Victor Moses ‘will complete £9m move to Chelsea’

first_imgWigan star Victor Moses is set to join Chelsea for £9m, the Daily Mirror say.It is claimed that Latics chairman Dave Whelan has agreed to a deal worth less than the £10m he insisted it would take to prise the former Crystal Palace forward away from Wigan.Moses is now tipped to discuss personal terms and complete his move to Stamford Bridge.The Mirror also say Chelsea plan make-or-break talks with Marseille on Monday to try to land Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta – and that QPR’s Joey Barton is on the verge of a season-long loan move to Blackpool.It is claimed Barton is open to the idea of joining the Tangerines and that Blackpool are keen to sign him in order to get one over their neighbours Fleetwood Town.Barton, who is banned for the first 12 matches of the season, has been training with Fleetwood and it has been suggested that he could join them on loan.This page is regularly updated.See also:Saints confident of seeing off Chelsea’s interest in youngster – reportFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

No white flag in sight: Beede takes turn in spotlight, leads Giants to another series win

first_imgMILWAUKEE — After being swept at Coors Field last September, the Giants arrived at Miller Park in Milwaukee near the end of the 2018 season as an exhausted, depleted and overmatched bunch.The club had lost Buster Posey, Johnny Cueto and Pablo Sandoval to season-ending injuries and had recently traded Andrew McCutchen in a deal that signaled an unofficial waving of a white flag.The only flag the 2019 Giants have seen in the past few weeks is a green one that’s giving them the go-ahead to climb …last_img

SA increases R&D spending

first_img1 June 2007South Africa’s spending on research and development (R&D) has increased by about R4.5-billion over the last five years, an indicator of the growing competitiveness of the country’s economy.Delivering his department’s budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town last week, Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena said the country’s target of spending 1% of gross domestic product (GDP) on R&D by 2008/09 was now “well within sights.”According to the latest Human Sciences Research Council survey of R&D spending, SA businesses, universities, science councils, government research institutes and non-governmental organisations spent R14-billion, or 0.91% of GDP, on R&D in 2005/06.This was up from R12-billion, or 0.87% of GDP, in 2004/05, Mangena said.Over the same period, the private sector’s share of R&D activity rose from 56% to 59%. “As our business sector engages in innovation and R&D, their returns contribute to economic growth,” the minister said. “We are delighted with this trend.”SA firms score for innovationEarlier this year, the Human Sciences Research Council released the results of the first official South African Innovation Survey – modelled on the survey used in all European Union countries in 2005/06 – showing that more than half of SA’s companies engaged in the development of new products and processes between 2002 and 2004.“Our rate of innovation is well above that of the European average of 42% for 2004,” Mangena told Parliament last week.According to the survey, SA companies spent in the region of R27.8-billion on innovative activities in 2004, representing about 2.4% of the total turnover of all business covered in the industrial and service sectors.While the bulk of this expenditure was devoted to the acquisition of new machinery, equipment and software, in-house research and development (R&D) expenditure accounted for about 20% of total innovation expenditure.“In addition, some 10% of successful innovators in industry received public funding for innovation activities,” Mangena said. “That shows that the funding programmes of government are having a penetrating effect in the private sector.”R&D incentivesThe Department of Science and Technology also worked with the National Treasury and SA Revenue Service over the past year to introduce enhanced tax incentives for R&D.“I must, however, report a concern that few business leaders appear to be aware of the new incentives,” Mangena said. “We urge businesses to carefully examine their production processes, correctly identify their R&D activities, and increase their investments further.”Mangena reported that the lion’s share of the department’s budget over for 2007 through 2009 – about R323-million – would go to developing South Africa’s human resources in science, engineering and technology.The department has also allocated R178-million to provide modern research facilities and infrastructure for the country’s research community.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

