SA sommelier to take on world’s best

first_img3 October 2013 Xolani Mancotywa, sommelier at the Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg, has been named South Africa’s Best Young Sommelier 2013 and will be flying to Washington, DC to compete with 11 other national finalists in the International Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Sommelier Competition. The contest will take place at the Fairmont Washington, DC Hotel in Georgetown on 18 October, with the winner receiving the gold medal and trophy at a dinner at the French Embassy in Washington, DC on the same day. The national and international competitions are similar in format to those of the Court of Master Sommeliers, involving a day-long exam which tests the sommeliers on theory, practical skills and blind tasting. Originally from Cape Town, Mancotywa became sommelier at the Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg in November. He holds the rank of Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers in the United Kingdom. Mancotywa became interested in wine as a career when he attended a series of wine appreciation lectures at the Warwick’s Chef School near Hermanus in 2008. “I was intrigued by the other learners being able to associate freshly cut grass with Sauvignon Blanc,” he said. “In that moment I knew I had a lot to drink and subsequently learn. This was with the hope of also enlightening those that were as lost as I was when it came to wine.” On his work at the Saxon, where 60% of the clientele is international, he comments: “Pinotage and Chenin Blanc are favorite choices for travelling guests staying at the hotel. These are the bedrock of the South African wine industry. For an international traveler, it is always great to taste the local produce. Areas like Stellenbosch are producing phenomenal wines that have guests shipping cases back home.” Given his extensive experience and expertise, how did Mancotywa prepare for his South African exam and the international competition in Washington, DC? “Study, study, study. Taste, taste, taste. Do service training daily. Eat, live, and breathe it. “It is surreal to compete at this level,” he says. “As a lover of our beautiful country, it is with pride one can compete and expose the world to what we do.” The Chaine de Rotisseurs is the world’s oldest and largest gastronomic society, with 25 000 members in over 70 countries. Source: Wine.co.zalast_img read more

Press release: Brand South Africa engages with citizens in the diaspora in Australia

first_imgMelbourne, above, will be the second stop on Brand South Africa’s GSA Australia trip. (Image: Alan Lam, Flickr)Johannesburg, Friday 03 March 2017 – Brand South Africa will, from 7-9 March 2017, engage with Global South Africans, or citizens in the diaspora, in Australia.In executing its mandate to position South Africa positively and manage the reputation of the Nation Brand, Brand South Africa participates in and organises a series of engagements both domestically and internationally. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the status of the Nation Brand while encouraging citizens to coalesce around efforts to strengthen the country’s reputation and profile. Through this, it is anticipated that South Africans can become active citizens who are able to play their part in this national endeavour.Explaining the importance of South Africans in the diaspora, Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela says, “South Africans living abroad are one of the most important constituencies because of their ability to promote and profile the country positively. Brand South Africa’s research indicates that there are approximately 150 000 South Africans living in Australia and it is for this reason that Brand South Africa will meet with citizens in Sydney and Melbourne on 7 and 9 March 2017 respectively.”“As part of the engagements in Sydney and Melbourne, Brand South Africa will share an analysis of the performance of the Nation Brand. Through this process it is anticipated that Global South Africans can be encouraged to fly the South African flag and therefore contribute to collective efforts promote South Africa as a globally competitive business and tourist destination,” concluded Dr Makhubela.Follow the conversation on #BrandSADownUnder.Interviews can be arranged with identified spokespeople.For more information, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email: tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Newark starts smart-city small with a new kiosk

first_imgSurveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Donal Power How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#IoT#LinkNYC#New Jersey#Newark#Smart Cities center_img How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Though Newark, N.J.’s most sought-after piece of urban infrastructure may be the exit sign after landing at the airport, a new smart city kiosk project looks to make the city more welcoming.GCN says the City of Newark recently unveiled a  hi-tech kiosk as the first public project of its smart city strategy.The newly unveiled BrandNewark kiosk at Military Park is the first product of the MetroLab@Newark smart city initiative.The kiosk offers free Wi-Fi, wayfinding services, web browsing and other services. It also has additional screens for advertisements which will offset the cost of the terminals.More importantly, the kiosks run on an open platform and offer plug-and-play capability, so they will serve as testbeds for applications and sensors from various vendors.The MetroLab@Newark strategy involves partnerships with the New Jersey Innovation Institute, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and various private businesses. It is a local version of the federal MetroLab initiative which seeks to bring universities and cities together to develop smart city projects.Newark’s smart city program aims to make the city a testbed for emerging connected urban technology.“This is a big step forward for the city, to make us an innovative hub where tech companies will want to locate,” said Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka. “BrandNewark is a physical extension of that, and a way that the neighborhoods can feel like this innovation is all around them and they are a part of it.  We want to make it happen right here, a smart city, gigabit internet and a tech-savvy workforce.”Newark hopes to lean from neighbors in NYCHopefully, Newark will have learned the pitfalls of on-street web terminals from the LinkNYC project which saw the technology put to rather rambunctious use.Reports emerged that the kiosks were being used to blast music at late hours of the night and that some people were camped out with chairs in front of the terminals for endless hours.But it was the headline-grabbing use of the kiosks to access pornography in public places that created the loudest uproar and caused the terminals to be modified with stricter content controls. Related Posts last_img read more

