first_img FEMA Florida hurricanes Insurance nfip 2019-07-18 Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago July 18, 2019 1,230 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Previous: Americans are Investing Real Estate Next: The Industry Pulse: Updates on ClosingCorp, Nationwide, and More Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Loss Mitigation, Newscenter_img FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has paid more than $1 billion towards 21,949 flood insurance claims by policyholders whose properties were flooded during the historic storm since Hurricane Irma in Florida, Wink News reports.Florida has more NFIP policies in force than any other state, and officials are urging Florida homeowners, renters and business owners to contact their insurance agent and insure their properties from flooding.“One of the most important steps you can take to prepare for hurricane season is to buy flood insurance,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gary Stanley, the FEMA official in charge of Florida’s Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. “Homeowner’s insurance does not cover losses from flooding, so don’t wait, purchase flood insurance today. A policy typically takes 30 days to go into effect, so when the next storm is on its way, it could be too late.”According to a recent survey by insuranceQuotes.com, many homeowners are in the dark when it comes to what is and isn’t covered in their homeowners insurance policy. Flood and mold damage are among the most common misconceptions when it comes to homeowner’s insurance. The survey revealed that 35% of Americans incorrectly believe that a standard homeowner’s insurance policy covers flood damage, and 34% incorrectly believe that a standard homeowner’s insurance policy covers mold damage. These homeowners may be unaware that flood insurance is a premium provided through the NFIP, rather than an included feature in their homeowner’s insurance. In general, a homeowner flood insurance policy covers up to $250,000 in structural damage and up to $100,000 in content loss. However, some homeowners may not be aware of what a “flood” actually means.“Many consumers, when discussing or describing a loss, think that the words ‘flood’ and ‘water damage’ are interchangeable and mean the same thing,” says Mark Carrasquillo, an agent with the New York City-based brokerage E.G. Bowman Company on insuranceQuotes.com. “This is entirely wrong. In the insurance world the terms are very different.” About Author: Seth Welborn Tagged with: FEMA Florida hurricanes Insurance nfip Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post NFIP Has Paid over $1B in Florida since Irma Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / NFIP Has Paid over $1B in Florida since Irma Sign up for DS News Daily Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

first_imgAug 6, 2009British lab finds better-yielding seed strain of H1N1Britain’s National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) has produced a seed strain of novel H1N1 virus that grows much better than strains currently used, the Canadian Press reported yesterday. John Wood of the NIBSC said the strain grows about as well as typical seasonal flu seed strains, but the results must be confirmed by manufacturers. Vaccine makers welcomed the news. Yields from the seed strains now in use have been 50% below those with seasonal flu vaccines or worse.Argentina flu deaths double in latest countThe number of novel H1N1 flu deaths in Argentina has risen to 337, according to the health ministry’s latest report, suggesting that Argentina could soon pass United States as the country with the most fatalities, The Guardian, a British newspaper, reported yesterday. The number was more than double the deaths reported in the ministry’s last report 2 weeks ago. Though Argentina has more fatalities than any South American country, officials believe novel flu cases have peaked.http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/aug/05/argentina-swine-flu-deaths-doubleAug 5 Guardian storyIran bars pilgrims from attending the HajjTo slow the spread of the pandemic H1N1 virus, Iran’s health ministry has banned the country’s citizens from attending the annual Hajj pilgrimage in December in Saudi Arabia, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. The health minister said through state media that the event draws 3 million pilgrims from all over the world, presenting a heightened risk of flu transmission. Iran has confirmed 145 cases so far, but no fatalities.http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2009/August/middleeast_August142.xml&section=middleeast&col=Aug 6 AP storyCalifornia nurses protest inadequate safety equipmentCalifornia nurses protested outside the University of California–San Francisco (UCSF) medical center yesterday to demand better equipment to protect them against the pandemic virus, according to an Aug 4 press release from the California Nurses Association. An ABC News report yesterday showed the nurses protesting in