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Why Do We Have Waste?

first_imgRecycling is becoming firmly entrenched in society. Kids in school are taught the merits of recycling paper, plastics, and the like, and are successfully shaming their parents into changing their behavior.Green building programs promote job-site recycling. This is all well and good, but it occurs to me that the problem is much larger and systemic than simply figuring out what to do with the waste that we create. What we need to do is figure out how to eliminate waste. By that I don’t mean just being better about ordering our materials so we end up with less waste; we need to strive for eliminating the concept of “waste” entirely.Lessons from the pastWhen Henry Ford gave orders to his suppliers for his early cars, he included tight specifications for the wood crates, which he reused for the floorboards on the assembly line. The boards were cut to size and provided for free by his vendors. Ford successfully eliminated one waste stream by turning it into a raw material requiring no shipping or processing.As far back as the 19th century, mills shipped their grain in bulk sacks, which were then turned into clothing by millions of customers. This practice became so popular that the bag mills began printing decorative patterns on the inside of the bags to make the resulting clothes more attractive. Customers anxiously awaited each year’s new pattern, and people all over the country would step out in matching clothes each season after their bags were empty.Cabinets and CheeriosIn our current high-volume/big-box society where the lowest price rules, the products we purchase have been manufactured thousands of miles away, and so require extensive disposable packaging to keep them safe on their long journey to store shelves. From light fixtures to kitchen cabinets to flat-screen TVs to Cheerios, virtually everything we buy comes packaged for the convenience of the seller and shipper in virtually indestructible packaging made of cheap, often nonrecyclable material. This places a burden on the environment that most take no responsibility for.Can we shift or are we just shiftless?Construction waste is a systemic problem that cannot be solved until we take a hard look at how we live, including the materials we use to build our homes. I am not naïve enough to think that we can eliminate all waste, but I do think that with some careful consideration of the products we use and where we get them from, we can reduce the amount of waste we produce. Locally produced products require shorter shipping distances and less protective packaging, meaning savings on transportation costs and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as less trash to discard or recycle.A “buy local” approach will require a paradigm shift in the business of building, but I believe that it is a necessary change for us to remain (or become!) a truly sustainable society.last_img read more

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Kelly Riggs on Why You Need to Quit Whining and Start Selling – Episode #18

