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Le coq sportif's partnership with French music label Partyfine has been updated for the occasion in an elegant monochrome version. Both the label and brand wanted to create a sneaker along the lines of Partyfine’s minimalist visual style with all the beauty of the shoe showcased in its refined details. 

Only smooth and perforated nubuck are combined to create subtle contrast in silvergray, the colour of the music label’s compilation to be released this autumn. The letters Fine are embossed in 3M white on the back of this elegant model. The laces are printed at each end with the label’s slogan «We are fine». 

Continuing in discrete style, the inner and outer soles are matching in the colour Gum, offering a subtle and delicate contrast to this monochrome shoe. The inner sole of the R800 is made of high- quality leather, embossed with the Partyfine and le coq sportif logos. 

Beyond the desire to design a pair of shoes that can be worn by the label’s artists and fans, le coq sportif’s French spirit also appealed to Partyfine. This preference is asserted by the music label, both in the origin of most of its groups and by Yuksek’s sense of belonging to the movement of a second French touch.

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Le coq sportif | Culture

Optimum is a new kind of alkaline AA/AAA battery technology that delivers break­through performance benefits. Its re-engineered cathode technology with added new ingredients produces the most powerful Duracell alkaline battery. 

With Duracell’s new Optimum technology, consumers get either Extra Life* or Extra Power*, depending on the device in which the battery is used. Demanding Devices The need to develop even more advanced batteries is greater than ever. Many of the devices we own today are “fueled” by AA or AAA cells. These devices are becoming increasingly demanding and require a battery that meets their specific power requirements, to perform to its true potential. In addition, households are currently using their appliances more intensively than ever, because they are at home more due to the COVID pandemic. Responding to the power needs of modern devices Those battery-operated devices are an integral and growing part of everyday life. 

Their power needs can roughly be divided into two device groups: high/mid energy demand, and low energy demand. Motorised toys are typical representatives of the first group. For them to work optimally, they need a lot of power quickly. Game controllers or remote controls are typical representatives of the second group. To make them work best, they need less power, but for a longer period. Duracell Optimum responds to these energy needs with the new technology by providing either extra life or extra power*, depending on which device the battery is used in. A New Refined Pack and a Battery Collection Box The very benefit of “extra life” may also be uniquely translated to the innovative Duracell Optimum pack. First, it serves as a refined transport vessel for batteries from point of purchase to the respective homes. Then it becomes an “extra” sturdy collection box for spent batteries, bringing order to the battery storage and essentially collection. 

The pack itself is made from cardboard and can be fully recycled. Chris Rood, Marketing Director Duracell South Africa, says: "Duracell continues to pioneer battery innovation to produce breakthrough device performance benefits. This new technology unlocks the potential for Extra Life in some devices OR Extra Power* in other devices well into the future. We are confident that Optimum will set the new benchmark for alkaline batteries”. 

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Technology | Duracell Trade Marketing

Members of the banking community and the sector’s regulatory and supervisory authorities are making inroads in targeting and disrupting financial crime through a financial information sharing partnership, called SAMLIT (South African Anti-Money Laundering Integrated Task Force).

SAMLIT has brought together the FIC, 22 national and international banks, the South African Reserve Bank’s Prudential Authority and Financial Surveillance Department and banking association representatives SABRIC (South African Banking Risk information Centre) and BASA (the Banking Association South Africa). SAMLIT and its achievements are captured in its first recently released, annual review report for 2020.

The banking sector finds itself at the coalface of financial transactions, coupled with this, their relationship with regulators and supervisors is geared primarily towards assisting in maintaining the integrity of the financial system which includes combating money laundering and terrorist financing.

Financial information sharing partnerships involving public and private sectors in disrupting financial crime are gaining increasing significance worldwide. As part of its work, the partnership is geared towards ensuring that knowledge on the modus operandi of financial criminals’ is shared, that institutions increase their understanding on financial crime types and that the work of SAMLIT assists law enforcement authorities in their follow through.

