Help clean South Africa ‘to honour Madiba’

first_imgCapeNature, the conservation authority in the Western Cape, marked Mandela Day 2013 by conducting a clean-up in areas surrounding their head office (image: CapeNature)The government has called on all South Africans to honour former president Nelson Mandela by actively participating in the Clean South Africa campaign this Mandela Month.The campaign was first mooted by President Jacob Zuma during his State of the Nation Address last month, when he called on South Africans to begin planning for a major clean-up of cities, towns, townships, villages and schools.Speaking to reporters in Pretoria on Thursday following the Cabinet’s latest fortnightly meeting, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi said a Clean South Africa award would be presented to the country’s top three municipalities for Mandela Month.“We all have a responsibility to honour [Mandela’s] life by cleaning, improving and beautifying our communities,” Muthambi said.Celebrated across the globe in honour of the late statesman’s birthday on 18 July, the day gives everyone the opportunity to emulate Mandela’s role as public servant.“Mandela Day is not only about doing good, it is about service,” Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang said at the launch of this year’s event in April. “It is an opportunity to build upon Mr Mandela’s lifelong belief that we must live to serve every day, in whatever we do.”Mandela Day, Hatang said, creates an opportunity for society’s “haves” and “have nots” to work together to confront social ills within their communities and to build a better world.This year’s Mandela Day will be particularly symbolic in that it offers South Africans, and the world, an occasion to honour the ethos of the late Mr Mandela in the year that marks South Africa’s 20th year of democracy.The idea of Mandela Day was inspired by Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008, when he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”The United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognising Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”.The Mandela Day campaign asks that individuals, groups and corporates pledge 67 minutes of their time on 18 July, and every day thereafter, to give back. This can be by supporting a charity or serving the community. No matter how small the action, the aim is to change the world for the better – just as Mandela did.last_img read more

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How to Hate the iPad: A Break Down of the Backlash

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web mike melanson A friend recently admitted a favorite past time of his – watching plane crashes on YouTube. Planes crashing, helicopters twirling out of control, boats sinking – all are fair game. For a lot of people, this has been the story of the iPad over the past few days. While some of us take the higher ground, others revel in off-color jokes and nitpicking the different ways the iPad will be Apple’s biggest mistake ever. TweetFeel, a sentiment analysis tool that uses tweets as its data set, offers us a snapshot of this darker side of the iPad.According to an email from Andres Burgos, the project lead for TweetFeel, the company collected almost a half a million tweets since Steve Jobs took the stage on Wednesday, “cleaned the hell out of them and scored about 40,000” and found an overall positive sentiment hovering at around 60%. But this isn’t the fun part. Nobody wants to watch people gush, so let’s take a look at how that other 40% breaks down. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Some good news for Apple might be that a solid 38% of the negative has only to do with making fun of the name “iPad”, something even potential customers might find themselves doing because it’s just too easy. After that, however, the biggest section of tweets complained that the iPad is merely a larger version of the iTouch or iPod. This could be a bit more serious, as it shows that people don’t see the iPad as fulfilling a need. From here, we have the final 35%, with the lack of a camera and flash running neck in neck. The inability to multitask and potential network problems round up the Twitterverse’s displeasure with the device. We think it’s this last 35% that really has some substance, as we’ve seen a number of articles focusing on these very points. However, when it comes to that positive side, that 60% majority, Burgos said the sentiment becomes quite simple and the news for Apple is certainly good.“The positive tweets are mostly folks saying things like ‘It’s awesome’ [and] ‘I want one’,” he wrote. “When looking at Apple products, the positive responses are usually very ‘Koolaid-esque’ meaning they don’t really say why they like it but just that they do..and they want.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Has Facebook’s Reign Come And Gone Already?

