South Africa driven by World Cup momentum

first_imgBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola addresses delegates at a recent legacy dinner hosted by the organisation and the Financial Times. (Image: Nosimilo Ramela) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kershia Singh National Treasury +27 12 315 5819 +27 72 623 4608 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • A legacy of harmony and pride • From Football Fridays to fly the Flag Fridays • Fly the Flag Fridays launched • Top marks for SA’s World CupNosimilo RamelaHosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup has undoubtedly benefited South Africa, with national pride, employment opportunities, the economy and investor confidence all receiving a welcome boost.“Our hosting of the World Cup was, and has been, about the creation of new realities and the destruction of old myths and pessimism about South Africa, and indeed, the rest of Africa,” said Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at a recent dinner hosted by Brand South Africa and the Financial Times.  The event, held on 22 July at Soccer City in Johannesburg, focused on what the football spectacular did for the country’s infrastructure and economy.  Previous government estimates were that the tournament would add 0.5 percentage points to South Africa’s 2010 GDP, but after taking spending on stadiums and infrastructure since 2006 into account, Gordhan said annual growth would be about 1% higher than it would have been without the World Cup.Although the euphoria felt in the country during the World Cup would not last forever, the momentum it created would last for many years to come, Gordhan said. He said it was now up to South Africans to build on its accomplishments.He added that hosting the World Cup helped change other countries’ perceptions of South Africa: “The tournament undoubtedly boosted our country’s standing internationally, showcasing its capabilities in delivering world-class infrastructure on time and without imposing a financial burden on the national fiscus.”Lessons learntNow that the event was over, the minister said it was time to look at the lessons that could be learnt. He noted three key points that could be adopted by government:“Firstly, complex challenges should be disaggregated into a number of clearly defined undertakings with budgets and cash flow.“Secondly, using clearly defined projects, we need to develop a ‘roles and responsibility matrix’ that indicates which organisation does what work, and by when.“Thirdly, the World Cup had an immovable deadline that all parties had to work towards and therefore an overall programme with individual project schedules, targets and deadlines was prepared. This kept the overall project tight with little room to manoeuvre …”Was it worth it?A panel discussion was also held at the dinner. This included Paul Mashatile, deputy minister of the Department of Arts and Culture and provincial chairperson of the African National Congress; Graham Wood, managing director of Southern Sun Hotels; Roshene Singh, chief marketing officer of South African Tourism; Nombulelo Moholi, managing director of Telkom; and Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa.Financial Times bureau chief for Southern Africa Richard Lapper chaired the discussion. He asked the panellists if they thought the World Cup, and all the money spent on it was, in fact, worth it for South Africa.  “The games were priceless,” said Mashatile. “Soccer has really brought us together and it’s of huge value – I don’t think you can put a price on it. It was truly worth it.”Wood said the tourism and hospitality sector benefited greatly: “Without the World Cup we wouldn’t have been able to grow our industry from where it was to where it is today.” More tourists coming here means more jobs for South Africans, which helps alleviate poverty, he added.More than 3-million football fans, both local and foreign, attended the 64 games played at various stadiums around the country. In addition, there were more than 3 000 hours of broadcasting from South Africa, which included impressive images of the country in all its diversity.This was also the first World Cup that used live 3D footage, which was transmitted through fibre-optic cables and satellites to televisions in 217 countries.“The network development that came from the World Cup will be used after the event in South Africa. It is part of our legacy of training and development. The tournament has helped us accelerate our development plans that will last for years,” said Moholi.Matola said the event was a great opportunity for rebranding the country: “It has changed historical perceptions about Africa and South Africa, and what we can do. This will attract skills and encourage foreign investment and business into the country.”“The most important legacy of the World Cup is the renewed confidence in ourselves as a nation,” Gordhan said at the end of the evening.“The conversation in South Africa today is how to build on this to tackle our most pressing social challenges: public education, health, and unemployment. Confidence is a key ingredient in any successful endeavour.”last_img read more