Give Your Dream Clients More Time

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now In sales, fast can be slow, and slow can be fast.Even though you may be able to do the discovery work necessary to provide your dream client with the solution they need in a single meeting, the contacts you are meeting with may need more time to discover for themselves the compelling reason they should change and do something different. They may need more time to collaborate with you on what the correct answer needs to include to work for them. When you race ahead, you can leave your contacts behind.You might believe that the stakeholders you have met with have a good understanding of their challenge or opportunity and the right solution, but other people within their company may not have the information to come to the same conclusion. More still, some may have options in direct conflict with what you and your key stakeholders believe to be good and right and true. Your team may need more time to help their peers buy into what they need to do. Pushing for a decision now means depriving them of that time.The solution you want propose can be precisely right for your dream client and also absolutely wrong right now. It is possible that even though your initiative is what they need, they may not have the time, money, or resources to be able to execute it now. They may need time to put certain pieces in place, to acquire the budget, or to dedicate the resources to the initiative.The Complex SaleA complex sale is one in which the buyer makes the decision infrequently, and that decision is significant. When it isn’t often that you make a particular decision, you want to gather information, look at different options, explore varying perspectives, and increase the certainty that you know what you need to know to make a good decision.When a decision is going to have a significant impact, it’s natural to spend more time making sure that you don’t make a mistake. The right decision can propel your results forward, and a bad decision can spell doom.Stay ConnectedYou don’t want to disconnect from your dream client as you work through the sales conversation. If you go so fast that your contacts can’t keep up, you leave them behind. You are better off learning to control the process (See The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales for more on how to control the process).last_img read more

IPL is passe! Get ready for star-studded Indian Super League

first_imgFormer batting greats Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are among team owners in the ISLRetired batting great Sachin Tendulkar will lead a clutch of former cricketers and movie stars in promoting the start of the Indian football league.Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are among team owners in the Indian Super League, which will have its draft for foreign players in Mumbai on Thursday when 49 big names will be available for eight franchise teams.Former Arsenal midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg and ex-Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra, who is of Indian origin, will be among the top names featuring in the draft for the October-December tournament.The tournament schedule has not yet been announced.A similar process for Indian players was completed last month and the teams are allowed to contract two international players directly and five each from the draft in their squads of 22.Tendulkar and Ganguly have been part of promotional events for their franchises Kerala Blasters and Atletico de Kolkata, which are based in two of the more football-crazy parts of the country.Former India football captain IM Vijayan feels the likes of Tendulkar are not just cosmetic additions but take keen interest.”I have had discussions with him (Tendulkar),” Vijayan said ahead of the draft. “I’ve been impressed by his knowledge of soccer, his ideas about the game, and eagerness to know more about it.Tendulkar is a co-owner along with business group PVP ventures while Ganguly co-owns the Kolkata team as part of a consortium that also includes Spanish league team Atletico Madrid.advertisementBollywood actors Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and John Abraham are among the other co-owners of teams in Pune, Mumbai and Shillong, respectively.The tournament, featuring mostly semi-retired stars, might be easier to market in India due to the presence of cricketers and actors, but how will it change the standard of the game in a country which is ranked 150th in the world?”I can’t say that ISL has come in and it will change Indian football and we are going to qualify for the World Cup,” retired star Bhaichung Bhutia said. “But it definitely is not going to damage Indian football.”Noted Indian football writer Jaydeep Basu feels the only benefits of the tournament will be getting spectators to the ground and improvement of infrastructure at the eight venues.”How can you improve the standard of the game with an 11-week league?” Basu said. “People have been working on the game for years around the world and if only money could help improve the game, countries of the middle-east would have been multiple world champions.”The ISL is being organized by IMG-Reliance, which is also the main sponsor of the All India Football Federation after agreeing a 15-year marketing contract in 2010.The Super League is an additional tournament after a national I-League tournament run by the AIFF which features several foreign players but no big names.last_img read more

