Brand South Africa sends condolences to those who have lost loved ones in Knysna fires.Brand South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Kingsley Makhubela says, “We send our deepest condolences to families who have lost members in the tragedy.”Johannesburg, Thursday 08 June 2017 – The Western Cape Province is tackling massive wild fires in the Knysna area and after overcoming rain storms in the city which left thousands of local residents displaced. Although the storms have subsided the wild fires continue to cause havoc and a number of homes have already been burned down with over 10 000 residents being evacuated.According to reports the fire in Knysna is the largest and most destructive fire in a built up area in the Western Cape. The National Disaster Centre and the SANDF are working on controlling in putting out the fire.Brand South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said, “We send our deepest condolences to families who have lost members in the tragedy. Brand South Africa is working closely with the Gift of the Givers in providing humanitarian support in the form of food, water, shelter. Now more than ever it is important for citizens to unite and play their part by assisting in any way they can”.“The first delivery of bottled water destined for Cape Town is now re-routed to Knysna and is a few hours away from the town. Contributions in cash and kind for the Western Cape areas will be accepted”, said Mr Sooliman from Gift of the Givers.Cash contributions can be made into the Gift of the Givers account, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg, Account number 052137228, Branch Code 057525Please send deposit slip to [email protected] section 18A tax certificates will be issued on request. For more details call toll-free on 0800786911.
Twitter has launched Twitter 101, a “special guide” to the 140-character network aimed at businesses. Use of Twitter by marketing departments has seen explosive growth recently, if you’re a user of the site that’s obvious by now. But for businesses, the ins and outs of using the site are not obvious. From small local businesses to huge international brands, countless companies have totally flubbed when it comes to using Twitter. The BasicsTwitter 101 begins with the bare bones of the service, with a dictionary of the lingo (that can often be amusing to hardcore users) and instructions on how to sign up and tweet for the first time. The real meat of the site is the best practices and case studies from companies like Dell, Etsy, and American Apparel. Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Where Twitter 101 FailsTwitter 101 works as a very simple primer for businesses who are just now investigating how they might use the service. But considering that there’s an enormous wealth of information already out there, one fact stands out as a glaring failure:Twitter has failed to draw upon its own community. For a site that lives and breathes authentic online community, Twitter has done a miserable job of incorporating or even linking to the wealth of information created for and by business. Every executive of a major interactive marketing agency or division worth their salt has formulated a Twitter strategy. The case studies offered up by Twitter prefer cute anecdotes and racy sales figures rather than any actual marketing strategies. The resources page includes some great material from authors and bloggers on the subject, but little of it comes from within the enterprise. It’s aimed broadly at users and not the enterprise, but community-curated sites such as the Twitter Fan Wiki are not mentioned; there’s no indication that business.twitter.com will embrace any direct input from the community in the future. The Enterprise Needs 102, Not 101If your business is just now finding out about Twitter, then Twitter 101 lives up to its name. But the need right now in the enterprise is not a how-to manual on how to sign up and make their first tweets. The need is for a detailed guide to being effective and authentic participants in one of the most important new sites on the Web. steven walling Tags:#enterprise#saas Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
A fuel-cell demonstration project in Belgium has managed to generate enough electricity to power over a thousand homes. The successful demonstration was a victory for Belgium-based chemical company Solvay and WaterstofNet, one of the agencies that helps guide renewable-energy development in Europe’s Flanders and Netherlands regions through an initiative called Project Hydrogen Region.Last week, Solvay highlighted the power-production rate of a 1 MW proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell that was installed last year at plant operated by Solvay subsidiary and vinyl plastics specialist SolVin in Lillo, Antwerp. The PEM, Solvay says, has generated more than 500 MWh in about 800 hours of operation, or enough electricity to power about 1,370 homes during the 33-day time period. (SolVin is 25% owned by chemical company BASF.)Fuel cells — which use an oxidizing agent such as hydrogen for fuel and, through chemical reaction with an anode catalyst, produce electricity and then, in a second reaction, usually with oxygen, water or carbon dioxide — have been around since the 19th century. In recent decades development of fuel cell technology has been embraced for its potential as a relatively clean energy source.Fuel cells on a large scaleUsually powered by natural gas, a good source of hydrogen, fuel cells are fairly widely used in commercial vehicles and forklifts, and in a few cases they have been developed to generate electricity for commercial buildings. The PEM supplying power to the SolVin factory is billed by Solvay as the largest in the world — a significantly scaled-up unit comprised of 12,600 fuel cells.Nedstack, one of the companies that helped build the PEM using Solvay specialty polymers and its SolviCore membrane electrode assemblies, noted that “electrical efficiency has proven to be 50%, with a total efficiency — including heat recuperation — of 80%.”Project Hydrogen Region has a total budget of $18.4 million financed by the European Union, the Flemish government, the Dutch government, and industry participants. Project Hydrogen Region contributed about $1.9 million to Solvay’s fuel cell project budget of $6.6 million. WaterstofNet hopes to use the project for further research and leverage its success to help fund the development other fuel cell systems.
