London 2017 | Praught-Leer confident ahead of 3000m steeplechase final

first_imgLONDON, England:  Aisha Praught-Leer has pointed to her coaching change and a number of other adjustments in her life as the reasons behind what has been her best season to date.  Praught-Leer, who will today line up in the women’s 3000 metres steeplechase event inside the London Stadium at 9:25 p.m. (3:25 p.m. Jamaica time) at the World Championships, is the country’s third finalist in the event since it was first contested in 2005 in Helsinki. Korene Hinds was fourth in that final, with Mardrea Hyman finishing in eighth place.    The US-born athlete recently moved her training base from Oregon to the high altitude settings of Boulder, Colorado, where she is now being trained by Joe Bosshard and is also training alongside Olympic bronze medallist Emma Coburn.  Praught-Leer, who also competed in the final at last year’s Olympic Games, was fourth in her heat in 9:26.37 and will enter tonight’s medal race full of confidence after a season that saw her lowering the national record to 9:19.29, which was the ninth fastest time coming into the World Championships.  The athlete said last year’s Olympic final was an eye-opener for here and having committed to compete for another four-year cycle, Praught-Leer said she decided to go all out and step outside of her comfort zone; and the effect has been immediate.  “Yes a lot has changed, as you know I have a new training group,” said Praught-Leer. “Things just hadn’t clicked quite yet and I really wanted a training partner for steeplechase and really after the Olympics, I was bummed out after my performance and I said that I wanted to do this for four more years through the next Olympic cycle and if I am going to go forward I am going to really bear down and go all out. “So I went out of my comfort zone and started training with someone who is one of the best in the world also to see if I had what it took and so far it is going well,” she said.  “So far it’s job done, I am feeling good about my qualification to the final,” Praught-Leer said before speaking to the challenging conditions that she had to compete in. “Honestly, the cold makes it feel harder, it was raining and we were constantly getting wetter every lap but I really tried to stay calm and focus because that’s what the steeplechase is all about plus everyone else in the race was also cold, it wasn’t just me.” Still she will be hoping for better conditions during the final and is looking to produce a special performance.  “It’s awesome. I have really felt the love from the supporters here. It was quiet during the race and I think the crowd was really cold, but I could hear the Jamaicans right throughout the race and it’s awesome to give our people something else to cheer for and look forward to,” said Praught-Leer.last_img read more

Victim’s identity revealed

first_imgSoesdyke fatal accidentBy Shemuel FanfairThe victim who was struck and killed on the Soesdyke public road, East Bank Demerara (EBD), over two weeks ago has finally been identified as 22-year-old Eno David of Matthew’s Ridge, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini).Guyana Times  understands that David had been working with a resident of Farm Track Road at Soesdyke.The Soesdyke resident, Ronald Lloyd, was said to have provided the young man’s birth certificate to Police who then used the document to determine David’s identify after his name and date of birth were corroborated with relatives of the deceased. Guyana Times understands Lloyd opted against identifying the body – an indication that the process should be carried out by the young man’s next of kin. However, several stumbling blocks were encountered when Police made efforts to have the family identify the body.This comes in light of prevailing circumstances that surrounded the dead young man’s life. This publication was told that Eno David’s mother died when he was a toddler and a woman named Helna Scott of Matthew’s Ridge, North West District, tended to him from a tender age and raised him along with her two children. When contacted on Sunday, the still grieving woman explained that financial constraints have prevented her from traveling to Demerara to retrieve the young man’s body. She noted that even though Eno was not her biological son, she feels just as hurt as if it were one of her children who perished.“Last week we get the news but we ain’t got money. Me feel for he and if me had money, I coulda go long. I mind he from a baby and I feel it for he because me mind he like me own,” she lamented.Scott further indicated that in the young man’s teenaged years, he wanted to live life more independently. She told this publication that it was three years ago that Eno left the North West District for Demerara.“I never ill-treat him. He get big and own way, that was why he gone down that side,” Scott told this publication on Sunday. <<>> was made aware that the deceased man’s father works as a gold miner in the hinterland.According to information received, Police contacted Scott’s sister who lives in Timehri, EBD, to identify the body. However, it was claimed that she refused to do so on the account that she had left Matthew’s Ridge when she was young and could not clearly remember the deceased man.Meanwhile, the implicated Policeman involved in the pedestrian’s death has not been charged. A credible Police source disclosed that investigative ranks are compiling statements and reports which are expected to wrap up soon. After the compilation of the case file is complete, it will be handed over to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.This newspaper had reported that the pedestrian was said to have suffered severe head injuries and had been picked up and placed in another vehicle with the previously injured Police rank and taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His post-mortem examination which was conducted on Friday last, revealed that he died from “multiple injuries”.Before Eno David met his demise, Constable Gavin Gentle lost control of his PTT 5444 motorcar and crashed into a utility pole at Timehri, EBD. The Constable who is implicated in David’s death, came up and was in the process of transporting his colleague, Constable Gavin Gentle, to hospital when he struck David with his privately owned Toyota Allion motorcar, PPP 8497.It was claimed by Police that just before the fatal accident, the Allion motor car of the implicated Constable was escorted by a Police vehicle with flashing lights and the sound of its siren. According to information received, the driver of PPP 8497 had allegedly swerved from the pedestrian who was said to be in the centre of the road when he was struck by the Constable’s car. The driver of PPP 8497 had been detained and tests reportedly revealed that no alcohol had been traced on his breath.last_img read more

