Chelsea v Palace: Zouma and Cahill start, new signings on bench

first_imgBranislav Ivanovic captains Chelsea and Zurt Zouma partners Gary Cahill at centre-back in the absence of John Terry, who is suspended after being sent off at West Brom last weekend.Recent signings Baba Rahman and Kenedy are both among the Blues substitutes. Chelsea are still without Oscar, who has been nursing an injury.For Crystal Palace, former Hillingdon Borough player Yannick Bolasie returns to the squad following the recent death of his father.Bolsie is on the Eagles bench. Bakary Sako keeps his place in the starting line-up.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Begovic, Baba, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Remy, Falcao.Crystal Palace: McCarthy, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, McArthur, Cabaye, Zaha, Puncheon, Sako, Wickham Subs: Hennessey, Mariappa, Chung-yong Lee, Mutch, Ledley, Bolasie, Gayle.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers buzz: Top things we learned Wednesday at HQ

first_imgSANTA CLARA — More than four months, and potentially four more losses, sit between the 49ers and the No. 1 draft pick. Plenty of speculation will swirl on what they’ll do with it. Coach Kyle Shanahan shed light Wednesday on his team-building priorities.An elite, edge rusher is paramount to any defense, and the 49ers are in dire need of such a sack artist to partner with interior lineman DeForest Buckner (team-high nine sacks).What positions, in Shanahan’s view, can transform franchises, such …last_img

SA paintmaker secures export orders

first_img25 July 2008South African automotive paint manufacturer ChemSpec has secured export orders for its premium automotive refinish, Metalux 2, to the Mauritian and Chinese markets.The Mauritian order is worth R1-million and is the first from that country, while the Chinese order is the company’s second from the Asian economic giant.In addition, ChemSpec – which is headquartered in Veralum, KwaZulu-Natal – has entered into discussions with a multi-billion dollar company based in South East Asia, to partner it in the distribution of its water-based automotive refinish product, Hydrolux, into that region.“Hydrolux testing will commence in August, with trial runs scheduled for October and a full launch planned for December of this year,” the company said in a statement this week, adding that it already has well developed distribution channels into the automotive industry in South East Asia through its other product offerings.Global expansionThe move is in accordance with the company’s strategy to expand its product offerings into the global market and grow its international presence. The company last year purchased paintmaker Montana Products, based in Ohio, USA, along with its manufacturing and research and development facilities.“It will also contribute towards the consolidation of ChemSpec’s market leading export position in the South African coatings sector and encourage further expansion of the company’s international footprint,” read the statement.“ChemSpec will take advantage of its established and effective distribution structure to successfully market the range of automotive refinish products and will continue to look for new avenues abroad.”The company presently manufactures its automotive refinish products in both South Africa and the US.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South African swimmer beats own world record

first_img4 August 2015Cameron van der Burgh, the South African swimmer, has another reason to smile. He beat his own world record in the 50m breaststroke heats at the 16th Federation Internationale de Natation (Fina) World Championships on 4 August.The championships started on 24 July and end on 9 August, and are being held in Kazan, Russia.Van der Burgh defended his title by clocking 26.62 seconds to shave 0.05 seconds off his own record he set at the 2009 championships. Back in 2009, the performance-enhancing neoprene suits were still permitted.Britain’s Adam Peaty swam exactly the same time of 26.62 seconds at the European championships in Berlin, Germany in August 2014, but his time has not yet been ratified by swimming’s governing body, Fina.The 50m breaststroke is not an Olympic event.Meanwhile, Van der Burgh won silver in the 100m breaststroke yesterday, outshone by Peaty. With a 0.07-second difference, Peaty claimed the gold in a time of 58.52; the South African hit the wall in 58.59.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Piketty’s contribution to unpacking inequality: timely and relevant

