Broadcasting of two TV stations suspended, copies of national dailies burned

first_img Follow the news on Pakistan News PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation RSF_en Transmission of two privately-owned TV stations, Geo News and Ary, was suspended in several major cities on 8 August after they reported that a man threw a shoe at President Asif Ali Zardari during Zardari’s visit to Birmingham, England, the previous day. Gunmen also attacked newsstands and a distribution truck on 8 August, burning copies of the national dailies The News and Jang.Transmission of other TV stations that carried reports of the shoe-throwing incident, such as Samaa, Aaj, Express and Dunya, was not affected. Why were Geo News and Ary singled out? Punjab governor Salman Taseer, who is also a leading member of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, had an explanation.Referring to one of the channels, Taseer said: “Neither the government nor the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority nor World Call (a TV cable company owned by Taseer) were part of the decision to block the TV channel’s broadcast on cable. Rather, the ban was the result of a tussle between the locals and the TV channel, which had hurt the sentiments of the Pakistan People’s Party workers by highlighting the Birmingham story.”Taseer added: “The act is part of the mission undertaken by the channel to destabilise the government…it (the channel) wants to be a state-within-state and is observing no code of conduct for journalism.”Reporters Without Borders accuses the authorities of direct involvement in these reprehensible reprisals against news media and regrets that Governor Taseer defended them. It is hard to imagine that they were not involved in the blocking of the two TV stations and were not at least partly to blame. Taseer thinks the two TV stations are responsible for what happens to them. The governor’s comments, which are unacceptable coming from a senior official, will do nothing to defuse tension. Even if one recognises that The News and Jang take an extreme stance and are radically opposed to the current government, a newspaper’s political position never justifies censorship.Reporters Without Borders urges the leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party to come their senses and to urge party members to act with restraint. The PPP cannot invite or allow its members to target a news media on the grounds that it holds different views or has shown a politician in an embarrassing or humiliating situation.The attack by a group of gunmen on a truck carrying copies of The News and Jang took place in Sindh province. The Geo News website reported that copies of the newspapers were seized from newsstands on the orders of President Zardari and information minister Qamaruzaman Kaira. A group of PPP activists put the papers in a pile and set fire to them, all the while denouncing their criticism of the president.In several parts of the country, journalists working for Geo News and Ary have been wearing black armbands in protest against the censorship. News to go further Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murdercenter_img PakistanAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News News August 16, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Broadcasting of two TV stations suspended, copies of national dailies burned January 28, 2021 Find out more Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire April 21, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