The partnership does this by enhancing the effective, efficient and timeous sharing of information with a view to generating actionable reported information from reporting entities. This improves the analytical capabilities of the FIC and related fusion working groups, enabling the FIC to issue actionable financial intelligence that helps law enforcement in their investigations and applications for asset forfeiture, and criminal prosecutions.

SAMLIT has established expert working groups (EWGs), for example, that focus on specific types of financial crime vulnerabilities, threats and risk trends, as identified by SAMLIT members. EWGs conduct research, gather information and analyse local and international financial crime trends. They bring this information back to SAMLIT through typologies and solutions which are shared with banking, public sector regulatory and supervisory body partners and law enforcement authorities.

Similarly, tactical operations groups look at priority financial crime types and identify tactical approaches on how to deal with these. Their focus is strategic intelligence sharing on specific financial crime threats.

In the report, Adv Xolisile Khanyile, FIC’s Director and chair of the SAMLIT steering committee, said: “The banking sector is critical to the South African economy as it provides not only financial services, but also stability and viability.”

A central FIC regulatory requirement for the banking sector is reporting on suspicious and unusual transactions and key to the financial information sharing partnership was to ensure that banks continue to improve the quality of the reports by generating actionable regulatory reports when submitting to the FIC.

Adv Khanyile said: “Banks need to provide detailed, high quality, actionable and information- rich regulatory reports for analysis, which in turn can be speedily converted by the FIC into actionable financial intelligence that adds value as it can be readily applied by law enforcement authorities in their investigations and applications for asset forfeiture.

“The intelligence needs to add value in the investigations, prosecutions and forfeiture of proceeds of financial crime and also assist in the detection and disruption of crimes that have not come to the attention of the police.”

Through its work and collective focus, SAMLIT intends increasing joint understanding of the complex nature of financial crime and the speed and sophistication with which they are executed. The information SAMLIT provides to law enforcement is intended to assist in tangible delivery in the disruption of financial crime.

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Financial and banking sector | SABRIC

I was first introduced to the concept of Restival back in the fall of 2014, when the editors of Majestic Disorder magazine clued me in that they were partnering with this festival that it would be more of an anti-Coachella and more a place where the setting and location would be as vital to the experience as the people. My first thought? Sounds expensive. 

Over the course of the next six months or so, they kept dropping a little more information on the internet (it should be mentioned that one of the things that separates Restival from most other mainstream festivals is the lack of specific online information you can find about it. This apparently is very much intended). I knew it would be held in the Moroccan Sahara Desert, I knew attendees would be camping out in tents, and I knew there would be yoga. I imagined Restival going one of two ways: either it would be filled with the gluten-free health/body conscious type, or the hippie “everything is special about this land” type; neither of these ideologies are my lane, mind you. Nevertheless, at the behest of Majestic Disorder, I met with Restival founder Caroline Jones in London this past September. Jones is an interesting woman on a couple of levels; for one, she seems to have one speed (easy/casual). Restival was happening in less than two months and she wanted me to come and photograph it, but we had no details, talk about budget that day… she was just there to feel me out and infect me with her halo of positivity, which is her other defining trait. Because her entire mantra seemed to be “It’ll work itself out”, I didn’t trip, and of course, everything indeed did work itself out.

Since Restival was an event that centred around the concept of disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with oneself and those around them, I gave Ms Jones just one condition if I was to be her photographer; I too would ditch technology and shoot the entire event on analog film.

I brought five cameras and 51 rolls of film to Morocco: a Fuji GA645 medium format “travel” camera that would do the lion’s share of the work, a Pentax 67 for portrait and landscape work, and two 35mm cameras — my Yashica Electro GSN and Pentax K1000 bodies.   I did bring one digital camera: the little Fuji x100 for special night shots and in the event that there were issues with the film itself while in the desert.

We spent five days in the desert, though for this post I’ve aligned the images in such a continuous way to let them read as a single day. Attendees quickly adapted to the desert and its sneaky relentless sun. Sand dunes for miles in every direction.

