Rhone, Scotiabank praise Sunshine Girls

first_img Scotiabank has been supporting the development of Jamaica’s netball programme since 2006. Michael Jones, senior vice-president of human resource, lauded the Sunshine Girls. “I wanna let the team know that no matter where you got to, we regard you as great winners, as part of an enduring legacy of great winners that Jamaica has produced and continue to produce,” he outlined. Other representatives who spoke were Yanique Forbes Patrick, vice-president of Caribbean Central and Shelly Sykes Coley, sponsorship manager. Team captain, Nicole Aiken-Pinnock said thanks on behalf of the team, while Netball Jamaica president, Marva Bernard, thanked sponsors. “I would really just like to say to my ladies, do not empower the naysayers, do not empower the critics, we have nothing to be ashamed of, we are proud Jamaicans, we are proud Sunshine Girls and we know it has been difficult for us coming home here. But guess what, we are resilient and thankful to Scotia Bank and all our sponsors,” stressed Bernard. International Netball Federation (INF) president, Molly Rhone, believes that despite Jamaica’s team returning home without medalling at the Netball World Cup in Sydney, Australia, they should be credited for retaining their fourth-place world ranking. Australia won the championship ahead of archrivals New Zealand, while England placed third. The Sunshine Girls again failed to medal, just like at the 2011 World Cup. “I don’t think people understand what some of these ladies (Sunshine Girls) are up against when they go out there to play these giants,” Rhone said yesterday, while speaking at an official breakfast to welcome home the Sunshine Girls, inside Scotiabank’s marketing boardroom, at their office downtown Kingston. “They (Australia, New Zealand and England) are not only giants in terms of play, but their size and the whole operation that they lead,” continued Rhone. The INF president noted: “Australia has a company of 150 employees, England has more than that and New Zealand about 60,” while stressing that Australia’s talent pool numbers about one million. “We are still number four in the World and that’s some achievement for a team sport in Jamaica. So girls, well done, management, coach, Marva (Bernard) I know you have given it your all. Congrats, and I wanna thank Nova Scotia because you are one of the people who have stuck with them,” Rhone added. enduring legacylast_img read more

Minibus driver charged for assaulting Cop

first_imgA Route 45 minibus driver was bailed on Monday after he was charged for assaulting a police officer while he was executing his duty.Twenty-seven-year-old Damian Thornhill denied the accusation which was read to him by Acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus on the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday.The prosecution is contending that on January 29, 2019, at the Georgetown minibus park, Thornhill assaulted Police Constable Kishawnan Singh. The peace officer was at the time of the incident performing duties.While no facts were presented to the court, the prosecution did not object to bail.The minibus driver was placed on $10,000 bail and the case will continue on February 12, 2019.last_img read more

Balotelli gets Italy recall from new coach Mancini

first_imgBalotelli was last called up by coach Antonio Conte in November 2014 but did not play because of injury.He has now been given another chance by Mancini, who coached him at both Inter Milan and Manchester City.Balotelli has resurrected his career since joining Nice in 2016 after less successful spells with AC Milan and Liverpool, scoring 26 goals from 37 appearances in all competitions this season.As a youngster, Balotelli was part of the Inter side coached by Jose Mourinho, now of Manchester United, that won the Champions League in 2010.He also won three Serie A titles with Inter before switching to Manchester City and helping them claim the Premier League crown in 2012.Mancini was appointed last Monday, six months after Gian Piero Ventura was sacked following the four-time world champions’ failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.Mancini takes charge of his first game against the Saudis in St Gallen, Switzerland on May 28.The Italians will play further friendlies against France in Nice on June 1 and the Netherlands, who also failed to reach the World Cup, three days later in Turin.Mancini named an initial 30-man squad that will meet for the first time at the Italian national team’s training camp at Coverciano near Florence on May 23.Five players have been given a first call-up — Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri, Torino midfielder Daniele Baselli, Crotone midfielder Rolando Mandragora, Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi and Atalanta defender Mattia Caldara.Italy squadGoalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino);Defenders: Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan), Mattia Caldara (Atalanta), Domenico Criscito (Zenit St Petersburg/RUS), Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter Milan), Mattia De Sciglio (Juventus), Emerson Palmieri Dos Santos (Chelsea/ENG), Alessio Romagnoli (AC Milan), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea/ENG)Midfielders: Daniele Baselli (Torino), Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Bryan Cristante (Atalanta), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Jorginho (Napoli), Rolando Mandragora (Crotone), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma)Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Nice/FRA), Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Matteo Politano (Sassuolo), Simone Verdi (Bologna), Simone Zaza (Valencia/ESP)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mario Balotelli has rediscovered his best form since joining Nice in 2016 © AFP/File / Boris HORVATTURIN, Italy, May 19 – New Italy coach Roberto Mancini on Saturday recalled Nice striker Mario Balotelli for three friendlies against Saudi Arabia, France and the Netherlands.The 27-year-old Balotelli has scored 13 goals in 33 appearances for the Azzurri but has not played international football since Italy’s humiliating group-stage exit from the 2014 World Cup.last_img read more

