Fulham boss confident after Khan talks

first_imgFulham head coach Rene Meulensteen has held talks with club owner Shahid Khan and insists he has been given the American’s full backing.Meulensteen’s struggling side are bottom of the Premier League, having lost eight times in 11 league games since he took over from Martin Jol in December.The Whites’ 13-year stay in the top flight is in serious jeopardy and they face daunting fixtures against Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in the coming weeks.Meulensteen has spoken to Khan.But Meulensteen believes his position is safe.He said: “I have been in contact with him. We are keeping good dialogue and he has given me his full support.“He told us to remain focused and optimistic. There are points to play for in the remaining games and we need to rise to the challenge.“It’s important to get the owner’s support but it’s even more important that I know the job I need to do with the players. That is what will turn things around.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa sets up BRICS think tank

first_img11 March 2013 The South African government has appointed the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) to serve as an incubator for the South Africa BRICS Think Tank ahead for an initial period of one year, the HSRC announced last week. South Africa will be hosting the fifth summit of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group of influential emerging countries in Durban from 25 to 27 March. Officials from the five countries met in Durban over the weekend for a workshop aimed at mapping a long-term strategy for a mooted consortium of BRICS think tanks. The meeting was co-chaired by HSRC chief executive Dr Olive Shisana and Dr Diane Parker of the Department of Higher Education. “South Africa is the latest member to join BRICS and is the only one among the member countries that did not have a dedicated think tank until now,” Shisana said in a statement last week. “The HSRC has been tasked to nurture and grow the SA BRICS Think Tank, which will be operated within the HSRC’s legislated mandate as an independent adviser to government.” Shisana said the HSRC’s expertise in social policy research made it well-equipped to anchor such a structure and provide support for BRICS-related policy dialogues. According to the HSRC, the South African BRICS Think Tank will conduct policy research and analysis to help inform the BRICS group’s long-term strategy. It will also provide a forum for discussion among academics, policy makers and non-governmental organisations on the BRICS developmental strategy. “Scholars will be able to make contributions to government policies and related research projects with the objective of immediate and tangible impacts on the strategic economic, social and geo-political policies of the country,” Shisana said. The HSRC aimed to co-operate with various local experts and organisations to strengthen and build on its analytical and scholarly capacity in this field. “This will be crucial to create networks and to stimulate fresh thinking in relation to BRICS and not simply to repeat what others are doing,” Shisana said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

