Frustrations build at Waterhouse

first_imgThe frustration at Waterhouse Football Club in this season’s Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) continues to build, as they went down 2-0 to Reno in an uninspiring performance at their Drewsland base. It was their fifth loss from 10 home matches.However, Coach Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey said it was not time to press the panic button as he believes there is more than adequate time to save their season.”It was lacklustre. I didn’t expect a lacklustre performance like this. We didn’t even look like we turned up to play until the secondhalf,” Bailey told the Gleaner.”But there are still a lot of points and a lot of games, so we can’t give up and it’s too early to hit the alarm bells. I don’t think the alarm bells should start ringing as yet. Yes, we want points and you want to assure yourself, but time is on our side. We just have to look in ourselves and see where we go from here. But as soon as we get some players off injury and get the new players coming in you will see a different team,” Bailey sought to assure.Reno looked dangerous from the onset and it was no surprise when Kavar Walker steered home Javed Richardson’s cross from 12 yards after 17 minutes of play.WASTED GIFTWaterhouse struggled to get themselves together, but DeAndre Brown rattled the bar from 18 yards of a low Irvino English cross and Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson wasted a gift after goalkeeper Dennis Taylor landed a spot-kick at his feet just outside the area, firing over the unguarded goal.However, when the Waterhouse defence failed to clear a ball from their area, it eventually fell to the prolific Craig Foster, who spun and fired pass Diego Haughton in the Waterhouse goal.The hosts improved slightly after the break, but still looked disorganised and lacked creativity for the most part. But while Anderson forced a good save out of Taylor midway the half, his opportunity in the final minute summed up his and Waterhouse’s play, as, with only Taylor to beat he dragged a tame shot wide from 12 yards.Reno’s Technical Director Wendell Downswell said the team’s aim is to win six straight and climb out of the bottom half of the standings.”We are on track in the new year,” Downswell said.In other games, Portmore and Montego Bay United played to a 1-1 draw. UWI stopped Harbour View 1-0, Arnett Gardens beat Boys’ Town 2-1 in the Trench Town derby, Tivoli edged Jamalco 1-0 and Humble Lion defeated Maverley-Hughenden 2-0.Montego Bay lead the table with 39 points, but that was cut to one by Tivoli (38). UWI are third with 35 points, followed by Humble Lion on 34, Portmore with 33, and Arnett on 28.Yesterday’s ResultsPortmore 1 – 1 Montego BayUWI 1 – 0 Harbour ViewBoys’ Town 1-2 Arnett GardensJamalco 0 – 1 TivoliWaterhouse 0 – 2 RenoHumble Lion 2 – 0 Maverley-Hughendenlast_img read more

