Bolt enters space race in zero gravity sprint

first_imgDressed in a spacesuit, Bolt was aboard a zero gravity Airbus as part of an event sponsored by a champagne brand.The plane performed a series of parabolas as Bolt and two other guests experienced a phase of weightlessness for 22 seconds, time for a race to be staged within the cabin.The eight-time Olympic champion and 100m and 200m world record holder called time on his athletics career last year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Usain Bolt struggled to match his pace of old — albeit in weightless conditions © Mumm/Novespace/AFP / Laurent TheilletPARIS, France, Sep 13 – Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt was back on the starting line Thursday — but found it a challenge to stay on his feet in zero gravity conditions aboard an aeroplane.The 32-year-old briefly broke off from his pursuit of a professional football career with Australia’s Central Coast Mariners to travel to France for the event.last_img read more

Jacks closer to new football coach

first_imgThe Jacks are moving toward filling their football head coaching vacancy, with plenty of interest reported in the position.The national listing officially closed on April 2 after being open for 30 days, and a search committee is currently sorting through the applicants.According to interim Athletic Director Duncan Robins, 79 candidates have applied for the job, which came open after longtime head coach Rob Smith stepped down in January.And that’s a number that has impressed the AD. …last_img

2010 is a media not soccer event

first_imgThe 2010 FIFA World Cup is more than just a soccer event. It is both an opportunity and challenge for Africa, particularly its media, to use the occasion of this world event to counter the wrong perceptions of Africa by projecting the positive image and values of the continent globally.Only a fraction of the followers of the beautiful game will be physically present at soccer matches in South Africa. The large majority will depend on the media to bring them live action on the playing field.This was said by Mr Ben Egbuna when addressing the second 2010 National Communication Partnership Conference taking place today at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.Egbuna is director-general of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and president of the African Union of Broadcasters.Download Ben Egbuna’s full presentation…[PDF: 384KB]He stressed that one of the challenges in hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup is that much more effort is needed to meet and even surpass the standards of previous hosts. Many critics expect a flawed and mediocre organisation of the tournament.To ensure this is not so, Africa must be shown to deliver service, display attitudes that will earn Africa a good reputation, ensure present benefits and guarantee future profit with friendly, hospitable and industrious people.“Africa is the host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and South Africa is the stage”, Egbuna said at the Conference, which was organised by the 2010 National Communication Partnership. The Partnership includes communicators from government, business and civil society working together to take advantage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the country and the continent.The year’s Conference, themed “Africa’s time has come”, brings together marketers, communicators and other interested stakeholders from across Africa to discuss how to create a new and lasting impression of Africa that will encourage foreign investment and a global mind-change about the continent.Welcoming delegates to the Conference, the chairperson of the Communication Partnership, Mr Nkenke Kekana, said that communicators must take advantage of the opportunities created by the 2010 FIFA World Cup to project Africa positively.Yet communication is about much more than football, it “is part of a new moment in Africa’s history – a moment of growth, development, and the rebirth of the continent”.He stressed that hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup is a communication opportunity of a lifetime for South Africa and the African continent.This means going beyond showcasing soccer. It must express and promote unity, create a positive communication climate to promote development and opportunities, inspire the youth, market the country and continent within a common framework and messages, plus fostering African solidarity.Kekana also noted that the Conference was one of many processes in building partnerships across Africa.Download Nkenke Kekana’s welcoming address…[PDF: 53KB] and presentation…[PDF: 461 KB]What kept her awake at night, said Ms Yvonne Johnston, CEO of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), was that she felt so “sorry for the next World Cup hosts – they will find it very hard to beat the standard that we are going to set”.She spelt out what the event would do for Africa: grow investment, tourism, thus the economy and employment and give Africa global airtime in people’s headspace over a concentrated period of time which will help in changing perceptions.The 2010 event can be made an African World Cup by working towards changing perceptions of the continent, by African communicators using the world spotlight on the continent to profile the “majesty, spirit, energy, and successes of Africa” and communicate about legacy projects.Download Yvonne Johnston’s presentation…[PDF: 2 MB]Speaking at the Conference, Dr Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee, said the 2010 FIFA World Cup will take forward a new element that came out of the previous World Cups – a festival for the fans. For those who could not attend the actual games, huge TV screens were put up in public spaces and in Germany 21 million people in twelve cities watched the 64 games.But, Jordaan stressed, the World Cup is about more than the game. It is also about supporting African Legacy programmes, such as promoting African Renaissance projects, developing the game of football and also its people – players and fans.He showed the progress made with the various stadia, stressing they are on track; and affirmed that South Africa would host the most successful World Cup.Download Danny Jordaan’s presentation…[PDF: 3.5 MB]Download all presentations…[ZIP: 5.8 MB]ENDSIssued by: Meropa CommunicationsOn behalf of: International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC)For more information, please contact:Claire Taylor: 011 772 1000/ 072 341 3898clairet@meropa.co.zaPamela Dlamini: 011 772 1000// 082 686 2198pamelad@meropa.co.zaLauretta Theys: 083 444 4755last_img read more

