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Mandela Day revamp for Soweto school

first_img18 July 2012 Batsogile Primary School in Pimville, Soweto was a hive of activity on Wednesday morning as it found itself one of the recipients of South Africans’ goodwill on International Nelson Mandela Day. Mandela Day is an annual celebration of Madiba’s life and a global call for action for people to recognise their individual power to make an imprint and change the world around them. Mandela turned 94 on Wednesday. The no-fee school, which first opened its doors in 1972, had not once had its buildings revamped, except for a computer lab, which was installed in an existing classroom. The interior and the exterior of the school remain untouched, with major concerns being falling ceilings, old plumbing and toilets in need of repairs. But thanks to Mandela Day, the school received the much needed revamp as LeadSA, the Department of Basic Education, celebrities and other stakeholders gathered to help the school. The day’s activity started at 8am, as the little voices from pupils braved the cold winter morning to sing happy birthday to Madiba. Just before 9am, the volunteers, which included Basic Education Deputy Minister Enver Surty and Miss South Africa Melinda Bam, rolled up their sleeves to paint the perimeter fence and classrooms. Others prepared to give the school’s garden a makeover and plant trees, clean the storeroom and classrooms, as well as re-fence, sort out the library and upgrade the staffroom, among others. The volunteers, who included local unemployed people, also engaged the children in arts, crafts, drama, science and sport. Surty said Mandela Day was more than a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy – it was a global movement to take his life’s work into a new century and change the world for the better. He called on South Africans to stand up and do the right thing and make a difference, despite the many challenges that the country faces. “It’s a day to inspire hope, take action and make change.” He called on teachers across the country to ensure that the children of South Africa receive a quality education. The Deputy Minister said the campaign to alleviate the infrastructure backlog in primary schools in poor communities in the country would make a significant contribution to fulfilling Mandela’s dream for every child to be educated. “Tata placed a huge emphasis on the provision of quality education for all, and the Department of Basic Education is committed to realise this goal,” he said. LeadSA’s Yusuf Abramjee said the country needed to make every day a Mandela Day. He challenged people to look around and see what change they could make in the country. School principal Paul Ramela was excited about the upgrades, which have had a ripple effect on his staff. Ramela, who was once a pupil at the school, wished that initiatives like these could be done on a more regular basis. Miss South Africa, who was dressed in casual jeans, urged fellow South Africans to follow Mandela’s great example and assist the country’s needy. “Everyone can make the change, no matter how small,” Bam said. “I don’t think it’s a challenge to find a cause, community, an old age home or even a school that needs your help.” IT company AG Software has adopted the school for two years. The company says they are looking at improving the infrastructure of the school first before seeing to other needs. They have also committed to building a media centre at the school, hosting fundraising days and uplifting the community. Surty said this was proof that the private sector could partner with government for the general good and upliftment of the country Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more


Loss Prevention Foundation Announces the First 2019 Learning Day

first_imgThe Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) has recently announced the first LPF Learning Day for 2019. The one-day seminar will be held Tuesday, March 12, at the University of Indianapolis from 9:00am – 4:00pm and is dedicated to the loss prevention industry and the opportunities it affords. This event is being held for anyone interested in a career in public safety, business or related fields, as well as current LP professionals looking to take their career to the next level.The agenda includes speakers Kevin Whiteacre, LPQ, and Jim Perillo, LPC, from the University of Indianapolis, as well as speakers from the following industry organizations:Axis CommunicationsProfitectSimon Operation Intelligence CenterSimon Malls, SensormaticLP Magazine7-ElevenFleet PrideSearsLifeWay Christian StoresWicklander-ZulawskiLPM Media GroupSTANLEY SecurityInstaKeyProtos SecurityThe Loss Prevention FoundationThese industry professionals will share insights on asset protection, professional development strategies, and security techniques including crisis management, cyber crime defense and intelligent CCTV systems.- Sponsor – Do not miss the opportunity to get a closer look into the LP/AP profession, earn CEUs towards your Loss Prevention Certification (LPC), have a chance to win an LPF course scholarship, and meet some of the top retail LP/AP leaders and solution providers within the industry.Register at: http://www.cvent.com/d/zbqsnq. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more


