Growing South Africa’s Green Economy One Small Business at a Time

first_imgGrowing South Africa’s Green Economy One Small Business at a TimeA positive Nation Brand strengths the country’s competitiveness on a global stage. This is made possible by civil society, business and government through active citizenship and this is exactly what the Play Your Part programme seeks to do –  inspire active citizenship.SEED South Africa is #getinvolved and playing its part as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) that aims to create a national community of successful social and environmental entrepreneurs, providing increased business opportunities for the entrepreneurs themselves and for the wider business community.In meeting the needs of local small business eco-inclusive enterprises, global Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) SEED is set to host Replicator Connect Workshops in Polokwane on 17th and 18th of May, and in Pretoria on 23rd and 24th of May 2018. Entrepreneurs with sustainable solutions across the Energy, Waste Management, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Tourism sectors are invited to apply for participation in these sponsored workshops.Coordinator of the SEED Replicator Programme, Christine Meyer offers: “With more than 15 years of experience and having supported engaged over 600 entrepreneurs across six African countries in our SEED Replicator Programme, we know that our methodology has proven effective in enabling entrepreneurs who are currently contributing to South Africa’s green and inclusive economy to replicate proven solutions and facilitate business partnerships between successful entrepreneurs around the globe.”“While the country is home to a number of engines which support small business development, the challenges facing those in the eco-inclusive sector are unique, specifically as it relates to the capacity of entrepreneurs to successfully replicate and adapt proven solutions,” adds Meyer. “The programme helps eco-inclusive start-ups avoid common business pitfalls and tackle environmental and social challenges in the community while generating sustainable economic returns”To date, more than 1000 entrepreneurs are directly supported by SEED, and a huge number of those who joined the programme are still in business, a mean feat especially in South Africa where the mortality rate of small business is still quite high, with decreasing numbers making it pass the two-year mark.“A critical success factor in our Replicator Connect workshops has been presenting proven business models which entrepreneurs can adapt, interrogate and adopt during the interactive workshops, equipping them with work-books and facilitating peer-to-peer feedback,” offers Meyer.The SEED workshops are open to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing enterprises interested in replicating eco-inclusive business models, and establishing business partnerships with successful entrepreneurs around the globe. Apply on https://app.seed.uno/SEED Replicator Connect Workshop ScheduleDateCityDeadline for ApplicationsWorkbooks17 MayPolokwaneThursday 10 May– Waste to Industrial Resources– Agricultural Product Processing18 MayPolokwaneThursday 10 May– From Beehives to Market– Local Clean Cookstove Enterprises23 MayPretoriaSunday 13 May– Plastic Upcycling– Sustainable Tourism Enterprises24 MayPretoriaSunday 13 May– ICT for Agriculture– Waste to Biogaslast_img read more

