Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of theWorld Economic Forum, and PresidentJacob Zuma at the 2010 WEF Africa eventheld in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.(Image: World Economic Forum)MEDIA CONTACTS • Zizi KodwaPresidency special adviser, communications+27 82 330 4910RELATED ARTICLES• SA fields strong team at Davos 2011• SA hosts World Economic Forum• SA best for regulation of exchanges• SA minister gets top tourism post• SA one of Africa’s innovatorsSource: the PresidencySouth Africa hosts the 21st World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa at Cape Town’s International Convention Centre from 4 to 6 May 2011.The meeting, which will be attended by more than 900 participants from 60 countries, will focus on how sub-Saharan Africa can sustain its growth path and become a hub of global growth and demand. Six of the 10 most rapidly expanding economies are located in sub-Saharan Africa.To be held under the thematic pillar Shaping Africa’s Role in the New Reality, the meeting will take place against the backdrop of increasing global recognition of Africa’s growth potential.South Africa’s delegation to WEF Africa will be led by President Jacob Zuma. The group will comprise, among others, several high-level government representatives including finance minister Pravin Gordhan; Minister of National Planning in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel; Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies; Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Economic Development; tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk; Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs; and Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology.A number of South African businesspeople will also attend the WEF meeting.Zuma will participate in the opening plenary on Wednesday 4 May, as well as a panel discussion the following day, titled Climate Change – the Durban Agenda. The discussion will focus on how South Africa, as the host of the 17th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 17), can rise to the challenge of finding long lasting solutions on Africa’s climate agenda.Zuma will also attend a meeting with Cabinet ministers and CEOs from local and international companies.More than just cultural richesGordhan, the delegation’s lead minister, pointed out that in redefining South Africa’s relationship with the world, the country’s message was moving beyond the emphasis on its rich cultural diversity.“We are now highlighting our achievements in the fields of science, technological innovation, financial services and our recognition as a systemically important member of the international community,” he said.“In our hosting of WEF Africa, we will confidently say that South Africa is indeed responding to the new reality. The country is ideally placed in the shifting poles of power and economic growth, not only as an emerging market, but also as a leading economy on a continent that has become an indispensible partner in the global economy and is home to approximately 15% of the world’s population.”Gordhan added that the government continues to promote inclusive growth, job creation, and the diversification of the economy, and that South Africa was actively participating and contributing to positions formulated in global policy making.“We are also assuming an increasingly important position in the international arena,” said Gordhan. “We are one of the non-permanent members on the United Nations Security Council, the only African country to be a member of the G20, and now most recently, we have taken a seat at the table of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa forum (BRICS), which, with its population of over 3-billion people, serves as a major platform for global dialogue and cooperation.”Advancing African interestsAmong issues to be discussed at WEF Africa are ways in which African economies can mitigate their exposure to the volatility in commodity prices and how the continent can strengthen its voice in multilateral forums such as the G20 and COP 17. The latter event takes place in Durban in December.As the biggest economy on the continent, South Africa has been and will continue to use its seat on multilateral fora, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the G20, to advance Africa’s interests. South Africa will also use its BRICS membership to amplify Africa’s voice in the world.The continent’s improved economic prospects have largely been attributed to actions taken by African countries themselves to end political conflicts, improve governance and create better macroeconomic conditions.While Africa will benefit from globalisation, which is expected to spur demand for commodities, the continent’s growth into the future will be driven by social and demographic changes currently underway.
