first_imgSanlam is justifiably proud of their starfund manager.(Image: Sanlam) Kooyman, centre, has shied away fromWestern markets in favour ofdeveloping countries.(Image: Pixelink 24) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nora GeldenhuisSanlam Investment Management Global+27 21 950 2633RELATED ARTICLES• Healthcare from your mobile • Gordhan: making SA work smarter• UCT MBA among world’s best• Visa buys SA’s Fundamo for $110mRay MaotaSouth African fund manager Kokkie Kooyman has been named the international Fund Manager of the Year for the second year running by the UK-based jourmal Investment Week.He fought off three rivals, including two funds from London-based Polar Capital and one from Jupiter International, to take top honours in the category Specialist Financial Funds.Kooyman, who heads financial services group Sanlam’s Investment Management (SIM) Global, received the sought-after accolade at a ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 7 July 2011.The highly competitive awards aim to throw the spotlight onto funds that have performed exceptionally over a three-year period, while taking into account the methods used and whether the fund’s performance is sustainable.With his SIM Global fund Kooyman has achieved compound annual returns of 16% (US dollar) for investors during the last 10 years despite having to work through two bear markets within the decade.A bear market is a situation within the financial sector which sees the prices of securities falling and analysts adopting a gloomy outlook, with the prediction of losses.The fund has consistently ranked among the world’s top three for the past six years.SIM in uncharted territoriesKooyman said: “Our approach has remained consistent since we started the fund in 1999. We compare and invest globally – as opposed to many of our competitors who only look at developed market banks.”He said that he has been visiting banks in Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong and China for the last 16 years, and has gained a thorough understanding of those countries’ banking sectors. Currently, Kooyman leans towards Japan and Indonesia as good investment prospects.He added a number of banks in the UK and US to his list in 1997, and said that the difference with SIM and other fund managers was that the companies he and his team looks at were “usually below the radar of other investors and/or brokers”.SIM would advise people to invest in countries which have underdeveloped financial markets and whose citizens are not deeply in debt, such as certain Asian and Middle Eastern countries.Kooyman said: “Currently, we believe that Turkish and Indian banks are being misunderstood by the market.”He also sees great opportunity in Brazil, and has tended to stay away from Western markets in recent years.High yield equity fund to launch in 2011Kooyman recently announced a new SIM offering.“We are starting a high yield equity fund which will comprise a portfolio of 30 shares, targeting an average yield of 5%,” he said. “That will only be later in the year.”Moving away from Sanlam’s often volatile small-cap orientated funds, this new fund will be large-cap focussed.Indonesian motor finance company Adira Dinamika Multi Finance is Kooyman’s investment opportunity of choice at the moment. In just 12 months the company’s stock has gone up 60% and, he believes, is able to rise even higher.The makings of KooymanBComm graduate Kooyman completed his articles at financial services firm Arthur Young, which later globally merged with Ernst & Whinney to become Ernst & Young.His distinguished financial career started at the University of the Western Cape when he held a position as accountancy lecturer between 1979 and 1980.He was appointed head of internal audit at fashion chain Truworths in 1983 and joined Repfin Finance as financial director three years later, until 1989. Here he managed to turn Repfin’s fortunes, which were not looking promising, around.The Fund Manager of the Year said: “My experience inside businesses, troubleshooting at Truworths and then at Repfin, gave me a lot of insight for my later career as an analyst and portfolio manager.”Kooyman also spent 10 years in the asset management division of savings and investment group Old Mutual, where he established his reputation.Besides heading SIM, Kooyman also manages investment firm Nedgroup’s South African financial fund. “It’s a fun job which SIM has allowed me to carry on doing,” he said.last_img read more

