Costa will be given ‘complete rest’

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that Diego Costa will have a period of absolute rest after this weekend’s match against Liverpool.The striker will not even be required to report for treatment on a hamstring problem for a few days ahead of the Blues’ game against West Brom on 22 November.Costa’s injury has been a worry since early in the season and Mourinho was annoyed that he was involved in matches for Spain last month despite concerns over his fitness.“He will have 15 days to finally rest and work properly.”Jose MourinhoHe has not been included in Spain’s squad for games against Belarus and Germany, at last giving Chelsea the kind of chance to give him a proper rest they have been hoping for.And Mourinho, who insists he had no influence over the decision to omit Costa, says the club plan to take full advantage of the situation.He explained: “The plan is immediately after the Liverpool match to have a period of complete rest – no training, no treatment, not even a massage on his muscle. Nothing – just let him rest a few days.“After that, there is specific work he is doing and we don’t have another match to play, so it’s very good news for him.”Costa missed four Chelsea matches and was also affected by an illness after recently playing for his country in games against Luxembourg and Slovakia.Mourinho has attempted to rest him at times, including for this week’s Champions League game against Maribor.“He was protected for the Champions League match but because the [half-time] result was not good, I couldn’t protect him and I had to play him for 45 minutes,” Mourinho said.“As a consequence of the work we are doing with him, I think he’s ready to start the match against Liverpool.“Then he will have 15 days to finally rest and work properly. It’s fantastic news.”See also:Spain leave out Chelsea striker CostaChelsea boss relishes Anfield atmosphereRemy passed fit to return for ChelseaChelsea set to make decision on FabregasFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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R100bn boost for SA manufacturing

first_img3 April 2012 The latest version of the state’s Industrial Policy Action Plan will see the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) investing R102-billion in targeted South African manufacturing sectors over the next five years, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. “Our experience in the implementation of the plan demonstrates that industrial policy works, provided it is well designed, adequately resourced and informed by robust and constructive stakeholder dialogue and partnerships – this has been demonstrated in a number of sectors,” Davies told reporters at the launch of the 2012/13 version of the plan in Pretoria on Monday.Positive state intervention The Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP), introduced five years ago, has been hailed as a robust formula that allows for positive state intervention to assist industrial development in volatile global markets. Under the plan, the IDC has provided funding amounting to more than R12-billion to manufacturing ventures in the “green” sector as well as the automotive, agro-processing, textiles and other priority industries since 2010. Davies accepted that the plan had been carried out in the face of severe global and domestic economic difficulties. The slowdown in the global economy had led to a drop in export demand from two of South Africa’s traditional markets – Europe and the United States. Despite this, the latest version envisaged new gains as the economy was starting to stabilise in some sectors, Davies said.Automotive sector leads the way Over the last year, the automotive sector had emerged as one of South Africa’s strongest manufacturing industries, committing more than R15-billion in recent investments in the country from both assemblers and component suppliers. This has been accompanied by large increases in vehicle assembly volumes, with recent investment interests including a US$100-million joint trucks and car assembly facility. Davies said the implementation of successive versions of the IPAP had resulted in significant achievements and ongoing scaling up of interventions to retain, grow and diversify South Africa’s industrial base. A major achievement has been the conclusion of work to amend regulations of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act to enable the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to designate industries for local procurement, including procurement by state-owned enterprises. The first batch of sectors designated in 2011 included buses, rail, textile, food industries, and television set-top boxes for conversion of digital broadcast signals. “So while the road ahead may be a difficult one, a strong foundation has been laid,” Davies said. “This makes it possible to arrest the threat of de-industrialisation and grow value addition and jobs in the manufacturing sectors of the economy, thereby underpinning economic growth and employment creation in the rest of the economy.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Promoting and Embracing South Africa’s Street Style

