The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU), a leader in global payment services and new Global Partner of the UEFA Europa League, and the Western Union Foundation, today announced they will turn every successful pass in this season’s competition into funding to support one day’s education for young people around the world. Called PASS, the initiative will be fronted by former international football star Patrick Vieira and start during the Group Stage of the UEFA Europa League Season 2012/13, which kicks off on September 20 across Europe. The initiative aims to reach one million school days over the next three seasons and builds on the work the company has already done to support education globally. “Moving money for better is at the heart of what we do, and education is one of the main reasons our customers send money,” said Hikmet Ersek, Western Union President and CEO. “According to UNESCO1, 71 million bright, hardworking students globally are not enrolled in secondary or vocational education. It’s a tremendous loss of economic and human potential, since each extra year of school can increase an individual’s potential economic opportunity. Through PASS, we intend to harness the power of football to build awareness of this challenge as well as deliver on-the-ground support that will make a difference to young people and their communities.” The initiative will provide teacher training and student scholarships through nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), with an initial focus on eleven countries – Brazil, China, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Romania, Russia and Turkey. “Where I come from, opportunities for a quality education are rare,” explained Vieira the former AS Cannes, AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Juventus, FC Internazionale Milano, Manchester City FC and French international player, who was born in Senegal before moving to France at the age of eight and is currently football development executive at Manchester City . . .
Independent BBBEE Practitioner, Sibusiso Nkosi, has launched a web application called BBBEE LearnOnline. The web application contains various modules that present different topics relating to Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment. Unlike traditional BEE Consulting methods which are based on a one on one session, BBBEE LearnOnline prescribes topics that take place during these kinds of sessions, but ensures that they take place at the convenience of the client over the internet. One of the major obstacles for business to effectively implement strong BBBEE strategies is the convenience in accessing comprehensive information relating to BBBEE in a cost effective manner. This creates a huge challenge for the business community. Travelling to meetings during office hours or having meetings scheduled can be rather inconvenient as it takes up too much time. The cost factor also need to mentioned, meaning that one on one consultations with BEE consultants usually have a high rate and cost attached to them which creates a challenge for businesses to comply with BBBEE. These are obstacles that BBBEE LearnOnline aims to challenge. Unlike other BBBEE online resources, this web application provides broader topics relating to Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment which are structured in a consultative manner. It also presents itself as a business opportunity in the sense that it allows for other entities to become resellers of the application by providing it as a service to their clients. For more information on the developer, visit www.bbbeeinfo.co.za. To view BBBEE LearnOnline go to www.learnonline.bbbeeinfo.co.za. Also follow BBBEE LearnOnline on twitter for updates and more information (@BEELearnOnline) More Info: http://www.learnonline.bbbeeinfo.co.za Author: Sibusiso Nkosi from Bizcomm Design. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .
With less than 48 hours until the torch is lit to mark the start of the 2012 Olympic Games, a local Cape Town girl wins her very own gold. 12 year old Zara Wichman was named the regional best letter-writer for her letter to Olympic silver medallist Sasha Cohen. Wichman earned prize money of R5 000 for herself and R15 000 for her school, Star of the Sea Convent Shool, with her letter in the South African Post Office (SA Post Office) International Letter-Writing competition. The topic for the 2012 letter writing competition was “write a letter to an athlete or sports figure you admire to explain what the Olympics mean to you.” The competition is run annually by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the winning entry from each country competes for the title of “best letter writer”. Wichman chose to write her letter to Sasha Cohen and express her thanks and gratitude for being such a wonderful role model. In her letter she articulated the values of the Olympic Games, what the Games meant to her and how she was looking forward to supporting South Africa’s sporting heroes. “I think that it is amazing how you took part in an event where absolutely EVERYONE was trying to achieve excellence and you did so well,” Wichman said in her letter. “I am well and truly amazed.” The SA Post Office received thousands of entries for the International Letter Writing Competition and judging by the volumes of letters received, Olympic favourites are Oscar Pistorius, Caster Semenya and Natalie du Toit. “The South African Post Office is delighted by the letters received. Learners showed remarkable insight into the history of the Olympic Games and what they symbolise,” said Martie Gilchrist, SA Post Office regional communication manager. “It was encouraging to see the children so enthusiastic about our Olympic team.” For more information visit www.postoffice.co.za Ends More Info: http://www.facebook.com/SouthAfricanPostOffice Author: Alex de Kock from . . . .
Law graduates today face increasingly great difficulty in securing articles of clerkship with a law firm. Hundreds of law graduates clamour for positions every year at the large commercial law firms. Many perceive these firms as the most desirable employers of choice from a remuneration and future-prospects perspective. The hard truth, however, is that the vast majority of applicants will not find articles at any of the handful of large law firms and some will not be able to get articles following the year they graduate from university at all. While those graduates should not be discouraged from applying at all to firms that may be perceived to be very difficult to get into, aspiring attorneys should consider the following: The average age of a law graduate looking to start articles is around twenty two, if the graduate has an undergraduate degree in law, and normally twenty three if the graduate studied a Bachelor of Commerce or Arts prior to reading a postgraduate LLB. This effectively means that most graduates will have career spans of at least forty or more years before facing retirement. While it certainly is prudent to become economically active as soon as possible, it is by no means a disaster if one takes an additional year or two to further one's educational, professional profile or life experience prior to starting articles; More applicants to large law firms now apply with higher diplomas and master’s degrees in law. This may give them a competitive edge when compared to applicants who have not obtained those additional qualifications. If a graduate is unable to secure articles at a firm of choice simply because of a lack of space on that firm's part, it is often a good tactic to try and agree with that firm that the applicant will undertake to start serving articles a year or two later, after having obtained a postgraduate degree or diploma; Another option which is worth considering is taking up a position as a judge's clerk. While the option of . . .
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