2 For Kelvin M. Bayoh Finals Sunday

first_imgGhanaian Community and Clara Town old timers will clash in the finals of the Kelvin M. Bayoh friendship tournament at the Conference Center sports pitch.Ghanaian Community (Brothers), reached the finals by defeating Island Warriors 1-0 and defeating Nigerian Community 3-0 in the second round and drew 0-0 with Gblowein in the third round.Clara Town on the other hand reached the finals, defeating Amenu 1-0, Cameroon Community 2-0 and drawing 0-0 with Gblowein.Ghana Community reached a total four goals, and Clara Town has 3 goals to their credit. The two teams are set to decide who lifts the trophy on Sunday, and fans are urged to attend.There were three groups of 4 teams when the tournament started on May 14, 2014. In the first round, Nigerian Community eliminated NPA 1-0 but crashed against Ghana Community in the second round.Boffa defeated Doe Community 3-2 but lost forfeit points against Gblowein in the second round. Other teams’ included Amenu, Bushrod Bull and Dosa old timers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Linden man on bail for narco-trafficking

first_imgMarlon Adonis of Lot 24 Blue Berry Hill, Wismar, Linden was on Tuesday arraigned before Linden (Region 10) Magistrate Clive Nurse on a charge detailing that on July 27, 2018, at Blue Berry Hill, Linden, he had in his possession 35.6 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.On his first appearance before Magistrate Nurse, on July 30, the 24-year-old Adonis had told the court he had had no prior brushes with the law, and had sought to be placed on bail in a reasonable sum. That request was however denied, and he was remanded.On Tuesday, however, Adonis was placed on $75,000 bail, and the case was set for recall on September 6.last_img read more

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NICIL Chair admits no due diligence on bidders was conducted

first_imgPwC blacklisting…denies prior knowledge of probeThe revelation that PricewaterhouseCoopers, Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) asset valuator, has been under investigation by Indian authorities for fraud has come as a surprise for many, including those at the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).When contacted by this publication, NICIL Chairman, Dr Maurice Odle affirmed that he had no prior knowledge of the probe into the firm that lead to a two-year ban and a fine from Indian regulators.“It’s difficult to find an international company that has been operating throughout the world that has not been accused of some transgression at some point in time,” the NICIL Chairman stated.According to Odle, however, Special Purpose Unit (SPU) head Colvin Heath-London should have done due diligence on all the companies who bid for the contract. Guyana Times made contact with Heath-London, who declined to comment on the company’s blacklist. He did, however, note that a statement would be issued on the matter. Up to press time, this had not been done.When contacted, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder also declined to comment. He insisted that PwC and the SPU fell under the auspices of NICIL and thus, the Finance Ministry. This is despite the fact that the company will be valuating GuySuCo, one of the biggest agencies under the Agriculture Ministry when budget allocations are considered.BlacklistAccording to a report originating from international news agency Reuters, the company was handed the two-year ban last week for allegedly overstating earnings and assets for Indian Software Company, Satyam Computer Services.The report states that PricewaterhouseCoopers was the audit firm at the time the more than $1 billion fraud occurred. It was the founder of the company, Ramalinga Raju, who blew the whistle on the fraud in 2009, costing shareholders billions and shaking the industry.Nor is that all… Besides the ban, the Securities and Exchange Board of India has handed down an order for Pricewaterhouse Bangalore and two of its former partners to pay 131 million rupees or US$2 million, plus interest, in forfeited funds. This must be done within 45 days, with the ban taking effect on March 31.In its defence, Pricewaterhouse is quoted as saying it will appeal the regulator’s decision in court. It has defended itself by affirming that there was no “intentional” wrongdoing in the fraud at Satyam.Government has long made known its plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall sugar estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo.GuySuCo, which was saddled with billions of dollars in debt, is currently engaged in divesting its assets to get cash to meet its operational and other expenses. At the same time, Government is forging ahead with downsizing the industry, citing the economic feasibility of the sector. At present, the SPU is in charge of this process.That Unit was first announced by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, when he presented a Policy Paper to the National Assembly on the future of the sugar industry. It was allocated some $130 million “to provide for the establishment of a Special Purpose Unit to manage the reform of the sugar industry.”In July, the Government had presented a supplementary request to tap the national coffers. The National Assembly has since approved the monies for the Unit, which is based at the Kingston Headquarters of NICIL.At the time monies were being approved for the Special Purpose Unit, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had said Government was unclear as to what it is looking to rake in from the sale of the GuySuCo’s assets since they still need to be properly evaluated.As such, some $60 million was approved to hire an accounting firm, in this case PricewaterhouseCoopers, in order to lead the divestment process. After tendering, PwC was chosen ahead of several other companies to do updated valuations of GuySuCo’s assets. As of Monday, the company has already commenced its work.last_img read more

