Cards, altas score; Maroons cry foul

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Meanwhile, University of the Philippines has protested its  loss to Ateneo last Wednesday in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.In a letter by team manager and lawyer Agaton Teodoro O. Uvero, UP urged the UAAP to take action against what it deemed were “deplorable” calls made by “incompetent” referees during the Maroons’ 79-87 defeat to the Blue Eagles. Elite eye share of lead; Fuel Masters face faltering Bolts Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMapua nipped College of St. Benilde, 86-83, to record its  first back-to-back wins after two years in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Laurenz Victoria came through in the clutch anew and finished with a team-high 16 points on top of six rebounds and six assists to lead the Cardinals to their first back-to-back wins since Season 92.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Cards improved to 4-8, surpassing their win total last season.“That’s good news but we have to win more,” said Mapua head coach Atoy Co.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 ChrissCSB slipped to fourth at 7-5 while giving idle Letran sole possession of third place with a half-game lead in the standings.In the other men’s game of Season 94, Perpetual Help shut down Arellano in the first half en route to a 57-45 win.last_img

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgThe right of persons to health care especially at this period of time in the history of Liberia is precarious and worrisome. It is the responsibility of Government to protect the public from epidemic, prevent and control communicable diseases such as Malaria, Tuberculosis, typhoid and measles amongst others; provide access to affordable and quality health care and promote health.These responsibilities of preventing, promoting and protecting public health, until the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, have been taken for granted by both the governed and the governors. We are not sure of the percentage of persons with access to health care system in the urban and rural areas of Liberia. We are yet to account for the number of persons who died (dying) due to lack of access to health care and not from Ebola virus.Our rights to public health protection include full access to affordable health care, availability, equity in the distribution of health care facilities to vulnerable communities and marginalized groups and lastly consideration for gender mainstreaming.When I visit the counties, people often told me “access to medical facility is poor, health centers lack basic medical supplies and health workers are inadequately trained”. I did not believe this and I must confess being a victim of this reality.Sometimes, in our quest for peace and investment is social security, we must take time to examine our health care system and see how best to improve on it. The Ebola epidemic in recent times gives us an avenue to re-examine our health care system in line with the rights of Liberians to quality health care. It is the right of every citizen to be provided with adequate health care coverage and protected from disease epidemic.As Messengers of Peace, we are optimistic that a time would come in the history of this country when affordable health insurance scheme would be introduced and available to most Liberians.  Adequate health care coverage is possible in Liberia and so is sustainable peace. Our mandate is to advocate for peace and investment in social security.Self-care is taken for granted by everyone until something happens, as individuals we need to put in place health care monitor through temperature screening until Liberia is declared Ebola free.It is critical to avoid dealing (except it is our job to do so) directly with those suspected of Ebola virus and we should avoid contact with animals that are reservoirs of infection.The Ebola epidemic has brutally exposed the weakness of our health care system as well as the limitations of our rights to health care and it would be in our best interest to benefit from the lessons learned. We need to educate our children through the stories and information we provide them with.Support the “Ebola Educates” Campaign in kind through your stories or with your generous cash donation.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates- The Right to Educate”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

