SA welcomes SADC infrastructure plan

first_img20 August 2012 South Africa has welcomed the adoption of a regional infrastructure master plan by Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders who met in Maputo at the weekend. The SADC Heads of State approved the plan, which is expected to boost regional trade, following their two-day summit in the Mozambican capital. The plan, to be implemented over a 15-year period beginning from next year, will serve as a key strategy to guide the creation of efficient, cost-effective trans-boundary infrastructure connecting all SADC member states in areas of energy, water, ICT and transport. The region’s infrastructure in critical sectors is said to be so poor that a deficit was estimated to be to be about US$100-billion. Speaking to SAnews in Maputo, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies noted that the new plan would put emphasis on the cross-border infrastructure that South Africa identifies in its own Strategic Infrastructure Plan, adopted recently by the government. “Our own infrastructure programme, particularly the 17 SIPs, will be strongly supporting the SADC plan, and we have already identified a few projects that we are highlighting, and the SADC plan will help us to get a bigger broader picture,” Davies said. He welcomed the fact that a connected SADC infrastructure would strengthen regional integration and add meaning to the free-trade area agreement that many countries in the region were battling to implement. “As South Africa we have always argued that the biggest barriers to promoting a more equitable pattern of inter-regional trade … has always been a lack of a common plan that links all of us. “We think that the way forward now is to address the supply capacity issues as well as infrastructure challenges that are blocking inter-regional trade,” Davies said. “This means we have to find agreement on a whole host of things within the SADC region as part of SADC’s supported infrastructure programme, with the main focus on cross-border projects.” It’s still not clear how funding for the infrastructure plan will be structured, considering that countries are still battling to put together even the Regional Development Fund (RDF) that was agreed to in previous summits. The RDF was intended as a financial mechanism to mobilise resources from member states and the private sector to finance projects for regional development and integration. Last week, the African Development Bank proposed that a funding mechanism in the form of an infrastructure bond be established to speed up the plan. The bank asked SADC countries to put five percent of their foreign reserves, estimated at US$22-billion, towards the establishment of the initiative. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Anthony Joshua wants stricter rules for drug cheats in boxing

first_imgView comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue British boxer Anthony Joshua wraps his hands prior to the media session at the English institute of Sport, in Sheffield, England, Wednesday May 1, 2019. Andy Ruiz Jr. will look to become Mexico’s first heavyweight champion after replacing Jarrell Miller as the opponent for unbeaten WBA, IBF and WBO titleholder Anthony Joshua. (Dave Thompson/PA via AP)Anthony Joshua has called for tougher rules to be put in place when boxers fail drugs tests in the wake of Jarrell Miller’s six-month ban.Joshua was set to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against Miller on June 1 at Madison Square Garden, but his opponent reportedly tested positive for a number of performance enhancing drugs.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Andy Ruiz Jr has stepped in as the replacement for Miller, whose relatively short suspension from the WBA convinced Joshua to question whether enough is being done to combat doping in boxing.“Maybe there needs to be more of a situation where it’s not just a random six-month ban,” Joshua was quoted as saying by British media on Wednesday.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, logistics“I know, for instance, if I carry a bladed article I’m going to get x amount of time in jail, if I carry a weapon of destruction I’m going to get a certain amount of time in jail, so you know (the consequences of what will happen).“Six months is news to me, it’s like ‘why did he only get six months?’ It should be ‘Miller’s definitely getting this’, that’s my opinion on it. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA on drug war: Our mandate is guided by rule of law, respect for lives PLAY LIST 01:15PDEA on drug war: Our mandate is guided by rule of law, respect for lives00:50Trending Articles01:15DOH wants a drug rehab center in every region02:42PH 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 Krausscenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles He cited Mexican great Julio Cesar Chavez, a world champion in several lighter classes, and former heavyweight world champions Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis.“This is my chance to make history, I want to be one of those greats like Chavez, Tyson, Holyfield, Lennox Lewis. I want to be in that category.”“I’m going to bring the titles back to Mexico. I’m going to be able to change my whole family’s lives, my life and all my kids.”Ruiz’s only defeat came in a world title challenge against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker.Joshua, 29, who has won all of his 22 fights, will be fighting in the United States for the first time.“Ruiz is a different kind of challenge but one I embrace,” said Joshua.“We have worked in the boxing gym week on week and whomever is put in front of me at Madison Square Garden on June 1 will be dispatched in style. The rent will be collected.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “There should be something where people know if they mess up, this is exactly what is happening.”When Joshua gets back in the ring for the first time in over eight months, he will now face Ruiz Jr, who is bidding to become Mexico’s first heavyweight world champion.California-born Ruiz Jr has won 32 of his 33 professional contests.“The chills — I’m really excited for this fight,” he said in a statement released by Matchroom Boxing.‘Chance to make history’ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA D-League: Diliman College squeaks past Marinerong Pilipino in thrillerlast_img read more

