10 Views no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! Ten healthy alternatives to the ‘bad’ foods we loveWhether you want to lose weight or boost your health, there are many small changes you can make to your diet to achieve these results. To help cut out the bad stuff without compromising on taste, check out our top ten healthy food swaps.Porridge instead of breakfast cerealsWhile packaged breakfast cereals may look like a healthy option, in reality most cereals are laden with sugar. Not only does this add to the overall calories consumed, but it can lead to a mid-morning sugar slump which will have you craving more. Instead, try starting your morning with a bowl of low-GI porridge, which is not only packed with nutrients but is a good source of slow-release energy that will fill you up quicker and keep you feeling full for longer.Pure fruit spread instead of preservesIf you prefer to start your mornings with a few slices of toast, it may be worthwhile substituting fruit preserves for a healthier spread. While most fruit preserves are packed with added sugars or chemical sweeteners, pure fruit spreads are sweetened only with sugars that occur naturally in fruits. Because of this, they deliver the same sweet taste only with fewer calories and no artificial additives.Maple syrup instead of sugarAlthough all sugars are high in calories and should be consumed in moderation, if you must use a sweetening product, pure maple syrup is a healthier option than refined sugars. While refined sugars are stripped of nutrients, maple syrup is packed with minerals — including manganese, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and zinc — as well as antioxidants. Maple syrup also has a lower GI ranking than table sugar.Popcorn instead of potato chipsIn terms of health, most potato chips don’t have much going for them. Not only are they high in saturated fats, calories and salt, but they have next to no nutritional value. If you find yourself craving a salty snack between meals, try swapping your chips for a packet of plain or lightly seasoned popcorn. Not only will you be giving your body a boost of antioxidants, nutrients and fiber, you could be saving yourself around eight grams of fat and 50 calories per 25g serving.Fruit instead of snack barsMany people believe that cereal, fruit and nut bars are the perfect in-between meals snack. However, as with so-called healthy cereals, many of these bars are actually packed with cane sugar, corn syrup and saturated fat. In fact, cereal bars can contain as much fat, sugar and calories as a chocolate bar or a couple of biscuits. If you fancy a sweet snack between meals, reach for a piece of fruit instead and save yourself over 100 calories.Sweet potatoes instead of potatoesAlthough potatoes contain several nutrients, sweet potatoes may be a better option for those watching their weight. While potatoes are high on the glycemic index, so can lead to energy slumps and cravings, sweet potatoes are a complex carbohydrate with a much lower GI ranking. In addition to this, sweet potatoes are packed with minerals and vitamins including antioxidant beta-carotene. Try swapping your jacket spud for a baked sweet potato, and chips for sweet potato wedges.Extra virgin olive oil instead of vegetable oilExtra virgin olive oil is one of the healthiest oils around due to its high monounsaturated fat content and antioxidant properties. The monounsaturated fats (‘good’ fats) in olive oil can not only help with weight loss, but they can help control cholesterol levels and lower your risk of heart disease. Try to buy olive oil in glass bottles to avoid the PCVs absorbed from plastic containers, and use in place of vegetable oil for salad dressings and low- to medium-heat cooking.Quinoa instead of couscousAs with potatoes, there is nothing wrong with couscous in itself, however by swapping the processed grain for quinoa you could benefit from a far more nutrient-dense and waist-friendly meal. Quinoa is not only less processed, gluten-free and a good source of slow-release energy, it is a much better source of fiber and one of the best plant sources of protein. In addition to this, quinoa is packed with nutrients including iron, phosphorous, magnesium and zinc.Homemade sauces instead of jarredMost pre-made sauces are heavily