The BundesligaIn principle, it is scheduled to be held next weekend. The only measure it has taken is for all matches on Saturday and Sunday to be played behind closed doors. Early next week, Monday or Tuesday, a meeting of the League Commission, in which are the Bundesliga and the German Football Federation, and it is expected that they will make the decision to stop the competition, as in other countries, but until such a meeting is held there is no official decision. According to the Bundesliga 2, the expected situation is the same. It will be played the next day, behind closed doors, except for the Hannover, which already has two confirmed positive cases (Hübers and Horn). This team is in quarantine and will not be able to play their game against Dresden. At the League Commission meeting it will also be decided what happens to the second competition, but everything indicates that it will be suspended next week.France. Ligue 1 continues ‘in silence’ until 15-A, by Andrés OnrubiaAlthough France It is one of the countries of Europe With more infections due to the coronavirus, French football will be played this weekend, although behind closed doors. Emmanuel Macron appeared yesterday in front of the media to talk about the measures that the Executive French, in a conference in which he did not specify any measure regarding sporting events, beyond those implemented to date. The LFP announced this week that all French football matches will be played behind closed doors, at least until April 15. The PSG-Dortmund It was already held without an audience, and although several coaches such as Villas-Boas or Galtier They have asked for the day to be suspended, football continues, for the moment. The two games of France, scheduled for March 27 against Ukraine and the 31 against FinlandThey have not been suspended either, but they will also be played behind closed doors. The final of the Coupe de la Ligue between PSG and Lyon from April 4 has already been suspended, and PSG-Lyon of the Coupe de France, which is expected to be postponed in the coming days due to the pandemic.Portugal. Suspend their leagues indefinitely, by Fernando KallasPortugal It has also decided to stop in the face of the coronavirus threat. All the matches of the professional soccer leagues of First Y Second division Portuguese women were suspended indefinitely by the Federation and the Liga NOS, who met yesterday in Lisbon with the players’ union and the medical representatives of the clubs to agree on the decision. “The Standing Committee on Calendars It will meet every three days for an evaluation of the state of the pandemic where it will discuss what additional measures need to be taken, “the Liga NOS explained in a statement published yesterday afternoon.” The meeting also agreed on the immediate suspension of all training sessions and the recommendation that all professional soccer workers adopt social containment measures, so that they can quickly resume normal sports activities, “the League reported. General Directorate of Health of Portugal (DGS), yesterday there were already 78 infected by the COVID-19 in the country and 69 of them are admitted. The coronavirus has caused different reactions in the different major leagues of the continent. In Portugal and Italy have opted for the complete break while in England, Germany Y France football will continue, although it will be done behind closed doors.England. The Premier continues without public but with free PPV, by Alberto MuñozAlthough Leicester Y Arsenal are quarantined (late at night it was known that Arteta tested positive), the Premier League will not stop. For this day, it is planned that all the games will be played behind closed doors except those that concern the two aforementioned clubs, which will have to find a date in the calendar. The more than likely cancellation of the Champions Y Europa League It makes it easier to place those games during the week. “If we are considering suspending major events, it is not because of the sport itself, but because of the burden it places on public service,” he said. Boris johnsonBritish Prime Minister, who for the time being parked the problem. As an extraordinary measure, the televisions with broadcasting rights announced that they will allow the subscribers of the clubs and all those fans who have paid for a ticket to a match of this day who will be able to watch the matches of their respective teams for free on their televisions. . On the contrary, to avoid crowds of people in bars and pubs, they have been prohibited from broadcasting the meetings of the day.Italy. Series A, stopped until April with two infections, by Mirko CalemmeItaly live a tragic moment with the coronavirus: in the country there are more than 15,000 infected and, obviously, the whole sport had to stop. The government closed all stores except food stores and pharmacies and banned any sports competition until April 3, however, leaving a window open for