Hong Kong, SA companies in oilseed JV

first_imgManaged by Noble Resources South Africa, the multi-million rand state-of-the-art plant will be the facility with the largest crushing capacity in the country. “The two shareholders, Noble Resources and Altius, both see this investment as an asset to complement their existing businesses and simultaneously providing something value added and unique to both customers and suppliers alike,” the companies said in a statement this week. Government support Altius is a black economic empowerment (BEE) investment holding company centered on commodity businesses, but is also involved in the technology and financial sectors, using its successes to improve social conditions for disadvantaged Cape Town communities. The Noble Group, which has its primary listing on the Singapore Stock Exchange, manages a global supply chain of agricultural and energy produces, metals and minerals, and operates from over 120 offices in 40 countries. 22 July 2011 Hong Kong-based commodities trader Noble Group and South African empowerment company Altius Investment Holdings have jointly invested in the construction of a new oilseed processing plant in Mpumalanga province. “The factory itself will employ and train approximately 150 personnel to operate and manage the facility, with indirect job opportunities to the region and ancillary businesses that could be in excess of 4 000,” the statement read. The project has been fast-tracked with the support of the national, provincial and local government in terms of securing land and obtaining service-related approvals key to the project. It will process soya beans and sunflower seeds to produce edible oil and feedstock, with the raw materials primarily sourced from the local and surrounding areas, providing a much-needed market for farmers. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Kiara H&B Silicone Micro Rings Beads – 100 Light Brown 5mm rings : Easy to use, and does the job!

first_img A few of them came with the plastic out of it but they worked fine in my hair. Easy to use, and does the job. Does what it says on the tin. The only reason i haven’t given it 5* is due to the silicone lining. Don’t get me wrong, its great that it has the lining, but if hair section is too thick, when the extension hair is slid in the lining gets pushed out. This is only a slight problem for me and easily rectified by simply pushing it back in. Exactly what it says on the packet. Excellent the silicone is kinder to hair. Great product arrived very quickly. Excellent the silicone is kinder to hair. Posted on January 4, 2018Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair ExtensionsTags Kiara H&B Easy to use, and does the job. Does what it says on the tin. The only reason i haven’t given it 5* is due to the silicone lining. Don’t get me wrong, its great that it has the lining, but if hair section is too thick, when the extension hair is slid in the lining gets pushed out. This is only a slight problem for me and easily rectified by simply pushing it back in. Exactly what it says on the packet. Great product arrived very quickly. A few of them came with the plastic out of it but they worked fine in my hair.Easy to use, and does the job!Silicone Micro Rings Beads – 100 Light Brown 5mm rings for I Tip Hair Extensions or Feather Hair Extensions5mm outer diameter & 2.4mm internal diameterFor use with Human or Synthetic I stick Hair ExtensionsSilicone lined help prevent slipping and provides extra gripcenter_img SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-01-04 00:49:42Reviewed Item Silicone Micro Rings Beads – 100 Light Brown 5mm rings for I Tip Hair Extensions or Feather Hair ExtensionsRating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  9  reviewslast_img read more

