The Bald and The Beautiful raises money and awareness for cancer research

first_imgHair can often be a means of self-expression. However, sometimes no hairstyle at all can say more than even the most elaborate updo. The Bald and The Beautiful, one of the largest student-run philanthropy events on campus, gives students the opportunity to either shave their heads, donate eight inches of hair or buy hair extensions to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.“It’s cool when you shave your head and you’re walking around campus and you see somebody else that you didn’t know was shaving their head or a girl who got her hair cut super short, it’s just like a cool little bond you share,” Bart Bramanti, a junior and co-chair for the event, said.This year, The Bald and the Beautiful will be held on April 3 and 4 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and April 5 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Duncan Student Center on the Hagerty Family Cafe Stage. Participants can either donate eight inches of their hair for free, shave their head for $15 or purchase colored hair extensions, each color representing a different type of cancer, for $10.Organizer and senior Rachel Belans said she hopes the central location will help make the fundraiser more successful this year.“We switched the location this year,” Belans said. “It used to be in [LaFortune Student Center] so we’re hoping that the new location will be really exciting and maybe help us get more participation this year.”Last year, the event raised around $10,000 and the organizers are hoping to either match that amount or reach $15,000 this year. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $300,000 for pediatric cancer research.The money raised is split between Memorial Hospital in South Bend and St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on childhood cancer research. However, the efforts of The Bald and The Beautiful go beyond just raising money. The event has also sponsored a playroom called “The Bald and The Beautiful Room” in Memorial Hospital and the group also organizes visits to Memorial Hospital a few times a month. On Wednesday, children from the hospital will be coming to the fundraiser for arts and crafts.“We wanted to support the children’s hospital here because those were the kids we could interact with and it’s in South Bend,” Bramanti said. “And the St. Baldrick’s Foundation was the research-related side of it. … We want to donate to a fewer number of places and make more substantial contributions.”The Bald and The Beautiful began in 2009 when some members of the Freshmen Class Council began planning a service event in honor of one of their classmates, Sam Marx, who had been in a battle with cancer during his time on campus. The goal of the event was to keep Sam’s vibrant presence alive on campus after he left for further treatment and to raise awareness for cancer research. At the first The Bald and The Beautiful, 126 students came out to shave their heads.Last year, 258 people preregistered for the event and this year they have 100 individuals registered for donations — including 15 girls who are planning on shaving their heads. Around 500 people ended up participating last year, as people can also walk up the day of and participate.“I have not participated in The Bald and the Beautiful before,” Elisabeth Lasecki, a sophomore who will be donating eight inches of her hair, said in an email. “I decided to participate because I was already planning to chop my hair, so I might as well do it for such an incredible cause.”Bramanti has shaved his head the last two years.“It’s funky. You feel like you have Velcro all over your head,” he said.While shaving your head my not be for everyone, Belans said it lends one a strong emotional connection to those going through cancer.“It [shaving your head] requires a lot of bravery and is a huge emotional challenge for people to go through and do that big empathic thing to stand in solidarity with people with cancer,” she said.Belans has donated her hair three times to The Bald and The Beautiful.