Local athletics brand for Kenya stars

first_imgRay Maota Kourage Athletics aims to be the official sponsor of Kenyan athletes in 10 to 20-years, giving sportswear giants Nike and Adidas stiff competition. (Image: Wikipedia) One of the t-shirts available now has the Kourage graphic on it. T-shirts from Kourage retail at US$39 (R317). (Images: Kourage) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chris Markl  Kourage Athletics: Founder RELATED ARTICLES • Legacy of 2010 shines in Kenya • Photoafrica shows Africa’s cityscapes • Quality inputs for Kenya’s farmers • Environmental activist laid to restA Kenyan company has developed a local brand of sportswear for the country’s range of elite athletes, ensuring that when they compete internationally, their gear reflects a sense of national pride and commitment.Kourage Athletics was launched in July 2011 and is the only athletics apparel company of its kind in Kenya.Hussein Kurji, designer and head of operations for the company said: “There are a lot of Kenyan athletes and you always see them wearing Nike and Adidas, and not something from their own country.“We do have quite a good track record when it comes to running, so why not match that with an equally big clothing brand?”So far no major stars have been approached by the company to promote the brand, but it is hoped that in 10 to 20 years it will become their gear of choice.For now, Kourage will associate with youth organisations with a focus on sport.The company is the brainchild of Chris Markl, a professor of economics and political science at Florida State College in the US.Markl said: “I always wondered why ‘ethical’ clothing lines were so focused on concentrating operations in America or Europe. There are incredible designers and entrepreneurs in impoverished countries.“To create real economic development, an apparel company needs to create as many economic linkages in a poor country as possible.”With every purchase of a Kourage garment, revenue is injected back into the Kenyan economy. This helps sustain jobs and create wealth for local communities.Kourage also hopes to inspire entrepreneurship. Kurji said: “We hope the entrepreneurship spirit of Kourage will show other young talent that if you have the courage and perseverance, you can achieve what you want to.”From Kenya, by Kenyans for the worldKourage Athletics is designed, manufactured and managed in Kenya by locals, so by purchasing their apparel, one is investing in the Kenyan people.Its clothing is produced at Viva Africa, a Kenyan-owned and -operated factory, which also produces other types of branded garments.Viva Africa employs 200 people, the majority of whom are women.Conditions at the factory are good, and the area in which employees work is kept well-lit and cool. They work 45-hour weeks with an hour-long lunch each day. They are also paid well above the country’s minimum wage, according to Markl.Best performance, best fitKourage garments are modern, fashionable and use the same type of quick-dry fabric that leading sports brands like Nike and Adidas use.Kurji said: “We combine the fit of your favourite t-shirt with the best performance fabric in the world.“We tested Kourage garments under extreme conditions, in snow on Mt Kenya and in the heat of the Rift Valley plains. Kourage garments are perfect for any athletic endeavour.”For the launch, 1 000 t-shirts were produced by the company with different graphics and designs.The sportswear company is planning on increasing its line by adding hooded sweatshirts and running shorts, which it hopes will boost sales.Creation of KourageMarkl spent 1 000 hours planning how to start the company, which included liaising with Kenyan factories, photographers and graphic designers.Liaising took place over the internet and by phone as he is still based in the US.Markl strategised in great detail before making his first trip to Kenya in 2009.Once in Kenya, he met up with five entrepreneurs in their 20s and 30s, who are now Kourage’s key employees specialising in photography, fashion, production and graphics.Markl invested US$25 000 (R203 000) in the enterprise and although he says he works over 50 hours a week on Kourage, he does not get paid.Having only seen a $5 000 (R40 000) return on investment so far, Markl says jokingly: “One day I would like that money back but as long as I don’t give up, we’re fine.”last_img read more

