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And our host is… TV star Stephen Mulhern

first_imgTV presenter and all-round entertainer Stephen Mulhern is to host this year’s Baking Industry Awards ceremony.Stephen is one of the most in-demand television presenters today; with a string of smash hit television shows including Catchphrase and Britain’s Got More Talent.As well as his TV career, Stephen is an experienced all-round entertainer, having performed his own magic and one-man variety shows up and down the country for the past 12 years. He even has a BAFTA Award under his belt.His unique style of comedy and presentation has made him one of the best-loved presenters in the country, having performed for some of the most recognised people in the world, including Her Majesty The Queen.Simon Cowell has publicly said that what Stephen does is “amazing”, and ITV agree he is one of their major family entertainment stars.This year’s Baking Industry Awards will begin with a champagne reception that will be followed by a three-course dinner. Then comes the awards ceremony, hosted by Stephen and recognising the winning businesses, individual and products in 10 categories.Don’t miss out on this premier networking event – book your tickets now!How to book tickets:When: Wednesday 5 SeptemberWhere: Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, LondonTickets: £290 a ticket / table of 10: £2,625 / half table of five: £1,350Tickets sell out, so apply early to elizabet[email protected] or tel: 01293 846593(Finalists and a guest attend free)last_img read more

ASQ (UK) Launches Football Agents Development Training in Nigeria

first_img“There are lots of agents in Nigeria, but the fact remains that they do not know what to do when it comes to international business player management.The Level Three Certificate in Football Intermediary program is to empower the intermediaries in the areas of identification, marketing, protection and management of players thereby helping them to get out the best out of the playing careers”, Adeosun, who also is an English FA licenced Intermediary added.In his own contribution, an internationally renowned football intermediary and player manager, Viola said that ASQ had identified the need for such a training and certification to support and encourage budding football agents to get their acts right. Viola who was part of the success careers of players like Luis Figo and Roberto Carlos noted that the training would help those looking to succeed in the complex but lucratively rewarding profession of player management.On his own part, Philip McTaggart, another established player manager advised that intermediaries should embrace the ASQ training for the general interest of football. ”Aside getting the ability to sell quality players, participating in the ASQ development training will avail the agents the many advantages including a rich global network. The participants will learn the rudiments and dynamics of the global football market thereby reduce the incidences of Nigerian players being rejects abroad”, McTaggart concludedThe ASQ “Level Three Certificate in Football Intermediary” qualificationwas created in partnership with ProQual, a UK skills and training awarding body, regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). The various courses which will be holding in Nigeria at different times will open empower the participants to practice and be recognised globally.According to the Executive Director of ASQ, Mr Adedayo Adeniyi the App, ‘ASQ Sports Hub’ is already available on the Android store while the IOS version will be out soon. He added that the hub has a lot to offer already accredited football intermediaries as well as aspiring ones, scouts and players who which to be scouted too.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A UK-based company, ASQ Training and Development, has launched a mobile application App for a “Level Three Certificate in Football Intermediary” qualification, to train and support budding football agents and players.The ASQ Group Managing Director, Samson Adeosun, in the company of renowned football intermediaries and players’ representatives, John Viola and Philip McTaggart, made this known at a news conference in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria at the weekend. Adeosun said that there were lots of football agents in Nigeria and Africa, but that unfortunately, majority had no proper experience coupled with bad reputation due to unscrupulous activities of a few.​“The idea for a developmental program for football intermediaries was born out of my personal experience. It was after I get my intermediary licence from the English FA that I realized that I virtually did not know what next to doand this is the experience of most agents in Africa” Adeosun noted. He added that though there are no stringent qualifications before someone is allowed to represent players but it is important that individual agents acquire knowledgeand skills that will make them effective and productive in the player management value chain.last_img read more


first_imgA young Trentagh woman has launched a seven track CD to raise vital funds for Down Syndrome Ireland.Abigail Neely launched the CD in the Lagoon and a huge crowd turned out for the occasion.The CD, which is called Butterfly Fly Away’, can be bought at many outlets in both Letterkenny and Kilmacrennan. Here is a link to follow to find out a little bit more about Abigail and her great CD.   TRENTAGH WOMAN LAUNCHES CD FOR DOWN SYNDROME IRELAND was last modified: April 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ABIGAIL NEELYCDlast_img read more

