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first_img Tagged with: Funding Advertisement  102 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8  101 total views,  1 views today The Heart of England Community Foundation is calling for more support for charities after its latest funding round was inundated with applications.The Foundation awarded £162,076 to 20 organisations through the Tampon Tax Community Fund, but received a total of 99 applications amounting to £863,025, meaning the fund was over-subscribed by more than £700,000.The charity, which awards funding to projects across the West Midlands, is urging more potential donors to come forward to offer their support. Businesses, organisations and individuals are being asked to contact the Foundation to find out more about how they can make a difference in their communities by starting a fund, setting up a legacy or making a donation.Tina Costello (centre picture), CEO of the Heart of England Community Foundation, said:“It is fantastic that we have been able to distribute so much money to grassroots organisations supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society, however there is still more to be done.“So many of our funds are hugely oversubscribed, and it’s extremely difficult to see such a large number of projects missing out on vital grants due to the demand outweighing the supply.“We are now appealing to any potential donors who would like to make a difference to get in touch.“We have the knowledge to help anyone looking to maximise their Corporate Social Responsibility, and together we can do more to support the groups and organisations that are making a difference to communities across the West Midlands.”Anyone wishing to find out more about becoming a donor can visit the Foundation’s site, contact 02476 883297 or email [email protected] AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Melanie May | 14 March 2019 | News Foundation calls for action after funding round swamped by applications About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

first_img Read Full Story The Harvard Art Museums have announced a gift of nearly 50 works by major figures in postwar German art from the collector Dorette Hildebrand-Staab, a member of the German Friends of the Busch-Reisinger Museum.The works include drawings by such notable artists as Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Antonius Höckelmann, Jörg Immendorff, Imi Knoebel, Sigmar Polke, and Eugen Schönebeck, as well as a suite of prints and multiples by these and other artists such as Hanne Darboven, A. R. Penck, and Dieter Roth. Dating roughly from the 1950s to 1980s, these works were made when many of these now-renowned artists were students. In addition to the postwar works, a selection of late 18th- to early 19th-century etchings by German printmaker Carl Wilhelm Kolbe are also part of the gift.“Dr. Hildebrand-Staab often purchased works directly from artists — Baselitz in particular, whose work she first saw in 1965,” said Lynette Roth, the Daimler Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum and Head of the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art. “Her gift thus offers evidence of a collecting practice around many of these artists as they emerged in Germany in the 1960s, long before they became known to American audiences in the early 1980s through New York gallery shows and museum exhibitions.”Born largely during World War II and coming of age in the 1960s, the artists represented in the gift were among the first to deal directly with their country’s fascist past. They did so often via provocative, perverse, or humorous subject matter. In 1961/62, for example, Baselitz and Schönebeck collaborated on their “Pandemonium Manifestos,” lurid surrealist tracts that, like their imagery at that time, criticized German postwar society for suppressing the horrors of the Nazi period and the Holocaust.According to Hildebrand-Staab, the gift is offered as a “bridge between the United States and Germany, in gratitude for American support of the country after 1945, but also to remind new generations of this longstanding relationship.”The artworks build directly on Hildebrand-Staab’s earlier gift of a painting by Baselitz as well as two drawings (by Baselitz and Penck), donated as part of the Friends Anniversary Collection, a 2008 initiative designed to strengthen the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s holdings of art made after 1960. The museum is dedicated to the study of all modes and periods of art from central and northern Europe, with an emphasis on German-speaking countries.The current gift includes the first works by Schönebeck to enter the museums’ collections. Two early drawings by Beuys complement the Busch-Reisinger’s near-complete collection of the artist’s editioned artworks. Works by two of Beuys’s students — Imi Knoebel and Jörg Immendorff — are the first drawings by these artists to enter the collections.“Dr. Hildebrand-Staab’s continued generosity and support of the Busch-Reisinger Museum will greatly benefit students, scholars, and visitors from around the world,” said Martha Tedeschi, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. “This significant gift broadens our collections and provides further opportunities for study and appreciation, integral to our teaching and research mission.”last_img read more

