She Leads Africa boosts women in the business ecosystem

first_imgShe Leads Africa was set up to show that many African women were leading in business and in their communities. The initiative runs various programmes to build the profile of women in business across the continent.Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei are the founders of the She Leads Africa network, set up to change negative perceptions of African women. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanTwo women who wanted to see fellow African women leading in business are now reaping the fruit of the initiative they started. Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei are the founders of She Leads Africa (SLA), a community of about 300,000 women.She Leads Africa is a digital media company with a purpose, they say. “It’s very important to us that we focus on not only reach but also on impact.“Our recent Slay Festival in Lagos had more than 1,400 people come out for a day of innovation, culture and technology. It had 81 million social media impressions,” the women say.They partnered with BBC Africa to host a Twitter chat for #SheHiveLondon and the broadcaster live streamed SLA’s SheHiveLondon event.“We have also provided more than $50,000 (R661,458) in grant money to women entrepreneurs and provided training to 1,000 young entrepreneurs on business strategy, digital marketing and finance.”Belo-Osagie and Osei started SLA in 2014, when both had full time jobs. It now has a staff of nine people, two of whom are in South Africa.Watch Anjola Ogunsanwo explain the lessons she learned at the Slay Festival:Their missionSLA is a community that helps young African women achieve their professional dreams, reads its website. “With engaging online content and pan-African events, (the) vision is to become the #1 destination for smart and ambitious young women.”An SLA event, #SheHiveJoburg, was held in Maboneng, Johannesburg, from 9-12 February. It comprised a series of workshops. Successful entrepreneurs gave insight into their journeys and provided training and mentorship to young professional women.“Start thinking of yourself as a brand.” – @sheilaafari, founder of Sheila Afari PR#SheHiveJoburg— She Leads Africa (@SheLeadsAfrica) February 12, 2017Entrepreneur Tip from @SheLeadsAfrica. If you don’t like networking. Get a friend who is a connector to help you connect to your network.— Wasebukhosini ? (@KINGAya_) February 12, 2017“As much as we are in a digital age, your brand offline still matters.” – @sheilaafari, founder of Sheila Afari PR#SheHiveJoburg— She Leads Africa (@SheLeadsAfrica) February 12, 2017We’re not going to create generational wealth with one income stream. @sheilaafari #SheHiveJoburg @SheLeadsAfrica pic.twitter.com/6Teoj1Yyyh— Wasebukhosini ? (@KINGAya_) February 12, 2017Besides sharing inspiring stories of African women, SLA shares guides on its site, such as 7 Cs for great communication; SLA’s career strategy guide; Holding on to your business, your day job and your sanity; and Starting a business: the very first step.Watch Osei talk about how we should portray African women as individuals:Women breaking stereotypesLebohang Monyatsi from Vryburg in the North West, is one of the South African women who features on the SLA website. She is the first South African woman in a wheelchair to be a runway model, and has also represented South Africa in wheelchair basketball.Lebohang Monyatsi challenges people who believe that differently-abled people such as herself are only good for office work and sport. “I intend on making people see that we are capable of doing other things.” (Image: She Leads Africa)“The main goal is to break the stereotypes associated with people with disabilities in the fashion and entertainment industry, and to pave the way for those to follow and succeed me,” she said.One of Monyatsi’s achievements is modelling for the Maboneng Fashion Week. “My goals as a model are to do international modelling, to inspire and be a role model, especially to those who think it’s not possible,” she told SLA.Other South African SLA womenMaphano Mohapi encourages youth to let their voices be heard and to break stereotypes. (Image: She Leads Africa)Several other South African women feature on the SLA website.Ronelle Steenekamp’s start-up RSA Consulting designs learning programmes for employees, advises organisations about learning and development projects and helps companies carry out more effective learning interventions.Her motto is “Pray then slay”. “Before pursuing interests, goals and objectives, I pray. Thereafter I boldly pursue with positive energy and confidence; that’s the slaying part,” Steenekamp says.Vuyi Zondi is a management consultant by profession with experience in strategy consulting to optimise business performance. She is also the founder of Corium Naturals, which sells products such as shea butter and African black soap.Running a business is not smooth going at all times, says Zondi. “But what I learn from one, I can transfer to the other.”Her advice is to do your research and read up from credible sources. “Reach out to the suppliers of raw materials, because they have a wealth of knowledge and guidance. Become a sponge, always soaking in new knowledge.”Lauren Jacobs is in the church with her husband, and is committed to speaking out about issues such as domestic violence. She is also the author of three books. One of Jacobs’ achievements was teaching women in Ghana during a church outreach trip.Her advice to aspiring authors is to forget about writing perfectly. “Forget perfection; embrace what you have to give. Write and write, challenge yourself. Do not copy another writer – we don’t need another Stephen King or Chimamanda Adichie. They are great but we need you.”Social work graduate Maphano Mohapi is a nail technician and makeup artist with a spa business of her own.In 2004, she was in an accident that left her unable to walk. This personal challenge gave Mohapi a new lease on life.She told SLA that after graduating from university, it was difficult to find a job because of her disability. This led to her starting her own business.Her advice is that people should not give up on their dreams. “Remember you have only one life to live. Getting a second chance in my life moulded me into a strong, beautiful black woman I am today,” Mohapi says.How She Leads Africa startedIn 2014, when they started SLA, Belo-Osagie and Osei said they wanted to see if they could find women interested in opportunities, and the response they got blew them away. “We launched our first pitch competition in May 2014 and within six weeks we had nearly 400 applications from more than 25 countries,” they say.“We knew that there was a desire from young woman across the continent to see this movement grow and it’s been exciting building that over the past two years.”Their aim is to work with African women across the continent and in the diaspora. “To date, we’ve hosted our SheHive bootcamps in cities across three continents and have members from more than 30 countries.”Other highlightsMembers of the She Leads Africa team. (Image supplied)In 2014 and 2015, SLA hosted pitch competitions in which entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to showcase their businesses before investors. Then, in 2016, SLA launched its Accelerator programme. The six-month long programme is designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest female entrepreneurs.Participants receive access to business coaching, private sessions with investors and at the end pitch their business for cash and prizes.In 2016, the SLA top entrepreneur was Angel Adelaja of Fresh Direct. The company produces premium organic fruits and vegetables hydroponically. Adelaja walked away with a 2-million naira (R83 000) investment.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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This Week in the Cloud – Klint Finley Discusses the Need for Ad-Hoc Networks

