Marks reached new heights at Mid-Ohio, aims for higher mountains — literally

first_imgRELATED: See the race at Mid-Ohio | Full schedule for Mid-OhioJustin Marks says he had two dreams as a child – to win a race at one of NASCAR’s top levels and to climb mountains. But not just any mountains.One box has been checked. The second? Well, he’s working on it.Marks is the defending winner of the Mid-Ohio Challenge, the NASCAR XFINITY Series race scheduled for Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) on the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.RELATED: Recap every Mid-Ohio XFINITY Series raceHe’s also in training toward what he hopes will one day be a trek to the top of Mt. Everest, at 29,029 feet the world’s highest mountain.Photo courtesy of Justin Marks“I almost really turned my back on my climbing dream until I won that race at Mid-Ohio,” Marks told “I think that next week I started going, ‘I did it; I won a big NASCAR race.’ And I started thinking I had two dreams when I was a kid and I’m halfway there. There’s one left to do.”Marks, 36, is an accomplished road racer and his experience paid off last year when much of the XFINITY Series race at Mid-Ohio was run in the rain.It wasn’t a win that was handed to him, however. He was seventh on a late restart with less than 15 laps to go, but made his way to third with 13 circuits remaining. When then-leader Ty Dillon slid off the track 10 laps from the finish, Marks, driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, moved out front.He had a 17-second lead when a final caution appeared and set up a two-lap run to the finish. He quickly pulled away from Sam Hornish Jr., who finished second, to earn his first career NASCAR victory.RELATED: Marks nabs first XFINITY win at raining Mid-Ohio“That was a big deal for me,” Marks said. “It’s a big deal for anybody to win. When these guys win a ton of races – Kyle Busch chasing 200 wins and all this kind of stuff – the winning is just a part of life. But for somebody like me, I did not grow up in a racing family. I’ve not had a lot of rides in my career that were not sponsor-driven. I’ve had some but not a lot. I don’t have a big racing pedigree.“I’m a race car driver because I grew up as a fan and I wanted to try to do it because my heroes were race car drivers. So when you’ve got someone like me who grows up in the Silicon Valley to a family that’s basically a technology investment family and I just came home one day and decided I wanted to be a race car driver … I went to these races and got Tony Stewart’s autograph, got all these guys’ autographs.“Fast forward — to win a race in the XFINITY Series at that level for a company like Chip Ganassi Racing, on paper it shouldn’t happen. … People in this town think that guys like me shouldn’t win races. Especially races where there’s not attrition, where you’ve got to race and win it on pace.“So it was emotional for me because I felt like it was a big deal. It was a big, big deal personally because I beat Sam Hornish Jr. and Ryan Blaney and Ty Dillon and these guys at the end of the race that I just sort of think are better drivers than me.”RELATED: Hear Marks talk about climbing Mt. EverestMarks has several business interests outside his own racing efforts, including ownership in the GoPro Motorplex karting facility and co-ownership with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson in Larson-Marks Racing, which fields an entry in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.He is scheduled to make one more start for the No. 42 teams this year, at Road America later this month, and will also race at Road Atlanta in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race there, making his fourth start of the season in that series for Turner Motorsport.But much of the fall will be spent in training, he said. He’s already been to Ecuador where he scaled two volcanos above 18,000 feet to gain experience hiking at altitude. In January, he is scheduled to travel to Argentina to climb Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America at just under 23,000 feet.Photo courtesy of Justin Marks“That’s the first real altitude test and if my body performs well at that altitude then it’s time to turn the attention to the Himalayas and Nepal,” he said. “Once we get out there and start getting experience at those extreme altitudes and with oxygen, then it becomes ready to start training for Everest.”It’s a three- or four-year plan, Marks said, “and I’m basically at the end of Year 1 right now.“I like exploring what I’m capable of and I think that’s independent of my interest in racing. The human body is an incredible machine and that all of us are only utilizing a small percentage of what we are capable of.“I think training to climb the highest mountain in the world really, really lets you know what you’re made of. And I guess that’s probably the most interesting aspect for me.”last_img read more

