“Artists like myself, who still preserve the language, we bring a sense of coolness to it.” – Lira (Image: Miss Lira)• Lisa LoebJob positionAbout Entertainment+27 11 482 [email protected]misslira.com Sulaiman PhilipDaveyton sits in the centre, between Benoni, Springs and Boksburg. It was most famous for producing some of the country’s best footballers, being the township where kotas – a quarter loaf of bread with your choice of filling – were invented, and the home of the largest assemblage of vintage Chevrolets.In recent years though, it has won as much acclaim for being the home of multi-award winning singer, songwriter and fashion icon Lira, who went from being broke, unemployed and living at home with her parents in 2001, to knocking Celine Dion off the top of the charts in 2009.“I took a risk to become something new, something better. I know it’s hard but most people get stuck in their dreams because they make a decision and do nothing about it.” Starting from the bottom …Lira has faced challenges. From parents who felt she needed an education before they would give her music career their wholehearted support, to established artists stealing her work and, famously, trouble with her first recording company – 999 Music.Her book, Making Herstory, allows her to be vague in interviews about those early days with 999 Music. The owner of 999, Arthur Mafokate, is interviewed about their relationship in a section of the book and for Lira that ends that chapter of her life.As she told City Press in 2013: “Often, when you try to create change and put yourself out there, you might have stones thrown at you. I might have finally given people the one thing to bring me down in whatever way, so I’ve prayed to God to help me stay strong. Every year, I have just been running, achieving things and shifting the goal posts and I haven’t stopped to look at what happened in the last decade.”Daveyton is the sort of town where it is easy to meander through life. Lira chose instead to follow her dream: today she is an entrepreneur, an award-winning vocal gymnast and world-conquering R&B diva. Her drive to world domination started in her teens when she began writing her own songs and performing for friends.“You know there’s something very special about knowing who you are and knowing how you came to be.” – Lira (Image: Miss Lira) … now we’re hereWith her debut 2003 album – All My Love – in hand, she began building her career. Instead of sitting at home waiting for someone to discover her she began knocking on doors. Making the effort and taking action meant that work began to trickle in, slowly, but soon she was an in-demand performer. “Whenever I did a gig, I gave the best performance, so that those people would recommend me to others.”Soul in Mind, Lira’s 2008 album, was proof of her growth as a songwriter. She produced a collection of songs that were sexy, soulful, full of joy, and which celebrated her femininity. With five SAMA nominations – the most ever by a South African artist – Lira announced her induction into the unofficial hall of fame of South Africa’s best female vocalists, which includes, of course, her idol, Miriam Makeba.She grew up listening to Mama Afrika, along with Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin. She soaked up their respective styles and it shows in her ability to switch from R&B to pop to jazz. Lira has shown herself to be fearless in how she interprets her own work and how she translates the work of her idols.“I need the freedom to express myself through my music and so am not bound to a genre when working on an album. But there is a common thread through the songs and that is that they are honest – they come from my soul.” The joy of African designMakeba, beyond being Lira’s singing idol, is also her style icon. She has developed a personal dress style that has earned her as much applause from fashionistas as her voice has from music critics. She chooses South African designers because she believes they best understand her African character. “My style is very embracing of my African self. Nothing reflects who we are as well as our own designs. They are colourful, and vibrant. They also celebrate hand-crafted work.”Makeba, she says, understood the joy of African design. Like her idol she loves colour and comfort, clothes that flow, that are fun yet glamorous. And, like Makeba, “I also have a weakness for bold neck pieces. She made African fashion world-famous. I also love fashion from the 20s and 30s. Classic elegance!”Rise Again, released in April 2014, and Lira’s first American release, is a compilation of the best of her previous studio recordings. Like she did in 2008 she set herself a challenge to help her face the fear when going in a new direction. Before releasing Soul in Mind she went bungee jumping; earlier this year she jumped out of a plane, skydiving for the first time in her life. As she soulfully explains: “It is my giant leap of faith ritual; it makes me brave in other areas of my life.”There is a lesson in her life for her young fans, she has always said: “A way will always exist for those who will keep pushing and fighting their way forward. It’s not going to be easy but we need to stop complaining and start creating some solutions for ourselves. We all need to find ways of making something of our lives. We will literally have to carve a new path where there has been none.”
