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first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Kimberley, Northern Cape province: A replica of the famous Centenary diamond on display at the Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open- cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: A replica of the famous Cullinan 1 diamond on display at the Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open- cast mine in the world.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: The tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open- cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: Visitors have a chance to search for diamonds at the tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open-cast mine in the world.Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: The tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: An exhibit at the tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open-cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: An exhibit at the tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand- dug open-cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: An exhibit at the tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand- dug open-cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: An exhibit at the tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand- dug open-cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image TOURISM AND LEISURE 16:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more


How to Foster Solar Innovation and Save Jobs


first_imgBy EDWARD BARBIER and TERRY IVERSONThe U.S. solar industry is nervously awaiting President Donald Trump’s decision whether to impose punitive duties on imported solar panels and related equipment or even restrict some of those imports altogether. It could come any day between now and late January.This is the final stage of a process that began when two U.S. subsidiaries of foreign solar panel makers filed a rarely used kind of trade complaint with the International Trade Commission. The independent U.S. agency has recommended a course of action officially intended to protect domestic manufacturers from unfair competition.But far from protecting U.S. interests, the tariffs would stifle the current solar boom, destroying American jobs and dragging down clean energy innovation. As economists who research climate and energy policies that can foster a greener North American economy, we argue the government should instead create targeted subsidies that support innovation and lower costs across the supply chain. This approach would do a better job of helping the U.S. industry fend off foreign competition without harming the industry itself. A booming industryThe U.S. solar industry has enjoyed unprecedented growth in recent years, thanks to the rapidly declining cost to install solar systems and tax breaks for homeowners, businesses, and utilities that have expanded demand but are being phased out. Prices have plunged to roughly $1.50 per watt from around $6 in 2010 due to both innovation that made it less expensive to make panels anywhere and cheap imports. Solar job growthSolar job growth took off in 2010. By 2016, more than 260,000 Americans worked in the industry, up from fewer than 95,000 seven years earlier.An uninterrupted solar boom would create even more jobs. The number of solar panel installers, for example, would more than double from 11,300 to 23,000 within 10 years at the current pace of growth, which would make it the fastest-growing profession, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Another renewable energy mainstay, wind turbine technician, came in a close second.Imposing tariffs on imported panels would cloud that outlook, largely because manufacturing accounts for less than 15% of U.S. solar jobs while installation amounts to more than half of them, according to the Solar Foundation’s annual census. If panels get more expensive, the cost to go solar will rise and demand will fall – along with the impetus to employ so many installers.The Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group that represents many companies in the industry and opposes the duties, estimates that imposing them could double solar prices and cost the industry 88,000 jobs. Solar Ruling Prompts Industry Jitters How the Suniva Trade Dispute is Reshaping the Solar IndustryHearings Open on Solar Panel Trade CaseCould a Trade Dispute With China End the U.S. Solar Boom?Tariffs Could Boost Solar Panel Prices RELATED ARTICLES Why make an exception?Like most economists, we believe that subsidies should be avoided except in special circumstances. Here are three reasons why this industry is an exception.First, when one nation subsidizes solar panel production and exports those panels, it makes it cheaper to go solar in other countries, effectively cutting the cost of implementing climate policies abroad.Second, when solar energy replaces fossil fuels in one place, the declining carbon emissions benefit people around the globe. Climate change, after all, affects the entire world.Third, R&D investments made in any one economy eventually add to the global knowledge base. Improving solar technology will ultimately benefit the entire industry worldwide.The proposed tariffs the Trump administration is considering will yield none of these benefits. In fact, they could instigate a trade war over clean energy products with our trading partners globally.That is why we believe that the smarter subsidies we are proposing are a better way to sustain the U.S. solar industry and protect jobs. Smarter subsidiesDespite the robust growth in wind and solar employment and its official support for an “all of the above” energy policy that combines fossil fuels, nuclear power, biofuels, and renewable energy alternatives like wind and solar, the Trump administration has sought to slash support for alternative energy through the federal budget.We agree that the government should encourage solar panel manufacturing within the nation’s borders. But there are better ways to support this important priority than by raising prices on imported equipment through punitive tariffs.China’s edge in solar panel manufacturing — apart from low wages — is driven by scale and supply-chain development, spurred by cost inducements like low-interest loans, technology development assistance, and cheap land. Other newly industrialized countries like South Korea and Taiwan have followed China’s lead by fostering their own solar manufacturing bases with targeted subsidies.We believe the U.S. should follow suit. In addition to directing subsidies to reduce the costs of the solar supply chain, the government should also increase subsidies for private research and development for green innovation. Currently, federal financing for private solar R&D lags far behind levels seen in China and the European Union.These subsidies could be funded by the tariffs the government is already collecting on solar panels imported from China and elsewhere.If the U.S. government deems that additional restrictions are required, then it makes sense to follow a separate recommendation to freeze solar panel imports at 2016 market share levels. The government should then auction off the rights to import foreign solar panels to U.S. installers.The government could spend the proceeds from these auctioned import licenses on domestic innovation and other efforts to cut supply chain costs for U.S. manufacturers of solar panels and related equipment.While World Trade Organization rules limit the use of subsidies that explicitly promote a country’s exports in global markets, the ones we are proposing would likely be WTO-compliant.This is because their aim is to make the U.S. solar industry more competitive within the domestic market, given the government’s earlier findings that cheap imported panels are being dumped — sold too cheaply — here. In 2016, 87% of U.S. solar installations used foreign-produced PV panels, also known as PV modules, primarily from China.The rapid decline in solar panel costs has been driven by policies in China and elsewhere intended to expand domestic manufacturing of these products.The problem is not unique. Other countries dependent on cheap solar imports, including Germany and Canada, are also grappling with how to sustain the solar boom while protecting their own domestic manufacturers from unfair foreign competition.The trade commission sent Trump its recommendations on November 13, giving him until January 13 to accept or reject its guidance. Later, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer asked the agency to draft a “supplemental” report, effectively extending the president’s deadline for setting the tariffs to January 26.The request, observers surmise, could signal that the administration is concerned about this case’s potential to spiral into a broader trade dispute with China and other major U.S. trading partners. Edward Barbier is a professor of economics, and Terry Iverson is an associate professor of economics, at Colorado State University. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more


