Seattle, Washington February 06, 2019 -- 2019 is a great year to be graduating from college and looking for an entry level job. CollegeGrad.com has released the results of its annual entry level employer hiring survey. Entry level hiring is up 12.5% in 2019, adding to the overall hiring gains of the past 8 years. “This is the strongest entry level hiring demand we have seen in the history of this survey,” said Brian Krueger, CEO of CollegeGrad.com. “While the supply of new college graduates remains relatively constant year-over-year, the hiring demand has gone up significantly, resulting in a very hot entry level job market.” CollegeGrad.com has released its 2019 list of Top Entry Level Employers based on the survey, with more than 400 entry level employers making the list this year. The detailed survey results are available online at https://collegegrad.com/topemployers. Topping the list is Enterprise Rent-A-Car, with 8500 planned entry level hires for 2019. “This is the most competitive job market we’ve seen in 20 years,” said Enterprise Holdings’ Vice President of Talent Acquisition Marie Artim. “We continue to need to hire thousands of college graduates into our Management Training program each year.” While many employers are reporting low double-digit percentage hiring increases, some are projecting even higher increases. With 4000 planned hires in 2019 versus 3000 in 2018, KPMG is experiencing a 33.3% increase. “The entry level market for new associates at KPMG continues to remain strong,” said James Powell, partner in charge of Campus Recruiting and University Relations for KPMG. Technology talent firm Revature is another example, with an increase of 50% YOY from 2000 to 3000 hires in 2019. “As we look toward 2019, competition for entry level talent has become nothing short of a ‘war for talent,’ with top companies heavily investing in marketing, recruiting, benefits, and training to attract and retain entry level talent,” said Joe Vacca, Chief . . .
By Devan Moonsamy, CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute Diversity is everywhere. Nations across the globe, big and small cities and towns are all either highly cosmopolitan or fast getting that way. In China, for example, a country that has been somewhat closed to the outside world, there are over 50 distinct ethnic groups who all need to be accommodated in employment and society in general. South Africa has a similar situation in terms of the sheer number of ethnic groups, as well as increasing numbers of people with very mixed heritages. We need to be alive to this and display flexibility in how we approach and accommodate all kinds of staff members and customers. We must remind ourselves that each individual’s needs and norms can differ, and each one is equally valid. If we aren’t careful and thoughtful in how we approach people of cultures, languages, races, ethnic, sexuality or gender groups different to our own, we will land up with many unhappy people and endless friction. In business, we will be less productive, and employees will be disengaged at work. It is too much of a risk to ignore the realities of diversity in terms of employee and customer satisfaction, profitability, business risk, and company reputation. Nobody wants a PR nightmare, but it happens all the time, and to the big players one would expect to be the more progressive among us. Some of the biggest PR disasters last year include Google’s gender pay gap, sexism in the African Union, and H&M’s racially offensive advertising. Diversity is a reality, but it will not be a blessing, and we will not reach an equitable situation whereby people of all demographic groups are afforded equal rights and treatment unless we put in the effort. Equitable diversity is not a myth or an unachievable goal. It may be difficult to get everyone on board at first, but a strong diversity strategy tailored to your company or department is a powerful tool. To get anywhere worth going, one must first . . .
BUZZcoin cryptocurrency and Pollenity IoT join forces to accelerate data gathering and promote ethical beekeeping practices. Maui, Hawaii, February 05, 2019 -- For decades mankind has known about the threat to the planets bee population, yet progress in halting the extinction of this vital creature has been slow. In the US/Canada alone over one quarter of bumblebees are on the brink of extinction, and up to 30% of honeybee colonies are lost annually. Domesticated honeybees are the ideal medium for gathering data on the species, however data collection has been slow and limited to only the largest beekeepers. BUZZCOIN Inc. - a non-profit blockchain technology corporation supporting the global effort to save the bees by providing collected data to scientific projects and organizations - announced this week that it has partnered with Pollenity (formerly Bee Smart Technologies), the world's most advanced remote beehive monitoring technology provider, to create a blockchain implementation that aims to help save the worlds declining bee population. The BUZZCOIN / Pollenity alliance is one giant leap in the race to save the bees by integrating Direct-to-Satellite IoT technology into the BUZZCOIN™ Hive Mind Device (BC-HMD™) reward system and BUZZCOIN™ Hive Mind Network (BC-HMN™). Through existing Pollenity PCB's, BUZZCOIN gains access to the latest Hiber® satellite up-link technology which allows for remote location data upload, increased reliability, and less interference with the bees navigation system. The partnership will utilize Pollenity's proprietary sensor devices and BUZZCOIN's unique blockchain technology and cryptocurrency to create a worldwide reward-based network, BUZZCOIN Hive Mind Network (BC-HMN™), for gathering beehive data. In contrast to the antiquated methods of collection which predominantly relied on printed submission sent in only once per year, the beehive information from the BC-HMD is sent electronically and compiled on the BC-HMN to . . .