Remembering Mandela, one year on

first_imgNelson Mandela will always be remembered for his compassion, forgiveness and the spirit of Ubuntu that he lived by. His life, more than his words, serve as the greatest inspiration not only to South Africans but to the rest of the world too. (Image: GCIS) • Active citizenship in memory of Mandela – Bachelet• Remembering Mandela: living the legacy • Memories of Mandela • Mandela left his mark on many homes • It’s not easy to talk about Madiba – Ahmed Kathrada On 9 May 1994, the day before Mandela’s inauguration as president of South Africa, Time magazine ran in-depth features on the “miracle” of the country’s democratic transformation. (Image: Time) Nelson Mandela in the 1960s. (Image: Historical Papers, University of the Witwatersrand) Nelson Mandela working in the Robben Island prison garden in 1977. The photograph, simply titled “A prisoner in the garden” by the National Archives, was taken by a media contingent sponsored by the apartheid government. (Image: National Archives, courtesy Nelson Mandela Foundation) Mandela with Graça Machel, his third wife and the widow of former Mozambican president Samora Machel, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu at a celebration of Tutu and his wife Leah’s 50th wedding anniversary. (Image: Hope Foundation)On 5 December South Africa will mark one year since Nelson Mandela passed away in his Houghton home, after many months of ailing health. The world mourned his departure, having lost one of its greatest inspirations.US President Barack Obama said we should “pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived”. The then Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd called Mandela the man of the century, while Bill Gates said his “grace and courage changed the world”.World leaders and celebrities flew to South Africa to attend his funeral in Qunu and the memorial service at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. They mourned his departure, but also celebrated the 95 remarkable years he had lived.After spending 27 years in apartheid’s prisons, Mandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994. He united a fraught and fearful country, bringing together blacks and whites when South Africa was a violent and troubled country. His legacy is enormous. For 27 years he was South Africa’s icon of freedom, even though apartheid law made displaying his image illegal.At the end of his presidency he continued to work for a better South Africa, mainly through his many foundations. These include the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, and, in his home province of the Eastern Cape, the Nelson Mandela School of Science and Technology, which opened in January this year. Mandela’s name – and prison number – are also used in the 46664 campaign, a worldwide concert fundraising programme to help victims and orphans of Aids.Troublemaker from the Eastern CapeNelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape province, the son of a chief of the Tembu clan of the Xhosa nation. At the age of seven he was enrolled in the local missionary school, where he was given the European name “Nelson” by a Methodist teacher who found his African name difficult to pronounce. That name, Rohlihlahla, means “troublemaker”.After his father was stripped of his chieftainship following a dispute with a local magistrate, Mandela and his mother moved to the small village of Qunu. In 1927, when Mandela was nine, his father died, and the boy became the ward of the Tembu regent, Jongintaba Dalindyebo. He was to be groomed to assume high office but, influenced by the cases that came before the chief’s court, decided to become a lawyer.In 1939, after he had matriculated from school, Mandela enrolled at the University College of Fort Hare for a bachelor of arts degree. But the following year, after being suspended from college for joining in a protest boycott and fleeing an arranged marriage, he moved to South Africa’s principal city, Johannesburg.Arriving in Alexandra township in the north of the city, he found work as a guard at one of Johannesburg’s many gold mines, and later as an articled clerk at a law firm. He completed his degree by correspondence at the University of South Africa, and began to study law at the University of the Witwatersrand.In 1942 Mandela entered politics by joining the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s major liberation movement and today the country’s ruling party. It was during this time that he and a small group of mainly young members of the ANC embarked on a mission to transform the party into a mass movement.In 1944 he, Anton Lembede and Mandela’s lifelong friends and comrades Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu founded the ANC Youth League (ANCYL). That year he also married his first wife, Evelyn Mase. In 1947 he was elected president of the ANCYL.The year 1948 was a dark one in South Africa, with the election of the racist National Party, voted into government by a white electorate on the platform of apartheid. In response, in 1949, the ANC adopted its Programme of Action, inspired by the Youth League, which advocated the weapons of boycott, strike, civil disobedience and non-cooperation with authority.The programme aimed at the attainment of full citizenship and direct parliamentary representation for all South Africans. In policy documents co-written by Mandela, the ANCYL paid special attention to the redistribution of the land, trade union rights, free and compulsory education for all children, and mass education for adults.During the Campaign for Defiance of Unjust Laws in 1952, Mandela was elected the ANC’s national volunteer-in-chief and travelled the country organising resistance to discriminatory laws. He was charged and brought to trial for his role in the campaign and given a suspended prison sentence.Mandela and Tambo attorneysIn recognition of his contribution to the defiance campaign, Mandela was elected president of both the Youth League and the Transvaal region of the ANC at the end of 1952. He subsequently became the deputy president of the ANC.Soon after the defiance campaign, Mandela passed his attorney’s admission examination and was admitted to the profession. In 1952 he and Oliver Tambo opened a law firm in downtown Johannesburg.Tambo, the chairperson of the ANC at the time of his death in April 1993, wrote of their practice: “To reach our desks each morning Nelson and I ran the gauntlet of patient queues of people overflowing from the chairs in the waiting room into the corridors … Our buff office files carried thousands of these stories and if, when we started our law partnership, we had not been rebels against apartheid, our experiences in our offices would have remedied the deficiency. We had risen to professional status in our community, but every case in court, every visit to the prisons to interview clients, reminded us of the humiliation and suffering burning into our people.”The 1950s turned out to be a time of strife and tribulation for Mandela – he was banned, arrested and imprisoned. His personal life was also in some turmoil, as he divorced Evelyn to marry Winnie Madikizela. He was also one of the accused in the historic Treason Trial that ended in 1961, with the state dropping all charges.The Black PimpernelIn 1960 police opened fire on a group of protesters in the township of Sharpeville, killing 69 people. The reaction was immediate, with demonstrations, protest marches, strikes and riots across South Africa. On March 30 1960, the government declared a state of emergency, detaining more than 18 000 people, and banning the ANC and other liberation movements.With the banning, the ANC leadership went underground and Mandela was forced to live away