Viraat Sabhaa holds graduation ceremony for spirituality training

first_imgIn an effort to sustain and enhance spirituality and the Hindu culture, the Viraat Sabhaa (Guyana) has initiated programmes to educate Hindus and non-Hindus.“The Viraat Sabhaa has placed spirituality at the pinnacle of its agenda.” This is according to Pandit Ravi Persaud, the President of the organisation, who is convinced that for there to be self-transformation, the process must include higher spiritual education wherein foundational principles are based on truth.As such, the Sabhaa is encouraging Guyanese from different backgrounds to pursue educational and capacity building initiatives.It is against this backdrop that the Sabhaa awarded certificates to persons who took part in its four training courses.The Sabhaa distributed certificates of participation to the persons on Sunday at the Hall of the Valmiki Vidyalaya High School inThe Viraat Sabhaa team poses for a picture with Swamiji in the centreQueenstown.Pandit Persaud outlined that there were four courses held over the past six months. Those started last November and concluded this month (May). Courses were conducted by Swami Kaivalyaananda Saraswati of the Kaivalya Ashram, India. Swamiji is a senior disciple of world renowned Swami Chinmayananda and Swami Dayananda Saraswati. He is also the spiritual head of the Viraat Sabhaa.One course was for in-service Pandits. In this Module-One programme, over 20 Pandits participated. The course was conducted at the Guyana Pandits’ Council headquarters.An introductory course on the theoretical study of the Puja System for aspiring Pandits was also offered, attracting 26 participants.The Viraat Sabhaa also indicated that for the “Introduction of Vedanta course”, the organisation saw 40 students pursuing the six-month training programme in various aspects of Hinduism, inclusive of Sanskrit, Bhagavad Gita and philosophy.Also notable was the establishment of the youth training programme. Swamiji conducted a two-month training course, “Introduction to Hinduism”. That programme was attended by 21 young persons, many of whom are full-time professionals in the Public and Private Sectors.Executive member of the Viraat Sabhaa, Bhaiji Siri Persaud called on the graduates to use the knowledge imparted by Swamiji for the upliftment of themselves and their respective communities. He also applauded the participants who overlooked organisational affiliations to benefit from the courses offered by the Sabhaa.last_img read more

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Germany ‘keeper Neuer makes first start for eight months

first_imgTwo weeks before Germany begin their World Cup campaign in Russia, Germany head coach Joachim Loew has named the Bayern goalkeeper in the starting side — 259 days after his last match for his club.Loew has to cut his 27-man squad to 23 by Monday and the match against Austria is Neuer’s only chance to prove his fitness before the World Cup finals.Neuer has not played since fracturing a metatarsal in his left foot last September in a recurrence of the same injury he suffered earlier in 2017.He last played for the national team in October 2016.If he is selected for the final World Cup squad, Neuer will have the opportunity to play a last friendly match on June 8 in Leverkusen against Saudi Arabia.Germany kick off their title defence on June 17 in Moscow against Mexico. They also face Sweden and South Korea in Group F.Meanwhile, Freiburg striker Nils Petersen, the surprise inclusion in Loew’s 27-man group, will make his international debut against Austria.Senior players Thomas Mueller, Mats Hummels and Toni Kroos are rested.Team line-ups:Austria:Joerg Siebenhandl – Stefan Lainer, Sebastian Proedl, Aleksandar Dragovic, Martin Hinteregger – Peter Zulj, Julian Baumgartlinger, Florian Grillitsch – Alessandro Schoepf, David Alaba – Marko ArnautovicGermany:Manuel Neuer – Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Suele, Antonio Ruediger, Jonas Hector – Sami Khedira, Ilkay Gundogan – Julian Brandt, Mesut Ozil, Leroy Sane – Nils Petersen0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manuel Neuer makes a welcome return for Germany after a long spell out with a foot injury © AFP / JOE KLAMARKLAGENFURT, Austria, Jun 2 – After eight months sidelined by a fractured foot, Manuel Neuer made his return from injury on Saturday when Germany took on Austria in a rain-hit World Cup warm-up match.Heavy rain in Klagenfurt meant kick-off had to be pushed back from the original 1800 (1600 GMT) start and the game finally got underway at 1940 local time.last_img read more

