SANParks goes ‘wild about soccer’

first_imgSouth African National Parks (SANParks) has teamed up with the Dreamfields Project to merge the seemingly separate worlds of conservation and soccer for the benefit of young people living in communities situated around national parks. In a statement issued this week, the Dreamfields Project says its three-year partnership with SANParks’ People and Conservation (P&C) unit – dubbed “Wild about Soccer” – is aimed at engaging young people at the level of their passion: football. Raising awareness Dreamfields will provide DreamBags containing a complete soccer kit to the participating schools for continued development of their learners through the game of soccer. 5 September 2008 “As a start, we will be handing out DreamBags filled with soccer kits for tournaments in rural communities, but our long-term goal is to help fix up some fields in villages bordering on our parks,” Perlman said. SANParks CEO David Mabunda has endorsed the project, saying: “The best way to get young people to understand and develop respect for the environment in conservation areas is to start by making positive and visible changes in the environments where they live”. “Wild About Soccer”, he said, was not just about the beautiful game, but was about using sport as means of building knowledge about, and respect for, something worth preserving – our natural heritage. ‘A force for good’ Companies and individuals can sponsor a R5 500 DreamBag to a school. It contains 3 soccer balls, 15 pairs of boots and 15 sets of kit, including numbered shirts, shorts and socks. The DreamBag handover coincides with a DreamEvent, which is a soccer tournament at which the sponsor, community and other supporters come together and enjoy the beautiful game.center_img Launched in 2006, the Dreamfields Project is a section 21 company that uses soccer as a force for good in township and rural schools. “We are wild about this project, and wild about our partnership with SANParks.” DreamFields Project founder John Perlman saw the partnership with SANParks as “a way of changing the social make-up in marginalised communities”. Starting from Saturday, 6 September, school teams from communities on the borders of the world-renowned Kruger National Park will participate in a series of “Wild about Soccer” tournaments, culminating in a final tournament in Skukuza on 4 October. The Dreamfields Project joined forces with SANParks’ P&C unit to bring the “Wild about Soccer” tournaments to these secluded communities, with every tournament within the project providing an opportunity to educate young people about conservation and the environment. SAinfo reporter DreamBags To date, 240 schools and organizations have received DreamBags, while donations and sponsorships are being used to build new soccer fields and improve sporting infrastructure in townships and rural areas. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Google Docs and Spreadsheets Interview

first_imgrichard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Interesting podcastinterview byGizbuzz, with Jen Mazzon and Sam Schillace of the Google Docs and Spreadsheets team (both ex-Writely).They start off by saying that D&S is aimed at “people who need to collaborate andshare their stuff online”. To the question of whether people are using it instead ofdesktop apps (such as Excel), Jen said that “it’s designed to enable people to worktogether online really seamlessly and easily – and if you’re just creating something in avacuum, then you might as well use a desktop and an offline application. But the minutethat you need to start getting contributions and input from other people, then it’s[D&S] a great solution.”I’ve written before about how collaboration and sharing are two compelling reasons forWeb-based office software, but it’s great to hear it from the horse’s mouth (Google Imean).Enterprise not their focus…yetAnother interesting tidbit from the interview was Jen’s statement that “enterprisereally hasn’t been our key focus” – what they’ve been focusing on is everyday people,consumers, small workgroups and so forth. She doesn’t rule out focusing onenterprise in the near future, but “it has not been top of mind”.Integration is comingThe question of integration came up. Sam said they will be integrating D&S withother Google apps – and that the Web makes this easy, with XML and similar open standards. Hesaid “you’re going to see more and more integration going forward. All of Google’s appswill work better and better together, going forward.”Browser compatibility issues – like the early graphic WebNext was a question about browser compatibility issues and how that affects D&S –and indeed the future of rich web applications. Sam responded that “it is definitely anissue […] these apps are all cutting edge – it kind of reminds me of the early days ofthe graphical web, when you couldn’t count on the browsers to render tables correctly[…]”.But he thinks it’s “just growing pains” and it’ll take about a year to sort thoseissues out.Also on the question of whether Ajax is better than Flash and Laszlo etc, Sam thinks that Ajax is currently more web native.It’s about being Web native, not cloning desktop appsLater in the interview, Jen stresses that they’re “not trying to clone desktop apps”.They want to be familiar to people, “but we’re trying to do something that’s actuallymore native to the Internet, more usable on the Internet.”Sam says they’ve had a lot of feedback that people like the fact they’re not trying tocopy desktop apps. He said “copying the existing stuff just feels irrelevant to us –we’re not trying to copy, we’re trying to re-invent.”Both Jen and Sam re-affirmed that collaboration and sharing is their main focus withD&S, as well as being web native – rather than trying to compete on features withdesktop apps.Note: there are sound problems with the podcast, which makes it an uncomfortablerecording to listen to at times. But the interview itself was great and very informative,so well done Gizbuzz. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web#Web Office last_img read more

