Mapungubwe Arts Festival mixes it up

first_imgThe Mapungubwe Jazz Festival on Sunday 23 March features Mafikizolo, Kurt Darren, Selaelo Selota, Mi Casa, Uhuru and many others. • Khathu Sadiki +27 82 932 6086 +27 15 284 4006 [email protected] • Jermina Kaka +27 82 560 7197 +27 15 284 4321 [email protected] writerA carnival, women’s boxing match, craft market, gospel extravaganza, cool jazz and Miss Mapungubwe beauty pageant – there’s lots to see at Limpopo’s week-long Mapungubwe Arts Festival.The festival, set to run from Monday 17 to Sunday 23 March in the Limpopo capital of Polokwane, is to be held as a celebration of South Africa’s 20 years of freedom.Download the programmeIt kicks off on Monday with a parade and carnival through the streets of Polokwane, from Olympic Towers to the SABC Park, accompanied by performances by cultural groups, a brass band, drum majorettes and local DJs and musicians. Later in the day boxer Bukiwe Nonina will defend her South African female lightweight title in a match at the Nirvana Community Hall.The Mapungubwe Craft Market will be open throughout the week, which will also see a number of theatre performances, arts and culture workshops, music and sporting activities.On Friday evening, DJ Complexion will host the Miss Mapungubwe beauty pageant at Polokwane’s flagship Peter Mokaba Stadium.The week-long event winds up with two music festivals, gospel and jazz, to be held at the Polokwane Cricket Club.The Mapungubwe Gospel Festival on Saturday 22 March will run from 11h00 until late, and features performances from Rebecca Malope, Sifiso Ncwane, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Debra Fraser and more.Download the gospel festival programmeThe Mapungubwe Jazz Festival on Sunday 23 March also will also start at 11h00 and run late, and features Mafikizolo, Kurt Darren, Selaelo Selota, Mi Casa and many others.Download the jazz festival programmeFor more information and interview arrangements, contact Khathu Sadiki 082 932 6086 or 015 284 4006, email [email protected], or Jermina Kaka on 082 560 7197 015 284 4321, email [email protected]last_img read more

Richard Maponya’s big dreams for Soweto

first_imgRichard Maponya will feature on the next instalment of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series on Sunday 24 August on SABC2 at 9pm. It has always been Richard Maponya’s dream to see Soweto grow. (Image: Facebook/ Richard Maponya) Maponya Developments +27 861 333 264 [email protected] • Agoa opens up opportunities for Africa’s female entrepreneurs • Soweto: from struggle to suburbia • South African businesses honoured • Boost for black-owned firms in South Africa • South African business magazine the best in the worldRomaana NaidooIt has always been Richard John Pelwana Maponya’s dream to see Soweto grow its own flourishing economy.Born in Limpopo Province on 24 December 1926, Maponya is a property developer best known for building a business empire despite the restrictions apartheid imposed on black South Africans. He was fiercely determined to see Soweto develop economically.Aged 24, Maponya – a teacher at the time – took a job as a stock taker at a clothing manufacturer. The manager sold Maponya soiled clothing and offcuts, which he then resold in Soweto. He eventually saved enough capital to open a clothing retailer in Soweto, despite being denied a licence under apartheid laws restricting business ownership for black South Africans. He had even hired the law firm of Mandela and Tambo to help him obtain the licence.Undeterred though, he continued his life’s journey towards entrepreneurial greatness.In the early 1950s, Maponya and his wife Marina (a cousin of Mandela) established the Dube Hygienic Dairy, which employed boys on bicycles to deliver milk to customers – who didn’t have access to electricity or refrigeration – in Soweto.In the 1960s, Maponya was a founding member and first president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (Nafcoc), and the founder and chairman of the African Chamber of Commerce.By the 70s, his clothing empire had grown, and he had begun to branch out into other areas: general stores, car dealerships and filling stations. His most recognisable development though has been Soweto’s Maponya Mall.On 27 September 2007 Nelson Mandela officially opened Maponya Mall, one of the largest shopping centres in the country.Maponya secured the land on which the mall is situated in 1979, first on a 100-year lease. Then, in 1994, after several attempts, he acquired it outright.Continuing to grow Soweto’s economy, Maponya also established Maponya Motor City on Klipspruit Valley Road in Orlando East. The development included a Volkswagen and Toyota dealership respectively.At that time former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said the development was “another milestone for Soweto by the Maponya Group as they continue to build sustainable world-class businesses in Soweto”.Maponya Motor City was the first such business in the south of Johannesburg, and now the Maponya Group’s ventures include property development, horse racing and breeding, retail, automotive sales, filling stations and liquor stores.last_img read more