processed, packed with unnecessary sugars and salt, and contain chemical preservatives to keep them fresh. Rather than filling your cupboards with jars and bottles, try making your own sauces from chopped tomatoes, herbs, spices and a variety of fresh vegetables. Not only will you be skipping all the nasty additives and extra calories, but you will help boost your intake of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.Frozen dessert instead of ice creamIce cream may be one of the most popular desserts around, but unfortunately the frozen treat is extremely high in sugar and fat. If you are craving dessert but want to save on calories, try swapping ice cream for a bowl of low fat frozen yogurt. Alternatively, try a sugar-free fruit sorbet or dairy-free ice cream alternative made from oats or cashew nuts. Not only are these easier to digest, they are generally a lot purer and lower in saturated fats and refined sugars.Real Buzz HealthLifestyle Ten healthy food swaps by: – September 24, 2012 Tweet Share
Caribbean Life- February 11,2020- Mayor of the City of New York, Bill de Blasio, and First Lady, Chirlane McCray, will on Feb. 27, honor 50 Guyanese citizens who have made outstanding contributions to their homeland, and the diaspora, during an exciting presentation to celebrate Guyana’s 50th Republic Jubilee.The Awards Gala and cultural presentation, (invitation only) being hosted in collaboration with the Guyana Republic Jubilee Committee, and Three Counties Foundation, CEO James Richmond, will be held at Gracie Mansion, in New York City, from 5:30 pm.Honorees are: Judge Ingrid Joseph Claire Goring, Aminta Kilawan Narine, Mark Anthony Benschop, James C. Richmond, Dr. Linda Felix-Johnson, Jonnel Doris, Ingrid Griffith, Harold Miller, Dr. Juliet Emanuel, Dave Narine, Patricia Jordan-Langford Courtney Noel, Mahadeo Shivraj, Mohamed Hack, Arsalan Mohamed, Doris Rodney, Dr. Terrence Blackman, Dr. Dhanpaul Narine, Cheddi Jagan Jr., Vishnu Mahadeo, Roger Gary, Tony Singh, George Michael Harry, Monica Sanchez, Sherif Barker Fraser, Errol Lewis, Menes de griot ,Verna Walcott-White, Viburt Bernard, Pamela Bruce, Dr. Ivelaw Griffith, Pam McKenzie, Khyume Khan, Rhonda Bovell O’Reilly, Randolph Holder, Deodat Urpersaud, Peter Kong, Romanee Kallicharran, Shoan Sampson, Hugh Hamilton, Tangerine Clarke, Adrian Dutchin, Ryan (GucciBoss) Lynton, RKHTY, Trevon (Vibes) Shury, Zamal Sankar, Mark Arthur, Brian Roberts and Joan Bakiriddin.Special recognition & honor will go to cultural icon, Jimmy Hamilton and late West Indian Cricketer, Basil Butcher. The South American country, that became a Republic on Feb. 23, 1970, and is celebrated with several annual Mashramani parades across Guyana, will be commemorated in a big way at the civic building where a wide cross-section of Guyanese will celebrate in unity. Prominent Guyanese expected to attended are, Senator Roxanne Persaud, Assemblywoman Alicia L. Hyndman, Ambassador of Guyana to the United States, Riyad Insanally, Permanent Representative and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Guyana to the United Nations, Rudolph M. Ten-Pow, Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly, and others.
In Richmond, the U 17 girls lost 2-1 to Aldergrove in a game dominated by the Kootenay reps.Tahini Senchel scored the lone goal for Nelson.Brownwyn Sutherland took the loss in goal for the Selects.Earlier in the day, the U14 girls played one of the team’s best games of the season losing a 2-0 decision to pre-tournament favourite Vernon United.Vernon scored late in the first half and early in the second half to pull out the narrow victory.Hanna Quinn was in goal for the U14 Selects.In other action involving Nelson teams, the U13 girls lost 4-0 to North Shore Pegasus while the U18 Boys got past Richmond Athletics 2-1.Both tournaments continue through the weekend with the playoff round set for Sunday. Nelson Select teams had a tough time Thursday on Day one of the BC Soccer Provincial B Cup tournament in Richmond and Chilliwack.The U15 Selects scored a 1-1 draw against Terrace to open the Les Sinnott Memorial Tournament in Richmond.Marco Falcone, with an assist to Riley Osachoff, scored for the U15 Selects against Terrace in the opener for both teams.Raven Johnson was outstanding for Nelson in goal to preserve the points.