“There’s all kinds of things we take for granted and one of the easiest ones is a full head of hair,” Bramanti said. “But on a shaving-your-head basis, you’re stepping into someone else’s shoes and seeing what it’s like. It’s an interesting experience. When you shave your head and you’re off campus where people don’t know you, you can get looked at kind of funny, like ‘why does this kid have a shaved head’ and maybe that’s something that people who are going through chemo have to deal with as their hair is growing back. It’s just trying to understand and get a little appreciation for how blessed we are to live the kind of lives we do and do what we can to help those who have to deal with the things we don’t.”Lasecki is still apprehensive about the approaching date for her big haircut, but it excited to do her part for those battling cancer.“I’ve wanted to cut my hair for a while now, but I’m definitely still a bit nervous,” Lasecki said. “I haven’t had short hair since I was pretty young. Nevertheless, I’m just grateful I can do my small part in the ongoing fight against cancer.”Bramanti said if shaving your head has even crossed your mind before, it’s definitely a risk worth taking.“I think everyone will get a little nervous when they think about shaving their head,” Bramanti said. “But, I never looked back. I’m very happy I did it the two times I did. If you haven’t done it and it’s something you’re thinking about, take a little leap of faith. You always have a conversation starter.”Tags: cancer, haircut, philanthropy, the bald and the beautifullast_img read more

Brisbane’s ‘practically bomb proof’ party house

first_imgMr Pinter engaged Base Architects to build the statement house, which he had intended to retain as his home. But work opportunities meant it wasn’t meant to be. “It’s not going to be for everyone but when I built it, I didn’t build it for the market,” he said. “I remember walking into the old house which was this fibro, one-storey worker’s shack,” he said.“It had this big window that captured these amazing city views and that’s when I saw its real potential.” Design features include its suspended concrete slab structure and Victorian ash timber screening, louvres for natural ventilation and its simple palette. Mr Pinter said he had also put significant effort into the landscaping around the property.“I like just pottering around,” he said. Made from concrete and timber, the house at 23 Yarradale St in Newmarket can be cleaned out with a leaf blowerWhen David Pinter of Pinter Constructions was asked to describe the house he built at Newmarket, three words came to mind – “practically bomb proof”.The impressive structure, which is dominated by wood and concrete, was finished mid-last year, and was built on a large block that was once home to a rundown worker’s cottage. The second level has been designed for entertaining, with the open-plan living and dining areas and kitchen opening out to a huge outdoor living and alfresco area and the pool.Mr Pinter said the back deck and barbecue area, which has a built-in bar fridge, had been the “most used” part of the house. He said that entire level was the perfect summer retreat as it was able to be opened up to allow the cool breezes to flow through. There is also a bedroom, a bedroom/office and a bathroom located on the second level.Upstairs, there are three more bedrooms and the master retreat, a second living area, another bathroom and another outdoor entertaining area.“You can see the city from pretty much every part of the house,” Mr Pinter said.“And the pool on that second level, that took a lot of effort. That’s a big design feature.“The whole house, it’s not typical of the area or even Brisbane really.” As for the extensive use of polished concrete, Mr Pinter said it was by no means the cheapest material to use, but it came with almost no maintenance.“I can go through with a leaf blower,” he laughed. “It has that industrial feel but maintenance wise, it has its benefits.” The three-level house has five bedrooms including an oversized master retreat with his/her wardrobes, an ensuite with a freestanding bath and city views.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agolast_img read more

Football: Look at Tyler Biadasz’s draft stock before NFL Draft