A college, 98 feet long

first_imgIt’s been a dormitory, an army barracks, a lecture hall, an observatory, administrative offices. With a birthday in 1720, it’s older than the United States.In its almost 300 years, Massachusetts Hall, the oldest surviving Harvard building, has stood as silent witness to the continuous metamorphosis of the campus and community surrounding it. From housing the Continental Army during the Revolution in 1775‒76 to surviving a devastating fire in 1924, the building’s resilience is largely due to meticulous preservation and maintenance spanning centuries.Long-anticipated renovations will begin this summer and continue that tradition, preserving the building’s legacy while also bringing it into the 21st century. Significant updates include achieving compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by installing an elevator and renovating bathrooms; improving the building’s energy efficiency by adding insulation to the roof and recaulking the window panes; repairing the exterior clock; and upgrading information technology infrastructure, among other changes.,“The upkeep of a building like Massachusetts Hall requires significant attention to historical preservation in addition to the typical maintenance work,” said Harvard Executive Vice President Katie Lapp. “These long-overdue renovations will also ensure that the building is contributing to University goals to reduce on-campus greenhouse gas emissions, while making it as accessible as possible to all members of the community.”The building will be unoccupied over the summer while renovations take place, reopening just before the 2018‒19 school year begins.While the exterior of the 98-foot-long brick structure has largely remained the same over time, the interior has been modified to reflect changing needs and uses.The original blueprint from 1718Massachusetts Hall was designed and built between 1718 and 1720 by Harvard President John Leverett with input from his successor, Benjamin Wadsworth. The original blueprint for it is a spare, meticulous pen-and-ink drawing. Doors, windows, hallways, and chimneys are clearly labeled and measured, while small stars indicate studies, tiny 5-feet-by-4½-feet enclosed spaces in each room that were used to store coal in the 1800s. The building was erected with funds from the commonwealth of Massachusetts — £3,500, or approximately $570,000 today.,Art paints an early pictureAmong the earliest exterior representations of the hall are a painting by William Burgis (1726) and an engraving by Paul Revere (1767). While the building in those images remains fairly constant, the world around it has drastically changed in the intervening decades. For instance, Harvard Hall burned to the ground and was reconstructed, buildings were added to the campus, and subtle social and political messages were relayed.“The wall seems to really run right through the middle of the [Revere] image, dividing the Yard between those who have access and those who don’t have access,” said Ethan Lasser, the head of the Division of European and American Art and the Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. Curator of American Art at the Harvard Art Museums. “Outside the walls of the Yard, there’s this world of sociability, commerce, and coupling, while inside the walls you have these kinds of solitary, robed, academic figures. It’s quite a contrast in the way [Revere] set that up — academic life versus the world outside, and what he’s trying to say about who is in and who is out.”,George Washington’s army leaves a messWhen 640 members of Gen. George Washington’s army took up residence during the Revolutionary War, the damage they caused resulted in some of the earliest recorded renovations to the building, forcing the College to replace doorknobs, broken locks, wood, and glass that the army confiscated or destroyed. In 1778, the commonwealth of Massachusetts reimbursed Harvard £417, approximately $50,000 in today’s adjusted dollars, for repairs to the hall and other campus buildings.,Text from the back of the letter from Harvard College to the commonwealth of Massachusetts:“Account of the damages done to the Colledges by the Army after April 19th, 1775, which remain to be made good after the first repairs were made previous to the return of the Scholars to Cambridge, after estimate of the subscribers committee appointed for that purpose by the General Court.  Damages to Massachusetts Hall 27 brass knoblocks for chamber doors1 knob latch for D60 box locks for studies1 large stock lock for a cellar door62 rolls of paper60 yards of paintOther damages”       Historic status sets rules for renovationsIn 1977, the hall was officially recognized as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, highlighting it as a location that “possess[ed] exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.” Along with that designation came specific rules about how and when renovations can be done to the building. Sourcing bricks in the cut, color, and size popular in 1720, matching the exact color and consistency of 300-year-old mortar, and re-creating the wooden gutters are among the challenges facing renovation teams.,A timeless roomThe Perkins conference room is one of the few spaces in the building retained during 20th-century renovations. Over the past 100 years alone, lecture halls, double-height reading rooms stretching between the first and second floors, and dorm rooms have been converted to other uses.Use the slider to see how the Perkins conference room looked in 1943,1924 fire forces major renovationThe exterior of the building hasn’t always fared well either. In 1924, a devastating fire roared through the top two floors, incinerating dorm rooms (and almost destroying original, single copies of three economics students’ freshly submitted theses. The papers were barely rescued in time.) Theories about the fire’s cause flew around campus, from a rogue bird or mouse nest using a match as building material to a discarded, lit match from Matthews Hall carried by the wind.,Tick tock … occasionallyThe original Massachusetts Hall clock, which graced its western wall facing Harvard Square, was mounted in 1725. It came with a bell and a steward, who was responsible for maintaining both, at a salary of £4. Well-represented in visual records of the hall from 1726 forward, the original clock is long gone. Through the intervening years, the space it occupied has been home to many successors, including a broken clock, a fake clock, no clock at all, and a painting of a clock.This summer, a canvas scrim with a clock face similar to the original has been installed as the actual clock undergoes restoration and maintenance.,This summer’s renovations will restore the most recent version, installed in 1992. Creating and installing a clock that matched the spirit of the original involved at least four types of experts: those who specialized in the clock’s mechanics, an artisan who created and crafted the face, a construction firm that helped with building and placement, and a restoration architect who made sure the clock closely matched the available records.last_img read more

Fire ravages abandoned Ogle house

first_imgAn uncontrolled fire on Sunday evening destroyed an uninhabited house along the Ogle Airstrip Road, East Bank Demerara, after firefighters were unsuccessful in containing the blaze.The property after the fire was dousedBased on information received, flames started emanating from the property at about 21:30h.Residents in the area would have been alerted by thick smoke and the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) was immediately summoned to the scene.However, the tenders arrived at the said location without any water to douse the flames and then frantically began their search for a water source. By then, the two-storied building, constructed from wood, was completely damaged.When Guyana Times arrived at the scene, neighbours indicated that vagrants would usually take shelter in the bottom flat of the house, which was unenclosed. The property stood without any fence and this allowed anyone to enter the yard.Only a shell remains intact as the upper flat was severely burnt. Apart from this structure, there weren’t any other buildings in close proximity that were threatened at the time of the fire.last_img read more

