Opposition would support motion to renegotiate oil contract – Jagdeo

first_imgThe Opposition is willing to support any motion made by the coalition Government in the National Assembly to have the oil contract renegotiated with ExxonMobil, once it is done from a bipartisan position and will benefit the Guyanese people, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has declared.Jagdeo, who has repeatedly criticised Government for renegotiating a bad oil deal, told a media conference on Thursday that his party, the People’s ProgressiveThe Stena Carron drillship, which drilled the Ranger 1 well, the site of Exxon’s second biggest single oil reservoir findParty/Civic (PPP/C), would support changes to the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) with ExxonMobil which will benefit Guyana.“If the Government comes with a motion of that nature, once the motion is in defence of Guyanese…ExxonMobil has to do what’s best for its shareholders and anything that I see that will bring greater benefits to my country, my people then we will support it; that’s a generic position,” he said.The PPP/C General Secretary said his party was ready to share its views at any moment, “because this is a national patrimony, that is why we called for a nonpartisan, non-political approach, take all of the politicians out of the Petroleum Commission … it should be purely technically managed and that would be good for long-term relations between the country and ExxonMobil too”.Jagdeo hinted that while the Opposition would support the move, it would not initiate it, since it could then be misconstrued that his party wanted to undermine investment in the country. “I don’t want to say ‘we’ because next thing you are going to hear is that ‘we are killing … [investments]’,” he said.The Opposition Leader said that the contract in its current form could harm Guyana in the long run based on changes in four clauses which benefit the oil company more than the country. The four clauses concern, he posited, the extension of the agreement, the stability clause surrounding taxes, the changes to the relinquishment requirement and the regulation of the gas sector.Jagdeo said if the gains for ExxonMobil from these clauses were measured and compared against what Guyana would receive, the country and its people had sacrificed long-term benefits for short-term gains because of Government’s unpreparedness and incompetence in negotiating a solid new oil contract.Asked to comment from the point of view of a former Head of State on whether the oil agreement could in fact be renegotiated, Jagdeo noted that it must be something that both parties agree to, because it could lead to multiple complex issues and a host of continued disagreements.He told the media, “Anything that any sovereign Government negotiates with a second party, with another party, could be renegotiated if the other party agrees to come to the table. It could be done amicably. If you pursue it and the other party does not agree with it, then you end up in a dispute.” The Opposition also stated that he would rather support an amicable approach to this issue.Although Government had managed to get two per cent royalty on gross earnings and 50 per cent of the profits of the oil proceeds when production starts in 2020, this has been heavily criticised. Many political, financial and social commentators claimed that the percentages were too low.Research conducted by the Oil and Gas Governance Network (OGGN), a group of financial analysts, accountants and economists, reveals that Guyana has sold its oil at US$29 billion below market value.The group was started in 2017 with the aim of informing the public about oil matters in Guyana and advocating for transparency and accountability in the emerging oil and gas sector.According to the entity, in the past several years, ExxonMobil’s return on capital has been around 16 per cent. A similar rate of return on the Guyana oil fields would give ExxonMobil US$63 billion based on ExxonMobil’s current estimate of 3.2 billion barrels of oil. Instead the Petroleum Agreement signed by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman will give ExxonMobil and its partners around US$92 billion!It was explained that with Guyana’s population of approximately 750,000, this deal with ExxonMobil and partners would cost every Guyanese citizen – man, woman and child – about US$38,666 each.The OGGN said the Government appeared to have been totally unaware of the market for oil and the opportunities for securing a better deal for Guyana. A rate of return of 6.7 per cent for ExxonMobil and its partners on the Guyana assets would have given Guyana a massive additional US$53 billion, it said.last_img read more

