MELBOURNE, Australia – Karrie Webb won the Women’s Australian Open for the fifth time Sunday, shooting a 4-under 68 in the final round to beat Chella Choi by one stroke. Webb birdied the 18th hole to take the outright lead, then watched as Choi, who shot a course-record 62 on Saturday to take a share of the third-round lead, pushed a 10-foot putt wide of the hole at 18 to miss the chance for a playoff. Webb, who clinched her 40th LPGA title, finished at 12-under 276 overall. She previously won the Australian Open in 2000, 2002, 2007 and 2008. ”I got off to a great start and I just did a great job mentally today,” Webb said. ”I can’t think of another time when I held myself together as well as that.” The win marked a remarkable change of fortune for the No. 8-ranked Australian, who was disqualified from last week’s Australian Ladies Masters after signing an incorrect scorecard. She had been the defending champion at the event. Webb started five shots off the lead Sunday, but made six birdies and only two bogeys as the other leading challengers struggled in a strong wind on the Victoria Golf Club course. ”I was happy to see the conditions were going to be a little tougher today,” Webb said. ”I felt like that gave me a chance to make up some ground.” Choi had played 14 holes and was at 11 under when Webb finished her round, leaving the Australian with an anxious wait to see whether her score would hold up. But the South Korean, who had two eagles and six birdies in her record-setting third round, couldn’t make a birdie on the back nine Sunday. ”When you’re on the course you feel like you have some control, but when you’re done you have no control and you just have to wait and see,” Webb said. ”I actually thought once Chella had that putt on the last, I’ve played with her quite a bit and I was expecting that one to go in.” Choi was trying to win her first LPGA title. World No. 2 Suzann Pettersen of Norway faltered in her bid to take over the top ranking from South Korea’s Inbee Park. Pettersen, who started the day three shots off the pace in fourth place, needed to finish first or second to pass Park, but had three double bogeys in a final round 80 to drop back into a tie for 28th. Sixteen-year-old Lydia Ko of New Zealand, the world No. 4, was also unable to challenge Webb, struggling with her putt on the back nine and shooting a 73. She finished tied for third with American Paula Creamer (68) and Frenchwoman Karine Icher (71). Seventeen-year-old Australian amateur Minjee Lee, the co-overnight leader, had seven bogeys and a double bogey in an error-filled final round of 78. She finished in a share of 11th place.
The UN Commission report could not have been clearer on this issue: “Depending upon the circumstances, such international offences as crimes against humanity or large scale war crimes may be no less serious and heinous than genocide. This is exactly what happened in Darfur, where massive atrocities were perpetrated on a very large scale and have so far gone unpunished.” In light of these clear findings, the world can hardly afford – and the people of Darfur can certainly not afford — to allow a debate over terminology to delay or obstruct concerted international action to stop the slaughter. Europe and the US ought to recognise their common ground and take up a common cause. Sadly the Atlantic wedge risks being driven in deeper by the UN Commission’s recommendation to refer the situation in Darfur to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The current administration in Washington considers the ICC anathema, due to fears – genuinely held no doubt, but misplaced given the protections in the treaty text – that US soldiers overseas might one day be unjustly caught in its legal grasp. On the UN Security Council, the US says it wants accountability, but through another ad hoc body. France clearly supports a referral while the UK has ducked and bobbed, supportive of the ICC but not wanting to confront the US. Russia and China have so far avoided making clear their positions. Transatlantic differences are bridgeable if both sides focus on what’s really important – saving lives in Darfur – and act accordingly. As an already existing institution, the ICC is able to respond more quickly to the crisis and start investigations without delays than any new or renovated ad hoc court. At the very least the US should abstain on an ICC referral, ensuring that the people of Darfur will see justice much sooner. But a referral is not enough to end the mass violence against civilians in Darfur. The situation also demands a meaningful arms embargo on both parties in the conflict, the imposition of a no-fly zone and much stronger international support for the under-staffed and under-funded African Union force. The US has actively supported some of these measures and strong European backing for them could be a counterbalance against a difficult US abstention on the referral. And a firm European-US agreement on a proposed resolution in the Security Council would be hard for China and Russia to reject point-blank. The EU and the US have been split over terminology for months. Brussels and the EU member states have been unwilling to characterise the situation in Darfur as genocide, while the Bush administration’s officials and prominent US legislators have repeatedly used the term. Voices in the US have accused the Europeans of avoiding the word in order to dodge taking serious action, but the counter has been easy. America’s willingness to declare ‘genocide’ openly has done nothing to make Washington act any more meaningfully. The whole debate is misplaced. What matters is not the ‘g’ word but the ‘a’ word – ‘atrocity crimes’. In Darfur, whether anyone had the specific intent required for genocide, “to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such”, will only ever be properly determined once a recognised court fully investigates the issue. What matters is whether anyone at all is going to be held accountable for the atrocity crimes, whatever their proper legal description, that have resulted in tens of thousands dying violently, scores and maybe hundreds of thousands dying of disease and malnutrition and 2.6 million people being forced to flee their homes. The UN Security Council has passed three woefully inadequate resolutions on Darfur already. Not one of them has moved Khartoum to change its calculations. The EU and US must not allow their relatively minor disagreements to scupper a fourth. Gareth Evans is president of the International Crisis Group.