South Africa hosts some of the world’s biggest sporting events

first_imgWhen it comes to successfully hosting major international sporting events, South Africa’s track record speaks for itself.South African and international spectators gather at the opening match between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 11 June 2010, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa. (Image: Wikipedia)Brand South Africa reporterThe Rugby World Cup, Cricket World Cup, A1 Grand Prix, Indian Premier League, World Cups of Golf, Athletics, Swimming … and the biggest of them all, the 2010 FIFA World Cup — South Africa is a sport-loving nation and warmly welcomes the world to share in that love.“Sport has the power to change the world … It has the power to inspire,” said Nelson Mandela. “It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”Taking the love for sport further, as a host, South Africa has proven its capabilities time and again. The country has some of the world’s best sports arenas and stadiums, with world-class facilities, as well as the capacity to accommodate big crowds, with the best security features.The country’s track record is great; these examples of sporting events held in South Africa speak for themselves:International events2017 Hockey World League Semifinals 2014 African Nations Championship2013 Africa Cup of Nations2010 FIFA World Cup2010 BMX World ChampionshipsUCI MTB World Cup2009 ICC Champions Trophy2009 FIFA Confederations Cup2009 Indian Premier League2007 World Twenty20 ChampionshipsA1 Grand Prix (since 2006)Fina Swimming World Cup (since 2003)Red Bull Big Wave Africa (1999-2008)Six-star rated surfing events (annual)2006 Paralympic Swimming World Champs2005-2008 Women’s World Cup of Golf2003 President’s Cup2003 Cricket World Cup1998 World Cup of Athletics1996 World Cup of Golf1996 African Nations Cup1995 Rugby World CupHomegrown internationalsNedbank Golf ChallengeCape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle TourGiro del CapoCape EpicComrades MarathonTwo Oceans MarathonDusi Canoe MarathonSurf Ski World CupINTERNATIONAL EVENTS1995 Rugby World CupSince 1995, when Nelson Mandela handed the William Webb Ellis Trophy to Springbok captain Francois Pienaar after a pulsating Rugby World Cup final in Johannesburg, South Africa has shown itself capable not only of hosting the really big sporting events, but of making really big successes of them.1996 African Nations CupNelson Mandela was on hand once more to present the African Nations Cup trophy to South Africa’s soccer team, Bafana Bafana, in 1996. As with the Rugby World Cup the previous year, the continent’s premier footballing event went off smoothly in South Africa, with full houses and impressively well-behaved supporters – something not always associated with international soccer matches!1996 World Cup of GolfCape Town’s Erinvale Golf Club hosted to the World Cup of Golf in 1996. Ernie Els and Wayne Westner took full advantage of the familiar conditions and home crowd support to decimate the opposition, winning the event by a record 18 shots.1998 World Cup of AthleticsThe world’s top athletes were in Johannesburg for the World Cup of Athletics in 1998. Despite unusually poor weather for South Africa’s business capital, the event went off without a hitch, with local athletes playing a vital role in helping Africa to victory in the team competition. Highlights included a gold medal for Namibian superstar Frankie Fredericks in the 200m final.2003 Cricket World CupHome advantage didn’t help the South African team in 2003, as an under-performing Proteas side failed to progress to the knockout stage of cricket’s showcase tournament. The event was well supported and impeccably run, with day-night matches becoming a staple of the event for the first time. In a high-scoring final in Johannesburg, Australia defended the title they had won four years previously in England.2003 President’s CupThe 2003 President’s Cup, held at Fancourt near George in the Western Cape, was rated one of the best-organised – and most exciting – golfing events ever. The four-day shootout between the United States and International team culminated in a sudden-death playoff between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els that went through three holes before fading light finally halted play. In a first for the competition, team captains Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player agreed to share the trophy – even though, as defending champions, the USA should have kept it. Afterwards, Nicklaus said it was “the most unbelievable event the game of golf has ever seen”.SA’s Presidents Cup flows over2005-2008 Women’s World Cup of GolfFancourt, near George in the Western Cape, was home to the inaugural Women’s World Cup of Golf in 2005, which was won by Japan. In 2006 the event moved to the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City, home of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, one of golf’s richest tournaments. Sweden, led by Annika Sorenstam, took the title.In 2007, at the same venue, first-timers Paraguay stunned the 21 other competing countries to win by seven strokes. Paraguay’s Julieta Granada commented afterwards: “The crowds were awesome … They were cheering us on and they liked our outfits. It was a lot of fun. And the baboons. I liked the baboons. They are all my friends.”In 2008, the Philippines held off South Korea to win the title by two strokes.2008: Philippines win Women’s World Cup 20082006 Paralympic Swimming World ChampionshipsIn 2006, Durban hosted the fourth International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships. South Africa’s Natalie du Toit excelled, winning six gold medals, including a third place overall – against both male and female opposition – in the 5km open water swim.2007 World Twenty20 ChampionshipsSouth Africa hosted cricket’s inaugural Twenty20 World Championships with style to match its efficiency, creating a vibe and energy that many felt was lacking at the 2007 World Cup (for the longer, 50-overs-a-side version of the game) in the West Indies earlier in the year. South Africa has one of the more colourful national flags, and the abiding memory of the event will be one of colour, with fans from far and wide becoming part of the spectacle as sports and entertainment collided in a wildly successful first edition of the shortest form of international cricket.South Africa hosts a cricket revolution2009 FIFA Confederations CupSouth Africa hosted the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup – a dress rehearsal for the 2010 Fifa World Cup – with great success. The event was enthusiastically supported by colourful, pulsating crowds, and the football itself was hugely entertaining.Bafana Bafana made it to the semi-finals, where they were beaten 1-0 by Brazil, who scored an 87th minute winner. The USA shocked European champions Spain 2-0 to reach the final.In the playoff