Catskill Chill Announces VIP Packages With Pool Access, Private Shows, And More

first_imgCatskill Chill 2016 Lineup: Mike Gordon, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Greensky Bluegrass, Electron, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, Break Science Live Band and Duo Sets, Dopapod, Goldfish, Perpetual Groove, Deep Banana Blackout, Rob Garza DJ Set, Turkuaz, Kung Fu, The Werks, Cabinet, Particle, Zach Deputy, Ryan Montbleau, Orgone, The Nth Power, The Main Squeeze, Pink Talking Fish, Tauk, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Space Jesus, Roosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, The Heavy Pets Tribute to the ‘80s, Gibbz, Jen Durkin & The Business, G-Nome Project, Big Something, Scott Pemberton, Elise Testone’s Zeppelin Tribute, The Magic Beans, Danny Mayer Trio, Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan, The Indobox, Lespecial Primus Tribute, The Primate Fiasco, Hayley Jane and The Primates, The Jauntee, West End Blend, Shwizz, Fikus, ShwiKus, Out of the Beardspace, Turbine plays Radio Dead, Mister F, Strange Machines, Broccoli Samurai, Relative Souls, The Breakneck Boys, Formula 5, Youth Posse, Animal ReportersFor more information, visit Catskill Chill’s website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages (@CatskillChill | #Chillfam) The seventh annual Catskill Chill Music Festival, set to take place September 23rd-25th at their new home New Minglewood in Lakewood, PA, has announced the details of their VIP packages, which go on sale tomorrow, July 13th at 1pm EST. The 2016 VIP package includes all the amenities that were available last year, in addition to exclusive use of an indoor/outdoor VIP and Artist swimming pool/jacuzzi and intimate VIP BBQ sets with private performances by Eric Krasno Band and Michelangelo’s Sunday Sauce featuring Nick Cassarino, Roosevelt Collier, Steve Molitz, Nate Edgar, and Michelangelo Carubba. The VIP package also includes access to the onsite pre-party on Thursday, September 22nd, featuring two sets of Twiddle and several other performers. Check out all the specifics of the 2016 VIP Package below:Exclusive Viewing Area at the Main Stage, featuring Private VIP cash bar with discounted beveragesExclusive Main Stage Chill Tent with seating options and complimentary snacks, located adjacent to the VIP Main Stage Viewing AreaPrivate VIP daytime BBQ on Saturday, September 24th, with a performance by Eric Krasno BandPrivate VIP daytime BBQ on Sunday September 25th with a performance by Michelangelo’s Sunday Sauce featuring Nick Cassarino, Roosevelt Collier, Steve Molitz, Nate Edgar and Michelangelo CarubbaExclusive use of indoor/outdoor VIP/Artist swimming pools and Jacuzzi from 10 AM to 4 PM Friday-SundayThursday Pre-Party Included, featuring two sets of TwiddleVIP Lounge Cabin, conveniently located near VIP camping and the Main Stage, featuring an air-conditioned lounge space. This is the perfect place for VIP’s to sit back and Chill!VIP only bathrooms with showers, located within the VIP Lounge CabinVIP Parking in the nearest lot to the Main Stage, adjacent to the VIP Camping areaClose to Car VIP Camping, adjacent to the Main StageSwift VIP Festival EntranceGolf cart move in/move out escort service to whisk you and your gear to your campsite or cabin upon arrival on Thursday (1:00 PM to Midnight) and Friday (9:00 AM to Midnight), and for your departure on Monday (8:00 AM to 1:00 PM)2016 Catskill Chill Commemorative T-Shirt2016 Catskill Chill Commemorative Poster2016 Catskill Chill Commemorative VIP LaminateOne of the defining characteristics of Catskill Chill is its unique setting. Hosted at New Minglewood, a private summer camp in Lakewood, PA, the venue has cabins for rent, paved pathways throughout, a beautiful lakefront, covered stage facilities, free parking, and free camping. Additional highlights of New Minglewood include indoor movie theaters, indoor and outdoor spaces for yoga, art, and wellness workshops, an easy-to-traverse campus, and “closer than ever” parking. While the “B Stage” and Club Chill will remain covered venues, this will mark the first year that the Chill will present an outdoor main stage for attendees to enjoy music in the open air, under the stars. The festival also offers a farmer’s market, craft and food vendors, a communal bonfire nightly, and an open mic.GA tickets are currently available at the festival’s website. VIP upgrages go onsale tomorrow at 1pm EST.Check out the full lineup below:last_img read more