first_imgRenowned French economist Thomas Piketty will deliver the 13th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture. What lessons can he offer South Africa? Watch him speak during the live broadcast on 3 October on SABC 2 from 3pm to 4.30pm. There will also be a live stream on the Nelson Mandela Foundation YouTube account and website. Rock star economist Thomas Piketty will be in South Africa to deliver the 13th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on 3 October. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) • Thomas Piketty to deliver Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture  • What South Africa can learn from Piketty about addressing inequality? • Ethical buying power: Coffee, chocolate and Fairtrade • Top 50 Brands in South Africa named  • Almost half of African millionaires make South Africa their home Vishnu Padayachee, professor and Derek Schrier and Cecily Cameron Chair in Development Economics, School of Economics and Business Sciences, University of the WitwatersrandVishnu Padayachee, University of the WitwatersrandNot many economists with something approaching a rock star status visit South Africa. So the visit by French political economist Thomas Piketty, author of the bestselling Capital in the Twenty-first Century, appears to be eagerly awaited by academics, especially those broadly on the left, and by many South Africans.In 1976, Milton Friedman, then the rising rock star economist of the anti-Keynesian right wing in the US and Europe, made a visit to South Africa. He was wined and dined by the President Nico Diederichs and Finance Minister Owen Horwood. He and his economist wife Rose met with leading South African businessmen, political leaders and the South African Reserve Bank governor, among others.Friedman’s message to South Africa was both political and economic. He was mightily impressed by what he described as:The unbelievably sophisticated economy you have developed at the tip of Africa, thousands of miles away from any similar civilisation.Friedman urged the West to support South Africa and Rhodesia as bastions against Soviet penetration.Two nights before the couple left, then-South African Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Gerhard de Kock remarked:Friedman’s visit will have at least a ten-year impact on South Africa’s economic thinking.De Kock was right. What followed were major changes in monetary policy, including those recommended by the De Kock Commission on Monetary Policy.I am not sure whether Piketty will have a similar impact on economic thinking in South Africa today. I do predict, though, that ministers and former ministers will be bounding up the stairs to join him on his many platforms around the country. I would not be surprised if they expressed their total support for his analysis and his ideas.Some, without the slightest sense of irony, may well make a case that they were and are the true champions of the struggle against poverty, inequality and unemployment in democratic South Africa. This despite the fact that they arrogantly relegated left, social democratic options such as the Freedom Charter and the Reconstruction and Development Programme to the dustbin of history.Instead, in 1996 they opted for the neoliberal Growth, Employment and Redistribution Strategy, a macroeconomic policy. So a rewriting of the recent economic history of South Africa may well be one outcome of the Piketty visit.Piketty’s demolition of what went beforeTo date, data from the relatively short post-second world war period up until the end of the 20th century has been read mostly in sympathy with a neo-classical interpretation. In this period the hypothesis behind the Kuznets Curve was the dominant thinking about development and income inequality. This argues that inequality first increases in the early stages of development, reaches a maximum at an intermediate level of income, and then declines as the country achieves a high level of per capita income.Into this picture steps Piketty. With his 300-year-old datasets he demolishes the Kuznets hypothesis. He shows instead that the turn away from inequality over time and in the course of development and global integration is not assured. And, he argues, intervention in the market mechanism is required to arrest and reverse the increasing share of income that capital relentlessly claims over time.Piketty shows that it was the interventions between 1914 and 1945 that arrested the trend towards greater and greater inequality. These included taxation policies in the 1920s and 1930s which were less favourable to the owners of capital.He shows that patrimonial capital is the largest contingent of total capital. Central to understanding capitalists’ drive to accumulate is increasing economies of scale. Whereas Karl Marx focused on the increasing economies of scale of industry, Piketty shows how the same benefits of scale apply to investment performance of capital.Despite some reservations about his analysis and his policy prescriptions I believe that Piketty does convey an important and timely message. He combines a grasp of western economic history and an analysis of long run historical data to point to the nature, form and variety that western capitalism has assumed over an extended time. Sharply widening inequalities of income and wealth between rich and poor is the most blatant.Piketty does indeed have something to say to the beneficiaries of this variety of capitalism who praise and parrot this model and its values. This includes the corporates and the ever-richer elites and to many in aspirant and new middle classes in countries including South Africa and India.So, what are Piketty’s answers?Piketty is right to point to the need for a robust debate about the kind of state – a social state, he calls it – that is required at the beginning of the 21st century to regulate a rampant inegalitarian capitalism. New institutions and instruments are needed to regain control over globalised financial capitalism, and “to achieve a just social order”. But when it comes to specifics, Piketty’s economic policy prescriptions are not very convincing.In my view, they do not take progressive macroeconomic policy much further. If anything it sets back thinking in this crucial policy arena, both at national and global level. His policy response to the crisis he correctly analyses, as Chris Gregory notes, is constructed:… in the narrowest apolitical, mathematical tradition of 20th century mainstream economics.An international tax on capital is not likely to be implementable under current national or regional political models. Action is more likely to originate at a national, not international level. In my view this would include a serious relook at old and new forms of control over currency, capital mobility and banking regulation.Piketty has little to say about all this, apart from noting (on the basis of China’s admittedly opaque and unstable system of capital regulation) that:… capital controls are one way of regulating and containing the dynamics of wealth inequality.But how would this work in more democratic, transparent and liberal regimes than the China of today?By way of contrast, and much more practically, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has teamed up with others to push for US national economic policy options aimed at curbing the flow of economic gains to the wealthiest and most powerful. Those he has teamed up with include New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and US Senator Elizabeth Warren.Their argument is based on the premise that “equality and economic performance are complementary rather than opposing forces”. On the agenda are policies such as increased taxes on the wealthy to fund education, affordable housing and job-creating infrastructure, as well as minimum wages and benefits for the poor.These issues, and a few others, are of relevance to South Africa today. The others would include an appropriate form and shape of a “social state”, tax policy, a national minimum wage, and capital controls to curb the billions of dollars leaving South Africa legally and illegally. Perhaps Piketty can be persuaded to share his views on these matters.Vishnu Padayachee, Distinguished Professor and Derek Schrier and Cecily Cameron Chair in Development Economics, School of Economics and Business Sciences, University of the WitwatersrandThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

