first_imgLast night, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder appeared as part of the ceremony for the 90th annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Vedder performed a moving rendition of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tune “Room At The Top” as the soundtrack to the award show’s annual “In Memoriam” segment, honoring the figures in the world of film and television who passed away in the last year.Vedder took the stage with a black Rickenbacker electric guitar and to sing the 1999 Petty ballad. He was backed by record producer Brendan O’Brien on keys and backing vocals, in addition to some orchestral accompaniment from the house band. You can watch Eddie Vedder cover Tom Petty for the 2018 Oscars “In Memoriam” segment below. For a full list of people honored in the “In Memoriam” segment, head here.Eddie Vedder – “Room At The Top” (Tom Petty cover) – The Oscars 2018[Video: ZwanMonster]Eddie Vedder has previously paid tribute to Tom Petty in the months since his passing in late 2017. At a special private performance in San Francisco, Vedder played Petty’s old red telecaster for a run through The Heartbreakers’ classic hit, “I Won’t Back Down”.The 2018 Oscar broadcast also featured a number of other musical performances, mainly highlighting the nominees in the “Best Original Song” category. Gael García Bernal, Natalia Lafourcade, and Miguel performed their song “Remember Me” from Coco (the eventual winner in the “Best Original Song” category), Mary J. Blige sang “Mighty River” from Mudbound, Andra Day and Common showcased “Stand Up For Something” from Marshall, Keala Settle welcomed large ensemble for a powerful version of “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman, and Sufjan Stevens played his Call Me By Your Name track, “Mystery of Love”.Eddie Vedder will join Pearl Jam for a run of South American and European festival and stadium shows this spring, in addition to a trio of Brazilian solo shows at the end of March. Then, this summer and fall, Pearl Jam will host their “Home Shows” and “Away Shows“.last_img read more

first_img“The consequences of the company’s actions have had devastating and tragic consequences… for the local population, company employees and the environment around Corrego do Feijao.” Swedish state pension buffer fund AP1 has begun selling SEK407m (€38.6m) worth of equities and bonds of Brazilian mining company Vale, after the AP Funds’ Council on Ethics recommended the exclusion the company from the AP funds’ portfolios.The recommendation follows the fatal collapse of a tailings dam at one of its mining facilities in Brumadinho, Brazil, last month.The council said it was recommending AP1, AP2, AP3 and AP4 exclude Vale because the council had lost confidence in the firm, adding that it could be linked to violations of three major international conventions.In a statement, the council said: “It would appear that the company did not act sufficiently quickly on reported deficiencies regarding the safety of the tailings dam in Corrego do Feijao.  John Howchin, Council on EthicsJohn Howchin, secretary general of the AP funds’ ethics council, said: “I am very pleased to see BHP take leadership on this issue.  We now need that leadership across the rest of the sector.”The AP funds, the Church of England’s investment bodies and other investors running a combined £3trn (€3.5trn) also welcomed BHP’s move.Adam Matthews, director of ethics and engagement for the Church of England Pensions Board, said: “Communities, workers, banks and investors need the assurance that best practice will become the new minimum requirement across the mining sector.“Independence and transparency will be key to re-establishing trust and as investors we look forward to playing our part in working with global experts and industry in advancing the call we have made.”Investors will meet in April with industry experts and company representatives to discuss the demands for greater safety.center_img Source: TV NBRAn aerial view of the Brumadinho dam collapseA spokesman for AP1 told IPE that the pension fund had SEK350m invested in Vale shares and SEK57m in the company’s bonds, according to figures for the end of June last year.“We have now initiated a total exclusion of those equities and bonds,” he said.Meanwhile, AP2 and AP4 said they had no holdings in the company, and AP3 said it had only had a small exposure to a fund that had invested in Vale.AP4 and AP3 said they had decided to follow the Council on Ethics’ recommendation to exclude Vale. A spokeswoman for AP2 said that when the fund switched to its internally-developed ESG indices for global equities last year, the Brazilian company had not been included.BHP pledges to improve tailing dam securityAt the start of this month, institutional investors led by the Church of England called for a global independent public classification system to monitor the safety risk of tailings dams, in the wake of the Brumadinho collapse that killed more than 100 people.In a statement published on 19 February, fellow mining company BHP Billiton said it planned to meet investors and other interested bodies later this month to help speed up its work to improve the safety of its own dams. It also voiced support for an independent oversight body.The company said: “BHP will continue to accelerate its work with the industry to advance the science and technology required to improve the safety of tailings storage facilities.“This includes existing workstreams such as early warning technologies, better models and monitoring of possible modes of failure, tailings dewatering options, and dry tailings storage viability at scale.”last_img read more

