Vanuatu Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (VASANOC) President Antoine Boudier said they haven’t received any feedback from Melanesian Spearhead Group headquarters in Port Villa on the adoption of the new constitution by the leaders.“Earlier this year in March we had a consultation in New Caledonia in regard of drafting the constitution or redrafting the constitution because it was mainly politically driven and was not going in accordance with the Pacific Games Council charter or the IOC or the International Federations.“ There has been several proposals, the proposal was supposed to be discussed by the MSG head office and tabled in Solomons in June for the MSG Leaders Meeting than presented here at the meeting of Pacific Sports Ministers to be endorsed by Ministers and signed by Ministers.“We’ve haven’t had any feedback from the MSG in regard of the approval of that constitution or if it has been presented,” said Boudier at the sidelines of the Pacific Games.He said they were working closely with New Caledonia to adopt a constitution similar to that of the Micronesian Games.“We’ve actually made a proposal and we work with New Caledonia to make a sort of similar document to the Micronesian Games because the Micronesian Games constitution current really working in that region. And we thought why re-inventing the wheels when we can adapt to the Melanesians,” said Boudier.Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) President Dr Robin Mitchell said the Melanesian Games was suggested by ONOC to boost the level of competition between athletes in the region.“It’s a project that ONOC has suggested many many years ago to NOCs to increase the competition.“The Melanesian Games recently has been taken over by the politicians with the involvement of some NOCs. The games have been decided, the sports have been decided but the dates keep on moving,” said Dr Mitchell.Pacific Games Council President Vidhya Lakhan admitted the council has not discussed the Melanesian Games.“I can say that we as a council have not really looked at Melanesian or Polynesian Games,” said Khan.He assured delegates the issue will be taken up by the Pacific Games Council Sports Committee and to be on the agenda in their next meeting.
Ron Cole, 40, the Linden driver charged for causing the death of Police Constable Nikosi Lefluer, reappeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday after being remanded to prison earlier in April.The father of six was represented by Attorney Leslyn Charles, who made a bail application for him. Charles requested that bail be granted at a reasonable sum, while stating her client has been incarcerated since April 18.One week was requested by Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers for the case statements and post mortem reports, which are both still outstanding and as such he had no objections to bail. Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan granted bail in the sum of 0,000 and ordered Cole to report to the McKenzie Police station weekly.Cole pleaded not guilty to the charge, which read that on April 11, at Eccles Public Road, East Bank Demerara, he drove his car GRR 9355 in a manner dangerous to the public thereby causing the death of Police Constable Nikosi Lefluer.The deceased was at the time directing traffic when he was struck down by Cole. The matter was adjourned to May 18.
Guyana Coconut Festival days awayThe world’s first Female coconut monument was on Sunday unveiled to the public as Guyana prepares to celebrate the inaugural Coconut Festival under the theme “Awakening a Sleeping Giant”.Lady Coco, the mascot of the festival, standing tall gracing the night’s skyLady Coco was commissioned at the entrance of the Arthur Chung Convention Centre by a small gathering.Agro-Tourism Specialist Gemma Wenner who was tasked with providing insight into the significance of Lady Coco, stated that the first ever monument signifies “A tree of life”.“This iconic sculpture signifies the versatility, strength and nurturing women provide in society”, she statedShe noted that the monument was partially made of coconut, among other natural materials.Wenner underscored the relevance of the coconut and its usefulness to mankind, noting that over 67 products can be made from coconut.“We can use the oil from coconut, branches and every other part of the coconut,” said Wenner.She pointed out that a coconut tree is “like a woman”, stating that the tree can weather any storm and still be fruitful.Miss Universe Guyana 2016 Soyini Fraser, as the special ambassador of the Coconut Festival, paid tribute to the artist Gerry Gittens for his invaluable work.The Beauty Queen stated that Gittens is no stranger to the arts industry, noting that he was awarded sometime back with the Icon of the Arts.Fraser stated that Gittens did an amazing job over a short period and he should be recognised for his creativity.Vilma Persaud, no stranger to the coconut industry, delivered the feature address and had the honour of unveiling Lady Coco.Persaud, who owns one of the largest coconut farms in the country and supplies regional markets, delivered an inspiring story about how she was able to be successful.