Pressured by government, radio station drops interview with Subcomandante Marcos

first_img Help by sharing this information July 20, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Pressured by government, radio station drops interview with Subcomandante Marcos May 13, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Organisation RSF_en MexicoAmericas Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state News MexicoAmericas to go furthercenter_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Receive email alerts Follow the news on Mexico April 28, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders today condemned the government pressure that led Radio 620, a Mexico City-based commercial radio station, to drop plans to broadcast an interview on 17 July with Subcomandante Marcos, the leader and spokesman of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN).The interview, which should have gone out during the programme ‘Política de banqueta,’ was produced by Radio Insurgente, a Zapatista station that calls itself “the voice of those who have no voice.” Its interviews with Marcos are often re-transmitted by other stations including Radio Universidad in the northern state of Querétaro and Radio UNAM in the capital.“We deplore this act of censorship,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The producers of ‘Política de banqueta’ point out that this is a first under President Fox. The tension surrounding the outcome of the recent election is no justification for this kind of violation of press freedom and political debate and we call for the programme to be broadcast as planned.”Marcos, who led a brief guerrilla uprising in the southern state of Chiapas in 1994, raised a number of sensitive issues in a Radio Insurgente interview on 3 July, including the salaries of civil servants and legislators, political prisoners in Toluca (in Mexico state) and above all the possibility that the previous day’s presidential election was rigged.Ever since then, Radio 620 had been under pressure from the office of the president, other government departments and senators not to re-transmit Marcos’s comments. The station yielded to the pressure in order not to lose lucrative state advertising.The programme was cancelled despite many calls from listeners and a spontaneous demonstration outside the Mexico City headquarters of Radiodifusoras Asociadas, the network that includes Radio Insurgente. The ‘Política de banqueta’ production team has since announced its resignation in solidarity with Marcos. News Reportslast_img read more

Adjunct Instructor – Economics

first_imgJob Code/TitleAJ – Adjunct CampusMonroe Park Campus How did you find out about this position?○ Alumni association magazine○ Chronicle of Higher Education○ Community event○ Email notification○ HERC (Higher Ed Recruitment Consortium)○ Higher education publication○ Internal Recruiter○ Job fair○ Job site (e.g. Monster.com)○ Listserv○ Newspaper○ Professional association/journal○ Referred by person/employee○ Search firm notification○ VCU vacancy listing – eJobs○ Other Position NumberJ00001 Working TitleAdjunct Instructor – Economics Organizational Overview All candidates must attach to this application a cover letter,curriculum vitae or resume, and the names/contact information forthree references (as an “Other Document”).Virginia Commonwealth University is an equalopportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, andpersons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Normal work hours Hours/Week Recruitment PoolAll Applicants Position TypeAdjunct – Teaching Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Job Category Open Until FilledNo Anticipated Hiring RangeCommensurate with Experience Prior teaching experienceMaster’s Degrees At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Resource CriticalYes Description of the Jobcenter_img DepartmentEconomics Remove from posting on or before06/30/2021 Preferred Qualifications Required Qualifications Normal work days Sensitive PositionNo PhD in Economics Job Open Date07/01/2020 The Department of Economics in the School of Business at VirginiaCommonwealth University is recruiting a pool of applicants for theFall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters for possible adjunct teachingpositions. Should the need and the funding for adjunct teachingpositions arise, the Department of Economics will contactapplicants in the pool whose credentials match our teaching needs.A PhD in economics with some teaching experience is preferred, butwell qualified applicants with a masters degree in economics willalso be considered. This pool will be accessed only when an openingarises. Your credentials will remain active for one year after thedate you submit them. After one year, if you are still interestedin adjunct teaching, you must re-apply to this adjunct pool. Notethat we are unable to hire applicants who are not already in thepool.Responsibilities:1. TeachingTeach courses as needed. These classes could be inclusive of allareas within the discipline Posting Details Is any portion of this position grant-funded?No Special Instructions to Applicants Additional Information Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/101540 Does this position provide patient or clinical services to theVCU Health System?No Does this position require a pre-placement medicalassessment?No Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationResumeOptional DocumentsOther Documentlast_img read more