from his family. He was a master of disguise and managed to evade the police, a feat which earned him the nickname in the media as the Black Pimpernel.The banning also forced the ANC to move from nonviolent to violent means of opposing apartheid. Umkhonto we Sizwe, the movement’s armed wing, was formed in 1961, with Mandela as commander-in-chief. After travelling abroad for several months, he was arrested in 1962 on his return to South Africa for unlawfully exiting the country and for incitement to strike. Convicted, he was sentenced to five years on Robben Island, the notorious political prison off the coast near Cape Town.While serving this sentence, he was charged with sabotage in the infamous Rivonia Trial. In 1964 Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment.Eighteen of Mandela’s 27 years in jail were spent on Robben Island, where he carried out hard labour in a lime quarry. As a D-group prisoner, the lowest classification, he was allowed only one visitor and one letter every six months.While in prison Mandela studied by correspondence with the University of London, earning a Bachelor of Laws degree. In 1984 he was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, and in December of that year he was moved to Victor Verster Prison near Paarl in the Western Cape.President of South AfricaOver the years, South Africa slowly descended into near-chaos, with almost constant unrest inside the country, armed insurgency from without, and steadily increasing international pressure from the international community to end apartheid. On 2 February 1990 the country’s National Party president, FW de Klerk, made a remarkable announcement: a negotiated settlement would end apartheid, all liberation movements would be unbanned, and all political prisoners released – including Nelson Mandela.Nine days later Mandela walked out of Victor Verster prison, his wife Winnie on his arm and his fist raised in the liberation movement salute.In 1991, at the first national conference of the ANC held inside South Africa after its decades-long banning, Mandela was elected president of the party. His long-time friend, Tambo, became national chairperson. In 1993 he and FW de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their different roles in the peaceful end of apartheid.In 1994, after South Africa’s first democratic elections, Mandela became president of the Republic of South Africa. That year he published his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, which he started writing in prison.After serving a five-year term as president of the country, Mandela ceded the ANC presidency to Thabo Mbeki. He retired from public life in June 1999, though not from the public eye. He built himself a home in his birthplace in Qunu, which he would visit as often as he can.FriendshipsKnown affectionately by his clan name of Madiba, Mandela had friends across the world – Bill Clinton, Bono of U2, Naomi Campbell. Some of his friendships went back over 60 years, as with Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo and Ahmed Kathrada.In his autobiography Memoirs, Kathrada recounted that he and Mandela affectionately called one another madala, isiZulu for old man.“Charming and charismatic, he has both a magnetic personality and a commanding presence,” Kathrada wrote. “An uncommon amalgam of peasant and aristocrat, he is a living paradox: a democrat par excellence, with just a touch of the autocrat; at once proud but simple; soft yet tenacious; obstinate and flexible; vain one moment and humble the next; infinitely tolerant but also impatient.”Kathrada and Mandela spent 18 years together on Robben Island and a further seven in Pollsmoor Prison, along with Sisulu.“For all the public exposure and media attention Madiba remains an enigma to all but his most intimate circle,” Kathrada said.He recounted an incident with a terminally ill girl, Michelle Britz, that was typical of Mandela. She wanted to meet Madiba, and when she met Kathrada on Robben Island, he got to know of her wish. Kathrada passed on her wish to the then president, who sprang into action immediately.“The president of South Africa, a universally respected statesman with one of the busiest schedules on earth, flew to the Mpumalanga town of Secunda by helicopter, bearing gifts for a sick child.“The emotional meeting between Madiba and Michelle was shown on national television, and as she clasped her little arms around his neck and kissed him, the eyes of millions must have filled with tears, just as mine did.”In his honourNelson Mandela was given the freedom of 45 cities around the world, and honorary citizenship of 11 cities.In Johannesburg, his image was cast in a 6m-high bronze statue and stands preserved in his famous jive in Nelson Mandela Square.Speaking at the statue’s unveiling in April 2004, Ndileka Mandela, Madiba’s eldest granddaughter, said: “This is a very happy statue. The dancing stance pays tribute to the spirit of joy and celebration inherent in the people of South Africa.”The countless tributes to him around the world are without precedent. He had 23 schools, universities and institutions named after him; 25 halls, buildings, monuments and housing developments; 13 stadiums, squares, plazas, parks and gardens; 91 streets, roads, boulevards and parks; 32 bursaries and scholarships, foundations and lectures. Thirteen statues, sculptures and artworks carry his name.From 1979 onwards, Madiba was awarded 76 degrees, including 42 doctorates, from universities in 30 countries of the world. That’s more than two degrees every year.Madiba collected dozens of accolades from around the world: 18 sports-related honours and awards, and 115 other awards.He had a range of strange items named after him: a landfill site, a spider, a sea-slug, a protea, a tea, an orchid, a rescue dog, and a racehorse.Marriage, children and old ageMandela and Winnie divorced in 1996. In 1998 he married Graça Machel, widow of Samora Machel, the president of Mozambique until his death in 1986.Their wedding anniversary was the same date as his birthday – 18 July. In a 2008 interview with Mike Hanna on the Al Jazeera television network, Machel described how lonely Mandela was when she first met him.“After 27 years in jail, what he most longed for was not the glory of political life, but to have a family life,” she said. “It was a meeting of minds and a meeting of hearts.” Although she hadn’t wanted another marriage after Samora Machel’s death, she decided that her gift to Mandela on his 80th birthday would be to marry him.“Madiba has allowed me to continue to be myself. He has always respected my space. We have a deep sense of sharing, but at the same time we respect each other’s identities.“For a man of his age, a man who has gone through those kinds of experiences, he could have become extremely possessive. He’s not. Maybe that’s what love really means. We have found a balanced and respectful way of relating.”Mandela outlived three of his six children, and only three of his daughters are still alive: Makaziwe, Zenani and Zindzi. He had 18 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren, as well as four step-children from his marriage to Machel.Towards the end of his life he and Machel spent their time in Qunu or at their home in the upmarket suburb of Houghton, in Johannesburg. His greatest pleasure of his old age, he said, was watching the sun set, with the music of Handel or Tchaikovsky playing in the background.A short distance from the tranquil surrounds of Houghton, his famous words from the Rivonia Trial echo on the walls of the Drill Hall in central Johannesburg:“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live and to achieve. But if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”last_img read more