for third and fourth, Spain edged South Africa 3-2 after extra time in a humdinger, while Brazil went on to claim the title with a 3-2 win over the USA, having fought back from 2-0 down at the break.Brazil, football the winners in Africa2009 Indian Premier LeagueWhat a turnaround the 2009 DLF Indian Premier League brought from the first year of the 20-overs-a-side cricket extravaganza. The final featured the two teams that propped up the table in 2008, and the tournament flourished – not in India but in South Africa!The most lucrative cricket tournament in the world was moved to South Africa after the Indian government conceded that it was unable to guarantee security in that country, due to elections taking place in India at the time, and following a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan national team in neighbouring Pakistan in March.The tournament took place in six cities across South Africa from 18 April to 24 May, with the Deccan Chargers, the “cellar dwellers” in 2008, holding off the Royal Challengers Bangalore to win the final by six runs at a packed Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.The story of the 2009 IPL, however, was the incredible success of an event that was moved to South Africa from India only three weeks before it was due to begin. The sold-out grounds heaved, buzzed and roared to the glitz and glamour of the IPL and its massive Bollywood connections, with teams featuring the cream of the world’s cricketers.South Africa’s IPL cricket success2009 ICC Champions TrophyLike the IPL, the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy was not originally scheduled for South Africa. The country was chosen to host the event following a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan national team in Pakistan in March. Sri Lanka was originally selected as the new venue, but when doubts were expressed about the weather conditions in the island nation in September-October, it was decided to move it to South Africa.In the final, played at SuperSport Park in Centurion on 5 October, Australia ended the run of tournament giant-killers New Zealand to claim the title. The elite, eight-nation, 50-overs-a-side competition went off without a glitch, in the process providing an excellent yardstick for the International Cricket Council to measure the “longer” limited-overs version of the game against its upstart rival, Twenty20 cricket.Champs Trophy: mission accomplishedUCI Mountain Bike World CupFor the first time, South Africa hosted a round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Pietermaritzburg in 2009. The event, unusually, included downhill, cross-country, and four-cross and drew fantastic crowds. In fact, the organisers ran out of tickets, leading to a decision to open the gates to fans at no cost.Home town favourite Greg Minnaar thrilled the locals by rocketing to victory in the downhill event, while Burry Stander, from Port Shepstone on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, shone with third place in the cross-country.The Cascades Mountain Bike Park again hosted the World Cup in 2011 and 2012 with great success. Minnaar thrilled with second place in ’11 and another victory in ’12, while Stander was 11th in ’11 after a crash and second to Nino Schurter in 2012.SA shines at Maritzburg MTB CupSo close for Minnaar at MTB World CupMountain bike mania in South Africa2010 Fifa World CupSouth Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup put to rest, once and for all, the idea that Africa is incapable of hosting world-class events of this magnitude. Fifa gave the country a near-perfect 9 out of 10 for the show it put on.Spain won the football’s biggest prize for the first time, beating Holland 1-0 in extra time in front of a worldwide television audience estimated at 700-million. While the Spanish made a favourable impression on the field, South Africa and its people were the real stars of the tournament.Everyone who visited the country was bowled over by the warmth of the welcome they received, the quality of the country’s facilities, the richness of its attractions – and the sheer energy running through Africa’s first Fifa World Cup.South Africans united as never before during the event – and Bafana Bafana weren’t the only object of their flag-waving, vuvuzela-blasting enthusiasm. Ghana felt the love, too, as did every foreign visitor to the Rainbow Nation in its finest hour since 1994.2010 Fifa World Cup: legacy stories2010 Fifa World Cup: success stories2010 Fifa World Cup: the experienceSouth Africa’s World Cup passion2010 BMX World ChampionshipsLess than a month after the completion of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Pietermaritzburg was a very successful host of the 2010 BMX World Championships.A first-of-its-kind track was built for the event, incorporating two different starting ramps.The racing was adrenaline-filled stuff, with Latvia’s Maris Strombergs and Great Britain’s Shanaze Reade coming out tops in the men’s and women’s elite categories.South Africa’s Sifiso Nhlapo thrilled the home crowd by finishing second to Strombergs, while there were golds for Sharlene McGillvray in the women’s plus-45 age group, Teagan O’Keefe in the elite junior girls’ division, and Georgina Grassie in the girls’ 9 final.Nhlapo shines at BMX World Champs2013 Africa Nations CupAfter a revolution in Libya in 2011, the Confederation of African Football chose to move the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations from the north African country to South Africa. They needn’t have had any concerns as the Rainbow Nation put on a superb show.Crowds were impressive and the football entertaining. Hosts South Africa won Group A, but were eliminated in the quarterfinals, losing to world number 25 Mali in a penalty shootout.Nigeria ousted Cote d’Ivoire, Africa’s top ranked team, in the quarterfinals, then crushed Mali 4-1 in the semi-finals before going on to a 1-0 win over surprise package Burkina Faso in the final. The victory was the Super Eagles third Afcon title. Mali snared third place with a 3-1 win over Ghana.Nigeria’s Super Eagles soar to Afcon titleCAF gives SA thumbs-up for Afcon 2013Bafana’s Afcon dream ended by Mali2006-2009 A1 Grand PrixSouth Africa hosted a leg of the inaugural A1 Grand Prix in 2006, when the Durban event was named the best event in the World Cup of Motorsport’s first season. A sell-out crowd of close to 100 000 fans lined the 3.2-kilometre street circuit in South Africa’s “coastal playground” as the Netherlands took the honours in the feature race, following France’s victory in the sprint race.Still in Durban, Germany scored back-to-back wins in the sprint and feature races in 2007, while Switzerland and Canada shared the feature and sprint honours respectively in 2008.In 2009, the South African A1 Grand Prix moved to Kyalami, Johannesburg, previously the home of the South African Formula One Grand Prix. Jeroen