scrubs and masks. Nurses also protested the alleged firing of a UCSF nurse for complaining about inadequate safety gear. The California Hospital Association has denied the claims.Baxter finishes first batches of cell-based pandemic H1N1 vaccineBaxter International Inc. yesterday announced completion of the first commercial batches of its cell-based pandemic H1N1 vaccine, called Celvapan A/H1N1. The company said the vaccine was developed and produced within 12 weeks of receiving the H1N1 virus strain. In making the vaccine, Baxter applied the same processes used in gaining earlier European licensure of a mock-up pandemic vaccine, officials said. Clinical trials are scheduled to start this month.http://www.baxter.com/press_room/press_releases/2009/08_05_09-A-H1N1.htmlAug 5 Baxter news releaseCDC reports low sensitivity for rapid flu testsThe CDC reported today that it assessed several rapid influenza diagnostic tests and found they had low sensitivity, ranging from 40% to 69%. Sensitivity declined substantially when the clinical samples had lower levels of virus, the agency said in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Thus a positive result can guide treatment, but a negative result does not exclude a novel H1N1 infection. The agency evaluated the tests using 65 samples known to contain novel H1N1 or seasonal viruses.http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5830a2.htmAug 7 MMWR articleLarge insurer to cover novel H1N1 vaccineWellPoint, the nation’s largest health insurance company in terms of membership, says it will cover administration of the novel H1N1 vaccine as it becomes publicly available, according to a story today from IFAwebnews. WellPoint operates as Anthem Blue Cross in Virginia and as Empire Blue Cross in New York. Members whose plans already provide coverage for vaccines will qualify for the added coverage.http://ifawebnews.com/2009/08/06/nations-largest-health-insurer-to-cover-h1n1-vaccine/Aug 6 IFAwebnews articlelast_img read more

first_imgOA vs. Lawrenceburg Varsity Baseball Friday (5-11)L              114 51                   12   7   0OA          010 00                   1    2    4For OA:Riley Schebler 0-1, run, bbHunter Sullivan 1-1, bbDalton Mooney 1-1, rbi, bbJordan Stenger   3.2 IP, 9 runs, 4 earned, 5 hits, 2 k, 2 bb, 2 hbp    LossZach Wegman   .1 IP, 3 runs, 1 earned, 2 hits, 0 k, 3 bbRiley Schebler   1 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 k, 1 bbOA Varsity Record: 5-12Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img read more

first_img ‘Celtic were lucky to have Brendan Rodgers’, says Bhoys captain Scott Brown Old Firm ultras CONFIRMED NAME GAME ‘Rangers must deliver’ – Celtic hero warns Gerrard and slams ‘serial loser’ Tavernier GOT IT ALL He helped the Bhoys to a second successive domestic double under Brendan Rodgers’ management, and Edouard has opted to join the Glasgow club on a permanent basis.The youngster, who has represented France up to Under-19 level, has signed a four-year deal with Celtic, who paid a club-record fee to PSG for him. Man United, Arsenal, Wolves, Rangers and Celtic discover Europa League opponents Forster heroics as ten-man Celtic stun dominant Rangers to win League Cup BRING IT ON Rangers slip up at Aberdeen as Celtic go two points clear in Scottish Premiership “From the moment I walked into Celtic, the club has felt like home to me,” Edouard told Celtic’s website. “I have been made to feel so welcome by everyone at the club and our fans have given me such brilliant support.“Celtic is one of the world’s great football clubs and I was desperate to make my move permanent. The scenes from May when we achieved such a historic Double Treble and made the city come alive are still very fresh in our memories.“To see our fans so happy is the reason you play football and now we want to do everything we can to bring our great supporters even more success.” round-up center_img do it Celtic fans have cost club over €500,000 – ‘They’re an embarrassment’, says McCoist 1 rival joy Celtic have completed the signing of Odsonne Edouard from Paris Saint-Germain, the Scottish Premiership club have announced.Edouard, the forward, spent last season on loan with the Parkhead club, scoring 11 goals in 29 appearances. Big Sam makes ‘Allardicio’ Man United claim, says anyone can win with Celtic TOP BOSS Celtic skipper expecting Old Firm title race to go down to the wire this season Rangers vs Celtic: Kick-off time, how to watch for free and team news cup final Latest Celtic news Edouard netted 11 goals for Celtic during his 2017/18 loan spell Arsenal fans are in for a treat when Tierney gets into stride, Brown says last_img read more

