Rollsing from Cape to Cairo

first_imgMike and Jeanette van Ginkel with the 1981 Rolls Royce that will take them across Africa from Cape Town to Cairo, and on to London.Tamara O’ReillyAll Jeanette and Mike van Ginkel want to do is visit their friends in London. With a lifetime’s experience in aviation one would think the couple would take the obvious way, but not this daring duo – they’re driving there in a 1981 Rolls Royce.The idea was born one day as the couple were having lunch. “It went something like this,” explains 71-year-old Jeanette, “Let’s drive to Botswana. Why stop in Botswana, let’s see if we can go to Kenya. Actually, let’s go from Cape to Cairo and then to London.”Their journey began on Sunday 30 March, and 52 days and 15 000km later they expect to reach the port of Alexander in Egypt where the vehicle will be ferried to London.With only 100 000km on the clock the car still has a lot of life left in it. Add to that the fact that the couple have taken such good care of the vehicle since they got it in 2007 that they achieved the highest ever score of 96.5 percent in the Concourse d’Elegance – an international competition that judges the elegance of automobiles – and its seems plausible that the car can make it that far.A backup team comprising a medic, a mechanic and a documentary filmmaker will also accompany the couple in an Isuzu 4×4 vehicle that is equipped with the latest satellite tracking and communication devices. The team will navigate their way through Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan before they put the brakes on their journey.Modifications to the vehicle for the trip include treating the windows and coating the car with a protective film to ensure minimal damage from the elements such as heat and rain. The couple also purchased a new Rolls Royce specifically for its parts, the most essential of which will be carried by the accompanying vehicle. In the event of any other parts being required along the journey, they will have to be couriered to the adventurers.Driving will be shared among the two, but the spots that are difficult to navigate will be negotiated by well-known adventurer Roger Pearce who has already done this trip as well as several other extended journeys like London to Cape Town in 1990, London to Sydney in 1993 and single-handedly driving from South Africa to Silverton UK in 2004.The couple are both successful business people with Mike spending his entire working career as a pilot, clocking 27 000 hours of flying in over 100 different aircraft, and Jeanette pioneering hot air ballooning in the country.The vehicle was put to the test in February this year, making it over Africa’s highest pass with no hassle. The Sani Pass, which climbs from KwaZulu-Natal to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho and lies 3 200m above sea level, is usually only accessible by 4×4 unless special permission is granted.“I can’t wait to see out friends,” says Jeanette. “They are all so old now and we can’t expect them to come to us. Besides, I also want them to see the Rolls.”Related articlesAfrica: fast factsUseful linksSilver SpiritRolls RoyceSani Passlast_img read more

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South Africa to create 5-million new jobs

first_imgThe infrastructure development boom is set to continue creating thousands of jobs. Ministers have to devise job creation plans. The private sector is expected to create most of the required jobs. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Themba Maseko Government spokesperson +27 12 314 2150  RELATED ARTICLES • Budget big on education, jobs • Zuma’s 2010 plan of action • One million jobs in four years • R4-billion for 4.5-million jobs • Teaching jobless how to find jobsBongani NkosiThe South African government has unveiled its plan to create 5-million jobs over the next decade and reduce unemployment by 10%.Cabinet ministers have endorsed the government’s new growth path programme, which details its employment plans. The path will prioritise job creation in the government’s economic policy, Minister in the Presidency Colins Chabane said in a statement on 26 October 2010. Chabane is responsible for monitoring and evaluation.“The new growth path is a broad framework that sets out a vision and identifies key areas where jobs can be created,” he said.The government’s target is to reduce unemployment from 25% to 15% within 10 years. Jobs are planned to be created in both the public and private sectors, but with greater focus on the latter.Statistics South Africa confirmed on 26 October that the current unemployment rate in the country is as high as 25.3%, with young people being the most affected.“The new growth path is intended to address unemployment, inequality and poverty in a strategy that is principally reliant on creating a significant increase in the number of new jobs in the economy, mainly in the private sector,” added Chabane.All departments have to draw up detailed implementation plans and submit them to the Cabinet over the next six months.Six targeted sectorsThe government has identified six sectors that could provide thousands of new jobs each year. They are infrastructure, agriculture, mining, tourism, green energy and manufacturing.Interest in the infrastructure sector is driven by the “massive expansion” of transport, energy, water, communications capacity and housing projects.“In each of these areas clear targets of the jobs potential have been developed and state agencies have now been directed to work on implementation plans,” Chabane said.It’s predicted that about 400 000 jobs will be created in the green energy sector by 2030 through the manufacturing, construction, operation and maintenance of new, environment-friendly infrastructure.“Additional jobs will be created by expanding existing public employment schemes to protect the environment, as well as in production of biofuels,” he said.The Industrial Development Corporation has been allocated R12-billion (US$1.7-billion) to stimulate growth of the green industrial economy.Chabane said the government will need to be more decisive in order for its new plan to bear fruit. “It will require the state to be more effective in implementation.”The not-for-profit sector will also be targeted to increase employment in mass empowerment schemes like cooperatives.“Critically, this employment target can only be achieved if the social partners and government work together to address key structural challenges in the economy,” he added.Metros have a roleIt’s not only the national government that’s tasked with job creation; municipalities and provincial government also have a role to play. Mayors of metropolitan districts, which employ millions of people, have approved the job creation resolution and “committed to revising their strategies to reflect the new, unifying vision”, said Chabane.“The new growth path will … provide the basis for coordinated policies and programmes across the state.”Leaders of private businesses and labour organisations, as well as community leaders, are to be formally introduced to the plan.South Africa’s economy shed more than 1-million jobs as a result of the recent global recession.last_img read more

