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South Africa’s Miriam Makeba named a legend

first_imgRay Maota Mama Afrika as Miriam Makeba was affectionately known was a musical icon and a human rights activist. Alex Okosi, senior vice president and MD of MTV Networks Africa, believes Makeba is a true legend and is rightly celebrated throughout the world. (Images: Jamati.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • MTV Networks Africa +27 11 706 2990 RELATED ARTICLES • SA wins big at World Travel Awards • SA scoops World Wine Awards • SA scientists win AU awards • Awards honour SA musiciansThe late Miriam Makeba will be honoured at the upcoming MTV Africa Music Awards (Mamas) for her immeasurable talent and role in bringing African music into the global arena.The icon, known for her worldwide hit song Pata Pata and her human rights campaigning, will be named the “Mama Legend” at a ceremony on 11 December 2010 in Lagos, Nigeria.The awards, which have been running for three years, have also posthumously honoured South African reggae singer Lucky Dube (2009) and the Nigerian pioneer of afrobeat music and human rights activist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti (2008).The Mamas are jointly hosted by MTV and Airtel, a global telecommunications company operating in 19 countries across Asia and Africa.Andre Beyers, chief marketing officer of Airtel Africa, said: “Our support for this year’s awards was founded on our commitment to empower the youth through initiatives that will help Africa to identify and celebrate talent.”“Miriam Makeba is a true legend and rightly celebrated throughout the world for her beautiful voice, fighting spirit and pioneering interpretation of African music,” added Alex Okosi, senior vice-president and MD of MTV Networks Africa.MTV recognises African talentMTV Networks Africa – which oversees MTV, VH1, MTV Base and Nickelodeon channels in sub-Saharan Africa – introduced the Mamas in 2008 after realising that no MTV awards honoured African artists alone.The first ceremony was held at the Velodrome in Abuja, Nigeria, on 22 November 2008, with the following year’s taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, on 10 October.D’Banj, P-Square, Seether, Jozi, Nameless, 2Face Idibia, Amani and Wahu have been other award recipients over the years.The performance line-up at the 2010 ceremony includes African artists 2Face, Banky W, Barbara Kanam, Big Nuz, Cabo Snoop, D’Banj, Daddy Owen, Diamond, DJ Arafat, Fally Ipupa, J.Martins, Jozi, Paul G, P-Unit, Radio & Weasel, Teargas, Wande Coal, Sarkodie and the Parlotones.US hip-hop sensation Rick Ross and T-Pain will also perform.Africa’s gemMakeba was born in Johannesburg in 1932 to a Xhosa father and a Swati mother, who was a traditional healer.Her musical genius was first recognised after winning a talent show at the missionary school she attended. At the age of 20 Makeba began singing with The Manhattan Brothers, a South African jazz band, and toured the country with them.Her popularity grew further when she landed a role in King Kong, a legendary South African musical about the life of a boxer.Makeba also starred in the film Come Back Africa, where she played herself in a dramatised documentary about the lives of black people in South Africa. When the director of the film invited her to join him at the 1959 Venice Film Festival, she gained instant celebrity status.Later Makeba moved to New York where famed singer, actor and producer Harry Belafonte took her under his wing, helping her record Pata Pata and Qongqothwane (also known as the Click Song), which remain her most popular songs to date.Although a star overseas, Makeba’s songs were banned in South Africa under the apartheid regime. She could not even return to the country in 1960 to bury her mother, as her passport was revoked.While under Belafonte’s wing, she mingled with the rich and famous, including former US president John F Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. She also won a Grammy award for her work with Belafonte, making her the first African woman to do so.She used her fame to add weight to her fight against apartheid and oppression, and in her campaigning for universal human rights. Makeba was recognised for this with the Dag Hammarskjold Peace Prize in 1986. She was also awarded the Unesco Grand Prix du Conseil International de la Musique award for her audio-visual contribution to African heritage in the same year.Following more than 30 years in exile, Makeba returned to her homeland in 1990 after former president Nelson Mandela was released from prison.Once back in the country, Makeba continued her fight against oppression of all kinds and was appointed a UN Goodwill Ambassador in 1999.After an illustrious career spanning over five decades, the songbird died from a heart attack following a performance in Italy on 10 November 2008. She was 76 at the time.last_img read more

