Goodness in the most unlikely places

first_imgFree high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. It’s not ideal, and we still have a long way to go, but what must be acknowledged is that South Africa is still very much an evolving democracy and it might take a generation or two for the wrongs of the prejudiced apartheid system to be fully corrected. Quality, affordable healthcare for all is but one of the priorities. So when I heard about how the nationwide public sector strike, which began in mid-August 2010, was crippling state hospitals, and how the absence of nurses, cleaners, cooks and admin staff had brought the system to a halt, I decided to step in and do what little I could to get Johannesburg’s Edenvale Hospital chugging along again. This was after the government called for volunteers to help out at those facilities worst hit by the strike. Local radio stations and online news publications gave out the relevant details, and it didn’t seem very complicated: simply show up when you could and do your bit. I had visions of myself feeding hungry babies, changing nappies, checking drips, making beds, giving out medicine and soothing the sick and dying. That would be really altruistic, I thought – almost as impressive as being a state doctor or nurse myself! But it didn’t happen. Instead, I was dispatched to the hospital laundry, far, far away from the dramatic scenes I had in mind. I was so disappointed and almost felt let down by those who issued the call for help in the first place. I mean, a laundry of all things! If I had wanted to do washing I would have just stayed at home! But I couldn’t exactly show up to help and then refuse to do the job that needed to be done, so I trudged along to the washing room – a noisy, rather depressing-looking place with monstrous, groaning machines and a steaming press that looked like it came out of the Industrial Revolution. First, I was asked to fold vast piles of scratchy, moth-eaten blankets. Then I was sent to the dryers to take out the hundreds of sheets, which needed to be spread out on a table so they could be fed into the giant press. Next, I whipped around to the other end to catch and re-fold the steaming linen that had been squeezed through the rollers. What I later found out is that this laundry services at least four other state hospitals in Gauteng, so that’s why there were so many intimidating heaps scattered about. Under normal circumstances it has 30 staff members, but 27 of these seemed to be part of the stay-away. Our team was made up of three full-time employees and a handful of volunteers. The helpers didn’t fit any particular stereotype: women and men, middle-aged and in their teens, wealthy and not so wealthy, black and white. I was really struck by this – such a spread of South Africans who threw themselves into the kind of job that has no status, no glamour, no payback. And they did it with such energy, commitment and determination – I learnt a valuable lesson from this. As I sorted and folded and tugged and stacked, I also developed deep respect for the individuals who usually have to do this kind of thankless, back-breaking work every day of their lives. Often, as a society, we moan and grumble about all that is wrong and unjust on the outside, but hidden, in the most unlikely places, is a wealth of goodness – and that is what makes this country the special place it is. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. MediaClubSouthAfrica 3 September 2010 I’ve always been fascinated by state hospitals in South Africa – those not-so-glamorous places where not-so-well-paid doctors, nurses and support staff work tirelessly to treat the millions who cannot afford private healthcare. These places are a sort of microcosm of the country: dedication and altruism existing alongside poverty, desperation and inequality. But in between all this, most of the time, the system chugs along.last_img read more

