Lucas: South Africa’s 2010 champion

first_img“Now, more than ever, it is important to be an optimistic, dedicated South African with a ‘can do’ attitude, and few people embody this spirit better than Lucas,” Van Schalkwyk said. “We are delighted to welcome Lucas on board,” said SA Tourism acting CEO Didi Moyle, describing Radebe as a “champion of South Africa’s ability to successfully host the World Cup.” The 40-year-old Soweto-born former Kaizer Chiefs and Leeds United captain is no stranger to the 2010 project – he has been a Fifa ambassador for SOS Children’s Villages, and has worked with one of the tournament’s sponsors, First National Bank. In December 2000, Radebe received the Fifa Fair Play Award for his contribution in working with South African children, and in 2004 he was ranked 54th in the Top 100 Great South Africans list. “Africa has waited a long, long time for the honour of hosting the world’s biggest sporting spectacular,” he said. “I am excited at the impending reality of welcoming the world’s greatest footballers to my homeland. Radebe said he was excited and honoured to be appointed to the position. “He possesses all the qualities demanded of an ambassador. “He loves South Africa. He loves travelling in South Africa. He knows our destination well, and he is proud of being a South African. He is truly an inspiration.” 14 August 2009 Source: BuaNews Radebe will work with South African Tourism to help grow interest in South Africa globally, not only as host of the Fifa spectacular, but also as an amazing holiday destination. Former Leeds United and Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe has been named South African Tourism’s 2010 ambassador to the world. A more suitable candidate you would struggle to find. ‘A dedicated South African’ Speaking at a function in Johannesburg this week, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said South African Tourism looked forward to working with Radebe as 2010 approached “to spread the message of the anticipation and optimism sweeping our country.”last_img read more

Into the Cloud: Our 5 Favorite Online Storage Services

first_imgBeing able to access your files from anywhere and from any computer is one of the great conveniences of the always-on Internet. Online file storage has been around for quite a while, but the latest generation of services are so cheap and easy to use that there is almost no reason not to back some of your files up into the cloud. Most online storage providers also give you the ability to then share these files with your friends and colleagues. We selected the services on this list because they have a good track record of keeping your data safe while providing you easy access to your files from wherever you are.Box.netBox.net has been around for quite a while, but is still one of our favorite places to store documents online. Thanks to its integration with numerous online services, including Gmail, Zoho, picnick, and Scribd, box.net can not only store all your documents, but can also function as the hub of your virtual office. One other nice feature of box.net is that you can share your files and folders with ‘collaborators,’ which makes it a good service to exchange files within a small business or among friends.The storage limit for the free accounts is 1GB, which is plenty if you mostly exchange text documents or spreadsheets. Paid accounts start at $7.95 a month and include more advanced features, including 5GB of storage, a versioning system, mobile access, and 24/7 phone support.Live Mesh The online storage component of Live Mesh is only one part of Micorsoft’s latest venture into cloud computing, but it is also one of its most compelling features at this point. Live Mesh gives you 5GB of online storage and an online desktop that looks a lot like Windows Vista. You can upload any type of file to Live Mesh, but you cannot edit any of your files through the online desktop. In the future, though, we expect Microsoft to start adding more of these features. One of the main reasons we like Mesh is because it constantly watches for changes in the folders you are synchronizing to it and updates them automatically. In addition, you can share folders with friends, allowing you to collaborate on projects. Live Mesh works on both Windows PCs and Macs.DropBox Few online storage services integrate with your desktop as well as DropBox, which only recently opened up to the public after an extensive beta test. While you do have to install a small program on your machine to run DropBox, it is well worth it. Besides setting up a folder on your machine, which automatically syncs with DropBox, you can also set DropBox up to then sync that folder with other machines, similar to Live Mesh. DropBox lets you upload any type of file, as long as it is smaller than 350MB. DropBox uses Amazon’s S3 service as its storage solution and provides its users with 2GB of free storage. For $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year, you can buy 50GB of storage.One of our favorite features of DropBox is that it preserves every revision of every file. You can also easily share folders with your friends or colleagues.DropBox supports Windows XP and Vista, Mac OSX, and Linux.OosahOosah‘s main selling point is simple: you get a whopping 1 terabyte of storage for media files. One restriction of Oosah is that you can’t use it for text documents, spreadsheets, or presentations, which seems a bit weird, given that those types of files are generally small. One interesting aspect of Oosah is that it accepts RAW image files from most camera manufacturers, though it automatically converts them into JPGs. You can also connect to your Picasa, Flickr, Facebook, and YouTube accounts and view your images and videos from those services in one central place. Oosah also gives you Media RSS feeds and even a podcast feed for your audio files.While we love Oosah for its general ease of use, the one aspect we really did not enjoy was the fact that uploading files seems to be unnecessarily hard. Oosah does not provide any desktop clients and while you can use the web based uploader to select multiple files, uploading multiple directories at a time is not an option. JungleDiskJungleDisk is the only service in this list that is not available for free – and technically, it is not even an online storage service. Instead, it provides a frontend to Amazon’s S3 storage service. JungleDisk costs $20 and after that, you pay Amazon for the storage and transfer of your files. JungleDisk also lets you map your Amazon S3 storage space as a network drive on your computer, so that you can just drag and drop files back and forth between your online storage and your local desktop. JungleDisk is available for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux.Other ServicesOnline storage is a competitive market. The best services integrate fully with your desktop and allow you to effortlessly upload and download files. They also provide you with an online desktop to access files from any computers and are stable and dependable. A service that does not fulfill these basic requirements is going to have a hard time convincing users to use and trust it.There are, of course, a large number of other online storage services that we did not include in this list. BOXSTr, for example, is a great application, but it constantly bothers you with ads and attempts to sell you their premium service. AOL’s Xdrive is a great service, too, but we have heard too many rumors that AOL is trying to sell the service or that they will simply close it to be able to recommend it anymore.The one company that is suspiciously missing from this list is Google. While you can upload your documents to Google Docs, the company that has made cloud computing a household name does not have a dedicated file storage service. While rumors about the existence of a ‘GDrive’ have regularly appeared in the tech blogosphere over the last few year, users still have to rely on hacks like the GMail Drive shell extension to store their files on Google’s servers.What Did We Miss?Do you have a favorite service that we did not list? Let us know in the comments.Logo courtesy of Flickr user blakespot. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Features#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

The Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund Raises $6400 at the 2019 RILA Asset Protection Conference

first_imgThe Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) once again partnered with The Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund to raise money for loss prevention professionals who are seriously injured and the families of those who lose their life while conducting the duties of their profession.This year’s fundraiser was a huge success, which culminated in a drawing for valuable prizes during RILA’s Retail Asset Protection Conference, May 5-8, 2019 in Denver, CO. During the conference, the Fund raised $4,700 in individual contributions, as well as $1,700 from two solution providers, ThinkLP ($700) and Checkpoint ($1,000), for a grand total of $6,400, making this one of the most successful campaigns yet.The Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund, originally formed in 2012 by the LPF under the name Loss Prevention Memorial Fund, provides financial assistance to the families of fallen asset protection professionals who lost their lives while performing the duties of their jobs. 100% of contributions go directly to the retail asset protection community.- Sponsor – The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) and RILA’s Retail Asset Protection Conference have successfully partnered for six years in a row to raise money for the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund. It is through these generous gifts and donations that the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund is able to continue to provide meaningful charitable grants to loss prevention professionals and their families when it matters the most.This is the third consecutive year ThinkLP has demonstrated their support of the LPBF and continuing to give back to our industry.Checkpoint, for the second year in a row, also continues their support by donating $1000 to the LPBF and supporting the Loss Prevention professionals in their times of need.“We would like to personally thank both of these organizations for their ongoing charitable support and willingness to give back to our industry, our professionals and their families.” said Steve Hyle LPC, Vice Chairman of the LPBF.“Thank you once again to RILA and it’s entire staff for sponsoring the LPBF for the sixth year in a row. The exposure that RILA provides for us has helped tremendously in meeting and exceeding each year’s fundraising efforts and our ability to support our industries professionals and their families. Also, a huge thank you to all of the LP professionals and solution providers for their very generous donations and prizes for the raffle,” said Chris Duke LPC, Chairman of the LPBF.“The LPBF’s fundraising success in Denver is such a testament to the strength of this community. We’re so grateful for this opportunity to come together as an industry and support members of the LP family when they need it most,” said Lisa LaBruno, RILA’s executive vice president of retail operations and innovation.We give a special thanks to the entire RILA team who realized the importance of this charity and allow us to hold the fundraiser each year. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more