Kakata, Smell-No-Taste to Receive Michelle Obama

first_imgThe bustling city of Kakata and the much less animated Unification Town (commonly known as Smell-No-Taste), both in Margibi County, will today be honored with a visit from U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, her daughters Malia and Sashsa, and their delegation. As part of their three-nation tour to promote girls’ education the American first lady will meet with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and have a discussion with local teenage girls, moderated by actress Freida Pinto.The recent Ebola outbreak in Liberia created even more challenges for girls’ education in the country, where just one-third of girls are enrolled in secondary education. Liberia ranked second only to South Sudan in the share of primary school-age girls who aren’t enrolled in school, a global report by UNESCO said earlier this year, the Associated Press reported. As part of Let Girls Learn, the First Lady – joined by Malia and Sasha Obama and Mrs. Marian Robinson – will visit a Peace Corps Training Facility in Kakata, Margibi County where she will meet with girls and young women participating in a GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) Camp. Her visit will highlight both the Peace Corps’ work to help girls in underserved communities build self-confidence, communication, and other leadership skills and new programming from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at improving access to quality education and life skills for adolescent girls across Liberia. Mrs. Obama will also visit a school in Unification Town (Smell-No-Taste) for a discussion with adolescent girls who have faced serious obstacles in attaining an education. This discussion will be moderated by actress Freida Pinto, an advocate for girls’ education. The conversation will highlight both the educational barriers girls face as Liberia moves beyond the Ebola epidemic, and the U.S. Government’s efforts to continue to address those barriers and provide adolescent girls with equitable access to safe and quality education. Meanwhile Mrs. Obama has launched Snapchat Account ahead of trip to the three countries, to encourage students in the United States to follow her trip.To give young people everywhere a fun way to follow her trip, learn about the more than 62 million girls around the world who aren’t in school, and take action to support them, are some of the reasons Mrs. Obama launched the Snapchat Account: MichelleObama. Mrs. Obama’s Snapchat profile will feature behind-the-scenes Snaps from Washington and abroad, including her upcoming trip and events in the coming months).Onward to Morocco, Mrs. Obama will be joined by Meryl Streep, also an advocate for girls’ education, and Freida Pinto who will participate in a conversation with adolescent girls, moderated by CNN’s Isha Sesay. In the discussion, participants will discuss the challenges many girls in the region face in getting a quality education. The First Lady’s visit will also highlight commitments made by the U.S. Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation and USAID in partnership with the Kingdom of Morocco to help adolescent girls in Morocco go to school and stay in school. The First Lady will be in Morocco on June 28 and 29. During their last stop, Madrid, Spain the First Lady will on June 30 deliver a speech on Let Girls Learn to girls and young women, sharing the stories of girls she has met in Liberia and Morocco – and her prior travels – and highlighting new commitments to support Let Girls Learn. Mrs. Obama will encourage the audience to value their own educational opportunities, continue to strive for progress for girls and young women in their country, and take action to help the more than 62 million girls around the world who are out of school. While in Spain, the First Lady will also meet with Queen Letizia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Antiguan film to be screened in Guyana

first_imgOne year after a full length movie has been produced in Antigua, the filmmaker has turned his attention to Guyana, with the hope of promoting his creation, “Cry Cry”, at various forums throughout the country.The film’s director, New York-based Antiguan medical doctor Noel Howell, has arrived in Guyana carrying his most recent production, set to be screened at high schools and other institutions within the coming weeks.Dr Howell returns to his homeland on a yearly basis, to exercise his love for the arts by hosting seminars to facilitate the creation of short films through the Antiguan Film Academy.Antiguan Filmmaker, Dr Noel HowellIn 2016, his team went above and beyond its annual creations by producing this full length feature film, “Cry Cry”. Reportedly written by 10-year-old Destiny Simon, and directed by Dr Noel Howell, “Cry Cry” features Guyanese actress Vanessa Howell alongside a number of actors hailing from the Antiguan Film Academy. According to the trailer, “It is all about politics, education, the law, and what happens when you follow the wrong company…”During an interview following his arrival in Guyana, Dr Howell explained the basis of the movie, highlighting xenophobia as the main underlying theme.He outlined, “Whenever we migrate, we get blamed for everything that goes wrong in the community. So, in this particular story, we are following some characters who migrated to Antigua, and the stereotype that they have to deal with.”This producer has posited that this theme is particularly relevant, given the many talks about immigration, especially on the American news wave.However, Dr Howell has noted that prejudice against immigrants exists even in the Caribbean, and “Cry Cry” seeks to address the discrimination directed at foreigners within the region.He has also made public his intention to impact Guyanese audiences through the screening of this movie. He has said: “Guyanese, especially the young people, will benefit a lot from this movie.” Moreover, Dr Howell pointed out that in addition to inspiring young Guyanese to pursue the arts, the screening of ‘Cry Cry’ throughout the country will make way for similar projects to be executed in Guyana.Accordingly, this Antiguan film is set to be shown at a number of high schools across Guyana, targeting the youth, while special screenings will be hosted for the general public. Screening of this Caribbean production in Guyana is as a result of a partnership between the Antiguan Film Academy and the Ministry of Education.last_img read more

