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Surplus food for the starving

first_imgA Bread Buddies sandwich, donated byone classmate to another, comes with aspecial message: “Your greatestpleasure is that which rebounds fromhearts that you have made glad.” Feedback’s Cape Town branch has fivedrivers and five trucks, one of which isrefrigerated. Freddy Janeke presides over the dailymorning planning meeting before thedrivers head off. Abuyile Tsitsa (15) helps unloadsandwiches at Mokone Primary Schoolin Langa.Words and pictures by Jennifer SternMost of us have childhood memories of being faced with pile of green and disgusting-looking – but healthy – stuff on our plate. And being admonished by a stern parent to think of all the starving children in the world, and eat it up.The starving children can have it, we would think – but there’s no way to get it to them. Now, a South African organisation called Feedback Food Redistribution has come up with a way of taking unwanted food and distributing it to the hungry.South Africa is marked by extremes in wealth, from affluence to deep poverty. While it is one of the few countries in the world fortunate enough to produce more than enough food for its population, people still starve. It’s a matter of redistribution.Feedback, which started off with one truck and two staff members in Cape Town in 2000 and has since grown to have branches in Johannesburg, Durban and Pietermaritzburg, is just one of the non-profit organisations tackling this problem.Feedback redistributes surplus food from farmers, caterers, restaurants, corporate canteens and retailers to institutions that care for vulnerable people in some of the most impoverished communities in South Africa. And as most of these organisations help individuals get back on their feet again, it’s a hand-up, not a hand-out.In the last financial year, 1 March 2007 to 28 February 2008, Feedback distributed 3 799 412kg of food. Considering they work six days a week, that’s over 12 metric tons of food a day.The organisation tackles not only the problem of immediate hunger, it also addresses long-term food security needs by offering nutrition courses and assisting in the setting up of food gardens.LogisticsIt’s a pretty hectic operation. At the Cape Town base, distribution coordinator Freddy Janeke starts his day by checking what needs to be picked up where, and then assigns drivers and vehicles to the various routes.Each driver will start the day off doing a pick-up and then, depending on the nature of the food donated, it will either be transported directly to one or more of the beneficiary organisations, or it will be taken to Feedback headquarters for sorting and storage.The type of food donated ranges from left-over cooked meals from university residences or vegetables and bread approaching their sell-by date, to breakfast cereals in underweight boxes that can’t be sold. These are the easiest to deal with, as they have a shelf life of months, so they can be stored and distributed when there is less of the more perishable foodstuffs available.The Cape Town branch has five drivers and five trucks, one of which is refrigerated, so Janeke has to think on his feet and do some quite intricate juggling to assign the right truck and driver to the right route. The other four trucks are fitted with thermo-cubes on the back so they are sufficiently well insulated.And it’s not just about feeding the hungry. Excess food is a major problem in its own right. If it weren’t for Feedback, over 3 800 tons of good quality organic material would have ended up in landfill last year. And it almost certainly would have quietly fermented to form a vast amount of methane, a greenhouse gas that traps far more heat than carbon dioxide.Care 2 CarryFeedback’s primary task is food redistribution, but this innovative organisation is initiating new schemes to improve the lot of both people and the planet. While unequal distribution of food and other resources is a major problem facing society in general, poverty, pollution and inadequate education are equally important. And that’s why Feedback’s Care 2 Carry campaign is so clever.Speaking of landfill, the biggest culprit there has to be the ubiquitous plastic supermarket bag. So, they’ve thought of a way of tackling that problem, too. Granted, sturdy paper shopping bags are not exactly a new idea, but these ones are a little different. There are 10 designs, all painted by children at the Luzuko Primary School in Gugulethu. The bags are available on the website or from Fruit and Veg City stores for R10, R2 of which goes to Feedback.It seems that every good initiative by this organisation just seems to spawn another. The Book People, a subsidiary of Don Nelson Publishers, donated 250 books to the Luzuko school library as a way of thanking them for their participation in the Care 2 Carry programme, and each child that took part in the competition also received a book – even if their art was not chosen for a bag.But this idea didn’t just spring out of nothing. Luzuko Primary is a beneficiary of one of Feedback’s subsidiary programmes, called Bread Buddies, which distributes sandwiches to learners from disadvantaged backgrounds. These children often arrive at school hungry, without having had much in the way of breakfast, and – if it weren’t for school feeding schemes – they’d leave hungry too, which is not conducive to good learning.Bread buddies enables children from relatively affluent homes to bring an extra sandwich, and pop it into the waiting Bread Buddies crate when they arrive at school. These are then distributed to schools in less affluent areas.In the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, 53 schools are involved in the Bread Buddies programme, and – between them – distributed 123 332 sandwiches in the last academic year.A growing number of corporate bread buddies have taken the programme on board, as they realise it is a relatively simple and effective way to make a difference at grassroots level.Interestingly, Bread Buddies has also had some unexpected spin-offs. Many of the more affluent schools participating in the programme have partnered with their less fortunate counterparts to create an ongoing relationship that is mutually beneficial.“Also,” says Dean Hand, managing director of Feedback, “it’s good for these children to know where their extra sandwich is going. It’s not too much to say that this contributes to nation building.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesSocial development in South AfricaGlobal food crisis addressed‘Miracle’ rice fights African hunger Useful linksFeedback Food Redistributionlast_img read more

