What3Words and Gateway are creating a safer community

first_imgUsing an innovative global mapping system, a British company is helping to bring healthcare to some of South Africa’s most difficult-to-find places.plans.backer.toned. An example of a rural KwaNdengezi address using what3words. (Image: what3words)Sulaiman PhilipKwaNdengezi, outside Durban, is a community of 54,000. It is a collection of brick buildings and self-built homes of zinc sheeting, recycled bricks and wood. What roads do exist do not have names and unless you live in the sprawling 14km² township, it is easy to get lost.Thembinkosi Lesley Dladla, an Emergency Management Rescue Services (EMRS) shift supervisor, explained: “As an EMRS [officer], my work doesn’t have any boundaries – we work the whole of Durban. It’s very difficult in the townships, because they don’t have road names written, and they also don’t have house numbers.”Ambulances can take hours to reach patients. Often a whole day will pass before an ambulance can find patients. They, as well as community health workers, have to rely on residents to give them directions. For the community, descriptive directions are the easiest ways to navigate the chaotic streets of the township.Take the directions Dladla gave to the Gateway blog, for example: “Take a left at the church, then right at the school and it’s a red door.” These can be misunderstood or misremembered, require detailed local knowledge and take a long time to explain. There are also no street lights, so using landmarks to find your way is almost impossible at night.Gateway and what3wordsA local health NGO, Gateway Health Institute, is piloting a project in KwaNdengezi that will map the entire township. For the first time residents will have an address they can use when calling for medical help.The NGO is using what3words, a global online mapping system, to create unique addresses for the township. The system breaks the globe into a grid of 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares. Each has a pre-assigned and fixed three-word address.Gateway’s fieldworkers helped residents identify their locations on a satellite map and then printed their three-word addresses on plastic signs that were attached to their homes. The addresses are registered in a database, and the NGO is able to identify what medical services are needed where. The mapping service has helped to increase the number of pregnant women receiving home visit antenatal care. When medical help is needed it can be dispatched to a mapped location and ambulance crews know where to go to provide life-saving assistance.Residents are known to keep copies of their what3words addresses in their bibles. (Image: What3words)Beyond providing addresses to homes in KwaNdengezi, Gateway is also mapping community assets such as local government centres, clinics and pumps that provide clean drinking water. The aim is to build a detailed map for the residents that can be used by businesses and the government to improve the lives of the community.The project was begun by Dr Coenie Louw, founder and director of Gateway. “For those living in informal settlements and rural areas, ‘location’ presents the biggest challenge in providing health services and products. In these areas demand is high but delivery is poor. What3words changes all that. By providing every property with a unique address, residents now have a simple and reliable way to identify their homes.”Addressing a problemGateway runs community health services in disadvantaged communities across the country. The most important medical services it offers are delivery of medicines and emergency transport for women in labour: 50% of births in KwaNdengezi take place at home; before the project began an ambulance could take up to four hours to reach a woman in distress.At first, Louw tried using phone masts to triangulate locations but he found that location could be up to 3km from a person needing assistance. “I spent two years trying to find a way to actually pinpoint the location of a pregnant woman in distress.”Dr Coenie Louw, founder of Gateway Health Institute, introduced what3words to KwaNdengezi. (Image:what3words)What3words is the perfect solution, which Louw found while doing internet research. A three-word address is perfect in areas such as KwaNdengezi because it is easy to remember and simple to share via message or SMS. What3words uses USSD technology and is a free download to any phone. It also works even if the resident does not have available data.Chris Sheldrick, CEO and co-founder of what3words told Gateway: “Helping them [Gateway] to overcome one of their most fundamental barriers for delivering these services is something we’re very proud of. Addressing these communities is the first step to improving their economic and social development, and indeed to changing lives.”The project is also being used to alleviate unemployment in the township — 11 previously unemployed youngsters were trained as fieldworkers to help residents identify their addresses and to help load location and health information on Gateway’s database.How what3words worksThe system is available in 14 languages and is used in 170 countries by NGOs, government services and businesses. In essence, every centimetre of the globe has a unique address that is easier to remember and communicate, is more accurate and is simpler to use than directions based on landmarks.marginal.cabin.gearbox is the what3words address for the Brand South Africa office. Neighbouring The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, a short walk away, is senior.blinks.punk. Similar word combinations are not placed close to each other. If you spell a word incorrectly, the system will give you suggestions for the best possible location.An estimated 4 billion people have no address. For these people it is impossible to open a bank account or get deliveries or, as in the case of the residents of KwaNdengezi, be reached in an emergency. What3words is designed to improve the lives of these people.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Press release: Brand South Africa and United Nations launch UN Day exhibition