Experts link Haiti cholera outbreak to human actions, foreign strain

first_imgMay 5, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – A report from an independent panel of the United Nations (UN) on the source of Haiti’s cholera outbreak yesterday stopped short of blaming Nepalese soldiers at a UN peacekeeping base, emphasizing that a combination of factors led to the outbreak that has so far sickened almost 300,000 people.The panel of four experts, who conducted an epidemiologic, water and sanitation, and molecular analysis, said Haiti’s cholera outbreak began at a river tributary near an audited peacekeeping base that did have inadequate plumbing to prevent contamination, but that environmental contamination from a fecal source couldn’t have spread without deficiencies in the country’s water, sanitation, and health systems.Suspicion about the role of the UN peacekeepers in the cholera outbreak was one factor that led to rounds of violent protests in Haiti, which is recovering from a January 2010 earthquake disaster. Controversy over presidential elections also fueled the unrest.In December 2010 an epidemiologist sent by France to assist with Haiti’s cholera outbreak who investigated the events reported that the Nepalese soldiers were the most likely source of the outbreak and that the outbreak started in an Artibonite River tributary near their base.The group began its work in early January after its appointment by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Their 32-page report is available on the UN’s Web site. The panel was headed by Dr. Alejandro Cravioto, a Mexican citizen from the International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh. The other members are Dr. Claudio Lanata from Peru’s Instituto de Investigacion Nutritional, Dr. Daniele Lantagne of Harvard University, and Dr. Balakrish Nair from India’s National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases.In a statement yesterday, Ban Ki-moon said he plans to convene a task force to study the report’s findings “to ensure prompt and appropriate follow-up.”The experts said evidence “overwhelmingly supports” human activity as the source that contaminated the Artibonite River tributary with the cholera strain, which they said did not originate in Haiti. The outbreak strain is very similar, but not identical, to South Asian strains circulating in Asia, they reported.Other factors that led to the spread of cholera throughout the country included:High numbers of people who use the river for washing, bathing, drinking, and recreationAgricultural workers who are exposed to river waters, especially those working in rice paddiesLack of population immunity to choleraInfected people who fled their communities, dispersing the outbreak”The independent panel concludes that the Haiti cholera outbreak was caused by the confluence of circumstances . . . and was not the fault of, or deliberate action of, a group or individual,” according to the report.Though the group didn’t specifically fault the UN peacekeepers, several of their recommendations for preventing future cholera outbreaks were aimed at UN mission personnel. They suggested that UN and emergency responders traveling from cholera-endemic areas receive a prophylactic dose of antibiotics before departure, be screened to confirm absence of asymptomatic carriage of Vibrio cholerae, or both.Further, UN groups and others who respond to emergencies where cholera epidemics are occurring should receive prophylactic antibiotics, be immunized with oral vaccines, or both, to protect themselves and others, the experts recommended.To prevent environmental contamination, the group recommended that UN installations worldwide treat fecal waste using on-site systems that inactivate pathogens before disposal.Other recommendations focus on improving cholera case management, investing in water supply and sanitation improvements, exploring the role of vaccines to curb the spread of the disease, and promoting the use of molecular techniques to improve surveillance, detection, and tracking.See also:May 4 UN press releaseMay 4 UN independent panel cholera outbreak reportDec 8, 2010, CIDRAP News story “Experts disagree on Haiti cholera source as cases near 100,000”last_img read more