first_imgDid you know your heart is an electrical appliance?  That’s right.  Currents of electrical ions are vital to its function as a contractile organ.  Now, researchers at the University of California have found another thing electricity does for your heart: it guides the developing heart into the proper shape.  This is a key study showing how epigenetic factors – factors above and beyond the genetic code – are essential for the formation of body parts.    The research team, publishing in PNAS,1 explained the purpose of their investigation (Note: morphogenesis refers to the origin of shape, and cardiomyocytes are the specialized muscle cells that make the heart beat): Cardiac morphogenesis is a complex process that is mediated by a coordinated set of cellular and molecular as well as environmental factors.  Recent studies have shown that epigenetic forces such as cardiomyocyte contractility and intracardiac hemodynamic flow regulate this process.  Furthermore, in vitro studies suggest that cardiomyocytes can realign themselves according to electrical conduction directionality.  However, because electrical cardiac conduction and mechanical contractile forces are intimately coupled in the intact heart, it is difficult to assess the individual contribution of these influences to overall heart organogenesis.  Here, we make use of several zebrafish cardiac mutants to uncouple these two influences, and find that electrical conduction exclusive of contractile influences can directly participate in remodeling and morphogenesis of the vertebrate heart.In other words, electrical conduction guides the individual heart cells into position during heart development and repair.  They said in the Discussion part of their paper that it is known that “The direction of growth and orientation of various cell types in tissue culture can be influenced by externally applied electric fields.”  They added, “Furthermore, endogenous [inside organism] electric currents exist in a variety of tissues and have been hypothesized to influence cell migration and shape.”  This paper announces confirmation of that hypothesis for heart formation: “Our in vivo results [using living zebrafish] indicate that physiologic electric currents can indeed have an impact on cell morphology and overall cardiac organogenesis.”  The mutant fish without the electrical conduction working properly developed heart disease.    So how does this work?  They explained, “These electrical effects might be mediated through intracellular calcium fluxes which can affect cell polarization.  Furthermore, a number of cell surface receptors… can also be redistributed in the cell membrane by electric fields.”  Does this finding provide hope for heart patients?  Patients with electrical conduction disorders get better when the beats are re-synchronized.  The researchers explained why that works: “Thus, overall cardiac improvement from the resynchronization of the ventricles in heart failure patients manifesting conduction disorders may be due to beneficial realignment and improved remodeling of the myocardium primarily from proper and synchronized electrical signaling.”  Get the electricity right, and the heart shapes up.  Now those defibrillation devices and electrical heart stimulators start to make more sense.    This means that stem cell therapy (07/20/2010) may need an electrical jumpstart to work properly: “Given that previous cardiac cell-based therapy has provided only a modest improvement in cardiac function,” they ended, pointing therapy in a new direction, “electrical cell?cell communication and stimulation may be required for optimal integration and alignment of engrafted embryonic cardiomyocytes and skeletal myoblasts in the injured myocardium to improve overall myocardial performance.”  Live better electrically!1.  Chi, Bussen et al, “Cardiac conduction is required to preserve cardiac chamber morphology,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online July 30, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0909432107.This fascinating discovery is but the tip of an iceberg that will guide biology into the future: epigenetics.  We have learned much about genetics – the DNA code that provides the information for building proteins and the cell’s building blocks.  But genetics does no more than deliver the bricks, pipes and wire to the construction site and drop off a blueprint.  What directs the parts into their correct position at the correct time?  What makes some genes get expressed in cardiac cells, and other genes get expressed in nerve cells?  If all the cells have the same blueprint, why do they become so different in different parts of the body?  Clearly much more is going on than providing each cell with a blueprint.    Here we see one example of an epigenetic factor, where electrical currents are involved.  Imagine how precise these currents must be positioned to guide cells into the shape of an auricle or ventricle, to say nothing of guiding all the ancillary nerve cells and blood vessels into place.  What switches on the electrical currents, and orients them properly?  Do you get a brief glimpse of mind-boggling complexity going on inside the womb as a baby’s heart forms and begins beating in just 9 or 10 weeks from the time the baby began as a single cell?    The complexity of development was presented briefly in the second half of the recent film Darwin’s Dilemma from Illustra Media.  