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Tottenham line-up v Chelsea: Spurs to be brave and stick with this man?

first_img Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado If you want to know what football looked like when Tottenham last won at Stamford Bridge, then click here.It was 1990 and Gary Lineker scored the winner, so how will Tottenham end the curse? Begin with the same XI who performed so admirably against Everton, maybe?It was the best they had played all season and followed a solid display against Partizan in the Europa League.However, there have been calls to leave one of Harry Kane or Roberto Soldado out and possibly reinforce the midfield with Benjamin Stambouli or Mousa Dembele.But can you really leave Soldado out, a man high on confidence after ending 593 minutes without a goal in the 2-1 win against the Toffees? Or Kane, who has been Spurs’ best striker so far.Nacer Chadli could be fit, though, and he may join the attack but it seems Aaron Lennon is likelier to give the Chelsea back line a tougher evening than Erik Lamela.It will be a big test for Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb if they are paired togther again in the middle, but they have the energy and legs to close down the opposition’s dangerous attack.In defence, Kyle Naughton, the only recognised and fit right-back returns from suspension.Otherwise, same again?Possible Tottenham line-up v Chelsea: 1 1 Do you agree? Let us know how you think Mauricio Pochettino will set his side out in the comments below.Chelsea v Tottenham is live and exclusive on talkSPORT on Wednesday 3 December, from 7pm.last_img read more

Media statement: Department of Trade and Industry launches Industrial Policy Action Plan 2016/17 – 2018/19

