Mega development for Central Africa

first_imgAFDB will invest in Central Africa’s publicinfrastructure development. (Image: Mediaclubsouthafrica.com For more photos visit the Image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • African Development Bank Group +216 71 10 39 00 or +216 71 35 19 33 RELATED ARTICLES • $90bn boost to Africa’s economy • Eskom gets $500m for upgrade • Namibia ups power-supply capacity • Zambian hydro projects in full swingBongani NkosiThe African Development Bank (AFDB) has committed itself to developing infrastructure networks in and between Central African countries over the next five years.This was revealed in the bank’s recently released 2011-2015 Regional Strategy for Central Africa, a developmental blueprint approved by its board of directors on 28 April. Infrastructure development is the primary focus of the strategy. The Tunis-based AFDB is a leading finance institution on the continent, providing both grants and loans.Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe and Chad are the countries targeted in AFDB’s new strategy. The 10 are members of the Economic Community of Central African States regional group.The region has been identified as having one of the poorest infrastructure networks on the continent, especially in the transport and energy sectors. “This impacts negatively on the region’s productive capacity, trade and social conditions. It is the least integrated region in Africa, despite its huge natural resource potential,” said the bank.AFDB wants to help develop roads to speed up the movement of goods between targeted states. Only about 20% of the entire regional road network, which covers 150 000km, is currently tarred.“Infrastructure development is crucial to leverage its immense potential and enhance its integration,” the organisation said.Although the region has the potential to generate 166 gigawatts of electricity, AFDB concedes that its energy sector is the least developed in Africa. There are plans to transform the region into a bulk supplier of hydro power in forthcoming years.Air transport in Central Africa also needs urgent attention, according to the AFDB. “It is plagued by lack of connectivity between countries due to the collapse of several airlines in the region, the obsolescence of aircraft, low competition and limited airport infrastructure.”The bank has to facilitate funding for rehabilitation and expansion of railways as well, which it has described as “obsolete and underused”.Major ports in Central Africa also need focus to boost maritime transport there. AFDB said the private sector, which is already involved in port management, will continue to play a key role in improving the quality of such services through enhanced public-private partnerships.“Inadequate infrastructure is the leading obstacle to stronger growth in Central Africa,” AFBD added.Besides using its own funds, AFDB appeals to investors like the Bank Group, World Bank, European Union, France, Germany, UK and UN to bankroll critical projects. All these agencies are major, well-established donors for development in Central Africa.Sustaining the Congo BasinAFDB also promises to support the preservation of the Congo Basin. Although it already backs sustainable environmental management via the Congo Basin Forest Fund, it is expected to initiate further interventions to preserve the region.Besides being home to the world’s second-largest forest and water reserve, the Congo Basin also boasts “huge, but largely untapped mining, mineral and agricultural potential”.“Infrastructure development should factor in the preservation of the Congo Basin which is vital for humanity.”Fear of political instabilityPolitical instability in the region is one of the factors that AFBD fears could impede development.Kivu in the DRC, eastern Chad and north-eastern Central African Republic are currently “hotbeds of tension and insecurity” and are a major concern in the region.Governments in the region have set up the Central African Peace and Security Council to deal with political conflict.“Political stability in the region is improving, but remains fragile,” states the bank. At least six of states belonging to the Central African bloc are rich in oil, which continues to sustain the region’s economy. The GDPs of these six nations – Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Chad – grew at an average of 6.2% between 1999 and 2009, while the remaining four achieved growth of 4.7%.International economic fluctuations also pose a threat to the mineral-driven economies. “In 2009, in the wake of the international financial crisis, the region’s economic situation deteriorated sharply,” said AFDB.last_img read more

Chef Benny Masekwaneng gears up for his first-ever culinary experience in Davos

first_imgCelebrity Chef Benny Masekwaneng has been hard at work, crafting an authentic South African menu for guests attending a networking dinner hosted by Team South Africa during the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. South Africa will be participating at WEF from 22 – 25 January 2019, to promote inclusive growth and development.As one of SA’s most-loved culinary masters, Chef Benny has featured as a judge on Masterchef SA, as well as The Ultimate Braai Master. For the first time, he jets off to Davos with a South African delegation, offering guests a meticulously-selected culinary experience that aims to introduce them to fine African cuisine.The chef who was born in Alexandra, previously spoke to Times LIVE about the loss his family experienced during apartheid, which impacted his dream of becoming an electrical engineer. His fate, however, led him to pursue a path he’s always been passionate about: cooking!He explained: “We stayed really close to the (men’s) hostels and when the political violence went up, we were forced to move from our house and lost everything in the process. The money that was set aside for my engineering studies had to help us get by, so I ended up helping my mother in her catering business.”With more than 20 years in the industry, Chef Benny applauds local chefs for bringing innovation and excellence to the dining room table.He told Brand South Africa: “We are exactly where we need to be when it comes to global standards. We have the luxury of accessibility to what other countries are doing.”As an avid lover of slow cooking dishes like oxtail, pork trotters as well as split peas and sugar beans, we are sure international guests are in for quite a warm, hearty treat prepared by our favourite chef!last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – June 5th