first_imgImage supplied by RSA.comBy Phindi MadunaThe RSA.com brand officially launched in 2015. The brand’s aim is to promote and embrace South African trends and style in the country and around the world. Its modern and minimal approach to design is a refreshing take on how to bring out South Africa’s edgy street style.Brand South Africa had a conversation with the brand’s founder and Operations Manager, Tshepo Kolanchu to discuss the brand, it’s highlights and future prospects.Q: What is the inspiration behind the brand’s name?Tshepo: The name came from observing multitudes of people from all over the world wearing clothes branded New York (NY), Chicago, Los Angeles (LA), to name a few. RSA.com is a premium brand that is meant for South Africans to brag about and be proud of while carrying the South African name/brand across the world. Having resolved to promote the country as a brand, the next consideration was the most preferred sales platform, the “.com” domain, which is the top level domain for global commerce. We therefore decided on “RSA.com” as a representative brand.Q: What have been some of the successes and highlights for RSA.com since its launch in 2015?Tshepo: Some our highlights have been the successful registration of the trademark; our online store; our affiliation with two government agencies who promote the country and its products across the world namely – Brand South Africa and Proudly South Africa; exhibiting the brand at the 2018 Buy Local Summit; and our partnership with the Miss Gauteng pageant.Q: Why have you focused on t-shirts and vests as your staple garments?Tshepo: We initially launched the brand with  caps, t-shirts, jogger pants, hoodies, track pants, dresses & warmers to test the market, from this exercise we learned that due to demand and limited resources, it was better to re-focus our energy and push t-shirts, dresses and vests which are capsule garments.Q: Please tell us a little bit more about the market’s reception to your brand?Tshepo: People are showing interest in our clothes and we are slowly gaining popularity. With the launch of the new site established in April 2018 (1 month old), which is being promoted on social media, that has helped the market to get reacquainted with the brand. The new site is interactive and it is receiving more attention.Q: What’s next for RSA.com?Tshepo: The plan is to grow the product lines with time as we grow the love and loyalty of the brand with our clients.We also hope to create opportunities for other business people to open and manage physical stores in cities around the country and abroad, to encourage economic growth and job creation.You can get in touch with RSA.com on the following platforms:Mobile: +27 81 597 7778Email: [email protected]: Rsa.comInstagram: @rsa_comTwitter: @rsa_comWebsite: www.justrsa.comlast_img read more

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Power stable for festive season – Eskom

first_img23 December 2014Although constrained, South Africa’s power system is expected to remain stable for the rest of the festive season, according to power utility Eskom, which will use the period for intensified maintenance.“The power system is expected to remain constrained but stable this week and the rest of the festive season and as a result the risk of load-shedding is low during this period,” the utility said in its system status bulletin on 18 December.The system remains vulnerable, however, meaning that any extra load or faults in the system may require load shedding.“With many industries winding down their business for the festive season, coupled with return to service of some of our power generating units and building up of our emergency reserves, Eskom is cautiously confident that it will not have to implement load shedding during this period,” the utility said. “We will use this period of low electricity demand to intensify our plant maintenance programme.”Eskom called on South Africans to pull together over the next few months and use electricity sparingly.Addressing reporters at a state of the power system media briefing earlier in December, Eskom chief executive Tshediso Matona said that 6 000 MW of power will return to the grid this month. Although the prognosis for power supply over the festive season was not poor, it could not rule out the possibility of load shedding.The briefing came as South Africans across the country have been subjected to periods of load shedding in recent weeks.SAinfo reporter and SANewslast_img read more

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eBay Launches Trend-Spotting Site Based on User Data

first_imgThe Inside Source is eBay’s latest announcement. The searching, buying, and selling habits of its 88 million active users have added up to an enormous dataset, one that could have easily been hoarded and sold to marketers, brands, and others with a vested interest in online retail and trends.Although eBay isn’t releasing raw stats into the wild, it is publishing editorial content and news on trends as well as a tag cloud of most popular searches right now. Coming soon are multimedia galleries and real-time visualizations of current eBay searches. Can we get an open API? Read on to find out.The consumer-focused site is broken up into several sections of articles by topic as well as a general blog. In addition to getting information on fashion and pop culture, users can also browse articles on “green” products and tech gadgets. Users can login through Facebook Connect, although this feature appeared to be unusable at press time.Here’s a rather scripted video from editorial director Meredith Barnett: According to emails we’ve exchanged with an Inside Source representative, the site’s staff is working closely with eBay’s analytics team to cull information on trends. The trends examined are as broad as correlation between events and increased searches for a term (e.g., celebrity wears knee-high boots at red carpet shindig; users start looking for knee-high boots on eBay) and as narrow as data such as were used for a recent post on a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert:For kicks, we decided to do a comparison of all the Hall of Famers participating in the concert series (there’s a second show at MSG tonight that includes U2, Metallica, Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Ozzy Osbourne, Lou Reed, and more) to see which names popped up most frequently on eBay over the past week.The results were pretty fascinating: in terms of keyword searches, Metallica was far and away the most sought after band among the bunch (more than 86,000 searches!)… Second to Metallica in frequency of keyword searches was U2 (75,190), followed by Bruce Springsteen (32,690). The number of search per artist dropped off significantly from there, with but Ozzy Osbourne coming in fourth (5,290) and Sting rounded out the top five at 4,570… The supply of concert tees correlates pretty well with the demand, with the top five live listings for the concert performers and the term “shirt” as follows as of this afternoon: Metallica (1,759), Ozzy Osbourne (327), Bruce Springsteen (376), U2 (680), BB King (61).The editorial nature of the site also puts eBay in a unique position as both a retail outlet and a recommendation source. For example, The Inside Source features a widget on the left side of the page, a thumbnail gallery of most watched items featuring auctions from around the site. Clicking the thumbnail directs the user straight to the auction page for purchase decision making. And the post we linked to above ends in a series of recommended auctions.While it’s nice to know about trending topics, the site is also definitely geared toward encouraging positive user actions – by which we mean that eBay is still directing attention in ways that will increase sales. It would be really interesting to see more of the data released in a raw, less glossy-consumer-mag-style format. Currently, eBay offers one research-focused API, powered by AERS, for retrieving pricing information for a given search term. AERS offers a suite of tools for retrieving and parsing eBay user data, as well. Their API includes calls for popular items, trends, keywords, and more. Related Posts jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Trends#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Assam district to swap sapling, cloth bag for a kilo of plastic

