‘Eat cake!’ – Donegal boy has sweet plans for World Down Syndrome Day

first_imgA Letterkenny schoolboy has revealed that he will be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day 2019 in style tomorrow – by eating cake!Not only will Christopher Grant be enjoying a treat, but he’ll be sharing his cake with all his friends at school. In this way, the clever 11-year-old will be sending an important message about celebration and inclusion on World Down Syndrome Day, which is what it’s all about.This video taken by Christopher’s mum Gina Grant is sure to make you smile: Gina, who is a member of the Donegal Down Syndrome Association, is encouraging everyone in Donegal to get involved in the special celebrations this Thursday 21st March.Events are taking place around the county to promote the awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.School coffee mornings and raffles are planned locally in aid of Donegal Down Syndrome, while the association is promoting a simple message of inclusion. For Christopher’s school event, Gina has ordered the largest cake that O’Hehirs bakery can make!Gina told Donegal Daily: “We would like people to be aware and think about what they could do to make their community more inclusive – in school, in the workplace and at colleges.“Maybe just talk to somebody with Down syndrome tomorrow at work or school.“Down Syndrome is just one part of a person, it’s not who the person is. But it can sometimes be a barrier to people striking up a conversation with a person.“People don’t have to do anything hugely elaborate. They can hold fundraisers for Donegal Down Syndrome if they want to. A simple hello is a great start.”Donegal Down Syndrome Association provides support and activities for around 160 families locally. Their work is focussed on supporting members with Down Syndrome and their families to have as much independence as possible, while encouraging communities/schools and businesses to be fully inclusive. Gina said: “We are also inviting people to contact us for more information if they have any questions, if they have a family member or somebody in the workplace or school with Down syndrome and they want to learn more about inclusion.”Another goal of Donegal Down Syndrome is the campaign for better career and education options for young people after they leave post-primary education.“Those with Down Syndrome are very limited after school. We celebrate all job opportunities but we are campaigning for more choices to become available. Many limitations are caused by society, not by the syndrome,” Gina said.Something else that everyone can do on Thursday is wear #LotsOfSocks! People around the world are invited to wear brightly coloured mismatched socks (even three!) to celebrate differences and to signify the extra chromosome that people with Down Syndrome usually carry. The Donegal Minor Ladies are a step ahead with this fun challenge, as they wore odd socks to training last week and raised €100 for DDS.If you would like to find out more about Down syndrome, find out about supports or fundraising please contact the Donegal Down Syndrome Association on FacebookHow are you celebrating the day? If you wish to share photos or videos from events, send them to info@donegaldaily.com‘Eat cake!’ – Donegal boy has sweet plans for World Down Syndrome Day was last modified: March 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CommunityDonegal Down SyndromeInclusionlots of socksWorld Down syndrome daylast_img read more

Brand South Africa celebrates Freedom Day – 25 years of democracy

first_imgfreedom nounfree·​dom | \ ˈfrē-dəmThe definition of freedom, according to Merriam-Webster is defined;“the quality or state of being free”We owe our freedom to the many fighters who fought against apartheid and oppression in South Africa. The many who died at the hands of an inhuman state. The many voters who waited in bated breath to cast their vote X for South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.Today the country enjoys its globally admired Constitution and Bill of Rights, affirmed by its expressive preamble;We, the people of South Africa, Recognise the injustices of our past; Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land; Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity. We therefore, through our freely elected representatives, adopt this Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic so as to– Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights;Lay the foundations for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law;Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person; andBuild a united and democratic South Africa able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations.May God protect our people. Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso. God seën Suid-Afrika. God bless South Africa. Mudzimu fhatutshedza Afurika. Hosi katekisa Afrika.As the country celebrates 25 years of democracy on Freedom Day 27th April 2019, a day which put an end to segregation and white minority rule instituting a new dawn of democratic rule.Brand South Africa in partnership with its agency The Odd Number, through the Freedom month campaign, would like to remind citizens of the significance of making our freedom count in the “Solve Your Why’s with an X” campaign.Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Sithembile Ntombela speaking on the campaign said; “the freedom we enjoy today has given everyone a powerful voice to change the world for the better. This campaign tackles the many realities, social ills that we face. It triggers truthful conversations of the freedom to vote, our constitution and most importantly the reason why we are celebrating 25 years of democracy as a nation”.The execution of the Solve Your Why’s with an X” campaign is executed through various creative illustrations, videos on social media and on radio of how “WHY’s were solved by an X” in South Africa’s history. This puts the emphasis on the importance of getting your voice heard by the mere action of voting for your rights and making a choice on the future of this country.Engage in conversations on our social media @Brand_SA #freedomtome #freedomdaylast_img read more

Is Enterprise 2.0 A Crock?

