South African youth can apply for free tech training

first_imgWeThinkCode, a new peer-to-peer tech institution keen to identify and train people for free to become world-class programmers, has been launched in South Africa.WeThinkCode co-founder Arlene Mulder said the initiative would train 100 students in its first cohort in 2016 and aim to train 1 000 students per year by 2018. (Image: We Think Code)Brand South Africa ReporterWeThinkCode, a new peer-to-peer tech institution keen to identify and train people for free to become world-class programmers, has been launched in South Africa.This institution aims to eliminate the information technology skills gap in the country, promising to train young people to become software engineers in a peer- to-peer problem solving and learning environment.In partnership with Ecole 42 in France, WeThinkCode will open its first campus in January 2016 in Johannesburg. Anyone who wants to be part of this initiative must register on its website. Student applications open on 1 October for the two- year course. It is free of charge for candidates between the ages of 17 and 35.First National Bank, BBD, and Derivco are the founding sponsors. They will provide financial support for the launch of the programme and also play a role in ensuring the curriculum stays relevant to the industry. BBD is a custom software development company, while Derivco is a top-tier software and gaming development company.Students will also be able to interact with sponsors through internship opportunities and projects.WeThinkCode co-founder Arlene Mulder said the initiative would train 100 students in its first cohort in 2016 and aim to train 1 000 students per year by 2018, reported the technology news site, ITWeb Innovations. “Our education model is technology-enabled and therefore extremely scalable. Our mission is to source and develop 100 000 coders in Africa,” she said.#BornToCode, which challenges the tech leaders in South Africa to fight it out to prove their tech muscle, is another WeThinkCode project. The inaugural #BornToCode event will take place on 29 September, and will give tech leaders the chance to join the conversation and put money behind their coding talent.Tech champions will be challenged to take the student aptitude test game and compete for the top 10 positions on the #BornToCode tech leader board. They will then be required to donate a minimum of R25 600, which will cover a stipend to help students through their studies. All funds raised will go towards opening the WeThinkCode campus in January 2016.More than 20 tech leaders have already signed up, including Thabang Legae of Wesbank; Derek Wilcocks of Dimension Data; Robbie Brozin of Nando’s; and Stafford Masie of thumbzup.Source: MyBroadbandWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Rajasthan cuts Lokayukta’s tenure to five years

first_imgThe Congress government in Rajasthan has amended the Lokayukta Act to reduce the Lokayukta’s tenure from eight years to five years. The decision has led to an abrupt end of the term of the present Lokayukta, Justice Sajjan Singh Kothari, who has completed six years in office.The previous BJP regime had extended Justice Kothari’s tenure by three years by amending the Rajasthan Lokayukta and Up-Lokayukta Act, 1973, through an Ordinance. The move came shortly before Justice Kothari’s five-year tenure was to end.The notification reversing the BJP government’s decision was issued here on Thursday after Governor Kalyan Singh gave his assent to the new Ordinance. The Ordinance stated that the Lokayukta “shall be deemed to have demitted the office with effect from [its] commencement”.Justice Kothari, a former Judge of the Rajasthan HC, was sworn in the Lokayukta on March 25, 2013, during the then Ashok Gehlot regime. He probed the Mathur Commission’s files related to the alleged corruption cases during Vasundhara Raje’s first tenure as the CM and recommended disciplinary action against 25 public servants.last_img read more

