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20 January 2010Although likely to remain subdued in the opening months, there is a good chance that economic growth could be surprisingly solid, with South Africa ending 2010 with annual GDP growth of over 3%, says Old Mutual chief economist Rian le Roux.“The combination of a recovery in consumer demand, ongoing robust public sector spending, an end to the cycle of destocking, moderate export gains and the [2010 Fifa World Cup™], could combine to generate a surprisingly robust acceleration in growth during the middle quarters of 2010,” Le Roux in a statement this week.“We could even see another interest rate cut from the Reserve Bank adding to the positive conditions, should inflation surprise on the downside and the rand remain strong.”Global recovery ‘solid’Le Roux pointed out that the global recovery is solidly underway, and added that he believed the risk of a “W-shaped” downturn was relatively small.This means South Africa will benefit from revivals in both the developed and emerging markets, particularly China, helping underpin export volumes and prices of its commodity exports.Not only will this help the trade deficit, which Le Roux predicted should stay steady at around 4.5% of GDP this year, but the country should also continue to attract foreign capital inflows, so that the rand depreciates only moderately against the US dollar over the year.Inflation, interest ratesLe Roux added that inflation should also remain under control for the year, driven by the stronger rand, lower food prices and weak consumer demand. Inflation pressures continue to remain though, arising especially from Eskom’s proposed electricity tariff hikes.“Eskom will prove to be a thorn in the side of the economy for many years, probably throughout the first half of new decade,” he said.With inflation relatively tame for now, Le Roux said the most likely scenario was for interest rates to remain unchanged (with prime at 10.5%) for all of 2010.However, the Reserve Bank could surprise with a 50 basis point rate cut – possibly in the first quarter – should consumer spending prove particularly sluggish or inflation especially benign.Outlook for 2011However, in 2011 a more robust growth environment and gathering inflationary pressures could see rates starting to rise again, Old Mutual said although the timing and speed of the next tightening cycle was hard to predict with any accuracy at this stage.“So after the year of big macroeconomic surprises that was 2009, on first examination our forecasts for 2010 paint a much quieter scenario – with relatively steady inflation, interest rates, currency and economic growth ahead,” Le Roux observed.“This should be welcome by most South Africans. However, experience tells us that there are always unexpected shocks from some source, and this year will probably no different.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
3 April 2013 Search engine giant Google has launched the first TV white space trial in South Africa, providing wireless broadband over a “white space” network to 10 schools in Cape Town in a test project that aims to help establish a new model for internet connectivity in developing countries. Google has been a strong advocate of using white spaces – unused channels in the broadcast TV spectrum – to democratise broadband internet access.Democratising internet access Announcing the launch of the South Africa trial last week, Google said that TV white space technology “offers the potential to improve internet connectivity where it is most needed – in the developing world. “TV white space’s lower frequencies can travel longer distances, making the technology well suited to provide low-cost connectivity to rural communities with poor telecommunications infrastructure. It is also used for expanding coverage of wireless broadband in densely populated urban areas.” The service will be broadcast to the 10 Cape Town schools from three base stations located at Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in Tygerberg. The trial will seek to demonstrate that broadband can be offered over white spaces without interfering with licensed spectrum holders.‘Cutting edge of innovation’ The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Meraka Institute will confirm the results by taking spectrum measurements and reporting back to local broadcasters and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). Luke Mckend, Google South Africa’s country manager, said Google was looking forward “to opening discussions with policy makers around a regulatory framework that will support the wider use of TV white space to deliver wireless broadband internet across the country.” Other partners in the trial include e-Schools Network, the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa (Tenet), and US wireless communication solutions provider Carlson Wireless. Arno Hart, project manager at Tenet, said the trial “brings South Africa to the cutting edge of innovation in terms of improving internet connectivity, and is a very positive step towards bringing many more South Africans online. This trial will also be used to inform the regulatory process in South Africa.”Microsoft launches pilot in Kenya According to Google, white space technology is gaining momentum around the world. “In the US, it is already