first_img11 February 2016A rhino calf, abandoned by its mother on New Year’s Eve in the Aquila Private Game Reserve in the southern Karoo, has been named Osita, a name of Nigerian (Igbo) origin and meaning “from today onwards it will be better”.The public was invited to suggest names, which were shortlisted to the following six:Nusura: meaning “escaped death” or “survivor” in Swahili;Osita: (Osita di nma) meaning “from today onwards it will be better” in Igbo;Kito: meaning “a rare find, valuable and beautiful” in Swahili;Orion: the rhino was found with the constellation Orion’s Belt directly above it;Bijoux: meaning “rare jewel” in French; and,Bahati: meaning “good fortune” in SwahiliA SMS line was set up for people to vote for their favourite name.The game reserve said life would certainly be better for Osita. “Now weighing over 100 kilograms and gulping down over 20 litres of equine milk formula every day at three hourly feeds, he is strong, boisterous, mischievous and inquisitive.”Watch Osita run and play here:Osita’s handler, Divan Grobler, said the calf “walks to the beat of his own drum”.People who submitted the shortlisted names each won a day-trip safari, and the winner won a one-night stay at the lodge.Osita will have an informal naming ceremony on Valentine’s Day in the reporterlast_img read more

first_imgWhen Google, Apple or Microsoft want to release new versions of their smartphones, they don’t ask you for help funding the project. They make an investment and hope it pays off when you, the consumer, pony up some cash for the gadget. Ubuntu maker Canonical wants to do the exact opposite. It wants you to pay to help build its new smartphone, the Ubuntu Edge, through a new crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. To the tune of $32 million. Canonical has long been a company committed to making open source Linux software that it provides for free. It makes money through partnerships with computer makers and by selling services and support related to Ubuntu on the server and desktop. Its business model naturally leads to the company being relatively cash poor, though its ambitions are large. What Is The Ubuntu Edge?Canonical’s prototype smartphone is called the Ubuntu Edge. It is the first device from Canonical based on the Ubuntu phone operating system, which has been in the works since late 2011. The company showed off some design and functionality for the Ubuntu smartphone OS earlier this year, highlighting the fact that it would try to converge smartphone and PC environments and be fully gesture based. The Ubuntu Edge will be a 4.5-inch smartphone that will run both Android and the Ubuntu phone OS. When “docked” with a computer, it will also run the full Ubuntu desktop operating system. It will run HTML5-based mobile Web apps that can be made through the Ubuntu Software Developer Kit (SDK) as well as Android applications.Due to the unique crowdfunding nature of the Ubuntu Edge, Canonical says that the final hardware specs for the device are fluid and subject to change but hopes to hit with “the fastest available multi-core processor” as well as 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.  Tags:#Canonical#smartphones#Ubuntu Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology The Crowdfunding CampaignCanonical is offering five different tiers to support the Ubuntu Edge project. At $20, you can be an on the “Ubuntu Edge Founders page,” which basically means you get your name on some website. For $600, you get the opportunity to buy the Ubuntu Edge at a 24-hour introductory price. For $830, you actually will receive an Ubuntu Edge device when it is available. For $10,000, you will receive one of the first 50 numbered devices and access to app builders working on Ubuntu Edge apps as well as an invite to join Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth at an unveiling event. For $80,000, you can get the “Enterprise 100 Bundle” that consists of 100 devices, “plus access to best-practice workshops and 30 days of online support to help CIOs and IT managers integrate Ubuntu for Android into the workplace.”In the FAQ section of the Indiegogo page, Canonical explains why it is raising a whopping $32 million:It’s all about scale. To offer the final product at a competitive price we need to produce enough volume to bring the unit costs down. At the same time, we want to be selecting parts that are not yet proven for multi-million-unit production. This is the balance we found. A lower funding target might seem more likely to succeed, but the individual perk amounts would have to be significantly higher. We believe this funding target and these perk levels give us the best chance of success.Linux, Crowdfunding & ControversyCanonical mockups for Ubuntu EdgeThe crowdfunding of gadgets hasn’t had a particularly good history. Both the OUYA Android gaming console and Pebble smartwatch were delayed significantly after their initial crowdsourcing pledges and many backers didn’t receive their devices until they were available in stores. Both OUYA and Pebble were small, independent companies before their crowdfunding campaigns. Canonical is not a small indie company. It has hundreds