NCAA Season 93 Preview: With key guys out, Cardinals to bank on defense

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “I’ll expect them to score 30 each and every night,” said Co, making himself believe in the words he’s saying.It’s clear, though, that with his top four offensive options gone, Mapua must double down on defense and do the dirty work.“For us, defense is the most important part so that we can give a very good fight. Whoever is the opponent’s top guy, we’ll double him and rotate on defense,” Co said.With little expectations coming into the season, all the PBA legend wants is to see a Mapua squad fighting until the end and not a listless team that is ready to get blown out of the water whenever they come to play.“Every game, we will be there, we will give a good show,” he said. “We will fight. I don’t want us to lose in a humiliating fashion. Even though we lost a lot, we want the other teams to have a hard time against us. We’ll still do our part.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ “We’ll be in the Finals,” he joked before feigning a laugh.But it’s clear to Co that what happened to the Cardinals in the offseason is no laughing matter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFrom the drama that surrounded reigning two-time NCAA MVP Allwell Oraeme to the departure of lead playmaker Darell Menina, it’s obvious that Mapua will look far from the squad which made the Final Four for the past two seasons.Though the return of Leo Gabo softens the blow,  putting the responsibility on him, senior Andoy Estrella, and the comebacking JP Nieles might just be too much to ask for the Cardinals. Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection LATEST STORIES Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img NCAA Season 93 Preview: Mapua Cardinals1.8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Head coach: Atoy CoLast Season: 12-6 (3rd)Holdovers: Andoy EstrellaKey Losses: Allwell Oraeme, Darell Menina, Joseph Eriobu, CJ Isit.Key Additions: JP Nieles, Leo GaboRather than dwell on his losses, Mapua coach Atoy Co is approaching the upcoming NCAA Season 93 with a sense of humor.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Valdez lauds Morado’s leadership in Creamline’s strong startlast_img read more

