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Small businesses in South Africa honoured

first_imgThe hard work and achievements of the small business community in South Africa were in the spotlight when the winners of the 2015 South African Small Business Awards were announced on 5 November 2015 at a breakfast at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg.The awards, hosted by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) and sponsored by Adams & Adams, First National Bank and Vodacom, paid tribute to the contribution that small businesses made in creating employment and building communities. They represented various industries throughout the country.Successful small businesses promote the outcomes of the country’s National Development Plan. It aims to create decent employment through inclusive economic growth, so creating a better South Africa, a better Africa, and a better world.The NSBC, established in 2007, is a non-profit membership organisation and the driving force fuelling small business growth. It was set up to foster the sustainability and growth of the SME sector, driving job creation, alleviating unemployment and nurturing the country’s entrepreneurial spirit. The chamber has a membership of more than 87 000 small- and medium-sized enterprises and 50 big brands as national partners.Mike Anderson, founder and chief executive officer of the NSBC, gives a motivational speech.(Image: National Small Business Chamber)Mike Anderson, the founder and chief executive officer of the NSBC, said in a statement that being recognised as a champion business further validated the award winners’ reputation for quality and provided opportunities for further growth. “While our economy struggles to reach its full potential, small businesses like the 2015 award winners act as shining examples of how innovation, perseverance and commitment can have a big impact,” he said.“Though times can be tough, this year’s winners have proven they can be too. The 2015 winners have shown that through passion, hard work and dedication, success is achievable.”The South African Small Business Awards, now in its seventh year, once again drew thousands of entries. This year, three special awards were introduced: National Exporter Award, National Travel & Tourism Award and National Innovation Award.Social mediaBusiness owners and others at the awards tweeted about the event:Delighted that .@StaffsUni Business School has been recognised by @SmallBizCharter for its SME and enterprise work https://t.co/76NJL98Edd— Paul Williams (@PaulWilliams207) November 5, 2015Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) & @KatlegoMaboe talking about the importance of #smallbusiness #SmallBizAwardsSA https://t.co/SlLBSxjFA5— NSBC South Africa (@mysmallbiz) November 5, 2015Networking with some of SA’s best entrepreneurs @Phezulu_Group #smallbizawards #entrepreneur #SmallBusiness pic.twitter.com/Y2kMfek7Ob— Jean-Mari_Zeilinga (@JeanMariZ2) November 5, 2015#smallbizawards @ThinkroomTalk Daunting task to grow a business but nothing more rewarding— Zuanda (@ZuandaReid) November 5, 2015Women absolutely dominating these awards. Very encouraging to see. #SmallBizAwardsSA— media757 (@Media7five7) November 5, 2015The winnersAriston Global, owned by Reginald Pillay, was named 2015 National Small Business Champion. Pillay’s company provides accounting, tax, human resources and advisory services. It has grown over eight years to report a growth rate of more than 250% this financial year and created many new, professional long-term job opportunities for young entrants to the job market.Pillay said the first 1 000 days of a business were the most critical. “I’m inspired by how we’ve grown over the last eight years into the Ariston Global that you see today.“I am honoured to be the recipient of this award and humbled to be recognised by the NSBC. The way that the NSBC not only supports small businesses but also provides accolades for achievement is great. I am so happy to be a part of that.”From left: Stephen Swart, Head of Acquisitions at FNB; Gerard Du Plessis, Chairman at Adams & Adams; Reginald Pillay of Ariston Global and Songezo Masiso, National Sales Manager at Vodacom. Pillay won the National Small Business Champion of the Year award. (Image: National Small Business Chamber)The National Entrepreneur Champion and inaugural National Exporter Award went to Shooshoos, an exclusive baby shoe brand owned by Gill Bowen. The company has grown exponentially to become the biggest exclusive baby shoe brand in South Africa and exports to over 15 countries.National Woman in Business Champion of the Year – From Left: First runner-up: Tanya Kisten of Khanyisela College; National Woman in Business Champion of the Year award winner Sonja Smith-Janse Van Rensburg of Sonja Smith Funeral Group Pty Ltd and Second runner-up Refilwe Marumo of Mighty Comms Pty Ltd. (Image: National Small Business Chamber)Sonja Smith Funeral Group, owned by Sonja Smith, was awarded the National Woman in Business Champion. Smith’s passion for being of service to people in times of grief and her tireless advocacy in tackling legal issues in the funeral industry led to the company being featured in the Sunday newspaper Rapport and on television investigative journalism show Carte Blanche.Janine van Zyl, the owner of Cold Gold Artisan Ice Cream, scooped the National Young Entrepreneur Champion Award. With the motto “Perfection is all the little things done well with love”, Cold Gold Artisan Ice Cream creates speciality 100% natural ice cream and sorbet in over 800 flavours.Van Zyl said it was a great honour to receive the award. “It has been inspiring to watch my business grow alongside those of my suppliers. It was part of my vision to not only create a business for myself but to assist other businesses to grow at the same time.”The full list of winners and runners-up is:National Small Business Champion of the YearWinner: Ariston Global – Reginald PillayFirst runner-up: College of Production Technology – Andy GreenwoodSecond runner-up: Oembotutravel.co.za – Henri OtouNational Entrepreneur Champion of the YearWinner: Gill Bowen – ShooshoosFirst runner-up: Tyrone Naidoo – BEE OnlineSecond runner-up: Kevin Paxton – Noble Water SolutionsNational Woman in Business Champion of the YearWinner: Sonja Smith-Janse van Rensburg – Sonja Smith Funeral GroupFirst runner up: Tanya Kisten – Khanyisela CollegeSecond runner-up: Refilwe Marumo – Mighty CommsNational Young Entrepreneur Champion of the YearWinner: Janine Van Zyl – Cold Gold Artisan Ice CreamFirst runner-up: Tshepiso Mametja – Amphiguard BrickyardSecond runner-up: Marisa da Silva – Infanta FoodSpecial awardsNational Travel & Tourism Award: Oembotutravel.Co.Za – Henri OtouNational Exporter Award: Shooshoos – Gill BowenNational Innovation Award: Noble Water Solutions – Kevin PaxtonSource: South African Small Business Awards and Brand South Africa reporter.last_img read more

