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first_imgAutumn is an important season for exhibitions and Italy’s major bakery show, AB Tech Expo, takes place at Milan’s massive Rho Fiera showground from 23-27 October. If you catch the shuttle bus from the airport directly to the show (see details page 40), don’t forget to ask the driver to stop at Fieramilano.Equivalent to Birmingham’s NEC in prestige, all the fun of the fair is promised and it won’t just be breads. Cakes, pastries, biscuits and pizza will also be coming out of mixers or onto production lines before going into the latest ovens. With interpreters on hand, Italy’s most renowned pizza-maker Renato Andrenelli will talk about new flours, latest machinery, leavening and ingredients.For bakers most of Italy’s major machi-nery manufactures will be present, as will many international exhibitors. For a full list of exhibitors see abtechexpo.com, but key names include Rondo, Tagliavini, Fortuna, Sancassiano, Pietroberto, VMI, Bertuetti, Sottoriva, Turri, Colip, Mimac and Werner & Pfleiderer.New productsThe De Danieli Cooker line is aimed at bakers who need to make all sorts of doughs and mixtures, including creams, jams, mustards, cheese, nougat, almond brittle and caramels.There is also a separate nougat cooker and a tank for chocolate and fats in stainless steel with capacities of 50-500 litres.Dell’Oro will be showing its new Triplex divider/rounder for flatbreads, including pittas, piadinas and pizzas. It can work dough pieces from 60-300g. The latest model has three independent units laid one on top of the other, which allow a triple working of the product in one passage.Pietroberto’s Sart 2 rounder is described as a “compact and silent machine” suitable for craft and industrial bakeries and can work both soft and medium-hard doughs.Brevetti Gasparin’s Bauletto Line slices and packs tin bread in flow at high speed. The belt’s guide sides and speed are fully adjustable. Output is 1,800-2,400 per hour. Bread shelf-life can be extended by use of an alcohol spray.Costa Group will be showing its latest shopfittings used by craft bakers and foodservice outlets all over the world.CP spiral mixers can be programmed for 99 different mixes at three different speeds with a reverse bowl rotation to help with premixing. A water meter and thermal probe help guide and indicate both dough and water temperaturesRondo’s latest Curl & More for croissants, baguettes and pretzel-type shapes has already won two innovation awards so it is not strictly new, but it can now work in conjunction with the Rondosprayer, which can atomise liquids or spread seeds.Molino Galla Giovanna will be demonstrating the various products that can be made with the latest 00 flour, ideal for Danish pastries, brioches, sponges and croissants.Sottoriva has a new version of its Athena divider/rounder, which can work from one to six rows with weight ranges from 25-700g. Designed for breads, rolls and stamped bread, it can also produce pittas and hamburgers. Complete with a resting prover, it offers maximum flexibility.Sottoriva is also unveiling an automatic unit with a tray-loading device for ciabattas and rolled breads. It uses new technologies and the option of non-stick materials.Tagliavini will be showing its full line of compact, energy-saving rotary ovens. It will also demonstrate its Global One project, which includes point-of-sale, product advice, marketing and training.With the Wiesheu Dibas 64 oven, the door disappears sideways into the housing. Automatic or manual, there are no corners or edges for optimum ease of cleaning. With energy-saving as standard, options include variable air circulation and steam.The latest Rollmatic bread slicer is especially designed for shops and supermarkets. It features automatic opening and closing by photocells and, with state-of-the-art protection, can even be operated by customers. With two cutting speeds and adjustable blade widths, it is said to be very easy to operate and has two patents pending. It is also available without the automatic front door and photocells.Finally, VMI Berto Italia will present its new removable bowl mixer for capacities of 80280kg of dough. How to get there During the exhibition visitors will find a direct shuttle bus service to the fair (stop on request) by Malpensa Shuttle and Malpensa Bus Express.Malpensa Shuttle: l Departures from Malpensa airport at Terminal 1, exit 6. From 7am to 10pm departures every 20 minutes with a stop at Fieramilano only on request. Direct line Malpensa-Fieramilano from 9am to 11.30am, every 30 minutes.l Departures from Fieramilano at West Gate, at 2pm and 3pm and every 30 minutes from 4pm to 7pm. l For online ticketing and information: www.malpensashuttle.it Malpensa Bus Express: l Departures from Malpensa airport at Terminal 1, exit 6. From 6.30am to 6.10pm departures every 20 minutes with a stop at Fieramilano on request.l Departures from Fieramilano at West Gate, at 2.30pm and 3.30pm and every 30 minutes from 3.45pm to 6.45pm. Last bus is at 7.30pm.l For information: www.autostradale.it During demonstrations in the workshop areas, foreign visitors will find hostesses and interpreters who can translate into the main languages (English, German, Spanish, French and Russian).Show organiser F&M Fiere & Mostre Srl l Tel +39 02.409221 (as of 1 September)l [email protected] [email protected] l www.abtechexpo.com Welcome to our international visitors “We look forward to welcoming trade operatives from all over the world and particularly British and Irish visitors to AB Tech Expo 2010. It will be the premier event for the baking industry, with a strong focus on bread and cake-making equipment and also everything to do with pizza and even fresh pasta.”We are proud to have as exhibitors the main international representative companies of the market, keen to show their latest novelties to the British and Irish markets. While there is a strong focus on technologies, there will also be many ingredient demonstrations with best ’maestri’ (craftsmen), competitions, tutorials and new ideas.”Fieramilano is one of the most important and modern fairgrounds in Europe and it will be great to welcome bakers and professionals from all sectors of the trade in such an exclusive location.” Aldo Tagliabue (Organiser andsecretary general of AB Tech Expo)last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s students celebrate Senior Week