“Firstly I was never a farmer; I was married to the farmer but what I realised in the community is that farmers only farmed for subsistence. I did not want that for my family so I decided to go to all of the forums and agricultural activities to gain knowledge to better my farm.”She added that she encountered many challenges in her family life since she is a mother and a wife. However that never stopped her and today her family is proud of what they have accomplished.According to Guyana’s Director General of Tourism, Donald Sinclair, Lady Coco will not be permanently located at the entrance of the Convention Centre since the coconut industry committee will be seeking a place of permanent residence, at a craft shop.“We will be moving the monument to various locations around the country then after we will be looking to place it in a craft shop.”Gittens, with the crafty hands behind the monument disclosed that Lady Coco is an invaluable piece of work that he and his team are extremely proud to have created. However he indicated to this publication his dissatisfaction with the allotted time to complete the work since he had to toil day and night to meet the deadline. He further signalled that had he more time there would have been more creativity.Guyana Coconut Festival is scheduled for October 28 to 30 at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre. The Guyana Coconut Festival was officially launched at the Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel on Thursday 21st April last.
0Shares0000Siblings veteran Humphrey Kayange (left) and his younger brother Collins Injera (right) when the team arrived Monday night .NAIROBI, Kenya May 24 – Veteran Humphrey Kayange unselfishly laid off two tries for his younger brother Collins Injera at the final leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series in London, in the process aiding him break Santiago Gomez Cora’s all-time top try record.Speaking to Capital Sport when the team returned home on Monday night, Injera heaped praises on Kayange for not only providing the two assists that saw him smash Cora’s record of 230 tries, but also holding his hand through his rugby journey. Injera grounded eight tries at Twickenham Stadium over the weekend to move five clear of retired Cora to lead the all-time world top try scorer with 235.“He is the one who made me play rugby back in high school and over the years he’s been the person I have been going to when I have issues in rugby. He’s the one who has been criticizing me over and over. We just help each other,” Injera stated.“What made it more special for me breaking the record is that I received the ball from Humphrey (Kayange). He was going to score the try after all but for him to give it to me is just special,” the Mwamba RFC playmaker added.Kayange, who started his rugby journey way before Injera, disclosed that he is proud of his brother, saying he deserved to break the record.“When I first broke through, I turned back and saw him (Injera) supporting me and thought why not. The second time I was already in the try box and again I looked back and saw him supporting me and I said again, why not. He deserved it and I thought it was important to give it to him to let him shine because it was his moment.” Kayange explained.“He’s grown to be his own player and he’s had his achievements. It’s great to see how much he’s achieved in the short time he has played the game and I am happy for him,” Kayange, who is four years older than Injera said.On breaking the record especially in the presence of his parents, who travelled for the season finale, the 29-year-old could not hide his excitement.“It felt amazing. When I started playing rugby I said one day I want to be the top try scorer. Back then, it looked impossible but when I was close, it was huge. The pressure is off and I can now just play rugby and enjoy,” Injera added jokingly.Vice captain Collins Injera when the team arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport on Monday. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.Kenya’s next focus after the conclusion of the World Rugby Sevens Series is the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Shujaa hope to replicate and even better their performance when the shorter version of the game makes its debut.Kenya had a splendid 2015-16 season, managing to attain 98 points to finish seventh overall, six places up from last year’s disappointing 13th position.The players will have three weeks rest before switching gears to Rio but for the technical bench, there’s no time to rest.Ayimba did not return with the rest of the squad to Nairobi as he flew directly to Amsterdam, Netherlands where a development tournament is on the cards and the coach hopes to use it to test further talent ahead of the squad selection for the Summer Games.