Mourinho, Pogba feud takes spotlight in West Ham trip

first_imgBut United manager Mourinho is embroiled in a clash of egos with France midfielder Pogba that threatens to derail his side’s season.Mourinho and Pogba were filmed in a heated discussion at United’s training ground on Wednesday, just 24 hours after the World Cup winner was told he would no longer be the team’s vice-captain.The volatile Pogba reportedly infuriated Mourinho by making it clear he wants to join Barcelona and poured fuel on the fire when he criticised the manager’s cautious tactics in last weekend’s draw with Wolves.With United players said to be taking sides on the row, Mourinho is facing a toxic situation that could divide the club.There was further woe for Mourinho on Tuesday as United, with the rested Pogba watching from the stands, were dumped out of the League Cup third round in an embarrassing defeat against second tier Derby.United are already eight points behind Liverpool and can ill-afford another setback in an already traumatic campaign.Against that tense backdrop, the announcement of United’s team-sheet at West Ham on Saturday will be eagerly awaited to see whether Pogba will be recalled or be consigned to exile.Regardless of Pogba’s presence, United must raise their effort levels, according to their veteran defender Ashley Young.“I think they had more intensity than we did,” Young said of the Derby defeat.“You have to show that intensity and go further than the opposition. We didn’t do that and I think we got punished.”Once the latest chapter of Mourinho’s row with Pogba is out of the way in east London, all eyes will turn to the west side of the capital where Chelsea star Hazard plans to aims repeat his midweek heroics against Liverpool.Belgium playmaker Hazard came off the bench to knock Liverpool out of the League Cup with a superb solo strike at Anfield on Wednesday.Chelsea’s Eden Hazard celebrates his wonder goal against Liverpool © AFP / Paul ELLISHazard’s stunning late goal capped Chelsea’s come from behind 2-1 victory, making them the first team to stop Liverpool winning this season.That drama finale set the stage for Saturday’s rematch at the Bridge, where Liverpool will put their six-match winning run in the league on the line against unbeaten Chelsea, who are two points behind in third place.If Chelsea are to deal another blow to the Reds, they will surely need another memorable contribution from Hazard.With five goals in his first six league games, Hazard has started the season in fine form, prompting Chelsea team-mate Ross Barkley to hail him as the world’s best.Asked if Hazard compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Barkley said: “They are probably a lot more selfish than Eden is. He is not a selfish player.“He is establishing himself in the top three players in the world now, and at the minute, he’s probably the best player in the world.”Liverpool have failed to win their last four meetings with Chelsea and a victory over Maurizio Sarri’s team would be a major statement of intent as they chase a first English title since 1990.Like Sarri, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp made eight changes in the League Cup tie, but insisted it was still a valuable lesson ahead of the more important match this weekend.“We know much more what will happen on Saturday because we’ve seen it before so we will use the two days to prepare,” Klopp said.“We can do better and now we know more. I think we were well prepared but the game will help massively.”Fixtures (5pm unless stated)SaturdayArsenal v Watford, Chelsea v Liverpool (7:30pm), Huddersfield v Tottenham, Everton v Fulham, Manchester City v Brighton, Newcastle v Leicester, West Ham v Manchester United (2:30pm), Wolves v SouthamptonSundayCardiff v Burnley (6pm)MondayBournemouth v Crystal Palace (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba are at the centre of a clash of the egos © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 28 – Jose Mourinho’s astonishing feud with Paul Pogba will take another twist when Manchester United’s warring duo head to West Ham, while Chelsea’s Eden Hazard bids to inflict more misery on Liverpool.On any other weekend, the showdown between Premier League leaders Liverpool and title rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge would be the centre of attention.last_img read more

Video: Romelu Lukaku and his brother Jordan combine for brilliant Belgium goal

first_img1 Romelu and Jordan Lukaku celebrate Premier League sides must be sweating.Everton and Belgium star Romelu Lukaku has been dominating defences all season, bagging all manner of goals and terrorising centre-backs.Now, though, there’s another Lukaku on the scene as his brother Jordan – a left-back in their homeland with Oostende – curled over a wonderful cross for his big brother to nod home against Portugal.The Belgians may have lost 2-1 to Cristiano Ronaldo and co but it was a promising moment between the brothers, who want to play together at club level.You can see Romelu Lukaku’s goal against Portugal below…last_img read more

SWILLY SEALS ON A WAVE OF SUCCESS AFTER ULSTER GALA

first_imgPictured are of a group of Swilly Seals swimmers who took part in a Swim Ulster Gala in Larne over the weekend.The club had over 30 swimmers taking part and had a very successful day with many swimmers getting medals and achieving personal bests. For some of the younger swimmers it was their first time taking part in competition and they did the club proud.This is a group photo taking in the Larne Leisure complex before the trip home last evening.SWILLY SEALS ON A WAVE OF SUCCESS AFTER ULSTER GALA was last modified: November 29th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Swilly Sealslast_img read more