PPP urges Govt to halt Stockfeeds privatisation

first_imgWarning that State can lose $1B…says move premature, highly suspect, calculated to benefit a strong APNU/AFC supporterGovernment has recently advertised for sale NICIL’s shares in Guyana Stockfeeds Ltd. (7% ownership) in a move that the PPP views as pre-mature, highly suspect in terms of timing, and calculated to benefit one significant AFC/APNU political supporter and contributor, Robert Badal.Robert BadalThe PPP on Monday stated that it views the sale as an act of corruption, given the various pending court matters surrounding the NICIL ownership interest and related matters.“Most notable is the fact that, in 2008, NICIL won a High Court case restoring its 38% shareholding in GSL, but since Mr Badal’s appeal, the case has languished in the Court of Appeal. Rather than resolving this matter and restoring its 38% shareholding, the Government’s sale of its current 7% shares (without the remaining shares), stands to deprive NICIL of its true value, worth over one billion dollars,” the PPP has stated.According to that party, the “timing is also suspect”, since there has been little or no privatisations since the APNU/AFC took office.“No announcements were made in the budget. It is not even clear if the Privatisation Board, appointed in 2015, is operating, and what’s the current policy of APNU/AFC on privatization. One only has to recall the 1992 World Bank report on the PNC privatisation era, which criticised the PNC programme as lacking transparency and accountability. APNU/AFC seems destined to return to this era,” the PPP posited.“Under the PPP administration policy framework, all privatisations required the Privatisation Board and Cabinet’s approval. Today, the NICIL Stockfeeds share-sale lacks transparency and accountability, and is being pushed through without any clear institutional framework for privatisation. One can only assume that, rather than define the role of the Privatisation Board, and before waiting for NICIL to regain its 38%, the AFC/APNU Government is hell-bent on depriving the State of millions of US dollars, and granting, through the back door, an exit to the court matter that NICIL won over 10 years ago, but which has since been stuck in the Appeals Court, stranding hundreds of millions of potential Guyana dollars”, the PPP has said.“The situation is further exacerbated by the fact that GSL is a publicly traded company, with court matters restraining the payment of dividends pending the NICIL court matter, and the Stock Exchange halting trading due to these same reasons. The APNU/AFC Government is ignoring settlement of these matters in rushing through a sale,” the PPP contended.The PPP has said it views the proposed sale as intending to benefit Badal, and “considers this to be a matter of political influence and payback to Mr Badal”.Why else will the AFC/APNU Government ignore the pending court matters where NICIL stands to regain its 38% shareholding, millions of dollars in pending dividends, and settlement of normal trading on the Stock Exchange before looking to sell its shares,” it queried.The party noted that it is a well-known fact that GSL, although a publicly traded company, has been operated by Mr. Badal in a manner that is prejudicial to its minority shareholders, particularly the second largest shareholder, NICIL.“Over the 20+ years since the privatisation to Mr. Badal of 35%, Mr Badal has quietly taken majority control of the company, and then used the company at the expense of its other shareholders.At the genesis of NICIL “38% shareholding” are Badal’s efforts to undercut the Government shareholding in 2000, when it increased the authorised shareholding of GSL from 700,000 shares to 100,000,000 shares, or over 140 times.The PPP maintains that it “views this sale as premature and aimed to support Mr. Badal, a strong AFC/APNU supporter and funder. If the sale proceeds, then NICIL/Government is likely to lose over G$1billion,” the PPP has declared.The PPP calls on APNU/AFC to investigate the multiple court cases brought against Mr. Badal and objections filed with the Stock Exchange, and determine if Badal has abused his rights as CEO and Director of GSL. APNU/AFC should also investigate the transfer pricing used by Badal, when other major stockfeeds companies have been buying inputs at a much cheaper price that Badal.The PPP calls this privatisation without a transparent valuation and without resolving the court matter an act of corruption intended to benefit a strong political contributor at the expense of the State.last_img read more

Cantwell wins flip for second place

first_img11:10 a.m. Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary won the coin flip Saturday and will enter this week’s CIF Southern Section boys volleyball playoffs as the Camino Real League’s second place team. The Cardinals finished the regular season with a 10-8 record overall and 5-5 and in a four-way tie for second in league with St. Paul, St. Monica and Serra. St. Paul won the flip for the league’s third automatic playoff berth. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘Conscience’ of Disney’s Imagineers, Sklar, to step down

