9 January 2008“I have mixed emotions and am a bit scared. I guess being scared is a good sign?” These words from Lindi Mophuti, the first black woman to be appointed manager of a FabLab in South Africa, effectively sum up her personality.FabLabs, or Fabrication Laboratories, are state-of-the-art resource venues aimed at promoting cutting-edge design, product development and process technologies for South African crafters and designers.Last year, the government set aside R16-million to establish 10 FabLabs around the country. So far, six are up and running: in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Kimberley, Potchefstroom, Soshanguve north of Pretoria, and at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria, where Mophuti has taken charge.Born and raised in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, Mophuti studied computer systems engineering, after which she joined the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).Her first exposure to a FabLab was as an ordinary user, making printed circuit boards, and she was immediately intrigued.She became more involved with the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy (AMTS) implementation unit that facilitates the Department of Science and Technology’s FabLab roll-out in the country, before being appointed project manager for all FabLab community projects.The AMTS unit is partnering in this roll-out with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Bits and Atoms, the founder of the FabLab concept. FabLabs exist in a number of other countries, including India, Costa Rica, Ghana, and are not restricted to developing nations – even Norway has one.A key objective of the FabLab family is to provide disadvantaged communities with opportunities in the design, testing and fabrication process. The facilities are hands-on, with advanced desktop manufacturing equipment that allows for the building of “just about anything” from inexpensive and readily available materials.For Mophuti, the challenges she foresees in her new job are the challenges that the FabLab, working together with the community, can turn into socio-economic development projects.She is also looking forward helping ordinary visitors to the FabLab become active users of technology “where they’ll tell their stories, write their own lyrics and create their own products, while having fun during the process.”The mother of a three-year old, Mophuti an affinity for youngsters and wants to raise the awareness that technology can be a part of their lives and make a difference.“Through awareness of technology, they can change patterns and know they have opportunities to positively influence the community,” she says.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 20 May 2010 Newtown, Johannesburg’s creative hub, is hosting a cultural festival during the 2010 Fifa World Cup to show the world what Joburg – and South Africa – has to offer. The Newtown 2010 Festival offers a month of music, dance, theatre, spoken-word poetry, literature, craft, film, photography, science, outdoor performances and visual art in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues. The festival forms part of the Newtown Management District’s plans for marketing the precinct, after receiving funding from the Lotteries Board for a 2010 programme, which includes a 2010 legacy project. Located in the heart of the city, with safe and easy access from the Nelson Mandela Bridge and the Carr Street M1 interchange, Newtown is awash with theatres, art galleries, restaurants, museums, dance studios, craft markets, nightclubs and jazz spots. ‘Uniquely South African “The Lotto funding is being used to create an atmosphere in the precinct that is fresh, energetic, creative and uniquely South African,” says Kate Shand, marketing manager for the Newtown Management District. “Newtown will definitely be the place to be during the World Cup.” According to Shand, the Newtown 2010 Festival aims to ensure that the World Cup celebrations are felt not only in Newtown’s theatres, galleries, museums and restaurants, but also on the streets and in public spaces among visitors, pedestrians and commuters, with open stage free performances on offer. The festival will also involve the city’s more deprived communities. Financial support will help to boost local contemporary and traditional performers and musicians, for instance through the busking programme, which will be held in key spots throughout the Newtown precinct. A traditional dance programme at Mary Fitzgerald Square will ensure that visitors are treated to something distinctly South African. Music and dance performances in isibhaca, isigeke, ushameni, maskandi, indlamu and many more styles will transform this public space into a popular gathering place. Art, science, dance … A kiddies’ corner at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre will keep the children entertained with active education and games, musicians, clowns, magicians, acrobats, jugglers, jumping castles, and street theatre and dance performances. The indoor programme