Source: Richard Jefferson, Nuggets agree to 1-year deal

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 37-year-old Jefferson spent two seasons with the Cavaliers and played a big role off the bench during the team’s 2016 championship season. He appeared in 79 games last season, averaging 5.7 points in 20.4 minutes.Jefferson also has played for the Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Jazz, Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks over his 16-year career.Malone and Jefferson’s paths actually crossed a few years ago when both were with Golden State. Malone has nothing but respect for Jefferson the player.“He’s the consummate professional, stays ready,” Malone said. “Anytime you can be around a player that has a resume like Richard does, I think you’re better off for it. I wish Richard the best of luck wherever helands.”In Denver, Jefferson figures to back up Wilson Chandler at small forward and provide another veteran voiceon a Nuggets squad that many predict to be in the playoff race after narrowly missing a spot a year ago. The team hasn’t been to the postseason since 2012-13.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jefferson will join the Nuggets on a one-year deal, a person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement hasn’t been disclosed by the team. ESPN first reported the deal, which it said is worth $2.3 million.After weeks of fine-tuning his roster through training camp and the preseason, Malone suddenly has to juggle things around. Not that he minds carving out minutes for a player he can’t even name just yet. Jefferson adds another leadership presence to a young, playoff-hopeful roster.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Teams are always trying to find ways to improve in any way, shape or form,” said Malone, whose squad opens the season Wednesday in Utah. “If our front office deemed it necessary to make a move prior to the start of the regular season, that’s something I fully support and they have my 1,000 percent belief in what they’re trying to do.“We embrace whoever else comes in and we make the most of it. I don’t foresee if any changes are made, there being any negative effects to that.” “Anytime you come to the season with high expectations, it raises your level of play and intensity,” said Will Barton, whose ankle has quickly mended after he rolled it during practice Monday. “With us having high expectations, we all want to prove that we’re as good as we think we are. It’s a good thing. We don’t want to come into the season with people saying we’re going to (stink).”Heading into the season opener, Denver’s starting lineup looks like this: Paul Millsap at power forward, Chandler, Nikola Jokic in the middle and Gary Harris at shooting guard.The point guard situation remains up in the air. ESPN reported that Denver plans to waive veteran Jameer Nelson and he wasn’t at practice Tuesday. That leaves youngsters Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay to play the position.The only hint Malone would provide about who would start at the point was that his last name began with “M” and “U.”Hmm — not all that helpful.As for Nelson, Malone didn’t talk about the possible release of his veteran floor leader, only what he’s meant to the team.“His ability to mentor and help young players is something that people didn’t hear enough about,” Malone said. “Jameer has a great basketball mind and passion for the game.”Asked if this sort of move signals a growing faith in Mudiay, Malone played it coy.“I’m not going to speak to anything,” Malone said. “I love our team and trust (the front office) to do whatever they feel is in our best interest to have our best team possible.”___ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mourinho says long-term tenure at Man United unlikely Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson (24) battles Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes (40) for space during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas. Their roster overloaded, the Cavaliers are trading Richard Jefferson and Kay Felder to save money. Cleveland has agreed to send Jefferson, Felder, two second-round draft picks and $3 million to the Atlanta Hawks in a move that will allow the Eastern Conference champions to avoid paying $12 million in luxury tax penalties, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)DENVER — Michael Malone knows all about Richard Jefferson. Just not Tuesday, with the deal for the veteran forward still waiting on official word.“Who’s Jefferson?” the Denver Nuggets coach coyly said after practice.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