international competitions, which will also be suspended soon. As expected, the infected also came to the A series: the day before yesterday Juventus announced that his defense Daniele Rugani The test was positive and yesterday 121 people from the Bianconan entity, including players, were quarantined. The Sampdoria, this Thursday, announced that he suffers COVID-19 one of his footballers, Manolo Gabbiadini. The blucerchiato team will be quarantined, and they do the same too Inter Y Verona, last rivals, respectively, of the Vecchia Signora and the Genoese. “Juventus also wants to give its help,” declared the president. Agnelli, “respecting the rules, I am in isolation at home, and doing something else, with a fundraiser for our health personnel”.Germany. The next day is held behind closed doors, by J. C. Menzel
We watched as the world clapped for themWe breathed a relief over their loud victoriesWe hoped high as we felt meekness was fixedWe echoed the freedom of mighty all womenWe hold our breaths with excited jubilationWe mother the broken villages to stabilityEllen Joyce and Catherine ….. Mighty WomenWe lobbied endless in West Africa for a delivererWe ran and slept in the open streets for yearsWe destroyed our own kith and kin like a plagueWe killed men of same tribe who lived near usWe burnt churches with living people in themWe fought ethnic civil war that made no reasonEllen Joyce and Catherine ….. Mighty WomenWe stand on the precipice of a women ruled worldWe lay the stage for concrete peace non violenceWe oversee from the bleakest to the glamorousWe take in our strides those rejected and frailWe settle discontent in the jaws of massive gunsWe entrench democracy for tiny feet yet unbornEllen Joyce and Catherine ….. Mighty WomenShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The County Agriculture Coordinator (CAC) of Nimba, N. Samuel Kehleay, has said that the lack of coordination on the part of some partners in the agricultural sector poses problems to food production in the county.He said some projects carried out in the past few years in Nimba County by partners did not make the necessary impact.Kehleay made the disclosure to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview recently in Doumpa town, Nimba County during the dedication of three rice business hubs for local farmers.The facilities were initiated by USAID Food and Enterprise Development Program for Liberia.Kehleay said modern farming equipment donated by partners to some farmer organizations in the county are found to be in deplorable conditions.He attributed the problem to the lack of proper selection of farming organizations to benefit agricultural programs, stating that the equipment was not properly maintained.“We need to set up special criteria in identifying farmers’ organizations that will benefit from agricultural programs, if we are going to enhance food production in the county,” Kehleay suggested. He said farmers must be taught how to maintain the power tillers and different types of agriculture equipment to improve their level of productivity.“This also requires that responsible leadership be put in place to ensure that these properties are properly taken care of,” he added.Kealeay further said all farm inputs (machines) in the county must be monitored by the MoA’s sub-office for proper accountability.“When our office is informed about the contributions of partners to the various farming organizations, it should be our responsibility to ensure proper monitoring,” he said.The Nimba county CAC disclosed two tractors were given the county by government to enhance the works of farmers.He said that the tractor was in the county to expand the projects of farming organizations at a minimum cost.At the same time, Kehleay has said limited number of extension workers in Nimba County is a constraint for his office.He said there are an increasing number of farmers in need of technical assistance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “It was squalor, absolute squalor,” he said. “Bug infestations, trash on the floor.” A .357-caliber Magnum handgun also was found in the house. The house had bars on the windows and a surveillance camera to monitor the outside, Johnston said. Authorities were not immediately able to confirm whether any of the people were being held against their will. However, Johnston said the immigrants likely were being held there until a family member could pay the smugglers’ fee – typically $3,000 to $4,000 per person. LOS ANGELES (AP) – Federal officials on Friday raided a squalid house and found 70 illegal immigrants and four suspected smugglers, authorities said. Federal agents and a sheriff’s SWAT team entered the house about 6 a.m., setting off flash-bang grenades as a diversion because there was concern that some of the immigrants were being held hostage, said Frank Johnston, an assistant special agent in charge with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Nobody was hurt