Heat go over .500, top Wizards

first_imgMiami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) looks for an opening past Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi, left, and forward Sam Dekker during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — For the first time since October, the Miami Heat walked off the court with a winning record.Hassan Whiteside scored 21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, Josh Richardson added 18 points and the Heat scrambled in the final minutes to hold off the Washington Wizards 115-109 on Friday night and move to 19-18, getting over the .500 mark for the first time since Oct. 27.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trevor Ariza scored 21, Otto Porter Jr. had 14 and Jeff Green and Thomas Bryant each added 10 for Washington.Washington cut the Miami lead to three on a driving layup by Beal with 1:27 remaining. Wade made one free throw on the next Miami possession, moments before Beal connected on a pullup 3 to get Washington within 110-109.Miami then had the game’s final five points.“If we have the same effort and intensity every night, we love our chances,” Beal said.Miami led 95-86 going into the fourth, the seventh time in the last nine games between the clubs that someone held a single-digit lead going into the final 12 minutes. The Heat led by 11 early, but eventually the Wizards settled in and the first three quarters featured 10 ties and 10 lead changes.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s definitely a good mental note,” Richardson said. “A reason to be positive and excited going forward. We just have to keep rolling now.”James Johnson scored 17 points and Dwyane Wade had 14 for Miami, which has won 12 of its last 17 games. Justise Winslow had 13 points and 10 assists for Miami, which lost its last four chances to get over .500.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I saw some growth in our team tonight,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.Bradley Beal led all scorers with 33 points for Washington, which had the NBA’s longest current road losing streak extended to eight games. Beal also had nine rebounds and seven assists. Heat: Visit Atlanta on Sunday. Miami has averaged 115.5 points against the Hawks this season, but is 0-2 in the season series. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Olympiakos deals Rick Pitino, Panathinaikos first loss in Euroleague Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “It seems like every time we play one another it comes down to a fourth-quarter game,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said.TIP-INSWizards: Washington missed tip-ins to close each of the first two quarters. … Markieff Morris, who will miss the next 6-8 weeks with a neck issue, was on the court pregame getting in some very light non-contact work alongside Wizards assistant coach Kristi Toliver. … John Wall, who has made Miami an offseason base in recent years, was on the Wizards’ bench. He’ll have season-ending surgery on his left heel in the coming days.Heat: Dion Waiters, who made his season debut Wednesday in Cleveland, did not play. Waiters got minutes Wednesday in part because Wade was unavailable because of a 24-hour virus. … Miami finished with 62 points in the paint. … The Heat lost games when they were 3-3, 5-5, 16-16 and 17-17.ALL-STAR WADE?Wade is second among Eastern Conference guards in fan balloting for next month’s All-Star Game, which surprised him. “I just appreciate and am humbled by people taking the time out to want to see my old self in the All-Star Game,” Wade said. He’s gotten massive amounts of fan support everywhere the Heat have played in this, his 16th and final season, and is already a 12-time All-Star.PORTER WORKINGPorter played in his second game since coming back from a strained muscle in his leg, working his way up to 21 minutes. He was 7 for 14 from the field, but missed all five of his tries from 3-point range. “Otto’s feeling much better,” Brooks said. “We just want to keep his minutes at a manageable spot for the next game or two and go from there.”UP NEXTWizards: Visit Oklahoma City on Sunday. Washington has lost all nine of its previous trips to Oklahoma City. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more

