Swimmer’s memoir up for award

first_imgThe autobiography is filled with photographs, memories and personal highlights of Theodore Yach’s 40-plus years of open water sea-swimming exploits. The book also sets out to motivate other swimmers and offer training advice. In My Element, the autobiography of top open water marathon swimmer Theodore Yach, is up for an international award from the World Open Water Swimming Association.(Images: Lauren Cohen)MEDIA CONTACTS• Lauren CohenCorporate Image+27 21 426 1233RELATED ARTICLES• World first for SA extreme swimmers • Chilling triumph for SA swimmers • Setting sail for a better future • SA women marine pilots make history Wilma den HartighTop South African open water marathon swimmer Theodore Yach, who holds the record for the most crossings to Robben Island, has published an autobiography that has been nominated for an international award by the World Open Water Swimming Association.The 2012 winner is determined entirely by online voting, and South Africans have until 31 December 2012 to vote for In My Element, written by Yach and edited by Carola Koblitz.The full-colour coffee table book was nominated in the world open water swimming offering of the year category, which recognises innovative commercial and free products and services that have made a positive impact on the world of open water swimming throughout the year.His book is one of 21 nominations which include a range of other resources such as chat groups, information-sharing software applications, insurance products, open water swimming tour packages, films, and a marine life first aid kit for swimmers.Speaking about his nomination, the Cape Town-based extreme swimmer says he didn’t expect such an overwhelming response to his book.“It is fantastic to be recognised by my peers in the global aquatic community,” Yach says. “It is a huge honour to be nominated.”In My Element is filled with photographs, memories and personal highlights of his often risky open water sea-swimming exploits undertaken since the 1980s, including stories about swimming with sea life such as sharks, seals and dolphins.The autobiographical book sets out to motivate other swimmers and offer training advice, and Yach also talks about the anxiety he feels during every boat trip to the start of any swim.In My Element is available in bookstores around the country for R275 (US$31), as well as on Kalahari.com and Loot.co.za. Proceeds from the book sales will go to the National Sea Rescue Institute, a voluntary non-profit organisation in South Africa tasked with saving lives at sea. It is run by highly skilled, unpaid volunteers who are on standby day and night throughout the year.A worthy nomineeDuring office hours Yach is a divisional director at Zenprop, one of South Africa’s top property development and investment companies. He is also a director of the Mauerberger Foundation, which provides scholarships and educational support and the Cadiz Open Water Swimming Development Trust.He is a well-known personality in the local and international open water swimming community.The 54-year-old swimmer holds the record for the most crossings to Robben Island (67 at the last count), he’s swum across the English Channel, and he is the first person to swim from Cape Town around Robben Island and back, taking 11 hours.Yach comes from a family of swimmers and fortunately his love for swimming was nurtured from an early age.“My late father Solly, himself a champion swimmer, told me many years ago to keep a record of my swimming achievements, which I have done,” he says. “This has now culminated in a book which I hope will encourage more people to take up this wonderful sport.”After many years in the water and numerous record-breaking swims, his autobiography is an inspiring story that brings alive the sport of open water swimming.“I planned a simple paperback book until my editor looked at all the photographs and material I had, and she convinced me otherwise,” Yach says.An unrivalled pastime“Swimming in the ocean is my ultimate joy,” he says of his favourite pastime. “There are no boundaries, no lane ropes to constrain me and very few other people to disturb me.”Long distance open water swimmers are always exposed to the threat of hypothermia, jellyfish stings, bluebottles and the ever-present danger of sharks, but Yach enjoys every opportunity to get into the water.“The best part of swimming in open water is that it isn’t structured. I don’t want structure in my leisure time,” he says. “I like the solitude and the fact that I am in the middle of nature and I like the possibility of a great white that can come to visit.”But he isn’t reckless about his hobby, and Yach takes every precaution to be safe in the water. He always swims within two metres of his support crew and he swims with a shark shield that hangs off the boat. The device creates an electronic force field around him that keeps sharks away.He says that open water swimming is a difficult sport, and involves as much psychological preparation as physical endurance.“The mental aspect of ocean swimming is more important than physical preparation because you are dealing with the sea, the cold water, currents, sea life and the fear of what is under the water,” he explains.“Hypothermia and heart failure is one of the biggest risks for open water swimmers, even more than shark attacks.”South Africa a popular open water destinationYach says South Africa is becoming a preferred destination for top open water swimmers to train, as the water on the Cape coast is so cold.He explains that training in water with optimal temperatures is critical for open water swimmers who are preparing for races.“A swimmer’s ability to cope with cold water is essential and this is why they train in our waters for races such as the English Channel,” he explains. “Cape Town’s water is three to four degrees colder than anywhere else in the world.”He says South Africa’s reputation in the world swimming community, both pool and open water, received a major boost at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.“The outstanding performance of our Olympian swimmers has put swimming on the map. Swimming coaching around the country is exploding,” he says.But what is next for the accomplished swimmer? “I have a few more things up my sleeve,” he says.We are just going to have to wait and see what he does next.last_img read more

