TechSoup goes worldwide with TechSoup.Global

first_imgNon-profit organisations in Africa also have the opportunity to benefit from this new development aimed at boosting their visibility and helping them to raise the funds needed to ensure their sustainability. (Image: TechSoup)Its services would be available to non-profit organisations around the world through the launch of TechSoup.Global, non-profit technology solutions organisation TechSoup announced on 18 November.Social change organisations across the African continent can now make use of TechSoup’s online donations platform to help raise funds and so continue to make a positive change in their communities.TechSoup has become the world’s first fully global technology donation platform aimed at non-profit organisations (NPOs), according to the group’s website. Its services already benefit more than 500 000 non-profit organisations around the world; the organisation plans to increase this number by extending its reach and influence.“The launch of TechSoup.Global is a pivotal step in helping the world’s estimated 10 million non-profit organisations gain visibility and connect with support critically needed for their missions and communities,” says Rebecca Masisak, chief executive officer of TechSoup.“The platform, operated in partnership with the TechSoup Global Network, enables a unique capacity for innovation and the co-design of locally relevant, globally scaled programmes that strengthen impact on the ground.”SUPPORTING AFRICA’S NON-PROFIT ORGANISATIONSNon-profit organisations in Africa also have the opportunity to benefit from this new development aimed at boosting their visibility and helping them to raise the funds needed to ensure their sustainability.“From covering only four countries, we are now in a position to provide technology products and solutions to NPOs in 54 countries across the continent,” says David Barnard, the vice-president for Africa at TechSoup. “It is a game-changer for NPOs in Africa, and provides us with a very unique opportunity to strengthen their technology capacity and infrastructure in an affordable and informed manner.”TechSoup has gone to great lengths to ensure that each of the organisations making use of its services fall under the NPO category in each of their respective countries. This measure is to make sure no other companies other than NPOs benefit from its services.The organisation also offers NPOs access to relevant educational resources to help meet their operational requirements. These resources include web-seminars and peer-to-peer events where NPOs can learn from and teach each other best practices.Non-profit organisations are urged to make use of these services and continue the work they do to develop their communities and the world as a whole.last_img read more

How to Hire Coders

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Stalk them: The best candidates aren’t looking for a new job, they’re being pampered and praised at their current company. The first thing you’ll need to do is find out who these people are and connect with them. One of my favorite hacks for this is joining technical meet up groups in your area. Even if you’re a business guy, you’ll probably be able to nod and smile your way through most presentations. You’ll get to see who’s enthusiastic and can communicate well, and the social side is a great way to talk to engineers you’d never be in contact with otherwise. If you supply beer and pizza, you’ll be very popular. Go to and put in a few relevant keywords (e.g. Machine Learning, Big Data) to discover nearby get-togethers. Another avenue is lurking on open-source project’s mailing lists, which won’t find local coders but otherwise has a lot of the advantages of attending meet ups, since you can see how people communicate and work with others. One of the most common questions I get asked is “How can I find technical employees?” The market for good programmers is extremely tight, and traditional techniques like job-board or craigslist postings won’t produce results. Even the best network of contacts probably won’t uncover candidates willing to reach out to you. So, what can you do?Start early: Accept that it’s going to take longer than you’d like to find the right person, and so plan ahead now for hires you’ll be making in six months or a year. If you do find the right person too early, make them an offer and take the hit of paying their salary for a few months before you really need them. The hiring process will be time-consuming, so schedule accordingly; treat it as a first-class task that will take up a significant chunk of every week. Understand them: In order to pry them away from their current job, you need a strong lure, and you need to understand what their motivations are to craft something tempting. The best programmers often aren’t driven by money, so figure out if they’re after more responsibility, independence, the chance to work with cutting-edge technology or recognition from their peers. Sit down with them over coffee, join them on a hike, spend time with them however you can. Once you know what makes them tick, you can build an offer that’s hard for them to refuse. pete warden Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts Pimp yourself: People are a lot more likely to want to join companies they’ve heard of, startups that are recognized for doing interesting and challenging work, so talk about the great technology you’re building every chance you get. Encourage your existing programmers to blog and talk to journalists like me, and try to reach communities like Hacker News and Reddit with your stories. Have your engineers give talks at conferences and contribute back to open-source projects. It may feel painful as that cuts into the time they spend on development, but the added visibility in the development community will be a powerful recruiting tool. Tags:#hack#How To How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Qualify them: Often you’ll find a programmer who loves the idea of joining an early-stage company, but when it comes to making the plunge and leaving the security of a steady job, they get cold feet. Get a feel for how serious they are by paying them for part-time consulting during the courtship. If they are reluctant, or can’t fit it into their schedule, that’s a sign they might not be willing to follow through. Look at alternatives: This is probably starting to sound like a lot of work, so think hard about what you’re trying to achieve by hiring a new employee. Do you really need somebody with 10 years experience, or would you be better off finding a clever intern with fire in her belly and something to prove? Bosses almost always underrate their existing employees’ potential, because they’ve seen their failures first hand, and new hires come in with no history. Would you actually be better off spending your time training your current coders to take on more challenging work? Can you find a consulting firm to help them out on particular areas? How can you make sure that none of your current team leaves?last_img read more

