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Westbound Colorado Street Bridge to Be Closed for Repairs Wednesday

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In comedy and in credit unions – delivery makes all the difference

first_imgI’m a big fan of podcasts – I listen to them, I make them, I study them, I even read books about them—and I learn a ton by listening to them. Podcast are a great content channel, and I’m glad more are being made each day. I hope your credit union sees the value in producing one for its members. But I can’t listen to podcasts while I work and there are many times when I don’t want content or information in audio format. If I’m searching for a quick answer, I just need an article I can scan. Other times I need to learn and see how to do something, so a quick video tutorial is the best way to deliver the information I seek.Why do my personal content digestion preferences matter? Because everyone has them, and if your credit union is putting out content, and spending time, resources and money on creating what you know will benefit your members, you’re only half-valuable unless you think about where they are physically and mentally when you deliver it to them.Even with a limited marketing / content development team and budget, the best way for your organization to effectively deliver valuable content is to have a diversity of delivery options. This isn’t to say every time you have a campaign to execute, you need a blog post, a podcast, a video, an engagement contest, a news release, a pitch to local media, and ten other methods for getting your content out. But you should have a menu of options you’re skilled at producing and pick the method that best matches the content and the strategic timing of delivery. Then think like your audience and imagine where they are in their lives and days when your content might float across their attentions.Let’s see a sample of what this looks like. On your content calendar this month (you have one, right?!) you are planning to deliver content related to:personal finance education seriesnew product launch/updatemembership drive and community eventshousing market / economic updatesYou might want to align your content, delivery channel and timing as such:Financial education: Podcast: Released on Fridays on website, shared via social throughout weekend.New product launch: News release, media pitch, newsletter/direct mailing to members: Released on Monday morning.Membership drive/event: Video of member testimonials, Infographic of community impact stats: Released 7-10 days prior to event, shared on social media in evenings.Housing market news: Interview with expert source, audio and video format: Shared via email to members with loans, around noon on Wednesday. There is an art and a science to matching content with delivery and timing, so closely measuring results, learning what combinations work best, repeating and re-examining often is vital for success with your specific audience.Here at Filene, we are going through a similar journey. At our core, we are a research organization and in that way, our research is our product. When a new research report is ready, we have so much love and passion for it that the first thing we want to do is blast it out in full 100-page PDF glory to everyone in the world. But we’re getting savvier about segmenting who in our audience would most appreciate that delivery method (the likes of Andrew Downin, for one!) versus when the research is better suited for delivery via a short-form executive summary, or presentation deck of main findings, or an infographic visually representing key results, or an interactive microsite with quizzes, or multimedia storytelling with audio clips, video interviews, and written descriptions. And the timing of when the report needs to be released will help drive those strategic delivery decisions and vise-versa.  At the end of a day’s worth of content consumption, I am full and exhausted, but better for the knowledge I’ve gained if the delivery channels met my needs. The founder of viral content website Upworthy, Peter Koechley, spoke recently at an event I attended about what it took to create content that engages 50 million people monthly. He reminded us that whatever we’re doing, we’re not just vying for attention or market share against others doing the same thing as us. The reality of the world we live in today is that no matter who we are if we have a message to tell, we’re all essentially ‘Kompeting with the Kardashians.’ May your message survive its journey and safely reach its destination. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Holly Fearing Holly lives and breathes social media; if you can’t find her IRL, try reaching out on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram, and you’ll likely get her right away. … Web: www.filene.org Detailslast_img read more

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Vardy set to stay at Leicester – Wenger