first_imgAt the launch of the eighth iteration of South Africa’s Industrial Policy Action Plan, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies said there is now an even more pressing need for structural change in the economy, to break out of commodity dependence and move to a more diversified base.TO: ALL JOURNALISTS AND EDITORSBuilding on achievements: a higher-impact IPAP• Download media statement in PDFThe Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says there is now an even more pressing need for structural change in the economy, to break out of commodity dependence and move to a more diversified base in which increasing manufacturing-based value addition, employment creation and export-intensity come to define South Africa’s growth trajectory.Minister Davies was speaking at the launch of the 8th iteration of Industrial Policy Action Plan – IPAP2016/17-2018/19 (IPAP) on Monday 9 May 2016, at Guestro Naledi Inhlanganiso Group Foundry (NI-Forge), in Benoni.Launching IPAP 2016 at NI-Forge emphasises the importance that government attaches to developing close cooperation with cutting-edge local industrial (and especially black-owned) companies involved not just in infrastructure development, transport and logistics, but in the widest range of technologically sophisticated, export-ready and labour-intensive sectors of the SA economy. Speaking at the launch, Minister Davies indicated that economic growth should not be based on unsustainable models and that Industrial Policy is key for inclusive growth.“Inclusive growth cannot be achieved by sticking to an imbalanced and unsustainable economic model based on the service sectors growing at twice the rate of the productive sectors, on the back of credit-fuelled consumption and import-intensity. Especially in tough times, there can be no retreat from Industrial Policy. It must be strengthened, deepened and embraced by all the social partners,” specified Davies.Achievement highlights 2015/16Public procurement: the impact of designations and localisationClothing, Textiles, Leather and Footwear – After having set a 100% local content requirement – we have seen the re-introduction of products where local production had been discontinued. These include technical fabrics, protective footwear, protective fabrics and chambray fabrics.The value of public procurement of locally produced clothing and textile products recorded by National Treasury increased from R264m in 2013/14 to R479m in 2015/16 – an increase of 82%. This intervention, supported also by our Clothing and Textile Competitiveness Improvement Programme has contributed to turning the sector around. Similar lessons have been applied to the Leather and Footwear sector, with 4 new factories having opened in the last six months.Designation of bus bodies has led to the local manufacture and assembly of more than 700 bus bodies.Alongside the rejuvenation of the bus industry for the various Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems, there has been a substantial increase in medium and heavy commercial vehicle exports. In 2012, South Africa exported just R1.3bn worth of these vehicles. By 2014, this had almost tripled to R3.7bn and we expect the performance in 2015-16 to have improved even further.Local production of locomotives At the present time, the supply chain supports 14,000 jobs, and many supply companies have not only rebuilt their fabrication capabilities but developed niche capabilities in high value and complex systems such as traction and propulsion motors and bogie systems.Local procurement requirements provide a framework for achieving a minimum local content of 55%, rising to 85% in different rolling stock classes and involving 4 OEMs in the Transnet, Transnet Freight Rail and PRASA procurement programmes.The fact that many domestic Tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers have the capability to produce components to the required standard – at a competitive price and within ‘just in time’ manufacturing principles – demonstrates that these companies now have the possibility of entering the global supply chains of these same OEMs.Ship and boat buildingUnder the Oceans Economy Operation Phakisa, SA Shipyards (SAS) won a R1.4 bn tender to build nine Tugboats for Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). The contract has to date created approximately 200 new jobs and more than 60 apprentice artisans and mine engineers are being trained. More than R700 million has been earmarked for the Supplier Development agreement entered into by SAS and Transnet’s local suppliers, employees and graduates.Automotive sector investments The automotives sector has performed exceptionally well. For example, R7.8 billion in government incentives has yielded R28.5 bn worth of investments by OEMs. At the same time, exports grew to R151.5 billion in 2015, while 113,360 jobs are currently supported in the sector.Agro-processing highlightsNestlé has committed to help revive South Africa’s chicory industry by committing to increase its local sourcing of the plant for use in its Nescafé Ricoffy brand.Ice Cream: A R600m Unilever Ice Cream factory was opened in Midrand, supported by the dti to a value of R350 million.Grain staples: FABCOS was funded by the dti to establish and market the Home Grown brand. The brand (bread, mealie meal) has become well-established and has continued to be regularly stocked by leading retailers.Cassava: The Cassava Programme is a vehicle designed to improve the productivity, profitability and market access of small-scale and emerging farmers through support provided by the Transfer of Technology Innovation Agency (TIA).Business Process ServicesSouth Africa’s Business Process Services (BPS) sector continued to maintain its status as a leading global outsourcing destination, whilst steadily moving up the value chain in terms of service offerings. BPS already accounts for 200,000 jobs nationally and is one of the country’s fastest growing sectors, with double digit growth over the past five years.By the end of 2015 a further 18,000 jobs had been created as a direct result of the BPS incentive, representing a growth rate of 26% per annum.Green industry investmentsOn the back of the highly successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPPP) the very strong flow of new investments in the sector continued throughout 2015-16 – too many to mention individually here. The major areas of investment were in solar and wind, with interesting new developments in own- and co-generation.Fuel cells: Working in conjunction with key industry stakeholders, government has made significant progress in accelerating the development of the fuel cell industry. A number of ground-breaking initiatives are under way which promise to put SA at the forefront of the technology development (and pilot implementation) of static and mobile fuel cell generation, placing the country in an optimal ‘first mover’ position to ensure that clean energy production with associated industrial benefits is secured.dti incentive schemesAcross the dti’s main incentive schemes – the AIS, 12i, CIP, Film, MCEP & ADEP – R57.1 bn in private-sector investment was leveraged in FY 2015-16, on the back of R10 bn in incentives (on-budget R4bn + R6bn in 12i tax allowances). Support is being provided to 1,770 local companies – i.e. at a rate of 7 new or established firms every working day in 2015-16.A national industrial effortIPAP 2016 envisages nothing less than a massive, concerted and focused national industrial effort, intimately involving all the key stakeholders and economic partners.This must be built on four pillars:1. Policy coherence and policy certainty across government;2. A close collaborative effort between government, business and labour;3. A commitment to ensure that the linkages between the primary and secondary productive sectors of the economy are maximised; and4. A combined and constructive drive to overcome the key constraints to manufacturing-led, value-adding growth and labour-intensive manufacturing.IPAP 2016/17–2108/19: Key Focal Areas1. Public procurement – greatly enhanced and enforced compliance with localisation targets set for government departments and SOCs.2. A strong focus on spill-over and labour-intensive sectors – In particular: agro-processing; the CTLF sector; the component manufacturing and sub-assembly sub-sectors in automotives; rail, light manufacturing and engineering in the metals sector; plastics and associated sub-sectors; electro-technical assembly, sub-assembly and component manufacturing; downstream timber and pulp products, including furniture and boatbuilding.3. Carefully targeted Industrial financing and incentives – including a) much stronger export credit and export credit insurance support, in combination with a wide range of sector-specific incentives; and b) energetic implementation of the recently launched Black Industrialists Incentive.4. Leveraging the devaluation of the Rand to make South African manufactured products more globally competitive and create opportunities for the expansion and further development of SA’s domestic manufacturing capabilities.5. Growing exports: There are four main pillars to the IPAP export strategy:• Building partnerships with global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) focused on transferring technologies and growing our exports in OEM value chains; partnering with national export champions to catalyse increased national technology absorption for the development of high value exports.• Strengthening existing Industry Associations and Export Councils; including establishing a dedicated new Export Council for Africa.• Developing export-orientated production hubs in SEZs and Regional Clusters and fostering industrial decentralisation.6. Automotives: the dti has established a team of technical experts to develop a post-2020 Automotives Master Plan.The mandate of the team is to examine the entire automotive sector and not just the existing Automotive Policy Development Plan (APDP) – which means that it will now include light, medium and heavy vehicles and motorcycles.The purpose of this work will be to ensure that in the context of long term policy certainty a post-2020 Master Plan will create a framework to secure even higher levels of investment and production, higher exports, deepening localisation and expanding employment.7. Gas-based industrialisation: IPAP 2016 introduces a medium term programme to ensure that gas-based industrialisation increasingly develops into one of the spines of our industrial strategy – leveraging natural gas as both a source of power generation and a driver of industrial diversification.8. Minimising red tape: to open up space for much more streamlined and business-friendly governance processes. These efforts will include:• Establishment of an inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Investment to tighten up the intra-governmental coordination required to underpin South Africa’s new One-Stop Investment Centres.• A rapidly expanding partnership between the CIPC (Companies and Intellectual Property Commission) and all the major banks to provide official company registration facilities within their branches and online.Overcoming constraints – moving forwardIPAP 2016 will be renewing its efforts to overcome lingering structural obstacles to development and industrialisation, focussing on:• Working to stabilise electricity supply constraints, whilst creating an enabling environment for own- and co-generation and fuel cell technology development;• Continuing efforts to secure port and rail network reforms in order to overcome inefficiencies and associated high costs and robustly support exports; and• Concerted intra-governmental efforts to address deep-seated and serious skills deficits and mismatches that impact on the capacity of the economy to grow faster and diversify more effectively.ENDSEnquiries:Sidwell Medupe – Departmental SpokespersonTel: (012) 394 1650Mobile: 079 492 1774E-mail: [email protected] by: The Department of Trade and IndustryFollow us on Twitter: @the_dtilast_img read more

