SA firms urged to invest in Zimbabwe

first_img27 March 2012 Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe has urged South African companies to take advantage of the improving situation in Zimbabwe and invest in the neighbouring country. Thabethe was giving the keynote address at a business seminar attended by more than 250 business people at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare on Monday. The seminar formed part of a four-day trade and investment initiative by South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry. Thabethe is leading a 45-person business delegation on the initiative, which ends in Bulawayo on Thursday.‘Economic and structural reforms’ “Zimbabwe has been carrying out economic and structural reforms which have improved economic performance and sustained growth,” Thabethe said. “Since 2009, Zimbabwe has had positive growth rates above 5% per annum, reaching 5.9% in 2010.” She added that investment in the development of infrastructure in Zimbabwe would have a high rate of return, as it would lead to an increase in demand for manufactured and capital equipment. “There are enormous opportunities in the development of the continent’s vast resources, and the creation of critical infrastructure in roads, railways, ports and utilities.”Investment and trade Since 2003, South African companies have undertaken investment projects in Zimbabwe totalling more than US$619-million, contributing to the creation of more than 2 000 jobs in Zimbabwe’s metals, minerals, tourism and financial services industries. Over the same period, foreign direct investment from Zimbabwe into South Africa amounted to $154-million. Trade between the two countries stood at R20-billion in 2011. Zimbabwean Deputy Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha and Deputy Economic Planning and Investment Promotion Minister Samuel Undenge also addressed the seminar. Making it easier to do business Undenge said his government had launched a medium term economic plan aimed at growing, stabilising and transforming the Zimbabwean economy, making it easier for foreign companies to invest in the country and establish partnerships with Zimbabwean companies. Speaking ahead of the trip, Thabethe said the South African government was committed to Zimbabwe’s recovery and development. “South Africa’s economy is inextricably linked to Zimbabwe’s economy,” Thabethe added. “Due to its geographical proximity to South Africa, Zimbabwe’s political and economic welfare has a direct impact on South Africa.” SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

Local innovation is filling the small farm implement gap

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Over the past several years, small and mid-sized tractors have inundated the marketplace as more small-scale and organic farmers begin to update their equipment. As sales of lower horse powered machines climb, Bellevue farmer Jeff Sberna has noticed that the implement side of the farm manufacturing sector wasn’t following suit, so he designed a concept for a compact aeration tool.“I have always has small equipment and never really had anything to break the sub dirt with,” said Sberna, who came up with the concept of the J & D Farm Built chisel ripper. “This unit is a hybrid and is designed to take the place of a chisel plow and a subsoiler. It will maintain a depth of 13 to 14 inches without re-compaction and is great on fuel efficiency.”The six-foot chisel ripper was on display recently at Farm Science Review. Sberna recommends that unit for a small, niche and organic farms with 20 to 30 acres to cover. He also designed a larger unit that includes coulters and is a little more complex.“When I first ran a prototype over my farm the goal was to get some of the hard pan broken down to help resolve some drainage issues,” Sberna said. “Then I noticed they way that it aerates using forward shatter and it doesn’t just roll the dirt up.”The Sberna family has a deep tradition of being creative when it comes to custom building implements that filled a need for their farm at any particular time. That innovative philosophy of building what you need when you need it dates back to Sberna’s grandfather and then to his father.“When I was younger, I worked construction and in the winter months my Dad was always looking for something new to fabricate and that’s how I got the bug,” Sberna said. “We would haul some older equipment home from another farm or bring in a truckload of materials and my Mom would always ask what in the world we were going to do with it. We just told her ‘you’ll see’”.You can learn more about the J & D Farm Build chisel ripper here.last_img read more

Are Store-Bought Fans Worth It?

