Brewery spreads African reach

first_imgConsumption of SABMiller’s range of beershas enjoyed steady growth across Africa.(SABMiller) SABMiller’s large-scale operations such asthis plant in South Africa, will open up infour African countries before the end ofthis year.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more images, visit the image library) Khanyi MagubaneSouth Africa-born multinational SABMiller, the world’s second-largest brewery, is to tap into an African market worth over US$3-billion (R30-billion) by opening four new brewing plants in Mozambique, Tanzania, Sudan and Angola.SABMiller will open the new breweries this year to benefit from the various countries’ economical growth, which is estimated at between 4% and 5%.Speaking on the new ventures SABMiller’s head of media relations, Nigel Fairbrass, says the company decided to focus on continuing its expansion into African countries as they were mainly cash economies, and had not run up exposure to credit like many western countries have.The brewery has existing operations in Nigeria, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Ghana, Comoros and Mayotte.Fairbrass added that the $3-billion (R30-billion) market is about four times bigger than SABMiller’s current market. The company aims to become a major role player within that market.Beer – a people’s drinkFairbrass says the company has taken on a “radical” view on making beer more affordable on the African continent.SABMiller aims to reduce the price of beer, which at the moment is averaging around R10 ($1), by introducing new, cheaper brands.The brewery will continue its supply of mainstream and premium beers to its international clients.One strategy, which should cut costs significantly, is researching new brewing technologies by bringing together 55 000 barley farmers to form part of the programme by 2011.Another cost cutting option is expanding the production of sorghum-based beer, currently produced on the continent under the brand name, Eagle.Sorghum beer tends to be cheaper as many countries have a lower excise tax for sorghum-based alcoholic beverages.In order to expand this particular strategy, SABMiller is currently working with 6 000 small-scale local farmers in India to develop a quality source of barley.In addition to that they have partnerships with small-scale farmers in Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania to supply barley and sorghum.A growing brandSABMiller started its Barley Development Programme in 2005, using the Eagle Lager success in Uganda as a blueprint.The main aim of the programme was to establish a long-term reliable source of locally grown quality malt barley.Despite the economic slowdown, SABMiller is positive that the beer industry will continue to grow, even amidst increased food prices.In May 2008, speaking at the brewery giant’s announcement of its annual figures for all its 60 operations, SABMiller group Chief Executive Officer Graham Mackay said, it was a stable industry. “Food prices have skyrocketed since the beginning of the year and most businesses are going to be affected, but we believe demand for beer will still be strong.“Affordability, especially in low income countries, might be compromised to some extent but generally the inflationary environment should be good for our business.”Mackay spoke about the company’s confidence in its 29 African operations, “I believe the green fields [development] will help Africa and we will continue to pump in money towards innovation so that our products are affordable such the introduction of the sorghum based beer, which is cheaper.”Beer volumes for Africa grew on average 12% benefiting from three crucial factors of continued economic growth in all the participating countries, rising disposable incomes and ongoing brand renovation.Although the Botswana market had disappointing figures over the past two years, the figures in 2008 were slightly stronger showing a 15% growth.Mackay says their growth in Botswana can be accredited to a change in strategy. “Key to this result was the successful renovation of St. Louis lager, the market leader, and the introduction of a new 750ml returnable bottle.“The returnable bottle has delivered ahead of expectation in this predominantly one-way pack market, and offers the consumer better value for money.”Tanzania showed a growth of 8%, while Mozambique also enjoyed its fourth consecutive year of growth.In Angola, the growth was not as high as expected, although there were some tangible factors to this, “Angola’s economy continues to grow strongly at approximately 20% annually.“The infrastructure, however, is unable to support the increasing demand for goods and services and our total volumes growth of just below 10% was constrained by both lack of infrastructure and limited capacity,” he said.In South Africa, the loss of the Amstel beer licence affected operations although volumes stayed stable. The weakening rand contributed to difficult trading conditions.Mackay added that the slowed economic in South Africa in the second half of 2007 and the increasing food and fuel costs affected consumer spending. “Revenue grew by 6% on a constant currency basis and price increases were at a level somewhat below inflation for both lager and soft drinks.”Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected]  Useful linksSABMillerPeroni beerCastle lagerMiller Beerlast_img read more