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger appears ready to give up his pursuit of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy after saying Sunday he believe the England forward will stay with the Premier League champions.“Jamie Vardy is, at the moment, at Leicester and from what I know, he will stay at Leicester,” Wenger said in an interview with Chinese TV.Earlier this month, Arsenal were reported to have triggered a release clause in Vardy’s contract in a move worth around £20 million ($29m, 25.5m euros).That sparked a counter-offer from Leicester, with the 29-year-old Vardy having signed his most recent contract keeping him at the Midlands club until 2019 in February. Vardy scored 24 league goals as Leicester, 5,000/1 rank outsiders, were crowned champions of England last season, finishing 10 points in front of second-placed Arsenal, one of the Premier League’s established powers.His club form saw Vardy force his way into England’s squad for the ongoing European Championships in France, where he scored in a 2-1 group-stage win over Wales on Thursday.Vardy has been repeatedly non-committal about his club future while on England duty and he is not expected to make an announcement until his involvement at Euro 2016 has ended.When asked ahead of England’s Group B match against Slovakia on Monday, if he had anything to add about his club prospects, Vardy said: “No, nothing at all. I am just here completely focusing on England. That’s all that I want to do at the moment.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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American Baseball, Played 1864-Style

first_imgParker Homestead Hosts Vintage GameBy Jay Cook. Photos by Ottie Lynne Paterson.LITTLE SILVER – Chants of “Moose, Moose, Moose!” roared out from the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club’s dugout as starting catcher Frank Siracusa emerged with his willow in hand. As he strolled to the dish for his first at-bat, Chesapeake Nine’s pitcher “Silver Fox” began his underhand windup, reminiscent of a mid-19th century hurler’s motion to home plate.Adorned in black caps, black cravats, unseasonably long sleeve shirts and tan pants, Monmouth Furnace, the baseball team established out of Allaire Village, hosted the Chesapeake Nine of Baltimore for a game of 1864-style baseball.The game took place on June 12 at Sickles Field, and was run in conjunction with the Parker Homestead, a historical farmhouse dating back to the 17th century. “My great grandmother was a Parker, that’s my relationship, and so since 1667 this property has been here,” said Bob Sickles, owner of Sickles Market and president of The Parker Homestead-1665, a non-profit organization.A collection of bats, otherwise known as willows in 1864, just outside the dugout.“We’ve been a team for three years,” said Russ McIver, the captain of the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club. “Prior to this year we were called the Bog Iron Boys of Allaire Village, but then we changed our name to the Monmouth Furnace so we could do more things outside of Allaire.”Monmouth Furnace is one of 30 teams in the tri-state area who play this type of baseball, and “the only ones doing this in the Monmouth/Ocean County area,” McIver said. They are members of the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League.The league models its method of play primarily from how it was in 1864. Players do not use gloves, helmets or any type of visible protective gear, consisting of either catcher’s gear or shin guards when batting. The ball, otherwise known as a “lemon peel,” is about the same size as a modern baseball, yet weighs notably less and has a distinctive stitching design reminiscent of the letter X.Some aspects of modern baseball, such as leading and stealing, were utilized in the game, while one key rule from the 1864 game characterized baseball from that time period. Known as the “bound-out rule,” a fielder is allowed to let a fly ball bounce off the ground once, and then catch it for an out. If done successfully, the batter is out, whether that bound-out