South Africa takes part in International Day of Yoga

first_imgTo mark International Day of Yoga, South Africans in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg gathered to stretch their muscles in yoga poses.The United Nations proclaimed today, 21 June, as International Day of Yoga. The draft resolution was proposed by India last year and endorsed by a record 175 member states.Yoga brings thought & action together in harmony. Tuesday is #YogaDay: https://t.co/UPUoR4OTDx #Yoga4SDGs pic.twitter.com/TrzsjIMA4g— United Nations (@UN) June 21, 2016“Yoga balances body and soul, physical health and mental well-being,” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. “It promotes harmony among people, and between ourselves and the natural world. Recognising its universal appeal, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.”What South Africa didSouth Africa’s main event, co-ordinated by the Indian High Commission and its consulates, together with community organisations, was held on 19 June at Zoo Lake in Johannesburg.Indian High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam said while yoga was born in India, it was practised all over the world and that it belonged to everybody.See the event at Zoo Lake:“We are very blessed that in South Africa, there is already a very big culture of yoga with almost every major school from India being represented,” Ghanashyam told the news site, India Today. “They have been our very valuable partners in providing the guidance and support for these events.”Message from India“When I outlined a vision for an International Day of Yoga in September 2014 at the UN General Assembly, even I did not anticipate the enormous enthusiasm for the occasion from all corners of the world,” said Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.“Your support and participation last year, and once again now redeems our commitment to nurture and promote this ancient discipline, and reaffirms yoga as an exemplary manifestation of vasudhaiva kutumbakam – the world as one family.”Modi recalled the inaugural day last year and described it as momentous and iconic. “All the way from the Pacific Islands to Port of Spain, from Vladivostok to Vancouver and from Copenhagen to Cape Town, thousands gathered to unite the bodies and minds through the practice of yoga.”Holistic health benefitsOriginating in India, the word “yoga” is derived from Sanskrit and means to join or unite; it is symbolic of the union of the physical body and consciousness.Yoga embodied unity of thought and action, Modi said at the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly. “Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature.”“Yoga means ‘to unite’. What better place to practice than at the United Nations!” – @UNOG_DG at #IDY2016 event. pic.twitter.com/QbXgQPA8c0— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) June 19, 2016Watch:Noting its global benefits as a sport, Ban said yoga could contribute to development and peace. “Practising yoga can also help to raise awareness of our role as consumers of the planet’s resources and as individuals with a duty to respect and live in peace with our neighbours,” he said.“All these elements are essential to building a sustainable future of dignity and opportunity for all.”Ban urged people across the world to embrace healthier lives and commit to unity regardless of ethnicity, faith, age, gender identity or sexual orientation.“Let us celebrate this day – and every day – as members of one human family sharing onecommon, precious home.”South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

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Press release: Brand South Africa and Trialogue encourage volunteerism