In the West, Drought Ends ‘Era of the Lawn’

first_imgWater levels in reservoirs are sinkingThe backdrop for creative water conservation is a drought in the Southwest that stretches back more than a decade.Since 2000, water levels in Lake Mead behind the Hoover Dam have fallen by more than 100 feet, worrying officials about long-term shortages and putting a crimp in recreational boating. Boat launching ramps and marinas have been moved to accommodate falling water levels.The Wall Street Journal reports that federal officials are planning a reduction in the amount of Colorado River water that is allowed to flow from Lake Powell, behind the Glen Canyon Dam, to Lake Mead 350 miles away. Beginning on Oct. 1, the annual water supply will be cut by 10%, the amount of water used by about 700,000 families.The upshot will be less hydroelectric power in parts of Nevada, Arizona, and California. The cutback also will bring the reservoir closer to the point at which the Interior Department would declare a water shortage, the newspaper said. That would lead to reduced water allocations to Nevada and Arizona.The Southern Nevada Water Authority faces especially big challenges. The authority currently has two intake points in Lake Mead for water it pumps to its customers, but one of them is only 40 ft. below the current water level. The authority is currently building a third intake, but officials thought they’d have more time to complete the project and are now rushing to get it finished in time.“We thought we had five years, but now we may have 24 months,” Patricia Mulroy, general manager of the water authority, told the Journal. The water district maintains a strict watering schedule, which prohibits (with some exceptions) landscape watering from May 1 until Oct. 1 between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Customers are assigned to specific watering groups. Fines for violating the rules can exceed several thousand dollars.The water district estimates that for every square foot of grass that’s replaced with drought-tolerant species, an average of 55 gallons of water are saved per year. Across the West, a prolonged drought has forced a number of communities to reexamine their tolerance for plush lawns. In some cities, officials are paying homeowners to tear out grass and replace it with plants that require far less water.In Los Angeles, The New York Times reports, the city has paid homeowners $1.4 million over the last four years to rip up their lawns. In all, more than 1 million sq. ft. of grass has been removed.Newly built parks feature mostly native plants and only small patches of grass, and outside City Hall, a grassy park has been replaced by a garden of succulent plants, The Times said.“The era of the lawn in the West is over,” Paul Robbins, director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, told the newspaper. “The water limits are insurmountable, unless the Scotts Company develops a genetically modified grass that requires almost no water. And I’m sure it’s keeping them up at night.” RELATED ARTICLES What Is ‘Xeriscape’ and Why Is It Important?The Uncertain Future of Phoenix and Las VegasWater in a Drought-Prone EraRating the Greenness of GardensIn Defense of the Lawn Las Vegas provides a modelCities that pay residents to remove grass, such as Los Angeles and Mesa, Arizona, can take their cue from Las Vegas. A long-standing program of turf removal has eliminated an estimated 165 million sq. ft. of grass and saved more than 9 billion gallons of water since the program was launched in 2003, the Times said.The Water Smart landscaping effort managed by the Las Vegas Valley Water District pays homeowners up to $1.50 per sq. ft. to convert grass lawns to xeriscape. The program’s web site offers free landscape designs, links to landscape contractors, and a variety of other resources to make the transition easier.last_img read more

