Nike vows to fix NBA jerseys after shirts shredded

first_imgSeveral of the league’s biggest names, including LeBron James and Draymond Green have been seen wearing tattered shirts since the season began.Last week, Sixers star Ben Simmons’ shirt was almost completely torn apart as he tussled for the ball during his team’s game with the Indiana Pacers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNike said it was working to remedy the situation in a statement on Tuesday.“Nike always puts the athlete at the center of everything we do and we have worked hard to create the most advanced uniforms in the history of the NBA,” the company said. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers plays with a ripped jersey during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPNike on Tuesday vowed to fix issues with its NBA jerseys after a string of high-profile incidents which have seen shirts torn to shreds.The opening weeks of the NBA campaign have seen multiple incidents of torn jerseys, creating a public relations headache for Nike in the first season of an eight-year deal as the league’s jersey supplier.ADVERTISEMENT “They are lighter and deliver great mobility and sweat wicking characteristics, and the feedback from players has been overwhelmingly positive. “However, during game play we have seen a small number of athletes experience significant jersey tears. “We are very concerned to see any game day tear and are working quickly to implement a solve that involves standardizing the embellishment process and enhancing the seam strength of game day jerseys.“The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance and we are working with the NBA and teams to avoid this happening in the future.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LiAngelo Ball, UCLA teammates arrested in China for shoplifting Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Doctor robbed by bandits after leaving bank

first_imgDr Holly Alexander, wife of former Registrar of the University of Guyana and People’s National Congress member, Vincent Alexander, was robbed by armed bandits, after transacting business at a Georgetown bank.Reports indicate Dr Alexander exited the bank at about 13:00h and went to make a purchase at a store on Brickdam, Georgetown. As she was heading for herDr Holly AlexanderSouth Ruimveldt, Georgetown, home she stopped at the intersection at Norton and Bishop Streets, Georgetown. It was there that two-armed men on a motorcycle rode up in front of her car preventing her from moving forward. The pillion rider then came off the bike and held the woman at gunpoint, taking away her handbag valued $15,000 and contained $560,000 cash along with her Samsung Galaxy S6, which valued $200,000, a purse valued $2000 and other important documents including her national Identification Card, driver’s license, passport and two bank cards.The men then made good their escape, riding along the southern side of Norton Street, Georgetown.Police are currently investigating the incident.last_img read more

HEALTH MINISTER IS FULLY COMMITTED TO CANCER SERVICES IN DONEGAL – McHUGH

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has welcomed Health Minister Leo Varadkar’s commitment to cancer services in Co Donegal.Deputy McHugh said that not only will the current cancer services remain at Letterkenny General Hospital, but that the Minister is committed to strengthening the services.“Although Minister Varadkar has admitted there are unique challenges in attracting doctors to Letterkenny for a number of different reasons, the services being provided at present will not be downgraded and the Minister is fully committed to improving the cancer care unit at the hospital for the benefit of the people of Donegal. “As a follow up to the meeting I organised earlier this year which was attended by Senior members of the Saolta University Hospital Group, HSE, NCCP, Dept of Health as well as a number of Donegal cancer community groups and Oireachtas members, we have arranged for a follow up meeting to take place next month to discuss what progress is being made on the commitments given at that meeting.“Both the Minister and the HSE have outlined their continued commitment to the services at the hospital but there are still concerns from those within the Unit and those who avail of the services and we need to ensure that any commitment given is followed through with action and. The improvement of health care services at Letterkenny General Hospital will continue to be a priority and the health and wellbeing of people in Donegal should be at the forefront of all decisions made. “HEALTH MINISTER IS FULLY COMMITTED TO CANCER SERVICES IN DONEGAL – McHUGH was last modified: July 27th, 2015 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:cancer servicesdonegalMinister Joe McHughMinister Leo Varadkarlast_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: KINCASSLAGH PARISH NEWSLETTER