in the raid in the unincorporated Willowbrook area of Los Angeles County Johnston said 70 people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Mexico, including 15 to 20 women and children, were packed into the grimy one-story bungalow. Some slept 20 to a room, he said. Agents have already found a few such smuggling operations in the region this year, said Darren Dowell, an ICE supervisor. “It’s rampant,” he said. “It’s a problem all through the Los Angeles basin.” Authorities were tipped two days ago when a woman called from Albuquerque, N.M., to say she had been held at the house and believed a relative was being held hostage there, Johnston said. Authorities wouldn’t say how long the woman was held or if she had escaped. She was flown in Thursday and identified the house so immigration agents could obtain a search warrant, Johnston said. After the raid, a line of downcast-looking men were herded into a Department of Homeland Security bus for transportation to a downtown processing facility. Some indicated they had been at the house for several months and others had arrived only a day earlier, authorities said. Inside the residence, graffiti marred the walls and dirty clothes were thrown on the floors. There were two bathrooms but their bathtubs were filled with cardboard boxes. Eight rooms, each about 6-by-9 feet, were where the immigrants slept. The house may have been in operation for several months, Johnston said. Neighbor Eddie Brim, 47, said he saw nothing out of the ordinary that would lead him to believe the house was being used to keep illegal immigrants. “They were everyday people,” Brim said. “We’re all neighbors.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Judge KellyA 23-year-old Co Donegal woman has been fined after pleading guilty to running an online scam.Geraldine Stokes, whose address was given in court as 9, The Forest, Ballymacool, Letterkenny, pretended to be a legitimate seller of an iPhone on the website done deal.ie. But Letterkenny District Court heard it was all a scam – and she swindled a Galway man out of €230.A detective told the court that in November 2010 Stokes had pretended to have an iPhone for sale for €330.Her victim agreed to lodge €230 into Stokes’ account at the AIB in Letterkenny as part payment.“He never received his phone and in fact the phone probably didn’t exist. The victim made a complaint to Gardai in Galway and we followed it up,” said the detective.The court heard that the 23-year-old mother of two had since paid €250 compensation to her victim.Judge Paul Kelly was also told about another crime – a breach of the peace – when Ms Stokes was involved in a fight on Letterkenny’s Main Street.“I am concerned that the theft was planned over a period of time and shows some malice of forethought,” said the judge of the done deal.ie scam.However he also heard these were Stokes’s first offences.He fined her €150 for the iPhone con trick and applied the probation act for the breach of the peace.DONEGAL WOMAN WAS BEHIND iPHONE SALE SCAM ON DONEDEAL.IE WEBSITE was last modified: January 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL WOMAN WAS BEHIND iPHONE SALE SCAM ON DONEDEAL.IE WEBSITE
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is an organisation that strives for regional integration to promote economic growth, peace and security in the southern African region.It aims to create common political values, systems and institutions among its 15 member states, to build social and cultural ties, and to help alleviate poverty and enhance the standard of living among a regional population of 277-million.It stands for the sovereignty of its member states, the upholding of human rights and the rule of law, and the peaceful settlement of disputes.SADC has grown to include 15 member states. (Image: SADC)The SADC’s headquarters are in Gaborone, Botswana.SADC websiteThe 15 SADC member states (click to jump down to their profiles) are:AngolaBotswanaDemocratic Republic of the CongoLesothoMadagascarMalawiMauritiusMozambiqueNamibiaSeychellesSouth AfricaSwazilandTanzaniaZambiaZimbabweAngolaSince Angola’s 27-year-long civil war ended in 2002 with the death of Unita leader Jonas Savimbi, the country has prospered, with its economy being fuelled by increased production of oil and diamonds.Capital: LuandaGeography: Angola has a total area of 1.2 million square kilometres and a population of about 17.9 million. The official language is Portuguese, while numerous other indigenous languages are also spoken.Natural resources: Diamonds, oil products, gas, wildlife, agricultural products, sea and marine sources.Economy: Agricultural production includes bananas, sugarcane, coffee, sisal, corn, cotton, manioc (tapioca), tobacco, vegetables, plantains, livestock, forest products and fish.Major industries include petroleum, diamonds, gold, uranium, iron ore, feldspar, bauxite, phosphates, cement, basic metal products, ship repair, textiles, brewing, tobacco