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Macufe festival kicks off in style in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa kite festival 2014 South Africa Elections Coverage South Africa Rastafarians One of the biggest cultural festivals in Africa has kicked off in style in the judicial Capital of South Africa, Bloemfontein.The Mangaung African Cultural Festival or MACUFE started on Friday and is set to keep music lovers entertained for the next few days.The 10 day fun-fest includes Hip Hop and Gospel Music, Poetry, Comedy and Jazz festival.It also acts as a platform for upcoming artist to showcase the talents and skills.Organizers believe, the event boosts the economy of the province as well as promoting the culture and arts industry.It has also proved it’s got African culture in bucket loads. Relatedlast_img read more

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Fabregas: I’m committed to Chelsea

first_imgSpain midfielder Cesc Fabregas is fully committed to the “important project” at Chelsea, but maintains he will always hold Arsenal close to his heart. He won the Primera Division, a Copa del Ray and the FIFA Club World Cup during his three-year spell back in Spain, before sealing a return to the Premier League with Chelsea this summer. In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, Fabregas explained his feelings for Arsenal will not be diminished by whatever he may go on to achieve across London with Chelsea. “Don’t think I didn’t think about it (playing for Arsenal’s rivals when I decided to join Chelsea). I will keep the Gunner feeling forever and I know that I will return to Highbury (Emirates Stadium) and (it) will be a special moment, but I am a committed guy,” Fabregas said. “I remind you that I played the Champions League final against Barcelona (with Arsenal) and I swear I would have done anything to win that game – and I have been a Barcelona fan since I was a kid. “So I know that when I play against Arsenal I will know who is my (current) team, who are my colleagues and who I defend. And I know that the Arsenal fans will understand me, I have no doubt.” Mourinho felt Fabregas needed little convincing to join him at Chelsea, sealing a £28million move just before the World Cup. Fabregas added: “If you’d told me five years ago that I would play for Chelsea and Mourinho I would not have believed you, but life changes. “I started to think about leaving Barcelona after the Copa del Rey final. It was when I started to think that it had finished, that there was a change or that I didn’t want to continue. “I spoke with my agent and asked him to find me a new team, and an offer from Chelsea arrived. For me it was coming back to London, where I grew (up). There was no better way out. “I spoke with Mourinho and he told me the things I needed to hear. I felt valued. I felt I was going to be important in an important project.” Press Associationcenter_img The former Gunners captain feels comfortable working under Blues boss Jose Mourinho, with Arsenal having decided against taking up an option to bring him back from Barcelona to the Emirates Stadium. Fabregas, 27, joined the Gunners from his boy-hood club as a raw teenager and developed into one of the most dynamic midfielders in the game, before returning to the Nou Camp in August 2011. last_img read more

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Draves gets final shot tonight

