Fijian Drua host Perth in top of the table clash

first_imgThe defending champion Spirit are the competition’s top try-scorers, have made the most attacking metres and clean breaks, beaten the most defenders and won the most turnovers.Both teams are level on ten points with two wins from three games but the only stats the Fijians lead the competition in are yellow cards and penalties conceded.Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula says the Drua are looking forward to playing in front of a big home crowd in Suva with a chance to go clear at the top of the table.”They are the reigning champions and it’s a tough competition and we are very privileged for Australia Rugby inviting us into this competition,” he said.”We need the support of the people here in Fiji but it’s another tough game on Saturday and we just have to maintain our exposure and work hard for the week so we are ready on Saturday”.Six players from the Fiji Under 20s squad have been welcomed back into the Drua camp this week, while former Wallabies prop Pek Cowan will anchor the scrum for the Spirit. Photo: Fiji Rugby Unionlast_img read more

Manganti scores UAAP career-best as Adamson blows past UE

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That’s also when Ahanmisi took matters into his own hands, scoring eight straight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to get the Falcons rolling.“We started flat and I just wanted to pick up the intensity,” Ahanmisi, who went 3-of-6 from downtown and had four rebounds, said.A corner triple by Jonathan Espeleta stretched Adamson’s lead to 20, 67-47, with 1:30 remaining in the third quarter but UE still had little fight left in them behind Alvin Pasaol, who kept shooting and attacking the basket.Pasaol wound up with 36 points but needed 34 shots while the rest of his teammates combined for 33 attempts. He also had 10 rebounds.The Red Warriors (0-2), who are coming off an 87-58 loss to University of the Philippines last Sept. 8, couldn’t come within single digits.ADVERTISEMENT Out of quarterfinals, PH volleybelles stay unfazed as they eye 5th placecenter_img MOST READ Ahanmisi sparked a 17-4 Adamson surge in the final six minutes and 14 seconds of the first half where the Falcons turned a three-point deficit into a 42-32 halftime spread and never looked back.Adamson coach Franz Pumaren, however, wasn’t in a celebratory mood even after a dominating victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Nothing against UE, but we made it a very difficult game on our part. I guess that some of the guys coming into this game the mentality is that UE is just gonna roll over and give the ball to us but it’s different,” Pumaren told reporters.Pumaren had to call for a timeout near the midway mark of the second quarter after the Red Warriors grabbed a 28-25 edge. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson drew big games from its stars to whip University of the East, 90-76, and stay undefeated in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Sean Manganti scored 27 points, his personal best in the UAAP, Jerrick Ahanmisi led a pivotal second quarter breakaway to finish with 17 points while Papi Sarr notched a double-double with 15 points and 21 rebounds for the Falcons, who improved to 2-0.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Engine stalls for DEI drivers fuel debate

first_imgEarnhardt Jr. complained to his crew that his engine was losing power and his oil pressure was dropping when he pulled out of the race to make repairs. He returned, but blew his motor and crashed on Lap 121. “The unleaded fuel threw us a curveball,” said Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet for DEI. “We haven’t obviously got the situation where we need it, but the guys will learn something from the two motors we lost and we will go from there.” NASCAR is using an unleaded fuel for the first time and some drivers complained about how it affected the performance of their race cars. Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Dodge for Evernham Motorsports, said the unleaded fuel may have led to his engine problems, too. “It’s definitely different the way it runs, the way it takes off on restarts and how it shifts,” said Kahne, who led for 20 laps early in the race. “We’ve got some things to work on and figure out, but I think the unleaded fuel is fine. We’ve just got to learn how to make it work.” Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. suffered blown engines in their DEI cars and had to exit early in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race. Menard finished a lap down, in 20th place, but at least his motor didn’t blow up before the end of the race. Earnhardt Jr. and Truex Jr. weren’t as fortunate. FONTANA – No one would have guessed Paul Menard would have the highest-finishing car for Dale Earnhardt Inc. in Sunday’s Auto Club 500 at California Speedway. NASCAR Photo Galleries: • Fans Auto Club 500: One | Two | Three Complete coverage: Motor Sports center_img Earnhardt Jr. wasn’t as kind. He said the use of the unleaded fuel presented some surprises and he was worried about the motor situation after winter tests at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “We just have to figure out what we need to do to the motors,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “I just have to leave it in the hands of the motor builders back at DEI. We have two weeks and I know they are going to be working long, long days. They wil l figure it out. I have every faith they will.” Truex Jr. bowed out early in the race when his engine started smoking. He blew an engine, took his car out of the race and into the garage area on Lap 13. “We didn’t get any warning,” said Truex Jr., driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet for DEI. “These guys at DEI do an awesome job with these engines. We only lost one last year. It is just frustrating. We had a legitimate top-five car, maybe even a winning car. We will never know.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Klopp feels heat as Liverpool eye group phase