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Weather Outlook from Ohio Ag Net Chief Meteorologist Ryan MartinSo, today is the wet blanket on our week. The second half of the week, tomorrow through Friday looks awesome! Sunny, dry, pleasant with low relative humidity and gradually warming temps. But here is today, standing in stark contrast. I’ll be honest. I feel we should be sunny, dry and pleasant, but instead, we are having to deal with clouds wrapping around a strong low off to the northeast and those clouds have the potential to drop a bit of precipitation on us too. This is one of those meteorological set ups that don’t make a lot of sense, but they are what they are. We don’t like it. We just can’t stand back and not acknowledge the pesky moisture that can be around. So, today we will see clouds dominate most of our day over most of the state, and we won’t rule out scattered showers too, potentially giving a few hundredths to a quarter of an inch over 90% of the state. The map likely is a little too zealous on the moisture totals…we think a few hundredths to a tenth will be a fairly common report, but still, it’s a lot more liquid around than we would like, given our day yesterday, and what we have coming the rest of the week. Timing is basically through the day, with the action starting up north this morning and spreading south through this afternoon into this evening. The map shows totals through midnight tonight (again, they are probably a little high for our thoughts, but the coverage is likely close). We need to stress that there is not a lot of water to work with here. But, if there is something you truly don’t want wet today, cover it up (I did).Now, after we get done with the dry second half of the week, we do have a bit of moisture coming in for the weekend. Action does not look quite as strong this morning, but we still need to keep rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday. At this time, we will put rain totals at .25”-1.” over about 90% of the state. Thunderstorms will be needed to get into the upper end of the range, and we see some good thunderstorm chances. However, they are spread out over a larger part of the state than our previous look.Dry behind this system to start next week, Monday and Tuesday, and this morning we are taking rain out at midweek, allowing for a completely dry period Monday through Friday of next week. Temps look to be normal to above normal for the period as well. A nice front arrives for next Saturday, bringing potential for .25”-.75” over the entire state.The rest of the extended period shows another front dragging across the state for the 18th, and then another system threatening the region around the 21st into the 22nd.last_img read more

