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Mzansi Soul Awards

first_imgThe many visitors to South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World CupTM enjoyed our breathtaking sunsets, warm beaches, mountains, Karoo landscapes, bushveld, and wild seas, but they also saw a nation who’s potential is just being realised and people whose soul is built on an unyielding spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation.Says Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa “We surprised the rest of the world with delivering one of the most successful soccer World Cup’s ever seen. The Mzansi awards recognise and celebrate those unique and innovative individuals who helped ensure that the 2010 FIFA World CupTM was an outstanding success, but also highlight positive role models that encourage pride and patriotism in our country.Voting to find the winner of the Mzansi Soul awards started on 15 September and ran until 4 October 2010.  It provided South Africans with an opportunity to nominate individuals whom they felt their soulful contributions made the World Cup a legacy we can be proud of.The Five Top Nominees are:John Robie                –          702 Talk Radio Show Host.Caster Semenya      –          World Class AthleteWyclef Christensen  –           A 7-year old boy who’s father passed away from a terminal illness but with tremendous courage managed rise above it.Lisa Steingold           –           Assisted her domestic worker to start a sewing business.Angela Larkan          –           Founded Thanda After School.  Thanda uses already existing resources to provide daily support to vulnerable children after school, enabling them to stay in their community while being educated and learning life skills. After the votes were closed, Angela Larkan of Thanda After School received 80% of the votes and was nominated winner of the Mzansi soul awards.The award was handed to a delighted Ms Larkan by Miller Matola, at the recently built Fire and Ice Hotel, Melrose Arch.Said  Matola “The Mzansi Soul awards aimed to unearth the stories of true South Africans, and all our nominees truly reflected the values of Ubuntu that have contributed towards enhancing the pride and patriotism of South Africans.We congratulate Ms Larkan, a worthy winner of the Mzansi Soul Awards.”“We stood together as a nation in support of our team and our country. We learnt a valuable lesson, that together we can do anything we put our souls into. We put our souls into delivering a most memorable World Cup. Let us continue with the same spirit to build a nation that we can all be proud of,” concluded Matola.Download the programme [PDF, 153kb] About the International Marketing Council of South Africa (Brand South Africa)The International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa. At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. These did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective. This led to the creation of the IMC, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign.  There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.last_img read more

5 Geocaching Dreams — And How to Interpret Them

first_imgWhen the woods go silent…Dream #4A new geocache was just published within a mile of your house, and you set off to find it. Just as you’re within size of GZ, you see another geocacher making his way to the geocache…and he’s moving faster than you. You try to run but your limbs feel strangely heavy, getting heavier by the second.What it means: Your FTF (First to Find) obsession might be getting a little out of hand. It’s not all about the FTFs, even though they’re fun. Try turning your notifications off for a few days, just to see what it’s like. The goal is to reach a good balance between your day to day responsibilities and your geocaching responsibilities. Maybe 30/70. The struggle to be First to Find is real.Dream #5You walk into the room at a meet-and-greet Event Cache 45 minutes late to accusing and shocked stares. Accusing, because you’re the event host. Shocked, because you’re a tad… how shall we put it?… under-dressed.What it means: Like any good event host, you feel the pressure to make sure your guests are happy and have a good time. Sometimes, that pressure can translate into weird dreams like this one. Our recommendation? Relax. Geocachers are genetically predisposed to be awesome. Put a bunch of them together in a room and they’ll be laughing and sharing stories all day (until someone gets a new cache notification, of course).We think her ‘cachin fashion is spot on.Tell us about your geocaching dreams and nightmares in the comments below!Share with your Friends:More You know you’re a geocacher if you’ve had a geocaching dream, right? SharePrint RelatedFrom the Desk of Moun10Bike: How to Keep Your Geocaching Streak Going in the SnowDecember 18, 2013In “Community”Projekt 2013: The Mega-Event that Fought the Rain and WonJune 4, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out”We’ve Got Urban Geocaching on Lock — QuadLockLog (GC330KJ) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 7, 2013In “Community” What you might not know is what your subconscious is trying to tell you. Whether you were digging through trackables in a bottomless lock-n-lock container, or found yourself frighteningly under-dressed for a geocaching event, your subconscious is probably trying to tell you something. Don’t worry—here are our interpretations of the 5 most common geocaching dreams.**And here is a grain of salt.What dreams may come when we have cached away this mortal coil?Dream #1You’re out geocaching for days and days on end, and all you get are DNFs, even on the easiest geocaches. Each time you reach GZ you look everywhere, but the situation is hopeless… not one geocache is found before you wake up.What it means: You might be feeling incomplete or ineffective in your geocaching of late. Think about your recent geocache finds. Have you been misinterpreting hints? Struggling to find good quality geocache swag among a sea of useless fast food meal toys? Or maybe your trackables just haven’t been getting the logs that they deserve. Whatever it is–something is missing from your experience. Figure out what it is and you might just have put a smiley on yourself. And remember, you’re not alone. Check out this DNF Pride video.DNF Pride PartyDream #2You’re on your way home from a successful geocaching outing at a really awesome geocache, when you realize you still have said geocache in your hands.What it means: Wretched thief! Just kidding. Your subconscious might just be coveting more favorite points, and gently prompting you to hide your own geocache. If you’ve never hidden one before consider giving it a try. If your geocache hides already number in the dozens, this is your chance to access your creative side and design a cool new geocache container.Those favorite points can be yours if you start thinking outside the lock-n-lock.Dream #3You’re geocaching deep in the woods and suddenly everything goes silent. You notice the light has faded and a strong, chilly wind has picked up. You’re miles away from civilization and your phone/GPS has just warned you that it’s losing steam. The tree cover is already making the GPS signal hard to pinpoint. You ate your last energy bar two hours ago.What it means: It’s time to find a geo-buddy (or two or three) to go geocaching with. Sartre might say, “If you are lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company,” but geocaching was only invented after he passed so his perspective was probably deeply skewed. And besides, geocaching is more fun with friends. It’s been scientifically proven.* Check out Geocaching Events to find geocachers near you.*sort oflast_img read more