Philly 360 Exclusive: Questlove Breaks Down Sunday’s Philly-Paris Lockdown

first_img?uestlove, Anthony Tidd and Larry Gold of the Philly-Paris Lockdown(L. Whitaker for GPTMC) The rehearsal became a who’s who of Philly’s creative scene, as many were intrigued by the idea of blending all three musical styles. So, if you want to see what everyone’s been buzzing about, get your tickets today!And, check out the free PIFA Underground After Show Party with ?uestlove, Rich Medina and DJ AfroDJiak. Philly 360⁰ Exclusive: Questlove Breaks Down Sunday’s Philly-Paris LockdownFor those of you who have been waiting for more of the scoop on The Philly-Paris Lockdown, Philly 360⁰’s got the lowdown.  Some of today’s most talented musicians collaborated to bring a sensational hip-hop/jazz/classical mash-up performance to the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). Philly 360 Creative Ambassador ?uestlove, Keren Ann, Philly 360 Creative Ambassador James Poyser, David Murray and others rehearsed for the first time yesterday after working on the piece virtually for over a year. The Studio was yesterday’s hot spot as several media outlets came to watch these musical gems put a new spin on Parisian classics.      It was—well, you had to be there! Actually, we’ve got you covered there too. Check out the pictures below.  And watch the video to see Questlove breakdown the lockdown.                                                                         last_img read more


How to Securely Collect Data for Personalized Medicine

first_imgIn my last blog, I discussed the rationale for applying privacy and security best practices to enable the benefits of personalized medicine while minimizing risks of breaches and other types of security incidents. One of these best practices involves walking through each step of the information lifecycle, from collection, to use, retention, disclosure and disposal. In this blog I take a look at the collection stage of the information lifecycle.Collecting information for personalized medicine requires informed patient consent. Patients must be informed about the benefits, risks, who will have access to their data, how their data will be processed, and choices they have regarding their personal healthcare information. This includes both physical samples collected, such as saliva and blood samples, as well as the raw genome sequence data.Research is needed to further the science of analyzing and deriving meaning from genetic information, and this research needs genetic data. Patients are typically presented with a choice of whether to participate in this type of research, and whether they want to authorize sharing of their genetic data, most often in de-identified form, with such researchers. Choices presented to the patient are typically either opt-in or opt out. Opt in is where the patients data by default will not be shared with researchers unless they explicitly opt into sharing their data. Alternatively the patient may be presented with an opt-out choice where the default is for their data to be shared with researchers unless they explicitly opt out. These basic “all or nothing” opt-in / opt-out types of choices are often overly simplistic and don’t give the patient much control over their data. More sophisticated consent and choice mechanisms are required in the future for the patient to have greater control over who should have access to their data, for what purposes, how they can get access and participate, and so forth. Some types of genetic research require more than fully de-identified data. An example is phenotype research which requires information about the patients environment, for example their zip code. This is location information about the patient and therefore Personally Identifiable Information (PII) which, when associated with healthcare information such as genetic information can cause the combination to be classified as Protected Health Information (PHI) under HIPAA and subject to legal and regulatory requirements, for example breach notification in the event of loss or theft.  For this reason, tokenization is often used in the collection of genetic information for patients. Right from the time physical saliva or blood samples are taken they are often bar-coded to associate them with the patient, in contrast to labeling the samples with elements of the patient PII such as names, date of birth and so forth. Tokenization may also be used later to enable authorized access to limited PII, in addition to de-identified genetic data, in order to support more sophisticated research such as phenotype research.Encryption may be used to protect the confidentiality of collected sensitive data at rest and in transit, including elements of PII stored in secure databases. Genetic data can take the form of very large data sets. For example a single raw genome sequence data can be several hundred GB or larger in size. Encrypting a volume of data such as this, while maintaining performance, requires hardware acceleration, such as Intel® AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard – New Instructions).What types of privacy and security challenges and solutions do you see with the collection of data for personalized medicine?last_img read more


