15 October 2013 French and South African companies have been encouraged to work together on the industrialisation of South Africa and the African continent. Speaking at a business forum on the sidelines of the state visit by French President Francois Hollande on Monday, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said that although France was among the country’s top five partners in the European Union (EU), a lot more still needed to be done. “A lot of work needs to be done to recover the trade relations that the two countries shared before the global economic crisis,” Davies said. France is among South Africa’s top 10 trading partners. The two countries have significant and sizeable trade and investment relations. Davies said that what needed to be improved were partnerships between the two countries on industrialisation. He said the African continent was recognised as one of the growing frontiers in the world and that the African region needed to integrate. “One of the priorities should be regional integration, because as a continent we are divided into many smaller markets. It is important to generate a market for industrialisation to address the real economic issues that make it hard for industrialisation – one of which is infrastructure.” South Africa is engaged in a massive infrastructure programme, with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) having also set up infrastructure programmes, and these should form the basis for industrialisation, Davies said. French Minister of Foreign Trade Nicole Bricq told the forum that French companies based in South Africa understood South Africa’s commitment to redress the inequalities of the past and respected the country’s regulations. She said foreign trade could be enhanced by better knowledge of each other. “Many South African companies export goods from France, which boosts exports for our country. South African companies should also be encouraged to invest in France in order to restore balance in trade with the EU. If South African companies come, this will reduce the deficit and increase employment – which is a common concern for both countries.” Davies and Bricq agreed on Monday to revive the Joint Economic Committee between South Africa and France. The committee was established in 1995 to promote and strengthen trade and industrial co-operation between the two countries. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar reiterated on Wednesday that the State’s economy will not be impacted much from the February 7 Supreme Court order to cancel mining leases. The views of all stakeholders are being heard before deciding on the future course of action. Addressing a press conference after meeting a cross-section of legislators and listening to their views on the emerging mining situation and it’s impact on the cancellation of 88 iron ore extraction leases, Mr. Parrikar said a final decision over resumption of mining and mode of leasing will be taken in 15 to 20 days. “Without going into the merits of the judgement, one has to accept it because Goa is facing economic problems. Now all stakeholders, including the judiciary will have to take into consideration the economic trajectory. It is not possible for government to suddenly disrupt it,” Mr. Parrikar said. However, he said the economic impact would not be as bad as in 2012, when iron ore exports were at their peak. “Direct revenue last year (from mining sector) will not exceed ₹300 crore, indirect (revenue) may account for another ₹50 to ₹100 crore. So, ₹300 crore in a total net budgetary size of ₹10,000 crore makes for 3% to 4 %,” he said.
Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City No, James is not through. Neither are the reigning champs if they have their way.They all understand the entire league has upped its game to chase these two heavyweights from their respective conferences.“That’s the beauty of competition at the highest level, other teams make us better and vice versa. Cleveland made us better,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They beat us two years ago, they made us better last year. We’re doing the same thing for them. They’re retooling a little bit, they’ve got some great talent. Every team is trying to get where we are and that pushes us. We push them. That’s what makes the game better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Warriors and new-look Cavs will be tested in their openers: Golden State hosts Houston on Tuesday night in Chris Paul’s Rockets debut, while Cleveland plays Boston at home with Kyrie Irving in a Celtics jersey following that blockbuster August trade that transformed the Eastern Conference rivals.After losing to Golden State in a Game 5 clincher in Oakland, the Cavs spent the summer rebuilding a roster that now features new stars like Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Isaiah Thomas. Despite dealing Irving to its closest competitor in the East, Cleveland is deeper with more versatility and talent than at any time James has been on the roster.And with close friend Wade back by his side, James is not only happy but is teammates with a player who brings out the best in him. Throw in former league MVP Rose, motivated to show he’s still one of the game’s elite guards, along with Thomas, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Jae Crowder, Jeff Green, Kyle Korver and Tristan Thompson, and it’s easy to see why Cleveland seems to be on a collision course with the Warriors again.The key being health and how quickly the Cavs can assemble all the pieces.