first_imgRelated Posts sarah perez Tags:#Facebook#Product Reviews#social networks#Social Web#twitter#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… On the surface, that sounds more on the up-and-up, but Holland, whose service sells Facebook fans at 10 cents each, won’t say exactly how those fans are acquired…and the Viralee website doesn’t explain either. What it does show is the company’s past efforts – they include fan pages for “Kisses,” “Hugs,” and “Pizza” as well as ongoing efforts for various sports teams, Australia, and the charity Movember.In the comments of the AllFacebook post, Holland responds to those questioning whether these “fans” are actually from the U.S. by responding that the service can provide targeted fans. Not that it does by default, just that it can. He also defends the “pay for fans” model by explaining that once you’ve acquired a good number of these purchased fans, you’re then exposed to the friend groups of those fans as well. It sounds like he’s saying store-bought fans are just a kick-start method for generating a fan base. The initial group is there to help start the organic growth that comes from natural discovery. Still, it’s hard to feel anything but skepticism for a business whose Twitter account looks like spam bot, filled with keyword-based updates like “performance based advertising,” “pay per sale,” and “pay per lead,” instead of any actual conversation. And considering that Holland was responding on AllFacebook as Viralee’s founder using Facebook Connect, you would think he would have updated his Facebook photo to something a little more…uh…professional. While there’s nothing wrong with posting “party pics” on Facebook, if you’re publicly representing a company, this is not the sort of image that engenders trust…especially if you’re asking for people’s money. At the end of the day, companies like Viralee and USocial keep their “marketing” techniques under wraps and undisclosed. They promise fans, but not how they’ll get them or whether they’re legit. And that’s because they’re probably not. But the argument for using these services – as scammy and spammy as they seem to be – is that they let you get a head start on building your social media profile. First come the store-bought fans, then come the real ones. Or so they say. Although few are willing to go on record admitting they’re involved with services like this, there’s no doubt that many people and businesses are. But the question remains: does any of this really work? And even if it does, is this how you want to achieve success? Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification When you think of services offering to get you more fans, followers, and friends on social media sites, a few words come to mind: spammy, scammy, and sad. Purchasing fans is taking the easy way out. Instead of building up a community of followers who actually appreciate what you (or your company) has to say, you can give off the appearance of popularity with a store-bought set of fans. While no one in their right mind will come out and say that the social media “marketing” services that deliver followers and fans are worthwhile, the truth is that many people and businesses are using them anyway, even if they won’t admit it. But can any of these services really be trusted?One of the most notorious companies involved in the “fans for sale” business is USocial. Earlier this year, they were cited in an L.A. Times article regarding their service for gaming Digg, the social news website that relies on user votes to promote stories to the homepage. Stories that make it to Digg’s front page end up receiving massive amounts of traffic – tens of thousands of visitors within hours. Those numbers are tempting. In fact, they’re too tempting for some to resist, apparently. According to USocial’s founder, organizations like a Darfur foundation, the U.S. Marines, the Mormon Church, and the Korean Department of Tourism had all signed up to used the service. In addition to gaming the social news sites, USocial also offers services for gaining more followers on Twitter, more fans on Facebook, and more recently, more views on YouTube. This latest offering flat-out guarantees your viral video’s success by delivering more traffic and more views to your video pages.Does all this sound too good to be true? Well, it probably is. Only last month, Facebook sent USocial a cease-and-desist letter to the company after an investigation revealed USocial was breaking multiple laws, including illegally accessing the Facebook website and violating the Terms of Service. Among the violations, Facebook stated USocial was sending spam, using web tools to harvest pages, getting login names, and accessing accounts that did not belong to the marketing firm. Yes, that last one sounds a lot like hacking, doesn’t it? Does your business really want fans who were obtained in that way? According to Dominic Holland, founder of Viralee, a new competitor to USocial, his business offers a better way. In an article on Facebook-watching blog AllFacebook, Holland was quoted as saying: “We do not take control of any users account at any time. We create a page for the user and market it within and externally to Facebook.” The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Valley cleric loses title of ‘Mirwaiz’

