University of Utah Football To Conduct Walk-on Tryouts August 24

first_img Tags: Eccles Football Center/Janice Whatcott/Jessi Seumalo/Utah Football/Utah Football Recruiting Operations Coordinator FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Thursday, University of Utah football announced they will conduct walk-on tryouts Saturday August 24 at 12:00 pm.Tryouts will occur at the Eccles Football Center, located at 580 S. Guardsman Way in Salt Lake City.All aspirants should bring cleats and “appropriate workout gear.”They must also bring proof of a physical (within the last six months) and download and complete forms, which can be found here: https://utahutes.com/documents/2019/8/15//Tryout_Form_updated_7_17_2019.pdf?id=18643The completed forms and the proof of a physical must be emailed to Utah Football Recruiting Operations Coordinator Jessi Seumalo at [email protected] by August 22 at 10:00 pm MDT.Physical copies of the forms may also be obtained at the Eccles Football Facility and should be turned into executive secretary Janice Whatcott.All tryouts must also be current University of Utah students. August 15, 2019 /Sports News – Local University of Utah Football To Conduct Walk-on Tryouts August 24 Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Brummie mixed-use plans start to snowball

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Simeone sends message to Valverde after Spanish Super Cup red card

first_img Valverde was grateful for Simeone’s support, saying: ‘I want to recognize Simeone, who also came over and said some words that I won’t say. But I want to highlight it because nobody does it.’ Real comfortably won the shootout 4-1, with Sergio Ramos scoring the cup-winning final penalty, and he too praised Valverde for taking one for the team. Asked if he would have committed the tackle too, Ramos told reporters: ‘Yes, I think any player in our squad would have done it in that situation. It was a key move that had to be stopped.’ The Argentine was no stranger to a professional foul in his playing days Read Also: Real Madrid beat Atlético in shootout, claim Spanish Super Cup On his penalty, he added: ‘I always take the fourth penalty due to superstition, not because it had been calculated that I’d take the winning penalty. ‘I had planned on taking a Panenka penalty, but I didn’t have the ankle to do lots of little steps. My ankle is a bit f***ed. I was a bit scared and, as time passed, it seized up and hurt more. But once you’re in the game and know there’s so much to play for, you forget the pain.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says he would have done exactly the same thing as Federico Valverde after the Real Madrid midfielder’s match-saving professional foul in the Spanish Super Cup. The Uruguayan was shown a straight red card for hacking down Alvaro Morata as the striker burst clean through on goal deep into extra-time on Sunday night, with Real winning the penalty shootout that followed moments later. The Argentine was no stranger to a professional foul in his playing days Valverde sought out Morata after the game to say sorry for his foul, but Atletico boss Simeone feels there is no need for the Real midfielder to apologise. ‘I think the award for the best player makes perfect sense because Valverde won the game with that action,’ said Simeone at his post-match press conference. ‘It was the most important play of the game. If the play continued, it was possibly a goal.’ When Valverde left the pitch he was jeered by the crowd but got support from both his own manager, Zinedine Zidane, and Simeone as he walked past the dugout.Simeone continued: ‘I told him not to worry, that he did what he had to do. We will see how many days [suspension] they give him.’ Loading… center_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?From Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became CloseBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest Car Manufacturers In The World10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeithlast_img read more

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Aruna Quadri Begins 2020 as 18th World Best Player

