Contacts

first_img1.      Kalysheva Ekaterina        kalysheva@rg.ru2.      Sue Cullinan                       suecullinan@gmail.com3.      Andreev A                          Andreev@newsnews.ru4.      Perceva Evgeniya             operzeva@rbc.ru5.      Lossan Alexey                   lossan@gmail.com6.      Mikhail Sergeev                msergeev@ng.ru7.      James Lawrence               james@thewineremedy.com8.      Miriam Mannak                contact@miriammannak.com9.      Pei Guangjiang                  frank_pei@126.com10.   Yingni Lu                              Yingni.lu09@imperial.ac.uk; imyingni@gmail.com11.   Nagy Abdel Aziz                nagyabdelaziz205@yahoo.com12.   Enoch Wambua                kwambua@ke.nationmedia.com13.   Svetlana Voronina           Svetlana@pravdapr.ru14.   Xuehua Li                             lixhua@gmail.com15.   Onyekachi  Wambu         onyekachi@score4africa.org16.   Chris Bishop                       Chris.Bishop@cnbcafrica.com17.   John Battersby                  john.battersby@omg.co.uk18.   Thabo Seete                      thabos@brandsouthafrica.com19.   Yuri Shatalov                      yuri@sitc.co.za20.   Neo Seloane                      neo.seloane@mslgroup.co.za21.   Chantal Wellington          chantalw@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Play Your Part episode 10: Get involved

first_imgHere’s how you can get involved with entrepreneurs Bongekile Radebe, Andile Khumalo and Nneile Nkholise, who feature on episode 10 of Play Your Part.Power Business radio host Andile Khumalo is co-owner of the media and communications company, MSG Afrika Group. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterAndile Khumalo, who is the founder of MyStartup, an online portal for budding entrepreneurs, is also known for his role as host of the radio show, Power Business, on radio station Power 98.7 FM. He is one of the guests featured on this week’s episode of the Play Your Part television series.Play Your Part episode 10, which screens on Saturday, 18 November 2017 at 18:00 on SABC 2 is hosted by musician Kabelo Mabalane.Here’s how you can get involved with the three guests and their initiatives:Andile KhumaloKhumalo, co-owner of the media and communications company MSG Afrika Group, is part of various initiatives that empower budding entrepreneurs.One of these is I Am An Entrepreneur, which provides workshops for budding entrepreneurs countrywide. They then get access to successful entrepreneurs who teach the startups lessons they have learned on their journeys.Contact detailsWebsite: msg-group.co.za and iamanentrepreneur.co.zaEmail: info@iamanentrepreneur.co.zaTwitter: @IAAE_SA and @Andile_KhumaloBongekile RadebeBongekile RadebeRadebe is a Mandela Washington Fellow and Play Your Part ambassador, who is passionate about women’s empowerment.She is the founder of Taste of Legends, an African tea lifestyle and business network brand that focuses on tribute teas, wellness and boutique tea events.Contact detailsTwitter: @BongiZ_Radebe and @tasteoflegendsNneile NkholiseNneile NkholiseNkholise was named Africa’s top female innovator at the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa held in Rwanda. She is the founder of iMed Tech, which is incubated at The Innovation Hub.She is also a games designer and has produced word board games such as Minute Words to help in the learning of English as a second language.Contact detailsWebsite: www.likoebeinnovations.com and www.neyneprosthesis.co.zaEmail: Admin@likoebe-innovations.comTwitter: @nneilePlay Your Part is broadcast at 6pm on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The hidden costs of writing off new equipment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest During good times, farmers are more likely to make an investment such as purchasing new equipment. But even if the equipment has been written off, there can be hidden costs to owning it further down the line.“When assessing the current equipment on hand, take the time to calculate the principal cost and the interest on a per-acre basis,” said Vince Bailey, vice president credit – agribusiness, Farm Credit Mid-America. “Keeping the big picture in mind is an ideal way to determine the stress an investment may be putting on your operation.”If you have chosen to forgo the tax write-off and depreciate your equipment instead, make sure you continue to keep the principal in mind. Once the equipment has been depreciated, it’s easy to lose track of the fact that the depreciation has become greater than the initial principal.The employees you need are directly tied to the equipment you have, so after reevaluating your operation’s equipment, take the time to assess labor.“Too much or unnecessary equipment will have a trickle-down effect and result in your operation spending more than necessary, Bailey said. “While labor costs will be present on the farm income statement, the cost of unnecessary labor will not be stated.”Fortunately, there are many ratios developed to help you plan for labor, which can be used as a general guide. Depending on the kind of operation you own, these ratios can be based on the number of cattle heads you have or the bushels your operation produces.Pay special attention if you’re making money but your working capital position continues to decline.“If you’re noticing your working capital position or margins declining, take care to assess the depreciation of your equipment and labor costs associated with unnecessary equipment, said Bailey. “There are many costs that can have a negative impact on your balance sheet that may not be apparent if you’re using a tax return to track your operations expenses.”Revisiting the true costs of your equipment and reassessing labor can each go a long way to ensure your operation’s financial health.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Farm Credit Mid-America’s Vince Bailey about the hidden costs of writing off new equipment.Farm Credit Mid America Full Interview Vince Bailey 9.19.16For more financial tips, insights and perspectives from Farm Credit Mid-America visit e-farmcredit.com.last_img read more

