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One small bag makes a big difference

One small bag makes a big difference

first_imgJordan van der Walt’s campaign is now two years old and has helped to feed thousands of children. Prof Jonathan Jansen and Jordan, one of his mother’s favourite photos(Images: Lynn van der Walt) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lynn van der Walt   Jordan’s mother   +27 82 608 0199 RELATED ARTICLES • Fighting hunger on wheels • Help street kids the responsible way • Feeding bodies and brains • SA’s women farmers root out hungerLucille DavieHe’s only 12 years old and has already picked up several awards for his philanthropy. He’s Jordan van der Walt and his initiative has fed a million hungry tummies in two years.Jordan, a pupil at St John’s Preparatory College in Houghton, Johannesburg, started a school feeding campaign called Just One Bag back in March 2011, which has seen 100 tons of South African food staple mealie meal delivered to schools all over the country.It started after calls for the annual Easter egg collection to be made at the school – the donations would be delivered to underprivileged schools. But Jordan had a better idea – based on a documentary he’d seen stating that three-million children in South Africa go to school hungry each day, he felt that Easter eggs wouldn’t make a difference to those children and suggested to his principal, Patrick Lees, that instead of Easter eggs, perhaps each boy could bring a bag of mealie meal instead.Lees didn’t hesitate. Posters went up around the school, reminders were written in diaries, and bulk text messages were sent out. In just a few weeks five tons of meal were collected.Lees then challenged other schools in Johannesburg to join the campaign. “The response was overwhelming,” he said on Cape Talk radio.By the end of 2011 50 schools had committed to Just One Bag, 30 of them in Johannesburg, involving 30 000 children.It wasn’t long before the big food chains, like Spar and Pick n Pay, got involved, delivering truckloads of meal to the school. Soon truck companies came to the party and distributed the food to schools.Young philanthropist“Jordan has the biggest heart and he really cares for everyone. I am so proud of him and we are very honoured to have Jordan at St John’s,” said Lees.In 2012 the youngster received the Inyathelo Award for Children in Philanthropy, given by the South African Institute for Advancement, a non-profit trust promoting philanthropy. He said when accepting the award: “My project came about because of a feeling that I had in my heart, and when it comes to giving or helping, I believe that feeling is important – it has to come from within. We can think and devise all sorts of nice things to do for people, but if they don’t come from the heart, I feel that they are meaningless.”Jordan’s mother Lynn says he just wanted to show that children can make a difference. “He doesn’t understand the big fuss when you are helping children or people with food. How can we award people for giving?”She says Jordan has always been a generous child, giving to those less fortunate at every opportunity. “He is just a very loving, giving person. We are proud of him.”Television and radio appearances followed, and in December 2012 Jordan was named LeadSA’s Hero of the Month. LeadSA is a Primedia initiative, launched in August 2010, that encourages South Africans to “make a difference, do the right thing, stand up.”“It’s taught me that giving is supposed to be part of life and that we should all give and that no matter how big or small your idea is, always go and talk to an adult or your headmaster and tell them about your idea,” Jordan told Talk Radio 702’s John Robbie in an interview, just after receiving his Lead SA award.In December 2012 he was invited to talk to the University of Free State‘s medical graduates by its distinguished vice rector Prof Jonathan Jansen.He nervously stood in front of 3 000 students and said: “And so my challenge to you wonderful and talented graduates is to go out into South Africa and serve. Do it from the heart because you have a feeling inside you that makes you want to serve. Don’t do it for me, don’t do it for anyone else, do it for yourself because your heart tells you to.”He told them not to think that because they were now doctors, their role was to “become rich, drive fancy cars and live in big houses”. Instead they should be thinking differently about being a doctor. “The only way that you are going to enjoy it and live a fulfilling life is if you want to take on the profession for the right reasons and you do it with your heart.”Children helping childrenIn April 2012 Jordan was invited to speak to three schools in Bloemfontein, Free State. He told the pupils: “We can change the world for the better, even if it’s just the little girl or boy who you see every day on your way to school playing in the dust and being forced to beg for money or something to eat, make them an extra sandwich, donate your old clothes and toys and think for just one minute how you would feel if you had to go without many of the luxuries we all too often take for granted.“Children helping children, let’s show South Africans what we can do, let’s take a stand and make a difference.”Jordan says modestly when asked about the response to his drive: “I wasn’t expecting so many people to help with the project. Thank you for helping me.”Asked about being famous, he says: “I don’t feel it should be about me and being famous. All I want to do is to help children.”On the future of the campaign, Jordan says he wants “more children to help children”.His main ambition is to become a lawyer, but also to play sport.last_img read more