Document Management: A Top Priority for One Quarter of Financial Advisors

first_imgOne quarter of financial advisors say that implementing a document management system is a top priority for them this year.  1000 independent brokers were asked to rank their priorities of CRM, document management, practice-management tools, financial planning tools, client self-service tools and compliance integration/simplification.Here are the rankings for which technologies were considered ‘very important’:38.7% said compliance tools38.2% said CRM31.7% said Portfolio Management26.9% said Document Management26.1% said Financial Planning tools21.7% said Practice-Management tools12.4% said Client self-service tools64% of those responding said that they’d be spending more on technology this year compared to last year.  About 45% plan to spend 3.9% of their revenues on technology, and another 45% plan to spend 4% to 8%, while 10% plan to spend more than 8% of their revenue on technology. Leave a Comment ‹ Cloud Computing: Goldman Sachs Sees Growth Records Management: Fast-Track Growth › Category: Document Mangement February 2nd, 2010 last_img read more

Enterprise Software: Trends in Enterprise Search

first_imgWhere are the new developments in Enterprise Search leading to?  Enterprise Search vendor, Coveo, recently gathered together IT leaders of large corporations and industry analysts to discuss the latest trends and direction for search within the Enterprise.   The group identified 11 trends that are driving Enterprise Search.  The list reads more like a list of goals for the value that Enterprise Search may ultimately be able to provide organizations.Enterprise Search will provide organizations with a single interface for accessing all company data and assets.Real-time data analytics derived from corporate data should expand from being available to only a select few to a much broader group of employeesEnterprise Search will be able to put information in context with “360 degree views of data”.Enterprise Search will enable knowledge management which can access information from all corporate repositoriesEnterprise Search will enable knowledge management that can improve levels of customer service without needing to add more resourcesEnterprise Search will be able to plumb Social Media to be able to provide a “Voice of the Customer” perspectiveEnterprise Search will be able to connect and aggregate information from siloed Social Media communitiesEnterprise Search will allow aggregation of data from collaboration and employee communication to extract and summarize expertiseEnterprise Search can enhance the value of data held in existing systems and repositoriesEnterprise Search will provide a more appealing and central interface that workers will prefer compared to using many specialized interfaces for each of many enterprise software plaformsEnterprise Search display of results is flexible and easily configurable, allowing organization to be able to easily adopt to changelast_img read more

Where You Can Check Out Apple Pay Today

first_imgiPhone 6 and 6 Plus users that update to the new iOS 8.1 mobile software, released Monday, will be the first to check out Apple’s new Apple Pay mobile payments system.The 27 retailers listed on Apple’s site spans hundreds of thousands of locations, which should give curiosity seekers numerous options to road test the new tap-to-pay features. These include: BloomingdalesChevronDuane ReadeFoot Locker (and its House of Hoops, Kids and Lady branches)Macy’sMcDonaldsNikeOffice DepotPanera BreadPetCoRadio ShackSubwayToys ‘R UsWalgreensWhole FoodsOne notable omission is Starbucks, an early partner that wound up only being able to offer a watered-down experience using the Apple Pay mobile app. Turns out, those coffee joints don’t have compatible terminals, so don’t bother knocking your device to their barcode scanners.  See also: PayPal Slams Apple In Full-Page Newspaper AdsApple Pay will work at various e-commerce retail sites too. But where’s the fun in that? Chances are, most people will want to roll up to a counter and order a Big Mac by bopping their iPhones to a terminal. It’s like a taste of the future awaits within those combo meals, and with a side of fries to boot. Owners of iPhone 5, 5S and 5C will also be able to try out Apple Pay’s tap-to-pay features, but only if they buy the Apple Watch when it comes out early next year. The watch will feature the Near Field Communication chip necessary for tap-to-pay functionality, which those older phones lack. This launch period will be key for gauging initial interest in Apple Pay, which may offer an inkling of the initiative’s potential longer-term success. However, early numbers probably won’t be available in time for Apple’s earnings call, later today.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … adriana lee Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Tags:#Apple#Apple Pay#iOS 8.1#iPhone#iPHone 6#iPhone 6 Plus#Mobile Payments last_img read more