SPU’s molasses production plan ‘a pie in the sky’ – Ramsaroop

first_img…as SPU head defends reason for reopening Enmore factoryThough the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) has an ambitious plan to produce molasses for both local and regional companies that have a demand for this by-product of sugar, Economic Advisor to the Opposition, Peter Ramsaroop said the prospects of selling molasses to this lucrative market is a “pie in the sky”.In making reference to a recent article published by this newspaper, where SPU Head Colvin Heath-London revealed that the sugar industry could now tap into the Caribbean rum industry due to the high demand based on damages caused by hurricanes, Ramsaroop said it is an unrealistic plan.Economic Advisor, Peter Ramsaroop“What Heath-London failed to acknowledge in his public commentary is that (Demerara Distillers Limited) DDL made a decision to invest in the factory in order to preserve its own world-renowned industry and its fate. It would be uncompetitive for DDL to now have to import its molasses for its rums,” he explained.According to Ramsaroop, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) will barely, by its own projection, meet the molasses demand for DDL, which has a shortfall of in excess of 27,000 tons of molasses.“Where exactly is GuySuCo getting molasses from, to consistently supply the more than 15 world-class distilleries already competing with DDL, which just advanced hundreds of millions of dollars to the SPU in order to protect its own supply of molasses?” he questioned.The financial adviser reasoned whether Heath-London is now trying to say that GuySuCo intends to increase sugarcane production by millions of tons, even when it is publicly known that Government has been closing sugar estates and scaling back production annually.SPU Head Colvin Heath-LondonRamsaroop argued that GuySuCo has set for itself, a target of 115,000 tons of sugar for this year, down from 188,000 tons in 2016. He said it is also important to note that 100 tons of sugarcane, under ideal conditions, yields 10 tons of sugar (GuySuCo actually gets between six to seven tons), while at the same time leaving about three tons of molasses as a by-product.“What this means, is that in order for GuySuCo to meet its already meagre target of 115,000 tons of sugar, it will need to produce about 1.15 million tons of sugarcane. The by-product from this will barely satisfy DDL’s demand for molasses, said to exceed 27,000 tons – molasses for which DDL has already paid for in advance, through its agreement with the SPU,” he further stated.The economic adviser to the Opposition therefore questioned whether based on the statements made by the SPU head, it would mean that GuySuCo has plans to increase sugarcane cultivation and production ten-fold, in order to sell molasses to the Caribbean market.DefenceHowever, despite these arguments, Heath-London defended the reason for reopening the Enmore factory to produce molasses, although it is being suggested that it is an impractical task. He told Guyana Times on Tuesday, “They have to keep the estate going. Like a car, nobody is going to purchase a car if they know it isn’t working. So, we have to keep the estate going. DDL needs molasses and so we are doing that.”While some politicians and former policy makers, including local economist Ramon Gaskin have said that reopening of Enmore to produce molasses for the company’s operations is not economically feasible, the SPU head said he does not agree with that theory, explaining that Enmore is not operating at a loss.“I don’t agree. You have to realise that crystallisation process in a sugar mill is where most of the money is spent – the high cost profit. And that forms a major part of the manufacturing cost or the whole crystallisation process. We will not be crystalising, we are just doing normal work and inversion method.”Heath-London claimed that the factory is using up about a quarter of the energy needed. In fact, he said the operation cost is much lower and at the same time, the molasses cost is much higher. He also rubbished claims that DDL is getting molasses at a subsidised cost. While he did not disclose the prices that GuySuCo is selling their molasses to DDL, he explained that it is at market cost.At present, A grade molasses is sold at a premium price of US$200 per ton while the price for normal molasses is somewhere between US$100 and more. “Their rates are based on the quality of molasses they get and you have to remember at Enmore, normally GuySuCo gives DDL what is called black strap molasses which is molasses when you extract most of the sugar from. The molasses that Enmore is producing now is called high tech or Grade A and that sells at a premium,” he added.last_img