products, fish processing, food processing and sugar.GDP is estimated at US$129.3-billion at the official exchange rate and $177.3-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The gross domestic product (GDP) real growth rate was estimated at 4.8% in 2014.Links:Government of AngolaNational Assembly of AngolaMinistry of TourismBotswanaUninterrupted civilian rule since independence in 1966, progressive social policies and significant capital investment has turned Botswana into one of the continent’s leading economies.Capital: Gaborone.Geography: Botswana has a total area of 600 370 square kilometres, 15 000 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a population of 2 million, and the official language is English. Other languages include Setswana, Kalanga and Sekgalagadi.Natural resources: Diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore and silver.Economy: Agricultural production includes livestock, sorghum, maize, millet, beans, sunflowers and groundnuts.Major industries include diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, livestock processing and textiles.GDP is estimated at US$15.22-billion at the official exchange rate and $35.87-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 4.4% in 2014.Links:Government of BotswanaBotswana Development CorporationTourism of BotswanaDemocratic Republic of the CongoThe resource-rich DRC is slowly rebuilding following several years of civil war and dictatorship. Since the holding of elections, DRC President Joseph Kabila has been actively courting investment.Capital: Kinshasa.Geography: The DRC has a total area of 2.3 million square kilometres, 77 810 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a population of about 75.2 million and the official language is French. Other major languages include Lingala, Kingwana (a dialect of Swahili), Kikongo and Tshiluba.Natural resources: Cobalt, copper, niobium, tantalum, petroleum, industrial and gem diamonds, gold, silver, zinc, manganese, tin, uranium, coal, timber and hydropower.Economy: Agricultural production includes coffee, sugar, palm oil, rubber, tea, quinine, cassava (tapioca), palm oil, bananas, root crops, corn, fruits and wood products.Major industries include mining (diamonds, gold, copper, cobalt, coltan and zinc), mineral processing, consumer products (including textiles, footwear, cigarettes, processed foods and beverages), cement and commercial ship repair.GDP is estimated at US$35.92-billion at the official exchange rate and $57.78-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 9.2% in 2014.Links:DRC Permanent Mission to the UNFriends of the CongoLesothoOriginally known as Basutoland, the nation was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon gaining independence from the United Kingdom in 1966. The country is closely linked to South Africa, both economically and culturally.Capital:Maseru.Geography: Lesotho has a total area of 30 355 square kilometres, with a population of 1.8 million. Languages spoken in Lesotho include English, Sesotho, Zulu and Xhosa.Natural resources: Water, agricultural and grazing land, diamonds, sand, clay and building stone.Economy: Agricultural production includes corn, wheat, pulses, sorghum, barley and livestock.Major industries include food, beverages, textiles, apparel assembly, handicrafts, construction and tourism.GDP is estimated at US$2.22-billion at the official exchange rate and $5.575-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 3.4% in 2014.Links:The Lesotho GovernmentTransformation Resource Centre LesothoLesotho Tourism Development CorporationMadagascarFormerly an independent kingdom, Madagascar became a French colony in 1896, but regained its independence in 1960. Open elections in 1992/93 ended 17 years of single-party rule.Capital: Antananarivo.Geography: Madagascar has a total area of 587 040 square kilometres, 5 500 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a population of 20.6 million and the languages spoken include French and Malagasy.Natural resources: Graphite, chromites, coal, bauxite, salt, quartz, tar sands, semiprecious stones, mica, fish and hydropower.Economy: Agricultural production includes coffee, vanilla, sugarcane, cloves, cocoa, rice, cassava (tapioca), beans, bananas, peanuts and livestock products.Major industries include meat processing, seafood, soap, breweries, tanneries, sugar, textiles, glassware, cement, automobile assembly plant, paper, petroleum and tourism.GDP is estimated at US$10.67-billion at the official exchange rate and $34.05-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 3.3% in 2014.Links:National Assembly of MadagascarMadagascar LibraryMadagascar WildlifeMalawiOriginally established in 1891 as the British protectorate of Nyasaland, the country became Malawi following independence in 1964. The first free elections were held in 1994 following three decades of one-party rule.Capital: Lilongwe.Geography: Malawi has a total area of 118 