BRICS on track to set up development bank

first_img18 November 2014 President Jacob Zuma flanked by international relations minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and finance minister Nhlanhla Nene during the informal BRICS meeting. (Image: GCIS)An interim board of directors has been set up by BRICS to lead the next phase to establish the National Development Bank (NDB), an institution similar to the International Monetary Fund that will support the five emerging national economies.This was announced by BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) during an informal meeting on the first day of the G20 Leaders’ Summit held in Brisbane, Australia from 15 to 16 November, according to a statement from the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).Appointment of NDB presidentThe leaders of BRICS also recommended their finance ministers to appoint an NDB president and vice-president well in advance of the next BRICS Summit to be held in the Russian city of Ufa in 2015.The bank, which will be headquartered in Shanghai, China, will focus on BRICS infrastructure projects, but will be also open to new members from the United Nations. Each BRICS country will contribute US$2-billion to the bank’s funds from their budgets over the next seven years. The bank’s authorized capital will be set at US$100 billion.BRICS cooperation at new levelBRICS leaders underscored that the signing of the agreements establishing the NDB and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) brought BRICS cooperation “to a fundamentally new level with the creation of instruments to contribute to the stability of the international financial system’, according to DIRCO.“The Leaders asked their Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors to ensure that, by the next BRICS Summit, the CRA Working Group concludes the procedural rules and operational guidelines of the Governing Council and the Standing Committee of the CRA. They also asked their Central Bank Governors to ensure that the Inter-Central Bank Agreement foreseen in the CRA be concluded by the Summit in Russia.’On the G20 Leaders’ Summit, BRICS leaders discussed some of the issues on the agenda, which include measures to promote growth and job creation; investment and infrastructure; trade; and cooperation on tax matters.Global economySix years after the international financial crisis, BRICS leaders noted that a full recovery is yet to be experienced by member countries. However, emerging market economies have been contributing to global economic activity by sustaining high growth rates, despite adverse circumstances and spill-overs from policies of major advanced economies, especially monetary policies.“The Leaders noted the G20 efforts, but underscored that more needs to be done to support global demand in the short-run, especially by advanced economies, and to promote an increase in investment and long-run growth potential. They underscored that investment and economic reforms are critically important to boosting demand and lifting long-term growth. Emerging market economies remain in general well prepared to face external shocks,’ said DIRCO.The BRICS leaders also noted their concern at the non-implementation of the 2010 International Monetary Fund reforms, and its impact on the Fund’s legitimacy and credibility. They said in the event that the United States fails to ratify the 2010 reforms by the end of 2014, they called on the G20 to schedule a discussion of the options for next steps that the IMF has committed to present in January 2015.EbolaThe Ebola epidemic is of concern and has severe economic and social impact, the BRICS leaders noted. They also expressed their commitment to work with the international community in the response to this epidemic and supported efforts made by the United Nations and its agencies, including the World Health Organization, as well as other institutions.In addition, BRICS leaders reaffirmed their commitment to reinforce full-fledged intra-BRICS cooperation as agreed at the Fortaleza Summit in Brazil earlier this year. They said they look forward to the formulation of a long-term economic cooperation framework to forge closer BRICS partnership.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Cattlemen’s Youth Hold 5th Annual Celebrity Showdown to benefit Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana.

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST Program for youth ages 8 to 21 years hosted the BEST Celebrity Showdown at the Clark County Cattle Battle to benefit Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana. The event, in its fifth year, was held on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at the Champions Center in Springfield. The Clark County Cattle Producers, an OCA County Affiliate, assisted in coordinating the event.Youth who raised a minimum of $100 participated in this year’s community service project, dressed up their cattle and presented them to the celebrity judge, WHIO Television’s Gabrielle Enright, news anchor and reporter. Through donations from family, friends, the community and members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, youth participating in the Celebrity Showdown raised over $5,000. Additionally, a silent auction was held with numerous items selling to generous supporters that raised an additional $6,000 for Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The goal is to raise $16,000 to help grant the wishes of local children battling life-threatening medical conditions. In the past five years, BEST participants raised more than $70,000 for Make-A-Wish.Incentive prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers at the OCA BEST Program Awards Banquet on May 6, 2017. Donations to Make-A-Wish will continue to be accepted after the Celebrity Showdown until the BEST Banquet.The BEST Celebrity Showdown at the Clark County Cattle Battle is a part of the Kids For Wish Kids program. It gives students the opportunity to help make wishes come true. Students develop fundraising ideas under the supervision of a teacher, principal or club advisor and help share the power of a wish.Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. For more information, visit our website at ohio.wish.org or call 1-877-206-9474.last_img read more

Haryana Cong. cycle yatra to resume from May 31

first_imgSetting the tone for the campaign ahead of the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in 2019, Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar on Tuesday said the second phase of the party’s bicycle campaign would start from May 31.“We will start ‘Haryana Bachao, Parivartan Lao’ cycle yatra from Chautala in Sirsa district on May 31. During the campaign, we will expose the anti-people policies of the BJP government at the Centre and in Haryana,” said Mr. Tanwar, who will lead the campaign, covering more than 350 km, passing through 200 villages of five Assembly constituencies.He said during the campaign ‘misdeeds’ of the BJP governments will be exposed. “The BJP has failed to fulfil any of its promises. We will expose the party on issues such as unemployment, price rise, corruption and deteriorating law and order. Besides the BJP’s attempt to divide the cohesive social fabric of the State will also be taken to the public,” said Mr. Tanwar.‘Will expose INLD also’The Congress leader said the party will also expose the Indian National Lok Dal which has been misleading the people of Haryana on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal issue. “The INLD has been playing like the ‘B’ team of the BJP,” he alleged.“The BJP has completely failed to honour its pre-poll promises to youth, farmers and all sections of the society. With this campaign, we will seal the victory for the Congress,” he added.last_img read more