2004 QUEENSLAND JUNIOR STATE CUP

first_imgThe Glasshouse Mountains were last weekend inundated with a record number of teams and young touch players for the 2004 Queensland Junior State Cup. Over 97 junior teams from around Queensland participated in the event, travelling from as far north as Rockhampton, as far west as Chinchilla and Toowoomba and south from Ballina. The local Sunshine Coast Region was well represented with 28 teams attending, including representatives from Maleny Witta, Caboolture, Hervey Bay, Kingaroy, Noosa, Kawana and the host venue Glasshouse Mountains. Gold Coast and Brisbane once again dominated the finals day, winning all major finals except the Under 11 boys, which was won by Hervey Bay. Several local teams from the Sunshine Coast Region also performed well, including Caboolture, Hervey Bay and Maleny Witta, claiming Plate final titles and making many finals appearances. Melanie Woosnam, Executive Officer of Queensland Touch, was extremely pleased with the success of the 2004 Junior State Cup. “This is QTA’s flagship event and is the most popular junior participation on the Queensland Touch calendar. It is great to see such a wide representation of teams from throughout Queensland. However, the QTA realise that this event would not be the success that it is without the support from the parents, coaches and managers and the wonderful band of volunteers that the sport so heavily relies upon,” said Ms Woosnam. The Junior State Cup is the largest participation event for Queensland junior association players and provides young players with the opportunity to compete in a fun atmosphere where participation and enjoyment are the key elements. The Glasshouse Mountains Touch committee and the Glasshouse Mountains Sports Club did a fabulous job in preparing the venue for the sixth consecutive year proving the popularity of the Sunshine Coast. RESULTS Under 11’s Division Girls Plate Final: Brisbane Metro Blue def Bundaberg 4-2 Boys Plate Final: Redlands def Toowoomba 3-2 Girls Final: Brisbane Metro def Caboolture 4-0 Player of Final: Kate Deagon (Brisbane Metro) Player of Series: Katelyn Horsnell (Labrador Dodgers) Boys Final: Hervey Bay def Labrador Dodgers 7-4 Player of Final: Mitchell Broom (Hervey Bay) Player of Series: Lochie Pearce (Toowoomba) Under 13 Division Girls Plate Final: Ballina def Toowoomba 3-1 Boys Plate Final: Gold Coast def Toowoomba 2-1 Girls Final: Gold Coast A def Caboolture A 4-0 Player of Final: Jessica McCabe (Gold Coast) Player of Series: Lisa Golding (Glasshouse Mountains) Boys Final: Brisbane Metro def Labrador Dodgers 5-2 Player of Final: Matt Hopkins (Brisbane Metro) Player of Series: Blair Forsyth (Redlands) Under 15 Division Girls Plate Final: Brisbane Metro Blue def Gold Coast B 6-1 Boys Plate Final: Rockhampton def Maleny Witta 14-0 Girls Final: Brisbane Metro Red def Gold Coast A 7-1 Player of Final: Ali Brigginshaw (Brisbane Metro) Player of Series: Kendal Bonner (Gold Coast) Boys Final: Brisbane Metro def Ballina 9-4 Player of Final: Wyman Kingi (Brisbane Metro) Player of Series: Kyle Everate (Ballina) Under 17 Division Girls Plate Final: Brisbane Metro Mangia def Rockhampton 4-3 Boys Plate Final: Rockhampton def Caboolture 10-5 Girls Final: Gold Coast def Brisbane Metro Red 6-0 Player of Final: Alyce Hulbert (Gold Coast) Player of Series: Ashleigh Fanning (Redlands) Boys Final: Gold Coast def Brisbane Metro 2-1 Player of Final: Jerome Waitohi (Gold Coast) Player of Series: Chris Small (Redlands) Kerry Norman Medal: Toni Etherington (Gold Coast) Scott Notley Medal: Ben Matheson (Rockhampton) Rachel Moyle: media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

NQ All Stars Super Challenge

first_imgThe North Queensland Touch Association (NQTA) is proud to announce an exciting new event on the Touch Football calendar with the inaugural Mad Cow Tavern North Queensland All Stars Super Challenge to be held at Townsville’s Queens Park on October 5 & 6, 2013.The event will be run alongside the 2013 North Queensland Junior Regional Touch Football Championships and will showcase the best Touch Football talent across the North Queensland region.Games will be played over four fifteen minute quarters and will provide an insight into the elite level of the sport to the region’s junior players.The All Stars concept will comprise of a three game mixed-gender series with game one to be played in the afternoon of Saturday October 5, games two and three played in the morning and afternoon of Sunday October 6, respectively.Representative players from affiliated competitions in the northern part of the region, encompassing an area from Thursday Island to Cardwell, will go up against representatives from southern competitions in an area that extends from Ingham to Mount Isa and Mackay.The two sides will be made up sixteen of their area’s best players, eight male and eight female.NQTA Executive Officer Billy Grant said the new event will be a great opportunity for the region’s representative players to show off their skill as they play against the best the region has to offer.“Our representative players are some of the best in the country and the (Mad Cow Tavern) All Stars Super Challenge will be their chance to show that in front of their own region,” Mr Grant said.“We believe that the concept not only offers the chance to promote the sport and the talent that exists in North Queensland, but also showcase the pathway available to children in the sport.”The Mad Cow Tavern’s Mark Napier was happy throw his support behind the event, coming on board as the inaugural naming rights partner.“The All Stars Challenge is sure to highlight the region’s Touch Football talent and we are happy to be a part of it. We sponsor many local sporting teams and events in the region and we are really looking forward to this one.”Further information about the Mad Cow Tavern NQ All Stars Super Challenge will be posted on our Facebook page (facebook.com/nqtouch) and Twitter (twitter.com/nqtouch). Our website will be the home of all the news, event action and results – www.nqtouch.com.au.Related Filesmedia_release_-_mad_cow_tavern_nq_all_stars_super_challenge-pdfRelated LinksNQ All Starslast_img read more