available for licensed exempt uses. In the UK, regulator Ofcom is working on a model regulatory framework based on a licence-exempt or ‘managed access’ use of television white spaces spectrum. “We hope the results of the trial will drive similar regulatory developments in South Africa and other African countries.” And Google is not the only major IT player looking into the new technology. In February, Microsoft announced a pilot project with the Kenyan government and local internet service provider Indigo Telecom to provide low-cost, high-speed wireless broadband in the East African country. According to Microsoft, the initiative – dubbed “Mawingu”, which is Kiswahili for cloud – would involve the first deployment of solar-powered base stations working together with TV white spaces to deliver high-speed internet access to areas lacking even electricity. Microsoft said it hoped to implement similar pilots in east and southern Africa in the coming months to further explore the commercial feasibility of TV white space technology. “These pilots will be used to encourage other African countries to accelerate legislation that would enable this TV white space technology to deliver on the promise of universal access for Africa,” the company said. SAinfo reporter
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa and George Springer celebrate Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. The Astros won 5-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — A perfect fit in their own place, the Houston Astros are halfway home.George Springer and the Astros broke out the bats early this time and kept up their big run at Minute Maid Park in October, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 Friday night for a 2-1 lead in the World Series.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort McCullers left in the sixth as Los Angeles scored twice to cut into a 5-1 deficit. Peacock followed, and shouldered the load for a shaky bullpen by posting his first save in 11 years of pro ball. The right-hander was nearly perfect, walking one and striking out four.“It was awesome,” said Peacock, who made 21 starts and 13 relief appearances during the regular season. “I’ve never experienced anything like that in my life.”Coupled with four shutout innings from McCullers to finish off the Yankees in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, the unconventional Astros became the first team to have two saves of three-plus innings in one postseason.On a night when a lot went right for Houston, also credit third base coach Gary Pettis, who’s been having quite a postseason. He boldly sent Josh Reddick careening home on a wild throw by reliever Tony Watson for a two-out run in the fifth.The Astros rode the momentum of a thrilling victory Wednesday night in Los Angeles, where Marwin Gonzalez hit a tying homer in the ninth on an 0-2 pitch from star closer Kenley Jansen, and Houston went deep three times in extra innings before hanging on to win 7-6 in 11.Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger almost won that game with a drive that was caught on the warning track in the ninth. He fanned all four times up in Game 3, leaving him 0 for 11 with seven strikeouts in the Series.“I think he’s just in that funk right now where he’s chasing balls out of the strike zone,” Roberts said.This game wasn’t nearly as dramatic, not that the home crowd minded.Fans were revved up from the start when injured Houston Texas defensive end J.J. Watt — who has raised more than $37 million for relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey — wobbled out to the mound on crutches to throw the first ball.Soon, it was time for the Houston hitters to take over. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Coming off a dramatic rally to win Game 2 at Dodger Stadium, the Astros improved to 7-0 at home this postseason. Jose Altuve & Co. have dominated, too, outscoring the Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers 36-10 in that span.“We’re very comfortable here,” Hinch said.Springer lined a leadoff double in the first and the Astros went on to win a home game for the first time in the World Series. They were swept by the White Sox in 2005, and this win left them two victories from a most elusive championship.Game 4 will be Saturday night when Charlie Morton starts for Houston. Left-hander Alex Wood pitches for the Dodgers, facing a lineup that has put at least one runner on in 14 straight innings.“Obviously, this crowd is into it. Very educated, very enthusiastic,” Dodgers manager Dave Robert said. “They’ve got some confidence over there, that team.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Green, Beal ejected after fight during Wizards-Warriors game View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Gurriel homered into the Crawford Boxes in left to begin the second — he became the 13th hitter already to homer in this Series. Reddick followed with a double and Evan Gattis, the designated hitter with the game in an American League park, drew a walk.Gonzalez launched a drive off the wall in left and wound up with an RBI single when Gattis held at second, seeing if the ball would be caught. Brian McCann singled home another run with one of his three hits, and Alex Bregman’s sacrifice fly made it 4-0.When Altuve doubled, Darvish was done after 1 2/3 innings. He threw 49 pitches and the Astros swung and missed only once.Darvish had done well at Minute Maid, going 4-1. That included a 2013 start when he was one out from a perfect game for the Rangers before Gonzalez singled.