Max Butler Named Vice President Marketing for Mahindra Distributor Global Vehicles

first_imgALPHARETTA, Ga. — Max Butler, an automotive advertising veteran, has been named marketing vice president of Global Vehicles USA, the distributor for Indian auto maker Mahindra & Mahindra, which is in the process of launching its first vehicles in the United States.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The 51-year-old Butler brings more than 20 years of automotive marketing experience, with an emphasis in the retail arena, which according to John Perez, Global Vehicles chief executive officer, was a key reason for his appointment. “It was crucial for us to have someone heading the marketing and advertising efforts for the launch of the new Mahindra products who really understands the ins and outs of this market,” explained Perez. “Max knows how to translate the marketing programs developed by the manufacturer into advertising dealers can use to sell trucks and SUVs.” Beginning later this year, Global Vehicles will launch two- and four-door diesel-powered pickup trucks, in both two-wheel and four-wheel-drive versions. These are rugged vehicles, compact in size with the payload and towing capacity of larger pickups, and with the fuel economy of a small automobile. About a year later, a diesel-powered SUV, with similar characteristics, will follow the pickup.   Butler joins Global Vehicles following 17 years of marketing for the Saturn brand at three advertising agencies in Atlanta, most recently Deutsch LA. His first Saturn position, in 1991, was with Publicis & Hal Riney, moving in 2002 to Goodby, Silverstein & Partners with the brand. “Obviously he was successful with his Saturn work because they insisted he stay with the account even when they changed advertising agencies,” said Perez. “We feel he can really energize our efforts at the most elemental level, helping dealers reach customers for our great trucks.”Advertisement The challenge of building a brand in the competitive U.S. automotive market is not new for Butler, whose first advertising position in 1988 was with HDM Advertising to build the Peugeot brand. A year later he joined SAAB Cars USA, Inc., in Orange, Conn., taking on even more such challenges.last_img read more

TSSAA issues return to sport guidelines

first_imgNASHVILLE, TN (WLAF) – The TSSAA issued its return to sport guidelines on Friday afternoon.DATE: May 22, 2020TO: Administrators of TSSAA & TMSAA Member SchoolsFROM: Bernard Childress, Executive Director & Mark Reeves, Assistant Executive DirectorRE: Return to Sport GuidelinesThe National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Sports Medicine Advisory Committee recently released its Return to Sport Guidelines to state high school athletic associations across the country. You are receiving this document from TSSAA to serve as guidance for informational purposes. What has become very clear is that policies enacted at the state, city, and local levels may ultimately determine whether or not you are able to engage in the specific types of activities described in this document. As a result, TSSAA is not in a position to develop policy regarding coordinated approaches to activity. The NFHS guidelines are based on the federal guidelines for the phased reopening of America. We are not aware of a central repository of information that delineates what recovery phase your school or school system may be under. When using this document, you will need to consult with local authorities in determining which of the three phases would be appropriate for the development of your specific guidelines.We know that a number of you either have developed, or, are in the process of developing your own guidelines for your school or school system. We encourage you to review the attached document as you develop your school or school system policy. If you have access to the services of a certified athletic trainer, school nurse, office of coordinated school health, central office staff, governing boards and local health departments, consider collaboration with these individuals in an effort to develop specific plans that will enable kids to safely return to activities. As we become aware of additional resources that can assist you in this process, we will quickly pass those along.In addition to guidelines for practice and conditioning sessions, the NFHS document contains guidelines for contests. Questions about regular season contests, postseason tournaments, playoffs and state championships are matters that we believe are best addressed at a later date. We will continue to examine these issues in an effort to develop answers as new information and guidance becomes available. We know these are important issues, but our most urgent focus is on safely returning kids to activities this summer. Preliminary research strongly suggests that school closure and cancellation of activities is having a significant impact on the physical and mental health of students. It is our hope that this guiding document will help schools design specific plans that maximize opportunities for their students to return to activities while minimizing the risk for COVID-19 exposure.If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to contact our office at 615-889-6740.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/22/2020-5PM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Marshfield boys swimming dominates La Crosse