Skipper MS Dhoni not invited to Laxman’s late night party

first_imgIndian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday added more fuel to the intense speculation about his strained relationship with V.V.S. Laxman, saying he was not invited for a late night party thrown by the retired cricketer at his residence.Laxman, who retired from the game in controversial fashion just ahead of the series against New Zealand even though he was selected for the two Tests, threw a party on Tuesday for senior members Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan at his residence in Manikonda in the suburbs of the city. He, however, chose to ignore Dhoni for the bash.When Dhoni was asked at the pre-match press conference if he was invited by Laxman, he replied in a clear “No”.The skipper also chose to pay little attention to the fact that Laxman could not get through to him to inform him about his immediate retirement plans ahead of the series.”You think it’s a controversy but people who know me always complained that I’m someone who is quite difficult to get hold of. That was one of the reasons why Laxmanbhai could not get hold of me,” Dhoni told reporters ahead of the first cricket Test against New Zealand starting here tomorrow.”That’s not something new. I have tried to improve but it seems I have not really improved,” he said.Asked about Laxman’s sudden retirement, pat came Dhoni’s reply: “You need to ask Laxman about it.”Laxman, who trained hard at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for about four months and also played in two local matches keeping in mind the fresh season ahead, suddenly announced his retirement last week, fuelling speculation that all was not well in the Indian camp.advertisementAccording to unconfirmed reports, Laxman was handed a two-match ultimatum by one of the selectors.The elegant middle-order batsman, known for his second innings heroics including an epic 281 against Australia in Kolkata, was unhappy about the ultimatum which is believed to be the reason behind his sudden retirement.Laxman’s retirement came after Dravid bid adieu to the game in March in the aftermath of India’s 0-8 rout in England and Australia.Dhoni said the team would miss the duo but felt that their absence would provide opportunity to youngsters to prove their mettle.”Definitely these are our two great players and we will miss them on the field. But that’s how it is,” he said on the eve of series opener.”It’s an opportunity for the youngsters to take up the responsibility in the longer format. We are hoping that the youngsters would grab the opportunity and do well,” he added.The duo’s absence would mean that India would have to fill in the void at the slip cordon, of which Laxman and Dravid were integral part. But Dhoni hoped that Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli would take up the responsibility.”We are hoping that we won’t miss them in the slip cordon. When it comes to scoring runs and the experience they had, it would be quite difficult. That’s one area where we will definitely miss them,” the skipper said.”But we don’t think we will be short of fielders. We have players like Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Virender Sehwag who are already fielding at the slips. We have seen the youngsters catch the ball really well. Sehwag most likely will stand at the first slip.”With the spinners, there might be a bit of issue. It’s challenging when there’s bounce. We will miss Rahul over there. But let’s look ahead and hope one of the youngsters take this opportunity and take a few good catches there,” he added.last_img read more

Guidance on Prevailing Wage Rate Rule to Benefit Redevelopment at Ft Monmouth

first_imgRecent guidance from New Jersey’s attorney general’s office concluding that the state’s prevailing wage rate rules do not universally apply to new construction at Fort Monmouth should help the LRA reach sales and redevelopment agreements with developers for a variety of projects at the former post. Prevailing wage requirements will apply only if a project includes public work or if the developer receives financial assistance from the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) or any state entity, reported Word on the Shore.“The updated language reflects how FMERA now reviews contracts and projects on a case-by-case basis to determine the applicability of prevailing wage requirements in each case,” said Rachel Goemaat, spokesperson for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, which oversees FMERA.The clarification should help get several projects moving, according to the story.“That language has been amended and I know that’s a positive move for our efforts to get qualified bidders and very competitive bidders,” Eatontown Administrator George Jackson said at a recent council meeting.Earlier this year Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly said developers are finding it too difficult to turn a profit if they need to comply with both the prevailing wage requirement and the 20-percent, low-income set aside for residential construction. Connelly said several projects, including the Tinton Falls and Eatontown town centers, could be harmed by the prevailing wage rule. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of June 30 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of June 30, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Peter M. Holmes, Jr., 88Previously Lived In Wilmington:Hobart W. Spring, Jr., 88Helen Constance (Waters) Washburn, 99Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:NoneLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