Bob BaffertGarrett O’RourkeDr. John ChandlerMike SmithPress ConferenceLadies and gentlemen, the winner of the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic is Arrogate, and we’re thrilled to be joined by the winning connections. From left to right, we’ve got jockey Mike Smith. We’ve got Garrett O’Rourke, the racing manager for Juddmonte Farms. Trainer Bob Baffert; his son, Bode, as well as Dr. John Chandler, President of Juddmonte. Congratulations to you all. Mike, this is your fourth Breeders’ Cup Classic win. Bob’s third in a row. Mike, we want to start with you. You’ve had another amazing weekend at the Breeders’ Cup. If you could just take us through this Breeders’ Cup Classic and your trip on Arrogate.MIKE SMITH: Well, we had a really good trip. He jumped very well today out of the gate, but was a little reluctant the first probably 16th of a mile. I had to give him a little reminder on his shoulder. Once I did that, I seen that California Chrome had a little bit of company up front of him, so I felt secure that at least he was going to go quick enough, and I didn’t have to go after him early and chase him. Then Victor got a comfortable lead down the back side and kind of started staying off the fence a bit. I didn’t want to move too early; that will just make him pack us out more. I winded up cutting the corner going into the far turn, and that really helped a lot. Because once I switched over and dropped into the far turn, he really picked it up at that point, able to get him back outside. Then he was relentless, this horse. He never stops. He’s got some stamina. Bob’s done a great job. The horse has only run five times and he beat California Chrome. That’s incredible.THE MODERATOR: Bob, as I said, your third Classic win in a row to go with Bayern and American Pharoah. If you could just give us your impressions of this effort today?BOB BAFFERT: Well, going in, we knew we had a great horse. We thought we could be competitive. But down deep I really wasn’t sure if we could beat California Chrome because I still have total respect for the horse. He’s a great horse. Down the backside it looked like California Chrome was getting everything going. I thought, well, you know, maybe he’s not running. Maybe he’s just not into it. But I hope Mike Smith knows what he’s doing. And all of a sudden, turning for home it looked like, well — I thought, well, I’m going to run second, but there is nothing wrong with that, because Chrome is a really good horse, and running second to him is no bad thing.But the 8th pole, all of a sudden, he started getting into that gear, and he’s coming, and he’s inching away at him. And that last 50 yards, I could not believe. Of all the horses I’ve trained — I never thought after losing Pharoah that I thought how are you going to beat something like that with everything we went through. And then to be so lucky and blessed that to have a horse like that. Then to run down a great horse like California Chrome was just like — that’s what the Breeders’ Cup is all about. Watching races like that. They’re just the best. The cream just rises to the top.I can’t say more for Mike Smith, “Big Money” Mike. I mean, he won that today, and I was like it was a “wow” opportunity. I could not believe — what we just accomplished, we’re very lucky to win these races, but today, watching that horse do what he did and come back, he wasn’t even tired. That horse is just a big kid that’s learning how to run, and in the wind, under the Juddmonte Flag is incredible for me. Prince Khalid wanting to get me on their team, and Juddmonte is like the biggest franchise in racing. So to be part of that and for Garrett O’Rourke, working with him. What makes it so — they just let you train the horse. You tell them when they’re getting ready and let them know what’s going on.But it’s been a great experience training for Juddmonte. But I have a great horse, but I have a great jockey. What he did today was incredible. It’s hat’s off to California Chrome. He tried so hard. I mean, he’s a great horse. I’ve been chasing that horse for two years. So it was nice to — I still can’t believe that we caught him.THE MODERATOR: Dr. Chandler, Juddmonte’s had incredible success both here and abroad. But this is your first Breeders’ Cup Classic victory. Can we get your impressions of today?DR. JOHN CHANDLER: Well, before the race, Teddy, we were talking about which would possibly be the most exciting race we’ve ever won, and Teddy said, well, let’s wait a minute, and we waited a minute, and undoubtedly this is one of the most exciting races we’ve won. We’ve won excellent — we’ve won great races, The Arc de Triomphe and the English Derby and the Belmont, and we’ve won races everywhere. And we had Frankel, of course, who won everything in sight. But this has got to be one of the greatest things we’ve done.It’s all due to Garrett and Bob, and Bob found — it’s a story that’s been published many times. But Garrett has really done most of the work on the farm side of this, and has taught Bob how to train horses and he’s done a good job of that (laughing). And we’re very grateful to Garrett and to Bob and to do this for us. Now Bob appears to own the Classic. We’ll have to call it the Baffert Benefit after this, I think.THE MODERATOR: Very good. One question for Garrett before we open it up to the media. Garrett, talk about the campaign overall this year, especially the decision to train up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic?GARRETT O’ROURKE: Well, when I made that decision, I think it’s a tribute for all of this, obviously goes back to Prince Khalid, and if it’s something on the farm, yeah, we’re responsible for it. If it’s when we go to the sales, Bob and Donato help us, and we get the right horses and we hand them over to people like that. But Prince Khalid has always been a firm believer in hiring the very, very best and allowing them to do their jobs. He doesn’t tell them what to do or how to do it. It’s