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Everton defender Keane has hairline fracture of skullEverton defender Keane has hairline fracture of skull

first_imgEverton’s Michael Keane leaves the pitch on a stretcher after a clash of heads with his teammate, during the English Premier League soccer match between Bournemouth and Everton, at the Vitality Stadium, in Bournemouth, England, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (Mark Kerton/PA via AP)LIVERPOOL, England — Everton defender Michael Keane has a hairline fracture of the skull and will be unable to touch a ball with his head for up to four weeks.Keane spent the night in the hospital after leaving the field because of a clash of heads in Everton’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday. Keane had scored Everton’s second goal to put the team 2-0 ahead.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Fouled, shoved and pushed, Hazard has last laugh for Chelsea Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Everton says Keane “sustained a small hairline fracture of the skull but suffered no other complications.”Keane said Sunday “I won’t be able to have any head contact for three to four weeks. I will be back with my team and back on the pitch as soon as I can after that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

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Friends charged with Grove man’s murderFriends charged with Grove man’s murder

first_imgTwo men were on Tuesday charged with the murder of a Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD) man after an alleged triangular love affair turned deadly last Wednesday.Heeman Gocool and Khemraj Persaud appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty on Tuesday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The prosecution is contending that both of the men murdered 53-year-old Rohan “Khanhai” Persaud, of Samantha Point, Grove, EBD. It is alleged that on February 13, 2019, the duo stabbed Persaud to death. They were remanded to prison and the case will continue on March 12.Guyana Times had previously reported that the handyman was killed after an argument over one of them having an alleged affair with his reputed wife. This publication was told that the man’s body was discovered at about 06:30h by residents who found him lying at the corner of the road.According to Police reports, he was found with a gash on his abdomen. This newspaper understands that at the time of the discovery, the man’s intestines were protruding through the wound.His T-shirt was also rolled up around his neck while his back bore apparent marks of violence. Reports reaching this publication also stated that one of the suspects of Grove Housing Scheme moved into the now dead man’s home after he had misunderstandings with his brothers.However, while there, he reportedly started a relationship with Persaud’s reputed wife. According to a source close to the family, this led to numerous arguments between Persaud and his reputed wife who subsequently moved out of the home. However, Persaud and the suspect along with other friends were in Grove at about 01:00h on February 13 when another argument ensued between the duo.Persaud reportedly again accused the suspect of having sexual relations with his reputed wife and a scuffle ensued. It was reported that one of the suspects reportedly used a stingray (fish) bone and dealt Persaud one stab wound to his abdomen.last_img read more

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STUNNING REPORT! Manchester City prepare £40million raid on Real MadridSTUNNING REPORT! Manchester City prepare £40million raid on Real Madrid

first_img Karim Benzema Manchester City are ready to splash £40million on Real Madrid star Karim Benzema, according to reports in Spain.The Frenchman has enjoyed another fine season in the Spanish capital, finding the net 22 times in 44 appearances.The striker has long been linked with a move to Arsenal, who scouted the 27-year-old during his time with Lyon.However, according to fichajes.net, Manchester City are preparing a £40 offer for Benzema this summer.The Premier League side are wary of the need to strengthen their attacking options after surrendering their title to Chelsea.Palermo star Paulo Dybala is also reportedly another target for City, but the club’s board would prefer the acquisition of a marquee name like Benzema. 1last_img

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DD LOCAL – LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTESDD LOCAL – LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTES

first_img• ABC Childcare Centre Summer Programme: We will be running a summer programme for the first 3 weeks in July. Monday 1st-Friday 18th 10am-2pm. Cost: €30 for first child and €5 per child after that. Registration day for the summer programme will be on Tuesday 4th June between 10am-12pm. Places are limited and in high demand and will be allocated on the first come first served basis. Contact Kathryn or Marie with any further queries on 074 91 42860.• Living a Quality of Life with a Long Term Health Condition: If you or someone you know is living with a long term condition, you will find that sometimes life is not easy. However there is lots of support available to you to make the choices that suit you in areas that you may feel you need that little bit of extra help. The HSE in Donegal is providing a self-management course for carers and people with long term conditions that promote self- care. Participants, to date, have reported a significant positive impact on their lives from implementing the skills they have learned from the course. They also enjoyed learning from other people with long term conditions in an informal setting. The course is free and is due to start in September and is run over six weekly sessions. If you would like to find out more information on this course or would like to book a place on the course, contact the HSE Consumer Services Department on 074 91 89016 or email paula.quinn@hse.ie All enquires are welcome.• Student Summer Special: Astro Turf Pitch available for 1 hour hire up to 4.30pm for 20 euro. For more information or to book a place contact us on 074 91 41773. • Counselling & Support Services: Free Confidential Counselling Support. You can avail of this service free of charge if you are 17 years or over, whether you are Male or Female. Services Available@ Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre and Manorcunningham. Strictly Appointment Only. For Further information contact0044 (0) 784 9223 114.• Young parents Pathways programme Start date to be confirmed: This programme is open to Young parents that would like to learn: Parenting Advice, Personal Development, Health Awareness, Paediatric First Aid and IT Qualification. Also enjoy Fun days out for parents & children, Visits to health spas. All expenses are covered by this programme at no cost to the individual. There is also childcare supplements and free travel available. For further information or to receive an application form Contact 04882 250 962 /0749141773. • Kitchen Gardening Course: Runs on Friday mornings from 10.30-12.30 in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. Course content: How to Sow Seeds, When & What to Sow Now, How to Plan & Layout a Kitchen Garden, Growing Herbs & Salads in pots, Growing Tasty Fruit. There are still a few places available for the course. If you are interested in joining please contact us on 074 91 41773 to book a place.• Writer’s Group: Have you stories, poems or memoir pieces waiting to be written? Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre holds a creative writing session on Wednesdays from 2.30 – 4.30. Explore your creativity within a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The sessions are led by an experienced facilitator. The group is open to anyone with an interest in writing. The nominal fee of €2 is charged for each afternoon. For further information contact 074 91 41773 or just pop in on Wednesday.• Art Classes: Art classes runs on Monday mornings from 10.30-12.30 in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. For more information contact reception on074 91 41773! Everyone Welcome• Clothes Appeal: Are you doing a spring clean? Blossoms charity shop is appealing for donations. We are looking for clothes, shoes, belts, bags, bric-a-brac, toys and books (in good condition). Items can be dropped into the Resource Centre when the shop is closed. “Many thanks”• “Blossoms” Charity Shop: We are currently looking for volunteers for our local charity shop “Blossoms”. This shop generates much needed income to help the running costs of the Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. Without the help of volunteers we would not be able to open the shop. The new opening hours of the shop are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12-4pm. If you have any free time to spare and would like to help out please contact reception on 074 91 41773. • Children’s Arts and Crafts: Every week 1 hour 30 minutes per session. To find out more please contact reception on 074 91 41773!• A woman’s knitting class: Runs every Wednesday night from 8.00-9.30.Still On-going. EVERYONE WELCOME!DD LOCAL – LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTES was last modified: May 29th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:CLONLEIGHLiffordNoteslast_img read more

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Pilot buried after DNA identificationPilot buried after DNA identification

first_imgSANTA ROSA – A U.S. Air Force pilot whose plane was shot down five decades ago during a reconnaissance mission over North Korea was buried after military investigators identified his remains using genetic testing. Four Air Force jets flew in a “missing man formation” over the funeral Saturday for 1st Lt. Alvin Earl Crane Jr., of Santa Rosa, who was buried with full military honors including rifle squad, a bugler playing taps and a flag-covered casket in front of more than 100 family and friends. A display of mementos of Crane’s life included his flight jacket, zippers and newspaper clippings about his disappearance. Crane, known as a “Mosquito” pilot who flew low over enemy territory to scout targets for higher-flying aircraft, was last seen parachuting from the propeller-driven T-6F reconnaissance plane after it was shot down Sept. 13, 1951, during the Korean War. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsWitnesses said the 22-year-old landed safely and ran away, but he was never heard from and it wasn’t until 1990 that North Korea returned a human skeleton to the U.S. that investigators determined last year through DNA testing was Crane’s. North Korea said the remains were found in 1987 about 20 miles from the crash site. His skeleton is complete but shows no indication of how or when he died, according to the Air Force. Crane’s back-seat observer, Army Sgt. Gordon J. Zorn, died in the plane. His body was recovered from the crash site. Crane joined the Air Force after high school and loved to fly high and fast “to see forever,” said his sister, Shirley Romalia, 72, of Sacramento. He left behind his wife, Ruth, and infant son, Stephen, when he shipped out to Korea in May 1951.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Seven injured as taxi drives into World Cup fans in MoscowSeven injured as taxi drives into World Cup fans in Moscow