Ohio State Football Cancels Media Session, Rumors Swirling Of Possible Major Injury

first_imgNoah Brown making a great catch at Ohio State practice.Noah Brown Ohio StateUpdate No. 2: Urban Meyer has confirmed that sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown broke his leg at practice and will have surgery. Urban Meyer just confirmed for me Noah Brown has broken leg, will undergo surgery, full recovery expected. story at http://t.co/x610tIOIt0— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) August 27, 2015Update: Multiple reports state that Ohio State sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown suffered a major leg injury at practice tonight. Our understanding is that Noah Brown was injured at #Buckeye practice tonight. EMT’s responded to a call at OSU at 6:37.— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) August 26, 2015Earlier: Various Ohio State football players and coaches were scheduled to meet with the media this evening after practice. Interviews have been cancelled. According to multiple reporters at the Buckeyes’ facility, the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the mood is extremely somber. A player was reportedly carted off the field and rumors of a major injury to a Buckeye are swirling. Bad vibes here at OSU. Interviews cancelled. Looked to be a player carted off.— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyWTVN) August 26, 2015It was a strange mood as soon as we walked onto the practice field. Players were all very quiet, just sitting on the bench. No jokes.— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy_) August 26, 2015Ohio State abruptly cancelled interviews and people in this building look like they got the wind knocked out of them.— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) August 26, 2015Ohio State wide receiver Corey Smith Jr. posted the following tweet. Count yo blessings at all times NB I got bro— Corey Smith Jr (@dreamchaser_cj5) August 26, 2015That seems to be a reference to wide receiver Noah Brown, who was having a tremendous training camp.Per Corey Smith’s tweet, it sounds like WR Noah Brown, who was having an amazing camp, may have been injured.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 26, 2015Ohio State wide receiver coach Zach Smith has also tweeted.This is not our plan… This is God’s plan. Have to have #Faith in His plan and stay true to Him – It will all work out in the end.— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) August 26, 2015Brown, a sophomore, played in 13 games as a true freshman in 2014. He appeared to be on the verge of a breakout season this fall.  More to follow.last_img read more

Video: Colin Cowherd Says Alabama Is The “Wal-Mart Of College Football”

first_imgColin Cowherd discussing something on his show.YouTube/Colin CowherdColin Cowherd has moved on from his weekly trolling of Iowa to find a new target. This week, Cowherd is apparently taking a few shots at Alabama. The FOX Sports radio host isn’t a fan of how “bland” the program has been during the Nick Saban era.Cowherd called Alabama the “Wal-Mart of college football” when discussing the team’s lack of quarterback success at the next level. He also doesn’t think that Saban’s excessive use of Derrick Henry will benefit the running back in the future.Where @ColinCowherd perfectly compares Alabama to Walmart. #RollbackTide #HerdHere https://t.co/mwfBwTGISE— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 15, 2015Obviously, it’s hard to argue with how much success Saban’s had in Tuscaloosa. We imagine that he doesn’t really care whether he’s winning with enough style points.last_img read more

College Spun Media Is Looking To Hire A Full-Time Writer This Summer

first_imgCS Square LogoCS Square LogoCSsquarelogo-e1344353072209We are expanding!College Spun, founded in September of 2012, is an independent sports blog that brings you the most interesting college athletics stories of the day. The publication, which reaches over four million unique readers per month, focuses on the social media aspect of the industry.We’re looking for one full-time writer to add to our staff for our Hoboken, New Jersey (next to NYC) office. We’re looking for candidates who are obsessed college sports and understand the ever-changing digital journalism landscape. Ideal candidates will also have relevant experience. As an employee of College Spun, you will help dictate the site’s editorial direction.Qualifications:You must be entrepreneurially-minded and OBSESSED with college sports.You must have experience at an online publication.You must be a great writer who can spot an interesting story and have the personality to tell it in an entertaining way.You must be well-versed in social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc).You must be able to edit and manage other writers; team players only.You must not care about a 9-5, Monday-Friday lifestyle. Games are all on nights and weekends.You must be competitive by nature and self-motivated.You must be willing to relocate to the NYC area.Think you’re the perfect candidate? Then we can’t wait to meet you. If that’s not you but you know someone else who is that person, please introduce us.To apply, please email matt@collegespun.com with your resume and two writing samples.last_img read more