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (11.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWhining is almost epidemic in the sales arena. There’s always an excuse and you hear them often. “The economy is bad.” “The prospect was only buying on price.” “They got a better offer.” And while there are reasons that prospects don’t close on the transaction with every sales presentation the professional salesperson doesn’t make excuses or whine about the loss. Instead, that person works harder to maximize the process and refine their skills so their closing rate increases over time. You can hear how Kelly Riggs, author of “Quit Whining and Start Selling” addresses those issues and coaches sales professionals to close the deal through their own skill and expertise at sales.The first step to becoming a sales professional is to stop whining and take responsibilityClick To TweetBuyers are concerned about price, but it’s not all they are concerned about.It’s a sad situation when all a sales professional can think about is how averse his prospects are to the price of his product or service. That’s a sure sign that his closing numbers are going to drop and he’s going to become discouraged quickly. The problem is that he’s more convinced that pricing is the issue than his prospects are. He’s not convinced of the value of what he has to offer – so much so that he’s able to overcome pricing objections by showing that what he brings to the relationship is much more valuable than the prospect’s money. On this episode Kelly Riggs tells how to get beyond that price limitation mindset, so be sure you listen.You may be the reason your prospects ask for a lower price.Why is it that prospects so often ask for a lower price? It’s at least in part because sales professionals have conditioned them to ask for a lower price by giving it every time. The knee-jerk reaction to resistance based on price is to waffle and lower the price. But a true sales professional acknowledges the desire to have a lower price but takes the conversation back to the value of what the prospect will get for the money she’s paying. When the value of the product or service is shown to be greater than the value of the money in the prospect’s pocket, the sale will happen every time.Often it’s the salesperson who has the price limitation, not the prospect ~ Anthony IannarinoClick To TweetIf you shortcut effective qualifying, you’re decreasing your chance of a sale.Anthony believes that many sales professionals are so hungry they want to cut immediately to the sales presentation, the thing they see as the main arena in which they are able to close a sale. While the actual close does happen at the presentation appointment, there’s a lot more that goes into a successful close on the front end. The qualifying step is of paramount importance when it comes to making sure you are speaking to the decision makers in the company, understand their needs and desire, and are able to effectively address them once you get to the presentation appointment. Shortcutting the qualifying process is a sure way to frustrate your sales success.Kelly’s book is a field guide for the professional salesperson.Other than the fact that Kelly Rigg’s book, “Stop Whining and Start Selling” is full of fundamental principles and approaches to sales, Anthony loves it because it’s so user friendly. On this episode he likens it to a field manual that a salesperson can use on the spot before going into a sales appointment. The chapters are short, to the point, actionable, and easy to understand and digest. It’s a great resource for sales managers to have as a resource for their sales team and it’s a hands on tool for the sales professional to use day to day. Find out how to get it on this episode of In The Arena.Even if the pie has gotten smaller, there’s still plenty of pie out there ~ Sales pro, Kelly RiggsClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction of this episode and his guest, Kelly Riggs. Kelly’s introduction of his own role in the sales arena. The detrimental effect of whining as a sales pro. The 1 to 1 sales approach Kelly teaches. The things that are REALLY important to a buyer. Why customers often ask for a lower price. Why qualifying is such a key aspect of the sales process. Relational VS. Transactional approaches to sales. Why Anthony likes Kelly’s book so much. How you can connect with Kelly Riggs.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.1on1Selling.comKelly on TwitterBB00CX7P34GThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeWhen a recession happens your only solution is to sell your way through it ~ Anthony IannarinoClick To TweetShortcutting the qualifying process is the best way to frustrate the sales processClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

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NIA continues terror-fund searches in J&K

first_img‘Those raided have been funding terror’ Hawala trail goes back decades  The bank accounts and lockers detected during the probe have been ordered to be frozen.While the NIA team sealed the Qamarwari residence of Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Shah, another Geelani confidante Mehraj Kalwal, district president of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, was questioned. Hurriyat faction chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s spokesman Aftab Ahmad was detained for some time, while the faction’s leader Zafar Akbar Bhat was also quizzed.Residences of three other separatist leaders, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Javaid Gazi Baba and Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, were also searched on Saturday.  Earlier on Saturday, the agency swooped down on the separatists, their associates and some businessmen, suspected to be involved in routing funds, at 26 locations across Kashmir, Haryana and Delhi, after it converted a preliminary enquiry into terror funding as an FIR.“The subject matter of investigation is to probe the entire chain of players behind financing of terrorist activities including pelting of stones on security forces, burning of schools, damaging government establishments and other such activities,” said the NIA.Cash running into a few crores, gold jewellery and coins worth about ₹40 lakh, a large number of property-related papers, letterheads of the banned outfits, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen, several pen-drives, laptops, mobile phones and other incriminating documents, including phone diaries, katchcha receipts and vouchers were seized from financiers, hawala operators and office bearers of separatist groups, said the NIA on Saturday.Also Read The National Investigation Agency continued its searches on the second consecutive day, on Sunday, at five more places belonging to “secessionist and separatist elements”, besides hawala operators, in connection with an alleged case of terror financing by Pakistan-based terror outfits and the separatists in the Valley.“Searches are under way at four places in Kashmir and one place in Jammu. During the course of searches, Pakistani currency (a few thousands) and currencies of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have been found and seized, apart from other incriminating material. The persons concerned are being questioned,” said an NIA statement.Also Readlast_img read more

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BAHAMAS Conch facing sharp declines development and poachers blamed

