BREAKING NEWS: A person has been arrested in connection with the investigation into the murder of Donegal man Seamus Doherty.The late Seamus Doherty.The father of four was found dead at his home at Drumacanoo, Churchill on morning of 17th June 2012.The 67-year-old’s body was discovered in the bathroom of his house. It was initially believed his death was not suspicious but a postmortem revealed the OAP had suffered a severe beating before he died.Gardai have carried out a number of appeals in relation to his death.Crimestoppers also issued an appeal for information on Mr Doherty’s death on the first anniversary of his murder in June 2013.The arrest was made last night in Co Donegal but Gardai are remaining tight-lipped about the ongoing development. The person arrested is currently being questioned at Letterkenny Garda station.Mr Doherty was known to Gardai and had appeared in court for a number of minor public order offenses. PERSON ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH CHURCHILL MAN’S MURDER was last modified: February 4th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:arrestChurchilldonegalGardaimurderSeamus Doherty
Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery or video on your mobile device. Join us to get in-game insights and analysis Sunday when former Raiders star Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears face the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium starting at 1:05 p.m.The improved 49ers (4-10) take a two-game winning streak into Sunday’s game as they look to pull an upset of the new NFC North division champion Bears. San Francisco quarterback Nick Mullens continued his strong play a week ago in a 26-23 …
State oil and gas company PetroSA and the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) this week signed a cooperation agreement for the planned crude oil refinery at Coega outside Port Elizabeth. 8 October 2009 Official developer and promoter The proposed refinery would be a major tenant in the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) near the new deepwater Port of Ngqura and a catalyst for future development in the Eastern Cape province. Welcoming the agreement, CDC chief executive Pepi Silinga said the planned refinery would be a major economic boost not only for the South African economy post-2010, but also for the Eastern Cape. PetroSA CEO Sipho Mkhize said the agreement between the two parties clarified their roles and responsibilities in the Coega IDZ during the construction and operation of the 400 000 barrel-per-day refinery. Additionally, the two agreed on roles and obligations with regards to future and downstream activities, while also considering other opportunities in secondary industries, such as the establishment of the Coega IDZ as a petrochemicals hub for the southern African region. The agreement provides for the CDC to recognise PetroSA as the official developer and promoter of the proposed refinery, the establishment of a joint project team, as well as a land allocation agreement for Coega. “The Coega refinery is a project which will provide economic stimulus, revitalise and redirect the automotive sector, and re-skill and up-skill the key artisan employment sector,” he said. “The refinery will generate close to 27 500 temporary jobs during the construction phase and 18 500 permanent direct, indirect and induced jobs once operational,” PetroSA said. “Most current infrastructural developments in the country are in support of the World Cup tournament, but the country needs to look beyond that to other major projects for sustained growth and economic development,” Silinga said. A technical feasibility study for the project has also been completed, and PetroSA’s board will decide by the end of the year whether to proceed to the next phase of the project, while the final investment decision is expected in 2011. ‘Major economic boost’ He said that the agreement would give potential investors confidence that the project was being developed by major stakeholders in the country’s economy, adding that the project was ready to move to the front-end engineering design phase. Source: BuaNews
15 March 2016South Africa is a steady, well-functioning economy – that is the message the National Treasury conveyed to international investors during a roadshow to London, Boston and New York last week.Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan headed the group of business leaders, three labour federations and senior officials from the National Treasury and the South African Reserve Bank to engage with international investors after the tabling of the 2016 Budget.See what the minister said:The roadshow was also a means to provide updates on the latest economic developments in the country and plans for the medium term. Meetings were held with over 250 investors, some with significant exposure to South Africa. Among the issues raised by the investors were:Fiscal risks and strains in balance sheets of state-owned companies;Recent developments on sovereign credit ratings;Slow economic growth;Issues relating to business and investment confidence;Regulatory clarity, labour and monetary policy andThe political environment.One unified voice“Our main message to the investors was that as a resilient nation, South Africa has the potential to overcome its immediate challenges,” the Treasury said. “What is required is for (the) government, labour and business to work together on concrete steps and actions that will be taken to lift economic growth.“The world economic outlook is uncertain and it is crucial that the country be seen to be united and focused on tackling its socio-economic challenges.”The next few months would be critical, the Treasury said, as it mapped a path for higher economic growth, to preserve the investment grade rating, and address poverty, unemployment and inequality.Source: Department of Treasury