includes Jo Stromgren Kompani’s “A Dance Tribute to the Art of Football” at the Dance Factory, Brett Bailey’s “House of the Holy Afro” at the Market Theatre, plenty of African jazz at the Bassline – and much more. Newtown’s galleries and museums will run exhibitions and student programmes related to the history of South African and African soccer. “The Science of Soccer” at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre will take a fascinating new angle on the beautiful game, while “Artists of Africa” at MuseumAfrica will feature the work of artists and crafters from all over the continent. The Newtown precinct’s restaurants will host free music and poetry performances, and The African Bookshop will host regular poetry and book reading sessions. 2010 legacy project The 2010 legacy project will bring to life Newtown’s rich physical, cultural and political history, which is reflected in its many historic buildings – many of which have been restored and developed, becoming homes to the Newtown cultural sector. Creative signage, a documentary, a website and a companion brochure will make Newtown’s heritage and cultural life more accessible to visitors. The legacy project also involves the training of five Newtown-specific site guides and hospitality for front-of-house and security staff at various attractions and venues. A marketing and publicity plan has already begun to drive awareness of the festival and generate interest among both Joburg residents and 2010 visitors to the city. “Newtown is going to be absolutely pumping during the World Cup,” says Shand. “We’d like to encourage locals and visitors to come and mingle at the Newtown 2010 Festival – or risk missing out on experiencing the most happening place in Joburg!”SAinfo reporter
18 January 2011Toyota South Africa has announced a R363-million investment in a new parts distribution warehouse – the biggest of its kind on the continent – to serve the car manufacturer’s local and regional markets.The warehouse, to be located near Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, will employ over 800 people. It is being developed in two phases, with the first set to open in May 2012.The completion of the second phase of the warehouse, scheduled for completion by 2015, will take the total area of the facility to 80 000 square metres.Commitment to South AfricaThe first round of daily deliveries will go to the over 220 Toyota, Lexus and Hino dealerships in southern Africa. The warehouse is expected to generate a R3-billion turnover and will house an excess of 2.2-million parts.“The development of a distribution warehouse of this size and scale is one of the clearest signs that we are committed to South Africa and intent on remaining South Africa’s most popular vehicle manufacturer,” Toyota South Africa Motors CEO Johan van Zyl said in Pretoria this week.The development follows a five-year, R8-billion investment in Toyota’s manufacturing facilities in Durban.“In making this a reality, we believe that the government, through the actions of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Automotive Production and Development Programme, has created a stable and predictable environment in which we as manufacturers can make investments such as the one that we are announcing today,” Van Zyl said.Source: BuaNews
Try, Try Again: Prying Open The CryptStill, I’m trying to find a shoe that fits. I’ve been tooling around in Springpad for the past month or so. It’s not the same kind of sprawling archive as Evernote, but at least I don’t dread opening it (yet). If Evernote began to seem like a sarcophagus, Springpad feels like a living record. Now, instead of hoarding the desiccated remains of half-baked ideas and everything my eyeballs graze online, I’m trying to shake the compulsion to keep everything, instead curating a small batch of themed notebooks for work and play. But I admit: I still harbor fantasies about Evernote. Making it work still feels like the sweetest dream of the seasoned cyberhoarder. For now I’ve abandoned it, but a battalion of active IFTTT triggers still fire away at my account. I can’t quite bring myself to turn them off.The messy chronicle of my life piles up passively, megabyte by megabyte. And I guess if I ever need it, I know where to look. Image of files and abyss via Shutterstock. In the dawning era of persistent digital experience, an obsessive documentarian like myself should flourish. In my pre-Web, analog life, I was the one with shoeboxes of photos, scrawling notes and lists on anything scrawlable. But the advent of the cloud – the arrival of multi-gigabyte virtual storage lockers, auto-syncing, and bookmarklets, oh bookmarklets! – has taken it all too far. My sanity is buckling under the collective desire to keep everything on the Internet. All of these little processes, saving that New Yorker essay to Pocket, poring over my archived tweets, figuring out which corner of the cloud I stuffed that then-genius story idea in… it makes me crazy and I hate it and I’m done. I come to you teetering on the existential irony of it all – the recursive madness of obsessively chronicling my life in lieu of living it. Is there a Hoarders for the Web? Sign me up.The Enabler: Evernote One tool landed me in this mess to begin with: Evernote. I turned to Evernote to subtract the paralysis of where do I keep this? I’ve worked at training myself to use Evernote. I’ve read approximately 3,000 Lifehacker odes. I watched the Verge’s cute video about “backing up your brain” just like everybody else did. But it doesn’t stick. And that’s okay. I think.