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 19, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamian conch is in grave danger and while there is dispute on how much danger the mollusk is facing when it comes to its population; there is no doubt that something must be done to save the Bahamian conch and the conch fishing industry.    An InterAmerican Development Bank report says that declines are at 80% and that one way to stem the drastic drop in conchs is to cut back on exportation.The Bahamas Commercial Fisheries Alliance, BCFA said that suggestion was made before by their organization and he disputes that the decline in conchs is as high as 80%.   The IDB report supports a half a million dollar project, to be spearheaded by the Bahamas National Trust, which is to unravel in the Family Islands.   The report also said that significant number of families are impacted by the fall in conch numbers; this impacts food security and the economy – in fact the IDB says fishing for conch has now become unviable, ie, a waste of time for 9,000 fisherman.It is a staggering analysis which Adrian LaRoda, President of the BCFA explained is mainly caused by  foreign poachers and increased coastal development.   Tribune Business carries the story where the IDB report outlines that “Densities in the Bahamas have dropped since the 1980s from 50 per hectare to 10 per hectare, a density too low to sustain reproduction.   Low queen conch densities observed at several Family Islands such as Andros Island suggest that queen conch fishing is no longer viable in some locations.”#MagneticMediaNews#conchfacingsharpdecline Related Items:#conchfacingsharpdecline, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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POLICE LOG for July 14 OUI Arrest Warrant Arrest Truck vs Pole

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, July 14, 2018:Police received report of people ringing the door bell of a Flynn Way home and running off. Police unable to locate perpetrator. (12:42am)A white 2011 Chevy Silverado struck a pole on Glen Road. No injuries noted. No vehicle towed. Verizon and RMLD notified. (1:51am)James Bernard Kelly (26, Somerville) was arrested for OUI Liquor.  Vehicle blew out a tire on Main Street after striking a curb and pulled in next to Charlie’s Auto Body. (9:36am)A caller reported a group of about 20 people were arguing and fighting on Brentwood Avenue. Police responded. There was a verbal argument between sisters. Jillian A. Francis (31, Gloucester) was arrested on a warrant. (8:27pm)Police received report of a loud party on Towpath Drive. Homeowners were advised of the complaint and they turned the music down. (11:19pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 26: 2 Missing Teens; OUI Arrest; Main St. Shut Down Due To Crash; Road Rage IncidentIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 7: OUI Arrest; Warrant Arrest; Dude, Where’s My Car?In “Police Log”last_img read more

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US Invests Millions To Train Journalists In Pakistan

first_imgLaura IsenseeMarina Marri is an editor at the Express-Tribune. She’s part of the growing workforce of reporters in Pakistan. The number of working journalists here has jumped from 2,000 in 2002 to 18,000 in 2013.There’s a lot of growth in Pakistan’s journalism, particularly on the TV side, along with a lot of energy from journalists.An example is Marina Marri, editor of the Express-Tribune. The journalists there have been resilient and tenacious in the face of violence.And Marri not only manages a newsroom, but also plays soccer.In order to keep fostering new generations of journalists in the country, there’s an effort to start up a Master’s Degree and the U.S. has a strong role in it.We invite you to listen to Laura’s latest dispatch above.She is participating in a fellowship for reporters sponsored by ICFJ— the International Center For Journalists. Think of it as a student exchange for journalists.You can also follow her journey on Twitter and Facebook.And check out Laura’s earlier entries on the special page on our website. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /03:24 Listen Sharelast_img read more

