PH’s SEA Games campaign gets going Tuesday

first_imgMuch of the 490-strong Philippine contingent have yet to arrive but already, Philippines secretariat, led by chief of mission Cynthia Carrion, has already been set-up to help them settle in.Malaysia, which is hosting the biennial meet for the fourth time, is gunning for the overall championship with an 111-gold medal target. It’s the same number of mints it won when it ruled the 2001 edition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Organizers here have put premium on security as some 8,000 personnel from the country’s police and military are called on to provide safety to a projected 20,000 athletes and officials who will gather here.“There are enough police personnel to monitor the traffic as well as security situation at all the venues,” said Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Minister YB Brig. gen. Khairy Jamaluddin in a press statement. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Representatives of each sport for the SEA Games come up on stage. Photo by Bong Lozada/INQUIRERKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines’ modest goal of scoring 50 gold medals begins Tuesday when its athletes in netball, water polo and football go into action in different venues here.A few sports have already started although the formal opening will be on Saturday at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Teen gunned down in Masbate End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipino athletes who have arrived were also briefed by the Philippine delegation secretariat that was set up in a function room in plush Sunway Putra Hotel in the downtown.They will be given local sim cards and a WhatsApp account has been set up to facilitate communication among 800 athletes and officials here.The PH water polo team will take on fearsome Thailand at 11 a.m., at National Aquatics Center, serving as the opening salvo for the delegation.The team is hoping to gain as many wins as possible after having undergone training camp in Barcelona. It’s best finish was silver during the 2009 Laos Games.Men’s and women’s football will open their respective bids both at 8:45 p.m., fighting Cambodia and Malaysia, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Seeking more golds, Cojuangco balances archery and family 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Netball will join the fray at 3 p.m., facing Thailand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings View commentslast_img read more

SA the ‘plan B’ of future World Cups

first_img28 June 2010 “There is not a single part of this World Cup where we have not been able to go beyond the level of past World Cups,” Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said at the halfway mark of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. “South Africa will become the ‘plan B’ of any future World Cup.” Addressing a media briefing at Soccer City in Johannesburg on Saturday, Valcke was full of praise for the tournament’s organisation. “We are beyond all expectations. We are beyond international visitor figures and we are beyond ticketing sales of Germany 2006. If on 11 July we are at the same level as today, I would say it’s a perfect World Cup.” Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan said South Africa was 50 percent through the tournament, “but we have 100 percent achieved our objectives to demonstrate a country that has the capability to deliver this event.” Jordaan said the World Cup has been an important event for South Africans and visitors alike. “It has been a journey of discovery and rediscovery not only for the visitors but for our people as well. Many South Africans have discovered a new South Africa,” said Jordaan, who also reflected on the global party the World Cup has become. “We are the proud hosts of a wonderful event as people come together around the tournament and we see how people are celebrating Africa’s World Cup – not only in this country, but around the world in the Fan Fests in Japan, Germany, Brazil and many more. That is a joy for us to see.” A total of 2 284 796 people attended the 48 matches of the World Cup group stages inside the stadiums, at an average of 47 600 people per game. A further 1 489 525 people visited the FIFA Fan Fests in South Africa and 1 439 711 the international Fan Fests being held in six cities around the world. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Cote d’Ivoire tops Nielsen’s African investment list

first_img12 May 2016Cote d’Ivoire is the best sub-Saharan African destination for investors, with South Africa in the top seven, according to Nielsen’s 2016 African Prospects Indicators report. The report, the second published by Nielsen, collects and analyses business, retail and consumer information on sub-Saharan Africa for investors.Nielsen’s assessment lifted Cote d’Ivoire above Nigeria as offering the best return on investment. Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Zambia made up the rest of the top five, with Cameroon at sixth and South Africa at seventh place.“Cote d’Ivoire’s position has improved based on its business outlook dimension, and it continues to rank top in terms of retail sentiment,” Allen Burch, Nielsen Africa MD, told CNBC Africa. “Despite the fact that it comes in third position on broader macro factors, its favourable economic growth and stable inflation climate and recent elections provide a fertile investment environment.”One of the key macroeconomic indicators the report measures is inflation. For Nielsen, inflation indicates conditions directly affecting consumers and their ability to save, spend or invest. Higher inflation creates unfavourable conditions and constrains growth. Zambia, for example, is notable as having the best ranking for consumers.Nielsen rankings: countries and categoriesTypes of media used in AfricaOverall opportunities for investment in AfricaAccording to Tarek Sultan Al Essa, CEO of Board of Agility in Kuwait, one of the six reasons there must be investment in Africa is that the continent needs connectors. “Lack of infrastructure hinders growth of imports, exports and regional business,” he wrote in WEF Agenda. “Companies that can connect Africans and markets can prosper.“Lessons from Dubai and Singapore tell us that once an infrastructure race is on in a rapidly expanding market, being the first mover is a significant advantage for investors.”The other factors Sultan Al Essa cited as improving investment prospects in Africa are:African trade barriers are falling and intra-African trade holds enormous potentialIncreased processing of local commodities – such as minerals, coffee and cotton – rather than exporting them in raw form could drive growth. That said, it will continue to be a challenge for regions with poor power and infrastructure to compete as global manufacturers.Customers are changing“Educated, urban professionals are young, brand-aware and sophisticated in terms of their consumption,” said Sultan Al Essa, adding that small to medium enterprises need to meet the demands of working alongside international supply chains to better compete with global brands.Digital transformationAfrica leads the world in mobile adoption. Improved communications infrastructure offers Africa new and innovative cross-sectoral economic opportunities. Ethiopia set up a telephone hotline in 2014 allowing small farmers immediate access to advice from agronomists. Over 3-million calls were received in the first six months of the pilot programme.Africa is diversifyingAfrican countries are packaging themselves to appeal to a broader set of investors. These countries are beginning to place bets on non-commodity areas where they can be competitive.Africa can lead in sustainable developmentIt is an advantage that Africa has so much unused or poorly used arable land. This gives the continent the opportunity to reap big agricultural breakthroughs and improve productivity in food production. Sources: CNBC Africa and the Africa’s Prospects Indicators digital report.last_img read more