Robert Trump, president’s brother who shunned the spotlight, dies

first_img“He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again. His memory will live on in my heart forever. Robert, I love you. Rest in peace,” Trump said.Robert Trump, who at 71 was younger than the 74-year-old president, was a business executive and real estate developer. Unlike his reality TV star brother, Robert Trump shunned the limelight.President Trump made an emotional visit to see his ailing brother on Friday at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center before going to his golf club at Bedminster, New Jersey, for the weekend.The president was expected to attend the funeral, an aide said. He has a busy travel schedule in coming days with plans to visit four battleground states as part of his re-election campaign. Robert Trump, the younger brother of US President Donald Trump and a business executive who avoided the spotlight, died on Saturday night, a day after the president visited him in a New York hospital.President Trump announced the death in a statement.”It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight. He was not just my brother, he was my best friend,” the president said. The cause of death was not revealed. Trump told reporters on Friday that his brother was “having a hard time” with an undisclosed illness. A person familiar with the situation said the brother had been on blood thinners.ABC News had reported that Robert Trump was hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Mount Sinai hospital in New York for more than a week in June.That month, Robert Trump won a temporary restraining order against his and the president’s niece, Mary Trump, to stop her from publishing a tell-all book that offered an unflattering look of the president and his family.A state supreme court judge in Poughkeepsie, New York, later denied a request to stop publication and canceled the temporary restraining order.Robert Trump had said the book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” would violate a confidentiality agreement tied to the estate of his father Fred Trump Sr, who died in 1999.The New York Post reported in March that Robert Trump had married his second wife, Ann Marie Pallan, and that they lived in a country home on Long Island.Two of Donald Trump’s children expressed sadness about their uncle’s death.”Robert Trump was an incredible man – strong, kind and loyal to the core. Anyone who encountered him felt his warmth immediately. He will be deeply missed by our entire family,” said Eric Trump in a tweet.”Uncle Robert, we love you. You are in our hearts and prayers, always,” tweeted Ivanka Trump.Topics :last_img read more