“Don’t think we’ll be the team we want to be in a week. It’s going to be for the whole season,” James said. “We’re going to have changes, we’re going to make changes, we’re going to become a better team as the games go on so the team opening night will not be the team that we know we can be.”James can become a free agent next summer, but has not backed off his intent to end his career with Cleveland.“I think when you get to a certain level you don’t need another team to motivate you. 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Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Woods cleared for golf activities with no restrictions LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Read Next Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, drives between Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, top, and guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. — Minutes after LeBron James lost the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors four months ago, he vowed to return to the gym right away with plans to get back to the big stage. To win another ring.Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant heard it yet already knew it — and everybody on the defending champs and King James’ Cleveland Cavaliers realizes these teams could be destined for another championship showdown at the end of this season.ADVERTISEMENT The Warriors are almost the same team, with Finals MVP Durant far more comfortable his second time around with Golden State — the scrutiny of leaving Oklahoma City long behind him.“I expect us to pick up with a full head of steam on Tuesday,” Curry said.There will be the fanfare of the Warriors receiving their championship rings in a pregame ceremony.Yet Golden State still remembers its flop on opening night a year ago, following a loss in the 2016 Finals to Cleveland after its record-setting 73-win regular season. The Warriors lost at home to San Antonio 129-100 in Durant’s debut.This time, they’re beginning the daunting quest of trying to repeat — something the franchise couldn’t do after the 2015 title against James and Co. as Cleveland won last year.“Your swag level is through the roof, as it should be,” Durant said. “You’re the best team in the league and you go out there and beat a bunch of teams to win a championship, of course your swag is going to be through the roof. You hear about swag, you hear about guys deserving stuff or stories that they might have coming up into this year, all this fairytale stuff, it’s cool stories, it’s cool feel-good stories but you’ve still got to go out there and play the game, you’ve still got to lock in every possession if you want to win.”NOTES: James is nursing a sprained left ankle and his status for Tuesday remained unclear. He was injured Sept. 27 in practice. … Key reserve Andre Iguodala is questionable for the Warriors’ opener because of his troublesome back and Omri Casspi also could be out because of a right ankle injury, Kerr said.
Changwon (South Korea), Sep 4 (PTI) Indian shooter Om Prakash Mitharwal picked up his maiden gold medal at the ISSF World Championships, claiming the top honours in the 50m pistol event here Tuesday. The 23-year-old, a bronze-winner in the 10m air pistol and the 50m pistol events of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast earlier this year, shot a score of 564 to finish on top here. The silver was won by Serbia’s Damir Mikec (562), while the bronze went to local favourite Daemyung Lee (560). The seasoned Jitu Rai, who won a silver medal in the 2014 edition of the tournament, endured disappointment as he finished 17th in the field with a below-par score of 552. The ongoing championship is the first qualifying event for the 2020 Olympics but since 50m pistol is no longer a part of the Games roster, there were no quota places to be sealed. The International Shooting Sport Federation’s (ISSF) premier tournament is offering as many as 60 berths across 15 events. In the team competition of the same category, Mitharwal, Rai and Manjit (532) combined for a fifth-place finish with a total score of 1648. Manjit signed off 56th in the individual field, failing to make the finals along with Rai. The women shooters, who could have sealed Olympic qualification, faltered in the 10m air pistol event. Teen sensation Manu Bhaker, after a medal-less Asian Games campaign, and senior shooter Heena Sidhu were off-colour and both failed to make the finals. Bhaker shot a score of 574 to be 13th, while Sidhu was further down at 29th with a total of 571.advertisement The Indian team finished fourth with Bhaker, Sidhu and Shweta Singh (568) combining for a total of 1713. On Monday, Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela became the first set of Indian shooters to secure quota places for the Olympics by winning a silver and finishing fourth respectively in the women’s 10m air rifle event. Though the two shooters have secured quotas, as per the stated policy, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) will take the final call on selection, based on the aggregate scores of shooters (in international tournaments and selection trials) leading up to the Olympic Games. PTI PM PM
