Tomorrow’s Hope: Qaanitaah Dramat

first_imgYouth Presenter: Radio 786Why is Qaanitaah Tomorrow’s Hope?Qaanitaah Dramat may be a voice among many on the airwaves, but she is using her voice to help change the attitudes of many young people in her community.At age 16, being an incredibly shy person, she stepped out of her comfort zone by volunteering to be a presenter at a local community radio station. Qaanitaah’s voice has helped many young people steer clear of negative influences and has raised awareness on pertinent issues and difficulties that teenagers face.One of the things she did was to interview a reformed criminal and reformed drug addict who relayed his past exploits, his time in prison and the impact of his crimes and lessons learned in an in-depth on-air interview. Her intention in getting his story out was to try to ensure other young people to not make the same mistakes as he did.The interview earned her the BBC Young Broadcaster of the Year Award.Qaanitaah, with the help of a friend, also runs an informal soup kitchen for disadvantaged individuals in her community. She tries by all means to identify with the adversity faced by her peers and community. She sees herself as being an ambassador first for her religion, then for South Africa, and hopefully, one day, for the whole world.In her own words …“I think that the youth in South Africa lack a lot of confidence and belief in themselves. Growing up as a teenager is not easy because there are so many negative influences that can suck you in so easily. I want to help people to believe in themselves, to just motivate and encourage them to drive themselves to success.”Fast FactsQaanitaah is currently studying Chinese medicine at the University of the Western Cape.Radio 786 is a Cape-based Muslim Community Radio station.How can you help?Volunteer for community projects, and use the platforms available – such as soup kitchens and community radio stations – to help uplift others.Story published on SAinfo on 22 July 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

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Walmart ‘raises no competition concerns’

first_img30 June 2011Walmart’s acquisition of a majority stake in local retailer Massmart raised no competition concerns, while the public interest issues raised were sufficiently addressed by the conditions imposed on the US retailer, says South Africa’s Competition Tribunal.“It does raise certain public interest concerns, but these concerns are adequately remedied by the imposition of the conditions submitted as undertakings by the merging parties,” the tribunal said in a statement on Wednesday on its reasons for approving the deal.The tribunal conditionally approved the deal on 31 May but only gave its reasons for this on Wednesday.“Walmart does not compete with Massmart in South Africa and its only presence in the country is a small procurement arm that sources local products for its stores globally.“In light of the above, we find that the transaction would not substantially prevent or lessen competition in any of the markets that Massmart presently operates in.”Jobs expected to growHowever, the Competition Act says a merger may still be prohibited or subject to conditions, on the grounds of public interest.“Unless the merger is the cause of the public interest concerns, we have no remit to do anything about them. Our job in merger control is not to make the world a better place, only to prevent it becoming worse as a result of a specific transaction,” the tribunal said.In this case, the merging parties offered to undertake various steps to protect the public interest.Unions were concerned that the merger would lead to job losses and that this had already started happening with some retrenchments last year.“There is no evidence from the internal documents of the merging parties that retrenchments at Massmart are contemplated as a consequence of the merger,” the tribunal found.“On the contrary, there is evidence that suggests, given the expansionist ambitions of Massmart, the group expects employment to grow between 2011 and 2013.”The parties, however, gave an undertaking not to retrench staff for two years post-merger.It was also agreed that the status of the SA Commercial Catering and Allied Workers’ Union as the largest representative union within the merger entity would not be challenged for a period of three years.Creating new rights ‘beyond our competence’The tribunal said, although muddled, it appeared the unions were demanding centralised bargaining and a closed shop.However, it found that Massmart’s approach to these two issues was a policy pre-merger and not influenced by a possible merger with Walmart.The tribunal was wary of imposing labour conditions that should “be thrashed out at the bargaining table”.“Protecting existing rights is legitimate, creating new rights is beyond our competence.”Thus it found “the creation of additional rights not presently enjoyed by unions is neither merger specific nor appropriately part of our limited public interest mandate in respect of effects on employment”.Another issue raised during competition proceedings was that Walmart’s substantial bargaining power, and access to cheap imports, could harm local procurement.The tribunal said it was likely that the merged entity would change its procurement patterns, but it was not clear by how much.“The problem is that the concern raised in relation to local procurement/imports is also associated with important benefits for consumers.Consumer interest in lower prices“A possible loss of jobs in manufacturing of an uncertain extent must be weighed up against a consumer interest in lower prices and job creation at Massmart.”The SA Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union proposed that, post-merger, Massmart’s local procurement level should be kept at the same level as it was pre-merger for a certain amount of time.But the tribunal said this would be too complex to implement.“Further the conditions will contradict the major objective of competition regulation – to secure lower prices – the procurement conditions would likely affect the merged entity’s ability to provide customers with the lowest possible prices.”Instead, the tribunal found the merging parties remedy of spending R100-million over three years on a local supplier programme, was more acceptable.“Instead of insulating local industry from international competition for a period, it seeks to make local industry more competitive to meet international competition.”The merging parties made various undertakings about local procurement and labour conditions during the hearings, which they eventually agreed should be made conditions for the approval of the deal.For this reason, the undertakings would be enforceable.“Non-adherence can lead to serious consequences for the merger, which is an illustration of the commitment to them and an indication that it is not in consequence a public relations gesture.”Sapalast_img read more