(See also Why Evernote Just Doesn’t Work For Me, by Brian Proffitt.)We all want to be that guy with our home organized perfectly: file folders, tiny little boxes for different sized paper clips – the whole nine yards. But we’re not all that guy… in fact, almost nobody is. That guy is the abominable snowman of organization. He’s an employee at the Container Store with a mile-high pile of dishes in the sink at home. Digital Detritus And The Existential AbyssUltimately, the tension is psychological. My obsessive need to document, archive and stash just plays out on the stage of Evernote.Joan Didion has an excellent essay about (analog) notetaking that’s always stuck with me. The urge to keep is a classic mental struggle – not one of insufficient technology at all.“The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself”, Didion writes.“I sometimes delude myself about why I keep a notebook, imagine that some thrifty virtue derives from preserving everything observed. See enough and write it down, I tell myself, and then some morning when the world seems drained of wonder… I will simply open my notebook and there it will all be.”There’s a central fallacy in these obsessive gestures: the earnest belief that we will wend our way back to these things and extract meaning from them.But the notebook-keepers among us know the truth, though we choose to look away from it: these things are being saved for the saving’s sake alone.Digging DeeperIn fact, I’m never even going to organize my hoard. I’m never going to straighten out my Evernote tags or my Gmail labels or all of those saved stories on Read It Later, Pocket or Instapaper. I am an absolutely abysmal digital gardener, just like I am a terrible real gardener. I can hardly remember to keep my cat alive in real life – and she has a robust built-in reminder system. Perhaps I just need to slow down (this is what an Evernote acolyte would say, right?). Diligently tagging my virtual parallel life and filing it away in notebooks, funneling it into filters might make me saner – even happier! Or it might just turn me into a hopelessly OCD-afflicted automaton bent on making order out of so much digital chaos.Oh wait, that happened already. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Fear: A Booming Business ModelApps and tools that help us keep things often generate a Stockholm Syndrome-esque flavor of loyalty. The Evernotes and Flickrs of the world are evocative well beyond normal parameters. (Criticize one of these to an avid user and you’ll see what I mean.) They aren’t just apps – they’re where we put our memories. They might be meaningless or fragmented and we’ll most likely never even bother to dredge them up at all, but there’s just something incredibly soothing about knowing that all the stuff we’ve hoarded is in there somewhere. And there’s something unsettling about being soothed by that. Perhaps its a good thing I’ll never go looking for my stuff. My Pocket account is so clogged that facing that sea of unread stories feels like turning the doorknob to the hall closet you don’t dare open because you know three suitcases and a hockey stick will fall on your head. Same goes for Evernote… and for Kippt, and Simplenote, and Google Drive, and my old Flickr albums and my Pinterest boards and ancient Blogger drafts. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market taylor hatmaker Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud computing#Evernote#Pause
AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Gurneet Kaur works as a writer for Woosper Infotech, a digital marketing company. She has a knack for Anticipating Marketing Trends and best practices in the realm of digital marketing and customer acquisition. When she actually manages to get away for more than 10 minutes, she is usually reading books, traveling or shooting photos. Related Posts What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Have you ever searched yourself on Google? If yes, what do you see? Are you displayed fairly? Nowadays, everyone is concerned about online reputation. The question now arises what do you have one. Well if yes, then do you abide by the saying” First Impression Is The Last Impression” for your online business?If not, then better start right away. People are searching for you, and your active online presence can make a difference. Let’s unpack some pointers for the same. What Is Online Reputation Management?ORM which stands for online reputation management suggests regulating the online conversation. ORM approaches and techniques certify