India vs Aus: Cricket Down Under

first_imgM.S. DhoniCaptain CluelessDid Indian captain M.S. Dhoni, 30, get himself banned for the fourth Test to start at Adelaide? During the third Test at Perth, umpire Aleem Dar kept reminding Dhoni that India were two overs behind schedule. To no avail. Contrast this with Australian captain Michael Clarke, 30, who,M.S. DhoniCaptain CluelessDid Indian captain M.S. Dhoni, 30, get himself banned for the fourth Test to start at Adelaide? During the third Test at Perth, umpire Aleem Dar kept reminding Dhoni that India were two overs behind schedule. To no avail. Contrast this with Australian captain Michael Clarke, 30, who may be on a winning streak, but is not done yet. He wants a 4-0 whitewash and is paying individual attention to every player’s needs. Dhoni rarely communicates with his teammates and spends most of his time in the hotel room with wife Sakshi. At the nets, he is often seen doing what he loves most: smiling and bowling. He is happiest when flanked by best friends Suresh Raina and Praveen Kumar. Unfortunately, neither is part of the Test team. Dhoni wants to retire from Test matches in 2013, citing fatigue. Well, that’s how the Indian cricket fan feels too.Healing TouchLachy Patterson, the Australian cricket team’s missing media manager, is back in action. Patterson and his wife Louise lost their twin girls before the Boxing Day Test in Mel-bourne. During the match, the Australian team members wore black armbands. The 32-year-old, who was hired by Cricket Australia five years ago, took charge before the third Test in Perth. Journalists from India and Australia offered their condolences.Quotes of the Week”You die, you die. You don’t see which is the better way to die.” M.S. Dhoni, on whether a whitewash in Australia will hurt more than the one in England.advertisement”Practise.” Rahul Dravid, on being asked how he planned to celebrate his 39th birthday.”I am going to tell Sachin to try some other sport if he loves defending.” Sourav Ganguly’s advice to Sachin.Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid practise at the nets.Finally, Some PracticeOn January 17, for the first time during the tour, the entire Indian team was seen at net practice at the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) ground in Perth, even though it was optional. The lethargic body language was gone. No one was resting in the shade. The pacers were taking the requisite 15-20 strides before bowling at the nets and the batsmen were padded up, unlike in the past. One thing was unchanged though. Coach Duncan Fletcher did not speak much, merely observing the players from a quiet corner.HIT WICKETViewers in Western Australia, who switched on their TV sets to watch the Aussies romp to an easy win at the waca on Day 3 of the third Test, were in for a shock. Channel 9, the official broadcaster of the match, decided to air a special surfing event instead of the match because they wanted a crowd at the stadium.Find of the SeriesAfter the first Test in Melbourne, Umesh Yadav, the 24-year-old coal miner’s son from Nagpur, said: “Australia ko khol ke rakh dunga (we will tear the Australians apart).” He kept his word. In the last three Tests, he has scalped 13 wickets, including a five-wicket haul in Perth. He is spending a lot of time with his mentor and former Indian pace bowler Subroto Banerjee, who is in Australia now. If only he had some support from the famed Indian batting line-up.Sakshi sports a Mahi tattoo on her neck.Love BiteM.S. Dhoni’s wife Sakshi, 23, not only got a “Mahi” tattoo on her neck, she also posted pictures on her Facebook profile. Indian cricket’s first lady has been travelling with Dhoni since the beginning of the tour Down Under and the couple is inseparable off the field.Virender SehwagNo nets for NawabRahul Dravid says there is no rift between M.S. Dhoni and his deputy Virender Sehwag. But the two are barely talking to each other, on and off the field. A day before the third Test in Perth, Sehwag faced only six balls in the nets before calling it a day. India lost the Perth Test by an innings and 37 runs and Sehwag scored a duck in the first innings and 10 in the second. That did not stop him from taking wife Aarti and four-year-old son Aryavir out shopping the very next day. He better be careful of excess baggage, especially with the family help booked into a separate room at the hotel.Zaheer KhanFamily FirstZaheer Khan is waiting for the Australian tour to end, but for a different reason. Khan and his on-off girlfriend, dancer-actor Isha Sharvani, 27, have decided to tie the knot by end-March.Isha SharvaniDaughter of Australian composer Devissaro and Indian dancer Daksha Seth, Sharvani’s family is currently based in Thiruvananthapuram. Both families recently met and finalised wedding plans.advertisementlast_img read more