One great aspect of having Restival in Morocco was the hospitality we received from the local Berber people there, and Camp Adounia who served as our hosts. Throughout the week they prepared the meals, stoked the fires, transported the water and provided the lion’s share of entertainment in the evenings. They were also responsible for transporting the guests from Marrakech to the Sahara, 10 hours over the Atlas Mountains and through the countryside.

As with most camps and festivals, all of the days followed a fairly routine schedule. Yoga just after sunrise, breakfast following that, then community exercises (lectures, creative workshops, meditation), then lunch. After lunch things tended to get more personal; support groups dealing with various issues like love, relationships, personal traumas. Dinner in the evening, and then campfire activities, Moroccan storytelling, music, and stargazing generally rounded out the day. As for me, I was typically up about 30 minutes before dawn to catch the sunrise, and would shoot all the way through until I went to sleep at about 1:30 am.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things that happened at Restival was how quickly everyone present merged into a mini-community. Including the Berbers, there were perhaps less than 100 people at the campsite. Unlike bigger festivals or camps, this gave each person the opportunity to get to know as many faces, names and stories as they wanted. As far as the demographic goes, the gender makeup was perhaps 8/2 in favour of the women. The camp shifted firmly to the matriarchal by the second day. Most talks therefore, orbited around a female perspective that, it occurred to me, is largely silent in my day-to-day life with the infinite myriad of masculine voices that dominate the mainstream. Since taking photographs was my objective I rarely spoke during the workshops; but I was impressed at how freely the women were willing to share their stories — and that, more importantly — the men in attendance never countered their opinions or feelings in a way discounted the things that were said. Like, this would never happen on the threads that appear in my Facebook.

The people who found their way to Restival made up an interesting mix: There were magazine editors and popular bloggers of course, an author from the BBC, designers… but also people who make finding festivals like this on the far reaches of the planet their calling, a few people who simply saw an ad at the back of a magazine and decided to make the leap of faith, and a few whose ability in life is to show up like a blip on a radar and just as quickly vanish. But something about enduring the inaugural run felt special, and by the time we’d all made our way back to Marrakech, the bond formed over the entire group was real. I’d been invited to dinner with a few of the attendees the night before I was set to fly back to the States but opted not to go on accounting of being quite ill, but after considering the experience we’d just had and knowing that I wouldn’t see them for quite a while, I pulled myself up and made my way into the Medina. I expected perhaps 7 or 8 people to be at the dinner, but as it turned out, nearly everyone was there.

It was a bit of a watershed moment I suppose. I’d gone into this wondering about all the ways that snooty and snobbish experience seekers would take the week find ways to glorify their personal brands at the expense of real connection and friendship, but here we all were at the Clock Cafe sitting shoulder to shoulder the way families are supposed to

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New Report suggests the creation of 1M job opportunities by 2030 on the horizon for unemployed African youth Anzisha prize to me 9 days agoDetails Good day, One of the most potent influences on young people is the behaviours and expectations of their parents, who often believe that secondary and tertiary schooling are gateways to formal employment, but who do not consider entrepreneurship as the way forward for their children. Parents often do not view entrepreneurship as a viable career path. Some see it as a backup option, a last-ditch effort to secure income, or, even, a hobby. A decade-long fact-finding report put together by the Anzisha Prize, Africa’s premier entrepreneurship programme, has found that, if parents can be convinced that entrepreneurship can result in ‘job security,’ they will view entrepreneurship as a viable post-secondary option thus encouraging their children to actively consider the entrepreneurial route for their futures. For example, the organization discovered that 19 of the top 20 finalists from last year’s Anzisha Prize competition had the support of their parents. 

However, a wider survey of parents of high-school students across Africa revealed that only 24% felt equipped to support their child to explore entrepreneurial opportunities. So, then, how could parents be encouraged and equipped to better support and influence their children to take up entrepreneurship as a career option - instead of the traditional post-secondary options such as job-seeking? Especially in an era when job-seeking can be a futile exercise. I have attached the complete report which delves into the insights including other suggestions of how more job opportunities can be generated. You’re welcome to use it. An official press release is included below. If you’d like an interview with a representative from the Anzisha Prize please email one of the PR contacts provided below, they’ll gladly arrange. The interview will delve deeper into the key findings on how the continent’s young entrepreneurs can generate new employment opportunities in the coming years, especially in a time where entrepreneurship is seemingly one of the most important instruments to employment creation. Thanks, 7 April 2021 New Report suggests the creation of 1M job opportunities by 2030 on the horizon for unemployed African youth Anzisha Prize, MasterCard Foundation, and African Leadership Academy have released a Report highlighting key lessons learned to navigate a future where youth are job creators Johannesburg, South Africa, 7 April 2021 – Young people’s inexperience is perhaps their greatest asset for being successful entrepreneurs who create jobs for their peers. 