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson is congratulated by manager Dave Roberts after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates with manager Dave Roberts after his fifth inning home run off of Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander during game two of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson #31 connects for a solo homer in the 5th inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers played host to the Houston Astros in game 2 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/25/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Dodgers Joc Pederson, #31, drove this ball deep for a solo HR in the fifth inning of game two of the World Series at Wednesday, October 25, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a home run during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson tracks the flight of his fifth-inning solo home run. The blast was the team’s first hit off Astros ace Justin Verlander and tied the score, 1-1. (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson watches his fifth inning home run off of Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander during game two of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a home run during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Dodgers Joc Pederson, #31, rounds the bases as Astros Justin Verlander looks on with a solo HR in the fifth inning of game two of the World Series at Wednesday, October 25, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson watches his home run off Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates after his home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates after his home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Dodger fans celebrate after Joc Pederson’s fifth inning home run off of Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander during game two of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates after his home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates after his home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates after his home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates with third base coach Chris Woodward after his fifth inning home run off of Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander during game two of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson reacts after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson is congratulated by third base coach Chris Woodward (45) after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Dodgers Joc Pederson, #31, celebrates his solo HR with Chase Utley in the fifth inning of game two of the World Series at Wednesday, October 25, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates after his home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates after his home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson #31 is welcomed into the dugout by Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts #30 after a solo homer in the 5th inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers played host to the Houston Astros in game 2 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/25/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates in the dugout with manager Dave Roberts after his home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson #31 is welcomed into the dugout by Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts #30 after a solo homer in the 5th inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers played host to the Houston Astros in game 2 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/25/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson is congratulated by manager Dave Roberts after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates with manager Dave Roberts after his fifth inning home run off of Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander during game two of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 26The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates with manager Dave Roberts after his fifth inning home run off of Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander during game two of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Justin Verlander did not make a mistake in Game 2 of the World Series until the fifth inning.Joc Pederson was waiting for it.Making his second start of the postseason, Pederson crushed a hanging slider to left field for a home run against Verlander, tying the score 1-1. It was the Dodgers’ first hit of the game.To this point in October, Curtis Granderson and Andre Ethier had gotten more starts in left field against right-handed pitchers than Pederson. All three players bat left-handed. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ethier, however, began Game 2 on the bench. Granderson was left off the World Series roster entirely. Roberts said he gave Pederson the start Wednesday because “I like Joc a little bit better with the velocity, and I think Joc is a better defender in left field, too.”Verlander was still touching 97 mph with his fastball in his final inning. Pederson only had one hit on a fastball 95 mph or faster this season, and that was in July. But he saw only three fastballs in his first two plate appearances against the veteran right-hander.In the second inning, Pederson was facing a 1-and-1 count when Verlander snuck back-to-back curveballs over the plate for strikes. In the fifth inning, Verlander started Pederson with back-to-back curveballs again, only to fall behind 0-and-2. He came back with the fastball, and Pederson fouled it off.Then came the mistake: an 88-mph slider over the meaty middle of home plate. Pederson drove it an estimated 370 feet to left field, transforming Dodger Stadium from a library to a fiesta.center_img Pederson pointed into the stands as he rounded first base, then again as he trotted from home plate into an elated dugout. Not counting the simulated game earlier this month in which Pederson hit a home run against teammate Alex Wood, it was his first homer since July 26.Pederson wasn’t on the Dodgers’ 25-man roster for the NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, after ending the season in a 6-for-63 slump.While Pederson was limited to simulated games during the NLDS, Roberts said he noticed a change.