Fixing Email: New Boxer iOS Email App Is All About Adding Features

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement First and foremost, Boxer works with multiple iOS email clients, from Gmail and Yahoo to Outlook and iCloud. This is great for users who have been looking for the singular email app that can unify work and personal accounts. “Let’s differentiate by being the most open client out there. One that could be used for serious business as well,” Jason Shellen, a Boxer co-founder, tells ReadWrite. In fact, Boxer is the only iOS email app that currently handles both Exchange and Gmail accounts. Mailbox got a great deal of early buzz from its slow-paced waiting list, which founder Gentry Underwood says was imperative to keep the server-side components of Mailbox’s delivery system up to speed. Boxer on the other hand, has adopted a more user-friendly approach: it is giving itself away for free until it racks up 100,000 downloads. After that, it’ll be $4.99.Swipe To Do… What?Boxer’s swiping features are now commonplace in nifty app design, and work especially well with email organization. A swipe to the left archives the message. A swipe to the right pulls up five functions: Like, Quick, To-Do, Request, and Done. Quick is a familiar feature that allows for a pre-written response to be sent with the touch of a button. Boxer crafted a list for common use, but it’s customizable. The To-Do option let’s you set a due date and a priority level for a message, and the Request button takes that feature a step further and let’s you assign a person to the message, say if it involves a task, and follow-up later. Other Boxer users can see if they’ve been assigned to a message and when the task is due. This kind of Boxer-to-Boxer interaction is a key differentiator for the app, and the Like button is the best way to see that in action. With one tap, a Boxer user can send a message that notifies someone they’ve simply Liked the previous exchange.“The same sort of action used to be: ‘Okay, now I need to open, hit reply, tap out an “Okay, let’s go.”‘ Ours is swipe, tap and you’re on your way,” Shellen says. This could reduce a long-standing email time-waster: when message recipients feel obligated to respond, often with no more than a “Thanks” or “Sounds good,” just to let someone know they’ve seen the message. While the Like button currently works only in the form of a pre-written email, Shellen said visual Boxer-to-Boxer interactions are in the works. Features, Features And More Features What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#email#iOS#smartphone center_img nick statt If that’s not enough, Boxer also integrates contact lists from Facebook and LinkedIn, and lets you send attachements direct to Dropbox. You can also see and organize with Gmail labels, a key feature Mailbox currently lacks, despite its Gmail-only functionality.  That many features can be overwhelming, so Boxer’s acceptance will depend on its ability to walk the line between its impressive functionality and the ability of users to remember and take advantage of all that power – especially when compared to the conscious simplicity of its competitors. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What exactly is the position of email these days? Is it the rich relative everyone’s trying to cozy up to in an effort to bankroll their dreams? Or the troubled friend in desperate need of an intervention? Either way, the market for “fixing” email – currently led by iOS app Mailbox, which wants to “put email in its place” – is one of the hottest targets for new apps and services. The latest player is called Boxer, which employs the tag line “email isn’t broken, it’s just unfair.” (Apparently its co-founders subscribe to the rich-relative theory).The two apps share a lot more than clever marketing slogans. Like Mailbox, Boxer is also an iOS-exclusive app meant to replace your native email client with one that greatly expands the user experience. Through clean design, simple list making, and nifty swipe gestures, both apps try to help users take the hammer to their inbox count.  But while Mailbox has thrived with its singular goal of daily “inbox zero,” Boxer is more concerned with casting the widest net and arming itself to the teeth with features. Where Boxer Has The Edgelast_img read more

