West Ham have recalled Sam Howes from his loan spell at Wealdstone. The highly-rated 18-year-old goalkeeper has impressed since joining the Stones, who recently extended the loan deal for another month.Howes is an England Under-17 international and made his first appearance for West Ham’s senior side during a pre-season trip to New Zealand in 2014.See also:Wealdstone sign highly-rated West Ham keeperHowes to stay on loan at WealdstoneFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
12 October 2005In the coming months Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will be sending fieldworkers to households all over the country to assess informal and self-employment, so as to measure the growth of South Africa’s informal economy.This will help provide a clearer picture of the country’s economic growth and unemployment, and help the government provide services to encourage entrepreneurship.Stats SA deputy director-general Elizabeth Gavin told Parliament’s portfolio committee on finance on Tuesday that South Africa’s “second”, or informal, economy was difficult to measure because the sector’s large number of small and informal businesses were not listed on the official business register. The survey is an attempt to remedy this situation.Survey fieldworkers are being trained and will be going out to selected households in the coming weeks, Gavin said.This ties in with Stats SA’s priority of improving the quality of statistical information, as was achieved by its November 2004 benchmarking and rebasing of GDP, the committee was told.Gavin said the survey was important to assess the impact of the informal economy on South Africa’s GDP.Statistician-general Pali Lehohla said informal employers and the self-employed should be taken into account in the assessment of GDP; the only way to do this was with a household survey of a sample frame of dwellings.Reliable information on the number of informal businesses is also necessary for the government to provide the necessary services to encourage people to start their own businesses, the committee was told.The survey would also result in more accurate unemployment figures, Stats SA officials said.The stricter international definition of employment does not reflect “job-seeking behaviour” as a whole, the committe was told. The standard measure may therefore not provide a comprehensive picture of the problem.A broader definition of unemployment accounts for factors such as “discouraged” job-seekers, so providing a clearer picture of actual numbers of people out of work.Source: BuaNews
13 February 2012President Jacob Zuma has called on all South Africans to participate in taking the country forward.The government was doing its part, he said; now it was time for the rest of us to “play your part” and invest in South Africa, he said, calling on business, labour, civil society and residents to form a partnership with the state.Zuma was speaking at a business breakfast briefing hosted by Brand South Africa, the SABC and The New Age newspaper at Grand West Casino in Cape Town on Friday.Just a few hours before, he had said goodnight to his guests after delivering his fourth State of the Nation address in Parliament.The mood at Grand West was jovial; everyone was relaxed and satisfied. The President himself was fresh-faced and upbeat.At the breakfast were government ministers, deputy ministers and business people, all armed with their questions. The briefing was broadcast live on SABC, and the general public was able to send in their questions for the President on Twitter and SMS.The openness of the dialogue was precedent-setting for a sitting South African president, and certainly marked a change in the government’s way of doing business.“We want to do things differently. We want to take South Africa forward. We believe we’ve made progress, but we know that there are challenges,” Zuma began. The government was tackling the economy in a way that it had not done in the past. “We can’t only do politics; we must also do the economy.”Zuma said the government’s major programme was infrastructure as it believed that building infrastructure would give opportunities to all.The government was creating an enabling environment and building infrastructure, and business needed to invest in opportunities that would open up. This would bring jobs and so improve the quality of life for all.“We have discussed the difficulties of doing business in South Africa. We are opening this. You must participate in this window period.”Partnership was a big theme for Zuma, who called on business to work with the government to deal with the negative impact of job losses. Training was mentioned as a possibility. “We must create the kind of projects that can create jobs.”What is differentAsked what was different for workers in his latest State of the Nation address – we’ve heard this all before, was the criticism – he said: “We’ve created an environment where jobs can be created. We have a massive infrastructure programme; there is money for it.“The private sector must see the opportunities for investment, and invest. The logical consequence of that is jobs.“You can’t have jobs without investment, and the government is creating an environment for investment.”He had three items on his wish list from the private sector: invest in the country, have confidence in the country, and big business must help small business.A hot potato issue, especially given that the Mining Indaba has just finished in Cape Town, is the nationalisation of mines. The final word on the topic came from the President.Setting many minds at rest, and garnering a round of applause, he said: “Nationalisation is not our policy. It is as clear as that. Our policy is a mixed economy.”Of potential, he said Africa was one of the fastest growing regions in the world, and the country should invest in that potential. “South Africa has the potential to grow. Working together, we can take advantage of Africa, the BRICS countries and the changing economy. Invest in this country; invest in your future.”Brief