1 November 2013 South Africa has held steady in the World Bank’s annual scorecard on the ease of doing business around the world, released this week. The country was ranked 41st out of 189 economies around the world surveyed by the World Bank, which judges countries on 10 criteria that measure the time, cost and hassle involving in doing business. The World Bank’s 2014 report, titled Doing Business: Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises, sheds light on how easy (or difficult) it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-sized business when complying with the relevant regulations.How South Africa fared South Africa received points for its tax reforms, with its rating for paying taxes moving up two points to 24. The government made paying taxes easier for companies by replacing the secondary tax on companies with a dividend borne by shareholders. South Africa’s “distance to frontier” score also inched up in the rankings, to 70.93%. This measure represents the distance of each economy from the best performance observed on each of the topics. The country remains a strong performer when it comes to protecting investors (10), especially in the category “allowing access to all corporate documents before a trial”. Getting credit is becoming slightly more difficult in South Africa, however, with the country’s ranking dropping four places to 28th. South Africa is ranked at an impressive 39 for dealing with construction permits, and starting a business is also easier (53). The report notes that the country has lowered its registration fees and has substantially reduced its notary fees. Together with its Sub-Saharan partners, South Africa made progress in trading across borders, with its ranking improving four places to 106. Getting electricity in the country remains weak, however, at 150. While relatively simple procedurally, it takes too long at an average of 226 days, and is too expensive, the report finds. Global increase in regulatory reform The pace of business regulation reform in the past year has picked up, with 114 economies enacting 238 reforms, against 108 economies and 201 reforms in 2011-12. “This year, we see a higher number of reforms – 18% more – the second-highest number since the financial crisis,” said Rita Ramalho, programme manager for Doing Business at the World Bank Group. “This pick-up in pace of regulatory reform is good news particularly for small and medium-size businesses – the main job creators in many parts of the world.” In Africa, 66% of countries enacted at least one reform last year, against 33% in 2005. Nine African countries are among the top 20 most improved in terms of business regulations since 2009: Benin, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Togo. Rwanda, in fact, rates as the most improved country worldwide since 2005. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to nine of the 20 economies narrowing the gap with the regulatory frontier, the most since 2009. Low-income economies narrowed this gap twice as much as high-income economies did, the World Bank says. Singapore retained its No 1 spot in the overall rankings for the eighth straight year. Hong Kong, New Zealand, the US, Denmark, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, Georgia, Norway and the UK make up the top 10 countries with the most business-friendly regulatory environments. Reuters reports that an independent panel set up by the World Bank and headed by South Africa’s planning minister, Trevor Manuel, has recommended that the practice of ranking be scrapped because it can too easily be affected by small factors and is sometimes not objective. However, the World Bank says the ratings should be considered in the broader context of how much countries have improved their business regulations, and should not be taken as representative of every factor that impacts economic growth. “Doing Business is not about less regulation but about better regulation,” the World Bank says in the report. SA’s 2014 rankings 2013 rankings in brackets. Doing Business 2014: Download the full report Starting a business: 64 (56)Dealing with construction permits: 26 (25)Getting electricity: 150 (151)Registering property: 99 (95)Getting credit: 28 (24)Protecting investors: 10 (10)Paying taxes: 24 (26)Trading across borders: 106 (110)Enforcing contracts: 80 (80)Resolving insolvency: 82 (82) SAinfo reporter
