Young South African in the US for science programme

first_imgLehlogonolo Msuma is representing South Africa at the Broadcom Masters (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) International programme in the US for her research into marula seedlings.Lehlogonolo “Nolo” Msuma is in the US from 14 to 19 May to take part in the Broadcom Masters (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) International programme. (Image: Bush Babies Environmental Education, Facebook)Compiled by Priya PitamberA young South African scientist is in the US participating in the Broadcom Masters (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) International programme.Thirteen-year-old Lehlogonolo “Nolo” Msuma’s inquiring mind led her to question why there were only old marula trees in her community, in Phalaborwa in Limpopo.“We only know that big trees are being eaten by elephants, goats, cows and wanted to know [what] the small seedlings of marula were being eaten by; I found out that they were being eaten by rodents,” she told the national broadcaster, the SABC.“Marula trees, which are seeing a decline worldwide, are important for Nolo’s community because they provide fruit and are home to many birds as well as larger animals,” reads the Broadcom Masters Facebook page.Nolo is in Los Angeles from 14 to 19 May “for a week of fun and engaging hands-on science and engineering activities”.Research and findingsNolo said she found that the Bushbuck gabble and the Namaqua rock rat were eating the marula seedlings daily.In her project, she outlines various ways in which this can be curbed to allow the trees to grow.The fruit from the tree is used in many ways in her community: to ferment alcohol, and to make soap and jam.Nolo would like to become an environmental scientist because she believes South Africa can make positive contributions to global research.The programmeAccording to the Broadcom Masters International website, each delegate is chosen for “their excellence in science, engineering and leadership”.“They are rising stars who come together to represent their nations for this international exchange.”Participants come from Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Puerto Rico and many more countries.“There is a sense of urgency to inspire more young people to become the scientists and engineers of the future,” said Paula Golden, president of the Broadcom Foundation, speaking about the national leg of the programme in the US.“Our quality of life depends upon solving the grand challenges in health care, transportation, communication, environmental protection and sustainability.”About NoloNolo is a Grade 8 pupil at Gerson Ntjie High School and an ambassador for the Bush Babies Environmental Programme.School principal Vivian Kganyago said she hoped other students would follow in Nolo’s footsteps, despite the school not having a lab in which to work. “I hope Gerson will be known not only provincially, nationally but internationally,” she said.See Nolo speak ahead of her departure to the US:Other than an interest in environmental science, she “enjoys reading, writing poetry, singing, and researching the latest fashion trends”, reads the Broadcom Masters Facebook page.Sources: Broadcom Masters, SABCWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Heat wave on the way

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jim Noel, NOAAAfter a really wet period last week and even some flooding in northwest Ohio, we will be seeing a switch toward hotter weather and a drier window from Thursday into the weekend.We have had a few hot bursts this summer but nothing like the stretch ahead. So far May and June have been warmer and wetter than normal in most places. It looks like after one more round of showers and a few storms the middle of this week it will turn hot for the end of June. This heat will last into the first half of July before relaxing some for the second half of July. There may a a day or two break from time to time during the warm weather the next few weeks but above normal temperatures will rule into July.Rainfall also looks to relax more toward the normal range but with longer stretches of dryness mixed in with the wetness.The outlook for the remainder of June calls for temperatures to average 3-5 degrees above normal. Rainfall will average 0.50-1.0 inches for the last week of June which is close to normal or slightly below normal. The outlook for the first week of July calls for temperatures to average 6-8 degrees above normal with highs mostly 85-95. Lows will be 65-75. Rainfall will average 0.25 to 1.00 inches which again is normal to below normal for most of Ohio. The outlook for the rest of July (weeks 2-4) calls for temperatures 1-3 degrees above normal and rainfall of 1-4 inches. Normal highs in Ohio are 80-85 and normal lows are 60-65. Rainfall normally average near 1 inch per week.Looking further ahead in the growing season and harvest season, it appears August will still see slightly above normal temperatures and slightly below normal rainfall. September looks near normal temperatures and normal or slightly wetter than normal. Finally, October appears to be about normal temperatures and slightly drier than normal. For the latest 2 weeks rainfall predictions, see the graphic from the NOAA/NWS/Ohio River Forecast Center using the North American Ensemble Forecasting System average rainfall.last_img read more

