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South Africa Nigeria Investment Conference

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgSouth Africa and Nigeria, the biggest economies on the continent, have both concluded elections and governments in both countries are, with a renewed mandate, looking at the road ahead.Despite their size and potential, the nations are in low-growth trajectories currently, with GDP in Nigeria expected to be 2.1% according to the IMF, which puts South Africa’s growth at a likely 1.2% this year, down from its original forecast of 1.4%.But while these two African giants may be growing at well below their potential, they remain pivotal states in the continental firmament.According to Brand South Africa, the total African GDP/economic output in 2017/18 was $2,175bn. Of this, South Africa’s output was $295bn and Nigeria’s $405bn. It Egypt’s GDP output of $332bn is added, these three countries contribute nearly 50 percent to Africa’s total economic output.For this reason, it is imperative for Africa’s leading economies to find new and inspiring ways of supporting, enhancing, and deepening trade and investment, and building business partnerships to underpin greater African integration and human development.The relationship between the countries has been complex and dogged by issues on both sides but there is always an opportunity to address these challenges and build a vital relationship to the benefit of both countries.In this regard, the South Africa-Nigeria Business Chamber hosted the South Africa-Nigeria Investment Conference yesterday on 24 June 2019 as part of its mandate to build bridges between the two countries. The event enabled discussions on a range of issues related to trade, investment and business requirements, with a specific focus on the Nigerian market.Nigeria remains a key export destination for South Africa, which exported goods valued at R6.4bn in 2016 while Nigerian exports to South Africa totalled R30.4bn. In 2017, South African exports were valued at R5.7bn against R22.8bn imports from Nigeria, which is a major supplier of crude oil to Pretoria.The keynote speaker was top Nigerian economist and analyst Dr Doyin Salami with the line up at the one-day event having included Ralph Mupita, CFO of the biggest South African investor in Nigeria – MTN, Sola Adegbesan from Standard Bank, Celeste Fauconnier from Rand Merchant Bank, Nick Ndurito from Allan Gray, Sifiso Nzimande from Transnet, Margaret Dawes from Sanlam Pan African and Alan Mukoki from SACCI.Nigerian speakers also included Yewande Sadiku, CEO of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, property expert Bode Adediji, Ebele Eunwa who is rolling out a chain of supermarkets in Nigeria and Omosalwea Adeyemi from one of the fastest-growing fintech companies globally, Flutterwave.last_img read more

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Not in my name!

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first_imgBy Yvonne Fontyn19 August 2013Brothers for Life is holding its Not in my Name rally this Saturday (24 August) at the Johannesburg Stadium in Doornfontein. The organisation invites the men of South Africa to join it in a declaration to  end violence against women and children.There will be men’s health and counselling services available at the event, as well as some good entertainment, including Hotstix Mabuse, Professor and DJ Sbu.Go to www.brothersforlife.org for more information – and be there! Contact info:Rodgers Baloyi012 366 9300orMbulelo Dyasi011 339 3589last_img read more

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Spin All You Like, Tablets Are NOT PCs, Dammit

By on December 15, 2019

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… brian proffitt A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts When is a tablet a PC? Apparently when it can garner a catchy hook for a desktop survey from yet-another analyst firm. In this case, Canalys is making the claim that, if you count iPads and other tablets as PCs, then suddenly a market that looked to be in decline is suddenly as rosy as, well, an apple.It really is a tale of two analysts: according to the Gartner 4Q global PC report that came out last month, shipments of PCs, which Gartner describes as the desktops and laptops with which we’re usually familiar, went down 4.9% in the last quarter of 2012.And tablets, Gartner said, were a big reason for the decline.“Whereas as once we imagined a world in which individual users would have both a PC and a tablet as personal devices, we increasingly suspect that most individuals will shift consumption activity to a personal tablet, and perform creative and administrative tasks on a shared PC,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “There will be some individuals who retain both, but we believe they will be exception and not the norm. Therefore, we hypothesize that buyers will not replace secondary PCs in the household, instead allowing them to age out and shifting consumption to a tablet.”Kitagawa’s perception reflects what a lot of us are seeing in our own homes: instead of replacing family member’s PCs with another PC device, many people are opting to be multi-tablet families instead.Hold On, Pessimists!But if you take the alternate world view that iPads are, under the strictest definition, personal computing devices and therefore are “PCs,” the picture is far less bleak. In this Spock-with-a-beard-alternate universe, where tablets are PCs, Canalys reports, “[w]orldwide PC shipments increased 12% year-on-year in Q4 2012 to reach 134.0 million units, with pads accounting for over a third.”Oh, and don’t forget the grabber headline: One in six PCs shipped in 2012 4Q was an iPad.You might, given my choice of words, that I hold the Canalys report in somewhat lower regard than the Gartner report.If so, you’d be correct.While “personal computing device” is a broad enough term that I could see it including tablets and even smartphones, the simple fact is that lumping tablets in with PCs doesn’t really make sense.The two are fundamentally different. Unlike PCs, tablets are hardly configurable, barely expandable and to date it’s been hard to actually consider them even adequate platforms for productivity applications or creation of data and content.This is not to say the Canalys report is completely without useful information. Buried deep in the release about the report was this piece of news:“Despite record shipments, Q4 saw Apple’s pad share dip to 49%, becoming the first quarter it has not controlled over half the market. ‘Apple timed the launch of the iPad mini well,’ said Pin-Chen Tang, Canalys Research Analyst. ‘Its success proves there is a clear demand for pads with smaller screens at a more affordable price. Without the launch, Apple would surely have lost more ground to its competitors.’”If accurate, this would mark the first quarter that Apple’s vaunted iPad did not hit 50% market share. The Canalys news did not specify the tablets to which the iPad product line was losing ground, but it did note that Samsung shipped 7.9 million tablets in Q4, a 226% increase for the South Korean company. Android-based tablets, Canalys reported, accounted for 46% of tablets shipped in 4Q 2012.Small Is The New LargeThe upshot here isn’t so much that the iPad is losing ground to the Android tablets, but rather that low-cost smaller form-factor devices are garnering a lot more sales these days. If Apple hadn’t kicked off its own entry in this niche, it would have had some serious problems.If anything, the popularity of the smaller tablet devices proves the point against calling these devices PCs. You can make a good case that larger tablets can better be used as work/production devices, but there’s no way anyone could classify an iPad Mini or Kindle Fire as something with which you could get much real work done.For simplicity’s sake, it makes a lot more sense to keep PCs and tablets in separate market categories, because that’s how customers see them: separate devices with their own distinct uses.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img Tags:#tablets Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Cannes Film Festival: Deepika Padukone’s super-short pink dress will take away your blues