Storage: Cisco Predicts Mass Migration of Data from Local PCs to Cloud and non-PC devices by 2019

Storage: Cisco Predicts Mass Migration of Data from Local PCs to Cloud and non-PC devices by 2019

first_imgThe volume of cloud traffic is exploding.  Cisco estimates that in 2015 total global cloud traffic will be on the order of 2.1 Zettabytes (ZB), and they predict that cloud traffic will grow to 8.6 zettabytes by 2019.  Cloud traffic is a subset of all date center traffic; total data center traffic also includes data traffic moving between data centers.Another dramatic shift predicted by Cisco is the migration of data being that is being stored on local PC devices to other devices, like smartphones, tablets and M2M devices.  Currently, about 73 percent of data is stored on PCs, but by 2019 a majority of data will instead be stored on non-PC devices.Factors driving cloud traffic include:Increasing use of mobile smartphones, tablets, and the personal cloudRapid growth of cloud computing among businessesIncreased virtualization in private cloudsGrowth in the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) connectionsDoug Webster, vice president of service provider marketing, said that “the fact that cloud is moving well beyond a regional trend to becoming a mainstream solution globally, with cloud traffic expected to grow more than 30% in every worldwide region over the next five years…  Enterprise and government organizations are moving from test cloud environments to trusting clouds with their mission-critical workloads. At the same time, consumers continue to expect on-demand, anytime access to their content and services nearly everywhere.  This creates a tremendous opportunity for cloud operators, which will play an increasingly relevant role in the communications industry ecosystem.”last_img read more

Are you a freelancer or an entrepreneur?

Are you a freelancer or an entrepreneur?