something that I’ve learned from him as well. So don’t believe what Doc says in me telling Bob Baffert. I don’t have to tell Bob Baffert how to do anything. I don’t have to tell Mike Smith how to do anything. They’re the very best at their profession, and they proved it today. I thank them for it. I want to thank everyone back on the farm, especially because there’s an awful lot of people back on the farm. There’s a lot of horses that didn’t make it here today, and I know the people back on the farm have to go through the heartbreak of seeing those ones not make it.So when something big like this happens, it’s a great team effort. It’s the professionals I have sitting beside me here, and I think it’s all obviously funded, number one, and motivated, more importantly, by Prince Khalid.Q. I wonder if you could give us an idea of when you had the inkling, I know five races back the horse was third and then it’s moving in the right direction to find it today, but when you first started with the horse, when did you get the feeling that you had what you have?BOB BAFFERT: I remember calling Garrett around October. I said, Garrett, I think I’ve found one that’s going to pay for all of them. I said, I think we’ve stumbled onto a really good horse. And he showed run as a 2-year-old, and he had some shin problems. He was a big, tall horse, so Garrett says, you know what, just give him the time. Don’t worry about it. And they freshened him up. It’s one of those things that the really good ones, once we got them going, and he was developing and baby steps, and Rafael Bejarano did a great job helping me develop this horse. Unfortunately, Mike ended up on him because of other circumstances. But it just happens that way.But it’s one of those things where he always showed run, but we never let him go in the mornings. We never let him run. He’s a big horse. He came around on his own, and I was almost going to run him against Chrome in San Diego at Del Mar, but he got a little bit — I called Garrett and said, I might get a little crazy. I’ve got a crazy plan. Okay. Then he called me a week before, Are you still going to do that crazy thing? I said, No. He had a little bit of a temperature when I got down to Del Mar, so I missed a few days, and I’m glad. That’s when we decided to point for the Travers, because Bejarano always said this horse wants to go a mile-and-a-quarter. I mean, he can go and go and go. And so in the Travers, when Mike rode him, we had to let him run away from the one-hole, and he got him out there. I thought he could win, but I didn’t know he was going to do that. I mean, that was just incredible. I was in awe of him.So then to come back and sit on him for two months, it was something that I used to do in the quarter horse bin, and I wasn’t worried about it. And we got away with it with Pharoah, and you can do that when you have a great horse. I just didn’t want to run him against California Chrome and Awesome Again. Maybe if it he had been there I might have run him in there. I just felt with my team, Jimmy Barnes, everybody that gets on him, Dana Barnes gets on him. I knew we could do it. We’re equipped to deal with these situations. It’s a lot of fun, especially, so we show up for the big days, we lead them up there, and you just pray and hope that they show up.I told Mike, if he runs this race, you can win it. If he doesn’t, there’s nothing you can do. And I told him, Mike, you have the reins. Whatever you do, I’m good with. If he gets beat, don’t worry about it. But if you can get me second, that would sure be nice.So turning for home, I’m still — I’m going to be watching that replay a lot tonight when I get home. That was an incredible race by two incredible horses.Q. Mike, does this victory here take a little bit of the sting out of yesterday with the Songbird-Beholder match-up?MIKE SMITH: Well, that still hurts, it’s always going to hurt. You hate to get beat, especially the matter of maybe an inch. This was incredible today. This horse ran a race today that you just don’t see things like this from a young 3-year-old that’s only run five times. He literally was prancing after the race was over. Which most horses hang their head and have to take a breath or two before they can even turn around and come back after going a mile-and-a-quarter. He hasn’t run in two months and he was literally dancing. The outrider couldn’t believe it. He goes, Are you kidding me? This horse is dancing like this? And I said, He’s just got air forever.Q. What are the plans for the next year?BOB BAFFERT: Well, that’s up to Garrett. Garrett still runs the show, so I guess he’ll get back and discuss that with Prince Khalid. You want to answer that?GARRETT O’ROURKE: Obviously, we will have to go back and run it by Prince Khalid, but I think the pointers are that he will definitely race next year.BOB BAFFERT: Yes.MIKE SMITH: Double yes.GARRETT O’ROURKE: That’s the good news. The bad news is we’re going to bring him to England.MIKE SMITH: I’ll go to England (laughing). Call me English Mike.Q. I want to congratulate all of you. It’s obviously a major accomplishment. Bob, I know you’re a huge fan of the history of the game and great training jobs. You’ve done plenty of them. This training job is sort of unprecedented. This horse’s foundation, what he’s done in these starts, I want to know what, for you, this means. Because it’s certainly a huge, unprecedented achievement you’ve done here today.BOB BAFFERT: Every year I’ve been so lucky. I always say: How am I going to top this year? And it’s been going on for all my life. Even when I was training quarter horses. This is what keeps me, keeps my juices flowing. I’m telling you, after American Pharoah retired last year, I was in a really — I wouldn’t say — it was just like a lull. You know, I really missed that horse so much. I still miss him. He’s actually — two of the best horses I’ve ever trained have been in Stall 33 at Santa Anita. He’s in the same stall that