480 square kilometres, 24 400 square kilometres of which is covered by water, and has a population of 14.3 million. Languages spoken include Chichewa, Chinyanja, Chiyao and Chitumbuka.Natural resources: Limestone, arable land, hydropower, coal, bauxite and unexploited deposits of uranium.Economy: Agricultural production includes tobacco, sugarcane, cotton, tea, corn, potatoes, cassava (tapioca), sorghum, pulses, groundnuts, macadamia nuts, cattle and goats.Major industries include tobacco, tea, sugar, sawmill products, cement and consumer goods.GDP is estimated at US$6.055-billion at the official exchange rate and $19.58-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 5.7% in 2014.Links:Government of MalawiMalawi Tourism GuideMauritiusA stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, Mauritius attracts considerable foreign investment and earns one of Africa’s highest per capita incomes.Capital: Port Louis.Geography: Mauritius has a total area of 2 040 square kilometres, 10km² of which is covered by water. It has a population of 1.2 million and the languages spoken on the island include Creole, Bhojpuri, French and English.Natural resources: Arable land and fish.Economy: Agricultural production includes sugarcane, tea, corn, potatoes, bananas, pulses, cattle, goats and fish.Major industries include food processing (largely sugar milling), textiles, clothing, mining, chemicals, metal products, transport equipment, non-electrical machinery and tourism.GDP is estimated at US$12.59-billion at the official exchange rate and $23.53-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 3.6% in 2014.Links:Government of MauritiusMauritius Investment Promotion AgencyDiscover MauritiusMozambiqueSince the end of fighting between Frelimo and Renamo in 1992, Mozambique has prospered following the government’s use of policies favourable to attracting foreign investment.Capital: Maputo.Geography: Mozambique has a total area of 801 590 square kilometres, 17 500 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a population of 20.5 million and major languages spoken in the country include Portuguese, Emakhuwa, Xichangana, Elomwe, Cisena and Echuwabo.Natural resources: Coal, titanium, natural gas, hydropower, tantalum and graphite.Economy: Agricultural production includes cotton, cashew nuts, sugarcane, tea, cassava (tapioca), corn, coconuts, sisal, citrus and tropical fruits, potatoes, sunflowers, beef and poultry.Major industries include food, beverages, chemicals (fertilizer, soap, paints), aluminium, petroleum products, textiles, cement, glass, asbestos and tobacco.GDP is estimated at US$16.68-billion at the official exchange rate and $31.21-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 7.4% in 2014.Links:Government of MozambiqueNamibiaSince gaining its independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has moved from strength to strength, capitalising on its natural resources and its close links to Germany.Capital: Windhoek.Geography: Namibia has a total area of 825 418 square kilometres and a population of 2.1 million. Languages spoken in the country include English, Afrikaans, German, Oshivambo, Herero and Nama.Natural resources: Diamonds, copper, uranium, gold, silver, lead, tin, lithium, cadmium, tungsten, zinc, salt, hydropower and fish. There are also suspected deposits of oil, coal, and iron ore.Economy: Agricultural production includes millet, sorghum, peanuts, grapes, livestock and fish.Major industries include meatpacking, fish processing, dairy products and mining (diamonds, lead, zinc, tin, silver, tungsten, uranium, copper).GDP is estimated at US$13.63-billion at the official exchange rate and $23.48-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 4.5% in 2014.Links:Government of NamibiaNamibia Tourism BoardSeychellesCapital: Victoria.Geography: Seychelles has a total area of 455 square kilometres and a population of 87 000. Languages spoken in the country include French, English and Seychellois Creole.Natural resources: Fish (mostly tuna), cinnamon, copra.Economy: The tourism and tuna fishing sectors have led economic growth.The government has also promoted the development of farming, fishing, and small scale manufacturing to decrease the dependence on tourism.GDP is estimated at US$1.423-billion at the official exchange rate and $2.424-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 3.3% in 2014.Links:Government of SeychellesSeychelles TourismSouth AfricaThe South African economy is the second largest on the African continent, with a sophisticated financial system that includes one of the top 10 stock exchanges in the world, and well developed physical, telecommunications, and energy infrastructures.Capital: Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative) and Bloemfontein (judicial).Geography: South Africa has a total area of 1.2 million square kilometres and a population of about 50.5 million. Major languages spoken include