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Light shines for Team Emulsified

first_imgRay Maota Lebogang Ledwaba, Kgotso Mothoa, Siphesihle Madlala, and Tessy Odiley, display their solar lamp prototype, the Emu Lamp. (Image: Junior Achievement) MEDIA CONTACTS • Junior Achievement South Africa  +27 11 331 3150 RELATED ARTICLES • Up-cycling for a better community • Take-away content to help pupils • Rewarding youth excellence • Grooming future leaders: pricelessInspired by recurring power outages and countless fires in informal settlements that disrupt the lives of many families every winter in South Africa, a group of high school pupils from Johannesburg developed an innovative source of light to replace candles and paraffin lamps.Their concept won them the top prize in the Global Social Innovation Relay, earning them the title “Best Innovation 2012”. The young pioneers also won laptops provided by electronics company Hewlett Packard (HP).The challenge was for high school pupils around the world to create new business concepts intended to have a positive social and environmental impact in their communities, culminating in the final announcement of the winners at an event in Brussels in July.Bright ideaTeam Emulsified Environmentalists, which consists of Lebogang Ledwaba, Kgotso Mothoa, Siphesihle Madlala, and Tessy Odiley from Sandtonview High School, developed the Emu-Lamp, a solar-powered lamp made from recycled cardboard and foil.“The lamp absorbs light energy from the sun through the use of photovoltaic (PV) cells. The PV cells convert it into electricity, which is used to power the lamp,” explained Odiley.Mothoa added: “The solar panels also work with artificial lighting. You can charge it for eight hours and the light will last for 100 hours. You don’t have to charge it every day. The solar panels have a life of 25 years.”The relay, now its second year, was born out of a collaboration between HP and global youth skills development organisation Junior Achievement.Although the two organisations have worked together over 20 years, the first relay was in 2010, and the aim was to close the gap in the job market between young people who have opportunities to learn about technology from a young age and those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.Linda McClure, managing director of Junior Achievement South Africa, said they often come across incredible ideas from South African pupils.“We would like to congratulate Emulsified Environmentalists for their win. They have made us very proud,” she said, adding that it is a great opportunity for the country to receive recognition.The first and second runners-up were Team Flower and Egalite from China and Slovakia respectively. Team Flower developed a programme that trains young volunteers to work with the elderly population to document their life stories and help them overcome their loneliness. Egalite’s educational DVD, on the other hand, was designed to raise awareness around issues related to migration.For the Emulsified team, the win means they have achieved their main goal – to help local communities, they said, while on the other hand they also earned their school recognition in the science field, not to mention improving their social awareness skills.The competitionOne of the largest educational initiatives of its kind in the world, the relay has had over 20 000 pupils from 13 countries having participated since its inception. Over 1 500 teams from around the world registered for the 2012 contest.The participating pupils start off with a three-hour workshop, where they learn about social innovation and then complete an online quiz.Following that, they group themselves into teams of three to five members, and are required to develop a socially innovative business idea that would alleviate a problem affecting their communities.Against the backdrop of the contest, a mentorship programme also takes shape as each of the top 20 teams is assigned a coach, usually employed by HP, who serves as a support system. The process continues in the next round, when the 20 teams are cut down to 13 for the final leg of the contest.Jeannette Weisschuh, director of global education programmes, sustainability and social innovation at HP, commented on the good quality of innovative, socially-orientated business ideas that came out of the competition, especially with the help of mentors.“The relay is part of HP’s commitment in applying our expertise and technology to help students everywhere gain vital IT and business skills to solve societal issues,” she said.Making technology accessibleThrough the relay, Junior Achievement aims to bridge the technology gap by bringing innovative ideas and hands-on educational programmes to schools. In this way they equip pupils with technological and entrepreneurial skills for the future.Caroline Jenner, CEO of Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Europe, said this is necessary for the 21st century economy.“This year’s exceptional entries prove that with the right education and resources, today’s youth has the power to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges,” she said.last_img read more

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ECM: Documentum Chief Leaves EMC for McAfee

first_imgDavid DeWalt is leaving the storage and information infrastructure powerhouse EMC for McAfee, Inc.  DeWalt first joined EMC in 2003 after EMC acquired Documentum while he was serving as president and CEO.  During his two years at Documentum prior to the EMC acquisition, DeWalt grew revenues 64% and took the customer base from 1200 to over 3000. Most recently at EMC, DeWalt had served as Executive Vice President and President, Customer Operations and Content Management Software.  DeWalt will begin at McAfee as CEO on April 2nd.  He will become the security software maker’s fourth CEO in six years.This move marks another step in the assimulation of the Documentum brand into EMC.  As the former Documentum team within EMC disbands, so will the clarity of their focus on ECM?last_img read more

