first_img “Ah, here it is,” Godwin said as he fished a color-copy from a disarrayed stack of all-but- forgotten artwork.Godwin smoothed the edges of a photograph of the full-size, metal sculpture of the Wright Brothers’ 1905 Wright Flyer III. Godwin designed and fabricated the 1905 Flyer for a Dayton, Ohio project honoring the Wright Brothers. The realist object sculpture was dedicated in 2001.Thumping the photograph, Godwin nodded his approval. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “The Wright Brothers thought this was their best flying machine at that time,” Godwin said and added with a smile that maybe the Wright Flyer III was his best effort, yet.Godwin considers his three metal sculptures of the Wright Brothers flyers among his best work and the most involved.In 1985, he fabricated a 1910 version of the “Wright Flyer” for Maxell Air Force Base in Montgomery where the brothers ran a flight training school in 1910 and 1911. He was also commission to fabricate a replica of the Wright Brothers’ “First Flyer” for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. The “First Flyer” is the centerpiece of the campus. Both the “Wright Flyer” and “First Flyer” include bronze figures of the Wright Brothers.“I didn’t know anything about airplanes but I learned,” Godwin said as he filed the photographs of his metal replicas. “When I was doing the ‘First Flyer’ for Embry Riddle, I had to think about how the brothers manually controlled the flyer and how the rudders worked. No one told me. I just worked it out in my mind.” Book Nook to reopen Skip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content Email the author MESSENGER PHOTO/JAINE TREADWELLBrundidge artist Larry Godwin has reopened Art Wurks, his studio and showroom on U.S. Highway 231, south of Brundidge. However, he laughingly said he didn’t realize it was ever closed until he “couldn’t get back in the door” for all the artistic clutter. Godwin is a longtime advocate of public art. His artwork is on display in a variety of settings coast-to-coast. Among them are the RSA Pavilion Park in Montgomery, Walt Disney World in Orlando and the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago. MESSENGER PHOTO/JAINE TREADWELLBrundidge artist Larry Godwin has reopened Art Wurks, his studio and showroom on U.S. Highway 231, south of Brundidge. However, he laughingly said he didn’t realize it was ever closed until he “couldn’t get back in the door” for all the artistic clutter. Godwin is a longtime advocate of public art. His artwork is on display in a variety of settings coast-to-coast. Among them are the RSA Pavilion Park in Montgomery, Walt Disney World in Orlando and the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago. By Jaine Treadwell Published 2:00 am Saturday, July 11, 2015center_img Latest Stories MESSENGER PHOTO/JAINE TREADWELLBrundidge artist Larry Godwin has reopened Art Wurks, his studio and showroom on U.S. Highway 231, south of Brundidge. However, he laughingly said he didn’t realize it was ever closed until he “couldn’t get back in the door” for all the artistic clutter. Godwin is a longtime advocate of public art. His artwork is on display in a variety of settings coast-to-coast. Among them are the RSA Pavilion Park in Montgomery, Walt Disney World in Orlando and the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago.Larry Godwin is not as young as he used to be.“None of us are,” he said, with a smile as he shuffled across the floor of his Art Wurks studio pushing volumes of his artwork to the side with a foot. “I’ve been trying to sort out all of this, but I’m not getting anywhere.”The paintings stacked against the walls alternately changed hues with the sun and shadows. At times, the sun struck the sculptures; other times the shadows defined them. Print Article You Might Like REMEMBER WHEN: Helion Motes reflects on parents, grandparents teachings Messenger Photo/Scottie BrownHelion Motes looks at pictures from the past and reflects on memories of her parents and grandparents and… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) ARTIST BACK TO ‘WURK’: Brundidge artist reopens Art Wurks studio MESSENGER PHOTO/JAINE TREADWELLBrundidge artist Larry Godwin has reopened Art Wurks, his studio and showroom on U.S. Highway 231, south of Brundidge. However, he laughingly said he didn’t realize it was ever closed until he “couldn’t get back in the door” for all the artistic clutter. Godwin is a longtime advocate of public art. His artwork is on display in a variety of settings coast-to-coast. Among them are the RSA Pavilion Park in Montgomery, Walt Disney World in Orlando and the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago. Over the years, Godwin has worked out many things in his mind and then turned them into works of art.“It’s all here, except for what I was lucky enough to sell,” he said and added, laughing, that “looking around I was more unlucky than lucky.”Godwin opened Art Wurks “a lifetime ago” on Highway 231, south of Brundidge. The working studio was a popular stopping place for patrons of the arts.Godwin did his fabrication work at a warehouse that was part of Bob’s Feeds in Brundidge, which had been owned and operated by the Godwin family. But in recent years, Godwin dedicated and devoted his time to the care of his mother, who died in February 2014 at the age of 100.Now, he is back at Art Wurks, and his hopes are that patrons of the arts will once again come knocking at his door.