Recycling dos and don’ts

first_imgNot all paper, plastics, glass and metals are created equal. Most products made from these materials can be recycled but some can’t, so here’s a general guide to which products you can and can’t recycle and how to prepare packaging for recycling.Preparing items for recyclingAs a general rule, clean all containers – whatever they are made from – of food or liquids before recycling. Remove staples or any other non-paper materials such as plastic binders when recycling paper.Recycling paperWhen recycling paper, in general, dyed or waxed papers cannot be recycled while boxes, office paper and books can. Check the table below to see what types of paper you should and should not recycle.RecycleDon’t recycleComputer paperPaper cups and platesUsed photocopy paperYoghurt cartonsWindowless envelopesSweet wrappers and chip packetsOld booksBlueprint paperPale coloured paper, such as invoicesCigarette endsNewspapersTissues and paper towelsMagazinesCarbon paperFlattened cardboard and corrugated cardboard such as boxesPost-it notesTelephone booksWaxed cartons or boxesPaperboard boxes, such as cereal and other packaged foodWaxed paperMixed metal and paperOffice and school paperFood-contaminated paperEgg cartonsNappies Food and seed bags Tissue paper or foil gift wrap Hardback booksRecycling glassRecycling glass has significant cost- and energy-saving benefits; glass can be repeatedly recycled with no loss of quality, and for every 10% of recycled glass used to make new glass containers, energy costs drop by 2% to 3%. Every ton of glass containers recycled saves over a ton of natural resources, and the energy saved by recycling one glass bottle can light a 100 watt light bulb for four hours, or run a computer for 30 minutes. Here’s what glass you can and can’t recycle:RecycleDon’t recycleClear, brown and green glass jars and drinks bottlesBroken glass Mirror or window glass Glass plates Light bulbs Heat-resistant glass, such as Pyrex Ceramics such as dishware, ovenware, and decorative items Recycling plasticOver one million tons of plastic are thrown away in South Africa each year, and because the material is not biodegradable, the polluting effects on the environment are cumulative. The good news is that a significant portion of all plastic packaging can be recycled; here’s a guideline:RecycleDon’t recycleCold drink and water bottlesPlastic without a recycling symbolMilk, juice, and oil jugsPesticide and chemical containersDish, shampoo, lotion, and soap bottlesAnti-freeze and motor oil containersBleach, detergent, and other household cleaning containersToysButter and ice cream tubsLaundry baskets and unsanitary containersYoghurt cups and microwave traysPolystyrene drinking cups and platesClean plastic flower pots Prescription pill bottles Thin plastic, such as grocery store bags, dry cleaning bags, produce bags, newspaper sleeve Polystyrene Recycling metalsExtracting metals is a dirty, energy-heavy business. Recycling metals such as aluminium cans, which can be recycled indefinitely without losing quality,  drastically reduces the need to continue mining new metal ore, saving energy and reducing the damage mining causes to the environment.RecycleDon’t recycleAluminium cans, such as food, drink and pet food cansPaint and aerosol containersAluminium foil, pie tins, traysPesticide and chemical containersJar lidsSyringes and needles Oil filters and batteriesPlease do not recycle:StyrofoamMedical waste, toxic and biohazard wastelast_img read more