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First to Find 4,355 Days Later

first_imgOlemaz wants to complete the Jasmer Challenge—to find one geocache hidden in each month since May 2000. He is only four finds away.Scratch1 plans to find a geocache in every province and territory in Canada. When that’s done, he’ll find a geocache in every state in the U.S.Bennykidd is just going to go out and find more geocaches, all over, from one coastline to the other!Sasktravelbugs has the last “APE” geocache in Brazil in his sights. He also needs to find caches on only one more continent to complete the 7-continent challenge. Share with your Friends:More Remember that time we wrote about an FTF after 12 years? Maybe we weren’t being specific enough. That was a FTF after 4,337 days.Geocachers are born to break records, to test limits, to push boundaries. So when four guys set out in a boat on a journey to an obscure island to find a geocache with impossible odds, we were excited, enthralled, even impressed. But we were not surprised. No, never surprised. The need to seek adventure is in a geocacher’s very DNA.First rule of geocaching as a team: find a good team name.SK Extreme 01 is a virtual geocache on an uninhabited and unnamed island in Brabant Lake, in northern Saskatchewan. Note that Saskatchewan is just about twice the size of Germany—making the island a needle in a big Canadian haystack.The geocache was published on Geocaching.com in 2002 by geocacher KenJamin, who was staying on the island during a guided canoeing trip. He found a topographical survey benchmark and, realizing that Canadian benchmarks weren’t published online like American benchmarks, thought it would make a good virtual cache.That’s the type of geocache for which one gathers information at a site, rather than finding a physical hidden container.KenJamin says the virtual would be the start of a series of extreme geocaches. “The kind of caches that drew me to geocaching in the first place.”Twelve years and zero finds later…Team BOSS, a group of geocachers consisting of bennykidd, olemaz, scratch1, and sasktravelbugs, planned a trip. Snow and ice would force them to delay their adventure until spring. Their journey would begin with a drive from Saskatoon to Brabant Lake, a route so long and remote even Google Maps doesn’t dare plot it. And they knew the drive itself wouldn’t be a picnic. Says Olemaz, “We had heavy rains in Southern/Central Saskatchewan and if we had the same rain that far North, roads could have been treacherous. ”Once at the lake, which is shaped more like a trailing globule of drool than a water feature, they’d cross the water in a rented boat to the island—the site of the cache. Rain, fog, and wind were of primary concern on this stretch of the journey.Of course, these things don’t usually go as planned.Team BOSS had, “perfect weather, perfect roads, and a perfect landing.” And the benchmark itself? It was “a fairly quick find.”The real challenge came when the team was forced to wait to return to an area with cell service before making the phone call to KenJamin. The reward, however, was spectacular. “The phone call to the Cache Owner, KenJamin, for his required answers made our day as we knew we’d catch him off-guard and he would be stunned.”Benchmark Island, SKAnd he was. “I vividly remember receiving the call from Team BOSS.  I think olemaz said the digits from the benchmark followed by the key digit, and words to the effect of ‘does that mean anything to you?’  I admit I was stunned and didn’t make the connection at first.  I paused and thought; then it suddenly stuck me and I blurted out ‘No Way!’”Gold, guts, and glory?Not quite. Despite this, olemaz says there was great deal of excitement and adventure for sure. “The best moment of the trip was seeing the beauty of nature in this world and the camaraderie among geocaching friends having fun.”What’s next for Team BOSS?Among other things on a long, long bucket list… And KenJamin?“As I reflect on this, the first cache in the series, I recall and appreciate all the great logs and pictures I have received as a result.  The three caches and the cachers that have visited them have made the distance, hikes and effort to place them repaid ten fold. As far as my future geocaching adventures go I have ambitions for areas in and around Arches and Grand Canyon National Parks.  Cache recommendations would be appreciated.”Want to read more about this epic adventure? Check out the audio of an interview with Team BOSS on http://www.livingskies2014.ca/ or http://www.podcacher.com/2014/06/show-474-1-pmm-ftf-12-years-later/.Now, a few more people in the geocaching world know what’s behind the black box. SharePrint RelatedHelicopter Geocaching – The Ultimate First To Find (FTF)July 13, 2011In “Community”Geocaching with SealsApril 14, 2013In “Community”Geocaching Alter Egos: TheVillains!November 16, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