2019-2020 Ohio FFA Officer Team (Audio included)

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest President: Holly McClay- Fredericktown Audio Playerhttps://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190503_HollyMcClay_OhioFFA.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Vice President: Bethany Starlin- Chief Logan Audio Playerhttps://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190503_BethanyStarlin_OhioFFA.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Secretary: Noah Smith- Amanda-Clearcreek Audio Playerhttps://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190503_NoahSmith_OhioFFA.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Treasurer: Haleigh Stoller- Wayne Trace Audio Playerhttps://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190503_HaleighStoller_OhioFFA.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Reporter: Mackenzie Hoog- Valley View MVCTC Audio Playerhttps://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190503_MackenzieHoog_OhioFFA.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Sentinel: Justin Beckner- Tallawanda Butler Tech Audio Playerhttps://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190503_JustinBeckner_OhioFFA.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Vice Presidents at Large:Alec Ogg- Upper Sandusky Audio Playerhttps://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190503_AlecOgg.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Mozie van Raaij- Southeastern Audio Playerhttps://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190503_MozievanRaaij_OhioFFA.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Maribeth Pozderac- Fredericktown Audio Playerhttps://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190503_MaribethPozderac_OhioFFA.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Wyatt Kissell- Mt. Vernon Audio Playerhttps://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190503_WyattKissell_OhioFFA.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Chyann Kendel- Twin Valley South MVCTC Audio Playerhttps://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190503_ChyannKendel_OhioFFA.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

MapQuest Launches Android App with OpenStreetMap and Turn-By-Turn Navigation

first_imgaudrey watters Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Location#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … One of the superior apps on the Android phone has long been Google Maps, with its turn-by-turn and voice-guided navigation missing from the iPhone version. So on the surface, MapQuest has a difficult sell to Android users with the launch of its free app today.The MapQuest app also offers the turn-by-turn capabilities and takes advantage of Android’s speech capabilities to offer a voice guide as well. The benefits of MapQuest over Google Maps comes from the former’s use of OpenStreetMap (OSM), making the mapping app usable outside the U.S. and adding to it some user-submitted data. Millions of MapQuest fans frequently use our mobile website from their Android™ devices. To these millions, we’re thrilled to present our free Android™ app with turn-by-turn, voice-guided navigation, as well as OpenStreetMap (OSM) capabilities. Download it here.The Android app is similar to MapQuest’s iPhone offering and includes the following features: voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation, voice search, a map toolbar, walking and driving directions, and live traffic flow information (updated every 5 minutes).It’s the OpenStreetMap component that makes MapQuest (and not just this Android app) an interesting alternative Google’s efforts to map the world. OpenStreetMap offers what MapQuest describes as “a collaborative, ‘by the people, for the people’ mapping movement. It’s basically a living map that is improved every day by people just like you.” This allows users to correct and add information on the map, giving in many instances better local details, including information about local businesses. last_img read more

Will Wearable Computers Make Our Tech Addictions Even Worse?

