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first_imgThe Warriors (8-1) will look to earn their sixth straight victory Friday night against the Timberwolves (4-4).Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup… CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m.Projected Timberwolves starters: Taj Gibson, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jeff Teague, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins.How the Timberwolves are doing: The Wolves have been a circus this season.Point black.After …last_img

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first_imgEuropean Union (EU) is today the number one exporter to Southern Africa, its main trade partner and the major investor in the Region. Within this context, some of the most influential business leaders from Southern Africa and Europe gathered in Johannesburg today to explore exciting opportunities for growth and investment.The fifth edition of the South Africa-Italy Indaba, taking place this year on October 23 and 24 at the Maslow Hotel, has grown to become one of the most important forums to discuss strategic economic issues between the whole of Southern Africa, Italy and Europe at large.Organised by The European House Ambrosetti (TEHA), in partnership with the Gauteng Government, the summit was addressed by among others Trevor Manuel, former South African Finance Minister and now President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Special Envoy on Investment, who spoke on the topic of Africa’s viability as an investment destination.TEHA’s Managing Partner and CEO, Valerio De Molli, said in opening the summit that the event’s aim was “to put Southern Africa on the radar of European companies, together with the many opportunities the region offers”.“At the base of this engagement and commitment there has always been the certainty that the two regions are, and will be, vital for each other. European Union (EU) exports towards Southern Africa have returned to growth in the past year, strengthening the EU position as the major exporter towards the region and reaching a value of 72 Billion Euro (R1.2 trillion). This value is almost twice that of the United States of America, the United Arab Emirates and India combined, and is 15% more than the Chinese one. In addition, EU is today the major partner of Africa for growth of the region, with total FDIs stock in the continent totalling 302 billion Euro, more than double the US investments` stock and 8 times Chinese ones” De Molli, whose TEHA has been nominated as the number one think tank in Italy, told delegates at the summit today.The transport sector’s importance to the growth of investment between Europe and Southern Africa was a crucial part of the opening day of the summit.South Africa’s Transport Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, told the summit the “investment into research and innovation in the transport sector is an absolute necessity”.“We’re looking to introduce transport innovation hubs to harness the great potential we have in terms of innovation. These will not only be restricted to South Africa, but will be in partnership with the SADC region and the rest of the African continent. There are lots of opportunities in the region for public transport. We in South Africa have very interesting examples, while not perfect, of what can be done. We have established bus rapid transport systems in 13 South African cities, investing billions of rands, which can be copied in the region, in a very integrated way,” said Dr Nzimande.         He said less than 1% of government budgets on the African continent was spent on innovation, whereas Europe spent at least 5% on innovation.“South Africa, SADC and the rest of Africa provide huge opportunities for investment, not least from Europe, that can change our continent. If the first three industrial revolutions left us behind, we must not be left behind with the fourth industrial revolution,” Dr Nzimande added.He said the areas of civil aviation, the fact that Africa had the largest inland waterway in the world, and maritime transport were all areas of “huge opportunity for growth and development” and collaboration between African countries and Europe.Zimbabwe’s Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Fortune Chasi, said the country’s new dawn following the election of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, represented a golden opportunity.“Zimbabwe is on the cusp of huge economic infrastructure development in every respect. We bring to SADC investment opportunities that arise from the challenges we are facing. We have not been able to keep up with our huge infrastructure demands. A congenial atmosphere has now been created for foreign partnerships and private investment. If we achieve cohesiveness as a region, transport has the opportunity of driving our economies to much higher levels,” Chasi told the summit.Other topics addressed at the summit today included the “financial tools to improve Africa’s investibility”, the “intermodal paradigm in transport and logistics” and “smart technologies and the city of the future”.          A major highlight on the opening day of the summit was an address by Jonathan Reichental, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of California’s Silicon Valley City of Palo Alto.Some of the points Reichental made was the need to prepare for a world where computers – and not people – would drive cars in future, and how cities needed to be designed differently.Reichental also spoke of how the future of the world was “solar” and how this would transform the economic systems of the world.“As leaders we’re not thinking boldly enough. We have the most complex work in the world – in the most complex environments of the world – our cities. We’re just at the beginning of an incredible transformation, where all the possibilities and opportunities to build amazing cities and improve the quality of life of our people, is worth trillions of dollars. I encourage us to innovate cities, because then you can really, truly change the world,” said Reichental.De Molli said going forward the summit would be known as the “Africa-Europe CEO Dialogue”.Some of the Italian companies that are supporting the summit include MA Automotive, Building Energy, CNH Industrial, Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane, Fiera Milano, Terna, Alitalia and Ubi Banca.“We are convinced that, by working together, Southern Africa and European companies can unleash and nurture the growth of the continent,” said De Molli.On behalf of The European House Ambrosettilast_img