Pharoah was with his camera. It’s incredible that I’ve been so lucky.Somebody up there is really looking down on me. So it’s one of these things that when you’re — when you’re used to doing something, we know what we have to do. We get a horse that’s a good horse. We’re going to do this, and I stick to the plan. It’s all gut feeling, instinct. Sometimes it works. Sometimes we’ll make mistakes. But it’s all trial and error, mostly error. So it’s one of those things that when it comes, I know what I’m dealing with. So I don’t get caught up. They’re still horses, they have to train. You can’t baby them. You’ve got to train them because they’re going to lay it out there for you.Today I was just hoping to have that horse tight enough for Mike. When he asks him to run, I hope when he pushes the button, I hope it doesn’t get stuck. Because it gets stuck a lot. But it’s one of those things where my good friend Jerry Hollendorfer. I have a lot of respect for him. I felt so bad for him. He always tells me you always seem to pull a rabbit out of your hat on these big days.MIKE SMITH: He used another word instead of hat, though (laughing).BOB BAFFERT: But it’s one of those things where I’ve been lucky. Lucky enough I’ve got a beautiful family, beautiful wife, beautiful kids, and I couldn’t ask for more.Yesterday, things weren’t looking very good. Like I said, this business can get you down, but, boy, there’s nothing like a great horse to pick you right up off the ground. I can’t be happier for my team, everybody that works for me, everybody that works the horses. Even Martin Garcia came in here, helped me get him ready here at the end. It’s a team effort, and I couldn’t do it without everybody.Still today, and Donato Lanni, who is right there, best Bloodstock agent. Short listed him. He does all the dirty work. I get up there, and we can just walk around and say, nah, okay. But you couldn’t do it without these owners. That’s one thing about Prince Khalid, our owners, they have so much passion for the game. They want to live this assignment. I wish I could have been sitting and watching the race with them on television, the excitement, because you can’t put a price on it. That’s the beauty of horseracing. You cannot put a price on it.Q. Mike, this Travers victory from last — when you rode this horse, it was phenomenal. We don’t know if Secretariat could have beaten the horse that day, the time was so outlandish. Now he comes back here today and does something also incredible, runs down an older horse with a foundation. Can you talk about the difference in feeling between those two days on this horse? Was there any? Was it better, anything you could say about that?MIKE SMITH: They were both incredible performances. The only difference was being down in the 1-hole was a whole lot more aggressive that afternoon than I had to be today. Though I did ride him out of there a little bit. He was kind of looking around. The crowd was pretty loud. I just had to get his attention a couple of times, but my hand wasn’t forced, so I didn’t have to push him. But it goes to show you he’s so versatile. He doesn’t have to be in front. I actually even dropped down and took some dirt. The dirt made him run even faster. As soon as it hit him, he kind of got mad and pulled me into him, which is a good sign. He’s not a horse that needs the lead, which is a good thing.THE MODERATOR: Mike Smith is the winner of the Bill Shoemaker Award as the winningest jockey across the 13 races of the Breeders’ Cup.MIKE SMITH: Thank you.Q. What about the last 20 yards of that race, and what that says about maybe the freak that this horse is?MIKE SMITH: I became a fan the last 20 yards. I was just cheering with everybody else at that point, because I felt that I had the race in hand at that point. So I was just in awe of what he did and the horse that he beat.Q. Art Sherman would like to have a rematch in the Pegasus Cup. What is the chance that you’re going to go there?BOB BAFFERT: All I can say is Art Sherman, they’ve done an incredible job with California Chrome. I mean, that’s why this place was packed today. Racing, they’ve done a great job with that horse. I even became a fan of that horse. Anytime you see two horses like we saw yesterday with Beholder and Songbird, it was like you sit there and you really don’t want to see a loser.Even today in the stretch, you really don’t. If they could have come up dead heated, but I could hear the whole grandstand was just screaming and yelling. And I know most of them were screaming and yelling for Chrome, and I can’t blame them, because he’s done a lot for racing.THE MODERATOR: On the Pegasus, that’s a?BOB BAFFERT: We don’t have a berth.THE MODERATOR: You can buy one from someone else. We’ll leave everybody in suspense on that. Wherever he shows up, we’ll be thrilled to see him. Congratulations once again to the connections of the Breeders’ Cup Classic breeder, Arrogate.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports
The 20 teams, including defending champions Ballaz Academy, will participate in three zones. Simone Walker, director of marketing programmes at ScotiaBank, said her company was pleased to be the title sponsor of this tournament. “We are very pleased to be a part of the tournament as football is a great pastime for most Jamaicans,” she added. Walker also said she was happy that girls will be participating in the programme. Jamaica Football Federation grassroots programme coordinator, Andre Virtue, says the Emmanuel Christian Academy (ECA) is moving in the right direction with the staging of the Scotiabank ECA/Norbrook Cup, which kicks off tomorrow. “We expose kids from early because they are behind in terms of development of our football,” Virtue said yesterday at ECA. “There is no outlet for those kids Under-9, so this tournament is a welcome one. It is about enjoying the game at that age group,” the former prep school and Manning Cup star said. “We must do our part in passing on the right information. We don’t have many youngsters moving on professionally; very few people are going to make it. The reality is one out of 80 that will make it,” he disclosed. Gregory Jones, league director, said a change has been made to the format of the programme this year: “This year, we’ve moved away from a one-day format to four weekends starting on February 20 to March 12. A total of 20 teams from schools and clubs will be participating.” TITLE SPONSORS