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Role of Anthocyanins in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

first_imgThis was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn. References:Konczak, I., & Zhang, W. (2004). Anthocyanins-More Than Nature’s Colours. Journal of biomedicine & biotechnology, 2004(5), 239-240.Webb, D. (2014). Anthocyanins. Today’s Dietitian, 16(3), 20.Phytochemicals.info – AnthocyaninsPennington Nutrition Systems – AnthocyaninsNovotny, J. A., Fadel, J. G., Holstege, D. M., Furr, H. C., & Clifford, A. J. (2012). This kinetic, bioavailability, and metabolism study of RRR-α-tocopherol in healthy adults suggests lower intake requirements than previous estimates. The Journal of nutrition, 142(12), 2105-11.Faria, A. , Pestana, D. , Azevedo, J. , Martel, F. , de Freitas, V. , Azevedo, I. , Mateus, N. and Calhau, C. (2009). Absorption of anthocyanins through intestinal epithelial cells – Putative involvement of GLUT2. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 53: 1430-1437. doi:10.1002/mnfr.200900007Jennings, A., Welch, A., Fairweather-Tait, S., Kay, C., Minihane, A., Chowienczyk, P., Jiang, B., Cecelja, M., Spector, T., Macgregor, A., Cassidy, A. (2012). Higher anthocyanin intake is associated with lower arterial stiffness and central blood pressure in women. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 96(4), 781–788. doi:10.3945/ajcn.112.042036Mink, P., Scrafford, C., Barraj, L., Harnack, L., Hong, C., Nettleton, J., Jacobs, D. (2007). Flavonoid intake and cardiovascular disease mortality: a prospective study in postmenopausal women. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 85(3), 895–909. doi:10.1093/ajcn/85.3.895Cassidy, A., Mukamal, K., Liu, L., Franz, M., Eliassen, A., Rimm, E. (2013). High anthocyanin intake is associated with a reduced risk of myocardial infarction in young and middle-aged women. Circulation 127(2), 188-96. doi:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.112.122408 Image by Photospin.com/0020048 Mixed BerriesBy Joanna ManeroWhat are bioactive compounds and what is their role in the prevention of Cardiovascular Disease?  This blog will only discuss anthocyanins but tune into Dr. Elvira de Mejia’s Free webinar, on March 15th at 10 am CDT to find out more about the health benefits of phytonutrients.Phytonutrients and Cardiovascular DiseaseTo register, visit the event page.Anthocyanins are flavonoids found in a large variety of foods.  They are the most widely consumed flavonoid and are responsible for the beautiful red, purple, and blue coloring found in fruits, vegetables, grains, and flowers.  Aside from coloring our plate, they provide a large array of health benefits such as protection against liver injuries, reduction of blood pressure, improvement of eyesight, suppression of proliferation of cancer cells, and cardiovascular disease prevention (Novotney 2012; Knczak and Zhang 2004).   Anthocyanins have been used as traditional or folk medicine around the world. Only recently have we begun to research these health benefit claims.The role of anthocyanins in cardiovascular disease prevention is due to their protective oxidative stress properties. They are believed to act on different cells associated with the development of atherosclerosis. An Iowa Women’s Health Study of 34,489 postmenopausal women found that eating strawberries and blueberries just once per week was associated with a significant reduction in death from cardiovascular disease over a 14 year period (Mink et al., 2007).  Similarly, a study of 93,600 healthy women from the Nurses’ Health Study II revealed a 34% lower risk of myocardial infarctions (heart attack) in women who consumed three servings of blueberries and strawberries per week (Cassidy et al., 2013).  Additionally, anthocyanins have been shown to lower systolic blood pressure and arterial pressure, which can result in fewer cardiac events, such as a heart attack (Jennings et al., 2012).Anthocyanin-rich foods include:Asparagus (purple)BlackberriesBlack RiceBlueberriesConcord GrapesCranberriesEggplantPomegranatesPurple CornRaspberriesRed CabbageRed RadishesSweet CherriesThere are still several aspects of anthocyanins that require more research.  Since anthocyanins are typically studied in fruit extracts, they are present in a combination of compounds and may not act independently.  In fact, when anthocyanins are studied in combination with other compounds, rather than in isolation, the effects tend to be greater.Anthocyanin-containing foods are beautiful, delicious and nutritious.What are your favorites anthocyanin containing foods?Also, let us know what you would like to learn about anthocyanins and other bioactive compounds.last_img read more

