Bikers for Nelson Mandela is a group of bikers who work in community service to honour and continue the benevolence of Madiba, doing good in the smallest villages and the biggest cities, and bringing much-needed help to out-of-the-way rural places.(Image: Bikers for Nelson Mandela)• Brand South Africa+27 11 483 email@example.comMelissa Jane CookBikers for Nelson Mandela is a group of bikers who work in community service to honour and continue the benevolence of Madiba, doing good in the smallest villages and the biggest cities, and bringing much-needed help to out-of-the-way rural places.Each year, when they put on their helmets and set off with the team, local and international actors, adventurers, media people, sportsmen and women, singers and supporters give their time to promote Nelson Mandela International Day and get involved in community initiatives.It is marked on 18 July, Madiba’s birthday, but the bikers spend days travelling around the country stopping off to help where they are needed. Nelson Mandela International Day was declared by the UN General Assembly in 2009 in recognition of Mandela’s birthday. It was inspired by a call he had made a year earlier for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said: “It is in your hands now.”Mandela Day is a global call to action for citizens of the world to take up the challenge and follow in his footsteps. Its objective is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better and in so doing, to build a global movement for good. Originally, it began with asking people to devote 67 minutes of their day doing something for the good of others – in recognition of the 67 years Mandela devoted to the world. But it has grown to be much more than that.The bikers, for example, travel far and wide with their initiatives to help and empower others. And they are a typical charity group; they just love their hogs and love riding to help others.“Take action; inspire change; make every day a Mandela Day,” is the motto of the day, which encourages people to extend their humanitarian actions throughout their lives. This way, individuals will help to change the world for the better and build a global movement for good. The message behind Mandela Day is simple – each individual has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better.And this year is particularly symbolic: it is the first Mandela Day after his death, and it marks South Africa’s 20 years of freedom.One of Mandela’s core values that he reinforced was standing together in unity; this is an idea the bikers perpetuate, with people from different walks of life riding in solidarity.Biker chickIt was started by Zelda la Grange, Mandela’s personal assistant. La Grange is a formidable human – a woman, a biker chick, a philanthropist, a person on a mission. Her interests and career have merged into this initiative, which takes her across South Africa every July. Every year since 2010, La Grange and her group have ridden across the country to find a way to spend their 67 minutes – each day for a few days – to celebrate the Mandela legacy.La Grange has said that after working with him for almost two decades, there is nothing she takes more seriously than the day named after him. Even after four years of the Bikers, she is not losing any energy as she gathers celebrities and major corporations to join. “But I want people to do their own things for Mandela Day, not be dependent on celebs to push for change.”Joining the biking community five years ago, La Grange says the moment she puts on her helmet the world disappears and only the road exists. It becomes a sort of meditation for a woman whose phone rarely stops ringing. When she’s on her motorbike, it’s the only time she cannot answer. “There’s nowhere else in the world where you can be by yourself,” she says. And following her example, she adds that anyone can use their own lifestyles to help others – you just need a little inspiration.Watch the Bikers for Mandela Day here:The biker crusadeEach year, the bikers focus on different social issues. Among many actions, collectively these bikers have travelled to crisis centres to help stop rape and gender-based violence, helped victims of abuse, educated communities about animal care, painted houses, set up jungle gyms for children, planted vegetable gardens for communities, and donated generous amounts of money.At times, they find it difficult to hold back the tears when they see the difficult circumstances in which so many South Africans live.The Nelson Mandela Foundation appeals to the biking community to support the Mandela Day tour by performing a good service of some kind in their own home town and local communities, to work for 67 minutes on various community projects in each region.This year’s rideOn Friday, 11 July, La Grange, DJ Fresh, Saint Seseli, Angie Khumalo, Anele Mdoda, Alex Caige, Clint Cunningham and Johrne van Huyssteen will put on their helmets and set off on another Bikers for Mandela Day tour. First for Women Insurance, via its charitable trust the First for Women Foundation, will again be supporting the bikers on their journey.They will leave from the First for Women head office in Fourways, in Joburg, and head for Diepsloot. There, they will partner with the founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, Carolyn Steyn, and Afrika Tikkun, an organisation that is dedicated to investing in education, health and social services for children, youth and their families through its community centres of excellence and strategic partnerships.At Afrika Tikkun, the team will distribute handmade blankets to 67 beneficiaries. From Diepsloot, the bikers will head to the Caritas Gemeenskap Focus organisation in Vryburg, the Grace Divine Outreach Centre in Kimberley, and the Bloem Shelter in Bloemfontein where they will, for 67 minutes, spend time doing various outreach activities.For the foundation, Mandela Day actions, no matter how big or small, should consistently focus on the realisation or restoration of dignity and empowerment through contributions. Several focus areas have particular significance:• Food security: feeding activities, whether food parcels, food gardens or feeding schemes, that provide long-term access to food security can transform world hunger.