Guiao, NLEX send Blackwater run to end of the road

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tacloban wipes out Iriga Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? PBA IMAGESYeng Guiao returned to NLEX for the first time in close to three months and aside from making the Road Warriors look like legitimate threats in the PBA Governors’ Cup, his coaching snapped the tournament’s longest winning streak and sent Blackwater crashing back down to Mother Earth.With Larry Fonacier shooting the lights out from afar in the second half and the Road Warriors playing defense like there was no tomorrow, NLEX tore Blackwater to shreds Wednesday night, 124-106, to stay in the upper half of the elimination round standings at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal NLEX also connected on 20 triples—six of them by Fonacier. That mark was the best by the franchise and equaled the eighth-highest output all-time.Fonacier hit 6-of-7 tries from beyond the arc in the second half and triggered the NLEX breakaway as the Road Warriors led by as many as 24 points to gather the momentum they  need going into a tough match with Barangay Ginebra next Friday.“This is a big game because we want to stay in the top four,” Guiao said after his charges rose to 4-2 overall. “And this gives us confidence because we play Ginebra next. You need all the confidence you can get when you play Ginebra [next].”Import Aaron Fuller also scored 24 and had 20 rebounds and four assists, with Kenneth Ighalo, starting at one of the guard spots, shooting 18.Walker was held down to just 16 as Roi Sumang scored 24 to lead Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The win also sent the Elite to their first loss in five games, snapping the franchise’s best-ever conference start and knocking them out of the lead, which idle Phoenix Petroleum now holds.“I was excited to coach, to get the feel of the PBA again,” said a smiling Guiao, who left the team for a spell to call the shots for the Philippine team in two international tournaments. “Madami akong natutunan (I learned a lot coaching internationally) and you want to apply what you learned.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“And it seemed to work,” he said.Guiao’s game plan for the Elite was to make Blackwater import Henry Walker work for his points and take out the local support. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Teen composes Special Olympics theme

first_imgAlex Arntzen paced the music out in his head as he sat in the stands with his parents at the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics Summer Games in Long Beach last year. The opening would be big and brassy, the 16-year-old student at North Hollywood’s Campbell Hall High School knew. Otherwise, no one would be able to hear it over the roar of the crowd as 1,500 young special-needs athletes, representing every city in Southern California, walked into the stadium. After their entrance, the noise would die down as the emotions of the moment took over. This is where Alex would put the cello solo. The finish would come back to the beginning – big and brassy, until it reached a climax as the Special Olympics torch was lighted to a long, loud standing ovation. It took Alex most of a year to compose the piece, with the guidance and advice of private music instructors and music teachers at Campbell Hall. “When we heard what he had written, there was no doubt this was going to be our opening-ceremonies theme song,” said Ruth Ruiz, Southern California communications director for the Special Olympics. “It’s incredibly moving, a beautiful piece of music.” Alex is a humble, quiet kid, Campbell Hall music director Jim Whiting said. Definitely not a showboater. “He’d sit at his desk for hours working and reworking the composition, trying to get it just right,” Whiting said. “It’s like trying to put a giant puzzle together.” When Alex finally got a chance to conduct and have his piece performed by the school orchestra at a concert last month, “Inspiration” got a standing ovation. “The audience didn’t know it was written specifically for the Special Olympics,” Whiting said. “People were just reacting to a beautiful, moving piece of music written by a very talented student.” Her son was a different kid when he came home last year from volunteering at the Special Olympics, Nancy Arntzen said. All his preconceived notions about what is and isn’t possible in life were gone. “I couldn’t wipe the smile off his face,” she said. “He was just so jazzed and inspired by these young people. He can’t wait to go back and volunteer with them again this year.” He doesn’t deserve any credit for the music, Alex said Wednesday. The Special Olympic athletes do. They did all the real work. “They inspired me, and I owe them,” he said. “They have given me some fantastic moments and taught me lessons in patience and perseverance that I’ll never forget.” He’ll be sitting in the stands with his parents again this year when opening ceremonies begin and 1,500 smiling, young special-needs athletes enter the stadium to the sounds of “Inspiration.” The crowd will be loud, Alex knows, but his big, brassy opening will be louder. It’ll grow quiet when the emotions of the moment hit – perfect for that cello solo he’s written. And it’s going to be inspirational. The athletes taking part in Special Olympics deserve nothing less. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! These young athletes had worked hard to be here. They deserved to enter to their own Special Olympics theme song, not the traditional Olympic Games theme by John Williams. “They’re their own organization; they deserve their own theme,” said Alex, turning to his mom, who agreed. “So, write them one, Honey,” Nancy Arntzen said. And that’s exactly what her son did. When the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics Summer Games kick off at California State University, Long Beach, on June15, 1,500 young athletes will march into the stadium to “Inspiration,” their very own theme. The piece flowed from the mind of a local teenager who was fulfilling his high school community-service obligation by volunteering with the track and field events at the Special Olympics last year. last_img read more