Belmont County Farm Bureau trying to help eradicate drug problem in county

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentThe Belmont County Farm Bureau donated $10,000 to two drug-fighting efforts in Belmont County.The proceeds came from a farm-to-plate dinner the Farm Bureau held Aug. 23. The goal was to raise money to prevent children from getting started on drugs. The money was divided, with the first $5,000 going to the Belmont County Schools Staying Clean Program and the other $5,000 went to the county’s drug task force.  “Last year we had 1,400 kids that participated. We are anticipating maybe 1,600 this year, I hope it’s 2,000,” said John McFarland, co-commander, Belmont County Drug Task Force. “The more kids we get involved, teaching them the importance of being drug-free, understand what happens to you when you’re on drugs, hopefully it sinks in.”“Any time there is a donation made to any effort to keep kids off of drugs, obviously the juvenile court is pleased with that and definitely want to give a big shout out, big thanks to the Belmont County Farm Bureau,” Belmont County Juvenile Probate Judge Al Davies said.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Voice Command – New Era of Alexa Based Online Shopping

first_imgSneak, tap and order — a lengthy process for Online Shopping? Now, say Alexa buy me this product, and Alexa will shop it for you?This Alexa process is not a fantasy — now you can shop your products with your simple voice command.If this selection is not from a past order, Alexa will even help you decide on new products to buy, if you choose to shop the new stuff.Amazon and Google sold 27 million voice devices in the U.S. as researched by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. Overview found that 29 percent of Echo and Google Home owners tended to shop through voice. Forty-one percent more shoppers are planning to do the same in the future.Walmart and Google also collaborated with this. Google Assistant can also examine your buy history and ask, “Would you like to reorder a pen set for $2.99?” It can likewise propose you buy floss at a rebate. Hey, use your a single word reaction, “yup,” and you’re finished.Video Source: Amazon YouTube ChannelVoice Command Represents a Massive Shift for e-Commerce MarketResearch demonstrates that four out of five purchasing clients depend on their mobile phones instead of a webapp. A more significant amount of retail and ecommerce dealers receives voice inquiry to finish online undertakings. People are begging for voice command ecommerce services. Echo is changing to a better voice command shopping experience all around.With voice-actuated shopping, brands can fabricate devotion while offering more. Amazon Prime Day is the perfect illustration for it. Let’s assume you’re a brand that offers natural face pack at a premium. By what means will anybody discover your item through voice to get some information about it? Yes, this is possible, Alexa responds to “What’s my Deals.” Isn’t that WOW!Alexa lets you DO all with SHOPPING.Voice AI stills feels like a novelty when Amazon added shopping functionality to it. Originally it was the Amazon Prime clients that requested they add the Alexa capabilities. Alexa looks through the client request history and puts. Siri and Google Assistant are catching up to offer their own particular capacities. Our mobile phones and virtual assistants can help us get our work done quicker. And all we want is the items that our voice assistant can get for us.Amazon comprehends something central about every one of us: We are sluggish. The less demanding it is to tap the “BUY” catch, the more Amazon will offer. To this end, Amazon has given us Amazon Prime, a single tick shopping and the Dash button to enable us to buy.Alexa makes it Much Simpler.Reordering.Alexa can draw on your current request history on Amazon. Suppose you’ve purchased a particular kind of AA battery from Amazon before. Alexa will enable you to reorder that item through “Alexa, reorder the product” voice command. Alexa will request that you affirm the request.New items.If it’s something new, Alexa will recommend an “Amazon Choice” item that meets the depiction. If you like the recommendation, you can affirm the decision and your request will be set.Add to cart.If you’re a little uncertain about the arrangement, you can request Alexa to add an item to shopping cart. What if the thing you include is non-exclusive like “A set of batteries”? Then Amazon will offer extra decisions in the classification.Deals.Ask Alexa about your daily deals, and she was pop-up with your special deals details for the day.Cancel or track order.Not only shopping, but Alexa can even cancel and track your package. All you need is to say is “Alexa, cancel my order, or Alexa, where’s my stuff for canceling and tracking?” Image Source: AmazonWant to order with Alexa but unaware of how to configure with your mobile? Look here.Alexa Voice Shopping Report.Technology news updates are telling us that Alexa isn’t being used as much for shopping yet. Per the information — out of about 50 million Alexa users — only about 100,000 shop something from voice interface more than once.Only two percent tried to shop through Alexa. Most don’t even know that this is possible. But, now you do know that you can do ecommerce based ordering — saving many hours. Most of the initial fixes are now in place making a better experience.Fix to Issues.1. Accidental or unauthorized purchases.Alexa is not always perfect. Yes, I’ve been frustrated too — when she may mishear the command. There are possibilities that she may pick up some other items — but this is rare. To avoid an error: Click ordering is especially the functionality implemented by Amazon for Alexa based shopping.Set a 4-digit number passcode to your Echo to avoid the unwanted orders. While placing the order, Alexa will ask for the passcode to confirm before placing the order. The good news is random orders can be returned — but the passcode will circumvent this error.2. Privacy concerns.Amazon users share their personal information on their accounts. But Alexa is quick to analyze your order history, wishlist and so on. Even the payment of card details shared with Amazon Pay for quick payments.With Alexa, it can check your pre-orders of a similar kind of products. This reordering is a convenience. Also, sharing the information is beneficiary too for a quick pick of products.3. Double-check order.Picking from Amazon App or Website is simple and easy with tons of convenience. But when it is with Alexa, it may mishear or misinterpret your pronunciation. To double check your orders on the new or unusual things that you order. Don’t let Alexa place the order until you feel solid about ordering. Rather, add the item to your cart and later confirm.4. Being a shopaholic.If you are becoming a shopaholic and you do not wish to be one. Take your card option off of Alexa. Stop.Now, all set to fill your cart?Prepare to shop with your Amazon Echo. Don’t hesitant — give it a shot. The convenience cannot be overstated. To have these items dispatched to your home with only a couple of words is so helpful.A Few Final Words.Alexa is not limited to Amazon; it also includes all other e-commerce platforms. Alexa is possible with Voice command based shopping for all ecommerce that is set up for this process.What about setting up an online ecommerce place from your retail site to make a place for yourself in this new technology wave? Maybe your own ecommerce website needs to be Alexa Echo enabled?Time almost stands still when you are buying your favorite bag at Nordstrom from an online store with voice command. You can practically see the health benefits to both business and shoppers. Vikash Kumar working as a Marketer at Tatvasoft.com, it’s a software development & android app development company. He generally likes to share his technical views on different technical aspects. Related Posts Vikash Kumar Tags:#Alexa#Amazon#Amazon Alexa#chat-bot#ecommerce#retail-ecommerce#Shop Follow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