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What to Include When Submitting Your Film to Festivals

first_imgHere are nine FilmFreeway tips and tricks to give your film its best chance at success during festival submission season.Cover image by lapandr.It’s film festival submission season! There’s a whole industry full of empty lineups ready for up-and-coming filmmakers and budding film sensations. If you’ve recently completed a project (or are frantically finishing one up), chances are you’ll be logging into film submission websites like FilmFreeway (or Withoutabox) to find a good home for your film.However, before you hit submit (and the fees hit your bank account), here are nine tips and tricks you should consider when assembling your submission.1. Create Your ProfileImage via FilmFreeway.I’ll start by focusing on FilmFreeway: the platform strongly encourages you to not only create a profile for your film project but also profiles for yourself, your collaborators, and your crew. Your profile is a bigger part of your submission than you’d think — festivals want to get to know the filmmakers and their unique stories just as much as the projects they’re peddling. Don’t leave any section unfilled, and try to really give life to the who/what/when/where/why of your director bio and your project description.2. World PremiereImage by Bosko.Many film festival submission sites (as well as native platforms built into individual festivals) want you to indicate whether or not your film project already exists out in the world. This matters for a lot of reasons, but the main ones are simply importance and authority. Premiering a film is worth much more to the festival than a second (or third, etc.) screening — and it’s much more important than screening a film that is already bouncing around online. However, you can obviously only have one official world premiere, so keep that mind when you check the box.3. Behind the Scenes AssetsImage by Janelle Lugge.Festivals love behind-the-scenes assets. Screengrabs and headshots are great, but nothing beats images of the actors on set, under lights, behind cameras, and holding scripts. There’s no reason to over do it, and you don’t have to send everything, but it’s common practice to have an on-set photographer — even if that only means grabbing a photographer friend for a day. Even phone photos and Instagram pics are worth adding to your submission.4. Customize Every SubmissionOne great upside of using platforms like FilmFreeway is that, after you create your own and your film’s profiles, you can search and submit to thousands of festivals with only a few clicks. The downside to this process is that, in the interest of time, it encourages boilerplate submissions. Avoid doing this at all costs (or you’ll quite literally just be throwing money away). Festivals can tell when they’re dealing with mass submissions versus genuine interest.5. Understand Each FestivalImage by Brian A. Jackson.By the same token, when you find a festival that truly matches your interest (and you match theirs), to create a genuine submission, you need to do your research and determine what makes the festival unique. Just like you and your film, each festival offers an unique angle, mission, audience, and community. If you know what makes the festival special, you can highlight how your submission fits their mission statement.6. Know Your Target AudienceJust as you should understand the makeup of each festival, it’s important to understand the audience. You can look at what the festival says about itself on its website, but you can also look at reviews or feedback elsewhere online. Find out which films have screened with the festival in the past — and how audiences received them. If you can see that your intended audience is tightly aligned with the festival’s usual audience, you may have found a match.7. Follow the RulesThis should be obvious, but people still mess this up — especially when submitting without thoroughly reading the guidelines. Many festivals have runtime restrictions that you can overlook if you aren’t reading the fine print. To some festivals, a short film is anything under 40 minutes, while others only want films under 10 minutes. If you’re operating in more abstract runtime spaces, like five-minute shorts or one-minute micro-films, these guidelines are absolutely crucial, as even a few seconds could disqualify a submission and waste your fee.8. The Importance of a Good StoryFinally, if you’re submitting a film to festival, we can assume that you’re a filmmaker. If you’re a filmmaker, you’re really a storyteller. So, when you’re submitting your film, it’s up to you to deliver a good story for the festival screeners. This requires a combination of personal narrative and the project’s narrative. Ask yourself why anyone would want to read about your film submission just as much as you’d ask yourself why anyone would want to see your film.9. Go PublicImage by elleon.Once your profile is finished and your films are submitted, platforms like FilmFreeway give you the option to make your profile private or public. If it stays private, only those reviewing your submissions can view your information. However, you have the option to make your profile and your films public, which means anyone can see what you’ve done and what you’re all about. If you’re serious about finding a home for your passion projects, putting yourself out there is perhaps the last, greatest hurdle you’ll need to leap. Who knows, maybe someone will find you.For more resources on film festivals and submissions, check out some of these articles.Why Independent Film Festivals Matter Now More Than EverThe 10 Best Film Festivals For Up-And-Coming Filmmakers5 Great Film Festivals for Your Short-Form Documentarieslast_img read more