first_imgWith the NFL Draft quickly approaching, several Badgers are preparing for their name to be called on draft night, with offensive lineman Tyler Biadasz among them.Biadasz, a 6-foot-3-inch, 321-pound lineman, hails from Amherst, Wisconsin, where he played as a defensive lineman in football, along with playing for his high school’s basketball and baseball teams. Biadasz emerged from high school as a 3-star recruit but has become a dominant force on the Badgers’ offensive line since his redshirt freshman season in 2017.Over the course of his career, Biadasz has started 41 games, all of which have been at center. As one of the best offensive linemen in the Big Ten, Biadasz paved the way for star running back and fellow draftee Jonathan Taylor, who broke the record for most rushing yards through a junior season.Biadasz has earned numerous accolades during his collegiate career, including a unanimous first-team All-American selection (2019), a Rimington Trophy winner as the nation’s best center (2019), a third-team All-Big Ten selection (2017), a first-team All-Big Ten selection (2018 and 2019) and an Academic All-Big Ten selection (2017, 2018 and 2019). Biadasz also allowed just one sack across 390 pass plays in the 2019 season.Biadasz’s dominance as an elite college offensive lineman cannot be questioned, but how his abilities will translate to the NFL is a question NFL scouts will attempt to answer in the next few months.Football: Look at 2020 football recruitment class following National Signing DayFollowing the University of Wisconsin football team’s close Rose Bowl loss to Oregon, the team is looking ahead to next Read…Let’s take a look at Biadasz’s draft stock with the NFL Combine and NFL Draft quickly approaching.As a former basketball and baseball player, Biadasz’s speed and agility truly stand out among other offensive linemen. Commended for his mobility as a blocking center, Biadasz has the advantage over other draft hopefuls due to his quickness, especially when it comes to run blocking.Biadasz is also known for his durability as he started all 41 games across the three seasons he played for the Badgers. Unfortunately, Biadasz did require hip surgery last offseason, but the surgery did not seem to have a major impact on his play in 2019.Biadasz’s run-blocking ability might be the best of any offensive lineman in the draft as he helped the Badgers average well over 200 yards per game across his three seasons at center.His pass-blocking skills are also above average for a lineman of his size as the Wisconsin unit allowed only 65 sacks across 41 games from 2017-19, including the aforementioned one sack allowed by Biadasz in all of 2019. NFL Draft analysts have noted he may struggle at the NFL level as his lateral quickness is subpar compared to many defensive linemen in the league.Football: Look at Quintez Cephus’ draft stock before NFL DraftFollowing a missed full season in 2018, junior wide receiver Quintez Cephus showed up in a major way in 2019, Read…Concerns about Biadasz’s balance have also been raised by draft analysts, as Biadasz frequently drops to his knees when overpowered, which would obviously happen more often in the NFL. He also has a tendency to lunge at defenders in the open field, something which may raise concern among NFL scouts before the NFL Combine and NFL Draft.Biadasz hip surgery is also a concern for NFL teams when considering his potential as hip injuries are often a result of wear-and-tear in athletes. Biadasz’s hip injury resulted in more upper-body blocking — or getting leverage via his arms, not his legs — in 2019, causing him to be pushed back on passing plays when faced with stronger defenders during Big Ten play.Wisconsin football has been known as a pipeline for future NFL offensive linemen for years, and compared to other linemen at the program, Biadasz ranks among the best in program history despite only playing for three seasons.In a press release from after Biadasz was announced as the winner of the Rimington Trophy, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Joe Rudolph explained what separates Biadasz from the rest.