Kilkenny stand between the Premier County and a first title in six years.Brian Cody’s Cats have played a big part in preventing hurling followers in this county becoming reacquainted with Liam McCarthy – they defeated Tipp in the 2011 and 2014 finals.Maher doesn’t believe the more immediate past will determine the outcome of Sunday’s game. Meanwhile, Minor hurling manager Liam Cahill says doing the ‘simple things right’ will give Tipperary a great chance of winning the All-Ireland title this weekend.The Premier County, who haven’t lifted the Irish Press Cup since 2012, face Limerick in the final at Croke Park.They beat the Treaty County by 17 points in this year’s Munster decider.The Tipp boss is expecting a very different type of encounter on Sunday.Throw in for that match on Sunday is at 1.15 and Tipp FM will have full live commentary, with build-up starting just after 1 o’clock. Coverage will be brought to you in association with Gleeson Steel and Engineering. Kilkenny’s Eoin Larkin has eight All-Ireland winners’ medals.He thinks adding another one to his collection will require a huge effort by his side.Tipp FM will have live commentary on the match this Sunday afternoon. Our build-up to the game – which gets underway at 3.30 – begins at 3 o’clock in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh.
Informal traders such as these are gearing up to take advantage of the business opportunities offered by the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.)Informal traders are learning foreign languages in preparation for the thousands of visitors from all over the world expected during this year’s Fifa spectacular.Thulani Mabhena arrives early to secure his spot and start laying out his merchandise outside the Hector Peterson Museum, in Orlando West, Soweto South Africa’s biggest township. “Bonjour ma soeur [Hello my sister],” he says to a lady passing by rushing to catch a taxi to work. “Bonjour Thulas [Hello Thulas],” said the woman. “Comment allez-vous ma soeur? [How are you my sister?],” replies Mabena with a bright smile.Mabhena, or Thulas as he is affectionately known, has been practising French for the past four weeks. “I’m getting really good at the language now. By the time the foreign visitors arrive here for the World Cup in June I’ll be brilliant. This will make them feel welcome, and hopefully they will purchase a few items amidst all the excitement,” he said.Thulas uses a French book he got from a friend to learn French. He focuses on learning basic phrases, such as greetings, and simple terms to explain and negotiate prices and make sales. “I mainly started learning French because I realise how popular Soweto is, particularly this historical area. Many tourists come here all year round. I suspect during the World Cup there will be even more tours to this area.”The museum is on Khumalo Street and is a commemoration of the 16 June 1976 Soweto Uprising. Thousands of students took to the streets to protest against being taught in Afrikaans at schools, as dictated by the Afrikaans medium decree. Hector Peterson was one of the hundreds of children who were killed when police responded to the protestors with teargas and live bullets.The historic museum is a short distance from where police opened fire on students. It takes visitors on a journey through the build-up to the youth rebellion, the events of the day and its tragic end result.Tourists visit Soweto all year round, taking tours to historic sites such as the Hector Peterson Museum. This makes it a hot spot for vendors selling South African arts and crafts, and other memorabilia.Thulas sells handmade, beaded leather shoes, shirts, hats, wooden bangles, wooden wine glasses, handmade painted tablecloths, calabashes, small sculptures of elephants and rhinos, key holders, and other craft painted with South African flag colours.“I’m not the only person selling here as you can see. I want to put myself a step ahead of the pack. The other vendors here can’t speak French. Who do you think the tourist will want to buy from – the guy speaking a language they can’t understand, or the one that speaks their language?”Serving SA on a hot plateAbout 10 Kilometres east of the museum lies Soccer City the largest stadium in Africa and the flagship venue for the Soccer World Cup 2010. The stadium can seat 80 000 people and will be hosting both the opening match and the final.Ntabiseng Molefe is cooking up a storm with her friend Lufuno Mgomane. They dance and sing along to traditional Mozambican music coming from a small CD player. “Bom dia Senhor [Good morning Sir],” they say in unison as a gentlemen approaches them to enquire about the price for one plate of food. The gentlemen speaks to them in Portuguese and they reply in Portuguese, checking their notebooks every now and then to make sure they get each phrase right.They make a successful sale and break into uncontrollable laughter from excitement as the man walks off with his plate of steamy tripe and pap (Afrikaans for stiff porridge) singing and bopping his head to the sounds of the Mozambican music in the background. “We did it amigo [friend],” said Molefe.Mgomane and Molefe have been learning Portuguese from their neighbours and construction workers working in the area who come from Mozambique. “We sell food here which is just a few kilometres from the stadium. Tourists will pass us here on the way to the stadium. They will smell our lovely South African food and want to taste it. Then we will charm them with our Portuguese. We’ll be selling endless plates.”The two ladies say they chose Portuguese because they believe it’s more universal in ‘football world.’ “The Brazilians are the most popular team and the Spanish team and they can both speak and understand it. Many African countries speak it too. In football world I think most people can speak or understand some Portuguese,” said Mgomane.Molefe says they are keen to be part of the big event and want to interact with the tourists, football fans and players. By learning the language, they believe they are giving themselves a good chance in business and in enjoying this once in a lifetime experience. “I’m sure the players will also drive past here touring or on the way to the stadium for games. They will hear the music and us speaking their language. I’m sure they will give us their autographs and say hello,” she said.“Tourists might also get lost on the way to the stadium and they always ask the people on the streets for directions. Imagine how welcome and safe they will feel when we respond to them in their own language. The music helps to create a vibe too and draw people’s attention. It will make tourists stop and dance for a while, the smell will catch them, and we will make big sales. ”Mgomane agrees. “We are determined to sell this country of ours. With every sale we make we will serve South Africa to the tourists. They will remember the warmth of the pap, and the people of this country.”Vendors key to tourism attractionThe Durban police station has set up classrooms where vendors can learn French. A young woman who recently finished her French degree has been giving classes to vendors who work along the beachfront where most of the city’s top hotels are located.The classes have been going on for the past two months, and take place three times a week.Durban will host seven World Cup matches and expects 100 000 visitors during the tournament. The city wants to ensure that vendors benefit from the influx of visitors.The vendors will not be allowed in areas managed by Fifa, including the stadiums, where only official World Cup partners such as Coca-cola and Budweiser are allowed to sell their products.To insure the traders are still able to benefit from the event, three new markets are being built to house 500 stalls along the beachfront.“Informal traders are a key tourism attraction,” said Vumi Mchunu, the city’s coastal areas manager“It is important for them to know other languages in order to interact with their customers clearly during the World Cup,” she said.Though many vendors in South Africa have little education, some battling to speak English one of the country’s official languages. They are enthusiastic about learning a new language, hoping it can boost their growth and their small business.
South African songstress Yvonne ChakaChaka has been recognised for herefforts in the fight against malaria. Chaka Chaka receiving a recognitionaward from Prof Ahmed Wadee, dean ofthe Faculty of Health Sciences at Wits.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Borrie La GrangeHead of CommunicationsMSF South Africa+27 83 287 5294RELATED ARTICLES• Holgate’s goodwill drive to Juba• Malaria cases halved in SA• Roger Milla, Fifa give malaria the boot• Swaziland to wipe out malariaBongani NkosiSix months after Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s backing singer Phumzile Ntuli died of cerebral malaria in 2004, the renowned musician resolved to start bold awareness campaigns about the deadly disease.Chaka Chaka’s group were unaware that Ntuli had contracted malaria when they returned from a musical festival in Gabon. Not suspecting that her malaise signalled an infection, Ntuli was driven home to rest.She visited a doctor the following day when her condition deteriorated, but it was misdiagnosed as general fever – according to Chaka Chaka.“She was put in the intensive care unit at the Johannesburg General Hospital (now Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital) and two days later she died.“That was a turning point in my life,” said Chaka Chaka, speaking at the opening of the Malaria in Context exhibition at Wits University on 25 July 2011.Chaka Chaka became a goodwill ambassador for Unicef in 2005 and has since used this status to raise awareness about malaria.It’s estimated that the mosquito-borne infectious disease kills at least 800 000 people, mostly pregnant women and children, in Africa each year.Although Unicef initially approached Chaka Chaka to become a goodwill ambassador for HIV/Aids, she chose instead to focus on malaria due to the unexpected death of her band member.During her life, Ntuli had also sung alongside legendary musicians such as Letta Mbulu and the late Miriam Makeba.The tragic loss made Chaka Chaka realise how uninformed South Africans are about the disease, as it’s no longer a common killer in this country.