“Oh, people stop all the time,” Godwin said. “They stop to take pictures of the chicken. Then they get back in their cars and are gone.”The traffic-stopper for Art Wurks is a 16-foot chicken Godwin built out of chrome car bumpers back in 1962. It has a prominent place along the highway at Art Wurks.“It’s big. It’s shiny. It’s a chicken. Everybody recognizes a chicken.”And, Godwin admits that not everyone “gets” his abstract paintings and sculptures or his satirical clay figures of lawyers or certainly not his downright “ugly” art.“I call it my ugly art,” he said of a painting that seemingly has no rhyme or reason to it. And, it is “ugly.” But, when Godwin wants people to fully understand the meaning of his artwork, he leaves no doubt. His sculpture, Continuum, is a tribute to 9/11. The message is clear.A quick scan of Godwin’s studio and anyone would know that he is an extremely gifted artist.Godwin is a painter and a potter. He’s a carpenter, a sculptor and a fabricator. He can make art from anything and everything, even candle smoke. Art Wurks is testimony to his talent.“There are many stories here,” he said of his artwork that is stacked on shelves, leaning against the wall, packed in boxes and scattered on the floor. “I’ve got to get things organized so I can get back to work. I still have things to do.” By Blood Sugar Blaster Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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first_imgBy EMMA BORNE News Writer On Thursday, Clemens Sedmak, professor of moral and social theology at King’s College in London, spoke on dignity and justice at the annual Center for Social Concerns Fr. Bernie Clark lecture.   The lecture, titled “The Deep Practice of Human Dignity,” focused on three key ideas: the concept of human dignity, the concept of integrity and the concept of deep practice.  Sedmak said human dignity is not only a concept, but also a way of life.  “[Human dignity] is a way of experiencing, a way of thinking and a way of acting,” Sedmak said. “Dignity is not only something that can be used as a concept; you need to do it. It needs to have this kind of cash value.”   Human dignity is closely related to human integrity, Sedmak said.  “The concept of dignity and integrity are linked because of the focus on vulnerability in both. … Human dignity needs an understanding of vulnerability,” she said. “Vulnerability is important because it violates integrity.” In order to understand others’ vulnerability as a concept, Sedmak said, “we have to understand our own vulnerability.” Sedmak said understanding our own vulnerability in turn allows us to practice human dignity, clarifying the third point of his lecture.   Humans need to practice human dignity for the simple reason of being human, Sedmak said. “The concept of human dignity is command and the command consists in saying: value the human person because she is human,” Sedmak said. “And that is where the justification stops.”  Even in a difficult circumstance, Sedmak said the practice of human dignity comes with the concept of being whole-hearted.  “Deep practice has these two properties: there are adverse circumstances… and secondly a moment of whole heartedness,” Sedmak said. “If you want to appropriate a skill under adverse circumstances, you must be fully motivated.” Though deep practices are not easy, Sedmak said deep practices are essential to human dignity.  “If we want the concept of dignity to have friction we need to appropriate it by way of deep practices,” Sedmak said.  Contact EmmaBorne at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgCollen Winebarger swept Covid-19 special and George Steitz Memorial features at Antioch Speedway, then took the checkers on night two of the High Desert Classic at Winnemucca Regional Raceway. All-Star candidates now include: Dereck Rhoden, Kyle Rohleder, Anthony Roth, Joel Rust, Cory Sample, Jim Sandusky, Robby Sawyer, Marlyn Seidler, Kelly Shryock, Todd Shute, Chris Simpson, Brandon Smith, Jesse Sobbing, Tyler Stevens and Andy Strait.  Tyler Stevens led the way to the finish line at Legit Speedway’s Scrappin’ 40. Chris Simpson, Chris Abelson and Johnny Whitman all won rich weekly shows, at Benton County Speedway, Clay County Fair Speedway and 141 Speedway, respectively.  Drivers already on the ballot who won qualifying events were Austin Arneson, Cayden Carter, Daniel Gottschalk, Ryan McDaniel, Zach Madrid, Clay Money and Jesse Sobbing.  Jordan Grabouski, Kevin Green, Richie Gustin, Clay Hale, Bobby Hogge IV, Philip Houston, Wyatt Howard, Mitchell Hunt, Bricen James, Aaron Johnson, Austin Kiefer, Cody Laney, Jeff Larson, Josh Long and Ryan McDaniel.  Josh McGaha, Zach Madrid, Wade Manning, Hunter Marriott, Chris Mills, Clay Money, Bob Moore, Rodney Morgan, Josh Most, Chris Nieman, Jason Noll, Jay Noteboom, Jake O’Neil, Brad Pounds and Tom Quint.center_img Cory Davis, Zane DeVilbiss, Ethan Dotson, P.J. Egbert, Chris Elliott, Trevor Fitz-Gibbon, Junior Flores, Kelsie Foley, Troy Foulger, Jeremy Frenier, John Gober, David Goode Jr., Josh Goodwin, Daniel Gottschalk and William Gould.  