• Education and literacy: literacy and learning give people the chance to fulfil their dreams; let’s lead through education.• Shelter and infrastructure: this action brings people together to build homes, communities, cities, continents and a future.• Service and volunteerism: people everywhere are encouraged to contribute their actions to making the world a better place by each becoming a public servant in the service to humanity.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest United States Department of AgricultureApproved Insurance Providers to Issue Payments Starting Mid-OctoberWASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that producers currently participating in federal crop insurance who had in 2019 a payable prevented planting indemnity related to flooding, excess moisture or causes other than drought will automatically receive a “top-up” payment. Producers will receive the payment from their Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) starting in mid-October.Producers with Yield Protection and Revenue Protection with Harvest Price Exclusion will receive a 10 percent top-up payment on their indemnity, while producers with Revenue Protection Harvest Price Option will receive 15 percent. They do not need to sign up to receive payments; all producers with a 2019 prevented planting indemnity will receive the top-up.“It was a challenging planting season for many of our farmers,” said Bill Northey, USDA’s Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “We are doing everything we can to ensure producers receive the help they need.“USDA is working with AIPs so that producers can receive additional payments as soon as possible,” Northey added, “and we appreciate the AIPs for helping us help America’s farmers.”The crop insurance industry will deliver the payments as part of the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019. After the initial payment, additional payments will be made in the middle of each month as more prevented planting claims are processed.“Crop insurance is an important program for many producers to help them manage their production and price risks,” said Martin Barbre, Administrator of USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA). “We’re leveraging that system to efficiently and effectively deliver much needed support to our farmers.”RMA received commitments from all 14 AIPs to deliver the top-up payments:ACE Property and Casualty (Rain and Hail) Insurance CompanyAmerican Agri-Business Insurance CompanyAmerican Agricultural Insurance CompanyCGB Insurance CompanyChurch Mutual Insurance CompanyCountry Mutual Insurance CompanyFarmers Mutual Hail Insurance CompanyGreat American Insurance CompanyHudson Insurance CompanyNAU Country Insurance CompanyProducers Agricultural Insurance CompanyRural Community Insurance CompanyStratford Insurance CompanyXL Reinsurance America Inc.The prevented planting top-up payments are different from the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) payments. (For more information on WHIP+, visit www.farmers.gov/recover/whip-plus.)More InformationRead RMA’s frequently asked questions to learn more about prevented planting. Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the RMA Agent Locator. Learn more about crop insurance and the modern farm safety net at rma.usda.gov. # USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.
CrowdVoice allows readers to read, and contribute to, a user-generated, dynamic aggregation of information on a specific topic. Iranian-American activist and Daily Beast contributor Reza Aslan called it a “powerful tool for discovering voices of dissent.”Features include a blog widget to funnel contributions to a user’s site and the ability to subscribe. In Yemen, protests have been taking place almost daily since the middle of last month in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. That on January 27th is said to have been attended by as many as 16,000 protesters. Like Tunisia and Egypt, a major demand of the protesters is an end to the 32-year rule of its president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. A constitutional amendment currently before the legislature would legalize Saleh’s lifetime occupation of that office. Unlike both Tunisia and Egypt, the strongest voice calling for this day of concerted protest doesbelong to the representative of an Islamist group. In addition to being a senior member of the Islamist-influenced opposition Al-Ishah party, Tawakel Karman, is also an activist and the founder of the non-governmental organization Women Journalists Without Chains. She was arrested on January 22nd and held for several days before being released. Esra’a Al-Shahei, founder of MidEast Youth, said the protests do not seem any more “Islamist-led” than those in Tunisia or Egypt. “My personal opinion (is) it isn’t being led by Islamists at all. Women’s rights defenders appear to be the forefront of many of these protests.”The day has generated its own hashtag, #feb3, a Yemeni version of Egypt’s #jan25.Disclosure: MidEast Youth provided server space for the Committee to Protect Bloggers, which I founded. I have also worked with them briefly on other projects. While the editor at CPB, I covered the travails of YemenPortal. Tags:#Government#international#politics#user-generated content#web Related Posts Egypt casts a tall shadow and this last week’s protests have captured the world’s attention. But it is far from the only country to take heart from Tunisia’s revolution and go out into the streets. Yemen has called for tomorrow, February 3, to be its own “Day of Rage.” In conjunction with local online news site YemenPortal, polymath activist group MidEast Youth, probably best known for the Free Kareem campaign (they did, eventually), has launched an English and an Arabic version of its Crowdvoice software and website to capture information about tomorrow’s protests in Yemen. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Elaine Courtney and Dr. Michael Gutter of Florida Extension will present a 90-minute session on making a smart car buying decision. This webinar will offer PFMs and other financial educators resources and tips to help service members navigate the overwhelming process of buying a car. For many young service members, the purchase of a vehicle is the first major financial obligation he or she may make. By taking advantage of discounts offered to military service members, avoiding scams and risky sales, and maximizing savings, buyers can make the most of this big purchase.Elaine Courtney has been presenting on this topic in Florida Extension programs for a number of years. She has extensive experience teaching financial management, nutrition education and volunteer development programs. She received a B.S. and M.S. degrees from Florida State University, has done post graduate work at University of Minnesota and University of West Florida. She is a member of the Association of Financial Counseling, Planning and Education and is an Accredited Financial Counselor. Employed for 30 years with the University of Florida Extension Program in Okaloosa County (faculty member; ranking IV). Her primary responsibilities are in the areas of Family Economic Stability; Nutrition and Health; and Volunteer Development. She is the coordinator of the Okaloosa Saves program and helped begin the Military Saves program. She works closely with the military and has personal experience as a military spouse. For the last seven years, she has co-taught the Eglin AFB First Term Airman Class (FTAC) section on personal finance. She has served as co-chair of the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Focus Team for Financial Stability; UF/IFAS Tenure and Promotion Board 2008-2010; and on the America Saves/USDA-NIFA Extension Leadership Team. Received numerous awards from professional organizations, including FEAFCS Distinguished Service Award and state and national Continued Excellence Award.Michael Gutter, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor, Interim Family and Consumer Sciences State Program Leader, and Financial Management State Specialist for the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, in the Institute for Food and Agricultural at the University of Florida. His BS is in Family Financial Management and his PhD is in Family Resource Management from The Ohio State University with a specialization in Finance. Gutter currently explores how financial education and financial socialization are related to financial capability. His Extension Programming includes the Florida Master Money Mentor Volunteer Program, Florida Saves, and Fresh$tart Florida. He recently won Outstanding Conference Paper Award for the 2010 Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education. The common theme that connects Dr. Gutter’s Research, Teaching and Outreach is helping households achieve financial security. His projects focus on enabling access to resources and services as well as improving people’s knowledge and understanding about family resource management. These projects have had funding from the Consumer Federation of America and Bank of America.This free webinar requires no registration. To discover more on this topic, including supporting resources, and to connect to the webinar, visit the event page.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on January 7, 2014.
China balls are one of the cheapest and most effective ways to add beautiful light to your scenes. Here are just three of the many ways you can use them on set.Top image from Leafhouse FilmsThe china ball is one of my favorite tools to work with on set. The quality of light from a china ball can be absolutely beautiful; it’s very soft, forgiving, and can really wrap around your talent’s face. That said, to make the most out of china balls means that you’ll need to know each and every way you can use them. Below are just three examples of the most effective ways to utilize them.1. Ambient Room LightingImage from The Kreen of the CropInterior scenes will often call for the base light level in a room to get brought up. Say for instance you’re working with a nice three point lighting setup on your actor, but the lights aren’t spilling into your background enough, and the ambient level of the room is too low. By placing a china ball or two up high near the ceiling, you can easily brighten the room without having to further soften the light. This is a very fast and foolproof way to add ambience without eating up more time on set.2. Softbox-styleImage from No Film SchoolIf you don’t have a softbox on set and there’s no time to set up c-stands, flags, and silks to diffuse your standard film lights, china balls are an excellent alternative. The light quality from a china ball is nearly identical to that of a high-quality softbox and requires very little set-up time. You’ll usually want to clip some black duvetyne to the back of the china ball to avoid having it spill all over the room. This will allow you to hit just the talent’s face with light (much like a sofbox would), effectively keeping the background light levels in check.3. On a Boom PoleImage from Comet Tale ProductionsOne of the most difficult types of setups to light (especially if you’re on a budget) is a long tracking shot. Tracking shots float through various spaces on your set, which means you need to light a much bigger area — unless, of course, you’re using a china ball.An excellent alternative to rigging up countless lights across your set is to simply put the china ball on a boom pole and have a crew member walk with it. Doing this will allow your actors to move freely throughout the set, and can save you precious time while still delivering beautiful results.Obviously this list is just the tip of the china ball iceberg. Here’s a little bonus video from Film Riot where Ryan Connolly teaches you how to build a china ball/dimmer switch combo.Ever used a china ball on set? Got any footage to share? Show us what you’ve got in the comments below!