“We are going to use upcoming players in the tournament but we’ll also give a chance to some of the regulars who have not had enough playing time this season due to injury,” Assistant coach Paul Murunga told Capital Sport.The team for Amsterdam will be named on Wednesday ahead of the tournament that takes place in June.Injera will not be part of the side travelling to Amsterdam but he will be putting his muscles in ice for the next three weeks as he seeks a perfect recovery with his eyes fixed on a medal around his neck in Rio de Janeiro.“I have never played at the Olympics and I don’t know how the atmosphere is. But I think it is going to be great. Hopefully I make the squad then I keep playing my part and making it work for the team,” Injera offered.His sentiments were shared by elder brother Kayange who said; “going by how we’ve played this season and the lessons we’ve picked, why not get a medal. We need to give our best because you don’t have second chances at the Olympics. It is something that happens once in four years. You need to go out there fully prepared and we’ll be going for the podium finish,” Kayange underscored.Coach Ayimba will be faced with a huge task of selecting his final 12 especially having given debuts to over nine new players throughout this season, all who have impressed.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)
The transfer window is in full swing and there are plenty of news, rumours and gossip in the newspapers and online. Here’s latest transfer-related news…Chelsea are close to offloading Alvaro Morata to AC Milan on loan, with Gonzalo Higuain moving to Stamford Bridge. The Spaniard has flopped in the Premier League, unable to live up to his billing as the number one striker at Stamford Bridge since his £65million move from Real Madrid in 2017. (The Sun) 4 Brahim Diaz is close to signing for Real Madrid Chelsea have also identified Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella as a January transfer target as they prepare for the departure of Cesc Fabregas. (Daily Telegraph)Fabregas looked to have made his final appearance for Chelsea against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, with the World Cup winner leaving the field in tears. He is expected to join former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry at Monaco. FULL STORY HERE.Neil Warnock labelled Liverpool a ‘disgrace’ for their handling of Nathaniel Clyne’s move to Bournemouth. The Cardiff City manager was keen on acquiring the right-back, only for him to join the Cherries on loan. FULL STORY HEREManchester City have taken the unprecedented step of including a “Manchester United tax” in rising star Brahim Diaz’s £22 million transfer to Real Madrid. Real will pay an initial £15.5m for Diaz with a further £6.5m payable in add-ons depending on the Spain Under-21 attacking midfielder’s success with the European champions. But City have insisted on a special United clause that they hope will protect themselves financially should their bitter local rivals try to buy Diaz from Real in the future. (Daily Telegraph) Denis Suarez could be on his way to Arsenal Manchester City have failed in a bid to sign highly-rated teenager Jean Clair Todibo from Toulouse, with the Frenchman close to sealing a move to Barcelona. Todibo, 19, is considered one of the best young central defenders in European football, and with his contract expiring at the end of the season he was coveted by many of the continent’s top sides. (Independent)West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has denied suggestions that Andy Carroll and Marko Arnautovic could be leaving in the January transfer window. (Sky Sports) 4 4 Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana will NOT be allowed to leave Anfield on loan this month. Lallana has been linked with a loan deal as he steps up his recovery from a groin strain that has restricted him to two Premier League starts this season but Jurgen Klopp is understood to want to reintegrate Lallana into the first team. (Sky Sports)Tammy Abraham is reportedly close to joining Wolves on loan from Chelsea. The striker has been on loan with Aston Villa in the Championship this season and has scored 16 goals. FULL STORY HEREBeijing Sinobo Guoan have made an approach to sign Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele. The 31-year-old’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season and the Chinese Super League club have freed a space to sign a new foreign player after Jonathan Soriano