A trainee chef was warned by a judge that he could find himself behind bars cooking for prisoners if he does not “cop on.”Barry McBride of Downings kicked a taxi outside the Golden Grill Nightclub in Letterkenny, Co Donegal on September 22nd last.When the taxi-driver alerted Gardai, McBride became abusive and told Gardai to “***k off.” Letterkenny District Court heard McBride had previous convictions for public order, threatening behaviour and urinating in public.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said McBride, 23, was a talented chef who is currently in France doing job interviews but had a slight drink problem.However Judge Paul Kelly said “He is running out of rope. He would want to cop himself on or he will be ‘cheffing’ for guests of the State.”He fined McBride a total of €400.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comTRAINEE CHEF WARNED HE COULD BE COOKING FOR PRISONERS BEHIND BARS! was last modified: November 17th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Barry McBridechefDownings
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1 December 2015As South Africa marks World Aids Day today, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the country had made great advances in its HIV treatment programme.“We have acted in various ways – big and small – to spread information, to fight stigma and to promote healthy lifestyles,” he said. “We have made protection our priority, from classrooms to sports fields, from the factory floor to our homes, from our bedrooms to our boardrooms, and all corners of our society.”South Africa had one of the biggest HIV treatment programmes in the world, he said, with more than 3 million people on anti-retroviral drugs.It had resulted in people living longer. Life expectancy had increased from 53 years in 2006 to just over 62 years in 2013 and mother-to-child transmission had also been reduced.“We are inspired by the many actions taken by South Africans from all walks of life over many years to achieve an Aids-free generation.”ThemesThe global theme for World Aids Day is “Getting to Zero”. South Africa’s approach is “Towards an HIV-Free Generation: Rise. Act. Protect. Zero.” It serves as a call to action for all communities.“As a nation we must rise to this challenge determined, committed and confident that we can succeed as a people and as individuals we must act to inform and support and encourage.“No action is too small, no contribution is wasted; we must protect ourselves and those who are nearest to us. We must protect the vulnerable, we must combat stigma and create an environment in which all can feel safe and comfortable to test and be treated. The end of HIV as a public health threat is in sight.”This Tuesday is #WorldAidsDay! Get Tested. Know Your Status. and Join @NAT_AIDS_Trust to Think Positive #RethinkHIV pic.twitter.com/UCirXihQf3— Buqisi-Ruux (@Buqisi_Ruux) November 27, 2015ChallengesThe country, though, still faced a few challenges. Young women and girls still accounted for a high number of new HIV infections.“We need to spread the word about prevention, encouraging all sexually active South Africans to use condoms,” the deputy president urged. “We need to encourage people to test for HIV and TB. We need to ensure that all those who need treatment receive treatment and that they remain on treatment.”He concluded that with harder work and greater determination, an Aids-free South Africa and an Aids-free world, was achievable.Source: South African Government News Agency
Tags:#mobile#NYT#Trends#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts A recent study from Ruder Finn revealed that Americans are spending nearly three hours per day on their mobile phones. And what are they doing there? Educating themselves, conducting business, managing finances, instant messaging, emailing? All of the above, as it turns out, and then some. But perhaps the most interesting finding from the new data is the fact that more people are using the mobile web to socialize (91%) compared to the 79% of desktop users who do the same. It appears that the mobile phone is actually a better platform for social networking than the PC. During the 2.7 hours per day that people in the U.S. spending on the mobile web, 45% are posting comments on social networking sites, 43% are connecting with friends on social networking sites, 40% are sharing content with others and 38% are sharing photos. While those last two figures represent activities that can take place outside of a dedicated social networking service, like a Facebook app for example, they still are inherently social activities. Mobile Web: A Better Platform for Socializing? What has given rise to this trend? What makes social networking such a popular mobile web activity? It’s easy to point to the proliferation of smartphones and their host of applications, 3G network speeds and more affordable data plans, built in web browsers and mobile-ready websites. Of course these are all important factors that have helped increase mobile social networks’ popularity. However, these measurements are the reason why mobile web use, in general, is growing, not specifically mobile social networking. A less quantifiable statistic that may also have impacted the rise of mobile social networking to the point where it has surpassed desktop-based social networking is the fact that it’s an activity that taps into how people – normal, everyday people – go about their lives. Readers of a technology site like this may indeed spend hours