first_imgBrand South Africa partnered with Trialogue to host its quarterly Trialogue CSI forum in Johannesburg and Cape Town. These forums call on all those working in the Corporate Social Investment (CSI) field to collaborate and engage on issues in the CSI environment.Despite uncertainty and tougher trading conditions in almost every sector of the economy, corporate South Africa continues to demonstrate its commitment to CSI. (Image: Brian Mthembu)“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. When you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” Marjorie MooreBrand South Africa partnered with Trialogue to host its quarterly Trialogue CSI forum in Johannesburg and Cape Town.The purpose of these forums is to call on all those working in the Corporate Social Investment (CSI) field to collaborate and engage on issues faced in the CSI environment; to extend the initiatives to corporate employees to be active citizens and volunteer their time and skills for the great good of society.“Brand South Africa found an opportunity to partner with Trialogue in order to present our Play Your Part nationwide movement, which intends to inspire and motivate active citizenship in South Africa,” said Brand South Africa’s GM: Marketing Sithembile Ntombela.Trialogue is a business that specialises in social corporate responsibility and has been hosting CSI forums since the beginning of 2013. Held four times a year, each forum provides valuable insights on active citizenship.“As Play Your Part, we showcase how ordinary people and corporates are contributing to society. We unpack the drivers that contribute positively to the Nation Brand and its competitiveness through the movement,” concludes Ntombela.Trialogue director, Cathy Duff, said: “The sessions explore trends in volunteering, local best practice, how the impact of volunteerism can be measured, the types of volunteering support that non-profit organisations are looking for, and how to effectively manage volunteering programmes.”At the forum, Duff shared insights on the research conducted on organisational CSI programmes and employee volunteerism that will be captured in a Trialogue booklet, which can be purchased through the Trialogue website .Despite uncertainty and tougher trading conditions in almost every sector of the economy, corporate South Africa continues to demonstrate its commitment to CSI. CSI expenditure in South Africa was estimated to be worth R8.6 billion in 2016, significantly up from R2.9 billion in 2006, according to Trialogue’s Business in Society engagement.“South Africans, in general, are a giving nation. When it comes to formal domestic programmes in CSI and volunteerism, South Africa is ahead compared to other countries, whilst on an international platform we fall behind, there is a very small percentage spent outside the country,” concludes Duff.Further points that emerged from the forum included;How to encourage employees to volunteer;Barriers to volunteerism; andWhether the lack of employee volunteerism could be linked to organisational culture and leadership.Organisations and employees are encouraged to participate in the Trialogue forums, volunteer their time and educate themselves on the various volunteerism programmes available on http://trialogue.co.za/Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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OSU Extension winter programs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are now into our second year for fertilizer certification for those applying fertilizer to 50 acres or more. Ohio State University Extension will be busy with meetings for Fertilizer Certification again this coming winter months, also known as meeting months. Last December the Ohio Department of Agriculture rolled out the new rules to become certified to apply fertilizer in Ohio. We have in the past two weeks been trained on how to deliver the fertilizer certification program in our counties, and then planned dates and posted those meetings. Some will even occur before the first of the year.To find meeting plans for your area of Ohio, go to: pested.osu.edu/NutrientEducation/. Information is also there to understand who needs the certification, and where to sign up for and attend meetings. If you have a Pesticide Applicators License, then likely you will also need to be certified for fertilizer applications over the next two years. As you re-certify for your pesticide license, you can also choose to be fertilizer applicator certified at a two-hour meeting. If this is your year for pesticide license re-certification then you can find those meeting locations here: http://pested.osu.edu/privaterecert.html. For those new or younger folks who will be applying fertilizer, you will attend a three-hour long program. Check the same website just look for those comprehensive three-hour meetings.And as we get closer to winter meeting season we will post those regional and area agronomy and update meetings. Our Agronomic Crops Team calendar is pretty thin now, but will be full before Christmas. So check our website: http://agcrops.osu.edu/calendar, for the events and their locations.A couple of events already in the works are:The Ohio No-Till Conference is Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 S. Jefferson, Plain City. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $40 (before Dec. 1) and $60 at the door.Another very popular program is the West Ohio Agronomy Day (and evening, too). Held Jan. 11 in St Michael’s Hall in Fort Loramie to benefit growers in Shelby, Darke and Mercer counties, but attracts growers from Auglaize, Champaign and Miami, too. Speakers this year come from Purdue University, Ohio State University as well as industry. Local county Extension educators will be there too to help deliver the goods on how best to enter the New Year. For more information and to register contact Debbie Brown, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, OSU Extension, Shelby County at phone 937 498-7239 or by email: [email protected] couple of dates for February include two Agronomy Workshops that will be held Feb. 15 and 16, 2016 at Selby Hall on the Ohio State University OARDC Wooster campus. Field Crops Management 201 — a basic to general look at the topics and Field Crops Management 401 — builds on day one to more advanced levels.While the days are planned to build on each other, you may attend one or both days. The program will start with registration at 8:30. Lunch, breaks, handouts and recertification credits for Pesticide Education and CCA-CEUs will be included. Registration cost and details will follow soon, but for now hold the dates. For more information contact Pierce Paul at [email protected] or by phone 330 263-3842.last_img read more

