RELAY GENIUS National 400 metres champion Javon Francis could miss the 123rd Penn Relays. Francis left last week’s IAAF World Relays with an injury niggle. His absence in the men’s 4×400 metres relay final held Jamaica to third. Checks reveal that Francis has a minor hamstring strain. This niggle may well rule him out of the Jamaica team for the USA versus the World 4x400m event on Saturday at the Penn Relays. Francis, the Jamaica champion in both 2015 and 2016, laboured through his second-leg duties at the World Relays in an unofficial split time of 45.9 seconds. By comparison, his brisk anchor-leg circuit for the Akan Track Club at the Gibson McCook Relays in February was timed in 45.1 seconds. The former Calabar star is a renowned relay genius. In 2013, he produced the fastest high school 4×400 leg – 44.8 – in Penn Relays history. In 2015, at the World Championships, he equalled the quickest 4×400 leg ever by a Jamaican with a run of 43.5 seconds. With him on the sidelines, Peter Matthews, Demish Gaye, Martin Manley and Steven Gayle took the bronze in 3 minutes 02.86 seconds at the World Relays.
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Encana Corporation is acquiring a 30 per cent stake in the proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal near Kitimat, B.C.The acquisition could potentially help Encana access Asia-Pacific markets overseas.Encana officials say the company is attempting to push for the export of natural gas products to other continents.- Advertisement -The proposed Kitimat LNG export facility would have an estimated five million metric tons of liquefied natural gas capacity each year.The project is primarily owned by Apache, with a 40 per cent interest, with Encana and EOG Resources Canada each owning a 30 per cent interest.
A well-known Donegal family have launched a new online business called SELLM8 which will target the lucrative second-hand market believed to be worth €5billion.Donegal entrepreneur Liam McGettigan and his business partners Bernadette O’Neill officially launched the new venture at the CoLab building last Friday. Canadian entrepreneur David Boulette who has an impressive CV in business is also a partner in SELLM8 and delivered a presentation on the new company’s plans.Minister Joe McHugh was on hand to support the new Donegal business and said he hoped it create new jobs in the North-West. WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL FAMILY LAUNCH NEW ONLINE BUSINESS – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: June 25th, 2015 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:BusinessFeaturesnewspic specialSELLM8 read more
Ray Maota IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi is the leader of KwaZulu-Natal’s House of Traditional Leaders. (Image: Angeljes blog, Belgium) Former IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi and her backers have formed a breakaway party, the National Freedom Party. (Image: Post) MEDIA CONTACTS • IFP Durban Head Office +27 31 365 1300 RELATED ARTICLES • South Africans go to the polls • South Africa’s political parties • South Africa kicks off 2011 election drive • Millions vote in record SA electionThe recently formed National Freedom Party (NFP), a breakaway from the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), hopes to draw in South Africans who’ve grown weary of racial battles among other political groups in the country.The party was officially launched at the Durban City Hall in KwaZulu-Natal on 25 January 2011.Recently dismissed IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi was elected by her supporters to be the leader of the NFP.Msibi had in the past been eyed as the next leader of the IFP, although its long-running president Mangosuthu Buthelezi has said that he will not be stepping down anytime soon.“I never thought that in my wildest dreams that I would ever stand in front of you and make this pronouncement about leaving the IFP, the party I have dedicated my entire life to serve,” Msibi said at the NFP launch.The NFP has already been registered with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and intends contesting the upcoming local government elections.“The NFP is a home to all South Africans, irrespective of their race, colour or creed. It is a home for the majority of our people who found themselves caught up in the racial battles of many parties in South Africa,” Msibi added.The party believes it will gain significant support from Zululand District Municipality’s Ulundi and Nongoma regions in the polls later this year.“We will win in Zululand because we have worked very hard there. In May, after local government elections, I will be the mayor of Zululand,” Msibi said.Breakaway a long time comingA rift within the IFP has existed since 2009 with members’ loyalties divided between Msibi and Buthelezi.Msibi’s faction has been in a tug-of-war with Buthelezi supporters and recently went to court to prevent an inquiry against her. If this intervention had been successful, it could have prevented her expulsion from the party.Msibi lost her fight in early January 2011 after the Pietermaritzburg High Court dismissed her application to order the IFP to hold an elective conference, and to prevent it from subjecting her to a disciplinary inquiry.After the court dismissal, IFP secretary-general Musa Zondi said: “We have been vindicated. We have never had any doubt that the court would dismiss the applications brought against us … since the grounds for these applications carried no substance.“Our immediate goal today is to start recovering the lost ground ahead of the 2011 local government elections and contest these elections as one organisation with one leader,” added Zondi.But Msibi was already hinting at a split: “We will never regain the relationship we once had with the leadership of the IFP. We have to accept the court’s decision and move forward as the party has shown that they no longer want me and my supporters in their fold.