This is according to a new impact report from the Anzisha Prize, which has worked with Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs for the last decade. Young Africans today are three times more likely than the generation before them to be unemployed, and this was before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. A staggering statistic that has informed the program’s work of building a movement of championing “entrepreneurship as a career” to solve unemployment amongst African youth. “Our research and data over the last 10 years have proven that very young African entrepreneurs are exceptional at creating work opportunities for other youth,” comments Josh Adler, Executive Director of the Anzisha Prize. “We’re excited to share critical lessons that will inform the future of supporting young entrepreneurs and hopefully amplify how we as a continent tackle the future of work.” The impact report “Unlocking Africa’s hidden job creators: Lessons from ten years of supporting transitions from education to entrepreneurship in Africa” highlights 11 key lessons learned that inform how early-career entrepreneurs can be supported.

Careful to avoid market denialism, the program sheds a light on challenges within the entrepreneurship movement on the continent, including cultural aversion, weak education systems, unsupportive regulation, and a lack of market access. Working from the vantage point of an established academic institution like African Leadership Academy, the report provides focus on supporting the transition from secondary school to entrepreneurship. Addressing various stakeholders – educators, parents, investors, policymakers, incubators within the youth entrepreneurship ecosystem – the report offers a guide on how a coordinated movement of these key influencers can change the trajectory of entrepreneurship on the continent for young people and see the creation of 1M dignified work opportunities by 2030. The Anzisha Prize has supported 142 African youth through the fellowship program that has empowered the entrepreneurs to develop their business acumen skills, access investor opportunities, and scale their ventures. To date, the entrepreneurs have created more than 2500 jobs. Intentional in including stories of young entrepreneurs that contextualise supporting data, the program’s lessons offer examples of what entrepreneurship looks like in practice for young people. 

For example, 24-year-old Kenyan business owner Geoffrey Mulei’s journey of employing 50 young persons, of which 70% are below the age of 25, dispels the narrative that young entrepreneurs are not particularly capable. “Young people have the greatest stake in Africa’s economic future—and the Anzisha Prize has proven that they are ready to roll up their sleeves and build that future,” says Daniel Hailu, Regional Head, Eastern and Southern Africa Mastercard Foundation. “They have the ideas, the ambition, and the energy required to launch and scale problem-solving enterprises that become engines of economic growth and opportunity. All they need is support. These lessons from the Anzisha Prize’s model of delivering that support can be adopted by other institutions—including education institutions—that are interested in cultivating entrepreneurial skills among young people.” With overarching themes discussing gender inclusivity, entrepreneurship education, and policy change, key lessons that stand out are: Lesson #4: When young women entrepreneurs are purposefully sought out, they are easily found. 
Lesson #6: Entrepreneurship is learned through practice. Entrepreneurial skills are best practiced like a sport, not taught like a class. 

Lesson #10: Markets open when trust is borrowed. Investors are more willing to engage young entrepreneurs who are endorsed by established brands. 
Lesson #11: Supporting parents will enable very young entrepreneurs. A widespread parental attitude shift could be the trojan horse that unlocks entrepreneurship as a career. 

Despite the proven record that young entrepreneurs provide opportunities for their peers, there still needs to be attention on the support of early age transitions to entrepreneurship. As the program sets its sights on the next 10 years, this will remain a primary focus and aim to drive Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem to “think younger.” “Unlocking Africa’s hidden job creators: Lessons from ten years of supporting transitions from education to entrepreneurship in Africa” is freely available for download here: 

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