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first_imgIn the week leading up to Commencement, seniors had the opportunity to participate in different activities to celebrate the traditions and sisterhood fostered at Saint Mary’s.The week is a time for students to have one more chance to spend time together as a class, senior class president CoCo Craig said.“It’s time for memories,” Craig said.According to Craig, the week began with a senior formal Sunday, followed by the Alumnae-Senior Champagne Brunch, yoga and scavenger hunt Monday.Senior class vice president Lindsay Rzepecki said the Class of 2016 participation in the Class Gift Campaign — in which each class tries to achieve 100 percent participation in raising money for Saint Mary’s — will be revealed, and the class’s gift will be presented to College President Carol Ann Mooney on Monday.Domerfest 2.0 and Babetostal were held on Tuesday, and the class took a trip Wednesday to Chicago for a Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field.The main events of the week took place Thursday, Craig said, when students painted handprints in the underground tunnel that connects Le Mans Hall and the Saint Mary’s Student Center and participated in the Saint Mary’s tradition of Opening of the Circle. Additionally, they received their letters from the Letter Writing Project, had a party on the island in Lake Marian and had their final walk down the Avenue.“The Opening of the Circle is a tradition where the president of the class reads a script that basically prepares to send us off, but reminds us we are always welcome to come home,” Craig said. “The Letter Writing Project is a genius idea the Class of 2015 started. Friends, faculty and family write letters to students about the positive impact they have contributed.”The Opening of the Circle will be a time of reflection for the graduates, Rzepecki said.“Opening of the Circle will surely be a sentimental moment for all of us graduating seniors, as we participated in a very similar ceremony [Closing of the Circle] on our first day at Saint Mary’s,” she said. “We will reflect in prayer and join hands with our classmates.”Rzepecki said the week aimed to make memories for students to “carry with us as we move past the comfort of Saint Mary’s.”“Each memory, person, hardship and celebration has made our own personal Saint Mary’s story,” she said. “These unique and precious gifts are something we will not be able to relive, but they will live on. This is the opportunity to celebrate those memories with just us, and only us — the Class of 2016. It’s a time of celebration, and we certainly deserve it.”Senior Isabella Gagnon said in an email she was excited to spend her final days at Saint Mary’s with her classmates.“Senior Week has really allowed me to hang out with girls that I may not usually hang out with, that aren’t in the same major or clubs that I am,” Gagnon said. “It’s also an extra week that we get to pretend we aren’t about to be real adults. We can just … bond with our fellow Belles all week without the stress of finals.”Gagnon said she is looking forward to the Senior Letter Writing Project, as well as other events during the week.“I am excited for taking our final walk down the Avenue,” she said. “I’m pretty sure this is the part where I will start crying uncontrollably. … I want to get as much out of my Saint Mary’s experience as possible. I think it’s important to go to yoga classes and handprint paining to really do that. I’m not doing every Senior Week event, but I will make the best out of the ones I do go to.”Tags: Commencement 2016, saint mary’s, Senior Weeklast_img read more