WEF raises South Africa’s global competitiveness ranking

first_imgSouth Africa has risen two places, to 47th, in the 2016 World Economic Forum Global Competitive Index, improving its ranking in 10 of the 12 pillars measured. The country has the most competitive economy on the African continent.The newly released World Economic Forum Global Competitive Index ranks South Africa as the 47th most completive economy of the 138 studied. The improvement in the rankings, the best in five years, comes as the country has improved both the competitiveness of our markets and relationships between labour and business, made modest, but important, progress in the quality of education, which is up five places from 2015.One reason for South Africa’s rise in the annual appraisal of prosperity and productivity is, according to the report, our ability to withstand the fall in price of commodities. Unlike African neighbours and other developing economies, South Africa has also built on the strength of its financial sector, which shielded the country from the worst effects of the global economic crisis.South Africa is ranked first out of 138 countries for auditing standards, the protection of minority investors and ability to finance through equity markets. The country is second or third for soundness of banks and financial services, efficacy of boards and regulation of the stock exchange.Robert Crotti, a WEF economist, explained to the Biznews website: “What we noticed is that to make a country really competitive, you need to have all the pieces in place. To rank number one in one specific dimension without having the other factors also well-placed, doesn’t really bring the country to grow and reach the prosperity where we see. In fact, when we look at the top countries in ranking, they tend to rank quite high on all the dimensions.”The report highlighted the biggest future challenges for our economy. “Infrastructure development has stalled, both in transport and electricity, with power shortages experienced this year. Institutional quality has diminished, with increased political uncertainty, less transparency, some security concerns, and business leaders having less trust in politicians (down 11 places since last year).”Crotti said the GCI is not meant as a criticism of each economy studied. For WEF it is a way to benchmark progress. “Therefore, we hope that it can be used as a platform for all the actors in the economy in looking at how and what worked, to then take the next steps to improve their economy.”South Africa’s growth forecast for 2016 is now set at 0.1%. Outside factors, slowdown of the Chinese economy and the volatility of the rand have dampened the potential for stronger growth. Where developed economies are accepting a “new normal” of lower economic growth, lower productivity growth, and high unemployment, South Africa and other developing economies have an opportunity to grow by improving productivity.Despite China’s slowdown it is the best-placed Brics nation, at 28, followed by India, Russia and South Africa. Brazil lags behind its Brics peers at 81. As Crotti explained, “India is really the bright spark in the area of competitiveness improvements and this is done mainly on the back of reforms, especially in terms of investment and market efficiency.”Crotti said India, more than any other country, should be the example South Africa follows to move further up the rankings. The Indian government has improved market and labour efficiencies, and stabilised government policy and the macroeconomic sector. As important, its government has improved the country’s technological readiness.”That’s really important to be able to jump-start the economy and as we’ve seen, also be able to gain innovation,” Crotti said. “To learn much more about technology and innovation. At the dawn of this Fourth Industrial Revolution it is really going to be key going forward.”South Africa.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Managing foliar diseases in corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.As spring of 2019 growing season approaches, producers across the Eastern Corn Belt will begin put more thought towards their production plans and management decisions for the upcoming season. One challenge that has affected corn yields in our sales territory over the past sveral years is foliar disease, especially northern corn leaf blight. Anyone who attended one of our Winter Agronomy Meetings heard a discussion of what conditions promote diseases (northern corn leaf blight and gray leaf spot) and possible management options. You might ask, “What are the important management options that will protect yield from leaf diseases?” Below are the answers to that question:• Select Resistant Hybrids: One very effective way to protect yield potential is to plant varieties that have resistance to leaf disease. Many university publications generally recommend that fungicides are not required for hybrids with strong disease resistance.• Crop Rotation: It is widely understood that crop rotation is one of the best management practices for mitigating problem diseases.• Till Crop Residue: Clean tillage will help break down crop residue, reducing the chance GLS or NCLB will become a problem. However, this is not an option for no-till fields where one tillage operation can begin to break down the benefits of long-term no-till. In no-till situations, producers should employ a combination of the other management options.• Scouting: Scouting fields is an important part of a management plan. Walk corn fields right before tassel emergence to determine disease presence and severity.• Effective use of fungicides: Whether or not to apply fungicides has become a more challenging question with lower commodity prices. Many factors must be considered when considering a fungicide application including: hybrid resistance, disease severity, stage of crop development, expected yield benefit, etc.While we don’t know if the weather for the 2019 growing season will be conducive for development of yield-reducing disease, we do know that there is plenty of disease inoculum in crop residue from the 2015 growing season. Should the right patterns of weather develop, producers in the Eastern Corn Belt could be looking at another year where leaf diseases threaten corn yields. As always, if diseases become a problem Seed Consultants’ knowledgeable sales staff and agronomy team are available to help customers determine where and when to apply fungicides.last_img read more