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Black Virginia Voters Feel Betrayed Left in NoWin Scenario

first_imgBy ERRIN HAINES WHACK, Associated PressRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Eva Siakam’s choice to campaign for Ralph Northam in 2017 was a simple one: He was a Democrat and endorsed by Barack Obama, America’s first Black president.But sitting in a stylist’s chair at Supreme Hair Styling Boutique in Richmond on Friday, she shook her head in disgust when asked about revelations that Northam wore Blackface 35 years ago.In this Jan. 12, 2018 file photo, Virginia Gov.-elect, Lt. Gov Ralph Northam, center, walks down the reviewing stand with Lt. Gov-elect, Justin Fairfax, right, and Attorney General Mark Herring at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)“I really believed in him,” said Siakam, a 28-year-old student. “To find out that he dressed up in Blackface is disappointing. He’s shown his disdain for Black people.”Black voters who factored prominently in the 2017 election that helped Northam become Virginia governor are feeling betrayed over the scandals that have engulfed the state over the past week, leaving them with a less-than-ideal set of choices at the top of the Democratic Party: a governor and attorney general who wore Blackface and a lieutenant governor who stands accused by two women of sexual assault. The next person in line for governor is a conservative Republican.Many are struggling to come to grips with a list of nagging questions: Do they forgive the Democrats, keep Republicans out of power and demand the governor get serious about racism? Should Northam step down and hand the office to African-American Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who faces sexual assault allegations? Or should all three of them walk away and let principle prevail, even if the other party takes charge?The dilemma was being weighed in Black barber shops, salons, restaurants and living rooms and in activist and political circles across the state in the midst of a still-unfolding reckoning around race and scandal in the Old Dominion.“We don’t even know where to take the conversation from here,” community organizer Chelsea Wise said at a meeting of Democrats in Richmond on Thursday. “Do we want to address all of them, or are we just sticking with Ralph right now? The fact that it’s all of our top leadership shows that we need to take a hard look at the Virginia Democratic Party as well.”The governor has been facing calls to resign ever since a photo emerged from his medical school yearbook page in 1984 that showed someone in Blackface next to a person wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe. He initially said he was in the photo, then denied that but said he did wear Blackface when he impersonated Michael Jackson around the same time. Days later, Fairfax was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2004, and Attorney General Mark Herring came forward to admit that he, too, wore Blackface in the 1980s.As of Friday night, Northam informed his Cabinet that he was determined to stay in office, Herring remained in a wait-and-see posture, and Fairfax had denied a second accusation of sexual assault, this one from a classmate at Duke University who said he raped her in 2000. Northam is vowing to start an honest conversation on race to begin to heal Virginia’s lingering racial legacy.Siakam said she thinks Northam should resign, but said the conversation must now turn to the larger impacts of racism on communities of color.“There’s nothing you can do for us to forget, but we should focus more now on structural racism,” she said.African-Americans, who make up 20 percent of Virginia voters, overwhelmingly supported the commonwealth’s top three Democrats in 2017, in large part as a repudiation of what they saw as the racist rhetoric and policies prevalent in the 2016 presidential campaign and the White supremacist rally in Charlottesville just months before the election. Both Northam and Herring campaigned heavily in Black areas, and were given entree into many communities by local officials, faith leaders, business owners and regular citizens.Wise said she had reservations about Northam’s commitment to Black communities during the election, but supported him anyway and was prepared to hold him accountable amid a racially divided national climate.“We knew Trump had just gotten elected and we needed a Democratic governor in Virginia, especially because of the importance of the state in national elections,” Wise, 34, explained. “I almost felt like I couldn’t question him because of the urgency add the importance of what we just had on the national level.”Wise said she felt betrayed by Northam’s revelations, particularly because he remained silent about his own past after the events of Charlottesville.“How in the world did you not come out and do your own truth-telling?” she said. “That makes me recognize that you don’t have the insight and emotional capacity to take on what we need in Virginia at this time.”Shemicia Bowen campaigned for Democrats up and down the ticket. The 44-year-old Richmond resident said she gasped when she learned the governor had worn Blackface 35 years ago. She finds Herring’s revelations were even more alarming because he’s the state’s top lawyer and has to deal with daily decisions affecting Black people in the criminal justice system.Still, Bowen struggles with the way forward for Black Virginians. She doesn’t think anyone will step down, and as a loyal Democrat, she’s not sure they should turn over the state to Republicans.“We can’t just throw the whole ticket away at this point,” said Bowen. “But we have to understand that Blackface is a blatant form of disrespect. If an elected official isn’t aware of that, what else are they not aware of? What else do you feel like is not a big deal? How are you able to effectively be a voice for every person?”Norfolk native Joe Dillard said Northam should resign, and that the allegations against Fairfax should be investigated before discussing what consequences he should face. But the idea of a Republican governor should all three step aside was not unpalatable if it’s the right decision, he said.“Do I think I should support Democrats to the point where I allow certain things that my great-grandparents would slap me in the face for letting slide? No, I won’t,” Dillard said. “I am not a Democrat before I’m an African-American man. For me, it’s always people over party.”Dillard and Bowen, both members of a group of young Blacks active in Virginia politics, said Northam should immediately allocate at least $20 million to the state’s historically Black colleges and universities, which have been underfunded. Dillard also suggested an African-American liaison in the governor’s office, to establish a pipeline for young Blacks to rise to meaningful positions in government. Wise is already looking ahead to future cycles, where she feels more Black women in leadership would help restore her confidence in the party.Jim Scurlock, a longtime elections supervisor in Richmond who went to segregated high schools in Roanoke before experiencing the sting of Jim Crow as a young soldier in the Army in 1960, was withholding judgment on Fairfax. And he said given the national political climate and the country’s racist legacy, everyone deserves a second chance.“Probably many, many more in the General Assembly wore Blackface,” Scurlock, 82, said.“Virginia is still a racist state. It hasn’t changed much. And look at the president and all he has done . I haven’t forgiven the president, but he’s still in office, so why should they resign?”last_img read more