first_img As many as five ambulances arrived on the scene to take the eight injured to hospital Twitter – @gucodd Twitter – @gucodd The driver, who fled the scene before being detained by police, was named as Anarbek Chyngyz, who holds a Kyrgyzstan driving licence.Witnesses claim Mr Chyngyz shouted “it wasn’t me” when running away from bystanders. A criminal investigation has been opened into the incident.The Mexican embassy confirmed that two Mexico fans were hurt in the incident which happened around 200 yards from the GUM shopping arcade in the centre of the city – but their injuries have been reported as “stable and out of danger.”An official from the Moscow transport authority claimed the driver, who first hit a road sign, was not acting intentionally. 3 Twitter – @gucodd The car’s bumper was torn off in the collision and as many as five ambulances arrived on the scene to help those injured.Mexico take on Germany at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow at 4pm UK time tomorrow.center_img Eight people have been taken to hospital, including two Mexico football fans, after being hit by a taxi that drove into a crowd of people in Moscow.Moscow police believe the driver ‘lost control of the vehicle’ when he mounted the pavement in the city centre, with Russian news agency TASS reporting eight injuries and no fatalities. 3 Images from the crash show the damage caused to the taxi 3 The taxi’s driver reportedly fled the scene before being detained by policelast_img read more

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Top Cheney adviser indicted, resigns in CIA leak caseTop Cheney adviser indicted, resigns in CIA leak case