Manny’s sparring partner downs Filipino bet in Pacquiao-Broner undercard

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kambosos, Pacquiao’s sparring partner the past year, captured the unanimous decision win (80-72, 80-72, 80-72) after a dominant and methodical approach that left Perez little room to recover over the eight rounds of their fight. View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Paul George steals show as Thunder escape 76ers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Perez (24-11), who hails from Laguna, is on a struggle in his past 16 fights going 7-9.Kambosos (16-0), meanwhile, has been on a tear with only his win over Perez the only fight to go to the judges’ decision.For #PacBroner updates, visit The Pacquiao Files.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers & the winner by unanimous decision and still undefeated.. @georgekambosos (16-0, 9KOs)#KambososPerez #PacBroner pic.twitter.com/44cor4TpHN— MayweatherPromotions (@MayweatherPromo) January 20, 2019MANILA, Philippines—Filipino boxer Rey Perez fell to Australian George Kambosos Jr. in their lightweight contest Sunday (Manila time) at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe two fought in the undercard of Manny Pacquiao’s defense of his WBA World welterweight title against Adrien Broner.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Guyana increases judicial pressure on Venezuela

first_imgGuyana, on March 29, 2018, filed an application with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Venezuela – requesting, among many things, that Venezuela refrain from threatening or using force against any person and/or company licensed by Guyana or engage in economic or commercial activity in Guyanese territory.“Venezuela shall refrain from threatening or using force against any person and/or company licensed by Guyana or engage in economic or commercial activity in Guyanese territory as determined by the1899 Award and 1905 Agreement, or in any maritime areas appurtenant to such territory over which Guyana has sovereignty or exercises sovereign rights, and shall not interfere with any Guyanese or Guyanese authorised activities in thoseThe International Court of Justiceareas,” a release by the principal judicial organ of the United Nations said.Moreover, in its application, Guyana requested the court “to confirm the legal validity and binding effect of the Award Regarding the Boundary between the Colony of British Guiana and theUnited States of Venezuela.”“The applicant claims that the 1899 Award was “a full, perfect, and final settlement” of all questions relating to determining the boundary line between the colony of British Guiana and Venezuela.Guyana affirms that, between November 1900 and June 1904, a joint Anglo-Venezuelan Boundary Commission “identified, demarcated and permanently fixed the boundary established by the Award” before the signing of a Joint Declaration by the Commissioners on 10 January 1905 (referred to by Guyana as the “1905 Agreement”).”Guyana contends that in 1962, for the first time, Venezuela contested the Award as “arbitrary” and “null and void” and according to them, this led to the signing of the Agreement to resolve the controversy between Venezuela and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland over the frontier between Venezuela and British Guiana at Geneva on 17 February 1966, which “provided for recourse to a series of dispute settlement mechanisms to finally resolve the controversy”.The applicant [Guyana] further submits that the Geneva Agreement authorised the United NationsSecretary General to decide which appropriate dispute resolution mechanism to adopt for the peaceful settlement of the controversy, in accordance with Article 33 of the United Nations Charter.As such, the applicant requests that the Court adjudge and declare that “the 1899 Award is valid and binding upon Guyana and Venezuela, and the boundary established by that Award and the 1905Agreement is valid and binding upon Guyana and Venezuela”; “Guyana enjoys full sovereignty over the territory between the Essequibo River and the boundary established by the 1899 Award and the 1905 Agreement, and Venezuela enjoys full sovereignty over the territory west of that boundary; Guyana and Venezuela are under an obligation to fully respect each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in accordance with the boundary established by the 1899 Award and the 1905 Agreement”; “Venezuela shall immediately withdraw from and cease its occupation of the eastern half of the Island of Ankoko, and each and every other territory which is recognised as Guyana’s sovereign territory in accordance with the 1899 Award and 1905 Agreement,” and “Venezuela is internationally responsible for violations of Guyana’s sovereignty and sovereign rights, and for all injuries suffered by Guyana as a consequence.”last_img read more

Tottenham striker target has ‘not decided’ future, insists agent

first_img1 Tottenham striker target Domenico Berardi Tottenham target Domenico Berardi has not decided his future, according to his agent.The striker is drawing interest from several clubs around Europe after catching the eye in Serie A this season.Inter Milan and Tottenham have been scouting the 21-year-old since January, while Juventus have the option to buy the Italian back this summer.However Berardi’s agent, Simone Seghedoni, has explained that nothing has been decided regarding his client’s future just yet.“To clarify: Domenico is a player owned by Sassuolo, who he has a contract with until 2019,” Seghedoni explained to FCInterNews.“Juventus have the chance to buy him back, and the relationship between the two clubs is good. When the time comes to decide the lad’s future we’ll see, nothing is decided.“We can say that many teams, both Italian and foreign, are moving for Berardi.”last_img read more