Jeter Leads AL Past NL, 5-3

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — On a summer evening filled with reminders of generational change, the American League maintained nearly two decades of dominance by beating the National League 5-3 in the All-Star game July 15th for its 13th win in 17 years.Derek Jeter soaked up the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, setting the tone for the AL with a pregame speech and delivering two final All-Star hits.Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the game, seemed ready to assume the role with a tiebreaking triple and later a go-ahead double that earned him Most Valuable Player honors.“I think let Mike be Mike. I don’t think people have to necessarily appoint someone to a particular position,” Jeter said. “He’s got a bright future ahead of him. I don’t know how much better he can get, but if he consistently does what he’s doing, then he will be here for a long time.”Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer to help give the AL champion home-field advantage for the World Series.No matter what else happened, from the start it seemed destined to be another special event for Jeter.He made a diving stop on Andrew McCutchen’s grounder to shortstop leading off the game and received a 63-second standing ovation when he walked to the plate before his opposite-field double to right leading off the bottom half.He was given another rousing cheer before his single to right starting the third and 2 1-2 minutes more applause after AL Manager John Farrell sent Alexei Ramirez to shortstop to replace him at the start of the fourth.As Frank Sinatra’s recording of New York, New York boomed over the Target Field speakers and his parents watched from the stands, Jeter repeatedly waved to the crowd, exchanged handshakes and hugs with just about every person in the AL dugout and then came back onto the field for a curtain call.“It was a special moment and it was unscripted,” Jeter said. “I was unaware of it.”NL Manager Mike Matheny of the Cardinals didn’t want it to stop. “The guys on our side have the utmost respect for him and would like to have been standing out there for a little while longer,” he said. “I think Derek was the one that was uncomfortable with it.”While not as flashy as Mariano Rivera’s All-Star farewell at Citi Field last year, when all the other players left the great reliever alone on the field for an eighth-inning solo bow, Jeter tried not to make a fuss and to deflect the attention.Even during his clubhouse speech. “He just wanted to thank us,” Trout said. “You know, we should be thanking him.”A 14-time All-Star who was MVP of the 2000 game in Atlanta, Jeter announced in February this will be his final season. His hits left him with a .481 All-Star average (13 for 27), just behind Charlie Gehringer’s .500 record (10 for 20) for players with 20 or more at-bats.While the Yankees are .500 at the break and in danger of missing the postseason in consecutive years for the first time in two decades, Jeter and the Angels’ Trout gave a boost to whichever AL team reaches the World Series.The AL improved to 9-3 since the All-Star game started deciding which league gets Series home-field advantage; 23 of the last 28 titles were won by teams scheduled to host four of a possible seven games.Detroit’s Max Scherzer, in line to be the most-prized free agent pitcher after the season, pitched a scoreless fifth for the win, and Glen Perkins got the save in his home ballpark.Target Field, a $545 million, limestone-encased jewel that opened in 2010, produced an All-Star cycle just eight batters in, with hitters showing off flashy neon-bright spikes and fielders wearing All-Star caps with special designs for the first time.With the late sunset — the sky didn’t darken until the fifth inning, well after 9 o’clock — there was bright sunshine when Jeter was cheered before his first at-bat.He was introduced by a recording of late Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard’s deep monotone. St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright left his glove on the mound and backed up toward second, clapping along with the crowd of 41,048.