If you drink nearly 14 drinks per week (2 drinks per day) and already suffer from mild cognitive impairment (MCI), you may be at a higher risk of developing dementia than those who enjoy drink a week, say researchers. According to researchers from Harvard University’s T H Chan School of Public Health, among those adults with MCI, the risk of dementia according to numbers of alcoholic drinks per week wasn’t statistically significant, although it appeared to be highest for drinking more than 14 drinks per week compared with less than one drink. Also Read – The Puja carnivalIn this cohort study of 3,021 participants aged 72 years and older, alcohol intake within recommended limits was not significantly associated with a lower risk of dementia among participants with or without mild cognitive impairment at baseline. Among participants without mild cognitive impairment, daily low-quantity drinking was associated with lower dementia risk compared with infrequent higher-quantity drinking. “The findings suggest that physicians caring for older adults need to carefully assess the full dimensions of drinking behaviour and cognition when providing guidance to patients about their alcohol consumption,” said the research led by Manja Koch from TH Chan School of Public Health and published in the journal JAMA Network Open. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraThe study analysed 3,021 adults (72 and older) who were free of dementia (2,548 were without MCI and 473 with MCI). During about six years of follow-up, there were 512 cases of dementia, including 348 cases of Alzheimer disease. Among those adults without MCI, no amount of alcohol consumption was significantly associated with higher risk for dementia compared with drinking less than one drink per week. Given the rapidly growing burden of Alzheimer disease (AD) and other dementias, including 50 million people currently living with dementia and 82 million expected by 2030, the identification of factors that prevent or delay the onset of dementia remains of paramount concern. During the study, the participants reported their liquor consumption in days per week and their usual number of 12-oz cans or bottles of beer, 6-oz glasses of wine, and shots of liquor consumed on each occasion. “We categorised participants according to their alcohol consumption as follows: none, less than 1 drink per week, 1 to 7 drinks per week, 7.1 to 14 drinks per week, and more than 14 drinks per week,” the authors wrote. In this study of older adults, the association of self-reported alcohol consumption with dementia risk appeared to cluster into 3 separate dimensions—baseline cognition, dose and pattern. “At present, our findings cannot be directly translated into clinical recommendations,” authors suggested.
Researchers have found that, in top athletes, excess physical activity could be harmful and also associated with major fatigue and reduced performances. The study published in the journal Current Biology shows that intensive physical training could harm brain capacity, particularly cognitive control. For the findings, Mathias Pessiglione and his team said that they were interested in identifying the causes of a common phenomenon in top athletes, known as “overtraining syndrome”. Also Read – The Puja carnivalThis was characterised by reduced athletic performance and intense fatigue. Athletes suffering from this syndrome might be tempted by products likely to restore their performance. The primary hypothesis of the researchers were clear: the fatigue caused by overtraining is similar to that caused by mental efforts. To test this idea, the team spent nine weeks working with 37 triathletes, who were split into two groups. The first underwent the “usual” high-level training whereas the second had additional training during the last three weeks of the experiment, with sessions lasting 40 per cent longer, on average. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraFrom this, the researchers were able to identify similarities between overly intensive physical training and excessive mental work. This excessive physical activity leads to reduced activity of lateral prefrontal cortex, similar to that observed during mental effort. Reduction in brain activity was associated with impulsive decision-making, in which short-term gratification was prioritised over long-term goals. In the case of top athletes, being this impulsive could lead to their decision to stop right in the middle of a performance or to abandon a race in order to end the pain felt during physical exertion. The researchers believe, fatigue and reduced cognitive control might also constitute the first stage in development of a “burnout syndrome”, which affects people across professional sectors.