Timberwolves’ Teague sidelined by sprained knee

first_imgDALLAS, TX – NOVEMBER 17: Jeff Teague #0 of the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center on November 17, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPMILWAUKEE — Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague is day to day with a left knee injury.Teague’s Grade 1 MCL sprain was welcome news for Minnesota, which feared he had a more serious issue. Teague had an MRI at Mayo Clinic on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Teague limped off the court in the final minute of the fourth quarter of the team’s overtime victory over Denver on Wednesday night. Teague had 11 points and 10 assists in the win.Teague is averaging 13.4 points, 7.3 assists and a career-high 34.2 minutes per game in his first season with the Timberwolves. He missed four games last month because of an Achilles injury.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives “It’s about as good as you can hope for,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “No structural damage. He didn’t have much swelling. He was walking around today.”Thibodeau said Teague had the same issue earlier in his career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“The fact that he had this injury once before when he was a rookie, so I think he understands what he has to go through,” he said.The 29-year-old Teague was ruled out for Minnesota’s game at Milwaukee. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Read Next Chiefs flaunt tough roster Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal manager Emery: I’m taking senior players to Blackpool

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal manager Emery: I’m taking senior players to Blackpoolby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal will not be taking Sunday’s FA Cup third-round clash with Blackpool lightly, according to manager Unai Emery.The Gunners fielded a weakened side against the League One club in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.But Emery says he is serious about winning England’s premier knockout trophy and will take senior players with him to Bloomfield Road.He said: “It’s a new competition we are going to start, the FA Cup. In the history, it’s been very important for us.”Arsenal is the team that has won this competition 13 times, more than anyone else. It’s a title and it’s a possibility for us to do something important.”We are going to start that at Blackpool. We know them because we played against them and we have the respect. We’ll prepare for the match with this respect for them, but also respect for this competition. It’s a way to [win] a title.”The Spaniard added: “I am going to play with the players to be competitive.”If we need some young players to do one mix, but finding this power to be stronger with them, we will do it. The priority now is Blackpool.” last_img read more

Author John U. Bacon Says 3 NFL Head Coaches Expressed Interest In the Michigan Job

first_imgMichigan players run out under the GO Blue banner.IG/umathleticsAuthor and Michigan alum John U. Bacon’s latest book entitled “Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football” chronicles the tenure of former Michigan AD Dave Brandon and head coach Brady Hoke and looks ahead to the Wolverine program under Jim Harbaugh. Bacon is doing an AMA on Reddit today and dropped a very interesting piece of info on the coaching search that produced Harbaugh. According to Bacon, Harbaugh was always the choice but that three NFL coaches expressed interest in the position. It’s unclear if Harbaugh is one of the three or if there were three others besides him.Per @Johnubacon, 3 NFL head coaches expressed interest in the Michigan job; join the AMA: https://t.co/SsPSlKW6Mk pic.twitter.com/9uFztjukbg— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) August 30, 2015Bacon also dropped some other tasty tidbits in his AMA, saying he thinks it will take three or four years for Harbaugh to have Michigan in the conversation for a CFP berth and further confirming that Lloyd Carr isn’t a fan of Les Miles. The whole thread is interesting and can be found here.last_img read more