“He’s in his legs a little bit more, more consistent mechanically,” Roberts said before Game 2. “And so I think for us is it hasn’t really translated into production. And he hasn’t had those opportunities really, to be fair to him. But, in this one case, I think he’s going to put some at-bats together against (Verlander).”Roberts couldn’t have been more right.last_img read more

first_imgUganda/Senegal v Morocco/Benin, 30 June Stadium (1600)Cameroon/Nigeria v Egypt/South Africa, Cairo International Stadium (1900)Thursday, July 11Mali/Ivory Coast v Algeria/Guinea, Suez Stadium (1600)Madagascar/DR Congo v Ghana/Tunisia, Al Salam Stadium (1900)Semi-finalsSunday, July 14Uganda/Senegal/Morocco/Benin v Madagascar/DR Congo/Ghana/Tunisia, 30 June Stadium (1600)Mali/Ivory Coast/Algeria/Guinea v Cameroon/Nigeria/Egypt/South Africa, Cairo International Stadium (1900)Third placeWednesday, July 17Losing semi-finalists, Al Salam Stadium (1900)FinalFriday, July 19Winning semi-finalists, Cairo International Stadium (1900) Uganda will face Senegal while Egypt take on Kenya. PHOTO AFP Qualified for #AFCON2019 Round of 16 Nigeria Egypt Algeria Morocco Madagascar Uganda Ivory Coast Cameroon Senegal Tunisia Ghana MaliBEST 3rd placed teams Guinea DR Congo Benin South AfricaCairo, Egypt | THE INDEPENDENT | The final sixteen places at the African Nations Cup have been confirmed this evening, with South Africa edging out Kenya to snatch the final place.This follows a Mali 1-0 victory over Angola, and a stalemate between Tunisia and Mauritania.Last 16 matches:Egypt vs South Africa Madagascar vs DRC Nigeria vs Cameroon Senegal vs Uganda Algeria vs Guinea Morocco vs Benin Mali vs Côte d’Ivoire Ghana vs Tunisia Friday, July 5Morocco v Benin, Al Salam Stadium, Cairo (1600)Uganda v Senegal, Cairo International Stadium (1900)Saturday, July 6Nigeria v Cameroon, Alexandria Stadium (1600)Egypt v South Africa, Cairo International Stadium (1900)Sunday, July 7Madagascar v Democratic Republic of Congo, Alexandria Stadium (1600)Algeria v Guinea, 30 June Stadium, Cairo (1900)Monday, July 8Mali v Ivory Coast, Suez Stadium (1600)Ghana v Tunisia, Ismailia Stadium (1900)Quarter-finalsWednesday, July 10 Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgFacebook225Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery earned two Best of Class awards at the New World International Wine Competition held in California in February.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryBoom Runner, a sparkling rose of Pinot Noir, earned 98-points,Best of Class and a double gold medal. This wine was crafted from grapes harvested at Kitara Vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley AVA. Some proceeds from this wine are donated to the Polson Museum in Hoquiam who are also credited with providing the vintage photograph for the label. Industrial artist Tavis Highlander created the sculpture commemorating this wine in their 15-acre display garden.Dawn Patrol, a blend of Riesling and raspberries was awarded 94-points, Best of Varietal, Best of Class and a gold medal at the event. The grapes for this wine were harvested from Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA and Elephant Mountain Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Twin Harbors Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The label features an original watercolor by Darryl Easter. The sculpture by Jeffro Uitto commemorating this wine is located on the ninth hole of the winery’s executive golf course.“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” Aristotle #aristotle #crushingit #wawine #westportwinery #greatergraysharbor #goldmedal #pinotnoir #winning #dawnpatrolWestport Winery Seaside received the 2019 Rising Star Award from the Seaside Chamber of Commerce. Westport Winery and the Roberts family were honored with Seattle Business Magazine’s Community Involvement Business of the Year for 2018. In 2017 the Westport Winery Garden Resort was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. USA Today named the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort one of the top five winery restaurants in the nation. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They are finalist to the Best Washington Family Business competition by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.In Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside and Seaside Kites are open daily from 11am to 6pm. For more information on the Oregon operation guests can visit their website at www.westportwinery.com. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or brunch, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more

