Spurs expected to beat Chelsea and will Vardy break record against Man United? Coral Daily Download

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman talks Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury and says he fully expects the Ukrainian to retain his heavyweight world titles against the Brit.He also looks ahead to shock Premier League leaders Leicester’s clash with second-placed Manchester United on Saturday and says Jamie Vardy is 2/1 to score for a record-breaking 11th successive game.Plus, he reveals Tottenham are the 6-4 favourites to win Sunday’s London derby with champions Chelsea at White Hart Lane following their impressive run of form.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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49ers pregame: Goodwin returns; Garçon, Breida, Williams out

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Marquise Goodwin indeed will return from a two-game hiatus today to bolster the 49ers’ upset hopes against the visiting Denver Broncos.Goodwin had missed the past two games, as well as a week of practice, while excused to deal with a family matter, an issue he declined to reveal Friday in speaking with the media. Goodwin was in good spirits in warmups, dancing with fellow receiver Dante Pettis and then heading into the locker room 1 1/2 hours before kickoff while pointing to the …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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Miocic sets UFC heavyweight record, beats Ngannou to retain title

first_imgHe never found it.Miocic beat Fabrício Werdum to win the heavyweight title in May 2016, and followed with wins against Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos and now Ngannou to slug his way into the record book. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Stipe Miocic speaks to Joe Rogan after defeating Francis Ngannou in their Heavyweight Championship fight during UFC 220 at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFPStipe Miocic set the UFC heavyweight record with his third straight successful title defense, turning the anticipated slugfest against Francis Ngannou into a methodical ground-and-pound bout in the main event of UFC 220.Miocic won 50-44 on all three scorecards early Sunday and was never seriously tested by the raw but unrefined Ngannou.ADVERTISEMENT Cormier keeps title, dominates Oezdemir at UFC 220 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Miocic (18-2) and Ngannou (11-2) had UFC fans buzzing with perhaps the most-hyped heavyweight title bout since Brock Lesnar was the class of the division. Both fighters have a history of finishing off their foes within two rounds and Ngannou was coming off a nasty knockout win just seven weeks ago.Both fighters were winded by the third round and Ngannou looked sleepy as he whiffed on a few blows in the fifth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMiocic and Ngannou tagged each other several times in the first round and both fighters were staggered and in trouble.But the fight got worse from there. Miocic spent the second and third rounds just banging away as Ngannou covered up, hoping for one last desperate knockout punch. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

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Jeremy Lamb’s jumper helps Hornets escape Pistons in wild win

first_imgView comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Mavericks extend home streak, end skid against Hawks Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did not play for personal reasons. … Charlotte got a big lift off the bench in the first quarter from Willy Hernangomez, who had nine points in final four minutes as the Hornets built a 37-25 lead.DOUBLING DOWNThe Hornets came up with a pair of turnovers against Griffin by doubling him in the low post and swatting the ball away.“We were active,” Borrego said. “We had a swarming mentality.”GUARDING KEMBABruce Brown called Walker a “great player, a great scorer.”“You just have to try to contain him,” Brown said. “He’s going to get his buckets some way, but you just have to try and hold him below his average and not foul him when he gets to the rim.”UP NEXTPistons: Host the Celtics on Saturday night.Hornets: Host the Knicks on Friday night. Detroit guard Langston Galloway was more irritated that the Pistons went almost six minutes without a field goal late in the fourth quarter, surrendered a 10-point lead and allowed Lamb to make the jumper on a simple drive-and-kick from Kemba Walker.“I can’t get into the he-said, she-said,” Galloway said. “We just have to take away that basket and not allow him to get a good shot like that.”Walker led the Charlotte comeback.He finished with 31 points and had nine assists and eight rebounds for the Hornets, who won their third straight and moved into sixth place in the Eastern Conference — a half-game ahead of Detroit.Blake Griffin had 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Pistons, who have lost six in a row.Trailing by 10 with 6:23 left in the fourth quarter, Walker put his team on his shoulders.Walker scored 11 of the game’s next 13 points to put the Hornets up 104-101 with 47 seconds left as part of a 13-0 Charlotte run. Walker was 4 of 18 from the field in the first three quarters, but was 4 of 7 in the fourth. Andre Drummond broke the nearly six-minute drought for Detroit when he answered with a three-point play in the low post to tie the game with 35 seconds left.Both teams missed opportunities — including Griffin, who missed two free throws — before Lamb connected.TIP-INSPistons: Reggie Jackson had 18 points for the Pistons. … Detroit out-rebounded Charlotte 49-42. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? As Monk, a second-year player from Kentucky, retreated to the bench, he got chewed out by Jordan, a six-time NBA champion who was sitting at the end of the bench. Jordan playfully slapped at the back of his Monk’s head — twice. Monk smiled with a touch of embarrassment.The Pistons, trailing by two at the time, were only given one technical foul shot — which they made. Detroit’s ensuing long inbounds pass was intercepted as time expired.“My heart stopped for a second there,” said Hornets coach James Borrego, who said he had never seen that call made in professional basketball.The Associated Press requested clarification on the call after the game, but the game officials had already left the arena and were unavailable for comment.The Pistons weren’t upset over the ruling.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LATEST STORIES Lamb knocked down a 22-foot jumper from the right wing with 0.3 seconds left, and then had to wait and see if it counted after the Hornets were assessed a technical foul for having too many players on the floor. The basket was upheld and the Hornets escaped with at 108-107 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night after trailing by 10 late in the fourth quarter.As Lamb thrust out his chest and yelled and the crowd erupted with screams, officials quickly blew the whistle and gathered at the scorer’s table to check the replay monitor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefReplays showed Malik Monk and later Bismack Biyombo had come off the bench and run several yards onto the floor in anticipation of Lamb making the shot at the other end.“I thought they were going to call like three techs, get three free throws — something like that,” Lamb said. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, center, shouts at an official in the final seconds of the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Officials ruled the Hornets had six players on the floor in the final second of the game, giving one free throw to Detroit. The Hornets won 108-107. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Hornets celebrated too soon and then weren’t sure if they’d be celebrating at all. Meanwhile, team owner Michael Jordan chewed out one of his own players.Jeremy Lamb’s first NBA buzzer-beater was no ordinary game-winning shot.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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