Brand South Africa calls on citizens for humanitarian support

first_imgBrand South Africa sends condolences to those who have lost loved ones in Knysna fires.Brand South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Kingsley Makhubela says, “We send our deepest condolences to families who have lost members in the tragedy.”Johannesburg, Thursday 08 June 2017 –  The Western Cape Province is tackling massive wild fires in the Knysna area and after overcoming rain storms in the city which left thousands of local residents displaced. Although the storms have subsided the wild fires continue to cause havoc and a number of homes have already been burned down with over 10 000 residents being evacuated.According to reports the fire in Knysna is the largest and most destructive fire in a built up area in the Western Cape. The National Disaster Centre and the SANDF are working on controlling in putting out the fire.Brand South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said, “We send our deepest condolences to families who have lost members in the tragedy. Brand South Africa is working closely with the Gift of the Givers in providing humanitarian support in the form of food, water, shelter. Now more than ever it is important for citizens to unite and play their part by assisting in any way they can”.“The first delivery of bottled water destined for Cape Town is now re-routed to Knysna and is a few hours away from the town. Contributions in cash and kind for the Western Cape areas will be accepted”, said Mr Sooliman from Gift of the Givers.Cash contributions can be made into the Gift of the Givers account, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg, Account number 052137228, Branch Code 057525Please send deposit slip to sooliman@giftofthegivers.orgA section 18A tax certificates will be issued on request. For more details call toll-free on 0800786911.last_img read more

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2019-12-18

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How to Use Twitter for Business: An Official Guide Finally Arrives

first_imgTwitter has launched Twitter 101, a “special guide” to the 140-character network aimed at businesses. Use of Twitter by marketing departments has seen explosive growth recently, if you’re a user of the site that’s obvious by now. But for businesses, the ins and outs of using the site are not obvious. From small local businesses to huge international brands, countless companies have totally flubbed when it comes to using Twitter. The BasicsTwitter 101 begins with the bare bones of the service, with a dictionary of the lingo (that can often be amusing to hardcore users) and instructions on how to sign up and tweet for the first time. The real meat of the site is the best practices and case studies from companies like Dell, Etsy, and American Apparel. Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Where Twitter 101 FailsTwitter 101 works as a very simple primer for businesses who are just now investigating how they might use the service. But considering that there’s an enormous wealth of information already out there, one fact stands out as a glaring failure:Twitter has failed to draw upon its own community. For a site that lives and breathes authentic online community, Twitter has done a miserable job of incorporating or even linking to the wealth of information created for and by business. Every executive of a major interactive marketing agency or division worth their salt has formulated a Twitter strategy. The case studies offered up by Twitter prefer cute anecdotes and racy sales figures rather than any actual marketing strategies. The resources page includes some great material from authors and bloggers on the subject, but little of it comes from within the enterprise. It’s aimed broadly at users and not the enterprise, but community-curated sites such as the Twitter Fan Wiki are not mentioned; there’s no indication that business.twitter.com will embrace any direct input from the community in the future. The Enterprise Needs 102, Not 101If your business is just now finding out about Twitter, then Twitter 101 lives up to its name. But the need right now in the enterprise is not a how-to manual on how to sign up and make their first tweets. The need is for a detailed guide to being effective and authentic participants in one of the most important new sites on the Web. steven walling Tags:#enterprise#saas Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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2019-12-17

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A Fuel Cell That Can Power Almost 1,400 Homes

first_imgA fuel-cell demonstration project in Belgium has managed to generate enough electricity to power over a thousand homes. The successful demonstration was a victory for Belgium-based chemical company Solvay and WaterstofNet, one of the agencies that helps guide renewable-energy development in Europe’s Flanders and Netherlands regions through an initiative called Project Hydrogen Region.Last week, Solvay highlighted the power-production rate of a 1 MW proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell that was installed last year at plant operated by Solvay subsidiary and vinyl plastics specialist SolVin in Lillo, Antwerp. The PEM, Solvay says, has generated more than 500 MWh in about 800 hours of operation, or enough electricity to power about 1,370 homes during the 33-day time period. (SolVin is 25% owned by chemical company BASF.)Fuel cells — which use an oxidizing agent such as hydrogen for fuel and, through chemical reaction with an anode catalyst, produce electricity and then, in a second reaction, usually with oxygen, water or carbon dioxide — have been around since the 19th century. In recent decades development of fuel cell technology has been embraced for its potential as a relatively clean energy source.Fuel cells on a large scaleUsually powered by natural gas, a good source of hydrogen, fuel cells are fairly widely used in commercial vehicles and forklifts, and in a few cases they have been developed to generate electricity for commercial buildings. The PEM supplying power to the SolVin factory is billed by Solvay as the largest in the world — a significantly scaled-up unit comprised of 12,600 fuel cells.Nedstack, one of the companies that helped build the PEM using Solvay specialty polymers and its SolviCore membrane electrode assemblies, noted that “electrical efficiency has proven to be 50%, with a total efficiency — including heat recuperation — of 80%.”Project Hydrogen Region has a total budget of $18.4 million financed by the European Union, the Flemish government, the Dutch government, and industry participants. Project Hydrogen Region contributed about $1.9 million to Solvay’s fuel cell project budget of $6.6 million. WaterstofNet hopes to use the project for further research and leverage its success to help fund the development other fuel cell systems.last_img read more

