Rally to Reopen Schools Scheduled for Tuesday

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Soulive Adds GRiZ, Son Little, & The Shady Horns As Special Guests For Night Five Of Bowlive

first_imgAs anticipation builds for the return of Soulive‘s 8-night Brooklyn Bowl residency “Bowlive” this summer, the band has announced guitarist Grant Kwiecinski (GRiZ), Son Little, and The Shady Horns as their special guests for night five of the run, on the first night of the second weekend, June 14th.For years, the instrumental jazz/funk fusion trio held down an annual spot at the Brooklyn Bowl for an extended residency, bringing in different artists on each night of the run to collaborate with Soulive’s Eric Krasno, Neal Evans, and Alan Evans. After taking a year off from that tradition last year, Soulive announced the triumphant return of this cherished New York music scene tradition. Unlike past Bowlives, which were held in March, this run will take place throughout the month of June, broken into two consecutive 4-night stands: June 7th – 10th, and June 14th – 17th. Last week, the band announced that Karl Denson and Steve Kimock will join them on night one, June 7th and Doyle Bramhall II on June 8th. We’ll keep you posted on the rest of the Bowlive special guest announcements as the residency draws closer.You can buy tickets to the show here.[photo by Adam Straughn]last_img read more

Melanie Griffith, Amanda Seyfried & More Tapped for The 24 Hour Plays

first_img The directors include America Ferrera, Andy Fickman and Kathy Najimy, while the writers will include Christina Anderson, Bekah Brunstetter, comedian David Cross, David Lindsay Abaire, Jonathan Marc Sherman and Sarwat Siddiqui. Other stage and screen stars who are taking part this year include Sasha Alexander, Jamie Chung, Billy Crudup, Rachel Dratch, Nina Dobrev, Michael Ealy, Seth Green, Bryan Greenberg, Taran Killam, Zoe Kravitz, Justin Long, Aasif Mandvi, Stephen Merchant, Diane Neal, Jay Pharoah, Sebastian Stan, Julia Stiles, Tracie Thoms, Michael Kenneth and Pablo Schreiber. Hope these stars like flying by the seat of their pants! Working Girl Melanie Griffith, Les Miz movie fave Amanda Seyfried, OITNB’s Uzo Aduba and Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage are among the many big names to have signed up to The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway. The 14th annual event challenges more than a dozen actors, six writers and six directors to come up with six original short plays over the course of a day. The AP reports that the plays will be performed for a live audience at the American Airlines Theatre on November 17. View Comments Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Urban Arts Partnership.last_img read more