first_imgAn excited Quadri said the ranking means more hard work for him in the New Year.“I am happy starting this year with this ranking. This also means I need to continue to work harder because remaining on top is more work. So having achieved quarterfinal feat in Rio, I think medal is possible in Tokyo. But I am hoping to qualify soon as the qualifiers will be more competitive this year.”He however said that his latest ranking would not have been possible without the singular support he got from Baba Ijebu Bet, a company that kept faith with me.“I have been able to attend more tournaments with the hope that I will continue to improve,” he said.For the Chairman, Baba Ijebu Bet, Sir Kessington Adebutu, the company is excited about the feat achieved by Aruna Quadri on the global stage, having attained his highest ranking under the support of the company.“We are happy and want to congratulate him as our sports ambassador; we hope he will continue to act as a role model for the youth as we remain steadfast in our support towards his Olympic medal dream in Tokyo”, Adebutu said.Omar Assar of Egypt dropped to 29 from 28 while the success story of Senegal’s Ibrahima Diaw continues. He has again moved from a previous best of number 82 to 76.This makes it the second month running, that he sets the highest world ranking ever achieved by a player from Senegal.Nigeria’s Olajide Omotayo also dropped from 86 to 85 in the world rating.China’s Fan Zhendong reclaims the summit, as Japan’s Mima Ito moves up to world number 3 player.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s top table tennis player, Aruna Quadri, has started the New Year as the 18th best player in the world following the ranking for January 2020 released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) yesterday.Quadri ended 2019 as 20th best player globally.In the new rating, Quadri moved up two steps to remain the undisputed best ranked African player. It is his career’s highest ranking to date. Aruna Quadri last_img read more

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LeBron James surges for short-handed Lakers; Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma seal win late

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I think he was great all game, not just in the second half,” James said of Ingram. “His pace, his ability to play the point and play the wing, he’s a very special talent and we’re definitely happy to have him on our side.”With Lonzo Ball missing another game and Rajon Rondo held out for rest, the bar was low. Ingram started at point guard, and Kyle Kuzma slid into the power forward spot. Walton said pregame that he wanted to see better defensive effort, fewer turnovers and fewer fouls.What he saw wasn’t all that good: The team had seven turnovers in the first quarter while giving up 39 points. Without Rondo directing things as he had in the first two games, the slip-ups added up for the Lakers.“We were not good at any of those tonight,” a frustrated Walton said at the postgame podium. “We have to get a lot better in this next week or however long we got left until the start of the season.”Then, James took over, knowing he would be sitting out the second half. He made five straight Lakers baskets to end the first half, finishing the thrust with a layup over Skal Labissiere that tied the score and drew a foul. “Tonight I felt really, really good,” he said. “You know, you see the ball go through the rim when you get to the free-throw line, and it makes you even more and more comfortable offensively.”As James sat in the second half, the slack was picked up by Ingram, with some help from his teammates. Kuzma, making his first preseason start at power forward tipped in an Ingram missed free-throw attempt with nine seconds remaining that all but clinched the result.Walton held off on being too kind to Ingram: While the third-year forward had some key defensive plays late, his coach wants to see that effort throughout entire games.Ingram agreed with Walton on that point. Still, he said, it felt good to get a compliment from James, who has a locker right next to him.“It makes you want to keep going,” he said. “I don’t think I want to stop here and like I said, my expectations are way higher than anyone’s expectations in this room or anybody, so for him to say that is an extreme compliment.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error James thumped his chest before he stepped to the line and made the shots, giving him 18 points in just 16 minutes.Related Articlescenter_img PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, center, reacts on the bench after a dunk by Johnathan Williams next to Lance Stephenson, left, and Jeffrey Carroll during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The Lakers won 128-123. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Lakers forward Brandon Ingram attempts a shot while being defended by Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, as Kings forward Marvin Bagley III watches during the first half of Thursday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, drives the ball between Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, left, and guard Frank Mason III during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, goes up for a shot while Sacramento Kings forward Skal Labissiere, second from left, and forward Marvin Bagley III defend during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, front, and Sacramento Kings forward Harry Giles reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, right, drives the ball past Los Angeles Lakers forward Johnathan Williams during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, drives past Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox during the first half of Thursday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, center, goes up for a dunk past Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, left, as center Willie Cauley-Stein watches during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, talks with guard Josh Hart during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, looks to pass the ball while under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, right, and center JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, reacts after a foul is called on the Lakers as guard Josh Hart looks on during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Lakers forward LeBron James, left, drives past Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield on his way to the basket during the first half of Thursday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, celebrates with center JaVale McGee, left, and guard Lance Stephenson during the second half of the team’s NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The Lakers won 128-123. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, moves the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, celebrates with Lance Stephenson after a dunk by Johnathan Williams during the second half of the team’s NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, right, attempts to drive the ball past Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The Lakers won 128-123. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, center, reacts on the bench after a dunk by Johnathan Williams next to Lance Stephenson, left, and Jeffrey Carroll during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The Lakers won 128-123. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Lakers forward Brandon Ingram attempts a shot while being defended by Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, as Kings forward Marvin Bagley III watches during the first half of Thursday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)NextShow Caption1 of 16Lakers forward Brandon Ingram attempts a shot while being defended by Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, as Kings forward Marvin Bagley III watches during the first half of Thursday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)ExpandLOS ANGELES — It was a tag-team act. LeBron James got the Lakers started. Brandon Ingram made sure they finished.Breaking out of a sluggish start without their top two point guards, the Lakers finally managed their first preseason victory, 128-123 over the Sacramento Kings, behind 18 points from James in another one-half cameo followed by 31 points from Ingram, who guided the team down the stretch.As Ingram made a key steal and two free throws in the final minute, James could be seen clapping and smiling from the bench.It wasn’t a game the Lakers felt wholly good about – their third straight preseason effort with iffy defense and too many fouls. But between James’ second-quarter surge and Ingram’s strong offensive effort, they were finally able to get over a hump and see some potential from a budding young player. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