The donation was made in response to a call for help from the agricultural company Senwes. (Image: Engen)South Africa has been experiencing severe drought across large regions of the country, but corporates and ordinary people have been pitching in with mass drought relief efforts.In the latest move, Engen Petroleum, a leading South African producer and marketer of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products, handed over a cheque for R1-million to Agri SA, a non-profit organisation that works to build a stable, profitable agricultural environment, for drought relief.“We understand the negative impact exerted by the current drought on agriculture and we hope that our donation will help to make a small contribution in assisting farmers,” said Mike Stead, Engen’s manager: commercial fuels.Johannes Möller, the president of Agri SA, said the donation would make a big difference. “For every R1.00 we receive towards the Drought Relief Fund, the value we give back is R5.00, which goes towards farmers, throughput, feeding pellets and similar products.”Agri SA, a federation of agricultural organisations, was established in 1904 as the South African Agricultural Union. It consists of nine provincial and 24 commodity organisations. Essentially Agri SA, through its affiliated membership, represents a diverse grouping of individual farmers regardless of gender, colour or creed.MONEY FOR ALL FARMERSHowever, Möller stressed that the Drought Relief Fund was not only used for Agri SA members. “The money is also used to support all farmers, whether commercial or emerging farmers. Assistance is also offered to the community.”Engen has a historical agricultural focus, with one in every two South African farmers depending on the company’s products, local expertise and global technical excellence.“Engen’s contribution represents another step in our commitment towards supporting those in dire straits in a sector whose value we really understand,” said Stead.Joe Mahlo, Engen’s general manager of sales and marketing, concurred. “Over the past 40 years we have demonstrated to farmers that ‘with us you are number one’. This has resulted in excellent integrated relationships and working methodologies.“After all, when it comes to the future, nothing less than a vibrant and brilliantly supported agricultural sector will meet the needs of the economy and all of our people.”OTHER DROUGHT ASSISTANCEShoprite and Checkers customers also helped to raise R200 000 for drought-stricken communities across South Africa over two months since March through the retailers’ Act for Change initiative.Operation Hydrate, the NGO that has been donating water in drought stricken areas of South Africa, has distributed more than six million litres of water so far. The group aims to collect R95-million worth of water by Nelson Mandela Day this year.PLAY YOUR PARTPlay Your Part urges you to share your story. If you or anyone you know has gone out of their way to brighten up the day for someone else, we want to know.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are leaving the forecast pretty much alone again this morning, with only a few minor tweaks here and there. Generally speaking, after today we shift back into a very active precipitation pattern over a large part of the eastern corn belt, and there will be plentiful, even excessive moisture potential here. Time for the play-by-play. Today is our last dry day, we even start to choke this one off with a little moisture as we head toward late afternoon and evening. Sun will be over a large part of the state today, but we will see clouds increasing through the afternoon. Scattered showers and a threat of thunderstorms develop this late this afternoon and evening SW and central part of Ohio, and then spread over the rest of the state through tomorrow. Rains tonight overnight can bring .1″-1″ of moisture and then scattered showers for Thursday can deliver an additional few hundredths to .4″ Coverage will be nearly 90% of Ohio. Friday will be mostly sunny and dry over the entire state, giving a little break in the action. Temperatures will likely be a little cooler Friday into the weekend, and we do not see any significant warmth anywhere in the coming week to 10 days at least. Saturday clouds increase over the state, and showers will develop mid to late afternoon, then these morph into better organized rains overnight. Combined, we expect rains from .25″-.7″ over 90% of the state through Saturday night. For Sunday, rains of .2″-.8″ are likely with 80% coverage. Monday, we have showers with .25”-1” potential and 60% coverage, a large part of that coming from US 24 down to US 50. Tuesday does not have a lot of moisture as we end up with cloudy to partly sunny skies,but we cant rule out a shower or two. Overnight Tuesday night into Wednesday we end up with showers giving .1 -.5″ and 70% coverage. All told, combined we see rains from Saturday through Wednesday with the potential of at least 1.5”-3” total liquid, and coverage of nearly all of the state. That is a lot of water and it will take time to deal with. The map at right shows rain totals through next Wednesday night. Next Thursday we see less of a moisture threat, as clouds mix with some sun, but we can’t rule out an isolated shower or two and those would total nothing more than a few hundredths to a tenth of an inch of liquid. Then Friday we are partly sunny over most of the state, but still have to watch for a few clusters of thunderstorms developing later in the afternoon and evening. We kick off the extended period with shower and thunderstorms all weekend for the 22nd and 23rd. That event can yield .5”-1.5” and 80% coverage. The rest of the extended window has drier weather for the 24th and most of the 25th, then showers from the evening of the 25th through the 26th giving a few hundredths to .4”, but only 50% coverage. We finish our forecast window on the 27th with clouds giving way to sun. Overall, this forecast is just too wet, and does not give much of a window for additional planting in our region. Feel free to hope and pray that we are wrong. We’re totally fine with that!
