19 June 2012 Thandi Sibisi embodies the blueprint of a young and successful businessperson: impeccably dressed and articulate, with a can-do attitude wafting like perfume around her. Even so, it comes as a bit of a surprise that the fresh-faced 25-year-old owns four thriving businesses and has shoved her way into the record books by becoming South Africa’s first black female art gallery owner. It is for this reason that she has taken Johannesburg by storm in the past four months, ever since she opened the doors of the Sibisi Gallery at one of the city’s most elite address – Melrose Arch – on 16 February. Showcasing South African heritage Sibisi started her first business, a marketing agency, at the age of 19 after dropping out of university. In the course of six years, she has opened another three: a charitable foundation, a media company and now the art gallery. Through her marketing agency, Invogue Marketing Concepts, she collaborated with Fifa during the 2010 Soccer World Cup and with the department of arts and culture. It was when she was working with arts and culture that her interest was piqued and her love of the creative arts began. “I fell in love with art,” she says. “My whole life has been driven by showcasing our South African heritage. “It is such a beautiful country, but we tend to undervalue ourselves, so I wanted to illustrate what South Africans have to offer.” Hanging on the pristine white walls of the gallery currently is the work of Mbongeni Buthelezi, a Johannesburg artist renowned for his innovative works produced using plastic and a heat gun. Next on the agenda is an exhibition of photographer Alf Kumalo’s work. Sibisi has no set criteria for choosing artists to exhibit, as she wants the art shown to reflect the ideals of the Sibisi brand. “I choose artists who are authentically South African, and who carry the same values as me and the gallery,” she explains.Brand values Values, together with love of beautiful things and South Africa, are what define Sibisi as a brand, she says; despite garnering attention for being the first black female gallery owner, this is not what she wants defining her as a businessperson. “I am on a journey, and my home and roots inspire me,” says Sibisi. “I am who my mother taught me to be.” Her attitude seems to be winning her a firm fan base, too. “The reception to the gallery has been amazing,” she says. “I have actually been surprised at the support as I have always been the underdog and have been doubted, but people are trusting the brand.” Belief in the brand and her bottomless well of ambition are what drive her future plans, which stop short only of world domination. “I want to open branches in London and Paris, among others, but the hub of Sibisi will always be at Melrose Arch, because I have never felt as at home as I do in this gallery.” The tentacles of Sibisi’s success are not going to stop there, though. The next step up the ladder is the creation of Country Sibisi, which will be a lifestyle centre featuring art, food and wine. She wants to build it in the Cradle of Humankind, close to Lanseria Airport. A key component of it will be the wine cellar, which she wants to be South Africa’s biggest. “It will allow people to get out of the city, where they can relax and enjoy art, food and wine tasting,” she says. “I am looking to open it in the next eight to 12 months.” The countryside is where Sibisi’s true passions lie, and where she ultimately wants to live. Joburg will always be her second home, though, as it will be the nucleus of where her businesses are based. “Joburg is alive, and the businesses, especially the gallery, would not be possible anywhere else,” she says. “Coming back from Paris, after I had decided to open the gallery, I looked in Cape Town and Durban, but decided on Joburg. It allows people to be whatever they want to.” Sibisi Gallery is located at 10 High Street, Melrose Arch. Source: City of Johannesburg
31 March 2016The Gauteng provincial government on Tuesday launched the third leg of the multimillion-rand Mzansi Libraries On-Line Pilot Project at the Nkalimeng Leutsoa Public Library in Sharpeville.New equipment at the library includes desk top computers, printers, scanners and tablets; free wifi is now also available. The upgrades will benefit the community of Sharpeville by providing them with access to information.See more:“As Madiba said, Sharpeville is the nation’s ‘cradle of human rights’ and it was therefore important that its people (were) among the first to benefit from such programmes, which are intended to contribute towards restoring people’s dignity and providing them with the necessary skills development and access to information,” said the director of library and archival services in the Gauteng department of sport, arts, culture and recreation, Koekie Meyer.Meyer said the project aimed to enhance and strengthen library services in Gauteng by turning public libraries into spaces for learning, recreation, socialisation and social cohesion.The R32-million two-year project is being piloted at three libraries in Gauteng; the others are the Suurman Library in Tshwane and Wedela Library in Merafong. It provides free new technological resources and training.#mzansilibs officially launched. pic.twitter.com/OKDTBWWKpu— Livhu Nemutanzhela (@L_Nemutanzhela) March 29, 2016PartnershipThe project is an initiative of the Global Libraries Programme of South Africa, and is funded by the National Libraries South Africa, the Gauteng department of sport, arts, culture and recreation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The Global Libraries Programme has committed to roll out the project to 44 more libraries across Gauteng over the next three years, with 14 to be completed in the 2016/17 financial year.“We work to ensure adequate resources and public policy support for libraries, and we help public libraries, library staff, and the library field measure the impact of public access in libraries and strengthen their advocacy skills,” reads the foundation’s website.Other countries the foundation has supported include Chile, Mexico, Botswana, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia, Moldova, Jamaica, and Turkey.Source: South African Government News Agency
