Brand South Africa welcomes South Africa’s improvement in IMD rankings

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 1 June 2016 – Brand South Africa welcomes South Africa’s improvement in the Institute for Management Development’s (IMD) competitiveness index. South Africa now stands at number 52, up from number 53 in 2015.South Africa’s improvement in the rankings comes as a result of advancements in the areas of: energy infrastructure, future energy supply, stock market capitalisation, ICT service exports, maintenance and development, public finances, labour relations, ease of doing business, export concentration by partner, exchange rate stability, health infrastructure, funding for technological development, bureaucracy, workforce productivity and apprenticeships.Reflecting on South Africa’s performance in this the 2016 IMD, Brand South Africa’s CEO Mr Kingsley Makhubela said, “South Africa’s performance in this index shows that national efforts to strengthen the economy and improve our global competitiveness are yielding positive results for the country.“The nation brand and our global competitiveness is built by all citizens and improvements in our global competitiveness are a testament to the work that we are all doing to make South Africa a winning nation. We thank you for playing your part and encourage you to continue working to build the country’s reputation,” concluded Mr Makhubela.The IMD looks at the global competitiveness of 61 countries.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandVisit the Institute for Management Development website for more information.last_img read more

10 months ago​Sheffield Wednesday up for sale

first_imgTagsEnglish ChampionshipAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Sheffield Wednesday up for saleby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri says he is putting the Championship club up for sale, reports BBC Sport.The Thai businessman, who bought the Owls in 2015, told a fans’ forum he would put the club on the market.The Owls are currently 18th in the Championship, with fans unhappy with manager Jos Luhukay, and were under a transfer embargo which ended in August.”I will put this club on the market. I believe many people want to buy,” Chansiri told the forum.The last available financial figures show the Owls lost more than £20m in 2016-17, an increase of £15m on the previous year.”The EFL changed the regulations at the end of last season. We didn’t just break (FFP rules) a little, we broke them a lot – eight figures,” he added to the forum.”We have problems with FFP, so it is hard, but we will try our best.”I am not looking to next season, I am looking now to solve FFP and how we can make this season as good as we can.”If we can solve those problems now, then next season can be better.” last_img read more

10 months agoPochettino can sense stronger mentality from Spurs players

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pochettino can sense stronger mentality from Spurs playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he can sense a stronger mentality from his players this season.Pochettino believes his players need to adopt a strong mental toughness to add to their fluent passing football.”In the last four of five years we play so well, the people enjoy a lot watching us but we need in some moments to be, I don’t know if the word is naughty, but smart in how you compete and that we still miss. But we have the opportunity in the next few months to show we are capable to be more competitive,” he said.The Argentine feels his team have progressed considerably from the May 2016 league game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in which they lost a 2-0 lead and drew 2-2, which handed the 2015-16 title to Leicester.”We were nice kids playing football, now we are more mature, more competitive,” he said. “We will see if that is enough to win titles. We grow a lot in the last five years and I think this game was important to learn a lot.” last_img read more

Fort St John man busted at wheel of bait car in Kelowna

first_imgKELOWNA, B.C. — A man originally from Fort St. John was arrested in Kelowna on Sunday evening after he allegedly stole a Bait Car. At around 9:50 p.m. last Sunday,  members of the Kelowna RCMP members were advised by dispatcher that one of the city’s Bait Cars had been activated. Dispatch was able to provide live video feed updates to pursuing officers as the male suspect drove northbound towards Lake Country.Members from the Lake Country Detachment were advised of the vehicle’s location, and once police were in position the vehicle’s engine was disabled. The driver was taken into police custody without incident. 37-year-old Kenneth William Fawcett of Fort St. John has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle and driving while prohibited.  Kelowna RCMP Cst. Lesley Smith said in a release that Fawcett is “a well known Prolific Offender and has a lengthy criminal record for vehicle thefts and other property related offences. In any given community prolific offenders account for 80 percent of all crime committed. Be rest assured our members will continue to identify, locate and arrest these individuals and hold them accountable for the crimes they have committed.”It’s not know whether Fawcett has been released from custody, or when he is due to make his next court appearance.last_img read more

