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Miss South Africa brings warmth

first_imgChief executive of the Alexandra health centre Lebane Maluleke, Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie and Maslow general manager Johan Scheepers along with members of Alexandra’s Betang Pelo Group. (images: Sun International)More than a hundred blankets will keep Alexandra residents warm this winter, handed over by representatives of Sun International’s Maslow Hotel and Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie.They handed over the blankets in the main hall of the Alexandra Health Centre and University Clinic, in the Johannesburg township. The event formed part of the Maslow Hotel’s winter initiative aimed at helping residents of some of Gauteng’s most disadvantaged communities through the cold weeks ahead.“The Alex clinic went out on a drive to try and get corporate South Africa to try and support us,” said the chief executive of the health centre, Lebane Maluleke, “and we got a very positive response to our drive. Today here we received 100 blankets but we intend to do more with the help of the Maslow Hotel in July.“For us to get the economic issues right in the country we need to understand that government will not be able to deal with all the problems. We need to all play our parts, be it in the NGO space or in the corporate world. We all need to do our part in uplifting the community.”The hotel’s initiative includes a mobile soup kitchen that will serve hot soup around town from 1 until 31 July, effectively covering what should be the coldest month of winter. In the form of a food trailer, the soup kitchen will be doing its rounds through a selected number of townships such as Alexandra, supplying warm meals to those in need.Laurie will hand out soup at some of the pop-up kitchen’s scheduled stops this month: “This drive is a great example of how small gestures can make such a big difference in the lives of the community,” she said. “I can’t wait to share Chef Millar’s delicious soup with those in need.”Maslow general manager Johan Scheepers added: “As part of our continued commitment to our corporate social investment projects, we hope our pop-up soup kitchen will add some cheer and warmth to those most affected by the cold.”Johan Scheepers, Liesl Laurie and Lebane Maluleke were present to hand over the blankets and shed a bit more light on the relationship between the Hotel group and the people of Alexandra.A WARM EMBRACEThe winter chill poses a very real threat to the young, the elderly and the sick, and a bit of warmth may mean the difference between improving their health and seeing it worsen when temperatures drop.It was with this in mind that the Maslow collective took to handing out blankets, a task that they made short work of with the aid of a recently crowned Miss South Africa.“It’s such an honour and a privilege for me to be here this morning with amazing sponsors like Sun International. I’m blessed to be able to help other people,” Laurie said, addressing some 200 people in the hall.Quoting Robert G Ingersoll, the American leader and free thinker, she said: “You only rise by lifting others… I know that by helping my communities and the people where I come from that I will grow, and that’s my encouragement to each and every one of you here today.“You can help someone with a very little bit, whether it be your time, whether it be just giving them that plate of food, the little that you have can grow and bless others.”last_img read more

36 Hair Grips 4, A standard product

first_imgThere isn’t much to say about these. They are very standard and easy to use and a staple of many hairstyles but so difficult to buy at the supermarket. It does what it says on the packet. Arrived promptly to correct address.Key specs for 36 Hair Grips 4.5cm Long Brown Hair Styling Bobby Pins:Pack of 36 waved metal hair pinsProtection to pin endsMeasure 4.5cm longAll measurements approximate across widest pointsComments from buyers“A standard product, keeping my hair up., Last minute item, Exactly what I needed, As expected make light work of buns for “ There is very little to say about hair pins, but these are good quality ones that arrived quickly and are completely fit for purpose. They are very standard design and size, almost identical to the ones i used to be able to buy in tesco, but they have stopped stocking them (what’s that about?), although they are very dark brown. If you have never used proper hair pins before, practise a little – don’t just push them in, you need to sweep it a bit of other hair to gain purchase. These are smaller hairpins than i usually buy,; they are okay, but have to use more than i would if longer. Still my fault not ordering the larger ones. Price and packaging with delivery were good. Exactly what i ordered very pleased with this item. Would recommend helps with straightening and curling so multi uses for this product. Great set of bobby pins for my daughter to use for dancing hairstyles. Sturdy pins that are fit for purpose. Ordered these almost at last minute, was recommended to get bun pins rather than kirbys. Needed these for my daughters dance show, arrived on time, undamaged. Best for thick hair, people please note these are not normal grips so those who aren’t used to them may have some difficulty but their easily gotten used to. Great for keeping hair in place in up doo’s or in thick hair. Just what i needed, thank you. Arrived quickly and as described, would use again. As expected make light work of buns for. Make light work of buns for ballet 🙂 quick delivery too, arrived well before due.last_img read more