China’s increasing influence in Africa is a double-edged sword that wields the potential for prosperity and despair.In recent years, the Asian nation has poured billions of dollars into Africa, investing in trade, building infrastructure, pumping oil, mining copper and other raw materials, and developing Chinese-run businesses. But while the massive investment has meant economic growth, it has also led to the loss of jobs and the support of suppressive regimes.That was the message from a panel discussion Oct. 24 co-sponsored by Harvard’s Committee on Human Rights Studies and the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center’s Program on Intrastate Conflict and Conflict Resolution. The diverse panel included a Harvard expert on Africa, a famous actress dedicated to human rights, and a Zambian politician who has denounced China’s involvement in his country.The event, part of the 2007-08 Committee on Human Rights Event Series “China as a Global Player,” took place in the Barker Center’s Thompson Room.Ambassador Liu Guijin, the Chinese Embassy’s special representative for African affairs, was also scheduled to participate but was unable to attend. In his absence, it fell to Africa expert Robert Rotberg, adjunct professor of public policy and the director of the Program on Intrastate Conflict and Conflict Resolution at the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, to make the case for China’s both good and bad influences in Africa.As China expands to become a global force, so does its need for greater access to natural resources, Rotberg said. It has found welcome partners in many African nations rich with oil, copper, and other valuable raw materials, nations that are willing to open their doors to trade and other economic opportunities.The benefits of such collaboration include investment in infrastructure, African access to cheaper consumer goods, and even the potential growth of Africa’s gross domestic product, said Rotberg. But, he argued, the negative affects — like the stripping away of Africa’s natural resources, the loss of African jobs to Chinese laborers, the flood of cheap goods that bankrupt local African industry, and the support of violent rulers — can’t be ignored.“China as an investor … has buttressed the harsh rule of seriously authoritarian governments,” Rotberg said. “It manages — particularly with its aid — to reinforce the least participatory instincts of many rulers in Africa.”Recent international pressure has made China begin to back away from its support of Sudan and Zimbabwe. The international community should continue to press for such positive movement from China, said Rotberg, and should continue to try to persuade China to encourage good governance, the transfer of technology, and effective institution building in the countries with which it engages economically. At the same time, he said, the international community should welcome China as a force for the growth of Africa’s GDP.“China is really, if it focuses itself, a force for long-term good in Africa,” he said.Actress Mia Farrow, UNICEF goodwill ambassador and representative of Genocide Intervention Net, was less forgiving in her assessment of China. She said Sudan’s Chinese oil revenues fund the government’s attacks on the people of Darfur, and that Chinese arms shipments are destined for the region.“China,” she said, “has underwritten genocide in Darfur.”The actress recently returned from her seventh trip to Darfur, where Sudan’s military and government-backed militias have waged a violent campaign against rebel groups and civilians. She detailed the area’s suffering with a moving slide show.“No one is yet able to count the dead, and the dying continues,” she said as she showed shots of devastated villages that had been burned to the ground.Farrow said the refugee camps in the neighboring countries of Chad and the Central African Republic have become cauldrons of despair, filled with mourning women and starving orphans. She showed the crowd slides of pictures drawn by children in the camps.“My children draw rainbows and flowers,” she said. “Here, you see attack helicopters.”To stop the genocide, Farrow said the international community, particularly the sponsors of the Beijing 2008 Olympics, must call for China’s action to end the violence in Darfur.“What message have we sent to the people of Darfur?” she asked the crowd. “Just that they are completely dispensable.”The third voice in the discussion belonged to Michael Sata, the outspoken leader of the Zambian populist party, the Patriotic Front. Sata has been openly critical of China’s policies in Zambia and is a strong supporter of Taiwan, which Beijing deems a rebel province.Sata continued his criticism of China last week and contended that the country is only interested in self-serving policies, programs, and investment — and wholly unconcerned with aiding African development.“It’s a partnership of the horse and the rider,” he said, where Africa is the horse and China is the rider.One of the lone dissenting opinions came during the question-and-answer session from a Chinese national and fellow at the Kennedy School of Government. He said the panel’s criticisms were “unfairly put on China.” Farrow responded, saying that she took issue with the unjust policies of the Chinese government, not the Chinese people.“I have respect for each and every individual in China,” she said, “ but this is a governmental policy and they must examine their own position, which is really a moral position.”
