Why is suicide on the rise in the US – but…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply By Steven Stack, Professor of Criminal Justice, Wayne State University. Note: This article first published on theconversation.com.Suicide now ranks in the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S.In 2015, 44,193 Americans died by their own hand. That was more than the number killed in motor vehicle accidents (37,757) and over twice the number who died through homicide (17,793).The number of suicides per 100,000 Americans rose 30.4 percent between 1999 and 2015. The increase has not been uniform across all demographic groups. Those in midlife had the largest uptick in suicide. For example, for those ages 45 to 54, the rate increased from 13.9 persons that age to 20.3, or 46 percent, during that period.However, suicide rates in other developed nations have generally fallen. According to the World Health Organization, suicide rates fell in 12 of 13 Western European between 2000 and 2012. Generally, this drop was 20 percent or more. For example, in Austria the suicide rate dropped from 16.4 to 11.5, or a decline of 29.7 percent.There has been little systematic research explaining the rise in American suicide compared to declining European rates. In my view as a researcher who studies the social risk of suicide, two social factors have contributed: the weakening of the social safety net and increasing income inequality.The safety netThere is evidence that rising suicide rates are associated with a weakening of the social norms regarding mutual aid and support.In one study on suicide in the U.S., the rising rates were closely linked with reductions in social welfare spending between 1960 and 1995. Social welfare expenditures include Medicaid, a medical assistance program for low income persons; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, which replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children; the Supplemental Security Income program for the blind, disabled and elderly; children’s services including adoption, foster care and day care; shelters; and funding of public hospitals for medical assistance other than Medicaid.Later studies found a similar relationship between suicide and social welfare for the U.S. in the 1980s and between 1990 and 2000, as well as for nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Economic Development.When it comes to spending on social welfare, the U.S. is at the low end of the spectrum relative to Western Europe. For example, only 18.8 percent of the U.S. GDP is spent on social welfare, while most of the OECD nations spend at least 25 percent of their GDP. Our rates of suicide are increasing while their rates fall.While their suicide rates are on the decline, three European nations still have rates above that of the U.S.: Belgium, Finland and France.Income inequalityThe degree of the gap between the rich and the poor in the U.S. also differs from that of Europe.Research has generally found that the higher the level of income inequality in the U.S. states, the higher the probability of death by suicide. According to social strain theory, when there’s a large gap between the rich and poor, those at or near the bottom struggle more, making them more susceptible to addiction, criminality and mental illness than those at the top.Take the GINI index, a standard measure that varies between zero, or no inequality, and one, or a scenario where one household receives all the income. Most European nations fall between a GINI of 0.271 and 0.305, while the U.S. gap between its rich and poor measures at 0.410. That means that, for example, the U.S. has 34.4 percent more income inequality than Austria. This represents a relatively high amount of financial strain faced by U.S. families.Income inequality in the U.S. has been increasing for several decades. This wasn’t always the case. Between 1928 and 1979, the share of the top 1 percent declined in every state but Alaska. But then, over the next three decades, the average income of the top 1 percent of U.S. families increased by 200.5 percent, fully 10 times the increase seen by the rest of U.S. families.By 2013, the average income of the top 1 percent was $1,153,293, more than 25 times greater than the average income of the rest of U.S. families.The ensuing economic strain is a risk factor for suicide. As U.S. income inequality has been increasing, one study found an increasing percentage of midlife suicides reportedly associated with financial problems.It’s important to note that work on suicide’s relationship to both income inequality and social welfare is scant. Rigorous research is needed to update what we know about the present American context. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSSuicidetheconversation.com Previous articleOrange County loses a leader and a gentle spirit: In remembrance of Ron PlummerNext articleFlorida moves up to 34th nationwide in child well-being Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

