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  • South Africa exceeds foreign investment target by R20-billion

    first_img4 March 2016South Africa attracted R64.3-billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) between 1 April and 31 December 2015, the first three quarters of the financial year – surpassing its target of R45-billion by almost R20-billion.This was announced by Minister Siyabonga Cwele, chair of the International Cooperation, Trade and Security cluster, during a media briefing in Cape Town last week. South Africa, he said, remains a competitive investment destination, despite a troubled global economy.“For citizens, the investment means an opportunity to work, to develop their skills, earn a sustainable income and feed a family,” Cwele said.He said South Africa continues its engagements with the European Union (EU), its largest trading partner and foreign investor.“Over 2 000 EU companies are operating within South Africa and have created over 350 000 jobs. The EU also contributes about R1.5-billion to infrastructure development for domestic and regional programmes through the Infrastructure Investment Programme.”In 2015, South Africa exported goods worth more than R216-billion to the EU. Half of the exports were manufactured products.Tourism essential to growthCwele said tourism was a vital sector of the economy, contributing about 9% to South Africa’s gross domestic product.“The country received 8 903 773 foreign tourist arrivals during 2015, generating a significant revenue contribution to the economy,” he said. He added that more than 1.6-million local and international tourists visited Kruger National Park last year.A range of skills development programmes have been launched to unlock the full economic potential of tourism, Cwele said. “These include training 577 young people as chefs this year, instructing 300 youths in the art of serving wine expertly as professional sommeliers and teaching unemployed graduates to become food safety assurers, who ensure that the food served at our establishments is stored, prepared and served safely.”He said the Department of Tourism was implementing revised Tourism Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice.“The black ownership target has been set at 30%, which is higher than the target in the generic codes of good practice to assist in our efforts to drive transformation in the sector. To address women empowerment, this 30% must consist of 50% women.”South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

  • Worth shouting about: George Springer wins World Series MVP

    first_imgButler’s late points lift Timberwolves past Pelicans Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Houston leadoff man hammered his way to the award, homering and doubling Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) to boost the Astros to their first championship with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7.He launched a Series record-tying five homers, including shots in each of the final four games, and celebrated those Springer Dingers by hollering around the bases.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMany years ago, that type of trip would’ve been hard to believe. Impossible, really.As a kid, Springer stuttered so severely that he frequently fell silent, unless he was around his family or close friends. Over time, he’s improved so much that he graciously grants interviews, even on national television, and never seems to shy away from the spotlight. He even wore a live mic in center field during the All-Star Game in July. His production follows his pedigree.Drafted 11th overall by the Astros out of Connecticut in 2011, George Chelston Springer III comes from a family of athletes. His dad pitched in the Little League World Series, his mom was an accomplished gymnast, and his two sisters played softball in college.In fact, Springer wears No. 4 to represent the four members of his immediate family. Engaged to be married in January, Springer won’t be able to bump up to No. 5 — the Astros retired that jersey for Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell. He often was the Most Vocal Person, too — and that might be the most remarkable part of his story.ADVERTISEMENT Springer tied Reggie Jackson (1977) and Chase Utley (2009) for the most home runs in a Series. The UConn product became the first hitter to homer four games in a row during a single Series, and also set the mark with eight extra-base hits.“This is a dream come true,” he said.He bounced back fast from a tough start, when he struck out all four at-bats in the opener, extending his slump to 3 for 30. He looked lost at the plate facing Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, but manager A.J. Hinch firmly said Springer would stay atop the lineup.Good move. Springer went 11 for 25 the rest of the way.He hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the 11th inning of a Game 2 win at Dodger Stadium. He doubled during a victory in Game 3, and homered again in a Game 4 loss.He connected for a huge homer in Game 5, moments after an ill-advised dive for a sinking liner that skipped past him. He later drew a two-out walk in the 10th that set up the winning run at Minute Maid Park.Springer hit a solo home run in Game 6 that put the Astros ahead in a game they eventually lost 3-1.His final Series line: a .379 average, seven RBIs and a 1.000 slugging percentage.Springer rallied from a rugged showing in the AL Championship Series, when he batted just .115 (3 for 26) without an extra-base hit or RBI in seven games against the Yankees.That came after his fourth and most productive season in the majors, when he set career highs by hitting .283 with 34 home runs and 85 RBIs. View comments MOST READ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Watch closely and you can see Springer, just for a moment, still begins to stumble over words sometimes. So he will calmly slow himself down, or pause for a second, before gathering himself and continuing on eloquently.At 28, the All-Star center fielder has taken every chance he’s gotten this postseason to talk about Camp SAY — that’s the Stuttering Association for the Young.Springer is a spokesman for the two-week summer camp that benefits kids and teens who stutter. He also runs a charity bowling event, raising money to help people attend the program.“I hope there’s somebody somewhere out there that is impacted and can learn to just go be who you are and not let any stage or any place stop you,” he said last week.On baseball’s big stage, the Dodgers couldn’t stop him.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Houston Astros’ George Springer reacts after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. APLOS ANGELES — George Springer hit so many clutch home runs, he was a clear pick for World Series MVP.last_img read more

