2010 to give SA a $2.5bn boost

first_imgCape Town International Airportundergoing refurbishment to allow for theexpected influx of visitors for the 2010Fifa World Cup. South Africa is alreadyenjoying the benefits of largeinfrastructure projects that wouldn’t havegone ahead if it weren’t for thetournament.(Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Wilma den HartighThe 2010 Fifa World Cup is to inject an additional R21.3-billion (US$2.52-billion) into South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to research by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.Of the projected growth, R12.7-billion ($1.5-billion) is attributed to direct investment and tourist spend will contribute the remaining R9.5-billion ($1.13-billion).But Dr Azar Jammine, Econometrix chief economist, expects GDP growth to be even higher. “It is an underestimate because capital inflow will be much more substantial,” he said. “The current estimate only amounts to 0.8% of the GDP.”The 2009 Fifa Confederations and 2010 World Cup couldn’t come at a better time for South Africa. “Given the economic crisis, South Africa would have been in a very different position without these events,” he said.The country is already enjoying the benefits of large infrastructure projects that wouldn’t have gone ahead if it weren’t for the Fifa World Cup. Besides Fifa events, the Indian Premier League cricket tournament and the British and Irish Lions rugby tour will also generate substantial revenue for the country.The latest foreign tourism figures show negative growth, but Jammine is confident that this situation is only temporary. “Tourism will pick up again with people coming to South Africa for the events.”Customer serviceThe completion of major infrastructure developments in time for the Fifa World Cup has been under the spotlight for months. But according to Accenture SA, organisations shouldn’t neglect the importance of customer service throughout the event.Accenture has taken an extensive look at the effects that the Fifa World Cup will have on customer experience. “The aim of the event should not only be to get people to come to South Africa, but to encourage them to return,” said Nikki Tyrer, head of  customer relations management at Accenture SA.Tyrer pointed out that customer service will be a key differentiator during the World Cup. “We must position the country to maximise the benefits of the event beyond the actual tournament. Tourists only have a few weeks here, but the event is a phenomenal marketing opportunity for the country.”The financial services sector, health, safety and retail will be under pressure with the influx of visitors to the country. It is estimated that the World Cup tournament will bring approximately 3-million tourists to South African shores, from across Africa and the rest of the world.“These potential customers all have expectations in terms of customer service. Additional value added services will go a long way in meeting these expectations,” she said.The retail sector will benefit greatly, with an international tourist expected to spend some R1 400 ($166) daily, while domestic visitors will spend about R750 ($89) daily. Thousands of tourists will be visiting shopping malls across the country, and Tyrer believes that retailers have to ensure that visitors have a positive experience of South Africa.The most critical aspect is communication, she says. Organisations can enhance the customer’s experience by ensuring that foreign and local customers are catered for in their own languages.One of the areas in need of attention is banking automatic teller machines (ATMs). She said although South Africa has a good ATM network, the supply chain relies on historic usage patterns. This is problematic, as more people will be making use of ATM facilities throughout the World Cup.“This means ATMs will run out of money more quickly and we have to find ways around this,” she said.  The shoe and clothing retail sector will also have to make provision for tourists requesting information on sizing differences.She emphasised that South Africa does have pockets of excellence as far as service is concerned. However, to ensure that the event has long-term benefits, operators and service providers need to develop and implement marketing, sales and service strategies that meet the needs of a diverse consumer base.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesWill 2010 prevent a South African jobs bloodbath? No swine flu threat to Confed Cup No power cuts in 2010 Uefa praises SA’s 2010 readiness Cracking down on 2010 crime Useful linksDepartment of Environmental Affairs and TourismSouth African TourismAccenture South AfricaEconometrixFifaSouth Africa 2010last_img read more

Meralco Manila repulses Kaya

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “The players stepped up and we are fortunate to have good subs,” said Manila coach Aris Caslib whose team faces JPV at home on Tuesday before clashing with Ceres Negros on Sunday.Over at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, Ceres Negros returned to winning ways after a 5-0 drubbing of JPV Marikina. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Substitute Jinggoy Valmayor scored in the 92nd minute as Meralco Manila subdued Kaya Makati, 1-0, Saturday night to keep top spot in the Philippines Football League.The former University of the Philippines standout headed home a cross from Daniel Gadia right at the death as the Sparks prevailed in a physical duel between the two Big City rivals.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Team Yellow tames Blue in PVL All-Star Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Pushed to the brink, Lady Eagles never doubted they could return to UAAP Finals

