Once upon there was Bat Day. Only Bat Day. Then came Ball Day. Then Cap Day, then Helmet Day. Then (Your City Here) Night. Then came Picture Day, where you could snap photographs of players as they milled around between the foul lines and the grandstand.Anyone else jonesing for the ’70s right about now?It was a simpler time. Not necessarily perfect. I visited relatives in Southern California one summer. We went to a few Angels games. At one, I was too old to get a bat. At another, I was too …
11 September 2015At the opening of the 12th Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition at the SABC, Auckland Park on Thursday 10 September 2015, venue hosts SABC and Moshito partners the Department of Arts and Culture assured delegates of their continuing support in helping initiatives like Moshito in developing and curating South African music.Celebrating the legacy of SA music #fromkwelatohop & not forgetting our fallen heroes #TheGreatSouthAfricanSongbook pic.twitter.com/HrultThKBX— #Moshito2015 (@moshito_music) September 9, 2015Moshito Music Conference chairperson Sipho Sithole welcomed guests, delegates and visitors to the conference, saying that the Moshito ideal was to make the event a “premier destination for music makers and the music business” not only for Africa, but for the world. This year the conference has invited music business representatives and musicians from as far as China, Brazil and Jamaica to share and exchange ideas on how to strengthen the business as a viable commodity in the digital age.Chairperson of #Moshito2015 Mr Sipho Sithole opens the conference with a brief historical background and emphasizes it’s capacity to accomodate members of the entertainment industry #TheBusinessofMusicPosted by Moshito Otswela Pele on Thursday, September 10, 2015Sithole said that in the 12 years the conference had been running, Moshito has achieved a reputation as being the “most admired local event for music business engagement”, and that the three-year relationship the conference has built with the Department of Arts and Culture has only strengthened that credibility.In explaining this year’s conference theme, “From Kwela to Hop”, Sithole said Moshito wants to highlight the respect paid to South African music of the past, and how that respect informs and guides the music of the present and future. “South Africa,” he said, “wants to be known for a variety of genres: this variety defines who we are as a country.” But the conference, he said, pointing to the selection of musical showcases and collaborations with international artists to be held during the event, was not just about talking about music, but also an opportunity to feel, see and hear the power of South African music.#Moshito2015 Mr Matlala took the floor emphasizing the importance of the conference and exhibition #TheBusinessofMusic #TheGreatSouthAfricanSongbook #FromKwelatoHopPosted by Moshito Otswela Pele on Thursday, September 10, 2015In some words of support for the conference, SABC Group CEO Frans Matlala welcomed Moshito to the SABC venue, calling the event a pivotal instrument in promoting music across Africa, saying it was “fundamental in preserving South African culture.” He requested that Moshito do its part in telling the South African story to the world. Matlala hoped, as the success of Moshito grew, that the power of music would bring the rest of the world back to Africa. Matlala was confident this year’s event would be the best one yet, pledging that Moshito would always have a home at the SABC.SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng reiterated that commitment, praising Moshito for “doing well to stand by local artists.” He did, however, urge the music business in general to find a way to bring the various organisations that dealt with finances and support systems of the music industry under one umbrella organisation to insure a holistic philosophy to deal with the challenges of the industry. One of those challenges is the payment of music royalties to songwriters and artists, and Motsoeneng announced that after long negotiations with the industry, the SABC would commit to paying outstanding royalties to the sum of R100 million to local artists.