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Motion Graphics Tutorials For Video Editors

first_img1. Simple Motion Graphics Techniques for Editors2. How to Create a Zoom Out from Space Effect3. TV Glitch and Particle Effects4. Motion Graphics Inspiration – Apple Intro Effect5. Discover the Latest Features in After Effects Being able to design and create motion graphics that work in your edit is a great skill to have, these resources will help you get there.As an editor, producers and directors will often ask you if you ‘know After Effects’, by which they mean can you add in some simple animations here or some fancy graphic overlays there. If you can deliver the goods they’ll love you for it.Personally I find the design process much harder than the technical process of making things move but this round up of resources should help you on both fronts. Although most of the resources in this post focus on Adobe After Effects or Apple Motion you can still apply the concepts and techniques in many other applications.In the tutorial above Angie Taylor from Video2Brain talks you through some of the essential basics for working with text in your video project in three packed minutes.Post highlights include (click to jump to each section): Simple Motion Graphics Techniques For EditorsIn this excellent short tutorial, Joe Fellows – a UK based graphics artist, demonstrates how to create a 2.5D parallax effect on your still images. A simple way to spruce up your edit. In the tutorial Joe references a stunning sequence he created for WWF using this technique which was racked up over 500,000 views after becoming a Vimeo Staff Pick:How to Create a Zoom Out from Space EffectAnother popular effect is that of the ”huge zoom out” or the ‘Cosmic Zoom Out‘ as the chaps from MacBreak Studio describe it in this Motion tutorial. To create the same effect in After Effects check out this tutorial from Andrew Kramer that has been viewed over 2.7 million times! TV Glitch & Particle EffectsSimon Ubsdell demonstrates how to create a TV glitch/interference effect in Motion 5 from scratch. A common effect but nice to be able to fully customise it yourself.  In the next tutorial Simon demonstrates how to create a particle collision, which also involves a custom lens flare. Understanding these techniques would come in handy for many a title sequence.In the following tutorial After Effects guru Andrew Kramer from Video CoPilot demonstrates a simple but useful effect for adding a selective glow to a particular color. A useful way to highlight key areas of an image, or just explosions!Motion Graphics Inspiration – Apple Intro AnimationIf you watched the Apple Developer’s Conference Keynote earlier this year you will have seen this amazing piece of animation design work. In this short tutorial from the Macbreak Studio guys you can learn some vital things about mimicking this look in Apple’s Motion 5. The next tutorial demonstrates how to use Newton, the physics simulation plugin that design studio Buck used to create parts of the spot. Making The Most of After Effects Latest FeaturesIn this tutorial motion graphics artist and trainer John Dickinson demonstrates what’s new in After Effects 12.1 and in the tutorial below some of the useful new features in Adobe CC. If you’re new to After Effects after subscribing to Adobe Creative Cloud then these should give you a taster of what you’ve got at your fingertips.Discover the Latest Features in After EffectsIf you’re after even more resources fellow PremiumBeat writer, Clay Asbury has put together some excellent posts that will furnish you with even more places to learn more about motion graphics:Motion Graphics & VFX Courses5 Sites for Motion Design Elements10 Motion Graphics Resources For Editorslast_img read more

