Advertisement Thank you, Kaye, say Tayto fansTAYTO’S Spring Onion flavour will be back on shelves on August 24, thanks to Kaye Morrissey, of Limerick Institute of Technology.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Kaye launched an appeal on 2FM’s Gerry Ryan Show when she told him she desperately missed the “intensely delicious flavour” and demanded live on air for a ‘return of the pack’! The makers of Tayto gave the go-ahead to re-start production. The first batch is scheduled to be on shelves by August 24. Email New libraries for UL and LITLIMERICK’S two third-level institutions are to get new libraries and an information centre as part of a bundle of public-private partnership (PPP) projects which have been sent to the market by the Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe TD.The University of Limerick (UL) will get a new library which will be 6,600sq/m in size and accommodate 700 students.Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) will get a library and information centre spanning 4,100sq/m and accommodating 800 students.The projects have been handed over to the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) under the PPP plan. Previous articleForce used by thievesNext articleGardai target reckless drivers admin NewsLocal NewsNews bites – 3rd level libraries, Tayto and Burren walksBy admin – August 6, 2009 601 Twitter WhatsApp Walking routes at the BurrenTHREE new walking routes for North Clare were launched by Éamon Ó Cuív TD, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, in conjunction with The Walks Scheme and Fáilte Ireland’s Walkers Welcome Initiative. These routes are part of the Burren Walks Project, which is designed to increase the appeal of the North Clare area as an activity holiday destination and to enhance walking facilities for local users. Ranging from 9km to 26km, the new looped walks are the Carron Loop, the Ballyvaughan Wood Loop and the Black Head Loop. Linkedin Print Facebook
narvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 976,000 people worldwide.Over 31.8 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 6.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 201,909 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 796,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 742,000 cases and over 690,000 cases, respectively.Nearly 170 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least six of which are in crucial phase three trials.Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:Sep 24, 10:40 amRussia sees highest daily caseload since JulyRussia confirmed 6,595 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the country’s highest single-day increase since July.An additional 149 coronavirus-related deaths were also recorded in the past day, according to Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters.Meanwhile, Moscow reported more than 1,000 new cases over the last 24 hours for the first time since June. The Russian capital also registered 15 new deaths.Russia’s cumulative total now stands at over 1.12 million confirmed cases — the fourth highest caseload in the world — and nearly 20,000 deaths.Last month, Russia became the first country in the world to officially register a COVID-19 vaccine and declare it ready for use. The Russian government approved the vaccine before completing its final Phase III trial, and no scientific data has been released from the early trials so far.ABC News’ Alina Lobzina contributed to this report.Sep 24, 10:09 am870,000 more Americans filed for 1st-time unemployment last weekAnother 870,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday.While the number of people filing for unemployment insurance in the United States has stagnated in recent weeks, the latest figure shows a concerning uptick of 4,000 compared with the previous week’s revised figure. It is also the 27th straight week of historically high weekly jobless claims.Despite the number falling significantly since March, when 6.9 million people applied for unemployment benefits in a single week, the latest figure also shows that workers are continuing to be laid off at an unprecedented rate some six months into the coronavirus pandemic.More than 26 million Americans are still receiving some sort of unemployment insurance benefits as of the week ending Sept. 5, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. For the same period last year, that figure was 1.5 million.ABC News’ Catherine Thorbecke and Zunaira Zaki contributed to this report.Sep 24, 8:17 amSwiss authorities quarantine university’s undergraduate studentsSwiss authorities have ordered a quarantine for the entire undergraduate student population of a prestigious hospitality management school after “significant outbreaks” of COVID-19.Health officials in Switzerland’s Vaud canton, or region, announced Wednesday that all 2,500 undergraduate students at the “Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne” (EHL) must self-quarantine until at least Monday, whether they live on- or off-campus. Those who develop symptoms are advised to get tested for COVID-19, if necessary.