Heathrow Airport Baggage Handlers Perform Queen-Inspired Dance In Honor Of Freddie Mercury’s Birthday [Watch]

first_imgToday would have marked the 72nd birthday of iconic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. To celebrate his legacy, London’s Heathrow Airport has transformed their staff in Terminal 5 into a full-on dance team. In honor of Freddie Mercury’s stint working as a baggage handler at the same airport, today’s handlers are performing Mercury-inspired dance moves—choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor choreographer Lyndon Lloyd.According to a press release, the baggage handlers have been taking professional choreography lessons learning a full routine to “I Want To Break Free” as part of this special celebration ahead of the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, the upcoming biographical film due out on November 2 (watch the full trailer here).In addition to the dancing staff, British Airways will award any customer by the name of Freddie, Frederick, or Farrokh (Freddie Mercury’s real name) who is departing from Terminal 5 with access to use the British Airways first class lounge along with their traveling companions. The airport will also be playing Queen songs on arrival boards, with promises of Queen memorabilia on display next month, according to The Daily Mail.British Airways Baggage Manager, Adam Dewey, who stars in today’s video, explained: “Freddie Mercury is an undisputed rock legend and it has been an absolute blast planning his birthday celebrations at Heathrow Airport, where he once worked. Myself and the other baggage handlers taking part have put everything into these dance routines and we can’t wait to see the faces on holidaymakers when they strut their stuff in the arrivals hall.”Dewey continues, in support of the upcoming biopic, “The new film Bohemian Rhapsody has proved a great inspiration for all of us and we can’t wait to be hot-stepping our way to the premiere next month.”Born Farrokh Bulsara to Parsi parents in the Sultane of Zanzibar (now known as Tanzania) on this day in 1946, Freddie Mercury has undoubtedly inspired generations of artists and will continue to do so for years to come. Watch the video below: [via The Daily Mail]last_img read more

Congrats to The Velocity of Autumn on Opening Night

first_imgThe explosive family comedy The Velocity of Autumn opens officially on April 21 at Broadway’s Booth Theatre. Oscar winner Estelle Parsons and Tony winner Stephen Spinella star in Eric Colbe’s play under the direction of Molly Smith. About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. View Comments Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on May 4, 2014 Broadway.com wishes The Velocity of Autumn a happy opening. Just keep those Molotov cocktails on stage.center_img Estelle Parsons In celebration of the show’s opening night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson sketched this portrait of Parsons and Spinella in the Brooklyn Brownstone that Parson’s character Alexandra barricades herself in. The Velocity of Autumn Related Showslast_img read more

England to face Group F runners-up Iceland in Euro 2016 last 16

first_img1 Euro 2016: Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day on talkSPORTEngland will take on Iceland in the first knockout round of Euro 2016 after a dramatic late goal from Arnor Traustason set up the tie.England were set to face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, who knocked them out of successive tournaments in 2004 and 2006, until Traustason’s stoppage-time finish against Austria took his side into second place in Group F, leapfrogging Portugal in the process.The teams will meet in Nice on Monday – LIVE on talkSPORT.Iceland are the lowest ranked side left in the tournament, rated 34th in the world by FIFA, and the smallest ever nation to qualify for the European Championship finals with a population of 330,000.That represents something of a let off for England, having finished second in Group B, but should they progress the possibility of hosts France in the quarter-finals remains.While England have a rich history with the Seleccao the same cannot be said with Iceland, with only two senior friendlies ever played between the sides.Their first meeting was a 1-1 draw in Reykyavik in 1982, with England winning 6-1 in their next meeting at the City of Manchester Stadium in 2004.Current captain Wayne Rooney played in that match, scoring twice, as did assistant manage Gary Neville. England v Austria will be live on talkSPORT last_img read more

