16 May 2012 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will offer incentives worth R5.75-billion over the next six years to help South Africa’s manufacturing sector become more competitive in an increasingly difficult global environment. Speaking at the launch of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme in Cape Town on Tuesday, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the world was going through a second wave of the recession brought on by the 2008-09 global financial crisis, with manufacturing coming under particular pressure.Manufacturing under global pressure Davies said the sector had been struggling with increasing input costs as well as the monetary policy response of advanced countries – whose ultra-low interest rates had led to money flooding into emerging countries where interest rates were higher, pushing up currencies such as the rand and making exports uncompetitive. The manufacturing sector contributed 14.6% to South Africa’s GDP in 2011, compared to 21% in 1977, while in fast-growing Asian countries manufacturing had been growing – in Korea from 23.6% in 1977 to 30.6% in 2010, in Malaysia from 19% to 26.1% over the same period. If South Africa wanted to be a leader in Africa, it had to raise its competitiveness, Davies said, adding that those manufacturers that had not boosted their competitiveness around the onset of the global financial crisis were the ones that were hardest hit. The new programme, which takes lessons from the successful Clothing and Textile Competitiveness Improvement Programme, will complement the state’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP), which was launched in April. Of the R5.75-billion available to manufacturing firms over the next six years, R1.25-billion had been allocated for this financial year. The programme will be complemented by a loan facility from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).Jobs commitment, BEE rating Firms that apply for support from the programme are required not to reduce employment during the duration of their participation in the programme. Applicants must also be at level 4 on the BEE scorecard, or have a credible plan on how they plan to do get to level 4 within the next four years. Davies thanked industry role players, particularly the Manufacturing Circle, for their contributions in compiling the programme, saying he was pleased that the organisation had become more prominent in the manufacturing sector. Tumelo Chipfupa, deputy director-general of The Enterprise Organisation, said the incentives would be calculated according to manufacturing value added and credits awarded – smaller firms, for example, as well as black-owned and managed firms, would be given a higher weighting when points were calculated. Grants would be based on a cost-sharing principle, with smaller firms being able to allocate a higher percentage of grants to cover funding for their competitiveness-enhancing projects than bigger firms.Range of incentives The coverage offered by each incentives differs, as follows: The Capital Investment Grant to upgrade capital equipment and expand productive capacity will cover between 30% and 50% of the investment.The Green Technology Upgrading Grant for investment in technology and processes that will make the production process greener will cover between 30% and 50% of the investment.The Enterprise-Level Competitiveness Improvement Grant for investment in the adoption of improved manufacturing practices will cover between 50% and 70% of project costs.The Feasibility Studies Grant, a cost-sharing grant towards developing a bankable feasibility study for new manufacturing projects, will cover between 50% and 70% of project costs.The Cluster Initiatives Grant to help fund shared infrastructure such as a sector technology development centre, market research, international advertising and publicity costs, will cover 80% of qualifying project costs. The grant aims to encourage smaller firms to band together in joint marketing or buying.The Working Capital facility will include a revolving 180-day, 6% fixed interest rate facility, while the Distressed Fund consists of a concessionary 6% fixed interest rate loan for applicants that are accessing the IDC’s Distress Fund. IDC to cover for small business applicants Because most of the grants are in the form of reimbursements paid out only later – often after a firm has had to spend the money it requested coverage for – many small business applicants were likely to experience cashflow shortages. To counter this, Chipfupa said the IDC would be able to provide upfront to small enterprises while their grants were being processed. Double dipping in funding, and enterprises that charged import parity pricing, would be excluded from the programme, he added. Chipfupa said the DTI’s current target for addressing applications was 60 days, but said the Enterprise Organisation was aiming to reduce this to 45 days. DTI director-general Lionel October said applications for the incentives were now available, with the programme due to go live on 1 June. Source: BuaNews