5 officials detained for revelry at Shivneri fort

first_imgFive officials of the State Forest Department were booked by the Pune district rural police on Monday for allegedly holding a ‘liquor party’ in Shivneri fort in Junnar tehsil, 70 km from here.According to the police, the officials had indulged in inebriated revelry on Sunday night inside the fort premises on the eve of Shiv Jayanti celebrations. Maratha Warrior King Shivaji, who was born at the fort in 1630 C.E. had spent his childhood here.Some youths visiting the fort had filmed the officialsholding a drunken revelry in the fort premises. Junnar police detained the officials on seeing the clips. Two of them, Prakash Jadhav and Santosh Navgirhe, were suspended.With Junnar being actively promoted as the district’s ‘tourism tehsil’ , the officials had been assigned the task of upkeeping the fort premises and to prevent activities such as consuming alcoholic drinks on the premises.“A case has been registered against them under section 65 (e) of the Bombay Prohibition Act. While the officials were in the khaki uniform of policemen, they belonged to the State Forest Department,” said an officer from the Pune Rural Police.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 18: Lionel Messi :’I take full responsibility for missing the penalty…

first_imgAdvertisement(Photo Credits: News.com.au)Hearing about one of the greatest players failing to take penalties sounds weird, isn’t it? Well the player we’re going to talk about is Lionel Messi, yes the same Lionel Messi who has five Ballon d’Ors to his name.Hannes Halldórsson (Iceland): “It’s been my dream to play against the best player in the world, Lionel Messi, and it was an honor to save his penalty.” [fox] pic.twitter.com/10neLB4pB8— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) June 16, 2018Iceland has finally showed that their impressive run in Euro 2016 was no fluke. On Saturday when Iceland took on South American giants Argentina it was them who had their luck as they held Argentina to a 1-1 draw at Spartak Stadium in Moscow. Messi was knocking on the door throughout the entire match, but he saw himself missing a spot-kick in the second half of the game.The game saw off a far greater proportion of possession, shots and passes all in Argentina’s favour, and even it was the Albiceleste’s who took the lead through Sergio Aguero in the 19th minute. But the lead was short lived after Finnbogason equalised in the 23rd minute. However after all this Iceland stood their ground and registered an emphatic draw against the South American giants. Lionel Messi❌ MISSED 4 of his last 7 penalties. Cristiano Ronaldo✅ SCORED all his last 6 penalties. pic.twitter.com/NzxHUQCs3B— 9GAG Football ⚽ (@9GAGFootball) June 17, 2018Speaking after the game Messi accepted that it “hurts” after his penalty was saved during Argentina’s draw with Iceland. Messi said: “If I scored the penalty, it would have changed everything in the game. I take full responsibility for missing it and letting the team down. We have to look forward from here.”Messi: “If I scored penalty, it would have changed everything in game. I take full responsibility for missing it & letting the team down. We have to look forward from here.” pic.twitter.com/t1LSlerQ9F— Barca Galaxy (@barcagalaxy) June 17, 2018Also Read: Argentina Vs Iceland: Match ReviewAdvertisementlast_img read more

