Jamaicans fine-tune ahead of IAAF World Relays

first_imgNASSAU, The Bahamas Jamaica will stage its first full training session this afternoon at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium ahead of tomorrow’s start of the IAAF World Relays here.  The session is set to begin at 1 p.m. Jamaica time after the last batch of Jamaica’s contingent led by 2011 World 100m champion Yohan Blake arrived in The Bahamas last night. Also arriving along with Blake were Kemar Bailey-Cole, Warren Weir, Javon Francis, Jevaughn Minzie, Everton Clarke, Nickel Ashmeade, Oshane Bailey, Rasheed Dwyer, Nigel Ellis, Verone Chambers, Shericka Jackson and Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby. Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson was among the first set of Jamaican athletes to arrive for the two-day championships.    The Jamaicans, who will be defending the women’s 4x100m and the men’s 4x200m relay titles, which they won at the last staging of the event in 2015, will be contesting seven relays, including the new 4x400m mixed relays event. Jamaican finished second overall in the teams’ standings in 2015 behind champions the USA, who garnered 63 points to Jamaica’s 46, with Poland third with 34 points.last_img read more

Coach of England wins nation’s heart by being a nice guy

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Southgate’s compassion sparked a hashtag for the coach’s real and imagined acts of kindness such as “#GarethSouthgateWould stop and help you put the chain back on your bike even if he was all dressed in his waistcoat and late for the game.”Southgate became manager less than two years ago after the Football Association’s first choice was forced out after unguarded comments to undercover reporters. Since then he has quietly ushered out the last of the old stars and brought together a group of youngsters who modestly shrug off compliments and give kudos to their teammates.Perhaps more importantly, he recognized the contribution of the fans, something that had been eroded during the superstar era. After every game, Southgate and his players walk across the field to applaud the supporters who have traveled to Russia to cheer for the team.“We had lost a bit of connection,” Willis, a 57-year-old fan from Birmingham, said of past regimes. “That is now back. All the team and the back room applaud our input to the game.”That has also translated into huge support back home in football-mad England.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs BanKo-Perlas captures PVL bronze medal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding At least 20 million people, 38 percent of England’s population, watched Saturday’s victory over Sweden, according to figures from the BBC. Commentators say the actual number was much higher because so many people watched the game on huge screens in parks and shopping centers.London authorities are inviting 30,000 fans to the city’s Hyde Park for a screening of Wednesday’s semifinal against Croatia. Fearing demand will far exceed that, authorities stressed that only those with tickets should come to the park. Ticket services reported hundreds of people were trying to dump theater tickets for Wednesday because they had more pressing business elsewhere.Social media sites are urging fans to wear waistcoats — please don’t call them vests — to the office ahead of the big match — a “Waistcoat Wednesday” if you will. Marks & Spencer, the official tailor to the England team, says sales of the grandfatherly garments have doubled during the World Cup.Rio Ferdinand, one of the previous “golden generation” of players who is now a commentator for the BBC, has been leading the cheers for this year’s team, asking fans to post videos of their beer-throwing, chest-bearing, flag-waving celebrations after the win over Sweden.On Sunday, Ferdinand tweeted his own mea culpa for past failures, while also highlighting Southgate’s unique contribution.