first_imgSchedule of MassesSt. Mary’s, Kincasslagh:Next weekendSaturday @ 7.30 p.m.Sunday @ 10.00 a.m.Next WeekWednesday @ 7.00 p.m.Friday @ 10.00 a.m.St. Columba’s, Burtonport:Next WeekendSaturday @ 6.30 p.m.Sunday @ 11.00 a.m.Next Week.Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri @ 10.00 a.m.Lay Apostolate Prayer Group 2nd Monday of the Month in the Oratory @ 6.30 p.m. All Welcome.Anniversaries & MassesStC= St Columba’s. StM= St Mary’s.Patrick & Molly Gallagher, Sat 5th, StMMarguerite Boyle, Keadue, Sun 6th, StMMary Bonner, Sun 6th, StCMinnie Doherty, Cruit, Mon, StCMass for those who sympathised and assisted during Cathal Murray’s illness & funeral, Tues, StCMary Bonner, Sat 12th May, StCBrian Ward, Keadue, Sat 12th, StMKevin Bonner, Sun 13th, StMFrankie Julia Boyle, Sun 13th, StCJames Doherty, Chapel Gate, Belcruit, who was buried on Monday.Bridget Boyle (Brian), Mullaghduff, who was buried on Wednesday.Willie Gallagher, Birmingham, who died during the week. Husband of Nuala Campbell, formerly Rampart, Burtonport.Johnny Guitar, whose anniversary occurs at this time. May they rest in peace.Fundraising EventsCaislean Oir, AnnagryQuiz on Wednesday. Proceeds to RELAY FOR LIFE. Teams of 4, €20, 10 p.m. All welcome. Diocesan PilgrimageDue to the small numbers interested the diocesan pilgrimage due to take place on May 20th in Letterkenny is being revised and postponed.Belarus SistersThe sisters from convent of St. Elisabeth, Minsk, Belarus will be here on Tuesday 22nd May, after Mass in Acres and in the afternoon in St. Mary’s Hall, Kincasslagh.Centre FundraiserThere will be a disco held in O’Donnell’s Bar this Bank Holiday Saturday 5th May in aid of St. Columba’s Community Centre. €2 tickets are on sale with some valuable prizes. Please support this cause as the Centre is used for all types of events by all in our locality.Scrap MondayA “scrap Monday” will be held on Bank Holiday Monday 4th June at the upper factory on the railway road, Burtonport between 10am and 4pm. Check your shed or garage for metal, copper, steel, boilers, bicycles etc… No fridges or toys. Further information from 086 6086231, 086 8415467 or 085 1742559. Heritage WalkOn Monday 7th May, from 3pm, the Burtonport Heritage Group will hold a Heritage Walk through the village of Burtonport. The walk will start and finish in the old Cope building in the Port, now our welcome centre.The walk will include a guided talk through the new Heritage Wall in the centre, which covers the history of the Burtonport area from the earliest times – including a recently acquired image of the early 7th century Castleport Brooch, found in Cloughglass a hundred years ago.The walk will take one and a half to two hours with a suggested voluntary contribution of €5 being made (children free), all proceeds to go to the costs of the Heritage Wall and future exhibitions. Visitors and walkers will also be able to enjoy the Art Exhibition, John Rafferty’s photographs and get a cup of tea, coffee at the Welcome Centre.Summer FairThe Parents Association of Scoil Mhuire Belcruit is holding a Summer Fair on Sunday 6th of May from 10.30 till 2pm in St. Mary’s Parochial Hall. There will be craft stalls, car boot stalls, games, children’s activities and refreshments will be available. There will be a children’s treasure hunt beginning at 11.00 am and we are delighted that Daniel O Donnell & Majella will make a special appearance at 12 noon. Entry is free for adults and E2 per child – which will give them access to Bouncy Castle, Treasure Hunt, Face painting and more.Youth News: 10-12 Yrs one off events for May. Mystery Scavenger Hunt (teams of 3) 9th May, Art Contest: Make Your Mark (all materials supplied for participants) 16th May and Mini Olympic Sports 23rd May. All events require booking in advance, cost €3 p/p, run from 6.30-8.00 pm, with spot prizes. Tel: 0868280149 to find out more.Naionra Cionn CaslaghThere will be a meting in Kincasslagh Hall on Tuesday 8th May at 8.00 p.m. for parents of children starting in Naionra Cionn Caslagh on September 2012. It is important that at least one parent attends. Enrolment forms can be picked up in the Naionra between 9.15 and 12.15 Monday – Friday. For further information call Joanna at 086 807 4352.Naionra Ailt an Chorrain – B’port PlayschoolThere will be a meeting in Naionra Ailt an Chorrain on Tuesday 8th May at 7pm for parents of children starting in the Naionra in September. Televised Mass of Preparation for IEC2012This weekend marks the commencement of the final month of preparation for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. In that connection the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, will celebrate mass live on RTE1 Television at 12 noon on Sunday 6th May. The congregation will be made up of members and volunteers of IEC2012 Music will be provided by the Palestrina Choir under the direction of Blanaid Murphy. Those who are sick or frail due to old age have an important place in the life of the Church and we are delighted that, through this celebration of Mass, they can be drawn into the final stage of preparations for the Congress.Scolaireachta PrintiseachtaTa Scolaireachta Printiseachta a dtairiscint faoi lathair i reimse leathan ceirdeanna.Tuismitheoir no iarrthoir gur mian leo breis eolais a fhail i dtaobh na Scolaireachtai seo Dean teagmhail leis: An Rannog Oiliuna & Oideachais,Uderas Na Gaeltachta, Na ForbachaCo. na Gaillimhe. Fon 091 503139 no 503121.Roimh 8/6/2012Letterkenny Alzheimer’s Support GroupThe next meeting of the Group will take place @ 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday 8th May at the Cheshire Apartments, Long Lane, Letterkenny. For further details contact the office on 074 97 22795.Course for engaged couples“What every couple should know before they get married”. The course will provide a wide variety of topics to help you to understand each other better and improve your communication skills.The course will be held in Kilmacrennan in The Old Primary School on the 19th of May 2012. If you have any questions or wish to register ring Magdalena 087 94 99 741. Cost €50 per couple.’ LOCAL NEWS: KINCASSLAGH PARISH NEWSLETTER was last modified: May 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LOCAL NEWS: KINCASSLAGH PARISH NEWSLETTERlast_img read more