Healthy babies for HIV couples

first_imgThe Cape Fertility Clinic laboratory whereprocedures are done to help HIV-positivepeople have healthy babies. (Image: Health-E) Tamara O’Reilly South Africa holds a number of unenviable records when it comes to addressing HIV/Aids, but a laboratory opening at the Cape Fertility Clinic signals hope for HIV-positive couples who want to take no chances when it comes to having a healthy baby.  Although the techniques used at this clinic have been helping HIV-positive people around Europe conceive HIV-negative babies for many years, the laboratory is the first of its kind in Africa. Every month about five or six couples with either partner or both infected with HIV indicate a desire to have healthy children.Although the high costs of the procedures at fertility clinics make it somewhat exclusive, in a country where 92 000 babies contracted HIV in 2007 alone, it shows the medical fraternity’s commitment to offer HIV-positive people an equal chance to have healthy babies signals that HIV-positive people are making informed decisions about parenthood.The laboratory, by law, is separated from others at the clinic to ensure the risk of passing infection to other clients is contained.“HIV is no longer seen as a death sentence but a chronic disease,” says Cape Fertility Clinic Director Klaus Wiswedel. “People with chronic diseases are entitled to have fertility treatment. We can safely deliver an HIV-negative child and, with the right treatment, the parent can live a long life.”How it’s doneThe clinic deals with dual HIV-positive couples or where either partner is infected. In cases where both partners, or only the woman is HIV-positive, doctors make use of artificial insemination. Once pregnant, the HIV-positive mother-to-be’s progress is monitored by an HIV specialist. The mom has to continue taking antiretroviral medication, and has to the deliver the child by Caesarean section to reduce the risk of transmission to the infant.If only the man is HIV-positive, the sperm undergoes a procedure where it is “washed” to separate the seminal fluid which contains most of the cells carrying the virus, from the sperm. The sperm is retested for the presence of any remaining virus and if found to be HIV-negative, the woman can be inseminated.According to the clinic, the transmission rate is found to be less than one percent if these procedures are precisely adhered to.UNAIDS estimates that every day about 1 200 children worldwide under the age of 15 become infected with HIV, and at the last count in 2007 there were 2.1-million children living with the disease. The disease is transmitted either before they are born, during labour or during breastfeeding. About 50%of children who contract HIV from their mothers die before their second birthday.The South African picture“The prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is not only effective, but also a human right,” said UN Aids Executive Director Dr Peter Piot. “We are seeing good progress in many countries, especially in parts of Africa, but we need to significantly scale up HIV testing and treatment for pregnant women.”In South Africa, the number of pregnant women receiving drugs which prevents HIV transmission to babies rose from 15% in 2003 to 67% in 2007. Neighbouring Botswana, which has one of the highest HIV/Aids statistics, provided antiretroviral treatment to 95% of HIV-positive pregnant women in 2007.In January this year the Department of Health unveiled their revised Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PTMTC) introducing stronger doses and more effective medication to HIV-positive mothers. This means that pregnant women enrolled in PMTCT programmes go on AZT treatment (the drug which prevents mother to child transmission) from the last four weeks of pregnancy and during labour. At birth the baby is given a week-long course of AZT and as a further precaution is tested at six weeks.All pregnant women attending the 1 315 antenatal care clinics across the country are also being offered voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) on their first visit. Those women who test HIV-negative are offered a follow-up test at 34 weeks into their pregnancy. Those who test HIV-positive will be offered a viral load test at the time of their HIV-positive diagnosis to ascertain the level of infection.Related articlesRidding Africa of HIV in 10 years Vaccine hope for SA women HIV/Aids in South Africa Useful linksUniversal Declaration of Human RightsHealth-eCape Fertility Clinic Treatment Action Campaign Department of Healthlast_img read more