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Facebook A smart friend of mine, a longtime industry veteran, once shared with me an interesting observation about the companies that dominate the computing industry. His idea was that there’s always a top dog, a company that Bigfoots over everybody else, instills fears in rivals, attracts the best talent and so on — but that with each turn of the wheel, each new ruler’s reign gets shorter and shorter. So: first came IBM, which ruled for 25 to 30 years, then Microsoft, which ruled for 12 to 15, then Google for six to eight years, and now Facebook, whose reign arguably began in 2010, when its traffic surged past Google’s and it bullied Zynga, its biggest partner, into accepting Facebook Credits.But is Facebook’s reign already drawing to a close?That’s the impression I got from reading a thoughtful blog post by YouTube exec Hunter Walk titled, “Trying to be the one true social graph is like trying to hold water in your hand.”It’s a great piece and really worth a read. But the gist is that while it might once have seemed that Facebook could become the “one graph that rules them all,” that notion is already looking kind of silly.One Social Graph To Rule Them All?As evidence, Walk offers Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram and its cloning of Snapchat with a feature called Poke. (The scary thing about the Poke fiasco is not that Facebook ripped off an idea, but that it failed to kill Snapchat. If you’re really the top dog, that’s not supposed to happen.)Walk’s premise is that the world keeps changing, and new stuff keeps bubbling up and becoming popular, and Facebook simply can’t keep buying or copying every new thing that comes along. Facebook will “continue to be successful and useful for quite a long time – and they may even be the largest single graph – but it’s not going to be the only one of consequence,” Walk writes. For one thing, each new generation wants to have its own service, Walk says. That rings true in my own experience. I was taken aback recently when my nephews, who are in junior high, told me that they and their friends all use Google+, not Facebook. Why? “It’s better,” they shrugged. They see Facebook as kind of a spammy, low-rent place for the hoi polloi and people who don’t know better (like parents and grandparents), while Google+ is for the cool kids.Another factor, Walk says, is that instead of trying to shake off all the cruft that builds up in Facebook over time, it’s easier sometimes to just start over with a new network and create a fresh social graph.The Hacker WaySo is Facebook over? Of course not. But is there a chance we’ll look back and say that 2012 or 2013 was the apogee? That doesn’t seem so far-fetched.Especially since Facebook doesn’t exactly seem like the best-run or best-managed company on earth.These guys live by the “Hacker Way,” which sounds cool, as does Facebook’s unofficial motto, “Done is better than perfect,” except that over time all that imperfect-but-done stuff starts to add up, and not in a good way.Look at the year Facebook just had in 2012. First came a botched IPO marred by allegations of self-dealing and government investigations and a collapsing stock price. (Done? Check. Perfect? Um…)Then came the “promoted posts” scheme that has angered brands and pushed Mark Cuban to direct greater emphasis to other networks.“Find Friends Nearby” launched and then unlaunched. A mobile ad network launched and then unlaunched too. The shift to mobile was listed as a risk in the S-1 for the IPO, but when that hurt the stock, suddenly mobile was being spun as a massive opportunity.It seems not a week goes by without some kind of blow-up. Two weeks ago there was the kerfuffle over new terms of service at Instagram.Today came news of a security flaw in a special New Year feature that made it possible for anyone to view other people’s private messages and photos. Facebook quickly plugged the flaw, but still. Then again, what else do you expect? This is the epitome of the “hacker way.” It’s a great way to get things done quickly, but maybe not the best way to build a company that can last a long time.So far Faceboook has managed to stay ahead of every new rival that comes along. But more will be coming this year, and next year and the year after that. At some point Facebook won’t be able to keep up.For what it’s worth, remember my friend with the theory about ever-shorter reign of each new computer industry power? He thinks Facebook peaked earlier this year, on the day of its IPO.Image courtesy of Reuters. Related Posts dan lyonscenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Jarencio lightens up Batang Pier mood amid playoff chase; Elite stay in quarterfinal hunt

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In only his first conference in charge, the former UAAP champion coach of University of Santo Tomas has injected a light and positive atmosphere within the Batang Pier as they make a push for a playoff spot.The Batang Pier went on to register a 108-91 victory over the Picanto as they stayed on track for a Top 6 finish at the end of the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Coach is like a friend to us, but at the same time we give him the utmost respect,” Araña said in Filipino. “The atmosphere has been great whether we win or we lose. Every time we lose, he tells us to move forward and focus on the next game.”Jarencio’s approach is paying dividends with the Batang Pier improving to 5-5 for a tie of sixth spot with Barangay Ginebra heading into their final game of the elimination round against Phoenix Petroleum on March 2. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle (left) dribbles his way past KIA’ s Reden Celda. —SHERWIN VARDELEONWith more than a minute remaining and victory against KIA in the bag last Wednesday night, GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio gave Ryan Araña a free rein to call a play during a timeout, much to the surprise of the veteran forward.Although Batang Pier guard Stanley Pringle scored on the next possession, the play designed by Araña wasn’t executed, drawing a laugh from Jarencio and his players.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “The mind-set right now is to try to get into that Top 6 so we will play a best-of-three series in the quarterfinals,” said Sean Anthony, who had 21 points, eight rebounds and four steals in 27 minutes on the floor. “We want to be playoff-ready and that Phoenix game is another playoff game.”Later, Blackwater tightened up its defense down the stretch to close out the elimination round with an 83-78 trouncing of Phoenix Petroleum to keep its quarterfinal hopes alive.Mike DiGregorio, Mac Belo and Raymar Jose each finished with 14 points, while JP Erram continued his stellar showing with 12 points and 19 boards for seventh double-double of the conference as the Elite wound up with a 5-6 record.“We’re hoping that five wins will be enough for a playoff for the quarterfinals. We’re looking forward to playing more games this conference,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac.ADVERTISEMENT Altas seek 11th NCAA men’s plum vs Chiefs MOST READlast_img read more

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Diminutive De Joya plays bigger than his size

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I just told myself that this will be mine and I leave everything to God. I’m happy that I made the shot,” he said in Filipino.The 5-foot-5 De Joya has made a good account of himself since debuting with the franchise last conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLittle as he may seem, the Calaca, Batangas native has shown relentlessness on defense and unbridled courage on his gutsy drives on offense where he goes up against bigger foes game-in and game-out. That earned him tons of praise from no less than coach Eric Gonzales.“He’s slowly understanding how basketball is played because before, he’s not really a natural point guard and we’re still educating him. Now, I’m just thankful to our bosses that they invested on Cedric and somehow, he’s responding to whatever we’re teaching him,” the mentor said. Cedric de Joya. PBA IMAGESHe may be the littlest man on the court, but on Tuesday, Cedric de Joya proved that he had the biggest heart.The 23-year-old playmaker went up against the towers of Wangs Basketball and banked the game-winning basket to carry Batangas to a gutsy 81-79 victory in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES View comments For De Joya, he’s just treasuring this rare chance to strut his stuff and learn from a champion coach like Gonzales.“I always tell myself that I’m being given the chance here by coach and I have to give my best even though I’m smaller than our opponents. I need to show that I can go toe-to-toe with them. It was intimidating at first, but I know that if I get nervous, that won’t help. I just have to continuously work hard,” he said.And he’s hopeful that all of this sacrifice will bear fruit in the end as he chases his elusive PBA dream.“I want to show everyone that I can play despite my size. I’m happy that I’m playing here in the D-League, but I’m still not content. I wish that I can play in the PBA one day,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LOOK: Blazers’ guard C.J. McCollum enters Harvard Business School Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

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