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Funds Approved to Help Put London in the Green

first_imgOver the past two years the U.K. has adopted some relatively progressive policies to improve the energy efficiency of its housing stock and commercial buildings.Wales set strict requirements for energy efficiency, water consumption, and use of sustainable materials. Britain’s Climate Change Act, passed into law in November 2008, requires that, beginning in 2016, new residential construction meet net-zero-energy standards. The British government approved plans for four “eco-towns,” and the UK Green Building Council, a government advisory group, suggested this week that the government seriously consider allowing each of Britain’s 7 million homeowners to borrow up to $17,000 for green retrofits and have the loan amount added to the homeowner’s local tax bill.And now the city of London, which is preparing to play host to the Olympic Games and Paralympics Games in 2012, has taken an additional step to try to offset the inefficiencies of the homes in its 33 boroughs, about 60% of which were built before 1945. Through a $16 million initiative announced last week, the city will provide households with a number of free services, such as changeovers to energy efficient light bulb and light switches. The initiative also will subsidize more-costly, weatherizing improvements – such as the installation of wall and attic insulation – for homeowners able to pay for them, and to make those improvements available for free to low-income homeowners.Another tool for emissions controlThe London Development Agency, which oversees infrastructure maintenance, employment, and business development for the city, developed the plan. It will administer the initiative in collaboration with London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, and other city agencies.One key goal of the plan – among the largest of several designed to help Londoners trim energy usage – is to help reduce London’s carbon emissions by 60% by 2025, a target that is in line with the objectives of Britain’s Climate Change Act.“Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing London’s economy,” the London Development Agency’s chief executive, Sir Peter Rogers, said in a press release announcing the measure. “This new scheme aims to make real cuts in carbon dioxide emissions for a cost-effective rate per ton of saved carbon. We have learned that this is best achieved by targeting particular areas and offering residents easy measures to implement.”last_img read more

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T-Mobile May Have Killed The Smartphone Contract, But It Doesn’t Save You Money

