Porsche Mourns Loss of Great Designer Ferdinand Alexander Porsche

first_imgSTUTTGART, Germany – Prof. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, honorary president of the Porsche AG Supervisory Board and designer of the iconic Porsche 911, died on April 5 in Salzburg, Germany. He was 76.   Matthias Müller, president and CEO of Porsche AG, paid tribute to Ferdinand Alexander Porsche’s services to the sports car manufacturer: “We mourn the death of our partner, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. As the creator of the Porsche 911, he established a design culture in our company that has shaped our sports cars to this very day. His philosophy of good design is a legacy to us that we will honor for all time.”   Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was born in Stuttgart on Dec. 11, 1935, the oldest son of Dorothea and Ferry Porsche. Even his childhood was shaped by cars. He spent much of his time in the engineering offices and development workshops of his grandfather, Ferdinand Porsche. In 1943, the family accompanied the Porsche company’s move to Austria, where he went to school in Zell am See. After returning to Stuttgart in 1950, he attended the private Waldorf School. After leaving school, he enrolled at the prestigious Ulm School of Design.   In 1958, F.A. Porsche, as he was known by his colleagues, joined the engineering office of what was then Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche KG. He soon proved his great talent for design by sculpting the first model of a successor to the 356 model line out of plastic. In 1962, he took over as head of the Porsche design studio, creating a worldwide furor one year later with the Porsche 901 (or 911). With the Porsche 911, F.A. Porsche created a sports car icon whose timeless and classical form survives to this very day in what is now the seventh 911 generation. However, in addition to passenger cars, F.A. Porsche also concerned himself with designing the sports cars of the 1960s. His best-known designs include the Type 804 Formula One racing car or the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, now considered to be one of the most beautiful racing cars ever.   In the course of the conversion of Porsche KG into a joint-stock corporation in 1971/72, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, along with all the other family members, stepped down from the company’s front-line business operations. In 1972, he founded the “Porsche Design Studio” in Stuttgart, the head office of which was relocated to Zell am See in Austria in 1974.   In the decades that followed, he designed numerous classic gentlemen’s accessories such as watches, spectacles and writing implements that achieved global recognition under the “Porsche Design” brand. In parallel, with his team, he designed a plethora of industrial products, household appliances and consumer durables for internationally renowned clients under the brand “Design by F.A. Porsche.” A strong and clear design concept typifies all product designs created in his design studio to date. The credo of his design work was: “Design must be functional and functionality has to be translated visually into aesthetics, without gags that have to be explained first.” “A coherently designed product requires no adornment; it should be enhanced by its form alone.” The design’s appearance should be readily comprehensible and not detract from the product and its function. His conviction was: “Good design should be honest.”   Ferdinand Alexander Porsche received numerous honors and awards both for his work as a designer as well as for individual designs. For example, in 1968, the “Comité Internationale de Promotion et de Prestige” honored him for the outstanding aesthetic design of the Porsche 911 while the Industrial Forum Design Hannover (iF) voted him “Prizewinner of the Year” in 1992. In 1999, the President of Austria bestowed on him the title of professor.   Ferdinand Alexander Porsche retained a close lifelong association with Porsche AG as a partner and member of the supervisory board. For example, even after stepping down from front-line business operations, he contributed to the design of Porsche’s sports cars over many decades and repeatedly steered the company in the right direction. This was especially the case for the difficult period Porsche experienced at the beginning of the 1990s. From 1990 to 1993, F.A. Porsche served as president of the company’s supervisory board, thus playing a major role in Porsche A.G’s economic turnaround. In 2005, he stepped down from his supervisory board role in favor of his son Oliver and assumed the mantle of Honorary President of the Supervisory Board.   Ferdinand Alexander Porsche will be buried in the family grave at Schüttgut in Zell am See, attended by his immediate family. An official funeral service will be held in Stuttgart at a later date.     AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

