Trade centre to promote exports

first_img6 December 2002A private company is planning to open a trade centre in Johannesburg’s inner city for local exporters to exhibit products and services to foreign trade missions and visitors.The International Trade Bureau (ITB) says the exorbitant costs of finding new markets hamper many companies’ ambitions to become successful exporters and that a local trade centre could ovecome this problem.The ITB says that each year South Africa hosts foreign visitors from 59 European countries, 57 countries in Africa; 30 Asian countries; 25 Pacific Rim countries; 16 countries in the Middle East; 3 Indian Ocean Islands and 39 countries in North, Central & South America.The original plan was to house the centre at the bottom of Rissik Street, across the road from the SA Revenue Service building, but the company is also looking at a number of alternative buildings in the inner city.Mile Stojacovic, ITB managing director, said: “The total investment will be an estimated R25 million.’ He said that the venture has the support of the Gauteng Economic Development Agency (GEDA) and the Johannesburg Development Agency. “The project has also attracted the interest of Trade & Investment South Africa, who have been approached to assist in promoting the centre internationally through their consulates and embassies,’ Stojacovic said.Anton Pispeki, ITB marketing manager, said that they have received many requests from foreign embassies and consulates to open trade offices in the city centre. He said they were currently negotiating with a number of landlords for a bigger building but still expected to open for business in March next year.At the official launch in September, Graeme Reid, CEO of the Johannesburg Development Agency said: “The International Trade Bureau is one of the many exciting developments and initiatives aimed at regenerating the Johannesburg city centre.”In addition to the provision of a comprehensive range of trade facilitation services, the international trade centre will offer 15 000m² of permanent exhibition space for 1 310 South African and foreign companies.It says a plan for the centre, depending on the number of floors, will include a ground floor and lobby dedicated to the South African mining, industrial and capital equipment sector. The first 10 floors will be dedicated to South African products by industry sector.These industry sectors have been segmented to include mining and industrial; transport equipment; chemical and allied industries; hardware and building materials; defence and telecommunications; electrical and security; textile and tourism; medical and pharmaceutical; and food and beverage.The remaining floors will be dedicated to exhibiting foreign products organised according to the region from which they originate.Permanent exhibition space will range in size from 6 – 12m², and exhibition contract terms will be for either 6, 12 or 18 months. The rotation of permanent exhibitors will ensure that as many companies as possible get the benefit of access to foreign markets.A total of 85 consultants will be employed, which will give the trade centre a ratio of 1 consultant per 15 exhibitors.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Video: Beauty and the Beast

first_imgBroadway smash-hit musical Beauty and the Beast, boasting an all-South African cast in a lavish, large-scale prodution, has had its run at Cape Town’s Artscape Opera House extended to 22 March. Take a look at what you’re missing – if you haven’t seen it already! Click arrow to play video.last_img

MH370 final report is just the beginning of a new search for the truth

first_imgThe final report into the disappearance of MH370 issued by Malaysia is not final for the relatives, the aviation industry or the conspiracy theorists.It is just the beginning of a new phase of the search into the most bizarre disappearance of modern history.The 495-page report is comprehensive but despite the pages of detail the authorities are “unable to determine the real cause for the disappearance of MH370.”It is a great shame that all the Malaysian authorities responsible for the aviation industry in March 2014 were not as thorough when MH370 disappeared.At the time of the disappearance, the Malaysian oversight of its airline industry was only 30 percent compliant with international standards.Read: Families disappointed in the MH370 report.It was as though everyone was asleep at the wheel on that haunting Saturday morning.Fighters should have been scrambled to follow MH370 as has been done many times around the world – including Australia – when a plane goes “silent.”The report raises the issue of the captain’s flight simulator but in stark contrast to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau report backs away from any connection to the events of MH370.The Malaysian report says that the Royal Malaysian Police Forensic Report concluded: “that there were no unusual activities other than game-related flight simulations.”However, the ATSB said that “six weeks before the accident flight the Pilot in Command had used his simulator to fly a route, initially similar to part of the route flown by MH370 up the Strait of Malacca, with a left-hand turn and track into the southern Indian Ocean.”The Malaysian report does, however, point the finger at human intervention.It says that the aircraft was under manual control not autopilot when it made the various turns and that it could not be established whether the aircraft was flown by anyone other than the pilots.The Malaysians also agree with the ATSB that at the end of the flight the plane was in a dive with no-one on control with the aircraft’s flaps retracted rather than a pilot controlled soft ditching on the ocean as suggested by some.It also states that some of the debris that was found was almost certainly from the interior of MH370 indicating a violent impact.It is certain that this report is not the end and hopes are high within the industry that US-based Ocean Infinity will resume that search for MH370 later in the year – possible just outside the areas of greatest interest as identified by the ATSB, CSIRO, UWA and the Independent Group.last_img read more