“Significant outbreaks of infection have appeared in several levels of training, making it impossible to close more targeted than that of the 2,500 students concerned,” health officials said in a statement, adding that student parties are suspected to “be at the origin of these numerous outbreaks of infection.”Classes will continue online in the meantime.Health officials said the school’s administrators are taking “all the necessary measures” to ensure that learning isn’t disrupted and to reinforce health measures on campus.ABC News has reached out to the school for comment.Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health has reported at least 51,492 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 4,809 hospitalizations and 1,776 deaths.Sep 24, 6:43 amIsrael moves to tighten restrictions as cases climbIsrael’s government has decided to tighten coronavirus-related restrictions as cases continue to climb, despite a second nationwide lockdown.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet voted early Thursday to close all nonessential businesses, including open-air markets. The cabinet also agreed that prayers and political demonstrations should be limited to open spaces with a cap of 20 people and that participants should not be allowed to travel more than 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) from home to attend either.The new measures are set to go into effect Friday afternoon, as the Jewish state shuts down for the weekly Sabbath ahead of Yom Kippur on Sunday and Monday. The restrictions on demonstrations, however, are subject to approval by Israel’s parliament, the Knesset.Israel has seen one of the world’s highest per capita rates of COVID-19 infections over the past two weeks. The country entered a second lockdown last Friday and it’s slated to last until mid-October.Sep 24, 5:57 am22 US states and territories in upward trajectory of new casesAn internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News on Wednesday night shows that 22 U.S. states and territories are in an upward trajectory of COVID-19 infections, while 13 jurisdictions are at a plateau and 21 others are in a downward trend.The number of new cases and the number of new deaths recorded in the United States are both increasing in week-over-week comparisons. There also continues to be a steady rise in the number of hospitals nationwide where more than 80% of beds in intensive care units are filled, according to the memo.In Alabama’s Limestone County, 90% of ICU beds across two hospitals were in use. The Alabama Hospital Association confirmed that a shortage of nurses is a statewide issue in both hospitals and universities due to a lack of faculty, facilities and funds, the memo said.Florida’s Leon County reported a 20% increase in COVID-19 cases among children since Aug. 10, around the start of the new school year, coinciding with a 20% increase in pediatric hospitalizations, according to the memo.Meanwhile, the number of new cases recorded in Kentucky have increased by 21% since Sept. 13. The state’s seven-day fatality rate has doubled since then, from 13.4 to 26.4 per 1 million population. The number of COVID-19 tests being conducted statewide declined by 45.2% during the week ending Sept. 17, compared with the previous week, according to the memo.Michigan’s seven-day case rate increased by 154.4% from Sept. 13 to Sept. 20. The state also reported a 38.1% week-to-week relative increase in COVID-19 testing on Sept. 17. Officials attribute the surge to schools and colleges, with 20-year-olds making up the largest portion of total cases, the memo said.Sep 24, 4:51 amUS records over 1,000 new deathsAn additional 1,098 coronavirus-related fatalities were recorded in the United States on Wednesday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Wednesday’s tally of COVID-19 deaths is lower than the country’s record set on April 17, when there were 2,666 new fatalities in a 24-hour reporting period.There were also 36,330 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed across the nation on Sunday, down from a peak of 77,255 new cases reported on July 16.A total of 6,934,205 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 201,909 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July. The daily tally of new cases has gradually come down since then.An internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News on Wednesday night shows that the number of new cases and the number of new deaths recorded in the United States are both increasing in week-over-week comparisons.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Ashley Cole 1 Former England defender Ashley Cole has left Roma after his contract was terminated by mutual consent, with a move to the United States expected to follow.The 35-year-old former Chelsea and Arsenal full-back made 16 appearances for the Serie A club after joining on a two-year deal as a free agent in July 2014, but had not appeared since a 0-0 league draw at Chievo in March last year.A statement on Roma’s official website, www.asroma.com, said: “AS Roma can today confirm that Ashley Cole’s contract has been terminated by mutual consent.