Benitez Christmas period will be key for Newcastles survival

first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez believes the next few weeks will be crucial if they are to avoid relegation from the Premier LeagueA run of seven points in their last three games has moved Newcastle up to 14th in the league table.But the Magpies are only a point clear of the bottom three with 15th-place Burnley awaiting them at Turf Moor on Monday.Matches against relegation rivals Huddersfield Town and Fulham will come up just before Christmas.And, on the back of securing back-to-back wins before the international break, Benitez hopes to keep up the momentum.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“When you are so close to the other teams, any win is massive – and two wins is even more important,” Benitez told the Chronicle.“I think the international break is bad for us, but at the same time it gives us time to recover and spend time with our families.“We can come back with more energy and, if we can get another couple of good results, I’ve always said November and December will be so important for us.”“We have a run of games up to Christmas which will be difficult, but we have a chance in all of them.“I always said this would be an important period for us.”last_img read more

The original Echo Show Just 70 today only

first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Best Buy Originally published on March 6.Update, June 27: Renewed availability, lower price. Removed bonus deal.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! The Cheapskate Now playing: Watch this: See It Review • The Amazon Echo Show is back and better than before See it Smart Speakers & Displays 2:16 Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa’s new touchscreen needs… $229 $229 See It $229 CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Show Second Generation (Sandstone) News • Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display coming in June for $90 Tags Amazon Echo Show Share your voice No, that’s not what Alexa looks like. It’s an example of video calling, which you can do easily on the Amazon Echo Show. Amazon The arrival of new Amazon Echo products means price breaks on older Echo products. Case in point: The Echo Show 5 went on sale earlier this week, and today we have a huge sale on its first-generation predecessor.Today only, in fact, and while supplies last, Woot has the first-generation Amazon Echo Show for $69.99, shipped free for Amazon Prime members. (Everyone else pays $5.) Last time around, back in March, it was $99.99.See it at WootThe Echo Show is Amazon’s Alexa-with-a-screen product. You get all the voice-activated goodness of a smart speaker, but with a lovely 7-inch screen for watching videos, making video calls, checking the feed from your security cameras and so on.It’s not perfect, though, as you’ll learn from reading CNET’s Echo Show review. There’s a second-generation model that’s better looking and better sounding, but it’s currently priced at $229. (It’ll definitely see a discount on Prime Day next month.)Meanwhile, there’s also the new Echo Show 5, which sells for $89.99 — but has a smaller screen and speaker. If you want a bigger screen and bigger sound, the original Show is a tempting buy at this price.Your thoughts?Read more: Build your own Echo Show on the cheap 10 Comments $229 Crutchfield Dell Amazon Preview • Amazon gives Echo Show sequel sleeker looks and better sound See Itlast_img read more

Discussed Kashmir PM Modi says its under control Trump at G7 Summit

first_imgTrump had last week phoned up both Modi and Imran Khan on the Kashmir issue, after Pakistan went on the offensive over India ending the special status of Kashmir and bifurcating the state into two Union Territories – J&K and Ladakh.During the call, Modi had conveyed that “extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace”, in a reference to the Pakistani leadership’s anti-India venom over the Kashmir issue.The US has reaffirmed that there was no change in its Kashmir policy that it is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. US President Donald Trump meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.ReutersUS President Donald Trump on Monday said that he had discussed the Kashmir issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday night, and was told by Modi that the situation is under control.Addressing the media ahead of their 45-minute bilateral on the sidelines of the G7, Modi conveyed clearly that issues between India and Pakistan are bilateral in nature and there was no need for third party mediation, as both countries were capable of solving their problems together.To a question on Kashmir, Trump said: “Well, we spoke last night about Kashmir, and Prime Minister Modi feels that he has it under control; and now when they speak with Pakistan, I’m sure they will be able to do something. They will be able to do something probably very good.”Modi, asked a question on Kashmir, said: “India and Pakistan have several bilateral issues. And after the election of Prime Minister Imran Khan, I told him that both our countries have to fight against poverty, illiteracy, backwardness and both should work for the betterment of our people. And I have conveyed this to President Trump as well, and we keep discussing our bilateral issues.”He also made clear that “all issues between India and Pakistan are bilateral, and we can find solutions between ourselves through dialogue”.Ahead of their meeting, Trump had said on August 21 that he would discuss the Kashmir issue with “friend” Modi in Biarritz and do his best to mediate in the issue.Trump had told reporters in the White House: “Kashmir is a very complicated place. You have the Hindus, and you have the Muslims, and I wouldn’t say they get along so great. And that’s what you have right now.””And you have millions of people who want to be ruled by others, and maybe on both sides, and you have two countries that haven’t gotten along in a long time.”And frankly it’s a very explosive situation. I spoke to Prime Minister Khan, and yesterday I spoke to PM Modi; and they are both friends of mine, and they are great people, they’re great people. And they love their countries, and they are in a very tough situation.”Kashmir is a very tough situation, and this has been going on for decades, and decades; shooting, and I don’t mean shooting like shooting a rifle, but major shooting of howitzers, of heavy arms, and this has been going on for a long, long period of time.”But I get along really well with both of them. As you know, Prime Minister Khan was here just recently.”And I’m going to meet Prime Minister Modi, I will be with PM Modi over the weekend, in France.”And I think we’re helping the situation, but there’s tremendous problems between the two countries. And I will do the best I can to mediate or do something,” he said.last_img read more