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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As everyone involved in agribusiness knows, this industry is ever-changing. Whether you are a farmer or a supplier, the cyclical ups and downs of this business are unavoidable. It’s important to know how to adapt to changes in the economy, markets, customers, competition, technology, regulations, taxes…the list goes on and on. Adapting is easier to do when you partner with the right people, a good accountant being one of them.An accounting professional with extensive experiences in the agribusiness space will end up being a pleasant surprise and a trusted advisor to your business. That trust will grow as you watch them handle not only the tasks you would expect, such as your taxes, but also as they guide you towards making sound decisions that will help your operation reach the next level.For example, an accountant can help you in regards to growth, expansion, and even best industry practices. One Holbrook & Manter client explains this a bit further sharing, “we might be thinking about buying another farm and trying to understand the financial ramifications so we’ll get a hold of Holbrook & Manter and have a what if discussion. Having this kind of input on a timely basis is really important when you come to forks in the road. Some of these opportunities only come along every generation or so and if you can’t be confidant and quick in making a move, you’re going to wait another generation or two. H&M is always there for us when we need them.”Your accountant should have a deep dive understanding of your operations, so that they are able to assist you with detailed elements that help keep your business running smoothly. A current Holbrook & Manter client notes, “It’s more than just H&M’s accounting support that impresses me. We aren’t network engineers so when we needed to establish a computer network to work with our accounting package and some industry-type software, they offered to help and proceeded to get H&M’s IT group involved. They did a wonderful job helping us figure out the system components we needed and recommending a firm to do the installation.”Should you enjoy handling certain accounting aspects of your business, working with an accountant doesn’t have to be the end of that. An accountant should recognize your strengths, and focus on assisting you in the areas that you would like to spend less time worrying about. Perhaps you like monitoring cash flow, but taxes aren’t for you. A valued client of ours shares, “I spend a lot of my time looking at numbers and thinking about what we can do to drive better business results — that is my focus. But, I rely heavily on H&M to make sure we are doing the things strategically that we need to do to minimize our tax burden and stay in compliance.”Knowing where you stand financially on a day-to-day basis is vitally important. Your accountant should be able to provide you with financial statements, balance sheets and current cash flow information. If your mindset is bigger picture in nature, accountants who are certified to perform business valuations can assess your current operations and discuss the value of your business with you. Or if you would rather pass the operations along then succession planning is very important for you. Even if you are currently in a good place financially, you can’t stay there without proper strategic planning. Work with your accountant to develop strategic business plans that include objectives, measurable goals and supporting actions to be implemented against a measurable specified timetable. A firm like Holbrook & Manter, who has experience in the agriculture industry, can help you reach your financial goals.So you see; an accountant is so much more than a number cruncher. They are an important strategic partner in your agribusiness’ success. In the accounting industry, we find that many of those owning or running a business, are doing it well. They already handle a great deal of their financial responsibilities on their own, but would like to have someone lighten their load, or remove these elements from their plate completely. An accountant who is experienced and more importantly, who cares deeply about your goals is the answer. Be open to a partnership that will serve you well for years to come.Stephen C. Smith CPA, CGMA, MBA and CVA is a Principal at Holbrook & Manter, primarily focusing on the areas of Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, including manufacturing, agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. He can be contacted at 614-494-5300 or HolbrookManter.com. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 in central Ohio.last_img read more

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first_img “Even the district officials were involved in making the wrong decisions. The family of the martyrs lost everything but no accountability is fixed,” Mr. Gajbhiye said. He informed the House of his meeting with the families of those killed and said some of them are in dire straits.Mr. Gajbhiye said the families have yet to get any help from the government. Even the promised ₹25 lakh as insurance cover has not reached them. The Hindu had reported on May 15 that the insurance policy for the conflict zone had lapsed earlier this year owing to red tapism and delays by the Director General of Police’s office in Mumbai. “The State must now give each family member a government job. The government must take immediate steps for this,” he said.Mr. Kesarkar said the government would announce jobs for family members in less than seven days. This will be done with all documentation in place, he said. “We will ensure that ₹25 lakh is also paid on time,” he assured the House.In one of the worst retaliatory attacks on the anti-naxal security forces, Maoist insurgents had blown up an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) killing men of the QRT. The unit was proceeding from the police station in Kurkheda taluka, nearly 60 km north of Gadchiroli, when the blast was triggered after Naxals had torched 36 vehicles on May 1. Gadchiroli Naxal attack: Troop pullout may have left a hole in red zone security grid Nearly one-and-a-half months after a Naxal attack in which 15 personnel of the Gadchiroli police were killed, the government on Friday announced the suspension of a senior police officer for not following the Standard Operating Procedure (SoP).Minister of State (Home) Deepak Kesarkar said in the Maharashtra Council that Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shailesh Kale, was being suspended for sending the Quick Response Team (QRT) on patrol without following the SOP in place for conflict zones. A preliminary probe of the Home Department had found lapses in adherence to the SOP.The Minister was responding to a calling attention motion raised by Prakash Gajbhiye (Congress) and Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde, who pointed out that the death of 15 policemen was a direct result of negligence by senior police officials, who had instructed the unit to, at one point, proceed in open jeeps.Also Readlast_img read more