questionsAsked what keeps him awake at night, the President answered: the plight of the poor. “I am kept awake thinking of ways to alleviate their plight.”He pointed to South Africa’s strategic global importance in regards to shipping, saying it did nothing in its waters for its economy, despite the shipping lanes that passed the country. There were massive opportunities in this sector.Of toll roads, another hot potato, Zuma said they were necessary for road maintenance. However, the issue was not closed. South Africa was unusual in that the government was open to discussion of ideas and policies it had put forward.In answer to a question from the floor, the President said fronting in business – whereby companies use black people as figureheads to up their black economic empowerment ratings – would be punished.The details of what that punishment would be still had to be worked out, though. The law must come first, he said, and the details would come after.Rural developmentOf small towns, their factories and rural areas, he said the government was talking of reviving the economy and development of those regions as part of its plan.Asked about what was being done to stop farm murders, he pointed out that as crime was falling, so were farm murders. The police were working with farmers to stop this crime.The police were also working hard to address the issue of piracy. Many raids had already been carried out.Regarding service delivery, the government had delivered to some degree, but there were still challenges. There was electricity and water available where there had been none before. “The question of infrastructure remains a challenge.”The Italian ambassador offered his country’s and Europe’s help – we could share experiences, promote investments and help you avoid the mistakes we made in industrial policy and job creation, he said, to which Zuma replied that South Africa was certainly keen to learn what went wrong, and what would happen to alleviate the present economic crisis.Questioned about land reform, Zuma again spoke of the Green Paper on Land Reform he had mentioned in his State of the Nation address. “We are looking at those issues,” he said.“The fact is that lots of land was taken away and many people were left landless. We can’t let this continue. We need frank views from South Africans on how to solve land issues.”First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
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The Punjab Police issued the first of its alert on Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s supporters turning violent in case of an adverse verdict on August 13, indicating the build up and violence being planned by the Dera followers, a Punjab police official told The Hindu. Additional Director General, Punjab, Hardeep Singh Dhillon said the instructions to field units were sent on August 13 and they liaised with the Army well in advance.“As soon as the verdict was announced and violence was reported, we mobilised the Army in five mins, as we had already liaised with them. Curfew was imposed immediately at places where we expected trouble. We asked the Haryana administration several times to tell us the date of the verdict as we didn’t want to be caught napping,” Mr. Dhillon said. On August 22, three days before the verdict was announced at a special CBI court in Panchkula, the Punjab Police had issued an internal order that the Dera properties had “started storing petrol, diesel in drums at Naam Charcha Ghars in Faridkot; they have also stored sharp edged weapons and stones on the roof of the Charcha Ghars. On 25.8.2017, if the Hon’ble court would give verdict against Gurmeet Ram Rahim then devotees can use petrol and weapons to harm/destroy the government/public properties,” the communication said. The Centre has refused to hold the Haryana government responsible for its failure to avert Friday’s violence and arson in Panchkula and Sirsa where 32 people were killed, even though intelligence agencies said multiple alerts were issued a month in advance. No casualties were reported in neighbouring Punjab, which also has many Dera ashrams. Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a high level meeting at his residence on Saturday, which was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said, “DGP Haryana assured the situation is under control. In an ongoing situation, we cannot blame anyone (on Haryana government’s role).”Mr. Dhillon said it was difficult to identify and segregate the Dera followers on the streets. “They were moving around in normal clothes and in private cars, difficult to have stopped each vehicle to check their presence. This is why we enforced curfew in Punjab.” He added that 18,000 police personnel were mobilised and put on alert in the State.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has placed its bet on political greenhorn Bhanu Bhuria to throw a challenge for veteran Kantilal Bhuria in the Jhabua by-election, in a bid to halt the Congress waltz barely two steps away from a majority in the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha.The 10-month tenure of the Congress government has laid bare the party’s competing power centres, which were cobbled up for convenience to shore up the government the party secured after 15 years. And now, an implosion within the State unit seems impending. Farmer distress BJP’s Bhanu Bhuria, 36, plans to take on five-time MP and former Union Minister Kantilal Bhuria, 69, by raking up festering fault lines within the State Congress, farmer distress, shoddy flood relief and loan waiver in the State, ahead of the contest on October 21. “Despite being a tall leader, he couldn’t get any scheme for the region’s poor tribals when he was a Minister at the Centre and the State,” Mr. Bhanu, district president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, told The Hindu. The by-election became imminent after BJP MLA G.S. Damor wrested the Congress bastion of Ratlam in the Lok Sabha election. In both the Vidhan Sabha and the Lok Sabha elections, he embarrassed the Congress Bhurias — first Vikrant, and then father Kantilal. A win in the by-election could take the Congress just a step away from the majority mark of 116 in the 230-member House. Furthermore, it will help it ward off the persisting BJP offensive calling out its supposed minority in the Assembly. Mr. Damor’s resignation brought down the BJP’s tally to 108.