“We want to make sure the money reaches the right people,” he said. Motsoeneng welcomed Moshito and its visitors to the SABC, saying the event’s philosophy “reminds us of where we come from, as well as where we, as a nation, are going.” The SABC is committed to adding more of that history, the legacy and the works of some of the country’s greatest music artists past and present, to all radio and television programming.Motsoeneng concluded by urging all music lovers to be active in that curation of culture by paying TV licences, the money from which goes back into promoting that culture to more South African, the African continent and the rest of the world.Representing the Minister of Arts and Culture, Deputy Director General of the department Monica Newton praised Moshito for changing the cultural landscape of the country over its 12 year existence. “It gives me a warm feeling in my heart that events like this do so much for nation building,” Newton said, adding that the Moshito organisation did well with dealing with the trials and tribulations of the music industry on behalf of the artists and music lovers in general, highlighting the challenges faced by the industry like piracy and technology changes. Newton added that it was important to create a living heritage of the arts in South Africa, respecting and honouring the legends of the past, using the lessons learnt from that to help guide and grow local musical culture into the future.“Music,” Newton said, “was a canary in a coalmine for society, a way to measure and negotiate the cultural landscape,” adding that the department’s partnership with Moshito was a pleasure and privilege to be part of. Newton concluded in wishing the event success and hoped it would become the foremost collaborator with both local artists and in its growing international friendships, “the people of Moshito have done a lot of hard work in strengthening the music business, and we wish them well for the future.”Lemmy “Special” Mabaso @EmileYX & Chachi Carvalho took us on a journey #FromKwelatoHop #Moshito2015 #AfroWorldNight pic.twitter.com/oQYHDgx2nE— #Moshito2015 (@moshito_music) September 10, 2015The Moshito Conference and Exhibition includes discussions on various aspects of the music industry in both local and international contexts, as well as looking at trends and changes that touch both the business and artistic development. Seminars include music branding, archiving of musical legacy, changes in digital musical technology, song writing and exploring new markets for music.In between the seminars, visitors and delegates will be entertained by various public performances at the exhibition at the SABC’s Radio Park venue, as well as at some of Johannesburg’s legendary music venues.The Kwaito & Hiphop discussion seeks to unpack the messages & context behind these genres #Moshito ^KM pic.twitter.com/hEnkeLeH07— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) September 10, 2015The exhibition marquee showcases a range of top industry goods,service providers and organisations #Moshito2015 …Posted by Moshito Otswela Pele on Thursday, September 10, 2015The conference will culminate with a special concert titled “The Great South African Song Book” on Saturday, 12 September at Newtown Park featuring an all- star collection of some of South Africa’s best music artists, including Arthur, Judith Sephuma, Mzwakhe Mbuli and Cortina Whiplash.The beautiful songtress Ms Judith Sephuma took over the night as she graced the #Moshito2015 Afro World Night with her…Posted by Moshito Otswela Pele on Thursday, September 10, 2015
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Tension emanating from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam is “uncalled for” Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, MP, and Organising Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, said on Sunday. He was here to attend a conference on safety of minorities and democracy.“We think that there is considerable tension in the region over this (NRC). This is totally uncalled for and unnecessary,” Mr. Chowdhury told The Hindu on the sidelines of the conference. It was organised by the Indo-Bangladesh Cultural Centre along with civil society organisations.Peaceful South AsiaHe also said that the tension over NRC will be “harmful” to all stakeholders in the region. “If we want South Asia to remain peaceful, then all of us have to work on the issue in a dedicated manner,” said Mr. Chowdhury.The Awami League leader said no one should act in such a manner which will disrupt regional peace. “We have to be more dedicated in maintaining peace in the region,” said Mr. Chowdhury.Huge humanitarian crisisEarlier, noted rights activist Teesta Setalvad alleged that the NRC exercise in Assam was causing a “humanitarian crisis of huge dimension” as it has left out a large number of people from the draft NRC list.“Over 40 lakh people have been left out of the draft NRC list. We are also looking at a process that is politically whipping up the worst kind of sentiments for us as a society,” she said at a conference on NRC in the city.She further alleged that, “Dangerous politics is being played over the NRC. The humanitarian crisis is of such a scale that the family members of a former President have been left out of the NRC,” said Ms. Setalvad pointed out.
