This means that both teams get a point each and South Africa progresses to the finals to meet world champions India, who have remained unbeaten in the tournament so far, on T
This means that both teams get a point each and South Africa progresses to the finals to meet world champions India, who have remained unbeaten in the tournament so far, on T
Brazil, France and the USA come out as the top three places where overseas property investors were more likely to invest in 2010. The prediction came from international real estate website Homesgofast.com who revealed the top 3 countries as part of its Top Ten Places to Buy Abroad in 2010. The top ten regions produced some surprise omissions. Gone from the top ten was Spain whilst newcomers included Malaysia, South Africa and Abu Dhabi.
The hot places to invest in real estate for 2010 were compiled by Homesgofast.com after conducting a survey of 1100 of its seasoned overseas property investors. The respondents were asked to take into consideration the following factors in deciding their top places to invest in 2010
Housing market entry prices
Potential capital growth
Types of property available
Ease of purchase for international buyers
Stability in the region
Accessibility by international travellers
The attitude of government towards overseas buyers
The survey results show that Investment Property in Brazil. France and The US showed the most potential for 2010 with Brazil in coming first place. The top ten ranking looks like this:
Homesgofast.com Top Ten Places To Invest In 2010
6.) Greek Islands
9.) South Africa
Commenting about the top 3 regions for investment s Nicholas Marr CEO Homesgofast.com said “Brazil is on every international real estate investor’s lips right now. The Olympic effect has seen investment from all over the world and entry into this market is easier with low property prices. France is not a surprise as it’s a firm favourite with UK buyers with a huge variety of property and a relatively stable housing market. The USA property market is offering armchair investors superb investments, as an example we are promoting 3 bed houses that come with a paying tenant for £15,000. Florida is a buyer’s paradise with brand luxury homes going for the price of a cramped studio apartment in the UK. Recent news from the region indicates that Florida prices have bottomed out and the only way for prices to go is up.
Homesgofast.com promotes over 200,000 international listings from property developer’s real estate agents and individuals and has been online since 2003. The website has thousands of visitors per day and a large database of international investors seeking property investments abroad
Since 2002, Chevron and Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership have been revolutionizing education with 65 Learning Centers in underserved communities across Angola, Nigeria, South Africa, Venezuela and Brazil. Through the initiative, Learning Centers are established at school sites and teachers receive three years of in-depth training and mentoring, along with televisions, DVD players and libraries of high-quality, locally relevant educational videos to complement their lesson plans. To date, the Learning Centers established by Chevron and DCGEP have benefitted over 2,400 teachers, 104,000 students and 312,000 community members and produced astounding results, including increased student enrollment and heightened academic performance.
While our work is simple, the results are exceedingly powerful. Seeing students eyes light up when they first witness a space shuttle leave the Earths orbit affirms the importance of our mission, and we are thrilled that the U.S. Chamber recognizes the commitment that Chevron and Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership make every day to students and communities, said Dr. Gail Ifshin, president, Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership. We look forward to continuing to provide enriching educational opportunities in the classroom and beyond.
Founded in 1997, Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership inspires and empowers teachers and students in over 250 communities across four continents, leveraging Discovery Communications vast library of content to create custom programming in conjunction with local educators. Through DCGEP, teachers learn to use video to enhance math and science curriculums and to connect students to other lands, cultures, and ideas. As a result, educational subjects are brought to life for students â€“ from the anatomy of the brain to the world of astrophysics – filling a void often left by limited resources, years of civil war or other unique challenges. By working together, Chevron and DCGEP are transforming education and uncovering a world of opportunity for students, teachers and community members around the world.
Our partnership with Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership is one of the ways we bring Chevrons commitment to local community development to life, said Rhonda Zygocki, vice president, Chevron Policy, Government and Public Affairs. By investing in education in the communities where we operate, we are helping students around the world pursue their dreams and use their talents to enrich the places they call home.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Centers Corporate Citizenship Awards showcase business, trade associations and chambers of commerce that have demonstrated ethical leadership and corporate stewardship, made a positive difference in their communities, and contributed to the advancement of important economic and social goals. During public online voting for the 2009 Partnership Award, over 20,000 votes and 1,000 comments were logged through the U.S. Chamber Business Civic Leadership Center contest website, surpassing 2008 participation-levels by almost two-fold.
About Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership
Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership (DCGEP) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization that for the past 12 years has been working in under-resourced schools around the world, using the power of television to increase student learning, teacher effectiveness and the communitys access to information and involvement in their childrens schools. The initiative is locally-managed, and involves a collaborative process of educational video program development that combines contributions of expertise and high-quality documentary footage from Discovery with the needs of educators in countries where DCGEP is active. In addition, DCGEP provides three years of teacher training and capacity building to ensure their ability to maximize the value of educational television as a tool for teaching and learning. For more information, please visit www.discoveryglobaled.org.
About Chevron Corporation
Chevron Corporation is one of the worlds leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The companys success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of approximately 62,000 employees who operate across the energy spectrum. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
San Francisco, CA – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced their list of DVD titles scheduled for release in January 2010. This includes the first box set of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN in regular and special editions, the next installments in POKÉMON ELEMENTS, as well as the latest episodic releases of the popular BLEACH and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series. VIZ Media DVD titles are distributed (in English) in the U.S and Mexico by Warner Home Video and in Canada by Allegro.
SHONEN JUMP releases include:
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Special Edition Box Set 1 • Rated ’T+’ for Older Teens • MSRP: $69.97 US / $99.99 CAN • Available January 26
Naruto Uzumaki is back! After two and a half years of training on the road with Jiraiya of the Sannin, Naruto is back in the Village Hidden in the Leaves, and he’s ready to show off his new skills. He and Sakura team up to take on their old master Kakashi, who’s pretty impressed with their progress. They’ll have plenty of opportunity to put it into action when news arrives from the Sand Village that Gaara, Naruto’s former rival and now Kazekage of the Sand, has been kidnapped! And the culprits are the very same group who are after Naruto–the Akatsuki! The Special Edition Box Set features 13 episodes on 3 discs and also includes a collectible NARUTO Shippuden Mininja figure.
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Box Set 1 Standard Edition • Rated ’T+’ for Older Teens • MSRP: $49.95 US / $71.99 CAN • Available January 26
DVD-only collection featuring 13 episodes from the hit series on 3 discs; (collectible figure is not included.)
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Volume 5 • Rated ’T+’ for Older Teens • MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN • Available January 12
Team Guy and Team Kakashi finally reach the Akatsuki hideout, only to encounter a tricky five-seal barrier that triggers an even stranger trap. While Team Guy face some pretty tough opponents–themselves!–Kakashi and Naruto must take off after Deidara who has absconded with Gaara. Sakura and Granny Chiyo are left behind to confront Sasori of the Red Sand. Granny Chiyo may be the only one with the ability to see through his many complex traps and skilled puppetry, but even one scratch from his poisoned weapons could mean instant death!
BLEACH Volume 24 • Rated ‘T’ for Teens • MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN • Available January 19
Captain Toshiro Hitsugaya is assigned to lead the defense of the Soul Society and mobilize the Soul Reapers to find and kill the intruding Bounts. But the Bount leader Jin Kariya has gathered a huge mob of ruffians and plans to use them in his quest for revenge. Meanwhile, it is discovered that Maki Ichinose, the banished Soul Reaper helping the Bounts, has infiltrated the Seireitei and has been secretly manipulating their data. What strategies will play out, and how can Ichigo and his allies stop them?
New POKÉMON Releases Include:
POKÉMON ELEMENTS, Volume 7: Psychic • Rated ’A’ for All Ages • MSRP: $9.98 US/ $14.99 CAN • Available January 26
POKÉMON ELEMENTS, Volume 8: Dragon • Rated ’A’ for All Ages • MSRP: $9.98 US / $14.99 CAN • Available January 26
Following the POKÉMON All Star series set, the POKÉMON: ELEMENTS collection consists of the most important episodes commemorating the different types of Pokémon characters. Each disc showcases a Pokémon type with three all-time favorite episodes.
About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including the popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages.
Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.
