Fred Brownell and the creation of the South African flag

first_imgBrand South Africa’s new Play Your Part TV series, to be aired on SABC2 from Sunday 15 June at 9pm, features an interview with Fred Brownell, heraldry expert and designer of South Africa’s beloved six-coloured flag. We bring you the remarkable story of Brownell’s development of the flag back in early 1994, when the country was teetering between civil war and – the ultimate outcome – a nation united under one flag.Fred Brownell, the man who designed South Africa’s national flag, with Kabelo Mabalane, kwaito star and the host of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, in a still from the show. (Image: Brand South Africa)The remarkable story of heraldry expert Fred Brownell’s last-minute development of South Africa’s six-colour flag starts back in early 1994, when the country was teetering between civil war and – the ultimate outcome – a nation united under one flag.He says there is no copyright on the way people perceive their flag. The public was entitled to attach, as it did, whatever meaning it liked to the colours, and to maintain, as it still often does, that the blue ought to be on top “for the sky”. “What mattered,” he says, “was that the flag would find its way into the hearts and minds of the population at large, and became a unifying symbol.”Watch the preview of the first episode of Brand South Africa’s TV series, Play Your Part, airing on SABC2 on 15 June at 9pm: Flying the flag at Mangaung Stadium in Bloemfontein, Free State, during South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: Brand South Africa) One percent inspiration, 99% perspiration. Fred Brownell’s earliest thoughts for South Africa’s new national flag were sketched on the back of a programme during a slow evening at the 1993 International Congress of Vexillogy in Zurich, Switzerland. (Image: Flying the Flag) Evolution in progress: Fred Brownell’s initial Zurich design, based on the idea of the convergence of South Africa’s peoples into one nation, was tweaked and changed until everyone was either satisfied or too tired to argue any more. (Image: Flying the Flag) “Hope you voted” by Flickr user Darryn van der Walt The casket of Nelson Mandela draped in the South African flag during the legendary statesman’s funeral in Qunu, Eastern Cape, in December 2013. (Image: GCIS) Watch Wavin’ Flag by K’Naan, the official song of South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup: Compiled by Mary Alexanderlast_img read more

Rock & Roll Will Never Die? It Might on Facebook

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#news#social networks#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The graying of the Facebook population seems to have continued according to new stats released today by iStrategyLabs. And while one might expect more of the site’s now nearly 10 million users over the age of 55 to be Neil Young fans, his “Rock N’ Roll Will Never Die” refrain seems to be falling through. The listing of the term “rock and roll” as an interest is down over 60% among Facebook users in the past year.The statistics released today pertain to the 100 million U.S.-based Facebook users, which comprise nearly one-third of the site’s entire user base. They seem to support a continuing trend for Facebook – the slow growth of young and marketable users joining the site compared with their elders. We took a look at the numbers six months ago and most of the indicators seem to be only growing stronger. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… mike melanson Now, a big number to look at before anything else is Facebook’s nearly 145% growth in the past year, going from 40 million to over 100 million users since January last year. But where is this growth coming from?When we last wrote about the graying Facebook population in July, users in the 55-plus demographic had skyrocketed from 1 million to nearly 6 million. This same population has now grown to nearly 10 million, a growth of 922% over the past year. This makes this age group now account for one of every 35 Facebook users. Is the boom in Baby Boomers a problem for Facebook or does it just open up new markets? It seems that the numbers for users identifying as high school or college students have returned to positive growth, and the overall demographics of the site have remained steady. Despite the explosion of senior netizens on the site, the 55-plus group still make up only 9% of the site’s entire user population, just 1% more than the last time we looked.While the over-55 group has strong numbers, the other demographic groups are still primarily responsible for the site’s exponential growth, each increasing by nearly 10 million users over the past six months. Instead of seeing this as a problem for Facebook, maybe it’s just a sign that the site is no longer popular just among teenyboppers and cool college kids. And maybe, just maybe – if we can all figure out the privacy settings – we can all coexist without our parents and grandparents ruining the party. Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