first_img 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 The move follows Disney’s recent announcement that in the wake of its planned acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios this summer, Pixar’s creative chief, John Lasseter, will help design rides for Disney’s theme parks. Lasseter also will become chief creative officer of both animation studios. Disney officials said the timing of Sklar’s decision was unrelated to Lasseter’s pending arrival. Low-key and unimposing, Sklar is deeply revered by Imagineers for his mentoring and his links to the company’s heritage. Sklar condensed Walt Disney’s ideas into a widely circulated creed called “Mickey’s Ten Commandments.” He helped to design memorable Magic Kingdom attractions such as the “The Enchanted Tiki Room,” “It’s a Small World” and “Space Mountain.” “He understands the Disney way because he learned it at Walt’s knee,” said Jim Cora, a former chairman of Disneyland International. “He is the keeper of the keys, the conscience, the Jiminy Cricket for the organization.” Signaling the end of an era at Walt Disney Co., Marty Sklar is stepping down as the principal creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, the company’s theme park design and development arm. Sklar, 72, is one of the last remaining employees who once worked closely with the Burbank company’s co-founder, Walt Disney. In a memo to colleagues, Sklar said he was leaving his job to serve as an “ambassador” for the group he has led for the last three decades. Sklar said he had long planned to step down after reaching two milestones – the 50th anniversary of Disneyland and his own half-century at the company. Last year he reached the first mark, and this June he will hit the other. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Farmer accused of breaking neighbour’s cheekbone in row over cow found not guilty

first_imgA farmer accused of breaking his neighbour’s cheekbone in a row over a straying cow has been found not guilty.Hugh McBride, aged 44, was accused of punching Gerard McGarvey, 51, at Golan, Milford. A three day trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court heard completely conflicting reports of an alleged assault on July 8th, 2015.McBride emphatically denied that he ever assaulted his neighbour and claimed he may have been picked injuries to his face while working on his farm.However, Mr McGarvey claimed it was McBride who struck him twice in the head which resulted in him having his cheekbone broken and being forced to have an operation.The pair agreed that a dispute between them stemmed back to a long-running row over a right-of-way between them.Mr McGarvey claimed that at 8.30am on the morning of the incident he went to retrieve a cow which had strayed onto his neighbour’s land.He went to take his cow out but he said McBride shouted at him not to open the gate or come onto his lands.Mr McGarvey walked on and he said McBride began to push him but he continued to walk past him.When he did, he said he suddenly felt a blow to the right side of his head and claimed that McBride said to him “Hit me, hit me, hit me.”Mr McGarvey said he walked on saying “I never reacted or I did not do anything to provoke him. I just wanted to take my cow out.”Dr Karena Hanley told the court that she attended to Mr McGarvey when he attended her surgery and that he was later diagnosed with a fractured cheekbone.In his evidence, the accused claimed his land was constantly being over-run by cows, horses, sheep and even ducks.He said he had suffered enough trespassing of animals belonging to Mr McGarvey on his lands.He referred to one occasion as far back as eight years ago when his daughter was two years old when his daughter was surrounded by cows belonging to Mr McGarvey on his front lawn.He said “All I wanted was for the Gardai to see what my family was going through between me and him.”He added that he never touched Mr McGarvey.Barrister for the accused, Mr Peter Nolan asked Mr McGarvey if it was not the case that he should have his animals under control at all times.Mr McGarvey agrees but Mr Nolan asked him was it not the case that some of his sheep had actually broken out duirng the trial and the alleged victim agreed.Mr McBride’s wife Maura said there is not a week that passes that Mr McGarvey’s animals do not stray onto their land and into their gardens.She said she did not see her husband hitting Mr McGarvey as alleged.“There were no punches thrown. I didn’t see any punches,” she said.She added that her husband had asked her to film the incident from the house but she said she could not manage her phone as she had a small baby in her arms at the time.Summing up Judge John Aylmer told the jury of eight men and four women that they must come to a decision in a cold and calculated manner.He said they must not act of sympathy for either party if they believe that Mr McGarvey was attacked or if Mr McBride’s land was over-run by straying animals.The jury took two hours and 15 minutes to return a not guilty verdict.Farmer accused of breaking neighbour’s cheekbone in row over cow found not guilty was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL RALLY PRIZE-GIVING AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL!

