first_imgTo view the FB Event; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tonight, Friday, August 9th, 2019 is the opening night of A Celebration of Images Captured by Local Artists at the Peace Gallery North.From 7 pm to 9 pm, the public is welcome to the opening reception for ‘Captured’ with live entertainment by Landis Dell playing jazz guitar and catering by the Cultured Cafe. Come meet the Photographers and their works of art.Exhibits include work by;Tammy BoveeSharon GauntVictor IreneDon HoffmanSandra MilnerSteve MilnerAnn MusgroveDiane Watson- Advertisement -Eight photographers are featuring their work, with a wide variety of images, there is something for everyone. There will be captures of landscapes and portraits with approximately 60 exhibits to be seen shares Bev Berg, Manager of the Peace Gallery North.The exhibit will be up in the gallery until the end of August.Photographers will have take away items for sale as the exhibit must remain until the end of the show. This will give you an opportunity to see the artists repertoire of art.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgThe Johannesburg skyline. South Africa leads the African continent in the second annual Legatum Prosperity Index. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClub SouthAfrica. For more free photos, visit the image library)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa is the leading African country on this year’s Legatum Prosperity Index, which analyses countries around the globe for their effectiveness in creating a climate conducive to prosperity. More than 100 countries came under scrutiny, including 19 from Africa. Rankings are based on 22 key indicators and 44 sub-indicators.The Legatum Prosperity Index goes beyond GDP as a measure of national prosperity. It investigates and gives details of personal and policy choices that can increase the prosperity of individuals and nations around the globe – here the definition of prosperity encompasses both material wealth and quality of life.The index is produced by the Legatum Institute, an independent policy, advocacy and advisory organisation within the Legatum investment group of companies, whose mission is to research and promote the principles that drive global prosperity. This is so that policymakers, individuals, academics, the media, and other relevant parties can better understand how prosperity is created and so implement steps towards its attainment.Legatum derives its rankings based on the prevalence of conditions that foster prosperity in a given country – those factors that promote economic competitiveness and a better quality of life. These are known as drivers, compared to restrainers, which retard prosperity. Importantly, rankings do not indicate the actual prosperity of a country, but rather how effectively it is cultivating the practices that create prosperity.Conclusions are drawn from statistical analysis of more than 40 years of data in fields such as sociology, economics and political science, as well as theory, experience and lessons learned from history, and life satisfaction survey data for the 104 countries.South Africa leads the African continent in terms of drivers of economic and personal growth and wellbeing, followed by Botswana (45) and Namibia (55). These are also the only three African countries not ranked in the bottom quartile, an indication that the continent still faces many challenges. Coming in at number 38 out of 104, South Africa shares its slot with Costa Rica and Poland.Botswana was described as well-governed and in spite of severely high levels of HIV infection, has achieved one of the world’s fastest rates of income growth, while Namibia was found to have no obvious weaknesses and one major strength, equality of opportunity.Australia took the top spot, with Austria and Finland close behind. Yemen is last on the list, just ahead of Central African Republic, Mali and Zambia. These countries’ unfavourable ranking, and others low down the order, is due mainly to extreme poverty while there are some, such as Zimbabwe, that are affected by political instability. This hampers capital investment and consequently accumulation of wealth. Other factors include poor governance, low average life expectation, and high dependence on foreign aid.Legatum’s senior vice-president Dr. William Inboden said, “True prosperity consists of more than money. It also includes happiness, health, and liberty. The prosperity index shows that in addition to economic success, a society’s prosperity is based on strong families and communities, political and religious liberty, education and opportunity, and a healthy environment.”Africa’s biggest economySouth Africa, Africa’s biggest economy, achieved a ranking of 41 in economic competitiveness and 43 in comparative liveability. On the economic side the country scored particularly highly on entrepreneurship, because of the improved ease of starting a business. It also scored highly on religious life in the liveability category, indicating that South Africans