Zuma calls for more SA, India trade

first_img4 October 2010Speaking at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Africa India Diaspora Conference in Durban on Saturday, South African President Jacob Zuma invited Indian companies to do more business with South Africa.“South Africa is the gateway to the one billion-strong African market,” Zuma told delegates at the conference, held to mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indians in South Africa, and to acknowledge the Indian community’s contribution to the fight against apartheid.“Our trade and investment opportunities for the Indian business sector lie in environmental technologies, ICT, transport equipment, capital equipments, creative industries and financial services,” Zuma said.Investment from India into South Africa is roughly R45-billion, while trade from South Africa to India is an estimated R21-billion. Bilateral trade is said to have surpassed R53.9-billion, and is expected to reach R70-billion by 2012.Zuma noted the robustness with which both India and South Africa’s economies had weathered the recent financial crisis.Developing countries on the rise: GordhanFinance Minister Pravin Gordhan, addressign a business session at Saturday’s conference, said South Africa and India should brace for more business activity as investors took note of the human capital and currencies of developing nations.He urged the two countries to investigate the potential that existed for further investment and business opportunities.Gordhan said the global economy was projected to grow by 4 to 6.7 percent in the next few years, and that developing countries like India, China and Brazil would be largely responsible for the growth.However, he cautioned that fair trade conditions were needed in order to avoid a repeat of the recent global recession, adding that the right balance had to be struck between global and national interests.Common visionThe President said the political, social and economic ties between India and South Africa had grown from strength to strength, with much bonding the two countries, including their shared vision of peace, impartiality and prosperity.“We also share a common approach on a number of global issues, including reform of the United Nations, the future of multilateralism, climate change and South-South Cooperation,” Zuma said.He highlighted the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, prominent politician and medical doctor Monty Naicker, and political activist Dr Yusuf Dadoo for the crucial roles they played in helping to build a free South Africa.Noting that both India and South Africa had large youthful populations, he urged both countries to invest in youth development, saying it was key to continued economic growth.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

The Cape Floral Region

first_imgThe Cape Floral Region, one of South Africa’s eight World Heritage sites, comprises eight protected areas.Unesco’s World Heritage Committee declared the 553 000-hectare Cape Floral Region to be of “outstanding universal significance to humanity”. (Image: South African History Online)Brand South Africa reporterThe Cape Floral Region, one of South Africa’s eight World Heritage sites, comprises eight protected areas stretching from the Cape Peninsula to the Eastern Cape, cutting across spectacular mountain and ocean scenery and containing some of the richest plant biodiversity in the world.The region was the sixth South African site to be inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).Unesco’s World Heritage Committee declared the 553 000-hectare Cape Floral Region to be of “outstanding universal significance to humanity”, describing it as “one of the richest areas for plants in the world”.The Cape Floral Region “represents less than 0.5% of the area of Africa, but is home to nearly 20% of the continent’s flora,” Unesco said. “Its plant species diversity, density and endemism are among the highest worldwide, and it has been identified as one of the world’s 18 biodiversity hot-spots.“The site displays outstanding ecological and biological processes associated with the Fynbos vegetation, which is unique to the Cape Floral Region.“Unique plant reproductive strategies, adaptive to fire, patterns of seed dispersal by insects, as well as patterns of endemism and adaptive radiation found in the flora, are of outstanding value to science.”Eight protected areasThe “serial” heritage site comprises eight protected areas considered to be the most important examples of the Cape floral kingdom: Table Mountain; De Hoop Nature Reserve; the Boland mountain complex; the Groot Winterhoek wilderness area; the Swartberg mountains; the Boosmansbos wilderness area; the Cederberg wilderness area; and Baviaanskloof, which straddles the Western and Eastern Cape boundary.Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden on the slopes of Table Mountain is included in the site, the first time a botanical garden has been included in one of Unesco’s world heritage sites.The region follows the Cape fold belt of mountains, the Cedarberg and Hottentots Holland mountains, then cuts through the Langeberg, Outeniquas, Tsitsikamma, Swartberg and Zuurberg mountains, encompassing key sections of the Cape floral kingdom, the smallest and richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms – and the only one to be contained within one country.Cape floral kingdomSouth Africa has the third-highest level of biodiversity in the world, thanks in no small part to the Cape floral kingdom. The Table Mountain National Park alone has more plant species within its 22 000 hectares than the whole British Isles or New Zealand.A stretch of land and sea spanning 90 000 square kilometres, or 0.05% of the earth’s land area, the Cape floral kingdom contains roughly 3% of the world’s plant species – at about 456 species per 1 000 square kilometres.Of the 9 600 species of vascular plants (plants with vessels for bearing sap) found in the Cape floral kingdom, about 70% are endemic, in other words, occur nowhere else on earth.The area’s freshwater and marine environments are similarly unique, with plants and animals adapted to highly specialised environments.And when it comes to fauna, the kingdom boasts 11 000 marine animal species, 3 500 of which are endemic, and 560 vertebrate species, including 142 reptile species, of which 27 are endemic.Sources: South African History Online, Cape Nature.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Remembering why we commemorate June 16 with BOOK IBHONI