“The youth have understood the Congress ploy of making false promises,” said Mr. Bhanu, whose sway in the Ranapur and Kalyanpur rural areas may help the BJP tide over the Congress stranglehold on villages. Recently, the BJP turned the campaign pitch shriller with Leader of the Opposition Gopal Bhargava terming by be-election a contest between India and Pakistan. Playing it safe, the BJP has dropped Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur from the list of star campaigners. And the Congress has stabled State Minister Umang Singhar and Jyotiraditya Scindia loyalists, although 40 leaders, including party interim president Sonia Gandhi and leader Rahul Gandhi and 10 State Ministers, are slated to lead the campaign trail. Mr. Singhar had earlier made the Congress nervous by accusing former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh of trying to destabilise the State government. Despite his popularity among the Bhil tribe, Mr. Singhar has been given a short shrift. His aunt, Jamuna Devi, a former Deputy CM, galvanised tribals for the Congress. Meanwhile, Jai Adivasi Yuva Shakti, on organisation of tribal youth, has announced its support for the Congress. And even ticket expectant and former MLA Javier Medha has pledged support for Mr. Kantilal.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham lose Hugo Lloris before Leicester kickoffby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham lost Hugo Lloris before kickoff against Leicester City.He was forced to rush back to London to attend the birth of his child.Lloris was due to start but left the team hotel on Saturday morning to be by his wife’s side in hospital, meaning Spurs have had to make a late selection change.Back-up goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga has replaced Lloris between the posts, as the 27-year-old makes just his 13th appearance since joining the club in August 2017.
CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. said Wednesday it needs time to review a surprise takeover offer from a rival marijuana producer that sent its share surging on another volatile trading day for pot stocks amid speculation a wave of consolidation is coming.“We advise shareholders to take no action until such time as the board has had the opportunity to fully consider and make a recommendation regarding the unsolicited offer,” CanniMed (TSX:CMED) said in response to the bid made public by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) after the close of markets on Tuesday.Vancouver-based Aurora announced an all-share offer valuing CanniMed’s stock at up to $24 per share that it said already has support from shareholders representing 38 per cent of CanniMed’s outstanding shares.Aurora said it submitted a proposal to CanniMed’s board of directors Monday and has given the company until Friday to respond. If the board doesn’t respond, it said it plans to launch a formal takeover bid.But CanniMed said that it has not received a formal written offer from Aurora, adding it would review the terms set out in the press release and respond by the Friday deadline.CanniMed cautioned that it considered Aurora’s estimates of how much the share-exchange deal was actually worth to CanniMed shareholders to be inflated, since Aurora’s valuation per share is based on its stock price as of Nov. 14 after a 125 per cent increase over the preceding 12 trading days.Following news of the proposed deal, CanniMed’s share price shot up $4.50 or 29.4 per cent to close at $19.80, while Aurora closed down $0.19 or three per cent at $6.22.CanniMed also said it is already in talks to acquire marijuana company Newstrike Resources Ltd. (TSXV:HIP), a producer endorsed by members of rock band the Tragically Hip.Marijuana analyst Vahan Ajamian said this latest deal could spark merger and acquisition activity among the around 50 licensed producers in the burgeoning industry ahead of recreational legalization, slated for July 1.“This could spark a wave of consolidation with the larger players ‘gobbling up’ the smaller ones,” said Ajamian in a note.PI Financial Corp. analyst Jason Zandberg said he wasn’t sure if the deal would spark consolidation, but that it make sense to build scale ahead of next July.“If you can build scale, then not only can you guarantee supply numbers, but you also have a bit better negotiating power,” said Zandberg.But he said any deals would likely be shared-based ones within the industry, like Aurora’s proposal, since cannabis stocks have climbed so much in recent months.“The absolute value of the market cap of these companies would scare off a lot of outsiders from buying.”He said the deal looks to make a lot of sense from both sides, but given CanniMed’s response it could go hostile.Current valuations mean that for some companies it would make more sense to simply build their own facilities, said Chris Damas, editor of the BCMI Report.“You can build square footage at a lower price than you can buy it on the stock market, the difference is quite astonishing.”He said CanniMed offered some particular attractions to Aurora, including licensed soft oil gel capsules, a foothold in Saskatchewan and expanded facilities that haven’t yet been reflected in its financials.If Aurora’s acquisition is successful, it would boost its market capitalization to more than $3 billion and would see it serve about 40,000 active registered patients. That compares to 63,000 at Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED), Canada’s largest marijuana company.CanniMed, previously Prairie Plant Systems, was one of the first medical marijuana companies to be granted a Health Canada licence to produce in 2013.