Scientists like Richard Sternberg and Jonathan Wells commented that the complexity of development and epigenetic factors is so vast, so poorly understood, so impermeable to an origin by chance, it leaves regular genetics far behind.  Did the PNAS scientists need to ask Darwin for help?  Ha!  They needed him like a hole in the heart.  They never mentioned evolution once in their paper.  Odd, isn’t it, when the Darwiniacs assure us that nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.    Science is only beginning to ask the questions about how factors beyond genetics guide molecules into specialized cells, then tissues, then organs, then a complete organism (the computer graphics in Darwin’s Dilemma are excellent for illustrating this).  Morphogenesis cannot be described in a one-dimensional code.  There are hierarchies of codes involved in the development of each cell and organism.  If Darwin could not survive a genetic code arising by chance (see online book), how on earth will he survive hierarchies of codes?  In the condition his theory was already in, it’s enough to cause a massive coronary.    You have a designed heart; so have a heart for design, because the future looks healthy for intelligent design science.(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgLadysmith Black Mambazo, led by their charismatic founder Joseph Shabalala (third from right) (Image: Wells Fargo Center for the Arts) The group receives the acclaim of the crowd at a concert in Canada. (Image: LBM) On Tip Toe is the Oscar-nominated documentary tribute to LBM. (Image: Docurama Films) Joseph Shabalala has led the group through triumph and personal tragedy for over 40 years. (Image: Robert Hoffman,Heads Up International)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s beloved Ladysmith Black Mambazo has just scooped a third Grammy. The popular vocal group walked off with the award for Best Traditional World Music Album for their latest release Ilembe: Honouring Shaka Zulu.The 51st Grammy Awards ceremony was held in Los Angeles, a familiar destination for Ladysmith Black Mambazo (LBM) as they have twice before accepted the little gilded gramophone statue, given to those who show outstanding achievements in the music industry.In 2004 they won for Best Traditional World Music Album for the acclaimed Raise Your Spirit Higher, and in 1987 they were tops in the category of Best Traditional Folk Recording for the album Shaka Zulu. With 13 Grammy nominations, they hold this record amongst South African groups.Former president Thabo Mbeki congratulated the group on their second win, saying, “The Grammy award that has been so spectacularly won by the isicathamiya group Ladysmith Black Mambazo makes us all immensely proud to be South African. This is the ultimate reward for a group that has entertained our country and millions abroad for more than four decades.”The Ministry of Arts and Culture added its voice to Mbeki’s sentiments in a statement that said, “The award will inspire upcoming vocal artists to also reach for the stars.”Sadly the group’s most recent success was not matched this time by fellow South African nominee, the Soweto Gospel Choir. The choir was up for a Best Contemporary World Music Album award, and had they won it would have been their third successive Grammy.Tribute to the Zulu kingHailing from South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has often referred in their songs to Shaka, the fearsome king of the Zulus who is regarded as the most influential leader of the Zulu empire. And that dedication to a revered warrior ancestor has paid handsome dividends.The new Grammy-winning album, says the group, celebrates not only Shaka Zulu but also the sense of perseverance, creativity and pride that he has inspired in generations of his descendants.“He was a warrior, an athlete, a singer, a dancer, a visionary, he was so many things,” said founder and lead singer Joseph Shabalala, “and he was a diplomat too. He could talk about differences in a civilised way, but he was also very proud.”Chopping down the competitionLBM was formed in 1964 by Shabalala. He had been trying to put together a group for some time, but could not hit on the right formula. Then he had a dream that thrilled him with the most beautiful choral harmonies, and he knew this was the sound he had been seeking.Shabalala recruited family and friends to join him, teaching them the harmonies from his dreams. In the decades since the group has continued to enthral audiences around the world with their jaunty synchronised dance steps and isicathamiya singing style. This is an a cappella tradition that features call-and-response, where the lead vocalist sings to the group and they answer him in song.The isiZulu word isicathamiya means “to walk on tip-toe” and refers to the singing style developed by migrant workers on the mines. Far away from their families, they would entertain themselves with song and dance, performing very quietly so as not to disturb the security guards. When they returned home they took the tradition with