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a month agoArsenal hero Parlour advises Emery to make Carabao Cup aim

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal hero Parlour advises Emery to make Carabao Cup aimby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Ray Parlour thinks Unai Emery should be aiming to win the Carabao Cup.The Gunners host Nottingham Forest in the third round on Tuesday night as they start their campaign at the Emirates.”I think he mixed the team with experience and youngsters,” Parlour said of Arsenal’s run to the quarter-finals in last season’s Carabao Cup.”There is no problem with that, it is good to give the youngsters game time and they have some very good youngsters at Arsenal – Reiss Nelson, (Ainsley) Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe. It is great to see players like that come into the team.”But you can also see how important the competition is to teams like Manchester City and it is another trophy to talk about at the end of the season.”It is a magnificent achievement to win any competition and for Arsenal and Unai Emery, and the rest of the top six, they should be – and probably will be – taking it seriously.”There are a lot of games and you get injuries through the season so it is a bit about balancing the squad.”He added: “The big teams have got bigger squads but it still baffles me when you get to the latter stages of any cup competition and rest players.”Arsenal fans would embrace another day out at Wembley and have a good time, as well as challenging to win the trophy – something Arsenal will be wanting to do, I’m sure.”If you ask any fan around the country and say ‘do you want a Wembley day out to go for a cup and win a trophy’ they would say ‘yes, definitely’.”I’m really surprised sometimes when teams rest players. It was the first ever trophy I won as a player and I really enjoyed it and now Emery could make it his first title in England as well.” last_img read more

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a month agoMoussa Sissoko delighted with new Spurs deal

first_imgMoussa Sissoko delighted with new Spurs dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko is delighted with his new deal.He has signed a new contract with the club until 2023.The Frenchman arrived in north London in the summer of 2016 and has developed into a key player under Mauricio Pochettino.Sissoko said: “I’m very proud to sign a new deal with the club – that means the club believes in me and they’re happy with what I’m doing.”Hopefully I can give my best to the club for a long time and hopefully we can get some trophies all together.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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a month agoNaby Keita chose not to travel with Liverpool for win at Sheffield Utd

first_imgNaby Keita chose not to travel with Liverpool for win at Sheffield Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNaby Keita chose not to travel with the Liverpool squad for victory at Sheffield United.The Reds saw out a nail-biting 1-0 win after Gini Wijnaldum’s strike bobbled through the legs of Dean Henderson in the Blades goal.Keita, who starred in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over MK Dons on Wednesday, was not part of the squad which travelled to Yorkshire for the lunchtime kick off.The Liverpool Echo says despite making his comeback from injury midweek, the midfielder elected to stay behind at Melwood to work on his fitness.Before Wednesday, Keita had not featured for Liverpool in five months, and Jurgen Klopp is taking extra precautions in order to ensure the 24-year-old makes a full recovery. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Diaspora Conference to Engage Young People

