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Chelsea keen to sign Everton star and then loan him back – report

first_imgChelsea want to sign Everton youngster Ross Barkley for £10m this summer and then loan him back to the Merseysiders for next season, according to The People.It is claimed Chelsea are optimistic about their chances of doing a deal for the 18-year-old, who signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Goodison Park in December.Manchester United are also said to be keen on Barkley and several other clubs have watched him.The Sun on Sunday suggest Everton and Fulham are interested in highly-rated Watford youngster Sean Murray – he signed a new three-year contract only last month.Meanwhile, QPR want to replace Shaun Wright-Phillips with Blackburn winger Junior Hoilett, the Sunday Mirror say.It is claimed that Rovers will demand £5m compensation for Hoilett, who will be out-of-contract this summer but is too young to move on a Bosman free transfer.Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes is said to have told manager Mark Hughes that he can move for Hoilett, 21, if the club stay in the Premier League.Click here for the Chelsea v QPR quiz Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA doubles investment in Moz

first_img30 January 2006South Africa has doubled its direct investment in Mozambique over the past year, confirming its position as the single largest foreign investor in the country.Mozambique Investment Promotion Centre (CPI) director Mahomed Rafique said in Maputo on Thursday that South African investment accounted for 58% of total foreign direct investment into the country over the past year.Just 52 of the larger South African-led infrastructure and construction projects attracted foreign investment of US$93.7-million during 2005.Smaller tourism and small business related projects were not monitored and were therefore not included in the statistics.Total foreign investment climbed to US$164.5-million in 2005, a 34% increase over 2004.Growing investmentRafique said South Africa’s nearest competitor was the United Kingdom, with 15 projects totaling $27.8-million. In 2004, the UK’s investment in Mozambique was just $13.1-million.Zimbabwe rose from seventh position in 2004 to become the third most important investor in its eastern neighbour in 2005, with investments worth $9.1-million.In fourth position was Mozambique’s former colonial master, Portugal, maintaining the same poll position it held in 2004 – though its actual investments increased slightly, from $5.6-million in 2004 to $7.3-million in 2005.The biggest increase in investment was made by China, which jumped up the ranks from 25th position in 2004 to sixth in 2005. Direct Chinese investment in 2005 totaled $5.6-million, against only $292 000 in the previous year.Investment into Mozambique also came from Mauritius, Rwanda, Angola, Swaziland, Botswana, Brazil, the US, Yugoslavia, Belgium, India, France, Uganda, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, Pakistan, Germany and New Zealand.Work permitsThe CPI also reports that 541 South Africans have successfully applied for permits to work in Mozambique in 2005.Rafique said the National Institute of Labour and Professional Training (INEPF) authorised 4 051 foreigners to work in Mozambique in 2005.“The ministry [of labour] says of the 4 051 foreigners who got work permits, 541 are South African and 440 Chinese, [while] others include Portuguese, Cuban and German nationals,” he said.The requests for foreign workers were from companies from different sectors.Mozambique has, in recent years, increasingly been seeking foreign technical and construction experts to service its growing numbers of large investment projects.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Tutu sends Madiba wishes in advance

first_img13 July 2011Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, speaking during the unveiling of the Mandela Legacy Canvas at Cape Town’s City Hall on Tuesday, praised his fellow Nobel Peace laureate and wished him a happy birthday in advance.Tutu said South Africa was where it was today because of Nelson Mandela, who championed reconciliation.Mandela, also fondly known by his clan name Madiba, turns 93 on Monday, 18 July.“Madiba, thank you for being who you are,” Tutu said in Tuesday, reminding the nation that though there were still problems to be solved, “we have touched greatness.”“Let’s make this country one we are proud of … he (Madiba) said that we can reach for the sky, the sky is the limit, especially for the young people.”Mandela Legacy CanvasTutu, alongside Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, was addressing journalists during the unveiling of the Mandela Legacy Canvas.The canvas project was initiated during last year’s Fifa World Cup and featured the handprints of 67 celebrities, in line with Madiba’s call for everyone to contribute at least 67 minutes on International Mandela Day to help the needy.The unique artwork consists of handprints stitched together in the shape and colours of the South African flag. The canvas is edged with Madiba’s slogan of “Love, Hope, Peace and Unity” in colourful beads sewn on by crafters from Khayelitsha township.Nelson Mandela BoulevardDe Lille said that on Friday, in honour of Madiba, Eastern Boulevard in the city centre would be renamed the Nelson Mandela Boulevard.The renaming event is set to be marked with a sit-down dinner and stage production to celebrate the life and times of Madiba, and a charity auction as well as a mayoral announcement in commemoration of the former president.The mayor said that the 67 minutes of charity work, as desired by Madiba, should become part of the nation’s culture. She said that Madiba “gave us the instruction not to forget the poor … His wish is that the 67 minutes should become part of our culture.”Once the canvas was auctioned, De Lille said that the proceeds would go towards the Mandela Children’s Foundation and the Mandela Foundation as well as other charities.This year, the mayor will spend her 67 minutes at a home of the disabled in Gugulethu township.Tutu said people should spend the 67 minutes by doing “what God moves you to do.” That, he said, could mean “giving a smile to someone, or wiping a tear, or giving away R1 million!”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Pirates, Esperance draw in Soweto

