Tata chooses South Africa

first_img11 April 2006The Tata Group, one of India’s top two corporations, has identified South Africa as a major growth area in its plans to increase the contribution of its non-Indian businesses worldwide from 25 to 35% within five years.The group is poised to pump billions of rands into a range of South African industries, spurred by chairman Ratan Tata’s admission to having “lost my heart to South Africa”.Tata Africa Holdings, the group’s dedicated enterprise in Johannesburg, acts as the headquarters for all Tata operations in Africa. “Success in South Africa is a benchmark for the African continent,” says Tata Africa Holdings MD Raman Dhawan. “If a product sells here, it will sell in the rest of Africa.”Tata’s computer arm, TCS, has already been performing well in South Africa for the past decade, and chief executive S Ramadorai has said the company has plans to upscale the brand’s presence in the country.Tata Motors takes offTata Motors has been in South Africa almost as long as TCS, initially selling its trucks independently and, from late 2004, selling its cars and light commercial vehicles (“bakkies”) through a joint venture with the local Imperial Group.The car maker sold around 11 000 units in 2005 – double the number it expected – and hopes to double that number again in 2006, helped by the planned introduction of about five new models in the country.Based partly on its success in South Africa, Tata Motors has opened dealerships in neighbouring Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia, and aims to increase its southern African dealerships from about 45 to 65 by the end of 2006.R1.2-billion telecoms investmentMeanwhile, VSNL, the former Indian state-owned telecoms business in which Tata has a 26% stake and management control, is expected to make a US$200-million (R1.2-billion) seed investment in South Africa’s second fixed-line operator, which is due to start offering the first real competition to state-owned provider Telkom by the end of 2006.Also poised to enter South Africa is Indian Hotels, Tata’s hospitality wing, which is reportedly keen to bring its luxury Taj chain of hotels to the country in order to capitalise on growing numbers of tourists from India.India’s Business Standard reports that Indian Hotels has recently held talks with both the KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape provincial governments, and is weighing the options of entering South Africa either through an acquisition or by setting up a new hotel.R600-million ferrochrome plantAnd most recently – last month – the South African government gave Tata Steel the green light to start construction on its US$103-million (R600-million) ferrochrome steel plant at Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal.Tata Steel has also expressed an interest in buying a controlling stake in South African steelmaker Highveld Steel and Vanadium, after Anglo American said in October 2005 that it planned to sell its 79% stake in Highveld.Last month, Highveld announced that “several interested parties” had started due diligence investigations in respect of Highveld, but would not confirm reports that Tata Steel, Mittal Steel, and a consortium led by the South African arm of UK-based Kermas Group, were among the bidders.In November, Ratan Tata confirmed that his group was trying to convince Anglo American to separate its steel and vanadium operations, with Tata Steel chief executive B Muthuraman saying: “We are very interested, as South Africa is one of only six places in the world where it makes sense to produce steel … But as it now stands, Highveld is a vanadium producer that has steel as a by-product.”Following Tata’s leadTata is not the only major Indian player waking up to the potential of the South African market.Lakshmi Mittal’s LNM Group took over former state-owned steel maker Iscor in 2004, renaming the company Mittal Steel SA.And a number of other Indian companies, including pharmaceutical group Lupin, automotive and farm equipment manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra, and ICICI Bank, are reportedly eyeing South Africa as a base for their African operations.“There is a big pharma company. Mahindra is also coming in. There are a number of other companies that are beginning to find their feet,” Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad told Indian journalists recently. “One of your biggest banks is now having a discussion to open a branch in South Africa.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Seven northeastern States lag behind in toilets for schoolgirls

