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Reports: QPR want Morel, Chelsea eye Brazilian prospect and Fulham keen on Dann


first_imgQPR are interested in signing Jérémy Morel from Marseille for £2m, according to the Sunday People.Left-back Morel, 29, has a year of his contract left to run and is apparently keen to finish his career in England.The same paper suggest that Fulham are ready to make a move for Blackburn defender Scott Dann and that Burnley are considering Brentford’s Clayton Donaldson as a possible replacement for Charlie Austin, who recently joined QPR.Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday say Chelsea are preparing to offer Manchester United around £40m for Wayne Rooney.The People say the Blues have slapped a £45m price tag on David Luiz to ward off interest from Barcelona.And Chelsea are one of the Premier League clubs tracking 17-year-old Santos prospect Victor Andrade, according to the Sunday Mirror.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


Fitch upgrades SA’s credit ratings


first_img26 July 2007Fitch Ratings has revised the outlook on South Africa’s sovereign ratings from stable to positive, attributing the change to improved growth performance, increased investments and sound public finances.South Africa’s ratings for long- and short-term foreign currency issuer default (IDR) were affirmed at “BBB+” and “F3” respectively. The country’s long-term local currency IDR was affirmed at “A”, as was the country ceiling.“The change in outlook reflects South Africa’s improved growth performance and prospects as a result of rapidly rising public and private investment and ongoing micro-reforms in the economy,” Fitch sovereign team director Veronica Kalema said in a statement on Wednesday.“In addition, the country has seen a substantial improvement in its already sound public finances and strong external balance sheet.”Increased government savings and use of fiscal surpluses to increase reserves and cover the cost of sterilisation have also reduced South Africa’s external vulnerability, the agency said.Fitch said South Africa’s growth rate of 5% was sustained between 2004 and 2006 by strong consumer demand, while more recently acceleration of capital investment reflected a massive infrastructure investment by the country’s public corporations – both as part of the government’s general infrastructure programme and for infrastructure related to hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The agency said it expected consumer demand to remain firm despite rising interest rates, thanks to structural changes in the economy and a rise in employment and real income.Fitch predicted that the country’s growth rate would to remain close to 5% in 2007 and potential growth would move still higher in the mediumterm. However, the agency also expects SA’s current account deficit to remain between 6% and 7% of gross domestic product.South Africa still needed to address issues such as income inequality, unemployment, HIV/Aids and crime, the agency noted, saying these could threaten future stability.“The positive outlook assumes a continuation of the current macro policy framework,” Fitch added.“It would revert to stable if there were signs of weakening in the policy framework in response to political developments, or if external shocks did not meet with an appropriate fiscal and monetary response.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


Photo library: Business and industry 24


first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Business & Industry contact sheet (1.8MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Northern Cape province: The primary crusher structure at the new Kumani Mine, near Kathu.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Fruit packing at the Bavaria fruit farm where the lemons, oranges and mangoes packaged are destined mostly for the export market. Photo: Chris KirchhoffMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Fruit packing at the Bavaria fruit farm where the lemons, oranges and mangoes packaged are destined mostly for the export market. Photo: Chris KirchhoffMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Fruit packing at the Bavaria fruit farm where the lemons, oranges and mangoes packaged are destined mostly for the export market. Photo: Chris KirchhoffMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Fruit packing at the Bavaria fruit farm where the lemons, oranges and mangoes packaged are destined mostly for the export market. Photo: Chris KirchhoffMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Fruit packing at the Bavaria fruit farm where the lemons, oranges and mangoes packaged are destined mostly for the export market. Photo: Chris KirchhoffMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Carletonville, North West province: Jumbo drill rig working in a development end underground at Mponeng Gold Mine, part of the west Witwatersrand operations of mining multinational Anglo Ashanti’s Western Deep Levels. Photo: Anglogold Ashanti » Download high-res image Orkney, North West province: The twin shafts – and topside headgear towers – of mining multinational Anglogold Ashanti’s Great Noligwa Gold Mine. Photo: Anglogold Ashanti » Download high-res image Orkney, North West province: Mining multinational Anglogold Ashanti’s Tau Lekoa Gold Mine, part of the company’s Vaal River operations. Photo: Anglogold Ashanti » Download high-res image BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 24: {loadposition business}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more


Can You Learn to Be Creative at Work?