Fewer auctions but clearance rate rallies in Brisbane

first_img 34 Crescent Rd, Hamilton — $1.7 million MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES The 3.44 hectare property at 300 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper Brookfield. The four-bedroom house on 450sq m at 158 Arthur Tce, Red Hill. 169 Gladstone Rd, Highgate Hill — $700,000 300 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper Brookfield — $985,000 7 Ayesha Place, Calamvale — $625,000 The six bedroom house on 417sq m at 169 Gladstone Rd, Highgate Hill. Place Graceville agent Karen Simons, who grew up on Borden St at Sherwood, had five local registered bidders for the three-bedroom house at No. 71 on a 637sq m block.With first-time bidders and a buyer’s agent among the mix, auctioneer Mark Frater broke into a two-minute pause on behalf of the vendor to start the bidding at $600,000.Nine minutes and 29 bids later, the property was sold under the hammer for $748,000, more than $20,000 above the reserve price. 21 Grove St, Red Hill — $1.625 million 35 Doorey St, Keperra — $608,000 The three-bedroom house on 764sq m at 35 Doorey St, Keperra. 158 Arthur Tce, Red Hill — $815,000 The house is currently being rented for $420 a week but the owners plan to build a new house on the block.“Location, location, location, that’s what they say isn’t it,” Alexandre Diss said.“We’ve looked at 50, maybe 80 properties. “We went a little over budget but we had a contingency of three to five per cent on pricing, but we know it’s a good price.“And for me, it doesn’t matter if it’s before or after an election, the land is the land and the price was right.”All properties that went to auction on Saturday had campaigns interrupted by school holidays, Easter, the Labour Day long weekend and an upcoming Federal election, all of which have had little impact on buyer enthusiasm, estate agents said.Ray White Paddington’s Judi O’Dea had registered bidders from Dubai, Melbourne and Brisbane for the auction of 21 Grove St at Red Hill which sold under the hammer for $1.625 million.“There’s been no let-up of interest but there’s not much on the market,” Ms O’Dea said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoShe called on potential sellers to consider putting homes on the market before the end of the financial year to capitalise on the number of finance-approved active buyers. Ms Simons agreed: “The owners (at 71 Borden St) were understandably concerned but when you have an area that’s sort after, it transcends the highs and lows of the market,” she said.OTHER PROPERTIES THAT SOLD AT AUCTION ON SATURDAY MORNING: This is where the owner, who lives in Toowoomba, was standing while the auction took place on the lawn outside.“I hated Ben in the beginning,” said the young builder whose every increase was countered by Ben Anderssen, the buyer’s agent working on behalf of a family of five from Corinda.“You guys did the right thing,” Mr Anderssen said when the two parties caught up after the auction.“You’ve just got to keep going straight over the top.”In the end it was the Diss family of Corinda, represented by Mr Anderssen, who came in on top, after a 12-month search for the right block to build their dream home. The 534sq m block of land at 34 Crescent Rd, Hamilton. The five-bedroom house on 716sq m at 21 Grove St, Red Hill. Thirty people came to see 71 Borden St, Sherwood sell under the hammer at auction on Saturday.TWO minutes of silence preceded a tenacious bidding war at 71 Borden St, Sherwood as part of a stimulating auction morning around Brisbane on Saturday.Despite only 38 properties going to auction in the final weekend before the Federal election, the Saturday morning clearance rate was more than 40 per cent.Of the 18 properties on offer between 9am and 12pm on Saturday, 8 sold under the hammer for between $608,000 and $1.7 million. The five-bedroom house on 640sq m at 7 Ayesha Place, Calamvale.last_img read more

