first_imgA DONEGAL businessman has accused a rival company of using interns as “slave labour” with no prospect of them ever being offered proper jobs at the end.He spoke out after reading a European Parliament report which made the same claims this week.“The people behind these schemes often mean well but some businesses which use them, abuse them and abuse the young people they are taking on,” he claimed. “I know one business which rivals my own. I pay proper wages to loyal staff.“Now I find myself competing against someone who appears to have endless access to unpaid interns and trainees. He moves from one scheme to another and from one agency to the next.“This allows him to undercut me in my business employing people on proper salaries and therefore endanger those full-time positions.“It should not be allowed to happen. A company which employs trainees and interns on schemes should either offer jobs at the end of the term – and if they can’t they shouldn’t be allowed any more. It’s slave labour otherwise.” He added: “I know of other cases where trainees ended up doing jobs other than they were supposed to. They were offered the world and then chucked out the door at the end.“And there are some well-known companies doing this. It goes against any sense of social justice. It’s greedy people lining their pockets on the back of well-meaning young people.”MEPs said this week that internships and traineeships should be carefully monitored to ensure that the system is not open to abuse.A report approved by the European Parliament called for a quality framework to be set up for internships, as one of a series of measures to boost job creation.Labour MEP Emer Costello said the practice of taking on young people to work unpaid for a period of time as a means of gaining professional experience is sometimes exploited by companies, who treat their interns as “slave labour”. “I’ve heard from young people who are on their fourth or fifth internship working for nothing, sometimes just doing a different job for the same company. That is never what the internship was set up to achieve,” said Ms Costello.MEPs pinpointed poor working conditions, little-or-no financial remuneration and the lack of a full time job upon completion of an internship as the basic problems with the internship system. They said interns should be given a minimum payment level and that their internship should be of limited duration.“We need EU regulation so that internships are a social contract that mutually beneficial for both the employer and the trainee, allowing the young person to up skill and boost their job prospects,” said the Labour MEP.She suggested that Ireland’s Job Bridge internship scheme could provide a model for other member states so that a consistent standard would be applied throughout the EU. * Do you have a story? Email it to [email protected]‘SOME DONEGAL COMPANIES USE INTERNS AS SLAVE LABOUR’ was last modified: July 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:’SOME DONEGAL COMPANIES USE INTERNS AS SLAVE LABOUR’last_img read more

Community Builder: Penelope Thloloe

first_imgFounder: Kasi Ballet TheatreWhy is Penelope a Community Builder?Having grown up in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township, Penelope knows what it’s like to be teased about wearing pink tights. But these memories only spurred her on to fulfill her dream of becoming a professional dancer – a career that gave Penelope many opportunities to explore the world and experience new cultures.So when Penelope took her final bow as a professional dancer, she decided it was time to create the same opportunities for the children in “Kasi”, the township where she still lives.Today, Kasi Ballet Theatre is more than just a ballet school; it’s a place where young boys and girls can realise their potential and chase their dreams – and let Penelope worry about the how and the when.In her own words .“My hopes and dream for ‘my children’ is that they will not have limits when it comes to choosing their careers but, because they have been exposed to opportunities, they will be able to achieve what they’d like to achieve in life.”Fast FactsKasi Ballet Theatre comprises a ballet training academy, a youth dance company and a professional company.Kasi Ballet Theatre makes use of all the dance forms at one point or another, with ballet being the basis.One of Kasi’s young dancers was accepted into the Oprah School of Excellence. The company has danced for many dignitaries, including South Africa’s first lady, Zanele Mbeki.How can I help?Penelope has set up an “adopt a dancer” programme, where individuals and communities around the world are encouraged to sponsor a dancer and form a relationship with a special child in Alex. To find out more, visit Kasi Ballet Theatre.Story published on SAinfo on 5 August 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

South Africa’s satellite ‘leads the way’