“Why weren’t the golden generation… the golden generation???” he tweeted. “We as players look at ourselves first…we never performed….but sometimes you have to be allowed to perform! Gareth is allowing this current @England to do this.”That’s paying off.Kane, who turns 25 later this month, has scored six goals in the tournament. Dele Alli, 22, came back from injury to score the team’s second goal against Sweden. Fabian Delph, 28, played the last 15 minutes of Saturday’s game after missing the previous game against Colombia because Southgate allowed him to go home for the birth of his third child.Southgate himself recognizes the contributions of everyone, from the physiotherapists to the players who push their teammates in practice but rarely get into a game, even to fans back home.“Our country has been through some difficult moments recently in terms of its unity, and I think sport has the power to do that and football, in particular, has the power to do that,” he said. “So for us, we can feel the energy and we can feel the support from home, and that’s, that’s a very special feeling. It’s a privilege.” 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 Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “He’s very much about a team spirit. It’s more about the collective — you can see it in the way he deals with the squad,” said Paul Willis, who was in the stands last Saturday in Samara, Russia, when England reached the semifinals with a 2-0 victory over Sweden. “We had superstars, but we didn’t have a team.”Southgate’s focus on teamwork and civility has made him an unlikely icon in a country that is deeply divided by bitter arguments over plans to leave the European Union and a widening gap between rich and poor. England Captain Harry Kane may be the tournament’s leading scorer, but fans are donning waistcoats and ties — even as the country enjoys an unusually hot summer — in homage to Southgate as pundits extol the 47-year-old coach’s calm leadership.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“He has shown us the value of courtesy, kindness, hard work and that most derided of virtues, niceness,” columnist India Knight wrote in the Sunday Times. “He has redefined not just how to be a manager, but how to be a man.”Southgate displayed his character after England’s July 3 victory over Colombia, offering a supportive hug to Colombian player Mateus Uribe after his miss in a penalty shootout helped England advance. The England coach understood Uribe’s agony, having missed a similar shot at the 1996 European championships. The moment of empathy also reminded the country how Southgate once lampooned his own failure with a Pizza Hut commercial in which he wore a bag over his head to shield his identity from angry fans.center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Barring that, it does help to have a snappy waistcoat.“Quite frankly, I don’t care what he wears,” Willis said. “He can wear a tutu if we carry on winning.” NVGRELATED STORIES:England football manager’s World Cup waistcoats just the right fit for London museumAfter so much humiliation, England a source of pride, unitySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ England head coach Gareth Southgate watches his players take part in a training session for the England team at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in the Spartak Zelenogorsk ground, Zelenogorsk near St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Image: AP Photo/Alastair GrantLONDON (AP) — In an age of tattoos, tongue piercings and tensions over Brexit, a soft-spoken man in a dark blue waistcoat and striped tie is uniting England amid dreams of victory in soccer’s World Cup.Coach Gareth Southgate is the buttoned-down leader of a new generation of players who speak softly and let their victories silence critics. And England supporters have found that refreshing after years of underperforming teams led by stars such as David Beckham, who became as much a celebrity as an athlete.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