them, and today there are fiercely contested isicathamiya competitions held regularly all over the province.The group’s name was inspired by their unsurprising knack of winning every singing competition they entered. The town of Ladysmith is the home of the Shabalala family; black oxen were regarded as the strongest farm animals; and “mambazo” is an axe – a fitting reference to the group’s ability to chop down all competition.So successful was the Black Axe of Ladysmith that from 1973 the group was kindly asked not to enter any more competitions, although they were welcome to perform without competing.Since Shabalala’s conversion to Christianity in 1975 the group have married their joyous and intricate traditional vocal harmonies with the popular sounds of gospel music.International fameLBM rose to international prominence after US folk singer Paul Simon’s visit to South Africa in 1985. The singer was looking for African musicians to work with him on his forthcoming Graceland album and had heard a tape of LBM which piqued his interest. At the time the cultural boycott imposed on South Africa’s apartheid regime by the rest of the world was still in place, although it was in its final years.Simon was accused of breaking the ban, but since the album showcased the talents of local musicians without involving the government in any way, the protests soon died down.Graceland went on to become a major worldwide success, with more than 10-million units sold, and the first single off the album, the delicate and melancholy “Homeless”, has become synonymous with LBM and can be heard on a number of their releases. The album itself and the effervescent title track went on to win a Grammy each.In 2006 Graceland made Time‘s list of the 100 best albums ever and is considered to have been instrumental in sparking the ever-growing interest in world music. In the same year it was inscribed in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry, which lists and preserves sound recordings that are of cultural and historical importance in the US.LBM has released almost 40 albums in their own right. In 1998 they released a Best of, featuring 20 of their best loved songs recorded on their own or with duet partners. To date the group has recorded with stars such as singers Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder and Dolly Parton, acclaimed harpist Andreas Vollenweider, and Irish band The Corrs.In 1995 they recorded “World in Union 95”, the theme song for the Rugby World Cup, with another South African music icon, PJ Powers. Their version of the song, which over the years has been recorded by major stars such as the soprano Dame Kiri te Kanawa, and Welsh singers Shirley Bassey and baritone Bryn Terfel, was an international hit, particularly in the UK where it stayed on the charts for five weeks.LBM also recorded the anthemic “Shosholoza” for the 1995 rugby album, which celebrated South Africa’s hosting of rugby’s greatest event in that year. The well-loved folk song was originally sung by men as they laboured to lay down railway tracks, and the title is a Zulu word meaning “to push forward”. “Shosholoza” has since become popular as a rallying cry at sporting events as it instils a spirit of great pride.Proud ambassadorsOver the years LBM have been superb ambassadors for their country and have performed all over the world at the most prestigious events, sharing the stage with the best the music world has to offer.They have performed before HM Elizabeth II, Queen of England, by special invitation on her 50th anniversary as monarch. They have also entertained at two Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies, one of which was in 1993 when former presidents Mandela and De Klerk accepted the coveted award. Mandela reportedly sent a personal invitation to the group to celebrate this triumph with them.Meeting the Queen was a highlight for LBM, and Shabalala commented, “It is quite a dream for a Zulu South African to dream.”LBM has also taken to the stage at South African presidential inaugurations, in Rome in front of Pope John Paul II, at the 1996 Summer Olympics, and at the 46664 Aids concert in Cape Town in 2003, among many others. The group is a global 46664 ambassador.The consummate entertainers have performed no less than three times at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival, to the delight of audiences in 1987, 1989 and 2000.In May 2007 Paul Simon was named the inaugural recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He insisted that the group join him during a three-hour concert to celebrate the occasion.In 2008 LBM performed the official Goal4Africa anthem with Ali Campbell from British group UB40 at the kick-off game of the Goal4Africa campaign. The aim, or goal, of the initiative is to raise funds for sports development and education in Africa, while the inaugural event celebrated the 90th birthday of Nelson Mandela.The group has been profiled in many a magazine, newspaper and film. One of the highlights in their long experience of media coverage was the