Young music makers

first_imgIn a 7 p.m. recital prior to the concert, four first and second place winners in the Bach Competition will perform. They include Laurann Estevez, 12, Littlerock; Sofia Kim, 13, Granada Hills; Laura Evans, 12, Corona; and Evan Lih, 11, Chatsworth. First-place division winners Estevez and Kim received $200 scholarships. Second-place division winners Evans and Lih received $100 scholarships. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com. Young winners of the annual Bach Competition and Gail Newby Concerto Competition sponsored by the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale will perform 8 p.m. March 24 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. As the first-place winner of the Gail Newby Concert Competition, 17-year-old Katherine Harris of Azusa will perform Lizst’s Piano Concerto No. 1 as part of the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra’s concert. Harris will share the program with second place winner Krystina Tran, a 15-year-old pianist from Palmdale, who will perform Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3, Movement 1. Harris and Tran received scholarships for $400 and $200, respectively, for their accomplishments. Other top competitors not performing are Phillip Pitcher, Siranush Sahakyan and Joseph Tsai, honorable mention. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chinese boost for South African auto manufacturing

first_img2 December 2015As fellow members of the BRICS association of emerging economies along with Brazil, Russia and India, the relationship between China and South Africa (and indeed, the rest of Africa) is an important one.The Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) is an institutional vehicle for political, economic and cultural interaction between China and Africa; the summit is expected to mark a qualitative shift in those relations.Held on 4 and 5 December with the theme “Africa-China progressive together: win-win co-operation for common development”, the summit will culminate in a meeting between South African President Jacob Zuma and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.Final countdown to the #FOCAC Summit. @UbuntuRadioZA @SAgovnews @ClaysonMonyela @NelsonKgwete @hectormbatha pic.twitter.com/gF6xTeZGiJ— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) December 1, 2015According to Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, trade between Africa and China has reached $220-billion(R3.2-trillion), 22 times higher than it was in 2000 when FOCAC was launched. He was speaking at the Lanting Forum in Johannesburg at the end of November 2015.There are over 3 000 Chinese enterprises operating in Africa, according to the minister. And with more than 3.6 million visits made between China and Africa, tourism is one of the growing industries that offer mutual benefits.Even with the slowdown in the Chinese economy, the potential and benefits for South Africa and the rest of the African continent are still very much apparent. Wang said that China planned to still import over $10-trillion in goods, invest more than $500-billion in overseas ventures, including in Africa, and encourage more than 500 million Chinese tourists to travel abroad over the next five years.In South Africa, China’s presence is slowly growing and beginning to be felt in various industries, including technology, mining and the automotive industry. Jobs are being created, products and commodities are being traded and new markets are being opened between South Africa and China. The Hebei Iron and Steel Group’s steel mill in Phalaborwa, opened in 2014, is just one of the many opportunities being created to herald the new shift. Another venture is the Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) factory in Springs.A media tour of the facility was arranged by the Industrial Development Corporation and Brand South Africa to give South African and Chinese media a closer look at how Chinese business style works in the South African context.Beijing Automotive WorksThe car maker is one of the many Chinese companies operating in South Africa. BAW South Africa is owned and operated by the Beijing Automotive Industry Company, China’s fifth-largest automotive manufacturer; it has partnered with the Industrial Development Corporation and China Africa Motors in the distribution of BAW minibus taxis across Africa. The vehicles are assembled at the company’s factory outside Springs, in Gauteng.Opened in 2012, the factory is the base of operations for BAW in the assembly and the promotion, sales and after-sales service of its vehicles. According to BAW chief executive James Chung, daily production at the factory is 25 to 30 vehicles. The company employs 160 people, the majority of whom work on the factory’s assembly line. Here the company’s flagship vehicle, the Sasuka minibus, is assembled from semi-knockdown kits imported from China.Baw Automotive – Manufacturing Taxis @UbuntuRadioZA @Brand_SA @the_dti @SAgovnews #FOCAC pic.twitter.com/7YiNP1Czt1— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) November 27, 2015Chung is happy with the relationship built between the company and its growing South African customer base, and hopes BAW South Africa can extend its product range over the next couple of years with light commercial vehicles, sport utility vehicles and passenger cars.While he has admiration for the processes involved in operating the business in South Africa, he does have concerns about the level of financial freedom, which is often dogged by red tape and over regulation. He thinks this is an obstacle many find daunting when trying to start a business in the country. Yet he hopes he can contribute to finding a way to alleviate the regulations and paperwork involved through discussions with the relevant parties in the government and the motoring industry.BAW in Springs-China Manufactured vehicles right here in SA –#MeetSouthAfrica journey to #FOCAC next week pic.twitter.com/yDyGsG0Bva— Hashtag South Africa (@hashtag_sa) November 27, 2015The BAW SasukaSimilar in shape and style to the ubiquitous Toyota Ses’fikile- the main player in the South African minibus taxi market – BAW offers a little extra included in the sale of the Sasuka to give it the edge in the competitive local market.Mr James Chung explaining how the call centre operates at Baw Automotive #FOCAC @Brand_SA @SAgovnews @the_dti pic.twitter.com/ntRKP9OWct— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) November 27, 2015In addition to air conditioning as standard in the Sasuka, the minibus also comes with satellite tracking operated by the company itself. The company runs a real-time tracking service for all vehicles sold, which monitors the performance and condition of the vehicle.The company will even alert owners when the Sasuka is due for its next service.The service plan, valid for two years or 200 000 kilometres, is included in the price of the vehicle. Servicing is free and taken care of in-house by BAW. It covers everything from the tyres, brakes, oil and parts replacement to the interiors and on-board technology. In addition, the Sasuka comes with on-board DVD system and GPS navigation as standard. The minibus has a rear-wheel drive 2.7 engine with a maximum speed of 156km/h and fuel consumption of 13.7 litres per 100 kilometres.#FOCAC media tour second leg is at the Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) in Springs @DIRCO_ZA @Brand_SA pic.twitter.com/G9rn8nEnxb— the dti (@the_dti) November 27, 2015SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Why is Darjeeling on the boil again?