first_img21 December 2010 A design team from satellite builders SunSpace were able to rectify the problem, however, by means of a unique manoeuvre that involved guiding the satellite to tumble “head-over-heels” in order to scan an image from south to north while orbiting from north to south. SumbandilaSat images are available via the CSIR Satellite Applications Centre catalogue. New image requests can be directed to sales and customer services at the CSIR Satellite Applications Centre (SAC). These images would have cost over R40&nbps;000 each from a commercially operated satellite, but SumbandilaSat is able to deliver such images, each covering an area of 50 by 60 kilometres, to local projects at no cost. Affordable micro-satellite technology Setback, solution The SumbandilaSat images can also be used to map burnt areas, for example, in the Kruger National Park, where fire is part of the natural ecology and is used by SANParks as a management tool to manipulate vegetation to promote biodiversity and influence the balance between grass, shrubs and big trees. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Managing Kruger Park fires So far, the satellite has delivered 800 images of targets worldwide, of which approximately 54% have been cloud-free – translating to four images on average per day. Three to five images of southern African targets can be captured per week. A constellation of similar satellites is planned to increase the availability of such satellite data for diverse applications. Several African countries will participate in this joint venture, and will eventually share in the data produced by the African Resource Management Constellation, especially for disaster monitoring applications. SANParks currently has to rely on very coarse-resolution satellite images of 500m pixel size for regular mapping of burnt areas. SumbandilaSat provides images at 6.25m pixel resolution and covers an area of 50 by 60 kilometres per image. The satellite imagery can also be used to monitor the recovery of the vegetation in the burnt area and the long-term influence of fire on tree and grass cover. South Africa’s micro-satellite, SumbandilaSat, is living up to its Venda name as it “leads the way” in providing free, frequent high-resolution images capable of revolutionising local earth observation in various fields. Although the imaging capacity of SumbandilaSat is much less than that of commercial high-resolution satellites, the satellite has demonstrated the viability of affordable micro-satellite technology, which is its primary stated mission. Earlier in the mission, a setback was experienced with the performance of the altitude stabilisation system on the satellite. The South African National Space Agency will be tasked with ensuring that society benefits from investments in space-based earth observation technology. During August and September, SumbandilaSat produced five high-resolution images of the south-western part of the Kruger National Park and neighbouring Bushbuckridge, where the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and SA National Parks (SANParks) are conducting various research projects. The provision of free, frequent high-resolution satellite images of specific areas of interest has the potential to revolutionise local earth observation capabilities in many fields, with natural disasters (like fires and floods) and human activities (like mining, settlements, forestry) being accurately monitored on a regular basis.last_img read more

2 Million Geocaches – The Infographic

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Kids Can Now Build Their Own Xbox Games with Kodu Game Lab

first_imgTags:#gaming#Microsoft#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… audrey watters Related Posts center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Boosting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education has become a priority for the government, for schools, and for tech companies. In emphasizing the importance of doing so, many point to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor that note that while there will be more than 2 million job openings in STEM-related fields by 2014, fewer than 15% of U.S. college undergraduates now pursue degrees in science or engineering.It isn’t enough to convince college students to major in science – or rather, by the time students hit college, it may be too late to pique their interest in the field. So many STEM efforts are aimed at encouraging the scientific and technical minds of younger students.One way to ignite that interest is to give kids the skills so they can build and play their own video games. That’s the idea behind Microsoft’s Kodu, a visual programming language and game development tool. A product of Microsoft FUSE Labs, Kodu Game Lab enables children as young as five to design, build, and play their own games on the PC and Xbox.STEM Education Through Xbox Game DevelopmentA free download, Kodu Game Lab doesn’t require any programming experience. Its language is entirely icon-based, and with it, children can drag and drop icons in order to create their own games and worlds. Even though it doesn’t require knowledge of a programming language, Kodu does help develop important programming skills, in part by getting children to think about “if/then” statements and the idea of actions and conditions.Microsoft is releasing a new version of its Kodu Game Lab today, and it’s also kicking off its Kodu Cup Competition for students ages 9 to 17. The competition asks kids to design their own video game using Kodu, and the winners will compete for a $5000 prize for themselves, along with $5000 for their school and a trip to the worldwide finals of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup competition. According to Gabrielle Cayton-Hodges, a research fellow at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, there are many educational benefits to teaching children how to play and program video games. She argues that “learning how to create and edit such a system is learning critical analytic skills including systems thinking, problem solving, iterative design and digital media literacies.”Kodu is just one of many great tools that encourage kids to code. You can see some of our other recommendations here and here. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

