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Speculation over Onuoha’s future and Blues are linked with Valencia star

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first_imgHull and Stoke are interested in signing QPR defender Nedum Onuoha, the Daily Star Sunday say.The 28-year-old centre-back is said to be ready to leave Rangers if they drop into the Championship.The Star also claim QPR have held talks over bringing in defender Nicolas Spolli.Argentine Spolli, 32, has been on loan at Roma from Catania.There has recently been speculation about Onuoha’s futureMeanwhile, Chelsea are looking to sign Valencia left-back Jose Luis Gaya, according to the Sunday People.Manchester City and Real Madrid are also said to be interested in the 19-year-old, who reportedly has a £13.2m release clause in his contract.The Star, which continues to suggest Chelsea want to sign Sami Khedira from Real Madrid, say Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign the German.And the Mail on Sunday reports that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has paid £30,000 for pop band McBusted to perform at his daughter’s 18th birthday party.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Saturday roundup: ‘Woods women’s basketball blows out Hartnell, Del Norte football advances to NCS title round

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first_imgNCS D5: No. 2 Del Norte 28 No. 3 Moreau Catholic 7Del Norte’s Kobe Mitchell scooped up a fumble and returned it 5 yards for a touchdown with under five minutes to play, sealing a 28-7 North Coast Section Division 5 semifinal win over Moreau Catholic, Saturday night at Mike Whalen Field in Crescent City.Mitchell also scored a on a 3-yard run late in the first-quarter. Quarterback OJ Calleja found the endzone twice for the Warriors, once in the first frame and again in the third on a pair of 1 …last_img

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Cheaper broadband on the way

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first_img24 October 2007The information communication technology (ICT) sector is an important contributor to the growth and development of South Africa’s economy, but high broadband costs and limited internet access have hampered the country’s participation in the global economy, says Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin.Addressing local businesspeople at the Ugu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday, Erwin said the ICT sector was also an important part of the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA) due to its potential for creating jobs.Erwin said that a study undertaken by the government in 2005 found that South Africa lagged behind its international counterparts in areas of information and telecommunications service penetration, as well at the rate at which new technologies were adopted.Erwin added that broadband penetration in the country was also lower and cost significantly more in relation to international benchmarks, and that the problem had to be addressed.“If nothing is done about this, our country will get left behind, and we may miss out on key investment opportunities which could further accelerate economic growth,” he said.Broadband Infraco BillErwin told delegates he was pleased that the National Assembly had passed the Infraco Broadband Bill, which creates a new company out of telecommunication infrastructure previously owned by Transnet and Eskom, and allows the government to leverage communications infrastructure for economic growth.“Broadband Infraco is an intervention that aims to address the cost of broadband by making infrastructure in the national backbone and international connectivity available at cost,” he said. “Ubiquitous, affordable broadband access should no longer be seen as the privilege of a few, but a basic right for all South Africans.”He said such an investment was unlikely to have been made by the private sector and, as such, it was up to the state to “address a glaring market failure” and bring broadband to the country’s under-developed and under-serviced areas.Erwin pointed out that areas such as the Ugu district, which have low ICT penetration, have the most potential to benefit from the establishment of an entity such as Infraco.The Ugu district is situated 20km south of Durban. It stretches from Scottburgh in the north to Port Edward in the south and 150km inland.ICT would provide for immense possibilities for education, training, skills development, job-creation, basic service delivery, and broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE), especially among youngsters in the region, the minister said.He added that development of the ICT sector in the Ugu district would impact positively on the agriculture and tourism sector, which are currently the key industries for growth and development in the region.“This is why we have decided that parts of the undersea cable will be constructed on this coast, in this area which was declared a presidential poverty nodal point in 2001, and requires assistance to accelerate skills development, job creation, and broader participation by all its inhabitants in accelerating economic growth and development.“To retain skilled labour in the region, and limiting the migration of its educated workforce to the bigger cities by developing the ICT sector, is crucial as it will contribute to its economic development.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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SA ‘can weather global slowdown’