South African women break coding gender stereotypes

first_imgSeveral South African women have made it their mission to change the perception that the tech industry is a place only for men. They started initiatives to teach girls about coding and inspire them to become innovators.Thembiso Magajana, founder of Social Coding, says if you teach one girl to code she will teach 22 more because women are, by nature, change agents. “By doing so, we’ll solidify the economy of our nation for years to come.” (Images supplied)Melissa JavanHer journey to teach girls about computer programming languages started with four girls, one laptop and a whole lot of faith, said Thembiso Magajana, who founded Social Coding ZA in May 2016.Magajana started this initiative with the daughters of her older friends. “I’d teach them Scratch 2.0 on the verandah and sometimes it would take the entire day to teach them because we only had one laptop between us.” Scratch is a free educational programming language developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group.“Those times were frustrating because we didn’t have wifi, so when we ran out of data, we’d be stuck and could not continue learning because a lot of the tools I used to teach them were online.“One Saturday, one of the girls was so frustrated with having to wait till I was done teaching one girl with the laptop before I got to her, that she decided she’d ‘build’ a computer interface using cardboard and magazine cut outs,” explained Magajana, who has an accounting background.“That was the proudest moment of my life because it showed that they were learning how to make the best out of exhausted resources. That’s when I knew that innovation was something that could be taught.”Magajana’s initiative, Social Coding, is one of several in the country that focuses on teaching girls computer programming. Together, they upend the stereotype that tech is for geeky boys, encouraging girls to get into the IT industry.According to online news platform MyBroadband, software developers have been in high demand for the past year. Top of CareerJunction’s “most wanted skills” list were developers in the programming languages Java, C#, and .Net.MyBroadband also reported that Philip Joubert, co-founder of OfferZen, which specialises in matching developers with companies, said there were significant skills shortages for languages such as Ruby, Go and Scala.“We’ve also seen that companies are struggling to find front-end developers. Front-end development has become a much more important aspect of software development in the past few years,” Joubert told MyBroadband.“Frameworks such as React and Angular allow you to build interfaces which weren’t possible before, and companies are eager to find developers who can do that. The shortage is probably also linked to the fact that most universities and colleges focus on back-end technologies.”Melissa Javan spoke to Magajana and several other women who have set up coding initiatives for girls in South Africa.Social CodingSocial Coding was at the premiere of the movie, Hidden Figures. Founder Thembiso Magajana says the free screening for 118 girls is a partnership between Social Coding and Cinema Nouveau in Brooklyn. “We had some of our girls in the programme speak to the audience about how coding has changed their lives.” Magajana (middle) is pictured with two Social Coding volunteers, Oria Kopa (left) and Kele Shole (right).Melissa Javan: Why did you start Social Coding?Thembiso Magajana: I started this for my niece, Leano (now seven years old). I wanted her to have a safe place to nurture her interest in technology and entrepreneurship. Three months into running Social Coding, I realised that this was bigger than just my niece and our backyard. I wanted every young girl to have this space – an incubator that encouraged and grew their curiosity.MJ: What does Social Coding do?TM: Our technical workshops cover six modules such as software development fundamentals, design thinking, business models and fundraising over the course of the year. Social Coding workshops are designed to teach girls to be initiators, conceptualists, shapers and drivers of innovative and strategic problem-solving.MJ: How old are the girls who are part of your initiative?TM: We generally have girls between 14 and 18 years old but we have one who is eight years old. I believe we can go even younger.MJ: Where do they come from?TM: Mostly Gauteng — we work with girls from the Pretoria CBD and Mamelodi. We’re looking into expanding into Johannesburg next year.MJ: How do you explain to young girls that coding is cool or important?TM: In every introductory workshop we emphasise the importance of being at the forefront of real change and what their role is. Even if not all of them end up as computer engineers, we encourage them, giving them the space, tools and equal chance to create innovative solutions that will have a significant impact on people’s lives.GirlCode ZAZandile Keebine and two of her friends, Jeanette Theu and Tinyiko Simbine, all work at tech companies. Speaking on a GirlCode ZA podcast, Keebine said she had been to many hackathons where she was either the only female or one of a few to attend. This prompted her to approach her employer to organise a women-only hackathon. GirlCode ZA was born in 2014. It was registered as a nonprofit organisation in 2015, and hosts the GirlCode Hackathon annually.Its mission, according to its website, is to create a network of women who are highly skilled in computer literacy, coding and design, and who can leverage those skills to develop innovative and sustainable solutions in their communities.Girl Code ZA is (from left) Jeanette Theu, Tinyiko Simbine and Zandile Keebine. (Images supplied)Melissa Javan: How did you grow a network of mentors that is now available for women who want to go into the tech industry?Zandile Keebine: We realised that there were, in fact, a lot of women in tech and that the underlining issue was visibility. We provide a platform where women who are already in the space can volunteer their time and knowledge.MJ: You said in a radio interview that it was vital for people to learn a programming language. Why?ZK: It is an undeniable fact that programming is the language of the future and if you want to be part of the economy then it is important to have the right skills that will allow you to be employable.MJ: How do you provide opportunities for women?ZK: Besides workshops, we have an annual hackathon at which women and girls can showcase their coding skills and get job or internship opportunities from our sponsors. With the high unemployment rate it is important for women to realise that they need to up-skill themselves and put their current skills into practice. This is why we have volunteering opportunities for any women whether they are in tech or not.MJ: What can you tell us about your workshops?ZK: The workshop series is designed to offer participants the opportunity to improve their craft before competing in the hackathon later in the year. The idea to introduce workshops was conceived following feedback from participants in previous years. We know that women and girls enter the GirlCode Hackathon for fun, but we also know they do so to improve their skills. So we wanted to offer them more opportunities to do so earlier in the process.The workshops started in February 2017; various corporate sponsors in and around Johannesburg have run half-day workshops on a variety of topics such as HTML and CSS, Design Thinking, WordPress, Business Model Canvas. The topics were carefully designed to give participants the best chance to compete and win at the Hackathon 2017 in August.Besides holding the annual GirlCode Hackathon, Girl Code ZA gives computer literacy courses and has a GirlCoder Accelerated Learning Programme, which teaches students to become full stack ASP.NET developers.MJ: What is a hackathon?ZK: A hackathon is a competition where you have 48 hours or less to build a working prototype of a web or mobile app — maybe even hardware if you are driven to accept that challenge. While it sounds impossible, it’s not.MJ: How many women have taken part so far in these hackathons?ZK: When we first started the hackathon, there were about 17 females. As the years went by, we saw an increase in the number of participants and over the past three years we’ve had just more than 100 females from beginners to advanced developers.MJ: From what age are these women who you help?ZK: We have been focusing on university students and recent graduates. In the upcoming years we plan on expanding to reach girls in high school, from as young as 13.MJ: Are there free tools or websites available for anyone who is interested in learning a programming language?ZK: There are a lot of free online websites such as www.w3schools.com where anyone can start learning. Also, the community is bigger than just GirlCode; there are other initiatives such as www.geekulcha.co.za that offer opportunities for anyone keen to learn programming.Africa Teen GeeksLindiwe Matlali started Africa Teen Geeks after winning a grant of $35,000 (R462,007) from Google Rise. This enabled her to hold a Computer Science Week and start a school programme whereby teachers were trained so they could introduce coding into their schools, she said on the Girl Code ZA blog.Africa Teen Geeks was founded in May 2014, and since then has reached more than 38,000 children. Matlali said the initiative had partnered with Unisa to enable children from disadvantaged communities without computer access to also have an opportunity to learn to code.Lindiwe Matlali, named Innov8tiv’s Top 50 Visionary Women in #Tech To Watch in 2017, is the founder of Africa Teen Geeks. She is pictured with Ndaba Mandela, an ambassador for Africa Teen Geeks. (Images supplied)Melissa Javan: What does Africa Teen Geeks do?Lindiwe Matlali: We teach children aged from five to 18 how to code. We also train teachers from disadvantaged schools so they can teach coding in their schools. There are township schools with donated computer labs that are sitting as white elephants because of a lack of qualified teachers.MJ: Children from what ages benefit from your initiative?LM: We teach children from Grade 1 to matric (grade 12).MJ: Where are they from?LM: Most of our students are from townships.MJ: How do you explain to children that coding is important?LM: We are motivating them to be creators of technologies and not just consumers. Our focus is to raise their aspirations to not only be content about knowing how to use technology, but to create it.Lindiwe Matlali has a BCom in economics and a statistics qualification. “The fact that only 5% of schools teach IT and also only from Grade 10 and in mainly model C schools, led me to start Africa Teen Geeks,” she says. Her intiativeinitiative exposes disadvantaged children to computer science.MJ: Why is it important to be a creator or innovator?LM: South Africa has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the world. In fact, according to Statistics South Africa, 58% of unemployed people are aged between 15 and 34. This means that youth stand the highest risk of being unemployed. If they are innovative they will not join the unemployment lines and will create employment for themselves and their communities. We want to inspire a generation that doesn’t aspire to be employed but rather to be game changers and trailblazers.MJ: You said on Girl Code ZA that parents often taught their children that coding was for boys, not girls. How do you address this and other negative stereotypes?LM: We have programmes that remove that masculinity of coding. We focus on highlighting female role models who have created technology solutions.MJ: You’ve held hackathon events for children — how do they work?LM: A hackathon is a 48-hour event at which the children create a working prototype of the challenge. This month, the hackathon is on UNODC, the Education for Justice initiative. The children will create apps, games or interactive platforms to solve crime.MJ: On Power FM radio you said that Python was an easier language to learn. Where is this available? Can anyone access it?LM: Python is easier to learn because it uses plain language. Anyone can learn and can access the curriculum on the Python website python.org/about/gettingstarted/.MJ: Are there any there any free tools available online or offline to start learning about programming?LM: There are many free tools available from code.org, Scratch.com for kids and for adults at coursera.org, edx.org and the Khan Academy, to name a few. These are all free tools one can use to learn how to code.We have already created a platform called Knit2Code, on which we teach young girls Python using knitting. They learn to write a Python code for the South Africa flag and a scarf. This is what we call computing without a computer to remove the barriers for disadvantaged children who do not have access to a computer or the internet.Sources: MyBroadband, Girl Code ZA, African Teen Geeks, and Social Coding.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Lara-Bhupathi’s ‘sangeet’ ceremony in Goa tomorrow