BEIJING, China – Some say China’s most prominent journalist is finished.Far from it, says Hu Shuli, founder of the financial magazine Caixin.Hu listened one recent afternoon to the theories floating in China’s chattering class about why she was handing over the editorial reins at Caixin, the only newsroom known for hard-hitting, investigative reporting in China — and dismissed them.“Laughable rumours,” Hu snapped. “I’m not stepping back or stepping down. You could say I’m stepping up.”In a rare interview with the Associated Press, Hu spoke bullishly about transitioning this month into a publisher role at the newsmagazine she co-founded in 2009, and about the prospects of the “Me Too” movement in China. She spoke more guardedly about censorship and declared Caixin as free as ever to conduct its signature muckraking reporting. China watchers say the space for independent journalism in the country, already one of the world’s most censored news environments, is fast vanishing under President Xi Jinping.“We always think there are stories to do and we don’t think, ‘maybe this environment should be better,’” said Hu. “We’ve always felt we could do anything we wanted. It was just based on what our priorities are.”Hu said she was handing the operation over to her long-time deputy Wang Shuo because of her age — she turns 65 this year. She will occasionally conduct major interviews and remain involved in major editorial decisions as an adviser to Wang, who she hired as a 25-year-old two decades ago.Known for her political savvy, for 30 years Hu has published scoops that uncovered corporate malfeasance and government corruption without repercussions while other journalists fell afoul of authorities and landed in jail. Her publication blew open the government coverup of the SARS epidemic in 2003 and has questioned countless deals among powerful companies, including state-backed enterprises.Caixin’s reshuffle comes shortly after Wang Qishan, an official widely seen as Hu’s longtime ally, stepped down from the Communist Party’s top leadership body, said Willy Lam, a political analyst at the Chinese University in Hong Kong.“Ms. Hu is famous for being supercharged, full of energy,” Lam said. “It’s difficult to believe she’s stepping aside because of age. It has to do with politics.”Hu declined to discuss her relationship with Wang and denied that political factors were behind her move. In any case, Wang appears to retain significant influence: he joined a parliamentary delegation this week amid speculation that Xi might soon name him vice-president.Still, at a time when Xi demands strict ideological discipline across Chinese society, particularly in sensitive industries like media, it remains to be seen if Caixin can continue to push the envelope. A liberal historical journal, Yanhuang Chunqiu, has been shuttered and influential online commentators silenced. Caixin made international headlines in 2016 when it published an interview with a Shanghai professor who criticized China’s tightening censorship, and, when censors moved to block the interview, Caixin disclosed the takedown order in an unusual show of defiance.Pressed nearly two years later, Hu shook her head, saying she doesn’t remember the incident.Even though she has not directed coverage recently, Hu said she is proud of her staff’s reporting on sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement in China. Discussion of the subject has sometimes been censored on Chinese social media or branded as a destabilizing foreign movement. But the story has gained some domestic traction, including reports by state-run outlets like the official Xinhua news agency, which Hu praised.“China also has this kind of problem … China had the ‘women hold up half the sky’ revolutionary slogan — but the actual situation, the actual status of women — I think is a very profound issue,” said Hu, adding that she wanted to do more to promote #MeToo.Hu said most of her energy will be focused on developing Caixin’s business model.In October the company became the first Chinese news company to erect a paywall, a decision Hu made based on the success of leading western newspapers. She declined to discuss subscription or revenue numbers, but acknowledged that online revenues are not yet considered “substantial.”Wei Wuhui, a lecturer of new media at Shanghai Jiaotong University who was asked by Hu to consult on Caixin’s paywall model last year, said the increasingly restrictive political atmosphere will affect Caixin. Apart from direct censorship, it will be hurt by the scarcity of young people willing to pursue journalism.“Even students studying journalism don’t want to do journalism now,” Wei said. “In a few years, the market for investigative journalism may not exist at all.”Never mind the naysayers, said Hu.Caixin has more fertile (and safe) areas than ever to investigate in China, she said.Wang ticked off financial crimes and environmental protection as beats where he plans to beef up staffing.A month after she officially relinquished the editor position, Hu still sat in her same corner office, her books and pictures untouched. Wang still works on a long narrow table with other editors in Caixin’s main newsroom of 400 people.Her advice for Wang was that “the opportunity is his to take now,” she said, adding: “And I’m still here.”