Guardiola forecasts end to City spending spree

first_imgFormer Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Guardiola claimed it was necessary to reinvigorate City’s ageing squad but he will only seek to add one or two new faces in forthcoming seasons.“Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season,” Guardiola said Friday on the eve of his side’s opening game of the new Premier League season at promoted Brighton and Hove Albion.“Six players were out of contract. In the last six or seven years Manchester City didn’t buy full-backs.“We didn’t have full-backs and you have to buy full-backs,” the Spaniard added. “The market is so demanding for all the teams, not just Manchester City.”Guardiola said the current spike in football transfer spending, which culminated in Neymar’s recent world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros (£200 million, $260 million), had been building for some time.– ‘Unsustainable’ –“It started with Real Madrid and Ronaldo going for £80 million and then Bale for £85 million and everything went more expensive. Now with Neymar.“But it is going to finish, it is unsustainable. In the next three or four years Manchester City will buy one, two, maybe three players.“We needed to do that because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League, and we need to change it. We were not able with those players to find a solution. But the solution is not changing players every season.“The group of players this season are going to stay here for a long time. We will maybe change one important player.”Despite making such significant investments, Guardiola claimed City have actually saved money by getting the majority of their transfer business done earlier in the close season.“We did it earlier and we are lucky because it would be more expensive now,” said the Catalan.“The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed. But I think it is unsustainable. Sooner or later it’s going to finish.“The fact that we signed earlier helped us avoid signing players who are so expensive like now. We go to sign and other clubs are always going to ask us for more.”After bolstering their squad, Guardiola’s side — who came third last season — have been made favourites to win the title, but the City manager said he could cope with that burden.“It’s the same pressure as I had last season,” Guardiola explained. “We are here to win the games and titles.“The big fail now takes one week in football! The pressure it’s never a big problem. I’m honest in my job.“I will do my best like I did last season. I feel the same pressure at Barcelona when I arrived.“People say in my first press conference we are favourites. We have to deal with that and handle that. We are going to see at the end of the season what happens, knowing how difficult it is.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said the club will curb their transfer spending in future years after a huge outlay on players during the close season © AFP/File / Anthony DEVLINMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 11 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said the club will curb their transfer spending in future years after a huge outlay on players during the close season.Defenders Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have all arrived at the Etihad Stadium along with goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva to take City’s expenditure to £217 million ($281 million, 238 million euros).last_img read more

