D’Tigers emerged as the Number One team in Group F and also Africa despite the team’s 63-84 defeat by Senegal in their last game on Sunday at the Palaise des Sports Indoor Hall in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.Although Senegal defeated D’Tigers by 21pts, Nigeria got the African qualifiers zone job done in Lagos when they inflicted a 28-point defeat on the men from Dakar earlier.Nigeria is thus heading to China as the winner of the African qualifying zone with a superior points difference of +268 as against Tunisia’s +264 in Group E.D’Tigers’ Point Guard, Ikenna Iroegbu, scored 23 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds to finish the qualification series on a high while Captain Ike Diogu had 10 points, 6 dribbles and 7 rebounds on the night.Despite the superior statistics against the Senegalese, (11-7 steals, 20-16 assists and more 21.4 points from turnovers as against 12.5 points made by their opponents), Nigeria lost the encounter due to inaccurate shooting.In his post-match reaction, D’Tigers’ Coach, Alex Nwora, said the team would have loved to finish the qualifiers on a high with a win, but it did not go as expected.The defeat was Nigeria’s second during the last window of the qualification series.“I know for sure that it’s not what we expected. We came here to remain undefeated but as God will have it, we did not achieve that goal but we still finished top because of the previous window. We just had problems scoring and we also did not defend well, but I am proud of the guys,” enthused Nwora yesterday.With the absence of some key members of the team coupled with the limited time frame for preparation, Nwora reckoned that it was likely to be a tough journey.“Our scorers were unable to make it. We just had to get the guys that were available late and they gave their best.He congratulated the team for a job well done, describing it as mission accomplished after emerging as the winner of the African series.“I am proud that we are still Number 1 in Africa and also in our group.”In Group E, Tunisia is first with 22 pts ahead of Angola with 21ptsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram 2019 FIBA WORLD CUPOlawale AjimotokanDespite the absence of key players like Portland Trail Blazers guard, Al Farouq Aminu, Stanley Okoye, Obinna Emegano, Ike Nwamu and Christopher Obekpa, Nigeria’s senior male basketball team, D’Tigers have qualified for the 2019 FIBA World Cup scheduled to hold in China.
German Ambassador to Liberia, Ralph Timmermann, has declared that Liberia owes no debt to the Federal Republic of Gemany. He explained all amounts his country has contributed to the development of Liberia have been in the form of grants.Ambassador Timmermann’s comment came following concerns from some corners of the public over whether Liberia’s current debt still stands following the waiving of about US$2 billion debt; giving the country the chance to pursue further loans.Germany’s relationship with Liberia has a long history, dating as far back as the 1800s when Liberia got her independence in 1847.This relationship puts Liberia in a better position to get loans from Germany since the country (Liberia) now has a respectable standing in the world financial sector.In an interview with the Daily Observer, Ambassador Timmermann said the debt Liberia had for Germany was cancelled, and that all funds coming from the German Government to the country are intended to assist recovery from the civil conflict and help Liberians have a better standard of living.Outlining some projects to which Germany has contributed funds; Ambassador Timmermann named the West Africa Power Pool, the Mount Coffee Hydro Project and other areas in Agriculture and Solar Energy as key priority areas his country is investing in.He underscored that the German NGO GIZ provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy, and also works with the Liberia Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (LEITI) to create a better resource governance system.Aside from these undertakings, he said Germany provides logistical assistance to Liberia’s security sector; including the Liberian National Police.He explained that prior to the Liberian civil crisis; Germany was in a long standing relationship with Liberia, with German companies like the Bong Mining Company operating in the country. He noted that his country was one of the first to recognize Liberia’s independence in the 19th century, which is the foundation of their relationship.Sharing his impression of how funds provided by Germany are used, Ambassador Timmermann noted that more still needed to be done. He, however, lauded the efforts of Lands, Mines & Energy Minister, Patrick Sendolo, for the role he plays to ensure that the hydro project be completed and Liberians receive cheap electricity.Germany has contributed US$75 million for the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee hydro plant, which is expected to be completed by 2015.Some German companies are currently engaged in developing the energy sector by providing technical knowledge to locals to build new models of coal pots for cooking and share knowledge on how to harness solar energy under the program, “Energizing Development Partnership.