A BID TO UPSCALE SOUTH AFRICA ‘S PRODUCTIVITY LEVELS Empirical evidence from studies across the world, particularly in the most competitive economies such as Asia, Germany and the Nordic countries suggest that, improving the levels of national productivity and innovation is the most efficient way to realise the average GDP growth rate, employment growth, business efficiency and reduced costs of doing business(GCI: 2017). This reality is not lost on Africa and the Japan Productivity Center (JPC) and Productivity SA are heightening efforts to promote and improve productivity levels in South Africa and on the continent The JPC and Productivity SA will hold a “Productivity Promotion Seminar on Application of Japanese 5s and Kaizen Concepts for Productivity Improvement” on 8 February 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton. The primary aim of the seminar is to showcase how the “Application of Japanese 5s and Kaizen Concepts for Productivity Improvement” within South Africa has improved the competitiveness of model companies. This event, which is supported by Japan‘s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI), aims to promote the productivity improvement project to local companies and to help South African companies to have linkage with Japanese companies in terms of business. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Productivity SA, Mr Mothunye Mothiba will welcome participants at event to be held as follows: • Date: Friday 8th February 2019 • Time: 08h30 – 13h00 • Venue: Hilton Hotel 138 Rivonia Rd, Sandown, Sandton, 2196 Productivity SA is an entity of the Department of Labour (DoL). Section 31 of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 enjoins Productivity SA to develop relevant productivity competencies and competitiveness in workplaces within South Africa. The Japan Productivity Center (JPC) is a non-profit organization (NPO) established by the Japanese government to enhance the economic development of Japan and member countries. The JPC promotes . . .
If your wallet’s feeling a little light after the Festive Season, then head on down to Springfield Retail Centre, and get more “bang for your buck,” at their Super Sale. Boasting an extensive array of tenants from home décor and improvement stores, to food, toys, clothing and baby products, it’s the perfect location for shoppers to grab the opportunity, and take advantage of low prices, with savings of up to 50% off at selected stores. From now until Sunday, February 10th, 2019, Springfield Retail Centre is set to reduce your, “Janu-worries”! Happy Super Sale Shopping! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands encourages guests to enjoy its close proximity to exciting shopping and sports destinations like the Newlands Cricket Ground and Stadium. However, the hotel also provides the perfect location for meetings, events and conferences. Situated in the heart of the Southern Suburbs, Newlands has established itself as a commercial, residential and recreational hub, making it the perfect place for business and pleasure. With Newlands Forest a mere 5-minutes away, Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands offers a conveniently placed hospitality presence that makes it easy to plan for outdoor activities to follow a day’s business. Here, it’s possible to host a highly productive conference followed by tranquil activities with majestic views to end off the day. The conference facilities at Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands include five meeting rooms that are ideal for presentations, team-building exercises, corporate functions and personal events. The largest room spans up to 130 square meters and can be separated into two spaces, seating up to 160 guests. Other size options range from Classroom (35 seating) to Banquet (90 seating), Cabaret (50 seating) and Cocktail (100 seating). There are Smart Meeting concepts for all events and the option of Smart Food catering – extensive menu options with a superb variety of nutritional choices. Designed for the global Gen Y, Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands is a friendly, fresh, vibrant establishment. As one of eight brands within the Radisson Hotel Group, the hallmarks of Park Inn by Radisson include colour, comfort and fun, as evidenced by the Newlands hotel’s vibrant décor, lobby bar and activity facilities. Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands is also a staunch advocate of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing; currently the Deaf Federation of South Africa (Deaf SA) owns 51% of Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands, which in turn offers support and career prospects to the . . .