PREVAIL Studies Gain Community Support

first_imgAmb. Juli Endee (right) explaining the PREVAIL studies along with SMC colleague, Joseph Boye-Cooper.The Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia (PREVAIL) has received high marks for its ongoing research program in Liberia. During Community Engagement and other Social Mobilization and Communication (SMC) activities carried out in October in Margibi, Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount and Bomi counties, residents and other stakeholders hailed the Liberia-US Clinical Research Partnership for taking time to visit their various communities to spread the “good news,” which includes the benefits of PREVAIL activities for national and global public health.In early October, PREVAIL announced in a press release the results of the PREVAIL 1 Vaccine Study as published in the New England Journal of Medicine. On October 26th, study Co-Principal Investigator Dr. Fatorma Bolay said in Monrovia that the results show that the two test vaccines, cAd3-EBOZ, and rVSV-ZEBOV, pose no major safety concerns and can produce immune responses within one month after vaccination that last for at least one year.Dr. Bolay noted that some participants who received the test vaccines had temporary mild to moderate side effects, including headaches, muscle pain, fever, and fatigue. These side effects varied from one person to another. But overall, no major safety concerns related to the vaccines were identified.Between February 2 and April 30, 2015, 1,500 men and women ages, 18 and older were enrolled into the study at Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town in Monrovia. People who enrolled in the study have no reported history of Ebola virus disease.Mr. Emmanuel Lassana, the first participant in the PREVAIL 1 Vaccine Study, sharing his experiences, said “I was the first to take the vaccine on February 2, 2015, at a time when there were a lot of misconceptions about the vaccine. But I took it anyhow to help Liberia develop the vaccines to cure the world.”Advocacy and Community Engagement activities focused on the ongoing follow-up Ebola Vaccine Study and the Genomics Study also took place in October across Montserrado, Margibi, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties. More than 1,500 community members and key stakeholders have been directly reached with information about these studies being conducted by PREVAIL.Communities visited included the Harmon Hill Community in Tubmanburg, Bomi County; Tire Shop Community at Redhill Field in Virginia just outside Monrovia; Wehn Town Community in Paynesville; Unification City in Margibi County; and Sinje in Grand Cape Mount County. The SMC Monitoring and Evaluation Lead, Dr. Khalipha Bility, is conducting surveys at these community events to find out how well the people understand and perceive the materials being presented about the studies.Harmon Hill is one of the communities that was badly affected by the Ebola outbreak, and news of the results of the first vaccine study was received with great excitement by the residents during another engagement meeting there.Elder Philip Swen said, “We lost about 30 persons in this community alone, so we are happy that the Liberian government and the American government are trying their best to find a vaccine for Ebola. We hope you people will keep up this awareness so that our sons and daughter will be encouraged to join the new vaccine study.”PREVAIL SMC Community Engagement Partner, Liberia Crusaders for Peace, has been spearheading the messages in October intended to garner public participation in the various studies including the current Ebola Vaccine and Genomic Studies.Meanwhile, the Principal Investigator of the Ebola Natural History Study, Dr. Mosoka Fallah, has underscored the crucial role of the media in scientific research. Dr. Fallah attributes the success so far of PREVAIL to the important role the media continues to play in taking the key messages to the people.He was speaking recently in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, during a one-day training workshop on health reporting for journalists in Western Liberia. The program brought together reporters from Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and host Bomi County.The ongoing Ebola Vaccine Study, (PREVAIL 5), is taking place at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, the venue of the first vaccine study conducted in 2015 and it is being jointly conducted by the PREVAC consortium in Liberia and Guinea under the auspices of the West African Regional Consortium.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US$1.4M Agriculture Program In Sight for Nimba

first_img“We believe that agriculture is the best way forward in this country and we are doing everything possible to get our people involved in agriculture,” Taa Wongbe (pictured) said.— Taa Wongbe disclosesOne of the sons of Nimba County, Taa Wongbe, has embarked on a US$1.4 agriculture project across Nimba County.In a press conference conducted in Ganta recently, Taa Wongbe disclosed plans to invest US$1.4 million to empower farmers in every aspect of agricultural sector in the county. He said the money will be used to empower local agriculture cooperatives, which have been set up by him across the county.“We believe that agriculture is the best way forward in this country and we are doing everything possible to get our people involved in agriculture,” he said.Mr. Taa Wongbe is one of those who has expressed interest in the mid-term senatorial election in 2020.He boasted of gaining ground through the agriculture initiative across Nimba and vowed to reach out to every citizen.“What we are concentrating on now is our staple food, including rice and cassava, among others,” he said, adding that they will be involved in every sector of agriculture including cattle, livestock and any area that could make the county self sufficient.“If we do agriculture as a business, as it is done in other countries, it will create avenue for jobs and better living,” he explained.Taa Wongbe is a member of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC), whose political leader is Mr. Alexander B. Cummings.“I have a friend in the Ivory Coast, who is a multi millionaire from agriculture,” Wongbe said. “So, if we apply the same here, by commercializing agriculture, it will make the country great in terms of food security,” he said.Ahead of the 2020 senatorial election, many sons of Nimba, including Rep. Jeremiah Koung, former Nimba Senator Adolphus Dolo, Taa Wongbe, Edith Weh and Superintendent Dorr Cooper are canvassing for the elected post.For Supt. Door Cooper, he is yet to make his position clear, though he has been described on social media as ‘incoming senator’, something, he has neither affirmed nor declined.Recently, Supt. Cooper told reporters that he had not decided to resign his post as superintendent of Nimba in line with Code of Conducts, because the National Election Commission is yet to declare the senatorial position vacant.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Russia lifts World Cup ban on German journalist