Jon Cleary To Bring New Orleans Ethos To Brooklyn Comes Alive This Weekend

first_img***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website. Grammy Award-winning, multi-instrumentalist Jon Cleary will be joining this year’s incredible Brooklyn Comes Alive lineup, which takes place this weekend (September 23rd and 24th) in Williamsburg, New York, at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Schimanski. Cleary is scheduled to play two sets on Sunday, kicking things off with a solo brunch piano set at Schimanski followed by a duo set alongside fellow Grammy-winning musician, jazz-rock guitarist John Scofield.Brooklyn Comes Alive Announces Jam-Packed Daily SchedulesBorn in Kent, England, Cleary has called New Orleans home for the past twenty years, and he’s engulfed himself in the music, culture, and magic of the Crescent City. He has collaborated with icons such as Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Taj Mahal, Ryan Adams, and performed organ, piano, and vocal duties on Scofield’s 2009 album Piety Street. He won a Grammy for Best Regional Roots Music Album for 2016’s Go Go Juice, alongside John Boutté, Shannon Powell, Ricky Fataar, and George Porter Jr. (who will also be joining in the BCA festivities on Sunday).Cleary is no stranger to Brooklyn, as he has made several appearances at Soulive‘s annual Bowlive run at Brooklyn Bowl over the years. With the ethos of New Orleans naturally intertwined with the very essence of Brooklyn Comes Alive, along with many co-conspirators ever-present on the Sunday lineup, things could get extremely interesting around these parts in just a few short days.Soulive with John Scofield & Jon Cleary, “Something’s Got A Hold Of Me”[Video: Barry2theB]Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive is set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others!last_img read more

VIDEO: “Downtime is not an option”

first_imgFor a company like Fox Sports, system downtime doesn’t just disrupt business operations: it can potentially lead to major loss of customers, revenues, and even contracts with partners. Fox Sports is one of Asia’s leading sports broadcasters, and in 2012 the Australian company saw an opportunity to move to a private cloud while building its new production studio.The transition to the cloud, however, had an extremely small window of time: less than six months if it was to support the new studio. And both the migration and new solution would have to ensure world-class levels of uptime in order for Fox Sports’ live sports broadcasts to meet consumer expectations.Fox Sports IT team realised it was in no position to build its own cloud solution from scratch, both from a time and skills perspective. Instead, the team designed the cloud around a VCE Vblock system – one of the first to be deployed in the Asia-Pacific region. The Vblock orchestrates all of the private cloud’s operations, including20km of fibre optic connectionsMore than 15 petabytes of storageInternal data traffic of up to 50 terabytes a dayVideo production, streaming, and broadcasting incur huge demands on bandwidth, yet Fox Sports’ private cloud saw support calls drop by 75 percent in its first year of operation, thanks to the negligible downtime that the Vblock delivers. Perhaps most crucially, VCE manages and supports all technical aspects of the Vblock’s operation, including minimising both unforeseen and planned outages. That leaves Fox Sports’ 40-person IT team to focus on higher priorities like ramping up HD channels, online streaming, and other technology platforms for even greater regional growth.Watch how Fox Sports embraced converged infrastructure here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gp3cczBkx0Read more about Fox Sports’ use of Vblocks on ITWire and CIO Australia.last_img read more

