focused on streaming content to the ever-expanding sea of mobile users. There are cars with Pandora-enabled stereo systems, Netflix-streaming smartphones and Yahoo-connected tablets. With each new device we add more and more burden to the infrastructure that handles delivering all of this content, but Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg assured the crowd at the Consumer Electronics Show this morning that Verizon is working to handle that burden.“We are more than capable of handling the huge growth in video traffic that we anticipate seeing in the years ahead,” Seidenberg said during his opening keynote, explaining that Verizon’s recently launched 4G LTE network could satiate our hunger for mobile data. Ten years ago, said Seidenberg, only 1 in 3 people had a cell phone. Today, 9 in 10 do and wireless data conusumption has more than doubled every year. This generation of increasingly-connected individuals, he explained, “imagine access to everything at their fingertips and they want it now. They see everything as being connected – their homes, their cars, their streets.” While we all entered the keynote hall this morning hoping against hope to hear about the much awaited Verizon iPhone, we instead heard some bragging from Verizon about its ability to handle mobile data. Put another way, however, what we heard today may well have been Verizon’s way of saying, “We know, the iPhone came in and squished AT&T’s network, but we’re prepared.” Disclosure: Verizon, through the Federated Media ad network, is one of ReadWriteWeb’s sponsors.last_img read more

Refrigerators Get New Efficiency Standards

first_imgEnergy consumption is much lower than it used to beCalifornia was the first to adopt energy standards for refrigerators in 1978 in the wake of the OPEC oil embargo of 1973, and as other concerns about petroleum supplies began to surface. Manufacturers have been required to meet Department of Energy standards since 1990.California’s move helped put the brakes on a long-standing upward trend in energy use: Between 1947 and 1974, power consumption had climbed from an average of less than 400 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity to more than 1,800 kWh per year.Since then, average power consumption has steadily declined, ACEEE said, dropping below 1,000 kWh for the first time by the early 1980s and, with the adoption of the most recent standards, should decline to less than 500 kWh a year.A refrigerator that just meets the new energy requirements will use between $215 and $270 less in electricity per year than a model that just met the California standards in 1978. (Keep in mind the government sets different efficiency standards for different models; in all, there are 18 categories of refrigerators and freezers covered by federal rules.) Boxes are bigger, but they cost lessThere’s a good argument to be made that American families could easily make do with much smaller refrigerators. The ACEEE finds that the average size is now more than 20 cubic feet, and has been for most of the last 40 years.Even so, prices are coming down. In 2010 dollars, the average cost has fallen from a high of $1,566 in the mid-1970s to about $550 in 2010. Of course it is possible to spend a lot more than that, but average prices have fallen even as manufacturers add features such as ice-makers and beverage dispensers.ACEEE said that as more consumers replace old refrigerators with new ones, energy use will continue falling. The new standards should save enough energy in the next 30 years to meet the total energy needs of one-fourth of all the homes in the U.S. for one year, ACEEE said. Consumers will save as much as $36 billion over the same period. As the modern refrigerator marks its 100th anniversary this year, new federal efficiency standards take effect on September 15 that will cut energy consumption on most models by between 20% and 25%, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).The drop in power consumption continues a trend that started nearly 40 years ago with efficiency standards approved by the then fledgling California Energy Commission.Before the advent of electrically powered refrigerators, people kept perishable foods in cabinets cooled by blocks of ice, and since the first models were introduced the refrigerator has undergone a remarkable transition (for a history of the classic GE Monitor-Top model first manufactured in the 1920s, see Martin Holladay’s blog from May 2012.)Three things have happened to refrigerators since the 1970s, when the first efficiency standards went into effect, the ACEEE said in a report about the evolution of this appliance: energy consumption has dropped significantly, prices are lower, and refrigerators are bigger.last_img read more