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Cut-price Juventus forward could spark a transfer battle between Arsenal and Tottenham

first_img Sebastian Giovinco Arsenal and Tottenham target Sebastian Giovinco could leave Juventus this month after failing to agree a new deal in Turin.The striker is out of contract in the summer and the club is not interested in extending his stay as he and a handful of players will be shown the exit.Both north London clubs have a long-running interest in the diminutive forward but they refused to pay big money for him in the summer knowing he would soon be available for a nominal fee come January.If one of the Premier League sides firm up their interest they will face opposition from Olympiakos and Monaco, as well as a handful of Italian sides.Giovinco played just 570 minutes of first-team football in Turin last season and has started just two Serie A matches of this campaign, but Juve are top of the table again so manager Massimo Allegri is unlikely to fight to secure his future services. 1last_img read more

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QPR and West Brom target set for Moscow move

first_img Yann M’Vila 1 QPR and West Brom target Yann M’Vila is considering a loan move to Dynamo Moscow, according to reports in France.The midfielder was heavily linked with a switch to the Premier League in January after falling out of favour at Rubin Kazan.However, neither QPR or West Brom were able to complete a deal for the Frenchman during the final days of the transfer window.M’Vila has now been handed a lifeline, though, as the Russian transfer window does not close until February 27.And, according to L’Equipe, Dynamo Moscow have made a loan offer to Rubin Kazan for the 24-year-old’s services.Negotiations are said to be an at advanced stage but the two parties will have to act first to beat the transfer deadline.last_img read more

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Look! On the Net! It’s comics

first_img“They really do tend to be feeder systems,” Ring said of online comics.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Marvel is putting some of its older comics online today, hoping to reintroduce young people to the X-Men and Fantastic Four by showcasing the original issues in which such characters appeared. It’s a tentative move onto the Internet: Comics can only be viewed in a Web browser, not downloaded, and new issues will only go online at least six months after they first appear in print. Still, it represents perhaps the comics industry’s most aggressive Web push yet. Even as their creations – from Iron Man to Wonder Woman – become increasingly visible in pop culture through new movies and video games, old-school comics publishers rely primarily on specialized, out-of-the-way comic shops for distribution of their bread-and-butter product. “You don’t have that spinner rack of comic books sitting in the local five-and-dime any more,” said Dan Buckley, president of Marvel Publishing. “We don’t have our product intersecting kids in their lifestyle space as much as we used to.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Translate “kids’ lifestyle space” into plain English and you get “the Internet.” Marvel’s two most prominent competitors currently offer online teasers designed to drive the sales of comics or book collections. Dark Horse Comics now puts its monthly anthologies “Dark Horse Presents” up for free viewing on its MySpace site. The images are vibrant and large. DC Comics has also put issues up on MySpace, and recently launched the competition-based Zuda Comics, which encourages users to rank each other’s work, as a way to tap into the expanding Web comic scene. Company President Paul Levitz said he expects to put more original comics online in coming years. For its mature Vertigo imprint, DC offers weekly sneak peeks at the first five or six pages of upcoming issues. The publisher also gives out downloadable PDF files of the first issues in certain series, timed to publication of the series in book or graphic novel format. The Web release of DC’s “Y the Last Man” sent sales of that book collection soaring at Bridge City Comics in Portland, Ore., the shop’s owner, Michael Ring, said. last_img read more

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Premier League clubs ranked by transfer spend per point won – value for money?