Bleekemolen of the Netherlands and Neel Jani of Switzerland secured victories in the sprint and feature races.Swiss, Dutch delight in A1GP SA 2009Fina Swimming World CupDurban has been one of eight stop-offs on the Fina Swimming World Cup short-course (25 metre) circuit since 2003, drawing some of the world’s best swimmers to the Kings Park Aquatic Centre – and helping to eradicate the myth of Africa being poor in swimming talent and infrastructure. South Africa’s Ryk Neethling was the overall men’s winner of the event for two years running, with 21 race victories in the 2004/05 series and 16 victories in 2005/06.Red Bull Big Wave AfricaThe Red Bull Big Wave Africa surfing event took place for 10 years, from 1999 through 2008, at Dungeons reef at the mouth of Hout Bay in Cape Town, renowned for its ability to produce the biggest rideable waves on the coast of Africa. The event is currently “in hibernation”. Not surprisingly given its extreme nature and stringent criteria, there were just four champions: South Africa’s Sean Holmes in 2000, Californian Greg Long in 2003, South African John Whittle in 2006, and South African Grant “Twiggy” Baker in 2008.Six-star rated surfing eventsStill on surfing, South Africa is home to a six-star rated World Championship Tour event, the Billabong Pro at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay – said to be capable of producing “the perfect wave” – as well as two six-star rated World Qualifying Series events: the long-standing Mr Price Pro (formerly the Gunston 500) in Durban, and the Quiksilver Pro Durban.Aussie surfer wins 2009 Billabong ProUS surfer wins Mr Price Pro 2009HOMEGROWN INTERNATIONALSBesides the growing list of international competitions that have been hosted in South Africa, the country boasts a number of homegrown sporting events that have become international events in their own right.Nedbank Golf ChallengeThe annual Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City in North West province consistently attracts a world-class field, and for good reason. “Africa’s Major” is one of the world’s richest tournaments, with a total prize fund of over US$4.3-million. In addition, the venue is fantastic – the Gary Player Country Club course was designed by South Africa’s greatest sportsman of the twentieth century and is situated in the beautiful Sun City resort. And the event is scheduled around the beginning of December, after the world’s different leading tours have finished for the year.Previous participants include Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Nick Price, Bernhard Langer, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Colin Montgomerie, Retief Goosen, David Frost, Ian Woosnam, Mark O’Meara, Jose Maria Olazabel, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood.2009: An Aussie first at Nedbank ChallengeThe Nedbank Golf ChallengeCape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle TourThe largest individually timed cycling event in the world, the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour is part of the International Cycling Union’s prestigious Golden Bike Series, one of only nine races in the world accorded this honour. Besides drawing a host of top professionals, who ride the Argus as the final stage of the Giro del Capo, the event has drawn many famous names through the years, including former Tour de France winners Miguel Indurain, Jan Ullrich and Greg Lemond. If there is one event that might one day eclipse the Argus in size, it is another South African race, Johannesburg’s Pick n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challenge.2010: Lange wins windy Cycle TourCape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle TourGiro del CapoPreceding the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour, the Giro del Capo is South Africa’s foremost professional stage race. The event is contested through the stunning winelands of the Boland and the areas surrounding Cape Town, finishing with the Argus as its final stage. Besides the entries of top local teams, the Giro has attracted teams from Germany, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway.SA’s world leading cycle eventsCape EpicThe Cape Epic has become a huge drawcard for mountain bikers from around the world. It is the most widely broadcast mountain bike event in the world, and it’s not hard to see why: the picturesque but torturous 900-kilometre route covers some of Africa’s most spectacular scenery, while requiring competitors to use a variety of skills over an eight-stage course that challenges in every different way.2010: Cape Epic hat-trick for German duoComrades MarathonThe world’s greatest ultra-marathon, contested annually between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the Comrades is internationally recognised for the body-sapping challenge it poses and the camaraderie it fosters among its participants. In 2000, when the 75th anniversary of the race was celebrated, it drew a record field of 23 961. Many of the world’s top ultra-marathon athletes enter the race, with Eastern Europeans making an especially strong impression in recent years. The King of Comrades, though, remains South Africa’s Bruce Fordyce, with nine wins between 1981 and 1990.Watch the official documentary on the history of one of South Africa’s greatest sporting traditions. 2009: Zimbabwe’s first Comrades winComrades MarathonSA’s endurance sport love affairTwo Oceans MarathonLike the Comrades, the Two Oceans Marathon is, in fact, an ultra, covering 56 kilometres on a route often described as the most beautiful in the world. The race drew over 1 000 foreign entries in 2007, when 8 000 athletes entered the ultra, 11 000 entered the half-marathon and 6 000 turned out for the fun run – making for a total of 25 000 runners on the day.Old Mutual Two Oceans MarathonDusi Canoe MarathonThe Dusi Canoe Marathon is recognised as one of the toughest canoe marathons in the world, testing not only the paddler’s skills on the water but also his or her running ability, with plenty of portages along the route between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. While foreign competitors have been few and far between in the past, due to the Dusi’s unusual combination of challenges, that has begun to change in recent years.2010: Dice to the finish decides DusiThree world-class canoe marathonsSurfski World Cup DurbanThe Surfski World Cup Durban, first held in 2006, has been officially accredited by the International Canoe Federation – the first time a surf ski world cup event has received ICF recognition. South Africa won both the men’s and women’s title at the 2008-2010 events, which boasted the biggest prize money in the sport, confirming South Africa as a world leader in ocean paddling, both on and off the water.2010: Durban Surfski World Cup thriller*Article updated 20 June 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Book brings Mandela’s quotes to life

