Get Lara involved, advises Warne

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Legendary Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne believes an intervention from Brian Lara is warranted in order to save West Indies’ troubled tour Down Under from becoming a full blown crisis.Speaking after witnessing the Windies innings and 212-run defeat inside three days in the opening Test in Hobart, Warne said Lara could play a role in reviving team morale.”Lara is in the country. They need to get him involved, spend some time with the team in Melbourne,” said Warne, who snared 708 wickets from 145 Tests.Lara is the highest run-getter for West Indies in Tests with 11 953 runs in 131 matches and remains the world record holder for the highest scores in Tests and first class cricket.He is currently in Australia after featuring in a Festival of Cricket Twenty20 match in Western Australia last week.Warne, one of Lara’s main nemeses during his playing days, said it was important West Indies bounced back as world cricket needed a strong Caribbean side.”I think world cricket needs the West Indies to be strong. What they bring to the table is so exciting,” said Warne. “They play with emotion, passion and flair. The Windies are passionate people and they will be hurting from that loss.”West Indies were hammered in Hobart, dismissed twice for 223 and 148, in response to Australia’s massive first innings score of 583 for four declared.They face Australia in the second Test in Melbourne starting Boxing Day.last_img read more

Read More »

Warriors’ Klay Thompson a game-time decision vs. Lakers

first_imgOAKLAND — Warriors guard Klay Thompson is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers (5:30 pm PT, ABC) because of an unspecified illness that also sidelined him during Thursday’s loss against Philadelphia.“Klay was not here today,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said about the team’s optional day. “He’s still sick. We’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow.”Thompson was in the Warriors’ locker room before Thursday’s game, but then reported feeling sick. The Warriors then …last_img read more

Read More »

Paul Modjadji says Dare to Dream

first_imgEveryone has dreams; for Paul Modjadji that dream is to help people reach their full potential.The Brand ambassador for the City of Tshwane and the Daring to Dream movement, Modjadji is the driving force behind the project. As a big dreamer himself, his story, to live his dream has resulted in him dancing on international stages; a solid example of what is possible for young people if they follow their dreams.“The Daring to Dream movement is a partnership between myself and internationally renowned Khulisa Social Solutions,” said Modjadji.The Daring to Dream movement aims to appeal to young people’s creativity and to encourage them to make a difference by giving backKhulisa Social Solutions is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that addresses social vulnerabilities through multiple partnerships and internationally acclaimed best-practice programmes. It is a movement that aims to help South African youth build their dreams.“Khulisa Social Solutions is bringing in capacity and years of experience of working within the social development sphere, as well as scientific techniques of measuring the movement’s impact and success,” said Modjadji.WORKSHOPSPutting his motivational skills to the test, Modjadji will travel the country giving back to more than 10 000 children, hosting 10 workshops across the nation.Modjadji will conduct some 10 workshops in partnership with Khulisa and other NGOs.Workshops across Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga, North West Province, KwaZulu-Natal will tackle unique social problems, as identified by Khulisa. It is estimated that over 1 000 community members will be reached during this period. Phase two, covering the rest of the country, will kick off in early 2014.The departments of Social Development and Arts and Culture, local business and other parties will monitor each region’s progress through social media platforms. This will be done to reward the community that achieves the most, and to promote an entrepreneurial spirit amongst youth through support, mentoring and corporate volunteerism.“What makes the Daring to Dream movement unique is the platform; it allows for young people to begin to visualise a dream for themselves and the community they want to live in.”The movement inspires young people to begin to think positively and proactively and to use their creativity. It pushes the message that a brighter future begins with a thought, followed through. Young people are appealed to to imagine, dream and visualise the future they would like to see, said Modjadji.The Daring to Dream movement was launched on the 31 August 2013 in Tembisa, East Rand, Gauteng, to promote the idea of a society where young people are heard, encouraged and motivated. The movement aims to appeal to young people’s creativity and to encourage them to make a difference by giving back.Three divisions have been set up to help promote this project; a theatre company launched in Modjadji’s hometown, Hammanskraal; an annual art workshop and a Dare to Dream t-shirt line.Modjadji began the project in 2011 under the Dare to Dream Art Workshops.LET’S DANCEThe movement inspires young people to begin to think positively and proactively and to use their creativity (Images: Paul Modjadji)After completing his matric in 2002 Modjadji received a scholarship to attend the Danseorkestret Dance Foundation in Denmark; in the same year he received the Global Young Leaders Award from the Washington, DC-based Global Young Leaders Congress.He returned to South Africa in 2003, to study at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Dance programme. In 2004 he landed a role on popular soapie Backstage, much loved by South African youth.Qualifications mounting, in 2005 he graduated with a degree in media studies and journalism, majoring in writing. He was selected to represent South Africa at the World Dance Championships in Germany in the same year, and – as a dancer and choreographer – represented the South African Department of Arts and Culture at the India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum in India in 2008.He graduated from Faissit Business College in 2010, qualifying as a project manager and performed in the 2010 Fifa World Cup opening and closing ceremonies.In 2011 Modjadji became the first African to win the European Dance Union (ESDU) World Dance Championships for the Jazz Division in Croatia, and in 2012, won the South African Youth Award in arts and entertainment.This year in May he coached 19-year-old Katlego Moela to win the 2013 ESDU Hip Hop World Dance Championship in Croatia.He has also been roped in to choreograph South Africa’s first dance film set to show in 2014 next year.For more information visit his website.last_img read more