Does tillering hurt corn yields?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This year I’ve seen more tillering in corn than normal, and there have been inquiries about the impact of tillers on crop growth. When farmers see extensive tillering in their corn hybrids they often express concern that the tillering will have a detrimental effect of crop performance (tillers will “suck” nutrients from the main plant and thereby reduce yields). As a result, tillers are often referred to a “suckers.” However, research has shown that tillers usually have little influence on grain yields and they are generally beneficial.Tillers are lateral branches that form at below ground nodes. Although tiller buds form at each below ground node, the number of tillers that develop is determined by plant population and spacing, soil fertility, early season growing conditions, and the genetic background of the hybrid. Many hybrids will take advantage of available soil nutrients and moisture by forming one or more tillers where stands are thin in the row or at the ends of rows. Tillers are most likely to develop when soil fertility and moisture supplies are ample during the first few weeks of the growing season. They are usually visible by the six-leaf stage of development. Hybrids with a strong tillering trait may form one or more tillers on every plant even at relatively high populations if the environment is favorable early in the growing season.A number of studies have been conducted to determine relationships between tillers and the main plant. Defoliation experiments in the 1930s revealed that defoliated plants that had tillers yielded nearly twice as much grain as defoliated plants that had no tillers. These results suggested that there was a connection between the tiller and the main plant that allowed sugars produced in the tiller leaves to be moved to the ears of the main plants.More recent studies have found that there is little movement of plant sugars between the main plant and tillers before tasselling. However, after silking and during grain fill, substantial amounts of plant sugars may move from earless tillers to ears on the main plant. When there are ears on both the tiller and the main plant, little movement of plant sugars occurs. The main plant and tillers act independently, each receiving sugars from their own leaves. The nubbin ears, that tillers may produce, therefore have no impact on the ear development of the main plant as was once thought.If a particular hybrid shows excellent yield potential and also produces extensive tillering under some growing conditions, it should not be avoided. However, excessive tillering may indicate problems with stand density and distribution. If tillering is associated with row gaps and less than optimal plant populations, these are the conditions which need to be corrected to ensure optimal yields rather than selection of the hybrid.Tillering can also be caused by diseases such as “crazy top” and Stewart’s bacterial wilt (which are also associated with other symptoms). Such tillering is a disease symptom and not beneficial to plant performance. Severe weather conditions ( i.e. hail, frost, and flooding injury) that destroy or damage the growing point can also result in tiller development and non-productive plants.last_img read more

Lonely Planet Launches Augmented Reality Apps

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement marshall kirkpatrick Popular travel book publisher Lonely Planet has begun selling Augmented Reality apps for 10 US cities for $5 each in the Android Marketplace. The apps were built in conjunction with Mobilizy, the company behind user generated content AR app Wikitude.In addition to offering Lonely Planet content overlayed on top of locations you view through your phone’s camera view, you can also plan itineraries and get step by step directions from the app. Augmented Reality is a technology in a formative stage but support from the Lonely Planet brand is a big, if unsurprising, step. Will consumers go for it? GoMoNews is skeptical, pointing out that AR technology is still clumsy and Lonely Planet’s offering is very limited so far. National Geographic’s travel blog voices no such concerns.Travel is the most logical application of consumer-focused Augmented Reality, but we expect a large number of consumer and marketing companies to explore this new paradigm of layering data on top of the viewed world.Some of the most interesting applications of Augmented Reality are outside the consumer market; AR could prove very useful for medical procedures or mechanical repair, for example. The technology remains limited, though, by the inability of most applications to process live video of what they are actually looking at, instead of merely offering up data based on what’s believed to be in a given GPS position. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts center_img Tags:#Augmented Reality#mobile#NYT#Product Reviews#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Cinema 4D Tutorial: Street Lamp

first_imgIn this exclusive Cinema 4D video tutorial you’ll learn how to model a realistic street lamp from scratch.Creating a 3D city scene or modeling industrial objects? The fundamentals in this video tutorial will prepare you for modeling a variety of hard surface, odd shaped objects in Cinema 4D.Following along with the free Cinema 4D file:[maxbutton id=”24″]In this tutorial I’ll demonstrate how to use the tools within C4D – no outside plugins or models required – to generate a realistic, to-scale model of a street lamp. The street lamp in this tutorial has many of the trademarks of a realistic light including bolts, street sign attachments, and of course, a lamp/bulb.The tutorial includes lots of little tips and workflow tricks for product/object modeling. We’d love to hear your thoughts or Cinema 4D questions in the comments below!last_img read more