Nandlall, Solicitor General at loggerheads over GRDB fraud case

first_imgFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlall and Solicitor General Kym Kyte are at odds over whether or not the High Court has granted a permanent stay on fraud-related charges against former Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) Deputy General Manager (GM) Madanlall Ramraj.The dispute came after the special prosecutors representing the State had presented a heavily redacted forensic audit report which forms the basis of the charges.Nandlall told members of the media of Monday that Justice Navindra Singh determined that the magistrate’s court cannot continue hearing fraud charges brought against former GRDB Deputy General Manager Mandanlall Ramraj. The Prosecution was initially ordered to produce a copy of the forensic audit ahead of the continuation of the High Court challenge. However, Nandall indicated that the judge’s view is that the case cannot continue.Attorney Anil Nandlall shows the obscured forensic report that was submitted to the court“The judge has correctly ruled that this [redacted Forensic Audit] is not a report, that this does not satisfy his order, and that his order remains that his stay permanently remains in the magistrate’s court against Mandanlall Ramraj,” the attorney told the press on Monday.Solicitor General Kym KyteNandlall contends that the Prosecution’s actions have violated his client’s right to a fair trial, adding that the “blocked-out” sections made the document unreadable. He feels that this would be an appropriate case for the Director of Public Prosecutions to look into.However, Solicitor General Kym Kyte, in a statement, disputed Nandall’s comments on the in-chamber discussion. She noted late Monday afternoon that published remarks relating to the matter posted online were “false and ludicrous.”Kyte said Nandlall appeared on two other matters involving the Attorney General, and after one of the matters concluded, Nandlall engaged the Judge on the Ramraj v The Attorney General case which was concluded on June 5, 2018. She added that Nandlall was told that he should properly approach the court for an order for directions, and Kyte stressed that the judge made no order on the June 11, 2018 staying of the fraud charges against former GRDB Deputy General Manager.Former GRDB Deputy General Manager Madanlall RamrajKyte further noted that State Counsel Collene Liverpool was present in court for the other matters with Nandlall when the Judge “reprimanded” Nandlall that he could not approach him in this manner.Meanwhile, Nandall, in a response on Monday evening, deemed the Legal Affairs Ministry’s statement on the matter bizarre”. While refusing to dignify the “scandalous allegations contained in the said statement with a reply”, Nandall maintained that the charges against Ramraj remain “permanently stayed”.In his description of the matters, Nandlall said the Forensic Audit Report on the GRDB prepared by Nigel Hinds was served at his office only on June 8, 2018. He explained that the document, which contains 160 pages, has around 98 percent of its contents “blacked out”.Nandlall said that at his appearance at the High Court on Monday, the Judge “expressed the opinion” that the produced document does not comply with his Order, and “therefore the criminal charges against Ramraj remain permanently stayed.”“The Judge further indicated that if any further directions are required of him in relation to this matter, he is prepared to give them, provided that the requisite application is made,” Nandlall added.On May 19, 2017, Nandlall’s client Ramraj, along with GRDB Manager Jagnarine Singh; Badrie Persaud; former Agriculture Ministry Deputy Permanent Secretary (Finance) Prema Roopnarine; PPP Parliamentarian Nigel Dharamlall, and Rice Producers Association head Dharamkumar Seeraj were summoned by SOCU for questioning in relation to the GRDB’s operations from the years 2011 and 2015. They were later that day charged and bailed for fraudulent omission of records with regards to the PetroCaribe Fund.last_img

PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS CEREMONY

first_imgThe LYIT Sports Performance Lab table including at front LynnRamsay, Ronan Doherty and Maria Faulkner with at back John Andy Bonar,Michael Margey, Martina Sandilands and Humphrey Murphy.Sean O’Rourke to Ciara Doogan (CyclingCathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr John Campbellpresents the Best Secondary School Sports Boy award to BrendanO’Donnell (St. Eunan’s College)Termon ladies pick up their award.Sean O’Rourke to Gearoid Driver (Clay Pigeon Shooting)Eileen O’Donnell and Bridie Devenney.Heoma Okoh with her daughter Stephanie from Scoil Mhuire Gan SmalLetterkenny who was a a Primary School Sports Girl nominee at Fridaynight’s Donegal Sports Star AwardsEoin Ferry with Marie McCole who was the winner of the Best PrimarySchool Sports Teacher for Keadue N.S. at Friday night’s Donegal SportsStar AwardsPara-Athlete winner Noel O’Donnell (front second from right) withhis parents Columba and Brigid, sister Aisling and Sean McBride withat back his cousin Cllr Michael McBride, Rachel Callaghan, JohnO’Donnell and Roisin Gallinagh.Picture Special: There was a huge turn-out for the annual Donegal Sports Star Awards at The Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday evening.Above are a selection of images taken from the night’s events which was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance.Mark English was the big winner on the night as his exploits at the European Championships ensured he was crowned overall Donegal Sports Star of the year. PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS CEREMONY was last modified: February 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDnewspicture specialSportlast_img