first_imgWhat happened?June 8 was a day of considerable significance for Darjeeling as a Cabinet meeting of the West Bengal government was being held there after 44 years. Over 30 members from the Council of Ministers, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, were present at the meeting at Raj Bhavan. However, just about 200 metres away, at Bhanu Bhawan, hundreds of supporters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) — the most important hill party — launched a sudden attack on the police contingent near the meeting venue. Over a dozen police vehicles were set on fire and more than 50 policemen were injured in relentless stone-pelting by the agitators.Why were they angry?The precipitating factor was the government’s decision on May 18 to make Bengali compulsory in all schools. The GJM took exception to this announcement, and took to the streets. It called a strike in all educational institutes in the hills on June 1 and 2. As both the government and the GJM were locked in a war of words, each threatening the other with dire consequences, tension in the hills started rising. The discontent finally found an outlet on June 8, with Darjeeling erupting in violence so intense that it brought back memories of the violent agitation for Gorkhaland spearheaded by Subhas Ghising’s Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) in the mid-1980s.What is the situation now?With the outbreak of violence, the hills again plunged into uncertainty. After a 12-hour shutdown on June 9, the GJM intensified the agitation by declaring an indefinite bandh of government offices and those of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, set up in 2011, from June 12. However, things came to a head on June 15, when the police raided the residence of GJM president Bimal Gurung in his stronghold Patlaybas, and recovered weapons and cash, prompting the GJM to call for an indefinite total bandh in the hills.What is the key demand?The root of the violence can be traced to the decades-old demand for Gorkhaland to be carved out of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong (Kalimpong is now a separate district). In 2008, after the GJM wrested power in the hills from the GNLF, it relaunched the agitation for Gorkhaland, a movement which saw many years of bloody political battles and destroyed the economy of the region. Finally, in 2011, after the Trinamool Congress came to power in the State, the GJM, the State government and the Centre signed a tripartite agreement for the establishment of the GTA, a regional autonomous body aimed at giving significant administrative control over the region to the elected party in the hills. The recent developments indicate the shattering of an uneasy truce between the GJM and the Trinamool government, especially after the party made inroads in the hills and won Mirik, one of the four municipalities that went to the polls recently. The term of the GTA is also coming to an end, and unease was palpable among the GJM leadership over losing political dominance. The fresh agitation for Gorkhaland has strengthened the GJM. Several smaller parties, including the arch-rival GNLF, have joined hands with GJM.What lies ahead?The Centre has called tripartite talks on June 19. While the Trinamool is not keen on attending the meeting, the GJM has said it will attend the talks only if a separate State is discussed. The Trinamool, too, is not showing any sign of engaging in discussions with the GJM. Several companies of the Army and Central forces have been deployed, besides a huge contingent of the police. The GJM has called a long-drawn struggle, and the tourism sector — it is peak season now — has been hit hard. The tea industry is going to suffer and the common man too, as shops, commercial institutions and banks remain closed.last_img read more