PH gets bronze medals in table tennis, javelin throw

first_imgPhilippines got medals from table tennis and athletics to hike its bronze medal haul to 12 in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Tuesday night.Richard Gonzales won a bronze medal for the country in the table tennis men’s singles, a first for the sport so far.ADVERTISEMENT Evalyn Palabrica also secured a bronze in women’s javelin throw in athletics.On the same night, athletics top bet Eric Cray got gold and silver in 400m hurdle and 100m dash, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 50 million could watch Mayweather-McGregor in the US alone Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Keanu Reeves return to Winnipeg after two decades to be less dramatic

first_imgAdvertisement Presumably, Reeves will feel more comfortable with his Winnipeg gig this time out. Not long after performing the Melancholy Dane, Reeves told this reporter he had initially felt like a “deer in the headlights” confronted by a looming truck with the word “Hamlet” across its front.Siberia may be more in his comfort zone. The film is to be directed by Matthew Ross, best known for the recent feature film Frank & Lola, another story of obsessive love starring Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots. The script was written by Scott B. Smith (A Simple Plan).Reeves is one of three actors making a return trip to Winnipeg. Sir Ben Kingsley, currently in town shooting the serial killer thriller Nomis opposite Henry Cavill and Alexandra Daddario, played the lead role of an alcoholic hitman in the 2007 film You Kill Me directed by John Dahl.According to the Internet Movie Database, actor Stanley Tucci has also joined the cast of Nomis. Tucci played a passionate ballroom dance contestant in the 2004 film Shall We Dance opposite Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez.The year continues to be a busy one for the Winnipeg film industry, which enjoyed a genre movie boom beginning in November with the back-to-back shooting of the First World War zombie thriller Trench 11, starring Rossif Sutherland, Incident in a Ghostland, starring French pop icon Mylène Farmer, the psychological thriller Behind the Glass, starring India Eisley, Mira Sorvino and Jason Isaacs, and Cult of Chucky, the seventh film in the Child’s Play franchise, starring Fiona Dourif and Jennifer Tilly, which wrapped production last week.In that vein, city crews are also gearing up for a post-apocalyptic genre film titled Break My Heart 1000 Times, an adaptation of a young adult novel by Daniel Waters.According to a report in Variety, actress Bella Thorne (The DUFF, Scream: The TV Series) is set to star in the film, set in a world in which the barrier between the living and the spirits of the dead has been [email protected]: @FreepKing Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment IT was 22 years ago when actor Keanu Reeves, a freshly minted action star after the hit movie Speed, made a bold career pivot, signing on to perform the title role of Hamlet on the stage of the Manitoba Theatre Centre in the winter of 1995.According to local industry sources, Reeves will be returning to Winnipeg this spring to shoot the movie Siberia (not to be confused with the 2013 NBC TV series of the same name, which was largely filmed in Birds Hill Provincial Park).The 52-year-old actor, still a hot action star in the wake of the US$130 million gross of John Wick Chapter 2, plays a diamond dealer trying to sell blue diamonds of questionable origin in Russia, falling in obsessive love with a Russian café owner along the way. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Nassau Farmers say it will take 60 Million to rebound from storm