comes from a foul-tip, a shank off the bat to the first baseman or a deep fly ball to center field.A close play at second base as the MFBBC steal a baseThe majority of teams are comprised of around 15 to 20 players who come from all different age groups. “The teams primarily, and our team is no exception, consist of players from late high school to close to 70, so it’s very inclusive,” said McIver. “Every team is full of guys who are pure baseball players, there are players that are pure historians and there’s a bunch of guys who are in the middle.”Outfielder Dan Radel falls in the category of a historian. “This is like playing on a field of dreams,” said Radel, an adjunct history professor at Brookdale Community College.Known by teammates as a “muffin,” a term given to the rookies, Radel, 40, of Brick, joined Monmouth Furnace after watching a game at The Spirit of the Jerseys state fair. “I first saw them playing at Monmouth Battlefield and thought to myself ‘I have to do this.’”Abigail Murphy cheers on the MFBBC from the stands in a hoop skirt dress she sewed herself.Sunday’s event, which was hosted by the Parker Homestead, would never had happened without Liz Hanson, secretary to The Parker Homestead-1665. Tasked with archiving the contents inside the Bates House after a pipe burst in February of 2015, which is across the street from the Parker Homestead, Hanson came across quite a find.“I opened a cardboard box, it was full of hair, human hair,” Hanson said uneasily. “It was clean hair, but just wasn’t what I was looking for at the time.”Beneath the hair was the real treasure. While preparing to throw the next item out, an old Christmas cookie tin, Hanson felt a rattle inside when she reached over to toss it into the garbage.When she opened the tin, numerous cards were found inside, in remarkably good shape. “I don’t know much about baseball, but the first or second card that I looked at was Ty Cobb, and even I know who Ty Cobb was,” she said. “That’s when I knew there was something.”Not only was there one Ty Cobb card, but a second was found in the collection. Additionally, fellow MLB Hall-of-Famer Christy Mathewson’s card was buried in the cookie tin.The hurler, or pitcher, pitches underhand to batters with the“lemon peel” ball, a softer version of the modern baseball.“It’s not the ones that are hyper expensive, like a Honus Wagner from 1909 in certain series’ is worth two to three million dollars,” Sickles said. “But this collection is worth maybe 20 to 30 thousand.”In total, Hanson salvaged the 24 Philadelphia Caramel Co. cards, and on Sunday, they were on display inside the Parker Homestead. The collection dates back to 1909 and is thought to be of Stan Parker’s collection. He was a relative of Julia Parker, who passed away in 1996 as the last owner of the house.“I have not been to a game like this before, but I think it’s really cool to see the old uniforms,” said Sue Goldberg, 68 of Highlands. “I need to get a picture of these guys just milling about.”Goldberg, an avid baseball card collector with a collection into the hundreds, gazed at the pair of Ty Cobb cards under the display case. “I hadn’t seen it until I was at Archives Day, except for on the internet and books, but not in person.”The vintage baseball cards on display in the Parker House.The game between Monmouth Furnace and the Chesapeake Nine was competitive into the bottom of the ninth inning, with the Nine’s pulling out a win for a final score of 14-11. After the game, McIver lined players up from both teams along the first and third baselines to thank Sickles Market, The Parker Homestead and the nearly 150 fans in attendance, finishing off with a collective “Hip Hip, Huzzah!” cheer from the players.Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club has ten remaining games on their schedule for this season, which lasts until October 8. For additional information about Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club, visit their Facebook page. For updates on The Parker Homestead regarding future construction and events, visit ParkerHomestead-1665.org.last_img read more

