SA women in the spotlight

first_imgMoving into Dance will be offering women from all walks of life an opportunity topartake in free dance lessons. (Image: Moving into Dance) Womanitide, an Artscape production for women’s day promises to leave audiences begging for more. (Image: Artscape) MEDIA CONTACTS • Candice Jansen Artscape Media liaison +27 76 958 9539 • Kate Shand Newtown marketing manager +27 82 884 4085 +27 11 447 8841 USEFUL LINKS • Imbokodo – Women in South African history. • Newtown News • Motorsport South Africa • The Presidency • The Bassline RELATED ARTICLES •G’town arts take to the streets •Celebrating the power of women •A woman’s place is everywhere •The great granny revolution Khanyi MagubaneThe 53rd anniversary of the historic 1956 women’s march will be commemorated with an array of special events billed to take place from 7 to 9 August.On 9 August 1956, over 20 000 women of all races took a stand against racial segregation and marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the headquarters of the apartheid government, where they defiantly burnt their passbooks.The passbook was a document, which regulated the movement of people of colour within “white areas”.The passbook allowed labourers to enter suburbs for work purposes only, after which they had to vacate the area.Organised by the Federation of South African Women, the original march was led by South African icons such as Helen Joseph and Lillian Ngoyi.During the march, the phrase “wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo” (you strike a woman, you strike a rock) became a well-known and powerful credo.In celebrating that courageous moment in history, the South African government has this year adopted the theme, “Together empowering women for development and gender equality”.The official Women’s Day celebrations will take place in Vryheid, northern KwaZulu-Natal.President Jacob Zuma will give a state address, followed by other government officials, including Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya, minister for the newly formed ministry for women, youth, children and people living with disabilities.Women of the fast laneSeveral celebrations will be taking place across South Africa. Motorsport South Africa will host the world’s first ladies’ pentathlon race, covering scooters, cars, bikes, karts and superbikes.The entry fee of R650 (US$83) will include all vehicles, motorcycles, karts and scooters for all five categories as well as transponders, medical support on the day and vehicle insurance.The female daredevils will burn some serious rubber at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria, north of Johannesburg. Entrants must be in possession of a motorcycle or car learner’s licence in order to participate.The qualifier rounds will take part in the early morning, where 25 women will compete for the fastest time.The five competitors with the fastest times will challenge each other on the race track in the late afternoon.For something … risquéIn Cape Town, for women looking to add some sizzle to their love life, a burlesque Lap Dance workshop will take place at the GG 1920s Glitz & Glamour restaurant. The workshop, inspired by the stylish and flirty 1920s, promises to release every woman’s inner diva with the signature feathers and seductive moves of burlesque dancing.Women in ArtsCellphone network operator MTN, in association with the South African state theatre, will be hosting their second celebration of women in arts.The luncheon on 7 August will create a platform for female musicians, actors, crafters, poets, photographers, dancers and fashion designers, who will showcase their individual talents.In Cape Town, the Artscape Theatre Centre, the city’s premier dance and opera venue, will be hosting its Artscape Women’s Arts Week from 29 July to 8 August.Scheduled events include a show “Womanitide” on 7 and 8 August, a production that, according to a press statement, promises to “leave you feeling proud to be an African, proud to come from a woman.” Renowned filmmaker and social activist Shelly Berry will also showcase her series of 10-minute documentaries about local and international social issues on 7 August. .Berry is not only a filmmaker but also a poet and lesbian activist, who uses her art to highlight social issues.She was born in South Africa, but now spends her time between the United States and her home country, where she continues her work as an activist.She will be present at the screening, for a question and answer session.Meanwhile, Johannesburg’s cultural hub, Newtown, will come alive with a variety of celebrations and commemorations.The Women’s Day celebrations will start off at 9am with a traditional dance programme at the Mary Fitzgerald Square.The Mosadi Otswara Thipa Kabohaleng (meaning “a woman is brave” in Northern Sotho) ensemble will entertain audiences with colourful dances and music.At the neighbouring Moving into Dance venue, a dance workshop “The woman in me” will focus on celebrating womanhood through various dance interpretations.Women from all walks of life are invited to attend the free workshop.Poetry will also feature during the day, with a special reading for emerging poets taking place at Bassline, Newtown’s premier concert venue.The young wordsmiths will have the opportunity to buy a five-minute slot on stage for R5 (64 cents) each. Young female poets from around the country will also join the readings, while a number of DJs have been invited to spin their turntables.Other events will include book launches, photography exhibitions and film screenings.Women in songNight owls can look forward to an evening of music at Jazz Café where Niki’s Oasis will present “Women in Jazz”, featuring the Hlulani Hlwangwane Quartet.Hlwangwane is a South African-born jazz singer, arranger, and composer.She first performed while studying jazz at the University of Cape Town, where she experimented with mixing elements of soul as well as rhythm and blues in her repertoire.Hlwangwane and her band will perform on 8 and 9 August at the Jazz Café.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? 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More of Marielle