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Ronaldo chases first Juventus goal

first_imgDespite a seventh straight Serie A title last season the Turin giants plunged into the red with a 19.2-million-euro ($22.4m) loss as a result of their European quarter-final exit.Serie A returns after a two-week international break with former Real Madrid player Ronaldo having skipped Portugal duty to focus on his new club, just as his teammate, Croatia’s World Cup runner-up Mario Mandzukic, did.During the break the 33-year-old was pictured relaxing on board his yacht off St Tropez on the French Riveria.“Vitamin D,” wrote the five-time Ballon d’Or winner under a photo of him lounging on the deck of his yacht.“As my teammates say, back to reality, work done,” he later posted. “Feeling good!! Let’s go.”Coach Massimiliano Allegri says he is not concerned that Ronaldo has failed to find the net despite 23 shots at goal in three games.AS Roma’s head coach Eusebio Di Francesco prepares for trip to three-time European champions Real Madrid. © AFP / Cooper NEILL“It takes time. We’ll all be fresher after the break and that’s when the real season starts,” said Allegri.Ronaldo had to wait until his fourth game for Real Madrid last season to get his first league goal.Germany midfielder Sami Khedira pointed out in an interview after his contract at Juventus was extended this week that the Portuguese star was brought in not to rack up goals but to make the difference in the Champions League and turn “dreams into reality”.Juventus beat Sassuolo 7-0 in their final match last season, but the club from Modena have made a strong start this campaign and are just behind the champions in the table after two wins and a draw.Allegri will be keen to rotate his side with a crowded schedule of seven games in 21 days, and defender Andrea Barzagli sidelined with a calf problem.Argentine Paolo Dybala — Juventus’s top Serie A scorer last season — and Brazilian Douglas Costa look set to start on the bench.Despite being overshadowed by the arrival of Ronaldo, Dybala insists he feels fortunate to play in the same team as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.“I told myself after I was lucky to play with Lionel Messi in the national team, I have now had the opportunity to play alongside Ronaldo,” said Dybala.Napoli, Roma and Inter Milan also have Champions League games on their minds.Roma host Chievo on Sunday after their loss to AC Milan before the break, and ahead of a trip to Spain to take on holders Real Madrid.Inter Milan play at home against Parma on Saturday before playing Tottenham Hotspur in the San Siro in their first European game since the 2011-2012 season.Luciano Spalletti’s Inter — with last year’s star forward Mauro Icardi fighting to shake off a muscular injury — are coming off a 3-0 win over Bologna after taking just a point from their first two games.Still waiting – AC Milan’s Argentinian forward Gonzalo Higuain has still to score this season too © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOCarlo Ancelotti will look to put his first defeat as Napoli coach behind him when last season’s runners-up host Fiorentina before playing Red Star in Belgrade on Tuesday.Fiorentina have won two games with their first match against Sampdoria postponed because of the Genoa bridge disaster.AC Milan head to Cagliari in Sardinia with former Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain also waiting to score his first goal for his new club.Fixtures (all time GMT)SaturdayInter Milan v Parma (1300), Napoli v Fiorentina (1600), Frosione v Sampdoria (1830)SundayRoma v Chievo (1030), Genoa v Bologna, Juventus v Sassuolo, Udinese v Torino, Empoliv Lazio (1600), Cagliari v AC Milan (1830)MondaySPAL v Atalanta (1830)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo will hope his first Juventus goal comes in his fourth game © AFP / Andreas SOLAROMILAN, Italy, Sep 14 – Cristiano Ronaldo faces Sassuolo on Sunday still chasing his maiden competitive goal for Italian champions Juventus before he returns to Spain for the first time in the Champions League.Bolstered by five-time winner Ronaldo, Juventus begin their quest for the Champions League title which has eluded them since 1996 in Valencia next Wednesday.last_img read more

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Clubs that have won the most trophies revealed! Where does your team rank?