isiZulu, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, Sepedi, English, Setswana and Sesotho.Natural resources: Gold, chromium, antimony, coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, tin, uranium, gem diamonds, platinum, copper, vanadium, salt and natural gas.Economy: Agricultural production includes corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruits, vegetables, beef, poultry, mutton, wool and dairy products.Major industries include mining, automobile assembly, metalworking, machinery, textiles, iron and steel, chemicals, fertilizer, foodstuffs and commercial ship repair.GDP is estimated at US$350.1-billion at the official exchange rate and $707.1-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 1.5% in 2014.Links:Government of South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustrySouth African TourismSwazilandThe sole absolute monarchy in Africa, Swaziland is closely linked to South Africa economically and culturally.Capital: Mbabane (administrative) and Lobamba (royal and legislative).Geography: Swaziland has a total area of 17 363 square kilometres, 160 of which is covered by water. It has a population of 1.1 million and the languages spoken include English and SiSwati.Natural resources: Asbestos, coal, clay, cassiterite, hydropower, forests, small gold and diamond deposits, quarry stone and talc.Economy: Agricultural production includes sugarcane, cotton, corn, tobacco, rice, citrus, pineapples, sorghum, peanuts, cattle, goats and sheep.Major industries include coal, wood pulp, sugar, soft drink concentrates, textiles and apparel.GDP is estimated at US$4.416-billion at the official exchange rate and $10.56-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 2.5% in 2014.Links:Government of SwazilandSwaziland Chambers of CommerceSwaziland Tourism AuthorityTanzaniaHome to Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania is largely dependent on agriculture for employment. In addition, a considerable area of the country is wildlife habitat, including a large part of the Serengeti plain.Capital: Dar es Salaam.Geography: Tanzania has a total area of 945 087 square kilometres, 59 050 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a total population of 50.5 million and languages spoken include Swahili, English and Arabic.Natural resources: Hydropower, tin, phosphates, iron ore, coal, diamonds, gemstones, gold, natural gas and nickel.Economy: Agricultural production includes coffee, sisal, tea, cotton, pyrethrum (insecticide made from chrysanthemums), cashew nuts, tobacco, cloves, corn, wheat, cassava (tapioca), bananas, fruits, vegetables, cattle, sheep and goats.Major industries include agricultural processing (sugar, beer, cigarettes, sisal twine), diamond, gold, and iron mining, salt, soda ash; cement, oil refining, shoes, apparel, wood products and fertilizer.GDP is estimated at US$48.09-billion at the official exchange rate and $128.2-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 7% in 2014.Links:Government of TanzaniaTanzania Development GatewayTanzania Tourist BoardZambiaDrained by the Congo River basin and the Zambesi River basin, Zambia has for long been linked with the copper mining industry, following its fortunes. To lessen dependence on copper, the government is aiming to diversify the economy in areas such as tourism, agriculture and hydro-power.Capital: Lusaka.Geography: Zambia has a total area of 752 614 square kilometres, 11 890 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a population of 13.4 million and major languages spoken include English, Bemba, Kaonda, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja and Tonga.Natural resources: Copper, cobalt, zinc, lead, coal, emeralds, gold, silver, uranium and hydropower.Economy: Agricultural production includes corn, sorghum, rice, peanuts, sunflower seed, vegetables, flowers, tobacco, cotton, sugarcane, cassava (tapioca), coffee, cattle, goats, pigs, poultry, milk, eggs and hides.Major industries include copper mining and processing, construction, foodstuffs, beverages, chemicals, textiles, fertilizer and horticulture.GDP is estimated at US$26.6-billion at the official exchange rate and $61.39-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 5.6% in 2014.Links:Government of ZambiaZambia National Tourist BoardZimbabweZimbabwe is rich in natural resources, and during non-drought years is able to produce enough to supply its electricity needs through hydro-electric power. Despite the recent economic downturn, the country continues to attract investment from the likes of China and India.Capital: Harare.Geography: Zimbabwe has a total area of 390 580 square kilometres, 3 910 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a population of 12.7 million and major languages spoken include English, Shona and Sindebele.Natural resources: Coal, chromium ore, asbestos, gold, nickel, copper, iron ore, vanadium, lithium, tin and platinum group metals.Economy: Agricultural production includes corn, cotton, tobacco, wheat, coffee, sugarcane, peanuts, sheep, goats and pigs.Major industries include mining (coal, gold, platinum, copper, nickel, tin, clay, numerous metallic and non-metallic ores), steel, wood products, cement, chemicals, fertilizer, clothing and footwear, foodstuffs and beverages.GDP is estimated at US$13.83-billion at the official exchange rate and $27.26-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 3.3% in 2014.Links:Parliament of ZimbabweZimbabwe Investment AuthoritySources: Southern African Development Community, The World FactbookSouthAfrica.info reporterUpdated December 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info material