Related Posts I can’t stop thinking about the iPad Mini. I really, really want to, but I can’t. Every time I use my iPhone for something, I wish the screen was twice the size. I think the smartphone might be doomed. A one-hand tablet and a smart watch would be so much better.Learning To Be MobileThe smartphone, specifically the 3.5-inch touchscreen phone, was the form factor that changed everything. But now that we’re used to touch and voice interfaces and mobile software, we’re getting more demanding. We want easy access to the Web and our apps all the time, wherever we are.Apple was right to halt work on the iPad to finish the iPhone first. We needed to start small to learn to use touch software and hardware. It worked; the rate of smartphone adoption was astronomical, and the rate of tablet adoption has been even faster. We get it now. The mobile applications we use most — messaging, reading, navigation, gaming — can be even better on a larger screen.The 10-inch tablet was necessary to show that some people don’t need a mouse-and-keyboard interface for anything. But tablets of that size are not really mobile devices. They’re too heavy to be used one-handed, too big for reading in portrait view, ridiculous for photography, and so on. Full size tablets taught us to use tablet apps, but they were still an incremental step.Too Many RectanglesThe era we’re in now is mobile’s awkward adolescence. The Android world is still focusing on 5-inch-ish things that are either huge phones or tiny tablets. They aren’t good at being either of those things, but they make one important point: Lots of people don’t really want a smartphone and a tablet. They’d rather just have one thing. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#smart watch#smartphone#tablet Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The one question is the camera. Do we want to hold up seven- or eight-inch tablets to take photos? Or do we want a sensor on the back of the watch, right next to the earpiece? Photography seems like the one case where a pocket-sized (smartphone sized) computer is the perfect tool for the job. But otherwise, get rid of it. Give me the big screen for thinking and doing, and a tiny one for talking. jon mitchell But then there’s the mini tablet. There’s the seven-inch world of Kindle Fires and Nexus 7s, and there’s the eight-inch iPad Mini. The early adopters want this to feel right. As Dan Frommer is fond of saying, the iPad Mini feels like the “real iPad.” It’s big enough for the capabilities of tablet software, but it’s small enough for true mobile use. But there’s still something missing.I still need a phone. I still need a thing that deals with voice calls and alerts us to urgent messages. I can’t carry an 8-inch tablet in a pocket and whip it out whenever it vibrates. In fact, I don’t want the tablet to bother me with all that communication stuff, since I’m using it for concentrating on something. So I still carry a powerful smartphone with a beautiful screen, and that makes buying a small tablet seem frivolous.Watch This SpaceAnd this morning, as I read a book on my phone on the subway and wished the screen was bigger, I suddenly realized why people are so excited about smart watches like the Pebble. A watch could be a “phone,” couldn’t it? It could be the device for short communications and reminders that I need to know about right away. And for things that require screen real estate and concentration, I could use a mobile-sized tablet. Then I wouldn’t need a phone at all.It’s the phone that’s the awkward size. That’s the thing I drop all the time. If I had a smart watch and a tablet, I wouldn’t need anything in my pocket at all. I know it sounds awkward to do a voice call on a watch, but A) voice calls are inherently awful, and B) it might not be so bad. Imagine if you could snap the device off of the wristband and hold the back of it up to your ear. A good enough microphone could make that work.Apple is rumored to be building a smart watch(article in Chinese). This rumor says it’s a Bluetooth device that connects to the iPhone. It could connect to the iPad just as easily. But it would even make a great standalone device, I say. Voice, text, calendar/reminders, weather, and you’re good to go. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