GAA: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTES

first_imgPAUL McGOVERN’S ST EUNAN’S NOTES: Bookings for the Hurling & Camogie Camp must be completed by this Sunday, July 3rd to guarantee personalisation of the sweatshirt in the Giveaway pack (next week, Sunday July 10th for Football).Anne Forde will be on hand to take bookings in my absence this week both on Friday and Sunday and her contact details are also listed below in the Notes.It is essential to book early for the camps to ensure we can prepare properly and also have the required Adult / Child ratios so if you are thinking of booking, please do so immediately. Time will tell if the Championship games go ahead this week. It looks like the Junior game will definitely be on either way despite our request not to play it as our manager has just jetted off to America on holiday.Especially frustrating as the 1st leg was played 6 weeks ago this Sunday and we had requested this game played over the last 5 weeks due to Andrew’s impending holiday and finally it gets set this week when he’s gone!!If these games go ahead, please come out and support all the teams as with so many players away from all teams the people supporting the players could have a huge role to play to help them progress to the next round of the Championships.Best of luck to the large contingent of players and supporters heading for Cork tomorrow for this year’s Feile. Club Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 27.06.11 Good luck to Ciaran Maguire and the U-14 boys Footballers that will to travel to Feile in Cork this week. The lads will take on Blarney, Thomas Russell’s, St. Martin’s and hosts Whitechurch. Last year’s team narrowly lost their final so hopefully the lads can go one better this year. The Seniors, Reserves and Juniors are all in Championship action this weekend though it remains to be seen if the Senior matches will go ahead with Donegal’s involvement in the Ulster SFC Final on July 17th in Clones.The Seniors and Reserves are down for Saturday evening against Dungloe with the Junior game on Sunday versus Downings. Congratulations to Rory and Kevin on their part in Donegal’s great victory over Tyrone at the weekend. They now have an Ulster Final to look forward to.The Senior Hurlers had a good win against Four Masters in their Round Robin Championship match last week. Well done to all the lads that represented Donegal so well in Clones in the U-21 Hurling Shield Final on Sunday.The Minor boys footballers finally return to action this week with two matches, both of which are at home. First up on Wednesday evening is a game against Cloughaneely and that is followed on Friday with a match against Milford.These are must win games if the lads are to progress to the latter stages of the League. The U-21’s have been paired with holders Naomh Conaill in the Preliminary round at home. The game is due to take place on Wednesday, July 13th. It’s a pity to play such an important competition when so many players are forced to foreign shores to find work for the summer as they go through college. The U-16’s began their Championship campaign at home to neighbours Termon on Monday evening. They had a convincing victory and will face MacCumhaills away in the next round next Monday (July 4th). The U-14 Div. 2 Boys footballers will travel to Downings this Wednesday for their next league game.The U-12 boys finished their league section with a 100% record after defeating neighbours Glenswilly comfortably on Friday evening and then the Gaels by 4-16 to 3-3 out at the Glebe on Monday. They will take on MacCumhaills in the final next Monday evening.The U-11 boys beat Glenfin in their final game by 6-09 to 5-03. They only lost 1 game in their section despite their whole team being underage again next year.They may well have a final against Gaoth Dobhair next week too.Our Summer Camps are now available for booking. We have Hurling & Camogie on July 18th – 22nd and Football on July 25th – 29th. Contact Anne Forde this week for bookings on 086-8342449. She will also be at the Friday and Sunday Academies to take bookings. Bookings need to be done this week for Hurling camp giveaway personalisation and next week for football. Cúl Camps are also back this year and they are on July 4th – 8th. Michael McGrath is co-ordinator and you can get him on 086-3717409.The girls U-12s travelled to Milford on Sunday for a blitz involving the hosts, Fanad and Glenswilly. St Eunan’s fielded two great teams and both sides played extremely well. The club wants to thank everyone at Milford for their organisation and hospitality on the day.The Sunday Morning U-10 Football Academy returns to its normal time of 11am this week. Tickets are on sale for our Club Development Draw that is being co-ordinated by Brian Kelly. If anyone wants to return tickets and money or help out, drop into Brian at the Washing Well or call him on 086-4188389. There was 3 winners in this week’s Lotto draw. They each matched 3 numbers and win €35 each. The numbers drawn were: 9-13-16-18 and this week’s winners are: Marjorie Morrison, Glebe Crescent; James Doherty (Buses) Churchill (both cards) and Noel O’Donnell, College Rd. (Adrian). Sympathy is extended to the Temple family Crievesmith on their recent loss and to the McFadden family, Gortlee.GAA: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTES was last modified: June 28th, 2011 by gregShare 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:GAA: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