first_imgBy Chelsea Maguire |SHREWSBURY – Since the nation’s earliest days, the red, white and blue banner of stars and stripes has endured as a visible symbol of the United States, its citizens and the fight for freedom.But there comes a time when Old Glory shows signs of wear and tear and is no longer in a suitable condition to fly. According to Title 36, Section 176, Paragraph K, of The United States Code, that’s when the flag “should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”Shrewsbury-based Boy Scout Troop 50 will provide that service to the community with a dignified public Flag Retirement Ceremony Oct. 11 at Gopher Field at Borough Hall.Assistant Scoutmaster John E. Hogan will lead the ceremony, during which the scouts methodically take each flag apart with scissors, cutting stripe by stripe, because a flag ceases to be a flag when it is cut into pieces. While this is taking place, the boys take turns reading words that tell the story of the importance of each stripe in regard to the history of our founding fathers, the country and the people, from gaining our independence from Great Britain to putting a man on the moon.Hogan describes the event as a very “somber and respectful event and a reminder of the importance of our citizenship and our community.”Sometimes the worn, torn or stained banners Troop 50 receives have stories attached to them as well, such as where they were flown and for how long. The stories are incorporated into the ceremony.Also participating in the Shrewsbury Scouting Program ceremony will be Cub Scout Pack 50, which includes boys ranging from first to fifth grades.Being outside after dark, in a field near a roaring fire, is an exciting experience for the kids, said Hogan. They listen to the scoutmasters tell them about the symbolism of the flag, the importance of the ceremony and how they must be responsible for treating the flag with reverence.The scoutmasters ask the boys to remember the people who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in the name of freedom and liberty.Since the tradition began, many of the same Scouts have returned for the solemn remembrance, reading from a script they have especially for this ceremony, singing the national anthem and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, acting respectfully as each flag surrenders to retirement.A tradition such as this is not a simple flag burning, but in the words of Hogan “a funeral for an honored symbol of our nation which served its purpose.”The flag retirement ceremony will take place 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 on Gopher Field at Borough Hall. Community members who wish to retire a flag can place it in a collection box left by Troop 50 in the vestibule of Borough Hall.This article was first published in the Sept. 20 – 26, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgNo news is definitely not good news when you’re a team looking to improve its roster on the eve of the BC Hockey roster deadline.Leaf coach Dave McLellan said “it’s pretty slow our there.”“I’ve basically been in contact with every team in the league, but it seems everyone is holding their cards pretty close to their chest,” McLellan told The Nelson Daily prior to practice Thursday.McLellan said he’s a little upset at the way business is done in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League after seeing what he felt was a done deal fall by the wayside.The potential deal was with a team outside the Murdoch Division.“I did a favour for a team on the premise of what I thought would be a deal later in the year, but that fell through,” McLellan lamented.Junior teams, including those in the KIJHL teams have until Saturday (January 10) to finalize their rosters for the playoff run.Nelson has a few cards remaining to acquire players. McLellan was hopeful to land another defenceman and top six forward through deals.Injuries continue to hamper LeafsThe Nelson Leafs continue to look more like a Mash Unit than a hockey team as the Green and White prepare for a home-and-home series against Spokane Braves beginning Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Leafs defenceman Patrick Croome remains on the injury list while forward Michael Rand is out with the flu.McLellan said he is waiting also on status of forward Nolan Percival.As for forward Dylan Williamson, he gets the cast of his injured hand but won’t play while Blair Andrews is also not expected back until next weekend.“Hopefully we can use a few Aps (affiliate players) from the Kootenay Ice to help fill out the roster,” he said.Both goalies on deck for Spokane seriesMcLellan said both goalies, Adam Maida and Joey Karrer are available to play.Karrer saw his first action after the Christmas break in Sunday’s loss to 100 Mile House after overcoming a severe bout with the flu.“I thought Joey played pretty good Sunday considering it was his first game in a long time,” McLellan said.last_img read more