Confidence is the key to making successful and creative leaders which may directly translate into good performance by their subordinates, says a study that examined productive teams at modern workplaces.“When leaders feel confident that they can produce creative outcomes, their subordinates become more creative. It’s that simple,” said study author Dina Krasikova from University of Texas at San Antonio. Usually, creative leaders have the proper experience to fuel their ideas. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As a result, they’re more confident. Also, leaders become more confident in their creativity when it is recognised by the senior management. But what surprised Krasikova is that a leader’s creativity and confidence is contagious.“A factor in this is the power of positive thinking,” said Krasikova, an expert in leadership, in a paper published in the journal Organisational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes. “Leaders can imbue their subordinates with confidence and creativity just by setting an example themselves,” she added. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe study also found that ineffective or abusive leaders create stressful situations for their employees by humiliating them in front of others, playing favourites or not giving their subordinates proper credit for their work.“When you feel stressed, you feel helpless and your productivity and creativity is diminished,” the researcher said. “Many times this originates with the leader. For example, you might come to work unsure of what you’re supposed to be doing because you get conflicting expectations from your direct supervisor or your boss. The solution is clear roles and communication,” she added.Interpersonal relationships between leaders and subordinates, too, play an important role in the team’s performance. “When a confident, creative leader also has good relationship with subordinates, it has even a stronger impact on subordinates’ creativity,” Krasikova said.
All hail the queen of drama, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, as she arrives in the Capital for the first time to take us on a roller-coaster ride that is her life. ‘Drama Queen’ – an honest biographical play – based on her book of the same name – will make you laugh, cry and look at the modern Indian woman in a whole new light with all her vulnerabilities and strengths.After a decade long hiatus, Suchitra says that as her daughter is all grown-up now, she has decided to get more active. “Being a single mother is extremely demanding on your time as you don’t have the liberty of just taking off to somewhere. So, I made a choice of staying at home and look over my newborn daughter. And now that she can take care of herself, I decided to get back to being more active,” said the actor with an impressive filmography. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDirected by Inaayat Ali Sami and presented by AGP world, the play on October 6 at the India Habitat Centre, will show her in a never seen before avatar for the first time, as we witness the drama queen, looking for the perfect life partner. “It is almost impossible to enact the whole book, so, for the play, I chose the part where I go around proposing marriage to my friends, how my family reacts to it and the events that unfold due to those incidents.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSuchitra shares, “In the book, you won’t know where the fact ends and fiction starts; my life is much vast than that. The play and the book are all about how things unfold in my life – in a highly dramatised manner. I did take some vulnerable moments of my life for the performance and tried to play the character with a lot of humour and fun.” In her candid, wacky, madcap biography, Suchitra takes us on a hormone-driven period of her life five years post-divorce with actor-director Shekhar Kapur; fame and everything that a good girl from a ‘decent’ Indian family would want. But who is a ‘good girl’ from a ‘decent’ family? “In my book, I was talking about the kind of society that we live in; a society with a typical middle-class environment. A girl has to adhere by so many do’s and don’ts; you are not supposed to talk or dress in a certain way; don’t date men, and be confined to what the family wants from you. I think that pressure is too much and in my own way, I was trying to break out of that and say, that I am as much of a good girl even if I don’t adhere to it. Parental and family pressure, society rules, and log kya kahenge is something we are all trapped in to a certain extent and I never understood the hypocrisy or brushing things under the carpet. I have never understood why people in India don’t talk about sex or going to a shrink. These things should be very normal,” said the unabashed actor, writer and singer. Suchitra has never shied away from calling a spade a spade even if it dismays the society and that’s what one can expect from her play. “I think society is very afraid of women’s sexuality, and their freedom. And that’s something which comes from patriarchy. It is a patriarchy that has trickled down even to women in the way they are conditioned. I frankly don’t take much heed towards what people say about me, how they judge me or how they see me. I think everyone should concentrate all their energy on their own life and try to make their own life better.”Suchitra has seen the industry up-close and said a big no to a favour in exchange for sex. She says that if an adult woman has consensual sex with a man 10 times then she cannot cry rape, as we see this happening nowadays. “I think it is a pure exploitation of the law and a lot of women are misusing the law. There is something very convoluted and opportunistic about that. Yes, women should be protected but women can also use the law wrongly and I think that’s happening in many instances. Women should also have the guts to have sex for the sake of sex or advancement, and not play helpless victims when things go wrong.” A single mother, stuck in the quagmire of her strict middle-class moral upbringing, Suchitra hurtles, chugs and somersaults on a rollercoaster journey in a desperate bid to find security and true love. This play will teach you ‘the freedom to be’ or as Suchitra says, “It is perfectly okay to be vulnerable, to make mistakes, to express yourself and it’s okay to be yourself.”