Poor eating habits can trigger heart attacks

first_imgI encounter a rising number of young patients, afflicted by high blood pressure (BP), high cholesterol, diabetes and heart diseases. Conventionally, these are disorders of age, likely to develop in the fifth or sixth decade of one’s life. But inappropriate lifestyle-primarily, poor eating habits and lack of physical exercise-is bringing,I encounter a rising number of young patients, afflicted by high blood pressure (BP), high cholesterol, diabetes and heart diseases. Conventionally, these are disorders of age, likely to develop in the fifth or sixth decade of one’s life. But inappropriate lifestyle-primarily, poor eating habits and lack of physical exercise-is bringing on an epidemic of these diseases. And the patient profile is getting younger.Over the past few decades, the diet pattern in the country has drastically changed. Dietary choices of an individual in India used to be based on tradition, culture and religious beliefs. But now convenience is the rule of thumb. Convenient food is anything that is quick, tasty and (very importantly) “fashionable”. Lack of time, stress and boredom being the most common excuses that I get to hear from my patients for indulging in such foods.Dining out is an easier option for overworked professionals than cooking at home these days. While the frequency of eating out at restaurants has zoomed, so have portion sizes. People consume more calories now than ever before.Click here to EnlargeSkipping breakfast, heavy dinners, long gaps between meals, lack of fibre-rich food is so very evident in the diets of today. And it’s a trend that starts early. Children are introduced to junk food at a very young age and very soon chips, cold drinks, biscuits, pizzas, burgers, box juices, chhole bhature, chowmein and a whole host of unwholesome foods become a major part of their everyday diet.Let’s not just blame time constrained, busy professionals, double-income families or working mothers. The prevalence of television commercials promoting unhealthy food as “healthy” and “nutritious” has contributed a lot to poor eating habits. Consumption of cold drinks, especially among children, for instance, has increased in the last 20 years by 300 per cent. Children have become more sedentary, outdoor sport has taken a backseat. Lack of physical activity, increasing affluence and easy availability of fast and convenient foods lead to obesity and ultimately risk of heart diseases.advertisementAdd to it our varied food platter. Foods from different parts of the world are now just a phone call away in any metro. We often blame Western pizzas and burgers as “junk food”, but the fact is, Indian fast foods-chat, samosa, namkeen and traditional sweets-are equally loaded with calories and saturated fat. If trans fatty-acids (TFA) in high fat-baked foods like doughnuts, cookies, cakes, rusks and biscuits clog your arteries, so do saturated fats in cream, cheese, butter and ghee hidden in Indian snacks.Click here to EnlargeThe commonly found processed foods-for which food labels say “partially hydrogenated vegetable oils”-should be avoided. They are rich sources of tfa. They increase bad cholesterol (or IDL), bring down good cholesterol (hdl) and are more prone to getting deposited in blood vessels, leading to heart attacks and stroke.Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the single-most important cause of deaths worldwide. High bp, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, diet rich in saturated fats-especially, processed and ready-to-eat foods-are the major risk factors that lead to various heart ailments. All of these can be controlled through a healthy diet and lifestyle. With some help from modern medicine, of course.- Cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr Naresh Trehan, is the chairman and managing director of Medanta-The Medicity, Gurgaonlast_img read more