first_imgThink about the most successful people in your office. Who always has the best ideas? Who knows just how to navigate difficult conversations? What do those people have in common?Chances are good that the best and brightest workers at your company are also the most creative ones. Contrary to popular belief, though, most creative people aren’t born that way. Creativity is a skill just like any other, which means even the least creative person can learn to see the world in a new light.Ambitious professionals should be more concerned about creative growth than most. Creativity is a vital component of professional success. People who expand their horizons climb the ladder, while those who fail to grow also fail to achieve or innovate.Whether you earned a degree in art or struggle with stick figures, you can learn to be a more creative person by adopting a few new habits:1. Establish a creative process.Productive creatives know that great works of art don’t appear out of thin air. By following a creative process, they plan, produce, and improve their work until it’s ready to be shown the world. While you might assume that everyone’s process is unique, one of the season’s best books on creativity claims otherwise. While writing “The Creative Curve,” big data entrepreneur Allen Gannett discovered that essentially every creative process shares four stages: consumption, imitation, community, and iteration. Through interviews with creators ranging from Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield to musician D. A. Wallach, Gannett shows that close adherence to that process, not “genius,” is critical for creative success. 2. Get away from the everyday.When you stare at the same desk five days a week, you don’t have a lot of creative inspiration available. Take a vacation to break up the routine of work and provide your mind with the fresh canvas it deserves. That doesn’t mean answering emails from a beach instead of a cubicle — it means unplugging from the office entirely.Sadly, 41 percent of Americans check in with work while away. You can’t experience new things if you never truly leave the old ones. Leave your laptop at home, and detach your company email from your smartphone. Even if you only take a long weekend, the time you spend away from work will do wonders for your creative health.3. Externalize your internal thoughts.Ever come up with a brilliant idea and forget it five minutes later? Human brains are incredibly powerful tools, but they can’t do it alone. Buy a journal or a sketchbook, then keep it on hand to jot down thoughts as they come up.Journaling helps unlock the creative thoughts that exist just outside your conscious perception. The more you write, the more you’ll find in your head than you realized. Don’t replace old-school pen and paper with a tablet or keyboard, though. Research shows that people who physically write down notes get more from the practice than those who type.4. Learn something that has nothing to do with work.Sometimes, the way to get better at work is to learn something with no practical application at the office. Take a class in something completely unrelated to your field to get your creative juices flowing. Just like reading books, taking classes taught by experts is a shortcut to knowledge you couldn’t acquire on your own.You could take a class on creativity, but your options aren’t limited to creative fields. Rather than set out with a specific professional goal, pick an unfamiliar area that interests you and dive in. Masterclass, for instance, lets students learn cooking from Gordon Ramsay or tennis from Serena Williams. What you learn is less important than the act of learning itself.5. Break the digital chains.From the desktop PC to the smartphone at home, glowing rectangles rule modern life. Combined research from a variety of sources concludes that the average person today spends more than four hours per day on a smartphone. Add work to the mix, and total screen time skyrockets.Screens aren’t all bad, but the world has more to offer than a digital alternative. Be conscious about when and why you use digital devices. If you find yourself whipping out your phone during every break, use that time to take a walk around the office, grab some water, or chat with a colleague. The more diverse experiences you provide your brain, the more intellectual energy you’ll have when you need it.6. Schedule creativity on your calendar.These tips can all make you a more creative person, but if you don’t make time to practice them, you won’t see the benefits. Put creativity on your calendar to establish your new habits.When your schedule is tight, incorporate creative time in other activities. Bring your journal to lunch and write about your day so far, your plans, or whatever comes to mind. Schedule vacations and breaks ahead of time so you can relax without worrying about work. At home, set aside 30 minutes a night (or whatever works for you) to read a new book or take the next lesson in your class. Following a routine might not sound very creative, but by doing so, you set the foundations for a new mindset. The more you invest in your creative development, the more you’ll find yourself contributing new ideas and discovering better solutions at work. Before long, people will start to tell you how lucky you are to have a naturally creative mind. Tags:#creativity#innovation#work habits Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. 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7 hours ago​Silva insists West Ham was turning point for Everton


first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Silva insists West Ham was turning point for Evertonby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton manager Marco Silva believes that his team experienced a turning point against West Ham United.The Blues boss believes their gritty 2-0 win at Goodison Park over the Hammers will see them revive their season.The Toffees were in the relegation zone before that game, but are now looking to get back into the top half of the table.”We performed so well, we showed that quality, that pride in ourselves to play the level we played,” Silva told reporters.”Of course we have to build from that. It was a turning point for us. It does not mean we will win all the matches from now until the end of the season of course but we have to play in that way, always to win, always with that pride in ourselves.”We have to play with that pace, with that desire to win the game, and play with freedom like we did even if that pressure was there.” last_img read more


