20 December 2012 South African Airways (SAA) and US Airways have signed a bilateral code share agreement that will provide the airlines with expanded access to destinations in both countries. “Through the codeshare agreement with US Airways, South African Airways’ valued clientele will gain new travel choices to markets across the United States via US Airways’ extensive network and hubs in Philadelphia, Charlotte and Phoenix, providing for seamless travel and status recognition through the respective frequent flyer programs,” SAA’s commercial acting general manager, Manoj Papa, said in a statement. “We are looking forward to introducing US Airways customers to our award-winning service, and to working closely with US Airways as our partnership will improve the connections between our respective networks.” The new partnership will offer the convenience of a single-ticket purchase, as well as the opportunity for SAA customers to earn and redeem Voyager miles. “US Airways’ new code share agreement with its first African code share partner creates a seamless travel experience for our customers travelling to various destinations on the African continent,” said US Airways marketing and planning senior vice president, Andrew Nocella. Pending approval from the Senegalese authorities, the code share agreement will also offer US Airways passengers access to Dakar in Senegal via SAA’s Johannesburg- Washington service. “US Airways values our current relationship with South African Airways as a Star Alliance partner and now as a code share partner, we look forward to strengthening this partnership,” Nocella said. US Airways customers will have access to SAA’s hub in Johannesburg, as well as connections to Cape Town, East London and Port Elizabeth. The agreement took effect on 19 December. SAinfo reporter
Skin-bleaching agents, weaves – these are the norm for many African women pressured into trying to fit a media stereotype of beauty. One female filmmaker decided to question this Western way of doing things in an animated documentary. Stories that include a local Kenyan hairdresser who can only afford enough beauty cream to bleach her hands and face, are documented in the film Yellow Fever. (Image: Screen grab via YouTube) • South Africa’s musos dish on being a woman in music • A need for roots drives passion for genealogy • South African foodies cooking up a storm • Powerful women shape Africa • Big screen treatment for queen of Katwe Melissa JavanWhen she was just a child Ng’endo Mukii realised that the pressure to look professional and presentable made her feel awkward. That’s one of the reasons the Kenyan embarked on a journey to make a documentary carrying the message that women needed an option of choice.Mukii, the director and editor of the animated documentary Yellow Fever, says the pressure to look professional meant having Western ideals in the world in which she grew up. These ideals included having long, straight hair and paler skin.The idea for her film developed as part of a dissertation she did at the Royal College of Art in London, United Kingdom. Yellow Fever focuses on the media’s perception of beauty and what impact it has had on African women.Yellow Fever has received awards all over the world, including Best Animation at the seventh Kenya International Film Festival in Nairobi in November 2012, Best Student Film at the Underexposed Film Festival in the United States in November 2013, and Best Short Film at the AfriKamera Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland in April 2014.The documentary features women from different generations talking about changing skin colour and styling hair. In one scene, a young black girl (Mukii’s niece) says she would love to be whiter. She says she knows she can change her skin colour with magic.The pressure to change yourselfMukii explains the need for choice. “If your industry only hires women with weaves and those who have a paler skin tone get more promotions and such, then you will be forced by this circumstance, to either find a new industry, or conform.“Many of us conform without realising that we have even done so,” she says. “In Kenya, people openly criticise and make fun of women who have bleached their skin, especially if they are in the limelight. I, however, feel that it’s hypocritical as a society to create these ideals and then criticise those that attempt to achieve them.”Online artist shop Domus explains that Mukii presented Yellow Fever as a means of showing how Africans – and Kenyans specifically – have absorbed the absolute truths presented about themselves over the years, to the point that their own media has become biased towards Western ideals of beauty.“In response, women and girls feel pressured to conform to these ideals that essentially go against the grain of our bodies. As a result, this has affected our own sense of self-image and we constantly use chemicals to straighten our hair and bleach our skin, in an attempt to emulate these ideals,” says Mukii.News portal Huffington Post says Mukii named her film after Fela Kuti’s 1970s song of the same title. “However, while Kuti’s lyrics lash out at the women who choose to use skin-bleaching products, Mukii wants to challenge those who create the ideals. In her words, ‘rather than alienating or attacking people who are victims of them, we should actively address the lack of celebration of women of all appearances.’”The filmmaker asks: “Why is there no acknowledgement of the pressure that exists to push Kenyan [and other] women to willingly poison their skin and bodies with various chemicals [mercury included] in an attempt to have a paler complexion? Why should any normal girl feel that she will be more beautiful and lead a happier life if she loses weight?” Ng’endo Mukii interviewed family members as a microcosm for Nairobi and the women who live in Kenya.The intervieweesMukii says at first she had wanted to interview a number of women and find out their histories and perspectives. “But I realised that within my own family I had a number of generations with whom I am already connected and intimate, and we have had very different experiences growing up.“So I interviewed my mother and my niece and included my own memories and narration to use my family as a microcosm for Nairobi and the women who live here,” she explains.Mukii told Design Indaba Conference 2015 that the people in her family did not want to be filmed, so she turned to animation for the characters: “I’m animating them because no-one wants to talk on camera,” she says.“Documentary animation is really changing Kenyan peoples’ perspective on documentaries,” Mukii says. “You don’t expect it to have animated Kenyan characters talking.”Her responsibility as an AfricanSpeaking about her craft, she explains that if she feels passionately about something, it becomes the focus of her film. “If it happens to be a social issue that I am concerned about, then yes, my work will reflect that.“I do sometimes feel that there is an expectation that, as an African director, I must focus on certain social issues deemed as ‘African’, and that other content beyond this scope is seen as not ‘African enough’.“I can understand why this pressure would exist, but I feel it limits our creativity and even our own understanding of ourselves as citizens in this urbanising and multifaceted context we call Africa.”Africans, she adds, have the opportunity to tell their own stories.Watch Yellow Fever on Vimeo here.
