first_imgThe HSE has confirmed that the discovery of medical files in a park and on the streets of Letterkenny happened after a break-in to a medical recordscentre.The private file of an elderly woman was found in a Letterkenny park by a family out walking on June 9th last.A number of other letters and files were also found in separate incidents over a number of weeks. The letters also included two lists of 33 patients which had been found by litter wardens in Letterkenny in both March and May of this year.Now the HSE has admitted that storage containers at St Conal’s medical facility close to Letterkenny University Hospital was broken into.A lock on the container was smashed open and an undisclosed number of files taken.The files at this particular centre relate to the records of deceased patients as well as secondary notes on patients. A spokesperson confirmed that steel cages have now been fitted to locks around the cages on the medical records storage containers.“A thorough investigation was carried out following the most recent incident and as a result steel door cages have been ordered for all doors for the ground floor of St Conal’s.Bernard McGlinchey Town park in Letterkenny where medical files were discovered. (North West Newspix)“All containers have been fitted with lock boxes to prevent a reoccurrence of the recent breach where the lock had been broken to gain access to one of the containers.“The loss of patient files were not as a result of negligence but as a result of theft so there will be no sanctions on staff,” said a statement.Among the other information found on the street in Letterkenny were letters relating to a woman from Inishowen who was having tests for cancer. On another occasion, a member of staff left a medical file belonging to a patient in a “public premises”, according to the HSE.The HSE admitted the lapse in security when questioned by County Councillor Gerry McMonagle at the Regional Health Forum West.He asked how many locations were used to store sensitive patients files and what security measures were in place to safeguard the files.He was told that medical files are currently held in up to seven different facilities including the St Conal’s Building, a store in Glencar, Letterkenny University Hospital, Scally’s Outpatient Facility in Letterkenny, Harley’s Stores as well as five containers at St Conal’s. A response from the HSE said, “All locations where charts are stored are locked when unoccupied.”Councillor McMonagle said he was satisfied that the centres being used to store the medical files had had their security upgraded since the security breach.“However, I would question the cost of having a number of storage facilities around Letterkenny as well as staff time being used to travel to them and access them,” he said.Exclusive: HSE admits dumped medical files were stolen during break-in was last modified: July 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:break-inHSEletterkenny hospitalmedical filesS Conalslast_img read more

first_imgGet your thinking cap on ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup clash and see how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-53] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgAstronomers display creativity at rationalizing their inability to find what they believe makes up the bulk of the universe.Something is wrong with a theory that can’t find 95% of the universe. Cosmologists can’t find dark matter or dark energy, but their theories need it. They can’t explain the motions of galaxies and star clusters without it, they can’t explain cosmic acceleration without it, and they can’t explain the big bang without it. It’s gotta be there! Where is it? What is it? To hide their embarrassment, they resort to imagination and storytelling.Giant atoms could help unveil ‘dark matter’ and other cosmic secrets (The Conversation). A PhD student at the University of Leeds introduces the problem. “The universe is an astonishingly secretive place,” Diego A. Quiñones begins. “Mysterious substances known as dark matter and dark energy account for some 95% of it. Despite huge effort [sic] to find out what they are, we simply don’t know.” He postulates a new probe for the elusive stuff using atoms stretched 4,000 times their original size, taut as a guitar string that could vibrate with the slightest pressure, such as whatever-dark-matter-is might produce.The case for co-decaying dark matter (Phys.org). Maybe as the universe cooled as it expanded all that dark matter was “annihilated away.” That’s the creative solution in this article. In fact, maybe it annihilated faster than cosmologists thought it did. If so, it would be a waste of time to look for it directly. Indirect methods might work better. Is that something like daydreaming about it?No trace of dark matter in gamma-ray background (University of Amsterdam). Another search method has come up empty. It’s beginning to sound like a broken record; we came, we saw, we were conquered by non-detection.Researchers from the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) GRAPPA Center of Excellence have just published the most precise analysis of the fluctuations in the gamma-ray background to date. By making use of more than six years of data gathered by the Fermi Large Area Telescope, the researchers found two different source classes contributing to the gamma-ray background. No traces of a contribution of dark matter particles were found in the analysis….To date, the Fermi telescope has not detected any conclusive indication of gamma-ray emission originating from dark-matter particles. Also, this latest study showed no indication of a signal associated with dark matter. Using their data, [Mattia] Fornasa and colleagues were even able to rule out some models of dark matter that would have produced a detectable signal.