Counterintuitive Strategies for the Successful Loss Prevention Director

first_imgEvery retail organization is a unique environment and has its own way of doing things. As such, what it takes to succeed will vary—there is no universal secret to professional development success. Still, there tend to be commonalities among loss prevention leaders who gain recognition within their organizations.And they’re not always what you’d expect.Odd as it may sound, one winning strategy to becoming a top-performing loss prevention director could be to “pass the buck.”- Sponsor – And that is not the only counterintuitive strategy for successful loss prevention management.For example, it may be that technical naiveté can be your friend and that preventing security incidents should a secondary concern. Offered up by leading LP and security professionals, all the strategies identified below may not work in your specific retail organization—but they’re worth some thought.1. Does the buck stop with you? Maybe it shouldn’t. Odd as it may sound, one successful career path may be to pass the buck. Asset protection and security is not, ultimately, on the shoulders of the loss prevention department. It’s the responsibility of senior management. “Your goal is to reduce risk to acceptable levels at an acceptable cost. And these are management’s decisions—not yours,” according to Ray Bernard, a leading security consultant and author.Keeping this in mind can actually help get LP projects passed. Too often, projects are rejected by individuals within organizations who have the authority to say no to funding, but who do not possess the authority to accept the operational risk of not doing the project. Bernard says he “sees it all the time,” and that it stems from a misdirected sense of responsibility. AP and security leaders try to own security rather than putting ultimate ownership on business leaders.For example, if a risk assessment project is rejected, a possible response may be to say: ‘I’m fine with not doing the project, but I need a senior risk manager to sign off on the fact that we’re not going to do a risk assessment for another year.’Said Bernard: “Passing the buck can sometimes help to move things along—when you make it a decision about risk and not a decision about funding.”2. End the end run. More than ever, asset protection and loss prevention hinges on the amount and sophistication of a retail operation’s security technology. But tools like IP cameras come with a bandwidth cost at which an IT department may balk. The conundrum can lead a loss prevention director to seek broad project support from others in the hopes that the technology department won’t be able to squelch the project and will be forced to help implement it.It’s a tempting strategy, but it’s probably not the best way forward. Even if you manage to get one project through the back door, an adversarial relationship with IT is a long-term loser.A better mindset, say some experts, is to appreciate that the LP department and IT face similar struggles. Just as the loss prevention director strives to show that LP projects are needed to benefit other departments, IT needs to similarly justify its own desire for network upgrades. In this way, security projects are far from the enemy of the IT department; instead, they may be key for IT to successfully sell a much-desired project of its own.IT can make do a better job of network planning if they understand how LP would like to use the network. So, if they IT wants the company to investment in a technical upgrade, the department can tell senior management, “Oh, and this will also enable LP’s ability to do this or that.”Try collaborating with IT over your long-term wish list for security technology, advise experts. It may help both you and IT to gain approval for what you want.3. Make your limitations your friend. The fast pace of security technology—especially the migration of LP tools to the network—can put career LP leaders on their back foot. We’re used to being the go-to guy for all things security, but developments such as the cloud utilization may be over our heads—pun intended. But if feeling out of your comfort zone forces you into closer cooperation with others, then it’s good to be clueless, said one leading executive.It’s impossible for leaders today to stay current on everything that it takes to manage LP. Retail trends and technology are simply moving too fast. Leading the function these days is less about individual knowledge and more about adeptly putting together puzzle pieces into a coherent whole.In fact, if one of your goals is to forge a better LP career, you’re better off knowing less about LP and more about the retail business, suggest some leaders. A next-generation loss prevention director will, of course, have knowledge about security. But they may primarily be business executives that use consultants and specialists to implement their strategic vision.4. Stop reacting to security incidents. Investigations are critical, but they have a value beyond resolution of the case at hand. Their bigger value is in updating a security plan and informing LP strategy.“If you want to get projects passed, you need a plan—not a reaction to an incident, and not mitigation steps to address a problem,” said one executive, who suggested that LP projects should not begin and end at fulfilling the goals of LP. When you’re looking at what’s out there, think about the needs of the operation beyond LP.Said another LP executive: “Do what IT does, which is to look at IT technology and figure out what projects will make people more efficient, make processes better, and so on.”This post was originally published in 2017 and was updated April 4, 2019.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

No murder charges for east Columbia shooter

first_imgThe Boone County prosecutor says he will not charge the man who shot and killed Cameron Caruthers at an east Columbia home two years ago.Dan Knight said Tuesday that Ricky Gurley acted in self-defense at the home on Dawn Ridge Road in May 2017, after the 28-year-old Caruthers threatened to kill Gurley and Caruthers’ ex-girlfriend.Gurley was found guilty in federal court of being a felon in possession of a gun. He got a two-year sentence with credit for time served, and three years’ probation.last_img

The day Prime Minister Narendra Modi wore his name on his suit

first_imgThat Prime Minister Narendra Modi loves to pack a punch with his sharp taste in clothing and his love for colours is well known. On Sunday, there were more stories about the PM’s attire than even First Lady Michelle Obama, who is otherwise considered a fashion icon in her own right.However, Modi outdid himself on Sunday evening during his famous Hyderabad House interaction with US President Barack Obama when he sported a dark blue pin stripe suite with, hold your breath, his name stitched a thousand times across the fabric.Zoomed images of the suit, claimed to be worth 4000 pounds on Twitter, were being shared widely on the microblogging site. Have a look: But the Indian prime minister is not the first one to don his own name on the fabric of his suit. Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had already accomplished the feat as per this photo.Some more photos of Modi in his unique suit.last_img read more