All I want for Christmas … is to sell my home

first_imgBruce and Maureen Eastland’s Oxley home has been on the market for 264 days. Picture: Mark Cranitch.IT might not be at the top of everyone’s wishlist this time of year, but all Bruce and Maureen Eastland really want for Christmas is to sell their home.And they’re not alone.Brisbane-wide, the average number of days on market for a house is 34, and for a unit, 61, but for some particularly patient Queensland property owners, it’s a different story.Their properties have been on the market for well over a year, and some even longer.Research from realestate.com.au shows that more than 580 properties — within just 20km of Brisbane’s CBD — have been listed on the market since 2016.More than 50 homes have been listed for sale for a year or more and sixteen have been on the market for more than 18 months.The Eastlands’ home at 23 Mabel Street, Oxley, has been on the market for more than 260 days.The property is on a massive 1492 sqm block and is currently rented by room for $1000 a week. Aerial view of the property at 23 Mabel St, Oxley. Picture: realestate.com.au.Another long-term listing is 10 Perth Street in sought-after Camp Hill.The impressive, contemporary family home on an elevated 469 sqm has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a pool, a media room and an entertaining deck, yet has been on the market for eight months. LUXURY HOMES BOOM IN QLD The property at 23 Mabel St, Oxley. Picture: realestate.com.au.Mr Chrobak said the bottom level of the property was flooded in 2011, but it was fully insured and had since been rewired, repainted and repaired.“The house is better than before it was flooded,” he said.Mr Chrobak said Brisbane City Council had conducted significant flood mitigation in the area and the Eastlands had no trouble securing flood insurance cover in the aftermath. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE One of the two kitchens at the home at 23 Mabel St, Oxley. Pic: realestate.com.au.The Eastlands live on a caravan on the property when they’re not using it to travel around the state, so haven’t been desperate to sell, but would love to offload it by Christmas.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago“I’ve retired, so we bought a caravan and we come and go,” Mr Eastland said.The property is for sale without a price guide, but Mr Eastland said he’d “walk away with $850,000 tomorrow”. “We’re realising a mum and dad with two-and-a-half kids aren’t going to want it,” he said.“If a developer gets hold of it, he’s going to make a motza.” HOW TO WIN AT AUCTION This property at 69 Byron St, Bulimba, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au.Kim and Jose Guerreiro would love to sell their Morningside home for Christmas — so much so that if it doesn’t, they’re prepared to take it off the market, subdivide the block and build a new house next door.The beautiful home on more than 1000 sqm at 37 Carramar Street has six bedrooms and six bathrooms over three levels with views to Bulimba, Teneriffe and Brisbane’s CBD. This home at 23 Mabel St, Oxley, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au.It has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, two kitchens, accommodation for six cars, two 5000L water tanks and 26 solar panels.Despite this, and the fact it offers both an investment and development opportunity, the property still hasn’t sold.“It has serious potential for redevelopment based on what’s happening in the area,” marketing agent Alf Chrobak of Ray White Eight Mile Plains said.“Oxley is just going gangbusters.“The property is only a five to 10 minute walk from the train station and everyone’s building townhouses in the area.”center_img This home at 37 Carramar St, Morningside, is for sale. Picture supplied. Teh entertaining deck of the home at 10 Perth St, Camp Hill. Pic: realestate.com.au.And a riverfront home with future development potential in Bulimba has been on and off the market since May 2016.The home at 69 Byron Street is on a north-facing 1120sq m block, with its own a private jetty. FOREIGNERS BUY 1 IN 4 NEW HOMES The pool and backyard at 37 Carramar St, Morningside. Picture supplied.Marketing agent Nick Preston of The Nick Team said the property had originally been listed for sale in the middle of the year and then again in October.He said the vendors were open to offers in the high $2 million range.“If you took it and put it in Hawthorne or Bulimba, you’d be looking at $4, $4.5 million,” Mr Preston said.“It’s in a little pocket of Morningside nestled next to Hawthorne, so for someone looking for something unique but still within walking distance to amenities, you couldn’t really replicate it for a block and house that size at that price point.” This home at 37 Carramar St, Morningside, is for sale. Picture supplied.The couple has lived in the big family home for 17 years and raised their children there, but are now empty-nesters looking to downsize.“We like living in the street and really like our neighbours,” Mrs Guerreiro said.“It would be such a shame to subdivide the block because it will be a different product then and won’t have the big yard and garden.”last_img read more