first_imgCLEVELAND — The tickets were an early birthday gift from David Cox to his younger brother, Tim, who turns 24 on Wednesday. Two seats in Row Y in the left-field stands for the Home Run Derby, seats that David figured would be prime ball-hunting spots.But David’s season tickets aren’t in the left-field stands, so he didn’t know that Row Y was actually the very last row in left field. That realization sank in as they headed to their seats.  (Ryan Fagan/SN) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/5c/c8/cleveland-derby-fans-070819-ftr-snjpg_167czs948sufj11754c24emsdb.jpg?t=-721361445&w=500&quality=80 “We’re walking up the steps and I’m thinking, ‘Man, nothing’s getting up here,’ ” David told Sporting News. “… But then Vlad started by hitting the scoreboard.”BENDER: This was a Home Run Derby for the agesThe first swing from Vladimir Guerrero Jr., was one few people in Cleveland will ever forget. Every pre-Derby criticism of Guerrero’s inclusion — “But … but … but he only has eight home runs this year!” was the cry — stopped when the Blue Jays rookie smoked that first home run 462 feet, off the scoreboard.The sound of the baseball smacking off that Progressive Field scoreboard immediately brought back memories of another blast for pretty much every Cleveland baseball fan, a ball Mark McGwire hit off the Budweiser sign, a 485-foot blast off Orel Hershiser on April 30, 1997. Rick Bartos was at that McGwire game, and he was sitting next to the Cox brothers for the Derby, watching with his buddy Mike Erney. The sense of deja vu was strong, to say the least. “I didn’t know how far McGwire’s was until it went off the Budweiser sign,” Bartos said. “I was telling these guys I was there for that game, but when Vlad hit that one, I was like, ‘Oh, my God.’ ” Marcus Stroman knew Vlad Jr. was about to do something special tonight … pic.twitter.com/HsbinzFXv8— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) July 9, 2019He finished with a total of 91 on the night. “I heard a lot of stuff before, people were talking trash that he shouldn’t be in it,” said Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who was knocked out in the first round by Pederson. “He proved a lot of people wrong tonight, and he showed the world that he’s coming.”Or, that he’s already here. Vlad’s ball was headed right at them, providing a few terrifying moments. “We lost it. We saw it going up and up and then we lost it,” David said. “Didn’t know if it was coming at us, if it was hooking in or what.” Tim jumped in. “And then all of a sudden you hear the smack up top above us. Everyone goes nuts: ‘Oh, my God!’ ”The ball bounced back a few rows, off someone’s arm and into a scrum of stunned — but excited — treasure seekers. That first mammoth homer was just the beginning of an unforgettable night for the Blue Jays rookie third baseman. “That was amazing,” veteran Yankees lefty CC Sabathia said with a grin after the contest. “That was just for all the haters who said he shouldn’t have been there.”MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNGuerrero’s longest blast of the night was 488 feet, three feet longer than McGwire’s blast. He hit 29 homers in the first round and another 29 in the second round. Well, 29 in the first part of the second round. Joc Pederson tied him with 29 of his own. They both hit eight more in the 60-second tiebreaker. Then they both hit one homer on three swings in the next tiebreaker round.And then, finally, Guerrero prevailed with two homers on three swings to Pederson’s one. He finished with 40, one more than Pederson, and then he hit another 22 in the final round, but Mets rookie Pete Alonso edged him out. Guerrero did what teammate Marcus Stroman hinted at earlier in the day, during the media interview session. last_img read more

first_img“Bad tackling,” he said again.It was a phrase worth repeating: Against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday, the 49ers missed 17 tackles — 17! — according to Pro Football Focus. … YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES?Pick against our pros all season long and win!***SANTA CLARA — It’s easy to spot the problem with the 49ers defense. Richard Sherman covered it in two words.“Bad tackling,” the injured cornerback said.Then Sherman paused as if trying to find another explanation. There was no need.last_img read more

first_img(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The “mind-body problem” is alive and well. Can these phenomena be reduced to matter in motion?Babies feel pain like adults do:  We all know that pain is more than just a conditioned response; it hurts! A press release from the University of Oxford took brain scans and found that babies’ brains light up during pain with similar patterns as adult brains, suggesting they experience pain the same way. Incidentally, an important vote is going on in Congress on a law that would restrict abortions for “pain-capable” babies in the womb (see FRC News). Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council says “this legislation conforms federal abortion law to modern science.”Hearing between the ears:  How does the brain balance hearing coming from two sources? Science Daily reports that scientists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have determined part of the answer: it has to do with the “olivocochlear reflex” —“Our hearing is so sensitive that we can hear a pin drop and that’s because of the ‘cochlear amplifier’ in our inner ear. This stems from outer hair cells in the cochlea which amplify sound vibrations.”“When sound intensity increases, the olivocochlear reflex turns down the ‘cochlear amplifier’ to dynamically balance the input of each ear for optimal hearing, sound localisation and to protect hearing.