Custom roadsters shine at Fairplex

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – To Phil Knight, the hundreds of souped-up, decked-out street rods on display at Fairplex this weekend aren’t mere cars. They’re masterpieces on wheels. “There’s a great deal of artwork that is underappreciated,” said Knight, one of the hundreds of car connoisseurs admiring the displays Friday. “This is metal sculpture.” Billed as the “granddaddy” of all hot-rod shows, the Grand National Roadster Show features more than 350 of the nation’s finest street rods and custom motorcycles – waxed and buffed to perfection. People have come from across the country to see the extravagant creations, most of which are older cars that have been transformed with new engines, elaborate body work and impressive paint jobs. Many are the products of several years of work and tens of thousands of dollars. Now in its 57th year, the Grand National Roadster Show is the oldest running indoor hot rod show, organizers say. After spending much of its history in the Bay Area, the show is now in its third year at Fairplex, where cars fill six massive buildings. Celebrity hot rodders such as Chip Foose of TLC’s “Over- haulin’ ” and The Big Schwag of Discovery Channel’s “Monster Garage” will make weekend appearances. Candy Clark and Bo Hopkins from the movie “American Graffiti” will greet fans today. At the heart of the show is a competition to earn the coveted title of “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” and the $5,000 cash prize that goes with it. The winner’s name will be engraved on a towering 9-foot-tall gold trophy, which gleams under the lights in the center of the show’s main building. jason.newell@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9338last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: LORETO LETTERKENNY GIRLS RECOGNISED FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

first_imgSecond year students being recognised for their academic achievementsLORETO Secondary School in Letterkenny has recognised pupils from all years for their academic achievement.Sixth year students being recognised for their academic achievementsStudents being recognised for their academic achievements in the Junior Certificate 2013 Third year students being recognised for their academic achievements     PICTURE SPECIAL: LORETO LETTERKENNY GIRLS RECOGNISED FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT was last modified: March 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Academic AchievementletterkennyLoreto Secondary Schoollast_img read more

CAF Champions League: KCCA FC out to seal progression to group stage

first_img Tags: CAF Champions LeagueCAF Confederations CupKCCA FCMike MutebiPetro de Luandatop KCCA FC drew 0-0 in the first leg away from home. (PHOTO/KCCAFC)CAF Champions League – 1st RoundKCCA FC vs Petro de Luanda (Agg: 0-0)StarTimes Stadium, LugogoFriday, 27-09-2019 @4pmLUGOGO – KCCA FC will be hoping to utilize home advantage so as to progress into the CAF Champions League group stages.After a 0-0 draw in the first leg away to Petro de Luanda, the Kasasiros have a chance to get the job done at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo on Friday afternoon.Last season, KCCA FC had a disappointing continental campaign, failing to reach the group stages of the confederations cup.Having received a bye in the preliminary stages, Mike Mutebi’s side took care of Tanzania’s Mtibwa Sugar 5-1 on aggregate to reach the playoff round.In the playoffs, KCCA would however fall to Congo’s Otoho Doyo. Having lost 3-0 in the first leg, Mutebi’s side won the second 2-0, losing 3-2 on aggregate in the end.In the Champions League, KCCA FC’s last appearance came in 2018 when they reached the lucrative group stages of the competition.In the initial stages, they eliminated CNaPS and Kedus Giorgis in the preliminary and first-round respectively.However, they were overpowered by Al Ahly and Esperance in Group A, finishing third and bowing out.To get to the first round this season, KCCA eliminated African Stars 2-0 on aggregate.For Mike Mutebi, this is a chance to become the first Ugandan manager to lead a side into two Champions League group stages but he is certain it will not be easy.“We may have an advantage of playing at home but I expect a tricky contest, noted Mutebi at the pre-match press conference.“I am sure everyone will experience a very good game of football as we come up against a side that uses the ball very well and always play on the front foot.“With all that said, I believe we have enough to win the contest.”KCCA FC’s consistent participation in continental engagements is seen as an advantage going into the game. Ask whether this is true, the gaffer had this to say;“It helps that we have been playing on the continent consistently. However, Angolan opposition has always given us problems and it will be interesting to see how this turns out.”This will be the second time the Kasasiros come up against Angolan opposition in the Champions League.The first came in a preliminary round doubleheader in 2017, one that Mutebi’s side won via the away goals rule after losing 2-1 in Angola and then winning the return leg 1-0.KCCA FC have been boosted by the return of Steven Sserwadda and Sadat Anaku. The duo along with assistant coach Morley Byekwaso are with the U20 national team that is currently taking part in the CECAFA U20 Championships in Gulu and Njeru. Defensive midfielder Nicholas Kasozi and winger Simon Serunkuma also return from injury. However, Jurua Hassan, Julius Poloto and Sadam Juma are out injured. John Revita, John Odumegwu, Keziron Kizito and Erisa Sekisambu are not eligible to play for KCCA FC at this round.For Petro de Luanda, they are currently taking part in their first champions league campaign since 2010.They defeated Lesotho’s Matlama 4-0 on aggregate in the previous round following two 2-0 victories in both the first and second legs.Match FactsThis will be Mike Mutebi’s 30th continental game managing KCCA FC.Among those 30 games, KCCA has won 13 games, lost 13 and drawn 3.KCCA heads into the game having won just three of their last 9 champions league encounters (D1 L5).However, at home, the Kasasiros have lost only one of their last 9 games (W7 D1).For Petro, they head into the contest having lost just once in their last 9 champions league games (W6 D2).Away from home, the Angolan side have won three and lost as many in their last 8 with the other two all ending in draws.This will be the first time the two clubs meet on the continent.Comments last_img read more