  • DAY THREE SUMMARY-FINALS DAY IS OH SO CLOSE

    first_imgAll draws, results, ladders and statistics can also be viewed at the TFA Sporting Pulse website which can be accessed using this link: TFA SPORTING PULSE WEBSITEMens 20’sThe Eagles finished their day by beating the Mets in what was one of the most heated and exciting games of the tournament so far. They will go straight into a semi-final tomorrow against the winner between Suns and Rustlers . Earlier in the day they showed why they are one of the favorites to take out this title, with convincing wins over both Crusaders and Cyclones.The Mets will not be happy with their performance this afternoon. At the 2005 NTL, the Eagles eliminated the favored Mets side in the semi-finals, so they would have been out to beat them this year. Earlier today they had a good win over a deflated ACT.ACT would have to be disappointed after today’s performance. They looked completely different to the team that yesterday held the very talented Sharks team to victory by only two touchdowns.The Suns had a successful day three of competition, with strong wins over the ACT, Hornets and Cyclones. They will be hoping to continue their good form into the finals tomorrow.Rustlers will also be a team to watch tomorrow after they beat Cobras and the Sharks. They will be up against the Suns in the quarter finals tomorrow.Cobras will go straight through to the semis tomorrow and play the winner of the match between Sharks and Mets.Womens 20’s South Queensland Sharks have had their ups and downs during this year’s tournament and the pressure is on for them to perform come semi-finals. They have won the Womens 20’s title for six of the past seven years and tomorrow they will face Southern Suns in their semi-final.In the quarter finals today, Brisbane City Cobras earned their way into a semi-final against the undefeated ACT side who have had great success this tournament.The ACT girls will be hoping to carry their recent success into the final day of competition. Hornets will be disappointed after losing their quarter final to Cobras, they had only one loss during the round games.The Southern Suns girls will be hopeful going into their semi-final against the Sharks tomorrow. They defeated Hornets, 7-2 this morning. Their very own Jessica Absolum is way ahead in the touchdown count, having scored a massive 13 touchdowns so far.Rebels and Barbarians, and Eagles and Crusaders will all play off in Plate semi-finals tomorrow.Mixed OpenThere were a couple of upsets today in this division, with the Cobras defeating the Sharks, 6-3. The Sharks however made a quick recovery defeating Rebels, 13-2 in their final round game this afternoon.The Cobras were obviously confident after their win over the Sharks, they then went on to defeat Barbarians 13-0.The Sydney Scorpions are still in the mix, although they did have a close loss to Sharks, 10-8. They will be up against Cobras in the semi-finals tomorrow.The Suns have had some impressive results throughout the tournament, and today they continued their good form, with a 10-0 win over the Rebels and a 5-0 win over the Cyclones. They will play off in the Plate semi-final tomorrow.The Sydney Mets will go into finals on top of the ladder, after impressive victories over the past few days. They will play the Sharks in a semi-final tomorrow, a replay of the 2005 Grand Final.Womens OpenThe Southern Suns will go into a semi-final match tomorrow against the 2005 Womens Open title holders, the Sydney Mets after a 3-1 win over the Rustlers.The Mets remain undefeated going into their semi-final tomorrow morning.The Barbarians also showed that they are not to be written off just yet. Led by Australian representatives, Bo De La Cruz and Shelley Matcham they will take on South Queensland Sharks for a grand final berth.The Scorpions have improved immensely this tournament and today had a 7-7 draw with the Eagles. They should still remain happy with their performances even after losing to the Cobras earlier today.The ACT Women fought hard today, stealing a win against the Crusaders, 6-5. They will play off against the Cyclones in the Plate semi-final tomorrow.Mens OpenIn front of a packed grand stand, South Queensland Sharks were eventual winners over Queensland Country Rustlers in the quarter finals. They now go up against a confident Sydney Scorpions team tomorrow morning.The Scorpions didn’t have a very good start to their day today. They lost tthe o Suns this morning 5-3 in a top of the pool clash. They restored their confidence this afternoon, with a 13-1 win over the struggling Crusaders.The Brisbane City Cobras definitely made the Southern Suns earn every point in their quarter final. It remained even for most of the game, with Suns eventually winning, 5-4. They will now face an undefeated Sydney Mets team in the semi-finals tomorrow for what promises to be an exciting match.The Rebels will play off against the Cyclones tomorrow in the Mens Plate semi-final and the Hornets will play ACT.Finals day at the 2006 NTL will definitely be one of the closest yet, so be sure to stay tuned for all results and updates.last_img read more