Uganda gears up for ICC Cricket League

first_imgITALY REGION AFRICA Steven Taylor (c)Timroy AllenCamilus AlexanderAlex AmsterdamFahad BabarAkeem DodsonElmore HutchinsonNoshtush KenjigeIbrahim Khaleel (wk)Ali KhanMrunal PatelTimil PatelJasdeep SinghNicholas Standford GUERNSEY EUROPE 24 Davis Arinaitwe (c)Brian Masaba (vc)Otwani ArnoldShazad KamalHamu KayondoArthur KyobeDeusdedit MuhumuzaRoger MukasaFrank NsubugaIrfan SahibzabaJonathan SebanjaLaurence SematimbaHenry SsenyondoCharles Waiswa Sultan Ahmed (c)Khawar AliMunis AnsariTwinkal BhandariAqib IlyasBilal KhanAjay LalchetaZeeshan MaqsoodSufyan MehmoodMohammad NadeemMuhammed NaseemArun PouloseNoorul RiazJatinder Singh RANK By Alvin BagayaUganda brought its quest to gain promotion to the ICC Cricket League Division 2 on home turf and opens it in a match against Canada at Lugogo Cricket Oval tomorrow.In October 2016 the International Cricket Council (ICC) approved Uganda’s bid to host the tournament meaning Oman Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and USA will all be in Kampala battling for a place into Division 2 of Hong Kong, Namibia, Nepal, Kenya or Netherlands.The tournament will be played at Lugogo Cricket Oval, Kyambogo Cricket Oval, and   Entebbe Cricket Oval.The price of relegation will be a battle for promotion again against Denmark and Bermuda with two of promoted Guernsey, Italy, Qatar, Jersey, Cayman Islands, Vanuatu and Ghana from Division 5.Ahead of the tournament, Uganda had its preps by routing Kenya 4-0, division challengers Canada went down to Zimbabwe A, Singapore lost to Kenya and beating Kenya Select, Oman beating Malaysia, Malaysia beating Kenya Select and Singapore losing to Kenya.Coach Steve Tikolo is optimistic that the team led by skipper Davis Arinaitwe will have enough artillery to see it through to Division 2 come May 31.The weeklong tournament will lay the foundation for the ICC Cricket World Cup in England.Team squads 31 13 AMERICAS AFRICA NETHERLANDS SCOTLAND SINGAPORE ASIA MALAYSIA 17 HONK KONG CANADA Comments CHAMPIONSHIP CAYMAN ISLANDS AMERICAS UNITED STATES EAP NAMIBIA 14 NATION 15 AFRICA DENMARK  CanadaCoach: Henry Osinde MalaysiaCoach: Bilal Asad OmanCoach: Duleep Mendis SingaporeCoach: Trevor Chappell UgandaCoach: Steve Tikolo United StatesCoach: Pubudu Dassanayake KENYA 30 26 DIVISION 3 EUROPE OMANcenter_img Ahmed Faiz (c)Anwar ArudinSyed AzizDerek DuraisingamKhizar HayatMuhammad Wafiq IrfanFikri MakramShukri RahimAnwar RahmanAminuddin RamlyChe Wan RazlanShafiq Sharif (wk)Pavandeep SinghVirandeep Singh ASIA 23 BERMUDA 16 EAP ASIA NEPAL 28 19 EUROPE ASIA UGANDA EUROPE 21 27 AMERICA DIVISION 4 20 GHANA Nitish Kumar (c)Bhavindu AdhihettyRizwan CheemaNavneet DhaliwalSatsimranjit DhindsaNikhil DuttaJimmy HansraMark MonfortDhanuka PathiranaCecil PervezJunaid SiddiquiDurand SoraineHamza TariqSaad Bin Zafar 29 JERSEY 22 DIVISION 5 EUROPE PAPUA NEW GUINEA ASIA Chetan Suryawanshi (c)Suresh AppusamyParag DahiwalTim DavidMulewa DharmichandAnantha KrishnaAmjad MahboobArjun MutrejaAnish ParaamJanak PrakashRohan RangarajanChaminda RuwanKumar SelladoreKshitij Shinde UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 25 AFRICA ASIA VANUATU AMERICAS DIVISION 18 QATAR ASIA EUROPElast_img