VINTON, Iowa – Another eight IMCA Modified drivers have raced their way onto the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot by winning special or weekly features paying $1,000 or more.  Chris Abelson, Jeff Aikey, Ricky Alvarado, Drew Armstrong, Austin Arneson, Casey Arneson, Chaz Baca Jr., Eric Barnes, Brandon Beckendorf, Tom Berry Jr., Tanner Black, Steven Bowers Jr., Chris Carroll, Cayden Carter, Kellen Chadwick and Cory Craver.  Ricky Alvarado and Tanner Black both won Rudy Yeager Memorial features at Sweetwater Speedway. Jim Thies topped Park Jefferson Speedway’s Memorial Duel. And Shawn Strand, Matt Szecsodi, Jeff Taylor, Jim Thies, Ricky Thornton Jr., Eric Tomlinson, Marcus Tomlinson, Nick Trenchard, Rob VanMil, Jon White Jr., Justin Whitehead, Johnny Whitman, R.C. Whitwell, Collen Winebarger and Jason Wollalast_img read more

first_imgFiona Kelly pictured with the LYIT Basketball team.Students at LYIT proved they have a huge heart when it comes to worthy causes this week.The students got fully behind the Conor ‘Shorty’ Dorrian event that took place from 10am to 3.30pm on campus at LYIT.The students managed to raise a staggering €2,025 for Conor during this time which included basketball games and other fundraising activities. The student volunteers who assisted at this event were amazing and without them we would not have raised as much money!Well done all you guys.Ian O Neill, Noelle East, Brian McElwaine, Derbhla Gilhooley and Tanya Russell pictured at the Fun Day which was organised for Conor ‘Shorty ‘Dorrian who is a student in Letterkenny Institute of Technology and a dedicated basketball player who is undergoing medical treatment at the moment.Ian O Neill, Su ents Officer, tanya Russell, Welfare Oficer, DJ Stephen, Fiona Kelly , Event Organiser and Brian McElwaine , SU President at the Fun Day in the Institute for Conor ‘Shorty’ Dorrian.STUDENTS CERTAINLY NOT ‘SHORTY’ ON SUPPORT FOR CONOR was last modified: November 14th, 2013 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:basketballConor Shorty DorrianLYITlast_img read more

first_imgNedum Onuoha’s own goal gave West Ham an early lead in the London derby at Upton Park.The defender, brought in at the expense of Mauricio Isla at right-back, nudged Stewart Downing’s fifth-minute corner into the net under pressure from Diafra Sakho.Rangers, beaten in all four of their away games this season, have been poor at the back again.They were fortunate not to go further behind when Enner Valencia shot wide from 10 yards out after being found by Sakho’s low cross.QPR (4-2-3-1): Green, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Caulker, Traore, Sandro, Henry, Fer, Hoilett, Kranjcar, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Isla, Mutch, Dunne, Vargas, Zamora, Taarabt.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgRecent news about the body’s remarkable powers raise questions about why we aren’t better off.The occasional genius surprises us, but maybe the surprise should be that so many of us are not that smart. Is the genius an atavism (throwback) to a period when intelligence was the norm? Those who are super-healthy among us raise similar questions about why so many are sickly and subject to genetic disorders. Look at these news stories that suggest remarkable mechanisms for repair and maintenance of the body. Are they hints of lost abilities we could learn to restore or augment?Superheroes with super DNA. Why do some people have genetic mutations for serious disease but remain healthy? New Scientist reports on a survey of genes from nearly 600,000 people that identified 13 with markers for cystic fibrosis and other debilitating conditions, but who don’t get the disease—not even any symptoms. What’s going on? Reporter Colin Barras suggests some hypotheses:These people may show no symptoms because they have mutations elsewhere in their genomes that override the detrimental ones, or perhaps their environment has somehow protected them from developing disease. A better understanding of this could lead to new treatments, but to do this, [Stephen] Friend [Sage Bionetworks, Seattle] says we need a new approach: “study the healthy – don’t just study the sick.”James Gallagher at the BBC News thinks these lucky ones were born with “superhero DNA” that somehow protects them. Either that, or geneticists overestimate the mutations. He quotes one doctor who waves Darwin’s magic wand: “Millions of years of evolution have produced far more protective mechanisms than we currently understand.” If that were true, though, disease should be the rare exception.Savior cells. Oliver Semler was born with a bone disease that makes his bones fracture easily. He went through childhood wearing casts from his frequent bone fractures. As an adult, Science Magazine says, he has devoted his life to helping children similarly afflicted. Scientists like Semler are working on stem cell therapies, including ones that take the mother’s stem cells and transplant them to the growing fetus in the womb. Hopes are rising that stem cells from the mother can empower the growing baby’s own immune system to develop properly while it is still plastic, preventing a variety of disabling genetic conditions. Could those mechanisms have worked in the past without the extraordinary intervention of the scientist?Love your fat. How would you like to turn your love handles into something useful? Live Science reports on new successes turning fat cells into insulin-producing pancreatic cells, offering hope to sufferers of diabetes. Does this hint that our body’s cells were designed to regrow damaged parts, given the right circumstances, without the scientist’s help?Your internal network router.  