Vodacom invests in leadership skills

first_img20 June 2011Twenty-four of Vodacom’s employees from across the continent recently graduated from the Vodacom Advanced Executive Programme (VAEP), which was developed in partnership with Wits Business School to improve talented employees’ leadership, business and innovation skills.The programme has been running since 2003, and is designed to reward talented employees by offering them the opportunity to improve their skills. The 2010 intake included representatives from four of Vodacom’s African offices, entrenching the company’s commitment to grow leaders across the continent.Cross-boundary collaborationThe programme is seen as an important development tool, as it gives the company’s top employees the opportunity to visit Vodafone operations around the world to observe global innovative thinking.“They return to South Africa and develop business case proposals which could be applied to our African operations,” said Vodacom chief human resources officer Mpho Nkeli in a statement last week. “This makes the programme exciting not only for their own development, but the cross-boundary collaboration also carries enormous benefits for Vodacom.“The aim of the programme is to contribute towards strengthening our business, to actively create an environment for our people to excel beyond our innovation borders and to grow Vodacom leaders across the continent.”Reputable leadership programmesAccording to Vodacom, the VAEP is aligned with a high calibre of reputable leadership programmes and global standards, and has also been enhanced with a Telecoms Mini-MBA, whilst providing a desirably diverse learning approach.Employees who are invited to join the programme are expected to attend lectures on multiple modules covering everything from finance, accounting and economics. The course offers both theoretical and practical experience.“One of the most important elements of the course is the Janus Project, where participants analyse an international organisation in an integrated case study and extract learning points of global solutions while remaining locally relevant for future consideration by Vodacom,” said Nkeli.Identifying and building future leadersThe programme allows Vodacom to always be a step ahead of its competitors by promoting strategic thinking and innovation amongst its employees. The suggestions, research and findings that are developed from this programme are carefully analysed and considered by Vodacom’s executive team.“The VAEP programme ensures that our employees always strive for excellence and are always looking for ways to be creative, dynamic and innovative,” said Nkeli. “VAEP allows us to retain and attract the best employees in the market.“The programme also offers us the opportunity to identify and build future leaders of Vodacom.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Young South African disability activist lauded