Anglo American plc is pleased to announce the appointment of Godfrey Gomwe as Executive Director of Anglo American South Africa with immediate effect. He will act as Anglo American’s key representative in South Africa, working together with Anglo American’s Business Unit CEOs to deliver the Group’s strategy in the region.
Mr Gomwe recently served as Head of Group Business Development, Africa for Anglo American plc and was previously Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer of Anglo American South Africa. He has served on a number of Anglo American’s operating boards and executive committees during a 10 year career with the Group and has held a number of directorships in other listed and unlisted companies. Specifically, Godfrey was previously Chairman of Highveld Steel and Chairman of Mondi SA prior to its restructuring. Godfrey is currently Chairman of Anglo Zimele and the Transformation Committee of Anglo American South Africa.
Cynthia Carroll, Chief Executive of Anglo American plc, said: “Godfrey Gomwe’s depth of business and leadership experience in the mining and metals industry will be invaluable in his leadership of Anglo American South Africa. His 20 years of industry experience and his intimate knowledge of Anglo American’s operations equip him well for his new role.”
Godfrey Gomwe said: “I look forward to continuing to be involved in leading Anglo American in South Africa and further strengthening the strategic efforts to drive growth and value for the Group as it continues to invest in and grow its mining operations in South Africa. As the Group’s key representative in South Africa, I look forward to reinforcing our relationships with all our major stakeholders.”
Notes to Editors:
Anglo American plc is one of the world’s largest mining groups. With its subsidiaries, joint ventures and associates, it is a global leader in platinum group metals and diamonds, with significant interests in coal, base and ferrous metals, as well as an industrial minerals business. The Group is geographically diverse, with operations in Africa, Europe, South and North America, Australia and Asia.
Biography: Godfrey Gomwe
* 20 years experience in executive level positions in the Metals and Mining industry, including 10 years with the Anglo American Group. He has held many directorships in both listed and unlisted companies.
* Currently Head of Group Business Development, Africa for Anglo American. Also Chairman of Anglo Zimele, the Transformation Committee of Anglo American South Africa, and Anglo American Zimbabwe.
* Has served on a number of Anglo American operating boards and executive committees during his time with the Group. He was previously Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer of Anglo American South Africa. He was also Chairman of Highveld Steel and Chairman of Mondi SA, prior to its restructuring.
* During his tenure in these COO and Chairman roles, he has developed and led the execution of major business strategic repositioning and transformation strategies.
* Before moving to South Africa in 2003, he was the Chief Executive of Anglo American Zimbabwe, during which time he was awarded the Anglo Global CEO’s safety award in 2003 (Bindura Nickel) and runner up 2005 (Zimbabwe Alloys).
* He has a developed network of contacts within the current South African administration. He also has a depth of experience in working with African government and political organisations (on projects in Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana).
* Ten years of venture capital experience, gained as Chairman of Takura Ventures, one of the most successful funds in the then CDC group.
* Chairman of Tshikululu Social Investments, a leading company that manages the social investments for several companies, including the Chairman’s Funds, First Rand Foundation, Discovery Foundation, De Beers and others.
* Chartered accountant by profession and holds a Masters degree in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa.
Anglo Zimele, makes a difference through enterprise development and manages three funds:
Supply Chain Fund, Anglo Khula Mining Fund and Small Business Start-Up Fund. Recognising that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play a key role in driving economic transformation, in 1989 Anglo American established Anglo Zimele to empower black entrepreneurs through the creation and transformation of SMEs.
Andersons devastating performance helped England bowl South Africa out for just 119 and inspired a seven-wicket victory in the fourth one-day international.
South Africa, who had elected to bat, were shot out in 36.5 overs. England overtook their score within 32 overs, with Jonathan Trott celebrating an unbeaten half-century.
Stuart Broad removed Graeme Smith in the second over and Anderson then struck two blows, dismissing Hashim Amla and JP Duminy as the hosts slumped to 35 for three.
AB de Villiers, fresh off an imperious match-winning century in the third ODI, played some commanding strokes early on as he scored 22 before Tim Bresnan zipped a delivery into his pads and won an lbw decision, despite the ball being in danger of missing leg-stump due to his wide angle of delivery.