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#cloud#news 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Klint has been running a series of posts about the need for alternative networks. He discussed:The creation of mobile, ad-hoc networks that can connect with each other to create a wireless mesh.Turn all devices into routers.How radio transmissions could be used for network to connect.Why these types of networks re needed for health and safety.Linthicum said it is important for innovation to continue in this area so it is difficult to block communications. Joining the show after Klint was Johnny Diggz of Tropo who discussed telephony and its context with the situation in Egypt. Digz is the founder of “Geeks Without Bounds.” The service has provided the capability for people in Egypt to send messages via voice.Thanks to This Week in the Cloud for having Klint on the show and providing a consistent source for news about the cloud. alex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This Week in Cloud Computing featured our very own Klint Finley as a guest in the last episode. It seemed like the right time to give credit to this show that has emerged as one of the most consistent voices in the world of the cloud.Hosted by Amanda Coolong and David Linthicum, the show features discussions and interviews. Klint was invited to discuss Egypt and the issues that come when telecommunications companies and governments have such control. He talked about how the situation in Egypt demonstrates how much more resilient the Internet needs to be so communications can run smoothly.last_img read more

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Players like Anthony Davis have value and hold power

first_imgAbdul-Jabbar said he understands why Davis’ trade request is getting so much attention.It’s because Davis — averaging 28 points and 13 rebounds this season — is worth it.“That’s always going to be the case,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “The most talented people out there in the job market are going to get the most attention.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next If anyone understands what Anthony Davis is thinking, asking for a trade out of New Orleans with nearly 1 1/2 seasons left on his contract, it’s Abdul-Jabbar. His trade request came with two years left on his contract in Milwaukee. Eventually, he got his wish in the summer that followed his ask and got traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.“I think that the players have power because they have value,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “The players that teams know that they can win with are going to be in a position to dictate what they want to do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAnd while few people would disagree with that, the fact that Davis’ request went public — and the impact it had on the both the Pelicans and the Lakers, the team that appeared to go after the six-time All-Star the hardest before the trade deadline came and went earlier this month without a move being consummated — did not sit well with a number of the league’s former players at All-Star weekend.And it isn’t about the money. Top players like Davis, who will likely get his trade request fulfilled this summer are going to be well compensated one way or the other. But some think he might have been better served keeping it quiet until then. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ALA Boxing cares for Mark Magsayo US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, center, speaks with Dominque Wilkins, left, as former player Bill Russell is seen at right, during the NBA All-Star skills session basketball contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)MIAMI — There was no social media or around-the-clock basketball coverage in October 1974, on the night when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar looked up from his dinner plate and told the Milwaukee Bucks that he would like to be traded.As such, hardly anybody knew initially about the demand.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I just think it’s a situation where they needed to keep it in house,” Hall of Fame guard Rick Barry said. “Just talk to the owners. Talk amongst yourselves. Airing your dirty laundry and putting stuff out there … I just don’t understand why you want to get into a situation like that that does nobody any good and can only cause problems.”Like Abdul-Jabbar, and like Davis, Barry also forced a trade. Back in his ABA days, he made it known that when the Washington Caps were moving to Norfolk, Virginia, he wanted no part of playing there. So Barry got traded to the New York Nets, the entire trade “saga” lasting no more than a week or two and all done during an offseason.Davis asking in-season, Barry said, had a negative effect on both the Pelicans and the Lakers.“Doing it a year before, I don’t understand,” Barry said. “Hopefully they won’t continue doing it that far in advance.”Actually, that is nothing new.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kyrie Irving had two years, plus an option year, left on his deal with Cleveland when he asked for a trade and eventually got moved to the Boston Celtics. Paul George had a year left when he told Indiana that he wanted out. Both of those requests went public, and it could be argued that the Cavaliers and Pacers were ailed, at least somewhat, by losing leverage since it was no secret the superstars wanted to be moved.