“The study found that the cochlear’s outer hair cells, which amplify sound vibrations, also provide the sensory signal to the brain for dynamic feedback control of this sound amplification, via a small group of auditory nerve fibres of previously unknown function.The brain, of course, has to know what to do with this information that the mechanical and physical hearing organs deliver to it.Motion blur compensation: Your eyes are constantly moving, and often, objects you see are moving, too. Why don’t you see a constantly blurred picture? The UC San Diego Health System has a partial answer:Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Shiley Eye Institute have identified the molecular “glue” that builds the brain connections that keep visual images clear and still, even as objects or your eyes move. Using mouse models, the researchers demonstrate that image stabilization depends upon two proteins, Contactin-4 and amyloid precursor protein, binding during embryonic development. The study is published May 7 by Neuron.Lead scientist and ophthalmologist Andrew D. Huberman discusses sensors and “precise connections” between neurons in the brain aided by these proteins. When these proteins are mutated, “the circuit didn’t form properly and visual cells didn’t talk to the brain correctly.”Brain’s router: The brain’s “sorting and routing center” is discussed in Science Magazine. Environmental messages from the senses need to know where to go; how is this achieved? Researchers have found that the hippocampus does not send out general broadcasts. Instead, “hippocampal neurons route distinct behavior-contingent information selectively to different target areas.”How do higher brain areas communicate with each other? Do they send out all computations equally to all target areas and leave the recipient to extract the needed and relevant information? Or does the transmitting region package and route computations differentially to distinct target areas, depending on the content? Ciocchi et al. found that the ventral hippocampus routes anxiety-related information preferentially to the prefrontal cortex and goal-related information preferentially to the nucleus accumbens. Hippocampal neurons with multiple projections were more involved in a variety of behavioral tasks and in memory consolidation.Organizational principles: Without mentioning evolution, a press release from the Max Planck Florida Institute shows how its team created 3-D color models of neuronal interconnections in order to understand the “organizational principles of the neocortex.” Consider what transpires when a rat twitches a single whisker:First, neurons of all cell types projected the majority of their axon – the part of the neuron that transmits information to other neurons – far beyond the borders of the cortical column they were located in. Thus, information from a single whisker will spread into multiple cortical columns…. Second, these trans-columnar pathways were not uniformly structured. Instead, each cell type showed specific and asymmetric axon projection patterns, for example interconnecting columns that represent whiskers with similar distance to the bottom of the snout. Finally, the researchers showed that the observed principles of trans-columnar pathways could be advantageous, compared to any previously postulated cortex model, for encoding complex sensory information.Time code: The brain can even simulate time dilation and time contraction. A paper in Current Biology explores the “neural coding” itself can dilate and contract.The brain is a time machine, of sorts. It is always attempting to predict the future. At this moment you are automatically predicting the next word in this ……. And given the dynamic nature of the world, the ability to tell time and process temporal information is critical for motor coordination, sensory processing, and the ability to anticipate environmental events.Think about how a piano student can play the same piece fast or slow. How do the neurons adjust for the time differences? Some progress was made by Mello et al. in a paper in the same issue of Current Biology, but much remains unknown:Nevertheless, the new study by Mello et al.  is the first to provide clear evidence for a relative code for timing on the seconds to minute scale. The most fascinating question raised is how this is accomplished. How does a population of neurons temporally contract or dilate their responses? At the population level we can think of the firing pattern as a trajectory in N-dimensional space — where N corresponds to the number of recorded neurons. Thus, a relative temporal code corresponds to traveling along the same (or similar) trajectory at different speeds. In principle the simplest way to achieve such a rescaling is to scale the time constant of the neurons in circuits. There is, however, little evidence that such a mechanism is physiologically plausible. Another possibility is that tonic inputs or neuromodulators effectively control the dynamics of the circuits in a manner that scales the speed of the neural trajectory.Because rats can robustly rescale their motor behaviors, and humans can easily rescale the speed with which they speak or play a musical piece, future studies will have to determine not only how the brain encodes time, but how it does so in a flexible manner that allows for time dilation and contraction.Is anyone considering the possibility that the user of the brain tells the neurons what to do?Unreal abstractions: PhysOrg asks a semi-philosophical question: “Can the brain map ‘non-conventional’ geometries (and abstract spaces)?” It’s an interesting question, because one would suspect that evolution would have no use for such abstractions; it needs to tailor the organism to the real world. Nevertheless, research published by the Royal Society suggests that mammal brains are pre-equipped to comprehend hyperbolic spaces and non-Euclidean geometries:Grid cells, space-mapping neurons of the entorhinal cortex of rodents, could also work for hyperbolic surfaces. A SISSA study just published in Interface, the journal of the Royal Society, tests a model (a computer simulation) based on mathematical principles, that explains how maps emerge in the brain and shows how these maps adapt to the environment in which the individual develops.