Unstoppable Juve on verge of 31st Scudetto

first_img0Shares0000MILAN, April 24- Unstoppable Juventus will hope to follow up qualifying for the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in over a decade by clinching a 31st Serie A title on Sunday.With a 15-point lead on Lazio and Roma and seven games remaining, Juventus already have one hand on what will be their fourth consecutive scudetto. But they can make the Italian league title mathematically safe if they beat Torino away in the city derby and both Lazio and Roma lose their games, at home to Chievo and away to Inter Milan respectively.That would leave Juventus 18 points clear of the pack with six games remaining but the Turin giants could not be caught by Lazio and Roma because they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker on both capital sides.Juventus on Thursday were still coming down from the high of reaching the last four of the Champions League for the first time since they went all the way to the 2003 final before losing to AC Milan in a penalty shoot-out.But Chilean attacking midfielder Arturo Vidal was quick to remind his fellow teammates there is a title to be won, too.“We’ll start thinking about the derby tonight. We have a scudetto to win,” Vidal said after Juventus held Monaco to a scoreless draw in their quarter-final second leg to advance 1-0 on aggregate.Juventus make the short trip to Torino’s Stadio Olimpico for the ‘Derby della Mole’ — named after one of Turin’s major landmarks — as firm favourites having not lost to their city rivals since 1995.But that hasn’t stopped former Bianconeri striker Fabio Quagliarellia, who joined Torino last season after failing to nail down a regular starting place under former Juve coach Antonio Conte, from dreaming of causing an upset.“I hope it’s me who scores the winning goal on Sunday,” said Quagliarella, who has scored an impressive 12 goals this season for the Granata.– Neck and neck –Securing the title is only a matter of time for Juventus, but the fight for European places continues in earnest.Lazio and Roma are neck and neck for the league’s second automatic Champions League qualifying spot and the pressure this weekend is on the latter.Inter host Roma for the 100th time in all competitions and, although Roma have won the past three fixtures in Milan, Rudi Garcia’s men may not be quite so confident this time.Roma are struggling to emerge from a recent slump and Inter, who dominated city rivals AC Milan in a scoreless draw last week, are battling to stay in contention for next season’s Europa League.Garcia welcomes Gervinho back to the squad after a three-game absence although expecting goals from the Ivorian striker, who has not scored in the league since November, could be a long shot.Either way, Garcia expects a much-improved performance from his side following their second consecutive draw, against Atalanta, last week which left him fuming.“Sometimes you suffer defeats that leave you disappointed, but this draw was worrying. The extent to which we were negative stunned me,” said Garcia.Things are looking far brighter in the light blue half of Rome, with Lazio — who saw an impressive streak of wins stopped at eight in a 2-0 defeat to Juventus last time out — hosting struggling Chievo.Lazio are still without Dutch defender Stefan De Vrij, one of their pillars of this season, and lost Argentina international Lucas Biglia to an ankle sprain that will keep him out for several weeks.But before their reverse at Juventus, Lazio hit nine goals in three games. In that time, Chievo scored just twice on their way to a win, a draw and a defeat.Napoli, in fourth, host Sampdoria in Sunday’s late game looking for a win that would keep their Champions League hopes alive.However that fixture will have a particular flavour, with Sampdoria coach Sinisa Mihajlovic reported to have met Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis to discuss replacing Rafael Benitez next season.Fixtures (kick-offs GMT)SaturdayUdinese v AC Milan (1600), Inter v Roma (1845)SundayAtalanta v Empoli (1030), Genoa v Cesena, Verona v Sassuolo, Lazio v Chievo, Parma v Palermo, Torino v Juventus (all 1300), Fiorentina v Cagliari (1600), Napoli v Sampdoria (1845)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero takes on former Barcelona star in crossbar challenge