Adarsh scam: Vilasrao Deshmukh bent rules for ex-army chiefs

first_imgThe Adarsh Housing society in Mumbai.Union rural development minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has made the sensational disclosure that he had bent rules to give memberships to former army chiefs Gen Deepak Kapoor and Gen N. C. Vij in Mumbai’s controversial Adarsh housing society.In a 15-page affidavit filed before the two-member inquiry panel headed by retired Bombay High Court judge J. A. Patil, Deshmukh said, “I approved the proposal to relax the domicile norms/conditions in case of Generals Vij and Kapoor. This decision was fully justified and fitting, considering their eminence and their distinguished service to the nation.”Bending the rules enabled the two generals to get membership of the society and qualified them for a flat in the housing complex.Deshmukh, who is a former Maharashtra chief minister, had also held the urban development portfolio in the state cabinet.He had earlier been quoted as saying that he had only played a peripheral role in the Adarsh allotments.His admission before the Justice Patil commission on favouring Gen Kapoor and Gen Vij could prove tricky for the UPA which had probably felt that the Adarsh scam would not return to haunt them after Ashok Chavan was made the fall guy and asked to resign as chief minister.The CBI too was asked to probe the housing scam as the scam erupted.The Patil commission was set up to probe irregularities in Adarsh housing society. Last year, the media reported violations of building and environment rules which were overlooked by the Congress-led government in Maharashtra to allow the construction of the high-rise Adarsh society complex in the city’s Colaba area.advertisementIn his affidavit, Deshmukh acknowledged that he did not entertain any other request for membership to get a flat in the Adarsh complex. The matter relating to Gen Kapoor and Gen Vij was “approved as a special case” and would not be treated as a precedent, the former chief minister said in the affidavit.Click here to EnlargeDeshmukh justified his decision to relax the society’s membership rules for the two generals because they had served in the state for a “considerable period of time”. While Gen Vij had served in Maharashtra for 10 years, Gen Kapoor’s stint lasted for seven years, he said.However, legal luminaries have asked whether armed forces personnel stationed in a command posting can be described as those ‘serving in a state’ for domicile purposes since they are sent to all parts of the country, depending on the unit they have joined.Deshmukh’s affidavit does not clarify this point.The Union minister’s affidavit also states that the Adarsh society land belonged to the Maharashtra government and was never reserved for defence personnel or Kargil war heroes.”The records maintained with the office of the Collector of Mumbai clearly show that the land belonged to the state government and the ownership of the land was never an issue at any stage so far as I am concerned,” he told the commission.The Adarsh society land was not reserved for housing defence personnel or Kargil war heroes either under the development plan for Greater Mumbai or under any of the policies of the state government, the union minister added. However, he claimed, the land was in the Army’s possession.Click here to EnlargeIn presenting the affidavit, Deshmukh appeared to be abdicating his supervisory responsibility by blaming the state machinery for decisions taken on the controversial Adarsh society during his tenure as Maharashtra chief minister.The affidavit begins with a long explanation on the functioning of the state government machinery and how a chief minister takes decisions.For instance, it says that the files put up before the chief minister sets out the clear views or opinion formed by the administration on a proposal.The chief minister is not required to personally scrutinise or cross verify every fact stated in the proposal.In the past chief ministers have been hauled up by the Supreme Court for their supervisory lapses on construction projects.Deshmukh also denied that the state’s revenue department was asked to put up a proposal for allotment of land to Adarsh society at the insistence of the then Shiv Sena MLC Kanaihyalal Gidwani.This was one of the several charges activist Santosh Daundkar had made in an affidavit before the inquiry Commission.”The suggestion that I ordered the allotment of land to Adarsh in an irregular and/ or improper manner to favour Gidwani is fully mischievous,” he stated, but said that he might have met Gidwani during his tenure.advertisementIt has been alleged that Deshmukh approved a proposal to grant additional floor space index (FSI) to Adarsh by taking over adjacent land reserved for BEST depot and converting it to residential type.However, the union minister defended his decision by saying that the decision to change the land use of a plot reserved for BEST to residential was just and in accordance with law. The notification was done in 2006.The due process of law was followed and it was done in public interest, he said. BEST’s interest was also protected and there was no loss to the government exchequer as Adarsh society paid Rs 6.40 crore for acquiring the rights of the plot, he said. BEST never opposed his government’s decision, Deshmukh claimed.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Guardiola keen to stay at City beyond current deal