first_imgTigers win six events in road victoryBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterLA CROSSE — Marshfield won six events on its way to a 102-64 victory over La Crosse Central/Logan in a nonconference boys swimming dual meet Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.Calden Wojt won the 50 freestyle (24.79 seconds), Brian Engel took first in the 100 free (55.09) and 100 backstroke (1:05.44), and the Tigers won all three relays to earn the team victory.Engel, Scott Thompson, Michael Kruse, and Wojt won the 200 medley relay in 1:55.99; the team of Ben Donahue, Gabe Ronan, Thompson, and Zach Hanson took first in the 200 freestyle in 1:45.30; and Engel, Colin Thomasgard, Kruse, and Wojt won the 400 freestyle relay in 4:00.06 for the Tigers.Marshfield will compete at the Sheboygan South Invitational on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 102, La Crosse Central/Logan 64Winners and Marshfield finishers200 medley relay: 1. Marshfield (Brian Engel, Scott Thompson, Michael Kruse, Calden Wojt) 1:55.99; 3. Marshfield (Colin Thomasgard, Jacob Dick, Alec Brenner, Ben Donahue) 2:08.33; 5. Marshfield (Andrew Gilkerson, Andrew Rall, Ryan McLellan, Trent Anderson) 2:35.88.200 freestyle: 1. Allan Mach (LC) 2:08.61; 2. Donahue (MAR) 2:11.79; 3. Anthony Hartwig (MAR) 2:16.74; 4. Hanson (MAR) 2:18.25.200 IM: 1. Will Hoeth (LC) 2:25.76; 2. Dick (MAR) 2:33.19; 3. Thompson (MAR) 2:33.40; 4. McLellan (MAR) 3:23.75.50 freestyle: 1. Wojt (MAR) 24.79; 3. Kruse (MAR) 25.99; 4. Thomasgard (MAR) 26.50.100 butterfly: 1. Nate Brenengen (LC) 1:04.30; 2. Kruse (MAR) 1:05.70; 3. Brenner (MAR) 1:15.21.100 freestyle: 1. Engel (MAR) 55.09; 3. Donahue (MAR) 1:00.68; 4. Wojt (MAR) 1:01.67.500 freestyle: 1. Hoeth (LC) 5:29.55; 2. Hartwig (MAR) 6:19.37; 4. McLellan (MAR) 7:40.46; 5. Alex Wuenthrich (MAR) 8:05.06.200 freestyle relay: 1. Marshfield (Donahue, Gabe Ronan, Thompson, Hanson) 1:45.30; 3. Marshfield (Anderson, Brenner, Eric Tollefson, Hartwig) 2:06.30.100 backstroke: 1. Engel (MAR) 1:05.44; 3. Thomasgard (MAR) 1:12.55; 5. Brenner (MAR) 1:21.28.100 breaststroke: 1. Mach (LC) 1:11.12; 2. Thompson (MAR) 1:16.52; 3. Dick (MAR) 1:19.49; 5. Hanson (MAR) 1:33.35.400 freestyle relay: 1. Marshfield (Engel, Thomasgard, Kruse, Wojt) 4:00.06; 3. Marshfield (Tollefson, Gilkerson, Hartwig, Dick) 4:25.81.last_img read more