American Football Pic Special: Donegal Derry Vipers beat Dublin Pirates

first_imgThe Donegal Derry Vipers are going from strength to strength this season and after their 35–0 hammering of The Galway Warriors in Letterkenny at the beginning of July they had already qualified for the end of season divisional IAFL2 Bowl Game against The Wexford Eagles. Last Sunday’s game against The North Dublin Pirates saw, arguably, the best Vipers performance to date and solidified their position as contenders for the Bowl win and for promotion to IAFL1. With The Vipers and The Eagles sitting 1 and 2 in the league (at 5-0) and matching each other blow for blow their respective games against The Pirates and The Razorbacks took on even more significance as both fight for that top spot in the division before matching up in The Bowl Game. A win was paramount for the Vipers and if they had a better result than The Eagles then they would extend their narrow lead over the Wexford men.On Sunday both the Vipers and The Pirates defence were on top early on but once the deadlock was broken, the Vipers didn’t look back with Linebacker Niall Lyons striping the ball from the Pirates Running back before taking it to the house for the first ever Vipers defensive TD. Almost immediately The Pirates were punished again, with the Vipers forcing a fumble and QB Danny Mullan racing in for The Vipers 2nd TD. Although the kick for the point after kick was missed, the rebound was caught by Ray Dowd, who battled his way to two extra points for his team to make it 14-0. With The Vipers defense swarming all over the men from Dublin, The Pirates fumbled again. The turnover was punished almost immediately again as on the next drive QB Mullan raced through for his 2nd and The Vipers 3rd TD of the game.After a quick 3 and out for The Pirates, Mullan, in superb form, fired a superb 40yard pass to wide receiver Ryan Brolly who scored touchdown number four to put the game beyond the Pirates at 28-0.Before half time, Wide Receiver Eugene McLaughlin grabbed 30-yard pass from Mullan to score his 1st ever touchdown for The Vipers and send them to the break at 34-0.The second half saw a few personnel changes for the Vipers and the gamed slowed a little. But there was still time for club founder Cathal Curran to run in a 70-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter as the Vipers side-line went berserk.In spite of friendly boo’s and hisses from The Pirates Side-line, Gary Melly completed the scoring with a huge field goal from just under 50 yards out, early in the fourth and The Vipers ended their home season with a 44-0 win.In other match in the IAFL2 division finished Wexford Eagles 34 – 0 Razorbacks which means The Vipers remain in 1st spot, tied on wins with The Eagles but ahead on point’s difference by 14 in game points.The results means that The Vipers finish out the season having conceded ZERO points at home all season with 3 shut-outs by their name.The last game of the season will see them travel to The Razorbacks on 21st August, who they convincingly beat 27-0 in the season opener before travelling to Dublin 1 week later to meet The Eagles in The IAFL2 Bowl Game. American Football Pic Special: Donegal Derry Vipers beat Dublin Pirates was last modified: August 3rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:American FootballDonegal-Derry Vipersdublinlast_img read more