Fitch Ratings Warns Servicers Against Ignoring Security Testing

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Fitch Ratings Warns Servicers Against Ignoring Security Testing About Author: Staff Writer Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago information Security Technology 2017-05-18 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Reform is on the Horizon: Watt & Mnuchin Assess Next: Study: Tax Reform Will Increase Homeownership Burden Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago May 18, 2017 2,940 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago On Wednesday, in response to recent Ransomware attacks across over 150 countries around the world including the publicized DocuSign hack reported, Fitch Ratings issued a press release reminding information technology (IT) companies in the mortgage finance industry the importance of remaining vigilant in the ever-present need for regular security testing. Because of the sheer quantity of money that flows through the mortgage finance industry, as well as the sensitivity of information that could be mined by potential hackers, servers will forever be at a high risk of breach. Names, social security numbers, telephone numbers, emails, and addresses are all easily exploited pieces of information that could be targeted by hackers and malware. In addition, new information has been brought to light that certain malware will invade the host computer and use vital resources to mine for certain types of cryptocurrency without the user’s knowledge. Fitch Ratings continues to monitor third party IT infrastructure to ensure appropriate oversight of security, including proper staffing of qualified employees and timeliness of both software and hardware updates and testing. Fitch Reporting has reached out to all servicers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa that handle both commercial and residential mortgages, and they have reported that operations have not been effected. Some said that additional security measures have been put in place to help prevent further attacks. This, according to Fitch’s official report, “is consistent with our view . . . that servicers should have appropriate plans in place to maintain critical systems which might come under threat from an emergency.” It is of the upmost importance that IT departments remain up to date on the latest trends regarding security risks to their data centers. If threats arise faster than the company can prevent them, those responsible for safeguarding the sensitive personal information of mortgage holders will forever be playing catch up.  Print This Post Subscribe Tagged with: information Security Technology Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Fitch Ratings Warns Servicers Against Ignoring Security Testing Share Savelast_img read more

Donegal TD warns people may take the law into their own hands if garda…

first_img Google+ Donegal TD warns people may take the law into their own hands if garda resources are not increased Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApp By News Highland – February 20, 2014 News Facebook Twitter A Donegal TD has warned that if Gardai in Donegal are not given extra resources then people might start taking the law into their own hands.There has been a spate of break-ins in Donegal in recent months.A number of calls have been made for the Justice Minister to increase Garda resources here, but local senior gardai back the minister’s claim that there are sufficient policing resources in Donegal.Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn says if these calls keep being ignored, then people could turn to vigilantism:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/padvigilantism.mp3[/podcast]center_img Pinterest Previous articleRehab CEO Angela Kerins to go before PAC next weekNext articleOireachtas committee holding cross border discussions in Derry and Letterkenny News Highland Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published WhatsApp Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

City Winery Announces Gregg Allman Tribute Led By Scott Sharrard

first_imgNew York City’s City Winery outpost has announced a special tribute to Gregg Allman, set to go down on Monday, June 24th. Scott Sharrard, the former lead guitarist and musical director of the Gregg Allman Band, will lead the tribute to the southern rock legend featuring the full original Gregg Allman Band lineup.Sharrard has lined up up an all-star cast for the upcoming tribute, including bassist Brett Bass, keyboardist Peter Levin, drummers Steve Potts and Bobby Allende, with Jay Collins, Art Edmaiston, and Marc Franklin holding down the horn section. The performance is part of City Winery’s 10-year anniversary programming, “honoring the music of artists that are no longer with us who have helped create the unique experience City Winery is most famous for.” City Winery has a variety of other 10-year anniversary shows scheduled for the coming months, which will pay tribute to Prince, Leon Russell, Lou Reed, Richie Havens, Pete Seeger and more.Remembering Gregg Allman With A “Whipping Post” From Every Decade [Videos]This May will mark two years since Gregg Allman’s passing. For decades, Allman was the center of the extended family affair that was the Allman Brothers Band. Following ABB’s last show in 2014, Allman spent as much time on the road with the Gregg Allman Band as possible, or as much as the doctors would allow–resulting in several heartbreaks and cancellations throughout 2016 as he continued to fight his battle with liver cancer. On May 27th, 2017, he took his last breath surrounded by family and friends in his Savannah home—marking the true end of the Allman Brothers Band, following the passing of drummer Butch Trucks.City Winery notes that a percentage of the profits from the tribute show will also be donated The Allman Lehman Scholarship at Syracuse University.Head here for tickets and more information on the event.last_img read more

Statement Regarding Governor Wolf’s Prostate Cancer Treatment

first_img Statement Harrisburg, PA – Jeff Sheridan, Governor Wolf’s press secretary, released the following statement:“Tomorrow, Governor Tom Wolf will have an outpatient procedure as part of his previously announced prostate cancer treatment. He will be spending Tuesday and Wednesday at his home and return to the office on Thursday.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf June 13, 2016 Statement Regarding Governor Wolf’s Prostate Cancer Treatmentcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