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Is Enterprise 2.0 a crock? Where are the use cases? Seven enterprise managers spoke about five principles that are emerging around this topic at the Enterprise 2.0 conference today in San Francisco.Moderated by David Berlind, the group, all members of the 2.0 Adoption Council, looked at five issues to answer the question.Topics addressed:Workforce TransformationBusiness Process OptimizationIntellectual Property/Privacy/ComplianceReligious Wars (technology/generational bias)Bottom Line Business BenefitsPanelists:Greg Lowe, social media architect and program manager at Alcatel-LucentBruce Galinsky, director of IT, MetLifeBryce Williams, social media consultant, Eli LillyJamie Pappas, manager, social media, EMCMary Maida, information solutions manager, Medtronics, Inc.Claire Flanagan, senior manager KM and Enterprise Social Collaboration, CSCThis conversation is not a new one but perhaps the difference now is that there are more examples of how Enterprise 2.0 is changing corporate practicesWorkforce TransformationThe group’s general consensus: The goal is to break down the data silos and the walled gardens that permeate the enterprise. Some of the highlights:Murray, BoozAllen: Technologies are changing the business – period. “These technologies are helping us move smarter, faster. The inroads are coming.Jami Pappas, EMC: “We have started a bottom up strategy. ” The company has a few hundred champions who are champions for Enterprise 2.0 technologiesGalinsky, MetLife: “You need drivers.” For example, the ability to collaborate quickly on products to market.Business Process OptimizationMore people do not come into the office for work. The virtual office is such a reality that collaboration tools become increasingly important. This is evident with the announcements such as the one from Second Life today about their enterprise offering and similar products from companies like Proton Media.But still, for Murray of Booze Hamilton, said It comes down to baby steps. The reality, though, is it would never have seemed likely in 2006 that there would be applications plugging into Sharepoint.Intellectual Property/PrivacyData security always elicits fear. It’s no different than how security is viewed in any context. Trust is always the big issue but it is also about keeping some form of control. At Eli Lilly, employees, a lot of them who are scientists, are chomping to use more collaborative tools. Williams, Eli Lilly: The challenge is mitigating risk. “We have to find a way to herd the cats without putting data at risk.”Religious Wars (technology/generational bias)With any movement, revolutionaries have the tendency to make those in power feel a bit uncomfortable. It is no different with enterprise technologies.Galinsky of MetLife said that the issue is often about provincial differences. One group may prefer Microsoft while another group is into IBM, while a third may do whatever pleases them. The reality is it just takes time.Bottom Line Business BenefitsThe reality: Enterprise 2.0 technologies are early in the adoption phase but the soft cost savings are mounting. Microblogging is helping people find information faster and people are questioning the viability of email.For example, Murray said they did a study of the costs to “reply all,” to email. The end savings added up. “It is a toe in the door, an indicator. If I can save that much, what about the big stuff?”What’s striking about asking questions about all of this is the absence of discussions about the monumental waste in IT spending over the years. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been lost to IT projects that have gone hay wire. The new world of enterprise 2.0 technologies are lightweight in comparison and a fraction of the cost. But the answer is readily apparent. The culture takes time to shift. That shift will occur but it’s not going to happen overnight. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… alex williamscenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news last_img read more

CPI-M Polit Bureau nod to expel Ritabrata Banerjee

first_imgThe Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (CPI-M) has approved the decision to expel Ritabrata Banerjee, Rajya Sabha MP and former general secretary of the Student Federation of India, the party’s youth wing.The decision to expel Mr. Banerjee was taken by the West Bengal State Secretariat last Wednesday and the decision was eventually approved by the Polit Bureau, party’s highest decision-making body, a statement issued on Friday by Surjya Kanta Mishra, the State secretary of Bengal CPI-M, said. The one page statement said the party has tried “repeatedly” to “rectify” Mr. Banerjee but the attempts failed and thus he was expelled. “Instead of rectifying himself, he went on to tarnish party’s image,” Mr Mishra said in his statement. Mr Banerjee, who has a huge following among students and the youth, joined the CPI-M in 1996 as a student leader and was elected as a Rajya Sabha member in 2014. Following his expulsion on Friday, political circles in Bengal are rife with speculation about his next move. Mr Banerjee, however, refused to indicate if he would be joining any of the CPI-M’s rivals. Inquiry panelQuoting a report submitted by the commission of inquiry against Mr Banerjee, Mr. Mishra added that the State Committee approved of “punitive measures” against the former on August 7-8 and the Central Committee was “informed.”“But in an interview on September 11 to a television channel, Mr. Banerjee publicly denigrated the party. On basis of this [the interview] the State Secretariat decided to expel him,” Mr Mishra said.“CPI-M’s Polit Bureau has approved the decision,” Mr. Mishra said on Friday and added that the State Secretariat expelled Mr. Banerjee from the primary membership on basis of “Article 19 [13] of party constitution.” Mr Banerjee was warned by the party in February for activities affecting the CPI-M’s internal rules and regulations. Eventually he was suspended in June by the West Bengal State Committee and a three-member probe commission, headed by Polit Bureau member Md. Salim, was formed. The commission gave its report indicating that Mr Banerjee was “guilty” of the allegations raised against him. He was chargesheeted by the party, Mr Mishra noted. Mr Banerjee challenged the charge sheet and the party by targeting the top brass including Prakash Karat and his wife Brinda. He also targeted Mr Salim and described the commission as a “kangaroo commission.”last_img read more