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Cabinet shows red card to Sports Bill, Maken asked to redraft it

first_imgPoliticians with sports fiefs to guard have ganged up to oppose a draft Bill that aims to end their cushy reign by putting age and tenure limits for office-bearers of sports federations and the Indian Olympic Association.On Tuesday, they seemed to have drawn first blood. Sports minister Ajay Maken, who presented the draft National Sports Development Bill to the cabinet – it also seeks to bring the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the purview of the Right to Information Act (RTI) – has been asked to come again with a fresh draft.The Bill got a second life because despite the opposition, it had the backing of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, home minister P. Chidambaram and finance minister Pranab Mukherjee.Few had illusions that it would be plain sailing for Maken at the cabinet meeting.As many as five ministers present at the meeting head sports associations.Besides, it is a known fact that politicians holding these positions are usually united across party lines when it comes to defending their turf.What was, however, surprising was the timing of the opposition from the politicians concerned. It comes a mere two days after Anna Hazare ended his fast to demand accountability in government functioning.While Hazare’s strike raised hopes of increased transparency in public life, the winds of accountability and transparency have yet to reach Indian sports.The major bone of contention seems to be the sports ministry’s long-term development plan (LTDP) which many in the cabinet felt was too “intrusive.” Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar is the International Cricket Council (ICC) president and heavy industries minister Praful Patel heads the All India Football Federation. Minister of road transport and highways C. P. Joshi heads the Rajasthan cricket association and new and renewable energy minister Farooq Abdullah heads the cricket association in Jammu and Kashmir. Minister of science and technology Vilasrao Deshmukh recently defeated former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar to become the president of the Mumbai Cricket Association.advertisementThe PM and Chidambaram are understood to have backed Maken, but the numbers were never on their side. Opposition leaders such as Archery Association of India president V. K. Malhotra, who has been at the helm since 1979 and is the IOA’s acting president, has been vehement in his criticism of the draft.Another senior BJP leader, Arun Jaitley, heads the Delhi and District Cricket Association. Malhotra had described the draft Bill as ” Draconian”. Most of them do not comply with the proposed age and tenure restrictions of 70 years and three terms 12 years) mentioned in the draft, and were never going to let go of their fiefdoms. Back in May 2010, then sports minister M. S. Gill suggested an age and tenure bar for office- bearers of sports federations. The IOA had then lobbied with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the latter had warned that India may be barred from the Olympics if the proposals – that reportedly went against the Olympic charter – became law.Pawar and Patel wanted the removal of the intrusive provisions for all sports from the LTDP. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president even threatened to take up the matter with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi if the cabinet approved the draft. He said if the 70- year age limit was agreed upon, “then whosoever is sitting in the room has no right to stay here”.HRD minister Kapil Sibal, who is facing flak for his handling of the Hazare agitation, argued it is not the political environment in which such a Bill can be tabled. Septuagenarian Farooq Abdullah found the age limit a problem. He is reported to have said during the meeting: “I can do things that young people cannot do.”Urban development minister Kamal Nath also had reservations about the LTDP. It was Chidambaram who saved the day for Maken. It was his intervention that ensured that the draft was not deferred or referred to the group of ministers (GoM) as that could have made it impossible for its reintroduction. Sources said Chidambaram remarked: “Let us not throw the baby along with the bathwater. Let us give the sports minister a chance.”Apparently, the PM said Maken should get a chance to rework the Bill.Pranab Mukherjee said most of the parties would not support the Bill in its current form. “Let’s rework this,” he said.In the past three years, the government has given grants of ` 458 crore to sports associations. It wanted in return was for them to come under the RTI and be accountable.advertisementOn the RTI Act, the BCCI argued that it is financially independent and takes no aid from the government. Therefore it is not liable to abide by the Act. However, the BCCI avails of concessions which have played a role in making it the richest cricket board.”BCCI is autonomous and our accounts are audited regularly,” its vice- president Niranjan Shah said. Sunil Gavaskar disagreed. “If an organisation has nothing to hide, it should be open to any information that is sought from it,” the batting legend argued.What the fuss is all about?Sports minister Ajay Maken, made a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha on February 22, 2011, proposing a National Sports Development Bill, which aims to instill good governance among National Sports Federations (NSFs), and talks of participation of athletes in the decisionmaking processHighlights of the proposed billImbibes the philosophy of Olympism Aims to bring in more accountability, transparency in functioning of national sports bodies Adopts basic universal principles of good governance proposed by the International Olympic Committee Seeks to set up a National Sports Development Council headed by an eminent athlete Includes the core principles of fair and transparent elections and strictly enforce the age limit and tenure for office bearers of NSFs Proposes retirement, age at 70 years for office bearers of NSFs. Fixes the term of the president a maximum of 12 years, or three terms Forbids a Union sports minister from contesting the election to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) or a federation until the expiry of five years after demitting his office Includes athletes in decision making and ensures 25 per cent of the membership and voting rights for them Proposes to appoint a retired HC judge to the post of sports ombudsman to deal with grievances and disputes relating to sports organisations Prescribes rules for the prevention of sexual harassment, age fraud and anti-dopinglast_img

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