South African para-cyclists shine at World Cup

first_img13 May 2014The South African Para-cycling team produced a series of top performances in the UCI World Cup in Castiglione, Italy on the weekend, highlighted by gold medals for Pieter du Preez and Justine Asher.Time trialA spectacular time trial route had the riders racing across a flat coastal foreland through Mediterranean coastal forest, with the smell of pine resin and the singing of a few early cicadas adding much to the ambience.The largely non-technical nature of the circuit proved deceptive in the way that it enticed the unwary rider to go out too fast and to not leave enough in reserve for the return section.GoldH1 hand-cyclist Pieter du Preez adapted to the challenges brilliantly to capture gold in his class. Ernst van Dyk picked up a silver medal in the H5 hand-cycling category, while George Rex added a bronze in the T1 tri-cycling class.While Justine Asher used the event to prepare for the following day’s road race, a number of other riders performed well: C3 cyclist Craig Ridgard, competing in his first international tour, finished respectably in the middle of his group; Stuart McCreadie finished fifth in the H3 category; and youngster Yusthin Lintnaar finished sixth, ahead of former Italian T2 world champion Giorgio Farroni.Road raceCompletely different to the time trial route in terms of a technical challenge, the route selected for the road race threaded its way through the narrow streets of Castiglione della Pescaia and the even narrower country roads extending out of town into the postcard landscape of olive groves and vineyards.As the first South African rider Stuart McCreadie discovered, the route made it extremely difficult to maintain a place in the lead group and he lost touch with it towards the end of the 65 km race. Nonetheless, he finished in a very competitive seventh place.George Rex, using lighter gears than in the time trial (to accelerate quickly out of the route’s myriad tight corners) improved on his previous day’s results by claiming a silver medal.His T2 tricycling teammate Lintnaar rode to a pre-set race plan, which worked perfectly and positioned him for a fourth place result after a sprint finish, one bike length behind Paralympian gold medallist David Stone, who finished third. The result was unfortunately later overturned when Lintnaar was disqualified for an infringement.HighlightA highlight performance of the day was Justine Asher’s gold medal win in the H2 category and the award to her of the World Cup champion’s jersey for her outstanding overall performance in the first leg of the season’s road race series.Pieter du Preez added a silver in his event to his time trial gold, while Ernst van Dyk picked up a bronze medal after a three-way sprint to the line to go with his silver in the time trial.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Pandor taking a stand against xenophobia

first_imgMinister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, has expressed her dismay at the recent xenophobic attacks and said that some of South Africa’s scientific achievements may not have been possible without eminent African scientists working in our universities and science councils.Science and Technology minister, Naledi Pandor, said the xenophobic attacks violates the ethos of science as a force for global good (Image: South Minister of Sceince and Technology Naledi PandorThe Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the entities that report to the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, met this morning, Tuesday, 21 April 2015, to express dismay at the recent attacks on foreign nationals residing in South Africa, and to express their support for the president’s call for an immediate end to xenophobic violence.Addressing the gathering, Minister Pandor said that science, technology and innovation in South Africa had benefited immensely from partnership with other African nations.  She reminded staff that South Africa would not have won the bid to host the major portion of the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), without the support of its African partners.Apart from the obvious humanitarian concerns, the science community expressed consiternation about how the xenophobic attacks could damage South Africa’s national system of innovation, as the country’s efforts to develop human capital for research and innovation have been considerably enriched by the eminent African scientists who have taken up senior positions in South Africa’s universities and national science councils.“Without the experience and expertise of these esteemed colleagues, who also fulfil the valuable role of mentors and guides to young South Africans, science and technology in our country would be very much the poorer.  Let us also not forget that during their exile from South Africa, due to the denial of access to education opportunities by the apartheid regime, many South African scientists benefited from training and education in other African states,” said the Minister.The Minister emphasised that the generation of new knowledge through research and its applications for the benefit of society was a universal pursuit, and that the scientific enterprise was by its nature international.  The values of partnership and solidarity among nations were essential for sustainable and equitable global development, and all discrimination based on nationality, gender, race or religion should be rejected outright.“The outbreak of xenophobic attacks in our society violates the ethos of science as a force for global good.  We are shamed by these incidents, and condemn them in the strongest possible terms,” Minister Pandor concluded.The DST will mount an enormous banner in its foyer for the employees of the Department and its entities to sign.  Visitors will also be encouraged to sign the banner.For enquiries contact the department’s media liaison officer, Lunga Ngqengelele, on 012 843 6799 or 082 566 0446.last_img read more