first_img “In our system, each individual is presumed innocent and entitled to due process and a fair trial,” the president said. Fitzgerald’s investigation is nearing an end, and the grand jury he used for the past two years expired Friday. But he said, “It’s not over,” declining to address Rove’s fate. The prosecutor is still weighing whether to charge Bush’s closest adviser with false statements, lawyers said. Friday’s charges stemmed from a two-year investigation into whether Rove, Libby or any other administration officials knowingly revealed Plame’s identity in summer 2003 to punish her husband, Joseph Wilson, for his criticism of the Bush administration’s use of prewar Iraq intelligence. In the end, like so many other Washington scandals, prosecutors zeroed in on an alleged cover-up. Libby, 55, was charged with five felonies alleging obstruction of justice, perjury to a grand jury and making false statements to FBI agents. He could face a maximum of 30 years in prison and $1.25 million fines if convicted. Fitzgerald suggested that proving Libby lied to the grand jury would be an easier case to make than showing he intentionally revealed a secret officer’s cover. Specifically, the prosecutors alleged Libby concocted a false story that he got Plame’s name from reporters and passed it on to others when in fact he got the information from classified sources. “Mr. Libby’s story that he was at the tail end of a chain of phone calls, passing on from one reporter what he heard from another, was not true. It was false,” the prosecutor said. “And he lied about it afterward, under oath, repeatedly.” Cheney said he accepted the resignation with regret because Libby is “one of the most capable and talented individuals I have ever known.” The closest to bright news Friday for the White House was the word from Rove’s attorney that the presidential confidant was not being indicted along with Libby. Fitzgerald has been looking for weeks at whether Rove gave false testimony during his four grand jury appearances. Rove’s lawyer waged a furious effort in recent weeks to convince the prosecutor that any misstatements were unintentional or were corrected. “The special counsel has advised Mr. Rove that he has made no decision about whether or not to bring charges,” attorney Robert Luskin said. “We are confident that when the special counsel finishes his work, he will conclude that Mr. Rove has done nothing wrong.” Libby’s indictment paves the way for a trial that could renew the focus on the administration’s faulty rationale for going to war against Iraq _ the erroneous assertion that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. Libby is considered Cheney’s alter ego, a chief architect of the war with Iraq. A trial would give the public a rare glimpse into Cheney’s influential role in the West Wing and his behind-the-scenes lobbying for the war. The vice president, who prizes secrecy, could be called as a witness. Democrats suggested the indictment was just the tip of the iceberg. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the case was “about how the Bush White House manufactured and manipulated intelligence in order to bolster its case for the war in Iraq and to discredit anyone who dared to challenge the president.” Hoping to contain the damage, some Republicans distanced themselves from Libby. Others said the legal system should run its course. “It’s time to stop the leaks and spin and turn Washington into one big recovery meeting where people say what they mean and mean what they say,” said Rep. Jim Ramstad, R-Minn. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said through a spokesman that the Senate won’t investigate the CIA leak. Bush ordered U.S. troops to war in March 2003, saying Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction program posed a grave and immediate threat to the United States. When no such weapons were found, the administration came under increased criticism for using faulty intelligence to make its case for war. It was during the height of that debate that Plame’s identity as a covert CIA officer was leaked in July 2003. Her name was published just a little over a week after her husband wrote a newspaper opinion piece suggesting the administration had twisted prewar intelligence, and describing how he had gone to Africa in 2002 to check on claims Saddam had tried to buy nuclear materials. Wilson said he couldn’t validate the uranium claim but Bush later used it anyway. Wilson alleged the leak of his wife’s name was retaliation for his criticism, and he said Friday that “when an indictment is delivered to the front door of the White House, the office of the president is defiled.” The indictment alleges Libby began digging for details about Wilson well before the former ambassador went public July 6, 2003. Libby made his first inquiries about Wilson’s travel to Niger in late May 2003, and by June 11 Libby was informed by a CIA official that Wilson’s wife worked for the agency and might have sent him on the trip. Libby also heard it from Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman, the indictment said. On June 12, 2003, the indictment alleged, Libby heard directly from Cheney that Plame worked for the spy agency. “Libby was advised by the vice president of the United States that Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA in the counterproliferation division. Libby understood that the vice president had learned this information from the CIA,” Fitzgerald said. A short time later, the indictment said, Libby began spreading information to reporters, starting with The New York Times’ Judith Miller on June 23. The indictment said a substantial number of people in the White House knew about Plame’s CIA status before the publication of Robert Novak’s column on July 14, 2003 _ the first public mention _ including former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, who was mentioned by title but not name in the legal filing. Among the false statements Libby is accused of making is that he learned of Plame’s identity from NBC reporter Tim Russert. In fact, Fitzgerald said, Libby knew it long before that conversation and Russert didn’t even discuss it with him. One of the dramatic parts of the two-year investigation was Fitzgerald’s successful attempt _ which reached all the way to the Supreme Court _ to force several reporters to reveal their confidential sources. Miller, in fact, spent more than 80 days in jail before agreeing to testify. Fitzgerald said Friday he wasn’t spoiling for a “First Amendment showdown” with the news media but believed reporters were essential witnesses in this case. “I do not think that a reporter should be subpoenaed anything close to routinely. It should be an extraordinary case,” he said. “But if you’re dealing with a crime, and what’s different here is the transaction is between a person and a reporter, they’re the eyewitness to the crime.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Though Cheney was one of the officials who told Libby about Plame’s secret work for the CIA before it was leaked to reporters, Fitzgerald said he wasn’t alleging any wrongdoing by the vice president. “I’m not making allegations about anyone not charged in the indictment,” he said. Libby’s attorney, Joseph Tate, promised to vigorously challenge the charges. The 22-page indictment was the latest blow in one of the darkest weeks of the Bush presidency, which also saw the 2,000th U.S. military death in Iraq and the embarrassing withdrawal of Harriet Miers as Bush’s Supreme Court nominee. Bush, whose approval rating is near the lowest point of his presidency, praised Libby’s years of government service but acknowledged the “ongoing legal proceedings are serious.” WASHINGTON – Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff resigned Friday after he was indicted by a grand jury, accused of obstructing its investigation and lying about an effort to blow the CIA cover of an Iraq war critic’s wife. I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby became the first high-ranking White House official in decades to be criminally charged while still in office. A second key figure in the two-year CIA leak investigation, presidential strategist Karl Rove, was spared from criminal charges for the time being. Libby wasn’t indicted specifically for the leak, but special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald left little doubt that he believed Cheney’s top aide learned Valerie Plame’s classified identity from the CIA, State Department and his own boss and then revealed it to reporters. “It’s important that a CIA officer’s identity be protected, that it be protected not just for the officer, but for the nation’s security,” the prosecutor said. “Mr. Libby was the first official known to have told a reporter.” last_img read more