Work on the Palisadoes Shoreline Protection Project in Kingston has been completed within budget, Transport, Works and Housing Minister, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, has announced.He made the disclosure during Friday’s, February 15, media briefing at the Transport, Works and Housing Ministry’s offices in Kingston, where he updated journalists on a range of projects and developments, being spearheaded by the Ministry. The Palisadoes Shoreline Protection Project, which commenced in September 2010, was completed by contractors, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), within a 15-month period. The development entailed significant upgrading works along the corridor preceding the roadway leading to the Norman Manley International Airport.“I believe we all have seen it and realize it is an excellent job; and it was completed in December of last year (2012) at the initial contracted price of US$65.4 million,” Dr. Davies said.The Minister also indicated that additional work may need to be effected on an area beyond the airport’s round-a-bout, along the corridor leading to Port Royal. This undertaking, he pointed out, was not in the original scope of the project, but is the focus of concern due to erosion.Meanwhile, Dr. Davies advised that the deadline for the completion of the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) has been extended to June 2013 to facilitate the conclusion of several projects.He informed that JDIP was originally scheduled for completion at the end of the 2012/13 fiscal year in March, but has been pushed back due to delays in the completion of work on some of the programme’s original projects.These include: the Cassia Park and Queensborough bridges in the Corporate Area, where work is 88 per cent and 95 per cent complete respectively; and the Westmoreland Bridge in St. Mary, where 83 per cent of the work is done. Dr. Davies disclosed that approximately US$50 million remains to be spent under the project.He pointed out that the Government’s 15 per cent input, totalling some $800 million, which is reflected in the Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure as savings in the Budget, will be carried forward to the 2013/14 financial year to complement the equivalent of 85 per cent of the financing being provided by the China EXIM Bank.The JDIP, which is being carried out by contractors, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), is a major Government of Jamaica undertaking, which began in 2010 to significantly improve the island’s road network.
zoom National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has appointed Abdullah Aldubaikhi as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2018.As explained by the company, Aldubaikhi will be responsible for setting and overseeing the implementation of Bahri’s core strategic direction “to further cement its … position in the maritime industry, and lead the company’s expansion into new growth markets while seeking new revenue streams.”He will also lead Bahri’s ongoing efforts “to integrate innovation into its business model.”The appointment was made at a time when the company is gearing to enter a new phase of expansion and development following its growth over the past few months.“We have reinforced our strong foothold in the global maritime sector, and now are looking to the future with a renewed commitment to playing an even bigger role in strengthening the Kingdom’s position as a … regional logistics gateway,” Abdulrahman M. Al-Mofadhi, Chairman of Bahri, pointed out.Commenting on his appointment, Abdullah Aldubaikhi said: “My immediate priority will be charting short and long-term goals for Bahri while strengthening the company’s commitment to the Saudi Vision 2030 and ensuring a positive impact on the continued growth of the global maritime sector through ambition and innovation.”A Saudi national, Aldubaikhi joins Bahri from Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC), where he served in the same role for six years.Aldubaikhi is a member of the joint business councils between Saudi Arabia and the nations of Canada, Russia and France, and sits on the board of directors of several local and global companies, including Bank Alkhair, Alessa Industries, Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros. Co. W.L.L., G3 Global Grain Group (G3), and United Farmers Holding Company (UFHC).