LOCAL NEWS – AN CRAOIBHIN NOTES, TERMON

first_imgTermon’s Operation TransformationOn Monday night we had 48 people weigh in and they lost 100lb between them. Another 7 stone lost. So great work. Total weight loss so far is ……..205lb! Our groups are now into week two of training and boy has it intensified , people are reporting feeling better in body and mind, and families are eating healthier too thank to the menu options provided by Kellys Centra & Restaurant in the Mountain top. One participant has lost an amazing 13 lbs in 12 days! We have 55 active members now, some are here 5 nights a week training and at weekends also. If you are looking to make the first move for fitness come along to any of our classes here its just €4 per class. Glenveagh Eagles, Termons Basketball Club, train here every Saturday morning, so why not come along and give it a try Under 9 train at 9.30 and U-11’s at 10.30 with Dermot Kelly . Just €3 per child or family rate of €5.Craoibhín parent & toddler group meet every Tuesday morning at 10.30-12.30 in our hall, a safe friendly environment for New mums, babies, toddlers and expectant mums. Open to the Daddys also! Just €2 per family. Refreshments included.Craoibhín Childcare is open from 8am -6pm offering ,Before & Afterschool, Naoinra & Creche places also available under CCs & Ecce schemes.Easter Camp- If you want to register your child for our Easter camp, Please call us. Min numbers apply. Craoibhin no longer use the phone number 074 91 39638, we are now using landline number 074 91 19988 and our mobile number o2 – 086-8437407.Irish classes are run here every Tuesday evening, for info call or e-mail us.We ran two very successful senior days in the last few months, we are now happy to announce we are running another day on Wednesday 30th January from 12-4pm. Contact us to book your place!Contact number is 074 91 19988 or 086 8437407 LOCAL NEWS – AN CRAOIBHIN NOTES, TERMON was last modified: January 15th, 2013 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:Termon noteslast_img read more

CHAMPIONS CLOUGHANEELY FACE ULSTER CLASH ON SUNDAY

first_imgCounty Champs CloughaneelyCLOUGHANEELY are the 2014 Intermediate County Champions after a 0-15 to 0-08 win over Buncrana at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny today.They were favourites for the title – and proved it in a hard-fought battle.They now travel to Owebeg, outside Dungiven in Co Derry, tomorrow to play Derry Intermediate Champions Castledawson. The south Derry outfit were lucky winners over north Derry’s Slaughtmanus in their county final, winning by a point.The Ulster fixture, just a day after today’s county final, is hardly fair on the Donegal champions.But with talent right throughout the side, if they can recover there is nothing to stop them from progressing.  CHAMPIONS CLOUGHANEELY FACE ULSTER CLASH ON SUNDAY was last modified: November 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Cloughaneelycounty championsIntermediate championslast_img read more