As business and government leaders from across the globe gather in Abuja, Nigeria, for the World Economic Forum on Africa, KPMG International’s global head of corporate citizenship Michael Hastings reflects on reasons to be hopeful about the future of the continent. People in an internet café in Kampala, Uganda. “The communication revolution is a boon for Africa,” writes Michael Hastings. “The rise of social media will lead to more transparency and more sophisticated forms of democracy.” (Image: World Bank) • Michael Hastings Global head of corporate citizenship KPMG International +44 20 7311 8370 [email protected] kpmg.com/citizenship • How Africa tweets • Rwanda finds a path out of history of horror • Death penalty declines in Africa • Diaspora dollars spur African development • Africa’s green revolution ready to grow. Just add investmentMichael HastingsWhen I meet young Africans who have graduated from overseas universities, I’m struck by their excitement for Africa. They have a vision for their countries of origin, and a passion to return to, and invest in, their homelands. This new desire for engagement is a sign of incredible optimism and hope. There are many other signs of hope.1. A communication revolution, a data revolutionThe communication revolution is a boon for Africa. The rise of social media will lead to more transparency and more sophisticated forms of democracy, both in Africa and elsewhere. Citizens now have extremely powerful tools to hold leaders to account and ensure funding is correctly channelled. The communication revolution has spawned a data revolution, and mobile phones will help Africa catch up with other continents in the gathering of data. Africa sorely needs more, and better, data collection. I’m confident that new technologies will help level the playing fields and give poorer countries a chance to generate the data they need for better decision-making. In 2001, only 25-million Africans had a mobile phone subscription; today, Africa has over 650-million subscriptions.2. Africa: the Silicon Valley of bankingAccording to Carol Realini, California-based mobile-banking innovator and executive chairman of Obopay, “Africa is the Silicon Valley of banking. The future of banking is being defined here … It’s going to change the world.” Mobile phones spread information about agriculture and healthcare to far-flung areas. The Grameen Foundation is going further and using mobile technology to gather extensive data from farmers; the mobile phone is the ultimate data-capturing device. More and better data is sorely needed in Africa to ensure informed policy and investment decisions. For too long the rural poor have been used as tools in an ideological battle between left and right. The mobile phone has the potential to integrate them into the mainstream economy and into the body politic.3. Consistent sustainable development leads to prosperityAfrica has the opportunity to learn from the developmental mistakes of the more established countries. One such mistake was to take a narrow reading on the data. Per capita GDP is now considered a blunt instrument for determining if a country is on the right trajectory. The trend is towards a holistic approach (such as the Legatum Prosperity Index), whereby individual well-being is as important as raw wealth. According to Legatum, prosperous societies are those that afford their citizens good education, entrepreneurial opportunity, freedom and social integration – among other things. Countries become prosperous by consistently investing in sustainable development over a long period.This more nuanced approach to prosperity helps explain the concern that Africa’s growth is mainly attributable to the extractive industries. Yes, this constitutes economic growth and development, but how sustainable is it, and can it be considered quality development? How do we ensure that mining wealth leads to prosperity? These are questions KPMG is wrestling with. We advise government, the private sector and investors to take a long-term approach. Short-termism was one of the sins of colonialism: it takes time to build strong institutions, which can counter the tendency towards centralisation of power. America is rich and powerful because of the early establishment of property rights, a strong judicial system, a sound and fair system of taxation, and representative government reaching down to village level.4. The power of individual libertyIn many African countries there is growing trust in the power of individual liberty. Certain African governments seeking to tap into the entrepreneurial spirit of their young and energetic populations have downsized. Cleaner, leaner governments are driving growth on the continent and helping to boost the private sector. Nigeria is a prime example of this, as is Ghana. I mention examples at the risk of annoying those I leave out, but we must not forget that one of the most sustained and ordered development stories is Europe after the Second World War. When the countries of that continent stopped fighting and channelled their competitive energy into commerce, the results were spectacular. It’s very encouraging when Africa looks to Africa for examples of economic success and technological innovation. Rwanda has, in 20 years, gone from devastating genocide and war to a progressive, entrepreneurial, tech-savvy dynamo, posting record growth. Countries that get their policy house in order can attract investment from neighbours. Successful African countries pull others along in their wake.5. Bring back the dignity of the landCountries that develop institutions, with roots deep in the African soil, will build wealth for their citizens. Agriculture is an important source of income, and too many African countries have to import food. This