first_img 20 20 The Premier League season is drawing to a close and conclusions are being drawn about which clubs have done well and which have flopped.The table doesn’t lie, does it?Perhaps not, but it doesn’t always tell the full story, such as exactly how much each club has spent to finish where it has.Taking into account net spend on transfers this season (the transfer windows of summer 2015 and January 2016), we’ve worked out how much each club has shelled out for each point earned, so far this season.Check out the ranking in the slideshow above, and find out which clubs have punched above their spending and which should reconsider how they splash the cash.All statistics correct up to and including matches played on 8 May 2016 20 20 20 20 14. Leicester City have a net spend of £381,625 per point so far this season – The Foxes have a total net spend of £30.53m. 10. Liverpool have a net spend of £489,655 per point so far this season – The Reds have a total net spend of £28.4m. 20 20 9. Manchester United have a net spend of £534,761 per point so far this season – The Red Devils have a total net spend of £33.69m. 20 15. Arsenal have a net spend of £295,588 per point so far this season – The Gunners have a total net spend of £20.1m. 20 3. Watford have a net spend of £1,257,727 per point so far this season – The Hornets have a total net spend of £55.34m. 20 4. Sunderland have a net spend of £1,195,714 per point so far this season – The Black Cats have a total net spend of £41.85m. 12. West Ham United have a net spend of £383,220 per point so far this season – The Hammers have a total net spend of £22.61m. 20 11. Stoke City have a net spend of £448,541 per point so far this season – The Potters have a total net spend of £21.53m. 20 17. Aston Villa have a net spend of £77,058 per point so far this season – Villa have a total net spend of £1.31m. 7. Everton have a net spend of £627,045 per point so far this season – The Toffees have a total net spend of £27.59m. 20 19. Southampton have a net spend of £36,333 per point so far this season – Saints have a total net spend of £2.18m on transfers this campaign. 8. West Bromwich Albion have a net spend of £535,476 per point so far this season – The Baggies have a total net spend of £22.49m. 16. Swansea City have a net spend of £87,391 per point so far this season – The Swans have a total net spend of £4.02m. 20. Tottenham are the only club to make a net profit on transfers this season, meaning they have actually earned £177,714 for every Premier League point they’ve won so far this campaign. Click the arrow above, right, to find out how much the other 19 clubs have spent per point this season! – Spurs have made a net profit of £12.44m on transfers this season and are riding high in the Premier League. 13. Crystal Palace have a net spend of £382,142 per point so far this season – The Eagles have a total net spend of £16.05m. 20 20 6. Norwich City have a net spend of £654,838 per point so far this season – The Canaries have a total net spend of £20.3m. 18. Chelsea have a net spend of £47,083 per point so far this season – The Blues have a total net spend of £2.26m. 20 5. Bournemouth have a net spend of £972,619 per point so far this season – The Cherries have a total net spend of £40.85m. 20 20 2. Manchester City have a net spend of £1,572,153 per point so far this season – City have a total net spend of £102.19m. 20 1. Newcastle United have a net spend of £2,270,588 per point so far this season – The Magpies have a total net spend of £77.2m.last_img read more

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Warriors prepare for final season at Oracle Arena — there will be parting gifts

first_imgOAKLAND — To celebrate their final season in Oakland, the Warriors have scheduled a slew of tributes to their memorable players, their championship moments and, above all, their astonishingly loyal fan base over their 47 seasons at Oracle Arena.Sounds like an amazing place. Why say goodbye at all?“You’re probably tired of hearing my line, but we’re leaving a building, not a city,” said Rick Welts, the Warriors team president, good-naturedly broaching the topic before the inevitable question …last_img read more

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SA cities on Commerce Centres index