first_imgMany people dream of starting their own business. What could be cooler than running the show? Hell, even the word “entrepreneur” carries some serious prestige.Fewer people dream of becoming a freelancer, but it’s difficult to put a finger on where the distinction lies. Under tax law, we’re all self-employed. Isn’t entrepreneur or business owner just a fancy way of saying “freelancer”?Not quite (though all independent workers fall under the Freelancers Union umbrella): freelancers trade their skills, services, and time to customers for money. So if you’re good at writing, you’ll write articles for money. If you’re great at setting up websites, then you can work as a freelance web designer.While freelancing offers the same freedom and flexibility as entrepreneurship, it is quite restrictive; you can only scale your freelancing efforts to a certain point, as there are only 24 hours in a day.Entrepreneurship means building a business that brings in passive income. This is some next level shit.Entrepreneurs spend work time identifying customers needs, finding opportunities in the market, examining the risk involved, and creating innovative products and services that meet these needs. Then, they create scalable systems where products and services are sold over and over again.That means, that even when the entrepreneur is eating, sleeping or on vacation – she’s earning money.Should You Freelance Before Starting Your Own Venture?Many people choose to jump right into the deep end of entrepreneurship, but you can always start out as a freelancer and then swim towards entrepreneurship at your own pace. Start-ups have a high rate of failure and freelancing first can be both a learning experience and a financial buffer.Before you make your decision, here are some points that you should consider:1. Freelancing gives you confidenceMany people avoid entrepreneurship because they lack courage and confidence. How many times have these thoughts and questions crossed your mind?‘I’m not equipped for the job’, ‘will people appreciate my products and services?’, ‘is my business model right for this market?’, ‘I’m out of my depth.’Freelancing gives you the confidence that you need to start your own business. If want to launch a tax services firm and you’ve spent the last 4 years doing taxes as a freelancer, then you won’t doubt your abilities.2. Freelancing will pad your incomeNot only do a few steady freelancing gigs give you some financial security, the income will also help you raise the funds that you will need to test and create your products and services. Launching your own venture takes capital – and freelancing can help you in the takeoff phase.3. Freelancing expands your networkAs a freelancer, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with people from a wide range of industries. I’m therefore in the position to build a network on which I can rely when I move towards entrepreneurship.You have the chance to market your products and services to your network in the same way you marketed your skills. You also have the chance to work together with people you met while freelancing.Be strategic when building your network, and build a community that will support your business efforts once you decide to move in that direction.4. Freelancing polishes your customer service skillsAs a freelancer, you quickly learn that customer service is key to success. Unlike some 9-to-5 positions where you may not be customer-facing or can easily pass the buck, freelancers must deal with happy clients, frustrated clients, indecisive clients and clients that cannot be satisfied.The only way to stay afloat as a freelancer – and a small business owner – is to discover your customer service style and balance your clients needs to the best of your abilities.5. Freelancing diversifies your skill setOften, freelancers must wear many hats. Sometimes you’re hired to do one thing and then wind up doing five others. Sometimes you take on a gig that has a component to it that you’re maybe not-quite-qualified to do, but learn to do it anyway!As an entrepreneur, it’s likely you’ll wind up doing all kinds of jobs before you can hire on the help that your business needs to grow. There’s no faster way to becoming an agile worker than through freelancing.6. Freelancing teaches self-disciplineEveryone knows that when you go freelance, you’ve got full control of your schedule. While this is one of the key reasons many of us choose to freelance, it also means that all of the sudden it’s our job to prioritize time and work – even if we’re not in the mood.Entrepreneurs need just as much self-discipline as a freelancer. Using your time as a freelancer to build healthy work habits can set the stage for a successful entrepreneurial career.7. Freelancing helps you find your balanceThe temptation to throw yourself headlong into your business venture – especially because you’re throwing so much money at it – is strong. Unfortunately, succumbing to that impulse can cause tunnel vision and even burnout.Freelancing will teach you the importance of establishing a good work life balance, and this makes you happier, focused, more energetic, and more creative. You can use this new found freedom to research, plan, and build your venture.8. Freelancing builds accountabilityAs a freelancer you are fully and solely responsible for your work. This builds responsibility and accountability, which are vital traits in an entrepreneur.Bearing responsibilities such as work deadlines, delivery, time management, and finances will eventually become a no brainer, and you won’t be overwhelmed by the pressure that comes with being an entrepreneur.9. Freelancing is an opportunity to learn more about your nicheIf you’re freelancing in your desired niche, then you’re in the unique position to immerse yourself in the niche.So if you’re freelancing as an interior designer, learn everything there is to learn about interior design, and look for gaps in the market which you can turn into a business venture.10. Freelancing can reveal what you DON’T want to doThere have been many entrepreneurs who started a business in a particular niche, and then found out that they weren’t really passionate about it. If you freelance in a certain niche before you create a business, you can determine whether you are truly happy and passionate about your idea.Freelancing in something first is a lot better than going all in and then finding out that it’s not the business for you.Final VerdictI must warn you; if you become a freelancer before you become an entrepreneur, you might end up sticking to freelancing as a career. It’s lucrative and flexible.However, if you decide that freelancing is just a stepping stone to entrepreneurship, ensure that you spend your time as a freelancer building up your skills and experience.Entrepreneurship is not an overnight process, but with freelancing on your side you will excel faster than those who are trying to build a foundation.Davina Ngei is a professional content writer and copywriter for hire, a business blogger, and the Founder of Business Broken Down.last_img read more

a month agoNewcastle see lowest Premier League attendance for nine years

a month agoNewcastle see lowest Premier League attendance for nine years

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle see lowest Premier League attendance for nine yearsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United fans continue to stay away from St James’ Park.Toon fans continued their protest against owner Mike Ashley as the club had their lowest Premier League attendance for nine years for their 0-0 draw with Brighton.There were rows and rows of empty seats at St James’ Park, fans still wanting Ashley out but many not impressed with Steve Bruce’s start as boss.The attendance was given as 43,316. last_img

a month agoBurnley boss Dyche confirms Gudmundsson back for Aston Villa

a month agoBurnley boss Dyche confirms Gudmundsson back for Aston Villa

first_imgBurnley boss Dyche confirms Gudmundsson back for Aston Villaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche has confirmed Johann Berg Gudmundsson is available for their clash with Aston Villa.The winger has missed the last three Premier League games following a calf injury.Dyche said, “Johann comes back into the thinking. He’s had a good week’s training.“I think all of the wide players have different qualities – and I’m going to include Jeff (Hendrick) as a fifth because he’s so good operating in different positions.“We want that mixture of qualities they bring. I think the four main wide players all offer something different and I think that’s a good weapon for us – whether they start or whether they come off the bench.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Nick Saban Announces That Alabama’s Injured 5-Star Freshman RB Bo Scarbrough Is Suspended For First 4 Games