Live at the International Builder’s ShowProject manager Spencer Culhane tells GBA that Team Massachusetts – a collaboration of students and faculty at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell – has designed 4D Home to perform to the Passivhaus standard. The stick-frame walls will be insulated to R-56.6 with 4 in. of closed-cell spray foam and 7 in. of blown-in fiberglass. The roof will be framed with 14-in. Nordic prefabricated I-joists and insulated to R-64.4 with 4 in. of spray foam and 10 in. of blown-in fiberglass. Zip System sheathing will be used on the exterior surfaces. The PV array as a source of shade and electric power Rather than mounting photovoltaic panels on the building’s standing-seam metal roof, the team has designed a trellis that raises the 6.7 kW (386 sq. ft.) Sunpower array above the south-facing roof surface, enhancing ventilation under the panels and shading the roof and (with the trellis assembly’s overhang) the front of the building during the warm months. MORE INFORMATION Team Massachusetts Web page DOE Web page for Team Massachusetts Team Massachusetts Facebook page GBA Resource Guide for 2011 Solar Decathlon Culhane points out that the team is using a SunDrum flat-plate solar thermal collector that attaches to the back of the array to both cool the panels and generate hot water. The house is also equipped with a dehumidifier and a heat pump for space heating and cooling. Aside from a Roto Frank skylight that will be mounted near the middle of the north side of the roof, Makrown 88 triple-glazed windows will be used throughout. A test build in Boston The team, about 60 people in all, is set to build its 4D Home this summer in Boston’s Marine Industrial Park, test it for further improvements, and then begin deconstructing the building for transport to the National Mall. Culhane says the thermal envelope will ship in four sections, with the decking, which will be flat-packed, shipped separately. Based on the team’s last cost estimate, the home is currently priced at $260,000. Culhane adds, however, that “we are making design refinements to bring that number down to $250K for the competition.” After the competition, the team plans to sell the home and, as noted in a recent Boston Globe article, is already talking to prospective buyers. One of the key design variables in Team Massachusetts’ Solar Decathlon entry, 4D Home, is the configuration of its interior, which, with the repositioning of two sliding partitions, can be quickly altered to accommodate a variety of situations, from a dinner party attended by several guests to a permanent addition to the family. “The 4D Home is about a home that works in the fourth dimension, which is over time. Our target market is a family of three, preferably with a young child, and the idea is that this house can transform with the family over time and adapt to a family’s changing needs,” Evon Calabrese, an architectural designer from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, told Fine Homebuilding’s Justin Fink at the International Builders’ Show in January. With its gabled roof, 4D Home, at just under 1,000 sq. ft., takes a cue from New England’s traditional rural architecture, but its construction and performance goals are based on thoroughly contemporary precepts of energy efficiency and affordability.
A youth was killed and another injured after security forces allegedly fired on protesters during clashes in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday.The forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in over a dozen villages in Pulwama in the morning, following information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.At the time of the operation, a group of youth started pelting stones on the forces in some places. Two persons were injured in firing by the forces during clashes in Gusoo village, the official said.The two were taken to a hospital, from where, one of them, Fayaz Ahmad Wani, was referred to the SMHS Hospital here. Wani was, however, declared dead at the hospital, he said.Clashes between the protesters and security forces were going on when last reports came in. The search operation is in progress, he added.Separatists in Kashmir on Monday called for a boycott of the panchayat and urban local body polls scheduled to be held from next month.A statement in this regard was issued after a meeting of the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising separatists Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik at Mr. Geelani’s residence in Hyderpora. It alleged that the Centre wants to thrust panchayat and municipal elections upon the people of Kashmir and that “New Delhi has never believed in empowering the people of J&K or the institutions here.” Elections have “only been a means to further strengthen New Delhi’s hold on J&K”, the statement alleged.Despite similar calls for boycott by separatists, Jammu and Kashmir registered its highest voter turn-out in the last 25 years during the 2014 Assembly election, with an estimated 65% of electorate casting their votes. The last panchayat election in the State were held in April-May 2011, with a record voter turnout of 80%. The panchayat elections were scheduled to be held in 2016 but were put off due to unrest in the Valley.
