Mandela Day: libraries in containers

first_img10 July 2013 The Mandela Day container library project, an innovative response to the shortage of libaries at South African schools, will celebrate Nelson Mandela month with the handover of its 28th library – a custom-adapted 12-metre shipping container – to Alpine Primary School in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town. The 28th Mandela Day container library went on public display at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront at an event marking the launch of Mandela month on 1 July, and will remain on display through 18 July, Mandela’s 95th birthday as well as Nelson Mandela International Day. Marked across the world on 18 July each year, Mandela Day aims to inspire people to take action to change the world for the better and, in doing so, to build a global movement for good. “The public is invited to view the library, get involved in activities within and around the library, such as writing their messages of hope on the 67 minutes wall of hope, painting the external wall of the container, reading to school learners and donating books,” Puleng Phooko, programmes manager for Breadline Africa, said at launch event at the V&A Waterfront’s Clock Tower square. Breadline Africa is one of a number of NGOs and corporates that have partnered with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to drive the container library project, with corporates providing financial support, sponsorship of books and employee volunteers, and literacy organisations, book donation agencies and publishers providing books, educational equipment and materials. “The installation of Mandela Day libraries continues to spread the Mandela Day message about people’s capacity, when working together, to bring about positive change,” the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory says on its website. “The libraries promote a reading culture and address the call for equal access to resources for education.” According to Phooko, the project, inspired by Mandela’s own love of reading and belief in the transformative power of education, can only be successful through the joint efforts of partners willing to make positive changes in children’s lives. The first Mandela Day container library was opened on 18 July 2011 at Tsakane Primary School on the East Rand in Gauteng province, and since then a further 26 have opened, covering deserving underprivileged schools in urban and rural areas countrywide and collectively touching the lives of over 20 000 pupils. Alpine Primary School in Mitchells Plain, which will receive the 28th library later this month, currently has no library for its 1 370 pupils. To ensure the sustainability of the project, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, with support from LegalWise, Macmillan South Africa and other partners, hosted librarian training sessions in Johannesburg and Cape Town in October for teachers who run the libraries in recipient schools. Last month, the centre hosted a networking event bringing together “the companies that sponsor libraries, publishers and booksellers, architects and engineers who help design the libraries, and non-profit organisations that make the libraries a functional reality for learners and educators”. Tim Smith, director of Breadline Africa, appealed to corporates in South Africa and abroad to get involved in taking the project forward. Also speaking at the event, Kimberly van Dyk, CSI manager at JPMorgan Chase Bank, spoke of the bank’s sponsorship of a library, saying it was well received by people working at the bank, especially at its New York headquarters. Florina Tshikane, principal of Meadowlands Primary School in Soweto, spoke of the her pupils’ excitement about their container library, which opened in August. “They are so enthusiastic about the library,” she said. “They rush to library during break time.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

