Cass Bell ready for second pro fight

first_imgLocal professional MMA fighter Cass Bell is set to enter the octagon for his second pro fight this Saturday at the SAP Center in San Jose as apart of the under card for Bellator 206.Bell (1-0-0) will face Ty Costa (4-3-0) in the bantamweight (135 lbs) division. Bell, an Arcata native, is the first fighter to be born and raised in Humboldt County to ever compete at Bellator. The 31-year-old said he’s feeling as confident as can be ahead of Saturday’s cage match.“I think I’m going to knock him …last_img read more

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Pick n Pay in Zimbabwe expansion deal

first_img10 April 2013 South African retailer Pick n Pay is expanding its presence in Zimbabwe through its partnership with TM Supermarkets, a subsidiary of Meikles Limited, by investing US$25-million to upgrade the chain to international standards. There are 50 TM Supermarkets across Zimbabwe, including two which already carry the Pick n Pay name at the Kamfinsa and Westgate shopping centres in the country’s capital, Harare. Pick n Pay has owned a 49% stake of TM Supermarkets since November 2010, and has provided operational support through a skills development programme to equip the Zimbabwean local team with international best practice. “[It is] wonderful news for stakeholders as it will re-position TM Supermarkets as a leader in a very competitive industry,” executive chairperson of Meikles Limited, John Moxon, said in a statement last week. “Precise timelines are not yet finalised but we shall both renovate current stores throughout the country and open new ones initially in Harare, to world-class standards.” The investment and refurbishment follows the chain’s six-fold increase in profits through improved management practices and better stock control, merchandising and buying strategies. “The $25-million investment, together with a substantial internal generation of cash from increased earnings, will soon be available for the renovation of existing supermarkets and the addition of new opportunities,” Moxon said. The performance of the two existing Pick n Pay stores also contributed to the chain’s positive bottom line, and helped enable the refurbishment. “These programmes will be accelerated substantially in 2013.” Pick n Pay currently operates 95 stores in Africa, the latest of which was opened in Luanshya in Zambia on 22 March. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Remembering Hugh Masekela, South African legend: 1939-2018

first_imgSouth African jazz maestro Hugh Masekela died on 23 January 2018, aged 78, following a nine-year battle against prostate cancer.Almost never seen without his trusty trumpet, Hugh Masekela was more than just a legendary South African musician; he was a global iconoclast who celebrated his continent and its people through his music. Masekela died in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 23 January 2018. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonMore than just an internationally acclaimed musician, “Bra Hugh” was a South African cultural iconoclast for more than 50 years, whose work was the soundtrack of a political movement and gave a voice to the people of South Africa.Hugh Ramopolo Masekela was born in 1939, in the Kwa-Guqa township of Witbank, Mpumalanga. Musically inclined from a young age, Masekela was inspired to find his calling in jazz music by Kirk Douglas in the film Man with the Horn; he was particularly fascinated by the trumpet.Early life and careerHe received his first trumpet at the age of 14, a gift from anti-apartheid cleric Archbishop Trevor Huddleston; and it seemingly never left his hands since. He quickly became a master of the instrument, as well as of the flugelhorn and cornet. He played in a number of bands in high school and as a young adult, including Huddleston’s Jazz Band youth orchestra, the Manhattan Brothers and the legendary Jazz Epistles, alongside fellow future legends of South Africa music, Abdullah Ibrahim, then known as Dollar Brand; Kippie Moeketsi; and Jonas Gwangwa.The Epistles were a regular house band for the Sophiatown cultural and political boom of the late 1950s.Masekela got his big break when he joined the cast of Todd Matshikiza’s jazz opera, King Kong, which toured the world in 1961. During a tumultuous political period in South Africa, which included the Sharpeville massacre and the injustices of institutionalised apartheid, Masekela chose to live in exile following the London run of King Kong.In exileHe spent the early 1960s mastering his musical craft at the London Guildhall School of Music and at the Manhattan School of Music. At the time, he met fellow African political exiles and anti-apartheid campaigners, including American actor Harry Belafonte, with whom he worked to bring the real story of apartheid and racial discrimination to the world’s attention. He was married to fellow King Kong cast member and exile Miriam Makeba from 1964 to 1966. Although they divorced, Masekela and Makeba had a lifelong personal and musical friendship until the latter’s death in 2008.His growing canon of recorded work increasingly took a political slant, particularly on the album, The Emancipation of Hugh Masekela, released in 1966. Masekela scored his first US top ten hit with an African-infused instrumental version of the Jimmy Webb pop hit, Up, Up and Away, in 1967.In 1967, Masekela and his band played their first breakout high-profile show, the Monterey Pop Festival, alongside the era’s biggest musical legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Booker T and the MGs, and Otis Redding. Masekela featured in the official film and soundtrack of the festival.His 1968 single, Grazing in the Grass, reached number one on the US pop charts. The song became his signature for much of the 1970s and was later featured in a number of film soundtracks, including The Last King of Scotland and The Lion King.A return to AfricaMasekela continued to record and tour prodigiously throughout the 1970s and 1980s, circling ever closer, both musically and physically, to Africa. He toured across Africa with the likes of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and Ghanaian jazz band Hedzoleh Soundz, as well as with fellow South African exiles Makeba and Gwangwa. In 1974, he was one of the organisers of the Zaire 74 festival, which brought together the best of African and American soul and jazz artists to compliment the Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Forman in Kinshasa.During this time, he also featured on recordings with US rock band The Byrds and jazz pop trumpeter Herb Alpert, as well as on the early solo albums of Paul Simon, with whom he would later work on the 1987 Graceland album and tour.During the 1980s Masekela made his African home base Botswana, opening a music school and once again recording with big names in African music, as well as working with ANC cultural organisations in exile to formulate a cultural manifesto for a free South Africa sometime in the future.His 1987 hit, Bring Him Back Home, was adopted as the anthem calling for the release of Nelson Mandela and other South African political prisoners, as well as a call-to-arms for African exiles around the world to return to their motherland. Masekela finally got to play the song live for Mandela himself when he was released in 1990.HomecomingThe musician had returned to South Africa around the same time. He continued to record and mentor new generations of South African musicians. In 2004, he published his entertaining and candid autobiography, Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela, in which he highlighted not only his successes but also his struggles with homesickness and alcohol abuse. In the book, he vowed that his story was not yet over; he was determined to keep on creating new music that celebrated his country, the continent and its people until the day he died.A number of top music and academic awards were bestowed on Masekela throughout his life, among them the National Order of Ikhamanga in 2010, an honorary doctorate in music from the University of York and Rhodes University, and an African Music Legend Award.In one of his final performances, in 2016, Masekela reunited in Johannesburg with Ibrahim to perform as the Jazz Epistles again, to not only celebrate the history of South African music but also to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the historic 16 June 1976 youth demonstrations.Masekela is survived by his wife, Elinam Cofie, and children, Pula Twala and Selema “Sal” Masekela, from his previous relationship with Jessie Marie Lapierre.Five from Bra Hugh: five memorable Hugh Masekela songs to celebrate his life and artSource: Wikipedia, South African History Online, News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Apache Co-Founder, Mozilla Board Member, Becomes New CTO of World Economic Forum