first_imgThe title of Mirwaiz (head priest) was withdrawn from the well-known south Kashmir priest, Qazi Yasir, after an “obscene” video involving him went viral a few days ago.A spokesman of the Islamic Research Institute (Idara) said the group’s patron Mohammed Abdullah on Friday “decided to take away the post of Mirwaiz from Mr. Yasir.” He was also asked to step down from the presidentship of Idara Tehqiqat-e-Islami, an influential religious body of south Kashmir.A video of the priest with a woman had gone viral recently. Yasir, a prominent religious and political figure from south Kashmir, is known for his fiery speeches and has often been detained by the security forces to maintain order in the region. He spearheaded many anti-India rallies in south Kashmir in the past few years.‘False claims’His family, however, said that Yasir’s image “was being tarnished by fake propaganda”. “We have registered a case against those who are behind this. We hope that police will act tough against these persons, who have started a false campaign against Qazi Yasir,” said a close relative. Yasir graduated in Islamic Studies from Aligarh Muslim University. His father, Qazi Nisar, an influential religious figure, was assassinated in June 1994.last_img read more

BJP workers, police clash in West Bengal

first_imgWorkers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and police clashed in parts of the State, as police tried to prevent the saffron party’s bike rally as the part of its nationwide poll campaign. Many on both sides were injured. A police statement noted that the BJP did not have a permission to hold such rallies and thus the rally was stopped. State BJP, on the other hand, claimed that permission was denied.The BJP had planned a ‘Vijay Sankalp’ rally, which is the party’s countrywide pre-poll campaign, on Sunday. Men, with a party activist as a pillion rider, could be seen in the city moving in motorbikes from one point to another, carrying the Indian and BJP flags. As part of BJP’s ‘Vijay Sankalp’ rally, its countrywide pre-poll campaign, the party organised in various parts of the State on Sunday. Police stopped the rallies and clashes broke out, injuring many on both sides. Later, a Kolkata Police statement said that “between 10.30 and 14.30 hours, members and supporters of BJP tried to organise bike rallies in several places within the city of Kolkata without having any valid permission.”“Accordingly they were intercepted and total [of] 135 (including one female) persons were arrested under preventive section[s] and 59 motorcycles were also seized,” the police statement said. Clashes were particularly fierce in Paschim [West] Medinipur, Paschim Bardhaman, Jhargram in south Bengal and South Dinajpur and Cooch Behar in north Bengal. Police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the mob at Asansol and Goaltore.BJP’s State president Dilip Ghosh, however, said that they sought permission but it was denied.“We are continuously denied permission. Police and TMC workers have brutally beaten us today…[but] we will continue with our protest challenging [TMC] cadres and the police,” he said. (With Agency inputs.)The TMC’s secretary general Partha Chatterjee indicated that the BJP is trying to create tension in the State and the attempts to disrupt law and order will be dealt with strongly.“In the name of Sankalp rally, they tried to go on a rampage in different parts of the State…These attempts will be dealt with strongly by the administration,” Mr. Chatterjee said.last_img read more