Saudi Arabia records new MERS caseThe Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed a new case of MERS-CoV yesterday.Officials have diagnosed an 85-year-old Saudi man from Al Hawiyah as having MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus). He is in stable condition, and the MOH said the patient had direct contact with camels, a known risk factor for MERS. Saudi Arabia’s MERS-CoV total cases since 2012 are 1,831, including 739 deaths. Nine people are still being treated for their infections. Apr 8 MOH update Cantaloupes behind Australian Listeria outbreak that’s sickened 20Cantaloupes are the culprit behind an outbreak of listeriosis in Australia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. So far 20 people (19 confirmed cases, 1 probable) have been sickened after eating melons from a single grower. “It is believed that the cause of the outbreak was a combination of environmental conditions and weather contaminating the surface of the fruit, with low levels of the bacteria persisting after the washing process,” the WHO said.The WHO said all of the patients were hospitalized, and there have been seven deaths and one miscarriage associated with the outbreak, which began on Jan 17.On Feb 27, an Australian grower of rockmelons (cantaloupes) recalled all fruit tied to the outbreak, but not before some fruit was distributed to eight countries: China, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.The WHO recommended people thoroughly wash all fruits and vegetables before eating, and noted that pregnant women, immunocompromised people, and the elderly are most at risk during Listeria outbreaks. Apr 9 WHO statement
Share This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Disneyland Snacks You Gotta Try! Longtime readers of the SATURDAY SIX know that we have a big case of the munchies going on 24/7. In fact, because of the articles on The 10 Gallon Challenge at Whispering Canyon and the E-Ticket milkshakes at Universal’s Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, this fine blog series is now the third leading cause of adult onset diabetes in America (and look out soda, we’re coming for you!) This week however we are gonna head across the country over to Guy Selga’s neck of the woods and check out the tasty treats at the Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland. Despite having only two parks compared to our four here in Florida, the Disneyland resort is chock full of incredibly unique and delicious items that you can only get out in California. This week we are going to look at six of our absolute favorite snacks, so sit back, loosen your belt a couple notches, and let’s begin our list with…# 6 Matterhorn MacaroonThe Matterhorn Macaroon in front of the fabled Matterhorn itself. (photo by Brandon Glover)–If you go to Disneyland and don’t stop by the Jolly Holiday Bakery to get a Matterhorn Macaroon, you’re doing it wrong. A coconut macaroon shaped like the iconic Disney mountain, topped with white chocolate, and sprinkled with powdered sugar on top for an awesome snow-like appearance, the Matterhorn Macaroon is ultimate in synergy between theme park attractions and snacks. Oh, and it just so happens to taste GREAT.–# 5 – Mickey BeignetsMickey Beignet. (photo by Megan Stump)–Eventually we’ll be doing a blog on our favorite Mickey shaped food items, but one of our favorites is the sugary concoction found at the Mint Julep Bar or Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square (the latter of which serves them with dipping sauces.) We often find ourselves stopping by Port Orleans French Quarter just to grab some beignets here in Florida, so seeing them in the classic Mickey shape in Anaheim brings two of our favorite things together in one. Now that’s synergy we can get behind. Even better, Disneyland also offers flavored beignets such as pumpkin spice during Halloween and peppermint for the Christmas season.A Mickey Beignet in New Orleans Square, hard to beat that. (photo by Sarah Kong)–# 4 – Exotic ChurrosWhile we haven’t scientifically proven this to be true, many people know the long held “fact” that in Walt Disney World there are trash cans are located no more than 30 steps apart from each other. A lesser known fact is that churros are available no more than 20 steps away from each other. They’re everywhere, and we love them! However, it turns out we in Florida have only been shown the boring old cinnamon sugar churro, while those at the Disneyland Resort have a whole bunch of churro options to choose from, thanks to the California Churro Company in Downtown Disney. Cherry flavored churros! Grape flavored churros! There’s even salted caramel flavored churros! It’s like those of us in WDW are in the black & white Kansas part of Dorthy’s life, and Disneylanders get see the full color world of Oz. It’s not fair!Woah! (photo by Megan Stump)Churro menu. The Oreo dipped churro was not available. This would be like having one trip in your lifetime to Disneyland and Indiana Jones, Radiator Springs Racers, and