“The fastball command wasn’t there, and the slider was backing up. So he just really didn’t have the feel and couldn’t get any type of rhythm going,” Roberts said.Last month, Darvish and several Dodgers players wore Houston Strong T-shirts to raise money for hurricane relief. The four-time All-Star who previously played in Texas also contributed to the relief efforts.On Thursday, Darvish kidded that maybe his goodwill would lead to good luck.“Since I made that donation, maybe I can use a ball that doesn’t have much pop in it,” he said through a translator.Nope, didn’t quite work out that way. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The ballpark was booming from the start, with cheers, chants and a train whistle echoing beneath the closed roof. Deep in the heart of football country, a sellout crowd stood much of the evening. And with every Houston batter getting a hit or walk, fans enjoyed the Friday Night Sights.“The energy in the building is second to none,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “It’s loud. They’re loud from the very beginning.”FEATURED 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 shutoutYuli Gurriel homered to begin a four-run burst in the second inning that sent Yu Darvish to the shortest start of his career. Astros curveballer Lance McCullers Jr. wobbled, but protected the lead into the sixth.Brad Peacock rose to the occasion with 3 2/3 innings of hitless relief to put the Astros two wins from their first championship.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University maintained its foothold atop the standings after brushing off University of the East, 25-10, 25-21, 25-18, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Tamaraws improved to 5-0 card while the Red Warriors stumbled to a 1-4 record for the No. 7 spot.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Bornzkie Mangosong rides to win anew in MMF Supercross P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Redijohn Paler led FEU with 12 points while John Paul Bugaoan had 11 points.In the other game, University of Santo Tomas had a quick victory over De La Salle, 25-22, 25-18, 25-17, for its third win against two losses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Tiger Spikers 3-2 record gave them sole possession of the fourth spot with Ateneo (2-2) falling to the fifth seed.Joshua Umandal put up 18 points to lead UST while Manuel Medina added nine. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash
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Everton plan bids for Bournemouth striker Wilson, Batshuayiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are aiming for a busy January market.The Daily Express says manager Marco Silva has been forced to utilise Richarlison up front, with Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse not trusted to lead the line.And director of football Marcel Brands wants to secure another goal-getter’s signature in the new year.Callum Wilson has been lined up after impressing at Bournemouth.While Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is on Everton’s radar too with his loan spell at Valencia potentially set to be cancelled. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Andy Carroll in line for second Newcastle debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Carroll is in line for a second Newcastle United debut against Brighton tomorrow.Carroll hasn’t played since February towards the end of an injury-plagued six years at West Ham, and underwent surgery to address a long-standing ankle problem in April.However, the striker, who returned to Newcastle on a free transfer in August, is now closing in on a return to first team football after impressing in training. Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said: “As long as he comes through today (Friday) OK – touch wood, he’ll come through today OK – but yes, he will be involved, which is good news for all of us.”At the top end of the pitch, him and Allan Saint-Maximin as well, we have been a little bit short – and Dwight Gayle is another one – so we have had limited options up top, but certainly the return of Andy and Allan give us something which obviously can only benefit us.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal outcast Ozil responds to his Europa League snubby Paul Vegas3 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal outcast Mesut Ozil has responded to his Europa League snub last night.Ozil has taken to Twitter to post a message to the Arsenal fans after Unai Emery left him out of his Europa League squad for victory over Vitoria.The Gunners midfielder posted a picture of himself with Arsenal coach and club legend Robert Pires.Alongside it he wrote: “Trained with this AFC legend this morning. Always a pleasure to see you my Bro Robert Pires. Best of luck for the match now from both of us.”Trained with this AFC legend this morning Always a pleasure to see you my Bro @piresrobert7 __ Best of luck for the match now from both of us @Arsenal#UEL#YaGunnersYa#M1Öpic.twitter.com/EHASSIA3ac— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 24, 2019