Africa’s very own Walk of Fame

first_img10 July 2015An Afri-Global Walk of Stars, similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was planned along Cradock Avenue, in the northern Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank, the African Global Heritage Foundation (AGHF) said.It will feature five-pointed stars inlaid into the pavement, which will be inscribed with names of people who have distinguished themselves and have left their mark globally and locally.“The walk is set to be a huge resource for Rosebank,” said Phineas Tichana, the Walk of Stars executive producer, “and a mega marketing tool for Johannesburg to promote tangible heritage as an open air museum, and enhance the business, cultural, and civic well-being of South African and African achievement.”Mock unveilingThe walk has been dedicated to Nelson Mandela, as well as every other South African and African who has made an outstanding impact on the world.A mock unveiling will coincide with Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July. “A formal inaugural induction will then be held in September to induct the first South African and African stars,” reported the Rosebank Killarney Gazette.CategoriesStars will be given to people who have excelled in radio, music, sport, film, television and performing arts, as well as to those who have rendered great service to their fellow citizens.Other categories will make provision for contributions from corporates, humanitarian organisations, and special honourees.The general public can nominate people, and the selection committee will make the final decision.The African Walk of StarsThe South African class of inaugural inductees:Recording: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, Oscar Mdlongwa aka Oskido, Jonathan Butler, Lerato Molapo aka Lira, Chicco Twala, Johnny CleggTheatre/live performance: Joe Mafela, Sello Maake KaNcubeSport: Lucas Radebe, Francois Pienaar, AB de Villiers, Gary Player, Ali Bacher, Caster SemenyaMeritorious: Imtiaz Sooliman, Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmed Kathrada, George Bizos, Desmond Tutu, Patrice MotsepeTelevision: Rolene Strauss, Connie Ferguson, Siyabonga Twala, Bonang MathebaFilm: Leon Schuster, Terry PhetoThe African class of inaugural InducteesRecording: Oliver Mtukudzi, Sade Aku, Salif KeitaFilm: Lupita Nyong’o, Genevieve NnajiTelevision: Alek WekSport: Didier DrogbaFrontline member-states champions:Kenneth KaundaRobert MugabeJoaquim ChissanoQuett MasireSam NujomaSamora MachelJulius NyerereKamuzu BandaHollywood Walk of FameEM Stuart, the volunteer president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, came up with the idea of a Walk of Fame in 1953. He wanted to “maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world”.Eight years later, in 1960, construction of the famed walk began.“An average of two stars are added to the walk on a monthly basis,” reads the Walk of Fame site. “The walk is a tribute to all of those who worked so hard to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction.”Source: Rosebank Killarney Gazettelast_img read more

HR in 2014: It’s all about the technology

first_imgOne of the things I enjoy about the end of the year are predictions posts. I think it’s fun to read other people’s take on upcoming trends and the future of the profession. As a business professional, trend watching confirms my thoughts about what’s happening in the workplace. And when I see predictions about something new, it challenges me to learn about those topics.I believe 2014 will be a very exciting time for human resources and the world of work. We’re on the edge of so many cutting-edge technology advancements. Here’s my list of what to watch next year:1.       Companies toy with gamification tools. Ha! I couldn’t resist the play on words. Seriously, marketing departments have embraced gamification strategies for the consumer side of the business and, as a result, so will the rest of the company. Human resources departments will bring gamification not only into training activities but to the recruiting process as well.2.       Go mobile or go home. This is a no-brainer. Forbes cited earlier this year two surveys that confirmed over half of adult Americans have a smartphone. There are just too many smartphones to ignore mobile. eCommerce is big business. Using mobile technology for human resources related activities such as recruiting, training, and workforce scheduling only makes sense. Businesses will use mobile to keep employees selling and making customers happy versus filling out forms and filing reports.3.       Companies will start adopting enterprise social collaboration solutions. Businesses have come to recognize the value of informal and social learning. Couple this with the opportunities to engage with employees using internal networks. Social collaboration tools are the logical next step in organizational communication.4.       Organizations experiment with wearable tech. Fitness bands are helping people with their wellness goals. The introduction of devices like smart watches and Google Glass are changing the game. It’s only a matter of time before companies figure out how to use these devices to enhance the workplace.The Buzzword for 2014: Analytics. Even though it shouldn’t be a buzzword; it’s a business imperative. Some words get the buzzword moniker because they’re different (aka “selfie”), others become buzzwords because they are used frequently. We’re talking about the latter. During a recent conference, I heard business pros consistently, without hesitation, say the number one goal is data and analytics. Companies realize data equals profits and no one can afford to leave money on the table.The Top Compliance Issue for 2014: Yes, you guessed it – the Affordable Care Act. This is a very complicated piece of legislation. There have been some implementation set-backs. I suspect we will spend much of 2014 trying to figure this new law out together.You probably noticed this year’s predictions have a lot of technology in them. More and more human resources functions and solutions have a technology component to them. Human resources technology is part of our jobs. Frankly, technology is part of our jobs – no matter what position or level in the organization. Period.Employers once expected human resources to just know word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software. Today, those same employers expect their people to know about smartphones, tablets, apps, and social media.You don’t need to be an expert or own every device. You do need to understand the fundamentals. And recognize that the fundamentals change all the time. Because technology is changing quickly. If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to build technology into your professional life. You can learn more by doing small things like test driving the latest devices next time you’re in a shopping mall or stepping up your social media participation.Companies and individuals that embrace technology will have a definite advantage in 2014 (and the years to come). For HR pros, technology can bring advantages that allow us to focus on the operation. What do you think? Share your predictions in the comments.last_img read more