first_imgTags:#Apple#Google#Google Glass#iWatch#wearable Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … john paul titlowcenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement If you think we’re hooked on social status updates now, just wait. As connected computing starts to shift from our pockets to wearable devices like Google Glass and Apple’s rumored iWatch, the flood of messages and bite-sized digital content is going to become even more relentless. Just like smartphones, these devices will have a transformative impact on things like communication, navigation and productivity. But some are concerned that, like their pocket-sized counterparts, wearables could increase our reliance on technology in unhealthy ways. The First Step: Admitting We Have A ProblemIt’s now beyond debate that owners of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets often exhibit something resembling an addiction to those gadgets. It may not be as serious as something like alcohol or crystal meth, but it’s a type of dependence nonetheless. Sure, some of the press coverage of this topic may be overblown, but the science supporting the existence of widespread smartphone addiction keeps piling up. If that’s not convincing enough, just look around.  A few weeks ago, I was waiting for a table in a crowded restaurant. As I sat on the bench, I couldn’t help but notice the scene next to me: An entire family – mother, father and three kids – were all sitting in total silence, each of them staring intently into little glowing screens. Not once over the course of several minutes did any of them look up from their devices or say a word. Of course, I only noticed this family of smartphone zombies because, for once, I wasn’t glued to my own phone.Scenes like this are incredibly common these days. Sometimes, they’re short-lived and innocent. In some cases, relationships, productivity and mental health can become strained. Evidently, we haven’t yet figured out how to best fit these amazing little computers into our lives. While we’ve had no trouble discovering all kinds of beneficial uses for them, many of us have a hard time knowing when not to use them.What makes us think we’re prepared to wear computers on our faces and wrists? That’s precisely the question some psychologists are asking. Larry Rosen is a research psychologist at California State University and author of iDisorder, a book about the psychological impacts of technology, particularly as our reliance on it increases. “We are already so distractible, checking in with our technology all day long,” says Dr. Rosen. “When we don’t have to reach into our pockets or our purses, we will be even more enmeshed and face even more obsession and compulsion.” With wearable devices, checking messages and updates not only becomes physically easier, but it will also be less noticeable to those around us. For human beings, pulling a small rectangle-shaped device out of our pockets and interacting with it is a relatively new behavior. Looking down at our watches is not, and thus it’s less conspicuous. Sure, it would still be obvious and unusual if I were to look at my watch dozens of times in an hour, not to mention periodically swipe its touch screen. But by even slightly reducing the physical barrier to interacting with the digital world, we’re ensuring we’ll do it more.  Mainlining The Internet Directly Into Our EyeballsHead-mounted computers are a little different. For one, they’re not intended for everybody. Not yet, anyway. When Google Glass first hits the market, we’ll know (and probably disapprove) if somebody is wearing it at the dinner table. Early Glass users won’t be able to use them whenever and wherever they please. But when they do use it, they’ll be developing new digital habits. Instead of compulsively checking Facebook on their phones, they’ll be able to mainline status updates and notifications directly into their eyeballs. For awhile, the obvious design of products like Glass will limit their use, and thus curtail whatever disruptive effects they might have. But what happens when head-mounted computers become more seamlessly designed into normal glasses frames? Eventually, we’ll have connected contact lenses. Hopefully we’ll have enough time before their arrival to figure out some of the glaring social and psychological issues these technologies raise. In the meantime, there’s plenty to be excited about. As Sarah Rotmann Epps outlined recently, wearable devices can be hugely beneficial to our lives, especially if they’re designed with our brains’ limitations in mind.  And while Google Glass raises a number of weird social questions, there are lots of very compelling use cases for the device. It’s like any major advance in technology: There are going to be issues. The tech is going to evolve more rapidly than laws, etiquette or certainly the human brain itself. The era of wearable computing is coming regardless of how ready we are.   Related Posts last_img read more

Gasol, Mills lead balanced Spurs attack over Grizzlies

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spurs: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.Grizzlies: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. Willie Marcial is new PBA commissioner Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Deyonta Davis added 12 points. Dillon Brooks finished with 10 points as the Grizzlies were hampered by 43 percent shooting, including 2 of 18 from outside the arc, and 17 turnovers.Between illness and rest, each team was down at least four players, creating some makeshift lineups. Spurs leading-scorer LaMarcus Aldridge took the night off for rest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBoth teams started 2 of 11 from the field in a sloppy first half. Memphis committed 10 turnovers while shooting just under 40 percent, while the Spurs shot slightly better at 44 percent along with eight miscues.Pau Gasol was the only player to reach double figures with 10 points in helping San Antonio to a 51-40 lead at the break. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The Spurs maintained the double-digit lead through the third and early stages of the fourth as the Spurs defense pressured the Grizzlies, still mired at 41 percent shooting, including 2 of 12 from outside the arc.Memphis got the lead to single-digits with just under eight minutes remaining, but the Spurs scored the next six points, including four from Parker to match their biggest lead at 91-76 with about six minutes to go.That was in the midst of a 14-2 Spurs run to take the lead to 20 points.Spurs: Joffrey Lauvergne made his first four shots. … Rudy Gay, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard also sat out for San Antonio. They’re each dealing with long-term injuries. … Bertans started his second game of the season. … Pau Gasol is 17-10 in games against his younger brother Marc. … Spurs have a 27-3 record when leading after three quarters.Grizzlies: F Dillon Brooks was named to the Rising Stars World Team earlier Wednesday. Brooks is a native of Canada. … Ivan Rabb, a rookie out of California, made his first career start. … Saw their streak of five straight games with at least 10 3-pointers snapped.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) drives against his brother and San Antonio Spurs center, Pau Gasol, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Pau Gasol ended an assist short of a triple-double, Patty Mills scored 15 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-85 on Wednesday night.Gasol had 14 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, and Bryn Forbes and Danny Green also finished with 14 points each. Davis Bertans and Dejounte Murray each had 11 points.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more