Tomorrow’s Hope: Qaanitaah Dramat

first_imgYouth Presenter: Radio 786Why is Qaanitaah Tomorrow’s Hope?Qaanitaah Dramat may be a voice among many on the airwaves, but she is using her voice to help change the attitudes of many young people in her community.At age 16, being an incredibly shy person, she stepped out of her comfort zone by volunteering to be a presenter at a local community radio station. Qaanitaah’s voice has helped many young people steer clear of negative influences and has raised awareness on pertinent issues and difficulties that teenagers face.One of the things she did was to interview a reformed criminal and reformed drug addict who relayed his past exploits, his time in prison and the impact of his crimes and lessons learned in an in-depth on-air interview. Her intention in getting his story out was to try to ensure other young people to not make the same mistakes as he did.The interview earned her the BBC Young Broadcaster of the Year Award.Qaanitaah, with the help of a friend, also runs an informal soup kitchen for disadvantaged individuals in her community. She tries by all means to identify with the adversity faced by her peers and community. She sees herself as being an ambassador first for her religion, then for South Africa, and hopefully, one day, for the whole world.In her own words …“I think that the youth in South Africa lack a lot of confidence and belief in themselves. Growing up as a teenager is not easy because there are so many negative influences that can suck you in so easily. I want to help people to believe in themselves, to just motivate and encourage them to drive themselves to success.”Fast FactsQaanitaah is currently studying Chinese medicine at the University of the Western Cape.Radio 786 is a Cape-based Muslim Community Radio station.How can you help?Volunteer for community projects, and use the platforms available – such as soup kitchens and community radio stations – to help uplift others.Story published on SAinfo on 22 July 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

SA shines at Precision Flying Champs

first_imgTeam South Africa excelled at the 2011 precision flying champs, which were hosted here. The country came second in the team landing category, with squad member Hans Schwebel being named the runner-up for the landing trophy. (Image: Nicky Rehbock)Team South Africa put in an impressive performance at the 20th Precision Flying World Championships, recently held in North West province, demonstrating how accurately and safely local pilots can handle aircraft without the aid of modern technology.South Africa came second in the team landing category, with squad member Hans Schwebel being named the runner-up for the landing trophy. This was the first time the event has been hosted in the country.Precision flying competitions test the fundamental skills of pilots flying solo in single-piston engine aircraft. Armed with just a compass and map, participants have to follow a precise flight path while sticking to a tight time limit, complete observation tasks from the air to the ground while navigating the plane, and make inch-perfect landings on short, narrow airstrips with trees and other obstacles on the approach.The sport is the aerial equivalent of orienteering.With ever-increasing automation in modern planes such skills aren’t put to the test in everyday commercial flight, meaning that those who compete in precision flying “represent the cream of the crop in terms of good, solid aviation practice”, says director of the 2011 champs Antony Russell.This year’s championships included host team South Africa, as well as participants from Norway, France, Finland, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, New Zealand, UK and Germany.Poland was named the overall team winner, with member Michal Wieczorek being crowned the individual world champion for 2011. Czech Republic came second, France third and South Africa fourth.‘Felt proud to be South African’South Africa’s Hans Schwebel has been competing in the sport since 1994, with 2011 being the 18th time he has represented the country at the world champs. He’s a private pilot living in Brits, North West, and has his own business, which gives him the flexibility to practise as often as he can.He started preparing for this event three months ago, flying as often as three times a week. “But there’s always stiff competition from overseas – a lot of the competitors are commercial pilots who fly and get to practise every day. There are also far more precision flying competitions and events in Europe than here,” he says.Schwebel believes precision flying has made him a better pilot.“Today with all the modern GPS systems, you press a knob and it tells you exactly where to go. But when there’s a failure in the airplane, most of the pilots don’t know what to do anymore. With precision flying you do it the old way – you have a map and a compass and you follow the road,” he says.“The highlights of this year’s competition were coming second and the camaraderie from the South African team – it made me feel very patriotic. It’s a very special feeling. It’s also a way of giving back to the country. I want to encourage more youngsters from this country to join the sport – and I hope that my performance this year serves as an example to them that it is possible to excel.”The next precision flying world champs will be held in two years’ time, probably in Europe, and Schwebel says he’s going to do all he can to make the national team again.‘I love this country’One of the youngest competitors at this year’s event, 30-year-old Michal Wieczorek is a commercial pilot working for a charter airline in Poland. He’s been flying for 11 years and participated in his first international airsport event in 2003 at Sun City, also in North West.He attributes his love of flying and talent for precision flying in particular to his father, who also used to compete and excel in the discipline.“The flying conditions in South Africa are very different from those in Europe. Because it’s so hot, you have to fly at higher density altitudes, which decreases the performance of the aircraft. Navigation in South Africa is also completely different – there’s bush everywhere. The first few days of practice here were very hard for me,” he says.It was determination and cool-headed landings which clinched the 2011 title for Wieczorek. “After the second navigation stage I thought I had no chance of even coming in the top three, but the landings stage on last day of the competition changed everything.There’s a lot of pressure to make the perfect landing and if the nerves catch you, it’s over – but I felt less pressure because I didn’t expect to win. When I thought the game was over for me, I just wanted to end it off with good landings – unlike Czech Republic’s Jiri Filip, who did well in the first stages and the pressure was on for him. But I can say I fought ‘til the end.”He says competing in South Africa this year was like coming home. “This is my third time in South Africa. I really enjoy being here – I love this country. South Africans are very hospitable and helpful – I’ve got many friends here and I feel at home.”Wieczorek believes one of the reasons why former Eastern bloc countries do well in precision flying is because of a familiarity with older planes and less advanced automatic navigation systems.“We don’t have that many aircraft with modern avionics. We train in old planes. Although they’re in very good condition, they don’t have GPS systems – we have to use a map and conventional navigation techniques as you have to do in precision flying.”But it’s also Poland’s coach, Andrzej Osowski, who primed the team for this year’s champs.“Andrzej gives us a hard time and trains us well. He’s being doing it for more than 25 years and is very good at what he does.”Wieczorek says his aim now is to defend his title at the next world championships and participate in the sport for as long as he can.last_img read more