stirring documentary On Tip Toe; Gentle Steps to Freedom which received an Academy Award nomination in 2001 for Best Documentary Feature. It didn’t win but did prevail at the International Documentary Association’s ceremony of that same year, scooping the award for Short Documentaries.Passing on the traditionsJoseph Shabalala established The Ladysmith Black Mambazo Foundation in January 1999, with the vision of teaching young South Africans about their indigenous cultural and musical heritage. It is Shabalala’s dream to see the Mambazo Academy open its doors – building of the institution is in progress.His current position as Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal certainly affords him the opportunity to teach indigenous singing and dancing, and pass on his art.LBM is currently on tour in the US and will be there until the end of March. In June they head down under for concerts in Australia and New Zealand, and towards the end of 2009 they journey to the northern hemisphere for a series of shows in the UK.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesSouth African musicThe White Zulu on stage in SAScoring goals for AfricaUseful linksLadysmith Black MambazoLadysmith Black Mambazo – South African MusicGrammy AwardsThe Recording Academy – Facebook46664Library of Congress – Gershwin PrizeRugby World CupAll-time 100 best albums – TimeHeads Up RecordsGallo Record CompanyInternational Documentary Associationlast_img read more

first_imgThere are plenty of books about Nelson Mandela – written by himself, by people who knew him and by historians and journalists. Taken together, they tell a story of a life that towers above others, yet also reveal the more private experiences of the great man. “Nelson Mandela: An Authorised Portrait” draws on extensive interviews with family members and other people of influence in Mandela’s life.(Images: Nelson Mandela Foundation) • Mandela: childhood heroes and lessons• Madiba’s legacy is forever• The women in Madiba’s life • Mandela in film • Jazz inspired by Madiba Mathiba Molefe and Bheki MdakaneWhile Nelson Mandela’s public persona is well-known worldwide, the man was also an enigma. What was it like in prison for 27 years? What made him the man of peace he became? For 27 years he disappeared from view, hidden away in prison by the apartheid government. The longer he stayed behind bars, the more curiosity about him grew.It was no surprise, then, that the release of Madiba in 1990 triggered an avalanche of books, both authorised and unauthorised, documenting his life and speculating about events on Robben Island during those long years. Novels, biographies, autobiographies, children’s books and business books have been written since then – and his death will inevitably cause another flurry of publishing.The most well-known book on Mandela is, of course, Long Walk to Freedom, his autobiography published in 1994, four years after his release. In 500-plus pages, Mandela tells the story of his experiences and how they helped shape him into the man he became. In his acknowledgements, he writes: “As readers will discover, this book has a long history. I began writing it clandestinely in 1974 during my imprisonment on Robben Island.”He writes about his youth and being the foster son of a Thembu chief and how he had to negotiate both the world of his tradition and the reality of a white-dominated country. It tells of how he earned a scholarship to study law and chose to become a politician and human rights activist. It also documents the events that led him to join the African National Congress (ANC), his role in the creation of the ANC Youth League in 1944 and his presidency of the youth liberation movement in the 1950s. In his autobiography, he writes about the people who came into his life and what set him on the path towards becoming an icon of peace. Mandela’s autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom”, is the most popular book about the former president.The Rivonia TrialThe reader is able to experience the Rivonia Trial of 1964 from the perspective of one of the men whose fate was decided by the events that took place in the trial. He gives you an idea of his time in prison, and writes about the negotiations that led to his release in 1990 and the beginnings of the rainbow nation.Another book, The Struggle is My Life, is a collection of Mandela’s speeches and political writings from as far back as when he was the leader of the ANC Youth League to his release in 1990. For many, this book has been the only way to peer into the life of the man who suffered for his ideals and his people during the political turmoil in South Africa.Authored by Mandela, the book contains some of the most moving and inspirational words to be spoken by the great man, including the famous statement from the dock in the Rivonia Trial, “I am prepared to die”, before sentencing began.He ended that speech with the words: “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”Intimate portraitAnother of Madiba’s well-known books is Conversations with