Related Posts Google’s social network Orkut gets a special mention from Emre, even though it’snot Turkish. It was however built by a Turkish Google engineer – Orkut Buyukkokten, originally from the Turkishcity of Konyahas and who went on to obtain a PhD in Computer Science from StanfordUniversity. In Turkish, Orkut means “theholy meeting place.”Zurna.com – like Yonja.com, a Turkish clone of MySpace;but Zurna is more like TagWorld, with its more web 2.0-like look ‘n feel and smaller userbase (80,000 users). Zurna is also headquartered in USA, by Stanford graduate Honor Gunday (Yonja is froma Harvard graduate). Zurna owner Honor Gunday sent me this information about Zurna:“We launched Zurna.com for Turkey, last August. and it quickly grew to about 80.000 users now. It is currently #3 among social networks in Turkey, the largest one being Yonja.com but slowly eroding and 2nd largest one being Siberalem, which is also eroding. Zurna is the only Web 2.0 social network in Turkey, and probably the first web2.0 website, which allows people to blog, create groups, use 3rd party widgets, video, odeo, tags, photo ratings, customizable profiles a la myspace-but better- etc… Our initial version of Zurna back from 6 years ago was actually the first website to offer blogs in Turkey, but nobody used the blogging feature then now, it’s slowly taking off. Turkish people don’t really like to blog, but like to look at pictures and watch videos. So our digg-like photo commenting functionality is really really popular. and we also have an experimental project called Sozluk, which is a multimedia concept repository. People can define a concept with different media : pictures, video, writings, just like wikipedia, but more multi-media. We also have a section for aspiring music artists where they can create music profiles and upload their mp3s and get comments from the Zurna users…”GROU.PS is Emre’s alpha web app and he insists that it’snot a clone! He told me it’s an original idea “born in Palo Alto and targeting not justTurkey but international markets.” Grou.ps enables social groups (communities, alumni,colleagues, etc) to set up a web site quickly – and share and communicate via email andmobile phones. Emre says it a “next-generation version of Yahoo! Groups, Google Groups orMSN Groups.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting blogcu.com – a blogging service. Blogcu means“blogger” in Turkish. Getting very very popular, said Emre. Tags:#international#web richard macmanus Turkey is next in this R/WW serieson top international Web apps. It’s the 9th country I’ve profiled so far – the othershave been Germany,Holland, Poland, Korea, United Kingdom, Russia, Spain and China. For the following information on Turkey, Ihave Emre Sokullu to thank (also Honor Gunday for info on his web apps). Emre is an opensource enthusiast from Istanbul, whose projects include GROU.PS, Turkix and SimpleKDE. He was over in Silicon Valley recently and notonly did he attend the TechCrunch party,he also visited the Googleplex and atequasedillas “just 10 m. away from Sergey Brin”! But I digress…Overview of Turkey Web marketTurkey is a nation of over 70M andstraddles Europe and Asia. In terms of Web apps Emre said that Turkey, like Israel, has anumber of growing web 2.0 companies – and “almost all of them are local clones of someproven [international] ideas”. But he says that his own app, Grou.ps, “is an exceptionthere.” Interestingly, there are no exact Flickr and del.icio.us clones in Turkey. Emrethinks the reason is that photo sharing is not popular enough in his country andStumbleUpon (see below) is more than enough for link sharing/storing.Amongst the international web apps, Gmail, Meebo, Blogger andStumbleUpon are very popular in Turkey.Emre said that in previous years the Turkish Web market was dominated by large Turkishmedia enterprises. Only a few independent ventures have since become big successes.However, in the current era of the Web there are many independent ventures. Emre saidthat while most of these Turkish ‘web 2.0’ apps have not gotten popular yet, they arepromising.Top Turkish Web AppsYonja.com is headquartered in the USA. It is a MySpaceclone and is the leading player in the Turkish market – it currently claims 2.6M members.Emre told me the Yonja team uses the popularity