SA hockey women secure Scotland series victory

first_img17 February 2014 The South African women’s hockey team secured a series victory over Scotland at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria on Sunday after turning a 1-0 halftime lead into a 4-0 victory in the third of five tests. In the two previous matches, Giles Bonnet’s charges won 5-3 and 4-2. South Africa’s goals came from on-song striker Celia Evans (33rd and 52nd minutes), confident debutant Toni Marks of Eastern Province (50th) and double Olympian Kathleen Taylor (69th).Milestone Kelly Madsen reached the milestone of playing her 100th Test match to add another chapter to the remarkable hockey achievements of the Madsen family, who could make up a family team composed entirely of players who have represented South Africa. While the test series has been decided there will be no let up from the team ahead of their departure for Buenos Aires on Wednesday evening for a five-test series against world number two Argentina, which will play a vital role in South Africa’s preparations for the World Cup and Commonwealth Games. The Scots, too, are working very hard ahead of the Champions Challenge and Commonwealth Games tournaments that are set to be held in Glasgow, and will be determined to give a good account of themselves with the bigger picture in mind.Up to the task Scotland had their moments on Sunday, but the South African defence was up to the task of containing the threat, and while the penalty corner count was shared at four apiece, it was South Africa’s confident finishing, especially from open play, which impressed. The assuredness and self-belief of the home team’s strikers – and indeed across all three lines, from the defenders to the midfield to those up front – has been a feature of the series.Standout performer While South Africa turned in an impressive display, Nicolene Terblanche stood out, putting together an energetic all-round performance that lifted her team-mates. Scotland disappointed, but will still be able to take some positives out of the game. The two remaining tests will be played on Tuesday at 18:30 and Wednesday at 13:30. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Thrive at #SHRM15

first_imgIn just a few weeks, our profession will gather at the premier HR event of the year—the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition. From June 28 through July 1, Las Vegas will be the HR capital of the world. Nearly 15,000 HR professionals will converge for a comprehensive learning experience with exceptional networking, thousands of solutions providers, inspiring keynote speakers and much more.The theme we will explore in this dynamic city: how HR can thrive in business today.Advancing technology, demographic shifts and globalization are just some of the trends that have jumped from the pages of research and forecasting reports into our everyday lives. As a result, we are all being forced to adapt faster than ever. Individuals need to reskill and “upskill” themselves. Organizations and industries must find new ways of doing business. And entire professions—including HR—have to rewrite their playbooks for their continued existence and success.We have designed #SHRM15 to give you what you need to lead in today’s fast-paced business environment. Click here to read more about this HR learning, networking and inspirational event without equal. And I’ll see you in Las Vegas!last_img read more