Max’s birthday is extra special

first_imgHe had the outfit a tiny fireman’s jacket and boots that matched his twin sister’s. He had the guests a slew of children running around Pepperbrook Park in plastic firefighter helmets. He had a firetruck-shaped pinata, a firetruck-shaped cake and a cardboard cutout of a firetruck chasing flames. The adults wore T-shirts printed with firetrucks to match the invitations. The only thing missing from Maximus Vejar’s third-birthday party were the firefighters. That changed around 3 p.m. Saturday, when a truck from Los Angeles County Fire Station 118 pulled up. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Max looked a little stunned as seven firefighters climbed down from the truck and he was placed in the arms of firefighter Robert Santhoff, one of the men who saved Max’s life when he was just 2 weeks old. “Hey, buddy, what’s up!’ Santhoff said, holding Max and sister Natalie. Jasmin Velazquez was feeding Max three years ago when he just went limp, she recalled. She called 9-1-1, and when firefighters from stations 43 and 118 arrived, Max had stopped breathing. He had contracted Respiratory Syncytial virus, a common respiratory illness that causes colds and coughs in adults but can produce more serious infections in young children. Santhoff performed CPR and the crew brought Max to a hospital, where he spent two months in intensive care. He is fully recovered except for mild asthma. But the parents never forgot the experience. “That was the worst night of my life,’ said Randy Vejar, Max’s father. They brought the infant to the Industry station to thank the firefighters, who included Carlos Dominguez, John Lange, Larry Mintzer, Larry Moore and Santhoff. And every year since, they’ve visited the station. “This is the first year he’s old enough to understand what happened,’ Velazquez said. So it was only natural to invite the team to surprise Max for his and his sister’s third birthday. Santhoff said the firefighters aren’t used to getting such a flood of gratitude from people. “We usually don’t, but that’s fine with us. It’s just part of the job,’ said Santhoff, who was working overtime at Station 43 when he got the call to Max’s house three years ago. “It wasn’t just us. It was a team working together. The sheriffs blocked all the intersections so we could get there faster.’ The firefighters snacked on chili nachos, and Max and Natalie were treated to a ride in the back of the fire engine with firefighter Mike Goudchaux. “I rode in a firetruck!’ Max said, back in his mom’s arms. “Can you take my boots off now?’ @Tagline columnist:Shirley Hsu can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306, or by e-mail at shirley.hsu@sgvn.com. 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