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Hardware Acceleration: The Next Frontier in the Browser Wars

first_imgMicrosoft announced Internet Explorer 9 at its Professional Developers Conference earlier this month. One of the unique features of IE9 that Microsoft announced at that time was hardware acceleration for its browser. Thanks to technologies like Direct2D and Direct Write that are available for Windows7, Windows developers can use a computer’s graphics card to render websites faster. While Microsoft is still working on this project behind closed doors, however, you can already download a Direct2D-enabled pre-release version of Firefox 3.7 today.Beyond JavaScript: Fast Browsers Thanks to Direct2DEver since the release of Google’s Chrome, browser developers have emphasized JavaScript performance. There is still a lot of work left to be done in this area, but developers have also started to investigate other parts of the browser that could benefit from new technologies.According to Firefox developer Bas Schouten, the current implementation of Direct2D in this pre-release version will work best with graphics cards that support DirectX10 and WDDM1.0 drivers. On systems that fulfill these specs, though, users are likely to see significantly better performance on graphics-heavy sites. Sites that mostly render static text or depend on Adobe Flash to display their graphics won’t benefit greatly from Direct2D. One benefit of Direct2D that users will notice on most sites, however, is improved font rendering. frederic lardinois Tags:#Browsers#news#NYT#web For the time being, this is just an experiment and it isn’t clear if Mozilla will integrate this technology into Firefox 3.7. What is clear, is that Mozilla seems to be ahead of Microsoft and by doing its development out in the open and through open source, Mozilla will be able to rely on its vast developer community to test and enhance these features. What About Google and Apple?Some would argue that the release of Google Chrome started this new race towards faster browsers, and as CNet’s Stephen Shankland pointed out earlier today, the Chrome development team is quite aware of Mozilla’s efforts and investigating the use of hardware acceleration in Chrome as well. As Shankland also notes, these Direct2D efforts shouldn’t be confused with other projects like WebGL or Google’s Native Client. Direct2D-enabled browsers will be able to render current pages faster, while these other technologies will require developers to redesign their sites.Currently, a lot of these experiments are mostly focused on Windows. With OpenCL in Snow Leopard, Apple already offers a programming interface for using graphics cards for general-purpose computing. Apple is probably also looking at OpenCL to speed up Safari, though we aren’t aware of any projects from Mozilla or Google that are making use of OpenCL at this point.Get it NowIf you feel like experimenting with a new browser, you can download an early pre-release of an alpha version of Firefox 3.7 here. While we have tested this browser for a while and didn’t see any crashes, it is worth remembering that this version isn’t meant to be run in a production environment and that most of your extensions will likely not work. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

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The SEC Made A Ridiculous Amount Of Money In 2014

first_imgSEC Logo in blue background.SEC Logo MoneyLife is good down south – down in the SEC, specifically. According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the SEC made $455 million in 2014, a probable record for revenue among college football conferences. It’s a massive jump in revenue from 2013, when the league made $314.5 million, second that year to the Big Ten, which made $318 million. The conference can thank its new TV network, the SEC Network, for most of the big jump in revenue. That means each school gets a nice $31.07 million gift. SEC will distribute $31.07M per school in revenue, sources told @ESPN. League made record $455M past year— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 29, 2015The conference made nearly twice as much as the Big 12.SEC made $455M in revenue, Big 12 “little north of $250M” past year, sources told @ESPN— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 29, 2015College football’s strongest conference in recent seasons now has more money to play with.last_img read more

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Carlos Hyde separates himself at running back defense matures for Ohio State