“He’s intelligent, he has a tremendous work ethic, and he has proven himself to be an amazing leader for our team,” Rudolph said. “We couldn’t be more proud of the player and person he’s become, and I consider myself fortunate to have the chance to coach him.”Football: Look at Jonathan Taylor’s draft stock before NFL DraftRunning back Jonathan Taylor has been a crucial piece of Wisconsin’s offense for the past three seasons, making the decision Read…While Wisconsin has produced one of the best offensive linemen in NFL history in Joe Thomas, Biadasz isn’t likely to reach his level. Instead, expect Biadasz to serve as a regular, above-average lineman in the NFL, similar to former Badgers like Ryan Ramczyk, Rob Havenstein and Kevin Zeitler.Looking at Biadasz’s draft profile as a whole, it is clear he will be selected on either the first or second day (first-third rounds), barring an extremely poor performance in the NFL Combine or a major injury between now and the draft.Most projections and mock drafts have Biadasz going in the late first round, including CBS Sports (No. 32 to the Chiefs and No. 26 to the Dolphins, according to two experts) and Bleacher Report (No. 30 to the Packers). My prediction, like those of many, is Biadasz hearing his name called either late on day one or early on day two.NFL Draft Projection: Late 1st-Early 2nd Roundlast_img read more

Trees Communicate with Aspirin

first_imgTrees talk to each other in a chemical language (02/21/2006), but till now, no one realized they sound an alarm with aspirin.  Trees emit a vaporous form of aspirin when under stress, reported Science Daily, that talks on the ecological network.  This was an unexpected finding.    Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research theorized that the methyl salicylate vapor, one of hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOC) emitted by plants, is a distress signal.  It may put the plant or tree into a kind of high-alert mode, stimulating immune responses, and it may also signal neighboring plants to be on guard against a climactic or invasive threat.    Scientists knew that methyl salicylate was produced by plants, but did not realize till now that plants emit significant quantities of it into the atmosphere, and use it for signaling.  The team detected the aspirin when studying VOCs in a California walnut grove.  “These findings show tangible proof that plant-to-plant communication occurs on the ecosystem level,” a co-author of the study said.  “It appears that plants have the ability to communicate through the atmosphere.”    If farmers can learn to read the chemical signals in vapors emitted by plants, they may gain a new way to quickly gauge the health of their crops before damage becomes visible.The article did not mention evolution.  Here is another amazing fact, right under biologists’ noses, that was unknown till now.  If an observable, measurable phenomenon in the present can escape detection for so long, how can biologists speak so glibly about factors in mythical worlds millions of years ago?  How could a communication network among brainless plants evolve?  This was discovered by good old-fashioned field work.  Taxpayers donated funds for the research.  Darwin donated nothing.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sudafrikas Automobilindustrie

first_imgSudafrikas Automobilindustrie ist gewissermaßen der Turbomotor fur die Herstellung und den Export von Fahrzeugen und Fahrzeugkomponenten. Die Branche zeichnet fur 10% der Produktionsexporte des Landes verantwortlich und ist somit eine wichtige Saule in der Wirtschaft des Landes.Mit einer Jahresproduktion von 535.000 Fahrzeugen im Jahr 2007 (fur 2008 wird ein Anstieg auf 630.000 erwartet) ist Sudafrika angesichts einer weltweiten Produktion von 73 Mio. Fahrzeugen eher unbedeutend.Lokal betrachtet ist der Automobilsektor jedoch ein Riese, der 7,5% zum Bruttoinlandsprodukt beitragt und der 36.000 Arbeitskrafte beschaftigt.Die Regierung hat die Automobilindustrie zum Hauptwachstumssektor erklart. Anvisiert wird ein Produktionsanstieg auf 1,2 Mio. Fahrzeuge bis 2020 bei gleichzeitiger erheblicher Erhohung des lokalen Anteils.WachstumInvestitionenFord, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, VW …Motor Industry Development ProgrammeWettbewerbsvorteileZulieferindustrieAuswahlverwohntWachstumSudafrika war in den letzten Jahren einer der starksten Automobilmarkte weltweit. Bei den Verkaufszahlen in den Jahren 2004 bis 2006 wurden 3 Jahre lang in Folge Rekorde gebrochen. 