first_imgRemembering why we stop and commemorate June 16 – is Brand South Africa’s Youth month digital campaign for 2018. The campaign is angled at reminding young people to not only acknowledge June 16 as public holiday reduced to parties and copious drinking but to pay tribute to the school children who lost their lives during the 1976 uprisings in Soweto.The campaign is a reaffirmation that there are young people today who will become the leaders of tomorrow, who’ve taken up the baton left behind by the class of ‘76 and continue to play their part in fighting for their rights to ensure a better South Africa for the future.Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part ambassador, Mpumelelo Mtintso, a 29-year-old social creative entrepreneur, from Soweto, is one such young leader, who has never forgotten the meaning of June 16. He is determined to find solutions for a better tomorrow.“I believe there is a creative solution for each and every problem in the world. I expressed my desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age, but only made my first real move in 2014 when I started a creative agency called FRONT ROW SEAT MEDIA. It was about merging street fashion with street football, creating a platform for young people to showcase their fashion design skills and also to be active”, said Mpumelelo Mtintso.Mtintso has never looked back and in 2016 he started a creative tour company called BOOK IBHONI. BOOK IBHONI is a tour company with a difference, offering discounted bicycle tours when you donate a book or two. The collected books are donated to community libraries in need. The main objective of BOOK IBHONI is to give kids access to books they wouldn’t normally have.“Our vision is to influence a lot of young people to read more. We have been collecting books that have thus far benefited the Orange farm library, Orlando West Children’s Library, Orlando Children’s Home and Nomzamo Kids centre – a township named after the late Mam’Winnie”, said Mtintso.Mtintso’s work is a step closer to fulfilling the National Development Plan (NDP) vision of ensuring an improved quality of life in a society for all. The Play Your Part programme first discovered Mtintso’s work in 2016 and immediately chose him to be a Play Your Part ambassador who has a positive influence in his community through BOOK IBHONI.BOOK IBHONI has for the past 2 years been hosting a cycle ride called the JUNE 16 cycle challenge, where the chosen route is the actual route taken by the students on that fateful day in 1976 during their march.“We host these cycle challenges so that we can teach people about the history of June 16, 1976, and also to tell the stories our grandmothers told us of other heroes that stood up on that day. This year we are cycling in colour. In ’76 the students got thrown with teargas and grenades, we will be throwing colour bombs and powder paints to commemorate youth month in ‘rainbow’ nation style” said Mtintso.The purpose is to encourage young people to come together and discuss issues they face whilst finding creative solutions.“The spirit of Ubuntu is in me and all of us at BOOK IBHONI, uTata Mandela’s legacy reminds us that the future is in our hands, it’s all up to us now to keep his legacy alive, and I believe that at BOOK IBHONI we are doing exactly that. Promoting literacy is our way of contributing to a better tomorrow”, adds Mtintso.Share how you are Remembering why we are commemorating June 16  @PlayYourPartSA and to join in the cycle tour or donate books @book_ibhonilast_img read more