joined Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal. (Sky Sports)Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, 24, is on the verge of joining Arsenal. Suarez played under Arsenal boss Unai Emery at Sevilla. (Sport) Unai Emery is urging Arsenal to retain Aaron Ramsey until the end of the season, rather than cash in on the midfielder in January. The 28-year-old is free to talk to overseas clubs after entering the final six months of his existing contract with the Gunners, who withdrew their offer of an extension in September, and Juventus are in talks over a deal. (London Evening Standard)Reece Oxford is ready to wait until the summer to get a move to Arsenal. West Ham are keen to sell in January and are pushing a move to a German club with Borussia Monchengladbach keen to sign the 20-year-old defender. But it is understood Oxford would prefer to stay in England rather than go back to Germany where he has already had two loan spells at Monchengladbach. (Daily Mirror)The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot will join Barcelona on a free transfer in the summer. The 23-year-old’s contract runs out in the summer and he has agreed a signing on fee of €10m (£9m) as well as a salary of just over £170,000 a week for five years with the La Liga leaders. (Guardian) Chelsea are being linked with Gonzalo Higuain Barcelon are on the verge of signing Rabiot 4
“If Liverpool were to lose tonight they will only be four points behind. They’ve still got to go to Liverpool and City, so they could have a massive say in this.“It has been amazing, but I don’t think they’ll do it and if they do it won’t be as big as when Leicester won.“The shock factor would not be the same and the achievement wouldn’t be, but with what they’re competing against, and with what they’ve had to face this year with the stadium and people writing them off, I think it would be incredible.” Heung-Min Son celebrates his winning goal against Newcastle – Spurs have only lost twice in their last 11 league games Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Jim posed an interesting question on Monday afternoon’s show: ‘If Tottenham win the title this season, would it be a bigger achievement than when Leicester City were shock champions?’Spurs have already defied many expectations by still being in with a shout of the title at this stage of the campaign.Mauricio Pochettino’s men, third in the table, currently sit just four points adrift of leaders Liverpool ahead of their game against West Ham on Monday night.If the Reds lose it would throw the title race wide open, and Jim believes Tottenham lifting the Premier League title will be a bigger surprise than the Foxes’ famous win under Claudio Ranieri three years ago. huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade “But Leicester did it with a group of players who were not playing regularly in the Premier League – Danny Simpson and Danny Drinkwater were Championship players, Robert Huth played in the lower end of the Prem, Jamie Vardy was from non-league, Marc Albrighton was released by Aston Villa.“Tottenham have got top-class international players and Leicester didn’t, it was a very, very different achievement.” MONEY Although the former midfielder admits Spurs have already achieved something ‘amazing’ by playing so well during their two-season stint at Wembley Stadium.He added: “What doesn’t recognition is that Tottenham aren’t at White Hart Lane, they’re at Wembley!“I think some people underestimate how amazing it is to do that at Wembley than their own stadium. White Hart Lane was a fortress for Spurs and to adapt and still maintain some sort of challenge… BEST OF 3 ADVICE 3 REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade “They are serious title contenders.””If Spurs were to do it, it would go down as a bigger achievement than Leicester.””I think the competition is much more fierce than it was for Leicester.”@JimWhite thinks #THFC can win the title this season. pic.twitter.com/q2xSOWk1kL— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 4, 2019But asked if he agreed, Murphy said: “No.”“I think you’re right that the enormity of it would be huge.“The net spend, the players they’ve had out, what they’re competing against with Liverpool and Man City, I don’t undervalue the amazing achievement it would be. It would be incredible. RANKED 3 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move no dice Leicester’s Premier League win is regarded as one of the biggest shocks in sporting history Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Tottenham maintaining their Premier League title challenge without playing at a home stadium has been nothing short of amazing, Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT.However, unlike talkSPORT host Jim White, the former Spurs midfielder doubts his old club can actually be crowned champions this season. Tottenham have played the majority of two full seasons at Wembley as they prepare to move into their newly-built home ground FOOTBALL NEWS AT TALKSPORT.COM