Backsberg’s ‘green’ wine

first_imgThe first step in Backsberg’s green wineinitiative was a carbon audit, whichassessed the amount of CO2 producedfrom all winery activities, from vineyardto bottle. Michael Back, proprietor of BacksbergWine Cellars and environment nut. Vineyard planting systems have beenadapted to reduce the number of woodenpoles needed. A selection of carbon-neutral Backsbergwines.(Images: Backsberg)Susan de BruinRed or white wine? At South Africa’s Backsberg Wine Cellars there’s another choice: green. That’s because Backsberg has become one of only five wine producers in the world making carbon-neutral wines.Carbon neutrality means all the carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere in the wine-making process is balanced by planting trees to absorb the equivalent amount of CO2 from the atmosphere. The other four carbon-neutral estates are Grove Mill Winery in New Zealand, Parducci Winery in California, ConoSur in Chile and Elderton Wines in Australia.Backsberg, which lies between Paarl and Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, is owned by Michael Back. Known as something of an “environment nut” on the estate, Back began his green wine initiative in 2004.“Care for the environment means care and concern for succeeding generations,” he says. “As custodians of the land, it is our duty to understand and recognise potential threats, and to mitigate against them for the benefit of the next generation.”The first step was a carbon audit, to assess the amount of CO2 produced from all winery activities, from vineyard to bottle – its “carbon footprint”.A carbon technician measured everything from electricity and fuel consumption to grape fermentation and transport of wine bottles to local and international destinations. Each activity was then calculated to produce a specific amount of CO2. The entire process followed the strict guidelines set out by the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emission.From the audit results, the carbon technician calculated the number of trees that should be planted every year to absorb the same amount of CO2 Backsberg produced in that year. This is known as “offsetting”.Backsberg then enlisted the help of South African non-profit organisation Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA). In 2006 FTFA was honoured with the Chevron Conservation Award in California for improving the quality of life for disadvantaged South Africans by planting 2.5-million trees.FTFA and the estate began a village greening programme in nearby Klapmust, an impoverished village that is home to the surrounding wine farms’ seasonal workers. The Klapmust community took the more than 900 trees on a voluntary basis, trees the estate continually monitors to ensure they remain alive and continue to keep Backsberg’s carbon offset in balance. On the estate itself, 3 442 additional trees have been planted over the last 10 years.All these trees finally won Backsberg classification as a Carbon Neutral Estate in 2006, with the right to display the “Carbon Neutral Approved” logo on its bottles. To keep its classification, Backsberg is required to submit a carbon audit every year.Package of green ideasBut Back wanted to do more than simply get a logo on his bottles. A committed environmentalist, he was determined to reduce the estate’s carbon footprint as much as possible. The estate now employs a fulltime environmental consultant to look at all aspects of the business and assess how they could be done in a more environment-friendly way.The estate now has a package of creative green ideas. All farm vehicles and tractors are run on biofuels made from recycled vegetable oil, and the large fuel-guzzling tractors have been traded for smaller ones. The estate now generates its own energy from solar power, and is looking at wind power. Energy demand has been reduced by implementing timers, low-energy bulbs and skylights.The old hot-water “donkey” system, last used over a half a century ago, has been reintroduced, using waste wood to heat the water for washing barrels. Vineyard planting systems have been adapted to reduce the number of wooden poles needed.Back has also reserved 10% of the estate for conservation of the natural habitat, some 40 hectares of Swartland alluvium fynbos. This delicate fynbos environment, one of only a few left in the area, will never be cultivated, even though it might hold soils suitable for more vines.Good economic senseBacksberg remains the only carbon-neutral wine producer in South Africa. But according to John Spiers, chief executive of the estate, other South African winemakers are increasingly interested in environment-friendly production. He said Backsberg’s green initiatives were fairly inexpensive, and will save money in the long term. “It makes good economic sense if you look at where the fuel and energy prices are going,” he says.More than this, Backsberg exports 35% to 40% of its wine to the US, UK and Europe. Recent market feedback from Wines of South Africa (Wosa), which markets South African wine internationally, indicated that the British, American and especially the German markets seek environmentally responsible products. “These three destinations want products that are not only linked to social issues, but also environmentally responsible,” says Andre Morgenthal, Wosa communications manager.Spiers believes it is still early days for the carbon neutral logo to play a deciding role in the minds of the international consumer. But he adds: “In future it will become very important, and then we will definitely benefit from it.”Useful linksBacksberg Wine CellarsFood and Trees for AfricaWines of South Africalast_img read more