For De’Quan Hampton, the wait for the spotlight was worth it

first_imgAs the band boomed the Fight Song for the final time of the night, senior wide receiver De’Quan Hampton clambered up the director’s ladder and shoved the sword in his left fist into the air. Hampton bobbed up and down, shimmying and bouncing to the beat. On the field, his teammates cheered for him — “Yeah, ‘Quan! Get it, man!” It lasted for a minute, this moment in the spotlight. But for a transfer senior who’s seen little of the field and even less of the endzone, it was a moment to soak in. And after a 36-14 victory of UCLA — which he could take 12 points worth of credit for — Hampton was loving every second of it.“It was amazing,” Hampton said. “It felt like a dream.”Hampton’s role this season had been fairly secure — playing back-up behind the talented wide receiver unit of junior JuJu Smith-Schuster and senior Darreus Rogers, scrapping for minutes where he could get them. In the first 10 games of this season, he snagged four catches for a total of 22 yards, ranking 12th in team receiving yards behind redshirt sophomore Jalen Greene.But the UCLA game — like all rivalry games, tempestuous and unpredictable — called for a hero. And for three plays and a handful of minutes, Hampton became that player for the Trojans.It takes a perfect combination of variables to create a breakout game. For Hampton, that was a hip flexor and his quarterback’s trust.Smith-Schuster was hurting from the first drive of the game. He roped in a 28-yard catch to bring the Trojans to the 1-yard line, and sophomore running back Ronald Jones punched it in to tie the game with a typical USC offensive play. But in the second quarter, redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold threw an interception and Smith-Schuster, favoring his hip, limped into the locker room. The Bruins scored off a 7-yard touchdown pass, and suddenly the Trojans were trailing 14-7 in their rival’s home stadium.They needed someone to step up, and Hampton did it in style.He touched the ball three times in total, despite coming second behind Smith-Schuster in receiving yards for the game. But those three touches changed the momentum of the final game of conference play.The first time, Hampton ran his route down the left side of the field, stutter stepped, then lept into the air and snatched the ball from over the outstretched arms of his defender. Hampton had 6 inches on his defender, but the lofted toss required trust from Darnold that his receiver could make the play. For Darnold, it wasn’t hard to trust Hampton.“[Our coaches] really preach giving our guys a chance when they have one-on-one coverage,” Darnold said. “I think you’re never wrong throwing it to a guy one-on-one, especially when he’s in the position [Hampton] was. I always feel great throwing it up to them.” His second touch was a simple 6-yard pass that happened to be in the end zone, and happened to put the Trojans up 30-14 in a momentum-swinging third quarter. And the third was a 14-yard catch for a first down at the 50-yard line. Together, the three plays doubled Hampton’s season yardage. For head coach Clay Helton, this type of break-out play is necessary for the team to continue the success of their seven-game winning streak. “You have kids who have just been dying for their opportunity and they made the most of it,” Helton said. “That’s what a team is. You hope that when one guy goes down, another one has prepared himself to make those types of plays.”Saturday’s success was a welcome change for Hampton. Last year, he expressed frustration with the one-track focus of former quarterback Cody Kessler, who completed three times as many passes to Smith-Schuster than to any other receiver. It was a long season for Hampton. He had transferred from Long Beach Community College as a junior  and caught the ball only 15 times in his first year as a Trojan, and this year was going even more slowly until the game against UCLA. But Hampton said that after this year, he trusted that he would have his moment.“I didn’t doubt it, because I’ve seen chances come for other players,” Hampton said. “So I just say that means just keep grinding, because my chance might come this game or the next or the next. I just have to be ready.” When that moment came, he was an easy guy to cheer for, Darnold said. He describes the senior as a “goofy guy,” the type to lead dance parties on and off the field, cheering on his teammates from the sideline no matter how many minutes he played.The party in the Rose Bowl ended eventually, with Trojan fans booming out chants and singing along to “Tusk” as UCLA fans trickled out of the stands. After the final notes of the Fight Song rang out, Hampton climbed down from the ladder, joining his teammates in the locker room and basking in a flock of reporters’ cameras and recorders pressed into his face. That might be it for his moment. As a senior, he’ll have one, at most three, games left with the team. But if that’s the note he ends on — two touchdowns and a rivalry win — well, that’s just alright with him.“It was worth the wait,” Hampton said. “As much frustration as I had being in the position I was, waiting for the opportunity, when it came it’s all worth it.”last_img read more