21 October 2010Global mining giant Xstrata is to spend US$710-million (about R4.9-billion) the second phase of its Lion ferrochrome complex near Steelpoort in Mpumalanga, and is conducting studies on generating its own electricity to ensure security of supply.Xstrata’s pooling and sharing venture partner, JSE-listed Merafe Resources, holds a 20.5% interest in the venture and has an option to participate in the expansion.The expansion will involve the construction and commissioning of a 360 000 tonne per annum capacity smelter, and will increase the Xstrata-Merafe chrome venture’s total ferrochrome capacity to over 2.3-million tonnes per annum.The amount also includes spending R700-million on the concurrent development of the 1.2-million ton per annum Magareng mine situated within the Throncliffe mine complex.“This expansion further enhances Xstrata’s leading position in the ferrochrome market and will allow the group to benefit from anticipated growth in global demand for stainless steel,” Xstrata plc CEO Mick Davies said in a statement this week.“The venture’s management team has already, through the first phase of this expansion, demonstrated its ability to deliver projects on time and on budget. I am confident that the team is equally committed to the expansion’s second phase.”Energy supply securityThe expansion had been on the cards for some three years, but the absence of security of supply of electricity led to the project’s approval being held back until a firm allocation of capacity was received from Eskom.In addition, Xstrata is advancing its own power generation plans, and is currently completing a feasibility study for the first phase of a 600MW thermal power generation plant.Construction is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2011, with commissioning planned for the first half of 2013. The expansion will create over 1 000 permanent jobs, with a further 1 800 jobs expected to be generated during construction.Around 80% of the total expenditure on project goods and services will be sourced locally.Integrated Resource Plan, Mining CharterAccording to Xstrata, the project is further aligned with some of the key principles contained in the government’s recently publicised draft Integrated Resource Plan, including world leading energy-efficiency, and using electricity to create sustainable jobs.“This investment is aligned with the South Africa’s Industrial Policy Action Plan and demonstrates Xstrata’s continued commitment to beneficiation following the R917-million investment by the venture in Project Tswelopele, a chrome pelletising plant in Rustenburg,” said Xstrata Alloys CEO Peet Nienaber.The Lion smelter development is also the first major investment of its kind for South Africa since the government announced the amended Mining Charter, which strives to extract maximum benefit for the country through fixed investment, new and sustainable job creation, beneficiation, enhancement of South Africa’s export earnings, and contribution to state revenue.“The expansion will also allow us to significantly increase procurement from BEE enterprises, support the growth of new local enterprises and develop technical skills. These are some of the key pillars of the amended Mining Charter,” said Nienaber.“We also look forward to Merafe’s participation in the expansion, and understand that they have their own processes to follow prior to making a commitment.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
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klint finley Ovsyannikov says Zendesk has chosen to focus on Twitter first, even though Facebook has more users, because Twitter has more business relevance. Twitter is also one of Zendesk’s biggest clients, so the two companies were able to work together closely in creating the integration.Ovsyannikov says businesses monitoring and engaging Twitter currently e-mail tweets into existing ticketing systems. “But e-mail isn’t a workflow tool,” he says “So we’re bringing Twitter directly into businesses’ workflow.”Zendesk offers tools for integrating its software with Salesforce.com, SugarCRM, Basecamp and many other platforms. These tools can act as bridges from Twitter to other parts of the enterprise. Ovsyannikov hopes Zendesk will bring customer