C’bean gov’ts urged to impose measures to curb alcohol consumption

first_img Share Tweet 65 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share WASHINGTON (CMC) –Two United Nations health organisations are calling on Caribbean governments to implement measures that would curb the consumption of alcohol after a new study found that alcohol consumption in the Americas is higher on average than the rest of the world.“There are many actions that governments can take to control access to alcohol, including government monopolies, limiting hours and days of sale, and enforcement of minimum purchasing ages,” the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) say after releasing the findings of a Regional Status Report on Alcohol and Health in the Americas.“Limiting availability, restricting marketing, and increasing prices through taxation are three of the “Best Buys” recommended by the WHO to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases through cost-effective interventions.“These policies, along with measures to counter drinking and driving, are part of WHO’s Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol. A number of other effective actions also exist, and countries should prioritize as many of these interventions as possible,” the two UN agencies said.They said that rates of heavy episodic drinking (HED) have risen in the past five years, from 4.6 to 13 per cent among women and 17.9 to 29.4 per cent among men.They said alcohol led to approximately one death every 100 seconds, on average, in the Americas in 2012 and that it contributed to more than 300,000 deaths in the region, with more than 80,000 of those involving deaths that would not have occurred had alcohol not been consumed.“Alcohol use contributes to more than 200 diseases and injuries, including cancers, HIV/AIDS, and various mental disorders. Alcohol was the cause for more than 274,000,000 years of healthy life lost in the Americas in 2012. About 5.7 per cent of the region’s population reported suffering from an alcohol use disorder, although the number is likely higher.”The two UN organizations also noted that the report noted that alcohol is the leading risk factor for death and disability among people aged 15–49 in the Americas and worldwide.“This is the age range in which people are typically at their most productive. A 2006 US study estimated that the harmful use of alcohol cost that country approximately US$224 billion (an average of $750 per person), 72 per cent of which was attributed to lost workplace productivity.“Other substantial costs to society exist, including when drinking leads to arrest, property damage, job loss, or health service visits.”They warn that as countries in the Americas, including those in the Caribbean, develop economically,” we can expect to see an increase in alcohol consumption and related harms in the absence of effective policies to prevent them.“Evidence also suggests that the socioeconomically disadvantaged often experience more harm from the same levels of consumption than their wealthier counterparts, possibly due to the lack of access to health care resources or greater social exclusion.”The UN agencies note that in most countries of the Americas, alcohol is produced and sold by private entities, and governments may or may not regulate and monitor these activities in the interest of public health.They said alcohol marketing restrictions are likely to have a large impact on women, who are less prone to have started drinking than are men, and an even greater effect on youth, who are more susceptible to advertising.“Total bans are the most effective type of marketing regulation and are relatively inexpensive to enforce,” PAHO/WHO said, adding that reducing the affordability of alcohol has an effect on all aspects of drinking, including prevalence of drinking, frequency, and intensity of consumption, as well as on many of the consequences of excessive drinking.“Alcohol taxes are an efficient way to raise government revenue. They require relatively little additional enforcement mechanisms and the revenues can be used to provide health and social services, further improving equity at the population level.” HealthInternationalLifestyleNewsPrintRegional C’bean gov’ts urged to impose measures to curb alcohol consumption by: Caribbean Media Corporation – July 22, 2015last_img read more

Trump’s pledge to stop ‘war games’ with South Korea throws critical exercises into question