The Senate’s Shameful and Cowardly Act

first_imgLast week the Liberian Senate passed a bill targeted at curtailing the eligibility of the Central Bank Governor to run for political office come 2017.It is clear that members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, some of whom may have political ambitions of their own, are petrified at the prospect of Dr. J. Mills Jones running for president. What Dr. Jones has done for the Liberian economy in empowering Liberian businesses has made him a rising star. But instead of strategizing to compete and win or lose honorably on substance (issues), the cowardly legislators have chosen to attempt to disqualify him – albeit unconstitutionally – so as not to have to compete with him man to man.Lawmakers are panicking, and the man has not even declared his intention to run!They have not only targeted Mills Jones but the entire CBL Board of Governors and its executives. Indeed, great minds think alike. Dr. Jones could not have done half of what he has accomplished without the unwavering support of his Board and executives. The late Theo Bettie comes to mind. As such, the Legislature has covered it bases well – or so it thinks.Besides the glaring bulls eye at Dr. Jones and the obvious unconstitutionality of the Senate’s decision (which legal experts believe will undoubtedly be challenged in the High Court), greater and deeper issues than Mills Jones are at stake: the trajectory of the Liberian economy and the nation as a whole are at stake!This is where the ‘foundational work’ often touted by this administration becomes extremely important. With the help of Liberia’s international partners, this administration, for all of its weaknesses, has sought to strengthen the institutions that undergird a solid and functioning democracy. Good governance and the rule of law, for example, are two key pillars. This administration has not been perfect, but it has made a good start. This is the foundation upon which the next administration will have to build with the continued support of our partners.But not if the current Legislature has anything to do with it. The Code of Conduct bill is already no doubt a bitter pill to swallow, a sign of things to come. A Mills Jones administration would only run with this straight to the finish line. They have to put a stop to this.”Gentlemen, ehn yor know ehn? We know how to twist and turn with the way things are right now. We can’t sit here for the people to come make us wear strait jacket. So we got to put stop to this ting here.””Hear, hear!””The way Mills Jones doin this ting, it lo leh he wan run for president.””Hmmm!””So, yor leh decide how to handle it.”We are certain that our readers get the idea. Many Legislators are people who only know how to operate in a lawless (or secret) society. Each man for himself; God for all.There is yet another question to be asked, however. Who else stands to benefit from this decision — that is willing to pay top dollar to block the onward march to development? Foreign businesses perhaps, who will not welcome the competition, let alone the Liberianization of the entire economy. And we are not just talking about Monrovia-based foreign merchants who are crippling the Liberian economy and undermining Liberian businesses; who are bringing in cheaply acquired expired goods and selling them at a premium. These merchants are terribly worried. They know that if an incoming administration continues on the current trajectory, their profit margins are threatened, their days in control numbered.We also mean multinationals who will not be happy to see the rules enforced, whistle-blower NGOs given face, and environmental best practices applied. Do-nothing NGOs, rubber, logging, mining and oil companies — this is a huge and very wealthy lobby.We call upon every Liberian to protest in every way other than violence against this bill; to stand up and let their lawmakers know that for their selfish attempt to limit the choices of the electorate, it is THEIR (lawmakers’) days that are numbered. Tick, tock!The law being proposed by the Senate MUST be vigorously and successfully resisted.  Every conscientious and patriotic Liberian and the entire Civil Society must get involved in challenging, in the Supreme Court, the Senate’s shameful and cowardly act.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BFF, Kofi Annan Institute, Civil Groups, Host Dialogue on Liberia’s 50th Unification Jubilee Tomorrow