Examinations: Marksheet woes

first_imgExam stress and pressure has hit Indian students hard. On 7th June, the ‘cut-off lists’ claimed their first victim of the 2012 admission season. 17-year-old Anjali Yadav killed herself in her Noida flat when she could not get into a ‘good’ college. In the past five years over 4000 students,Exam stress and pressure has hit Indian students hard. On 7th June, the ‘cut-off lists’ claimed their first victim of the 2012 admission season. 17-year-old Anjali Yadav killed herself in her Noida flat when she could not get into a ‘good’ college. In the past five years over 4000 students have taken the same course of action for the same reason every year. Instead of finding a solution, the pressure has now trickled down to younger age groups. On 11th April 2012, 14-year-old S. Stalin from Bangalore hung himself over a fight with his parents regarding his school marks. However, new avenues of escape are opening up. Schools, parents, colleges and authorities are realising the importance of non-academic activities. Studies have shown that even a weekly piano lesson or outing could reduce the overwhelming emphasis on ‘marks’.ILS Students take a break from classroom pressuresIndian Law School, PuneI was a topper in college. Getting good marks was important. Just like every other student in India, I wanted to get ahead in life. Our school system promotes the logic that studying is life. Marks is a deciding factor and that is an unavoidable truth. But that does not mean one spends 20 hours a day studying. I have realised that learning must be fun. When I was in school I did not know or understand this reasoning. I slogged but only got average marks. And I was always feeling unhappy or demotivated. All this changed at ILS.This college has made me realise that taking breaks in life is mandatory. Even if one was to study for four hours a day, a happy mind can make that learning more effective.During my time at ILS I found this theory to hold true. I took part in many extra-curricular activities, travelled, partied and volunteered. The environment was liberal and I felt at peace. In turn academics became easier for me. I started developing an interest in learning and not routine mugging. This all was possible to a great extent because of the college faculty. They encouraged us to not just be passive listeners. They demanded participation but at the same time stressed on the importance of activities outside the classroom.It is sad that many students miss out on the joy of helping another human being, the fun of playing a sport and the thrill of going on holidays. These should be indispensable parts of a student’s life at college, yet I have seen so many who have never experienced any of it. It is sad because they have missed out on a splendid opportunity to broad their horizon of knowledge. We need more academic instituitions that encourage students to have a life outside of class.All in a good causeILS students are encouraged to join CSR initiatives. Helping members of society and contributing to a good cause is both fun and informative.Taking a hike Nestled in the hills of Pune, the students feel a connect with nature. Frequent group hiking holidays and expeditions are planned over the course of the year. By Sonali Acharjee/Aspire (sonali.acharjee@intoday.com)advertisementlast_img read more