“The president (Mangosuthu Buthelezi) made it clear that there will never be reconciliation between us and therefore if one door closes, other doors open. We will be there in the local government elections and we are capable of doing anything,” she added.Although Msibi lost her place within the IFP, she praised Buthelezi as her mentor: “He groomed me and I have no qualms with him, but now we need to let bygones be bygones.”Long-time ruler Mangosuthu Buthelezi founded the IFP in 1975 and has been its president ever since. He is a former member of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League, which he joined while studying at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape.The IFP and ANC had been bitter rivals since the 1980s, but after the first democratic elections in 1994 the relationship eased somewhat and the two parties formed a coalition in KwaZulu-Natal – the IFP’s stronghold.The IFP has 18 seats in the National Assembly and largely draws its support from isiZulu-speaking South Africans. The IFP strongly supports traditional leadership structures.Buthelezi plays an advisory role in the government as the head of KwaZulu-Natal’s House of Traditional Leaders. read more
20 November 2013South Africa’s first museum of contemporary African art will be built at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, it was announced this week.The museum, which will be located in the historic Grain Silos at the waterfront, is a partnership between the V&A and German art collecter and entrepreneur Jochen Zeitz.Positioning itself as a significant international cultural institution, the museum will focus on collecting, preserving, researching and exhibiting contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora, the V&A said in a statement on Monday.It will be named the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) after the Zeitz Collection, which will form the museum’s founding collection.The V&A has committed more than R500-million to the development, said David Green, chief executive of the V&A.In return, Zeitz has committed his collection “in perpetuity” and will underwrite the running costs of the museum, Green said. Zeitz will also provide a “substantial acquisition budget” to allow the museum to acquire new artworks to ensure it remains “on the edge of contemporary cultural production”.Iconic locationThe V&A Waterfront is the most visited site in Africa, with more than 24-million visitors a year, making it an ideal site for such a development.“Over the last two decades, Africa has played an important role in both my professional and private life,” Zeitz is quoted as saying. “My collection has been strategically built over many years specifically with the goal to create an internationally relevant public contemporary art museum in Africa.”Zeitz said he had considered many cities across Africa, but decided on the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town as it is “an iconic location in an iconic city” that would “make my collection accessible to a local, national, continental and international audience”.The 9 500 square metre museum will be spread over nine floors, of which 6 000 square metres will be dedicated to exhibition space. An entire floor will be dedicated to education to help “develop a new art-loving, museum-going audience”.The architect for the new museum will be announced in February 2014, and it is expected to open its doors to visitors at the end of 2016.Until then, selections from the Zeitz Collection will be presented at a temporary exhibition space at the Waterfront, Green said. The inaugural exhibition, which opens on 23 November, will present the work of Swazi artist Nandipha Mntambo.Cultural legacyThe chief curator of Zeitz MOCAA will be Mark Coetzee, who will relocate to South Africa after working overseas for the past 25 years.“Zeitz MOCAA will constitute a re-imagining of a museum within an African context: celebrate Africa preserving its own cultural legacy, writing its own history and defining itself on its own terms,” Coetzee said.The master plan for the silo district includes mixed-use developments of residential, commercial, leisure and hotel property with the transformed Grain Silo as the central focus of a public plaza. The silo was built in 1921 and is 57 metres tall.V&A Waterfront and SAinfo reporter read more
“We Africans are able to build companies that can operate in the global environment,” says Econet’s Strive Masiyiwa.• Mobile phone boost to African internet • Africa’s high-tech boom boosts the continent’s competitiveness • Stalled on the Trans-Africa Highway • Entrepreneurship key to jobs for youth • Electrify Africa: bringing light to the dark continent Sulaiman PhilipZimbabwe’s GDP in 2013 was $12.8-billion; of that, $5.5-billion, or 43%, moved through Econet’s mobile banking system. Within 12 months, says Strive Masiyiwa, the founder of Zimbabwean mobile operator Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the country will become a totally cash-free society, Africa’s first.After the collapse of Zimbabwe’s economy in 2002 and before the adoption of the US dollar as its legal currency in 2009 – in 2014 it adopted the Chinese yuan – a trip to the market involved carrying a box load of cash. Hyperinflation led to the country printing bills with a face value of a trillion Zimbabwe dollars, the price of a loaf of bread.