How Netflix Stole my Eyepatch & I Stopped Stealing Movies

first_imgTags:#Analysis#Video Services#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img I think it was about a decade ago now when I downloaded my first camcorder movie off the Internet and a love affair was born. Why bother going out and renting something from Blockbuster or forfeiting your first born for a movie ticket and a bucket of popcorn when you could nearly replicate the entire experience, for free, on your couch with Orville Redenbacher at your side? As time went on and peer-to-peer file sharing grew – and the movies went from shaky, “down in front!” home movies to near-DVD quality replicas – it only got worse. And then, suddenly, it all came to an end. “Cold turkey,” as they say. But why?Today, after reading an article over on TorrentFreak about how Netflix is killing BitTorrent, I suddenly felt like a reformed smoker who never intentionally put down the cancer stick. It all made sense.As TorrentFreak’s Ernesto writes, “It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that Netflix’ popularity has a negative effect on the movie piracy rates in the US.”In the States, Netflix nearly doubled the number of new subscribers in the first quarter of 2010, from 1.7 to 3.3 million. In total, Netflix now has 22.8 million paid subscribers in the US, which generated a total revenue of $706 million in the first quarter of this year.But where did this influx of subscribers come from? Everyone in the know will point to one thing – streaming video. When Netflix first began offering unlimited streaming in 2008, some forecast that it would only erode the companies profits and spell gloom for the company. Quite the opposite. By November 2010, streaming surpassed DVD subscriptions. Rather than cost Netflix the bottom line, streaming – thus far, though we’ll see what happens – has saved the company enormous amounts of money from delivery costs.When Neftlix finally came around and said it would give me as many movies as I’d like for $8 a month, the love affair with free movies was over. After all, $8 barely gets you in the door at most movie theaters and in some cities it won’t even cover a matinee. For the convenience of never having to plan, eat up my bandwidth and risk getting a letter from the MPAA, $8 is but a pittance. I was one of the 7.7 million new subscribers that jumped on board in 2010 and I haven’t looked back since. It wasn’t a conscious decision, it wasn’t a pang of guilt, it was a simple, cheap way to fulfill my desire to go on Battlestar Gallactica benders and quickly queue up whatever movie everyone else had raved about six months ago that I’d never gone to see.  Sure, Netflix doesn’t get first-run movies, or those not-yet-in-the-theater screeners, like peer-to-peer networks do, but my eight bucks buys me a peace of mind and enough content to keep me happy until it makes its way around. As Ernesto concludes, “Netflix shows that people are willing to pay for access to movies online, even when plenty of pirated copies are available. The next step is to offer easy access to movies in the rest of the world, and get rid of the artificial delays in release dates.”Besides, if the movie is that good, I might actually hit the theater…and once again be convinced that the only logical approach to movie theater popcorn is the large, because who can justify paying 75 cents less for half as much popcorn? That’s just silly. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melansonlast_img read more

Aces sustain resurgence, rally past Picanto behind Abueva

first_imgBuck Henton contributed 20 markers, including the go-ahead triple with 1:26 to play that gave Alaska a 97-94 lead. Henton also collected 13 boards, seven assists, and three blocks, JVee Casio added four triples and wound up with 20 points and seven dimes as the Aces, who started the conference at 0-6, stayed alive for a playoff spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a character-building win for us,” he said.After Henton’s go-ahead trey in the final minute, the Picanto had a chance to tie the game, but LA Revilla threw an errant pass to Johnson that led to Casio’s dagger short stab on the other end with 36.6 ticks remaining. PBA IMAGESCalvin Abueva willed Alaska to a come-from-behind win over Kia, 102-94, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Abueva unfurled a conference-best 26 points, 15 rebounds, and three assists to lead the Aces. He frustrated high-scoring Picanto reinforcement Geron Johnson in the last five minutes as Alaska stretched its winning streak to three games.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary ALASKA 102 – Abueva 26, Henton 20, Casio 20, Exciminiano 14, Banchero 11, Thoss 4, Racal 3, Baclao 2, Cruz 2, Mendoza 0, Magat 0, Pascual 0, Galliguez 0, Enciso 0.KIA 94 – Johnson 39, Paniamogan 12, Elorde 11, Yee 11, Khobuntin 10, Ballesteros 4, Celda 3, Jaime 2, Corpuz 2, Revilla 0, Camson 0, Salva 0.Quarters: 23-27, 46-51, 67-77, 102-94. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post PLAY LIST 02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally02:45Duque: Vaccine scare, ‘anti-vaxxers’ among causes of polio resurgence01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next La Salle survives FEU to start UAAP title defense LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “(Kia) was playing great, but we just had a lot of bounces that went our way and we made a couple of shots,” said Compton.Down 10, 77-67, at the start the fourth period, Alaska leaned on Ping Exciminiano, who had 14 markers, four boards, and three dimes off the bench. Casio knotted the game at 84 with a triple with 5:36 left to set up the frantic finish.Johnson fired 39 points that went with nine rebounds, and seven assists, but committed eight turnovers for still winless Kia (0-9).Philip Paniamogan added 12 markers, while Nico Elorde and Mark Yee both had 11.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham striker Kane best no.9 in the world says Keane