Colin Farrell Speaks At Gatepaths Power Of Possibilities Event

first_imgActor Colin Farrell was the featured guest at Gatepath’s annual The Power of Possibilities event.Colin Farrell joins Gatepath’s Power of Possibilities eventAs a parent of a child with special needs, Farrell has a personal connection to Gatepath’s mission of creating a world where people of all abilities are fully accepted, respected and included. The accomplished Irish-born actor, who has a 13-year-old son diagnosed with Angelman syndrome, shared his insights and journey as a parent in an open and heartfelt conversation moderated by Bay Area journalist Diane Dwyer.“I learned early on that you can’t let others put limitations on your child,” Farrell said. “Your child will decide what his or her limitations will be.” Farrell went on to recount the powerful story of how he was told his son would probably never walk. “Think about how important a child’s first steps are in their development. When my son took his first steps after we heard he would never walk, it was an important lesson for us to never let others put limits on his abilities.”When discussing his wishes for his son and others with special needs, Farrell spoke of the importance of inclusive schools and organizations – such as Gatepath – that allow people of all abilities to be bold, compassionate individuals.The Power of Possibilities brings like-minded people together, raising awareness for children, youth, and adults with special needs and developmental disabilities. “It shines a light on how our differences are beautiful and reminds us to see with our hearts in addition to our eyes,” said Gatepath CEO Bryan Neider.“This is an event for everyone who wants to create a community that is healthy, friendly, thriving, and inclusive,” said Neider. “It’s for those who want to join Gatepath in celebrating the accomplishments of those we serve who have overcome obstacles to achieve meaningful employment, providing a path to independence and fulfilling their dreams.”In addition to the discussion with Farrell, Gatepath announced the recipient of this year’s Neal Poppin Award, which honors an individual whose determination, spirit, and enthusiasm transcends any limitations he or she has faced. This year’s award recipient, Fernando Arce, was born nearly three months premature. He weighed less than two pounds, was in the hospital for several months after his birth, and was not expected to live.Over time, Fernando overcame remarkable odds of being both blind and profoundly hearing impaired, and exceeded expectations in his work and personal endeavors. He is now employed at the The Magnolia of Millbrae, a retirement community, where his gentle nature and warm spirit are an inspiration and lesson for all.In a video tribute to Fernando, Vincent Muzzi, owner of The Magnolia of Millbrae, spoke about how the interaction between Fernando and other staff members helps everyone benefit from working in an inclusive environment that embraces differences, and enriching all. “When hiring someone with a disability, it’s not just the employee with the disability who gains an advantage in the workplace,” said Muzzi. “It’s a working relationship that benefits everyone involved; it’s beyond the paycheck.”Muzzi also commented on the advantages that businesses can gain by following inclusive hiring practices. “It’s important to provide opportunities for Fernando and others with special needs and disabilities,” said Muzzi, “but it’s also important to note that businesses can derive a great benefit from this type of hiring practice. I think of it as a win-win.”“Employers like The Magnolia of Millbrae who partner with Gatepath are not only providing meaningful employment,” Neider added, “but they are also helping create opportunities for independence and building self-confidence for future success in all phases of their life.”The Power of Possibilities was sponsored by Bailard, Peggy Bort Jones, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, Gatepath Auxiliary, GoPro, Sutter Health Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Boston Private Bank, Electronic Arts, Linda and Richard Leao, Carole Middleton Foundation, Norman S. Wright Mechanical Equipment, Bon Appétit Management Company, Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, Wells Fargo, Kathryn and Richard Breaux, CBRE, Elaine and George Cohen, Diane Christensen Mason and Charles H. Mason Jr., D’Elia Construction Inc., Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Barbara and Paul Regan, and Lilli Rey.“There’s no greater joy than watching individuals with special needs and disabilities flourish and attain their dreams,” said Kate Breaux, President of the Gatepath Auxiliary, who co-hosted The Power of Possibilities. For more than 66 years, the Gatepath Auxiliary has partnered with Gatepath and is fully committed to the mission of creating a world where individuals of all abilities are accepted, respected and included. “It’s wonderful to come together for an event like this to celebrate and recognize such incredible and inspirational achievements by people throughout our community.”last_img read more