Nick Saban Announces That Alabama’s Injured 5-Star Freshman RB Bo Scarbrough Is Suspended For First 4 Games

first_imgAlabama football players at practice.Bo ScarbroughNick Saban announced this evening that five-star redshirt freshman running back Bo Scarbrough is suspended for the first four games of Alabama’s season. Scarbrough, who tore his ACL in April, has been recovering well. He’s participating in team activities but has to wear a black no-contact jersey during practice. Saban said the suspension is a result of an “NCAA thing.”It’s important to note that Scarbrough likley wouldn’t be able to play early this season, anyway, due to the injury. Saban said Bo Scarbrough is ahead of schedule but he’s facing no contact in practice. Oh, and he’s suspended for the first four games.— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) August 6, 2015Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough (knee) was on the practice field in a black, non-contact jersey. He had knee surgery in April.— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) August 6, 2015Saban says Bo Scarbrough’s 4-game suspension is an NCAA issue regarding his amateurism eligibility.— Alex Byington (@abyingtonTD) August 6, 2015Alabama opens its season Sept. 5 against Wisconsin.last_img read more

Oil price rise fails to convince Encana to increase spending plans

Oil price rise fails to convince Encana to increase spending plans

first_imgCALGARY – Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) has no plans to spend more to increase production despite recent world oil price increases linked to unrest in Saudi Arabia, CEO Doug Suttles said Wednesday.He said the Calgary-based oil and gas company, which has a capital spending budget of about $1.7 billion this year, is wary of cost inflation and unconvinced that recent price increases will last.“If we ramp up activity, if we believe prices are strong, we’d only do that if we believe it’s going to generate quality returns and we’re not going to see erosion through higher cost,” Suttles told analysts on a quarterly conference call.“In the shorter term, I’d be surprised if we adjusted our plans based on near-term movements in price. In the longer term, it would (require) being convinced that the price is going to be sustained and we’re actually going to generate quality returns, quality margins.”Crude prices have been gradually rising since mid-October and jumped by nearly $2 a barrel over the weekend amid after the Saudi government arrested dozens of influential people, including 11 princes and 38 officials and businessmen.The government said the arrests were aimed at eliminating corruption but observers suggested they may also stamp out potential rivals or critics of Saudi Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, the son of King Salman.Benchmark New York oil prices closed Tuesday at US$57.20 per barrel on Tuesday, well ahead of the US$50 assumption in Encana’s recently updated five-year plan.The Calgary-based company said production in October recovered to more than 325,000 oil-equivalent barrels per day after matching analyst expectations at just 284,000 boe/d in the third quarter.The decline from 338,000 boe/d in the same period of 2016 was blamed on well shutdowns from Hurricane Harvey flooding in Texas, third-party pipeline and gas processing plant curtailments in Western Canada and the closing in July of a deal to sell natural gas assets in Colorado.Natural gas production fell 29 per cent from the same three months of 2016, but liquids production, which includes high-value oil and condensate, grew nine per cent. The company is maintaining its full-year 2017 forecast of 315,000 boe/d.Encana, which reports its results in American currency, noted a third-quarter profit of US$294 million or 30 cents per share, down from US$317 million or 37 cents a year ago.Revenue totalled US$861 million compared with US$979 million a year ago.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