first_img12 October 2010Nelson Mandela’s new book, Conversations with Myself, draws from the great man’s vast personal archive to offer an unprecedented insight into his remarkable life, giving readers access to the private man behind the public figure.“Nelson Mandela is one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age,” the Nelson Mandela Foundation said in a statement ahead of Tuesday’s worldwide release of the book.“Now, after a lifetime of taking pen to paper to record thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he has opened his personal archive … from letters written in the darkest hours of Mandela’s 27 years of imprisonment to the draft of an unfinished sequel to Long Walk to Freedom.”Mandela’s personal archive spans 80 years, comprises many thousands of pages and includes diaries, letters, personal notes and audio recordings.“Here he is making notes and even doodling during meetings, or recording troubled dreams on the desk calendar of his cell on Robben Island; writing journals while on the run during the anti-apartheid struggles in the early 1960s, or conversing with friends in almost 70 hours of recorded conversations,” the foundation says.“An intimate journey from the first stirrings of his political conscience to his galvanizing role on the world stage, Conversations With Myself is a rare chance to spend time with Nelson Mandela the man, in his own voice: direct, clear, private.”Introduced with a foreword by US President Barack Obama, Conversations with Myself was published worldwide in 22 editions and 20 languages on 12 October 2010.Compiled by the Mandela Foundation’s Centre of Memory and Dialogue, the book allows for the first time unhindered insight into the human side of the icon.“In these pages he is neither an icon nor a saint,” the foundation says. “Here he is like you and me.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The Top CRM Companies for Business Owners

