SA ‘pleaded for Janice Linden’s life’

first_img12 December 2011 South Africa had on several occasions appealed to China to halt the execution of Janice Linden, a South African woman convicted of smuggling drugs. On Monday morning, South Africans woke up to the news that Janice Bronwyn Linden was being executed in China. The 37-year-old woman from KwaZulu-Natal was arrested in November 2008 after being found in possession of 3kg of methamphetamines when she arrived in Guangzhou. International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Clayson Monyela said the South African authorities had been in constant contact with the Chinese on Linden’s sentence, appealing for her execution to be halted. “We have tried at the level of the ambassador in Beijing, up to the level of government, to try to appeal to the authorities in China to commute or convert the sentence from a death penalty to a jail term, especially given what our Constitution says about the death penalty,” Monyela said on Monday. “Unfortunately, all our terms were unsuccessful.” Monyela told E-News channel in an interview that they had even pleaded with the Chinese delegation on the sidelines of the UN climate summit (COP 17) held in Durban over the last two weeks, but this had not yielded any positive results. “We are disappointed in this morning’s execution,” said Monyela. According to Chinese practice, Linden would not have been told of her execution until this morning (Chinese time). Media reports suggested that two of her sisters were in China and had been allowed an hour with her before she was put to death by lethal injection. Monyela said the department would continue providing consular services to her family. Although it is not known how many people are executed in China annually, because the information is classified as a “national secret”, Linden is the first South African to be executed in China, and human rights groups say thousands still face capital punishment in that country. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Stars of diski: South Africa’s football greats

first_imgBafana Bafana are on the up, once again wearing the badge with pride. One day we’re likely to talk about this group of players with the same reverence as our legendary heroes – Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone, Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe, Jomo Sono and Kaizer Motaung. Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone (front row, far right) in the 1957 to 1958 squad for Dutch football club Heracles Almelo. Mokone is so beloved in the Netherlands that there is a street named after him in Amsterdam. (Image: Salmon Palangana)Football-mad South Africa has had its share of greats, men who have not only wowed their countrymen, but have gone on to fly the flag in other countries as well. Among these legends are men who were stars long before the game was just about money. They were men whose reputations were built on their skill, and not the size of their wallet.Early starsAmong South Africa’s early football exports were Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone, Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe, Jomo Sono and Kaizer Motaung.Once signed for Barcelona (he never played a single game at the Palau Blaugrana arena) Mokone was the first black South African to play professional football in Europe. After signing up for English club Coventry City in 1955, Mokone went on to achieve superstar status playing for the Dutch side Heracles and later for Torino in Italy.At the time he was one of a handful of players to earn £10 000 a year. By 1959 he was rated as one of the best soccer players in Europe, and was being compared to the all-time greats of the game.Ntsoelengoe was a legend with Kaizer Chiefs Football Club in the 1970s before moving to the United States for 11 seasons. He was in the