US must observe nuclear deal if it wants talks Iran

first_imgKuala Lumpur: The United States must observe a landmark nuclear deal and halt “economic terrorism” against Iran if it wants to hold talks, the Islamic republic’s foreign minister said Thursday. Tehran and Washington have been locked in a bitter standoff since last year when US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out of the 2015 deal that gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its atomic programme. Trump said Monday he was ready to meet Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani within weeks, in a potential breakthrough reached during a G7 summit in the French seaside resort of Biarritz. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut Rouhani has said Washington must first lift sanctions imposed since its withdrawal from the nuclear deal, and Foreign Minister i9ijjjjMohammad Javad Zarif reiterated that message. “The United States is engaged in economic war against the Iranian people, and it won’t be possible for us to engage with the United States unless they stop imposing a war, engaging in economic terrorism against the Iranian people,” he told reporters during a visit to Malaysia, “We spoke to the United States, we spoke at length with the United States, we reached an agreement and they need to implement the agreement that we have reached before they expect to have more talks,” he added, referring to the nuclear deal. Iran was still talking to other world powers involved in the deal, he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”If (the US) wants to come back to the room there is a ticket that they need to purchase, and that ticket is to observe the agreement,” he added. Trump’s announcement this week came after Zarif travelled to France on Sunday for the second time in a matter of days, and held meetings on the sidelines of the G7 summit. US Defence Secretary Mark Esper also called Wednesday for Iran to enter discussions with the US to ease tensions in the Gulf region. “We are not seeking conflict with Iran. We want to engage with them diplomatically,” Esper said. In response to the US withdrawal and its imposition of crippling sanctions, Iran has hit back by abandoning commitments under the nuclear deal. Meanwhile, The EU’s diplomatic chief said Thursday that the bloc would support talks between the US and Tehran, but only if the current nuclear deal with Iran is preserved. Tehran and Washington have been locked in a bitter standoff since last year when US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out of the 2015 deal that gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its atomic programme. The idea of direct talks between Washington and Tehran as a way out of the crisis has grown this week after Trump mooted the idea and the new US defense secretary urged Iran’s leaders to engage. The EU has desperately sought to stop the deal from collapsing completely, arguing it is the best way to stop Iran developing nuclear bombs. EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini gave a cautious welcome to the idea of negotiations, after Trump said Monday he was ready to meet Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani within weeks. “We are always in favour of talks, the more people talk, the more people understand each other the better, on the basis of clarity and on the basis of respect,” Mogherini said as she arrived for a meeting of EU foreign and defence ministers in Helsinki. But she added “first and foremost what is existing needs to be preserved” — specifically the 2015 deal known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA. “We will always advocate for the full respect by all sides of the UNSC resolutions and that includes the JCPOA,” she said. At the G7 summit in Biarritz, Trump showed openness to French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal of a summit with Rouhani. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper followed up on Wednesday by urging Tehran to engage, but Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted Washington must respect the deal and halt what he called “economic terrorism” against his country.last_img read more