Anderson then returned for a superb spell of three for six in four overs that effectively settled the match.
South Africas total of 119 was their lowest in a home one-day international.
England openers Andrew Strauss and Trott then eased their way to 74 before off-spinner Johan Botha trapped the visiting captain leg-before for 32 and had Kevin Pietersen caught for three in a fine spell of two for 22 in eight overs.
Trott stayed through to the end, however, scoring a top-class 52 not out off 77 balls, while Eoin Morgan made 28 not out in 40 balls in the canter to victory.
South Africa will attempt to level the series in the final match in Durban on
On the eve of World AIDS Day, which is held annually on 1 December, some of the worlds best-known cricketers have called for the international cricket community to continue to support calls for greater awareness to help continue the fight against HIV.
Nathan Bracken, Isa Guha, Kumar Sangakkara, Graeme Smith and Virender Sehwag champion the THINK WISE campaign which helps to raise awareness about HIV amongst the cricket community to make a positive impact on the lives of young people across the world and help to prevent new HIV infections.
Sri Lanka captain and THINK WISE champion Kumar Sangakkara said: What cricket does well is bring people together in common spirit. We are doing our bit on World AIDS Day to help raise awareness, reduce discrimination and ultimately help to prevent HIV infections.
It is fantastic to see cricket being used as a force for social good and I hope the THINK WISE initiative will continue to gather momentum throughout the cricket community.
South African captain and THINK WISE champion Graeme Smith said: Ive seen firsthand the devastating effect that HIV as had in my country. It is now a global issue and one which everyone has responsibility to address.
I hope that current and former cricketers around the world at every level of the game act as leaders within their communities to think about important life skills and necessary steps toward HIV prevention.
Around 10 million people living with HIV are from Test-playing countries. This accounts for more than a quarter of all the people across the world that are HIV-positive. At major international matches (listed below) around World AIDS Day players will be wearing red ribbons as a show of support for people living with HIV and the THINK WISE public service announcements will be played on big screens by host venues and broadcasters.
Australian bowler and THINK WISE champion Nathan Bracken said: It is fantastic to see my team mates and other international teams around the world wearing the red ribbon in show of support for people living with HIV.
Everyone has a right to be treated fairly and that includes people living with HIV. By raising awareness and addressing the stigma sometimes associated with HIV we all hope that young people protect themselves against the virus.
THINK WISE champion Isa Guha, the England womens team fast bowler, said: HIV is not just someone elses problem; we all have a role to play in helping to raise awareness and encourage prevention.
I hope that the THINK WISE campaign can help youngsters to make informed decisions as they grow up. I also hope that as the profile of the womens game rises we can act as role models and have a positive impact on the lives on young women.
Finally, India batsman and THINK WISE champion Virender Sehwag said: Cricketers use protection when playing the game and its the same in life as well. Everyone should take the necessary steps to protect themselves from HIV. Through my work with THINK WISE I hope we can take this message further to help reduce HIV infection levels across the world.
Dates and matches where ribbons will be worn by all international players:
29 Nov – South Africa v England, fourth ODI, Port Elizabeth
2 Dec â€“ India v Sri Lanka, second Test, Mumbai
3 Dec â€“ Pakistan v New Zealand, second Test, Wellington
4 Dec â€“ Australia v West Indies, second Test, Adelaide
About THINK WISE:
The THINK WISE initiative builds on a long-term partnership between the ICC, the joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), UNICEF and the Global Media AIDS Initiative (GMAI) that for more than six years has reached out to the cricketing community to work together to respond to global AIDS crisis.
By working with some of the games top players, the THINK WISE partnership aims to:
* Raise awareness about the AIDS epidemic within the cricket community
* Address stigma and discrimination surrounding the disease and experienced by people living with and affected by HIV
* Encourage informed decision making and safe behaviours to continue to prevent new infections through targeted information and outreach.
The THINK WISE partnership seeks to educate cricket players, coaches, commentators, broadcasters, volunteers and spectators about the AIDS epidemic, particularly around prevention, and deliver these messages at major ICC events and international matches around World AIDS Day.
To find out more details about the THINK WISE partnership and to view the public service announcements go to: http://www.thinkwisecricket.