Kotoko attacked by robbers

first_imgJoy Sports can confirm that players and management members of Asante Kotoko have been attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning hours ahead of their league game with Hearts.The team was lodging at the Tadoma Hotel in Taifa, a suburb of Accra when the incident happened.Team officials tell Joy Sports that players and officials were woken up by robbers, while General Manager Opoku Nti and Operations Manager George Kennedy were tied. An official said “systematic stealing took place and the robbers had machetes, knives and other weapons.”The four armed robbers mugged General Manager Opoku Nti; Operations Manager, George Kennedy. They also raided the rooms of striker Dauda Mohammed; Assistant Coach, Michael Osei and Head Coach, David Duncan.They ripped bedsheets of their victims, tied their hands and legs before throwing them out of their rooms. A total of GHȼ25,000 was detected missing after the attack which lasted two hours. The incident has been reported at the Mile 7 Police Station. Opoku Nti, George Kennedy, Michael Osei, David Duncan and Dauda Mohammed although shocked by the frightening experience are all doing well and assisting the Mile Police in their investigations.However, information says the team have decided to go ahead with the much-awaited clash with Hearts at the Accra Sports Stadium which kicks off at 3:30pm.The team’s official Twitter account said: “It’s an unfortunate incident but our players & technical team are unfazed by this and are working in earnest for the big game.”It went on to tweet photos of the team outside the hotel getting themselves ready: “Players [are] being taken through some warm up drills to shake off the nerves after the incident,” the statement from the account said. Crucial clashSunday’s game, a week 25 fixture of the FIrst Capital Plus Premier League, is anticipated primarily because both teams are surprisingly in the bottom half of the table. Hearts, in 14th, are facing relegation while Kotoko are not far off, in 11th.Joy Sports has been building up all week long to this big game with a series of previews. Click here to read the final, big preview – team news, stats and more Also, the following articles provide more perspective on the clash CLICK TO READ: ANALYSIS – 8 players to define Sunday’s Super Clash CLICK TO READ: Best 5 moments of last Hearts v Kotoko games in AccraCLICK TO READ: Ahmed Toure wants total Kotoko focus  CLICK TO READ: Ali Maradona lashes out at ‘inconsistent’ GFA DC  CLICK TO READ: Eddie Ansah: “We’ve got Kotoko figured out” –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag. The Joy Sports team will be providing an hour-long buildup from 2pm on the Sports Arena. Catch the online updates on Facebook and Twitter @Joy997FMlast_img read more