District defends shortage of middle school textbooks

first_imgEAST WHITTIER — East Whittier City School District is out of compliance with a court order requiring it to provide “sufficient” textbooks in social studies for middle school students. District Assistant Superintendent Linda Welch said many social studies teachers, each of whom has five or six classes, have only one set of textbooks per class. A few extra copies exist in the event a student needs one to take home to make up an assignment. “The Williams case declared that each student has to have their own textbook, and we’re not compliant with that,” Welch said, referring to the landmark Williams case, a class-action lawsuit filed in 2000. The suit accused the state and its education agencies of failing to give public school students equal access to instructional materials, safe and decent school facilities and qualified teachers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Williams case settlement prompted a slew of changes to the state’s education code — including one that refers to the sufficiency of textbooks and instructional materials. According to the state’s new definition of “sufficiency,” every student now must have one textbook for use in class or at home. “We have had to declare ‘insufficiency,’ but that doesn’t mean students aren’t receiving a standards-based social studies curriculum,” Welch said. “We do still feel we have the materials and textbooks needed to teach social studies to our middle school students.” However, rather than ordering hundreds of additional copies of the social studies books now in use, district Superintendent Dorothy Fagan said the board decided to wait until the state approves new social studies textbooks at the end of January. “If we were going to buy hundreds more of our old textbooks, they would be good only until Jan. 30,” when the state is expected to choose a new social studies textbook, Fagan said. “That’s a tremendous waste of money, and the board is not going to do it,” she said. Welch said a textbook adoption committee for the district will soon begin reviewing various books and making their top choices. Committee members will make their final choice once the state adopts its new textbook. New books will then be ordered immediately. The new books should be in classrooms by the beginning of March, she said. “We’re clean when it comes to textbooks in all subject areas, except for social studies,” said Welch. “We plan to be compliant in that area as quickly as we can.” Tracy Garcia can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or by e-mail at tracy.garcia@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

South Africa: time to be a good host!

first_img2. Support our country SAinfo reporter Find out more about Bafana Bafana: The 2010 Local Organising Committee, the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) and South African Tourism have put their heads together and come up with six ways in which you can be a great 2009 and 2010 host. 5. Learn to do the diski dance! What are you doing to be a good host in 2009 and 2010? Germany did the same in 2006, and their team – previously written off at home and abroad – went as far as extra time in the semifinals before bowing out to eventual tournament winners Italy. Know what’s going down in your own backyard. For pretty much everything you might need to know – about the teams, the venues, the dates, the host cities, the work that’s going in to get the country geared – check out: All you Gunners and Red Devils fans in SA – support Man U/Arsenal and a PSL team! 1. Be informed Buy yourself and your kids/granddad/partner/buddy tickets to a Confederations Cup match. Maybe you’re the CEO? Buy tickets for your staff – it’ll be the best (and cheapest) corporate bonding outing you ever organised! Bafana Bafana for the Confederations Cup semifinals – “win two to go through” – yes, we can! 4. Learn to blow a vuvuzela … They’re simple, they’re fun do, and they’ll make you part of the action that’s going to unfold between now and that final match at Soccer City, Johannesburg on Sunday, 11 July 2010. So the only question is … And when you go to a game, gents, it’s time to … Ke nako. It’s time … Forget the macarena. Forget the moonwalk, or the new move reportedly planned for Michael Jackson’s comeback. South Africa’s own diski dance is set to get the world jiving to an African rhythm in June 2009 and 2010. So drop your inhibitions and get in the diski groove! Soccer in South Africa 7. Do things THE RIGHT WAY Confederations Cup: Bafana BafanaBafana Bafana: a quick history Video: Join the World Cup diski dance!Video: How to do the diski dance We did it in 1996, and Bafana Bafana came out of international isolation to win the African Cup of Nations. Co-hosts South Korea got behind their team in 2002, and their team responded by upsetting favourites Spain in the quarterfinals to become the first Asian team to reach the World Cup semifinals. 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup (Fifa 2009 website)2010 Fifa World Cup (Fifa 2010 website)South Africa 2010 (SA government 2010 website)Visit South Africa 2010 (SA Tourism 2010 website)Shine 2010 (2010 good news)Project 2010 (2010 readiness updates) 3. Support our team, support our players … Get yourself a makarapa. Wear a Zakumi badge. Follow the games. Talk about them over a pap ‘n vleis braai. Get interested. Do any of these things in the spirit of Bafana, and you can count yourself a Bafana Bafana fan! HOW TO BE A GREAT 2009 AND 2010 HOST Vuvuzela: SA football’s beautiful noiseHats off to SA football’s makarapa!Zakumi: spirit of South Africa 2010 Learn to sing the national anthem. Fly the national flag. We’re footballing into the future – don’t be left behind! As South Africa gears up to host the world of football, South Africans are being called on to get behind their national football team, to be a part of the buzz around the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup – and to be good hosts to the football fans that visit the country. Get to the stadium at least an hour before kickoff time.Check your ticket, know your number, and sit in your designated seat.Keep all access stairways and emergency exits clear at all times.Stay out of restricted areas within the stadium.Co-operate during security inspections and body checks.Co-operate if asked to move to other seats for security reasons.Only smoke in designated areas.Don’t bring bottles or other “cellular” to the stadium (if you know what we’re talking about, then we’re talking to you!) 6. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO to a game! Buying Confed Cup tickets made easy2010: second ticket phase kicks off Article last updated: May 2009 South Africa’s national anthemFly, the beloved flag! Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa’s fashion gold medallist