Spotlight on words at Arts Fest

first_imgTwenty-six-year-old Thando Mgqolozanamade his literary debut at this year’sfestival with his novel, A man; who is nota man. Mgqolozana’s work challenges thepractices of male circumcision in theXhosa culture.Khanyi MagubaneFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialWriters took to the streets in Grahamstown on 7 July as part of Wordfest, the literary programme at the National Arts Festival that seeks to highlight the need for the proper development of a reading culture in South Africa.The 200 writers who gathered outside the Wordfest venue at Rhodes University in the town were also there to protest against the poor state of reading levels in South Africa.The initiative was supported by a number of prominent people in the literary programme, including the convener of Wordfest and professor of poetry at Rhodes University Chris Mann, and Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture MEC Xoliswa Tom, who launched event.This year’s programme will include lectures from academics, readings from authors, book launches and poetry recitals.The book chain store Exclusive Books has also set up a small shop at the venue.The opening keynote address was delivered by award-winning author Mandla Langa, whose latest novel, Colours of the Chameleon, recently won the Commonwealth Prize for Literature in the Africa region.Langa spoke about the struggles that South Africans have had to overcome, focusing specifically on his own childhood, growing up in the township of Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal province. As a child he was unaware that the Bantu education, as it was referred to during apartheid, he was receiving was of a much lower standard than that of white students in the country.But, despite the social difficulties of growing up in a township, Langa recalls how he immersed himself in books and reading.His love of reading exposed him to poets and authors within his own community. He was groomed by late legendary South African poet Mafika Gwala. He recalled how seeing his first published poem in a literary journal moved him.“When, some years later, one of my poems was published in a magazine, Ophir, edited by Peter Horn and Robert MacNamara, I was over the moon.“I remember going around, getting free drinks in shebeens [home taverns], this boy who’s got a poem published in a real magazine, alongside names of white people, no less. That’s when, to put it mildly, my troubles started. I had found a role that would define me.”But Langa’s elation didn’t last after enrolling in the University of Fort Hare’s English programme.According to Langa, his English lecturer frequently and openly told him, and his fellow black students, that they would never pass “his English”. This did not deter Langa, who went on to finish his degree.Going into exile in the late 1970s, he lived in various countries including Nigeria. During a theatre production based on the infamous 16 June 1976 Soweto uprising, by students from the University of Ibadan, Langa was painfully reminded of his homesickness and the conflicts in his home country.“I remember that, as soon as the students’ performance got to the enactment of the Hector Pieterson shooting, the soldier standing next to me, who was a big man, started weeping uncontrollably.“I also wept. I wept for my country, for the fact that we were thousands of miles from home. In those years it was difficult to think of the possibility of apartheid’s end.”Langa’s speech centred on the need for South Africans to move forward, not to be stuck in one particular era, but also not to forget what had happened in South Africa at the time. He used the metaphor of walking, which he says also inspired former president Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.“Nelson Mandela’s journey in Long Walk to Freedom mirrors the efforts to raise up black American slaves through education by Booker T Washington, who wrote Up From Slavery, another form of walking – it’s less about the physical activity of walking than about attitude; an attitude that, granted, derives its inspiration from walking.”Breaking the silenceAlso launched at the festival was the controversial book by first-time writer, 26-year-old Thando Mgqolozana. His novel, A man; who is not a man, published by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, challenges the practices of male circumcision in the Xhosa culture.During his opening address, the young Eastern Cape writer spoke about his own experience with circumcision. He said that it is difficult for him to see what was once a proud ritual to usher boys into manhood, become a thorny issue veiled in silence in his community.“I felt the need to break the silence and publish this book because the fear is no longer. I wanted to start a debate on this issue, and lift the veil of secrecy around the issue of the death of initiates.”A number of Xhosa traditionalists attended the launch as the topic of male circumcision has long been regarded as an exclusively male issue, and could not be addressed in a public forum including women.Mgqolozana said he was prepared to field tough questions from Xhosa traditionalists, who may have been offended by the book. Instead, he was met with an unexpected amount of support from the audience. He said he was touched by the encouragement from, especially, elder males who, in acknowledging the sacredness of the practice, felt that the writer had taken a leap of faith in openly addressing it.The issue of male circumcision has been a hot topic in the South African media as a number of young men have died due to alleged medical complications. The South African Press Association reported on 7 July 2009 that a 37th Eastern Cape man died after an initiation ritual. The youths, most of them between the ages of 13 and 22, died after undergoing the traditional practice at illegal initiation schools.“You are brave because us man folk don’t talk about such things in front of women folk. But it is good for you to talk about it, because when tradition changes and it results in death, that’s a problem,” said one attendee during the question-and-answer session.“Now is the time for the custom to be transformed. How many deaths must we witness until we do something about it?” asked another attendee.Mgqolozana criticised the House of Traditional Leaders, a body set up by government to deal with traditional issues, whom he says has failed to protect the age-old practice.“They have failed us. The government has tried to come up with legislative laws to try and govern practices around male circumcision. However, the House of the Traditional Leaders has rejected the promulgation of this Act.”Mgqolozana was referring to the Children’s Act number 38 of 2005, which also includes a section on male circumcision.According to the law, males under the age of 16 may not be circumcised, unless:performed for religious purposes in accordance with the practices of the religion concerned and in the manner prescribed, orperformed for medical reasons on the recommendation of a medical practitioner.Mgqolozana says he hopes the book will encourage young and old to open up, as well as integrate women into the conversation, as many mothers are losing their children.“This book doesn’t really have a target audience, but I hope that people who practise male circumcision will read this book.“I’m hoping that the fathers will get my argument, and that the mothers will finally know the secrets of circumcision as they deserve to know what is happening.”The young writer says his mother, though, has been a tough one to convince, “She read the book overnight and she sms’d me the next morning and she said ‘this is really a work of fiction’.”Wordfest will continue at the National Arts Festival until 10 July.Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected] linksWordfest National Arts Festival University of KwaZulu-Natal presslast_img read more