In the era of social media, one needs to be photo-ready all the time, and Swara Bhaskar feels that this constant pressure of pleasing others in our social circle is making us more conscious than ever.”We have made a parallel word for ourselves on social media on which we are in this relentless pressure of looking perfect, posting good pictures and seeking others’ approval.” “This dependancy on virtual friends has in turn led to the lack of confidence in us. A situation has arised where seeking approval from them matters more than our own opinion,” she adds. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAlso, the actor who makes public appearances every now and then in her most glam looks, shares that if she has learned anything in her career, it is that life is lived off Instagram. “Wearing an attire and posing for camera is a part of my job, but actually wearing it and carrying it in real life is totally different,” says Swara. Like most of her opinions, Swara’s take on body shaming also holds great substance. The actor notes that the issue is not new, we have been known to it, and dealing with it since long. “The issues of getting accepted in the social circle is nothing new to women. It has been there since time immemorial, but I feel, with our dependence on social media, a new problem of accepting their own bodies has also come into existence,” she adds. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAccording to the Veere Di Wedding actor, internet also promotes a sense of self consciousness, with which no matter how we look, we are always unsure about ourselves. However, she is glad that the issue of body shaming is being given due importance nowadays. “I feel really happy that brands like Clovia are trying to cater to different body types – which is extending a sense of acceptance and confidence in women of all body types,” says Swara, who was recently seen in the brand’s store of Kalkaji, Delhi, for their one-year celebration. Swara’s tips for women who are the victim of body shaming? Don’t listen to negative remarks that people make, it is simply the reflection of their own insecurity, not yours. To fight back such people, you need to first remind yourself and accept that you are beautiful and you should love yourself – your body is a part of who you are. Fitness is important, being fit and strong has nothing to do with being thin. If you are healthy, it is good – you should be healthy. It is a myth that people with plus size body type cannot look good, it is all about carrying yourself. Just find right clothes that accentuate the advantages of your body, your curves. Last but not the least, it is a secret which all grandmothers tell, Sarees make everyone good look. When in doubt, wear a saree. Swara has always been an inspiration for many. “There are fans who want to look like celebrities, and crazily follow the way they dress up. Having said that, there is also a group of people who get into the inferiority complex and feel disappointed about the way they look.” “It is okay if people want to look good and wear make up to work or gatherings, but I feel it is very important to live a life without that cover of perfection too,” quotes Swara. “We are real people, we were born without make up, if you go on the internet, you will find 100 pictures of me without make up, or wearing a night suit,” she states. Giving examples of celebrities who came off the curtains in their most natural look only to spread out the message that it is okay to look average, Swara says, “I accept the natural tendency of women to be attracted towards glamour, make up and all, but I also believe that women should be comfortable with their skin. They should not be conscious about hideing their scars, pimples, or correcting their skins, there is much more to do,” she concludes.
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ZomatoFacebookThe battle for supremacy in the food delivery platform in India is going to get stiffer as Zomato has secured a fresh funding of $210 million from Alibaba’s payment affiliate Ant Financial.The company plans to take its rival Swiggy head on to have a larger chunk of the pie in the Indian food delivery marketplace. In a stock filing on Friday, Info Edge submitted that its stakes in Zomato will decrease from 30.91% to 27.68% after the latest fund infusion from Alipay Singapore Holding Pte. Ltd or other affiliates of Ant Financial.The filing said that “We would like to bring to your knowledge that Zomato has signed a definitive agreement to undertake a primary fundraise of approximately USD 210 million from Alipay Singapore.”The Economic Times reports that if the estimates are to be believed, the investment will more than 10 percent stake which will take the valuation of Zomato to approximately $2 billion. Earlier this year, the food delivery platform had raised $150 million from Ant Financial, which was valued at $1.1 billion.Last month, as a part of the investment round, Ant financials secured the right to become the largest stakeholder in one of India’s biggest food delivery platform, Zomato. The fresh investment is expected to make Ant Financial the largest shareholder, or close to Info Edge’s 27.68 percent stake post-dilution. Before the current round of investment, it held around 20-22 percent stake in Zomato.The search for future investment in Zomato is likely to continue as its rival Swiggy is under discussion to secure $500-700 million from Alibaba rival and WeChat application owner Tencent besides existing backer Naspers at a valuation of $2.5-3 billion.Zomato is aggressively looking for the investors as last month it held talks with China’s online travel agency Ctrip for an approximate $400 million in the company. Besides that Zomato as well as Swiggy held discussions with Japanese Softbank Vision Fund.Zomato claimed to have received 21 million monthly order run rate in its operations based out of India in the month of September. It also witnessed the highest daily order volume during last month at 7,00,000 orders each day of the week.