Fantasy Waiver Wire: FAAB Report for Week 13 pickups

first_imgDOMINATE YOUR LEAGUE: Get the Fantasy Alarm NFL Season Pass!Week 13 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: QuarterbackSam Darnold (NYJ); FAAB Bid: 10-15%: Since hitting the easy part of his schedule, Darnold has been rolling. He’s averaging nearly 280 passing yards per game over the past three weeks with nine total touchdowns. Over the next two weeks the schedule remains fairly easy, so he’s a great option to help push your team into the playoffs if you’re in a spot where Week 13 is a “win-and-in” scenario. The Jets have the Bengals and Dolphins coming up, but it gets tough for the championship weeks because the Jets face the Ravens and Steelers in Weeks 15 and 16, and you should stay as far away from those matchups as possible.Ryan Tannehill (TEN); FAAB Bid: 10-12%: By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard the stat that since Tannehill took over under center for the Titans: The only quarterback to average more fantasy points on a per-game basis is Lamar Jackson. That’s how good Tannehill’s been. He has at least 35 rushing yards in three straight games with three rushing touchdowns over that span, as well. He’s no Jackson, by any means, but the additional rushing yards certainly don’t hurt his fantasy value. And over the next three weeks the Titans play the Colts, Raiders, and Texans, which should all be games where he can maybe accumulate 20 fantasy points. As strange as it is, we now live in a world where Tannehill is a top-15 quarterback the rest of the season.MORE WEEK 13:Waiver pickups | Snap counts | Stock watch | Fantasy playoff SOSNick Foles (JAC); FAAB Bid: 7-8%: While Foles hasn’t been that impressive in his return from a collarbone injury, the schedule is decent for him moving forward. There are a few concerns, though. The offensive line isn’t great, but they can do enough to keep him upright and with the Buccaneers, Chargers, Raiders, and Falcons on deck for Weeks 13-16 there’s potential for Foles. But don’t expect massive performances. If he can notch 250-280 passing yards with a pair of touchdowns each week then you should be content with that production.Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA); FAAB Bid: 5-7%: If you’re a little wary of Foles then give Fitzpatrick a shot. The Dolphins play the Eagles this week, which is a matchup I’m not a fan of. The Eagles secondary has been much better and could cause fits (pun intended) for the Dolphins quarterback. But in Weeks 14-16, the Dolphins will play the Jets, Giants, and Bengals, so there’s a good chance Fitz pulls out the magic and performs as a top-15 quarterback in the fantasy playoffs. But we’ve fallen for this trick before, so tread carefully.WEEK 13 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWeek 13 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: RBRashaad Penny (SEA); FAAB Bid: 12-15%: I’ve mentioned Penny at least once this season when there were ball security concerns with Chris Carson earlier in the year. Carson was involved with two fumbles on Sunday, although one was later credited to Russell Wilson and rightfully so. But still, Carson was plagued with fumbles earlier in the year, and the fact he still had one that was his fault is a little alarming. In his place, Penny was an absolute stud. Penny finished with 129 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown, and Wilson was quoted after the game saying the team should mix it up with Carson and Penny on the field at the same time more. I don’t think they shy away from Carson completely, but there are growing concerns that Penny could start eating into his workload.Benny Snell Jr. (PIT); FAAB Bid: 7-8%: Aside from the fact he’s still behind James Conner (shoulder) when Conner’s healthy enough to play, you’re really only adding Snell based on the presumed workload in the short term. On Sunday against the Bengals, Snell was clearly the lead back in Pittsburgh. He finished with 98 yards on 21 carries with a catch for five yards. If that’s how it’s going to shake out, then he’s more of an add in standard formats than PPR leagues, but if Conner’s out you need to add Snell if he’s getting 15-plus touches. The Steelers still have a very good offensive line despite Maurkice Pouncey ’s absence, and they have a favorable schedule for the running game against the Browns and Cardinals coming up. However, in Weeks 15 and 16 they have some tough matchups against the Bills and Jets in the most crucial weeks for fantasy matchups (but Conner will probably be back by then).WEEK 13 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPBo Scarbrough (DET); FAAB Bid: 7-8%: Similar to Snell, Scarbrough was the clear lead running back in Detroit on Sunday. However, where they differ is that the Steelers have a decent history of competently running the ball. The Lions don’t have such luster. Scarbrough put up 98 rushing yards on 18 carries against a Redskins team without Da’Ron Payne. While Scarbrough should have the workload the next few weeks, his schedule is rough. The Lion next four games come against the Bears, Vikings, Buccaneers, and Broncos. All those teams have been fairly stingy against the run (though the Bears haven’t been great lately). So, while he may be worth an add, the matchups leave a lot to be desired.Qadree Ollison (ATL); FAAB Bid: 2-4%: Ollison’s not as flashy as the names listed above, but for the second straight week, Brian Hill  failed to effectively pick up the torch, and Ollison got the goal line work and found the end zone. The Falcons have a tough home matchup this week against the Saints, so if you win him off the waiver wire you’re only starting him in deeper leagues, and that’s if you’re desperate. Three of the next four games for Atlanta are at home with a Week 16 matchup against the Jaguars. Whoever is the lead running back in Atlanta for that matchup could have a big day, as the Jaguars have allowed 200-plus rushing yards in three straight games. Most likely, Ollison will be a short-term add, but Devonta Freeman’s return from a foot injury will eventually tank his limited value.WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 13 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: WRJames Washington (PIT); FAAB Bid: 8-12%: With Mason Rudolph under center, the Steelers couldn’t get much going on offense. So, they made the switch to Devlin “Duck” Hodges, and he immediately connected with Washington on a 79-yard touchdown. I still wouldn’t feel great about starting Washington, especially against the Browns this week. However, just take it on a week-to-week basis and play the matchups. He’s seeing about five-to-seven targets each week, which is worthy of starting in the FLEX, but the game against Cleveland doesn’t seem promising and in two weeks they play the Bills.Darius Slayton (NYG); FAAB Bid: 7-8%: Slayton was mentioned here two weeks ago, and despite the return of Sterling