BC cities join global movement asking oil companies for climate change costs

BC cities join global movement asking oil companies for climate change costs

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – Staff and contractors in Victoria have been crunching the numbers on climate change costs for the coastal city and it’s not looking good, the mayor says.Lisa Helps says based on a report commissioned by the regional government in 2015, storm surges combined with a one-metre rise in sea level, which is projected by the year 2100, could result in business disruption losses of $415,557 per day.Victoria was one of the first municipalities in British Columbia to pen a letter to oil and gas companies last year asking them to chip in to cover growing bills in proportion to their emissions. “The people of Whistler need to tell the truth: that they are using Alberta gas for their cars, for their petrochemical products, and they’re using our oil and it’s time to smarten up,” he told the rally.Crompton apologized in a Facebook video last week.Governments in other parts of the world are trying different tactics.Several cities in the United States, including New York and San Francisco, have tried unsuccessfully to sue major oil companies over climate change.In the Philippines, the Commission on Human Rights has an ongoing investigation into a complaint filed against 47 coal, oil, gas and cement companies.Greenpeace says it’s the world’s first human rights investigation into corporate responsibility for climate change and was launched in response to complaints from typhoon survivors, advocates and community groups.While there’s no monetary element to the investigation, Greenpeace said it could set a precedent for other legal cases relating to climate change liability.In Ontario, the legislature has twice debated a private member’s bill intended to clarify the rules around suing fossil fuel companies. The bill was killed by the Progressive Conservative government under Premier Doug Ford.Greenpeace Canada said it’s working on a tool kit for local governments considering launching a legal challenge to fossil fuel companies similar to those in the United States.“We’ll be encouraging cities across the country, and I’ll personally ask the City of Toronto, to launch this kind of a case,” said Keith Stewart, senior energy strategist at Greenpeace Canada.Stewart pointed to a city staff report that found between 2000 and 2012, Toronto experienced three one-in-100-year rain storms and it said the city would continue to experience extreme weather events.“This wave of climate lawsuits, which have just picked up speed in the last couple of years, is not going to go away,” Stewart said.Whether the letter writing campaign will be effective beyond raising awareness has yet to be seen.Since Victoria sent 19 letters to the largest fossil fuel companies in the world, none of which Helps said were Canadian, it has received only one response.Shell Canada responded on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell in a letter that did not commit to any payment but highlighted the companies support for emissions goals as outlined in the Paris Agreement and “billions of dollars” it has invested in low carbon and renewable energies.It also highlighted its Quest project, launched in Edmonton in 2015, as an example, saying it reduces carbon dioxide emissions from oil sands operations by more than one million tonnes per year.“These are a few examples of the actions we are taking today, recognizing that the global energy transition will span decades, moving at different paces and producing different outcomes in different countries depending on local factors,” says the letter signed by president Michael Crothers.“We welcome efforts toward constructive, collaborative action as we collectively attempt to address this complex global challenge.” It is joining local governments around the world in seeking some relief.“We’re actively working through our climate leadership plan to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, but in the interim there are real costs to taxpayers,” Helps said in an interview.“It’s pretty fair to say ‘You caused this, you need to help us mitigate the cost,’ even as we all, energy companies and cities, work toward a renewable energy future.”West Coast Environmental Law, which has driven the campaign in B.C., says 16 local councils have voted to write letters to fossil fuel companies. The most recent was West Vancouver, which voted last week.“It’s been increasing in momentum,” said Andrew Gage, the organization’s staff lawyer.It’s not about handing the entire bill to fossil fuel producers, but seeking a reasonable contribution relative to a company’s pollution, he said.center_img “No one is saying the individual consumer bears no responsibility, it’s a question of what the relative responsibility is,” he said.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers declined comment, saying that since the letters are sent directly to companies, it considers the issue “company specific.” Shell and Exxon Mobil, two of the largest oil companies in the world, did not respond to requests for comment.The campaign has largely flown under the radar until recently when the resort town of Whistler in B.C. drew the ire of Alberta for sending one of the letters to Calgary-based oilsands giant Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.Last weekend, Alberta’s economic development and trade minister, Deron Bilous, took a dig at Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton while speaking at a pro-oil rally in Grand Prairie.last_img read more

Don’t order special meals for yourself during flights: Air India to its pilots

Don’t order special meals for yourself during flights: Air India to its pilots

first_imgNew Delhi: Air India has instructed its pilots to not order special meals for themselves during the flights as they are required to adhere to a “meal schedule laid down by the company”, according to an internal communication of the national carrier. “It has been brought to the notice of the undersigned that flight crew are ordering special meal/s which are against the said rules,” Amitabh Singh, Director Operations, Air India, said in an e-mail to pilots on Wednesday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The only crew, who for medical reasons, may order for special meals viz. food recommended by the doctor,” he added. According to a senior airline official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the pilots have been found to be ordering special meals for themselves such as burgers and soups, which ultimately increase the airline’s food expenses and disturbs the food management. “Crew should adhere to the meal schedules laid down by the company and should not authorise meal uplift on their own,” Singh wrote in his e-mail. “In light of the above, all cockpit crew are instructed not to order special meals RPT not to order special meals as and when operating a flight/SOD (Staff on Duty) movement,” he added.last_img read more