Port of Virginia Makes USD 217 Million Crane Order Official


first_imgzoom The Port of Virginia has finalized the USD 217 million contract with Finnish crane manufacturer Konecranes, which will build and deliver 86 automated stacking cranes (ASCs) intended for the port’s two container terminals. Under the contract, 60 automated stacking cranes will be delivered to Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), while the remaining 26 cranes will be provided to Virginia International Gateway (VIG). The value of the contract exceeds EUR 200 million (USD 217.6 million).The delivery of the cranes is scheduled to begin in 2018 and will continue in phases until 2020, according to the port.“We secured the financing for these projects this summer, the planning and preliminary site-work has started and now we have an agreement in place with one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialized cranes to supply the hardware to move containers safely and efficiently across our two primary container terminals,” Terry R. McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia, said, adding that the port will have the capacity to process an additional 1 million containers annually as well as the channel depth to handle the biggest ships in the Atlantic trade.The engineering and manufacturing of key components for the cranes will be done in Finland and the steel structures will be fabricated elsewhere in Europe. The components and structures will then be loaded onto vessels bound for The Port of Virginia.By 2020, the port will have expanded the container handling capacity at VIG by 600,000 units and the capacity at NIT by 400,000 units.In addition, the combined cost of the projects is USD 670 million, The Port of Virginia said.last_img read more


Volumes Improve in Far EastEurope Transpacific Lanes


first_imgzoom Container volumes on the headhaul Far East-Europe and Far East-North America tradelanes recorded a mild recovery in 2016, Alphaliner informed citing the latest statistics from CTS and PIERS.The Far East-Europe trade reached 15.08 million TEU in 2016, representing an increase of 1.2%. This follows a contraction of 3.1% on the trade recorded in 2015, caused mainly by a reduction in Russian demand. More stable volumes to Russia in 2016 have helped to stem the fall in total volumes to Northern Europe, while strong growth in the West Med also helped mitigate flat volume growth in the East Med.Overall Far East-Europe volumes remain below the peak of 2014, when a total of 15.39 million TEU was recorded, with Russian volumes still significantly below 2014 levels, according to Alphaliner.The Far East-US trade recorded a stronger 4.3% growth to reach an all-time high of 14.21 million TEU in 2016, based on data provided by PIERS. This marked the seventh consecutive year of positive volume growth on the Transpacific trade.Volume growth to the US West Coast and US East Coast was almost equally matched at 3.4% and 3.3%, respectively, with the opening of the new Panama Canal locks in June last year making no significant difference to the cargo split between the US West Coast and East Coast. However, volumes to the US Gulf recorded a 26.6% growth rate, mostly driven by the introduction of a new Far East-US Gulf ‘TP-18/Lone Star Express’ service by the 2M partners in May last year.last_img read more


