SA movie star joins govt to help youth

first_img8 February 2012 Popular South African actress Leleti Khumalo has joined forces with the KwaZulu-Natal government to help communities, especially young people, to take action to improve their own standards of living. Khumalo is the ambassador for the Leleti School Grounds project, which forms part of Operation Sukuma Sakhe, a provincial government initiative aimed at assisting communities to rise beyond their current circumstances. The Durban-born actress, who is known for her outstanding performances in Sarafina and Yesterday, will co-ordinate and host Uzogcwala La!, a magazine television show which will be filmed in townships around Durban and rural areas across the province. On Monday, Khumalo joined MEC for Finance Ina Cronje at Eastwood Secondary School in Pietermaritzburg to interact with the local community, informing them of the purpose of the programme.‘Stand up and do things for yourselves’ “We are here to listen to you,” Khumalo said. “We brought you all the government departments to give you answers. But by the same token, we would also like to encourage young people to stand up and do things for themselves and come up with solutions so that the government can meet us halfway.” Leleti School Grounds was officially launched at JL Dube in KwaMashu, north of Durban last week. Cronje, a champion of the uMgungundlovu District Municipality, said: “For too long, communities have been stuck in first gear. We are going to turn this skoro-skoro into a racing car. But we have to push together if we are to win the race against poverty, unemployment and all social ills of alcohol and drug abuse, teenage pregnancies and HIV/Aids. “The government is moving service delivery for young people in this area into top gear,” Cronje said. “I am happy to engage with learners, teachers and communities about the issues that lie close to their hearts. Our engagement does not end here, we will follow up on your issues.”‘Teach our parents about substance abuse’ Learners at Eastwood Secondary School used the opportunity to talk about teenage pregnancy, substance abuse and financial assistance towards further education. One learner, who did not want to be named, asked that government come up with a strategy to teach parents at home about substance abuse. The learner said that although schools have programmes in place to educate them, they still have to go back home to parents who have substance abuse problems. Cronje also officially launched the War Room in Eastwood to ensure government visibility at a household level. “Each household will be profiled and the various departments and the various role players will assist the household members with their respective needs,” said Cronje. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Cloud-Based Music Services Must Do More Than Sync or Store

first_imgTags:#Analysis#cloud Despite claims from sectors of the record industry that file-sharing kills creativity or that the Internet is dead, the digital music industry clearly has strong momentum right now, aided in no small part by cloud technologies that promise ubiquitous access to music. Both Apple and Google are poised to make an entry into cloud-based music services, joining the numerous other vendors already vying to provide us with music acquisition, sharing, and storage services.A new report from Forrester Research examines the ways in which the cloud will help enable what it describes as a “360 degree music experience” – not merely opening up the availability of our music across all of our various devices, but expanding the ways in which we experience our “record” collection. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The report’s author Mark Mulligan contends that the music industry’s business models and licensing rights issues have shaped the way in which digital music services have developed, creating a “highly splintered environment in which the consumer must navigate multiple technologies and applications throughout the four stages of the music experience journey”: discovery, acquisition, consumption and management.While 99-cent downloads might have helped move consumers away from the CD, the increasing availability of music online – not just for download, but for streaming – has changed our expectations of how and what we pay for music, but has also altered how we listen to it. The days of the living room Hi-Fi seem to be waning, replaced primarily by our PCs.In fact, despite the variety of new devices available to listen to music – phones, computers, MP3 players, gaming console systems – many consumers still store and listen to their digital music collections primarily on their PCs. 36% of those responding to a survey cited in the Forrester report say they listen to CDs and MP3s on their PC as their primary source of music-listening. 31% list their MP3 player as their primary device. Only 5% list their phone. Although some devices’ usage is really centered around small niche markets, these markets will be crucial, says Mulligan, as they are the consumers most likely to listen to music “on the go” and to want to stream music from their PCs. The challenge for new cloud-based music services, according to Mulligan, will be to “help digital music break free of the chains of the PC and the MP3 player” and to bring music-listening back into the living room. But Mulligan notes that closed ecosystems, lack of interoperability, competing industry standards, and proprietary rights issues all limit the potential reach of music services. And while the allure of the cloud is promising, Mulligan reminds digital music companies that they need to pay attention to how people want to experience their music, how they use (and don’t use, but may want to use) their various music devices. Most importantly, Mulligan says that any new cloud-based offerings should aim to provide a 360-degree music experience, one not only enabling storage and access via the cloud, but enabling discovery as well. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Gujarat BJP leaders fight over location of AIIMS

first_imgThe Union government is yet to announce the setting up of a world-class All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home State Gujarat, but some State Bharatiya Janata Party leaders are already fighting over its location.Gujarat BJP leaders and legislators from Rajkot and Vadodara have been fighting over the venue of the facility, which is likely to be set up in the State. Recently, Gujarat State BJP president Jitu Vaghani said in Rajkot that the AIIMS would be set up in Rajkot to cater to the healthcare needs of the people of the Saurashtra region.Mr. Vaghani said this while campaigning for the recently held by-election for the Jasdan Assembly constituency in Rajkot district. Mr. Vaghani’s impromptu announcement caught even State Ministers off guard. Deputy Chief Minister and Health Minister Nitin Patel feigned ignorance over an AIIMS in Rajkot.“I am not aware of any development regarding the AIIMS in Rajkot,” Mr. Patel reportedly said. Legislators meet CMSubsequently, a group of eight legislators from the Vadodara district called on Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in an attempt to persuade him to select Vadodara as the venue for AIIMS.“We want AIIMS in Vadodara as was promised earlier. Now, they cannot change the location and pick up Rajkot,” said the party’s veteran legislator Yogesh Patel, who led the delegation of legislators from central Gujarat to the Chief Minister.According to Mr. Patel, there are tribal pockets like Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Godhara and Dahod near Vadodara, so a world class medical institute can cater to them, too, besides Vadodara city. Another legislator who was part of the delegation said that the CM himself was not sure whether Rajkot was being picked as the location for the AIIMS, as was suggested by the State party chief.last_img read more