RCom insolvency Ericsson in legal bind as NCLAT hints at lifting stay

first_imgThe company law appellate court has hinted that Ericsson India may have to return the money it got from Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications following a Supreme Court order in a contempt case if the insolvency proceedings resume.Ericsson India will be in a legal bind if the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) lifts a stay it granted to the insolvency proceedings of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom). NCLAT chairperson SJ Mukhopadhaya observed that if the stay goes and bankruptcy proceedings restart, the Indian subsidiary of the Swedish telecom equipment maker may have to return Rs 550 crore that RCom paid it following a contempt proceeding in the Supreme Court, a media report says.”Why should one party get it and why should banks suffer? Why should the Indian economy suffer?” the two-judge bench observed, adding that it would either quash RCom’s bankruptcy proceedings in NCLT or allow the case to continue. The appellate tribunal is hearing RCom’s plea for reinstituting insolvency proceedings against as it was unable to repay its lenders.The NCLAT has directed the parties to file affidavits stating whether they had challenged the NCLAT’s stay order of last May on RCom’s insolvency in the Supreme Court. The appellate tribunal said it would consider on April 30 the Department of Telecom’s (DoT’s) reply to RCom’s plea challenging the department’s show cause notice why its licence should not be cancelled and the related bank guarantee be invoked as the company had failed to pay the spectrum charges. An officer of the Reliance Communications.ReutersRCom has urged the court to allow the insolvency petition against it to resume since it had purged the top court’s contempt by paying Rs 453 crore to Ericsson India. Ericsson has opposed the plea saying that the insolvency application should now be disposed-off since it had come to an agreement with RCom and received the dues.The NCLAT had stayed any action by DoT on the two show-cause notices. The two-judge bench also stayed the operation of a DoT letter of March 20 asking Axis Bank to encash a bank guarantee of Rs 2,000 crore by the Anil Ambani group firm. In the first show cause notice, the DoT sought to know why the bank guarantees submitted by the debt-laden company should not be invoked of failing to pay the dues. In the second notice, the department wanted to know why RCom’s spectrum licence should not be cancelled for failing to pay spectrum fees on time.RCom argued in the NCLAT that the DoT notices and the letter to Axis Bank were in violation of the tribunal’s February 4 order against selling or create third-party rights over RCom’s assets until further orders from NCLAT or the Supreme Court.last_img read more

Video Remembering Rendezvous Houston Thirty Years Later

first_img Share Rendez-vous Houston: A City in Concert took place thirty years ago today. It was a live performance by musician Jean Michel Jarre. Downtown Houston became the concert’s backdrop. Rendez-vous Houston celebrated the 150th anniversary of the city of Houston and the 25th anniversary of NASA, but also the astronauts of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, which had happened only two and a half months earlier. For a period of time, it held a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest outdoor rock concert in history, with millions in attendance. The event was broadcast on TV all over the world, according to Jarre’s website. last_img

Netflix Debuts New Logo Animation for Originals With an Exploding Rainbow of

first_imgWhat’t the point of the overhauled ident? The exploding-N animation is “inspired by the spectrum of stories, emotions, languages, fans and creators that collectively make up who we are as a brand,” the company said in a blog post. The updated design also is supposed to reflect the diversity of Netflix’s global audience, with the service now spanning over 190 countries. Netflix has revamped its five-year-old logo animation that appears in front of original productions — and the new look is a veritable color fiesta.The new animation features the same trademark Netflix sound. But the new logo, which will begin playing on the service beginning Friday when subscribers start an original TV show or movie, is a much more dynamic visual. The animation, called an “ident” in designer lingo, explodes Netflix’s “N” into a spectrum of colored vertical light beams that shoot toward the viewer.Here’s a visual of the new Netflix ident: In addition, Netflix noted that the new ident features a darker background, compared with the former red-on-white treatment. That’s designed to get viewers “in the mood for an immersive, cinematic experience at home, on the subway or wherever you’re choosing to watch,” the company explained.Netflix had used a version of the dynamic-color-band logo animation on the fall 2018 film festival circuit — although in that iteration, multicolored bands swooped across a black background to tighten in on the red “N.” That version appeared at screenings including Paul Greengrass’ “22 July,” the Coen brothers’ “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” and Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma.” at the Venice International Film Festival, and before David Mackenzie’s “The Outlaw King” at the Toronto International Film Festival.Peter Debruge contributed to this report. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