Auslagern nach Sudafrika

first_imgDa Unternehmen weltweit auf den zunehmenden Kosten- und Preisdruck reagieren, transformiert sich Sudafrika zu einem international bevorzugten Standort fur die Auslagerung von Geschaftsablaufen.Das Outsourcing von Geschaftsablaufen ist ein weltweiter Trend und die Branche, die einen Jahresumsatz von 130 Milliarden US-Dollar vorweisen kann, wird nach Erwartungen in den kommenden funf Jahren um ca. 50% wachsen.Bei dieser Art des Outsoucings werden bestimmte Geschaftsablaufe, die in der Regel unternehmensintern abgewickelt werden, einem Dienstleister (z. B. Kundenbetreuungs- oder Callcenter) uberlassen.Als Schlusselsektor im Regierungsprogramm zur Ankurblung des Wirtschaftswachstums wurde das Outsourcing von Geschaftsablaufen erkannt. In diesem Bereich rechnet das Land mit 25.000 direkten und 75.000 indirekten Arbeitsplatzen, die bis 2009 die Wirtschaft des Landes um 7,95 Milliarden Rand bereichern werden.IT-Outsourcing ist ebenfalls eine Wachstumsbranche in Sudafrika. Die Vielfalt des lokalen Marktes (Know-how aus den Industrielandern und die Gegebenheiten eines Entwicklungslandes) macht das Land zu einem idealen Testlabor fur neue Innovationen.IT-Outsourcing macht mehr als ein Drittel des 30 Milliarden Rand schweren Marktes fur IT-Dienstleistungen, wie eine 2008 durchgefuhrte Studie der Unternehmensberatung IDC belegt.Die internationale Forschungsgruppe Gartner sieht Sudafrika unter den wichtigsten 30 Outsourcing-Lander fur Software-Entwicklung, womit das Land 2007 gleichauf mit Israel in der Region Europa, Nahost und Afrika sowie mit Australien und Indien weltweit liegt.Calling .ZADer Zeitschrift Business Day zufolge ist die lokale Callcenter-Branche seit 2003 um ca. 8% pro Jahr gewachsen. 54.000 Arbeitsplatze bietet dieser Bereich, der mit 0,92 zum Bruttoinlandsprodukt Sudafrikas beitragt.Ein 2007 lanciertes staatlich finanziertes Outsourcing-Unterstutzungsprogramm zielt auf die Verbesserung der sudafrikanischen Wettbewerbsfahigkeit ab und bietet 1,1 Milliarden Rand an Investitionsanreizen. Der Plan konzentriert sich auf:Eine breit angelegte Marketing-Strategie.Ein staatliches Unterstutzungsprogramm mit Investitions- und Schulungszuschussen.Gute preisliche Rahmenbedingungen im Bereich Telekommunikation.WettbewerbsvorteileFur Sudafrika sprechen viele Faktoren, wie z. B.:Ein erstklassiges Serviceniveau im Callcenter-Bereich.Eine hohe Management- und Dienstleistungskompetenz in Kombination mit umfassendem Finanz-Know-how, insbesondere in den Bereichen Versicherungen, Hypotheken/Darlehen und Inkasso.Zeitzonen-kompatibel mit Europa.Eine hervorragende Beherrschung der englischen Sprache: neutrale Akzente, die fur westliche Markte leicht verstandlich sind.Ein gunstiger Wechselkurs.Ein hohes staatliches Engagement.Staatlich unterstutzte Anreize wie z. B. Existenzgrundungs- und Expansionszuschusse und reduzierte Telekommunikationskosten.Eine hoch entwickelte und im Wachstum begriffene Telekommunikationsbranche.Die Regierung ergreift Maßnahmen zur Gewahrleistung einer preisgunstigen und besser verfugbaren Bandbreitenkapazitat zur Ermoglichung von preiswerteren internationalen Telefongesprachen. Großprojekte zur Verlegung von Unterwasser-Glasfaserkabeln entlang der Ost- und Westkuste Afrikas zur Verbesserung der Kommunikation des Kontinents mit dem Rest der Welt werden in Angriff genommen.Die ganze Welt in einem LandZu den internationalen Unternehmen, die sich bereits fur Sudafrika als Outsourcing-Land entschieden haben, gehoren: IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, Lufthansa, Virgin, Sykes, Avis und Car Phone Warehouse.Sudafrikas Engagement fur die Outsourcing-Branche wurde 2007 mit der Entscheidung zum Bau eines 125 Mio. Rand teuren Callcenters mit 1.500 Arbeitsplatzen im Gewerbepark Coega, außerhalb von Port Elizabeth in der Provinz Ostkap, bekraftigt.Der BPO-Park erstreckt sich uber funf Hektar im Coega-Gewerbepark und umfasst Schulungseinrichtungen und Freizeitangebote. Nach Bekunden des Verwaltungsunternehmens ist das Areal auf verschiedene Szenarien ausgelegt und bietet optimale Voraussetzungen fur eine Vielzahl von Investoren.Weitere Beispiele fur kurzlich erfolgte Investitionen: Im Mai 2008 eroffnete der Ölkonzern Royal Dutch Shell ein Callcenter in Kapstadt. Dieses Callcenter wird Shell-Kunden in Belgien, Luxemburg und den Niederlanden betreuen. Afrikaans-sprechende Mitarbeiter werden fur Gesprache in niederlandischer und flamischer Sprache speziell geschult.  Im November 2007 begann der US-amerikanische Outsourcing-Riese TeleTech mit dem Bau einer neuen Niederlassung (der ersten auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent) in den Außenbezirken von Kapstadt. Letzte Aktualisierung: September 2008SAinfo reporter. Quellen (Englische Websites):South Africa YearbookBusiness Process Enabling South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustryCoega Development CorportationBusiness Daylast_img read more