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Relations between South Africa and Angola were tense in the past, but in recent years, the two countries have grown closer and even collaborate on a number of social and economic ventures. Pictured here is President Jacob Zuma with Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos in Luanda last August. (Image: GCIS)• Cooperation, trade and education key to Africa’s success – Coleman • Research reveals Kenyan, Nigerian views of South Africa • Liberian entrepreneurs build South African networks • Join the 2014 South African Competitiveness Forum• Africa’s resources key to unlocking its wealth Shamin ChibbaBrand South Africa’s dialogue on “Active Citizenship in Building Competitive African Nation Brands”, to be held this Friday, is focusing on South African-Angolan relations in particular, prompting a look at how the two countries have been building their partnership in recent years.Past relations between South Africa and Angola were frosty: first, the apartheid government backed the Angolan opposition movement, National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita); then, Thabo Mbeki did not improve matters when, as president, he called for negotiations instead of military solutions to end Angola’s civil war.But the thaw started at the turn of the millennium. Ties between the two countries began taking shape in November 2000, when an agreement establishing economic, scientific, cultural, social and cultural collaboration led to the founding of the South Africa-Angola Joint Commission for Co-operation (JCC). The first JCC meeting took place in Pretoria on 28 February 2003. Still, the partnership did not amount to anything substantial.This changed in 2009, when Jacob Zuma chose Angola for his first state visit as South Africa’s president. He met President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos in Luanda, starting an economic partnership that resulted in agreements on air services and diplomatic consultation as well as memoranda on trade, industry, commerce, housing, and sport and recreation.At the time, the Mail & Guardian opined that Zuma was “seeking rapprochement”, saying Angola was an increasingly important player in Africa. In the same year, Angolan exports to South Africa amounted to almost R12-billion (about $1-billion) while South African exports to Angola amounted to R5.5-billion.Dos Santos visited South Africa in December 2010, signing five bilateral agreements on public works, infrastructure development, telecommunications and information technologies, as well as a Declaration of Intent on the use of financial facilities. By 2013, the two countries had signed over 22 bilateral agreements across a wide range or sectors, including trade and industry, energy, science and technology, and sport.Angola’s large oil reserves make the country the third largest economy in Africa. It became South Africa’s biggest trading partner on the continent in 2012 with total South African imports amounting to R23-billion and exports at R8.7-billion. South African private companies have also been active in Angola, with some of the more notable names being Nampak Bevcan, Standard Bank, Barloworld, Shoprite and Hollard.This came about after 250 South African companies banded together to form the South Africa-Angola Chamber of Commerce in 2003. They were attracted to the Angolan market following the death of Unita rebel leader Jonas Savimbi, which brought the 27-year civil war to a standstill. The chamber advises South Africa-based companies on how to enter and operate successfully in the Angolan market. Brand South Africa will host its second South African Competitiveness Forum in Johannesburg on 4 and 5 November 2014 under the theme “Active Citizenship and its Role in Changing the South African Brand Reality”. Top minds from business, the government, civil society and the academic world will gather to discuss the nation’s position in the world, and uncover ways to give South Africa a competitive edge on the global stage. Click here to find out more. Follow the conversation on Twitter via #CompetitiveSA.