first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: There was a party atmosphere at The Donegal International Rally prize-giving event at The Mount Errigal Hotel last night. Pride of Donegal went to Manus Kelly and Donal Barrett after their sensational win yesterday afternoon. Trailing by 34 seconds going into the last day, the duo clawed it back to win by just 0.4 of a second to clinch a famous win.This year’s Donegal International Rally was regarded as one of the best and most exciting in years.Pictures courtesy of Clive Wasson.PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL RALLY PRIZE-GIVING AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL! was last modified: June 20th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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 international rallynewsprizegivingSportlast_img read more

Silverbacks ready for world cup qualifiers in Mali

first_img Tags: silverbackssports topuganda national basketball team The men’s National Basketball team departs tomorrow morning for Mali.The National Men’s Basketball team, The Silver backs will depart the country at 2:45 headed for Bamako, Mali.It’s in Mali where they will take part in phase one of the world cup qualifiers in group B.Group B consists of Nigeria who they play on the 23rd of February, Mali the following day and Rwanda with whom they face of with on 25th of the same month.A total of 10  players will depart with the team and will be joined by two more to take the total to 12 as required by FIBA.The two that are expected to join up with the team include Brandon Ssebirumbi and Stanley Ocitti who will find them in Mali.The boys are going to be under Coaches Mandy Juruni and Nicholas Natuhwereza.The travelling contingent will also consists of Team Manager Albert Ahabwe, two Medics (Ram Nyakana and Christopher Mbowa) and a journalist (Tuka Brian)FUBA president Ambrose Tashobya and General Manager Mohamed Santur Ghedi will join the contingent later on.The second and final phase will take place in June and Uganda will take on all the three sides again.The team that travels tomorrow morning:Jimmy Abraham EnabuJoshua JohnsonRobinson Odoch OpongSyrus KiviiriMark OpioSamuel MukoozaStephen OmonyJoseph IkongJames OkelloStanley MugerwaStanley OcittiBrandon SebirumbiComments last_img read more

Corsairs impressing despite injuries

first_imgThe Corsairs have been battling more than just opposing teams on the softball diamond this season. They’ve also had to overcome several injuries, some of them to key players.That, however, hasn’t slowed the offense much, with the Redwoods women batting an impressive .318 as a team, including a trio of players averaging better than .400.“That’s always a team goal,” head coach Maggie White said. “Our hitting has been kind of our strength. Offensively, I feel like we can play with anyone.”Leadin …last_img read more

