3 October 2014More than 100 political and business leaders from Italy and South Africa have been meeting in Cape Town for the first-ever South Africa-Italy Summit, which aims to bolster bilateral business and economic ties between the two countries.Under discussion at the two-day meeting, currently under way Cape Town, are ways to boost the economy of both countries and expand in Sub-Saharan markets, especially investment opportunities in the energy, manufacturing and agro-industry fields.Also on the agenda are sustainable economic and technological growth strategies, as well as the role of banks and financial markets in supporting bilateral relations.With the theme “‘Building Communities of Leaders for Growing their Enterprises”, the summit has been organised with the help of the Italian and South African embassies, EXPO 2015 and the Black Business Council. Plans are to hold the summit annually, to foster a strong, long-lasting partnership between entrepreneurs and enterprises of the two countries, and between South Africa and Italy.UnderstandingAccording to a report in the Cape Times today, Alec Erwin, South Africa’s former minister of trade and industry and now chair of UBU Holdings, told the potential investors that if they wanted to succeed in Africa, they needed to gain understanding of its economies from the economies themselves – not from analysts in New York.“If you’re going to be serious about Africa, be serious about Africa, don’t take it for granted. Get in and understand these economies, do your homework,” Erwin reportedly said.Erwin said there were no short cuts to doing business in Africa. Foreign investors who went in with the idea that African countries had to be investor-friendly and do everything the foreign investor wanted would be “sorely disappointed’.Erwin told the conference that while the institutional environment in Africa was not always easy, it was manageable.PotentialTrade between the two countries is growing steadily. Bilateral trade between South Africa and Italy was worth around €3.5-billion (R51.5-billion) in 2013, and the investment flows of €250-million (R3.7-billion) in 2012 are below its potential, according to Paolo Borzatta, director of the European House-Ambrosetti, the international think tank that is responsible for initiating the meeting.“The approach will be to focus on the strengths of both countries to exploit the opportunities to grow together and faster.”Borzatta said the summit would highlight investment opportunities as well as “create trust amongst the leaders of the two countries so that they can be able to do business together and build long-term relationships”.He described South Africa as the hub of the “booming” sub-Saharan region, which has experienced yearly GDP growth of 6% for the past 10 years.Energy sectorThe summit heard how energy demand in the region is expected to increase by 107% by 2040, with investments of more than $50-billion (R564-billion) a year. Energy tops the list of South Africa’s economic agenda, with the country hoping to build 42.3GW of power by 2030 to take the pressure off the ageing infrastructure.Borzatta said there were opportunities for Italy to partner with South Africa in programmes on new technologies, including smart grids and energy efficiency.He said co-operation agreements in the energy and agro-industry fields would be pursued by South African and Italian universities to assist the training of technicians and farmers. The universities would also share knowledge in the fields of food security, seed and fertilisers, water management and irrigation, Borzatta said.ManufacturingBorzatta said Italian businesses are looking to pursue investment opportunities to establish manufacturing plants, helping to create employment in South Africa.Italy’s medium-sized manufacturing businesses are regarded as world leaders in industrial equipment and machinery.Manufacturing is an important challenge for South Africa, with the sector’s share of the economy falling from 21.9% in 1992 to 12.4% in 2012.Italy’s, on the other hand, is growing and it is the second-highest manufacturing country in the EU with a manufacturing gross added value of €216.5-billion.“We already have plants [in South Africa] and would like to have more joint ventures so that we can invest in other Sub-Saharan Africa countries with the idea of creating clusters,” he said. Companies could be grouped in “value chains”, allowing them to work together and increase their capabilities.ContributionNomatemba Tambo, South Africa’s ambassador to Italy, said the summit being held in South Africa was significant and would contribute to economic growth in the two countries.She said the renewing of South Africa’s co-operation agreement with Italy on trade and investment in 2012 was “a step in the right direction”.Vincenzo Schioppa, Italy’s ambassador to South Africa, said the aim for the Italian government was not to boost exports, but to promote investment and establishing plants.“Our aim is to produce together here to get Italians to invest in South Africa and to create job opportunities in South Africa and for goods to be consumed here,” he said.Members of the European House-Ambrosetti’s advisory board include Tseke Nkadimeng, chief executive of Afric Oil; Ndaba Ntsele, executive chairman of Pamodzi Group; and Iqbal Surve, president of the Sekunjalo Group.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.za