San Francisco, CA, Jan 30, 2019 -- St. James Infirmary is proud to welcome California attorney James Burch as our new Policy and Advocacy Officer thanks to our generous funding from the Levi Strauss Foundation. Due to James’s extensive legal experience in the State of California and a steadfast commitment to St. James’s mission in search of justice, community engagement, and the protection of our most vulnerable neighbors by advancing civil liberties, we look forward to the tremendous opportunities ahead as we fight for the rights and livelihoods of sex workers. Furthermore, St. James Infirmary’s expansion is especially crucial as we begin an exciting venture in partnership with the ACLU and State Senator Scott Wiener to work on crafting state legislation that will finally bring a long-awaited end to the criminalization of sex work and overpolicing of our communities in the state of California. Kelli Dorsey, SJI board member, will be our Policy and Advocacy Program Advisor and work closely with James Burch alongside our city’s sex workers to analyze and develop policy that ensures sex workers’ rights and dignity are recognized and firmly protected both here in San Francisco and all throughout the State of California. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg 29 January 2019 - Enterprise Development (ED) and Supplier Development (E&SD) is one of the most current government and private sector driven programs, after the 2003 Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) document. These programs are racially selective systems to empower previously disadvantaged groups and to enhance the economy, in South Africa. According to the Stellenbosch Business School, Enterprise Development is defined as ‘the act of investing time and capital in helping people establish, expand or improve businesses.’ This certainly presents young entrepreneurs, inventors and those with unique business ideas, with the opportunity of making a difference in society - not just for themselves, but for other economically active citizens as well. At the end of 2018, nearly 800 000 matric candidates sat for their final exams across the country. Of these many will opt to further their studies through a tertiary institution, but for those who will be seeking employment, it will not be easy. According to an article in Fin24, less than a quarter of matriculates will find jobs relatively quickly. The economist, Mike Schüssler of economists.co.za said in the online article - about the previous year’s matriculates - dated January 2018, “Those members of the matric class of 2017 who will not be studying further, but will be looking for a job, will not be easily absorbed by the job market.” He continued, “it will be tough for them to get work. Over 50% of our matriculates under the age of 34 have not found permanent employment and it’s not getting better.” [https://goo.al/pfEP3H] Whilst the facts of the situation are important, seemingly, discomforting news articles make those who just completed their exams, be it in school or a tertiary institution, rather despondent. These are meant to be the years to which they look forward to making a difference and impacting the South African economy; and those communities in which they live. Those . . .
As it’s the month of love why not make some memories that will last a lifetime with #CaptureYourLove at Springfield Retail Centre on Saturday, February 16th, where the spirit of Valentine is still in the air. Between 10h00 and 14h00 you and your beloved have the opportunity to “get snapped” at our Instabooth, so meet us outside Toyzone, pose and have some fun with the many props to choose from. Bonus: you get to take home your very own complimentary photo strip. Wear your favourite red and white gear, and get your smile ready as you make your way down to Springfield Retail Centre to capture that perfect moment. T’s & C’s apply. For more information visit www.springfieldretailcentre.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Agri Eastern Cape president Doug Stern has called on the province’s farmers to stay on their land despite facing the triple financial threat of unrelenting drought, raging veld fires and land expropriation without compensation. As the drought entered its fifth straight year, Stern said stock farmers’ cashflow had been dealt an additional blow in the form of falling commodity prices due to the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease. Describing the drought as “one of the worst farmers have had to endure, due to its intensity”, he said summer heatwaves had resulted in the further deterioration of the veld. “More importantly, this has impacted dramatically on our farmers’ water resources, with borehole levels dropping almost daily and surface water drying up completely, resulting in major livestock water supply problems.” Stern said, over the past four years, farmers had recorded annual rainfall figures varying between 30 and 70% below what their average annual rainfall should have been. “The official word from the weather authorities is that we can expect the prevailing dry conditions to continue, with no significant rainfall being predicted. However, we as farmers believe that rainfall is always possible.” He said agricultural producers’ cashflow had been stretched extremely thin, as they had been spending large sums of money for long periods with the purpose of keeping their animals and lands in a productive condition. “2018 was an incredibly tough year for farmers throughout the Eastern Cape for a number of reasons. “Our farmers are renowned for their resilience. However, this resilience is now being properly tested by the climatic conditions we are expected to deal with on a sustained basis, without any support from the state to date.” Despite this, Stern said he had every confidence that the province’s farmers would survive the drought, as previous generations had done, by standing together and doing their best to remain productive . . .