enjoy high levels of both religious faith and religious freedom.South Africa’s other strengths were in the area of education, with a population that is relatively well-educated compared to most other African countries. With its abundance of natural resources South Africa has also managed to avoid excessive dependence on revenue derived from export of commodities, as these account for just 4.1% of GDP.A few weaknesses were identified, such as below-par commercialisation of innovation for an economy of this size – at 0.5% of GDP this is less than average. Legatum felt that the low number of R&D researchers is a possible reflection that highly-skilled professionals are at a premium, but noted that the high number of patents is positive. South Africa is known worldwide for its many ingenious inventions, such as the pool-cleaning Kreepy Krauly and the electronic device widely used during cricket and tennis games to measure the speed of the moving ball.With regard to liveability, South Africa has benefited from a stable political environment over the past 14 years, and political rights and civil liberties are upheld. However, income levels are still low and unemployment is high. Legatum cited public health as the country’s biggest challenge, especially in the fight against HIV and Aids.Besides religion, another factor that contributed positively to South Africa’s liveability score is the 30% proportion of women in parliament, which indicates an important role for women in society.Weighted indicatorsSeveral new indicators were introduced for the second index. These include the number of regional trade agreements signed, which is regarded as a driver of economic growth, as well as business ownership rate which is an indicator of entrepreneurship, and net migration, which links to levels of income and life satisfaction.To ensure fairness, Legatum used different key drivers according to a country’s level of development. For emerging countries with average incomes of less than $10 000 per annum per person, raising incomes is a priority because it is the single strongest indicator of how content the population will be. Therefore indicators such as levels of education, commercialisation of innovation and costs of starting a business were more relevant.The index did find, however, that many poorer countries, particularly in Africa, have high levels of wellbeing because of traditional social support through religion and the community. This compensates, to a degree, for a lower standard of living. Higher levels of optimism were also evident in these countries – many people believe that by working hard they will forge ahead in life.For countries with per capita income of more than $20 000, continued economic growth is a focus and here the drivers include entrepreneurship, invested capital and commercialisation of innovation.In richer countries, a key element of continued prosperity and quality of life is the move beyond material wealth and into other areas which improve life satisfaction. Drivers here include charitable giving, political rights and civil liberties, equality of opportunity, and good health.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related storiesSouth African inventionsSouth Africa’s economyDoing business easier in SAUseful linksLegatum InstituteLegatum Prosperity Indexlast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For those in previous generations, getting a handle on understanding the purchasing behaviors of the Millennial Generation can be somewhat vexing. At no point in recent generations has there been a more stark generational difference. This is largely due to changes in technology, a tough job market when entering the workforce and an increasingly global culture of inclusion and acceptance.“Millennials believe in fairness, inclusivity, access, and discovery. I define ‘Millennial’ based on mindset. You can look at a millennial by birth based on birth year — born in the late 70s to the late 90s — or you can look at it based upon behavior,” said Jeff Fromm, president of Future Cast and co-author of multiple books about marketing to Millennials. “You can find Millennials in their 50s who share those values, use mobile technology and are consumers of content. They are just as likely to pay for that coffee at Starbucks with their mobile phone as a Millennial-aged consumer is today.”While these generational differences may be of little consequence to some in the big scheme of things, people trying to directly market products are finding out how important these differences can be. The purchasing power of the Millennial Generation has quickly become noteworthy to savvy marketers. This has significant agricultural implications.