  • National Youth Champs Preview

    first_imgThe BCU International Stadium will host the 2008 X-Blades National Youth Championships from Wednesday, 17 September 2008 to Saturday, 20 September 2008.Approximately 2,000 players, officials, and spectators will attend the 2008 X-Blades National Youth Championships throughout the event. Coffs Harbour has been the home of National Touch events since 1997 with participants investing millions of dollars into the local Coffs Harbour economy over the years. The event will encompass the School Sport Australia nationals for 18’s Boys and 18’s Girls as well as a 20’s Boys and 20’s Girls division. The division has been combined in order to select final Australian teams in the 18’s Boys, 18’s Girls, 18’s Mixed, 20’s Boys, 20’s Girls, and 20’s Mixed.In all sixty teams will attend the event. The Sydney Mets will be looking to reclaim their 2007 title in the 18’s Boys but will face stiff competition from NSW Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) and Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST). QSST are defending champions in the 18’s Girls with NSWCHS being a major contender.In the 20’s, the Sydney Mets will be favourite in the Boys and Brisbane City Cobras will be tough to beat in the Girls division.Local hopes will rest in the Northern Eagles teams who are playing in all four divisions at the championships. The best chances lie with the Eagles 20’s Girls team, who are seeded fourth. They will look to Australian representative Stephanie Halpin for experience to take them through to the finals. They start their campaign against Victoria on Wednesday at 1.20pm. The 20’s Boys will face tough competition with last year’s grand finalists Southern Suns and 3rd seeds SQBD Sharks in their pool. They take on the Hunter Western Hornets at 10.50am on Wednesday.The 7th seeded 18’s Boys will have a tough challenge, having top seeds Sydney Mets in their pool. Their first match is against Sydney Rebels at 11.40am on the opening day. The 18’s Girls face 3rd seeds Brisbane City Cobras in their first game, on Wednesday at 11.40am.last_img read more

  • 10 months ago​Aston Villa near loan deal for Wolves defender Hause

    first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Aston Villa near loan deal for Wolves defender Hauseby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa are inching closer to a deal for Wolves defender Kortney Hause.The Wolves defender has only managed two games in the Carabao Cup this term.He has been absent from the Premier League entirely.And Sky Sports reports the 23-year-old is available this month, with Villa the team that has the most concrete interest.Their boss Dean Smith wants to add to his defense, as they chase promotion to the top flight. last_img read more