D-League: Fiery Cignal drubs Tanduay

first_imgRaymar Jose chipped in 13 markers, seven rebounds, and three assists, while Jason Perkins collected 11 points, four boards, and two assists, as Cignal bounced back from a 86-84 heartbreaker to Flying V last week.“We’re really happy with the way the players reacted in our motivation,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “We know we had a won game last game but we lost it and I really appreciate what the players did today. They practiced hard for the last four days and we hope that we can be very solid in terms of our teamwork.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingDown 4-0 early, the Hawkeyes strung 10 straight points and never looked back, pouncing on the new-look Rhum Masters as they extended the lead to 29, 77-48, after a Byron Villarias trey with 8:15 left.Cignal also shot 9-of-21 from threes, while limiting the Rhum Masters to a paltry 30-percent clip from the field. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Jaymo Eguilos led Tanduay with 10 points and six rebounds, while Von Tambeling poured 10 in the defeat.The Scores:CIGNAL HD 89 – Sumalinog 15, Jose 13, Perkins 11, Potts 10, Bringas 8, Arong 5, Villarias 5, Batino 5, Atkins 4, Raymundo 3, Arboleda 3, Bartolo 3, Sara 2, Cahilig 2.TANDUAY 63 – Eguilos 10, Tambeling 10, Alvarez 8, Sanga 8, Palma 7, Santos 5, Varilla 4, Vigil 4, Gaco 3, Villamor 2, Taganas 1, Sollano 1, Acidre 0.Quarters: 30-16, 48-31, 69-46, 89-63.ADVERTISEMENT Bonleon out to prove he can still play despite weight gain Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Oping Sumalinog. PBA IMAGESCignal HD rode a hot start and downed Tanduay, 89-63, for its first victory in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Oping Sumalinog went on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting from rainbow country to finish with 15 points to lead the attack for the Hawkeyes.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Negotiations Under Way for Car Manufacturer to Operate out of Special Economic Zone

first_imgNegotiations are far advanced with a motor-vehicle manufacturer to operate out of one of the six special economic zones (SEZs) that have already been designated by the Government.        Chairman of the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority, Metry Seaga, said that the entity’s operations will mainly entail assembly. “We actually have some of the vehicles here now, and it’s a programme we’re working towards… (and) we’re just trying to finalise it. But Jamaicans will be able to get cars… at significantly lower prices,” he pointed out.Mr. Seaga was speaking recently on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) news magazine programme, ‘Issues and Answers’.SEZs represent a wide variety of geographically demarcated areas that offer simple and efficient business regulations and procedures for investors.The Special Economic Zones Act, which came into force on August 1, 2016, provides for the designation, promotion, development, operation, and management of the zones, the establishment of a Special Economic Zone Authority, and the granting of incentives in order to attract domestic and foreign investments.The six zones already designated are Cazoumar, Barnett Tech Park, and Montego Bay Free Zone in St. James; Kingston Free Zone, Garmex, and Kingston Wharves Limited in the Corporate Area.The Jamaican Government envisions that SEZs will attract investment andnew economic activities to Jamaica, and generate employment.Mr. Seaga said he is anticipating a huge uptick in manufacturing, business process outsourcing (BPO), services and shipping, from the accompanying tax-incentive regime.Under the regime, entities operating within and through the zones, whether as manufacturers, importers/exporters or providers of goods and services, will benefit from income-tax reductions or exemptions.The measure, he said, will result in lower prices to consumers, where the companies are the sole suppliers in Jamaica of the goods and services being provided.“So, let’s say Sony decides to come to Jamaica to manufacture televisions… those televisions will be sold in the local market as if they were a local product, simply because there is no competition for that product here. So, Jamaicans would benefit fromlower-priced televisions,” the Chairman explained.He said these benefits would not apply if there is a local manufacturer of the product being supplied, as this would constitute direct competition.Mr. Seaga said local manufacturers and producers operating through the SEZs, whether directly or as subcontractors, will also benefit from the incentives being offered.He told JIS News that the objective of the SEZs is to “get the right mix of people and the right mix of products”.“What we are looking for are non-competing products. So, we don’t want people who are (brewing) beer, for example, because we already have a very mature beer market in Jamaica. It is our (Authority) duty to work with (entities like) JAMPRO to make sure that we get the right investment pool,” he pointed out.last_img read more