The NBAs Best And Worst ShotMakers

For the past three seasons, high-speed player-tracking cameras have been logging every possession of every NBA game; over that same time, NBA.com has hosted some cool observational stuff — like how far players run in a game, how often they drive the lane or spot up and, most important, how often they are passed the basketball. Now, ESPN has gotten its hands on advanced tools to analyze the game’s nuances, stats that can measure things like how difficult a given shot was or how often a given defender is torched off the dribble. We’ll be using them throughout the playoffs, but I figured we may as well slap a few of them on some charts to establish a baseline (and, hopefully, to confirm a few petty biases along the way).On our maiden voyage, we’ll take a look at which players make shots they have no business making and which miss the ones they have just as little business missing. For all these charts, we’re looking at players who logged at least 300 minutes across at least 20 games — rotation players in a quarter of the season, basically. You’ll also notice that we’re using effective field goal percentage (which weights 3-point attempts more than 2-point attempts), not true shooting percentage (which does the same but also factors in any free throws a player shoots), so we’re losing the effect of getting fouled, which is a big deal! But given the relative infancy of these stats, this is what we have. If you must, keep a running tally in your head of which players put themselves in position to really need to pile up foul shots to boost their efficiency and then go check where they stand afterward. Here’s a head start: In 2014-15, Russell Westbrook had a free throw rate of .445 (meaning he took .445 free throws for every field goal attempt); in 2013-14, Kevin Durant’s was .477; this season, Kobe Bryant had a free throw rate of .252 — the lowest of his career. Anyway, to the charts.First up, we have shot difficulty versus shots per game over the past three seasons. We explained quantified shot quality (qSQ) at some length here, but simply put, it uses the NBA’s SportVU data to measure how tough a shot was by calculating where the shot came from, where defenders were positioned and how the rest of the league fared on similar shots. In the chart below, the lower a player is, the tougher his shots were; the further to the right, the more shots he took: If you compare this chart to the yellow one above, our nicely defined trend of good shooters getting the rock has loosened considerably. It’s probably safe to assume this happens because the profile of a bench player who comes in and shoots the leather off the ball for 20 minutes a night is very different from a guy who’s asked to keep up that rate for an entire game.It’s probably a mistake to make a bunch of sweeping conclusions based on the aggregate here, as it is with most stats. But in an era of analysis in which “volume scorer” is still a pejorative, it’s notable that the players who shoot the most are also typically the best at converting tough shots, unless they are 37 years old and Kobe Bryant.Check out our latest NBA predictions. In this chart, players’ positions above and below the line for 0 represents how good or bad they were at making shots relative to how difficult the shots were.On the whole, what we see here is that as a player’s shots per game increase (we’re leaving per-play numbers for later), there’s a greater likelihood that he is good at making tough shots. This is conventional wisdom — stars get the ball — but not something we’ve been able to observe directly before.Remember that line about KD, Russ and Kobe’s free throw rates? Here’s where it comes back into play. Durant and Westbrook both had high free throw rates in their seasons on the chart, so they’d both get a boost from their positions here — Durant’s free throw rate in his MVP season was even higher than Westbrook’s, so it’s not like 2014-15 Russ catches up in efficiency. But eyeballing is enough to conclude that he would probably move up if we included free throws, and grandpa Kobe would stay in the toilet. Last thing: Notice that DeAndre, who was off the charts in shot quality this season, falls some here but is also well above average versus expectation on those good shots, evidence that he isn’t simply spoon-fed easy looks from Chris Paul but is among the best finishers in the game; this is tanked somewhat by his absurd 1.219 free throw rate, which has climbed to 1.553 in the playoffs (last season, it was 1.938 in the postseason — meaning that Jordan took just about two free throws for every field goal attempt).Moving on, we’re doubling back to the first chart again. Higher dots still mean a player took easier shots and lower that he took harder ones, but left and right track a player’s shots per 100 possessions instead of his raw per-game number: This chart mostly serves to show that the relationship we showed you in that first chart holds true when we look at per-possession. We also see guys who don’t take a lot of raw shots, like Marreese Speights, bunch up with gunners who play more minutes. But since we’ve already gone over low usage and carefully selected shots and all that, this seems like a good place to tell you that over our three seasons of data, last season’s vintage of Kobe Bryant picked his spots least carefully of any player in the data set.Kobe took not only an enormous number of shots, but also an enormous number of enormously difficult shots. Just look at him go! Many players down in that area of the chart were the primary option on their team and combined workload with a lot of long 2-pointers (the Carmelo, Blazers-era LaMarcus, Dwyane Wade crew). In Kobe’s case, that was true, but he was also old and feeble and slow and the Lakers would be bad no matter what he did. After that routine put him in traction after just 35 games, Bryant ran it back this season by getting to the line even less and shooting 467 threes; he shot 28.5 percent, but as you can see on the chart … at least he was a little more open? (Although one side effect may have been the embarrassing rash of airballs Bryant chucked from three this season, so maybe it was more of a give and take.)Anyway, here’s our last chart, which shows shots per 100 possessions against shot-making ability. As above, guys who shot better than their shot quality would predict are higher, guys who shot worse are lower, and dots farther to the right are guys who shoot a lot when they’re on the floor, even if they don’t have a lot of shots per game: This looks a lot like charts we’ve run in the past, or those that have run elsewhere, that plot workload against efficiency. True shooting percentage against usage percentage, for example, looks more or less identical. As workload increases, easy shots are harder to come by; as it decreases, players can pick their spots more carefully.Roll call: That cluster of dots in the top left of the chart is Tyson Chandler and DeAndre Jordan wrestling back and forth for the title of Guy Who Only Does Dunks. In the upper portion of the high-workload guys (on the right), we see players like LeBron James and Stephen Curry this season — those on great offensive teams that can space the floor for pretty good looks even for their highest-usage players. A little further down, still in the high-usage region, we see guys on teams that often need their stars to carry them, like Westbrook last season or Durant two seasons ago, or Carmelo Anthony, DeMar DeRozan or past iterations of LaMarcus Aldridge. Kobe this season was in the lurch, though by this measure not quite as depressing as his truncated 2014-15.But again, we’ve seen charts that show, if not this exact relationship, relationships that imply it; and while the shot difficulty stats are new, we could pretty much make assumptions based on the drops in efficiency. Here’s something truly new: read more