is a drain on the national finances and undermines national confidence. Infrastructure development, incentives and secure property rights could reverse the trend and usher in a food boom on the continent. Farming demands a certain commitment to land and community: the same cannot always be said for mining. Further, agriculture employs 65% of Africa’s labour force. Farm yields in Africa are relatively low – productivity gains in agriculture directly benefit the hundreds of millions of Africans who work the soil. Promoting the development of agriculture is the quickest way to build prosperity. We must bring back the dignity of the land. African self-reliance depends on it.6. Better data for better educationWe must enhance the dignity of the teaching profession. School enrolment has improved dramatically in Africa, and this is to be celebrated. But the quality of instruction is of concern. Again, qualitative data will help. Children attending school is not enough, there needs to be the expectation of high standards. Improved data collection will help ascertain areas of weakness in the school system.7. Knowledge equals power and wealthIf it is true that knowledge equates to power and wealth, then Africa can look forward to an exciting future. No continent stands to gain as much from new technologies, which allow for the exchange of information, as Africa. Soon, every single African will have the world’s entire fund of knowledge in the palm of his or her hand. As a key knowledge resource to African governments, and outside investors, we will play our part by developing systems of knowledge gathering and analysis to help African countries join the world’s most prosperous nations.Michael Hastings, CBE, is global head of corporate citizenship, KPMG International. This article was originally published on the World Economic Forum blog.
Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part won the Gold award for its non-English radio advert at the 39th annual Loeries awards, which took place in Durban ICC 2017. (Image: The Loeries, Facebook)Celebrating young creatives, Brand South Africa has partnered with internationally recognised Loerie Awards 2018.The Loeries are Africa and the Middle East’s premier initiative that recognises, rewards, inspires and fosters creative excellence in the brand communication industry. Brand South Africa invites media to attend this exciting launch on Wednesday 25th April 2018 at the Loeries in Parktown North and get a glimpse of how Brand South Africa plays its part by inspiring fresh talent through innovation.Speaking on the partnership Brand South Africa’s GM: Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela said; “we are proud to announce that Brand South Africa is a partner and the new sponsor of the young creatives category for the Loeries 2018. This type of partnership affords Brand South Africa an opportunity to instil pride and patriotism amongst the youth of South Africa and in the creative industry. The organisation’s vision is to create a Nation Brand that inspires its people and is admired globally and what better way to bring this vision to life than to celebrate the work done by young, creative South African youth”.In 2017 Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part was the proud recipient of a Gold award for its non-English radio advert at the Loeries. The radio advert was created as part of the Play Your Part mandate to encourage active citizenship towards contributing to positive change in the country and raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. Brand South Africa envisions that through this platform, a number of opportunities can be utilised to showcase to the world and domestically how South Africa inspires in new and innovate ways.“The accolade received in 2017 enhanced Brand South Africa’s reputation and work as the official marketing agency for the Nation Brand and further encouraged conversations with the youth to utilize creative industries to strengthen the Nation Brand image. Therefore, we anticipate the media launch to be a platform filled with eager young creatives who will inspire and be inspired by previous winners of the young creatives category. As Brand South Africa, we urge every young creative below the age of 27 to play their part and participate in this category”, adds Ms Ntombela.To set up interviews, please contact: Ntombi Ntanzi; Tel: 011 712 5071 Email: [email protected]
The Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Initiative in collaboration with Brand South Africa will be bringing another chapter of this year’s Africa Youth Summit.Brand South Africa’s Ntombi Ntanzi had a quick Q&A session with Founder of Breaking Down Borders Africa Initiative Paul Modjadji on its 2018 Summit.Ntombi Ntanzi(NN): What is the Breaking Down Borders Africa Initiative about?Paul Modjadji(PM): The Breaking Down Borders Africa Initiative is a Pan-African platform that seeks to unite young African change makers. By creating platforms for these young leaders to act in concert. It hopes to break down the barriers that prevent collaborations among young African social and commercial entrepreneurs across the continent.This was born out of the realization, made during the inaugural Breaking Down Borders Africa Tour, that there was a desire to trade on ideas, methods and initiatives among young