A doctor to heal the earth

first_img“The participants made an effort to inspire and educate individuals, schools, communities, corporate South Africa and policymakers to consider the environment and the challenges that we face as a nation and indeed as a continent,” says Ella Bella Constantinides Leite, director of Miss Earth South Africa. (Image: Miss Earth South Africa)With a passion for people, planet and health, it is no surprise that Nozipho Magagula was announced as the 2016 Miss Earth South Africa at a gala dinner at Montecasino, that honoured the finalists and ambassadors for the environmental and community work done over this year.The 4th year Medicine student has been hard at work balancing her studies and responsibilities as a finalist and has proven that if you want something done, giving it to a busy person, is a good idea.Announced as the 2016 ambassador, she will go on to represent South Africa at the international Miss Earth event next month in the Philippines, as the focus turns to Eco Tourism.The gala evening was attended by Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom who has been an avid supporter of the community work done by the Miss Earth South Africa leadership programme.This young woman is set for an exciting year of work and community engagement across the country and globe. Born in Atteridgeville, West of Pretoria, Magagula is determined to use the year that lies ahead as an opportunity to make an impact, not only on schools and communities, but within the medical sphere as well.She says her long term plan is to go into public health and family healthcare as these have a deep sense of community and the social impact that can be made is huge and she is resolute on using her love for medicine and her platform as Miss Earth South Africa 2016, to leave a legacy.Ella Bella Constantinides Leite, Director of the programme said; “It’s rewarding to see the growth and influence of the Miss Earth South Africa programme, over a period of more than twelve years.“We aim to continue to empower young women with the knowledge and platform to create a sustainable difference in our plight to combat the destruction of our natural heritage.”It has been an intense few months for the finalists who have been hard at work, with a mission to change the perception and understanding of waste through the 2016 campaign #WasteStopsWithME which was launched earlier this year with partners Pikitup and the City of Johannesburg.#WasteStopsWithME was executed through many different kinds of projects, campaigns and events.These young women met with pickers in their communities, the staff working at landfill sites and those that depend on sorting recyclables from landfills just to survive.The challenges we face on waste are immense and these young women took up the challenge and working closely with the Pikitup teams on the ground they moved across the breadth and width of this sprawling city of Johannesburg to talk to people, influence behaviour change and to start conversations and discussions with corporate partners and stakeholders alike.Finalists have been staying at the Tsogo Sun, Palazzo Hotel, in Johannesburg for the past week where they got to share their community work with an esteemed panel of judges, unpacking their commitment and hunger to leave green footprints in their cities across the country.Finalists were joined by the Tsogo Sun team in Diepsloot last week as they installed a Vegetable Tunnel with Nedbank, for student at Muzomuhle Primary School and did a clean-up around the school as part of their #WasteStopsWithME campaign.Ella Bella also said, “The finalists demonstrated clear leadership qualities, creative thinking, strength of mind and of character, and most importantly, a passion for making a sustainable difference in their communities.“The programme has been exciting and challenging and, whilst ensuring that these young women have made an impact on the communities around them, they have also delivered a service and compassion.“The participants made an effort to inspire and educate individuals, schools, communities, corporate South Africa and policymakers to consider the environment and the challenges that we face as a nation and indeed as a continent.”The evening was hosted by young up and coming South African comedian, Lihle Msimang, who added her comic flavour to the evening featuring an impressive guest list including UN dignitaries, South African actresses such as Kgomotso Christopher, Khabonina, Maps Maponyane and Yvonne Chaka amongst others.The group of winners included Jeanine Keet, as first runner up, second runner up Elne Coller, and third runner up Mireesha Narsai.The four winners are joined by their official ambassadors for the year, Mandisa Mqolombeni, Hasesha Naidu and Annie Kirsten.The organisation is endorsed by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Department of Tourism with Minister Molewa stating that; “Through your work locally and internationally, you continue to make our country proud.“I wish you success in the future and thank you for partnering with government and business, to make a better world.”Executive Director of Miss Earth South Africa, Catherine Constantinides said; “Climate Change will be the biggest challenge we face in our lifetimes, and it’s up to us to realize that we will be the catalysts for change that will push our countries towards a greener tomorrow.“Planting a tree might seem like a simple act, but in effect it’s about being part of a global movement to secure a future for the generations to come.”SA’s green girl goes home with a very special prize package including a fully paid for international trip to the Philippines next month where she will represent the country and the work of the organisation.The programme is proud to work throughout the year with Pikitup and the City of Johannesburg alongside Tsogo Sun, the official home and venue partner of Miss Earth South Africa, and strategic partners SAPPI and Newsclip Media Monitoring.last_img read more

Ohio State Fair; a place to get “meals served by the Ohio farmers who grow it!”