Remarks by DPM Hon Philip Brave Davis at the Straw Vendors Appreciation


first_img Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSalutation….It is said that, “yesterday is already a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But if today is well lived it makes every yesterday a reflection of satisfaction coupled with happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”A very good afternoon to each of you as we celebrate the 2nd Annual Straw Vendors Appreciation Day!As Minister with responsibility for the Straw Market Authority, I am proud of my association with such a powerful and influential group of proud Bahamians.I do not know of any other single group of Bahamians who love their job so much. When addressing the concerns of the Straw Market Authority, I am reminded that our lives are filled with simple joys and blessings and one of the greatest joys in life is to have a job that you love. That would be the job of our vendors.It is truly a splendid thing to create beautiful work that brings joy to others. People just love beautiful things!Recently, I presented gifts to the president of New Zealand and his wife on behalf of the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. These gifts were indigenous Bahamian items made in this Straw Market by a Bahamian straw vendor and a wood carver. I beamed with pride while presenting.Vendors ought to be happy and know how privilege they are to be working in an environment that is always full of excitement… especially as so many countries are so unsettled and full of turmoil.Honourees, the joy that you have given to others through your craft is coming back to you today. We love you, respect and appreciate you for all that you have done and continue to do.Brotherly love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand. I admonish you to create a peaceful work environment, showing love to neighbouring vendors and visitors. If only we could learn to love like God… for God loves each of us as if there was only one of us.I have charged the Straw Market Authority to work with straw vendors ensuring that 90% Bahamian made products be sold from the markets in the near future, with the ultimate goal of 100%. In achieving this feat, you will cause there to be an increase in the amount of straw practitioners and crafts people, the net result being more jobs created for Bahamians.Joy come from simple and natural things: a clean environment together with honesty, integrity, respect and good manners should all be practiced to become normal and natural characteristics.Today as we recognize some vendors for their stability and service to the straw and wood carving industry, it is truly our sincere way of showing gratitude and giving thanks for what you have done and continue to do; bringing them into clear focus.When we celebrate the years behind us, they become strength and joy for the years ahead.I challenge each of you to make the remainder of 2014, and all of 2015 a new beginning of something great in your life. Continue to create a positive culture within the various straw markets that visitors are anxious to experience. All vendors are encouraged to get involved and strive to get all visitors to our shores to purchase goods from our straw markets. In doing so, please adhere to the rules of the Straw Authority.Another realistic goal should be to raise your standard in the ensuing year. I guarantee you that it can easily be achieved. You must never be happy to settle for mediocrity.You are encouraged to be vibrant, energized, visualize, improve your product, become motivated and invigorated.To all vendors, I say that you are privileged to occupy a booth. You are renting space that others are appealing for daily. Therefore, create your own ideal space, with thoughtfulness and cleanliness being of paramount importance.Having a well organized booth within your boundary gives you the freedom to decorate tastefully and present your products creatively.“A space for everything and everything in its place.” Decorate with purpose, to keep your space beautiful and clean.Vendors, even when you are complaining about business affairs, dress appropriately. Take personal pride and care in how you present yourself to the world. Your craft is your life insurance, control your destiny.To the Board of Directors, Management and staff, I commend you for having had a very productive year. The Straw Market Authority’s new secret ingredient is self-sufficiency. By developing a cohesive team spirit you have become more spontaneous and flexible in your business relationship with vendors.Once again I say congratulations to all honourees. Good Morning…Enjoy your day! Related Items:bahamas, phillip brave davis, staw vendors Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegationlast_img read more


Skippings leading independents into 2016 General Elections


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Jan 2015 – Disgruntled PDMs and PNPs and PPPs are reportedly who will compile a slate of candidates of independents in time for the 2016 General Elections in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Explained initially on radio and then in a newspaper article featured in the Turks and Caicos Weekly News. The stunning headline reads: ‘Skippings is Back’ and the report allows the former People’s Democratic Movement Party leader and former Chief Minister to say that and I quote: “Our intention is to contest the election – we can do that as an independent group collectively and if it becomes necessary we will form a party.” The politician who gave up leadership of the PDM after an unsuccessful bid on the national ticket as an at large 2012 General Election candidate says the group will determine if he runs with intent on becoming Premier of the country. In the lead up to the last run off, Oswald Skippings dubbed himself a national politician and ran at large securing 2,902 votes and placing eighth of 12; not among the first five At Large candidates who would go on to become House of Assembly representatives. It begs the question, since the electorate so recently demonstrated insufficient support of his candidacy, what has given Oswald Skippings the confidence to return to the fray? The preacher and veteran politician told the publication: “I was called on and call out by a whole lot of people who are hurting…” His PDM party has issued no formal comment on this new development. Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Related Items:general election, oswal skippings, Pdm, pnp, ppp Recommended for youlast_img read more


Long Bay High Opens today


first_img Recommended for you Long Bay High taking 180 students, will be ready says Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Jan 2015 – It is back to school, back to work for thousands this morning in a brand new year as we transitioned from 2015 to 2016 over the weekend. While most will feel the excitement of newness despite heading back to their same physical environments, it will be different for at least 200 students and the faculty and staff of the new Long Bay High School. The institution, which represents a new era in education says Education officials, will receive its first formers at the school as the phase one roll out of LBHS begins. This morning students were picked up across the island from the various bus locations to support the children coming from Blue Hills, Five Cays, Glass Shack, The Bight, Chalk Sound, Kew Town and other eastern communities for an 8 am arrival at school. Principal of the school is former Education Minister, Dr Carlton Mills and so anticipation and expectations are high. During a ribbon cutting ceremony in November, Minister of Education and Deputy Premier Hon. Akierra Misick led her ministerial colleagues in breaking ground on the construction of phase two which was won by Jamalco; the contractor who designed and built the phase one of the LBHS. Long Bay High School launches as a first form only high school today, but will eventually be a full high school – going from form one to five by 2017. Premier to Open New Salt Cay Clinic Related Items:long bay hills high school, open Cabinet ‘ok’ with spending on upgrades and capital works Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more