Security beefed up in Punjab

first_imgSecurity was beefed up in parts of Punjab on Sunday, a day after Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda follower Mahinderpal Bittu, a key accused in the “2015 Bargari sacrilege incident” was murdered at Patiala’s high security Nabha prison.Tension prevailed in Faridkot’s Kotkapura, the home town of Bittu, as several followers of Dera Sacha Sauda started gathering after his body was brought and kept at the ‘Naam Charcha Ghar’ (congregation place) of the Dera (sect). Dera members refused to cremate the body until, what they termed ‘real culprits’’ behind the incident were identified and punished.Bittu’s son Parminder also alleged that his father has been killed under a conspiracy, which should be probed.Harcharan Singh, a member of Dera’s committee, said “We want all sacrileges-related cases against Bittu be dropped and a judicial inquiry into the murder incident to identify real culprits.”Bittu (49), who was attacked by other inmates Gursewak Singh and Maninder Singh on Saturday was rushed to Civil Hospital at Nabha, where he was declared brought dead. Both assailants were produced before a local court in Patiala and were sent to police remand for four days.Flag marchesTo prevent any untoward incident, paramilitary forces along with the State police were deployed in Kotkapura. Police conducted flag marches in Faridkot and neighbouring Moga districts.“Adequate number of police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in Kotkapura and other parts to ensure that law and order is maintained,” said M.S. Chhina, Inspector General of Police, Ferozepur Range.Opposition parties hit out at the State government over deteriorating law and order situation.Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered an inquiry into the fatal assault.Probe ordered into murder in Punjab prisonPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday ordered an inquiry into the fatal assault on the main accused in the “Bargari sacrilege” incident at the New Nabha prison, warning of stringent punishment for the assailants.An initial probe revealed that accused Mahinderpal Bittu, 49, died after he was attacked by two inmates. He was rushed to a hospital at Nabha, where he was declared brought dead, said an official spokesperson.ADGP Prisons Rohit Chaudhary will head the fact-finding committee, which has been asked to submit the report within three days.last_img read more

Giannis Has 39, Bucks Beat Celtics 113-101, Lead Series 3-1

first_imgBOSTON — When Giannis Antetokounmpo picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter of a tie game, the Boston Celtics sensed a chance to pull away.Instead, Milwaukee took control.Of the game, and the series.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives past Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) during the first half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Antetokounmpo watched the Bucks bench open a double-digit lead, then returned with a dominating fourth quarter to finish with 39 points and 16 rebounds as Milwaukee beat Boston 113-101 on Monday night to move one win from its first trip to the Eastern Conference finals since 2001.“If we’re honest with you, when Giannis and Khris (Middleton) go to the bench, you’re concerned,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said after his reserves outscored Boston’s 32-7 in the game and turned a 59-all tie into a 78-68 lead. “But you have confidence that that group can play.”Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) grabs a rebound against Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier (12) and Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)George Hill scored 15 points — nine in the third quarter — and Pat Connaughton had nine points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Milwaukee, which outscored Boston’s bench 42-16 in Game 3. After sitting out the last 8:18 of the third quarter, Antetokounmpo scored 17 points with seven rebounds in the fourth to help the Bucks pull away.“It’s always hard to take out Giannis; let’s start there. But at the end of the day, we are conscious of trying to keep him fresh,” Budenholzer said. “It’s hard to find the words (for) what he does for our team, both ends of the court. He’s special, but he’s very hungry. He wants more, and he’s playing that way.”Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots against Boston Celtics’ Marcus Morris (13) during the first half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)The Bucks have won three straight since losing the opener of the best-of-seven series at home and can eliminate the Celtics in Game 5 at home on Wednesday night. They have not reached the East finals since the ’01 team of Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson fell to Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson and Dikembe Mutombo in seven games.“Good players, when they have an opportunity like this, they don’t waste it,” Antetokounmpo said. “At the end of the day, I’ve got to do whatever it takes to help my team win.”SUMMER TIMEIn what might be his last home game for the Celtics, Kyrie Irving scored 23 points with 10 assists. But he was 7 for 22 from the floor, including 1 for 7 from 3-point range.“Who cares? I’m a basketball player,” said the six-time All-Star, who can become a free agent this summer. “I’m trying to do it all. For me, the 22 shots — I should have shot 30.”After leading all scorers with 26 points in Boston’s Game 1 blowout, Irving has made 19 of 62 shots and just 4 of 20 from 3-point range. He left the court with a few seconds remaining on the clock; many in the crowd had already headed for the exits, but a lone fan shouted at Irving, “Don’t leave!”“I know probably to the outside world we probably don’t stand much of a chance,” Celtics Center Al Horford, who scored 20. “We’re at a low point as a group, I guess that’s the reality. We’ll have to bring that fight to them on Wednesday.”DIFFERENT YEARSBoston beat Milwaukee in seven games in the first round last year and went on to lose to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in seven games in last year’s conference finals. They will have to win three straight — two of them on the road — to return.“I know probably to the outside world we probably don’t stand much of a chance,” said Celtics Center Al Horford, who scored 20. “We’re at a low point as a group, I guess that’s the reality. We’ll have to bring that fight to them on Wednesday.”Marcus Morris Sr. scored 18 with 14 rebounds, and Jayson Tatum had 17 points and 10 boards for Boston.EARLY RUNSBoston led by as many as 11 points before Connaughton made a long 3 at the first-quarter buzzer to make it 30-22. With about five minutes left in the second, the Bucks scored eight straight points to tie it.Boston led 67-65 before Milwaukee scored 13 of the next 14 points — seven of them by Hill, and all of them with Antetokounmpo on the bench — to open a double-digit lead.“Yeah that was killer,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “Their bench comes in, they’ve had no dropoff. Connaughton’s been excellent. George Hill’s been absolutely tremendous.”TIP-INSMilwaukee has won four straight road playoff games. … Marcus Smart, who has been out since tearing a muscle in his side during the second-to-last game of the regular season, played 15 minutes and scored three points, making 1 of 7 attempts from 3-point range. … It was Antetokounmpo’s eighth career 30-point playoff game, tying Marques Johnson for second in franchise history.UP NEXTGame 5 is Wednesday in Milwaukee.By: Jimmy Golen, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more