  • 7 days agoBent says Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi must go to Euros

    first_imgBent says Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi must go to Eurosby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England striker Darren Bent says Callum Hudson-Odoi must be included in Gareth Southgate’s Euro2020 squad.The 18-year-old scored twice for England U21s in the 5-1 win over Austria this week.And Bent wants to see the talented Chelsea winger called up to the senior team.He told TalkSPORT: “He wasn’t getting enough game time in the Premier League, even though he was outstanding in the Europa [League] last season.”If he’s fully fit, he’s got to be on that plane to the [European] Championships next summer because he’s got a large amount of time now to get back to full fitness.”He’s one of these rare players in this country we’ve got who can go past people at speed.”For me, once he’s back fully fit, that is going to be a big, big boost to Chelsea Football Club and England as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • 6 days agoChelsea boss Lampard: What I love about Barkley

    first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: What I love about Barkleyby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard is delighted with the form of Ross Barkley.Barkley was a late substitute in England’s defeat in the Czech Republic but he returned to the starting 11 in style in Bulgaria when he scored two goals having set up the opener.”Ross played well,” praises Lampard. “I am loving his arrival into the box, that is what you always want when you are playing with midfielders with attacking qualities, for them to be in the six-yard box, not just to be in and around the area, and it is good for his confidence.”He knows that it is competitive here for a place in midfield. I am delighted to see players going away internationally and doing well, particularly if they have not been playing as much as they would like to here. It gives me a good problem and I am pleased for him.” last_img read more

  • 10000 Indians data may have been bared by site Aegon Life

    first_imgNew Delhi: Aegon Life Insurance, a joint venture between the Netherlands-based Aegon and India’s Times Group, on Friday said its website possibly exposed data of 10,000 customers. The company, however, said it is investigating the matter. This incident was not the result of a hack or malicious activity and Aegon Life does not have evidence that customer information was taken, it said further. Aegon Life Insurance, India announces that a vulnerability on their website exposed information of some Indian customers who had used web forms to get in touch with Aegon Life, it said in a release.last_img read more

  • Jagmeet Singh retracts punishment of veteran MP in face of caucus backlash

    first_imgOTTAWA – Jagmeet Singh has retracted the punishment meted out to a veteran New Democrat MP for after facing a backlash from NDP caucus members.The NDP leader announced late Tuesday that he’s decided to return Hamilton MP David Christopherson to his role as vice-chair of a powerful House of Commons committee.Singh had stripped Christopherson of the post last week after the MP broke ranks with the party to vote in favour of a Conservative motion. The motion condemned the Liberal government’s new policy of requiring any group applying for funding under the Canada Summer Jobs program to attest that their core mandate respects charter rights, including a woman’s right to have an abortion.Although the NDP is officially pro-choice and Christopherson himself is a longtime supporter of a woman’s right to choose, he said at the time that he couldn’t support what he believes is an unconstitutional policy that requires churches and other religious groups to disavow their beliefs to qualify for funding.Singh’s decision to punt Christopherson from his role as vice-chair of the procedure and House affairs committee shocked many senior New Democrats, including at least three MPs who went public with their unhappiness.Charlie Angus, runner-up to Singh in last fall’s leadership contest, tweeted Friday that New Democrats “hurt themselves” by punishing Christopherson.“Nobody knows procedure and rules better than (Christopherson). He is a fearsome force for good when it comes to respect for parliamentary rules and this is essential when you’re the opposition,” Angus tweeted.Fellow MP Dan Harris tweeted in response: “Yeah, this was unnecessary.”On Tuesday, Angus was even more critical in an interview with the Globe and Mail and was joined by fellow MP Romeo Saganash.A few hours later, Singh issued a statement retracting the punishment.“I have had several productive conversations with David Christopherson and various members of caucus,” Singh said.“Upon reflection, I have decided David will return to his role as vice-chair of the procedure and House affairs committee.”Singh cast his reversal as a matter of listening to his caucus.“Lively and democratic debate is a hallmark of our party. I will always keep an open line for dialogue within our caucus,” he said.“My approach is to encourage feedback and constantly seek to improve our decision making processes, rather than simply disregard voices with varying impacts.”Singh added that “all New Democrats remain united and are completely opposed to any measure which seeks to infringe on a woman’s right to choose.”Christopherson issued his own statement, affirming his continued faith in Singh’s leadership.He said he and leader had a number of “in-depth conversations” about the issue over the last few days and “through this process I believe Jagmeet has shown himself to be a strong leader, willing to listen to all viewpoints and come to a fair resolution.”“I have complete trust in his leadership.”The reversal marks the second time in two weeks that Singh has bowed to a backlash from his caucus.Last week, he clarified his position on separatist Sikh extremism after his caucus held an unscheduled meeting to discuss what some MPs felt was Singh’s unsatisfactory response to a video that showed him attending a pro-Sikh separatist rally in San Francisco in 2015 and another showing him in 2016 sitting next to a Sikh youth leader in Britain who said violence is a “legitimate form of resistance” for oppressed Sikhs in India.After initially equivocating somewhat on whether violence was an appropriate form of resistance for Sikhs, Singh last week categorically condemned political violence of any kind.“Let’s make it really clear. I think it’s an important question. I condemn political violence absolutely, no question about that. It’s something that’s unacceptable. It divides people, it hurts people, it does not advance justice, it does not build a better society,” he said.“I have never attended an event where the goal was to advance political violence, nor would I ever. That’s not my response. That’s not my values, it’s not what I believe in.”last_img read more