first_img 1. Barcelona have won 87 trophies – The most successful club based on number of trophies won, Barcelona are the only club to win the treble twice. They boast five European Cup/Champions League victories, to go alongside four wins in the Cup Winners’ Cup, three in the old Fairs Cup and five UEFA Super Cup triumphs. In Spain, Barca have been crowned champions 24 times, won the Spanish Cup a record 29 times, the Spanish Super Cup on 12 occasions and the Spanish League Cup twice. They have also claimed the Club World Cup three times, and in 2009 became the first club to win six trophies in a calendar year. 2. Real Madrid have won 84 trophies – The most successful club in the history of the European Cup/Champions League, Real Madrid have won the tournament on 12 occasions, including the first five editions and six more in the Champions League era. The Spanish giants won back-to-back UEFA Cups in the 1980s and also boast three UEFA Super Cups on their honours list. Madrid claimed the Intercontinental Cup three times and have won the Club World Cup twice, in 2014 and 2016. In Spain, they have a record 33 titles, plus 19 Spanish Cups, nine Spanish Super Cups and one victory in the defunct Spanish League Cup. 4. Manchester United have won 66 trophies – The Red Devils are the most successful club in England, with 20 top flight titles, including 13 in the Premier League era. United have won 12 FA Cups, five League Cups and a record 21 Charity/Community Shields. They have a full set of European honours, having won the Europa League in 2017 to add to their three European Cups/Champions Leagues, Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup. United are the only English club to win a treble of Champions League, domestic title and main domestic cup, and are the only English club to win any global titles. In 1999 they won the Intercontinental Cup and in 2008 claimed the Club World Cup. 11 11 11 5. Juventus have won 62 trophies – Ahead of both Inter and AC Milan, Juventus are the most successful Italian club in total number of trophies. Juve have won 33 Serie A titles, by far the most in Italy despite being stripped of two championships for match-fixing. They have also claimed 12 Italian Cups and seven Italian Super Cups. In Europe, the Old Lady has the complete set of honours: winning two European Cups, three UEFA Cups, one Cup Winners’ Cup and two UEFA Super Cups. Juve have also been crowned world champions twice, winning the Intercontinental Cup in 1985 and 1996. 11 11 Another football season is over, with Europe’s top leagues all taking a breather before the action starts again in a few months.The showpiece of the season, the Champions League final, was won by Real Madrid against Juventus to cap a great season for Los Blancos; they won four trophies in all to make it 84 honours in the history of the Bernabeu club.Other successful teams include Chelsea, Bayern Munich and beaten European finalists Juve, who all won league titles in their respective countries.But, which club is Europe’s most successful in terms of trophies won?It’s not exactly a straightforward question to answer, because opinions differ over what should constitute a trophy.For example, for some people one-off contests such as the Community Shield have been dismissed when it comes to trophy tallies, but these events – often known as ‘Super Cups’ – appear to be growing in prestige across the continent.For the purposes of simply counting the number of trophies won, we have included such competitions, although debate will continue to rage as to their relative merits.Additionally, we have restricted our ranking to clubs from the top four league competitions in Europe: England, Spain, Germany and Italy. These countries are historically the most dominant in European competition and, therefore, we have adjudged their domestic competitions to be the toughest to win.If we left it open to clubs from any European league, the result would see Scotland’s Rangers come out on top, with Northern Ireland’s Linfield in second and Scotland’s Celtic in third. But we are more interested in finding out who’s the cream of the cream.So take a look at the ranking above by clicking the right arrow…Competitions included: All UEFA competitions bar the Intertoto Cup (but including the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup), the Intercontinental Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup, domestic top division titles, main domestic cups and League Cups (now defunct in Germany and Spain and never competed for in Italy, but held since the 1960s in England), and domestic ‘Super Cups’ (known in England as the Community Shield).All statistics correct as of June 8, 2017. 3. Bayern Munich have won 67 trophies – The kings of German football, Bayern have won the Bundesliga title a record 27 times and the German Cup on a record 18 occasions. They also won the now defunct German League Cup six times and the German Super Cup five times. Outside Germany, Bayern boast five European Cups/Champions Leagues, including three-in-a-row in the mid-1970s. They have won every European trophy, with one Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup triumph to their name. Bayern have also won the Intercontinental Cup twice and one Club World Cup, and are the only German club to complete the treble. 8. Arsenal have won 44 trophies – Arsenal hold the record for the number of FA Cups won, with their success in 2017 taking their tally to 13 in the oldest football competition in the world. They can boast 13 English top flight titles, and share the record for most domestic doubles with Manchester United, having clinched both league and cup success in the same season on three occasions. They have won the League Cup twice, including as part of a double with the FA Cup in 1993, plus 14 Charity/Community Shields. In Europe, Arsenal’s first trophy came with the Fairs Cup (a forerunner of the UEFA Cup/Europa League) in 1970, and they claimed the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994. 6. Liverpool have won 59 trophies – The most successful English club in European football, Liverpool have won five European Cups, putting them level with Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the all-time list. The Reds have also claimed three UEFA Cups and three UEFA Super Cups. On the home front, Liverpool have won 18 top flight English titles, seven FA Cups, a record eight League Cups and 15 Charity/Community Shields. The only trophies of note to elude them come on a global stage, having lost two Intercontinental Cup finals in the 1980s and the Club World Cup in 2005. They also lost the 1966 Cup Winners’ Cup final to Borussia Dortmund, so cannot complete the full set of UEFA competitions. 11 11 11 11 9. Internazionale have won 39 trophies – The only Italian club to win the treble, Inter won five trophies alone in 2010, including the Champions League, Serie A, Italian Cup, Italian Super Cup and Club World Cup. Overall, they have won three European Cups/Champions League, 18 Serie A titles, seven Italian Cups, five Italian Super Cups, three UEFA Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one Club World Cup. 7. AC Milan have won 48 trophies – Milan are second only to Real Madrid when it comes to European Cup/Champions League victories, having been crowned champions of Europe on seven occasions. Their first success in the competition came in 1963, while their most recent Champions League final victory was in 2007. Until Real’s success in 2017, Milan had been the last club to successfully defend the European Cup, winning back-to-back trophies in 1989 and 1990. Additionally, they have won two Cup Winners’ Cups, five UEFA Super Cups, three Intercontinental Cups and one Club World Cup. On the domestic front, Milan boast 18 Serie A titles, five Italian Cups and seven Italian Super Cups – with their most recent Supercoppa coming in 2016/17. 11 10. Atletico Madrid have won 28 trophies – Atletico have been very successful in recent years, winning seven trophies since 2010. Their 2014 triumph in La Liga took Atleti’s Spanish title count to 10, the same number of times they have won the Spanish Cup, with two Spanish Super Cups for good measure. In 1962 they won their first European honour, the Cup Winners’ Cup, followed by Europa League and UEFA Super Cup doubles in 2010 and 2012 respectively. The European Cup/Champions League has eluded them, despite being seconds away from winning two finals, as well as contesting a shoot-out in the 2016 final, but they did win the 1974 Intercontinental Cup – the predecessor to FIFA’s Club World Cup – when European Cup holders Bayern Munich declined to take part. Atletico beat South American champions Independiente over two legs to be crowned world champions. 11 11. Chelsea have won 27 trophies – click the right arrow to discover Europe’s most successful teams – The Blues have won six top flight English titles, seven FA Cups, five League Cups and they were the first English club to win every UEFA trophy. In 2012 they became the only London club to win the Champions League, adding the Europa League a year later to complete the continental set, along with two victories in the now defunct Cup Winners’ Cup and one in the UEFA Super Cup. They have also won four Community Shields. The Blues had racked up 11 trophies prior to Roman Abramovich’s arrival, but have since won 16 in 14 years. last_img read more