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Minister expresses condolences to family after ambulance debacle

first_imgMinister Regina Doherty has expressed condolences in the Dáil to the family of a Letterkenny who died after it took an ambulance 71 minutes to reach her home just 2km away.An inquest at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court yesterday heard that mother-of-eight Margaret Callaghan died in the early hours of January 9, 2018 after waiting for an ambulance at Mountain Top.The coroner hearing the inquest called on the HSE to review their protocols for ambulance turnaround times at hospitals across the country following the tragedy. In the Dáil, Ms Doherty admitted that an increase in the number of patients attending emergency departments has in turn put extra strain on ambulance services.However, Fianna Fáil deputy leader, Dara Calleary, said that blaming increases in patient numbers shows a “complete disconnect between the Government and what’s happening in hospitals”.He said: “The difficulties in our emergency departments are nothing to do with people getting sick and presenting to emergency departments — they are to do with the fact that there were 300 or fewer staff nurses employed in our system in October compared to last December. There’s 350 consultant vacancies.”Mr Calleary said 20 extra beds were promised for Letterkenny University Hospital but only 10 have opened. “That is where the difficulties are — our emergency departments are under-resourced, are understaffed, nursing resources and consulting resources that are absolutely necessary are not in place.”Ms Doherty expressed her condolences to the family and told the Dáil that she hopes no other family has to go through a similar tragedy:“I can’t genuinely begin to probably understand or appreciate how difficult it will be for them to get over her death given that it potentially shouldn’t have happened.”She added: “It’s the case that when the emergency care hospital system is under pressure, there’s going to the potential for delays in the transfer patients from an ambulance into our emergency departments.”She said ambulance turnaround times are currently below target. ‘We cannot say exactly where it is going to end up’ – Chairman on children’s hospital costsBetween January and October this year, 85.5% of ambulances achieved a turnaround time 60 minutes or less, which is below the target of 95%.Ms Doherty told the Dáil that in the first 10 months of 2019, the numbers of patients attending hospital emergency departments increased by 2.7% across the country and the number of emergency department admissions increased by 1% compared to the same period last year.“But I do understand that the trolley numbers at 8am in Letterkenny University Hospital have been persistently high for this entire year,” said Ms Doherty. Minister expresses condolences to family after ambulance debacle was last modified: December 6th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ambulancedaildonegalhospitalMargaret CallaghanMinisteroffload delayslast_img read more