Myself, published in 2010. The foreword is written by American President Barack Obama, and it is regarded by some as the most personal picture of South Africa’s former president yet. It contains bits and pieces of Madiba’s life, extracts from his diaries, calendars and letters as well as well as transcripts from recordings by Richard Stengel, the Time editor who collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography, during the writing of Long Walk to Freedom.Conversations with Myself is a very intimate look into the life of Mandela and is told in a very raw way. It has no specific layout, much like life itself, and allows the reader to follow Mandela as he relives the trying times of his life, including health issues, dreams and political initiatives.It gives a real portrait of the man. In it, he writes: “I love playing and chatting with children … feeding and putting them to bed with a little story, and being away from the family has troubled me throughout my life. I like relaxing at the house, reading quietly, taking in the sweet smell that comes from the pots, sitting around a table with the family and taking out my wife and children. When you can no longer enjoy these simple pleasures something valuable is taken away from your life and you feel it in your daily work.” Mandela selected 32 indigenous stories from all over the African continent for the book “Nelson Mandela’s Favourite African Folktales”.Children’s booksMandela’s love for children – and his certain knowledge of the important role that the youth will play in shaping the future of South Africa – is no secret. It comes as no surprise, then, that among the myriad books that have been written by him and about him there are a few intended for an audience of a more tender age.Among these are Nelson Mandela’s Favourite African Folktales and a children’s version of Long Walk to Freedom, which was abridged by author, novelist and poet Christopher van Wyk and illustrated by author and illustrator Paddy Bouma. The former, edited by Mandela himself, is a collection of 32 indigenous stories from all over the African continent, selected by Madiba for their beautiful portrayal of humanity.An Authorized Biography by the late journalist Anthony Sampson is one of the few books about Mandela that touches on certain major events in his life, such as Winnie Mandela’s alleged crimes as well as former president FW de Klerk’s attempts to exacerbate the violence between the Inkatha Freedom Party and ANC to derail the movements of the anti-apartheid forces.“I am what I am … both as a result of people who respected me and helped me, and of those who did not respect me and treated me badly,” quotes Sampson of Mandela.The young lionDavid James Smith, a journalist born in the south of London, wrote Young Mandela, focusing on his earlier years as the enemy of white minority rule of South Africa. Today many people picture Mandela as the benign elderly statesman he was when he walked out of prison in 1994, but this wasn’t always the case. This book tells of a time when Mandela was regarded as a threat to the well-being of the country, a revolutionary, a “terrorist” who threatened to overthrow the government prior to his imprisonment in the 1960s.It captures the emotional tale of how Mandela had to leave his family to continue his work against the apartheid regime on the run, adopting many false names and disguises in attempts to evade capture. It lets the reader see Mandela in a different light, one that shows his flaws and reveals that he has made mistakes. Several sources believe this is one of the most important books on the man.Another well-known biography is Nelson Mandela: An Authorised Portrait, which was written and compiled in 2006 by activists Mac Maharaj and Ahmad Kathrada, writer Mike Nicol, and historian Tim Couzens. It draws on extensive interviews with family members and other people of influence in Mandela’s life as well as some of the world’s leading political figures and entertainers. It is also illustrated with about 250 seldom seen pictures.It is a tribute to the humanity and remarkable determination of the great man and chronicles his exceptional contributions to his people and the people of the world. It tells his story from his birth and childhood to his political involvement through his imprisonment to his term in the presidency during the mid- to late nineties. The foreword was written by the former president of the United States, Bill Clinton, and it features an introduction by former Anglican archbishop, Desmond Tutu. It is one of the most comprehensive tributes to Mandela’s life.In 2006, Oxford University Press released a book called Mandela A Critical Life by Tom Lodge. It went on to be hailed as the most analytically incisive and discerning of the Mandela biographies to date. Drawing from a range of sources, including earlier biographies such as Fatima Meer’s Higher Than Hope and Anthony Sampson’s Mandela, this book gives the reader a number of new insights about the making of Madiba’s personality and his messianic