‘Our measurement complements other search campaigns that used gamma rays to look for dark matter and it confirms that there is little room left for dark matter induced gamma-ray emission in the isotropic gamma-ray background’, says Fornasa.**That fail is for NASA.Universe May Have Lost ‘Unstable’ Dark Matter (Live Science). Reporter Jesse Emspak turns to a theory by Russians for light in the dark. But can they really claim this? “We have now, for the first time, been able to calculate how much dark matter could have been lost and what the corresponding size of the unstable component would be.” If you don’t know what you are starting with, and can’t see it, how can you calculate anything about it? They add to the folly, saying, “dark matter may still be disintegrating even now.” None of this helps anyway. Their calculations can only account for a loss of 5% of dark matter since the big bang.First test of rival to Einstein’s gravity kills off dark matter (New Scientist). Another way to cover up embarrassment is to distract attention to a rival theory. “A controversial approach to gravity that challenges Albert Einstein and suggests dark matter doesn’t exist has passed its first test,” reports Mark Anderson. “Modified Newtonian Dynamics” (MOND) claims that gravity acts differently at different scales. Toss in some quantum mechanics, relativity, information theory and string theory, like Erik Verlinde does at the University of Amsterdam does, and you don’t need dark matter. Majority cosmologists will likely find this solution worse than the disease. “So if Verlinde’s is the better match, what’s the problem?” Anderson writes. Answer: “Gravitational heresy.” It “borders on sacrilege” to propose modifying some of the best-tested theories in physics, one critic says.More Dark MysteriesPhys.org announced a cosmic puzzle, “The mystery of part-time pulsars.” This isn’t about dark matter per se, but it relates to another puzzle lurking “in the dark regions of space.” Suraiya Farukhi says, “A new discovery has upended the widely held view that all pulsars are orderly ticking clocks of the universe.” The famous Arecibo radio telescope caught two “extremely strange” pulsars doing a “cosmic vanishing act” – “Sometimes they are there, and then for very long periods of time, they are not.” These mysterious spinning stars somehow switch their radio beams on and off. “They’re ON and then they’re gone, disappearing without any apparent warning.” Maybe these are just oddballs. No; “The most important implication of this discovery is that there must exist an extremely large number these vanishing act pulsars.” In fact, they could “far outnumber normal pulsars.” The abnormal is set to become the new normal.Another cosmic puzzle was announced by Nature. Remember the lavish celebrations when the LIGO instrument appeared to confirm Einstein’s theory last year by detecting gravitational waves? Get this: “LIGO black hole echoes hint at general-relativity breakdown.” The article says, “Researchers find echoes in the LIGO data that show tentative signs of firewalls or other exotic physics.” Apparently the law fails at the edge of black holes, but more analysis will be required to be sure. “The echoes could yet disappear with more data. If they persist, the finding would be extraordinary.” In support of relativity, though, a report on Space.com suggests that Einstein’s equations explain how the sun was able to shed some of its angular momentum by releasing it through hot photons emitted from the surface. The low angular momentum in the sun, where it should be the highest according to the Law of Conservation of Angular Momentum, has been a long-standing problem. The effect is slight, but the sun has been shedding it a long time, the article says. What this will do to theories of stellar evolution is not yet known.And you thought Science had escaped the occult into the Age of Reason. It has evolved into Reasons for the Occult. (Visited 173 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgThrough Thundafund, Open Streets Cape Town received an investment of R40 720 from a crowd-funding community of 70 supporters. (Image © Lisa Burnell for Cape Town Partnership)• Patrick SchofieldCo-founder, Thundafund+27 72 3100 198skype: ipatrick.ischofieldtwitter: @PakSchofield• South Africa’s competitive advantage in the developing world• Brewing business success: SAB Miller’s Graham Mackay • Adopt a Trashcankid • Barrier breakers build new world • Buy Back South Africa, save and create jobsLorraine KearneyA huge 70% of new businesses fail in their first year, says Patrick Schofield, co-founder of new South African crowd-funding platform Thundafund. But group funding can turn this alarming statistic on its head – by testing whether there is a market for a new idea before pouring cash