DD LOCAL – MEVAGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTES, DOWNINGS

first_imgMevagh Carers Group – will be meeting on Tuesday 28 May from 11:00am -1:00pm in the Mevagh Family Resource Centre. A brief AGM will take place first followed by a relaxing and enjoyable session on ‘Mindfulness’ with Aoife Valley. The session will focus on an introduction to mindfulness, self care and awareness. Mevagh Men’s Group – the final meeting of the season will be taking place on Tuesday 28 May at 8pm. Please contact the centre for further details.  Beginners Yoga – Class beginning on Tuesday, 28th May at 7:00pm at Mevagh Family Resource Centre. Booking is essential. Contact Helen on 087 0545744. Craft Group – will meet as usual on Thursday morning from 10:30 am until 12:00 noon. New members always welcome.  Slim r Us – a reminder that this class will meet on Thursday evening 30th May from 6:00-7:00 in the Mevagh Family Resource Centre. Class continues to meet fortnightly. Coffee Morning and Bric-a-Brac – you are warmly invited to attend our Coffee Morning, Cake Sale and Bric-a-Brac Sale on Friday 31st May from 10:00am – 1:00pm in the Resource Centre. Proceeds raised will go towards projects supported by Mevagh Family Resource Centre. Donations of home-baking, good quality or new items for sale would be greatly appreciated. Mevagh Busy Bees – Parent, baby and toddler group meet every Friday morning in the Mevagh Family Resource Centre from 10:30am – 12:30pm. Please note change of time. So bring along your busy bees for some fun and games. Cost €3 per family. Music Group – meet every Friday from 8.00pm in the Mevagh Resource Centre. New members always welcome. Jogging Group– Would you like to start jogging, improve your technique and build your fitness? Then why not come along to our jogging group on Tuesday 4th June from 6:30 – 7:15pm at Glenree United Football Club training grounds. The group is open to all levels of ability and a qualified trainer will provide help and assistance. This programme will run for the month of June and the cost is €15 per person. To reserve your place call 9155055. Wanted for Men’s Shed Project – we are looking for donations of work tools i.e. carpentry or mechanical tools, work benches, gas heaters, unwanted timber or any suitable items to set up the project. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and tools can be collected within travelling distance. For further information contact Mevagh Family Resource Centre on 0749155055. Information Technology Support Course – Thinking of returning to education, perhaps this course is for you. Students on this course are mostly mature students and the course includes a 6 month placement. LYIT are currently accepting application for the June 2013 intake. Contact Thomas Dowling on 0749186304 or email thomas.dowling@lyit.ie for more information.DD LOCAL – MEVAGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTES, DOWNINGS was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by StephenShare 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:DowningsMevagh Resource Centrelast_img read more

Two ways to motivate: Packers’ McCarthy used flea bag hotels; 49ers’ DeBartolo was partial to DC-10s

first_imgOn second thought, it is kind of a laughing matter. After Sunday’s loss to the Vikings, former Packers defensive back Will Blackmon took to Twitter to reminisce about the team’s four-game road losing streak in 2008 and … The Green Bay Packers play their home games in Titletown. As we speak, they play their road games in Loserville.Sunday night the Pack lost its eighth consecutive away game, imperiling its microscopic chances for a playoff berth. As you can imagine, it’s no laughing matter.last_img read more

The Astrobiology Sky Is Falling

first_imgRocco Mancinelli (Principal Investigator, SETI Institute) made an impassioned plea on Space.com for continued funding of astrobiology projects, calling threatened funding cuts a “national disaster” if not reversed.  And what is astrobiology?  He defined it as “the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe.”  His reasons for keeping astrobiology a national priority: trying to understand the origin of life, searching for the extent of life beyond the earth, determining whether Mars will be a safe habitat for humans some day, and advancing the human urge to explore.  Funding cuts would leave thousands of scientists on a limb, discourage a whole generation of young scientists, and cause the USA to lose its leadership in the world, he argued.    For a science born in 1996, its funding record is impressive.  Mancinelli revealed, “NASA essentially developed astrobiology as a whole new interdisciplinary scientific field from scratch.  It now has thousands of researchers, many international affiliates, multiple peer reviewed journals and is growing” (emphasis added).  He continued, “ Even NSF [the National Science Foundation] has been amazed by what NASA’s astrobiology program has accomplished.”  What tangible results other than searching, speculating and writing reports, however, he left unsaid (see 01/28/2005).  Clearly, no one has yet found life in outer space, and what has been found about life is more and more complexity.  Mancinelli also did not specify what kind of space science and engineering would not have gone on without the astrobiology label.  Ironically, the very Mars meteorite that launched astrobiology is now largely believed to be dead (11/15/2003).The smart money is on intelligent design.  The next generation of bright, enthusiastic researchers knows that nanotechnology, biomimetics, genetic engineering and information-based research is where it’s at (e.g., 11/19/2005, 10/29/2005).  Sorry, astrobiology; hope you enjoyed your little philosophical fling on company time (01/07/2005).  Don’t let us stop you.  You can continue all you want – on your own euro.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA, UK’s unique relationship