first_imgThe five-time European champions needed a late Sadio Mane goal to see off Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday and Klopp anticipates another knife-edge occasion at Anfield in mid-week.“We all have pressure and it’s a quick start always,” said Klopp, who reached the Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund in 2013.“You need to be there immediately, deliver and all that stuff. The difference this year is that it’s really hard.“We all know a draw (against Palace), two points instead of four or six, it doesn’t feel good, but you can sort it.“You can’t do this in a Champions League qualifier. This intensity is really hard, for both teams.”Klopp made five changes to his starting XI for the 1-0 victory over Palace, with debutant Andy Robertson, Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez, James Milner and Daniel Sturridge coming into the side.Having started on the bench, Dejan Lovren, Emre Can and star signing Mohamed Salah are all expected to return to the starting line-up against Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim.Young right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold could also return, having been rested against Palace after setting Liverpool en route to victory in Sinsheim with a memorable 25-yard free-kick.Liverpool are likely to still be without Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, the subject of three unsuccessful bids from Barcelona, who continues to nurse a back problem.But Robertson believes the fire-power on show against Palace demonstrated the strength in depth in Liverpool’s attacking unit.– ‘3-0 would be nicer’ –Liverpool forward Sadio Mane wheels away in celebration in a past match.“It’s brilliant when you get the ball and you look up and you’ve got Sadio, Roberto (Firmino), Studge (Sturridge) in the first half and Mo (Salah) came on with big Dom (Solanke),” said the former Dundee United left-back.“It’s great to have the options. We’re not fully up to speed yet, but we’re getting there and when we are, we’ll be a threat.”Liverpool are bidding to reach the Champions League group phase for only the second time since 2010.Their last participation in 2014-15 having come to an end in the group stage, it is now over eight years since Anfield last hosted a knockout-phase match in the competition.Elimination at the hands of European debutants Hoffenheim would represent a monumental setback for Klopp, who was hired partly on the strength of his fine continental record with Dortmund.But Liverpool’s fans will draw encouragement from the fact that in 14 previous European home games against German teams, their team have never been beaten.Hoffenheim geared up for the trip to Liverpool with a 1-0 win at home to Werder Bremen on Saturday, courtesy of a deflected shot from substitute Andrej Kramaric in the 84th minute.“I wouldn’t say no if a few deflected goals fly in on Wednesday,” said head coach Nagelsmann, who led Hoffenheim to a best-ever fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga last season.“A 2-0 win is the big plan. A 3-0 would be nicer.”Nagelsmann rested six of the team who started against Liverpool last week, including burly striker Sandro Wagner and Germany winger Serge Gnabry.Kramaric, who squandered an early penalty in the first leg, only came on for the last 25 minutes, but in a potential good omen for Wednesday, he managed to make his presence count.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp reacts following their match against Stoke City on April 8, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 22-Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp concedes his side are already feeling the pressure this season ahead of the return leg of their Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim on Wednesday.Liverpool looked to have planted one foot in the group phase after going 2-0 up in last week’s first leg in Germany, only for Mark Uth’s 87th-minute reply to bring Hoffenheim right back into the tie.last_img read more