Online system to combat ID fraud

first_img18 August 2010 South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs is working on rolling out an online Identity Document (ID) verification system that is expected to cut down on document fraud in the country. The project will give the South African Social Security Agency, banks, insurers and retailers, among others, real-time access to the Home Affairs National Identification System (Hanis) in order to verify the identities of current and prospective clients. Hanis stores South African citizens’ ID numbers, fingerprints and photos. Accessing Hanis will enable these sectors to conduct on-the-spot verification of the fingerprints of clients against the information stored in Hanis. “This will make it difficult for people who have fraudulent IDs to use them,” Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni told a media briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday. According to Apleni, the system will be up and running by the end of this year. The department signed a memorandum of understanding with the South African Banking Risk Information Centre in this regard in March. This comes in light of the escalating ID fraud. On Monday, the police arrested three men in connection with 588 fraudulent IDs found hidden in a roof of a house in Eldorado Extension 9 in Johannesburg. The police were looking for a man in connection for attempted murder. When they searched his home, they found the fraudulent IDs hidden in his roof. The man and two others were arrested. Brigadier Govindsamy Mariemuthoo of the Gauteng police said their rapid response unit also found two car radios and suspected stolen car parts hidden in the suspect’s bedroom. The Police also confiscated 1.5 kilograms of dagga. “When they searched the house they found the ID books wrapped in plastic in the ceiling. The suspect told us that he bought them from an official at the Department of Home Affairs in Roodepoort. The suspect said he was planning to sell them,” Mariemuthoo said. The police suspect that the man was selling false ID books to people who crossed the South African border illegally. Mariemuthoo said their forensic team would check his mobile phone calls to see if he had communicated with any Home Affairs officials. Welcoming the arrest, Apleni warned officials who were teaming up with criminals that they would face the full might of the law. The department would also conduct its own investigation to find out how the IDs fell into the hands of the suspects. “The arrests once more underline our conviction that working together with our law enforcement agencies, we can make serious inroads in our fight against crime and corruption,” Apleni said. The suspects, who are South African citizens, were due to appear in the Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto on Wednesday. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Canon C300: Now Priced to Move

first_imgIn the market for new gear? Canon’s line of cinema cameras, including the C300, is more affordable than ever.The online filmmaking community is on fire following Canon’s decision to drastically drop the prices of its cinema cameras, including the C100 and C300. It’s fantastic news for potential new buyers – not so much for anyone who purchased one of the models a month ago. Joe Marine over at No Film School does a great job of digging through yesterday’s (non-April Fools’, apparently) announcement:You can get a body-only EF mount C300 (without AF) for just $6500 and a body-only C100 (without AF) can be had for just $3000, less than the price of some DSLRs. The C100 in particular is now pretty cheap considering the built-in ND filters and solid image quality (and you can get ProRes if you add a relatively inexpensive recorder like the $300 Atomos Ninja Star).Does this mean we can expect some big Canon news at NAB? Probably so. Marine continues:There is no question at this point that Canon is announcing a new version of the C300 this month, but we have no idea how much it will cost — though I expect it to be over $10,000, especially if it has internal 4K. The C100 Mark II is relatively new, so I expect that to stay at the low end, while they’ll eventually phase out the older C100, C300, and C500 (the latter two of which will most likely be replaced at NAB).If you aren’t already versed in the ways of the Canon C300, here’s a review from the folks at B&H:[via NoFilmSchool]Thinking about buying one of the lower-priced Canons? Are you one of the unfortunate consumers who purchased one right before the sudden price drop? Air your excitement and/or grievances in the comments below.last_img read more

a month ago​Solskjaer happy with important home win for Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Solskjaer happy with important home win for Man Utdby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was satisfied with three points against FC Astana.United should have run away with the game, given the number of chances they created.But they made it difficult for themselves and had to rely on a second half goal from Mason Greenwood to nick a 1-0 win.But Solskjaer is more concerned with getting points on the board so they can qualify for the knockout rounds.”The main thing now is to get through the group stages,” he said to reporters after the game. “And to do that you need to win your homes games, and get one or two draws away from home or win away from home and then you should be through.”There’ll be plenty of minutes for the boys, definitely, but it’s still an experienced side out here with loads of capped internationals.” last_img read more