Grove City College Enhances Academic Mobility with Intel® Solid-State Drives and Intel® Anti-Theft Technology

first_imgDedicated to using technology to enhance the academic experience, Pennsylvania’s Grove City College has been providing all incoming freshmen with laptop computers for more than 15 years. To reduce hard drive failures that can halt productivity, and to minimize the impact of theft, the school’s IT group distributes Intel® Core™ i7 vPro™ processor-based HP EliteBook* tablet computers with Intel® Solid-State Drives and Intel® Anti-Theft Technology. The Intel Solid-State Drives cut system imaging time in half and could reduce drive failures by 90 percent. Intel Anti-Theft Technology helps the IT group prevent information from falling into the wrong hands.“The tablets arrived only two weeks before the students,” said Vincent DiStasi, chief information officer for Grove City College. “Fortunately, the performance of the Intel Solid-State Drives enabled us to image all 750 tablets in just two days. We had all systems ready in time, and we didn’t have to spend the summer loading software.”To learn more, read our new Grove City College business success story. As always, you can find this one, and many others, in the Reference Room and IT Center.last_img read more

Sad News San Diego Zoo Lion Mbari peacefully passes away at 15

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 22, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, May 22, 2019 Updated: 4:53 PMcenter_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Zoo staff are sad to announce that the Zoo’s male lion, M’bari, passed away today, May 22, 2019. M’bari was 15 years old and had been under veterinary care for some time due to age-related medical issues. In recent days, his condition had steadily worsened, despite attempts by animal care staff to modify his habitat to make him more comfortable. This morning, because of his worsening quality of life, animal care staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him.M’bari was a well-known resident of the San Diego Zoo—a majestic lion that guests could often see lounging with his mate, Etosha, in their habitat at the Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey. His early morning and late afternoon roars could be heard throughout the entire Zoo.KUSI posted a video of a trainer feeding M’Bari to our Facebook page just one month ago. Check it out. Sad News: San Diego Zoo Lion M’bari peacefully passes away at 15 years old Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Why Hondas crashed HRV is one of the most important cars in

first_img reading • Why Honda’s crashed HR-V is one of the most important cars in New York Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V See All • 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know News • 2019 Honda HR-V picks up IIHS Top Safety Pick with big improvements Crossovers 11 Photos New York Auto Show 2019 Honda Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint More From Roadshow 1center_img Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup New York Auto Show 2019 Tags Review • 2019 Honda HR-V Review More about 2019 Honda HR-V Comment Preview • 2019 Honda HR-V: Model overview, pricing, tech and specs Usually, the floor of an auto show is filled with clean sheet metal that is ready to entice buyers into showrooms. Honda took an alternative path at the 2019 New York Auto Show, bringing a seriously busted-ass piece of metal that isn’t usually destined for any member of the public. Yet, it’s here, and I think it’s one of the more important cars on display at the show.For starters, it represents a huge step forward in safety for Honda’s smallest SUV. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced in March that the refreshed 2019 Honda HR-V picked up its second-best award, Top Safety Pick. It achieved the agency’s top rating of Good in every crash test, including the tricky new small-overlap passenger side crash test. The only thing holding it back from Top Safety Pick+ was its headlights, which were rated Acceptable.This is a huge improvement from previous years. Between 2016 and 2018, the HR-V couldn’t muster a score above Acceptable on the driver-side small overlap front crash test. In 2016, it even received an Acceptable rating in the usual side crash test. All previous headlights were rated Poor, too. Clearly, this is an important improvement for Honda, as peace of mind can bring more than a few heads through the dealership doors.Enlarge ImageFor sale: Lightly used 2019 Honda HR-V. Has salvage title. Steven Pham/Roadshow To that end, the crashed HR-V’s presence at the New York Auto Show helps to dispel the myth that smaller cars are somehow death traps. Yes, the industry continues to find itself expanding vehicle footprints ad infinitum, subject to the whimsy of consumers who believe (however misguided that belief) that a higher vehicle with a higher center of gravity is somehow safer. Yes, smaller vehicles might be at a disadvantage when striking something with the silhouette of a freight train car. But, being able to get up close and personal with this HR-V, in which people can clearly see how crash forces are directed around an otherwise undisturbed cabin, might help put some minds at ease.And then, of course, there’s the best reason for this car being at the show — it’s awesome. Honda told me that the IIHS doesn’t return these cars regularly, as most are often finished being crushed into a tiny cube after the crash tests are done. What’s on display in New York is something the public — or even us, the media — isn’t usually privy to. You can always see fresh sheet metal at auto shows, but when else would you get to see this?Honda gave the HR-V subcompact crossover a number of updates for the 2019 model year. In addition to obviously strengthening the body to better perform in IIHS crash tests, Honda threw in some new headlights, new Sport and Touring trims, but the most important new addition was Honda Sensing, the automaker’s suite of active and passive safety systems. I drove one for a week, and I walked away impressed as ever. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice Hondalast_img read more