their much better Pirates of the Caribbean all being down. (photo by Megan Stump)A “grape” churro. (photo by Megan Stump)–Turns out the “colorful” churros that you see in the first picture are more of a visual aid to picture what the churro will taste like. The actual churros arrive looking pretty much like the regular ones we are all used to, but they are covered in “flavor crystals” (trademarking that before Guy Fieri steals it from us). The taste was “ok,” and seemed like grape Kool-aid on fried dough, but the king of the hill here is the CHURRO ICE CREAM SANDWICH.Close-up on the grape churro. EXPECTED A LITTLE MORE PURPLE HERE DISNEY! (photo by Megan Stump)–The Churro Ice Cream Sandwich is an interactive dessert (trademarking that one too) in which you get the churro “buns” along with a cup of ice cream to put in the middle. This was absolutely as awesome as it sounds.A churro ice cream sandwich? Someone’s peeked into the SATURDAY SIX dream journal. (photo by Megan Stump)The churro sandwich. It’s indescribably beautiful. (photo by Megan Stump)–# 3 – Make Your Own Ice Cream BarSpeaking of interactive desserts, Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Parlor in Disney California Adventure has a neat treat in the form of hand-dipped ice cream bars which guests can customize to their liking. First you pick the type of bar (vanilla bean, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or mixed berry sorbet.) Then you choose the chocolate coating (milk or dark chocolate.) Finally you finish it off with a variety of topping options including colorful Mickey confetti, chocolate chips, white sugar pearls, blue raspberry bursts (pop rocks,) and rainbow sprinkles. True pros asked for “the whole herd” which gives you a little bit of everything.Hand-dipped ice cream bar topped with confetti Mickeys. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Hand-dipped ice cream bar with crushed peppermint, a seasonal offering. (photo by Megan Stump)Hand-dipped ice cream bar with white sugar pearls. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Hand-dipped sorbet bar with pop rocks. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Cross section of the sorbet bar with pop rocks. (photo by @bioreconstruct)–# 2 – Basically ANYTHING at Bengal BarbecueBengal Barbecue in Adventureland may be our absolute favorite quick service in any Disney park. While serving sizes have shrunk over the years, that shouldn’t surprise any of us who visit the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. The prices for almost all the items are under $5, and many of the snacks are served on a stick which has been proven time and time again to be the best possible vehicle in which to deliver meat. The Safari Skewer, offering bacon wrapped asparagus, is a crowd favorite, but you can’t go wrong with the Banyon Beef or Chieftan Chicken skewers either. While we were on our most recent visit there was even a new skewer with a theme to Disney’s latest movie Moana. This tasty skewer had grilled shrimp, sausage, and pineapple. Pro tip: order the Tiger Tails breasticks and then use the excess sauce from your skewer to dip it in.Bacon wrapped asparagus Safari Skewer. (photo by Megan Stump)Chieftain Chicken Skewer in a polynesian sauce. (photo by Megan Stump)A special for the Disney film Moana, a grilled shrimp, sausage, and pineapple skewer. (photo by Megan Stump)Pomegranate Piranha Lemonade. All-natural Odwalla lemonade with flavors of mango and pineapple, pomegranate pearls topped with a passion fruit-mango fruit foam. Note the Tiger Tail in the background (photo by Megan Stump)–# 1 – Hand-dipped Corn Dog (Little Red Wagon Corn Dogs)A while back we took a look at the iconic snacks at the Magic Kingdom, but there is no snack in Florida that is as iconic – or beloved – as Disneyland’s hand-dipped corn dog at the Little Red Wagon on Main Street USA. As the name says, these dogs are hand-dipped into a mouthwatering sweet cornbread batter and then fried to a crispy dark brown. Take a a minute and watch Gary Maggetti, a former Disneyland food and beverage director, tell the History of the Disneyland Corn Dog. We all owe a debt of gratitude who the unnamed Disneyland executive chef who took it upon himself to “make a better corn dog for the guests.” In our new world of $650 cabanas in Tomorrowland and up-charge dessert parties as far as the eyes can see, at times we forget the Disney Difference and why we all fall in love with these parks in first place. The hand-dipped corn dog is not just a great snack at Disneyland, it is THE greatest snack at Disneyland.THE corn dog to rule them all. (photo by James Rosemergy)Corn Dog! Corn Dog! Corn Dog! (photo by Guy Selga)–HONORABLE MENTION – Funnel CakesIf this Pineapple Upside Down Funnel Cake doesn’t get you over to the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country, I don’t know what will.