first_img0Shares0000“The Russian side has since informed us that @hajoseppelt can at least travel to the World Cup. Let’s continue to push for free reporting,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Twitter.BERLIN, Germany, May 15 – Russia has granted a football World Cup visa to the German journalist banned after he broke the story on Russia’s state-sponsored doping scandal, Berlin said Tuesday.“The Russian side has since informed us that @hajoseppelt can at least travel to the World Cup. Let’s continue to push for free reporting,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Twitter. German journalist Hajo Seppelt’s documentaries on doping among Russian athletes sparked a storm and ended up with Russia being banned from this winter’s Pyeongchang Olympic games.On Friday, it emerged that his application for a visa, submitted by public regional broadcaster SWR, was rejected as he was apparently on a persona non grata list in Russia.Moscow did not specify the reason but Seppelt himself said the “uncovering of the state doping system has had such great impact for Russia that it felt that it needed to take such measures”.News of the ban sparked an outcry in Germany, and Berlin on Monday called Moscow’s decision to ban Seppelt “wrong”.The German government also warned that it “puts Russia as a host in a bad light if the freedom of the press and of opinion is curtailed before the eyes of the world.”Earlier Tuesday, German Football Federation chief Reinhard Grindel said he had spoken with FIFA boss Gianni Infantino to take up the case personally with Russia.“I told him that I hoped that he would personally get in touch with the Russian government,” Grindel said.Russia was already a disputed choice when it was handed the World Cup in a closely-watched 2010 vote that has since been tainted by bribery charges.But the row over Seppelt’s visa had further roiled an already controversial tournament which kicks off in June.FIFA said on Monday that it had already approved Seppelt’s accreditation request to cover the World Cup.“Generally speaking, the freedom of the press is of paramount importance to FIFA and we always aim to provide media representatives with the best possible conditions for coverage of all FIFA events,” FIFA said in a statement.The dispute also came just days before German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, who in recent years has clashed repeatedly with Western leaders on a litany of issues including the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Inter accept two-match San Siro closure for racist chants

first_img0Shares0000Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi (L) comforts Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly amid racist chanting at the San Siro © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Jan 9 – Inter Milan will not appeal their two-match stadium closure imposed after racist chanting directed towards Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, the Serie A club confirmed on Tuesday.Inter were ordered to play two domestic matches behind closed doors for the abuse of Koulibaly during their Serie A clash on December 26. The club said they would not appeal the Lega Serie A decision, and have asked the Italian football federation if they can invite local schoolchildren to the match against Sassuolo on January 19.The stadium will be closed for Sunday’s Italian Cup tie against Benevento.Koulibaly was subjected to monkey noises from the crowd several times during Inter’s 1-0 win, leading Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti to ask for the match to be halted three times, without success.There were also violent clashes before the game during which an Inter supporter was killed after being hit by a car.Inter will also have to play another game with their North Stand closed.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