“It took human culture millennia to arrive at a mathematical formulation of non-Euclidean spaces”, comments SISSA neuroscientist Alessandro Treves, “but it’s very likely that our brains could get there long before. In fact, it’s likely that the brain of rodents gets there very naturally every day.”Choosing not to be depressed: Is depression a disease of physical neurons? If so, it would seem curable by physical drugs. Science Daily, though, reproduced a press release from The Lancet that announces, “Mindfulness-based therapy could offer an alternative to antidepressants for preventing depression relapse.” Mindfulness therapy takes the reality of the mind seriously. In a controlled experiment, one group kept taking antidepressants, but the other group engaged their minds with “guided mindfulness practices, group discussion and other cognitive behavioural exercises.” Both groups had similar rates of relapse and success. One advantage of mindfulness-based therapy is cost: “As a group intervention, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy was relatively low cost compared to therapies provided on an individual basis and, in terms of the cost of all health and social care services used by participants during the study, we found no significant difference between the two treatments.”The mind-body problem raises profound philosophical and theological questions. How does the realm of atoms and the realm of concepts interact? Which is predominant? Many books have been written on these questions, but the evidence cited here underscores the view of the human mind as a personal soul with free will. The neurons of hearing, sight and the other senses are servants to the self. For non-human mammals like the rats in the experiments, input from the senses is directed by the brain intelligently for adaptive responses (instincts), but think about the human cases. The piano student can choose to play a piece fast or slow; the neurons do not determine any instinctual response. We can all say “no” to our neurons and choose to take actions that at times are radically opposed to what our senses or instincts (if we have such things) pressure us to do. We can even blaze past the pain and do a courageous act that makes no sense in terms of safety or survival.We further can tell that the soul is real, because in none of these research projects did the scientists act by instinct. Nothing in the presumed evolution of the human being gave survival value to writing a scientific paper, conducting a controlled experiment, or reasoning about the causes and effects of abstract geometric concepts on grid cells. It’s not surprising that each of the researchers was silent on the subject of evolution.As for depression, it’s doubtful the researchers at Oxford gave spiritual comfort from the Bible to the patients in the mindfulness-based therapy group. If they gave them old-fashioned non-directive counseling and empty talk in group discussions, that would be highly unlikely to bring comfort except for the false comfort of shared misery. The gospel of Jesus Christ, however, is a well-spring of joy. Paul said, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1-2). What could be better for a depressed person than peace, grace, joy, and hope? In a real sense, depressed people are selfish. They’re thinking about themselves and their feelings: “Woe is me; I’m so sad, I deserve better.” The gospel takes our eyes off ourselves and onto our Maker where they belong. We all would be less depressed if we stood in this grace of God by faith, by trusting God’s promised Messiah, Jesus Christ, for “access by faith” into the glory of God.Once a person is walking by faith in the joy of the Lord, grateful for forgiveness and a new life, a whole new world of joy just begins. Think about these wonders of science mentioned in this one article: projection neurons that connect precisely to give you clear vision, outer hair cells in the cochlea that automatically balance the inputs from your two ears, organizational principles, time codes — He made these all for you, so that life could be richer, that you might look up and share His great love. I guarantee you will find it hard to be depressed when your response to these facts is, “Wow! That’s amazing! Thank you Lord! I love you, Lord! Your awesome power and wisdom is incomprehensible; it’s beautiful—Hallelujah!”last_img read more