Food and culture celebrated in District Six cookbook

first_imgDistrict Six Huis Kombuis Food and Memory is a cookbook that combines peoples’ stories with food, a binding force in the community. The District Six Huis Kombuis Food and Memory cookbook combines stories and food from District Six. (Image: Quivertree Publications)Compiled by Priya PitamberDistrict Six Huis Kombuis Food and Memory , a cookbook that’s come from District Six in Cape Town weaves together recipes from the past and a deep sense of culture with fond memories from the people who made and ate the dishes.The Afrikaans part of the title, huis kombuis means “house kitchen”, and the creations contained in the book come from people who lived in District Six, recipes that have been in families for many a generation.“[The title] was inspired by descriptions of kitchens in participants’ homes as being the heart of the home, its central social space,” said Tina Smith, curator of the District Six Museum and lead author of the book.District Six Huis Kombuis: Food and Memory Cookbook pic.twitter.com/NOpmPBJKl3— MountainViewHermanus (@MVHermanus) November 25, 2016Importance of District SixAt the launch of the cookbook in November 2017, Smith described food as a connecting factor, as well as a gateway to District Six.“We are not just presenting a book, it’s our culture. Everything in this cookbook is part of our past. This is not gourmet cuisine, it’s afval [offal], it’s what people had to make from what they had and it became a celebration,” she told news website IOL.“We are celebrating our past, and this book reminds us of our past.”People of all races and religions lived together in District Six, on the doorstep of Cape Town’s city bowl. From the 1800s, it became home to freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants. But with the advent of the Group Areas Act in 1966, it was declared a whites-only area. Residents were removed and relocated, their houses razed and the vibrant culture of the area destroyed.The launch of the cookbook marked the 50th anniversary of the declaration.Food: at the heart the narrativeThe book is not only filled with recipes, but stories from contributors, former residents of District Six. Many recall cooking simple meals on old stoves, using wood, paraffin or coal for heat.Victoreen Gilbert, who now lives in Newlands, said many households cooked similar meals, and some of the favourite dishes were soup, crayfish curry, bredies [stews] and skaapkop [sheep’s head].“When we were invited to eat at a neighbour’s house, we all would be nodding because the chances were that our mothers made the same food,” Gilbert said.Sylvia Gangert recalled a sweet dish that was popular in District Six, after the fruit truck made its round.“They used to give us the bruised fruits and our moms would stew them and serve it with custard,” Gangert told IOL.“And we had no fridges for jelly. We had to buy blocks of ice and the young men would carry them up the stairs at Bloemhof Flats. Or we used a kitchen cupboard with the mesh door — a spens [pantry] is what they called it.”Mogammat Benjamin fondly remembered how food was often communal. “We also used to share. We ate from everyone — Christian or Muslim. The Christians used to respect the Muslims enough to cook food out of pots and pans which were not tainted.” Muslims do not eat pork nor drink alcohol.The foodRecipes in the book include a variety of meals, from bredies, to koeksisters, and samosas.“Here traditional recipes were brought to life in the rituals of cooking, eating and the sensory exchange at the kitchen table,” said Smith.“Culinary rituals and home craft practices maintained and reinforced deep significances and connections with District Six as a place of home, family and community.”Source: IOLWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Blackmagic Announces The Pocket Cinema Camera 6K – EF Mount