Proposed underpass may uproot residents

first_img• Slideshow: Villa PICO RIVERA – When it comes to where her family will live, Leslie Marin believes that important decisions are best made by her and her husband, not by bureaucrats at City Hall. Marin and her husband decided two weeks ago to move out of their apartment in the 90-unit Rivera Villa complex on Passons Boulevard, which the city has slated for demolition to make way for a new $43 million railroad underpass project. No eviction notices have gone out to the tenants, said city officials, who said they have yet to set an exact construction start date for the project. And the city is urging Rivera Villa residents to stay put for now or risk losing any relocation help the city plans to offer them later. But Marin said her family isn’t waiting. In short, officials have no dates yet for the start or completion of the project, making it impossible at this point to notify Rivera Villa tenants as to when they must move, Spencer said. “There is no reason whatsoever for any tenants to be worried, concerned or scared,” he said. “This is a long process. When all of the permits are in place and we’re ready to proceed, we will let them know when they will be required to move.” He added that such concerns are understandable as the long-awaited project moves forward. Pico Rivera City Council members approved the underpass project for Passons in 2001. Since then, officials had waited to secure all of the funding, which finally arrived this year. The city now has $28.2 million for the project from the state Transportation Congestion Relief Program, $10 million from the state Public Utilities Commission, $3 million from federal grants and $2.2 million from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, officials said. “A grade separation project is very badly needed” at Passons, said Spencer. Residents had lobbied the city for a bridge or underpass at the rail crossing for years. But the concerns turned angry last year when an El Rancho High School student was struck and killed by a train while walking home. When state transportation officials add a third track along the rail line as part of the Alameda Corridor East, train traffic will only get worse, city officials said. “It’s bad enough now with two railroad tracks there. We don’t want to contemplate it when there’s three,” Spencer said. The new underpass project will create a route for cars and other vehicles and pedestrians to travel under the railroad tracks, without having to stop for trains to pass. But first, Rivera Villa and the five homes sitting in the way will have to go, officials said. “We knew it was coming, but now it’s here,” said Arthur Gutierrez, 77, who owns one of the homes slated for demolition. When Overland, Pacific & Cutler officials interviewed tenants and residents this month, families were asked how many people were living in their homes, what their income levels were, whether they had any special housing needs, etc. Information gleaned from them will be presented in a report to the city later this month, said Craig Justesen, project manager for the consulting firm. Residents could be eligible to receive financial help from the city, including rental assistance, he said. But officials are still working out the details of the compensation plan, Justesen added. Those who move out now, however, could forfeit any help, he added. Meruelo Enterprises in Downey, which owns Rivera Villa, would not comment. Still, the city’s vagueness over when residents will have to move has caused uncertainty among some tenants, said Rivera Villa manager Adrian Ramirez, especially after the visits from Overland, Pacific & Cutler officials. “A lot of people got scared,” he said. “People are walking around wondering what’s going to happen, where are they going to move to?” Maria Romero decided to heed the city’s advice and wait until she hears from officials on what to do next. “I’m going to see what they tell me to do,” said Romero, 31. “There’s been no confirmation that this is going to happen.” Meanwhile, Gutierrez is preparing for a life-altering move he is not looking forward to. He has lots of questions for the city, not the least of which is how much Pico Rivera will compensate him for his property. “I don’t want to move after 30 years here,” said Gutierrez. “How can you go out there and be interested in a house when you don’t know what you’re going to get? It’s a big decision.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 “I’m out of here at the end of the month,” she said. “Even if they could find me somewhere to live later, I want to have somewhere secured now.” Although Pico Rivera officials say it could be a year or more before the tenants will have to move, this month residents began getting knocks on their doors from representatives of Overland, Pacific & Cutler Inc., a relocation consultant working with the city. “When you have a proposed project, you are required to notify residents of the proposed project and the possibility of relocation,” explained Michelle Ramirez, a senior manager in the city’s community development department who is overseeing the underpass project. The city hopes to begin buying the apartment complex, along with five single-family homes that also are in the path of the underpass project, by late September at the earliest, city spokesman Bob Spencer said. Spencer said the project still needs permits from state and federal agencies. Contractors must still be hired and other project details are still to be worked out, he added.last_img read more

