Achieving socio-economic transformation and development by connecting online and taking action offline

first_imgThe online social networking platform forgood is now a Play Your Part ambassador.Brand South Africa and forgood call on you to register on and play your part in improving the lives of disadvantaged learners and schools in underdeveloped communities by contributing essential resources to causes in your area. (Image: Brand South Africa)Phindi MadunaBrand South Africa welcomes aboard online social networking platform – forgood, as a Play Your Part ambassador.This contemporary platform inspires active citizenship by connecting individuals and organisations, in the private and public sector, with the means to make positive differences in the lives of fellow citizens and organisations who need a helping hand. At the heart of forgood’s efforts is the creation of meaningful and impactful connections between socially responsible people and causes.“There are some fantastic organisations doing amazing things across the country; we’re the central hub that connects individuals and corporates with those Causes.” says forgood’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy Hadfield. “Essentially we’re connecting the dots and making it easier for Causes who are constantly in need and individuals or groups who want to do good but have no idea where to start.” continues Hadfield.According to forgood, more than 12 000 social impact connections have been facilitated by the platform to date.Brand South Africa and forgood share the view that citizens can change their communities and the world for good by contributing some of their resources – be it time, money, skills or goods.“Brand South Africa believes that active citizenship is an important building block of the Nation Brand because it contributes towards the strengthening and development of the country and its competitiveness. That is why Brand South Africa promotes active citizenship through collaborations with socially responsible stakeholders like forgood,” says Brand South Africa’s General Manager: Marketing, Sithembile Ntombela.Register for free as a benefactor or a possible beneficiary on Once registered, benefactors and beneficiaries can interact and start conversations on how to form mutually beneficial relationships.Benefactors can explore the database of verified causes, and begin to volunteer their time, skills, money or goods or give back on their own terms by creating a customised offer to causes in a chosen area.In addition, beneficiaries can share their needs, receive and respond to offers that interest them. Indeed, socio-economic transformation and development can be achieved by connecting online and taking action offline.With 2018 around the corner, many learners are looking forward to the new school year and schools are preparing for the year ahead. Brand South Africa and forgood call on you to register on and play your part in improving the lives of disadvantaged learners and schools in underdeveloped communities by contributing essential resources to causes in your area.For more information on the Back to School and other campaigns:Visit forgood at can also email them on [email protected] or if you prefer the phone, call +27 11 325 2594.Follow the conversation on Facebook – forgoodSA and Twitter – @forgoodSA.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Those Contributing to the Demise of LinkedIn

first_imgEvery day I open LinkedIn to find messages waiting for me. Invariably, these messages are from people who recently asked me to connect with them. Within milliseconds of my accepting their invitation, they have pasted the text of a pitch into their browser hit send.Connect and PitchThe messages are all the same, even when sent from different people, in different companies, selling different products and services. They begin by expressing their gratitude for the connection. Then they offer to help me with my business, it being rare that they know what my business is. A good many believe that I need B2B appointment-setters, help growing a coaching business, social media marketing support, translation services, or help developing applications for the web.Let’s set aside the fact that they have created no value for me, nor have they engaged me in such a way that I might be willing to explore doing something different during a conversation. The long description of their product and service offerings are not going to compel cold prospects to engage with them or schedule a meeting. Speaking of scheduling a meeting, almost all of these notes include a link where I can schedule myself on their busy calendar (just for fun, click on one of the links and you’ll get some idea as to how well this approach is working; you will have no trouble finding a time they are available to meet with you).Spray and Pray and SpamThe social selling crowd will tell you that one of the primary rules for effective use of the social tools is “don’t sell.” I tease them about calling something “social selling” when the first rule is “don’t sell.” Their advice here is sound, and it should be followed as if it is the first of the rules of effective use of LinkedIn (and other social tools).The approach that we might call “connect and pitch” isn’t a good or professional approach to selling. It also isn’t an effective way to sell, even though I have heard friends say it must work or they would stop doing it, which one might challenge by looking at how many salespeople and organizations do the same thing with email, mistakenly believing the efficiency of an email trumps the effectiveness of other approaches.Spamming people on LinkedIn, and that is what this approach amounts to, is not the best way to use the tools.Most of us on LinkedIn understand the power of a large network. With more connections, you can see deeper into the network. Even more important, more connections means me people can find you.As salespeople, we pay for the sins of salespeople in the past. The negative connotation around the word “sales” sticks, even though most salespeople wouldn’t know how to pressure someone to buy, nor would they try. The more people use the platform poorly, the less valuable it becomes.It may be time that we ask them to stop.last_img read more