Shepard, Slayton finished with four catches on seven targets for 67 yards — and that’s in a game where Shepard had nine targets. Evan Engram’s return from a foot injury is the big question because then Daniel Jones has Engram, Shepard, Slayton, and Golden Tate (who’s currently concussed) to feed. For now, Jones is continuing to look at his fellow rookie, so Slayton still remains a good option to add off waivers.N’Keal Harry (NE); FAAB Bid: 5-6%: Harry may have only had one catch on Sunday on four targets, but it was a big touchdown that proved to be the only touchdown of the game that helped get the Patriots the win over Dallas. The conditions were terrible. It was incredibly wet, difficult to catch the ball, the Patriots were thin at wide receiver, etc. With Mohamed Sanu (ankle) and Phillip Dorsett (concussion) hobbled with injuries, the Patriots may give Harry more run. Despite being rookies, he and Jakobi Meyers could see larger roles next week against a fairly weak Houston secondary. It’s a long shot, but the Patriots drafted him in the first round for a reason.Russell Gage (ATL); FAAB Bid: 5%: Over his past four games, Gage has 28 targets. The injury to Austin Hooper has helped his role in the offense, and the reason I wouldn’t bid too much is because when Hooper comes back, he likely assumes his usual workload. And despite the larger role in the offense, Gage hasn’t found the end zone, so while some opportunity is there, the long-term prospects aren’t great.Week 13 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: Tight EndJack Doyle (IND); FAAB Bid: 12-15%: If you’ve been streaming tight ends for a vast majority of the season, then perhaps you spend some coin to acquire Doyle. The Colts announced on Monday that Eric Ebron (ankle) was placed on Injured Reserve, thus opening the door for Doyle to once again be the top tight end option in their offense. The targets and catches should correlate in a positive manner for Doyle, and he should be a go-to tight end on a weekly basis from here on out. The schedule isn’t terrible for the Colts, but the pass attempts have been trending in the wrong direction for Jacoby Brissett, and that’s really the only concern surrounding Doyle at the moment.Dallas Goedert (PHI); FAAB Bid: 10-15%: Admittedly, I’ve been a bit salty on Goedert, so I apologize for not buying in immediately. But I’m sold now. He’s about 50 percent owned across most formats so he’s likely not there in deeper formats, but if he’s out there he’s worth a grab. The Eagles are pretty banged up, and with the Philadelphia receivers either hurt or incapable of catching passes, it would make sense for the Eagles to go heavy with more two-tight end sets and keep both Ertz and Goedert involved. They have a friendly matchup this coming week against Miami, and Goedert has 10 catches on 14 targets over the past two weeks.Noah Fant (DEN); FAAB Bid: 8-10%: As mentioned last week, Fant didn’t have a great matchup in Week 12. The Bills kept him in check to the tune of three catches on five targets for just 14 yards. Don’t let the bad week leave a sour taste in your mouth. The schedule gets easier for Brandon Allen and the Broncos. In Weeks 13-16 they’ll play the Chargers, Texans, Chiefs, and Lions. You have to love the upside for Fant against those teams as the game script should be there for Denver to throw the ball more.Ryan Griffin (NYJ); FAAB Bid: 7-8%: Well, he did it again, folks. Griffin found the end zone for the Jets on Sunday. He’s now scored in back-to-back games and four times in his past five contests. Don’t be too concerned about the three targets. The Jets had that game well in hand and flat-out dominated the Raiders, so there wasn’t a real reason for the Jets to air it out later in the contest. Griffin still has two great matchups on the horizon, so for the time being he’s worth starting for the final playoff push. With the Bengals and Dolphins on tap for the next two weeks, Griffin is a top-12 tight end. After that, in Weeks 15 and 16 the Jets play the Ravens and Steelers, and those matchups are far worse for Griffin, but definitely get some use out of him over the next fortnight.MORE WEEK 13 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup Builder It’s the final week of the fantasy football regular season — well, for most leagues it is at least. Personally, I have one league where the fantasy playoffs start this week, which was news to me this morning, but it makes things more exciting at least. There are some good FAAB options to bid on this week, and perhaps two or three of the potential pickups below could be viewed as league winners off the waiver wire heading into Week 13. We’ll help you figure out your budget for this week’s adds.Best of luck on waivers this week and best of luck in the final week of the fantasy football regular season. It’s all about racking up points and doing whatever it takes to win and get in, so don’t be afraid to make moves and play the matchups. Week 13 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: D/STPhiladelphia Eagles (at MIA): Sure, the Eagles are playing the Dolphins this week, but let’s ignore that and focus solely on the Eagles. They’ve been a much better defense of late. They’ve allowed just 17 or fewer points in four straight games with 14 sacks in that span. They’re only averaging about a turnover forced per game, but they’ve been solid and worth streaming for a D/ST. They have at least nine fantasy points in three of their past four games, and with a game against the Dolphins on tap, nine points are a reasonable expectation. Over their past three games, the Eagles have allowed 167 passing yards per game, and that’s against the likes of Mitchell Trubisky, Russell Wilson, and Tom Brady. The secondary’s playing better, and the pass rush is still decent. They’re a very good play this week, and they could actually be useful through Week 15.Carolina Panthers (vs. WSH): Vegas loves the Panthers in this game. The over/under is currently sitting around 40 points, and the Panthers are favored by 10 points. The Panthers have cooled off defensively from the hot start they saw earlier in the year. They’ve allowed 158 points over their past five games with just five turnovers and 14 sacks, so there hasn’t been much of a ceiling. However, that changes this week against the Redskins. Washington is averaging the fewest total yards per game in the league (253) and the fewest points per game (13.1). Since Week 4, the Redskins have five offensive touchdowns on 90 drives. If my math checks out, that’s a crappy touchdown percentage.Los Angeles Chargers (at DEN): Surprisingly, the Chargers have been decent on defense — you just don’t really know it because the offense has been very disappointing. They’re not flashy, but they still have a Bosa brother on the team which leaves the door open for sacks. Again, there’s not a ton of upside with this one, but five-to-seven points are on the table.last_img read more