2006 stieg der Verkauf um 14,4% auf knapp unter 650.000 Stuck, mit Einnahmen von 118,4 Milliarden Rand.2007 sank der Verkauf um 5,4%. Auch fur 2008 wird ein weiterer Ruckgang erwartet, da die hoheren Zinsen und die Preisanstiege den Konsum drucken. Mit erheblichen Exportprogrammen wird sich die sudafrikanische Industrie jedoch uber Wasser halten konnen. Der Export von Fahrzeugen lag 2007 bei 170.000 Stuck.Der sudafrikanische Automobilverband Naamsa rechnet jedoch fur 2008 mit einem Anstieg auf 285.000. Dies ist ein außerordentliches Wachstum, wenn man sich vor Augen fuhrt, dass im Jahre 1997 gerade einmal 20.000 Fahrzeuge in den Export gingen.Sudafrika exportiert derzeit Fahrzeuge in uber 70 Lander, hauptsachlich nach Japan (ca. 29% des Gesamtexports), Australien (20%), Großbritannien (12%) und in die USA (11%). Zu den afrikanischen Abnehmern gehoren Algerien, Simbabwe und Nigeria.InvestitionenViele internationale Konzerne nutzen Sudafrika zur Auslagerung der Komponentenfertigung und zur Fahrzeugmontage fur lokale und internationale Markte.Zwischen 2000 und 2006 haben sich in dieser Branche die Investitionen in die Produktions- und Export-Infrastruktur vervierfacht: von 1,5 Milliarden auf 6,2 Milliarden Rand. 2007 setzte eine Schrumpfung auf 3 Milliarden Rand ein. Die Kapitalinvestitionen werden fur 2008 mit 4 Milliarden Rand veranschlagt.Davon entfallt der großte Teil auf auslandische Investitionen – hauptsachlich Muttergesellschaften von lokalen Autoherstellern, die ihre Aktivitaten ausweiten, Produktionskapazitaten aufstocken, den Export steigern und die Infrastruktur unterstutzen.Alle großen Automobilhersteller des Landes – wie zuletzt Ford im Januar 2008 – haben in den vergangenen Jahren groß angelegte Exportprogramme lanciert.Ford, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, VW …FordIm Januar 2008 kundigte die Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa geplante Investitionen in Hohe von 1,5 Milliarden Rand in die sudafrikanische Produktion des neuen Kompakt-Kleinlasters und des Puma-Dieselmotors an.Nach Angaben des lokalen Ablegers des US-Automobilriesen ist der Start fur 2009 vorgesehen. Die Mittel verteilen sich auf das Montagewerk in Silverton, Pretaria und das Motorenwerk in Struandale, Port Elizabeth. Die meisten dort produzierten Fahrzeuge sind fur den Export vorgesehen.General MotorsGeneral Motors South Africa in Port Elizabeth (Provinz Ostkap) vermarktet die Marken Chevrolet, Opel, Isuzu, Saab, Cadillac und Hummer. 2005 erhielt das Unternehmen einen 6-Jahres-Vertrag fur die Montage und den Export des Hummer H3, verbunden mit einer Investition in Hohe von 100 Mio. USD in das Werk Struandale.GM South Africa baut gerade ein neues Fahrzeugumgestaltungs- und Vertriebszentrum und investiert weitere 481 Mio. Rand in die betrieblichen Aktivitaten zur Aufwertung der Produktionseinrichtungen und der Anlagen im Jahr 2008.Mercedes-BenzMercedes-Benz South Africa fertigt Mercedes-Benz- und Mitsubishi-Fahrzeuge im Fertigungswerk East London/Eastern Cape. Die Zentrale des Unternehmens befindet sich in der Provinz Gauteng. Von dort aus erfolgt das Marketing und die Finanzierung der Marken Mercedes-Benz, smart, Maybach, Mitsubishi Motors, Freightliner, Western Star und FUSO.Mercedes-Benz SA hat vor kurzem 2 Milliarden Rand in die Modernisierung seines Montagewerkes investiert und produziert nun sowohl links- als auch rechts gesteuerte Versionen der neuen C-Klasse fur den Inlandsmarkt und den Export.ToyotaToyota South Africa hat vor kurzem ein funfjahriges, 2,4 Milliarden Rand schweres Modernisierungs- und Revitalisierungsprogramm beendet. Das Werk in Prospecton, sudlich von Durban, ist jetzt eines der hoch technisiertesten Toyota-Werke außerhalb Japans mit einer Produktionskapazitat von 220.000 Fahrzeugen pro Jahr.Damit ist Toyota South Africa von einem reinen lokalen Lieferanten zu einer prosperierenden Exportbasis mit Abnehmern in europaischen und afrikanischen Markten geworden. Das Unternehmen, das in uber 40 Lander exportiert, erwartet fur 2008 einen Export von 140.000 Fahrzeugen, was nahezu 60% des gesamten Automobilexportes aus Sudafrika ausmachen wurde.VolkswagenVolkswagen South Africa ist in Uitenhage, unweit von Port Elizabeth in der Provinz Ostkap angesiedelt. 2007 feierte das Unternehmen sein 56. Bestehen in Sudafrika – und das 2,5-millionste Fahrzeug, das vom Band rollte. Volkswagen ist lokaler Marktfuhrer im PKW-Markt, mit einem Anteil von 21% bei den Neuwagenkaufen.Zwischen 2000 und 2008 investierte Volkswagen South Africa ca. 6 Milliarden Rand in neue Modelle, ein neues Spritzwerk und ein neues Montagewerk fur Transporter und Busse.Motor Industry Development ProgrammeDer Ausloser fur diesen phanomenalen Zuwachs war das Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) der Regierung. 