first_img21 November 2008 Emerging market influence Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The MasterCard Worldwide Centres of Commerce Emerging Markets Index, a list of 65 cities poised to drive long-term economic growth in more than 30 emerging markets, has ranked Johannesburg 11th, Cape Town 33rd and Durban in 37th place. Economic and commercial environment Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban were ranked equally in fifth position on this measurement, which computes the time and costs involved in building a standard warehouse, registering a property, and exporting and importing cargo. Corruption and foreign bond ratings are included in this dimension. The three top cities were Santiago, Kuala Lumpur and Budapest. Quality of urban life The criteria of measurement on this dimension were the limitations on personal freedom/media and censorship; medical and health considerations; public services and transport; recreation and culture; in addition to climate, mortality, and the presence of world heritage sites. Latin American and eastern European cities were the top performers here. South African cities were hampered by the infant mortality rate and life expectancy at birth indicators, with Cape Town coming in at 10th position, Durban at 12th, and Johannesburg at 15th. The three cities did “extremely well” on media freedom, medical and health conditions, recreation and culture, and climate indicators. Risk and security Personal freedom and “personal physical city” were the criteria by which this dimension was measured. Budapest and Warsaw were the top two performers, with Cape Town falling into 5th position, Durban at 6th and Johannesburg at 11th position. While the South African cities scored highly on the democracy index, travel warnings and record of natural disasters indicators, they didn’t score well on crime and law enforcement indicators. “South Africa’s strong showing may reflect the ongoing opening of Africa to Western products, services and companies,” MasterCard says. “It is clearly a place to watch carefully for new opportunities.” Gateway to Africa Schussler expressed concern, however, about the high cost of internet and telephone services in South Africa, including downtimes. The cost of importing and exporting was also high, with high transport costs like constraints in the harbours, customs delays, rail and traffic congestion adding to business costs. MasterCard Worldwide Centres of Commerce Emerging Markets Index “Ghana and Botswana beat us on education. We don’t need more money, we need a better system,” he said. According to MasterCard, cities are generally considered to be the leading indicators for national economies, making the study an important barometer of larger global trends and growth potential over time. South Africa has more cities represented in the index than any other country outside of the Bric (Brazil, Russia, India and China) cities, with MasterCard suggesting that Africa may be entering an era of growth in the global market. Commercial connectivity This dimension measures the connectivity of a city to other world and regional commercial centres by air, airline passenger volumes, the presence of foreign consulates/embassies and international hotels and convention facilities, and international trade. Johannesburg was placed 18th, Cape Town was 48th, and Durban 59th. Top of the list was Shanghai, Bangkok and Beijing. “As the current financial environment shows, globalisation is a part of today’s economic reality – capital, talent, technology and even intellectual property now move seamlessly across borders and nations,” said MasterCard Worldwide Centres of Commerce programme director Michael Goldberg. Presenting a breakdown of the index in Johannesburg this week, T-Sec economist Mike Schussler said that having three cities included underscored South Africa’s regional dominance. “Emerging market cities will play an increasingly role in global commerce and may provide unique market opportunities for businesses in the face of changing economic times.” The index measured cities’ performances based on eight emerging market dimensions: Economic growth and development This measurement was made on the basis of a number of factors: GDP growth; GDP per capita; exchange rate volatility; inflation rate; FDI inward; direct investment abroad; exports of goods and services; total trade of goods and services; urban population growth rate; and city/metropolis population as a percentage of total population. Five Chinese cities took the top five positions. South African cities scored badly on this measure, with Johannesburg coming in at 59th, Cape Town at 62nd and Durban at 64th. Education and IT connectivity Chinese cities scored high on this measurement, with Johannesburg slipping to 56th position, with Cape Town sitting at 51st and Durban at 55th. This dimension measures the intensity of education activities, as well as national levels of internet and telecommunications connectivity. Cities lower on the scale were affected by a lack of medical schools, low number of internet users, and low numbers of broadband subscribers. “Given the current economic climate, MasterCard is focussed on providing valuable insights that assist our customers in identifying new market opportunities for the future – the Emerging Markets Index is key to that commitment,” MasterCard Worldwide Global Markets president Walt Macnee said in a statement this week. With the International Monetary Fund expecting global economic growth to be primarily driven by emerging economies at an unprecedented rate of 12 to 1 compared to rich-world economies, MasterCard says that emerging markets are becoming increasingly important investment and business centres. SAinfo reporter and City of Johannesburg His biggest concern was education. He indicated that although the country spends 5.4% of GDP on education, above the world average of 4.7%, South Africa still has a lot of pupils dropping out of school between grades 10 and 12. “By evaluating 65 emerging market cities and their increasingly important role in global commerce, the index offers companies a roadmap for where commerce is headed next.” A former world capital, Budapest was among the first Eastern European cities to trade with the West following the Cold War, and is benefitting from its first mover initiatives, MasterCard says. Business environment This dimension was judged the most significant by the research panel, with Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg being placed together in the first position. The criteria here were shareholder protection laws and corporate tax burdens. Financial services environment There are six indicators on this measurement: total value of equities trading; total value of bond trading; total number of derivative contracts; total number of commodities contracts; financial services network; and measurements of banking services and currency exchange regulations. Johannesburg, which reported the highest total bond-trading value, was placed third in this category, behind Mumbai and Shanghai. Cape Town was listed 39th, and Durban 50th. The Hungarian capital Budapest ranks third on the index, helped by its quick embrace of the free market system following the collapse of the Soviet Union and its influence in the region. This is clear when one sees that China has 15 cities on the index, followed by India (with eight), Brazil (with five) and Russia (with four) – with the leading city in each country being Shanghai, Mumbai, Sao Paulo and Moscow respectively.last_img read more