11 days agoReal Madrid coach Zidane no fan of Artificial Intelligence

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane no fan of Artificial Intelligenceby Carlos Volcano11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is no fan of Artificial Intelligence (AI) being pushed into football.Zidane is adamant AI will never match what an experienced coach can offer.He said, “Artificial Intelligence plays a very important role at the moment, but in my opinion, human intelligence remains the most important. “The most important thing that Artificial Intelligence has to offer us as coaches now is to shorten the time to do some things about it.”Football is my passion. My life revolves around sport, so I don’t like to rest and I enjoy working all the time. In addition, when you have a game every three days, the last thing we can think about is to rest. I lead a team that is one of the best in the world, which requires me to always be ready.”Zidane was speaking at the Dubai Artificial Intelligence in Sports (DAIS) Conference, organised by the Dubai Sport Council. last_img read more

Glenn Close And Bradley Cooper Attend National Conference On Mental Health

first_imgGlenn Close was at the White House today to take part in a panel as part of the National Conference on Mental Health.The panel focused on how addressing negative attitudes about mental illness is essential to making sure more people seek help; what we know about why these attitudes exist and the misperceptions they are grounded in; and what we can do to break down the barriers preventing too many people from seeking the help they need.Also in attendance was Bradley Cooper.During the conference, President Obama applauded the dozens of commitments made by organizations representing media, educators, health care providers, faith communities, and foundations to increase understanding and awareness of mental health.The Obama Administration has taken a number of steps to raise awareness and improve care for Americans experiencing mental health issues, including expanding mental health coverage for millions of Americans through the Affordable Care Act, improving access to mental health services for veterans and supporting initiatives to help educators recognize and refer students who show signs of mental illness.The National Conference on Mental Health is designed to increase understanding and awareness of mental health. As part of this effort, today the Administration is launching mentalhealth.gov, a new, consumer-friendly website with clear and concise tools to help with the basics of mental health, the signs of mental illness, how to talk about mental health, and how to get help. The website also includes a series of videos featuring celebrities and ordinary Americans whose lives have been touched by mental illness.Among the stars who have recorded messages for the new website are Demi Lovato, Cher and Glenn Close.In 2009 Glenn Co-Founded Bring Change 2 Mind, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. The idea for this movement evolved out of Ms. Close’s first-hand observation of battles with mental illness within her family. Ms. Close’s sister, Jessie, is living with bipolar disorder and Jessie’s son, Calen, is living with schizoaffective disorder. Bring Change 2 Mind produces science based Public Service Announcements aimed at tackling the stigma and discrimination of mental illness where they live – in all of us.Several commitments were made as part of the conference, including launching new efforts to raise public awareness through television, radio, social media campaigns, and other platforms.Commitments include:• The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), representing local television and radio stations and broadcast networks throughout the country, is creating a national public service campaign to reduce the stigma around mental illness. The multiplatform campaign, launching this summer, will include TV and radio ads, online ads and resources and a robust social media platform to raise awareness – specifically among 13-24 year olds, their friends and caregivers – that it’s okay to talk about mental health and help is available. • Blue Star Families, a non-profit organization created by military families to strengthen military families and connect America to her military, is producing a second series of public service announcements entitled “This Country Cares,” featuring country music stars telling our military heroes with mental health problems that they are not alone and encouraging them to seek help if they are struggling with these issues. • As part of their Love is Louder campaign, MTV and The Jed Foundation will promote help seeking and challenge the stigma surrounding mental health by encouraging members of MTV’s audience to take any action that supports their or a friend’s emotional health, and then share that action with @LoveisLouder. MTV will amplify the best responses through several of its social media channels, which in total reach nearly 160 million fans and followers.• The Entertainment Software Association and leading video game companies Activision Blizzard, Inc., Activision Publishing, Inc., Bethesda Softworks, Blizzard Entertainment Inc., and Microsoft Corporation will promote consumer resources for mental health and wellness information through their consumer web sites and online communities, which reach tens of millions of people every month. • Other organizations committing to help raise awareness through television, film, and social media include the Entertainment Industries Council, Facebook, Google, SchoolTube, and Twitter.last_img read more

