Blues eye Cahill, striker eyes QPR

first_imgChelsea are reportedly preparing to steal England defender Gary Cahill from under the noses of rivals Tottenham.Arsenal are also interested in signing the Bolton centre-back, who almost joined Spurs in August.But the Daily Mail say Chelsea now lead the race for Cahill – and are set to offer highly-rated young midfielder Josh McEachran as bait.The paper suggests Chelsea will offer Bolton £7m for Cahill plus McEachran on loan in a bid to get their man.Meanwhile, Ghana striker Derek Asamoah plans to train with QPR in order to keep fit ahead of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.Helguson has been in great form.The 30-year-old told Accra-based Asempa FM he will link-up with Rangers after a three-week rest following the end of the season in South Korea, where he plays for Pohang Steelers.And with QPR discussing improved contracts for a number of players, the Mail picks up on a possible new deal for Heidar Helguson.The Icelander has netted six goals for Rangers this season and been compared to Bolton stalwart Kevin Davies by manager Neil Warnock.The fall-out from Fulham’s controversial victory over Liverpool is still in the news, with Luis Suarez expected to discover today whether he will face another FA charge.The Liverpool forward has already been charged for allegedly aiming a racist slur at Manchester United’s Patrice Evra at Anfield in October.And he could also be in hot water for his obscene gesture towards Fulham fans as he left the pitch at Craven Cottage on Monday.Meanwhile, it looks like Brentford will have to dig deep if they are to have any chance of signing striker Rory Donnelly from Cliftonville.Bees boss Uwe Rosler recently flew to Northern Ireland to watch him in action, but the Welsh media are reporting that Swansea have made a £100,000 bid for the 19-year-old.This page is updated throughout the day.Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

SA business environment ‘favourable’

first_img“The findings of the report are very interesting, particularly where they refer to the business environment in South Africa – the ease of doing business, regulatory framework, and all the different steps that need to be gone through when one is doing business in this country – which actually compare favourably to those of other peer countries,” said Davies. The report presents the results of a 2008 survey of 1 056 manufacturing industries, 68% of which are located in Johannesburg, 14% in Cape Town, 12% in Durban, and 6% in Port Elizabeth. Of these, 231 businesses were revisits from an earlier 2003 survey. Strengthening business competitiveness The report provides survey-based analytical advice to policy-makers, business leaders and civil society, with a view to strengthening business competitiveness in South Africa. “The challenge is to identify bottlenecks and take concrete actions.” South Africa’s business environment compares favourably with its peer group of upper- to middle-income economies globally, according to a new World Bank report, which adds however that certain improvements are still needed. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material These include raising the market share of efficient, high-performing enterprises, enhancing productivity, and increase export competitiveness for job-led, sustainable economic growth. 3 August 2010 South Africa could improve its productivity and competitiveness by increasing the market share of efficient producers. Given the high concentration of South African industry, this requires further efforts to enhance competition through more activist and innovative policies.Investments in employee training in small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) should be increased with better targeted government support.South Africa could do more to improve access to finance by SMMEs and support productive informal enterprises.center_img “Improving the investment climate in South Africa is critical for economic growth and job creation,” said Kagia. “For Africa’s largest economy, a better business environment will generate large spillovers benefits across the African continent. The report’s key messages are that: For the purpose of the survey, the comparator group of emerging economies was Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Malaysia, and Thailand. African spillover The report, entitled “South Africa: Second Investment Climate Assessment – Improving the Business Environment for Job Creation and Growth”, was prepared by a World Bank team in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry, and released by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and World Bank country director for South Africa Ruth Kagia last week. These countries are natural peers of South Africa, as all are relatively high-performing, resource-rich middle-income countries which have experienced significant export-driven industrialisation. He said that the government actively promoted the above factors as one of the country’s competitive advantages, adding that it was something they wanted to preserve and even improve on, as it was clearly important to attracting new business. “Furthermore, we acknowledge the challenges identified in the report, such as small business development and access to finance, and our department is working to address the challenges,” said Davies. “We welcome the report as a tool of dialogue, discussion and debate.”last_img read more