Inspired by biology, network engineers publishing in Nature Communications discuss “dynamic information routing in complex networks.” The body already knows what they’re trying to learn:Attuned function of many biological or technological networks relies on the precise yet dynamic communication between their subsystems. For instance, the behaviour of cells depends on the coordinated information transfer within gene-regulatory networks and flexible integration of information is conveyed by the activity of several neural populations during brain function. Identifying general mechanisms for the routing of information across complex networks thus constitutes a key theoretical challenge with applications across fields, from systems biology to the engineering of smart distributed technology.Bypass routing. A heartwarming story about Ian Burkhart, a 24-year-old Ohio man who became a quadriplegic six years ago, is told on Science Daily and New Scientist. A device that goes around the damaged area of his nervous system is giving him mobility again: the ability to move his arm and fingers with his thoughts.Six years ago, he was paralyzed in a diving accident. Today, he participates in clinical sessions during which he can grasp and swipe a credit card or play a guitar video game with his own fingers and hand. These complex functional movements are driven by his own thoughts and a prototype medical system that are detailed in a study published online today in the journal Nature.He wrote his own article for New Scientist. “I’m the first quadriplegic person in the world to use my own thoughts to control my own arm. It’s a pretty neat experience,” he says. Though the device is crude today, it promises refinements to come. What’s pertinent to our theme is the plasticity of the brain this experiment demonstrates. Nature News discusses what scientists are learning:Previous studies have suggested that after spinal-cord injuries, the brain undergoes ‘reorganization’ — a rewiring of its connections. But this new work suggests that the degree of reorganization occurring after such injuries may be less than previously assumed. “It gives us a lot of hope that there are perhaps not as many neural changes in the brain as we might have imagined after an injury like this, and we can bypass damaged areas of the spinal cord to regain movement,” says Bouton.There are limitations to the experiment; Burkhardt can’t feel the objects he manipulates (yet), but he is getting better and faster with practice.New sight. Another heartwarming story in Current Biology describes “Rapid Integration of Tactile and Visual Information by a Newly Sighted Child.” Does someone born blind have the capacity to learn about a world they’ve never seen? How quickly can they relate to the new visual sense? Here are the highlights of the paper:After cataract removal, a blind child accurately reached and grasped in 24 minThe next day, she immediately recognized by sight an object previously held and seenOn day 3, she held an object without seeing it and then recognized it by sightVisual-motor and intersensory integration and transfer developed very rapidlyWhat this demonstrated to the neuroscientists is that the two senses of sight and touch “are prearranged to immediately become calibrated to one another.” A related article about perception on Science Daily reports that people have more “top down control” of what they don’t notice than many scientists had previously believed. In regard to the sense of touch, both PNAS and Current Biology report new findings that show we get a lot more information from our fingertips than thought. We pick up information about vibrations in the object, and the surface area of the contact becomes an important part of our proprioceptive (positional) sense.Wannabee Superman? The human immune system makes the news often these days, especially regarding cancer treatment. Science Daily reports on a previously unknown class of immune cells that transform from ‘Clark Kent’ to ‘Superman’ quickly. They look like ordinary T cells, “yet are biased toward becoming T regulatory cells (Tregs), which protect the body from autoimmune disease.” Named pre-nTreg cells, they put on their capes and take off for action. “The researchers think pre-nTregs may be activated in response to many kinds of immune challenges, such as autoimmune diseases, cancer and infections.” Cancer researchers like to point out that we get cancer millions of times a day, but the immune system, like Superman, swoops in to stop it. The few times cancer gets a foothold get all the attention.Genius in tow. The innate capacity of the human brain continues to astonish. “Are