People on the Move 012810

first_imgHealth magazine appointed Stephanie Dolgoff special projects manager. Dolgoff previously served as features director at Self, executive editor of Glamour and contributing editor at Real Simple.United Business Media’s EE Times Group said Barbara Couchois rejoined the company as vice president of sales operations. Most recently, Couchois served as a sales executive at ON24. Previously, she served as strategic account manager at TechWeb and regional sales director with the EE Times Group.Topeka, Kansas-based Ogden Publications announced a pair of personnel changes: Shelley Stonebrook was named assistant editor at Mother Earth News and Susan Melgren was named editorial assistant at Natural Home. Roger D. Hodge has stepped down as editor of Harper’s Magazine and will be replaced by longtime managing editor Ellen Rosenbush. Hodge joined the magazine as an intern in 1996 and later served as deputy editor from 2004 to 2006. Rosenbush has served as managing editor since 1989.Time Inc.’s Cooking Light named Karla Partilla associate publisher. Most recently, Partilla served as associate publisher at Southern Living, a position she held since 2004.IDG announced a pair of promotions at its IDG TechNetwork: syndication and networks vice president Mike Romoff was named TechNetwork general manager and Brian Gleason, who served as vice president of sales, was appointed chief revenue officer.last_img read more

When Is An Editor An Audience Development Specialist

first_imgSocial media offers a new outlet for editorial projects such as “Kiplinger’s Best Cities for Your Future,” prompting fans to weigh in on the choices and offer their own feedback. “We’re trying to skew to younger demographics with Facebook chats, Twitter parties, online videos, there are endless amounts of possibilities,” says Pollak. “In a lot of places social media is used to drive traffic, but we see the goal as creating a community where people can find answers to their questions.”Social media is becoming a point of conception for editorial and marketing, rather than an afterthought, says Pollak. “It has to be fully integrated throughout the process,” she adds. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance is embarking on an aggressive digital and social media push this year to expand its audience, particularly younger readers (the company also expects digital revenue to be 60 percent of print advertising revenue in 2011). At the center of the strategy is Amy Pollak, who has served in a variety of editorial roles at Kiplinger over the past five years, but is now transitioning to the new position of “audience development specialist,” which combines responsibilities of editorial and the emerging discipline of audience development into one position. “[Director of business development] Wallace Ryland definitely wanted to take advantage of the online opportunity and decided we needed to have a person devoted to those efforts,” says Pollak. “We knew we wanted someone who had an editorial background, who knew what the editorial direction of the brand is. Everyone needs to know this content at some point in their life–do they wait until they have to know or will they be prepared at a younger age.” While Pollak won’t officially move into her new role until Kiplinger finds a replacement for her as an online editor, she’s currently laying the groundwork by putting analytics tools in place. “We have to know the numbers to get a better understanding of what the demographic is responding to. It’s not just ‘Oooh, here’s a shiny new object, let’s go after it.’ I may be the point person but we’ll be disseminating that information to everyone to help them do their job.”last_img read more