that people find the correct information when they seek for you on the Web.The objective of this technique is to build poise amidst your customer conversation, face the misleading trends and permits you to place your best foot forward.Online reputation comprises of two cycles:The Malicious Cycle: Avoid your online status, and you will put yourself in danger by falling into the vicious cycle of buzzes and misinformation.The Virtuous Cycle: Stay alert with your online reputation and develop a virtuous cycle of valuable, quality data that replicate perfectly on your business/brand.The Relevance of ORM in Modern Day Business.Brand’s online reputation is becoming so inescapable, that it is high time to drop the term “online.”Solution for Every Cause.Despite the first solution of information, people also rely on the Internet for what solution it provides. More prominently, they make choices powered on what they search online.Let’s understand with few stats:According to Edelman Insights, 2 out of 3 people perceive the Internet as the most dependable source of data about an individual or a brand.When seeking for a local commercial, as per BIA Kelsey, 97 percent of people go through online comments.According to Cross-Tab, 70 percent of appointing managers have refused a candidate because of roughly they searched online.As per Digimind, nearly 80 percent of reputation loss comes from the unconformity amidst the reality and the rumors.Looking at such statistics, it’s clear that what occurs online disturbs your whole life.Consider online reputation in the long run.It is vital to keep tabs on what individuals are articulating about you online and then take steps to precise any imprecision.On similar grounds, you also require to manage things that you share yourself. Because of social media, even posts from years earlier can turn out to affect you. Deem the subsequent instances, all massively altered:Internship at NASA: User of Twitter @NaomiH_official had her internship chance with NASA rejected because a high-ranked NASA official observed her practicing impiety on a #NASA-tagged tweet.James Gunn: Failed the position as the director of the Guardians Of The Galaxy movies after some belligerent jokes that he tweeted decades ago came to highlight.Admissions at Harvard: During 2017, ten students of a college were revoked to Harvard because of their invasive social media posts and pictures.How to Transform Negative Online Reviews for Your Business.Of course, Internet wildfires cannot be encircled with a single statement or with a few planned strategies on your part.Like for instance, try seeking at a complaint about your brand on Facebook, Twitter or other social media platforms as a chance to showcase your excellent consumer facility and assurance to customer gratification. If any false statement or rude comment turns you off, avert firing off a flippant reply instantly out of rage.But don’t let a bad remark remain unanswered, either. Instead of, spare some time to think first and then reply. Don’t be self-protective, validate that you care that the client wasn’t pleased, and provide other solutions.Not every client can be satisfied, but many more merely want to vent and analyze that their voice is overheard. Additionally, your response demonstrates this to them, and what else, others will detect how you dealt with the condition and take a point. And not just this, you can defend your online reputation purely by acting quickly and with consideration.How to Respond to Negative Reviews.Initially, you have to select and look for your battles. Few of the negative remarks are 100 percent factual statements that have a requirement to be answered whereas others are just trying to get any recompense out of commenting on a false negative statement. Distinguishing amidst the two is vital.When replying to a negative comment — answerability is crucial. Take accountability for any faults that have been made concerning the client’s experience with your organization. Initially, you must address the problem then and there.Hinging on the level of the condition, you may deem serving compensation or comforting that suitable action will be taken in averting the situation from happening again. Though having a negative remark is not ideal, it is foreseeable. Replying to these reviews in a concerned way showcases to the public just how thoughtful you take client facility.Are Your Social Media Posts are Resonating with Your Audience?Every small to medium business should create social media profiles along with posts as claiming your brand on directory and review websites can turn out to be fruitful in the long race, further fueling your online presence more effectively. Once you have enrolled a social media account, you need to be active always on it, don’t just relax and let your account go in the dark. A similar principle applies to the social media blog: staying consistent is necessary.After a while, your profiles and posts may come up notably in your Google search results. Additionally, you can also use your social media platform to bring