The White Zulu on stage in SA

first_imgUbuhle Bemvelo (beauty of nature) wasreleased in 1982. Clegg receives his honorary doctoratein music from Wits University.(Image: SAMRO) A poster for a concert in the UK showsClegg in full indlamu flight. Clegg demonstrates a dance move duringa visit to Dartmouth College, US, where hedelivered a lecture on Zulu culture in 2004.(Image: Dartmouth College) An early picture of Juluka. Sipho Mchunustands at the back, while Clegg is front left.(Image: Talking Leaves)Janine ErasmusSouth African music icon Johnny Clegg takes to the local stage again in September, in a new production titled Heart of the Dancer. Clegg is a trailblazer in South Africa’s music industry, having cofounded Juluka, the country’s first racially mixed group, with Sipho Mchunu in 1979, and thereby changing the face of South African music.After a successful run in Johannesburg, Heart of the Dancer is set to take Cape Town by storm, playing two shows in September 2008 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The show takes a look at Clegg’s career, and particularly the role that dance has played in his music and live performances.Clegg has used various styles of traditional dance in his songs, each style imbuing his live shows with excitement and energy. Today, at 55 years of age he still dances as enthusiastically as ever, although he jokes that the muscles “get a little sore”.As a solo artist, with his Juluka (isiZulu for “sweat”) collaboration with Mchunu and his later group Savuka (isiZulu for “we have awakened”), Clegg combined traditional African musical structures with folksy Celtic lilts and rock music to create an accessible and hugely successful world music sound. At the same time he managed to encourage deeper respect for Zulu culture.In the liner notes for the 1992 recording of Juluka’s performance with Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Cologne Zulu Festival, Clegg was described as “symbolising the positive utopia of a freely integrated society”. In 2007 he received an honorary doctorate of music from his alma mater Wits University. The citation read, “Johnny Clegg’s life and productions give meaning to the multiculturalism and social integration South Africans yearn for.”Singing and dancingThe indlamu is a Zulu dance performed traditionally at celebrations such as weddings. Derived from the war dance of Zulu warriors, it is danced by men and calls for full traditional dress and the accompaniment of drums.The dance is characterised by dancers lifting one foot high above the head, and bringing it crashing down to the ground. Clegg and Mchunu would perform this dramatic movement to enthusiastic acclaim from audiences worldwide in songs such as Impi, which tells the story of the battle of Isandlwana. In KwaZulu-Natal on 22 January 1879 British forces were slaughtered by Zulu warriors in the largest single military defeat of the British Empire ever, although it was a Pyrrhic victory for the Zulus. An impi is a body of armed men – not necessarily Zulus.Other dance styles used widely by Clegg include the ibhampi, a lighter form of the indlamu where the dancer lightly bumps his foot down, and the inqo-nqo, which evolved in the crowded hostel environment. Here the dancer lifts his foot only a little way off the ground, brings it down hard enough to make an audible sound, and then throws himself backwards to land on his bottom.Defying the systemClegg, a social anthropologist who completed an honours degree at Wits University, was born in 1953 in Rochdale, near Manchester, England. When he was a year old his father left home and was never seen again. His mother moved to then-Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, her homeland, before moving to Johannesburg. Clegg was seven at the time.While still in his teens he encountered the culture of the Zulu migrant workers who lived in Johannesburg hostels. Mentored by Charlie Mzila, a flat cleaner by day who played music in the street near Clegg’s home in the evenings, the youngster became fluent in isiZulu, the Zulu language, and mastered the maskandi style of guitar-playing. He also gained a deep understanding of and respect for Zulu culture, later earning the nickname White Zulu.So interested was the young Clegg in the hostel musical culture that he often entered such premises illegally, as the Group Areas Act was still in force, and even took part in dance competitions.Around this time Clegg met gardener and musician Sipho Mchunu, a migrant labourer from Kranskop in KwaZulu-Natal. The two formed an acoustic musical duo which later grew into the successful group Juluka, named after a bull owned by Mchunu – but which also implied that much of South Africa’s wealth was built on the sweat of migrant labourers. The group’s first release was Universal Men in 1979.“Universal Men still sounds fresh,” said the late bass guitarist Sipho Gumede, who performed on the album, in 2000. “It’s one of those albums that will be there for life. It was an innocent album. We went into the studio with the aim of making great music. No one was thinking about how many units we would sell. We just thought about the music.”Juluka contravened the apartheid laws of the time and the authorities took a dim view of the group. Clegg and Mchunu were arrested on a regular basis and their music was censored and banned, but they pressed on regardless, fighting against the system in their own way. Their music was a statement of political defiance. Songs like Asimbonanga from the 1987 album Third World Child and One (Hu)Man, One Vote from 1990’s Cruel Crazy Beautiful World carried profound messages, as did many of Clegg’s songs of the time.The iconic song Asimbonanga (“we cannot see you”) was a call for the release of Nelson Mandela and paid tribute to other heroes of the liberation struggle such as Steve Biko, Victoria Mxenge, and Neil Aggett.Released in 1990, One (Hu)Man, One Vote was Clegg’s reminder that voting is a basic human right that was denied for so long to millions of South Africans. “The right to vote has become a hassle for a lot of people in the West, it’s taken for granted,” Clegg said of the song. “With One Man, I tried to emphasise that this is a universal right that people fight and die for in other parts of the world.”Taking the world by stormJuluka disbanded in 1985. Clegg immediately formed another band, Savuka, which was a direct response to the tense situation in South Africa at the time and featured a more conventional pop-rock sound as well as more explicitly anti-apartheid songs. Savuka was launched just one month before South Africa declared a national state of emergency in 1985. The group began touring abroad extensively and by the end of 1987 was the leading world music group touring the francophone countries.Savuka broke up in 1994 after great international success, including a 1993 Grammy nomination for best world music album for its final release Heat, Dust and Dreams. Clegg felt that the group had lived up to its name. “The Savuka project is over,” he said in 1996.Juluka reformed for a short time, and Clegg and Mchunu released their last album as Juluka, Ya Vuka Inkunzi (The Bull has Risen) in 1997.Clegg then embarked on a solo career, releasing albums such as New World Survivor and One Life. The latter, released in 2006, features the singer’s first-ever Zulu/Afrikaans tune, Thamela. The album also included the anti-Mugabe statement The Revolution Will Eat Its Children (Anthem for Uncle Bob).“The private and political choices we make affect how our one life influences the greater whole,” said Clegg of the album, ”and so the songs look at the politics of betrayal, love, power, masculinity, the feminine, survival and work. We each have a story to tell and many of the songs take on a narrative structure to emphasise the story telling nature of how we make meaning in the world.”Describing the South African experienceIn spite of the political nature of many of his songs, Clegg has never viewed himself as political. “It’s very important to understand that I’m not a spokesman for South Africa,” he said in 1990. “All I’m doing is describing the South African experience. There are already too many politicians in South Africa; it doesn’t need another.”Clegg is a published academic, with papers such as “The Music of Zulu Immigrant Workers in Johannesburg: A Focus on Concertina and Guitar” and “Towards an understanding of African Dance: The Zulu Isishameni Style”, published in 1981 and 1982 respectively.He was honoured by the French government with its Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (Knight of Arts and Letters) in 1991, and in 2007 received an honorary doctorate in music from Wits University.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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Malaysian Government finally confirms new search for MH370