The Answer Key To Winning Deals

first_imgThe first time you take a test, you have no idea what questions to expect. The second time you take a test, having already had a glimpse at the questions, your score should be better than the first time you took that same test. What about the 3rd, 4th, 80th, or 200th time you take that same test?Sales is a series of tests. There are questions that your prospective clients are asking. You are providing the answers. The questions don’t change much. And having already seen them before, you should be getting better at answering the questions.Do I know you?For all the changes that have occurred in the world of sales over the last decade and a half, the deep truths have not changed at all. To create and win an opportunity you must be known.If this is true, and if you have failed this test in the past, you will double down on nurturing your dream clients, even though they are completely cold right now, even though they already have a strategic partner in your space, and even though they are not yet compelled to change.Eventually, your prospective client is going to ask the question, “Who do we know that can help us with this issue?” Because you know this is the question, you now also know the answer.Can you create value for me?One of the fundamental changes in sales is the dramatic increase in the need for business acumen and situational knowledge. It is no longer enough for a salesperson to be able to tout their product or service’s features, benefits, and advantages; the internet already does that.The question your dream client is asking is, “Who has the ideas and the experience to help us obtain the results we need now?”Because you know that this is the question, you understand that you need to demonstrate your ability to think like a businessperson in solving your client’s challenges. The answer to this question requires that you understand your business, your prospective clients business, and enough about the overall business environment to know what choices they may make and what trade-offs they are going to have to consider.The answer to this question is proof that you are a peer, not a vendor.Why should I choose you?This question also shows up in another form that every salesperson hears from time to time. That question really means, “What makes you different?”A lot of people underestimate the need to create a strong preference for themselves, for their company, and for their solution as they move through their sales cycle. People play the game to play the game and not to win. They don’t recognize that how they sell, and who they are, is part of the value proposition they are asking their prospective client to buy.To create that preference and to answer the question “Why should I choose you,” You need to know how and why you are different, as well as how those differences make a difference for your prospective client.This question is being asked all the time, even if you never hear those words escape your prospect’s lips.Do you care about me?This question is also being asked all the time whether or not you ever hear your perspective client say these words. trust is the foundation of trust. People don’t often do business with people that they do not trust.Some people rush their sales process, believing that moving faster will allow them to close deals sooner. Some people mistakenly talk about their needs instead of their dream client’s needs. Many people make the mistake of presenting a solution that doesn’t consider what the individual stakeholders who are making the decision need individually and collectively.Not spending time with people who have real needs is evidence that you do not care. Not listening or taking into account your prospects fears and concerns is proof that those things are not important to you. Speeding through your sales process to get to “the close” faster gives your prospect the idea that the deal is more about you than about them.In human relationships, slower is faster.Selling is a series of tests. When you first start selling, you don’t intuitively know the answers to these questions. You may not know they are even being asked. Once you have taken the test, you know what the questions are, and you know what the right answers should be.What question is continually asked of you for which you still lack a good answer? If you are losing opportunities you believe that you should be winning, you need a better answer to this question.If you were to look over your losses in the last 12 months, what questions cause you to fail the test?last_img read more

Instagram Tells App Developers Not to Use Insta or Gram in Their

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. August 21, 2013 Instagram has just given a slap in the face to dozens of third-party apps that helped it grow. A recent update to Instagram’s guidelines [http://help.instagram.com/304689166306603/] has been followed by emails to app developers, notifying them that they can no longer use “Insta” or “Gram” in their brand names.Previously, although apps could not use the full word “Instagram” in their names, they were allowed to use one of its component parts, as evidenced by apps such as Instadrop, Webstagram and Gramfeed. Now they will need either to rebrand themselves or shut down.Instagram wants to avoid any market confusion among its users. “We appreciate your interest in developing products that help people share with Instagram,” read the email sent to third-party app Luxogram, according to TechCrunch. “While we encourage developers to build great apps with Instagram, we cannot allow other applications to look like they might be official Instagram applications or endorsed or sponsored by us.”Once dependent for growth on a robust community of independent apps, Facebook-owned Instagram clearly feels now that it has grown large enough to continue moving forward under its own steam. TechCrunch reported earlier this week that Luxogram, which serves one million monthly users, will likely shut down permanently rather than make the changes.For Luxogram and others, Instagram’s new protectionist policy is a reminder that no matter how collaborative the U.S. tech community appears to be, it’s still a highly competitive space. There will always be winners who climb the ladder — usually with the help of others — and then pull it up after them.Related: The Top 25 Brands on Instagram Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

This Tech Can See and Think as Well as Humans Do

first_imgNovember 3, 2016 2 min read It looks like an ordinary USB stick. But plug it into any device’s USB port and it instantly makes your software smarter — as if you plugged in another brain. The Fathom Neural Compute Stick, made by the semiconductor company Movidius, powers “deep learning” — the ability to see and analyze images, and learn from what it observes, much like a human. We’re talking office security cameras that can distinguish a burglar from a janitor, or self-driving cars capable of finding legal, nonmetered parking. The business possibilities are endless.Tech like this “will replace experts in fields where we simply needed a ‘pair of eyes’ on the job,” says Movidius CEO Remi El-Ouazzane. “We’ve built machines that can now detect and perceive visual data better than humans.” You’ll need some programming chops to take advantage of its abilities. All its computing power comes from inside that little stick, rather than by connecting to the cloud. That cuts down on lag time, which is important for, say, the collision-­avoidance system in your drone. Movidius’ stick will be out by the end of the year. It will be cheap (less than $100) and energy-efficient.  Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story appears in the November 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »last_img read more