the audience to your site. For instance, every time you share a new blog post, you can additionally share a link to it on Twitter or any other social media platform.Understand What Your Audience Expects from Your Business.Once your customer has completed the deal with their services with your organization, circulate an email in a day or two later requesting them to review and rate their experience. Keep in mind that you don’t wait for too long to send the email.After a couple of days, people don’t have the incentive to fill a review. Additionally, deem to ask loyal clients with whom your company has created good relationships, to write a review in their spare time.Final Thoughts.Like in reality, your online reputation is affected and is arduous to keep track of. Similarly, in the online arena, you cannot stop criticism from coming in your path. In real life, though it’s easy to overlook gossip and move ahead.This is not the case when it comes to online. Let it be from dodgy opponents, spam content disgruntled clients, or ex-employees of your brands’ profile can come under constant attack. It’s just like the scaremongers but shrug off at your peril.Undoubtedly, it’s like acting as a pessimist. There is a possibility that you’ll explore some grand visions into your business and will discover reviews that you didn’t know persisted. And once you do it, make sure you update your site to show people what perception your clients have for you and circulate the word. 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Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Prospecting: No matter how good your sales, no matter how solid your business, you can never stop prospecting. You can and will lose clients, much of the time through no fault of your own. But you’ll only be able to effectively grow if you are always prospecting.Relationships: Absence does not make the heart grow fonder. It makes the heart go wander. Relationships are an investment of time and energy–and sometimes money. You can never stop making investments in the relationships that matter (in your business and your life).Creating Value: If you are going to grow your client relationships and your business, you are going to need to continually create greater value. It isn’t always easy to come up with the next thing. It isn’t easy to find new ways to contribute to your client’s success in new ways. But the duty to create more and greater levels of value never ends. You can’t stop.Learning: In this Disruptive Age, the amount of knowledge we possess is growing exponentially faster. This means what you know and understand now isn’t enough. You and I are woefully behind and losing ground. Knowledge isn’t power. It’s only potential power until you act on that knowledge. Knowledge isn’t wisdom either. You need to decided what’s important, what things mean, and what needs done now. You can never stop learning.Growth: Good enough isn’t good enough. Better isn’t good enough either. You need to continue to improve yourself personally and professionally like your very success depends upon it (it does).There is a difference between disciplines and goals. Goals are important. But disciplines are even more important. Your disciplines undergird everything that you are, everything that you do, and everything that you will become. A goal can be completed. Disciplines are forever. Some things are not meant to be finished.
One Rohingya Muslim, identified as Mohammad F. Ahmed, was brought back to India after the immigration officials in Myanmar refused to take charge of him as he did not possess any documents to prove that he was a resident of Myanmar.Ahmed was caught while entering India without any travel document. He had served a prison term of seven years and six months in Rajasthan. After the prison term, he was brought on Wednesday to Manipur to be handed over to the Myanmarese authorities.Indian immigration officer L. Meghabarna, Station House Officer of the Moreh police station L. Haokip and other officials took him to Myanmar after crossing the international gate No. 1 on Wednesday. Mr. Haokip said that the immigration officials in Myanmar refused to take charge of him as he had no identification papers. “Since we had no option, he was brought back to India,” he said, adding that now it was for the Central government to handle the case.Officials said that in the past some Rohingya Muslims were lodged in prisons of Manipur on the charge that they had entered India without any valid travel documents. All of them were taken to the border town of Myanmar from where the immigration officials took them away. Trials of some new arrests are pending in law courts. Some others may soon be released from Manipur jails after serving the sentences. Police had recently arrested some Rohingya Muslims while entering Manipur mostly from Assam side.Police said that the Assam Rifles and other forces have tightened security along the 356-km-long Manipur-Myanmar border. There have been arrests of smugglers of gold, drug and other contraband goods in Manipur almost every day.