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Brian Behlendorf, primary developer of the Apache Web Server, co-founder of the world’s first dedicated commercial web site creation company and a member of the Mozilla board has joined the World Economic Forum as the organization’s CTO, he announced on Twitter this morning.The World Economic Forum hosts an annual meeting of international economic players in Davos, Switzerland and issues a number of massive econometric reports detailing the development conditions in the various countries around the world. The organization regularly engages with emerging web technology, from actively hosting bloggers at its conference to highlighting tech startups around the world to considering inclusion of social-media censorship and freedom among its considerations when evaluating countries’ preparedness for economic development. Those evaluations make or break huge international investments. The addition of Behlendorf as the organization’s CTO is being celebrated around Twitter as a good move for the organization’s relationship with the open web.The World Economic Forum has also faced extensive criticism as a pompous gathering of elitist international agents of economic exploitation and their non-profit, do-gooder, hangers-on.Behlendorf, aged 37, was told by game programming supernerd Alex Rosenberg on Twitter that “I can’t tell if that’s awesome or if you’re now ‘The Man.’” Behlendorf replied that “the answer is yes and yes.”center_img Tags:#international#news#NYT#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Why You Should Value Prospects Loyal to Your Competitors

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now There are some prospective customers that are incredibly difficult to obtain. No matter what you try, they refuse to meet with you. They aren’t interested in hearing about your offering, even though you have done everything to convince them that you can create more value. They’re not dissatisfied, and they simply aren’t open to change. They are loyal to your competitor.As much as you may not like it, these difficult to penetrate prospects should be the focus of your nurturing efforts, even though it may take you a long time to win them.They value loyalty. Companies and people who value loyalty make excellent clients. They want to work with people who stick with them when things get tough, and they stick with their partners. They reciprocate loyalty. When you finally create the opportunity to serve them, they will be loyal to you for as long as you create value.They value relationships. There are too many people and too many companies that no longer value relationships. Much of our business culture is moving away from care and towards transactional value. But it’s easier and more fulfilling to work with people and companies that value relationships.They give their partner chances to improve. Over time, inevitably, you will run into challenges serving your clients. But loyal clients who value relationships live through these times with you. They give you a chance to improve. They allow you the time you need to figure things out and produce new results. You will need this when your dream client gives you your turn.They don’t believe a lower price is a compelling reason to change. The most loyal clients aren’t interested in saving a few bucks. They know that the savings will come at a cost. They’ll lose the loyal partner. They’ll lose the trust. They’ll lose the certainty that comes from working with a partner they know is going to perform. The last thing you want is a client who changes partners every time someone offers them a lower price.If they won’t give you a meeting, they likely won’t give anyone else a meeting. You know how you are struggling to create an opportunity with this difficult to penetrate dream client? So is everyone else. Most of them give up and go away. The majority move on to prospects who are more receptive, even if they are less valuable, and even if they can’t create as much value for these prospects. When you get your chance, you aren’t going to have to worry too much about your competitors—as long as you are on your game and creating value.If you want loyal clients, you are going to have to call on prospects who are already someone else’s loyal client.last_img read more