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Bud Nunier – Brookville

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first_imgThose surviving who will honor Bud’s memory include his siblings, Marilyn Neukam of Brookville, Charlene Fox of Laurel, Loraine (Melvin) Pulskamp of Batesville, Eileen Rosenberger of Brookville, John Nunier of Brookville, Geraldine (David) Sourbeer of Cambridge City, Dennis (Tina) Nunier of Brookville, Carol (John) Carmack of Oxford, OH and Doris (Mike) Munchel of Cambridge City, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers-in-law, Ralph Neukam and Lowell Dean Fox and a sister-in-law Kay Nunier. Mmeorial contributions can be directed to the St. Michael Capitol Campaign.  To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home and its staff are honored to care for the family of Bud Nunier. Bud Nunier, of Brookville, was born on May 23, 1940 in Brookville the son of Edward J. and Florence A. Volz Nunier.  Early in life he was severely disabled in a car accident and spent most of his life at home with his parents and nine siblings.  On Friday, May 11, 2018 at the age of 77, after many years at Brookville Healthcare Center, he passed away.center_img Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 10 until time of service at 11:30 a.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.last_img read more

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France 2019: FIFA, CAF Hold Integrity Workshop in Cairo

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first_imgWorld football-governing body, FIFA and its African confederation, CAF recently at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt hosted the first Regional Integrity Workshop on the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup finals (France 2019).The interactive workshop, attended by integrity officers of nine Member Associations of FIFA across three confederations, was the first of a planned three sessions ahead of the finals in France, with two more scheduled to be co-hosted by CONCACAF and the Spanish Football Association this month.The Nigeria Football Federation was one of the nine Member Associations represented in Cairo, with its integrity officer, Barrister Okey Obi, making a presentation on integrity matters in Nigerian Football. There were presentations, group discussions and practical sessions with the aim of preventing any method such as match manipulation or corruption, which might jeopardize the integrity of the game. FIFA, thereafter, released a statement saying the workshop provided an opportunity to work hand in hand with the integrity officers of the participating MAs and Confederations on measures aiming at protecting the integrity of the competition.Vincent Ven, FIFA’s Head of Integrity, stated: “This Regional Integrity Workshop has provided an important opportunity to work closely with the Member Associations and Confederations on integrity measures currently in place aimed at protecting the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, as well ensuring that integrity officers from participating teams have the right knowledge and skills to brief players, officials and teams ahead of FIFA competitions later this year.“We look forward to continuing to work with Confederations and other Member Associations to help further educate and raise awareness around ongoing integrity education initiatives and prevention programmes in football.”CAF’s Director of Legal Affairs, Achta Mahamat Saleh, added: “It is an honour for us to kick-start such an important series of workshops aiming at protecting the integrity of the game. Making sure that football is clear of any wrongdoing and that everyone involved is well aware of his or her responsibilities is of utmost importance. The interactive format of the sessions definitely helped participants to learn, share and prepare themselves in the best way possible.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Curley Censured over Complaints of Alleged Sexual Harassment