first_imgHACIENDA HEIGHTS – The final season of Troy Draves’ basketball career at Wilson High School has been bittersweet, to say the least. Draves leads the CIF-Southern Section in scoring, averaging 31.2 points, but his team is 4-22 this season. When the final buzzer sounds tonight against Charter Oak, Draves’ season, as phenomenal as it’s been, will be over. But just about the time anyone around Wilson gets excited about Draves’ performance, they’re reminded of things like the team not winning a game since December. “That’s what’s been tough,” Wilson coach Willie Allen said. “If he could cut off 20 of the points and get the win, he would. You don’t want to make excuses for the team, but we’ve been missing our second-best player for the whole year. “I’m not saying we were going to be great, but if you don’t have your total team, it hurts you.” Draves has scored 30 or more points 15 times this season. Some of his best performances have come against top-notch competition like Pasadena, which is ranked No. 1 in Division II-A, when Draves scored 53 points in a 21-point loss. “Everyone is saying, `He’s scoring all these points, but what type of league is he in?’ ” Draves said. “I’m just trying to show everybody that when I step on the court, it doesn’t matter who you are, I can play with you.” Locally, nobody is questioning Draves’ ability. It’s no secret that stopping the senior guard is the top priority of opposing teams. “He was very legit against us the other day. He had 45 points,” Los Altos coach Jeff Lucas said. “When he gets hot, he’s real difficult to stop. He’s scoring all those points with all the teams keying on him.” Being the focus of the opposing defense has taken its toll on Draves, who is 6-foot and 150 pounds. “They hold me, grab me and do whatever,” Draves said. “It’s painful every time I drive to the basket. They make sure to hit me extra hard so I won’t want to do it again.” Wilson entered the season with tempered expectations after losing several key contributors from last year’s team. “I’m not going to lie, I had a good season,” Draves said. “It’s nice to be able to say I scored all those points, but everyone is going to look and say they didn’t make CIF. “It’s hard. After some games, I was crying. I just had to learn to accept the fact that you have what you have. I can only do so much … I’m only one player.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I’m going to be kind of bummed,” Draves said of his likely emotions after tonight’s game. “I did want to go to CIF. It’s my last year. It just happens this way sometimes.” Draves’ season statistics read like a CEO’s tax return, with numbers galore. He leads Wilson in 3-pointers with 76. He also leads the team in rebounds with 96 and has 48 steals on defense. last_img
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Warriors’ Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala out vs. Orlando

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!ORLANDO — The Warriors (43-18) are sitting Kevin Durant (rest) and Andre Iguodala (illness) for Thursday’s game against the Orlando Magic (28-34).“He’s just wiped out. He’s tired,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Durant. “He’s been going at it hard every game.” The 30-year-old Durant, who has averaged 27.5 points on 51.4 percent shooting, has played in all of …last_img read more

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Township automotive hub to create jobs

first_img21 June 2012South Africa’s Gauteng province has begun construction of a R58-million township Automotive Hub in Winterveld, one of the province’s poorest areas, to help turn the tide of unemployment among young South Africans.The hub will give an opportunity to 17 cooperatives within the surrounding community, which will be provided with free training and support in the automotive sector as well as equipment at the hub’s site.The hub is aimed at the unskilled and semi-skilled, and will be linked to the Rosslyn automotive sector.Construction on the site began on Thursday, with the hub expected to be fully operational within a year.Formalising township businesses“There are many people who are doing auto mechanics in their backyards,” Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said at the sod-turning ceremony on Wednesday. “We want to formalise them; let them be integrated in the formal economy.“We are tapping on what already exists,” Mokonyane said. “We are providing an opportunity that is organised, that is linked to the formal economic sector and, most importantly, we are going to make sure that their businesses are supported in terms of the supply chain. They will be able to be linked to the private sector and various companies.”Mobile giant MTN had signed up to be a partner on the project, the Premier said, while the Consumer Goods Council had also been approached.The overall project, the first of its kind in the country, will focus on the automotive sector, but will also include several other support sectors, with two more township hubs, an Enterprise Hub and an Industrial Hub, in the pipeline.The total budget for the project, including all three hubs, is over R100-million.‘Entrepreneurship is the way to go’Mokonyane said it was important for the people of Winterveldt to feel that they were part of a democratic dispensation. The initiative “may not be a solution to everything, but it’s an intervention [tackling] some of the real challenges,” she said.The province was also looking at formalising car washes in communities. The Premier said she believed that entrepreneurship was an important part of the long-term solution to unemployment in South Africa.“Entrepreneurship is the way to go, so that you don’t create a sense of dependency.”Gauteng Economic Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu, also speaking at Wednesday’s sod-turning, said the hub would give young people skills, adding that the first group of cooperatives would receive assistance for a period of between 18 to 24 months, after which other cooperatives will be identified .“These cooperatives that are starting here, they are not the only people benefiting from this,” Mahlangu said. “In about two-years’ time … another group must come in.“We’ll give them the head-start, and when we’re sure that they’re ready to go on their own, they’ll be required to look for their own premises where they can operate.”Encouraging young people to form cooperativesAccording to Mohapi Molaoa, project manager for cooperatives at the Gauteng Economic Development Department, the department is encouraging young people to form cooperatives.In the process of selecting cooperatives, the department would engage ward councillors or community development workers to help them identify people, Molaoa said.In the case of the Winterveldt’s Automotive Hub, the councillor’s office as well as business associations had been engaged, and some of the cooperatives had already been identified.“As long as you’re young, willing to go into entrepreneurship, and you are sector-specific, people will be considered,” Molaoa said.The Automotive Hub will also sport an internet cafe and an art and craft shop, as well as provide car-spraying services, among others.The National Youth Development Agency’s Gauteng chairperson, Simon Molefe, said the hub spoke to economic freedom as well as to formalising township businesses.Resident Vincent Mabhusha said he was happy with the creation of the hub as it would create much-needed opportunities for the youth.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Record year for South African wine exports