Messi scores for ArgentinaIn the early hours of Monday, June 16, Lionel Messi pirouetted down the field at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. A ballerina in the middle of an allegro, he glided on the edge of the penalty box, leaving two opponents toppled in his wake,,Messi scores for ArgentinaIn the early hours of Monday, June 16, Lionel Messi pirouetted down the field at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. A ballerina in the middle of an allegro, he glided on the edge of the penalty box, leaving two opponents toppled in his wake, and fired a left-footer that miraculously curled into the back of the net. Football fans in India joyously erupted across the unifying terrain of social media. He trended on Twitter, Facebook was overrun, and the footprint of Messi mentions covered metros and B-towns in almost every corner of the country.It was 4.43 a.m. Why was India even awake? Neither did Messi belong to us, nor was there anything to gain by Argentina’s 2-1 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina in Group F of a tournament involving the golden elite of a sport in which India is ranked an inglorious 154th. What was it that had made football, the greatest celebration of modern sport, and Messi, its finest exponent in this generation, so important in our supposedly cricket-mad country?There are times when sport becomes a celebration of human endeavour stripped of all its biases. At that moment, there is no team jersey, no national pride, no club loyalty; just a man with a ball at his feet and a target in his eyes. But the true romance of sport, the ‘meaning’ if you will, can come only from context. It is on this front that India’s relationship with football has changed so dramatically over the last three decades.advertisementGrowing up in India in the ’70s and ’80s, football touched us very rarely, very lightly. Temporary heroes were born once every four years, at the World Cups, and favourites were picked on the basis of hazy mugshots on black-and-white newspaper pages. For some, Michel Platini’s winning smile worked; for some, Rudi Voeller’s blonde mane.We knew a little about legends such as Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Cryuff through half-hour biographical shows on Doordarshan. But only some people in some pockets of the country-Kolkata, Goa, perhaps Kerala-could really connect with international football. Then, in 1986, a magician with feet of gold and the hand of God changed everything. Diego Maradona erupted on the whole world, even its farthest corners, at one go. Running across the length of the pitch, turning, falling, rising, scoring, he bridged the gap between the hard-nosed fanatic and the curious bystander. You didn’t have to be a follower of the sport, just a follower of Maradona, to experience the joy of football.Today, 28 years since he won the World Cup for Argentina in Mexico City, international club football has become a part of urban life in liberalised India. Enticed by television, young football junkies feel a sense of belonging that transcends their geographical disconnect with Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal. Every game is live-EPL, La Liga, Champions League. Players are put to the test, shaken, stirred, beaten with a stick, before a genuine hero can emerge.Now football in India is about loyalty rather than wonderment. If Robin van Persie leaves Arsenal, he becomes immediately loathsome. If Cesc Fabregas moves to Chelsea, he transforms into a hero overnight. It is in this new, vibrant-but-biased universe that the World Cup comes along to breach an invisible barrier. Like Maradona’s exploits in 1986 broke the shackles of nationality, Brazil 2014 temporarily releases us from the manacles of club loyalty.FIFA may be a bully like most monopolies are, but on the field, the World Cup is the only form that remains pristine and unsullied in football’s commercial age. At a time when team jerseys are selling thick and fast (shipped directly from online stores of our favourite clubs), galaxies are built with mega-million transfers. If you have the right Russian billionaire or the bejewelled Arab sheikh to back your club, it can become a champion overnight.The World Cup doesn’t work that way. You can’t throw wads of cash to lift the 2014 trophy in the shadow of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer. To win it, you have to be born alongside other great countrymen in a Golden Generation.It is this gilt-edged speciality that the world is now celebrating. Money can buy you everything, perhaps even love and loyalty, but not the awkwardly synchronised chemistry of 11 professionals who discard their workplaces for a month to be part of something larger than plying their trade. That’s why the World Cup is special. Even to us Indians who stay up all night to watch. We may not play top football yet, but are finally beginning to understand it. nadvertisement read more
‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes FILE – Team Lakay holding their ONE belts. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—If going into a rematch with Shinya Aoki wasn’t enough to motivate Eduard Folayang, having stablemate and best friend Kevin Belingon just added to his desire to defend his ONE World lightweight title.Folayang (21-6) will headline ONE Championship’s first Japan card in ONE: A New Era against Aoki whom he beat to a pulp to begin his first championship reign back in November of 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Myanmar’s Aung La N Sang, the reigning ONE World middleweight and light heavyweight champion, will defend his 205-lb belt against Japan’s Ken Hasegawa in a rematch of their 2018 Match of the Year.Former UFC World champions Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson would also make their ONE Championship debut in the card that will take place on March 31 at Ryogoku Kokugikan.Team Lakay also hasn’t had the best of starts in 2019 after Joshua Pacio and Geje Eustaquio lost the strawweight and flyweight belts to Yosuke Saruta and Adriano Moraes, respectively.These bitter losses have lit a fire in Folayang and he vowed that he and Belingon would do their stable good and bring back the glory to Team Lakay.“The goal is to successfully defend both our titles on March 31, it’s so easy to think and say that but it will be very hard to do,” said Folayang. “We shall do our best to bring back the World titles back home to the Philippines.