Education is offered as a solution

first_imgSakha Ingomso Lethu’s flagship programme aims to give access to quality education to those in rural South Africa. (Image: Wikipedia)Access to education is one of the defining differences between urban and rural youth – with opportunity far more easily available in cities than in the countryside.Sakha Ingomso Lethu, which means “building our future” in isiXhosa, aims to address this inequality. The NGO has a flagship programme, Sakha Ulutsha Lwethu, which means “we are building our youth”, to provide information and tools for rural and township youth to be able to access institutions of higher learning.It is the work of Simamkele Dlakavu, a social activist who has represented young people in various youth summits around the African continent and the world. In 2013, she was recognised by the Moremi Initiative, a Ghanaian NGO, as one of 28 of Africa’s Most Outstanding Emerging Women Leaders for 2013.Dlakavu holds a BA degree in international relations and political studies as well as an honours degree in political studies from the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2014, the Mail and Guardian newspaper named her one of South Africa’s Top 200 Young South Africans.“There are many reports that show the challenges facing rural and township youth attending school in these areas which include lack of infrastructure, lack of trained teachers, no facilities such as libraries or computer labs, amongst many well documented challenges,” Dlakavu wrote on SA Goodnews about the project.“What is often missing in such reports is the resilience and hunger that many of these youth have to get an education, which still remains one of the gateways to class mobility in South Africa.”Sakha embraces South Africa’s National Development Plan or Vision 2030, which seeks to improve the outcomes of the country’s rural development and education. In terms of the plan, South Africa is working to ensure people are not disadvantaged because they come from disadvantaged or rural areas.PARTNERSHIPSThe NGO held workshops in June 2015, during the school holidays, in Venda, in Limpopo. The province suffered serious educational challenges in the recent past when textbooks did not reach learners in time.“This year, in June/July, Sakha Ulutsha Lwethu partnered with Duke University and the Organisation for Tropical Studies, South Africa office (OTS) to run workshops for rural youth in HaMakuya, in Venda in Limpopo,” Dlakavu explained.“The workshops were focused on exposing the learners in HaMakuya to various study options for post-high school career options. The University of Cape Town, Wits University and the University of the Free State provided application forms, prospectuses and various other informational packages to help the students make the best choice proper fit career option.”Her group spoke to the learners about various funding options as many of them came from low income families. The area also had a very high unemployment rate, she explained, and many households were dependent on government grants and “piecemeal”, or temporary jobs.“OTS has been working in the HaMakuya area for a number of years now on various programmes such as the Global Health course run with Duke University, and as part of the programme a number of American (mostly) undergraduate students visit the area for about 10 days, three of which are spent on ‘homestay’ with the families in the area,” she said.“Yet the organisation realises the importance of not just taking from the community, but being able to give something back to the area and hence the partnership with Sakha was important.”Sakha held the workshops during the June school holidays but the turn out impressed Dlakavu. “Although it was still school holidays at the time of the workshops,” she said, “the students came out in numbers to listen and interact as some were in ‘winter school’, revising and already preparing for the final matric exams.“We heard the students want to pursue careers in engineering, medicine, the arts, law and many other careers. Yet, there were many other challenges such as uncertainty about where they would source funding for higher education, as well as uncertainty about the National Benchmark Tests some universities run.”last_img read more

Odisha Cong. gears up for polls

first_imgBuoyed by the return of Niranjan Patnaik as president of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee along with three working presidents, the party has started gearing up for the next year’s simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the State.The Congress leaders are working overtime not only to retain their party’s number two position in the State by blocking the Bharatiya Janata Party but also to take on the ruling Biju Janata Dal in a big way. The saffron party had emerged number two in the Zilla Parishad elections in 2017.The new team of leaders has already initiated a series of measures to strengthen the party organisation at the grassroots level. In a recent meeting of district presidents, the party decided to dismantle block level committees and strengthen Zilla Parishad zones as new organisational blocks.At the end of the two-day deliberations, Mr. Patnaik has made it clear that those leaders who are working with the people in rural areas will be given tickets to contest the next elections. Indiscipline will not be tolerated in the party and leaders having grievances should raise the issue in party forum instead of going to the media, he has said.Mr. Patnaik, who has already appointed presidents and working presidents in as many as 28 of the 33 organisational districts, is now planning to organise massive rallies in all districts to galvanise the party workers up to the booth level. He along with the party in-charge of Odisha has also visited all districts to activate the district units.last_img read more