Rea Vaya gathering speed

first_imgThe new bus rapid transport station at Joubert Park signals the start of a revolutionised public transport system forlong-suffering Johannesburg residents. (Image: Rea Vaya)Janine ErasmusExecutive Mayor of Johannesburg Amos Masondo and Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe revealed the prototype station of the city’s much-anticipated bus rapid transport (BRT) system at a ceremony in November 2008. The station is located in Joubert Park, close to Johannesburg’s present train station.While the Joubert Park station was built on-site from scratch, subsequent stations will be constructed in a modular fashion at a central point and assembled on-site. The modular design was created with the input of many different interest groups and is considered a cost-effective and streamlined approach to station construction.Meanwhile, the prototype station will undergo extensive testing by representatives from both the city and the public, including the disabled, and any necessary refinements to the design will be made as they are needed.“The BRT system is crucial to the success of South Africa’s transport system,” said Radebe. “Without a good bus service that is accessible, affordable and attractive to a broad range of people across society, local transport simply cannot work.”Gathering speedThe R2-billion ($206 000) Rea Vaya (Sotho, “we are moving”) project is gathering speed. City authorities have also just signed a memorandum of agreement with bus and taxi operators, who currently make up the bulk of public transport options. Their co-operation is vital to the timeous and successful implementation of the BRT system, said Masondo. Rea Vaya will also interface with the Metrorail system of trains.The innovative BRT system aims to reduce traffic congestion, a major bugbear of Johannesburg drivers, by achieving a 70:30 ratio of public transport versus private transport before 2010.The first phase will see a host of articulated buses traversing dedicated bus lanes in the centre of roads around town. With 150 stations, eight terminals and six depots on the cards and a total distance of 122km covered, Johannesburg residents can look forward to the start of substantially reduced journey times and stress-free commuting within six months. Phase 1 is expected to be fully complete by 2013.The entire Rea Vaya system will cover some 330km of Johannesburg roads and will not only contribute to a more satisfactory commuting experience for the city’s residents but will also have been responsible for the creation of numerous jobs. City authorities expect 29 000 new jobs to be created in the first phase alone.The system is also the single largest green project ever undertaken by the City of Johannesburg. It is estimated that if just 15% of regular car users who live in the vicinity of Rea Vaya switch to the BRT, the city will achieve a saving of 382 940 tons of carbon dioxide by 2010 and 1.6-million tons by 2020.Phasing it inThe first phase of Rea Vaya features two sub-phases, 1A and 1B. Phase 1A, comprising 48 stations along 40km, will come into operation just ahead of the Fifa Confederations Cup in June 2009. Phase 1B with a further 102 stations along 86km, will complete the first stage in time for the Fifa World Cup in 2010.Operating on the same principles as the Cape Town system, which is also in its first phase of development, Johannesburg’s BRT system will feature a network of trunk, feeder and complementary routes serviced by a fleet of 427 22m-long trunk buses, 413 feeder buses and 350 complementary buses.Stations are planned at regular intervals so that passengers won’t have to walk more than a few hundred metres along the route to reach any point of embarkation. The stations will incorporate smart card technology to collect fares before boarding, thus eliminating the possibility of delays as well as the need to carry cash. They will also be closely monitored with closed-circuit television, amongst other security measures.During the operating hours of 5am and midnight buses will arrive at intervals of not more than three minutes in peak time, and at 10-minute intervals during quieter times. The system is expected to carry over 400 000 passengers daily, alleviating the congestion and accompanying stress experienced every day on the city’s busy roads and contributing to a better quality of life for Johannesburg residents.All major locations in the city will be serviced and residents even in outlying residential areas such as Randburg, Dobsonville, Alexandra and Lenasia will be pleased to know that they have not been neglected. An inner-city circular route is also on the itinerary. The BRT network will connect with the Gautrain at Park Station.The north to south Rea Vaya route, currently in the design phase, runs from Regina Mundi Catholic church in Soweto to the business suburb of Parktown. Another north to south route connects Parktown with Sunninghill north of Johannesburg.Public participationThe look and feel of buses will be decided on only after an extensive public participation process, currently underway.Trunk buses will be able to accommodate up to 112 passengers and will travel exclusively along the dedicated bus lanes, stopping only at Rea Vaya stations. Complimentary buses will have a capacity of 75 passengers and will operate along the bus lanes but will also be able to stop beside the pavement. Feeder buses, on the other hand, will carry 32 passengers and will not drive on the bus lanes at all but will use regular roads.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesSouth Africa’s infrastructure Cape Town’s new bus systemUseful linksRea VayaCity of JohannesburgRidesmartlast_img read more