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The biggest surprise to emerge from President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Singapore was not included in the final agreement: Trump’s pledge to stop U.S. military exercises routinely held with South Korea. Trump’s pledge has drawn criticism as giving North Korea too much in return for vague promises. It remains unclear what impact Trump’s announcement will have on planning for the next big exercise slated to begin in August.The Pentagon has consistently labeled the annual large-scale exercises as defensive in nature and crucial to maintaining the readiness of both American and South Korean troops to fight back any military aggression from North Korea.But Trump’s announcement raised questions about when the exercises will stop and whether the military forces of both countries will be able to maintain their ability to fight without them.President Trump cited the high costs of the large-scale exercises as one reason why he was stopping them and surprisingly called them “very provocative,” a complaint often made by North Korea.As reports emerged that the South Korean government was surprised by the announcement to suspend exercises, questions were raised if U.S. policymakers were also caught off guard.But the Pentagon said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was consulted beforehand about the president’s announcement.“There were no surprises, they had spoken on all of these issues in advance,” Dana White, the chief Pentagon spokesperson told ABC News.Meanwhile, the U.S. military command in South Korea said it was proceeding with planning for Ulchi Freedom Guardian, the next major exercise, that will begin in August.“We have not received any updated guidance about have received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises – to include Ulchi Freedom Guardian,” said Colonel Chad Carroll, a spokesman for U.S. Forces Korea. “In coordination with our ROK partners, we will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance from the Department of Defense (DoD) and/or Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM).”“We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should,” Trump said at a news conference in Singapore. “But we’ll be saving a tremendous amount of money, plus, I think it’s very provocative.”Pentagon officials could not provide details about the costs of the previous exercises that President Trump had complained about.The 28,500 American troops permanently stationed in South Korea participate year round in a variety of air, ground and sea exercises with the South Korean military.The exercises focus on ways that the U.S. and South Korea could repel a North Korean attack at a moment’s notice, a commitment reflected in U.S. Forces Korea’s motto of “Fight Tonight.”But there are several large-scale exercises that involve larger numbers of troops and conflict scenarios.The most well-known of the annual exercises is “Foal Eagle” an umbrella term for a variety of smaller exercises held for two months each spring throughout South Korea. Sometimes American forces are sent to South Korea to participate in the exercises.This year’s edition of the exercise was delayed until after the conclusion of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea.Surprisingly in his initial offer to meet with President Trump, Kim Jong Un backtracked on decades of North Korean complaints about Foal Eagle exercises.Kim “understands that the routine joint military exercises between the Republic of Korea and the United States must continue,” South Korean national security adviser Chung Eui-Yong told reporters during his March 8 to Washington when Trump agreed to meet with the North Korean leader.The exercise kicked off in April, but in a much less public fashion than previous years given the backdrop of the potential for a warming in U.S. and North Korean relations.Despite the lower profile the U.S. and South Korea continued with planned large-scale exercises including an amphibious landing by U.S. Marines on a beach southwest of Seoul and long-range bomber aircraft stationed in Guam that flew training missions to South Korea.Sometimes the joint exercises are virtual in nature even though they still involve thousands of troops.For example, the next big one will be Ulchi Freedom Guardian a largely computer-based exercise that last year involved 17,000 American troops.Last year’s exercise was also held at a time of heightened tensions raised by President Trump’s “fire and fury” comments that in turn drew bellicose rhetoric from North Korea.It remains unclear when an announcement will be made about the future of this year’s exercise.Given the high level of readiness that both the U.S. and South Korean militaries always operate under it’s possible the lack of exercises may not have a lasting impact on readiness.“The President is taking a bit of a risk by halting the U.S.-South Korean military exercises,” said Steve Ganyard, an ABC News contributor. “But, these exercises can be turned on very quickly.”But others think it will have a significant impact, including Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, who said it “appears to concede U.S. military readiness in exchange for a vague open-ended denuclearization pledge from North Korea, plus additional talks.”“The exercises that the United States conducts with allies and partners on and around the Korean Peninsula are invaluable tools for maintaining the readiness to respond to potential North Korean aggression,” said Smith, who also raised concerns that Trump labeled them provocative and apparently did not consult South Korea’s government in advance.“The Department of Defense welcomes the positive news coming out of the summit and fully supports the ongoing, diplomatically-led efforts with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” said White, the Pentagon spokesperson, in a statement.“Our alliances remain ironclad, and ensure peace and stability in the region,” she added. The Presidential summit outcome is the first step along the path to the goal: complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a free and open Indo-Pacific.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Having fun while they change the world

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Future’s So Bright — NYS’s Matteo Faraguna earns BCSPL spot with Thompson Okanagan Intakes