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#Nextchat RECAP: Hacking HR – Little Things that Make All the Difference

first_imgOn August 21, @shrmnextchat chatted with Ben Watts, CEO of wattsnext Australia, and Sue-Ellen “Sel” Watts, founder of wattsnext Australia and founder and CEO of wattsnextPX about Hacking HR – Little Things that Make All the Difference. If you missed this #Nextchat filled with excellent tips for implementing the “little things” that make all the difference, you can read all the tweets here or below:last_img

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Facebook Does Too Little, Too Late With A Persian Version for Iranians

first_imgAs of tonight, Facebook has launched a new beta version of the site in Persian, in order to further enable the flood of news that has poured out of Iran in the wake of that country’s contested election last week. As Twitter became the star platform for Iranians to convey breaking news from on the ground, Facebook has been quiet by comparison. Now, by releasing an edition in the official language of Iran (also colloquially called Farsi), its attempting to capture some of the revolutionary self-expression that has thus far passed it by.Playing Catch-upAdding a Persian version is a noble effort, but it’s a week too late to aid in documenting the fiercest of protests, and is unlikely to shift attention either in Tehran or abroad. Whatever the language, Facebook pales in comparison to other social mediums currently in use for speedy transmission of events. To Iranians, Facebook is likely to be neither as familiar a publishing medium as blogs, nor relatively easy to access in the face of crackdowns (like Twitter is).Persian Facebook might be viable for something with a longer-term vision, with groups and causes being better for cohesive political organizing than an amalgamation of hashtagged tweets. But for now, Facebook is decidedly ill-suited to helping Iranians to speak to the world. Is Persian Necessary At All?Even if it existed prior to the protests, a Persian Facebook may not actually be so helpful in supporting Iranians during a time of political strife.With one of the largest and most active blogospheres in the world, Iranians are not hurting for tools to express themselves politically and culturally online. They’re just hurting for free access to them, which Facebook may not be able to provide considering it was blocked shortly before the election, and may even remain so.As far as Twitter and other platforms go, the vast majority of those tweeting from within Iran are doing so in English. Adding a private, Persian-language social network to the mix isn’t likely to aid those with the aim of communicating with the rest of the globe. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit steven walling Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#social networks#web last_img read more

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Breaking News in the Industry: July 18, 2018