For the first time in ATA history, the past presidents of the organisation are set to meet together to celebrate the history and sport of Touch. What many Touch players are not aware of is the work that the past presidents have done to ensure the sport is as well developed Australia-wide at all levels of competition, as it is today. The president has an incredibly important role in the governance and direction of our sport and the ATA has a long and distinguished roll of those who have served the sport in this capacity. They’re set to meet together this weekend, in conjunction with a Board of Directors meeting, at the Blackett Hotel for dinner and a presentation function in Sydney on Saturday evening. The ATA’s first President, Ray Vawdon held the position from in 1978-79 and Ray is one of those credited with helping Touch take off in Sydney in 1968 at Snape Park in the Eastern Suburbs. 1976 saw the Vawdon Cup played for between South Sydney, Cronulla, Newtown, Canterbury and Manly and also in Vawdon’s time the first ever NSW State Cup was held in Port Macquarie in 1977. Phil Smith (deceased) was at the helm of ATA from 1980-82 and helped to introduce the concept of a National Championships, first held in 1980. Phil is now a life member of the Australian Touch Association, in recognition of outstanding service and his vision for the sport. Peter Rooney served the Touch community not only president but also as the Chief Executive Officer, leading the sport with drive and enthusiasm and achieving many milestones especially in the International Development area. Ken Wells is the ATA’s longest serving president, holding the position from 1984-1990 and was there when the Federation of International Touch started in 1985, of which Australia was an inaugural member. Ken’s vision and drive started the process of the ATA obtaining the building it now currently owns and occupies in Canberra. He also helped initiate the first recognised International game, a test series between Australia and New Zealand and the first ever mixed competition was introduced in 1985 under his guidance. Paul Jonson worked with Ken in 1990 and then ran as president himself from 1991-93. His time encompassed many achievements, including the adoption of a new constitution, revamping technical structures and organizing the official opening of the National Touch Championships in front of New Parliament House. He also organised the official opening of the ATA building by the then Minister for Sport Ros Kelly. Russell Mowles had a huge influence on Touch at a National level while he was President from 1994-97. By 1995 the National Championships had expanded from their original three divisions, to 11 divisions. Then in 1997 Russell and the ATA helped replace the National Championships with what we now know as the National Touch League or NTL. The school of thought behind this change was that it would allow competitors to identify with a regional area and to help keep building Touch Australia wide. We certainly thank Russell for helping to bring together what we now know and love. Brian Rooney served on the ATA board from 1994-1997 as commercial director and then as president 1998-2001. After finishing as President he then rejoined board in 2002, continuing as a director and is now a life member, awarded the title in 2004. Today the Australian Touch Association is continuing to push forward in growth, development nation-wide, in its professionalism and also management. Current president Michael Sparks has been leading Australian Touch since 2001 and has recently seen the implementation of the Management restructure kick off. It no doubt promises an exciting time ahead for Michael in his role and for the entirety of the Australian Touch Association. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the past presidents for their tireless effort, time and energy that they have dedicated and continue to dedicate to the growth and development of our sport over the years.
Napoli coach Ancelotti: Koulibaly subject of monkey chants throughoutby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti says he’s prepared to take his players off the field if they’re subject to racist abuse.Kalidou Koulibaly was allegedly barracked by racist taunts throughout defeat to Inter Milan.He was booked at San Siro and reacted with sarcastic applause to the referee, prompting a red card.Lautaro Martinez went on to win the game at the 92nd minute, creating tension that went beyond the final whistle.“I asked the referee for information on the red cards and nothing else. Those incidents rather decided the match, as we had done very well in the second half and were pushing hard.“We even had the chance to win it when down to 10 men, but tempers were a little raised at the end,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.“There was a strange atmosphere, as we asked three times for play to be suspended, they had announcements with the speaker three times. Koulibaly was certainly irritable. Usually, he is very calm and professional, but he was subjected to monkey noises throughout the game.“We asked three times for some action to be taken, but the match continued. We keep being told play can be halted, but when? After four or five announcements? Maybe we have to take matters into our own hands next time and stop play ourselves. They’ll probably make us forfeit the game if we walk off, but we are prepared to do it.“It’s not good for Italian football, seeing this.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
VANCOUVER, B.C. – LNG Canada’s CEO says construction will start in 2018 on the $40-billion LNG facility.During an LNG conference Tuesday, Andy Calitz was quoted by Reuters news service as saying “It didn’t make sense in July 2016. When (our stakeholders) asked the inevitable question, when will you reconsider the FID? Our answer was: We will be in construction in 2018. I reaffirm that commitment today.”Calitz confirmed a final investment decision was still on target to be made in 2018. Reuters also quoted Calitz as saying anti-dumping tariffs on fabricated industrial steel was no longer an issue for the project and wouldn’t have an impact on the final investment decision.LNG Canada requested an exemption from the 45.8 percent tariffs.LNG Canada is a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell Plc, PetroChina Co Ltd, Mitsubishi Corp and Korea Gas Corp. TransCanada Corp will build the pipeline.