Facebook Now Running Virus Scans on Users’ PCs

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… sarah perez Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Earlier this week, Facebook and security company McAfee announced a partnership which offers Facebook’s 350 million users a free six-month subscription to McAfee’s security software. Interested parties can visit the Protect Your PC tab on the McAfee Page on Facebook to sign up for the deal. However, the most interesting part of this new partnership isn’t the online coupon, it’s the drastic change Facebook is taking to protect its network involving required virus scanning of user PCs. As of now, users whose accounts have been compromised won’t be permitted to log back into Facebook until their PC is scanned for malware and the infections are removed. Is Facebook overstepping its role by getting into the virus-scanning game? Or is this new move a brilliant strategy that will help make Facebook a safer place?Virus Scanning Now Required Prior to Login for Infected ComputersIn a related blog post, Facebook’s Jake Brill notes that one of the company’s biggest challenges is helping people whose accounts have been compromised by spammers. Users who have had their accounts hijacked are now being identified and are temporarily locked out from logging into the social network until they complete a verification process. Facebook sends the affected user an email to verify that they are the legitimate owner of the account. Unfortunately, most hackers are savvy enough to change the email address and security question after compromising your account, which means many users will still have to contact Facebook support. A better solution, as it turns out, is to make sure that users’ PCs are protected before they ever log in to the site. This way, Facebook can be sure that there isn’t any malicious software running on the user’s computer. Since many hackers are able to spread their malware on Facebook by way of an infected user’s computer, this new process assures that only clean, uncompromised computers are able to access Facebook. While Facebook isn’t running a scan on all PCs (yet!), the idea to run scans prior to granting access is one that comes from the world of business networks. Most companies that allow remote access to their internal systems either by way of a VPN, Wi-Fi, or an intranet site often also have security measures in place to verify that users accessing their network have malware-free computers. It’s not unusual for companies to run a scan as part of the user-account-verification process prior to login to check the computer for viruses and other malware, and to make sure that the computer is running the appropriate version of the company’s security software. Thanks to Facebook’s new partnership with McAfee, the company is basically doing the same thing businesses have done for years. However, unlike corporate networks, only Facebook accounts that have been compromised will be subjected to a scan prior to login. Is Virus Scanning Facebook’s Job?Obviously, the goal with this new policy is to protect Facebook users. Even one infected machine can have a ripple affect on the network as the hacker or spammer spreads their malware across the site through the compromised account. Still, some people may feel that Facebook is overstepping its role by requiring users to grant the company (by way of McAfee) the ability to download and run code on their machine which scans all the files stored on their hard drive. We would argue that those backing this argument may be just a little too sensitive to privacy concerns, but that’s a matter of personal opinion. A more valid point may be the fact that users are required to use McAfee software as opposed to their own already installed and configured security suite. (In truth, McAfee runs a web scan on your machine but like any web-based virus scan, code is downloaded and installed on your machine.) Unfortunately, current anti-malware programs have no mechanisms that can report to a website about the status of a user’s machine – that is, whether or not it’s infected or clean. Maybe it’s time that they should?A third opinion (and frankly, the one this author can get behind) is that this policy change is, in fact, a brilliant move by the company. No other social-networking service goes so far as to verify its users are entering their site with clean, virus-free PCs. And since Facebook is only scanning previously compromised computers, one could argue that it’s actually doing these users a favor. Despite years of warnings, a surprising number of Windows users still don’t run anti-virus programs on their computers. (Macs and Linux have less issues with malware – whether that has more to do with their inherently more secure nature or the unappealing small size of their install base is constantly debated). The problem has become so bad over the years that Microsoft finally released a free anti-virus program called Security Essentials which is available to anyone running a legal copy of Windows. Requiring this subset of uninformed users to shape up or stay out will certainly help the social network stay safer for the rest of its users. Nevertheless, cynics may wonder how much of Facebook’s decision was truly done in the name of security and how much was simply a desire to take part in what’s likely a very lucrative deal with McAfee. The security company is the other big winner here – it now gets its name in front of hundreds of millions of Facebook users, specifically the ones who need their help the most. Talk about targeted advertising! It should be interesting to see how big of an impact this policy change has on the safety and security of the social network over time. Assuming it has a notable impact, we may even see other social networks and online communities take the same measures in the future. Whether that would a good thing for the Internet as a whole is still open for debate. Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