Chris Bosh Ready to See His Jersey Retired by Miami Heat

first_imgMIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh is making a lot of music these days. He drinks beer and thinks about making more beer. He sketches. He paints. He plays with his kids. He has even learned how to use a wrench.He is also happy and healthy.And finally, he’s made peace with the devastating way that blood clots ended his NBA career without warning and when he was still in his prime. The Miami Heat will retire his No. 1 jersey on Tuesday night, making Bosh the fourth former franchise pillar with a jersey swaying from the rafters of AmericanAirlines Arena after Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway and Shaquille O’Neal.His career is obviously worthy of celebrating. Bosh just hasn’t been in the mood to celebrate, until now.“It’s very awesome,” Bosh said. “I thought I had more time, but in the time I gave it was still worthy enough to have the organization and the great Pat Riley consider this. Pretty cool.”Bosh played 13 seasons, the first seven in Toronto and the last six in Miami. He averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds, was an All-Star 11 times and won two championships. There have been 30 players in NBA history with 11 All-Star nods — 23 of them are in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and the other seven aren’t yet eligible.They will all probably be there one day, Bosh included.“It’s really such a crime that his career ended early, particularly when you know Chris and know how important the game is to him and how many things he did right as a winner, as a teammate, as a champion,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “If you teach lessons to your young players coming into a league on how to be a pro and have those kinds of qualities, you’re coming up with a lot of qualities that Chris embodied.”Tuesday’s game might easily be Miami’s biggest of the season; it’s against the Orlando Magic, battling the Heat for an Eastern Conference playoff spot. Still, when Bosh’s jersey is retired at halftime Spoelstra plans to have the Heat on-court for the ceremony.“I want them to see the love that this city has for CB and for us to honor him in the right way in our building,” Spoelstra said. “You only do that for true champions like CB and the kind of human being that CB is. You don’t do that for average guys.”It’s fitting that Bosh gets a banner all his own, since there’s no fewer than six others in the arena — four Eastern Conference ones, two NBA championship ones — that might not be there without him. When the Heat formed the “Big 3” that also had LeBron James and Dwyane Wade back in 2010, Bosh was the first to commit to being part of that trio.Had he gone elsewhere, who knows what would have happened.“All we’ve wanted now for CB is for him to have his health and happiness,” James said earlier this season.There was also, of course, The Moment.Game 6, 2013 NBA Finals, San Antonio at Miami, Spurs leading the series 3-2 and up by three, seconds away from a title. Bosh will never forget the play called Pistol Hammer — something Spoelstra made the Heat practice at every shootaround, and something they never ran until that moment.The play sort of fell apart, but James still got a 3-pointer off. It missed badly and Bosh, seeing the flight the whole way, knew where to go for the rebound. He grabbed it and passed to Ray Allen for the memorable game-tying 3-pointer.The Heat beat San Antonio in overtime by three, after Bosh read a botched coverage and blocked Danny Green’s 3-point try at the buzzer. Miami won Game 7 for its second straight title.“It always gives me the chills,” Bosh said. “It makes me cringe a little bit because it shows you how quickly things can change.”Sometimes, change is great.Sometimes, not.His first known battle with blood clots came during the All-Star break in 2015, when he felt ill during a vacation with Wade and others. Days later, he was ruled out for the remainder of the season. He returned the next year, performed at a high level again — but knew as soon as he got to Toronto that something was wrong with his calf.Another clot was found. Bosh never played again. He wanted to and was estranged from the Heat for a considerable amount of time, and the rift only started to close after a three-hour lunch with Heat President Pat Riley. The Heat told Bosh they weren’t budging, that they cared too much about his health to let him play.Bosh got the remaining $52 million on his $118 million contract. In the financial sense, he was made whole. But he never learned why the clots kept happening. And a year ago, at the All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, Bosh’s wife Adrienne had enough — she pulled her husband aside, told him to end his self-described “pity party” and start enjoying being around the game and his friends again.“I feel great now,” Bosh said. “Things are great. Things are really, really good.”So now, it’s a more normal life. Trash day is Wednesday. Recycling happens on the second and fourth Wednesdays. He loves making music. He’s getting better at art. He can’t stand the idea of time away from his kids.And on Tuesday night, his Heat number gets retired.“I’m very happy with where I’m at, with how I feel,” Bosh said. “That’s what is most important. I couldn’t even imagine trying to play basketball again. So I had a pretty solid run. And yeah, it’s over. But it was a pretty solid run.”By: Tim Reynolds, AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Iborra leaves Leicester for Villarreal

first_imgDONE DEAL: Iborra leaves Leicester for Villarrealby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVicente Iborra has left Leicester City for Villarreal. The Spanish midfielder made 37 appearances for the Foxes since joining from Sevilla in July 2017.A statement on the Villarreal website read: “Iborra is an experienced midfielder who is dominant in the air. “He has quality in front of goal, timing his runs from deep to perfection. He is a prestigious signing for the Yellow Submarine.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

7 killed after ship sinks off Chinas coast

first_imgBeijing: At least seven people were killed and two others remained missing after a ship sank off the coast of China’s Shandong Province, local maritime rescue authorities said on Saturday. The accident happened around 5:55 p.m. on Friday, when the ship from the north Hebei Province rocked by gale and sank near the port of the city of Rizhao. So far seven victims were found, and the rescue team are still searching for the missing ones, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The wind speed was up to 50 meters per second on the water when the accident happened, authorities said.last_img

