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Sarah Baartman to be honoured

first_img27 February 2009 South Africa is to honour Sarah Baartman – who was displayed as a sideshow attraction in 19th century Europe under the name “Hottentot Venus” – by establishing a centre of remembrance, human rights memorial and Khoi-San Heritage Route in the Eastern Cape. Return to South Africa Her grave has since been declared a national heritage site. Dunlop persuaded her to travel with him to England, where she was captured as a slave and became the object of racism and exploitation. Sarah Baartman On 9 August 2002, on South Africa’s Women’s Day, the remains of Sarah Baartman were finally laid to rest at Hankey, the area of her birth near the Gamtoos River Valley in the Eastern Cape Province. The department will also host a series of events, including an academic colloquium at the University of the Western Cape that will focus on issues such as gender oppression, de-humanisation and objectification of women, stereotyping, racism and genocide. When she died, her body landed under the knife of Baron Cuvier, the leading French anatomist of the day. He had her body cast in wax, dissected and her skeleton articulated. Her genitalia and brain were preserved in a bottle and displayed at the Museum of Mankind in Paris until as recently as 1974. She was forced to publicly display her unusual physical features and was subsequently displayed as a scientific curiosity. Her physical characteristics, while not unusual for Khoisan women, were larger than normal to Europeans. Sarah Baartman, a South African Khoi-San woman, was born in 1789 and worked as a slave in Cape Town, where she was discovered by doctor from a British ship, William Dunlop. However, a year after the democratic elections in 1994, the new South African government initiated talks with Paris for her remains to be returned. Baartman was later moved to Paris where she continued to be exhibited by an animal trainer in degrading displays for public amusement. The Department of Arts and Culture is to open the sites in March to acknowledge the trials and tribulations of Sarah Baartman and the role that South Africa’s Khoisan people played in the struggle against colonialism and apartheid. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Champs win fourth Fish in succession

first_img1 October 2013The Durban duo of Hank McGregor and Grant van der Walt claimed a record fourth successive K2 title in the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on the weekend, while Abby Adie and Anna Adamova captured the womens’ title.McGregor and van der Walt started the final day with a lead of over four minutes over second placed Ben Biggs and Alasdair Glass, and succeeded in maintaining their advantage throughout the 36km stretch from Knutsford to Cradock.“We had a faultless day. It was a bit lonely and pretty cold, but we just looked to keep things conservative and not try be heroes and it all paid off in the end,” said recently crowned marathon world champion McGregor.‘I’m very happy’“Today was probably the best I have ever shot Cradock Weir and after that it was great to come home to get our fourth win in a row together and my fifth, so I’m very happy.”“We had a really good weekend together,” added van der Walt. “We both weren’t feeling great coming into the weekend after all the travel [from the World Championships in Copenhagen back to South Africa] but it was great to be back at the Fish and the win is obviously great!”While McGregor and van der Walt ran clear up front, there was a huge battle on for the remaining podium places.Biggs and Glass bravely tried their best to hang onto their second place. However, pre-race title hopefuls Len Jenkins and Greg Louw and the top international duo of Tobias Bong of Germany and Tomas Slovak of the Czech Republic had other plans.Charged through the fieldHaving charged through the field after starting the day in fifth place, Bong and Slovak proceeded to storm straight past Jenkins and Louw and into a probable second place finish, until disaster struck at the notorious Cradock Weir.“We caught Len and Greg and stayed with them for a while before we managed to open up a 30-second lead going into Cradock Weir,” explained Slovak. “Unfortunately we had some bad luck there though and swam.“The swim also broke our boat a little, so when we emptied and got going again we filled up with water all over again, and by the time got to Golf Course Rapid we were completely underwater and had to stop and empty again.‘A bit disappointing’“It’s obviously a bit disappointing, but that’s Cradock Weir, that’s the Hansa Fish and that’s paddling!” said an upbeat Bong. “We’re still very happy with third place and maybe if we can practice a bit more we can be back again in two years’ time and try to challenge Hank and Grant.”Jenkins, a six-time K1 Fish champion and local lad Louw ultimately claimed the silver medal after an improved day compared to Friday’s opening stage.