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first_img29 October 2008Musical genius and beacon of South African pride Abdullah Ibrahim will again perform for his loyal local fans. With a history of world-class concert appearances and a worldwide fan base, Ibrahim is returning home to inspire.The pianist and composer will perform his new solo piano piece, entitled “Senzo”, meaning “ancestor” in both Chinese and Japanese, at the Artscape in Cape Town on 1 November, at Durban’s Jazz Centre on 5 and 6 November, and at the Wits Great Hall in Johannesburg on 7 November.“‘Senzo’ is a journey through sound – striving towards our individual and collective home,” says Ibrahim.Longtime followers of Ibrahim will find themselves amply rewarded with his live show. Built around the Abdullah Ibrahim Trio that has been breathing life into the performer’s repetoire for the past 12 years, the show features Ibrahim on piano and New Yorkers Belden Bullock and George Gray on bass and drums respectively.The shows will give Ibrahim’s fans a chance to see him perform the solo piano concerts that have drawn rapt responses when performed in the most important venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Barbican in London and the Berlin Philharmonic Hall.Other unique solo piano concert venues have included the Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto, Japan – a first ever performance at the historic monastery and a tribute to the importance of Zen philosophy and the martial arts in Ibrahim’s life. The latter has seen Ibrahim earn a “Menkyo Kaiden” (an 8th degree black belt and a licence to teach) through his 40 years study with Great Grand Master Soke Tonegawa Sensei in Japan.An African musical geniusBorn in Cape Town in 1934, Ibrahim has been described as a South African icon, an African genius and an internationally revered piano player by critics.As a child, Ibrahim remembers listening to traditional African songs, religious music and jazz – all of which are reflected in his music. He received his first piano lessons in 1941 and became a professional musician in 1949 playing for the Tuxedo Slickers and, later, the Willie Max Big Band.In 1959 he met alto saxophonist Kippi Moeketsi, who convinced him to devote his life to music. His international music career blossomed in 1962 when the Dollar Brand Trio (with Johnny Gertze on bass and Makaya Ntshoko on percussion) toured Europe.What followed was a marathon tour of Europe, the United States and Japan with appearances at major music festivals of the world in Montreux, North Sea, Berlin, Paris and Montreal.MannenbergIn the mid-1970s, Ibrahim came back to South Africa. In June 1974, Abdullah Ibrahim, with Robbie Jansen, Basil Coetzee, Monty Weber, Morris Goldberg and Paul Michaels, recorded what was to become a beloved anthem in South Africa – Mannenberg.The album was recorded against a backdrop of forced removals as the apartheid government finalised its destruction of District Six in Cape Town, evicting coloured families from homes throughout the city. The title-track, “Mannenberg”, fused Cape jazz with African marabi to produce a melody that became a beloved anthem of hope and resistance for many South Africans.In 1976, Ibrahim returned to the United States because of the unfavourable political atmosphere in South Africa during that time.Returning to South Africa in 1990, Ibrahim embarked on numerous music projects, including a symphonic piece at the renowned Herkules Saal in Munich, Germany, and a premiere of “Cape Town Traveller”, a multi-media production at the Leipzig music festival in 1999.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

first_imgProduction will start at South Africa’s first fuel cell component plant by December, it was announced at the Investing in African Mining Indaba. Fuel cells use platinum, and the country is the world’s leading platinum producer.Production will start at South Africa’s first fuel cell component plant by December 2017. The plant will have a role to play in making clean energy vehicles. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterFuel cell components and using platinum as a catalyst was one of the hot topics at the Investing in African Mining Indaba this week. The annual conference took place from 6-9 February 2017 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.The indaba is dedicated to the capitalisation and development of mining interests in Africa. It was announced during the conference that production would begin at Africa’s first fuel cell component plant by December.What are fuel cells?Fuel cells are eco-friendly; use hydrogen or hydrogen-rich fuel, such as natural gas, biogas, and methanol, and oxygen; and they reduce harmful emissions.Fuel cells also generate electricity and heat from the electrochemical reaction between hydrogen, platinum and oxygen.The fuel cell component plantAfrica’s first fuel cell component plant using platinum as a catalyst would start production by December this year, Reuters reported.The announcement comes after Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies launched a R15-million feasibility study a year ago. The Isondo Precious Minerals study is to identify particular components that can be manufactured for fuel cell units.It was intended to accelerate mineral beneficiation and localisation of fuel cell manufacturing in South Africa.The fuel cell component plant – a first in Africa – aimed to take advantage of rising demand for clean energy cars, said officials from Isondo Precious Metals.The group has secured a licence from the American company Chemours Technology to gather components for fuel cells using platinum, which has mainly been used in catalysts to clean up car emissions.The new plant will be located in a special economic zone either in Johannesburg or Durban.Fuel cell activity in South Africa:A hydrogen economyThe organisations partnering in fuel cell technology are HySA Catalysis, HySA Systems and HySA Infrastructure. They all fall under HySA (Hydrogen South Africa). HySA was initiated by the Department of Science and Technology, in its research, development and innovation strategy. It was launched in 2008.HySA Catalysis is co-hosted by the University of Cape Town and Mintek; HySA Systems is hosted by the University of the Western Cape; and HySA Infrastructure is hosted by North West University and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.The parent company’s focus areas include the use and displacement of strategic minerals, and ways of harnessing South Africa’s mineral endowments to promote the hydrogen economy and renewable energy use.HyPlat is a spinoff company of HySA Catalysis. “Essentially HyPlat is a success story of HySA Catalysis. The technologies developed by HySA Catalysis have been licensed to HyPlat making HyPlat the commercialisation arm of HySA Catalysis,” said HyPlat’s chief executive officer, Dr. Sharon Blair.