1995 in Kraft getreten, wird dieses Programm stufenweise bis 2012 auslaufen.Das MIDP hat dem Export Auftrieb gegeben, indem es den Autoherstellern die Moglichkeit gab, gesamte Exportwerte in ihren hiesigen Gesamtwert mit einzubeziehen und dann den Gegenwert in Waren zollfrei zu importieren. Dies erlaubte Automobilherstellern sich auf die Produktion bestimmter Fahrzeuge oder Komponenten fur den Export zu konzentrieren, wahrend sie andere Modelle importierten.Das MIDP raumt Automobilherstellern, die in neue Fertigungsanlagen und Ausrustung investieren, einen Production-Asset Freibetrag ein, indem sie 20% ihrer Ausgaben im Zeitraum von 5 Jahren in Form von Einfuhrzollen zuruckerstattet bekommen.Die Regierung plant ein MIDP-Nachfolgeprogramm, das auf die Verbesserung der Wertschopfungskette im Inland abzielt. Das neue Programm, das bis 2020 laufen wird, konzentriert sich auf Mehrwert-Potentiale bei gleichzeitiger Kontinuitat in den multilateralen Verpflichtungen Sudafrikas. Es ist wahrscheinlich, dass es die Form eines Produktionszuschusses annehmen wird.Das Wirtschaftsministerium erhofft sich von dem Programm neue Arbeitsplatze und eine langfristige Festigung der Industrie. Der Plan wird Produktions- und Investitionsplane unterstutzen, die “darauf abzielen, auf jeder Plattform ein Mindestvolumen von 50.000 Einheiten pro Jahr innerhalb einer angemessenen Zeit zu erzielen”.WettbewerbsvorteileTrotz ihrer eingeschrankten Große und Produktionsmoglichkeiten bietet Sudafrikas Fahrzeugindustrie etliche Wettbewerbsvorteile fur internationale Konzerne. Das beinhaltet unschlagbare Kostenstabilitat bei kurzen oder kleinen Durchlaufen, wettbewerbsfahige Montagekosten und ein Hochstmaß an Flexibilitat in der Produktion.Die hiesige Industrie hat außerdem einen guten Zugang zu den Markten der sudlichen Hemisphare und Afrikas und bietet Produktionsstatten fur Rechtslenker.Die sudafrikanische Industrie offeriert einiger einzigartiger Technologien, wie das Differenzialgetriebe fur Offroadfahrzeuge, Aluminiumschweißtechnik fur Kuhler und der Fahigkeit, Bauteile wie Luftfilter und Klimaanlagen, die den hoheren Temperaturen und dem Staub in Afrika gerecht werden, zu entwickeln.Die erstklassigen Produktionsstatten des Landes sind mit dem Zugang zu Rohmaterialien und gunstiger Elektrizitat verbunden, außerdem gibt es eine stabile Infrastruktur fur Transport und Telekommunikation.Das Automotive Industry Development Centre und die Gerotec Prufstelle in der Nahe Pretorias sind Weltklasseeinrichtungen im Bereich Forschung, Design, Tests und Training.Neue Investitionsmoglichkeiten werden fur die Industrie geschaffen, indem Freihandelsabkommen mit der Europaischen Union und der South African Development Community abgeschlossen werden, genauso wie mit der US Regierung der African Growth and Opportunity Act.ZulieferindustrieIn Sudafrika gibt es uber 200 Hersteller von Automobilkomponenten und weitere 150 Zulieferer, die nicht ausschließlich die Automobilindustrie beliefern. Die Zulieferindustrie hat einen Gesamtumsatz von 50 Milliarden Rand bzw. 2% des Bruttoinlandsproduktes und erwartet angesichts der Wachstumsperspektiven im Export ein starkes Wachstum.Sudafrika hat im Jahr 2006 Automobilkomponenten im Werte von 30,3 Milliarden Rand exportiert – ein Anstieg von 32% gegenuber dem Vorjahr. Davon entfallt fast die Halfte auf Katalysatoren.Andere wichtige Exportteile sind Motoren, Schalldampfer, Auspuffe, Kuhler, Rader und Reifen, abgenahte Ledersitzbezuge, Autoradios und Car-Entertainment-Systeme sowie Achsen, insbesondere fur schwere LKW.Deutschland, Spanien, Großbritannien, die USA, Frankreich und die Lander sudlich er Sahara sind die wichtigsten Ziellander fur sudafrikanische Automobilkomponenten.AuswahlverwohntDie Autovarianten-Vielfalt ist mit 1.390 geradezu atemberaubend: vom Freizeitfahrzeug bis hin zu Kleinlieferwagen ist in sudafrikanischen Autohausern alles vertreten – so ein Bericht des Business-Portals Fin24.com.Die Auswahl hat sich in den vergangenen 10 Jahr mehr als verdoppelt. 