The Ohio State football team capped off its spring practice session with its annual Spring Game Saturday in Cincinnati, but the coaches and players believe there is still substantial work to be done. OSU’s assistant coaches met with the media Wednesday to discuss the improvements that need to be made, which players have stuck out during the spring and how they hope the leadership of last year’s seniors will be replaced. Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith: separating themselves from the rest Senior running back Carlos Hyde ran for 970 yards in his first season as a full-time starter in Meyer’s spread offense. His 16 rushing touchdowns led the team, and according to running backs coach Stan Drayton, Hyde and junior Rod Smith are going to be the main contributors for the position this fall. “I do believe that Carlos and Rod have separated themselves from both (sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt freshman Warren Ball),” Drayton said. “I feel like we have depth that can bring productivity to our offense which is something that is an unbelievable luxury to have. Carlos is clearly the starter, and I think Rod has separated himself from those guys right now.” Drayton went on to say Hyde has grown into a “phenomenal leader.” “It was critical that he establish himself with a young group of guys,” Drayton said. “He was like a coach out there. It was really good to see.” For the front seven, leadership is the key With former starters John Simon and Johnathan Hankins gone, linebacker coach and co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said the biggest thing that the defense has lost is leadership. “I think you’re always concerned about the leadership and the mentality and the way those guys are handling everything,” Fickell said. “You worry about how they gel together, how the leadership guys step up, how they make the other guys around them better.” Fickell said he was happy to see a number of guys “really maturing” this spring though, including junior middle linebacker Curtis Grant, who Fickell sees in the starting lineup with junior Ryan Shazier and sophomore Joshua Perry. Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel said the line made “good progress” during the 14 spring practices. The coaching staff and the players, though, are “not putting a lot of stock” in the 11 sacks the defense had during the Spring Game. Vrabel said the defensive line was more productive during scrimmages earlier in the spring than during the game because “you saw more consistent plays in the run game, runs that we’re going to see. Some of those guys in that first group didn’t see a whole bunch of runs (during the Spring Game).” Vrabel said that juniors Joel Hale and Michael Bennett in particular have made significant progress. “I think Joel Hale improved. I think we saw some things from him that we hadn’t seen from him last year,” Vrabel said. “Michael Bennett had a good spring. He was consistent, he was there every day. He was a leader for us and gave us a physical presence inside.” read more

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Juventus expected Cristiano Ronaldo in low form

first_imgInside information from the Juventus camp talks about the real reason behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s lack of goals during his first ever Serie A season.Yes, it’s already been three matches with Cristiano Ronaldo not scoring any goals on his first ever Serie A season playing for Juventus. But there is a whole reasoning behind all that logic that we all have been wondering about and maybe some of you readers have already figured out by now, the Portuguese forward has a whole plan in motion that will allow him to become an even more important footballer in football history, if that’s even possible… We can already trace the past seasons he’s been playing for Real Madrid in the last nine years to see what he’s been about in regards to his physical condition, there is no denying that Cristiano Ronaldo has gradually changed the way in which he prepares for every single season due to his advanced age for a well-established football player like himself. We tend to forget that under all those muscles and talent to play the beautiful sport, we have a normal human being who has just as many preoccupations as any other person would have.? Check out the full video of today’s ⚪️⚫️ training session only on #JuventusTV ➡️ https://t.co/7FXJsnqlm9#ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/QNiVuOsldu— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 5, 2018Due to his legendary stature, we might think that Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t have that same aging process that any other athlete would manifest during his or her career but Ronaldo is flesh and bone just like everybody else. So as time has gone by for a top performance athlete like himself, Cristiano Ronaldo has understood that he needs to modify many of the physical care methods he used growing up as a professional in order to get a better efficiency of every performance. As time went by at Real Madrid, everybody started noticing how Cristiano Ronaldo suddenly stopped doing the same dribbles as he did when he was younger and how his speed diminished in time. The Cristiano Ronaldo we knew during his years as a Red Devils were passed behind him and the man understood that perfectly, he knew that in order to stay in the elite he would have to start looking at new methods that would need to modify many of his traditions as a high-performance athlete.⚽️?? @Cristiano | https://t.co/G9LhZJLa6u ? #CR7JUVE #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/1BOTCVXTva— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 8, 2018Zidane’s influence on Ronaldo’s change of heart.At Real Madrid Ronaldo was able to understand that past his 30, he would have to prepare for the rest of the season un a different manner. Cristiano’s performance level difference started to manifest just a year before French manager Zinedine Zidane arrived as the manager of the club, as a proper football legend himself, ‘Zizou’ was able to get through to Ronaldo about his physical care routine and managed to get the very best out of him during his last three seasons at Real Madrid. At Juventus now as the most important transfer in the last decade, Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t produced the results people expect from him exactly but the Juventus staff knows exactly why this is. Turns out that there is a specific plan to get the very best of Cristiano Ronaldo during the most important stages of the season when the titles are in line. This pretty much exactly as the final years the Portuguese forward had at Real Madrid.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.? Watch the best of Juve’s training during the international break ? featuring a Bucket Challenge! ⚽️?? https://t.co/8iZ5bhkzPZ ⏯ https://t.co/AY2EQaAf82#FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/fPex2j8ZEZ— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 8, 2018We had the chance to speak directly to one of the staff members at the Italian club who tend to Cristiano Ronaldo every day since he arrived, they speak about the very same program he learned during his time at Real Madrid: “Cristiano Ronaldo himself has taken this type of preparation a step further because he has studied the evolution of his body with the Real Madrid experts and he has learned to adapt his working schedule. As the years have gone by for Cristiano, he has learned to control himself more given that he no longer has the same energy from the first days. He has considered that trying to get in shape from the very start of the season could eventually backfire and even carry some risks due to the whole fatigue probability and injury danger, would increase during the most decisive part of the season in spring. This is the main reason why he has modified his preparation plans for every season a little more lately.” said the source from inside Juventus.A recap of Thursday’s session at JTC ?⚪️⚫️?? https://t.co/aOiAKRp5X5?? https://t.co/HCfOFBrCRA #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/OkwCkW09i7— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 6, 2018How long will Cristiano Ronaldo take to get to his best form in Serie A? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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The Caribbean Region First to be Free of Local Measles Transmission

