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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Congo welcomes SA farmers

first_imgA sunflower field in South Africa’s westernFree State region.(Image: Graeme Williams, For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Wilma den HartighWith South African farmers considered to be among the best in the world, the Republic of Congo is enlisting their help to improve food security and social development by inviting them to set up agricultural operations in that country.Andre Botha, chair of Congo Agriculture, an organised agriculture body affiliated to South Africa’s Agri SA, said this is an ideal opportunity for local farmers to diversify their operations.Lying on the western border of the much larger Democratic Republic of Congo, the central African country desperately needs a viable agricultural sector. It currently has to import most of its food from France and China, food that is often expensive and of low quality.It’s a win-win arrangement: the Congo offers South African farmers free land, exemption from taxes and import duties for five years, and they can take profits out of the country. Farmers also have the option of selling their Congo businesses, or leaving them to heirs. In return, the farmers’ responsibility is to establish commercial farms that will guarantee food security within five years.Botha is confident local farmers can meet these conditions, helping create a successful farming industry that would have major benefits for the Congo’s economy and people.“Currently the country’s total debt is 70% of its GDP, so this does not leave much for development of the economy,” he said. “With this initiative, one year’s good crop has the potential to reduce total debt to 40% in a year.” Not only would it provide a reliable local source of food, but prices would be lower and food quality would improve.Social development initiatives are also on the cards. “Farmers have to get involved in empowerment of local people and skills development, and this is why there are already plans to establish a preschool, primary school and agricultural academy there.”Fertiliser manufacturers, equipment suppliers and financing institutions have also expressed interest in the venture and are considering setting up branches in the Congo.Why South Africa’s farmers?Ernst Janovsky, an agricultural economist and general manager for Absa Agribusiness, said there is no doubt that South African farmers have earned their stripes.“I can say for sure that they are of the best in the world. They are capable of farming without government support, can compete against the rest of the world and even with our scarce resources they produce profitably.”He said it is encouraging that government policy on the continent is shifting its focus to food security. “Basic food production is important across Africa now,” he said.  Instead of only cultivating high-value crops such as roses for export to European markets, there is a renewed focus on developing primary agriculture.Professor Andre Louw, agribusiness specialist at the University of Pretoria Department of Agricultural Economics, said South African farmers had proven their ability to thrive in difficult conditions.“They are doing well considering all the challenges.” An erratic climate, drought and floods, high interest rates and input costs, and crime are a few of the difficulties South African farmers face.“If you put all these challenges on a scorecard, it is clear that our farmers have to be very solutions-driven and resilient to cope,” he said.Food security for the worldBotha said the world is increasingly looking to Africa for food security. With the global population growing, countries such as China and India need more food.“The food requirement for the world will increase and Africa is the only place where this can be done,” he said. “We have the land, rainfall and right climate to do it.”With optimal conditions, grain production can be significantly increased – and the Congo’s farming conditions are far better than South Africa’s.“If we can produce what we currently are under semi-desert conditions, imagine what our farmers can do in a high-potential area,” Botha said. Farmers already in the Congo can produce some 10 tons of maize per hectare in dryland (unirrigated) conditions, while South African dryland farming can only produce 3.4 tons per hectare.Janovsky said subtropical African countries have some of the best farming land and seasonality is more defined. Although the tropical conditions of the Congo could be problematic for crops that need cold units for production, he said it is still possible to grow many other types of crops there.All that’s needed now is rural infrastructure improvements. But Janovsky said even this is not an insurmountable problem, as agriculture could piggyback off infrastructure developments by mining companies in the Congo.Farmers aren’t leaving South AfricaBotha emphasised that the Congo’s invitation does not mean South African farmers are abandoning their country. “This initiative is not a ‘great trek’ for farmers to run away,” he said. “Of the 70 farmers who are already there, no one has sold their farm in South Africa.”He added that farmers have a good working relationship with the South African government.“There has been a lot of pressure from the G8 countries for South Africa to fulfil their role as Africa’s powerhouse.  We are supporting the government’s African initiatives with the skills we have.”Useful linksAgri SA Congo Government Portal (French)South African National Department of Agriculture South African Agriculture Portal LandbouWeekblad (Afrikaans)Farmer’s Weekly Grain South Africa SA Studbooklast_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

Roger that Federer! Tennis legend schooled by 12-year-old boy

first_imgThe 12-year-old boy unleashed a spectacular lob to stun the 17-time Grand Slam championThe Madison Square Garden was jam-packed on Tuesday when tennis sensation Roger Federer locked horns with Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov in a light-hearted exhibition match. And while there was plenty of trash talk and trick shots at display, the crowd witnessed something very rare and epic that probably left the Swiss ace red-faced.With Federer leading in the third set(2-6, 6-1, 3-2), opponent Grigor Dimitrov invited a 12-year-old boy to play a rally against the Grand Slam champion. Dressed in a hoodie and jeans, the kid was definitely not dressed for the occasion, but with Dimitrov’s racket in hand he went to work.Federer obliged to serve and a rally ensued – and that’s when the miracle happened. After exchanging a few volleys, Federer charged down towards the net to probably scare the boy. But to everyone’s surprise and sheer disbelief for Federer, the young boy struck a perfect lob over his opponent’s head that landed just inside the back line providing him an epic point.The Bulgarian tennis star raised his arms in sheer delight while the crowd erupted in joy and praised the youngster. On the other hand, Federer tried to hide himself in his orange tee but later realized it was too small for him.   No one knows whether the young boy will actually turn into a pro or not, but he will surely have one of the most iconic stories to tell. After all, there are only a handful of people in the entire world who can brag about beating the 17-time Grand Slam champion.advertisementlast_img read more

Babbel Not even in a 100 years will Bolt be good

first_imgFormer Bayern Munich defender Markus Babbel slammed Usain Bolt’s attempt at becoming a professional footballerThe sprint king has been on trial with A-League side Central Coast Mariners for the past two months and scored his first two goals as a footballer last week.Bolt has made it clear that he wishes to earn a permanent contract with Mariners after turning down a two-year offer from Maltese champions Valletta.But Babbel, who now coaches fellow A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers, dismissed Bolt as nothing more than a publicity stunt.Perth Glory boss warns squad to not get starstruck by United Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic warned his players against getting starstruck ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Manchester United.“As a PR campaign, it is sensational,” Babbel told Blick.“But, honestly, I cannot take that seriously.“I saw him play. That’s never enough in a hundred years. As a player, I would feel like a fool.”Babbel won nine trophies in total at Bayern, which included three Bundesliga titles and the UEFA Cup in 1996 before retiring in 2007.last_img read more

Parents of terminally ill baby give up fight to bring son to

first_imgParents of terminally ill baby give up fight to bring son to US Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Jessica Ranck, July 24, 2017 Jessica Ranck Posted: July 24, 2017 (KUSI) — The parents of a terminally ill baby in the United Kingdom have dropped their legal bid to bring him to the United States for experimental treatment. Charlie Gard’s parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates cried at London’s high court Monday morning as their lawyer said time had run out for 11-month-old Charlie. The couple has been fighting court rulings saying their son’s life support should be withdrawn, but eventually made the decision to drop their bid after the latest medical reports and scans showed that the baby’s condition was irreversible and the new treatment wouldn’t help.A judge was supposed to look at the medial reports for Charlie Gard Monday that were done by a U.S. doctor last week and decide . The 11-month-old suffers from a rare genetic disease called Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome (MDDS) that left him with brain damage and the inability to breathe on own. His case received notoriety after a garnering the attention of Pope Francis and United States President Donald Trump. last_img read more