North American Soccer League (NASL) all-star team in 1979 and 1982 and was inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003. Ace Ntsoelengoe in the 1976 Minnesota Kicks squad. (Image: Stimulated Faculties)Sono, owner of Jomo Cosmos FC, had a tough childhood. His father, Orlando Pirates midfielder Eric “Scara” Bhamuza Sono, died in a car crash and his mother abandoned him. Being from Orlando East in Soweto, Orlando Pirates was his home club before he moved on to play for the New York Cosmos, where one of his team-mates was the legendary player Pelé.Jomo Sono in action against Angelo DiBernado in 1982. (Image: NASL Jerseys) Motaung – “Chincha-Guluva” as he was affectionately known because of his dribbling skills – played for Orlando Pirates. After a successful stint with US club Atlanta Chiefs he came back and formed the club Kaizer Chiefs, one of the most revered teams in South African football and the biggest rival to Orlando Pirates.A 22-year-old Kaizer Motaung with Brazilian football legend Pele in 1968. (Image: NASL Jerseys) Class of ’96Fast-forward a few decades and a new crop of players sprang up who would go on to be known as the Class of ’96 after winning the Africa Cup of Nations, or Afcon, two years into South Africa’s new democracy.From that crop Lucas “Rhoo” Radebe, Doctor “16V” Khumalo and Phil “Chippa” Masinga stand out for also appealing internationally and having great careers.Watch highlights of Bafana Bafana’s victory against Tunisia in the final of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations:Radebe plied his trade with Kaizer Chiefs before leaving them in 1994 and going to Leeds United in the UK. Leeds player of the year in 1998 he became club captain and remains a hero to the fans at Elland Road, the clubs home. The English band Kaiser Chiefs, all Leeds fans, named the band in honour of Kaizer Chiefs, Radebe’s first club.Khumalo, nicknamed after the Volkswagen GTI, a popular car in the township of Soweto at the time was a dribbling wizard that could read the game well. He was the guy that passed to Masinga to score the winning goal for the Afcon title. Khumalo played for the Moroka Swallows reserves before going to Kaizer Chiefs and then on to play for LA Galaxy in the US.Masinga scored the winning goal in the Afcon final of 1996 and brought South Africa to a standstill. A lanky striker with a thunderous shot, Masinga made use of his height advantage very well to score many goals during his illustrious career. He played for Jomo Cosmos and Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa before going to Leeds United and Italy’s Bari.The millennium revelationsBenni McCarthy is the only South African player to have ever won the European Cup Champions League. He is probably the most decorated South African players having won the Eredivisie with Ajax Amsterdam; Portuguese League with Porto under Jose Mourinho; and, a championship treble with Orlando Pirates where he retired in 2013.Watch Benni McCarthy’s top 10 goals for AFC Ajax:Aaron Mokoena is the first and only South African player with a century caps (107). He represented South Africa in four African Cup of Nations (1998, 2002, 2004, 2008), two World Cups (2002 and 2010) and the 2000 Summer Olympics. He was the captain of the South African team in the FIFA 2010 World Cup and was also Portsmouth FC captain in 2009 in the UK’s Premier League.Still playing regularly in the top flight league in South Africa, Siyabonga Nomvete can still put many a younger striker to shame. Having played in several European leagues, and now Moroka Swallows in the Premier Soccer League, Nomvete has represented Bafana Bafana since 6 May 1999, and he played in the 2002 and 2010 World Cups.These are not all of the greatest players to come from South Africa but their accomplishments continue to inspire the players that came after.last_img read more