first_imgQueen Elizabeth II and South African President Jacob Zuma ride in the royal carrage to Buckingham Palace in the UK in early March. (Image: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Vincent Magwenya Presidential spokesperson +27 72 715 0024 RELATED ARTICLES • Gallery: Zuma’s UK state visit• Zuma speech in UK Parliament• SA to strengthen ties with Britain• UK pupils learn SA languages• Drawing expats back to SAOnly two of the statues outside Westminster are not of British leaders, and both are South African. After President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to the UK, John Battersby reflects on the long and deep relationship between the two countries.I was often asked in the long run-up to President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to the UK: what is the purpose of a state visit?It is a fair question.The amount of preparation and coordination that goes into a state visit is mind-boggling. It involves hundreds of people working continually for three months. It is expensive and time-consuming. And there are no immediate outcomes.Consolidating relationshipsA state visit is a time for consolidating the long-term relationship between two countries and reflecting on what has been achieved and what can be achieved in the future through deeper collaboration, partnership and mutual support.It brings a sense of perspective.As Zuma noted in his closing speech on 5 March to an audience of British investors in the City of London’s Drapers Hall, the state visit would take relations between the countries to a new level.The fact that the president was accompanied by 12 cabinet ministers and a 200-strong contingent of South African businesspeople was in itself a powerful statement about the importance South Africa attaches to its relationship with the United Kingdom.One could not but be deeply moved by the extraordinary hospitality which the British extended to Zuma and his entourage.From the impressive display of pomp and pageantry at the Royal Horse Guards, the ride in the carriage with the Queen, the dazzling state banquet at Buckingham Palace, the white-tie banquet for 700 people hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, to the address in the Royal Robing Room at Westminster, it was an awesome spectacle.Culture, tradition and history come to the fore in a state visit and, as a proud South African and a proud Zulu, no-one was more aware of this than Zuma, attired in his white bow-tie, white waistcoat and black jacket with tails.As the trumpets sounded forth from either end of the historic Guildhall and the Lord Mayor’s guests engaged in the traditional slow-clapping, the mundane nature of government was transcended by a mutual celebration of the enduring relationship between the two countries and the peaks of their national achievements over the past century.A seminal year for South AfricaIt was the third state visit since South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994: first President Nelson Mandela in 1996, President Thabo Mbeki in 2001 and now President Jacob Zuma in 2010, a seminal year for South Africa as host of the 2010 World Cup.And it marked the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Union of South Africa in 1910, the 49th anniversary of the declaration of the Republic of South Africa in 1961 and the 98th anniversary of the Africa National Congress, which was founded in response to the exclusion of Africans from the Union Parliament in 1910.It is also the 16th year since the establishment of democracy in South Africa in 1994, which marked the final step on the path to nationhood after 358 years of colonial rule, the last 40 years under the notorious apartheid regime which brought the country to the brink of an apocalyptic civil war.Zuma thanked the British people for their prominent role in hastening the end of apartheid through their active participation in the anti-apartheid movement and in providing support to the victims of apartheid.He underscored the importance of Britain as a trade and investment partner and stressed the need to develop and expand partnerships to ensure further knowledge exchange, mentoring and training.Zuma stressed that expanded collaboration was necessary to meeting the challenges of poverty and underdevelopment and to address the government’s five priority objectives: upgrading the health and education sectors, job creation, fighting crime and addressing rural poverty and land reform.An extraordinary royal relationshipSouth Africa already benefits from bilateral relationships with some of Britain’s most influential institutions, including the Royal Society and the Royal Institution of Science, the British Museum, the Royal Africa Society, the Royal Geographic Society, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Opera at Covent Garden and the Royal Institute of British Architects, as well as many of the country’s leading universities.On the British side, the continuity of the extraordinary relationship between Britain and South Africa is embodied by the reigning British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have paid two state visits to South Africa: in 1995 during the Presidency of Nelson Mandela and then again in 1999 when President Mbeki became head of state.The Queen’s relationship with South Africa spans more than six decades beginning with her official visit as Princess Elizabeth with her parents, the King and Queen, in 1947 which lasted three months and included Zimbabwe (then Southern Rhodesia) and Botswana (then Bechuanaland).The Queen’s personal collection of letters, photographs and memorabilia from that trip – and the subsequent state visits – were on display at Buckingham Palace for the South African delegation and invited guests to view.It was clear from the display that her visit to South Africa was one the highpoints of her youth. She celebrated her 21st birthday during the visit. Five years later, in 1952, her father died and she was crowned as Queen of the United Kingdom at the tender age of 25.Among the letters were those between her and General Jan Smuts, who was Prime Minister at the time. It was the year before the National Party came to power in 1948, which ushered in a dark period in relations between South Africa and the UK.But the monarch’s relationship with Smuts, and later with Mandela, Mbeki and Zuma, has served as an arch of continuity which has preserved the growing and valuable trade, investment, cultural and historic relationship between the two countries.As Zuma observed in his address to Westminster, nowhere is that relationship more powerfully symbolised than in Parliament Square, adjoining the Palace of Westminster, where the statues of British prime ministers spanning more than a century stand.There are only two statues of leaders who are not British and they are both South Africans: Jan Smuts and Nelson Mandela, the only leader whose statue was erected in his own lifetime. John Battersby is the UK country manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa. He is a former bureau chief of the South African morning group office in London and was editor of The Sunday Independent from 1996 to 2001.last_img read more