first_imgSuspect drags LP associate through mall parking lotA Florida man was arrested on multiple charges after dragging a Dillard’s loss prevention associate from his car in the Melbourne Square Mall parking lot. Melbourne police said that 42-year-old Cleon Demitris Leeks, of Palm Bay, was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Driving on a Suspended License, Leaving a Scene of a Crash with Injury, Petit Theft, and Resisting an Officer.On Saturday, at approximately 2:00 p.m., a loss prevention associate observed Leeks conceal a pink Ralph Lauren polo shirt in his shorts. Leeks then left Dillard’s and entered the driver’s side door of a 2016 Kia as the LP associate ran after him. As Leeks backed up, the door struck the associate, knocking him down to the pavement. “He was then dragged approximately 10 to 15 feet,” police said. Leeks also ran over the associates’s ankle, failing to stop despite pleas to do so. The LP associate was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center. A few miles away, Melbourne police found Leeks and initiated a traffic stop where he was arrested. Bond set at $31,500.   [Source: Palm Bay Daily]Pair suspected of using children in retail robberiesDarrell Campbell, 32, and Jeammie Preston, 31, both of Moreno Valley, are facing charges of conspiracy, second-degree robbery, child endangerment and grand theft, and they’re being held at Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning in lieu of $245,000 and $210,000 bail, respectively, according to online jail records. They were arrested Thursday.- Sponsor – Campbell and Preston are scheduled to make a court appearance Tuesday at the Riverside Hall of Justice, jail records state. In June, sheriff’s deputies in Moreno Valley began investigating multiple commercial robberies in the city, according to a Riverside County sheriff’s news release. Deputies learned a man and woman, later identified as Campbell and Preston, conspired to commit robberies and used children to carry stolen merchandise out of major retail businesses, the release stated.In some cases, the man directed the children to grab specific merchandise and then walk out of the business to a waiting vehicle where the woman waited as the getaway driver. While exiting the business, loss prevention officers were threatened with a knife, according to the news release. Investigators found evidence that the couple conducted similar thefts as far back as October in Menifee, Eastvale, Riverside, Lake Elsinore, Glendora and San Bernardino, the release said. During the investigation, deputies gathered significant evidence against the suspects and identified the two adults and juveniles.On Thursday, Campbell and Preston were arrested in the 25000 block of Alessandro Boulevard in Moreno Valley, according to the news release. Child Protective Services took custody of three children, the release stated. Anyone with information about the investigation can call Officer June, of the Robbery and Burglary Suppression Team, at the Moreno Valley station by calling 951.486.6700. Citizens can also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.   [Source: The Press-Enterprise]Gas pump hackers chargedWayne County Illinois Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged two men for allegedly hacking a Detroit gas station and stealing over 600 gallons of gas. The incident occurred on June 23 at a Marathon gas station in the 17800 block of W. Seven Mile on the city’s west side. Reginald Hollien, 34, and Damon Blocker, 29, both of Detroit, are charged with use of a computer to commit a crime, organized retail crime and larceny of $1,000 to $20,000. “The alleged actions of these defendants show a critical need for the protection of businesses in Wayne County,” Worthy said in a release. “We must ensure that businesses in this County are fully supported and protected.”While at the gas station, the defendants allegedly sold and accepted cash for the gas, a press release states. Once gas attendants discovered what was happening, they attempted to disable the pump by computer. The attempt was unsuccessful and eventually, the attendants had to activate an emergency shut off, that’s when the suspects fled. They were then arrested by Detroit police on July 9. Hollien and Blocker were arraigned on Wednesday, July 11. Blocker received a $75,000/10 percent bond, while Hollien received a $50,000/10 percent bond.   [Source: WXYZ Detroit News]Police arrest three for stolen lingerieThree women from outside of Wichita Falls, Texas, reportedly from Georgia, Florida and New York, have been arrested and charged with organized retail theft, accused of taking nearly $700 in merchandise from Victoria’s Secret in Sikes Senter Mall. Located in their purses, according to Wichita Falls police, were anti-theft deactivation instruments.Wichita Falls Police Information Officer Harold McClure said officers responded to a theft from Victoria’s Secret shortly before 4 p.m. Friday. According to McClure, when the officer arrived, law enforcement was told that three Hispanic females suspects had left in a red vehicle. The officers located the vehicle in a nearby shopping center parking lot where three Hispanic females exited the vehicle.When the three were asked where they were coming from, they said they were driving from Atlanta on their way to Houston. Once the officers informed them they had received a call that a theft had been committed from the Victoria’s Secret and that they matched the suspects’ descriptions, they became very nervous, McClure said. When the suspects were asked if there was anything illegal or stolen in the vehicle, all three shook their heads yes, McClure told the Times Record News.The officer, McClure said, located a large duffel bag with 10 pairs of Victoria’s Secret pants with the tags and anti-theft devices inside valued at $695. The officers also located two purses that were lined with anti-theft deactivation instruments. The officers also located a magnet instrument used to remove anti-theft devices from merchandise. A loss prevention associate arrived on the scene and stated that they observed two of the suspects enter the store while the third stood outside as a lookout. All three were arrested and charged with Organized Retail Theft and Possession/Manufacture/Distribution of items used to commit theft.   [Source: Times Record News]Employee facing several counts of fraud after stealingA Louisiana woman is facing several counts of fraud after authorities say she stole money from a pizza restaurant. On Monday, police were notified of a theft by fraud that occurred at the Baker Domino’s on Main Street. According to the arrest report, an employee had stolen over $3,000 in funds from the business over the course of two weeks. The thief was identified as Jacobi Duncan.A district manager contacted authorities about the theft. Authorities say the district manager discovered the theft after receiving e-mail statements from the owner of the store. While completing the monthly audit, the manager discovered excessive mileage payouts for employees of the Baker store that were three times above the average for store employees. When the employees were asked about the payouts, they said none of them had received any additional funds above their normal salary pay.Reports say that Duncan was an assistant manager at the store and had access to the records, and the power to change them. During an investigation, it was discovered that there was an excessive amount of cancellations for orders that had been made in the store, which averaged between five and eight cancellations per night. It was also discovered that all of the cancellations had been paid for in cash. Records show that Duncan handled the cancellations. Duncan is charged with 68 counts of computer fraud, 33 counts of access device fraud, and 35 counts of public payroll fraud.    [Source: WBRZ2 News]UPS launches pilot to deliver packages in apartment buildingsUPS has launched a pilot program to deliver packages inside apartment buildings in New York City using Latch, a smart lock system, according to a press release. Through the program, a UPS driver receives credentials to enter apartment buildings that have Latch devices enabled, allowing the driver to deliver packages when residents are not home. UPS will only enter apartment buildings, not individual residents’ units. UPS started the pilot in Manhattan in March and recently expanded to Brooklyn, with expansion into other markets expected in the future. Latch said 20 million multi-family residential units exist across the U.S.    [Source: SupplyChainDIVE] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Virtual Bank Plans for Apps – And Wants Your Input