Today, nearly three decades since the start of the pandemic, more than 33 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. While the United Nations reports that the rate of infection is down overall, HIV is still infecting large numbers of young people, women and children in developing countries. Access to treatment, stigma and lack of education remain the biggest obstacles to tackling the virus.
President Clinton, joined by Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, head of ICAP, Stephen Lewis, co-director of AIDS-Free World, and C. Virginia Fields, president and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc., will address the global and national state of AIDS and what is needed to effectively fight the pandemic. This panel discussion is co-hosted by ICAP and the Clinton Foundation. President Lee C. Bollinger will also be at the event, welcoming participants on behalf of the University.
Also on Dec. 1, Paul Browde and Murray Nossel, instructors in Columbia’s narrative medicine master’s program, will perform an original work at Miller Theatre. Part storytelling and part conversation, Two Men Talking is an unscripted performance in which Browde and Nossel, two gay men from South Africa, share their real stories of homophobia, racism and living with HIV. Audience members are invited to share as well, combining “elements of theatre, therapy and real life.”
For many faculty, staff and students at Columbia University, responding to the AIDS pandemic is a daily commitment. Robert Remien, a psychologist and researcher at Columbia’s HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, is collaborating with the NYC and NYS Departments of Health on a research proposal that will develop and implement an intervention aimed at raising awareness among medical care providers, HIV-test counselors and high-risk groups to increase knowledge about the early symptoms of HIV infection and how to test for it in order to reduce transmission in communities of high HIV prevalence.
And in rural Nigeria, an innovative partnership with a local organization and ICAP is now helping save lives and livelihoods by offering much-needed financial support as well as HIV/AIDS care to affected individuals and families.
Source: Media Newswire
North West MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs, Gordon Kegakilwe, will on Saturday, 28 November 2009, attend the official enthronement of Kgosi Moefi Edward Mabalane of Baphiring as well as the official opening of new traditional council offices in Mabalstad in the Moses Kotane Local Municipality.
Dignitaries expected to attend the ceremony includes Premier Maureen Modiselle Executive Mayor of Bojanala Platinum District Municipality, Councillor Raymond Motsepe, Mayor of Moses Kotane Local Municipality, Councillor Peter Molelekeng, Provincial Chairperson of House Traditional Leaders, Kgosi Moshe Mabe, Kgosi Lucas Manyane Mangope of the Bahurutshe ba-ga Manyane and Bishop Doctor Barnabas Lekganyane.
The ceremony is scheduled as follows:
Date: 28 November 2009
Venue: Mabalstad Sports Ground (Kwa Phiri), Mabalstad
Cell: 072 218 2559
Issued by: Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs, North West Provincial Government
28 November 2009
Stakeholders across the province are offered the opportunity to influence and shape Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development strategies and implementation plans to ensure seamless service delivery. This will take place during the Stakeholder Summit to be held on Monday, 30 November 2009 at Turffontein Race Course.
The purpose of the summit is to consult and collaborate with other spheres of government and stakeholders on the new mandate of; Agriculture, Rural Development, Veterinary Services, Sustainable Resource Management, Nature Conservations, Environmental Planning and Impact Assessment (EPIA) and Waste and Management and Air Quality Control. This will also pave the way for cooperatives governance and intergovernmental relations processes and collaboration.
Addressing the legislature during the departmental budget vote, MEC Nandi MayathulaKhoza alluded to the fact that the department is in a process of finalising the draft rural development strategy and reviewing other strategies based on the new mandate. The summit is an opportunity to unveil those strategies to stakeholders and consult on the way forward.
Amongst those who will be presenting are, Land Bank, focusing on the financial opportunities available for agricultural and rural development; Agri-Seta on the skilling and re-skilling of workers to improve productivity; Johannesburg Fresh Produce, focusing on the availability of the market to producers. Also expected to attend the summit are representatives from Gauteng provincial government departments, municipalities, non-governmental organisation (NGOs), community based organisations, farmers unions and representatives of the private sector.
