Unearthing Africa’s future leaders

first_img30 July 2003Fifteen fellows who will comprise the South African contingent of the African Leadership Initiative (ALI) were announced in Johannesburg last week during the inauguration of the Initiative, which is designed to foster a new generation of community-spirited leaders in Africa.Modelled after the Henry Ford Fellowship Programme of the 53-year-old Aspen Institute in the US, the South African launch of ALI was attended by government, business and civil society leaders from Ghana, Mozambique and East Africa (incorporating Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda), where the programme is already under way.US representatives of the Aspen Institute and sponsors, Technoserve, were also present.“We need as many initiatives as we can possibly have to make a huge difference to the continent and put Africa on the map”, said Isaac Shongwe, the South African chairman of ALI. “If one looks up into Africa, it chills the blood to see what human beings are capable of doing to one another.”Shongwe added that there was a leadership crisis in Africa and that the ALI sought to develop the next generation of values-based, community-spirited leaders by providing them with the necessary tools to meet the challenges of corporate and civic leadership in the 21st century.“If we want this to be the African century, we need to rise to our challenges and emerge as a continent that could take its place in the global community,” Shongwe said, stressing that talk about the African Renaissance and the continent’s home-grown economic recovery plan, the New Partnership for Arica’s Development, needed to be translated into reality.As was the case in Ghana, East Africa and Mozambique, each of the 20-member class of fellows was chosen from young executives and professionals on the strength of their potential or demonstrated leadership “at the highest level of corporate and civic responsibility”. Five more members still need to be added to the list of South African ALI fellows.The South African fellows are mainly representatives of captains of industry, and will attend their first seminar, “The Challenge of Leadership”, in September. Each class will be involved in four seminars and a community leadership project spread over 23 days during the next three years.“Over the next five years, we hope that approximately 400 people will have graduated from the programme”, said Bill Mayer, the chairman of the Aspen Institute.“A significant number of these could have a heavy influence on how your economies have developed, are developing and will develop. They will hopefully succeed in stimulating economic growth on the continent coupled with a strong sense of responsibility to humankind.”The 15 South African fellows announced last week are: LEBOGANG HASHATSE: general manager of corporate affairs, MultichoiceARTHUR MUTAMBARA: director of payments, Stanbic AfricaKETSO GORDHAN: executive director, Rand Merchant BankIQBAL SURVE: chief executive officer, Sekunjalo InvestmentsLESLIE MAASDORP: international adviser, Goldman Sachs InternationalHERMAN STEYN: CEO, Prescient Investments ManagementBRUCE ROBERTSON: managing director, Africa Resources Holdings LtdLINDIWE SANGWENI-SIDDO: general manager, Sandton Sun & Towers IntercontinentalLULU GWAGWA: chief executive, Independent Development TrustTHOLOANE QHOBELA: strategic planning director, Ogilvy & Mather RightfordBERNICE LUE-MARAIS: head of Africa business development, CSIRBONGIWE NJOBE: director-general, National Department of AgricltureHENRY MALINGA: chief director of supply chain policy, National TreasuryRALPH FREEZE: chairman of the board, Spier Leisure HoldingsSANDILE DIKENI: arts editor, This Day SASource: African Leadership Initiative SAlast_img read more