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo’s graduating players Bea De Leon and Maddie Madayag were pushed to the brink of ending their collegiate careers early after FEU’s stunning victory in the Final last Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img The Lady Eagles returned to the finals a year since the Lady Tamaraws booted them out of contention in the Final Four in Season 80, which ended the streak of six straight finals appearance from Season 74 to 80.Now, Madayag and de Leon have a chance to wrap up their UAAP careers with a shiny hardware.“There’s one more job to do but we’re thankful we got here, we didn’t entertain the thought that this would be our last game,” said De Leon, who finished with nine points. “We knew and we trusted that this game was for us.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid But as the Lady Eagles, whose twice-to-beat edge was diminished, fought for their lives in the UAAP women’s volleyball Final Four on Wednesday, the possibility of playing their last game in the league didn’t cross their minds.“We didn’t even treat an early exit as one of our options for today,” said Madayag, who had 12 points in the 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 25-14 win over FEU that clinched the last finals berth Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsREAD: Ateneo soars back to UAAP volleyball finals, stops FEU in its tracks“I’m kind of speechless because this is my last year so it’s nice to be back in the finals.” Enes Kanter seeks Ramadan advice from NBA great Olajuwon Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View commentslast_img read more

17 days agoEverton hero Tim Cahill linked with Millwall

first_imgEverton hero Tim Cahill linked with Millwallby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton hero Tim Cahill could be returning to English football.The Telegraph says he’s a candidate for the Millwall manager’s job.Following Neil Harris’ surprise resignation last week, the Championship outfit are now eyeing a replacement and Cahill is reportedly among those linked with the post.The 39-year-old Australian is on a list of managerial candidates listed as potential suitors for the vacant role. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

A look at coroners recommendations following Humboldt Broncos bus crash

first_imgREGINA — The coroner in Saskatchewan has completed its investigation into the Humboldt Broncos crash that killed 16 people and injured 13 on the junior hockey team’s bus last April.It has made six recommendations:— The Ministry of Highways should review its policy regarding installation of traffic control devices and signs at and in advance of the rural intersection near Tisdale, Sask., where the crash happened.  — The Saskatchewan Highway Patrol should review its policy and procedures to ensure stricter compliance with regulations and standards for commercial vehicle drivers.— The Saskatchewan Coroners Service should create a plan for mass casualties that includes a review of how bodies are identified.— Saskatchewan Government Insurance should work with the trucking industry to implement standardized and possibly mandatory training for truck drivers.— The Saskatchewan Health Authority should review its policy about identifying patients in the event of mass casualties.— Transport Canada should continue developing regulations to improve national safety codes with respect to driver training and electronic logging devices. It should also create regulations mandating the installation of seatbelts in highway public transport buses.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trudeau insists his defence of supply management has prompted Trumps tweets

first_imgSAGUENAY, Que. – For anyone wondering why Donald Trump has been tweeting about Canadian agriculture lately — Justin Trudeau insists that he is the instigator.The prime minister said Thursday that the U.S. president’s complaints on Twitter about Canada’s trade barriers are the result of his refusal to give in to Trump’s demands to do away with the country’s supply management system.Trudeau’s comments were meant to address fresh criticism from Canadian farmers who fear he is prepared to open up the system to provide more access to American competition.The issue followed him to Saguenay, Que., where producers concerned about the future of supply management demonstrated outside one of his events.“There’s a reason why Donald Trump continues to write tweets on dairy products and Canada — it’s because I’ve told him many times: ‘No, he won’t touch, we won’t touch our supply management system,’ ” Trudeau told reporters.“We will always defend our supply management system because it works.”As if on cue, Trump responded on Thursday night:“Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant,” the president’s Twitter account stated. “…But he doesn’t bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy — hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!”Trudeau made the remarks a day before he was scheduled to host G7 leaders, including Trump, in the Quebec town of La Malbaie.The G7 summit is expected to produce heated discussions over trade among the leaders in the exclusive club of wealthy democracies.In recent weeks, Trump and Trudeau have exchanged tough words over trade — a highly unusual development in the countries’ long-standing, close relationship.The pair have sparred over Trump’s move to impose hefty steel and aluminum tariffs. Canada has responded by threatening to apply tariffs of its own on the U.S.Trudeau said they’ve also disagreed over Trump’s call for Canada to open up its supply management system, which protects dairy, poultry and eggs farmers, during the difficult ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.In recent days, Trump’s Canada-focused tweets have included:— “Canada has treated our Agricultural business and Farmers very poorly for a very long period of time. Highly restrictive on Trade! They must open their markets and take down their trade barriers!”— “Canada has all sorts of trade barriers on our Agricultural products. Not acceptable!”— “Farmers have not been doing well for 15 years. Mexico, Canada, China and others have treated them unfairly. By the time I finish trade talks, that will change. Big trade barriers against U.S. farmers, and other businesses, will finally be broken. Massive trade deficits no longer!”And following Trudeau’s remarks Thursday, Trump tweeted this: “Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers… Canada keeps our farmers and others out. Look forward to seeing them tomorrow.”While the steel and aluminum tariffs are expected to take centre stage at the G7 summit this weekend, the Canada-U.S. battle over supply management is likely to surface during conversations between Trump and Trudeau.Supply management also remains a tricky domestic political issue for Trudeau.On Thursday, dozens of noisy demonstrators waited outside in the light rain for a chance to tell Trudeau that he must fully defend supply management in the NAFTA talks. Trudeau was in the area to lend a hand to the campaign of a local Liberal candidate running in an upcoming federal byelection.Following Trudeau’s news conference, he headed outside and jumped up on the tail gate of a pickup to talk to the protesters, who held placards demanding the system be left untouched.Trudeau held a microphone and said Trump tells him every time that he wants the supply management system eliminated.He said he responds by telling Trump he won’t sign NAFTA without supply management.“That is a promise,” Trudeau said as many farmers cheered and applauded.Seconds later, however, shouts from the crowd demanded Trudeau to guarantee that supply management would be 100 per cent untouched under a new NAFTA.“I guarantee you 100 per cent that I will defend supply management system,” Trudeau responded as more and more members of the crowd, disappointed by his answer, started shouting over him.“I hear you, I understand your concerns — but I don’t want to start detailing all that we are trying to do in terms of talking to the Americans. There are many issues that we will discuss.”Michel Frigon, a dairy farmer, said he was “extremely worried” that Trudeau refused to promise he would protect the supply management in its entirety. He fears Ottawa will open it up a bit like it did for other trade deals.“I’m extremely disappointed with what we just heard,” said Frigon, the regional vice-president for Quebec’s milk producers’ association.“It doesn’t reassure me at all… When you chip away at the foundation little by little, it will eventually fall down. That’s what they’re doing.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Hazard late show rescues Chelsea in Wolves draw