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed he is willing to stay at the club beyond his current contract.The Spanish gaffer has dropped hints he could be willing to extend his stay with the Premier League champions beyond his current deal which ends in 2021, despite suggesting earlier that he had a long-term desire to manage a national team.Guardiola said, according to France24:“I have a young squad, good facilities — I have everything. I have protection, my family is doing well in Manchester.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“I don’t rule anything out in terms of my contract. We will see. This is day by day. In two months, football can change every impression you have right now.”“You can lose the locker room, you can see the players don’t follow you anymore and make bad decisions. It’s going well and I’ll maybe stay longer. I don’t know.”Manchester City and Guardiola travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham on Saturday, as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.last_img read more

Scientists pulverize phones to discover whats inside

first_img Tags $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sprint See It Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice $999 • See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple University of Plymouth/YouTube Generally when someone says smoothie, I think banana. But two scientists at the University of Plymouth in the UK think a little differently. They think “iPhone”.To encourage greater recycling rates to better appreciate exactly what materials go in to producing the handheld supercomputers we slip into our pockets every day, two geologists at the University of Plymouth have stuck an iPhone into a blender, pulverized it to dust and then chemically analyzed its composition.Smartphones have become so ubiquitous it’s kind of hard to imagine a world without them. We take them for granted. They’re just there. But of course, it takes a whole lot of energy to build one — and plenty of mining.By blending up the iPhone (without the battery!) and mixing it with an oxidizer at around 500 degrees Celsius (approx. 932 degrees Fahrenheit), the researchers were able to find exactly what the iPhone was composed of. They noted a wide range of elements, including the usual suspects of iron, nickel and silicon, but surprisingly they also found around 90 milligrams of silver, 900mg of tungsten and 36mg of gold.”This means that concentration-wise, a phone has 100 times more gold – or 10 times more tungsten – than a mineral resource geologists would call ‘high-grade’,” wrote Alan Williams, the media and communications officer at the University of Plymouth.The team also produced a video of their exploits, where you can see the iPhone getting destroyed by spinning blades. Hooray! See All Comment Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Best Buy Boost Mobile reading • Scientists pulverize phones to discover what’s inside $999 See It Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See it $999 1 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 “We are now in a climate where people are becoming more socially responsible and interested in the contents of what they are purchasing,” said Colin Wilkins, one of the project’s two geologists, in a press release. “Partly on the back of this, several of the major mobile phone companies have committed to upping their recycling rates.”The two major smartphone manufacturers have certainly begun making their production and recycling processes more eco-friendly. In September 2018, Apple committed to using more recyclables in their iPhones, in addition to moving to renewable energy sources to power their manufacturing. In January, Samsung committed to replacing its plastic packaging with sustainable materials and in its US, Chinese and European facilities it has pledged it will switch to 100 percent renewable energy by 2020. Of course, this is not the first time the iPhone has met death by blender. The popular YouTube channel “Will It Blend?” first threw an iPhone into a blender some 12 years ago, racking up an impressive 12 million views. That video, below, grinds the original iPhone down to a fine dust. Notably, the researchers used the same blender to pulverize their own test smartphone, except this time the analysis was a little more refined. Apple iPhone XS If watching a perfectly usable smartphone being smashed to pieces isn’t your thing, maybe you’ll enjoy seeing Jar Jar Binks gets obliterated instead. And if all of this has you wondering about sorting yourself out with a shiny new blender, well CNET has you covered there, too. You can check out our best blender recommendations for 2019. Phones Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone Xlast_img read more