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MTN to up African music offering

first_imgCCA’s vast catalogue includes recording labels such as AS Entertainment, Godfather (specialising in Nigerian content), Al Records (East and West Africa content) and Soulistic Music, which features top DJs like Black Coffee. “With Africa’s mobile penetration now at approximately 50% of the 1-billion population, MTN sees a huge opportunity in music content being delivered on people’s mobile handsets via our digital content portal.” Christian de Faria, MTN’s senior vice president for innovation, says there is a growing demand for digital content in Africa: “More and more people in Africa and in the developed world are going online for entertainment content,” he said in a statement earlier this month. CCA has a substantial catalogue of African musical content by artists in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya – among others. It also has rights to exclusive video content featuring a host of popular African artists, including Hugh Masekela, Fela Kuti and Busi Mhlongo. Growing demand for digital content Vast catalogue of African music “Connect Africa is passionate about music from our continent,” said CCA managing director Antos Stella. “We have always strived to be ahead of the pack when it comes to representing African music, offering our artists and labels a bouquet of services from content to marketing, sponsorship and digital management. Through its deal with CCA, MTN will offer a wide selection of music content, which will be available either as full tracks or caller tunes. He explained that the African consumer, with an estimated spending power of US$1.4-trillion by 2020, has become highly aspirational with a taste for world-class goods and services over the last few years. “We are delighted to work with MTN Play to deliver this content to the rest of Africa.” Pan-African mobile operator MTN has teamed up with Content Connect Africa (CCA), an aggregator and provider of on and off-portal content, to offer a wider variety of African music to its customers across the continent. 23 June 2011 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Agony, ecstasy for SA at Hockey World Cup

first_img9 June 2014It was agony and ecstasy for the South African women’s team at the Hockey World Cup in The Hague on the weekend as they crushed world number three England 4-1 on Friday before suffering a last-gasp, heart-breaking 3-4 loss to China on Sunday.The weekend began well enough for the South African men’s team, which came within centimetres of beating South Korea from a penalty corner at the end of their contest, but had to settle for a 0-0 draw. Unfortunately, on Sunday it was a different story as the hosts, The Netherlands, blew Fabian Gregory’s charges away, winning 7-1.ImpressiveThe women’s win over England was an impressive outing for coach Giles Bonnet’s team, filled with passionate, hard work, and counter-attacking that tore the English defence apart time and time again.Kathleen Taylor gave South Africa the lead after 17 minutes before Sulette Damons, playing in her 150th test, robbed a defender of the ball and then scored with a superb reverse stick shot to make it 2-0 just before the break.In the second half, Shelley Russell rounded off a superb move with a diving deflection to extend the South African lead to three goals before Dirkie Chamberlain netted South Africa’s fourth in the 52nd minute.England managed a consolation goal from Nicola White three minutes later, but the match ended in a convincing victory for Marsha Cox and her team.‘I am pleased but not surprised’“We worked hard for this result. I am pleased but not surprised by the outcome,” she said after the game.“We started the tournament shakily, but had put a lot of focus on this game even before the World Cup, against an England side that have always given us a tough battle.”ChinaAgainst China, South Africa struggled to get into the game and found themselves two goals behind at the break.Shortly after the restart, however, Kelly Madsen reduced the deficit after being set up by Tarryn Bright.China, though, moved back into a two-goal lead when Wang Na netted after a fine counter-attack. The result seemed done and dusted, but the South Africans were not done.Fight-backBernie Coston struck the post with a shot, but got onto the scoresheet with eight minutes to play after following up on a shot by Taylor.Pietie Coetzee then extended her world record with a 281st goal in her 285th test to make it 3-3.Sadly for the South Africans, there was a late sting in the tail as Mengyu Wang scored from a penalty corner just two minutes from the final whistle to give the Chinese a hard-fought victory.DrawThe South African men had the better of their clash with South Korea on Friday, but Korean keeper Myungho Lee prevented Austin Smith’s team from opening their goal scoring account at the tournament.The Dutch men, backed by a stadium packed with supporters in orange, and coming off a superb 1-0 victory over Olympic champions and arch-rivals Germany, were simply too good for South Africa.Professionals vs amateursThe difference between a professional team and an amateur team, and between the amount of preparation time afforded the two sides for the World Cup, was plain to see as the Dutch romped to victory.They led 4-0 at the break on goals from Seve van Ass, Valentin Verga, Jeroen Hertzberger and Robbert Kemperman and added another Kemperman goal shortly after the restart.Not long after that, Billy Bakker made it 6-0. On the hour, though, Justin Reid-Ross netted a blistering drag flick from a penalty corner to score South Africa’s first goal of the tournament. The Netherlands, however, had the final say when Sander Baart struck their final goal five minutes from time.last_img read more