first_imgTeam South Africa will be walking out in style at the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London, in a kit designed by Leigh Schubert. Athletes will walk out wearing a two-piece outfit, consisting of black tops with diagonal stripes in the colours of the South African flag, and black trousers. Criteria for the creation of the designs stipulated that the outfits must be proudly South African and comfortable. The designer launched her label “Leigh Schubert” in 2002. Her collections have been met with great acclaim at local and international fashion events. (Images: Leigh Schubert)MEDIA CONTACTS • Leigh Schubert   +27 31 572 6812 RELATED ARTICLES • Running into the history books • BMX – the cool factor • Shooting for gold • Trio aspires to retain Hector legacyWilma den HartighSouth Africa’s athletes will be walking out in style at the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London, in a kit created by Durban designer Leigh Schubert.It was up to South Africans to decide which kit makes it onto the field, and the public voted overwhelmingly in favour of Schubert’s striking designs.The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) invited the public to vote for their favourite kit from a selection of six designs, shortlisted from more than 20 fashion houses and designers who submitted entries.The panel of judges consisted of celebrities such as retired soccer ace and Team South Africa ambassador Lucas Radebe; sporting television personalities Robert Marawa and Carol Tshabalala, and fashion expert Grant Blackbeard.The panel also sought the opinion of marathon runner Rene Kalmer and wheelchair tennis player Lucas Sithole, who are both competing at the Olympics this year.Since Sascoc announced the winning designer, Schubert has become a household name just about overnight. At the opening ceremony, billions of people will also be watching South Africa’s athletes walk out wearing her designs.“One might be a well known name in fashion circles, but this is an opportunity for me to become known in South African homes by consumers who don’t necessarily go to fashion shows,” she says.“And it is nice to win a competition that people have judged. That makes me even more chuffed.”Meeting the briefCriteria for the creation of the designs stipulated that the outfits must be proudly South African and comfortable, and Schubert’s suggested kit met the brief.“I wanted the athletes to be proud of what they are wearing,” Schubert says.She now joins the ranks of other gold medallists of the fashion industry such as Stella McCartney, designer of the Olympic kit for team Great Britain; and Ralph Lauren, who fashioned the US team’s outfits. Another iconic designer, Giorgio Armani, created the Italian kit.Her competitors in the fashion race included prominent South African designers Colleen Eitzen, Craig Native, Gert Johan, Gina@Work and JJ Schoeman.As soon as Schubert received the invitation to submit her designs, she started researching previous opening ceremony outfits as she only had a few days to put the design boards together.“I wanted to try something new, yet ensure that it is comfortable and elegant,” she explains. “I did not want the athletes looking like farmers, air hostesses or as if they were about to play lawn bowls.”Athletes will walk out wearing a two-piece outfit, consisting of black tops with diagonal stripes in the colours of the South African flag, and black trousers. “The tops have been designed in such as way that one can see the full South African flag from all angles,” she says.“The kit is African, striking and has strong lines.”And when it comes to footwear, the designer quickly adds that the athletes will not be wearing plastic clog-like shoes known as Crocs, which have been worn once before. Instead, they will be wearing African-style Converse sneakers.“This adds a sense of humour to the kit and the sneakers also have a strong African edge,” she says. “They add a bit of cheekiness.”Top South African designerEven as a young designer, Schubert never doubted that she would have a career in the fashion industry. “I used to make clothes for my Barbies,” she says.Her mom recognised her talent and Schubert got her diploma in fashion when she was only 17 – even before she had a driver’s licence she was ready to get going at establishing a career.Schubert worked as a buyer for South Africa’s largest and fastest growing retail chain, Mr Price. She also became the youngest merchandiser for textile company Ninian & Lester.She’s an all-rounder in the industry, with experience ranging from commercial fashion and clothing retail to financial planning and range assorting, skills which contribute to her acute design sense. Her eye for commercial trends and what makes a viable design is what possibly made her kit stand out from the others.Schubert’s collections have been met with great acclaim at local and international fashion events, but for her, the public’s vote of confidence in her designs and skill is one of the biggest gains of the competition.  Schubert, who launched her label “Leigh Schubert” in 2002, was named one of South Africa’s hottest ten designers, according to Marie Claire magazine’s 2006 shopping directory.The magazine also listed her in its 2007 shopping directory of best South African designers, specifically noting Schubert’s use of texture and her timeless, sophisticated and feminine pieces.“My garments are quite classic, but interesting. I don’t do pretty and I have a hard core rock ‘n’ roll edge,” she says. “I like women to be powerful, in control and sexy.”Manufactured locallyTeam South Africa’s Olympic kit will be manufactured locally. Ahead of the Games in less than a month, Schubert is hard at work making all the tops for about 400 people, including the athletes, managers and anyone who is representing South Africa on the field during the opening ceremony. The manufacture of the trousers has been outsourced to another local supplier.last_img read more