There’s no doubt that Brazil’s fires are linked to deforestation, scientists say

first_img SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL—“Dry weather, wind, and heat”—those were the factors that Brazilian Minister of the Environment Ricardo Salles blamed for the rising number of forest fires in the Amazon in a recent tweet. But scientists in Brazil and elsewhere say there is clear evidence that the spike, which has triggered concerns and anger around the world, is related to a recent rise in deforestation that many say is partly the result of prodevelopment policies of the government of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.The blazes are surging in a pattern typical of forest clearing, along the edges of the agricultural frontier, says Paulo Artaxo, an atmospheric physicist at the University of São Paulo here. Historical data show the two phenomena are closely linked: Chainsaws lead the way, followed by flames, and then cattle or other forms of development. “There is no doubt that this rise in fire activity is associated with a sharp rise in deforestation,” Artaxo says.By Saturday, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) had counted more than 41,000 fire spots in the Brazilian Amazon so far this year, compared with 22,000 in the same period last year. The Global Fire Emissions Database project, which includes scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; the University of California, Irvine; and Vrije University in Amsterdam, sees the same trend, although its numbers are slightly higher. (The main data source for both agencies is the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, an instrument aboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites that detects the location and intensity of fires through a thermal signature. 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This year’s number is the highest since 2010, when the Amazon experienced a severe drought, triggered by El Niño and a warming of the North Atlantic. This time, climatic anomalies can’t explain the uptick, scientists say. On the contrary: The dry season this year has been very mild. “If we had another drought year now, the situation would be much worse,” says Paulo Moutinho, an ecologist at the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), a nongovernmental organization based in Belém, Brazil.Instead, the evidence points to deforestation. The 10 municipalities with the highest rate of fire activity—some of which are the size of a small European country—are also the ones with the largest areas of deforestation recorded this year, according to IPAM. The rainforest is on fire in the Jamanxim Environmental Protection Area near the city of Novo Progresso, Brazil. By Herton EscobarAug. 26, 2019 , 4:45 AM There’s no doubt that Brazil’s fires are linked to deforestation, scientists say Paulo Moutinho, Amazon Environmental Research Institute Victor Moriyama/Greenpeace​ After a patch of forest is chopped down and valuable timber removed, developers set fires to clear the field of excessive vegetation. It can take months for the fallen logs to become dry enough to be burned but sooner or later, every patch of forest has to be set ablaze before it can be converted into pastures or farmland.Not all fires are related to illegal forest clearing, however; flames are also used routinely to clear overgrown pastures, crop residues, and roadside vegetation. But this results in less intense fires. Many of the spots recently detected by the satellites are active for several days, burning with intense heat and producing smoke pillars that are tall and thick—all indicators that huge amounts of biomass are burning. “It’s a perfect storm of fire and deforestation raging through the forest,” Moutinho says.Recent data have clearly shown that deforestation in Brazil is on the rise. From January through the end of July, 6800 square kilometers were cleared, according to INPE, 50% more than in the same period last year. But Bolsonaro called the data “a lie” and had INPE’s director, physicist Ricardo Galvão, fired in early August.Most analysts in Brazil and abroad blame the acceleration on Bolsonaro’s aggressive rhetoric and lax forest policies. “None of this is an accident,” Artaxo says. “What we are seeing is the result of a series of actions and inactions by the Brazilian government.” Brazil now has “clearly the worst anti-environment political climate in my lifetime,” Carlos Peres, a Brazilian ecologist at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, U.K., said in a 23 August statement.The effects are both local and global. Deforestation is the main source of greenhouse gas emissions from Brazil. The smoke from the burning biomass is laced with massive amounts of soot, aerosols, and carbon dioxide that can interfere with weather patterns across the region and contribute to global warming. Studies show the Amazon functions like a giant air conditioner and humidifier for South America, producing and recycling much of the water vapor that flows into the lower parts of the continent.Bolsonaro’s initial response to the crisis was to put the blame on nongovernmental organizations, suggesting—without proof—that they were setting the forest on fire to smear his government. The situation quickly escalated into an international crisis; Norway and Germany suspended their contributions to the Amazon Fund, which supports conservation and sustainable development projects in the region, and French President Emmanuel Macron accused Bolsonaro of lying about his commitment to protect the forest and combat climate change. Yesterday, Macron reportedly said that G-7 leaders, who are currently meeting in France, are ready to help Brazil to fight the fires.Facing heavy criticism within Brazil, Bolsonaro summoned an emergency cabinet meeting on 22 August. The next day, he authorized the deployment of troops to help combat the fires and made a 5-minute public address on national TV to profess his “deep love and respect for the Amazon” and promise that his administration would “act strongly” against the blazes.*Update, 27 August, 1:10 p.m.: The headline for this story has been changed and the causes of the 2010 drought have been clarified.last_img read more