Bacteria Take Up Dead DNA, Scrambling Evolution

first_imgIt’s not just horizontal gene transfer that can obscure evolutionary history.  Scientists have found bacteria recycling fragmented DNA from long-dead organisms.   The impact on evolutionary theory could be substantial.A paper in PNAS by an international team of researchers from multiple fields and institutions made a startling discovery: dead DNA can rise like zombies and invade the living.  The world is awash in fragmented DNA from dead organisms, gradually decaying the older it gets.  No one considered it a factor in genome evolution – till now. When lateral gene transfer was discovered in microbes a few years ago, evolutionists worried that the process could obscure phylogenetic studies, making it impossible to build Darwinian “trees of life” (2/01/07, 9/24/07).  This new finding compounds the problem enormously.In “Bacterial natural transformation by highly fragmented and damaged DNA,” the authors described how they found bacteria taking up dead DNA with the recA recombinase enzyme.  It was a surprise, because “Fragmented DNA is recognized as nutrient source for microbes, but not as potential substrate for bacterial evolution.”  Then they tested the process, and found a bacterium able to uptake fragmented DNA from a mammoth bone thought to be 43,000 years old.  Here’s the upshot of what they found:Our findings suggest that natural genetic exchange of DNA from dead and even extinct organisms to contemporary bacteria can take place over hundreds of thousands of years. Hence damaged and degraded DNA may be a previous unrecognized driver of bacterial evolution with implications for evolutionary theory….Our findings reveal that short and damaged, including truly ancient, DNA molecules, which are present in large quantities in the environment, can be acquired by bacteria through natural transformation. Our findings open for the possibility that natural genetic exchange can occur with DNA up to several hundreds of thousands years old.The finding, summarized on PhysOrg, has implications for more than evolution.  Hospitals cannot assume that sterilizing a room of live antibiotic-resistant bacteria confers protection, because new bacteria colonizing the room might find fragmented DNA containing resistance genes, take it up and become resistant themselves.The authors could only speculate about the implications of this process to evolutionary theory.  On the one hand, it might be considered an additional source of genetic variation or mutation.  It might be a way for microbes to share beneficial mutations.  On the other hand, any hopes for establishing a phylogeny, or determining the history of microbes, are compromised by microbes’ ability to incorporate DNA fragments of widely varying ages from very different organisms, like those from the mammoth bone.  In their concluding discussion, the authors stated some potential implications for evolutionary theory:The genetic process described here suggests that early horizontal genetic transfer could have occurred in primitive cells after uptake of short DNA segments, which would have augmented evolutionary change. In addition to its main function as an important nutrient source, short DNA fragments may have contributed to exchange of beneficial mutations in early cells and continue to do so in extant microbial populations.The potential for bacteria to take up degraded DNA, leading to single or a few nucleotide changes, adds another perspective to our understanding of the factors that drive microbial genome evolution. Models of population genetics and molecular evolution often rely on “memoryless” Markov processes, which predict the future genetic state of a reproducing population solely from its current state. Such models may not fully represent dynamical feedback between the diversity of environmental DNA and the replicating microbial gene pool. We propose that rates of molecular evolution in naturally transformable species may be influenced by the diversity of free environmental DNA. Furthermore, our findings suggest that bacterial recombination occurs with DNA fragments of considerable age, even from extinct microbial species. This suggests an additional, previously unrecognized contributor to molecular evolution. Recombination with DNA from temporally separated populations or species will bypass generations of cellular division and result in the transfer of genetic information over evolutionary time. We call this phenomenon “anachronistic evolution.”They also dub it “second-hand evolution.”   PhysOrg put a positive spin on the story, claiming the news is “great for our understanding of how microorganisms have exchanged genes through the history of life.”  The article compared the process to humans looking through a junk pile for “second-hand gold” they can use.  Such thoughts beg the questions of what constitutes a “beneficial mutation,” how the useful genes originated in the first place, and how bacteria obtained the machinery to recognize them as useful and incorporate them.   More ominously, the article recognizes this as a paradigm shift: “That DNA from dead organisms drives the evolution of living cells is in contradiction with common belief of what drives the evolution of life itself.”This is why scientists should avoid the phrase “now we know.”  Here we see a factor completely ignored by evolutionists appearing out of nowhere, threatening to rewrite the textbooks on the evolution of microbial life.  Treat the spin doctoring with skepticism.  They want to turn this into a plus, saying it provides more ways for evolution to proceed.  On the contrary; how can they make any claims about how a microbe evolved when its genome has been potentially scrambled by significant chunks of DNA from who-knows-what, who-knows when?  This erases the phylogenetic history of single-celled organisms.  It casts serious doubt on the evolutionary significance of genome comparisons.It’s too early to evaluate what this finding will mean.  Creationists might find a designed purpose in this ability of microbes to adapt to new environments, or to rescue their genomes from upsets by incorporating “junk” copies of essential genes from the soil.  How this potentially paradigm-shaking discovery plays out in evolutionary circles remains to be seen, but it could be the beginning of something big. 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Free trade talks point to new African era