46 NCP MLAs in Mumbai hotel stick with Sharad Pawar

first_imgEven as Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) rebel and new Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar claimed that a new and stable BJP-NCP government would be formed, 46 MLAs out of the 54 newly elected lawmakers remained with the party till Sunday night. The MLAs were lodged at the Hotel Renaissance in Powai, a Mumbai suburb. However, the party has begun preparations to move them to another hotel in the city.Throughout Sunday, both the BJP and Mr. Ajit Pawar made an attempt to convey that entire NCP legislative party stood with them in formation of the government. The NCP simultaneously was busy keeping its flock together and sending out messages that it would never join hands with the BJP.Also Read  After meeting the Governor, Mr. Patil said, “All our MLAs have come back. We do not want Ajit Pawar to be left out. We want him also to be with us. I am going to meet him to convince him to come back to us.” Though his meeting with Mr Pawar did not yield desired result.Meanwhile, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan alleged that the BJP has been snooping on the party MLAs and BJP leaders have begun attempts to poach the MLAs.“The dirty game for which the BJP is delaying floor test has begun. BJP men have started approaching Congress MLAs and they are being snooped and followed. We want to reiterate that all three parties stand together and no attempt to poach any of the Congress MLAs will succeed,” he said. Maharashtra politics live updates | Rival camps hold series of meetings in Mumbai  Out of the remaining eight, NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said Babsaheb Patil, MLA from Ahmedpur in Latur had informed the party that he was with Sharad Pawar.The Shahapur MLA Daulat Daroda released a video from an undisclosed location saying he stood with Mr. Sharad Pawar and Mr. Ajit Pawar. Dilip Bankar, an MLA from Nifad also tweeted that he was with the senior Pawar. Mr Bankar said he had attended the swearing in ceremony because he had been called by Mr. Ajit Pawar himself. Another MLA, Anil Patil from Amalner, in a Facebook post, announced allegiance to Mr. Sharad Pawar. NCP MLA Dharmarao Atram is not in Mumbai as he has fallen sick and is in contact with NCP leaders.Also Read Maharashtra government formation | Supreme Court tells Centre to submit on November 25 Devendra Fadnavis’ letter to Governor staking claim  Ajit Pawar, Narhari Zirwal (Dindori) and Nitin Pawar (Kalvan) are the only three MLAs who are not in touch with the NCP leadership. “All our MLAs stand with us. There is no question of anyone joining the rebellion. We are 100% sure that Devendra Fadnavis will not survive the floor test in assembly,” said a senior NCP leader tasked with the security of all the MLAs.On Sunday afternoon, NCP president Sharad Pawar along with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray held a joint meeting with NCP MLAs at the hotel. “The meeting was to assure all the MLAs that the next government will be of Congress, NCP and Sena. We all are together and together we will win the floor test,” said NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik. Both the leaders later met Congress MLAs lodged at Hotel JW Marriot.Earlier on Sunday morning, NCP state president Jayant Patil who was given the charge as the legislative party leader on Saturday met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari informing him about the development with a letter signed by 41 party MLAs who were present at the meeting a day ago. The NCP sacked Ajit Pawar from the post of legisaltive party leader and elected Mr. Patil in that meeting.Also Read Maharashtra government formation | Pawars spar over ‘BJP-NCP’ governmentlast_img read more

Star triathlete Nick Baldwin bracing for blistering heat for Subic Ironman 70.3

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Star triathlete Nick Baldwin during the press conference for 2019 Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 in Subic. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSUBIC, Zambales—The stinging heat in the Philippines isn’t just messing with the locals, it’s also affecting peak athletes who are used to performing at the mercy of the weather.Nick Baldwin, the winner of the 2018 full Ironman face, said the blistering temperatures in Subic Bay could play a major factor in the Ironman 70.3 in Subic Bay Sunday morning.ADVERTISEMENT View comments He singled out Tim Reed, winners of Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Champion, (2015 and 2016), 2019 Ironman 70.3 Port Mac and 2018 Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast.“All the guys present their own strength but you got to look at Tim Reed, a former World Champion in this distance,” said Baldwin, who’s the first person from Seychelles to win the full Ironman. “Amongst the other guys, he’s the one we’ll keep an eye out.”“I wouldn’t say I’m the favorite, certainly there are other athletes who are far more accomplished, but I’ve got good memories from Subic. Subic is good to me last year and hopefully, it’ll be good to me this year.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Temperatures reached upward of 30 degrees for the past two days in the coastal city and the same could be expected for race day.“The condition looks like it’ll be hot all day this year, last year we had a storm that came through that cooled us off so we stood it a little bit,” said Baldwin during the race’s press conference Saturday at Boardwalk Tent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think it’s going to be hotter this year than when it was last year, it’s possible it’ll be hotter and more difficult than last year.”Baldwin added that even though he won the inaugural full Ironman in the Philippines, there are still competitors in the field that should be considered favorites. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Rookie CJ Perez lifts Dyip to 1st win with career performance PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more