ROSE PRAIRIE, B.C. – The evening of Thursday, March 28th, 2019 the Skate Shack located beside the ice rink at Upper Pine School burned down.At 5:50 pm Jessica Bowers and her husband Mark Fell saw a FB message sharing that the skate shack was on fire. Rose Prairie does not have a fire department so the community members themselves have to act as firefighters.Fell shares with me that they loaded their water pump and water hoses into their truck and headed to the Upper Pine school as they live quite close to the school. Fell said, “When we arrived there was no water source close enough to hook up to.” Fell goes on to share moments after their arrival a Vac truck and D. Lowen’s water truck was on site. There was an RCMP officer on site who had contacted the gas company.Hoses started to be strung, and at that point, the building was so engulphed in flames the focus was on trying to keep the fire from spreading. Protecting the skating rink was Fell’s priority knowing that a new liner was recently installed and the bushes on the property line to protect the church that is on the adjacent property, shared Fell.There were approximately 12 community members working together to dig out the gas line to shut it off and to help run water hoses.Jessica Bowers shares, Upper Pine is facing a huge loss with all the ski gear, snowshoes and possible hockey equipment. “The building had the skate sharpener and everything to help keep our kids active. This is a big loss to our community but we will rebuild,” said Bowers
Actor Julia Roberts spent time with prostitutes who were paid $35 each to talk to her before filming Pretty Woman. Barbara Marshall, a former nurse and the widow of the movie’s director, Garry Marshall, has opened up on how she was volunteering at a free clinic here in 1989 when she got a call from her spouse, reports New York Post newspaper’s Page Six column. She said: “Garry would never visit me at the clinic, because he was a hypochondriac and afraid of getting a disease. But he asked if Julia could come and talk to some of the patients. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”I recruited two young women who came to the clinic regularly, and I paid them $35 each to meet with Julia. I went back to work, and about 20 minutes later, Julia yelled from the end of the hall, ‘Bye, Barbara. We’re going to take a drive. We’ll be back later.'” Marshall panicked and called her husband and told the director: “Your star just left with a group of girls, and I think they were heading to Hollywood Boulevard. I’m worried. What if she doesn’t come back?” But the group returned later and Barbara praised Julia as “one tough lady who can take care of herself on and off camera”. Her most successful films include Mystic Pizza (1988), Steel Magnolias (1989), Pretty Woman (1990), to name a few.
New Delhi: Just a fortnight ahead of the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections, the Opposition parties have started questioning the Election Commission of India (EC) and its alleged ‘political predisposition’. On Wednesday the TDP-ruled state government in Andhra Pradesh filed a petition in High Court challenging the orders of the EC transferring three top cops on Tuesday night. The court accepted the petition.Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed serious concern over the issue and questioned how the Election commission reacts immediately on the complaint of an alleged economic offender Vijayasai Reddy. He further alleged that the Opposition YSR Congress party was trying to terrorise officials. He said that the transfer of officials who will not come under EC purview sends wrong signals. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIG A B Venkateswara Rao, Srikakulam SP Venkataratnam and Kadapa SP Rahuldev Sarma were transferred on the basis of a complaint, lodged by Vijayasai Reddy to the EC. The AP CM further warned of launching ‘Save Democracy and Save Democratic Institutions’ agitation. A TDP delegation of MPs CM Ramesh, K Raveendra Kumar and other senior leaders met the Chief Election Commissioner of India (CEC) Sunil Arora on Wednesday evening and submitted a memorandum. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe Trinamool Congress, the ruling party in West Bengal too objected to the appointment of former BSF Director General K K Sharma as special police observer for West Bengal and Jharkhand late on Tuesday evening, alleging that he was present at an RSS function a year earlier. “EC has now appointed KK Sharma, retired DG BSF, as Special Central Police Observer for West Bengal and Jharkhand. Over one year ago (Feb 2018) Trinamool had raised an objection to his presence in uniform at an RSS function,” Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien tweeted. The Election Commission appointed four special observers, two retired IRS and two IPS officer, to spearhead its efforts to check the abuse of black money and illegal inducements to voters and monitor deployment of security forces in select sensitive states during the Lok Sabha polls. Sharma is one of them.
New Delhi: Rain brought a much needed respite from the scorching heat on Wednesday and this spell of pleasant weather is likely to continue for another couple of days. Several parts of the national received morning showers which made the weather pleasant. The minimum temperature was recorded at 24.3 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average and humidity was recorded at 82 per cent at 8.30 am. The Safdarjung observatory, recording for which is considered official for the city, recorded traces of rainfall, while Palam and Lodhi Road observatories recorded 1.8 and 1.5 mm rainfall respectively. The weather man predicted a windy day with the possibility of thundershowers, light rain accompanied by lightning. The maximum temperature is likely to settle around 34 degrees Celsius. According to a MeT department official, light rain is predicted for the next two days.