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2019-12-16

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Taylor Swift Leads 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards Nominations

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Taylor Swift; Album Of The Year speech for ‘1989’ Twitter 2017 MTV EMAs: Taylor Swift Leads Nominations taylor-swift-leads-2017-mtv-europe-music-awards-nominations Facebook Email The GRAMMY winner earned six EMA nods, including for Best Artist, Best Look, Best Pop, and Best Video for “Look What You Made Me Do.” She’s also up for Biggest Fans, thanks to her dedicated Swifties.Singer Shawn Mendes earned the second-most nominations with five, with recognition for Best Artist, Best Pop and Best Song for his hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.”GRAMMY winners Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar each earned four nods. Sheeran is up for Best Song for his smash “Shape Of You,” while Lamar has earned a nomination for Best Video for “HUMBLE.” Rita Ora will serve as EMAs host. The show will air live from London’s SSE Arena on Nov. 12. Fans can vote for their favorite artists via the MTV EMA website.”TRL” Returns: MTV Giving Away Ed Sheeran 2018 Tour TicketsRead more Shawn Mendes earns second-most nominations; MTV EMAs to air Nov. 12 from London Renée FabianGRAMMYs Oct 4, 2017 – 11:48 am Taylor Swift has come out on top for the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards nominations, which were announced Oct. 4. News Taylor Swift Leads 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards Nominations last_img read more

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2019-09-12

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NASA rover Curiosity fulfills dream drills into Mars clay

first_img Comments NASA Mars rover Curiosity spots peculiar pebbles NASA: ‘Cannonball’ spotted on Mars isn’t what it seems 2 Enlarge ImageThe Curiosity rover drilled into this clay-bearing unit on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech The Curiosity rover is living its best life on Mars. NASA chose the Gale Crater as the vehicle’s stomping ground in part because of the siren call of the crater’s “clay-bearing unit.” The rover has now finally drilled into that area, nearly seven years after landing on the red planet.”Don’t let your dreams be dreams,” the rover team tweeted. “I finally got beneath the surface of those clays. Science to come.” “Certain minerals, including some Curiosity may find in the clay and sulfate-rich layers near the bottom of Gale’s mountain, are good at latching onto organic compounds and protecting them from oxidation,” NASA said at the time. Curiosity now finally has its chance for a closer look. This is a time of great excitement for scientists and Mars fans alike. Curiosity has weathered technical glitches and damaged wheels to get here. This new chapter, carved into clay, is just beginning.  “This is a moment that the mission has been waiting for since Gale Crater was chosen as our landing site,” wrote Curiosity team member Scott Guzewich in a mission update. The bedrock target is nicknamed “Aberlady.” Curiosity will investigate the drill hole and composition of the rock powder as it seeks to learn more about this region of Mars. When NASA announced in 2011 that Gale Crater would be Curiosity’s home away from home, the space agency highlighted the likely history of water in the region and how it plays into the search for signs of organic compounds. Curiosity explores Mars Tagscenter_img Share your voice 43 Photos Don’t let your dreams be dreams.Back in 2011, before I launched for #Mars, Gale Crater was chosen as my landing site in part because of intriguing clays seen from orbit. I finally got beneath the surface of those clays. Science to comehttps://t.co/eNNcHi4X7f#MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/YHk7DZJKig— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) April 8, 2019 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Sci-Tech Mars rovers NASA Spacelast_img read more

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2019-09-10

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Road to Success Scholarship Program Announced by University

first_imgThe University of Phoenix is offering 40 full- tuition scholarships to individual making a difference within the African American Community. The application period is open until March. To learn more visit www.phoenix.edu/dream.last_img