App to understand South African visa rules

first_imgChild Visa Checklist App has been designed to help travellers to and from South Africa to understand the new child visa requirements.One of the reasons Drive South Africa created the Child Visa Checklist App is that many travellers don’t know which documents to carry into our borders, as per the new child Visa laws in South Africa. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe South African government’s new child visa laws came into play on 1 June 2015 and they “are here for the foreseeable future”, according to Mayihlome Tshwete, the Department of Home Affairs spokesperson.The department published standard operating procedures that airlines and the tourism industry must follow; information was also published its website, to explain the new regulations to would-be travellers.But there is some confusion around the changes. In an email sent to all members of the Southern African Tourism Services Association (Satsa), David Frost, the chief executive, said that he found the documents “complicated”.“The regulations are complex, daunting and not easily accessible for local and international travellers,” said Russell Jarvis, the head of communication at Travelstart South Africa. “Travellers need to know exactly what documents they require for a seamless and stress-free entry into our beautiful country’s borders.”To help would-be travellers understand these new requirements better, Drive South Africa created the Child Visa Checklist app. The app provides an easy-to-understand checklist of documents required by anyone travelling to or from South Africa with children – for their particular child-travel scenario.The web-based app, which works on mobile and desktop, helps users see precisely what travel documents they need, in three quick clicks or taps.According to Andre van Kets, the creator of the Child Visa Checklist App, “there are 15 different possible documents and 37 unique scenarios for children travelling in and out of South Africa”.“We initially create the app so that our travel consultants could fully understand the new child visa requirements, and better serve our clients. The app was so well received, that we’ve decided to go ‘open source’ with it and let anyone in the tourism industry – and travellers themselves – access the information,” says Van Kets.To use the app, a user selects an option under each step and it displays a checklist of documents unique to that particular scenario.It was launched on 30 May, and since then has been accessed more than 8 000 times by users from South Africa and 102 other countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Australia, United States, United Arab Emirates, Swaziland, Mozambique and Malawi.The app has also been shared more than 1 300 times on Facebook and other social media platforms. Travel agencies around the world are using it to advise clients travelling to South Africa with children under 18 years.“Thanks for creating this app. It will be a fabulous tool to help get our clients organised,” said Amy Green, the client services director of the American travel agency, Hills of Africa.The Child Visa Checklist app was built in consultation with a panel of experts including: Megan Harrington-Johnson, the senior associate attorney, practising family law at Schindlers Attorneys in Johannesburg; and Van Kets, the co-founder and director of online travel company Discover Africa Group in Cape Town.Various members of the South Africa travel and tourism industry have also been consulted during the building of the app, including Frost and Otto de Vries, the chief executive of the Association of South African Travel Agents (Asata).Source: News24Wire.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Grumpy Architect Time

first_img6. Why do people want to build a superinsulated house and then put in a full-on radiant floor heating system in? (See #3 above, about where to send all that extra money.)7. Why do people want to build a new house that looks old? I think it’s just a phase this country is in. I see signs that the retro-anachronistic architecture phase is fading.8. But I do it anyway: gotta feed the family, and I enjoy it. Quite a lot sometimes.9. Bright side: the science of how to build correctly is settling out in favor of simplicity. That is what draws me to the Passive House approach.10. On a very bright side, I live and work in southeastern Vermont, home of the Sustainable Energy Outreach Network. SEON sponsors a monthly meeting (often moderated by Peter Yost) of builders who enjoy building science discussions on an impressively high level. So I’m the lucky architect who gets to work with these builders.11. Why do people have so much stuff? RELATED ARTICLES Blog Review: Robert SwinburneAll About Radiant Floors ARTICLES BY ROBERT SWINBURNE A House For Slow LivingPassive House Training, One Year LaterMost ‘Houses That Breathe’ Aren’t Very Comfortable I’m not normally a grumpy architect, but when I am it is usually because of something on this list.1. If your house is adequately insulated there should be little temperature differential between the ceiling and the floor.2. “Adequately” differs from code. Remember, a house built to code is the worst house you can legally build.3. If you choose not to build an Energy-Star-certified home, please give your poor starving architect the $2,000 (the value of the Energy Star incentive) that you obviously have to spare.4. Does anybody with any real knowledge of building use fiberglass batts anymore? (Probably not anyone who reads this.)5. Air sealing, folks! Do it correctly! Not by installing a 6-mil poly vapor barrier. That was the 1990s. We are so over that. There are some great products available (check out 475) and lots of great information is available here on GBA. Robert Swinburne is a part-time architect and full-time homemaker living on 49 acres with his wife and two young children in Halifax, Vermont. He was a carpenter for several years after architecture school and is now a licensed architect and passive house designer with over 100 completed projects in the Northeast. Bob maintains a blog (primarily for therapeutic reasons) under the moniker “Vermont Architect.”last_img read more