Eight Tigers score in road victoryBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — The Marshfield girls basketball team rolled to its sixth-straight victory with a 54-12 drubbing of Wausau East on Friday night at East High School.Marshfield led 27-7 at halftime and held the Lumberjacks to just five points in the second half to roll to the win. The Tigers are now 13-1 overall and 6-0 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. East is now 1-12 and 0-6 in the Valley.Marshfield held East to just 9 percent shooting (4 of 43) from the field and forced 24 turnovers.Ema Fehrenbach had 16 points, McKayla Scheuer added 10 points, and Hannah Meverden had 10 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Tigers.Eight of the nine Tigers scored in the game, and reserve guards Dani Bender (seven), Ana Jensen (six), and Corraine Johnson (six) had solid rebounding games for Marshfield.Marshfield has a week off before traveling back to Wausau to play West on Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 54, Lumberjacks 12Marshfield 27 27 – 54Wausau East 7 5 – 12MARSHFIELD (54): McKayla Scheuer 5-9 0-0 10, Dani Bender 1-5 0-2 2, Ana Jensen 1-6 0-3 2, Sara Dasler 1-3 0-0 2, Corraine Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Meg Bryan 4-9 0-0 8, Maddie Nikolai 2-9 0-0 4, Ema Fehrenbach 5-12 6-7 16, Hannah Meverden 5-9 0-0 10. FG: 24-63. FT: 6-12. 3-pointers: 0-5 (Johnson 0-1, Meverden 0-1, Bryan 0-3). Rebounds: 45 (Meverden 11). Turnovers: 17. Fouls: 9. Fouled out: none. Record: 13-1, 6-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference.WAUSAU EAST (12): McDonald 0-3 0-0 0, Xiong 0-2 0-0 0, Hess 0-2 0-0 0, Urmanski 2-12 0-2 4, Murphy 0-6 2-4 2, Murphy 1-4 1-1 3, Komrei 0-0 0-0 0, Watters 1-12 1-2 3, Twerberg 0-2 0-0 0. FG: 4-43. FT: 4-9. 3-pointers: 0-10 (McDonald 0-1, Murphy 0-2, Urmanski 0-3, Watters 0-4). Rebounds: 20 (Murphy 5). Turnovers: 24. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 1-12, 0-6 Wisconsin Valley Conference.
THE PROVINCEWith a total area of 16 500 square kilometres, Gauteng is slightly smaller than the US state of New Jersey. While it’s South Africa’s smallest province, it has the second-largest population after KwaZulu-Natal, and by far the highest population density – over 570 people per square kilometre.The Highveld is chock-a-block with golf courses, and the high altitude means golfers are able to strike the ball further than they might be used to. Not bad!Find out more: Gauteng provinceSELECTED CONFERENCE & EXPO VENUESSee also: Johannesburg conference venuesAbsa Conference CentreWebsiteAbout a 45-minute drive from the OR Tambo International Airport, nestled in the foothills of the Magaliesberg in Montana Park, Pretoria, the Absa Conference Centre offers 11 conference venues and 56 bedrooms.It hosts seminars, planning sessions, workshops, conferences, weddings and any other function one may be planning.Equipment is supplied and a good variety of menus are available for catering.Teambuilding exercises are available too.For leisure time there are activities such as swimming, volleyball and table tennis.AccoladesWebsiteAccolades is located near Grand Central Airport in Midrand, between Johannesburg and Pretoria, within a kilometre of the Midrand Gautrain Station. It’s a beautiful venue for conferences, weddings, private theme functions and luxury accommodation.There is a business room, and faxing and copying is available. Standard supplied equipment includes flipcharts/whiteboards, notepads, pens, cordials, water, and mints. Wireless Internet is also available.There is ample open parking, 24-hour security, and catering is provided for all culinary requirements.CSIR International Convention CentreWebsiteEasily accessible from Johannesburg on the N1 Highway, and located in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria, the CSIR Conference Centre can host as many as 700 delegates.Standard equipment is supplied for conferences and there are soundproof facilities available for interpreters, as well as individual microphones.In addition, telephones, ISDN lines and video conferencing is available. Catering, too, is provided and special dietary requirements can be catered for.Casa ToscanaWebsiteCasa Toscana offers six conferences venues, seating up to 150 delegates. Included in standard packages are mineral water; three tea breaks with refreshments; a full buffet lunch; sets menus available for conferences of less than 15 people; flip chart stands; pens; paper; screens and white boards; mints, television and video machines. Optional extras include stationary, a PA sound system, break-away rooms, and data projector.Casa