Mozzie candle creates buzz

first_imgThe Fever bush, umsuzwane or koorsbossie is well-known as a traditional medicinal plant. (Image: Bart Wursten, Flora of Zimbabwe) Fever-Tree candles are available at retail chains across South Africa. Using two or three candles in an area, says the company, should achieve between 75% and 95% reduction in fly and mosquito landings.(Image: Fever-Tree) In this map, a country’s size is replaced by the proportion of worldwide malaria deaths that occur there. Africa clearly carries the biggest burden.(Image: Unicef) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tendani Tsedu  Manager: CSIR media relations  +27 12 841 3417 or +27 82 945 1980 RELATED ARTICLES • SA protects its national trees • SA team develops new rabies antidote • Homegrown malaria test kit lauded • Latest study on ‘miracle’ HIV plant • An end to malaria?Janine ErasmusSouth African indigenous herbal knowledge and modern technology have come together to create a recipe for success in an insect-repelling candle that is proven to surpass other similar products.The Fever-Tree candle is the result of collaboration between holders of indigenous knowledge, researchers at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and Zollhaus International.It’s made from ingredients extracted from the indigenous plant Lippia javanica, known popularly as the Fever bush, Lemon bush, bokhukhwane (Tswana), inzinziniba (Xhosa), umsuzwane (Zulu), kachigwere (Shona) and koorsbossie (Afrikaans).The plant belongs to the Verbena family and is not endemic to South Africa alone but is a hardy, woody shrub that grows across Southern and East Africa. It’s long been used by traditional healers on the continent to treat a multitude of conditions. As a tea it’s used to treat fever, colds, coughs, and other chest complaints. When cooled the tea is also useful in treating skin problems such as rashes, grazes, stings and bites.In parts of Zimbabwe and South Africa the infusion is used to ritually wash the hands after handling a body at a burial.L. javanica has another remarkable use, and that’s to keep insects away. The leaves, which release a lemon-like smell when crushed, have been effective when placed inside linen cupboards and other areas that store delicate fabrics.Leaves can also be wiped onto the skin, and sprigs are hung in doorways or are burned on the fire to repel the tiny invaders. The plant is also effective in expelling those insects that have already entered.Now that indigenous knowledge has been captured by CSIR researchers, who have produced a highly effective essential oil that’s proven to repel not only mosquitoes, but also flies – two of the most annoying pests found during the South African summer.A community in Limpopo is also benefiting because of the creation of jobs, and through an agreement entered into in 2003 with the CSIR whereby royalties are paid into the African Traditional Healers Trust, traditional healers are receiving compensation for the use of their knowledge.The first payment of around R27 000 (US$2 950) was made in October 2012, followed by a second payment of R22 800 ($2 500) in February 2013.Not all identical plants are equalThere are several identical-looking but chemically different L. javanica plants, and they are not all suitable for essential oil production – healers, however, are able to visually pick out the right variety.“We have identified a specific chemotype of the plant which produces an ingredient present in the essential oil which makes it active,” says chemist Dr Vinesh Maharaj of the CSIR’s Biosciences unit. A chemotype in botanical terms refers to a plant that is chemically different to others of its species, but is otherwise the same in all physical aspects.South African Bureau of Standards tests conducted on the active ingredient, using an olfactometer and Aëdes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito, proved that the product outclassed its competitors – similar products already on the market – in repelling and expelling mosquitoes. An olfactometer, says the CSIR, is a device used to study insect behaviour in the presence of an olfactory stimulus.The CSIR has filed a South African patent for the use of