10 Sikkim Democratic Front MLAs join BJP

first_imgTen MLAs of the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) joined the BJP on Tuesday, making the latter the main Opposition party in the Sikkim, where it failed to win a single seat in the recent Assembly polls. The MLAs joined the BJP in the presence of its national general secretary Ram Madhav, who is in-charge of the party’s affairs in the northeast, and later met party working president J.P. Nadda.Mr. Madhav told reporters that the SDF had a strength of 13 MLAs and its legislature party had decided to merge with the BJP.The BJP is running governments as the main party or in alliance with regional parties in all the northeastern States except Sikkim. With this development, the BJP will become the principal Opposition party in Sikkim.The party won 15 seats while its rival, the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), won 17 in the 32-member Assembly. Since two of the SDF MLAs had won from two seats, they resigned from one seat each, reducing the party’s strength to 13 in the House. The SDF was an NDA ally, but now the SKM has replaced it as a member of the BJP-headed North East Democratic Alliance.The MLAs who joined the BJP include Dorjee Tshering Lepcha, who has served as a Minister thrice in the Chamling government and is a five-term MLA, and three-term MLA Ugen Gyatso.Lone rangerThe SDF tried to put up a brave front saying that people of Sikkim were not used to national parties and one had to wait and watch to see how far this “new experiment” went.The SDF is now left with only one MLA —Mr. Chamling himself. “We are certainly facing the most challenging times,” SDF spokesperson P.D. Rai told The Hindu.(With inputs from Shiv Sahay Singh)last_img read more

When you have nausea and vomiting

first_imgAlternate NamesNausea – self-care; Vomiting – self-careSymptoms and Causes Having nausea (being sick to your stomach) and vomiting (throwing up) can be very difficult to go through:A stomach illness or pregnancy can cause nausea.Some medical treatment, such as a cancer treatment, can also cause nausea.Even anxiety (severe worry or stress) can cause nausea and vomiting.Being nauseous can make you not want to eat, and it can lead to unhealthy weight loss. Vomiting can make you dehydrated (dried out), and that can be dangerous. Once you and your doctor find the cause of your nausea or vomiting, you may be asked to take medicine, change your diet, or try other things to make you feel better.How to Treat Nausea and VomitingSit quietly when you feel nauseous. Sometimes moving around can make nausea worse. Try to take a nap. But do not lie down.Drink 8 – 10 glasses of clear fluids every day. Water is best. You can also sip fruit juices and flat soda (leave the can or bottle open to get rid of the bubbles). Try sports drinks to replace minerals and other nutrition you may be losing when you throw up.Eat 6 – 8 small meals throughout the day, instead of 3 big meals:Eat bland foods. Some of these are crackers, English muffins, toast, baked chicken and fish, potatoes, noodles, and rice.Try low-fat dairy products.Eat foods with a lot of water in them. Try clear soups, popsicles, and Jell-O.If you have a bad taste in your mouth, try rinsing with a solution of baking soda, salt, and warm water before you eat. Use 1 teaspoon baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 4 cups warm water. Spit out after rinsing.Sit up after you eat. Do not lie down.Find a quiet, pleasant place to eat, free of odors and distractions.Other tips that may help:advertisementSuck on hard candies or rinse your mouth with water after vomiting. Or you can rinse with the baking soda and salt solution above.Try to get outside for some fresh air.Watch a movie or TV to take your mind away from your nausea.Your doctor may also recommend medicine:Anti-nausea medicines usually start working 30 – 60 minutes after you take them.When you come home after being treated with cancer drugs, you may want to use these medicines regularly for 1 or more days. Use them when nausea first starts. Do not wait until you feel very sick to your stomach.If you are vomiting after taking any of your medicines, tell your doctor or nurse.Things You Should Avoid You should avoid some specific kinds of foods when you have nausea and vomiting:Avoid greasy and processed foods, and foods that contain a lot of salt. Some of these are white breads, pastries, doughnuts, sausage, fast-food burgers, fried foods, chips, and many canned foods.Avoid foods with strong smells.Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated drinks.Avoid very spicy foods.When to Call the DoctorCall your doctor if you or your child:Cannot keep any food or liquid downVomit 3 or more times in 1 dayAre nauseous for more than 48 hoursFeel weaknessHave feverHave stomach painDo not have to urinate for 8 hours or moreReferencesAbrahm JL, Fowler BF. Nausea, vomiiting, and early satiety. In: Walsh D, Caraceni AT, Fainsinger R, et al, eds. Palliative Medicine. 1st ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 169.Hainsworth JD. Nausea and vomiting. In: Abeloff MD, Armitage JO, Niederhuber JE, Kastan MB, McKenna WG, eds. Abeloff?s Clinical Oncology. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2008:chap 39.Review Date:8/10/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington; and George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more