Peninsular Pentangular Table Tennis Championship turns out to be an all-Indian affair

first_imgNational champion Chandrasekhar: Facile victoryFor all the fanfare the inaugural Peninsular Pentangular Table Tennis Championship (PENTAB) proved to be a non-event. With Pakistan and Sri Lanka having cried off, the organisers flung open the gates to welcome anyone willing to view the finals which – except for the women’s doubles,National champion Chandrasekhar: Facile victoryFor all the fanfare the inaugural Peninsular Pentangular Table Tennis Championship (PENTAB) proved to be a non-event. With Pakistan and Sri Lanka having cried off, the organisers flung open the gates to welcome anyone willing to view the finals which – except for the women’s doubles – was an all-Indian affair.As the favourite, India was expected to bag most of the titles. But the poor opposition from Nepal and Bangladesh made the victories almost farcical. The Pakistani players who have been trained by the Chinese would have challenged the Indian men and put up a stiff fight.Further, considering the performance of the Sri Lanka women at the May 1980 Asian championship in Calcutta the Indian women would have had to really exert themselves to win.That, however, was not to be though the organisers tried in vain to keep everybody’s hopes alive towards the end of the second day of the three-day PENTAB saying, the Pakistanis were on their way.Welcome Pakistanis: Any Pakistani side is always a big draw in Hyderabad for the special bonds the people in this city have with that country. The spectator support in terms of gate money that the organisers get when a Pakistani team plays in Hyderabad is unsurpassed.Back in 1974 when the Pakistan-India hockey ties were very strong an all-star Asian side which had several Pakistani players toured the country playing against an Indian side. To this day, the 40,000 crowd that packed itself into Hyderabad’s Lal Bahadur Stadium is the biggest that ever watched a hockey match anywhere in the world.advertisementPerhaps, the Table Tennis Federation of India led by its life president T.D. Ranga Ramanujam and local hosts, the Andhra Pradesh Table Tennis Association had this in mind when PENTAB was allotted to Hyderabad on the pre-condition that the Federation would be paid Rs 25,000 as guarantee money.Now, to their dismay the hosts will have to pay it out of their coffers. However, the larger objectives of promoting good neighbourly relations and in improving the standard of the game among India’s immediate neighbours have been fulfilled by PENTAB. This championship was conceived during the Calcutta Asian and the first tournament held about seven months later.Indu Puri: Eleven years at the topEven though India stole the show, both Nepal and Bangladesh returned a little more experienced and with a few consolation prizes. For India’s Chandrasekhar and Indu Puri the contest came as a prelude to their defence of the national championship title at Bangalore.After his reverse in the Northern India championship in early December, Venugopalan Chandrasekhar, the 22-year-old bank officer from Madras displayed fine form to defeat Rajat Kathuria in the men’s final. Kathuria, the 18-year-old Calcuttan, easily among the best younger players in the country, is yet to correct the chink in his armoury – the poor service return An experienced Chandrasekhar exploited this fully to score a facile win.Earlier, Kathuria scored a shock win over the top-seeded Marrmeet Singh with fast top spins and telling drives. But he lacked the big match temperament against Chandrasekhar.The Women: Though not known for consistency in her game, Indu Puri with the singles, doubles and mixed doubles triumphs probably made PENTAB her most memorable tournament. In contrast to the straight games win over Nandini Kulkarni in the finals, she was challenged well by another compatriot Vyoma Shah to play the five-game semi-final.Puri, who believes that sportswomen always have problems in getting the recognition that is due to them asserts confidently: “We women have done better and are among the top 16 in the world category one classification. My ambition is to see we stay there.”Bangladesh trounced Nepal (3-0) to take the second place in the women’s team event after it had been outplayed in the men’s section in which Nepal gained second place.External Affairs Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao’s presence on the second day might auger well for any repeat PENTAB, for Narasimha Rao must have noted the absence of Pakistan. The Federation did receive the names of the Pakistani players and confirmation of Pakistan’s participation even before that of other teams arrived.Pakistan sent a team to the Calcutta Asian last May and therefore the reasons for staying away now must be construed as political. Sporting relations reached a new high when its cricket team visited India in 1979.But calling off the under-19 India cricket team tour and the late withdrawal of the hockey side from the Champions Cup and Asian Cup being held in Pakistan has widened the gap. Their absence from PENTAB confirms the tensions.advertisementlast_img read more