first_img Related Items:#FarmersUnitedAssociation, #HurricaneMatthewdevastatesfarmers, #MagenticMediaNews Favorite Things – Police Cadet Corps Relaunched in The Bahamas Favorite Things – CCTV Launched in Jamaica, dubbed the “Jamaica Eye” Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 30, 2017 – Nassau – Farmers in The Bahamas have pull and are important because they reduce the importation of food by an astounding $1 billion dollars per year; that is why the Farmer United Association of Nassau believes its presentation to the Minister of Agriculture following the double devastation of Hurricane Matthew and contaminated feed which wiped out livestock will get them some assistance.The FUA has put the injection required at $60 million, telling media that to rebound it will take $30,000 per acre.  There is said to be 2000 acres of farm land in Nassau and 60-100 members of the FUA.  The farmers have organized themselves and president of the newly formed group, Caron Shepherd explained that the farmers are still trying to overcome issues with salt in the soil and the Ministry has yet to disclose if the tests on the feed to pigs and hogs was contaminated.Shepherd agreed that the $60 Million request was unprecedented and said the voucher offered to the farmers by Agriculture Minister, V Alfred Gray would likely be insufficient to replenish the farms.#MagenticMediaNews#FarmersUnitedAssociation#HurricaneMatthewdevastatesfarmers TCI: New Training Center opened by Hotel & Tourism Associationlast_img read more

President CEO of Sempra Energy to retire later this year

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 12, 2018 March 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom President, CEO of Sempra Energy to retire later this year San Diego’s Sempra Energy (SD Union Tribune)SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Days after wrapping up a massive $9.45 billion deal to acquire the largest utility in Texas, San Diego-based Sempra Energy announced Monday that Debra L. Reed will retire as president, CEO and chairwoman of the executive board later this year.Reed, who last month hit 40 years with Sempra Energy companies, will step down as president and CEO on May 1, but she’ll continue as chairwoman of the executive board until Dec. 1. She’ll be replaced as CEO by Jeffrey W. Martin, who currently serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, and as president by Joseph A. Householder, who is now the company’s corporate group president of infrastructure businesses.“We have a talented and deep management team (and) Jeff Martin and Joe Householder are both tremendous leaders who will be excellent stewards of Sempra Energy’s continued growth and success in the future,” Reed said in a statement. “Over many years, our board of directors has led a robust leadership succession planning effort, and today’s announcement of new officer elections reflects the successful implementation of this planning.”The retirement announcement comes just four days after regulators in Texas approved Sempra’s deal to buy Oncor, the largest utility in the Lone Star State, which serves about 3.5 million Texans. The Sempra-Oncor deal — in which Sempra agreed to several dozen conditions, including Oncor retaining an independent board, and rate savings initially going back to customers — succeeded where at least three others had failed, including a bid from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.“Y’all are done,” the Texas Public Utility Commission chairwoman said Thursday in giving the deal its final stamp of approval, according to the Dallas Morning News.Reed, 61, has been Sempra Energy’s CEO since 2011 and assumed the top spot on the executive board in 2012. In announcing her pending retirement, she touted her recent accomplishments and the company’s positive outlook, including the acquisition late last week of Oncor, the largest utility in the Lone Star State, and the “anticipated launch of our liquefied natural gas export business in Louisiana next year.” She also mentioned growth of the company in Mexico, California and South America.“In her seven years as CEO, Debbie Reed has sharpened Sempra Energy’s strategic focus and led the company to new heights,” said William C. Rusnack, Sempra Energy’s lead director. “Under her leadership, Sempra Energy’s market value has more than doubled to nearly $29 billion.”Martin, 56, the future CEO, has served as Sempra Energy’s executive vice president and chief financial officer since January of last year. He’s been with Sempra for 13 years, including a period from 2014 to 2016 as CEO, president and chairman of San Diego Gas & Electric, one of the many utilities owned by Sempra. Martin has been with the company since 2004, when he startedin the mergers and acquisitions group.Martin currently serves on the board of directors of the California Chamber of Commerce, where he is a member of its executive committee, and the board of trustees of the University of San Diego, where he is a member of the executive committee and chairs the athletics committee.Householder, 62, who will take over as company president, has been in his current position leading Sempra’s infrastructure businesses since January 2017. The position has him overseeing the company’s operations in midstream, liquefied natural gas, renewable energy and Mexico. Prior to taking on his current role, Householder was Sempra Energy’s executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2011 to 2016.He serves on the board of Advanced Micro Devices and is a member of the Tax Executives Institute, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association.With the Oncor deal done, Sempra Energy now employees roughly 20,000 people and serves 43 million customers worldwide. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more