first_imgManchester City striker Sergio Aguero took on former Barcelona star David Villa, now at the Premier League champions’ sister club New York City FC, in a crossbar challenge. Find out who won above.last_img


first_imgTEAMS from Gaelscoil Adhamhnain and Woodlands National School have been crowned Letterkenny Credit Union Schools Quiz Champions.The Gaelscoil team took the honours in the U-11 category whilst Woodlands were runaway winners in the U-13 category.More than 80 teams from schools across the area took part in the well-organised competition at the Mount Errigal Hotel on Monday night. The winning teams will now go on to represent the area against schools from Derry and Tyrone. GAELSCOIL ADHAMHNAIN AND WOODLANDS TAKE CREDIT UNION QUIZ HONOURS was last modified: February 5th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAELSCOIL ADHAMHNAIN AND WOODLANDS TAKE CREDIT UNION QUIZ HONOURSlast_img read more

Latina flair in store for Kohl’s

first_imgMILWAUKEE – Retailer Kohl’s Corp. is teaming up with a top Spanish-language television star, hoping her lively home decor line will bring in Hispanic customers and appeal to all shoppers. Bedding ensembles and towels created by talk show diva Cristina Saralegui will be available in limited release at about 220 stores and online next month, the company planned to announce today. Many of the stores are in areas with significant Latino populations such as the Southwest, said Kevin Mansell, president of the Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based retailer. A nationwide launch is planned for March with a fuller line of products, including table linens, he said. Saralegui’s “The Cristina Show” on Univision is considered one of the top U.S.-produced programs on Spanish-language television. Now in its 17th season, the show has an estimated worldwide audience of 100 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The star has had her own line of furniture and home furnishings inspired by her native Cuba at various stores for several years, Mansell said. “She has rightfully earned a very important place in the Hispanic culture, and it’s a brand that people trust,” he said. Saralegui, 58, said she looks forward to expanding her offerings and reaching a wider audience. She currently sells furniture through Pulaski Furniture and home furnishings at other retailers throughout the country. “I think that certainly a lot of Latinos are going to come in, but I think it’s going to be a surprise for everybody else,” she said. Kohl’s hopes Saralegui’s designs bring in more Hispanic customers but resonate with all shoppers, Mansell said. That’s what happened with Hispanic television personality Daisy Fuentes, whose 4-year-old line of clothing, jewelry, handbags and footwear is one of the fastest growing brands at the company, Mansell said. Saralegui said her first four bedding ensembles range from a black and white set to a Spanish-inspired one the color of red wine. She said she hopes to expand into other categories, such as pillows, rugs and flatware, in the future. “It’s really based on our lifestyle, all the things that it means to be Spanish or to be Hispanic, and they’re all thrown in together and it sort of works,” Saralegui said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Man City transfer news live: £100m deal talks opened, £53m bid made for Cancelo