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Starfish Dinners of HopeStarfish Dinners of Hope

first_img9 May 2005The Starfish Greathearts Foundation is challenging South Africans – along with individuals from around the world – to host a dinner in their own homes to raise funds for children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/Aids.Over 13 000 people from 17 countries took part in the Starfish Dinners of Hope in 2004, raising over R800 000.This enabled Starfish to give nearly 2 000 children nutritional, primary care giver and educational support in the communities of Alexandra (Gauteng), Kwa-Ncgolozi (KwaZulu-Natal), Grassroots (Mpumulanga) and the rural area served by Gcinosapho Outreach (Valley of a Thousand Hills, KwaZulu-Natal).According to Starfish’s Lucille Onofri, the charity aims to raise R1-million by December.“This is your event”, Starfish says on its website. “Host a dinner at your home, book a restaurant, have a picnic, throw a party. Invite two people or two hundred. Where and how you dine is up to you.“Encourage your guests to make a contribution, and the money you raise will help to secure the future of orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa.”For more information, visit Starfish Dinners of Hope.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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IMF praise, caution for SA economyIMF praise, caution for SA economy

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 22 September 2010 Commending South Africa’s “impressive” economic performance in recent years, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts that the SA economy will grow by 3.2% in 2010 and 4.5% over the medium term, with the gap between actual and potential growth closing by around 2014. This is provided that the global economic recovery is not interrupted, the IMF says in its latest annual report on South Africa’s economy, with Euro zone weakness in particular posing considerable risks to SA’s economic growth. The IMF projects that South Africa’s employment levels are only likely to return to their 2008 peak by around 2015 – or by 2013, if the economic growth can be raised to 5.5% to 6% percent a year. “South Africa therefore needs to raise its growth rate to 6 percent, with this growth being more labour-intensive, if it is to create jobs on a large scale,” South Africa’s National Treasury said in a statement on Tuesday. “This is in line with the recent statements by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan that South Africa needs sustained growth of at least 7 percent a year over a 20-year period to significantly reduce unemployment and poverty.”Management of capital inflows On the management of capital inflows, the IMF report supports South Africa’s flexible and floating exchange rate system, while noting that the volatility of the local currency, the rand, has been very high. “This is accounted for by the fact that non-residents account for nearly 75 percent of the daily turnover of US$10-$12-billion in the South African foreign exchange market,” the Treasury said, with the size of the market and its dominance by non-residents limiting the government’s ability to influence the level of the rand. The IMF report notes that while increasing foreign exchange reserves may not have much effect on the level of exchange rate, it could be helpful in absorbing large shocks. Similarly, a small tax on inflows might help slow down the volume of inflows or change its composition. However, taxing inflows might be easily circumvented and its effectiveness eroded over time.Prudent policies, solid financial sector The IMF praised South Africa for the prudent fiscal and monetary policies it has been implementing since 2002, saying these had helped to cushion the country’s economy from the full impact of the global economic recession, while giving the government the fiscal and monetary space to support the economic recovery now that the recession was over. The report commends South Africa for the strength and solid regulation of its financial services sector, a point also noted World Economic Forum earlier this month in its Global Competitiveness Report for 2010. It also welcomed “ongoing initiatives to increase investment in infrastructure and improve education and health services” in the country.Challenges At the same time, the IMF said, South Africa faces several challenges, the overriding policy challenge being “to reduce unemployment and income inequality through labour and product market reforms aimed at raising the country’s growth potential.” Noting the sharp increase in unemployment resulting from the global economic slowdown, the IMF encouraged the South African authorities “to re-examine labour market institutions, in particular with a view to reduce any policy distortions, and to ensure that businesses and unions have greater flexibility in the wage bargaining framework.” The Treasury said on Tuesday that, while the government did not share all the views expressed in the IMF’s report, it was “a fair assessment of the economic conditions in South Africa”, and would be carefully considered by the government. “Many of the issues raised by the IMF report mirror the list of priorities that government is already addressing, including work on inclusive growth and policies aimed at tackling youth unemployment,” the Treasury said. “Regarding the volatility of the currency, the Minister of Finance has on numerous occasions, including in the 2010 Budget, called for a stable and competitive real exchange rate. In addition, National Treasury has agreed to support the South African Reserve Bank to accumulate foreign exchange reserves.” The government will update its macroeconomic forecasts on 27 October, when Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan tables the country’s 2010 medium-term budget policy statement. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Ramaphosa explores business with JapanRamaphosa explores business with Japan