“The 35-year-old English defender joined Roma in July 2014 following spells with Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Chelsea.“After making his Giallorossi debut on 30 August 2014 in Roma’s 2-0 opening day victory over Fiorentina, Cole went on to make a total of 11 appearances in Serie A and a further five in the Coppa Italia and the Champions League.“The club would like to thank Cole for his commitment during his stay in Rome and wish him the very best for his future career.”Cole, who has almost 600 club appearances to his name as well as 107 England caps, has been linked with a move to join former England team-mate Steven Gerrard with the LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer.
The tentacles of an octopus are soft and flexible, whereas bony creatures like us have joints that, while good for moving objects around, limit our freedom of movement. Wouldn’t it be cool to have both? An international team of neurobiologists, publishing in Nature,1 watched an octopus snare its food, using the flexibility of its tentacles, as expected. But then they noticed, when it needed to transfer its prey from one place to another, it employed a “vertebrate-like strategy, temporarily reconfiguring its arm into a stiffened, articulated, quasi-jointed structure.” This gave them an idea. Maybe the octopus has hit on something. While the flexible arm provides a benefit for snaring objects, “an articulated limb may provide an optimal solution for achieving precise, point-to-point movements,” they wrote (emphasis added in all quotes). National Geographic News adds, “scientists studying octopus arms conclude that they may represent the optimal design for robotic arms.” Maybe the next-generation robotic arm on the Space Shuttle will resemble something from the ocean depths. One researcher remarked that a stiff arm would be likely to push a floating object away, but “an arm you could use to gently wrap around an object and retrieve it, that would be useful.” How to build such a device is the challenge.1Sumbre et al., “Neurobiology: Motor control of flexible octopus arms,” Nature 433, 595 – 596 (10 February 2005); doi:10.1038/433595a.Copying animal designs – biomimetics – is one of the hottest topics in engineering, for good reason. Here is a creature that has the capabilities of a comic book superhero. Sadly, both articles attribute this feat to evolution: “octopuses have evolved the optimal design,” says National Geographic, and the neurobiologists say in a wordier way,Fetching seems to be an example of evolutionary selection of solutions that are similar even though they are based on quite different mechanisms – on morphology in arthropod and vertebrate limbs, and on stereotypical motor control in the octopus. This functional convergence suggests that a kinematically constrained, articulated limb with two segments of almost equal length is the optimal design for accurately moving an object from one point to another.This illustrates again how many countless times the scientific community and news outlets merely assume evolution is capable of any miracle needed, without telling us how the blind forces of nature could ever produce engineering design that humbles our best robotics experts. Some amazing footage of a particular octopus that can mimic many other animals can be found in a recorded lecture by Carl Kerby, “What is the best evidence God created?”, available on DVD from the Answers in Genesis bookstore. The new film Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution III has startling footage of a similar marine creature, the cuttlefish, with some other fantastic capabilities.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Better stay clear of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). They come out of your tailpipe and furnace, line your chimney, and generally are products of unhealthy processes like industrial waste and cigarette smoke. According to Environment Canada, “PAHs are a concern because some of them can cause cancers in humans and are harmful to fish and other aquatic life.” So why the joy from the Spitzer Space Telescope team? Robert Roy Britt explains from Space.com: “The discovery of organic molecules, called hydrocarbons, shows that the raw materials for life were present long before our solar system formed.” The JPL press release claims, “Using Spitzer, scientists have detected organic molecules in galaxies when our universe was one-fourth of its current age of about 14 billion years. These large molecules, known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, are comprised of carbon and hydrogen. The molecules are considered to be among the building blocks of life.” Universe Today picked up on the L word with its title, “Ingredients of Life 10 Billion Light-Years Away,” and so did New Scientist, “Life’s ingredients found in early universe.”It takes a desperate Darwin junky to get high on tailpipe exhaust. They should