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Also in the card is Belingon defending his ONE World bantamweight title against Bibiano Fernandes, and this fight is what gave Folayang that extra determination to hold on to his prized belt.“I am very happy to be the main event at ONE: A New Era, any athlete would want to headline this card so I am grateful to ONE Championship for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills in the main event,” said Folayang.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Kevin’s addition to the card gave me an added motivation. We can share thoughts with each other on how we can successfully defend our belts in Japan. It will be a night full of fireworks.”The Filipino fighting icon will headline a stacked card that would feature a champion vs. champion bout between Angela Lee and Xiong Jing Nan for the latter’s ONE Women’s World strawweight title. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Qatar rocket up world rankings after Asian Cup triumph LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations read more
As Sachin Tendulkar turned a year older today, former Australia captain Michael Clarke said the Master Blaster is the best batsman he ever saw.Tendulkar turned 44 today and was inundated with best wishes from the cricketing fraternity across the globe.WATCH FULL INTERVIEW “Statistics don’t lie. He is the greatest batsman I ever saw. Phenomenal player in all conditions around the world. I have never seen anybody say a bad word about him,” Clarke told India Today.During his 24-year career, Tendulkar accumulated 34,357 runs in international cricket, more than any other batsman in the world. He holds the record of most runs in one-day internationals and Test cricket. (Sachin Tendulkar birthday special floors Australia in 1998 Coca-Cola Cup final)In ODIs, he has scored 18426 while in Tests he has 15921 runs.After his retirement in 2013, Tendulkar received the Bharat Ratna award and became a Rajya Sabha MP. He also played in the Indian Premier League but stopped after the sixth season.”44 years young… Sachin still looks 25. I saw him not long ago in Mumbai. We did a photo shoot together and he still looks fit and healthy and very young.”He was one of the players, like Sourav Ganguly, I grew up watching as a young boy. Whenever the Australians toured India and the Indians toured Australia, I was always glued to the TV. I will never forget my first series in India in 2004.”Players like Sourav and Sachin. On one hand, being an Australian cricketer, you want them out because you want to win the game. But I also wanted to see them make a hundred because I loved watching them bat. It was special to play against them,” Clarke added.advertisementMeanwhile, Tendulkar’s long-time opening partner and former India captain Sourav Ganguly said that the first time he saw him, he could see that Tendulkar was special.Ganguly shared an anecdote from the Under-15 national camp when he first met Tendulkar, 14 at that time.”44… amazing isn’t it? I have seen him when I was 14 and when he was 14. The first time I saw him was at the under-15 national camp. We both were selected. He came from West Zone and I came from East Zone. Cricket was different in India then.”We used to stay in dormitories and he was a young Tendulkar with lot of hair and along with Vinod Kambli, he used to just bat in the nets… just keep batting, batting and batting and the coach had to pull him out. It was a training camp of 30. Best players selected from all over the country, junior players and you could see that he was special. He had the heaviest bat at that time… trust me. He used a bat which was heavier than he did when he played Test cricket,” Ganguly told India Today. read more
kristen dantonio mark dantonio dancingMichigan State head coach Mark Dantonio was understandably excited after Saturday’s last-second victory over Michigan, and in the locker room after the game, he made that clear to his players. In the below video, shot by Dantonio’s daughter Kristen, the Spartans head coach can be seen breaking it down in the center of a player circle.MSU quarterback Connor Cook told reporters after the game that Dantonio pulled out some moves he’d never seen before. Michigan State next gets Indiana at home next Saturday. We’ll see if the Spartans can keep dancing all the way to the Big Ten title game. Hit the Quan dadA video posted by Kristen Dantonio (@k10dantonio) on Oct 17, 2015 at 9:22pm PDT [247 Sports]
ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is still in the midst of his satellite camp tour, which means he’s still wearing different throwback jerseys every day. Thursday, Harbaugh is in Orem, Utah, to work the Pride Camp. He’s paying homage to one of the state’s best athletes.Harbaugh is wearing a John Stockton jersey – and of course, he has it tucked into his khakis. Here’s a photo, via the camp [email protected] making @JohnStocktonPG jersey look good here at Pride Camp pic.twitter.com/0TjNE6FHO4— Pride Camps (@pridecamps) June 16, 2016When this is all said and done, we’re going to rank all of the different jerseys Harbaugh’s donned on his tour. The Stockton one will be near the top. read more
Liberia president George Weah made headlines in the world of football as he led his side in an international friendly at the age of 51.George Opong Weah, the only African footballer to win Fifa’s World Player of the Year award, played for 79 minutes of a 2-1 home defeat by Nigeria in Monrovia.Liberia organised the friendly to retire their number 14 shirt, worn by Weah in his playing days.George Weah threatened the Super Eagles players this afternoon that he will play today and show them skills. Looks like he meant it pic.twitter.com/3u6VCRSqsR— china acheru (@Ikwerreman) September 11, 2018News: Samson Siasia banned for life by FIFA George Patchias – August 16, 2019 The former manager of the Nigerian national team Samson Siasia has been banned from football for life.A match-fixing investigation has been carried out by…The former Marseille and Chelsea forward, who took over office as president in January, received a standing ovation as he was substituted.The Super Eagles brought in a strong contingent, including Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi and fellow midfielder Peter Etebo, of Stoke City. Ndidi’s club-mate Kelechi Iheanacho featured as a second-half substitute.Simeon Nwankwo doubled the lead for the West African giants’ thanks to an assist from Etebo after Henry Onyekuru – on loan at Galatasaray from Everton – had scored the opener.The home side pulled one back from the spot courtesy of Kpah Sherman. read more