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 11 November 2016 – The Caribbean, and countries of the Americas, are first in the world to be declared free of local measles transmission.This historic announcement was recently made by the International Expert Committee for Documenting and Verifying Measles, Rubella, and Congenital Rubella Syndrome Elimination in the Americas at the 55th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).This means that children in the Caribbean are now less likely to be affected by measles, once they are vaccinated.  Measles affects mostly children and is one of the most contagious diseases.However, widespread use of the vaccine has led to a great reduction in measles cases in the Region.“No local measles cases have been reported in the Caribbean Region since 1991,” stated Dr. C. James Hospedales, Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). He warned however, that “we cannot become complacent, as measles still circulates in other parts of the world.”  He went on to say “due to the high intensity of international travel related to the large tourism sector, the Caribbean region remains at high risk for the importation of measles and rubella cases.”Between 1971 and 1979, more than 100,000 deaths in the Americas were attributable to the disease.  Measles is transmitted by airborne droplets or via direct contact with secretions from the nose, mouth, and throat of infected individuals. It can cause serious complications including blindness, severe diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia, particularly in children with nutritional problems.Measles is the fifth vaccine-preventable disease to be eliminated from the Caribbean and countries of the Americas, after the regional eradication of endemic smallpox in 1971, polio in 1994, and rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in 2015. Related Items:last_img read more

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Families displaced two dogs killed after fire burns through Santee apartment complex

first_img John Soderman, May 10, 2018 John Soderman Posted: May 10, 2018 SANTEE (KUSI) — At least 15 families were displaced, a man hospitalized and two dogs killed when a fast-moving fire burned through an apartment complex in Santee Thursday night.The Santee Fire Department was called to the 10000 block of Mast Boulevard around 6:45 p.m. when a fire of an unknown cause started and quickly spread to other apartments.The fire was contained within 15 minutes of fire units arriving, but four apartments were heavily damaged by the flames.One man suffered smoke inhalation as he attempted to save his two dogs, but despite life-saving efforts, firefighters were unable to revive them.Witnesses told fire crews they heard an explosion before the fire began, but the cause is still under investigation.Battalion Chief Justin Matsushita of the Santee Fire Department said the Bomb/Arson Unit was called to the scene to investigate. Families displaced, two dogs killed after fire burns through Santee apartment complex Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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