We are also trying to bring the World Cup Football to New Delhi: Buta Singh

first_imgButa Singh:As chairman of the Asian Games Special Organising Committee (AGSOC) Sardar Buta Singh, 48, is the most visible symbol of the success of the Games, In fact, Asiad ’82 has catapulted Buta Singh from relative obscurity straight into the national limelight. As Singh himself quips: “I won my last,Buta Singh:As chairman of the Asian Games Special Organising Committee (AGSOC) Sardar Buta Singh, 48, is the most visible symbol of the success of the Games, In fact, Asiad ’82 has catapulted Buta Singh from relative obscurity straight into the national limelight. As Singh himself quips: “I won my last gold medal when I was elected general secretary of the party in 1977,” But Mrs Gandhi undoubtedly made a wise choice in putting Singh in the Asiad saddle. He has successfully weathered the storms that buffeted the pre-Asiad buildup and much of the credit must deservedly go his way. The Asiad experience will also stand him in good stead in his new responsibility, that of India’s first sports minister.In an interview to India Today last fortnight at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on the first day of the athletics events, Buta Singh speaks about how Asiad was such a success and what it means for the future of sport in the country. Excerpts:Q. From present indications, it appears that the Games are a huge success. Did you really expect them to be this successful?A. Actually, I have always maintained that the Games would be a success but nobody believed me. But I was still confident because I wasn’t just making tall claims. My statements were based on the fact that since 1976 I have been closely involved in sports. I have watched the Olympics and the Asian Games and I was fully aware of what had to be done and that we could do it.advertisementQ. What do you think has been the biggest single factor that contributed to the success?A. That is a very simple answer. It is the dedication and commitment of everybody involved with the Asian Games. Right from the lowest sweeper to the highest official, there was a total commitment to ensure that the Games were a success. People have worked day and night without complaint with a sense of pride in what they were doing. As chief coordinator, I was coordinating all the various efforts with the federations and with the local bodies and the response has been fantastic.All our meetings were attended by nobody below the rank of secretary because we wanted to cut out the bureaucratic element as much as possible. It was a concentrated effort of a couple of lakh of people and we were inspired by only one thing, and that was that we cannot let down the country.Q. There are a lot of people from the Olympic Federation and other International sporting bodies at the Games. What has been their reaction to the facilities and the technical running of the Games?A. They are overwhelmed with the standards. In fact, if you look around, there are very few foreigners manning the technical side, most of them are Indians and they have been trained in a very short time. But still, they have done as well as in any international competition. That speaks very highly for the future of sports in this country.Q. Talking about that, what is going to happen to all the stadia and facilities that have been set up for the Asiad once the Games are over? Many people are not very optimistic about whether they will be maintained or not.A. They need not worry at all. All the main stadia like the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and the National Stadium will be directly under the care of the Sports Ministry. Once the Games are over, we will draw up a proper agenda about how they will be maintained. But I can tell you now that we are already planning to hold at least one major sports event a month in Delhi. One month we will have volleyball, the next basketball and so on. Whether they are international competitions or at the national level, we will make full use of the facilities.I also have a great desire to eliminate this label of Delhi being a purely political city. I want it to be an international sporting centre and God willing, I will do it.It will also give our sportsmen experience and exposure to international standards. As you know, we are making a bid for the Afro-Asian Games next year which we hopefully will get. We are also trying to bring the World Cup Football to New Delhi as well as the World University Games which are known as the Universiad. In all these they have agreed to consider our request and most of the people on the decision-making bodies are here now and have seen what we are capable of doing, so I think the future of sports has never been brighter. I also have a great desire to eliminate this label of Delhi being a purely political city. I want it to be an international sporting centre and God willing, I will do.advertisementQ. What has been Rajiv Gandhis contribution to the Games?A. He has contributed a great deal. He is a member of the Special Organising Committee and also of the Coordinating Committee. He has worked as hard as anybody else towards the success of the Games.Q. One of the bigger controversies has been the so-called Appu mess. What is the real story of Appu?A. I’m afraid the press has blown this up out of proportion. The Arunachal Government had permitted the Apollo Circus to capture and train two elephants. Then, the Arunachai chief minister asked us if one of the elephants could in some way be involved in Asiad. We did not say we would but the Apollo Circus people started advertising the elephant as Appu and the press picked it up. At no stage in our planning was there any intention to use a live elephant. In fact, (here is nothing wrong with using a live Appu as part of the ceremony but we just felt that it would not fit into the overall programme.Q. There has also been some confusion about the tickets. Most of the stadia seem to have plenty of vacant seats.A. I admit that there has been some confusion about the tickets and1 it could have been organised better. But there is not that big a problem a is being made out to be. Many tickets which were sent to the states and abroad were returned to us fairly late. But they are on sale now at two centres and are being sold every day and they are freely available. It is only the finals and semi-finals of certain events which have been sold out.Q. How is the day-to-day running of the Games being conducted?A. Every night, we have a meeting at 9.30 p.m. after the events are over. The meeting includes all the stadium directors and competition directors and we get together and discuss the lapses or drawbacks that may have taken place, and we decide how to tackle them. The meeting goes on till late at night, sometimes as late as 2 a.m. on most days, and we draw up the next day’s programme and everybody gets a copy of the programme at 6 a.m.Q. What have been the major lapses so far?A. I’m happy to say that there have been absolutely no major lapses so far; just minor ones which are easily sorted out among ourselves; like yesterday we had some fog from the mosquito control vehicles entering the table tennis stadium which delayed things by about half an hour. But that is all.advertisementQ. Now that you have finally got a Sports Ministry in the country, what are you planning to do about Indian sports ?A. Yes, there is already a draft paper which has been prepared and sent to the various states and once their replies and suggestions come in we will sit down and work out a national policy on sports. In fact, after the Asiad, I propose to sit down and take an overall view of the sports systems, and my main thrust will be to motivate the rural people who comprise the masses to get more involved in sports. We have tribals who will make fantastic sportsmen with the right training. We are going to tackle this on a regional basis and develop areas of promise. There is no reason why we cannot also set up universities for various disciplines.Q. And when exactly wilt that be?A. Actually, the way I feel right now, for the next six months, all I want to do is sleep.last_img read more