first_img17 February 2016Despite the economic downturn, South Africa remained a country with great opportunities and was an attractive destination for investors seeking sustained returns, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said yesterday.He was speaking at a breakfast meeting with the Keidanren, the Federation of Economic Organisations of Japan, in Cape Town. The meeting was held as part of moves to build closer ties with the Asian country in an attempt to realise the goals of South Africa’s National Development Plan.He said the country had a solid record of prudent fiscal management and sound macroeconomic policies, with a vibrant and resilient democracy.Keidanren is Japan’s most influential business federation, representing the top Japanese multinational companies with the highest volumes of global business. The federation is on a four-day visit to South Africa.“We are an attractive investment destination,” Ramaphosa said. “We are pursuing measures to fundamentally transform our economy, ensuring that it is more productive, more inclusive and more sustainable.“South Africa also has a diversified economic base with developed industries in areas like resources, manufacturing, retail and services; advanced financial and communications infrastructure and extensive road, rail and port facilities.”The country also had a young workforce that was poised to power a new wave of production and growth.The breakfast followed a working visit by Ramaphosa to Japan in August 2015.See more from that visit:He used Tuesday’s meeting to call on the Japanese to explore how investment and trade between the two sides could contribute to key objectives such as job creation, industrial development, human resource development and innovation as part of implementing the National Development Plan.Japan could help emerging black industrialists in accessing markets, skills and technologies, said the deputy president.“We look to Japan to assist our country in the development of a thriving hydrogen economy. We look to Japan to invest in our ocean economy and aquaculture and provide training in boat building and ports management.“We look to Japanese companies to work with our businesses and people to invest in water and sanitation projects, agriculture and agro-processing. Japan’s companies are well poised to work with us in the beneficiation of our mineral wealth.”The government, he added, was already in the process of making it easier to do business in the country.“We are fast-tracking the implementation of the Invest SA initiative, which is a one-stop investment shop to assist investors in meeting all the necessary legislative and regulatory requirements.”This would reduce the cost and complexity of investing in South Africa and would ensure government departments and agencies were more efficient and responsive.South Africa’s growth plan included an injection of new entrepreneurial support for previously disadvantaged groups.“We are supporting the emergence of a new generation of black industrialists. We are using this programme for skills development and improving standards, quality and productivity. We are also providing access to finance and assisting with entry into new markets.In addition to the breakfast meeting, Keidanren will engage with Business Leadership South Africa and Black Business Council within the framework of Japan – South Africa Business Forum, says the Presidency.Japan is South Africa’s third largest trading partner. There are about 130 Japanese companies in South Africa, employing over 150 000 people.During his 2015 visit to Japan, Ramaphosa expressed appreciation for the relationship between the two countries. He invited Japanese businesses to explore opportunities presented by the National Development Plan’s ambitious programme for fundamental economic and social transformation.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

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