first_imgLiberian civil society organizations will tomorrow 30, May, 2014, observe the 50th Jubilee of National Unification Day on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.The program, organized by the Better Future Foundation (BFF), in collaboration with the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation, Montserrado County Peace Committee (MPC), and the Liberia House of Prayer, among others has, as its theme: “National Unification Day at 50: Reviewing the Past and Preparing for the Future.”The jubilee celebration (1964-2014), will be focused on Bong, Lofa, Nimba, and Grand Gedeh Counties, created in 1964 and their subsequent integration into the Republic of Liberia.         The occasion will also be characterized by Interactive Dialogues and Panel Discussions.Among other topics which would be addressed by a number of distinguished panelists are the following: “The Influence and Impacts of Tradition on National Unification in the Liberian Society; Promoting Cohesiveness, Harmony, Tolerance and Respect for Diversity; History of National Unification Day- Its Influence and impacts on National Unity, the country and People and the Way Forward.”  Liberia’s Peace Ambassador, and international soccer celebrity, George Weah; Dr. Augustine Konneh, Director of Foreign Service Institute; Rep. Ricks Toweh, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Peace and Reconciliation of the House of Representatives; Dr. Joseph Saye Guanue, a renowned author and professor of history and political Science are expected to make thematic presentations at the occasion which will also be graced by a number of local and international peace advocacy organizations including the youth and student community in the country.BFF president Rev. Augustine Arkoi, giving a historical overview of the National Unification Day celebration disclosed that it draws attention to one of the most pressing issues that faces the country throughout its history. He made reference to the then animosity between the Americo-Liberians and the indigenous population. Rev. Arkoi historicized that under the leadership of President William V. S. Tubman, who led the country from 1944 to 1971, the divide between these two groups was minimized, if not totally eradicated.“In his inaugural address, Tubman introduced his National Unification Policy, which featured among other things an extension of voting right to women and to the country’s indigenous people,” the BFF President pointed out.He maintains that the day reminds Liberians of what they hold in common as opposed to their divergence.According to organizers of the Unification Day peace symposium, Liberia’s distinguished educator and rights activist, Madam Mary N. Brownell will serve as Presiding Resource person during the daylong deliberations.Madam Brownell according to the BFF communication is meanwhile calling on all Liberians at home and in the Diaspora to forgive, love and unite as a prerequisite for a peaceful, secured, and prosperous Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgSuch was a time the noisiest were so quietSuch was the time the hearts beat so fasterSuch was the time the eyes were stretchedSuch was the time tears blurred some visionsSuch was the time foes were now comradesSuch was the time indifference was obsoleteSuch was the time miracle wasn’t just a wordSuch was the time fans were eager for goalSuch was the time mediocre wasn’t acceptedSuch was the time the rain mattered notSuch was the time we hugged and kissedSuch was the time the referee was wide-eyedSuch was the time the opponent lost it allSuch was the time the GOAL made a changeSuch was the time the ride home was sweetSuch was the time talked all night longShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Dr. Sawyer Launches Adult Literacy Project

first_imgDr. Amos C. Sawyer, one of Liberia’s leading political scientists and professors, on Sunday launched an adult literacy project aimed at impacting the lives of others as he approached his 70th birth anniversary on June 15.The launching was done at his church, the St. Stephen Episcopal at 10th Street, Monrovia where Dr. Sawyer’s many colleagues and admirers showered praises upon him for what they called “his many achievements and accomplishments.”In his brief statement, Dr. Sawyer reflected on his past ordeal when his house was set ablaze in 198friends and Christian brothers and sisters identified with him.As a member of the Stephen Episcopal Church himself, Dr. Sawyer emphasized that the spiritual fulfillment of Christians has been accomplished as evidenced by the many Christians including himself. Nevertheless, the social aspect remains challenging, and it is for that reason that he and others are launching the adult literacy project to impact others.He noted that teenage girls are getting children in their large numbers and by the time they are in their early 30s they have become grandparents without support. There is urgent need to reach out to these young people, many of whom have had little or no education at all.The launching program, which was preceded by prayer and expressions of praise heaped upon the honoree, was attended by high profile personalities, including Vice President Joseph Boakai, former Senate Protempt President Cletus Wotorson, Senators Jewel Howard Taylor and Conmany Wisseh and his wife Medina, Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh, veteran Liberian educator, Mother Mary Brownell, and Dr. Togba Nah-Tipoteh, who read a satirical letter which he said came from United States President Barrack Obama. Also in attendance were former Education Ministers, Dr. Joseph D.Z. Korto and Dr. H. Boimah Fahnbulleh, now National Security Advisor to the President, Counselors Tiawan Gongloe, former Labor Minister and Winston Tubman, former Attorney General of Liberia, former National Elections Commission Chairman, James Fromayan, and an array of other government officials, some of whom sat under Dr. Sawyer while he was a professor at the University of Liberia.In separate statements, those that attended the launching pledged their support to the adult literacy venture, with Senator Jewel Howard urging that it should not only be concentrated in Monrovia, but should be extended to other parts of the country.Vice President Joseph Boakai, in consonance with other speakers, testified that Dr. Sawyer is known for living a selfless life for Liberia and will always be remembered for his contributions to mankind.The rector of St. Stephen Episcopal Church, Rev. Canon A-Too Williams, said a special prayer for Dr. Sawyer, asking God to bless him with long life and good health to continue his “good deeds.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Events taking place Saturday December 20th

first_imgHere are the events going on in the Energeticcity for Saturday December 20th, 200809:00 AM – 04:00 PM  Farmer’s Market – Last Day for the Season!10:30 AM  Christmas Storytime at the Library10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  Pre-School Storytime12:00 PM  Tracker Flyers vs Grande Prairie08:00 PM  Huskies vs. Sexsmith Vipers09:00 PM – 11:30 PM  Side Effect ‘One Last Show’TBA  The ‘Magical Christmas Market’ For more upcoming events visit Advertisement –last_img