first_imgIt takes 3 000 lemons to make one kilo of lemon essential oil. In 1986 South Africa exported 286 tons of lemon essential oil, worth $3.4-million.Janine ErasmusThe Eastern Cape has received a major boost to its burgeoning essential oils industry, with ten government-sponsored trial sites becoming operational throughout the province. The goal is to develop the region into a major player in the multi-billion-dollar global essential oils industry.The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), the national Department of Science and Technology (DST), and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research are collaborating to transfer the knowledge and technology for the commercial propagation of essential oil-bearing plants, as well as the means to distil essential oils from harvested produce, to farmers in the region.The initiative is particularly targeting communal land, resettled communities and unused land, with the aim of increasing the percentage of land being put to productive use. A wide variety of suitable plants can be grown in the province, with relatively small areas of land required. The DST views the essential oils sector as a valuable opportunity for historically vulnerable small and emerging farmers and rural communities to play a bigger role in South Africa’s commercial agricultural sector.The essential oils industry is labour-intensive, especially in the pre-harvesting stage. As a globally competitive player in this sector, the impoverished Eastern Cape region will see many benefits not only through job creation and sustainable livelihood, but also through economic growth and diversification of agricultural production.A centre of essential oils productionThe ECDC intends developing the area into an essential oils hub, with the establishment of a number of essential oil extraction sites, and related or complementary businesses, such as manufacturers of cosmetic and medicinal products, in the vicinity. It is hoped that businesses in the cluster will be able to share specialised infrastructure, labour, market and skills.Several Eastern Cape regions have been earmarked for possible cluster locations. These include Langkloof/Tsitsikamma, Graaff-Reinet to Middelburg, Greater Bathurst, the R63 route from Keiskammahoek to Fort Beaufort, Port St Johns to Mthatha, and the Tsolo and greater Butterworth area.The ECDC plans to have up to six essential oil clusters operational throughout the province within three years. Each cluster will have a distillation plant serving at least 30 hectares.The project is divided into four stages. Stage one, the current stage, involves trial production. Stage two will see the start of limited commercial production of up to 25 hectares, while phase three involves full-scale roll out of commercial production of up to 200 hectares per site by the end of the first five-year period. During phase four processing and product beneficiation plants will be established.The essential oils industry in South Africa is currently focused mostly in the provinces of Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Kwazulu-Natal and the Western Cape. There are about 100 small commercial producers and 33 commercial stills in operation.By contrast the essential oils industry globally is worth about $10-billion and is currently undergoing rapid expansion, says the DST. The major consumers of this market are the US (40%), Western Europe (30%) and Japan (7%). Trade in essential oils and related products increases at approximately 10% per year.Essential oils used in a multitude of waysThere are approximately 3 000 known essential oils, of which about 300 are of commercial importance. Essential oils are obtained from natural raw materials such as the leaves, fruit, bark, wood and resin of many seasonal or perennial plants. They are distinguishable by their distinct aroma and volatile nature which causes them to evaporate when exposed to air.Aromatic oils occur in very small quantities in a plant, typically only 1-2% of the dry weight of the plant material distilled.Essential oils are found in a range of products including perfumes, food flavours, pharmaceutical goods and industrial solvents. They are used in the preparation of beverages, medicines, and personal care and household products such as cosmetics, toiletries and cleaning preparations.According to TradeInvestSA, a guide to business opportunities in South Africa, there are several factors that make the country potentially attractive to the essential oils market worldwide. Location in the southern hemisphere is one, because many of the world’s growing regions are in the northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere suppliers can easily take advantage of seasonal slumps in production.Then, there are South Africa’s strong trade links with Europe as a major importer of flavour and fragrance materials. The country is also being established as a world-class agricultural producer in a wide range of products, and its diverse climate, variety of biomes, and good quality soil support the cultivation of a selection of essential oil crops.Currently South Africa exports and imports essential oils. Exports of essential oils are destined mainly for developed economies such as Europe (49%), US (24%) and Japan (4.5%).The most noteworthy essential oils produced in South Africa are eucalyptus, citrus, geranium and buchu. The latter two products are indigenous to the country. Data from the United Nations trade statistics database shows that in 2006 South Africa exported $6.1-million worth of essential oils and imported the same commodity to the value of $2.6-million.Useful linksSouth African Essential Oils Producers AssociationDepartment of Science and TechnologyEastern Cape Development CorporationCouncil for Scientific and Industrial ResearchEssential oil informationlast_img read more