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Gods not dead as yet

God, is he an entity in real or merely a myth? This question has dogged mankind for long. Carrying forward the doubt-belief system, the play Krishan Vs Kanhaiya questions your faith, in the spiritual and ritual sense, in God.An adaptation of the Gujarati play Kanji Virudh Kanji, the drama satirically narrates a tale which revolves around an altercation between an atheist and god. Directed by Umesh Shukla, it casts Paresh Rawal in a pivotal role as the atheist Krishna alongwith Chirag Vora, Jimit Trivedi, Puja Gupta, Ankit Trivedi among others. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’After an earthquake ravages his antique shop, Krishanlal Mehta asks the insurance company to pay the damages. However, he is in for a rude shock when the insurance company doesn’t give him the money because the disaster is not man-made but ‘made by god’. That seals it for Krishan and he decides to file a case against god himself.What follows is a very intelligent, deeply thought out and well-argued case for and against the existence of god, the role of multi-billion religious trusts, how the common man has become ‘god fearing’ rather than ‘god loving’ and the fallacies of insurance. The arguments in the court between Krishan, and god, Kanhaiya are both hilarious and raise questions about religious faith. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTo add a twist to the tale, Kanhaiya — the Lord himself — presents himself to Krishan and through witty dialogues and smart arguments gets him to see the truth about God, taking him on a journey wherein the atheist gets converted to a hardcore believer.The writer, Bhavesh Mandaliya, does an incredible job adding humour to a serious plot. The play’s focus isn’t on showing an atheist’s conversion to someone religious, rather it is about the arguments raised for and against one’s belief in a higher power. The director, Umesh Shukla, uses the script to bring that idea out through the lighting effects and stage design. Similarly Paresh Rawal’s comic timing and punches are sharp as a shooter’s and hits the bull’s eye. The length of the play- two hours and 15 minutes could have probably been reduced. read more

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Microsoft engages youth to drive sustainable African economic growth

