first_imgOMAHA BEACH TO GO IN BREEDERS’ CUP DIRT MILE 5 $253,983 PUERTO RICAN CONNECTION CONTINUES TO THRIVE 26% 3 3 41% Tiago Pereira32 1st 2nd 21% 39% 4 9 Bob Baffert24 2 28% 20% 4 2 J.C. Diaz, Jr.35 33% 6 Aaron Gryder17 5 Craig Anthony Lewis11 14% 3 $162,157 3 42% Evin Roman30 Money Won 1 $564,116 $235,272 7 59% 4 16% Money Won 54% 11% 7 30% 6 41% $643,993 3 31% 15 20% 1 $273,547 $240,633 5 1 $121,655 OMAHA BEACH TO ENTER BREEDERS’ CUP DIRT MILEThe envelope, please . . .(Dramatic pause for suspense . . .)“And the winner is, the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile!”So said Richard Mandella at 10 a.m. Thursday regarding the $1 million Breeders’ Cuprace in which Omaha Beach will run at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, after days of contemplation, speculation and deliberation by those with more than a passing interest in the three-year-old colt, primary among them Mandella, owner Rick Porter and regular rider Mike Smith.“We put our heads together and that’s the decision,” said Mandella, whose Breeders’ Cup options for the son of War Front also were the $2 million Sprint at six furlongs and the      $6 million Classic at a mile and a quarter, both also on Nov. 2.With the likes of Catalina Cruiser, Mitole, Coal Front, Mr. Money and Improbable set for the Dirt Mile, anticipation is bound to increase in large measure for what now looms a major headliner on the championship program, which Santa Anita hosts for a record 10th time.Omaha Beach made a dramatic and successful return to the races on Oct. 5 after an absence of six months, winning the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship at six furlongs over odds-on favorite Shancelot, powering through on the rail to win by a head.The pre-race choice for the Kentucky Derby on May 4 won the SA Sprint Championship after a myriad of aborted return attempts that kept him absent from the races since April 13, when he won the Grade I Arkansas Derby on a sloppy track.LITTLE HOME FIELD EDGE IN BREEDERS’ CUP, BAFFERT SAYSBob Baffert has four for the money come Breeders’ Cup weekend, Nov. 1 and 2: McKinzie for the Classic, Improbable for the Dirt Mile, Eight Rings for the Juvenile and Bast for the Juvenile Fillies.“I was really happy with McKinzie’s work (six furlongs in 1:12.80 Wednesday),”Baffert said on Thursday morning at Santa Anita. “I got a nice, strong work into him.“Eight Rings worked really well the day before (five furlongs in 1:01 for the Nov. 1 Juvenile) and Bast worked well yesterday (five furlongs in 1:01.20 for the Juvenile Fillies the same day). Improbable (Dirt Mile Nov. 2) is doing really well. I really like the way he’s going.“Looking at all the dirt races, they’re very competitive,” Baffert allowed. “This is going to be one of the best and toughest Breeders’ Cups. There are a lot of nice horses. Usually among the two-year-olds there are one or two standouts; this year, I think the two-year-old colts look really good and the fillies look tough, too.“People are saying the Classic is weak, but there’s no such thing as a weak Classic . . . Give me a break. Come out here and watch them work.”Asked if there is such a thing as a “home field advantage,” Baffert was quick to dismiss any such theories. “Good horses overcome anything,” he said. “The only advantage we have is not having to deal with any (inclement) weather. That’s important.“Back east during the rainy season you have to be careful and train around it.”D’AMATO DUO NOT SHORT ON CLASS IN CALIFORNIA FLAGEven though King Abner and What a View are shortening up considerably for Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Handicap for three-year-olds and up at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, Phil D’Amato concedes the two battle-tested geldings rate an edge in class over their six rivals.“I would say so,” the meet’s second-leading trainer with eight wins through 11 racing days admitted. “My two, along with Tribalist, are veterans, and both my horses are doing really well. They’re coming into the race fresh.“Abner’s coming off a nice rest (since June 29) and he’s rarin’ to go. What a View is doing the same.” The California Flag, one in the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses, goes as race six on an eight-race program with a 12:30 p.m. first post time.The field: What a View, Tyler Baze, 3-1; Tribalist, Flavien Prat, 9-5; King Abner, Martin Garcia, 7-2; Castle, Abel Cedillo, 6-1; My Friend Emma, Silvio Amado, 8-1; Portrando, Ruben Fuentes, 10-1; and Grinning Tiger, Heriberto Figueroa, 8-1.General Interest was scratched.VELEZ AMONG NEWEST PUERTO RICAN SENSATIONSThe Puerto Rican Connection is making its presence felt at Santa Anita.Jorge Velez, 21-year-old apprentice rider, and his agent, Nelson Arroyo, both hail from the Island Nation, as does the other rider Arroyo represents, Heriberto Figueroa.Through 12 days of Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet, Velez was second behind Abel Cedillo in the race for the riding title with 11 victories from 56 mounts, a lofty 20 percent. Velez has made significant progress since arriving in California, even surprising his agent.