Toscana has a four-star rating from the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. It has 10 en-suite rooms for accomodation. They include air-conditioning, satellite television, free wireless Internet, and DVD players among other features.Centurion Conference CentreWebsiteLocated to the east of Pretoria, the Centurion Conference Centre is just a 25- minute drive from OR Tambo International Airport.It has undercover parking and 24-hour security. It also boasts 135 bedrooms.There are four conference rooms, as well as breakaway rooms. The largest facility is able to host up to 200 delegates.Standard equipment is supplied and there is also a business centre. The centre lies in close proximity to Centurion City, home to many restaurants, shops and movie cinemas.Centurion Lake HotelWebsiteLocated in Centurion, east of Pretoria, the Centurion Lake Hotel is a comfortable half-an-hour’s drive from Johannesburg International Airport. An airport shuttle is available.The hotel has 160 bedrooms and 11 suites.There are five conference venues, the largest of which is able to host 250 delegates.Standard equipment is supplied, as are secretarial services.The hotel is within easy reach of Centurion City and Supersport Centurion Cricket Ground.Glenburn LodgeWebsiteGlenburn Lodge is located within the “Cradle of Humankind”, a World Heritage Site, and is easily accessed from OR Tambo International Airport by the ‘ring road’ that runs around Johannesburg.It boasts 100 rooms and the conference centre can host up to 600 people. There are eight conference rooms, three breakaway rooms and an executive boardroom.Standard equipment is supplied and fax, photocopying and e-mail/Internet facilities are also available.For leisure time activities there is hot air ballooning, horse riding, trout fishing, tennis, beach volleyball, a rock pool, jacuzzi, gym, pool room and an adventure golf course.Irene Country LodgeWebsiteNestled in the historic village of Irene, and conveniently located between Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Irene Country Lodge is easily accessible from OR Tambo International Airport. It boasts beautiful gardens in a gentle country setting.The Lodge offers seven conference venues and a number of different packages. Groups ranging in size from 15 to 280 people can be accommodated.Provided standard conference equipment includes data projector, screen, overhead projector, flipchart and whiteboard.Kievits KroonWebsiteKievits Kroon is an upmarket Cape Dutch-style country estate located just 10 minutes from Pretoria and 40 minutes from Sandton. It features plenty of luxurious accommodation, a spa that includes steam rooms, saunas, Jacuzzis, swiss showers, plunge pools and a heated indoor swimming pool, and conference facilities.The state-of-the-art conference facilities include a fully-equipped business centre, professional support personnel and tasty cuisine. There are 12 venues accommodating from 10 to 350 delegates at a time. Conference packages can be tailor-made to suit individual requirements.If required, superior technical equipment can also be arranged. Wireless Internet is available throughout the conference centre.Leriba LodgeWebsiteA four-star hotel, in Clubview, Centurion, Leriba Lodge boasts 60 luxury en suite rooms, 11 well equipped conference venues which can seat 750 delegates per day, a full a la carte restaurant, walk in wine cellar, coffee shop, scuba and golf academy, spa and wellness centre, river lapa, open air business pub, large swimming pool, heated pool, and sandbunker and green.Catering, newspapers and parking are also provided.The largest venue hosts up to 400 people, with the smallest one hosting just 10 people.If necessary, transfers from OR Tambo International Airport can be arranged.Lesedi Cultural VillageWebsite45 minutes drive north of Johannesburg, and 45 minutes from Pretoria, is the Lesedi Cultural Village, boasting four traditional villages -Zulu, Basotho, Xhosa and Pedi – a conference venue with a difference.Lesedi is steeped in the traditions of Africa and has three conference rooms able to accommodate up to 200 delegates.Team-building exercises are held nearby and include abseiling, river rafting, high and low rope courses and line dancing.Catering is supplied, as well as other extras including, if you require it, a tribal dance performance in the boma.Maccauvlei Training & Conference CentreWebsiteBesides a superb conference centre, Maccauvlei, in Vereeniging – a 40-minute drive from Johannesburg – also boasts a host of sporting facilities, perfect for relaxing after some hard convention work.It offers a fantastic selection of menus for conference delegates, either set or buffet style, or for a real South African treat, a selection of braai menus, including spit, fish and traditional braais. In addition, tasty snack and breakfast