Cristiano Ronaldo’s buy-out clause slashed by Real Madrid – reports

first_img LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Real Madrid may be prepared to listen to offers for one of their greatest ever players targets GETTY 2 Ronaldo is currently away at the World Cup with Portugal Ronaldo earns around £350,000-a-week at Real Madrid – almost half of Neymar’s weekly wage of £619,000.The Portuguese has been linked with a move back to old club Manchester United. REVEALED LATEST Ronaldo wanted to sign a new contract worth £1.35m but the LaLiga giants have no intention of agreeing to that.And now the European champions may be prepared to let Ronaldo go as he is not getting any younger.Marca claims that the five-time Ballon d’Or winners’ exit from the Bernabeu is getting closer after his release clause has been lowered from £884m to £100m.Paris Saint-Germain are one of very few clubs who could afford to land the forward but face the danger of falling foul of Uefa’s Financial Fair Play restrictions. Latest transfer news on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets moving on Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED 2 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Cristiano Ronaldo’s release clause has been dramatically lowered to £100million by Real Madrid, according to reports.The 33-year-old’s future at Real Madrid is under huge speculation despite the fact he is currently representing Portugal at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND last_img read more

Women’s Tennis Handles SIUE, 5-2

first_img Watch Live Box Score (HTML) at Nebraska 2/9/2019 – 5 P.M. Full Schedule Roster Next Game: Live Statscenter_img Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team easily dispatched visiting SIUE, 5-2, Saturday afternoon at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.The Bulldogs won the team match before the Cougars picked up their two points, including one in a retired match.Drake (3-3) won the doubles point and then three-straight singles wins at Nos. 1, 3, 5 and 6. All four of the Bulldogs’ singles wins came in straight sets with Daria Walczak (Lodz, Poland) collecting the first win at No. 3, 6-0, 6-1, followed by Kelsey Neville’s (Antioch, Ill.) 6-2, 6-2, win at No. 6.Liza Petushkova (Moscow, Russia) clinched the match at No. 1 with a 6-2, 6-4 victory. Kenya Williams (Lauderdale, Fla.) added a 6-0, 7-6 win at No. 5.The Bulldogs take to the road next for a pair of matches in Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 9, against Nebraska and Wyoming. Drake 5, SIUE 2Feb 02, 2019 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) Singles competition1. Liza Petushkova (DU) def. Alina Munteanu (SIUE) 6-2, 6-42. Lara Tupper (SIUE) def. Carmen Palumbo (DU) 6-4, 4-6, 10-83. Daria Walczak (DU) def. Nicole Gomez (SIUE) 6-0, 6-14. Raillane Kamdem (SIUE) def. Sophia Haleas (DU) 7-5, 1-5, retired5. Kenya Williams (DU) def. Callaghan Adams (SIUE) 6-0, 7-66. Kelsey Neville (DU) def. Ann-Christine Link (SIUE) 6-2, 6-2Doubles competition1. Liza Petushkova/Kenya Williams (DU) def. Ann-Christine Link/Lara Tupper (SIUE) 6-42. Carmen Palumbo/Daria Walczak (DU) def. Callaghan Adams/Maria Thibault (SIUE) 6-13. Alina Munteanu/Nicole Gomez (SIUE) def. Kelsey Neville/Megan Webb (DU) 6-4Match NotesSIUE 2-2Drake 3-3Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,6,1,4,5,2) Print Friendly Version Previewlast_img read more