“We’re very happy with where we are,” Arroyo said. “I wasn’t expecting Jorge to be this good until next year. It takes a while to be able to reach this point, but he’s making journeyman moves as an apprentice, and he’s not even halfway through his ‘bug’ (five-pound weight allowance), which he loses on April 1 of next year.”Velez graduated from Escuela Vocacional Hipica in Puerto Rico, the same school that produced the Ortiz brothers, Irad and Jose Jr., who have come to dominate racing in the United States, and currently rank one-two nationally in purse earnings with some $23 million each.Puerto Rico has long been a successful breeding ground for jockeys coming to the mainland and reaching racing’s apex.In addition to Velez and the Ortiz brothers, Norberto Arroyo Jr. (Nelson’s brother), Angel Cordero Jr., Angel Cruz, J.C. Diaz Jr., the aforementioned Figueroa, Manny Franco, Evin Roman, Emanuel Jose Sanchez and John Velazquez come to mind.Their rise to prominence wasn’t happenstance.“Jorge surprised me by studying races from the old days, watching riders like Laffit Pincay (Jr.),” Arroyo said. “He mimics those moves to improve his riding. I haven’t seen that from a young rider in a long, long time.”The jockey and his agent are bent on improving their status quo. Jorge’s wife and three-year-old daughter are in Puerto Rico now, but Velez hopes they join him in a few months.FINISH LINES: After a successful run at the Fair Grounds and Arlington Park, jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. is back home in California where he will resume riding at Santa Anita under the direction of agent Mike Ciani. 8 2 3 $227,262 2 TrainerSts 53% 4 Tyler Baze18 $336,880 4 Geovanni Franco36 24% 4 7 17% Drayden Van Dyke41 ITM% $808,390 3 57% 8 $340,499 Win% 7 3 $385,730 Richard Baltas34 3 13% $584,738 $304,290 1st Martin Garcia31 4 4 Philip D’Amato32 5 (Current Through Monday, Oct. 14) $613,135 0 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:Breeders’ Cup Memories: Skywalker and Laffit Pincay Jr. Upset the 1986 ClassicBreeders’ Cup Memories: Goldencents Sizzles His Way to His First of Two Dirt Mile WinsBreeders’ Cup Memories: Arcangues Causes the Biggest Upset in Breeders’ Cup History With His Win in the 1993 ClassicBreeders’ Cup Memories: Lady’s Secret Wins the 1986 Breeders’ Cup DistaffWORK OUTS:Omaha Beach (Mandella) 10-16-19War of Will (Outside) (Breeders’ Cup Classic) (Casse) 10-16-19Roadster (Inside) and Leading Score (Baffert) 10-16-19Midnight Bisou (Outside) and Comedian (Breeders’ Cup Classic) 10-14-19Mirth (Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf) (D’Amato) 10-14-19 3 14% $138,136 5 8 John Sadler32 4 3rd 13% 3 $123,341 4 13% 0 4 6 ITM% $101,323 $622,389 18% Win% Simon Callaghan14 39% Edwin Maldonado23 Rafael Bejarano41 47% Flavien Prat43 John A. Shirreffs10 3rd 31% $360,073 0 BAFFERT: NO SUCH THING AS A ‘WEAK’ BC CLASSIC 5 2 8 Mario Gutierrez22 14 17% 33% 8 2 $107,204 25% 11% $701,502 45% 13% 3 53% 6 9 3 Peter Miller25 0 2nd Richard Mandella21 CLASSY D’AMATO DUO FRESH FOR CALIFORNIA FLAG 52% 23% 11 $181,666 4 4 6 10% Doug O’Neill53 Jorge Velez56 14% 5 Jeff Mullins23 $212,013 Abel Cedillo73 57% 9 3 $175,332 Mike Smith24 9% 44% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 67% 4 48% Ruben Fuentes42 21% 3 4 29% 27% 7 3 JockeyMts 9 3 53% 3 $199,749 12 43% 60% 9 44% 5 6 4 2 45% 17%last_img read more

19 Qualified, 5 on Hold by LFA Elections Committee

first_imgThe LFA Elections Committee has qualified 19 candidates and put hold on five, requesting for further explanations to get ready for the March 22 elections in Grand Bassa County.The committee said the qualified candidates for positions in the LFA Executive Committee are Lemuel B. Sharman, Allain Krayee, Samuel Y. Karn, Ansu V. S. Dulleh, Adolphus G. Harmon, Matthew Smith and Samuel Ashley.Others are Rochell G. D. Woodson, Wilmot Smith, Yanqueh S. Borsay, Urias Glaybo, Mustapha Raji, D. Sheba Browne, Wallace G. Weiah, and Ciata A. Bishop.The committee said Madam Ciata A. Bishop will serve as the female representative to the Executive Committee while the other nine candidates will go through the voting process.Meanwhile the committee at its press conference yesterday placed a hold on the following candidates: Cyrus N. Wright, D. Maxwell S. Kemayah, and Korpo Beatrice Kpoto, for what it said, “Inconsistencies that need clarification.”Also placed on hold are candidates Adolph Lawrence and Alfred Sayon due to double nominations by the Gardnersville FC, and said the clubs and the candidates will meet the committee to sort things out at the conference in the period of eight days.Chairman Malcolm Joseph assured all applicants of free, fair and transparent elections.However, Aliou Bah was disqualified for what it termed as “constitution stigma to participate for this year elections.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana, UK sign trade agreement