  • Low Pay Limits Player Experience in National Womens Soccer League

    The second season of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) starts April 12, which will be about the time people ask, “There’s a professional women’s soccer league?” Yes, there is: It’s the third attempt since 1999 at professionalizing women’s soccer in the U.S. The previous two leagues both folded after only three seasons, so to say that Year 2 is crucial for the NWSL’s survival would be an understatement.This season also carries the added pressure of needing to be really competitive in the run-up to summer 2015’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. If the U.S. national team hopes to have the best shot at the World Cup, it needs to be playing at the highest level. That means the rest of the players in the league (those who won’t be going to the World Cup) need to be very good. But it isn’t easy to entice international talent (or even domestic talent) with the lurking ghost of two failed leagues and a salary that typically ranges from $6,000 to $30,000 (with most players seeing the lower end of that range).Herein lies the biggest problem for the NWSL: To keep the league afloat, it is paying preposterously low salaries. And who can afford to play professional soccer for $6,000 per year? Mostly women in college or only a few years out, as well as those with minimal national-team-level experience. And though this modest budget has helped the league’s bottom line, it has made it more difficult to attract high-level players — well, high-level players who are not members of the U.S. national team.When the NWSL was organized, U.S. Soccer, the sport’s governing body, agreed to subsidize the salaries of U.S. national team players — typically the best and most expensive players in the league. Last year, the Canadian and Mexican federations agreed to do the same, so the league evenly allocated all national team players among the eight teams. (A ninth team, the Houston Dash, was added this year, so many players were reallocated.)With a roster squad of 20 — assuming each team has the maximum three “free” U.S. national team players and three “free” Canadian or Mexican national team players — this leaves 14 roster spots to be filled. Last year’s salary cap was $200,000, so, divided evenly, pay would be less than $15,000 per player for the entire season.On Wednesday, each team had to cut its roster to 25 players, with five more cuts to come before the season begins. We wanted to look at the distribution of talent in this season’s player pool to see who is trying to play professional women’s soccer. Below is a chart that illustrates the relative experience and age of the 228 players who remain (not all teams had released their roster cuts by Wednesday’s deadline):We counted one year out of college as finishing collegiate soccer in 2013, although technically these players are still in college (most are just about to graduate). For national team experience, we counted the number of consecutive years a player appeared in the full national team player pool. This data does not reflect international players who did not play college soccer and also probably over-represents younger players who are more likely to be released when the final rosters are cut to 20 in the coming weeks.Still, it’s interesting that the NWSL pool is dominated by players two years out college with zero years of national team experience — there are currently 42 of these women. The median number of years of national team experience is zero, which makes sense because the national team pool is very small — typically about 30 players per year. Almost half of the player pool is made up of women only one or two years out of college.This data doesn’t speak to the longevity of a player’s career, which varies wildly by individual. The data also doesn’t mean that a freshly graduated collegiate player is any worse or better than Christie Rampone, the league veteran with 17 years of national team experience. There are wunderkinds in every sport, but overall we think that more professional experience probably means more talented players.The main thing the data illustrates is that the NWSL is skewing young and inexperienced, which might have more to do with finances than soccer ability. For most players, and people in general, there are only so many years you can do the thing you love on a $15,000 annual salary before you have to move on. read more