Historic army parade to pass through Letterkenny this Friday

first_imgOver 400 men and women of the Irish Defence Forces will parade through Letterkenny this Friday morning ahead of their deployment to Lebanon.The event is expected to be an impressive spectacle as the troops march from St Eunan’s College to the High Road, down Main Street and over the Pearse Road to Letterkenny Community Centre.The 114th Infantry Battalion will first face a review at 11am by Defence Minister Paul Kehoe TD and Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM. The review takes place ahead of the unit’s six month deployment to South Lebanon as part of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Four hundred and fifty troops will rotate to South Lebanon in what is Ireland’s largest overseas deployment to a single mission area.The personnel travelling with the 114th Infantry Battalion represent 29 counties across Ireland with the main contributing unit being the 72 personnel from the 28th Infantry Battalion based in Finner Camp.Once deployed, the 114th Infantry Battalion will assume command of the IRISHBATT Area of Operations, taking over from 113th Infantry Battalion who deployed to the mission area last November.IRISHBATT will be comprised of 450 Irish army, naval and air corps personnel.  The unit will also include ten soldiers from the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM). The unit will form up at 11am in St Eunans College, Letterkenny. This will be followed by a parading of the Unit Colours, the Minister’s address and a ceremonial ‘March Past’.The Unit will then parade through the town via the route below. The parade will be dismissed at Letterkenny Community Centre.Image via Donegal County Museum Historic army parade to pass through Letterkenny this Friday was last modified: May 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Defence forcesDefence Minister Paul Kehoe TDparadereviewlast_img

Confusing Building Blocks with Life

first_img(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Astrobiologists and their uncritical reporters continue to commit a logical fallacy regarding necessary and sufficient conditions.Do ingredients necessitate products? If you have building blocks, can you assume they will assemble into buildings? They might just decay and rust. Building blocks are necessary—but not sufficient—conditions for buildings. In our common experience, intelligence is another necessary condition for a building, but even that may not be “sufficient”—you might need machines and muscle power, too. Yet over and over, the secular science news assume that “building blocks of life” will yield life without intelligence or directed work.Fluid mixing and the deep biosphere of a fossil Lost City-type hydrothermal system at the Iberia Margin (PNAS). This paper examines a hydrothermal system empirically, but includes the hydrobioscopic suggestion, “it has been suggested that mixing of serpentinization fluids with Archean seawater produced conditions conducive to abiotic synthesis and the emergence of life on Earth.” An uncritical report on Live Science talks about “brewing up some life” at hot vents, continuing the power of suggestion: “the new study hints at how life could form from a nonliving chemical soup.”Evidence of ancient life discovered in mantle rocks deep below the seafloor (Science Daily): More hydrothermal hope hype. Searching for the word “life” brings up the usual: building blocks of life, potential for life, ingredients to support life, prospects for life, hydrothermal systems on early Earth where life may have emerged, etc. Worst quote of all:The study reinforces the idea that life springs up anywhere there is water, even in seemingly hostile geological environments — a tantalizing prospect as scientists find more and more water elsewhere in the solar system.NASA Mulling Life-Hunting Mission to Saturn Moon Enceladus (Space.com): Are you ready to spend half a billion dollars looking for life at Enceladus or Europa (or both)? This article describes the imaginative missions NASA scientists have cooked up to travel a billion miles to Enceladus for the purpose of looking for life there, just because there is water coming out of geyser vents.Using traces of ancient comet to explore the history of the Solar System (PhysOrg): Here you find not only the phrase “building blocks of the solar system” but the sales pitch that studying comets is important because “comets could reveal extraordinary insights into the origins of the solar system and life itself.”Comet impacts cook up soup of life (BBC News): With absolutely no evidence of skill in the kitchen, the waiter hands the reader this glorious menu:New results show how collisions between comets and planets can make molecules that are the essential building blocks of life.This suggests that the chemistry needed to gather the molecular ingredients for life could be more common than previously recognised.Comet impacts may have led to life on Earth — and perhaps elsewhere (Science Daily): More suggestive phrases: building blocks of life, genesis of life, Early Earth at the time life first appeared, delivering the seeds of life to the early Earth, kick-start the whole process of life, etc.—based on what? The amino acid glycine in comet dust. Glycine is the simplest of the amino acids, yet they refer to it as one of the “complex molecules” necessary for life.Meteorite impacts can create DNA building blocks (Astrobiology Magazine): Tohoku University astrobiologists claim to create “two kinds of nucleobases and nine kinds of proteinogenic amino acids” in “simulations” of a meteor hitting the ocean. “The results suggest a new route for how genetic molecules may have first formed on Earth.” Too bad they would have been so diluted in the ocean as to vanish out of sight, assuming they survived for more than a day anyway.This is so tiring. It’s analogous to Soviet propaganda, played over loudspeakers day after day without let-up or contradiction. Glycine or a nucleobase is to life as a piece of PVC pipe or a brick is to a skyscraper. Can we please get some rationality back into science? Please read our book.last_img