into it.Billed as “African rainmakers”, Thundafund is the country’s first official, online crowd-funding initiative. It is based in Cape Town and focuses on creative and innovative projects likely to bring social and economic benefits.In the six months after it went live in June 2013, Thundafund raised over R425 000 for 20 projects. It aims to raise at least R1-million in 2014. “It is growing nicely,” Schofield says. The three-year goal, based on extensive global and local research, is to have 3 400 projects funded, R173-million raised and 10 000 jobs created.On a single day at the end of November 2013, 21 projects were submitted for consideration. So far, almost 300 ideas have been pitched, 12% of which have “gone live” – are online and open to funding. In a different model from international crowd-funding sites, Thundafund does not simply let any project on to its books. All ideas submitted are carefully considered by a group of experts. Those making the grade are mentored, raising their chances of success.“The international average for successful projects is 40%. Thundafund is sitting around 80%,” says Schofield. This is both good and bad: it shows the model can work, but it suggests the platform may be too cautious in taking on new projects.Sustainable businesses“The reason it is doing very well is because we are not just a crowd-funding platform,” Schofield says. “We’re a crowd-funding business support platform, which means we won’t put campaigns up there unless we think they’ve at least got a pretty good chance of success.”The project is based on solid principles, one of which is to avoid charity. “We spent over a year researching crowd-funding and looking at what would work best in South Africa. We came to a number of decisions. One, that we did not want a charity platform, because I do not believe that charities build sustainable enterprise, which is what we need in South Africa.“We also saw that crowd-funding had been incredibly successful in the United States and Europe, but those are very developed markets, and they are working from a much higher base of business skills and IT penetration. In South Africa, there are so many people and youth coming out of school, starting up ideas, but our education system has not actually prepared us to run enterprises. Coming up with ideas we are good at. Figuring out how to make them ideas that will work we’re not so good at.”That’s where the mentorship business support comes in, which Thundafund calls micro-mentoring. It uses a “Three Steps Ahead” policy: entrepreneurs who started their own businesses three years ago, and who know exactly what it’s like to be in that starter phase, mentor and guide the new start-ups. “It’s the right advice at the right time given by the right people.”New pitches are questioned about the strength of their network and social media presence, their value proposition, and what they offer in return for funding. “That is one of the main things we do at Thundafund, and it is very much part of our ethos: we’re not about donations. There is definitely space for donations, NGOs and charities in South Africa, but it is not our space.”Schofield argues that a healthy society with a sustainable economy, able to fend for itself and compete globally, can only be built on a trade-based system. “I really do believe that right from the level of human dignity, that people respect each other a lot more when they trade rather than go the donation route.”Schofield is almost evangelical about crowd-funding’s ability to build communities and bring rewards – rewards that include recognition and access. Invest in a good cause, such as building a school, and you’re investing in the future of the children. For that, the return is recognition for what you are doing, which is social standing in society, and that has huge value.Taking the riskThundafund’s main focus is creativity and innovation. South Africa has plenty of both, but there are real barriers to mass growth potential. One is a lack of access to capital. South African investors are traditionally conservative, particularly in the technology sector.“There are several reasons for that prudence, or inability to take risk by the venture capitalists,” says Schofield. “Most importantly is that they can’t get their money back. If you loan someone money, below R500 000, because of the legal processes it takes to get the cash back, you might as well give the damn stuff away. If they don’t give it back, to get it back through the legal routes is very expensive and almost not worth it. So it makes it very difficult for anyone to loan cash, which in turn makes it very difficult for people to borrow cash to start businesses.”Another option is government funding, which is often grant funding – and grant funding is generally spent inefficiently. The government by necessity has to be extremely risk-averse because of the potential for accusations of corruption – and in fact, when there are large wads of cash there is a large scope for corruption. “On the other hand, governments are in a position to be, and are often remarkable risk takers – because they push money into a lot of things that are unproven.”South Africa has a history of communities supporting people to start new ideas, such as the incredibly popular stokvels, which function as savings clubs, and