Motorola One Vision launched in India: CinemaVision display, 48MP camera for Rs 19,999

first_imgAfter almost a month, Motorola has finally launched the One Vision in India. This is Motorola’s latest offering in the midrange segment and with a price of Rs 19,999, it offers a lot of exciting features that haven’t been seen before in this segment. The One Vision will go on sale on Flipkart from June. The phone will be available in two colour variants – Sapphire Blue and Bronze.The Motorola One Vision is aimed to take on the Samsung Galaxy M40 and other premium smartphones in India. And for its price, it offers a unique proposition that hasn’t been seen before in this segment.For a midrange smartphone, the One Vision has lots of premium features to offer. The highlight of this smartphone is its 21:9 display that Motorola calls the CinemaVision display. Motorola says that users will able to enjoy movies in the original aspect ratio they are usually shot in. The screen uses an IPS LCD panel with slim bezels around. The screen measures 6.3-inches diagonally and has a hole-punch style front camera – there’s no notch.The One Vision sports a premium glass design with exciting gradient colour tones. It sports glass panel at the back and Motorola bundles in a protective case to keep it scratch free. The Moto dimple at the back also houses the fingerprint sensor. With its 21:9 format display, the One Vision adopts a slim and tall profile.Inside, for the first time, Motorola is using a Samsung-made Exynos 9609 chipset. This SoC is very close to the Exynos 9610 used on the Galaxy A50. Motorola pairs it with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage in India. The One Vision is part of the Android One program which means Motorola could deliver two guaranteed Android OS updates – Android Q and Android R, along with timely security updates for three years. The phone also gets Moto Actions installed, which brings the useful Motorola gestures for certain functions.advertisementThe One Vision also boasts of good camera performance. For the rear, Motorola has used a combination of a 48-megapixel Samsung GM-1 sensor with F1.7 lens and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The primary camera is supported with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). For the front, there’s a 25-megapixel camera for selfies. Both cameras rely on Pixel Binning technology. The camera is claimed to use AI for taking good photos at night. The camera app also comes with some clever shooting modes for creative users. A 3500mAh battery power the device and Motorola’s proprietary 15W TurboPower charging is meant to fill up the battery faster.The Motorola One Vision competes with the Samsung Galaxy M40, Galaxy A50 and others.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Fold ready to hit the market soon, display problems almost fixedALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M40 on sale today on Amazon: Price, specs and should you buy itALSO READ | Vivo’s 120W Super Flash fast charging tech will fully charge 4000mAh battery phone in 13 minuteslast_img read more

Pochettino believes Spurs can win at Camp Nou

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his team has what it takes to get an all-important victory against Barcelona.The North London club travel to the Camp Nou on the final matchday of the group stages of this season’s UEFA Champions League, in need of a result to make it to the second round of the competition.Mauricio Pochettino’s men took their qualification hopes to the final Group B game thanks to a 1-0 win over Inter Milan at Wembley Stadium, thanks to Christian Eriksen’s 80th-minute strike.Spurs are still seen as outsiders to progress, , and will have to the at their absolute best to match the result of Inter, who play at home to PSV Eindhoven.It would be as an impressive achievement if Spurs were able to make it to the next round of the Champions League considering their standing at the halfway stage of the group with just one point from their opening three games.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Pochettino said, according to Sports Mole:“All is possible in football. We have big respect to Barcelona, they are one of the best teams in Europe, it will be a so tough. But we have belief and faith that we can win.”“We need to show again a good level to compete at our best and arrive in Barcelona and compete at our best. We need fresh legs, fresh mind and no injuries. We need to arrive that way in Barcelona.”last_img read more

Spalletti ask Nainggolan to focus

first_imgAccording to the Inter Milan boss, the midfielder is distracted by matters outside football and it’s having a very bad seasonFor Internazionale Milan boss Luciano Spalletti, midfielder Radja Nainggolan could be very successful in the Italian Lega Serie A.After all, the boss has coached him at Roma and he just brought him to San Siro this year.But the only way he can do it is if he focuses on football and not on matters outside of it.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“We love him, he is a sensitive boy and he has all the qualities of the person who behaves correctly. But sometimes even the father grumbles with his son,” Spalletti told reporters as quoted by Goal.“Radja is attracted to other things and if you put too many things in front of football you do not win.”“He has three or four of things he puts in front of football and some of them have to be taken away,” he concluded.last_img read more