Brad Pitt dating Angelina Jolie just walked over Charlize Therons Walk of

first_imgAngelina JolieDia Dipasupil/Getty ImagesBrad Pitt’s dating life has always intrigued his millions of fans. He was recently linked with Charlize Theron and his name is constantly getting linked with Jennifer Aniston. The Seven movie star is not dating after his official split with Angelina Jolie.Talking about Angelina Jolie, the acclaimed actress recently stomped on Charlize Theron’s Hollywood Walk of Fame. While attending the Dumbo premiere with her kids, Jolie was photographed walking over Theron’s star. You can check those pictures here.Brad Pitt’s name is linked with Charlize Theron for quite some time. There were reports that Brad and Charlize are sharing a house and will soon announce their romance to the world. In addition to this, several alleged insiders revealed in the past that Pitt and Theron are more than friends. However, we have earlier reported that Brad Pitt has remained single and even if he has dated anyone, then there is no concrete proof of that.Ever since Brad Pitt’s official separation with Angelina Jolie, there have been several bogus claims about their dating lives. Earlier this week, there were absurd claims that Angelina is reportedly dating a billionaire and would be moving out of the United States very soon. As previously reported, these are nothing but fabricated news about Angelina Jolie’s personal life. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the premiere of ‘By the Sea’ in 2015MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty ImagesMeanwhile, Brad Pitt’s name is also dragged into the mud by several reports. After attending Jennifer Aniston’s 50th birthday party, it was reported that the couple will be reuniting for a movie and will soon start dating. As it turned out, Brad and Jennifer are not dating each other, despite multiple alleged reports.In professional endeavors, Brad Pitt has several amazing projects for 2019. After starring in Vice, he will be seen in a sci-fi movie, Ad Astra as Roy McBride. The movie is directed by James Gray and is slated to release on May 24. Following which, he will star alongside Margot Robbie and Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie, Once Upon a time in Hollywood. In the forthcoming western movie, Brad will be playing the role of Cliff Booth and the film is slated to release on July 26, 2019.Angelina Jolie, on the other hand, is busy with her children and her humanitarian work. In 2019, she will be seen in the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. The movie is slated to release on October 18, 2019.last_img read more

Vijays Thalapathy 63 update They are looking after me like a child

first_imgJackie Shroff and Thalapathy Vijay.PR HandoutJackie Shroff has shared his views about working with Vijay in the upcoming untitled movie, presently referred to as Thalapathy 63. He has also revealed an interesting association that he had with the Tamil star’s filmmaker-father SA Chandrasekhar.In an interview, Jackie Shroff reportedly opened up about lesser-known fact when he revealed about working with SA Chandrasekhar in Hindi movie Kudrat Ka Kanoon. The Bollywood actor got the opportunity to bond with him after a long time as he landed in Chennai to play an important role in Thalapathy 63.”It’s just fab to work with Vijay, who is the son of SAC, my director from the film Kudrat Ka Kanoon. So catching up with his dad & the superstar(Vijay). Also Atlee, he’s a great director. I’m rocking out there. They are looking after me like a child,” he is quoted as saying.Jackie Shroff, who made in Kollywood debut in Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s Aaranya Kaandam, has worked in Tamil movies like Rajinikanth’s Kochadaiiyaan, Maayavan and working in a few films.There are lots of reports which claim that Jackie Shroff is playing the role of a villain in Thalapathy 63. However, there is no official word about it, yet.Currently, the shooting is happening at a brisk pace in Chennai and the makers want to wrap up the shoot by July end. The makers have plans to release the film for Diwali festival. Going by the latest reports, Vijay plays a footballer and coach in the film which desires to fulfil his good friend Kathir’s dreams in the sports. It is said to be a complete package filled with action, love and comedy. Nayanthara is his love interest in the flick. Nayanthara waving hands towards crowd on Thalapathy 63 sets.Screen shot from the videolast_img read more