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first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 2, 2016)–Just minutes before his stablemate Nyquist waltzed to victory in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, trainer Doug O’Neill’s Guns Loaded cruised to an impressive 1 ¼ length score under Rafael Bejarano in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes at Santa Anita. Claimed five starts back for $32,000 on Dec. 6, Guns Loaded won for the fourth time off the claim and registered his third consecutive win.“I knew that Mr. Sexy was the only speed in the race so I tried to make sure Guns Loaded broke well,” said Bejarano. “I put him in the right position right away and after that, I was done. I sat right off the speed and when I was ready, I let him go. It was easy for him.”Owned by Westside Rentals.com, Neil Haymes, Leo Rodriguez and Steve Rothblum, Guns Loaded was the 8-5 favorite in a field of nine older horses and paid $5.40, $3.60 and $2.60.“It was all Doug,” said part owner Mark Verge (Westside Rentals.com) in reference to his trainer, who was at Gulfstream to saddle Nyquist. “He’s the one who made the claim. We had the horse before and Doug called and said we’ve got to claim the horse back, but I can’t believe how well he’s done. It never works out that way.”With the winner’s share of $60,000, Guns Loaded hiked his bankroll to $406,570. A 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by D’wildcat, Guns Loaded registered his first graded stakes victory in the San Simeon. His overall record now stands at 26-8-3-4.English-bred Cape Wolfe ran on well for the place, but never threatened the winner, finishing a half length in front of No Silent. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Cape Wolfe was off at 9-2 and paid $5.00 and $4.00.Ridden by Gary Stevens, No Silent sat a close third throughout and paid $4.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.70, 43.66 and 1:06.98.First post time for a 10-race card on Sunday at Santa Anita is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more