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Chelsea fans enjoy Kenedy’s performance for Newcastle against Spurs

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Kenedy just sent about 4 Spurs players back to North London— Michael English (@mikeenglishcfc) August 11, 2018 Chelsea loanee Kenedy impressed for Newcastle against Tottenham on Saturday.The 22-year-old, who can play both as a winger or wing-back, appeared on the left side of the Magpies‘ midfield in their Premier League opener. Kenedy leaving Davinson Sanchez in his wake 1 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won gameday cracker How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures tense Dare I say it. We should’ve left Kennedy to play LB. Pace is good,younger,skills he got plenty why the hell did we panic and loan him? #cfc #NEWTOT— Raphy (@Emma_rafeal) August 11, 2018 On multiple occasions after picking up the ball, the Brazilian opted to drive at opposition midfielders and defenders.He caused Spurs’ uncertain central midfield pairing of Eric Dier and Moussa Sissoko plenty of problems and attracted praise from fans of his parent club.You can see a round-up of the best social media reaction below. How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? smart causal Kennedy you animal. Still a blue and he still hates Spxrs.— Kante’s twin🚬⚽️ (@CFCJoeBlue) August 11, 2018 Kennedy singled handedly tearing the Spurs midfield apart.. #CFC— Will Birch (@WillBirch1905) August 11, 2018 Kenedy is ripping your team apart 🤣🤣— KingDave (@KingCFCDave) August 11, 2018 possible standings REAL DEAL Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City possible xi Latest Chelsea News REVEALED shining silverware kenedy running through the whole spurs team 👀— – grace – (@grace_cfc_) August 11, 2018 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham starlast_img read more