first_img Organisers of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference are placing much emphasis on engaging young people in Jamaica and the Diaspora through a Youth Forum. For more information on how to participate and register your projects, persons can visit the conference website: www.mfaft.gov.jm/conference or email at [email protected] Acting Director of the Diaspora Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Lincoln Downer, told JIS News that the forum will be led by the young people from the UK, Canada and the USA. Story Highlights Organisers of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference are placing much emphasis on engaging young people in Jamaica and the Diaspora through a Youth Forum.The Global Young Leaders of Jamaica Forum is slated for Wednesday, July 26 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.At the forum, discussions will focus on entrepreneurship, mentoring young people and deepening cultural ties and affinity with Jamaica.Acting Director of the Diaspora Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Lincoln Downer, told JIS News that the forum will be led by the young people from the UK, Canada and the USA.They will also interact with their local counterparts from the Youth Advisory Council, National Secondary School Council, Jamaica Youth Ambassadors Programme and the Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students.Mr. Downer said the session will showcase examples of work being done by young Jamaicans and second, third and fourth generation Diaspora members.The conference will begin on Sunday, July 23, with an official opening ceremony and Governor-General’s Achievement Awards. This is to be followed by a Welcome Home reception at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.Other features include Church Services, a Marketplace Exposition, Government At Your Service, Diaspora Day of Service and a range of hospitality and cultural activities in Kingston.The conference is being convened by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in collaboration with public and private sector organisations, under the theme: ‘Partnering for Growth’.On Monday, July 24, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, will set the context and expectations of the conference.Participants will attend nine plenary sessions as well as interactive discussions.A session, titled ‘Caring Our Human Capital’, will have talks by the Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton; Surgeon, Researcher and Specialist in Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment, United States of America (USA), Dr. Vincent Reid, and Director, Public Health & Human Services, City of Hartford, Connecticut, USA, Dr. Gary Rhule.The session will highlight the many modern developments in the provision of health care in the public and private sectors in Jamaica and Diaspora locations.It will also examine opportunities to consolidate and expand the types and levels of support received from the Diaspora.Jamaica’s crime situation will be discussed at a session under the theme: ‘Protecting our Human Capital’. This session will provide information on the initiatives being taken by the Government, communities and other stakeholders to improve citizen security.Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, will examine five areas of the National Programme for Crime Intervention and Prevention with special emphasis on: ‘Crime Prevention through Social Development’.In addition, Leader of the Diaspora Crime Intervention and Prevention Task Force, USA, Captain Rupert Francis, will look at engagement strategies for mobilising support of the Diaspora for Crime Intervention Initiatives in Jamaica, in areas such as Intelligence, Cybercrime, Mentorship, Conflict Management and Leadership.The three-day programme will also focus on ‘Investments for inclusive economic growth and job creation’.This session will feature the Chairman of the Economic Growth Council (EGC), Michael Lee-Chin, who will outline ways in which the Diaspora can contribute to the achievement of the Government of Jamaica’s socio-economic ‘5-in- 4’ growth initiative – the attainment of five per cent GDP growth within four years.Mr. Lee-Chin will also highlight opportunities for Diaspora investments, expertise and philanthropy to support Jamaica’s growth agenda.At another session, there will be discussions on investments in small, medium and social business enterprises (SMEs and SBEs)).This session will highlight the wide-ranging opportunities for Diaspora/Jamaica partnerships in the areas of equity investments and crowd funding.Discussions will also focus on opportunities for crowd funding through existing platforms and the sharing of successes, so far, in connecting SMEs and SBEs to funders interested in their businesses.The conference wraps up on Wednesday (July 26) with reports on actionable outcomes from the Conference Chairman, Earl Jarrett, and Executive Director of the Jamaica Diaspora Institute, Professor Neville Ying.On July 27, activities will culminate with the Diaspora Day of Service when Jamaicans and persons of Jamaican descent living overseas will provide services to communities and institutions across the island through a range of projects.For more information on how to participate and register your projects, persons can visit the conference website: www.mfaft.gov.jm/conference or email at [email protected] event will be streamed live for the four days at: JIS Diaspora Streamlast_img read more

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Podcast NFL Preview Walt Hickey Quarterback US Open Week Two