Bayern will consider Matthaus call to sign Pulisic

first_imgTransfers Salihamidzic says Bayern will consider Matthaus’ call to sign Pulisic Goal 06:09 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Josh Kimmich Christian Pulisic Bayern Dortmund Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga The American teenager put in a tremendous performance against the Bavarians at the weekend, leading to increasing speculation over his future Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic says the club will consider ideas from Lothar Matthaus — including his suggestion the club should sign Christian Pulisic. The American teenager impressed for Borussia Dortmund in their 3-1 loss to Bayern on Saturday, leading Bayern legend Matthaus to call for the Bavarians to consider signing Pulisic. “If Bayern Munich someday looks for a replacement for Robben and [Franck] Ribery, then they have to put out their feelers for Pulisic,” Matthaus told Sky. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “He is 19 years old and has high quality.” Matthaus continued. “With his confidence and his speed, he is called to higher [things].”Salihamidzic said that Bayern are willing to consider any ideas from Matthaus, who won seven Bundesliga titles during his time at the club. “Lothar always has great ideas, and I respect him a great deal,” Salihamidzic told Sky. “I will incorporate his ideas into our deliberations.”Pulisic has two goals and one assist in Bundesliga play this season, starting nine of Dortmund’s 11 league matches.last_img read more

John Legend To Headline Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Celebration

first_imgGRAMMY Award-winning artist John Legend will headline the 12th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) Celebration in Las Vegas with a private performance at ARIA Resort & Casino, Friday, April 5.Legend will take the stage at the annual invite-only party for the tournament’s celebrities and VIP invited guests.The soulful singer, songwriter and pianist will perform hits throughout the evening, including songs from his new album Love in the Future (co-produced by Legend, Kanye West and Dave Tozer ), scheduled for release this June. The celebration also will feature a performance by Blue Man Group, which recently introduced an entirely new, mega-enhanced show at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Famed comedian and television personality Wayne Brady will emcee the evening’s festivities.The annual gala will mark a night of celebration following the two-day Celebrity-Amateur tournament April 4 and 5, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants; and lead into the weekend’s MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament, including only competing celebrities, April 6 and 7.Hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino and returning to Shadow Creek, MJCI marks only the third time in history that the exclusive golf course will open its doors to the public. Proceeds from the charitable tournament will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation; James R. Jordan Foundation; Opportunity Village; and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm; as well as the participating celebrities’ charities of choice. Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised more than $6 million for charity.MJCI celebrities scheduled to attend include host Michael Jordan, Marcus Allen, Anthony Anderson, Miles Austin, Brian Baumgartner, Jerome Bettis, Wayne Brady, Chevy Chase, Brandi Chastain, Chris Chelios, Roger Clemens, Vince Coleman, Brian Cushing, Richard Dent, Julius Erving, Josh Freeman, Dwight Freeney, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr., Penny Hardaway, Brett Hull, Dan Jansen, Dustin Johnson, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Toni Kukoc, Mario Lemieux, Greg Maddux, Win McMurry, Christina Milian, Von Miller, DeMarco Murray, Kevin Nealon, Jonathan Ogden, Paul O’Neill, Jake Owen, Michael Phelps, Ahmad Rashad, Jerry Rice, Salli Richardson, Rob Riggle, Stuart Scott, Ozzie Smith, Jason Taylor, Alan Thicke, Winky Wright, Adrian Young and more.
Tickets are available at all 10 MGM Resorts’ box offices and concierge desks in Las Vegas, and online at www.arialasvegas.com, www.MJCIgolf.com and www.shadowcreek.com. Fans who wish to experience this exclusive event can purchase daily or weekly general admission and VIP ticket packages. VIP ticket holders will enjoy added perks including complimentary parking at Shadow Creek (a $10 daily value), unparalleled views from the open-air MasterCard VIP Hospitality Deck, complimentary food and full-service bars.Prices are as follows:Daily General Admission Pass $30/Thursday-SundayWeekly General Admission Pass $100/Thursday-SundayDaily VIP Pass $150/Thursday-SundayWeekly VIP Pass $500/Thursday-SundayDiscounted tickets are available for military service members, senior citizens 65 years of age or older and college/university students with valid identification. Each group will receive 25 percent off daily or weekly general admission tickets. Additionally, the tournament offers a “Bring the Kids for Free” general admission ticket pass, providing access to Shadow Creek for youth 17 years of age and younger when accompanied by a general admission ticketed adult (up to two children per paid adult).All ticketholders can enjoy complimentary shuttle service between ARIA and Shadow Creek. Shuttles will depart every 30 minutes from ARIA’s North Valet entrance Thursday and Friday of the tournament from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Continuous return service from Shadow Creek to ARIA will be provided until 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more