Man clobbered to death with stone

first_imgNew Delhi: A man was beaten to death with stone in Sangam Vihar area in South Delhi. Police claimed that the accused then chopped his body and dumped it in the forest areas.Police identified the accused as Akash, a resident of Sangam Vihar area. “On 7 March around 2 am they received credible information about the murder case in the forested areas of street number 12 in Shooting Range road,” said police sources. They further added that the team nabbed the accused from Sangam Vihar and during questioning he claimed that he had killed one Saroj who lives in F2 block (Sangam Vihar) by beating him with stone. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsPolice further stated that after killing he disposed of the body into pieces and hide it inside the pit in the forested areas. The staff took the accused to forest and started searching. “There were marks of dragging and the blood stain on the ground. Later the accused pointed through the weapon of offence “stone”, said police sources adding that the accused told them that after killing he dragged the body of the Saroj. Moving further police team found that there were fresh mud and stone inside the pit. “After removing mud and stone a sack was found containing the body pieces including the head, legs,” police said. Police further claimed that the accused had some personal enmity with the deceased. “Three years ago he was beaten up by the deceased and to take revenge of that incident he hatched the murder plan,” police said. A case under sections 302 and 201 of IPC registered.last_img read more

CILANTRO RUBBED ROAST CHICKEN

first_imgIngredients Chicken Breast 250 g Vegetables 80 g Lyonnaise Potato 80 g Strawberry & Grapes Emulsion 30 ml Fresh Coriander 20 g Chopped Parsley 5 g Olive Oil 10 ml Chopped Garlic 10 g Salt to taste Crushed Black Pepper 2 g Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSAPreparation Marinate the chicken breast with fresh coriander and garlic paste; add seasoning, keep aside for 30 minutes. Grill the chicken breast, vegetables and lyonnaise potato. Now, arrange the grilled chicken breast on a plate with grilled vegeables and lyonnaise potatoes. Pour strawberry and grapes emulsion, garnish with sprig of parsley or herb. (Courtesy: Chef Aashish Joshi, Jaypee Siddharth, New Delhi)last_img

Congress to come up with Delhi specificmanifesto

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Congress’s Delhi unit will come out with a separate election manifesto for the national capital focusing on issues faced by unauthorised colony residents, the issue of sealing and pollution, a party spokesperson said on Tuesday. The manifesto will be released soon after the announcement of party candidates, said Delhi Congress spokesperson Jitender Kochar . “The manifesto will focus on areas like unauthorised colonies, pollution, sealing, among others, that have been crucial for Delhi,” he told reporters. The Congress last week released its Lok Sabha election manifesto “Ham Nibhayenge” (we will deliver), covering all sections of the society and promising Rs 72,000 per annum to the poorest 20 per cent of the country. Delhi Congress President Sheila Dikshit met party councilors of the three municipal corporations in the city and called upon them to take the manifesto to people in door to door campaign.last_img read more

Italy Moroccan Team Victim of Racism

first_imgTaroudnat, Morocco- A team of Moroccan immigrants playing in a minor league in Italy is considering to quite the league after its players were the target of racists attacks after rival fans told them to “go back home.”According to ANSA.it, earlier this week, a Moroccan team called “Casablanca” had decided to quit the Usip league in the eastern city of Forli after two episodes of racism. The first one was during a match against Club Juventinità di Forlimpopoli, which the Moroccans won 3-0 and the second one was when a rival team shouted at them saying “go back home Moroccans.”According to the same source, the Moroccan team has reconsidered quitting the league. “We will not withdraw. We remain in the field because otherwise, it would mean a defeat by racism,” Youssef Laazizi, a defender with Casablanca team was quoted by the same source as saying.What seemingly upset the Moroccan team is that the referee did not take any measure after the players complained to him.Following the incident, the Casablanca team has decided to send a petition to the league. “We can’t stand it any longer,” Rachid Hansal, the captain of the team was quoted by Italian media as saying.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Senior mens tennis aces show love for the game