2010 Fifa Fußball-WM: Haufig gestellte Fragen

first_imgDie 2010 Fifa Fußball-WM wird in Sudafrika stattfinden. Egal ob Sie die Spiele in einem der Stadien oder Fanparks an der Sudspitze Afrikas oder am heimischen Bildschirm verfolgen – hier finden Sie – als kleinen Vorgeschmack – einige Kurzinformationen uber das Turnier und das Gastgeberland.Hat es in Sudafrika bereits derartige Großveranstaltungen gegeben?Sudafrika richtet regelmaßig großere internationale Sportereignisse aus, und seit 1994 verwaltet es erfolgreich einige der Großten – einschließlich der 1995 Rugbyweltmeisterschaft, 2003 die Kricketweltmeisterschaft, die Weltmeisterschaft des Women’s World Cup of Gold (2005-2008) und das Eroffnungsstraßenrennen der A1 GP im Motorsport (2006-).Aber die Fifa-Fußballweltmeisterschaft, das großte Sportereignis der Welt nach den Olympischen Spielen – und in Bezug auf Fernsehpublikum sogar großer als die Olympischen Spiele – spielt in einer eigenen Liga.Ab dem 9. Juni 2010 wird Sudafrika vier Wochen lang das Zentrum der Welt sein. Die WM in Deutschland erzielte die besten Einschaltquoten in der Fernsehgeschichte. Sudafrika 2010 verheißt ein noch großeres Publikum. Milliarden von TV-Zuschauern, Millionen von internationalen Besuchern und die Creme de la Creme des Sportjournalismus werden wie gebannt die Ereignisse an der Sudspitze Afrikas verfolgen.Wir werden sie nicht enttauschen.Wer sind die Bafana Bafana?Unsere Nationalmannschaft ist bekannt unter dem Namen Bafana Bafana, was auf isiZulu soviel wie “Die Jungs, die Jungs” heißt. Dieser Spitzname entstand aus einem Schlachtruf der Fans, die ihre Mannschaft bei den Afrika-Meisterschaften 1996, die ebenfalls in Sudafrika stattfanden, anfeuerten. Das Ende der Apartheid beendete ebenfalls die sportliche Isolation des Landes. Seitdem haben sich die Bafana Bafana zweimal fur die Fifa Fußball-WM qualifiziert: 1998 und 2002.Wird Sudafrika von der Fußball-WM profitieren?Schatzungen zufolge wird die Fifa Fußball-WM ganze 129 000 Arbeitsplatze schaffen und mit ca. 21 Milliarden Rand zum Bruttoinlandsprodukt Sudafrika beitragen. Nebenbei werden auch Steuereinnahmen von 7,2 Milliarden Rand erwartet und die Besucher werden wahrend des Turniers schatzungsweise an die 9,8 Millionen Rand im Land lassen.Allerdings konnten die indirekten Konsequenzen, u. a. das bessere Image außerhalb des Landes, eine noch nachhaltigere Wirkung zeigen – nicht nur fur Sudafrika und seine Entwicklung, sondern auch fur den Kontinent als Ganzes. Eine erfolgreiche Fußball-WM wird das Image, das Afrika in den Augen vieler auslandischer Investoren hat, zum Positiven andern.Wo werden die Spiele stattfinden?Die Spiele der Fifa Fußball-WM 2010 werden in 10 Stadien stattfinden: zwei in Johannesburg und weitere Stadien in jeder der acht Gastgeberstadten. Insgesamt werden in 10 Stadien mit Sitzplatzen fur uber 570.000 Personen wahrend der WM ganze 64 Spiele angepfiffen.Funf der zehn Stadien existieren bereits und werden fur die WM renoviert. Dazu gehort auch Soccer City, der Austragungsort des Eroffnungs- und des Endspiels. Die verbleibenden funf Stadien werden komplett neu gebaut.Welche Stadte sind die Austragungsorte?Neun sudafrikanische Stadte bilden die Buhne fur die Fifa Fußball-WM 2010.JohannesburgJohannesburg, der wirtschaftliche Dreh- und Angelpunkt Afrikas, eine schillernde Stadt voller Kontraste, gelegen in der kleinen, aber dicht bevolkerten Provinz Gauteng.Nachster Flughafen: OR Tambo InternationalWM-Stadien: Soccer City und Ellis ParkWM-Spiele: 10 Erstrundenspiele (einschl. Eroffnungsspiel) und zwei Zweitrundenspiele, zwei Viertelfinalspiele und das Endspiel.KapstadtSudafrikas alteste und liebenswerteste Stadt ist eingebettet in die Tafelbucht am Atlantischen Ozean, im sudlichen Teil der Provinz Westkap. Ihren malerischen Gebauden, der nahe gelegenen Weingegend, den langen Sandstrande und einer lebendigen Kulturszene verdankt Kapstadt ihren Ruf als Sudafrikas beliebtestes Reiseziel.Nachster Flughafen: Cape Town InternationalWM-Stadien: Greenpoint StadiumWM-Spiele: funf Erstrundenspiele, ein Zweitrundenspiel, ein Viertelfinale, ein Halbfinale.DurbanDurban. warm, subtropisch und die großte Stadt in KwaZulu-Natal – eines der Hauptreiseziele des Landes und der verkehrsreichste Hafen Sudafrikas.Nachster Flughafen: Durban InternationalWM-Stadien: Moses Mabhida StadiumWM-Spiele: funf Erstrundenspiele, ein Zweitrundenspiel, ein Halbfinale.PretoriaPretoria ist die Hauptstadt von Sudafrika und liegt nordlich von Johannesburg in der Provinz Gauteng. Die 150 Jahre alte Stadt bietet wuchtige Denkmaler, eine malerische Architektur und liebevoll gestaltete Freiflachen.Nachster Flughafen: OR Tambo InternationalWM-Stadien: Loftus Versfeld StadiumWM-Spiele: funf Erstrundenspiele, ein Zweitrundenspiel.Port ElizabethPort Elizabeth, mit dem schmuckenden Beinamen “Friendly City”, liegt an der Nelson-Mandela-Bucht an der windigen Wild Coast in der Provinz Ostkap.Nachster Flughafen: Port Elizabeth AirportWM-Stadien: Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumWM-Spiele: funf Erstrundenspiele, ein Zweitrundenspiel, ein Viertelfinale und das Spiel um den dritten Platz.BloemfonteinDie ehemalige Hauptstadt der Burenrepublik und heutige Hauptstadt des Freistaates (der Name bedeutet: Blumenbrunnen) ist eine schone Stadt mit Tausenden von Rosenstrauchern und einigen ergreifenden Denkmalern.Nachster Flughafen: Bloemfontein AirportWM-Stadien: Vodacom ParkWM-Spiele: funf Erstrundenspiele, ein Zweitrundenspiel.RustenburgDie vertraumten, Jacaranda-umsaumten Straßen tauschen leicht daruber hinweg, dass die Umgebung von Rustenburg in der Nordwestprovinz eine der großten Bergbauregionen der Welt ist, mit einer Fulle von Platinvorkommen unter der Erde.Nachster Flughafen: OR Tambo International AirportWM-Stadien: Royal Bafokeng StadiumWM-Spiele: vier Erstrundenspiele, ein Zweitrundenspiel.NelspruitDie Hauptstadt der Provinz Mpumalanga liegt im fruchtbaren Tal des Crocodile Rivers, ca. 330 km ostlich von Johannesburg.Nachster Flughafen: Kruger Mpumalanga International AirportWM-Stadien: Mbombela StadiumWM-Spiele: funf Erstrunenspiele.PolokwaneDie Hauptstadt der Provinz Limpopo ist ideal gelegen am Rande des weltberuhmten Kruger-Nationalparks.Nachster Flughafen: Polokwane International AirportWM-Stadien: Peter Mokaba StadiumWM-Spiele: vier Erstrunenspiele.Wie viele Karten wird es geben?Ungefahr drei Millionen Eintrittskarten werden fur die 64 Spiele der Fifa Fußball-WM 2010 zur Verfugung stehen. Ein Drittel (ca. eine Million) wird an sudafrikanische Fußballfans vergeben, eine weitere Million an internationale Besucher und die dritte Million ist fur die Sponsoren, die Teams und die “Fifa-Familie” bestimmt.Lohnt es sich uberhaupt zu kommen, auch wenn ich keine Eintrittskarte habe?Naturlich! Die WM 2010 wird garantiert eine Mordsgaudi, oder – wie man in Sudafrika sagt – eine Jol. Wie in Deutschland 2006 werden auch bei dieser WM Fanzonen mit Großbildleinwanden eingerichtet. Dort kann man die Spiele sehen und gleichzeitig die lokale Bevolkerung kennen lernen in den vielen Pubs, Restaurants und Sportkneipen.In welcher Zeitzone liegt Sudafrika?Die sudafrikanische Standardzeit liegt 2 Stunden vor der Weltzeit (UTC+2). Im Juni und Juli – zum Zeitpunkt der WM – ist es in Sudafrika genauso spat wie auf dem europaischen Kontinent bzw. eine Stunde spater als in Großbritannien. Spiele, die hier um 21.00 Uhr angepfiffen werden, werden in Europa genau zur besten Sendezeit ubertragen. Zuschauer in den USA sollten ihr Mittagessen am besten vorverlegen und australische Fans mussen schon fruh um funf aus den Federn.Wie wird das Wetter sein?Die WM wird im sudafrikanischen Winter stattfinden. Aber es ist warm hier in Afrika. In Johannesburg wird es trocken sein, mit sonnigen Tagen bei recht kuhlen Nachten. Rustenburg, Pretoria und Nelspruit glanzen mit Warme, nur in Bloemfontein muss man sich warm anziehen. Polokwane im Norden wird trocken und heiß sein – heißer als in den meisten europaischen Sommern. Durban begrußt seine Gaste angenehm, warm und schwul. Und immer lockt der lauwarme Indische Ozean. Eine Ausnahme ist Kapstadt. Obwohl die Stadt in der Regel – auch im Winter – eine Schonwetterstadt ist, ist der Juni in der Stadt in der Regel kalt, nass und windig, und das Meer eiskalt.Weiterlesen: Sudafrikas Wetter und KlimaWie komme ich von A nach B?Zu allen Spielstadten bestehen Zug- oder Flugverbindungen. Daruber hinaus sind in Sudafrika einige erstklassige Überlandbusgesellschaften aktiv. Die Straßen des Landes sind hervorragend. Ein Mietwagen ist daher keine schlechte Idee.Was den offentlichen Nahverkehr betrifft, so konnen sich sudafrikanische Stadte noch nicht mit Stadten wie New York oder London messen, aber dennoch gibt es Moglichkeiten. Das beliebteste offentliche Verkehrsmittel ist das Minibus-Taxi. Bis 2010 werden im Zuge eines gerade anlaufenden groß angelegten Taxi-Rekapitalisierungsplan die meisten der alten Fahrzeuge gegen großere, sicherere Minibusse ausgetauscht worden sein. Die meisten Stadte haben ein Nahverkehrszug- und Bussystem und es gibt verschiedene Taxigesellschaften. Ansonsten bietet sich ein Mietwagen oder benutzen Sie die Transfers Ihres Hotels.Wo kann ich ubernachten?