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver doesn’t like trade demands, especially ones that go public. When the NBA adopted its most recent collective bargaining agreement, Silver said the notion was that teams would have the option to extend player deals a year early to avoid being blindsided by requests by those players to leave.It hasn’t worked that way, with Davis just being the latest example.“The law of unintended consequences,” Silver said. “It hasn’t worked precisely as we had planned.”Irving had a title with the Cavaliers. Kawhi Leonard had a championship with San Antonio when he asked to be moved, and ultimately got his way. George still doesn’t have a championship, though flirted with one plenty of times when he was in Indiana only to be thwarted on annual basis by the Miami Heat.Davis doesn’t have one. He hasn’t been close. New Orleans went to the second round of the playoffs last year, a great sign of progress. This year the Pelicans have plummeted back toward the bottom of the Western Conference. And Davis realizes that his window for winning and being elite won’t last forever, so mindful of his legacy he wants to be moved.The great players are rich and going to be rich no matter where they play. The ring is also very much the thing, and Davis knows helping lead a team to a championship is vital to how he will be remembered.“I just want to win,” Davis said at All-Star weekend.The Pelicans haven’t done enough of it, and this year was the wrong time for their winning percentage to fall off a cliff. So Davis made the ask, and Hall of Famer Dave Cowens said that’s fine — as long as he accepts whatever comes next, whether it’s good or bad.“If a player wants to usurp or influence a decision on personnel, then the accountability for that move if it doesn’t work out, that’s what it’s about,” Cowens said. “You can’t have union and management doing the same things. … To me, it starts with the accountability. That’s the biggest thing.” MOST READlast_img read more

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November Recipients – TFA Volunteer Medal

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) congratulations the following members who are the deserving recipients of the TFA Volunteer Medal for November.Ashley Pedley (QLD)Rohan Greaves (VIC)Jo Cianter (QLD)Ashley, Rohan and Jo continue to dedicate countless hours of time and effort towards growing our game via their local associations. A critical contribution that does not go unnoticed. To view their impressive list of allocates click here.TFA sincerely thanks Ashley, Rohan and Jo for their contributions.The TFA volunteer medal is an initiative created to recognise those within our sport who provide ongoing support, and demonstrate a positive example as a member of their local Touch Football community.Affiliates across the country can nominate deserving applicants through an online survey providing an opportunity to recognise the ongoing support that drives the sport and makes a significant difference to our participants experience.To nominate your volunteer, click here. To read the criteria and nomination process, click here.last_img read more

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10 months agoNewcastle supporters pen open letter to Ashley for transfer funds

first_imgNewcastle supporters pen open letter to Ashley for transfer fundsby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA group of Newcastle supporters’ organisations have written an open letter to owner Mike Ashley, urging him to invest in players this month.Toon are 15th on the Premier League table, and fans are fearful the club will be relegated should Ashley chose not to allocate money for transfers during the current transfer window.The letter read in part: “Dear Mike Ashley. We are writing to urge you to do what is right for Newcastle United this month and we hope, for a change, you are willing to listen to us and act accordingly.”This is a critical month for the football club, both in terms of your stated desire to sell and the need to strengthen the squad, as repeatedly requested by the manager Rafa Benitez.”We are hoping you see the sense in striving to do both, but if you cannot find a suitable buyer, then it is imperative that you still release the funds needed to improve the squad.”To fail to do so, would seem both reckless and foolish given the damage you know relegation will do. The ongoing takeover cannot be used an excuse not to spend money in the January transfer window.”If you refuse to spend money this month, the risk of relegation not only increases, it will also mean the manager will not sign the new contract you have offered to him.”You have repeatedly said that you want Benitez to stay, so do the things needed to make sure that happens. In short, back him and give him what he needs in this window.”I know we have had a difficult relationship in the past, but at this point, we want to look forward, not backwards. Please do what is right this month.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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15 days agoRodrygo Goes delighted with first months at Real Madrid