NASCAR sends out revised S.W. Series schedule

first_imgNASCAR released a revised Elite Division Southwest Series schedule with eight races at seven tracks. The NASCAR Southwest Series opened at Phoenix International Raceway with Matt Crafton winning the Copper World Classic on Jan. 22. The next race will be at Shasta Raceway Park in Anderson, Calif., on May 13. NASCAR announced in December that this year will be the last year of Elite Division competition. There are four Elite Divisions, split up nationally by geographic region. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Locally, M.K. Kanke of Frazier Park, Bob Lyon of Agua Dulce and Greg Pursley of Canyon Country race regularly on the Southwest Series. Kanke is the series money leader, has won the most career poles and is second on the career victories list. The Southwest Series makes one visit to Irwindale Speedway on June 17. The season ends Nov. 9 at Phoenix International Raceway. There will be two races that will be combined events with the NASCAR Elite Division, Midwest Series: the June 3 and Aug. 19 races at Colorado National Speedway in Erie, Colo. Crafton, a regular on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and Ken Schrader, a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver, finished 1-2 in the Southwest Series season opener. Off-road racing: The California City Supercourse Desert Gran Prix Series announced a six-race schedule for 2006. The series will start Feb. 18 on a 14.8-mile course in California City. The series is AMA-sanctioned and open to motorcycle and ATV riders with active AMA memberships. The season is scheduled to end Dec. 16. To register for the race or get more information on the series, go to bpmotorsports.net. NASCAR Busch Series: Ron Hornaday Jr. will drive a limited number of NASCAR Busch Series races for Kevin Harvick Inc. in 2006. Four drivers will be splitting driving duties in the No. 33 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for KHI. Ron Fellows, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart are slated to be the other drivers of the car. Hornaday will make his first Busch Series start for KHI on March 25 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. “I have worked for Dale Earnhardt, I have worked for Richard Childress Racing and Kevin has applied a little bit of all of it,” said Hornaday, a former Saugus Speedway champ from Palmdale, on the team’s Web site. “As fast as Kevin has grown his organization in the last couple of years, he will be a premier team in our business.” Stewart, the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, will start the season for KHI on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway. Harvick will be in the No. 33 Chevy for the Busch Series race at California Speedway on Feb. 25. Hornaday is tabbed to do 14 races in the Busch Series for KHI. He is also running the full NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for KHI in the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado. Tim Haddock covers motor sports for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3715 or timothy.haddock@dailynews.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


first_imgRun all NightAn aging hit-man is forced to take on his brutal former boss to protect his estranged son and his family.Released 13th Mar: Certificate 15A: Run Time 114mins Suite FrancaiseDuring the early years of German occupation of France, romance blooms between Lucile Angellier, a French villager and Bruno von Falk, a German soldier.Released 13th Mar: Certificate 15A: Run Time 107minsHome When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own.Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human.Playing Sat 14th –Tues 17th March: Certificate G: Run Time 93minsMothers Day Vouchers now on sale – €10 / £8.80Includes admission to film with a med drink & med popcorn why not treat your mum to a visit to the cinema. Eclipse Classics23rd March – Mrs Doubtfire (1993)ECLISPE CINEMAS BRINGING BACK THE CLASSIC FILM MRS DOUBTFIRE FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY was last modified: March 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Eclipse CinemasEntertainmentFeaturesMrs DoubtfireNoticeslast_img read more

Watch: Donegal man’s amazing ten minute film of Loch Ness Monster baffles experts

first_imgA “remarkable, feature film length” video of the Loch Ness Monster has been shot by a Nessie watcher from Donegal.Hospital clerical worker Eoin O’Faodhagain took a ten minute video from the Loch Ness webcam.The creature moves from right to left and as it swam towards Urquhart Bay – a favourite haunt of Nessie – and is seen diving and surfacing with water splashes. The sighting – the second record accepted this year by the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register – comes only days before DNA sampling is to be used to discover previously unrecorded organisms in Loch Ness.Mr O’Faodhagain, 53, from Castlefin, said he had watched the Nessie webcam for many years.“I just click in now and then for 20 minutes – it’s better than watching Coronation Street,” Mr O’Faodhagain told the Press and Journal newspaper. “I seen a couple of things over the years but they have been explained as a boat or something else.”But it was on April 30, that Mr O’Faodhagain had “a terrific shock.”“I couldn’t believe my eyes. I just started recording it on my phone. I just followed it. It was very unusual, it was certainly something big – it dived down and up again and dived and disappeared. It was not a boat and not a log. I would say it was Nessie.“I believe in Nessie but not as a plesiosaur – but as something that has evolved in Loch Ness over thousands of years.”Mr O’Faodhagain has been to Loch Ness four times as part of Highland holidays and in July 1987 also had a momentary unexplained sighting.“But nothing like this – it was just incredible,” he said. Gary Campbell, Keeper of the Official Register of Sightings at Loch Ness, said:”As far as Nessie footage goes this is a feature film. Normally you only get videos of one of two seconds. It is remarkable in its length and again shows the increased sightings of Nessie from the internet.“Clearly it is something that dives in and out of the surface with water splashes and reflections. It is unexplained. The object would be no larger than 20ft. There is something there on the video that is clearly moving.”Sightings of the Loch Ness Monster set new global records last year.Nessie’s 11 accepted sightings in 2017 were the highest this century. Watch: Donegal man’s amazing ten minute film of Loch Ness Monster baffles experts was last modified: June 6th, 2018 by StephenShare 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:donegalLoch NessMonsterlast_img read more