humans the new supercomputer?” Science Daily asks. In our ongoing race against technology, our brains still show exceptional powers. Experiments with quantum games, reported in Nature, show that “our skill in approaching problems heuristically and solving them intuitively” still beats the enormous processing power of supercomputers. A summary report in Nature describes the success 300 volunteers had in overcoming the counter-intuitive notions of quantum mechanics by using a crowd-sourced computer game.But the work also suggests that the human mind might be more capable of grasping the rules of the bizarre quantum world than previously thought — a revelation that could have implications for how scientists approach quantum physics, says Jacob Sherson, a quantum physicist at Aarhus University, Denmark, who led the study. “Maybe we should allow some of that normal intuition to enter our problem solving,” he says. Scientists studying quantum foundations have also long said that finding a more intuitive approach to quantum physics could help to crack outstanding puzzles, although many doubted that this would ever be possible without new theories.It’s not clear why natural selection would ever endow hunter-gatherers with the ability to comprehend quantum mechanics. “The map we created gives us insight into the strategies formed by the human brain,” Science Daily says. “We behave intuitively when we need to solve an unknown problem, whereas for a computer this is incomprehensible.”Bible-believers say that man was created perfect but, because of the Fall into sin, is degenerating. Secular science says man is climbing upward by blind evolutionary processes that don’t care where he is going, and thereby cannot prepare for unseen circumstances. Which worldview explains these observations? We see hints of capabilities that could be far better. They should be the norm, if evolution somehow came up with them. Instead, we see indications of superfluous design and restorative genius. Once in awhile they turn up in exceptional individuals. Wouldn’t everyone in a Darwinian world rise to their own level of incompetence? Why the extraordinary plasticity, robustness and “prearrangements” for automatic calibration or for dynamic rewiring and restoration?Darwin looked for atavisms from an animal past. What we see are atavisms from superior intellect and health. These point to decay and death over thousands of years from previous heights of fitness, not evolutionary progress. De-evolution explains these observations; Darwin had it backwards because of his anti-supernatural bias. As so often is the case, the Bible has it right. It explains why the antediluvians lived hundreds of years, and why in the coming Millennium people will be considered unfortunate to die at age 100. 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first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 09 April 2018 – Following her passing at age 81 in a Johannesburg hospital on Easter Sunday, Brand South Africa highlights the important role that heroine of freedom, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, played in helping South Africa transition peacefully from apartheid to a stable democracy in 1994. Madikizela-Mandela’s courage to speak her truth and dedicate her life towards fulfilling a vision of an equitable, prosperous, better future for South Africa is what made her a truly powerful icon of freedom. A true patriot, Madikizela-Mandela faced untold hardships during the apartheid years, yet she confronted each with an inner strength and fortitude. It is her courage and bravery as well as fearless commitment to fulfilling the dream of economic and political freedom which will remain her ultimate legacy. “Her spirit, her passion…her courage, her wilfulness: I felt all of these things the moment I saw her,” said former South African President Nelson Mandela of the woman he would later marry.Her dedication to the resistance movement meant she had to push many of her personal goals aside. The first black professional social worker in South Africa, Madikizela-Mandela had been married to Mandela for just a few years, when he was sentenced to life in prison in 1962. Like many black women of her generation, she was forced to become a single mother to her two small daughters and was thrust into the limelight as a ‘political widow’. “We were hardly a year together when history deprived me of you,” she wrote in a letter to Mandela while he was in prison in 1970, published in her autobiography 491 Days, Prisoner Number 1323/69. Madikizela-Mandela took up the challenge of continuing to resist the racism and sexism that defined her generation with a maturity beyond her years.  It was thanks largely to her, that international attention remained focused on the story of Nelson Mandela and the fight against Apartheid while he served out his prison sentence. “Your formidable shadow which eclipsed me left me naked and exposed to the bitter world of a young ‘political widow’. I knew this was a crown of thorns for me but I also knew I said, ‘I Do’ for better or worse. In marrying you I was marrying the struggle of my people,” she wrote to Mandela in 1977, in a letter also published in her autobiography. It was when she was arrested by the apartheid police and taken away from her two daughters, then aged just nine and ten years old, that she was forced to bear the true weight of personal sacrifice for her people. She spent 491 days in detention, much of this in solitary confinement under unimaginably brutal conditions.  