investment clubs. “Crowd-funding is just the next level up. It works on the idea that if you come together, you can make something happen. Whether it’s through a theatre performance or a book or writing an iPhone app, you begin to see how people will invest in those as they see it working.”Creativity is much more accessible than innovation in South Africa at present. A large number of people are creating the most beautiful artisanal products, from plates to jewellery to clothing. Technology is still relatively new. “A lot of what’s on Thundafund at the moment is much more in the creativity space, but we are actively engaging to ensure that innovation grows rapidly.”The platform is building a relationship with the Cape Peninsular University of Technology, for example, and from this year it will be compulsory for industrial design students to do a crowd-funding campaign on Thundafund.RewardIt’s a good practical training ground for the students. Crowd-funding acts like a sort of retail mall for ideas. As an investor, you buy ideas that haven’t been realised yet, but which you love. “In essence, you are pre-buying the product, for example a bicycle gadget or a theatre performance: if you love it, pre-buy your tickets; if you love it, buy a dinner with the director, come to dress rehearsal, or get invited to the after-party.”There is always that reward. Firstly, it is for backers to recognise that they are not donating, and secondly, it allows the creators of the project to think in terms of a trade. For investing in Oranjezicht City Farm, for example, backers can Pimp Your Patch – they can name their row of vegetables, and even spend time at the city farm learning about gardening.It’s a pretty contemporary idea: a return on investment being something less tangible than cash in your bank or a dividend paid out. “People pay huge amounts for recognition and standing within society, and for access, such as being a beta tester of a new app or tickets to the opening night of a new performance… That’s a value that is being recognised – and it’s a trade.”Market researchThe return is the crux, but so is the ability of crowd-funding to test an idea. “It’s not just about creating something that is an ego trip; it’s about saying that this product that we create actually has a market in the world. That’s where crowd-funding can be very exciting. You’re guiding people; you’ve got to show that there is a market for a product and that people want it.”It’s an idea reiterated by Paul Dalton from Daddy’s Dragons, an incubator that works to increase the success rate of entrepreneurs. “Funding is a hot topic,” he said at the Thundafund landed launch on 28 November 2013, held in the stylish Cape Quarter in De Waterkant. “But you don’t need funding to start a business. More important is to go into the market place and get validation for your idea.”Schofield adds that you have to let go of your ego and accept that either the market likes your product or it doesn’t – and he’s learned this lesson by making his own mistakes along the way.The partnersThe Thundafund partners include Schofield; Jamie Walker; Eban Welby-Solomon, who heads up Social Alpha, which invests in impact investment; and Lunda Wright, a “tech dude” from Ghana. In building the platform, they partnered with Buzzbnk in the United Kingdom, which provided the initial backend. It was an efficient way of doing business: rather than rebuilding the combustion engine, Thundafund built on top of existing technology, reforming it for local needs.This route cut costs: “When we first thought of building Thundafund, we needed R6-million to get out the door. By the time we went live, we had used under a million. We used the principles of crowd-funding, and tested the idea on the market, before building on it.”Thundafund is the only local crowd-funding entity in the creativity and innovation space. It is a small enterprise: there are four staff members in South Africa, and six in the British backing company. There are more people in Bulgaria, where the site build was done and the technical backend remains. In time, the technical development will be brought to South Africa.Given Gain, which is based in Stellenbosch, is in the donation space. It is linked to an international organisation based in Switzerland, and provides non-profit organisations with secure online tools including online donation payment processing, CRM database, website, communication tools and fundraising tools.The projectsThundafunded projects include:Evolve Ybike, a 3-in-1 combination tricycle and balance bike, in which 65 supporters helped exceed the target of R30 000 to raise R49 070 – 165% crowd-funded projectT2T Africa Expedition Team, in which 82 supporters raise R61 150, exceeding the target of R13 500 by 453%Mooibos Vertical Gardens, which achieved R18 773 raised off a R10 000 target, equalling 188% crowd-funded with 37 supportersBenguela, which raised R10 770 on a R9 000 target to finalise recording costs for their fifth album –120% crowd-funded by 44 supportersOranjezicht City Farm, which raised R30 950, 310% more than its R10 000 target, to help realise the farm’s aim of a “veggielution”Open Streets Cape Town, which got investment of R40 720 from a crowd-funding community of 70 supporterslast_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_imgDeep in the forests of Cambodia lies the ancient city of Angkor. It is believed to be the largest city of its time spanning 154 square miles (400 square km). To put that into perspective, the land area of Manhattan in New York City is only 23 square miles (59 km). This maze of temples has been overgrown by the strong-willed and vine-like roots of Banyan trees. The aesthetic of the city sets the perfect scene for an action-packed adventure searching for “ancient artifacts,” also known as geocaches. Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5 SharePrint RelatedPicture This: A Geocaching Trackable Frames a JourneyFebruary 26, 2014In “Community”Lamanai High (GC19505) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 10, 2013January 9, 2013In “Community”Geocaching.com Teams Up with Tomb Raider®January 11, 2012In “Community” Once inside, you must find the geocache through a labyrinth of temple walls and thick vines. Ultimate stealth is absolute key for this cache because you do not want to sacrifice  its location to the swarm of muggles travelling by. Harness your inner Lara Croft, do a back flip, swing on a vine, parachute in, or calmly wait and grab the cache like the rest of us, muttering to yourself, “I hate tombs.”There are eighty-one geocaches in Cambodia, and the two most Favorited are within the Angkor city walls. “Tomb Raider – The Sequel” has featured over 2,000 geocachers worldwide and it could feature you next.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Location:CambodiaN 13° 26.092′ E 103° 53.301′ TraditionalGC3Q9VPby Pagenz With rising popularity in recent years, the Angkor Wat temple is a thriving tourist destination due to two main factors: UNESCO recognized it as a World Heritage site in 1994 and the filming location of the 2001 action flick Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, based on the video game of the same title. Unbeknownst to the majority of tourists, a secret treasure exists in the  temple, highlighting where key scenes were filmed for the movie.last_img read more

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. September 16, 2009 Register Now » After all the rumors and last-minute botched deals over the years, it’s finally happened: Microsoft and Yahoo have reached an agreement to merge their search services in hopes of finally being able to compete with the grand search overlord, Google.Under the new 10-year, $275 million agreement, Microsoft’s new Bing search engine will power Yahoo Search, while Yahoo Search Marketing will be powered by Microsoft AdCenter.So what does this mean for small-business owners? Well, keep an eye on your Yahoo rankings because they are going to change once the Yahoo search engine is replaced by Bing.As for your Yahoo Search Marketing campaigns, the good news is that your ads will now be seen across a greater number of websites. If you’ve been running campaigns through Microsoft AdCenter and Yahoo Search Marketing, once the change takes effect you will only have one campaign to manage, which will free up your time to work on other search marketing strategies.If you’ve never bothered with Microsoft’s search offerings, the best way to get ready for the coming changes is to learn how to optimize your site for Bing and become familiar with the rules and regulations of Microsoft AdCenter.Since its launch, Bing has proven itself to be very amenable to webmasters’ optimization efforts. That means that with a little tweaking you can get your site listed at the top of Bing’s search results quickly. And if your site is brand-new, you can probably get it indexed faster on Bing than on Google, so you might want to focus your optimization on Bing first. Then, once you’re ranked well in Bing’s listings, you can tweak your optimization efforts to meet Google’s more stringent requirements.Here are five easy ways to get Bing to notice you:1. The older, the better . Bing places a lot of emphasis on the age of a domain, so if you’re just starting out, you might consider buying an older domain in order to get your site a higher ranking.2. Titles are important. Bing seems to place a lot more emphasis on title tags than Google does, so make sure you use your best keywords in the title tags of every page on your site.3. Text is terrific. For Google, the amount of text you have on a web page doesn’t play a huge role. Not so with Bing, which seems to place a higher value on pages that have at least 300 words.4. Outbound links are OK. Google has always seemed to frown on the number of outbound links you have on a page. But Bing actually seems to like them–at least for now.5. Backlinks are even better. If you’re frustrated because all of your efforts to get links pointing to your site haven’t gotten you anywhere with Google, then good news! When it comes to backlinks, Bing’s attitude seems to “the more, the merrier”–as long as the links are coming from relevant sites.So there you have it–five easy optimization tips to help you score a good ranking with Bing.Bear in mind that this is a huge change, and will take months to fully take effect. But the sooner you align yourself with Microsoft’s search policies, the better positioned you will be to ride the wave of change to the top of Bing’s–and Yahoo’s–search results. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min readlast_img read more