All hands on deck Royal Bahamas Defence Force marines summoned to HQ

first_img Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews, rbdf August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 5th, 2017 – Nassau –  The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is calling for all hands on deck and members were asked to report for duty, that includes marines on study leave also.  It was explained that all vacation leave for the RBDF has been cancelled and members are to report to headquarters at the Coral Harbour base this morning.  Even those on study leave are called back in as The Bahamas braces for an encounter with a possible Category 5 hurricane, by the time Irma reaches our shores on Thursday. By Deandrea Hamilton Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas joint effort recovers more bodies of Haitian migrants FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizinglast_img read more

SeaWorld offers new inside look of animal exhibits

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- SeaWorld offers shows, rides and attractions but have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of their animal exhibits? SeaWorld’s new Inside Look gives guests the chance to see what the vets see, go where the rescuers go, and learn for themselves hoe San Diego’s premier marine-life park cares for thousands of animals every day.KUSI’s Allie Wagner was there to get a sneak peak of their new program. SeaWorld offers new inside look of animal exhibits KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 4, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter January 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Samsungs Galaxy Home Mini makes appearance in South Korean beta test

first_img4:05 A Samsung beta test website is providing our first look at the Galaxy Home Mini.  Samsung Samsung appears to have a Galaxy Home Mini after all. While we saw the product make its way through the FCC months ago, Samsung has been quiet about its smart speaker plans in recent months. Now it appears that at least one of its devices is starting to be rolled out to consumers, with the company starting up a beta in South Korea to let interested users in its home country try out the new smart speaker. The beta test, first spotted by SamMobile, also gives us our first real look at the Home Mini, which looks a lot like the larger Galaxy Home that Samsung announced last year but still hasn’t shipped. Galaxy Home Mini Samsung Beta SmartThingsSamsung’s SmartThings will be present on the Galaxy Home Mini.  Samsung We don’t know much else about the presumed Bixby-powered smart speaker, though from the beta page it’s clear that the Home Mini will work with Samsung’s SmartThings platform for controlling smart devices in your home, with infrared for controlling your TV. Interested applicants in South Korea can apply until Sunday to try to take part in the program. It remains to be seen when Samsung might release its two smart speakers and how much they’ll cost. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The battle for the best smart display: Google Home Hub… Samsung Galaxy Home Samsung’s first Bixby speaker, the Galaxy Home, revealed Preview • A Galaxy far, far away? Samsung’s Bixby speaker is still a no-show 0 Now playing: Watch this: Smart Speakers & Displays Mobile 12 Photos Share your voice Post a comment Tags News • Samsung Galaxy Home reportedly delayed to later this year Mini Samsunglast_img read more

Pakistan bus crash kills 26

first_imgRoad Accident logoAt least 26 people were killed and 46 others injured when a passenger bus plunged into a ravine in northern Pakistan, police said Thursday.The crash took place near Dhok Pathan village, some 115 kilometres (70 miles) southwest of the capital Islamabad late Wednesday.”At least 26 people have died and 46 others were injured when a passenger bus lost control at a slope and veered off into a deep ravine,” local police official Fazal Abbas told AFP.The bus was carrying members of Tableeghi Jamaat — a Sunni evangelical group — from the northwestern town of Kohat to the eastern city of Raiwind, near Lahore where their annual gathering was taking place, he added.Abbas said that most of the injured were discharged from hospital after receiving medical treatment, but at least 10 seriously wounded passengers were sent to Rawalpindi, a garrison city adjoining the capital Islamabad.Officials added that the bus was not driving on its usual route when it crashed and was plying hilly roads after another motorway had been closed due to dense fog and traffic.A local government official confirmed the accident and toll.Pakistan has one of the world’s worst records for fatal traffic accidents, many of them blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.last_img read more