“Millennials have a big interest in food, food culture and where their food comes from. They want access to information and that creates a lot of opportunities for smaller brands that are a lot of times more agile and nimble to create innovative products, provide more access to the sourcing of their products and get a small premium for those unique products,” Fromm said. “It’s a new day where small brands can compete more effectively than the big brands. Brands that get it right create huge sales volume potential around appealing to what Millennials value.”This trend can have tremendous implications for agriculture, particularly for small direct marketers who can sell products that provide the stories, information and experience millennial shoppers are seeking.”While these factors matter more to Millennials than previous generations, price is still important.“Price is hugely important, but Millennials are the ultimate day traders. They will pay a small premium for brands they love and then they will trade down to private label when they don’t see the value. Brands that do it right are able to get that small premium for their products,” he said. “Price is important, but there are ways to compete for Millennial affinity and earn it by using content, technology and other factors that would cause them to love your brand.”One way to appeal to Millennials is to provide an experience that they value.“Experience can mean access to being able to visit my favorite farm where I get my favorite products or it can mean inspired content from small brands that understand the best way to use their products,” Fromm said. “Experience is a way to create affinity and it is certainly important for the Millennial culture that has a desire to discover and learn and is collecting experiential currency along the way.”To find more from Fromm, visit Millenialmarketing.com.last_img read more


first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#start#startups dana oshiro In a few weeks, moviegoers will flock to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s latest rock ensemble flick Pirate Radio. A fictional period comedy about an illegal station in the North Sea, the film embodies the same anti-authoritarian sentiments that Gen X and Y audiences have grown to love. Jelli.net, a crowdsourced radio station with a Web-based interface, has found a way to democratize sound waves and captivate that same 18-35-year-old audience. The Bay Area company launched in June, allowing users to access a Digg-like interface and vote up or down real time on FM radio during CBS’ Live 105 KITS’ Sunday programming. As of this evening, the company has penned a national deal with 450 Triton Digital Media radio stations and a distribution deal with Australian broadcaster Austereo. Says Jelli’s CEO Mike Dougherty, “What makes this different than request radio is that while program directors set up the broadcast sandbox, there is no actual middle man between a request and radio play.” According to Dougherty, Jelli’s voting platform directly informs programming servers sitting at the radio station’s transmission tower. In other words, if the community decides to vote up a War of the Worlds-style radio scenario, it’s entirely possible to do so. As of today, the community now has access to a nationwide network of stations, and in a few months time, they’ll also have access to stations in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne. Rather than kowtowing to advertisers and labels, programming is directly affected by the likes and dislikes of the Jelli community. According to Dougherty, on average two tracks are voted off the air per hour. Just as music fans vote their favorite songs onto the radio, they can also “bomb” them down into the lower echelons of Jelli’s charts. In some cases, waring factions of fans have rallied to take over the airwaves, and in other cases programming revolves around a specific theme. Jelli’s chat feature makes it possible to sway the music mob. In the past, community music sites have struggled to increase their catalogs because of the balancing act they had to maintain between freemium music models and major label licensing fees. With Jelli, the community gets the music they want via streaming web service or traditional radio, and stations continue to tackle the ad placement and legal work. With radio transmission towers constantly connected to the cloud, Dougherty believes that there is a world of opportunity to pull in Facebook applications, mobile interfaces and additional levels of a web-based feedback loops. For developers, stations and advertisers, this cloud-based data means the difference between waiting on a quarterly Arbitron radio rating and gaining access to demographic data on a weekly (and soon daily) basis. Instead of changing the radio station, Jelli empowers users to simply change the song. To check out the service, visit Jelli.net. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