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MTN’s ‘risky business’ succeeds

first_imgKhanyi Magubane The forceful thrust of South African cellphone network operator MTN into the global telecommunications arena has not only taken its competitors by surprise, but it has also proved that calculated risks do pay off. Following a slow start since its inception in 1994, MTN took off rapidly in 2002 with remarkable expansion into Africa and the Middle East. Bolstered by a new vision-driven Chief Executive Officer, Phutuma Nhleko, the network operator went into over-drive to not only reposition itself, but to set new trends.Under Nhleko’s direction, MTN has expanded aggressively into markets that are sometimes deemed volatile – but the risk has paid off. Now MTN operates in 21 countries in these two regions: Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Afghanistan, Benin, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Liberia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Iran. The MTN group has operations in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East.Over the past six years the company’s share price has risen more than ten times in value since Nhleko was appointed. MTN is now worth an estimated R250-billion ($US32-billion), making it the sixth-biggest company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and putting it among the 10 largest mobile phone operators in the world.Setting up shop in developing countries has paid off in monetary terms for the company. For the year ending 31 December 2007, the group reported operating earnings of R31,8-billion ($4.08-billion) on revenue of R73, 1-billion ($9.34-billion), an operating margin of close to 45%.Fending off the bigger players Besides obtaining operating licenses in the different global regions, the group is also keen on making acquisitions in countries that it hopes to expand into. Nhleko’s acquisition plans include buying assets in Southeast Asia and Central America. Analysts are predicting that the company will also target Pakistan and India – both countries have low telephone penetration.The network’s main objective at the moment is to continue cementing its position as a global telecommunications player, in a bid to prevent the company from being swallowed up by bigger players. Speaking to Financial Mail, Nhleko said, “We do not have a ‘for sale’ sign up. But, being a publicly listed company, we can’t say if someone approached the company, the shareholders would necessarily be in agreement with management to sell or not to sell. Our job is to manage the company and grow the values until the shareholders tell us differently.” MTN’s success has attracted the attention of other international telecommunication companies in the industry. China Mobile, the world’s largest operator by subscriber number (it has an estimated 400 million users) is believed to be in serious talks with MTN. The talks allegedly started 18 months ago although both parties have been silent on the topic.The UK’s Vodafone, which currently holds 50% of Vodacom (MTN’s biggest competitor in South Africa), is believed to be cajoling the network into allowing it to buy a stake in its operations outside of South Africa. MTN has, however, denied this. As at 31 March 2006, MTN recorded more than 28 million subscribers across its operations, including those of the newly acquired Investcom LLC. In the last quarter of 2006, the network launched commercial operations in Iran, following the successful purchase of a 49% shareholding in Irancell. Growth has been so phenomenal that it is estimated that by the end of this year MTN will have more subscribers in Iran than South Africa.Since operations started in that country 18 months ago, the network operator now has nine million users. South Africa currently has 14,8-million users. With rapid expansion though comes the challenge to continually provide the infrastructure for an efficient service. To this end, MTN intends spending more than R30-billion this year alone on expanding its infrastructure and improving the quality of its coverage.The group has of late come under fire from regulatory bodies, especially in Nigeria, to improve the quality of its services or pay the fines. Nigeria is one of the network’s biggest markets. MTN Nigeria, one of four cell phone networks in the West African country, has been operating since 2001.During the period under review, MTN Nigeria aggressively focused on subscriber growth, supported by rapid network roll out amid keen competition in the market. As a result, the company significantly increased its subscriber base from 5,6 million to 8,4 million currently.In February 2008, in a bid to empower Nigerians, MTN South Africa reduced its stake in MTN Nigeria to 76,08%. Nigerian individuals and key institutions acquired a 9,45% interest in MTN Nigeria from MTN. The company said that it had sold 5,96% in MTN Nigeria as part of a US $594,5-million (R4.632-billion) private placement.The man taking MTN forwardPhutuma Nhleko first became involved with MTN by way of Worldwide Africa’s investment in Johnnic (now Avusa). Nhleko, along with top businessman Wiseman Nkuhlu, founded Worldwide in 1994 as one of the first black empowerment investment companies in South Africa. The company, of which Nhleko still remains a major shareholder, invests in various energy and technology companies across sub-Saharan Africa. Nhleko is described by industry insiders as driven and determined. Colleagues say he contemplates everything deeply and methodically but is not afraid to take risks once he’s weighed all his options and is certain of the move he is about to make. His deal-making skills were honed at Standard Bank, where he worked from 1990 until he started his own company in 1994 but his background is in engineering. He studied engineering at the University of Ohio in the US and also has an MBA from the University of Atlanta. Despite having achieved phenomenal success for MTN, Nhleko is reluctant to renew his contract when it expires in 2010, saying that by then the company will need someone younger and fresher with new ideas to take the company forward.Nhleko is not a one-man island at the company and works closely with a core group of seven:Rob Nisbet – Finance director. Nisbet is highly rated by analysts for the clear way he presents MTN’s financials.Sifiso Dabengwa – Chief Operating Officer. Since joining MTN in 1999, the Zimbabwe born Dabengwa has held a number of high profile posts within the company, including CEO of Nigerian operations.Karel Pieneer – Chief technology and information leader. He has been with the company since 1994 and is responsible for its technology choices.Santie Botha – Executive: Marketing. She joined the company in 2003, she oversees the groups’ multibillion rand marketing budget.Christian De Faria – Vice President: West and Central Africa. He joined the network operator in 2006, has a history of increasing turnover at XL, the largest mobile operator in Indonesia.Tim Lowry – MTN SA managing director and Vice President – South And East Africa. He comes with vast experience in the telecom industry. He has worked for a large number of European operators across the world.Jamal Ramadan – Vice President Middle East and Africa. He joined the company from Investcom and has experience heading up the IT departments of international telecommunication companies.Useful linksThe Empowerment Charter for the ICT SectorMTN South AfricaMTN globalDepartment of CommunicationsDo you have any queries or comments about this article? 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Brand South Africa breaks ground in Free State