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CALL FOR GARDA TOP BRASS TO MEET WITH INISHOWEN MUNICIPAL COUNCILLORS

first_imgA county councillor has urged the Municipal District of Inishowen Council area manager to arrange immediately a meeting with the Garda Superintendent to brief council members on Garda personnel, numbers and resources.Cllr Albert Doherty said there needs to be a meeting to further discuss policing in Inishowen, recent local crime responses, weekend policing and the Garda role in the local parish.Councillor Doherty remarked,”During the recent election campaign and over the recent summer months many community groups as well as local residents have expressed their concerns at the increase in petty and more serious crime in the Inishowen area. “Serious assaults,threats and robberies have occurred at petrol station outlets and a number of private homes have been burgled both while family occupants were in the house and while the family home was empty.“A recent week end incident where family members were at a memorial mass for a dearly loved and returned to find their home entered and possessions taken was particularly distasteful and merits particular condemnation.“In my own area,Carndonagh,the summer months has witnessed among others burglaries,attempted burglaries theft of work equipment and tools,cars interfered with,damage at and to sporting clubs,continued damage to facilities at the Barrack Hill costing up to five thousand euro and a recent robbery of money at and damage to a local cafe.”He said councillors are messengers from the community to the council and to many other bodies including An Garda Siochana and are expected to raise pressing concerns. “The community in turn await the responses received by Councillors to allay the grievances worries and anxieties highlighted.The questions shared with me locally include ‘Who are the Garda personnel living in our communities? How familiar are the Gardai with the needs and safety assurances required in our rural parish area?When are the Gardai to be found on the beat? What are the resources available for week ends and particulary at week end nights.”The Sinn Fein politician said in Inishowen there is an apparent “knowledge deficit” about Garda resources and supports for the local communities.What will happen to or with the recently renovated garda station in Clonmany?A begging question from parishoners, he said.“I believe that the newly established Municipal District of Inishowen and the newly elected members have the potential to deliver improved sevices for Inishowen and Co Donegal.“I welcome the unanimous support received at the first meeting of the council from my fellow elected councillors.I trust that the meeting with the Garda Superintendent will occur later in the month and that safety benefits to all the people’s will result,” Cllr Doherty concluded.CALL FOR GARDA TOP BRASS TO MEET WITH INISHOWEN MUNICIPAL COUNCILLORS was last modified: September 10th, 2014 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:GardaInishowentop brasslast_img read more

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Humboldt Crabs lose second straight with 5-2 loss to San Lenadro Ports

first_imgARCATA >> Tyson Fisher certainly hopes his team can bounce back from their second loss of the season a whole lot better than they did from their first.Falling behind 5-0 after just two innings, the Humboldt Crabs never found their footing in a 5-2 loss to the San Leandro Ports on Tuesday night at the Arcata Ball Park. The early deficit proved to be too much for the Humboldt offense, one that managed just six hits total and has scored five runs after exploding for 25 the first two games of the …last_img read more

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BHP Billiton’s African expansion