Williams must relocate their charisma to be among F1 history-makers again

first_imgShare on Messenger Pinterest The 1986 road accident that cost Frank Williams the use of his limbs did not stop him and his equally strong-willed technical chief, Patrick Head, pursuing the winning strategy that brought them both knighthoods. But among the pivotal moments, none looks more fateful than the decision in 1997 to deny Adrian Newey – the genius who designed title-winning cars for Mansell, Prost, Hill and Villeneuve – the slice of the company he felt he had earned, thus opening the door for his departure and further success with McLaren and Red Bull.Many replacements have been tried, but none has come close to matching what Newey brought to the team. After the last race Lowe admitted that more than half the season will have gone before they can hope to improve their performance.So they will arrive this week in Monaco, where Rosberg won for them in 1983 and Juan Pablo Montoya in 2003, without much chance of living up to their own legacy. No one wants to see them follow Vanwall, Cooper, BRM and Lotus into oblivion; apart from sentimental considerations, there are around 600 jobs at stake. But, sadly, the way forward is not easy to see.• This article was amended on 23 May 2018. Tony Vandervell was known as a successful manufacturer of plain bearings, not ball bearings as an earlier version said. Formula One Think of Williams and you think of Mansell dummying Piquet on Silverstone’s Hangar Straight to take the lead in 1987, and sitting it out with Ayrton Senna’s McLaren as the sparks flew in Barcelona in 1991. You remember the tragedy of Senna at Imola in 1994 and Hill’s magisterial performance to take the title at Suzuka two years later.Stack those images up against the sight of Stroll, 19 years old, and Sirotkin, 22, struggling round at the back of the field, whatever fledgling talent they may possess obscured by the deficiencies of a car that the large chunks of the team’s £120m budget contributed by their personal sponsors – in Stroll’s case, his dad, in Sirotkin’s, a Russian financial institution – have been unable to fix.Amid constant changes of technical personnel, not even the arrival of Paddy Lowe, formerly a key man at McLaren and Mercedes, has done the trick. Claire Williams, who has taken over her 76-year-old father’s role as the team’s public face, recently announced that they will not win again until F1 changes its rules to give some help to the smaller outfits. “It’s naive to believe that if you just work hard, you’ll be rewarded,” she said.But she had the grace to accept some of the blame. “There are teams with less money than we have who are doing a better job,” she said. There could be even less when they lose their main sponsor, Martini, at the end of the season. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Williams at 40: ‘Frank Williams is the closest we have to an Enzo Ferrari’ Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Williams Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Facebook Topics Share on Twitter Sergey Sirotkin’s 2018 Williams has so far struggled to be competitive. Photograph: Mark Sutton/Sutton Images/REX/Shutterstock Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Lewis Hamilton’s and Mercedes’ problems not solved in Barcelona Motor sport Formula One 2018 Read more Read more Jones would be followed by Keke Rosberg in 1982, Nelson Piquet in 1987, Nigel Mansell in 1992, Alain Prost in 1993, Damon Hill in 1996 and Jacques Villeneuve in 1997. The last race victory came in 2012, when Pastor Maldonado won in Spain. Their last pole position was claimed two years later by Felipe Massa in Austria, before a race in which he and Valtteri Bottas finished fourth and third respectively.That day alone the two Williams drivers collected 27 championship points. So far this season, with five rounds of the series gone, their successors, Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin, have earned precisely four points, all of them awarded for Stroll’s modest eighth place in Baku.Intrinsically there is no shame in being among F1’s also-rans. If you have a field of 20 cars from 10 unequally resourced teams, at least a third of them are never going to make it on to the podium, even in the most freakish circumstances. This, however, is a team boasting 114 race victories (only Ferrari and McLaren have won more). A team with tradition, character, charisma and pride. A team whose cars have won everywhere that F1 history is made, from Monaco to Monza, from Spa to Suzuka. Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share via Email Twitter comment A slow racing car never looks good, and the current Williams F1 machines resemble a pair of wounded white whales as they lumber round at the tail of this season’s field, outpaced by ravenous sharks and nimble dolphins. You even find yourself half-hoping that some Captain Ahab is going to come along and put them out of their misery.Two weekends ago their cars could complete the Spanish Grand Prix only 11th and last of the 14 finishers. Yet this is a team who have won the F1 constructors’ championship on no fewer than nine occasions. Sixty years ago the very first constructors’ title was captured by the Vanwalls of Tony Vandervell, a successful manufacturer of plain bearings. His ambition was to trounce the team of Enzo Ferrari, who had once sold him a duff car. Having succeeded, he withdrew. He was followed by two brilliant engineers, John Cooper and Colin Chapman, whose vision of lightweight rear-engined machines remains the guiding principle of today’s designers.Then came a generation of team owners – Ken Tyrrell, Frank Williams and McLaren’s Ron Dennis – whose gift was for management rather than design. They resembled Enzo Ferrari in that they did not design the cars themselves. They were talent-spotters, and they were particularly adept at raising the funds to run their teams.This is the year in which Frank Williams, a racing-mad hustler, should be celebrating the 40th anniversary of his success in finally getting his ducks in a row, of assembling a team built around a brilliant technical director, a potential champion driver, and a sponsor with bags of money. He didn’t win a grand prix in 1978, but it was obvious that he meant business and two years later he saw Alan Jones, his No 1 driver, crowned world champion. Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