first_imgBrand South Africa and the United Nations will be hosting a six-month exhibition on how the UN helped end apartheid.The Apartheid Museum in Gold Reef City will showcase the United Nations’ efforts in ending Apartheid on UN Day. (Image: Gauteng Film Commission)Johannesburg, Wednesday 18 October 2017 – Brand South Africa will be joining hands with the United Nations in South Africa to host a six months exhibition at the Apartheid museum from the 19 October 2017-31 April 2018.The exhibition will be launched prior to the UN Day, which is on the 24 October 2017, with the sole purpose of educating South Africans as well as the International communities about the contributions made by the UN in assisting South Africa to fight against apartheid and achieve its liberation.South Africa was one of the original 51 founding members of the UN, which came into existence on 24 October 1945. Since its inception, the membership of the Organisation has grown to 193 States. In South Africa, the UN is committed to enhancing the performance and impact of the UN system in contributing to the development of South Africa.Speaking on the partnership, Brand South Africa’s GM: Stakeholder, Ms Mpumi Mabuza said; “Brand South Africa will get an opportunity to be part of the consolidation, commemoration, and preservation of the historical memory of the country’s apartheid and the role played by the UN”This exhibition will also enjoy a life beyond its six months as it is envisioned that it will travel to other countries. The exhibition will be one that tells a historical but also contemporary story through the use of audio-visual.“It is, imperative that South Africans are reminded that the country’s freedom is attributed to many other African nations whose role in supporting South Africa through its dark days led towards its found liberation, we look forward to the exhibition and call on all citizens to come share and engage”, concludes Ms Mabuza.Date: Thursday, 19 October 2017Time: 14h00 pmVenue: The Apartheid Museum, Corner Northern Parkway and Gold Reef Road, JohannesburgRSVP: Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5071Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comFollow the conversation on @Brand_SAFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

a month ago​Van Dijk full of praise for Liverpool teammate Matip

first_img​Van Dijk full of praise for Liverpool teammate Matipby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk singled out his Reds colleague Joel Matip for praise.The Netherlands and Reds centre-back was up for the FIFA Best Player award.Despite losing out to Lionel Messi, Van Dijk was honoured to be among the final three.And he believes that playing next to a player of Matip’s quality certainly helps him show his best qualities.He said to his club’s official website: “We call him Matop because he was that good yesterday!”We need everyone, that’s the message everyone knows in the team. Yesterday he was outstanding, as were all the players. It was a massive win. We do it all together.”In this vote, the country plays a part as well and I’m very proud that things have been going well at Liverpool and in our country things have been going in the right direction too.”We have to all keep it going, that’s the only way forward.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN Releases Game Times For 10 Opening Weekend Games

first_imgESPN College Football Playoff logo.ESPN ESPN AnnouncersESPNThe opening weekend for this year’s college football season, simply put, is going to be epic. Monday, ESPN/ABC released game times for 10 of the best matchups we’re going to see.South Carolina and Vanderbilt will kick things off on Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 PM ET, oddly enough in an SEC regular season tilt. Georgia Tech and Boston College will play in Dublin Ireland, at 7:30 AM ET on Saturday morning.Here are the rest of the games – including Oklahoma vs. Houston, LSU vs. Wisconsin, USC vs. Alabama, Clemson vs. Auburn, Notre Dame vs. Texas and Ole Miss vs. Florida State.9/1/2016: South Carolina at Vanderbilt on ESPN (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia Tech vs. Boston College on ESPN2 (7:30 AM ET) 9/3/2016: Oklahoma vs. Houston on ABC (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: Hawaii at Michigan on ESPN (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: LSU vs. Wisconsin on ABC (3:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia vs. North Carolina on ESPN (5:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: USC vs. Alabama on ABC (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Clemson at Auburn on ESPN (9:00 PM ET) 9/4/2016: Notre Dame vs. Texas on ABC (7:30 PM ET) 9/5/2016: Ole Miss vs. Florida State on ESPN (8:00 PM ET)Which will you be watching?last_img read more