U.S. and Foreign Wind Companies Create Good American Jobs

first_imgWind energy needs stable policy support in the United States in order to keep creating jobs.Recently there have been some questions in the media (see Green Inc. and Washington Post articles) and in the U.S. Senate about stimulus grants for wind energy projects going to foreign countries. On March 3rd, a group of Senators called for the suspension of the renewables grant program until “Buy American” rules had been passed that made sure projects used American components and labor. But there is more to that story than meets the eye.Empirical evidence demonstrates that predictable support for wind power improves local manufacturing capacity and creates local jobs. Consistent support in the form of the stimulus and long term programs such as a Renewable Energy Standard will give investors the certainty they need to plan and create jobs in the United States.Predictable Support for Wind Power Creates Local Jobs The growth of the U.S. wind industry confirms a global trend: every country that has put in place large and predictable mechanisms to create demand for wind power has increased its domestic manufacturing capacity — and created domestic jobs. In the United States, wind energy has received policy support in the form of federal tax credits and a number of state-level programs. As the state-level programs have grown more numerous and ambitious and the federal support has stabilized (the production tax credit has not been allowed to expire since 2005), the wind industry has experienced a period of rapid growth. In 2008 alone, 55 new facilities producing wind turbines and components opened and there are now a total of 85,000 jobs in the American wind industry, up from 50,000 in 2007, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Of the 15 leading global wind turbine manufacturers, 11 operate production facilities in the US or plan to begin operating this year, as my colleagues and I have found in a working paper recently published by the World Resources Institute and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. As part of the Recovery Act, wind park developers can now apply for a cash grant instead of the tax credit. This grant program has funneled more than $2.2 billion and has attracted $10 billion in foreign investment as well.The growth of the US wind industry confirms a global trend analyzed in our paper: every country that has put in place sufficiently large and predictable mechanisms to create demand for wind power has seen the increase of its domestic manufacturing capacity — and thus domestic jobs. That is mainly because regional production hubs close to installations sites are the most efficient way for the wind industry to organize its supply chain.One of the reasons why the wind industry tends to produce locally is that towers and blades are very heavy and expensive to transport. Of course, given supply constraints and tight deadlines, companies will occasionally import any component if they cannot source it locally. But the larger industry trend is a different one; my colleagues and I calculated that the domestic content of turbines installed in the U.S. has risen from an average of less than 20 percent in the period 2001-06 to over 50 percent in 2008.Wind Projects Improve Local Manufacturing Capacity and Create JobsHowever, it takes time to develop local manufacturing. The United States does not yet have the capacity to produce every part for every wind project, but it can develop this in the coming years if the government continues its support policies. In West Texas, for example, American and Chinese companies are jointly developing a 600 megawatt wind farm with some parts supplied by a Chinese company. But 70 percent of the turbines used in the Texas project, including the blades and towers, will be manufactured in the U.S. Furthermore, they plan to build a new turbine plant in the U.S., creating 1,000 American manufacturing jobs. While their long term objective is a 100 percent American turbine, it will take time to ramp up manufacturing. Suspending the Renewable Grant Program could pull the rug out from under projects like this.The Texas project follows the trends for the industry in general. While some components are sourced globally, companies have an interest in building local supply chains and the share of local content will increase over time. What is unique about the Texas project is the origin of the foreign components. It is the only project announced so far that sources turbines from a Chinese company. Contrary to the concerns voiced in the recent controversy, China is not an important exporter of wind turbines. In 2008, Denmark, Spain, Japan and Germany accounted for almost 85 percent of U.S. wind turbine imports. The Chinese share was 0.5 percent.Global Market, Local JobsIn considering the future of the grant program, policy makers should not assume that a foreign-owned company does not create jobs in the United States. First of all, grants go to domestic project developers, not turbine manufacturers. The developer will use part of that money—our working paper estimates around three quarters of it—to buy the equipment, including the turbine. But the rest of it is spent on other up-front costs: paying the project developer’s own staff, construction workers and engineers. In other words, at least 25 percent of a typical grant goes to directly creating American jobs. The other 75 percent may support some manufacturing abroad, but very likely will support U.S. manufacturing as well, especially as domestic capacity increases.Two examples illustrate that foreign ownership cannot simply be equated with production and jobs abroad. A wind turbine manufacturer in Pennsylvania has been able to rehire workers because of stimulus funding after it had to lay off some of them last year. This Pennsylvania plant produces in the U.S., but is actually owned by the Spanish company Gamesa. On the flip side, the controversial wind project in Texas sources its gearboxes from a Chinese manufacturer that is majority-owned by American wind giant GE.What’s Next for the Wind Industry?A closer look reveals how the recent development of the U.S. wind market has been good for local job creation. The single most important factor in creating a domestic wind industry and the related jobs is ambitious and predictable support for wind power projects. Compared to the countries like Germany that have been most successful in developing a wind industry, support programs in the U.S., such as tax credits, have been more intermittent, inhibiting the development of the domestic manufacturing base. For example, in 1998 a federal production tax credit (PTC) had helped spur new investments in large scale U.S. wind energy. But new wind investments collapsed collapsed following 1999, 2001 and 2003, when Congress allowed the PTC to expire. Fits and starts do not make for a strong industry, but predictable, sustainable support will.With the new grant program, the U.S. is beginning to catch up, attracting foreign investment and building domestic manufacturing capacity. To continue on this path, long-term programs, such as a Renewable Energy Standard, would provide investors the certainty they need to plan. However, because it takes time to build local manufacturing capacity, companies will continue to source components globally to overcome local supply constraints and meet deadlines. That’s why the American Wind Energy Association and leading executives from the industry have come out with strong statements against Buy American provisions, saying they could slow down wind power deployment and job creation in the U.S.—which of course is the goal of the stimulus. For more information, see It Should Be A Breeze: Harnessing the Potential of Open Trade and Investment Flows in the Wind Energy Industrylast_img read more