The Flipside Of BitTorrent – Why Many Musicians Still Hate It

first_imgLast week, I wrote a popular post on the continuing popularity of BitTorrent, and how some artists are now choosing to embrace it as a marketing tool to expose their music to a wider audience. But many activist musicians disagree with the notions that BitTorrent is anything more than outright theft. Singer-songwriter David Lowery of the band Camper Van Beethoven is a good example.For this group of musicians, BitTorrent and other channels for often-illegal file downloads continues to represent a real and present threat to their livelihoods. The only debate in their minds is how to best squash the problem of BitTorrent.Why BitTorrent Doesn’t Work You can tell the week probably won’t go well when the first email you get on Monday morning comes from a pissed-off rock star, and he’s none too happy with you. But that was my start to the week, as Lowery dropped me a line to bust my balls in a humorous way, as he put it, about BitTorrent Downloads Booming – And Benefitting Musicians. Lowery, whose skills go far beyond music and into mathematics and business – he’s a lecturer in the University of Georgia’s music business program – disputed the very idea that anyone could successfully make a go of using BitTorrent as a way of increasing exposure for musicians.“In particular for the last 18 months I have studied in detail BitTorrent activity for my critically acclaimed cult band Camper Van Beethoven. I also have reams of data on file sharing and searches at Cyberlocker sites. You really think there are no lost sales in BitTorrent activity?” Lowery wrote. “Can I have some of what you are smoking? Why would you search for a song called ‘Take the Skinheads Bowling’ unless you heard the song? There are no current magazine articles on Camper Van Beethoven, TV shows, or mentions on squidbillies. They heard it and they wanted it. Occam’s Razor, dude.”It’s All About The Middle Class In particular, Lowery is very concerned about the “middle class” of artists who are getting the worst hit by illegal file sharing. Big name artists, he argued, can weather lost sales, and smaller artists are busy trying to do anything to catch a break. But the non-superstar successes are getting squeezed hard by file sharing.“You should hang out in a town like Athens, Georgia… where I teach. There are at least 60 small national/regional touring acts, The middle class of the music business. I’ve not met one that is honestly cool with people sharing files instead of buying them,” Lowery stated.So what about artists like Ed Sheeran in the UK, who recently said in a BBC interview, “You can live off your sales and you can allow people to illegally download it and come to your gigs. My gig tickets are £18 and my album is £8, so it’s all relative.” How does this position fit with Lowery’s point of view?“Ed Sheeran clearly has never looked at his own show settlement sheet, if he thinks he’s making 18 pounds a show. He and his touring party is lucky to gross 9 pounds minus management and agent fees (15% and 20% in UK – much higher than US) Then he pays touring expenses. I bet he nets the same or less per fan live than he would from a decent record deal per fan. And of course most artists are lucky if they manage to play for twenty percent of those who bought/”shared” their CD that year,” Lowery replied. “Still he’s in the top tier, so I bet he makes a decent amount of money. For now.“There are no major stars with significant sales that have used BitTorrent. Counting Crows did this year for an EP and then mysteriously pulled out after a couple weeks. No announcement. Totally scrubbed from BitTorrent site. Smells bad,” he added.Creative ConundrumLowery’s experience in the music industry has led him to a pretty pragmatic insight demonstrating that BitTorrent doesn’t really work.“Most artists and labels are not creative thinkers. They follow the latest trend or style cause that’s where the money is. When college radio or Grey’s Anatomy is successful for one artist/label. Everybody tries the exact same thing,” he explained. “If BitTorrent is really is a way for artists/labels to increase revenue they will be on it like a flash mob. That flash mob should have happened by now.”Lowery is certainly not alone in his disapproval of BitTorrent, but he’s no ally of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Lowery’s concern is mostly with that of the musicians like himself. He does, however, get frustrated with what he sees as straw man arguments that paint RIAA as an evil business monstrosity that somehow justifies the practice of illegal downloads.It’s Not Just An RIAA IssueLowery’s concerns are mostly shared by Casey Rae, co-director of the Future of Music Coalition. But their preferred solutions are pretty different. For Lowery, the solution is advocating and creating the environment for an ethical Internet. For Rae and the rest of the FMC, it’s more about creating much easier access to music – so easy, in fact, that the desire to use illegal file sharing will be greatly reduced.“We believe artists should be paid for their work,” Rae explained, and that’s the environment his organization is trying to set up.It’s not particularly easy. The major record labels in the US are still living in the past and their licensing process reflects that. Negotiating digital sales or streaming rights for a music catalog can take up to two years, and labels often want their cash up front.The problem is so acute, Rae added, that when Spotify finally came to the U.S., the Swedish company had to give up some of its own equity to the three major record labels to get them onboard. “The music and motion picture industry are still working under a scarcity model,” Rae lamented. “Unfortunately the Internet doesn’t recognize scarcity.”And Rae does not care for the RIAA’s tactics of litigation and legislation. “We need to wallpaper the Internet with available content.”That available content will probably be streaming content, if Rae’s predictions hold. Even the “traditional” paid download services lie Amazon, Apple and Google are shifting to the cloud model, where local downloads become the backup for the user’s music collection in the cloud.If licensing music can become a more streamlined process, Rae envisions a world where illegal downloads will be pointless, since songs can be easily found and played on demand. Artists and their labels will receive equitable payment, and the wave of illegal piracy should start to subside.The technology is already there. Now it’s a matter for the business processes to catch up.Lead image Courtesy of Shutterstock.Camper Van Beethoven image originally posted to Flickr by Clinton Steeds. It is licensed under the Creative CommonsAttribution 2.0 Generic license. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App brian proffitt Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Tags:#biz#music 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Sheela Bhavre elected 4th woman mayor of Nanded

first_imgCongress candidates Sheela Bhavre and Vinay Patil-Girde on Wednesday were elected unopposed as Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively of the Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation (NWMC). The party had retained control of the civic body in the recently held polls, winning 73 of the 81 seats. This was the first time in the history of the NWMC, which was formed in 1997, that the mayoral post was reserved for a female candidate from the Scheduled Caste (SC) category for the first two-and-a-half years. Ms. Bhavre has become the fourth woman to be elected as the first citizen of the NWMC.The elections were held during a special general body meeting chaired by Nanded District Collector.last_img read more

