Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele could be the subject of a £26million offer from Juventus.Inter Milan have so far shown the strongest interest in the 30-year-old and they have even offered Joao Mario as part of any deal.But now, according to Sky Italia, Juventus have joined the race to sign Dembele this summer.The Italian champions want to sign a central midfielder during the current transfer window and they are able to match Spurs’ £26million asking price.Inter, however, can only offer around £10million upfront with the rest being made up of add-ons or a potential player, like Mario. Juventus are the latest club to express an interest in Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele.The Belgian has just 12 months to run on his current deal at Spurs and he is no closer to signing an extension. 1
Wits University’s art museum will receivefunding to restore Ndebele cultural items.(Image: Bongani Nkosi) An artist’s impression of the interior ofthe Wits Art Museum once completed.(Image: City of Johannesburg)MEDIA CONTACTS• Julia CharltonCuratorWits Art Museum+27 11 717 1363RELATED ARTICLES• SA items in World Digital Library• Itlhabolole: beauty from waste• SA landscape display takes root in UK• Egypt reclaims its heritageBongani NkosiThe Wits Art Museum will receive funding from Bank of America Merrill Lynch to restore some of its treasured items, which, the academic institution says, are of national importance.Wits University announced on 18 November 2010 that the funds will be channelled towards conserving 25 beaded Ndebele aprons kept in its museum. In isiNdebele, the items are known as iiphephetu and date back to a period between 1920 and 1970.The value of the sponsorship has not yet been announced.The university said all the iiphephetu need “stabilisation, consolidation, cleaning and repair”, and a specialist conservator will be appointed to carry out the work.Iiphephetu were traditionally designed and made by Ndebele mothers or grandmothers when their daughters entered puberty. At this time the family performs an initiation ritual known as ukuthomba for the teenager, which signifies growth.The aprons are made from canvas and glass beads, with some also incorporating bits of wool and leather. “Each of the iiphephetu is unique, and displays significant invention and creativity within the parameters of this important cultural tradition,” said the university in a statement.The Wits Art Museum, currently undergoing a revamp, is one of 10 international projects that will benefit from the bank’s inaugural art conservation programme. The programme is meant to help restore artworks of cultural and historical value in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.It’s also designed to raise awareness about conserving such artworks so that they are “preserved, displayed and enjoyed by future generations”.The bank is known for providing much-needed funds for museums, including sponsorships and loans.Wits is delighted to be part of this programme, said its Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research Prof Belinda Bozzoli.“By enabling this important conservation work to be undertaken, Bank of America Merrill Lynch is supporting the Wits Art Museum’s vision to contribute to a common sense of nationhood through art, by facilitating the preservation of diverse critical heritage material for the benefit of all,” she said.Exciting exhibitions in the pipeline The R68-million (US$9.8-million) restoration of the Wits Art Museum will be completed by the end of 2011. Bozzoli said the restored iiphephetu will be part of the range displayed for the public when the museum reopens.Previously known as Wits Art Galleries, the Wits Art Museum will officially reopen with a series of exhibitions targeting the university’s students and academic staff, as well as the general South African public and tourists.“Funding from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Programme will ensure that these vital artistic treasures can be conserved to the highest standards and enjoyed by the public for many more years to come,” said the bank’s Humphrey Borkum.“We are privileged to support the Wits Art Museum in restoring some of its most important artworks,” he added.While new technologies are used to make art conservation safer and more effective, this is costly to museums – and the American bank is aware of that, said its executive Rena De Sisto in a statement. “This is a propitious time to actively engage in preserving these treasures.”Sisto added that by helping to restore cultural art of different nations, they hope to “elevate awareness of cultural traditions around the world and inspire respect and interest across cultural boundaries”.