Understanding psychosomatic disorders

first_imgFor a number of years, since I was a young adult, I have been experiencing all kinds of illnesses, aches and pains for no apparent reason. I have been to different doctors many times and they tell me that there is nothing wrong with me and say I should just take more time out. Is this really all in my head or should I get another medical opinion?I am not sure if your previous visits to medical doctors included blood tests, so if you do decide to get another medical opinion, I would suggest that it includes thorough blood testing which often helps to get a more clear picture as to whether something in your body needs medical attention. If you have had highly stressful events and/or trauma in your history, including your childhood, and it has not been dealt with or processed psychologically, this may also engender what they call somatising or psychosomatic problems. The term “psychosomatic” is mainly used to suggest a physical disease that is thought to be caused, or made worse, by mental or psychological factors. The term is also used when psychological factors cause physical symptoms but where there is no actual physical disease. For example, chest pain may be caused by stress or excessive anxiety and no physical disease can be found. Some physical diseases are thought to be prone to be exacerbated by mental factors such as stress and anxiety. At any given time, a person’s mental state can affect the degree of severity of a physical disease. Physical symptoms that are caused by mental factors are also called somatisation or somatoform disorders. These symptoms are due to increased activity of nervous impulses sent from the brain to various parts of the body. A number of factors may play a role in psychosomatic problems, such as personality traits; genetic and/or environmental family influences; biological factors; learned behaviour and more. A broad range of physical diseases and conditions may especially be prone to being exacerbated by mental factors. These include skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis; high blood pressure; heart problems, diseases of the gut such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and autoimmune diseases including osteoarthritis, and Crohn’s Disease. Psychosomatic disorders frequently affect the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems as well as the cardiovascular system. They can have mild to severe effects on one’s quality of life, from interfering with the normal ability to function to causing physical or mental disability. Psychotherapy interventions can be very helpful in working through and alleviating these kinds of difficulties. However, there are no quick fix solutions, although these can seem helpful in the moment. Usually working through emotional/psychological issues requires ongoing effort, commitment and time.My only child has just startedGrade 1. Although I am excited for her, I am also feeling very worried about whether she will be okay at school and if she will cope. She cried quite a lot in the first week of school but now it seems she is okay. We have aways been very close and, as a mother is supposed to, I do everything to make her happy. I get knots in my stomach when I drop her off at school, hoping that all will go well and can’t wait until she is safely home again. Is this normal?Entering formal schooling is a major milestone for children and their parents. Many mothers, and also fathers, share experiences of mixed emotions when their little boy or girl enters school officially and for the first time. Often they share ambivalent feelings including feeling a deep sense of pride in seeing their child (who was a very dependent little baby not so long ago), develop and blossom more and more into their own person with their individual personality and idiosyncrasies. However, with this also comes feelings of concern about whether their little ones will be able to cope on their own. Some parents fear they cannot protect their children as much, especially when the child is in a setting where the parent does not have the power to monitor their child and their experiences. Usually at this developmental phase, just like at the earlier stage of between 18 and 24 months, the child experiences a degree of “separation anxiety” in that they feel they are moving further away from total dependence on their caregivers physically and psychologically. They are becoming less dependent and a little more independent, although still very much needing their parents’ emotional attunement to their needs (love) and guidance. However, excessive separation anxiety on both the child and parents’ side may need the intervention of a qualified mental health professional. It can be challenging to separate out “normal” from excessive anxiety, and therefore a psychological assessment would be helpful in determining whether there is a problem. In most cases, parents love their children and want the best for them. However, it may be that due to our own anxieties, insecurities and fears (which may have all kinds of external and internal causative factors) we may try to meet their every need and want, to ensure that they are never unhappy. While children are very vulnerable and dependent on their main caregiver/s, as they get older, they need us in different ways to follow their developmental needs, including being present and lovingly guiding them but not hovering over them (the so-called “helicopter” parent). The anxiety you are experiencing appears to be more about something within yourself that’s being provoked by this situation than about your child entering a new developmental phase. When parents have dealt with their own issues, parenting goes more smoothly and the parent becomes more attuned to the child’s developmental needs rather than projecting their own needs onto the child, which in most cases curtails, constricts and limits the child’s mental and emotional development trajectory. But at the same time, no parent can be perfect, it’s a hard job with very little preparation, and learning happens often by trial and error. Carin-Lee Masters is a clinical psychologist. Write to her at [email protected] or send a WhatsApp message or SMS to 082 264 7774.last_img read more

OECS nationals urged to take advantage of French scholarships

first_img 89 Views   one comment French Honorary Counsel to Dominica, Herve Nizzard and new Director of Alliance Francaise, Carole BogdanovsckyOECS nationals have been advised to take advantage of educational opportunities which are available in France, Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana.Only nationals from Antigua & Barbuda, St Kitts & Nevis, Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines can take advantage of these scholarship opportunities which have been made available by the government of France.Their enrollment at the University of the Antilles and Guyane (UAG) will be treated as “priority” as well as internships in Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana.New director of the Alliance Francaise de la Dominique, Carole Bogdanovscky told members of the press on Wednesday that OECS nationals, particularly Dominicans should grasp this important opportunity.“The French university system is a public system which has the advantage of being integrated to the European system. French universities are known to be among the best in the world, they are recognized for their excellence and are with few exceptions, public; that is to say that the state supports approximately all the cost of the education”.The tuition costs are fairly reasonable; however applicants must be proficient in the French language.“The cost of studying in French is among the lowest in the world. To give you an example, for one year study, the tuition cost would be 200 Euros a year, that is to say 700 EC, so it is very low and the fee is the same for the French nationals and foreigners”.“As it is close to Dominica, it presents an important opportunity for Dominican students to attend quality, internationally recognized and low cost education,” Bogdanovscky emphasized.Interested candidates must also have a diploma in French or CXC passes, a certain proficiency in French and this can be ascertained by obtaining a passing grade on a French test administered by the Alliance Francaise.She also explained that although the scholarships are granted by the French government via the embassy, the Alliance Francaise will provide interested parties with the necessary documents and assistance to apply.Meanwhile, French Honorary Counsel to Dominica, Herve Nizzard noted that “the cooperation between France and Dominica is now reaching its highest level” through the scholarship opportunities.The application for registration for next year is now open; the deadline for admission is December 31st, 2012.For further information on the opportunities available, visit www.ambafrance-lc.org or contact the Alliance Francaise via telephone number (767) 448 4557.Officials at the Alliance Francaise are also available to provide assistance with the application process and French classes to interested persons.Dominica Vibes News EducationLocalNewsTertiary OECS nationals urged to take advantage of French scholarships by: – October 18, 2012last_img read more