Future uncertain after relegation, says Muho’s Odongo

first_img0Shares0000Muhoroni Youth players line up before their match against Kariobangi Sharks at the Kasarani Stadium on November 4, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 6- Muhoroni Youth head coach Jeff Odongo has admitted he is uncertain of the future of the team after they were relegated from the Kenyan Premier League following a 7-0 thrashing by Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday.The sugarbelt side who gained promotion in 2012 has faced a tumultuous season characterized by financial struggles and there have been fears that the life of the team might come to an end once they slide back to the National Super League. “As per now we are uncertain of what exactly the future holds for us but we will wait. The management said they are looking for new sponsors but up to now, there is no news yet so we don’t exactly know how things are,” Odongo told Capital Sport.He has explained that the reason for their financial struggle has been their sponsors’ dwindling business which has in turn made it difficult for them to remit cash to the football team.“The lack of sugarcane hurt our sponsor’s business because it became hard for them to bring money to football when in the first place their own employees were not being paid. We are still hopeful though that things will look up for them,” Odongo noted.“We are going down to the NSL and even there, you need to have good money to make it count. It is huge heartbreak for us because this is a team that builds the youth, but I believe we can work hard and come back to the KPL within one season,” he added.Muhoroni’s star looked to shine bright after performing well last season including winning the KPL Top Eight title but a hugely underperforming season, punctuated by frequent coaching turnover and cries of unpaid salaries have seen their efforts waste down.Muhoroni Youth head coach Jeff Odongo (right) listens to his assistant James ‘Odijo’ Omondi (squatting) during their match against Kariobangi Sharks at the Kasarani Stadium on November 4, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOdongo took charge of the team recently after George Maina who was brought in to save the sinking ship abandoned it, citing difficulty to achieve due to their poor financial status.Meanwhile, Western Stima’s woes to avoid the chop suffered a huge setback when they drew 2-2 with Ulinzi Stars in Kisumu. If they lose their next match and either Thika United or Mathare United pick one point, they will be relegated.Zoo Kericho and Nakumatt FC also have some relegation fears cropping up. Zoo are 13th with 37 points while Nakumatt are a place below them with 36, just four shy of the automatic relegation zone.The two teams can however guarantee themselves safety with a win in either of the two remaining matches.“Mathematically, we are still not safe. My target is to get just three points from the available six and then look at how we can be better next season. It hasn’t been easy especially in the second leg but I am confident we will still be in the league,” Nakumatt head coach Anthony Mwangi said.Mathare and Thika will also guarantee themselves safety if they win just one of their remaining two matches.Nakumatt play Sony Sugar away and Kariobangi Sharks at home, Thika play Zoo Kericho away and Bandari at home while Mathare United play Muhoroni Youth at home and Posta Rangers away.-Kimanzi’s best season-Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi and his assistant Salim Ali engage the team in a half time pep talk during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, Mathare head coach Francis Kimanzi says if he successfully manages to guide the Slum Boys out of the snare of relegation, he will term this as the best year in his coaching career.Kimanzi chose to go into the season with youngsters after losing most of his key players at the end of last season and though he says he does not regret the decision, he admits it has not been easy.“Sometimes it needs a big heart and also a coach with a big heart to guide them. With youngsters sometime they might get a bit excited and not do things correctly but I am happy because in every game I see alot of improvement in individuals and the team,” Kimanzi said after his team’s 1-0 win over Nzoia.“But at the end of the season if we are still in the league, this would be one of the best seasons in my career because I have experienced lots with top level teams and sometimes it’s nice to have the feeling of coaches who struggle and more so doing it with players who are less talented and maybe younger,” the experienced tactician, one of the most qualified in the region said.-Matano pleased-AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano with Team manager Gilbert Selebwa after their Kenyan Premier League match against Nakumatt on November 5, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluElsewhere, AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano notes he is delighted to have delivered on his task of pulling Ingwe off the relegation quagmire and says he can now comfortably start planning on what he intends to achieve next season.Matano was drafted into the team in July with the team struggling for results but Sunday’s 1-0 win over Nakumatt in Nairobi all but guaranteed them safety as it took them seven points off the automatic drop zone.“I can say that I have finished the season strongly. We will not be relegated at the end of the season and we also finish with a trophy which is good. It has not been the way I want but nonetheless we have achieved something. Now it’s time to plan for next season,” Matano offered.KPL weekend resultsSaturday: Kakamega Homeboyz 2 Chemelil Sugar 2 (Mumias Complex), Kariobangi Sharks 7 Muhoroni Youth 0 (Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani).Sunday: Tusker FC 0 Thika United 1 (Ruaraka Complex), Mathare United 1 Nzoia Sugar 0, AFC Leopards 1 Nakumatt 0 (Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani), Bandari 0 Posta Rangers 0 (Mbaraki Complex), SoNy Sugar 1 Sofapaka 0 (Awendo Stadium), Western Stima 2 Ulinzi Stars 2 (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Zoo Kericho 1 Gor Mahia 1 (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool transfer news: Summer targets Gotze and Hector score for Germany