first_imgAn average of 34.96% schools in the eight northeastern states had usable toilets for girls in 2018 compared to 36.66% in 2016, data analysed from the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2018 report revealed.With 75.7% schools – a marginal increase from 75% in 2016 – having usable toilets for girls, Sikkim performed better than the national average of 66.4% last year. But the State’s show was overshadowed by the less-than-satisfactory performance by seven other states in the region.Nagaland was the next best State with 47%, an increase from 40.9% in 2016, followed by Mizoram with the highest percentile increase from 25.3% to 34.9% in these two years.The other five states performed poorly, the steepest drop for Assam being 38.3% from 54.2% in 2016. Manipur had 9.1% schools having fewer usable toilets for girls, followed by Meghalaya (8.6%), Arunachal Pradesh (7.6%) and Tripura (7.3%).J&K suffers too The national averages hide major variations across the states, with deficiencies particularly marked in Jammu and Kashmir apart from most of the north-eastern states, the ASER report, prepared by NGO Pratham, said. In Jammu and Kashmir, 48.2% schools had toilets for girls last year, up from 46.7% in 2014 (data for J&K for 2016 was not available). The State provided drinking water in 54.6% schools in 2018, better than the average 44.4% schools in the north-eastern states.The average for the Northeast last year was poorer than the 44.99% in 2016. Sikkim, Assam and Mizoram had an average 68.53% schools that had drinking water facilities in schools. The national average was 74.8%.According to the report, 2018 completed eight years of compulsory schooling for the first cohort of students to benefit from Right to Education Act 2010.National picture“Nationally, substantial improvements are visible over this eight-year period in the availability of many school facilities mandated by RTE. The fraction of schools with usable girls’ toilets doubled, reaching 66.4% in 2018. The percentage of schools with books, other than textbooks, available rose from 62.6% to 74.2% between 2016-18.last_img read more

Kenya loses hosting rights to African soccer tournament

first_imgKenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, left, accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, right, leaves after speaking to the media at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Kenya’s electoral commission has announced it has moved the date for a fresh presidential election to Oct 26. The electoral commission had earlier set Oct 17 as the date for the fresh poll after the Supreme Court invalidated President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August re-election and ordered a rerun within 60 days. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)ACCRA, Ghana — Kenya was stripped of the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship because of delays in its preparations and the Confederation of African Football opened a new bidding process on Sunday, giving itself just a week to find a new country.The Confederation of African Football cited “accumulated delays” in Kenya’s preparations for CHAN early next year, the continental championship for players playing in their home leagues. It’s the No. 2 tournament for national teams in Africa behind the African Cup of Nations.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary No Mercy: Lesnar retains Universal title in toughest test yet Kenya’s preparations for the 16-team tournament were already troubled before its presidential elections held in August were nullified and a re-vote was ordered. That re-vote is scheduled for next month, and the political instability has meant preparations for the soccer tournament have been further undermined.Only one of the stadiums meant to host games has been deemed ready and Kenya’s government only approved a $40 million budget to host the tournament last week, with just four months to go until kickoff.Also at its meeting Saturday, CAF decided to open a tender process to recruit an audit firm to examine Cameroon’s preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, Africa’s top soccer event.Like Kenya, Cameroon’s readiness to host the Cup of Nations has been under scrutiny. CAF said it needs to examine the state of Cameroon’s “infrastructure to host the tournament,” with the 2019 Cup of Nations the first to be expanded from 16 to 24 teams.CAF president Ahmad, who goes by just one name, said that Cameroon would remain 2019 host for now.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Africa has had a succession of problems with host countries for its tournaments.South Africa had to step in to host the 2013 African Cup of Nations after Libya conceded it wouldn’t be able to. Equatorial Guinea took over the 2015 African Cup after Morocco withdrew over fears of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Libya again withdrew as host for this year’s edition and Gabon was given the tournament on short notice.The next three hosts for the African Cup were all decided by the former leadership of CAF: Cameroon in 2019, Ivory Coast in 2021 and Guinea in 2023.CAF was forced to re-open the bidding process for the 2020 Women’s African Cup of Nations after no bids were received on time. The 2019 under-23 African Cup was given to Egypt because it was the only country to submit a “complete” application, CAF said.The poor quality of African candidates to host soccer tournaments reflects badly on Morocco, which is challenging the joint North American bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada for the 2026 World Cup. CAF made the decision to take the tournament away from Kenya at an executive committee meeting in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday.“With an overwhelming majority of the members present, it was decided to withdraw the hosting rights of the competition from Kenya in the light of accumulated delays from reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country, the last of which took place from 11 to 17 September 2017,” CAF said.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 shutoutCountries seeking to step in as replacement host must submit applications by next Sunday, said CAF, which was forced into a fast-tracked bidding process with the tournament scheduled to be played from Jan. 12-Feb. 4.Morocco, which is bidding to host the 2026 World Cup, has been touted as a possible replacement host because of its relatively established infrastructure. 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Sports science boosts pencak silat team

