Enactus promotes entrepreneurship, innovation

first_imgThe South African entry in the Enactus World Cup helped a small-scale fishery in KwaZulu-Natal develop and expand its operations. It was one of many projects showcased in the competition that are offering practical and innovative ways to improve quality of life around the world. . Teams from 36 countries gathered at the Sandton Convention Centre for the Enactus World Cup, a competition that judges the best social and environmental projects run by university students. (Image: Shamin Chibba) • Active citizenship in South Africa at a healthy level • Social enterprises set up to change lives • Redefining corporate social investment in South Africa • Foundation believes in the healing power of dreams • Active citizenship in South Africa at a healthy level Shamin ChibbaCreating jobs and saving the planet may seem like global goals that only governments and the United Nations have set out to achieve, but an event in Johannesburg has shown that young students can achieve the same thing, by starting local.The Enactus World Cup brought hundreds of students from 36 universities across the world to the Sandton Convention Centre, last week to showcase their innovative social and environmental projects. Held between 14 and 16 October, the world cup took on the format of a knockout sports tournament. The teams showcased the work they had done in their home towns and were judged upon the effectiveness of their campaigns.Britain’s University of Southampton edged out Brigham Young University from Hawaii to claim the top prize for its Right Light project. It set up entrepreneurs in Kenya, Uganda and Madagascar to provide solar lamps to communities. This increased income and reduced respiratory illnesses.According to competition judge Sibani Mngomezulu, Enactus is all about promoting entrepreneurship with a social focus. “It allows university students the opportunity to present projects that have a social impact. So they select projects from communities where they identify a need and they put together a project that will have an impact.”To qualify for the world cup, teams must win their respective national competitions. Enactus was initially known as Students in Free Enterprise Worldwide before it changed its name in 2012. Since its founding in 1975, it has grown to include over 70 000 students as members from more than 1 750 campuses in 36 countries. It also has held its annual world cup since 1999.Innovation is one of Brand South Africa’s key components in the nation brand hexagon which, like the Enactus World Cup aims to do, find creative ways of solving economic, social and even environmental issues. The Enactus World Cup falls in line with the National Development Plan’s educational outcome, with the former striving towards quality basic education and the latter aiming for an improved quality of life. KPMG, one of the Enactus World Cup sponsors, displayed the kind of bamboo bicycle used for the Cycle for Water initiative used by two cyclists, Theo Rohfritsch and Simon Valdenaire, who covered 25 000 kilometres on their route from France to New Zealand (Image: Shamin Chibba)South Africans’ maritime focusSouth Africa’s representatives, University of Zululand, made it to the semi-final only to be ousted by fellow African contenders Mohammedia School of Engineers from Morocco.The South Africans’ project had a maritime focus, with the intention of protecting endangered sea life while providing employment in a rural community.The team worked with Sofoco Fish Farm, a small-scale operation focused on harvesting freshwater fish for wholesale commercial purposes, and helped it develop and expand its operations.Despite improving life for KwaZulu-Natal locals, the team lost out to the Moroccans’ Breathe project. It developed two innovative technologies to provide clean and sustainable energy sources: Boron, which are ecologically friendly briquettes made out of recycled materials; and Kanoun, a cooking stove that ensures total combustion and better aeration.By replacing traditional materials, the project has saved five tons of wood and 12 tons of carbon. Over 150 units of Kanoun have been sold, resulting in a 110% increase in monthly revenues and providing clean energy for 1 431 people.last_img read more

Philippi Village builds business

first_imgThe Phillippi Village offers locals job opportunities and means residents will not have to travel long distances in search of work. (Image and Video: Future Cape Town)An old cement factory in Philippi has been turned into a thriving entrepreneurial complex where the region’s start-ups and growing businesses can build a future.Philippi is a predominantly low income township of more than 200 000 people on the outskirts of Cape Town. Only 62% of the labour force aged 15 to 64 is employed, and 78% of households have a monthly income of R3 200 or less. The area also has a very large percentage of young people, with 50% of residents aged 24 or younger.But Philippi Village brings hope to the area. The large entrepreneurial development provides a space where entrepreneurs and businesses can grow and where residents can develop skills and increase their employability.Its primary aim is to provide the infrastructure to house local businesses. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to cluster and collaborate to strengthen their businesses, stimulating local entrepreneurship and creating promising economic futures within Philippi, according to the village.It stands to reason that setting up businesses locally will bring local job opportunities, and mean residents will not have to travel long distances in search of work.The village consists of: The Hub, Village Square, The Container Walk and The Shed.The Hub is the centre of the village. It is a R120-million development that is designed as a creative and dynamic place that provides secure, accessible and affordable infrastructure where people can meet, host events collaborate and, importantly, locate their businesses locally.Watch how Philippi Village works:As its name suggests, the Village Square is an outdoors area designed as a place to spend leisure time, after hours or for small meetings during the day. It is open to recreation, art, music and there is a big screen.The Container Walk uses reclaimed shipping containers as business premises to help grow start-ups and small businesses. This way, it offers cost effective solutions with the added bonus of full business support and mentoring.Philippi Village has taken a phased approach and roll out. The entire project and its revenues are for community benefit and for re-investment into future phases of the development. If you are interested in partnering or becoming a social investor, contact the village.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