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first_imgThe winner of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) Schools’ Essay Competition is upper sixth form student of Munro College, St. Elizabeth, Raheem Smith. Upper sixth form student of Clarendon College, Kameesha Beecher, copped second place winner, while Shavine Briscoe, a student of Cornwall College, Montego Bay, placed third. At a prize-giving ceremony held on Friday, December 14 at the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in New Kingston, Mr. Smith expressed the view that the Convention should be included in the schools’ curriculum. “Not many people are aware of it and so the essay was a form of allowing students to be aware of it. I think it should be incorporated in the school’s curriculum, because it is very important to the development of our country,” he told JIS News. Mr. Smith made a power-point presentation on his recent trip to the United States, where he attended a Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the Law of the Sea Convention held on December 10 and 11, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The five-day all expense paid trip, which was the first prize of the Competition, was sponsored by Caribbean Airlines Limited and members of the Jamaican diaspora in New York. Accommodation was secured by the Jamaica Consulate General in New York. The sixth former said the research information for his essay under the theme, ‘Oceans for All; The World’s Common Heritage,’ was obtained from websites of the United Nations and the International Seabed Authority (ISA). Mr. Smith said he also received advice and assistance from his teacher and thanked the organizers and sponsors of the Competition. “It was an experience that I will treasure for a lifetime. It was my first time in New York and I learnt a lot, especially being at the General Assembly for the first time. I’ll treasure the moments,” he said. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Paul Robotham, said the Ministry was keen on raising awareness of the importance of the Convention and the fact that Jamaica is the headquarters for the International Seabed Authority (ISA), an autonomous international organisation established under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.  “For a small country to be the headquarters for a big international institution is quite an achievement and something that all Jamaicans and school children should be proud of and this exercise should held to spread that message,” he said. He pointed out that Jamaica was instrumental in negotiating the Convention including the late former Permanent Representative to the ISA, Dr. the Hon. Kenneth Rattray and President, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Judge Patrick Robinson. The Permanent Secretary also mentioned the role being played by the Chairman of the 30th Anniversary Planning Committee and Deputy Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the International Seabed Authority (ISA), Coy Roache. “He has been there all along and has made tremendous contribution to the development of this Convention and Jamaica’s participation in the Sessions,” he added. Bringing greetings at the function, Principal Legal Officer at the ISA, Kening Zhang, who represented the Secretary General of the ISA, Nii Odunton, said the recipient of the second prize, Kameesha Beecher, will benefit from a three-week paid internship at the ISA during its annual Session in 2013. He said Ms Beecher will enjoy “hands-on” experience of the work and meetings of the Authority. The Competition was part of a year-long celebration for the 30th Anniversary of the Opening for signature of the Law of the Sea Convention. The Convention was opened for signature in Montego Bay on December 10, 1982 and attracted a record of 119 signatures, the largest number of signatures ever affixed to a treaty on its first day.last_img read more

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first_img 50 young people from the communities of Flanker and Norwood in Montego Bay, St. James have received certificates The 30 males and 20 females, deemed at-risk, benefited from life skills training The FPC was awarded a grant of approximately $1.3 million to carry out the camp Story Highlights Approximately 50 young people from the communities of Flanker and Norwood in Montego Bay, St. James have received certificates of participation for their involvement in an eight-week summer camp operated by the Family and Parenting Centre (FPC).The presentations were made at a closing ceremony held on Sunday, September 22, at the FPC in Unity Hall.The 30 males and 20 females, deemed at-risk, benefited from life skills training in areas of self awareness, emotional needs, happiness and balance, empathy, managing anger, conflict resolution, choosing a career path, job application and interview, and sexuality management. They also participated in sporting activities.The summer camp, held from July 22 to September 13, was funded by the European Union (EU) and the Government of Jamaica (GOJ), under the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP) being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). The FPC was awarded a grant of approximately $1.3 million to carry out the camp.Founder and administrator at the FPC, Dr. Beverly Scott, said that working with the young people “gave us clearer insight into the culture of the communities and the challenges that they (the youngsters) face, and how they deal with these challenges.  At the outset we got a few demonstrations of how they settle their conflicts.”She stated that by the end of the camp there were more instances of peaceful solutions being brought to the fore when problems arise.Programme Manager of the PRP, Dr. Eleanor Henry, in bringing greetings, underscored the importance of young people in at-risk communities being exposed to social intervention programmes that are “designed to assist in the diversion from crime and violence to gainful activities and occupations”.She extended congratulations to the team at the FPC, “for their vision and most importantly, for expending the efforts to coordinate and implement this (summer camp)”. She described the camp as yet another programme geared towards nation building.Guidance Counsellor at the St. James High School, Radcliff Virgo, who delivered the keynote address, told the young people that there is nothing wrong with their communities, noting that every area has good and bad influences.He said that it is  for the individual to determine, which of the influences he or she will follow.“I implore you to continue to live those positive traits that you have been taught……..each day you should tell yourself that it is a day for me to do better than I did yesterday,” Mr. Virgo urged.He further encouraged them to set their own standards and be happy with their achievements.last_img read more