first_imgThe star-studded ‘sangeet’ cermony of actress Lara Dutta and tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi’s wedding will be held tomorrow in Goa.The Candolim beach club, the venue of the ceremony, has been decked up in white keeping in tune with the theme for the occasion.Club Fresh is a popular hang out at the North Goa beach, where Bollywood actor Hrithik and Suzzane celebrated their marriage anniversary last month.The couple has already registered their wedding in Mumbai while the formal church wedding and reception is scheduled on February 19 in Goa.”The theme for entire sangeet is white, which matches with the theme of the club. There will be white roses, white jasmines..,” Sunil Chawla, owner and partner of Club Fresh told PTI.The event has a guest list of 200 people comprising film and sports personalities. D J Hussain will set the music ball rolling for the sangeet, playing Bollywood and Hollywood numbers for the guests. ‘Lucent Dossier’, a troup from Los Angeles will perform aerial acts on the occasion.Chawla said that they have been preparing for the occasion since last three weeks after hosting an event for the Roshans.Sources said Shahrukh Khan who was here for Hrithik’s anniversary will be present for the ‘sangeet’.For the gourmets, it will be mainly Goan sea food, Thai, Sushi on the menu card. “We are absolutely delighted that they have chosen Club Fresh for the occasion. Its an honour,” Chawla said.last_img read more