be weeping over their sins, seeing complex advanced molecules far too early for their cosmological models, but what are they doing instead? Hallucinating with poison, making deadly molecules come alive in their imaginations. How and when did science ever sink to this level? Hydrogen is a building block of life, for goodness’ sake, and so are electrons. Do we conclude that we have found the “building blocks of life” in a CRT? Publicists go out of their way to put the L word in any cosmological story because they think it’s sexier and will attract the public attention. If so, the Great Unwashed have only themselves to blame for giving birth to new suckers every minute. Actually, they probably don’t even read this stuff. The problem is with the Washed on the outside but not on the inside.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
(Visited 406 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Now that NASA’s latest Mars lander has successfully deployed, what findings are worth watching?There were lots of hugs and fist bumps this afternoon at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory when the Mars InSight lander sent back signals that it was healthy on the surface. This is primarily a geophysical mission, not a search for life. It is also a lander like Phoenix, not a rover. The Mars InSight web page explains what it will try to discover:InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. It is the first outer space robotic explorer to study in-depth the “inner space” of Mars: its crust, mantle, and core.Artist rendition of InSight’s geophysical investigations (NASA)Its three main instruments include a seismometer, a heat flow probe, and a radio science experiment. The Science Goals page describes what each of the instruments does. Nowhere on the overview page is there any mention of life, astrobiology, or chemical evolution. The only evolution relates to planetary evolution. The heat flow probe, for instance, “will shed light on whether Earth and Mars are made of the same stuff, and provide a sneak peek into how the planet evolved.”A press release from November 20, “What Two Planetary Siblings Can Teach Us About Life,” noted that Mars’s path of planetary evolution made it a “naked planet” that most likely is not habitable. InSight, therefore, will not even be looking for life as it digs up to 16 feet deep into the soil:InSight …won’t be looking for life on Mars. But studying its insides — what it’s made of, how that material is layered and how much heat seeps out of it — could help scientists better understand how a planet’s starting materials make it more or less likely to support life.“No, Mars InSight Won’t Be Searching for Alien Life,” Live Science announced. Don’t expect to hear about Martians, even bacteria-size organisms. In short, the probe will be attempting to clarify conditions for habitability on any planet. InSight’s experiments “could help explain how heat shaped the planet’s surface, making it more or less habitable over time.” Without a global magnetic field, though, Mars is probably lifeless, the article suggests.A Mars InSight scientist tells how the men on the team decided not to shave for the 7 months since launch until the landing.Humans on Mars Some Day?Mars has not been very kind to visitors, Phys.org reminded its readers. Only 40% of landing missions have succeeded. How much worse odds will there be for proposed manned missions, with much heavier craft having to decelerate and land through the red planet’s thin atmosphere? And landing is just the beginning of sorrows. As Apollo astronauts learned from the moon, dust can get into everything and freeze up instruments. On Mars, global dust storms will treat humans to a dark, blinding red for weeks or months at a time. Phys.org writes, “Dust is far from the least of our worries as we plan to colonize Mars,” according to a new book based on a workshop by experts. In addition, radiation will take its toll on astronauts. Because of the radiation, “Mars trip could ‘significantly damage’ astronauts’ stomachs, cause cancer” (Fox News Science). It happened to mice irradiated with Mars-like conditions, so humans will be at much greater risk over extended periods.We are all for space exploration at CEH, and celebrate with the mission engineers at each successful landing on Mars. It’s a highly-complex and difficult task that shows intelligent design, because sophisticated machines do not just appear on the planet by chance. We also think it is very helpful to characterize the conditions for habitability. For this reason, we appreciate the NASA press releases about InSight downplaying the “search for life” angle, and focusing on geophysical science. The more we know about the conditions for habitability, the more we will appreciate how finely tuned the Earth is for our biosphere. That should lead to Thanksgiving. So thanks to NASA/JPL, and congratulations for another job well done.InSight’s first image of its surroundings arrived a few hours after landing. (NASA)