Read More »

Maverick Awards to recognise under-35 business genius

first_imgThe Maverick Awards aim to encourage dynamic young entrepreneurs to help drive South Africa’s job creation and economic growth. (Image: Brand South Africa) • Sandisiwe Gugushe Public Relations Brand South Africa +27 11 712 5007 sandisiweg@brandsouthafrica.com • Ugandan entrepreneur looks after women and girls • The DTI spotlights small tech businesses • Saving the world a drop at a time • South African businesses honoured • Young, gifted and African? Apply for the $75 000 Anzisha PrizeMelissa Jane Cook“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes,” said the late Steve Jobs. “The ones who see things differently – they’re not fond of rules … You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things.”For the first time in South Africa, the entrepreneurial skills of the country’s young people will be celebrated by new awards exclusively for businesspeople under the age of 35. The Maverick Awards, a project of youth development consultancy Under 35 Mavericks in partnership with Brand South Africa, Wits Business School, the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Intel, seek to recognise and reward the hard-nosed genius of established young South African entrepreneurs with prizes of up to R1-million.The Maverick Awards are open to 10 categories of young entrepreneurs aged 18 to 35. They must operate their enterprises within the borders of South Africa, and must have been in business for at least three years, with a minimum annual turnover of R1-million. Nominations are open from Monday 10 March to Friday 28th March. (See more of the entry criteria.) http://www.under35mavericks.com/page/entry-criteria-and-tcs/Driving job creation“The Maverick Awards seek to carve out a space for young entrepreneurs to be the ‘wind’ that drives the sails of our job creation and economic growth endeavours,” said Bokang Seritsane, founder of Under 35 Mavericks. “In a country where a significant proportion of the young population is without employment or sustainable economic opportunity, it is imperative to acknowledge youth success and unleash new role models who can inspire numerous other young South Africans to be the creators of their own destinies.”The awards will be launched in June, South Africa’s annual Youth Month. They aim to boost the development of a new generation of young, innovative South African entrepreneurs. The hope is that these tycoons-in-the-making will go on to contribute significantly to the economy, so helping improve the lives of South Africa’s people.“Innovation has become the blueprint to sustainable entrepreneurial success, handsomely rewarding those that embrace it by affording them creative disruption ability, market access, competitiveness, growth and ultimately grand success,” said Seritsane.Under 35 Mavericks plan to roll out initiatives to help young entrepreneurs in the critical areas of market access, creativity and value innovation for sustainable competitive advantage, business growth strategy, marketing for growth in depressed economies, leadership for entrepreneurs, investor readiness as well as value asset creation.For more information on how to nominate yourself or a young entrepreneur you know, go to www.under35mavericks.com, follow @under35maverick on Twitter or visit Under 35 Mavericks on Facebook.last_img read more

Read More »

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 18, 2012

first_imgGeocaching at the 2012 Olympic GamesThe world’s attention turns to London for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and geocaching will be there. Geocaches within one mile of the Olympic venues have been temporarily disabled out of an abundance of caution. However, geocaching will still help guide tourists and locals to reveal the rich history of the Olympics in London. New geocaches have been hidden at five key locations, outside the current Olympic venue zones. The locations are related to the 1908, 1948, and 2012 Olympic Games.These geocaches are part of the Discovering Places “Culture Caching” project. Discovering Places is the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad campaign to inspire the UK to discover their locally built, historic and natural environments. It is delivered on behalf of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games by The Heritage Alliance.Geocachers headed to London for the Olympics can also select great caches from this bookmark list, which features 40 geocaches located at heritage sites around the UK.You Refer a Friend, Groundspeak Donates $1 to Charity SharePrint Related July is the perfect month to introduce a friend to geocaching. You can open a world of adventure to a new geocacher and help raise money for two worthy causes. Through July 30, 2012, for each new member that you refer to Geocaching.com, we’ll donate $1 to charity. Take your friends out on the trail with you, send them the “tell a friend” email, share geocaching on your social network or shout about it from rooftops. The more people you refer, the more those in need receive, up to a total of $10,000 USD!Please note that your friend needs to create an account (Basic or Premium), fill in the “referred by” field on the Geocaching.com account creation page, and log at least one cache between July 1 and July 30 to count as a referral! Check out our blog for more details. So far this month, you’ve raised more than $3,500. This year, the money will be split evenly between DonorsChoose.org and the Special Olympics.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Read More »