of their portal to promote their othernew ventures – like meqan.com, 7inci.com, metroliste.com. ntpy.com – Turkish reddit clone. However just got hacked1 week ago and is down for a while.metroliste.com – Turkish craigslist clone. Aproduct of the Yonja.com team; Craigslist’s own Istanbul service is more widely used byforeign citizens living in Istanbul; whereas metroliste is used more by local Turks. Itssuccess is mostly due to the ads they get from yonja.com.eskobo.com – a Personalized start page that Emre saidis a NetVibes/Live.com clone; hasn’t been maintained though.pilli.com – FederatedMedia clone; an advertisingnetwork for targeted blogs like bildirgec.org, hafif.org, 3ayak.org, zamazing.org, 22dakika.org;paylaj.com – Turkish Habbo clone. But it’s still inits infancy.istanbul.net, izmir.net, ankara.net –formed by some successful web 1.0 veterans in Turkey (siberalem.com and itiraf.com), these sites are location targeted “dating 2.0”sites. The owners bought some very expensive city names for this project. The content isexactly the same across the sites. And just like most dating 2.0 sites, they don’t chargefor viewing profiles – but they charge for people getting in touch with one another.daveti.com – meetup.com of Turkey. Jut started but isdoing pretty well.pazarmetre.com – web 2.0 online shopping site.Just launched. Not very popular yet. Looks promising but should be ready for toughcompetition; because already-established and popular online shopping sites are controlledby Turkey’s large media companies.7inci.com – Turkish version of yelp.com; yet anotherclone venture of the Yonja.com guysmeqan.com – Dating 2.0 portal; rival of istanbul.net,izmir.net, ankara.net; The dating portal business is very successful in Turkey. Again,yet another venture of Yonja.com guys.closo.com – online marketing and e-commerce site;venture of zurna.com owner, Honor Gunday.happyhourmaps.com – a site to share fun places;Google Maps powered and yet another venture of zurna.com owner, Honor Gunday. Not aworking release yet.SummaryIf you are from Turkey or know it well, please add to the comments if I’ve missed amajor Turkish web app – or if you’d like to correct or add to the information in thispost. cember.net – Turkish LinkedIn, OpenBC clone. Hasmore than 100,000 users and has attracted media attention. videbu.com – Turkish YouTube clone, featuring somelocal videos inside. Getting popular and has no quality problems yet. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Blogging#news#NYT#Statistics#web According to eMarketer, 60% of U.S. Internet users will be reading blogs by 2014. As eMarketer analyst Paul Verna notes, this upward trend will likely continue, but “over time, blogs will continue to become indistinguishable from other media channels.” Indeed, we have to wonder how many blog readers aren’t even aware that they are reading blogs. Since the early days of blogging, the word “blog” has meant different things to different people. After all, it can refer to both a personal diary and a serious media publication in reverse chronological order. One actually has to wonder whether the 50% of today’s Internet users who say they don’t read blogs simply aren’t aware of the fact that they are reading them. Related Posts While blogging was still a major topic of discussion just a few years ago, things have been rather quiet around it in recent times. Even in the so-called blogosphere, we don’t talk a lot about the actual activity of blogging anymore these days. According to a new report from research firm eMarketer, however, blogging is still alive and well. Today, half of all Internet users read blogs and while blogging itself remains somewhat of a niche activity, about 12% of U.S. Internet users update a blog at least once per month. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
(AP) – The Missouri Supreme Court has extended legal protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in two separate cases dealing with the rights of workers and students.In one case involving a gay man, the court affirmed Tuesday that Missouri law prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of a worker’s failure to conform to sex-based stereotypes. The court ruled he had a legal basis to sue after claiming he was harassed while working at the Missouri Department of Social Services.The court also sided with a transgender student in the Blue Springs School District who had been denied access to the boys’ restrooms and locker rooms.The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri said in a statement that members of the LGBTQ community should enjoy the same protections against sex-based discrimination as everyone else. It hailed the two decisions as a step toward improving the clarity of Missouri’s anti-discrimination stance.The ACLU had filed friend-of-the-court briefs in both cases.