8 December 2010A group of internationally acclaimed South African musicians have come together to form a Quartet of Peace that is using classical music to promote worldwide the ideals of reconciliation, freedom and hope represented by South Africa’s four Nobel Peace laureates.Chief Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk are the inspiration behind the quartet’s formation.The Quartet of Peace consists of David Juritz, also leader of the London Mozart Players; Suzanne Martens, previous concert master of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and a lecturer in the University of Stellenbosch’s music faculty; Gareth Lubbe, principal violist of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, Germany; and Peter Martens, former principal cellist of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and currently artistic administrator and director of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival.Juritz is first violin and Suzanne Martens is second violin, while Lubbe is the violist and Peter Martens plays the cello.The quartet kicked off its international tour with a debut concert in Stellenbosch University’s Endler Hall on 15 October 2010. Its official launch concert took place at the Kings Place recital hall in London on 5 December, and raised money for children affected by poverty and war.The event was held with the support of the London Chamber Music Society and featured the UK premiere of composer Eugene Skeef’s new work Uxolo (an Nguni word meaning “forgiveness”).Skeef, who also works in conflict resolution, composed the piece especially for the quartet’s performances.Besides Skeef’s Uxolo, the quartet also performed works by JS Bach, Mozart, Ravel and Bach.Music fosters reconciliationThe remarkable project is the realisation of world-renowned luthier Brian Lisus’ dream – held since Mandela’s inauguration as President of South Africa in 1994 – to use music to foster peace and reconciliation in the world.His vision has become a reality as friends with a passion for classical music and string instruments have rallied around him. offering their assistance to get the Quartet of Peace project off the ground.And since the eminent musicians have volunteered their talents at no cost, the project has developed into a large initiative receiving interest and support from the French minister of arts and culture and the London Chamber Music Society, among others.Lisus hand-crafted brand new string instruments for members of the quartet. The four instruments carry the inscriptions of peace, reconciliation, hope and freedom on the back – the Mandela cello is named Hope, the Luthuli violin is Freedom, the Tutu violin is Peace, and the De Klerk viola is Reconciliation.Message of peaceFurthermore, the musicians are taking the message of peace to local and international audiences with the music of accomplished South African-born composer, percussionist and poet Skeef, now resident in London.Skeef’s involvement in the initiative is interesting, as he was a young activist during apartheid who co-led literacy campaigns in schools and communities across South Africa. He currently serves on the board of directors of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, among many other commitments.The prominent artists were all inspired by the idea of taking the ideals of Mandela, Tutu, De Klerk and Luthuli to the world.They were also motivated by the fact that concert proceeds go towards Musequality projects that uplift and heal children who are disadvantaged and at risk. One of these, the Hout Bay Music Project, teaches 60 children to play string instruments and drums and also offers lessons in life skills. Another, Melodi Music in Soweto, starts children off on the recorder before they advance to other woodwind instruments.The intention is also to help disadvantaged children and child refugees on the African continent, as music is proving to facilitate healing in youngsters who have experienced hardships early in life.Lisus worked around the clock to complete the cello, the last instrument made for the quartet. He said it had been a long journey to see the initiative come to fruition, but the involvement of “wonderful people” was overwhelming.The violinmaker added that he looked forward to hear the musicians play on his handcrafted instruments and to see the concerts supporting music projects for children around the world.“The Quartet of Peace must make everybody aware of the South African ideals; we want to inspire the world to peace and reconciliation – to walk in the footsteps of Mandela, Tutu, Luthuli and De Klerk.”Concert scheduleThe quartet’s inaugural concert in Stellenbosch on 15 October was followed by a performance at the Sans Souci High School in Cape Town on the next day and then the first international concert in Leipzig, Germany, in St Thomas church where Johann Sebastian Bach is buried.They moved on to London’s Kings Place for the 5 December performance, before travelling to Ljubljana in Slovenia for a 7 December concert.They will give an intimate performance in the L’Atelier de Picasso in Paris, France on 13 and 14 December.According to Skeef’s website, the quartet is awaiting confirmation from the Nobel Peace Prize committee of an 11 December performance at the Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. The composer is also currently organising a special performance of the Quartet of Peace at the home of Nelson Mandela.A special fundraising concert will take place on 16 December, South Africa’s Day of Reconciliation.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
