The Deets: A suggestion for Colin Kaepernick’s NFL workout

first_imgThe NFL’s near-spontaneous and private workout for Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta has already become farcical — perhaps even a set-up.Kaepernick has been out the league for three seasons, but the NFL apparently decided this week — without a clear impetus — that they needed to hold a league-sanctioned workout for him. So it’s this Saturday.Hope to see you all there!Of course, as if this wasn’t already strange and difficult enough, the NFL won’t announce which teams will have representatives in …last_img read more

Nedbank comes to community’s aid

first_imgRay Maota Nedbank donated 200 blankets to the Little Stars and Poelano early childhood learning centres. Afro-Pop sensation Zahara, Councillor Siphiwe Mshaisa of Ward 2 Orange Farm, Flory Nxumalo of Poelano, Kone Gugushe of Nedbank, Josephine Mofokeng of Little Stars, and, Dennis O’Donnell, station manager of SAfm, were on hand to celebrate the occasion. Kone Gugushe of Nedbank is confident that this year’s campaign will be successful. Lebogang Ntsoereng, a housing beneficiary, helping to build her new home.(Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nkosinathi Msiza  Nedbank senior communications manager  +27 11 295 5360 RELATED ARTICLES • Needy pupils kitted out for school • Career guidance initiative launched • Nedbank achieves carbon neutrality • Nedbank invests in water projectBanking group Nedbank kicked off its annual winter campaign for this year by giving blankets to young children in Orange Farm, in the south of Johannesburg, and building houses for the area’s motivated volunteers.Now in its third year, the programme was launched at Stratford Ext 2, an area of the township that has a high unemployment rate, on Tuesday 5 June.Bringing hope where there is littlePupils at Little Stars and Poelano centres, who were given a total of 200 blankets to get them through the chilly season, were only too happy to receive some reprieve from the cold weather.The no-fee centres take in orphans and children whose parents cannot afford to pay crèche fees. Little Stars looks after 98 children while Poelano has 48 pupils under its care.Later in the day came the unveiling of a housing project in which Nedbank partnered with insurance companies Old Mutual and Mutual and Federal as well as non-profit organisation Habitat for Humanity to build 11 homes for some of the special residents in the area.The beneficiaries of the houses, which are near completion, have helped build houses for other disadvantaged families since the start of the campaign in 2009.“There are 533 stands here at Stratford Ext 2 in Orange Farm and Habitat for Humanity has built 233 houses,” said Michael Mamabolo of Habitat.How does it work?Habitat, which was founded in 1976, builds houses for communities living in poverty in South Africa, by focusing on simple, decent designs that are also practical to live in. They have branches in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.The initiative has several criteria for choosing beneficiaries within their volunteer programme. Some of the prerequisites are that:• the total monthly income for the family must be no more than R3 500 ($415);• the famliy must be living in sub-standard housing, but own the land on which the house will be built as per the standards of the housing department;• they must qualify for a government housing subsidy; and• family members must perform sweat equity in terms of Habitat standards – this involves spending a minimum of 60 hours helping other families to build their homes.“Sweat equity means they must have worked at least 60 hours helping build other homes before they can be helped to build their own,” said Mamabolo.Why Orange Farm?Orange Farm is a relatively under-developed settlement that lies 50km south of Johannesburg. It was initially established by residents who settled in the area in 1988 and grew exponentially before its status was turned into that of a formal township by the City of Johannesburg two years later.Residents were then given ownership of the land and were free to build their own homes if they wished to do so.The area has a 50% unemployment rate and an average income per household of about R1 500 (US$170).Nedbank and Old Mutual are both sponsoring the building of five houses each, and Mutual and Federal is sponsoring one. Habitat’s involvement comes in the form of gathering volunteers to do the actual building.This year Nedbank is investing R500 000 (US$59 373) towards its nationwide drive and is further encouraging its employees, clients and all South Africans to donate blankets, which can be dropped off at Nedbank branches across the country.Multi-award winning singer Zahara, who is also Nedbank’s financial fitness ambassador, made an appearance, along with the municipality’s ward councillor for the area, Siphiwe Mshaisa.Nedbank’s executive for corporate social responsibility, Kone Gugushe, said they are honoured to be able to make this contribution to the community of Orange Farm.“Social sustainability is the key to a prosperous nation,” she said, adding that over the past two years, the company has received amazing support for its winter project.Through the generosity and support of Nedbank employees, its clients and ordinary South Africans, she said, this year’s campaign will be an even greater success.National radio station SAfm, which is the media sponsor of the campaign, was represented by station manager Dennis O’Donnell, who said: “It gives SAfm great pleasure to partner on a campaign of this magnitude.“We look forward to bringing you live coverage from the nine provinces that we will be visiting where people will be telling their stories that will awaken us as a society to do more in our communities.”Zahara, who expressed her familiarity with the conditions in which disadvantaged families live, recounted a childhood for her and her siblings in which they sometimes had to go to school with no shoes.“That’s what makes me so happy to be part of a campaign that makes a difference in the lives of ordinary people.”The next stop for the campaign is the Free State, one of the coldest provinces in South Africa.last_img read more