Two trials later, she was finally released. “She refused to be bowed by the imprisonment of her husband, the perpetual harassment of her family by security forces, detentions, bannings and banishment. Her courageous defiance was deeply inspirational to me, and to generations of activists,” noted Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate after her passing. Former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, once part of the legal team who defended Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, said she had an “incredible ability to be able to take on injustice and soak up pain in a way that is not immediately describable.” Madikizela-Mandela traded what could have been a simple life of motherhood and marriage for an active political life.  Instead, she became fondly known as the “Mother of the Nation”, serving as a mentor and mother to many of South Africa’s young activists, including Fikile Mbalula, current chair of the ANC’s subcommittee on elections and Malusi Gigaba, now Minister of Home Affairs, both of whom who lived with Madikizela-Mandela as young members of the party’s Youth League. “Mam’ Winnie lost her innocence because of a struggle she actually didn’t choose, the struggle entrusted upon her by the husband she chose and the people she identified with – the vulnerable people who were discriminated because of apartheid,” said Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in tribute to her. Actress Terry Pheto who played Madikizela-Mandela in the BET drama Madiba, said she grew up looking up to Winnie, because her mother did as well.  “I was very aware of her journey, her struggles and her fights. Because of that, it was important for me to see this role as I’ve always seen her; an important and necessary figure in our time,” Pheto said in an interview in 2017 with HuffPost. Although separated for 27 years while Mandela was in prison, the couple communicated through a series of emotion-filled hand-written letters. In one, also published in 491 Days she wrote: “As you say, our goal is [a] free Africa, my love I have never had any doubts about that.”  It was this vision that inspired the couple to dedicate their lives to fulfilling their dream of a free South Africa. Madikizela-Mandela came to represent the hopes and dreams of millions of oppressed South Africans. “Let us draw inspiration from the struggles that she fought and the dream of a better society to which she dedicated her life,” said South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in tribute to Madikizela-Mandela. As South Africa mourns the loss of a brave, courageous leader. We also celebrate her sacrifices and achievements over a lifetime of dedicated service to and making the dream of a free and prosperous South Africa a reality. Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela, who lived with Madikizela-Mandela after her husband Nelson Mandela’s release from prison expressed his sadness saying “It is truly with great sadness to have lost the Mother of the Nation. We are forever grateful for the role she played in securing our freedom. We indeed need to celebrate her legacy.”Hamba Kahle Mama. Please contact Tsabeng Nthite on +27 76 371 6810 if you would like to interview any of the following people about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: Brand SA CEO, Dr Kingsley MakhubelaFikile Mbalula, Chair of the ANC’s subcommittee on electionsMalusi Gigaba, Minister of Home AffairsSello Hatang, CEO of Nelson Mandela FoundationDikgang Moseneke, Former Deputy Chief Justice, Terry Pheto, Actress who played Winnie Madikizela-Mandelalast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have a very active pattern over the state this week, starting today. We have rain and snow from I-70 southward, with the moisture slowly lifting northward through the day. By midday to early afternoon, action should be approaching US 30, and by sunset we should see light precipitation all the way up to US 20. Meanwhile, the rains will continue pretty much all day south of I-70, meaning the heaviest totals will end up down there. Moisture over the southern half of the state will be from .25”-.6” with coverage at 100% of the region, while we expect a few hundredths to .25” between US 20 and I-70 with 75% coverage. By tomorrow morning we have rain over a majority of the state, with only some wet snow in NW Ohio. Even that snow quickly transitions to rain statewide by mid-morning to midday, and then rain continues through sunset. Heavy rains will be working into SW Ohio tomorrow morning and will spread northeast. After sunset tomorrow, we would not be surprised to have rain change back over to snow before ending mid morning Wednesday. Most of the state will see only minor accumulations after that switch over, but in north central and northeast parts of the state, along with east central Ohio, there can be a lot more. All told, we think tomorrow