first_imgThompson said the league runs until early November, depending on playoffs, concluding around November 25.The players have December off before returning to the training grounds in January.Second half begins February 25, running through until July.Thompson said this a long stretch for the players and there is a lot of travel during February, March and April combined with twice-a-week training sessions.“I am not surprised,” Thompson exclaimed when asked about the talent pool in the Kootenays.“We have had players in the past from the Kootenay’s that were involved. With the addition of the Whitecaps Prospects Centre there I only see players getting better and better.”Thompson said it’s that partnership between the Whitecaps and BC Soccer that is opening up high-level soccer to the entire province instead of teams being filled with players from Lower Mainland or Okanagan associations.“We speak with the regional head coaches of these academies about up and coming players and players that are displaying a high level of play,” Thompson explains.“It is a great system that benefits TOFC (Thompson Okanagan Football Club), the Whitecaps and links the players to the highest level of play that BC Soccer can provide.”“I am certain with the coaching that is provided at the Whitecaps Academies more players will come out of these areas,” Thompson adds.Faraguna, who arrived at the Intakes as a striker, is impressed with the level of coaching and competition during the first week of training.Continuing to want to grow his game has been a goal for Faraguna.And one he most definitely would like to maintain.“My goals from now on are to work as hard as I can to make the HPP (High Performance Program) and hopefully one day receive a scholarship and possibly play for the National Team,” Faraguna said.No doubt with skill from the Faraguna gene pool, — his grandfather Guido, chewed up defenses and filled nets during his time on Interior pitches while father Al, was just as skilled on those same fields in youth and senior men’s soccer, those goals don’t seem to be too far out of line. It was obvious that Matteo Faraguna has the skills to succeed in many sports.An accomplished track and field star with the Kootenay Chaos as well as a pretty good minor hockey player and skier, the 12-year-old prodigy, however, decided to follow in the footsteps of his father Al and grandfather Guido to pursue a career in the roundball sport.Faraguna took a major step in that direction after being selected to the Thompson Okanagan U13 Intakes BC Soccer Premier League squad following tryouts earlier this year in Kelowna.“I was very excited to be on the team and have the chance to get to know all of the coaches, staff and players,” the Nelson Youth Soccer star told The Nelson Daily.Faraguna played the past season for the U12 Development squad with NYS.However, needing a little more incentive in the sport, Trafalgar Middle School student decided to tryout with BCSPL in the Okanagan.“I have only known Matteo for a brief period of time, what we saw was a player that had a tremendous work rate and speed to match,” said Thompson Okanagan Technical Director Jason Thompson.“His ability in a one on one situation was very good and has a very good base of technical skill. Mateo’s compete level is very good.”The Intakes team has commenced preseason training, with Faraguna and Company completing the first week of practice.The team is preparing to attend the SX Cup Labour Day weekend in the Lower Mainland.The following weekend the Thompson/Okanagan Association hosts a BCSPL Jamboree where Intake teams from throughout the province travels to Kelowna.The U13 Intake festival happens every fall, combining all of the rookie U13 players to the BCSPL at one location.last_img read more

Madrid’s Vazquez and Kovacic sidelined by injuries

first_imgIn this photo, dated Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic, right, challenges Osasuna’s goalkeeper Nauzet Perez during the Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Real Madrid issued medical reports Thursday Dec. 29, 2016, stating midfielder Mateo Kovacic will be sidelined because of injuries sustained during the recent Club World Cup, along with forward Lucas Vazquez. (Photo by FRANCISCO SECO/AP))MADRID — Real Madrid says forward Lucas Vazquez and midfielder Mateo Kovacic will be sidelined for an undetermined period because of injuries sustained during the Club World Cup.Madrid issued the medical reports on Thursday, 11 days after the team defeated Japanese side Kashima Antlers 4-2 in added time in the tournament final.ADVERTISEMENT It says Vazquez has a muscle injury in his right leg, while Kovacic twisted a ligament in his left ankle.Vazquez played 81 minutes of the Dec. 18th final. Kovacic played the closing minutes as a substitute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliBoth players had earned a place in Zinedine Zidane’ starting 11, with Vazquez taking over from Gareth Bale after the Wales forward injured his right ankle in late November.Madrid’s next match is at home to Sevilla in the first leg of their Copa del Rey round-of-16 tie on Jan. 4. As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Coroner: Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam’s death was a suicide Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments We are young MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Senators to proceed with review of VFAlast_img read more