Why Paratweet?Paratweet isn’t the first application to deliver Twitter moderation functionality – Twubs, for example, also offers a live events app with this capability. However, Paratweet offers a couple of extra features which gives it an edge.For one, it includes a profanity filter which you can turn on or off as desired – an item that was definitely on the wish list of pastors who wanted to use Twitter during their sermons or other church events, like youth group meetings. It also links the moderation app and display app via a secret code for extra security in order to make sure no one but those approved to do so can moderate the tweets. The code is unique to each event.Unlike using search.twitter.com, Paratweet lets you track multiple search terms or hashtags at once. As the tweets come in, you can optionally play or pause the stream – helpful if the speaker wants to respond to something on the screen without the distraction of more tweets streaming by.Unfortunately, all this Twitter goodness doesn’t come cheap. Paratweet offers two pricing plans: $299 for 6 months and one event (which you can use over and over) or $599 for 6 months and 3 separate events. The $599 plan also includes the onscreen question feature, something unfortunately not found in the less expensive plan. Alternately, you can save by purchasing a yearly license for $999. To try Paratweet for yourself, you can sign up here. This “Live Display Application” is an Adobe AIR app designed just for Paratweet and it’s meant to be run on the computer connected to the projector, LCD, or CCTV. Also, because you log in to the AIR app with your Paratweet account to pull the relevant tweets, you don’t have to perform the moderation on the same PC as the one being used for display, although you certainly could. sarah perez Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts If you’ve ever been to a conference or some sort of large event, you’ve probably seen a live Twitter stream in action. Up on a big screen in a prominent place, often the stage itself, the live stream tracks the relevant hashtags or keywords about the event, be it a conference, a panel, a meetup, or some other sort of heavily-tweeted gathering.But sometimes there’s an issue with displaying the raw, unfiltered tweets in this way: they can be disruptive. All it takes is one Twitter user trying to be funny – or, worse, a troll saying something rude – to take the discussion off course. Now there’s a new solution to deal with this problem: Paratweet.Paratweet is a new application that lets organizers moderate tweets about their event before they hit the big screen. With this, the potential disruptions are nipped in the bud, so they don’t become the focus instead of whatever’s happening on stage. Using ParatweetAfter signing up for a Paratweet account, you create a new event, set up some keywords or hashtags to monitor, and you can even enter an onscreen question for the audience to respond to, if desired. As the tweets begin to stream in, you simply approve or reject them by clicking the green plus sign or red X as necessary. If you don’t want to manually moderate tweets, you can choose to auto approve them instead. After you have a few tweets approved, you hit the button marked “Live Display Control” to start streaming the approved tweets to the “Live Display Application.” Tags:#Product Reviews#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
College GameDay, as you know by now, is snubbing two 8-0 teams for a field goal festival down in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. While this might have been disconcerting to some, Oklahoma State’s best player doesn’t seem to mind all that much.“To be honest, I could care less,” Ogbah told the O’Colly. “I don’t really care if GameDay comes. We’re just happy to play a great game that we’re about to play Saturday.”Ogbah, who is currently fourth in the country in sacks per game and seventh in tackles for loss per game, also noted that he thinks Trevone Boykin is the best player in conference and beyond.“Every game is a big game for us. We’re taking it one game at a time. TCU is one of the best teams in our conference right now. We’re both 8-0, so it should be a good battle against the best player in the country, in my opinion.”Ogbah will try to turn his 13 of the last 16 games with a sack in to 14 of 17. OSU will need him to if it wants to pull the upset.TCU coach Gary Patterson said Oklahoma State’s defensive line is the best they’ve played so far. He also mentioned No. 38.“Obviously, he’s had a sack in a bunch of games. He’s relentless, he comes after you,” Patterson said. “They’ve got big corners, they’ve got secondary guys that can play man on you. They’re a challenge all the way up and down the field.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