“I tried to tell him to pick it up — let’s go,” Jeter said. “But he took a moment and let the fans give me an ovation which I will always remember.”When Jeter finally stepped into the batter’s box, he took a ball and lined a 90 mph cutter down the right-field line for a double.“I was going to give him a couple pipe shots just to — he deserved it,” Wainwright said. “I thought he was going to hit something hard to the right side for a single or an out. I probably should have pitched him a little bit better.”After those in-game remarks created a stir on the Internet, Wainwright amended himself: “It was mis-said. I hope people realize I’m not intentionally giving up hits out there.”Trout, who finished second to Cabrera in AL MVP voting in each of the last two seasons, became the youngest All-Star MVP, about 3 1-2 months older than Ken Griffey Jr. was in 1992.(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd caretaker boss Solskjaer determined to ‘enjoy the ride’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd caretaker boss Solskjaer determined to ‘enjoy the ride’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s determined to “enjoy the ride” after taking charge this week.Solskjaer says it’s important for the players to start enjoying their football again.He said, “It’s great. It feels like coming home. It’s been a few whirlwind days. It’s been very hectic. It’s great to see everyone again.””I’m going to enjoy the ride. It’s six months. I’m back home. I’m going to be myself.”The club is running a process to find the next manager so I’m going to be myself in the meantime with Mick, Kieran and Michael.”We’ll get the players enjoying their football again.”Solskjaer added: “We’ve got a great set-up. The analysts were watching Cardiff this morning. I’ve seen the teams, I watch the Premier League.”It’s about us though, not the opposition. We want to see the players express themselves. Our main focus is us, the opposition comes later.” last_img read more

10 months ago​Watford loanee Lukebakio nominated for Bundesliga award

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Watford loanee Lukebakio nominated for Bundesliga awardby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford loanee Dodi Lukebakio has continued to impress on loan at Fortuna Dusseldorf.His performances in recent weeks have earned him a nomination for the Rookie of the Month award in Germany.He has been in great form all season, netting a hat trick against Bayern Munich and scoring against Borussia Dortmund as well.The 21-year-old has seven goals in 15 appearances for Fortuna this season.There is hope he will be back with Watford for next season. last_img read more

Photo: Amari Cooper’s Name Has Been Added To The First-Team All-American Wall At Alabama

first_imgAmari Cooper named first team all american.Amari Cooper’s time at Alabama has come to an end, as the wide receiver is headed to the NFL, but the former star will be forever remembered inside the Crimson Tide’s facility. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound wideout is one of the greatest wide receivers in Alabama history, so it’d be pretty tough to forget him, but that won’t be possible now, anyway. Cooper’s name has been etched into the first-team All-American wall inside the Crimson Tide’s facility, next to the other wide receivers who accomplished similar greatness. Cooper finished his Alabama career with 3,463 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns. He’s expected to be an early-to-mid first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.last_img read more