Congress makes late 2015 push to pass legislation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Late last week Congress continued its scramble of year-end work to pass important legislation before adjourning until after the first of the year.On Friday, Congress passed Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH), a bill that includes two important provisions affecting farmers. The bill includes a Section 179 provision that will permanently allow a business to expense up to $500,000, up from a limit of $25,000. The $500,000 limit is reduced dollar for dollar after expenditures reach $2 million. The provision also would index both the $500,000 and $2 million limits for inflation beginning in 2016.The PATH Bill also extends the existing bonus depreciation for the purchase of new capital assets for another 5 years at 50% for 2015-2017, 40% in 2018 and 30% in 2019. President Obama signed the legislation later on Friday afternoon.“These tax provisions allow farmers to reinvest in their operations — and that has a ripple effect across the entire agriculture industry and rural communities,” said Chip Bowling, National Corn Growers Association president.In addition, the House passed the FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill with a vote of 316-113 and the Senate followed suit passing the bill 65-33. The measures in the legislation included:Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) was retained for the lamb industry while it repealed the meat labeling provision for beef and pork.Language rejecting the President’s budget request regarding the termination of research programs, redirection of research programs or closure of research locations, to include the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station, were written into the bill.Language that would prohibit funding for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue rules to place the Greater Sage Grouse on the endangered species list.Funding for compensation to ranchers who experience livestock loss due to wolf depredation.With regard to COOL, the legislation addresses the cases from Canada and Mexico through the World Trade Organization, which ruled that the labeling program violated U.S. international trade obligations, discriminating against Canadian and Mexican livestock sent to the United States to be fed out and processed. The decision authorized Canada and Mexico to put retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods going to those countries — the No. 1 and No. 2 U.S. export markets. The WTO set the retaliation level at $1 billion annually.Language in the omnibus bill repeals the labeling provision for beef and pork, thus avoiding retaliation. There is significant support from agriculture with the COOL repeal, but also disappointment from some organizations.“Congress had a solution to make COOL compliant with our WTO obligations sitting on their desks for 5 months,” said Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union president. “Instead, they gave in to demands to completely remove most aspects of COOL for meat that provided meaningful information to the pubic. This is the type of legislative hocus pocus that has angered so many Americans.”There were some additional issues not included in the legislation, however, that are sources of concern in agriculture.“America’s farm and ranch families will benefit greatly from the strong, bipartisan congressional passage of important tax relief, funding and policy provisions. The legislation provides needed changes to tax policy, funding for programs important to farmers, ranchers and rural communities, and actions related to COOL to prevent retaliation against U.S. agricultural products,” said Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau. “While we know there were tough decisions made to secure enough votes for this very important package, we will continue pushing for action on those items that Congress did not include. We need national policy on GMO labeling that is based on science and does not allow a patchwork of confusion that would be created by state and local laws. We will also continue to work with Congress to send the Environmental Protection Agency’s onerous Waters of the U.S. rule back to the drawing board. Those two items are big pieces of unfinished business that America’s farmers and ranchers need as they work to produce food and fiber for our nation.”last_img read more

Korea Lines Orders Two Bulkers

first_imgzoom Korea Lines Corporation, part of Samra Midas Group, has announced an investment in two 325,000 dwt bulk carriers.The company would be paying KRW 184.8 billion (USD 164 million) for the two ships.According to Yonhap, Hyundai Heavy Industries has been hired for the construction of the two ships, which are scheduled to be delivered in 2020.Korea Lines said the investment was triggered by a 25-year transportation contract with an undisclosed party.The company has been linked earlier to a time charter deal with Brazilian mining company Vale, which was said to be hiring 30 Valemax newbuilds from seven different shipping companies.The companies in question include Chinese joint venture between ICBC Leasing and China Merchants, Pan Ocean, H Line Shipping, SK Shipping, and Polaris Shipping.South Korean Polaris Shipping has already ordered 15 325,000 dwt dry bulk carriers from Hyundai Heavy Industries to support the deal and will be paying USD 1.2 bn for the new ships.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