first_imgThat was my original intro, for this article, and I didn’t expect to actually use it, but here we are. Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty first apologized for the delay in shipping the Pocket 4K and then announced a new version of the pocket camera. Feedback from tradeshows and filmmakers revealed that users wanted a native EF mount, and that’s something we have covered ourselves for those who purchased the 4K camera to pair with the Ursa (which can natively be EF). It’s interesting to hear this announcement just days after Metabones released their EF to MFT Speed Booster specifically designed for the Pocket 4K.The new 6K camera, which is titled the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, has a 6144 x 3456 Super 35 sensor and EF lens mount. It has exactly the same design as the Pocket 4K, but there’s a slight difference in aesthetics on the front of the camera. With the larger EF mount, the camera protrudes outward slightly.However, the rear of the camera is exactly the same as the Pocket 4K, and it also houses the same Blackmagic OS. Therefore, if you’re shooting with the Pocket 4K and Pocket 6K, you wouldn’t get mixed up with the menu system when hopping between the two cameras. However, we do have a few new operating settings.Of course, there’s the choice of the 6K resolution, but you can also film up to 120fps windowed at 2K. With the Pocket 4K, you can only film 120fps at 1080p windowed.Another new addition to the Pocket format is that you can work in true anamorphic 6:5 using anamorphic lenses in 3.7K 60 fps at 3624 x 3020. Inside, the camera has the exact same color science as the Pocket 4K, so you can cut and match footage from the pocket 4K with no notable difference. With the larger sensor, users can get a shallower depth of field. A feature that isn’t as apparent with MFT sensors.Notably, we recently covered the topic on taking photographs with the Pocket 4K and how it wasn’t ideal because of the 8.8-megapixel sensor. Since the Pocket 6K has a 21.2-megapixel sensor, this cinema camera now has a significant still function which may rival some professional mirrorless cameras with an adequate video mode.The camera is out today, and it costs $2,495. It will be intriguing to see those who order the 6K today receive their camera before those still waiting for their 4K.  As always, we’ll keep you updated with tricks and tips over the next few weeks. Stay put for our review.Images via Blackmagic.Looking for more on video gear? Check out these articles.Building A Low Budget Handheld Rig For The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4KViltrox vs. Metabones: Speed Booster for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema CameraBlackmagic RAW Added to BMPCC4K with Blackmagic Camera Update 6.2New Filmmaker Tips For Using The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4kEverything You Need to Know About the Blackmagic RAW Codec Still waiting for your Pocket Cinema Camera 4K? Well, today, Blackmagic released the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. Here’s what we know so far.In keeping with their typical cryptic style, this week, Blackmagic announced that come Thursday at 12 PDT, we would be receiving news about new developments in cameras and post-production. Typically, the filmmaking community has a solid idea about what to expect, but comments and ideas have been oddly quiet this time around. If anything, given the delay Pocket 4K owners experienced, users were worried that Blackmagic was going to pull an “Apple” and outdate a camera many have only just received.last_img read more