first_imgAssociation head Princess Jacel Kiram said the 14 athletes who came here underwent “sportonomics,” which analyzed their endurance based on their blood specimen.“This is the first time we had it,” said Kiram whose charges ended a 12-year gold medal drought in the SEA Games after Dines Dumaan triumphed in the tanding Class A 45-50-kilograms Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingShe said the pencak silat team went to Thailand for two months’ training although the squad didn’t employ a foreign coach.Then, according to Kiram, the athletes had a 60-day “isolation camp” in Camp Canawan in Morong, Bataan. MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “They were not allowed to go home or see their families and spent the whole time training and bonding with each other,” said Kiram.Already, the Philippines won one gold and one bronze, with two more athletes vying for the top honors late Tuesday.Last SEA Games, the country could only come up with three bronzes.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side UFC president would ‘rather not’ have Conor McGregor in boxing ring again Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Dines Dumaan of the Philippines after winning the gold medal in the men’s tanding putra class A 45-50 kg division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games pencak silat competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—An obscure Indonesian martial arts just made its contribution to the Philippines’ struggling campaign here Tuesday.And pencak silat has sports science to thank for it.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoHuddersfield midfielder Hogg pleased with leadership role

first_imgHuddersfield midfielder Hogg pleased with leadership roleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town midfielder Jonathan Hogg is pleased with his leadership role.Hogg has stepped in as skipper when Tommy Smith has been unavailable.He told the Terrier: “Obviously when you first break into a first team and you’re a young lad it takes a bit of time to settle down because you’ve got a lot of players older than you.”The older you get, the more experienced you get – that’s what’s helped me.”The experience of being in the game for a long time compared to some of them that are coming through now allows me to take this role to a new level.”I think you need one of those players. Every team needs someone like that to keep everyone on their toes and make sure they’re doing their jobs right.”Obviously you’ve got your head coach on the sideline, but I think you need someone on the pitch who is vocal, dishes out orders and makes sure people are at it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoNorwich boss Farke on Man City upset: Courage, amazing spirit

first_imgNorwich boss Farke on Man City upset: Courage, amazing spiritby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City boss Daniel Farke hailed his stand-ins for their shock victory over Manchester City.City’s long injury list meant Farke was forced into several changes, but his players did him proud.“It was a debut in the starting line-up for Sam Byram, a debut in the starting line-up for Ibrahim Amadou in a position that isn’t his natural one, and a first game for Alex Tettey,” said Farke. “It was difficult but we had to deliver against perhaps the best team in the world, and we did it in our style. We totally believe we are capable of reaching something extraordinary today, and we showed amazing spirit.“We have a lot of long-term injuries so it will be difficult. So we need this spirit and attitude because there will be setbacks and difficult moments and that’s when we will need our togetherness, and to remember moments like today.“Each and every game will be different, with teams with different styles and quality, but we have to take out of this game that if you stick together you always have a chance. Even if no one bets on you, with bravery and commitment and togetherness you can go far.”The boss also had a word for the City fans, who created an incredible atmosphere for the entire 90 minutes.“Carrow Road was an explosion and we needed this,” he said. “Without our fans, and their help to bring us over the line, we wouldn’t have had a chance to win today. We needed this unity from the fans, and big compliments to our supporters – they were crucial for our win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

7 days agoMan Utd chief Woodward: Ole’s 3-point vision we share

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward: Ole’s 3-point vision we shareby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists the board are fully behind manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Woodward has given his full backing to Solskjaer, despite the dismal run the Norwegian has endured since getting the job full-time.“Ole’s vision maps exactly to the core three football objectives we have,” said Woodward.“We must win trophies, we must play attacking football and we must give youth its chance.“Last season we were the Premier League’s leading club in terms of the most match minutes given to our own Academy graduates.“We should all be proud that the significant investments we have made in our Academy – spanning recruitment, facilities and analytics – are now bearing fruit.“There’s a lot more we need to do in that but that’s coming in the next few years.“We know this is a strong competitive advantage for us and an area that we’ll continue to focus on and invest in. But this remains the heart of the club.“The middle section of last season, after Ole’s arrival, feels most relevant to what we want to achieve and where we want to be.“We saw a team playing fast, fluid football, with a clear representation of the style and philosophy the manager wants.“Ole has also instilled the discipline back into an environment where we may have lacked it in recent years.“He’s building a squad that respects the club’s history, in which players work hard and respect their team-mates. No-one is bigger than the club.” last_img read more