first_img11 February 2004Global resources giant BHP Billiton officially opened its multi-million dollar Hillside aluminium expansion project in KwaZulu-Natal last week, and is exploring further opportunities for growing its aluminium operations in South Africa and Mozambique.The expansion project at BHP Billiton’s Hillside Aluminium smelter at Richards Bay reached full production in December, just 20 months after the project commenced in April 2003, at a total cost expected to come in under the original budget of US$449-million.This expansion, by 132 000 tons per annum, will raise Hillside’s production to 670 000 tons per annum, making it the largest smelter in the southern hemisphere and the western world.According to the company, some 1 200 people received training in various construction skills during the project. “About $80-million was spent directly in the KwaZulu-Natal region, with a further spend of $7-million per annum expected from the expansion’s continuing operations”, the company said in a statement.“To date, 22 contracts valued in total at US$20-million have been awarded to black economic empowerment procurement and service providers.”Business Day reported that BHP Billiton chairman Don Argus, speaking at the Hillside 3 opening ceremony at Richards Bay last week, said the company had begun a project to explore opportunities for adding value to its southern African aluminium operations.BHP Billiton accounts for approximately 7% of total global aluminium production from its Hillside and Bayside smelters in South Africa and its Mozal smelter in neighbouring Mozambique.Roughly 20% of the Australia-based company’s assets – including coal, manganese, ferrochrome and aluminium – are in southern Africa. The company, the biggest mining company in the world, resulted from the merger in 2001 of Australian firm BHP and South Africa’s Billiton.Earlier this month, the group appointed Dr Vincent Maphai, currently corporate affairs director at SABMiller, as chair of BHP Billiton South Africa.Maphai will be the most senior group executive located in southern Africa, and will report to BHP Billiton executive director Mike Salamon.Salamon said in a statement that southern Africa “is a core element of our global business activities, and Dr Maphai’s experience and stature will hold us in good stead as we progress our empowerment initiatives and seek development opportunities throughout the region.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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South Africa moves up the Mo Ibrahim Index

first_imgSouth Africa’s overall ranking has risen from 5 to 4Johannesburg, Wednesday 1 October 2014 – Brand South Africa today welcomed the results of the 2014 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance which saw South Africa’s overall position move from 5 to 4.Download press releaseIn addition, South Africa has improved in eight of the sub-indicators in the report including:AccountabilityParticipationGenderBusiness environmentInfrastructureRural sectorWelfare, andHealthThe Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance is the third index in the last few months that has observed improvements in South Africa’s infrastructure. The indices on which South Africa’s ranking in infrastructure has improved include the recently released World Economic Forum’s Global Competitive Index and the Institute of Management Development.Reflecting on the 2014 Mo Ibrahim Index, Brand South Africa’s CEO Miller Matola said: “South Africa’s improvements in 8 sub-indicators is very encouraging. Our ranking on infrastructure development also bodes well for our economic growth and development since good infrastructure is attractive to investors and makes it easier to conduct business more efficiently and effectively.”“Despite improvements in the areas highlighted above, we note with concern a decrease in our ranking on Safety & Rule – from position 7 to 8 and Participation and Human Rights from position 3 to 4 this year. These issues impact equally on our competitiveness and ability to attract inward flows of investment.”Brand South Africa will host the second annual South African Competitiveness Forum in Sandton, Johannesburg on 4-5 November 2014 where South Africa’s competitiveness and how it can be strengthened will be discussed by a range of stakeholders.The conversation can be followed at @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Boitumelo MpeteTel: +27 11 712 5007Mobile: +27 (0) 82 358 9047Email: boitumelom@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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Trinamool Congress announces five names for Rajya Sabha nomination

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chairperson Mamata Banerjee on Sunday announced five names for nomination to Rajya Sabha.Rajya Sabha MP and party national spokesperson Derek O’ Brien, MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy and MP Dola Sen have been re-nominated to the Upper House.The two other nominations are former Congress leader Manas Ranjan Bhuniya, who recently joined the TMC and Santa Chettri, a former MLA from Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) from the hills who joined the TMC.The nomination of Dr. Bhunia and Ms. Chettri is being considered as a fine balancing act by Ms. Banerjee in the political circles.On the one hand it is a message to the people in Darjeeling that the TMC is nominating a representative from the hills. On the other, it gives a clear indication that those joining TMC from other parties will be rewarded as per their merit.Debabrata Bandhopadhyay, a retired IAS officer who was nominated by the party in 2011 to the Rajya Sabha, has not been considered while Srinjoy Bose, another member nominated by the TMC in 2011 has left the party.Elections to six seats from West Bengal will be held in August. The TMC which won 211 seats in the 2016 Assembly polls, can nominate five members. The Congress and Left Parties can send one member to the Upper House if they join hands. In 2011, the Left parties had nominated CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and Congress’s Pradip Bhattacharya and their terms will expire in August 2017. The name of the sixth candidate is a matter of much speculation after Mr. Yechury had decided not to seek nomination to the Upper House.last_img read more

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