Mohsin murder case: Rohini Salian agrees to appear as prosecutor

first_imgPune: Senior advocate Rohini Salian has consented to take up the case of IT professional Mohsin Shaikh, who was allegedly murdered by fringe right-wing outfit Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) in 2014, after lawyer Ujjwal Nikam stepped down as special public prosecutor in the case last month.However, her appointment by the State government is pending.After Mr. Nikam quit the case, the Shaikh family had written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the Law and Judiciary Department requesting Ms. Salian’s appointment as the special public prosecutor.In a letter dated July 13 and addressed to Mohammed Sadiq Shaikh, the father of the deceased, Ms. Salian gave her consent appear as special public prosecutor on behalf of the State in the Sessions Court in Pune. Mr. Shaikh expressed hope that the government would appoint Ms. Salian soon.The already protracted case was in limbo for more than a month after Mr. Nikam stepped down. At the time, some social outfits had blamed the lawyer for caving in to pressure from right-wing groups, and others had accused Mr. Nikam of being close to such groups.Since then, Mohsin’s father has repeatedly petitioned Mr. Fadnavis, seeking appointment of a notable lawyer to take up his son’s case.The 28-year-old Mohsin was allegedly beaten to death by HRS activists on the night of June 2, 2014, in Hadapsar, after derogatory pictures of Chhatrapati Shivaji and late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on social media had sparked communal tension across the city.The prime accused, HRS chief Dhananjay Desai, is incarcerated in Yerwada Central Jail. The Pune police had filed a charge sheet against 23 people. However, 17 of the 23 have been released on bail for lack of evidence.last_img read more

Bomb blast in Imphal

first_imgMiscreants exploded a high intensity Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the busy commercial locality here on Monday, police said.The incident occurred at around 10:50 a.m. in the vicinity of Soibam Leikai area, they said.No casualty was reported in the powerful blast. Security personnel have cordoned off the area.last_img

UAAP Final Four: UST Tigresses go where Cherry Rondina takes them

first_imgUST last won the championship in Season 72 when it swept the men’s and women’s crown. Now after staying in the shadows of Ateneo and La Salle the last decade, the Tigresses are once again in the championship conversation.Despite losing heavy scoring sophomore Milena Alessandrini early in the season, UST has evolved into a formidable unit hinged on Rondina and rookies like Laure, MaFe Galanza, Ysa Jimenez, Janel Delerio and KC Galdones.“Nothing is impossible if you go all out and do the handwork,” said Rondina.Presently lodged at 3rd spot, UST can even take the No. 2 spot and the twice-to-beat privilege that comes with it. That’s if it wins its last game, against National University, and La Salle loses both its remaining two matches.At any rate, it’s not going to be a walk in the park for the Tigresses on their way to promise land.ADVERTISEMENT On her last playing year, the many-time beach volleyball MVP said it’s not enough that UST made the Final Four — its first in three seasons. It’s about time the Tigresses finally embody their newest battle cry: #KamiNaman.“My dream is to reach the championship,” said Rondina in Filipino. “So we need to have that mindset. I want to tell the new players, ‘Are you with me?’”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThere is no doubt Rondina wanted it more, she was the top scorer in the UAAP women’s volleyball after first round with 17.4 points per game, followed by her rookie teammate Eya Laure (16.7).But individual milestone is no longer Rondina’s concern at the moment because “what I want right now is the big trophy.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Fognini stuns Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-2 to reach Monte Carlo final And Rondina is very much aware of it, saying that if all else fails, “I hope they give me a good exit.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles UST Golden Tigresses’ Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The hardest working player across the board has got some choice words for her University of Santo Tomas teammates: “Are you with me?”After drilling in 21 points in UST’s impressive win over Far Eastern University (25-23, 25-18, 25-23), the 22-year-old Cebuana said she wanted the Tigresses to reach new heights.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more