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first_imgBy John Burton and Jay Cook |FREEHOLD — “Brash.” “Brusque.” “Independent.” “Bully.” These were some of the terms members of the public used last week to both show support for and to disparage embattled Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley as the remaining four members of the board voted to formally admonish the combative Curley for his alleged comments.The freeholders, all Republican, voted unanimously on Friday, Dec. 8 to officially censure fellow Republican Curley. In the authorized resolution, they accused him of taking actions that were “…reprehensible, offensive, unbecoming of an elected official, and compromise the integrity of Freeholder Curley’s office and the Board as a whole…”Curley did not appear at the hearing.The freeholders’ action, however, is far from the final word on this matter, as Curley’s lawyer vowed to continue the legal struggle. Last week Angelo Genova, the attorney representing Curley, had gone to federal court to file a civil rights violation suit.Angelo Genova, the attorney representing Freeholder John P. Curley, challenged the Monmouth County Freeholder board before action was taken censuring Curley amidst claims he used salacious claims to county employees.In addition, Genova successfully convinced the judge to block some of the freeholders’ actions, especially the release of findings from a five-month investigation conducted by an unnamed retired Superior Court judge and a restriction on Curley being able to return to work. The judge overturned some other prohibitions put in place in light of the report, such as preventing Curley from using county property or speaking with county employees which essentially kept him from his office and assistant.Genova told the freeholders last Friday he would look to expand his lawsuit on behalf of Curley, alleging the freeholders violated the judge’s order by incorporating portions of the report that is presumably under seal into their censure resolution.“It is my opinion,” Genova told the county officials, “you have violated public ethics law.”Genova went on to allege of the county officials’ action, “This is not due process. This is a charade.”Monmouth County Freeholders (L to R) Serena DiMaso, Thomas A. Arnone and Lillian G. Burry listened to numerous county residents defend John P. Curley at a special public meeting held in Freehold on Dec. 8.While not present, a defiant Curley offered a statement, distributed through his attorney, saying essentially that, serving as the only full-time freeholder in Monmouth County among the five, “I am proud to support all people regardless of race, creed, religion, political party affiliation, and to help all with just receiving a phone call or email.”Curley went on to criticize his Republican colleagues and county Republican chair (and county sheriff) Shaun Golden for their alleged lack of concern for their constituents, calling the action “a slap in the face to all of our residents.”“This is about basic respect and human dignity,” Freeholder Director Lillian Burry said of the Board of Chosen Freeholders’ steps of invoking censure, as well as ordering a review and updating of existing county guidelines for sexual harassment.“This type of behavior is just wrong and must not be tolerated,” Freeholder Thomas Arnone concluded.County residents supporting Freeholder John P. Curley donned stickers reading “I Stand With John” as a special public meeting aimed to censure Curley came to a close on Dec. 8 in Freehold.According to the resolution of censure read by the county’s special legal counsel Jonathan Testa, there are documented complaints about Curley’s alleged behavior that expose the freeholders to legal action as he “likely engaged in angry, vulgar outbursts causing female employees to flee their offices…”The resolution goes on to say Curley “made many other salacious and vulgar statements” to county employees. He’s accused of using sexually charged expletives; of saying, “I’ll show you a snake show, sit on my lap and I’ll show you a show”; telling one female, “Oh, that’s you I wanted to bend over and take”; to publicly calling male employees derogatory homosexual slurs, among other alleged examples. “If proven to be true,” the resolution stated, these complaints, “are disgusting, reprehensible, shocking, and should never be made by anyone, let alone a County Freeholder…”Since the investigation commenced, “more and more stories have emerged” regarding Curley’s alleged behavior, Burry acknowledged.The audience was full of members of the public, many of them wearing “I Stand With John” stickers, offering their support and willing to overlook these and other alleged transgressions, seeing Curley as a sort-of champion of the electorate and taxpayer.Spring Lake Heights resident James Martin showed solidarity with Curley. “What you said to me did not sound like worthy of censure, but maybe of mild criticism,” Martin said to the freeholders. “Over the years, I’ve seen good ones and I’ve seen bad ones,” Martin continued, “and I’d say John Curley is at the top of the list,” of the good ones. “He may be a little brusque, that’s true, but sometimes brusque is appropriate,” he said. “He’s done some very good things.”William Meyer is a Tinton Falls resident with a law practice in Red Bank and was a volunteer for Curley’s unsuccessful 2006 Red Bank mayoral campaign. He compared Curley to a plumber who uses salty, colorful language, but in the end, gets the job done. “I have seen him be brusque where he takes a passionate approach to something where at first glance you think he’s over the top,” Meyer said, “then only to research things and find out he was way ahead of the curve, absolutely correct and he had something we wish every politician had done back in the day.”Vincent LePore, a long-standing Long Branch political gadfly, said, “I urge Freeholder Curley to dump the corrupt party political system and run as an independent in 2018…and he will win.”On the other hand, Pamela Murphy, Freehold Borough, is a county employee, who had worked at one of the two nursing homes the county had formerly owned. “This is not a good person,” she said of Curley, calling him a “bully.”“I witnessed it,” she said. “He may have done good things but that doesn’t make him a good person.”“What is this? Alabama?” asked Mike Beson, Ocean, referencing the Roy Moore controversy. “Wake up, guys, wake up to the new world we live in.“You have to take care of every single employee,” he told the freeholders.Genova raised a number of legal points, arguing against the validity of the investigation and report and the freeholders’ actions. Genova said Curley does not intend to resign. “Mr. Curley plans to continue to serve the people of Monmouth County,” the lawyer said. And he plans on continuing his federal lawsuit, Genova added.This article was first published in the Dec. 14-21, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Charity box theft won’t dim the Whoriskey’s Christmas spirit