first_imgThe Seabed Constructor. Photo: Swire Seabed. The Malaysian government has finally accepted Ocean Infinity’s no find, no fee offer to find MH370 that disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 aboard.According to Channel News Asia, the MH Family Support Centre has sent an email today to the next-of-kin saying that the “government of Malaysia has engaged Ocean Infinity to undertake further search operation for MH370 on a ‘no cure, no fee’ basis”.Also, the family members were told that a vessel had left for “the search area” on Tuesday.This week the ship to be used in Ocean Infinity’s high-tech search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 set sail from Durban, South Africa, on its way to the Southern Indian Ocean.Seabed Constructor will be at the search area about January 15-16.The search will begin in a 25,000 sq. km area around 35°S designated by experts in 2016 as the most likely crash site.Drift modeling and analysis of satellite imagery significantly boosted confidence among Australian experts that the wreckage of the Boeing 777, which went missing in March 2014, is in the southern half of a 25,000 sq. km.Scientists identified a location at latitude 35.6°S and longitude 92.8°E, near the seventh arc defined by satellite data, as the most likely location for the missing plane.However, if the wreckage is not found in the 25,000 sq. km search area the vessel will head north to an area around 30°S proposed by independent experts.AirlineRatings revealed in October that the Malaysians were planning to resume the search with Ocean Infinity tipped as the winning bid. The MH370 Response team later confirmed to families of victims this was the case.Malaysia’s Deputy Transport Minister Ab Aziz Kaprawi said in October Ocean Infinity would be paid between $US20 and $US70 million if they find the aircraft within 90 days of beginning the search.last_img read more