Suu Kyi likens Rohingya issue to Kashmir

first_imgAung San Suu Kyi. Photo: AFPFacing the problem of Rohingya Muslims, Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday likened the issue to Kashmir and said that there is the trouble of sifting terrorists from innocent citizens.Suu Kyi told the media here that there was a need to differentiate between terrorists and innocent people and India was well versed with it, as it had been tackling the issue in Kashmir.“You in India will be very well versed in this. Because (there is) a large Muslim community in India and in places like Kashmir, you had this trouble of sorting out the terrorists from the innocent citizens and all those who are not involved in the terrorist movement at all. So we have the same problem,” she said.Suu Kyi said the Myanmar government had tried to provide security to all those residing in the country.“We have to take care of our citizens. We have to take care of everybody who is in our country whether or not they are our citizens. It is our duty and we try our best,” she said.Suu Kyi is under mounting international pressure to stop the alleged atrocities against the Rohingyas, who are even denied citizenship in Myanmar.Thousands of Rohingyas are crossing over to Bangladesh—where they are sparingly given refugee status—to escape from the violence in Rakhine state. Media reports quoted the UNHCR spokesperson in Bangladesh as saying that at least 123,000 Rohingyas have crossed over in the past few days.The latest exodus began on August 25, after Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts in Rakhine, leading to a violent offensive by the Myanmar army.India also faces the problem of Rohingyas fleeing into the states bordering Myanmar.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said after his talks with Suu Kyi on Wednesday that India shared Myanmar’s concerns over the situation in Rakhine state and the loss of lives of security personnel and innocent people in the violence blamed on insurgents from the minority community.Modi hoped that whether in the peace process or resolving a “specific problem”, all stakeholders worked together to find a solution to ensure peace, justice and dignity for all by respecting the unity and territorial integrity of Myanmar.last_img read more

New Sonos Satellite Speaker Pops Up in FCC Filing

first_img CREDIT: Courtesy of the FCC A list of the equipment used in testing the new device includes a mention of the company’s existing Playbar as a “master device,” and describes the S18 as a “wireless smart speaker (right).” The fact that the new device was tested in conjunction with the Playbar suggests that it is meant to be used as a satellite speaker in a home theater setup. Smart speaker maker Sonos seems to be readying a satellite speaker to bring true surround sound as well s voice control to its Playbar soundbar, if a new FCC filing is any indication.A Sonos spokesperson declined to comment on the filing.The heavily redacted filing, which was published by the FCC Monday, describes a new Sonos device with the model number S18, which has both Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity. Photos and other documents aren’t included in the public version of the filing, but one slip-up gives us a good idea of what S18 will be: Sonos first introduced the Playbar as its very first soundbar back in early 2013. The company followed up with a smaller and cheaper model, dubbed the Sonos Beam, earlier this year.Like all recent Sonos products, the Beam includes microphones for far-field voice control — something that the original Playbar doesn’t offer. By adding smart satellite speakers to its line-up, Sonos could allow Playbar owners to get surround sound as well as voice control to their home theater setups.Adding another product for Playbar owners to its line-up would also be a good match for the company’s business model, which relies heavily on repeat buyers. In its fiscal year of 2017, Sonos sold around 38% of its devices to consumers who already owned at least one of its products.Update: 10:53am: This post was updated with additional information on touch control for the S18 device. CREDIT: Courtesy of the FCC ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety The filing further illustrates this setup with the following schematics: The speaker also seems to have touch controls similar to the ones first introduced with the Sonos One (hat tip to Dave Zatz), which indicate the presence of a built-in microphone for far-field voice control.last_img read more