“HyPlat sells customised platinum-based fuel cell components in South Africa. These products are sold to foreign customers and exported globally. South Africa has very little fuel cell activity; that’s why most of the customers are companies from abroad.”Structures that use fuel cellsIn the Chamber of Mines building, a 100kW fuel cell produces 70% of the organisation’s electricity. The fuel cell runs on platinum and natural gas.Explaining the use of South African platinum in the fuel cell, Chamber of Mines spokesperson Charmane Russel said: “The platinum used is the catalyst in an electrochemical process. The platinum is a once-off amount that is never used up.“However, after about 10 years, the platinum membrane becomes warped and it is then smelted and reapplied in the same fuel cell,” she said. “The platinum reacts with hydrogen to produce electricity – 35kW of heat and 5l of water per hour as a by-product.”The source of the hydrogen in the chamber’s fuel cell was low pressure natural gas, and it used 420GJ of gas a month, said Russel.Watch South Africa’s first hydrogen fuel cell forklift and refuelling station at work at Implats:The fuel cell forklift prototype and its refuelling station had been running since November 2015, said Fahmida Smith, the fuel cell co-ordinator at platinum group metals mining house Impala Platinum (Implats). “It’s operating very well.”South Africa’s first prototype hydrogen fuel cell forklift and refuelling station, it is installed at Impala Refining Services in Springs, Gauteng. Over the past three years, Implats has spent R6-million with HySA Systems in developing the prototype. The miner plans to use hydrogen fuel cell technology as its main source of energy for material handling and underground mining equipment.“We are looking at a wider industry collaboration on commercialisation of this. This is a very early stage and we still need to develop a formal commercialisation strategy,” said Smith.The fuel cell forklift was refuelled once a week, she explained. “Where this unit is different from a normal battery forklift is in its availability. A pure battery system can operate between four to six hours pending battery size and load.“It takes at least eight hours to recharge before it can be used again. The fuel cell forklift has a higher availability rate and takes less than 10 minutes to refuel.”Investments in fuel cell vehiclesAnglo American Platinum was investing $4-million (R53.764m) to help reduce the delivered costs of hydrogen, the mining company said on its website. The investment promised to support the development of hydrogen refuelling stations for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the north-east corridor of the United States.FCEVs are powered by hydrogen and have the potential to revolutionise transport. FCEVs are fuelled with pure hydrogen gas stored directly on the vehicle. They will only produce water and heat.Furthermore, the mining house’s investment in United Hydrogen Group, a hydrogen production and distribution business in the United States, was aimed at bolstering the demand for platinum, it said.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is taking President Donald Trump’s more protectionist moves on trade this week in stride, despite AFBF’s long-held support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)Trump’s executive order to withdrawal the United States from TPP is not what the nation’s largest farm organization wanted, but it was no surprise after President Trump vowed to make that a priority during his campaign. Many in agriculture are now wondering what the new administration has planned for other trade deals, namely the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).“When NAFTA was first implemented, the U.S. had only $9 billion of ag exports with Mexico and Canada,” said Dave Salmonsen, Trade Adviser with the AFBF. “Today that number is $38 billion, so this trade deal has been beneficial to agriculture.”Leaders of both Mexico and Canada are open to new talks about trade. Those conversations will deal largely with manufacturing, though agriculture is also expected to come up.“There are some issues in the ag sector that we could move forward with, including remaining border barriers from Canada on dairy and poultry exports,” Salmonsen said. “If everything is back on the table we also have some issues with Mexico to hash out.”With recently becoming the number one corn importer, Mexico is proving to be an important market for U.S. farmers. In the 2015-16 crop year, Mexico imported nearly 13 million tons of corn. During the 2016 calendar year that number is 14 million tons, accounting for two straight years of record corn imports Mexico, knocking Japan out of the corn customer top spot.“It would be a pretty bad situation for American farmers if NAFTA was weakened or changed or thrown out of the window,” said Ryan LeGrand, the U.S. Grains Council director in Mexico. “What you would probably have is an increase in tariffs and that would cause Mexico to look south to Brazil and Argentina for more of their corn, cutting into our market share and eventually affecting the price of U.S. corn.”Mexico has the potential to grow as an importer of U.S. grains in the future, according to LeGrand.“Mexico’s animal producers are very technologically advanced, they’re progressive and they’re growing,” he said. “That means more production for Mexico and more need for grains, which should be U.S. grains as long as we keep NAFTA in place.”Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and White House Trade Council head Peter Navarro, will negotiate the new bilateral trade deals with countries once related to the TPP, while Trump will meet soon with Canada and Mexico’s leaders on NAFTA.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A mix of clouds and sun expected over the Ohio today as warm air continues to push into the region. We expect more clouds in the north, but better sunshine potential in the central and southern parts of the state. Southwest flow will continue through the day. A minor disturbance lingers over MI and southern Ontario this morning, and clouds from that will be drifting across Lake Erie and into northern Ohio.  We see chances of a few scattered to isolated showers in those areas, down to around US 20. WE do not expect anything of consequence through the day farther south.  However, clouds will be increasing as we move through the afternoon and evening.Rain and thunderstorms arrive tomorrow. However, we likely will not see much of that truly get here until mid to late afternoon and the moisture ramps up overnight tomorrow night through Thursday. That means tomorrow morning and afternoon we continue to see clouds build, but will see some sunshine too. The more sun we see, the bigger the concern will be for thunderstorms in the afternoon and at night, as we charge up the atmosphere with extra energy. The rains from tomorrow late afternoon through Friday will be from .5″-1.5″ with coverage near 100% .Then we see lingering rain through Saturday bringing up to another half inch of rain over 70% of Ohio. Clouds finally give way to better sun on Sunday, but perhaps not until the afternoon. The map at right shows system total rain potential through Sunday morning.Next week starts damp. Scattered showers return for Monday with 75% of Ohio seeing up to half an inch of rain. Tuesday scattered showers bring 40% coverage to the entire state with rain totals up to .25”. Then Wednesday afternoon we see the largest slug of moisture arrive with a frontal boundary. . Rain and thunderstorms Wednesday late afternoon through Thursday trigger totals of .25”-1” with 90% coverage.Partly to mostly sunny skies finally muscle back in for Friday. As we transition into the extended period, we keep dry weather in over most of the state for Saturday the 27th but have to look for showers from US 50 south. Partly sunny skies are expected for Sunday the 28th. If this pattern is realized, that will be a significant dry window for at least half of the state…but it comes after some pretty significant moisture to start next week.As we finish April and move into May, we have rain returning Monday evening, the 29th, and continuing through midday Tuesday, the 30th. This brings .25”-.75” with 80% coverage. It will be followed up with scattered showers for Wednesday, May first, with .2” or less expected. A dry finish to the 16 day period is anticipated at this time for the 2nd.last_img read more

first_imgIqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, media advisor to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has clarified that India’s posture on the Rohingya refugees would not impact the friendly relations between the two neighbouring countries.“Our relations are based on mutual trust and cooperation at all levels, and so an external problem cannot disturb it,” Mr. Chowdhury said during an interaction with journalists here on Saturday. He conceded that there was an initial confusion about India’s position on issues of ‘persecution of Rohingyas’ in Myanmar and massive influx of refugees in Bangladesh. “Now we see India is calling for permanent resolution to conflicts in Myanmar and adopting a humanitarian approach by sending relief to refugees stranded in Bangladesh,” he said.Mr. Chowdhury said that 5.5 lakh Rohingyas had so far entered southeastern districts of Bangladesh since the latest cycle of violence erupted in Rakhine province of Myanmar. Over six lakh Rohingya refugees were already stranded in Bangladesh and that took the total number to 12 lakh, he said.The veteran journalist stated that the present crisis was different from what had happened in the past. “Earlier there was turmoil and tension, resulting in Rohingya exodus, but now they are being driven out in a planned manner – killing, burning villages and crops, terrorising people with rapes and torture,” he said.During interaction with newsmen he supported apprehension that external forces and terrorist cells could try to exploit sentiment of ‘stateless Rohingya’ to engage them in subversive activities.“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has time and again made it clear that Bangladesh was providing relief and shelter to the evacuees on humanitarian ground and any rebellious activities in the relief camps would be tolerated”, Mr. Chowdhury stated.last_img read more

first_imgAccording to a tweet Friday from The Players’ Tribune, the media platform founded by Jeter, Bella Raine Jeter was born Thursday.Her birth came as the 14-time All-Star closes in on a new job. Jeter is a limited partner in an ownership group led by venture capitalist Bruce Sherman that has a $1.2 billion agreement in place to buy the Marlins from Jeffrey Loria.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this May 14, 2017, file pool photo, retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, left, and his wife Hannah walk off the field following a pregame ceremony retiring his No. 2 in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium in New York. The couple have welcomed a baby girl, Bella Raine Jeter, who was born Thursday, according to a tweet Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, from The Players’ Tribune, the media platform founded by Jeter. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, Pool, File)NEW YORK — The captain’s team just got a little bigger.Retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and his wife Hannah have welcomed their first child.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Boston Celtics to retire Paul Pierce’s No. 34last_img read more