the L. javanica extracts as mosquito repellents, and in mid-2012 entered into a licence agreement with Zollhaus for the development of a product that can be sold commercially.CSIR commercialisation manager Brian Mphahlele says: “Zollhaus’s expertise lies in developing and positioning products in key market segments.”Giving the customer value for moneyFever-Tree candles are available in four aroma variants – vanilla, berry, aloe and most recently, sandalwood. Vanilla and berry, with their strong aromas, are popular for outdoor use while the more subtle aloe and sandalwood are suited for use indoors – however, it’s completely up to the customer to use their preferred scent in the location of their choice.“This is a premium product,” says Gordon Muller of Zollhaus. “We have a licence from the CSIR to use the active component, which we’ve put into our own product, that is the candle.”Muller explains that in order to give Fever-Tree the best chance at success, it’s been targeted at the higher LSM market.“We could have opted for selling just the essential oil to a wider range of customers of varying economic groups, but we felt that positioning it as a superior product for people who can afford it would bring in the best profits and make the project commercially viable and economically sustainable.”Muller is emphatic in pointing out the factors that ensure value for money. “Besides the fact that it keeps away mosquitoes, it’s an appealing product because it smells nice and enhances the ambience, and as a bonus it’s also effective in keeping flies away, so the whole Fever-Tree experience is superior.”So far there are two production facilities – one is run by Zollhaus and the other is Hihanyile, a community-owned business in Giyani, Limpopo. It was established in 2002 with funding from the Department of Science and Technology and community members have been trained and are employed to cultivate the plant, process it to extract the essential oil through distillation, and produce and package up to 400 000 candles per year.The Zollhaus facility buys essential oil from the community.“Although the crop occurs naturally in the wild, for production purposes only cultivated crops in Giyani are used. This serves to conserve the natural crop,” says Mphahlele.Hihanyile also produces lemon grass and rose geranium essential oil.Muller has great ambitions for Fever-Tree. “Our vision is to go big, and we can only do that by exporting to the global market.”In South Africa the candles are available for about R50 ($5.5) from a range of retail chains; they are Spar, Builders Warehouse – including the Gaborone branch – Outdoor Warehouse and individual retailers.Life-saving candleBesides the comfort factor, the candle has important implications in protecting people from one of the continent’s great health challenges – malaria. This disease is caused by parasites of the genus Plasmodium – the most deadly is P. falciparum – which are transmitted through the bite of Anopheles mosquitoes. Malaria caused by P. falciparum is much more prevalent in Africa than in other parts of the world, according to the World Health Organisation.In terms of the global malaria burden, sub-Saharan Africa is the hardest-hit region with 91% of deaths occurring here, and 86% of these victims are children younger than five. Pregnant women are also at risk.South Africa is one of 104 malaria-endemic countries, according to the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership, part of the World Health Organisation’s plan of attack against the disease. According to RBM, in 2012 six countries accounted for 47% of malaria cases – they are Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda and South African neighbour Mozambique.The malaria toll is not just one of lost human life, but of productivity, economic growth and future potential too – it’s estimated that a child dies of malaria somewhere in Africa every 60 seconds.But the disease can be prevented, and cured. Anti-malaria measures include insecticide-impregnated nets, indoor spraying, and rapid testing and treatment.The candle is not a replacement for any of these measures, says Muller, but it can complement them effectively.last_img read more