England fans could exploit visa loophole to travel to Kaliningrad without tickets The footnote to this story is that Cahill was holidaying in Dubai at the time to get over the fact he had not made it into Gareth Southgate’s squad for the friendly matches against the Netherlands and Italy in March.Cahill, England’s most experienced player with 60 caps, forced his way back in after rediscovering his form towards the end of the season but he has had to be patient so far in this tournament, as one of only four outfield players in Southgate’s squad not to feature for a single minute yet.That will change against Belgium when Southgate plans to make significant alterations in the game that determines which of the two sides will go through as Group G winners. Both teams have already qualified and Cahill was unequivocal when he was asked whether there had been any talk in the England camp about it potentially being better to finish as runners-up.“No, the discussions have been to win the game,” he said. “That’s the truth. It’s still a huge stage, no matter what the situation is within the group. Everyone is watching and it is not as if we are going into a friendly or a pre-season tour where you can half take your foot off. Go and win the game. Build momentum, keep that good feeling going.” Topics World Cup Six years on, Cahill could be forgiven if he held a grudge. Roy Hodgson was furious with Mertens – “unfortunate is too kind a word; I wasn’t happy with it,” the then England manager said – and Joleon Lescott, another of the team’s defenders, described it as “more reckless and dangerous than most two-footed tackles”, furious that the offending player had been shown only a yellow card.Nobody, however, should think there is any lingering bad blood when the two teams renew acquaintances in Kaliningrad on Thursday. “To be honest, it’s a nice story,” Cahill explains. “I saw him while I was on holiday earlier this year and he came over to speak to me. We were in a restaurant and he took time out to come over and apologise which, for me, means it is dead and buried.“I actually respected him a hell of a lot for doing that. It’s not something he had to do – he didn’t know me and I didn’t even know he was in there, to be honest. But he came over to apologise, years down the line.“That injury had big consequences. I was virtually on the plane and it was a huge time for me. I felt like I was in the condition to start that tournament – the age I was at, the form I was in – so it was a huge blow and it took a while to get over.“At the same time, I like to see the good in people and I don’t think he ever did it for those reasons. It was just one of those things: a freak situation. I hit Joe, who was probably the worst person to hit in the whole team because his shoulders are like that [holds out his arms]. And that was that. He didn’t push me thinking, ‘I’m going to push him and break his jaw.’ I don’t know him from Adam but the guy is obviously a decent fella. We shook hands and I hold no grudges.” Share on Twitter Share via Email Read more Share on Facebook In a quiet moment away from the television cameras, Gary Cahill could be found in an upstairs suite at the Cronwell Park Hotel in Repino reflecting on the last time England faced Belgium and the painful memories of the incident he regards as possibly the biggest disappointment of his eight years as an international footballer.Belgium’s visit to Wembley on that occasion was England’s final warm-up game for Euro 2012 and, as Cahill recalled, the players already had their cases packed, with the plane waiting on the runway.England won 1-0, courtesy of Danny Welbeck’s first-half goal, but the real story that day was Dries Mertens giving Cahill a two-handed shove from behind to send him into Joe Hart, with devastating consequences for the Chelsea defender. Cahill lost a tooth in the collision and his jaw was broken. His tournament was over before it had even begun. Share on WhatsApp The danger is that could mean setting up a possible quarter-final against Germany or Brazil if the results go as many people anticipate. Yet Cahill can remember England falling into a similar trap in Euro 2016 before the defeat against Iceland. “We were looking at playing France in their stadium and ‘it was going to be a fantastic occasion’ and then it never got to that. You can look too far down the line. The message for us is to prepare to win the game.”Cahill also believes it will still be England’s most challenging assignment so far even though the pressure is off, to a certain extent, and Belgium are likely to leave out, among others, his Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne.“Both teams are going to make changes – that’s well documented – but who’s going to come in for Belgium? Mousa Dembélé, for one, who is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. The pressure has eased off a bit, but the size of the game still makes it our biggest test.” features Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest World Cup 2018 Read more Harry Kane set to start for England in group decider against Belgium England Reuse this content
Cardiff lodge bid for Nice midfielder Tamezeby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff are preparing an offer for Adrien Tameze from Nice.The midfielder will cost roughly £8.5 million, with manager Neil Warnock a huge fan.The Frenchman has played 50 times for Nice.”I think we’ve almost agreed terms for one particular player,” said Warnock to reporters recently, with the assumption he is referring to Tameze.”There’s numerous players we’ve been linked with, the chairman (Mehmet Dalman) and Ken Choo (CEO) are talking to loads of players as far as I’m aware – second, third choices – to see who’s available.”But we’re not going to bring people in that aren’t better than what we’ve got. You’ve got to get the right ones in.”You look at some of the players we’re looking at and the figures are astronomical. I think it’s going to be one of those jobs again, late on in the window again where somebody decides to let somebody go.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer tells Man Utd chiefs they must buy striker in Januaryby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told club chiefs they must buy a striker in January.Solskjaer lost both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan in the summer with no replacement brought in.Still Solskjaer says he has no regrets about letting Lukaku leave Manchester United.He said: “It was time for Rom to go. He knows that. He didn’t want to be here. What is the point in having players that don’t want to be here?”Solskjaer says he tried to find a new striker in the summer but simply couldn’t get the right man.He said: “There’s no point getting players in that you’re not 100 per cent sure about.”When you get players in you need the right ones that are going to stay here for a longer period and that’s the long-term thinking we have to show.“I cannot think, ‘I need a player because this is my reputation’. No, it’s the club.”
The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) has assured importers and exporters in St. James that the modernised Customs Bill slated to be tabled in Parliament next year, will allow stakeholders to conduct business in a more efficient environment.Senior Legal Officer at the agency, Krystal Corbett, said the legislative reform has become necessary, as aspects of the existing Act do not align with international customs best practices.She said that the Government has moved to adopt and introduce modern customs practices that will improve the ease of doing business in the 21st century.“We also have to adopt modern language, and this is in keeping with international agreements, such as the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) safe framework of standards, the revised Kyoto convention, the Arusha declaration, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) trade facilitation agreement,” she noted.Miss Corbett, who was speaking at a recent one-day sensitisation workshop at the Grandiosa Hotel in Montego Bay, noted that the use of internationally accepted terms and definitions in the Bill will improve Jamaica’s interaction with the global trading community and will facilitate carriers, agents and all industry professionals who operate in the global context.The draft bill will retain some of the substantive provisions of the current Act and will incorporate several new provisions geared towards trade facilitation and international best practices. The area of risk-based compliance and selectivity in Customs processing or treatment will be part of the new Act.The proposals in the draft Bill are intended to promote socio-economic development and assist with the creation of the conditions for economic growth; facilitate the efficient processing of Customs-related transactions; aid in protecting local businesses and the international supply chain from unfair trading practices, smuggling of goods, under-invoicing, fraud, and intellectual property rights infringement; encourage voluntary compliance with Customs laws and procedures; and further support the implementation of Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World.