first_imgFreshsales Spiro ONTRAPORT offers the “most powerful visual marketing automation and reporting platform in the world,” enabling small businesses to map their customer journey and utilize data to create visuals of trends and patterns. Its Projection Mode uses predictive intelligence to anticipate what prospects and customers will do next and make decisions based on data. The platform’s automated workflow tools aim to help brands measure their work rather than create more of it. While it doesn’t offer the same degree of customization as many competitors, Zoho is a great value with an intuitive, user-friendly interface, making it possible to implement without bringing in a developer. In addition, Zoho has a full suite of other business apps that will work seamlessly with its CRM. Its ominchannel focus features a conversational AI, Zia, as well as SalesSignals, which streamlines notifications and ensures businesses hit every customer touchpoint. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at Nextiva Pipedrive is created with small business owners in mind, and the speedy setup and intuitive design mean that no training is required. The “light-touch sales platform” ensures businesses can get started using the product minutes after setup, and it uses a visual display to show how deals in the pipeline are progressing and help salespeople pinpoint their to-do tasks and deadlines. Pipedrive’s automated tracking eliminates time spent on admin processes, and it builds action steps around what will move things forward in the sales funnel. Its strongest feature is its ability to be customized, allowing small businesses to fit the platform to their processes. The new Service CRM by Nextiva allows your business to see complete customer history and manage all of your customer interactions in one place. You can automate workflows using the powerful rules engine and build forms to collect valuable data.The keyword analysis tool allows you to improve your CRM’s artificial intelligence and keep customers happy.Omni-channel support across email, voice, and chat makes running a business easier than ever – and allows you to reach your customers where they need it most. Zoho CRM Hatchbuck ONTRAPORT HubSpot Tags:#CRM#crm software#crm tools#customer-relationship management Follow the Puck HubSpot’s free version offers what is essentially an intro to CRM solutions, complete with an abundance of training guides and resources. HubSpot Academy gives users access to valuable classes and certification programs to educate them on all aspects of running a business. HubSpot takes the top spot, however, because of its wide-ranging capabilities — the CRM core has specific hubs for sales, marketing, and customer experience to bring the different sides and needs of a business together, eliminating silos. Salesforce’s cloud-based CRM solution offers an option that can cater to both enterprises and small businesses. Salesforce offers plenty of features and functionalities, including advanced analytics powered by its Einstein AI, project management tools, and customizable dashboards. Its Customer Success Platform offers powerful apps that can help businesses develop a consistent e-commerce customer experience and collaborate on campaigns. The market has become flooded with customer relationship management (CRM) solutions, making it incredibly difficult to narrow the field enough to find the right CRM software for your needs. If you have a good idea of what you’re looking for, however, the sheer number of options can be beneficial, allowing you to zero in and find the perfect fit.Every business — theoretically, at least — has customers, but that doesn’t mean that every business needs a CRM. There are, however, a few different business models that will be able to realize significant benefits from an investment in CRM software. Those with sales teams will have an advantage when it comes to finding patterns in consumer behavior, and a CRM will help them identify the most effective steps of the sales funnel — as well as those that need more work.A CRM solution will also help identify the most promising leads so your team doesn’t accidentally let them slip through the cracks. Any business that needs to market itself will benefit from these insights and the improved ROI brought about through a CRM, as will businesses looking to automate certain tasks that are taking valuable time away from other functions in the organization.If your business needs to track leads, rank them, improve the sales funnel, and become more efficient, a CRM is a good place to start. There are hundreds of options out there. I’ve(or my team) has tried over 100 different CRM software tools. We decided to tell you which ones are the best according to us. To make things easier, this is post and list is more geared towards small to medium sized business owners.  Top CRM Companies for Business Owners Salesforce Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWritecenter_img Insightly is a great option for midsize businesses, and it offers a free edition so users can try the product out; Insightly also offers paying users upgraded features to keep it relevant as businesses grow and become more complex. The platform provides relationship maps to help businesses adopt the best approach and tracks contacts’ contacts, creating organizational hierarchies to streamline communication. Insightly also automates workflows and creates milestones to keep teams on track. Benchpoint is a sales CRM and pipeline management system designed specifically for startups and small businesses that have teams or CRM users of up to 10.With a forever free plan and low monthly per user fee, Benchpoint is among the most cost effective CRM softwares in the market that offer all the premium features that are utilised by a small business.This clutter-free tool provides a comprehensive view of sales pipeline and works particularly well for product companies that can make data-backed purchasing and sales decisions. Benchpoint Insightly Freshsales is a powerful CRM that tells you everything you need to know about your lead, from one screen. It comes with AI based lead scoring, built-in phone, email integration, automation, reporting, and more. You can get a hang of the tool by signing up for a 21-day free trial or requesting for a demo. Updated September 2019 What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … An affordable SaaS solution, Agile allows a team of up to 10 users to manage a collective group of 50,000 contacts for free. Compared to other CRMs that can cost thousands of dollars per month, Agile CRM’s enterprise version is quite a value at less than $50 per user per month. Its all-in-one CRM package aligns messaging across an entire company and seals data leaks so organizations can make the most of their information. The CRM automatically creates tasks for salespeople and automates marketing features, helping teams save time. SugarCRM Pipedrive With a separate open-source edition that’s ideal for developers, SugarCRM differentiates itself with lots of custom options and exceptional customer service. It’s also supported on many different operating systems besides Windows and Mac OS, including Linux and Unix. The CRM boasts the highest Net Promoter Score across major CRM providers; its Hint feature speeds up research prior to calls, and the platform collects information across the sales, marketing, and service functions to create consistency.The exploding market for CRM solutions makes finding the right one difficult, but their popularity also shows how effective they can be. For businesses of all sizes, the right CRM software can transform an inefficient, disorganized process into a well-oiled, automated machine. Start your CRM search with this list, and don’t hesitate to try a few out. Taking the time to find the perfect fit will pay off in the long run. Spiro’s secret sauce lies in its AI capabilities, which can speed up information processing and yield more effective relationships with clients. The solution also comes with a bot that can compile data from various sources, such as calendars and emails, to provide sales personnel with a to-do list that’s always up-to-date. It also handles the data entry aspects of sales, freeing salespeople up to spend time nurturing relationships without losing the valuable data embedded in each call — in fact, Spiro’s reports have eight times the data richness of other reports. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Agile CRM An ideal option for small business users, Hatchbuck helps manage contacts and automates follow-ups, tracking individuals as they move through the sales funnel and alerting you when prospects are ready to make a purchase. Having sales and marketing working together prevents leads from going unnoticed, and this solution will get the job done without having to pay for more than what your small business truly needs. Best of all, its integration with Zapier means small businesses don’t have to give up the tools they’re already using, and the platform provides smart insights into the sales and marketing data it collects. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts last_img read more