1997, kurz nach der Wiedereinfuhrung von Alfa Romeo, Renault und Chevrolet in Sudafrika – und als die Sudafrikaner erstmals auf den Geschmack von Mahindra, SsangYong, Dacia, Kia, Hyundai, Daewoo, Saab und Subaru kamen – gab es 37 Hersteller, die 595 verschiedene Modelle anboten.Spater entstanden Vertretungen von Bentley, Cadillac, Citroen, Dodge, Maybach, Mini, Proton, TVR, GWM, Lexus und Tata in Sudafrika, selbststandig oder im Verbund mit etablierten Vertriebspartnern oder liierten Konzerngesellschaften.Trotz der Angebotsvielfalt vertraut die Mehrheit der sudafrikanischen Kaufern jedoch bekannten, etablierten Marken wie Toyota, Volkswagen, Ford, Mazda und BMW. Auf diese Marken entfallt immer noch uber 80% der Neuwagenverkaufe des Landes.Letzte Aktualisierung: August 2008SAinfo reporter. Quellen (Englische Websites):National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SANational Association of Automobile Component and Allied ManufacturersDepartment of Trade and IndustryGeneral MotorsMercedes Benz South AfricaNissan South AfricaToyota South AfricaBusiness DayEngineering NewsFin24last_img read more

Shout musicians sing to end violent crime

first_imgCrime-prevention foundation Shout South Africa will feature on the next instalment of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, to air on Sunday 17 August on SABC2 at 9pm. • Songbird Abigail Kubeka remembers songs for Mandela • McGregor’s music captures the African village • Blake and friends bring pop-classical mix to stage • Watch: Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes in South Africa • Voodoo Funk: Ambassador of AfrobeatMary AlexanderOn the evening of 18 October 2007 legendary South African reggae musician Lucky Dube was dropping his son and daughter – two of his seven children – off at their uncle’s house in Rosettenville, Johannesburg, when hijackers pumped two bullets into him at close range. He tried to drive off, crashed into a tree, and died on the scene.News of his death stunned fans and fellow musicians – and made front-page headlines – across the world. The BBC described him as “among the great reggae artists” alongside Bob Marley. His record label told the Independent that “Lucky wasn’t just big in South Africa, he was big in Africa and the rest of the world.”But almost every article reporting his death also raised South Africa’s high rate of violent crime. “South Africa is considered the murder capital of the world, with 20 000 murders each year,” the Guardian wrote, while the BBC described the country as “one of the most dangerous societies in the world”.The murder came three years after respected Mozambican bass guitarist Gito Baloi was gunned down, also in Johannesburg, in 2004.Dube’s death impelled two South African musicians, kwaito artist Kableo Mabalane and pop star Danny K, to do something about violent crime in South Africa. They decided to release a single recorded by as many local musicians as they could gather – in the style of the international 1980s “We Are the World” project – and use the proceeds to fund crime-fighting and victim support initiatives.The single they chose was “Shout” by British band Tears for Fears, from the 1984 album Songs from the Big Chair. Songwriters Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith described it as “an encouragement to protest”, a song about “the way the public accepts any old grief which is thrown at them”. The lyrics are apposite to crime in South Africa:Shout, shoutLet it all outThese are things I can do withoutCome OnI’m talking to youCome onIn violent timesYou shouldn’t have to sell your soul …In 2010 Mabalane and Danny K, with contributions from 37 other South African musicians, released their cover of “Shout”. The song also became the name of their new crime-prevention foundation – Shout South Africa.Watch the “Shout” music video:“It took three years to assemble the cream of South Africa’s talent to come together,” Danny K says on the Shout website. “With the help of my co-founder and friend Kabelo we decided enough is enough and we were refused to be silent about what is happening to ordinary people who live in fear of being attacked, robbed, raped and/or murdered every day in our country.”The choice of song was Mabalane’s: “I played Danny the Tears for Fears track ‘Shout’ in the studio where I was busy recording my new album,” he says. “The words resonated with what we both felt about crime in our country and the rest, as they say, is history. South Africans downloaded it in their hundreds of thousands to make it the biggest selling download of a full track in the history of South African music.”Watch a 2010 ZA News insert featuring puppets Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela supporting Shout:Shout raises funds through merchandising and music downloads. Its beneficiaries include specialised units in the South African Police Service, as well as NGOs such as the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders, People Opposing Women Abuse, Childline, and Alcoholics Anonymous.Shout released a second single, a South African adaptation of John Farnham’s 1986 hit “You’re the Voice”, in 2012. The list of 34 artists contributing to the song reads like a who’s who of the South African music scene, including Hugh Masekela, Freshlyground, Mafikizolo, PJ Powers, Arno Carstens, Loyiso, Kurt Darren, Louise Carver and the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir.Watch Shout South Africa’s “You’re the Voice”:last_img read more

NBA: Kerr credits ex-Dubs coach Jackson for team’s defensive prowess

first_img‘A dogfight’ What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Mark Jackson  AP FILE PHOTOThe Golden State Warriors are one win away from hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy and going undefeated in the 2017 NBA Finals.Much can be said about the Warriors’ offensive firepower, but the team’s prowess on the defensive end is truly something to marvel at.ADVERTISEMENT Before current head coach Stever Kerr took over the reigns in the Bay Area in 2014, Mark Jackson was the catalyst of the then up-and-coming squad.Prior to Game 3, Kerr was quick to credit his predecessor as the man responsible for instilling the team’s core defensive values.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When I was in TV, I was doing Warriors games for years; every year, they were one of the worst defensive teams in the league. Mark came in and made a focus of being a tough defensive-minded team,” Kerr said, as relayed by ESPN.“The year before I got here, the Warriors were the fourth-ranked defensive team in the league—already top-five. We knew what we had. We didn’t change one thing defensively,” he added. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games RELATED STORY:Durant, Warriors rally to beat Cavs for 3-0 leadSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES He said they started switching more when Draymond [Green] took over the power forward role. “But for the most part, our schemes—everything—stayed the same.”The reigning NBA coach of the year also lauded Jackson for making his transition to coaching much easier.“We already knew they had established that defensive identity. Our job was to improve the offense—to get more movement and more flow. And that was my focus,” he said.Kerr has returned to coach the Warriors in Game 2 after being sidelined most of the playoffs due to complications from his back surgery.Jackson, meanwhile, currently works as a broadcast commentator for ESPN and ABC and continues to call the finals match-up between his former team and the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Apple’s iWatch may not be available until 2015 globally

first_imgiWatch is expected to compete with other smartwatches manufactured by Samsung, Sony and Qualcomm. (Photo: truprotection.com)According to reports, Apple’s iWatch, dubbed the Diet Watch, may not be available until 2015 globally. The watch equipped with the latest sensor technology could track calories and steps as well as heart rate.Chinese analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that complexity of watch design isthe reason behind the delay. However, the product from Apple’s stablecould be launched in October, alongside Apple’s next iPad range. Reports said iWatch would include more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data and access to features such as messages and notifications through integration with the iPhone and iPad. A sweat sensor is believed to be one of the sensors on the watch.In an attempt to boost the sales of the smart watch, the technology giant recently poached senior executive Patrick Pruniaux from Swiss luxury watch brand Tag Heuer.iWatch is expected to compete with other smartwatches manufactured by Samsung, Sony and Qualcomm.Apple applied for a trademark for the iWatch in Japan, a patent official said earlier this week.It has also been revealed that Apple has signed up a host of sports star to try the wearable – including basketball star Kobe Brant, who was recently spotted at Apple’s Cupertino campus.last_img read more