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first_imgKerrykeel couple Mary and Michael Whoriskey have vowed not to let this week’s burglary dim their Christmas spirit.Each year, the kind-hearted couple sets up an amazing Christmas lights display outside their home at Gortcally. The event has raised thousands for local charities in the past 15 years and large crowds came out for the big switch-on on Friday night last.But the Whoriskeys were shocked yesterday to find that the charity donation box was stolen from their entrance gate. As garda investigations get underway, Mary tells Donegal Daily that the burglary was a disheartening blow to their joyous fundraiser.“I just couldn’t believe it. We are coming on 16 years and nobody has ever laid a finger on anything,” Mary said.The sad discovery was made shortly before 11pm last night, when Mary when to take the donation box inside for the night. Proceeds from this year’s display will be donated to Donegal Hospice and the local Mevagh Voluntary Fire Service.“I went down to say a prayer at the crib, like I always do, and to unlock the box and take it inside. But it was gone.” Mary Whoriskey“I was upset at first,” Mary said, but she soon came to look on the positive side of the incident and hopes that no substantial donations were made during the day.She said: “I thought to myself ‘you hate for this to happen’ but Monday is a quiet day for us. I looked back on my records from the same Monday last year and we didn’t take in much. So, for it to happen, it was the best night.”Having trusted people to visit their home at Christmas for the past 16 years, Mary said she won’t let the burglary stop their charitable efforts.“It’s a lesson learned. Michael will be in the workshop soon making a lock so good they’ll need cutters to take it away. “I know in my heart and soul this was nobody from the locality. We have people travelling from all over to visit and we love to see people coming.” Whoriskeys Christmas Lights Display 2019Before the new box is made, anyone visiting in the next few days is invited to make a donation directly to Mary.“I’ll be at home in the kitchen, all donations will be very welcome,” she said.Meanwhile, Gardaí have launched a public appeal for information relating to the burglary. The theft occurred sometime between 3.30pm and 10.30pm at the Whoriskey’s house at Gortcally, outside Kerrykeel, on Monday 25th November.The donation box is described as a handpainted box with white lettering.  Anyone with any information is being urged to contact Milford Garda Station on (074) 915 3060Charity box theft won’t dim the Whoriskey’s Christmas spirit was last modified: November 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Zille to receive Geiger Award