South African blogger’s #CarseatFullstop campaign brings results

first_imgA Cape Town blogger started an online initiative, #CarseatFullstop, to get every child in South Africa strapped into an appropriate car seat every time they travel in a vehicle.Mandy Lee Miller (left in both images) says that after researching car seat safety for children, she learned that she was strapping in her daughter, Charlotte Rose (right in first image), the wrong way. “I turned Charlotte forward facing at around one year old. I literally can’t figure out exactly when, but it was the second I believed it was safe… I turned Charly back rearwards-facing. Your little one should be rear-facing until they are at least four years old.” Here Miller is with her daughter Charlotte and husband Brett (far right). (Images: Supplied)Melissa JavanA Cape Town mother used social media to track down brands to help her with a campaign to get every child in South Africa strapped into car seats whenever they travelled in a vehicle. The #CarseatFullstop campaign is building awareness about road safety and teaching the proper use of car seats, as well as encouraging adults to take responsibility and make sure every child is strapped before a car drives off.THE REALITYIn releasing road safety statistics over the festive season on 10 January 2017, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said that more than 28,000 motorists were fined during that time for not wearing their seatbelts. The release of the 2016/17 festive season report also revealed that 1,714 people were killed on the roads in South Africa.#Roadstats Peters says road safety is everybody’s responsibility. Some parents must be arrested for allowing children to stand in the car.— KhayelihleKhumalo (@KhayaJames) January 10, 2017Min Peters: lets teach our children about road safety #RoadStats— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) January 10, 2017The #CarseatFullstop campaignMandy Lee Miller said she had a tantrum in the beginning of 2016 when her daughter Charlotte Rose, who is now two years old, started school. While dropping her off at the preschool, she saw a lot of children standing or jumping in the back seat of cars.The blogger and public relations entrepreneur wrote about her concerns on her blog with a post titled: “Is the alternative my child dying?”It ticked her offTransport Minister Dipuo Peters releases the road statistics from the 2016/17 festive season on 10 January: “There is an influx on our roads of drivers who are not competent and qualified to be driving on our roads,” she says. (Image: #CarseatFullstop)In her blog post, Miller says:“I am ashamed to say that I assumed that most families that don’t use car seats were from poorer households that either couldn’t afford a car set or might not be educated enough to understand the ramifications of their three-year-old standing between the front seats on the way to school, or a mom sitting on the front seat of a car with her baby in her arms – my blood literally runs cold at the thought. I was so incredibly biased with that assumption.“In the last two months, I have seen more of this outside the very expensive nursery school my child attends, with cars worth close to R1-million – NO car seats!“Toddlers jumping on the back seats and climbing over to the front seats. Babies in their mothers’ arms in the front seat… in moving cars! This is not a financial decision. This is not a result of lack of education – these parents are doctors, lawyers, accountants, business owners. So WHAT is the issue?”Miller says after reading the comments on this blog post, her public relations and marketing brain kicked in. “I realised that instead of shouting at random people in traffic, (with the right plan in place) I could essentially shout at all parents in South Africa.”One of the things she learned while researching car seats was that children should be at least three or four years old when their car seats are turned to forward-facing. She returned her daughter to rear-facing after learning this.#CarseatFullstop was launched on Nelson Mandela Day in 2016. Miller and 19 others, mainly bloggers, shared their stories and information that was spread on blogs and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Blog posts written for #CarseatFullstop included “Top tips buying second-hand car seats” and “11 common car seat mistakes”. Miller said that according to online analytics, an estimated 15 million people were reached.Watch the video blogger AfroDaddy talk about the surprising things fathers need to hear:On its website, the Automobile Association, or AA, said it had conducted informal observational research and had found that less than seven percent of children in cars who were deemed to require the use of safety seats were using them. In many instances children were sitting in the front passenger seat without seatbelts, standing in the car while it was moving, or at the very least were not in an age-, weight- and height-appropriate car seat.Watch Mandy Lee Miller talk about the research she has done on the use of car seats in South Africa:Play Your Part spoke to Miller about her #CarseatFullstop campaign:Why call it #CarseatFullstop?It was the very first name that came to me when I started thinking of creating a campaign. It was a play on ideas and words in my mind (to give) the representation that there was no alternative.Then also, car seat full stop – because in the case of a sudden complete stop (in a crash) the car seat will fully stop your child from being injured or killed.While it was my first idea, I spoke to a lot of my friends from my PR days, asking them for ideas and alternatives. We brainstormed and had lots of alternatives, but I kept coming back to it. I started thinking of messaging; I just knew it was the right choice. I am a bit pedantic though, it is capital C and F only – #CarseatFullstop.How many bloggers have been part of the initiative?I started by having a solid idea of what messaging was needed and gathering all the facts, statistics and a large number of stock images.Being part of the blogging community and having worked closely with many of the parenting bloggers on things such as their branding, messaging, and proposals, has allowed me to have a really great personal relationship with them. (I have) a very good understanding of who they are, who their kids are, their unique personalities and voices, so I built from there.I spoke to the bloggers I wanted on board about the angles I thought would work best for them and their audiences and they agreed. They were incredible and I created a completely new way of working with influencers that worked better than I had imagined.There were 20 of us in total:Cassan Ferguson – Leather Jacket FoxesChereen Strydom – For the Beauty of ItCindy Alfino – 3 Kids, 2 Dogs & 1 Old HouseDon Dinnematin – The Don FatherJonelle du Pont – Tyranny of PinkLaura Kim le Roux – Harassed Mom, South African Mom BlogsLeigh Geary – The Mom DiariesLindi Mogale – A Well Heeled WomanLindsay Leigh Thomas – Love Made MeMandy Lee Miller – Pregnant in Cape Town, Tums 2 Tots Online, SouthAfrican SisterhoodMariza (Maz) Halliday – Caffeine & FairydustMegan Kelly Botha – By Megan KellyMelissa de la Croix – Pretty Messy MelonSarah Huddy – The Mommy CityShanéy Vijendranath – You, Baby & ISharon van Wyk – The Blessed BarrennessTanya Kovarsky – Rattle and MumTerence Mentor – AfroDaddyTracey Grammer-Porter – The Milk MemoirsZoe Hawkins – BornGeekMandy Lee Miller’s research finds a rear-facing car seat is five times safer than a forward-facing car seat, and a child should face the back until at least 3-4 years old or until they weigh at least 18 kilograms. Also, you should not be able to get more than one finger between your child’s fastened harness and their body – any looser and it is not safe. (Image: #CarseatFullstop)Volvo was one of your sponsors. Did any other brands get on board?Gumtree provided an amazing amount of support. it created adverts and content and ran a giveaway and sponsored us a magazine advertisement. It shared our branding on its social media platforms, which was phenomenal.Jitterbugs in Durban gave us a huge discount on printing bumper stickers. It also printed 1,000 with its own logo on to show its support, which our team distributed around the country.My local Spar, Kids Emporium, Schnooky Pie, and Meraki Lifestyle all paid to have bumper stickers printed and distributed them for us. Schnooky Pie also helped us to pay for five branded cars.The space on the cars was given to us free of charge by Cool Kids Cabs, which is as passionate about car safety as I am.BabyGroup published one of the articles written by one of our bloggers. It also did an advert on its social media for us and in its newsletter.Wheel Well added a direct link to our website and Arrive Alive, SafelyHome and Western Cape Gov Transport Public Works shared our content to their platforms.Did it help that you are blogger?It helped that I am respected in the local blogging community. Also in understanding how blogs work and the underlying influence in what is said, how it is said and knowing how certain audiences respond to certain things.It helps me in general when working with bloggers as well, because they know that I know what they do, how much work they put into it and how challenging it can be.I don’t know of another campaign where several bloggers have worked together in a campaign. Most brands, PRs and the influencer marketing companies don’t have the relationships that I have with the community.I believe that personal relationships and understanding and appreciation of what goes into it, are the only way that this kind of campaign can work.The campaign was for 67 days; are you still carrying on with it?There were two elements to the campaign. The core campaign was purely an awareness campaign – #CarseatFullstop. Every child in a car seat every time no matter what. This campaign is ongoing.The second element was the 67 days. This was a secondary campaign that I launched on Mandela Day (hence the extension on 67 minutes) in support of Johannesburg-based Wheel Well.Wheel Well collects secondhand car seats year-round. It takes them apart, cleans them, refurbishes those that can be refurbished and responsibly disposes of car seats that are damaged, unsafe or that have been recalled internationally.It then gets those seats to those who cannot afford to buy one new, for a small affordable donation. It is amazing and it was an honour to support Wheel Well.How many car seats have you collected so far?It is difficult to say how many seats we managed to collect overall (because) in the beginning of the campaign people were asked to drop seats at their closest Renault dealership (a relationship held with Wheel Well).I convinced Volvo to become a drop-off point for the duration of the campaign. I am unsure of the exact number of secondhand seats collected, but as part of my campaign, Volvo itself donated 30+ brand-new seats of its last generation range along with the collected seats. The drop-off was 62 seats in total. As mentioned though, that isn’t the core element of #CarseatFullstop.What is the future of #CarseatFullstop?I am planning on taking it into nursery schools – first in Cape Town and later across the country. I am working with a clinical psychologist who specialised in play therapy to put together a session that will engage the little ones and get them to become their own advocates by creating an understanding of and passion for car seats and car seat safety.last_img read more