Shooter Jitu RaiLucknow boy Jitu Rai on Tuesday became the first Indian shooter to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics after bagging a quota place with an impressive silver medal-finish at the 51st Shooting World Championships.Rai bagged the white metal in men’s 50-metre pistol event at the CEAR Juan Carlos I shooting range.The 25-year-old Army marksman narrowly missed out on the gold medal to South Korean double Olympic champion and world record holder, Jin Jingoh, in a closely contested final. Jin shot a total of 192.3 over 20 shots in the finals while Jitu finished with a score of 191.1.Pang Wei of China, also an Olympic champion, finished third to settle for the bronze, while Hoang Xuan Vinh came in fourth to bag the last Olympic quota on offer.Jitu, currently ranked fifth in the ISSF world rankings, is having a dream year after having won the Commonwealth Games gold medal at Glasgow in July-August earlier this year. This is his fifth consecutive international medal in 2014.He had won two back-to-back medals in the World Cup early this year, but this is undoubtedly the biggest feat he has scaled in his career so far.Expressing satisfaction over Rai’s performance, Raninder Singh, president of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), said, “It’s an extremely proud moment for us to see Jitu Rai become the first Indian athlete in all Olympic events to qualify for the Rio Olympics.”We were all very confident about the way Jitu has been shooting and he has repaid our faith in an emphatic manner. We hope that this is the beginning of many more such successes in the coming days.”advertisementAyonika Paul stormed into the final of the women’s 10m air rifle event but could not maintain the same form in the medal round, finishing eighth.Ayonika, the Commonwealth Games Silver medallist, shot a score of 620.8 to qualify in first place for the final, where she managed 80.9.There were six Olympic Quota places on offer in the women’s air rifle in the World Championships.Commonwealth Games silver medallist Gurpal Singh shot 550/600 to finish 33rd while Om Prakash shot 548/600 to finish in 38th place in the men’s 50m pistol event.2006 world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu continued his excellent start to the competition with two perfect rounds of 25 each. Manavjit has shot 100/100 in his four qualifying rounds.
World Cup ‘They have the quality’ – Deschamps backing France’s rising stars to shine at World Cup Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 23:23 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup France Kylian Mbappé Ousmane Dembélé France v Australia Australia Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe may have no tournament experience, but Deschamps has faith in his France youngsters. Didier Deschamps is happy to throw France’s rising stars in at the deep end as they prepare to begin their World Cup campaign on Saturday.Having fallen at the final hurdle at Euro 2016 on home soil, losing to a late extra-time goal from Portugal, Les Bleus will hope to go one better in Russia with a squad that includes a number of fresh faces.Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe did not feature two years ago, though the attacking duo’s lack of tournament experience did not stop them from being included in the 23-man party. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Both could feature in the Group C opener against Australia – and Deschamps has no concerns about his younger players coping under pressure.”It’s not a risk because those young players are there in the 23, you know that,” he told the media. “Many haven’t played in a World Cup or European Championships, but if I’ve selected them then I think they’re good for the team.”It’s not taking risks – they are here because they have the quality to be here.”Final tune-ups are underway in Kazan! #FiersdetreBleus #FRAAUS pic.twitter.com/K1kFawqARi — French Team (@FrenchTeam) June 15, 2018 Deschamps was a World Cup winner as a player, lifting the trophy as captain in Paris after a crushing 3-0 final win over Brazil in 1998.France are seen as leading contenders again this year, though their manager has downplayed expectations and is only focused on getting out of a group that also includes Denmark and Peru.”First, we have to win the first group game. We know in recent history we only went twice in to the last 16,” Deschamps said.”We know the difficulty despite what some say. We start with a lot of determination, a lot of enthusiasm, but also the necessary humility.”
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