The influential Forbes Africa business magazine unveiled its annual 30 Under 30 young African entrepreneurs on 1 June 2017. The list features up-and-coming small business leaders making an impact on the continent and the world.Since 2011, Forbes Africa business magazine has been spotlighting young emerging African entrepreneurs with big dreams backed up by good, solid business sense. Several South Africans feature on the 2017 30 Under 30 list. (Image: Forbes Africa)CD AndersonIn addition to emerging moguls from Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana, the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list also features a number of rising South African business players.In determining who made the list this year, Forbes journalist Ancillar Mangena told the Okayplayer website that “[the] list celebrates young Africans who are working hard to turn the continent’s fortune”. Noting the relevance of releasing the list during South Africa’s Youth Month commemoration of the 1976 student revolt against apartheid, Mangena noted that “[like] the youth of 1976 fought for political freedom, these under 30s are fighting for financial freedom. As we like to call them, they are the billionaires of tomorrow.”Mangena also said 2017 was a breakthrough year for the list, now in its sixth year, because it was more representative, particularly including people from countries such as Rwanda and Namibia that had not featured before, as well as having more women.“These 30 are not waiting for anyone to offer them a job,” said Mangena, “they are creating the jobs and building global brands. The people featured are in diverse industries from manufacturing to import and export, fashion, beauty, agriculture, tech and many more… these are the bright shining stars in Africa. You may not know their names now but you will be forced to in a few years.”South Africans featured on the 2017 Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list:Khethi Ngwenya, 26, School Media(Image: School Media)School Media connects brands with schools, renting advertising space on school property that benefits learners. Begun in 2010, the company’s clients include Gauteng Department of Education and the Orlando Pirates soccer team. Ngwenya has two other enterprises focused on education. Xhuma uses USSD technology to aid communication between schools and parents. The Going Green Project is an education initiative focused on environmental awareness. The company has helped to plant and maintain almost 5, 000 trees at schools throughout South Africa.Lulo Rubushe, 23, RNDM(Image: RNDM Network)Clothing and media lifestyle brand RNDM integrates fashion, music, lifestyle and events with top brands, focusing on the youth. Rubushe is also involved in sport development through a partnership with the Enhanced Sports coaching company, supplying affordable sporting gear to underprivileged schools.Thato Kgatlhanye, 24, Rethaka(Image: Rethaka Twitter)Rethaka’s main product line is locally manufactured and recycled schoolbags with built-in solar-powered study torches. Founded when Kgatlhanye was only 18, the company has formed partnerships with Standard Bank, Red Bull and Unilever. The bags are also exported to Namibia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Brazil.Sibusiso Ngwenya, 25, Skinny Sbu Socks(Image: Skinny Sbu Socks)Finding an unusual gap in the local market for quality, locally manufactured designer socks, Ngwenya has rapidly grown his niche brand thanks to several celebrity endorsements of Skinny Sbu Socks.Allegro Dinkwanyane, 27, Orgella Media(Image: Allegro Dinkwanyane Instagram)Orgella Media is a wholly black woman-owned media and public relations operation, with non-profit and property divisions.Corbyn Munnik, 26, Sliide(Image: Sliide Digital)With offices in Johannesburg, Lagos and London, Sliide is a rapidly expanding African technology company specialising in targeted news and sponsored entertainment content. The company uses 70% of its advertising revenue to donate mobile data to underprivileged youth.Rupert Weterings, 28, Allied Insurance Brokers(Image: Rupert Weterings LinkedIn)By 2013, after a mere two years in business, Weterings’ Allied Insurance Brokers had grown to become one of the largest African property, casualty, life and medical insurance and reinsurance brokerage companies.Jennifer Glodik, 29, Diva Slimming and Aesthetics Centre(Image: Diva Beauty)A growing health and lifestyle brand, Diva Slimming and Aesthetics Centre has opened 65 salons across South Africa in the last five years, creating employment opportunities for more than 200 young people.Rushil