of employees and offices around the world. It might not make a lot of money but it isn’t exactly an incubator-bred startup out of Y Combinator or TechStars. The $32 million that Canonical is asking for on Indiegogo would likely represent a significant total of its yearly revenue.Yet, for a company like Canonical to go to a crowdfunding site to raise money for a project is kind of like television and movie star Zach Braff going to Kickstarter to raise money for his new movie. He has resources and connections to make the movie without asking the public for help but not enough clout in his own right to straight-up finance the project himself. Canonical, just like Braff, may face significant backlash for the choice to crowdfund the project.Canonical also isn’t the only also-ran Linux smartphone operating system maker to be asking the public for money building a smartphone. Jolla is a smartphone created by former MeeGo developers who worked on the operating system at Nokia before the Finnish smartphone maker axed the project. Based on the “Sailfish OS,” the folks at Jolla are basically making the same plea to its constituents to fund the building of its dream smartphone.  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinskilast_img read more

first_imgHow an item is utilized depends on the materials from which it’s made, a term called ‘build quality’. Apple Watch is intended to be worn from morning to night, so it is to be expected that it will be of sturdy build quality. Apple did not disappoint, and used 316L stainless steel, which is 40 per cent harder.Sapphire is the hardest transparent material on earth after the diamonds that apparently lasts forever (at least according to De Beers). That makes it perfect for ensuring that Apple Retina shows colors and pixels at their best resolutions.With outlines produced using fine top-grain calfskins, strong superior fluoroelastomer, and uniquely built stainless steel, the Apple Watch product line offers the pleasantly large cluster of band materials and clasp styles. Here we take a closer look at the styles that will adorn many a wrists in 2015.There are 2 sizes, purportedly for men and women (38 mm and 42 mm), but all straps do not come in both sizes.Link BraceletMade from the same 316L stainless steel compound as the case, the Link Bracelet has more than a hundred parts. The machining procedure is so exact, Apple says almost nine hours go into cutting the pieces for a solitary band. Partially, that long time is on account of the inconspicuous widening of the individual links as they approach the case. Once machined for joining, the connections are brushed by hand to guarantee that the composition takes after the forms of the outline. The custom butterfly clasp overlays perfectly inside the wrist band. In a stunning realization individuality of the user, Apple has designed a basic discharge catch into a few smaller links, so Apple Watch users can include and evacuate pieces from the bracelet without any watchmaking or metal crafting tools. As is usual with the steel of Apple, the links will come in stainless steel and space black stainless steel.advertisementMilanese LoopIn light of a piece of novelty art created in Milan at the end of the nineteenth century, the adaptable metal lattice design of the Milanese Loop wraps smoothly around your wrist for a comfortable fit. Accomplishing the wanted look obliged attractive stainless steel. Since off-the-rack materials didn’t offer the important immaculateness or erosion safety, Apple claims that it made it’s own metal-carbon alloy, and came up with a special heat treatment that makes it more tough. The lattice is woven on made-to-specification Italian machines, and each end piece is exclusively laser-welded to guarantee smooth edges.Modern BuckleA little French tannery started in 1803 produces the supple Granada cowhide for this rich-feel band. The smooth top-grain calfskin is delicately processed and tumbled to achieve a refined composition. What resembles a strong clasp is really a two-piece attractive culmination mechanism, that is delightfully easy to secure. Apple has included an internal layer of material for quality and skin safety. Trivia: it’s the same material NASA used to make the parachute strings for the Mars Rover! This band is accessible in pink, brown, and midnight blue.Leather LoopThe Venezia leather for this band is of the highest quality, sourced from Naples, Italy. With an artisan legacy renowned since the European era of flair, the tannery has a history of association with probably the most prestigious names in style. A sensitive processing and tumbling methodology yields a lovely pebbled composition. This customary craftsmanship is joined with an inventive methodology to bring the plan to fruition. Magnets disguised inside the delicate, stitched cowhide