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New Delhi There have been three firing incidents

first_imgNew Delhi: There have been three firing incidents in various parts of Delhi within a span of 24 hours which left two persons dead and one battling for life. The three shooting incidents occurred in Kalyanpuri, Rohini and New Usmanpur area.In the first incident, objecting to the foul language of some ruffians proved fatal for a young man as he was murdered by the group in Kalyanpuri area of East Delhi. The man was shot dead purportedly for objecting to their use of foul language. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe victim has been identified as Jaspal, a resident of the same area. Sources said that the incident took place when some men in a car were using bad language which was objected to by Jaspal. This made the men furious and they fired at Jaspal. The firing took merely 100 meters from the local police station. The police said that the cause of the murder was being ascertained. A criminal, Guddu, has been detained and investigations were underway. Police recovered a damaged motorbike from the spot, which was said to belong to the criminals involved in the incident. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaIn the second incident, a 22-year-old man was shot dead by some persons in Rohini’s Prem Nagar allegedly after an argument over consumption of liquor, police said on Tuesday. The man, identified as Ashish was living inPrem Nagar in a live in relationship with a girl. Ashish was involved in smuggling of illicit liquor, a senior police officer said. On Monday, at around 8 pm, an argument broke out between him and some persons over consuming liquor, following which one of the accused shot him in the stomach. He died instantly. The third incident happened in North east Delhi’s Brahampuri where a man was shot by unidentified assailants. The victim Mohammad Abbas received a bullet injury on his neck. He is admitted and his condition is said to be stable. “The injured, as well as other persons present at the time of the incident, have not alleged any one. The circumstances seem suspicious,” said Ved Prakash Surya, DCP North East Delhi. On September 26, a man identified as Mohammad Hasan was shot dead in the same area by gunmen.last_img read more

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Mumbai Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray who is

first_imgMumbai: Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray, who is the first member of his family to contest an election, declared assets of Rs 16.05 crore on Thursday as he filed nomination from Worli Assembly constituency here. According to the affidavit filed by the 29-year-old Aaditya, he has movable assets of Rs 11.38 crore and immovable assets of Rs 4.67 crore. It includes bank deposits of Rs 10.36 crore and a car (a BMW) worth Rs 6.50 lakh. The Shiv Sena youth wing chief also owns jewelery, bullion and other valuables worth Rs 64.65 lakh. He did his Bachelor of Arts in 2011 and acquired `Bachelor of Laws’ degree in 2015, the affidavit said. Further, he has no criminal cases pending against him, it stated. The Maharashtra Assembly polls will be held on Ocotber 21.last_img

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NEW DELHI Hoping to intensify bilateral relations

first_imgNEW DELHI: Hoping to intensify bilateral relations between the two countries further, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday arrived in the national capital on a four-day visit to India.As part of her first official engagement of the day, she will participate as the chief guest in the India Economic Summit being organised by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in New Delhi. During the visit, the Bangladesh PM will call on President Ram Nath Kovind and will hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 5. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThis is Hasina’s first visit to India since the completion of the elections in Bangladesh and India, a press statement from the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said. “Apart from several agreements that are to be inked between the sides during the visit, the two Prime Ministers will also jointly inaugurate three bilateral projects via video link,” the statement said. On September 27, Hasina and Modi had met on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York where the two leaders reaffirmed their zero-tolerance approach against terrorism and violent extremism and noted that strong ties in the security sector had built trust and mutual confidence between the two countries. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: ReportsDuring Hasina’s visit to India, both countries are expected to review the Rohingya and Teesta river water sharing issues, apart from inking agreements in various sectors. “Prime Minister Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi may discuss different issues, including the Teesta as well as Rohingyas,” The Dhaka Tribune quoted Bangladesh high commissioner to India, Syed Muazzem Ali, as saying. On the sidelines of the India Economic Forum meet, the two countries are likely to sign several MoUs in different areas, including connectivity, culture, technical cooperation and trade and investment, Muazzem said. “It is so far confirmed that seven to eight MoUs are to be signed, mostly on connectivity, cultural and technical cooperation, and trade and investment after the bilateral meeting of the two prime ministers on October 5,” he said.With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Ranchi Two policemen were killed when Maoists ope

first_imgRanchi: Two policemen were killed when Maoists opened fire on security forces in Ranchi district in Jharkhand on Friday, a senior police officer said. Following a tip that members of the banned CPI (Maoist) group had gathered near Dassam falls between Bundu and Namkum, security forces rushed to the area around 4 am, Additional Director General of Police Murari Lal Meena told PTI. “The Maoists opened fire on the security forces and two of our district jawans suffered bullet injuries. While one jawan was declared brought dead at the hospital, another succumbed during treatment,” the ADGP said. The security forces retaliated but there was no report of any casualty from the other side, Meena said adding search operations are under way.last_img read more

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