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Meet Voyager, the New Light from Digital Sputnik that Works Underwater

first_imgAfter making a name for themselves as a light source on Rogue One, Digital Sputnik has just released a new product: Voyager.All images via Digital Sputnik.Filmmakers are always searching for the latest and greatest tools to help tell their stories. Nearly ten years ago, the DSLR revolution overtook the industry. Now, we seem to be at the beginning of the LED lighting revolution with exciting new products constantly being released.The team behind the Digital Sputnik light has just released an exciting new product, Voyager, which features tunable color temperature, hue, and saturation — right from your phone.All-Inclusive DesignThe voyager units combine the light source, battery, and controls in one compact lighting unit. This is especially exciting if you’re accustomed to carrying around large battery units to power your LED light sources, or running long cables across set to power the units. This could significantly reduce the size of your lighting setup.As a traveling filmmaker, I’m always looking for ways to reduce the size of my kit without sacrificing quality. The Voyager light is poised to be an excellent way to do exactly this.Fully Controllable From Your PhoneOne of the most anticipated features of the Voyager is that you can completely control the light from your device. An IOS or Android app will allow you to adjust color temperature, hue, saturation, and intensity without ever touching the actual fixture. If you need to make a quick color balance switch or change the hue of your light, it’s as simple as pulling out your phone. No more running across set to make the changes on the back of the unit. The fixture also features two slots where you have the option to slide in your favorite Lee or Rosco filters.Underwater CapabilitiesThe Voyager is one of the first lighting units that is submergible up to two meters for up to thirty minutes. This opens an entire world of possibility for underwater lighting. However, this also means that these lights can work in normal wet conditions.Features and OptionsThe Voyagers come in 2 ft and 4 ft options. The 2 ft option draws 20 W of power, and the 4 foot draws 40 W.Although not on the market yet, the Voyager lights have already been used on some notable commercials and productions. One of the best-known is the WWDC Launch video from Apple. Although they don’t specify which scenes the light was used on, it’s impressive that an early prototype made it on this set.You can check out the lights at www.digitalsputnik.com.What do you think of the new Voyager lights? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Lax sports bodies behind doping mess

first_imgIn the recent controversy surrounding the dope taint on 12 leading Indian athletes, the role of the various national sports federations (NSFs) and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in turning a blind eye to the drugs menace has gone unnoticed.It is they who have been found wanting when it came to educating athletes about the banned substances listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), a list that is updated every year. Forget educating them, the sports federations did not even bother to conduct random doping tests – the basic requisite of any national sports body when it comes to controlling the problem.Take the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). At no point did the WFI educate its wrestlers on the basics of doping. Kripa Shankar, a leading wrestler said, ” Not once in the last eight months has any of us been even briefed about the basics of doping. We don’t even know what substances we have to avoid to remain clean.”The wrestler said none of the Indian wrestlers has been subjected to random dope testing in the last eight months. “The WFI did not tell the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) to conduct random tests, even when the Commonwealth Games were less than two months away.” Shockingly, the wrestler claimed, “Certain coaches encourage doping.” He said he cannot back his claims with solid evidence, but “there have been instances when coaches have helped their wards by telling them to do so.”WFI secretary general Kartar Singh denied that the body had not regularly instructed the wrestlers about doping. He said that SAI doctors “have held talks about doping in all our camps”.advertisementHe put the blame squarely on the wrestlers saying that it is they who have an obligation to stay educated on drugs abuse. “It is the wrestlers’ responsibility to keep abreast of the latest developments in doping.”The Swimming Federation of India (SFI), too, blamed its sportspersons alone for testing positive for methylhexanamine (the same stimulant for which the wrestlers were caught). SFI secretary general Virendra Nanavati said the athletes were just too ignorant. “It is the duty of the swimmer to ensure that the drug he or she is taking is not in the list of WADA’s banned substances.”That, however, is not a worldwide norm. In every other country, it is the respective sporting federation that is responsible for educating the athletes and coaches about doping. What is more surprising is that NDTL is a WADA-accredited lab and is comparable to the best antidoping labs in the world. But the national sports federations reportedly never accessed the labs to test their athletes.A top SAI official admitted to Mail Today that India’s nodal sports body does not have enough doctors to educate athletes and coaches on doping. “We just do not have the manpower or requisite expertise to educate our athletes on doping,” he said. “We have sports medicine experts who specialise in injuries and physiotherapy to help the athlete cope and recover. Moreover, three top doctors have left SAI for other assignments, and there is no plan to recruit more. Naturally, dope education does not become priority.”In contrast, China began an antidoping regimen eight years before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. As a result, not a single Chinese athlete was caught in anti-doping tests. Meanwhile, in India, the sports federations say that athletes are lying about random tests being not conducted. “Sheer nonsense,” said WFI’s Kartar Singh when he heard Kripa Shankar’s claim that no dope test was carried out in the last eight months. “We have been conducting random tests on our wrestlers once in every four months,” he added.Meanwhile, the SFI has not had any awareness programme for its swimmers and it merely hands over a list of banned substances in the name of education. Nanavati said: “The federation provides a list of banned items to all the athletes. We are not scientists or doctors to keep a check on what each and every swimmer is taking,” he said.Nanavati said the offending swimmers should have clarified the medication they were taking at the time of tests. “Thirty-nine samples were collected at the senior nationals at Jaipur. Only three tested positive.So, the blame should rest on the swimmers as the majority did not test positive.” Commonwealth Games Organising Committee secretary general Lalit Bhanot said neither SAI nor the federations should be held responsible for the national doping shame.”SAI or any other federation cannot stay with the athletes 24 hours of the day. It is difficult to monitor what these athletes eat. It would be unfair to blame anyone other than the athletes themselves,” Bhanot said.advertisementThe Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF), one of the worst affected when it comes to doping (it had to pay a $ 500,000 fine to the world body to escape a ban after several weightlifters were caught doping) seems to have learned its lessons.Sydney Olympic bronze medalist Karnam Malleswari, currently an IWF vice-president, said that the body had conducted lectures on doping during the senior nationals in Udaipur in February. “We organised lectures every day by anti-doping experts and doctors,” she said. “We had no option.”last_img read more