Cameroonian slotman Mike Nzeusseu contributed 13 markers and 15 boards, while MJ Ayaay got 12 points for Lyceum, which managed to advance despite playing its sixth game in seven days, including its stint in the PBA D-League under the banner of Zark’s Burger.“For us, it’s about ‘yung perseverance and grit,” said Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson. “This is our fourth game in four days and it really is going to take a lot to be mentally tough. We can’t find any excuse because we know the other team is also tired.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarcelino triggered the Pirates’ 33-17 outburst to turn a close 35-30 halftime advantage into a decisive 68-47 lead early in the fourth quarter and never look back.The Pirates now await their date in the championship game between rival and NCAA champs San Beda and UAAP titlist Ateneo later in the day. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Ryan Costelo paced San Sebastian with 15 points.The scores:LYCEUM 82 — Jc. Marcelino 24, Nzeusseu 13, Ayaay 12, Perez 11, Ibanez 10, Tansingco 7, Caduyac 2, Jv. Marcelino 2, Cinco 0, Santos 0, Serrano 0.SAN SEBASTIAN 69 — Costelo 15, Capobres 12, Bulanadi 9, David 8, Navarro 6, Calisaan 5, Ilagan 5, Cosari 4, Baytan 3, Baetiong 2, Calma 0, Dela Cruz 0, Valdez 0, Mercado 0.Quarters: 19-20, 35-30, 61-47, 82-69.ADVERTISEMENT PH kiteboarding hopes to get nat’l attention by winning YOG medal Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:06Lyceum Pirates on being NCAA ‘dark horse’: We always want to better ourselves01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Read Next Jaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJaycee Marcelino showed the way as Lyceum booked a spot in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Finals with an 82-69 victory over San Sebastian in the crossover semifinals Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The reigning NCAA Rookie of the Year finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds to carry the Pirates to another win.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments
Last Thursday it was announced the Australian Government will provide an extra $100,000 in funding to Deaf Sports Australia to support the national roll out of its junior participation program. “Sport is a wonderful platform for inclusion and I commend Deaf Sports Australia for developing this program to overcome the barriers to participation faced by deaf children.” Touch Football Australia was one of four sporting organisations chosen to help launch Deaf Sports Australia’s Active Deaf Kids program at the ACT Netball Centre on Thursday. 28 deaf and hearing impaired children, their parents and teachers witnessed the Federal Minister for Sport Kate Lundy launch the new program. The Minister, being a keen Touch Football player herself, joined the children in the Touch Football clinic organised by Rob Palmer (Touch Football ACT Sport Operations Coordinator) and supported Adam Raptis (Touch Football Australia Sport Development Coordinator) and hard working local volunteer, Greg Ratford. Earlier in her opening address, Minister Lundy explained the rationale of the Active Deaf Kids program stating that it is about ‘levelling the playing field so kids who are deaf or hearing impaired can get involved and participate in sport’. Further she highlighted the importance of sport being a platform of inclusion and a means to overcome the barriers to participation faced by deaf children. Present to witness the Minister’s launch was the Australian Sports Commission CEO Simon Hollingsworth whose support for the new program ensured that this project can happen and to witness the benefits of the Australian Sports Commission investment into participation funding used by Touch Football to meet the challenge of inclusion as set by Minister Lundy. Deaf Sports Australia CEO Craig Dodson and Touch Football Australia’s General Manager Business Operations David Brady were also present.Touch Football Australia’s involvement continues as it utilises the ASC participation funding to support this community inclusion program for deaf and hearing impaired Australians through Touch Football. The next big event is in January 2013 where Canberra plays host of the first National Deaf Touch Football Championships.Related LinksActive Deaf Kids Launch
Twitter/MiaKhalifaHere’s everything that has gone viral in college sports over the past 24 hours.1. Former Oregon player Kyle Long explained why he didn’t have to watch quarterback Marcus Mariota in the NFL combine over the weekend.2. Porn star Mia Khalifa poked fun at quarterback Jameis Winston for his slow 40-yard dash time.3. Louisville announced senior guard Chris Jones was dismissed from the team.4. Penn State’s Football team dropped an incredible dance routine at THON on Saturday.5. Ohio State football players reminded Michigan of the Buckeyes’ domination on the gridiron following its basketball loss.6. Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones made it clear over Twitter that he’s not impressed with the Knicks.7. Miami defensive back Antonio Crawford skipped practice and went on a Twitter rant.8. Nebraska students wore protective goggles at its basketball game to mock notorious Iowa eye poker Adam Woodbury.9. Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh was at the Ohio State-Michigan game yesterday.10. Ohio State outside linebacker Jamarco Jones was disgusted with its performance and loss to Michigan.Video of the Day: Miami’s Phillip Dorsett Ran 4.33 40-Yard-Dash At Combine. Tweet of the Day: 4-Star Ohio State Commit JaQuan Lyle Was Very Excited To See Thad Matta On His TV.Turn on the TV and see this guy..makes me excited to be apart of something special..#BuckeyeNation ⭕️ pic.twitter.com/lo7oP969qO— JaQuan Lyle (@JMamba5) February 22, 2015Girlfriend of the Day: Michigan’s Spike Albrecht, who once tweeted at Kate Upton, hasn’t lowered his standards. He’s isn’t dating Charlotte McKinney, but he clearly wishes he was.Check Out Friday’s Cheat Sheet