first_imgFirstPrev1 of 3NextLast7 months ago31st May 2019MarcMan City and Benfica have reportedly opened talks over a £100million deal for teen star Joao Felix.City, who are set to sell Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich for £90m, are known to want the 19-year-old.The Sun claim City bigwig Ferran Soriano held negotiations with the Portuguese giant’s president Luis Filipe Vieira and super agent Jorge Mendes in London yesterday.7 months ago30th May 2019MichaelEliaquim Mangala has a ‘deal in place’ to return to Porto.It’s reported by O’Jogo that the French defender, who you may have forgotten still plays for Man City, will be back at his old club this summer.Mangala signed for City in 2014, but has recently spent time on loan at Valencia and Everton.7 months ago30th May 2019MichaelManchester City have reportedly submitted a £53million bid for Joao Cancelo.Pep Guardiola’s side have been increasingly linked with the 25-year-old Juventus defender for the past few weeks and have now seemingly made their move.According to Tuttosport in Italy, City’s offer stands at €60million (£53million).7 months ago30th May 2019Alex VarneyBayern Munich president Uli Hoeness admits a deal for Leroy Sane may not be possible. The Manchester City winger is one of Bayern’s top targets as they look to replace Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, who have both left the club. Sane is understood to be keen on the switch having often been left out in big games by boss Pep Guardiola in 2018/19. But Hoeness told Sport Bild he is unsure whether Bayern can afford to buy the 23-year-old: “I do not have exact numbers yet, but I think that the financial framework is very difficult. The whole package is difficult.”7 months ago30th May 2019Alex VarneyGabriel Jesus could be on his way out of Manchester City. The 22-year-old Brazilian is behind Sergio Aguero in the pecking order at City and started just eight league games this season. According to TeamTalk, he is now poised to ask City for a transfer this summer and is attracting interest from Atletico Madrid and PSG. FirstPrev1 of 3NextLast 7 months ago30th May 2019Alex VarneyManchester City have joined rivals United in the battle for Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix.The 19-year-old attacker is one of the most sought-after teenagers in the world and has been dubbed ‘the new Ronaldo’.He has a £105million release clause in his contract which, according to The Sun, both City and United are ready to pay.It is understood Etihad chiefs will chase the Portugal ace, even if they can persuade Leroy Sane to stay.The German winger has grown frustrated at the club, and is looking for a return to his homeland with Bayern Munich.He is set for talks with the club over his future next week.7 months ago29th May 2019MarcMan City target Bruno Fernandes has spoken out about his future. The Sporting Lisbon star told Portuguese TV channel SIC: “I honestly don’t know. I like to focus on things once the season is over, when I can think with calmness.“The financial aspect always weights a lot, we have a short career. But staying here, I will always be able to raise money, it’s not a financial issue. It’s a matter of having dreams left to realise. “It’s a difficult choice, we never know what’s going to happen. My connection to Sporting is very strong.” 7 months ago28th May 2019Alex VarneyManuel Pellegrini wants Manchester City’s Fabian Delph at West Ham this summer, according to reports.The former City manager is keen to boost his Hammers squad this summer and is targeting a deal for the 29-year-old.Delph, who can play in midfield and defence, is reportedly available for £15m.7 months ago28th May 2019JosephWe’re just going to leave this here… 7 months ago27th May 2019Alex VarneyManchester City are being tipped to move for £40million-rated Youri Tielemans.The Monaco midfielder, 22, has starred on loan at Leicester in 2019 and the King Power top brass are desperate to seal a permanent deal.But The Sun report that Pep Guardiola wants the Belgian and City have made contact with his representatives about a switch to the Etihad Stadium. 7 months ago25th May 2019MichaelMaurizio Sarri has reportedly reached an agreement to leave Chelsea and manage Juventus next season after Pep Guardiola snubbed the Old Lady.According to SNAI journalist Tancredi Palmeri, the Italian boss, who has been at Stamford Bridge for just one year, will return to his home country after being tempted with a €7million per year deal from the Serie A champions.Pep Guardiola is also understood to have been approached by Juve, however it’s claimed he turned them down to remain with his Manchester City treble winners.7 months ago25th May 2019MichaelJoao Felix has spoken out about his future amid links with Man United and Man City.He told Benfica’s website: “I think that time will tell. I’m good here, I’m very happy, I love the club.“I adore these fans who adore me. I want to enjoy the moment, play ball, have fun doing what I like, and then, over time, things happen naturally.“I am very happy in Benfica.”7 months ago25th May 2019MichaelLeroy Sane’s old club Schalke have reacted to news of Bayern’s bid on Twitter. Don’t do it, Leroy… 😥 https://t.co/xDKX46O8dR— Schalke 04 USA (@s04_us) May 24, 20197 months ago25th May 2019JosephMan City are among the clubs interested in Charlton’s English youngster Joe Aribo.The 22-year-old midfielder has had an outstanding season at the Valley but is out of contract in the summer.The likes of City, Celtic and Rangers and thought to have shown and interest but, according to The Sun, Aston Villa are currently leading the race. 7 months ago25th May 2019JosephNabil Fekir has been told he can leave Lyon, putting Manchester City and Liverpool on alert.The 25-year-old winger – who got 12 goals and nine assists lasr season – is out of contract in 2020.Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas is ready to cash in as he fears losing him for nothing next year, and has sensationally all-but told the world Fekir is leaving.“[With] Nabil we have an understanding that he can go,” said the French club’s chief.“Thanks Nabil for bringing what he brought, we have an understanding to let him go.”Will the Frenchman – who saw a £58m deal to Liverpool collapse last summer – finally be his way to the Premier League?FULL STORY HEREcenter_img 7 months ago26th May 2019Alex VarneyDavid Silva could have played his last game for Manchester City.According to The Sun, the 33-year-old Spanish playmaker is mulling over a two-year offer from a club in Qatar.City are said to be preparing for his departure by targeting a deal for £40m-rated Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans, who enjoyed a successful spell on loan at Leicester this season. 7 months ago29th May 2019Alex VarneyDeclan Rice has dismissed rumours he could leave West Ham.The 20-year-old midfielder has been a revelation for the Hammers since breaking into the first team last season.Manchester City were linked with the England starlet last season while United are reportedly tracking him.