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Stan Smith, Fairfield County PA, OSU Extension The free market system will ultimately have a significant voice in how our farm animals are managed . . . the bottom line is that our clientele wants to know more about the food we are producing.Those words were shared eight years ago by John Grimes as he discussed the 2010 agreement that initiated the creation of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. Little has changed today in that regard, and little is expected to change anytime soon. With the majority of our consuming public two, three, or even four generations removed from the farm, whether we like it or not, public concern for how our food is produced, by whom, and the sustainability of methods we use is the reality of the world we presently live in. As we consider how best to share with consumers our story regarding the daily care and efficient production of livestock and the wholesome nutrition it provides the diet, perhaps one of the best opportunities we have begins next Wednesday with the opening of the Ohio State Fair.Ohio’s livestock producers, their spouses, 4-H and FFA youth, and livestock industry people once again have the opportunity to personally promote their product directly to Ohio’s consumers by simply serving a shift at their respective food stands during the Ohio State Fair. From July 25 through August 5, most of Ohio’s commodity organizations will be set up in the Taste of Ohio Café or in one of the commodity group food stands such as the Buckeye Steak Barn located near the Voinovich Livestock Center.Over the years, any producer who has ever spent time in one of these food stands might agree a fair — especially the Ohio State Fair — is a unique experience where the most rural and urban segments of our society have the opportunity to interact. As the Ohio State Fair publicity suggests, it offers meals served by the Ohio farmers who raise and grow the food that feeds our world.It does indeed provide the opportunity for us to promote our product and answer questions the consumer might have about it. If you don’t believe in the value of “promoting your own product,” then spending a few hours in one of these stands serving “Buckeye” ribeyes, “butterfly” porkchops, an Ohio lamb gyro or one of several other Ohio produced entree’s might change your mind!As an example of what can happen at an Ohio commodity food stand during the Ohio State Fair, each year more than 400 volunteers sell over 6 tons of beef through the Steak Barn and the Taste of Ohio Cafe’! Each day of the fair, consumers of these beef products have the unique opportunity to meet the people who actually had a hand in producing the product they’re enjoying.Years ago, innovative merchandisers such as Colonel Sanders, Bob Evans, and Orvil Reddenbacher discovered the benefit of associating the face of the producer to the product that was being marketed. The same benefits are evident at “commodity” food stands located at places like State and County Fairs. It can only add to consumer confidence in a product when they know producers and their families are willing to “show their face” at the point of consumption.While it’s evident that many people are repeat customers from years’ past, it’s also obvious there are several customers who may be enjoying a particular entre’ or type of Ohio produced ag commodity for the first time. Afternoons at work in the Ohio State Fair Taste of Ohio Café or Buckeye Steak Barn are certainly an “education” for all involved!There are opportunities remaining yet this year at the State Fair to participate and begin sharing your story as a producer with your customers. Contact Stephanie Sindel at the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association office (614.873.6736 or [email protected]) and ask how you, your family, your county cattleman’s group, 4-H Club, FFA Chapter, breed association, or your neighboring cattlemen can participate.Be sure and visit the OSU Extension Beef Team on July 30 in the Taste of Ohio Cafe’And, don’t forget, even if you don’t have a chance to work a shift this year, while you’re visiting you’ll still find the best sandwich on the grounds in the Ohio Cattlemen’s Steak Barn or in their AIR CONDITIONED location in the Taste of Ohio Café. And, if you attend the Fair on Monday, July 30, be sure and stop by and say hello to members of the OSU Extension Beef Team who will be working the second shift beginning at 2:30 in the AIR CONDITIONED Café!last_img read more

DimeRocker to Offer Turnkey Game Deployment on Facebook

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Software Guides#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… If you’ve ever doubted the sophistication of MySpace and Facebook as game development platforms, you may be surprised by what DimeRocker will help make happen in the coming weeks. To check out the company visit dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This morning Canadian startup accelerator Bootup Labs showcased some of its program graduates at Plug and Play Center’s Sunnyvale location. While a number of the companies show promise, it was a gaming product that caught our attention. DimeRocker is offering developers a chance to elevate the level of gaming experiences and monetization on sites like Facebook, Myspace and Bebo. Unbeknownst to many, world class gaming companies like EA Sports, Relic and Propaganda Games call Vancouver their home. With great industry connections and a firm grasp of the technology behind the games themselves, DimeRocker CEO J. Joly is set to bridge the gap between traditional games and the social space. Joly explains that while game developers know how to build fantastic gaming experiences, it’s rare that they understand how to market and deploy their games across more casual high-traffic sites. DimeRocker offers developers a centralized self-publishing platform with a suite of APIs built on top of the Unity game development engine. The site offers turn-key social publishing, leader boards and achievement tracking and will soon offer APIs for virtual goods, dual currency and in-game advertising. Says Joly, “In addition to positioning ourselves as a solution for indy game developers, we’ve also seen an interest from larger companies who are looking to deploy light versions of their popular titles for the social web.” last_img read more