we have potential for half to 1.5” liquid equivalent precipitation totals, and we wont rule out the potential for some localized 2 inch totals for tomorrow. Some of that comes as a coating to 2 inches of snow to start the day in far NW Ohio, and then some more as another coating to 2 inches of snow overnight tomorrow night into early Wednesday. Now, north central, northeast and east central Ohio will see bigger snow potential, with 2-6 inches possible with lake enhancement. Generally speaking, this is most easily summed up as “a mess”. The map at right shows potential cumulative precipitation through Wednesday morning. Flurries and light patchy snow continues for the balance of Wednesday behind this event, although we should see an attempt at some clearing from west to east. Strong NW winds mean we will see a much colder push, and some lower wind chills, but we are not as concerned about cold air now, like we were in our forecasts for this period last week.  Temps likely end up near normal for midweek, and we see partly sunny skies for Thursday. Friday has become much more problematic. We have a significant low moving across the eastern corn belt. Right now, the low looks like it wants to move northeast across Indiana, and really miss us. That would put most of Ohio in the warm sector with moderate to heavy rain potential. We would have to watch the overnight and early Saturday part of the event closely, as the arrival of cold air would allow precipitation to perhaps end as snow. However, right now, the track of the low is very important, and would make all the difference between all rain for us, and something much worse. Right now, we have some concern that Indiana to the west sees Rain, ice (freezing rain) and heavy snow…all three of the biggies!. But, track could easily put us in the firing line too. So, for right now, we are not stepping out in any specific direction on this event. It looks formidable in any form, but what we get and where we get it depends entirely on track, and it is too far out to really get a good idea on that at the moment. Stay tuned! Windy and colder for Friday, so any snow that would fall on Friday would be subject to blowing and drifting through the day Saturday. Temps will be well below normal and we will see wind chills as a problem again. We stay cold for the balance of the weekend through Monday, with partly sunny skies. Some sub zero lows are likely for the morning of Presidents day. Tuesday the 19th we have minor snows moving through, bringing a coating to 2 inches with 70% coverage. Then we turn partly sunny and colder again for Wednesday the 20th. While we are keeping our forecast relatively conservative for those days, other models are trying to bring a much more interesting solution to the table, with snow in far southern areas, near the Ohio River for Tuesday, and then rain south of I-70 on Wednesday and snow north. We think that is overdone and will stay with a more subdued outlook at this time. For the extended period, we have flurries for Thursday the 21st, then partly to mostly sunny skies for Friday the 22nd through Sunday the 24th. Colder air with another snow event arrives for Monday the 25th and goes through Tuesday the 26th. Accumulations are likely.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Don “Doc” SandersYou may remember that I’ve written a few times in this column about false claims made against Roundup — namely, that it causes cancer. In my most recent column on the topic, I wrote about how several respected health and environmental organizations have cleared the popular herbicide of these charges, like the Environmental Protection Agency, Health Canada, the European Food Safety Authority and the German consumer health agency BfR.Now I want to share with you a news report I recently ran across about how a New Mexico dairy operation is being threatened by cancer-causing nonagricultural chemicals that have contaminated the groundwater.The chemicals in question are perfluoroakyl and polyfluoroakyl substances, a group of manmade chemicals that I’ll refer to by their acronym, PFAS. Since 1940 PFAS chemicals have been incorporated into products used all over the world. Some compounds in this group are familiar, such as Teflon, which keeps food from sticking to frying pans. Other PFAS compounds are used in fabrics. Still others, to make carpet waterproof and stain resistant. Some of these substances have been used in food packaging to stop grease absorption.A couple of PFAS chemicals are used in firefighting, as fire retardants, and for fire prevention. There’s particular concern over the adverse human health effects caused by this subset of PFAS compounds. These are the types of chemicals that are putting the dairy farm I mentioned in grave danger.When humans and animals consume certain PFAS in their food, or by coming into contact with them through water, the chemicals accumulate in their bodies over time. Animal studies demonstrate that specific fire retardant PFAS can cause cancer. Human studies demonstrate that PFAS also raise blood cholesterol.There’s a potential goldmine here for the attorneys of Moose & Moose, as PFAS lawsuits have far more merit than legal cases against Roundup. So, don’t be surprised