Woman athlete Pinki Pramanik arrested on rape charges

first_imgAsian Games gold medallist woman athlete Pinki Pramanik, who won a gold medal at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, has been detained by the West Bengal police for allegedly torturing and attempting to rape a woman. The victim has claimed that Pinki is actually a male.Police sources said that Pinki could not be arrested on Thursday as she refused to undergo medical tests in a government hospital. For this reason, she could neither be arrested on Thursday nor produced in the court.Following the complaint, Pinki has been detained and permission has been sought for a medical test from the court on Pinki to ascertain her sex. Police sources said that Pinki would be arrested if the allegation is proved to be true.A complaint was lodged at the Baguihati police station in North 24-Parganas and accordingly the athlete was taken into the police custody on Thursday morning.Pinki won gold in 4×400 metres relay at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. She was a silver medallist at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games the same year and also won gold at the 2005 Asian Indoor Games.Pinki had achieved the special feat of triple of gold medals at the 2006 South Asian Games, winning the 400 and 800 metre events as well as the relay. The 25-year-old athlete works with Eastern Railway’s Sealdah division as a travelling ticket examiner.”We picked up Pinki Pramanik on Thursday morning following complaint lodged by a woman. The victim alleged she was raped by the athlete and claimed that Pinki is actually a male and has been cohabiting with her for past several months,” a police officer of Baguihati police station said. The police officer said Pinki had promised to marry her (the victim) but later refused to do so.advertisementDaughter of Durgacharan Pramanik, Pinki hails from a poor family in West Bengal’s Purulia district. Her village Tilakdih, bordering neighbouring Jharkhand, lacks in basic facilities. Training in this remote hamlet meant running about 10 km everyday by the river-side, till she was brought to Kolkata. Pinki couldn’t continue studies after class X.Pinki’s talent got noticed in March 2002 during an inter-district sports meet. Two months later, she created three state records in 100m, 200m and 400m in her age-group. Later, the Sports Authority India (SAI) took her under its fold and former national record holder Geeta Zutsi helped her hone athletic skills. She retired from athletics almost three years ago.last_img read more

SCENIC PARK TO WELCOME KAYAKERS

first_imgKayakers will be racing down the Missouri River on Saturday from Yankton to South Sioux City.It’s the annual South Dakota Kayak Challenge.The racers are expected to arrive at South Sioux City’s Scenic Park landing sometime in the afternoon on Saturday.South Sioux park officials also say 135 camper spots are now open for travelers to enjoy at Scenic Park with most equipped with electric, water, sewer and cable connections.Four cabins are also available for rent, along with tent sites.The South Sioux City Scenic Park Aquaplex will also open this weekend and the boat ramp is set for river excursions.last_img