My 2017 Balance Sheet


first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now As is my tradition (and one worth considering), my balance sheet for 2017 follows.AssetsHow could I start anywhere other than right here, The Sales Blog? I had to buy the domain thesalesblog.com in 2007 because someone in Charlotte, North Carolina owned salesblog.com and was sitting on it. It turns out that that someone was Jeffrey Gitomer, who hadn’t yet done anything with it. I made the decision to blog daily on December 28th, 2009, making this 8 years publishing here daily, with the exception of 13 days in 2010 when visiting Tibet.The total posts here now number 3,394 . . . plus this one.In 2017, I decided to start a YouTube vlog called Every Day. My intention was to post there daily, and I ended up with 233 videos, having been discouraged by gear challenges (now mostly resolved) and bad internet on the road (made worse by shooting in 4K, which is wholly unnecessary). I am going to try again next year. All said, 5,000 people subscribed, which is good for the first year of a channel.I published The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales on August 8, 2017 a mere 301 days after the publication of my first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need (October 11, 2016). The Lost Art made 800CEOREAD’s Long List of their best business books of 2017, one of five in sales and marketing (and the only book on sales).Portfolio also offered me a contract for my third book, a book about competitive displacements, something that most of us spend our time trying to achieve by taking our dream clients from our competitors (whilst they are doing the same).A few years ago, I bought the domain name outboundconference.com, set on the idea that my mastermind group would support running a conference of our own, one where truth would be told, lies and myths dispelled, and where people who wanted to improve their results would find the help they needed. Jeb Blount, Mike Weinberg, and Mark Hunter joined me in this project, a sales conference like no other sales conference you have ever attended. On April 13th, 2017, we filled all the seats in the conference center, and the reviews were amazing. This is now a thing, and we are doing it again on April 11th and 12th in 2018.I worked very hard to slow my reading, drinking deeper and doing the work to incorporate what I read into actions. To do so, I read three of the books I read in 2017 twice and listened to the audiobook once. This is what I have found is necessary to capture the full value of a book. In 2018, I am going to alternate between reading books very quickly and very slowly, going fast to find work that is worth a deeper reading and then slowing down.Celebrated my 22nd wedding anniversary and 25 years together (leaving a lot of family stuff out of here).DeficitsI have not done as good of a job as I need to when it comes to my health. This is made worse by flying and staying in hotels, where disciplines are more difficult to keep—especially sleep quality. I’ve already started to address this, but it will be a focus in 2018.I did not do as good a job marketing The Lost Art of Closing as I needed to. In part, the time between books was a factor. The book deserves more, as it is a methodology that is producing results for all who adopt it. I am going to call for a do-over here and relaunch it.In a few cases, I let someone else change my state. This isn’t easy to do, and it was only visible to me. The rare nature of these events reminds me that there is always still work one needs to do on oneself.I moved too slowly on a business opportunity because of conflicting needs within the business. You sometimes believe you know what you want only to be challenged when another opportunity presents itself. The trick is find a balance between the longer term and right now. This is a work in progress.This is the last entry for 2017, and tomorrow begins a new year. Time to increase the assets and shore up the deficits once again, always onward, with vim and vigor, working to become the person that comes after this one. Happy New Year!last_img read more


