Buffalo City empowers hawkers

first_imgLungiswa Mama (left), whose stall is at the Mdantsane Highway taxi rank, was one of 90 informal traders who completed the Hawkers Capacity Building and Training Programme.(Image: Shamin Chibba) For Lungiswa Mama, an informal trader from Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape, business at the Highway taxi rank will never be the same. As of this week, her fruit and vegetable stall will reap profits she has only dreamed of – until now.This is because Mama and 89 other informal traders from East London, King William’s Town and Mdantsane recently completed the Hawkers Capacity Building and Training Programme.Earlier in December the 90 hawkers were commended at a graduation ceremony at the East London City Hall.The training programme is the brainchild of the Buffalo City Municipality (BCM) who had set aside R400 000 for this year’s course.Speaking at the ceremony, BCM mayor Zukisa Faku said that findings indicated that there were more hawkers than formal businesses in the city.“It can be proved by the fact that one finds up to three hawkers’ stalls in front of a single shop in town, not to mention the fruit and vegetable vendors who do not have stalls. The municipality can therefore not ignore this industry,” she said.“In this financial year, we will have to maximise the municipality’s job creation potential, and open new and affordable markets for our people to pursue.”BCM providing business knowledgeAccording to Samkelo Gqeba, BCM’s communications officer, the goal of the course is to equip hawkers with knowledge that will enable them to grow their business. “The course is aimed at building the capacity of street traders to enhance the growth and sustainability of their businesses, through the provision of business skills training.”Gqeba added that hawkers ran their ventures haphazardly because of poor of financial management and their failure to diversify their business.Therefore, the curriculum was divided into five parts, namely basic bookkeeping, stock control, health and hygiene, marketing and customer care, and costing.The programme began in 2007 after the BCM’s research discovered that hawkers, particularly at the Highway taxi rank, played an important role in the area’s economic development, and boosted job creation. It also found that many hawkers had neither the knowledge nor the access to information needed to grow. Since then, the municipality’s Mdantsane One Stop Shop has conducted the course.According to One Stop Shop coordinator Khungeka Somnono, these subjects covered aspects of business the hawkers were previously unaware of.“Participants have gained a lot from the training because they did not know certain things such as the need to register a business.”She said the training has helped hawkers understand the basic principles of running a successful enterprise. “Now they have learned they must have a bank account and save their profits. Others did not know about stock control. They only placed orders as they wished,” she said.Mama said the knowledge gained from the training has helped her business to soar.“I was taught how to deal with different types of customers in a professional manner. Now I am reaping the rewards because I am able to retain old customers and attract new ones.”The BCM course has also inspired her to tackle issues such as slow trade in the middle of the week.“The training has taught me to think out of the box and look for other business. I have decided to sell airtime to supplement my profits,” said Mama.last_img read more

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9 months agoPalmeiras hope to tempt Chelsea defender Luiz back home

first_imgPalmeiras hope to tempt Chelsea defender Luiz back homeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePalmeiras are watching David Luiz’s situation at Chelsea.The Brazil defender, off contract in June, is in dispute with Chelsea as they refuse to offer him more than a rolling one-year deal as he’s over 30 years of age.”We will see what the future will bring us. I like this club, everyone knows that I want to stay,” said Luiz.However, despite his words, the defender is putting plans in place for next season with a return to Benfica considered.Palmeiras are also in the mix, says Fox Sports Brasil, with an approach now being prepared. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Alabama Quarterback Blake Sims Confirms NFL Combine Invite

first_imgJalen Ramsey running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 29: Defensive back Jalen Ramsey of Florida State runs the 40-yard dash during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 29, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Alabama quarterback Blake Sims put up stellar numbers (3,487 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions) in his lone year starting in Tuscaloosa. He also set the Crimson Tide record for single-game passing yardage.Still, his lack of prototypical size and background as a running back — where he played as a freshman at ‘Bama in 2011 — led to some speculation he would switch positions at the next level.Sims put that talk to rest last week, and this morning confirmed a report from yesterday that he had received an invite to the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine to showcase his throwing skills Invited! #blessedandthankfulA photo posted by Blake Sims (@_bsims6) on Jan 28, 2015 at 5:44am PST Despite his decorated final collegiate season, Sims didn’t produce sterling numbers at the Reese’ Senior Bowl last weekend, completing just 4-of-11 passes for 50 yards. He did add 23 yards rushing on three attempts.The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine will be held inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 17-23. Should he accept his invitation, the event would serve as the next step for Sims to try and prove he can be a quarterback at the highest level.last_img read more

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TEN Sells Its Oldest VLCC for Scrap