A standard fertilizer program will result in standard yields

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“Cavers Plunge (an extreme cache)” (GCRVXB) GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK November 8, 2010

first_imgDecent into “Cavers Plunge (an extreme cache)”There are just five words in the name of this geocache. It’s the fourth word you should pay attention to most. It’s the word “extreme.” The geocache is rated a terrain five, for a heart-pounding, jaw-dropping reason.“Cavers Plunge (an extreme cache)” (GCRVXB) challenges experienced and prepared vertical cavers to geocache in the deep recesses of a nearly forgotten Kentucky cave.Cache owner Moonsovrbend warns this cache is only for the most competent vertical cavers, accomplished at repelling and then ascending  a free-hanging rope.The cache was published in January of 2006. More then twenty extreme geocachers logged a smiley on the cache and enjoyed the thrill of underground exploration. One geocacher described the cache as “a beautiful experience.” This cache, and many of the most extreme caches, require extensive planning and organization. Cache owners, like Moonsovrbend, are often more than happy to assist in preparation for the cache.At the bottom of “Cavers Plunge (an extreme geocache)”Geocaches range from easy to extreme. The rating system for “difficulty” and “terrain” ranges from one star (most accessible) through five stars (most difficult). Be aware of the terrain and difficulty ratings before you attempt a geocache.Continue your exploration with some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedRubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 30, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”How to have a ball when creating a geocache: Interview with cache owner Bouncebounce!April 23, 2019In “News”Klettersteig Mürren – Gimmelwald GC1DDQ5 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK July 18, 2011July 18, 2011In “Extreme Geocaching”last_img read more