Bioneers Update: International Conference Held on Animal-Inspired Design

first_imgGeorgia Tech came out with a press release about progress at their Center for Biologically Inspired Design (CBID) that opened last year (see 10/29/2005).  At a two-day conference May 11-12, international representatives from 20 institutions shared their inspirations on how nature can “help them solve some of the most complex problems of the day,” just as it has inspired poets, artists and musicians.    Though evolution by natural selection is often assumed as the mechanism by which animals solved their design problems, the main thing evolving at CBID is “the belief that every animal must solve a particular problem to survive, so every animal embodies a design solution for a particular problem.”  The assumption that scientists are mining “millions of years of knowledge embedded in the DNA of each creature” does not appear to be essential for the scientists’ own work, which is really reverse engineering the design that is observed in current-day living creatures.While scientists, like Leonardo DaVinci, looked to nature for inspiration centuries ago, biomimetics has recently caught on as a hot area of research at universities across the country.  Last year, Georgia Tech launched the Center for Biologically Inspired Design (CBID) as a way to encourage more of the interdisciplinary research that was already taking place among research groups.  Now, the center boasts 20 members comprised of researchers from various fields of engineering, biology, chemistry, psychology, applied physiology and architecture.The press release mentions that UC Berkeley, U of Illinois, Caltech, and Case Western will be sharing results of their research.  In addition, international scientists from U of Toronto (Canada), Max Planck Institute (Germany) and Shandong University (China) are sharing their work in progress.  Here are examples coming out of this new kind of research:Worm brains:  How tiny worms express genes might yield brain-inspired sensors.Cat balance:  Learning from cats and frogs (yes, frogs) and the way their muscles produce balance might yield better prosthetic devices for the handicapped.Fish teeth:  Fish jaws can help us better understand the mechanical properties of jaws and teeth under stress.Spider silk:  Spider web studies are improving elasticity of artificial materials.Butterfly wing structure:  The arrangement of butterfly scales looks promising for structural patterning.Gecko glue:  The dry adhesive properties of gecko hairs are inspiring new artificial adhesives.Diatom strength:  Patterns and processes in the construction of diatom shells help nanotechnologists build reinforced, shatterproof glass and porcelain.And that’s just for starters.  “Other researchers will present research on the propulsive systems used in fish fins, jellyfish jets, insect legs and snake undulations, along with various ways to produce and coordinate these motions,” the press release ends.  The biosphere’s the limit.Q: How did the Animal Plan It?  A: Not by watching the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Channel, but through the Discovery Channel of its own built-in Design Network.    The evolution talk in these biomimetics stories (when it occurs at all) is, as Phillip Skell phrases it, “brought in, after the breakthroughs, as an interesting narrative gloss” (02/28/2006).  What is really inspiring this explosion in productive research?  It’s the D word: biological design.  Once the researchers realize that the Charlie mumbo jumbo is only a bad habit, a traditional password in scientific circles that has lost its authority, a holy undergarment that only itches and gets in the way, productivity will be liberated in this exciting field.  Pretty soon the handicapped may be leaping over tall buildings like Superman and you may be scaling buildings like Spiderman.  Go, Bioneers!(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2010 to give SA a $2.5bn boost