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham striker Kane best no.9 in the world says Keaneby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane is the best number nine in the world, according to former Spurs star Robbie Keane.The Englishman has quietly gone about his business this season, once again blasting in goals left, right and centre.Kane currently has 20 goals in 30 appearances this season, which has taken him to fourth on the all-time scoring list at Tottenham. And Keane thinks he will continue adding to that tally.”I’m sure he’ll stay at this club for a long time. He loves it here. There’s no question that he cannot get to Jimmy Greaves’ record,” Keane, who banged in over 100 goals for Spurs, told Sky Sports.”What I like about Harry is that… everyone keeps talking about ‘ah, next year is he going to be good?’ He keeps doing it.”I’m sick of people saying ‘is he tired?’ because he keeps banging the goals in and that spurs him on.”When you speak to him he gets annoyed when people keep mentioning it and then he just keeps coming on the pitch and keeps scoring goals.”For me at this moment in time, he’s the best No. 9 in the world.” last_img read more

william Hosts The Duke of York At The iam College Track Boyle

first_imgLast week, will.i.am – musician and STEM education advocate – hosted Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson as they toured the i.am College Track after-school tutoring center in will.i.am’s hometown neighborhood of Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles, California.Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, i.am.angel Foundation President, will.i.am and The Duke of York in front of the i.am College Track Boyle Heights Boyle Heights center.Credit/Copyright: Jerod Harris/GettyThe visit was part of an information exchange between the i.am College Track program and iDEA, a recently launched Digital Enterprise Award, which aims to support more than 1 million young people in the U.K. to develop their digital skills and business ideas over the next five years. will.i.am serves on the Steering Board of iDEA. The Duke of York chairs the Steering Board. Learn more at www.onemillionyoungideas.org.uk.After a class assembly, The Duke of York, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of Yorkand i.am.angel Foundation President, will.i.am, join students from the i.am College Track Boyle Heights program for a group photo.Credit/Copyright: Jerod Harris/GettyStudents in the i.am College Track Boyle Heights program hosted a facility tour, showing The Duke of York project-based learning designed to teach computer graphics, robotics and Mandarin Chinese. After the tour, will.i.am and The Duke of York addressed students during an assembly. During the assembly The Duke of York invited i.am College Track students to visit the UK and to meet and interact with iDEA initiative participants who attend Hackney Community College in greater London.Musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist will.i.am is President of the i.am.angel foundation. The foundation operates an after-school STEM-focused tutoring center, i.am College Track, in Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles. The center serves 120 at-risk, underserved high school students who receive the equivalent of one extra year of high school education with the mission of keeping every student in school and earning grades that will qualify them to graduate and then attend college/university. To learn more about the foundation and its programs, please visit www.iamangelfoundation.org.last_img read more