“Yesterday wasn’t the best for us, but we managed to hold it together and Greg pulled us through,” Jenkins said afterwards. “It was much better today and man, what a nice race!”Having slipped back to fourth, Biggs and Glass then suffered the same misfortune as their international counterparts at Cradock Weir, which allowed Brandon van der Walt and Stu MacLaren to go past them and round out the top five finishers.Ladies’ raceIn the ladies’ race, Adie and Adamova showed a clean pair of blades to their chasers, Robyn Kime and Bridgitte Hartley, as they cruised to a commanding victory. It was Adie’s second K2 victory in a row after she won the 2011 title with Hilary Pitchford.The win was also an ideal 24th birthday present for the Natal Canoe Club star. “I couldn’t have asked for a better present,” she beamed afterwards. “We managed to hang onto a good bunch of guys early on and that really helped us.“This really was a special win because coming into the race I thought it was one of the toughest fields I have ever had to compete against, and Anna and I were a new combination.‘I knew we would go well’“Once we paddled together and saw just how well we sat together and combined I knew we would go well though,” she added.Adamova, who recently claimed a K2 bronze and K1 silver medal at the Marathon World Championships in Copenhagen, added a gold medal to her recent successes.“The past two weeks have been amazing, I would probably rank both Worlds and Fish on the same level. They have been fantastic,” an ecstatic Adamova said. “Abby drove so well and she is also my Dusi partner, so I’m very happy to have started our partnership so well.”Kime and Hartley won silver with Jenna Ward and Kerry Segal moving up one spot from their fourth place overnight to claim the bronze medal.Junior categoriesThe Juniors Boys’ race saw Louis Hattingh and Bryan le Roux hold off the Wilson twins, Travis and Tyler, while Jordan and Cana Peek claimed the junior girls’ title. Brandon Macleod and his Michaelhouse teammate Alan Houston came from behind the claim the U16 title.After a fascinating mixed doubles contest, Cape Town’s Tom Schilperoort and Samantha Murray claimed the win ahead of the Adie siblings, Alex and Andrew.Having stormed through the field on day one it was the Burden trio – Nic, Paul and Colin – who once again reigned supreme in the K3 contest as they overcame the challenge of Jacques, Jen and Cobie Theron.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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When NOT to Use Social Media

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Features#social networks#Social Web#Trends#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos These days, everyone is talking about social media and discussing what services and tools to use, how to use them, why you should use them, etc. In fact, if you listened to all the advice out there, you would probably think that no matter who you are, whether an individual wanting to build a personal brand, or a large multinational corporation intent on communicating with customers, you should be using social media. But is social media for everyone? Are there times when you shouldn’t be using it at all? sarah perez Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Editor’s note: This story is part of a series we call Redux, where we’ll re-publish some of our best posts of 2009. As we look back at the year – and ahead to what next year holds – we think these are the stories that deserve a second glance. It’s not just a best-of list, it’s also a collection of posts that examine the fundamental issues that continue to shape the Web. We hope you enjoy reading them again and we look forward to bringing you more Web products and trends analysis in 2010. Happy holidays from Team ReadWriteWeb!According to B&B, a magazine for marketing strategists, there are definitely some scenarios when social media should be avoided. In a recent article, they listed what these were:You’re in a high-ticket business:  The article recommends that businesses with only a few customers who each spend tens of millions of dollars with the company each year are better off not using social media. Instead, face-to-face interactions and phone calls will still work better.You fight with your employees: In some businesses, management and employees are constantly at odds. (An example was given of a unionized workforce where management-labor strife was common). This is also not the type of company that should encourage employees to communicate directly with customers via social media.Management skepticism: If management doesn’t believe in social media, then employees who have been told for years that public communication needs to be filtered will be hesitant to try out a new medium which requires them to speak openly. In this scenario, management needs to encourage and reward participation to make social media work. If they don’t, it will fail. Strategic Vacuum: Don’t do social media just to do social media. If a company doesn’t know what they’re trying to accomplish, then there will be nothing to measure and no way to determine success. Just as with any other initiative a company takes on, there needs to be