Stanford University’s motto is: “The wind of freedom blows.” But some members of the Stanford community are doing a disservice to the credo by protesting the naming of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, the conservative think tank at Stanford. More than 2,200 faculty, staff, students and alumni have signed an online petition objecting to the Hoover role for one of the chief architects of the Iraq war. Yet a university is supposed to be a bastion of free thought and open debate. So it smacks of hypocrisy and intolerance when members of an academic community collectively attack someone’s mere presence because of his politics or ideology. ? The Hoover Institution is right to stick by its Rumsfeld appointment, even if he’s anathema to many on the campus. ? There are plenty of reasons to criticize Rumsfeld’s politics, ideology and track record on the war. People are free to think of him as a warmonger, war criminal or torturer. Yet he has not been convicted of a crime. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ? Universities should be paragons for the open exchange of ideas, even if they’re controversial or unpopular. ? – San Jose Mercury News
Sudafrikas Wirtschaft strotzt vor Geschaftsmoglichkeiten, mit etlichen Bereichen, die als Zonen von besonders hohem Wachstums- und Investitionspotential identifiziert werden. Dies trifft auf die folgenden Bereiche zu:AutomobilindustrieSudafrikas Automobilindustrie ist gewissermaßen der Turbomotor fur die Herstellung und den Export von Fahrzeugen und Fahrzeugkomponenten. Die Branche zeichnet fur 10% der Produktionsexporte des Landes verantwortlich und ist somit eine wichtige Saule in der Wirtschaft des Landes. WeiterlesenAuslagernDa Unternehmen weltweit auf den zunehmenden Kosten- und Preisdruck reagieren, transformiert sich Sudafrika zu einem international bevorzugten Standort fur die Auslagerung von Geschaftsablaufen. WeiterlesenICT und ElektronikSudafrika, fuhrend in der Entwicklung von Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie in Afrika, ist der zwanziggroßte Abnehmer der Welt im IT Produkt- und Servicebereich. WeiterlesenTourismusDurch Sudafrikas landschaftliche Schonheit, fantastische Landschaften, sonniges Klima, Kulturvielfalt und den Ruf, etwas fur sein Geld zu bekommen, hat es sich zu einem der gefragtesten Urlaubs- und Geschaftsreiseziele der Welt entwickelt. WeiterlesenLandwirtschaft und AgrarindustrieSudafrikas biologische Vielfalt, zusammen mit einer Kustenlinie von 3.000 km und bedient von sieben Handelshafen, kultiviert bevorzugt eine sehr unterschiedliche Bandbreite von Meeres- und Landwirtschaftsprodukten, von sommergrunen uber Zitrus- zu subtropischen Fruchten bis hin zu Getreide, Wolle, Schnittblumen, Nutzvieh und Wild. WeiterlesenBergbau und MineralienSudafrika ist ein fuhrender Produzent von Edelmetallen wie Gold und Platin, aber auch von Basismetallen und Kohle. Es ist der viertgroßte Diamantenhersteller, wobei Experten davon ausgehen, dass es immer noch potentielle weitere Vorkommen in Gebieten gibt, die noch nicht voll erschlossen sind. WeiterlesenChemieindustrieDie Chemieindustrie Sudafrikas, die alles von der Kraftstoff- und Plastikherstellung bis zum Pharmabereich umfasst, ist die großte ihrer Art in ganz Afrika und wird vom Staat als Hauptantriebsmotor des Wirtschaftswachstums gesehen. WeiterlesenSAinfo reporter
SAIDS has launched a campaign to rootout doping among South Africa’s athletes.(Image: Sports and Recreation) SAIDS’ Shuaib Manjra and sports ministerFikile Mbalula launched the campaign. SAIDS urged professional athletesto sign the campaign’s pledge.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Khalid GalantCEO, Institute for Drug Free Sport+27 21 761 8034Bongani NkosiThe South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) has launched a major campaign to raise awareness about illegal performance-enhancing substances and curb doping among local athletes.SAIDS introduced its “I Play Fair, Say No to Doping” campaign at a media conference in Johannesburg on 14 June 2011.“The core of our campaign is ‘I Play Fair’, let’s bring ethics back into sport,” said Shuaib Manjra, SAIDS chairperson.The drive, targeting professional and amateur athletes across the country, will provide education on banned substances and run actual doping tests. The campaign’s pillars are deterring, detection and prosecution, said Manjra.SAIDS’s latest statistics show that there has been a 100% increase in positive tests for doping over the last two years. The number jumped from 19 in 2009/10 to 50 in recent months. More than 2 000 athletes were tested in each year.Doping is an unacceptable practice that needs to be rooted out for the benefit of the country, said the Cape Town-based institute. The problem of doping is compounded by lack of broad knowledge on banned supplements in local athletics. Manjra conceded that some sports people were inadvertently taking the drugs.The Department of Sports and Recreation has thrown its weight behind the new campaign. “We support the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport in this regard to aggressively attack the use of drugs in sports,” said its minister, Fikile Mbalula.Mbalula will attend the Super Rugby match between the Bulls and Sharks at Loftus stadium in Pretoria on 18 June to raise awareness about the drive. His deputy, Gert Oosthuizen, will do the same at the clash between the Cheetahs and Stormers in Bloemfontein, also on 18 June.The government would like to see the campaign reaching out even to the “far-flung areas of our country”, said Mbalula. “It must be brought to the attention of everybody … that using drugs is cheating”.I Play Fair will also enter the realm of social media to reach its targets and campaign road shows are planned for the country’s rural areas.The South African Rugby Union became the first sports association to support SAIDS’s campaign. “We hope that more sports federations will endorse the initiative,” said Manjra.Bryan Habana, a Springbok wing, became the campaign’s first ambassador after signing its pledge.Schools’ permission neededSAIDS appealed to schools to give it permission to conduct doping tests among adolescents, as part of the campaign. The agency is to sign memoranda of understanding with academic institutions. “We’re willing to work with schools. All they have to do is come forward,” said Manjra.Parents are also urged to endorse testing in schools. “We have to intensify our awareness efforts, working with parents and young people,” said Mbalula.SAIDS’s initiative also has the backing of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Doping is a huge threat to sports all over the world and it’s critical that federations promote campaigns that deter the trend, the world body’s director general David Howman said in a statement.Regulating supplements sectorThe supplements manufacturing and distribution sector remains largely unregulated, according to SAIDS, and new legislation needs to be introduced.Lack of regulation is to blame for the general accessibility of supplements that contain banned drugs, like anabolic and prohormones stimulants.“This is an industry which is jeopardising the future of many of our athletes and we need to regulate it,” Manjra pointed out.SAIDS has launched its intelligence unit to uncover manufacturers and traffickers of illegal sports drugs. It alleges that these individuals are targeting unsuspecting athletes across the country.“We believe that every athlete who leaves the shores of the country to represent us is an ambassador of the country,” Manjra said.“We want a pledge from our athletes for clean play.”
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