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Sept. 8, 2015), we offer a preview of this year’s NFL season now that Tom Brady is playing a full slate of games. Plus FiveThirtyEight’s Walt Hickey helps launch our newest crowdsourcing project — challenging you to win the Super Bowl using his avatar in Madden. Then we bring you the latest in our U.S. Open mini-podcast, Baseline, with host Carl Bialik. And to close out the show, a Significant Digit on the weirdness of this year’s Premier League season.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Below are links to some of the articles we discussed on the show.FiveThirtyEight’s comprehensive NFL preview coverage, rolling out all this week.Walt Hickey and Neil Paine go behind the Madden ratings.Want to win Madden with Walt as your quarterback? Here’s how to take part in our crowdsourcing project.The full archive of Baseline podcasts from Carl Bialik.Significant Digit: 0.8. Soccer journalist Michael Caley recently created an “Early Season Weirdness Rating” for the Premier League. This year’s early weirdness is only 0.8 standard deviations above the average weirdness at this point in the season. In other words, just a little bit weird! Video: Win the Super Bowl with Walt as your QB Hot Takedown read more

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Ohio State mens soccer drops 3rd straight game

OSU redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov winds up to kick the ball during a game against Akron Sept. 24 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 3-1Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternIn the span of six days, the Ohio State men’s soccer team went from being undefeated to holding a losing record.The Buckeyes’ (2-3-3, 1-1-0) loss to Dayton (4-3-1) on Saturday was their third in a row. OSU was unable to muster much of an offensive threat throughout the contest, falling 1-0.The two teams were each held scoreless for much of the afternoon.It was not until late in the 83rd minute that the Flyers broke through with a goal. Junior forward Amass Amankona dribbled through the box and passed it to his left to redshirt-junior forward Ryan Peterson. Peterson then put it past OSU redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov for his second goal of the year.OSU only managed two shots on goal in the game, one in each half. Dayton managed six shots on goal, with Ivanov saving five of them.OSU did manage to outshoot the Flyers 11-10 overall, despite failing to put nine of them on target.OSU’s best opportunity came during the 15th minute when sophomore forward Danny Jensen got the first half’s lone shot on goal for OSU. However, he was unable to put it home and the game remained scoreless.On top of dropping their last three games, things could only become more difficult over the next two weeks for the Buckeyes.Three of their next four games are scheduled to come against schools ranked in the top 20. Their next two games are against No. 9 Louisville and No. 16 Michigan State, before getting a potential breather against winless Oakland.The Buckeyes are set to look to end the losing streak at Louisville in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday. That game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. OSU’s matchup with the Spartans is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Ronaldo not angry to miss chance to score – Allegri

first_imgJuventus manager Massimiliano Allegri insists Cristiano Ronaldo is not angry despite missing a golden opportunity to score his first goal for the club.The Portuguese captain failed to score on his home debut as Juventus defeated Lazio 2-0 at the Allianz stadium in Turin.Ronaldo seemed certain to open his Serie A account in the 75th minute at the Allianz Stadium. Joao Cancelo rolled the ball across to his compatriot but goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha did just enough to stop him from tapping in from four metres, instead it ricocheted off Ronaldo’s feet and fell to Mario Mandzukic to score into an empty net.Upon this miss, the former Real Madrid star offered a wry smile before throwing his hands up in the air, and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri promised that the Portuguese star was not upset after the miss.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“He is not angry at all, he smiled because these things happen,” Allegri said after the match, according to ESPN.Just as it was on Ronaldo’s debut last week, when Juventus won 3-2 at Chievo Verona, it was down to his teammates to fire the Bianconeri to victory, with Miralem Pjanic also netting as the seven-time defending champions downed Lazio.“It’s only two weeks that he’s with us,” Allegri said of Ronaldo’s adaptation.“He’s intelligent and understands that Italian football is different to that in Spain. Today he played well also in defense, everyone is waiting for his first goal. I’m happy with how he’s fitting in, he is a very humble lad.”last_img read more

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