India gearing up for London Olympics

first_imgIn the good old days, Olympic preparation for Indian athletes would begin just a few months before the quadrennial extravaganza.Those were the times when qualification norms in various sporting disciplines were not as difficult as they are today.Deepika Kumari is expected to do well in archery.Times have changed. Just as India and Indians have grown in various spheres of life, in sport as well there are a lot of positives to look at. Yet, if we are going to ask ourselves if we will win more medals at the London Olympics, it is difficult to answer that question.With 362 days to go for the big day and the host city fully geared up, there is gloom in India thanks to the doping shame which track and field athletes have brought us. Each day we hear about the National Anti- Doping Agency ( NADA) raiding Sports Authority of India hostels and not sparing even PT Usha’s academy.Add to it the mess that the hockey administration finds itself in with the international body (FIH) snatching away three big events which India was to host, and it would seem everything in Indian sport is chaotic.However, I beg to differ with this kind of thinking. Agreed, in terms of medals we won at the Olympics in the past, there was nothing to show other than the glory from hockey and KD Jadhav’s bronze at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952.It took a certain Leander Paes to alter the trend when, in 1996, he won the bronze at Atlanta.advertisementFrom then onwards, at successive Olympics, India has won at least one medal in each edition – bronze from Karnam Malleswari in 2000 at Sydney and a silver from double trap marksman Rajyavardhan Rathore in 2004 at Athens.Then came India’s first individual gold through air rifle ace Abhinav Bindra at Beijing 2008, which was followed by a bronze each from boxer Vijender Kumar and grappler Sushil Kumar.So with just under a year for the curtains to go up in London, are we preparing in the best possible way which can guarantee the nation more medals? I still think as far as medal chances go, hazarding a guess at this stage is indeed premature.Firstly, let us not fool ourselves that we are a nation which produces world- beaters in the sporting arena. Agreed, MS Dhoni’s boys won the ICC ODI World Cup and the No. 1 tag in Test rankings is still there.The average Indian sporting fan knows all these cricket details but few would know that in Ronjan Sodhi, we have a shooter set to be the world No. 1 in double trap.Ronjan Sodhi is a medal prospect.It is a huge achievement for Ronjan and the nation as eight shooters have already qualified for London. Ronjan is in Italy and from here onwards, he will do whatever it takes to win gold in London. But to ask whether he will definitely win gold on that big day is a question which is illogical.On their day, be it Ronjan or Abhinav or Gagan Narang, they can win a medal.At the same time, if you talk of a shooter like Sanjeev Rajput, who had almost lost it after being dropped from the Commonwealth Games squad last year, he has shaped up well.The experts said Sanjeev was mentally fragile. But thanks to the meaningful motivation and advice he gets from motivatorAbha Banerjee, there has been a remarkable transformation in his mental approach, resulting in a 50m rifle 3 positions gold in Changwon earlier this year.Today, Abha is part of Olympic Gold Quest and many more athletes stand to gain from her skills as a person who can make an athlete razor sharp mentally.Such things were virtually unheard of in Indian sport, where athletes with a fragile mind would choke on the big day. And even as the sports ministry fights with the babus in the central government to loosen the purse strings so that more funds can be made available for the training of Indian athletes, it is the support given by Olympic Gold Quest and the Mittal Champions Trust which is heartening.Without expecting quick returns, these virtually unseen forces behind Indian sport are a big boost for our athletes.Let’s take a quick look at the Indians who have qualified for the Olympics. The eight shooters apart, if one starts in alphabetical order, five athletes have qualified in track and field with Mayookha Johny, Vikas Gowda, Gurmeet Singh, Babu Bhai and Om Prakash Karhana making the cut.advertisementEven as the women’s 4×400 relay squad has been exposed thanks to the doping shame, there is still hope that the newer bunch can make the cut.In archery, the women’s recurve team has been making news with stellar performances and is preparing in right earnest for the Olympics. The gymnastics team, too, is currently training in London.In boxing, what needs to be remembered at this stage is there are three Olympic qualifying events waiting to happen and half a dozen Indian male boxers can make the grade.But to think that five- time world champion MC Mary Kom is a sure shot medal prospect in women’s boxing needs to be weighed in the right perspective, since she is now in a higher weight category.Two swimmers – Virdhawal Khade and Sandeep Sejwal – have qualified with stellar performances and there could be one more through AP Gagan, with more swimming meets coming up.The focus will also be on Saina Nehwal. While the diva of Indian badminton is ranked No. 6 in the world, she has flopped at the majors, be it the world championship, the All England or the Asian Games. However, news of her getting a video analyst to help in her preparations is a big change from the past. It is valuable inputs like these which can make the difference in razorsharp contests.Many more athletes will qualify in the coming months, be it in rowing or yachting. And with tennis also being a big sport for us, things don’t look so gloomy.So what about the final medal count for India in London? It’s best to simply focus on the preparation rather than make projections on the number of medals.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd striker Rashford: Christmas programme can change everything