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10 days ago​Five Premier League clubs after Olympiakos defender Elabdellaoui

first_img​Five Premier League clubs after Olympiakos defender Elabdellaouiby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSeveral Premier League clubs are eyeing Olympiakos defender Omar Elabdellaoui.A report from the Daily Mailindicates that five sides from the English top flight are pondering a potential bid for the right back.The Norwegian is wanted by the likes of Bournemouth, Leicester City, Aston Villa, Burnley and Watford.Elabdellaoui has 41 caps for his country, while he is versatile enough to operate on the right wing as well.The 27-year-old would be available for a reasonable fee in January, which will be attractive to Premier League sides wanting to bolster their squads midseason. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Theresa May Awards Outstanding Young UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Theresa May has recognised Muzoon Almellehan, from Newcastle, for supporting children uprooted by conflict to access education.Muzoon became the youngest ever UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador last year at 19 and is the first person with official refugee status to take on the role. She has been campaigning for children’s education in emergencies since she was forced to flee Syria in 2013 with her family.Muzoon started her campaigning in Jordan, where she was living as a refugee in camps for three years, including 18 months in Za’atari. As part of a Unicef-supported back-to-school campaign, Muzoon advocated for more girls to go to school and went from tent to tent speaking with parents of children who were at risk of child marriage or early labour. Over the next two and a half years she became synonymous with standing up for the rights of children, particularly girls, to stay in school and accompanied Malala Yousafzai on two visits to the camp.Muzoon offers a powerful, credible, authentic voice on education in emergencies and has travelled with Unicef to Chad and back to Jordan to promote understanding of the challenges children affected by conflict face in accessing education.Muzoon is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.In a personal letter to Muzoon, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Your work advocating for the education of the world’s most vulnerable child refugees is truly inspiring. As the youngest ever Unicef Goodwill Ambassador you are changing lives for the better, preventing child marriages and supporting young people uprooted by conflict to be able to go to school.”Muzoon Almellehan, Unicef Goodwill Ambassador said: “Thank you so much to the Prime Minister for this award and for recognising the importance of helping children affected by conflict get access to quality education. We must all raise our voices on behalf of these children who have been silenced for too long – and who simply hope to have a safer and better future.”Mike Penrose, Unicef UK Executive Director said: “Muzoon is a shining example to us all, so it is very fitting that she has been recognised with the Points of Light award by the Prime Minister. This acknowledgment reaffirms our country’s commitment to supporting the education of children who have been affected by conflict around the world.”Muzoon is the 966th winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA. Over 6,000 Points of Light have been awarded in the USA, and former Presidents have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK. There is a similar cross-party approach to the UK programme and MPs from different parties often present their constituents with their Points of Light awards.Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Points of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.last_img read more