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative to create economic opportunities for 300 million youth over the next three yearsJOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Unemployment remains rife on the African continent. With almost 200 million people aged between 15 and 24 in Africa today, the youth community represents more than 60 per cent of the continent’s total population and accounts for 45 per cent of its growing labour force. However, the imbalance between the demands of the labour market and the supply of appropriately skilled workers in Africa is reaching its breaking point. In light of this, Microsoft Corporation today announced its ongoing commitment to driving opportunities for African youth through its YouthSpark initiative.Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries during the next three years. This companywide initiative includes Corporate Social Investment (CSI) and other company programs — both new and enhanced — empowering youth to imagine and realise their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship. – Advertisement – “It is a sad reality that while young Africans are more literate than their parents, more of them remain unemployed,” says Djam Bakhshandegi, CSI Program Manager at Microsoft in Africa. “At the core of our YouthSpark and other CSI activities is our belief that relevant innovation holds the key to unlocking the answers to our most pressing challenges in the region. Through YouthSpark, in sub-Saharan Africa alone, we have already reached over half a million young people and made $1.1 million worth of software donations to non-Government-organisations.  In addition we have trained almost 30, 000 teachers through our Partners In Learning tools as well as equipping hundreds of small & medium businesses with relevant start up skills.As part of its broader strategy, Microsoft views Africa as a critical investment market. Its flagship African investment and growth drive, 4Afrika,  which YouthSpark falls under on the African continent, was launched in February 2013.   Through 4Afrika, Microsoft will actively engage in Africa’s economic development to improve its global competitiveness. By 2016, the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative plans to help place tens of millions of smart devices in the hands of African youth, bring 1 million African small and medium enterprises (SMEs) online, up-skill 100,000 members of Africa’s existing workforce, and help an additional 100,000 recent graduates develop skills for employability, 75 percent of which Microsoft will help place in jobs.“YouthSpark forms part of this 4Afrika vision and through YouthSpark, we are paying specific attention to the next generation of our ecosystem through our work with schools, students, start-ups and the developer community to drive skills and ICT integration which will in turn trigger growth,” says Bakhshandegi. “Through our partnerships with governments, non-profit organizations and businesses, Microsoft YouthSpark aims to empower youth to imagine and realize their full potential.”Microsoft YouthSpark goes beyond philanthropy and brings together a range of global programs that empower young people with access to technology and a better education and inspire young people to imagine the opportunities they have to realise their potential, including Office 365 for education, free technology tools for all teachers and students to power learning and collaboration, and Skype in the classroom, a free global community for teachers to connect their students with others around the world. Other YouthSpark initiatives include:Partners in Learning Network. An online professional development platform for government officials, school leaders and educators to help them with new approaches to teaching and learning, using technology to help students develop 21st century skills.Microsoft IT Academy. A career-ready education program available to all accredited academic institutions, providing students with 21st century technology.DreamSpark. Free access to Microsoft designer and developer tools for students and educators, helping advance key technical skills during the high school and college years, a critical time in a student’s development.Imagine Cup. The world’s premier youth technology competition, which challenges students to apply their knowledge and passion to develop technical solutions for social impact, to develop engaging games, and to demonstrate innovation that can benefit others, local communities and the world.Students to Business. A program that matches university students with jobs or internships in the technology industry.BizSpark. A software startup program, providing young entrepreneurs with access to Microsoft software development tools and connections with key industry players, including investors, to help them start a new business.Employability Portals. An all-inclusive platform that links users – who wish to plan their career, get career advisory, acquire training, build their capacity, apply for jobs and internships – with customized resources, counselors, mentors and jobs.Another example is Microsoft’s Build Your Business programme, a comprehensive and inter-active training course designed to support aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs. David Arkless, Manpower Group’s President of Corporate and Government Affairs, says, “Start-ups and small businesses are the backbone of Africa’s economy, and this learning course will encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to take the leap to set up a business venture. We are committed to helping new small businesses get off the ground and provide them with the skills to deal with the rigors of competition and day-to-day business tasks.”“We are committed to using our technology, talent, time and money to help create sustainable growth across the African continent,” says Bakhshandegi. “Microsoft YouthSpark is not just about enhancing young people’s digital skills. Rather it is about helping young people having a more balanced set of skills that is required in today’s very competitive work environment.”last_img read more