Big break for biotech in SA

first_imgSouth Africa’s biotechnology capabilityis growing steadily. (Image: BioPad) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kagiso Ntanga, LIFElabMarketing and communications manager+27 31 261 6427 or +27 82 808 9180Janine ErasmusThe Bio2Biz conference, held at the Durban International Convention Centre at the end of September 2009, unpacked new, innovative ways in which biotechnology and business can work together.About 700 delegates attended the four-day event, now in its sixth year. Since its inception in 2004 the conference has rotated between KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape provinces.A diverse range of discussion topics was on offer, from drug discovery and development, women in the biotechnology business, stem cell technology and South African biotechnology start-ups, to bioprospecting and indigenous knowledge systems, among others.Bioprospecting is the scientific search, based on traditional healing and biodiversity, for microrganisms, animal and plant species that could be a valuable source of medicinal drugs.Bio2Biz 2009 coincided with an exhibition of the latest in biotechnology developments. Participating exhibitors included the Department of Science and Technology; filtration and instrumentation specialist Microsep; laboratory equipment supplier Davies Diagnostics; the Innovation Fund, a technological campaigner; and a host of other biotechnology-related companies.Biotechnology on the riseThe conference was organised by a group of six partners: the Innovation Fund, eGoli Bio, BioPad, the Cape Biotech Trust, LIFElab and PlantBio. The latter four are designated biotechnology innovation centres, set up under government’s National Biotechnology Strategy, which was adopted by Cabinet in 2001.“Over the past five years, [the innovation centres] have supported the establishment of 30 new start-up biotechnology companies,” said Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, speaking at the conference.Research and intellectual property generated by South African innovators have sustained the new companies, said Pandor, adding that more than 1 000 research jobs have been created and that each year sees more innovative new products and services springing from the country’s creative minds.“We want to make South Africa one of the top 10 nations in the world in terms of the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, flavour, fragrance and biopesticide industries by 2018,” she affirmed.“Already, we have initiated four bioprospecting and product development flagship projects, and registered a Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge Systems degree, the first of its kind in the world.”Indigenous knowledge is beneficial for society because it includes natural treatments that have been used successfully for hundreds of years to treat a range of ailments. Because of the potential for business opportunities offering new healthcare products and services, it can also contribute to job creation.Potential in biotechnologyGuest speaker Dennis Liotta, professor of organic chemistry at Atlanta’s Emory University, was adamant that South Africa had all the necessary elements to be competitive in international pharmaceutical development in its own right.“There is huge potential for the South African biotechnology industry,” said Liotta at the conference’s opening session. “There are strong research scientists, government research councils, a traditional knowledge system and biodiversity.”Liotta, also the inventor of a number of anti-viral drugs, said that the South African biotechnology industry would achieve this by capitalising on its strengths and forging new partnerships to boost areas where skill or expertise is lacking.He is also the director of the South Africa Drug Discovery Programme, an initiative of Emory’s Global Health Institute. This programme aims to furnish African scientists with crucial skills in early drug discovery – a situation that, according to Emory, needs urgent attention.The talented scientists selected for the programme have access to top academic expertise from Emory. As funding is always a challenge in drug development, they learn how to evolve their ideas into a package that will attract the right investors. In this way they can successfully translate their research into effective healthcare products.Once training is complete, the graduates are placed in relevant positions in their own countries.This is a positive sign for developing African nations. These days big pharmaceutical companies focus their attention on markets in the developed world, said Liotta, where they are sure to recoup the huge amounts poured into research and development. Developing nations are thus left out in the cold, as state-of-the-art drugs are simply not made available.“[Pharmaceutical giants] only focus on these needs when put under moral political pressure,” commented Liotta.Traditional remedy to fight HIV/AidsOne of the highlights at Bio2Biz 2009 was a presentation by Southern African Network for Biosciences (Sanbio) director Luke Mumba, which featured a traditional remedy thought to have potential in the fight against HIV and Aids.The treatment is currently under scrutiny by scientists from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The traditional healer who developed the remedy claims it can cure HIV and Aids, and tests have shown that at least one plant used in the drink could possibly be as effective as the antiretroviral Indinavir, manufactured by Merck.The names of the plants are as yet a secret. Sanbio is currently seeking permission to take the active ingredients, in capsule form, to clinical trial in Southern Africa.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