first_imgAll India Congress Committee’s Punjab in-charge Asha Kumari on Tuesday sought a report from the party’s State unit over the face-off between Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his Cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu. Mr. Sidhu is under fire from his own party leaders after during electioneering he questioned as to why no FIR was lodged against the Badals for the desecration of religious texts in 2015. “We seek a report on every event, and in this issue too a report has been sought from the PCC,” Ms. Kumari said. She said the State party chief Sunil Jakhar, who is seeking re-election from Gurdaspur, will give the report once he is free from the election process after the declaration of the results.Captain Amarinder on Sunday had accused Mr. Sidhu of “damaging” the party in the State and suggested that he wanted to be the CM himself.Support for CM Meanwhile, more party leaders came out in support of the Chief Minister. “Amarinder Singh is an undisputed leader of Punjab. There are many facets to his personality,” said former Union Minister and party leader Manish Tewari. He praised Capt. Amarinder as a “protector of Punjab’s waters”, a writer, an able administrator who has a mass appeal. Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa also hit out at the Local Bodies Minister, saying, “Making such a statement during elections meant directly helping the Badals.” He added that Mr. Sidhu should know that it was Amarinder Singh who fought against the Badals and ensured the Congress victory in the 2017 Assembly polls. “In the 2017 Assembly polls, the Congress came to power in Punjab with an overwhelming majority as people voted in Amarinder Singh’s name. The party high command is with the Chief Minister. Our party has never tolerated indiscipline,” Mr. Randhawa said.Mr. Randhawa also alleged that when Mr. Sidhu’s wife, Navjot Kaur, was a BJP MLA, she never spoke on the desecration issue.‘Unease in ranks’ Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, who is the BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Amritsar, took a jibe at the Congress, saying, “All along the campaign, one could sense unease in their ranks.” “Now the cat is out of the bag,” he tweeted.last_img read more


first_imgNew Zealand will bank heavily on reverse swing to emerge from the trial by spin that awaits them in the Test series in India, coach Mike Hesson said on Tuesday.Last time they hosted a team, India rolled out turning tracks and flexed their spin muscles to crush South Africa 3-0 in the four-Test series last year.Kane Williamson and his men can look forward to a similar treatment in the three-Test series beginning in Kanpur on Sept. 22 but Hesson sounded upbeat. (Also read: Stuart Binny, Shardul Thakur dropped from India’s Test squad vs New Zealand)”It’s a huge component of playing cricket overseas,” the bespectacled coach told reporters.”On surfaces that aren’t responsive in terms of seam movement, and they are abrasive and they lose their shine very quickly, you need to find another way.”Hence overseas teams are pretty keen to find ways to get the ball to reverse, obviously in a legitimate fashion.”Hesson conceded it would be a different ball game for his side, literally. “The challenge for us is firstly adjusting to the different ball,” he said. “The SG balls (to be used for the series) can be different to what we have been operating with, the Kookaburra.”New Zealand have picked three spinners – Mark Craig, Mitchell Santner and Indian-born Ish Sodhi – in their squad and Hesson said they could prove quite a handful on the turning tracks.”All three… are keen learners of the game and certainly we’re going to put a lot of faith in them in the coming weeks.”advertisementCaptain Williamson was confident his team would prove equal to the task against the world’s second-ranked Test team.”It’s a tough place to play, particularly in recent years,” said the 26-year-old who will need to lead from the front with the bat if they are to succeed in the series.”The pitches have been very tricky and you throw in world class spinners, the challenge is very tough. (Also read: Adapting quickly to Indian conditions will be key for New Zealand: Ish Sodhi to India Today)”At the same time, we see it as a very exciting opportunity… You want to be playing the best in their backyard and the guys are excited and looking forward to the challenge.”PINK BALL TEST SHELVED The series, which also includes matches in Kolkata and Indore, was to feature the first day-night Test in India before the proposal was shelved.”There’s no doubt that the pink-ball Test was discussed,” said Hesson, whose team played the first ever day-night Test against Australia at Adelaide in November, 2015.”Having played one, we were obviously quite happy to play one but for some reason, it was deemed not appropriate. Certainly was not something that came from our camp.”last_img read more