The media is invited to attend a media briefing as follows:
Date: 30 November 2009
Venue: Turffontein Race Course-Turffontein
Tel: 011 355 1326
Cell: 072 222 6333
Cell: 072 274 3692
Tel: 011 355 1653
Issued by: Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Gauteng Provincial Government
27 November 2009
The Ministry of Sport and Recreation South Africa wishes to express its disappointment at the singing of the South African National Anthem. Our team was humiliated in Toulouse, France last week, not in the field of play, but at the singing of the purported national anthem.
Our government and our people were insulted by the people who dragged our national anthem in the mud. This national anthem was won with sacrifice that included the sacrifice of life. South Africa and the world must respect it and no deviation is allowed on the words. This applies to all self-respecting nations, said Minister Stofile.
South African Rugby Union (SARU) has been requested to provide an explanation on what transpired in France, and to apologise to South Africa for this embarrassing occurrence.
Issued by: Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA)
17 November 2009
Source: Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) (http://www.srsa.gov.za)
The Acting Chief of Joint Operations, Major General Gerald Malinga, will on Wednesday, 2 December 2009, award members of the Joint Operations Division with various medals at a combined medal parade to be held at the Joint Operations Division, Swartkop Park in Valhalla. The parade will commence at 09h30 (guests and members of the media are requested to be seated by 09h15).
Medals that will be awarded during the parade include; the Reserve Force Emblem, Tshumelo Ikatelaho Medal and the African Union Medal (Burundi) amongst others. These medals are awarded to members who have selflessly served the South African National Defence Force with distinction and zeal.
Other medals to be presented during the combined medal parade include various service medals to members of the Joint Operations Division, Special Forces and the Reserve Force members.
You are cordially invited to send a cameraperson and or a journalist to attend and cover the event.
RSVP on or before 30 November 2009 no late than 12h00:
Major Ronald Maseko
Tel: 012 674 5633
Cell: 082 046 2639
Issued by: Department of Defence and Military Veterans
26 November 2009
President Jacob Zuma will receive letters of credence from Heads of Mission Designates at the Presidential Guesthouse on Tuesday, 1 December.
Among other Ambassador designates who will hand letters of credence to President Zuma are: Republic of Chile Ambassador Designate, His Excellency, Mr Francisco Javier Marambio Vial, Republic of Sudan Ambassador Designate, His Excellency, Dr Ali Yousif Ahmed, Republic of Serbia Ambassador Designate, His Excellency, Mr Goran Vujicic, Republic of Panama Ambassador Designate, His Excellency, Mr Rodrigo Guillermo Chiari Alvarez and Republic of France Ambassador Designate, His Excellency, Mr Jacques Lapouge.
Media is invited to cover the event.
For enquiries please contact:
Mr Vincent Magwenya
Cell: 072 715 0024
RSVP by sending your full names, identity document (ID) number and media house to:
E-mail: [email protected]
Please bring your press cards and ID documents.
Issued by: The Presidency
27 November 2009
Source: The Presidency (http://www.thepresidency.gov.za)
The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr Jeff Radebe will brief the media on the appointment of Advocate Menzi Simelane as the Head of the National Prosecuting Authority.
Members of the media are invited as follows:
Date: Monday, 30 November 2009
Venue: Room 153, Union Buildings, Pretoria
Note: There will be a video link-up to Imbizo Media Centre, 120 Plein Street, Cape Town
For media enquiries contact:
Cell: 082 333 3880
Cell: 082 377 9916
Issued by: Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
27 November 2009
The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu and the Chief of the South African National Defence Force, General Godfrey Ngwenya, regrettably announce the passing away of eight members of one medical battalion group of the South African Military Health Service who were involved in a vehicle accident near Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday 27 November 2009.
The members were travelling from Pretoria back to their home unit in Durban when the accident happened. Seven other members were injured in the accident; of these members, one member is in a stable condition in a Ladysmith hospital while six members were evacuated to Bethlehem.
The South African Police is investigating the accident. Funeral arrangements of the deceased will be announced once confirmed by their next of kin.
Minister Sisulu, the Acting Secretary for Defence, Mr Tsepe Motumi, the Chief of the South African National Defence Force, General Ngwenya, Surgeon-General of the South African Military Health Service, Lieutenant-General Vejaynand Ramlakan and Chief Defence Reserves, Major General Roy Andersen, expressed their shock at the incident and have extended their sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased. The Minister also wishes the injured members a speedy recovery.