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Rodrygo Goes delighted with first months at Real Madridby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRodrygo Goes is delighted with his first months at Real Madrid.The striker already has a first senior goal, while he is a regular with Raul’s Castilla.”My adaption has gone well,” he said in Brazil during international break. “I live in a really nice city, at the biggest club in the world, with the best footballers in the world, who have really welcomed me in. It was easy to adapt.”After his first goal, coach Zinedine Zidane wasn’t slow to praise the youngster.”My relationship with Zidane is really good,” Rodrygo added. “He was one of my idols, I was always looking at videos of Zidane, he always inspired me. To have him as my manager is something wonderful. He won everything and has a lot of experience to share with me. He is a man who loves to speak and give advice. I make sure to learn and develop.” last_img read more

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Danaos Delivers Major Loss due to Impairments

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek containership owner Danaos Corporation ended the fourth quarter of 2018 with a major loss due to recorded impairment charges.The company’s net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 reached USD 180.9 million, compared to a net income of USD 22.8 million seen a year before. Danaos recognized an impairment loss of USD 210.7 million in relation to 10 of its Panamax vessels as of December 31, 2018 compared to nil in the comparable period.For the full year 2018, the company delivered a net loss of USD 32.9 million, against a net income of USD 83.9 million reported in 2017.Operating revenues were at USD 115.6 million for the fourth quarter, compared to USD 114.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017. On a yearly level, operating revenues were slightly up by 1.5% to USD 458.7 million in 2018 from USD 451.7 million in 2017.“The 4th quarter of 2018 was the first full quarter following the completion of our recent debt refinancing which reduced indebtedness by USD 551 million, reset financial covenants and extended maturities through the end of 2023. As mentioned before, the refinancing has strengthened the company’s balance sheet and growth prospects by removing all balloon payments and maturities of existing debt over the next five years,” Dr. John Coustas, Danaos’ CEO, said.The charter market for vessels larger than 5,000 TEU has recently shown encouraging signs of recovery, and the market for smaller vessels remains stable albeit at relatively low levels, according to Danaos.“Anticipated slow steaming and re-designing of liner networks ahead of the implementation of new restrictions on sulphur emissions in 2020 together with vessels exiting service to be fitted with scrubbers are all positive supply side developments that may lead to improved charter rates,” Coustas concluded.last_img read more

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Ohio State punter Cameron Johnston on watch list for Ray Guy Award

OSU junior punter Cameron Johnston (95) stands on the sideline during a game against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Virginia. OSU won, 42-24. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Lantern photographerCameron Johnston, a senior punter on the Ohio State football team, has been named to the preseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award, given annually to the nation’s top punter. Johnston, one of 28 collegiate punters on the watch list that was released Thursday, was a semifinalist for the award during the past two seasons. Since the award’s inception in 2000, the only Buckeye to take home the hardware was B.J. Sander in 2003. Johnston is one of the most decorated punters in program history, with three school records to his name. He set the single-season record in 2015 for most punts inside the 20-yard line, with 31. En route to that total, he set a new career mark, with 83. His average of 57.0 yards per attempt in a 2014 game against Illinois is also a school record. A native of Geelong, Australia, Johnston’s ability to pin opponents deep in their own territory has been invaluable to coach Urban Meyer’s teams over the past two seasons. With the loss of 14 starters total from last year’s roster, having Johnston back to lead the special-teams unit should be an asset.In all, five Buckeyes are on preseason lists, including redshirt senior Pat Elflein, who was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list on Wednesday. The award honors the nation’s top collegiate center. It’s the first time Elflein has been included on the trophy’s watch list, but that’s because this will be his first season as OSU’s center. He has started the past two seasons at guard, where he helped turn the Buckeyes’ front five into one of the most respected units in the country. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Elflein, who has twice been a first-team all-conference guard, shocked many with his decision to return for a fifth season. But his decision to stick around will likely pay dividends for an OSU offense that lost seven starters from a season ago, including three on the offensive line. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett is on the Maxwell Award watch list, handed out to the nation’s top player, regardless of position. Junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan and redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis are on the Bednarik Award watch list, given annually to the country’s top defender. OSU is set to open the 2016 season on Sept. 3 against Bowling Green. Kickoff is scheduled for noon at Ohio Stadium. read more

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