first_img7 July 2008Fixed investment in and exports from KwaZulu-Natal province are set to increase with the completion of the R6.5-billion Dube Trade Port – the largest single government infrastructure investment in the province – to the north of Durban.“The catalytic impact of this project will not be confined to the growth node in the costal area north of Durban, but will reverberate across the entire province and position KwaZulu-Natal as a destination of choice for domestic and international tourists,” KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sibusiso Ndebele told delegates at the International Investment Council in San Lameer in May.The council, attended by President Thabo Mbeki, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Cabinet members, drew on the insights of distinguished international business leaders on how to meet the challenges of economic growth in South Africa.By the time of its completion ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Dube Trade Port itself will have contributed an estimated R12.4-billion to the economy and created thousands of new jobs.According to statistics, the Durban port is the busiest port city on the African continent and ideally located to access the international shipping routes between East and West. It is also the largest of South Africa’s seven ports.It handles in excess of 31.4-million tons of cargo a year, with a value in excess of R100-billion per annum – approximately 65% of the value of all cargo going through South African ports.According to a report released by Quantec data, KwaZulu-Natal’s top export destinations in 2005 were the United States, Japan, India, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany.More than R3-billion has been set aside for investment in Durban port’s infrastructure since 2002 for various improvements that include the construction of cargo terminals, Ndebele said.The province’s second port – Richard’s Bay – is also South Africa’s premier bulk cargo handling port and is one of the fastest growing industrial areas in the province, and the centre of operations for South Africa’s aluminium industry.Trade gatewayNdebele further told delegates that the foreign private companies had invested over R27-billion in the province between 2000 and 2005, enabling provincial economic growth to rise from 1% in 1999 to 5.3% in 2005.Since then, he said, the province had seen further groundbreaking fixed direct investments, while nearly a third of South Africa’s manufactured exports were produced in the province.These include the R2.4-billion expansion of Toyota’s plant outside Durban, a new R2.5-billion plant by United Pulp in Richards Bay, a R2-billion expansion at Sappi Saiccor at Umkomaas, and a R650-million investment by Tata in a steel plant in Richard’s Bay.In addition, an almost R20-billion investment is on the cards in the KwaZulu-Natal north coast for a “city within a city” project, modelled on the Dubai Palm complex in the Arab emirate.“These private investments are particularly encouraging for us and they are aligned to our national industrial policy,” said Ndebele. “KwaZulu-Natal has also recently undergone rapid industrialisation, thanks to its abundant water supply and labour resources.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgFor the last one week, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is facing a situation that he has not encountered in the last one year. As many as 12 incidents of rape, sexual molestation and stripping of women reported from in and around Bengaluru in the last 15 days has suddenly given the state an image of lawlessness. Unfortunately, neither Siddaramaiah nor Home Minister K J George seem to be showing the kind of urgency that is expected of them in tackling the situation.Bengaluru has never seen this kind of public outrage, on matters relating to women’s safety. On Friday and Saturday, thousands of people have poured on to the streets to seek action against the perpetrators of such crimes, particularly the alleged rape of a sixyear-old girl in a well-known school and the sexual molestation of a girl in a moving car by a gang of six miscreants. Both incidents came to the fore only after the media extensively highlighted them.In fact, there is a general impression among the public that the police, under the Congress regime, are being insensitive to issues relating to crime.Despite the so-called reforms and people-friendly policing measures, people here continue to view the law enforcement agencies with suspicion because of their personal experiences. There are plenty of instances to show how the police arm-twist cases or work under political influence to keep their masters happy.A girl, who was sexually molested for more than an hour in a moving car, is instructed by the jurisdictional police inspector to delete the words “kidnap” and “rape” from her complaint copy. It was subsequently found that the prime accused was the son of a local influential politician. Was the police trying to protect the culprit? Further investigations revealed that the prime accused was short of getting rowdysheeted for his activities in the locality. Similarly, parents of the six-year-old rape victim had to seek the support of parents of other children to mount pressure on the police to conduct a probe into the alleged rape.advertisementEvery time there is an incident, it is the citizens who have had to go out of the way to register their protest and convince the police to take effective action. But why is there such a situation? Why aren’t the police probing cases with the same seriousness in the first instance? There is a feeling among the public that a case may not progress unless pressure is mounted on the police, either through politicians or senior IAS officers or civil society. The politician-police nexus is an open secret in Karnataka and even politicians have acknowledged the same.As the spate of crimes against women rocked the ongoing Karnataka legislature proceedings, the Karnataka Assembly Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa has directed the state government to transfer police officers who have completed a three-year term in each police station.But so far there