Saving Energy by Recycling

first_imgWhile our homes and cars get most of the attention relative to energy savings, our materials stream also has a huge impact on energy use. Nationally, the U.S. generates about 236 million tons of municipal solid waste each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That works out to about 4 pounds of waste for every American every day.Recycling our waste saves a lot of energy. Just how much depends on the material. With very energy-intensive materials, like aluminum, carpeting, and copper, a phenomenal amount of energy is saved because the new materials take so much energy to produce. Recycling just one ton of aluminum cans saves 209 million British Thermal Units (Btu), according to EPA; with 5.8 million Btu in a barrel of crude oil, that’s equivalent to 36 barrels of oil.Here’s how much energy is conserved from recycling one ton of various other materials according to the same 2005 EPA report: carpeting–106 million Btu (18 barrels of crude oil); copper wire–83.1 million Btu (14 barrels); high-density polyethylene milk jugs–51.4 million Btu (8.9 barrels); steel cans–20.5 million Btu (3.5 barrels); newspaper–16.9 million Btu (2.9 barrels); and glass–2.7 million Btu (0.47 barrels).Nationally, our recycling rate is 30.6% (it’s about 17% in Brattleboro, Vermont), and that recycling saves the country roughly 1.5 quads of energy per year, according to the report (one quad is equal to one quadrillion or thousand-trillion Btus), or about 1.5% of our nation’s total annual energy consumption. Boosting the national recycling rate to 35% would increase the total savings by another 0.23 quads–an amount equivalent to nearly 41 million barrels of crude oil. That’s over ten times the highest estimate of the amount of oil that has entered the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill during the last two months–not an insignificant amount of energy savings!Recycling not only saves energy, it also preserves natural resources and reduces pollution. A ton of virgin paper requires about 20 trees, and Americans use, on average, 730 pounds of paper (about a third of a ton) per year. Virgin aluminum is made from bauxite, much of which is mined in ecologically fragile regions, such as Brazil’s rainforests. Copper is produced from deep, open-pit mines around the world that create some of the worst water pollution anywhere. The processing of all these materials generates huge quantities of air pollution.The easiest way to encourage recycling is to make it economically attractive to do so, and the easiest way to do that is to charge people for throwing away trash. That’s the intent of pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) municipal waste programs, such as the program being considered for Brattleboro. When we pay a flat fee for trash collection, we don’t have an incentive to generate less trash and recycle more.Paying a flat fee for trash pick-up (whether that fee is hidden in property taxes, like in Brattleboro, or paid directly) is sort of like paying a flat fee for heat. Think about it. If I didn’t pay more when I use more heating oil, I wouldn’t have a financial incentive to tighten up my house or use a setback thermostat at night. That’s the fundamental flaw with standard trash collection; we don’t have any incentive to produce less.Putting market forces to work with PAYT would not only increase recycling rates, but it might also encourage us to buy stuff with less packaging and to avoid throw-away paper plates and plastic utensils. It’s great when people want to save energy because it’s the right thing to do (helping the environment, reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, etc.), but to change the habits of a lot of people we need to make it economically attractive to do so. That’s why PAYT makes so much sense. Establish a price for waste generation, and let market forces change our habits.I invite you to share comments on this blog. Any experience to share on how PAYT works in your community?Alex Wilson is the executive editor of Environmental Building News and founder of BuildingGreen, LLC. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feeds.last_img read more