Plan to boost local industry

first_imgIpap is meant to increase the competitiveness of the South African manufacturing industry and achieve structural development.(Image: Department of Trade and Industry) The dti believes the manufacturing industry is the key to reducing South Africa’s high unemployment rate. (Image: For more free images, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Terrence Mutuswa  Communications Officer  Nepad Business Foundation  +27 87 310 1888  +27 76 706 7411 RELATED ARTICLES • SA businesses honoured • Obama African trip: a trade boost • Country brings in offshoring business • Mintek produces African jewelleryShamin ChibbaTo reduce the high unemployment rate in Southern Africa, public and private stakeholders should turn to the manufacturing sector, which had the capacity to provide job opportunities for unskilled and semi-skilled workers – an idea debated at the Industrial Development in South Africa and Southern Africa seminar held at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) headquarters.The event, hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) and the Nepad Business Foundation, gathered people from public and private sector industry, who discussed the department’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) and how it could accelerate Southern Africa’s dwindling manufacturing sector. According to the chief executive of the Nepad Business Foundation, Lynette Chen, the seminar, held on 26 July, looked into finding ways of harnessing Africa’s resources to improve the lives of its citizens. She said that though the continent was rich in minerals, it had some of the poorest populations in the world. “A lot of profit and wealth is exported out of Africa, which means real development is not taking place fast enough.”For Kishan Pillay, the director of the dti’s industrial development division, the manufacturing sector was the key to rapid development and the reduction of unemployment, which was a significant motivator for Ipap. He added that manufacturing could create the demand for a huge range of upstream inputs and services. It was also central to a strong export strategy and had the potential to create employment for unskilled and semi-skilled individuals.The South African economy had been driven by the consumption sector in the last two decades, Pillay said, which included insurance, transport and property. “Our key productive sectors like manufacturing and agriculture have contributed less to the economy than they are capable of doing. At the same time, we have lost a lot of manufacturing and productive capabilities.”Malebo Mabitje-Thompson, the chief operating officer of the dti’s industrial development division, said one of Ipap’s objectives was to create a vibrant manufacturing sector that would allow South Africa to absorb its massive labour pool as well as create entrepreneurs who would create job opportunities for others. ChallengesMabitje-Thompson advised role players to become knowledgeable about challenges in the industrial sector before conjuring solutions. “It would be very difficult to come up with interventions if you do not know what the problems are. They are not just experienced by [the] government but by the private sector, too.”Pillay said some of these challenges included:A volatile exchange rate, which made it difficult for businesses and investors to make procurement decisions;The high cost of capital coupled with a scarcity of capital means funds which were not finding their way into productive sectors;Banks were not financing industry, which obstructed development;Monopolistic pricing of rich mineral deposits such as iron ore and polymers prohibited development;Underinvestment in the manufacturing sector since the 1980s meant it relied on old and unreliable infrastructure, hindering competitiveness; and,A weak skills system meant industry did not get the skilled workers it needed. Pillay explained that employment could be generated if the skills gap was linked with the skills industry wanted.“The objective of Ipap is to achieve structural development and to increase competitiveness of South African manufacturing,” said Pillay.Ipap would address these challenges by creating more effective financing for industrial development, he added. It would also reform procurement so as to ensure a larger proportion of infrastructure went to locally manufactured inputs. He pointed out that focus should be on new projects instead of existing ones. At the same time, companies had to be monitored and evaluated, and show they were meeting targets that would qualify them for funding. Government support of IpapFor Ipap to work, Pillay said, it should not be undertaken by the dti only. Instead, all relevant government institutions should become familiar with the plan and activities related to it should be co-ordinated across all departments.The plan could be successfully implemented if it was aligned with a supportive macro-economic and regulatory environment; appropriate skills and education systems that were combined with the needs of industry; sufficient, reliable and competitively priced modern infrastructure; and investment of various technological developments within the economy.“Strategies are developed and strengthened through self-discovery,” said Pillay. “This is a learning-by-doing process. Every year we go through this process to improve Ipap, to make sure it is relevant and that it is working.” Intra-African tradeIn June 2011, South Africa hosted the Second Tripartite Summit with 26 African heads of state and government from the Southern African Development Community, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, and the East African Community. It was here that the Tripartite Free Trade Area negotiations were launched.The free trade area will open up a market that includes 26 countries, with a population of about 600 million and a combined gross domestic product of approximately $1-trillion (R9,9-trillion). It is made up of three pillars, namely market integration, industrial development, and infrastructure development. The dti is leading talks related to industrial development. If an agreement is reached, members will be able to trade without import tariffs or quotas. Moreover, it will allow goods and people to flow across borders more freely.“There is a full-on agenda on trade facilitation which looks at how we deal with efficiency at the borders, with standards, differences amongst ourselves and tariffing and non-tariffing barriers amongst ourselves,” explained Mabitje-Thompson.A large portion of Ipap involves regional integration between African countries. It is stated in the plan that from 2013 until the second quarter of 2014, the dti will work with development banks like the DBSA and the Industrial Development Corporation in channelling funds to productive sectors. It will also engage with regional banks to secure funding for manufacturers. The plan also emphasizes that the department will take the lead in developing skills and cross-border infrastructure, which includes a railway link between the Port of Durban and Democratic Republic of Congo.South Africa is already leading the drive towards regional integration. According to the 2012/2013 World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report, South Africa is 38th out of 144 countries in terms of business sophistication. The criteria that make up this ranking include control of international distribution, local supplier quality and quantity, and production process sophistication.The country is also ranked high on the World Bank’s ease of doing business index, coming in at 39th out of 185 states. Compared to other Brics nations, South Africa finishes on top, with China and Russia trailing at 91st and 112th, respectively. The poll takes into consideration 10 criteria, including the ease of starting a business, getting credit and electricity, investor protection, and cross border trading.last_img read more

October 11 2017Dont miss the big reception of R

first_imgOctober 11, 2017Don’t miss the big reception of “Repositioning Paolo Soleri: the City is Nature” this Friday October 13th at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. The public open reception is from 7 – 9 pm. Come out and join the executives, residents and volunteers of the Cosanti Foundation to celebrate the incredible work of Paolo Soleri.The show also features a beautiful catalog that will go on sale at the SMoCA gallery, Cosanti, and the gallery here at Arcosanti this weekend! Sue and Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo, who worked in the archives several years ago and is visiting on her way to a job in disaster relief in Houston, flipped through the new catalog in the Archives.Here Tomiaki and Sue look at one of the featured fold out images of a very large scroll drawing.  The excellence of most of the photos of Paolo Soleri’s drawings in this catalog is due to the diligence and commitment of brilliant photographer David DeGomez who worked with us in the Soleri Archives for a few years. A “Super Thank You” goes out to you!!!(photos by Leah-Ann Walker, text by Shannon Mackenzie)last_img read more

Russian satellite pay TV operator Raduga TV has pu

first_imgRussian satellite pay TV operator Raduga TV has put the commericalisation of its service in Kazakhstan on hold until next year until the launch of the ABS-2 satellite.Raduga TV offers a pay TV package via the ABS-1 satellite at 75° East. However, the operator has ceased activation of new smartcards in Kazakhstan due to the need for improved reception. Raduga TV said it would continue to support existing customers ahead of the launch of the new satellite, scheduled for the second quarter of 2013.last_img read more

Russias oldest pay TV service Kosmos TV which br

first_imgRussia’s oldest pay TV service Kosmos TV, which broadcasts in the Moscow region is to shut down after the frequencies it uses to broadcast were awarded to telcos VimpelCom, Megafon and Rostelecom for LTE services.Kosmos TV offers ‘basic’ and ‘elite’ packages and a number of thematic packages to subscribers in the Moscow region over MMDS using frequencies in the 2.5-2.7GHz range. Radio spectrum regulator the SCRF had already awarded some of the spectrum used by the broadcaster to telco Scartel for LTE services last year. The regulator more recently said that Kosmos TV would have to cease broadcasting if it interfered with LTE signals, a decision contested by the broadcaster. The case led to a settlement by which Kosmos TV will receive compensation from the telcos.Kosmos TV has said it will assist subscribers in migrating to the service offered by Moscow city operator MGTS. Kosmos TV was originally launched as a joint venture between Metromedia International and RTRS in 1991, with Metromedia’s stake later being sold to AFK Sistema.last_img read more