if Moose & Moose starts interrupting more of your favorite TV shows to sign up with them over new cancer alarms.Now, here’s the rest of the story about the dairy farm in New Mexico. The dairy farm is just a couple of miles from Cannon Air Force Base where PFAS fire retardants were used in training firefighters to extinguish aircraft fires, using mock or junk planes. Apparently, this was standard procedure for many years. Consequently, groundwater used by the dairy was contaminated by these PFAS chemicals.A cows’ digestive system protects it somewhat from PFAS. The microflora in the rumen neutralizes some PFAS contamination, which reduces the resulting toxicity of milk and tissue. Yet, PFAS residue has been detected in the milk and tissue of this farm’s cows.The dairyman and his wife also have been tested for PFAs. They have 10 times the considered safe level of PFAs in their bodies.The cows’ milk has been declared unmarketable — as it should be. And the cows are in quarantine with the recommendation that they be euthanized. Can you imagine being in this dairyman’s place? You’ve given your life to your herd and now you’re being ordered to shoot all of them.One of the quandaries is where to dispose the cows, as no one has a clue about the long-term implications of PFAS residues in animal carcasses. I would recommend Yucca Mountain in Nevada as a disposal site. That’s a site designated for disposal of spent nuclear rods and associated radiation waste.And by the way, Congress was mandated to establish rules for Yucca Mountain’s use more than 10 years ago. And guess what? The rules haven’t been written! Until Congress establishes rules for nuclear waste disposal, it has cost taxpayers $24 billion in additional hidden fees over the past 10 years. This does not show up in the budget that Congress fights over every year because Congress doesn’t want to ‘fess up.If the cows were buried in Yucca Mountain, no one would ever know the mountain also contained some dead cows. Certainly, Congress would never admit to it.In the meantime, the government pays damages to the dairyman for his discarded milk. And the dairyman continues to await the government’s final resolution of this sad state of affairs – to euthanize the cows and close the dairy.Dairy farmers are a unique group of people. They’re animal lovers, just like pet owners. Their cows are their mission in life and their source of survival and inner peace.I truly feel for this dairyman and what he and his wife are going through.last_img read more

first_imgTags:#New Media#web Related Posts Media market watcher paidContent put the subscription number into context. The Times of London instituted a paywall last year and after eight months had 79,000 subscribers. But overall, it lost 90% of its online readership according to The Guardian. The Financial Times instituted a paywall in June, 2010 and has 224,000 paid digital subscribers.So, for being a month in, 100,000 subscribers does not look that bad for The New York Times. Revenue on those subscribers could reach as high as $20 million, depending on the type of subscription an individual signed up for. Considering the newspaper spent between $25 million and $40 million (depending on who you believe) on creating the paywall, it looks like a decent return on investment in the early going.“In mid-March, we introduced Times digital subscription packages in Canada and globally at the beginning of the second quarter, and we are pleased with the number of subscribers we have acquired to date, as initial volume has meaningfully exceeded our expectations,” said said Janet L. Robinson, president and CEO, according to Yahoo Finance.As paidContent points out, there are still a number of variables to consider when looking at the number of paid Times subscribers. What happens when the promotional period ends and rates go up? What about plans on different devices? There are a variety of plans users can subscribe to such as iPad-only or Web-only. We might not know the answers to those questions until later this year when we see more subscription numbers from the Times.Disclaimer: ReadWriteWeb and The New York Times are syndication partners. dan rowinski Since instituting its metered paywall in late March, The New York Times has 100,000 paid subscribers to it website, according to a Times’ article on its own earnings statement.The number does not include print subscribers, who get access to unlimited articles on the website, or promotional launch offers, according to a tweet from Times’ senior VP of corporate communications, Robert Christie. The article states, “For the first time, the Times Company provided information on how digital subscriptions were faring. The company said that since it started limiting the number of articles readers could read on for free, it has signed up more than 100,000 subscribers. While it said the program was still too young to judge a success, ‘early indicators are encouraging.’”Currently, Times readers can access 20 stories a month for free on before hitting the paywall. There are exceptions to what counts as a “click”; stories accessed through Facebook, for example, are not counted as a clicked story. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more