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#news Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting adrianne jeffries BankSimple, the potentially disruptive Web-based banking service started by Twitter forefather Alex Payne, wants your input.The company announced it will be launching an API for use by third-party developers at the same time it releases its first Web- and mobile-accessible banking service to users. But first, BankSimple has created a listserv using Google Groups to get feedback.The company wants to harness the attention it’s received thanks to high-profile press coverage. “We’ve decided to launch this group before publishing our stable API to get a better sense of the use cases that people are looking to support through our API,” CEO Josh Reich wrote in the Google Group, which has more than 50 members so far.More than 20,000 people have signed up for invites, the company told the Wall Street Journal this week.BankSimple could eventually allow a customer to make a deposit by taking a picture of a check with his or her phone, eliminate ATM fees and help users organize their finances, similar to Web-based persnal money management services like Mint. It is not a replacement for brick and mortar banks, which will take care of logistics like interest-crunching and federal deposit insurance for BankSimple’s customers.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Some Ring owners reconsider their doorbell’s intelligence

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … In a world where people have access to some pretty amazing and useful devices, there will occasionally be problems, especially when so many of these are IoT gadgets.Owners of the Ring Doorbell Pro were in for a little confusion recently, when one such mishap occurred right on their doorsteps. The Ring Doorbell Pro allows home owners to see who is at their door from anywhere, at any time, and respond.See also: Widespread IoT adoption requires good user experienceWhen home owners checked their “smart” gadgets, they saw visitors standing outside of homes that belonged to other people, instead of themselves.  The doorbell system had shared video feed from other users.From a security standpoint, this little fluke wasn’t the most awful thing that could have happened, but it did cause some owners to question the system.  However, it was not really possible for anyone to tell from whose address they were seeing the imposter video feed.  All they could really see was strangers at random locations.Ring, the company that produces the Doorbell Pro, claims there were only 10 times that this video switch occurred, out of the millions of times this doorbell is used a day.  However, this is still a problem that can’t happen if consumers are going to bring connected devices into their lives 24/7.Ring hears its users’ knocksAccording to Ring, the company has performed due diligence and taken the appropriate measures to make sure that this problem will not happen again.As stated by Ring, “We use random numbers to generate a call ID from Ring products. We did a very robust Beta test of the new Ring Video Doorbell Pro on experimental software, and when we moved it out of Beta for the commercial launch, some customers’ numbers were in two different databases. As a result, those call ID numbers were overwritten. We believe, based on all the data we have analyzed, that this caused less than ten instances – out of more than 4 million calls per day and over 84 million calls in total – where video recordings overlapped for Ring Video Doorbell Pro users only. We are in the process of merging those databases so this will no longer occur. This issue only affected Ring Video Doorbell Pro users, not users of our other products, Ring Video Doorbell and Ring Stick Up Cam.” Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…center_img Follow the Puck Amanda Razani Tags:#Internet of Things#iot devices#Ring Doorbell Pro#security#smart doorbell last_img read more