Duo committed to High Court for carpenter’s murder

first_imgTwenty-eight-year-old Afabian Yankana and Akeem Yamar, charged for the murder of carpenter Raul Rodriguez, who was stabbed to death in front of Demico House, Georgetown in January 2017, were on Monday committed by City Magistrate Judy Latchman to stand trial in the High Court.Afabian Yankana and Akeem YamarThe magistrate found that a prima facie case had been made out against the accused by Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves, representing the state.Reports are that on the day of his demise, the late father of three, resident of Lot 64 Leopold Street, Georgetown, had reportedly had an altercation with his attackers and was stabbed to his chest.After being stabbed, Rodrigues had reportedly run from his attackers, but subsequently collapsed in front of Demico House.He was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Yankana, a bus conductor, was arrested by Police shortly after, and was charged with the offence of murder, while Yamar was later arrested and similarly charged.last_img read more

Warriors report: Grading the Warriors halfway through the 2018-19 season

first_imgIf only the … * * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND – Klay Thompson clearly has lived his best life. Consider what he enjoys.“Food, my dog, my family, my friends, my home, my health. That’s what I’m thankful for and that’s what I like,” the Warriors’ star said following practice on Monday. “My hobbies: movies, video games and being able to do this for a living. It’s pretty special.”last_img read more

People’s Bus visits Reagile Primary

first_imgClick arrow to play slideshowVideo: World Cup People’s Bus (1) 23 February 2010 The People’s Bus – an initiative to build public enthusiasm ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup – made the first stop on its nationwide tour at Reagile Primary School in Tembisa, north of Johannesburg on Friday. The customised bus – a mobile hub of football trivia and fan gear that will be visiting more than 50 locations across the country between now and the World Cup kickoff on 11 June – was met with huge enthusiasm by the kids at Reagile. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materialcenter_img Brand South Africa and MAN Truck and Bus, joint drivers of the initiative, have scheduled People’s Bus stops across all nine provinces and their smallest cities and towns, including Dullstroom in Mpumalanga, Upington in the Northern Cape, Bhisho in the Eastern Cape, and Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal. “Taking the People’s Bus into the country areas and smaller towns and cities will enable us to spread the World Cup experience to as many South Africans as possible,” said Brand South Africa Acting CEO Paul Bannister. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Future of SA arts in good hands