IMA asks BCCI to consider pollution levels before deciding match venue

first_imgThe Indian Medical Association (IMA) has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take in account atmospheric pollution while deciding the venue of a match.A letter written to BCCI by KK Aggarwal, National President Indian Medical Association (IMA), reads, “Rain and poor light are taken into consideration while determining suitable playing conditions, so we suggest that atmospheric pollution should now also be included in the assessing criteria for a match.”The IMA letter comes after Sri Lankan players were seen wearing masks during the third and final Test game between India and Sri Lanka in the national capital’s Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.The fast bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage also walked off the field after they allegedly expressed displeasure in bowling under the conditions of high levels of air pollution.Talking to ANI, IMA president, said, “We request International Cricket Council (ICC) to revise their guidelines when they are talking about weather conditions. As on today they are talking about the visibility of the ground and raining, they should also consider pollution levels. It is an international need.”He added that players who are coming from areas where pollution level is zero or less than 50 are bound to feel sick, if they are suddenly exposed to pollution level of 300 or 400.Asked about Sri Lankan players complaints about the pollution, Aggarwal said, “They did the right thing if they were protesting against it. Medically there was no reason to continue the match; it must have been taken off.”advertisement”Had the match been cancelled, it could have been a bigger opportunity for Delhi to make all the efforts to bring the pollution level down,” he said.He quipped that a wrong message has been conveyed from the India and Sri Lanka match that it is safe for children to play cricket even when the PM 2.5 levels are more than 300.The national capital has been in news since last several days as the air quality in the Delhi-NCR region has been ranging between ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ which has evoked ire among the citizens.last_img read more

Nets To Sign Former #5 Pick Robinson

first_imgNEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets plan to sign forward Thomas Robinson once he clears waivers, a person with knowledge of the situation said.Robinson was waived Feb. 22 by the Denver Nuggets, who had acquired him from Portland on Thursday at the trade deadline.The former No. 5 overall pick would likely sign Feb. 25 if no team claims him, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no moves can become official until after the waiver process is completed.Robinson wrote on Twitter on Feb. 23: “All thanks to GOD ! Thank you Brooklyn.”The 6-foot-9 Robinson was sent to Denver in the deal that brought Arron Afflalo to Portland. Taken by Sacramento with the No. 5 pick in the 2012 draft, he has also played for Houston, averaging 4.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 172 games.The Nets’ plans were first reported by Yahoo Sports.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Israel fighter jet sale to Croatia fails after US objections

first_imgZAGREB, Croatia — Croatia’s defence minister says Israel has failed to overcome U.S. objections to a plan to sell 12 used fighter jets to Croatia and the $500 million deal will likely be cancelled.Damir Krsticevic spoke after a meeting with Israeli defence officials in Zagreb on Thursday.Israel reached a tentative deal to sell the upgraded F-16 Barak fighters to Croatia in March pending U.S. approval that would allow the American-made technology to be purchased by a third party.The deal ran into trouble after Washington said that Israel needs to strip off the upgrades that were added to the aircraft after Israel took delivery from the U.S. some 30 years ago.Israel upgraded the jets with sophisticated electronics, which was crucial in Croatia’s decision to buy the planes from Israel rather than from the U.S.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UNBC President hoping to see nursing school in Fort St John in