Novel photosynthesis trait to improve corn yield and sustainability

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Benson Hill Biosystems, a crop improvement company unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants, and Beck’s  are partnering to bring to market the first photosynthetic efficiency trait, enabling corn farmers to increase the yield, sustainability and profitability of their farms.Sunlight is the critical natural input for food production, capturing and storing carbon as a source for all energy, but photosynthesis is highly inefficient. Increasing carbon capture by improving photosynthesis efficiency is recognized as an important opportunity to improve crop productivity and sustainability.“For years, trait innovation has been largely limited to only the largest multinational companies. The goal of our product development and testing programs has always been to help farmers succeed by bringing them more choice and profitability,” said Kevin Cavanaugh, Director of Research at Beck’s. “We have been working with Benson Hill now for years and are convinced that this collaboration will allow us to open new channels for innovation and greater opportunity for our customers.”Benson Hill has developed a robust pipeline of trait product candidates that improve crop photosynthetic efficiency, one of which has demonstrated significant yield increases in hybrid corn across three years of field trials in a broad range of environments and genetic backgrounds. Through its co-development and commercialization agreement, Beck’s and Benson Hill will advance a trait product candidate through the final stages of development and anticipate filing a regulatory dossier with the USDA by 2021.“It’s encouraging to see companies tackling some of the most critical and challenging areas of crop improvement such as photosynthesis,” said David Ertl, Technology Commercialization Manager at the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. “Novel trait development research is important, but it is equally important that these trait developers partner with others in the seed industry to commercialize these traits and get them into the hands of farmers.”The partnership is particularly timely given the unprecedented level of consolidation underway in the agriculture industry. Through true collaboration, the companies will combine their expertise in product development, testing, and commercialization to bring greater choice to farmers in the marketplace. The companies plan to broadly license this exciting technology to many seed corn companies so that all farmers will have the opportunity to increase corn yields.“When we started Benson Hill, we envisioned that the intersection of disciplines known as cloud biology could help address major challenges like improving photosynthesis,” said Matthew Crisp, CEO and co-founder of Benson Hill. “This outcome has since been demonstrated, and dedicated partners like Beck’s are now helping us define new channels to market for the resulting product opportunities.”last_img read more

Perfect Balance Makes the Cut

first_imgReturn-Air ProblemsThis New Door Design Solves an Old ProblemReturn to Sender – HVAC Return Pathway OptionsNew Green Building Products — March 2011An Easy Retrofit for Return AirAll About Furnaces and Duct Systems This performance means that Perfect Balance meets either of the two Enterprise Green Communities Single Family Rehab Specs for pressure relief (6339 or 6340).Nelson Warner, VP of Research and Development at Tamarack, says that if the room is large and has too much supply air delivered for just one Perfect Balance to provide the required pressure relief, some users have added a second Perfect Balance at the top of the door, even adding some convective (high-low, warm-cool) air transfer to the room.Light and sound transmissionI asked Nelson Warner if he had any results from third-party standardized testing of sound transmission on Perfect Balance.“No, we don’t have that type of test information,” he reported. “But I can tell you two key results from field testing we have conducted. One, the fit of the door and particularly the type of flooring surface on both sides of the door has the most impact on sound transmission. And two, when we measure sound transmission before and after installation of Perfect Balance, we get essentially the same results.” In other words, Perfect Balance will not improve the sound performance of the door, but it won’t erode its performance either.And because Perfect Balance has a filter insert between the two surface grilles, light transmission is not significantly different before and after installation of Perfect Balance.What about cost and availability?The Perfect Balance grille is simple to install and comes with a lifetime guarantee. At $29 (plus shipping) , Perfect Balance is surely cost competitive with the alternatives for new construction and far cheaper than any alternative (except a 1.5+ inch door undercut, an approach that comes with big-time privacy and aesthetic issues) for retrofit.Tamarack Technologies is a relatively small but innovative company in Massachusetts; since their products are all made in the U.S., they ship the same day the order comes in. Tamarack currently works with several builders who order hundreds of Perfect Balance kits at a time, with Tamarack shipping their Perfect Balance kits to the manufacturer of the builder’s interior doors. That way the Perfect Balance units are installed at the door manufacturer’s facility and the doors are ready to go at the job site. In a past blog (“Return to Sender – HVAC Return Pathway Options”), a posted comment by GBAdvisor Mike Guertin introduced a new option for returning delivered air from rooms with closed doors, the Tamarack Technologies Perfect Balance. Perfect Balance is a grille and filter system installed into a cutout at the bottom of interior doors. Mike planned to install Perfect Balance in a number of rooms in one or more of his rentals and let us know what his tenants thought of them.Guertin does some field testingSo, I checked in with Mike recently. “I have not heard anything back from my tenants; I guess no news is good news,” relates Mike. But Mike went one better: he tested door undercuts against Perfect Balance and reported on their performance in a Fine Homebuilding blog. The Tamarack Perfect Balance did a perfectly fine job of relieving pressure in rooms supplied but not returned with a forced-air system. In fact, Mike’s field testing came pretty darn close to the numbers cited on Tamarack’s website: 3 Pascals pressure difference while delivering 250 cubic feet per minute (cfm) of air flow. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