has been no action by the state government to implement the Speaker’s directive. What is surprising is the attitude of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his team of Cabinet colleagues towards the issue.The Congress seems to have forgotten the fact that the people of Karnataka, who were fed up with the previous government’s administration, gave a thumping majority to Siddaramaiah. But whenever the BJP leaders question the Congress on tackling crime in the city, the Congress Chief Minister only points to the lapses of the previous government.Does it mean that the Congress is trying to prove that it is no different from the BJP? Or is it conveying that it cannot deliver better governance? But that is not what the people expect from the government. People cannot throng the streets every time there is a rape or sexual molestation case to exert pressure on the establishment.While the IPS officers are trying their best to maintain a harmonious relationship between the police and the public, the attitude of lower rung officers and constabulary needs a sea change. At the ground level, corruption continues to rule the police stations while a severe shortage of staff has affected policing.The Siddaramaiah government has four more years in power. But unless the Congress government addresses sensitive issues like these seriously, the impression that it is no different from any other political party will not change.Bengaluru remains a civic messThough it has been one year since the Congress came to power in Bengaluru, the IT capital continues to suffer as there seems to be no longterm vision on infrastructure for the city. While the government has been proclaiming achievements, ironically none of the projects is new but rather those announced by the previous government.advertisementThe peak hour traffic in the city is agonisingly slow at eight kilometres per hour. Though the roads have been widened, the absence of adequate number of underpasses and overpasses, unscientific one-way systems, and the acute lack of parking space, have made the Central Business Districts (CBDs) impenetrable during peak business hours. In fact, it has become routine for people to commute in taxis and auto rickshaws to CBDs for meetings than risking driving on their own here!While the state government is pointing fingers at the BJPruled Greater Bangalore City Corporation for the inadequate infrastructure, the civic agency, in turn, expresses its helplessness because of lack of funds to execute projects on a priority basis.On one side, as many as 1,250 new vehicles – both cars and two-wheelers – are registered every day in Bengaluru. On the other, not a single multistoreyed parking complex has been commissioned by the state government in the past decade, even though government agencies, such as City Corporation and Bangalore Development Authority, possess land banks within the city. The lack of accountability as well as short-term goals will only make Bengaluru’s traffic conditions worse.KPL to find best Karnataka cricketersThe Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) seems to have rediscovered its spark with the state team winning the Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy this year. Several players from Karnataka are representing the Indian team in different formats of the sport. Buoyed by this, the KSCA has revived the Karnataka Premier League, a T20 format of cricket modelled on the lines of IPL.The KPL, which was started in 2010 by the late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, scion of the Mysore family, was abandoned after two editions. Now, as a tribute to Wadiyar, the KSCA has organised the third edition of KPL, which will start from August 23. Interestingly, several interior cities and local industrialists of Karnataka, have shown tremendous interest in the sport. Consequently, cricketers with national and international calibre are emerging from smaller towns of Karnataka to represent the state and the country in the game.As many as 10 teams are participating in KPL 2014 with matches being staged in Bengaluru, Mysore and Hubli. Former cricketers are managing the teams representing different cities of the KPL and it will be interesting to see how many new cricketers will emerge on the scene. Earlier, there was a notion that Karnataka cricket was restricted to players from Bengaluru due to access to the best coaches and practice grounds. But looking at the performers in this year’s Ranji team, that notion could well be forgotten. Let’s see if KPL can bring to the fore more talented cricketers from the hinterland. The writer is assistant editorlast_img read more

first_imgArsenal boss Emery unconcerned about Nketiah at Leeds: I respect Bielsaby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery is unconcerned about Eddie Nketiah’s loan at Leeds United.The 20-year-old striker has struggled for game time at Elland Road this season.”Now is not the moment, we are in October,” said the Spaniard. “He is in Leeds and I respect the coach and his decision.”Firstly I respect his coach (Marcelo Bielsa) and his decision. I think he is going to play more. He is going to deserve it.”Each match he plays with Leeds and the national team is important for him and important for Arsenal also because we want him to get confidence and take experience and use it in the future for us.”He is doing it. He is maybe playing less than we want, but I am sure he will play more.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more