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Jerome Slim Du Plooy cares about making a difference

first_imgJerome “Slim” Du Plooy and Play your Part TV series host, Kabelo Mabalane, getting to know each other on the basketball court. (Image: Jerome Du Plooy) • Carike Verbooy Boston Media House+27 11 339 2153Carikev@boston.co.za • Getting Africa’s youngsters moving• Transforming lives through sport• A SKY light for Soweto kids• Arts, culture and democracy on Play Your Part TV• Beukes has a head for hoardingMathiba MolefeJerome “Slim” Du Plooy’s journey from the streets of Kliptown to appearing on television around the world is one that can and should inspire and motivate young South Africans to pursue their dreams regardless of where they are and the circumstances in which they live.Growing up in the poor Soweto suburb, the television and radio personality lived in a one room house with his mother. The two went without electricity for the better part of 16 years, but the light was never switched off on Du Plooy’s aspirations.“When you come up the way I came up, you’re tempted by a lot of things,” Du Plooy says, explaining the difficulties and challenges he faced growing up. “You’re surrounded by people who sell drugs, you’re surrounded by poverty and you have to decide what you want to do, if you want to be different, and I chose to be different… You’ve got to keep positive and follow positive people; that way you avoid all of the negativity going around.”Fire in his eyesAs a member of Soweto Kliptown Youth (SKY), a non-governmental organisation that provides an array of services and support to neighbourhood children, Du Plooy caught the attention of NBA Africa while playing basketball for the SKY basketball team.After noticing the drive and charisma of the young Du Plooy, NBA Africa took him under its wing and made it possible for him to study at Boston Media House. The basketball organisation’s investment in him would, in time, turn out to be of great benefit to Du Plooy and NBA Africa as the former came into his own and thrived in his new life on campus.“It was in 2005 that I met the NBA. The NBA saw something in me and ever since then they’ve adopted me,” he says.Having been given the opportunity to chase his dream, Du Plooy worked hard to make the most of his position and the support structures he had in place. Today, he is a sought-after MC, actor, radio and television personality as well as a motivational speaker with a silver tongue and a great hunger for life.He has represented South Africa on the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders programme, where he rubbed shoulder with some of the biggest names in basketball, such as Dwight Howard, Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony.Basketball Without Borders is the global basketball development and scouting programme run by NBA and FIBA. It has reached more than 1 700 players from more than 120 countries, and 28 of the programme players have been drafted into the NBA.Du Plooy was the MC at the NBA All-Star Jam Session at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, in the United States in February 2012 and has featured on the annual Basketball Without Borders programmes in Africa since 2009. “Seeing guys like Dwight Howard and Kyrie Irving going out of their way to help people less fortunate than them is part of the reason why I strive to be better.”Today’s youth are “living in a good era right now with a lot of opportunities”, he says. “I think that the youth need to step up and take advantage of these. You can’t afford to be lazy and expect the world to spoon-feed you.”Slim caresIn 2011, he started his Slim Cares organisation, through which he has made a difference to the lives of a number of youths in Soweto, Johannesburg. “I have always wanted to give back but I had to wait until such a time that I was in the position to do so. I was one of the few who made it, and when you make it, you make it for all of us,” he says.“Do what makes you happy,” he continues, “a lot of rich people are poor because they only have money.”He looks to play his part in ensuring that youth from underprivileged backgrounds don’t have to struggle the way he did. Since founding the initiative he has fed and clothed hundreds of children living in the south of Johannesburg. Slim Cares has partnered with a number of different organisations, such as Boston City Campus and the Sunday School Foundation on its initiatives.“Giving back is key,” says Du Plooy. “You have to be a blessing to others. I don’t give back because I have much, but because I know what it’s like growing up with nothing. I didn’t want these kids to grow up this way, which is why I started Slim Cares, which was inspired by the NBA.”Du Plooy’s story is a classic case of an ordinary person doing extraordinary things and goes to show that nothing is impossible if you have the drive and dedication to see it through. Catch Jerome “Slim” Du Plooy on the fourth episode of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, to air on SABC2 on Sunday, 6 July at 9pm.last_img read more

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