Moby Performs At HSUS 2016 To The Rescue New York Gala

first_imgThe Humane Society of the United States honored fashion industry leader HUGO BOSS and acclaimed philanthropist Georgina Bloomberg last week at the 2016 To the Rescue! New York gala at Cipriani 42nd Street.Moby Performs At HSUS To The Rescue! New York GalaCredit/Copyright: Charles Sykes/AP Images for The HSUSThe evening raised more than $1.7 million for the organization’s animal rescue efforts, rescuing thousands of animals from cruelty and neglect each year. The evening was hosted by actor and comedian Mario Cantone.The HSUS honored HUGO BOSS with the Corporate Consciousness Award in recognition of the company’s commitment to humane alternatives and sustainable business strategies. Zachary Quinto presented the honor to HUGO BOSS Chief Brand Officer Ingo Wilts, who accepted on behalf of the company.Zachery Quinto Speaks At HSUS To The Rescue! New York GalaCredit/Copyright: Charles Sykes/AP Images for The HSUS“HUGO BOSS has always been at the forefront, exploring new ideas and technologies and finding forward-thinking solutions for our industry. With our decision to go fur-free, we’ve anchored animal welfare as a fixture within our product sustainability program,” Wilts said in his acceptance speech.Bloomberg’s good friend Lorenzo Borghese presented her with the Compassion in Action Award for her tireless work to protect all animals. Bloomberg thanked many people, including Amanda Hearst for starting the Friends of Finn and getting her involved with The HSUS, as well as her mother and father, former mayor Michael Bloomberg, who were sitting at her table.“I want to thank my father for not disowning us every time we brought a new pet home. We had a ritual of every time we brought a new pet home, putting it in the bathroom near our kitchen, and whenever my father would come home from work, his first stop was the bathroom near our kitchen. He would open the door and see whatever pet we had brought home, and coincidentally, that was when I learned my first swear word,” Bloomberg said to a room full of laughs.Moby rounded out the evening with performances of his hits “Troubles So Hard” and “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad,” as well as lively covers of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” where he encouraged the audience to sing along.This year’s gala was co-chaired by Amanda Hearst and Steve Read. Additional attending supporters included Gayle King, Jason Biggs, Jenny Mollen, Arden Wohl and Lauren Blumenfeld.More than 550 guests enjoyed a three-course vegan meal prepared by Candle 79 and Cipriani, a live auction and entertainment.The 2016 Leadership Committee included Ian Bass, Howard and Wendy Berk, Gale Epstein, Jennifer Faga, Janie Greenspun Gale, Linda Goddard, Cathy Kangas, Stacey and Don Kivowitz, Jennifer Laue, Mary and Peter Max, Patrick McDonnell and Karen O’Connell, Judy Ney, Paige Rense Noland, Christine and Edwin Ordway, Lida Orzeck, Marian Probst, Debra Shore and Suzy Welch.The Friends of Finn Committee included Georgina Bloomberg, Tripp Callan, Anthony Cummings, Amanda Hearst, Michael Katz, Steve Read, Breanna Schultz, Courtney Stroum Meagher, Katie Sturino. Advisory Committee: Morgan Bogle, Lorenzo Borghese, Stephanie Riggio Bulger, Liz Dee, Dylan Lauren, Sarah Read and Kelly Vitko,This year’s gala was sponsored by Moroccanoil. The event was produced in partnership with Celebrity Event Planner Liron David of Eventique.last_img read more

Ottawa holds emergency cabinet meeting to try to salvage Trans Mountain project

first_imgMembers of the Trudeau government have emerged from an emergency meeting on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, saying they are more determined than ever to get the project built — over the objections of British Columbia.Natural resources Minister Jim Carr says they considering various options.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr came out to speak for just a minute and a half. Gave no new answers on what the government will do about the Trans Mountain pipeline. #Cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/tmV6mrnQ7q— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 10, 2018He would not comment on Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s threat today that her province will simply buy the whole project from Kinder Morgan.We had a walking scrum with Infrastructure Minister Sohi, who also wouldn’t provide any new information. Wouldn’t talk about options or even say when we will hear about any government decision.#cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 10, 2018 One after one, other Ministers are coming down but saying little. Just repeating the pipeline will be built and they are looking at all options #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 10, 2018The company has said it will not pay for any more non-essential expenses after B-C’s obstructionist tactics.last_img read more

Residents urged to be cautious with rising fire danger rating

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though the Peace Region was exempt from the province’s campfire ban, the Prince George Fire Centre is still issuing residents to use caution when having a fire.With the fire danger rating climbing between moderate and high in the Peace Region, any unattended fires could lead to something much worse.Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds explained that with rising temperature there is potential for lightning hold over fires. “There is always the potential for lightning hold over fires but were not anticipating lightning in the next couple of days,” said Reynolds.Reynolds added that lightning hold overs occur when an area experiences hot temperatures and gets struck by lightning, causing a blaze.Reynolds went on to say that there are no new fires in the Fort St. John area and if residents are careful there won’t be for an extended amount of time.Current Fire Danger Rating. Photo by the Government of British Columbia.last_img read more

Adityanath to begin poll campaign from Saharanpur

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday announced that he will kick off his poll campaign for the coming Lok Sabha elections from Saharanpur on Sunday. In a tweet in Hindi, Adityanath said that with the “blessings of Ma Shakummbhari, I will be launching the campaign from Saharanpur, the land known for its wood work, to wipe out dynastic politics and take the victory chariot of the BJP further”. In Saharanpur, he will also address a public rally after which he will fly to Mathura, where he will seek votes for actress-turned-politician Hema Malini, who has been fielded for a second term from the seat. An aide told IANS that the Chief Minister will also hold rallies in Gorakhpur and Varanasi on March 26. He has represented Gorakhpur for five straight terms in the Lok Sabha before he resigned to take over as Chief Minister.last_img read more