Press release: Deputy Minister of Communications joins the South Africa’s Men’s Hockey Team to Commemorate International Mandela Day

first_imgDeputy Minister of Communications, Ms Tandi Mahambehlala will spend International Mandela Day on Tuesday 18 July 2017 with Brand South Africa and the South African Men’s Hockey Team at the New Jerusalem Children’s Home in Midrand.Ms Tandi Mahambehlala is South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Communications. (Image: GovernmentZA, Flickr)Johannesburg, Friday 14 July 2017 – Brand South Africa will host the Deputy Minister of Communications, Ms Tandi Mahambehlala and the SA Men’s Hockey Team – who are competing in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals currently underway in Johannesburg at the Wits Hockey Stadium, to commemorate International Mandela Day at the New Jerusalem Children’s Home on 18 July 2017.International Mandela Day is a commemorative day inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices.To honour the late African leaders’ epic struggle, setbacks, renewed hope and ultimate triumph – the United Nations General Assembly via unanimous decision proclaimed Mandela’s birthday, 18 July, as Nelson Mandela International Day in 2009, to mark his contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle.It called on individuals to donate 67 minutes to doing something for others, commemorating the 67 years that Mandela had been a part of the movement.“The world remains beset by so much suffering , poverty and deprivation it is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all this famous call to action by our Former President Nelson Mandela is a continuation of legacy, which calls upon all South Africans of all races and creeds to unite and act against poverty,” said the Deputy Minister of Communications Ms Tandi Mahambehlala.This International Mandela Day activation – led Brand South Africa in collaboration with and partners the South African Hockey Association and the Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project, is premised on Brand South Africa’s mandate to promote pride and patriotism among South Africa by working collaboratively with government, business and civil society.This Mandela Day – Brand South Africa with its aforementioned partners, call on all South Africans to play their part and act against poverty and unite to make a change that’ll enhance the willingness of members of a society to cooperate with each other in order to survive and prosper for a better country and future.Media are invited to join the SA Men’s Hockey Team at the New Jerusalem Children’s Home as follows:Date: Tuesday 18 July 2017Time: 09h30 – 11h00Venue: 138 Steyn Road, President Park, Midrand, 1685RSVPs: Tsabeng Nthite on tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.com or Tel: +27 11 712 5061Follow the conversation on @MahambehlalaT; @Brand_SA and #ActionAgainstPoverty.last_img read more

MidWest GeoBash 2012

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Mailer – February 24, 2011February 24, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 7, 2012March 8, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”A Lackey’s “Thank You” after Attending a Mega-EventApril 1, 2011In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Sometimes a simple match won’t do for a Mega-Event fireGroundspeak Lackeys are traveling thousands of miles from H.Q. throughout the year to share smiles, shake hands, and make geocaching memories at nearly 20 Mega-Events worldwide. Justin Dover aka dova dov, attended the Mega-Event Midwest GeoBash 2012 (GC34GFG) The Mega-Event took place in Wauseon, Ohio. Justin has served as a Lackey since 2009 and is an engineer in IT – basically he’s one of the hamsters. Here’s Justin’s account of his adventure.Justin Dover aka dova dovBy Justin Dover:Working at Groundspeak for nearly three years, I’ve had a few opportunities to travel.  My most recent adventure was to the great state of Ohio for the 8th annual MidWest GeoBash.  For the fourth year in a row, the event has been held over four days at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon, OH.  This venue supports several hundred campsites with access to RV hookups and shower facilities.I selected this destination over other options because of the hype for MWGB around the office.  Over the years, dozens of Lackeys have attended, and they each have stories that seemed almost too good to be true.  Lackey Raine accompanied me on this trip to make it his fifth time attending.  His previous experience and knowledge of regular attendees made for a comfortable and unforgettable experience.  When we arrived we were immediately whisked away via golf cart to meet up with main organizers, dubbed “the big three”:  Mike (Trippy1976), Sonja (-Eleanor-) and Pete (The Moop Along).  They explained the history of the event, why themes play an important role and the several venues that had come before the now permanent home at FCF.  It’s amazing how successful this non-profit event has become, and it’s all made possible through the hard work of numerous of volunteers and generous donations.Mega-Event sized JengaDuring the day, this event is like most others that I’ve attended.  Cachers walk around socializing, filling out geo-bingo cards and getting to know interesting and sometimes random facts about each other.  For the past several years, there has been a geocoin Texas Hold-em poker tournament where the buy-in is three unique, unactivated geoicoins and the lot is split among the top three finishers.  Other activities include a campfire cook-off, poker run and tons of opportunities to log new finds.Lackeys Raine and Justin at MidWest GeoBashWhat happens when the sun goes down is what separates the event from many others.  Each night, at 10pm, Matt (Lord Elwood) comes out wielding a propane ditch burner and captures the attention of the masses located near the front of the encampment.  This location holds the moniker of “Area 51”, and is typically better known for pyrotechnics, adults unwinding and rekindling friendships over a drink. With torch still in hand, the rounds are made to each of the fire pits and the wood is engulfed in flame faster than thought possible.There were other activities going on like life-sized Jenga.  Either way, you will not leave Area 51 thirsty and you will most certainly not be bored.  I felt right at home among Midwesterners. Everyone I encountered was friendly, fun, and knows how to have a great time.  As the saying goes at MidWest GeoBash “First of the day!” And I hope I get to say it again next year, especially since the theme of MidWest GeoBash 2013 is Mardi Gras.Closing Ceremonieslast_img read more