Video: Jason Whitlock Says Ciara’s Cleavage Shows She’s “Thirsty” From Not Having Sex With Russell Wilson

first_imgJason Whitlock discusses Jim Harbaugh on Speak For Yourself.twitterYep, the article title here says it all. Jason Whitlock, who now works for FOX Sports after leaving ESPN earlier this year, joined Colin Cowherd on his radio show earlier Wednesday to talk about his issue with Ciara’s decision to wear a somewhat revealing dress during her singing of the National Anthem ahead of Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship. Kristine Leahy attempted to defend the pop star, but it was to no avail.Whitlock insinuated that Ciara showed cleavage because she’s “thirsty” – Urban Dictionary definition here – from not having sex with her boyfriend, Russell Wilson. Cowherd played [email protected] thought Ciara looked “thirsty.” @KristineLeahy defended her & @ColinCowherd wanted Mountain Dew. https://t.co/6HGJj10ih8— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 14, 2016Whitlock also claimed to like “thirsty women” and referenced a strip club chain in the segment.Somehow, we doubt Whitlock’s opinion will be a popular one.last_img read more

Timo Werner aiming for World Cup win

first_imgTimo Werner is aiming to emulate Germany’s 2014 World Cup success by firing in the goals for the upcoming tournament in Russia this summer The RB Leipzig forward has produced another impressive campaign this season with his 19 goals and eight assists in his 39 appearances having played an integral part of the club’s success in both the Bundesliga and the Europa League this season.At just the age of 22, Werner is expected to lead the front line for Germany in the World Cup this summer. In an interview with FourFourTwo, the young forward recalled being just a mere spectator back at home in the country’s glorious 2014 World Cup win.“I was with my friends, watching the game and just thinking ‘please win, please win!’” said Werner, according to the Bundesliga.“Everybody’s part of it when Germany win – everybody says ‘we won the World Cup.’ Four years ago I said it like that, but this year I hope my friends will be watching the tournament without me.”rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Werner has already proven himself at the big stage with Germany with the forward having won the Golden Boot during their triumph in last summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup. The 22 year-old has currently scored a total of seven goals in 12 appearances at international level.“If it turns out that I’m the main striker for Germany at the World Cup, there’s no pressure for me. I’m very young and I just try to enjoy the moment,” he said. “To imagine winning the World Cup in 2018… it would be the best year of my life,” said the German.While acknowledging the strength of their fellow competitors, Werner is feeling optimistic over Germany’s prospects at winning the World Cup for a record-equaling fifth time alongside Brazil.“I think we have a good chance of doing it, even if it will be extremely difficult,” he said. “We have a great team, we have a really good mentality and we’re a tournament team – we save our best for the major competitions.”last_img read more