first_imgLiverpool fans will have had a keen eye on Germany’s friendly with Italy following rumours linking them with Mario Gotze and Jonas Hector.And Reds supporters won’t have been disappointed as both stars got on the scoresheet in Munich as the hosts ran out 4-1 winners over the Azzurri.Gotze scored the second German goal, heading home a cross from Thomas Muller – who celebrated with his team-mate by slapping his cheeks.Meanwhile, Hector grabbed the third, turning home an excellent team move, which included a stunning backheel from Gotze.You can see both strikes below…Mario Gotze’s goal v ItalyJonas Hector’s goal v Italy Mario Gotze celebrates scoring against Italy 1last_img

Who are the best Premier League players outside the top six?

first_img predicted King of the assist. He created as many goals as Mesut Ozil last season.The German’s creative brain and sensational right foot largely helped keep Brighton in the Premier League and had everyone wondering: why did no one else spot this guy? gameday The Iceland international has already proved he can make it at the top. He was always superb for Tottenham but unfortunately for him, they have Christian Eriksen.Sigurdsson should thrive under the style of Marco Silva next season because he certainly has the quality to justify his £45m price tag. Another man who would fit into any top-six side.Arnautovic can make things happen on his own, as he was often forced to at West Ham last season.What’s more, he does it against the big teams. The Austrian’s first Hammers goal was a brilliant winner against Chelsea.No wonder Manchester United are interested. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Preferred to Red Devils regulars Phil Jones and Chris Smalling for the Three Lions, England’s national treasure would stroll into Jose Mourinho’s defence.His meteoric rise will surely carry him to a top-six club eventually and the 25-year-old’s composure on the ball is something United lack. Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) highlights 9 9 How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence 9 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) 9 Pascal Gross (Brighton) NEW ERA 9 How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? If someone told you there was a £50m player at Watford, your thoughts would probably turn to this man rather than Richarlison.The central midfielder is as comfortable leading a counter attack from deep as he is scrapping to regain possession. He can do it all. 9 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Neves playing in the Championship last season will forever be one of football’s great mysteries.Porto’s youngest ever captain has a habit of scoring screamers and he could play in central midfield for most teams. In fact, he’s already done it in the Champions League. This transfer window is utterly bonkers.Is Watford winger Richarlison a £50m player? No, of course not. Ruben Neves (Wolves) Now, here’s a player who lives up to his price tag.Crystal Palace value the winger at £70m and it’s easy to see why.Zaha is statistically among Lionel Messi, Neymar and Eden Hazard as one of Europe’s elite dribblers.Managers make entire game-plans around how to stop the flying Ivorian. Imagine if he was surrounded by players of his quality… How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford) who plays? The best centre-forward outside the top six? Almost certainly.Vardy scored more goals than Romelu Lukaku, Roberto Firmino, Alexandre Lacazette and Alvaro Morata last season. ALTERED 9 9 smart causal Everton are close to signing Richarlison for a huge fee Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) 9 possible xi Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more However, there are some players outside the top six who would be slightly more worthy of a big-money move.talkSPORT takes a look at the best Premier League players who do not play for Man City, Man United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea or Arsenal. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decadelast_img read more