first_imgCape Town International Airportundergoing refurbishment to allow for theexpected influx of visitors for the 2010Fifa World Cup. South Africa is alreadyenjoying the benefits of largeinfrastructure projects that wouldn’t havegone ahead if it weren’t for thetournament.(Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Wilma den HartighThe 2010 Fifa World Cup is to inject an additional R21.3-billion (US$2.52-billion) into South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to research by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.Of the projected growth, R12.7-billion ($1.5-billion) is attributed to direct investment and tourist spend will contribute the remaining R9.5-billion ($1.13-billion).But Dr Azar Jammine, Econometrix chief economist, expects GDP growth to be even higher. “It is an underestimate because capital inflow will be much more substantial,” he said. “The current estimate only amounts to 0.8% of the GDP.”The 2009 Fifa Confederations and 2010 World Cup couldn’t come at a better time for South Africa. “Given the economic crisis, South Africa would have been in a very different position without these events,” he said.The country is already enjoying the benefits of large infrastructure projects that wouldn’t have gone ahead if it weren’t for the Fifa World Cup. Besides Fifa events, the Indian Premier League cricket tournament and the British and Irish Lions rugby tour will also generate substantial revenue for the country.The latest foreign tourism figures show negative growth, but Jammine is confident that this situation is only temporary. “Tourism will pick up again with people coming to South Africa for the events.”Customer serviceThe completion of major infrastructure developments in time for the Fifa World Cup has been under the spotlight for months. But according to Accenture SA, organisations shouldn’t neglect the importance of customer service throughout the event.Accenture has taken an extensive look at the effects that the Fifa World Cup will have on customer experience. “The aim of the event should not only be to get people to come to South Africa, but to encourage them to return,” said Nikki Tyrer, head of  customer relations management at Accenture SA.Tyrer pointed out that customer service will be a key differentiator during the World Cup. “We must position the country to maximise the benefits of the event beyond the actual tournament. Tourists only have a few weeks here, but the event is a phenomenal marketing opportunity for the country.”The financial services sector, health, safety and retail will be under pressure with the influx of visitors to the country. It is estimated that the World Cup tournament will bring approximately 3-million tourists to South African shores, from across Africa and the rest of the world.“These potential customers all have expectations in terms of customer service. Additional value added services will go a long way in meeting these expectations,” she said.The retail sector will benefit greatly, with an international tourist expected to spend some R1 400 ($166) daily, while domestic visitors will spend about R750 ($89) daily. Thousands of tourists will be visiting shopping malls across the country, and Tyrer believes that retailers have to ensure that visitors have a positive experience of South Africa.The most critical aspect is communication, she says. Organisations can enhance the customer’s experience by ensuring that foreign and local customers are catered for in their own languages.One of the areas in need of attention is banking automatic teller machines (ATMs). She said although South Africa has a good ATM network, the supply chain relies on historic usage patterns. This is problematic, as more people will be making use of ATM facilities throughout the World Cup.“This means ATMs will run out of money more quickly and we have to find ways around this,” she said.  The shoe and clothing retail sector will also have to make provision for tourists requesting information on sizing differences.She emphasised that South Africa does have pockets of excellence as far as service is concerned. However, to ensure that the event has long-term benefits, operators and service providers need to develop and implement marketing, sales and service strategies that meet the needs of a diverse consumer base.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesWill 2010 prevent a South African jobs bloodbath? No swine flu threat to Confed Cup No power cuts in 2010 Uefa praises SA’s 2010 readiness Cracking down on 2010 crime Useful linksDepartment of Environmental Affairs and TourismSouth African TourismAccenture South AfricaEconometrixFifaSouth Africa 2010last_img read more