Reasons to be thankful

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre owner of Prudential, said the event was an uplifting experience for volunteers and participants alike. “A lot of the children, you should have seen their eyes. It was a really big deal for us, having the pleasure to participate,” Alvarado said. “I got inspired. We’ve had some fantastic years (in real estate), and now that the market is soft, it’s not all about the getting, it’s about the giving.” He said area restaurants helping in “Project Thankfulness” included Red Robin, the 6740 Bar and Grill, Rocky Cola, Mimo’s Cafe, Red Oak BBQ and Camadera Bakery. – Tim Traeger Photo Gallery : Whittier business serves holiday meals The Whittier Salvation Army joined forces with Prudential California Uptown Realty and Pacific Western Mortgage on Thursday to feed about 30 women and 45 children a feast to kick off the holiday season. The women, often victims of domestic violence and substance abuse, are in the Salvation Army’s TLC program that helps them get back on their feet and re-enter society as positive and productive members. Hector Alvarado, broker/ last_img read more

Concern for X-Ray departments after radiographer quits

first_imgSerious concern has been expressed over the X-Ray Departments in Killybegs and Donegal Town Community Hospital.Cllr Niamh Kennedy has voiced her concern after she became aware that the radiographer has handed in his notice.Cllr Kennedy said “This means that he will be leaving his post on 14th March 2019 with no replacement at this stage”. “This is simply not good enough that there is a policy within the HSE that a post like this can not be advertised until the job is vacant, this job should be advertised once notice is given”.She added this comes despite good news back in January of the €1.7m for the Community hospitals in Donegal, linked to Letterkenny University Hospital for Dungloe, Carndonagh, Donegal Town and Killybegs.“And now we won’t have staff in Killybegs or Donegal Town for whatever length of time it takes to find a replacement this is simply not good enough.“There needs to be an effort made here to recruit and have a panel selected for these jobs as vacancies arise. “Extensive reconstruction and renovations were carried out to accommodate the new equipment in these community hospitals, now Killybegs and Donegal Town will not have the Radiographer to do the work for whatever length of time is simply ridiculous.”At the €1.7m launch, a HSE spokesperson had stated that the opportunities to expand the level of services in these sites have been progressed.The HSE had said a Radiographer would be attached to each unit and admin support would be provided across all units.Cllr Kennedy added “I am calling on the HSE to advertise for this post without delay, we are living rurally and rely on these excellent Radiology Diagnostic Services. We do not want to see these services shut down for months because of administration and recruitment failures”.Concern for X-Ray departments after radiographer quits was last modified: February 28th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Niamh KennedyDonegal TownHOPSITALKillybegsquitsradiographerlast_img read more