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first_imgHelen Zille takes time out at the 2009World Economic Forum on Africa, heldin Cape Town.(Image: Wikimedia Commons)MEDIA CONTACTS • Trace VenterSpokesperson for the premierWestern Cape provincial legislature+27 21 483 6062 or +27 84 977 9888• Democratic AllianceParliamentary, Media and Research offices+27 21 403 2910RELATED ARTICLES• Top honour for Cape Town mayor• Suzman: a fearless voice stilled• Alice Walker to explore Biko ties• Biko’s legacy lives onShamin ChibbaSouth Africa is filled with personalities who have won prestigious awards for various achievements. Just think of Oscar winner Charlize Theron or Nobel laureates Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Sydney Brenner and Nadine Gordimer. Now the country can again count Helen Zille among that number.The award recognises the Democratic Alliance (DA) leader’s contribution to South Africa’s freedom struggle, and her achievements as Mayor of Cape Town and Premier of the Western Cape province.Zille will receive the accolade at a ceremony on 26 September in Berlin, Germany. It includes an endowment of €10,000 (R97 000), which will go towards educating rabbinical students from South Africa at the Abraham Geiger College in Germany.In 2008 Zille was unanimously named World Mayor, taking the award from 11 finalists selected from over 800 entrants.Respected by publicSince taking the helm at the DA, the 60-year-old has garnered much respect from the public, even from opposition African National Congress (ANC) supporters.Betty Fefe, a staunch ANC follower from the township of Duncan Village in East London, believes that Zille’s presence in the political arena indicates that women can make a difference.She added that the DA leader understands all different types of people and their needs as well. “Before the local election, she was visiting our townships. Now we see her as a good person. In the townships they are saying that even though she is white, she knows how to talk to people,” said Fefe.Those within the DA hold their leader in high esteem. DA councillor Dinesh Vallabh’s first encounter with Zille left him admiring her energy, her logical thinking, and the way she connects with people from every walk of life.He believes that Zille leads with integrity and a dynamism that is natural to her.Equally impressive, he said, was her ability to remember names. “She has the memory of an elephant,” he quipped.Johannesburg-based journalist Priya Pitamber said that the Western Cape premier comes across as a strong woman who is able to speak her mind.In an online question and answer session on World Mayor.com, Zille said the lessons learnt during her years as a political correspondent had helped her become an astute politician. She said she was able to apply those skills to the many challenges she faced in her new career.Pitamber, however, has mixed feelings about journalists who become politicians. “I hope she still has a journalist’s ideal of changing the world for the better, and hopefully she is trying to do that,” she said.If Zille has earned respect as a politician, then she has certainly gained fame for her recent moves on stage. In the months leading up to the 2011 local election, South Africans were bombarded by pictures and videos of Zille performing a dance routine dubbed the “ballot boogie” by a popular local magazine.The dance was used to connect with the public during the DA’s campaign. When she was criticised for it, Zille simply said: “Dancing is part of South Africa’s political culture. I love dancing, even though I am no ‘twinkle toes’. But who cares? The point is to move and enjoy yourself and not to feel inhibited.”Courage and determinationAccording to the South African Union for Progressive Judaism, a person who contributes to pluralism through openness, courage, tolerance and freedom of thought is considered worthy of the Geiger Award. This says much about Zille herself.Johannesburg-born Zille is of German descent. Her parents fled the country in the 1930s when they were persecuted because of their Jewish roots. Her maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother were Jewish.Before her foray into politics, Zille worked as a journalist during the apartheid era at the Rand Daily Mail, an influential liberal newspaper. She was instrumental in revealing the brutal killing of Steve Biko while he was imprisoned in Pretoria in 1977.After involving herself in NGO work, she joined the DA, known then as the Democratic Party, in the mid-1990s.Zille served as a Member of the Executive Council for education and then became leader of the opposition in the Western Cape’s provincial legislature, before being elected as a Member of Parliament in 2004, a position she held for two years. In the 2006 municipal election, Zille and the DA snatched a majority vote in the Mother City, which made her mayor.During her tenure, Zille rid the council of corruption and bad debt by meticulously scouring through contracts approved by the previous administration. These efforts led to her nomination as World Mayor in 2008.When the DA won the government of the Western Cape in the 2009 general election, she said: “If we can prove our ability to govern in the Western Cape as we did in Cape Town, then it would be a milestone for our democracy.”Since then, the Western Cape has become one of the more progressive provinces in the country.About the Abraham Geiger AwardThe man after whom the award is named was a philosopher and renowned thinker of liberal Judaism during the 19th century.The award was created in 2000 by the Abraham Geiger College at the University of Potsdam to honour those who have achieved much in their fields of expertise while following three freedoms Geiger held in high regard. These were; the freedom of conscience and belief, academic freedom, and freedom of expression for all human beings.Previous winners include Catholic priest Hans Küng, Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, Cardinal Karl Lehmann, German-French sociologist Alfred Grosser, Emil Fackenheim, and the scholar Susannah Heschel.Ms Trace VenterMail:Private Bag X9043, CAPE TOWN, 8000Street:Provincial Legislature Building, 1st Floor, 7 Wale Street, CAPE TOWNTel:(021) 483 6062Fax:(021) 483 3921Cell:084 977 9888E-mail:[email protected]last_img read more

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What Stories Are Your Numbers Telling You?