“I was totally ignorant of malaria as well,” she said. “You don’t know until it happens to you.”Through her involvement in several awareness campaigns, Chaka Chaka has travelled the continent and the world to speak out about the disease and distribute mosquito nets.Her goodwill ambassadorship for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) is her most notable contribution to the cause.This campaign – led by the World Bank, World Health Organisation, Unicef and the UN Development Programme – is a “global framework for coordinated action against” the disease.For her efforts, RBM and the UN honoured Chaka Chaka with a special award of recognition in November 2010.The New York-based Explorer’s Club honoured her in June 2011 alongside South African explorer Kingsley Holgate, who has fought for many years to combat the disease.Chaka Chaka’s foundation, Princess of Africa, has also positioned itself as a leading voice on the issue.In addition, she has endorsed Doctors without Borders’ (MSF) Kiss Malaria Goodbye, a new online campaign that seeks to raise awareness of malaria among South Africans.Wits exhibitionAt the exhibition opening, Wits University’s Faculty of Health Sciences Prof Ahmed Wadee said of Chaka Chaka’s efforts: “She has taken her public profile and used it as a goodwill ambassador.”Sponsored by MSF, the exhibition illustrates the history of the disease in South Africa and shows how the country is fighting to eliminate the disease.“I’m proud to be associated with this initiative the exhibition,” Chaka Chaka said.‘It can be beaten’Chaka Chaka has seen various improvements in curbing the impact of malaria. While in 2005 it used to kill at least one child every 35 seconds in Africa, statistics show that this has dropped slightly to one death every 45 seconds.But figures show it remains a serious concern, she noted. Chaka Chaka believes African governments need to invest more in fighting the disease – and for it to become a public- and private-sector initiative.“It can be done,” she said. “If we don’t do it now, we’re going to be judged by the next generation.”Some countries have shown that it’s possible to eradicate malaria completely. Australia achieved this in 1970, and Morocco in 2007.Mosquito nets have become highly successful in preventing malaria in risk-prone African areas. But actual treatment still needs to be improved, according to MSF.The organisation said it was lobbying governments to adopt artemisinin-based therapy, which it said is more effective, safer and easier to administer than quinine.
New Delhi: Overseas investors have pulled out a net amount of Rs 3,014 crore from the Indian capital markets this month so far, but the trend may reverse following the removal of enhanced surcharge on FPIs, experts said. According to depositories data, foreign portfolio investors (FPI) withdrew a net amount of Rs 12,105.33 crore from equities, but pumped in Rs 9,090.61 crore into the debt segment during August 1-23. This has translated into a total net outflow of Rs 3,014.72 crore from the capital markets (both equity and debt). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Out of 15 trading sessions, foreign investors were net buyers in only two sessions. The sell off in equities continued due to a mix of factors including US Fed rate cut, US-China trade war and the post Budget tax hike on high income investors,” said Harsh Jain, co-founder and COO of Groww. The Centre on Friday announced a slew of measures to revive growth momentum, including rollback of enhanced super-rich tax on foreign and domestic equity investors imposed in the Budget. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostPrior to the announcement of enhanced super-rich tax in the Union Budget for 2019-20 in July, FPIs were net buyers for five consecutive months. FPIs had infused a net Rs 10,384.54 crore in June, Rs 9,031.15 crore in May, Rs 16,093 crore in April, Rs 45,981 crore in March and Rs 11,182 crore in February into the Indian capital markets. However, the position reversed in July, when FPIs turned net sellers to the tune of Rs 2,985.88 crore.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned Friday that the Fed’s independence from political pressure must be respected if it is to succeed in controlling inflation, maximizing employment and regulating the financial system.His remarks Friday came after Kevin Warsh, a former Fed official who President Donald Trump interviewed for the chairman post, said in an interview earlier this month with Politico that Trump did not appear to view the Fed as an independent body. He said Trump was direct about how he thought interest rates should be managed.Powell, in a speech in Stockholm, warned against taking that independence for granted given its recent success in keeping inflation low.