The Difference Between Dairy-Free and Non-Dairy Labels

If you’re trying to avoid dairy, it is important to know the difference between these similar but very different label claims.
Bottom Line: "non-dairy" and "dairy-free" labels are not the same.”— BeVeg Vegan Certificat…

“University Hindu Chaplaincy” Fellowship Program Launched by Hindu Community Institute & Motwani Jadeja Foundation

HCI Faculty with the graduating Counselor of Hindu Tradition class
The first three HCI graduates pursuing Interreligious Chaplaincy Program (ICP) at Graduate Theological Union: Ashis Khan, MSEE & graduate of IIT, Kharagpur; Usha Narasimhan, MBA; Ne…

Royal honour for South African Vice-Chancellor

Prof. Zeblon Vilakazi

Prof. Zeblon Vilakazi welcomed as a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society (UK).

I am honoured to be welcomed as a Fellow of the Royal Society.”

— Prof. Zeblon Vilakazi

JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA, May 10, 2022 / — The Royal Society (UK) announced today, Tuesday, 10 May 2022, that Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Zeblon Vilakazi has been appointed as a Fellow of one of the world’s most prestigious scientific academies.

Vilakazi joins the ranks of Robert Broom, Phillip Vallentine Tobias, Basil Schonland, Frank Nabarro, and Nobel-Prize winner Aaron Klug, all of whom are also Wits alumni. Past Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society have included Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Dorothy Hodgkin and Stephen Hawking.

“It is an honour to welcome so many outstanding researchers from around the world into the Fellowship of the Royal Society,” says Sir Adrian Smith, President of the Royal Society, the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence in the world (started in 1660), dedicated to promoting excellence in science for the benefit of humanity, on its website. “Through their careers so far, these researchers have helped further our understanding of human disease, biodiversity loss and the origins of the universe. I am also pleased to see so many new Fellows working in areas likely to have a transformative impact on our society over this century, from new materials and energy technologies to synthetic biology and artificial intelligence. I look forward to seeing what great things they will achieve in the years ahead.”

“I am honoured to be welcomed as a Fellow of the Royal Society,” says Prof. Zeblon Vilakazi, Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, an internationally recognised nuclear physicist. “This is not just an honour for me, but also for Wits University, and all those who supported me. South Africa is home to a host of incredibly talented scientists, who punch above their weight in the global knowledge arena. Whilst this Fellowship acknowledges some of my achievements, more importantly, it recognises the high calibre of science and scientists based in Africa.”

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. Fellows and Foreign Members are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science.

There are approximately 1 700 Fellows and Foreign Members, including around 85 Nobel Laureates. Each year up to 52 Fellows and up to 10 Foreign Members are elected from a group of around 800 candidates who are proposed by the existing Fellowship.

Profile: Professor Zeblon Vilakazi

Professor Zeblon Zenzele Vilakazi is a nuclear physicist and has served as the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Wits University since January 2021. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Postgraduate Studies, during which time Wits’ research outputs doubled.

A Wits alumnus, Vilakazi obtained his PhD in 1998 in nuclear physics under the supervision of the late Professor J Sellschop. He was then awarded a prestigious National Research Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. He returned to South Africa and joined the University of Cape Town in 1999, where he was instrumental in establishing South Africa’s first experimental high-energy physics research group focusing on the development of the High-level Trigger for the CERN-ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider.

Vilakazi was appointed as the Director of iThemba Labs in 2007 and then simultaneously as the Group Executive for Research and Development at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa in 2011, before joining Wits in 2014.

Professor Vilakazi served as a visiting scientist at the Atomic Energy Commission and Alternative Energy in Saclay, France, as the chairperson of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Standing Advisory Committee on Nuclear Applications from 2009 to 2011, and as a member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics’ Working Group for Nuclear Physics. He is currently a member of the Programme Advisory Committee for Nuclear Physics at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research. He is also a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.

In 2010 he was nominated by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. He has an extensive list of refereed articles in Nuclear and High Energy Physics and is a regular invitee for talks and presentations at conferences and seminars.

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Curiosity: A critical future fit skill for the evolved world of work

Dr Eric Albertini, Future Fit Academy
Future Fit Academy
15 Critical Skills to Master for the Future World of Work

Unpacking ‘curiosity’ as one of the 15 ‘future fit skills’ that are critical to being relevant and competent, if not advanced, in the fu…


Astor Chocolate Vegan Certifed by BeVeg

Astor Chocolate Corporation – headquartered in New Jersey, brings luxury and class to a new level with BeVeg Vegan certification.

Fitting for the world’s premium chocolate brand to choose the gold standard Vegan certification.”

— BeVeg founder and CEO, Carissa Kranz, Esq.

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, April 29, 2022 / — Astor Chocolate Corporation – headquartered in New Jersey, brings luxury and class to a new level with BeVeg Vegan certification. Astor chocolates is known for introducing turn-down chocolates to the world of hospitality in the United States. Now, 5-star hotels like the Waldorf Astoria, the Plaza in New York, and executive dining rooms for American Express, Merill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, and Chase all have an official Vegan option.

Astor Chocolate founder, Erwin Grunhut, is inducted into the Specialty Foods Hall of Fame as he single-handedly revolutionized the chocolate industry to make the once commodity a “conversation piece.” Some of the most famous creations include liquor cups, dessert cups, and the chocolate chess set. But perhaps his most novel impression is that which is left on our pillows at 5-star hotel ‘turn-down’ service, a tradition upheld by 5-star hospitality brands worldwide.

Each Astor chocolate is created with a mission to cheer up, tease, compliment, entertain, or evoke some other emotion that will enhance the edible experience. Astor also achieved the right to claim certified Vegan by the world’s only ISO accredited Vegan trademark standard; BeVeg. “Fitting for the world’s premium chocolate brand to choose the gold standard Vegan certification,” says BeVeg founder and CEO, Carissa Kranz, Esq.

Astor is one of many award-winning premium chocolate brands certifying Vegan, and making a dedicated Vegan certified product line for the conscious consumer, allergen sufferer, and super consumer concerned about label transparency and claim integrity. Recently, a global leading chocolate supplier Rizek Cacao headquartered in the Dominican Republic also certified Vegan with BeVeg.

BeVeg is the premium Vegan certification trademark as it is the only one that is ISO accredited, audit based and impartial, with executed third-party audits on companies, facilities, and processes. The global Vegan trademark is represented in about 200 countries and is the stamp of approval for Vegan label product claims for plant-based products. The Vegan logo by BeVeg is internationally recognized and accepted, and is considered the ultimate benchmark for Vegan integrity – an advantage for products interested in exporting to global markets.

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