first_imgSouth African President Jacob Zuma with Graça Machel, Nelson Mandela’s wife, at the launch of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg. Zuma and Tokyo Sexwale, chair of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Resource Mobilisation Committee, examine resources on display at the refurbished centre. (Images: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Danielle Melville  Director: Communications and Outreach Nelson Mandela Foundation+27 11 547 5600 RELATED ARTICLES • Twenty years of constitutional freedom • Mandela: a life in books • One Young World celebrates Mandela • The meaning of heritage • Mandela: childhood heroes and lessonsMelissa Jane CookGovernment leaders, business people, veterans of the struggle against apartheid and celebrities gathered at a high-profile event in Houghton, Johannesburg on Monday 18 November to launch the new Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, a priceless historical collection of resources chronicling the life of South Africa’s greatest statesman.President Jacob Zuma addressed the launch, saying the new space housed some of the most important documents on the founding of a democratic South Africa. “These resources are part of the liberation heritage, the nation’s heritage, and they need to be preserved.”The centre is a milestone achievement for the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Zuma said, and bears testament to Mandela’s vision.The date of the launch of the Centre of Memory marked the 20th anniversary of the adoption of South Africa’s Interim Constitution on 18 November 1993, when the groundwork for a non-racial and fully democratic South Africa was laid for the first time. The new document paved the way to the country’s first democratic elections on 27 April 1994.“Housed at this centre are some of the most important heritage resources that chronicle the life and times of the founding father of our democratic nation and our icon, Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,” Zuma said.The president expressed his appreciation to the Nelson Mandela Foundation for the work that had gone into conserving the legacy of the struggle.“We take this opportunity to thank the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory for the excellent work they are doing in preserving part of our nation’s heritage,” he said.“Through your work, you are making a major contribution towards integrating our liberation heritage into our nation’s cultural heritage. The resources housed at this centre form an integral part of defining where we come from as a nation. They also help in articulating the kind of society we seek to build; a national democratic society that is united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous.“They tell an important part of the South African story; a story of a people that have overcome adversity; many years of division and conflict and have today joined hands in building a shared and prosperous future.”At the event, Zuma announced that a statue of Nelson Mandela will be unveiled at the Union Buildings in Tshwane in December, to mark the centenary celebration of the buildings.Continuing Mandela’s journeySello Hatang, chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, told the gathering that it is South Africans’ responsibility to continue the journey Mandela laid out for us.“Today marks a quintessential change for us,” he said. “Of course, Madiba stopped using his office in 2010, but today finally the building itself has been refurbished with a mandate beyond that of a most-presidential office.“This building is now a public facility – an integrated resource on the life and times of Madiba, a place where his legacy is open to interpretation and where we will convene dialogue on critical social issues and drive social change.”Hatang explained that the new facility was for all people to play a part and build a legacy together. South Africans, he said, must open the Mandela legacy up to interpretation, and convene dialogue on critical social issues. “We are responsible for the ghosts who bought us freedom, for those who struggled for justice, and we need to continue the struggle for those not yet born.”Legacy championsTokyo Sexwale, chair of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Resource Mobilisation Committee, emphasised Mandela’s role as a peacemaker. “This is a house of reconciliation and dialogue, a place where different parties can come together and discuss pertinent policy issues.”Sexwale thanked the Nelson Mandela legacy champions: the government of India, the Rockefeller family, Vodacom, the Motsepe family, former US President Bill Clinton and the Sexwale Family Foundation. They, in partnership with the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, helped facilitate and fund the refurbishment of the Centre of Memory building.He said the place must be protected, in the spirit of Nelson Mandela. “The legacy needs to live forever and his name needs to live forever. Nelson Mandela said, ‘It’s time for new hands to lift the burden,’ and it’s up to all of us, here, today.”Chairperson of Nelson Mandela Foundation, Professor Njabulo Ndebele, said South Africans are a nation built on a foundation of elders, propelled on by the youth.“If a legacy is something you leave behind, it also demands of you to visualise in the future the impact of what you wish to leave behind,” he said. “This means you need a memory of the future as well. Memory is not only about the past, it is about envisioning the future and retaining that memory.”last_img read more