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A 35-year-old Missouri lobbyists accused of conspiring to distribute marijuana in Missouri pleaded not guilty to federal charges in the case.Eapen Thampy, who lobbied for 14 groups in Jefferson City, is charged with conspiracy to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana. He also is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 kilograms or more of marijuana.Thampy is one of nine people indicted in the alleged scheme to bring marijuana from Oregon to mid-Missouri.The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Thampy was released from prison Wednesday after prosecutors withdrew a motion to have him held without bond.Since 2015, Thampy has donated $26,507 to Missouri candidates and other political action committees.Thampy’s attorneys, Michael Belancio and Shawn Lee, declined to comment after the hearing.—Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com
Top stories: Marching for science, plastic-munching caterpillars, and the biggest-ever dog family tree (Left to right) Arco Images GmbH/Alamy Stock Photo; César Hernández/CSIC; The Science Picture Company/Alamy Stock Photo By Ryan CrossApr. 28, 2017 , 5:00 PM Where did your dog come from? New tree of breeds may hold the answerFrom the 80-kilogram Great Dane to the 1-kilogram tiny teacup poodle, there seems to be a dog for everyone. Now, the largest genetic analysis to date—of 1346 dogs representing 161 breeds—has determined how those breeds came to be and who’s related to whom on the canine family tree. The new family tree shines light on the evolution of different breeds, and it may help veterinarians spot potential genetic problems. 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RISE OFTHE PHOENIXAlia Bhatt was a shining example this 2014, of how to turn a blunder to one’s absolute advantage. While the beginning of the year questioned the 21-year-old star’s brainpower over her GK goof-up on KJo’s chat show, by August she had the last laugh with the Genius Of The Year spoof that brought her back on track, and stronger than before. Similarly, a leg injury involuntarily spawned the trend of sporting wedge sneakers over towering heels at fashion dos, and her bright pink and blue bandages effortlessly made a style statement while covering the bruises. By December, Bhatt began combining her youthfulness with sophisticated styles, and became a fashion icon in her own right.Take a look back at the fashion trends of 2014 BEJEWELED RETURNThe Italian jewellery and luxury brand Bulgari came back with a sparkle in the Indian market as it re-launched its store in India at DLF Emporio Mall this November. After a three year hiatus, the LVMH brand returned with a dazzling range of necklaces, rings and watches and wooed fashionistas from the get-go with a lavish launch party in the Capital. A favourite with Hollywood divas, we can look forward to many a Bulgari studded star in 2015.VINTAGE FLAREForget fitted pencil skirts; the hallmark of 2014 was a playful and billowy full skirt better known as the ‘dirndl’. Think retro styles from the 1950s’, with a nipped in waist and a flared circle that convey girly charm in an instant. International runways were rife with the trend in 2014, and just like the modest vintage hemline, current versions stuck to long lengths too with smart contemporary detailing.advertisementHIS LAST BOWThe legendary designer Oscar de la Renta, whose designs have graced the high and mighty of Hollywood and diplomatic circles, passed away at the age of 82 years in October. The Sultan of Suave showcased his final collection in September, and left behind a legacy of sleek, sexy and feminine designs for generations to come.AND SHE’S BACK! There’s nothing more satisfying than a triumphant return post a long lull. After three years of fat shaming post the birth of her baby in 2011, actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan proved that she’s still a beautiful force to reckon with, as she made heads turn during her Cannes outing in a gorgeous Roberto Cavalli dress. The green-eyed beauty further silenced critics by flaunting a fitter figure over the months and looking more radiant with time. In December, she got the award for the most successful Miss World so far, two decades after winning the title, and ended the year on a shimmering note, in another Cavalli gown. Hopefully this is a sign that the good times are back again.INDIA SHININGIndian designer Rahul Mishra shot to international fame after winning the prestigious International Woolmark Prize 