CSUN unveils `village’ project

first_imgBut some noted that those prices still might be too high. Louis Rubino, an associate professor of health sciences, said entry-level faculty hires make about $45,000 a year. On that kind of salary, even a $400,000 home could be beyond reach. The 159 new units in the Devonshire Downs project will sit between Lindley and Zelzah avenues, north of Lassen Street. Plans for the project include pedestrian-friendly walkways, bike paths, parks and athletic courts. The 30-acre lot has been home to racetracks, fairgrounds and even an infamous 1968 rock ‘n’ roll festival. By 1963, California State University, Northridge, owned the entire site, which most recently housed a seven-story CSUN dormitory that was demolished after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. “This is not only filling the university mission of recruiting and retaining top quality faculty, but it’s also creating a community of quality town homes that the university and the Valley can be proud of,” said Thomas McCarron, executive director of CSUN’s University Corp. McCarron also is executive director and president of North Campus Development Corp., which is handling the project. The first phase will be funded by short- and long-term loans from the CSU system. Funding for the other phases has not yet been determined. Judy Nutter, the university’s director of community relations and a Northridge East Neighborhood Council board member, said there have been some community meetings and the council has been briefed on the project. “They’re curious at this point as to what (it will) look like, and about parking, access and how they’ll affect surrounding neighborhoods,” Nutter said. Neighbors have long wanted the Devonshire Downs area to be spruced up, she said. The university so far has had no organized opposition from the community. “We tried to get to people right at the beginning and let them know what was going on,” Nutter said. “The university will make additional presentations as it moves forward. … We’ll keep them informed and they’ll be able to state their positions.” She said the university hopes the new housing will draw talented academics from around the country. “We think it will help us attract really exceptional faculty,” Nutter said. “With the market in Southern California being what it is, we’ve had occasion to have faculty visit from another part of the country and they don’t see any hope of ever buying in.” But Kelly Lord, president of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council, said neighborhoods around the campus are “jittery” about the project. “We had mixed reviews on it,” Lord said of meetings on the project a year and a half ago. “The initial visceral response is no change in the community.” Lord said university officials agreed to make the project look more appealing – designing it more like homes rather than dormitories – and also to improve traffic flow. “The question in the local community is, `Is the university capable of following through with what they say they’ll do?”‘ Pat Lo Presti, who lives just west of the campus and has been active for years in the neighborhood, said that while the project renderings look beautiful, issues remain for the community. “It will add congestion and more people to the area,” Lo Presti said. Concerns include whether there will be adequate guest parking to prevent cars from spilling into neighborhoods and whether there will be safeguards for pedestrians on Lassen. Still, she said university officials have been more sensitive to the community in recent years. “I think if it’s well-built, and well-maintained and they listen to the neighborhood,” she said, “it could be a nice asset to the university.” Staff Writer Beth Barrett contributed to this report. [email protected] (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This should be a pretty big morale booster for the faculty,” said Harry Hellenbrand, CSUN’s provost and vice president of academic affairs. “It shows that the campus is trying to step up to the plate and solve a living condition for folks.” Hellenbrand said the project also will help establish a sense of community, something the commuter campus has lacked for decades. Currently, the only faculty housing is 31 rental units in the College Court Townhomes on Plummer Street. The units rent for $1,600 a month but can be leased for a maximum of only three years. “We’re glad to have them, but we hired close to 300 people in the last seven years,” Hellenbrand said. “Those 31 units are like going to Las Vegas and playing roulette.” The new units will primarily be three-bedroom town homes – about 1,300 to 1,900 square feet – and are expected to sell from the upper $300,000s to the lower $500,000s. NORTHRIDGE – CSUN unveiled plans Wednesday for a 30-acre, multimillion-dollar “urban village” that will eventually include 400 town homes and rental units dedicated for faculty and staffers. The $60 million first phase of the development, called Devonshire Downs, is expected to cover 15 acres and will include 159 town homes, tree-lined walkways, bike paths and parks. The project should break ground next fall, with homes available for purchase for about 20 percent below market rate as early as 2009. The rest of the project, on land already owned by the university, will be developed over the next decade to 15 years. The announcement comes after years of college officials’ complaints that high housing costs in the area have made it difficult to recruit and retain top-notch professors and staffers. last_img
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Spaghetti in a Basketball: How the Cell Packs DNA for Controlled Access