first_imgFree State delegates sign the Brand SouthAfrica pledge to uphold the nation brandand position the country as a topinvestment and tourism destination. Free State MEC for Economic Development,Tourism and Environmental Affairs,Mxolisi Dukwana.(Images: Nicky Rehbock) MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122RELATED ARTICLES• KZN innovators show how it’s done • South Africa is Africa’s top nation brand • Building a thriving nation brand• EC entrepreneurs in the spotlight Nicky RehbockBrand South Africa headed to the Free State on 17 November 2011 to urge all residents of the province to build the nation’s reputation and position it for global competitiveness.This was the message relayed at the fifth Brand South Africa Stakeholder Summit in Bloemfontein, attended by representatives from government, business and civil society.Taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.Speaking at the summit, Brand South Africa programme manager for civil society Leo Makgamathe said that the branding of the country is not a matter of choice, but a necessity.To be successful it requires the combined effort of government, citizens, business, political parties, charities, the media, academia and sporting organisations.“With globalisation speeding up the production and movement of goods, services, investment and talent, perceptions of nations have to be actively managed,” Makgamathe added.And this is no different in South Africa.The country has recently achieved four key milestones: it managed a highly successful Fifa World Cup; came through the world-wide recession almost unscathed; joined Brazil, Russia, China and India in the BRICS economic bloc; and held its fourth free and fair local elections since 1994.“This has underlined that South Africa is an important developing nation in its own right – which has to be marketed to the world,” Makgamathe said.Strong nation brand vital for Free State “The economy of the Free State is built on agriculture and its mines, but increasingly we are looking to tourism as a growth sector and hope to expand our manufacturing base,” the province’s MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mxolisi Dukwana said at the summit.The Free State is also looking to diversify by developing its logistics capacity, ICT sector, innovation and research, agri-processing and pharmaceuticals.“So what we, and South Africa, need is more investment. How people see a country is vital in this regard. The image of a country makes an integral contribution in attracting tourists, investors and in building trade relationships,” Dukwana added.The government’s role in this is ensuring the country has enabling policies to attract trade and investment, but South Africans also have to believe in themselves to position the country as a viable destination.“We must be bold enough to face our fears and challenges, and understand what we’re about. In doing that we can become our own marketers. In our diversity we also need to have one identity and be proud of it. Often we’re too negative and hard on ourselves,” the MEC told summit delegates.“I urge all of you to do your ‘national service’ and respond when Brand South Africa calls, so that we can work together to create a truly great South Africa for all.”last_img read more