“I know that there’s speculation but I signed a five-year contract with West Ham during the season,” Rice said.“So my focus is fully on playing for West Ham. I’ve got a great connection with the fans; the fans love me and I love them and that’s the way it is at the moment. I’m not thinking about anything else, for sure.” Pep you little dancer! 🕺#mcfc pic.twitter.com/hqvP7lH9mR— talkSPORTDrive (@talkSPORTDrive) May 22, 20197 months ago28th May 2019JosephPaulo Dybala has confirmed he wants to remain with Juventus next season.The Argentine ace has been linked with moves to Manchester City and Manchester United this summer following the departure of manager Massimiliano Allegri.But the 25-year-old has publicly stated he intends to remain with the Italian champions: “[Juventus director of sport Fabio] Paratici knows what I want to do next year – to keep playing here.“Paratici knows that next year I want to continue here. Then it doesn’t depend on me.“Juventus must make its choices with the coach that will come. But society knows it – next year I want to stay here.“I have a lot of respect for this shirt and for these fans, and because of this I will only talk about Juventus, not about other teams, because that seems to me a lack of respect.”7 months ago28th May 2019JosephLyon midfielder Houssem Aouar would prefer to join Manchester City this summer over Liverpool, according to the Mirror.The Reds have been tracking the 20-year-old Frenchman this season with the view of making a summer approach.But Aouar has hinted he wants to play under Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium, having been lauded by the boss after City’s 2-2 draw at Parc OL in November.Guardiola said after that Champions League game: “Aouar is a very good player, he is incredible. He’s always very calm with the ball at his feet, with an excellent technical quality.”Speaking to Canal Plus Aouar said about the Blues: “City is a great European club and all players have this urge to play for the biggest European clubs, which in addition is led by Guardiola, who for me is a reference as a coach.“Guardiola has seen everything before. It is extremely good to play his teams and that’s what I like, his way of seeing football.” 7 months ago27th May 2019Alex VarneyLeroy Sane will join Bayern Munich, according to Lothar Matthaus.The Bayern legend says he is ‘sure’ the Manchester City winger will move to the German champions this summer.He expects Sane, 23, to cost Bayern a record fee of around 100million euros but insists it will be well worth the outlay.Writing in his column for Sky, Matthaus said: “Quality always has its price and Sane is more expensive than the previous record transfer of 80 million for Lucas Hernandez.“He may not be quite as expensive as Neymar, but 100 million is likely to be. Salary, bonus payments and transfer fees together, become a new record in Bayern’s history. But the player is worth it.“I am sure he will move to Munich. If Uli Hoeneß publicly reveals that it makes an effort for the player, this lands in the vast majority of cases in Bavaria.“And it would be a fantastic transfer, as Sane is one of the best wing strikers out there. Tricky, dangerous for goal, fast, usable on both wings and provided with a great future. Pep Guardiola is not really satisfied with him, the player wants to play more regularly and Bayern looks for the departure of Robben and Ribery at least one man for the outer lane. It would be a win-win transfer for all parties.”7 months ago26th May 2019Alex VarneyAston Villa have leapt to the front of the queue in the race to sign Charlton whizkid Joe Aribo, report The Sun.The midfielder, 22, has had an outstanding season at the Valley but is out of contract in the summer.Celtic, Rangers and Man City have been linked with Aribo but it is understood Villa are leading the chase for his signature. 7 months ago25th May 2019JosephManchester City and Manchester United have been told to pay up £105million to sign Benfica starlet Joao Felix.The Portuguese giants have categorically ruled out selling the 19-year-old midfielder for anything less than his release clause.Benfica’s executive manager Domingos Soares de Oliveira told TVI24: “If someone hits €100m (£88m) for Felix, the intention is not to sell.“€100m is a lot of money, there has never been a player sold for that amount in Portugal, but the goal is to win on the pitch and we will do everything in that direction.“Today, if they do not beat the €120m (£105m), the player stays.”It means the Manchester clubs would have to shatter their transfer records in order the land the in-demand wonderkid. 7 months ago28th May 2019JosephManchester City are also monitoring Real Betis attacking midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, according to reports.The Argentine has been linked with a move to Tottenham this summer, with Spurs reportedly having a recent £52million bid for the 23-year-old turned down by the Spanish club.Man United and Real Madrid have also been linked with an interest, and now City have joined the race, claim the Manchester Evening Post.Lo Celso scored 16 goals in 46 appearances on loan for Betis last season, and recently signed permanently for the LaLiga side from Paris Saint-Germain.City boss Pep Guardiola has been impressed and will reportedly assess the player’s performances for Argentina at this summer’s Copa America.7 months ago27th May 2019Alex VarneyPhil Foden has been included in the England Under-21 squad for Euro 2019. The Manchester City midfielder is part of a strong 23-man party which includes Leicester midfielder James Maddison and Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.England face France, Romania and Croatia in Group C, with their opening game against France on June 18 in Cesena. MORE HERE7 months ago27th May 2019Alex VarneyLyon star Houssem Aouar has heaped praise on Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola – but insists he is in no rush to leave. The French midfielder, 20, has been an impressive performer for the Ligue 1 side, catching the eye of clubs across Europe.“It is a great European club and all players have this urge to play for the biggest European clubs, which in addition is led by Guardiola, who for me is a reference as a coach,” he said.“Guardiola has seen everything before. It is extremely good to play his teams and that’s what I like, his way of seeing football.”Aouar, however, maintains he is in no rush to move on. “I’m still under contract with Lyon,” he added. “I would like to leave a mark on the history of this club.“After this season there is a new direction, a new coach [Sylvinho]. We will have to sit down and discuss the role I can have. I’m ready to have a technical leadership role.“I’m a technical leader in the field and especially as a leader in the locker room, so there we go, we will discuss and then we will make decisions with the club.” last_img read more