first_imgIrish peace activist Mairead Maguirepresented Chaeli Mycroft with the covetedNkosi award, a sculpture depicting achild moving the earth.(Image: The Chaeli Campaign)MEDIA CONTACTS• Zelda MycroftThe Chaeli Campaign: CEO+27 21 761 4326RELATED ARTICLES• UK sculpture honour for Pistorius• Championing the children of fire• Walking across Africa to help children• Waste gives Such artistic inspirationRay MaotaSouth African Michaela Mycroft has won the 2011 International Children’s Peace Prize, the junior equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize.Chaeli, as she is fondly known, won the award for championing the causes of the disabled – something the 17-year-old has been doing since she was nine.Mycroft knows first-hand what it’s like to live with a disability; she has cerebral palsy.The International Children’s Peace Prize comes with R1-million (US$119 000) and the Nkosi Award, a coveted sculpture depicting a child moving the earth.Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire, an Irish peace activist and co-founder of the Community of Peace People, presented the prestigious accolade to Mycroft at a ceremony in The Hague, Netherlands, on 21 November 2011.Mycroft was one of five finalists selected from a total of 98 entries from 42 countries. All the young nominees are champions of important causes like fighting child abuse and supporting human rights.Winning the award is important to Mycroft. “It means that people are now going to hear our story all over the world and will recognise that the work we do is very important in creating a peaceful society.“That means a lot more than I can express.”Turning disability into an abilityMycroft started out on her path when she, with her sister and three friends, decided to raise funds for a motorised wheelchair. Cerebral palsy, a motor neuron disease, restricts the movement of arms and legs and the nine-year-old found herself needing the imported wheelchair to become more mobile.The group sold cards and flower pots and, in seven weeks, were able to raise more than the R20 000 ($2 400) required.That fundraiser, eight years ago, was such a success that Mycroft was inspired to create the Chaeli Campaign to help other children with disabilities.The organisation now employs 20 people and helps more than 3 000 children annually, distributing equipment such as wheelchairs, walking frames, hearing aids and food supplements. The campaign also helps fund physical therapy.Mycroft is the spokesperson for the organisation, based in Plumstead in the Western Cape. Her mother is the CEO and her father manages the office. Her sister and the three friends who initiated the fundraiser also play various roles in the organisation.Zelda Mycroft, Chaeli’s mother, says she recognised the potential in her daughter right from the start. “We always knew she would do great things, and with this award she is giving a voice to children who can’t speak up.”Mycroft hopes her actions as an ability activist will leave the world more accepting and more accommodating for all people, not just people with disabilities. “We are all different and we all have the need to be accepted, regardless of having a disability or not.”Young minds making a differenceThe five nominees for the International Children’s Peace Prize were announced by South African Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in October 2011.During the announcement Tutu said the prize was very important. “It facilitates a platform for children who make a valuable contribution to a peaceful world.”The Children’s Peace Prize is an initiative of Dutch organisation KidsRights, which bestows it annually to a young person making a difference in the world.The award is now in its seventh year and was launched by Mikhail Gorbachev, the former president of the Soviet Union.The other four nominees were youngsters from Pakistan, Uganda, Palestine and Armenia.Tutu described the five as very brave. “They are fighting for children’s rights in their country every day, sometimes even in dangerous situations.“Children are the future, but often they are not heard: the Children’s Peace Prize gives a voice to the voiceless.”Identified only by their first names, the other nominees tackle issues from education to child abuse.Thirteen-year-old Malala is an advocate for girls’ rights to education in Pakistan, while 14-year-old Winfred, from Uganda, documents cases of child abuse in her community and has also set up a counselling programme for children, by children.Liza, a 17-year-old from Palestine, uses sports to promote peace between Palestinian and Israeli youngsters and fights for the empowerment of Palestine girls in a male-dominated society.Nokolay, who is 17, organises discussions and presentations on human rights while sharing his knowledge on his website and blog. He is from Armenia.Mycroft sums up the attitude of all the youngsters involved: “Hope is what keeps us going. It’s what keeps us striving for the lives we deserve. I have hope for myself, but I also have hope for all other children with disabilities.”last_img read more

Five Ways to Improve Your Nasty, Foul Attitude

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Your attitude is everything. (Here’s an attitude checklist)Your attitude is mostly made up of your beliefs, your blueprint of how the world works. But you don’t even need to get to changed beliefs to get a giant head start on improving your nasty, foul attitude.I’ve been working this recipe for some time now. Nothing revolutionary, just highly effective.Get a good night’s sleep: You might be able to survive on less sleep than seven hours. But you shouldn’t. On seven hours sleep I am something close to the Dali Lama. On five and half hours sleep I am about as tolerant as Josef Stalin. If you want to massively improve your attitude, try to sleep seven to eight hours a day. Too little sleep will put you in a crooked mood right out of the gate.Eat clean and never late: The better you eat, the better you feel. Drop the fast food, drop the snacks, and drop the sugar. Never eat tacos and pizza in the same day (ever). Eat mostly lean meats, fruit, and vegetables. Stop eating late at night, too. You’ll sleep better, and you’ll have more energy upon waking. Oh, and for God’s sake don’t wait too long between meals; your low blood sugar will make you a monster.Drink water: No, seriously. Drink more water. The research indicates that 70% of us walk around dehydrated. It effects your attitude, and it is one the primary reasons you are so tired—and grouchy. (As it turns out, coffee isn’t water. I checked . . . I hope to someday be proven wrong.)Get some exercise: You don’t have to go crazy (like Chris Brogan, who has probably finished his daily workout before many of us roll out of bed). A half an hour of running and a twenty-minutes of weights every other day will do wonders to improve how you feel—and it will improve your attitude. You were made to do physical work of a heavier burden than banging on the keys of a keyboard and shuffling a mouse back and forth across the desk.Decompress: Meditate. Get a massage. Take a hot bath. Sit someplace quite and read. Do whatever works for you, but do something to reduce stress (and life is full of stressors, regardless of how well you believe you are functioning). The time you spend recharging is what allows you to reengage with the world with a positive, empowered attitude. If you are in a foul mood, wind down a bit.You might believe that this has nothing to do with your sales or your business results. You would be wrong. Your brain is trapped inside your tired, bad-food-eating, dehydrated, stressed-out body. Your attitude and your energy are directly correlated to your results—in sales and in life.last_img read more