South Africa scores Soccerex

first_imgSoccerex 2008 will take place at the Sandon Convention Centre located in the heart of the Gauteng province’s economic hub.(Image: Sandton Central) Tamara O’ReillyThe imminent hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa has opened many doors for South Africa, one of them being Soccerex, the biggest football-focused exhibition in the world.The three-day event will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, from 24 November – the second consecutive year of the Gauteng Department of Sports Recreation Arts and Culture’s three-year host deal.The inaugural South African leg of the exhibition held around the same time last year drew as many, if not more, visitors than expected. With over 4 000 delegates and 300 exhibitors from over 95 countries participating in this year’s Soccerex, it’s expected to be no different.“The magnitude of this year’s three-day Soccerex conference has astonished organisers who have recorded mountains of applications from international and local exhibitors who will fill the Sandton Convention Centre to capacity to display their wares,” says Barbara Creecy, MEC for Sports, Recreation Arts and Culture. “This year’s event will be the biggest and best yet with the entire convention centre booked out.”The Sandton Convention Centre is based in Johannesburg’s business hub. Several major events have been hosted at the centre as its convenient location offers access to over 5 000 surrounding hotel rooms as well as top shopping locations.Soccerex, launched at Old Trafford in 1997, has evolved into a four-day event that attracts an assortment of football industry players, from fans to football-related businesses. Prior to being hosted by South Africa, Dubai was the home of Soccerex for six years, and in 2006 business deals worth over $1.8-billion were signed among attendees.Provincial economic boostAs small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) play a major role in the development of the Gauteng economy, the subsidised exhibition space and networking platform for such businesses has been doubled from last years 15.“Besides offering numerous opportunities for local companies to partner and do business with their international counterparts, we estimate that the hosting of Soccerex over three years would indirectly inject more than R5-billion ($586-million) into the Gauteng economy and would contribute massively to job creations,” says Creecy.“While the economic impact assessment to quantify the return on investment for the province from Soccerex 2007 is still in progress, we can report that Soccerex 2007 exceeded our expectations with increased direct spending by visitors estimated to have boosted the provincial economy by at least R150-million ($10-million)”.HighlightsThis year, Soccerex announced the launch of its SMS competition which will allow the two winners to participate in the Soccerex All Star Charity Football match which takes place as a precursor to the main exhibition. The match will feature soccer legends – the likes of former Fifa Player of the Year, Liberian George Weah, Liverpool and England legend John Barnes and Leeds and South Africa’s own soccer hero Lucas Radebe.Proceeds arising from the competition will go toward Unicef South Africa and Diambars, a Senegalese-based non-profit organisation that combines football with educational and physical development aimed at school children.Also on the cards is the second instalment of the five-a-side tournament which sees more the 100 community-based clubs from across the province in action. This tournament develops young talent amongst players and encourages interest in the sport among youth.Social responsibilityAdding to Soccerex’s focus on social responsibility and community upliftment, partners of the exhibition have announced the establishment of a multi purpose sports facility in Soweto, which is scheduled for completion for next year Soccerex.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly on tamarao@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articles Injecting confidence in SA The power of imagination  Useful linksSandton CentralGauteng Department of Sports Recreation Arts and CultureSoccerexlast_img