By on November 19, 2019

first_imgThe city of Cannes woke up to Deepika Padukone’s shimmering, sun-like-yellow ensemble today, and now the stunning star is welcoming the dusk in her splendid rogue-pink attire.The beautiful actress who is all braced up for her second day at Cannes Film Festival chose to keep it casual and vivacious for the press interaction sessions.Deepika’s sleevless, shift dress is the classic example of casual-yet-hot styling without trying too hard.Picture courtesy: Twitter/LOrealParisIn Also Read: Deepika Padukone shines bright like a diamond on her 2nd day at Cannes Film Festival Deepika who is known for her magnificent collection of quirky stilettos, teamed up a pair of yet another multi-coloured, studded shoes.The flattering outfit was jazzed up by her vibrant tie-ups, and she pulled it off with her innate charm–totally justifying the crazy love she is being showered with.Also Read: Not sure if you’ve noticed, but Deepika Padukone’s shoes are making our eyes popPicture courtesy: Twitter/LOrealParisIn Deepika sported the same hairdo as she had with her yellow dress, and honestly, it just looks too perfect to be true. Earlier this morning, the actress  was seen relaxing in her bathrobe while munching on some delicious croissants.Picture courtesy: Twitter/LOrealParisIn From her first appearance in a red, frilly outfit at on the first day at Cannes followed by the elegant mauve dress to her majestic appearance in a sheer wine-gown at the red carpet–Deepika is setting some serious dressing parameters there.advertisementAlso Read: Deepika Padukone’s sultry, bold look for the Cannes red carpet is a total winner   The world is going gaga over this diva’s flawless looks, and we can’t just help but wait with bated breath for what’s about to follow.last_img read more

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Judge allows details on affairs at US Rep Duncan Hunters trial

By on September 17, 2019

first_img July 1, 2019 AP, Ed Lenderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A federal judge ruled Monday that prosecutors can introduce evidence of Rep. Duncan D. Hunter’s alleged extramarital affairs in a case in which the Republican congressman is charged with misusing more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses.U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan said prosecutors can submit evidence alleging that Hunter, R-Alpine, used campaign funds to maintain multiple extramarital affairs. The allegation was raised in a motion filed last week by federal prosecutors. Hunter’s attorneys argued the evidence would be prejudicial and bias the jury against the congressman.Whelan did not immediately rule on Hunter’s request for dismissal of the case, with the congressman alleging political bias by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Hunter filed a motion last week claiming that U.S. Attorneys Alana Robinson and Emily Allen, who are prosecuting the case, are biased against him – – noting that they attended a 2015 presidential campaign fundraiser in La Jolla for then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.While Hunter declined to comment, his father — former longtime Rep. Duncan L. Hunter — suggested the U.S. Department of Justice should investigate the conduct of Robinson and Allen for violating the Hatch Act, which prevents federal employees from using taxpayer dollars for political or electoral purposes.According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Robinson and Allen were at the fundraiser on official business. The elder Hunter argued that a Secret Service email, obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request, shows that’s not the case.“We have the email that came from the Secret Service that came with the FOIA request and the Secret Service email plainly says that they actually came to get a photo opp with their candidate, Hillary Clinton,” he said. “That’s a violation of the Hatch Act. That taints this entire investigation and this entire indictment and so there should be an investigation and we hope that it takes place.”In addition to allegedly using campaign funds for affairs, Hunter, who represents the state’s 50th Congressional District, is accused of using campaign funds to pay for expenses like hotel rooms, vacations and theater tickets.Hunter has repeatedly maintained his innocence and the insistence that he is being smeared despite his wife, Margaret Hunter, pleading guilty earlier this month to using campaign funds for personal expenses. Margaret Hunter also agreed to work with prosecutors on the case and could eventually testify against her husband.If convicted, Margaret Hunter faces up to five years in federal custody and fines of up to $250,000.Hunter’s case is expected to go to trial in September. He faces multiple charges including wire fraud, conspiracy and falsifying records.Hunter was re-elected last November with 51.7% of the vote in his district despite being indicted three months before the election. He was first elected in 2008, succeeding his father, who held the congressional seat for 28 years. Posted: July 1, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Duncan D. Hunter FacebookTwittercenter_img Updated: 4:24 PM Judge allows details on affairs at U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter’s trial AP, Ed Lenderman, last_img read more