Impressive growth at South Africa’s Ngqura Port

first_imgNgqura was originally intended as a deep-water bulk port to handle manganese and other ore exports, but the focus has shifted to container-handling. (Image: Rob Duker) In the 2009/10 financial year the new 18m-deep port received 85 vessels, which increased to 358 in 2010/11. (Image: Rob Duker) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sindi Ndwalaza  Public Affairs  Port of Ngqura  +27 41 507 1618RELATED ARTICLES • New port to kick-start economy • Infrastructure development in South Africa • R200m tomato factory opens in PE • South Africa’s auto industry to turn greenEmily van RijswijckSouth Africa’s Port of Ngqura in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape is booming, with a more than 400% increase in vessel arrivals since it opened in October 2009.Originally intended as a deep-water bulk port to handle manganese and other ore exports, the focus at Ngqura has shifted to container-handling. A container terminal has now been added for that purpose.The mandate of the original Port Elizabeth harbour still revolves around manganese and other bulk ore.Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) chief executive Tao Morwe shared the organisation’s vision with the Port Elizabeth business community at a business networking session earlier in September 2011. He said the country has the opportunity to develop a strong maritime industry.“We want to create a port authority which is recognised for the primary role it can play in bringing about positive economic development,” Morwe said. TPT handles all terminal operations at South African ports.In the 2009/10 financial year the new 18m-deep port received 85 vessels, which increased to 358 in 2010/11.“The container terminal has a capacity of 65 to 80 tons and is looking at doing 25 to 30 container moves per hour,” said Captain Neil Chetty, acting port manager and harbour master.“The future of this port lies in it becoming a transhipment hub,” he added. However, manganese ore exports may still be transferred from the Port Elizabeth harbour to Ngqura in the future.Supporting infrastructureDredging of the basin has been completed, enabling two 300m ships to berth at the same time.Nearby rail and road transport infrastructure has also been completed, including links to the port, to the 12 000ha Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), to the existing Port Elizabeth-Gauteng main railway line, as well as to the existing N2 highway.Future developments include the possibility of moving the bulk liquid terminal from the Port Elizabeth harbour to Ngqura and talks are under way with the preferred bidder.The bulk liquid terminal in Port Elizabeth will be closed in 2014.Chetty said that the intention is to develop the port further up the Coega River Valley and southwest along the coast. On completion, the port will have a total of 32 berths.Also on the cards is the Kalagadi Manganese Smelter earmarked for zone six at the Coega IDZ and the environmental impact assessment has begun. The smelter will have a capacity of 320 000 tons of high carbon ferromanganese per year.Complementary role“The Port Elizabeth port is strategically well positioned to the deep water Port of Ngqura and will play its part as a gentle cargo port,” said port manager Rajesh Dana.It will continue to deal in moving cargo such as motor cars and related automobile components as well as fresh produce. The port continues to be regarded as the “Detroit of Africa” with its 5 000 parking bay capacity and 159 units per hour being handled. Through its bulk terminal, the harbour moved 4.2-million tons of manganese ore in 2010.“Port Elizabeth has a vessel turnaround time of just 26 hours,” added Dana.Although the Port Elizabeth harbour is South Africa’s fifth largest port in terms of tonnage handled, it has seen a reduction in container movement since the establishment of Ngqura. This was exacerbated by the international economic crisis.But Dana feels the port will play a complementary role to Ngqura in the future.With a growing fishing industry in the area, the Port Elizabeth port will revitalise the 40 ton slipway and improve general road and rail infrastructure.Dana said tourism will also play a more important role in the port’s future identity, with the possibility of increased cruise-ship berthing and the development of the Port Elizabeth waterfront.last_img read more