Africans, but there was bureaucracy that prevented this. The result was the Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit which is a think tank and networking platform like no other – targeted at young leaders and curated by young leaders, all from Africa.NN: What opportunities are there for young people participating in the initiative?PM: The summit is a networking and solutions gathering platform that targets young people from the continent, even if they don’t currently live on the continent. We link these young people with established thinkers in various industries (commerce, academia, politics, etc) who can assist in elevating them and their work efforts;The objective of the summit is to empower young entrepreneurs, be they social or commercial entrepreneurs, to take their work to the next level and start trading from ideas and materials across the continent. We also highlight to the wider community, the issues faced by young Africans and the possible solutions to these issues as envisaged by these young Africans;NN: How has the initiative been received?PM: The reception has been positive from the youth who have taken part in the inaugural Summit and those who have indicated interest in the second edition. There has been support from both government and the general public who fall outside the target market. Most of these people and institutions recognize the need for this platform and that’s why they support it.NN: What is the initiative all about in 2018?PM: In line with the theme for the Nelson Mandela centenary, the theme for 2018 Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit is “African Youth: Building our legacy” – and this year is about creating a platform where we work towards a lasting legacy as young people.This year the Summit wishes to result in a document that can inform policy which may be adopted by the AU and various signatory governments. This we believe is our own legacy as a platform.NN: How do people sign up and participate?PM: To sign up, people must visit our website www.breakingdownbordersafrica.comWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Although farmers sat inside all weekend and watch storm clouds bring inches and inches of rain to Ohio corn and soybean fields this past weekend, it is still too early to know if some of those fields will need a “Take 2” with the planter. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Account Manager Troy Putnam visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about what to take into consideration when assessing if a field needs to be replanted. He also discusses how wheat in south central Ohio is about 2 weeks ahead of schedule and what farmers need to do in the near term as that crop progresses quickly to flowering stage.
Content Marketing is not prospecting. Even if there is a call to action, you are not asking your client for a meeting to explore change. This is the above the funnel work that helps you create awareness and capture mindshare, both of which are helpful to your prospecting efforts.Social Selling is also not prospecting. It can create an awareness, mindshare, and it can potentially make prospecting easier because of the familiarity it creates. Because it lacks the request for a meeting, it isn’t prospecting. It’s another above the funnel activity.Nurturing your dream clients with insights and ideas, something I believe to be critical to sales now, is also not prospecting. When you provide value without making an ask, you are not actually prospecting. You might be tilling the soil and planting seeds, but without the ask, it’s not prospecting.Because of all these things can—and sometimes do—create an inbound opportunity (an outcome worth pursuing) they are confused with prospecting. But because there is no ask for a meeting explore change, it’s not prospecting. If you call these things prospecting, then you must measure the results in the same way that you would measure them using traditional forms of prospecting.If you make twenty calls and schedule one appointment, you have a 5 percent effectiveness from this method of prospecting. If you publish a blog post with a call to action that is viewed 2,800 times and results in no new opportunities, you have a 0 percent effectiveness rating from that method. This is true even if you ask the person viewing the blog post to download a piece of content and they provide you with their phone number and email address without agreeing to a meeting to explore change. While the blog post might generate excellent leads, you still have to prospect to create an opportunity.Just like it’s not the first phone call that generates a meeting, it’s not the first blog post either. If what you are doing doesn’t have people beating a path to your door, it’s not enough for you to give up outbound prospecting.As you think about your approach to opportunity creation, it’s important to understand the goals and outcomes of the activities you engage in. Above the funnel, passive activities that can occasionally produce opportunities isn’t prospecting. Prospecting is the proactive outreach that moves prospects into your funnel. Believing that your content marketing is going to generate enough opportunities to fill your pipeline is foolish and expects too much of an above the funnel activity. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now