Singapore: Singapore’s new law to combat “fake news” came into effect Wednesday despite criticism from tech giants and activists, who labelled the tough rules a “chilling” attempt to stifle dissent. The law gives government ministers powers to order social media sites to put warnings next to posts authorities deem to be false, and in extreme cases get them taken down. Facebook, Twitter and Google — who have their Asian headquarters in Singapore — were given temporary exemptions from a handful of provisions in the act to give them time to adapt. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportIf an action is judged to be malicious and damaging to Singapore’s interests, companies could be hit with fines of up to Simgaporean dollar 1 million (USD 720,000), while individuals could face jail terms of up to 10 years. Authorities in the tightly controlled country — long criticised for restricting civil liberties — insist the measures are necessary to stop the circulation of falsehoods that could sow divisions in society and erode trust in institutions. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsBut the laws have sparked outrage from rights groups, who fear they could stifle online discussion, tech companies and media organisations. Activists fear the legislation could also be used to crack down on dissent in the run-up to a general election in Singapore, expected within months, and there are concerns it could erode academic freedoms. Journalist and activist Kirsten Han, who is the editor-in-chief of independent media outlet New Naratif, said the legislation was “extremely worrying”. “It’s such a broad law that it’s hard to predict how it’s going to be applied. What’s of immediate concern is the chilling effect and the further entrenchment of self-censorship,” she told AFP. After the law was passed in May, Google said it was concerned the legislation will “hurt innovation and the growth of the digital information ecosystem”. Critics are especially concerned it will be up to authorities alone to judge what is “fake news”, but the government insists any decision can be challenged in the courts. It will cost just Singaporean dollar 200 to file an appeal and there will be no court fees for the first three days of hearings, an apparent response to complaints that most people don’t have the means to take on the government. S. Iswaran, minister for communications and information, insisted the law was “not so much about controlling free speech”. “We share the common objective of wanting to allow people to engage on social media platforms… in order to have that contest of ideas,” he said, in an interview with CNBC. The law could be a concern for international media, many of which have sizeable operations in the city-state.
New Delhi: The Finance Ministry will start pre-Budget and Revised Estimates meetings from October 14 to November’s first week, an official notification of the ministry said on Wednesday. “The pre-budget/RE meetings will begin on the 14th October 2019. All Financial Advisers should ensure that the necessary details related to these meetings are entered in the RE Module. This data shall be the basis for pre-Budget discussions,” a Budget Circular (2020-21) of the Budget Division of the Department of Economic Affairs of the Ministry said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraBudget Estimates for 2020-21 will be provisionally finalised after Secretary, Expenditure, completes discussions with the Secretaries and Financial Advisers. Pre-Budget Meetings shall begin from October 14 and will continue till the first week of November, it said. The upcoming Budget of next fiscal will have gender, and child budget statements as well. Some of the new inclusions in the Circular relate to instructions regarding filling up of SCSP/TSP, Gender, Child Budget Statements etc. The format for Output-Outcome Monitoring Framework 2020-21 has also been revised, said the circular. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysIn calender year 2019-20, government had to present two budgets due to national elections — an interim Budget in February and a general Budget on July 5 after formation of the government. Ceilings for all categories of expenditure, including Central Sector and Centrally Sponsored schemes will be discussed. Accordingly, the RE 2019-20 and BE 2020-21 for all categories of expenditure, and select schemes/projects specifically included in the MTEF Statements, may be indicated separately for Revenue and Capital expenditure, the notification said.
Kolkata: Two elderly persons, who were siblings, were suspected to have committed suicide between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning at Kishalaya School Road area in Garfa.According to sources, on Wednesday morning, around 11 am, a resident of a housing society called up Garfa police station and informed that occupants of one of the flat in the building identified as Partha Ganguly and Gautam Ganguly, aged between 60-65 years, are not responding. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter a while of receiving the information, a team from Garfa police station reached the housing located 10, Kishalaya School Road. Police personnel also knocked several times but nobody responded. Having no other alternatives, police broke the door and entered the flat. After entering the flat police were stunned as they saw Partha was hanging from ceiling fan of the hall room and Gautamis lying in a pool of blood on a bed inside an adjacent room. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter having a close look of the bodies, police found that Partha has two cut injuries on the veins of hands and one leg leading to considerable loss of blood. Also Gautam has cut injuries on the veins of his hand and legs. During search police found three blades with blood stains on those from the flat. Local residents informed police that the siblings had no way of earning. Often they used to sell their family assets to run their daily life. Also, they did not used to interact with locals. Since the past few years, they had almost stopped socialising. Locals suspect that the duo has committed suicide due to depression. Police suspect that Partha might had killed Gautam by cutting his veins and later he himself cut his veins. Later, Gautam hanged himself while he was bleeding from his hands and legs. As the nature of the siblings death were quite different, senior police officials were informed. They have also visited the spot and questioned the neighbours. During the search, the police found identification documents, doctor’s prescriptions, nylon rope, chair and blades from the flat. Though no complaint was received police are investigating the case seriously to find if there is any foul play. Investigators are trying to be sure that no third person has any connection with the two elder brother’s death.