Lady Tams book last semis trip

first_imgRed Lions want to feast on Altas; JRU vs Benilde MOST READ PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:40Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Far Eastern University bucked Lyceum’s gutsy stand as it rallied for an 18-25, 28-26, 25-15, 25-17 win and clinch the last semifinal berth in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Tams ended the elimination round at 4-1 to wound up second behind unbeaten Group A topnotcher National U Lady Bulldogs (5-0).ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary They also dashed the Ateneo Lady Eagles’ (3-2) hopes for a playoff for the other Final Four seat.For a while, Ateneo stood a chance as Lyceum stunned a listless FEU side in the opening frame. The Lady Pirates likewise fought back from huge deficits in the second to force a deuce, only to yield with late miscues.That enabled the Lady Tams to equalize and regroup to cruise to the next stage against Group B topnotcher Adamson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNU will tangle with Group B No. 2 Arellano at the start of the best-of-three semifinals on Wednesday.In the nightcap, Adamson outlasted San Beda, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16, 21-25, 15-11, to sweep the Group B elimination.Earlier, NU survived St. Benilde, 25-27, 29-27, 25-19, 16-25, 15-11, to clinch the last semifinal berth in the men’s division. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View commentslast_img read more

Stubbornness and lack of talent: the factors that doomed USA’s World Cup

first_imgThe shock is just now beginning to subside after the US men’s national team was eliminated from contention for the next summer’s World Cup in Russia. Every result that could have doomed them on Tuesday night came about, with Honduras and Panama’s respective wins combining with the US’s own 2-1 loss at already eliminated Trinidad & Tobago to knock Bruce Arena’s men out.The list of what didn’t doom the United States’ qualifying campaign is lengthy – vastly greater resources and spending power relative to the rest of the Concacaf region, first and foremost – but before the autopsy begins in earnest, below are four things that consigned the US to desperate failure.Home defeats to Mexico and Costa RicaCoach Bruce Arena’s comment that the “hotshot” European powerhouses should try to qualify out of Concacaf, and the insinuation that it is somehow more challenging than in other federations, inspired much guffawing. TDMás (@tdmas_cr)Esa bola nunca entró ¡Árbitro vulgar! pic.twitter.com/9xyrrZIzWtOctober 11, 2017 Share via Email Those scorning Arena had justification. (Good luck surviving a bad draw in Uefa or CAF, Bruce). There’s a case to be made that Concacaf has the most lenient road to the World Cup. In few other regions could Mexico have made it to Brazil three years ago with just two wins out of 10 qualifiers, for example, or with just three, as the US would have if El Tri and Costa Rica had done them a favor on Tuesday night.What Arena was alluding to, however, were the logistical and practical concerns that are unique to Central America and the Caribbean. In few other regions, for example, do visitors have to wade through a moat to get to practice the day before the match. Stories of inhospitable kickoff times and late-night phone calls to team hotels are legion.What that all means is that taking care of business at home is paramount. Win your home games, and you’re in, no matter what happens on those pesky road trips.The United States failed to obey that cardinal rule. The USMNT fell to Mexico in what had previously been the fortress of Mapfre Stadium – two days after the election of President Donald Trump, some of a certain political persuasion will remind you with the same dark comedy that inspired Omar Gonzalez’s own goal on Tuesday – and lost to Costa Rica in New Jersey last month.That Costa Rica loss, especially, coming when it did, put the US in a position in which they absolutely needed an away result. As we saw so vividly, that can come back to bite teams.Lack of difference-makers in their primes Read more Read more World Cup 2018 Pinterest Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Any of the three fluky plays that sank the US would’ve been extraordinary on its own. First, Gonzalez sliced an attempted clearance off the outside of his boot and into his own net, an own goal that would’ve been stylish even if he had been attempting to score. Then Honduras boinked their game-winner off the crossbar, off the back of the Mexican goalkeeper’s head and over the line. Panama’s tying goal didn’t even make it that far – replays conclusively showed that Blas Perez’s shot next made it completely over the goalline – but it was credited anyway (fans hoping for a reprieve on that one may well be disappointed: it sounds like US Soccer won’t appeal. “As far as I know there is no recourse. Decisions of the referee are final,” spokesman Michael Kammarman told CBS Sports.)Taken together, it’s fine to acknowledge that this was a remarkable bit of ill fortune to strike in the same night. It’s also fair to point out that the US has so much going for it relative to its peers that it never should have been so susceptible to bad luck so late in the campaign – and that this result will have repercussions for years to come. The days when veteran players such as Tim Howard could dominate USA games are over. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Share on LinkedIn Topics USA Sportblog Pulisic has legitimate, game-changing quality. He’s already as gifted as just about any other American soccer player, ever, and it is a great shame for football fans everywhere was that he has been robbed of a turn on the World Cup stage. Pulisic was dominant last Friday night against Panama and scored a world-class goal against T&T. He’s also young, and sometimes inconsistent, like when he struggled to establish himself in that aforementioned Costa Rica match.Such are the dangers of leaning too heavily on players either on the back end of their careers or still growing into their prime.A stubborn willingness to stick with coaches through more than one World Cup cycleTo write off this collapse as merely a function of a down talent cycle is to be far too lenient on the powers that be. Even without difference-makers in that age group, this team had more than enough talent to qualify. MLS, the domestic league, is as strong as it’s ever been. Pulisic plays for Borussia Dortmund, one of the biggest club teams in the world.Blame should also be pointed squarely at Arena, at former coach Jürgen Klinsmann, who oversaw the home loss to Mexico and the 4-0 hiding in Costa Rica, as well as at federation president Sunil Gulati, who hired both of them.This has been a trend since the first time Arena was in charge. His 2002 squad made the deepest run of any US team in the modern era, taking Germany to the wire in the World Cup quarter-finals. At the end of his second cycle in 2006, though, the team flopped, going three-and-out in Germany. Bob Bradley also guided the US to the World Cup knockout rounds a year after a stirring run to the 2009 Confederations Cup final … and was let go midway through his second cycle after the team’s form fell off.So Klinsmann’s trajectory should’ve been easily to chart when he inked a contract extension the year before his US team reached the round of 16 in 2014. Instead, he stuck around long enough to dig the hole this group could not climb out of.A couple of bad breaks Twitter As explained in depth by Brian Sciaretta over at American Soccer Now earlier this month, the USMNT are plagued by a puzzling dearth of talent between the ages of 23 and 27. The reasons behind that glaring development gap are myriad – that players those ages were born before Major League Soccer came into existence, that every nation ebbs and flows with its talent production – but its impact was clear enough this campaign.The US leaned too heavily on veterans who had clearly lost a step, like poor Tim Howard, who was so lauded for his heroics against Belgium in Brazil but has lacked his former reflexes for a while now. It has also heaped far too much responsibility onto the shoulders of 19-year-old Christian Pulisic. World Cup Panama features Woeful USA fail to make 2018 World Cup after loss to Trinidad & Tobago World Cup 2018 qualifiers US sports Share on Pinterest ‘It’s only working for the white kids’: American soccer’s diversity problem Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