PM Minnis Touts Virtues of Servant Leader at BCC Installation

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 29, 2017 – Nassau – Great leadership calls for great service and those who are privileged enough to lead must be humble enough to serve their country, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis said Tuesday night.  “Leadership is all about the people,” Prime Minister Minnis said.Prime Minister Minnis said he and newly-elected Bahamas Christian Council (BCC) President, Bishop Fernander, share a common destiny.  Bishop Delton Fernander, the Senior Pastor at New Destiny Baptist Cathedral, and his team were installed during the service.“God, in His wisdom, has called both of us for such a time,” the Prime Minister said. “This is indeed a new season, not only for the Christian Council, but for The Bahamas. We are both here because of the Grace and Mercy of Almighty God. We must both approach our office and duties with humility, focus and an attitude of service. We must both pray for God’s continued wisdom and understanding.“I congratulate you and your team. I commit not only my support, but you have my pledge to always be open to your spiritual counsel.”Addressing the Bahamas Christian Council’s Service of Installation held at the William Thompson Auditorium, Jean Street, Prime Minister Minnis said the BCC is important to the wellbeing and development of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.“The Bahamas should be thankful we have an organization called the Bahamas Christian Council, filled with spiritually strong leaders who love their God and their country. The Bahamas should not take these gifts for granted,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“I firmly believe that a great part of the national change we all desire will only come when we truly follow Christian values and principles.”Prime Minister Minnis said Bahamians and The Bahamas have a great deal to be thankful for and should not lose sight of the many gifts God has bestowed on citizens and country alike.“The bible tells us to give thanks in every circumstance,” Dr. Minnis said. “The people of The Bahamas have a great deal to be thankful for. We should thank God that we live in one of the best countries in the world. We should thank God that even though we face challenges, we are a strong, talented and courageous people. We should thank God for our religious freedoms that allow us to pray and worship without fear of persecution.”Prime Minister Minnis congratulated Bishop Delton Fernander on his ascension to the presidency of the Christian Council and for Bishop Fernander’s “faithful and exemplary service to your own church” (New Destiny Baptist Cathedral) and his country.“I give God thanks for your election to the office of President of the Bahamas Christian Council. I wish you and your team God’s favour and grace as you lead this important organization.”The Prime Minister also commended outgoing BCC President, Dr. Ranford Patterson for his tenure as BCC President.“Dr. Patterson has been a passionate, outspoken, thoughtful and fearless spiritual leader,” the Prime Minister said. “(He) and his team have provided sound, biblical guidance for our people on important national issues.”The Christian Council has established several Commissions to investigate “such matters as the Council may refer to it or such other matters that fall within its term of reference” for 2017.These include areas such as theological and bible studies, education and culture, economic development, health and wellness, crime and justice, moral and social matters, family life (the role of men), children, youth and young adults, pastoral education and ethics and women (church women) among others.The Council was constituted to promote understanding and trust between various parts of “Christ’s Church” in The Bahamas at all levels, to further Christ’s mission of service by the joint action of Christians in The Bahamas, and to witness for the Christian community in The Bahamas on matters of social and common concern.Bishop Fernander’s team will include Archdeacon James Palacious (First Vice-President); Reverend. Dr. Beverley Strachan (Secretary); Pastor Ronald Campbell (Treasurer); Bishop Moses Johnson (Second Vice-President); Bishop Gregory K. Minnis (Third Vice-President); Bishop Gloria D. Ferguson (Fourth Vice-President); Reverend Irene Russell (Radio and Television Coordinator); Pastor Roslyn Astwood (Administrative Assistant to the President) and Bishop Albert Hepburn (Historian).Apostle Leon Wallace, Reverend Dr. Vaughn Cash, Pastor Mario Moxey, Reverend Ednol Minnis and Dr. Anthony Farrington are the Executive Officers.Story by: Matt MauraPress Release: BISPHOTO CAPTION:  Newly-installed Bahamas Christian Council (BCC) President Bishop Delton Fernander (at right) and Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis, share a few words upon the Prime Minister’s arrival at the William Thompson Auditorium for the start of Tuesday’s BCC Service of Installation. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more