Bank of America inches closer to rival Citigroup

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesWhere Citi’s tentacles spread to everything from high-fee asset management to global investment banking, Bank of America has remained focused squarely on the consumer. The strategy flourished as international markets soured and global merger activity waned, but some doubt it will work in the long run as overseas markets remain primed for growth. Citigroup is still the biggest U.S. financial services company based on assets of $1.63 trillion, the most common yardstick. The New York-based heavyweight, built through an acquisition spree orchestrated by former chairman Sanford Weill, is one of Wall Street’s biggest players with operations in more than 100 countries. BofA – with $1.45 trillion of assets – is America’s largest retail bank with almost 6,000 branches coast to coast. Through various deals, it has acquired stakes in three foreign banks, some credit card assets abroad and spent $675 million building trading platforms in Asia and Europe. The company’s international exposure still remains significantly less than many of its bigger competitors. How Bank of America got there is one of the most colorful and controversial stories in American banking history. McColl, a brash ex-Marine, led North Carolina regional player NationsBank Corp. through some 70 acquisitions since the early 1980s. The company moved in a rapid-fire fashion to new parts of the country. Its push into Florida in 1981 was famously coined “Operation Overlord” after the Normandy invasion in World War II. But McColl’s biggest coup was the acquisition of BankAmerica Corp., a financial institution bigger than NationsBank. He adopted the San Francisco-based bank’s name, moved the headquarters to Charlotte, ousted its CEO and began placing his executives into top positions as the two banks integrated. Although the $57 billion deal was the biggest in McColl’s career, his competitive nature still kept at least some focus on being able to best his bigger competitor. “In the early and midpart of my career, I spent time looking up at Citibank, and ultimately realized them as a competitor in many of the retail areas,” said McColl, who founded an advisory firm in his retirement and spends his time dedicated to charities such as Habitat for Humanity. “If we eventually are larger than Citigroup, we’d be happy about that,” the 71-year-old said. McColl contends that successor Kenneth Lewis should be credited for keeping BofA focused on Main Street consumers rather than forge an international franchise. Lewis, 59, could not be reached for comment. BofA has been able to leapfrog Citi by adding branches through its acquisition of FleetBoston Financial Corp., and becoming the nation’s biggest credit-card issuer with its purchase of MBNA Corp. The company is so steeped as America’s bank that it processes more checks annually than the Federal Reserve, and its tellers handle 1 billion face-to-face transactions per day.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – There’s a legend on Wall Street that Hugh L. McColl Jr., Bank of America Corp.’s storied former chairman, used to keep an “enemies list” tucked into his pocket – marching orders for who the bank must topple to become the biggest in the nation. On top of that list: Citigroup Inc., then the world’s largest financial institution whose stock market value consistently dwarfed that of BofA. By McColl’s retirement in 2001, Citigroup’s market value was twice that of the once-small North Carolina bank. Often disputed, even by McColl himself, the story demonstrates the ferocity behind the company’s 25-year quest to be No. 1. This week, the Charlotte-based bank took a psychological step toward that goal – coming within 1 percent of overtaking Citigroup in market value. Citi has a market cap of about $237 billion, while BofA is valued at $233 billion. “Everyone’s heard about the enemies list, but whether it’s true or not doesn’t matter,” said Hoefer & Arnett analyst Richard X. Bove, who has tracked BofA since its infancy. “McColl didn’t have to have an enemies list. They had a strategy, and one that was deployed effectively and has paid off.” last_img read more