As the Ohio State men’s tennis team enters its last team competition of the 2010–11 season Friday, its three graduating seniors look to lead their team one final time during the NCAA Team Championship Tournament. Senior co-captains Matt Allare, Shuhei Uzawa and Balazs Novak spent the past four years building their leadership skills both on and off the court. “They’re class acts,” coach Ty Tucker said of the trio after the team’s last regular-season match. “They were taught by the guys who came before them, and they really stepped up this season.” All three seniors played doubles this season, but Allare and Novak played singles as well in almost every match they played. Allare was selected last week as one of four Buckeyes who will compete in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Tournament from May 25–30. He is an at-large selection in singles and in doubles with his partner, redshirt freshman Peter Kobelt. Freshman Blaz Rola and junior Chase Buchanan also were selected to play in the singles and doubles championship. Each will play singles in addition to acting as a doubles partner. After OSU had technically won the Big Ten season title in its match against Indiana, Novak didn’t talk about his individual performance when describing the match. “Everyone fought hard and everyone tried their best,” he said following the match. “I’m proud of them.” Allare said at one point during the season that he was “more concerned” with the team as a whole and wanted to win his matches just to benefit the team. In keeping with that spirit, these seniors would like to leave a legacy behind by bringing home OSU’s first-ever men’s tennis national title. “I can’t even put into words what that would mean,” Allare said. It would mean everything, Novak said. Uzawa agreed with both of his teammates. Allare said his underclassman teammates would be just as excited to win the championship “but they have three more years to let it soak in.” “We just need to focus on the first two rounds,” Novak said. “Since we’re not one or two the pressure is not as great.” But Allare added that if they lose, the team is out, meaning their hopes of bringing home the championship are over. “We just need to give it everything we’ve got,” Uzawa said. Whether they win or lose, these seniors will have left a legacy of skill and leadership with the OSU program. “They’ve been great guys,” Tucker said. “We’re gonna miss them.” read more

Opinion Switching sports as a pro is an option in order to

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) briefly took part in the Texas Rangers spring training.Credit: Courtesy of TNSOne thing’s for sure: football isn’t good for your long-term health.As exhibited by the early retirement of former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland this month, there are better long-term options than repeatedly smashing year head, with or without a helmet. The issue of concussions in football — especially the NFL — has sparked debate far and wide in recent years, with retirements like Borland’s providing a somewhat positive example of a solution.Then there’s the grim incidents related to concussions — like the suicide of Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau.Of course any athlete would like to avoid serious brain damage, but many aren’t willing to give up their millions like Borland. NFL players are in the NFL for one obvious reason: they’re good at football. In many cases, they’re better at football than anything else.But that all starts with one thing: athletic talent.So Chris Borland — who played just one year in the NFL — is passing on his most obvious career path early in order to promote his own health later in life.He might have a plan worked out, but it probably won’t be as lucrative as the salary of a star NFL linebacker.If an athlete is talented enough to make it in the NFL, there’s a chance they could stay on the field by switching to a new sport.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who has a win and a loss in the past two Super Bowls, has been spending some time with the Texas Rangers during their spring training workouts. Wilson is a former minor league baseball player with major league talent.It’s widely accepted that he’s simply working out with the Rangers — who own his MLB draft rights — for fun. But when it comes to long-term health, wouldn’t Wilson be better off switching to baseball now?My guess is it would only take one player switching sports, especially if that player was in the spotlight as much as Wilson. If the former N.C. State and Wisconsin quarterback decided to hang up his football helmet and grab his baseball glove, he could spark a brand-new trend.There’s no doubt injuries still happen in baseball, but there’s also no doubt injuries to the head are less prevalent.Now I know there are a select few NFL players who could successfully switch to baseball, but if it becomes anything close to a trend, that tendency could trickle down to younger ages.There’s a good chance the only way to eliminate the risk of football-related brain injuries is to quit playing football. If young kids start seeing their football heroes switching sports, they’d be much more likely to pick baseball, basketball, soccer or any other sport over football.Nobody wants one concussion, and the idea of life-altering brain injuries is even worse.I can’t say I want to see football go away completely — I love the sport — but I can say I’d be curious to see what happens if Wilson chose to switch sports full time.Maybe nothing would change, or maybe the next Odell Beckham Jr. — a former United States Men’s National Soccer Team prospect — will be suiting up for the 2022 World Cup instead of Super Bowl LVI. read more