Fort St John resident to get award from Cancer Society for contributions

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A resident of Fort St. John is going to be getting an award from the Canadian Cancer Society for his contributions to the Cops for Cancer Tour de North.Darren Thomson has served as an Auxiliary Constable with the Fort St. John RCMP for the past seven years, and began volunteering with the Tour de North ride five years ago. The Tour de North sees police officers, sheriffs, and others ride bicycles over 850 km across Northern BC over the course of week every year to raise money for pediatric cancer research and Camp Goodtimes.Thomson has served on the event’s organizing committee, and has also supported the ride in a volunteer capacity, driving the police cruiser that leads the peloton as well as various other support vehicles. His contribution to the ride also involves arranging the logistics of feeding and lodging the officers. Because of his contributions to the ride, the Cancer Society announced recently that Thomson will be receiving the Society’s 2018 Community Impact Volunteer Leadership Award. Thomson said that he’s not too sure when he’ll be receiving the award, but that’s honoured to have been chosen. “It’s a pat on the back that isn’t really necessary, and I’m happy to do it,” he said.last_img read more

Morocco Participates In 58th Session Of The UN Commission On Women

first_imgNew York (UN) –  Morocco participates in the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, held on March 10-21 at the UN headquarters in New York, and which focuses on development, particularly education and reproductive rights.The Moroccan delegation participating in the session is led by Bassima Hakkaoui, minister of solidarity, women, family, and social development.In her remarks on Monday at a high level roundtable on “achievements and difficulties in achieving the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls,” Hakkaoui  highlighted the achievements of Morocco, mainly the constitution of 2011, which recognizes the rights of women. She also stressed the efforts of the Kingdom to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, particularly regarding the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, economic and political empowerment of women, strengthening women’s access to decision-making positions, and the fight against all forms of discrimination and violence.last_img read more