menus are also offered.Based in Vereeniging, Maccauvlei offers an ideal central location for a conference.Midrand Conference CentreWebsiteConveniently located in Midrand, midway between Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Midrand Conference Centre has six function rooms, able to host up to 300 delegates. In addition, there are also breakaway rooms.Standard equipment is supplied and the catering includes a large and varied menu.The centre’s location puts it within easy reach of either Johannesburg or Pretoria for entertainment.Misty Hills Country Hotel & Conference CentreWebsiteLocated in peaceful Muldersdrift, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, Misty Hills Country Hotel and Conference Centre is easy to access from the OR Tambo International Airport.It offers 10 conference venues, ranging in size from accommodating 800 people cinema-style to smaller groups of 30 delegates.A wide variety of menus are offered from informal cocktail parties to sit-down dinners.There are 104 rooms available for accommodation.Misty Hills also has three swimming pools, a Japanese reflexology garden, a games room, gym and tennis court. Spa packages are also available to conference delegates.Mount Grace Country House HotelWebsiteThe Mount Grace lies an hour’s drive from Johannesburg in the stunning Magaliesberg Mountains and is a previous winner of the AA and SAA Accommodation Awards for “Best Country Hotel”.It offers nine conference venues, allowing for groups ranging in size from 15 to 200 people. Catering and equipment is supplied and breakaway rooms are also available.There is a team-building area, and fax, Internet and secretarial services are available.Leisure activities include croquet, bowls, trout fishing, tennis, golf, horse riding, squash and hot air ballooning.Olympus Stream Conference and Wedding VenueWebsiteOlympus Stream is a conference and wedding venue in Pretoria East, situated only minutes from the suburbs of Menlyn, Woodlands, Woodhill and Faerie Glen.It has a chapel, function hall, tea garden, swimming pool and secure parking.Depending on seating arrangements, its conference venue can seat between 100 and 200 guests, while there are also two boardrooms that can seat between 20 and 30 guests each.Saint George HotelWebsiteThe Saint George’s Hotel is ideally located between Johannesburg and Pretoria and is built in a Mediterranean style, with marble patios, arches and beautiful gardens.The hotel offers 12 multi-functional rooms, enabling it to host up to 2000 people.Basic equipment is provided, as well as support staff.Catering is included, featuring three coffee/tea breaks with snacks and a full lunch.Valverde Country HotelWebsiteValverde is a Spanish-style venue within the Muldersdrift area just outside Johannesburg.Centrally located in a tranquil country environment, Valverde offers a variety of facilities and configurations, catering for groups from 2 to 200 people, from formal boardroom meetings to breakaway groups in the gardens.All rooms are fully equipped with flipchart, overhead projector and screen, TV and VCR. PA systems are available at an additional charge. Fax, photocopying and e- mail/internet facilities are also available.Waterfront Country LodgeWebsiteSituated on the banks of the Vaal River in Vanderbijlpark, the Waterfront Country Lodge offers accommodation, the Annona Day Spa, and conference facilities.There are two venues – the Kingfisher and the Loerie – which can host up to 100 delegates, They can be arranged into three different styles each. The venues come with audiovisual and other standard equipment.Zebra Country LodgeWebsiteLocated about 30 kilometres from Pretoria, Zebra Country Lodge is also easy to reach from OR Tambo International Airport.There are 41 bedrooms and four conference rooms, with the largest able to host up to 300 delegates cinema-style. Standard equipment is supplied.For relaxation, there is game viewing, bush walks, birding safaris, horseback safaris, fishing, swimming, rowing, volleyball and outdoor chess.See also: Johannesburg conference venuesSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… So eBay’s in trouble, and whether or not the auction format was indeed a fad, you may feel the inclination to find a new place to sell your stuff. Online sellers are increasingly finding the web to be a more competitive market, and with management and rules changes at eBay, many are in search of a new home as well. Where are they going? And where can you go as a buyer to find alternatives to the online auction format that has been so dominant the past ten years? Below are six options.Fixed Price MarketplacesOne thing many sellers are doing, is sticking with eBay. Rather than change horses mid-stream, some sellers are transitioning their auction businesses to the fixed-price model that is now favored by the