Lt. Gov. race is too close to call

first_imgThe most significant political act a lieutenant governor can take is to cast a deciding vote in a deadlocked state Senate – which hasn’t been done since 1976 – so voters may not view the office as worthy enough to be worried about. And the last time a lieutenant governor replaced a governor was in 1953, when Earl Warren was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, replaced by the forgettable Goodwin Knight. But the last conservative to hold the office, Mike Curb, elected in 1978, made full use of his power. During the lengthy periods then-Gov. Jerry Brown was spending out of state running for president, Curb made hundreds of appointments and signed into law more than 30 bills. The state Supreme Court ruled a lieutenant governor had the power to make law with a governor absent – though a governor can override the actions, and Brown often did. Under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – a fellow Republican – the likelihood for such undermining is limited. Still, McClintock could affect the tone and direction of the various boards a lieutenant governor sits on. McClintock downplays his social stances, emphasizing tax cuts and regulations as central campaign themes, often saying, “everything else is commentary.” But, “everything else” is the key to knowing who the real McClintock is, Democrats say. McClintock has been able to slide under the radar, Democrats say, because he’s never been taken seriously. In the 2002 state controller’s race, Westly outspent McClintock $5million to $800,000, but put the money into increasing his own profile rather than attacking McClintock for his views, Sragow said. “McClintock has incredible vulnerabilities, but they’ve never been communicated to statewide voters,” Sragow said. “He’s never been hit. Voters only know that his disarming intelligence and candor are appealing.” In surveys of fellow legislators, McClintock routinely is ranked among the smartest. Garamendi’s campaign concedes that McClintock has appeal, but think they can sway voters with ads that showcase what they consider his fringe views. “He has a virulent anti-tax, anti-government politics-of-fear message that has an appeal,” said Jason Kinney, an adviser to Garamendi. “What voters don’t know, and it’s our job to highlight, is just how radical his voting record has been on almost every issue.” McClintock’s reputation as a cantankerous conservative dates back to his early days in the Legislature – he was first voted into the Assembly in 1982 – and solidified in 1991 when then-Gov. Pete Wilson called McClintock an “ideologue, obstructionist,” for opposing his budget. The Garamendi campaign has begun to air ads highlighting some of McClintock’s more controversial comments and positions: Providing women with publicly-paid abortions is like “providing scotch to a wino in a gutter.” McClintock says the quote is taken out of context, and that his main point was that “you don’t help people by helping them hurt themselves.” Global warming has “been going on since the last ice age and it will continue until the next ice age.” He voted this year against AB32, which would curb carbon dioxide emissions and is a signature issue for Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign. “I don’t believe the science is settled that global warming is significantly affected by human activity,” he said. “And there’s no question that AB 32 is not going to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. It will move it across state lines and have a devastating impact on our economy.” Minimum wage “is a destructive government policy” and social security is “morally bankrupt.” The Garamendi campaign accuses him in another ad of voting against health care for the elderly, stem cell research, minimum wage hikes, lowering prescription drug costs, and death benefits for widows of fallen cops and firefighters. Garamendi has gone as far as to suggest he and Schwarzenegger are more compatible than the two Republicans at the top of the ticket, listing a dozen issues in which McClintock and the governor disagree. But McClintock points out that he’s the one with Schwarzenegger’s endorsement. “The governor,” he said, “is the one who called me his running mate.” (916) 441-2101160Want 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 MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system “McClintock can be a sleeper,” said Darry Sragow, a former advisor to Westly, who defeated McClintock by just 22,730 votes despite a 5-to-1 spending advantage. “Democrats dismiss him as a kooky right-wing guy, but there’s clear evidence that he’s better known than a lot of Democratic insiders like to think and that people like him.” Voters may overlook McClintock’s views on issues such as gun rights and abortion because they connect with him on a gut level, said Assemblyman Ray Haynes, a Riverside County Republican and one of the more conservative members of the Legislature. “The guns and babies stuff – they won’t forgive that without trust,” Haynes said. “On those issues, Tom is not in sync with the majority of Californians, but neither were Ronald Reagan or George Deukmejian. The issue is will they forgive you on three or four issues because they like you on one or two issues. The reason he’s close in this race is because they’re willing to forgive him on some stuff.” McClintock insists that his views on social issues are well known but irrelevant. “The attempt to paint these issues as the center of my 20 years in the Legislature is utterly, completely false,” McClintock said. “Yes, I’m pro-life and I support the Second Amendment, and people who are single-issue voters will cast their votes accordingly. But most people put far more emphasis on government efficiency and waste. My views were clearly stated in the most highly watched debate in the history of California \” Californians could be on the cusp of electing the state’s most conservative lieutenant governor in nearly 30 years – a candidate who is firmly to the right of most in the state on issues such as abortion, the environment and government spending. State Sen. Tom McClintock, arguably the most popular conservative in the state, is running neck and neck in his race with Democrat John Garamendi, the term-limited state insurance commissioner. Though considered by many to be a powerless post, the lieutenant governor does become the state’s chief executive in the event of the governor’s death. Opponents insist the Thousand Oaks Republican’s views are unknown by the vast majority of voters, even though he’s run in three statewide campaigns – for governor during the 2003 recall, for state controller in 1994 and again in 2002, when he lost to Steve Westly in a razor-thin race. last_img read more