Good evening, sister and brother propagandists

first_imgGood evening, sister and brother propagandists.What did she just call us, I hear you asking yourselves? Us? Propagandists?A hundred years ago, there would have been no shame attached to being called a propagandist. The word propaganda had not yet been hijacked by the enemies of democracy. In some parts of the world, notably Latin America, propaganda still has a neutral sense. There it refers to commercial advertising.Edward Bernays, the friend of Sigmund Freud who is considered by many to have been the father of public relations, was happy to call his art propaganda. He thought it was an important component of democracy. He even titled his groundbreaking 1928 book on PR “Propaganda”.Propaganda is a Latin word. It means “things that need to propagated or disseminated”. One the reason eggs and bacon is today synonymous with breakfast is that Bernays successfully propagated the idea that eggs and bacon were a healthy way to start the day.He did that by getting a segment of society that commands universal respect – the medical profession – to endorse the benefits of a hearty breakfast. Then he promoted eggs and bacon as the quintessential hearty breakfast. This was before the discovery of cholesterol.Gathered here this evening are some of the most talented practitioners of the art of propagating ideas in the world. And while you represent a great and diverse array of clients and interests, one of the most compelling questions that challenges all of us is: how can we do for Africa what Edward Bernays did for bacon and eggs?How do we propagate the idea that Africa is an appetising, energising and essential part of the world’s day?The basic ingredients are coming together and the product is perhaps more saleable than it has ever been. Late last year, the World Bank reported that 2005 “may well have been the year when Africa turned the corner” unquote from poverty and debt to prosperity and wealth.Economic growth is picking up steam all over the continent. A growing number of countries, among them Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Uganda and Ghana, is on course to cut poverty in half by 2010. Primary school enrollment and literacy rates are rising. In many countries, infant mortality is down. Macroeconomic indicators are improving, with inflation falling to historic lows, currencies stabilizing and fiscal deficits dropping, and foreign direct investment surging.Democratic transfers of power are now the norm and the African Union is starting to stand fast against member governments who come to power through unconstitutional means. African conflicts may still grab headlines, but the truth is they are dwindling in number, largely as a result of the efforts of Africans themselves. And, having overtaken the Middle East as America’s largest source of oil imports, Africa is assuming unprecedented strategic importance.Too little of this gets projected to the world at large. To the contrary, in the popular culture of the North, Africa remains a source of horror and pity. Consider Hollywood’s latest contribution. This year, two Oscar contenders painted Africa in the direst imaginable colors.One, the Last King of Scotland, depicted the bloody rule of Idi Amin in stomach-turning detail. The other, Blood Diamonds, dealt graphically with the civil war in Sierra Leone, limb-severings and all.The conflict in Sierra Leone is now over. Peace has been achieved. Idi Amin is long gone and Uganda has for years been seen as a model of post-conflict reconstruction and is now one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. But the distinction between past and present has also most certainly been lost on most filmgoers in the North.Last year, of course, an African film made by Africans about Africa actually won an Oscar. But as justifiably proud as we were of Tsotsi’s success, its images were not ones we would necessarily have chosen to have seared into the minds of international audiences.All these films deserve the accolades they’ve been getting as examples of the filmmaker’s art, but we have to be aware of how they feed pernicious stereotypes. In the same way, just we have to be aware of the messages cherished celebrities send when they come to Africa bearing gifts and professing love and compassion. Unwittingly or not, they tend to nourish the assumption that Africans are victims and incapable of looking after their own.This assumption is also fed by the media. This is not because the media is malicious. Actually, the journalists who cover Africa for the world’s newspapers, radio and television are generally caring human beings with a strong regard for truth.Most of them didn’t become journalists to fatten their bank accounts. Many entered their profession because they wanted to shine a light on what is wrong with the world with a view to helping get it fixed.That being the case, reporters and their editors are not going to spend a lot of time covering things that are working. The fact that South Africa has the lowest cost electricity in the world is not news. Power failures are.By the same token, reporters are going to spend a lot of time with, and give voice to, people they see working to get things fixed. That is part of the reason NGO’s like Oxfam and Global Witness and Doctors Without Borders tend to be the primary sources for stories out of Africa. Another part is the reason is the journalists have a hard-wired distrust of authority, which is a good thing for democracy.A lot of NGO’s do terrific and necessary work and make a genuine difference in people’s lives. But it’s a fact of life that they have to compete for resources to do their work, which leads, quite naturally, to their marketing the problems they seek to address. This marketing tends to drown out other more hopeful narratives about Africa and plays straight into Afropessimism.How, in the face of all this, are we going to re-brand Africa?One way we are not going to do it, is by assuming an angry and defensive attitude and attacking messengers, challenging their bona fides and being perpetually thin-skinned about criticism. All that will do is