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Cyle Watkins shines in first start of the summer, Crabs cruise to win over Ringtails

first_imgArcata >> Cyle Watkins’ first few outings in a Humboldt Crabs uniform weren’t much to write home about.He’d probably be the first one to tell you that, too.But in his first start of the summer, he made sure to resemble the exact opposite of the pitcher people at the Arcata Ball Park saw in early June.Watkins, a Eureka High graduate a year ago, spun six shutout innings of three-hit ball while getting plenty of backing from his offense — which is basically the norm these days — as the Crabs …last_img read more

December 21, 2019 0

Press release: South Africa’s FDI profile positions the country as a highly attractive investment destination

first_imgThe EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa, measures the FDI attractiveness of 46 African markets and moreover indicates that South Africa experienced an increase of 6.9% in FDI flows to the market in 2016. (Image:EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa)Johannesburg, Monday 22 May 2017 – The South African Nation Brand continues to be the largest recipient of FDI on the African continent, and is the largest source of intra-regional investment – this is in addition to having recently made a comeback in the top 25 most attractive global investment destinations.This is according to findings from the EY Attractiveness Programme Africa 2017, the AT Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index, as well as the Brand South Africa’s Investor Perceptions Research.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research – Dr Petrus de Kock says the findings on South Africa’s FDI profile underlines the fact that global investors have confidence in the market, and see the country as an attractive investment destination. “Opportunities identified in these respective indices should be vigorously pursued through a collaborative approach between business and government in South Africa – especially after the credit ratings downgrade,” adds Dr de Kock..Major findings from these indices are that South Africa attracted 20.6% of all FDI projects on the African continent in 2016 with an increase of 6.9% on 2015; the country is the 6th largest source of FDI in the African economy; and the diversified economy, geographical location, infrastructure (hard and soft) and logistical capabilities – play a major role in attracting investment, trade and related global economic activity.“South Africa continues to attract the bulk of FDI projects destined for the continent with a share of 20.6%, Egypt at 11.7%, Morocco at 12%, Nigeria at 7.5%, and Kenya at 5.9%. Notable in this regard is that EY indicates investment flows favoured Africa’s more diversified markets. This means South Africa’s economic profile and diversification remains a key attractiveness feature. The EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa further notes that even as its economy remains under pressure, South Africa retains its appeal as a launchpad for growth across the continent,” said Dr de Kock.The EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa, measures the FDI attractiveness of 46 African markets and moreover indicates that South Africa experienced an increase of 6.9% in FDI flows to the market in 2016. The sectors that dominated include: Consumer Products and Retail – projects more than doubled from 19 in 2015 to 41 in 2016.The 2017 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index is characterised by a perception of safety in developed markets – Europe in particular. However, the 2017 Index marked the emergence of newcomers UAE, New Zealand, and South Africa – a clear sign of slight increase in investment intentions in emerging markets according to Dr de Kock.“According to the AT Kearney FDI Confidence Index, South Africa GDP growth is expected to reach 0.8% in 2017 and double to 1.6% in 2018, A.T. Kearney notes that with the country’s improvements in infrastructure and education, investors view South Africa as being poised to lead one of the world’s next major manufacturing hubs,” concluded Dr de Kock.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandlast_img read more

December 18, 2019 0

FIFA World Cup 2014: Hold your breath, let frenzy take over

first_imgBrazilian goalkeeper Victor tries to save a goal during an official training session on Tuesday. Brazil take on Croatia at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo. AP photoSit back, and do watch the big game today. With Brazil playing host to its first FIFA World Cup after 64 years, nearly 3-billion people, roughly half of the world’s population, will watch the opening match of the tournament.All eyes will be on Brazil from today, which will host the Summer Olympics two years from now. But it is still not clear which Brazil the world will get to see – the festive, free-spirited South American country, or a country hit by protests over poor public services, and a political system widely viewed as corrupt, besides anger over the $11.5 billion spent on hosting the grand event.In Pics: World Cup 2014 and sex: Who wants it, who does not “The world is going to see multitudes cheering for soccer, but also demanding that our country change,” Helen Santos, a schoolteacher, said as she walked home in Rio de Janeiro. “The world needs to see that we’re a serious country. We’re not just a nation of soccer, but a country striving and demanding the government to provide better education and healthcare. The world needs to see the reality of Brazil, not just the sport.” Football will take the spotlight when play begins with Brazil and Croatia meeting in Sao Paulo on Thursday. Brazilians are hungry to see their team deliver a record sixth World Cup.advertisementCompared to last year, when Brazilians staged rallies against the government and overshadowing the Confederations Cup football tournament, street protests have lessened now. On one of the nights when a match of the Confederation Cup was being played, nearly a million people took to the streets of various cities, and the unrest continued for two weeks.Only time will tell if Brazilians have moved past such mass disruption. “I hope football outshines the protests; I also know there remains a climate of anger,” said Edson Carvalho, an office assistant watching 10 barefoot young men play a pick-up soccer match in Rio’s Botafogo neighbourhood. “What will the world see? I’m waiting to find out myself.”In 2007, when FIFA named Brazil as the host nation for the 2014 World Cup, the country’s folksy and immensely popular president at the time, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, told a celebratory gathering in Zurich he would return home filled with joy – but also feeling the burden that comes with hosting the world’s biggest sporting event. “At the heart of the matter, we’re here assuming as a nation, as the Brazilian state, to prove to the world … that we’re one of those nations that has achieved stability,” Silva said then. “Yes, we’re a country that has many problems, but we’re a nation with men determined to resolve those problems.”Seven years later, all eyes are on Brazil; football has returned to a continent that loves the game. The eyes, however, will also be on those problems Silva referred to, the lingering ills that have not gone away. (With AP inputs from Rio De Janeiro)last_img read more

November 27, 2019 0