FPL tips: Why you must sign Tottenham ace and Man United hero

first_img Danny Ings is scoring plenty of goals and points Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – £8.7mLike Alli, the Red Devils striker is also playing like a man possessed right now.He’s managed nine goal contributions in his last seven Premier League outings, despite the bad form of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.Man City’s dodgy defence will give him hope this weekend – live on talkSPORT, while fixtures against Everton, Watford, Newcastle, and Burnley are coming up on the horizon. LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES statement stalemate rookie error Getty Images – Getty After a hectic week of action it’s likely you’re going to need to update your Fantasy Premier League team.Whether it’s due to injuries, suspensions, or bad form, transfers must be made if you’re going to have any chance of glory this season. Getty Images – Getty Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 6 Dele Alli (Tottenham) – £8.6mSpurs may have lost against Manchester United on Wednesday night but the England international’s goal was absolutely sensational.A beautiful touch followed up by a fine finish, Alli is now starring under manager Jose Mourinho.Previously only owned by around six per cent of managers, he offers an excellent differential who is already in form.Spurs do have the odd tricky clash against Wolves and Chelsea coming up but right now Alli isn’t a man to be trifled with in front of goal.He’ll be hoping to continue his form live on talkSPORT 2 against Burnley on Saturday. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Getty Images – Getty Danny Ings (Southampton) – £6.2mSomehow, the ex-Liverpool forward has managed to get himself eight goals this season in a struggling Saints side.It might also be surprising that he’s still pretty cheap considering his haul so far.Southampton can see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel now and actual have a favourable run of fixtures before a tough festive period.We’re backing Ings to only get better with matches against Newcastle, West Ham, and Aston Villa. update targets latest LATEST 6 Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule 6 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – £5.3mThe Villa Park hero is slowly racking up the goals and assist this season with seven in total over the campaign.He’s been putting in some masterful displays for the Villans and looks on the up right now.With Euro 2020 around the corner he’s really putting pressure on Gareth Southgate to pick him.This weekend’s game with Leicester is a test but their fixtures get a little easier over the festive period.Grealish could score big points against Sheffield United, Southampton, Norwich, and Watford. PEP TALK Even good spells go bad – just ask Jose Mourinho LIVE on talkSPORT 6 appointed Dele Alli has looked back to his brilliant best since linking up with Jose Mourinho Some stars have already made themselves indispensable in the game and you risk falling behind if you don’t pick them up this week.But there are also some good alternate options which could help you gain ground in your mini-leagues.Take a look at’s expert tips below. Grealish is having an excellent season in the Premier League Martin Kelly applauds the Crystal Palace fans 6 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Man United fan thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will win the Premier League title in the next three yearsMartin Kelly (Crystal Palace) – £4.1mEvery team needs super bargain.They rack up points at a decent rate and, most importantly, they’re dirt cheap.John Lundstram is now at reasonable price so swap him out for Kelly, if you’re brave enough.The ex-Liverpool star now has five clean sheets this season helping him bring in a cool 42 points, a fine number for someone likely to be bench fodder.He’ll allow you to bring in more expensive players too. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Tottenham vs Burnley at 3pm and Man City vs Manchester United at 5:30pm Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Everton vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORTHuddersfield vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Burnley (Saturday 15:00) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Manchester United (Saturday, 17:30) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Swansea (Sunday, 12:00) – talkSPORT 2 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Rashford was the main difference between Tottenham and Manchester United on target Getty Images – Getty 6last_img read more