FINAL HIT OUT FOR YOUTH WORLD CUP MENS 20’S

first_imgFor Australian Mens 20’s Coach Sam Ayoub, the 2004 NSW State Cup is about more than some good Touch viewing, a great time at the function or a chance to catch up with Touch mates. This is the final quality hit out his Australian 20 Years players will get before the 2004 Youth World Cup. The Youth World Cup is being held from January 19-23 at Kawana Waters on the Sunshien Coast and the tournament is coming quicker than people realise. With almost all of his players NSW based, Ayoub is pleased to see that a large proportion are representing Open sides in the State Cup. “This tournament is fantastic conditioning for the boys, it’s a great competition of Touch,” Ayoub said. “Playing in the Mens Open division exposes the boys to some quality opposition, something that will really challenge them and help with their preparation for the Youth World Cup.” With son Jai and also Troy Malcolm playing for the Parramatta Mens Open side, as well as Jay Miller playing for Western Suburbs, Mat Bird for Canterbury, Marc Kovacic for Penrith, James Harrington for Lismore and several others for Mens 23’s sides such as Yass and Western Suburbs, Ayoub is guaranteed of the chance to see how a large majority of his players are shaping up for the Youth World Cup. Not only is the tournament tough on fitness and skills, with each team playing around 10 or more games in three days, it is a great opportunity for the younger players to play alongside and against Australian Open representatives. Having never won a Men’s 20’s tournament at International level, Sam and his side are keen to reverse their recent results against the New Zealand Mens 20’s. “It’s really important for us to re-establish ourselves at that level and the Youth World Cup is that opportunity. It’s not good enough for us to just win the Opens or Seniors, we want to dominate in every division,” he said. Ayoub is not one to shy away from how tough the Kiwi sides will be however. “The New Zealand teams have been preparing for this for a long time, they are well drilled and well organized and are eager to maintain their dominance. We’re eager to take that away.” By Rachel Moyle media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

Ontario court dismisses class action lawsuit filed against Beer Store

first_imgTORONTO – A class action lawsuit filed against the Beer Store more than three years ago has been dismissed by the Ontario Superior Court.The Beer Store says the case was without merit and now the court has agreed.The lawsuit had alleged that as a result of an agreement to allocate the market for the supply of beer in Ontario between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Beer Store, those who bought beer in the province were overcharged.The lawsuit was filed by pub owner David Hughes on behalf of those who bought beer in Ontario between June 1, 2000 and the present.It had claimed $1.4 billion in general damages plus another $5 million in punitive and exemplary damages.Beer Store chairman Charlie Angelakos says the case was filled with factual errors and fundamentally misunderstood the way alcohol products are sold in Ontario.last_img read more

Gupta slams AAP govt over health services

first_imgNEW DELHI: Leader of Opposition, Vijender Gupta on Saturday asked the CM Kejriwal led Delhi Government which claims to spend Rs 7500 crore annually on health services as to what happened to 30,000 additional beds with all attendant medical staff and facilities which it had promised in its election manifesto 50 months back.He said that AAP had also promised that additional beds would include 4000 maternity beds. He added that when the AAP Government came to power in 2015, there were 9,817 beds in its hospitals. Accordingly, today this figure should have gone up to about 39,817 after 50 months of governance. “But it is surprising that in place of taking the bed strength to 30,000, AAP Government could struggle to increase just 213 beds in its hospitals. It failed to increase even a single bed in the maternity ward out of 4,000 promised. Thus, the Government could achieve 0.71% of its target. The poor performance should put the Government to shame which claims to spend 25% of its total budget on the health sector,” he said.last_img read more

Recall of Moroccan ambassador in Algiers “appropriate and clear decision against…

first_imgBordeaux – The Minister of Communication and government spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi, said on Thursday that the ambassador was asked to come back to the Kingdom because of “Algeria’s aggressive position on the Moroccan Sahara.”Mr. El Khalfi, who was speaking at a press conference after the cabinet meeting, stressed that it “was impossible for Morocco to ignore the unprecedented hostility of Algiers regarding a decisive national cause, namely the Western Sahara issue.”Recalling the Algerian president’s message during a meeting in Abuja with a group of individuals who are hostile to Morocco on 28 October, the government spokesman pointed out that “it is not coming from an organization, committee or Human Rights group, but a message from the highest authority in Algeria. “ This message “contains allegations on several topics concerning Human Rights that Morocco could not ignore,” he added.Mr. El Khalfi noted that Morocco has made this decision in order to defend its choice on a national issue, noting that it is not only about an international mechanism for monitoring human rights, and the request to extend the powers of MINURSO, but rather the growing hostility towards Morocco.The official said that any decision on this issue will be announced in due time, adding that Morocco has launched an information campaign to clarify its position. The government is to organize a meeting with the country’s political parties in order to explain the Kingdom’s position. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Ohio State womens basketball holds on at Rutgers 6758