Kyle Stanley takes Barracuda lead at Tahoe Mountain Club

first_img Associated Press Television News Written By Last Updated: 1st August, 2020 07:42 IST Kyle Stanley Takes Barracuda Lead At Tahoe Mountain Club Kyle Stanley had another eagle in a 14-point round Friday to take the lead into the weekend in the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour’s lone modified Stableford scoring event Kyle Stanley had another eagle in a 14-point round Friday to take the lead into the weekend in the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour’s lone modified Stableford scoring event.Stanley had a 22-point total for a two-stroke lead over Matthias Schwab, Robert Streb and Branden Grace in high altitude at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Course. Players receive 8 points for albatross, 5 for eagle, 2 for birdie, zero for par, minus-1 for bogey and minus-3 for double bogey or worse.“Actually, I’m not sure what I shot,” said Stanley, who had a 5-under 66.. “It’s kind of the weird, the format out here. You’re kind of focusing more on points than you are what your score is. But I had another eagle today, which was nice. I had one yesterday. That really helped my point total.”Stanley eagled the par-5 12th a day after accomplishing the feat on the par-5 sixth. He also had six birdies and two bogeys in his afternoon round Friday. The 32-year-old is trying to win for the third time on the tour after breaking through in the 2012 Phoenix Open and taking the 2017 Quicken Loans National.Tahoe Mountain is staging the event for the first time after 21 years across the border in Nevada at Montreux Golf and Country Club.“I’ve been driving it well,” Stanley said. “It’s kind of fun, this opportunity to kind of swing away. We have some shorter par 4s out here so you can make a go at some of those, a little bit of risk-reward. And just kind of kept the ball in front of me and a pretty clean round of golf.”Stanley needs a victory to get into the PGA Championship next week. The top two from the top 10, not already eligible, will get spots in the U.S. Open in September at Winged Foot.Maverick McNealy and Troy Merritt had 19 points.Image credits: AP First Published: 1st August, 2020 07:42 IST COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Darragh Kenny crowns incredible weekend for Ireland with Florida Grand Prix win

first_imgHome  »  General  »  Darragh Kenny crowns incredible weekend for Ireland with Florida Grand Prix win Darragh Kenny crowns incredible weekend for Ireland with Florida Grand Prix win Tags: OFFALY-born Darragh Kenny completed a remarkable weekend for Irish Show Jumping in The United States, with victory in the four-star $216,000 Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix, at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida tonight (Sunday).Kenny was one of just five riders who made it into the jump-off, as many of the 50 starters struggled to negotiate the demanding first round course. The result was Kenny’s second win in the last fortnight with the Sergio Alvarez Moya-owned Red Star D’Argent, an 11-year-old stallion who only arrived in the Irishman’s stable after Christmas.The Irish rider was third to go against the clock and he produced a breathtaking round to stop the clock a full two seconds faster than runner-up Roberto Teran from Colombia. Kenny’s round pushed the two remaining riders to the limit, including British Olympic Gold medallist Ben Maher who had to settle for fourth after finishing with four faults.Darragh Kenny also collected the Niall Grimes Memorial Trophy, as the leading Irish prize-winner of the weekend in Wellington, while The Irish Sport Horse Limestone Grey added to his growing reputation with a 12th place finish in the Grand Prix class with Italy’s Lorenzo De Luca.Ireland’s underage riders had earlier scored a hat-trick of podium finishes in Grand Prix classes at the Palm Beach arena, while on Friday, Ireland claimed a superb Nations Cup win, forcing the home team from America into second place.Speaking afterwards from Florida, Irish Team Manager Robert Splaine said:“This has been a simply outstanding weekend, crowned by Darragh Kenny’s victory. To win at this level is always difficult but to win the two biggest classes on offer here in Florida is just incredible – and testament to the talent we have in Ireland. It was also fantastic to see our Irish Children On Horses, Juniors and Young Riders standing on the podium after almost every class here this weekend and they have been wonderful ambassadors for our country. I would like to thank all the owners of our horses without whom this incredible weekend would not be possible.”Darragh Kenny and Red Star D’Argent 6 March 2016, 22:31last_img read more