first_imgWith Brexit expected to legally take place on March 29, Guyana has signed a pact with the United Kingdom (UK) to secure its trading relations with the British country after it leaves the European Union (EU).Guyana’s Ambassador to Belgium, David Hales, and Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson-Smith were among those at the signing last FridayGuyana’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, David Hales, signed the CARIFORUM-United Kingdom Economic Partnership Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on behalf of the Guyana Government on Friday last. UK’s Minister of State for Trade Policy of the Department of International Trade, George Hollingberry, signed on behalf of his Government.The signing, which took place on the margins of the 25th meeting of the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) Council of Ministers in St Lucia, is of economic importance to Guyana’s Private Sector considering that the United Kingdom is Guyana’s largest trading partner in Europe and its sixth overall.The inking of this agreement is a direct response to the impending exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union as the current trade arrangement governing Guyana’s exports to the British market will lapse once that State leaves the regional body. Additionally, this action is the culmination of an approach agreed between CARIFORUM and the United Kingdom in March 2017 to ensure continuity in the existing preferential trading relations, including duty-free quota conditions, among others.Eight other CARIFORUM Member States – Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Vincent and the Grenadines – have signed the Agreement, while others have signalled their intention to do so shortly.Guyana along with other CARIFORUM States and the United Kingdom will now take the necessary domestic procedures that will allow for the Agreement to come into effect as soon as the latter leaves the European Union.The partnership between the United Kingdom and Guyana accounts for about two per cent of imports and almost nine per cent of all exports. Furthermore, the United Kingdom is an important market for export of Guyana’s sugar, rice and rum.At the regional level, absorbing about a quarter of exports from the Caribbean, the United Kingdom is the largest trading partner for CARIFORUM.On June 23, 51.9 per cent of the UK voted on a referendum to leave the economic bloc and since then, both British and EU officials have given assurances to local stakeholders that Brexit will not affect relations here and in the Caribbean.In fact, only earlier this year, British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn was quoted saying that his country is looking to increase its footprint in this region with a “confident and clear British presence”, especially now as it leaves the EU.With Guyana’s ties to European embedded through its history with the UK, the EU has previously committed to continuing relations with the Government.last_img read more

Chemelil draw a wake-up call, says Kerr

first_img“I think it was important that the match ended that way because probably we had started becoming complacent and comfortable with the success we have had. The players can now see that in football, you cannot afford to take anything for granted,” Kerr told Capital Sport.He at the same time was left seething with the continous story that has followed his side the entire season; missed chances.“I mean we should kill games early enough. Probably the pitch wasn’t the best but we had chances in the first half that we should have buried. It was always going to be difficult with 10 men but we should not be letting the game get that tough,” the tactician offered.Gor Mahia players join Francis Kahata in celebrating his sumptuous goal against Thika United in a Kenyan Premier League match at the Machakos Stadium on April 22, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaDespite the drop in two points, K’Ogalo still opened a three point gap to second placed Mathare United on top of the standings with the two sides set to clash in a top of the table clash in Machakos on Sunday.Meanwhile, Tusker FC boss Robert Matano hopes that the team’s 1-0 win over Wazito FC on Wednesday will hand his charges the much needed confidence and mark the turnaround for their season.The brewers had won only twice in 11 games but on his first match in charge, Matano led the side to victory.