19 days agoChelsea boss Lampard says Hudson-Odoi deserved his start

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard says Hudson-Odoi deserved his startby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says Callum Hudson-Odoi deserved his place for their defeat of Southampton.Hudson-Odoi was making his first league start of the seasonLampard said, “He did well. It was a great assist for Tammy’s goal, a great ball. His work-rate was good, he stayed tight to the midfield and released himself to the full-back. It was all the things I want from the wingers. “He could have got a goal, he got in behind a few times where he can be lethal. That’s where I want him.”He can get better. He has had a serious injury so fitness has been a bit of an issue, and looking after him. Now he’s showing he’s getting towards proper match fitness.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

15 days agoINSIDER: PSG president Al-Khelaifi prepared to sell Neymar

first_imgINSIDER: PSG president Al-Khelaifi prepared to sell Neymarby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is prepared to sell Neymar – but not at a loss.Both Real Madrid and Barcelona tried and failed to sign Neymar over the summer. Indeed, Barca have since confirmed they had two offers for the Brazil captain rejected by PSG.But on the set of El Chiringuito, pundit Francisco Buyo revealed the intentions of Al-Khelaifi regarding Neymar. “Al-Khelaifi wants to recover the investment made for Neymar,” stated Buyo.PSG’s owners paid a world record €222m to Barca for Neymar in 2017. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

LNG Canada project in British Columbia given final approval by shareholders

first_imgVANCOUVER – Investors have given final approval for a massive liquefied national gas project in northern British Columbia.The five partners have agreed to the $40-billion joint venture that includes a gas liquefaction plant in Kitimat on B.C.’s coast and a 670-kilometre pipeline delivering natural gas from the northeast corner of the province.The partners — Royal Dutch Shell, Mitsubishi Corp., the Malaysian-owned Petronas, PetorChina Co. and Korean Gas Corp. — delayed the final investment decision in 2016, citing a drop in natural gas prices.But, with the final investment decision, each company will be responsible to provide its own natural gas supply and will individually market its share of liquefied gas.The decision involves two processing units, with first liquefied natural gas expected before the middle of the next decade.LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz says the project received support from the B.C. government, local First Nations and the Kitimat community.“This decision showcases how industrial development can co-exist with environmental stewardship and Indigenous interests,” he said in a news release late Monday.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the LNG Canada announcement represents the single largest private sector investment project in Canadian history.“It is a vote of confidence in a country that recognizes the need to develop our energy in a way that takes the environment into account, and that works in meaningful partnership with Indigenous communities,” he said in the LNG Canada statement.B.C. Premier John Horgan said the project “symbolizes the kind of balanced and sustainable path forward British Columbians are looking for.”“We welcome the unprecedented commitment shown by the LNG Canada partners to work within our province’s ambitious climate goals,” he said in the same statement. “The critical importance of this project is what it represents — the intersecting of economic development, jobs for local workers, partnerships with Indigenous communities and forward-looking climate leadership.”But provincial Green party Leader Andrew Weaver called the announcement a “profound disappointment.”“Adding such a massive new source of (greenhouse gases) means that the rest of our economy will have to make even more sacrifices to meet our climate targets. A significant portion of the LNG Canada investment will be spent on a plant manufactured overseas, with steel sourced from other countries,” he said in a statement.“B.C. taxpayers will subsidize its power by paying rates twice as high and taking on the enormous public debt required to build Site C. There may be as little as 100 permanent jobs at LNG Canada. I believe we can create far more jobs in other industries that won’t drastically increase our emissions.”Horgan’s minority NDP government only governs because of the support of the Green party.Weaver noted the NDP were outspoken critics of the project when they were in Opposition under the Liberals.“Our caucus was shocked when they turned around and delivered an even larger giveaway once in power,” he said. “We did everything we could to deter them from making this decision, but we are only three MLAs up against the 84 whose parties support the heavy subsidization of this industry.”last_img read more