Siyabonga Africa helps people get back up

first_imgThe organisation’s two biggest entrepreneurial programmes, bakeries and poultry farming are aimed at combatting unemployment while helping to improve food security. (Images: Siyabonga Africa, via Facebook)South Africa is constantly making efforts to push back and reduce the effects of poverty and unemployment. That they are still such critical concerns highlights the need for change and the need for South Africans to take action to help the growth and development of underprivileged residents.With this in mind Siyabonga Africa, a non-profit organisation in Brakpan, Gauteng, has been working to lessen the effects of poverty on the underprivileged and arm them with the skills and resources they need to improve their standing.The organisation began in the 1980s with a feeding scheme established by Ronald and Yvonne Dell on the East Rand, with the help of community leaders in the area. It included the distribution of donated clothing and help in restoring families that had been torn apart by poverty.Their efforts continued to gather momentum and in 2004 the Siyabonga Africa development centre was established in hopes of addressing the shortage of skills and jobs in the surrounding community.“We look for people who put their hands up instead of their hands out, and we aim to nurture an entrepreneur’s spirit that does have an impact for years to come,” says Nathan Dell, the chairman of Siyabonga Africa.In 2004 the Siyabonga Africa development centre was established in hopes of addressing the shortage of skills and jobs.PROGRAMMESFor more than a decade the organisation has focused the bulk of its efforts on entrepreneurship programmes through which it works to impart knowledge that is key to starting and running sustainable businesses.The organisation’s two biggest entrepreneurial programmes are bakeries and poultry farming. They look to combat unemployment while helping to improve food security. The bakery programme has led to the establishment of more than 300 bakeries across the country and almost 2 000 jobs.“Our poultry farming programme is a very exciting one because it’s one of the small to medium enterprises with the highest growth potential in South Africa,” says Dell. “We offer a business management course that is an introduction to business fundamentals which are specific to poultry farming.”Siyabonga Africa also has the largest food bank and distribution centre in the province, he says, which feeds thousands of people each month. In addition, the organisation has a temporary housing project aimed at helping individuals and families in a transition phase or in between places.“We also have an advice desk where we help people get all their legal documents in order and help them get into the mainstream economy.”The group gives unskilled people a launch pad or platform from which they can build themselves up and go on to become self-sufficient members of society. In turn, these people are then in a position to go on and help others who are in similar situations fulfil their potential.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

Project Label Shows Corporate Social Responsibility in Easily Digestible Format

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Project Label gathers the data to create these labels from consumers, businesses, and organizations, all of which can contribute, comment on, and vote on articles and research items. Data is parsed for information on topics ranging from product safety and worker treatment to resource management and overall impact on the community. Articles referenced for these scores are included in each company’s profile, along with recent tweets, a general barometer of the tone of sentiments expressed, ratings from a variet of organizations, and a group of related companies for comparison. The site also allows users to see a transparent breakdown of how each label was created based on available information.The articles and data are also viewable on their own, independent of a company’s profile. They can be sorted by topic, date, overall sentiment, and number of user votes; and they can be searched by keyword.The folks at Project Label plan to bring custom reports into their stable of offerings, as well. We don’t know yet if a portable/embeddable widget is in the works, but it might be a good idea to make such a tool available to users.Of course, as with any young site with a primary offering reliant on UGC, Project Label will need a core group of dedicated users who really, really care about CSR to build out the site’s content enough to make it a valuable resource – and one that ranks high for natural search. Corporate social responsibilty has been all the rage – among consumers, at least – for a good long minute already. And a rash of new sites are competing to offer scoring mechanisms for companies.Last week, we reviewed Scryve, a CSR site that combined user feedback along with researched data in a wiki-like system. Today, we’re taking a look at Project Label, a site with a quite different approach and a novel presentation.The site gives each corporation a label much like those you’d see on most packaged foods (at least in the States). The folks at Project Label feel this will lead to more “comparison shopping” and, with any luck, more socially responsible corporations.According to their site, “As with food nutrition labels, social nutrition labels will motivate consumers to learn about social issues in order to make more informed decisions when choosing between product A and product B. The result will be a high demand for socially nutritious products, and thus a greater supply.” Related Posts last_img read more