first_imgThe striking art of Nandipha Mntambo is created from cowhide.(Image: The Volta Show)For any South African feeling gloomy about the state of the nation, the plight of the continent, the receding world economy or any other anxiety-invoking subject, attending the annual Standard Bank Young Artist Awards ceremony should be prescribed as an antidote.Now in its 27th year, this collection of awards acknowledges both the past achievements and future potential of artists under the age of 35 in the categories of visual arts, film, dance, drama, classical music and jazz.Recipients are given a monetary prize, but perhaps more valuable is the platform that the awards provide for promoting each artist’s work; the awards have always been associated with the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and the winners feature prominently in the annual festival programme.The list of former recipients reads like a veritable who’s who in the South African arts community – artist William Kentridge, musician Johnny Clegg, mezzo-soprano Sibongile Khumalo, actors Paul Slabolepszy and Richard E Grant, and director Darrell Roodt, to name just a few.Distinguished winnersThe Young Artists for 2011, announced in late October, have a keen awareness of the prestige of the award.Jazzman Bokani Dyer summed it up in his acceptance speech: “The previous winners are all musicians whom I admire and respect … so this award is a great honour.”In similar vein, theatre-maker Neil Coppen admitted that he had often felt envious of previous winners, and that receiving the award had long been an ambition of his.The sense of continuity between Young Artists past and present was reinforced by the participation of previous recipients such as 2010 music award winner and violinist Samson Diamond, and 1982 theatre award winner Janice Honeyman, the evening’s compère.Indeed, varieties of continuity – both expected and unexpected – developed into the underlying theme of the evening.One such variety was the continuity between childhood dreams and their realisation through the support of family members. It is, of course, something of a cliché to begin an acceptance speech with the words, “I’d like to thank my parents …”. Yet there was nothing trite about the tributes paid by each of the Young Artist recipients to parents, grandparents, siblings and wider family who provided an environment in which their artistic talents could be nurtured.Dance winner Mamela Nyamza recalled how her grandmother, a domestic worker, made it possible for her to attend ballet lessons. Dyer pointed out that his father Steve is a seasoned jazz muso.Coppen jokingly thanked his parents for “not making me play rugby” – but the light-hearted allusion was nonetheless a reminder that there are many young people whose school experiences are tainted by widely-held prejudices in favour of sport and against the arts.Music recipient Ben Schoeman, who is passionate about the role that classical music can play in education, emphasised a different form of continuity by connecting South African students to Ludwig van Beethoven. In his acceptance speech Schoeman showed how, through a series of teacher-pupil relationships and over many generations, the famous German composer can be associated with those who have studied music at the University of South Africa.Such local/global continuity was echoed in the visual arts category. Award winner Nandipha Mntambo has pioneered the use of cowhide as a material for sculpture and in her photographic self-portraits she uses bovine images to provoke the viewer into questioning divisions between humans and animals, as well as between men and women. Cattle have a significant symbolic status in South Africa, but this is not unique: as Mntambo noted, they are central to myths and religions all over the world.Previous generations of South African artists have experienced acutely the tension between local and global commitments. For these Young Artists, however, the two are by no means mutually exclusive. Each of them is already well-travelled and has studied, exhibited work or performed internationally; the award will facilitate the growth of their reputation outside of South Africa’s borders as much as within the country.Supporter of the artsStandard Bank has been in the news of late for all the wrong reasons – sustained low revenues have forced the company to retrench over 1 500 staff members – and as a result it faces numerous public relations challenges.The bank’s long-term sponsorship of the arts in South Africa, particularly its association with the National Arts Festival, is doubtless one of its major assets in terms of public image, yet suggestions that the bank will reduce its sponsorship portfolio as part of a spate of cost-cutting measures do not augur well for the continuation of that relationship. If this does prove to be the case, it will be a great pity.But all may not be lost – in the words of Standard Bank’s head of arts and jazz sponsorship, Mandie van der Spuy, “As a bank we are dedicated to nurturing arts talent in South Africa, and we believe that the awards play a vital role in advancing the artists’ careers as well as our country’s cultural heritage.”Van der Spuy added that the Young Artist award plays a key role in the bank’s commitment to developing upcoming South African talent.last_img read more

How cities can tap into $33B in private funds for innovation

first_imgWith public infrastructure funding in the U.S. nearly tapped out, a new study says smart city projects could tap into billions in private funds, according to a report by Siemens Financial Services into funding for smart cities.The report found that smaller “SmartStart” projects have the potential to access around $33 billion in private sector asset financing.See also: Smart city success requires roadmaps not free associationThe researchers defined SmartStart projects as initiatives that help cities digitalize their infrastructure that are characterized as low-risk and high return on investment.Siemens Financial calculated the total private funding amount available by looking at 13 countries and the potential accessible financing that the top 40% of these nations’ cities could raise privately for SmartStart projects.This report follows a similar study that found the U.K. could access nearly $7 billion in private capital for similarly small-scale smart projects.“Cities around the world are increasingly engaging in smart development to improve efficiency of local services, enhance sustainability, improve the lives of their citizens, and develop their competitiveness,” said Siemens Financial CEO of Commercial Finance Gary Amos. “Private sector asset finance allows cities to make the full range of SmartStart technology investments in a timely manner.”Siemens Financial chose to focus on private sources of capital as public sector budgets around the world are proving inadequate for properly funding the many smart city projects that are on the books.  With governments struggling to find the resources, private financing is becoming a top priority for smart city proponents who want to see these initiatives become reality.A $1 trillion infrastructure financing gapThis sentiment was reinforced by the U.S. Transportation Secretary who recently admitted there is not enough government funding to cover the nearly $1 trillion gap in infrastructure financing.“By diversifying their sources of funding for smart investments, cities can benefit from the resulting savings and improvements to citizens’ services without any delay,” said Amos.The report said that asset financing is a good fit for SmartStart projects because funding options are widely available, uncomplicated, cheap and quick to set up.Researchers concluded that nine types of early stage smart projects are ideal contenders for private funding because of their good record for delivering ROI and their history of having already attracted asset-financing deals.These projects include: low-energy street lighting, road pricing, parking systems, improved medical technology and online citizen self-service. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Donal Power Tags:#financing#IoT#Siemens Financial#Smart Cities#smart street lighting How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …center_img How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Related Posts last_img read more