Prateik’s birthday bash cost him heavily!

first_imgPrateik BabbarPrateik Babbar’s 25th birthday celebration recently cost him dear, but the young actor is not complaining. Son of late actress Smita Patil and actor-turned MP Raj Babbar, Prateik, who stars with Aamir Khan in Dhobi Ghat recently entered his 25th year on November 28, had quite a lavish bash.According to sources to the actor, Prateik had not planned anything on his birthday. “He went to a popular joint in the suburbs with one of his friends. He casually announced that it was his birthday, and therefore he would buy drinks for everybody present there. Prateik was greeted by loud cheering by everybody present there,” sources added.But to his shock, Prateik was presented a bill of Rs 70,000. “He took it sportingly, and footed the bill without any complaints,” sources said.last_img read more

Khanna “withdraws” from IOA elections, 4 days after deadline

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 7 (PTI) Top tennis official Anil Khanna has decided not to contest the election for the Indian Olympic Association presidents post even though the deadline for the withdrawal of his nomination papers has passed.Khanna, a former All India Tennis Association chief, had filed his nomination papers and was in the fray for the presidents post along with International Hockey Federation president Narinder Batra at the time of deadline of withdrawal on December 3.But in a surprise move, Khanna has written a letter to the IOA election commission, informing his decided to withdraw from the contest and support Batra for the presidents post in its elective Annual General Body Meeting on December 14.Khannas decision to withdraw from the contest will clear the decks for Batra to be elected as the IOA president. His election for the top job will be a formality now.Batra will thus become one of a few sports administrators who heads a National Olympic Committee while holding the post of president of an important international federation.A top IOA official said since Khanna, who is the incumbent IOA treasurer, had not withdrawn his candidature by the stipulated deadline, technically the election for the presidents post may be conducted but the members will be inclined to vote for Batra only under the secret ballot system.Khanna said he was withdrawing his candidature to “keep the IOA family united”. He expressed his decision to withdraw from the contest in a letter written on the letter head of AITA.advertisementKhanna is a Life President of the AITA. He is currently the president of Asian Tennis Federation and vice-president of International Tennis Federation.”IOA has been one family so far, and the election this year is creating division. Many (members) do not want a division as they enjoy a warm relationship with both sides and find themselves in a difficult situation to finally decide as to whom to vote for,” Khanna said in the letter. “In order to keep the IOA family united and to ensure that common friends are not put in a difficult situation situation while deciding who to vote for, I have decided to withdraw my candidature as president of IOA from the current election in favour of Narinder Dhruv Batra,” he added.He, however, said that he was initially not planning to contest elections and circumstances had led him to filing nomination papers for the post of president (as well as that of senior vice president).Khanna said that the IOA under president N Ramachandran and Secretary General Rajeev Mehta has achieved milestones in the last nearly four years (office bearers took charge in February 2014) though it has “sometimes faced internal challenging moments”.”I must compliment both the president and the secretary general for improving the financial position of the IOA through sponsorship and better management of relations with the IOC and OCA. This has enabled the IOA to start sharing funds with both the NSFs and SOAs,” he said.”The contribution (of the IOA) has been raised from Rs 3 lakhs to Rs 6 lakhs last year and the Executive Council on 9th November 2017 has already approved payment of Rs 7 lakhs which can be increased by another Rs 2 lakhs depending upon sponsorship income.”Meanwhile, incumbent secretary general Rajeev Mehta will be re-elected for his second four-year term as he was the lone candidate to have filed the nomination papers.But there will be elections for one post of senior vice- president, one treasurer, eight vice-presidents, six joint secretaries and 10 Executive Council members. PTI PDS CM CMlast_img read more