Fake Darwinism Created by Intelligent Design

first_imgScientists have created enzymes with enhanced ability to select between left- and right-handed molecules, using an “evolutionary” process, claims Manfred Reetz in a Perspective article in PNAS:1A fundamentally new approach to asymmetric catalysis in organic chemistry is described based on the in vitro evolution of enantioselective enzymes. It comprises the appropriate combination of gene mutagenesis and expression coupled with an efficient high-throughput screening system for evaluating enantioselectivity (enantiomeric excess assay). Several such cycles lead to a “Darwinistic” process, which is independent of any knowledge concerning the structure or the mechanism of the enzyme being evolved. The challenge is to choose the optimal mutagenesis methods to navigate efficiently in protein sequence space. As a first example, the combination of error-prone mutagenesis, saturation mutagenesis, and DNA-shuffling led to a dramatic enhancement of enantioselectivity of a lipase acting as a catalyst in the kinetic resolution of a chiral ester. Mutations at positions remote from the catalytically active center were identified, a surprising finding, which was explained on the basis of a novel relay mechanism. The scope and limitations of the method are discussed, including the prospect of directed evolution of stereoselective hybrid catalysts composed of robust protein hosts in which transition metal centers have been implanted.Basically, researchers built enzymes top-down instead of bottom-up. Instead of the old “rational design” method, trying to construct an active site to perform the function needed, they started with the function they wanted, and iteratively selected any “mutants” that came closest to doing the job, without stipulating how they did it. The “surprising finding” he spoke of was that a distant mutation, far from the active site, actually improved the performance of the enzyme.1Manfred T. Reetz, “Controlling the enantioselectivity of enzymes by directed evolution: Practical and theoretical ramifications,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0306866101, published online before print April 12, 2004.He put “Darwinistic” in quotes, because it was not really Darwinistic, it was Designistic. The scientists played the role of designer by carefully selecting the results and directing the outcome. This paper, like others before it, gives two false impressions: (1) that Darwinism achieved the high specificity of proteins in the past, and (2) that Darwinian theory is a boon to science in the present. This is nothing but name-dropping. Charlie had nothing to do with it. If this were Darwinism, there would be no “directed evolution” (an oxymoron), because there would be no direction. Here, the scientists had a goal: they wanted enantioselective enzymes. Their “mutation and selection” process was results-driven by artificial selection, a form of intelligent design. Yet Reetz illogically claims, without any evidence or support (only belief), “Enzymes are products of evolution, and might therefore be expected to function with high enantioselectivity only with natural substrates under physiological conditions.” Then, in the very next breath, he falsifies this evolutionary prediction: “However, it is well known that this is not the case, because a surprisingly large number of unnatural compounds are converted with high enantioselectivity, even in organic solvents.” So does this convert him to ID theory? No, he just waltzes into the problem at hand: “Nevertheless, the problem of substrate specificity persists. In such cases several approaches to enhance enzyme stereoselectivity have been described, including site-specific mutagenesis based on theoretical considerations…” la te da, blah blah, and so on, and so forth, so we’ll design an enzyme with a creative method and give Charlie the glory. The difference between this method and the traditional bottom-up approach Reetz calls “rational design” can be compared to the difference between engineering and management. The engineer knows the physical laws and properties of the widget he is designing, and organizes the parts specifically toward the solution. The manager just says, “Build me a widget that flies.” An upper manager might devise a contest between engineers to see who can come up with the best design. All the manager cares about is the results: will it fly? He weeds out the losers and rewards the winners. The winner gets more resources to refine the design until an optimal design is produced. Even if the engineer uses trial and error and chance, given enough trials a working prototype will emerge as long as intelligence is directing the process toward a goal. In a similar way, these researchers did not need to know all the details of the structure of the enzyme they wanted to create; they just mutated ingredients and selected the few that worked, then iterated the process until the best design was filtered out of the pile. They managed the process rather than engineering it. Only Dilbert would nominate his manager for a Darwin award. Another thing. The “surprising” discovery Reetz made also argues against Darwinism. His team found that a remote amino acid, far from the active site, was essential to the function. He was so surprised by this he called it a paradigm-shifting finding: “This observation leads to a change in paradigm, because all previous attempts to influence enantioselectivity of an enzyme by using site-specific mutagenesis had focused on amino acid substitutions near the active center. Such protein engineering was designed to “carve” an appropriate chiral pocket at the active center, in line with Fischer’s “lock-and-key” hypothesis or modified versions such as Koshland’s induced fit. Later, he adds, “… our studies show that the long-standing dogma regarding the necessity of amino acid substitutions exclusively at the active site to influence enantioselectivity no longer holds.” What this means is that an enzyme is designed all the way through, not just at the active site. The “lock and key” fit of an enzyme to its substrate is amazing enough, but to think that distant amino acids actually affect the workings of the molecular machine calls into question the belief that proteins can be mutated at will, as long as they are far from the active site. This underscores the improbability of getting all the amino acids in the right order, as described in our online book, Evolution: Possible or Impossible? Let’s give credit where credit is due. This experiment is all about design. Calling this “Darwinistic” is like calling Boeing a manufacturer of tornados in junkyards.(Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

