Western Cape premier spells out province’s aims

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“Listen, it’s not going to be easy… this thing’s not gone,” said Western Cape Premier Alan Winde. During an interview with Daily Maverick, Winde outlined what the province had gone through over the past seven months during the Covid-19 lockdown and what’s next. 

“I think in the last six months my mind got blown almost every day by just amazing things that were happening in this province, both in government and outside of government. We had some amazing innovations that came out of Covid-19 [that] changed the way that I think we as government do business.”

Speaking on some of the early challenges, including food distribution, Winde said: “We were dealing with things and doing things that we’d never done before. Everybody was learning. You know, government’s job is not to

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How IBM aims to support STEM careers in the Hispanic community

Many Hispanic individuals living in the U.S. cite a lack of opportunities for career advancement and an obstacle to success — and IBM is aiming to change that.  

During Hispanic Heritage Month, IBM has announced measures to support the Hispanic community’s educational and career opportunities. Research by the tech company’s Institute for Business Value found that more than half (67%) of Hispanic respondents said that they have to work harder to succeed because of their Hispanic identity; 30% of junior managers have access to on-the-job training or mentoring programs; and 20% feel equipped to overcome professional barriers. The full report will be released in early 2021, according to IBM. 

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A long-term focus on education within Latino and Hispanic communities can bring forth structural changes in society, Guillermo Miranda, the vice president and

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Colorado Free Application Day aims to improve access to higher education, training | Colorado Springs News

All 32 public higher education institutions in Colorado will waive their application fees for in-state residents Tuesday, saving incoming freshmen and transfer students some hard-earned cash.

The Colorado Department of Higher Education’s third Colorado Free Application Day aims to improve access to higher education and training, the department said in a news release Thursday.

Students can fill out one or more admissions applications to institutions across the state, including public technical schools, community colleges and universities. The CDHE has posted on its website admissions application and fee waiver information for each college and university that will allow students to apply for free on Tuesday only.

The day caps off Colorado Applies Month, a five-week statewide program that encourages high school juniors and seniors, and adults, to select an education or training option best for them, and apply to that program, according to the release.

“Earning a certificate or degree gives

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Ralph Lauren to Cut Jobs, Aims to Save Up to $200 Million

Ralph Lauren  (RL) – Get Report shares rose on Tuesday after the New York apparel maker and retailer said it would cut an unspecified number of jobs in an effort to save $180 million to $200 million pretax.

The company expects to complete the job reductions in fiscal 2021, which ends in March. Ralph Lauren expects to realize the savings beginning in fiscal 2022. 

In the meantime, the company expects to incur pre-tax charges ranging $120 million to $160 million. 

Ralph Lauren shares at last check rose 1.1% to $71.94. 

The move is part of a broader plan to deliver sustainable long-term growth. 

“The changes happening in the world around us have accelerated the shifts we saw pre-covid, and we are fast-tracking some of our plans to match them,” Chief Executive Patrice Louvet said in a statement. 

“These steps will enable us to progress our brand elevation journey

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Cybersecurity skills gap: How this startup aims to solve the talent crisis

In 2008, just a year after large-scale, state-sponsored cyberattacks on Estonia, NATO set up its Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, to strengthen its capabilities and improve cooperation and information-sharing among its members and partners.

Among the contractors who helped build a military-class cyber range for NATO’s cyber exercises, were IT-infrastructure and security specialists Jaanus Kink, Margus Ernits, and Taavi Must. A few years later, they decided to found a startup based on the experiences they had gained.

“We saw how useful cyber exercises are for defense teams. Once we realized that this kind of learning experience could help cyber teams around the world, we started to build RangeForce – a platform for hands-on training of cyber defenders and running cyber exercises at scale,” RangeForce CEO Must tells ZDNet.

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RangeForce provides cybersecurity training for companies of varying sizes,

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New Online Jobs Hub Aims To Increase Visibility Of Disabled Freelancers

Decision-making around disability disclosure can often throw up issues that are thorny and tricky to work through.

Though these decisions are clearly informed by the relative visibility of an individual’s disability, there remain countless scenarios where the timing of disclosure, or indeed whether to disclose at all, becomes relevant for all disabled people.

The employment market is one such example, as, nowadays, the interaction invariably begins online, rather than face-to-face.

On the other side of the coin, recruitment is never just a one-way street and there are organizations out there keen to expand their approach to disability inclusion but without a clue on how to identify and positively select on disabled candidates.

Podium, an online marketplace launched by former Paralympic swimmer Liz Johnson during the lockdown, has its

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New pilot program aims to provide debt-free professional credential in child development

Eastern Michigan University’s (EMU) Engage@EMU office, Washtenaw Community College (WCC), and other local partners have collaborated on a new pilot program that will offer a child development certificate program to help county residents gain employment credentials at no cost.


Through the pilot program, students take four semesters of online courses through WCC and one practicum semester in Ypsilanti with another partner organization, The Collaborative: Ypsilanti YMCA Child Development Center. WCC will award college credit for the program and award a Child Development Certificate (CDC) to those who complete it, after which they can complete an assessment exam through the Council for Professional Recognition to obtain a national Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.


Beth Marshall, early childhood program coordinator at WCC and an early collaborator in the pilot program, says there’s a national shortage of qualified early childhood professionals, due in part to low pay.


“Most private child care programs

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UNICEF And ITU’s Giga Initiative Aims To Connect The World’s Schools To The Internet

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the largest disruptor of education in history, exposing widening inequalities.

When schools shut down around the world, many switched to remote instruction. And yet one-third of students — at least 463 million globally, according to a new UNICEF report — were unable to access it. 

UNICEF got to work, keeping children learning through TV, radio and other innovative delivery methods. The flexibility and interactivity of online instruction makes it the more popular alternative to in-person classes, but it requires internet access. And far too many students lack that connectivity. 

Closing the digital divide requires global cooperation, leadership and innovation 

Even before the appearance of COVID-19, UNICEF recognized the need to address

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