African economies ‘to remain resilient’

first_img25 January 2012While economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa will remain subdued at about 5% in 2012, in line with an expected slowdown in global activity, none of the continent’s key economies are expected to slip into recession, a new report by Standard Bank says.The bank’s latest African Markets Revealed report examines some of the key international and local factors that will drive markets in 21 African economies and covers strategies for investing in the continent across foreign exchange, interest rates, equities and Eurobonds.African markets ‘to roll with the punches’The report notes that the significant downward re-pricing of global growth since May 2011 fostered a jittery risk environment, which added to the very testing circumstances already faced by many African markets.However, Standard Bank Group head of African research Stephen Bailey-Smith maintains that there are good reasons to believe that African markets will roll with the punches in 2012.“Although we are still cautious on global growth, we are more constructive on asset prices that have already discounted plenty of bad news and are benefiting from ample G4 liquidity,” he said in a statement this week. “Such an outlook should prove more supportive for commodity prices and portfolio flows into Africa that have been extremely limited in recent years.”Economic growth forecastStandard Bank’s latest economic growth forecast remains the same as that of 2011 and is below the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) 5.2% projection.“Since May 2011 we have been revising down our growth estimates for Africa predominantly in line with an expected slowdown in global growth activity,” said Bailey-Smith. “Our projection for weighted sub-Saharan African growth was 5% in 2011 and a similar trajectory in 2012, which is well below the IMF’s expectation of 5.8%.”He explained that one of the key issues of disparity between the IMF and the Standard Bank Group view is with regards to South Africa, which remains the largest economy on the continent.Standard Bank Group expects South Africa’s economic growth in 2012 to be lower than expected, which will drag down sub-Saharan African’s weighted growth aggregate.The IMF expects South Africa to grow at 3.6% in 2012 (up from 3.4% in 2011), but Standard Bank Group expects both of these numbers to be lower than expected, pulling down the Sub-Saharan Africa aggregate, he said.Upward revision of Nigerian GDPThe report notes that another potential complicating factor will be the likely sharp upward revision to GDP that Nigeria is likely to get from the result of new survey data. This will increase the weights of the faster growing sectors of the economy in a similar way to the process in Ghana in late 2010.“Interestingly, excluding South Africa and Nigeria, the IMF sees Sub-Saharan Africa growth of 6.8% year-on-year in 2012 from 5.4% in 2011,” said Bailey-Smith. “Once again we are more cautious, projecting a figure of 6.0% for 2012 as more likely, as we see SA as the key drain rather than Nigeria.”The report is upbeat about the performance of currencies, bonds and equities in key African markets, noting that there has been marked improvement in recent months in the performance of Africa’s currencies as the markets again pressed home the message that real interest rates matter.“The sharp increases in interest rates have added significant protection to a number of currencies and made them extremely attractive from a carry trade prospective,” the report explains.Political risks remainThe report also cites political risk of a series of elections as one of the exogenous variables driving Africa’s markets that will remain a key differentiator in 2012.“There is no shortage of election risks across Africa in 2012, with elections (or referendums) taking place in possibly 20 out of the 54 countries across the continent.“The most closely followed by the international investor community will be the outcome of the ongoing electoral process in Egypt, presidential election in Senegal on 26 Feb 12, parliamentary and presidential elections in Kenya and parliamentary and presidential elections in Ghana in December 2012”, said Bailey-Smith.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Fake currency unit unearthed in Odisha