Tampa Leaders Look to Expand Tanker Mission at MacDill AFB

first_imgTampa leaders are working to bring KC-135 Stratotankers displaced from installations that receive the Air Force’s next generation aerial tanker to MacDill Air Force Base in an effort to demonstrate the base has the capacity to handle more aircraft.MacDill, which currently has 16 KC-135s, was passed over in 2013 to become one of the first bases to receive the KC-46A Pegasus. That competition would have brought 36 jets to MacDill, and local officials want to show that the base can support a greater number of aircraft, reported the Tampa Tribune.With MacDill already slated to receive eight additional tankers starting in 2017, base supporters are pushing to obtain 12 more. They are targeting the four bases in the running to host the first Reserve-led KC-46A unit — Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.; Seymour-Johnson AFB, N.C.; Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass.; and Grissom ARB, Ind. Additional KC-135s should become available from the installations that receive the newer aircraft.“When these bases get the KC-46, we want the KC-135s to continue to come here,” said Chip Diehl, a former MacDill base commander who now serves as vice president of the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance.Air Force officials, however, say no decision have yet been made about relocating the Eisenhower-era tankers.The area’s congressional delegation is spearheading the effort to show that MacDill has the operational and logistical capacity to accommodate more aircraft.“Our ‘MacDill Means Mobility’ campaign will not stop there and will advocate for KC-46s to be assigned to MacDill in future years,” said a spokeswoman for Rep. Kathy Castor (D). Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

REMINDER After Monday New Years Week Trash Recycling Collection Is Delayed By

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an important reminder from the Town of Wilmington:Trash and recycling collection on Monday, December 31, 2018 will be picked up as regularly scheduled. Tuesday through Friday pickup will be delayed one day due to the New Year Holiday.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedREMINDER: Due To Memorial Day, Trash & Recycling Collection Is Delayed By One Day This WeekIn “Government”REMINDER: After Monday, Christmas Week Trash & Recycling Collection Is Delayed By One DayIn “Government”REMINDER: Due To Presidents’ Day, Trash & Recycling Collection Is Delayed By One Day This WeekIn “Government”last_img read more

Indians again top the chart of foreign investors in Dubai property

first_imgDubaiReutersIndians again topped the list of foreign investors in property  in the Emirates as they bought property worth Rs 42,000 crore in Dubai from January 2016 to June 2017, according to data released by the Dubai Land Department (DLD).The data from the DLD show a jump of Rs 12,000 crore from 2014, when the department recorded Indian buyers investing Rs 30,000 crore that year, the Times of India reported.”For years, Indians have consistently been the most prolific non-GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) buyers of Dubai real estate. From January 2016 to June 2017, they bought property worth more than Rs 42,000 crore in the emirate,” said a statement from Dubai Property Show.Also, apartments were the most preferred property type, with 33 percent share in properties bought. The next top pick was villas at 17 percent. Commercial property stood at 9 percent and lands stood at 6 percent. About 35 percent were not decided when answering the survey questions.According to a report by international property consultant Knight Frank, Indian homebuyers have from 2012 to 2017 seen an overall return of 49.3 percent, the highest in the world.Dubai is one of the most affordable property destinations around, and the strengthening of the Indian currency further pushed the investors to buy more.”The UAE’s safe haven status, stable economic growth and bottomed out prices have been the key factors for attracting Indian realty investments in Dubai. In addition, many Indians find Dubai as their base for business between India and the wider Europe and Middle East,” said Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, Strategic Marketing & Exhibitions — organiser of the International Property Show in Dubai.Dubai is one of the favourite destinations for the Indians for other reasons as well, like high capital gains, great return on investment, a tax-free environment, and more transparent deals.”The profits on properties in Dubai in the form of rents and resale are high. The Dubai realty market has everything on offer — from high-end luxury to affordable housing, making it a perfect destination for Indian investments. This year’s edition of International Property Show will have some of the best properties on offer, allowing serious Indian buyers to make deals and agreements right at the show,” added Al Shezawi.However, while property prices in Dubai have been attractive for the last few years, prices in London have also plunged after Britain voted to leave the European Union, making London another attractive and realistic market for high-end Indian investors. London PropertyReutersAccording to Parth Mehta, managing director of Paradigm Realty, global investments will skyrocket in 2017 due to the interest of Indian investors and the fundamentals of Dubai and London’s property markets.”With steady growth, the real estate market will pervade every sphere of economic activity. Moreover, friendly bilateral policies and an influx of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) will boost business sentiments,” said Mehta.Reports had suggested in August that Indians are now the second-largest prime Central London Property buyers after overtaking Middle East purchasers driven by a fall in the Gulf investors’ demand due to economic and political uncertainty and a weakening pound in Britain.last_img read more