Grammy Award-winning artist and international music superstar Lady Gaga has announced via exclusive video that she has launched a campaign on the celebrity charity-fundraising digital platform Prizeo.com to raise awareness and funds for Born This Way Foundation.Video: Win An Intimate Family Dinner With Lady Gaga!Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, founded Born This Way Foundation in 2011 to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.“I have some of the most amazing, creative, inspiring, and brave fans in the world,” said Lady Gaga. “I wanted to do something that would include my fans in our work to create more bravery and more kindness, so I’m doing something that I’ve never done before.”Fans can participate by going to Prizeo.com/LadyGaga. Those who contribute to Gaga’s campaign will be entered into a drawing to win the ultimate Lady Gaga VIP experience: One grand-prize winner and a guest will be flown from wherever they are in the world to New York City to attend one of Lady Gaga’s seven sold-out shows at Roseland Ballroom. But that’s not all: Lady Gaga will also welcome the winner and guest to her hometown by hosting them at a Germanotta family meal at their Manhattan restaurant, Joanne Trattoria.Those who donate at specific price points are also eligible for exclusive rewards, including an exclusive “Born to Be Brave” foundation t-shirt or poster, an autographed Gaga discography — even a personal item from Gaga’s own wardrobe! A full list of campaign rewards is available HERE.The grand-prize winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly after the campaign closes. For full contest rules, click here.Prizeo enables stars to maximize the benefits of their social-media platforms on behalf of charities. Recent Prizeo campaigns featuring celebrities like Will Ferrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Kristen Bell, Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran, Mariah Carey, and Kobe Bryant have shown the immense power of social media to raise funds and awareness for charitable causes. A 2013 campaign featuring One Direction’s Harry Styles and Liam Payne raised nearly $800,000 for cancer research and prevention programs. Prizeo’s micro-donation model allows fans to donate for chances to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with their favorite celebrities whose charities benefit from the online campaigns that run live on the site.
“Fabricated industrial steel components tariffs are intended to prevent Asian markets from dumping subsidized products into Canadian markets in order to protect our producers,” said Kitimat mayor Phil Germuth. “However, it is absolutely necessary for LNG proponents in B.C. to import large fabricated modules to develop their liquefaction plants. “We feel it would be an absolute shame if our country missed out on this once-in-a-generation opportunity to secure billions of dollars of investment. We need to create a level playing field in order to be competitive on the global stage, so that we don’t see Canadian investment and jobs disappear. If just one of the proposed projects, LNG Canada, were to proceed it would be the single largest private investment in Canadian history.”While in Ottawa, the group of mayors intend to meet with a variety of key representatives from the federal government.According to the Conference Board of Canada, if an LNG industry comprised of one small and two larger LNG facilities is built in B.C., it will grow Canada’s economy by $7.4 billion a year for the next 30 years. These three projects would also raise national employment by 65,000 jobs a year on average and provide $6 billion in taxes to the federal government. OTTAWA, O.N. — Five mayors from the Peace Region will joined by the mayors of Kitimat and Terrace in meetings with the federal government this week on the topic of getting an liquified natural gas export industry realized in B.C.The seven mayors, including those from Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Taylor, and Tumbler Ridge, are scheduled to be meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday and Thursday to showcase to the government the benefits that an LNG export industry would bring to their communities, as well as to the rest of B.C. and Canada. In a joint press release today, There is broad support for LNG in B.C. amongst the communities that are most directly affected by the proposed activity.“This new industry will bring new investment, create new jobs, business and training opportunities and bring new revenue to B.C. that will help support social services including hospitals, schools, transportation and public safety,” said Fort St. John mayor Lori Ackerman. “These are not just benefits for northern B.C. but benefits that will be experienced throughout the province and all of Canada. Canadians will see the benefits of adding value to our natural gas, diversifying our trade opportunities, instead of allowing our natural gas to be shipped raw to the U.S., which is currently our only market outside of Canada.”The mayors are also planning on bringing up the tariffs on fabricated industrial steel components imported from Asia that could jeopardize the development of such an industry by making proposed projects less competitive in the global economy. The mayors say that consideration should be given to exempting LNG modules from FISC tariffs in order to level the playing field for potential LNG investors.