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Carriers#smartphones#T-Mobile Let’s compare T-Mobile to AT&T, which uses the “traditional” subsidy model. If we go with the baseline plan for AT&T, we are paying $40 for 450 minutes of voice time and unlimited texts (an unlimited voice plan will go for $70). Then you add in a data plan tier and messaging. The most popular is 3GB for $30 and $20 for unlimited texts. That is $90 a month, or $2,160 over a 24-month contract. Now, assume that you paid for a $200 subsidized iPhone or brand-new Android. That shakes out to $2,360. So, the difference between the most comparable plans on AT&T and T-Mobile are about $100 in favor of T-Mobile. Good, but not exactly earth shattering.So, if we look at the baseline plan plus cost of device between AT&T and T-Mobile, you actually pay less on a contract with Ma Bell than you do with Big Pink over 24 months. Depending on the smartphone you buy, you can end up paying more per month and over a 24-month period with T-Mobile.Does that contract really look so bad now?T-Mobile’s MotivationsIf you ever listen to a quarterly earnings call from the executives at AT&T or Verizon, they often lament the damage to their bottom line that smartphone subsidies do to them. You may pay $199.99 for a new Samsung Galaxy device from Verizon but the carrier is paying the full $550. That is millions of dollars in upfront costs that the carriers absorb.The iPhone is especially cumbersome on carriers’ bottom lines and the more smartphones the carriers sell, the worse for wear their quarterly earnings are. AT&T, Verizon and Sprint (and yes, T-Mobile) make up the money through the life of a contract. If a user wants out of that contract, they have to pay an early termination fee. T-Mobile is doing away with the subsidy by passing on the cost of the phone directly to the consumer. You may not be on a contract, per se, but you are still going to pay a termination fee (the remaining cost of the device plus any other T-Mobile fees) if you want to leave. T-Mobile will also allow users to bring their own smartphones with them. So, if you have an unlocked iPhone from AT&T, all you need to do is get a $10 T-Mobile SIM card and activate it on T-Mobile. That way T-Mobile doesn’t have to deal with the smartphone manufacturer at all and can just make money providing data. Too bad it is currently illegal to unlock your cellphone.The aim for T-Mobile is to take over the bottom of the smartphone market in the U.S. Users that do not need a lot of data and want a very cheap phone can do very well on T-Mobile’s plan. If you want an older phone, like the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit, you will pay $240 for the phone and $1,200 for 500MB of data a month over 24 months. Unless you want to get a straight pre-paid plan from the likes of Cricket, that is about as cheap as it gets among the four major carriers.The fact of the matter is that, one way or another, you are going to pay both the carrier and the smartphone manufacturer. There is really no way around it. The wireless carriers in the U.S. will always try to convince you that their service is better, faster, cheaper. The fact of the matter is that you will pay nearly the same (within a couple hundred dollars) no matter which carrier you choose. If you want a new, top-end smartphone, you are likely better off with the two-year contract from one of the larger carriers. Update: Article updated to reflect $20 text messaging per month charge from AT&T. dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces In the United States, the smartphone contract is king. T-Mobile, the smallest of the major American wireless carriers, wants to end the reign of two-year contracts, phone subsidies and early termination fees. It even argues it can save you money in the process.Well, at least part of that is true.T-Mobile is instituting its plan to kill the subsidy-and-contract model for U.S. smartphone buyers. Instead of paying one lump sum for a smartphone and 24 months worth of contract, consumers can pay a minimal upfront cost of a smartphone and then a monthly fee as part of their bill.For instance, if you want to buy a Samsung Galaxy S3 with 16GB of storage from T-Mobile, you can pay $69.99 up front and then $20 a month on top of your phone bill for 24 months. If buyers prefer, they can pay the full amount of the phone up front and skip the monthly installments. T-Mobile’s wireless plans start at $50 for one line and 500 MB of data. Users get 2GB of data for $60 and unlimited data for $70. Add the monthly smartphone fee into the equation and users are still going to get cellphone bills between $70-$100 on a monthly basis. How The Numbers Break DownOn one hand, consumers will be happy with the fact that they are not on a contract. Ostensibly, that means they can leave whenever they want. But that still have to have to pay for the smartphone they bought. One way or another, users are going to pay for the entire unsubsidized portion of your new smartphone.For instance, if you choose to get a Samsung Galaxy S3, you are going to eventually pay $550 for the phone. You pay $70 up front plus the $20 fee per a month. If you get the get the unlimited data plan at $70 a month, your total cost is $2,230 for the life of the phone. If you look at the fine print in T-Mobile’s contract, it will start throttling users back to “2G” speed after 5GB of data use. If you go with the bottom-tier plan at 500MB of data, the total cost of ownership is $1,750. The most popular tiered plan will likely be the $60/month for 2GB of data. That will run you a total $1,990.For a comparison, the averages users consume about 2.3 GB of data per month. That includes moderate to heavy usage without playing an excessive amount of videos or using your smartphone as a hotspot (which usually requires a separate charge from the carriers).T-Mobile does have cheaper phones available. The Windows Phone 8X from HTC costs $0 at checkout and $18 a month for a total of $432. A Nexus 4 will cost you a down payment of $49.99 and $17 a month for a total of $457.00. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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CCA donates 100000 to NEMA