Drawing on Madiba’s influence

first_imgA life-size cartoon Mandela reads hisbirthday cards in the foyer of theFoundation’s auditorium.(Image: Janine Erasmus) A selection of the cartoons on exhibition.(Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) Zapiro at work.(Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) Jonathan Shapiro – Zapiro.(Image: UKZN Centre for Creative Arts)Janine ErasmusYou either love him or you hate him, but you cannot ignore political cartoonist Zapiro. The award-winning artist’s latest exhibition, a tribute to former president Nelson Mandela, is currently running at the offices of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.The last of six exhibitions that pay homage to the revered elder statesman who turned a remarkable 90 in July 2008, Zapiro’s Mandela tribute runs until March 2009. Speaking at the opening, the artist said, after reading Mandela’s 90th birthday cartoon to him, “I would like to say a huge thank you to the Nelson Mandela Foundation for presenting me with the honour of being part of the 90th year celebrations.”Mandela has been portrayed in Zapiro cartoons in a multitude of incarnations. He has appeared as David slaying the Goliath of apartheid, as Moses leading the people back to the promised land, as the wind blowing South Africa’s double rugby world champions the Springboks to victory, as a paper doll with interchangeable clothes of the national rugby, cricket and football teams, as a cowboy riding with his lady into the unset (referring to Mandela’s much-publicised romance and marriage to Graça Machel), and as the conscience of the nation.A right to freedom of expressionZapiro fiercely defends his right to free expression. Not only cartoonists, he says, but also society in general must engage with those in authority in a critical fashion. This attitude has earned him both praise and scorn, not to mention death threats.However, not even Nelson Mandela has been spared Zapiro’s pen. Where it has appeared, though, the cartoonist’s criticism has always been tempered with great respect and Mandela himself, according to archivist Verne Harris of the Foundation’s Centre of Memory, has encouraged it.Mail & Guardian editor Ferial Haffajee, herself a formidable journalist of integrity, described Zapiro as “a cutting and stern critic of the South African political landscape”, while Moegsien Williams, editor of The Star, called Zapiro unstoppable, “even by a tsunami”.Haffajee has likened South Africa’s political cartoonists to imbongi, or praise singers, who actually do not always praise but do have the responsibility of speaking the truth, good or bad, to those in power without fearing for their lives. “The greater the freedom of the cartoonist, the higher the democratic quotient of a society,” said Haffajee.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has commended Zapiro for his “passionate desire to will this country and its extraordinary people into realising their potential.” Tutu also received his own cartoon for his 75th birthday in 2006 and said, “I am always intrigued because if you will notice, Zapiro always draws my nose peeping into my mouth.” The Arch added that he was deeply touched and lacked words to express his appreciation.Telling the truth as he sees itWidely admired and highly controversial, Zapiro aka Jonathan Shapiro is a Cape Town native who initially studied architecture at Cape Town University but was not happy with this choice. He changed to studying graphic design at the Michaelis School of Art, which meant that he forfeited his South African army draft deferment and had no choice but to enlist. In the army, military authorities didn’t look kindly on Shapiro’s vehement anti-apartheid stance and refusal to carry arms, and the young activist was monitored and even once arrested under the Illegal Gatherings Act.These political activities formed the germ of his future career as a cartoonist. After his discharge from the army he worked for a number of newspapers and organisations before taking up a Fulbright Scholarship in 1988 to study media arts at New York’s School of Visual Arts.Shapiro returned to South Africa in 1991, three years before the dawn of democracy, and immediately became involved with organisations such as Story Circle, producing educational comics for social causes, before embarking on his fulltime career as a political cartoonist.Since then he has worked for leading South African newspapers including the Sowetan and the Cape Argus. His work is currently featured in the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Cape Times, The Star, The Mercury, and the Pretoria News.There are no sacred cows for Shapiro, and his cartoons have targeted leading figures ranging from Jacob Zuma, Thabo Mbeki, George W. Bush and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to Bill Clinton and Mandela. They have brought him death threats and intense criticism but also the adulation of the local and international media, a huge fan base comprising many diverse ethnicities, and a host of awards and exhibitions.Shapiro has also been guest speaker at cartoon events around the world and for four years was a speaker at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. His work has been featured in Newsweek, The Economist, Le Monde, The Observer, The Scotsman, and the International Journal of Comic Art, among many others. He has published 12 books of comics.In 2001 Shapiro became the first cartoonist to win a category prize in CNN’s African Journalist of the Year Awards. Besides his many other accolades, in 2005 he received the prestigious principal award, worth €100,000, from the Netherlands-based Prince Claus Fund for culture and development. The theme that year was Humour and Satire, and the award was bestowed on Shapiro for his “ability to make people laugh – even when it is at their own expense”.In 2008 two Africans were named as winners of Prince Claus Awards – they are sculptor extraordinaire Ousmane Sow from Senegal, and Nigerian photographer James Iroha Uchechukwu. The theme was The Human Body and the principal award went to Indian writer Indira Goswami.At home Shapiro has won numerous awards, including the first Mondi Shanduka South African Journalist of the Year Award and the first Vodacom Cartoonist of the Year Award, both in 2006. In 2007 he won another international award for cartoonists sponsored partly by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and adjudicated by, among others, Kenyan Nobel Peace laureate Wangari Maathai. In the same year he received the annual Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award from the US Cartoonist Rights Network.Shapiro works with pen and Indian ink, drawing his cartoons free hand. He is married to photographer Karina Turok.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Useful linksZapiroNelson Mandela FoundationPrince Claus FundMail & GuardianCartoonists Rights Network Internationallast_img read more