Bringing an end to sex discrimination

first_imgAPTN InFocus In this episode we put Bill S-3 In Focus.That’s the legislation currently in front of the Senate that, if passed, will end sex discrimination in the Indian Act.Its aim is to restore full legal status to First Nations women and their children who were not eligible before.When that happens, thousands of people will become eligible for Treaty status.Reporter Todd Lamirande gave us an explanation as to what it means right now, and where the bill still has to go.And Jeannette Corbiere-Lavell came in studio to talk about the very first court case she launched challenging sex discrimination in the Act 47 years ago.Chief Rick O’Bomsawin of Odanak at the Akamaki First Nation in Quebec weighed in on the current court cases.And Donna Partridge joined us from Big Island Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan to talk about her struggles in getting her status.It’s a discussion not going away anytime soon, and it’s a discussion worthy of continuing.Subscribe to the APTN InFocus podcast below:last_img read more

New NAFTA deal unlikely to push dairy aisle prices lower experts say

first_imgCanadians hoping their weekly grocery staples like milk and eggs may soon cost less thanks to a new trade deal that opens up Canada’s dairy industry may be out of luck. Experts say the trilateral agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico is unlikely to bring prices down, but could leave shoppers with more choices in the dairy aisle.The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement announced Sunday night will grant an expanded 3.6 per cent market access to the domestic dairy market and eliminate two milk price classes, including the controversial Class 7.U.S. President Donald Trump had long criticized Canada’s supply management system for undercutting American exports and hurting U.S. farmers.Canada implemented supply management in the dairy industry in the 1970s, which sets quotas on production based on anticipated demand. The government decides how much farmers are paid for their production and blocks out foreign production with high tariffs.Prior to the new deal, experts said Trump did not necessarily want to dismantle supply management, but rather was more angered by milk classifications like Class 7. These will be eliminated under the new deal.“I don’t see a big, immediate impact on retail pricing,” said Al Mussell, founder of Agri-Good Economic Systems Inc., an agriculture and food research organization.The standard four-litre bag of milk is a loss leader for most grocers that sell it below the price needed to make a profit, he said. Additionally, a high proportion of cheese and butter is on promotion at any given time, he said.“Nothing changes there.”The new deal’s elimination of Class 7 milk — ultra-filtered or diafiltered milk that is essentially a protein-heavy concentrate used to make cheese and other dairy products — is the biggest news item, said Sylvain Charlebois, a Dalhousie University professor who is the lead author on an annual food price report, estimating how much grocery and restaurant prices will rise or fall over the coming year.In 2016, Canada created the Class 7 pricing agreement that has essentially restricted U.S. exports of the product. It allows Canadian dairy processors to buy domestic milk at cheaper world market prices instead of higher prices controlled by the national supply management system.Eliminating that class would allow processors to become more competitive and potentially give grocers room to bring down prices, Charlebois said.“It doesn’t necessarily mean that consumers will reap the rewards or that the sector will pass on savings to consumers,” he said.If cheaper products than what’s available in Canada come in on the wholesale market, said Mussell, grocers will just eat less of a loss on their dairy promotions or loss leaders.The Dairy Farmers of Canada, which released a statement from its president saying the deal “will have a dramatic impact” on the sector and farmers, can’t answer if there will be any changes to consumer prices, wrote spokeswoman Lucie Boileau in an email.“We’re still analysing the agreement.”The Canadian Dairy Commission did not respond to a request for comment about how the new deal may impact consumer prices. The commission sets support prices for butter and skim milk powder, which provinces use as a reference to establish provincial prices for industrial milk.The one positive for consumers — at least those in bigger markets like Toronto or Vancouver — may be more choice in the dairy aisles, said Mike von Massow, an associate professor at the University of Guelph. He adds there won’t be a substantial change in retail prices.Von Massow points to the cheese aisle as an example of increasing variety. Growth has been small, he said, but there’s a broader range of product now than 15 years ago.Since Canada entered the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, or CETA, with the European Union and allowed more European cheese to be imported into the country, he said, there’s been growth in varieties available.“We’re seeing a wider variety of cheeses than we’ve ever seen before rather than the bottom falling out of the cheese market.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