Taking the internet to townships

first_imgWilma den HartighFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialA new initiative of the City of Johannesburg is bringing internet access to disadvantaged communities in and around the city.  As part of its broadband project, multi-service digital centres, or “techno hubs”, will be set up where people can access the internet and improve their technology skills.“Getting broadband access to people is as important as the provision of running water and electricity,” said Virgil James, media liaison officer for the City of Johannesburg. The main purpose of the initiative is to bridge the digital divide that exists in communities without access to electronic and information technology.Programmes will be set up at the techno hub centres to help school children, adults and business owners develop computer, entrepreneurial and job-seeking skills. The project, which is a joint venture of the Johannesburg Economic and Community Development Departments, will focus on previously disadvantaged areas. Orange Farm, a township some 45 kilometres from the city centre, has been identified as one of the sites for a techno hub. More sites are on the cards for other Johannesburg townships.In a statement, Vumani Mangali, assistant director of information communication technology at Johannesburg’s Economic Development Department, said the techno hubs would expose schoolchildren to computer technology. As they become more confident in using the technology, they increase their chances of finding jobs.Rob Gilmour, managing director of South African internet service provider RSA Web, explained that internet facilities will make it possible for school leavers and job seekers to find employment with greater ease.“If someone is unemployed, has matric and lives in a township, their chances of finding work are diminished because they don’t have access to facilities such as recruiting companies,” Gilmour said.With internet access, job seekers can find online information on how to compile a good CV as well as get into contact with potential employers. Access to email facilities means that job seekers will no longer have to travel to town to drop off a CV. “This will be of huge value to people. The biggest challenge for unemployed and illiterate people is that they can’t communicate their skills in a format that employers want to look at,” he said.Gilmour also pointed out that in the long term the project will ensure that all people can benefit from a wide range of internet functions. “A lot of people find computers and the internet very scary and this initiative will make it more accessible,” he said.Rowen Chetty, business development manager for vertical markets at Ericsson South Africa, said the techno hub stations will be equipped with the latest technology, allowing not only access to the internet, but a wide variety of services such as video streaming for e-learning. “This project is very exciting and will drive considerable social and economic benefits to the residents of Johannesburg,” Chetty said.He agreed that such initiatives would make schoolchildren “more marketable” for future careers, as they increasingly become more internet-literate. But other community members such as parents, caregivers and business owners will also benefit.“They will serve as a place of education where mini courses in career fields and other areas of specialisation can be undertaken,” he said. In addition, all textbook material (be it for school or career purposes) will be digitalised, allowing for easy access.The Techno hubs will also be beneficial for existing and new small businesses. James explained that computer facilities will make it possible for business owners to network online, thereby reducing the cost and frequency of travelling long distances to visit other businesses and clients. Businesses will also be able to use computers to design promotional flyers and create their own websites.Justin Stanford, CEO of ESET Southern Africa, an anti-virus software company, said any small township business could instantly have a web presence by using a service such as Yola.com to create a free website. “It is well proven that access to computers and the internet is an enormous catalyst for economic development and low-cost entrepreneurship,” Stanford said.He added that it is crucial to ensure that the public terminals in all techno hubs are secure and ensure the privacy of users. To avoid various types of malware (malicious software) finding its way onto public machines, it would be vital to have effective safeguards on public terminals.Mangali explained that since most townships don’t have internet cafes, the Johannesburg municipality will also encourage young people to establish ICT businesses.To ensure that communities can make use of all the services provided by the techno hubs, trainers will be employed at every centre on a fulltime basis. James encouraged companies to participate in the initiative.“Part read more