first_imgSubstitute Mpho Makola found the mark with a free kick five minutes from time, but Moaz Ben Cherifa in the Tunisians’ goal was perfectly placed to catch the ball. Orlando Pirates played to a goalless draw against Esperance, the winners of Africa’s 2011 Champions League and the runners-up in 2010 and 2012, in the first leg of the Caf Champions League semi-finals at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday. The Blood and Gold’s Joseph N’djeng-N’djeng came close early on after finding some space, but fired off target. He was then denied by Buccaneers’ Senzo Meyiwa, who rose to the challenge when the striker was put through in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. “Esperance might now have the advantage of playing at home, but they will do so with the knowledge that a 1-1 or 2-2 draw or any other drawn game with goals scored will result in their elimination from the tournament,” De Sa said. Penalty appealManyisa let fly from distance but his compass was off. Shortly after that the home team had a penalty appeal turned down after Tlou Segolela, on for Myeni, crossed and an Esperance defender appeared to handle the ball. While it wasn’t a home win, Buccaneers’ coach Roger De Sa suggested after the game that it wasn’t a bad result for his club. “Naturally a win would have been a better result, but my main priority from this match was not to concede a goal,” he explained. With 10 minutes to go to the break, Oupa Manyisa and Daine Klate broke down the left flank before Klate crossed for Sifiso Myeni, but the winger’s header was far off the mark. “This enables us to go to Tunisia for the second leg in two weeks’ time with a fighting chance of reaching the final in view of the away goal rule applying when two teams finish on level terms.center_img In the second half, the Buccaneers made their home ground advantage tell. Esperance made it easier for the three-time PSL champions to take charge by adopting a defensive mind-set, but that also made it more difficult for Pirates to create meaningful chances. 7 October 2013 Return leg permutations The Tunisians booked their place in the final four by finishing top of Group B with five wins and a single defeat in their six matches and they showed their experience and their confidence by taking the game to Pirates away from home in the early going. Showed their maturityPirates showed their maturity by weathering the early pressure and began to control possession and dictate play. Lennox Bacela narrowly missed getting onto the end of a cross from Segolela near the end of the game, with the ball passing across the face of goal, while Thabo Matlaba’s powerful attempt at a late winner was stopped by the Esperance goalie.last_img read more