2013/14 in Milan this February. Based on a philosophy of sustainable luxury, the winning collection made use of India’s rich craftsmanship to present a stylish range that could be worn all year long. The chic dresses and coats were a visual treat, with a narrative that evolved from the unsoiled lotus flower to the concrete jungle. Mishra’s teary eyed victory was an achievement both for him and the desi fashion frat on the whole.MILESTONE MARKJanuary witnessed veteran designer Wendell Rodricks being presented with the Padma Shri award on India’s 65th Republic Day. The Goa-based designer has been pivotal in reviving traditional styles of draping cloth and is a strong proponent of organic dressing, clean silhouettes and a ‘keep it simple’ style mantra. His award also marked an important celebration for the LGBTQ community that has been fighting for equal rights in the political arena.GRAND RUNWAYS’Goodbye boring catwalks, hello creative ramps’ was the motto of fashion shows this year. Designer mogul Rohit Bal(left) floored audiences with his spectacular grand finale show for WLIFW at Quli Khan’s tomb, complete with the Qutub Minar as the backdrop and live music by classical singer Shubha Mudgal. Similarly, Tarun Tahiliani used giant size cloth backdrops with prints of miniature artwork by London-based artists, The Singh Twins. Designer Aneeth Arora of the label Pero brought the garden indoors with a flower packed show, teamed with fake grass et al. Need we say anymore?YUMMY MUMMYLight years away from her poodle hair days, Karisma Kapoor won herself space amongst the most fashionable celebs this year. Leaving literally no designer name unturned, Karisma gave one better look than the next at every redcarpet outing. Combining fab styling with bang-on trends, she mastered the elegant and graceful look and established herself as the new yummy mummy in town.advertisement
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina midfielder Franck Ribery delighted with first months in Florenceby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina midfielder Franck Ribery is delighted with his first months in Florence.The 36 year-old veteran arrived in the summer from Bayern Munich.He told L’Equipe: “We all had a great feeling. Florence is not very big but there is everything: international schools for my children, the sea is not far (90 km), the Tuscan countryside is beautiful and there is a lot to do with this open air. “In addition, I love Italian food! The dressing room is also fantastic. Some players saw me arrive with big eyes. But they soon saw that I was someone very simple, affordable and who loved to joke. They all played an important role in my arrival.”
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: A flag of the Nebraska Cornhuskers flys before the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska fell to 3-5 on the season after a heartbreaking 30-28 loss to Northwestern today. The highlight of the afternoon occurred pre-game, when the Huskers honored the program’s 1995 National Championship team, one of the best units in college football history.As part of the 20th anniversary reunion, the members of the 1995 team in attendance participated in a pre-game tunnel walk. Nebraska released a video of the walk, which included the pep talk delivered by Tony Veland, a safety and captain on the 1995 team, before the squad’s Fiesta Bowl win over Florida. This should give any huge college football fan chills, particularly if you root for Nebraska.#GBRAlways The ’95 #Huskers Team Reunion Tunnel Walk. https://t.co/7aQxTwvu9V— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) October 24, 2015Awesome stuff. Anyone who watched that 1995 team will never forget how good it was.
CLEVELAND, OH – MARCH 25: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers pauses on the court during the first half against the Washington Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena on March 25, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)LeBron James is the unquestioned leader of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but point guard Kyrie Irving can make a highlight with the best of them. During tonight’s Eastern Conference Finals game against the Toronto Raptors, the former Duke star pulled one of the nastiest moves you’ll see on a basketball court to blow by Cory Joseph for an easy layup.Kyrie Irving electric handles. https://t.co/xSdNVYjAjW— RealGM (@RealGM) May 18, 2016Baseline view of Kyrie Irving with the behind the back crossover. https://t.co/wNgRTazFMe— RealGM (@RealGM) May 18, 2016The former Duke star has a game-high 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. His Cavs lead the Raptors 66-44 at halftime.