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd striker Rashford: Christmas programme can change everythingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Marcus Rashford insists they can turn their season around over Christmas.Rashford knows the glut of games can shoot United up the table.”We have to try to keep up the intensity that we’ve shown in the last couple of [Premier League] games and keep improving,” he told MUTV.”It’s always a good feeling to see the ball hit the back of the net but, in the last game, I was happy anyway. I was happy with the performance in the first half. I think, at the beginning of the second half, it dropped a little bit, which is natural when we’ve had a run of tough games, but we managed to lift it again which was important for us.”I just want to see the team improving, and for us to improve ourselves as individuals, so we can become more consistent. That’s what we’ve been lacking and that’s why we’re not higher up in the table. The Christmas period is always busy so consistency is the main thing. The look of the season can change in just this one month, so we need to pick the points up and keep improving.“ last_img read more

2 days agoLeeds boss Bielsa blasts Arsenal legend Wright: You’re not helping

first_imgLeeds boss Bielsa blasts Arsenal legend Wright: You’re not helpingby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa insists he will keep selecting the team on his terms.Bielsa insists he won’t be rushed into finding a way to fit Patrick Bamford and Eddie Nketiah into the same team after yet another crucial goal for the Arsenal starlet.Nketiah emerged from the bench to net a late equaliser for Leeds at Preston to leave them second in the Championship.Gunners legend Ian Wright took to Twitter to urge Bielsa to start the England Under-21 international after his third Championship goal of the campaign. “We have never proved this kind of combination in our training,” Bielsa said of the possibility of the strike duo playing in tandem.”In the international break, Nketiah is not with us, because we play twice a week and when we prepare in the week there are few spaces to try these kinds of things.”When you have a series of bad results and you have to find a different solution, that [kind of series] hasn’t happened. I think that all this around Bamford and Nketiah doesn’t help both of them.”It is natural that people argue about my decision because they don’t have all the reasons I have. I want both of them to be a success this year. We have 46 matches or 50 matches.”We are in the first 25 per cent of the competition. I think that we have time so I can find a way that both of them shine. If this doesn’t happen, it is going to be a mistake of mine.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Cosco Shipping Energy Seals Half A Billion Loan

first_imgzoom Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation (CSET) has signed a loan agreement with Export Import Bank of China (China EximBank) worth USD 543.9 million.As disclosed, the funds will be used to finance around 70 percent of construction of ten newbuild tankers.The newbuilding ships include seven VLCC and three LR1-type tankers.Cosco Corporation’s energy arm said in a stock exchange filing that the agreed loan period will be 12 years applicable after the delivery of each ship.Formerly known as China Shipping Development Company Limited, CSET specializes in shipping of oil products and liquefied natural gas.As of June 2016, the company operated 105 tanker vessels, including ten LNG carriers, with a total shipping capacity of 16.8 million DWT and held an order for 25 tanker vessels, 24 of them being LNG carrier newbuilds.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Bruce Willis To Auction Personal Motorcycle Collection For Charity

first_imgIt’s the opportunity of a lifetime — own one of Bruce Willis’ motorcycles! The action film star is taking five motorcycles out of his garage and donating them for an online auction to benefit veterans and wounded combat troops through the Boot Campaign, a 501c3 non-profit military appreciation and support campaign based in Texas.Motorcycle Auction to Benefit The Boot Campaign, a veteran awareness and support organization, featuring motorcycles from actor Bruce Willis’ personal collectionThis limited charity auction will run from December 2012 through August 2013 on www.charitybuzz.com. Born on a military base in Germany, Bruce Willis has a long-standing commitment to supporting U.S. Forces.“I wanted to use my bikes in a way that would benefit our military service members, and I am thankful to have found the Boot Campaign as the catalyst for using my bikes in a way that will give back to our country’s true heroes,” said Bruce Willis. “These bikes have been a lot of fun to ride, and my hope is they can do a lot of good for our veterans.”The first of Bruce Willis’ five donated motorcycles will be auctioned online starting on December 6, 2012. The bikes will be released for auction every two months with the final charity auction in August 2013. Each bike’s online auction will last a minimum 30 days. Auction guidelines and additional details are posted on the site www.charitybuzz.com/12days.Motorcycles to be auctioned for charity:1962 Cushman Eagle
1972 Harley Davidson Ironhead Sportster XLH
1988 Yamaha TW
1991 Yamaha XT 350
2005 Ducati 1000DS (with only 285 miles!)last_img read more