“Die Hotelbranche in Sudafrika ist erstklassig”, meinte das Fifa-Inspektionsteam in ihrem Landerbericht. “Es gibt genugend Hotelzimmer fur alle, die in irgendeiner Weise an der 2010 Fifa Fußball-WM beteiligt sind, einschließlich Medienvertreter und Fans aus aller Welt.’ Andere Optionen sind die viele Bed & Breakfast-Pensionen in und um die Spielstadte sowie uber 150 Backpacker-Hostels.Und wenn ich krank werde?“Insgesamt betrachtet ist das Gesundheitssystem hervorragend ausgestattet und gehort wahrscheinlich zu den besten privaten Gesundheitssystemen weltweit – mit moderner Technik und hoch qualifizierten Facharzten und medizinischem Personal”, so das Fifa-Inspektionsteam in seinem Bericht. “Wir mochten hinzufugen, dass es in der Umgebung der Stadien, die als Austragungsorte fur die Fifa Fußball-WM 2010 vorgeschlagen wurden, komplett ausgestattete Krankenhauser mit entsprechenden Notaufnahmen gibt.’Wie sind die Leute so drauf?In Sudafrika leben 47 Mio. Menschen mit verschiedener Herkunft, verschiedenen Kulturen, Sprachen und Religionen. Besucher sind immer wieder begeistert davon, wie warmherzig, freundlich und gastlich die Sudafrikaner sind. Wir hatten eine schwierige Vergangenheit, deshalb verschwenden wir jetzt keine Zeit mehr auf Griesgramigkeit! Und feiern konnen wir allemal!“Wir konnen sagen, dass die Leute in Sudafrika immer freundlich und sehr ausgelassen waren. Wahrend unseres Besuches im Land gab es standig etwas zu feiern”, merkte das Fifa-Inspektionsteam in seinem Landerbericht an. “Immer wenn unsere Gruppe vorbei kam, hielten sie an, um ihre Freude und ihre Unterstutzung fur die Bewerbung ihres Landes zu zeigen.”Wie ist das Bier?Kalt und vorzuglich! In der Regel trinken Sudafrikaner Flaschenbier, aber in den meisten Kneipen gibt es auch mehrere Biersorten vom Fass. Der wichtigste Produzent ist South African Breweries, inzwischen auch außerhalb der Landesgrenzen bekannt. Lagerbier ist hierzulande am beliebtesten, gefolgt von Pilsener. In und um die Stadien wird es allerdings nur Budweiser geben, denn Budweiser ist der offizielle Fifa-Sponsor.Und das Essen?Hmmmmm, exotisch und abwechslungsreich. Sudafrikas Bevolkerung hat verschiedene Ursprunge, Kulturen, Sprachen und Religionen – und auch der Speiseplan ist ein reichhaltiges Sammelsurium.Fur Mutige bieten wir kulinarische Herausforderungen von Krokodilrucken uber gebratene Raupen bis hin zu Schafskopfen – lecker! Wer es lieber konventionell mag, kann sich auf bodenstandige Delikatessen wie Biltong (getrocknetes Salzfleisch), Bobotie (eine stark verbesserte Version der englischen Sheperd’s Pie) und Boerewors (hausgemachte Landwurst, auf offenem Feuer gegrillt) freuen.In der Stadt findet man in einer einzigen Straße oder einem Einkaufszentren meistens italienische Restaurants, zwei oder drei Variationen der chinesischen Kochkunst, Sushi-Bars, marokkanisches Essen, franzosische Haute Cuisine, portugiesische Leckereien und indische Kuche. Daruber hinaus findet man auch kongolesische Restaurants, Griechen und sogar brasilianische und koreanische Etablissements oder – wohin man schaut – Fusion, mit kreativen Chefkochen und originellen Leckerbissen.Darf ich das WM 2010-Logo benutzen?Nur anerkannte Fifa-Partner und Sponsoren durfen das Logo der Fifa Fußball-WM 2010 in ihrer Werbung nutzen.Was ist eine Vuvuzela?Bose Zungen behaupten, die Vuvuzela sei Sudafrikas nationales Musikinstrument. Es handelt sich um eine große Plastiktrompete in schrillen Farben, die von den Fans bei jedem Fußballspiel im Land ausgiebig geblasen wird. Der Klang ist ungefahr eine Mischung aus einem verschnupften Elefanten und dem Bariton-Summen eines gigantischen Bienenschwarms, aber die Sudafrikaner lieben ihn.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