SA aims for more college students

first_img13 January 2012 The Department of Higher Education and Training plans to raise the number of student enrolments at South Africa’s colleges and other post-school institutions to 4-million by 2030, Minister Blade Nzimande announced in Pretoria on Thursday. The move forms part of the proposals in the Green Paper on Post-School Education and Training, launched by Nzimande on Thursday. The Green Paper aims to revitalise the higher education system in the country and align it with South Africa’s overall development agenda.3-million ‘blocked from participating’ “We aim for 4 000 000 enrolments (approximately a 60% participation rate) in colleges or other post-school institutions (both full-time and part-time), an approximately six-fold increase over the numbers in 2011,” Nzimande said. Nzimande said that approximately 3-million young South Africans between 18 and 24 were not accommodated in either the education and training system or the labour market. This, he said, prevented many of them from participating in shaping a democratic South Africa as informed citizens. The minister said that by 2030 this should change, with South Africa having a post-school system that provided a range of accessible alternatives for young people.Community Education and Training Centres The post-school institutions will include a new institutional type – Community Education and Training Centres – to address the needs of out-of-school youth and adults. “We propose to absorb and transform the existing public adult learning centres into this category of institution, and believe that they will serve to strengthen significantly the provision of education and training to adults,” Nzimande said. He added that the key area of focus for expansion would be the public Further Education and Training (FET) college sector, which will play the central role in expanding the development of artisanal and other mid-level skills for the economy. “Such skills are in extremely short supply and colleges, working together with employers (both public and private), will be our spearhead in tackling this problem,” he said. As the central part of the strategy of FET colleges is to improve the quality of education, the Green Paper proposes the establishment of a South African Institute for Vocational and Continuing Education and Training to build institutional capacity. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Executive Book Club: MAY 2012

first_imgAs a professional, your reputation is your most valuable career asset. Whether you’re climbing the ladder at your current company or seeking a new job, in today’s fast-paced work environment, you must proactively and continuously position yourself for success. Your credibility, visibility, personality, and personal style all make up your brand. Build and nurture your personal brand and you’ll make yourself a must-have in ANY company.   Career Distinction, written by, William Arruda and Kristen Dixson, outlines the proven personal branding process and provides case studies of successful professionals that will help you not only survive, but thrive, in today’s dynamic and ultracompetitive workplace. You’ll learn to manage your brand with innovative tools that enable you to differentiate yourself and stand out from your peers. In this definitive step-by-step guide, career and personal brand management experts Arruda and Dixson show you how to: Brand yourself for career success Determine how others perceive you Develop your unique value proposition Define your target audience Tell your brand story Express yourself clearly and consistently Build and manage your online identity Stay on-message and on-brand every day  Increase your career karma The increasing pace of change in the business world gives you less time than ever to make your professional mark. Career Distinction demonstrates how to express who you are and the value you bring to your organization branding you as an indispensable, memorable, and unique professional. Success takes more than just hard work; brand yourself and watch your career soar. “Hands down, this book is the bible on branding for your career!” — Susan Britton Whitcomb, author of Job Search Magic For more information on Career Distinction or to purchase from The SHRMStore, click here.last_img read more