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first_img3 July 2008Despite a global economic slowdown resulting largely from rising food and fuel prices, South Africa’s economy is resilient enough to deal with the unfolding economic climate.“We have a much stronger economy today then we did 10 years ago and increasingly we are showing resilience to global economic dips,” Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa said in Johannesburg this week.“We do not believe our economy has reached a cul-de-sac.”He added that investment was increasingly was playing a greater role in the economic growth of South Africa.Speaking from the headquarters of Business Unity South Africa (Busa), Mpahlwa said South Africa was recently identified by a professor at the London School of Economics as one of four key emerging economies in the world, placing it alongside China, India and Brazil.Regionally significant and diverseSince the 1990s, South Africa has emerged as one of the most important developing economies within the global economy.“We might not have the size of China, India and Brazil, but we are regionally significant with a diverse and growing economy,” Mpahlwa said. “We need to make sure that we remain in the stream of fast-growing economies despite the challenging global economic environment.”To ensure diversification of exports, South Africa is currently in discussions with China to find ways in which to increase the market penetration of value-added goods into the Chinese economy.He added that South Africa was in the process of trying to change from being a majority exporter of raw materials to a supplier of value-added goods on a greater scale.Shifting trade patternsMpahlwa said that trade patterns were shifting at the moment, noting that Africa-Asia trade was starting to surpass Africa-European trade. “The trade balance is shifting more toward Asia, with an increase in trade between developing countries,” he said.Among the challenges facing the South African economy were insufficient energy to meet rising demand, a shortage of skills, and the need to increase productivity and boost infrastructure development.He pointed out that while the short-term solution was to import skills, this practice was not sustainable in the longer term and skills had to be developed locally.“The issue of insufficient energy, skills shortages, and infrastructure challenges is not unique to South Africa but is a global problem,” Mpahlwa added.Current account deficitSouth Africa’s widening account deficit came as a result of South African manufacturers already running at capacity and therefore not being able to deal with increased demand ahead of the massive infrastructure drive for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.South Africa was therefore forced to import goods to cover the local output shortage, Mpahlwa said, adding that local manufacturers needed to reinvest in capacity in order to meet the growing demand in the country.Another factor greatly affecting the current account deficit was the current record prices for crude oil.In the prevailing economic slowdown, it was imperative that South Africa did not lose focus of what it had set out to achieve. “Now is the time to commit ourselves to more vigorously pursue these objectives,” he said.Taking down barriersMpahlwa said the government’s response to the tightening economic conditions was to speed up industrial development, continue promoting small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), and further strengthen the state’s capacity to unlock the country’s economic potential.He added that regional integration within the Southern African Development Community also needed greater impetus, as all countries within the bloc needed to take advantage of the almost free trade environment that existed in order to maximise regional trade.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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South African rowers shine at Olympics

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first_img1 August 2012While Chad le Clos grabbed South Africa’s second gold medal in the swimming pool at the 2012 London Olympic Games on Tuesday night, some other South Africans put in good performances on the first two days of the week.The most impressive of those came on Tuesday afternoon from the men’s lightweight fours rowing team of Matthew Brittain, Lawrence Ndlovu, John Smith, James Thompson.They secured a place in the A final after a strong performance over the 2 000 metres distance in very testing, rainy conditions at Eton Dorney.Early goingDenmark, with four-time Olympic medallist and six-time world champion Eskild Ebbesen in their four, started strongly and forged an early lead, with South Africa in second place and world champions, Australia, in third. France, Italy and China filled the following three places.Australia made a move near the halfway mark to edge ahead of South Africa, as the two teams closed the gap on the Danes.Then, with 500 metres remaining, South Africa made a strong push, overhauling the world champions to finish less than a second behind Denmark.Having proved to be one of the six top teams in the world, the crew from Pretoria University has a decent opportunity to add to South Africa’s medal haul on Thursday.FinalApart from the Danes and the Aussies, they’ll be up against hosts Great Britain, Switzerland and the Netherlands in the final.Gideon Louw, competing in the 100 metres freestyle, qualified for the semi-finals with the second-fastest time, a career best 48.29 seconds, despite having the second-slowest starting time out of all the swimmers contesting the event.Unfortunately, in the semis, his start was even worse than in the heats and he faced an uphill battle to make the final.Louw showed great speed to close down some of the ground he had lost at the start, but his time of 48.44 seconds meant he missed out on the title-decider by a single place.Proud exitSouth Africa’s women’s football team, Banyana Banyana, after two defeats, exited the Games proudly after holding Japan to a goalless draw.The Japanese, at number three in the world, were the highest ranked of the teams in South Africa’s pool, which also included world number four Sweden and world number seven Canada.The country’s men’s and women’s hockey teams found the going tough. The men were beaten 6-0 by world number one Australia, while the women fell 4-1 to New Zealand after a disappointing performance.Gideon van Zyl appeared to be well on top of Rustam Orujov of Azerbaijan before losing by ippon in the under-73 kilogram division of the judo competition.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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AITA detrimental to Indian tennis: Bhupathi

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Geje Eustaquio’s climb back to top begins vs rising South Korean

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first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Old timer Rafi Reavis has no plans of slowing down: ‘I have a lot left’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy00:50Trending Articles01:22Learning doesn’t stop for Geje Eustaquio—inside and outside ONE cage02:42PH 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 Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Geje Eustaquio begins treading the trail back to the top of the flyweight division in ONE: Enter the Dragon on May 17 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.Eustaquio is on the road to redemption after losing the world title to Brazilian rival Adriano Moraes in their third fight three months ago.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Standing in Eustaquio’s way is South Korea’s Kim Kyu Sung, who is making his promotional debut as part of the loaded fight card.“We don’t know much about our upcoming opponent as he’ll be making his debut, but we know that he’s tall and lanky, so we’ll have to prepare for that,” Eustaquio said.“I can’t wait to bounce back and start over again. Rest assured, you’ll see the best version of me in Singapore.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 30-year-old Team Lakay veteran doesn’t have a good grasp about his opponent but one thing is certain: Sung can fight.Sung owns a 9-2 record with seven of his wins coming by stoppage. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ “I wish to get back in the winning column and pave a new path to World Title contention,” he said. “I’m in a new era now, which simply means it’s all or nothing.”“The most important thing is to not leave it in the judges’ hands this time,” he said. “So expect me to go all out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

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