permit you to just wrap it around your wrist for an exact fit and a trimmed look. For variety, this accessory is made in stone, light brown, and bright blue.Classic BuckleFrom the eminent ECCO tannery in the Netherlands, the Dutch cowhide utilized for this band has a different, almost embellished grain, with an unobtrusive composition. The basic component is created from the same stainless steel as the case. It’s a lovely take on the conventional leather bands. Accessible in dark black.Sport BandSince it is produced using an elite, custom-invented fluoroelastomer, the Sport Band is sturdy and solid. Yet shockingly light and delicate. The material is more adaptable than the elastic usually utilized as a part of watch straps, so it has a pleasant feel and hangs easily over your wrist, almost floating. To attain a purer white and a deeper dark black, we figured out how to include the shade at the start of the assembling methodology. A creative clasp-and-tuck buckling action guarantees a clean fit. These bands are accessible toughness-wise, and come in white and dark black.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgView comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Foton boosts PSL semis bid, clips Generika-Ayala in 5 sets LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ “I’m super happy. I didn’t expect to win this medal. I’m crying on the inside,” he said.“There are not a lot of other gymnasts [in the Philippines]. I want them to come to our gym, and try gymnastics, because Filipinos, they like basketball, but we’re small. They should try gymnastics, it’s more fun,” the 4-foot-9 Yulo added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceFollowing a successful world championships stint, Yulo now shifts his sights on the 2019 Southeast Asian Games which will be held here in the country later this year.Apart from bagging the historic gold, the 19-year-old Yulo, who lives and trains in Japan, had earlier booked a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man Philippines’ Carlos Edriel Yulo reacts after performing on the floor during the apparatus finals at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, southern Germany, on October 12, 2019. (Photo by Thomas KIENZLE / AFP)MANILA, Philippines—After becoming the first Filipino gymnast to win the gold medal in the world championships, Carlos Yulo hopes his stunning feat would encourage more Filipinos to try their hand in the sport.Yulo beat seven other finalists to claim the men’s floor exercise title in the 41st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships late Saturday at Hans Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgKolkata, Apr 13 (PTI) Scoreboard of the IPL match between Kolkata, Apr 13 (PTI) Scoreboard of the IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab here today.Kings XI Punjab innings: (20 overs maximum) Hashim Amla c Gambhir b de Grandhomme 25 Manan Vohra b Chawla 28 Marcus Stoinis b Narine 9 Glenn Maxwell c Uthappa b Yadav 25 David Miller c Pandey b Yadav 28 Wriddhiman Saha c Woakes b Yadav 25 Axar Patel c Narine b Yadav 0 Mohit Sharma c Yadav b Woakes 10 Varun Aaronc Gambhir b Woakes 4 Sandeep Sharma not out 0 Extras: (LB-1 W-13 NB-2) 16Total: (For 9 wkts in 20 overs) 170 Fall of wickets: 1/53 2/66 3/97 4/98 5/155 6/155 7/156 8/169 9/170Bowling: Trent Boult 4-0-36-0, Umesh Yadav 4-0-33-4, Chris Woakes 3-0-30-2, Sunil Narine 4-0-19-1, Piyush Chawla 3 -0-36-1, Colin de Grandhomme 2-0-15-1. More PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

first_imgLondon, Jun 23 (PTI) Indian womens cricket team skipper Mithali Raj feels they should not be compared to their male counterparts and laments the lack of recognition despite representing a country where the sport reigns supreme. The veteran player came up with a snappy response when asked who her favourite mens cricketer was between India and Pakistan. “Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is?” she said to the scribe in question. “I have always been asked whos your favourite cricketer but you should ask them who their favourite female cricketer is.” Raj was attending the opening dinner and media roundtable event on the eve of the Womens World Cup. Raj pointed out that the Indian women do not receive the same amount of publicity as the men. “Theres a lot of difference because we are not a regular on television. Now the BCCI has made an effort that the last two home series have been televised and social media has improved a lot of it but there is a still a lot of catch-up to do in terms of recognition,” she said. Raj said the team has benefitted under the guidance of coach Tushar Arothe. “Mens cricket sets the bar. We are always trying to reach where they set the standard. All of us follow mens cricket because we want at some point that womens cricket would be up