George Harrison’s Estate Launches Label Featuring Works of Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan

first_imgThe estate of The Beatles member George Harrison has launched a new record label, called HariSongs, featuring Indian classical and world music. The label will use archives from the Harrison family, including the musician’s performances with some famous Indian maestros like Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan.The first two projects of HariSongs will be reissues of two recently out-of-print records: Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan’s In Concert 1972, and Shankar’s collaboration with Harrison, Chants of India. Both albums were released on April 27.Harrison and Shankar’s collaboration Chants of India was originally released in 1997 via Angel Records. Harrison produced the album, which was recorded by Shankar in Chennai and Henley-on-Thames in the United Kingdom. Shankar had drawn inspiration from sacred Sanskrit texts, including the Vedas and Upanishads. The audio for this reissue was sourced and remastered from the original digital master tapes.The new record label also released a short documentary about the making of the album, which features archival interviews with Shankar and Harrison. Shankar can be seen discussing the deeply personal and spiritual nature of the mantras that comprise the album, and what it took to adapt them into songs for the public.“I was in a terrific dilemma not knowing whether I’m doing the right thing,” Shankar said. “You’re not supposed to utter these mantras for everyone. They’re you’re personal thing… I worked very hard and that’s why it took me the longest ever to do [this] record, but in this I had to do a lot of self-evaluating,” he adds.In Concert 1972 was recorded on Oct. 8, 1972 by Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan at New York City’s Philharmonic Hall. The duo performed three ragas in the jugalbandi style, a duet of two solo musicians. Shankar played sitar and Khan played sarod, while Alla Rakha provided tabla accompaniment. The concert was also a tribute to Khan’s father, Allauddin Khan, who had died a month earlier. He was a musical mentor to both his son and Shankar.In Concert 1972 was first released in 1973 by The Beatles’ Apple Records. Harrison produced the record alongside Zakir Hussain and Phil McDonald. The new digital version of the record was sourced and remastered from the original analogue master tapes. It can be streamed and downloaded at https://harisongs.lnk.to/In-Concert-72.Harrison, who visited India in the 1960s, fell in love with the the sitar and Indian classical music. He met sitar maestro Ravi Shankar in the mid-1960s and was taught by him to play the instrument.“It is strange to see pop musicians with sitars. I was confused at first. It had so little to do with our classical music. When George Harrison came to me, I didn’t know what to think,” recalled Shankar. “But I found he really wanted to learn. I never thought our meeting would cause such an explosion, that Indian music would suddenly appear on the pop scene,” Shankar said, according to a Wall Street Journal article. Related ItemsMusicRavi Shankarthe beatleslast_img read more