5 Apps That Can Help Executives Strike WorkLife Balance

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read Register Now » “There’s an app for that?!”I don’t know how many times I have heard that, and surely, you must have heard it too.There’s an app for almost everything these days — from note-taking apps that resemble traditional paper notes to productivity apps that replace Pas, through to bubble popping apps that mimic the annoying bubble-wrap bursting habit. Developers are making virtual reality a bit too real!Related: Los Angeles Techweek 2015 Features Mobile, Health Care and Fashion InnovationsI have often mentioned here how some apps have helped me at work to cut travel expenses or keep me productive. However, this time I am going to shed light on apps that help you fellow business owners and C-suite execs keep things smooth on the personal front, so you can focus on your work without worries.It often happens that when we are heads-down with work, we forget people around us. From parents to spouses through to co-workers, we end up ignoring their needs. In fact, if you think about it, their needs are small — when compared to the work we do — and hardly take any time, but you end up overlooking them. These five apps are godsends, as they help you strike the elusive work-life balance by carrying out your professional and personal duties effectively. So, let’s check them out.1. Big Days strikes the right balance.Big Days allows you to remember and track your past and future events. It comes with an in-built countdown to give you a daily reminder, so you can plan things well in advance.For instance, it will tell you there are X days to your business trip to London, so you can get on with your preparations. It will tell you haven’t had a relaxing weekend with friends / family since X days, so you are reminded to take a break from your hectic schedule.By logging each and every facet of your life like birthdays, anniversaries, business trips, conferences and weddings, you are better able to manage your life and work.2. Inby keeps the Mrs. happy.Back in March, Google’s CFO, Patrick Pichette, stepped down from his position to travel the world with his wife. While you don’t have to do something so drastic, you can keep the Mrs. happy by taking her out to her favorite local restaurants, pubs and bars regularly.Inby informs you about all the latest sales, promotions and events taking place in your locality. The beauty of this app is that it is not only big brands but also small businesses, local restaurants and shops that find their way to you.With timely updates from her favorite galleries, boutiques and libraries, you get points for thoughtful gifts and purchases. Also you can stretch your dollar to the max with great offers and promotions that you might otherwise miss from local businesses. You can even use Inby to pick the perfect destination for your team lunches, outings and other meetings. So it takes care of both aspects of your life beautifully.Related: There’s Nothing Sexier Than a Passionate, Hard-Working Entrepreneur3. Quixey helps you get things done faster.If you are like 55 percent of cell phone owners who use their phones to browse the internet, exchange emails or download apps, Launch by Quixey might be a good aid to use your time more productively. It is an Android launcher that uses Deep View Cards technology to enable you to search for information and messages that reside inside your apps and access them faster.It helps you stay on top of literally everything in your phone, using intuitive gestures, customized folders, smart contact suggestions and app recommendations, so you’re freeing up time spent in navigation.4. MedHelper keeps the parents happyIn his book, Living for the Weekday, author Clint Swindall explained that health and relationships are amongst the most overlooked aspects of our lives.Whether you’re taking care of your aging parents or managing chronic health conditions, MedHelper is a great help. It allows you to keep a track of prescriptions and appointments and alerts you whenever medications are running low or it’s time for an appointment with the doctor.It also tracks and logs vital signs — temperature, blood pressure, weight, glucose, etc. — which can be exported to the doctor or kept for records.MedHelper helps you take care of the most important thing in the world — health. This app comes highly recommended by AppCrawlr with a 4.2 rating.5. Schemes keeps everyone happy.Sometimes, all you need is a simple “thank you” or another sort of heartfelt message to keep everyone happy. For example, did you forget to send a congratulatory note to your team after each project is over? Do you always forget a friend’s birthday?Schemes not only reminds you of these events but sends scheduled messages to concerned people on set time and date. You can send an email, text, Facebook message or tweet, giving you the flexibility to keep it as short or as long as you want.The app notifies you each time a message is sent, so you can follow up with a call or another message if you want. The messages can be canceled or edited even after they are scheduled, giving you more overall flexibility.From fulfilling your personal responsibilities to tracking life events, these five apps will help you keep a balanced ratio between work life and professional life. So even if you are neck-deep in work, you are better equipped to take care of those around you. After all, work-life balance is all about giving your 100 percent at work without disregarding other aspects of your life.Related: Work Less, Work Better. Use These 5 Steps to Design Your Perfect Week. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 22, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

StokeonTrent road to be closed for three evenings for resurfacing

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA Stoke-on-Trent road is set to be closed for the next three evenings to allow resurfacing to take place. Berwick Road in Sneyd Green will be closed from 7pm each night – with some travel disruption expected as a result. Bus company First Potteries said a number of their routes would be disrupted by the closure – including the number 18 service to Leek. The company said: “After 7.00pm on the evenings of Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 & Friday January 19, Berwick Road will be closed for resurfacing. “As a result we won’t be able to serve any bus stops in Milton Road or Berwick Road. “Buses will divert along Hanley Road and Leek New Road in each direction.” For the latest traffic and travel news from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire visit our dedicated Traffic and Travel channel here. For more live updates on the latest news, traffic and weather across the region please visit our live news feed here. Read MoreAir ambulance called out after man suffers ‘medical episode’ Download your free app…The Sentinel has launched a brand new app that delivers the latest news, sport and what’s on information to your mobile phone – all for free. Click on the App Store here to download the app for iOS devices, and on the Google Play store here to download the app on Android.last_img read more