The modern Champions League has not been a hospitable competition for underdogs. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have won the last four trophies, and the closest thing to an upset winner in recent years was Chelsea in 2012. This season, though, might be different.Sure, Bayern, Barcelona and Real Madrid are all still in it. But no team left in the Champions League is historically dominant. Expected goals, a statistical measure of the quality of scoring chances a team creates and concedes, rates Barcelona as the top team in this year’s competition, but one with only a 28 percent change of winning the tournament.1All of the data in this article is current through April 10.This year’s Barcelona, however, does not make the top 10 list of expected goals difference for clubs since 2010-11. With fewer truly great teams in the mix, an upset winner is that much more likely. Here’s what to expect.Borussia Dortmund (60 percent chance of advancing) vs. Monaco (40 percent)With a position atop the Ligue 1 table, an impressive defeat of Manchester City in the round of 16, and an incredible 103 goals scored between Ligue 1 and the Champions League, Monaco might appear to have the resume of a quarterfinal favorite. However, Monaco’s numbers require some caution. Despite leading to 90 nonpenalty goals this season, the chances Monaco has created have been worth only about 58 expected goals (xG), according to the soccer stats-tracker Opta. Scoring 33 more goals than expected is unprecedented in the last few years. No other club has even beaten expected goals by 20 or more at this point in the season since 2010-11. While it is not terribly unusual for top teams to outperform their expected goals — top teams tend to have better finishers — Monaco is finishing chances better than any of Lionel Messi’s teams ever did.If Monaco’s goal scoring falls off, Dortmund should be well prepared to take advantage. Since returning from the winter break, Dortmund has been dominant, collecting 1.2 more xG per match than their opponents, compared with only a +0.7 margin before the break. With underlying numbers to match its goals difference and a recent spike in performance, Dortmund looks like the more likely semifinalist.In either case, this should be one of the most exciting matches of the round. Both Monaco and Dortmund depend on pace and quick-hitting attacks — both clubs lead their respective leagues in shot attempts following moves of two passes or fewer. While Thomas Tuchel may attempt to impose more control on the match than Pep Guardiola did against Monaco in the round of 16, the game is likely to be a fast-paced and attacking affair.Barcelona (65 percent) vs. Juventus (35 percent)This rematch of the 2015 Champions League final features the best attack-vs.-defense matchup of the round. This season Barcelona has created the second-most clear scoring chances (116), as defined by Opta, in the big five leagues, while Juventus has conceded the fewest clear scoring chances (20).Barcelona is well known for an attacking style that favors making the extra pass to create the highest-quality scoring chances, rather than trying to shoot the ball from far out. Juventus, under managers Max Allegri and Antonio Conte, has developed a defensive strategy that mirrors Barcelona’s attacking play. The Italian side focuses on defensive structure in order to prevent the same kinds of clear chances that Barca aims to create. A list of the best defensive seasons since 2010-11, judging teams by the number of quality chances they concede, shows Juventus dominating. And this year Juventus is preventing clear chances at its best rate ever, allowing only about one every other match.Barcelona was able to break through Juventus’ defense in the 2015 final just as Bayern Munich did during last year’s knockout stages. But in both of those cases, it took a top performance from one of the world’s best attacks to win the tie. Barcelona is rightly favored, but any slight drop-off in execution could see the Catalan side stymied by Juventus’ defense.Bayern Munich (71 percent) vs. Real Madrid (29 percent)ESPN’s Soccer Power Index rating gives a big boost to Bayern Munich based on the German side’s superior defensive numbers. Bayern has conceded just 23 goals in 36 matches between the Bundesliga and Champions League, while Real has conceded 43 in 38 matches. Some of this difference disappears when you look at expected goals, which drops Real’s total to 37. But it is not enough to erase it all.The two sides not only see different defensive outcomes, but they also play significantly different styles when out of possession. Carlo Ancelotti has his Bayern squad playing the high-pressing style preached by Pep Guardiola. When Bayern turns the ball over in midfield, it breaks up their opponents’ next possession within three passes about 55 percent of the time, the second-highest rate in the Bundesliga. Real Madrid, by contrast, defends much more passively, breaking up opposition possession in only about 45 percent of cases, 12th in La Liga.It is not that Real Madrid has been particularly poor defensively, but its more passive defensive style seems like a major risk against