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first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Justin Trudeau Liberal government twice rejected mediation overtures from the Canadian Human Rights Commission before its last minute change of heart Monday to let the human rights body “facilitate” talks on its need to comply with an order to immediately overhaul and increase funding for First Nation child welfare, says a prominent children’s advocate.Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, said she received a couriered letter from the Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett’s office early Monday afternoon after she returned to her own Ottawa office following a press conference. A short while later, Bennett told reporters on Parliament Hill that the commission had “agreed to facilitate discussions” on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s order that Ottawa overhaul and increase funding to on-reserve child welfare services.“Unfortunately, I’ve seen this before, it’s right out of the playbook or look over here, not at the children,” said Blackstock. “Whatever their communications regime is they can continue to spin that, but the courts have been clear, they are contravening the law.”Bennett’s office did not respond to a request to explain why mediation had been previously rejected.Blackstock, who filed the successful human rights complaint against Ottawa’s underfunding of on-reserve child welfare services, said the commission had on three occasions offered to deal with the tribunal’s order. Blackstock said Ottawa rejected the first two offers and did not respond to the last mediation offer issued in September until Monday.Blackstock said she has agreed to the mediation every time.However, Ottawa is still not agreeing to mediation. Blackstock said Bennett’s letter stated Ottawa would agree to have “facilitated discussions”, which is a legally different concept than mediation.“We need to figure out what they agreed to and what is mediation,” said Blackstock. “All of us need to be focused on the well-being of children….We are much more interested in doing right than being right.”The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal hears cases referred by the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The commission administers the Canadian Human Rights Act and the tribunal enforces it.In January, the tribunal found Ottawa was discriminating against First Nations children by underfunding child welfare services on First Nations. The tribunal ordered Ottawa to immediately begin overhauling the system and increase funding for services. Since then, the tribunal has issued two compliance orders against Ottawa over the slow pace of its ordered change.Ottawa submitted its compliance report to the tribunal Monday.After the public release of a letter from Sen. Murray Sinclair, the former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, calling on the government to comply with the human rights tribunal order and a vote on the NDP motion calling for the same scheduled for Tuesday, Bennett announced Ottawa would be entering into talks overseen by the commission.Bennett also announced on Twitter, after Sinclair’s letter surfaced, that the Liberal government would be voting for the NDP motion which also calls on Ottawa to immediately invest $155 million to make up the shortfall in funding for First Nation child welfare services.Blackstock said she hopes the talks with the human rights commission will lead to some results.“I want to see government officials there and political people who actually make decisions,” said Blackstock. “The folks we’ve been meeting at the bureaucratic level are not moving things at all.”Blackstock said she will wait to see how these new rounds of talks unfold, but the legal option is on the table, including applying for a contempt order against Ottawa.“The government is even willing to thwart the law to not comply with these orders,” said Blackstock.Bennett has said Ottawa is working to overhaul the system and has launched a round of consultations, with a newly appointed ministerial representative, to gather information from the provinces and child advocates on how to best improve First Nation child welfare.Blackstock said the department cannot change the system for the better. It should instead provide “equitable” and “flexible” funding to child welfare agencies in communities and allow them to improve the system from the “grassroots.”Blackstock also said she has dampened attempts to draft her into the NDP leadership race. Blackstock said she has no intention or desire to enter partisan [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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The CelticsWizards Series Is Tight The Teams Defenses Are Not

FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (May 9, 2017), we’re joined by FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring to break down the latest news from the NBA playoffs as we edge closer and closer to the conference championships. We discuss Celtics vs. Wizards and the sweeps by the Cavaliers and the Warriors. Next, the Mets have had a wild week, but is their injury-ridden squad cursed? Finally, FiveThirtyEight’s Christie Aschwanden returns to fill us in on the attempts to run a two-hour marathon. Plus, a significant digit on Ryan Howard.You can check FiveThirtyEight’s latest NBA predictions, which are updated after every game.The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks says the Celtics-Wizards series has been a game of coaching Whac-A-Mole.In his latest piece, FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring takes a look at Draymond Green’s defensive prowess.Chris also wrote about how Isaiah Thomas, the shortest guy in the NBA, became unstoppable.Rob Arthur wrote about the Mets’ unremarkable injury woes.FiveThirtyEight’s latest MLB predictions (updated after every game) currently give the Mets a 38 percent chance of making the playoffs.FiveThirtyEight’s Christie Aschwanden shared some thoughts on Eliud Kipchoge’s attempt to run a two-hour marathon. He came tantalizingly close.Significant Digit: .184, Ryan Howard’s batting average for the Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A Gwinnett team. Howard was released from his contract on Monday after 11 games. read more

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Ohio State womens basketball tops Iowa in overtime advances to Big Ten

It was a win, but nothing came easy for the Buckeyes.The Ohio State women’s basketball team took down Iowa, 91-85, in overtime Saturday night, advancing to the Big Ten Tournament final.Tied 37-37 at halftime, the Buckeyes roared back to take out the Hawkeyes for their second straight tournament win in Hoffman Estates, Ill.Freshman forward Alexa Hart connected on a free throw with 17 seconds to play to give OSU an 81-79 lead, but the Hawkeyes answered with a layup at the three-second mark to tie the game and force overtime.Iowa held the Big Ten’s leading scorer, OSU freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell, to 21 points in regulation, but she took over in overtime with a pair of 3-pointers and two late free throws, sealing the win for the Buckeyes.OSU is set to face No. 1 seeded Maryland in Sunday’s championship battle at 7 p.m. read more

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