“It was very important for us to win because the season has not gone down well for us. Now I am hoping that this will give us renewed confidence because we have to stabilize before mid-season. There has been improvement but there is still so much work to do,” the experienced tactician added.Vihiga United’s Dennis Ombewa attempts to shoot under pressure from Tusker FC’s Timothy Otieno during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe Brewers moved to 13th in the standings with the victory. They will face Sony Sugar at their Ruaraka backyard on Sunday.At the same time, Wazito FC head coach Frank Ouna was impressed with his team’s performance despite their loss to Tusker, and only rued the missed chances.“I think today the better team lost because we played very well especially in the second half. We had chances to score and on a better day we should have buried them. But we pick the positives and move forward because as a team we have improved very much,” Ouna said.Wazito ranked 12th will turn their attention to Sofapaka whom they face in the late kick off at the Ruaraka Complex on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr giving out instructions to his players during their Kenyan Premier League match. Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 26- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has described his side’s 2-2 draw with Chemelil in Kericho on Wednesday as a ‘wake-up call’ and has urged his side to pick lessons from the tie moving forward.Gor Mahia led 2-0 with goals from Humphrey Mieno and Ephraim Guikan but the sugar millers fought back to get a point after Boniface Oluoch’s red card in the second half.last_img read more


first_imgSt Eunans teachers and students at the Great Wall of China.Five teachers and 35 students from St Eunans College in Letterkenny made the arduous long journey to the wonderful Chinese Capital Beijing and its environs at the beginning of the Easter School Holidays. The entire trip included two bus journeys, two stop overs in Dubai and a total four long-haul flights with Emirates Airlines.The group were also accompanied by a local and national guide ; Regina and Gene; who imparted knowledge of Chinese history, culture, customs and language to the 40-stong group. The 35 lads, spread across several year groups, and their five teachers: Mr. Kevin Bowden, Mrs. Martina Gormley, Mr. Gareth Nee, Mr. John Fox and Mr. Shaun McGinley visited The Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and Wangfujing Night Food Market, Beijing’s Hutongs’ Homes, Traditional Chinese Tea rooms and a stop-off at the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium.The trip also included shopping trips to the Silk and Pearl Markets where students and teachers earned a reputation among staff there for their ingenious and shrewd haggling techniques with all bagging bargains galore!An unforgettable trip that will remained etched in the memories for a life-time.The group got to see lots of culture.ST EUNANS COLLEGE FINALLY HIT THE WALL – IN CHINA! was last modified: April 2nd, 2015 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:ChinadonegalLETETRKENNYschool tripSt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more


first_imgThe site at Cashelard which Gardai dug up in the search for missing Mary Boyle. Pic by Donegal Daily.Gardai have said that any new leads in the Mary Boyle case will be investigated accordingly.Their statement today comes as officers confirmed that the Serious Crime Review Team has recently been tasked to review the case.A Garda spokesman said the disappearance of Mary Boyle is under active investigation as it has been since Mary disappeared in 1976 and that investigation will continue. A statement said “Any new information that is reported to An Garda Síochána, in relation to an ongoing investigation, will be investigated accordingly.As well as the investigation at the time there have been two reviews by An Garda Síochána into Mary’s disappearance. The latest began in 2011 and is being undertaken by a Review Team from the Northern Region.“The Review team has to date conducted a significant investigation that has involved interviewing a wide range of people and undertaking a number of searches with the assistance of forensic and geology experts. Its investigation is ongoing.”The Serious Crime Review Team (SCRT) was established in August 2007 to review of unresolved homicides and other serious crimes within the State. The primary purpose of a review is to assist Senior Investigation Officers who are investigating a serious crime by identifying new and potential investigative opportunities.Members of the SCRT are trained in homicide investigation and in the reviewing of unresolved homicides.The SCRT comes under the command of the Assistant Commissioner, National Support Services and the Office of the Detective Chief Superintendent, National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.The head of the Serious Crime Review Team is Detective Superintendent Walter O’Sullivan.GARDAI SAY ANY NEW LEADS IN THE MARY BOYLE CASE WILL BE INVESTIGATED was last modified: July 12th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Transfer BLOW! Liverpool target Stefan De Vrij ‘close to new Lazio contract’