first_imgLondon: Eden Hazard came to Maurizio Sarri’s rescue as the Chelsea star’s superb late strike earned a 1-1 draw against Wolves on Sunday. Sarri’s side were seconds away from another damaging defeat after Raul Jimenez put Wolves ahead at Stamford Bridge. Hazard spared the under-fire Sarri’s blushes with his thunderous stoppage-time equaliser, but it was still a frustrating day for the Blues boss. Sarri’s side had won three times in 10 days to temporarily silence reports that the Italian was facing the sack. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherBut Chelsea’s latest misfiring effort raised the possibility that Sarri is back on borrowed time in west London. With fourth-placed Manchester United playing fifth-placed Arsenal later on Sunday, Chelsea, languishing in sixth, will be further adrift of the top four after another tense afternoon for Sarri. It has been a nightmare debut season for former Napoli boss Sarri, who had to endure a League Cup final defeat against Manchester City in which Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenUnder Sarri’s watch, Chelsea have also suffered humiliating thrashings at City and Bournemouth, while supporters chanted for his sacking after the FA Cup exit against Manchester United. Beating Tottenham and Fulham in the league and then easing past Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League last 16 first leg on Thursday had given Sarri some breathing space. But Wolves have proved a thorn in his side this season and, after beating the Blues 2-1 at Molineux in December, they left the Italian looking over his shoulder anxiously again. Chelsea are in action at Kiev on Thursday before a league trip to Everton next Sunday. The international break looms after that and Sarri could do with victories in those games to ensure Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich doesn’t wield the axe. With Chelsea’s legendary striker Didier Drogba watching from the stands, it didn’t take long for Gonzalo Higuain — Sarri’s handpicked targetman — to demonstrate the flaws in the current crop. After a rapid exchange of passes with Pedro, Higuain could only muster a shot that was blocked by Romain Saiss. Higuain, on loan from AC Milan, had another sight of goal from N’Golo Kante’s pass, but this time his low strike was pushed away by Rui Patricio. Despite all their possession, Chelsea lacked a cutting edge in a creatively uninspired display that was a return to the problems they have endured for much of the season. A monotonous procession of slow, sideways passes brought no reward against Wolves’ massed defence, triggering jeers from frustrated Chelsea fans at half-time. After an anonymous first half, Hazard finally showed signs of life with a surge that ended with the Belgian being hauled down by Matt Doherty on the edge of the area. But David Luiz’s effort from the resulting free-kick bounced tamely off the Wolves wall. Having soaked up Chelsea’s futile attempts to break them down, Wolves sprang out to snatch the lead with a perfectly executed counter in the 56th minute. Breaking from their own area, Wolves exploited the out of position Chelsea defence as Jimenez flicked a pass to Diogo Jota. Jota ran wide before guiding the ball back into Jimenez, who prodded home via a deflection off Cesar Azpilicueta for his 14th goal this season. Higuain tried to lead the Chelsea response with a shot on the turn, but Patrico saved before Pedro’s long-range effort was pushed over by the keeper. Higuain couldn’t stretch far enough to score when Hazard’s corner was deflected into his path. Willian’s low strike was repelled by Patricio as Chelsea pushed for the equaliser. With just moments left, Hazard at last ended Wolves’ stubborn resistance with a fierce long-range drive that flashed past Patricio for his first goal in seven games.last_img read more