first_imgA fake currency printing unit was unearthed by the police in Parlakhemundi of Odisha’s Gajapati district on Monday. Police suspect the unit was being used to print counterfeit notes to be distributed during the elections in the State.Fake currencies with the face value of ₹2,50,000 in ₹500 denomination was seized from a rented house, where the counterfeit printing unit was operating. Equipments, chemicals and paper for fake currency notes were seized.Two persons — one from Srikakulam district of adjoining Andhra Pradesh and the other, a resident of Parlakhemundi — were arrested from the spot. Another accused from Bihar managed to escape during the police raid.According to investigating police officers, seizure of such large amount fake currencies suggests that those involved in the racket might be planning to circulate them in rural areas during the election process, when cash transactions increases many folds.Gajapati Superintendent of Police Sara Sharma said further investigation is on to find out if the busted fake currency printing unit is a part of a larger inter-State racket.last_img read more

Michael Jordan says Tiger Woods comeback ‘greatest I have ever seen’

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Just two years ago his back pain was so bad Woods thought he might never play again, let alone win another major.“Mentally, you always think you can. But you can’t answer to what your body has to deal with,” former NBA superstar Jordan said of Woods.“I’m pretty sure he questioned himself, whether he could get it back, and he had to put a lot of work in. But he took it head-on. He had to change his game; he had to change his perspective a little bit.“Dealing with his emotions, obviously he believed in himself. But until you put that into action, sometimes it’s a struggle.” Jordan added that Woods’ confidence will be soaring and that should translate into more victories.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I never thought he’d get back physically. He didn’t think he’d get back physically. But he did it. No one expected him to be back the way he is now. “He’s probably the only person who believed he could get back. To me, that’s a major accomplishment. To me, it’s unbelievable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWoods ended an 11-year major drought with a thrilling and emotional Masters victory on Sunday.Aged 43, Woods trails only Jack Nicklaus who won at age 46 in 1986. Woods has 15 major championships, second to Nicklaus’ 18. US golfer Tiger Woods (back) walks during as US former basketball player Michael Jordan (L) poses with a spectator on the third day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris, on September 30, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)Michael Jordan described Tiger Woods’ Masters comeback as the “greatest ever” and added he called the golfing icon to personally congratulate him.“To me it is the greatest comeback I have ever seen,” Jordan told The Athletic. ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIEScenter_img “I think he’s gotten over the hump. I think he’s going to win more. It’s tough mentally. It’s absolutely tough mentally. And then you think about the physical. I’m elated.“You don’t know what Tiger is capable of doing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Terence Crawford seeks win first and respect after vs Amir Khan View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more