Using Mechanical Turk For Your Startup

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#start#tips A recent report found that up to 40% of new work requests on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk are spam. It’s not the first time that there have been reports that the marketplace for micro-tasks has been used to employ folks for spam or fraud, or to prank friends or game The New York Times Most Emailed list.But as ReadWriteWeb’s Marshall Kirkpatrick has often argued, there are some very interesting things you can do with Mechanical Turk. And Lindsey Harper, founder of Swayable, has found that the service has benefited her greatly as she’s developed and tested several components of her web app.Using Mechanical Turk to Validate an IdeaWe noted back in September when Harper had utilized Mechanical Turk in order to help validate her startup idea, using the service to poll 200 people on their reactions to her concept. Then, she had surveyed people to find whether or not they’d use the service, example of how they might use it. In addition to asking for general feedback on the idea, she also captured gender and age demographics, so she could have a better idea of who her market might be.Using Mechanical Turk to Test Your AppSince then, Harper has continued to use Mechanical Turk, particularly for testing new features and product development along the way. She notes that the analytics and feedback that come with MTurk aren’t that useful, so she uses the service in conjunction with SurveyMonkey – the “hits” on Mechanical Turk direct workers to the survey. She’s used MTurk workers to test new features, to find bugs and dead links, asl well as to give feedback on the site’s look and feel. Harper says that the service has provided her with a “mass of people for testing” that she could not have otherwise afforded to hire.Lessons LearnedShe does note that she’s learned several lessons along the way in helping her maintain the quality of the work she’s getting done. She’s restricted the location of MTurk workers to those within the U.S, for example, and she’s adjusted her pricing until she’s found the “sweet spot” – neither the highest nor the lowest. There, she says, she’s found quality workers, although she says she does keep an eye out for people that are simply spamming her responses. As a single-person and non-technical founder, Harper is outsourcing many of the pieces in building her app, of which the work sent to Mechanical Turk is just one component. Harper says she feels as though outsourcing has a bad rap – “Why not hire?” she’s often asked. And certainly the recent news about Mechanical Turk and spam will do little to improve that reputation. But for her part, Harper says she plans to continue using the service for testing new features, even after she launches next year. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Entire Aravalli area is devastated, rues annoyed Supreme Court

first_imgIn a stinging attack on the Rajasthan government, the Supreme Court on Monday said the State authorities are hand in glove with illegal miners who operate in the fast-depleting Aravalli region.A Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra was annoyed when the State’s counsel submitted that the ground-truthing exercise to ascertain the area where illegal mining had allegedly been conducted remained incomplete due to the recently held Assembly elections and the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.“What are you saying? As elections are there, so illegal mining will go on till then? What is this? You do not want to do this because this suits you. The entire machinery is rotten,” the court asked.Promise belied The court said the once-lush Aravalli region is devastated after years of indiscriminate and illegal mining. “You are hand in glove and your officers are hand in glove with them (illegal miners). The entire Aravalli area is devastated and the entire flora and fauna there has gone,” the apex court said. The court recounted how the State had promised to finish the exercise in three months on October 29 last year and ordered the personal appearance of the State Chief Secretary.‘Only want compliance’ “We want compliance of our order. We want only compliance,” the court said, refusing to give more time to the counsel to get instructions from the State.The court had, in October, expressed shock over 31 “vanished” hills or hillocks in the Aravalli area and had asked the State to stop illegal mining in a 115.34-hectare area.last_img read more

BMW looking for larger slice of SUV market

first_imgAs India’s love for sport utility vehicles (SUV) revs into top gear, German luxury carmaker BMW on Thursday launched its new SUV, X1, in India priced between Rs 22 lakh to Rs 29.9 lakh (ex- showroom Delhi). The car will be available in both petrol and diesel variants.While the petrol version will be available at Rs 22 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India), the diesel variant will have two options, priced at Rs 23.9 lakh and Rs 29.9 lakh (ex-showroom, all-India), respectively.The diesel variant of X1 has an engine with power of 177 brake horse power (BHP) and torque of 350 Nm ranging from 1750 to 3000 rpm. The petrol engine gives a power of 150 BHP with a torque of 200 Nm at 3600 rpm.BMW claims that the diesel variant takes 8.3 seconds to attain a speed of 100 kmph, whereas the petrol variant takes 10.4 seconds. All X1 variants have six speed automatic gearboxes.BMW already has two SUV models in India ‘X3’ and ‘ X5’. This SUV will be positioned below them.Last year, the Indian auto market saw as many as half a dozen new SUV launches, including many high- end luxury SUVs.These include Audi Q7, Hyundai Santa Fe, Tata Aria, whereas Audi had earlier launched Q5.French auto major, Renault, too, is planning to launch SUV Koleos in the Indian market in mid- 2011.The price will be a major advantage for the firm. This compact SUV will not only divert some traffic from its German counterparts but will also be pitched against Toyota Fortuner priced at ` 19.64 lakh, Nissan X- Trail ( Rs 21.7-26 lakh), Hyundai Santa Fe ( Rs 21-23 lakh) and the Mitsubishi Outlander (Rs 20.25 lakh).advertisementThis is the cheapest car from the BMW stable in India so far. The firm said it will assemble X1 from its Chennai plant and has invested about ` 180crore to boost the production. BMW has taken over the top position from its arch- rival Mercedes- Benz. According to the latest Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers figures, BMW sold 5,345 units against 5,109 units sold by Mercedes- Benz during January- November this year.The company is quite bullish about the response of its new SUV in the India market.”We already have 1,000 orders for the BMW X1 and we are sold out for the first quarter of the next year. We expect the X1 to be the biggest volume model for BMW in India,” Andreas Schaaf, president, BMW India said.”India is still a growing market, it is not yet matured and we are creating a market with the launch of new vehicles. If the market continues to grow at 25 per cent, in ten years time India will be among the top 10 markets of BMW globally,” Schaaf said.last_img