Tel: 012 355 6302
Cell: 082 459 1893
Issued by: Department of Defence and Military Veterans
27 November 2009
Switzerland today called for the United Nations to play a greater role in discussing the biggest global issues such as the recent financial crisis, warning that the bloc of major economies known as the Group of Twenty (G20) lacked legitimacy as a forum and did not consult enough with non-members.
Addressing the annual high-level segment of the General Assembly, held at UN Headquarters in New York, Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz said the G20 “has taken over a role in discussing important global issues. This development must not take place at the expense of other nations or global institutions such as the UN.”
The G20, which is holding a summit starting today in the United States city of Pittsburgh, is comprised of nations representing nearly 70 per cent of the world population and 90 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP).
Its members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the European Union.
But Mr. Merz told the Assembly that the bloc “lacks legitimacy [and] basic considerations of due process are absent in the sanctions procedures. The members of the G20 themselves are not subject to the same scrutiny.”
He said Switzerland wanted “a level playing field and a much better consultation among non-members of the G20,” and stressed the need for greater exchanges between the UN and forums such as the G20.
“The UN should continue along its reform path in order to reinforce its legitimacy,” Mr. Merz noted.
British Airways Awards a Year of Free Travel Worth INR 112m to Help Drive Business Growth for Small to Medium Sized Businesses in India
— British Airways today announced the launch of British Airways Business Opportunity Grants across India as part of the airline’s commitment to help India’s more than 13 million SMEs (Small to Medium Sized Enterprises) and to help stimulate local business.
The global economic downturn saw business travel budgets slashed by more than 56%*over the last 12 months. British Airways Business Opportunity Grants is designed to help drive business growth for small to medium sized companies by focusing on tangible, human connections as a crucial driver of business for Indian SMEs in this critical time.
Fifty small to medium sized companies will be awarded grants giving them free travel for one year to help support their business and seek out new opportunities. British Airways Business Opportunity Grants winners will be awarded 10 return British Airways Club World (business class) tickets to be used throughout 2010. The total value of the tickets is worth more than Rs 112,035,000/-
Judy Jarvis, country manager at British Airways, India, said, “British Airways is in the business of connecting people globally and we’re aware that the key to building successful long-term business partnerships is through face-to-face meetings. This is the best way to grow long-term relationships in business. We hope that the British Airways Business Opportunity Grants will help India’s 13 million plus SMEs to increase their revenues and help with their strategic growth plans.”
The grants will offer winning companies the opportunity to travel overseas and conduct face-to-face business meetings that will result in stronger partnerships, new projects, and revenue for India SMEs. A group of independent judges will select the 50 winners, whose entries are the most apt and original, from among all eligible online submissions.
The British Airways Business Opportunity Grants programme was launched in Mumbai with support from cricketer Mr Sourav Ganguly, Dr Indu Shahani, the Sheriff of Mumbai, and prominent businessman, Mr Suhel Seth. The scheme is simultaneously being launched in the U.S. and U.K., Hong Kong, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. It is being extended to India, one of the British Airways’ fastest growing markets.
The Grants programme comes hot on the heels of a recent Harvard Business Review Analytical Services study which reveals that 95% of leading international businesspeople said they believe that face-to-face meetings are the key to success in building and maintaining long term relationships, and 89% agree face-to-face meetings are essential for “sealing the deal.”
For a chance to win, companies should visit a dedicated micro-site: www.ba.com/india-grants and state their business objectives for 2010, and how a British Airways Business Opportunity Grant would benefit their organization.
On board, Club World business class customers can enjoy a sleek, comfortable cabin environment; elegant and classically British. From the ergonomically designed wider seating with the six-foot-six ‘z’ bed position, more storage and greater privacy, to the state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment and Club Kitchen, the business travellers’ every need is catered for. On the ground, refreshments and business facilities in the Club World lounges at Terminal 5 ensure the business traveller benefits from feeling refreshed and ready to seize every business opportunity.