upon hours behind a computer screen scouring news sites, reading RSS feeds, updating Twitter and chatting on Facebook, but that’s not necessarily the norm. A good many of folks out there still spend more time offline than on. For these people, screen time is spent doing business-related activities at the office (with the occasional jaunts over to YouTube and Facebook) followed by briefer after-hours web surfing that includes catching up with friends on Facebook and reading personal email, downloading music and other media, streaming videos and/or playing games. But these online sessions have to be interspersed with other real world activities like cooking dinner, caring for the kids, watching primetime TV, running errands, etc. That’s why it’s no surprise to find that the rise of the mobile phone corresponds with the rise in Facebook’s (and other social networking sites) numbers. It has become a do-anywhere activity that captures people’s attention whenever they have free time instead of an activity that requires people make time for it. Beyond Geekdom: Mobile Brings the MainstreamIn addition (and although I don’t have statistics on hand to back this up), the mobile web allows social networks to overcome their more “geeky” stigma of days past. As one friend recently scoffed to me about this particular pastime, “I never saw the point of going home, logging on to the computer and updating my Facebook status. I mean like, who cares what I’m doing? But then I got an iPhone and I could share photos and stuff right then and there. It was cool.” OK, not the most eloquent speech, but the point is obvious: mobile social networking isn’t just convenient, it’s cool. Here’s the bottom line, a trend we’ve been seeing for some time: the mainstream has arrived. They’re buying smartphones and downloading mobile applications. They’re surfing the web on the go. They’re playing FarmVille on Facebook. They’ll probably get an iPad. And for them, mobile social networking is an easy activity to participate in now that it’s been unchained from the PC. The broader implications of having the less tech-savvy masses online are only beginning to be explored and understood (as ReadWriteWeb recently saw here when Google users accidentally mistook the blog for the new Facebook). Developers and designers will now have to take this into consideration, too. Either they make their applications accessible and simple enough for least common denominator – or risk losing out to competitors who do.
A couple of years ago, I was standing at my kitchen sink, idly waiting the minute or so for hot water, noticing my poor parched backyard. Central Texas was (and still is) in the death grip of a prolonged, severe drought. Our lakes are in really bad shape, and we are under very tight water restrictions.Then suddenly, I had a mini epiphany: I’m wasting a lot of valuable water while I wait for hot water.I’m certainly not the first to have this realization, but it just killed me to be wasting all that water. I did a little mental math: 2.5 gallons probably 10 times a day = 25 gallons a day, which = 750 gallons a month. At $4/1000 gallons, that’s a minuscule financial hit — but hey, that’s just about a yard watering. It got me to thinking. First, the rumor about whole-house electric tankless being expensive was true. Besides the roughly $2,000 for the unit, we had to do a pretty massive upgrade to the electrical system. I don’t remember how much the work cost, but it was a lot.Second, the rumor about them not working very well was also true. But, we plowed on. I may have been driven, to some degree, by the fact I was going to inherit the water heater closet for my cramped shop. Not a small thing, indeed.We went through several models, and performance was always less than stellar. My family grew weary of my standard response to their complaints: “Hey, there are people in the world that don’t have any hot water.” This did not play well with teenagers (or wives). At the time of the incident above, we were actually using a propane-powered tankless system, fed from propane cylinders. True story. That heater provided much better performance, but it was definitely a bummer when the propane tank ran out during a shower! My family was always mad at me, but by now, it was way too late to give my tricked-out closet back to some water heater. A light bulb goes offWe happen to own a little cottage near the lake that we rent out. It had a small 40-gallon water heater that always smelled like rotten eggs. A while back, when the water heater croaked, I did some research, and replaced it with a small (10”x8”x3”) electric tankless unit from Niagara called a Titan N-120. It’s made in America, got pretty good reviews, and was a piece of cake to install. The renter loves the extra space in the tiny kitchen, loves the instant hot water, and is happy to have the rotten eggs smell gone. I am an inventor of sorts — at least that’s how I’ve made my living for the last 20 years. My most famous product was the original plastic folding sawhorse called StoreHorse. That was a long time ago, and they are now mostly cheap knockoffs. I don’t mean to cast myself as some prolific genius type, but my point is that, almost by definition, as an inventor, I’ve always had a certain lack of respect for conventional wisdom. You won’t get far in this business doing things the way they’ve always been done.So now, back to me standing at my kitchen window watching the grass die while perfectly good water goes down the drain. It seems like I decided then and there to go on a campaign to place a POUET — a point-of-use electric tankless water heater — at every location where we need hot water.The driver was not to save money on my water bill, nor was it to save money on my electric bill; it was to save water. Yes, I am well aware that my 750 gallons a month is the proverbial drop in the bucket (pun intended), but I just thought it would be a good thing, and that’s just the way I am. We’ve tried a lot