Google Docs Inserts Drawings

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google Docs just got an amazing new feature called insert drawing. With it you can now create and insert drawings directly into your Google documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The drawing creation tool is easy to use, and supports snapping to grid points and full free-form or constrained rotation and sizing of individual lines, shapes, or groups of composite items. The best part is that the entire insert drawing module is rendered in-browser. It only takes a few minutes of playing with the new module to discover that it has a number of great things going for it: First, it has a huge number of pre-defined shapes for you to use. This is especially handy if you want to draw decision or flow charts, where you want to use the same shape over and over again, or if your drawing skills aren’t all that great, like ours (hint, a better example can be found here). Second, the tool supports snap-to-grid which makes lining up objects easy. And when you hold down shift while re-sizing or rotating a shape, you get a constrained action, which is good if you want to maintain a certain aspect ratio or orient something perfectly vertically or horizontally. Finally, you can group-select objects and resize or move them en-masse.These are all fairly basic features of any vector drawing program, such as the open source application Inkscape or Dia. The difference here is that this tool is rendered completely in-browser using SVG, or if that isn’t available, VML. So no longer do you have to go to a separate application, create your drawing, and insert it as a graphic. Now you can simply create it all online, and invite people to review and revise your drawing once it’s inserted. Related Posts phil glockner Tags:#Google#news#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Hanwha’s Wisenet X Cameras Compatible with the Genetec Unified IP Security Center Platform v5.6…

first_imgHanwha Techwin America recently announced that its flagship camera line, Wisenet X, is now certified with Genetec™ Security Center 5.6 SR1 utilizing H.265 and WiseStream technology. H.265, also known as HEVC (high-efficiency video coding), is a codec that was used only in the broadcast industry, but the demand for higher megapixel cameras and resolution was the driving force that introduced this technology into security surveillance. With the certification of Hanwha’s megapixel cameras supported by the Genetec Security Center Platform, integrators can provide even higher levels of performance, efficiency, and added value.Hanwha’s compression technology, WiseStream, enhances video streams by lowering bandwidth on high-resolution cameras while maintaining image quality. Configuration of this technology is accessible via the Security Center Config Tool. WiseStream uses predictive bitrate control technology that efficiently knows when to decrease bitrates based on motion in the field of view. This compression technology can be combined with H.265 and even H.264 to provide more days of recording retention while decreasing network traffic, reportedly resulting in up to 75 percent of bandwidth savings.“H.265 is an industry-leading codec that was developed for lower bandwidth video streaming while maintaining image quality,” said Ray Cooke, vice president of business development, Hanwha Techwin America. “This Genetec integration was driven by our customers’ increasing demand for high-resolution imaging formats including 4K Ultra HD. This technology far surpasses H.264 compression for generating the highest-quality images while reducing network and storage requirements. This collaboration between Hanwha and Genetec has a very good net effect for end users, including I/T teams: lower infrastructure costs and more affordable high-resolution surveillance systems, with the strong, proactive integration bringing this advantage to customers as part of our timely release of new cameras.”- Sponsor – “Genetec Security Center 5.6 continues to provide security administrators with greater options and flexibility to protect their assets, people and facilities. The certification of Hanwha’s Wisenet X cameras adds further variety and performance options when managing throughput with today’s 4K Ultra HD cameras,” said Laurent Villeneuve, video product marketing manager, Genetec. “We are always collaborating with our trusted technology and hardware partners to advance the quality and reliability of our world-class unified IP security solutions.”.The Wisenet X series offers a variety of other technologies, including the 150dB WDR performance, which provides clear images in extremely bright and difficult light conditions. A USB port is also available for easy set-up and installation. Other notable key features include license-free audio and video analytics, dual SD card slot for increased on-board storage and image stabilization using a gyro sensor. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