Distell in €31m cognac acquisition

first_img3 March 2009South African wine and spirits producer Distell has made its first fully-fledged international acquisition, with the purchase of the renowned cognac brand Bisquit from Pernod Ricard for €31-million (about R390-million).The deal gives Distell, the world’s fourth-largest brandy producer, the inventories of Bisquit’s finished cognac, as well as stocks of eau-de-vie (cognac distillate) currently in maturation. However, the purchase excludes Bisquit’s Lignieres castle and its Rouillacais vines in Cognac.“The deal not only augments our spirits stable with a highly respected international brand, but gives us access to Bisquit’s existing customer base in Europe and Asia for other Distell offerings,” Distell MD Jan Scannell said in a statement this week.”“At the same time, it enhances our range of brandies that already includes several internationally acclaimed Cape potstills and brings us long-established traditional cognac expertise.”To avoid any disruption of supply, Distell has maintained existing distribution agreements with Pernod Ricard affiliates in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg.International expansionBisquit will be the first wholly-owned Distell brand to be produced outside Africa, taking the local company further into the mainstream international spirits market, and follows on the company’s joint venture established two years ago with Scotch whisky producer Burn Steward Distillers to produce and market the Bunnahabhain, Black Bottle and Scottish Leader whisky brands in sub-Saharan Africa.Scannell pointed out that while the South African spirits market had recently been under pressure given the impact of the global financial crisis, Distell had actually increased its share of the segment, and consumers across all alcoholic beverage categories were moving toward premium brands.“A sought-after name in cognac such as Bisquit allows us to capitalise on the growing South African appreciation for luxury spirits and still further consolidate our position in the local market.”He added that while there had been a very recent decline in sales of cognac to developed countries because of depressed economic conditions, demand for well-known cognacs had increased substantially in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries.CognacWhile accounting for only 8.6% of brandy volumes sold worldwide in 2007, cognacs command a higher price than any other type of brandy and growth in sales has outpaced that of any other spirit over the past decade.With an almost 200-year history, Bisquit is a market leader in Belgium, and enjoys a loyal following in Luxembourg, Switzerland, Russia, France, Germany and China, as well as in international travel retail.It offers an entry-level Bisquit Classique VS, the Bisquit VSOP Fine Champagne and the ultra-luxury Bisquit XO Excellence, with prices ranging from €17 to €100 (R215 to R1 250) a 750ml bottle to cater to a range of income groups.“We are enormously excited by the potential of Bisquit and are very proud to include a brand of such stature in the Distell portfolio,” Scannell said. “While we believe it will still be possible to maximize opportunities during the current downturn, when the global market recovers we shall be extremely well placed to take advantage of the resurgence in demand for prestige brands with impressive provenance.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