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: TEN Greek tanker owner and operator Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) has availed of the strong demolition prices to sell its oldest very large crude carrier.The Panama-flagged VLCC Millennium, featuring 301,200 dwt, was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in 1998.Based on the data from Vesselsvalue, the ship was sold in March fetching USD 447 per light displacement ton (ltd) and will be dismantled in Bangladesh.“The Millennium has operated flawlessly and profitably since its newbuilding delivery exactly 20 years ago and was much in demand by many significant oil concerns throughout her life. The attractive price achieved combined with her age, provided us with the right opportunity to take advantage of the very strong recycling market, something other owners should consider as well,” George Saroglou, COO of TEN commented.A total of 21 VLCCs were removed from the global fleet year to date, data from VesselsValue shows. The scrapping of veteran crude carrier giants already broke last year’s total of 13 ships mid-March with 16 VLCCs sent for demolition.March was one of the busiest months for VLCC demolition, with a dozen of ships sent for scrap. Only one VLCC is reported to have been removed from the fleet in April this year.Separately, TEN said that it has secured a minimum 12 maximum 24-months charter with an undisclosed oil major for an MR product tanker. The fixture of the MR is expected to generate approximately USD 10 million of gross revenues over the extended duration of the contract while the sale of the VLCC will generate USD 7.5 million of free cash after repayment of applicable debt.“The fixture of the product tanker on the other hand, highlights TEN’s continuity and operational model as it provides security and visibility of cash flows and the enhancement of an existing relationship with a blue-chip client, this time on the product space,” Saroglou concluded.TEN’s fleet consists of 64 double-hull vessels totaling 6.9 million dwt. Of these, 46 vessels trade in crude, 13 in products, three are shuttle tankers and two are LNG carriers.last_img read more

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John Wall Eyes January Return Return To Relevance

John Wall has missed the entire wretched season so far of the Washington Wizards because of a knee injury. Hurt more has been Wall’s professional pride.The 2010 No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft hardly is mentioned among the top point guards in the league anymore, and that eats at him — and inspires him.“If you look at the list of the point guards of the future, I’m not up there,” Wall told YahooSports. “That gives more motivation to me when I get back to show the NBA what I really have to give to the league. They will respect me again. Everybody will see. I won’t do the talking. I will let my game do the talking.”Wall said based on how he has felt recently (no pain after three consecutive up-tempo workouts) that he should return to the lineup in January. He averaged 16.3 points, eight assists and 4.5 rebounds last year in the lockout-shortened season.As a rookie, he was sidelined a dozen games for knee and foot injuries, but was the MVP of the rookie vs. sophomore challenge during NBA all-star weekend. Sill, he told YahooSports that he played through injuries to not let his team down, but playing injured limited his mobility and put himself at further risk.“There is no reason to force myself back and re-injure myself and have another setback where I don’t start next season or I got to miss next season,” Wall said. “I’m just taking my time.“If I play 20 games, I just go out there and play them. I’m not giving up on my team and they’re not giving up on me. They know I’m working hard to try to get back.”Watching from the bench with a stress injury to his left patella in general and his team struggling (league-worse 3-23)  in particular has been learning for Wall, he told YahooSports.“I always love the game, but you respect the game more when you can’t play,” Wall said. “I have never been injured before seriously. I’m watching every point guard that comes in and what they’re doing and how teams are doing against my team and what I can do when I get back.“When I feel like I can run and do everything like I used to, cut, jump like I used to, run fast like I used to (I will return). And I feel like I am getting closer and closer to those steps.” read more

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Teammates making life easy for freshman goalkeeper

