Ray Maota Hundreds of South Africans came together in Johannesburg to record a birthday song for former president Nelson Mandela, who turns 94 on 18 July. Minister of Home Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga and Lead SA’s Yusuf Abramjee sing happy birthday to Madiba. Brand South Africa’s Anitha Soni andZanele Mamba were also in the crowd. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Catherine Constantinides Lead SA +27 83 747 7677 RELATED ARTICLES • How does Mandela Day inspire you? • Schools to benefit for Mandela Day • Mandela archive goes live • New Mandela banknotes for SANelson Mandela will have a pleasant surprise a month before his 94th birthday when visuals of the video, in which South Africans from various facets of society sing happy birthday to him, goes viral.The father of South Africa as a democratic state was serenaded for his upcoming birthday – on 18 July – at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, on 29 May 2012.This initiative by Lead SA, the Department of Basic Education and the Shout Foundation was supported by Brand South Africa, as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Proudly SA. It brought together a crowd of over 400 people to record a birthday song for Madiba, as Mandela is affectionately known.Present at the event were basic education minister Angie Motshekga, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the minister of home affairs; Anitha Soni, trustee of the board of directors at Brand South Africa; and musicians, TV personalities and sports stars.Lead SA’s Yusuf Abramjee said: “Thanks to all the South Africans from all walks of life who took their time to join us and sing to our wonderful Madiba.”The recording of the song will go viral on 18 June 2012, a month before his birthday.Watch the video footage of the Madiba birthday song event.An icon honouredMoss Mashishi, former president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, said: “If you consider how Madiba is a world icon and how he has helped the brand called South Africa then this is just a good gesture from us to tell our hero that we love him and wish him a happy birthday.”Young and old were in attendance and made sure they lent their voices to the recording by singing loudly and filling Nelson Mandela Square with joyful ululating.Mpho Selepe, from Orlando in Soweto, said: “I work in Melrose but I had to come and be part of this great initiative for an icon.”South Africans come togetherSouth Africans need no second invitation to gather for a cause, as they did in Nelson Mandela Square, in a spirit of camaraderie.Soni said: “This is just wonderful, giving South Africans an opportunity to come together and they’ll never cease to amaze you – happy birthday, Madiba.”Soni was reiterating the fact that South Africans can put aside other things happening in the country when asked to rally together – another such occasion was when thousands gathered in the same location to give the Springboks, South Africa’s national rugby team, a memorable send-off to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.Turning 94 after becoming president in 1994Lesley Sedibe, CEO of Proudly SA, said: “We are celebrating a man who, when he came out of prison, brought South African together through his own humility when naysayers thought that South Africa was on the brink of collapse.“This one is very special as Madiba turns 94 and he became the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994.”Mandela was inaugurated as president of South Africa on 10 May 1994, after the country’s first free general election had taken place on 27 April. The latter date is now commemorated as Freedom Day in South Africa.Mandela Day celebrated worldwideDlamini-Zuma said: “Your presence here shows just how much Madiba is loved and we welcome it. We are calling on all South Africans to take 67 minutes of their day to do good on his birthday.”She was referring to the annual International Mandela Day, proclaimed in 2009 by the UN General Assembly. On this day, 18 July, people across the globe are urged “to take action to help change the world for the better and, in doing so, build a global movement for good”.They are urged to take just 67 minutes of their lives to contribute to making the world a better place for the next person.In South Africa, International Mandela Day was launched on 23 May 2012 at Tlhatlogang Junior Secondary School in White City Jabavu, Soweto.Here, singer Danny K, rapper and presenter ProVerb, model and presenter Bonang Matheba and fashion designer Gert Johan Coetzee painted the walls of two container classrooms at the school. They were joined by officials from the UN Information Centre as well as employees of several large corporates.
Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#news Related Posts The advent of geodata and its use in the enterprise is evident in the advancements we’re seeing in the cloud computing space.This past week ArcGIS Beta launched. It’s an online mapping service that provides tools for making maps. You can share maps or build maps with other community members. It’s an example of how geodata is being used to create a new generation of data services that have multiple uses in the enterprise.Today Alteryx launched a new platform-as-a-service, or PaaS, that uses geospatial data for business intelligence.Alteryx mashes up data from transactional databases, spatial data formats, data warehouses and other formats to provide business intelligence. For instance, in the retail world, it uses geographic data to determine if a location fits into a retail franchise’s criteria for expansion.The geospatial business intelligence market includes a number of companies, including VisTracks , which is a PaaS, and Microsoft, which is not. Integeo applies its map intelligence to spatial platforms, like Google Earth, Google Maps, ESRI and MapInfo, and business intelligence platforms, like SAP, IBM/Cognos and Microsoft Excel. Spatialytics.com is also an open-source geospatial business intelligence application.Open Source Geospatial Business Intelligence (Geo-BI)We expect more services to evolve as business intelligence platforms become more Web oriented, and the use of collaborative tools become easier for the non-technical person to use. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now alex williams
cormac foster 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Ingress, the Alternate/Augmented Reality (AR) game from Google’s Niantic Labs, is a major evolution of mobile gaming. Apparently, it’s also a good way to get arrested.According to a post on Reddit (I know, I know – but stay with me on this), an Ingress player in Ohio was detained by police for his in-game actions. Specifically, he was “hacking a portal” near a police station. His phone had technical difficulties, which led him to linger by the portal/police station for a bit, catching the eye of local law enforcement and leading to the detention.After the original post, other Ingress players responded with similar stories. One aroused suspicions by wandering around an empty parking lot at night. Another, trying to hack a portal next to an air traffic control station, had to run from the local sheriff. A third was called in for questioning after hacking a portal outside of a “high-traffic drug area.”It’s In The GameAs Dan Rowinski mentioned in his earlier post, there’s plenty of “creep” factor built into the game. In fact, much like geocaching (Ingress’ non-digital ancestor), lurking in strange and hard-to-get-to places at odd hours is kind of the point.Getting detained (as many Redditors pointed out, the poster wasn’t technically arrested) probably adds to the intrigue, and certainly gives a player a certain amount of street cred. It could also call into question the boundary between the First Amendment and public safety. Legal, But RiskyAll of Ingress’ portals are on public land. There’s no law against walking past a police station, post office or airport. There are, however, very legitimate safety concerns held by the people charged with protecting those facilities and keeping an eye out for potential risks.As one law enforcement professional joked, “I hope they don’t put one of those in front of the White House.” In fact, there are apparently a bunch of portals in front of the White House, embassies and other sites that could be high-interest targets for vandalism or worse.At least Ingress doesn’t require players to dig up or bury physical objects, a phenomenon that has caused some high-profile problems in the geocaching community. Still, as similar games take off (and they will), we’re going to see more friction between gamers and law enforcement, particularly in full AR environments that use cameras. In addition to trespassing and loitering violations, there’s greatly increased potential for distraction, perhaps leading gamers to injure themselves or others. It’s all the danger of texting – plus headphones – with the added possibility of being labeled a terrorist by overzealous cops.The FutureBy all accounts, Niantic labs has been responsible about these issues. The game doesn’t encourage trespassing or dangerous behavior, like using your phone in a car. Other developers may not feel the same sense of duty, or their goals may encourage “creative” players to take unnecessary risks.If enough negligence, trespassing, and public nuisance suits (and maybe some claims of police harassment) hit the courts, we’ll eventually wind up with legislation governing the balance between gameplay and public safety. We might see an increase of no-device buffer zones around sensitive areas, or certain games limiting accounts to only users of age to accept legal responsibility for their actions. There could even be outright bans on AR games in certain areas.Until then, it’s up to game developers to police themselves and players to stay smart. One dumb move could lead to a ton of regulation that could really spoil everyone’s fun.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Augmented Reality#gaming#Google 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And orchestrating Perpetual’s offense was Necelle Gual who had 41 excellent sets.Aira Binondo led EAC with 13 points. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cindy Imbo goes up for a kill. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Perpetual Help climbed to the third spot after fending off woeful Emilio Aguinaldo College in five sets, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14, 23-25, 15-13, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Altas improved to 3-1, just half a game behind second seed San Beda that has a 3-0 card, while the Lady Generals stayed at the bottom of the ladder with a 0-4 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Players get chance to show skills to scouts in PBA D-League Showdown Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 View comments Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities This was Perpetual’s second straight five-setter win after the Altas trumped Season 92 runner-up San Sebastian, and Lady Altas head coach Macky Cariño believes it is testament to the team’s character.“Those two straight five-set wins became a test of our character because if you really don’t have that strength within you will fail,” said Cariño.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPerpetual saw five of its players display the fortitude Cariño looked for with Cindy Imbo leading the bunch with 17 points.Captain Maria Tripoli and Maria Clemente each had 15 points for the Lady Altas while Allysa Sangalang and Hershey Llorente added 11 and 10 points, respectively.