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2019-09-01

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Vest to prevent balance disorder patients falling

first_imgPhoto credit: CASIT (PhysOrg.com) — A vest being developed by scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) could help people with balance disorders to regain their balance. This could cut short the rehabilitation or balance retraining exercise period, reduce the risk of falling, and improve patients’ quality of life. Balance disorders can make you feel dizzy or unsteady, or feel as if you are spinning, falling, or moving when you are not. They can be caused by brain injuries, infections, some medications, or problems with the vestibular system in the inner ear, and can cause a wide range of symptoms including falls, staggering, lightheadedness, blurred vision and disorientation.Developed by researchers at UCLA’s Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT), the vest is portable and self-contained, and measures the rotation and tilting of the patient’s body during walking. Wobbling is detected by a series of accelerometers across the shoulders, and if any is found silicone balloons attached to the vest are inflated to give the wearer a physical indication of the imbalance. Pairs of balloons are located above the rib cage, between the shoulder blades, and above the trapezius muscles on the left and right mid-shoulders.The tactile vest system includes an electronic control system providing virtually instantaneous feedback, and patented pneumatic actuators and an air tank. Similar vests have been developed in the past for flight simulators or games, but not for rehabilitation for balance disorders.One of the project leaders, Martin Culjat, said the balloon actuator has a special membrane that enables the pneumatic balloon to be inflated at a high enough pressure that the vest wearer will feel it pushing against the skin. One of the advantages of pneumatic actuators is that they have a faster reaction time (60 ms) than other types of actuators, enabling real-time feedback for the patients. Other types of actuators also have a disadvantage because they can send vibrotactile signals to the body, to which the person can become less sensitive over time.The group’s findings were presented at the 2010 Haptics Symposium last month in Waltham, Massachussetts. Haptic technologies are those that use tactile sensations and controls to interact with computer applications, and they are commonly used for applications such as training for tasks needing hand/eye coordination, or for games in which you see and feel your interactions with images. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Vest to prevent balance disorder patients falling (2010, April 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-vest-disorder-patients-falling.htmlcenter_img Explore further Tactile Gaming Vests: The Fourth Dimension In Gaming Reaches New Level Of Pain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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2019-08-31

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Confident bosses instill creativity in team workers

first_imgConfidence is the key to making successful and creative leaders which may directly translate into good performance by their subordinates, says a study that examined productive teams at modern workplaces.“When leaders feel confident that they can produce creative outcomes, their subordinates become more creative. It’s that simple,” said study author Dina Krasikova from University of Texas at San Antonio.  Usually, creative leaders have the proper experience to fuel their ideas.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As a result, they’re more confident. Also, leaders become more confident in their creativity when it is recognised by the senior management.  But what surprised Krasikova is that a leader’s creativity and confidence is contagious.“A factor in this is the power of positive thinking,” said Krasikova, an expert in leadership, in a paper published in the journal Organisational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes. “Leaders can imbue their subordinates with confidence and creativity just by setting an example themselves,” she added. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe study also found that ineffective or abusive leaders create stressful situations for their employees by humiliating them in front of others, playing favourites or not giving their subordinates proper credit for their work.“When you feel stressed, you feel helpless and your productivity and creativity is diminished,” the researcher said. “Many times this originates with the leader. For example, you might come to work unsure of what you’re supposed to be doing because you get conflicting expectations from your direct supervisor or your boss. The solution is clear roles and communication,” she added.Interpersonal relationships between leaders and subordinates, too, play an important role in the team’s performance. “When a confident, creative leader also has good relationship with subordinates, it has even a stronger impact on subordinates’ creativity,” Krasikova said.last_img read more

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2019-08-31

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Society is afraid of womens sexuality