first_imgAt Mining Indaba 2014, Brand South Africa makes a compelling business case for why investors should consider South Africa as an important trade and investment destination.Support and Partnership from Exploration to ProcessingInvestment workshop 5 February, Roof Terrace Room, CTICCSouth Africa is becoming an economic force to be reckoned with in this rapidly changing global economic – mainly due to the long-term socio-economic vision and associated policy-making of its government, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola tells participants at an investment workshop during Mining Indaba 2014.South Africa’s competitive advantage in the developing worldAmended legislation to ease doing business in South Africa February 6, 2014: Amendments to the National Environmental Management and the Mineral and Petroleum Development Acts will soon see a smoother process to licensing in the mining sector, improving the climate for investment in the country.  More >South Africa: Sound investment destination, emerging market that mattersFebruary 5, 2014: South Africa is an important emerging market in the global stage, offering a solid and steadily growing economy with secure rewards for potential investors. That was the consensus at the Investment Promotion Workshop hosted by Brand South Africa at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on 5 February. More >Mining Indaba: South Africa – an emerging market that mattersFebruary 5, 2014 : There was overwhelming consensus at the Investment Promotion Workshop co-hosted by Brand South Africa and the Departments of Mineral Resources, Trade and Industry and Science and Technology at the Mining Indaba that South Africa is an emerging market that matters. More >Cape Town is open for business – De LilleFebruary 4, 2014: Having hosted the African Mining Indaba for the past 20 years, Cape Town is now looking to further relationships with sector businesses beyond the conference.  More >Mining Indaba: Growing population to boost Africa’s mineral developmentFebruary 4, 2014: Speaking at the 2014 Mining Indaba, Minerals Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said a growing world population was a good sign for Africa’s development; Red Door Research’s Jim Lennon echoed this, saying China’s development needs would mean strong demand for the continent’s resources. More >Focus on African resources at Mining IndabaFebruary 3, 2014: With #MiningIndaba trending on Twitter, the first full day of the 20th Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town focused on transparency in the industry, and on the scramble for Africa’s resources – the continent accounts for 30% of mining resources in the world, much of it untapped. More >African mining: ‘prepare for a rebound’February 3, 2014: Investors should broaden their perspective, look beyond the obvious and prepare for African mining to rebound on the back of growing demand from recovering global economies, delegates heard at a private forum ahead of the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on the weekend. More >Africa, mining industry ‘must grow together’February 3, 2014: A major shift in how mining companies operate in Africa is required for the industry to contribute effectively to the continent’s growth, South African Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday. More >last_img read more

first_img12 March 2015King Shaka International Airport in Durban has reported electricity savings of 1.9 GWh over three years – or the equivalent of R2.7-million – by implementing an energy management system with the support of the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA).The amount of energy saved at the airport is enough to power 225 South African middle-income homes for a whole year.The airport, which is managed by state-owned Airports Company of SA (Acsa), identified energy saving as one of its key business imperatives. It signed up for the NCPC-SA’s Industrial Energy Efficiency Project.The NCPC-SA is a programme of the Department of Trade and Industry, hosted by the CSIR. Its services are fully subsidised to enable companies to proactively comply with South Africa’s environmental policies, regulatory frameworks and standards, before these become legislated.Three projects undertaken at the airport over three years have resulted in a total energy saving of 1 932 576 kWh, which is valued at R2 761 249. With a total investment of R40 0641, the estimated average payback period was 1.8 months. A reduction of 1 850 tonnes of carbon dioxide was achieved.NCPC-SA provided training and assessment to King Shaka staff, helping the company to develop and implement an energy management system.Airport spokesperson Colin Naidoo said the real success behind the project was the high returns on low- or zero-cost initiatives. The airport’s financial investment was less than a fifth of the savings gained.The project has focused on reducing lighting demand throughout the airport, including in the parkades, as well as improving the management of air conditioning.Kevin Cilliers, NCPC-SA senior project manager in KwaZulu-Natal, said he believed the success of the project was due to the enthusiasm of dedicated, responsible people to improve energy consumption.“The support of top management is critical for a programme like this to succeed. Their support also includes getting employees involved and excited about energy management. ACSA has a number of sites throughout the country, so the learning and successes can be shared with other airports,” Cilliers said.Cilliers adds that companies such as ACSA that decide to roll-out EnMS to other branches or affiliates play an important role in extending the environmental and financial benefits accrued through sustainable energy management strategies in South Africa.The Industrial Energy Efficiency Project is implemented by the NCPC-SA in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation. It is funded by the South African government through the Departments of Trade and Industry and Energy and international donors, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs and the UK Department for International Development.Source: CSIRlast_img read more