Urban Meyer Truth is Ohio States new mantra

The first question for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer probably wasn’t what you’d expect it to be. It wasn’t about who the team’s leaders would be after losing former captains John Simon, Zach Boren, Garrett Goebel and Etienne Sabino. It wasn’t about sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, or about the return of running back Jordan Hall after being granted a medical redshirt for 2012. It wasn’t even about how Meyer and the Buckeyes’ defense would replace seven starters, including four-of-five captains, and junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who chose to forgo his senior year and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. No – the first question aimed at Meyer in his first press conference in more than a month was about Bowl Championship Series National Champion Alabama and if OSU could raise itself to the Crimson Tide’s level next year. After the program’s first undefeated campaign since 2002, an appearance on the sport’s highest stage might be a plausible in 2013. But Meyer isn’t buying it. “For me to say we have to get (to the national championship) next year, that’s like me talking about we have to go fly to the moon,” Meyer said Friday. “We’re nowhere near even having that conversation.” Meyer, who witnessed Alabama’s 42-14 win against Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship game for himself as a guest analyst for ESPN, lauded coach Nick Saban’s squad as the most fundamentally sound group he’s seen all year. Meyer couldn’t say the same for OSU. “Fundamentally we are not where we need to be,” Meyer said. At least not this early in January. In part, the team’s pursuit of fundamentals is why Meyer said he installed a new team mantra: “Truth.” “Truth means … you have a good season and there’s a lot of conversation about things that really shouldn’t be discussed because it’s not true,” Meyer said. Such noise could be the buzz surrounding OSU as early national title contenders next season. Meyer, though, maintained the Buckeyes have their work cut out for them – particularly when it pertains to elite teams like Alabama. “To say that we could roll in there and beat a team like that, I don’t know,” he said. “Honest answer, right now, (we have) too many holes to fill.” But don’t mistake Meyer’s stance as a lack of confidence in his squad. He said OSU can play with anyone. “I think we’re a very good team that could compete with any team in the country. I didn’t feel that way early in the year, even in the middle of the year,” he said. “But the last game, I even said that after the season, that’s where I believe we are.” read more

Ohio State golfer misses cut at US Womens Open

Then-freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik watches her shot at the Lady Buckeye Invitational April 19 in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter starting the day at nine over par, Ohio State golfer Jessica Porvasnik shot a 12-over 82 to miss the cut by 12 strokes at the 2014 United States Women’s Open.She finished the tournament 149th out of the original field of 156.Porvasnik’s Friday round at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C., included eight pars and no birdies. She finished the front side with a seven-over 42 before heading to the club house with a 40 on the back nine.The men’s U.S. Open was held at the same course last weekend.The Hinckley, Ohio, native qualified for the open after shooting consecutive rounds of 73 at a qualification tournament at the Butler Country Club in Butler, Pa., May 12.Her first go around at the U.S. Open came after she won two events for the Buckeyes in 2014, which was her freshman season. Along with winning the Big Ten Championship and the Westbrook Spring Invitational, Porvasnik came in the top five at four other tournaments and the top 10 at two other tournaments.Porvasnik is at least the third Buckeye to have taken part in the U.S. Women’s Open. OSU’s coach, Therese Hession, played in the event seven times, and former Buckeye golfer Meg Mallon won the U.S. Open in both 1991 and 2004.Out of the 25 amateurs playing in the tournament, Porvasnik finished third to last ahead of Emily Pentilla and Hannah Pietila. Six amateurs made the cut with Australian Minjee Lee carding the best scores — she is in a tie for third at even par heading into the weekend.Porvasnik is scheduled to begin her sophomore season with the Buckeyes when OSU travels to Lincoln, Neb., for the Chip-N-Club Invitational Sept. 8. read more

Kompany thanks Toure for the wonderful years

first_imgManchester City captain Vincent Kompany has thanked the departing “legend” Yaya Toure for his service to the clubThe Ivorian midfielder will be leaving the Etihad Stadium in the summer after eight years in Manchester.Since joining from Barcelona in 2010, Toure has since scored 82 goals in his 316 appearances and famously netted the winning goals against Stoke City and Sunderland in the FA and League Cup finals respectively.The 35-year-old was absent from City’s 1-0 win against Southampton in their final league game of the season after captaining the side in their 3-1 against Brighton last week.Kompany, who himself has been at City since 2008, praised Toure for his contributions over the years.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…I’d like to thank Yaya for the wonderful years he has given us. Power, pace, technique, vision, you name it, this guy is the most complete midfielder I have ever seen. Always present in the big moments, he is forever a legend of ours. #ManCity #Legend #CENTURIONS #SharkTeam pic.twitter.com/zHxBcbRI3C— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) May 14, 2018In his eight years at City, Toure won three Premier League titles, two League Cups and the FA Cup.last_img read more