first_imgThe beginning sentence of an article in Current Biology1 can’t help but grab your attention:Imagine trying to stuff about 10,000 miles of spaghetti inside a basketball.  Then, if that was not difficult enough, attempt to find a unique one inch segment of pasta from the middle of this mess, or try to duplicate, untangle and separate individual strings to opposite ends.  This simple analogy illustrates some of the daunting tasks associated with the transcription, repair and replication of the nearly 2 meters of DNA that is packaged into the confines of a tiny eukaryotic nucleus.  The solution to each of these problems lies in the assembly of the eukaryotic genome into chromatin, a structural polymer that not only solves the basic packaging problem, but also provides a dynamic platform that controls all DNA-mediated processes within the nucleus.The article by Craig L. Peterson and Marc-André Laniel is otherwise boringly titled “Histones and histone modifications,” but after this appetizing start, goes into detail about how the tangled mess of alphabetized pasta is exquisitely controlled, folded, unfolded and copied continuously inside the cell, with the help of numerous protein and RNA parts.    Of special importance are the histone proteins that comprise chromatin.  Scientists have been discovering for several years now that these histones have “tails” of amino acids that can be altered through numerous ways.  These alterations, called “post-translational modifications,” seem to influence the DNA wrapped around them in many important ways.  They signal genes to activate for transcription, places needing DNA repair, places to start or repress DNA elongation or replication, where to silence telomeres, places to deposit more chromatin, and more.  A table in the article lists 95 histone modifications and their functions that are known so far.  Some are involved in mitosis (cell division), spermatogenesis, X-chromosome inactivation (silencing one of the two X-chromosomes in the female), apoptosis (programmed cell death), DNA “memory” and other important cell processes.  Some have said these modifications constitute a “histone code” (see “Cell memory borders on the miraculous,” 11/04/2002 headline).  These authors term it differently, but no less amazing: “rather than a histone code there are instead clear patterns of histone marks that can be differentially interpreted by cellular factors, depending on the gene being studied and the cellular context.”  Activities like DNA repair or replication are often accompanied by histone modifications, for instance, as if one enzyme leaves its mark on a histone to signal a follow-up function.  Complexes of small RNAs and enzymes depend on these markers to know where to go and what to do; the histone tails serve as attachment points for specific enzymes.  And if that is were not amazing enough, the interplay of neighboring histone markers, or cross-talk, can have “a profound effect on enzyme activity.”   The authors explain, “Thus, in many ways histone tails can be viewed as complex protein-protein interaction surfaces that are regulated by numerous post-translational modifications.  Furthermore, it is clear that the overall constellation of proteins bound to each tail plays a primary role in dictating the biological functions of that chromatin domain.”  Finally, since some of these histone states can survive cell division, they augment what’s inherited beyond DNA alone.  The authors provide no suggestions on how this system might have evolved.    On a related subject, three geneticists from Scotland describe, in the same issue of Current Biology,2 how DNA packs itself so tightly and efficiently.  There are specialized proteins called condensins that perform this job.  They are members of a set of hairpin-shaped enzymes called “structural maintenance of chromosomes” enzymes (SMCs, see 08/07/2002 headline).  The authors remind us that “These extraordinary molecules are conserved [i.e., unevolved] from bacteria to humans.”  Scientists are beginning to be able to watch condensin do its amazing work in real time (see “DNA folds with molecular velcro,” 06/07/2004 headline).  Condensin produces “supercoils” of DNA, one of many steps in packing the delicate DNA strands into a hierarchy of coils that results in a densely-packed chromosome.  “It is not entirely clear how the DNA is held in this supercoiled state,” they say, “but several studies suggest that the V-shaped arms of the condensin complex may loop and clamp the DNA in place.”  This clamping is “rapid and reversible.”  Scientists watching the process in both bacteria and humans are “showing that both vertebrate and bacterial condensins drive DNA compaction in an ATP-dependent fashion with a surprising level of co-operativity that was not fully appreciated.”  The condensin molecules work as a team; if not enough condensin is around, nothing happens.    These authors point out also that condensin is just one of many enzymes involved in chromosome formation.  Think about how remarkable it is that during each cell division, the chromosomes are structured so reliably that they can be labeled and numbered under the microscope.  “Our own proteomic analysis,” they claim, “has identified over 350 chromosome-associated proteins, so there is clearly more work to be done.”  There is no mention of evolution in this article, either.1Peterson and Laniel, “Histones and Histone Modifications,” Current Biology, Volume 14, Issue 14, 27 July 2004, Pages R546-R551, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2004.07.007.2Porter, Khoudoli and Swedlow, “Chromosome Condensation: DNA Compaction in Real Time,” Current Biology, Volume 14, Issue 14, 27 July 2004, Pages R554-R556, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2004.07.009.The views we are getting of a cell since the invention of the microscope can be likened to those from a UFO descending from earth orbit to ground level.  From orbit, a city like Boston seems to have a lot of structure and organization.  As we descend into this alien world, more and more organization becomes apparent, till from airline height, we see complex transportation arteries and machinery apparently all coordinated and purposeful.  From helicopter height, individual workers begin to come into focus.  We are now approaching ground level, and able to watch factory workers and figure out what it is they are doing.  Just imagine what Leeuwenhoek would think, considering he only got the orbital view.    It’s not getting any easier for the Darwin Party.  If the mental picture of 10,000 miles of spaghetti in a basketball didn’t grab you, considering it is efficiently packaged with each inch of pasta accessible and reproducible, then maybe you just hate Italian food or sports and need a more suitable analogy.  Breathes there a man with soul so dead who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my Creator’s hand?  Yes, sadly, there is; 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Making South Africa truly modern