BRICS summit: opportunity for solutions and investment

first_imgThe value proposition of 33 South African companies would be promoted to businesspeople and investors from the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) bloc ahead of the annual summit of leaders from the respective countries, said the Department of Trade and Industry (dti).The companies come from KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Western Cape and Eastern Cape and have been chosen based on their applications to participate in this programme through the Export, Marketing, and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA) of the department.South Africa is one of 26 industrialised nations, gateway to African continent: Yunus Hoosen, Invest SA #BRICS2016 pic.twitter.com/4yn1F81byX— BRICS Bus. Council (@bricscouncil_in) October 12, 2016“The BRICS formation aims to offer an alternative to the commonly accepted global political and economic architecture,” said the dti’s deputy director-general of trade and investment, Pumla Ncapayi, at a briefing with South African business on 11 October 2016.“Strengthening inter-BRICS trade and economic relations will be an important enabler of this alternative narrative. Furthermore, the BRICS Business Council Working Groups will also convene ahead of the summit. This working group is seized with how to enable the ease of doing business including matters related to projects that will advance our developmental objectives in agriculture manufacturing, financial services, infrastructure and skills development.”South African companies had an opportunity to network and showcase their industrial capabilities within the block, which brought with it a market of approximately 42% of the world’s population, she said.The BRICS Trade Fair takes place from 12 to 14 October in New Delhi, India while the leaders’ summit is scheduled for 15 and 16 October in Goa. The summit will be held under the theme “Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions”.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Football Meyer knew of 2009 domestic violence allegations involving Zach Smith

OSU coaches Tony Alford (left) and Zach Smith stand together before the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State announced Monday that head coach Urban Meyer had fired wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith after his ex-wife filed a domestic violence civil protection order against him Monday. While addressing the media at the podium at the 2018 Big Ten Media Days, Meyer said he was aware of the 2009 incident involving Smith when he was an intern under him at Florida. A Gainesville, Florida police report states Smith was arrested and charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. Meyer said he was contacted about the situation in 2009 and stands by Smith, despite terminating him from his role. “We’re certainly not going to investigate,” Meyer said. “It came back to me that what was reported wasn’t actually what happened.” The police report obtained by The Lantern states that Smith, “grabbed the victim by her t-shirt, picked her up and threw her into a bedroom wall.”Meyer said he would not get into specifics on what happened in the alleged incident involving Smith, saying, “The decision was made. I think the details I’m obligated to give, I gave.” This is the first time Meyer had to fire one of his assistant coaches. Meyer referenced this, mentioning turnover in terms of promotions from assistant coaches to head coaches or promotions to the NFL. Despite the situation, Meyer praised his coaching staff, saying the coaches are well-equipped to take over in the present after Smith’s firing. “This is the best group of young coaches I’ve had on both sides of the ball,” Meyer said. “And they’re very involved with our preparation game plan and development of our players.” Meyer said that the coaching change will be addressed and released in the coming week. read more