New Marvel Comic Book LeBron King of Rings

LeBron James’ amazing year – league MVP, NBA championship, NBA Finals MVP, Olympic gold medal – added another memorable accolade: comic book character.Marvel Comics and ESPN have teamed up for “LeBron: King of the Rings,” a limited-edition comic book that will be published in the Oct. 19 NBA Preview issue of ESPN The Magazine. A preview of the comic is currently available online at ESPN.com.The comic imagines what would happen if James actually did make good on his promise to bring Miami not one, “not two, not three. . . not seven” championships.”The story begins after Team USA wins Olympic gold, and it follows James’ journey through self-improvement, as he works on late-game free throws with Golden State Warriors legend and foul-shooting phenom Rick Barry picks up helpful pick-and-roll tips from Tibetan monks. Seriously.Along the way, he defeats a zombie Shane Battier and overcomes recurring quad injuries by building himself bionic legs. The comic follows him through the 2029-30 season, when, after finally winning his seventh title – as a Cleveland Cavalier, believe it or not — King James finally announces his retirement.Fans will have to wait to find out if LeBron wins that elusive eighth title, as the ending will be decided by a SportsNational poll on ESPN.com.The comic was announced at Saturday’s New York Comic Con by ESPN The Magazine editors Ty Wenger and Otto Strong.“We tried to play off the known story lines of LeBron James and his career,” Wenger said in an interview with Marvel.com. He also pointed to his “personal theory about why basketball and super heroes go together very well” as part of his inspiration for the story.There has been debate about whether James could eclipse Michael Jordan as the best player of all time. Chances are, Kobe Bryant will end up as the closet to touch Jordan’s legacy. But neither Bryant nor Jordan can claim to be a comic book hero. read more

DPM tables Travelers Currency Declaration Amendment Bill 2018 in the House of

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 25, 2018 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter K. Turnquest tabled the Travelers Currency Declaration (Amendment) Bill 2018 in the House of Assembly, Wednesday, January 24, 2018.  DPM Turnquest explained that the Amended Bill seeks to tackle several issues by stating clearly what travelers must declare to Customs officials in The Bahamas.An updated Customs Form will reflect the changes to be made, which includes declarations for currency or other negotiable instruments or precious metals or precious stones. Items not declared will either be detained or forfeited as items not declared.  However, the property cannot be detained for more than 72 hours after seizure unless a magistrate orders its continued detention for a period not exceeding three months from the date of the original detention or seizure.The DPM also defended this present Government Administration’s handling of the Financial Services Industry particularly the domestic banking sector in particular of bank closures.“What we see today is the continuation of a trend that has been happening now for several years.  Unfortunately, it is a global trend as more and more banks because of the availability of technology, are taking advantage of that technology to reduce their costs.“Reducing their costs unfortunately means that some of them are moving to an electronic banking platform, requiring less brick and mortar locations, and as a result less bodies.”He said the Bahamian people have not been prepared to benefit or to adapt to the new technology and new reality; and this Government has been trying to take advantage of new technology through the Commercial Enterprises Bill, the efforts being taken in Grand Bahama to create a tech hub, and the promotional tour that the Prime Minister is on in Austin, Texas trying to develop interests in The Bahamas as a tech hub.“Although we are late, we are trying to help our people are adapt to this new reality — even as we talk about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies and how they are going to affect the way we do business, how monetary policy is determined and controlled.”DPM Turnquest also explained that the Government does not control the closure or consolidation of banks, but it is preparing and putting in place strategic plans on how it is going to address the evolution of the banking system.“I do not want to get ahead of the Prime Minister (Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis) as to what are the plans for the domestic financial industry and how we intend to make provision for these communities that have all of a sudden become unbanked.“We want to extend our reach into communities that have been under-served or not served for years and how we need to rationalize the web shop phenomena and these electronic payments and again all of the crpytocurrencies that are popping up.  You will hear more about those kinds of things and how we intend to address them from a technological point of view and a future vision point of view.”He said that in Bimini, the Government encouraged the Bank of The Bahamas to open there as well as Exuma.  The Government also encouraged another Bahamian bank to go into Spanish Wells.“We are doing the best that we can, but we do recognize that is not necessarily the best and the most financially wise approach, because it does [require] additional costs, and in a lot of these communities the cost of business outweighs the benefit.“But we have to understand that we have a moral obligation also.  So we will continue to do the best that we can for these under-served communities to the extent where we can encourage the Board of the Bank of The Bahamas to look at these communities to see whether they can justify establishing branches in either part-time or off-days, or whether full-time,” the DPM said. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more