British Airways has always been in the business of connecting people. By providing opportunities for people to meet face-to-face, the airline aims to make business personal again.
Source: Press release distribution via India PRwire
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* Figures taken from the Harvard Business Review study of 2,300 North American, Asian and European subscribers in June 2009
Chance to win free travel for a year
British Airways Business Opportunity Grants invites Indian businesses to make their case for an unmet business travel need and win free travel for one year to attend crucial, face-to face meetings. The grants will allow each of the businesses 10 return Club World (business class) tickets anywhere on the British Airways network, to be used at their discretion in 2010. British Airways is covering the cost of the fare; winning companies are responsible for paying taxes, fees and charges.
Whether it’s a sit-down appointment with a potential client, buyer, investor or a visit to an office that has not been visited because of budget cuts, the programme is designed to help budget-conscious businesses get where they need to go, physically and financially.
Businesses interested in entering the competition should visit www.ba.com/india-grants to complete the entry form telling British Airways about their business objectives in 2010 and how a British Airways Business Opportunity Grant would benefit their business.
A panel of British Airways executives and independent judges, including the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and the Confederation of British Industries (CBI) will review the entries.
Entries will be accepted until 11.59pm on January 15, 2010, and winners will be notified by the middle of February 2010, if successful.
Entries must represent companies with 250 employees or less. Full terms and conditions are available online at www.ba.com/india-grants
About British Airways
British Airways has a worldwide route network that covers more than 150 destinations in 75 countries.
In August 2009, British Airways celebrated its 90th anniversary. The airline has carried more than 1.2 billion customers on its extensive network, and is recognised as one of the world’s elite carriers. It is one of the world’s largest international airlines carrying approximately 36 million passengers around the world every year.
British Airways has been flying to India for 80 years and currently operates 45 flights a week from London Heathrow to five cities: Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. British Airways operates flights to India from London Heathrow’s state-of-the-art Terminal 5 which opened on March 27, 2008 and is exclusive to the airline’s customers and is capable of handling 30 million customers a year.
In September 2009, British Airways was awarded the Best European Airline by readers of Business Traveller at the 18th Business Traveller Asia Pacific Awards.
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Muralitharan will also be looking to improve his modest record in India in his final away test series, having announced in July his plan to retire from tests next year. Sri Lanka, currently second behind South Africa, are seeking their first-ever test win in India with the series winner also assured of the top spot in world test rankings.
While Muralitharan, the teams bowling linchpin, has a career average of 22.41, his 34 wickets in nine tests in India have come at 42.58 runs apiece.
Seven batsmen hit centuries in Ahmedabad where Muralitharan surprised all by struggling to produce his trademark sharp turn.
The flatness of the pitch completely neutralised the spinners efforts in the game, former India skipper Saurav Ganguly wrote on the website www.cricinfo.com.
Looking at the way Muralitharan bowled on day five and the amount of turn he got from the pitch, I would not be wrong in saying one more test match could probably (have been) played on this wicket.
Sri Lanka could add leg spinner Ajantha Mendis after left-arm Rengana Herath was surprisingly chosen ahead of him in Ahmedabad.
The 24-year-old grabbed 26 wickets to help clinch a 2-1 home series win over India last year and Mendis, being quicker through the air, could prove effective even on a slow pitch.
The tourists could even add him as a third spinner if new ball bowler Dhammika Prasad, who produced sharp pace, does not recover from a hamstring strain suffered in the first test.
Opener Tillakaratne Dilshan, who made 112 in Ahmedabad, hurt his nose playing a game of soccer, but is expected to recover.
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Many former players sharply criticised the pitch, where Muralis counterpart Harbhajan Singh, the second most successful current test spinner with 332 wickets, also failed to impress.
If you see Muralitharan was in the opposition side, he is the greatest we will see, even he didnt get the bounce or turn he is known for, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.
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Its been shown over and over that a number of players come through this event, and very shortly afterwards theyre on the international arena in a meaningful way, said Mr Lorgat.
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Gibbs, 35, who has scored 8060 runs in his 245 ODIs, last played a limited overs match for his country when he turned out against England during the Champions Trophy in September this year.
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