“The opportunity is in the problem. The moment I see a problem, I immediately begin to think about the opportunities that can be created by trying to solve it,” Masiyiwa is fond of saying. Zimbabweans called it the “the coin problem”: because coins are expensive to produce and ship, the country faced a shortage of coins, and making a purchase add up to $1 became a national pastime – and pain.Masiyiwa believes his company will make it possible for Zimbabwe to do away with paper money, and coins, within a year. “When we went live the lowest denomination circulating was $1. If you wanted to buy a packet of sweets for your child, you couldn’t get change.” In a country where most of the population lives on less than $2 a day, a lack of change from a packet of sweets is a hardship. “Econet Wireless is a mobile payment system that allows people to save as little as a $1, and handles transactions in smaller amounts.”With the coin problem, impulse purchases became compulsory: you got a box of matches, a pen or bubble gum if your purchase was less than a dollar. Larger retailers began handing out credit slips that began circulating as currency as well. As novel as these solutions were, none were satisfactory – until Econet Wireless adapted a payment system it had developed for NGOs working in Africa.The company first developed mobile payments to help NGOs transfer money to refugees after the war in Burundi ended in 2005. “Donor agencies were trying to find ways to make cash disbursements to refugees,” explains Masiyiwa. “So we built the payment system initially not as a business but as a way to help humanitarians get money to people in rural areas who were trying to re-establish their lives.”When Burundi’s first democratically elected president, Melchior Ndadaye, was assassinated in 1994, the tiny landlocked country descended into civil war. For 10 years battle lines were drawn along ethnic lines – Tutsi versus Hutu. It resulted in 300 000 civilian deaths and a refugee crisis. A peace accord brokered in 2001 by Nelson Mandela ended the war, but tensions in the country meant refugees refused to return home. Working in AfricaDoing business in Africa is a challenge. For Econet the biggest challenge is not gaining market share, but a customer base that struggles to keep their phones charged. “We have developed solar powered charging stations where people can go into a kiosk and charge their phone for free.”His customers are poorer than the average European, but it would be a mistake to assume their behaviour and aspirations differ, says Masiyiwa. “They want to use Facebook. They want to use WhatsApp. We have to find ways for them to access those things with their very low income. That is how we make our money.”The idea of a cashless Africa has been taking hold over the last few years. The success of Vodafone’s MPesa is testament to the need for the service on the continent. Mobile provider MTN is also aggressively moving into the space and the Nigerian government is rolling out a new national ID card that can be used as a debit card. Managed by Mastercard, Nigeria’s National Identity Smart Card has faced opposition, however, because of the large amount of information it tracks and the government’s ability to shut down access to funds.The size of the continent and the cost of building infrastructure that is so lacking, are the major challenges. Less than 30% of Africa’s population has a bank account and even fewer have credit cards; cash is king across the continent, with most economic activity conducted in the vast informal economy. In development terms, there is a lack of data to allow companies to forecast production and distribution schedules with any degree of accuracy, hampering development.Econet, MPesa and MTN Money have managed to succeed in this environment by giving customers financial services products on their mobile platforms. Growth has accelerated since 2012: in at least nine African countries there are more mobile money account holders than there are bank clients. Help for unbanked majorityMTN has introduced automatic cash machines that allow customers to withdraw cash from their accounts without a card. MTN provides a one-time pin on their phone for each transaction. Other innovations being tested allow customers to receive money from abroad, obtain micro loans and buy insurance. Cash-light economies are allowing the unbanked majority to enjoy the benefits of the financial markets, such as access to credit, for example. There is also very little confidence in traditional banks across the continent.This market, Masiyiwa contends, has to be treated in the same way that companies market to customers with means, bearing in mind that services need to be designed that are practical, affordable and simple to use. “I’ve got a customer who has a dollar in his pocket and has got to decide to have some lunch, call his cousin or go to the doctor. We have to develop services with sensitivity to the fact that in Africa our customers don’t have the same disposable income as in New Zealand, for example.”The son of an entrepreneurial mother who sent Masiyiwa to school in Scotland and university in Wales, he returned to newly independent Zimbabwe to work for the state’s telecommunications company before starting Econet Wireless Zimbabwe in the 1990s. He was also, until it was shuttered by the Zimbabwean government in 2003, publisher of the independent Daily News.Masiyiwa sits on advisory boards of the Rockefeller Foundation and the Council on Foreign Relations. He uses social media – he has 350 000 followers on Facebook – to encourage entrepreneurship among young Africans.A recent Forbes estimate put Masiyiwa’s personal fortune at $600-million. The foundation of his wealth – he is the wealthiest Zimbabwean but lives in Europe – is the founding of Econet Wireless in 1998. In starting up, he went to court six times to win a licence from Zimbabwe’s national telecommunications company. The judge who eventually granted the licence was disparaging, saying that 70% of the population had never heard a telephone ring.“Today, 75% of people in Zimbabwe have a cellphone. And I want 75% of the people in Africa to have a bank account… on a mobile phone.” read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Trade negotiations between the United States and Japan have led to an early agreement in the areas of market access for certain agriculture and industrial goods.According to the Trump administration, the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement will provide America’s farmers and ranchers enhanced market access in America’s third largest agricultural export market and will enable American producers to compete more effectively with countries that currently have preferential tariffs in the Japanese market.