WATCH: Philly 360° Exclusive With Estelle

first_img Though R&B/pop sensation Estelle hails from London, she’s definitely no stranger to our city. Working with popular Philly producers on her latest project True Romance, which drops in September, Estelle has a solid lineup of hometown “American Boys” shaping her sound.   This GRAMMY winner has many local connections. She’s worked with some of Philly’s top producers, like Carvin & Ivan of Forever Music and Mama’s Boys Music Group,  Pop & Oak of Goooooooo!!! Music and Starr Island Group, Vidal Davis and Andre Harris. Her management team is based out of the City of Brotherly Love — Mike McArthur and Jerome Hipps of Mama’s Boys Music Group and KWL Enterprises. And, she’s worked very closely with celebrity media strategist Dyana Williams of Influence Entertainment and Radio One, as well as iconic hip-hop band The Roots. So when we heard that Estelle was returning to Philly, we had to catch up with her since she always shows our city so much love. We spent a few hours with the singer and did a mini boutique crawl in Old City. We hit up a few local spots including US*U.S., Lost + Found and Vagabond. She’s a lover of all things vintage — and Philly had plenty of fab finds to offer up.  Check out the “Make Her Say” singer’s Philly boutique crawl itinerary below. Also be sure to watch the video for an inside look at Estelle’s time in Philly.   Watch our exclusive video of Estelle’s boutique crawl through Old City.  The Shops:  US*U.S. | 323 Arch Street This co-op boutique’s focus is on products that are “Made in America.” Run by local Philadelphia designers, the spot serves not only as a retail space, but also as a studio workspace where the designers sew, sketch and style their creations. Rising designers include: LELE, Lobo Mau, Mariel Rojo, Aso Damisi, Secret Bohemia, Catherine Sanchez and Heartless Revival.     Lost + Found | 133 North 3rd Street Well-priced items for every type of shopper make this laidback boutique a hit. Housed in a former Old City art gallery, Lost + Found is owned by two top vintage-clothing dealers—the mother and daughter duo Sandy and Jenny Martin. The pair have an eye for mixing old-school ringer T-shirts with new reversible wrap skirts. The airy space also features fair-trade goods among the rainbow-like rack of lightweight T-shirts, men’s cowboy shirts, 1980s minis, neon plastic rings and printed canvas totes. Vagabond | 37 N. 3rd Street Mary Clark and Megan Murphy’s boutique just may be the hippest of the hip. With a generous smattering of indie designer labels, handmade vintage and modern designs, the shop’s own line of fashion-forward skirts, scarves, dresses, sweaters, coats and a wall full of yarn and knitting supplies, this little shop has big ambitions.         Check out the below visual gallery for an inside look at Estelle boutique shopping.  Estelle in Philly(D. Alfaro for Philly 360°)center_img …Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting solution.last_img read more

Redmi Note coming to India soon enough, confirms Hugo Barra

first_imgThe Xiaomi Redmi Note phablet was first unveiled back in July in consonance with the launch of the much-acclaimed Mi3 smartphone. However, fans and enthusiasts looking to grab a piece of the device have no clue when D-day shall arrive, only until now, that is. Xiaomi’s vice president of international operations, Hugo Barra recently took to his Facebook page to reveal that the Redmi Note could launch soon enough in India. An ecstatic Barra wrote that it just took 40 seconds for 10,000 Xiaomi Redmi Note units to go out of stock in Indonesia, and that the device was coming to India next.Initially marked to be launched in late August, the device is yet to see the light of day in India. Barra had then in October revealed that the Redmi Note can be expected to launch in India within the next two months. The Facebook post now adds some weight to what Barra had said and therefore an imminent release in late November-early December could be a possibility. Barra however did not reveal an exact date for the launch, therefore chances are the company might not launch the device in the said period as well. So, we are keeping our fingers crossed.The Xiaomi Redmi Note features a 5.5-inch IPS-LCD display with a 720×1280 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MTK6592 SoC, coupled with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal storage along expandable up to 32GB via micro-SD card. The dual-SIM device runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with the company’s MIUI v5 skin on top. It sports a 13MP rear autofocus camera with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing snapper. It decks in a 3100mAh battery.advertisementlast_img read more