Cervical spondylosis

first_imgDefinitionCervical spondylosis is a disorder in which there is abnormal wear on the cartilage and bones of the neck (cervical vertebrae). It is a common cause of chronic neck pain.Alternative NamesCervical osteoarthritis; Arthritis – neck; Neck arthritis; Chronic neck painCausesCervical spondylosis is caused by chronic wear on the cervical spine. This includes the disks or cushions between the neck vertebrae and the joints between the bones of the cervical spine. There may be abnormal growths or spurs on the bones of the spine (vertebrae).Over time these changes can press down on (compress) one or more of the nerve roots. In advanced cases, the spinal cord becomes involved. This can affect not just the arms, but the legs as well.Everyday wear and tear may start these changes. People who are very active at work or in sports may be more likely to have them.The major risk factor is aging. By age 60, mostpersons show signs of cervical spondylosis on x-ray. Other factors that can make a person more likely to develop spondylosis are:Being overweight and not exercisingHaving a job that requires heavy lifting or a lot of bending and twistingPast neck injury (often several years before)Past spine surgeryRuptured or slipped diskSevere arthritisSmall fractures to the spine from osteoporosisSymptomsSymptoms often develop slowly over time. But they may start or get worse suddenly. The pain may be mild, or it can be deep and so severe that you are unable to move.You may feel the pain over the shoulder blade. Or it may spread to the upper arm, forearm, or fingers (in rare cases).advertisementThe pain may get worse:After standing or sittingAt nightWhen you sneeze, cough, or laughWhen you bend the neck backwards or walk more than a few yardsYou may also have weakness in certain muscles. Sometimes, you may not notice it until your doctor examines you. In other cases, you will notice that you have a hard time lifting your arm, squeezing tightly with one of your hands, or other problems.Other common symptoms are:Neck stiffness that gets worse over timeNumbness or abnormal sensations in the shoulders, arms, or legs (in rare cases)Headaches, especially in the back of the headLess common symptoms are:Loss of balanceLoss of control over the bladder or bowels (if there is pressure on the spinal cord)Exams and TestsA physical exam may show that you have trouble moving your head toward your shoulder and rotating your head.Your health care provider may ask you to bend your head forward and to eachside while putting slight downward pressure on the top of your head. Increased pain or numbness during this test is usually a sign that there is pressure on a nerve in your spine.Weakness or loss of feeling can be signs of damage to certain nerve roots or to the spinal cord.A spine or neck x-ray may be done to look for arthritis or other changes in your spine.MRI of the neck is done when you have:Severe neck or arm pain that does not get better with treatmentWeakness or numbness in your arms or handsEMG and nerve conduction velocity test may be done to examine nerve root function.TreatmentYour doctor and other health professionals can help you manage your painso thatyou can stay active.Your doctor may refer you for physical therapy. The physical therapist will help you reduce your pain using stretches. The therapist willteach you exercises that make your neck muscles stronger.The therapist can also use neck traction to relieve some of the pressure in your neck.You may also see a massage therapist, someone who performs acupuncture, or someone who does spinal manipulation (a chiropractor, osteopathic doctor, or physical therapist). Sometimes a few visits will help with neck pain.Cold packs and heat therapy may help your pain during flare-ups.A type of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy may be helpful if the pain is having a serious impact on your life. This technique helps you better understand your pain and teaches you how to manage it.Medicines can help yourneckpain. Your doctor may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) for long-term pain control. Narcotics may be prescribed if the pain is severe and does not respond to NSAIDs.If the pain does not respond to these treatments, or you have a loss of movement or feeling, surgery is considered. Surgery is done to relieve the pressure on the nerves or spinal cord.advertisementOutlook (Prognosis)Most patients with cervical spondylosis have some long-term symptoms. These symptoms improve with non-surgical treatment and do not need surgery.Many people with this problem are able to maintain active lives. Some patients will have to live with chronic pain.Possible ComplicationsInability to hold in feces (fecal incontinence) or urine (urinary incontinence)Loss of muscle function or feelingPermanent disability (occasionally)Poor balanceWhen to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your health care provider if:The condition becomes worseThere are signs of complicationsYou develop new symptoms (such as loss of movement or feeling in an area of the body)You lose control of your bladder or bowels (call right away)ReferencesRosenbaum RB, Kula RW. Disorders of bones, joints, ligaments, and meninges. In: Bradley WG, Daroff RB, Fenichel GM, Jankovic J, eds. Bradley’s Neurology in Clinical Practice. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 73.Cohen I, Jouve C. Cervical radiculopathy. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, Rizzo TD Jr, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2008:chap 4.Takagi I, Eliyas K, Stadlan N. Cervical spondylosis: an update on pathophysiology, clinical manifestation, and management strategies. Dis Mon. 2011;57:583-591Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

TFA AGM Documents

first_imgAttached is further information in relation to the Touch Football Australia (TFA) Annual General Meeting (AGM).It includes:* Agenda* Previous Minutes* Nominations for DirectorsThe AGM will occur at 11am AEDST on Sunday, 14 December 2008 in Canberra.Related Filesstatement_of_claims_2008_noms-pdfagm_2008_agenda-pdflast_img

SEND AUSRALIAN WORLD CUP TEAMS MESSAGES OF SUPPORT

first_imgTFA would like to congratulate and wish luck to all who are representing Australia at the 2007 FIT World Cup, and you have the opportuniy to show your support for the Aussies and do the same.Messages of support and congratulations can be sent to all Aussie players, teams, coaches, and officials currently at the tournament.Send your message by fax to:Protea Hotel Stellenbosch, South AfricaFax: 0015-27-218-809-505last_img

10 months agoPremier League trio up for African Player of the Year

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Premier League trio up for African Player of the Yearby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Premier League is again dominating the African Player of the Year awards.The Daily Mail reports Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, along with Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, have again made the shortlist for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) player of the year award.It is the second year running the trio have battled it out for the prestigious prize, to be named Africa’s finest player.Egypt striker Salah claimed the honour last year and will be favourite again, hoping to become the fourth player to win back-to-back titles after Senegal forward El Hadji Diouf, Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure.The award is voted for by the national team coaches and captains of CAF’s 56 member associations and the winner for 2018 will be announced in Dakar on January 8. last_img read more