first_img1 Liverpool are set to be dealt a severe blow to their summer transfer plans with Lazio defender Stefan De Vrij close to agreeing a new contract.After rebuffing their interest in Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, the Reds set their sights on the Dutch international but had an offer immediately rejected by Lazio.With the Premier League giants considering a second bid, Lazio have reacted quickly to offer De Vrij fresh terms and it appears to have done the trick.According to Sky Italia, the 25-year-old will agree to stay in Italy for the foreseeable future, putting an end to speculation linking him with a move away.De Vrij will be offered a major rise in wages as an incentive to stay at the Stadio Olimpico, leaving Liverpool out in the cold and needing to consider alternative transfer targets. Lazio defender Stefan De Vrij is wanted by Liverpool last_img read more


first_imgKERRThe death has taken place of Norah Kerr [ wife of the late John Kerr ] ShoreRoad , Kerrykeel. Co Donegal. Removal this evening Wed 11th January at 6pm from Aras Ui Dhomhnaill Milford going to her late residence. Funeral Mass on Friday 13th at 11am in St Mary’s Church , Fanavolty Tamney, followed by internment in adjoining Cemetery. House private between 10 pm and 11am.McCAFFERTY (GERMANY) The death has occurred in Hannover, Germany of Dinny McCafferty formerly of Doirenamainsear. His remains will arrive tomorrow, Thursday, at Dublin Airport and from there to The Star of the Sea Church, Annagry arriving for approx 6.30pm to repose overnight. Funeral mass on Friday at 11am with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.MURPHYThe death has occurred at Letterkenny General Hospital of John Murphy, Hornhead Road, Dunfanaghy. Reposing at his late residence. Funeral mass in Holy Cross Church, Dunfanaghy on Friday at 11am with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family time please from 11pm to 10am and on the morning of the funeral. Family flowers only, donations if desired to Surgical 1, Letterkenny General Hospital c/o Seamus Harkin Undertaker or any family member.McDEVITT The death has taken place in Manchester of Paddy Mc Devitt, formerly of Breenagh, Glenswilly and Stranorlar. His remains are en route to St Columba’s Church, Glenswilly, they will arrive at approximately 3pm to repose overnight. Funeral Mass tomorrow, Thursday, at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in the adjoining  cemetery. The house is private please. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to Galaxy House Royal Children’s Hospital c/o Con Mc Daid and Sons, Letterkenny.McBREARTYThe death has taken place of Joseph McBrearty, Multains, Bruckless. Reposing at his late residence. Funeral from there on Friday at 11.15am going to the Church of St Joseph & Conal, Bruckless for Requiem Mass at 12 noon with interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.McDAIDThe death has taken place of Charlie Mc Daid, Ned, Drumennan, Breenagh, Glenswilly. His remains are reposing at his late residence. Funeral mass tomorrow Thurs, afternoon at 3pm in St Columba’s Church, Glenswilly, followed by burial in Kilpeak Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice, c/o Con Mc Daid and Sons, Lettekenny. McGRANNAGHANThe death has taken place of Johnny Mc Grannaghan, Trusk Road, Ballybofey. Remains reposing at his daughter Dolores’ home at 95 Ard Mc Cool, Stranorlar. Funeral from there tomorrow, Thursday, at 10.15am for 11am Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Church, Sessiaghoneill, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.BROWNThe sudden death has taken place of Michael Brown, Whitehill, St Johnston, Lifford. Funeral from his home tomorrow, Thursday, at 10.30am going to St Baithin’s Church, St Johnston for Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. GILLESPIEThe death has occurred at Donegal Town Community Hospital of Elizabeth ‘Phyllis’ Gillespie, nee Gorman, Finnabans. Reposing at her late residence.  Removal on Friday at going to St Agatha’s Church, Clar, for Requiem uneral Mass at 11am.  Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.  Family flowers only.  Donations in lieu to the Kidney Association or to any family member or to Robert Faulkner and Sons, Undertakers.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2012 was last modified: January 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR WEDNESDAYJANUARY 11last_img read more