With Fajardo playing sparingly, Santos delivers for ‘complete’ SMB team

first_imgAgainst Globalport, though, Santos was again playing at his natural position while import Wendell McKines played at the five spot.This allowed San Miguel’s offense to spread out with Santos lurking in the perimeter and that allowed him to knock down a career-high seven three-pointers.“It’s just great that you can contribute in so many ways,” said Santos in Filipino. “Who wouldn’t be happy if they know they can help their team win in whatever way they can?”ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESSan Miguel on Friday knew the reality that prized three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo wouldn’t be able to log in heavy minutes against Globalport. And even though Fajardo played just seven minutes and 30 seconds, all in the first half, one-time MVP Arwind Santos was there to will the Beermen to a 115-112 win over the Batang Pier for their third win in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “Our performance out there, even though we didn’t have June Mar, just shows that this San Miguel team is a complete team,” said Santos in Filipino at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Santos finished with 30 points, eight rebounds, and five blocks in the victory as he reverted back to his natural power forward spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: San Miguel overcomes GlobalPort behind Santos’ heroicsThe 2013 MVP usually gets moved to the three spot during import conferences to accommodate the  reinforcements that play power forward while Fajardo remains at center.center_img LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Caluag fails to defend BMX title, settles for bronze MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb dies at 28 in ATV crash

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Webb made 57 appearances for the White Sox in 2014. He pitched 110 innings in his career, striking out 93. Read Next LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Indonesia goalkeeper dies after mid-game collisioncenter_img Webb was 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 94 games for the White Sox from 2013-16. The right-hander pitched one inning in 2016, then had Tommy John surgery in June. He was released by the White Sox after the season and had not pitched professionally during his recovery.“Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization and we are all shocked and stunned by the news,” the team said in a statement. “He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWebb was drafted by Toronto in 2009 and traded to the White Sox after the 2011 season in a deal for pitcher Jason Frasor.Webb made his major league debut in September 2013 at Yankee Stadium — the first hitter he faced was Derek Jeter, and Webb walked him. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City In this Feb. 27, 2016, file photo, of Daniel Webb, of the Chicago White Sox baseball team, poses in uniform. Former White Sox relief pitcher Webb was killed in an ATV accident in Humphreys County, Tenn., on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. He was 28. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)WAVERLY, Tenn. — Daniel Webb, a former relief pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, has died in an ATV accident. He was 28.Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis says Webb died Saturday night. Davis says Webb’s wife and two other people sustained “significant injuries” in the accident, about 70 miles west of Nashville.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

12 days agoItaly coach Mancini urges Everton striker Kean ‘to be more careful’

first_imgItaly coach Mancini urges Everton striker Kean ‘to be more careful’by Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveItaly coach Roberto Mancini has urged Everton striker Moise Kean to keep his cool during games.Mancini has commented on Kean’s recent red card after the Everton striker was sent off on U21 duty.The Blues star was in action against Republic of Ireland U21s on Thursday but saw his evening cut short after being dismissed for an altercation with Tottenham Hotspur’s Troy Parrott, who also saw red.”‘m sorry for yesterday’s expulsion,” Mancini told reporters on Friday.”He was also unlucky. But he is always involved, he must be more careful.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

One Dead in LPG Tanker Explosion in Turkey

first_imgOne crew member was reported deceased while fifteen more were injured in an LNG tanker explosion at the port of Aliaga, Turkey.At the time of the incident, the Italy-flagged tanker Syn Zania was anchored at the Petkim petrochemical plant operated by the Azerbaijani state oil company SOCAR, media outlets cited Aliaga province’s sub-Governor Erhan Gunay as saying.He added that a Petkim worker was also hospitalized due to injuries sustained following the explosion, that occurred in the evening hours of June 1 at Petkim Pier 5.In a statement on the matter, Petkim said that a fire “broke out due to an unspecified reason during the connection to the Italian flagged Syn Zania for the filling of liquid hydrocarbons.”The fire was soon extinguished and teams at the site continued cooling works.Relevant authorities launched an investigation into the incident, while SOCAR informed that the operations at the petrochemical plant in Turkey’s western Izmir province continued.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Duped women go after charming alleged con manEverything he said was a