first_imgJP LandmanIn conversations, the same sentiment is repeated over and over, whether around the supper or breakfast table or when answering an opinion poll: South Africa is in decline. Eskom, xenophobia, crime, the poor economy, political uncertainty … we are going downhill fast. Many prefer to leave the country. Those in the know talk of a sixth wave of emigration. The first happened in 1948. The fifth wave occurred just before and after 1993.The mood is not about to lift miraculously either, it seems.Political uncertainty will remain for a year or more. Elections for a new dispensation are still months away. Afterwards, the newly elected still have to find their feet. To make matters worse, some of those elected may be found wanting.While political divide and confusion reign supreme, the world economy, like the local one, is slowing down.Can South Africa escape this sticky, despondent situation?The country experienced a major change in circumstances following 1994, leapfrogging from a traditional society to a modern one. Seen in context, this change is part of a much bigger picture, a much longer continuum.It started off slow enough. One hundred and fifty years after Jan van Riebeeck first set foot on South African soil “…the (Cape) Colony contained one town worthy of the name and five or six little villages,” writes CW de Kiewit in his classic 1941 work, A History of South Africa. Using the dry language of his economic-historical perspective, he paints a picture of the Cape becoming lame because of “deficieny in consumption, activity and animation” and how the Cape “built … its capital slowly”.South Africa really only emerged as a modern society with the discovery and mining of diamonds in the 1860s, and gold in the 1886s. And following this, the institutions which came about as a result of mining became the bedrock for modern South Africa. By comparison, Harvard University was established 200 years before South Africa got its first university college, and 16 years before van Riebeeck arrived in the Cape – a sobering thought.Modernisation was further stunted with the exclusion of black people from the process of participation. From the time that Cecil Rhodes passed the Glen Grey Act in 1894, it took exactly 100 years for South Africa to become democratic.Martin Meredith quotes Rhodes in his address to the Cape parliament, where he motivated the act as follows: “It must be brought home to them [black people] that in future nine-tenths of them will have to spend their lives in manual labour…”The country’s slow start and the economic exclusion of the majority have brought us to today. Our generation are left with three tasks: to establish a democracy which includes everyone; to build a modern economy whose growth exceeds that of the population; and address the enormous disparities by eroding the social imbalances which still exists among the previously disadvantaged.The two aforementioned tasks have largely been achieved. Despite showing only 3% economic growth this year, it remains higher than the population growth and is still more than the 1% with which we had to satisfy ourselves for almost two decades. But, other critical issues still need to be addressed – the attack on the judicial system should be averted, and economic growth needs to remain a political priority. Then, social development can follow.Seen in this light, the current pessimism is a good thing. It may be the cause of much disgruntlement, but it also creates the opportunity for creativity and energy.We hear of groups of citizens getting together, as was the case during the apartheid years, to discuss the state of affairs and the direction the country is going. Growing concern and general discontent with political parties are increasingly voiced.That’s how we will escape the sticky situation. We need to loose our naivety. Change will not come easy. To be truly modern is not just about suffrage, about easy reconciliations. What we have to behold is the enormous challenge of social development. And decide from what moral foundation we want to approach the current situation – and then live these values.Just maybe, a new generation is born out of this situation – a generation intent on making South Africa truly modern. A generation no longer crying over spilt milk.JP Landman is a self-employed political and trend analyst. He consults to SA largest private wealth business, BoE Private Clients, and works with several SA corporates on future scenario trends. His focus areas are trends in politics, economics and social capital.Among some of the unique research projects his consultancy has undertaken was the role of public institutions in battling corruption (quoted by the UN in a report on corruption), the interplay of demographics and economic growth, and an overview of trends around poverty alleviation in SA. Whilst working as an analyst on the JSE in the 1990s he was voted the top analyst in political trends.He is also a popular speaker who has addressed diverse audiences locally and internationally and enjoys consistently good ratings.He has a BA and LLB degrees from Stellenbosch (1978), studied Economics and Development Economics at Unisa (1979 and 1980) and later at Harvard (1998 and 2005), and obtained an MPhil in Future Studies (cum laude) from Stellenbosch (2003).last_img read more