Star wrestler Bajrang Punia on Sunday dedicated his gold medal victory at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov to Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who returned to India from Pakistan on Friday.Bajrang defeated American Jordan Oliver in the 65kg catergory final on Saturday at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov wrestling in Ruse, Bulgaria.”I want to dedicate my gold to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. He has inspired me. I want to meet him one day and also shake hands with him,” Bajrang Punia tweeted after his victory.65kg Gold goes to – BAJRANG (IND) pic.twitter.com/BlPLvysNJYUnited World Wrestling (@wrestling) 2 March 2019Bajrang, who bagged the top prize at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games last year, has won four gold medals and one silver in the last five tournaments.On Wednesday, Wing Commander Abhinandan, while flying the MiG 21 Bison, was chasing Pakistani F-16 fighters, which had transgressed into the Indian airspace, and in the process, his plane crossed over to Pakistani side and was shot down. He ejected safely but was taken into custody by the Pakistan Army upon landing. Before his plane was shot, he had hit a Pakistani F-16.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that Abhinandan would be handed over to India as a “peace gesture” and the moment finally came on a rainy night on Friday after hours of waiting.On March 1, wearing blue blazer and grey khaki trouser, he crossed over into India from Attari-Wagah border at 9:20 pm IST. He was handed over by the Pakistan Rangers to the Border Security Force (BSF) following paperwork.advertisementWing Commander Abhinandan was accompanied by an officer of the Pakistan Foreign Office and Indian Defence Attache Group Captain Joy Thomas Kurien.Tensions escalated between the two neighbouring nations following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 in which India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost 40 soldiers.Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in which a suicide bomber blew up a CRPF bus in Pulwama.India responded to it by launching air strikes on a Jaish terror base in Balakot, early Tuesday morning. Pakistan retaliated with their own air strike inside the Indian territory the very next day after which Wing Commander Abhinandan crossed the border.Also Read | BCCI pays tribute to Abhinandan Varthaman: You rule the skies and you rule our heartsAlso Read | Virat Kohli salutes real hero Wing Commander Abhinandan: I bow down to youAlso Watch:
The captain is wearing his armband after seven years in the Russian Premier league where he defended the colors of Zenit Saint PetersburgItalian left-back Domenico Criscito loves Genoa so much, he has played in the team in many occasions.The player debuted in the Italian Lega Serie A team in 2003, then he went onto play five years with Juventus.He was loaned twice to his old club in 2006 and 2007 until Genoa decided to buy him from the Bianconeri in 2009.But he then spent seven years in the Russian Premier League with Zenit Saint Petersburg, until he returned over the summer to Genoa.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“You should call me Capitan Presente, as I returned and will end my career at Genoa” the player was quoted by Gianluca Di Marzio.“I had a special relationship with the fans in Russia, seven years went by very quickly and I was fine there. it’s been a privilege for me to be part of that group”.“I haven’t had any doubt when the president called me, what I feel for the Genoa jersey is really special,” he added.“This team only need a bit of luck to emerge, we have a few less points but if we think about the games we’ve played, our journey has been good so far and the results will come.”