first_imgStory Highlights He further proposed that incentives, such as expungement of records, should be facilitated in “appropriate circumstances”.For her part, Government Senator, Saphire Longmore, said the Act will engender restoration of faith in the justice system, as “when cases languish, individuals suffer, families suffer, communities suffer and the nation suffers”.In his contribution, Leader of Opposition Business, Mark Golding, said the Act will serve as a tool to law-enforcement officers in fighting organised crime.Mr. Golding used the United States as an example where, he says, 90 per cent of cases are dealt with using plea bargaining, and less than 10 per cent of the cases go to trial.He said the Act will encourage persons to admit guilt with the hope of receiving a lesser sentence.However, he argued that other mechanisms to support the justice system need to be put in place to ensure that persons may admit guilt.“Unless we have that in place, plea bargaining won’t be as attractive an option for an accused person, because if persons can take their chances with a system fraught with delay, then why are they going to enter into a plea and face the assurance of some time, as opposed to the possibility of getting off scot-free if the case can be dragged on for years and years,” he said.The Bill was passed in the House of Representatives earlier this year with 11 amendments.Debate on the Bill was suspended until a date to be determined. Debate on the Plea Negotiations and Agreement Act, 2017, which provides for a system of plea bargaining for persons who commit crimes, was suspended in the Senate on Friday, May 26.Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, explained that this was due to concerns raised by Senators on certain sections of the Bill.“There are suggestions that we will take on board and suggestions that we are not likely to take on board. There are several matters that can be cleared up, and, I think, in the interest of justice and, of course, the best Bill possible emanating from this Senate, I am proposing to close this debate,” she said.She said the wide-ranging debate focuses on how systemic issues can be addressed with the criminal justice system.“The Bill seeks to implement, it seeks to find a balance, it seeks to include the voice of the victim, it seeks to ensure that an attorney is provided and, if not, that the person is recommended to legal aid,” the Minister said.The Plea Negotiations and Agreement Act, 2017 is intended to give accused persons the opportunity to offer a guilty plea in exchange for a lighter sentence.Piloting the Bill, Senator Johnson Smith, who is also Leader of Government Business, said the Act will serve as a measure to assist in the delivery of justice in a timely manner.She added that the legislation will assist in reducing the backlog of cases in the nation’s courts.Supporting the Bill, Government Senator, Charles Sinclair, proposed that an education campaign be undertaken so that Jamaicans can be educated on the benefits of the Act, adding that they will have a greater appreciation for it once they are informed. Debate on the Plea Negotiations and Agreement Act, 2017, which provides for a system of plea bargaining for persons who commit crimes, was suspended in the Senate on Friday, May 26.center_img The Bill was passed in the House of Representatives earlier this year with 11 amendments. Piloting the Bill, Senator Johnson Smith, who is also Leader of Government Business, said the Act will serve as a measure to assist in the delivery of justice in a timely manner.last_img read more


first_imgHan Geng, the singer, dancer and actor known as ‘the most influential male celebrity in China’ delivered last Saturday a speech that motivated the new generation of aspiring Chinese business leaders.Han Geng at LSBF Hope EventCredit/Copyright: LSBFHundreds of fans were inspired by the words of one of the most famous and influential Chinese men of our time. The event was hosted in support of the LSBF HOPE Foundation, a charity which aims to give young people the chance to achieve their dreams and career goals.Known as “King of Popularity” and having won the MTV’s EMA ‘Best Worldwide Act’, Han Geng is one of the most influential artists in China. During his speech, Han Geng showed how his way to the top was a story of struggle, fighting and striving to succeed overseas. His fans were able to discover the “man behind the success” and be inspired by Han Geng’s story.The event was hosted at the Westminster Central Hall, one of the most impressive venues in London. Before Han Geng’s speech, the audience had the chance to listen to the Director at LSBF School of English, Fay Drewry, who spoke about the challenges of studying and living in a foreign country, and the importance that English plays in the world today. The audience also watched a fashion show with the creations of students from the London College of Contemporary Arts and from the School of Fashion and Design London.Han Geng was received at the stage by LSBF’s Rector and CEO, Professor Maurits Van Rooijen, who presented him with an Award of Appreciation for his support to the LSBF HOPE cause.Members of the LSBF Board were at the event giving students the chance to learn more on how investing in education can help them to achieve more and take their careers further.The entire amount raised with donations at the event will be reverted to LSBF HOPE Foundation, which will be used for investing in charity schools in China.If you would like to learn more about how to develop you career with LSBF, click here.last_img read more