23 days agoNacho hands Real Madrid heavy injury blow

first_imgNacho hands Real Madrid heavy injury blowby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNacho has handed Real Madrid a heavy injury blow.The defender has suffered a ligament injury to his right knee during their 2-2 draw with Club Brugge last night.AS says the setback could see Nacho sidelined for three months.The defender has been played at left-back this season by coach Zinedine Zidane. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

3 days agoMan Utd hero Fletcher: Pereira’s best position…

first_imgMan Utd hero Fletcher: Pereira’s best position…by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United captain Darren Fletcher says Andreas Pereira is a natural No10.Pereira impressed in the draw with Liverpool before he was taken off for Brandon Williams in the closing stages.”He’s an out-an-out number ten,” Fletcher said.“It has been difficult for him to fit in the formation sometimes.”The back five with the two holding midfielders allowed them to do that.“He was leaving something on players and he will be annoying and he was a threat.”I think he has been a little frustrated playing in wide areas.“His natural game is to come inside and he was a big reason behind what United did well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

PCTC Liberty Joins ARCs Fleet

first_imgNew Jersey-based carrier American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC) has added M/V Liberty, a 2006-built pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) to its fleet. A naming ceremony will be held in the port of Charleston, South Carolina, in June 2017, according to the company.Previously known as M/V Topeka, the 6,350 car equivalent units (CEU) ship was re-flagged to American registry on January 31, 2017. The re-flagging was conducted by the US Coast Guard (USCG) in the port of Bremenhaven, Germany, the firm said.VesselsValue’s data shows that M/V Liberty was owned by Norway-based RoRo shipping company Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA.Being the eight RoRo vessel in ARC’s fleet, the vessel has a length of 200 meters and a beam of 32.2 meters.M/V Liberty is able to carry tracked vehicles, helicopters, trucks and other military and high and heavy project cargoes and will be enrolled in the Maritime Security Program (MSP) and the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA), ARC said.Founded in 1990, ARC is owned 50/50 by Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA and Wallenius.last_img read more