Pogba signs new two-year deal

first_img1 Florentin Pogba Florentin Pogba has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep the defender at St Etienne until 2018.Pogba, 24, elder brother of Juventus midfielder Paul, enjoyed a breakthrough season at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard last term, making 16 Ligue 1 appearances.“I thank the club, leaders, coaches and staff for giving me their trust,” he told the club’s official website.“I have made good progress since arriving at St Etienne. My start was a bit difficult because I was injured.“Then (manager) Christophe Galtier offered me the opportunity to play and I seized my chance.“I learned a lot off (fellow ASSE defenders) Loic Perrin and Moustapha Bayal Sall.“My only goal is to play. In St Etienne, I have great challenges ahead and I hope that the club will continue to move up.”last_img read more

South Africa ranks 30 for worldwide innovation influence

first_img3 February 2016South Africa has ranked number 30 out of 56 countries in terms of its domestic policies supporting global innovation.The global technology think tank, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released the data in its report, called Contributors and Detractors: Ranking Countries’ Impact on Global Innovation.“More innovation will be the determining factor in achieving greater progress,” stated the report, released on 20 January. “Countries’ economic and trade policies can either help or hurt global innovation.“In contrast, policies such as export subsidies or forced localisation harm global innovation. If nations increased their supportive policies and reduced their harmful policies, the rate of innovation worldwide would significantly accelerate.”How does South Africa compare?South Africa and Kenya were the only African countries to have been featured. Kenya ranked at 51.South Africa’s BRICS partners ranked as follows: Brazil came in at 41, Russia 42, India 54 and China 44.The top spots were taken by Finland, Sweden, the UK, Singapore, Netherlands, and Denmark, respectively.The authors of the report looked at various aspects that supported innovation locally, but which had a global effect, such as supportive tax systems, investing in the work force, and research and development.“Robust innovation is essential for economic growth and progress,” said co-author Stephen Ezell, ITIF’s vice-president for global innovation.“As countries increasingly vie for leadership in the innovation economy, they can implement policies that try to benefit only themselves but harm the production of innovation in the rest of the world. Or they can implement ‘win-win’ policies that bolster their own innovation capacity while also generating positive spill-overs for the entire global economy. For innovation to flourish around the world, we need a system that is doing much more of the latter.”According to technology news site IT Web, South Africa’s National Development Plan is the blueprint for “the national system of innovation to function in a coherent and co-ordinated manner, with broad objectives aligned with national priorities.“It seeks to improve the governance of the innovation system, especially by ensuring the alignment of science and technology innovations activities across government and by co-ordinating public funding.”To read the full report, click here.Source: IT Web and SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

R460-million for housing for Marikana miners

first_img30 June 2014 The North West provincial government has set aside over R460-million for housing projects in the platinum mining area of Marikana, as South Africa looks to push through a raft of measures aimed at ensuring long-term stability in the country’s mining industry. Delivering his State of the Province address in Mafikeng on Friday, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo said his administration would pay special attention to the troubled mining area over the next three years.R47-million spent acquiring land “As part of our contribution to development in the mining areas, we have set aside R462-million for housing projects in the Bojanala District in the Rustenburg Municipality, specifically in Marikana.” The provincial government, in partnership with mining company Lonmin and the Rustenburg Local Municipality, will build 2 000 housing units over a period of three years. “The project, which will start with immediate effect, is called Marikana Ext 2 Integrated Development,” Mahumapelo said, adding that the government had also spent R47-million buying land for housing projects from private owners. According to Mahumapelo, the Sunway Village Integrated Development Project in Madibeng is already under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of the current financial year. “This project targets the nearby informal settlements of Popo Molefe, Ten Room, Rietfontein, and Cosmos.”Measures to restore labour stability President Jacob Zuma last week welcomed the conclusion of a five-month long strike in South Africa’s platinum mining industry. “A long protracted strike was no longer in the interests of the parties involved or the country at large,” Zuma said, adding that the government looked forward to working with mining companies and unions to implement measures “to revitalise mining towns and restore labour stability in the sector”. In his State of the Nation address earlier this month, Zuma said the government would push for the implementation of the Framework Agreement for a Sustainable Mining Industry that was agreed on by labour, business and government last year. Zuma said he would take over this process himself, to ensure that the government implemented its undertaking, as part of the agreement, to build housing and other services to revitalise mining towns, with a focus on the mining areas of Motlosana, Emalahleni, Sekhukhune, Lephalale, West Rand and Matjhabeng. At the same time, the government would pressure mining companies to meet their Mining Charter targets in order to improve the lives of mineworkers. “Companies are expected to convert or upgrade hostels into family units, attain the occupancy rate of one person per room and also facilitate home ownership options for mine workers,” Zuma said, adding: “We urge the companies to meet the 2014 deadline for these targets and extend this right to dignity to mine workers.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Audiocast with Dr. Ken Wilund and Dr. Karen Chapman-Novakofski

first_imgDr. Ken WilundDr. Ken WilundTune in Tuesday, June 28 at 11:00 am ET for a fascinating free webinar, Nutrition, Exercise and Renal Disease.  Listen to this short audiocast for a preview of what this webinar has to offer.  To register, visit the event page.Dietitians earn 1.0 CPEU.Wilund podcastAudio Player/files/2016/06/Wilund-podcast.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.If you can’t attend the live webinar you can listen to the recording, which will be posted on the event page.  You can still earn CPEU by listing to the recording and completing the evaluation.This post was written by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

Sports ministry to felicitate Olympic medallists today

first_imgThe Union sports ministry would honour the six London Olympic medallists who made the countrys biggest medal haul at the recently concluded biggest sports extravaganza at a grand ceremony in the national capital on Thursday. The medallists — wrestler Sushil Kumar, shooter Vijay Kuamar (both silver medallists), boxer M.C. Mary Kom, shuttler Saina Nehwal, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and shooter Gagan Narang (bronze medallists) — who were part of the India’s most successful Olympic campaign would be felicitated and given cash rewards for their performances at the London Games. These athletes were expected to be present at the felicitation ceremony along with their close relatives and coaches. The Olympic medallists, with the other members of Indias Olympic contingent, would first march to Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate in open jeeps and pay floral tributes at the war memorial. Sports Minister Ajay Maken would hand over cash rewards to the medal winners.last_img read more