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, October 20, 2016 – China Construction America (CCA), the owners of Neworld One Bay Street, the developer of The Pointe donated $100,000 to the Hurricane Matthew Relief efforts. The presentation was made Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at the opening ceremony of Phase One of The Pointe garage and entertainment centre; just next to the British Colonial Hilton.Prime Minister the Rt Hon Perry Christie was on hand for the presentation to NEMA; he also addressed the opening of the facility.Pictured receiving the cheque on behalf of NEMA are Captain Stephen Russell, Director, NEMA; Mike Maura and Gowan Bowe of the National Disaster Relief Committee.  The Chairman of China Construction America (CCA), Ning Yuan is pictured right. (BIS Photo/Eric Rose) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:#ccadonatestonema, #chinaconstructionamericalast_img read more

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Health education infrastructure receives impetus

first_imgKolkata: The Health and Family Welfare Department of West Bengal, under the ministership of the Chief Minister herself, has brought about a lot of improvement in the state of health education in the state. Combined MBBS and BDS seats have increased from 2,205 to 3,750, according to a party statement here today.Postgraduate medical seats (MD course) have increased from 880 to 1,297.Eighty students are pursuing higher specialisation courses for Diplomate of National Board (DNB) degree. Postdoctoral seats have increased to 147 from 107 in 2011. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn 2017, 93 tutor-demonstrators were appointed by the department, bringing the total number of such appointments since 2012 to 2,095.As part of West Bengal Dental Education Service (WBDES), 72 clinical tutors have been recruited.The Bengal Government has set up partnerships with the UK Government with regard to nursing skilling and re-skilling. Two have been signed between WBIPH Knowledge Partnership between Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (IPGMER), Kolkata and The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and between Health and Family Department and The Health Education England (HEE). Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAnother one, where Bengal is a beneficiary and HEE is a partner, involves the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry and United Kingdom-India Education Research Institute (UKIERI).Rs 56.58 crore was allotted for financial year 2017-18 for the development of nursing education. During FY 2017-18, 52 students were admitted to M Sc (Nursing), 444 to B Sc (Nursing) and 2,175 to General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) course. Five new GNM courses were started on September 22, 2017, with 60 seats in each, at the Jhargram and Basirhat District Hospitals, Ghatal and Jangipur Subdivisional Hospitals, and College of Medicine & Sagore Dutta Hospital. The total number of GNM seats has been increased from 1,215 to 2,175.Read more at http://www.uniindia.com/health-education-infrastructure-receives-impetus/states/news/1192025.html#k9WAxwY7efm9JIoE.99last_img read more

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