Young Kolkata club cricketer dies onfield

first_imgKolkata: A young club cricketer died after collapsing on the field during a friendly match on Wednesday. 22-year-old Sonu Yadav, who plays for Ballygunge Sporting Club in Cricket Association of Bengal’s second division league was playing a match at the Bata Club ground. According to those present at the ground, the wicketkeeper-batsman was going back to the tent after finishing his batting and suddenly collapsed. He was quickly rushed to the SSKM hospital where he was declared brought dead. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja A few years back, another junior Bengal player Aniket Sharma had lost his life collapsing on the field while playing at the Paikpara ground. Ballygunge SC official Shyamal Banerjee said:”I cannot believe that Sonu is no more. Sonu was a very talented cricketer. I heard the news in the afternoon. Heard Sonu was playing with his friends because our club did not have any match. I pray to Almighty so that it gives strength to his family to deal with this loss.”last_img read more

Turmeric compounds may help combat cancer

first_imgCompounds found in turmeric – a condiment commonly used in Indian cuisine – can help prevent prevent and treat stomach cancer, scientists claim. Researchers identified possible therapeutic effects of curcumin – the yellow powder derived from the roots of the turmeric plant. “We undertook a vast review of the scientific literature on all nutrients and bioactive compounds with the potential to prevent or treat stomach cancer and found that curcumin is one of them,” Danielle Queiroz Calcagno, a professor at UFPA. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAccording to Calcagno, compounds such as cholecalciferol (a form of vitamin D), resveratrol (a polyphenol) and quercetin can prevent or combat stomach cancer because they are natural regulators of histone activity. Histones are proteins in cell nuclei that organise the DNA double helix into structural units called nucleosomes, according to a study published in the journal Epigenomics. Each nucleosome is made of DNA coiled like a spool around eight histone proteins (a histone octamer) to compact the DNA so that it fits in the cell, where it is packaged into chromatin. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardResearchers studied histone acetylation patterns in stomach cell samples from healthy individuals and patients diagnosed with stomach cancer. They found that the cells from stomach cancer patients displayed alterations in the pattern of expression of histone acetyltransferases (HATs) and histone deacetylases (HDACs). These alterations are epigenetic and affect the structure and integrity of the genome in many tumors, including stomach cancer. Recent research has also shown that nutrients and bioactive compounds can regulate the activity of HATs and HDACs, the scientists at UNIFESP and UFPA set out to identify any that might influence histone acetylation and hence help prevent stomach cancer or even treat the disease. In addition to curcumin, other compounds found to play a key role in modulating histone activity were cholecalciferol, resveratrol, quercetin, garcinol and sodium butyrate (produced by gut bacteria via fermentation of dietary fiber).last_img read more

Well enrich uranium Iran supreme leader Ayatollah Ali warns America

first_imgDubai: Iran’s supreme leader issued a veiled threat in the same speech in which he stated that “no one is seeking war,” saying it wouldn’t be difficult for the Islamic Republic to enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels amid rising tensions with the US, state media reported Wednesday. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments late Tuesday came after Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched a coordinated drone attack on a critical oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia. A satellite image obtained by The Associated Press shows one of the two pumping stations attacked by the drones apparently intact. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe drone assault is just the latest incident in the Mideast to shake global energy markets, as authorities allege oil tankers anchored off the coast of the United Arab Emirates were targeted by sabotage. Benchmark Brent crude prices remained around 71 a barrel in early trading Wednesday. Meanwhile, the US is deploying an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers into the region in response to a still-unspecified threat from Iran, further ramping up tensions a year after President Donald Trump withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsSpeaking Tuesday night in Tehran at an iftar, the traditional dinner Muslims have when breaking their daylong fast during the holy month of Ramadan, Khamenei’s reported comments first focused on him downplaying the chances of a wider conflict in the Mideast with America. He reportedly told senior officials that his country won’t negotiate with the United States, calling such talks “poison.” But he also said, “Neither we, nor them is seeking war. They know that it is not to their benefit.” In Wednesday’s edition, the state-run IRAN newspaper carried his comments on the nuclear program, his first since Iran announced it would begin backing away from the accord itself.last_img read more