Heartless thieves rob home of grieving woman and steal daughter’s jewellery

first_imgThieves broke into the home of an elderly woman and stole her daughter’s jewellery – just days after she had buried her sister.The callous robbers broke into the home of Beattie Doherty in the village of Convoy on Friday morning.Mrs Doherty had gone on a short break after the ordeal of losing her beloved sister just a couple of weeks ago. As well as ransacking the house, the thieves also took money which she had received for her birthday.Family, friends and neighbours of Mrs Doherty, who has lived in the village for more than 50 years, are outraged by the burglary.Relatives of the victim have left messages on social media offering a reward for the return the personal items stolen in the raid.They include Mrs Doherty’s daughter’s jewellery. One family member wrote on Facebook “We are feeling so disheartened & disgusted that this has even happened.”Another family member said Mrs Doherty is a kind neighbour who has always tried to help people.Gardai have confirmed they are carrying out a full investigation into the burglary.Dozens of people have left messages of support on social media in support of the Doherty family.Some have even offered their own reward for information as to who was responsible for the despicable act. Heartless thieves rob home of grieving woman and steal daughter’s jewellery was last modified: June 18th, 2019 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:burglaryconvoydonegalheartlessthieflast_img read more

South Africa: open for business

first_imgDespite a slowing global economy, South Africa remains one of the most promising emerging markets. It is also Africa’s most sophisticated and diverse economy.South Africa has a diverse economy built on mineral wealth, technology and financial services. (Image: Brand South Africa)South Africa’s position at the tip of Africa is key to its importance as an investment destination. This is true for both commercial opportunities within its borders and the potential it offers as a gateway to the rest of the continent – a market of some 1-billion people.The country has enormous potential as an investment destination, offering a unique combination of highly developed first-world economic infrastructure with a vibrant emerging market economy.Here are just 10 of the many reasons to do business in South Africa:1. Sound economic policies2. A favourable legal and business environment3. World-class infrastructure4. Access to markets5. The gateway to Africa6. Trade reform and strategic alliances7. The cost of doing business in South Africa8. The ease of doing business in South Africa9. Industrial capability and cutting-edge technology10. Global competitivenessSound economic policiesSouth Africa’s disciplined fiscal framework promotes domestic competitiveness, growth and employment and increases the economy’s outward orientation.Key economic reforms have created solid macroeconomic stability. Taxes have been reduced, tariffs lowered, the fiscal deficit brought under control, and exchange controls relaxed.The National Development PlanDespite its bright prospects, South Africa still faces the key challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality. The National Development Plan is a bold effort to overcome these.The plan aims, by the year 2030, to:achieve a real annual economic growth rate of 5%,reduce inequality,and rein in unemployment from its current 25% to a mere 6%.Two ambitious economic frameworks support the targets of the National Development Plan.The New Growth Path aims to create a more developed and equitable economy, largely by creating 5-million jobs.The Industrial Policy Action Plan aims to promote broader participation by historically disadvantaged groups in the mainstream of the industrial economy. It plans large-scale state investment in infrastructure, small business and skills development, and interventions targeting specific areas of the economy.The South African Reserve Bank, the central bank, maintains its independence from the government. Its programme of inflation targeting has shown good results in stabilising both interest and exchange rates.South Africa’s investor-friendly policies also make it clear that foreign investment is welcome.Read more about South Africa’s economic policiesA favourable business and legal environmentSouth Africa’s Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) rates among the top 20 exchanges in the world by market capitalisation.The JSE is regarded as a mature, efficient, secure market with world-class regulation, trading, clearing, settlement assurance and risk management. It has harmonised its