Steve Bruce is about to reach 100 games at Aston Villa

first_imgSteve Bruce will mark his hundredth game at Aston Villa when the club faces Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday. He hopes to lead the team on to win their second game in the space of five days.Since Bruce replaced Roberto Di Matteo in 2016, Aston Villa has plunged into a series of difficulties after the manager’s initial period of glory. Villa was not able to qualify to the Premier League last season.Just recently, Villa has suffered a lack of win in five straight games and the fans had demanded that the 57-year-old manager should step down.But Bruce has not been totally disheartened about the hard time he’s suffering currently at Villa, claiming he has enjoyed this period most.“The bigger the challenge, the more I want to get stuck into it,” Bruce said, according to Express & Star.Steve BruceAllardyce praises Newcastle’s Steve Bruce Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Sam Allardyce believes Steve Bruce is a better fit at English Premier League side Newcastle United than he would ever have been.“There’s something sick in me, unfortunately. I really think that. The harder it goes the more I enjoy it.“Every club you manage, it’s a tough job. But certainly the size of the club, to nearly being in administration during the summer, that was a ridiculous scenario really.“Has it been the most difficult? Arguably. But in a perverse way it has been the most enjoyable.“It is a great club and has been an honour to manage, along with some great names who have managed this club before. I am one of them. It doesn’t happen to many.”last_img read more

Fletcher Van Dijks a monster

first_imgFormer Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher hailed Virgil van Dijk’s impact at Liverpool this yearThe Reds signed Van Dijk in January from Southampton for a world record transfer fee of £75m for a defender.Since then, Van Dijk has established himself as a key member of the Liverpool team at the heart of the defence.Jurgen Klopp’s side have conceded only five goals in 11 Premier League games this season and sit just two points off leaders Manchester City.“He’s made a massive difference to Liverpool. He’s a monster,” Fletcher told Sky Sports.“He’s so big and powerful. He cruises through games. He’s top class.”The Scot also revealed how he attempted to convince his old club West Brom to sign Virgil van Dijk in 2015 from Celtic.“With my Scottish connections, I watched him play for Celtic,” Fletcher said.“We [West Brom] were looking at centre-backs after the first summer we’ve been there.“I recommended Johnny Evans who we managed to get, which was fantastic,”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“And I also said to go and get Van Dijk. I think it was before he went to Southampton for I think it was £10 or £11 million, and obviously, West Brom felt it was maybe a bit too much.“They were umming and ahhing about £6 million for Johnny Evans. So you can maybe see the dilemma. There wasn’t much money.“I don’t think you’d call them Tony Pulis centre-halfs though, Johnny Evans and Van Dijk!”Van Dijk will likely start for Liverpool in Wednesday’s Champions League clash at Red Star Belgrade in Group C.Virgil van Dijk one of the best players in the league? Darren Fletcher has no doubt. 👊He also explains how the @LFC centre-back could have ended up at @WBA…👀Watch #MNF with @Carra23 and Darren Flecher live on Sky Sports Premier League now! https://t.co/Pu496D1spu pic.twitter.com/GwyVZ31SDL— Sky Sports MNF (@SkySportsMNF) November 5, 2018last_img read more

New Education Law to Help School Officials Track Military Students

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR For the first time, public school officials will be required to track the progress of military kids as a group, helping defense leaders, educators and policymakers better understand how the children of service members are performing and tailor support for them.The provision requiring officials to include a military student identifier in school records was part of the new K-12 education law that President Obama signed Thursday ending heavy federal involvement in public schools and shifting much of that authority back to states and local school districts.Without the military student identifier, “educators and policy leaders have no way of knowing whether these students are faring well, keeping pace or falling behind,” Mary Keller, president and CEO of the Military Child Education Coalition, said in a written statement.“The identifier will provide data to inform both educators and policymakers, enabling them to adjust programs, direct resources and adopt strategies that support these students and their military families,” Keller said.The Military Child Education Coalition has long advocated for a military student identifier, reported Military Times. There are more than 1 million military children in pre-kindergarten through grade 12, with the vast majority in public schools.The Every Student Succeeds Act also includes language speeding up the payment of federal Impact Aid to school districts that serve large numbers of military students. The Education Department will be required to submit payments within one year after the end of the fiscal year for which payments were allocated by Congress, according to the story.Another provision would help school districts that serve installations gaining new missions and experience an increase in the number of military children from the end of one school year to the beginning of the next school year. In that case, the school system could be paid the extra amount during that school year.“Otherwise, payments are always based on the count taken the previous fall,” said Bryan Jernigan, spokesman for the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools. “This would help a growing district due to [BRAC] or some other reason that would send troops to an installation,” he said.last_img read more