Tags Ford 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a friendlier brawler More From Roadshow 2020 Ford Mustang GT500: See and hear the 700+ hp track-ready… 3 98 Photos Share your voice 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star 1:28 Now playing: Watch this: Ford Comments 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride Enlarge ImageThe forthcoming 2020 GT500 is by far the most powerful thing Ford has produced for public consumption, but with great power apparently comes great weight. Ford We’ve known for a little while that the 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 was going to make big power, but we’re just now finding out — thanks to a leaked Ford sales document published on Wednesday by the Mustang6g forum and picked up on by Autoblog — that its horsepower number isn’t the only big thing about it.What do we mean? Well, according to Ford’s internal eSourceBook (PDF), a document intended to educate sales staff on new models, we now know that the GT500 will tip the scales at 4,225 pounds. Just for comparison, that’s a little less than two Mazda MX-5 Miatas, and only around 211 pounds lighter than the notoriously “chonky” Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye. Where does all that weight come from? Lots of places, but as you’d suspect, that big ol’ 5.2-liter V8 engine and its massive supercharger account for a lot of it. Add in all of the extra cooling necessary on a vehicle that makes 760 horsepower — that includes engine cooling, transmission cooling, differential cooling, etc. — and that hefty curb weight makes more sense.Curb weight is also measured with the car full of fluids, which might not sound significant, but the eSourceBook tells us that the 5.2-liter engine holds 11 quarts of oil and almost 18 quarts of coolant. The GT500 is bound to be a thirsty car, so of course, it has a decently sized fuel tank — 16 gallons to be exact — and since gasoline weighs around 6.15 lbs per gallon (depending on temperature), that works out to 98.4 lbs if the tank is full.One glimmer of hope is that Ford’s eSourceBook lists the 4,225 lbs figure as “base” so maybe the options list will help us save a few pounds. We know that there will be a carbon track package that will include the Shelby GT350R’s featherweight carbon fiber wheels, which should net a decent amount of weight savings over the standard forged aluminum units.Still, at the end of the day, the GT500 makes enough power and torque to tow a small celestial body out of orbit, so you’re probably not going to notice or feel like complaining about how heavy it is when your foot is all the way to the floor and you’re holding on for dear life, now, are you?Ford didn’t immediately respond to Roadshow’s request for comment. Performance Cars Car Industry
Brazil will take the field on June 18 against Venezuela for their second group-A match of the 2019 Copa America in Salvador, Brazil. A Neymar-less Brazil defeated Bolivia in their first match of the tournament 3-0 with Philippe Coutinho scoring a brace and Everton Soares adding another one in the dying minutes.Neymar who is held as Brazil’s greatest footballer in recent times suffered an injury just before the start of the tournament and it was a major setback for the Brazilian side. But the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firminho, Everton Soares and Gabriel Jesus have filled in for him and Brazil is actually playing better without Neymar. The Yellow and Green brigade played a dominating game over Bolivia enjoying 75 per cent of the possession.Venezuela, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw against Peru playing a man down in the last 15 mins. The hosts are the favourite to win the match, while the Vinotinto would be thrilled if they can squeeze out a point from the match.On the other hand, the other match of the night is between Bolivia and Peru. After getting humiliated by the Selecao in Sao Paulo the Bolivians will try to keep their hopes alive of qualification to the next round. Peru, who defeated Australia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup will look forward to win as they are the favourites in the fixture.The Brazil-Venezuela match will start at 9.30 PM on June 18 according to local time and 6 AM, June 19 according to IST. The Bolivia-Peru match will start at 6.30pm on June 18 according to local time and 3 am, June 19 according to IST.Global TV listings and Live streamTelemundo: USAPremier Sports 1: UKStream: Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, ESPN+, Premier PlayerHow to watch in IndiaThere has been a huge disappointment for Indian football fans as the tournament will not be telecasted in the country. Fans can watch the live stream via internet and also via using free VPN services and apk’s like Navixsport. Brazil will look forward to win. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
An ACC case kept the innocent jute mill worker Jaha Alam behind bars for nearly three years. File photo of Jaha AlamThe Appellate Division on Tuesday stayed until 13 May the hearing of a High Court rule and other proceedings regarding Jaha Alam, who languished in jail in place of the real accused in corruption cases, reports UNB.Chamber judge justice Md Nuruzzaman passed the order after hearing an appeal filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) challenging the authority of the HC bench which had issued the rule.ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said the HC bench which issued the rule has no jurisdiction to issue the rule as the HC has special benches for hearing cases related to the ACC.The chamber judge also fixed 13 May for hearing the matter with the full bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, he said.On 17 April, the HC bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader asked the ACC to submit their internal probe report on Jaha Alam by 2 May.The court said they will look into who is responsible for the imprisonment of Jaha Alam.On 6 March, the court asked for detailed documents of the 33 cases, in which Jaha Alam was incarcerated, and bank statements as affidavits within 10 April.On 10 April, the court fixed 17 April following a time petition of the ACC lawyer.Jaha Alam was freed from jail on 4 February after the High Court acquitted him in 26 cases in which charges had been pressed.The jute mill worker had been behind the bars since February 2016 in ACC cases for misappropriating Sonali Bank money. The real accused, Abu Salek, is absconding.Jaha Alam was released after the High Court issued a suo moto order and asked the ACC to submit case documents in the form of affidavits.