(photo by Megan Stump)Actually, maybe I do know something that will get you to go. This CHURRO FUNNEL CAKE!Churro funnel cake. (photo by Megan Stump)–DOUBLE SECRET HONORABLE MENTION – Mickey Pancakes!While not technically a snack, the Mickey pancakes at Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland just may be better than the Mickey waffles we adore here in Florida. How cute is that?!Mickey Pancakes. (photo by Megan Stump)Mickey Pancakes, making breakfast great again. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Rancho del Zocalo. (photo by Megan Stump)–WHATCHU TALKIN’ ‘BOUT WILLIS? INDUCTION: Tower Drop HotdogAt Award Weiners in Disney California Adventure is a hotdog that would give the next level bonkers dogs we have at the Grand Floridian a run for their money. Despite the looks of this monstrosity, Disneyland celebrity blogger Guy Selga swears that it is actually tasty.The Tower Drog Hotdog served on black noir potato bun covered with onion crunch. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?! (photo by Guy Selga)So there you have it: Six Disneyland Snacks You Got To Try! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles (which we just celebrated our THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY), or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan)Due to the amount of sugar she ingested in Disneyland, SATURDAY SIX editor Megan Stump did – in fact – lose her mind.If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:The Six Best Kept SECRETS at Walt Disney World’s EPCOTFATHER’S DAY SPECIAL: Celebrating Dads at Walt Disney World and UniversalThe Six Best Souvenir Cups at Walt Disney WorldSix Of Our Favorite Shows That Went to Walt Disney WorldYou Need a Disneyland Corn Dog Right NowSpecial Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, DVC magnate Morgan Crutchfield,the Bio-est of all Reconstructs @bioreconstuct, alleged Disneyland gang member Guy Selga, celebrity Disney “hacker” James Rosemergy, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-host Aengus Mackenzie and fellow Potterheads may enjoy Meg’s work on the Central Florida Slug Club.Maybe our new Guardians of the Galaxy overlords aren’t so bad after all…
FNB Stadium is one of the legacies of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)The legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup will stand South Africa in good stead, as the country prepares to stage yet another spectacular football tournament, this time the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).South Africa received the nod to host Afcon 2017 after being pipped by Morocco for the 2015 event. The two were the only nations bidding after the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) pulled out.The Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced its decision on 29 January in Lubumbashi, DRC, after evaluating bids from the two competing nations.The South African Football Association’s (Safa) delegation, comprising its president Kirsten Nematandani, vice president Danny Jordaan and outgoing CEO Leslie Sedibe, concluded their bid in a 45-minute presentation before Caf’s announcement, as did Morocco’s representatives.Safa wanted the 2015 rights as it felt the country is more than ready to host Afcon within the next four years.“Considering that we have all the resources in place, our preference was to host the tournament in 2015,” said Nematandani in a statement.The country’s 2010 Fifa World Cup infrastructure has been widely acclaimed. Dazzling venues like FNB in Soweto, Moses Mabhida in Durban, Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth and the eye-catching Cape Town Stadium are part of the international tournament’s legacy for South Africa.Billions were spent on building new and reconstructing old stadiums. Even low-key provinces like Mpumalanga and Limpopo now have world-class venues.The 43 500-seater Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga was built at a cost of R1.5-billion (US$140-million). Peter Mokaba Stadium in Limpopo cost the tax-payer about R1.24-billion (US$150-million) and can accommodate more than 45 000 spectators.The football World Cup’s 64 matches were staged in 10 stadiums across eight of the nine provinces. With such a wealth of experience, South Africa will not find it difficult to prepare for 2017.“I think we’ll rely on the legacy of the World Cup. Our stadiums are in good condition,” said Safa’s spokesman Morio Sanyane in an interview.“Our roads are also good,” Sanyane added. “We did a great job in transporting people during the World Cup.”While main roads were transformed for the international spectacle, public transport also received a major boost in cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town, where efficient Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems were introduced.Road to 2017Though Safa lost the bid for 2015 Afcon, it does not feel hard done by Caf and has congratulated Morocco. “Safa has welcomed the decision of Caf,” Sanyane said.