listing requirements, disclosure and continuing obligations with those of the London Stock Exchange and offers superb investor protection.The World Economic Forum’s 2015-16 Global Competitiveness Index rates South Africa first in the world – out of 140 countries – for financing through the local equity market, and second for the regulation of securities exchanges.The index also rates South Africa first for the strength of auditing and reporting standards, and gives it third place for both the efficacy of corporate boards, and the protection of minority shareholders’ interests.South Africa’s legal system is based on Roman-Dutch law, although aspects of it – particularly company law and the law of evidence – have been heavily influenced by English law.General commercial legal practices relating to transactions and the drafting of commercial agreements are generally globally applicable and in line with international norms and conventions.South Africa’s globally admired and progressive Constitution – which includes a Bill of Rights – is the highest law of the land, regulating the protection of human rights and the principles behind all legislation. One of its guarantees is the independence of the judiciary.Trade and industry takes place a free enterprise economy. The courts are open to foreigners on exactly the same terms and conditions as South African citizens. But many commercial disputes avoid the courts, instead being resolved with arbitration and by agreement between the parties.Sanctity of contract is protected under common law, and independent courts ensure respect for commercial rights and obligations.World-class infrastructureSouth Africa has world-class infrastructure – including a modern transport network, sophisticated telecommunications and superb tourism facilities.The government has identified massive infrastructure projects as key to boosting the country’s economic growth rate and creating employment, and is spending billions of Rands on getting the investment ball rolling.South Africa’s success in hosting the world’s largest sporting event, the 2010 Fifa World Cup, has shown that the country is capable of undertaking – and successfully completing – major projects on time.Read more about South Africa’s infrastructureAccess to marketsIts position at the southern tip of the continent gives South Africa easy access to the 14 countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) – with a combined market of over 250-million people.The country is also an excellent launchpad to the islands off Africa’s east coast, and even the Gulf States and India.South Africa is a trans-shipment point between the emerging markets of Central and South America and the newly industrialised nations of South and Far East Asia.Major shipping lanes pass along the South African coastline in the South Atlantic and Indian oceans. The country’s seven commercial ports form the largest, best equipped and most efficient network in Africa.The gateway to AfricaAfrica, with 200- to 300-million of its people approaching middle-class status, is seen as the next great growth story after China and India.The McKinsey Global Institute has identified Africa as the world’s second-fastest growing region. This growth is “creating substantial new business opportunities” for global companies.South Africa allows easy access to the other markets of sub-Saharan Africa. It is the economic powerhouse of the continent and considered a dynamic force in the Southern African Development Community.Sharing borders with Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho, its well-developed road and rail links provide the platform and infrastructure for ground transportation deep into sub-Saharan Africa.South Africa also has the resident marketing skills and distribution channels to open up commercial ventures into the rest of Africa.South Africa has a host of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions to encourage commercial activity. The country’s trade rules favour a further expansion in its already burgeoning international trade.The special International Headquarter Company (IHQ) regime is aimed at positioning South Africa as a holding company gateway for foreign multinationals investing into Africa.Trade reform and global strategic alliancesSouth Africa has trading relationships with more than 200 countries and territories.In 2011 the country was admitted to the BRIC group of major developing economies – Brazil, Russia, India and China – now renamed BRICS.In 2015 the BRICS group set up the New Development Bank to help finance the growth of emerging economies. Each of the five countries has a 20% shareholding in the bank, which has an authorised capital investment of US$100-billion.The bank will be headquartered in Shanghai, China. Its first regional office, the Africa Regional