The only thing that Neal Gandhi, Siddharth Raval, Monali Patel, Siddhartha Shah and Sanjiv Thakkar have in common is their roots. Hailing from various parts of Gujarat, settled in different countries and pursuing varied professions, they are adding a touch of Gujarat wherever they are going.Neal Gandhi, CEO of Quickstart,The only thing that Neal Gandhi, Siddharth Raval, Monali Patel, Siddhartha Shah and Sanjiv Thakkar have in common is their roots. Hailing from various parts of Gujarat, settled in different countries and pursuing varied professions, they are adding a touch of Gujarat wherever they are going.Neal Gandhi, CEO of Quickstart GlobalNeal Gandhi is a man who epitomises brilliance and perseverance. He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and co-founder of Quickstart Global- an organisation that provides companies around the world with the ability to execute sales, operations and supply chain management strategies. It operates in more than ten countries including India, China, Japan, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Canada, the United States of America and Portugal.He was one of the ten finalists in the Entrepreneur of the Year National Business Awards in partnership with Orange in the United Kingdom in July 2010. Gandhi’s extended family is in Vadodara while he was born and brought up in the UK. His first company was an IT reseller which he established when he was just 21, followed by an Internet consulting company which was subsequently sold to a NASDAQ listed company. He then started an IT services company which is worth 32 million Euro and in 2006 he founded Quickstart Global.”I love growing businesses from scratch and then seeing them rise to maturity and sustainable profitability. I enjoy seeing a team grow and most of all, I enjoy seeing us deliver real value to our clients and having a profound impact on their businesses,” says Gandhi, who has also written a book, ‘Born Global: Successful Global Expansion By Those Who’ve Done It’.advertisementSiddharth RavalSiddharth Raval, who dreamt of becoming a fighter jet pilot, is now part of the French Foreign Legion, a unique military unit in the French Army established in 1831. The legion was specifically created for foreign nationals wishing to serve in the French Armed Forces, but commanded by French officers. After he failed twice in his attempts to get into the Air Force, Raval in 2009 heard about the French Foreign and got selected. Raval is now a first legionnaire and his family could not have been more proud.”Being in the French Foreign Legion is a big achievement. There are around 7699 men in the legion from 136 countries. My parents are incredibly happy. It took a lot of courage on their part to accept my choice of career. Like every parent, my father too had his own qualms about it. But they have supported me and allowed me to spread my wings and fly,” says Raval who originally belongs to Vadodara and is currently in Avignon, France.But being in the legion comes with its own challenges. Right from training in explosives to destroying the obstacles set by the enemy to handling arm grenades, anti-personal and anti-tank mines, Raval has done it all.Recalling one such incident, he says, ” It was my birthday and we were at the largest firing range of France and as a practice we dealt with different types of explosive chains. We blasted about 450 kilograms of plastic explosives. The experience just cannot be described in words.”Monali Patel, member of Canada women’s cricket teamWhile physical training is an intrinsic part of Raval’s life, Monali Patel shares a similar attribute, but in a different field. She made her debut in women’s cricket when she was merely 18. Today, Patel represents Canada at the highest level in women’s cricket and recently helped her team win the Twenty20 Women’s Americas Championship in 2010.Born in Nairobi, Patel moved with her family to Canada in 2001 and that is when she developed an interest in cricket. After playing for the coach’s club in Toronto in the district men’s league for two years, she finally made it in the women’s team when she was16.”After playing badminton, sprinting and even swimming as a kid, my heart finally settled for cricket. Being a part of the women’s team is a great opportunity and I simply love the energy that the game brings. I open for my team and am an off spin bowler as well,” says Patel who’s a big fan of Rahul Dravid. “My dream is to play in at least one women’s World Cup.”Siddhartha Shah with Odalisque by Thota VaikuntamSo while Patel is busy taking on the pitch, Siddhartha Shah has ventured into a territory explored by few people and fewer Gujaratis. An art dealer, teacher and curator, Siddhartha’s passions lie in Hindu and Buddhist Tantric art and soon moving towards other Asian contemporary art as well. “I have grown up watching my mother do her daily pujas at the altar and she wanted God to be visible from every place in our house. As a result, the house was full of sacred images from various traditions and as a child I would play with all the little statues. I felt very connected to these images and the devotional practices associated with them. That is how my interest in art began,” says Shah.Having taken up a course in art history when he was 15, Shah went on to study art history from various institutes like the University of Cambridge, University of