ecommerce giant. Others are listing their wares at eBay’s cross-town (on the web, anyway) rival Amazon.Online Craft FairsNew York based Etsy is part of a new breed of online marketplace startups targeted specifically at the needs of independent artists and crafts makers. With more and more people pledging to buy handmade goods, marketplaces like Etsy are taking center stage and becoming important hubs for small merchants. We’ve even wondered if Etsy might be the next eBay. Be sure to check our lists of Etsy alternatives here and here, as well.If you enjoy this post, please digg it by clicking hereClassifiedsCraigslist has been accused by some of single handedly sinking the entire newspaper business by doing for classifieds what eBay did for auctions in the 90s — putting them online and making them dead simple and accessible. Craigslist started as a local events email list for San Francisco in 1995 and has grown to an online classifieds powerhouse serving more than 500 cities in over 50 countries across the world. 40 million people visit Craigslist each month, generating more than 10 billion page views, according to the company. It’s no wonder that an ad on Craigslist is an extremely effective way to generate sales, especially in large local markets.Online InformercialIf you’re like me — and that would be a bummer for you — you’re often awake at 4am. If you happen to flick on the TV, you’ll quickly notice that in the wee hours of morning, the airwaves are dominated by a certain variety of program: infomercials. Most of the time, it’s hard to wonder how anyone could be suckered into ordering stuff peddled by late night hucksters. But infomercials have inundated the television airwaves since the 1970s, so they must work. Could they also work on the Internet? One company thinks so. Talk Market lets anyone host their own video sales channel on the web. Amazon thinks enough of the idea to have invested in it.Social NetworksYes, it doesn’t seem that any of the big social networks have yet figured out how to monetize all that traffic. Facebook gave up on Beacon, and MySpace isn’t living up to Google’s expectations, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to sell to your friends, family, and fans via social networks. Buy.com thinks they have the best way, with their Garage Sale application for Facebook. The best part of this option, though, may be the irony of their intro video which calls eBay a “thing of the past” — apparently Buy.com’s top brass didn’t get the memo… they closed a huge product listing deal with eBay last month.Your Own StorefrontSellers with an adventurous spirit may opt to set up their own storefront. There are a number of free or open source projects, such as osCommerce, that can be used to power an online shop. There are also all-inclusive small business hosting solutions, such as Yahoo! Merchant Solutions, that can get sellers up and running with their own stores with a lot less headache. We like Shopify Plus.How else do you sell online? Let us know in the comments. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#e-commerce#Trends#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts josh catone 1
For better or for worse, companies in the US are continuing along the path of outsourcing non-essential competencies. Many outsourcing projects are funneled offshore or are performed via complicated relations via partners of outsourcing companies. The exact process and path of the outsourced work tasks can become very opaque and it is easy for these types of projects to spiral out of control because oversight is difficult.The common thread in most of this kind of work is a framework based on documents and workflow. Technology that allows efficient capture of data and routing of the information streamlines these operations. Electronic capture of information via multi-purpose scanners and software that converts data to specific file formats can allow information to be quickly brought into the system and then routed quickly to the appropriate people to process and act on the information.Automated capture and routing can offer cost savings to any company that is distributed and has multiple work-place locations, includingoutsourcing partner facilities.Other benefits of this kind of automation include:– A complete audit trail with history and timestamps of all actions taken on the information– Capture and routing are usually components of an overall ECM framework.The added benefits of ECM and data archival, search and retrieval offer huge ROI in themselves.– Privacy and Security. Electronic data is more easily secured than paper documents.– Security by Access privileges. Only uses with appropriate privileges will be able to access and view information.– Disaster recovery. Electronic data can be backed and recovered more easily than paper should a disaster occur.