“We must not forget the lessons of the past, when a lack of central bank independence led to episodes of runaway inflation and subsequent economic contractions,” Powell said in prepared remarks.Following Warsh’s comments regarding Trump, members of the Senate Banking Committee quizzed two of Trump’s nominees for the Federal Reserve Board, Richard Clarida and Michelle Bowman, about the importance of Fed independence.Both said yes when asked by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, whether they thought it was important for the Fed to remain free from White House influence. Clarida said that neither Trump nor any other member of his administration had said anything during his interviews that would be compromising to the Fed’s independence.“I had a number of meetings over several months with a number of officials, including the president, and in no meeting, at no time, did I ever have any reason to question the independence of the Federal Reserve,” Clarida said then.The double-digit inflation of the late 1970s is often blamed, in part, on then-Federal Reserve Chairman Arthur Burns, who was reluctant to raise short-term interest rates high enough to choke off inflation for fear of causing massive unemployment.Burns and other Fed officials were pressured by President Richard Nixon, who was leery of any political blowback from rising unemployment.Inflation remained high into the early 1980s until Paul Volcker, appointed Fed Chair by President Jimmy Carter, pushed short-term interest rates to nearly 20 per cent. That sparked a sharp recession, but it also reined in inflation.Powell spoke at a conference celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Riksbank, Sweden’s equivalent of the Fed.The Fed is also focused on making its actions transparent, Powell said, in order to bolster public support. That’s increasingly important at a time when “trust in government and public institutions is at historic lows,” he said.Research has shown that an independent central bank typically does a better job regulating banks and the broader financial system, Powell said.“There can be no macroeconomic stability without financial stability,” he said.___AP Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger contributed to this report.
Damascus: The Syrian government on Friday condemned US President Donald Trump’s pledge to recognise Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, saying it flies in the face of international law. Trump on Thursday called the Golan — a strategic area seized from Syria in 1967 and annexed in a move never recognised by the international community — “of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!” The Syrian government denounced his comments, saying they flagrantly disregarded international law. “The American position towards Syria’s occupied Golan Heights clearly reflects the United States’ contempt for international legitimacy and its flagrant violation of international law,” a foreign ministry source told the official SANA news agency. The source said Trump’s comments showed the extent of his administration’s bias towards Israel. They “once again confirmed the United State’s blind bias in favour of the Zionist occupation forces and its unlimited support for their aggressive actions.” The source accused the US of stoking tensions and threatening international stability, and urged members of the international community to stand against such positions and act in accordance with international law. “The statements of the US president and his administration on the occupied Syrian Golan will never change the fact that the Golan was and will remain Arab and Syrian,” the source said. The Arab League echoed the Syrian government’s position.
New Delhi: Former Army chief Dalbir Singh Suhag has been appointed as India’s next high commissioner to Seychelles, a country which is of strategic importance to India in the Indian Ocean region.”He is expected to take up the assignment shortly,” the Ministry of External Affairs said while making the announcement. General (retired) Suhag was the Army chief from July 31, 2014, to December 31, 2016. He was also part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka in 1987. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’His appointment as Indian High Commissioner to Seychelles comes amid deepening military ties between India and the island nation. India is developing Assumption Island in Seychelles as a naval base to expand its footprint in the strategically-key region where China has been trying to enhance its military presence. An agreement to develop the island was inked in 2015 between India and Seychelles. In June last year, Seychelles President Danny Faure visited India during which both countries agreed to work together on the Assumption Island project. Before his visit to India, there were reports from the island nation that it was cancelling the pact with New Delhi to develop the naval base in Assumption island.