there,” she said. “All of us at some point have been coached by a male cricketer. I strongly believe that they get a lot of intensity into the training sessions. They are very hard taskmasters. “I believe that if you are representing your country, your country should get the best of the best. Its nothing to do with women coaches (who) dont have the ability.” PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgIndia U-17 and U-19 football teams head coach Luis Norton de Matos can continue with his job if he wants, All India Football Federation President Praful Patel said on Friday.Portuguese de Matos was at the helm of affairs of the Indian side that played in the FIFA U-17 World Cup and he is currently with the national U-19 team that will take part in the AFC U-19 Championships qualifiers in Saudi Arabia next month.”De Matos has done a great job for the Indian team. I have complimented him. His contract is till the end of this World Cup. He is with the U-19 team. We will talk about this (extension of contract). If he is ready, India has a big heart to accept him,” Patel said at the FIFA U-17 World Cup wrap-up press conference.Patel said the sacking of Nicolai Adam as the India U-17 team coach early this year to be replaced by de Matos was a necessity under the circumstances.”We had to change the coach. I am not saying that the past coach (Nicolai) was not up to mark. Both the coaches did a fine job. The day you find the players unhappy, there is no point continuing with the coach. You cannot have a disconnect with the coach and players. It would have been a disaster (to continue with Nicolai),” said Patel, explaining why the AIFF had to sack Nicolai.Asked about de Matos’ opinion that there was a big gap between the Indians and players of other countries, Patel said, “Indian football is very complex. It is a huge country and the issues are really complex and the AIFF alone cannot take Indian football forward. There is responsibility of state associations, efforts to be made at the district level etc. So, merely giving of suggestion will not do.”advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgCameras have become a pretty integral part of a smartphone today and they are probably one of the most important aspects for a consumer when looking for a good phone. It used to be that the really good camera phones would also be the ones that would cost a fortune. But we don’t live that time anymore. In 2018, we see cameras getting better everyday, coming to smartphones that cost cheaper and cheaper.Today, we’re looking at the affordable mid-range segment, which is a very competitive market, especially in India. Phone under Rs 20,000 are expected to deliver on all fronts including design, performance and photography. We are also in a time when dual cameras are trickling down to the lower end of the market, making things even more interesting. When it comes to good camera phones, a few names do come to mind and here’s what you need to know about them.Redmi Note 5 Pro: Rs 14,999The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a dual camera setup that comprises of one 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture and one 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture, both of which are RGB. The primary sensor has a 1.25-micron pixel to capture more light while the secondary camera helps in portrait shots. The rear cameras are backed by PDAF and dual-LED flash. Over on the front, you get a 20-megapixel camera with LED flash.The cameras on the Redmi Note 5 Pro are exceptional and we feel that it edges out the Mi A1 as the best camera smartphone for its price right now. Photos captured have a good amount of detail and colour under ideal lighting. Unlike the Mi A1, low-light captures are good as well despite some noise. Meanwhile, selfies captured via the front camera are also quite detailed and colours are almost true to life. The only area where the Mi A1 has an edge is with portrait shots, although only marginally.advertisementRedmi Y2: Rs 9,999After a pretty disappointing Redmi Y1 last year, Xiaomi found its footing once again with a more impressive Redmi Y2. While not as comparable as the Redmi Note 5 in this segment, the Redmi Y2 is a pretty solid camera phone. The much-touted selfie camera, in fact, is perhaps the best in its class which is why it’s worth a look if you’re looking for a good camera phone on a budget. Additionally, you also get a more premium-looking phone compared to its predecessor and an 18:9 display to top it up. The Redmi sports a dual camera setup with a primary 12-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture and phase detection autofocus and a secondary 5-megapixel camera, for depth sensing. For its price, the Redmi Y2 captures some good-looking photos in decent light with a good amount of detail and colour reproduction. But the real star of the show is its 16-megapixel selfie camera, which is capable of taking crisp and detailed selfies in ideal lighting conditions. The front camera also supports face unlock and portrait mode via software. In conclusion, the Redmi Y2 is perhaps the best smartphone for selfies in the affordable segment.Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1: Rs 10,999Asus has struck gold with the ZenFone Max Pro as it is one of the few phones that managed to impress us from pretty much all aspects. The phone not only brings a stock Android Oreo out-of-the-box but also impresses with its performance, 18:9 display and 5,000mAh battery. And yes, the phone also comes with some pretty good cameras.The ZenFone Max Pro M1 comes with a dual camera system on the back which includes one 13-megapixel camera (f/2.2 aperture) and a secondary 5-megapixel camera for depth sensing. The cameras are assisted by PDAF and LED flash, and are capable of shooting 4K videos as well. On the front, you get an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash. The cameras on the ZenFone Max Pro M1 are comparable to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which is great for a phone that costs only Rs 10,999. Photos captured in good light look good with spot-on colours. Low-light photography, however, isn’t a strong suit as photos look pretty noisy. In our review, we found the selfie was better than the Redmi Note 5, but doesn’t come close to the Redmi Note 5 Pro.Moto Z2 Play: Rs 17,999The Moto Z2 Play is a 2017 smartphone and has already been succeeded by the Moto Z3 Play, which was launched a few weeks ago. But as the Z3 Play is yet to hit the Indian market, we continue to suggest the Moto Z2 Play as one of the best camera phones you can buy under Rs 20,000. Initially launched at Rs 27,999, the phone can now be found for as low as Rs 18,000.advertisementThe Moto Z2 Play comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera with dual-pixel autofocus, PDAF, dual-tone LED support and f/1.7 aperture. Photos captured in good lighting conditions look vibrant and one of the reasons colours pop on screen is because of the AMOLED display. The camera app also has a Pro mode to give you more control of what you’re photographing.The 5-megapixel front camera has nothing to write home about. You’ll get some decent selfies from it in good light and there’s also a beautification mode for that extra bit of help.iPhone SE: Rs 18,999The iPhone SE might be a couple of years old but it is an affordable iPhone that we cannot leave out of a sub-Rs 20,000 list, especially for the Apple fans out there. While the hardware of the iPhone SE may seem dated now, the same cannot be said for the cameras. The iPhone SE has some of the best cameras for its class even today.The iPhone SE has a 12-megapixel sensor with 5-element lens and TrueTone flash. Reviews back in 2016 including our own hailed it as one of the best cameras in a smartphone. And while a lot has changed in the past two years, the cameras remain just as good today. It is super fast at focusing and takes true-to-life images, which are well balanced in terms of contrast and colours. However, the 1.2-megapixel front camera is quite poor and doesn’t fit in a selfie-crazy world today. But if you’re not into selfies too much and need an affordable iPhone with good rear camera then there’s nothing better than the iPhone SE right now.last_img read more

first_imgThe Dust Poets, a Manitoba folk group, are bringing their eclectic brand of roots music to the Sherbrooke Courthouse on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. The group is in the midst of a September tour of the East Coast promoting its new album Lovesick Town. The band formed in Brandon, Man. five years ago, and has toured most of Canada and parts of the U.S. Though it is the Dust Poets’ first time playing in Atlantic Canada, they have a new Maritimer — mandolinist Corey Ticknor moved to Sackville, N.B., from Manitoba a year ago. “Over the years we’ve played from Montreal to Vancouver Island and all points between,” said Mr. Ticknor. “We’ve always wanted to play the East Coast to check out its legendary music scene.” The Dust Poets have created arrangements from different musical styles, including folk rock, country, bluegrass, and piano pop. The five-piece band consists of guitar, bass, mandolin, accordion, clarinet, and four-part vocals. “We are thrilled to be included in the East Coast tour,” said George Brothers, of Sherbrooke Village. “The group had heard of our concert series through performers they met at folk festivals in western Canada, and after hearing about what a special venue the Courthouse was, they decided to add Sherbrooke to their ‘must perform’ list.” Tickets are $8. For more information call 1-888-743-7845.last_img read more