first_imgTalks on setting up the nursing school began back in February, just weeks before Auditor General Carol Bellringer released a report which said that Northern Health was not doing enough to recruit and retain registered nurses in the northeast part of the province. As part of her recommendations, Bellringer said that establishing a nursing school in Northeast B.C. would help to better recruit and retain nurses in this part of the province.In July, Peace River Regional District Chair Brad Sperling said that the PRRD was waiting to hear back from the Ministry of Advanced Education about the proposal.Dr. Weeks said that the Ministry has reviewed the nursing school proposal over the summer, sending it back to get some questions and clarifications about the pathway’s students would take through the program, as well as assurances about UNBC’s partnership with NLC.“We’ve done all that, it’s in front of them right now and we’re, like everyone else, just waiting to hear. But we’re cautiously optimistic and pretty encouraged about it. I have several meetings with the Ministry this fall, and we anticipate that we’ll make some progress on that.”Dr. Weeks explained that 50 percent of the program’s spaces will be set aside for NLC students, which he says will enable the programs already in place to increase the pathways that students in Northeast B.C. have.He said that if everything goes according to plan, the nursing school would, at the earliest, begin admitting its first students 18 months from now. When asked about further expanding UNBC’s medical school into Northeast B.C. after the nursing school is established, Dr. Weeks said that while those talks had not yet happened the medical program at the Prince George campus is looking at ways to be better connected with communities in Northern B.C.He added that in the meantime, UNBC has also begun expanding physiotherapy programs in Northern B.C. due to the current shortage of physiotherapists in this half of the province. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – UNBC President Dr. Daniel Weeks, who was in Fort St. John yesterday to meet with some of the university’s alumni and attend a board meeting, says that he’s optimistic about the provincial government approving the university’s proposal to start a nursing school in Fort St. John.Dr. Weeks, who is beginning his second as the university’s president, said that UNBC’s Nursing Program currently offers courses at its main campus in Prince George, as well as online, and at satellite campuses in Quesnel and Terrace.He said that the university has partnered with Northern Lights College and local governments in Northeast B.C. on a proposal to offer Nursing Program courses at its Fort St. John campus, which is located at the college.last_img read more

Nursing grievances

first_imgAfter five years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi representing Varanasi, has the constituency changed for the better? Has it become cleaner? Has it been transformed into a Kyoto as Modi had promised? Are the weavers better off? Is the air less polluted? Has the river Ganges become cleaner? Is the infrastructure better? The jury will be out on May 23 when results come. Modi filed his nomination on April 26 to represent Varanasi for the second time. He has stuck to Varanasi and the Modi frenzy was in full swing at the mega roadshow on April 25. Also Read – A special kind of bondA visit to Varanasi reveals that Modi has done a lot but it is still ‘work is in progress’, as Professor A K Shrivastava of the Benares Hindu University claims. I found that Varanasi stands divided between those who support Modi’s ambitious developmental push and those who oppose it. In 2014, he had promised a metro, a monorail, six-lane highways, flyovers, satellite towns, 24-hour electricity and water, a clean Ganges, luxury cruises on the Ganges, solid waste management and other developmental works. Modi’s supporters point out that he has not only focused on improving roads but also improved the overall infrastructure in and around Varanasi. The Multi-Modal Terminal and the Trade Facilitation Centre, heritage lights installed across Varanasi are some examples. On paper, Modi has brought about Rs 30,000 crores worth projects in these five years. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe first thing that strikes you after landing at the Lal Bahadur Shastri airport is a four-lane road to the city with three flyovers. Our cab driver Kamalesh points out that it takes just 45 minutes to reach the city as compared to three hours earlier. A clear view of the Ganga, broadened roads, flyovers and bridges welcome you as you enter Varanasi. But there are no signs of posters and elections are low key. According to Anand Chaube, a staunch Modi supporter the improvements include gas pipeline, the Ring Road, bridges over the Ganga and the Varuna. But Modi’s critics point out that roads are dug up for laying underground cables. The city is dotted with filth, bumpy roads with potholes and crumbling bridges. The Congress candidate Ajay Rai notes that sanitation has improved, but the poor drainage system is another problem. Rai is critical of a dedicated Viswanath corridor to the temple. The project involves a 50 feet wide pathway after demolishing around 250 structures, some built in 17thcentury. The Rs 600crore project will create 45,000 square metres of prime space. I found that some of the residents from whom the houses were bought are not happy. Some religious leaders have also opposed the project. They claim that the project is trampling ‘Kashi’s soul’. From the Muslim side, Mufti Maulana Abdul Batin Nomani is concerned about the security of masjid adjacent to the temple. The RSS leader Ramesh and the VHP leader Divakar claim that the pilgrims are now able to move about freely. Incidentally, a visit to the temple proves pilgrims welcome this corridor. The boatmen who take you around the 90 Ghats are great fans of Modi. Showing the installation of lights on the riverfront, our boatman Mahesh Saini is proud of the improvements in the Ghats. “Modi ji ne bahut kaam kiya” he says. There is a visible difference in Assi, Dasaawamedh and a few other Ghats. The Alaknanda, the 60-seater luxury vessel floated by Nordic Cruise Line, offers breathtaking cruises on the Ganges. But the Samajwadi candidate Shalini Yadav notes that not far away from the Assi Ghats most of Varanasi’s waste spills into the Ganga. More than 3/4th of the total sewage generated in the city is being dumped in the Ganga through Assi and other drains. Varanasi is also faced with severe pollution problem. Vishwambhar Nath Mishra, the mahant of Sankatmochan temple, is the most vocal voice on lack of sewage system, Ganga cleaning etc. Modi had announced a Rs. 21,000 crore plan to clean up the river with Rs.600 crore specially allotted for his constituency Varanasi. Haji Habibullah, a Muslim weaver points out that the famous Benarasi silk industry is almost on the verge of collapse because of the mass-produced garments and the Chinese competition. There are about six lakhs weavers in the city; most of them Muslims, and many have abandoned their profession because it was no longer profitable. Modi’s Mudra loan schemes have helped them but the number of beneficiaries is falling. They have difficulty in filling out the forms for the GST, as most weavers are illiterate. Modi has no challengers in Varanasi. The BJP and RSS workers are complacent. Ajay Rai and Shalini Yadav are weak candidates. Had Priyanka Gandhi contested, there would have been some contest. The only debate now is the margin of victory for Modi. He had won in 2014 with a margin of over 580,000 votes. Modi told his supporters after filing nomination: “Mother Ganga will take care of me.” (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