Oneday marketing conclave at KIIT

first_imgThe 10th national marketing conclave of KIIT School of Management (KSOM) held on September 14. The day long deliberation was held on the theme ‘Delivering Customer Value Proposition through Marketing Analytics’.In his welcome address Professor Anil Bajpai, Director, KSOM spoke about how marketing analytics is fundamentally changing both business and consumer marketing across the customer life cycle. He was of the strong opinion that analytics is going to form the backbone of new age marketing strategy and is going to result in better cash-flow. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe event had three panels – the first panel comprised of Navoch Mohanayak, Strategy Consulting Leader, Frost and Sullivan; Pallavi Palkar, National head – Tier 2 business, Bigbasket; Rajni Ranjan, Co-founder, Kraftbuy.com and Siju Narayan, GM – APAC, Loyalty Juggernaut Inc. discussed on ‘Mapping Customer DNA’. The key insight from discussion was that with a proper understanding of customer DNA, organisations will be able to bring customers to the center of the business equation. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardIn the second panel, Lalatendu Panda, Sr VP and CMO –Value Format, Reliance Retail; Parthasarathy Vallabhajosyula, Co-founder – Analytics Quotient; Rahul Sarangi, Global Head – Content and Business, The Viral Fever and Vinamra Pandiya, Founder and CEO –Qtrove discussed on ‘Marketing Analytics will replace Marketers with Machine’, and Banoja Acharya, Sr VP – Nielsen moderated the discussion. The panel agreed that in future we can expect more localised, personalised value offerings setting a globalised context for customer expectations. Ending the conclave, panellists including Chiradeep Samal, Product Manager, Global Marketing Effectiveness – Nielsen; Vikas Lachhwani, Director and Co-Founder – Mcaffeine and Yuvraj Mehta, Head – Corporate Brand Management and Communications – Larsen and Toubro discussed ‘Is Conventional Marketing getting Disrupted?’ The conclave was received enthusiastically by industry professionals, academia and students.last_img read more

Blake Shelton And Pepsi Want You To Have An Iconic Summer

first_imgPepsi is partnering with reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and Grammy nominated artist Blake Shelton to kick-off summer 2013 by inviting fans to join Pepsi for an “Iconic Summer” to remember.With the launch of www.iconicsummer.com, Pepsi will offer consumers fun summer rewards and unparalleled access to great music and great summer events, including: Beyonce’s The Mrs. Carter World Tour, the MTV Video Music Awards, the MLB All Star Game in NYC, the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Florida, and many more.“I am excited to be part of Pepsi’s Iconic Summer,” said Blake Shelton. “Music fans are the absolute best and I am looking forward to offering up some memorable opportunities to them during CMA’s Music Fest next month and throughout other events coming up. It truly will be an iconic summer.”Shelton will help the brand illustrate the program experience and encourage fans to participate for giveaways and prizes through his digital platforms and select in-person appearances.“This summer, Pepsi will invite consumers to make the most of the season,” said Angelique Krembs, Vice President, Marketing, Trademark Pepsi. “We’re excited to offer our fans so many opportunities to enhance their iconic summer experience.”As part of this campaign, Pepsi unveiled plans to bring fans closer to their favorite country artists at this year’s CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Making the country fan experience truly iconic, Pepsi will invite consumers to experience the CMT Music Awards on June 5 and the CMA Music Festival from June 6-9 in Nashville, TN. The week will include an appearance by Blake Shelton at the newly debuted Pepsi Fan Engagement Bus, artist meet-n-greets, and opportunities to win prizes and rewards.To show off the spirit of red, white and blue, this summer Pepsi will encourage fans to share their iconic summer photos by uploading to www.pepsi.com/iconicsummermoments. These images will be curated by Pepsi to create unique content featured on its multi-media channels. For every photo that is submitted to www.pepsi.com/iconicsummermoments from May 26 to August 31, Pepsi will donate $1 to several charitable organizations, including a nonprofit dedicated to providing relief and aid to the victims of the recent tornado impacting the Oklahoma City area, as well as a select group of exceptional military affiliated charities. Consumers who submit photos will automatically be entered into a contest for a chance to win amazing summertime experiences – which only Pepsi can provide.Additionally, as part of the “Iconic Summer” rewards program, consumers will have an opportunity to make their summertime experiences iconic with a chance to win everyday rewards when they purchase specially marked 20oz, 2-Liter and multi-pack plastic bottles of Pepsi or Mountain Dew through an “Under the Cap” promotion that will unlock prizes. Fans can visit www.iconicsummer.com to view available prizes and redeem codes for special merchandise and experiences ranging from VIP concert tickets to the 2014 Super Bowl in New York.last_img read more

Football dominates television viewing as holiday nears

first_imgNEW YORK — Professional football is the lifeblood of live television this time of year. And it illustrated its dominance in the ratings last week.Four NFL games finished among the Nielsen company’s 20 most popular prime-time programs, with NBC’s Sunday night and Fox’s Thursday contests the top two. Both games featured Los Angeles teams.Add in three pre-game shows, and football accounted for seven of Nielsen’s entries.The games usually dwarf regular programming. For example, Fox drew 17.4 million to its Thursday night game. Its most popular non-football show, the comedy “Last Man Standing,” had 12 million fewer viewers.The Associated Presslast_img