first_imgA district in western Assam is offering a sapling and a cloth bag in exchange for a kilogram of plastic from Tuesday. Apart from making a statement against plastic pollution, the “barter system” is expected to promote an array of cloth bags to be made exclusively by women self-help groups (SHGs) in the Bongaigaon district.“We are launching the ‘plants for plastic’ campaign to encourage the people to collect and remove plastic from their houses, commercial establishments and educational institutions. We hope the idea catches on to enable us to open cloth bag outlets manufactured by the SHGs,” the district’s Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan told The Hindu.Local speciesThe initiative entails depositing a kilogram of plastic at the municipality office in district headquarters Bongaigaon, about 180 km west of Guwahati, and get a cloth bag and a sapling free in return. The saplings are of species of trees that grow locally, such as gooseberry, olive, mango, jackfruit and mahogany.“If a person does not have a place to plant the sapling at his or her own premises, the district administration will help plant it in that person’s name during mass planting,” Mr. Khan, who designed the exchange offer, said.‘Plants for plastic’ will become a permanent offer after the inaugural event at Bongaigaon’s Gandhi Maidan, he added. Social forestryMr. Khan acknowledged the role of Robinhood Army, a local volunteer organisation for spreading awareness on cleanliness, for the authorities to think of innovative schemes for a plastic-free district.Saplings for the exchange offer are being provided by the Social Forestry wing of the State’s Forest Department.last_img read more

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Creditors Consider Another Rescue Package for DSME

first_imgzoom Creditors of the cash strapped Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering are looking to secure another rescue package for the company of up to KRW 3 trillion (USD 2.6 billion), Yonhap News Agency cited industry sources.Led by the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), the creditors said that the financial support would be provided amid a decrease in new shipbuilding orders.Although the shipbuilder was expected to score up to KRW 13.7 trillion of new orders during 2016, it managed to secure only a small portion of this goal with a total of KRW 1.77 trillion of newbuilding contracts during the year, while the owner of two drilling rigs, which were constructed by the yard, decided to push the delivery of these KRW 1 trillion-worth vessels to 2017.In late 2016, DSME’s creditors unveiled their intentions to support the ailing shipbuilder with some KRW 2.8 trillion through debt to equity conversion and bonds sale.Under the plan, KDB said it would convert KRW 1.8 trillion of debt into equity, after it earlier converted around KRW 400 billion worth of loans into DSME stocks.In January 2017, the bank increased its ownership in the shipbuilder from 49.74 percent to 79.04 percent.The second creditor, the Export-Import Bank of Korea, added that it would buy KRW 1 trillion worth of bonds to be sold by the shipbuilding company.Driven by the decrease in new orders, DSME said that it plans to undertake a KRW 2.5 trillion self-rescue plan during 2017.Larger than last year’s KRW 1.6 trillion plan, the new measures would include further decrease in its workforce by up to 2,000 workers. By the end of 2017 the company’s workforce is expected to drop to a total of 8,500 workers.The plan also includes the disposal of DSME’s non-core assets, such as its IT business, as well as its buildings and floating docks with a total worth of around KRW 500 billion.Additionally, the shipbuilder decided to cut its 2017 goal for new ship orders to USD 5.5 billion after its 2016 orderbook fell short of expectations.Separately, DSME released financial results for 2016 which show that the shipbuilder reduced its full-year loss to KRW 2.7 trillion (USD 2.4 billion) from KRW 3.3 trillion (USD 2.9 billion) seen in 2015.The shipbuilder’s operating loss was also reduced and amounted to KRW 1.6 trillion in 2016, against an operating loss of KRW 2.9 trillion recorded a year earlier.In addition, DSME posted a revenue of KRW 12.7 trillion in 2016, lower from a revenue of KRW 15 trillion in 2015.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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