first_imgIt started with a chance encounter in a coffee shop. He was charming and attractive, and everything he said mirrored her life.The relationship developed into a romance but the seduction ended months later in apparent deception, an elaborate scheme by an alleged serial con man to whom she lost thousands of dollars.“Everything he said to me was a lie,” says Andrea Speranza, an athletic 49-year-old with long brown hair. “I couldn’t understand how he could make love to me with the sole purpose of ripping me off.”She has since found multiple alleged victims of Marcel Andre Vautour, a man with a criminal record, warrants for his arrest and several aliases.His suspected victims say he targets busy career women between the ages of 45 and 50, leaving a trail of broken hearts and empty bank accounts across the country.The Canadian Press has spoken with three women across the country who say they fell victim to his romantic schemes, and one man who was promised a job and ended up losing tens of thousands of dollars. Each alleged victim has positively identified photos of the same person.Vautour did not respond to requests for comment by phone, email or social media. None of the new allegations against him have been proven in court.Speranza says she’s sharing her story to prevent more people from falling victim to his alleged scams.“I want to stop him from hurting more people,” Speranza says. “I’m going to catch a criminal.”Originally from Ontario, Speranza had a hardscrabble childhood.Despite her hard upbringing, she graduated from university and moved to Nova Scotia, where she became a firefighter and one of the first female captains in Halifax.Speranza has dedicated her life to helping others, running an award-winning camp that educates girls about emergency services careers.When she met a man who called himself March Hebert last summer, they seemed like kindred spirits.He told her a story about his difficult family life, saying his parents struggled with addictions. But he turned his life around, worked on offshore oil rigs, and purchased hundreds of acres in rural Nova Scotia to build a youth-at-risk facility.“It was almost like everything about my life he was saying back to me,” Speranza says.She says she now realizes it wasn’t a chance encounter. He targeted her, she says, using a well-honed script and asking pointed questions to develop a plan.It started off very casually — she wasn’t looking for a relationship. But she was attracted to his desire to help youth and to give back to the community.The five-foot-eight, 185-pound man with green eyes and a disarming smile eventually persuaded her to hang out. They went hiking and kayaking, and attended charity events.He told her she was beautiful. She made him a better person. She was the best thing that ever happened to him. He was falling hard and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.“Everything was just perfect,” she says. “He was super accommodating and helpful and complimentary. Nothing I could say or do was wrong.”Speranza now believes he targeted her to invest in his apparently fabricated youth-at-risk facility. When she instead offered to help him apply for grants, she believes he implemented an exit strategy.He said he suffered from Crohn’s disease and one day he called her to say he’d been hospitalized.She recalls him saying he was OK, but his wallet had been stolen. He needed money to buy costly medication. Then he had to go to Toronto to get his dog from his ex, and borrowed money for a train ticket and hotel room. He promised to pay her back.She gave him $5,000.“He ghosted me after that,” Speranza says, adding that he never repaid her. “I pride myself on good decisions. But I had no inkling whatsoever.”She filed a police report and encouraged another alleged victim she met, Jean-Baptiste Joachin, to do the same.The French citizen had met Vautour at a hostel in Quebec City and had travelled with him to Halifax, where he was promised a job on an offshore rig.Joachin allegedly paid Vautour thousands of dollars for training courses. He also opened up Canadian bank accounts and credit cards, which Vautour had access to.By the time Vautour skipped town last fall, Joachin had lost $30,000.“He completely blindsided me,” Joachin said. “Everything he told me was bullshit.”Halifax police spokesman John MacLeod confirmed the force has received two complaints of fraud based on case file numbers provided to The Canadian Press by Speranza and Joachin. But he said one incident had been closed while the second was deemed a civil matter.Meanwhile, Speranza has discovered more alleged victims in other provinces through social media. They exchanged photos of the fraudster to confirm his identity, and have shared information about their cases.Together, they’ve pieced together a string of allegations against Vautour across the country.The Canadian Press has contacted police forces, court houses and justice departments in several provinces and has confirmed he’s a wanted man with a criminal past.Documents obtained from Quebec’s Justice Department show Vautour pleaded guilty in 2005 to unauthorized use of credit card data and received a suspended sentence of one year’s probation.In 2015, Quebec courts issued an arrest warrant for Vautour for fraud.Victoria Law Courts confirmed a warrant for the arrest of Vautour was issued in 2001, and executed in 2009. He pleaded guilty in August 2009 to obtaining by false pretence and served a six-month conditional sentence in the community, followed by two and half years of probation.Meanwhile, West Kelowna RCMP said they are aware of a recent incident and have a police file open on the matter. But spokesman Jesse O’Donaghey said specific details are not released until charges are laid by Crown counsel.The Winnipeg Police Service confirmed Vautour is currently the subject of two arrest warrants. Const. Rob Carver said the charges pending from 1998 include possession of goods obtained by crime over $5,000 and personation.Records from the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick indicate Vautour was charged in 1996 with stealing a Volkswagen Jetta in Dieppe.Despite efforts by law enforcement, some alleged victims have launched their own investigations — even hiring a private investigator.They’ve tracked down more than 20 phone numbers, 10 email addresses and multiple physical addresses used by Vautour in Canada and overseas.The alleged victims have even narrowed down his method.They say he told them all variations on a theme: He had a successful career either working on offshore rigs, as a remotely operated underwater vehicle operator, or running companies.He claimed he made it big investing in precious metals, cryptocurrency and cannabis, the alleged victims say. He said he owned a white convertible Porsche, a Ford F-350 truck, a baby blue Aston Martin. He even had pictures to show off his upscale possessions.“He had money and was well-travelled,” says Jodi McMullin, a woman from the Okanagan area of B.C. who met him on a dating site in January 2018.The whirlwind romance moved quickly, and they began planning a future together.He told her he had been working in Vietnam and wanted to stay with her in Canada. But he had tax issues, and needed help cashing a business cheque.The businesswoman offered to help him out. When she had doubts, he was always ready with an explanation.“Every time I questioned him on something, he had a response right away,” she says. “There was never any hesitation.”She provided him with her bank account number, and he deposited a cheque and then pressured her to transfer him the money, she says.McMullin acquiesced and then left for a wedding in the U.S. When she returned, the cheque — which she later learned was a fake purchased online — bounced, she says.“He ended up stealing just over $45,000 from me,” she says. “My trust is shot. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about it.”Speranza is determined to bring the man she knew as March to justice, launching www.stopthemarchmadness.com in the hopes of preventing romance fraud and encouraging more potential victims to come forward with anecdotes, stories and possible charges against Vautour.“This man ruins people’s lives and I am in the business of saving people’s lives,” the firefighter says. “I have to stop him.”Brett Bundale, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The AliFrazier Battle Of Internet Chess Is Happening This Week