IPL: Gayle threat looms large as Rajasthan take on Bangalore

first_imgTheir play- off hopes dented by two consecutive defeats, Rajasthan Royals need to do something special to tame a rampaging Chris Gayle as they prepare to clash with Royal Challengers Bangalore in their next IPL match in Jaipur on Wednesday.Both the teams have consistently been in the reckoning for the play- offs but the scale of task is now enormous for Rajasthan, which lost to Chennai Super Kings on Monday.Placed fifth in the table, Rajasthan have 11 points from as many matches while Bangalore are third with 13 points from nine games.Bangalore are on a roll, having registered five wins on the trot with Caribbean batsman Gayle playing a significant role in their success.Gayle destroyed the rival bowling attack with utter disdain and left the opponents in disbelief with his power- hitting in the five matches that he has played this season so far.Rajasthan are already struggling and sorting out Gayle is the biggest challenge they face on Wednesday.But their bowlers conceded close to 200 runs on Monday against Chennai on the new pitch and the way Gayle is treating the bowlers this season, the hosts are in for another litmus test.Skipper Shane Warne, who has earned plaudits for his on- field acumen, needs to take it on himself to stop Gayle from blowing them away because if the West Indies marauder manages to stay at the crease for about 10 overs, the contest could be reduced to a lop- sided affair.Gayle tilted the last match against Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the favour of his side by smashing 37 runs in just one over and the predator would be looking to hunt badly bruised Ashok Menaria, Amit Singh and Siddharth Trivedi, who all bled runs against Chennai.advertisementNot only Gayle but the other Bangalore batsmen such as Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary are in good touch and are capable match- winners on their own.Tillakaratane Dilshan, who was reportedly considering leaving to join his England- bound national team, will play on Wednesday.Batting is a headache for Rajasthan as they have not put enough runs on the board of late. They badly need Shane Watson to fire and Ajinkya Rahane to continue the good work since their middle- order, besides Kiwi Ross Taylor, hardly boasts any bighitter who can take on the rival attack.The job becomes tough with Bangalore having a cunning Zaheer Khan and wily Daniel Vettori in their ranks.Rajasthan cannot afford a defeat as it will be a huge setback for them in the play- off race.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

Where Theres A Wheel Richie Parker Top NASCAR Engineer

The fact that Richie Parker can ride a bike and repair cars doesn’t seem like much of a big deal–until you see that he doesn’t have arms.Parker was born without arms, but that never stopped him from doing anything. Blessed with that I-can-do-anything spirit, Parker has landed a job as an engineer for Hendrick Motorsports, Nascar’s most winning organization.Rex Stump, engineering manager at Hendrick said, “Based on his resume, I knew he could do the things that I needed him to do, it was more a question of how,”Parker found a way, and there he was on the floor using his feet to build custom high-performance automotive parts.Parker’s inspiring story aired in a segment on ESPN on Sunday and even NBA Hall of Fame legend, Magic Johnson was moved by Parker’s story. “Richie Parker’s story proves that you can do anything you set your mind to. We should all stop complaining and giving excuses.” Johnson tweeted.Watch the video above. read more

Lobster Season closes midnight

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 31, 2017 – Providenciales – Lobster Season closes at Midnight here in the Turks and Caicos and that includes even stock piling the seafood delicacy.  We can legally fish, sell and eat lobster again in August. #MagneticMediaNews#LobsterSeasonclosed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#LobsterSeasonclosed, #magneticmedianewslast_img

Mission Federal Center for Children teaming up to decorate Christmas trees

first_imgMission Federal, Center for Children teaming up to decorate Christmas trees December 6, 2018 Updated: 10:28 AM Posted: December 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)-  The San Diego Center for Children provides therapeutic care, special education, and foster care for hundreds of kids and their families. Today employees from Mission Federal Credit Union brought some holiday joy to the Center’s campus.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries has more on the story. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Free weekly hula hoop fitness class in Poway

first_img June 5, 2019 Updated: 1:00 PM Elizabeth Alvarez, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPOWAY (KUSI) – A free weekly fitness class is being offered in Poway but it’s not your typical exercise class. Its called hula hoop fitness.The founder of Holistic Hoop Fitness Plus, Julie Clemmons, puts on a free class every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Poway library.Clemmons says the experience goes beyond fitness.  In many cases she says it is therapeutic. She found it is even helping people with special needs as they too are able to hula hoop in some form. Clemmons makes all of the hula hoops used during the class. She also sells them.Having been so affected by the synagogue shooting, Clemmons says she wants to contribute a portion of her hula hoop sales the Friendship Circle, the nonprofit that was established by Lori Kaye, the victim of the synagogue shooting.The free hoop fitness class happens every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Poway library. For more information email hoopmother@gmail.com  or call 858-442-6391. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Elizabeth Alvarez Posted: June 5, 2019 Free weekly hula hoop fitness class in Powaylast_img read more