About Time Carmelo Anthony Jim Brown and Others React

InstagramAfter Michael Jordan released a statement yesterday speaking up about violence by and against police, many in the sports world reacted to the retired NBA player’s stance. Atlanta Black Star reported Jordan was “saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late” adding, “I can no longer stay silent.” Carmelo Anthony thought the Charlotte Hornets owner’s opinion was overdue.During a meeting on community issues between Team USA players and local police in Los Angeles, Anthony praised Jordan for finally speaking out about a political issue, especially one that relates to African-Americans. It is something the former Chicago Bulls player has steered clear of in the past.“I thought it was brilliant and about time that he stepped up and said what he said,” the New York Knicks forward told ESPN at the Boys and Girls Club in California. “Because at the end of the day, amongst us, he is our face. He’s an African-American above every powerful African-American, so for him to step up in the midst of these times right now, it was very big on his behalf.”Carmelo Anthony on Michael Jordan’s statement today. “I thought it was brilliant and about time he stepped up.” pic.twitter.com/D3htGey0MI— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 25, 2016“And not also just step up – it’s not always about money and giving back,” he said, referring to Jordan’s $2 million contributions to organizations dedicated to improving police and community relations. “But for him to step up and put his money where his mouth at, the timing was perfect.”Social media reaction was mixed.Jaison Oliver encouraged doubters to read about the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, one of the organizations Jordan gave $1 million to. But he also decried the other $1 million donation to the Institute for Community-Police Relations.However, Jordan absolutely could’ve better allocated the other $1mil he gave to the police chiefs org. Stop playing both sides, Mike.— Jaison Oliver (@oJaison) July 26, 2016And Beats Music’s director of influencer marketing Kenny Hamilton pointed out Jordan’s private philanthropy.Michael Jordan has donated money over the years for various causes in a silent manner. Yet people always criticize what they don’t know.— Kenny Hamilton (@KennyHamilton) July 25, 2016Besides Anthony, at least one other athlete has also commended the billionaire ex-baller. Jim Brown – who played for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965 – praised Jordan for finally speaking up about anti-violence.“I applaud Michael. He’s taken his time to, what I think, put his mind to what he was going say and represent,” Brown told the sports network. “He put his money there and the only thing I can do is praise him and thank him for reaching out for and using his tremendous people power in a way that I feel will make a difference in this country.”Still, some are more critical. Panelist Kevin Blackistone questioned why Jordan would donate to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and the Legal Defense Fund over Black Lives Matter.“I’m hard pressed to believe how you can be emotionally moved by the extrajudicial killings of Black men in this country, and then cut a check for a million dollars to the police,” he said on Around The Horn Monday. “The police aren’t in need of funding when it comes to this situation.”“Why not give the Black Lives Matter movement a legal arm and fund – and seed some funding to start that as a new civil rights movement for a new generation,” he said of the Legal Defense Fund donation.He added the star should use his platform as a Hanes underwear spokesperson to urge the company to “bring back some of the 30 plants  they closed down in the early 2000s here and…bring those jobs back to urban America” to give Black youth better jobs. read more

Late NCAA Bracket Submissions Show Were A Nation Of Procrastinators

Deadlines are powerful motivating forces for journalists, tax filers, eurozone negotiators — and bracket pickers. The number of men’s NCAA Tournament brackets submitted per minute by ESPN.com users peaked at 11:51 a.m. EDT on Thursday, mere minutes before the 12:15 p.m tipoff of the first-round opener and the deadline to enter picks, according to data provided by our colleagues at ESPN.com.1Per their request, we’re sharing only the relative magnitude of submissions, not absolute numbers. The maximum rate of bracket submissions per minute on Thursday was more than three times the high of the day before and about five times the max on Monday and Tuesday. All told, even counting the wee hours in the U.S., there were more brackets submitted in just half of Thursday than in all of Tuesday. Not everyone waits until the last minute, though. At ESPN.com, there was an earlier, although lesser, spike in online bracket submissions just after the bracket went up. For every three people who were madly filling in chalk and upsets in their entries just before noon on Thursday, there were two hitting submit on theirs eight minutes after the first Tournament Challenge bracket was submitted at 7:12 p.m. on Sunday.Maybe it’s my bias as a journalist showing, but I think the procrastinators had the right idea: They could benefit from forecasts like ours.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. At CBSSports.com, the surge came even later. Bracket submissions to the site peaked at 11:59 a.m., according to spokeswoman Annie Rohrs. read more

Football Ohio State releases Week 5 depth chart prior to Rutgers game

OSU coach Urban Meyer prepares to lead the Buckeyes onto the field before the OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 11 Ohio State football team (3-1, 1-0) has shown substantial progress in its last two games with a 54-21 win against UNLV Saturday and a 38-7 victory versus Army two weeks ago.. As such, the team has not seen any drastic changes in the depth chart in its weekly update.The only change this week was the removal of defensive tackle Malik Barrow from the fourth spot at his position. Barrow suffered a season-ending torn ACL during Saturday’s win against UNLV.Freshman middle linebacker Tuf Borland was still listed as a co-starter with redshirt senior Chris Worley. Worley missed all of last week’s game against UNLV with a foot sprain, the same injury that took him out of the first quarter against Army. Redshirt sophomore C.J. Saunders remains listed as the third-string H-back under Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill.The depth chart can be found here. read more