Share on Facebook You’re reading Back of the Envelope, an experiment that aims to bring shorter, quicker content to FiveThirtyEight. Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian chess grandmaster and No. 1-ranked chess player in the world, is just over two weeks away from defending his world championship in New York City. It’ll be a grueling test, with hours-long games spread out over 19 days, but Carlsen will be the heavy favorite. But rather than poring over potential opening moves or studying the intricacies of endgames, he’s heading to the internet to play some speed chess.Thursday, Carlsen will play Hikaru Nakamura, the four-time U.S. chess champion, in Chess.com’s online Grandmaster Blitz Battle final, which the site is billing as the Ali vs. Frazier of online chess. In the world championship for chess with “classical” time controls, each player gets at least 100 minutes for all his or her moves. But Thursday’s blitz battle will feature a series of games wherein the players get just 5 minutes, 3 minutes and, finally, 1 minute per side.According to the latest FIDE list, a ranking that uses Elo ratings and in-person results, Carlsen and Nakamura are the second- and third-best blitz players in the world, respectively. (China’s Liren Ding is No. 1.) But according to Chess.com’s newly developed Computer Accuracy & Precision Score (or CAPS), Nakamura may have a slight edge in speed games over the world champion. CAPS is based on a comparison between the humans’ actual moves and the moves deemed best by a computer.You can watch the match, starting at 1 p.m. Eastern, on Chess.com and Twitch. And if you can’t wait, here’s an appetizer — the two grandmasters playing a private speed game in a hotel room a few years ago: read more