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Sunrisers Hyderabad sings up Red FM as principal sponsor

New Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) Sunrisers Hyderabad has signed up India largest and most awarded Radio network, Red FM as their principal sponsor for the fourth year in a row. As part of the partnership, the Sunrisers Hyderabad team will sport the Red FM logo on the front of the jerseys. Additionally, Red FM will bring its saliency to the field as well as on-ground activation with the Sunrisers Hyderabad team. Captained by India opener Shikhar Dhawan, Sunrisers Hyderabad has added some exciting talent for this season, including explosive Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, pacer Ashish Nehra and England captain Eoin Morgan. Sunrisers Hyderabad has star players like David Warner, Naman Ojha and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who have been part of the team. Speaking on the occasion Nisha Narayanan, Chief Operating Officer, Red FM said: “Red FM stands for a fun, spirited and exiting attitude that reflects in our programming and in our people. Its no surprise then that we are happy to be partnering Sunrisers Hyderabad for the fourth year in a row. “Sunrisers Hyderabad has the most impressive line-up of cricketing stars. The association looks promising and we hope to deliver to our listeners an experience to remember. We have planned extensive on-ground consumer engagement initiatives to leverage the assoction. Wishing SRH a good season ahead!” Sunrisers Hyderabad CEO K Shanmugan added: “Sunrisers Hyderabad has had an exciting journey in the Indian Premier League and as always, we are very happy to continue and strengthen our relationship with the Red FM team. In the past, we have done some fabulous promotions with Red FM that has helped in promoting our team and its players and has helped us in building strong equity with SRH supporters. We are looking forward to this association this year too.” As part of the partnership, Red FM will run contests online as well as on-air during the IPL season and winners of these competitions will be rewarded with official merchandise of Sunrisers Hyderabad and autographed memorabilia. Apart from this, Red FM being the official radio partner, will also run interesting contests for match tickets at the teams home turf at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The partnership will also see key team players on-air on Red FM and engage with listeners across cities. Listeners also stand an amazing opportunity to connect and meet their favourite Sunrisers Hyderabad players. On the digital front, Red FM will release behind the scenes video content on its digital platforms. PTI SSC SSCadvertisement read more

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Virushka wedding: Coach Ravi Shastri wishes newly married couple

first_imgIndia head coach Ravi Shastri has now joined the list of wishes that have been showered on the Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma ever since they declared their marriage to the world.On December 11, Kohli and Anushka tied the knot in Tuscany, Italy, which was attended by only close friends and family.Shastri took to Twitter to wish the “young man” (Kohli) and wished the couple “all the happiness and a blissful married life.”Many congratulations young man. God bless you two with all the happiness and a blissful married life. Happiness – @imVkohli @AnushkaSharma pic.twitter.com/p2EAH44UBv- Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) December 16, 2017On the other hand, Kohli is surely enjoying his rare time off from cricketing duties.After having the beautiful wedding in Italy, Kohli and Anushka were last seen enjoying an exotic honeymoon.Four days after their wedding, Anushka shared their honeymoon picture on Instagram that sent the social media into frenzy.Now, fresh pictures have come out on social media where the couple fondly called ‘Virushka’ are seen having a gala time with friends and family.Photo Credit: Instagram The photos exhibit the friendly yet loving equation between the Indian captain and the Bollywood star.Photo Credit: Instagram The couple will host a reception in Delhi on December 21 after which they will throw another reception party in Mumbai.Kohli, who finished 2017 with 2818 international runs and 11 hundreds in international cricket, had been rested for India’s limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka.advertisementKohli has been in sensational form since the beginning of 2016 when he smashed two hundreds in the five-match ODI series against Australia before turning his focus to T20 cricket, breaking a plethora of records. After scoring hundreds of runs in the international format, Kohli amassed 973 runs including four hundreds in 2016 IPL.He also became the only batsman to hit double hundreds in four successive Test series during the one-off match against Bangladesh earlier this year. After a lean patch in Test cricket against Australia, Kohli hammered 610 rus in the three-Test series against Sri Lanka at home.Currently, Kohli is the leading run-scorer in ODIs this year and is ranked No.1 in ODIs and T20 Internationals. He is also ranked number 2 in Test cricket.’In the course of a dominant year for India, Kohli also went past Ricky Ponting and is now second in the list of century scorers in ODIs. The Delhi dasher has 32 hundreds and many experts feel he would be able to get close to Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 tons in the format.Kohli now has the most double centuries as a Test captain (6). He joined Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag at the top of the list for most double centuries by an Indian in Test cricket.Kohli became the only Indian to aggregate over 600 runs in a single Test series for the third time. Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid had achieved the feat twice.Kohli broke a plethora of records during the Test series against Sri Lanka and became only the second Indian batsman after Vinod Kambli to score two consecutive double hundreds.Under Kohli, India have won nine successive Test series but their major challenge will be in South Africa where the first Test between the two teams gets underway in Cape Town on January 5.last_img read more

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