first_img7 December 2011An important process that started three years ago will begin to move forward this week as the first round of negotiations to establish a free trade area covering 27 countries in east and southern Africa kicks off in Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday.It is envisaged that negotiations for the proposed free trade area (FTA), which promises to be an important instrument for the future of trade and industrialisation in Africa, will be completed in about 36 months.The three trade blocs involved – the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the East African Community (EAC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) – decided in Kampala, Uganda in October 2008 to move towards a free trade agreement.Boosting intra-regional trade, industrialisationThe intention is to boost intra-regional trade. Because the market will be much bigger, there will be more investment flows, enhanced competitiveness and the development of cross-regional infrastructure.At the same time, the FTA will act as a spur to industrialisation, as countries move from selling primary products to making goods to sell.Competition with older, established and also bigger emerging economies might be a stumbling block initially, but the huge new market may make it possible for locally manufactured goods to compete with those imported from outside the FTA.With close to 600-million people live within the FTA, and a combined gross domestic product of $1-trillion, the region could find itself competing in the same league as the likes of China, India, Russia, Brazil, the US and the EU.The next economic frontierAnd it is becoming easier to make the world believe this, because the continent is already being touted as the next economic frontier.A glance at some figures confirms this view:Africa’s combined consumer spending was US$860-billion in 2008, and will be an estimated $1.4-trillion in 2020. With 43% of Africans currently under the age of 15, by 2040 there will be 1.1-billion Africans of working age.  Urbanisation enhances growth – Africa already has 52 cities with more than a million inhabitants, more than Europe. By 2030, around fifty percent of Africa’s populationi will be living in cities.  Africa’s returns on foreign direct investment (FDI) are the highest in the world. South Africa well placed to benefitSouth Africa, with its advanced and sophisticated economy, is best suited to exploit the advantages offered by such an expanded market.Already, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has rated South Africa first in the world for the strength of its auditing and reporting standards and for the regulation of its securities exchanges. The soundness of the country’s banks – rated second in the world – is an important asset these days when banks everywhere else are shaky.Add the certainty offered by the government’s recently announced National Development Plan, which sets out the country’s path until 2030, and it is clear that South Africa’s competitiveness will only be enhanced by the establishment of an African FTA.South Africa’s fellow BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – all started their upward economic trend based on huge domestic markets. With the establishment of an FTA, South Africa will have access a market 12 times bigger than the 50-million domestic customers it now has.Tough negotiations expectedHowever, the road to setting up the FTA could be a rocky one. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has warned that negotiations over industrial policy could be tough. South Africa has just set out to implement its Industrial Policy Action Plan, and talks around the trade in manufactured goods will be of particular concern.But South Africa does have an advantage. As Davies points out, unlike exports to the rest of the world, a high percentage of exports into Africa are already made up of value-added products.Other problems would be the levels of protectionism between African countries, restrictive trade permit needs, and very obvious economic disparities.Additionally, the fact that three existing trade blocs aim to merge into one is a stumbling block as they are at different levels of integration, with different rules and regulations.All of this will be part of the negotiations that start this week.The fact remains that economic growth in all participating countries will be boosted by increased intra-regional trade. For Africa as a whole, intra-regional trade currently stands at only 12% of all cross-border trade, whereas in Asia the figure is rising toward 50%, and in the European Union towards 80%.The FTA would also be an important building block towards achieving the vision of the founding fathers of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963 – a continent-wide African Economic Union.The December talks may be the first concrete sign of Africa rising to take its rightful place in the world.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

Pradera continues to dominate PAL field

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  CEBU – Talk about going for the kill.Pradera Verde, even with its biggest gun resting, cracked par for the second straight day on Wednesday and is now on the verge of slaughtering the PAL Ladies Interclub Championship division field over a Cebu Country Club layout here that has been at the mercy of Lubao-based squad’s young roster.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NU fights off UST, improves to 2-1 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:10PNP-HPG to field 695 personnel to secure ‘Undas’05:18After the Typhoon Part 201:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Saso, the 16-year-old former Philippine Team mainstay, birdied all the four par-5s in the opening round as she maximized her length off the tees to conquer the 5,100-yard layout.The Filipino-Japanese will also be looking to put the individual championship in the bag, and she would most likely have to do it at the expense of teammate Effendi and Constantino.Constantino came out for the second straight day and has a total of 109 points, one-under for two days.Meanwhile, Rita Horan fired 49, Christine Popp shot 42 and Jocelyn Garcia 39 as Alabang wrested the Founder’s Division lead with a second day 129 for 255, two points ahead of Manila Southwoods-Legends. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Indonesian Michela Effendi fired a three-under-par 69 worth 57 points, Harmie Constantino chipped in with 56 and Kristine Torralba accounted for 53 as Pradera pooled a second round 166 for 331, the highest ever two-round score recorded in the event’s 12-year history.READ: Newcomer Pradera leaves PAL field gaspingFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBreaking par for the second straight day has also never happened before, and taking the brunt of that was reigning six-time champion Manila Southwoods-Masters, which could only come up with 153 to be 34 points behind.And unless Pradera fails to come to the venue to play the third and fourth rounds, it’s all over but the shouting as the rookie squad announced its coming in style and will dethrone SW-Masters in the most convincing way in the next two days. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Cebu CC fired 133 points for 273, 24 points behind SW-Masters.Bernice Ilas shot 53 points, Mika Fortuna contributed 52 and Sofia Chabon never got going and accounted for just 48 as SW-Masters sputtered for the second straight round.Coach Norman Sto. Domingo, despite the big lead, is not about to take it easy as he bared that he will have the talented Yuka Saso leading his third round crew to do the mop-up job this early.Saso played in the first round on Tuesday and fired 59 points. She will lead a team that will debut 13-year-old Annika Pineda-Cayabyab.“We will go all out and try and extend our lead,” Domingo said after watching his last player hole out on the difficult 18th hole of the age-old layout. “We would want to get this done early so that the players can relax on Friday (in the final round).”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more