Trump says changes coming on hightech visas

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says changes are coming in the way that the U.S. handles temporary H1-B visas, which allow American companies to bring high-tech and other skilled workers into the U.S. from abroad.Trump tweeted Friday that those who hold the temporary H1-B visas can “rest assured” because changes are coming that will bring “both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship.”Trump says the U.S. wants to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue careers in the U.S. As a candidate, he promised to stop H-1B visas from being used as a “cheap labour program.”A draft proposal circulated in January to review regulations, find ways to allocate visas more efficiently and ensure that beneficiaries are “the best and the brightest.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

GeoscienceBC launches H2S mapping project in Northeast BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – GeoscienceBC announced today that it is funding a new project in Northeast B.C. to map and predict sour gas – natural gas which can contain harmful and/or dangerous concentrations of hydrogen sulphide – or H2S.The project, which is titled “Distribution, origin, and implications of hydrogen sulphide in unconventional reservoir rocks in Western Canada with insights into the stratigraphic zonation and lateral variability of producible hydrocarbon liquids,” is being led by principal investigator Dr. Marc Bustin.Dr. Bustin, who is a professor with the University of British Columbia’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, said that the project will map and predict the distribution of sour gas and hydrocarbon liquids in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, including the active Montney, Doig, and Duvernay formations. “The Montney, Doig, and Duvernay formations are important areas for natural gas activity, but the distribution of sour gas within these formations is complex,” said Dr. Bustin. “By mapping and predicting its location, natural gas production can be safer as well as easier and cheaper to plan.”Gas analyses and isotopic data for the study is being provided from industry partners and complimentary, additional analyses will be undertaken as part of the study.At low concentrations, hydrogen sulphide is colourless, flammable and smells like rotten eggs. At concentrations of greater than 100 parts per million it is potentially deadly and extremely corrosive.“Responsible natural resource development is a central tenet of Geoscience BC research,” said GeoscienceBC Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer Carlos Salas. “This project will provide detailed maps of produced gases and isotopic analyses, as well as predictive maps of hydrogen sulphide distribution across northeast British Columbia. It will also include reservoir production models to help plan resource exploration and drilling programs.”last_img read more

Controversy erupts after Sheilas comment on Manmohan Singh

first_imgNEW DELHI: Controversy irrupted on Thursday after Delhi Pradesh Congress chief Sheila Dikshit in a TV interview allegedly said that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was not as strong as his successor, PM Narendra Modi, in tackling cross-border terrorism. While the BJP top brass came down in the support of the statement, Delhi’s ruling AAP lashed out at Dikshit over her statement.However, Dikshit had said that her comments had been taken out of context. She had tweeted, “I have seen some media is twisting my comments made in an interview. Here is what I said — it may seem to some people that Mr Modi is stronger on terror but I think this is a poll gimmick more than anything else..” Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsTaking to Twitter, BJP Chief Amit Shah said, “Thank you Sheila Dikshit ji for reiterating what the nation already knows but the Congress party is never ready to admit.” After the statement the AAP top leaders alleged that there is a secret pact between Congress and BJP. The bitter rival Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who defeated then CM Sheila Dikshit by nearly 25,000 votes missed not word to slam Dikshit. “The statement of Congress leader Sheila Dikshit praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi is really surprising and indicates something is going on between the BJP and the Congress.” AAP has consistently maintained over the years that depending on their convenience according to time and situation, the BJP and Congress do not hesitate to come together. Delhi is one of the prime examples which witnessed this phenomenon many times during last four years when Congress did not hesitate even for a moment to join hands with the BJP. AAP leader and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said, “We have been saying this since the beginning that this time the Congress is working to make Modi ji the Prime Minister once again.”last_img read more