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Mango mania Bengal reaps first harvest of Alphonso from Paschimanchal

By on August 31, 2019

first_imgKolkata: The Red and Laterite Zone of Paschimanchal area of Bengal has emerged as a good quality Alphonso producer in the country, after Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra.For the first time in Bengal, a sizeable amount of good quality Alphonso mango has been harvested this year. Alphonso mango is famous worldwide due to its quality and Ratnagiri district is the sole producer of this specific variety of mango, which has immense scope for export. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThree thousand Alphonso saplings have been brought from Dr Balasaheb Konkan Krishi Vidyapith Agriculture University situated at Dapoli in Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra, to maintain genuineness of the variety and three orchards have been set up in Khatra sub-division of Bankura district. The first commercial harvest has been done this year. Five thousand saplings had been procured in 2017 and planted in Purulia and Jhargram districts, with the aim to make the region one of the Alphonso hubs of the country, through the Paschimanchal Unnayan Affairs department. It has been seen in the orchards that more care is needed to nurture the variety, than conventional mango varieties of the region like Amrapali and Mallika. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAlphonso mangoes from Bankura have been analysed in the laboratory at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya and Scientists have compared the Alphonso of the Red and Laterite belt of Bengal to that of Ratnagiri. They reported that Alphonso of Bankura have an average 200 gm fruit weight, TSS-200 Brix, 16.00 percent total sugar, 12.6 percent reducing sugar, 0.42 fruit acidity and 78 mg vitamin C per 100 grams of mango pulp, as compared to 195 gm fruit weight, 21.80Brix TSS, 17.5 percent total sugar, 13.5 percent reducing sugar, 0.45 fruit acidity and 106 mg vitamin C in Ratnagiri Alphonso. Prof Sisir Mitra and Prof. Bikash Ghosh of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, who visited the Alphonso sites several times, are excited to see the colour development and quality of the Alphonso mangoes in the region. They are very positive about making the region into an Alphonso hub and said that colour development is far better than Ratnagiri, while quality is almost similar. “If we go for extensive cultivation of genuine Alphonso in this region, export can be done from Bengal as well,” they said.last_img read more

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Go Khadi this Independence Day

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first_imgAmong the multifarious celebrations, all KVIC’s ‘Khadi India’ departmental sales outlets and non-departmental sales outlets shall deck up in the colour of Independence Day. Inside the sales outlet, one corner/shelf(s) shall be organized to reflect Independence Day related products like the National flag, pocket flag etc.The customers shall also have privilege to buy Independence Day series wherein tri-colour soap gift pack, Agarbatti pack and limited range of readymade garments depicting Independence Day essence shall be displayed for sale. Upto 70% discount on clearance sale of Khadi clothes shall be introduced on Independence Day in the flagship ‘Khadi India’ sales outlet at Regal Building, Connaught Place, New Delhi.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA display board shall be affixed on the exterior wall of Khadi India sales outlet. There will also be prominent display and sale of Khadi National Flag.  All the customers visiting ‘Khadi India’ sales outlet shall be welcomed with garland (Gundi) made of hand-spun Khadi yarn. Customers buying Khadi and V I products on the Independence Day shall be given complimentary tri-colour gift items. Tri-colour ‘Khadi Rakhi’ in the Departmental Sales Outlets will also be launched on that day.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn addition to this  all the offices of KVIC  shall celebrate its entrance in tri-colour with Independence Day wishes/ slogans. The  employees of KVIC will be wearing Khadi cloths and shall also display the stickers with the message “I Love Khadi” in English and “Mein Khadi Premi Hoon” in Hindi.The Khadi Institutions will be requested to celebrate Independence Day on August 15 with decoration on the main entrance. They will also be requested to honour their old spinners and weavers on the Independence day with tri-colour clothes or gifts.last_img read more

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