What Researchers Know About Building a Happy Life

first_imgReferencesHouse, J., Landis, K. and Umberson, D. (1988). Social relationships and health. Science, 241(4865), pp.540-545.Mineo. Liz. Harvard. April 11, 2017 Good jeans are nice but Joy is better Liz Mineo Harvard Staff Writer DATE April 11, 2017 https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/04/over-nearly-80-years-harvard-study-has-been-showing-how-to-live-a-healthy-and-happy-life/ [Accessed 27 July, 2019].Seppala, Emma. Connectedness& Health: The Science of Social Connection – The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education http://ccare.stanford.edu/uncategorized/connectedness-health-the-science-of-social-connection-infographic/ [Accessed28 July, 2019]. Created in Canva by Alicia Cassels Return to article. Long DescriptionWritten by: Alicia Cassels, MA, MFLN Blog ContributorYou may have heard about a Harvard study of adult development that has, to date, run consecutively for more than 80 years. Initially the study included only male students from Harvard. The subject pool was expanded to include a more diverse set of subjects. Over time, the participant pool has expanded to include additional subjects. Results continue to point to significant commonalities among participants. Some of the most striking commonalities among diverse study participants include findings around what makes a happy, healthy life. Results of the ongoing study continue to reveal that, in essence, a single factor is highly correlated to happiness, physical health, mental wellbeing, and emotional health, regardless of participant demographics.  -And it’s not what you might think.What is more important to health and happiness than money or socioeconomic status? The Harvard study revealed that human connection is the greatest predictor of physical health, emotional wellbeing, and happiness. According to the director of the study,Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives, the study revealed. Those ties protect people from life’s discontents, help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives than social class, IQ, or even genes.–Robert Waldinger, Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.Regardless of race or social status, the people who reported that they were the most satisfied with their personal relationships at age 50 were also the healthiest in their 80’s. The people who reported having better relationships in their 80’s also had better memories.These findings are not limited to the Harvard Study. A study published in 1988, authored by James S. House, Karl R. Landis, and Debra Umberson found that the inverse is also true,Lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure.A Dangerous TrendUnfortunately, social connections are decreasing at alarming rates. In a piece published by The Stanford Medicine Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Dr. Emma Seppala outlines a growing social epidemic,The modal number of close others (i.e., people with whom one feels comfortable sharing a personal problem) Americans claimed to have in 1985 was only three. In 2004 it dropped to zero, with over 25% of Americans saying that they have no one to confide in. This survey suggests that one in four people that we meet may have no one they call a close friend!What Can We Do?(1). Prioritize what matters most. Spend time building and strengthening relationships with family and friends. It is important to note that research indicates that quality, not quantity matters here. It is the value, not the number of the relationships that counts.(2). Learn more about the research.Watch Waldnger’s TED Talk about the Harvard study.Learn about a second generation of the original Harvard study is currently underway. If you would like to learn more about this study visit click here.last_img read more

Building The Ultimate, High-Versatility Cinema Camera Package

first_imgLearn how you can build a professional cinema camera package that is ready for any type of run-and-gun shoot or studio setup.Let’s get something out of the way — this won’t be cheap. This is a professional setup with some top-of-the-line gear combined with some budget-friendly accessories.Now, let’s move on.So what does it take to put together an incredibly flexible camera package? Something that you can quickly and easily use on set. Something that serves the needs of the DP, First AC, sound technician, and more.Imagine a camera that, once assembled, could shoot any type of scene with multiple support systems. Shoot over the shoulder, on a gimbal, with a tripod, with a slider, or even sitting on the ground.That’s the challenge the team at Corridor took on, and here’s what they came up with. The GearSo what gear did the Corridor Crew use? B&H has a compiled list of the support gear, but we also hunted down the camera package itself. If you want to build something similar, expect to spend at least $35,000.CameraRED GEMINI 5K ($19,500)The Corridor Crew has been using RED cameras for years, but they recently decided to switch from the HELIUM 8K to the GEMINI 5K. That’s because the GEMINI offers much better low-light shooting.If you feel like splurging with a few thousand more for the HELIUM 8K sensor, you’ll be starting around $24,500.If you want to save a little, you can go with a DRAGON-X 5K, which starts at $14,950.LensesSigma Art Series Lenses (Price Varies)Obviously, you’ll want to choose the lenses you’d want for your own types of projects, but the Sigma Art lenses are beautiful.Support GearThis is where you can substitute options based on budget — but keep in mind that the crew selected many of these tools for their wireless capabilities, which creates more freedom on set.SmallHD 702 Bright On-Camera Monitor ($1,499)SmallRig DSLR Action NATO Handle ($48)Sachtler Sandwich Touch and Go Adapter with Touch & Go Plate 16 ($351)Syrp Magic Carpet 3.3′ Medium Track with Carriage and End Caps Kit ($329)Manfrotto 502AH Pro Video Head with Flat Base ($159-200)Letus35 Helix Jr. Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Encoders ($1,799)Letus35 Helix Juice Box Battery – 5200 mAh ($175)Teradek MDR.ACI Wireless RED Camera Control ($2,199)SmallHD FOCUS Bold 500 TX ($1,499)SmallHD FOCUS Bolt 500 RX ($1,499)Teradek RT Thumbwheel S Standard Wired Controller ($399)Teradek RT Latitude MDR & MK3.1 Slave Cable – 24″, RA to Straight ($79)Wooden Camera WC-150800 Rosette Hand Grip ($195)Teradek RT MK3.1 4-Axis Wireless Lens Controller ($1,599)SHAPE ARRI Standard Studio Bridgeplate with 15mm Rods ($351)Sennheiser ew 500 Wireless G4 Handheld Microphone System ($1,295)Bluetooth Adapter ($ Varies)Element Technica Mantis (Discontinued)Bluetooth HeadphonesSome of this gear has been discontinued, but you can find suitable replacements. It’s all about knowing where to spend money, and where you can save money.All images via Corridor/Corridor Crew.Looking for more on film and video gear? Check out these articles.Introducing the Yeti Nano from Blue MicrophonesBREAKING: Blackmagic Design Announces the New URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2Here’s What’s New in Panasonic’s EVA 3.0 Firmware UpdateBREAKING: SmallHD Releases New 7″ FOCUS Monitor with 1000 Nit BrightnessSony Announces a New 135mm G Master Lens at F1.8last_img read more