reinforce stereotypes.The only media that consistently reports “good news” is the media in closed societies and closed societies tend to be the least successful in today’s world. We might do worse than to learn from the American cognitive linguist George Lakoff and what he has been trying to teach his country’s Democratic Party about framing its message to voters. In his book, “Don’t Think of an Elephant”, Lakoff makes the simple point that if you ask someone not to think of an elephant, an elephant is precisely what will leap into that person’s mind.What this means is that when we talk to the world and tell it our story, we must use our own frame of reference, not the frame supplied by Afropessimism or existing stereotypes. If we start out defensively by confronting the Afropessimist or stereotypical viewpoint directly, we have conceded control of the frame.Take the example of crime in this country. Government is talking about this issue in a reactive and defensive way, using the frame supplied by its critics. It needs to establish it own frame, a frame that gives people a sense of hope that crime is a problem that can, and will be dealt with. Instead we need to create a vision for what a safe, secure and successful country will resemble.A good example of the approach I’m talking about is an article that appeared in the Financial Times last year by Jim Sutcliffe, the CEO of Old Mutual. He was worried about the way BEE was being seen by foreign investors. But instead of beginning his article by mentioning investor concerns, he created his own frame. Here’s how the article began:“South Africa’s drive to bring the long excluded majority of its people into the mainstream of its economic life is paying healthy dividends. It is pushing the growth rate – nearly 5 per cent in 2005 – onto a higher trajectory. It has helped the 12-year-old democracy move ahead of India as a destination for foreign direct investment. And it was a factor in the 47% total return on equities traded on the JSE last year.Broadly defined, the black economic empowerment (BEE) strategy hammered out between government and business is helping fuel an economic and social revolution as millions of South Africans start to enjoy disposable income and upward mobility for the first time in their lives. This is making South Africa both an exciting place to do business and one that holds the promise of long-term stability.How real is the transformation? Consider this. Just over 20 years ago, South Africa’s most famous newspaper, the Rand Daily Mail, closed because its readership was increasingly black and of no interest to advertisers. Today, South Africa’s most successful newspaper is the Daily Sun, a three-year-old start-up targeted at the black working class. Its circulation is 450 000 and rising and advertisers are clamoring for space on its pages.”This is a great example of how we can all work to redefine Africa in the minds of the world. It’s about telling our story on our terms – and telling it truthfully and without trying to pretend that everything is perfect. Sutcliffe did go on to respond to concerns investors have about BEE, but not before establishing a whole new way of looking at the subject – a new frame — as a reason to invest and have faith in South Africa’s future.Importantly, he told a concrete and unexpected story – the extraordinary success of the Daily Sun — to illustrate his case and help readers see South Africa in a new way.This is the way we have to start talking about our continent as a whole – as a region ripe with opportunity, a market 800 million strong, rich in resources, human and natural, and with huge pent up demand for goods and services. In short a great new frontier. Having established this frame, we can then build its credibility by being totally candid about the problems we still face.Above all, we need to be armed with gripping stories that stick in people’s minds. The way we perceive the world is shaped strongly by anecdote, and the more memorable stories we can tell that defy stereotype and illustrate the strengths and capacities of our continent’s people, the more we will change mindsets. The more we demonstrate a country Alive With Possibility”, the more we will create Afro Optimism.There are great stories to tell, if we’re willing to look for them and encourage people to tell. Story gathering is something we can’t simply leave to the media which, for the reasons I’ve outlined, are not focused on our kind of story. There are or course exceptions, like the American filmmaker Carol Pineau, whose documentary, “Africa Open for Business”, has been winning prizes and accolades around the world. In this film, Carol introduces to the world an extraordinary array entrepreneurs, from Pierre Sauvalle, founder and artistic director of Senegal-based Pictoon, the only animation design studio in Africa that produces television series and feature films, to-Adenike Ogunlesi, who owns and operates the “in” label in Nigeria in children’s clothes, Ruff ‘N’ Tumble, to Mohammed Yassin Olad, who runs a thriving airline in the truly business environment of Somalia. She has another film on the same theme now in the works. We must do all we can to encourage this kind of work.Ultimately, as the article by Jim Sutcliffe and Edward Bernays with his pro-hearty breakfast doctors showed, very little beats credible third-party endorsers when it comes to selling a product or propagating an idea.We need to get what Simon Gladwell has called the mavens, the connectors and the persuaders – the key players in dramatic shifts of public perception – to propagate the idea of Africa as the opportunity continent. This is a process about which there is a great deal of expertise in this room tonight. I am confident that we are close to the tipping point. Africa is on the move. Yes, there are huge challenges still to be confronted, and yes, movement is by no means uniform. But many of the challenges are really opportunities, if properly viewed and properly framed.That is an idea Ogilvy and its supremely talented people can to much to propagate, and in fact, have a responsibility to do so.last_img read more