of optionsI’ve been tankless for years. My house of 32 years does not have access to natural gas. Consequently, we originally had an electric tank-style water heater. Back then, I didn’t know much about anything, but I knew that this was the worst way to make hot water. So, I did a little research, and bought a whole-house electric tankless water heater. All in all, it was not a great experience. RELATED ARTICLES Domestic Hot Water: No Perfect SolutionAll About Water HeatersGBA Encyclopedia: Water HeatingGet Rid of Your Gas Water Heater!Are Tankless Water Heaters a Waste of Money?Storage vs. Tankless Water HeatersWaiting for Hot Water Small, medium, and largeLuckily, I am an extreme do-it-yourselfer. I did my own wiring and plumbing. It turns out that the work was really pretty easy.I bought an assortment of seven POUETs; some from Craigslist, some from Amazon, and some from eBay. The size of the units ran the gamut.At the small end of the gamut was a simple 110-volt, 2.4-kW, 20-amp Eemax unit that I installed in the downstairs half bath. With very little ability to raise the temperature, but with the included extreme flow restricting aerator, washing hands is all it needs to be: just OK.In the middle of the gamut was a new Niagra Titan N120 that I bought off of eBay for about $220. At 220 volts, and drawing 54 amps, it took running a new 6/2 cable in a conduit outside the house. I installed the unit over the showerhead in the tub in the kids’ bathroom, and I hooked it up to the sink as well. The kids say it’s the best hot water they can remember ever having in this house. I painted the unit, because frankly it was pretty ugly. Maybe it’s still a bit ugly, but I’ve always been a “form follows function” kind of a guy.At the furthest extreme in the gamut were two Titan units that I installed in series, again over the showerhead in the tub, in the master bathroom. The reason I installed two is that my wife likes to take scalding (and I really mean scalding) baths, while I take showers. Each of the Titans has four settings or buttons. When she takes a bath, she turns on all eight clicks. When I take a shower in the winter, I turn one unit completely off, and the other on about two or three clicks. In the summer, I only use one click, and I wish there was a way to use half of that. An end to wasted water and wasted energyNow, I am an evangelical POUET convert.Currently, my son and I are remodeling his new older house, and we are using POUET water heaters for the house. One of my buddies, who has been in the biz for years, says I’m @#$%&ing crazy. “Have you ever stood outside and watched the meter spin when that thing is on?” he says. Well, I say that’s conventional wisdom talking. I say that it takes the same amount of energy whether you do it fast or slow. Physics is physics.What’s more, a non-tankless (see, that’s convert talk) system suffers from all the familiar stuff like stand-by losses, cold pipes carrying hot water, hot water being left stranded, etc. But, it’s not just about savings; there is so much more to it, like:Having hot water before you can even fill a glass is a wonderful amenity. It’s like a garage door opener: once you have one, you can’t go back. How many times have you turned on the hot water to wash your hands, and then given up on the wait and just washed them with cold water? Talk about waste — all that hot water summoned, then abandoned. One of the harder habits to break is the routine we all do: turn on the shower, then go do something else while you wait for the hot water. With a POUET heater, the water is hot before I can get around the curtain.Having the ability to adjust the water temperature on the spot is another great feature. On my son’s house, I am working to make all the units as accessible as possible. While he’s a convert, he still is not quite on board with putting the units out in plain sight. But, with what I know now, it seems near criminal to use the energy to heat the water up, then dilute it with cold water. A perfect system allows you to have the hot water you want without using the cold water valve.If a heater goes out (which should seldom happen) you are not left dead in the water (another intended pun). And, replacement is relatively easy.There is, of course, the well-known advantage of endless hot water.If you are installing a POUET heater in a new build, or an extensive remodel, you only have to run a single water line.The units can go just about anywhere: no flues, no fumes, no vents. Some jurisdictions may try to apply “tanked” codes to tankless heaters, but that’s all part of the learning process.They are darn near 100% efficient. This does not address the debate about the inefficiencies of plant-generated electricity, but the fact is that virtually all of the power goes to raising the water temperature. For utilities, there are time-of-use issuesNow, there is one downside that I cannot address: “peak demand.” Power companies will probably not, um, … embrace this idea. They will see all those homes, all spiking the system with their morning showers, all at the same time. I don’t know, I’m not smart enough to know how bad that will be. But, I say, maybe it should be weighed against all those homes not wasting 10,000 gallons a year. Here and now, with the acute shortage of water, it might be a worthy tradeoff.On a recent AIA home tour, I queried several of the designers and builders of touted “green” homes about POUET water heaters. They all wanted to discuss their state-of-the-art recirculation systems. To me, POUET is easier, cheaper, and more efficient.After all these years of lamenting the lack of gas in my home to heat water, I would now choose POUET over some gas-fired system.Someday, I think that POUET will be “conventional wisdom.” In the meantime, my yard is still parched. Rick DuRapau is a regular guy who tends to see things a little differently. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his exceedingly patient wife of 37 years.