Amsterdam, spent a semester in Nepal and in Dharamsala studying Tibetan culture, language and art. He majored in history of art and classics, with a focuss on Ancient Greek art, 19th century French painting and in general the representation of gods and goddesses in art from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.advertisementLiving in the small town of Kelseyville in California’s beautiful wine country, Shah is currently working on teaching a course on modern representations of Hindu deities at a graduate school and is set to open an art gallery that will deal with the sacred aspects of Asian contemporary art.Sanjiv Thakkar, creative director at Sandy and SidDressing up for various extra curricular activities was Sanjiv Thakkar’s favourite part in Rajkumar College in Rajkot, an institute mainly for the Indian Royal Families. So much so that it inspired him toward fashion and art. Living in New Jersey and working in New York, today Thakkar is the creative director at Sandy & Sid, a knitwear line of Krazy Kat-a renowned sportswear design house in the United States.”It took a lot to convince my parents about my choice to pursue fashion as a career. But today they are proud of me.”While Gandhi misses home cooked food and his family, Raval’s heart still belongs to the city and its people and Patel cherishes dal-bhaath, a famous Gujarati delicacy. Shah misses the artists in the cultural capital Vadodara and Thakkar longs to be back home for Navratri.Monali Patel, 21Sport: CricketFirst time: She made her Canada debut in 2007, bowling just one over.Golden victory: She played an important role in Canada’s Twenty20 win over USA in the Women’s Americas Championship in 2010.Neal Gandhi, 32Profession: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and co-founder of Quickstart GlobalAuthor of the book: Born GlobalHome truths: Misses home cooked food and his family in Vadodara.Number game: Started an IT services company which today is worth 32million Euro.Siddharth Raval, 23Profession: First legionnaire in the French Foreign LegionWhat he misses: The city and its peopleMemorable moment: When he was at the largest firing range of FranceSanjiv Thakkar, 35Profession: Creative director at Sandy & Sid, a knitwear line of Krazy KatMisses: Being in Gujarat during the Navratri celebrationsSiddhartha Shah, 32Profession: Art dealer, teacher and curatorPassion game: Hindu and Buddhist Tantric artHe misses: The artists in the cultural capital of Gujarat, Vadadora.Studied at: University of Cambridge, University of Amsterdam and also spent a year at Dharamshala studying Tibetan cultureWorking on: A course on modern representations of Hindu deities and also opening an art schooladvertisement
Los Angeles, May 29 (PTI) A town near the happening US city of Las Vegas — complete with a 10-unit hotel, a casino, a community centre and a fire station — is up for sale at a price of USD 8 million.The town Cal-Nev-Ari, about 130 km south of Las Vegas, has been put on sale by Nancy Kidwell. She and her first husband, Slim, named the town for the three states that intersect nearby (California, Nevada and Arizona).About 375 people live in the town that sports a 10-unit hotel with, a general store, a laundromat and community centre. There is even a fire station.The 520-acre land — the complete town — is up for sale at an asking price of USD 8 million, the CBS News reported.Among the residents is 12-year-old Trace Madsen. Talking about the town, he said, “it may look bland and boring, but its pretty cool.”Kidwell and her first husband had got 640 acres and a World War II dirt airstrip from the federal government at no charge in the 1960s.The only residents then were the tumbleweeds. There was neither water nor power. The couple worked hard to bring basic facilities to the town.Kidwell does everything in Cal-Nev-Ari, from ordering the beef patties for the cafe, to opening up the post office, and hiring the bartenders for the 24-hour saloon.For 51 years, Kidwell has ruled the roost in the town.”Go up and check the water tank every day, make sure its full, before I come to the casino,” she said.advertisementAsked why she does not have people for that, Kidwell said, “I wouldnt trust them. I have to see it for myself because I know the system.”But now at 78-years-old with no children or surviving spouse, Kidwell grudgingly admitted time has the upper hand.”Im selling it because Im not getting any younger,” Kidwell was quoted as saying.”I havent found the fountain of youth, and theres no one to take my place, so I have to start providing for the future of the community,” she said.Fred Marik, who is handling the sale, said more than three-quarters of the town is undeveloped — a real jackpot in a state where the feds own 80 per cent of the land. And so far there are three interested buyers. PTI ASK AKJ ASK
As custom, Paolo gives each person a hug.Pictured: Paolo and Ira Murfin Sherry, Joe and Adam treated the group to some music. Alexandra receives her card and bonus. Everyone brought tasty dishes and deserts including chocolate fondue. December 25, 2001Happy Holidays!Arcosanti celebrated the holidays with a potluck dinner in theCafÃ©.[Photos and text by: Jennifer Thornton]Paolo Soleri and Dr. Sparks handed out holiday cards and bonusesto Cosanti Foundation and Cosanti Originals employees and volunteers.Pictured: Barrett Werk receives his card from Paolo.