leadership status.In the preface, Lodge says: “My understanding of Mandela’s childhood is, I think, more complicated than in other narratives of his childhood.” This gives a sense that he touches on matters that other writers who have pursued the same objectives may have overlooked.Life on Robben IslandTwo books focus solely on his life on Robben Island: A Prisoner in the Garden and Nelson Mandela’s Warders, with the latter examining the relationships he had with three of his prison warders. Mike Nicol, its writer, expressed the difficulty he had in understanding the relationships between Madiba and the warders, James Gregory, Christo Brand and Jack Swart. “Their claims address the central challenge of historiography: the authority of the storyteller.” He also goes on to say Gregory’s narrative stands in conflict with those of Brand and Swart.Written by Sarah Groves, A Prisoner in the Garden is a visual documentation of Mandela’s years on Robben Island and includes some previously unpublished photographs, along with snippets from letters written to his family from his cell and extracts from his diary. Together these writings create a picture of life in prison but also give the reader an idea of just how determined Mandela was and how he and his comrades never gave up their dream of seeing their people living free of oppression.There is plenty of food for thought here, though this is a small and by no means exhaustive selection of the many books written about and by Mandela.last_img read more

first_imgThe Inside HQ podcast by Community Relations Manager and avid geocacher Rock Chalk gives a behind the scenes look at life at HQ. From interviews with Geocaching HQ founders to conversations about upcoming features, you’ll always learn something new. This week, get the scoop on how to land a job at Geocaching HQ.Listen now.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedDer Geocaching-Podcast: Inside HQMarch 26, 2019In “Deutsch”The Geocaching Podcast: Inside HQMarch 26, 2019In “Nederlands”El Podcast de Geocaching: Inside HQMarch 26, 2019In “Español”last_img read more

first_imgIt’s unsurprising that we’re starting to see more and more of this type of application made available on the iPad, especially as tablets explode in adoption and continue to find their place in business and professional productivity. Rather than downloading a native iOS app from the App Store, users of Smartsheet can simply access it from the browser on their tablet device. Smartsheet starts at $9.95/month for a basic account. They’re offering a free 30-day trial, which you can activate from either the desktop or iPad. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Smartsheet, a collaborative tool for managing work and projects, has been made available to iPad users in the form of an iOS-friendly, HTML5 Web app.At its core, Smartsheet is a bit like a glorified, Web-based spreadsheet program, but it’s geared toward managing tasks, planning projects and collaborating with others. It has calendars, Gantt charts and chat built right in, making an ideal solution for managing work and ensuring that nothing slips. The iPad version of the product lets you edit project documents and collaborate with others in real-time. Its interface is akin to the desktop version, but of course simplified and optimized for the tablet form factor. Tags:#biz#Software Guides 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgMargao, Nov 2 (PTI) Seeking to popularise football at the grassroots level, Indian Super League (ISL) franchise FC Goa today launched its Junior Gaur U-10 league which will see participation from 64 schools in the State.The tournament was kicked off at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadiumin Fatorda, where the entire FC Goa squad and its technical team members were present to cheer on the kids in the league opener.FC Goa is the first club to initiate such a project in the U-10 age group. The league will be played over three months and involve over 800 students from 64 schools in Goa. The matches will be played across eight venues.Addressing the young footballers at the event, Akshay Tandon, President of FC Goa, said, “We want you to stand where the FC Goa squad is right now. Thats the dream behind what we do at FC Goa. Its a long journey but its about having fun along the way.”FC Goa CEO Sukhvinder Singh said, “Football must start young and we are looking to help many kids across Goa take up the sport. Goa is one of the football hubs in the country and we have immense talent in the State.”The FC Goa U-10 league is a stride towards involving young children in the beautiful sport.”Over the past months FC Goas Grassroots Coach Gavin Araujo has been working closely with the States young talented footballers and mentoring them.The outfits Grassroots Development Programme, which is in existence since its very first season, has seen a tremendous response with budding footballers from schools across Goa participating in the initiative. PTI MCS RSY AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more