first_imgMOST READ BaliPure holds off Creamline, nears championship berth Coaching breakMarielle finally got her break this year coaching the Under-16 team in the AFF Championship in Vientiane, Laos. Under the guidance of one of the icons of women’s football in the country, the girls blitzed through the group stage and delivered a memorable 3-2 victory against Myanmar in the semifinals. Against the powerhouse Thais, Marielle’s wards succumbed to a 2-6 defeat in the finals.“There was a lot of fulfillment watching the girls improve from the first day of the tryouts until the end of the tournament,” says Benitez. “It’s not just about coaching these girls, but also giving them life lessons, too.”It didn’t come as a surprise that Benitez was able to steer a team to a second-place finish on her coaching debut. For one, some of her players had experience with the Under-14 team in an AFC tournament last year. But as much as she deflects credit to other coaches like Landagan and Patrice Impelido, there’s little doubt that Benitez’s passion for excellence and work ethic has rubbed off on her team.“I didn’t have enough experience as head coach, but the other coaches were very supportive,” says Marielle. “We knew we wouldn’t be starting from scratch, plus we had some unfinished business against Thailand.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR While the girls ultimately fell short, the runner-up finish validates the country’s sustained improvement in women’s football, which is enjoying a renaissance in the past few years, highlighted by the national women’s team’s qualification for the AFC Asian Cup in Jordan next year.Passionate about football“I may be very new to coaching since it’s a different aspect of football, but I like the challenge. I like to be kept on my toes figuring things out,” says Marielle. “I’m happy that even if we didn’t win the championship, the girls I coached became more passionate about football and appreciated all the hard work that comes with representing the country.Marielle knows what she’s talking about. As a national player, she showed steadfast commitment despite her involvement with Bayanihan. She would attend Bayanihan rehearsals at night at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and wake up early the next morning to join St. Benilde’s men’s team in training to improve her fitness since the team was also handled by then women’s national coach Marlon Maro.“I’m lucky to have coaches who have been supportive of what I’ve been doing,” says Marielle, the second of three children of former Bayanihan dancers Noel and Susie Benitez.Marielle draws parallelisms to what she’s doing in football with dance. “Both require discipline, sacrifice and patience,” she says. “Both things are challenging physically, emotionally and mentally. Training in football can go for two hours maximum, but in dance you can go one hour to six hours, depending on the difficulty of the routine. Precision is important. Dance also teaches teamwork. Both require the same focus.”The balancing act will continue for Marielle as she furthers her coaching career, while pursuing her other interests. But count on her to fulfill her roles with the same drive and passion that has been the hallmark of an already amazing career.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV With the AFF Under-15 silver medal in the bag, Marielle Benitez (fourth from left) celebrates with (from left) physical therapist Mae Pongase,head of delegation Lalaine Sarmiento, assistant coaches Joyce Landagan and Patrice Impelido and goalkeeping coach Eleonora Dillera. —PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIA MONTAYREFormer women’s national football team skipper Marielle Benitez wears many hats. On this day, she’s at the Philippine Football Federation office as a coach, evaluating a recent international campaign where her squad achieved a silver-medal finish.On some days, she’s on the campus of the Philippine Women’s University, sorting out the varsity teams’ requirements for a competition as the university’s athletic director. The following week, she can be anywhere else in the world, performing and touring as a member of the Bayanihan Dance Group, the country’s national traditional dance troupe. There are also days when you’ll find her on television, doing commentary for football matches.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m someone who finds joy in doing new things everyday,” says Marielle, 35.The juggling act isn’t new to Marielle, who, from 2003 to 2013, represented the country in international football. In fact, she’s mastered the art of managing her time amid her myriad interests. So when the PFF was searching for women’s coaches to make up the youth teams, Marielle was a natural choice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutShe’s a member of La Salle’s four champion teams in five UAAP seasons and also bagged the Athlete of the Year plum in 2004, the first time the league gave the award to an athlete in a team sport. She has played close to 60 international matches for the country.Coaching was a natural transition for Marielle, but surprisingly, there was a lot of apprehension on her part when the PFF appointed her to be part of the staff for the Under-14 team two years ago. Pretty soon, however, the concerns went away as she naturally blended in with the staff, led by coach Joyce Landagan.last_img read more