America Loves Curling — Until It Forgets About It For Four Years

It’s tough to say for sure, but I’m concerned that our boss, FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver, may have developed a curling addiction these past few weeks: Luge38.750.50+38.25 Curling85.254.57+80.68 Figure skating79.504.97+74.53 Freestyle skiing3.750.45+3.30 Curling’s spike is even sharper in worldwide searches. Across the entire globe, curling-related search-traffic index goes up by 84 points in Olympic months, compared with non-Olympic ones. (By comparison, figure skating is only up 71 points during Olympic months worldwide.) Although gaining a passionate following during the Olympics has been a victory in itself for curling, these kinds of disparities have the sport’s leaders looking for a way to stay on people’s minds after the games end.“The Olympics have definitely driven growth and exposure, but the key for us is not to disappear between Olympics,” Patzke told ESPN. “You can get really popular for 17 days and then go away, you know?”Perhaps the next step will be for curling fanatics like Nate to keep tweeting during bonspiels that aren’t festooned with five interlocking rings everywhere you look. Alpine skiing9.502.28+7.22 (Check the timestamps on those tweets, by the way.)He’s not alone, though. Every four years, there’s a fresh volley of articles about how curling captures the attention of people around the globe — particularly Americans who tune in to the alien sport for the first time during the Olympics and get hooked. By now, writing with surprise about curling’s charms has become one of journalists’ favorite Olympic pastimes. The Cinderella run by the U.S. men’s team to Saturday’s gold-medal game has only intensified the enthusiasm.1The women’s team hasn’t quite had its medal breakthrough yet, finishing eighth in the standings at Pyeongchang.The hard numbers also support the notion of curling as America’s favorite quadrennial sports fling. If you look at nationwide Google Trends search data, you can see a massive spike in traffic related to the sport each February of a Winter Olympic year. Indeed, aside from figure skating — and occasionally other sports when they experience tragedy — curling consistently spikes highest in web searches among the Winter Olympic sports we don’t tend to think about over the rest of the calendar.2Admittedly, this is kind of an arbitrary list, but I included curling alongside sports that don’t draw much attention in the U.S. during non-Olympic years (so figure skating is in, but hockey is out) or ones that tend to rank low on subjective lists of Winter Olympic sports (cough, biathlon). Here are four examples: SportOlympic monthsOther monthsOlympic Spike Bobsled24.251.02+23.23 Ski jumping8.250.56+7.69 Skeleton8.000.05+7.95 Google’s data doesn’t go back further than 2004, but in an interview with ESPN’s Dotun Akintoye, USA Curling CEO Rick Patzke said America’s curling obsession can be traced to the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. “Salt Lake was our coming-out party in America,” he said. “NBC broadcast about 50 hours of curling. In Nagano in ’98, it was like 30 minutes.” Add in the U.S. men’s surprising bronze medal in 2006, and curling was off to the cult-sport races. Who can even say what kind of uptick in popularity the run by the U.S. men this year will bring?But for an Olympic darling like the “roaring game,” the flip side of big popularity during the games is waning interest, or generally no interest, in the 206 weeks in between Olympic sessions. According to the same Google Trends data as above, none of the sports we looked at had a bigger drop-off in its average search traffic index between months with the Winter Olympics and those without them. Biathlon8.250.17+8.08 Nordic combined1.750.00+1.75 Curling has the biggest spike in Olympic popularityDifference in average Google Trends search-traffic index between Olympic and non-Olympic months for selected Winter Olympic sports, 2004-18 Cross-country skiing9.502.38+7.12 Speedskating21.750.93+20.82 Google Trends search-traffic indices measure activity on a 0-100 scale, where the most active single month by any sport we examined is represented by a 100.Source: Google Trends Avg. Google Trends Index during … read more