Revealed What was Bill Gates biggest mistake ever

first_imgBill GatesCreative CommonsBill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, thinks that the software giant could have been the leading company in the mobile technology business and easily raced ahead of Google if it was not engaged in lengthy anti-trust battles with the United States government. While speaking at a forum in Washington on Monday, Bill Gates said that Microsoft was fully equipped with the process of making operating systems.”We were in the field of doing operating systems for personal computers. We knew that mobile phones would be very popular,” he said. Gates, who left Microsoft’s day-to-day management a decade ago, said that Microsoft could not capitalise on the skill set it had in terms of proving the operating system for mobiles like Google came up with Android.Gates said that when he was heading the operations at Microsoft, which was the leading software firm globally, he got distracted in fighting the legal battles, a mistake which he regrets now.”We missed being the dominant mobile operating system by a very tiny amount. We were distracted during our anti-trust trial. We didn’t assign the best people to do the work,” he added.Gates was all praises for Microsoft Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Satya Nadella for leading the company towards being the most valuable firm globally worth $1trillion. The world’s second richest man, who has carved a name for himself due to his various philanthropic works and charity organisations, said that the credit is also due to Jeff Bezos, the Amazon chief and the world’s richest man.Gates said that even Google made the mistake of letting Amazon take a giant leap with its cloud computing services, which has transformed the technology completely. “It is a surprise and it’s a huge credit to (Amazon CEO) Jeff Bezos and his team that they got out in front and with AWS did the best cloud product,” he quipped.On a lighter note, Gates said that he is not disturbed by Jef Bezos having overtaken him as the on the billionaire’s index as the world’s wealthiest man.”The fact that I am still among the top 10 in the list testifies that I have not all my wealth away,” he said. Jeff Bezos, president and CEO of Amazon and owner of The Washington PostREUTERSGates currently spends only one-sixth of his time at Microsoft and is busy with the philanthropy and the work at an energy conservation fund, dedicated to the cause of climate change and decreased fuel emissions.last_img read more

Hajj pilgrim dies in Saudi

first_imgGrand Mosque in Mecca. ReutersA female Hajj pilgrim hailing from Chandpur district died at a hospital in the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia on Monday, reports UNB.The pilgrim Noorjahan Begum, 61, (passport No-0658901) was a resident of Uttar Hajibari in Olipur village of Hajiganj Upazila. Family sources said Noorjahan died while she was undergoing treatment for respiratory complications at the King Faisal Hospital in Makkah.last_img

US revokes PLO ambassador family visa

first_imgA plaque remains on the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office two days after US president Donald Trump`s national security adviser John Bolton announced that the state department would close the PLO office in Washington, US, 12 September 2018. Photo: ReutersThe United States revoked visas for the family of the Palestine Liberation Organization ambassador, the envoy said on Sunday, the latest development in the worsening relations between the Trump administration and Palestinian leadership.Ambassador Husam Zomlot, head of the PLO General Delegation to the United States, said his family, including his two young children, left the United States after being informed their visas would now expire when the diplomatic office is closed next month. The visas were originally set to expire in 2020.The Trump administration said last Monday the office in Washington would close. The state department did not respond to a request for comment.Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO’s executive committee, criticised the Trump administration for being “vindictive.””As if the announcement that the US would close our office in Washington, DC was not enough, this vindictive action by the Trump administration is spiteful,” Ashrawi said in a statement. “The US has taken its attempts to pressure and blackmail the Palestinians to a new level.”Zomlot said in an interview that two of his embassy employees met last week with State Department staff, who had requested the meeting.”The State Department informed our colleagues, as part of the discussion on the closure, that the visas of my wife and children are dependent on the PLO delegation and as such will not be valid after the closure of the office and that if they wanted to stay they would have to change their immigration status,” Zomlot said.He added: “This goes against diplomatic norms. Children, spouses and family have nothing to do with political rows.”Last month, the United States halted all funding to a U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees.The Palestinian leadership has angered the White House by boycotting its peace efforts since President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the embassy there, reversing decades of U.S. policy.The status of Jerusalem – home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions – is one of the biggest obstacles to any peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.Palestinians claim East Jerusalem for the capital of an independent state they seek. Israel says Jerusalem is its eternal and indivisible capital.Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is leading an effort to craft a peace plan meant to launch negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians to end a decades-long conflict. A decision on when the initiative would be rolled out has not yet been made.last_img