IMF and Gov’t reach staff-level agreement


first_imgJamaica and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have reached a staff-level agreement.This was revealed by Head of the IMF Mission to Jamaica, Jan Kees Martijn, during a press conference, held at the National Heroes Circle offices of the Finance and Planning Ministry, in Kingston, on Friday, February 15.The IMF is to present Jamaica’s economic programme to its Executive Board for consideration by March.“The Mission has reached a staff-level agreement with the Jamaican authorities on the key elements of a policy programme that can be supported by a four-year arrangement under the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF),” he said.A staff-level agreement means that the staff members from the IMF and the negotiating team in Jamaica have been able to reach a deal on Jamaica’s economic programme, which will be presented to the IMF Executive Board.Mr. Martijn explained that the Government’s economic reform programme will be reviewed by the IMF Management and then passed to the Executive Board for further consideration. The Board will review the timely implementation of prior actions to be taken by the Jamaican government and whether the Government has secured the necessary financing assurances.“Very important in this context, is that (Jamaica’s) authorities have announced a debt exchange that, along with fiscal adjustment and structural reform measures, will help reduce Jamaica’s financing needs and contribute to debt sustainability,” he noted.“In addition to continued support from international financial institutions and other creditors, the success of the authority’s programme will depend critically on a high rate of participation of private creditors in the debt exchange. All these elements will help secure financing assurances for a Fund-supported programme,” he added.Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, said in order to submit the programme to the IMF Executive Board by March, both the National Debt Exchange offer and the public sector wage negotiations must be successfully completed, with the requisite level of participation by all.“These actions will together, add more certainty to the Government’s ability to plan its expenditure over the medium term and to undertake the programme of economic reform with support from not only the IMF but from the other multilateral partners and bilateral partners who have traditionally offered support to the Government of Jamaica,” he said. The Minister pointed out that the growth strategy under its economic programme will centre on attracting significant investment in areas such as agriculture, tourism, shipping, port logistics, business process outsourcing, energy and manufacturing, among other things.“This growth strategy is driven by fiscal and monetary reforms aimed at creating a stable, predictable and resilient macro-economic environment, and is focused on reducing the public debt ratios to sustainable levels. The strategy is also underpinned by critical structural reforms, aimed at strengthening Jamaica’s external competitiveness and productivity, and it also aims at achieving strategic private and public investments, and social stability,” he said.Dr. Phillips further informed that the programme includes specific minimum targets for the expenditure on social protection measures and public capital expenditure, which is targeted at three per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per annum.“In the midst of the revenue raising measures, there is a fundamental commitment to the protection of the poor and the most vulnerable and marginalised sections of the population and also a commitment to ensuring that the critical public infrastructure to support growth is put in place,” he said.The Minister assured that the Government is deeply committed to the objectives and measures underlying the programme, and intends to pursue them with “focus and vigour”.“It is our programme for which we seek support from the Fund and from the multilateral institutions and our bilateral partners. We accept full ownership for what we need to do. We need to do this for our own survival as a country,” he emphasized.“We welcome the conclusion of this round of negotiations and look forward to a similarly favourable consideration by the Board of the Fund,” he concluded.The IMF team, which has been in the island since Tuesday, February 5, leaves the country, on Friday, February 15.last_img read more


George Foreman Challenges Steven Seagal to 10Round Fight


Former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former heavyweight champion George Foreman has challenged big-screen tough guy Steven Seagal to a real-life fight.The 68-year-old Foreman posted a picture of the 65-year-old Seagal on Twitter on Monday, writing: “I challenge you One on one, I use boxing you can use whatever. 10 rounds in Vegas.”When fans asked Foreman on Twitter why he wanted to fight Seagal, Foreman replied that the martial artist “really can fight” and is big enough to defend himself. Foreman first won the heavyweight title in 1973 and again in 1994.Seagal made headlines last week for saying that NFL players kneeling during the national anthem were a “joke” and an “outrage.”A representative for Seagal told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the star didn’t want to comment on Foreman’s offer. read more