first_img15 January 2014 The South African wine industry topped its previous export record in 2013, with volumes sold reaching 525.7-million litres, a 26% increase on the previous high achieved in 2012, Wines of South Africa (Wosa) said in a statement on Monday. Strong year-on-year growth occurred in established and newer markets. Wosa’s new CEO, Siobhan Thompson, attributed the dramatic growth to a bumper harvest that allowed South Africa to fill the gap created by a poor European harvest as well as to penetrate new markets. Sales to the UK, still the country’s biggest export destination, accounting for just over one-fifth of total export volumes last year, rose 21% to 111.2-million litres. Volumes to Germany, where South Africa is the biggest “New World” supplier, increased by 24% to 96.5-million litres, while exports to Russia were up 18% to 37.3-million litres. “It is encouraging that strong gains were achieved in the UK and Germany, our two biggest markets, where packaged wines in particular showed very healthy growth,” Thompson said. “Packaged wines to the UK were up 31% and to Germany by 17%. At the same time, exports also grew across an increasingly broad range of other markets.” She said the substantial growth in Russian sales was partly the result of the shortfall in the European harvest, where in some cases yields were the lowest in 40 years. “This was also the reason South African sales to wine-producing countries such as France, Italy and Spain increased so dramatically. However, we see as significant the impressive growth in high potential markets such as the US, where we are confident of achieving long-term growth.” Thompson said exports to the US, a market of fast-growing importance to the country, increased by 37%, buoyed by improved distribution and ongoing positive media exposure. This included very favourable reviews in high-profile wine publications such as Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate and among the very influential blogger fraternity. The US is currently the world’s biggest market for wines. Strong gains were also achieved in Denmark, where packaged sales were up by 21%, and good inroads were made in many of Africa’s major economies as well as in Japan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. Overall, white wine sales rose by almost 18%, and reds by 22%. Sauvignon blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinotage and Merlot saw the biggest increase in volumes exported. “South Africa is increasingly perceived as the source of interesting, original and well-made wines, able to appeal to Americans eager to expand their repertoire,” Thompson said. “This is a very good positioning from which to build our base, particularly as we target Millennials, who are especially eager to encounter new taste experiences.” She noted that the increase in bulk volumes of wines exported, from 59% in 2012 to 65% in 2013, was largely because of opportunistic buying on world markets prompted by the poor European harvest. This situation was not unique to South Africa, she said, and had affected other New World wine-producing countries as well. SAinfo reporter and Wines of South Africalast_img read more

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Kelly Riggs on Why You Need to Quit Whining and Start Selling – Episode #18