With a true freshman playing in goal for the Ohio State women’s soccer team (8-2-1, 2-0-0), an experienced defense and ‘no-shots’ approach has propelled the Buckeyes to the top of the Big Ten standings. Goalkeeper Rachel Middleman currently ranks second in the Big Ten in goals against average, letting in only .33 percent of shots. According to head coach Lori Walker, it’s the play of the defense in front of Middleman that has helped make the transition to collegiate ball trouble-free for the true freshman. “They’ve got a strong no-shot mentality and I think that helps make Rachel’s job a lot easier as a freshman,” Walker said. “I know that the saves that we’re going to ask her to make are going to either be simple saves or game-winning saves. There’s not going to be that kind of in-between thing where we really need to lean on her to be a difference-maker at this point, which is what you want from your freshmen.” The Buckeye defense is led by a trio of senior captains Cassie Dickerson, Lauren Beachy, and Danielle Scoliere. “Our defense is old and mature and we’ve played together for three years, so I just think we really know each other well,” Beachy said. “We have a ton of chemistry and stress a no-shot mentality. We just play together as hard as we can and we know what works for us.” That no-shot mentality has put the Buckeyes at the top of most Big Ten statistical categories, including goals allowed where they rank second with six, and goals against per game average where they rank third with .53. Of the Buckeye’s 11 games, six of them have been shutouts and only once have they given up more than one goal in a game. “That’s the biggest thing that we can contribute to the game, our hard work and our tough defense,” Dickerson said. “If we can shut them down, that gives our forwards a much greater chance. Usually the margin in the Big Ten wins is by a goal each game. We’re not going to win 3-0 or 4-0, it’s always going to be 1-0 or 2-1, so if we do our job it gives us a great chance to win.” Dickerson is a three-time captain for the Buckeyes and the second player in Ohio State women’s soccer history to be named to the Hermann Trophy watch list. The Hermann Trophy is awarded each season to the top male and female players in college soccer. “It’s something that I carry on my shoulders and take pride in,” Dickerson said. “It’s an honor to be a captain, so it’s just something that just comes out of me naturally and I think that when you have people who are willing to follow, it’s an easy role to do.” According to Beachy, help from the team’s offense has been a welcome addition this season. “Our offense is really clicking and that hasn’t always happened,” Beachy said. “As long as we keep those shutouts coming, I think that we always have a really good chance.” Both of the OSU’s Big Ten wins this season have come in shutouts, including a 2-0 win over Michigan and 1-0 overtime win against Penn State. The Buckeyes know that they’ll need to keep up their strong defensive pace to have success through the rest of the Big Ten schedule. “Our defense knows that a mistake that they make could really cost us and so while we don’t ask them to play perfect games, they do a great job of minimizing what those mistakes are that they make,” Walker said. “There’s a nice confidence and a nice aura about our backline, and so it’s just kind of contagious. So when they do make a mistake, they carry that weight and don’t just place it on one individual.” read more

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Ohio State mens volleyball cruises to wins against NJIT George Mason

The Ohio State men’s volleyball team might be banding together after winning two non-conference games over the weekend at St. John Arena. No. 10 OSU dispatched George Mason, 3-1, Saturday after taking down the New Jersey Institute of Technology to complete the weekend sweep. After four errors in the first five points from George Mason, the Buckeyes took a four-point lead (6-2) in the first set. The Patriots tied the match at 11, then took the lead at 14-12. Back-to-back kills from sophomore outside hitter Michael Henchy and redshirt sophomore opposite Andrew Lutz tied the game at 15 and forced a timeout by the Patriots. George Mason took the set with a 25-23 win. OSU coach Pete Hanson used it as a call “to do better.” “Let’s not just push out a win, but let’s go and beat somebody with some authority,” Hanson said. The defense was strong opening the second set. The Buckeyes recorded 13 kills and three attack errors, winning the set, 25-17. Up early in the third set, the Buckeyes battled to stay ahead. A kill from redshirt senior middle blocker John Tholen pushed the Buckeyes to a five-point lead (22-17). Redshirt sophomore setter Peter Heinen sealed the match with a kill, ending at 25-19. The Patriots came back with a vengeance in the fourth match with a 4-2 lead. After a kill from OSU senior middle blocker Grayson Overman and three errors by the Patriots, the Buckeyes took the game, 25-23. Lutz received his first double-double of his career, totaling 15 kills and a career-best 14 digs. “A lot of them are lucky,” Lutz said after the game. “It’s not really about records right now, I just want to win.” Henchy added 13 kills and tied his career-high in digs for the second double-double of the season. Tholen had a season-best 10 kills and two digs and two block assists. Senior outside hitter Chen Levitan finished with a career-high with 13 digs. Some of the players said the team’s success can be attributed to its focus on teamwork. “It’s a team performance,” Overman said. “If we all do well, then we’re all stoked on it so it’s honestly about the team and we pulled together in the end.” Friday, OSU matched up with the NJIT and cruised to a 3-0 victory. The Buckeyes recorded 14 kills and four attack errors to win the opening set, 25-20. NJIT was able to make a short-lived comeback during the second set and held a 19-17 lead deep into the game. The Buckeyes took control after two kills each from Henchy and Tholen and a service ace by redshirt junior libero Danny Baker, leading OSU to a 2-0 match advantage.  Hanson said Baker was key in the win. “Danny Baker did a heck of a job,” Hanson said. “He came in and served those last two points, made that dig and got that ace and that’s what we are looking for, when a substitute can come in and spark the team and get a couple of points.” In the third set, the Highlanders established an early lead, but OSU countered with an 8-1 run to take a four-point lead (9-5). The Buckeyes increased the pressure, mounting the lead to 17-9. A kill from Henchy put OSU at a comfortable 21-14 advantage. Overman and Levitan contributed kills that gave OSU the match point and a kill from Lutz sealed the 25-17 win. Henchy ended with a career-best 20 kills in the win. “We knew that they were not the best opponent we’d see all season,” Henchy said. “They were a lot better than we expected and they gave us a run for our money in the second game.” The Buckeyes are set to travel to State College, Pa., to take on Penn State on Saturday at 8 p.m. read more

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