New Delhi: Twelve minutes yoga, naturopathy regimen can reverse the osteoporotic bones loss, informs doctors at public lecture at Safdarjung Hospital. “Yoga can be an effective tool to prevent the loss of the bone density with affects every third women in the city,” said doctors.”There has been adequate research on impact of ‘Yoga’ on all muscle and orthopedic ailment,’ said Dr Ramesh Kumar, Director, Central Institute of Orthopedics, Safdarjung hospital. He further added that sedentary lifestyle has made prone to the bone ailments, as every one need to be cautious about their diet and naturopathy (especially sun bath for 20 mins everyday) can put these disorder in bay. Speaking at the Public Lecture on Prevention of Osteoporosis, in Safdarjung Hospital, Dr Sujata George, Consultant-Physician, Yoga, said that there has been adequate research on impact of Yoga on osteoporosis. Yoga is also impactful in knee and joint pain and in backache. “Yoga helps in retaining bone density and it also helps to build and maintain bone mass. Yogic exercises place stress on the bones, which forces your body to build up more bone minerals. Yoga increases bone mineral density which decreases the risk of developing osteoporosis,” added Dr George. The doctors said that performing Yoga exercises such as Tadasana, Trikonasana, Vrikshasana and Suryanamaskar help not only in prevention of various orthopedic ailments but also help in recovery after of an orthopedic injury. This was evident at the lecture when a patient affected with backache performed these asanas. Prof Kumar added, “Yoga has been in our culture for years but there has been a big gap its adoption. Western countries like US have seriously adopted Yoga which is known as a trend setter in surgery, medicine and research. So, there is an influence of Yoga on health.” Prof Jugal Kishore, Director and HOD, Department of Community Medicine, Safdarjung Hospital, said that osteoporosis not only affects women but men as well. Men and women suffer fractures easily due to osteoporosis. This impacts quality of life of affected persons and their family. “Osteoporosis is related to genetic issues. Persons affected by osteoporosis are prone to fractures. Women whose uterus is taken out are also likely to be affected with osteoporosis. Children who consume steroids may also suffer with osteoporosis. Use of alcohol and smoking and people with rheumatoid arthritis are prone to the disease,” explained Dr Kishore.
Kolkata: The Election Commission is yet to give BJP permission to play its controversial theme song sung by Asansol MP Babul Supriyo. However, leaders and activists of the party were found playing the song rampantly in the vehicles on their way to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Brigade Parade Ground on Wednesday.The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state had categorically told BJP to submit the revised lyrics of the song on the basis of certain recommendations put forward by the commission. After examining the song, the CEO’s office had raised 15 objections and instructed the party to make necessary rectifications in the song, as it would not be possible for the Election Commission to provide clearance for the same otherwise. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe state BJP leaders are yet to submit the revised lyrics of the song to the commission. Despite that, some leaders and activists seem to be using the song in their election rallies, flouting the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) laid down by the commission. The city on Wednesday witnessed a classic example of MCC violation when many BJP cadres enthusiastically played the song on loudspeakers fitted in their vehicles, without paying heed to the Election Commission’s directive. Some BJP activists were even seen dancing to the tune of Supriyo’s song. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe commission did not give permission to play the song during BJP’s campaigns or election rallies, as it carries a subtle attack on Trinamool Congress and its Supremo Mamata Banerjee. The CEO’s office had also show-caused Supriyo for releasing the controversial song. In his clarification to the commission, Supriyo claimed that he did not release the song and hence it did not fall under the purview of the commission. Contrary to what Supriyo claimed, the song was found on various social media platforms.