16 days agoEx-Tottenham goalkeeper Jordan Archer training with Aston Villa

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Tottenham goalkeeper Jordan Archer training with Aston Villaby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham goalkeeper Jordan Archer is training with Aston Villa.He is seeking a new club after departing Millwall in the summer, says the Daily Mail.Archer was released by the Lions at the end of the last campaign and would be an experienced option for a number of clubs, having clocked up more than 200 senior appearances in his career.The 26-year-old will work with Villa goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler and the ‘keepers who have not departed on international duty, Orjan Nyland and Jed Steer, as well as the rest of the squad who have remained at the club’s Bodymoor Heath training ground.Archer started his career at Tottenham but never made a senior appearance for the club. He joined Millwall permanently in 2015, following a successful loan spell, and made more than 150 appearances for the Lions. last_img read more

3 days agoChelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: I know I can improve

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: I know I can improveby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi says he’ll get better as he gets fitter.Hudson-Odoi is confident of his place in manager Frank Lampard’s plans.”I definitely think I can improve. I am not a perfect player,” he said. “I say to myself, keep going, keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come.”I just need to get up to speed and get my fitness back. I think once that happens gradually my dribbling and everything will come back to what it was. Now I am feeling a bit more confident to get on the ball and do my stuff.” last_img read more

Iowa Releases “4th Quarter” Hype Video Ahead Of Rose Bowl

first_imgIowa football players run onto the field.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes leads his team onto the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff semifinal contests may be over, but ‘The Granddaddy of Them All’ still awaits. Friday, Iowa and Stanford are set to tangle in the Rose Bowl in what might be the most exciting non-playoff postseason contest. It’s the first appearance in the big game for the Hawkeyes since 1991, and as such, tens of thousands of Hawkeyes fans are making the trip out west.Thursday, the school released an interesting hype video for fans to watch ahead of the fourth quarter. Check it out:For your viewing pleasure during the 4th quarter of the @rosebowlgame | #Hawkeyes : @chrisruthiowa https://t.co/5Zh1MDgMcB— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 31, 2015Will Iowa restore faith in the Big Ten after a rough Thursday night? We’ll find out in just a few hours.last_img read more

Court fines independent Russian magazine 335000

first_imgMOSCOW — A Moscow court has ruled to fine an independent magazine $335,000, a move seen by Kremlin critics as retribution for reporting that is critical of the government.The Tverskoy Court on Tuesday upheld last month’s hearing, meaning that the New Times magazine will have to pay the crippling fine for failing to notify authorities on time of receiving foreign funding.The New Times’ editor-in-chief has mounted a crowdfunding campaign and managed to raise over $370,000 to pay the fine, which had threatened to force the publication to shut down.The fine is believed to be the first measure taken in line with recent tough legislation that aims to fight against what the Kremlin sees as foreign influence in Russian media.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Pedestrian Injured in Motor Vehicle Collision

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On January 22, 2019, at approximately 7:45 am the Fort St John RCMP received a report of a motor vehicle incident between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian at 86th St/85th Ave, Fort St John, BC.The youth was crossing the street, westbound on 86th Street when he was struck by a white 2007 Chevrolet Silverado.  The youth sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries and was transported by EHS to the Fort St John Regional Hospital where he was later flown to Vancouver for further medical attention.The driver of the pickup truck remained on scene and was cooperative with police. The RCMP Traffic Reconstruction unit attended to assist in the investigation.The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has dash camera footage of the collision to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca.last_img read more

Seniors Housing Project takes another step in the right direction

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Zoning amendments and a public hearing for a new seniors housing project were approved by Council.The public hearing scheduled for Monday, July 22nd at 6 pm will take place in the city hall chambers. Peace Holdings Inc. sought to change zoning to support the build of a seniors housing development. This will facilitate residential and affordable housing and some commercial facilities for health services to serve the needs of the residents creating what is called an ageing-in-place community.The property located at 10763 86 Street will be made up of mixed-use, seniors housing,affordable housing, assisted living, adult living, and care facility as there is a need for seniors and affordable housing.Senior Housing findings forum report; CLICK HERE Peace Enterprises continuum of care; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Reinvented the actor in me in New York Anupam

first_imgMumbai: Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who is back in the country after almost three months, says it has been a great learning experience being in New York and reinventing the actor in him there. Anupam was busy shooting for the second season of the medical drama series ‘New Amsterdam’ in the US. He took to Twitter to announce his return to India after 100 days. “I am finally India bound after almost 100 days. It has been a great learning experience being in New York and reinventing my life and the actor in me,” Anupam wrote in the post he shared on his Twitter handle. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaHe also said he felt emotional on his return to India. “I am joyous and emotional going back to my country after a long gap. Looking forward to a familiar experience,” he added. Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the US, the medical drama – ‘New Amsterdam’ follows the brilliant and charming doctor Max Goodwin played by actor Ryan Eggold, the institution’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. On the Bollywood front, the 63-year-old actor was last seen on screen in The Accidental Prime Minister. He played former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the film.last_img read more