first_imgAll hail the queen of drama, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, as she arrives in the Capital for the first time to take us on a roller-coaster ride that is her life. ‘Drama Queen’ – an honest biographical play – based on her book of the same name – will make you laugh, cry and look at the modern Indian woman in a whole new light with all her vulnerabilities and strengths.After a decade long hiatus, Suchitra says that as her daughter is all grown-up now, she has decided to get more active. “Being a single mother is extremely demanding on your time as you don’t have the liberty of just taking off to somewhere. So, I made a choice of staying at home and look over my newborn daughter. And now that she can take care of herself, I decided to get back to being more active,” said the actor with an impressive filmography. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDirected by Inaayat Ali Sami and presented by AGP world, the play on October 6 at the India Habitat Centre, will show her in a never seen before avatar for the first time, as we witness the drama queen, looking for the perfect life partner. “It is almost impossible to enact the whole book, so, for the play, I chose the part where I go around proposing marriage to my friends, how my family reacts to it and the events that unfold due to those incidents.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSuchitra shares, “In the book, you won’t know where the fact ends and fiction starts; my life is much vast than that. The play and the book are all about how things unfold in my life – in a highly dramatised manner. I did take some vulnerable moments of my life for the performance and tried to play the character with a lot of humour and fun.” In her candid, wacky, madcap biography, Suchitra takes us on a hormone-driven period of her life five years post-divorce with actor-director Shekhar Kapur; fame and everything that a good girl from a ‘decent’ Indian family would want. But who is a ‘good girl’ from a ‘decent’ family? “In my book, I was talking about the kind of society that we live in; a society with a typical middle-class environment. A girl has to adhere by so many do’s and don’ts; you are not supposed to talk or dress in a certain way; don’t date men, and be confined to what the family wants from you. I think that pressure is too much and in my own way, I was trying to break out of that and say, that I am as much of a good girl even if I don’t adhere to it. Parental and family pressure, society rules, and log kya kahenge is something we are all trapped in to a certain extent and I never understood the hypocrisy or brushing things under the carpet. I have never understood why people in India don’t talk about sex or going to a shrink. These things should be very normal,” said the unabashed actor, writer and singer. Suchitra has never shied away from calling a spade a spade even if it dismays the society and that’s what one can expect from her play. “I think society is very afraid of women’s sexuality, and their freedom. And that’s something which comes from patriarchy. It is a patriarchy that has trickled down even to women in the way they are conditioned. I frankly don’t take much heed towards what people say about me, how they judge me or how they see me. I think everyone should concentrate all their energy on their own life and try to make their own life better.”Suchitra has seen the industry up-close and said a big no to a favour in exchange for sex. She says that if an adult woman has consensual sex with a man 10 times then she cannot cry rape, as we see this happening nowadays. “I think it is a pure exploitation of the law and a lot of women are misusing the law. There is something very convoluted and opportunistic about that. Yes, women should be protected but women can also use the law wrongly and I think that’s happening in many instances. Women should also have the guts to have sex for the sake of sex or advancement, and not play helpless victims when things go wrong.” A single mother, stuck in the quagmire of her strict middle-class moral upbringing, Suchitra hurtles, chugs and somersaults on a rollercoaster journey in a desperate bid to find security and true love. This play will teach you ‘the freedom to be’ or as Suchitra says, “It is perfectly okay to be vulnerable, to make mistakes, to express yourself and it’s okay to be yourself.”last_img read more

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2019-08-31

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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes Hello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday August 8. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Driver named following fatal collision Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . 19:03Broken down lorryOne lane closed due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound from J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed. 18:16Train delaysDamaged overhead electric wires between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent are causing disruption between Lichfield Trent Valley / Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent. Trains may be cancelled, delayed by up to 45 minutes or revised.Disruption is expected until the end of service.15:56Slow trafficOne lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J13 A449 (Stafford South) to J12 A5 (Gailey).Lane one (of four) is closed.15:32Broken down vehicleOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed.15:22Lane closed M6One lane closed and slow traffic due to accident on M6 Southbound between J14 A34 (Stafford North) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). In the roadworks area.Lane three (of three) is closed. The camera shows that there is an ambulance on the scene.13:35Accident on A500Reports of slow traffic due to accident on A500 Southbound after M6 J16 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe).Caller reports an accident just off the M6 towards Talke.13:09Reports of accident on A500One reader said:Avoid barthomley roundabout a500 heading to Audley car spun out and blocking A500.” 12:36Three works of roadworks to take place in town centre to replace cobblestonesTemporary traffic lights will be in operation in the area. More here. 12:36Flats plan for town centre office buildingMore here12:36Heavy traffic on A50Heavy traffic on A50 Victoria Road at A5007 City Road.10:37A52 busy but movingA52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights).09:28Man dead and woman seriously injured in three-vehicle crash on A53One of the vehicles caught fire following the collision. More here.08:58Two women arrested after blaze in early hoursMore here08:25Another accident on A53A53 Whitmore Road Eastbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident from Three Mile Lane (Whitmore) to A5182 Trentham Road (Whitmore roundabout, Acton). 08:18A53 still shutPolice have confirmed the A53 remains closed near Ashley following an accident at around 10.30pm last night. Motorists are being asked to consider alternative routes https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/accident-a53-a51-ashley-closed-3187080?30507:27Lane shut on M6 due to broken down vehicleOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A34 (Stafford North).Lane one (of three) is closed. 07:25Queueing traffic on the A50 near UttoxeterQueueing traffic on A50 Eastbound at B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout). 07:17Slow traffic on the A34 in Trent ValeSlow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).07:13Traffic moving well on A500Traffic moving well on A500 D Road Through The Roadworks Southbound before A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). 07:13A53 remains closed following accidentThe A53 remains closed near Ashley following an accident last night. More here.07:12Good morningWe’ll be bringing you the latest news and travel updates throughout the morning.last_img read more

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2019-08-28

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