Gov’t Tabling New, Amended Legislation this Year

first_imgStory Highlights This was disclosed by Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, as he opened the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 16. The Government will be tabling new legislation and/or amendments to laws during the 2019/20 parliamentary year.This was disclosed by Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, as he opened the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 16.“The following legislation will be tabled this year – amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), Firearms Act, Immigration Restriction (Commonwealth Citizens) Act, Aliens Act, and by the end of the year, the long-spoken-of Jamaica Constabulary Force Act will come to the House,” he stated.The Minister noted that the review of the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act, popularly referred to as “the Anti-Gang Legislation”, is under way and will continue with urgency.Dr. Chang also informed that the Government will, this year, seek to ensure the merger of the Police Civilian Oversight Authority (PCOA) and Police Service Commission (PSC), to create one oversight body mandated to monitor and evaluate Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) operations.He noted that creating a single entity will assist in modernising the JCF, through the adoption of international standards and best practices. “The following legislation will be tabled this year – amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), Firearms Act, Immigration Restriction (Commonwealth Citizens) Act, Aliens Act, and by the end of the year, the long-spoken-of Jamaica Constabulary Force Act will come to the House,” he stated. The Government will be tabling new legislation and/or amendments to laws during the 2019/20 parliamentary year.last_img read more

Saltroti midday meal UP govt to examine FIR against journalist

first_imgLucknow/Mirzapur (UP): The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday said it would examine the FIR against the journalist who recorded a video of schoolchildren being served salt and roti as midday meal last month, amid growing resentment over the case against him.”Action has been initiated against all those found prima facie guilty in the entire matter,” state government spokesperson Shrikant Sharma said. “As far as the FIR is concerned, we are getting it examined.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The energy minister was responding to questions in Lucknow after a briefing of the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The video of students of being served salt and roti in their midday meal at a government-run primary school in Mirzapur district had gone viral on social media on August 22, triggering widespread outrage and leading to the suspension of two teachers. The police had lodged a case on Monday against journalist Pawan Kumar Jaiswal and a representative of a village head, Rajkumar Pal, for allegedly conspiring and deliberately recording the Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&Kvideo in a well-planned manner to malign the state government. Jaiswal and Pal have been booked under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharging duty), 193 (false evidence) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code, the police had said. In Mirzapur, media persons held a protest at the district collectorate on Tuesday over lodging of the first information report (FIR). A delegation of around 25 reporters also met Vindhyachal Divisional Commissioner Anand Kumar Singh and demanded that the case against the journalist be withdrawn. “We want that the entire episode be investigated. The divisional commissioner said he will seek a report in this regard from the district magistrate and act accordingly,” Mirzapur Press Club secretary Ajay Shankar Gupta said. Meanwhile, when confronted by reporters, District Magistrate Anurag Patel said it was not the way to report the salt-roti incident, adding that the reporter, who works in the print media, could have taken a photograph instead of recording the video.last_img read more

Anne with an e is coming to Netflix CBC in new adaptation

first_imgThat unmistakable ginger orphan who stumbles upon teenage life in Prince Edward Island in the 1890s is set to ruffle a few more feathers as she makes her presence known worldwide in 2017.Anne with an ‘e’ will make her Netflix debut in a joint production with the CBC on Anne, a TV series based on the Anne of Green Gables novels by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img

Northern BC riding in the spotlight

first_imgAPTN National NewsInvestigative reporter Todd Lamirande continues his series on the top 10 ridings to watch this election.The ridings were chosen because they hold a particular interest for Aboriginal people.Under the spotlight is the northern British Columbia riding of Skeena-Bulkley Valley.last_img