South Africa calls for more trade with China

first_img16 July 2015South Africa would like to see more local companies expand into China. More than 60 South African companies had travelled to China in 2014 to engage with the country and collaborate on joint opportunities, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said yesterday.“South African companies are focusing their efforts on emerging economies for new opportunities, and access to the Chinese market is at the heart of their strategy,” he said, speaking at the China-South Africa Business Forum held in Beijing, China, on 15 July.“The recent expansion of Distell, a South Africa wine distributor, into China creates an opportunity to accelerate the excellent progress achieved so far, and build on its existing presence into this lucrative market.“We would like to see more South African companies expand into China and the South African expos in China provided a good platform to achieve this objective,” Ramaphosa said.Value-added exportsHe commended the commitment made by China to re-balance the nature of Africa’s burgeoning trade ties with China so that these would be sustainable over the long term.South Africa and Africa had to ensure structural transformation of their trade with China, to enable China to import more value-added and labour intensive products, and to move away from their dependence on raw materials exports.“The expos proved that South Africa was not just about resources, and that we have many products and services to offer by way of value-added, labour intensive and technologically advanced products,” Ramaphosa said.“We are encouraged by the prospect that Chinese enterprises are increasing their investment in the South African manufacturing industries, in order to promote beneficiation of minerals at source.”Local beneficiationThe recent announcement of Chinese financing for local beneficiation through the development of a metallurgical complex in Musina, was part of a new trend aimed at employment generating investment for South Africans.He said this seemed to be echoed in the expansion of Hisense and the FAW automotive manufacturing plants, discussions for the revival of the Coega Industrial Development Zone and even a prospective mixed-use residential, retail and light- industry facility east of Johannesburg.“For South Africa, the hosting of the sixth Forum for China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) in 2015 promises to be a major event on the diplomatic calendar. The FOCAC process, which is a tri-annual meeting and now formally includes the African Union, provides an opportunity for leaders to highlight the areas of co-operation and growth in China’s relationship with Africa.”South Africa also saw China as a vehicle to drive the African agenda of continental growth and development. South Africa chaired the African Union Commission, he said, and it was committed to initiatives that grew the African continent and improved intra-African trade.“China has consistently doubled its financing commitment to Africa during the past three FOCAC meetings – from $5-billion [about R62-billion] in 2006 to $10-billion in 2009 and $20-billion in 2012. The announcement that China would finance and construct a railway link between Nairobi and the port of Mombasa, with possibility of extended routes to Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and South Sudan, is seen in this light.”Investment invitationRamaphosa invited the Chinese business community to invest in South Africa, especially in the special economic zones focused on the 10 investment projects on which the respective governments had agreed.“Both of our governments have agreed that we need to change the structure of trade away from commodity-based trade, to trade in more value-added products emanating from South Africa. To this end we have presented the Chinese government with a list of 10 value-added products which we would like to see incorporated into your supply chains.“We have already benefitted from skills and technology transfer and would like to encourage the Chinese government to continue to support us, as we work towards closing our skills gap,” he said.China was a 21st century partner for development and a unique catalyst for growth on the African continent. He said South Africa would like to partner with China to ensure that the economic engagement was mutually beneficial, continued to lead to infrastructure development, greater economic participation and the greater good of both countries.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more