Asiad heroes gunning for more success

first_imgAcclaim and recognition continue to pour in for the medal winners, who did India proud at the Guangzhou Asian Games last month.On Thursday, it was the turn of contingent sponsors Samsung to honour and reward several of the Asiad medallists at a function in the Capital, where the elite sportspersons took great delight in reliving their moment of glory.Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Kumar, who defeated two-time world champion Uzbek Abbos Atoev in the middleweight final to win the gold in the Chinese city, said the yellow medal was redemption for the disappointment at the Delhi Commonwealth Games (CWG).”After missing out on home turf, only a gold was in my mind,” the Bhiwani boxer said. “I did not attend many felicitation functions after the CWG as I was smarting from the defeat.” Vijender had to settle for a bronze at the CWG after losing a contentious semi- final bout against Antony Ogogo of England.But China has always been a happy hunting ground for the star pugilist, who was adjudged the most valuable Indian performer at the Asian Games.”I won the Olympic bronze in Beijing, another one at the Asian championships in Zhuhai last year and now the Asian Games gold. China has been lucky for me,” Vijender said.Looking ahead to the 2012 London Olympics, he said there was still room for improvement in his pursuit for glory in England. “I have to work on my fitness. The national camp will resume in Patiala in January where we will start training again.” Flyweight pugilist Suranjoy Singh, who won gold in Delhi, was disappointed with a bronze medal finish in China. “I was hoping for a gold. Next time, I will ensure that the colour of the medal is different,” the Manipur boxer said.advertisementRifle shooter Gagan Narang, who followed his feat of four gold medals at the CWG with two silver in Guangzhou, was satisfied with his performance ” The standard of competition in shooting at the Asian Games is almost at par with the Olympics. Getting a silver was a good effort, but the colour could have been different. I won three bronze medals at the Doha Asian Games and wanted to do better this time.”The CWG on home turf set the ball rolling. All that we as sportspersons need to do is give our best and hope it is good enough on the given day,” the Hyderabad marksman said.Several other gold medallists were in attendance including the new golden girl of athletics, Ashwini Akkunji, and her relay teammates Manjeet Kaur and Mandeep Kaur.The men’s and women’s kabaddi teams were also present as was pugilist Vikas Krishan and rower Bajrang Lal Takhar. Gold medallist in the 400m hurdles Joseph Abraham also graced the occasion.The Indian Olympic Association was represented by its secretary general Randhir Singh.Samota packs a punchImdia has traditionally excelled in the lighter weight categories in boxing but Paramjeet Samota believes the country can now expect laurels in the heavier sections as well.The Bhiwani boxer, who competes in the + 91 category, won the gold medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and followed that with a bronze at the Asiad.”The future for India in the heavier weight categories is bright. Apart from myself, there is Ram Singh who competes in my category only. We train together and he has a bright future ahead of him,” Samota said.He does not hesitate in crediting Vijender Kumar for the turnaround in Indian boxing.”The last few years have been great. It all started with Vijender’s bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics. He showed us the way and has always been a motivation for us.” Looking ahead, Samota said 2011 will be the year for securing an Olympic berth. “I will concentrate on the nationals and will join the camp in Patiala.”last_img read more

Jamaicans to be Trained for Logistics Hub

first_imgThe Government is working to ensure that there is a pool of skilled local workers available to operate in the Global Logistics Hub, when it is developed. Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said that the process has already begun to secure this cohort, with a significant training initiative to begin soon.“We are about to sign a co-operation agreement with Panama and we’re going to discuss a similar arrangement with Dubai in which we propose to send some people …to begin that training exercise so that when we come on stream, hopefully on a phased basis, we will have more and more of our people trained and prepared and ready to participate,” he said.Minister Hylton was addressing a Trade and Global Logistics Hub Luncheon Forum hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Jamaica on Wednesday, April 17, at the Spanish Court Hotel.The Government’s Global Logistics Hub initiative is aimed at taking advantage of the anticipated increase in maritime activities from the expansion of the Panama Canal, which is scheduled for completion in 2015.The Minister further informed that the old Machado building at South Camp Road is being converted to facilitate all local logistics training, adding that the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) is also being expanded “to respond to this (need)”.“In the final analysis, where the critical skills would come from to ‘jump start’ the process, we’re prepared to embrace that, because…a number of our people (would be) trained so that in the medium to longer-term, they would be running these operations… and that includes our Diaspora, who have signaled their willingness (to offer their services),” he said.In developing the hub, which will position the country as the world’s fourth node in the global supply and logistics chain, the Government is now moving ahead to prepare the workforce, build out the necessary infrastructure, and put in place the legislative arrangements.The key elements of the Government’s global logistics hub initiative are: development of the Caymanas Economic Zone; dredging of the Kingston Harbour; expanding the port facility at Fort Augusta and Gordon Cay; establishing a Dry Dock facility at Jackson Bay, Clarendon; establishing a transshipment commodity port facility near Yallahs, St. Thomas; and developing an air cargo and passenger facility at Vernamfield, in Clarendon.The initiative was unveiled last year and is one of the planks on which the Government intends to grow the Jamaican economy.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more