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Scientists discover hottest planet till date and it’s hotter than many stars

first_imgKELT-9b is a newly discovered giant planet which is hotter than many stars. The 4,315 degree Celsius hot planet, which is almost three times the size of Jupiter, revolves around a giant star named KELT-9. At 300 million years, the host star is a relatively young blue A-type star expelling so much ultraviolet radiation that KELT-9b is evaporating!”This is the hottest gas giant planet that has ever been discovered,” said Scott Gaudi, astronomy professor at The Ohio State University in Columbus, who led a study on the topic published in Nature magazine, as per NASA.The previously known hottest planet was WASP-33b, glowing at 3,200 degree Celsius and located in the Andromeda constellation– 380 light years away.(Source: NASA/JPLCaltech/R.Hurt/SWNS)Here is what you should know about the hottest planet in the known universe and its blue A-type host star:1. KELT-9b is situated 650 light years away from Earth, in the constellation Cygnus.2. The planet is 2.8 times bigger than Jupiter, but only half as dense.3. Scientists thought the radius of the planet to be smaller but the temperature of its host star is causing the planet to inflate like a balloon.4. The dayside temperature of the planet KELT-9b is more than 4,315 degree Celsius. KELT-9 star sizzles at 9,897 degree Celsius while our sun’s temperature is 5,600 degree Celsius. The star is also more than twice the size of Sun.5. The planet and its star are locked tidally as the earth and moon. So, one side of the planet always faces the star and the other side remains completely dark.advertisement6. The planet might sport a giant, glowing gas tail like a comet as it is being constantly hit by extreme radiation causing planetary material to evaporate.7. All known planets move around the equator of their stars but KELT-9b orbits around the poles of its massive star.8. KELT-9B also orbits its star at a much closer distance than between Mercury and Sun.9. The orbit of the planet is perpendicular to the spin axis of the star. One “year” on this planet is less than two days.10. Almost all the elements on the planet are in atoms, not in molecules and the atmosphere of the planet is essentially too hot for molecules to exist. So, methane, water, or carbon dioxide cannot form. Scientists presume that molecules might form on the nightside of the planet, albeit temporarily.”KELT-9 radiates so much ultraviolet radiation that it may completely evaporate the planet,” said Keivan Stassun, a professor of physics and astronomy at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, who directed the study with Gaudi.Why is this discovery significant?The scientists are usually interested in studying smaller and cooler stars, as there is more chance of finding planets with Earth-like habitable conditions. Still, the discovery of the weird atmosphere of the planet is quite intriguing. It is the hottest planet to be found till date, which might provide some insight as to how planetary systems form around extremely hot stars.The discovery was made using one of the two Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope (KELT) telescopes at Arizona’s Winer Observatory trained to look at very bright stars at low resolution over broad areas of the sky. In contrast, other telescopes look at faint stars over small sections of the sky and in high resolution. Astronomers plan to look at KELT-9b using other telescopes like the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes to gather more information.KELT telescope (Source: NASA)”Thanks to this planet’s star-like heat, it is an exceptional target to observe at all wavelengths, from ultraviolet to infrared, in both transit and eclipse. Such observations will allow us to get as complete a view of its atmosphere as is possible for a planet outside our solar system,” said Knicole Colon, the paper co-author who was based at NASA Ames Research Centre in California’s Silicon Valley during the time of this study.(Main image: NASA/JPLCaltech/R.Hurt/SWNS) Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img read more

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FALL HARVEST REMAINS BEHIND SCHEDULE

first_imgRain has kept Iowa and Nebraska farmers out of corn and soybean fields in the past few weeks significantly delaying the harvest.The U.S. Department of Agriculture says just 32 percent of the Iowa soybean crop has been harvested, the lowest percentage harvested by this date since 1985 and only 13 percent of the corn crop for grain is finished, the smallest percentage harvested by this date since 2009.In Nebraska corn is 17 percent finished behind 32 percent last year and the 39 percent average.Just a third of the Nebraska soybean crop has been harvested, well behind 59 percent last year at this time and the five-year average of 67 percent.last_img

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