Statement from Rep Mike McCready on creation of Detroits Recovery and Michigans

first_img Categories: McCready News 06May Statement from Rep. Mike McCready on creation of Detroit’s Recovery and Michigan’s Future Committee State Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, upon appointment to the newly created House Committee on Detroit’s Recovery and Michigan’s Future, today issued the following statement:“My colleagues and I in the House are taking the consideration of a Detroit bankruptcy resolution very seriously. Economically, our goal is to secure the city’s recovery and ensure the region’s success as an integral part of Pure Michigan.“Most importantly, we’ll be working to protect taxpayers throughout the process of overcoming this challenging issue. Our newly formed committee has the best interest of all Michiganders in mind as we work to move Detroit and our state forward.###last_img read more

Residents of West Michigan invited to office hours with Rep Bumstead

first_img23Jun Residents of West Michigan invited to office hours with Rep. Bumstead “With so many pressing issues facing us in Lansing, I want to hear from residents in all of our West Michigan communities,” said Rep. Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “I encourage everyone to visit with me to share their thoughts and ideas.”No appointment is necessary. Residents who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Bumstead’s office by phone toll free at 877-999-0995, or by email at JonBumstead@house.mi.gov.### State Rep. Jon Bumstead invites residents of the 100th House District to join him during office hours this July.Office hours will be held at the following dates, times and locations: Monday, July 610 to 11 a.m. at the East Main St. Restaurant, located at 1 E. Main St. in Fremont;Noon to 1 p.m. at Spanky’s Pizza, located at 1024 W. Main St. in Fremont; Categories: Newscenter_img Thursday, July 238 to 9 a.m. at the Pink Elephant, located at 207 S. State St. in Hart; andNoon to 1 p.m. at Hart Pizza, located at 105 E. Main St. in Hart. Wednesday, July 22Noon to 1 p.m. at the Brown Bear, located at 147 N. Michigan Ave. in Shelby Tuesday, July 710 to 11 a.m. at the Riverstop Café, located at 52 State St. in Newaygo;11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sally’s Restaurant, located at 103 N. Charles St. in White Cloud;last_img read more

Rep Kahle honors local autism organization during Capitol visit

first_img24Apr Rep. Kahle honors local autism organization during Capitol visit State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian presented a special tribute Wednesday to Jasmynn’s Voice, an Adrian-based organization started by the Archer Family to support other families that live with autism.“As a parent myself, I deeply admire David and Melissa for their dedication to their daughter, Jasmynn, and their advocacy for those living with autism,” Rep. Kahle said. “It is only fitting as we observe April as Autism Awareness Month in the state of Michigan we recognize their devotion and unwavering commitment to serve.”State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian presented a special tribute to Melissa (left), David, and Jasmynn Archer in recognition of their work with families living with autism. Joining them after the presentation is state Rep. Mike Mueller.“What a gift and an honor to be recognized today at the Capitol for the work our daughter inspires us at Jasmynn’s Voice to do for those with autism,” Melissa Archer said. “Providing iPads and communication apps has brought our family immeasurable joy. Helping children who struggle to find their voices and exist amidst acceptance in a complex world is our privilege.”The Archer’s started Jasmynn’s Voice in 2012 after they discovered an iPad helped Jasmynn, who was non-verbal, communicate with those around her. David and Melissa’s organization is meeting a critical need in providing iPad’s to hundreds of children on the autism spectrum. These devices are one of many keys to unlock the silence those with autism sometimes struggle to overcome. Through educational apps, and programs specifically designed to help non-verbal children communicate, families can see improvements in behavioral struggles, anxiety and the frustration often attributed to a child’s inability to communicate. Categories: Kahle News,Kahle Photoslast_img read more

Multiscreen video and brand advertising specialist

first_imgMultiscreen video and brand advertising specialist Smartclip has struck a partnership with TP Vision, which manufactures Philips-branded TVs.Smartclip will deliver advertisements on the Philips Smart TV portal homepage and sub-pages, including the App Gallery and to the Smart TV ecosystem. The partnership covers the Philips Smart TV offering in western Europe and Russia.“We are confident that the partnership with Smartclip will bring us closer to the international advertising community and that our Smart TV platform will bring added value for brands,” said Albert Mombarg, head of Smart TV at TP Vision. “We are convinced that the advantages of the Connected TV – self-determined entertainment – will change the way consumers watch TV, reducing linear TV consumption in favour of demand content.”last_img read more