Thomas Picks the Right Major at the Right Time to Win

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The son and grandson of golf professionals, Justin Thomas couldn’t think of a better major to win than the PGA Championship.And at age 24, he couldn’t think of a better time.Youth is taking over the highest level of golf, and there were times Thomas felt left behind. Rory McIlroy already had four majors when he was 25. Closer to home was Jordan Spieth, a close friend since they were 14. Spieth won his third major at the British Open last month to give him three legs of the career Grand Slam.“Frustration probably isn’t the right word,” Thomas said. “Jealously definitely is. I wanted to be doing that, and I wasn’t.”Sunday at Quail Hollow was his moment.Starting the final round two shots out of the lead, Thomas closed with a 3-under 68 for a two-shot victory to capture the final major of the year.It required a little bit of good fortune, like when his tee shot bounced out of a tree and into the fairway on the par-5 10th hole, which ended with his 8-foot putt teetering on the edge of the cup for 12 seconds before gravity finally took over and the ball dropped for birdie.“I didn’t even see it go in,” said Thomas, who had his back turned to the cup as he was asking caddie Jimmy Johnson how it didn’t go in. Players are allowed reasonable time to get to the ball, and then they get 10 seconds before they hit the next shot, so he was well within the limit.He seized control on the back nine with a chip-in for birdie from 40 feet on the par-3 13th hole.Above all, it required plenty of grit, and Thomas showed plenty of that.The key moment in his victory came along the infamous “Green Mile” at Quail Hollow, a brutal stretch of holes where players are trying to hang on with pars. Thomas had a one-shot lead over Hideki Matsuyama when he drove into the rough, and his approach tumbled into a bunker. He did well to get that out to 6 feet.Matsuyama was spared by the thick rough behind the green that kept his ball from going into the water, and he had a good lie that allowed him to chip to 5 feet.Thomas wasted no time over the putt and drilled into the center of the cup. Matsuyama missed and fell two shots behind.And then Thomas effectively ended it with a 7-iron so pure that he let the club swirl through his hand as the ball soared over the water, onto the green and rolled out to 15 feet on the 221-yard shot to a peninsula green. His birdie putt swirled into the cup, and the rest was easy.He finished with a bogey — his first since the third hole — when it no longer mattered. Thomas finished at 8-under 276.He won by two shots over Francesco Molinari (67), Patrick Reed (67) and Louis Oosthuizen (70), none of whom were a serious threat as they played the 18th.His real challenge was Matsuyama playing next to him, and Kevin Kisner, the 54-hole leader in the group behind him.Kisner ran off two important birdies on the 14th and 15th holes to get within one shot, but the final stretch is no place to make up more ground. He three-putted from 100 feet on the 16th hole to fall two back, couldn’t convert from long range on the 17th and hit into the water because of mud on his ball on the 18th.Among those waiting for Thomas alongside the 18th green were his father and Spieth.Mike Thomas, the longtime pro at Harmony Landing outside Louisville, Kentucky, spread his arms wide as he approached his only son and wrapped them around him. He also made sure to collect an important part of history.Ever since his son was in elementary school, he has been collecting golf balls from his victory. The total is now 131. Asked if he made sure to get the ball Thomas used to tap in the final putt, Mike Thomas reached into his pocket, smiled and said, “You mean this one?”The PGA Championship was important to Thomas to take his place among the young elite in the game, and it was important to his family. His grandfather, Paul Thomas, also was a club pro and has been a PGA of America member for 60 years. He was the first person Thomas called.“As a kid growing up, you want to win all the majors. You want to win any major,” Thomas said after his two-shot victory. “For me, the PGA definitely had a special place in my heart, and maybe a special drive. It’s just a great win for the family, and it’s a moment we’ll never forget — all of us.”Spieth was there, too, wanting to celebrate with his friend.The week began with Spieth’s bid to complete the career Grand Slam, and it never got out of the gates. Thomas, endlessly referred to as “Spieth’s close friend,” emerged from his shadow with a major of his own.“So awesome, dude,” Spieth told him.Spieth and Thomas first became close when they played the Junior Evian Masters in 2007. Thomas won the 36-hole event and got to play the pro-am the next day with LPGA great Juli Inkster. Spieth caddied for him.Ten years later, they have won consecutive majors and head into the FedEx Cup playoffs battling for PGA Tour player of the year.Longtime friends, now both are major champions.By DOUG FERGUSONTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rices Richard Tapia to receive National Medal of Science from President Obama

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareDavid [email protected]’s Richard Tapia to receive National Medal of Science from President Obama FridayRice University mathematician Richard Tapia will receive the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony at 2 p.m. EDT Oct. 21. The medal is the highest honor bestowed upon a scientist by the U.S government.Tapia is being honored by Obama “for his pioneering and fundamental contributions in optimization theory and numerical analysis and for his dedication and sustained efforts in fostering diversity and excellence in mathematics and science education.”Who: Rice University mathematician Richard Tapia.What: Tapia will receive the National Medal of Science from President Obama.When: 2 p.m. EDT Oct. 21.Where: East Room, White House, Washington, D.C.The ceremony will be carried live by satellite feed and webcast on the White House website at Coordinates: Test:  1:45-2 p.m. EDTTime:  2-2:30 p.m. EDTC-Band digital 9 mhz:Galaxy 19/C7 Slot BUplink Frequency:  6060.5 HDownlink Frequency:  3835.5 VSymbol Rate:  6.1113FEC:  ¾Ku-Band digital 9 mhz:Galaxy 3C/K6 Slot BUplink Frequency:  14110 VDownlink Frequency:  11810 H-30-Additional materials:Rice University news release with more information on Tapia’s award announcement: Rice-produced video for this announcement is available images of Tapia (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) note: Tapia is currently in Washington, D.C. To schedule an interview, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] or 612-702-9473.last_img read more