Build Your Business IQ

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Elizabeth WilliamsDTN Special CorrespondentINDIANOLA, Iowa (DTN) — Good times lift both good and bad farm managers, but when profit margins grow slim, farmers with higher levels of business intelligence are more likely to succeed and grow.Agricultural economist Dave Kohl, a professor emeritus at Virginia Tech and adviser to ag lenders for more than 35 years, said it’s important for farmers and their lenders to know where they stand. Kohl has developed a 15-point financial and risk management checklist that helps measure farmers’ management skills by scoring them.“It’s not rocket science, but it is very insightful to see how much the manager knows about his or her business,” Kohl said.Producers today generally fall into three buckets. Forty percent will grow incrementally because they have working capital, equity, proactively approach problems and have a high business IQ, or intelligence quotient.Another 40% will be able to hang on, but won’t thrive because they’re limited by their “low business IQ.” These producers will probably need to refinance to survive this downturn.Then there’s the remaining 20%. These farmers and ranchers will likely need to have a partial or total liquidation.“They have already refinanced two or three times since the 1980s. Yes, land equity is a great bridge over troubled waters. But eventually, these farm borrowers will drown in their debt service,” he said.AgCarolina Farm Credit has used Kohl’s Business IQ checklist at several educational seminars it hosted, as well as with individual conversations between lender and farm credit member.“At our Ag Leadership Institute for mostly young and beginning farmers, it was a way to start the conversation about management,” said Skipper Jones, senior vice president for marketing and communications with AgCarolina Farm Credit. “For one couple, the wife gave the operation a lower score, and it started an in-depth discussion between her and her husband.“A lot of farmers know the numbers in their head, but to see it on paper and have a score, it makes it more real to them. Having that visual makes them think more about it.”DETERMINING YOUR BUSINESS IQThere are three sections to Kohl’s metric. For each of the first six categories, give yourself 3-4 points if you have the actual numbers (or goals) written down, allotting more points for higher levels of detail. Award yourself 2 points if the numbers are in your head. And give yourself 1 point if you have no idea.1. Knows cost of production.2. Knows cost of production by enterprise.3. Goals — business, family and personal.4. Projected cash flow.5. Sensitivity analysis (what-if scenarios for changes in prices, production, interest rates, etc.).6. Understands financial ratios and break-evens.7. This concerns your financial record-keeping system. You earn 3-4 points if your records are kept on an accrual basis. You get 2 points if your record-keeping system is based on your Schedule F, and you receive 1 point if you have no idea.For the next six categories, give yourself 3 to 4 points if you answer “yes,” 2 points for “sometimes” and 1 point for “never or non-existent.”8. Works with advisory team and lender.9. Marketing plan is written and executed.10. Risk management plan is executed.11. Modest lifestyle habits and has a family living budget.12. Written plan for improvement is executed and strong people management.13. Attends educational seminars/courses.14. This involves a transition plan for your operation. Give yourself 3-4 points if you have a transition or business ownership plan. You score 2 points if you are working on a plan. You get 1 point if you have no plan or there is controversy that has not been worked through.15. This category is all about attitude. Give yourself 3-4 points if you are proactive, meaning you anticipate potential problems and solve them quickly. You get 2 points if you are reactive and handle problems as they occur or when they get too big to ignore. If you are indifferent and most of the time you just “muddle through because things always work out in the end,” give yourself 1 point.“Thirty-two or above is a good score,” advised Kohl. “Forty or above is a super-good score. If you scored 20-30 points, you are in ‘refinance’ mode and you need to move into the ‘reinvent’ mode,” Kohl added. Farms that score under 20 points are high risk.Kohl also suggests having multiple business partners fill out the assessment independently and then compare notes to help determine the farms financial management strengths and weaknesses.A TOOL FOR LENDERSLenders can use this to help determine if they want to stay with a customer who is going through a tough financial situation but is a good manager and is intent on turning the operation around. Also, the lender can use it to assess weakness in the operation.“We found in the past that we can get to a point where we lend a client too much money for them to manage well. If they don’t have the financial management system in place, we are not doing them a favor by simply lending them more money,” said Nate Franzen, president of Agri-Business division, First Dakota National Bank.The bank, based in Yankton, South Dakota, has used a similar management score card to assess their farm and ranch clients’ depth of management skills over the past year.“We’re trying to put more matrix in our lending decisions,” Franzen explained.Kohl suggests farm operators use it as a self-improvement tool, adding that the more you know about your operation, the better you can control its future.“The 1980s wiped out the average to below-average farm production managers,” Kohl said. “This current environment will wipe out the average to below-average farm marketing and financial manager.”(KD/ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

How to Create Blu-Rays with Adobe Premiere Pro & Encore

first_imgIn this post we share how to create Blu-Ray discs using Adobe’s Premiere Pro video editing and Encore DVD authoring applications!Preserve the high-definition quality of your project through delivery by burning your video project on Blu-Ray.  The videos below show you how to create Blu-Rays with Adobe Encore (and Premiere Pro for editing and exporting your video files).In the following video tutorial, Dave Helmly Sr. Technical Sales Manager for Adobe’s pro video product line, goes over his workflow for using the Premiere Pro Creative Cloud and Encore CS6 to burn Bluray discs.  In addition, Dave also shares a slick way to create files with poster frames and chapter markers so you can have interactive playback on a variety of mobile devices including iPad and iPhone. This 20 minute video is an essential crash course for anyone looking to understand the fundamentals of DVD authoring with Encore:In a recent webinar, post production pro and Premiumbeat friend, Larry Jordan, demonstrated everything you need to know about creating Blu-Ray DVDs using three Adobe applications:Photoshop for creating DVD MenusPremiere Pro for editing and exporting your HD video fileEncore for testing and authoring your Blu-Ray discThe following video tutorial is a short excerpt of the full webinar and shows you how to create your menu buttons in Photoshop and import this file into Encore.  If you’re interested in extensive training on how to create Blu-Rays in Encore you can purchase the full one-hour webinar over on Larry’s site for $24.99.last_img read more

Ex-Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane launches new party

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Four get death penalty for 2008 Rampur attack

first_imgFour persons, including two Pakistani nationals were sentenced to death in the Rampur ‘terror’ attack case by Additional District and Sessions Judge Sanjay Kumar Singh on Saturday. One person was awarded a life sentence, while a sixth accused was given 10-years rigorous imprisonment.Additional government counsel Amit Saxena said those who had been awarded capital punishment include Imran Shahzad, who hails from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, and Mohammed Farooq from Pakistan’s Punjab. Sabauddin from Bihar’s Madhubani and Mohammed Shareef from Rampur were also given the maximum punishment. Two others were convicted under Section 302 (murder) and Section 121 (waging war against the state). The judge said that the accused attacked the CRPF camp in 2008 without any provocation with AK-47 rifles and hand grenades. On Friday, the judge had held six of the eight accused ‘guilty’ in relation to the pre-dawn attack on January 1, 2008, in which seven jawans and a civilian were killed. Two accused, Kausar Farooqi and Gulab Khan, were acquitted by the court for want of evidence.last_img read more

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