Archibald: Securing top six is like winning Championship

first_img“It’s similar to winning the Championship,” he said. “When you’ve been down for as long as we were it’s similar.“It’s great for everyone associated with the club and the most important thing is we aren’t going to be in the bottom six, to be honest. That’s horrible, so it’s a relief.“We have come through the bad times here, Partick Thistle are sometimes maligned and laughed at at different times. It’s great now the club has been up for three or four seasons and we are enjoying it.“We will not rest on our laurels. It’s just great we are in the top six. We don’t have to look over our shoulder and that’s great for the fans, because they have been through some tough times. Alan Archibald compared his Partick Thistle side’s top-six achievement by saying it is on a par to winning the Championship title.The Firhill side booked their place in the top six of the Scottish Premiership for the first time since the split came into force in 2000/01 with a 1-0 win over Motherwell. The result not only secures them safety from the relegation zone it also guarantees them their highest finish in the top division since finishing sixth in 1981. Archibald helped guide the Jags to Championship glory when he took charge midway through the 2012/13 season and says he has the same feelings of joy and relief. “We didn’t want to have to look at results and waiting for anyone else. We wanted to do it ourselves and there was no more fitting way to do it than what we have built the second half of the season on, a clean sheet and a wonderful save from Tomas Cerny.“He took his recent mistake against Kilmarnock really, really personally, as he does, because he is an ultimate professional, and his save was outstanding.”last_img read more

UK investors ‘still believe in South Africa’

first_img12 October 2012British companies based in South Africa have not been shaken by the ongoing strikes and the recent Marikana tragedy because they believe the country is a good place to invest in the long term, says UK Secretary of Business, Innovation and Skills Vince Cable.British companies make up over half the foreign direct investment (FDI) in South Africa.Cable was briefing the media in Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday following a meeting with Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Cable said British companies based in South Africa were “not fazed” by mining sector strikes, but rather considered the long-term perspective when they considered whether or not to remain in a country.SA fundamentals ‘attractive to investors’He said South Africa had a lot of “fundamentals that are attractive to investors”.“I think the assessment of serious investors here is that South Africa is an open economy and approaches foreign investment in a positive and welcoming way,” Cable told MPs. “The regime is a good one.”Cable was accompanied by a delegation of UK small and medium-sized firms and had visited UK company Bombardier, which supplied the Gautrain, while in the country.He said he believed there might be some developments for UK investments in the area of skills and apprentice training.Although value on inward investment had slowed, the number of projects had risen, and Cable said there had been rapid growth in trade between South Africa and the UK in recent months.Although trade has been more or less balanced, South African exports to the UK have recently declined, but Cable said the aim was to achieve balanced trade between the two countries.UK firms ‘considering a number of SA projects’Minister Davies, also briefing reporters, said UK companies were considering a number of projects in South Africa, including a number in business process outsourcing (BPO), which could potentially create as many as 4 000 jobs, as well as investments in the hospitality sector and a plastics manufacturing project.He said the 2015 target of doubling trade between SA and the UK looked unlikely to be met before 2016 and 2017, adding that his department would soon promote a list of value-added products to the UK.Commenting about the bulk wine issue, Davies said there were no environmental regulations in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that made it mandatory for countries to ensure that carbon emissions were kept at the lowest possible level when goods were shipped between two countries.He said flying or shipping goods from one part of the earth to another did not necessary mean that the product necessarily had a higher carbon footprint than those manufactured locally.At times more emissions were emitted in manufacturing a product locally or when consumers had to drive many long distances to buy the product from retailers, he said.The bulk wine issue has cost South Africa about a 1 000 jobs in its bottling sector, because wine destined for the UK is now placed in plastic containers rather than bottles.Source: read more

CIOs: Focus is Increasingly on Business rather than Technology

first_imgCIOs are saying that increasingly their job is less IT-focused and more focused on the business. Gartner found that CIOs at top-performing organizations say that 56 percent of their time focuses on business outcomes and the remaining 44 percent is allocated to IT delivery. Compared to three years ago, CIOs now dedicate two extra days per month towards business-related and executive-leadership activities.“Digitalization” is part of the reason for changes that are happening to CIO roles in many, especially larger, companies.  Gartner says that CIOs need to become “change leaders” and that they can expect that they will have increased and broader responsibilities in the future. CIOs can be expected to have a bigger role in areas like innovation management and talent development.Within the realm of technology, in the near term, CIOs say that cybersecurity and AI will take up the majority of their time.Andy Rowsell-Jones, VP at Gartner, said that “the CIO’s role must grow and develop as digital business spreads, and disruptive technologies, including intelligent machines and advanced analytics, reach the masses. While delivery is still a part of the job, much greater emphasis is being placed on attaining a far broader set of business objectives.”last_img read more