Verratti: PSG great without Neymar

first_imgPSG Like Barca without Messi or Madrid without Ronaldo – Verratti insists Neymar-less PSG are still great Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 02:09 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Neymar - cropped Getty Images PSG Montpellier v PSG Montpellier Ligue 1 Neymar Paris Saint-Germain were held to a 0-0 draw by Montpellier, but the Italy international does not believe it was solely due to Neymar’s injury. Marco Verratti does not believe the absence of Neymar was the reason Paris Saint-Germain failed to beat Montpellier on Saturday.PSG were without world-record signing Neymar due to a reported foot injury as their 100 per cent start to the Ligue 1 season ended with a 0-0 draw at Stade de la Mosson.PSG 11/2 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Unai Emery’s side dominated possession but managed just one shot on target and Verratti – restored to the starting line-up after serving a three-match ban – insisted the loss of the Brazilian was not behind their failure to triumph.”Everyone thinks like that. It’s like Barcelona without [Lionel] Messi or Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo – it is not because Neymar was not there that PSG hasn’t won,” Verratti told Canal +.”We are a great team, even without him. It will just be a matter of turning words into action the next time the situation arises.”The Italian midfielder was adamant PSG played to the best of their abilities but was keen to turn his focus to Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich in Paris.Marco Verratti : “We will try to do better Bayern. Winning every match isn’t easy.” #MHSCPSG pic.twitter.com/IwQbjrvmFH— PSG English (@PSG_English) September 23, 2017″It was a tough game, there was not a lot of space,” said Verratti.”We played at 100 per cent. The concentration is there. We did not let Montpellier have a single shot.”It got harder to score the longer the time went on. We did have opportunities.”After six matchdays, it can happen that there is a difficult one. Now we have to think about the Champions League.”last_img read more

Stood on an agents desk and sang to get noticed

Stood on an agents desk and sang to get noticed

first_imgShe is electric. On stage and otherwise. We caught up with her at the wake of the Storm Festival that just wrapped up. Here are excerpts from the interview…Tell us about your journey. I have risen here and fallen there into clouds and became the rain. What inspires you to create music, who are your idols?What is inspiring is musicians who play music just for itself, not in order to win some bogus popularity contest. I am not sure if it’s a good idea to idolize anyone. It just seems to lead to trouble in the history of humankind. I admire all great musicians, as they all reach out to you in ways that are so different and individual. Musicians with a memorable intensity and vision: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Fela Kuti, Bjork, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Lou Reed. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Tell us about your first break and how the journey has been since.I walked into an agent’s office in Sydney, stood on his desk and belted out a song. I was seventeen. I have been gigging ever since.Some memorable moments for you?My most memorable musical experience was playing onstage in London with a big group of Sufi Qawwals from Lahore along with musicians from Rajasthan and London and feeling the whole place lift off.What songs top your playlist? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI am listening to L.A. Woman by The Doors right now, but to be honest; I am enjoying my own freshly minted album Queen Between at the moment… playing it to my friends. It’s a happy and proud moment every musician who makes a record knows.What suggestions would you have for newbies who want to make it big?I think it’s fair to say that all musicians totally suck when they begin, so give yourself time to develop. Rest assured, in a year’s time you will be much better than you are now, so be patient but keep working and changing. What I always say is you will know you’re own breakthrough artistically when you have one song that really clicks. Meanwhile, anybody can record nowadays… try to test your music on people live. Distill the essence of what you have – one great song at a time but don’t overwork things; keep moving. It’s better to write one good song than a hundred mediocre ones.  My real advice to them is to ask themselves what exactly are you trying make ‘big’?  Music is a connection point so think about what it is you want to connect.  Be original. Be brave. Be crazy. Be adventurous. If you sound like just anybody else keep it as a hobby. Think big and small! We need music that is not the same old thing. Try not to peddle fake sentiments in order to make it because if you do you will get there and it will be meaningless. Lastly, everyone needs a producer; it’s a role play thing.What is on the cards for the Storm Festival?We are going to play with Kutle Kahn form Jaislamer in Rasjathan, who is an amazing collaborator with a super energy. I think we will really have a great time playing together and it’s an interesting contrast.last_img read more