Fly, the beloved flag

first_imgIt’s a potent symbol of unity and progress. It’s the only six-coloured national flag in the world. It’s also one of the youngest, yet whatever shape it takes – and it’s taken more than any other national symbol – it’s instantly recognisable to South Africans everywhere.South Africa’s flag is the only six-coloured national flag in the world. (Image: Priya Pitamber)Brand South Africa reporterThe new South African national flag first flew on 10 May 1994 – the day Nelson Mandela became president, two weeks after the country’s first democratic elections of 27 April 1994 – “not as a symbol of a political party, nor of a government, but as a possession of the people – the one thing that is literally and figuratively above all else, our flag”.The quote comes from the introduction to Flying with Pride: The Story of the South African Flag, a coffee table book derived from the incredible variety of ways in which this unique cloth has become woven into the fabric of South African society.As in the case of the rocket logo used for IT billionaire Mark Shuttleworth’s First African in Space project, the South African flag has become integrated into butterflies, bow ties, company logos, trees, top hats, hot air balloons, umbrellas, underwear … the list goes on. The South African flag has no equal in this respect.Yet the flag was originally commissioned as an interim flag only – and was a last-minute job, barely making it onto the country’s flagpoles in time to herald the new South Africa.See the South African Flag Guide for info on displaying the flag correctly – and on how to draw and colour your own flag.How the flag came to beChoosing a new flag was part of the negotiation process set in motion when Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. When a nationwide public competition was held in 1993, the National Symbols Commission received more than 7 000 designs. Six designs were drawn up and presented to the public and the Negotiating Council – but none elicited enthusiastic support.A number of design studios were contracted to submit further proposals – again without success – and Parliament went into recess at the end of 1993 without a suitable candidate for the new national flag.In February 1994, Cyril Ramaphosa and Roelf Meyer, chief negotiators of the African National Congress and the National Party government of the day respectively, were tasked with resolving the flag issue. A final design was adopted on 15 March 1994 – derived from a design developed by South Africa’s former State Herald, Fred Brownell.The proclamation of the new national flag was only published on 20 April 1994 – seven days before the flag was to be inaugurated on the 27th, sparking a frantic last-minute flurry for flag manufacturers.Writing in the foreword to Flying with Pride, Ramaphosa comments: “It was difficult to imagine, back then in the days of negotiations, that this assortment of shapes and colours we had before us would become such a central part of defining and identifying a new nation.“As South Africans daily work to build a better society, they are surrounded in many forms and countless manifestations by a flag which recognises and celebrates the unity and diversity of the country’s people.“Few would have imagined, almost a decade ago, that this collection of colourful shapes could become such a potent symbol of unity and progress. But then fewer still would have thought that a country torn apart by decades of racial oppression could transform itself into a beacon of democracy and hope.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


Will big data provide a cure-all for ailing health budgets?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#Big Data#Cisco#e-health#featured#health#IBM#Internet of Things#IoT#Philips#Salesforce#top Related Posts Follow the Puck Donal Powercenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces As soaring health budgets continue to cause pain for governments and medical care providers, relief may be in sight thanks to big data.A new study by Lux Research found that advanced big data and analytics technologies are poised to help rein in runaway healthcare costs. The report “Industrial Big Data and Analytics in Digital Health” determined that deeper integration of relevant data will make the delivery of many therapies more affordable.“Whereas solving many past healthcare problems seemed to be a matter of scientific discovery, health policy, or adequate funding, today’s most pressing problems are due to a lack of information – or lack of understanding of what to do with it,” said Lux Research VP Mark Bünger.“Data and analytics technologies are now showing measurable benefits to cost and patient outcomes, and partnerships like Apple-IBM, Salesforce-Philips, and Cisco-University of California in San Francisco are forming to put them into practice,” he said.The participation of enterprise big data and analytics vendors will help create several major impacts on healthcare delivery according to Lux.Big data can personalize therapy deliveryFirstly, it predicts that big data and analytics will aid personalized therapy delivery, leading to reduced costs and better health outcomes when battling the most severe diseases. It will achieve this by using such cloud-based analytics as Molecular Match that will enable faster decision-making.Lux also anticipates that artificial intelligence (AI) will create more powerful methods for analyzing huge datasets. AI will enable machine vision that can study patient scans for disease and will power robots that monitor patients.Lastly, Lux sees big data as unlocking sources of additional revenue and cost reductions for hospitals. Cost cutting will come from semi-automated systems that can target expensive medical interventions much more efficiently.Meanwhile, additional revenues will emerge as data enables improved resource allocation based on conditions and volumes of patients.The report comes as health care providers are looking for other technological solutions like smart medicines to help reduce escalating costs. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more


Governor Malik gets a fourth adviser

first_imgSkandan Krishnan, a retired IAS officer of the 1982-batch, was on Wednesday appointed as the fourth adviser to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, an official spokesman said.Former IAS officers Khurshid Ahmad Ganai and Kewal Krishan Sharma and former IPS officer K. Vijay Kumar are the other three advisers. The appointment of Mr. Krishnan comes over a month after B.B. Vyas resigned from the post in December last year on the eve of his appointment as the member of the UPSC. The Union Home Ministry had on Tuesday approved the appointment.last_img read more


UE stuns UST; Adamson keeps UP winless

first_imgTrump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Bottom-dweller University of the East stunned Final Four hopeful University of Santo Tomas in five sets, 27-25, 24-26, 25-23, 18-25, 17-15, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Red Warriors improved to 2-5 for share of the sixth spot with De La Salle while the Tiger Spikers, who played without star hitter Joshua Umandal, dropped to fifth at 3-4.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag UST shot itself in the foot after committing a league-worst 50 errors against the Red Warriors in a game it badly needed to win to stay at the top four of the standings at the end of the first round.Lloyd Josafat paced UE with 16 points while Al-jhon Abalon and Clifford Inoferio had 12 and 11 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsManuel Medina finished with a game-high 30 points to lead UST.In the other game, Adamson University took a share of the third spot following a four-set beating of University of the Philippines, 22-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-18. Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img The Soaring Falcons’ 4-3 record tied Ateneo’s card while the Fighting Maroons are at a miserable 0-7 slate for the no.8 spot.Leo Miranda led Adamson with 18 points while Paolo Pablico and Mark Alvarez had 17 points apiece.John Mark Millette led UP with 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Google Philippines names new country director UST makes it 3 in a row, blasts UE Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more


Calcium source

first_imgGetting enough calcium to keep bones from thinning throughout a persons life may be made more difficult if that person has lactose intolerance or another reason, such as a tendency toward kidney stones, for avoiding calcium-rich food sources. Calcium deficiency also effects the heart and circulatory system, as well as the secretion of essential hormones. There are many ways to supplement calcium, including a growing number of fortified foods.Review Date:11/15/2012Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more