Klopp on the evolution of Worldclass Salah


first_imgJürgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah’s game has improved tremendously as he’s adapted to playing in a slightly different position for Liverpool this season.Salah has notched in 14 goals this season and remains the club’s top scorer with the latest coming against Wolves.The Egyptian forward played as a lone striker at Molineux where he scored and assisted Virgil van Dijk’s second-half goal.“It’s good,” Klopp told reporters at Melwood on Monday morning, when asked about the Egyptian’s development. “He had to adapt a bit to the slightly different positions; it’s not that much different, but it is different from time to time.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We need him as a link-up player as well and that’s a very important part of our game, but he is still with the desire and with his speed. His speed in the first few yards is just impressive. He is a very important part of our finishing situation in general, how we prepare them, how we come into the situations.“Of course, he is young enough to involve a lot more things in his style of play. It is not just speed, it is not just finishing, it is between the lines, there are a lot of things, there is keeping the ball, but you need your body for that. That was the only problem Mo had a little bit at the beginning of the season, a part of his body was not perfect.“If you work in an office and your shoulder is not 100 percent, if it is not your writing hand then it should be OK, but if you are a professional football player in this moment it just keeps 10 or 15 percent away.“He is a world-class player, but we all knew we had to wait for the moment when everything is fine – that is already a few weeks ago and so it’s all good.”last_img read more


Theres now an app in case you want to um analyze your


first_img Now playing: Watch this: 0 1:59 You decide: Is the app cheesy? Or a gas? (Excuse us.) Baskoro Lanjar Prasetyo/Getty Images They say there’s an app for everything. Now there really is. A new app has now been released called Fartr, and it’s exactly what you’re thinking. The program lets you record, analyze and share your farts. Fartr cuts through the old taboos and calls itself the “official app of the body positive movement.”All you need to do is hold anywhere on the screen and, well, pass gas (preferably away from your loved ones or strangers) to make a recording. Fartr interprets the audio with a special algorithm and analyzes your flatulence based on volume, length, pitch and rhythm. The app will also provide a unique description of the “sound.” Fartr might describe it like a tuba, a flute or “two farts holding hands,” according to the app’s description. The fun doesn’t stop there. Next, you’ll get your Fartr score, which can be shared by way of text, email or social media if you’re particularly proud or competitive. Post a comment Share your voicecenter_img Tags “At Fartr, we believe flatulence can be beautiful and unique, and we have built an app to capture that,” the company said in a release on Thursday.It’s $2 to take part in this potty humor, but a percentage of the proceeds are donated to causes that support Crohn’s and Colitis research, the release said. Fartr is available on Android and iOS.  Get started with animoji on iPhone X Mobile Applicationslast_img read more


Amazon Prime Air gets more planes to boost oneday shipping to you


first_img 50 surprising things people are buying on Amazon right now 50 Photos Tags Share your voice 0 Amazon’s drones and robots want to take over your deliveries In April, Amazon said it was spending $800 million this quarter to bolster its shipping infrastructure to support the change. Last month, CEO Jeff Bezos attended a groundbreaking ceremony for Amazon’s new $1.5 billion air transportation hub in Hebron, Kentucky. Amazon has also built out a network of 10,000 truck trailers.Still, this work has come with new challenges for the company. Pilots working for Prime Air have regularly complained about poor pay and lousy working conditions. Also, FedEx this month decided not to renew its Express air shipping contract with Amazon, a move widely seen as a reaction to Amazon expanding its own shipping network. 1:32 Post a comment Before that Amazon Prime shipment gets to you, it’ll probably hitch a ride in a plane like this one. Amazon Amazon on Tuesday said it agreed to lease 15 more Boeing cargo planes from GE Capital Aviation Services, helping the e-commerce titan continue growing its air fleet so it can speed up Prime deliveries.The 15 Boeing 737-800 planes are in addition to the five planes Amazon already agreed to lease from GECAS earlier this year. The company has 42 planes flying today, and by 2021 it will operate 70 planes.Amazon expanded its fleet as part of its expensive effort to transition its Prime two-day shipping program to one day in the US. That work is already resulting in packages arriving earlier at Prime customers’ doorsteps and may help Amazon maintain its competitive edge against rivals like Walmart. Now playing: Watch this: Internet Amazon Prime Amazonlast_img read more