President Zuma upbeat as he concludes WEF visit with meeting with global investors

first_imgFrom left, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and South African President Jacob Zuma at the Business Interaction Group on South Africa on Friday 22 January, a session of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. (Image: The Presidency)On Friday 22 January 2016 President Jacob Zuma and his delegation held a fruitful and successful interaction with global investors at the World Economic Forum in Davos.The President met with global CEOs and chairmen of multinational corporations during the Business Interaction Group on South Africa, an annual forum where the President and Ministers engage the international investors to discuss opportunities in the country and also to hear their views on improving the investment climate in the country.South Africa recognises the importance of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), which accounts for 42% of the country’s GDP. Inward FDI flows continue to grow in South Africa. A number of companies have expanded operations and engaged in new investments. South Africa is also an important source of FDI for the African continent.In his remarks, President Zuma welcomed the foreign direct investment flows into the country. He shared the country’s response to the depressed economic climate especially the Nine Point Plan to ignite growth. The plan includes agriculture and agro-processing, advanced beneficiation of mineral resources, higher impact industrial policy action plan, boosting small businesses, energy capacity increase, promoting FDI and developing a robust ocean economy, science and technology, water and sanitation and managing state-owned companies. The President added that the country was becoming a frontier for FDI on the green economy, ocean economy, oil and gas and others which provided new opportunities.He also briefed the investors on the establishment on an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Investments and the establishment of a one-stop interdepartmental clearing house to make it easier for companies to invest. “We will focus on among others, cutting the red tape significantly to address the concerns that the investors have been raising,’’ the President said.The President also briefed the BIG meeting on the efforts to improve education and skills development including the building of new universities, training colleges and the building and refurbishment of schools.The investors sought information and also commented on various areas including energy, oil and gas, scrap metal industry, ocean economy, mineral beneficiation, human settlements and its importance in building social stability, regional integration, the need to stabilise growth and set expenditure ceilings.The prudent financial management of the country was addressed strongly by the President and the Ministers with an added emphasis on the country’s robust monetary policy framework. It was acknowledged that South Africa has a good fiscal framework.The global CEOs emphasised the need to ensure that policies are implemented and that there is certainty at all times.The need for predictability was also raised in the context of the recent changes of finance ministers and the impact thereof. The President responded that while governments all over the world are entitled to change Ministers, South Africa had responded without delay when concern was raised especially given the economic climate. The meeting appreciated the swift changes that were made afterwards resulting in the appointment of Minister Pravin Gordhan as the Minister of Finance.President Zuma welcomed the participation of the private sector in building the economy. He also assured the business community that South Africa’s economy is resilient, that the country has a strong and vibrant democracy with an active and vocal citizenry and vibrant media all of which acts as good checks and balances to the leadership in the country.“The BIG meeting has been extremely helpful. We appreciate all the constructive comments and suggestions on all areas from the economy to social development. The positive contribution of the international and domestic business community in such a negative economic climate is very encouraging. This has given us good feedback as we prepare for the State of the Nation Address and Budget next month,’’ said the President.The President said he was generally upbeat about the visit to Davos.“We are very happy with the visit. It has definitely been worthwhile. Team South Africa has done extremely well in Davos, marketing the country in a difficult and very competitive economic climate. We managed to put our message across effectively and received a positive hearing. There is a lot that we need to do and we are already working on many of the issues that the global business community has been raising. Team South Africa will meet at home to discuss all these matters further so that we can work together to build our country and take it forward’’ said the President.Enquiries: Bongani Majola on 082 339 1993 or by: The read more

eFields Report a must-see for farmers in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2018 eFields Report has been released by the Ohio State University. The 200 page book contains on-farm research data from the last year collected from 95 research locations spread across 25 counties.“The eFields report is documentation of all of the on-farm research across the state of Ohio being done by extension educators,”said Sam Custer, Darke County Extension Educator.Ohio Ag Net’s Bart Johnson sat down with Custer to discuss highlights of the report and how you can see it for yourself.Click here for the online copy.There are reginal eFields meetings coming up around the state:Southwest: February 13, 2019 – 9:00 am | Clinton County Extension Office: 111 South Nelson Ave. #2, Wilmington OH 45177Northwest: February 20, 2019; 9:00 am – Noon | Robert Fulton Ag Center: 8770 OH-108, Wauseon, OH 43567East: February 27, 2019; 4:30 pm – 8:30pm | RG Drage Career Conference Center: 2800 Richville Dr. SW, Massillon, OH 44646West Central: February 28, 2019; 9:00am-Noon | Upper Valley Career Center, Adult Applied Technology Center: 8811 Career Dr., Piqua, OH 45356last_img read more