Art hotel counts Joburg’s decades

first_img30 August 2010The 12 decades of Johannesburg’s existence are reflected in the 12 rooms making up a new boutique hotel at Main Street Life, one of Joburg’s newest places to be seen, and the brainchild of the same developer who brought the successful Arts on Main to the inner city.The 1960s was the decade the miniskirt hit the world; a man stepped on the moon; Sharpeville happened and Nelson Mandela was jailed. In Joburg, smoking in cinemas was banned, while bikinis were forbidden at swimming pools. And the Carlton Centre was opened.That spectacular building is the theme of one of the 12 specially decorated rooms in the 12 Decades Art Hotel at Main Street Life in Johannesburg’s CBD. The room is referred to as 50 Storeys, and was put together by clothing designer Colleen Alborough.One of Joburg’s newest places to be seen, Main Street Life opened in February this year. It offers Joburgers a new way to spend their hard-earned cash. Malva, the concept store on the ground floor of the seven-storey residential building, buzzes with customers stopping in for a sandwich and coffee, or to see a play, or just to chill and buy an item from its selection of designer gear and decor.To complete the picture, Main Street Life offers The Bioscope, an independent art house cinema.Twelve designers and artists were asked to each design a room of the hotel, taking a theme from the 12 decades that Johannesburg has been in existence, since 1886.So you can stay in the Sir Abe Bailey room, done by Prospero and Anna Bailey; or the Main Street Constellations room, by artist Kim Lieberman; or the A Part Love A Part Hate room, by fashion label Love Jozi; or Minehaus by decor design company Dokter and Misses; or the Catwalk Customs room, by designers Black Coffee; or The House That Jack Built by artist Kim Stern.The hotel opened in mid-July, and bookings are growing steadily, says general manager Henning Booysen. Rates range from R650 a night for the smaller rooms, to R950 for the premium room, Perpetual Liberty, by architect Enrico Daffonchio.Work is ongoing on the roof of the hotel, which eventually will have a splash pool, a boxing gym, two viewing decks, a bar and a telescope. There will be a restaurant on the ground floor of the building.Jonathan Liebmann is the developer of Main Street Life, a follow-up to his successful Arts on Main several blocks down the road.Arts on MainLiebmann bought the five warehouses – now a collection of interleading buildings between Fox, Main and Berea streets in the eastern CBD that make up Arts on Main – in late 2008. By mid-2009 several galleries had moved in, and it has become the hip venue to exhibit work.Tenants include Bailey’s African History Archives, the Goodman Gallery, the David Krut Gallery, the Seippel Gallery, the Goethe-Institut, the Nirox Foundation, a literature project called Right on the Rim, an architect’s firm and an advertising company. The anchor tenant is renowned artist William Kentridge.Arts on Main is pulled together around a restaurant, Canteen, which opens on to a courtyard filled with olive and lemon trees. In June, Liebmann received a Johannesburg Development Agency Halala award in the category Relaxing and Playing Joburg.Several new hotels have opened in Johannesburg’s inner city in the past few years. This month, the Reef Hotels Gold opened on the corner of Harrison and Anderson streets, with 120 standard and deluxe rooms. It is a converted 1970s office building, and plays on the theme of the city’s gold history.In 2007, the 100-room Mapungubwe Hotel opened on the western edge of the CBD. Shortly afterwards, the Ashanti Hotel opened across the road, with 78 rooms. Around the same time, Isibaya House opened, with 103 stylish apartments.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more