first_imgThere are so many practical uses for AR being created that are largely overlooked because they aren’t tied to a large brand promoting a popular product. Virtual mirrors let shoppers try on sunglasses, shoes, clothes, hair styles, make up and other products before purchasing them online or in a store. Mobile browsers let people see virtual tours, valuable government data and, eventually I hope, relevant hyper-local news results and alerts. These are just a handful of the practical uses for AR that will hopefully inundate its future.We also pondered the various things, both technologically and otherwise, standing in the way of AR and a prosperous future with the technology. Many noted the various hardware limitations presented by smartphones and other portable devices, including camera, accelerometer and GPS quality and accuracy. One of the more overlooked hurdles AR needs to overcome is the awkwardness presented by holding one’s phone in front of their face when browsing AR content. The cure for this? Time. AR will likely need a few years to move into the public consciousness much in the same way that Bluetooth headsets did, eliminating the majority of the confusion that surrounded their use. I think, however, that by the time the public becomes more accepting of seeing phones held up in the air, there will likely be a better technology suited for browsing AR content. Examples include fashionable head-mounted displays (HMDs) in the form of sunglasses or contact lenses, which would remove he need to hold a device in our field of vision.What we all agreed on at the summit is that the future of AR looks promising, and the exponential growth of technology should help it expand rather quickly in the next several years. If you would like to learn more about augmented reality, be sure to read up on the top vendors in the space in our report, Augmented Reality for Marketers and Developers: Analysis of the Leaders, the Challenges and the Future. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Last Friday, ReadWriteWeb hosted our second unconference event in Mountain View, California as experts from around the world gathered to discuss the mobile Web and its future. One of the hot topics I was eager to discuss going into the event was augmented reality (AR) – a top trend that we are tracking here at ReadWriteWeb. In case you weren’t able to make it out to the summit, here is an overview of the discussions surrounding augmented reality from the event.One of the key things I took away from our discussions of AR at the summit was that large group round-tables can quickly devolve into an argument over what is and what isn’t to be considered “augmented reality.” This has been a conversation I’ve experienced not only when trying to describe the technology to someone unfamiliar with it, but also when speaking with experts in and executives in the field. One company specializing in a specific form of AR riffed that another company, focusing on other initiatives, was “not really doing AR” while the other would argue they were. It would seem that the definition of augmented reality is very broad and more inclusive to some, and narrow and exclusive to others. I tend to fall somewhere in the middle, defining AR as something that can take many different forms but which should not be over used to define fringe examples or offshoot technologies. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Augmented Reality#web Related Posts center_img As augmented reality evolves, I believe the accepted definition should also evolve to reflect the current state of the technology. The two words, “augmented” and “reality” should not be interpreted for their separate values. The ability to add data to a reality-based location, person, event, etc. does not automatically meet the prerequisites for what I would define as augmented reality. It is the implementation of this data into a visual display that makes it “augmented reality,” rather than “augmented” “reality.”For the purpose of the mobile summit, we tried to focus on AR as it pertained to mobile devices. We discussed the issues surrounding standards and the impending compatibility issues between the various mobile AR browsers on the market. Personally I think the sooner augmented reality content can be standardized into a single markup language, the faster and more efficiently the technology can grow and become more widely accepted.Another way that AR’s acceptance will be accelerated is through publicity and greater awareness. As I’ve mentioned in earlier articles, AR was named a top trend to follow in 2010 by Time Magazine, and is currently being featured in a campaign on the Discovery Channel for their hit show Deadliest Catch. These are big steps forward for AR in that they place the technology in the spotlight in front of millions of eyeballs, but not all of the publicity is positive.Personally I find the proliferation of impractical examples of AR to be a long-term detriment to the growth and acceptance of the technology. Unfortunately, the most popular iterations of AR come in the form of gimmicky promotions for movies, TV shows, cars and other products. While it is good to place the technology in front of large audiences, we are teaching people that AR is nothing but a fun trick. I have no problem with AR being used in toys to enhance playing cards, drone helicopters and the overall toy-buying experience, but when AR does nothing more than provide a cheap thrill, it’s missing the point. AR for the sake of AR is, to me, pointless. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App chris cameron 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more