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (11.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWhining is almost epidemic in the sales arena. There’s always an excuse and you hear them often. “The economy is bad.” “The prospect was only buying on price.” “They got a better offer.” And while there are reasons that prospects don’t close on the transaction with every sales presentation the professional salesperson doesn’t make excuses or whine about the loss. Instead, that person works harder to maximize the process and refine their skills so their closing rate increases over time. You can hear how Kelly Riggs, author of “Quit Whining and Start Selling” addresses those issues and coaches sales professionals to close the deal through their own skill and expertise at sales.The first step to becoming a sales professional is to stop whining and take responsibilityClick To TweetBuyers are concerned about price, but it’s not all they are concerned about.It’s a sad situation when all a sales professional can think about is how averse his prospects are to the price of his product or service. That’s a sure sign that his closing numbers are going to drop and he’s going to become discouraged quickly. The problem is that he’s more convinced that pricing is the issue than his prospects are. He’s not convinced of the value of what he has to offer – so much so that he’s able to overcome pricing objections by showing that what he brings to the relationship is much more valuable than the prospect’s money. On this episode Kelly Riggs tells how to get beyond that price limitation mindset, so be sure you listen.You may be the reason your prospects ask for a lower price.Why is it that prospects so often ask for a lower price? It’s at least in part because sales professionals have conditioned them to ask for a lower price by giving it every time. The knee-jerk reaction to resistance based on price is to waffle and lower the price. But a true sales professional acknowledges the desire to have a lower price but takes the conversation back to the value of what the prospect will get for the money she’s paying. When the value of the product or service is shown to be greater than the value of the money in the prospect’s pocket, the sale will happen every time.Often it’s the salesperson who has the price limitation, not the prospect ~ Anthony IannarinoClick To TweetIf you shortcut effective qualifying, you’re decreasing your chance of a sale.Anthony believes that many sales professionals are so hungry they want to cut immediately to the sales presentation, the thing they see as the main arena in which they are able to close a sale. While the actual close does happen at the presentation appointment, there’s a lot more that goes into a successful close on the front end. The qualifying step is of paramount importance when it comes to making sure you are speaking to the decision makers in the company, understand their needs and desire, and are able to effectively address them once you get to the presentation appointment. Shortcutting the qualifying process is a sure way to frustrate your sales success.Kelly’s book is a field guide for the professional salesperson.Other than the fact that Kelly Rigg’s book, “Stop Whining and Start Selling” is full of fundamental principles and approaches to sales, Anthony loves it because it’s so user friendly. On this episode he likens it to a field manual that a salesperson can use on the spot before going into a sales appointment. The chapters are short, to the point, actionable, and easy to understand and digest. It’s a great resource for sales managers to have as a resource for their sales team and it’s a hands on tool for the sales professional to use day to day. Find out how to get it on this episode of In The Arena.Even if the pie has gotten smaller, there’s still plenty of pie out there ~ Sales pro, Kelly RiggsClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction of this episode and his guest, Kelly Riggs. Kelly’s introduction of his own role in the sales arena. The detrimental effect of whining as a sales pro. The 1 to 1 sales approach Kelly teaches. The things that are REALLY important to a buyer. Why customers often ask for a lower price. Why qualifying is such a key aspect of the sales process. Relational VS. Transactional approaches to sales. Why Anthony likes Kelly’s book so much. How you can connect with Kelly Riggs.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.1on1Selling.comKelly on TwitterBB00CX7P34GThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeWhen a recession happens your only solution is to sell your way through it ~ Anthony IannarinoClick To TweetShortcutting the qualifying process is the best way to frustrate the sales processClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

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R Balki’s next starring Big B titled Shamitabh

first_imgDirector R. Balakrishnan, fondly called Balki, has been busy filming his new project starring Amitabh Bachchan, but it is only now that he has revealed the title of the film – Shamitabh. Interestingly, it sounds similar to the Bollywood megastar’s name.The movie, also starring Dhanush, marks the Bollywood debut of southern superstar actor Kamal Haasan’s daughter Akshara.This is for the third time that Big B and R Balki has teamed up.”We are happy to announce that the film is titled Shamitab’. As in SH before Amitabh. We are half way through the shoot of the film, so will finish and talk more about it.”Right now, I’m enjoying watching the lethal combo of the intensity of Amitabh Bachchan, the intelligence of Dhanush and the innocence of Akshara in action daily,” Balki said in a statement.The two had also worked together in films like Cheeni Kum and Paa so, it comes as no surprise that the film’s title has similarity with the actor’s name.last_img read more

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