New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia’s first woman Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar has urged varsity staff to ensure that they pass no comments on students’ clothing, complexion, race or religion. Addressing the members of the teaching and the non-teaching fraternity Monday, Professor Akhtar underlined the need for updating the existing courses, overhauling outdated ones and opening new courses in sync with contemporary demands. “Growth and development of an institution has two dimensions consolidation and expansion. We must try to consolidate what we already have, update and tone up programmes that have been running and overhaul those that are outdated and lagging behind,” she said. Akhtar said JMI is a gender-sensitive institution and right from its inception, it has embraced the idea of co-education and healthy mixing and growth of both genders. “Let us do nothing or make no such utterances that can be even remotely be interpreted as disrespectful or derogatory to women,” she cautioned. Staff members should not make any comments on a student’s clothing, complexion, race, place of origin or religion, Akhtar said. “Women empowerment will be a special focus of the current administration,” the vice-chancellor said, adding, “let us all cultivate common virtues of humanity and cosmopolitanism.”
SULAYMANIYAH – Syrian refugees struggle to survive the cold weather and bleak camp conditions at Arbat refugee camp in the Sulaymaniyah province in the Kurdish regional administration in the north of Iraq.Refugees reportedly face extreme need for doctors and medical supplies.The Arbat camp hosts around 2,000 Syrian refugees and most of their basic needs, such as food and clothes, are met by the Iraqi Kurdish people. Refugees, who are able to find job and cheap shelter, migrate to cities, while the number of refugees working and living in Sulaymaniyah exceeds 20,000. Those without employment and shelter in city centers struggle against winter conditions in camps.Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Muhammed Yusuf, a Syrian refugee, said they are in need of gynecologists and medical materials, stressing that it would benefit the women in the camp if the administration permits Syrian doctors to work there.Muhammed Ahmed, another refugee, said the camp’s tents were not suitable for winter conditions and occasionally caught fire, against which camp residents stood guard.Refugees at Arbat camp also ask the administration’s officials to transfer them to the Behirke camp near Irbil.
For the first time in almost four years, the Ohio State men’s basketball team has earned the top ranking in the country. Duke, who was No. 1 in all major polls this season, suffered a 66-61 loss Wednesday to Florida State and opened the door for OSU to claim the top spot with a win Saturday against Penn State. The Buckeyes survived the Nittany Lions and walked away with a 69-66 victory. OSU is now No. 1 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches’ polls. But the team was not focused on the No. 1 ranking. “Honestly, as a team, we really didn’t say nothing after the game about that,” freshman center Jared Sullinger said. “We just focused on we have Iowa on Wednesday night, and that’s our next matchup.” Coach Thad Matta acknowledged the ranking but said he was more focused on the big picture. “The thing that excites me the most is it’s the second time we’ve been there in a few years, and I think it is great for the program,” he said. “I don’t know how many schools can say that they have been in that position, and we are definitely one of them.” Prior to having the top spot in the AP poll March 5, 2007, the Buckeyes had not claimed that position in 45 years. Senior David Lighty was on the team in 2007 and is the only Buckeye who has been on a No. 1-ranked team. With veteran players at his disposal, Matta said he is not concerned with the new poll. “I think they’re experienced enough to just say, ‘Hey, it is what it is,’” he said. “We have to go out and continue to play basketball to win basketball games.” With their 18-0 record, the Buckeyes have the third best start in school history. The 1960-61 squad started 22-0 and the 1961-62 team opened with 27 straight victories. OSU was ranked fourth in the first AP poll of the season. The team moved up to No. 2 in the fourth week of the poll after then-No. 2 Michigan State and then-No. 3 Kansas State suffered their first losses Nov. 23. Though they acknowledged the rankings at this time of year are not important, the players said they hope they are worthy of the lofty location. “It’s really early, but I think we are very talented,” senior Jon Diebler said. “It’s hard to tell if we are No. 1 or not. Again, we are just going to try and keep getting better every day, and we’re not really going to worry about the rankings.” To maintain the top spot, the Buckeyes likely have to keep improving. Its last four games, against Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan and Penn State, were the team’s only contests this season that ended with single-digit score differences. OSU will host Iowa at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and Matta said he knows the rankings won’t matter when his team steps on the court. “It doesn’t get you more points; it doesn’t get you stops,” he said. “We have to go out and honor it.”