The Save Our Rhinos album is a joint initiative of the Endangered Wildlife Trust and Johannesburg-based Sting Music to increase awareness about rhino poaching while raising funds for anti-poaching initiatives. (Image: www.rhinocd.co.za) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kirsty Brebner Endangered Wildlife Trust +27 11 372 3600RELATED ARTICLES • Big Five cat moves into new reserve • SA and Far East to discuss poaching • Black rhinos return to Serengeti • Wildlife poachers to be taken down • EWT making tracks in conservation Wilma den HartighLocal musicians have added their voices to the fight against rhino poaching. A double CD compilation, featuring some of the country’s top musical talent, has been launched to help save South Africa’s rhinos from extinction.With the help of the local music industry, the Save Our Rhinos CD is the latest initiative to up the ante in rhino conservation.The project is a joint initiative of the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and Johannesburg-based Sting Music, and aims to increase awareness about rhino poaching while raising funds for anti-poaching initiatives.The double album features music from a variety of genres from 40 of South Africa’s best loved artists and bands, including Johnny Clegg; Prime Circle; Elvis Blue; Locnville; Wonderboom; Chris Chameleon; aKing; Farryl Purkiss; The Graeme Watkins Project and Lira.The Save Our Rhinos compilation is available at selected music outlets or can be ordered online.Profits donated to rhino conservationEvery person who shows their support by buying a Save Our Rhinos album, which costs only R150 (US$20), is backing a worthy cause and as a bonus, will have the best of South African music at hand.For every sale, 10% of the profits will be donated to the EWT’s efforts to find solutions to rhino poaching.Various EWT anti-poaching initiatives – such as sniffer dogs deployed at airports, training of law enforcement personnel and the establishment of support networks for orphaned rhinos – are already underway across the country.Extinction is possibleAfter years of hard work by conservationists to boost their numbers, South Africa’s rhino population could be extinct in less than a decade, unless more is done to protect them from poaching.Last year 448 rhino were killed in the country, including 19 critically endangered black rhinos, of which fewer than 5 000 remain in the wild.Recent statistics from South African National Parks (SANParks) indicate that 52 rhinos have been poached in South Africa so far this year – about one a day.According to stoprhinopoaching.com, an independent web-based platform that raises awareness and support of rhino poaching, scientists predict that if the illegal activity continues at its current rate, South Africa’s rhino herd will go into population decline by mid-2012.More rhino conservation initiativesTowards the end of February justice minister Jeff Radebe announced that South Africa will deploy hundreds more soldiers to its borders in an effort to thwart international syndicates involved in rhino poaching.The deployment includes army engineers to conduct repairs and maintenance on the 140km-long Zimbabwe-Mozambique border fence, a notorious escape route for criminals.Troops were first deployed in April last year along the Mozambican border. Many of them were based in the Kruger National Park (KNP), which has become a popular destination for rhino poachers.SANParks CEO David Mabunda said it is worrying that such a high numbers of rhino are still being killed in South Africa.“The difficulty is pinning a suspected criminal to the actual crime, because we are dealing with very wily and sophisticated individuals,” Mabunda said.He is, however, encouraged by the increasing number of arrests and harsher sentences imposed on convicted criminals who are part of international syndicates that smuggle horns to Asia.Now poachers and horn smugglers can be sentenced to as much as 16 years in prison.South African law enforcement officials made 232 poaching-related arrests in 2011, compared to 165 the previous year.Conservation organisations and the police are also seeing more cooperation from the public, which has resulted in arrests in the KNP. Some criminals have even been arrested before entering national parks in the country.International demand for hornsAccording to the World Wide Fund for Nature – South Africa, the recent surge in rhino poaching is connected to the increased demand for rhino horn in Asia, particularly in Vietnam. Here the product is viewed as a luxury item and is mistakenly believed to be a cure for cancer.However, traditional Chinese medicine experts have pointed out that rhino horn has no proven cancer-treating properties. Contrary to popular myth, it has also never been used in traditional medicine as an aphrodisiac.
With fifteen years of experience in Internet-based entrepreneurialism, Gnip CTO Jud Valeski is well qualified to offer expertise to startups, which he does through the Boulder, Colorado-based TechStars summer program.In this interview, we see him working hands-on with the young team developing EverLater, a site for social web-using travelers. He also talks with us about how startups can get a critical mass of feedback to make important business decisions and discusses what he sees as consistent issues and characteristics of new teams, both in terms of business acumen and general temperament.For inexperienced but passionate startup teams, finding guidance can be critical to their ultimate success. While technical expertise frequently abounds in such teams, there is often a crucial gap in knowledge about how to build a business, what amounts of funding to seek, and the next steps to take in building a company. Valeski addresses these concerns as well as the positive aspects he has perceived in the dozens of startup teams he’s worked with over the years. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#start#startups