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Your sales numbers tell a story. Your numbers paint a picture of what you believe, as well as the actions you take based on those beliefs.If your pipeline is empty, your pipeline metrics tell the story of a salesperson (or sales organization) that isn’t prospecting. Or maybe it tells the story of someone struggling to effectively prospect in a day and age when business acumen, situational knowledge, and value creation are the price of admission.If your pipeline is full of deals that are smaller than your target deal size, the story your average deal size tells might be about a salesperson that is calling too low because he doesn’t feel like he is producing results when he is working on the long sales cycle deals. Or maybe it’s the story of a salesperson that doesn’t call on large clients because he believes they already have partners in place, because they’re too difficult to win.If the time your deals spend in a certain stage of your sales process is longer than it should be, your numbers tell the story of a salesperson that isn’t in control of the sales process. Your time in stage metric might tell the story of a salesperson that isn’t asking for or gaining the commitments she needs. Or it might tell the story of a salesperson that isn’t following a sales process at all.In business-to-business sales, your numbers at the end of the quarter don’t often tell you anything about that quarter. The story your number tells at the end of the quarter is the story of what you did during the prior couple of quarters—maybe even the prior year. It might be the story of a salesperson that worked to make their number, taking action long before it was necessary. Or it might tell the story of someone who took a quarter off waiting for deals to come to them.You are the hero in your story your numbers tell. The story your numbers tell provides you with a picture of your beliefs and your actions. Your numbers tell the story of where you are challenged, and where you are succeeding. They also tell you what you need to do more of and what you need to change. But this is only true if you let the numbers tell you your story.QuestionsWhat stories do your numbers tell?What is the underlying belief that leads to your numbers?What actions result in your numbers telling these particular stories?Why is the story that you tell about your numbers a different story than someone else might tell about your numbers?last_img read more

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Two PoK boys held after Uri attack handed over to Pak

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Curbs around Hazratbal disrupt Milad-Un-Nabi prayers

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first_imgFearing protests, authorities on Sunday disallowed gatherings of the faithful at the Hazratbal Mosque in Srinagar on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad.All entry points to the mosque, including Habak area on the outskirts of the city and the Rainawari and Sadrabal areas in the old city, were closed for traffic. The security forces started spreading concertina wires on the streets and used mobile bunkers to block several stretches on Saturday. as part of an exercise to impose restrictions.This move stopped the worshippers from assembling for the night-long prayers. “It is first time in my living memory that such a thin attendance of worshippers was observed on the auspicious occasion in Kashmir. Only locals living in nearby areas turned up for the night-long prayers and the daytime customary display of holy relics, which include a strand of hair of the Prophet Muhammad, also saw a thin attendance of the devotees,” said Yaqoob Qureshi, a retired teacher who has been attending the congregational prayers at the shrine since 1990. Around 2,000 worshippers, including women from nearby places, managed to offer noon prayers inside on the mosque on Sunday. According to the local caretaker, the Hazratbal shrine witnesses a gathering of more than 50,000 devotees on the occasion. “We were appraised by the security agencies beforehand and cautioned against any major gatherings”, a caretaker said. The noon prayers on Sunday saw brief sloganeering, including pro-sharia and pro-freedom slogans.The police there were fears of anti-India elements staging protests and the security arrangement was to maintain order. Meanwhile, smaller gatherings were reported from other major mosques in the Valley on the occasion.This is for the second time this month that a traditional and centuries-old congregation was not allowed. Earlier, on the occasion of Khawaja Diger, where men and women hold joint prayers at the Naqshband Sahib shrine, the security forces sealed the shrine and disallowed any prayers.Since the revocation of J&K’s special status on August 5, there is tight security arrangement in Kashmir. Internet and SMS facilities remain barred for nearly 100 days now. The authorities are yet to restore prepaid mobile services for around 35 lakh customers.last_img read more

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