City of Fort St John councillors to be sworn in on Monday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will be holding their inaugural council meeting on Monday.To start the meeting, there will be the Mayor and Councillors’ Oath of Office which will be conducted by The Honourable Brian Daley, Provincial Court Judge.Two new councillors,  Becky Grimsrud and Tony Zabinsky will be among the six councillors to be sworn in. The night will also include the introduction of the 2018-2022 members of city council, the Mayor’s inaugural address, and farewell statements from outgoing council members.The city of Fort St. John inaugural council meeting is on Monday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.For a full schedule of the inaugural meeting, you can visit https://fortstjohn.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/92285last_img

Smalling Were showing that winning attitude

first_imgChris Smalling believes Manchester United’s revival could be linked to the rediscovery of the standards set by legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.United came from behind to record a 2-1 victory at Bournemouth making it the third time in four matches they have recovered from a losing position.Referring to those once-famous characteristics, Smalling, 28, disclosed via Belfast: “We’re showing that attitude, never giving in and you can see that coming out.“No matter how bad that first half was, that second half we all believed we can go and win. It’s a great feeling and it’s bringing us closer together.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“As games are getting tougher and tougher they’re closer than ever, and it’s often coming down to fine margins, who can give that added burst in the last five minutes. We’re going to win a lot of points that way.“We know we’re going into a very tough week now but we can come out with some good results and it can be seen as a good month, considering (October) was probably one of our toughest months.“We have to stick together. This is a club that is talked about more than any other and we as players need to stick together and ride out the tough times and stay together in the good and try to keep them flowing as much as we can.“We knew that three points was a must because we have to move up that table.”last_img read more

UPDATED Good Samaritans Help Save Mackey Lake Plane Crash Survivor

first_imgCES Chief Roy Browning: “CES crews responded around 11am, and CES activated their dive team for response and put Nikiski dive team on standby. Nearby residents on the lake reported that the plane was sinking as crews were in route.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The pilot and sole occupant of a plane that crashed Tuesday into Mackey Lake, in Soldotna, survived with “minimal injuries” according to Central Emergency Services. A nearby good samaritan rode his boat out to the downed plane to assist the pilot. The Alaska State Troopers also responded to the scene, and it was confirmed that there was only one occupant onboard the plane at the time of the crash. According to Browning the plane was a Maule MX-7. The investigation into the cause of the crash has now been handed over to the troopers. The initial call to CES was that a plane had overturned upon landing in Mackey Lake. Browning: “Upon arrival by CES crews the pilot was able to get out of the plane with the assistance of local residents as they responded by kayak and were able to get him to shore to our ambulance crews.” last_img read more

Late to Augmented Reality Party Esquire Delivers Solid 3D Package

first_imgBut while Esquire was first (or near first) with its other “innovations,” it’s late in delivering augmented reality in magazines. In June, Bonnier’s Popular Science utilized augmented reality firm Metaio’s Web application software to create an interactive image (provided by General Electric) featuring wind turbines when readers held up the cover of its July issue to their computer cameras. Time Inc.’s InStyle magazine used augmented reality to make some advertisements in its December holiday gift guide issue three dimensional. Last month, publisher Future US also utilized the technology for the December issues of Official Xbox Magazine and Playstation: The Official Magazine featured an advertising campaign that generated an interactive 3-D war scene.Instead of kicking open the AR door for magazines, Esquire has simply contributed to a “rising trend.” Or has it? To be fair, I haven’t seen the magazine in my hands yet, but it looks like Esquire has in fact delivered a superior AR experience, compared to those we’ve already seen. Check out editor-in-chief David Granger’s video introduction to the issue below.Aside from who’s first and who’s not, perhaps the better question is whether utilizing AR is true “innovation” or all gimmick. What’s the real value for print magazines? In terms of innovation in the print medium, Hearst’s Esquire magazine has been a pioneer on a number of fronts in recent months. Last year, it partnered with Cambridge, Massachusetts-based E Ink to produce an electronic “paper” display for the magazine’s 75th anniversary October issue. Then in February, Esquire produced a cover “window” that opened to a mini table of contents and featured an advertisement on the back flap. Its May “How to Be a Man” issue featured perforated covers that act like a flip book, allowing readers to make 27 combinations of the facial features of Barack Obama, George Clooney and Justin Timberlake.Now, the magazine is tapping augmented reality technology to take innovation into the digital realm.  Throughout the December issue (which hits newsstands November 17) are coded markers that, when readers/users hold up to their computer’s Webcam, trigger interactive video “experiences” to appear on their screens. Four articles and the cover are equipped with the AR functionality. For example, when a user holds the cover to their Webcam, cover feature/actor Robert Downey Jr. appears on their screen, talks about the issue, sings and shows a clip of his upcoming film, Sherlock Holmes. Car maker Lexus is the issue’s exclusive advertiser for the AR technology, with an ad that’s AR-enabled.last_img read more