How the enamel that coats your teeth evolved

first_imgThe hardest bit of your body is the enamel coating your teeth. But new analyses of fish fossils, as well as genetic analyses of a living fish species, suggest that this specialized material once served a very different function: to toughen some bones and scales of ancient fish. The findings bolster earlier suggestions that ancient fish had enamel-armored scales, and they point to a new scenario for exactly how the substance ended up on teeth.Enamel—an almost pure layer of a 
mineral called hydroxyapatite—coats the teeth of almost all tetrapods (four-limbed creatures) and lobe-finned fish such as 
coelacanths. Most living fish do not produce it, but Per Ahlberg, a paleontologist at Uppsala University in Sweden, found an ancient exception. Well-preserved fossils of an ancient fish called Psaroepis romeri reveal that this 20-centimeter-long minipredator, which prowled the seas between 410 million and 415 million years ago, had enamel in its scales and its skull—but not its teeth, according to a paper by Ahlberg and colleagues in the 24 September issue of Nature.Other teams had found partial fossils of fish with enamel on their scales. But those fragments might not have 
belonged to the same individual, Ahlberg says, so researchers couldn’t be  sure just how the enameled bits were distributed across the body, or if they came from 
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(Lepisosteus oculatus), a modern-day species that produces a hard enamel-like material called ganoine that covers its scales. The genome shows that gar can produce two of the three proteins needed to make enamel, and suggests that ganoine is essentially a scale-coating version of enamel. Thus, it offers genetic support for the fossil evidence.These findings “are very interesting,” says Zerina Johanson, a paleobiologist at the Natural History Museum in London. In contrast to previous ideas, the work suggests that hardened structures such as scales may not have physically moved from one place in the body to another as species evolved. Instead, evolution may have shifted the activity of enamelmaking proteins to new body parts.“This may provide a better understanding of what was going on inside primitive vertebrates,” she says.last_img read more

Sport Ministry Sets Up Int’l Bidding Committee

first_imgStory Highlights The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has established an International Bidding Committee to find and recommend events to be hosted by Jamaica.This committee, which is to be headed by renowned Sport Administrator, Mike Fennell, is part of the Government’s agenda of positioning Jamaica as a major international sport destination.The disclosure was made by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, at a recent press launch of the Jamaica National (JN) Racers Grand Prix 2018 held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston.Miss Grange said the move has had favourable response from stakeholders within the sporting fraternity.“We want to make Jamaica a venue for international sports and for hosting meetings of international sports federations. We believe there are significant social and economic benefits to be gained from establishing Jamaica as the place of choice to play, watch and discuss sports,” she said.“I am heartened by the response that we have been receiving to bring sporting activities to Jamaica,” the Minister added.Last year, Jamaica hosted the Council Meeting of the Badminton World Federation, and Jamaica is to bid for the 2021 World Masters Championship in Badminton.The country also hosted the Jamaica Classic Basketball Championship, which will again be hosted this year in Montego Bay. Last year, there were eight teams in the Championship. This year will see 16 teams competing.Miss Grange said sport infrastructure is to be upgraded at several locations across the island to bring them up to international standards in preparation to host these events.This includes major refurbishing of the National Stadium in Kingston as well as the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium near Falmouth.The Government’s Sports for Economic Development Strategy is comprised of four main pillars – sport diplomacy, direct investment into the sport industry, hosting of major sport events, and support for athletes at the high-performance level. The disclosure was made by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, at a recent press launch of the Jamaica National (JN) Racers Grand Prix 2018 held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. “We want to make Jamaica a venue for international sports and for hosting meetings of international sports federations. We believe there are significant social and economic benefits to be gained from establishing Jamaica as the place of choice to play, watch and discuss sports,” she said. The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has established an International Bidding Committee to find and recommend events to be hosted by Jamaica.last_img read more