The Elders Welcome UN HighLevel Panel Report On Humanitarian Funding

first_imgThe Elders welcome the new report on humanitarian funding by the UN High-Level Panel, chaired by Kristalina Georgieva and HRH Sultan Nazrin Shah, as a timely and acute analysis of the global challenges in delivering aid to those in need.They wholeheartedly endorse the report’s assertions that “receiving lifesaving humanitarian aid is a right, and that providing it is a duty”, and that all actors must ensure their policies and decisions protect the “inviolable core humanitarian principles” of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality.The Elders agree with the report’s emphasis on “shrinking the need” for humanitarian assistance by a concerted resolve to end global conflicts, and by implementing credible policies to tackle climate change – widely acknowledged as one of the key drivers of natural disasters.If the international community can seriously work for peace in conflicts such as Syria, Ukraine, Iraq and Afghanistan, this would diminish the flow of refugees requiring humanitarian assistance. Equally, leaders must now honour the commitments made at the COP 21 climate summit in Paris in December 2015 and implement sustainable policies to tackle climate change.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “It is a challenge and an affront to our common humanity that 125 million people across the world require humanitarian assistance. This report is valuable for its clarity, its robust analysis and its clear moral message. The world’s prosperous nations need to show real ethical leadership to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable.”“The report contains important recommendations for governments, NGOs, aid agencies and the private sector, who must set aside rivalries and suspicions to forge an effective new consensus. I hope they will heed these messages and work together for the common good.”It is crucial that the recipients of humanitarian assistance are also included in the ongoing debate, so their voices are heard and their rights, dignity and agency are all respected.The Elders will do their utmost to support the aims and recommendations of this report, and share its hope that the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul will see leaders commit to its implementation.last_img read more

March 1 2006 Skytheaters large steps forming

first_imgMarch 1, 2006 Skytheater’s large steps forming the roof of the Colly Soleri Music Center provide seating for an expansive view of the daytime desert or star constellations in the clear night sky.[Photo & Text: T] A terrace surrounding those big steps provides a pedestrian crossroad leading to various venues.[Photo & Text: T] Sometimes the space is used for Frugal Soup, one of few Arcosanti rituals. Here we share a bowl of soup and our thoughts on world hunger and related topics.[Photo & Text: T]last_img

Facebook Joins 14 Million Initiative to Fight Fake News

first_img Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Fake news April 3, 2017 This story originally appeared on PCMag Facebook Joins $14 Million Initiative to Fight Fake News Image credit: via PC Mag 2 min read 92sharescenter_img Angela Moscaritolo Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business The fight against fake news is about to get a huge infusion of cash and support from the tech industry and academia.Facebook and Mozilla have teamed up with Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, academic institutions, nonprofits and other organizations to launch a $14 million consortium dubbed the News Integrity Initiative, aimed at “helping people make informed judgments about the news they read and share online.””The initiative’s mission is to advance news literacy, to increase trust in journalism around the world and to better inform the public conversation,” according to a Monday news release. It will fund “applied research and projects, and convene meetings with industry experts.”Founding funders also include the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, the Ford Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Tow Foundation, AppNexus and Betaworks. The initiative will be run as an independent project by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.The initiative comes after Facebook in January launched its “Journalism Project,” aimed at establishing stronger ties with the media. Though Facebook has worked with members of the media in the past, the social network is working to ramp up that collaboration by involving news partners in its product development process from the start.”As part of the Facebook Journalism Project, we want to give people the tools necessary to be discerning about the information they see online,” Facebook’s Head of News Partnerships Campbell Brown said in a statement. “Improving news literacy is a global concern, and this diverse group assembled by CUNY brings together experts from around the world to work toward building more informed communities.” The News Integrity Initiative is aimed at ‘helping people make informed judgments about the news they read and share online.’ Add to Queue Reporterlast_img read more