SELECTMEN RACE Fasulo Responds To LifeLong Residency Question Criticizes The Patch

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a statement from Selectman candidate Rob Fasulo in response to a recent Wilmington Patch’s article questioning Fasulo’s “life-long residency” status. The Patch reported that Fasulo and his wife purchased a home in Tewksbury in February 2005 and bought their current Wilmington home in December 2012.Rob Fasulo’s StatementIt’s really unfortunate that I have to respond to an allegation from Dave Copeland of Wilmington Patch regarding his article on Thursday.I realize Patch is not a real news organization per se as they would have contacted me for comment before writing the article, not wait for a rebuttal after. Patch has not reached out for comment as they reported.Mr. Copeland, the definition of “resident” is “somebody that dwells permanently or a considerable amount of time somewhere”The facts of the time period are that I did own property in Tewksbury, however, it was never intentional that I would make it a permanent place of residence. Not that it’s anybody’s business, but after my wedding my wife and I had to live in separate houses because we could not find a home in Wilmington. During the time that my wife and I owned the property in Tewksbury, I maintained my legal residency in Wilmington as I continued to pay excise tax on my vehicle here, as well as received my mail here, paid my bills from here, and had my driver’s license and professional certifications maintained here. I continued to vote in Wilmington and a majority of my belongings were here the whole time. Even my dogs license was here. Tewksbury was never intended to be a long-term situation for me and it wasn’t.My quote Mr. Copeland questions is my “40 plus year residency”. While I will argue that my residency has not changed, if you would like to remove the six years of property ownership in another town, that still equates to 37 years in Wilmington. Is this how petty we will become during this election?As far as Mr. Copeland’s claim that I “worked with Tewksbury Selectmen” to start the Tewksbury Farmers Market is a blatant lie. We were simply one of the first vendors to commit to the Tewksbury Farmers Market. The quoted article also claimed I was a Tewksbury resident, I did not say that the author of the article did, yet Copeland quotes me.You’re going to write an article smearing my good name over at most 3 years if we used whatever definition of “resident” that you used when justifying this article? When a soldier goes away to war do they give up his or her residency when they lay their head down in a foreign land? How about when a child who goes away for school? I can document my residency in Wilmington, you cannot document your claim of my residency in Tewksbury. That is the only fact in this story.I know the politics in Wilmington can get dirty, but I did not see this one coming and for the record the Patch did not contact me for comment on this story. My wife contacted me at work and told me that it was out there. The lack of accomplishments by the establishment are not there so false stories will now be resorted to. This story is nothing more than an attempt by Mr. Copeland to influence an election.To end, Mr. Copeland you crossed the line that should not be crossed by bringing my wife, mother and father into this story, I believe you owe them a very public apology.Wilmington Apple Was Waiting For Comment…Wilmington Apple received an email from a reader on Wednesday night, suggesting Fasulo’s “life-long residency” claim be scrutinized. The reader provided the deeds of Fasulo’s current Wilmington property and former Tewksbury property, plus information from the Wilmington voters list.Wilmington Apple was able to confirm the veracity of the documents on Thursday morning.Before Wilmington Apple reached out to the Fasulo campaign for comment, the Wilmington Patch, which appears to have received the same email, published its story on Thursday morning, without comment from the Fasulo campaign. The Wilmington Patch later published a second article with Fasulo’s response.Wilmington Apple reached to out to the Fasulo campaign for comment on Thursday afternoon, and was later directed to the candidate’s statement on his Facebook page, which is published above.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN DEBATE RECAP: Bendel, Caira, Fasulo, Maselli & Sullivan Debate The Issues (with VIDEO)In “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN RACE PREVIEW: Everything You Need To Know Before You VoteIn “Government”last_img read more