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Germany’s Highest Letterbox — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedHagen med det rare i— Geocache of the weekJanuary 11, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”Top 10 Geocaches of the Week 2017December 27, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”Selfie Letterbox — Geocache of the WeekMay 23, 2018In “Community” Location:Bavaria, GermanyN 47° 20.885 E 010° 12.946 Share with your Friends:More A geocache that has the words “oldest”, “highest”, or “largest” in its title is bound to be interesting. Because—let’s face it—geocachers are drawn to extremes like a magnet is drawn to the underside of a park bench. But isn’t it especially great when the cache that’s the something-est is also just a really cool cache in itself?That’s exactly what makes GC6F6C8 Geocache of the Week.Yes, it’s the Höchste Letterbox Deutschlands (highest letterbox in Germany). It also has a remarkably beautiful view, is large enough to carry trackables, and greets you when you open it.Geocachers 123MAINE in front of GC6F6C8That’s right. When GC6F6C8  is opened or closed, the pastoral sound of a cowbell rings out. (You know, in case you’d missed the flowering meadows, towering white-capped peaks, and swinging cable-car next door and didn’t realize you were in the Bavarian Alps.)The mailbox-like metal container is safely secured—it can only be opened with a key hidden in a nearby hide-a-key box—and for good reason. The cache is plainly visible and clearly labelled, making stealthiness a bit irrelevant. Thanks to hubersports for placing and maintaining this bucket-list geocache!Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. LetterboxGC6F6C8by hubersports Difficulty:2Terrain:2.5last_img read more

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Slowdown is just a passing phase, says Piyush Goyal

first_imgUnion Minister of Railways and Commerce Piyush Goyal on Thursday termed the current economic slowdown as just a passing phase and said that efforts being taken by the government only showed that it cared.Reacting to former prime minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh’s views on the economic slow down the country is facing, the Union Minister said that he was surprised to know that Dr. Singh was saying that the BJP government was failing in handling the economy. “The country gave Dr. Singh, an eminent economist, the opportunity to run the country for 10 years. But they [UPA government] damaged the entire economic system. It was during their tenure that reckless bank loans messed up the banking sector, prices of commodities soared up, Mumbai faced a major terrorist attack and the government could not face the public,” he said addressing chartered accountants, industrialists and traders at an Assembly election-related event in Bhayandar. “Before the Modi government came to power people had lost hope and so did not demand anything from the government. But in last five years public has been demanding better facilities because they have immense hope in this government. Even a beggar will beg only in front of someone whom he knows will give him something,” Mr. Goyal said. The last five years have seen 75-78% rise in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and it will continue to grow with the efforts the Prime Minister is taking, Mr. Goyal added. “I hope you all remember the double digits inflation we faced during the United Progessive Alliance government. Fiscal deficit was as high as 6-6.5% and current account deficit was 4.5%. The country was handed to us with a damaged economy and we have brought about development across sectors,” he said. Talking of the steps by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to revive the economy, Mr. Goyal said, “ours is a responsible government. The efforts being taken show that the government cares about the economy.”last_img read more

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