“We congratulate Morocco and wish them all the best in hosting this project of continental importance,” Nematandani said.Part of the preparations for the 2017 event will be to review Safa’s 2014 vision, a strategy that focuses on competitions like the 2012 Afcon in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea and the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.“Our strategy has to incorporate various aspects that will lead to the successful hosting of the 2017 Afcon,” said Nematandani. “2017 may seem far away, but the work starts now so that we are better prepared come the time.”Safa has confirmed that they will bid for the 2014 Fifa Club World Cup tournament, whose 2010 edition was hosted by the United Arab Emirates last December.Preparing Bafana for gloryIn 2017 it will be exactly 21 years since South Africa hosted Afcon. The historic 1996 contest took place in the four host cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth, and national team Bafana Bafana snatched the top honours from Tunisia before 80 000 fans in magnificent style.But Bafana’s Afcon performance has slumped after their debut victory in the tournament. The best results the team has produced since then are runners up in 1998 and third places in 1999 and 2002. They went out in the first round in three Afcons between 2004 and 2008.Fans around the country were devastated when Bafana failed to qualify for the 2010 Afcon in Angola.However, the team started their 2012 qualifying matches rather well in 2010. Bafana, which beat France in the World Cup, went on to thump Niger 2-0 in their first Afcon qualifier at Mbombela Stadium in September 2010.They played to a 0-0 draw against Sierra Leone in an away match. The next qualifier is a contest against the resilient Egyptian team in March in South Africa.Bafana have four important home and away matches where they have to achieve top points to secure a place in next year’s tournament.Then it’s the race to qualify for the 2013 Afcon in Libya, and Bafana will also need to qualify for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
Film + School is a film awareness and appreciation initiative run by The Bioscope Independent Cinema and the Goethe-Institut South Africa to introduce youngsters to the art of filmmaking. (Image: The Bioscope) MEDIA CONTACTS • Russell Grant Co-owner, The Bioscope +27 11 039 7306 RELATED ARTICLES • Education at the movies • A winning open education system • A taste of the film club experience • Macufe film week returnsTiisetso TlelimaPonte City is still the tallest residential building in Africa, a position it’s occupied since 1975. The unusual round, hollow-centre block of flats in Berea, in Joburg’s inner city, is home to 4 000 people, many of them migrants from across the continent.Their perspectives on how they are viewed in post-apartheid South Africa are explored in a poignant documentary, Africa Shafted: Under One Roof, which begins this year’s Bioscope Film + School cinema education series for inner city schoolchildren. The programme begins on February 6.Now in its third year, Film + School is a film awareness and appreciation initiative run by The Bioscope Independent Cinema and the Goethe-Institut South Africa to introduce youngsters to the art of filmmaking. The programme targets primary and secondary schoolchildren from under-resourced schools in the inner city such as Mahlasedi High School, New Model Private College and Metropolitan College.It has been designed to be as broad as possible to give the children an opportunity to engage in a wide range of film genres and structures, including fiction, documentary and animated film. This allows them to become familiar with the different modes of storytelling of the medium.“In the past, we looked at all the different kinds of animation and then we tried to make it interactive by bringing industry experts to talk to the kids,” explained The Bioscope co-owner, Russell Grant.“We had a guy who did a demonstration on animation and explained to the kids exactly how it works. How you take one photo and you move an object. Then you take another photo, and when you put the photos together you can see the object move.”Using the film as a starting point, the screenings involve discussions with the children. These are intended to encourage them to interrogate the subject matter of the film and the way in which it has been made. Discussions are on a wide variety of topics, including HIV and Aids, race, sexuality, gender, and migration. They are facilitated by Puleng Plessie, who approaches the schools and manages the relationship between the project and the schools.This year’s programme, which runs from February 6 to March 20, will introduce the children to the world of documentary filmmaking through five South African documentaries: Africa Shafted: Under One Roof (2011), Cradock Four (2011), Taking Back The Waves (2005), The Creators (2011) and Afrikaaps (2010). The topics they cover range from exploring life in the inner city and a history of the struggle against apartheid, to surf culture and an exploration of South African youth culture.Each screening is to a full house, with about 62 children attending each session. The screenings take place