OSU junior forward Shayla Cooper (32) and Purdue sophomore center Bree Horrocks jostle for position in a game on Jan. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 90-70. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorSnow was a concern in Piscataway, New Jersey, along with the rest of the East Coast, but the Big Ten matchup between No. 7 Ohio State (14-4, 6-1) and Rutgers (12-7, 3-4) women’s basketball played on regardless.The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights battled throughout the entire 40 minutes of play. With preparation being essential in the midst of the conference schedule, the Scarlet and Gray exhibited that they were the primed team, winning 67-58.Coming into the matchup, the Scarlet Knights led the Big Ten in scoring defense while the Buckeyes led in scoring offense, making it an intriguing battle on paper and, initially, in reality.It took a couple possessions for the Buckeyes to warm up to the Louis Brown Athletic Center environment, but once they got in a groove, they began to get back to their exemplary scoring ways.Rutgers was right behind the Buckeyes in the first quarter, forcing OSU to earn all of its points, and offensively being patient for high-quality shots. Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field in the first, showcasing fantastic efficiency.With the lead changing 10 times, neither team was able to go on a run in the second quarter. The Scarlet Knights limited the Buckeyes from their bread-and-butter high-velocity transition offense, forcing them to slow the ball down and run a halfcourt set. Although OSU’s sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell was able to create her own shots, netting 14 points in the half, the scoring sensation likes to get her team involved on the fast break.Rutgers’ first-half offense was dedicated to running through its set plays and finishing in the paint. Senior forward Kahleah Copper brought in eight points in the first half, shooting 4-of-6 from the field, as well as grabbing nine rebounds. When the Buckeyes were able to protect the paint, the Scarlet Knights found sophomore guard Shrita Parker for open shots at the 3-point line. Parker ended the half with eight points also and converted both of her attempts from behind the arc.The third quarter told a different tale, as OSU picked up its scoring. With Rutgers coming out spotlighting Mitchell, the second half of the Buckeyes’ backcourt scoring duo, senior guard Ameryst Alston, took her turn in putting points on the board. Alston’s seventh point of the game surpassed the 1,900-point mark for her career, an impressive milestone for any collegiate basketball player. With 10 games still to play in the regular season, 2,000 career points is practical in her last crusade wearing scarlet and gray.Going into the closing quarter, OSU led by 17 points and did not have any intentions of letting the Scarlet Knights make their way back into the game.Applying full-court pressure to start the quarter established the Buckeyes presence and momentum, eliminating the Scarlet Knight productivity with their multiple half-court set plays.Once coach Kevin McGuff took off the full-court press, Rutgers immediately took advantage, cutting the lead down to single digits with fewer than five minutes to play in the game.Rather than a shift in momentum, the small run that Rutgers went on was simply a scare, as the Buckeyes were able to put a hold on the Scarlet Knights in the final minutes of play.Mitchell finished the game with 22 points, shooting 8-for-15 from the field in the matinee. Alston and sophomore forward Alexa Hart each accumulated 15 points, with Hart grabbing eight rebounds and Alston dishing out five assists.Rutgers had four players scoring in double digits, being led by Copper with 18 points and 13 rebounds. The sniper from 3-point land, Parker, ended with 13 points getting 12 of those points off of trey balls. Junior guard Tyler Scaife and redshirt senior Briyona Canty each chipped in 11 points.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to travel back home to Columbus looking to continue their winning streak against the Northwestern Wildcats (13-6, 2-5). The last time OSU lost was at Northwestern on Jan. 14. Thursday, the rock is set to be tossed up for tip off in the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. read more