UN Official Lauds Child Diversion Act

first_imgStory Highlights “That is certainly a positive development. Diversion at every stage of the criminal justice system is best for juvenile offenders,” the UN official said. Independent Expert for the United Nations (UN) Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, Manfred Nowak, is lauding Jamaica’s soon-to-be-implemented Child Diversion Act as a step in the right direction.“That is certainly a positive development. Diversion at every stage of the criminal justice system is best for juvenile offenders,” the UN official said.Mr. Nowak was speaking with journalists at the second Regional Conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James, on Monday (December 3).He is also recommending that key stakeholders be involved in the rehabilitation of troubled children. “Having courts with child-friendly justice, psychologists and social workers should be included, so that the child will be rehabilitated, ” he said.Mr. Nowak also underscored that restorative justice must be key in the child diversion process to prevent reversion. As such, he is suggesting that juvenile offenders meet with victims of the crimes they committed, as this approach is among the best practices of many other countries that practise community-based mediation.“This is much more effective to avoid recidivism than putting them in prison, and then they come out and commit another crime,” he said.Child diversion is the process of implementing measures to deal with children who are alleged, accused or recognised to have infringed the penal law, without resorting to formal judicial proceedings.The main objectives of the Child Diversion Act are ensuring that every child in conflict with the law is treated in a manner that recognises and upholds human dignity and worth; diverting the child away from engaging in deviant and delinquent behaviours; and instilling in the child respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.Mr. Nowak is among the key presenters at the ISPCAN Conference, which ends on December 5.The ISPCAN Conference is being held in partnership with the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), under the theme ‘Child Protection Realities within a Changing Caribbean and World’.Participants include child advocates from the United States (US), United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Barbados and Switzerland. Mr. Nowak was speaking with journalists at the second Regional Conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James, on Monday (December 3). Independent Expert for the United Nations (UN) Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, Manfred Nowak, is lauding Jamaica’s soon-to-be-implemented Child Diversion Act as a step in the right direction. last_img read more