Young African leaders sought for US fellowship

first_img2 October 2015 Young African leaders who are interested in gaining skills training in the United States, are encouraged to apply for the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship.The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, opened in 2014, is the flagship programme of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali). The latter seeks to empower young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.Yali was launched in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. According to its website, applications for the fellowship are open from 1 to 31 October. Those who apply must have leadership qualities and demonstrate knowledge, interest and professional experience in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement.These young leaders must also have the desire to plough back into the continent what they have learned abroad.The FellowsWatch former Fellows talk about how the initiative has changed their lives:The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organisations, institutions, communities, and countries. In 2015, Fellows represented all 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa; half of them were women, and it was the first time 76% of them spent substantial time in the US.US activitiesAcademic and leadership institutesEach Mandela Washington Fellow takes part in a six-week academic and leadership institute at a US university or college in one of three tracks: business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, or public management. In 2016, there will be a pilot institute on energy.Presidential summitFollowing the academic component of the fellowship, the Fellows visit Washington DC for a presidential summit featuring a town hall with Obama. During the three-day event, Fellows take part in networking and panel discussions with US leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.Professional development experienceFollowing these components, 100 Fellows are selected to remain in the US to participate in a six-week professional development experience programme with US non-governmental organisations, private companies, and governmental agencies that relate to their professional interests and goals.Watch how Fellows work in partnership with international companies to bring change:For more information on this initiative, read more here.Source: YoungAfricanLeadersInitiative and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Music Services Now Compete on Features: Check Out Rdio’s New iPhone App

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#mobile#music#web marshall kirkpatrick The struggle between legal and illegal music online is over. Legal music has won. The major music labels have struck deals with ad and subscription supported streaming music services like MOG, Rhapsody, Spotify, Rdio and others that put a world of music at your fingertips – faster, easier, and more enjoyably than hunting for albums to pirate and at a price point low enough that the rational decision is now to pay for access to music. The only question is, who offers the best experience to pay for?I pay $10 each month for a subscription to Rdio, a web and mobile streaming service backed by the founders of Skype (among others). I’ve been very happy with it except for one big feature it was missing: recommendations. Today Rdio has launched a new version of its iPhone app and recommendations have finally arrived. Screenshots and some comparison between this and competing services below.How good are Rdio’s recommendations? I’m not sure yet. The company says recommendation is “at the heart of its service and is a core competency of the company.” That’s good, we’ll see how it works out for users. Now that music is cheap and almost everyone has access to the same libraries of music though, it’s things like quality of recommendation experience, discovery generally, artist information and music sharing that will be the primary points of contention. That’s not 100% true yet, there are still smaller labels that not everyone has cut deals with. Spotify, for example, has only 1 album by Arcade Fire. Rdio has 10. Spotify has 5 albums by Gillian Welch – Rdio has a zero. (Come on people, get it together, please!)Rdio’s recommendations look pretty good, especially after I hit refresh a few times. I like the new releases from this week, last week and two weeks ago, though hopefully those are vetted at least a little bit. Top albums and playlists are another nice discovery option. Screenshots of all of this are below.Rdio has said in the past that its primary differentiation in a crowded market is the social newsfeed of music suggestions based on your friends’ activities. I’ve found that utterly unhelpful though. I’ll keep trying, but I like the app even without using that.Right now I use Rdio to roll around town listening to music and through the Sonos wireless speaker system that company sent me to test. (How is it? The UX makes me jump up and down and clap, but I wish I could use Rdio’s own app through Sonos and my audio engineer buddy says the software had better be worth $400 because the speaker isn’t.)Then I’ve been using a test account on Spotify and of course Pandora to discover music. Sometimes some music blogs (Aurgasm, HypeMachine).Somebody’s probably going to solve all my music problems at once soon. Maybe it will be Rdio. I sure look forward to seeing all these services chase my $10 per month by competing on features, catalog and user experience!Check out these screenshots below. They sure look different from the previous version of the app – and even more different from the first leaked screenshots of this app that ReadWriteWeb posted before it launched in November. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more