feedback directly to C level executives. Given some of Forrester’s recent research on the lack of cohesion between different departments’ use of social media to communicate with customers, Zendesk could provide the glue necessary to combine disparate social media projects enterprise-wide.As we’ve reported, KickApps is also working to integrate social media across multiple enterprise platforms, although in different ways.And if you haven’t seen it before, be sure to check out the FM3 Buddha Machine Wall on Zendesk’s site. Tags:#enterprise#news#Products#saas Help desk SaaS provider Zendesk announced new Twitter integration features today, including the ability to create new Zendesk tickets directly from Twitter, record Twitter conversation as part of a ticket, and share relevant Twitter conversations with colleagues across internal platforms. Zendesk users will also be able find mentions of a brand on Twitter, and prioritize responses based on the follower count of individuals criticizing a brand.A recent Harris Poll released earlier this month found nearly 2/3 of its US-baed sample use social media. Out of all respondents, 26% use social media to complain about a brand or product and another 23% use social media to talk about a brand or product they like – 34% total had used social media to express satisfaction or dissatisfaction with a product or company. Nearly half (45%) said they were influenced by testimonials on social media by people they know – approximately the same number that say they are influenced by newspaper or magazine articles (46%).Given those numbers, companies are right to take social media more seriously than ever. And integrating social media directly into customer service software is a logical move. According to Zendesk, users will now be able to:Turn a tweet into a new Zendesk ticket — a twicket — with one clickRecord threaded Twitter conversations with full audit trail Combine public and private dialog while maintaining confidentialitySwitch a Twitter conversation into an email conversationBecause the creation of tickets will be based on the “favorite” button, the integration won’t require special plugins for existing Twitter client like TweetDeck or HootSuite. However, Maksim Ovsyannikov, VP of Product Management at Zendesk, says some developers may add Zendesk buttons their clients.Here’s an example of a Twitter conversation in Zendesk, along with an internal notes: Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
Check out some of Military Caregiving’s recent blog posts: This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on December 23, 2016. Submitted by Alicia Cassels, MA MFLN Caregiving Team-Learning and Engagement ConsultantFamilies with special health care needs must navigate an ever-changing and complex healthcare landscape as they work to initiate services, connect with providers and deal with sometimes significant waiting periods to access specialty care. Regardless of skill, existing family responsibilities, or work-related demands, caregivers must often expend a great deal of time and energy in securing and maintaining necessary care for loved ones.Social workers and other helping professionals are often uniquely poised to serve as effective resources in helping connect families with services they need. Due to a number of factors, caregivers may be reluctant to seek the support of these helping professionals until their family is struggling or in crisis. When they do reach out for support, caregivers may not fully communicate their needs due to fear that sharing issues like mental health concerns, marital stress, or substance abuse may carry negative consequences.For helping professionals, the first meeting with families often sets the stage in building trust and reducing barriers to communication around sensitive topics. Taking time to incorporate effective trust-building strategies into initial and subsequent meetings is critically important in fostering effective communication. In the webinar session, Empowering Caregivers and Families, military helping professionals share effective practices for reducing barriers to communication of family needs. Explore two strategies below.Communicate respect – The demonstration of mutual respect is critical to building trust with families. It is important to incorporate verbal and non-verbal strategies for communicating respect during initial and subsequent encounters. Two examples of non-verbal strategies for communicating respect include the use of private meeting space and taking care to begin scheduled meetings with families on time. Listen without judgment to the family story- During an initial meeting, it is helpful to take the time to learn about family needs and experiences. Taking time to listen without judgment lets families know that you want to understand their experiences and priorities.To learn more about how to help families communicate sensitive information, view Empowering Caregivers and Families.