Bayern. Under manager Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid has been an outlier among top clubs in not embracing the new, analytics-minded strategy of pressing on defense. It will be interesting to see if Real’s more old-fashioned defensive style can work. If Real fails to unsettle Bayern early in a possession, that would give time on the ball to central midfielders Arturo Vidal and Thiago Alcantara. That outcome would be risky at best for Real. Thiago in particular is having a great season, leading the Bundesliga with 96 progressive passes and runs. (These are defined as passes which advance the ball through midfield over 10 yards beyond where the possession had reached, or runs which progress similarly while eliminating a defender on the dribble.) Real Madrid may need to adjust its pressing rate to protect the defense from Bayern’s passers if it means to make it to another Champions League final.Atletico Madrid (75 percent) vs. Leicester City (25 percent)Leicester City presents something of a conundrum to any projection system, having won five of six league matches since sacking manager Claudio Ranieri. The club’s performances under new manager Craig Shakespeare have not been quite as good as its unbeaten record suggests — despite outscoring opponents in the league and CL by a combined 17-8, Leicester’s expected goals difference is just 10.3-9.1. But Leicester has produced more expected goals than its opponents in five of its seven matches after running negative in expected goal difference under Ranieri. It is certainly possible that Leicester will continue performing at this higher level under Shakespeare.However, it is hard to identify any key changes Shakespeare made. Leicester City remains the highest-tempo team in the Premier League, with more possessions per match than anyone else. The Foxes still work best without the ball, managing the same 42 percent possession rate as under Ranieri. What seems to have changed is not Leicester’s style of play, but the effectiveness of it. This is the sort of change, not linked to any obvious tactical shift, that analysts tend to be skeptical of. It might just be form, in which case the large SPI advantage to Atletico Madrid may be correct.For Atletico, this persistent Leicester style may present a problem. Atleti prefers to concede possession and play off the ball, especially against top opponents. But while Atletico is unusual in the Champions League for its roughly 50 percent possession rate, Leicester at 42 percent is more extreme. Atletico will likely need to adjust its typical knockout strategy and make use of ball possession to get past Leicester, even if the Foxes’ current run of form may not be entirely sustainable.Check out our club soccer predictions.
CSKA Moscow manager Viktor Goncharenko has revealed that he plans to use Arsenal’s attacking style to his advantageThe Russian Premier League side will play host to the Gunners for the second leg of their quarter-final clash in the Europa League with CSKA having lost the first leg 4-1 at the Emirates.While Arsenal are heavily expected to progress on Thursday night, Goncharenko is hopeful that CSKA will be able to take advantage of Arsene Wenger’s resolve to continue with the same attacking philosophy that has often left them exposed at the back in the past.“Arsenal have a philosophy and have stuck to it for a long time, for many years, regardless of their record,” said Goncharenko, according to BT Sport.“If they are losing or winning they still play to make supporters and fans happy. When you act like this, trying to cheer up the supporters, you can have some problems in the defence.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Tomorrow’s strategy for Arsenal could be done in different ways, but they will be focusing on their attack of course.“If we play without believing in yourself and without faith it is better not to play at all. We need to go to the pitch believing in ourselves and that we can make it into the next round.“We need to change some things, but it is not guaranteed that we will succeed or fail, so will implement some alterations then see how it happens.”
Scotland boss Alex McLeish has called on his players to put up a better display in their upcoming games after a dismal outing against Belgium.McLeish’s side will face Albania on Monday in their first Uefa Nations League fixture on the back of a 4-0 loss to Belgium.Finishing top of the group will ensure a place at Euro 2020 and a first major finals appearance in 22 years.“I’m hearing people say it’s more hope than expectation, but we have to change that perception,” McLeish said.“The players are motivated for it, and this is where it starts.”Top 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…And he went on to suggest that Scots often “produce their best” when they are “backed into a corner.”“I’m not saying everyone is against us, but the players know that to get their names on the international map again, they have to win these types of games,” he said.“We need to change it from ‘ach, they’ll no do it’ to ‘great team we’ve got, exciting times ahead’.“We feel pretty good about ourselves, but it’s time to stop the talking.”