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Paul Finebaum Doesn’t Think Notre Dame Will Compete For A National Title This Year

first_imgPaul Finebaum's expectation for Notre Dame.Paul Finebaum Notre Dame National ChampionshipFighting Irish fans likely aren’t fans of pro-SEC ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum in the first place. After hearing what he has to say about Notre Dame’s 2015 title chances, that likely won’t change.Friday, Finebaum made a bold prediction, stating that he doesn’t believe that the Fighting Irish will compete for a national championship this year. While he believes Notre Dame has a good team, he thinks the schedule, which features Georgia Tech, Clemson, USC and Stanford, is too difficult. He added that he isn’t sure when the school will be able to compete for a national title, either.Notre Dame isn’t competing for a national championship in 2015— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) August 7, 2015Here’s a link to the video, if it doesn’t work for you on mobile.There are many who believe that Notre Dame needs to start putting together easier schedules to compete for the College Football Playoff. It’ll be interesting to see whether the school changes its ways.last_img read more

MPs need to consult women social media companies about online behaviour Cullen

first_imgOTTAWA – Women and social-media companies should be brought into a critical discussion about how parliamentarians conduct themselves online, says veteran NDP MP Nathan Cullen.Many MPs insist that what they say and do on social media is personal, not part of their professional lives, Cullen said Thursday, but said he simply doesn’t buy it.Parliamentarians get training that focuses on their day-to-day interactions with other parliamentarians and staff, he said, but it doesn’t include enough material on what appropriate online behaviour looks like.“This aspect of liking (online images), trolling, I don’t recall it being talked about,” Cullen said after the social-media activity of former cabinet minister and longtime MP Tony Clement came under further scrutiny in Ottawa on Thursday.“It is another layer but it is striking. This is not the first online sexual story that’s happened.”Speaking with women about patterns they observe and how they feel targeted would be valuable, Cullen said.Companies like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram could also help, he added.“They’re dealing with this as companies and organizations and could be a part of the conversation as to what they’ve seen,” Cullen said.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer kicked Clement out of the party caucus on Wednesday after revelations that he’d shared sexually explicit images with someone who later tried to extort him for money.Clement issued an open letter to his Ontario constituents on Thursday to apologize to anyone who felt he crossed “online boundaries” in a way that made them feel uncomfortable, without his knowing.Clement also admitted he engaged in inappropriate exchanges during a time of “personal difficulty and weakness,” his actions crossed lines that he shouldn’t have crossed, and he engaged in acts of infidelity.“I am deeply sorry,” he wrote. “I want to be clear that at no time have these personal lapses impacted or involved my day-to-day work as a member of Parliament on behalf of our communities. That said, I offer you no excuses for my conduct. I take full responsibility.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

Transport disruptions hit Greece as union protests cutbacks

first_imgATHENS, Greece — Nationwide train and island ferry services have been suspended for a day in Greece, together with most Athens public transport, as the country’s biggest labour union strikes against persisting austerity measures.Tuesday’s strike is being organized by the GSEE umbrella private sector union, which also includes many categories of civil servants.The GSEE and a smaller Communist labour union are also planning separate protest marches through Athens to the house of parliament.The unions want the left-led government to scrap key income and pension cuts imposed at the demand of international creditors during Greece’s eight-year bailout program.The program formally ended in August but the measures are expected to remain in place for years to ensure Greece can keep its budgets balanced and pay off its bailout debts.The Associated Presslast_img read more