2014 World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index

first_img2014 World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index results to feature in discussions at the 2nd Annual South African Competitiveness ForumJohannesburg, Thursday 4 September 2014 – The 2014/15 World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index, released yesterday, indicates that South Africa has improved in seven (7) of the 12 pillars on which countries are assessed.Improvements have been noted in the areas of:• Institutions• Infrastructure• Macroeconomic environment• Health and primary education• Higher education and training• Labour market efficiency, and• Business sophisticationCommenting on the 2014 results, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “It is pleasing that South Africa has improved on these seven pillars. These speak to the success of South Africa’s collective efforts to create the conditions that will lead to improvements in the lives of the citizens of our country. These pillars are also aligned to the National Development Plan and these improvements show that we are making strides in implementing this plan. We must collectively play our part to continue implementing this plan and improving our competitiveness,” concluded Mr Matola.South Africa’s performance meanwhile declined in the following pillars:• Goods and market efficiency: South Africa has declined in 11 of the 16 sub-pillars in this category. Important considerations which have impacted on South Africa’s performance in this category include the effectiveness of anti-monopoly policies, the ease of doing business and the costs of agricultural policy• Technological readiness: this decline seems to have been influenced primarily by South Africa’s broadband capabilities• Financial market development: The most important issue in this pillar pertains to a rather significant drop from 1st to 43rd position in the Legal Rights Index sub-indicator.• Innovation: although South Africa declined overall in the pillar, we did improve in two areas: Government procurement of advanced technology products (119-112), and Availability of Scientists and Engineers (108 to 102).South Africa now ranks 56 of the 144 countries covered by the WEF Global Competitiveness Index having fallen from 53rd place in 2013/14.The second annual South African Competitiveness Forum scheduled from 4-5 November 2014 will look at these and other issues. Discussions with a range of stakeholders who will convene for the Forum, will look at how to improve and maintain South Africa’s competitiveness to ensure that we deliver on our developmental agenda which includes economic and social development.Note to editors:South Africa’s performance in the WEF GCI at a glance:About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, helping to improve its global competitiveness. It also aims to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, contributing to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.There are numerous opportunities for each and every South African to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate. Play Your Part encourages them to act on these opportunities, whether big or small. The campaign is driven by Brand South Africa.More resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit SouthAfrica.info and Media Club South Africa for further resources that can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Join the conversation Follow Brand South AfricaTell us how you Play Your PartFacebook: www.facebook.com/BrandSouthAfricaFacebook: www.facebook.com/PlayYourPartTwitter: @Brand_SATwitter: @PlayYourPartSAWebsite: www.brandsouthafrica.comWebsite:  www.playyourpart.co.zaContactFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Boitumelo MpeteTel: +27 11 712 5007Mobile: +27 (0) 82 358 9047Email: boitumelom@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more