Aspect Ratios Explained: When To Use The Major Three

first_imgIt seems like every filmmaker these days likes to throw a 2.35:1 letterbox on their footage to give it a more ‘filmic look’. The truth is though, this ratio is not right for all projects and what’s more pertinent for a cinematic look is choosing the most appropriate aspect, not necessarily the widest.First, let’s look at a brief history on aspect ratios for those of you that are newer to this….Back in the early days of film, everything was shot in a 4:3 aspect ratio for the simple fact that this was the native aspect of motion picture film. Many beautiful films were framed and shot this way and the aspect worked wonderfully for decades. As the years went on and as cinema continued to evolve, one of the largest facets to change (outside of the introduction of color) was the introduction of wider aspect ratios.It was clear to filmmakers many decades ago that having a wider field of view could be beneficial for many types of films as it would allow for a completely different type of framing, and help to emulate a perspective that was in many ways closer to what the human eye perceives. There were two main ways that this was achieved. You may have heard of ‘Cinerama’ films or theatres, which has an extremely wide aspect ratio – sometimes as wide as 2.60:1. These films were captured using a camera that actually had three cameras built in to one, and each would shoot at a different angle to achieve a wider frame. The film of course also needed to be projected differently to compensate for the fact that there were three reels of film for every shot as opposed to one, but nonetheless it was for a brief period of time a viable way to get a wide image.There was another way of capturing a widescreen image though, and it was certainly a lot less complicated than the Cinerama method. That was anamorphic. Anamorphic lenses were designed to stretch and distort the image vertically before it was captured onto film, so that it could later be projected back with anamorphic lenses and squished down to a wider aspect ratio. This innovation proved to be one of the ways to capture and project film content since it allowed for a wide aspect ratio while still shooting on standard motion picture film and cameras. To this day, anamorphic lenses are used on many high budget productions – not strictly because of their natural widescreen properties, but also because of the beautiful aesthetic that these lenses can bring.Aspect Ratios TodayMany filmmakers today are so used to seeing films shot in 2.35:1, that they almost forget that there are other choices out there. From the history that we have very briefly touched on above, it’s clear that 2.35:1 certainly isn’t the only viable option for a filmic aspect ratio, considering how many classic films and even current films are shot in different formats.Wes Anderson for instance is a big fan of the 4:3 aspect ratio and is also a master at mixing and matching different aspects to give various parts of his films a unique feel. Take his latest film ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel” for instance. He seamlessly jumps between 2.35:1 and 4:3 throughout the course of the film and it really does so much for the overall character of the piece. Wes said, “The movie jumps through three time periods; the different aspect ratios tell viewers where they are in the timeline.”Let’s take a look at a few of the most common aspect ratios today, and how they are best used.16:9 Aspect RatioThis is probably the most common aspect ratio today, and the standard for household televisions and many computer monitors. While it is considered a “widescreen” aspect (especially compared to older TV’s that were 4:3), it is actually not quite as wide as most film aspect ratios – more on those below.The vast majority of cameras shoot in a 16:9 aspect ratio, with the exception of certain cinema cameras that conform to ratios that are more consistent with traditional film. I have always felt that 16:9 is great for documentaries, commercials, television pilots, or other content that doesn’t necessarily need that cinematic look. To me, I always associate 16:9 with TV not film, which is why I am not personally drawn to shooting in this format much.1.85:1 Aspect RatioThis ratio is very close to 16:9, and in fact at first glance you might not even be able to tell the difference. 1.85 however has slightly less height when compared to 16:9, which will mean there will be a slight letterbox on any 1.85:1 footage when showed on a 16:9 television on monitor. Many television shows that are shot on higher end digital cinema cameras use this aspect ratio, because it is a good compromise between 16:9 and 2.35:1 (which can be a bit wide for television).Narrative scripted shows that require a cinematic look, but that don’t want to go ultra-wide, are often best served with 1.85:1.2.35:1 / 2.39:1 Aspect RatioThe very wide aspect of 2.39:1 makes it appealing to so many filmmakers. Just about anything will look more cinematic or more ‘filmic’ when shot in this aspect, considering that originally it was associated with the anamorphic/cinemascope look and we are trained to associate this aesthetic with higher end feature films. For this reason, I feel that 2.39 is often ideal for dramatic narrative film content that is intended for either theatrical exhibition or television/VOD distribution.It isn’t ideal for scripted television as many audiences don’t enjoy watching content with a letterbox on their television, however there are certainly some instances where this can work as well. The ultra wide nature of the format makes it ideal for shooting landscapes and creating very dramatic framing.ConclusionAspect ratios really do need to be thought of as another storytelling tool, not simply a singular choice or setting that can be applied across the board. Many filmmakers shoot everything in 16:9 or 2.35:1, and there’s nothing wrong with that – however there are often cases where a different aspect ratio might work even better.If you are a filmmaker that hasn’t experimented much with other aspects, try shooting something out of your comfort zone (like 4:3 for instance) and you might be surprised by the results that you get when you challenge yourself.last_img read more

U.P. govt. wants Muzaffarnagar riot cases withdrawn

first_imgRaj Singh, Special Secretary in the Department of Justice of the Yogi Adityanath government, has written to the District Magistrate and the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Muzaffarnagar on January 5 on withdrawing, in “public interest”, riot-related cases filed in Muzaffarnagar against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders.Some of the BJP leaders booked on charges of provoking the riots include former Union Minister and party MP from Muzaffarnagar Sanjiv Balyan, Bijnor MP Bhartendu Singh, Thana Bhawan MLA and Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Sugar-cane Development, Sugar Mills, Industrial Development Suresh Rana, Budhana MLA Umesh Malik, and party leader Sadhvi Prachi. The letter sought information from the two senior officials on 13 points. The names of the leaders are not mentioned but the file numbers related to the riot cases against them are stated. Hate speechesThe BJP leaders were booked for inciting violence through their speeches in a mahapanchayat (public meeting) at Nagla Mandaur on August 30, 2013, ahead of riots that took place in the first week of September 2013. They were charged under Sections 188 (violating prohibitory orders), 354 (assault or criminal force to deter public servants from discharging their duty) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code. Nearly 60 people were killed and 40,000 displaced in communal clashes that took place in the aftermath of retaliatory ‘mahapanchayats’ held in the area in August 2013. The BJP leaders have termed the hate-speech cases “politically motivated” and “vendetta politics” of the then government led by the Samajwadi Party (SP) .last_img read more