every Wednesday at 11am. “We are looking to do a season for every school term. Since we started in February 2011, the seasons have run across a few months,” said Grant.Making their own filmsIn 2011, the Bioscope worked with Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotoso to make a film together with the children on migration. “We got them to [each] bring an object which they felt represented their belonging in any shape or form,” he explained.They were filmed presenting their objects to the rest of the class. These presentations were then cut into a film, which was later shown to the children. “They loved it because they got to be a part of a filmmaking process, which was fun … The film never had a formal name, other than The Belonging Film. We hoped to have them learn about what it means to belong to something as well as how one prepares and acts in front of a camera.”In November last year, The Bioscope and the French Season South Africa ran a project called the Home Movie Factory. It allowed members of the public, including the Film + School students, to make their own movies. Conceptualised by French filmmaker Michel Gondry, the Home Movie Factory was a collection of 12 film sets that each reflected an aspect of Joburg life, ranging from a downtown street to a Highveld campsite to a mine-shaft.Participants drove cars that didn’t move; flipped switches to change the time of day and played with other interactive elements to tell their stories. The idea was that any member of the public, for free and for fun, could come into the factory and make his or her own movie.“So there’s a range of sets and props and you make a movie. So the kids came and made their own films,” said Grant. “We wanted everyone to take part and it was very important that the same inner city school kids also made use of the Home Movie Factory.”The films made at the Home Movie Factory were not necessarily for the public, but the children themselves left with a copy of the movie they had made, he added.
2 July 2013 General Motors South Africa (GMSA) and component manufacturer Tenneco South Africa have been awarded a R6-billion contract to export catalytic converters for GM’s next-generation V-6 engines to the United States. The converters will be manufactured at Tenneco’s clean air plant in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and will be used for vehicles sold in the US from 2015 to 2022. GMSA and Tenneco have been in partnership for over 12 years to produce catalytic converters for the US market, and current export levels are 2.6-million converters per year for use on 17% of all vehicles manufactured by General Motors around the world.‘Supporting strategic export growth’ “The decision to award this contract to South Africa is a great show of support by our parent company, as it comes ahead of a clear legislative framework by the South African government to support the strategic growth of exports,” GM Africa’s managing director, Mario Spangenberg, said in a statement last week. The programme will provide a boost for the Eastern Cape economy as it will create employment in manufacturing, supply and support services. The country’s mining sector will also benefit from the programme with a projected need for 10 tonnes of platinum group metals over the duration of the project. “Supplier operations in South Africa are competing with other operations around the globe. In order to attract business, suppliers need to be globally competitive in the critical areas of both cost and productivity,” said GM’s international operations vice- president for global purchasing, Johnny Saldanha. “A key characteristic of vehicle manufacturing is that we often have to plan as far as five years in advance for the next vehicle programmes. “Tenneco and General Motors have long and proud associations in South Africa spanning many years. We are delighted to have been selected by GM for this critically important programme,” said Tenneco country manager, Gary Keen. SAinfo reporter
In an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, Thomas Healey, senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, outlines benefits and positive results coming from Sarbanes-Oxley legislation that he thinks many are over-looking:The US economy, rather than being stunted by over-regulation, has increased 67% or $4.2 trillion in market value between June 2002 and June 2007.AMR Research found that companies have had to pony up $6 billion in 2006 to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley. But Healey points out that in the Enron case alone that shareholders lost $60 billion. It’s a form of insurance and a best practice.A report from Moody’s shows that company’s internals controls and procedures have dramatically improved over the last five years.Audit fees, while initially high after implementing Sarbanes-Oxley, decrease with each year after implementation.There is an implicit agreement by many that Sarbanes-Oxley is the right thing to do. Japan, France, Canada and China are copying the legislation.