TMC alleges BJP goons damaged Vidyasagars statue submits proof to EC in

first_imgNew Delhi: Intensifying its attack on the saffron party over the desecration of a bust of social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar during the violence in Kolkata, the Trinamool Congress on Wednesday released videos to claim that “BJP goons” damaged the statue. Trinamool Parliamentary team comprising Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Manish Gupta, Nadimul Haque also met the Election Commission over the issue and submitted “proof” in support of their claim. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Earlier, at a press conference here, TMC leader Derek O’Brien said, “The video not only clearly establishes what the BJP did, but proves that its chief Amit Shah is a liar and ‘dhokebaaz’ (betrayer).” The reaction from the TMC came close on the heels of BJP president Amit Shah accusing the West Bengal’s ruling party of indulging in violence in the state and alleged that the poll panel has been a “mute spectator”. “The streets of Kolkata are tinged with shock and anger. What happened yesterday hurt Bengali pride,” O’Brien said, adding the TMC will submit the videos, it has, to the poll panel and is authenticating them on record. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen One of the videos shows a group of men purportedly trying to break down the gate of the Vidyasagar college and enter the campus by jumping over its walls. “It is a childish argument to ask who had the keys to the gate? The video establishes beyond doubt who desecrated the statue,” O’Brien said, claiming his party has as many as 44 videos to support its claims. The party also showed a video and WhatsApp message allegedly by a BJP supporter asking people to come to Shah’s roadshow with rods and arms to fight the TMC and police. “We are trying to obtain and authenticate audio of slogans like ‘Vidyasagar finished, where is the Josh’ raised during the violence,” O’Brien said and alleged that the Central forces deployed in West Bengal have started a “whisper campaign” asking people to vote for the BJP. “The Central forces are in cahoots with the BJP. We have written to the EC thrice and this will be our fourth letter,” the TMC leader said. BJP and TMC supporters Tuesday fought pitched battles on the streets of Kolkata during a massive road show by Shah, who escaped unhurt but was forced to cut short the jamboree and had to be escorted to safety by the police. Parts of the city plunged into a welter of violence as his convoy was attacked with stones by alleged TMC supporters from inside the hostel of Vidyasagar College, triggering a clash between supporters of the two parties. Furious BJP supporters retaliated and were seen exchanging blows with their TMC rivals outside the college entrance. The Trinamool Congress also accused Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain of giving orders to the police not to intervene in BJP issues in state. “Jain has influenced the police not to interfere in what the BJP is doing in the election campaign, more so in the case of Amit Shah. The model code of conduct is being violated by them with impunity. There were drunken ‘outsiders’ who were part of this violence. “They have been brought by the BJP from Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and kept in hotels and private houses. The same people have been seen in Shah’s roadshow and the ensuing violence,” TMC leader Manish Gupta said.last_img read more