Vallabh, 29, Secha Capital(Image: Rushil Vallabh LinkedIn)Secha Capital invests in a wide range of African SMEs using innovative strategies, with a strong focus on developing the management skills of the youthful owners of the enterprises.For more in-depth interviews with all of the 30 Under 30, visit the Forbes Africa website.Source: Forbes Africa, OkayplayerWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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While a cacophony of protests rose against the anti-ritualistic attack on religion in Umesh Shukla’s ‘Oh My God’, the film’s leading man and co-producer Paresh Rawal remains unfazed.The film is an adaptation of his Gujarati play ‘Kanji Virrudh Kanji’ and features him as an atheist.”There was no fear of backlash at all. We were always very sure of what we were saying and doing on ritualistic religion and the way it controls the life of the common man,” said Paresh.”I had performed the same story in play form in front of a thousand audience for 150 shows in Gujarati and Hindi repeatedly. The play has also been performed in Punjabi and English. We never had any protests,” Paresh stressed.”A live audience could’ve easily expressed it’s displeasure at our ideas in the play. Not once did we face any protest. So, I knew we were on stable ground with the film. There was no one throwing shoes in any of the shows. Audiences from the older and younger generations have appreciated the idea beyond the play,” he added.Paresh isn’t bothered with the spate of protests against the film.”Even in Punjab we’ve been able to release the film almost everywhere. The protestors are seeing and hearing what they want to. And if we are daunted by protests, we’d never be able to extend the reach and impact of the visual medium, be it theatre, television or cinema,” said the 62-year-old.Though the actor believes in God in real-life, he rues that religion is now being merchandised in the country.advertisement”I believe in God. But the costly ways recommended to reach him are wrong. Just who benefits from all the showy rituals, I don’t know,” he said.It is being said that the film’s co-producer Akshay Kumar, who nursed a life-long ambition of playing God, pushed his way into the film. However, Paresh gives him a clean chit.”It was really sporting of him to agree to feature in a film where a character actor like me played the lead. He believed in the theme,” he said.The critics have loved film, but Paresh doesn’t see himself as a saleable star.”I am not being modest when I say I don’t see producers putting a 50-crore film on my shoulder.It may happen in the future. One never knows,” he added.More on Oh My GodOMG Oh My God! collections see huge jumpOMG Oh My God! is doing well at the Box Office. The movie had a decent opening with Rs 4.25 crore.The Akshay Kumar starrer reportedly made Rs 6 crore on Saturday and Rs 7.25 crore on Sunday. Despite India VS Pakistan match on Sunday, the movie was well received.OMG: Oh My God! movie reviewGod as a Bollywood hero is obviously not much of a casting headache if Akshay Kumar is on board as actor-co producer in your film. The dapper star has the look, the grin, the screen presence and fan power. Put him on a superbike or give him a bansuri to play, Akshay is just the right fit as Krishna Vasudev Yadav from Mathura. OMG: Oh My God! however sees the screen god make space for an actor who has basically made his mark over the decades playing out more mere mortal avatars. If Paresh Rawal’s credibility as an actor has never been doubted, OMG – a film he incidentally co-produces with Akshay – sees him take centrestage as star of the show.That bit is interesting. As a comedian, Paresh has often hijacked the limelight from bigger names in multistarrers. Yet, the only starring roles he has had till date have come in serious films – Sardar and Tamanna. OMG is special in that sense. This is his first lead role in a comedy setup. Oh My God is for god fearing people: Mithun ChakrabortyOh My God is not against any religion but a comedy-drama that will help people to understand the need to love god, says Bollywood star Mithun Chakraborty, who acts as a godman in the film.”I play the character of a godman in the film and I have realise that we worship god because we are afraid of him. We actually worship our superstitions lying inside us. Through this film, we want to spread the message that if we love god whole-heartedly then he will eradicate every problem of us,” says the 62-year-old National Award winning actor.Oh My God not for money: Akshay KumarAkshay Kumar says his next production Oh My God, inspired by Gujarati play Kanji Virrudh Kanji, has not been made with the intention of making money. The project was a result of pure passion for the concept, says the actor.advertisementWatch the trailer: “‘Oh My God’ is not a film which I made to earn money. It’s a film which I loved, enjoyed it because I enjoyed the play and what I learnt from the play, I just wanted to share with the audience and that is why I just made this film,” the 45-year-old said here.