“When I visited Japan in May for the G20, I made it clear that the U.S. is Japan’s best customer and we felt that relationship was not reciprocal. This agreement helps level the playing field,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “I thank President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer for delivering on their promise to open markets around the world for America’s farmers and ranchers.”Out of the $14.1 billion in U.S. food and agricultural products imported by Japan in 2018, $5.2 billion were already duty free. Under this first-stage initial tariff agreement, Japan will eliminate or reduce tariffs on an additional $7.2 billion of U.S. food and agricultural products.“Japan is American agriculture’s fourth-largest export destination and vital to the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of farms and the families who live on them,” said American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. “This agreement, once signed, will lower tariffs and put U.S. farmers and ranchers on a level playing field to compete in Japan with countries that participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. That’s good news.”Since this agreement does not require congressional approval, the details of the agreement will be finalized in the coming weeks with the goal to have it kick into operation Jan. 1, 2020. read more
NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES The crucial game against the Thais will be at 8:30 p.m. Then the Philippines takes on host Malaysia at 11 a.m. the following day.“Imagine we need to go back to the hotel, it would take time. How much sleep can we get?” said Aquino.Still, team captain Raiza Rose Dy said the team is in high spirits.“Our experience in the Fiba Asia Women’s Cup was a big help, because of world class competition; we got to play against WNBA players,” said Dy. “That is something not experienced by other SEA Games countries.”The Philippines wound up fourth two years ago in the Singapore edition which was dominated by Malaysia.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But head coach Pat Aquino admitted that the schedule—not just their opponents—presents a big stumbling block.“I don’t know about the schedule but it works against us,” said Aquino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCompetition starts Aug. 20. He said Perlas, which played in the tough Fiba Asia Women’s Cup, will play Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar in that order.“Then we will take on (title favorite) Thailand the following day. Thailand will be coming from a break going into that game,” Aquino told the Inquirer. PH water polo gunning for podium celebration View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Photo by Marc Reyes/INQUIRERIt won’t be just Gilas Pilipinas shooting for a basketball gold in Kuala Lumpur.Perlas Pilipinas, the less-heralded women’s squad, will also go all out for a Southeast Asian Games crown when the biennial meet kicks off next week.ADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony MOST READ read more
DescriptionSometimes exercise triggers asthma symptoms. This is called exercise-induced asthma (EIA).The symptoms of EIA are coughing, wheezing, a feeling of tightness in your chest, or shortness of breath. Most times, these symptoms start soon after you stop exercising. Some people may have symptoms after they start exercising.Be careful where and when the student exercisesHaving asthma symptoms when exercising does not mean a student cannot or should not exercise. Taking part in recess, physical education (PE), and after-school sports is important for all children. And children with asthma should not have to sit on the side lines.School staff and coaches should know your childs asthma triggers, such as:Cold or dry air. Breathing through the nose or wearing a scarf or mask over the mouth may help.Polluted air.Freshly mowed fields or lawns.A student with asthma should warm up before exercising and cool down afterward.Helping a child with asthma stay active in schoolRead the students asthma action plan. Make sure staff members know where it is kept. Discuss the action plan with the parent or guardian. Find out what type of activities the student can do and for how long.Teachers, coaches, and other school staff should know the symptoms of asthma and what to do if a student has an asthma attack. Help the student take the medicines listed in his or her asthma action plan.Encourage the student to participate in PE. To help prevent an asthma attack, modify PE activities. For example, a running program might be set up this way:advertisementWalk the whole distanceRun part of the distanceAlternate running and walkingSome exercises may be less likely to trigger asthma symptoms.Swimming is often a good choice. The warm, moist air may keep symptoms away.Football, baseball, and other sports that have periods of inactivity are less likely to trigger asthma symptoms.Activities that are more intense and sustained, such as long periods of running, basketball, and soccer, are more likely to trigger asthma symptoms.Taking asthma medicines before exercise If an asthma action plan instructs the student to take medicines before exercising, remind the student to do so. These may include short-acting and long-acting medicines.Short-acting, or quick-relief, medicines:Are taken 10 to 15 minutes before exerciseCan help for up to 4 hoursLong-acting inhaled medicines:Are used at least 30 minutes before exerciseLast up to 12 hoursChildren can take long-acting medicines before school and they will help for the whole day.ReferencesDurrani SR, Busse WW. Management of asthma in adolescents and adults. In: Adkinson NF Jr., Bochner BS, Burks AW, et al., eds. In: Middletons Allergy Principles and Practice. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2013:chap 55.Weiler JM, Anderson SD, Randolph C, et al.; American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Pathogenesis, prevalence, diagnosis, and management of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction: a practice parameter. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2010;105(6 Suppl):S1-S47.Review Date:4/26/2014Reviewed By:Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. read more