an objective…and that objective shouldn’t be to distribute a press release. Privacy and regulatory concerns: If you work for a company where what you say in public could send you to jail, proceed with caution. You’ll probably even need lawyers involved (sigh).But Don’t Be Afraid to Try!All that being said, outside of a handful of scenarios, there is still plenty of room for growth when it comes to social media. For example, the results of a recent survey put out by marketing intelligence specialist WebTrends found that only 2% of businesses are using Twitter as a marketing tool. Only 2% – can you believe that?Perhaps the problem is that businesses are hesitant to dip their toes into the water because they’re unsure of how to proceed. Social media community members, such as those on Twitter, can be very critical of the companies they think are “doing it wrong.” The backlash can be brutal…and not necessarily good for your brand, either. In other words, businesses thinking of getting involved with this platform should definitely think before they leap.As it turns out, that was the exact advice Sarah Milstein gave at last week’s Web 2.0 Expo out in San Francisco. At her session, “Effective Twitter,” she recommended that companies consider the following questions before diving in:What will be different in 3, 6, 12 months as a result of our Twitter account?Who are we hoping to connect with?What kind of information is interesting to them?What might go wrong? What expectations might people have of us?(Her session also had a number of other good resources – you may want to check out the PDF summary here.)During Milstein’s presentation, audience members were furiously scribbling down her every word as if this was the first time they had ever heard this information! Of course, it probably was. Although the right and wrong ways to use Twitter and the tools that can help you use it better may be old hat to some of us who live and breathe this stuff, but it’s clear that to many people out there, this information is incredibly new…and intimidating. This is unchartered territory for a lot of companies and many of them are just now beginning to think about their strategies and levels of involvement. You could literally see this trend in action at the Expo. There, some of the top sessions, the ones so jam-packed that it was standing room only, were specifically about social media and marketing. Twitter, Facebook, community building, etc…people just couldn’t get enough.This makes us wonder if 2009 be the year that social media really goes mainstream? Or, will the experimentations continue? We think it’s possible that it will be both. Companies will try new things using social media. Some will succeed and some will fail, but in the end it will be these experimentations, led by the big brands, that will help push social media further out into the limelight than it is now. Of course, having more Hollywood celebs sign up for Twitter couldn’t hurt either. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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California Law Addresses Fire Retardants in Homes

first_imgUse of flame retardants is widespreadFlame retardants are added to all types of plastic insulating foam, according to a blog written by Alex Wilson and posted here at Green Building Advisor in January.HBCD, which is added to extruded and expanded polystyrene insulation, and TCPP, which goes into most polyisocyanurate and spray polyurethane insulation, are both “halogenated” chemicals, Wilson says, and both “have significant health and environmental risks.”The Stockholm Convention on Persistant Organic Pollutants has targeted HBCD for phaseout internationally, Wilson wrote, adding, “It is highly persistent in the environment and bioaccumulative in the food chain; it is believed to cause reproductive, developmental, and neurological impacts.”Less is known about TCPP. A measure signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown will require state officials to review California’s flammability standards for foam insulation, and may ultimately reduce the exposure of homeowners to two common flame retardants.According to an article posted online at SFGate.com, the state fire marshal and the Building Standards Commission will review current flammability standards and consider whether flame retardants are necessary.The law doesn’t amount to an outright ban on the chemicals, but it could lead to a change in state building standards that “would discourage the use” of two potentially hazardous retardants, HBCD and TCPP, the report said.The measure was supported by the U.S. Green Building Council, firefighters from around the state, and health advocacy grounds including the Natural Resources Defense Council, SFGate reported. Do we really need these chemicals in insulation?While the purpose of adding flame retardants to insulation is obvious, Wilson reported that thermal barriers protecting the insulation, such as 1/2-inch thick gypsum drywall, are much more effective at promoting safety than the chemicals themselves.He added that removing the chemicals from foam might be an attractive option for manufacturers because it would reduce costs. He said efforts were underway to allow foam without the retardants be used in applications where the foam was protected by a thermal barrier. One such instance would be where XPS foam is installed below grade.Arlene Blum, a Bay Area chemist and activist, has suggested the retardants may not be necessary because of fire-safety codes that are already in place, SFGate reported, but an industry group doesn’t seem eager to stop using the retardants.