The Sales Mindset Of A Top Salesperson, with Lee Bartlett – Episode #84

first_imgTweets you can use to share this episodeA burning desire to win is vital to sales successClick To TweetWhy your goal needs to be different than your sales quotaClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:02 — 26.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSThere are salespeople you meet who smell of bravado and ego and even though they are successful, you don’t really want to listen to them. Anthony’s guest today is one of the most successful sales professionals in the world and he’s none of those things. On this episode of In The Arena, Lee Bartlett shares what he believes goes into a successful sales mindset and why cultivating the ability to believe in your ability to work hard and mastering elementary things – like talking to people – is what gets you ahead in sales. If you want to learn lessons from Lee’s experience in the trenches, not theories that may or may not work, you need to hear this conversation.The Sales Mindset Of A Top Salesperson, with Lee BartlettClick To TweetA burning desire to win is vital to sales successOne of the things Anthony noticed about Lee Bartlett immediately as he read Lee’s new book, “The No. 1 Best Seller,” is that Lee has an insatiable desire to win. It’s not that he’s a cutthroat competitor, though he is competitive, it’s that he simply wants to attain the highest heights possible in whatever he does. And in an arena like sales, that means winning. In this conversation, Anthony and Lee chat about what has made Lee one of the most successful sales professionals in the world, the sales mindset that has fueled him so consistently, and why he’s a proponent of meeting people in the fastest and simplest way possible in order to engage in conversations that bring value to buyers. It’s a refreshing departure from the sales debates making the rounds, so be sure you take the time to listen.Want a tremendous advantage in sales? Learn to outwork everyone else.When Lee Bartlett started out his sales career one of the first things his manager showed him was the closing percentages for cold calls he was expected to make and a quota for how many calls he had to make each day. Lee immediately thought that the number of calls required was too low. Within seconds he knew that he’d be making at least triple that number of calls every day and he was on his way to being the top performer in the company. In this conversation, Lee explains why he believes in “waking hours” instead of “working hours,” what it means to outwork everyone else, and most of all – why that kind of person is the true sales professional.Want a tremendous advantage in sales? Learn to outwork everyone elseClick To TweetWhy your goal needs to be different than your sales quota.It’s common for salespeople to moan and complain about the quotas handed down to them from management. But the truly funny thing is that if you ask them how much money they want to make during the year, they’ll almost always give you a figure that far outpaces what’s possible by only making their quota. There’s a disconnect. Salespeople don’t understand that the quota is irrelevant if they are going to attain their personal goals. Lee Bartlett shares why quotas mean nothing to him and how he’s built a career as one of the most successful sales professionals in the world, on this episode of In The Arena.Why cold calling is still the fastest and most effective way to revenue.The debate about inbound sales and social selling VS outbound sales rages on LinkedIn these days. But both Anthony and his guest on this episode, Lee Bartlett believe that the fastest and most effective way to build relationships that drive sales is to pick up the phone and call someone. Lee simplifies it even further by saying that while others are figuring out a social strategy, he’s simply going to be busy talking to people. And he insists that by doing so, he’ll destroy his competitors every time. Discover the character traits and practical strategies that have made Lee a great salesman, on this episode.Why cold calling is still the fastest and most effective way to sales successClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to his new friend, Lee Bartlett. Why Lee has a burning desire to win, and why it’s vital to successful sales. How the ability to outwork other people is a tremendous advantage in sales. Why is a salesperson’s real goal different than a sales quota? The value of studying your buyer’s industry. Why it’s essential for salespeople to become peers of their clients. Why cold calling is still the fastest and most effective way to revenue.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.LeeBartlettBestSeller.com0995517509The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: 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 Nowlast_img read more

3 teams seek breakthrough win

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winless teams F2 Logistics, Cherrylume and Sta. Lucia Realty gun for a breakthrough win Thursday as the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference stages its “Spike on Tour” at Strike Gym in Molino, Bacoor.The Cargo Movers and the Lady Realtors will go at each other in the tough Pool A at 7 p.m., while the Iron Ladies will tackle the Generika Ayala Lifesavers in Pool B action at 5 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Gonzaga dedicates national team stint to fellow soldiers in field “We’re still adjusting,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus, who has the nucleus of powerhouse UAAP team La Salle and some of the league’s top players like Aby Maraño and Cha Cruz. —MARC REYESFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more