Some $13 million has been set aside in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, to continue work on the Water Resources Authority’s (WRA) Evaluating Groundwater Recharge in the Upper Rio Cobre Basin programme. The project seeks to assess the potential for water-related developments and the resource capacity to meet present and future demand, as well as the continuous updating of the National Water Resources Master Plan. The allocation for this fiscal year will go towards: providing additional training to other WRA staff members in the application of isotopes techniques in hydrology and the procurement of two battery operated pumps. The funds will also go towards the development of a database with new and existing information pertaining to the recharging of groundwater in the Rio Cobre, consisting of data and groundwater levels, spring and river discharge, isotopes, chemistry and meteorological parameters. Achievements up to February this year include: procurement of current meters and groundwater probes with rainwater collectors; conceptual model of groundwater recharge and flow in the Rio Cobre hydro geological system developed; training of WRA staff in the application of isotopes techniques in hydrology; first set of samples collected and sent to a laboratory in Austria for isotope analysis. The project, which is being administered through the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, began in April 2012, and is slated to end in March 2014. By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter
John Stamos is getting a big kiss — from a canine pal! It’s all part of the Scream Queens star’s new PETA campaign, which proclaims, “Adoption Is Love. Begin a Lifelong Friendship at Your Local Animal Shelter.”John Stamos PETA AdThe ad was shot by top celebrity photographer Brian Bowen Smith.“I couldn’t ask for more devoted companions than my dogs Lilo and Frieda, who are always ready to play, snuggle, and keep my spirits up,” says Stamos. “PETA and I encourage people to find the love of their lives at their local animal shelter.”Not every dog is as lucky as Lilo and Frieda. Every year, more than 6 million dogs and cats end up in U.S. animal shelters, and half of them have to be euthanized because there aren’t enough good homes for them. Countless more end up on the street, where they may starve, freeze, get hit by cars, or endure abuse.That’s why Stamos and PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — encourage caring people to adopt from local animal shelters and never buy from breeders or pet stores, which only exacerbate the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis.
regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC Defining Your Post-MBA Career Goals About the AuthorMetro MBAView more posts by Metro MBA Last Updated Jun 6, 2017 by Metro MBAFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Though essay prompts tend to vary year to year, the two things that nearly every prospective student can count on being asked are “What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals?” and “How will Business School X help you achieve these goals?” And, even though many schools have now opted to omit this question during the essay portion of their applications, rest assured that you’ll be asked this question in the data form portion or (most likely) during your interview.Career goals are fundamental to the entire application process; identifying clear goals will help in everything from creating a list of target schools to communicating effectively with recommenders and interviewers down the line. As such, it’s a great idea to begin formulating your Career Goals early in the process! To help you get started, here are some general pointers:Whether the essay is 1,000 or 500 words long, the admissions committee is looking for applicants who offer fully defined long- and short-term career goals, sound reasons for pursuing an MBA at this point in their careers, well-informed interest in School X and specific plans to contribute to the campus community should they be admitted.The key to successfully tackling each of these components is specificity. In presenting future goals and explaining one’s motivation for seeking an MBA, it is crucial to present well-defined and feasible objectives. Unlike the undergraduate experience at many American colleges and universities, MBA adcoms believe that students need a fair amount of direction at the time they enter the program in order to take the right classes, join the appropriate clubs and seek the best internship. Everything is oriented towards preparing for the post-MBA job, so specifying a specific industry and function for the short-term is of the utmost importance. In addition to identifying goals for the adcom, it is also important that applicants explain their interests behind particular plans. Along the same lines, applicants should be able to comment on what they hope to accomplish in their target positions.Admissions officers understand that successful students are focused in their ambitions, and one of the best measures of this is what they have done so far. Not every school asks for this explicitly, but in most situations one’s career goals are more compelling when they include a brief but coherent career history summarizing the applicant’s work history to date. This should reveal the continuity between one’s previous professional experiences and goals for the future. A great Career Goal formulation manages to thoroughly and efficiently address each of these elements, with a nice balance between the “career progression,” the “career goals/why MBA” and the “why School X” questions.Another critical part of this aspect of the MBA application is the explanation of one’s interest in a particular program, as the adcom is sensitive to whether or not applicants are serious about attending if admitted. Individuals who name specific classes that are relevant to their goals, recount their impressions of the campus culture based on a class visit, or share what they’ve learned from discussions with alumni and students will be in good shape. The aim is to convey the fact that the applicant has conducted extensive research and is making an informed decision in applying.Beyond convincing the adcom of their genuine interest in the program, it is also important for applicants to keep the following concept in mind: Any fair trade necessitates mutual benefit. In other words, in addition to showing that School X is the best MBA program for one’s needs, the applicant should demonstrate to School X that he or she will enrich its community. A strong candidate describes insights he or she could contribute in class, and offers detailed intentions for getting involved in campus activities.This article has been edited and re-published courtesy of Clear Admit. RelatedTips for Tackling the “Why Do You Want an MBA?” Application Essay QuestionYou’ve put the time in studying for the GMAT, you’ve narrowed your list of schools, you’ve identified your recommenders and asked them to write letters on your behalf. There’s no more putting it off. It’s time to tackle those essays. Second round deadlines are coming up for a lot of…October 29, 2015In “Admissions Tips”The Secret to Writing a Successful MBA Career Goals Essay in 2018The MBA application essay is still the most feared part of most applications. 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