“Flame retardants in foam insulation serve a vital role in fire safety and provide an important layer of protection to people, homes and buildings,” the report quoted the Energy Efficient Foam Coalition as saying.Exposure to flame retardants is a widespread problem affecting many more products than foam insulation, according to published reports. For example, the retardant TDBPP was banned from children’s pajamas in 1977 but was still allowed in other products, and it can be found in one-third of all couches in the country, according to an article in Forbes.Separately, a study of dust collected in California homes in 2006 and 2011 found dozens of retardant chemicals.last_img read more

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Social Networking For Marketers: How Pinterest Crushes Facebook [Infographic]

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… justin smith Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Guest author Justin Smith is product engagement manager for BloomReach.Understanding what people do on different social networks is the key to effectively using those networks for marketing. Companies currently spend 8.4% of their marketing budgets on social media, and that’s expected to grow to 21.6% in the next five years. But with so many social networks competing to grab marketing dollars, determining the most effective channels can be extremely difficult. To illustrate, let’s look at how Facebook and Pinterest stack up against one another.Different Networks For Different ReasonsWhile both Facebook and Pinterest offer deep customer segmentations and user engagement, it would be a mistake to target audiences in the same way across both networks. For example, you wouldn’t market your product to someone shopping at a trendy boutique the same way you would to someone walking down the street with their friends. In a store, you’d likely look to make a sale, while on the street you’d probably have more luck building brand awareness.Similarly, BloomReach’s analysis consistently shows that Pinterest has a higher concentration of people who are in a ‘buy’ state of mind, while Facebook users are more interested in interacting with friends – and brands. (According to Paul Adams, Facebook’s global head of brand design, Facebook’s strength is relationship-building, noting that many lightweight interactions over time can help promote brands.)Traffic Analysis Tells The TaleThat is borne out by BloomReach’s analysis of total traffic – 46,277,543 site visits – for a set of retail clients from Sept. 20 through Dec. 31, 2012. We looked at five key metrics: total traffic, revenue per visit, conversion rate, bounce rate and average pages viewed. While Facebook delivered more than 7.5 times the traffic, Pinterest handily won the remaining four areas:Pinterest traffic spent 60% more than did traffic coming from Facebook.Pinterest traffic converted to a sale 22% more than Facebook.Facebook traffic bounced 90% of the time, compared to 75% for Pinterest.Facebook users viewed an average of 1.6 pages. Pinterest users saw an average of 2.9 pages – an 81% difference.The average revenue per visit for Pinterest traffic was more than $1.50. But while Pinterest is able to drive highly lucrative leads – and the release of Pinterest’s Analytics Tool for Businesses should help companies make use of them – it can deliver only a relatively limited set of eyeballs.Facebook Still Rules AwarenessIf a company’s goal is to simply reach a larger audience to create or maintain brand awareness, Facebook remains the best option. Its sheer volume of users – 1.06 billion active monthly users, 680 million mobile users and 618 million daily users – and the army of people ready to sell impressions make it an easy channel to leverage. But it may be difficult to realize an immediate return on marketing investments on the network.Perhaps the best approach is to look for ways to optimize Facebook campaign while expanding Pinterest presence. Both Facebook and Pinterest should become larger parts of the media mix model as visitor referrals from these sites grow. At the end of 2012, only 2.7% of total traffic in our analysis came from the networks, demonstrating that social commerce is still in an early stage. In the meantime, though, it seems fair to say that Pinterest is a more efficient marketing channel than Facebook.center_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#Facebook#marketing#Pinterest#social networks 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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