How Circle Bursts Can Enhance Your Motion Design

first_imgCan circle bursts transform your motion design? Let’s take a 360 degree look.There are a lot of trends that come and go in the world of motion graphics, but one such trend that has only grown in popularity in recent years is circle bursts. Circle Bursts are cool on a lot of levels and their simplicity makes them only more desirable to both motion designers and clients.In the following post we’ll take a closer look at circle bursts and examine a few ways that we can integrate circle bursts into our projects. Plus we’ll watch a few quick tutorials about how they’re made and discover a few free and paid places to find them. Let’s dive in:Where to Get Circle Bursts1. RocketStock Price: FreeOur good friends at RocketStock are giving away free circle bursts with no strings attached. Just click the download button on the circle burst blog post. While you’re there check out their freebie section full of awesome After Effects freebies. The circle bursts are pre-rendered footage that can be easily colored in After Effects using the tritone effect. The cool thing about these elements is they can all be integrated directly into After Effects.2. AE Sweets Price: $14.99 a packAE Sweets is a… sweet script designed to help with creating 2D elements. You can simply select the shape you want, hit apply and watch the shapes form before your eyes. There are also a bunch of other cool shape effects on AE Sweets website including a few freebies.3. Create Them YourselfCircle bursts are relatively simple to make, essentially it’s a shape layers with just a few keyframes. The process is simple, but refining the animation is the hard part. In this quick tutorial from Evan Abrams we’ll take a look at how to create Circle bursts in After Effects. It’s really simple and the end result is pretty awesome. The Benefits of Circle BurstsCircle Burst elements are great for multiple reasons:1. They Can Help Add Visual Complexity Without Being DistractingIt is certainly cool to add in grunge or distortion to your projects, but in a lot of circumstances, namely client work, it’s not necessarily ideal when it comes to tone. Circle bursts, as opposed to ink drops or film grains, are neutral and can be easily integrated into most projects. This is especially true if your project is a little too simplistic. By simply adding in a few circle bursts you can breath life into previously boring projects.2. They Can Hide CutsJust ignore the man behind the curtain, and by man we mean edit point… and by curtain we mean circle elements. Can’t think of a great way to transition between two scenes? If you’re stuck try adding in a few circle bursts. They can help ease the audience between two ideas without there being a jarring cut. In this way circle bursts help those artists who prefer to create animations using the “Post to Pose” style of classical animation. More on this in our principles of animation post.3. They Can Create a Custom LookWhen it comes to motion graphics perceived value is one of the most valuable tools when marketing yourself as a motion designer and giving your projects a “custom” look is a quick way to make your work look much more valuable. So if you’re animations are looking too “computery” you can always give your video a more hand-made look by adding circle bursts. Circle Bursts In-ActionHere’s a few examples if good circle bursts in-action.Full Circle Logo Build – Concept B Created By: Miguel ReyesThis lifestyle logo designed by Miguel Reyes is a great example of well thought-out animations with good physics. Notice how each movement is motivated.Tendril Relaunches – Logo AnimationCreated By: Gabriel RochaThis is another great logo example of circle bursts in action. These animations are a little bit more bold, but the animation is none-the-less Explanation Animation Created By: Studio FourPlus Explainer videos are a great medium to for integrating circle bursts, and smooth 2D elements for that matter. This awesome video created by Studio FourPlus is a great example of both circle bursts and eased keyframes.Want to learn more about working with flat 2D animation? Check out a few of the following resources:Sliding Intro – PremiumBeatStripes Transition with Shape Layers – PremiumBeat2D Animated Shapes – RocketStockHave any tips for creating circle bursts? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

HTC Desire 820 to be unveiled at IFA 2014

first_imgIts time for HTC loyalists to cheer up as the brand has officially announced its upcoming model Desire 820 handset that is set to touch base with a 64-bit octa-core soC, brand’s first ever smartphone with a 64 Bit octa-core soC. The news was affirmed through Chinese informal communication site Weibo after the Taiwanese firm posted several pictures as a teaser, for the promotions.HTC has in fact said that the Desire 820 is situated to be showcased on September 4 at a pre-IFA 2014 occasion. From the two images that have been posted one displays key specifications including firstf/2.0 camera aperture and full HD display. The second picture displays its front facing camera that appears near the front-facing speaker grill. The short content that is going hand in hand with the second teaser picture likewise guarantees that this is the “world’s first octa-center 64-bit smartphone. However HTC is yet to announce the details about processor, but again passing by the image posted on the web, it will be powered by 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset. However, all streets are leading to the approaching IFA so far, and that’s where we can discover if the device undeniably sports such specifications.last_img read more