Centre, is to be set up in South Africa’s commercial hub, Johannesburg.The BRICS countries have also established a Contingent Reserve Agreement, in which they undertake to provide financial support to each other in the event of balance of payment problems.South Africa also has special relationships with the Southern African Customs Union (Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland), the Southern African Development Community, and the European Union. It also has bilateral agreements with Mozambique and Zimbabwe.The country has become a key trade and investment partner to China, today a major investor in Africa.Plans are afoot for a continental free trade area to boost commerce within Africa, opening up opportunities for South African companies.Trade agreements further the aims of the South African government to accelerate growth and industrial development. The Economic Development Division (ITED) of the Department of Trade and Industry is responsible for trade negotiations.The cost of doing business in South AfricaSouth Africa’s exchange rate makes it one of the least expensive countries for foreigners to live and do business in – with a first-world infrastructure and high living standards ensuring good value for money. While energy costs have increased in recent years, the government plans to meet the country’s growing energy needs with renewable and efficient sources.South Africa petroleum prices compares favourably with other continental markets. Private sector and multinational oil companies refine and market nearly all imported petroleum products in southern Africa.Telecommunications costs are coming down. The government is taking steps to ensure cheaper and more widely available bandwidth capacity, while the landing of several submarine fibre-optic cables along both the east and west coasts of Africa has boosted the continent’s connection with the rest of the world.South Africa’s corporate tax rate – 28% for the 2016/2017 tax year – compares favourably with a number of developing countries. Professional labour costs are far lower than those in developed economies.The ease of doing business in South AfricaSouth Africa ranks at 73rd out of 189 countries in the World Bank and International Finance Corporation’s 2016 Doing Business report.The report is an annual survey of the time, cost and frustration of complying with legal and administrative requirements of doing businesses.The survey rates the ease of doing business in South Africa as higher than major developing economies such as Brazil (116), China (84), India (130) and Nigeria (169). It also scores far above the sub-Saharan African average rank of 143.All companies planning to do business with the South African government and the general business community must comply with Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) policies. These aim to redress imbalances and broaden the economic access to members of historically disadvantaged communities.Industrial capability and cutting-edge technologySouth Africa’s manufacturing output is increasingly technology-intensive.The high-tech manufacturing sectors – machinery, scientific equipment and motor vehicles – enjoy a growing share of total manufacturing production.South Africa’s technological research and quality standards are world-renowned. The country has developed a number of leading technologies, particularly in the fields of energy and fuels, steel production, deep-level mining, telecommunications and information technology.CompetitivenessSouth Africa ranks at 49th out of 140 countries in the World Economic Forum’s 2015-16 Global Competitiveness Index.South Africa is the highest ranked country in sub-Saharan Africa, and claims the middle ground among the BRICS countries – behind China (28) and Russia (45), but ahead of India (55) and Brazil (75).South Africa’s government provides incentives for value-added manufacturing projects, support for industrial innovation, improved access to finance, and an enabling environment for small business development.Industrial development zones have been established in close proximity to major ports and airports, offering world-class infrastructure, dedicated customs support and reduced taxation.South Africa has a well-developed and regulated competition regime based on best international practice. Competition legislation follows European Union, US and Canadian models.The law places various prohibitions on anti-competitive conduct, restrictive practices (such as price fixing, predatory pricing and collusive tendering) and abuses by “dominant” firms, defined as companies with a market share of 35% or more.Sources:South Africa YearbookDepartment of Trade and IndustrySouth African Reserve BankSouth African TreasuryStatistics South AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more